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January 19, 2010

She's finally here!

Our baby girl Ilaisaane Lautala Fangupo is finally here! Like I said in my earlier post, we were going to get induced on the 9th because that is Ma's birthday....but she had a plan of her own. I started having contractions on the night of the 7th (while Ova was at work) I tried laying down, but nothing I did would ease the discomfort of the contractions.... I must say, that I am lucky becasue I don't get those painful cramp-like contractions, I get the very uncomfortable tightening of the muscles in my back and stomach like someone is holding my muscles and twisting the heck out of them. I've always been induced a little after 37 weeks, so I've never really went all the way through the labor process, but this time since my doctor was making me wait until my due date....it was coming! My contractions got closer and closer and I was measuring that they were like 6-8 minutes apart. Ova got off work @ 6:30am and when he walked in the door I told him I didn't think she was going to wait another day. He said he was going to lay down and take a nap and that I should just wake him up if I thought I needed to go to the hospital. I took a shower and packed my bag and the contractions were getting too much to handle...after like half hour I woke him up and told him we needed to go! We got to the hospital and they put the monitors on me and my contractions were measuring about 3-4 minutes apart, but I still was only dialated to a 2+ They just monitored me for several hours and I finally was heading to the operating room at about 4 o'clock for my c-section. This was by far the worst c-section experience I've had because the anesthesiologist couldn't get my epidural to take. He had to do it 4 times.... after the 3rd time he told me that he was going to have to do it a little higher than normal because the 3 he did lower didn't work. He did it really high on my back and all the sudden I could feel my body getting numb. The tingling started in my leg and went up my body...normally on a c-section, they do a block and it just puts your body to sleep from the waist down....this time, the tingling kept going up and up until my chest and throat started getting numb and I couldn't breath or swallow....that was by far the worst feeling in the whole world...I felt like I was drowning! I looked at Ova and was crying and I could tell he was so worried. They ended up having to put me out....so I missed the whole thing. But I'm not complaining, because she is so worth all the pain!! Ova got to take the camera into the operating room though so he caught a few pictures of her first appearance into the world.
She was big and healthy and came @ 4:42pm on January 8th, weighing 9lbs.8oz. and she was 21.5 inches long! She beat both her brothers in both weight and height!
I didn't really get to see her until we were in the recovery room and my epidural started wearing off and when I saw her, I just couldn't stop crying! It's such a miracle to have a baby and to see this little angel, with her 10 fingers and 10 toes was just so overwhelming. Babies are a true testament that the Lord works miracles! We sure do LOVE our first little daughter!

Her first moments in the world:

This is one of my favorites because she was crying so hard and she grabbed on to her daddy's finger!
One day old...
Two days old...
Three days old...
Four days old & the first time to meet her big brothers....
Five days old...
Six days old...
Ilaisaane Lautala with her namesake Ilaisaane Lautala


One week old!



Ten
days old...

As you can see I've been a little camera happy with my little girl.... Babies just change so much from when they are first born to when they get older...so I wanted to capture her as much as I can! As she grows and gets older, I'll continue to post pictures!

Also, when Lautala was one day old..... Loyann Finau came to the hospital to take pictures of our little girl.... she's hasn't posted all of them yet, but here are a couple she let us see as a sneek preview....she's an awesome photographer and we just love her work! As soon as she posts the rest of the pictures, we'll post them on here too!! Thanks Loyann!

8 comments:

IONGI FAMILY said...

Love love love all the pictures!!so true they change so quickly that taking a picture a day is worth it!!! Congrats on ur beautiful princess!!! LOVE U GUYS!!!

Ray and Kass said...

Mon, she is so perfect! I just want to kiss her cheeks! Hope you're recovery is quick! Love to baby girl and you always! xoxo

Devri said...

She is a true Tongan Princess. She is talavou! hugs to you and yours. Oku ou ofa lahi kiate kimoutolu!

Melissa said...

She is BEAUTIFUL! I can't get enough of those chubby checks. I am so glad that all went well and that she is here. I am sure those boys of yours are just eating her up. Cute pictures. Yes, they due change so fast. I am glad that you are getting every minute of it on camera because one day you will look back and have no regrets. Love ya!

Heather and Kevin said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful :) I'm really sorry to hear about your epidural that sounds so scary. I would have wanted to be put under too. I hope you get lots of rest and enjoy your adorable new addition!

Siu said...

That is the most beautiful big white girl I've seen! haha.. So cute! Can't wait to hold her! :) Pinch her cheeks for me & give her an uma!

Tina Tuakoi said...

She's definitely a BEAUTIFUL baby! Congratulations on the birth of your little Princess :)

ANNA BANANA said...

she is so gorgeous!!! they grow sooo fast!! :)