Monday, April 29, 2013

Baby T's Birth Story

Well my little babe is now 24 days old and it has been the best 24 days of my life :] I figured I better get his birth story written down before I forgot any details about it.

I had complications through out my pregnancy and was at risk for preterm labor so from 22 weeks on I was put on restrictions, had to go in for internal ultrasounds every week and had many extra tests run. My doctor said that his end goal would be to get me to 37 weeks. At one point I was getting worse so I had to have steroids to develop baby's lungs just in case.

37 weeks came and went and no baby. Not even a sign that he was ready to make his grand entrance. I was disappointed, after all the anxiety of trying to keep him in, I was ready to get him OUT! Then 38 weeks came and went and still nothing, that was when my doctor informed me that once I hit 39 weeks if I chose to he had no problems with inducing me,then came the but, he was going to be out of town my entire 39th week... fantastic. At my 39 week appointment I met Natalie the midwife and discussed my options with her. I decided to put off an induction and have my membranes stripped instead. All I can say about this is OUCH!! I must have been desperate. That was on Tuesday April 2nd around 3 p.m.

We went home and I was uncomfortable from the procedure but nothing else happened all night. The next morning, April 3rd I got up disappointed that I wasn't feel any different but I went to the bathroom and had some blood but I figured it was just from the procedure like Natalie had warned me might happen so I went about my morning and got ready to go to my nail appointment.

While at my nail appointment me and my friend Jessie were joking about what would happen if my water broke while I was sitting there and I was telling her how I didnt think this little boy was EVER coming out of me and so on. In the mean time Adam and I were texting discussing just scheduling an induction because I was ready to be done and I just wanted my little guy to get here. As we were getting closer to the end of my appointment I started having cramps which again I just pinned on my procedure the day before and I didnt think much of them. Then I started to feel like I was leaking, almost like I couldn't control my bladder so I had NO idea what was going on. I excused myself to the bathroom and decided either there was a problem and i was leaking fluids, which is bad, or my water had broke! That was at about 12:20 p.m.

I went back out trying to decide if I should stay and get my nails finished, or go ahead and leave. I opted for the latter only because that was a little gross to keep sitting there :] I thought Jessie was going to pass out when I walked out and told her I needed to leave because my water had just broke.

Then I tried calling Adam and he wouldn't answer his phone so I stopped over at the shop and hollered for him to come here, he told me to hold on that he was on the phone and I told him no because my water had broke, poor guy almost hurt himself running out the door!

We had to go home to gather our things and so I could finish packing my bag (yes it wasn't done!) So I called my mom to tell her I was going in to be checked. I told her I thought my water had broke and she didn't believe me because she said "Oh honey, trust me, if your water broke you would know it" So I told her my doctor had told her it would either gush, or feel like a steady flow like I was wetting myself, then she started to panic.

Once we got home I took my time packing and gathering my things while Adam tried to rush me along, I figured we had a long road ahead of us with labor seeing as how this was my first baby and my family all had very long hard labor and delivery's.

Once we were finally on the road to Idaho falls to the hospital I started feeling minor contractions so I timed them. They weren't painful but they were coming about 3 1/2 minutes apart.

We got to the hospital to check in and I asked where labor and delivery was, the lady asked if I was in labor and I told her I thought so, so she got all excited and tried to get me into a wheelchair which I refused... I wasn't even in pain so I didn't need a free ride ;]

I got checked into the hospital and into a bed around 1:30 p.m. or so, the contractions still were not bad so I just waited for my mom to get there and for someone to come tell us what came next.

All throughout my pregnancy Adam told everyone he was going to deliver the baby and scrub in so while we waited he practiced his "catching" position ;]

When the nurse got me all hooked up and checked me I was only dilated to a 3 so the Midwife decided to give me some pitocin to help speed things up

Once the pitocin hit the labor got hard and fast. I was having all back labor and was definitely not loving life at that point haha I finally asked for my epidural around 4:30 p.m. so they got the anesthesiologist up to my room and got me the good stuff ;] I was very resistant to the drugs so it took longer that usual to get the right concoction and to get it all the way kicked in but once it did, I was in HEAVEN. I relaxed and became a chatty kathy :]

My nurse checked me again around 5:30 p.m. and I was only to a 5 so we were taking bets on if I would have him on the 3rd or the 4th and my nurse said it would be a close one to have him on the 3rd.

Baby was posterior which was what they thought was causing me to have all back labor so at about 6:30 p.m. my nurse came in to try and get the baby to turn before delivery but when she turned me onto my side we lost his heartbeat on the monitor so she got another nurse to try and find it and neither of them could so they called Natalie and she said we needed to do an internal monitor to get his heartbeat back which its good we did!

The nurse got ready to put the monitor in and when she did she looked really shocked and told me that i was a 10 100% thinned and a +2. I knew what being a 10 and 100% thinned meant but not what a +2 was so the nurse told me that a 0 meant the baby was at the top of the birth canal and a +4 was delivered, I was in shock! That meant baby T had worked himself halfway through the birth canal all by himself and I was none the wiser, god bless those drugs!

The nurse started talking about having a baby by 7:30 and I thought she was nuts! I knew pushing could take awhile especially with the epidural and being my first baby so she left to call Natalie and said they would be back to get me ready to push.

As of 7:20 p.m. nobody was back in my room to get things ready so I figured there was no way baby would be here by 7:30.

Finally the nurses came in followed by Natalie and they got everything ready and got me up into the stirrups and Natalie said she could see the head, who would have thunk??

At my next contraction she told me to push so I got 3 pushes in, another contraction and 3 more pushes then she told me to rest through the next one and let my body do the work and then the next one came she told me to give her a half push and out came Tradlee John William Howard. Born at 7:32 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs 9 oz and was 20 1/2" long. He had a FULL head of black thick hair and was so perfect!! It was the best, most amazing experience of my life. I couldn't have been more blessed.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

19 weeks

This week, Baby is the size of: A large heirloom tomato.
How far along? 19 weeks
Due date: April 9, 2013
Total weight gain/loss: About 5 pounds.
Maternity Clothes: Not really, a couple maternity shirts but mostly just wearing bigger than normal clothes.
Sleep: I'm a lot more uncomfortable just because I am so restless and itchy.
Best moment this week: Having another ultrasound and seeing he is still a boy!
Food cravings: I crave McDonald's still ALL the time... and then random other things, it depends on the day
Movement: not yet... at least not positive :[
Symptoms: just getting fatter :]
Labor Signs: No.
Stretch Marks: i'm starting to get a few, dangit!
Swelling? Nope

Belly Button in or out? still very in
What I miss: wearing all my clothes and a flatter tummy
Gender: little dude!
Feeling toward Pregnancy: Its not my favorite thing but I am so thankful and excited for this little boy growing inside of me!
What I am looking forward to: the end of the next 21 weeks!
Milestones: ALMOST halfway! WAHOO!!!
Something fun that you did: We have been working on baby's room and all the cute stuff for his room!
News: Not much, just getting ready for the holidays and letting baby T grow!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Week 18

So I have been behind and didn't start doing these cute little surveys when we first found out about baby T, but better late than never right?? So here is Week 18.
This week, Baby is the size of: A bell pepper! YAY!
How far along? 18 weeks and 2 days
Due date: April 9, 2013
Total weight gain/loss: Honestly, I haven't kept track. I have an appointment in less than a week so I will find out!
Maternity clothes? A few shirts but not really, mostly I have just been wearing bigger looser clothes and that is working for now!
Sleep: Its not too bad other than I get REALLY itchy and my legs get restless at night
Best moment this week: I have seen lots of cute little boys which makes me so excited to have my own :]
Food cravings: freaking McDonalds, UGH!! I am gonna get sooo fat!!
Movement: I haven't felt anything FOR SURE but I think I am starting to feel something.
Symptoms: oh man, don't get me started, it really feels like I have lost control of my own body! really starting to realize I have another HUMAN growing inside me!
Labor Signs: Nope, thank god.
Stretch Marks: Not really
Swelling? my fingers a tiny bit but it hasn't affected me at all

Belly Button in or out? In, Yay!
What I miss: Being able to wear ALL of my pants and not being so tired and worn out all the dang time.
Gender: Little Boy!
Feeling toward Pregnancy: Super excited for my little guy but being pregnant has for sure not been my most favorite thing, but I couldn't be more blessed to be able to have my own child.
Milestones: none really, ALMOST halfway!
News: We have all our big ticket baby items and Adam is working on baby's room! yay!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Girls Day

So this weekend we had the kids which is always an adventure, but Saturday there was a craft fair at a local high school so we made a girls day of it! :] My mom, Jaycee, and I went to lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings (LOVE THAT PLACE!!) and then headed off to spend all our money [hehe]
It was a fairly small craft fair and not many "crafts" more vendor type stuff but I found a couple cute things for baby T and probably the CUTEST scarf I have ever seen and mom as usual found all sorts of super cute christmas gifts and fun things to spoil the grandkids with. I was so proud of Jaycee Adam and I decided to give her $10 for all her help around the house and to have some money to spend, and then of course grandma gave her money to spend as well :] I can proudly say that my sweet little girl is QUITE the bargain shopper! She managed to get most of what she wanted that she liked and still had money left over when we were done.
The boys went and had a boys day of course. They had a blast and it makes me SOO happy that I have such a wonderful family that we can be so close to. I am also so thankful for a husband who wants to be close to my family and who wants to learn and help as much as he can. I love that we have this opportunity to spend time with my family and to give the kids the chance to get to know both mine and Adam's families, and to see how loved they are and how much support they have always so close to them.
Sure am thankful for all that I have and for my little family that is growing faster than I can handle it. :]

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Baby on Board...

Well... As usual, its been awhile. I always think to blog, but then never know what to say or how to say all the things I am constantly thinking and feeling.
A lot of that has finally changed because for once I have one thing to think about ALL the time.
Baby Howard is on board and will be arriving April 9th, 2013.
We couldn't be more thrilled to be adding another little one to our circus. On October 18th we found out that we will be seeing a lot more dirt, and trucks, and blue and our house because its time for another little boy to keep me on my toes.
I am sooo excited and scared out of my mind at the same time. I love the opportunity I have had to be a step mom to Jaycee and Jayden, but in reality, I have only had to be an every other weekend mom. Don't get me wrong, I would change that in a heartbeat if it were possible, but its not. Until now... In a few short months I will be becoming a full time mom from day one. And I am scared. out. of. my. mind.
But it will be good, and I am sooo lucky to have a good man and a wonderful dad by my side to get me through this and to encourage and love me.
I am so blessed for this wonderful little family of mine.
xoxo -D

Saturday, June 2, 2012

These kiddo's of mine....

Well as of June 1st I get to finally be a full time ALMOST full time mommy for the next 6 weeks! I have to say almost because every other weekend it does go back to just me and the hubby... which isn't a bad thing!! I really do love that man A LOT! <3 but I love having the kids here, having them only 4 days a month, BLOWS!!! Some of the AWESOME things we have to look forward to: -Me only working 3 days a week so I can be home with the kids. -Adam only working mornings for 3 days a week so he gets time with the the munchkins. -Swimming lessons -Tae Kwon Doe for Jayders, he is SUCH a stud! -Gymnastics for the little miss -TONS of family time :] -The kids getting to play with their grandmas without their parents bugging supervising them -camping trips -family vacation -movie nights -afternoon drives -and BEST of all, just being a REGULAR family!!! I am SO, SO, blessed with this cute little family of mine!
xoxo, -D

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Where to even begin...

Alright, so here is the dealio, I haven't blogged in... a few days forever! I've been busy to lazy to even know where to start. Sooo... start fresh I shall. I love to read stalk blogs. I love seeing other people's ideas and creativity, to try to boost my own. Sometimes I either just feel so blah or to overwhelmed to even write anything worthwhile. Excuses, excuses I know. BUUUUTTTTTT.... I'm turning over a new leaf... again. I am really starting to realize the importance of keeping records for myself and my family with what goes on, because it goes too fast. My kids are growing up right in front of it.. and already I look back and wonder where the heck I've been. Amazing how much changes, and happens in only a year. Speaking of a year... in only 14 days, it will be 1 year since my handsome, sexy, wonderful, annoying and crazy best friend got down on one knee and asked me to be his bestie for forever. Booyah! That's what I'm talking about.
Happy, happy girl he made me. As for life now, sheesh... somedays I don't even know which way is up, who is where, or what any of us are doing. What I DO know, is that I am blessed. I have the best hubby, two amazing beautiful children, a beautiful home, a good job, some pretty fantastic friends and an amazing family. What more could a girl want?? Notta. Also, I guess it would be pretty cool to add, I finally got my first tattoo... drum roll please....
It didn't even hurt hurt like a son of a gun and no I didn't even cry cried like a baby but sspecial. In so many ways. This tattoo is as personal as I could imagine making it. BACKGROUND: My tattoo artist (Troll at Atlas Tattoo, check him out!) was super stoked to do this tattoo because he has two severely autistic boys himself. So he TOTALLY got it. Thanks to him, and his awesome suggestions, this tattoo has SOO much more meaning to it. THE TAT: The heart, and Kevin's name are drawn by him personally and then shrunk down and stenciled on me. The saying is done in my handwriting for him. The colors and puzzle pieces are the symbols for Autism. The missing puzzle piece is the K for Kevin's name. The green K is for Kevin's favorite color. Last but not least, as you can see the less and just are kindof inside the heart, so if you take those away, it just says "Not different, Kevin". I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Alright, that's enough random jibberish for one night. But don't you worry, I will be back. xoxo -D