Tuesday, December 16, 2008

2 months!!!

Audrey turned 2 months old yesterday! I can hardly believe it! We took her to her 2 month checkup and she had to have 4 shots (3 in the leg, 1 that she drank). She did awesome--- well after the initial shock and 5 minutes of screaming bloody murder. She was calm the rest of the night and has been fine since!

Audrey's stats are:
Weight: 10 pounds, 15 ounces
Length: 23 inches
Head circumference: 38.5 inches

She was above average for length and average for weight and head circum! Yay Audrey! She's growing so big!

We switched her formula on Sunday. I read up on Similac and found that a lot of babies have extreme gas issues with it. We actually bought a cheap generic brand at BJ's and *knock on wood* she has pooped everyday and has not had gas at all!!! YAY! She seems so much more happier and relaxed! Not to mention we got a 60 oz can for $19.99 and Similac was $28 for a 34 oz can!

I went back to work last week. It has been pretty smooth returning! The kids are readjusting to having me back (I think my sub was a little too lax with them). It's also nice to get out of the house everyday and to converse with adults! Jedd drops Audrey off at the sitters everyday so I never have to deal with the sadness of leaving her (which is probably a good thing). She's been doing really well there and we're really happy with her!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! I still have some shopping to do but not enough time to ever get it done! Christmas will be here in 9 days!!!! AHHHH!! I'm posting some of the pictures my sister took of us for our Christmas cards! Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

7 weeks!

Our baby girl is 7 weeks old today! I cannot believe it! Time has just flown by since she entered the world! My maternity leave is officially over on Monday. Part of me is really sad because I'll miss spending the day with Audrey, but another part of me is really excited to get back into a normal routine. Plus, I'm only back for 2 weeks and then Christmas break!

I had my pp checkup yesterday. Everything is completely back to normal and I have about 5lbs to lose! I was pretty excited to hear that!

I took some Christmas pictures of Audrey the other day. I'm still going to have my sister take some of the 3 of us, but I figured since I was bored I'd put her into a little stocking and see how she did! They turned out really cute!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sleeping Through The Night

Sleeping Through The Night (STTN)--- seems like it's been years since this has happened! I didn't sleep very comfortably during the last month or so of pregnancy and then of course Miss Audrey arrived and that took sleeping right out of the question!

However, I believe a small miracle has arrived. Audrey slept from 10pm - 4am on Thursday night. I really didn't even want to mention it to anyone because I was sure I would jinx it. But, I told everyone anyways--- I was too excited not to! Last night, Audrey slept from 10:30 - 4:30am. Yes, you read that correctly. Two nights in a row. I seriously can't believe it!!!! I have woken up both of those mornings for her feedings feeling like I got a full night of sleep. Then I get to go back to bed for another 3 hours until she wakes again! I really feel rested and I certainly needed it!!!

I started getting the Christmas decorations out last night. It is one of my favorite times of the year to decorate!!! Jedd and I are either putting up the tree tonight or tomorrow and I can't wait!! I'll make sure I post pictures when all of the decorating is done!

Hope everyone has a nice weekend! :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We had a great holiday today! Audrey was very fashionable for her very 1st Thanksgiving!!! We even put her little swing right next to the dinner table so that she could "eat" with us! I told her next year will be even better when she can actually eat the great food!

Jedd and I are super tired now and just relaxing for the rest of the evening! I hope everyone had a great holiday!!!!

We can officially start decorating for Christmas tomorrow--- YAY!!!!

Enjoy the pictures of Audrey on her 1st Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Eve...

Getting ready for Thanksgiving today! I'm so excited for Audrey to experience her 1st Thanksgiving. Ok--- so maybe I'm just excited to put her cute little outfit on her (let's be honest, she won't know it's Thanksgiving anyways.)

Today Jedd and I went to the store to get all the goodies we were responsible for. Our families are doing Thanksgiving together again this year but this time it's at our house! We actually requested this because it's so much easier for people to come to us with Audrey being so little yet! We divvied up the food and everyone had specific things to bring! We are mostly in charge of providing the place and making sure it's clean (which I have yet to do).

Tonight is the unofficial annual West Perry reunion! For some reason every Thanksgiving Eve most WP grads go out and meet at the Stone Mt. Inn in New Bloomfield. I'm still trying to convince Jedd to go with me and even Grandma Howard offered to sit!

I had to go into work yesterday for a brief IEP meeting and then went out with coworkers after that. It was so nice to get out and socialize but of course my mind always wanders back to Jedd and Audrey. I just feel so incomplete when they aren't around!

Have I mentioned Audrey is starting to smile? It's the BEST thing in the world! It doesn't happen all the time yet... but when you make funny noises at her, she'll give you a quick one! It's absolutely the cutest thing in the world but also the hardest thing to catch with a camera--- here are my attempts!

I'll update tomorrow with pics of Audrey in her cute little outfit! Hope everyone has a nice and safe holiday!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Excuse me while I brag for a minute, but I FINALLY fit into all my old pants!!! YAAAAY! I stepped on the scale last night and I'm still about 6 pounds heavier than when I got pregnant, but I'm getting closer....

I have a meeting at work today so I figured I'd go upstairs to try and figure out what to wear. This has NOT been a fun scenario since Audrey was born. Nothing fits and although I'm close to pre-pregnancy weight, it has been miserable trying to look "presentable" without looking "frumpy." I tried on a pair of gray pants I had, and they fit. NO WAY! Then I dared to try on my black pants, they too fit! YES!!! I go back to work in 2 weeks so this is important because I don't feel like spending money on a whole new wardrobe! I am thrilled!!! I know the pants will fit even better when I stop eating junk and lose those last 6 pounds!

Today is also important because it marks 6 weeks since I went into labor. 6 WEEKS?!?! Where has time gone? My little angel is now starting to smile and interact with people and I couldn't be happier! I do hear of an evil "6 week growth spurt" that leaves babies fussy and miserable and I have to say the last two days have sort of reflected that. Audrey has not been a happy camper--- and she's fed, changed, clean, dressed comfortably, etc. Today seems like she is finally getting back to her self (we can only hope). She also seems to be in-between sizes. Her newborns are getting tight and her 0-3 month clothes are swimming on her!!! She looks like a little gangsta when we put them on! Hopefully soon she'll start fitting them better because she has a closet full of awesome clothes to wear!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I remember when I was pregnant, and nearing the end, I thought I couldn't sleep very well. I was sooo uncomfortable and I couldn't wait until Audrey was here so that I could sleep better. HA!!!! Audrey is an awesome baby--- trust me, we are very blessed. She never cries unless she is hungry or needs changed. She's also very content with sitting and staring at anything you put her in front of. However, the last week or so she has been having horrible gas. She screams in pain. And it's not one of her normal cries either. It's a cry that makes you wince because you feel horrible for her. We have started giving her gas drops following feedings and it has seemed to lessen the pain a little. We also brought this up at her one month checkup and her doctor said it's normal for breastfed babies. UGHHHH!!!

So anyways, last night was not a good night. She was fed, changed, and tired (she could barely stay awake and was yawning constantly) but the gas got her again! She did finally have a nice poop in the early morning and it allowed us to sleep until 8:30ish. I just wish she'd feel better again!!!

On a lighter note, yesterday Audrey was 5 weeks old already. It makes me sad to see how fast time is flying by. She's getting so much bigger and she's becoming more attentive during the days! I am dreading returning to work in 3 weeks. I don't know how I'm going to go a whole day without her! I also don't know how I'm going to survive a day of teaching when I'm this exhausted!!!! Fingers crossed for tonight!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

One month appt

We had Audrey's 1 month checkup yesterday---- it's so hard for me to believe she's been here for a month already! Her stats were:

Weight- 8 pounds, 15.5 ounces; Length- 22 inches

Saturday, November 15, 2008

One Month

My baby girl is one month old today! I can hardly believe it--- where has time gone? In more exciting news, Jedd returns tonight from his hunting trip. I'm so thankful he will get to see peanut on her one month birthday. And I'm just thankful to FINALLY have him home.

Happy one month, baby girl!

Friday, October 31, 2008

2 weeks old

Wow-- my life has completely changed. And it's not that it's a bad thing-- I just don't have time for much anymore! Audrey keeps me on my toes. She is still running a pretty tight 3-4 hour schedule with feedings and diaperings. She also has been much more alert during the days now, so I don't have a lot of time to get stuff done!

We went to her 2 week checkup appointment today. Audrey is now 7 pounds, 5.5oz; 20 3/4" long; head circumference- 36cm. (At birth she was 7 pounds, 3.2oz, 20" long, head- 33cm). Our girl is definitely growing!!! I also put the newborn outfit on her that we brought her home in-- and it fits!!! She hasn't really fit into newborn clothes (they sort of just swim on her) so I was excited!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Newborn Photo Shoot

I had my sister come over on Sunday morning to take lots of newborn photos of Audrey! She did an amazing job... of course, her model is so beautiful anyways!

Now, I get to design her birth announcement!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Audrey's Birth Story

Audrey's Birth Story

We went my 40-week checkup on October 14 (Audrey's due date). Jedd and I both left work early to spend some quality time together. I guess we just had that "feeling." We went to the mall and some shops and just walked around enjoying each other's company for what we figured could easily be the last time with just the two of us.

My appointment took FOREVER. They were running behind on patients so we just waited and waited. Finally, I got to go back and see Dr. Manning. I told her I'd love to be in labor ASAP. She said she was on call at the hospital that night and the next day. She checked me and I was still about 4cm dilated and almost effaced. Audrey had moved up a little in the birthing canal though. She was now at 0 station. She asked if I wanted my membranes stripped again and of course, I did! It was the closest I'd been the week before so I figured maybe this time was a charm! Plus she guaranteed they would be stripped "better" than the week before. It really didn't hurt that much this time around either! She told us before we left that when my contractions got between 5-8 minutes apart that night, to call and come in. She'd break my water if it didn't happen on it's own. I couldn't believe she was practically guaranteeing us labor (and I also almost didn't want to believe it since they promised us the same thing the week before).

We ended up going out to eat with my mom at Red Robin. I started having contractions there. They were about 10 minutes apart. I couldn't believe how fast this was happening again. They continued the whole way home and I told Jedd I was going to get a shower to see if they continue. Sure enough, they did! We watched TV and slowly the contractions went away. I was so upset! My parents called me at 9:30 to see if it was time to go to the hospital yet and I said that I gave up and that it would happen when she was ready! I was so frustrated that once again, it didn't work!

Not even 5 minutes later, we were getting ready to go to sleep and they started again. Every 5 minutes on the dot. We timed them from 9:35 to 10:30 and they were very consistent. Jedd finally decided to call Dr. Manning. Sure enough, she told us to come in right away. I was scared, anxious, excited, EVERYTHING! We were getting dressed to go to the hospital to perhaps meet our baby!

We got to the hospital around 11:30. They put me in triage to check me out. I was still only 4cm and my contractions were NOT consistent anymore. I was so frustrated and I thought everyone would think I was just lying! The nurse suggested that we walk for an hour to see if I progressed. If not, they were going to make me go home! I was pissed. We walked the hospital floors over and over again. My contractions started again and were very consistent happening every 4 minutes. I told my mom and Jedd that if they didn't admit me, I was going to jump out the window. I was uncomfortable and they hurt, and there was no way I was going home!

I got checked again at 1am. I had progressed to 5cm already!!! The nurse insisted that after 5cm most women go very quickly. She even told us to call family and friends around 2:30am and tell them to come to the hospital. She figured Audrey would be here by 7:00am. I was admitted to room 319. Contractions continued at 4 minutes, then would go back to 8 minutes, then 5 minutes-- nothing consistent. We walked and walked and walked. They'd come back strong and then go away again. I was upset because none of the nurses, midwives, or doctors seemed to come to check on us. I knew that if someone would just break my water, it would probably happen quickly!

Finally, at 7:30 I got a new nurse, Kala, who was great! At 9:15 am, she found the midwife, Barb, and had her check me. I was still 5cm! I begged Barb to break my water, because I just knew it would speed stuff along. At 9:30 am, Barb ruptured my membrane. The sac was very strong. Within 5 minutes my intense labor began.

The first contraction after my water broke hit me and I almost died. I couldn't breathe, I was hyperventilating, etc. It was so intense. I couldn't even believe I thought all those contractions before were uncomfortable-- they were NOTHING. I was in serious pain. I labored for 2 hours trying to breathe, and crying, and squeezing Jedd's hands. Contractions were only 3-4 minutes apart, so I had a break in between, but then they were horrible again. I decided to forgo my natural delivery in lieu of drugs! It was not my plan, but even the midwife said with how tense I got during contractions, it might really help me relax which in turn would help me progress more. I got into the whirlpool tub for over an hour and I was really able to control my breathing in there while waiting. Finally the nurse came and said that I needed to get out of the tub, the anesthesiologist would be there when I got out. After my next contraction I attempted to stand up and right away had another one. I almost died!!! When I got back to the hospital bed he still wasn't there and I got very annoyed! A few swear words definitely came out of my mouth!

Around 11:15 he arrived to give me my epidural. It is policy that nobody can be in the room except a nurse, the anesthesiologist, and the patient while the epidural is administered. I held Kala's hand and squeezed hard because I had two more contractions while he was putting the needle in me. The epidural did not hurt at all. He told me within 3 contractions I'd be pain free. Sure enough, by about 11:35ish, I was in HEAVEN!!! I could still feel my contractions, but they felt more like pressure then pain. I could still feel my legs and lower body too which was important to me because I wanted to be able to feel to push.

All of our parents left to get something to eat since I was finally comfortable. The nurse and midwife both said it can take up to 1 hour to dilate just 1 cm so she figured the baby would come around 4-6pm. I got to relax and even dozed off for a little. Barb came to check me around 12:45. I was 9.5cm already! I dilated much faster than anticipated! She told me that when I got the sensation to push, to let her know, but that she would be back around 1:45 to check on me. Not even 1/2 hour later, the sensation came. I always worried I would never know when to push, but you do!! You just have the biggest urge!!!

They got everyone in the room right away--- Jedd, my mom, Kala, and Barb. It was around 1:25 pm. I was told to push during every contraction. I'd push for 10 seconds, quick breath, push 10 seconds, quick breath, push 10 seconds, relax. The only problem was, after the first contraction--- they started coming every 2 minutes instead of 1 minute. They gave me more potocin and by 1:30 I was having a contraction nearly every minute.

I pushed like there was no tomorrow! I wasn't going to mess around! I had Kala counting for me so it made it easier to concentrate on just pushing. Barb placed my legs perfectly so all my pushing effort was going right to the baby! It was great and it felt good to push! After the second contraction, everyone could already see Audrey's head! They said she had a full head of hair!! By 1:55, I could feel her head!! It was so crazy! Finally I gave a few last big pushes (by that point she was so far down the birth canal it was hard to stop pushing) and she was born at exactly 2:03pm. Our lives were forever changed.

Barb put her on my chest immediately. I couldn't believe how beautiful she was!!! She had a full head of dark brown hair!!! She was perfect--- which is incredible considering all the scares we faced during the pregnancy! Jedd got to cut her umbilical cord and I made him go with her to get cleaned up, weighed, measured, etc.

I would not change anything--- the aches, pains, etc. for her! All 9 months of pregnancy and 4 1/2 hours of intense labor were more than worth it! She has completed us and our family and we are head over heels in love with her!

Audrey Ann Gardner came into this world on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 2:03pm. She weighed 7 pounds, 3.2 ounces and she was 20 inches long.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

She's Here!

Audrey Ann Gardner
October 15, 2008
7 pounds, 3 ounces
20 inches


Thursday, October 9, 2008

STILL holding on...39 weeks pregnant

Well, no baby! Bummer! We completely felt like we were given false hope on Monday! I lost my MP and had the whole bloody show and everything on Tuesday morning--- still nothing! I went back to work Wednesday becuase I can't keep sitting around wondering when she'll come. My principal's sister has been a labor and delivery nurse for 40 years so we decided to give her a call and get her thoughts.

She asked me what my stats were--- so I told her I'm now 4cm dilated and 90% effaced. She asked if they told us anything about the baby's position and I told her we were at +1 station. She said, "OH MY!" Then she told us that she actually would have told us by that prognosis that it would have been within 24 hours too. So apparently it's just Audrey being stubborn holding us up! All the odds are in our favor for a delivery anytime! She did tell us though that with being that far progressed already, when my water breaks, I need to get to the hospital ASAP. Scary!

I really enjoy being back at work--- it keeps my mind off thinking about it all of the time! At this point, I'd love for Audrey to make her entrance this weekend. It would be the most convenient time for all of us. Plus it would give me another day of work in tomorrow, so that's good. I promise I'll keep everyone posted with any news!!!! It can't be too far off....

A little about Audrey at 39 weeks:

  • The lanugo has mostly disappeared, but you'll probably find a bit on her shoulders, arms and legs and in those protected little bodily creases. It will vanish completely on its own in time.
  • Her lungs are maturing and surfactant production is increasing and fully prepared to take on the outside world!
  • Your baby doesn't have much room to move and certainly mom agrees! Did you imagine 8 months ago that this wee one would be able to hook a toe in your ribs while elbowing your bladder? She certainly has grown!
  • Her body continues laying on the fat stores that will help regulate her body temperature after birth. In addition to normal fat, she is accumulating a special "brown" fat in the nape of her neck, between her shoulders and around organs. Brown fat cells are important for thermogenesis (generating heat) during her first weeks.
  • Your infant's weight is around 7.25 pounds and length is 19.9 inches.

Monday, October 6, 2008


Went in today for my 39 week checkup. I figured I'd be about 2 cm, maybe 80% effaced-- but I was not getting my hopes up more than that. I had my blood pressure taken (which is always around 115-120/70ish) and I was joking to the med assistant that I'd love for her to say I have high b/p so I could have the baby. Well, she took it, then took it again, and it was high!!! At first it was 160/75 then she got 140/73. I couldn't believe it!!!!

So the midwife comes in--- it was first appt with her because she just started and I said right away to Jedd-- I love her! She checked Audrey's heartbeat and couldn't believe how low she was (meaning position-- heartbeat was perfect). She then did an internal--- and before that-- she gave us all kinds of "tips" to speed things up (she knows I do NOT want to be induced). So right before the internal, she tells us if my cervix is favorable, she's going to get stuff going for me! I was shocked!

Well, I was already 3-4 cm dilated, 80-90% effaced, and Audrey is already at +1 station (or "in the basement" as she says)... so she got stuff working. Completed stripped my membranes (OUCH) and then stretched my cervix to a definite 4 (double OUCH). Immediately, I started cramping and contracting!!! She said with how I was already progressing and with her doing that, she gives us 24 hours tops. She said by 2am tomorrow morning I'll be in full labor. Ummmmm, what? AHHHHHHHHHH!! She said for me not to go within the next 24 hours she will be shocked!

So we rushed home, and now we're going nuts trying to prepare ourselves-- emotinally, mentally, physically! We're going to bed early---- so we'll see. Hopefully this is it!!! Jedd is thrilled Audrey may come on the "7th" of a month-- his absolute favorite number!!!! I just cannot believe tomorrow at this time I may be holding my little girl FINALLY!

I'll keep everyone posted!!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

38.5 weeks pregnant

Well, I am now 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant. 10 DAYS UNTIL AUDREY'S DUE DATE!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot believe it---- I remember when I was excited when I had 200 days to go, then 100, then 50, now only 10.....

I would like to think my body is preparing well--- I've been having contractions for the last 2 days--- just not anything "timeable" yet. Lots of pressure and contractions-- let's hope I'm progressing!!! I have my 3rd internal on Monday at our 39 week checkup so we shall see. My goal was to make it through work this week and I did that! Every day I stay at work is one more day longer that I get to stay at home with her before going back in early December! I'd like to get it as close to Christmas/New Years break so I only have to return to work for a week or so before that long break!

A little bit about Audrey at 38 weeks:

  • If she is the "average baby," she weights 6.8 pounds and is 19.6 inches long.
  • Have you noticed she hiccups a lot? Because there is no air around her, those breathing exercises cause amniotic fluid to get into her windpipe. The result? Hiccups!
  • Your child's intestines are accumulating lots of meconium. Meconium takes on the role of being your baby's first bowel movement -- removing the waste that has accumulated.
  • She may have a full head of hair now -- an inch or more long! Don't be surprised if it's an unexpected color. Some blond couples have dark haired babies; some dark haired couples have red-haired babies; some couples have babies with only peach fuzz! It may just persuade you to take a closer look at your family tree!
  • Circumference of head and abdomen are about the same size for your baby. No wonder it's so hard to get a t-shirt over a newborn's head!

Monday, September 29, 2008

I've dropped!

Maybe I did last week and just didn't notice (I forgot to take pictures last week) but when I compared my 35 week belly vs. my 37.5 week belly picture, I couldn't believe the change!!! She's heading down south--- yay!! My 35 week picture is on top, 37.5 week picture on the bottom!

We have our 38 week checkup tomorrow with the horrible midwife AGAIN so I'm sure we won't have ANY valuable news!! UGH! I'll keep everyone posted though. Fingers crossed for an arrival ASAP!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Over 37 weeks pregnant

Well, still no Audrey....

I haven't updated this in a long time, and I forgot to take a 36 week pregnant picture last week--- oops! Maybe I didn't completely forget...but I'd like to never remember this uncomfortable time! Once I have Audrey I'm sure it won't matter... but for now, I am miserable!

I really hope she decides to come early. I mention to her all the time that it's okay to come now! She's nearly 38 weeks gestation in there, so she'd be fine!!! Hopefully she listens soon! We're all patiently (or as patient as we can be) waiting her arrival!

Audrey (37 weeks fetal development-- which was Tuesday):

  • This week, the average size is about 6.3 pounds now and 19.1 inches length.
  • She is official full term now but can still benefit from extra days in the womb.
  • Your baby continues to practice breathing movements. Isn't it amazing how she can breathe "under water?"
  • Grasp is firm now. It won't be long until you'll feel that strong little fist confidently grasping your finger (or tightly clenching your hair)!
  • A few weeks ago, your baby would move her eyes toward light. Now she turns towards light outside the uterus.
  • " As the uterine wall stretches and thins allowing more light to permeate, she develops definite daily activity cycles. You will want to be sure to establish good patterns yourself at this time, thus encouraging them in your child. Ever heard of a baby getting his days/nights mixed up? Now's the time to try to avoid that!

We also met with our sitter last night and finalized everything with that. Her name is Marisa and she lives right downtown New Bloomfield so it is very convenient. She has two children of her own--- a 3 yr old and a 2 yr old and then she watches another little boy who is 1. Audrey will be her last child to watch and should get plenty of TLC since she's going to be so much younger. Jedd and I are very worried about leaving our baby with someone we barely know-- but no matter who we pick, we would feel that way. I do like that Marisa is so close to my parents if anything would happen. Audrey will have other little kids to interact with which is something we both wanted too--- just not in a daycare setting. I'm sure she'll be fine though, and it's a relief to get that out of the way!

Fingers crossed that next time I post I have my beautiful little girl to post about!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Still pregnant

I haven't updated since earlier this week--- but I am officially 36.5 weeks pregnant now! I can't believe it. This week it finally hit me that she can come ANYTIME. I had my 36 week checkup on Tuesday. Baby is measuring perfectly! I also had my 2nd internal--- which I was curious to have since I had progress already at 35 weeks. Well, there is MORE progress!!! I was 70% effaced with a very very soft cervix, 1cm dilated, and Audrey's head was very low. She had no trouble feeling it at all! Now this news has only made me more anxious!

Meanwhile, I am absolutely UNCOMFORTABLE. I have barely complained at all throughout this pregnancy, and now I feel like it's all I do! My back hurts all day, my hips have so much pressure on them, I waddle when I walk, my feet are swollen, and my stomach is uncontrollably itchy! I just want Audrey to be the official full term on Tuesday--- and then I am going to start trying ALL the methods to get her out of there!!!

We did go to the hospital on Thursday night and we pre-registered so that Jedd doesn't need to worry about filling out any paperwork when I'm in labor. We also watched the mandatory SBS video and had the car seat lesson-- so we won' t have to do either of those then either. I have a few more things I need to wash this weekend-- but our hospital bag is packed and ready to go! I also got an email from Target today that our glider has shipped-- which is awesome because it had said backorder until October 14. That is the last major thing we needed for Audrey's nursery! I cannot wait to hold my baby girl in my arms--- but I especially cannot wait for her Daddy to see her and hold her!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Less than a month to go

Well, it's been a week since the hospital visit and little Audrey is still holding on!! I feel so much better though!! As of tomorrow, they say Audrey's 100% ready to go--- lungs developed and all! It feels good to know it can happen at anytime now and we wouldn't need to worry.

I am hoping she holds off for a little longer though. Jedd and I are going tomorrow night to get the remaining items we need from Babies R Us. Then on Thursday, we are going to fill out all of the paperwork for the hospital and we are going to watch the mandatory movies. That way when we have Audrey we don't have to worry about staying extra time to do all that. Not to mention, the paperwork is unreal--- and I don't want Jedd to have to worry about that while I'm in labor.

Yesterday Jedd's mom threw me another baby shower for his side of the family. It was so nice! We definitely got a lot more stuff we needed which was awesome! Everyone has been so overwhelmingly generous and supportive-- we feel so lucky!!

And yesterday was September 14--- meaning only 1 more month to go until her due date!!! It's so hard to believe but I think this past week it really started to sink in to Jedd and I. Next month at this time we could be holding our little girl!!! I am officially under the 30 days to go mark too...YAY!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

35 weeks pregnant

I had a very pleasant surprise waiting for me at work today--- my long term sub started!!! She'll be there to shadow me until I leave on maternity leave. My stress level immediately dropped from 100 to about a 5!

Well today is officially week 35! And I officially have only 35 days left.... I kept thinking about holding Audrey all day today. Don't get me wrong, I am very happy she is still "baking" in there, but I just can't wait to hold her and kiss her!! One week from today I will be begging her to come out!!! People at work seemed to think that being 50% effaced already was pretty good--- but I am not getting my hopes up at all! I've seen girls online who have no progress and the next day have their babies. There's just no telling...

A little about Audrey at 35 weeks fetal development:

  • The average baby weighs almost five and a half pounds now.
  • Most babies born now will survive and without many long-term problems.
  • Fat accumulations plumps up the arms and legs this week. These layers of fat will help her regulate her body temperature. They also provide those cute little dimples on elbows and knees!
  • Her hearing is fully developed, so be sure to talk to your daughter. Do you find yourself speaking in a high-pitched tone? That's okay since some studies show babies respond better to higher pitches.
  • It's getting crowded! Your baby is now taking up most of the uterus and you may even feel like your chest has run out of room! Soon enough though, baby will move down and you'll be able to breathe easily again (just not walk so easily! Ha!).
  • Your baby is 18.2 inches long and weighs 5.3 pounds.

Monday, September 8, 2008

1st Trip to Labor & Delivery

Well, it has been quite the eventful day! Today was our first (and hopefully last until she's ready) visit to L & D. I woke up this morning at 5:30 with severe cramps. I haven't had any cramps since menstrual cycles before Audrey was even conceived. But these were like period cramps times 1,000. I drank a lot of water this morning to try and get them to go away. Around 9:00 I was urged to call my dr. to see what to do. It took FOREVER to hear back. So, I started timing my contractions/braxton hicks. They were anywhere from 10-15 min apart and about 15 - 45 sec. long. This would be considered "untimeable."

Finally, my Dr. called back and said, as soon as your contractions get to be 10-12 min apart call me back. I told her they were already pretty close to that so I was urged to go immediately to the Birthplace. Meanwhile, I never once had a feeling that "this was it." So we went through with my school birthplan, and I was driven to the hospital.

I was hooked up to a bunch of machines to check Audrey's heartrate and my contractions. They were not consistent enough to be in active labor--- thank God!!! Audrey was great though--- she went wild kicking and then got the hiccups for about 10 minutes and they were really loud on her monitors! My urine tests came back and pretty much this is all the result of a severe bladder infection. Not sure when this might have happened, but apparently it can cause all of the above symptoms. I was sooooo relieved to know Audrey wasn't making her entrance today--- we didn't even have hospital bags packed!!! I did have my first internal exam---- OW----- and I am already 50% effaced at 1 day shy of 35 weeks. I was sort of surprised to hear that--but again it could take forever to progress! I had a stern talk with Audrey that she is NOT to make her entrance until September 23 or later (37 weeks).

Yesterday I had my first baby shower! It was sooooo much fun! Of course everyone spoiled Audrey rotten. We got so many amazing things for her. I truly have never felt so blessed in my life. It was also incredible to see everyone after so long apart! Jedd and I spent the evening putting all her stuff in her room and trying to organize it! One more shower next weekend with Jedd's family and then we can go out and purchase all of the remaining things we need!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Over 34 weeks pregnant

I was officially 34 weeks pregnant yesterday!! yaaaaaay! Here are some things about Audrey's development:

  • Your baby acts completely like a newborn, with her eyes opened when awake and closed when sleeping. You may also find her settling into more of a routine for sleeping & awake times.
  • She has learned to blink. She can also see more clearly when there is a bright light on your stomach and probably has the outline of all your organs memorized!
  • Antibodies from your blood are being tranferred to her. These immunities continue to build until birth. Then breastmilk will add even more protection against disease.
  • Your baby may have already turned to a head-down position in preparation for birth. If she is your first baby, she may be settling into the pelvis with her head pressing against your cervix.
  • Fingernails have reached the end of the fingertips now. She may scratch her face even before she is born!
  • Your little one's length is 17.7 inches and weight is 4.7 pounds

I also did some fun little thing online to see what Audrey would look like--- basically by adding Jedd and I's pictures together:

Monday, September 1, 2008

Maternity Pictures are HERE!

We both have the day off today since it's Labor Day!!! It's nice to get to spend time together so much this weekend!! It is now officially September---- one month away from October---- one month until Audrey's birth month. AHHHHHHH!

We got to see our maternity photos today!!! They were taken by Kara Clouser at Little Buffalo State Park and our house. Her web address is: (http://www.inspiredimagestudio.com). They are all still copyrighted to her. Here is a peek at a few of them:

As you can see, there are so many amazing photos!! This isn't even 1/4 of them. If you'd like to view the rest, go to: http://www.inspiredimagestudio.com and click on Online Proofing.

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