Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bentley's Birthday!!

Bentley was born on January 12, 2011!! I was induced about 7:30...started pushing at 3:00 and he was here by 3:30... I was very blessed to have an amazing nurse, Karrie Galyon, and a smooth delivery. He was 8lbs. 5 oz. and was 21 inches long...hard to believe he was inside of me!! Steve and my mom were in the room during the delivery. It was the GREATEST day of our lives!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Too excited to sleep!!

I am up with pregnancy insomnia so thought I'd write a little more. I hate it when I don't write for so long b/c I feel like there are things that I have forgotten. Here are a few more thoughts I've been having and things that have been going on the last few weeks...
-I got a prenatal massage after Christmas. It was a gift from Steve. I was 37 weeks and apparently they can't give the full massage after 33 weeks because it could cause you to go into labor. The girl had to modify it so she didn't hit any pressure points...would have been fine with me if she put me in labor! lol
-Steve has been on my case about caffeine and hot water in the bath tub. Everytime we go out to eat and I order a diet coke I get the evil eye! And he researched online about the temperature of baths and found out that it was ok as long as the water is under 102 he has checked it a couple of times with a thermometer. So funny! But it makes me feel good that he cares and is just trying to take care of us.
-My gall bladder is still bothering me, I've just been trying not to complain about it as much. I hope it stops when Bentley arrives. If not, I will be getting it checked out and possibly removed. I am sooooo tired of it hurting!
-Steve's parents have decided that they will be called Oma & Opa...Steve's mom is from Germany so I think it is very sweet that they decided to be called that. My parents are going to be called Nana & PopPop. I have been calling them that for years when I tell Gunter we are going to their house so it should be easy to remember.
-I have been reading a lot on this website called BabyCenter...It has lots of women on it that are pregnant and you can join birth clubs and talk with women who are due the same month as you. They post blogs & questions and other moms comment on it. It has been very interesting to read and neat to see some of the other women who are going through some of the same things as me.
-Steve and I went to tour the hospital at West Ga Medical Center where I am delivering. They just built a new wing that includes Labor &Delivery, ER, and ICU...The L&D is sooooo nice!! It's painted so pretty with huge b&w portraits of babies on the walls and the rooms are HUGE!! The downside is that after you deliver and recover you go to a postpartum room for the next 2 days. The post partum rooms are in the older part of the hospital and they are very small and not near as nice. Steve said it's gonna be like going from the Hilton to a Motel 6! lol
-While we were there a sweet little nurse named Isa gave us the tour. I also know a nurse named Karrie that works is comforting to know that there are such great nurses and I know I will be taken care of. Karrie's kids go to my school and her daughter was in prek a couple of years ago so it might be a little weird, but I've heard that once you are in labor you just don't care and the nurses have seen it all so they think nothing about all of the things I will go through. I hope that is true!
-My friend Miranda gave me the idea to create a "group" in my phone for Steve to call with baby updates. I did that yesterday so he will easily be able to call/text my friends and family and let them know everything that is going on Wednesday.
-I have heard some horror stories, but mostly encouraging things about being induced on WEdnesday. I cannot wait for my appt. tomorrow to see if I'm progressed more! I wish I would go in and be like 4 cm and my water would break at the dr's office and we could just ride next door to the hospital...haha!! That would be nice! I want to mentally prepare myself for the pain, but I also know that everyone is different and my labor will be it's own thing. So far my body has taken the pregnancy well so I hope it continues.
-I am looking forward to seeing his sweet face and hearing him cry and holding him for the first time. I was watching a baby story on TLC last week and there was this sweet mama on there and as soon as the baby came out her lips just started quivering and she could not stop smiling and crying...I got sooo emotional. I think I am going to be like that for sure. I have a bundle of emotions that I cannot even explain! I am interested to see how Steve handles the labor too. I know that he is going to be great and helpful to me b/c of how awesome he has been so far (esp. in my 3rd trimester). I wonder if he will cry? He is not much of a crier. My mama hopefully will get these things on video! I don't want all the gross stuff on video, but I would like some footage before the hospital and right when I got in and when I"m pushing (from a non graphic angle) and as soon as the doctor holds the baby up and my face and steve's face when we see him and hold him for the first time! Hope you are reading this mama!
-Well I guess that's it for now. I'm sure I'll post more Tuesday night while I am up and can't sleep!! I know, I just know, there is no way I am going to be able to sleep Tuesday night. I am gonna try, don't get me wrong but I have always had a hard time with this.. As a kid, going on family trips, Christmas, etc...I have never been able to sleep when I was excited. I am going to have a MILLION thoughts going through my mind!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Last Belly Picture...READY!!!!

4 Days Until Our Precious LIttle Miracle Arrives!!

I've been a horrible blogger lately. The last time I posted I had four weeks until my due date and now it's just a little over a week....lots of things have happened since my last post!!

-Christmas was awesome! . We spent Christmas Eve with Steve's family. They got us the video monitor that we wanted and I've already been playing with it...I love it!! I am looking forward to being able to wake up in the middle of the night and just look over at it to check on him without having to go across the house. We spent the night with my parents so we could experience our last "Santa Claus" visit. It was very special and kinda sad to think about but I know next year is going to be so much fun! On Christmas day we went to Nanny's and it started snowing when we got home! It was beautiful!!! The day after Christmas my daddy's side of the family came over for our family get together. It was a lot of fun! Steve got me a very nice Nikon camera so we will be able to take good pictures of Bentley when he arrives...he heard me talking about how cool the camera was on Oprah one day and immediately looked it up online to research about it..he's such a researcher! Anyway, I was very surprised and I'm thankful to have such a thoughtful husband that pays attention to me.

-After our Christmas get together with my daddy's side of the family, they threw me a blessing shower. It was so sweet and thoughtful. Everyone went around the room giving advice to me and Steve and wrote a special blessing for Bentley to go in a blessing book. We also played a fun game called "Name that Baby" and it described all kinds of kids in our family and we had to guess who we thought it was based on the description... I think everyone had fun doing that and I learned a lot about some of the babies in our family that I didn't know! My cousins Jennifer, Carol, and Brenda hosted the shower and they did a fantastic job. It was obvious that a lot of love and time went into making it a very special day. Oh yea, I forgot to say that Steve got some pretty hilarious gag gifts consisting of: parenting vocabulary cards, duct tape, goggles, pooper scooper, etc... We are blessed to have such a wonderful family!! Here are a few pictures from the shower...
-We finally got the carseat installed! It was tricky...Steve thought he had it all put together right then started looking at the directions better and realized he had done something wrong. We started out with it in the middle but moved it over to the passenger side because it was going to be so hard to get in to!

-Our bags are packed! I have a full size suitcase packed and ready...I have stuff for me, STeve and Bentley and it took up way more room than I was expecting. I don't know why they say pack a "bag" they should say pack a suitcase...there were just so many things I wanted to take. Steve said, "They are gonna think we are moving in!" Mama has my dress that I'm planning on wearing home and she is gonna bring it for me so it doesn't get all wrinkled up in the suitcase.

-Speaking of mama, I don't know what I would have done without her the past few weeks. She takes such good care of me. She and daddy came over and cleaned my house from top to bottom before our family get together. They swept, mopped, cleaned the toilets, tub, and shower, cleaned off the porches, dusted, even vaccuumed the couches!!! Mama has also been over here several other times just to help me with random things like laundry, grocery shopping, etc... She has been wonderful to me and I'm so thankful for her!

-And the big news I guess is that we know that Bentley will be here this Wednesday. When I went for my 37 week appt. I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced...then last week I was 2 cm...I had talked to Steve about what he thought about me getting induced and he said he wasn't opposed to it. I had heard my dr. would induce at 39 weeks and I asked him at my 38 week appt. just to see what he thought and he said he felt comfortable doing it. The main reason I was interested in it was b/c of my maternity leave and his size. I am going back to work the first of March and I was scared of going past my due date and only having 5 or 6 weeks with he is expected to be almost 8 lbs already and I don't want to risk him getting too big where I can't deliver him the way I want to! He said that I was a good candidate to be induced and that all the worries about it increasing the risk of csection would not be true for me. I am going for my 39 week appt. on Tuesday and if I still want to, he will induce me Wednesday morning. He already scheduled it for 5:30 am and said that he could cancel if I changed my mind. I'm hoping to be a little more progressed by Tuesday....I am thinking I will be b/c I've been feeling very different the past few days. I just LOVE my doctor...he's so nice and thorough and he is a great Christian and has always made me feel comfortable. I couldn't have asked for anyone better!

-Well I guess that's about it for now...I've started to get a little nervous but mostly I've just been trying to savor these last few days with Steve. It is so hard to believe that we will be parents in just a few days. We will be leaving Gunter with STeve's parents while we are staying in the hospital...he's not gonna know what to think about his new little brother!!! :) Our lives are about to change forever and I just don't even know how to describe the feeling I have inside about all of this. It's all been an answered prayer and a blessing from God and Steve and I just cannot wait to meet our precious baby boy!!