Tuesday, March 19, 2013

And then we were three...

On Tuesday, March 5th, after a regular day of work and 4 weeks of only being 1 cm dialated, I checked in to UAB's Women's and Infants' Center to begin the induction process to bring our sweet girl into the world. She was very content to stay warm and cozy inside, but she was officially out of growing room, and it was time to come out.

I was admitted to the hospital around 7:30 pm.  We got there at 6:00, but the doctors and nurses were busy with deliveries, so we sat in the waiting room until they were ready for us.

We got into the room where the next day I knew I would be having my baby.  They got me hooked up to monitors and started prepping me for the induction the next morning.  My husband slept on a pull-out sofa in the delivery room with me.  I was grateful that he didn't have to leave, and especially that he had a comfortable place to sleep as well.

Overnight, I had dialated to 4 cm.  They got the pitocin going around 7:00, and I got my epidural around 8:30.  Then, blissfully unaware of any contractions, I fell asleep.

I woke up a few hours later feeling pretty awesome! Well-rested, no pain... and when the doctor came to check on me, dialated to 8 cm! I had slept through basically the entire labor process (thank you epidural!!)

Now, everyone at the hospital and everyone I had told I was getting induced had said not to expect Parker to be born any earlier than Wednesday evening, and that it would probably closer to night time.  That was no longer the case.  By 2:00, I was fully dialated and it was time to push.  My mom and brother and my friend Ryan left the delivery room to join my husband's family in the waiting room.  My husband and the nurse helped me start pushing.  The epidural was working so well that I had to watch the monitor to tell when a contraction was coming.  It was working a little TOO well though, because I couldn't feel if I was pushing in the right place.  After about an hour, the anesthesiologist came and turned down the epidural.  I still wasn't in pain from the contractions, but now I could feel them and could tell that I was pushing.

By 3:30, Parker was well on her way out, and that's when the real pain kicked in.  I was blazing hot, so my husband's job became to fan me and get me wet washclothes to cool me down.  The end is a bit of a blur.  I started thinking and saying that she was never going to come out. At one point I told the doctor who had said she could see the head, "then just go in there and pull her out!" I was exhausted, but I felt fierce.  This baby was about to be here; all I had to do was push...

At 4:01, on a beautiful sunny day, my sweet girl came into the world.  The pediatricians got her immediately because she had inhaled fluids on her way out.  They got her all cleaned up, weighed, and measured, and then handed her to me.

She was perfectly shaped, not squished. A healthy 7 lbs 15 oz and 20.25 inches long. We fell in love immediately. After getting everything in order and making sure we were ready, we went up to the mommy/baby unit.

Daddy got to push Parker.
Door to our room
We had a FLOOD of visitors.  Everyone was so excited to finally meet Parker!
Ryan was there nearly the whole time to take pictures. This is one of my favorites.

On Friday, we found out that Parker's tongue was connected too far towards the tip, which explained why she had trouble latching.  The pediatrician called a pediatric ENT at Children's Hospital South to try to get her in to be seen that day.  They could see her at 1:45.  It was 11:30.  We had to rush to get discharged to make the appointment.  It was a mad dash! Ryan and Andrew got everything packed while I had to go over a BUNCH of paper work with the discharge nurse and get myself ready to go. We left the hospital at 1:00.

We finally made it home in the early evening on Friday, March 8th.  We are still trying to get the hang of things with a newborn, but she is doing very well, and we could not ask for more.  I have never felt more blessed and more loved than I do when I hold my baby girl or see my husband holding her.  We had nearly three years as a family of two, but now we are three, and I am happier than I've ever been.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Parker Elizabeth is here!

Parker Elizabeth was born on March 6th weighing 7 lbs, 15 oz.  She was 20.25 inches long.
My priority now is spending time with my sweet girl, but I will have her birth story up before too long.  Until then, enjoy some pictures of the most beautiful girl in the world!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Project Nursery- Project Complete!

Just in time for Sweet P's arrival, her nursery is ready for her... and so are her parents!  When we first decided to buy this house, this room was going to be the guest room.  That plan lasted for about a week and a half, until we got the best news in the whole world.

It has been fun looking for ideas and coming up with many of my own.  BIG THANK YOU's go out to everyone who helped!

The recliner belonged to my husband's great-grandfather who passed away when my husband was little.  Only "Pop" was allowed to sit in the chair, and only my husband was allowed to sit with him.  It is in really great condition and has so much sentimental value.
The blanket on the chair was made by my grandmother.  The details in the knitting are breath-taking.
I made the window treatments and bought the curtains at Target. The crib is from Walmart. It's one of the convertible kinds, so it can grow with her.  The adorable owl xylophone is a gift from Aunt Jessica and Uncle Anthony, both of whom, along with my husband, are super-talented percussionists! I found the mirror and the frames at a flea market and fixed them up. The yellow zig zag picture is a gift from Aunt Ryan, who gave it to us the day we found out we were having a girl.
I adore my chevron striped wall! It turned out so well! My mom and Ryan helped me get it finished, and without their help, it would have been much more difficult.
The pictures on the wall are the two sides of our family: Hubby's is on top and mine is on bottom. The cross I purchased at a craft fair at a friend's church.  The lion is a Scentsy Buddy from Aunt Lize. It makes her whole room smell like baby powder! The pink lamp holds a pretty neat surprise when you turn it on.
The changing table/dresser combo was truly a labor of love...
I also made the wreath hanging from her door. 
I bought a scrapbook to use to keep track of the pregnancy and Parker's growing up.  I haven't been able to do a whole lot with it, but it hangs right outside her door in the hallway on a plate holder.  MUCH better than tucking it away in a book shelf. That will be my project for the summer.
So there it is! Baby girl's nursery reveal.  Don't you just love it when what you picture in your head is exactly what you get? Now that this room is done, we can move on to the rest of the house... eventually :)

Future BFFs

It has been so fun being pregnant with a friend! And we are both expecting little girls! We are about 18-19 weeks apart. Parker will be born... well, literally any day, but no later than Wednesday, and Lucy Paige is due July 14th.  It will be so fun watching them grow up together, play together, go to school together...  Even though my husband and I have only known this couple for a little over a year, they are family to us.  And now our families are expanding =)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

39 weeks

So as I am writing this, it is T-73.5 hours until I go to the hospital to start the induction process! In less than 4 days, all the leg cramps, heart burn, absent-mindedness, and everything else that has been going on for the last nine months will be totally worth it.  My sweet baby girl will be here! I can't wait to hold her and look at her and know that my life will never be the same.

My husband and I have been enjoying our last weekend as a family of two.  He took me to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch today, and we got a slice of red velvet and chocolate truffle cheesecake slices to eat later while we watch Argo.  Tomorrow will be a lazy day around the house.  We'll make sure everything is cleaned up, and I'll probably make a few more freezer meals to add to our stockpile lol 

I have everything ready for my sub at school.  I am SO READY to be on maternity leave, but I've saved all my days to use after Parker is born, so I'll work Monday and Tuesday, then check into the hospital Tuesday night (unless she decides to come a bit sooner, which would be fine with me!). The students are so excited and keep asking when I'll bring her to the school to see them.  Maybe when it warms up and we don't have snow flurries coming down (You can't tell, but there are some in this picture... in March... in Alabama. That is not ok.). 

It seems like we just found out, but at the same time it feels like it's been an eternity waiting for the big moment.  Now that it's finally here, I pray for myself: that I will have a good labor and delivery. That I will be a good mom. That I will NEVER take this blessing for granted. I pray for my husband: that he will stay strong and continue to be a good leader for his growing family.  I pray for my daughter: that she will be born healthy. That she will grow in size and strength. That she will love the Lord. 

Please keep us in your prayers as we begin this next step!

How far along? 39 weeks, 3 days 
Size of baby: Full-term!!!
Total weight gain: 30ish lbs
Stretch marks? A couple, but not too bad. Bring on the cocoa butter!
Sleep: Some nights great, some terrible. I've been going to bed a lot earlier lately though.
Best moment this week: There have been a couple.  Spending time with my husband and just enjoying each other's company.  Having another ultrasound.  Scheduling the induction. I just feel blessed and peaceful, which is the best thing I could have asked for.
Worst moment this week: Nothing really.
Movement: She's still surprisingly active. She's basically out of room, but doesn't mind stretching me out to turn and kick.
Food cravings: Ice, ice, and more ice. Still. Especially the pellet kind at Sonic!
What I miss: Since I'm about to not be pregnant anymore, I am enjoying every last minute of it. 
What I am looking forward to: Meeting my baby!!!!
Weekly Wisdom: This close to the end, make sure to make time to be a "couple" with your husband.  It will never be just the two of you again. Don't rush through it.