Davis’ Birth Story

Finally…11 days after welcoming our Sweet Davis into the world, I feel like I have a few minutes to spare and get a post out about his special day. It all happened so quickly that I’m afraid if I don’t document it….I’ll forget some parts of it, but I can assure you, there is no way I will forget all of it. It was just too real.

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As I’ve mentioned in previous pregnancy updates, this pregnancy was for the most part….perfect. I hate to say that, but it’s the truth. God has blessed me with 2 very “easy” pregnancies with just a little bit of elevated blood pressure towards the end, at the 38th week to be exact. Luckily, my elevated pressure has never escalated into pre-eclampsia, so I think, that’s just the way my body lets me know that it’s getting ready to do its thing.

In my last post I told you that when I went to the Dr they requested some extra tests due to my higher blood pressure. I was hooked up to a non stress test and everything was fine, I did the 24 hour urine, and it was normal, but my blood pressure was still high so Dan and I headed over to the hospital on Wednesday the 19th so they could get my lab results and monitor me and the baby for a little while. After everything checked out normal, my Dr. came in and checked me for dilation and I was 2-3 cm, and 60% effaced which was exciting for me, but could still mean little, so we scheduled a follow up appointment for me on Christmas Eve, and an induction for the 27th, just in case my blood pressure remained elevated. I was bummed, about the scheduled induction but still hopeful that just maybe our baby would come on his own.  Dan and I were discharged from the hospital and went out for Mexican before picking up our little Man at his Grandmas house, and enjoyed what neither one of us knew would be our last night as a family of 3 before putting G to bed.

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The last photo we have of our family of 3!

My contractions started around 8:30 that evening, but I thought they were just Braxton Hicks at first. That was until they started coming pretty regularly, but still between 9-11 minutes apart. I opened up my contraction timer app on my phone and started keeping track. The contractions continued throughout the night while we were relaxing and watching TV but they were still pretty far apart. Around 10:45 I decided to head to bed but just in case, I made sure all of our hospital bags were packed and ready should I go into labor. My contractions increased in intensity and got closer together so needless to say I didn’t get any sleep and finally at 12:08 am, I woke up Dan and told him I thought we may need to go to the hospital as I was calling my Dr’s office. My water hadn’t broken but my contractions were averaging about 3-4 minutes apart and lasting about a minute and a half each and they told us to come on in. We called my MIL and she came over to stay with G, Dan grabbed our bags and pillows, I kissed my Little Man and told him how much I loved him, tucked him in once more and we were off. Lucky for us the hospital is only 7 minutes away from our house; because my contractions were very intense at this point and I was ready for a little relief.

We got to the hospital at 12:30 and they checked me in, took me to my room, and got me all situated then they checked me for progress and I was 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant, at 3.5cm, with contractions still coming every 2 minutes and still lasting about a minute and a half. They asked me if I wanted an epidural and I said yes, so they brought someone in to get my IV going so I could get a liter of fluid. They require you to have at least a liter before they administer the epidural, and after they blew through the vein on my left hand they went for a vein on my right and started my IV. At this point the on call Dr, who I had seen at the hospital earlier that day (well technically the day before) came in and checked me for progress again to make sure I could stay and I was at 7.5 cm and 90% effaced!! This was probably about a half an hour after they checked me the first time!! Dan and I couldn’t believe how quickly I had progressed and obviously, I was admitted to stay.  My contractions were really really painful and coming very fast, and I overheard the nurse telling Dan that I may be able to have this baby without any epidural. I then heard him say, “don’t let her hear that” and I couldn’t agree more. I was really uncomfortable and in a lot of pain but still hadn’t even come close to getting the entire liter of fluid in me. I continued to labor a little while longer and Dan could tell that I was seriously in a lot of pain and asked the nurse to check me again. After a few minutes she did and my water broke. She also informed us that I was at 9.5 cm and that I wasn’t going to be able to get an epidural because the baby was coming. I was shocked, and a little pissed, and scared to death, but there wasn’t anything anyone could do about it. I was going to have to suck it up and have this baby naturally.

They called all of the nurses and Dr to come in and told me to let them know when I felt like I needed to push. It wasn’t long before I was screaming through my contractions and ready to push.  I was that obnoxious pregnant woman yelling because I could feel everything, and it hurt…a lot. My Dr. told me to re-direct my cries to pushing and I don’t know how, but with some deep yoga breathing and a change of focus, I was able to, and our nameless baby boy was born a few minutes later. I distinctly remember saying “Thank God” when I felt the last of his tiny little body come out at 2:08 am. They waited for him to cry, let me see his perfect little pink body and took him to check his lungs for meconium. My Dr. finished up my delivery and checked me out and let me know that I wasn’t going to need any stitches because I was in such control of my body and the instructions he gave me while pushing. Again….I was shocked and happy but couldn’t take my eyes off of my perfect little boy who when the nurse asked Dan what his name was he said, “Davis” which was my first choice 🙂  He weighed in at 7lbs 13oz, and was 20 inches long.  (Garrett was 7lbs 8oz and 20 inches long)

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Healthy Baby Boy!

The time between when I woke up Dan at 12:08 and the time Davis was born at 2:08, was the fastest, most surreal thing I have ever been through. So fast in fact that we didn’t even have our real camera to take pictures after the delivery. It was in the baby’s bag, which Dan had left in the car in his mad rush to get me up to my hospital room. Thank goodness for camera phones

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I was amazed at how alert Davis was after he was born, because I had no medication in my system, he nursed right away for about 40 minutes and was wide awake for about 2 hours after that. I was also much more mobile, and didn’t have nearly as much pain as I did with Garrett and my third degree tear from him. Garrett’s birth story and Davis’ birth story were very different but the end result was exactly the same. We had 2 beautiful, healthy baby boys, and I was once again amazed that we created this perfect little life and that he grew inside me for 9 months.  It truly is such a miraculous thing, and I am once again, so thankful and so incredibly blessed.

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Garrett

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Davis

Let the chaos of raising a newborn and a toddler begin!

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Weekend re-cap and my 38 week check up!

It’s been a trying couple of days for everyone as we can’t even turn on the news without being reminded of the horrible events that took place in Sandy Hook, CT on Friday. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the victims, families, and the entire community, I can’t even imagine what they must be going through, but my hope is that they can find peace in knowing that their Angels are safe and sound and watching over them from above. I thank God every day for all of the blessings in my life and now more than ever I am reminded to not take a single moment, tear, hug or tantrum for granted. Despite this tragedy, I am amazed at just how much love and support our world is capable of, and I hope that this trend of good can continue to trump the evil that we live with.

To continue on a “good note” Dan and I hosted a Christmas party at our house on Saturday and it was a huge success! We only asked that our guests bring their appetite and an unwrapped gift that we could donate to Toys for Tots and I am so pleased with the amount of gifts we collected. I feel that this is a season for rejoicing in the birth of our Savior, remembering our blessings, and giving to those that have an impact on our lives as well as those that are less fortunate than we are. Dan and I worked hard for the few days leading up to our party. We shopped, I baked, we cleaned, and cooked, and by the time our guests arrived we were as ready as we were going to be. It was great to see everyone happy and enjoying each others’ company despite everything that had transpired, and I loved seeing all of the kids dressed up in their Christmas outfits. We ended up having a little over 30 people, and our house was bustling with holiday cheer which makes my heart smile. I was a little pre-occupied with everything that was going on so I didn’t take a single picture, but my friend Brittany did, so I ever so graciously borrowed one of the pictures she posted on her blog yesterday

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Brittany and her adorable daughter Hailey, me, Christie, and Susan as well as some of the food we had!

It’s hard to believe Christmas is only 1 week away! This month has flown by and even though I won’t be in Ohio with my family for the first time ever this year, I am looking forward to my parents coming into town this weekend to celebrate with us as well as starting our own Christmas traditions with our little family.

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On another note, I had my 38 week check-up today and honestly I feel like I should just refer you back to my 38 week post when I was pregnant with Garrett. This appointment went almost exactly as my 38 week check up went with him, which is unfortunately, not what I was hoping it would be, but it could be much worse. To sum it up, my blood pressure has been great this whole pregnancy, very much normal for me, and I actually even lost a pound at my 37 week check-up, so I had high hopes finishing up this pregnancy. However, when the nurse took my BP today, for the first time, it read high…..perhaps it is just my body’s way of preparing for labor, perhaps I overdid it a little over the past few days, or perhaps it is just a fluke, but either way, it happened, and it’s disheartening to me. I started getting a little bit of swelling over the weekend though nothing nearly as bad as I had it with G, and I worked pretty hard getting ready for the party, and trying to finish everything up for Christmas and our little guy’s arrival so I’m resting a lot today, and I feel fine but I am repeating everything I had to do with Garrett at 38 weeks. I had protein in my urine today (sign of pre-eclampsia) and my pressure was high even though it had lowered the second and third times they took it, but my Dr. decided to hook me up to a monitor for a non stress test (basically it monitors my heartbeat and the baby’s heartbeat and the way he reacts every time he moves or I have a contraction) and everything looked fine for that but I still have to do a 24 hour urine test again, and go back for another check-up tomorrow. If my pressure continues to be elevated or they find more protein in my urine I will most likely have to be induced again, which I really wanted to avoid this time. But again, I feel fine, and baby is healthy, and it could be a lot worse so I’m staying positive, and resting, and drinking lots of water in the mean time.

Here is a modified breakdown of my 38th week!

How far along? 38 weeks 2 days

Total Weight Gain: Around 32 lbs (I blame the beginning of my water retention and too many Christmas cookies)

How I’m feeling: A little uncomfortable and ready to meet this little guy

Sleep: As long as I don’t wake up in the middle of the night I’m ok, but if I get up, I have a hard time falling back to sleep.

Best Moments: Hosting a successful Christmas party, and getting caught up on my wrapping

Movement: Not as much as he was moving but is still definitely shifting

What I am looking forward to: Celebrating Christmas with my parents this weekend

Milestones: He could come any day now!

36 Weeks, and a Little G update!

Woohoo!!!!  Less than 4 weeks until we meet our little one!  I’m definitely in the homestretch and I can feel it, mostly in good ways, with only a few not so good ways 🙂  I realize how incredibly fortunate I am to have had such an easy pregnancy so far, but that doesn’t make me any less anxious to hold my new baby.

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36 weeks 2 days

Before I go into detail about how I’m doing, I want to touch base on G….as he won’t be the sole purpose of my Baby posts for too much longer and  you all know how much I love to share pictures of my little man!  I am still doing all that I can to soak up every single minute I have with just Garrett, and even though I’m not able to physically do as much with him as I would like to, I am enjoying his company all the more.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he is at such a FUN age!  I love watching him learn every day.  He is a little over 17 months now and still growing like a weed.  And although he is not yet talking (but babbles with the best of them) he points at everything and makes some semblance of a word, and I’d be lying if I said there weren’t a few words that I know he is saying, even though others may not hear them.  He had his first case of pink eye, and a sinus infection a few weeks ago and he had to be on antibiotics for about a week, and even though like any parent, I hate seeing my child sick and feeling helpless, he remained in good spirits for the most part and we were able to find out his weight when he went to the Dr.  He is just over 28lbs, and I’m still guessing at this one but I’d say he’s around 35 or so inches long.  We go in the day after Christmas for his 18 month well check and will have his official stats then, but that is where he is now.  Not to mention, we took him to get new shoes over the weekend and he is in a size 8!!!!  Talk about feeling guilty, I had him in size 6 shoes that he was measured for a few months back, and to find out he is 2 sizes bigger than that!!! Oops…..this child’s feet grow too fast, and I guess that I’ll know better for next time that I should probably be taking him every 6-8 weeks rather than every 12 or so weeks.  I feel like his torso has grown significantly in the last few months, he is in 24 month to 2T clothing, because everything else is too short on him, and the length in 24 month pants is good, but he is still a skinny little guy so unfortunately those pant continue to fall off of him.  His hair is getting longer and thicker every day, and he’s decided that pear juice works just as well as hair gel when you want to get that gently tousled look.

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Who needs hair gel when you have pears!

Like I said, he’s not talking yet, but he will sign for us when he’s all done, hungry, wants his milk, and his comprehension skills are great.  You can ask him to bring you something or put it away and he will do it!  We transitioned him into his “big boy” room last week and didn’t have a single hiccup.  I think he likes his new space as he’s brought books and toys into his room and now that he doesn’t have a bumper on his crib, he can reach through and pull out his blankie or paci when he wants them.  We’ve pretty much got him down to only taking a pace for nap or bedtime, or and for a couple of minutes when he is dropped off if he is upset, but otherwise, he doesn’t really miss it.  He’s got 12 teeth, and is currently working on his canines, which luckily don’t seem to be bothering him too much right now, but I’m sure as they push closer to the surface he’ll be a little uncomfortable.  Otherwise, he is such a happy camper!  He plays very well independently which I think will help us a lot when his brother is born, but he is also starting to play with other kids as well.  Some of his favorite things are to love on Oscar, Thank Goodness he is so tolerant of him, Kuno on the other hand just walks away from Garrett when he sees him coming 🙂

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Hugs for his best buddy!

He has recently begun playing with an old toy once again…though in an entirely different context…..lately one of his favorite activities is to push his activity center all around the lower level of the house….and if he comes to a wall, or another obstacle…he will pick the whole toy up and change it’s direction.

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He will seriously do this for about 15 minutes at a time and by the time he’s finished, he is red in the face and kind of sweaty because it’s such a workout for him.  It’s pretty entertaining to watch.  He also still LOVES his spider-man bike and will ride that thing around in circles for as long as we’ll let him!!

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He brings so much joy to my life every day and I thank God constantly for choosing me to be his Mom…..I can’t wait to see what he is like as a big brother!

Now…onto what is left of this pregnancy!  I still can’t believe I am less than 4 weeks from my due date…..time is going very quickly which is probably why I have been feeling an incredible nesting urge lately.  Like I mentioned before…G is officially in his big boy room, and doing great……our house is decorated for Christmas, complete with outdoor lights courtesy of my amazing hubby,  I have all of G’s Christmas shopping finished and I am diligently working on the rest of it….with hopes of being finished by the end of next week…..then it’s onto the wrapping!

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Since we will not be able to be in Ohio with my family for Christmas this year (first time in my entire life I will not wake up on Christmas morning under my parents roof, and be a part of a Brunner or Palmer family Christmas party, we have decided to host our own Christmas party at our house….2 weeks before my due date :-0  Crazy……possibly, but it means a lot to me to do it, so I’m going to go for it, and I’m really excited!  Just have to start on the cookie baking!

Even though the new baby will not be in his nursery for about a month, I have it almost completely ready for him, other than the name on the wall, which I am happy to say we have narrowed down to 2 possibilities, but probably won’t actually name him until he’s born.  I finally broke down and bought some newborn clothes (which for whatever reason I was having a really hard time doing) but he’s a winter baby, unlike G so weather appropriate newborn clothes are a necessity, and something that we had to buy more of….the infant seat is in the van, and we’ve pulled down from storage all of the “newborn essentials”  So as far as baby goes……I’m pretty close to being ready and that makes me feel good, but I am still happy to have quite a bit to do (thanks to the Holiday) so that I can keep my mind from dwelling only on when this baby will come!  Now on to my monthly update!

How far along?  36 weeks 2 days

Total Weight Gain: 28ish lbs from my first appointment, I go back on Thursday as my weekly appointments have begun!

How I’m feeling:  Still pretty good, although with G, and myself being sick over the last 2 weeks, my workouts haven’t been as consistent…now that we’re all healthy again I am looking forward to getting back into my groove…..spinning/strength class on Mondays, Prenatal Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and still trying to spin on Wednesdays as well…..with a few lower milage walks added in here and there…..believe it or not, it’s the walking that seems to take the biggest toll on my body…..my back is really sore by the time I’m finished.

Maternity Clothes:  That’s a given

Cravings:   Still carbs, though veggies have thankfully worked their way back into the mix

Sleep:  I’ve gotten my maternity pillow back out….I didn’t use it for a while because it bothered my neck but now it’s great again, however I have been finding that I’m getting cramps in my calves at night as well as getting really hot if I’m under all of my covers, but my skin is cold to the touch if I am out of my covers.

Best Moments this month:  Crossing off items from my “to do” list, and knowing that in less than a month (hopefully) we will meet our second son

Movement: He’s still a little wild man…..flips and turns, hard spots here and there, and surfing across my belly are all regular occurrences, along with the hiccups every once in a while

Belly Button:  It’s out, but not too much

What I am looking forward to:  Finishing my shopping, wrapping, our Christmas party, The Nutcracker, Christmas, and of course meeting our baby!

Milestones: Baby is considered full term should I go into early labor!

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It’s almost time!