Friday, December 3, 2010


Daddy has deployed again :( This time to Afghanistan. Charlie has taken it fairly well. She's not really too sure what's going on but she knows Daddy's gone. We both get to see him everyday on Skype (greatest invention EVER) and we talk every morning. He'll be coming home for R&R soon. Much sooner than we had intended, but, I can't wait to see him.

Charlie is getting ready to crawl. She rocks back and forth while on all fours but can't quite figure out how to get her arms working with it. She's eating solid foods and has loved every one she's tried so far. She even likes pickles and lemons!

That's all for now. I really need to start updating this more lol.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

My Birth Story

It all started on Sunday June 13th. I wasn't feeling very well at all that day. I was super restless. I wanted to pack my bag (just in case at my doctor's appointment the next day I was admitted lol) I wanted to wash bottles, and clean my whole house in general but, restless as I was, I was too tired to do anything. So I kinda just laid around all day feeling crappy. Dinner time came around and I just didn't feel like cooking or eating so Hubby went and made himself some dinner and I went to take a bath. I took my bath and shaved my legs and just hung out until my water got cold and I got out and started drying off. I start from top to bottom and as I was drying my legs I noticed I had some water on the inside of my thighs. I couldn't remember if I had dried off there already or not (hello pregnancy brain) and wiped them off just thinking the water was sittin in the area where my thigh touches my body. I went downstairs and forced myself to eat and went to bed hoping I'd feel better in the morning.

I woke up the next morning and felt better. I got in the shower, finished getting ready, and went to have a bit of breakfast. I was on the phone with my mother and I had a contraction (which was not unusual for me at all; I'd been having them since month 6) and felt my tummy and I thought to myself, wow, I can really feel her in there and I looked down and I could see her in my belly better than I usually can with a contraction. I didn't think much of it cuz I was getting closer (I was 36 weeks on the dot that day) and I just figured it was normal.

I had my AFI (ultrasound to monitor my fluid levels) before my NST (to monitor the baby) and I had jokingly told my hubby the night before that if my levels were low they'd induce me. Well little did I know, the joke would be on me. In the middle of it the tech asked if I ever had a problem with my fluid levels and I said no, this was my first AFI and all other ultrasounds had shown no problem. She asked if I'd been leaking and I said no but I mention what had happened the night before after my bath. She told me to mention it to my doctor and they sent me upstairs for my NST with the report from the AFI in my hand. Walking upstairs I thought to myself oh boy, I'm not ready for her to come yet. What if this is it? I told John what she said and I told him if anything I might be slightly dehydrated and they'll give me an IV or something.

I get upstairs and they weigh me and I hand off my report to the nurse. She looks and it and has me go into the room right away and takes my blood pressure and I tell her about what had happened the night before. She walked out of the room and next thing I know my husband is walking in and I thought it was a bit weird but I just figured they were doing my checkup first before my NST. Next thing I know the doctor walks in and goes so your water broke? I was like, uh, I don't think so. She looked at my AFI report and says well it appears it has, I'm admitting and inducing you. You're having a baby today! You could probably hear our jaws hit the floor. I was totally shocked! A million emotions were running through me as I'm trying to text my mother and he's furiously texting his.

His mother answered back first saying no no no when he told her I was being induced today. Everyone had wanted to be there for the birth and she was a month early. My mother wasn't responding so I texted my brother asking where she was and he said she was sleeping and I told him to tell her I was being admitted and induced. He responded with are you serious? I was like, yeah lol. Next thing I know my mom is calling and I told her today was the day. In the midst of everything they are trying to check me for dilation (I was at 0) and check to see if indeed my water had broken. She had me push and said she saw some fluid leaking and we were on our way up to Labor and Delivery.

Once up there I had nothing to do but wait. I got my gown on and sat there waiting while John went to fill out all my admission paperwork. Finally they came in and hooked me up to the monitor and IV'd me up and after about 4 hours, they started me on Cytotec. Almost immediately I started having frequent and strong contractions. They came in a while later and checked my cervix and...nothing. Not even a fingertip dilated. They started my on Pitocin that night and I had some pretty good contractions after that. The baby's heartbeat at this point was slowing quite a bit so they upped my IV and gave me oxygen and made me switch positions. Amazingly I ended up falling asleep that night.

I woke up the Tuesday morning feeling tired and nothing else. NO CONTRACTIONS. Not one. I was still on the Pitocin but apparently it wasn't doing anything. Neither was the Cytotec. They took me off the Pitocin, gave me another pill (and the real breakfast I pretty much demanded lol) and waited. By my last cervix check I was still just barely a fingertip and the baby's heartbeat was slowing more frequently and it was getting harder to get her heartbeat back to normal. I had to keep switching positions cuz lying on my left side made her heart slow the most, lying on my back killed my tailbone, and lying on my right side made her go up into my ribs. I was very uncomfortable at this point and would have much rather had my contractions back.

Around 3pm her heart rate had dropped to about 60 and it wasn't really coming back up so they brought the doctor in to decide what to do. Well, she came in and decided I needed an urgent C-Section. I panicked. I had this huge fear of dying while giving birth and surgery just made that possibility higher. After signing paperwork through tears and horrific shaking, they wheeled me into the OR and did my spinal. That SOB poked me about 5-7 times just to get the spinal to work. (May I add here that it is utterly disgusting to feel a catheter in your spinal column) They lay me down to get started and I can still feel and I am freaking out. The guy didn't believe me so he pokes me with a sharp stick and I'm like uh, yeah thanks, I can still feel that. He asked if I felt pressure and I said no, it feels like you just stabbed me with a sharp stick! Well, it finally kicked in and I waited for them to begin and for my husband to come in. (Little did I know they had already started before he walked in).

And then, at 4:04pm (after much pushing and pulling on their part to get her out of my ribs) I heard the most amazing thing ever. Our baby girl crying! They showed her to me over the curtain and all I could say was she's so pretty and bawled my eyes out. Then they announced her birth weight and I couldn't believe it. 4 pounds 14 ounces. So tiny! I knew she was gonna be smaller but I didn't expect that small! She was small but perfectly healthy. Her blood sugar was even fine (which leads me to believe I didn't have gestational diabetes after all).

They stitched me up and wheeled me into their "nursery" (I say "nursery" cuz it's a room with one heating lamp table in it and nothing else. They didn't have an actual nursery which worked out nice cuz she stayed in our room the whole time). I got to spend a short amount of time with her before I needed to go into recovery. Well, due to my sever nervousness before the surgery and everything they give you for the C-Section, I was feeling pretty sick. No sooner than I tell the guy who did my spinal that I'm gonna puke, I do. All over myself. I go upstairs and they changed me which ended up being pointless cuz I puked on myself again. I continued to puke for another 15 minutes before they gave me something to stop it. But it didn't work. So after puking some more, they gave me another "anti-nausea" med which ultimately knocked me out.

Finally at 8pm (4 hours after she was born) I was wheeled downstairs and got to meet my beautiful little girl! She was soooo perfect and tiny. Our little dream come true. Daddy had already gotten to feed her at this point but I was glad they could develop that bond. Especially since he will be deploying soon.

It was a crazy couple of days waiting to have her and I was disappointed I didn't get the thrill of hearing how dilated I was or the experience of pushing, but I am just glad that she came out fine despite everything else. I just hope the drama of her being born isn't s precursor to what's in store for us when she gets older!

***(Sorry for any typos or grammatical errors. I was tired and it took forever to type this lol)

Friday, August 13, 2010

****Testing blog mobile posting****

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I'm Such A Slacker

So I don't know if anyone still reads this or not (and I don't blame you if you don't since I haven't updated in FOREVER) but I will eventually get my birth story up here. It's pretty interesting. At least in my opinion lol. But to hold anyone out there over, here's some new pictures!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010



Born at 36 weeks 1 day on June 15th 2010 at 4:04pm weighing 4lbs 14oz and 18 in long!!!!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

New Pictures!

Me And Peanut during week 31!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

It's A...


It was so hard to keep this secret til my baby shower yesterday but we finally announced that we are in fact having a girl!!!! We're so excited!!!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Our Beautiful Baby!!!!!!!

23 Weeks 5 Days

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Our Baby!!!! 20 Weeks 1 Day

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Testing one more time

Testing out my mobile blog posting

Friday, January 29, 2010

Kickboxer In Training

Man my little one likes to kick :) It's so amazing every time I feel it. I can't wait til the kicks get stronger. Well, as long as he stays away from my cervix. Those are none too comfortable. This is another reason I am convinced it is a boy cuz a girl would know never to kick mommy there. Lol. I feel it a lot more than I expected to already. I'll just be sittin there and kick, kick, kick. I love it! I've even felt it twice now on the outside. I definitely didn't expect to feel that this early but I did start feeling the kicks in general pretty early. I don't think the nurse practitioner believed that I was feeling it already but it isn't her body now is it? Not to mention they always say, every pregnancy is different. I think it's because I am just so in tune with my body. 3 years of TTC will do that to you I guess. She didn't really seem to believe that I knew when I was ovulating either. I think we all know I was right on that one. I guess I'm just put off by the fact that they all talk to me like I don't know squat about pregnancy. I know I don't know everything, but I definitely read as much as I can so I am at least aware of what is going to be going on with my body. I know there are plenty of girls who get knocked up and don't know anything and don't bother to try to educate themselves, but it took me this long to get here and I think I read most of this stuff before I even got pregnant. I'm just going more in depth now. Ugh, oh well.

Everything else is going quite well. John is getting settled into his new unit. They made him Squad Leader which is what he's wanted for a bit. Only bad thing so far is he's due to deploy to Afghanistan in November. Our baby will only be 4 months old and he'll miss a year of our baby's life from that point on :( I just wish he didn't have to go. Especially since they said he wasn't going to be going for a while. Ugh. This is all stupid Obama's fault.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

16 Weeks 2 Days

Monday, January 18, 2010


Wow, I've been busy. We just moved allll the way from Fairbanks, Alaska to Ft. Polk, Louisiana. And we drove lol. It wasn't TOO bad, especially once we hit civilization haha. John's dad helped us and drove the U-Haul and then we drove back up to Buffalo in one straight shot. 22 hours in a car while pregnant=not so fun. Very hard to get comfortable in a cramped back seat that's filled with stuff but we did it and now we are finally settling into our new house here on post. We like it here so far. It's nice and warm and the people we've met so far are friendly and it gave us a nice opportunity to buy all our furniture finally. We got a new couch and loveseat, new washer and dryer (front loaders), new bedroom set, and a new kitchen table. Next is a new Dyson vacuum and a new microwave and we are all set!

But onto the baby stuff. :)

I'm 15 weeks today (YAY!) and I believe I have been feeling the baby move. We listen to his* heartbeat way more than we probably should but it's just so cool to hear the little heartbeat and all his little movements.

I'm showing more (as you can see in my 14 week 2 day pic) and it's getting to the point that I'm noticing people looking like, is she oddly fat, or pregnant? I can't wait til I am REALLY big lol.

I make my doctor's appointment tomorrow and hopefully I'll get another ultrasound!!

That's all for now.

*I say his, him and he cuz that's what I say I'm having lol. We have not, and will not, find out til the baby's born what we are having.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I Got My Doppler Today

AND WE HEARD THE HEARTBEAT!!!!!!! I found it instantly and it was awesome!!!! It was such a relief since nothing really has been going on with pregnancy symptoms. Oh, except I itch everywhere!! Back, tummy, boobs, EVERYTHING. Lotion isn't even really helping. But anyway, I'm officially in the second trimester, we have a strong heartbeat (160bpm) and I'm feeling good. I just can't wait to feel the baby move!!! We could hear it on the doppler and it was super cool but still can't feel it yet. I think. I might have felt the baby do a flip but I'm not totally sure. Only time will tell...