Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Your big arrival...

Being a week overdue everyone was anxious for your arrival. The night of February 17th I noticed a few labor signs. We wanted to wait it out to make sure it was truly labor, we had learned prior that spending lots of time at the hospital was not fun. So I tried to relax at home as much as I could.

The morning if the 18th I was pretty sure my water had broke but was not 100% sure. We decided to take your sister to daycare and more than likely head to the hospital. We stopped at Leo's Coney Island so dad could have breakfast and then decided that maybe a little walk would speed things along. So we went to  Lowes and walked around. Dad also picked up a few things he needed. At this point I was ready to go to the hospital, as I was positive I was in labor. We arrived in triage where they check you in to labor and delivery. They checked me and I was only 3-4 dilated. Then they asked me if my water had broke and I told them I was not sure but had been having contractions since last night. They were able to run a lab and confirm my water had broke. At that time they admitted me to labor and delivery. This is where our long journey begins...

Once we were settled in our room we did lots of walking down the hallways to try and encourage labor. After hours of doing this my body became very tired, things were not progressing. We tried to rest and stay positive that a natural labor would be possible. However, the evening passed and early morning came with very little progress. At this time we knew that my body needed help to bring on labor. The doctors started me on pitocin and we waited. From there it was still a very slow progression and as each hour passed by we became anxious that your birth was taking the same path as your sisters. We expressed our concern to the doctors but they did not feel that there was any reason we couldn't continue with a natural labor.

The pitocin was bumped up frequently to see if it could encourage my labor further. I remember asking the nurses in the beginning of labor how high the machine went and she said "20, but no one ever gets that high". Well, by the end of the evening we were at 20 and in full labor. Around 9:30 pm is was a 10 and it was time to push. I was so determined to deliver you without a c-section. Your dad and grandmas were all in the room. Your dad was so motivating and kept calm the whole time, it was just what I needed. After 3 hours of pushing we were able to feel the top of your head, but you were not moving any further, it had been that way for awhile. That is when the doctor said a c-section was necessary. It was so crushing, we were so close but so far away, but wanted to do what was the best for you. At that time they prepped us for surgery and down we went to the familiar bright white OR we had visited just a few years ago.

Your daddy cool as can be...
Once in the OR things started off as I remembered from before. Your dad was right by my side and the team of doctors and nurses starting with the surgery. Very early in Dr. McFarland pronounced "this is a very big baby". Not long after you could tell the pace of the OR team took a turn, the doctors and nurses started working more  aggressively. You were stuck in the birth canal and were not coming out. The nurses had to manually push you out of the canal while the doctors worked feverishly to pull you out. I remember looking at the doctor during this time and knew this wasn't going smoothly, her forehead glistened with perspiration and  her calm demeanor was shaken. In the background they had ordered more doctors and nurses to help and blood. I became very nervous as the time passed it felt like an eternity. The good news is you never showed any signs of distress which with a long labor was surprising. Finally you were free, the nurses took you for a quick evaluation and pronounced you were 10lbs 4oz and 21.5 in long. You official arrival time was 2/20/15 @ 1:37 AM. Now it made sense why you were stuck, during my pregnancy and labor all the docs were confident you were no more than 8lbs. Finally daddy was able to bring you over while the continued to work on me. You were so beautiful, I just wanted to hold you but had to settle with giving you sweet kisses on your precious face. The doctors were still having difficulties finishing the surgery. Things weren't going back in well and my uterus was bleeding a lot. Finally they completed the surgery and we all got to go back to recovery.

We meet at last...
Our big boy!

We spent two hours in recovery making sure there were no further complications from surgery. I got to hold you during this time.  Your dad and grandma Chloe were there as well. By this time we were all exhausted it was so time around 4am. They kept us in labor and delivery until the afternoon hour and then went over to the mother baby unit. The nurses in the mother baby unit were wonderful. They took great care of all of us. You blood sugar was low and with frequent feedings we were able to avoid the NICU. We spent the next 3 days at the hospital recovering and getting to know you better. We also had lots of visitors. Your sister came and visited you twice, she was very excited to meet you and give you a bottle. Finally on February 23 we were able go home!

As I am writing this you are 2.5 weeks old. We are adjusting as a family of four. It is fun watching you change daily. We are all in love with you. Your sister talks to you and wants to be by your side, it is very sweet. We are so blessed to have a healthy happy family and can not wait to watch you grow!

Mommy and Daddy

Sunday, February 15, 2015

40+ weeks... and waiting

Your due date arrived and there were little signs of labor in sight. Now we are just waiting patiently for you arrival, currently we are 3 days past the anticipated due date. We know you will make your arrival when the time is right. Not to say that I haven't tried an array of things to encourage you. Which may or may not include eggplant lasagna, bowling, spicy food, mall walking, raspberry leaf tea, bumpy roads, etc. 

On Tuesday we will visit the doctor again to see how things are progressing. At the last visit I was 3cm 70% effaced which seemed promising that labor was in sight. Let's hope this time there will be more progression. If labor does not start on its own in the next week we will be faced with a difficult decision of inducing labor or scheduling another c-section. I have been praying that you arrive before we have to make this decision, as we are torn on what the best thing to do is.  Either way we know we will be meeting you soon and this is a very exciting thought. We are just praying that you are healthy and labor uncomplicated. Everything else will fall into place. I can't wait to hold you in my arms. 

40 weeks 2 days

Mommy and Daddy love you! Xoxoxo

How far along are you: 40 weeks and 3 days
Total weight gain: about 34 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yes… over the belly maternity jeans and sweat pants are most comfy 
Sleep: I get up a couple time during the night, anxious about your arrival.
Stretch marks: Nope!
Best moment of the week: Knowing we are soo close to meeting you!
Miss anything: My waist and sleep
Movement:  Lots of hard movement still, I am convinced you are out of room.
Food Craving: Sweets ( Dairy Queen just opened, not a good thing)
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: Yes, there is no question about it, I am pregnant.
Gender: Boy :o)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

38 weeks and counting...

Today you are just around 38 weeks. We are in the homestretch and I am getting very excited to meet you. So is your daddy and your sister! Your little sister talks to you in my belly, the other day it was so sweet she looked over at my belly and said "baby brother I love you so much, I want to change your diaper". We cant wait to welcome you with loving arms.

 We have started weekly appointments at the doctor and they check to see where things are at. At this time, everything is on par and you seem to be preparing for your arrival. I look forwards to these weekly checks, it makes the approach of your arrival seems so real. We are hoping to deliver your naturally, as long as my body coordinates. So far the doctor is happy with the way things are progressing and is staying optimistic. The doctor is estimating you will be in the seven pound weight range.

We are still exploring options for your name. It is such a difficult thing to choose without meeting you. Daddy suggested I write down a list of names that I like and that from there we could narrow them down. So now the list is written written and daddy and mommy have a few favorites. I think it will take meeting you to decide on which one will be a perfect fit.

Last week mommy was surprise with a gathering of friends and family to celebrate you. It was so nice to visit with everyone and talk about your soon to be arrival. We also got a lot of generous gifts, looking at the tiny diapers and clothes makes me even more excited to meet you. You will soon discover that we have a great network of friends and family. 

We pray that you are healthy and that your delivery is a smooth transition into the world. 

Mommy, Daddy and Aubrey love you little guy :o)

How far along: 38 weeks
Total weight gain: 34 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yes and anything that is loose and comfy!
Sleep: I am trying to get as much as possible, I am generally up 2-3 times a night.
Stretch marks: None yet!
Best moment of the week: Feeling you dancing around in my belly.
Miss anything: My non-maternity clothes and my will power to eat healthy
Movement: A lot of movement, especially in the evening
Food Craving: Sweets are still hard to resist... cupcakes... cookies...
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: There is nothing to hide :o)
Gender: Boy :o)
Labor Signs: I am currently at 1 cm dilated and 60 effaced.
Belly button in or out: Out what is left of it.
Wedding rings on or off: Still on.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Your arrival!

Monday, December 29, 2014

32 weeks...

This pregnancy has been flying by and we can not wait to meet you. Today I am 32 weeks and 4 days. In just 7-8 weeks we will be preparing to meet you, we are all so excited. Not that the preparation hasn't already begun. I have been busy putting thoughts and ideas together for your nursery and they are starting to come to life. We have moved the nursery furniture into your room and I have started putting your clothes in drawers, Daddy and Aubrey put your crib together this weekend. Your big sister is so excited to meet you, she talks about her baby brother and occasionally will lift my shirt up and talks to you in my belly. It's all becoming very real.

We had a doctor appointment last week and everything is going well. You have a strong heartbeat and are a active little boy. It is so fun to hear you swooshing around at the appointments, such a blessing.

32 Weeks
This week we are preparing for lots of Christmas activities. We will go to church Christmas Eve and then after visit  family at the Gessner's and then stop by Grandpa Ron and Grandmas Jill's to say hello to friends and family. Christmas day we will start our morning out at home opening presents, Grandpa Ron, Grandma Jill and Uncle Jason will all come over for breakfast and to spend time together as a family. In the afternoon we will got to Grandpa Ed and Grandma Chloe's for dinner, presents and family time, We will wrap the evening up by stopping by Grandma Jo and Keith's house on Portage lake to catch up with the extended side of the Jedele Family. As you can tell we will be very busy, but it is always nice catching up with family.

Mommy, Daddy and Aubrey love you little man :o)

How far along: 32 weeks
Total weight gain: 25 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yes, maternity jeans are my fashion staple these days
Sleep: I love it, generally I get 9 hours of sleep, with one bathroom break
Stretch marks: Maybe... my skin is itchy all over
Best moment of the week: Feeling all of your movements
Miss anything: My non-maternity clothes and my will power to eat healthy
Movement: A lot of movement, especially in the evening
Food Craving: Sweets are hard to resist
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: Most definitely!
Gender: Boy :o)
Labor Signs: Not yet.
Belly button in or out: Outish
Wedding rings on or off: Still on.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Having your nursery completed!

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's a boy!

We had our 19 week ultrasound on Friday, September 19th! Your daddy, grandma Chloe and grandma Jill were all there to try and get a peek of you. We were excited to find out that you were a boy! But that's about all you were going to let us see. We tried multiple techniques trying to get you to move out of your comfy position, but you decided being curled up in a ball facing inward was a good position for the day. You waved your feet and hands around a few times, but would not turn. After an hour the ultrasound tech decided that we would have to give it another try in a few weeks. Which is ok, it means we get to see you again on October 3rd!

Now that we know you are boy we will start thinking of names. I couldn't help but pick up a few things for you over the weekend. Soon we will start planning for your nursery. There are so many fun things to look forward to, you being #1!

How far along: 20 weeks
Total weight gain: about 8 pounds
Maternity clothes: Maternity jeans are a must! I am still able to fit into some of my everyday tops.
Sleep: Other than the mid evening bathroom call, sleep is good.
Stretch marks: Nope!
Best moment of the week: Feeling you move around in my tummy
Miss anything: My waist
Movement: You are most active in the evening, I am waiting for your movements to pick up.
Food Craving: No specific cravings, just the desire to eat "bad" food.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: Yep!
Gender: Boy:o)
Labor Signs: Not yet.
Belly button in or out: On it's way out.
Wedding rings on or off: Still on.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Our next ultrasound

We love you,

Mommy and Daddy xoxo


Monday, August 11, 2014

Exciting news... baby #2

On June 12th the day before your sisters’ birthday we found out that we were pregnant with you! It was another wonderful blessing to celebrate. We had been praying god would bless us with another precious child.

A few weeks ago we had our first doctor’s appointment where we got to see you and hear your little heartbeat. It was a magical experience that made things seems more real.  You were floating around in my belly, every once in a while you would flip. Your doctor will be Dr. Archer, the same as your sisters. Your anticipated due date is February 12, 2015.

10 weeks and 6 days

Your sister loves babies and I know she will love you so much. She is currently 2 year 2 months old, so she is too young to understand what is going on. But I know when you arrive she will be excited.
We used this photo to announce your arrival
You are 13 weeks right now. I have been pretty tired and sick on and off. This just seems to be the way my body reacts to pregnancy. I am looking forward to the upcoming weeks. You will be growing and we have an appointment at 15 weeks and the gender ultrasound September 19th (19 weeks). We are looking forward to finding out if you are a girl or boy! Even though either will be wonderful, I am ready to starting preparing for your arrival.

~Mommy and daddy love you!

Friday, July 11, 2014

You are two!

It is hard to believe you are already two! Everyone tells you cherish these young years they go by quickly and I could not agree more. In the past year you have grown by leaps and bounds. Eight months ago you were just getting a start on walking and doing a little babbling. Now you are walking, running, hopping and talking. At your two year check up you were 32 inches and 26 pounds. The doctor said you will be around 5'10" when you are an adult. You are a very active little girl and we love it.

Some of the things you love are:
  • Going outside! You are always looking for a way to go outside, sometimes even opening doors yourself and trying to go.
  • Swimming! You love to splash and kick in the pool, whether it is your little pool or a big pool you love the water.
  • Dancing! We have caught you dancing more and more. If you hear a song with a good beat it is likely that you will be bopping up and down.
  • Playing! Recently you have been having tea parties and you love your baby dolls.
Your big milestones this year were:
  • Walking! You started walking around 15 months, once you started walking you were off.
  • Going potty! You are fully potty trained during the day. You make sure to tell mommy and daddy whenever you need to go and you like you privacy, you tell mommy and daddy to "shut the door".
  • Talking! You are starting to string words together and are able to often communicate what you want. Your favorite words are "done", "mommy", "daddy", "I do it", and "out please".
Your favorite foods:
  • Mac and cheese, I am pretty sure you would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Goldfish, you love to carry around a container of them to snack on.
  • Strawberries, you like most fruit but strawberries seem to be your favorite.
  • You also love craisins, you will go to the pantry and ask for them.
Your favorite animals:
  • Puppy dogs! You call dogs "woof woofs" and are always on the look out for them. You especially love papa dog Cedric, he is a Belgian Malinois. Uncle Jason also has a puppy named Samson a golden lab, he is very active and sometimes jumps which you don't care for, but seem to be warming up to him.
  • Birdies! You are fascinated with birds, you love to watch them fly around and are always pointing them out.
Your favorite books:
  • You love reading books. We read to you every night and let you pick which ones we will read.
  • "Good Night Moon", "It's Time to Sleep, My Love" and any pop up books are some of your favorites.
  • Recently we have caught you laying on your belly of sitting on a chair reading books. It is very cute!
You are such a sweet loving girl. You bring sunshine with you anywhere you go. Mommy and daddy love you so much and you are a blessing to us. We can not wait to see what the next year will bring!