Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Firsts

We are all enjoying Baby Buggs and all of her firsts...
Daddy changing her first poopy diaper (family tradition - he always has done the first one, and during the first two weeks, when he's off work, he changes 90% of the diapers - how awesome is he?!)
First picture sleeping in her car seat

First bouquet of flowers (thanks to DH's coworkers)

First bottle feeding - all the kids LOVED feeding her mommy's milk from the bottle. And the Buggs liked it which is great because PJ never took a bottle. Hopefully this is a good sign for things to come!

Monday, March 15, 2010

And HERE She Is...

Now here's the good stuff!
We have a new baby! I'm calling her the Buggs on the blog, but she does have a regular name. And it's really cute too, I promise. :) She was born on March 4th at 4:24pm and she was 7lbs, 10oz and 21.25 inches long. She's our biggest baby in weight and length. And now I know why my ribs always felt bruised and I had so much heartburn with this baby - I'm not a very tall person and she was kind of a long baby!

And since I know everyone wants to hear the labor story... here's the short(er) version...

I went in to be induced at 6am. I was already having contractions, so they didn't give me much pitocin. My labor with PJ was pretty quick and even Simster wasn't very long (less than 5 hours and I was induced without having had any contractions or anything). All of us - the nurses and the doctor and DH and I - were pretty confident that the Buggs would be born before noon for sure. No sweat, no problem, just quick and uneventful. My fourth child, right? My body is totally ready for this.

But... the Buggs' heart rate kept going down when I had contractions, so they gave me oxygen relatively early and kept having me change positions. They took me off of the pitocin, but then the contractions slowed down and she was still having a heart rate issue when I had contractions. I was thinking I would go without the epidural this time, since PJ had been around 3 hours and I figured I could handle that. Well, by the time 10am rolled around (4 hours of labor), the contractions were painful and I was only dilated to a 3. Let's remember that DH was a cripple from his sprained ankle and I'd only had four hours of sleep. I got the epidural. And then we both slept, off and on. The doctor was getting a bit nervous because I wasn't progressing much and he didn't want to increase the pitocin because he was worried about the Buggs' heart rate. They definitely warned us about a possible c-section because there was a chance the umbilical cord was around her neck and the longer her rate was down, the scarier the situation.

All of a sudden baby #4 was our hardest labor! That was crazy to think about... And to complicate matters, she was also posterior. That would explain the very painful contractions I'd had before the epidural... So then they were trying to help her flip over by putting me in different positions again. By now, it's 2:30... 3:00pm. DH gave me a blessing and we waited. I couldn't even watch TV because the positions they were trying included where I put my head. We had great nurses (one of them even made sure DH had a breakfast, a lunch, ice for his ankle, and a comfortable pillow!). The afternoon nurse that came in at 3pm had a new idea and she put me in a different position to see if it helped. Wow - it was awesome - within an hour I was fully dilated and feeling pressure to push! They hurried and called the doctor, he checked and she was ready to deliver and she had flipped so she was no longer posterior! What a blessing!
A few pushes later and we got to meet our lovely lady!






Isn't she just beautiful? We are so grateful she was fine and healthy. She didn't even have the umbilical cord around her neck - the doc actually thinks she was just playing with it and squeezing it in her hands because that's what she was doing when she came out! Silly baby!

That night my sister brought our kids and her kids to see the Buggs. Aren't these pictures precious? They were all so sweet with her! (Well, PJ was a bit grumpy about sharing her daddy with the baby, but she's adjusting...)



Sunday, March 14, 2010

Before the Big News...

Yes, baby is here! She's actually already 10 days old...

BUT - before I get to the good stuff, let me just tell you all the craziness that happened in the few days before her arrival...

SUNDAY (Feb 28th)
*DH's birthday. He celebrated by having a church meeting at 7am, church from 8:30-11:30am, then taking the kids home to feed them lunch while I went to a meeting until almost 1pm. Then he changed clothes and went to help a new family move in. We had my sister and her kids over for dinner to celebrate both his birthday and her birthday (Feb 26). I made steak and homemade mashed potatoes, green salad, jello salad, and cookie cakes for dessert. Poor DH - he was still helping with the move when we were planning to eat! But of course we waited for the birthday boy. We had presents and enjoyed listening to the cousins playing happily together.


MONDAY (March 1)
*YW Presidency Meeting
*DH officially is off of work for "paternity" leave from March 1-28, so we decided to do something fun before baby comes. I wanted to get him a new skateboard for his bday, but he's kind of picky about these things, so Monday we packed up the kids in the rain and headed to the mall/skatepark to let him buy himself a new skateboard and skate for a while before going to my final doctor's appointment. Well... needless to say, the new skateboard was not quite how he wanted it and after about 20 minutes of skateboarding, he took a huge tumble and TWISTED HIS ANKLE! Yikes! We thought it might be broken, but he managed to hobble to the car, I drove us to the hospital, and while I had my last nice prenatal visit, my dear hubby was in the ER getting his ankle x-rayed! Luckily it wasn't broken, but it was a nasty sprain and he came out on crutches... Not exactly my idea of a good time three days before I have a baby!


TUESDAY (March 2)
*Instead of getting a jumpstart on some house things before baby, DH spends the day nursing his poor ankle and I spend the day trying to get some things done and take care of him and get in some resting myself, since I know we'll be having a baby any time!

WEDNESDAY (March 3)
*Watched my cute nephew at our house while my sis went to the temple :) She was going to watch my kids while I was in the hospital so I definitely had the better end of the deal!
*Packed clothes/pillows/etc for my kids so they could stay a few nights at their favorite aunt's house (had some contractions too, but nothing crazy, so I wasn't too worried...)
*Drove down to be at her house when my nephew C got home from school and when my neice K and her friend S got home after choir practice
*After my sister got back, I left the kids, made a not-so-quick stop to pick up some flowers, then drove to the theater to meet the YW for our YW activity. We got to see the final dress rehearsal of Brigadoon - two of our awesome YW and our bishop and his wife and older daughter are all in the play and the director let them invite our YW to see the dress rehearsal free of charge. I was praying not to have the baby Wednesday because I so badly wanted to see it! I love going to plays and I love it even more when I get to support people I know!
*Play ends and I drive a few YW home, then get home myself around 11pm
*Finish packing my stuff and DH's stuff for our day at the hospital (he's still icing his ankle...)
*Finally in bed around 1am (setting the alarm to get up at 5am so we can be at the hospital for our 6am induction!)

After those few days, I was starting to think the whole labor and having a newborn would actually be a nice break! :)