Tuesday, July 30, 2013

39 Weeks and Nursery Sneak Peak

Yesterday I had my final appointment before having Jack THIS Wednesday.  I'm still in shock he will be here TOMORROW!  My day didn't really turn out like I had planned.  My mother-in-law went with me to my appointment b/c I didn't want to go by myself just in case they were to keep me.  Well, my blood pressure was too high and my doctor wanted to do blood work to make sure I didn't have preeclampsia and just to go ahead and get the blood work ready for Wednesday over with.  Down to the MEU I went.  This is the third time I have had to go down there for my blood pressure, so I knew the routine - put a gown on, climb in the oh so comfortable bed (yeah right), take my BP like 4 times, put the baby on the monitor, ask me about 20 questions and finally shove an IV in my hand to draw blood just in case they want to keep me.  The only good thing about it is they give you ice chips and i'm all about some ice these days :)

After laying there and watching a few episodes of House Hunters, I get the same news I have received each time I have had to go down there "You are free to go home, you just have pregnancy induced hypertension".  At this point I was ready for them just to go ahead and do the c-section.  Mainly b/c I didn't want them to put that horrible IV in my hand again.

Brad had just shown up "just in case" and he was able to take his mom home while I was on the prowl for some food.  I had not eaten since 6:30 that morning.  I had big plans of going to Hobby Lobby, bank, and a few more stores to pick up some last minute things.  Well, I ended up ditching all of those plans to just run through the Jim-N-Nicks drive thru and go home to take a nap!  

I got my salad from Jim-N-Nicks and was headed back home when I hit the car in front of me.  UGHHHH!  I was trying to turn right onto the main road and I just wasn't paying attention and tapped the car in front of me.  I really barely hit her, but she still had a few scratches on her car and was extremely worried b/c she had just had back surgery.  She wasn't very concerned with the 39 week preg lady (I was fine btw, I didn't even feel the hit, but just heard it instead).  Luckily, the policeman saw us and stopped without us having to call him.  My sweet, loving hubby came to the rescue and was really sweet.  I was so upset b/c it was my fault and I have never had a wreck before.  I thought he would be mad at me, but that definitely was not the case.  Now I don't feel responsible to ever drive again and i'm going to make him chauffeur me around everywhere.  I definitely needed a nap after the morning I had!

In other news, the nursery is ALMOST complete.  There are still a few things I need to do (or get my mom to do after he arrives).  Here is a sneak peak...

It's nothing fancy, but I like how simple it is.  The cowboy "mural" above the dresser was painted by my VERY talented friend Lindsay.  It really means so much to me to hang her artwork in Jack's room.  The dresser will be painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint's Emperor's Silk and I need to buy a cover for the changing pad.  The cowboy boots on the dresser and outfit hanging on the closet door are both Brad's from when he was little.  The sign over the crib was given to us by my bff Sadie - I love it and it works perfectly in the room!  I have bought fabric to make a blanket for the crib, but never got around to making it, so a sweet lady from work made the red minky blanket instead.  You can't see it in the picture, but there is a chocolate brown flow-y, gathered crib skirt.  I still have to buy a lamp and hang the curtains!  I definitely got more done than I thought I would and I really like the way it has turned out so far!

Tonight, is our last night as a family of three, so we are going out to eat and then to run a few more errands.  I'm SO excited about meeting Jack tomorrow and I can't wait to see how Addi reacts - pray for her b/c her world is about to be rocked!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Addi's Birth Story

Several ladies whose blogs I love to read have recently had babies and posted their birth stories.  I also have a ton of friends who are having babies right now (mostly boys!).  Listening and reading these stories have brought back a ridiculous amount of emotions in me.  Both good and bad.  Most of y'all know what happened after Addi was born, but I never posted her actual birth story.  So, here it goes...

It all started at my 39 week doctor's appointment when protein was found in my urine test, which is a sign of preeclampsia.   My blood pressure was also a little high, so they had me lie on my left side for a few minutes and then retested.  At that point my doctor thought it would be necessary to induce that night.  Going into that appointment I never imagined we would meet our daughter the next day!  I will never forget calling Brad while I was walking to my car.  I could definitely here in his voice that he was nervous, but had a huge smile on his face.

I went back to work to gather a few things and inform them that I wouldn't see them again for another 12 weeks.  I really can't remember much after that except I'm sure I called everyone under the sun to let them know and then I went home to make sure everything was packed.  I also managed to take a nap, since we didn't have to be there until 9:00 that night.  

Once Brad got home, we went for dinner at Red Robin and then to Books-A-Million to get some magazines and books (i'm not exactly sure when we thought we would have spare time to read haha).  We then made our way to the hospital, got set up in our room, answered a million questions, and then got an ambien to help me sleep.  

I remember them starting the pitocin the next morning and then my doctor breaking my water.  It was the weirdest thing ever (like you are peeing yourself times 20).  Right after he broke my water, I could feel the contractions.  I didn't wait very long before asking for my epidural.  I was SO nervous and getting the epidural, but it wasn't bad at all.  I think that was around 8:00am.  The rest of the day was having a million family members and friends in and out all day and just hanging out and everyone listening to me complain because I was starving and couldn't have anything to eat.  I don't remember feeling anything after the epidural.

Then the fun began, around 2:00 pm It was time to get everyone except Brad out of the room and time to push.  I pushed for a solid 2 1/2 hours (at least).  I'm taking hard pushing.  It was the most tired I have ever been in my entire life.  I was giving it all I had and wasn't having any progress.  They had me lay in all sorts of weird positions (fyi - when they do this, please ask questions b/c it should have been a sign to me that something wasn't right, but I was too scared and trusting of the doctor to think anything would be wrong)  Finally, the doctor came in and we started making some progress.  After more pushing, 4th degree episiotomy, and use of a vacuum, she finally made her entrance into this world at 5:02pm weighing in at 8lbs 9 ozs and 22 1/2 inches long.  While he was sewing me up (worst pain of my life), I was waiting to hear her cry and after a minute or so, I finally heard that beautiful sound! 

Brad and I wanted to spend a few minutes alone with our daughter, but our family and friends had other plans.  The nurse came in saying there were at least 20 people in the waiting room who apparently were driving her crazy asking questions and she was begging us to let them in - haha.  

You can read the rest of Addi's story here

My little bit of advice I have for mommy's giving birth for the first time:  Doctor's aren't perfect and they screw up sometimes.  DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS.  Just because a doctor tells you something, don't be scared to question him.  It's your body, not his and you have a right to speak up if you think something is wrong.  After giving birth to Addi and talking to several of my nurse friends, I learned that my doctor wasn't who I thought he was.  Nurses have the best opinions on who the best doctor is b/c they work with them so closely - listen to them!  I am seeing a different doctor now and I LOVE her.  I'm also at a different hospital - one that is the best in Birmingham.  I figure that if something were to go wrong, then I would be in the best place possible to take care of my baby and me.  

Reaching the Finish Line

We recently had our pictures made by LB Studios who is a newborn photographer in the Birmingham area.  She did an amazing job and I can't wait to order prints!

Well, this is the week we get to meet our baby boy!  I'm so excited/nervous/anxious that I can't stand it.  This pregnancy has been so different than what I remember with Addi.  I have had a few spurts of high blood pressure along with bad headaches and blurry vision that has landed me in the hospital twice.  They just contributed it to pregnancy induced hypertension.  The blurry vision REALLY scared me.  I could barely see in front of me. Not fun.

I'm scheduled to have him Wednesday, but I go to the doctor tomorrow morning and should know more then.  Friday was my last day at work, so I have a couple of days to get all of the last minute odds and ends together.

There hasn't been much else going on around here.  Addi starts to a new school in a few weeks, so that will be another big change for her.  She has progressed so much since being moved up to the 3 year old class at her current school and I know she is going to do even better at the new one.

I tell you one thing, I can't wait to get into shape again.  I'm so tired of being overweight and want to start taking care of my body.  I hope I stay this motivated once I am able to exercise and diet after I have Jack :)  

Please say a prayer for all of us as we prepare to welcome our baby boy into this world!  I will try to update more as soon as I can.