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Monday, March 31, 2008

7 days!!!

Well, my last post was about me having 9 days left until my due date and seeing as how I went 4 days early, I'm now posting about the 7 days after Callan's birth. Let me back up a little though and update you on what has happened in the last week.

Easter Sunday Will and I were on our way home from my grandmother's house and I developed a really bad headache. After several hours, Tylenol, and a nap, it still wasn't gone. The Dr. had told me to watch out for a headache that wouldn't go away because it usually means that your blood pressure is up. We stopped by CVS on the way to church Sunday night to check my blood pressure and it was sky high but different every time we took it. I called Jo Anne at church and she had Joyce Jones meet us in the foyer of the ROC to use the cuff to check my bp. It was definitely up and after talking with her and Dr. Freeman (who had just had coffee with Dr. Allen and told me that Dr. Allen was about to have dinner with Dr. Woodford-my Dr.) they all suggested I go to hospital and get it checked out.

By the time I got to the hospital and the nurse checked me out, everything was fine except my headache was still there. We told them to tell Dr. Allen (he was on call) not to worry about coming up there but he insisted on it. Well, little did I know that he was going to strip my membranes and cause me to dilate and go into labor the following morning. After an awful night (they gave me Ambien to sleep and apparently I cried for 25 minutes straight hysterically) my water ended up breaking at 8:15 Monday morning. We went to the Dr's office where Dr. Allen confirmed it and sent me on to the hospital. A quick stop at McDonald's for some apple dippers and we were checked into the hospital by 10:00. Long story short, lots of contractions, a fantastic epidural, the best care possible by Kathleen Stanfield and 13 1/2 hours of labor later, we had a sweet baby girl. She was born at 9:44 pm, weighing 7 lbs, 3 oz, and was 21 inches long. She was absolutely beautiful the moment she came out (sorry i'm biased).

We stayed in the hospital for 3 nights and left Thursday after lunch. We had tons of visitors and loved every minute of the attention (thank you friends and family). We got home and my mom came Thursday night through Sunday. She was a fabulous help. She did so much around the house and in the kitchen. I had a little bit of a breakdown when she left but recovered quickly. We had an exhausting weekend with tons of company and great food so far (thank you Cross Point). She has been so good it is scary. She basically feeds every 3 or 4 hours for 15 minutes and then sleeps or looks around for the next 3 or 4 hours. It has been wonderful. We have gotten lots more sleep than we thought we would and have adjusted well. I'm crossing my fingers that it lasts. I posted a few pictures of her first few days here in the world and I'm sure I'll post plenty more later. I am going to go rest up for the night's activities. Hope to see you all soon!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

9 days!!!

Nothing exciting is happening lately except a lot of waiting. I thought I might fill you in on my latest appt. We are only 9 days away! It is going so fast, yet so slow here at the end. We had an appt. today with Dr. Woodford who ended up having to leave to go to the hospital and deliver a baby so after Mona (our nurse) left us, Danielle came in to check me. I’m still not dilated, but I did have some higher protein levels and my blood pressure was up just a touch from last week. Danielle wasn’t really concerned with any of it. She said the protein was probably from my lack of water intake today. She wants me to rest and drink lots of water and come back on Friday to make sure the protein level is normal . I think if it isn’t gone and my blood pressure happens to be up, we might talk about inducing! She said Dr. Woodford probably wouldn’t let me go a week past my due date so the end is definitely in sight. She also said I had dropped so I should be able to breath better now. This was the most eventful appt. we have had so far, I just hope it is all okay. I have gained 23 pounds total so I’m probably about done. My belly measure 37.5 inches around. I’m definitely not miserable but I am getting very anxious for her to get here. Hopefully it won’t be long. There is a full moon this Friday and Easter is Sunday so we’ll see if we can make it past those 2 events. I'll keep you posted!