Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I love her freshly clean hair too. The second picture shows how crazy it is. :)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
So anyway, we went to the hospital and had her tested. The doctor called us that evening with the results, saying that they were higher than when we left the hospital but low enough that she should be able to lower them without medical help.
So for the past 3 days, I have been nursing this child like crazy since it was taking care of the jaundice problem as well as the weight loss.
We went in for another checkup tonight. Kylee is way less yellow, only a tiny bit on her chest and the doctor said she looks fine. Also, her weight was 7 lbs 8 oz so she's gained 7 oz in 3 days! I guess my nursing is doing its job!!! :)
Our doctor said she looks very good and we have a healthy baby girl. Needless to say, momma feels much better. :)
Sunday, January 23, 2011
In the mean time, I'll leave you with an adorable picture..
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Hunter got to meet his baby sister today! He did absolutely wonderfully. After warming up to her, he wanted to hold her every 5 minutes. Every time we put her in his lap, he lays his head by her face in the sweetest way. I think he likes her. :)
There were moments of jealousy but whichever parent didn't have her loved up on him and reminded him that he was our boy and we loved him, and there was an instant change. We are just going to keep loving on him extra while we make this family transition, especially when we bring her home.
He really does like her and is interested in her. He's a wonderful big brother. :)
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Well, let me tell you - it was quite the experience in comparison to Hunter! With Hunter, my epidural took away all my pain and I never had any problems, even when they were first putting it in.
Let me fill in the blanks between the updates that were made.
After I'd updated about my epidural, not much progress was made for a while. At about 5:30, I started to feel contractions again. They tried giving me a higher dosage in the epidural and also tried a "bolus," which is just another type of pain medication. Neither worked and the contractions just kept getting worse.
They checked me at about 6:30 and I was still only at about a 5. Another anesthesiologist came in and said my only other option for pain relief would be to insert a whole new epidural. I knew there was no way I could stay still through the contractions and was terrified of the experience I'd had a few hours before too. I opted to just bear the pain.
I started to feel a lot of pressure and they checked me at 7:20 and I was 9 cm. I told them I needed to push and at 7:25 I was checked and fully dilated. I started pushing at 7:27. It took two contractions and Miss Kylee was born at 7:30!
It was the most pain I have ever felt in my life but I am so thankful that the Lord at least allowed her to come quickly once the pain got unbearable. I pushed for 50 minutes with Hunter. I'm thankful that Kylee was the one where the pain was felt!
She is an even 8 lbs and Greg and I both said at separate occasions, "she's so little!" The nurses laughed at both of us when we said it. But when your first born is 10lbs 8oz, it makes an 8 lb baby look like a little peanut!
I nursed her a little while after she was born and she is a champ! The very first time I tried to get her to latch on, she did so as if we'd been doing it for weeks! She nursed for 45 minutes and had NO problems!
She has barely cried, even at birth. I don't really even know what she sounds like yet. Hopefully it stays that way! ;)
Thank you, everyone, for your thoughts and prayers. We are doing well and are feeling very loved and blessed!
While waiting for the anesthesiologist, the contractions became very mild. Then he came in and the "fun" began! He couldn't find the right spot and had to use lots of numbing shots, and I had shooting pains in my back most of the time. After a while, I started shaking and couldn't stop. Then, the nurse asked Greg if he was ok. Apparently he was white as a sheet (from not eating) and he was nauseous and had to sit down. After being unsuccessful in finding the right spot in my back for probably 10 minutes or so, he had me lay on my side, and thankfully found it pretty fast on that side. Then after everyone left, I cried. But, praise God, the epidural is working to make the contractions pain-free (although I can still feel and move my legs...weird!)
Since then I have had to be hooked back up to pitocin because my contractions totally subsided. However, I know God was watching over me with the break in pitocin. There is absolutely no way I would have made it through the epidural sessions with the contraction pain I was feeling before they stopped the pitocin, so I know it was no accident that I was taken off of it for a while.
Thank you for your prayers; I can definitely feel them!!!
But anyway, we are getting our baby girl today so it's all worth it. :)
I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has already told us they have and will be praying for a safe delivery today. I can't tell you how much that means to all of us!
Stay tuned for periodic updates throughout the morning on the blog. :)
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Hunter even wanted to put the "Happy Birthday" card on the calendar, so it is ready and waiting for baby girl to make her entrance (no later than) Tuesday!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I'm still feeling pretty good aside from the fact that I have TERRIBLE restless leg syndrome. I mentioned it to my doctor today so he prescribed me some Ambien. The first time I ever had Ambien was the night before I had Hunter and was in the hospital. I didn't go to sleep right away and ended up hallucinating. My plans tonight are to take it while in bed, close my eyes, and not open them till morning! Hopefully it will help me get some restful sleep, since I am going to need it very soon. SO EXCITED!
Monday, January 10, 2011
And my favorite photo of the day...however, I'm sure all too soon I'll be taking this same photo with him on his 16th birthday.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Well, I woke up at 5:30 this morning...feeling fine. No cramping, no back pain, nothing. I can't begin to tell you how unhappy I was. I was SO sure that I had started early labor and was going to have a baby girl very soon. Once I was up and got my coffee, I decided that today was the perfect day to to absolutely nothing but sit on the couch, eat cookies, and feel sorry for myself.
Well, then ya know what happened?
I ate all my cookies and decided I needed a new plan. I knew in the back of my mind I was being selfish, but wasn't ready to admit it yet.
I decided to catch up on Keri and Jenny's blogs, my two friends who were due within days of me with their second children, also. (Keri had medical complications and had little baby Claire on December 20th. Claire is in the nicu because she was born early, and is doing well but will still be in the hospital for a little while longer. Continued prayers are appreciated!) Jenny is still waiting on her baby, Aiden, to come when he's ready. The latest post I read was about her waiting patiently for God's timing on when Aiden should come. She included a verse at the bottom of her post that hit me like a ton of bricks. "...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." Philippians 4:11b
Whew! Boy, did I need that! I had a wonderful doctor's appointment on Wednesday where I found out that my body is doing wonderfully on working towards labor, and if I don't go naturally in the next week and a half, they'll be inducing me. I know I will get to hold our little girl in no more than a week and a half, and yet, that wasn't good enough. I decided a pity party was a better plan and was going to be upset if my attempts at natural induction were unsuccessful.
God also reminded me of this time last year. I was physically and emotionally recovering from a miscarriage. This year, I have a full term, healthy baby girl that I get to meet very soon. I broke down at the computer desk thinking about how selfish I was being. Because of my miscarriage, I had such a feeling of greatfulness for this baby when I found out we were pregnant again. Somewhere in the last 9 months though, I lost that. Thankfully I was reminded about how blessed we are for this baby, and again thanked God for her.
It also occured to me that this is the last little bit of time that it will be just Hunter and me during the day. I need to soak up as much time with just the two of us as I can, because our world is going to change forever very soon!
God was gracious enough to bless us with another baby. Who am I to decide when she should come into the world?
So that's that. Would I like to go into labor naturally before 39 weeks when I'll be induced? Of course. Am I going to dwell on it and be upset if I don't? Absolutely not.
In a couple months, when baby girl is growing like a weed, this 1.5 weeks is going to seem like the blink of an eye!
So once again, my prayer for the day (and beyond) is "...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." Philippians 4:11b
Thank you, Lord, for smacking me upside the head!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
*stretch pants (or comfy pants) for after you have baby - 2 pair
*a couple t shirts
*sweatshirt (if you want, although nursing in it would be difficult)
*Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, razor, fash wash and lotion, regular lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, q-tips)
*i-pod and headphones (if you want it for labor)
*cell phone charger
*camera, charger/batteries, whatever yours requires
*snacks (for dad)
*extra money inc. loose change (for the vending machine) for dad. remember, you get fed, but he doesnt!
*pillow (if you want)
*pacifiers (if you're going to use them)
*1-2 onsies, and 1-2 hats (you probably won't need these but I like to be overly prepared)
*going home outfit
*socks, a few pairs (not necessary, but I don't like my baby's feet getting cold and they don't provide socks. just be prepared for the nurses to possibly lose 1, or 2, or 5 of them so you're not upset if they do.)
*baby nail file/clippers
*1-2 receiving blankets
*bunting (the baby sleeping bag/coat thing)
*blanket to cover baby when in the car seat
*if in a cold climate, you'll want a car seat cover too
That's everything! (I think)