August 31, 2011

Birth Story

Sorry for the lack of posting lately but I prefer to spend my time watching the many faces of a usually sleeping dimple faced 2 week old!

I do want to post about baby sister's birth story.  I will try to not be too graphic but would like to at least have a record of it.  If you are afraid it's TMI, then don't read it.  If not, enjoy!

First off, I have to give kudos to my hubby.  He has been extremely helpful since #2 came along.  He might be the laziest person I know but he's really come through, so far.  I just hope it lasts longer than 2 weeks.  K, Honey?

Now, off to discuss birth.  If you don't want to read about it, STOP here.  Or carry on.  Up to you.

WARNING: Super long post.

I went to the hospital on the morning of August 18th for a regular non-stress test.  I did not bring my bags or car seat.  I was fully prepared to go to work after I was done.  I was seriously trying the reverse psychology trick thinking if I was prepared to go to work and not stay, maybe the good Dr. would keep me.

Who was the first person I saw when I got to the L and D floor?  That's right.  The good Dr.  I started my case immediately.  I was sooooo tired of being hot and uncomfortable.

After I got all hooked up, the first BP reading was slightly high (140/85).  My wonderful nurse came in and told me that he was considering keeping me for induction if I had one more high BP.  i had 10-15 minutes to think about it before the machine took another reading.  My sis in law is texting me things trying to get my blood boiling and my pressure up.  I started doing exercises in the bed.  It was quite entertaining.  When the machine took my BP, it read 146/90.  BINGO. 

My nurse came in and asked how I did that.  I just laughed.  Then I caved and told her I was exercising.  She laughed and told me she was going to pretend she didn't hear that but she was going to discuss with the Dr.

SCORE!  He decided to get the show on the road.  HALLELUJAH! 

Of course, my next BP reading was like 118/82.  She advised him to not look at the monitor and continue writing orders.

He went to the office and left me to my nurse.  I called the hubby and woke him up to tell him it was BABY DAY!  Then I had to text the world and get everything in motion.

We took our time starting all the meds since I was already 3 cm dilated and contracting somewhat regularly.  Hubby showed up around 9 or 10 and then we really started the IV and total process around 10:30.

Mom came by to bring the hubby some lunch as I stared at him longingly.  I was starving already.  I did sneak in some peanut butter crackers at one point.

Then, it was a waiting game.  The medicine started working but the contractions weren't too bad, yet.

A little after lunch, the good Dr. came in to check me and break my water.  With my first kiddo, after they broke my water, things sped up pretty quickly.  So I told my nurse that.

The Dr. broke my water (nasty!) and my nurse 'upped' my medicine.

Then the contractions came.  Man, they were rough.  I was hot and my poor hubby was freezing.  I was so hot that I was sweating profusely (gross, I know).  My awesome nurse offered my some drugs to hold me over til the Dr. came to give me my epidural.  I gladly accepted.  My contractions were so hard at this point that I didn't even have the energy or want to change the channel off the weather.  Apparently, it was storming outside.  As soon as she put the drugs in the IV, it all changed.  She gave me a double dose too.  God bless her.  She was awesome.

A short while later, the hubby got kicked out and the anesthesiologist came in to give me my epidural.  He was so wonderful.  We struck up a conversation about Zappo's (long story).  I told him how bad my epidural was with my first and he told me that wouldn't be the case again.  Did I mention he was awesome?

Then came the time when you have to sit very still through contractions, etc. while he puts the medicine in your spine.  My contractions were coming about every 2 minutes at this point.  He finished and then pulled up a chair beside  me to check my vitals and make sure the medicine took.  After about 15 minutes and me still feeling every contraction, he decided that it didn't take and he would have to try again.   I was fine with that, knowing I wanted a better one that I had last time.  He told me the spaces between my spine were very tight.  I have no idea if that's a good thing or a bad thing.  He tried again and kept telling me how wonderful I was doing.

After an hour and a half of trying to get my numb, it finally worked.  Although I thought I was going to come up out of the bed when he RIPPED the tape off m back to start over, the 2nd one took and all was good.

He even came by 3 more times just to make sure I was still numb in all the right places.  He also came to my room the next night to check on me again.  I thanked and thanked him for all he did.  He was wonderful.  Awesome, remember?

Back to the delivery room.  Once my water broke and I got my epidural, I was like 8 or 9 centimeters dilated.  I told you, I go fast after my water breaks.

I'm not even sure what time it is at this point.  Late afternoon?  The waiting room was full of friends and family.

A short time later, my nurse gets the room ready for delivery.  Then, it's GO time.

Pushing time.

I think I pushed maybe 10 times.  We laughed and joked and the atmosphere was amazing.  I am really really lucky to have a great place, in my hometown, the deliver among friends. 

After a few pushes, my nurse tells me to stop or the good Dr. wouldn't make it in time.  So we all holler out the door for him to hurry up.  Of course, he comes in and I push like twice and out come a beautiful and loud 7 pound and 7 ounce baby girl.  He handed her off to the nursery nurse who cleaned her up and took all her measurements.  Hubby did a great job of telling the masses.  He had my phone and his sending texts and posting to FB, etc.

Pushing and delivery with #2 was soooo much easier than my first.  I am not sure if it was the epidural that made the difference this time or the fact that I knew what to expect.  Other than the hour of hard contractions before they gave me drugs, this delivery was pretty easy.  And even though this is my last, I am glad to say that I've had 2 vaginal deliveries.

I will spare you all the after details but we did get to spend a few minutes with baby sister before big sister came in.  That was a pretty special moment.  Although, big sister didn't like all the 'white' stuff on her. 

After only an hour for friends and family to see her, the nurse took her to the nursery for all the other stuff they have to check after delivery.  Most of the crowd dispersed at this point and the hubby went to get supper.  I was left in the L and D room to just chill.  I had a quiet room for probably the last time for the next 18 years.  I tried to get some rest but couldn't stop smiling.

I knew that one long awaited journey was ending as another was beginning.  I was so happy that I just thanked God for such a blessing.

It was an amazing day.  Everything about it was absolutely amazing.  What a miracle.

All I could think of was 1 Samuel 1:27: For this child, we have prayed and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of him.

August 26, 2011

First Photo Shoot

Baby sister had her first official photo shoot yesterday.  They turned out absolutely beautiful. 

Here's a sneak peek if you didn't see on Facebook.

August 23, 2011

One Proud Big Sis!

The moment she's been waiting on for 9 long months!!!
Feeding baby sister!

August 18, 2011

She's here!

7 pounds and 7 ounces and 19.5 inches long! 

Looks just like big sister with not quite as much hair.

We are all doing great. Tired but good.

Baby Day

Looks like baby E will be born sometime today!!!

38 weeks

I never thought I would make it to this post.  I know, I know, you are supposed to be pregnant for 40 weeks.  This is still new territory for me since I had my first at 37 weeks.  I'm just impatient.  God is trying to teach me and it's hard for me to learn this lesson.

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 38 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a leek.  What the heck?  There will be no picture of that because the picture makes her seem so small and I can look at my belly and KNOW different.

 Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 40 lbs.

Gender: It's still a GIRL!!  Her initials will be EAH. 

Movement: All the time, although she has no more room to move around in.

Sleep:  Sleep, what's that?   

What I miss: Winter.  Bending over.  My energy.  MY FEET.  I miss them dearly.

Cravings:  Nothing special this week. 

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT. Nothing new here.  I just can't believe how exhausted I am.  I guess since I get up every hour or 2 at night and rarely go back to sleep.  I don't think I've slept more than 3 hours straight in about 6 months.  I know sleep won't be coming anytime soon but I can see the LIGHT!

Best Moment this week: This week has definitely had it's ups and downs.  I've been sent home from the hospital 2 times, and possibly again today.  But the best moment?  Seeing my kiddo get soooo excited at the possibility of baby sister being here that it's like Christmas Eve at our house.  Can you say WILD?

I can say one super fun thing about all this is my decision not to tell her name until birth.  It's pretty fun.  We have a pool going at work on what her name is going to be and so far no one has picked it.  And it's killing some people that I won't tell them.  My kiddo wants to know so bad that she is begging me to tell her.  Man, if she knew, everyone would know.  Seriously.  I won't say it's been the easiest thing NOT telling people but it sure is fun.  People just CANNOT believe I won't tell.  They think I am crazy.  I don't care.  They probably already thought that anyway!

Now, if only she would make her debut so I can see her sweet face that we have prayed for for so long.

I'm headed to the hospital this morning to get checked again and to (as the good Dr. says) 'regroup.'  Who knows what he means?

August 17, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Going old school again. From August 2007.

August 16, 2011

Baby Update

Sooo, I'm at work today.  Again.  I really had a feeling he was going to send me home again but it's still disappointing.

He says I'm contracting really good and they should still increase.  He checked me and I was still only 2 centimeters dilated.

He told me to come back on Thursday and we'd 'regroup' for what it's worth.  I will be 38 weeks on Thursday so maybe that will be the lucky day?

He seems to think that since my contractions are getting more intense and more regular that I might not make it to Thursday.  I have a feeling he's wrong and I'll be there bright and early in the morning for the same news.

I'm getting tired of this rinse and repeat cycle.

I will say this weather has been nice in the mornings.  Just enough to get you good and pissed off knowing it won't be here long.

August 15, 2011

Kids say the darnest things!

My kiddo has a treat bag that she can get something out of each night if she doesn't get her name on the board or a red apple.  I made the bag about a month ago and it's still full. Ha.

Tonight as she was getting her treat out, she told me that she saved something very special in there for me.

I said ok.

Then she told me what I had to do in order to get my special treat.

I have no be good at work and be nice to all my friends.  And if there is a new kid, I have to be their friend.

Wow, that's not hard!!!

Kids say the funniest things.  Now, if I could just get her to behave every day, I'd be in the money!!!!

Easier said than done!!

The Help

Well, since I didn't have a baby last week, my sis in law encouraged me to go see (and eat a huge tub of popcorn, which I refrained from) The Help to pass the time.
The Help

So I did.

Saturday morning I sent the kiddo off with her MeMe for an outdoor family birthday party.  I just didn't want to sit out in the heat for a couple of hours.  Hate me if you will.  I'm ok with my decision.  Kiddo had a great time.

So, Mom and I headed out to grab a few last minute baby things and eat at our favorite place to eat, ChikFilA.  Amen.

When we to the theater's first showing of the day at 12:45.  IT WAS PACKED.  It was so sweet to see all these little older ladies coming with their daughters and friends. It was like a big ole party.  I went to potty and Mom found us pretty good seats in the back, but in the middle.

We laughed and we cried.  I do NOT recommend seeing this movie while pregnant.  Made me boohoo even more.

It was such a good story and really followed the book.  If you have not read it, I recommend it.  Then, go see the movie.

I was afraid I might be too busy watching for people I knew and not 'see' all the movie.  I really tried not to.  Although I did see 2 people I knew, which was kind of cool.

All in all, it was a great movie!  I'm glad I got to see it before it came out on DVD.  Thanks Holly!!!

August 13, 2011

Test drive

Just checking to make sure I can post from my phone.

August 12, 2011


I have now officially been pregnant for the longest time ever.

That sounds bad. Not what I meant.

I delivered kiddo at 37 weeks.  Today, I am 37 weeks and 1 day and still pregnant.  I was hoping I would last a little longer with this one but after yesterday, I was ready.  WAS ready.  Dr. burst that bubble real quick.

Oh well. Will have to try and enjoy the last little bit.  And by little, I hope I really mean little bit.  I'm so tired of being hot. 

I'm soaking in the last days of this alien kicking me non-stop.

And honestly...

I'm ready for some sleep.  I know that sounds strange knowing I won't be getting any anytime soon but I don't get any now.  I never sleep longer than 2-3 hours so having an infant won't change that much.  Except I will know (hopefully) there is an end in sight!

Ah, the joys of motherhood.

Plus, I know all my 5 readers will be glad to hear about something other than pregnancy related topics.

August 11, 2011

Another Update

So I had my bags all packed and car seat installed this morning.  I dropped kiddo off at school and headed over to the hospital for what I thought was going to be a long day.  Boy, was I wrong.

My blood pressure was amazingly good and my labs were fine.  I wasn't even there an hour and the good Dr. sent me home.  I was ok at first but as soon as I went downstairs to leave, I boohooed.  I'm fine with it now because it means she will have more time to grow.  I was just mentally prepared to have this baby on 8-11-11.  Oh well.

I had originally thought it would be next week anyway. Now I'm not even feeling like that is going to happen.

I am still only 2 centimeters and still have a little thinning out to do.  (Sorry TMI).  But I am contracting nicely, just not regularly.

I am to report back to the hospital on Tuesday to check again.  That was the day I was shooting for (Elvis' death day and my friend Stacey's birthday) but who knows what will happen now.

He did tell me that I won't go past 39 weeks (Aug. 25th) but he knows I'm day to day and anything can happen.

I'm just tired and hot and ready.  We shall see.  At least my bro and his wife won't miss anything since they are on vacation right now.  ha!

Anybody want to go see the Help this weekend?

37 weeks

Although it's possible I might be having this baby girl today, I'm still going to post this just so I can keep up with it.

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 37 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a stalk of Swiss chard.  Where do they get this stuff from?  According to ultrasound on Monday, she estimated to weigh 7 pounds and 2 ounces.

 Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 39 lbs.

Gender: It's still a GIRL!!  She has a name now.  Her initials will be EAH.

Movement: All the time, although she has no more room to move around in.

Sleep:  Sleep, what's that?   

What I miss: Normal things.  Winter. Bending over.  My energy.

Cravings:  Nothing special this week. 

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT. That hasn't changed in months.  I'm literally melting these days.

Best Moment this week:  Possibility of birth today! Although it somewhat freaks me out since I was sooo thinking it would be next week.  And it still might?

I had my first kiddo at 37 weeks to the day.  We shall see what today holds!

August 8, 2011

Baby Update

I just left the Dr.'s office and here's the scoop.

Baby is estimated to weigh 7 pounds and 2 ounces.  Who knows if it's accurate or not. We shall see.  And soon.

He checked me and said I was 2 centimeters dilated and pretty thinned out.  I am in a good position if we do deliver early.  My blood pressure was up slightly so he made me do a urine sample to see if there was any protein in there.  The test showed it at 30%, which is not bad but not good.  He sent me home with a prescription for a UTI and a bucket to do a 24 hour urine sample on Wednesday.  I am to report to Labor and Delivery bright and early on Thursday to turn in my sample and start my weekly NST.  If the lab work shows any signs on protein, he will induce.

He told me to come prepared and he would be prepared too.


I was really thinking it would be next week.  Guess I need to finish packing our bags, just in case.

August 5, 2011


You know, I think there is a time in one's life that you just have to grow up and get over things.

I went to a luncheon the other day and ran into someone I used to be friends with.  We were on a board together and for some reason, she now doesn't like me.  I don't really care either way.

What does bother me is that I have NO CLUE what I did to lose her friendship and she doesn't care to talk to me so I guess I will never know.

This had to be at least 3 or 4 years ago.  Really?  I know. 

She looked me straight in the face the other day, and turned her head.  I really wanted to just say, "And how old are you?" 

Which, by the way, she is much older than me.  There has to be a point where you have to let the grudges go.  Honestly, they don't do anyone any good.

Then again, if what I did (that I don't know) was all that bad, I would have already tried to make amends.  IF I knew what it was...

So if you have any grudges, especially really old ones like this, just grow up and get over it.

August 4, 2011

36 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 36 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a crenshaw melon.

 Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 38 something lbs.

Gender: It's still a GIRL!!  She has a name now.  But, we are choosing to keep it to ourselves at this point.  Her initials will be EAH.

Movement:  My child is most active at night.  She also keeps her foot stuck in my ribs on my right side.

Sleep:  Sleep, what's that?  I get up every 2-3 hours every night. I should be well prepared for what's to come in the next few months. 

What I miss: Normal things.  Winter.

Cravings:  Nothing special this week. 

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT. That hasn't changed in months.  I'm literally melting these days.

Best Moment this week:  Watching the kiddo help me open presents at my shower this past weekend.  And seeing her get all her Big Sister presents.

I went yesterday for my weekly NST.  Everything was fine and we will repeat again at the end of next week.

I go back to the Dr. on Monday for an ultrasound to check baby's weight (or estimate it anyway) so we can see where she is.  I can't wait.  I can smell the finish line even though it feels like time is standing still.

August 1, 2011

Quick Update

I went to for my weekly check-up this morning.  My sweet Dr. said I was 1.5 to almost 2 centimeters dilated already.  WHOHOO.  I'm well on my way to birthing this baby! Then again, I think I was at 1 or 2 centimeters with my first kiddo for about 3 weeks.

I am going Wednesday for my weekly non-stress test.  I went Friday for my last one and it was all good.  I was only there for like an hour.  My highest BP reading was 123/82.  Go me.

My Dr. told me today that everything looks good but if I give them any reason for concern at any point over the next few weeks, he will induce.  I am hoping this sweet girl cooks for a few more weeks but I know these weeks are going to craaaaaaaaaawl by.  Just pray that I don't melt in the meantime.