Tuesday, April 26, 2011

APRIL 16, 2011- 5:15PM

I spent 20 hrs in the hospital with my sister waiting for her to give birth. The first 18 hours, the doctor had my sister induced. This is my first experience ever so its all pretty new to me. I was learning as I went. After 18 hours my sister was only still 4cm dilated. (For those who don't know, you have to be 9-10cm dilated in order to give birth). The doctor then helped my sister break her water in order to speed up the process. My sister started hurting due to the contractions and swore to me that she would deliver naturally. It isn't till after the doctor broke her water that she really started to feel the pain from the contractions. She couldn't take it and thus she received the Epidural.
The Epidural is liquid that is injected through the lower spine in order to numb her hip/waist down. I researched about the Epidural, its absolutely dangerous, there are lots of side effects including: nausea, vomiting, severe headaches, shaking, and more. Long term permanent effects were paralysis if applied incorrectly in the lower back. Its a tube that stays in the lower back so if the nurse didn't apply it correctly can result to problems. Other long term problems that may arise is nerve damage and back pain. It is pretty scary. She did experience the side effects. She was very nauseated, vomiting, and had severe headaches. After the doctor broke her water, she went from 4cm's dilated to 8cm's in a few hours. Next thing I knew she was ready to give birth.

It only took her no more than 20 pushes and my niece was born on April 16, 2011 - 5:15pm! She weighed 6lbs 15.3oz and was a GIRL!!!! (haha we made sure of it because sometimes the doctor can mistake the sex of the baby). She was adorable! Her name is Charlie short for Charlotte Tovar-Yuen and half Mexican half Chinese.

Here are some pictures of when she was first born:
The nurse cleaning her.

Weighing her! 6lbs 15.3oz!

Her first peek into the world!

Mommy and Daughter pic!

After a few hours later, my sister was transferred to maternity and Charlie was sent to Intensive Care. Apparently, there was some bleeding in Charlies stomach, they couldn't figure out why she was bleeding and whether or not it was her own blood or the moms. Charlie was also breathing heavily and had a second thumb. When I went to the Intensive Care room, It was pretty scary, Charlie was hooked up to many different tubes and I saw lots of preemie babies. It was really sad more than scary just because this is the first time I have ever experienced. 
The next day, more news came as the doctors ran some tests. Turned out that the blood found in her stomach was her moms blood that she must have swallowed when she was coming out. She also caught pneumonia that caused her to breath heavily in her lungs. Charlie was treated with antibiotics for a few days and a week later she was discharged from the hospital!

Now she is healthy and lazy!!! she sleeps all day but cries when she needs her diaper changed or when she is hungry. Otherwise she is a very quiet adorable baby. :)

Here are some pictures after: 
Charlie wearing her cow outfit!!!!! When I was in Hong Kong I bought a lot of baby clothes just because it is a lot cheaper than it is here in the US AND they have A LOT of cute clothes!
Lots of hair!!!!

Such a pig!!! haha~ she so cute with the cow outfit!

Well thats about it!!!! Ill update more as she grows!!! Thanks for reading!


  1. Congratulations on your new niece! I am glad she is well.:-)

  2. Yay im glad she is ok! Congrats for her and you :)

  3. Oh she is so adorable...there is nothing like the birth of a child to change your life!!! Congrats to the new Mommy and Auntie.

  4. So cute - Thanks for sharing her with us!

  5. It's interesting to hear about it from your perspective. I'm glad all is well, she is adorable. Love those baby clothes!

  6. The baby is so adorable!! Lots of hair :)

  7. Charlie is completely, totally, absolutely Adorable!!! Glad to hear everything turned out A-okay, and that "Now she is healthy and lazy!"

  8. Amazing post, congratulations to the whole family. This will be an amazing year for all of you.

  9. I was induces with our first one too and also opted for the epidural. Had the second baby naturally - being induced is harder.
    She is a sweety!!

  10. oh wow a suspense story with ups and downs, I couldn't take it I was scrolling down thinking OMG are they fine??? :)) Glad they are, what a thrill! What a nice way to welcome Charlie into this world!

  11. Great story - she is adorable! Congrats!

  12. Congrats on becoming an Aunt. You'll truly enjoy it:)

  13. Great story! A birth in a family is always so exciting! And what can I say about the name Charlie! I love it! My oldest boy is named Charles and we call him Charlie for short. He is a great kid, just as I'm sure your Charlie will be! (I also know of another baby born to a friend in 2010 who named her daughter Charlotte but call her Charlie for short). Congrats, again!
    Carol from Carol's Jewelry Orchard

  14. Thanks for sharing her story! Such an adorable baby, that cow outfit is just too much!

  15. Congrats! She's so cute, especially in that cow outfit!

  16. Brings back memories! Just adorable, glad everying is ok!