Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Today was Rylie's first holiday! She was pretty fussy this morning and barely let me take some pictures of her in her Halloween outfit, but then she luckily slept most of the later afternoon. I hope that doesn't mean she'll be up all night! We're working on getting her nights and days corrected. She's also had some tummy problems recently and it's been keeping her from sleeping real good. We have our first doctor's appointment next Monday, so hopefully we'll have good news from that and can get this little one situated! Here's a picture of her from today.....


Friday, October 26, 2007

1 Week Old

Well, today Rylie is 1 week old. Where has the time gone? Today was also my 1st day alone with her, as David went back to work. It wasn't as bad as I was stressed it would be. She really is such a good baby! We had a good time-just us girls.
I ended up not continuing with nursing, so Rylie has been on 3 oz of formula about every 3 hours now. She's been doing really good on that. She still hasn't cried since we brought her home from the hospital! ::knocks on wood:: She only fusses a little when it takes too long to get her bottled warmed and ready. She's also been doing really good about trying to lift her head up. I think she's trying to be big girl & grow up faster! She's a real good sleeper so far too. I can vacuum and do laundry right by her & it wouldn't wake her up. She sleeps like her mommy! She likes her sponge baths so far. Usually she sleeps through them with no fuss, and then there's today where she peed during it! But she likes being bundled up & cuddling with mommy afterwards mostly. She's been a pretty gassy baby too and Mylicon hasn't given her much relief from it. :/
We're really lucky & blessed to have our Sunday School class bring us dinners every other night! They're really nice people! And shout-out to Aunt Valerie & Uncle Keith who brought us some yummy banana pudding! That right there alone is worth having a baby for! haha
So that's the updates with us & how we've been doing. Here's 2 pictures of Rylie taken today on her 1 week birthday.....


Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Well, our baby has finally arrived! Last Thursday, October 18 I started having some pains in the morning in my back & side. I thought it was just from sleeping wrong. Then I lost my mucus plug later that day. So, we knew it would be any minute! At 1:40am Friday morning, October 19 (5 days before my due date & 4 days before my scheduled induction), I started having contractions that were really close together. A little before 3am we went to the hospital & they said I was already dilated to a 7 and was 100% effaced! So we got settled in our room & they hooked me up to an IV right away. Not long later, I was at an 8 & I got my epidural! That worked great until they had me lay on my right side to get the baby's heartbeat going & then my epidural started to only work on my right side & I started to feel contractions on my left. So they increased the meds going in. All that did was numb my right side even more. Then I just stayed at an 8 for hours! Luckily I was able to sleep for quite awhile during this. At 10am my OB/GYN got there & said I was at a 9, but he wanted me to start pushing in 30min & told the nurses to take my epidural away because he said I was too numb to be able to push. I couldn't even lift my legs. I really started to panic then. I started crying because I didn't want my epidural taken away & I was starting to feel the pain & didn't think I could go through this. 30 min later I started pushing with the nurses & I could feel everything! They said I wasn't pushing good enough, although I sure was trying all I could! It took an hour and a half later to finally get her out-Rylie Paige. It was so amazing holding her right away & just being in shock that she was inside me all that time. I couldn't believe how big she was (weighing 8lbs 5oz & 21 1/2 in long) and I just wanted to touch her all over to remind me she was real! After they took her away & clean her off, I had to get stitched up on my 2nd degree tear (which I felt all of because, again, they took away my epidural!) Then I passed out for 2 hours. Then they woke me to move us into recovery.
Sunday afternoon we took our princess home. It hasn't been that bad really, but I've had some trouble with nursing. I don't know how much longer we'll be sticking to that. It's been really stressful! Other than that, Rylie is such a good baby! She sleeps so much & never really fusses. We absolutely LOVE having her & can't imagine how life was before she came! I'm really lucky I've had David here this week with us to help out. I don't know what I'd be doing without him! Especially with his crazy work schedule. It's going to be hard when he has to go back!
So that's the updates on us! Thanks so much to everyone who visited us in the hospital & sent comments on here! We're not having visitors at home quite yet, as we're still getting settled in, but we can't wait for Rylie to meet the rest of our friends & family! Here are some pics in the meantime....

Just born!
Sleeping beauty!

Cuddling with mommy :)

She's sooo beautiful!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Still Pregnant & Being Induced!

Hello! This is our first blog posting! This makes it easier to keep everybody updated all at once on everything going on. Today we are 39 weeks pregnant! Woohoo!
Yesterday was my last exam, as my doctor decided he's going to induce me next Tuesday, October 23. That's one day before my actual due date. I'm already dilated 2 cm and effaced 70% as of now and I should progress a little more before next week, so there's still a chance I could go into natural labor before then! We really hope so, but if it comes down to it, we'd rather be induced next week than in 2 weeks when I'd be overdue!
We just can't wait to meet our little precious baby! We've got the baby's room all ready to welcome him/her in and all the clothes are washed. We just need the baby!
We'll be posting any more updates on here as they come in and we'll definitely be posting the news when baby arrives, along with pictures. For anyone interested, we're delivering at Providence in Waco. We won't be having any visitors during the inducing part or labor & delivery. So we'll see everyone after the baby has arrived, if you wish to come up there!
Here's one of my latest pregnancy pictures.