Thursday, February 19, 2009
Forgive the no make up swollen face, but this was before our first "outing" to Mom and Dads for dinner Tuesday night. Mommy was about to go stir crazy!
The family gathered around me when I am still in good spirits! (Evan, how did you miss out on this picture?)
Friday, February 13, 2009
"Daddy G" (the rapper/grandfather of Baby Avery) holding her for the first time.
Still feeling the effects of the medicine in this one...I was so excited that she had "monkey toes"!
And now for the story:
We got to the hospital right on time. They showed us to our room, and wasted no time getting me hooked up and undressed! It took three nurses and 4 needles to get my IV started. Apparently my veins roll. Once they got me "online" they began the cervical ripening. For the first few hours, the contractions started, and I was comfortable but was in very little pain. We had lots of visitors, and we all enjoyed pizza for dinner. Around midnight, my contractions began to get worse. I could no longer sleep. I was getting very uncomfortable. By 2 am, I was in so much pain, I begged for some medication to aid me in sleep. They gave me some stadol and phenergren to sleep and not get nauseated. This knocked me out until about 3:30. When I woke again, I was ready for more meds. I was having strong contractions every 3 minutes. At 4:30am, the nurse suggested I go ahead and get the epidural, and I gladly accepted her advice. That relaxed me, and I was able to get back to sleep! They began the pitocin drip around 6am, but I couldn't feel much at all. Unfortunately, the baby started having "late decelerations" (heart rate drops after each contraction) that worried the doctors. They kept checking my progress, but I never made it 5 centimeters. They tried everything they knew how to do. Finally, around 3 pm, the decision was made to do a Cesarean Section. I was none to pleased. In fact, I was scared to death! This was not part of my plan! They prepped me and took me back for surgery. TJ put on his scrubs but had to wait outside the OR until everything was ready. They began the first cut, then allowed TJ in. I was nervous! He grabbed my hand and I started squeezing. Suddenly, I felt a very sharp pain. Then another... I could feel the searing pain of the knife. I am not sure exactly what came out of my mouth, but they were all surprised that I knew what they were doing! They juiced up my epidural, but I could still feel everything. Dr. Connor and Dr. Thomas decided to go ahead and put me under general anesthesia to complete the operation. It was a welcome relief! They put the gas on me, and when I woke up, I had a baby girl(or so I was told)! It was so exciting, but I was so drunk on drugs that I couldn't tell you what was going on around me! TJ later told me I was making very bad jokes to the recovery room nurses.
As I waited to see my baby in recovery, TJ, Mom, and Dad came in to visit. I could not tell you one thing we talked about...I'm sure the baby was mentioned, but I don't remember much at all. I do remember being wheeled down a long hall (still on the OR gurney) and being stopped in front of a large group of people (all family, friends, and benevolent well wishers). I then turned to my left realizing at this moment that it was not me they had come to see, but my little baby in the nursery window. But she looked funny. Very tan. Searcy could see the confusion in my eyes, and shushed me before I could make too big of a scene, and then pointed to the nurse who was holding my little Avery. As you guessed, the other baby I was looking at was a beautiful little African American boy who had been born right before Avery. Nice practical joke. I laughed, but was so drugged, I didn't really see the humor in it until the next day.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Tracy had no idea what she got herself in for when she asked me to post on her blog while she is in the hospital. I called her this morning to check in and then it struck me that we had not seen a pregnant pic posted in sometime. Well since we needed to see one last look at a very pregnant Tracy, Riley and I jumped in the car and caught them in the drive way. Above is Tracy just before they left to go to the hospital at 3:00 today. And below is the trunk of her car. For those of you who know Tracy, you know she had to clean it out in order to fit all of that in there. But it looks like they remembered everything!
I know she will be worth it, but uhhg...the agony of waiting! Allison is going to post for me tomorrow as soon as Avery is born, so check back for that update! Please pray that everything will go as planned and that we will have a healthy mom and baby tomorrow evening! Thank you all for your thoughts and well wishes!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Being around Riley and Allison gives me a sense of confidence that I can and will be a good mommy. I am looking forward to meeting my little one. It almost seems cruel that you have to wait 9 (10) months. The wait is almost over!
Carolyn gave Avery her very first Obama paraphenalia. It is a super cute "Obama Baby" onezie!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Ok, I may not actually look like this, but I promise you, this is exactly what I feel like. All boobs, butt, belly, and ankles (in a fantastically crazy hat).
Monday, February 2, 2009
Lastly, I just wanted to point out that my favorite Super Bowl commercial was the E-Trade baby talking to his golf partner...who he later calls a "Shank-a-potomus." I just about rolled off the couch! I do hope Avery is as clever as that little man. (Others to be mentioned are the Doritos "Cristal Ball" and the other E-trade with the a capella baby.)