Our little boy

Our little boy
Our Little Miracle

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Last Day of the Year

As 2014 draws to a close we are very thankful for all that this year has brought us.  We have traveled many many miles and gotten to spend lots of time with lots of family from coast to coast and even some in between.  This year has been full of making tuns of lasting memories that will never be forgotten.  Our family went from 3 to 4.  In a fashion that none of us ever thought possible!  We can't wait to begin this coming year which promises to be even more special and full of even more memories. 

2015 we are ready for you!

 ***Quick update.....I am home and still moving very very slow.  I am very sore and trying to take it very easy.  It is just nice to be home!

Little Brother is still doing well.  He will continue to be on iv antibiotics due to the report of my placenta and possible infections that it had.  He is drinking milk like a champ.  They are adding 2 cc of milk every other feeding until we get to 1.5oz every 3 hours.  So far he is tolerating the feeds and able to do all the work himself.  He and I continue to work on breastfeeding and he is latching amazingly and even doing a few sucking and swallowing moves.  He still is only able to do a few sucks but each day he is getting stronger and stronger.    
His little foot prints 
My little Blondie....
Home with my snuggle buddy at last!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Feeding Time?

We went down for some cuddle time this morning and ended up doing this!

First we did a little "breastfeeding" where he was a pro and latched and sucked  on his first try!  He would latch and then go to sleep but that is ok and really expected.  We will work on that but he is amazing and such a rock star to already be attempting to breastfeed.   
The above picture is his first official feeding!  We filled 3 cc of breastmilk into the bottle and let him do his thing!  He drank it like he had done it many times before.  He sucked, swallowed and breathed very well the whole maybe 2 minutes it took him to drink it : )  As I put him back up on me to do more skin to skin he even let out a great burp!  Have I mentioned how amazing he is!!!!!  Then a few minutes after being settled he picked his head up and moved himself back onto my breast!
Love it♡♡♡♡

Here is a little sneak peek into his room.....
His board that they change each day!
Each room is individual so this is the view from the doorway.  Later today I will get a full 360 of the room to share.

I am feeling a little less sore today but still on pain killers to keep the pain more manageable.  Tomorrow I will most likely be discharged and finally be home after 14 days of being in the hospital!  My own bed is defiantly calling my name!!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Great Evening

This afternoon we took Nana and Papa down to visit their newest grandson.  As a treat to me I got to hold him skin to skin and also I helped him to try to nurse.  It was so amazing to already get to start that.  He is still holding steady and eating a small amount of milk from a bottle nipple.  Other then that there is nothing new to report on him.  As for me I got the iv and catheter removed this evening so I was able to shower.....yeah!!! I am incredibly sore and I need lots of time/help to move.  We are going to bed now to try to get a really good night sleep.  We will of course update again in the morning.

A Big Suprise

After breakfast Tom and I headed down to see our new baby.  Boy were we surprised when we walked in and saw this........

Yup no c-pac and no nasal cannula!  He was doing so well they took him off the c-pac and he needed no other support!!!!  He is also very interested in his pacifier : )  

It gets even better!  Once the nurse was done updating us I got to do this.......
Yup that is hair on his head!!!!!!!
He snuggled right in and we enjoyed our first skin to skin snuggles.  We spent an hour together and even got to be apart of the doctor's rounds.   
Here are the highlights:

Can start having breastmilk and iv nutrition (more then just the current sugar water)

Waiting for the 48 hour cultures to come back regarding possible infection due to my water breaking so many days ago. Then if negative they will discontinue the current antibiotics or keep him on them for 7-10 days if positive.

Waiting for him to have a bowel movement. 

That's about it pretty much just normal care.

Thought this was pretty neat......
His name tag

The Birth Story

Before I begin I just want to disclose that there maybe a few very gross moments so be warned!

On Sunday December 28th 2014 my day started like it had the last 9 days of being in the hospital.  Tom had spent the night (cause he was off of work) so we had breakfast together and then he headed home to be with Mason.
I took a shower, was feeling great and was relaxing in the recliner.  At 2 pm I started to have some contractions.  I called the nurse, went back on the monitor and laid in bed.  At this point I called Tom to let him know what was going on.  A few minutes later he was on his way.
The doctor was called as my contractions were getting stronger and were very steadily 2 to 4 minutes apart.  At this point they still were trying to stop my labor.  I had another dose of meds and a shot to try to relax my uterus.   Well needless to say neither worked. 
It was now about 3:00 and I was really in full labor and getting very uncomfortable.  While waiting for them to say it was go time Tom was in front of me rubbing and letting me kill his hands and my mom was rubbing my back.  Like with Mason, I was having a good amount of back labor.  By go time they were really only in the front.  I was put on oxygen as I was de-stating as well. 
By about 5:00 it was time to go.  They got me all prepped and were just waiting for the OR to be open.  As soon as it was it really was go time!  Once we got in there, the pain was completely unbearable.   The Anesthesiologist had to try a few times to get the epidural because of the pain I was in. 
This was the turning point.  My OB came in and started.  As she did my placenta ruptured and the room got a bit crazy.......On top of that our baby was stuck in the birth canal!  The house OB was then pushing him back up and my OB was literally up on the table pulling him out.   At this point the pole holding up the screen came falling down.....it was truely very intense and a bit chaotic.  Once he was out he needed some help breathing but very shortly thereafter started crying ♡♡♡♡ 

There he is crying and getting all cleaned up!
He is just perfect!  Here are his birth stats:
Born 12-28-14 at 5:55pm
4 lbs 11 oz
18" long

Here I am as they are fixing me all up.  Best part I could watch our little boy at the same time!  They worked for a long time getting all of the placenta out and putting me back together!  Once that was done they then took the cerglage out.  Again a very big task.....with all the pressure, contractions and our little guy getting stuck the back side of my cervix  had torn.  It took a very long time to get it all back together.
Needless to say this delivery ended even more dramatic then Mason's. The whole time we could feel Gods' hands holding us in his care and knew that we were going to be ok.  After all was fixed up I headed back to my room to recover.  Tom was able to take Mason, Granny and Pa down to see the newest member of our family.  Mason came back up pretty excited about his baby brother : )

As of now I am recovering well and am just a bit sore.  I have already started to successfully pump some milk and even get in a wheelchair and deliver it myself to the NICU!!!  We will be heading down in a bit to be apart of the rounds report.  And then we will be able to pass along all the details of our little guy.  Last night the nurse also said we may even be able to hold him today as well.  Don't worry we will be reveling his name very very soon!

A Late Night Visit

So 6 hours after delivery I was cleared to see my newest son.........

After touching him he moved this foot under my hand♡♡♡
When I got there the nurse had just finished changing his diaper.   He is on the c-pac but only with room air and is oxygen saturation is holding at 100%

This little guy is very stable and doing fabulous!!!! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

He was Ready

We are very excited to announce that Baby #2 has arrived!  He was born at 5:55 pm and weighs 4 lbs 11 oz. 

Baby is currently on the c-pac but just with room air.  I am doing very well and recovering nicely. We will tell the story of birth and give a full update tomorrow.  For now I am going to go down and see my newest son♡♡

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Bigger Boy Bed!

Yup Mason picked out his new bed today!  According to Granny and Pa he had a fun time testing out all the different choices!  It will be delivered in a few days cause just our luck they did not have any in stock of the one they picked!  Pictures will follow once it is delivered and the boys room is complete : )

As for me and baby #2 we are still holding strong together and are just waiting for Monday to come to get another ultrasound and finalize the game plane!

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Socks

Today I was given these......

They are just a precaution since I have been in bed for over a week now.  Knowing that I am going to have a c-section as well just makes these more important to take away unnecessary risks.  

Thank goodness for home cook meals!  The hospital food has lost all of my interests. However the delivery boy keeps stealing my bed.....  
Guess you can't win them all ; )
Still pregnant and still waiting until Monday to find out the rest of the plan for me and #2!  As for now we both continue to be doing well and lay in bed all day long.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Today will be a Christmas we will never forget.........Santa arrived in the middle of the night with his helper elves and left lots of gifts for us in the hospital!

 Once Mason woke up, Tom and him headed down to spend the morning with me. (The nurses were so kind in helping get it all set out to make it special for us all)
 Mason was SO excited when he opened the door.  He shooted "Oh yeah he did come!"
He wasted no time digging in.  First the stocking.......
Yup he asked Santa for a plunger.  Not sure exactly why but he was so happy and content just to have that!

 He also got a keychain lazer gun. ......between those two gifts he was 100% content! 
We did convince him to keep opening and he then opened EVERYONE'S!   He would start with the gift tag (tape and all) and then proceeded to tear open the actual package!

Taking a breakfast break while watching Curious George.  Granny made us a treat of homemade cinnamon rolls! 
I got kicked out of bed!
 Snuggling with Daddy!

Granny and Pa then joined in on the Christmas hospital fun.  They made a standing rib roast with all the fixings.  It was so so yummy!
 Of course Granny had to be apart of the plumber team.
Then it was time for round two with Granny and Pa!
Playing his new board game.....wack a mole
Then time for more cuddles.....yup there's proof that baby brother is still inside!
Building Legos with Granny
To end the night I got lotion rubbed in by this handsome man!!!!!

We hope you had a very blessed day and made special memories!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

My day started off with great news that I was off all my iv meds and could get my iv removed!  Even though I am not getting meds all the time it is nice to not have anything attached! This evening, after they went to church, Granny and Pa made a feast to go so we could all enjoy dinner together.
Since my room does not have much room the nurses allowed us to eat in the edicational center!
It was an awesome meal of crab legs and shrimp with all the sides!  An added bonus was I got to get out of the room for a bit : )
Once we were finished we headed back up to open our one present.....
Mason's new jammies!
Snuggles with Granny
Snuggles with Mommy
May not be the traditional tree family shot but this will be a Christmas we always remember!
 Hanging his stocking for Santa
Once Tom took Mason home to bed the ELVES got busy!
 Our special Christmas delivered from Santa to the hospital just for us!
  Check back tomorrow to see what else Santa has done.
As for now time for rest.....