Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Meet Tootsie!



Baby Tootsie's heart rate remained flat and on the high side (possible early sign of infection) so we decided today was the day for her big debut.  Once I got over the change in my Grand Master Plan to meet her on August 9th (note:  Grand Master Plans are not working out for me lately!), I was ready to accept the reality of a 32-week, four day baby, and to roll for the c-section.  With a calm, sweet and soothing nurse, a cheery anesthesiologist, a doctor with whom I was already familiar, and most importantly, my sister on our team, I knew we were in great hands.

I'll venture to say that the c-section was sort of fun.  There was a light-hearted mood in the room, and all went well.  At the point when they were pulling Tootsie out, they dropped the blue drape in front of a transparent one so I could watch her actual birth.

It was amazing.  She emerged hearty, head full of hair, and she cried!  She cried!  Sweet little squawks.  Her apgar scores were 9&9, incredibly, and she weighs 4lbs. 3oz. and is 17.5 inches long.  All remarkable for her gestational age.

I'm euphoric (I'm sure the morphine they gave me at the end of the epidural didn't hurt!) and ready to pump and try breastfeeding when I get to spend time with her this afternoon.

Husband's on his way, and we'll name our Boston Bean tonight.

A July baby!  Who knew?  Only Tootsie.

Thanks for your love and support, everyone!

15 comments:

morgan ronimus said...

Those cheeks sure do look healthy! Congratulations to you all! I woke up to your facebook post and knew it was going to be a good day - happy Birthday Tootsie! xoxo

Beth Gomrick said...

What a blessing! Happy Birthday Tootsie and hugs to you all!!

Bahamamama said...

I love your story, your outlook is awesome and tootrie sounds like she just new it was time to meet everyone! Congratulations Jenny :) xoxoxo

Privett said...

I have found the greatest joys just happened to be the unplanned events. Boston Bean/Tootsie has her plans. :)

Marisa Reichardt said...

She is so pink and lovely and amazing! The two of you make a brilliant team! Thank you for sharing your journey (wait, are we allowed to use that word in a non-Bachelore/ette context?) with us here on your blog.

aitchpea said...

YAYAYAYAY! Glad the delivery was a success and Mom and Bean look to be in good health. Sorry Jon wasn't there for the birth. I am impressed at her size--she is almost exactly the same length and weight as Sasha was at birth (granted, he had the advantage of five more weeks of womb time). What I'm trying to say is that I suspect she will be just fine, even if she is earlier than hoped. I assume she is in NICU for awhile? How is her lung development? (Crying is a great sign!) What is her overall health otherwise? Can't wait to hear all the details! SHE IS JUST BEAUTIFUL!

April Atkinson said...

Jenny, Megan was a preemie (5-7 wks) and came home at about the weight Tootsies is. When I presented her to my dad, he said "Is that the biggest one you could get?" Too funny. Congrats to the whole family. I look forward to seeing her grow up with her sisters. Love, April

Kate McKnight said...

Welcome, Tootsie/Boston Bean/__! Wow, what a thrill ride, and at the end, you got a beautiful prize. Well done, Jenny Moore and Team Tootsie!

Stacy Hall Gomez said...

I just opened Facebook for the first time today, and saw the news -- and promptly burst into tears! I'm SO happy that everything went well, and that your new little girl is so healthy. And beautiful! You are amazing, Jenny -- I'm convinced your positive attitude (along with your great family/friends support team) is responsible for this wonderful outcome. Congratulations!!!

Brooke Evans said...

What a happy day for you all! You both look great. Sending lots of good thoughts for a quick recovery for you, and continued strength for baby Tootsie.

ellen said...

Hi Jenny, Many congratulations on Tootsie's safe arrival. I am Stacy Gomez's sister (Mario's aunt!) and I live just a couple of T stops from MGH. Stace just sent me the news and the link to your blog. I would be happy to help out in anyway I can... and if you are taking visitors maybe I can come say hi?
Feel well and get some rest! Ellen Saunders 617-945-0958 ellen6014@comcast.net if you need anything

Anonymous said...

Jenny,
Tears of joy slid down my cheeks as I saw your photo with baby tootsie bean. Laughter and more tears followed as I read your blog describing her entry into this world. YOU and tootsie are remarkable. Baby tootsie is blessed. Sending love your way...
Molly Nunn (and the Worley and Nunn boys)

Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator said...

Sooo happy to see this sweetie. Can't wait til you guys can come home.

Lisa Schuchart said...

So happy for you all! Congrats - she's beautiful.

Narelle said...

I am so grateful that we have all been able to share this wonderful experience with you via your blog. How you can write such a thoughtful, funny, interesting, oh-yeah-that's-just-how-I-felt account as you lived through it is beyond my ability to comprehend, but I have loved every word and feel as if I already know Tootsie/Boston Bean (love the names!) Now you will have lots more inspiration feeding your writing talent! You both look beautiful and healthy--enjoy your first few days together and the rest of your lives as they unfold. Love from all of the Pettees xx