Ryan Warren Marostica was induced into the world December 28, 2012, weighing in at 6 lbs. 11oz. and 19 1/2 in. long. I am not so sure any of our kids would come on their own. I have to admit I kind of like the whole induction thing. I can get up and shower and plan for my hospital stay.
So here I am just a few hours before his arrival. I slipped on the hospital gown and they plugged me in and started me on Pitocin. I went all the way to a 6 when I decided to call for the epidural. My platelets were up this pregnancy and the epidural worked! I felt nothing! After progressing quickly to a 10 they laid me back to stall things until my doctor could make it to the delivery room. Once he arrived the nurse told me when I was contracting and I gave a few good pushes. 4 contractions and about 12 good pushes and he was here, prefect and just as healthy as good be. Best delivery yet! Makes me think I should have more minus the the first two months of the infant stage...I get baby blues unfortunately. What miracles babies are, and we feel so blessed to have this little guy in our family. It's a little early to tell just who he looks like now, but he definitely looks like one of ours.
His first visitors were grandma and grandpa Thompson who brought Zach and Kate to meet their new baby brother which was love at first sight, with a few tears shed from not being able to hold him long enough. Then Jeff, Britt and the kids came later that night to hold him before they left town. Then Heather and Brooke came to visit for a few minutes later in the night. It was a pretty busy first day. Mari, Halle and Maddi came the next day to see us and then Sunday we came home. I hate trying to sleep in the hospital but coming home makes me nervous too! I always freak out a little about how I am going to actually make this all work.
We are surviving though, one day at a time. Lots of eating, sleeping and dirtying diapers is going on around this house. His first week home was a bit rough. I had forgotten how to soothe a baby so he got super overtired and then was near impossible to be put to sleep. He was up sometimes for 5 hours straight! No bueno for me and Justin! Luckily we found his favorite way to fall back asleep so this last week was an improvement. Some nights are still better than others, but I will take whatever sleep he will give me. The kids haven't had as much holding time as they would like, but that will all change very quickly I am sure as he gets older and becomes more "awake". We sure do love our Ryan!