Thursday, March 31, 2011

He slept ALL night!

And he is back asleep! We had a rough day yesterday with 5 hours of chopped up sleep the night before and only a 20 minute nap (just long enough to get a quick shower) so we were very ready for bed last night. Dad started rocking him after his 9:15 feeding and it wasn't looking good...wide eyed. At 10:30 we finally got him to sleep in the crib and we went to bed too. Ahhh. At 3:15 I woke up with a boob ache! Wow, I thought to myself, he has gone 6 hours since his last feeding and I have gotten 4.5 hours of straight sleep. Man, I wish my boobs didn't hurt... Next thing I knew it was 5:30 and it was a milk bath on my side of the bed! I made a beeline for the nursery. Yep, he was still alive! I couldn't get that breast pump turned on fast enough. Just then, he made a tiny squeak and it was time for breakfast! So, for the record, because yes, I am keeping a record, (so many commas--not sure they were correctly used) Wade went 8.5 hours between feedings and slept for 7 hours. That means I slept for 7 STRAIGHT hours too!! Bless you my son. God is good--all the time. Its gonna be a great day! Watch out 8 hours. We are comimg for you.

Sorry for the bad video skills, the goofy baby talk and that I keep accidentally focusing on a trash bag of dirty diapers in the background. He is smiling so much now and I never get it on video. I am trying!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Last week the weather was perfect so Wade and I packed up and I took him to Utica Square for the first time! He loved it of course and slept the whole time:) Hat he wore was a little doofy but we are practical people above all else.

Tulips were blooming and so pretty! Not sure what this statue is is blocking the tulips.
I had a hair appointment last week and Aunt Jenny got to babysit! It was the first time I had left Wade with anyone (other than dad). I did great. Wade did amazing. And, he got his first bottle! He didn't flinch at all, just started eating away. Praise Him! Wade and Aunt Jenny had some good bonding time---they are good friends!
Bigs helped feed Wade too:)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

7 "Interesting" Facts

I don't really understand the rules, but there is a blog 'award' going around and I was an after thought winner after I whined about not being chosen:) Turns out, not really proud of how it all went down BUT! Silver lining: I get to fill out my 7 interesting facts, which if it were 17 interesting facts one of them would be that I love filing out forms, lists, questionnaires, etc... So here goes!

1. I can correctly tell what time it is, down to the minute, on demand. I should be on time more than I am...

2. I can do the Vanilla Ice gang sign. Google him. It was his signature hand move. I had a poster of him doing it when I was in junior high, ok maybe high school.

3. I hate saying "good morning". Especially when I am at work. Even worse is the pressure to wish everyone a happy July 4th or Halloween when I don't care about those holidays.

4. I think dribbling a basketball while running is the most amazing human feat and think if I practiced every day for the rest of my life I would never be able to do it.

5. Long countoured toenails are sick and I don't think I can be close friends with anyone who ever uses a nail file on their toe nails.

6. Always put soda in the glass first then add ice. Tasts better. This is more of a helpful tip, rather than a fact. So fact: I love soda. Almost more than chocolate. I could drink it constantly if I let myself. Diet Pepsi, Cherry Coke Zero 24/7!

7. I can only work the tv remote when I hold it in my right hand. Worst fear is I will suffer a right hand injury and not be able to watch tv!

Bonus fact: I started writing a book 5 or 6 years ago. It's a suspence. It's terrible. I woke up one Saturday morning and rushed out to the laptop and started typing. Then, a few hours later, realized that I was writing the plot to Sleeping with the Enemy, but the made for tv version. Justin loves to threaten to read it when we have company over. Maybe at my funeral.

Done! Thank you Miller Family for your nomination.

My favorite blogs are:
The Jantzen Family
So Lovey Dovey
James Island Christian Church (Russ make a list!)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weird Pictures

Not to be gross but...look at the size of those ankles! These pics were taken about a week after Wade was born and the swelling did go down once I slept for more than 1 hour at a time---I guess you do need to put your feet above your heart. Wish I had taken pics of my whole legs because it was not just my ankles that were swollen. Knees were crazy too.

These are the strange pictures that the hospital photographer took right before we checked out. She was really a nice lady but I didn't like ANY of the pictures she took. I did snag them from the website because regardless of what weirdness was done to him, Wade is the sweetest!

Bringing Blossom hats back!

Love him--should have just put him in a diaper or something. Love him still...And! He really looks nothing like this now. Need to take more pictures! He is changing so much.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Worn Out!

We paid a visit to Cooper Chockley today and got loved on by lots of women! Wade wore his prom dress:)

Even Shay is stupid tired! Wade is so good all day and from 1am on but from 6pm to 12am it is anyone's guess! Tonight, we are nipping it in the bud. We do not label ourselves and will not believe that nightly fussy time is "just what babies do". We are happy people! Honestly, there is nothing to do about it and for this high control mom, that is a problem!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Happy Tuesday!

I have been trying to take more pictures of the baby but to be honest this photo is what we do most of the day...atleast the only cute thing we do most of the day. He loves his seat and his St Patrick's Day bib that his Aunt Lori and Uncle Dan gave him! The pacifier is a staple for works to settle him down and that is all that matters! And, it's green, so it is current holiday appropriate. I think he is the sweetest.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

End of Week 2!

I can't figure this blog suff out...this is a picture of our first walk a few days ago. Wade slept the entire time. Got some vitamin D! I have been bad about taking pictures! I need to do it even if it just of us at home doing nothing...

The second day home from the hospital Dr. Sood ordered light therapy to cure Wade's jaundice. It was the most heartbreaking thing to put those goggles on and stick him in that tank! After he settled down, it wasn't as bad and Justin and I took shifts for 24 hours, keeping an eye on him while he was in the tank. Next day, our bilirubin (spell?) numbers were fine and we were done!

We are so tired! I want a full nites sleep so bad! I would give up diet Pepsi forever to get 8 straight hours! Other than that, we are doing well. Our days are particularly good and nights are getting better. Figured out (after 4 hours of screaming last night) that we had a raging diaper rash. Went right to sleep after we put the Desitin on! Love that stuff!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How Wade Got Here

I promised myself I would record the details of Wade's birthday more for myself than anyone else. This is going to be long and boring so beware! Here goes...

We checked into the hospital on Sunday Feb 20th and at around 8pm the nurse put a tablet in that worked to ripen my cervix. It felt like a firecracker for about 20 minutes! Justin pulled out a weird little recliner and we settled in to try and sleep around 10pm. No sleep for me! I just laid there and soaked it all in--so many emotions. Around midnight, the nurse came back and put another tablet in. The night was full of potty runs--felt so bad because Justin had to get up and unhook my sensors and monitors and help me walk to the bathroom about every 30 minutes it felt like. At 6:00am, the nurse came in and checked me...nothing. No dialation yet. She started the pitocin in my iv to get the show on the road. Fingers crossed!

At about 6:10am I decided that I wanted to try to sleep but the contractions were starting and they were kind of painful. I heard/felt a pop sound right then and thought the baby must have just done a powerful kick! Nope! Water broke! The nurse said a small percentage of women actually feel/hear the water break. Lucky me! I was so thrilled to be making SOME progress! PLUS! Our favorite nurse, Alyssa, came on duty! She is so sweet and is the one who also delivered Ryan Elizabeth! Dr. Tran came in to check me around 7am and when I stood up to use the bathroom it was like someone turned on the bathtub focet. I just stood there in shock while I made a HUGE puddle on the floor. Dr. Tran threw a quilted bed pad at my feet to start to soak it up. One of the weirdest moments of my life! Ruied my house shoes and I will never forget the flood of 2011! Dr. Tran checked me and I was about a 2 in dilation! (If I remember right) Alyssa explained to me then that the fluid had been colored which meant that it had meconium in it. Wade had a bowel movement in utero which is somewhat common (usually in over due babies) and they would need to wisk him away as soon as he was born to clear his lungs. No biggie she assured me.

For the next several hours I labored! At about 9am the contractions started to get intense. I was breathing through them and closing my eyes to help focus. I tried to visualize myself flying like a bird over Ireland or Oregon like I had practiced but every time I did, I imagined myself falling. Scary! Alyssa offered me a Stadol shot to help take the edge off the pain. I knew I would be getting an epidural but I wanted to make more progress before I did just in case it slowed me down. The Stadol (both doses) did nothing but make me totally loopy! Still felt all the contractions. BTW, I had heard friends try to describe what a contraction felt like and most had said they were like a strong menstral cramp. True! At first I was just breathing through the contractions but towards the end (before epidural) Justin said I was saying "Shoe" with every breath. Who knows! It hurt!

At 11am, the anesthesiologist came in to give me my epidural. I don't remember anything about it. I was so focused on the pain that I forgot to be scared about getting the epidural put in! Yay! Jenn asked me later if I thought the doctor was good looking and I had to admit that I had never looked at him! He tried to talk to me and I completely ignored him. Not here for chit chat buddy!

Ahhhh, epidural! Felt much better almost instantly and for the next several hours I just hung out and made progress! Jenn and Sherri were there to keep the converrsation going. Alyssa had me get into some pretty crazy pretzel position to try to help Wade drop. There was a time when Wade's heartrate dropped and so Alyssa had me start an oxygen mask. Annoying!

My progress was awesome! Every hour or so Alyssa would come in and check me and I had always changed! We were all so surprised. With no progress up until that day it was a miracle that my body was doing it's thing so fast!

Somewhere around 4-5pm I was fully dialated and ready to push. I started to feel a whole bunch of pressure with each contraction. It was not sharp pain but definitely very uncomfortable. Alyssa explained that it was a good thing and it meant that when it was time to push I would be able to be more accurate. Alyssa had me sit up in bed to see if that would help Wade drop because there was no sense in me working to push him all the way through the birth canal---he was too high to start pushing. Not too long after, Alyssa gave us the green light to push! I pushed for about 90 minutes with no progress! Justin was by my side the whole time and was an amazing partner and coach. At one point, the emotion caught up with him and we shared a sweet moment of overwhelming joy and anticipation. Alyssa explained that Wade's head was about a fingers length away from crowning and with each push he would move forward and then slip back once I stopped. Arg! I pushed with everything I had but at 7pm when Alyssa's shift was over and my strength was gone, the nurses came in to tell me that they felt sure we had come as far as we were going to and it looked like I needed a c-section to get Wade out. They told me that he was not able to get through my pelvic opening because it was small and had a tilt to it. I was so sad and so relieved all at once. I wanted the pain to be gone (it had really intensified as they had turned up the pitocin) and I was physically exhasted from pushing for so long.

At that moment I closed my eyes and did not open them until after Wade was born. I can't explain why, but I had to shut it out and focus on keeping it together! I barely made it! Dr. Tran came in and talked to me and through my tears I told her I was fine with the c-section and to please please hurry to get him out and me out of pain! Alyssa had promised that she would be there to help me have the baby but of course that is before we knew that our progress would come to a hault! The new nurse, Jamie, and Dr. Tran worked fast and furiously to get me ready for the OR. I was surprised that Dr. Tran was doing the nurse's duties but later found out that labor and delivery had been slammed all evening and they were short handed. They wheeled me into the bright OR and as soon as I met the anesthesiologist I begged for more meds! He gave me all he had and we got started soon after. Justin was rushed into the room just seconds after the first incision was made. He sat beside me holding my hand and come to find out, watched the whole thing! I must say, I don't have anything positive to say about the surgery except that it was quick! I felt everything but none of it hurt. Justin backed me up and told me I was right that they were flinging my organs around! I also felt some jerking tugs which I think Dr. Tran had to do in order to dislodge Wade's head from the pelvis. Ouch! We heard cries a short time later---Wade was here at 8:06pm! Then we heard, "Oh my word, he is huge!" "Giant baby" "Enormous!" Dr. Tran held him up for us to see him but I couldn't see over the screen. They took Justin back to the nursery with Wade so that he could be there for the footprints, bath, etc... While Dr. Tran was sewing me up Justin brought Wade back in all swaddled up for me to see him. Justin wasn't able to tip him forward far enough for me to see more than his forehead and eyes. I wanted to hold him so bad! They wheeled me back into the labor and delivery room where I stayed for the next 45 minutes. They were the worst 45 minutes of the day! I knew that everyone else was getting see Wade and I hadn't even officially met or touched him yet! Not fair! Finally, Justin brought him in and it was the sweetest moment of my life. My boy! He was perfect and so alert. We finished making calls and letting everyone know that he was here and all was well.

That is the story in as much detail as I can remember! It's amazing. Everyone tells you that as soon as you see your baby, all the bad memories of pain go away. It's true. You don't understand until you experience it but the feeling of instand love is so strong!

First Weekend Home

Bringing Wade home from the hospital was an emotional moment! We gave him a tour of the house that ended in his bedroom. So happy to be home and to start our new life with our little buddy!

The Wallace's came into town on Saturday and it was so fun for them to see and interact with Wade! Lori cooked an amazing meal and we had a blast playing Yatzee and Farkle.

Best part of having a baby, no makeup and you get to live in your pjs and no one judges you!