Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Noah update

I am so lucky to be with Jared! And so glad that we have a new addition to our little family. Jared did a great job of telling the birth story- I thought I would update the blog with little details.

I am recovering really well---minus losing my voice...I guess I can't stop talking! I love having people come and visit, so if you are one of those people, thank you for coming!!! In between having visitors, I try to rest, but I'm not doing very well. There's just way too much to think about and process.

Yesterday a nurse told me that it was so good that I came into the hospital when I did because otherwise the outcome would not have been so good. All my nurses have told me that Noah is doing much better on the outside then he was on the inside. After this experience, my advice to all pregnant women is...if you don't feel the baby move for more than a couple hours, you get yourself to the hospital!!! I only came because Jared kind of forced me to- and thought I'd be here for 5 minutes...but had the baby 12 hours later!

I love the bright flowers!!! They make me happy!

Well, I have about 30 minutes before I get to feed Noah again, so I'll try to rest a little bit!
Thanks again for all your support and little messages to us---we love it and love you!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Here he is!

We got a surprise this weekend from little baby Noah. He's here! He arrived at 12:26am on Sunday. I would just give you all of the essential information, but Courtney wants me to share the whole birth story. Just know that it sounds worse than it actually was.

Saturday, Courtney was in the beginning of her 39th week and started having contractions about 15 minutes apart by mid-morning. They lasted all morning and into the afternoon. By 3pm they were 8-10 minutes apart, which isn't too big of a deal except that she hadn't felt the baby move all day. I called the hospital to see what we should do and they said we should come in right away to get it checked out.

By about 5pm the doctor was fairly concerned because some of the contractions were causing the baby's pulse to drop to about 60 beats per minute (normal is 120-150). The nurses tried various things to get the baby to move just to see if he would respond to anything. Finally they shocked her stomach with a little device that caused the baby to wiggle like crazy for about an hour. The movement must've helped because the baby's heartrate was no longer dropping with the contractions. They released her from the hospital about 8pm.

As we were walking through the parking lot, almost to the car, Courtney squeezed my arm and said in a panic, "Jared, I'm soaking wet! I think my water just broke!" "Well, lets go back in" I said. "Go ask the nurse if I can go get some food real quick before I come check in. I just don't want my last meal to have been Reeses Puffs." The nurse told me that technically she shouldn't, but if it takes her 10 mins to get to the hospital, everything will be okay.

Five minutes later I'm in Cafe Rio getting take-out while Court is in the car with amniotic fluid in her lap and having contractions 4.5-5 minutes apart. The contractions were too painful and too often for her to eat much. We got back to the hospital and were in a room in just a few minutes. Turns out that getting dinner wasn't such a good idea. While they were putting in her IV, she lost it.

The epidural went in with no problem. She was loving life after that kicked in! They started the pitocin drip to speed up labor and the baby's pulse started spiking down again every time there was a contraction. They spent the next 3 hours trying to find the right balance of pitocin to induce labor but not give intense enough contractions to harm the baby. There was one point where nurses ran in out of nowhere because the baby's pulse dropped dangerously low for 7 minutes. Also, I didn't fully follow the explanation, but there was meconium in the amniotic sac and that is a bad thing.

After three hours Courtney was only dialated to a 1. The doctor came in and met with us. He explained the risks with having a natural birth. Basically, we could have a 30 hour labor and potentially cause a lot of harm to the baby at the same time or we could do a C-section and have the baby out in 20 minutes. It was a pretty simple decision for us to make.

The next thing I know, I'm wearing a space suit holding Courtney's hand with the upper half of her body behind a curtain. Courtney was smiling through the whole thing. I heard the doctor say, "Here he is. Here's the little guy. If I was fishing, I'd throw him back."

He's beautiful! He is 20 inches long and weighs only 4lbs 9oz. He is really skinny and has a hard time staying warm on his own. There were some breathing issues they were worried about at first, but he's perfectly fine now. His blood sugar is a little low so they have an IV in him. The main thing is that he needs to fatten up some. There is a feeding tube through his nose to his stomach because eating burns more calories than he receives from the food. This way, they just send milk straight to his stomach without him having to work for it. If he can maintain his weight or even gain some then he'll go home with Courtney in 4 days. More than likely, though, he'll need to stay for a few days longer.

Courtney is doing fantastic! I've never seen her happier. She is so excited to be a mother and has had an amazing, optimistic, faithful attitude throughout all of this. We're looking forward for all of you to meet him. Thanks for all of your help and support!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Baby Showers

Here are just a few pictures from the baby showers that I've had. The first one was a surprise that my co-workers had for me back in April---they wanted to do it before several of them left for the summer. My family on my mom's side also had one for me last Saturday, and several friends came to another one that my mom and sister put on. Noah and I are so lucky!!!

As a quick update, I went to the doctor yesterday, who said my cervix is doing NOTHING. Oh well...more time for me to work and get everything ready! If he's not here by August 1st though, I'm getting induced.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

More posts to come soon!

Sorry for not posting in so long- we've had internet issues at our house. Tomorrow I will put up pictures from my baby showers, and maybe a few more recent maternity pictures. These pictures are from the 4th of July weekend, 36 weeks pregnant! I also just wanted a new picture of Jared to stare at while I am at work! Lol!