Thursday, May 29, 2008

C'mon, Fess Up

Did someone put some Red Bull in my daughter's milk bottle?

You can tell me. I won't be mad.

Really.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Looky What We Got

Lea's mom made a super adorable diaper bag for us! Besides being so adorable, it's roomy with lots of pockets, and we love it!

COMING SOON: (Ok, that's SOON as in as soon as our child thinks naps longer than fifteen minutes are a good idea again..) Photos of all the great stuff Grandma Jane made for Harper!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

3 Weeks Old


Every day is a new baby to figure out. Today is a "I'm awake, I'm always hungry, and I don't need no stinking nap" baby day. Good thing she's cute! We're doing fine, just a bit tired. And guess who crying after five minutes of sleep. Someday I'll be able to do real blog posting again... someday.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Photos

Day 15 - In her crib checking out her art cards

Day 17 - Different day, same outfit (ok, technically a different outfit... we have two!)
Sleeping in her pack and play

Day 17 (I think)

I am not a good one handed typist. Harper seems to know when I'm on the computer or the phone and demands my full attention. Right now she has fed herself to sleep, but as I'm learning, it just won't last. (Her eyes are peeking open as I type... no surprise there. Yep, she's awake now. I'd better make this fast.)

The pediatrician appointment yesterday went well. She weighs 8 pounds, 8 ounces and is very healthy.

Oh boy... this is going to be really short. The Milk Monster is AWAKE! :)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Day 10




Tuesday, May 13, 2008

When You Were Born

Harper Jane - Day 7

Dear Sweet Harper,

Our beautiful baby. You are the best gift we have ever received. You're kind of like Christmas and July 4th and Valentine's Day all rolled up into one... only so much better!

We fell in love with you the minute we saw you. I don't know how we'll ever express how completely we've fallen for you and how amazing you are. You are so alert, and we love staring into your eyes. We wonder about all of the possibilities for your future and the person you'll grow up to be.

When You Were Born: Your Story

I want to give you the story of when you were born. It's a long story that wasn't always pretty and sometimes was scary, but it was so miraculous and it's all yours.

For starters, you must have been very comfortable in your little cocoon because you were ten days overdue. The doctors told us that we'd better think about getting you out of there, so we scheduled the appointment for Monday, May 5. We thought that would be a pretty cool date for you to be born so we could have a Cinco de Mayo party for your day. Your dad likes Mexican food a lot, so we figured that would be a winner all around.


We called the hospital at six o'clock in the morning to see if they still had room for us to come in. They gave us the go ahead and told me to eat a light breakfast before we came in at 7:30 AM. After I got that news, I was trying not to think about how excited and nervous I was. I took a shower, got dressed and tried to eat some breakfast. I only managed to get down half of the bowl of oatmeal, one slice of toast and some milk. If I'd known how hungry I'd be by lunch time, maybe I'd have been able to eat more, but I doubt it. Your dad showered too and gathered up some last minute items to take with us. We certainly took enough stuff with us... a lot more than we needed, but we were prepared!

We said goodbye to your Grandma Jane and Grandma Ruby and started the drive to the hospital. I have no idea what your dad and I talked about on the way. I only remember checking the clock a lot because we were running a few minutes late. We arrived at the emergency room entrance at the hospital because I forgot to ask where we were supposed to check in if we weren't in labor yet. It turned out that we needed to go to the Family Birth Center part of the hospital instead, so we decided to walk through the hospital. It was quite a maze, but we made it. We got checked in and headed to our labor room LL04. Everyone who visited had to wear handwritten name tags with the room number, and we decided it looked like everyone was named Lloyd.


I started out with my cervix being 2 cm dilated and about 75% effaced. The nurse hooked up my IV and by 9:30 AM the Pitocin medicine was started to get contractions started. They weren't too bad at first, and after a few hours I was about 3 cm dilated. Your daddy was in charge of unhooking and rehooking up my monitors and IV. He really liked pushing the buttons on there. Around 2 PM the contractions were stronger, and the doctor decided to break my water. Things definitely sped up from there. The contractions got very painful... about a 5 to 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. I wasn't sure if I should get an epidural for pain or not. I was worried that getting one would slow down labor, but I wasn't sure how much worse the pain would get and if I could handle it. At 4 PM I was 3 cm dilated and 85% effaced. The nurse said that was great progress. It felt like I had a LONG way to go, and I decided to get the epidural. I was a little scared about the process, but it actually wasn't that bad, and the epidural medicine was just right. I could still move my legs and toes, but the pain of the contractions was greatly diminished. Being able to relax helped things move along. By 6 PM or so I was 6 cm dilated. By 9 PM I was fully dilated. The contractions definitely started hurting by then, but it was a different kind of hurt. Lots of pressure. The doctor had me do a few practice pushes with her and then I pushed with the nurse. You weren't turned completely into position... you had about an eighth of a turn left to go so pushing was very hard. You weren't really coming down to where you needed to be.


After I pushed for more than three and a half hours, the doctor was nervous about you because I was getting very swollen and very tired and you weren't making your appearance. She attached a special monitor to your head to be able to listen to your heartbeat. She calmly explained that she might have to use a vacuum to get you out and if that didn't work, we would have to go into a quick and probably difficult c-section. The nurse called for the anesthesiologist, the doctor prepared for the vacuum extraction, and I kept pushing. Very soon everyone was exclaiming that they could see the top of your head and your dark hair. I got worried because every time I pushed the heartbeat monitor would stop. Somehow I found some more energy and after about three or four more contractions everyone was telling me that they could see more of her head and that I was almost there. The doctor was so reassuring. Every time I looked up she would calmly tell me how I was doing. After a few more big pushes and a lot of exclamations from everyone, your head finally came out. One more push after that and you were here!

Because I had been pushing so long and you had been under some stress, I only saw you for just a minute before the nurses took you to check you out. Everyone was so glad and relieved that you finally arrived. You got pink right away and gave us some cries. Everyone checked you out while the doctor fixed me up. You weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces... the same as I weighed when I was born, and you were 22 inches long. After a clean up and a few photos, the nurse brought you over to me. Your eyes were wide open and we stared at you for a long time. You had so much hair! We immediately fell in love.

Welcome to the world, Harper Jane! We love you SO much and are so glad you are part of our lives!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Baby :)

Here's a video of our introduction to Miss Harper and a link to some photos.

video

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellypaints/sets/72157604977021561/

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

We're Home!

We got to come home this morning around 11:30 or so. We're both healthy and recovering from a long day and FOUR hours of pushing. Lots of updates about little Miss Harper Jane and the whole experience soon. Lots of love to everyone and a photo from this afternoon to tide you over. :)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Baby!


Born on 5/6/08 at 1:16am.
8lbs, 6oz.
22 inches.
Beautiful girl.
Momma and baby are doing great!

(Posted by Lea)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Week 41, Day 3

Hey! Guess what?

NO BABY.

Friday, May 2, 2008

More Week 41, Day 2

Well, after a few attempts at the doctor's office we got the baby to wake up and give us a responsive non-stress test, so we passed. She's doing OK in there, so we're back to the waiting game again.


All I can say at this point is that no matter how many times someone tells me that my body was made for this, I can't help but think "YOU ARE SO WRONG." However, here are some photos to prove that this engineering feat seems to work no matter what I think.




Week 41, Day 2

Waiting for this baby has made my mind all mushy and my blog posts as bland as Malt-O-Meal.

I've been up since around 3:45 am, and it ain't because the baby is on the way. As a matter of fact, her stubborn little butt is just wiggling away in there happy as can be. I bet if I had an ultrasound right now she'd be thumbing her nose at me with a "Neener, neener! You can't get me! You can't get me!" chant.

Yesterday I said "oh what the hell" and succumbed to the Cinnabon craving. I am SO living on the edge now. Hopefully I'll get to have another weigh in today at the doctor where I find out that 200 pounds is no longer just a pipe dream, but a "wow my butt is huge" reality. So much for those people who kept telling me that they couldn't tell I was pregnant from behind. I was never sure if that was some kind of compliment or just a crazy observation. I hate to tell you folks, but you're not supposed to be able to tell that I'm pregnant from looking at my backside. Well, at least not until week 41, day 2, in my estimation. I think I'm headed towards peanut butter Special K bars next. Cinnabons are SO yesterday.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Week 41, Day 1

Still no baby.

Once again, I thought something was happening last night (patterned cramping about every ten minutes or so), but I guess patience or pitocin are the only remedies to this little problem.

Doctor appointment for another non-stress test tomorrow. I'll keep you updated. :)