Thursday, July 7, 2011

2 Month Update

Dear Isaiah,

I know this is a little late, but I want to tell you all about your second month of life!

I can't believe how much you're growing. I can't believe that over 2 months ago, you entered my life. I can't believe how fast everything is going.

You are an AMAZING little boy, Isaiah, and the love of my life, the apple of my eye, my pride and joy.

We took you in for your 2 month check-up on June 16th, and you are just as healthy as can be! You weighed 11 pounds, 12 ounces (50%) and were 24.5" long (90%). Your head was 15.75" in circumference (25%).

Your doctor was very impressed by how strong you are! We told him that you were a strong one, but I think he's so used to hearing parents brag on their kids that he thought we were exaggerating. Sure enough, though, when he held you on your stomach, he was surprised by how high you could lift your head. He said that you have the neck/head control of a 4-month-old, and based on your strength, he thinks you'll be rolling pretty soon!

You also got your first immunizations at your 2 month appointment. You handled the shots VERY well; I was so proud of you! You cried initially, but you calmed right down when we held you and I nursed you afterwards. Those shots sure did make you sleepy, though! That night, you went to bed right away at 7:30 and didn't wake up to eat until 4:30 am! You slept most of the next day and still slept well the next night, too. Beyond that, soreness in your legs was your only other symptom from the vaccinations. I'm so proud of you!

You got much better at sleeping during your second month of life. By the time you hit two months, you pretty much figured out that bedtime starts at 7:30 pm, and were almost always asleep by 8 or 8:30 at the latest. I'm very grateful for that (and for the medicine you are on for your silent reflux, since that's a huge reason bedtime is going so much better now)! You definitely got into a groove of having a fussy time about an hour or so before bedtime, but I don't mind it so much when I know that you're going to go down well. Plus, you know your routine now, so as soon as I put you down on the changing table to change your diaper at 7:15 or so, you start calming down, and if there's any fuss that's hanging on after that, it immediately disappears once you're swaddled.

Speaking of, when you go to sleep, you LOVE to be swaddled! We used to use the Swaddle Me, but you were REALLY good at getting your hands free, so during your second month of life, I bought a couple Miracle Blankets and started using those. Those swaddlers are aptly named, because they really do work miracles! You still have figured out how to get your arms free, but it's a lot more work for you to do so and usually you aren't able to accomplish it until morning, anyway.

You also learned to self-soothe a bit more during your second month, which means that you are sometimes able to get yourself back to sleep by yourself if you happen to wake up a bit when I put you down.

By the time you hit two months, your daytime feedings came every 3-4 hours, and you got yourself on a pretty consistent nighttime schedule, waking up every night at 1:30 and 4:30 am to eat, and then almost always waking up for the day between 7-8 am.

Near the beginning of your second month, I discovered that I could get you to take a nap without me holding you if I put you in your carseat after rocking you into a deep sleep. This came in handy, because I was finally, finally, FINALLY able to take a shower during the day instead of having to wait until your dad gets home from work at night. We used the rest of your second month of life to try to encourage this habit; it still isn't consistent, but we're working on it!

On the same day that I discovered that you would take a nap in your carseat, you also smiled in response to me for the very first time! It was AMAZING! After I showered, you woke up from your nap, and I put you down on the bed to "play" with you. I started tickling your thighs, and you just gave me this big, beautiful smile! You were very, very smiley for the next few minutes, but every time I tried to take a picture of your smile, you would get distracted by the camera and your smile would disappear...but it really doesn't matter. All that matters is that I got to experience your very first real smile!!! That happened on May 26, 2011, when you were 1 month, 1 week old, and your smiling has only increased ever since! You really are a very happy baby boy :)

By the end of your second month, you also learned that diaper changes really aren't too bad - you even smile during or after most of them now!

By the end of your second month, you also learned that baths don't have to be as awful as you were making them before this time. Instead of crying (or screaming!) through them, you now just kind of sit there and stare at me or the tub with a sulky look on your face. You still don't love baths, but at least you don't hate them anymore!

All in all, Isaiah, you are just a pleasure to have as my son. You are beautiful, strong, healthy, and happy. I love, love, love you with all of my heart, little boy! Thank you for being my son :)

All My Heart,


Thursday, May 26, 2011

1 Month Already!

Dear Sweet Isaiah,

It feels so good to finally be able to write a letter to you and call you by name! We had your name picked out at 14 weeks but wanted to keep it a secret, so for the next 25 weeks, that's what we did. All of my letters to you remained nameless. I love being able to call you by name now.

You are already one month old. I can hardly believe how fast this time has gone. Yes, there have been very slow moments. Like when you were only a week and a half old, and I was up with you almost the entire night, trying fruitlessly to rock you to sleep. But mostly, it's gone by at lightning speed. And I know that the time is going to continue to speed past me. I'm going to blink, and you'll be graduating from high school, then college (if you so choose), then getting married (maybe not necessarily in that order, if you follow in the footsteps of your dad and me), then having babies of your own. I'm already looking forward with both excitement and dread for those events to come. I'm excited to see where you will go and what you will do and who you will become. I'm excited to learn more and more about you as the days go by - your talents, your interests, your spiritual gifts, your passions, your dislikes, your adult height, your final hair and eye colors. But I dread the knowledge that these moments with you are so, so fleeting.

Right now, you are sleeping soundly on my chest, as is your morning ritual. You always take a nap about this time of morning, and you never let me put you down for it. You are only interested in your morning nap if it takes place on my chest. Sometimes I wish you would let me put you down so I could eat breakfast before 11 am. But most days, I truly just savor hearing your steady breathing and your sleep noises, feeling your warmth against me, seeing you smile in your sleep, and knowing that there is nowhere that you feel safer taking your morning nap than in your Momma's arms. I love this. And so, on those mornings when my stomach is telling me that I need to get you to learn how to go down for your morning nap so I can eat breakfast, my heart reminds me that the days when you will want to lay on my chest for a morning nap are limited - so very limited. And with that knowledge, I quiet my stomach and follow my heart. I don't want to miss a single moment of this.

At a month old, you have stolen my heart. Not that you didn't have it before. But every day, my heart swells with more and more love for you, and every day, you steal those new, swollen parts and imbed yourself further and further into my heart until there's no part of me that you haven't touched.

At a month old, you are my pride and joy. You are sweet-tempered almost all the time, except when that nasty gas (which visits you more than either of us would like) makes you fussy.

At a month old, you are finding your voice more and more. You make these sweet little coo noises during the day (and sometimes now even in your sleep), and it melts my heart every time.

At a month old, you are becoming more and more interested in the world around you. You have a lot more open-eye awake time than you did even just a week ago, and I love looking at your beautiful blue eyes as you explore your environment.

At a month old, you are growing like crazy! At your one-month appointment, you weighed 10 pounds 15 ounces (75%) and were 23 1/8 inches long (95%). And your doctor did notice that your hands are pretty big, too!

At a month old, you are continuing to develop your sleeping skills (they're not quite up to par with dad's yet!). We try to put you to bed around 8. Some nights you are fast asleep by 8:30 and sleep until 12:30 or so before you wake up to eat. Other nights, like last night, you fight sleep with all of your might and are up and down several times between 8 and 11, when you finally lose your battle and give in to sleep...after a little snack, that is. Normally, you will go about 3 hours on the dot in between feedings at night, so we usually only get up 2-3 times between bedtime and morning. You're starting to have one 4-hour stretch in between meals almost every night now, too, and I'm very grateful for that. You've even gone 5 hours a couple of times, but that's pretty rare.

When you do go to sleep, you are the loudest sleeper I've ever known! You grunt and groan and whine and squeak and sometimes even give one long, loud cry in your REM sleep. On more than one occasion, I have gotten up to respond to that one long, loud cry, only to find you fast asleep.

At one month old, you are a great eater! You eat every 2-3 hours during the day. When you're really hungry, you attack me like a shark with this wild, overexcited look in your eyes and squeak (loudly!) while you eat when you finally latch on. Those crazy shark eyes almost always turn to sleepy eyes, though, and you are usually almost asleep by the time you're ready to be done eating. Now that you're a little older, you usually are able to keep your eyes open after one or two feedings during the day, but all of the rest lead nicely into a nap.

And speaking of naps, at one month old, you are quite the snugglebunny! You love, love, love being held and cuddled. Which means you do NOT like being put down for naps. You'd rather take your naps in someone's arms, thank you very much. Whenever you're crying, you will calm down instantly as soon as I pick you up (except during your pre-bedtime fuss-fest that is becoming a regular installment in our evenings between 6-8pm). I like to think that you calm down so quickly because you know your Momma is holding you and loves you, but probably you'd calm down no matter who picked you up. Someday soon I know you'll recognize me, though, and I'm very much looking forward to that day!

At one month old, I love you more than I can say. You bring such joy into my life, and I love getting to spend my days with you. You are amazing, sweet little boy! Happy 1-month!



Sunday, May 8, 2011

Isaiah Michael's Birth Story

When we went to bed on April 18th, I was having difficulty falling asleep, which wasn't uncommon for me - pregnancy is really uncomfortable near the end! I finally fell asleep around 11, but woke up around midnight with cramps - I honestly thought I had the stomach flu or something. I went back to sleep, but around 1:30 am, I woke up again - the cramps were worse, too bad to sleep through. I started to wonder if it might be labor, because I had had some other labor-esque symptoms the couple days beforehand, too, but it was nothing like I expected. I spent the next hour doing research online to find out if I could be in labor. By 2:30, the contractions were consistent enough to time, so I started that process. They were 3-5 minutes apart. I called my midwife, and she said to stay home until they were consistently 3 minutes apart and then to call her. A couple hours later, we hit that mark (they were 2-3 minutes apart and getting too painful to talk through). I called my midwife, and she said to come on in, so a little after 7 am, we left for the hospital. We got there around 8, and they monitored Isaiah's heartbeat, which was nice and steady. They also checked me, and I was 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced. Things were definitely moving forward! Brady and I got some breakfast and started playing cribbage to pass the time.

My midwife arrived a few hours later, and when she checked me, I was 5-6 cm dilated and 95% effaced - pretty good progress for a first time mom! One of my friends, Becki, also arrived (we had enlisted her to be our photographer for the day). We spent the next couple of hours walking the halls, and I also labored in the tub for a while (which helped a lot!).

Time actually went really fast for me until we hit about 2:30 pm or so...then the contractions started getting more intense. Plus, I was getting pretty exhausted - it had already been a long day (after all, I had been up since 1:30 am), and I was running on only about an hour of sleep! After about 2:30 pm, time felt like it stood still - and it's also pretty blurred together, so I might have the chronology of the rest of the story off a bit.

At that point, my midwife checked me again, and I was 7-8 cm dilated and fully effaced. I remember being discouraged that I had only progressed 2 cm in over 3 hours (which actually isn't bad for a first-timer, but it was so painful getting those 2 cm that I wondered how I would ever make it to 10!).

I labored in the tub again for a while (Brady was in the tub with me, supporting me through contractions, and I was so tired that I started falling asleep on his shoulder between contractions!). This is also about when I started questioning my ability to do the whole giving-birth thing without medication. I was so overwhelmed, though, that I simply couldn't make such a big decision in the moment as to accepting medication when I hadn't wanted to going into labor, so I ended up continuing on without medication (my midwife told me that I was in transition at that point, so the contractions weren't going to get worse, just different). I felt nauseous every time a contraction came, and I'm honestly surprised I didn't throw up from the pain. Both Brady and my midwife were incredible, though - very supportive and encouraging. At one particularly difficult point, I remember saying that I didn't think I could do this, and my midwife (whom I had never met before, by the way - she's the one midwife of the four in my practice that I didn't get to meet when we moved to Minnesota) sat next to me and said, "Erin, you're a woman of faith, right?" (she must have seen the Bible verses I had printed out for encouragement during labor). I said, "Yes," and she said, "Well, so am I, and that means that we both know and believe that God designed your body to do this. You can do it, because God designed you to be able to do it." She didn't know it, but that was what I had been telling myself of all day when things got tough, so having her remind me of that was such a blessing! Praise God for providing a woman of faith to be my midwife!

Unfortunately, that midwife was only on-call until 5 pm, so unless I had the baby by then, she would not be delivering. At first, we thought that I was progressing quickly enough that she would be able to do the delivery, but it became clear around 4 pm that that wasn't going to be the case.

The new midwife arrived at 5 pm. I was really having a hard time by the time she came around. I started feeling a very slight urge to push around that point, but I wasn't fully dilated yet. The midwives told me to do a couple light pushes to see if I could break my water, because that would speed things up (my contractions had slowed down a bit). It didn't work, and the new midwife suggested that she break my water for me. I really wasn't convinced that that was a good idea, to be honest, but in the end, I decided to let her do it. I slightly regret that decision, but hey, if it did speed things up (which we unfortunately can't know for sure), then I'm grateful for it!

Around 6 pm, the urge to push was impossible to ignore, so we started that process. I was surprised by how different my contractions felt once I began pushing - they definitely weren't more intense than during transition (praise God!), but they were very, very different than before. After about a half-hour of pushing in the tub, Isaiah was crowning (which is really fast progress for a first-timer! They say first-time moms push for 1-3 hours on average, and it sure looked like I was going to be near the lower end of that statistic!). I could see him crowning and remember being so relieved, knowing that it should only take a few more pushes for him to come out! Brady was encouraging me and told me, "Okay, let's get through 5 more pushes - you can do 5 more pushes." Five pushes came and went, and Isaiah barely moved at all. I started asking why he wasn't coming out and saying that I thought he was stuck. There was no way that he shouldn't have moved with how hard I pushed for those 5 contractions!

And then the midwife called a couple back-up nurses and started whispering to them - not exactly a comforting thing. Both Brady and I knew something wasn't right, but no one told us what was going on. They would just whisper and then tell me to do something differently. It was very unnerving for both Brady and I.

They had me switch positions in the tub to try to coax Isaiah out, but it wasn't working. Finally, my midwife told me that we had to abandon ship on the waterbirth thing, and I had to finish pushing in bed. Looking back, I'm disappointed that we couldn't have the waterbirth we had hoped for, but in the moment, my only thought was, "How the heck am I supposed to move to the bed with a person's head sticking out of me?!?" Let me tell you, it was not a comfortable move!

So, they helped me to the bed (while my midwife had her hands between my legs in case Isaiah came out during the move, which was a very real possibility). At that point, I heard my midwife ask someone to get an NNP. Now, I was pretty confused and overwhelmed during that time, but I had enough wits about me to realize that NNP meant Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. That's when I really started losing it emotionally. I knew something wasn't right, but I didn't know what was happening. I just felt so overwhelmed and confused and even a bit scared.

They kept telling me to push harder and longer and finally told us that the reason Isaiah wasn't moving was because he was occiput posterior (OP) or "sunny-side up" - for those of you who haven't taken a birthing class recently, that means that he was coming out facing up instead of facing down. That position made it so that his skull could not mold to the birth canal like it should have and was causing him to get a bit stuck where he was. No matter how much or how hard I pushed, he moved very little.

The midwife started trying to turn him manually. That was definitely the most painful part of the entire day. I mean, I was already stretched to the limits, so to speak, and now she's shoving her hand around his head, as well! I kept pushing and she kept trying to turn him. I'm honestly not sure how long that whole process took, but she eventually got him to turn about 30%, and as soon as he did, he popped right out (quite literally! Brady and I just watched the birth video last night, and he really did pop out once he turned slightly).

It was the weirdest feeling ever, and I honestly didn't realize he was even born until they put him on my chest. Once he came out, they kept trying to tell me to grab my baby, but I literally could not process what they were saying, so they had to bring him to me and put him on my chest. I have never felt so relieved in my life as I did in that instant...until they got around to sewing me up, that is (I had a 2nd degree tear - which isn't bad considering, and I think I probably wouldn't have torn at all if he was facing the proper way). And, by the way, no one ever tells you that after you give birth, it will look like a murder scene. Seeing so much blood was really disconcerting. I also was bleeding more than I should have been, so they had to give me a shot of pitocin (encourages the uterus to contract) to try to stop the bleeding.

Luckily, the NNP didn't end up being necessary at all. Often times, when babies are born the wrong way like Isaiah was, they go into distress, but his heartbeat was nice and steady the entire time. He is one strong, healthy baby! Praise God for that! Even the hospital staff was amazed at how strong our little guy is :)

Isaiah was born on April 19, 2011, 8lbs 10oz (55th percentile) and 21.5 inches long (95th percentile). His head was 13 1/2 inches around (10th percentile). The first thing I noticed when they handed him to me was how big his hands and feet were! They are not newborn-sized at all! The second thing I noticed was that he did indeed have 10 fingers and 10 toes. I never thought that that would be something I would check for right after my baby was born, but immediately when he was handed to me, I wanted to make sure that all appendages were accounted for (they are, by the way)! He was born at 7:49 pm, meaning that I pushed for about 1 hour and 45 minutes - again, really not bad at all considering it was my first time and he wasn't facing the right way (which they say usually adds an hour or so to your pushing time).

Afterwards, I was feeling a bit disappointed in myself that I didn't handle his birth as well as I would have hoped (though I did make it through an unmedicated, natural birth, which I was glad about). When I mentioned that to one of the nurses who was there, she told me that I shouldn't feel disappointed in myself at all, because Isaiah's birth was more challenging than most. She told me, word for word, "I don't normally pity first time moms, because a harder labor is just part of the package deal, but I was really starting to pity you!" My midwife also echoed that sentiment and told me that if Isaiah had been facing the right way, he would definitely have been born within two or three pushes of when he started crowning (so Brady should have been right that I only needed 5 more pushes). Unfortunately, because he was faced the wrong way, it ended up taking a little over an hour longer to deliver him than it should have. Plus, I was informed that delivering a baby who is facing the wrong way is akin to delivering a baby who is one pound larger than your baby actually is - so, in some ways, my experience was closer to what it would have been like to deliver a 9lb 10oz baby than to deliver an 8lb 10oz baby who was facing the right way - all in all, I guess I didn't do so bad!

As much as the process of bringing him into the world wasn't fun, now that Isaiah is here, it is all worth it - he is the most beautiful, precious, amazing little person I have ever seen! Having a baby really puts a whole new perspective on the Bible verse, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH." It is amazing to think that this new little life is half-me, and half-Brady - so cool!

Isaiah had his first doctor appointment six days after he was born, and he is doing great! He has already surpassed his birth weight (which means I must be doing something right in the whole nursing realm - yay!) and other than a couple of blocked tear ducts (very common in newborns, apparently), he is the picture of health!

I'm doing much better now, too. The first couple of days were very difficult - I was in a lot of pain and didn't get much sleep the night he was born (who knew that once you have the baby, the staff doesn't just leave you alone, but wakes you up EVERY 2 HOURS to check your vitals and tell you it's time to nurse (which your baby doesn't want to do anyway, because he's too tired, so you end up using up an entire hour of the two hour window you get in between checks just trying wake up your sleepy and not-hungry baby to try to feed him per the hospital staff's request). So, yeah, not much sleep was had that night)?

My first pain-free day came only a week after he was born, which is pretty good considering everything, so I'm really pleased with how quickly and how well I've healed.

Brady and I are so in love with little Isaiah. He is absolutely amazing! And it has been such a joy and a blessing to see Brady interact with Isaiah. He is an incredible dad already! He was so supportive during all of labor and delivery, and after the fact, he took AMAZING care of me and Isaiah - doing everything possible for me so that I could rest. I didn't even change a diaper until Isaiah was 5 days old - and I had to convince Brady that I was up to doing it myself even then! Plus, he has been so, so helpful during the night - bringing Isaiah to me for feedings and changing diapers and rocking him to sleep. Isaiah's had a bit of a hard time sleeping, because he's had lots of uncomfortable gas, so I know for a fact that I would have already lost my mind if I had to do this whole raising-an-infant thing by myself. Brady's been so good with him. All in all, I'm very blessed by the two men in my life :)

Brady was able to take off of work through the Monday after Isaiah was born, and it was so nice to have him home with us. We got lots of good family bonding time, and timing wise, it also worked out perfectly that he was able to be home until I was physically capable of taking care of Isaiah by myself during the day.

We are so blessed!

If you would like to see some pictures of our beautiful son, check out this link:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted on here!!! So much has happened!

Of course, the main event in that time was my little boy's birth - finally!

I will share the story of his birth soon, but until then, the basics:

Isaiah Michael was born April 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm - 8 pounds 10 ounces, 21.5" long, and healthy as can be, praise the Lord!

We are so blessed by him - he is beautiful and strong and healthy and an absolute joy!

He only cries when there's a reason for it, so we've probably been able to get more sleep than most parents of newborns (well, this week, at least - the first week, not so much)...though we do obviously have lots of feedings at night that keep Mom up :)

He is starting to open his eyes more and more everyday, and they are this beautiful, deep blue - very much like his Dad's, and I LOVE that!

At his 1-week check-up, he had already surpassed his birthweight, so breastfeeding is apparently going well!

We just love, love, love our little miracle and are SO grateful for a healthy, strong baby.

Probably within the next several weeks, I'll be creating a new blog with updates on Isaiah so that all of our long-distance friends and family can keep up on his adventures - when it's up and running, I'll pass that info along here, as well.

More to come...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Forgot to Mention

Hi Again, Baby,

I forgot to mention that I also got quite the haircut yesterday.

I've been growing my hair out since before I met your dad - so for almost four years now!

Once I had grown it out for about two years, I decided I might as well keep going and just donate it to Locks of Love when it got long enough. Not long after I made that decision, my cousin Renee was diagnosed with cancer, so that only deepened my resolve. I figured it could be a way to honor her (she just celebrated one year of being cancer free, by the way - so amazing!).

I was going to wait until after you arrived to cut it, but it has been driving me nuts lately (plus, I'm going through shampoo like no one's business. Plus, I probably won't have time to go out and get a haircut for quite a while after you're born.), and your dad convinced me to make an appointment for before you arrived. So, Tuesday night, I made the call and scheduled an appointment for Wednesday.

I normally am not attached to my hair that much, but I've been growing it for so long that I actually had a minor panic attack after making the appointment and made your dad measure my hair to see how much I would have left over after donating!

So, yesterday, I donated 10 inches to Locks for Love, and then, in styling my new, much shorter 'do, the stylist cut off another 1-2 inches. I lost about a foot of hair yesterday. So insane!

It feels great, though, and I'm so glad that I was able to donate my hair to such a worthy cause!

What I didn't realize going in was that my salon actually gives quite the discount for donating your hair - who would have thought? I figured they'd just cut it off, give it back to me, and then style it.

No, sir.

They cut it off and then styled it, alright, but they took care of sending it in and handling that portion of the process (which I was glad about, because only after they cut off my ponytails did I realize how creeped out I would be by having to take locks of my own hair home with me!).

Plus, they gave me $45 off of my haircut and spent almost 1 1/2 hours with me!

What a blessing!

Here I was worrying about spending so much on a haircut (normally I go to training stylists, so I don't usually pay more than $10-15 for my haircuts, but this time, since it was such a huge change and I knew that I'd be in lots of pictures after having my haircut, what with you arriving so soon and all, I figured it was worth it to pay full price [$50! Outrageous]), and then in the end, not only did I get more time and attention spent on my hair than usual, but it only cost me $5!

So, if anyone out there is reading this, lives in MN, and is hoping to donate to Locks of Love, check out Juut Salon Spa - definitely the perfect place to do so!

I just feel like a million bucks with my new, freshly-cut, spring-y hairstyle - now I feel officially ready to have some family photos taken when you get here!



Awkward Prenatal Appointments & Contractions

Hi Baby,

I know I only wrote to you a few days ago, but we had an awkward and funny experience at our prenatal appointment yesterday that I just had to share with you.

Last week at my 36 week prenatal appointment, my midwife did a cervical check to see if we were making any progress. While there, I asked her if I should expect to have a check done every week, or if that would be it for a while. She told me that we definitely wouldn't do one at the next appointment, but that we might do another one once I reach 38 or 39 weeks, depending on how things are going.

So, yesterday, at my 37 week prenatal appointment, I didn't expect to have a cervical check done. I figured it would be a quick appointment like the rest are, with just having my blood pressure, weight, and fundal height checked, and getting a chance, as always, to listen to your heartbeat for a second.

So, we get to the appointment and the nurse takes my blood pressure and weighs me. Then she tells me, "You're going to go waist-down today so that they can check you." And I said, "Oh, really? Are you sure? At my last appointment, they said that we wouldn't be doing that this week."

"Yes, I'm sure. Once you hit 36 weeks, we have you go waist-down so we can check you every week."


I mean, I wasn't going to argue with her. This is the nurse, for pete's sake. She's much more likely to know what's going on than I am!

So, I head into the exam room, strip down, sit on the table, and wait for the midwife.

Your dad and I chat for a few minutes about how funny it would be if the nurse was wrong, and I really wasn't supposed to be half-naked for the exam today. It would certainly be a story to tell!

In walks the midwife, and sure enough, she looks at me and says something to the effect of, "You just wanted to go waist-down today?"

Oh boy.

Or, as your great-grandpa would say, "Oi vey."

Holy awkward, Batman.

I explained to her that I didn't think I was supposed to, but the nurse insisted. The midwife just kind of chuckled and said, "No, we're not going to check you again this week. It can be kind of disheartening to moms if we check them every week and there isn't much progress. We'll check you again next week."

So, that made for an interesting appointment!

Then, when I laid back for the midwife to measure my stomach and listen to your heartbeat, my stomach was shaped really, really funny. It was all egg-shaped on one side. I figured you just were moving into a silly position, but the midwife said, "Nope - that's a contraction."

Who would've known?

I couldn't feel it AT ALL.

But, now that I know what to look for, I've noticed that I am having tons and tons and tons of braxton hicks contractions (at least, I'm pretty sure they're braxton hicks!).

Sometimes I'll get four or five in a matter of 20 minutes or a half-hour! It's crazy!

Now I'm realizing why it may be difficult to discern real labor from false labor, so I'm hoping for a definite sign when labor actually arrives - like my water breaking, or something along those lines.

Anyway, it looks like my body is doing what it needs to to prepare for your arrival, and I am seriously counting down the days until I get to meet you!

19 days until our EDD!

Love you lots,


Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Hi Baby Boy,

Well, we are officially full-term today!


I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it!

Now that we're full-term, anytime you decide to come into the world is fine by me. We just had to wait until we hit 37 weeks, or the hospital wouldn't let me attempt a waterbirth, and since I've been really excited about trying a waterbirth, that would've been a bummer.

So, you are in the clear to arrive anytime you want from here on out!

Personally, I'd like to wait until after this Thursday, because then we will be done with all of our prenatal classes. Oh, and your dad is requesting that you start the labor process on a Friday, so he can have as much time with us as possible while taking as few PTO days as possible.

Ultimately, though, we don't care when you come. We're just excited to meet you, whenever you decide you've cooked long enough in there :)

But please don't make us wait until May!

I love, love, love you - congratulations to us both on making it to full-term!