Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Brand New Baby...

So, for all of you who religiously read my last pregnancy blog which abruptly ended on Karson's birth-day.....(which wasn't my intention, but life happened) and have been hounding me to pick it back up again ever since, I am back!

As many of you know, I'm pregnant again with baby #2... and everyone has also been getting on my case about how I did such an elaborate blog for my pregnancy with Karson and how psychologically damaged this baby will be if I don't continue the blog, so I'm going to do my best to keep track of what's left of this pregnancy but there is and has been quite a lot going on lately!

So far, this pregnancy has been going very smoothly. I'm currently in week 14, which means this baby is now about the size of a lemon... about 4 and a half inches long. I'm starting to be less nauseous but am still ridiculously tired.... I don't quite remember being this tired with Karson... but then again, I am spending my days running after a 10.5 month old and my nights trying desperately to get pictures edited, keep our house relatively sanitary, and spend time with my husband... so, I guess it's understandable.

I'll try my best to keep up with this again but it may be less of a pregnancy oriented blog and more about what's going on with our family (which is the direction I had intended it to go in after we had the baby)... I figured, kids start to do more and more funny things/say funny things, etc so it would be nice to have a place to keep track of all that. Hopefully I can be a little more faithful than I've been this past year!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Karson!

Aunt Kacy made sure to get Karson a birthday cake before he was born so that we could sing to him and celebrate his birthday! I knew there was a reason we kept her around! :)
So, I spent the evening on 8/20 with my mom and sister watching the movie August Rush... a movie Jason and I LOVED and we continuously referred to the August Rush we would be experiencing when the baby came! I secretly thought to myself... this movie is going to bring this baby!

I started having contractions around 7:30 pm... every 7 minutes (just like the night before). Then, around 11:00, they were coming every 5 minutes and Jason started keeping track on the computer. As I frantically scurried around the house puttering and cleaning in a frenzy, he was able to call out, "you're going to have another contraction in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...." and the next one would start. He was thrilled with his psychic abilities.

After about an hour and 15 minutes of this, Jason called the doctor and he said since I was a day late and the contractions were so regular for so long, it warranted a visit to the hospital even if only to get checked out.

I still felt nervous about going in and being turned away to wait a few more days. I decided I really needed a shower.... so Jason patiently waited. Then, I decided I was hungry, and that I wanted eggs over easy, scrapple, and wheat toast.... so we went to the diner. Yes, at 1:45 am.

As I sat in the booth, each contraction would distend my belly so far that I was touching the table! I was able to house the WHOLE plate (and Jason didn't eat a thing! lol! He was a little nervous I guess).... anyway, with so much room in my stomach, I knew the baby had to have dropped even further.

Here's the short version of the story... We went in. I was checked out. The baby was kicking the heartbeat monitor and it sounded like he was stuck in a tin can. It was totally cracking us up! I was still 80% effaced and 3 cm dilated but since the contractions were every 3 minutes (now that the nurse brought on stronger and more frequent contractions by whatever they heck she did to me), they told me to walk around for an hour. Jason and I started our laps at 3:30 am. He was counting for me and would call each contraction before it happened. Soon they were 2 mins apart and then 1 min apart and then just continuous and more difficult to walk through. At 4:30 am, I was checked by the doctor and he said "don't let anyone let you leave here without your baby!" After I had my epidural, he came back in to break my water before his shift was over around 7 am just to make sure that didn't happen! lol.

Around 8 cm, my epidural started wearing off.... and I was experiencing "back labor" which SUCKS, by the way! The anesthesiologist took freaking 45 minutes to get up to my room so by the time he finally came in, I was 9.5 cm.... the contractions had gotten stronger the whole time and the epidural was wearing off the whole time... it was wonderful. UGH! Probably the worst pain of my life.... although a root canal I had a year ago is a very close competitor.

Anyway, around 11:30 or so, I decided it was getting close to time to push..... I started pushing around 11:50 or so... and that whole process really wasn't bad at all! (Thanks to the new epidural)... I think people who do that without drugs are insane! Maybe it's because I was having back labor but.... wow.

And now for the grand finale!!! Drumroll please.....................................

At 12:43 pm, on August 21st, 2009, Karson James Straub squeezed his little way into this world!
Our lives will never ever be the same!
.............weighing in at a whopping 6lbs, 8oz....19 1/2 inches long! what a peanut!!!
Karson with Grandmom... (Maska)And Mom-Mom (Straub)........Pop (Maska)
.........and Pop-Pop (Straub)

Mommy admiring her little snuggle bug!One of the best moments of the day... one I will never forget... Karson grabbed my finger and pulled it to his face and he just looked SO adorable! It was melting my heart, so I told Jason to grab the camera and I made him get the picture at exactly the angle I was seeing him from... I had to move my head out of the way to accomplish this, but Daddy did such a great job! Now, I not only have it burned into my mind, but it's actually in picture form as well!
It's amazing how much you can love someone you've only known a few hours!

Waiting, planning, pregnancy, labor, delivery, etc etc etc....

Thursday, August 20, 2009

41 Weeks

I didn't really think I'd be writing this post! lol. 41 weeks! Wow!

My doctor told me at my due-date appointment yesterday that only 5% of babies come on their due date! about 85% of first-babies come late... and it's quite possible that he's not overdue at all because I may have ovulated late or something (but I don't think the due date was TOO far off because I DID know exactly when the first day of my last period was AND I found out all the way back in December and he was measuring like 5 or 6 weeks... and at each ultrasound, he was measuring pretty much right-on so I'm sure he'll be here soon...)

He also told me it's a mystery what actually "starts" labor... that it's thought to be completely up to the baby... when his brain sets off a relay of chemical messages that set of a chain reaction of hormones in mommy and off we go! What's been sort of confusing for me is that I've had "sessions," so to speak, of regular contractions.... happening every 7-10 minutes for several hours but there are usually only a handful of contractions that are hard to breathe through.

I had another "session" last night... they always happen at night... but I was eventually able to fall asleep and then nothing came of it. They usually go back to being a little more sporadic by morning and continue that way throughout the day.

So, now that I've been through this a couple times (charting the times, etc) I'm nervous that when I ACTUALLY go into labor, it will be like the boy who cried wolf! lol. I'll be like "yeah yeah, they're every 5 minutes whatever..... this happened before" lol

Come on, baby.... this HAS to be at least as uncomfortable for you as it is for mommy!!! We want to see you and hold you and love you! :)

"Come out, come out.... wherever you are........ and Candace she said was the name of her star...." lol.... that's what Daddy was singing and we cracked up when he said Candace (as in Aunt Candace) instead of Kansas, where Dorothy was actually from! It really doesn't take much to get us cracking up...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Due Date Is Here!

Aunt Kacy came over last night and we took some "due date" pictures...

This is why Mommy can't sleep.............Mommy & Daddy can't wait to meet you!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

This started out as a pregnancy blog.......

So, even though I've talked about some other random things going on in life, this started out as a pregnancy blog... a place for me to document when things were happening and how I/we felt about those things, etc... Well, the problem is that pregnancy can be a little "gross" to the average Joe/Jane. Talking about dilation and cervix effacement may make some people go... "why on earth are you posting this online?" Well, BECAUSE IT'S A PREGNANCY BLOG! lol. At least it started out that way......

So, without further ado..... I lost my mucous plug... or at least a good portion of it! All this to say, grossed out as you may or may not be.... this is a process that brought us all into the world! And baby Karson is almost here!!!!!!

All the gloves are off at this point. Jason's mom called him this morning and told him we should have sex a lot so the baby comes soon. That's it. This is just a process of preparing me for 10 people staring at my naked behind while I push a human being out of my body!..... and quite possibly some other things as well.... :)

YAY PREGNANCY! YAY LABOR! YAY LIFE! Ready or not, here we go!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Week 40

Okay... so, we're officially in week 40 now! This week marks the official end of the pregnancy. We had another appointment today and the doctor said that over half of all pregnancies go past the 40-week mark, many first-time babies coming about 5-8 days late, but that we seem like we'll be right on time or maybe even a couple days early! I'm still about 80% effaced, but the endless Braxton-Hicks contractions last night served to dilate me to 3 cm! This doctor also commented on the consistency or whatever of my cervix and how it's exceptionally good for a first-time pregnancy... and that it should help the labor to go very smoothly and much faster than many first time-mommys. (Yes, yes.... good things, keep telling me good things! Even if you're lying to me!). It was interesting how both doctors commented on that this week. She also said his head was very low and reiterated that it shouldn't be long now...

I tell ya, those exams really suck!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A REAL update!

Okay, so here's a decent update: I just got back from the doctor's... they did the exam and the doc said I was 2 cm dialated and that my cervix is thinned to 80%!!! He said the baby's head was "nice & low" and that that was actually making the exam more difficult for him to do... (it hurt like a bugger!) but that the baby was in an excellent position. He commented on how great a position he was in, given that it was my first delivery... not really sure why, but I also didn't ask. My blood pressure was a little high again (122/90 and then later 130/90... which is actually very high for me) so they want to see me again on Friday morning (instead of in a week). He said at this point, I really could go any day and he went over with me again what the procedure was about when to call, etc.

He said he felt like a "nice sized baby"... I asked about how big and he said "about 8 pounds!" I was like WHAT? Really? He said, yeah I wouldn't be surprised, he feels like a nice sized baby! I was just like.... everyone just keeps telling me how small I am and how he's going to be such a small baby... but he said, "well, it's not a science... give or take 5 lbs!" and then he said "no, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was close to 8 lbs! He's a nice size!"

It made me a little nervous that he said this shortly after feeling his head! Ugh.... I hope he doesn't have the Stinger head! aye aye aye!

What if he comes early!???
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