Thursday, April 25, 2013

Funny Labor and Delivery Stories

This has been a draft for a while, but with all you fellow bloggers that are going to be delivering soon - I thought this might be a fun post!

A few things happened while in labor, delivery and post delivery that I want to document.

1. When we got to the hospital, Chris pulled up to the door and got me a wheelchair to sit in. My water had broke at home so I wasn't able to make it very far without having water leak out of me (seriously so gross and a ton of water!). We didn't pack very light and despite me telling Chris to leave some of the stuff in the car we were hauling a ton of stuff in. I had a rolling suitcase that I was pulling along the side of me while Chris pushed me down the hallway to the labor and delivery area. It was late (11/11:15pm) so there weren't many people around. We were going down one hallway and there was a nurse pushing a huge cart down the hallway coming towards us. Chris tried to get as far over to the right side so we wouldn't hit her and he ran the suitcase I was pulling and me into the wall and backed up and kept hitting the wall so we just stood/sat there and laughed at how ridiculous we most likely looked. The nurse just walked by and kind of stared at us like we were crazy. Later in our delivery room the same nurse showed up to help turn me over after I had my epidural. Chris and I choked back our laughs when we saw her come in the room. Pretty sure you had to be there, but it was hilarious and the perfect way to start our delivery process!

2. We had awesome nurses that helped us during our whole stay! I can't even begin to say how much we appreciated the support through everything. Our first l&d nurse (Deb) had to leave around 7 in the morning so she wasn't able to deliver Bailey. She promised that she would find an equally amazing nurse to deliver our baby girl and she did not disappoint. Our next nurse (Kari) was incredible and sweet. I finally got dilated enough for them to put my feet in the stirrups and begin pushing. I can't remember how we got on the subject but we were chatting and we realized that Kari was a neighbor of ours...that we've never met...until now when I have my legs spread apart in stirrups and am about to start pushing a baby out. Pretty much beyond awkward and I was soooo embarrassed but then realized that she had already seen everything and this was her job so she's very used to it. I wouldn't change Kari being the nurse that was there to deliver Bailey for the world. She was a great cheerleader for me while I was pushing and so very sweet. It will be fun to see if we run into her this summer while out on walks!

3. Bailey did not take to breastfeeding as well as I had dreamt. She was tongue tied (if you don't know what that means, click on the link for more info) which did not help getting her to latch on. I pretty much wasn't able to feed her for the first 24 hours other than manually expressing some colostrum (sorry TMI). If you have difficulty breastfeeding in the hospital, this is pretty much a green light for any and all nurses/doctors that enter your room to try and help you with their version of "the best method." This involves them seeing your boobs and handling them to get the best latch. Super uncomfortable for me a person that is very self-conscious of their body and doesn't like to be exposed - ever! I realize that they were all trying to help me and I, now, can truly appreciate what they were doing, but at the time it caused a lot of stress/tension/anxiety for me, Chris and Bailey. There were quite a few meltdowns (including tears being shed) in the hospital, but we were able to successfully breastfeed and Bailey got her tongue untied (a simple cut of tissue under her tongue) before we left the hospital.

I hope you fellow bloggers have a great labor and delivery experience. I think the best thing is to be open minded (plans can change in seconds!), try to take the experience light-heartedly (you will be in a lot of pain) and just know that when you're done you have an amazing baby to enjoy!

Do you have any funny stories?

Monday, April 15, 2013

5 months

Here's what you've been up to this month:

You got some more shots at your 4 month check-up
Naked baby alert!
You went appliance shopping with mommy and daddy and eventually we bought some!
oooh, mama that one there is so pretty!
You like to take naps with your puppy
naptime buddies
Hanging out at daycare
pretty in pink at daycare
You and mom went shopping and got some great new stuff!
I just can't decide which hat I like better
I just don't know...I'll take them both!
You celebrated your first Easter
I love you Easter Bunny
I'm so crazy, you can't keep me still tonight mama (dress she wore for Easter)
You got a fun new toy from your aunt/uncle/cousins
eeek! so.many.buttons
Nana and Brad came over to hook up the new oven so you showed nana your new toys
Oh hey nana - just showing mom how to run this thing
We were able to squeeze in a few walks before the snow returned - yes, I said snow in April
Out for a stroll on April 4 and then we got several inches of snow :(
We met up with your cousins and nana for dinner and a movie
Hanging with nana and my cousins. Watching Finding Nemo
The stupid snow allowed mama to stay home from work 1 day
Mom I'm so happy you get to stay home from work today!
You became interested in mom and dad's food
What ya eatin there mama?
We went to Psycho Suzie's for a birthday lunch. You were there (in mom's belly) with the MN Bloggers last summer!
Leaving our mark at Psycho Suzie's
Mama fed you some solid foods on April 11
I'm ready!
Nom - that was good!
You can feed yourself a bottle...with some assitance
Look mom, I'm such a big girl!

Other things to note

Height: 25" (guessing)
Weight: 14lbs (guessing)
Head: ?? no clue - will update
Places you've been: Nowhere new this month. Maybe next month we can visit the zoo!
Doctor's Appointments: you went for your 4 month on March 20 and don't go back until 6 months
Daycare: everyone is still happy! You are going 3 days a week and hang out with daddy the other 2. 
Sleeping: you are still sleeping so well through the night. You did your first night in your crib on Friday, April 12 and slept for 6.5 hours without a peep. Saturday night you slept for 9 hours straight - you're unbelievable kid!
Eating: 6oz every 3-4 hours. You had your first round of solids on April 11 and did great! We'll probably feed you rice cereal/formula mix once a day for a while and then start introducing something else soon. 
Clothing: Mostly wearing 3 and 3-6 month clothes
Diapers: You are wearing size 2 diapers when you wear regular diapers and cloth is still going great!

Things you like: you love watching everything around you, you are so observant! You love to smile and you smile at strangers and that definitely makes them happy :) 
Mommy likes: still very interested in mom's hair and necklaces, when mom sings and dances, when mom makes some cool noises with her mouth
Daddy likes: seeing him when he comes home from work - it is the highlight of everyone's day times a million, watching sports with daddy, hearing daddy's voice on the phone when he's working. He tells you that he loves you and that you're pretty and you smile and hide your face - it is so precious!

Bailey Bear~
I never knew how much fun it would be to have a little baby in our lives. You truly are such a blessing. We love to just watch you and make you giggle and see your reaction to anything that is new (usually met with a smile or giggle). You have such an amazing impact on everyone that you come in contact with. It honestly baffles me how many strangers will come up to us and admire you and tell us how lucky we are. I couldn't agree more. Every day I look forward to seeing you and holding you. Love you Bailey Rose!

Friday, April 12, 2013

B is for Big Girl Bailey

Yesterday, I took a personal day and avoided the chaos of the roads. An excuse to stay at home my with people I love the most, sounds good to me! Chris and I spent our day acting like Cinderella and her handsome prince scrubbing the wood floors (which, I might add, look amazing!). Then as Chris was leaving for work, I decide to break out Bailey's high chair since I knew we were going to be switching to solids soon (we got the ok from her doctor last month).

**bad mom alert** I had actually given her a spoon full of some gelato that I might or might not have ran out to buy last weekend due to someone's (carolyn) instagram photo. I like ice cream so I figured Bailey probably would too - surprise, she loved it!

Here's a little recap of our first experience with solids - rice cereal with formula, yuuuum ;)

This new chair is so exciting!
Wait?! We're gonna what with the what??
Don't make eye contact! Don't make eye contact! She'll forget you're here - you.are.invisible!
Oooh, she's making some crazy noises now and swirling the spoon around - that's interesting!
Ok, maybe we can try this...
Oh, gotcha! Haha
Ok, ok - let me see this thing
Hmmm, this is interesting
Oh, mom! You made such a mess on my face - how embarrassing!
Ok, we'll take a pic for the blog - just make sure none of the embarrassing ones make it on there ;)

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Just give in already - pretty, pretty please!

We all know that Ma Nature has pulled off quite a stunt this year. She fooled us! But seriously, can this torture be over with already? I'm ready for green grass, pretty flowers in all shapes and colors and delicious food and beverages on the deck!
In the meantime, here's a little list of things I'm blaming on Ma Nature and her silly shenanigans

-my lack of working out. I would go for jogs with Bailey in the stroller if it were nicer out (I promise!)
Pretty sure these 2 are going to be knocking on my door soon - Is that show still on??
-my poor style. I have like 3 pairs of pants that are comfortable to wear for work. I’m really tired of wearing them since they don’t fit that well (too big) but the size down is too small. I should really workout, but…see above comment
Ok, I really don't look like that when I eat but whatever that is - I want!
-not eating very healthy. I love to grill up fresh veggies, eat salads and lots of fruit – mostly in the spring/summer time on our deck

-my unmotivated self. I’m literally peeling myself out of bed these days. I thought about calling in sick today (which I never, ever do) just because I didn’t want to leave my bed for another 2 hours. This can’t be blamed on Bailey. She is sleeping wonderfully through the night (knocks on wood)
Seriously might just happen one day...not really - I just got pretty new appliances ;)
-my messy house. I like to clean the house in the sunshine with the windows open. We haven’t seen the sun for a while and I’m usually not at home when it’s out so…my house is a disaster!
Bailey is also bored of this weather!
-no blog posts. My days are really not that exciting. I could post about going for walks/runs with Bailey, going to the park, sitting outside on the deck or in the yard, meeting up with friends/family for play dates or just to hang out, planting pretty flowers  – but none of that is happening on the regular due to crappy weather.
That’s right, I’m breaking out the sad kitty eyes – how can you say no to that!
Please mother nature, just let us have nice, warm weather with sun shining in on us! I promise I’ll clean my room every day and make my bed! What? It worked on my mom and grandma when I was younger and wanted something badly!
Yep, that's snow up there in the forecast

And don’t even get me started on the forecast…literally makes me sick to think about it!