Friday, February 22, 2013

Penn at 1 week old

1 week old

It's hard to believe Penn has been here for a week. The last few weeks of pregnancy seem never-ending, and the first few weeks of motherhood seem to rush by.

4 days sleeping JUST like his sister at this age!

He had his well baby checkup on Wednesday, and he looked great. He was 9 pounds at birth but had dropped to 8 lb. 4 oz. by the time we left the hospital. At the checkup, he was back up to 8 lb. 7 oz. and had already gained 1/2 an inch for a total of 21.5"!

6 days

6 days

We are still adjusting, but I think it's going really well! MaryCollis has been completely unfazed by the whole thing... not even so much as rolling over in the middle of the night when he wakes up. She loves to "help" by holding the bottle, which is sweet. Chad has been giving her lots of attention after school while I tend to the wee one, and I think she is loving it.

It's been really nice to be home and get some things done. I find it impossible to sleep when he sleeps during the day, so I've marked things off my list that have been on there for months! Chad has been a huge help.... like, HUGE. Not that he wasn't the first time around, but I was a stay-at-home mom with MaryCollis so I felt like it was my job to do everything... just like it was his job to bring home the bacon. This time it feels so good to allow him to help and not feel bad about it. I am not looking forward to him getting back on the road. Babe, don't go!

1 week

Our lives were completely turned upside down with MaryCollis, and I rushed her from milestone to milestone hoping for her to grow up so we might regain our "freedom." Don't get me wrong... it is awesome to be able to do things with her as a toddler that you can't with a baby... but I feel like it's different with this little guy.

While I know I'll be singing a different tune once I go back to work, right now I don't much mind the long nights because I know these are fleeting moments. Up until last week, Chad and I still called MC the baby. "Do I need to get the baby from school?" he might ask. It became obvious when we brought this dude home that she is NOT a baby, and I'm not sure when that happened. There's a new baby in town, and I hope to enjoy all of life's little moments.

1 week

And just because it might be the best photo ever taken....... a throwback to last week:

Gamma kissing Penn at 1 day old

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pennington Edmond Patrick

Leaving the house at 4:30AM on February 15, 2013

Penn is here! Friday at 3:31PM I was on my way to pick MaryCollis up from school, and I started feeling period-like cramps. Because I was induced with MC, I had no idea what early contractions really felt like. At 5PM Chad and I decided we would take MC to eat dinner before taking her to my parents' house to spend the night (since we had to be at the hospital at 5AM for induction). I was still having the pains, so I started timing them out of curiosity. They were about 8 or 9 minutes apart but they weren't completely consistent.

Hooked up and ready to roll

We ultimately decided we would let MC eat pizza at Gamma's, and we would do our own thing. We had a nice dinner at the Pizza Hut for our Valentine's Day celebration. I mean, is there anything more romantic than sharing the salad bar and a pizza with your love? Okay, maybe there is.... but there's definitely nothing more delicious. We headed home to finish packing our bags in preparation for the next day, and I started really watching the clock to time these "pains." I would have several every 8 minutes, then I'd have one after 6 minutes, then they would go back to every 8 minutes, then I'd have one after 5 minutes. Since they were kind of sporadic and they didn't really hurt, I convinced myself it was nothing.

Brand new!

His hands were huge! And his fingernails already needed to be cut.

I was starving afterward, so we had a PDI picnic.

Lauren wasn't supposed to arrive until 10PM, so I decided I would wait until she got to Laurel to determine whether or not we needed to go to the hospital. By the time we went to bed at 11PM, they were still happening, but we decided that since we were waking up at 3:30 to go to the hospital anyway that we would just wait. If they got more painful or closer together in the night, we could always go early. So we got 4 really good hours of sleep, and they were still only happening every 7-8 minutes when I woke up at 3:30.

Seriously.... whose nose is that?

We got to the hospital just before 5AM, and the same nurse that was with me for MaryCollis was with me again. Once she hooked me up to the machine, I asked her if those pains were real contractions and she said "yep!" I was also 4 centimeters dilated when I arrived, which means he was making progress. So I wasn't crazy when I thought I could've been in early labor. She said he would have come Friday or Saturday even if I wasn't induced so that made me feel better.

We had several late-night visitors on Friday... including my friend Kate, who was also there the night MC was born!

And our babysitter Tyler had to get her hands on him.

By 7:30AM, I had an IV with a pitocin drip and Dr. Weber had broken my water. By 8:30, I was feeling some discomfort and even though I thought I could hold out for the medicine I went ahead and ordered the epidural. It's a good thing I did because it took him a while to arrive, and I was in major pain by the time he did. Well, that epidural only worked for certain portions of my body and I had a "hot spot" on my right side where I felt EVERY.THING. So the nurse called the anesthesiologist back in (which took a while), and he tried to put lidocaine directly into the hot spot... that didn't work. Luckily, he didn't go far this time. He came back a few minutes later and said, "How we doin', sweetie?" and I said, "Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!" In response, he redid the epidural. And my body went numb from my belly button to my toes. I couldn't move anything or feel anything, and it was glorious. As soon as he left, the nurse checked me and I was fully dilated and ready to push. (THANK GOD he made it in time to redo it!)

I started pushing at 11:08, and Penn arrived at 11:13AM with dark hair, HUGE hands with nails that already needed to be trimmed, my dad's feet, and a nose that came from nobody. He had a sweet demeanor the entire time we were in the hospital. He would look around with those sweet blue eyes, and he never made a peep. We had to MAKE him eat every 5-6 hours and even then he was like "Meh. I'd rather sleep." Quite a bit has changed since then.... 

Big sister wanted to feed him.

She would point her finger at him and say "tickle, tickle!" Precious.

Even MC had to feel his hair!

Snuggle time with Daddy.

My lovies.

She got a big sister sticker, and she was pleased as punch.

Pennington Edmond Patrick
11:13 AM
9 pounds
21 inches long

Getting ready to go home

Ready or not... we're headed home!

We are home now and doing fine. The first night was rough, but last night was better. I'm afraid Penn might have been a fake-out in the hospital. It is looking like he might be a fussy/gassy baby like MC was... but time will tell. MaryCollis came home yesterday for the first time, and she is adjusting well. She doesn't quite understand that everything is no longer hers, but she is very sweet to "baby brother" as she calls him.

First photo at home

Come by and see us! We'd LOVE to have some company. PS. Lauren was with me from the time we went to the hospital until this morning, and somehow I neglected to take a single photo of her with Penn! That memory is lost forever. :(

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Decisions, Decisions

We've had two days off for weather this week, so when they called to reschedule my weekly checkup I jumped at the chance to go this afternoon while I'm off work. I have dilated one more centimeter for a total of 3 centimeters, and it looks like he could be coming soon. We discussed the possibility of inducing on Friday, and I'm having a hard time making a decision. Here's our dilemma: As a first year teacher, I have no days so my entire 8 weeks of leave will be unpaid.... so obviously I want every single one of my unpaid days to be spent with a purpose. If we don't induce on Friday, the next induction date is the next Thursday. If he doesn't come on his own over the weekend, and we have to induce next week anyway I will have wasted an entire week off work for nothing. I really wanted this baby to come on his own, but I can't risk him taking his time and me losing valuable time off work.

SO... I'm still debating, but I think we will go ahead and induce. From a practical standpoint, I think that is best.

Week 39 Breakdown

How Far Along: 39 weeks

Size of Baby: Watermelon; About 19-21 inches and 6.2-9.2 pounds

Gender: Boy

Maternity Clothes: I have spent the last two days in my black stretchy pants, and I plan to finish out the week the same way.

Sleep Habits: Still pretty good.

Cravings/Aversions: Still anything with chili and cereal.

Emotions: Very anxious. Excited. Nervous.

Symptoms: A bit of swelling, frequent headaches, dry eyes, Braxton Hicks contractions

What I Miss: Sleeping on my stomach but soon I won't be sleeping at all, so that doesn't really matter.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Eight GLORIOUS weeks off from school. Even though I'll be exhausted, I'm really looking forward to a break.

News: I'm 3 centimeters dilated, and we believe we will induce Friday.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

38 week update

So last night I'm shedding my work clothes and putting on my PJs when Chad walks into the bathroom. He stops mid-stride and just STARES at my stomach with this look of disgust on his face. I said, "What? Why do you look so disgusted?" And he said, "I'm not.... it's just that.... that looks serious. Like..... critical, even." And he's right. My stomach is hard as a rock and looks like it could burst any minute. It's just a waiting game!

Week 38 Breakdown

How Far Along: 38 weeks

Size of Baby: Pumpkin; About 19-21 inches and 6.2-9.2 pounds

Gender: Boy

Maternity Clothes: Still fit in everything but wish I could live in stretchy pants. The good news is, I get to dress down at school..... way down.... like t-shirts and tennis shoes. Thank goodness for school spirit at NEJ!

Sleep Habits: Lots of potty breaks but still okay... although last night I was awake until 2:30 and could not sleep no matter what I did. It might've had something to do with the fact that Dawn and I had the same due date, and last night she had her baby..... which made me anxious. Or it might've been the extra Diet Coke I had for dinner.

Cravings/Aversions: Still loving chili and cereal. Not together.

Emotions: Getting very excited but also nervous. When will he come? Where will I be? And most importantly... Will I make it in time to get the drugs?

Symptoms: A bit of swelling, frequent headaches, dry eyes, more and more round ligament pain (or Braxton Hicks contractions?? I can't tell.)

What I Miss: A single-occupancy body and being able to pick MaryCollis up easily.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Meeting the babe and having 8 weeks off from school.

News: I'm STILL 2 centimeters dilated, and we have no plans for induction (yet). I'll have one more appointment, and if he hasn't come by the end of next week we might come up with a plan of action.

Lord, please don't let him come on Valentine's Day. Amen.


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