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!