Granddad, (my Dad), arrived on February 25th at 8pm. We drove to the airport to pick him up and I was SO EXCITED to have him in Maui with us. My bets based on the size of my belly and how great I still felt, were that Reise would come late and I would have to be induced. Dad was exhausted, (as you can imagine flying from the east coast and then having a two hour journey on the winding Hana Highway in the dark to follow), so we all went right to sleep. I couldn't wait to show Dad our sleepy little town which only requires a walking tour to cover all the bases, so we went for a walk the following morning around town and to the beach. When we got back home, I said the unthinkable and something that I have not said this entire pregnancy, "I want to take a nap". He had no objections and took one himself as he was still recovering from jet lag.
Exactly 8 minutes in to my nap I felt a familiar pain, (from our 6 months scare)... and then another one... and then another one... and so I texted Jun to see when he'd be home and he said soon, but I kept the pains a secret as to not get him too excited since he had been wishing she'd come everyday since the safe 37 week mark. What I did tell him when he got home was that I thought I was experiencing Braxton Hicks, but started timing my contractions just in case. A few minutes later I wondered if I had peed myself just a bit, (like pregnant women do when they sneeze or laugh or cough or think...). I was completely convinced that it was just Braxton Hicks as Jun tried to talk me into going to the hospital after I'd "wet" myself, (which was actually the beginning of my water breaking). He was having trouble convincing me to go when Lono stepped in to make me a believer. I was changing my pants and Lono walks over to me... smells my pants, (which he NEVER does), then just stands there staring at me for eternity with a more concerned and concentrated look on his face. That's when I knew it was the real deal and told Jun to load up the truck and told Dad we were going to the hospital. Dad was a life saver and stayed home to care for the dogs as they would have spent two days in the back of the truck in the hospital parking lot waiting for Reise to come. I'm not sure how we would have managed without him and we were lucky he had made it just in the knick of time, (literally).
Let's make a long story much shorter... The contractions lasted for 12 hours, I pushed for two and a half hours and Reise Danielle Hattori came out healthy and just a' screamin' at 11:03pm on February 26th. She was 19.5" long and weighed 6 lbs. 11.9 oz. Jun watched and was grateful he did... He said every man should experience it and it was one of the most amazing things he'd ever witnessed and I believe he was in awe for days to follow. I'm not sure I could have watched even if they had offered, but they did have me watch the moment she came out and then placed her perfect little self on my chest which was followed by tears and joy and two nights in the hospital with her lying next to me on my hospital bed sleeping and eating and bonding until we were released on the 28th in the morning. Then it was back home to meet Granddad and our boys.
Lono and Koa were SO EXCITED and curious to meet her, but have been loving and wonderful. Dad is just the best with babies, so she happily stays in his arms and sleeps each day. We had to go back the following day AGAIN to Kahului for her first pediatrician appointment, and then back to Kahului yet ONE MORE TIME two days later because a nerve in my back is messed up and is BY FAR the absolute worst pain I've had in my life, (a real TEN)... I would do labor twenty times over rather than have this pain. It's slowly getting better, but there is no real fix than to just let it do its thing and hope it gets better quickly. I can say that for me, pregnancy, labor, and the recovery from labor itself were WAY easier than what I had every expected. It seems everyone who has been there before wants to scare you with all their stories and give advice on the "right way" to do things, (and I know they are all just trying to "help"); but for me, almost none of it rang true. I truly believe it is just different for every mother and my best advice to expecting mothers is to just go into it with an open mind and a lot of optimism. So besides the nerve pain, by the time I came home from the hospital I had ants in my pants and was ready to clean and hike and go to the beach. Laying in bed for those two days was torture and every time they tried to put me in a wheelchair to transport me at the hospital, (like right after delivery), I told them "No thank you... I've been laying down for hours, I think I'd rather walk". They looked at me like I was a mad woman and asked me if I was sure, but Jun just smiled because he knows me.
I would like to say that Maui Memorial exceeded my expectations completely. Our labor and delivery was intimate, (just Jun and the FANTASTIC nurse and myself until the last push with the doctor there). I took no classes and just winged the whole ordeal, which was a good decision for me. Jun counted out my pushes and the nurse guided us. (Shout out to my husband for doing an amazing job... I was able to joke around with him and the nurses until that final push where I finally let out some noise). They served Jun and I a special congratulations dinner and the whole staff were wonderful. Reise was a dream in the hospital, she "latched" right away and will be a breastfed baby, she barely cried ever, and with all the medical scares we had of her being at risk of Downs Syndrome, we just are forever grateful for her wonderful health. Until the very last push, her health was all I could think about and I was terrified. She came out with a head of hair and an INSANE amount of strength. Dad said, "No one will ever believe me when I tell them she did a full on sit up at a week old!"
What adventures has Reise had so far, you may be wondering?
Well today she is 8 days old... With Granddad, Jun, and myself, baby girl has gone to Red Sand Beach, hiked halfway to the Hana Cross, hiked part of the Kings Trail at Waianapapa, and just today she got to watch her Mommy and Daddy stand up paddle at Hamoa Beach. She LOVED the beach... and in a lot of ways she is just like me... fights naps, is happiest outside, and likes going on hikes, car rides, and trips to the ocean!
Here are a mix of phone and camera pictures of her that I've taken over the past week and some today of her with her boys that love her so. Thank you all for all of your love and support!!!
|Koa LOVES her and is always trying to smell, kiss, and|
love on her. He's our other baby and a Curious George.
|My last pregnant belly picture and my last day at the|
beach before her arrival.
|One of the first Reise photos ever. Insta-love at the hospital.|
|Right after she arrived home... Lono REALLY wants to say "Hi!"|
|Granddad and Reise sure do love their naps.|
He is the "baby whisperer". We are so
happy to have him here!!! :)
|Daddy is already teaching his baby girl to call him anytime.|
I see a protective Papa and a Daddy's girl in the future. :)
|Lono gets in his share of Mc'Lovin's.|
|Chillin' with her homies.|
|They love their naps! They saved me a spot in the|
middle at least. :)
|Another precious nap with her Daddy... So peaceful!|
|Big yawn... Soooo sleepy. (See Lono by her side?).|
|She is such a strong little booga! She did a full on|
sit-up today and has no problem throwing her
weight and head around... Must be her
strong genetics. ;)
|From her/our hike near Waianapapa yesterday. She|
slept the entire time!
|"Don't mess with our baby sister or else..." ;)|
|Dad, Reise, and I's hike halfway to the Cross.|
I snuck this shot because Dad hates cameras. :)
|Well hello big beautiful bright eyes!|
|Morning coffee and a napping baby after her breakfast.|
Moments like these make me happy.
I have just one more shout out to make to my husband... Jun has been incredible... I mean the absolute BEST husband and father. From house chores, to diaper changes, to making breakfast and dinner, and caring for our boys... not a single complaint from him and we often battle over tasks trying to help each other out. Having both he and Dad here makes me one lucky girl, and their goofy and fun attitudes makes them a riot to be around. I'm a lucky girl and I swear that I'll never take that for granted...
So let me and Reise know you dropped by, (soon enough she might just have her own Adventure Blog... ya never know!). Also, there's a lot of things I'm proud of these days, so I that is to come in the next Adventure. Of course I'm proud of our little munchkin too. :)
Love and Hugs,