Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Sweet Samantha has been with us for 12 whole weeks! I have learned a LOT in that time. Every morning when I greet my little girl, her smiles melt my heart. We are so blessed and I thank the Lord every day for sending us this precious child.
It's so amazing watching her learn and grow every day. She now reaches out for toys and can even grab them sometimes! She's learned to kick the kick pad on her Gymni to make it play a song, and she loves the crinkle of a half-inflated mylar balloon. She watched the Fourth of July fireworks so intently and had a ball meeting Uncle Sam at the stroller parade in the mall. There are so many amazing firsts to witness and I am so fortunate to be there to see it all.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Here's a picture of Samantha in her big girl crib watching her mobile at one month. Her Nana made that beautiful blanket.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
After having increasingly strong Braxton Hicks contractions for a few weeks, I didn't know it was for real at first. Labor began around 2:45 on Saturday afternoon. I sent Andrew out with his friends since I didn't know whether it was for real and I knew he'd be back in time if it was. I knew it was for real at around 9 pm so I took a bath and called him to come home, then called our doula. Kathy arrived at around 10:30. She sat with us through a couple of contractions, we went for a walk, and decided to try to get some sleep. Kathy went home. We called her to come back at around 2 am when it became perfectly clear that I wasn't going to get any sleep at all as the contractions got stronger, longer, and closer together at about 4 minutes apart. We headed for the hospital at about 3:30 and arrived around 4:00. That car ride was not fun. I was 7 cm when I was first checked. The nursing staff was excellent and already had the copy of my birth plan that my CNM had faxed to them. I got a hep lock instead of a full IV (though it took three people three tries each to get it in), nobody asked about medication, and I was allowed intermittent monitoring so I could move around. Surprisingly, I was happiest in the bed and in the chair. I thought for sure I'd be squatting all over the place.
I labored for several hours and thank God for my doula! She was amazing through the whole thing! I don't think I could have gone unmedicated without her. Andrew was a great coach, though a little woozy at times. He hadn't gotten any sleep for two nights thanks to work and stress. When they say "you'll know when it's real labor" they are NOT kidding! Since I labored at home for so long, it wasn't long before I was 9 cm and then ready to push. Pushing seemed to last forever and I felt like I'd hit the wall. The CNM offered to break the water but I told her to wait and my baby girl broke it soon after. There was meconium so I had to push in a semi-reclining position so the CNM could suction her as soon as her face appeared. I got to touch her head. I felt like I was making no progress and was in so much pain that I thought I might not be able to do it after all, but soon she was halfway out and I had to resist the urge to push her the rest of the way (impossible) while the CNM got her suctioned. Pretty much the only thing that didn't go perfectly was that I had to be cut and I tore, and I know my CNM does not take episiotomy lightly so it really had to be done. It is going to be a long time before I do all that again, but I would do it the same way again for sure.
Our precious little girl was born at 10:22 am on April 19. She weighs 8 lb., 13 oz. and is 21 inches long. She had to have some blood sugar tests because of her size, but everything is fine. She is absolutely beautiful. She loves to look at her daddy and she loves to lay on my chest. She hates to have her diaper changed and she hates to be moved if she's happy where she is. She's not too sure about nursing, but we're working on that. Her grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and of course her parents are all completely in love with this little one.
It took us until the end of her second day to name her. Samantha Elise is home with us now!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Get medical paper work from the 8/27/08 accident and fax it to Mr. Insurance Man
If I do have a baby tonight I have a few different things to do tomorrow.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Today the doula met the midwife. We went over the birth plan and everything looks great! I love my CNM. It looks like everything is going to go smoothly provided the labor works with us and everyone stays healthy.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I've had very mild Braxton Hicks contractions off and on since about 20 weeks, particularly when exercising, but they've been no big deal. A little over a week ago I got them with a pattern that started out far apart and got closer together throughout the day, but they still didn't hurt a whole lot. I called the OB's office, got sent to L&D, and got sent home. This past week they have been quite a bit more obnoxious and painful. They come in spurts, and just when I think it might be for real, they go away. I think at least some of them are doing something as far as dilation and ripening and all that good stuff, and I will find out tomorrow afternoon at my next appointment.
We got a 4-hour crash course in natural childbirth from our doula yesterday. Andrew and I are both so happy she will be part of this experience. She is really going to be incredibly helpful in reaching our goal of having a natural, unmedicated birth.
Now we just have to wait and one of these days, these contractions will be for real.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
We have it narrowed down to a few name combinations. The first name will probably be either Samantha or Rachel, and the middle name will probably be Elise, but who knows? We may come up with something completely different when we see her.
I've been having harder Braxton Hicks contractions lately. One today made me wonder if it was for real, but there was just one. I was still 2.5 cm at the appointment on Monday, so all these contractions haven't been doing much. Soon.
More progress: I hired a doula today, and she's coming over on Saturday to teach us about childbirth. Tomorrow I will go meet a pediatrician and get that taken care of. The one I originally wanted can't meet with me until April 13, and I thought that was pushing it, so I am meeting with a different doctor in the same practice. I want to know about asthma and ADHD.
What do we still need to buy for the baby? I should get that figured out. For my personal organization needs, I will post a list here. * items are things we really ought to get before she comes home.
- sheet savers for crib*
- gas drops*
- dye-free baby Tylenol
- MOBI digital thermometer*
- breast pump (Lasinoh manual)*
- Lots of Links
- monitor (Angelcare movement sensor)*
- diaper sack dispenser
- color change ducky for bath*
- microwave bottle sterilizer*
- breastmilk storage bags*
- tubside kneeler*
- umbrella stroller (Maclaren Volo)
- video camera
- Evenflo 8 oz glass bottles with sleeves
- Medium and large cotton sleep sacks
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Lena the sphynx is not sure what's happening. The baby's room was her room when we first got her, before we let her have the run of the house. She hasn't been allowed in there for a couple of years now, so I'm not sure she remembers it, but she has been acting agitated with all the comings and goings around here, running all over the house, getting into things (like eating Rainbow Bright's hair), and generally demanding attention. I let her come in and explore while I was putting away laundry, which turned out to be a bad idea. She somehow squeezed into the drawer under the crib, where I had put all the freshly-washed blankets, and wouldn't come out until I pulled the drawer out and poked her with a hanger. This wouldn't be so bad, except that she gets a bath every Saturday and this happened on Friday night. I'm still not sure how she'll react to a baby moving in. I think they'll have loads of fun when Babby is older and can chase her around, which is Lena's favorite game, but who knows? For now, she will have to stay out of Babby's room because she loves to snuggle people and a little warm baby could be too great of a temptation. Perhaps we will get a screen door or a squirt gun for Babby's room.
As for pregnancy itself, I am so over it. Babby, you have a little less than a month. Get ready!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Names: Right now, at this very moment, Andrew and I agree on our top three first names and our top two middle names. This may change, but I'm glad to have it sort of narrowed down so we have a short list to choose from when we see her.
Business arrangements: I still haven't interviewed doulas or pediatricians. It's on my list, but somehow I never get to it.
House: Apparently I have been nesting this weekend. There is still so much to do, but things are feeling a lot better around here.
Work: I stayed at work until LATE Friday making lesson plans for the long-term sub. I will probably do that every Friday from now until Babby arrives. Now about that grading...
Sheer exhaustion is preventing me from doing much. Yes, I know that if I exercise I will have more energy. Time to stop whining and get my butt on the treadmill.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
write lesson plans for sub
get copies of everything for sub
get an overhead projector for sub
have student computer converted to teacher computer for sub
bring home as much stuff as possible
give away as much stuff as possible
finish arranging field trip
conduct delayed post test for thesis
fill out required leave of absence paperwork
find out about insurance and possible resignation date, last date of work
get technology equipment ready to turn in and all in one place - find out where/when to turn it in
find a new home for the laptops
hire a doula
read more books
take childbirth class
take breastfeeding class
pack a hospital bag
remove exercise equipment
clean out closet
re-hang closet door
install new screws in the crib
disable the drop-side of the crib?
decorate the walls
wash and put on bedding
install curtain rod
install new blinds
cover circular window in fabric
buy and hang curtains for closet
organize clothes, diapers
get baskets for diaper stuff
get a hamper or laundry basket for laundry
get shelves for toys and books
get a trash can and wet bags for diaper pail, wet bags for travel
get a diaper sprayer
find some way of keeping the cat out while keeping the door open
lower water heater temp to 120 degrees
find, wash, and hang curtain (needs new curtain rod)
tighten curtain installations in living room
replace lightbulbs in living room, bathroom
declutter (garage sale? - probably not)
give everything a good scrub
Major house stuff:
repair sprinkler system
basic yard clean-up
schedule pool chemical service
new shower door
new baseboards in bathrooms
de-wallpaper and paint bathrooms
refinish garage door
see to the plumbing in the guest bathroom
new deck or remove and replace with grass
new door for upstairs bathroom
TNR the orange feral cat (I haven't seen him in over a week. Maybe we are lucky and he's gone this time.)
Write a thesis
Do the taxes
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
We won't have a final determination until we get to see her in person, but narrowing it down a bit wouldn't hurt. Here is a link if you care to vote: http://www.babynames.com/namelist/9638747 . Write-in votes, especially hilarious ones, are requested in the comments section of this blog.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I called my sister to tell her the news and ask her if it was OK to tell our family the weekend of her wedding. We told my parents the day after the wedding by giving them "Grandmother" and "Grandfather" mugs. We flew back home that same day and told Andrew's parents by giving them a puzzle with the message on it. Then we called Andrew's sister. Later, we presented Andrew's grandmothers with cards that said "Guess What?" and "Surprise!" on the outside and cut-outs of baby-type shapes with the date April 16, 2009 on the inside. We were able to share the news with several of our friends in person and via Facebook and e-mail.
We found out that our baby is a precious girl on December 1. This thrilled Andrew's mom, who had already been collecting a few baby girl things since his sister got pregnant. She had a boy, so the girl things remained in the closet until now.
Pregnancy symptoms: I had some "morning" sickness all day from about week six through about week thirteen, but I was able to keep it at bay by snacking every hour. During the first trimester, I didn't have any cravings but I had two major aversions: pizza and french fries. After awhile the aversions went away and since then I have been craving pizza, spaghetti, and anything with tomato-based sauce. I was completely exhausted throughout the first trimester, but that went away. In addition, there are all manner of other symptoms that I'd rather not share online and anyone reading this would probably rather not know about.
Wild dreams: I have had some weird dreams. First, before we even knew she was there, I dreamt I had a baby and it was a Roomba. I had the dream where I put the baby down and couldn't remember where (fortunately they come with an alarm system to signal you when you lose them in real life). I dreamt I swam to Los Angeles with Andrew where I passed out and when I woke up I had had an emergency C-Section four months early, but there was no pain and we could tell the baby (a boy) was fine because he had a full head of hair just like his dad and was making complicated consonant combinations like sp- and sk-. We didn't have a car seat so my mom put the beautifully decorated Easter egg he had been born in back together, saying "You can never get these things back exactly the way they came." Then we put him back in his egg and about 10 family members piled in one car to go home. I dreamt I was pregnant but not married so I ran away to Europe where I met a man who was four inches tall. Weird.
I love feeling the baby move around! She beats up on me every morning and every evening. She gets especially excited when I eat sugar. We've even seen her move, which is particularly strange.
So now we have eleven more weeks before we get to hold our baby girl! It's a good thing, since there's still so much to be done!