Monday, February 2, 2009

Cooper William Ackerman

I'm finally updating my blog! I thought I could get back on the bandwagon by introducing the newest member of our family, Cooper. Cooper surprised us and came 12 days early. I went to the Dr. for a regular checkup last week, (my 38 week checkup) and he told me I was already 5 centimeters dialated! The night before, I had had a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions that were happening every minute for about an hour. I wondered if it meant labor was going to be really soon, but I ended up falling asleep for the night, and when I woke up in the morning, everything seemed normal. I thought it was just a false alarm. So I went to my appointment, and the contractions started again while I was there. My Dr. suggested I either check into the hospital or stay close by (I live an hour away from the hosptial). I chose to check in, and it was a good thing I did because my labor really started to progress that afternoon. Cooper ended up being born that night, Jan. 27th at 7:08pm. He weighed 7lbs. 14oz and was 20.3 inches long. With this birth I did it naturally, which is something I never really thought I could do in this day and age with epidurals, but because they are very uncommonly used here I went without it. I'm so happy to be able to say that I did it, and I didn't die or completely go bizerk (only a little). I thought maybe I would do both! My whole experience of giving birth and recovering here in Japan was a great one. My Dr. and nurses were great, and the facility I stayed in was great. We have been home now for a few days, and Cooper is eating, sleeping and pooping well. :) Brayden is also adjusting well. He likes to hold the baby and is very sweet and gentle with him. He has been acting up a little bit, which I think is his way of dealing with the new addition, but for the most part everything is going great. We could not be happier! Here are some pics:
(Some of the pictures are out of order and turned sideways-I'm sorry, I don't know how to use blogger well enough to know how to fix it!)

This was one of the meals I ate while in the hospital. All of the food was different Japanese dishes and it was so fun to try all of them. I was surprised how delicious it was for being hospital food!

My tutor and her family were so sweet and came to visit.


Megan and Mark said...

Congratulations from all of the Moncayo's!! We miss and love you guys. Cooper is such a handsome little guy! God bless!

Caitlin said...

Yay! What an exciting post. You guys are a lovely family.

Amy said...

Congrats! I'm so happy your labor/delivery went so well and you were able to do it naturally. I can't imagine what that would be like...but I'm so glad you survived it!:) You have a precious family, we miss you guys!

Scott said...

I had to read all the stuff since October, glad to hear your doing great. Beth and I are doing well, we've been dating for almost 4 1/2 months.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Erin, I'm so proud of you. You sound like you handled everything like a champ! I can't wait to meet Cooper in person.