Baby Noah is here... and I was filming the nursery tour the day before I ended up being induced, so I will need to work a bit more on that video (stay turned for that on my YouTube Channel -QponFairy), but I did want to upload some photos of how it all turned out!
This week has FLOWN by!! Life has forever changed for the better.
Sure, it hasn't been "easy" and we have definitely been making adjustments, but having our lil baby here is the best feeling in the world.
It's been a week of: little sleep, lots of photo taking, diapers diapers and more diapers, sweet cuddles, soft tickles, kisses and snuggles, crying, burping, gassy smiles, open eyes exploring, soft skin, and baby kicks!
At the end of this week he started actually lifting his head around (we call this movement giraffe neck)... and he is getting stronger and stronger!! He has been eating like a champ and sleeping a lot! He's a very good baby :)
He hates: sponge baths and cold wipes!
He loves: milk! ...and snuggles with mommy and daddy
So no week 38-40 updates for this pregnancy! He is HERE!!! :) It was quite a surprise and I really didn't expect him to be here this early, but all is well... he is perfect in every way and I couldn't be more in love!
Nursery tour will be a little delayed due to all this excitement, but I will get it up as soon as I can!
I don't even know where to begin.. so much has happened over the past week-ish!
On Friday February 21st, I had a scheduled appointment with my OBGYN (I was about 37 1/2 weeks). The morning started out as every morning does... I was feeling fine and headed to my appointment. I was in the waiting room waiting for the doctor to come in and all of a sudden I started to feel dizzy and clammy. I really wasn't feeling "right" at all... so when she came in I expressed how I was feeling and she seemed concerned because I also had protein in my urine for the first time. I was sent to L&D just to be checked out and got some blood work done stat. I started feeling fine and figured that everything would be fine and that this would all be good "practice" for when I actually go into labor... boy was I wrong! My doctor had set my induction date for his due date, which was March 11th, so in the back of my mind I really thought that would be the day and that being in L&D was just a precaution to check everything out!
I got all hooked up and they started to monitor his heart rate and my contractions (basically what I had been doing at my non-stress tests every week). Everything was looking great, except for one small period of time.. his heart rate had dropped pretty low for about 20 seconds. That along with the protein in the urine concerned the doctors enough to keep me there and begin an induction! WHAT?! Today? Right now?! I was really in shock. Not expecting any of this to happen today! I felt a little better knowing he was almost 38 weeks and that everything was looking good, but at the same time I was freaking out inside. I had this long to-do list still that I wanted to work on!! I was ready for him, but at the same time still wanted to do more before he arrived! Life is full of surprises! All I really cared about was to have him here and healthy... nothing else mattered.
My husband arrived as soon as he got home from work. He had to pick up our hospital bags (which I am SO glad were already packed! It paid to be organized!) at home first, but then he was right there with me! We were so excited! I was a little nervous, but overall just in shock still and very very eager to meet our lil miracle!!
The induction process was a PROCESS! It took awhiiiiiiile.. I went into the hospital @ only 1cm, so clearly my body wasn't quite ready for all of this. Ideally I would have loved to go into labor naturally on my own, but sometimes you have to go with the flow and be flexible and really trust your doctors.
They started out giving me Cytotec.. which didn't seem to do much. After hours I was a 1.5 "maybe".. so the new doctor on staff suggested a Foley bulb. I wish I had NOT had this. I was open to trying another approach since the Cytotec wasn't really working, but I didn't realize it would be SO painful. I really think it was the most painful part of the whole labor! (or at least up there!) After all the pain and discomfort, it was taken out a few hours later... and the results...... NOTHING. All that for NOTHING!! He said I may be at a 2, but it really didn't help. Awesooooooooome... so glad I had to experience that! (not bitter at all). A new doctor had come in at this point and wanted to try more Cytotec. He measured me back at 1... and I was starting to lose in emotionally. It had been almost 24 hours at this point and I was basically where I had started?! GAH! They assured me that inductions can be a process and take days, so just to hang in there.
Oh, and let me tell you... those hospital beds = SO uncomfortable. I was basically stuck to this bed. I couldn't eat or drink for the first several hours, then it was water and jello, and I was hooked up to the monitors and an IV for fluids so I couldn't walk around or labor out of bed like I had planned to. Being stuck in this bad and SO pregnant made me very uncomfortable. I was getting so sore from the stupid bed.. it was worse than the contractions (in the beginning that is!) Ok, enough complaining.. it was "fine"....
After hours and hours I finally got to a 3. This was around 6:30 PM on Saturday 2/22/14, so I had already been at the hospital now for 31 hours. My doctor decided it was time for the Pitocin, which was supposed to speed things up and make the contractions much more intense. The contractions up to this point were tolerable. They had gotten more intense as time progressed, but they were tolerable. Right before we started the Pitocin, I was really in a lot of pain... especially in my lower back. I was really exhausted and ready for my epidural. I had little to no sleep in over 31 hours and no food.. and was just drained. We started Pitocin and things got intense. I asked for my epidural right away and within an hour or so was given it.
I was a little nervous about getting the epidural, but I knew I had wanted one when I really felt I needed it. It was a scary experience for me because once given then shot my right leg spasmed and I felt this cold tingly feeling run through it. I'm not going to lie.. it really scared me at the time, but the anesthesiologist said that can happen sometimes. I am SO glad I got it though... what a relief! I could feel the tightening of the contractions, but no pain. It was amazing. I finally was able to get some sleep!
A little before midnight the nurse called the doctor in because there were some variables in his heart rate which was causing some concern. They decided it was important to monitor him internally and to do this they had to break my water. I never really knew if you could tell when your water breaks.. but in my case it was clear when they broke it!! It's crazy how much fluid there is! The doctor at this point said that I'd have my baby today! (it was just after midnight on Sunday 2/23/14)
I was able to get some more sleep, but around 1:30 I started feeling A LOT of pressure. I thought my epidural was wearing off and I told my nurse that I really needed to push. She checked things out and said I was at a 9 3/4! WOW... I had made a lot of progress since starting the Pitocin and breaking the waters. From this moment it was all a little fuzzy..
I pushed for about an hour (it felt like so much less to me). The doctor and delivery staff were then called in... I pushed a few more minutes and our sweet baby Noah was born! The cord was actually tied around his left ankle, which could have explained the variables in his monitoring. The nurse said he was jumping rope in there! He had been such an active lil guy up til the end haha. Thankfully the doctor was able to get him loose and my husband cut the cord, but he had to be cleaned up and checked before I could hold him skin to skin to make sure he was doing ok! I heard his first cry and my heart just melted. I was so relived he was ok... and finally here after this 39+ hour induction!!! He was so cute :) I loved watching my husband stand with him and take pictures... and just look at him with such love and excitement. It was such a special moment that I will never forget. Our hearts were filled with so much love... I can't even explain it. Our dream come true!
I was able to hold him skin to skin for an hour and then we had our parents and my sister visit briefly before we got cleaned up and taken to our recovery room. It was a long unexpected process... but I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. I still can't believe he is here.. and that I am a mother. We created this amazing little person and he is such a blessing.
I know the definition used to be that 37 weeks was full term and now it has been pushed back to 39 weeks? But regardless.. being 37 weeks feels SO good! I feel like he is basically ready to arrive at any moment he chooses! I have a feeling he will need some convincing... possibly will need an induction, but I can't wait when he does decide to arrive!!!! :) SO SOON now!! I thought that the pregnancy would really drag along the last few weeks, but it really hasn't! I am in shock that another week is over and we are another week closer to meeting our lil miracle :)
I am finally posting my nursery tour later this evening.. everything really turned out so cute! I'm excited to share photos and details in my next post!
He has been SOOOOO active lately! Especially today! It feels like he is trying to jump out of my stomach! I keep telling him he can come out now and meet us officially! :-p
Nothing else new this week.. just sore and still finding it a challenge to get comfy and get enough sleep! Just really trying to take it easy, get things organized/cleaned/ready for him, and to wait as patiently as I can :)
We have hit the final stretch! ONE month to go! Give or take of course!
I did have an appointment with my doctor yesterday and everything is looking good! She did say that I may need to be induced (March 6th OR 11th) just depending on how my blood pressures are looking. Since I am higher risk she said she wouldn't want me to go past my due date (which is the 11th) SO... it's looking like he will be here for sure by then! :) I can't wait!!!! If he decides to come sooner than that is all up to him! I am ready! :)
Apparently I haven't really progressed and he is still high up (kicking my ribs OUCH! it really hurts!)... so time will tell. I know since this is the first baby that it normally takes longer! I'm very excited tho... and can only hope and pray everything goes as smoothly as possible!
The nursery is FINALLY DONE! I will be taking pictures and getting a nursery tour video up hopefully by the weekend. It has turned out soooo adorable! Cuter than I had even imagined :) LOVE it!
I've been trying to get the rest of the house as clean and organized as I can! I am so big now and it is so hard to do the simplest things, so I really need my husbands help with a lot! Luckily he has been working on the to-do lists that I have thought up and been a big help! We still have a lot to accomplish, but we are getting there day by day! Today I sterilized and washed all the bottles/nipples and just finished organizing and putting away some baby things to help get ready.
I'm excited because my mom is coming up to visit me soon and maybe I can get her to help me make some more freezer meals so we will be all stocked up and ready! We are also planning on walking around and doing some shopping.. and of course getting my FAVORITE.. frozen yogurt! It has been my biggest craving by far! It should be fun to hang out and just relax a little bit! :)
My husband and I are also going on a mini baby moon trip soon! Can't wait! It will be so nice just to get away for an evening and have one last romantic trip before baby arrives!
I've been feeling pretty good.. just tiiiired! Also sore.. and I have been waddling around. Not sleeping much because he is kicking SO much and SO high! It really does hurt now.. he has gotten strong in there!! My last growth ultrasound showed that he weighs approx 6.65ish lbs? Crazy! I still can't believe something.. someONE has grown so much. He is almost ready to meet the world! I can't wait!! Have I mentioned that??? :)
Here are a few photos from the past week or so!
Belly shot from last week!!
Baby Shower Shadow box I put together to hang in his nursery!
Penny got all snuggled up on his changing pad.. guess she wants a diaper change!?
My Baby Shower was AMAZING!! It was so perfect and beautiful! I loved every second! My mom and my sister did such a great job throwing it... it really took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes!
The theme was hot air balloons w/animals (gotta have animals for a "Noah" right!?) I loved the idea of having animals in the hot air balloons... so when I had my invitations designed I had this done! I chose hot air balloons because that is where my husband proposed and we had also used some in our wedding decor (it just made sense!) Now a baby.. so add some cute animals and wa-la! instant cuteness!
I was the one to get the invitations and make all the prizes and favors, which I loved! I have some videos on my YouTube Channel -QponFairy of the different things I made, mainly using products from my stockpile! But that was all I did..because I HAD to be involved (the party planning lover in me just HAD to do things haha, so they were kind enough to give me some jobs)... everything else was a total surprise.. from the food to the games to the decorations! It was such a special day! I will forever cherish the memories! They did SO much work and spent SO much time! They really put a lot of love into this shower and it really meant the world to me!
Noah is one verrrrrrrry lucky and blessed little boy already! There was so much love! It was so great to see all my family and friends and to be able to celebrate this miracle!
The most AMAZING spinach & artichoke dip (one of my favs) and look @ the adorable little waffle bowls for the fruit! Plus the confetti actually says his name.. NOAH!
Here are the favors and displays I made for guests to take as they left! Little jars with assorted blue candies and a blue oreo popcorn ball on top as the "balloon". We all jokingly called them blue cheese balls because that's kind how they looked -and boy was it a challenge to get them to stick up straight!
The crown I wore as I opened my gifts!
How cute is this toy?!
My friend made me this diaper cake! Isn't is ADORABLE! I wanted to set it up in the nursery, but it fell apart transporting it back home. Guess it is supposed to be used right?! Its sooooo cute! She was so so sweet to make this for me! XOXO
Diaper Jokes! I still haven't peeked at these yet....
Baby clothes were displayed all over the house! I love how they color coordinated them :)
Entry way decorations!
Our "Guestbook"! LOVE!!! I already have a window frame to have this displayed in his nursery!