Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Maggie's Birth Story

Starting around 37 weeks I noticed I was having contractions, however they weren't painful just the tightening up of my belly for a minute or so at a time and of course they weren't regular...aka Braxton Hicks. These came nearly every day, some lasted longer and some days there were only a couple I noticed. This made me excited, anxious, and really made my sister nervous because she wanted to be in town. All I knew was that I wanted Maggie to wait and make her appearance after my sis arrived. This was a daily prayer. Erin flew in on the 6th and we had plans to get a pedicure on the 8th.

April 8th came and we made it to the nail salon. I asked the nail tech to really massage my legs because I knew that was something that was said to possibly begin labor. They said they weren't allowed...psh whatever! I still got a great leg massage, but not nearly as intense as what would be needed for labor. Erin and I had a great lunch at Savory Spoon and then shopped (well, Erin did...I window shopped) at a couple stores in town. Vann played at Ryan's parents home and planned on spending the night that evening. I went ahead and packed his "Big Brother" bag and sent it with him in case we did go to the hospital at some point.

That evening Ryan and I had dinner at the Braselton Grille. I was feeling uncomfortable, ordered a salad, and forced myself to eat it because what if it was my last meal before Maggie...I had to have my strength. Halfway through dinner I started having some pains and pressure in my belly. Ryan kept asking, "do I need to pack my bags tonight?" I told him that would be a great idea seeing as I was going to have a baby any day. On the way home he turned the music up so loud and was driving faster than normal...was he trying to make me go into labor!?! When we got home I took a shower while he installed the baby seat and packed his bag for the hospital. My contractions stopped after the shower. I told Erin and Ryan good night and I climbed in bed not really feeling awesome at 10 pm and tried to relax. Before I knew it, I woke up at 3 am. I texted my sis and told her how upset I was that I had a false alarm. It seriously felt like the real thing. She assured me it was ok and Maggie would be here soon. Right before I fell asleep again I felt a contraction at 3:30 am, then another at 3:36, and then another. They were regular and the beginning of labor. I breathed through a couple more and hopped in the shower to get ready for Maggie's arrival (I had to wash my hair)! I woke Ryan and Erin around 4:15 and let them know it was time to start getting ready for the hospital.

We left around 5:45 am. When we were checking in Erin told me to stop smiling or they were not going to believe I was in active labor. We made it in and were placed in a room to see if I was in active labor around 6:45 am. Shift change was happening, so they checked me at 7 am and we were in labor and at 5 cm. Contractions were every 5 minutes and had a steady pattern. They checked me into room 13 and we got the show on the road. I just wanted to sit in the bath tub, pray for Maggie, listen to worship music, and breathe through the contractions. Erin knew all of the nurses, so it was extremely nice to have her with us. Maggie was looking great on the monitor when they'd check her every 30 minutes.

My parents arrived and were hanging out in the delivery room with Erin and Ryan. I was checked for progress around 9:45 am and was at 8 centimeters. Labor was moving right along, and even though I was shooting for a natural labor I knew how awesome it was to have an epidural when I labored with Vann. So, after Dr. Ward checked me, with my "bulging bag of water" still intact, I opted for the epidural and he broke my water.

Around 10:15 am my epidural was in, so I was laying back letting it get to work. That's the first time my blood pressure went down. Woo, I felt so lightheaded. I drank some Rehydrate and had a popsicle along with some Ephedrine and I was feeling better. Erin and Susan got me hooked up with the peanut ball and labor was in full swing, but I could barely feel it!

Right before 12, Dr. Ward came in and I was complete and it was time to start pushing. Susan and Erin, other nurses, Ryan, and my mom were in the room for the first few rounds of pushes. We were making great progress so Dr. Ward came in with his crew and at 12:39 pm on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 Margaret Katherine was born!

Every inch of her was perfect! They laid her right on me and she just snoozed away. After about an hour we tried to nurse and she knew just what to do. She weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 20 inches long.

Before we left for the Mother Baby room I headed to the restroom and before I knew it I was waking up to smelling salts after I had passed out. Praise the Lord for nurses and especially the one who caught me before I fell on the hard tile floor. My blood pressure had plummeted again, so once they got it back up and I ate some food all was well again! Compared to that the rest of our stay was uneventful!

 Vann came later that afternoon and got to meet his little sister! I felt like my heart was going to burst. I teared up a few times and I know Ryan felt the same. He was very excited and did the cutest laugh that I wish I recorded. Maggie gave him the dump truck he was hoping she'd bring (not sure where he thought she was going to get that) and he enjoyed playing with it while everyone visited.

 We love you Maggie Katherine! 

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy Birthday Sissy!

My sister has the biggest heart. I really don't know a single person who cares so much and loves so much. If you know her, consider yourself blessed. 

She is adventurous. She loves to laugh and enjoy life. Being a nurse has been her calling and she's incredible at her career...I was blessed to have her there when both of my babies were born. She rocks!! 

She knows Jesus and isn't ashamed to share His love with others. You can just tell that He lives in her when you're around her.

She's the most devoted aunt and basically a second mama to Vann and Maggie. She lights up around her nieces and nephew.

She keeps it real! When I'm stressed she will calm me down, she will tell me to get off Google when I'm acting like a Dr., and let me know if something's a big deal or not.

I wish you a Happy Birthday and pray even more blessings for you this year! 

I love you Sissy!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!

I'm so glad that we live in the USA! Even though there are things that happen here that we all don't agree with, this country is beautiful in many ways! We have freedom to live our lives because of the men and women who serve our country and give their lives in the name of freedom! 

To celebrate we spent it with family at the lake and our home. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Maggie has arrived!

Margaret Katherine aka Maggie arrived on Saturday, April 9, at 12:39 pm weighing 7 lbs and 4 oz and 20 inches long! She is perfect in every way and we are so happy to hold her in our arms! 

Big brother is excited to have her home and is being an excellent helper! 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Because Maggie is nearly here! Make your best guess!

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39 Weeks with Maggie

How Far Along: 39 weeks

According to The Bump: Your Baby is as Big as a Watermelon
  • Baby's probably able to flex limbs now.
  • Baby's brain is still rapidly developing—and getting smarter by the week!
  • Baby's nails may extend past the fingertips.
Baby keeps growing, despite being so crowded in there. She probably weighs around 6.2 to 9.2 pounds and measures about 18.9 to 20.9 inches. (That's a big discrepancy) -- The Bump 
Sleep: Braxton Hicks were in full swing the last two nights, so sleep wasn't exactly happening. Ryan and I both have a love-hate relationship with my Boppy Total Body pillow. It's getting old flipping over not to mention pulling the pillow over with me. Just a few more nights!! 

This Week: We had a busy week getting lots done. Vann had his 2nd dentist appointment and did fantastic. Vann and I both got our hair cut as well. Ryan and I enjoyed a nice date on Saturday. While we were out we ended up a bit stranded. About 4.5 months ago we replaced my entire transmission. My Edge just celebrated it's 9th birthday, it's paid for, and we did not want to have a car payment with a perfectly acceptable car, so we chose to replace the transmission. Well on Saturday night headed to the restaurant the car wouldn't go more than 5 mph. We had it towed to the Transmission shop, Ryan's dad brought us a truck, and we continued on with the date. THANK GOD the transmission was under warranty and it was the speed sensor that went bad and is now in the shop being replaced. We are also SUPER THANKFUL that the car stopped working at a time when we weren't headed to the hospital! It could always be worse!

Sunday started the Braxton Hicks and here it is Tuesday and they are still happening. I use my contraction counter every so often just to make sure they aren't gaining a regular pattern. Nothing yet. I go to my checkup tomorrow, so we will see if these are helping me make any more progress.

Erin will be here tomorrow! AHH! 

Food Cravings:  I haven't really had any cravings and that's probably because there is no room. I am still enjoying my shake each morning though, I do like that. I am packing a few for the hospital because there's nothing like being excited for food and the options aren't anything I would ever want. 

How’s Mama? I think I have reached the point of being ready. It's bittersweet because I think "will this be the last ____" fill in the blank: tuck Vann in as the only child, cook dinner for our family of 3, go to the store pregnant, eat at a restaurant, feel like I can't breathe, feel Maggie kick in my belly, etc.

What I am looking forward to: Knowing it's TIME to head to the hospital and meet our sweet 2nd baby! 

Our Baby in Veggie/Fruit Terms: 
  Fun Facts: 
  • weight gain: I will know tomorrow! I am not weighing at home anymore...over it! 
  • stretch marks: not that I can see
  • mood: trying to rest up and enjoy these last few minutes, hours, or days with my boys. 
  • belly button: Vann asked me today where my belly button's completely flat and looks like I don't have one. 
  • wedding rings: yep!
Maggie, we are praying for you, your birth story, and your future! We know God has HUGE things in store! Maybe the next blog post will be your birth announcement! 

Still TO DO: 
*Install car seat (it's in the nursery ready to go) - almost did on Saturday and glad I didn't or it would be at the shop! 
*Get one more pedicure before Maggie arrives
*Finish thank you cards from the baby shower

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38 Weeks with Maggie Katherine!

How Far Along: 38 weeks

According to The Bump: Your Baby is as Big as a Pumpkin
  • Baby may have about an inch or so of hair already.
  • Baby's slowly shedding that white goo on her skin (called vernix caseosa) but you might see some of it at birth.
Baby is about 18.9 to 20.9 inches long and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. The head is now about the same circumference as the abdomen.
Sleep: YES! Much better this week. I have still been getting up a couple times during the night, but I can fall back to sleep much quicker. 

This Week: What a great week! While Vann and I ran errands last Tuesday, a sweet lady came over and cleaned our house. I am talking a deep clean. God bless her and her friend that literally made our house SPARKLE! If you need a recommendation, I would be happy to send you her info. She's an angel and our house looks wonderful. My whole demeanor has changed due to the house being "baby ready" now. I feel like this has allowed me to focus on other things that need to get done. She will be back before the baby and then more after while we adjust to being a family of 4. 

On Saturday I was given a beautiful baby shower for Maggie. We were surrounded by friends and family who already love Maggie so much. The food was delicious, the company was priceless, and the gifts were such a blessing. I will post about the shower soon! 

Food Cravings:  God bless Easter and all of the yummy food. I think I am good on food and not really craving anything except fresh fruit and veggies. I don't want anymore sugar! I've had too much the past 2 days. 

How’s Mama? I feel great right now! I went in yesterday for my 38 week appointment and am now a 2 and still about 50% softened. When I began having contractions with Vann and went to the hospital I was a 2 and they almost sent me home. So, to be a 2 right now makes me feel a bit more relaxed about some fears I had. There is progress! Maggie's heart sounded strong and she is head down and in a great position (anterior). Vann was sunnyside up (posterior) and it slowed my labor down for the last 4-5 hours once my water broke. He was healthy and REALLY that is all that matters, but it's nice to know that Maggie is turned in an optimal position right now. I have been praying for this and a smooth delivery. I am trusting God! I let Erin know how the appointment was and we are all saying prayers Maggie stays put at least one more week so she is here for the delivery. She's an amazing Labor and Delivery nurse and in NY for her travel nurse placement right now. 
What I am looking forward to: Meeting Maggie and seeing her in Ryan and Vann's arms! 

Our Baby in Veggie/Fruit Terms: 
  Fun Facts: 
  • weight gain: 30 lbs and HOLDING.
  • stretch marks: none!
  • mood: surprisingly relaxed! 
  • belly button: It's basically blending in with my belly unless I eat, laugh, or cough and then it pokes out! 
  • wedding rings: yep!
Maggie, GIRL! You are so close to joining us. We can't wait to see you and hear your little coos, cries, and snuggle you. Vann is ready for you to come out and play. He's been watching a few of his favorite episodes about welcoming a new baby along with some books that are helping him prepare to be a big brother. We pray for you lots and we are so excited to meet you! 

Still TO DO: 
*Finalize our hospital bags...I hate packing
*Install car seat (it's in the nursery ready to go)
*Get one more pedicure before Maggie arrives
*Gather gifts for nurses and hospital/home guests/visitors

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