Monday, October 31, 2011

1 week post baby belly-

1 week post baby. My mother in law suggested I do pictures this way. Not likely I will do them weekly, but I just thought this would sum up the pregnancy! I gained a total of 29 lbs and I have now lost 17. I have 12 lbs to go! Although, my pre-pregnancy weight was an all time low for me and the weight I am right now is a weight I have been before. I would be happy to lose just 10 lbs at this point. I managed to get ONE stretch mark, TWO days before Riley Quinn arrived. Too funny. It isn't bad though and I'm sure it will be less noticeable as time goes on. Michael says I am the only one who notices it now. Time to wake up my baby girl that has been sleeping for 4.5 hrs and feed her so we can go to her 1 week dr. appt. Of course there will be an update on that coming soon!!!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

my birth story

Riley Quinn
October 24th, 2011
8 lbs 9.5 oz

1 week ago today at about 3:30 I checked into the hospital for some bleeding and abdominal pain. I was having contractions 4 mins apart but they were not super strong and they had me walking. At 8:30 they gave me the choice to stay or go home and get a good meal. "It could just be pre-labor and who knows how long it will be until active labor." Well, we decided to go home (because we really weren't thinking that was it anyway, we just wanted the baby to be checked because of the bleeding and the past concerns with my placenta.)

We came home and ate dinner. Mom made us salmon and it was great. I was still feeling small contractions, but not horrible so I told Michael at 9:15 I was ready to get in bed and watch tv to try to fall asleep. We watched Amazing Race and then tried to watch Housewives, but I was in so much pain at this point, I was almost in tears with each contraction. We called mom because every girl wants her mommy when she is in pain and she told us to come over to her house if we wanted to. So we did. I laid on the couch and Michael sat at my feet. As mom was watching my face, she looked at Michael and said "time these contractions." So he did... well, they were 1-2 minutes apart and I was in a lot of pain at this point. Her next words were "go back to the hospital."

I was checking into the hospital with contractions 1-2 minutes apart by 12:30. I was not dilated at all still when they checked me. The doctor on call (who I had already spoken to 3 times that Sunday) was on his way. The nurse hooked up my IV and wanted to give me morphine because my contractions were so bad. This was at 1am. It was taking a while to order it up and as she was about to put it into my IV. At 2am, Dr. Hardisson walked in the room. He asked her to wait while he checked me. I was already dilated to 5cm! His next words were "are you ready for your epidural?" Of course!!! I was in a lot of pain. I just knew- "oh my gosh, this baby is going to be here so soon since I am getting my epi now!" We called our parents and they were on the way! I was a bit nervous, but the epidural didn't hurt at all. Just a quick pinch or pressure pain and that was all. I didn't even know he was done. At 2:30, once the epidural was in, I felt amazing.

7:50am- Dilated to 8cm and they broke my water.

waiting, waiting, waiting...

Riley is posterior and they are concerned she may not turn her head right. They said I could still deliver, but it would be more difficult.

Around noon they started pitocin to regulate my contractions a little better.

1pm- Riley is turned the right way and I am starting to push

2pm- still pushing- epidural was amazing still.

3pm- still pushing. epidural= not so amazing. It didn't take at the bottom and the nurse wanted to get me something local for the pain but the dr. that delivered my baby girl was a b*t%$ and I can go into that whole story later. No more pain meds and at this point forward until 3:40... I felt EVERYTHING. I am sure it wasn't as bad as if I had no epi at all, but wow... Mom and Michael were amazing on the side of me helping me through. MIL took pictures and I am very thankful to have them. Everyone else (poor guys) were in the waiting room for about 12 of my 16 hour labor.

At 3:40pm on Monday, October 24th, Riley Quinn arrived just 1 day shy of her due date.

We were discharged on Wednesday to come home. We had to wait a little longer because her billiribbon test was slightly elevated and they wanted to do a second test. It was fine, so thankfully they let us go home. Her discharge weight was only 5oz below birth weight.

At her appointment on Thursday she was maintaining her weight and the dr. was so impressed. She also noted how alert she was and I was so proud of my baby girl already. :)

I am so blessed with an amazing little girl. She is such a good sleeper and is rarely fussy. We are really getting into a routine as a family of 3 and boy is it busy. We love every minute of it and could not be happier. I cannot believe she will be 1 week old tomorrow.

Happy Halloween and 1 week birthday, Riley Quinn. Mommy and Daddy love you!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

you may call it nesting

I call it "me". Although, if nesting means baby, let's call it nesting! I just love my paint and I randomly pull it out for projects. I have several of my pieces hanging in our house. One in the front hall and two in our bathroom. I saw a cute halloween "BOO" canvas and I just had to make one! From there, I got the idea to do one for Christmas and then I wanted to do a "R" for Riley's bedroom door. Mom and I were out shopping the other day and I said "oh my, I don't have anything for Riley's door yet." She said to me "when you see it, you will know." Well, I saw it... in my head! Haha. I was originally planning to do RQS and use three canvases and then I decided it may be too much. I LOVE how the R turned out and I think it looks so cute on her door. This morning, my SIL asked me to make some for her little girls, my friend asked me to make one for her little girl and my cousin wanted one for herself. I also made my SIL a BOO one. I added them to my facebook page and plan to hopefully start selling them on the side. I know there is a ton of stuff like this out there, so it may flop, but it is worth a try!

I wanted to share some better pictures of my work. Enjoy!

This is the very first one I made:
For Lilliana
Can't wait to hang this at Christmas!
For Brynn
For Dylan
On Riley's door
for Katie
the BOO for my SIL

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

i have missed my paint.

Being an art minor for my first two years of college, I really miss my paint. I pull it out every now and then for a quick project here and there, but nothing like I used to! Today my hubby and I were walking and walking and walking and we went to Michaels with two 40% off coupons. He got me a pack of 10 canvas's for $12. I got some cute riboon and decided to go for it! I absolutely LOVE how my little project turned out! I am working on the Christmas one now! Waiting for the first layer to dry. Next up, after I get some smaller 5x7 canvas's (with our other 40% off coupons!) I will do R Q S to hang on Riley's door. That's probably going to be tomorrows project. :)

I'll share when I am finished!

~let go laughing!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

39 weeks!

How Far Along: 39 weeks. It's almost Riley's birthday!
Size of baby: around 20 inches long and around 7 lbs
(average size of a baby at this point)
Total Weight Gain: still at 29 lbs. This makes me SO happy! lol
Maternity Clothes: still some of both
Gender: it's a GIRL!! Riley Quinn
Movement: she's a wild one!
Sleep: pretty good- LOTS of pee breaks in the middle of the night
What I miss: my patience. lol. i'm ready to meet her!
Cravings: none
Symptoms: just a lot of peeing still. some bh too!
Best moment this week: being finished with work for a while

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

it's almost time...

It's almost time to meet our baby girl. I can't believe there are only officially 13 days until our due date. What is she going to be like? Who will she look like? Will she be a sleeper? Eater? How long will labor be? So many questions are running through my mind.

The doctor ordered my last day of work to be this Friday. If Riley hasn't come by then, I am looking forward to some time with my husband as our last bit of a family of 2. But, if she comes before then, I will totally be OK with that too! Who knows... there is a full moon tonight!

Below is a picture of a babies head inside of the body on it's way out... Riley is at a -1 station today. That sounds like progress to me!!!
Don't get me wrong... it's scary as crap too. I guess just getting this far, I really just want to meet her, so I want her to come on out! I am no super woman, nor do I consider anyone "super woman" for going all natural. I believe in drugs when it comes to labor. I am definitely going for the epidural.

I guess my fears are this...

How will I know it is time to go to the hospital if my water doesn't break? I have a somewhat high pain tolerance (yes, once I am in pain, I am a baby... but sometimes things that bother others just don't bother me.) Mom said she was in labor for 12 hours before she got to the hospital. When the hooked her up and asked "did you feel that" she said... "feel what?" So my concern is one of two scenarios if my water doesn't break on it's own... 1.) I have contractions for too long and don't make it to the hospital or 2.) I'll be "that girl" who goes to the hospital and is sent home for false labor. I just really want my water to break since that is a sure sign to "get the heck to the hospital." That is my main fear of all of this. The fear of the unknown. Anyone who knows me, knows how OCD I am... I am a planner. I cannot plan this and it is driving me crazy.

I am ready to be a mommy. Yes, I am scared. I want to be a good mom. I want to teach Riley all of the things my mom taught me. I want to protect her. I want to teach her to make the right decisions. Michael and I talk about this all the time. What is it that causes some kids to make the
"right" decisions and others to not. Sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. It's so scary being a teacher and seeing what kids are into and up to these days. I want the best for my baby girl. I want to be able to always be there for her. I want to always know the answer and I know that is impossible. I hope she is my best friend. I hope she loves me as much as I love her and knows just how much I do love her. My mom and I are so close, I just pray that Riley and I can share that too.

Well... last night, I painted my toenails and my fingernails. Mom told me I couldn't go into labor with the horrible paint job that was on them last night. haha. They are nice and pink with glitter, just for my baby girl. I was pretty impressed that I could still get to my toes. I'm also impressed that I stuck to under 30 lbs this far into my pregnancy. It was a huge fear of mine. I think I have done really well.

Michael went hunting tonight. He said it was his last time for a while before Riley gets here. Dad is planning to go to the beach for a night tomorrow or Thursday. Mom is staying home. I knew she would. :) She kept saying "it's only 2.5 hours away... you wont have her in 2.5 hours..." Then today she said "your dad is going to the beach." Haha. I knew she wouldn't leave with me this close. Dr. Chappell said today "hopefully you wont need that appointment for next Tuesday!" That my friends, is exciting!

OK, I will stop babbling. Cookies just came out of the oven. I'm taking them to work tomorrow for our meeting. I made pumpkin muffins too! I can't wait to get my big pink mixer!!!

Goodnight world.

~let go laughing!

38 weeks! any day now!!!

How Far Along: 38 weeks. 14 days to go!
What's your guess on her arrival???
Size of baby: around 20 inches long and around 6.5lbs
(average size of a baby at this point)
Total Weight Gain: 29 lbs. so proud of myself staying below the 35lbs!
Maternity Clothes: still some of both
Gender: it's a GIRL!! Riley Quinn
Movement: she's a wild one!
Sleep: it's been a good week for sleeping- still peeing a lot though. lol
What I miss: my body
Cravings: none
Symptoms: just a lot of peeing still. some bh too!
Best moment this week: spending time with my family.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

37 weeks !!! Riley is full term!

How Far Along: 37 weeks !!! full term and only 21 days til the due date~!
What's your guess on her arrival???
Size of baby: around 19 inches long and around 6lbs
(average size of a baby at this point)
Total Weight Gain: 27lbs - down 1lb with my calculations and down 2 lbs with the dr.'s scale.
maybe that means she is coming soon? idk.
Maternity Clothes: not so many this week because it has gotten cold. found some old pants that fit and cardigans!
Gender: it's a GIRL!! Riley Quinn
Movement: she's a wild one!
Sleep: it's been a good week for sleeping- still peeing a lot though. lol
What I miss: my body and all my cute fall clothes that aren't fitting right at the moment
Cravings: none
Symptoms: just a lot of peeing still. some bh too!
Best moment this week: spending time with my family