Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Silas Grayson's Birth Story

So 5 days ago on July 13th 2012 I gave birth to a baby boy! Yes it was Friday the 13th and we couldn't have been more excited about your "spooky" birthday since big sister Gabby's birthday is on May 13th and big sister Lainey's birthday is 3/10 making it.... yup a 13, so it was only natural you had a 13 connection with your birthday too.

We did not find out if you were a boy or a girl ahead of time as you are our last planned baby and we wanted a surprise. Thing is mommy and daddy weren't surprised at all! We just knew you were a boy! The pregnancy overall was my best pregnancy in regards to how I felt the 9 months as well as you were my most active baby. It was so fun and amazing to feel and see you moving around inside of me as you grew. I am already missing feeling all those kicks and hiccups and movements.

We had to be at the hospital at 5:30 am to be admitted. Daddy picked up the babysitter at 5am to come and be with your sisters while we were gone and off we went. We got there a little early and I signed paperwork and they got me settled into a room. I was doing good and was calm until they had to do the iv. Despite my tattoos mommy does NOT like needles. The iv was a little painful and while the nurse was trying to get it in I felt myself  "caving out" as I like to call it. What I mean by this is I felt like I was going to pass out, everyone started to sound really far away and I felt myself getting very hot. I had Daddy get me a cool cloth and he explained to the nurse I was scared for the needle in my back that would be coming soon. I had a bad experience with Lainey where they went into my back 3 or 4 times and this was making me panic. The nurse was super sweet and caring and promised me it was not normally like that and that the anesthesiologist that was on duty was really good. He came in to meet me and assured me he was good and I made him promise he would get it in first try haha!

I calmed down again and blood was drawn and various meds were administered to me. They then had me walk down the hall to the OR and Daddy suited up and was in the waiting area while they did my spinal and prepped me. They got the needle in first try! It was such a better experience than before and I have to say the iv hurt worse! The nurses assured me that it may take longer this time to retrieve the baby since it was my 3rd c-section and there would most likely be scar tissue to work through.

Daddy was brought in and I held his hand almost the entire time. It seemed to be quite awhile of pushing and pulling before they finally said for Daddy to get ready with the camera and for them to lower the curtain so that I could see you be born as well.

But then there you were! Our beautiful baby boy with a great set of lungs! You weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and were 18 inches long. Daddy went over and got to cut your cord while they dried you off a bit and they brought you to me to hold. I didn't get to hold you too long as I was then overwhelmed with nausea. I started to gag but nothing happened (the anesthesiologist did warn me of itching and nausea)...they had Daddy bring you out to the room I would be recovering in and then I did throw up several times before they wheeled me out, yuck!

Once we got to recovery I did ok but the itching in my face began and I was still nauseous. All went ok though and soon we were moved to our room where we would stay until we were discharged.  The rest of the day I felt very out of it and nauseous. I got sick several more times (while Aunt Katie and mommy's friend Elizabeth were visiting) and finally after a combo of several anti-nausea medications I was starting to feel more with it and able to eat more.

Right from the beginning you seemed to nurse well but you definitely did not want to open wide to latch on. Mommy has been suffering a bit because of this but we are working on it! I wanted to go home really badly by the next morning but of course that was not happening. I even had gotten up quite a bit the first day/evening and walked around and even showered. Aunt Katie, your sisters, Grandma Nana and Grandpa, and my friend Elizabeth were your first visitors.

On Saturday my friend Andrea and her 1 month old Isla visited as well as my friend Kendra and then of course Daddy and your sisters again and Elizabeth again too. Saturday went much better overall and the nurse Crystal I had in the evening was amazing and took you to the nursery a few times in between feedings so Mommy could get some much needed rest!

Sunday we were discharged and released to go home! YAYYYY let the adventure begin!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lainey's words 2 years 4 months old

We have just begun to have an Early On speech person come and work with Lainey since she is behind verbally for her age (and I figure free help sure doesn't hurt a bit!). I wanted to jot down words she knows right now so that I have it to refer to in another few months to see how she is progessing so I am going to attempt to put them all down here (that I can think of being pregnant and all my memory is not great!).

Without Prompting
  1. hi
  2. bye
  3. milk ('ilk)
  4. mama
  5. dada
  6. booboo (bruno the dog whom we also call booboo)
  7. Gabby
  8. Lainey
  9. hungry
  10. food
  11. cookie
  12. "whas that"
  13. "I did it"
  14. "oh no"
  15. bumbum (for anytime she goes in her diaper)
  16. bath
  17. shoes
  18. outside
  19. "nigh nigh"
  20. "where'd it go?"
  21. tree
  22. feet/foot
  23. eye
  24. green
  25. Gabba (for Yo Gabba Gabba)
  26. guppa...ssss (for Bubble guppies)
  27. Blues Clues
  28. "yee haw"
  29. sit
  30. tickle
  31. purple
  32. brown
With Prompting
  1. pink ('nink')
  2. red
  3. yellow ('lellow')
  4. black
  5. blue
  6. sky
  7. banana (nana)
  8. cup
  9. cheeks
  10. nose
  11. ears
And more and more each day!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

9 Sleeps until Baby Firefly Arrives!

I honestly cannot get over how freaking fast this pregnancy has gone compared to my first two! Sure I had morning sickness and a myriad of random infections that have annoyed me the past 9 months but overall this has been my best pregnancy so far! For the most part I have felt great and my allergies have been the cause of most my misery this pregnancy.

Then there is the movement! Oh my goodness you are such an ACTIVE baby! It has been so awesome to feel how much you are moving around in my tummy! Daddy and Gabby have both been able to feel you and see you moving around in my tummy so much which has been just as awesome for them as it has been for me. We are a bit nervous to what this all may mean to your personality when you are born though! Are you gonna be a little crazy maniac our sweet baby? haha...

You are scheduled to arrive on the 13th and Mommy is lucky enough to have the week off so maybe I can start to feel officially ready for your arrival!

We just cannot wait to meet you and find out if you are a boy or a girl! (Mommy and Daddy both think you are a boy right now!).