August 12, 2010

He's here!

Introducing...

Dean Olin Ririe
born August 9, 2010
9:45 am
9 lbs 12 oz
aka "Fatty"


With a scheduled c-section, there isn't quite as much drama attached to the birth story. No frantic rides to the hospital, no death threats from spouses, no "I was in the middle of saving the whales when my water broke" scenarios. Instead, I woke up early Monday morning, took a shower, drove myself to the hospital, checked myself in, and waited for Ted to arrive. He had taken Tessa to a friend's house while I was getting settled, and other than my veins collapsing every time they tried to put in an IV (I ended up getting stuck 5 times), everything went as planned. My nurses and doctors were absolutely fantastic from beginning to end, Ted was supportive and encouraging, and my mom came the next day with a whole pound of See's candy to speed my recovery.

Ted picked up our daughter a little later to bring her to the hospital because I missed her already. She was quite enamored with the "BEH-beeeee!" and I can only hope it lasts.


One of my first snuggles with the little cub.


When you schedule your own child's birth, you have less of a "nesting instinct" and more of an "impending deadline." The upside to scheduling is you have time to put makeup on for better "after" pictures. The downside is that you get put on morphine (well, it can be considered an upside, too. Let's be honest) which makes your whole body itch for about 24 hours. So after a day of rubbing, scratching, and pulling at my face as if I had a whole-body mosquito bite, I looked more like a typical woman who just gave birth (see photo below. eeks!).


The new "us". Welcome to the family, Dean!

22 comments:

Lauren said...

Congrats! He's a little (or big) stud. And Tessa, might I add, is just beautiful.
And a pound of See's would help me recover from anything. Well done.

Jen said...

Congrats! We are really happy for you! I am so glad that I FINALLY got to meet you.

The Bunker Family said...

Love the name. My grandfather's name is Dean so that name always has a special place in my heart. You look WAY too cute for being in a hospital bed. Order a second tapioca for me!!

Melissa said...

My gosh, we could not be more excited about the new little one. We love his name, his cutie cheeks, and his big sister. We can't wait to meet him-congratulations!!!

The Hyer Family said...

Love it...finally the big name reveal--it's darling! You are a very cute family of 4 might I say! Can't wait to chat and catch up!

Shannon

Emily S said...

I love him!!

Kristi said...

Cute, cute, CUTE!! (I screamed that last "cute" btw) Oh my goodness Alison! So excited for you. What joy! What bliss! Tessa is growing up. Fun times ahead :)

dana said...

yay yay yay! CONGRATS! You look fabulous Allison and he's a cutie. I like the name too.
Hope the next few weeks (er months, years?) go well!

Kizzycakes said...

hooray, hooray, hooray! i've been waiting all week for these. just beautiful. and i really love the name. what a cute family. i'll call you soon. love ya!

La La Land said...

Ditto what everyone else said! Adorable baby. Great name. Fabulous photos! And welcome to the C-section club. Love you!

clauss house said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE his name. Can't wait to see the family foursome in a 9 days...but who's counting? :)

PS it's POURING in Florence, hence being inside at 5:20pm :(

Stacey said...

Love the pictures! You need a poster-size of the one with Dean and Tessa. I'm pretty sure I have my August photo for the 2011 Syphus calendar.

Jean said...

BAHH!!! HE'S SO CUTE!!! Hooray for Fatty!

Melanie said...

love the name, love the chubbs, can't believe he was almost 13 lbs!! He's beautiful. Congrats... you are now a family of 4. Hope you're all doing well. We miss you.

Carol Benesh said...

Wow, almost 10 pounds of baby. And every one gorgeous. Tessa is darling, too. Congratulations again.

Kathleen said...

I have 4 comments.
1. I heart baby Dean already. What a cute chunker
2. I love Tessa's dress with the yellow necklace very much!
3. What are you going looking so good the day before giving birth?!
4. If you don't come to Utah and let me hold Dean for Christmas then I'm kicking you out of the family...like I have that authority. :)

Jennette said...

He looks absolutely edible! Congratulations to you all.

Emily S. said...

Congratulations!! Sweet, sweet boy. You make a darling famiy of four!

Kristin said...

Just got your email announcing Dean -- big congrats! And I've been spending the last 30-45 min. reading through your blog. You are such a talented writer, Allison!! Seriously, you could make big money with this skill somehow.

Kristin Valle

Emily S said...

What? You don't have time to write post after post about new baby Dean to satisfy my curiosity?

Um, and I need to change my profile name to accommodate commenting on your blog. For now I am the period-less S, I guess . . .

Doreen said...

Dean is such a cutie! I can TOTALLY tell he's your guys' baby. He kindof looks like a mini-tessa. CONGRATS!

sachia said...

Honey, you look grrrrreat and you know it. I love the Deaners...so cute. Cute name, cute boy, cute little family of four....oh let the madness begin.

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