Monday, February 21, 2011

Brady Comes Home

Well, we are at home now. Brady has settled in just fine and is doing great. I have been fortunate enough to have help from Quentin's mom and my mom the past few days so I have been able to get some decent sleep between feedings. Aunt Cassie was nice enough to come up for a quick visit too! Brady's weight was down to 6 lbs 8 oz on Friday, but today we went to the doctor and his weight was up to 6 lbs 14 oz, so he is almost back up to his birth weight. It might have something to do with the fact that he is a great eater! Anyway, here are a few pictures of his first few days at home.

Brady's Birth

For anyone who's interested, here's the whole birthing story. For anyone who's not, there are some cute pictures to enjoy :)

Tuesday I had my regular doctor appointment to check on Brady and make sure things were ok. I got my ultrasound to check fluid levels and such and I knew right away that they were only about half of what they were the week before. I even told Quentin right before we saw the doctor that she might not let me go all the way until Friday, but I was shocked when we saw the Dr. and she told us that the ultrasound showed the cord was wrapped around Brady's neck and because the fluid levels were low we needed to induce that night. She sent us home to get our bags and come back to the hospital. I also got the news that I was now dilated to 3 cm and 90% effaced, which was quite a change from when I was in the hospital Saturday and I was at a 2 and 75% effaced.

We got to the hospital and then they started the Pitocin drip around 6:00. My doctor (Dr. Morse) was not available to attend the birth, so we had Dr. Thies and she was wonderful! About every 20 min they increased the Pitocin, which also meant stronger contractions...yipee! Mom was there to hang out with us and be a backup in case Quentin fainted, and Aliisa came and hung out for a while too. Quentin and I passed the time playing Farkle (and no, Quentin did not let his laboring wife win). When my nurse checked me around 8 I was at 5cm. I had decided I wanted to try medication-free natural birth, and I did pretty well with it until they increased my Pitocin again around 10:00 and the contrations were so intense that I decided I needed an epidural. I got my epidural around 10:30 and it only took a few minutes for it to take effect. I was at a 6 when I got my epidural, and I started dilating VERY quickly after that. It was also at this point that his heartrate would drop with each contraction, so they tried rolling me from side to side, which helped a little at first. I think around 11:20 Dr. Thies said I could start pushing, so I had to push on my side at first. His heartrate continued to drop, so they started prepping for a C-section. Quentin even started putting on the booties, gown and scrub hat for the OR. They let me push on my back a few times, and then started packing my bed up to go to the OR. Dr. Thies did an epistiotomy and said I could have one last shot at pushing before we had no choice but a C-section, so I gave it my all (which is hard to do with an epidural and you can't even really tell if you're pushing or not) and out he came at 11:39! She said it is the closest she has come to getting someone to the OR and then not having to do a c-section after all.
When they laid him on my chest for the very first time it was the most incredible feeling in the world. He was so perfect and I fell in love instantly. It truly is a miracle and we love him more and more every day! He is such a good baby and hardly fusses at all. He came out a pro at feeding, which has made things a lot easier I'm sure. It is so fun to watch Quentin with him...Brady could not ask for a better dad! So here are some pictures right before we were discharged from the hospital...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Brady James Bell

Here are a few pics of our newest addition. I'll write up the birthing story later. I figure mostly people just want pictures anyway :) He was born Feb 15 at 11:39 PM. He weighed 7 lbs 1 oz and was 20 inches long. We are all doing well!

Monday, February 14, 2011

40 weeks

Well I am actually 41 weeks tomorrow so this is a little delayed, but here's my growing belly! My Dr. appointment last week looked good, so Brady has a little more time to decide if he wants to come on his own or not. I have another appointment tomorrow, but unless something has drastically changed I have until Friday before they will induce. So Brady has officially received his eviction notice and has been informed he is free to come ANYTIME NOW!
In other news we got to spend our last childless weekend in the hospital of all places. I had a cough for a few days and then woke up Saturday with a fever that continued to get higher. Around 7 that night I took my temp again and it was 101.3 and I realized it had been a while since I felt the baby move (granted I had been asleep probably 95% of the day) so I called the on call OB and she said it would be best for me to come in and get things checked out. They had no problem finding Brady's heartbeat, but it was staying up in the 180's which is pretty high. They said this was because of my fever and ran all kinds of tests and pumped me full of fluids. My flu test came back positive (so much for that flu shot huh?) so they gave me Tamiflu and started antibiotics to prevent it from turning into pneumonia. And they decided to keep me overnight to monitor the heartbeat. Hospitals are not the most comfortable places to sleep, especially when you're hooked up to the fetal monitor and an IV, so needless to say it was not my most restful night. But by morning Brady's heartrate was back down to 130's to 140's, which is normal so they cleared me to go home and I spent most of the day in my own bed sleeping. Now I am fever free and just stuck with the cough and stuffy/runny nose. Not the best weekend of my life, but luckily Brady and I both came out ok in the end!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Columbia's Blizzard

Unfortunately, I am not talking about a DQ blizzard. It has been snowing hard since about 6:30 this morning and is supposed to keep going until tomorrow around noon (last I heard). We are up to 14 inches and going strong, with predictions of final accumulations around 18 inches. Plus the snow is really dry, and it's windy so there are some big snow drifts. Kirsten requested some pictures, so this post is mostly for her. It's hard to tell really how much there is from the pictures. The one with Dad shoveling is the 3rd or 4th round of shoveling. Anyway, here are the pictures...Luckily I was able to catch a ride to work with Dad. More importantly, he made a special trip to pick me up from work (at that point we had about 10 inches I believe). Otherwise I would have been stuck overnight at the hospital, which is not exactly my idea of a fun night.
MU actually shut down the campus, which is extremely rare, and they have already called off classes tomorrow as well. They even shut down Dad's bank this morning, which is also rare. Pretty much everything around is closed except, of course, the hospital.
I never thought I would say this, but I have been telling Brady to STAY IN for a few days until this all clears up. I told him before the storm hit that it was his last chance to come early, and he didn't cooperate then, so hopefully he listens better this time. Otherwise, we might be having a home birth. It's a little nerve racking, but I think Mom seems to be the most concerned about the possibility. That is a huge surprise because she never worries about anything :)