Saturday, March 20, 2010

First smile?

Owen Michael, the man, the myth, the legend

7lbs 2 ounces, 19 inches long, healthy and strong. Welcome to the world little buddy :)

13:27 - The end is nigh!

1:27 Lydia has now dilated to a 7.5! She's chomping on ice chips and grimacing pleasantly. We have 7 visitors present in the room, and we're very happy they could all join us for Owen's debut. More updates coming soon...

1:45 8.5, Owen's in a tight spot. Everyone's getting excited.

2:00 Over a 9 now. Mama's feelin some pain now. Jed (Dr.) came in to check her out. Baby is looking good, and almost ready to meet the world!


11:30 We're dilated to a 5 and moving to 6! Well, Lydia is anyway. I'm not dilated at all yet.


9:43 Popsicle Given

That is all.

Bring on the pain!

Water broke!

9:15 Water is broken, and we're on our way! A nurse came in and just poked her with some little blue rod. TMI?? Get used to it.

She's getting a catheter placed now. We're waiting to increase the Pitocin for another few minutes so we don't stress him out with all of the sudden changes. Little does he know the worst is yet to come. Passing through the canal and learning how to breathe will seem like a walk in the park compared to circumcision. *wince* Poor little guy...

Pre-game show

Good morning folks and welcome to the the second ever triennial baby pre-game show! I'm Mike Metcalf, and I'll be calling the plays today.

8:30 We're checked in, and ready to go.

8:50 Nurse got Lydia hooked up to an IV in her wrist (not the funnest place for an IV according to the patient).

Pitocin is going, and so are the contractions.

Epidural is in!

Click the picture to see that needle in it's full glory.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

made the decision

So at my dr appt yesterday, Jed said, "now why didn't we have you scheduled for induction today?"

He was serious, and said that baby looks good and we can be started anytime. So funny that I want him out so much, but it seemed so hard to say, "ok, let's go!"

So after a little thought and talk, we decided to just go ahead and schedule the induction for our due date of March 23rd. The reason? Overwhelmingly the date. Call me silly, but Kate was born on 6/26 and he would be 3/23, making their birthdays easy to remember. PLUS both on a Tuesday, and from the looks of it, they'll be really close to the same size, and maybe even born around the same time. All those questions will be so easy to answer when I am old and senile. Just planning for the future, folks.

So stay tuned...a week from now I suspect Mike will be giving the play-by-play like he did with Kate.

Monday, March 15, 2010

thoughts on the eve of 39 weeks

This is the 3rd post I have started in the last 2 weeks and I am determined to get it published!

If you had asked me 6 weeks ago if I would still be pregnant today, 1 week before my due date, I would have told you there was no way I would make it. While I am glad Baby didn't come early for his developmental sake, I truly can't believe I've made it this long. As of right now, I am thinking I will likely get started on my due date like I did with Kate. 8 days and counting...

There are so many ways that this feels like I am pregnant for the first time. I don't know if I am super forgetful, or if it is just different this time. I don't remember having so many contractions, or being SO uncomfortable all the time. I don't miss the swelling that was enormously present with my first pregnancy though; THAT I can remember.

It's amazing to me that our family will be changing again. Just like any life change--getting married, having your first child--I am in that state of wonderment when you think, "what IS it going to be like?" And you really don't know until you're there for yourself.

Kate is doing awesome with the whole thing, although I do secretly suspect she thinks that "Baby Brother" is just the name we gave my big belly! We've been talking about it so long that in kid years, it must seem like I've always been pregnant. Heck-I feel like I have always been pregnant!!

More than anything, I am just anxious to get on with this next phase of life. The waiting is beginning to feel like I am watching water waiting for it to boil....

Can't wait to meet you, Little Guy. Come out soon!