Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I just got back from my doctors appointment where I learned a few things.
1. they don't think I have the flu (seasonal or swine) as they swabbed me and the test came back negative. However, the test is not 100% accurate so they can't say 100% that I don't have it. (did you know this?? what good is a test then...)
2. I either had a touch of the flu or another viral infection that has now caused a bacteria infection in my lungs - hince the bacterial bronchitis.
3. my bronchitis is now causing a sinus infection.
4. I am on some major antibiotics to keep it at bay to avoid pneumonia. Ugh.
5. I sound like a man. Please do not call me, I am available only via email or text cause seriously it does take a lot of energy to talk.
6. I could still get a very high fever in the next couple days and can expect to have no energy. double ugh.
7. I have an amazing husband. He had to take care of Charlotte yesterday quarantined upstairs since she was sick while I was downstairs with the other kids. Now, he has to watch her today and some of tomorrow while I am quarantined myself! He is totally worn out and not getting any of his work done :( But, he puts a smile on her face no one else can, even with her teeth and ears hurt. What a Daddy!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Since she has started crawling it's like this whole other person emerged. Not only is she different physically - crawling, cruising, trying to walk, sitting in carts and high chairs, etc. She seems to have grown up over night. She is eating her finger foods like a pro, drinking pretty well from her Sippy cup, and is slowing but surely moving into the "toddler food." She has the biggest grin, the sweetest giggle, under her chin is now her favorite tickle spot, she has learned to "motor boat" (even while eating), and her daddy is her favorite playmate.
What a joy she is to have in our lives! Here are a few photos of my precious little one.. ham it up baby![gallery order="DESC" columns="5"]
The only downside to this new work arrangement... it was not our choice for timing! Sadly, this decision was made by Jeff's former employer NorthStar Studios 2 weeks ago and that was that. Doing freelance video full time was always something that Jeff wanted to pursue within the next year or so, but not this month! The biggest downside to this is obviously financially. We are not as set as we'd like to be with savings, and while Jeff has gained many clients in the past months, they do not bring in enough to be his only source of income. Jeff is working very hard to bring in new clients and new projects, as well as pursue possible full time positions with other companies. Only God knows where Jeff will land!
While this change brings lots of uncertainty, we are both experiencing a seemingly strange sense of calm. When Jeff came home with the news, we were both amazed at how easy I took the news and didn't cry! (for those that know me, that is saying a lot!) I have complete faith in my God and my husband and am excited about the opportunities that this may bring Jeff and our family. I love you babe!
Ironically enough, Jeff just got in his new MacPro set up in the week prior to his being let go from NorthStar. We consider this good timing as we would not have spent this money if the timing had been off by just 2 weeks! Now Jeff has all the equipment he needs to produce the best videos he can - let's hit the ground running!
Here are a few photos of his new set up! The pictures don't do it justice - the walls were painted a steel blue, the far wall has an clear acryllic dry erase board that is just awesome, and Jeff's displays are very impressive! Of course you can't have an office without the two loves: Titans and Gaming! Jeff really brought his personality into his office and made it very comfortable (good, since he'll be spending 8+ hours a day in it!)
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Charlotte got a perfect bill of health for her 9 month progress :) She is crawling, babbling, clapping, cruising, sleeping, eating, all the stuff she is supposed to do! She weighs 18 pounds and 2.4 ounces (in the 45th percentile) and is 28 1/2 inches long (in the 75th percentile) - still my long and skinny bug!
Monday, October 26, 2009
- Charlotte loves to clap! She'll clap for herself, clap for you, clap just for the noise. Such a sweet little sound of her tiny little palms slapping against each other. I am working on the high fives :)
- Dadadada is her favorite "word" right now. She can say mamama and byebyebye, even a little hi-ya but her favorite by far is Dada. We are working really hard on connecting that noise with her Dad and are starting to sign the word "dad" when she says it too. She is getting really really good at mimicking. You can see the concentration on her face and even how she moves her mouth when she is watching and hearing you say something and she works so hard to make the same sound.
- As you can see in our last post, Charlotte loves climbing the stairs now. She has made it up 8 now (with me behind her!) I have come to the conclusion that she will climb them regardless, so we need to teach her how to do it safely. She has not had any accidents and has been very sturdy on her feet.
- It's old news that Charlotte is crawling, but she is super fast now. She'll get places before I know it and disappear around a corner and just grin when you come get her. She does prefer to stay in the same you that you are in - and if you are on the couch, she is at the ottoman right in front of you just wanting to smile with you.
- We are in big girl car seats now! It definitely changes how we do things when we are getting out and about. She has to be buckled and unbuckled at every stop instead of just getting in and out with her infant seat. Since we don't have her infant seat anymore, she has to sit in the carts and highchairs like a big girl which is great for playing and eating finger foods, but not so much for drinking a bottle or when she is sleepy. It is a change for sure!
- We have our 9 month check up on Wednesday, so we'll have updates on height, weight, and all the doctor stuff then :)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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I went into furious research and looked online, in Target, and talked with friends about brands, features, all that Jazz. We finally settled on the Britax brand and found a seat that while semi-expensive, would last her til booster seat age and got rave reviews. We went ahead and splurged for 2 because one, they were on sale at amazon.com, and two, I did not want to have to swap it from car to car or end up forgetting to get it from Jeff when he left for work etc. Can you tell which one is mine and which is Jeff's? (hint: check out this post...)
I do lament the end of the infant carrier - it was so easy to just carry her into places, give her a bottle in a store or restaurant, and let her keep sleeping straight up to her room. Now we will have to get her in and out and use a highchair and stroller or cart where ever we go. I know this is the life you will live for years to come, I just didn't think we'd be at this stage short of 9 months! My skinny string bean of a girl... so big.
Anyway, they arrived today and I can't wait to put them in! For now, Charlotte and I played with them and tried them on for size! She enjoyed them - climbing on them, sitting in them, eating them... ah the joys. (and don't forget the fun boxes they came in either!)
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Monday, October 19, 2009
- I am now obsessed with Leggings. Now, this is not just the cotton pants - cause we have tons of those too. These are the true to the 80s, tight legged, slightly elastic leggings. Am I weird that I think Charlotte has really cute calves? Because of this, I think the legging look was just made for her! So here we are: lots of colors, lots of patterns. And I still need a black pair!
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And we cant forget this pair...
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- This photo leads us to the next trend in Charlotte's wardrobe: dots and stripes! We are loving stripes and dots. Shirts, pants, leggings, passy holder, just about anything that has stripes or dots I want for her. I am not a big fan of little sayings or animals or cutesy characters on clothes (sorry if you are, just personal choice!) so we go with fun patterns instead - I love flowers too :)
Sunday afternoon me, my mom, sister, Charlotte, and our friend Tracy and her son Nathan all loaded up and headed out. We had a wonderful time on this sunny yet cool and windy day. The photo ops were plentiful as you can see below - no better opportunity for some fall photos!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
First, Charlotte is standing! All on her own! Her max right now is 10 seconds - pretty good for an 8 month old if I must say it myself :) She is gonna be off and walking so soon I'm sure. Here is a little video of her first standing moments.
She Stands! (Video isn't working :( Vid and Pics soon to come!)
Monday, September 28, 2009
It was glorious weather with temps in the mid 70's, great sunshine, and a comfortable breeze (yes, I sound like a weather man...) All the kiddos - and me!- enjoyed it tremendously.
Charlotte Update con't...
I have had many moms ask me about making their baby’s food, so instead of typing it over and over, I decided to blog about it here! If you have any further questions or would like more information feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My initial desire to make Charlotte’s food was strictly a monetary thing. I was talking to the mom of one of the babies I watch during the day and she said she spends upwards of 100 dollars a month on baby food alone - not including formula! I was amazed at the cost and was a little worried we hadn’t budgeted enough money to cover it. So I started researching home made baby food and saw that other than the start up cost, which for me was minimal since I already had the majority of things needed, I could spend less than 20 dollars on produce! After making it all up, I calculated that it would last me about 2 months! Sure enough I just hit the 2 month mark and am just about out. I did learn that this food can stay frozen for 8 weeks so the timing worked out perfectly. After I started doing my research I became aware of all the health benefits that come from making your baby’s food. There are no preservatives like the jar food, you can choose the quality of the produce you use or if you want to go organic, you make your own combinations, and you know for sure what your baby is eating - no recalls to worry about. Between the money saved and the health benefits, it is something I am committed to for Charlotte until she moves on to “big people food.”
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
- She is a mover and a shaker! Charlotte is full-on crawling now. Wherever she wants to go, she goes.
- She is using her new crawling muscles to finally sit up straight and on her own! Previously she would sit up in a "tripod" fashion but now she can sit up from standing or laying down perfectly fine. She does seem to prefer sitting up on her knees instead of her bottom. This reinforces our belief mentioned below...
- Charlotte wants to walk more than anything - at least that is the belief that Jeff and I hold! She pulls up anytime she can and tries to "walk" along whatever she is holding onto. Many times, she let go and head the opposite direction, falling of course, but wanting to walk. She works on pulling up on things more than she does her newfound crawling skills. And if you give her the chance, she'll grab ahold of your fingers and take off walking across the room. She is awesome.
- We are getting ready to move onto new foods! Since I am making her food, I make a big batch of foods to freeze that will last us 2 months at a time. Her first round of food were the basic first tastes and not she is ready for the big time: mixed veggies, peas, peaches, broccoli, apricots, corn, potato, blueberries and zucchini.
- Teething seems to have kicked into high gear! The last few days we have been using up the ibuprofen and orajel as Charlotte has been in some pain :( It makes me so sad - especially since we have nothing to show for it! She has yet to have that first tooth break through. I hope with all this work maybe they will all come through at once and we'll be done with it. It has totally disrupted her slept schedule too. She hurts and can't fall asleep, and now that she can pull up and stand she won't lay down in her crib - meaning she can't just lay down and cry herself to sleep. Poor kiddo :(
- The teething aside, I still hold to the belief that she is the happiest baby ever. Other than crying over her teething and her being sick a couple weeks ago, she doesn't really cry. She is always willing to give you a big ol' grin and curl up in your lap to cuddle. I am around babies all day - and not naming names, but babies that pinch me to the point of bruising, try to bite me constantly, and scream bloody murder for no apparent reason. And none of these are from Charlotte. Hopefully I'm not spoiled and #2 (no, nothing to report thank you very much) will be the same (knock on wood, cross my fingers, whatever works)
With Charlotte changing so fast, we'll see what happens this month![gallery]
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
As you read in the Labor Day post, we went to Mattress Inn here in Spring Hill and found a great sale they were having and we ended up being able to get a full King set with frame for not a lot more than what we were thinking of spending for just a queen mattress. We did have to factor in new bed linens but between the savings going to places like overstock.com and Ross and looking at the long term savings of going ahead with it now, the King won!
The bed was delivered last Tuesday and linens came via UPS over the past week. While we still need a headboard, the bed is wonderful! We have slept many wonderful nights - and we don't roll over and hit or kick each other either! Here is to many more comfortable and cozy nights in our big fabulous bed.
The last 2 weeks I have been slated to win both games by at least 10 points - great right? Well somehow I have lost each one of them. The first week my team did not score near what they were supposed to in the "predicted" column and the other team blew their predictions out of the water with 2 players that had unexpected games. The second game, while not as bad, the same thing happened. I have realized that there is nothing I can do when this happens. Once the games start I am set with my lineup. No matter what happens, I can't change anything. It's a roll of the dice.
Speaking of dice, I have realized that Fantasy Football is very much like Monopoly for me. Yes, you can buy your properties and choose if and where to build your houses and hotels but in the end it is up to the roll of the dice where you land. Where you land, you pay. period. Once everything is bought up there is nothing you can do but roll and play and see what happens. This is what frustrates me about Monopoly. I cannot play with friend or family as I can get really upset. You work so hard on the front end to just leave it up to chance? No Thanks. Sounds familiar I think...
We'll see how the rest of the season goes... I play my husband next week. (My husband who has beat the pants off every person he has played so far - but by my theory it can't be by any skills of his own....?? )
Monday, September 14, 2009
That is the other thing that she has started to do all the sudden. I came in yesterday and she was up on her knees at her crib railing and now she won't stop! Today she saw a cup on the ottoman and was doing a really good job pulling up to the ottoman to get it. Needless to say I have gotten my butt into gear doing some of the baby proofing and tonight we have to lower her mattress before she pushes herself over the top! (she is napping in the pack n play for now - one push with a leg to go from being on her knees to wanting to stand up and I would have my first big "mommy accident"- no thank you!)
My baby is growing up!
Here are a couple photos of her new skills! I have a little video of her crawling but it wouldn't upload to the blog so take a quick visit to my MobileMe gallery here: Charlotte Crawling!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Read "more" of our Craigslist adventure here...
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Find our "more" about our condo and the beach!
Jeff and I found the most adorable ballerina dress at Pottery Barn Kids on a mega sale (and it was still 30 bucks if you can imagine). It was the perfect dress to have her all dolled up and photographed in. Charlotte was a total cheese with Erin - all smiles and giggles. I thought she would tire out quick being moved and dressed and such but she held in there and was just a ham. She loved the camera and the flash and most of all Erin. We took the photos at home, mostly in her our room or her crib, so she was very comfortable with her surroundings.
I hope you enjoyed the photos! See more on my Facebook or MobileMe site gallery.me.com/jordan.lyons
If you would like to see more of Erin's work visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emurphy/
Click on "more" to read about all the fun things Charlotte can do now!
Charlotte had been much better during the morning and early afternoon on Sunday but by later afternoon she was getting a little fussier and snuffy so we laid her down and she fell asleep early - about 6:45! The grown ups had a wonderful home cooked pot roast for dinner and then Jeff and I had a date night! We took advantage of Charlotte's sleeping and having someone there to watch her and took off into the big city of Bowling Green! We drove around for a good hour partly looking for something to do and partly seeing what has changed since we had lived there and of course reminiscing our youth years!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Owensboro was our first big stop and we got to take Charlotte to her first Dove Hunt on the Rudy Farm... oh yea baby. She loved being outside in the breeze and being loved on by her great aunts, uncles, and cousins. She surprised me and was not at all bothered by the shot guns going off in the field around us (we were safely tucked inside the "shop" but I still had to work on calming my "momma nerves" with guns being around my baby!) I was upset by seeing the poor little birdies shot out of the sky... even more so when I was shown their decapitated heads... needless to say we did not stick around for the grilling time. *shudders* I love my family and love that they love what they do, but I am for sure a city girl and that is reinforced in me at times like this!
Anytime we are in Owensboro we stay with my Nana. She is technically my mom's step-mother but as she became a Rudy when mom was just 11 they are very close and the only Nana Rudy I know. Nana is approaching 85 and is in wonderful physical health but is showing signs of her age when it comes to her mental state. Her short term memory is at times very very short, but regardless she loves seeing little Charlotte bug and gets excited for her visits. It was wonderful seeing them play together on the floor. If you see the photo below they are playing on the floor together on the quilt that Nana embroidered for me when I was born. It meant a lot to all 4 generations of women in that house to have them share moments together on that blanket. Nana read Charlotte's book to her, Charlotte talked back and just smiled at her Nana - even showed her how she is just about ready to take off crawling. It was precious time spent together.
Here is "more" about the wedding
Dad showed up about 20 minutes after everyone else and had no clue what hit him! We did put a sign and balloons and such up outside so he had a minute to get used to the idea before he walked in the door and was bombarded with people. We could see him walking up the driveway (I think he would have run away if it wasn't for mom) and he was already red in the face and rubbing his hands down his face in either awe or embarrassment one! Once he finally made it in the door we greeted him with "surprise" and noise makers and lots of hugs. He made his rounds of hellos and thank yous, blew out the candles on his yummy cake, and opened his very inventive gifts and cards. Thanks to everyone that brought all the singing cards, "old man" gifts, and rolls of pennies :)
As much as my dad said he did not want a party and will kill my mother and I, I think he enjoyed seeing all his friends and family and appreciated the love and care that came with the party. Enjoy some photos of dad though the last 5 decades and of his party. (Some were too big to upload here, check out facebook for more!)
Here's to the next 50!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Our draft was Wednesday night and it was an interesting experience! It was an online draft but most of us got together with all our computers and logged on together so that while we were active online we could joke and talk together. Jeff is playing too of course so it was very good having him with me to help pick my team. I read up on some strategies and the ins and outs of the fantasy world earlier that day so it helped me understand more but also made me more nervous because it can get very in depth and over my head! In the end it was pretty easy because the players were listed in order that yahoo considered them to be ranked most to least desirable. I used some of the other sites I had found to make sure that I was picking the best team for this season. I'm looking forward to getting my first week underway!
Here is the roster for "Sugar and Spice" - take a look at let me know what you think!!
Monday, August 31, 2009
My desire in all of this was to be able to keep up with Charlotte's growth and development - that means I need to post more than once a month! She is changing so much now that she is 7 months old, it's only going to go faster from here.
I'll work on short but sweet posts to cover the last couple months of key events and of course put up a few photos too! Keep us on your radar!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I know it has been 2 months since I have posted anything - sorry! If you found your way here from the "new" design, you'll see that my blog has been hijacked my hubby ;) I want to blog still, (pending time, computer availability, and interesting topics) especially since Charlotte will be 6 months old tomorrow and will start doing all kinds of fun things like new food, crawling, sitting up, and who knows what else over the coming months! I need to figure out the best way to do this and the best way to make the blog easy to find so it isnt lost in the production end of the website. Once I get back up and running you'll know. Thanks for hanging in. For now, a couple Charlotte photos from the past couple months to keep you oooing and awwing![gallery columns="4"]
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Jeff got a call from his old roommate who works at Lifeway about 2 weeks ago. They had a few videos that needed to be done for an authors book release. The catch was that they needed them by the end of the month! Jeff worked hard to pull together quotes and a location and equiptment and a crew. Today was going to be just about the only day to shoot... And it totally stormed this morning. We pulled everything together and made a stop at BP to get some ice and breakfast and the rain and wind just kept coming. We stood inside BP for about 15 minutes looking at the radar and trying to decide what to do.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The best sounds I hear right now are the cooing!! She just talks and talks to us, I wish I knew what she was saying. I'll mimic her sounds and we'll go back and forth just chatting together. The funniest sounds come out right after she sneezes, she does this little throaty ooo sound, so funny. With her cooing and smiling so big I keep thinking that anytime now she is going to start laughing at me, its just right there at the tip of her tongue I know it! I cannot WAIT for that first giggle!
Another big achievement... she slept from 9pm to 4am! Jeff and I woke up at 4 to her cries both wondering if the other had gotten up and fed her earlier - but nope! Big girl slept for 7 hours between feedings. Here is to hoping we'll have many many more nights like this!
I think that is all the updates I have for now. I have posted new photos on my mobile me and facebook pages, so visit gallery.me.com/jordan.lyons to take a peek at this sweet little girl.
The many faces of Charlotte Bug..
Saturday we slept in and woke to a breakfast of french toast, egg casserole, bacon and more. We took a wonderful hike around the property - it was a little chilly but the sun warmed us up nicely. We relaxed after the hike and then had a great devotional that Cindy had prepared. After lunch we all packed up and headed up. We had a great weekend and I got to know this group of great women even better! I feel so blessed to have a church family that can have fun together :) Enjoy a few photos here and on my website gallery.me.com/jordan.lyons you can download or upload photos there too!
Yesterday started with MY 6 week check up at my OB. I am excited to say that I have gotten a clean bill of health :) I am so excited - I get to do my 2 favorite things now: long baths and the hot tub! But seriously, I am healing right along schedule and just have a bit of pain when my stomach muscles really contract - like sneezing or coughing. I have to say that the C-section was not nearly as bad as all the stories you hear, so if you are reading this and may have to have one yourself don't worry! I think there are pros and cons, ups and downs for either type of birth and they each come with their own types of pain and healing and experiences. It was great taking Charlotte to the office and have every one ooo and ahhh over her - of course they all said she was the most beautiful baby ever and all I can do is agree of course!
Monday, March 23, 2009
One big milestone: she is out of preemie clothes! She is now fully in her 0-3 months clothes. While we are more than grateful for having the preemie clothes passed to us from Seanna, I am having fun dressing her in the clothes we bought for her and all the beautiful presents we were given. We have so many cute dresses and summer clothes and even a bathing suit for her to wear in the nest few months, I can't wait to see my cute bug :)
Onto the big event...
Saturday, March 21, 2009
It was wonderful seeing Nana. She has so many grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, but it was her first coming from mom's daughters and of course my first. My grandmother is 80+ and is suffering from dementia so she while she remembers everyone fine (unlike Alzheimers) she has trouble remember recent events, conversations, or to dos. She knew exactly who Charlotte was and was so excited to be able to hold this little angel. Nana held her as much as possible, fed her, burped her, and cuddled her while she slept. It was very special to both Mom and I that Charlotte was able to spend some time with her Nana. We know that Nana probably won't be here in years to come, and Charlotte probably won't be able to remember her time shared with Nana, but we will have those memories and photos to pass on to her about her great-grandmother.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
It is so sweet seeing my grandparents holding and loving our sweet girl. Their other great grand baby lives in Atlanta and is now 4 with a brother or sister on the way. I know it is hard for them to not be able to visit as much as they'd like and so they are really enjoying having charlotte so close.
I think my grandfather tears up at least a few times every visit seeing how tiny and precious she is. You can see how filles with love they are for her. We know she is a blessing in our lives and it makes my heart full to see how much she blesses their lives too. I thank God everyday for letting us watch over this little one.
Now the rest of my day will be spent figuring out the many many doctor and hospital bills responsible for getting her here! Don't get me wrong - any amount of money and any headache is totally worth her being here - it is just amazing how complicated it all can be.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Over the past month Jeff and I have been able to take some time to get away on our own - it is hard being away from her, but I think it is great for us to have at least a bit of time just us. She has been "baby-sat" by my mom, Jeff's parents, my grandparents, and Jeff's brother and sister-in-law. We took this time to get coffee, see a movie, buy a car, and get some work done. We feel very comfortable getting out with her and so she has been to church, small group, target, out to dinner, Apple, NorthStar, and various friends and familes houses. It already feels normal having her with us and so far, she is pretty easy to tote around!
Well that is the update for now! I keep meaning to update our blog, but of course I am a bit busy lately ;) The most daunting thing was getting caught up on everything, so now that I am caught up, I should be much better about being able to sit down and write a quick post about what Charlotte did that day. Keep an eye out on facebook and gallery.houseoflyons.net to see new photos of our Charlotte Bug!
As wonderful as the Jeep has been, we knew its time was coming to a close. Jeff's commute is 45 minutes and a soft top Jeep on the interstate makes it feel even longer. The cold and the hot, the noise, and of course, the gas! As wonderful as the jeep is for fun, it is not as wonderful for a daily commute. Now you add in Charlotte and you realize that this is no longer the vehicle for us. :(
So new car time!! Jeff has had his eye on the Dodge Magnum for years - I cannot tell you how many of these cars we have test drove! It is the perfect combination of family car and vroom-vroom. Jeff found a 2008 White Magnum at Beaman Dodge in Murfreesboro, so off we go. Mom watched Charlotte - her first babysitter! It was strange being away from her, but it was good getting away from a couple hours.
I have to admit, I shed a few tears for the ol' Jeep. It has been so special to us and it was always a dream for him to have, it was tough to see it go. But in with the new! It was wonderful driving off in our new car! It was so comfortable and has soooo much room. I am able to sit in the back with Charlotte if I need to but we still have perfect foot room up front too. It may seem like a little thing, but it is great for me! And Jeff's favorite part.... an Aux input! He is able to plug his iPhone in right into the stereo system and play away. I love the peace and quiet of the car too - he can actually call me on the phone on the way home from work and have a conversation. Beautiful!
It was a very surreal time being in the hospital. I felt like she was mine and was so proud to show her off, but at the same time, I was not able to be me. I was bound to my bed until late Saturday night and even then it was slow going! I wouldn't say I was in pain, I had too much pain medication to be able to make that claim! It was just uncomfortable and I was not able to stand up straight or even shift myself in bed without a ton of effort. We were also moved from our large wonderful room to a tiny impersonal room at 11pm on Saturday night - and then moved again! So by Sunday we were getting a little stir crazy and ready to get out of there!
Charlotte did wonderful her first few days. She was so tiny that the clothes and diapers they had from the nursery were way to big and she was just falling out of them. Even though she was so small she was in perfect help and didn't need any additional help breathing or keeping her temperature up. The only issue we had was that she was so small she didn't have the strength to nurser properly. By Monday she had lost weight down to 4 lbs 14 oz, so we had to suppliment with formula. This was not something we had wanted to do, but of course we would do anything she needed.
We headed home on Monday about noon. It was so exciting to be able to take her home! It was so funny seeing this tiny little baby in this huge car seat! And not only was her car seat too big, so were her clothes that we had brought. Poor kid! But she is still the most beautiful baby in the world of course! Overall, our experience was a wonderful one. We had our ups and downs with the hospital and staff, but in the end we have a healthy baby girl and nothing else matters. Now we were home on our own and the adventure begins!
The last time I posted was on Thursday January 22nd while we were sitting in the hospital waiting room to be admitted. Once we were in and situated Thursday night, they started my Cervidil. This medication helped prepare my cervix for labor and would work over night while I tried to get a good nights sleep. We were up the next morning at about 5:30 to get the latest set of vitals done before starting the pitocin.
7:13 am the pitocin was started and we were officially in labor! At this point I began to feel some minor contractions that slowly but surely kept increasing due to the pitocin. At 8:02 we had already gotten to 3 cm! We were moving along so well, that Dr. Rupe went ahead and broke my water to move labor along even quicker. 11:28 brought us to 4 cm and the pain had increased to a point where we decided to go ahead and place the epidural. This was not nearly as painful as I had imagined. It was uncomfortable and there were moments that had some sharp pain that ran into my lower back and legs, but overall it was an okay experience. Once the epidural was in I started getting numb from my belly down. I describe it best as the feeling you get when your legs fall asleep and start waking up again. Just that uncomfortable tingling that hurts when you move or it gets touched. It took about an hour to get fully numbed and comfortable and I was able to take that time to rest.
This brings us to 6 cm! We crossed over the halfway point and were thrilled. This happened at 1:12 and then 2 hours later we had only moved 1 cm more... by 5 that evening we were still at 7. About 6 Dr. Rupe came in and explained that our progress had halted for some unknown reason. Me and the baby were doing fine and could continue in labor if we chose, however, Dr Rupe told us that we were at a less than 10 percent chance that we would be able to deliver naturally. It was up to us if we wanted to give it another hour of labor, but we decided that the chances were too slim and we were ready to meet our daughter!
At 6:32 they were prepping me for a C-section! It was a non-emergency c-section but it was amazing how quickly they moved! I was in the OR in under 15 minutes and had gotten further doses of the epidural to completely numb me so I wouldn't feel anything except a bit of pressure. It was a little strange to have to just lay there, not being able to move with even my arms strapped down to the table. Dr. Rupe was great and came over and helped me focus and just helped me stay calm. Then the blue sheet went up and they brought Jeff in and away we go! Jeff did an amazing job to help me stay calm. We talked about Lost - even Dr. Rupe joined in! I could feel some pressure mostly up at my lungs and under my ribs, but I felt nothing else. The next thing we know it was 7:03 and Dr. Rupe told Jeff to stand up and take a peek at his daughter being born!!
I cannot describe what an amazing sound it was to hear her cry for the first time. Such a sweet cry! I was able to get a peek of her across the room being cleaned up by the nurses and I sent Jeff over to get pictures of his daughter. I missed the chance of seeing her and holding her immediately like you would with a normal delivery but I was thrilled that Jeff was able to stay with her and follow her to the nursery to get cleaned and checked. I of course had to stay behind and get put back together. Jeff was able to really bond with her for the first hour after her birth and be present for her being weighed and measured. He got priceless photos and video. We found out that the reason I had stopped dialating and she had not moved down any longer - the umbilical cord was wrapped around her left ankle 3 times! We have a little bungee jumper on our hands. After hearing this news we knew we made the right decision on going forward with the c-section when we did, there was no way she was coming out the old fashioned way! And, it makes for a fun birth story to remember for years to come.
It was an hour later once we were together as a family. I finally got to hold this little wonder! They brought her in from the nursery as soon as I had gotten back in our room and we got our first taste of life as a family of three. After we had a few minutes to ourselves and then we brought our family in and introduced our daughter:
Charlotte Anne Lyons
5 lbs. 9 0z, 19 inches long, born January 23, 2009 at 7:03 pm.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
- Thanks everyone for the messages. It's been a long glorious day, but we're turning in for the night. #
- Check that, Charlotte Anne Lyons. #
- Ladies and gentlemen please welcome my daughter, Ms. Charlotte Ann Lyons. #
- She's here! 5 lbs 9oz. Perfectly healthy! #
- We're headed in for a non emergency c-section. The baby is perfectly fine, just not coming down. I'll update once we're done. #
- Things are moving slowly, but moving. #
- Everything is moving along. Jordan feels good, just waiting for things to progress. #
- 6 cm. Everything is moving along nicely. #
- Jordan is at 4cm and has her epidurel in. Little bit of a calm for her to rest. #
- 3 cm. Water broken. #
- Baby induction has started. We are now officially in labor. #
- Alright. Up and moving around. About 45 min till the actual induction starts. #
Friday, January 23, 2009
- Hunkering down for the night. #
- Alright, wired up and ready to wait. Gotta pass a couple of tests before Jordan can eat. :( #
- Still getting settled. #
- In our room. Waiting for things to get hooked up. #
- Got my copy of Left4Dead in the mail today. Or course, I don't have any time to play it now. Such is life. #
- At the hospital, waiting for our room. #
- Resting before we head out. #
- I'm nervous. I'm ready to get to the hospital and get settled. #
- Wrapping up my various loose ends at work before I head out at noon and join Jordan in prepping to go to the hospital. #
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday we had a little unexpected visit to the doctor. I have to do "kick counts" a couple times a day to make sure she is moving ok. Tuesday morning I did not get them in in the set time so they had me come in for fetal monitoring. Everything ended up being perfectly fine, she just wasn't ready to wake up yet I guess! Since I was already there we were able to do part of the appointment that I was scheduled for on Wednesday. Based on everything she had seen Tuesday we were thinking that I could go until week 38 or 39! We were going to wait to get my blood work back an have my unlrrasound to get a better idea of where we were at.
Wednesday! I had my ultrasound, she weighed in at approx. 5 lbs 14 oz. In meeting with Dr. Rupe she didn't like the little growth that she had over the past 3 weeks. This coupled with my blood work results let us know that my body is not getting enough nutrients to the placenta, therefore limiting her growth. Dr. Rupe's decision? Let's deliver!
So here we are in the hospital waiting on a room. Apparently OB has been very busy today! Today I will be given medication and be here in the hospital getting rested. The doctor will come in tomorrow morning and start the pitosin to get contractions going! If all goes as planned we will have our little one Friday January 23rd. Pray pray pray she isn't stubborn and we go through til Saturday - yikes. So here we are... Waiting. I think this will be happening a lot this weekend! You can see how much fun we are having below - thank goodness for iPhones!
That is all for now, check in for baby updates :)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
After the ultrasound I met with the doctor to get my report. Blood pressure was a little high but ok, urine test will come back today or tomorrow to check protein levels for pre-eclampsia. (update: came back today- it is still elevated, but remains steady and below the mark for pre-eclampsia) She also checked and I am not dialated at all but she has dropped and is in the "birthing" position with her head down and butt to my ribs! Ouch!
Dr. Rupe was glad that we have hit the 35 week mark and is comfortable now with delivering whenever she needs to. We talked about what we are looking at for deliver date and while these things are never for certain, it will be by 38 weeks for sure. Crazy huh!? So in less than 3 weeks our daughter will be here with us. That is pretty nice to know. Of course it could always be sooner and could change whenever, but that at least gives us an end point. I am growing more and more uncomfortable everyday so that is good news for me. With her nursery done and the house coming along nicely I can be ready for her anytime now! Thanks for all of your help and encouragement!!