Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Labor and Delivery

We made it - we have another beautiful baby boy!! Born on Friday, June 24th at 2:27 pm, he weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 20.5 inches long.

We went into the hospital at 6 am on Friday, June 24th for induction. I was started on the pitocin around 7:15. I was hoping very hard that it didn't take 14 hours like it did with Hendrix. I was lucky! I started feeling contractions around 9 or so, but they weren't painful, just a tightening feeling. Dr. Leggatt broke my water around 11:15 am to kind of speed things up. Once he did that, things got serious very quickly. The contractions got much stronger and much more painful. I asked for my epidural around noon, and - because it was a slow day at the hospital - the anesthesiologist was up in my room at 12:15.

I was again nervous and hoping that the epidural experience wasn't the same as it was when I had Hendrix - it only worked on my left side. Things were quite different this time around. The epidural worked fantastically, in terms of my pain. My blood pressure did drop very suddenly after I got it, which is a common side effect of the epidural for many women. It got as low as 60/40 at one point, and I could tell it was serious, as more nurses kept coming into my room. I was very dizzy and light-headed, and was told after the fact that I was as white as my bed sheet. I was given 3 doses of ephedrine into my IV, and after about 40 minutes, my blood pressure began to climb back up and the atmosphere relaxed a lot. :) Around 1 pm, Matt and I both went to sleep! I was woken up about 1:45, feeling pressure. The nurse came in at 2 pm to check my blood pressure, as she had been doing all morning. I told her what I was feeling, and she checked me to see how I was dilating. I was complete - at 10 centimeters! How exciting!

Dr. Leggat wasn't at the hospital at the time, so they called him over from the doctors office. The nurse was telling me to hold off pushing as long as I could. With each contraction, the pressure I was feeling was getting more intense, to the point where it was becoming pain. But I was able to hold off. Dr. Leggat arrived, changed quickly into scrubs, and came back in the room and I started pushing immediately. This is the best part - I pushed through 3 contractions, for about 10 minutes - and Jameson was here! Out he came, all purple and smushed up!! :)

I did have a 2nd degree tear, as the doctor had no time to perform an episiotomy. He stitched me up, and all the doctors/nurses were out of the room within about an hour and a half.

Over all, it was a very easy labor and delivery, and I couldn't really have asked for it to go any better, other than the blood pressure scare. And now I have my family, all complete as it should be, and I'm so happy! More to come on life as a family of four soon!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Oh man, oh man I'm the same as there!!

I went to the doctor last Thursday, hoping for good news, and I got it....kind of. :) When I was pregnant with Hendrix, the farthest I got on my own was 1 and 1/2 cm dilated. As of Thursday I was at 3 cm! Dr. Leggat stated the my cervix was soft, but that it had not effaced really at all, and that the baby had not yet dropped. Grr. BUT, that's definitely movement in the right direction!!! He asked me if I wanted to try to go into labor on my own, or if we still wanted to schedule induction for Friday the 24th. As much as I'd love to go into labor on my own, I decided to go ahead and schedule the induction. My mom already has the day off to come and take care of Hendrix, and I'm so incredibly TIRED of being pregnant and hurting. Let's do this. :) So, induction is scheduled for Friday morning and I'm so excited! I go back to the doctor Thursday at 4, and providing nothing has changed significantly, we'll go in early Friday morning to start the Pitocin. Yay!

Baby development at 39 weeks: Baby gets hiccups frequently at this point in the pregnancy, as the amniotic fluid gets into his windpipe. Lanugo has mostly disappeared. The color of his skin is changing from a pinkish hue to a more white, normal looking color. Most babies at this point are around 19-20 inches long and weigh somewhere around 7 lbs.

Tomorrow is my last day of work. As of right now, I have about 11 hours of work separating me from maternity leave and I can't wait!!! I"m only working 7-1 tomorrow, then using those 2 hours of freedom to run any last minute errands I need to do. I plan on spending Thursday on the couch, relaxing, watching TV and movies, because life is about to get quite hectic as of Friday evening!!! My mom is coming Thursday evening so she can watch Hendrix while we are in the hospital.

All the plans are in place, I'm just waiting for Friday. This is the hardest part!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reasons I can't wait to have this baby

Ok, I'll admit it - I don't love being pregnant. Especially after about 30 weeks.

Here are some reasons I'm looking forward to no longer being pregnant!!!

1) To be able to snuggle my little baby boy, of course!

2) Having a somewhat normal body back - and being able to work on getting at least a little bit of sexy back!

3) Beginning the adjustment to life as the new "normal."

4) Going to the eye doctor - I can't see anything!

5) Buying all new lingerie (after I get through the post-partum period of time of course).

6) Sewing myself some new clothes. I can't wait to make myself some new skirts and dresses.

7) Enjoying the simplicity of a simple glass of wine, or a cold beer!

8) Having a bit more energy.

9) No more sciatic and/or back pain!

Ahhhh, it's all within reach. Only 9 days until induction - praying HARD that Jameson decides to come on his own before then........

Monday, June 13, 2011

38 Weeks Pregnant

I'm doing all I can at this point to put myself into labor......we went to El Zarape for lunch on Saturday. Though my meal wasn't too spicy, I'm hoping I had enough spice to do it (doubting it!). Also, I plan on cutting up a fresh, ripe pineapple and digging into it this evening - YUMMY! I haven't had the energy to walk as much as I want, but we've still been walking a lot, since Hendrix loves being outside so much. But the method I'm most hopeful about is the licorice root tea. It's nasty - I mean NASTY. But, if you research it, the research shows that it has been known to induce labor, and I was told at my first OB history appointment to avoid it, as it can induce labor. So I'm attempting to drink 3 cups a day (only had 2 yesterday). I can finish off an 8 oz cup in 4 large gulps, so that's the way I attack it. Hahahaha! It's not the taste that bothers me - it's the sweetness. Natural licorice root is 50 times sweeter than sugar, and it is, in fact, SO sweet that it tastes like that fake saccharin - and leaves the gross aftertaste. But if it helps, it's worth it. I just hope I'm not suffering through this for nothing!

IF all else fails, there are only 11 days until June 24th! I go back to the doctor on Thursday, and I'm going to tell him let's go ahead and plan on induction on the 24th, since my mom already has the day off work. I also let my job know that my last day will be the 22nd, and don't really want to change that. I'm so ready for a break from that place......

Baby development this week: Plenty of poo (meconium) has built up in baby's intestines, and will be expelled shortly after birth. His fingernails have grown past the ends of his fingers, and he may scratch his face in the womb. Lungs and brain continue to develop, and will continue to do so into the teenage years. On average, babies at this point weigh about 6 and 1/2 lbs and are between 19 and 20 inches long.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

37 Weeks Pregnant

I'm full term, finally! Anytime this little mister wants to make his appearance, he's MORE than welcome to do so. I've been drinking my raspberry leaf tea more frequently again (supposed to make contractions more efficient during labor), and have ordered some licorice root tea online (said to induce labor), and plan on drinking at least 3 cups of that a day. We have an appointment this evening @ the hospital, for OB pre-registration. I'm excited!

Here's what's going on with Jameson this week: his growth slows down dramatically this week (thank goodness), though his bones are still very soft and pliable - they'll solidify after birth. He is spending his time in the womb practicing for life outside of it: sucking, breathing, sleeping, gazing, and peeing. Though all babies are different at this point, most weigh approximately 6 lbs, and are between 19 and 20 inches long.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bedtime - update on progress with "the fight"

So, at this point, we're kicking ourselves in the butt. We tried something new on Friday night, and it seems to have done the trick.

For the past four weeks, we've been doing what is referred to as "The Supernanny Method," and that is to just repeatedly put the child back in bed. The first night we did it, it took about 50 minutes. After four weeks, it was still taking us around 35 minutes. From everything I had read online, this "method" should have solved the problem within a week or two. Very frustrating.

So, after much debate and thought, we decided to try just ignoring him completely. We put the baby gate in his bedroom door so he can't get out and get into any of the other bedrooms. We also removed all toys and books from his room so he can't just play. Friday evening was our first night of this method. Matt and I both stayed in his room and kissed him goodnight, and told him (more than once) that he was to stay in his bed and go night-night. We then walked out, went downstairs, and ignored his cried. He stood at his bedroom door and cried (hard) for about 40 minutes. It was brutal. I had planned on not going back up there no matter what, but I think he had Matt just as upset and I, because after about 30 minutes, Matt suggested I go up and just try to calm him down a bit. So I did. I gently ushered him back to bed, covered him up, and told him again that he was to stay in bed and go night-night. He screamed harder when I left, and I immediately regretted going up there, but after about 10 more minutes, he was finally out. *sigh*

Saturday evening, we did the same thing, and he only cried for about 7 minutes!! Matt and I did a celebratory dance in the living room!!

Last evening (Sunday - night #3), I wasn't quite sure what to expect. There was a lot going on at bedtime. Our upstairs - even with our new central air - is at least 15 degrees warmer than downstairs, so Matt put in a window unit in the office and we were using 2 fans to circulate air upstairs, so it was kind of loud. Also, the second we walked downstairs, the neighbor girls rang the doorbell. So I thought for sure we'd have WWIII on our hands. However, much to my sup rise and pleasure, I'll be darned if that little boy didn't even cry for 30 seconds!!!!! He did get out of bed, grab his sippy cup, and take it to bed with him, but that (surprisingly) didn't bother me. He was asleep in his bed with almost no fight! WOW!

I'm hoping we continue like this and he'll get the point and just not fight it at all. Matt and I have our evenings back! YAY!

Our weekend

It was a hot weekend!! Saturday saw about 95 degrees, I think. However, with that little boy of mine, we were of course outside. We first went out Saturday morning around 10 am. We took lots of breaks throughout the day, and re-applied sun screen many times, but we were out basically from 10 am until about 7:30 pm. Whew! The wonderful sun did kiss my shoulders and face, though - finally!

We've been talking for a long time now about tearing down our current deck and re-building. We've started talking more seriously about it recently, and Saturday, late afternoon, as we were talking about it, Matt got out his sledge hammer and the cro-bar, and started removing the top of the lower tier. Exciting!! He has the lower tier 1/2 removed, and plans on continuing at it this week. Here are pics of his progress so far:

Sunday, we went to church (I am teaching Jr. Church last week and this coming week), then came home and napped for about an hour. After nap, I let Hendrix play in the hose for a few minutes - he loved it! Then, I started sewing cushion slip-covers for a glider rocker I picked up for free off the side of the road. :) I've got the back cushion covered, just need to sew the cover for the seat cushion. I used some plain tan fabric we already had, so it didn't cost me a thing - and we'll have another rocker for upstairs within a day or two - sweet deal!

Overall, it was a really great weekend. If it's not miserable this coming weekend, I'd like to take Hendrix to the zoo again before he becomes a big brother. And if it is miserable, we'll settle for the Grand Rapids swimming pool!!

Just for fun - here's a cute pic of Hendrix and daddy. Hendrix loves to wear Matt's hat, and he had it on for a good 30 minutes or so last evening - just too adorable!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hobbies, hobbies, hobbies!!!

I think I have too many hobbies for the amount of available time I have.......

As much as I love to crochet, I just don't have time for it right now! This morning, I packed up all the yarn I had upstairs in the guest bedroom, and gave it to a co-worker who crochets. All that yarn was just taking up space in a storage compartment that I have, and I can use the storage for my sewing supplies now.

Speaking of sewing - that's my newest crazy obsession. :o) So far I've made that pair of pajama pants, a very pretty skirt, and as of last night, I just finished a BosomBuddy/HooterHider/Breast Feeding Cover. It's very cute. I bought discount fabric that I really wasn't in love with, but it turned out very nice, and I'm looking forward to using it (hopefully very soon) with Mr. Jameson! I've included pictures of it below:

Draped over the chair.

Gives you an idea of its size.

You can see the neckline contains something called "boning" which allows the neck to stick out and you can still see the baby, and what you're doing.

I loved this little project. It took me two nights to complete, but with an adequate amount of time (yeah right), I could probably whip one up in less than 2 hours.

I've also been working on getting Hendrix's 1st year scrapbook finished. He's 18 months now, and about to get a younger brother, and the pictures are just going to keep backing up, I know it. I'm about at his 8 month pictures right now I think. We're getting there!

So many crafts, so little time!