Friday, December 21, 2012

Lucy Catherine

During a routine ultrasound at 36 weeks, the ultrasound tech spent a lot of time looking at the baby's bladder and kidneys.  She commented that the bladder was full and wondered why it wasn't draining.  During the visit with my doctor after that, she told me that the baby is probably just about to pee, but very rarely there could be some sort of blockage that would be treated after birth. She said we would check it in a week.  The baby was also measuring small, about 2 weeks behind.  So at 37 weeks they checked the bladder again, and said it was still somewhat full, but smaller than before.  The kidneys looked fine, but she thought the ureters might be a little dilated so they wanted me to get checked by a high-risk OB just to be sure.  A few days later I went downtown to have another ultrasound.  This doctor thought the bladder, ureters, and kidney looked fine.  She thought the ultrasound tech may have been seeing shadows or the bowels when she thought the ureters looked dilated. But she was concerned about her size.  She said the fluid level looked fine, but that the blood flow from the placenta was a bit low.  She thought the baby might not be getting proper nourishment and told me the baby should probably come out soon.  Not the news I wanted or was expecting, but I tried to prepare myself as I drove to my doctor to discuss induction.  My OB also thought it would be best for the baby to come out now, and said I should go to labor and delivery that night at 10pm.  She explained that they would give me a cervix ripening drug overnight and start pitocin in the morning.  I was disappointed to be facing another induction as I really wanted to make it closer to 40 weeks this time and go into labor naturally.  I was also sad my doctor wasn't on call the next day when I would deliver.  She is my favorite OB out of the three that I had had.  She is Catholic, supportive of NFP, and is super sweet and caring.  But as the reality sunk in, I started to get really excited to meet our new little one.  When I got home, I put the kiddos down for their nap, cleaned house, cleared my calendar for the following week, and went grocery shopping.   My mom came over that evening to spend the night with the kids, and Alex and I headed to the hospital.  We got checked in right away and prepared for a long night.  After a few hours, they gave me Cytotec to help ripen my cervix in preparation for the induction.  They gave me Ambien to help me sleep, but I still only got a few hours.  The Cytotec caused some cramping, and the nurse kept having me switch the side I was laying on because the baby would have periods of sleepiness, and they wanted to perk her up. 

The hospital room

The last picture of me pregnant

At 6:00am they started the pitocin.  The contractions came hard and fast; they don't really build in intensity the way they do in natural labor.  I remember them checking me at one point and I was at 6.  I must have dilated quickly after that, because at one point I got really hot and felt like I was going to pass out.  I told the nurse I may want an epidural, but during the next contraction I felt like I needed to push.  One of the nurses rushed out to find the doctor, and the others kept telling me to breath and not push, and I kept telling them I couldn't.  I think they are used to people with epidurals not feeling the sensation to push.  It was an overwhelming urge though, like it was with little Alex, and if the doctor hadn't been in the next room attending another delivery, I think the nurse would have had to deliver her!  She was born at 8:38 am, just 2.5 hours after I started the pitocin. 

The beautiful moment when we met :)

She looks big in this picture, but she was teeny tiny at 5.4 lbs.

Kisses from daddy

It was so fun to introduce her to the kids.  Alex was a little unsure and didn't get near her for awhile, but Mary was intrigued and started giving her hugs and kisses right away :)

The hospital stay was ok.  The hospital is pretty new, and the rooms are nice.  The nurses in general  weren't of stellar quality like they were in Houston, but there were a few good ones that took excellent care of us. 

We are so excited to have this new bundle of joy as part of our family!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Issac's 1st Birthday

We celebrated our nephew Issac's 1st birthday the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Amanda ordered a fancy cake from the parents of a friend that own a bakery (the same people that did our wedding cake).  Cute!

Hanging out with uncle Bob before the guests arrived.

My sister bought this plastic ball pit for the kids to play in and they came out with crazy hair from all the static.  Ha!

The birthday boy was pooped from opening presents...

But woke up in time for cake!

Happy Birthday Issac!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

I was really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year since we had been in Houston the last several years.  Being near the end of my pregnancy, I was craving a yummy meal and was excited to spend the day with family, celebrating all we have to be thankful for.  The day started off well.  Alex brought home doughnuts after going to the gym and we watched part of the Macy's parade.  After the kids took a nap, we headed over to my parents house.  Then, 20 minutes before we were about to eat, Mary threw up :(  When we sat down to eat, I made the mistake of giving her some applesauce and mashed potatoes.  I should have known better, but I felt so bad for her when everyone had plates full of yummy food.  She was ok for awhile and I sat down with her on the couch to relax.  My family surprised us with a little baby shower.  Most of gifts were diapers and wipes. Perfect!   Then with her in my lap, she threw up again.  I went upstairs to change, and when I returned to finish opening gifts, we noticed Alex was looking really pale and I knew we needed to get him to the bathroom fast.  Luckily he made it upstairs before he threw up.  We decided we better leave at that point, and my mom sent some pumpkin pie home with us.  I was upset on the way home that, of all days, and of all the hours on that day, they had to get sick during the short time we were there.  But then I remembered what the day was about, and started thinking about how thankful I was to have healthy kids, and that we have never had to deal with any serious illnesses.  Neither of them have ever even had a ear infection.  The occasional bouts of stomach flu and colds are nothing compared to what some people are dealing with.  Put the day in a different perspective for sure!  

A few days before Thanksgiving, the kids in our preschool co-op made these cute handprint/footprint turkeys.  Alex's turned out really well!

A close up of the finished product :)

Love this pic taken a few weeks ago.  So thankful for this crazy bunch!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Halloween 2012

The kiddos were excited about Halloween this year, and I was excited to find some adorable costumes for about $6 each at a resale shop.  Alex was a lion and Mary was a bumble bee.  Here they are getting ready to go to a Halloween carnival at my moms work:

We had a few other fun activities and parties scheduled for the weekend before Halloween, but unfortunately we were battling a stomach bug and had to stay home all weekend.  Everyone was better by Halloween though, so daddy came home a bit early and we set out trick-or-treating.  

 I didn't get any pictures of them while we were out, but they had a blast going from house to house and we made it around a whole loop in our neighborhood. Their buckets were pretty full when we returned, but with all the candy lovers around here, it only lasted about a week and a half :)