Monday, August 25, 2008

Free time

Grace is asleep and Nolan is watching an annoying show on TV, so I actually have a free second!

Grace has been to 2 check-ups at the doctor. Her last visit was Thursday. She was up to 7 lbs, 10 ozs, and 20 inches long. She loves to eat. She is about 35% for weight, and 50% for height.

Nolan has started noticing Grace more now. He is usually pretty good around her. He has had a few times when he would be playing by himself perfectly happy until he saw me with Grace in my arms. Then he would turn into a jealous, whiney, 2-year-old. He rarely does that and it's just for a few seconds - it usually happens right around nap time. From 10-11am is a very hard time. Nolan's tired and doesn't want to take a nap, I'm tired and am very ready for a nap, and Grace will want to eat and have awake time. She doesn't know that when Nolan goes to sleep, everyone is supposed to go to sleep.

I didn't know that everyday I would have to decide if I want a shower, to clean the house, or take a nap during Nolan's nap. The shower usually loses. The nap usually wins. The house gets cleaned after Nolan goes to bed at night - if I can stay awake past 8 pm.

Grace likes doing this thing were she'll eat a full 4 ozs then cry for an hour becuase her belly hurts. That usually happens right after Nolan goes to sleep. I'll rock her and burp her and beg her to go to sleep so I can go to sleep.

Nolan has started his 2's. He is really trying to push us. He will start to do something he knows he's not suppose to do. He will look at us and say "no, no" and smile and do it anyway. I really don't know what to do when his like that, especially since right now all I want to do is curl up on the couch and take a nice long nap.

Grace is up. Time for me to go back to mom-duty.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

pictures of Grace

We came home Friday evening. We are adjusting to having 2 kids and no sleep.

Nolan is doing great adjusting to having a new baby at home. We have had a couple of rough spots with him, but he's back to his perfect self within a few minutes.

Cary and I were watching Dr Phil the other day. The topic was about parents pressuring their kids to be perfect. Dr Phil made a comment about how there's no such thing as a perfect child. Cary and I looked at each other and laughed - Dr Phil has never met Nolan. He is the perfect child (with perfect hair - he still hasn't had his first hair cut!). (of course I'm knocking on wood while I type this...)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

It's a...

(BTW I am mad at all of you who gave away the big news in the comments!)

The baby's here! We got to the hospital at around 8:30 this morning. They started me on pitocin to help increase my contractions at around 9 (it was a very low dose- 2 drops an hour). A little after 11, my dr broke my water. Around 11:30, I got an epi. It took forever for the epi to fully take effect. When I did finally stop feeling the contractions, I started feeling a lot of pressure. Around 1:30 the nurse came to check on me. It was time to push! Grace Rose arrived at 2:08 p.m. She weighs 6 lbs, 12 oz, and is 19 inches long.
Since it took so long for the epi to take effect, I didn't feel anything during the delivery! This was by far my easiest delivery - almost makes me want to do it again someday. almost. (but, I'm not that crazy!)

I saw my one of my drs when I was being moved from labor and delivery to mother/baby. She stopped and talked to Cary and me. She told me that every week her and the other dr talked about how surprised they were that I was doing so great and wasn't having any complications. They are thrilled that I made it to 39 weeks.

Grace is beautiful! Can't wait to share pictures! (Cary has all the pictures on his cell phone and I just sent him out to get me food!)

Grace is named after Cary's grandmother (Grace was her middle name) and my grandmother (Rose is her middle name).

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Hi! Welcome to my labor.

That's right the labor has started. I'm in the very early stages now. My SPAC have turned into real, productive contractions. At my check-up this morning, I was 2-3 cent. dilated and 80% effaced. The dr keep saying the "baby's head is right there." The plan is for me to go to labor and delivery between 6-7 am tomorrow. The dr will break my water to give my labor a little push. If needed, she will give me a low dose of pitocin. Her plan is to start all of this in the morning and for the baby to be here by tomorrow evening. (we'll see what the baby has planned.)

She did strip my membranes while I was there. I have to say everyone who has whined about that hurting - you're all wimps. It was like being licked by kittens compared to having a cerclage removed!

Now, we really need to get moving on picking a boy name! (Girl name is picked - and I'm still not telling you what it is!)

Monday, August 04, 2008

no change

Thought I'd give you a quck update before I started getting the phone calls and emails. There's no change. We did go last night and had the eggplant parm. that has supposedly put many people into labor (I don't beleive it)*.
I go to the OB tomorrow at 10:30.

I'll update again in a couple of days, hopefully by then I'll have a real update (maybe with pictures of a baby).

*they have this wall of baby pictures. It's crazy how many babies have been born after the mom ate the eggplant. If this baby comes within 48 hours of us eating there, they will give us a $25 gift card and a little onesie for the baby. And the eggplant was yummy.

I have been having contractions, but I'm pretty sure they are just more SPAC.

Friday, August 01, 2008

6 more weeks of winter

The fluid level is back to normal. It actually doubled in the past week! I asked the dr how that happened. He said the baby peed. So, if the baby had waited just a few minutes to pee I would be holder him/her in my arms right now.

Now, we're back to waiting for this baby to decide it's time to come out.

If there is no change by Tuesday morning, I will schedule a c-section for the end of next week.

I'm going to go walk a few hundred miles now. Then jog a few more miles. Then go to a bounce-house. Then I'm going to the resturant with the chicken parm. that supposedly makes you go into labor. Then I'm going to eat some spicey food.