I spent a lot of time wondering what this kid would look like before he came out. I was shocked when he arrived. All that hair - it's seriously like 2 inches down his back.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I woke up on my due date feeling just the same - pregnant and miserable. I was still on bed rest that day, but I didn't care. I made an apple pie, cleaned up the house and went to church and took the sacrament. That night we went to Salem and visited my parents and told them I wouldn't be having the baby that night.
Sunday night at midnight I started having really bad pains. I know now that they were contractions, but I had been having them on and off all week so I had no idea they were the real deal. I fell asleep for a few minutes and the pain would wake me up. At about 2:00 Chris and I started timing the contractions.
Finally about 3:00 my water broke. At this point, Chris and I started getting ready to go. The first thing I wanted to do was shower before we headed out. I was paranoid about being all gross down there. Turns out that shower meant a whole lot of nothing after birthing a child. We got our stuff gathered and Chris gave me a quick blessing. Everyone told me to eat something on the way to the hospital. An empty stomach throughout a long delivery was not what I wanted. Chris was going to run into the gas station and get me some juice and a doughnut, but as we were passing the hospital I had a contraction. I told him to turn into the hospital and screw the empty stomach. I am so glad I did.
We arrived on the labor and delivery floor and the paperwork lady was so sweet. I remember her looking at me and saying, "This will take about 3-5 minutes, can you hang in there that long?" I told her yes and soon we headed back to our delivery room. I don't remember much until the guy with the epidural came. I was trying to be tough and not ask for him, so when he just showed up, I had never been happier.
Getting the epidural was actually pretty rough. It made me really light headed and I remember Chris standing in front of me and holding me on the bed. When I was done with getting the shot, I had cold wash rags all over me. At this point I was only dilated a three. The pain had subsided and Chris and I went to sleep for about two hours.
The doctor came in about 8:30 and I had only progressed to a four. She asked the nurse to start giving me Pitocin and told me that because of my other issues prior, my body might not be able to progress to a ten. If I didn't progress in the next few hours than we would schedule a C-section.
At this point I started to get really bad pains in my legs. My hip and knee on the left side were killing me. I kept pushing the epidural button but no amount would help. I think I pushed it too many times because the drug lord came in and checked on me. He told me that he thought my nerves in that leg were not numb, which doesn't usually happen. He wanted me to see if the pain got worse and he would come check on me.
About this time the nurse came and checked me and told me I was an eight. She was shocked I had progressed so fast.
Now let me tell you. Going from an eight to a ten was about the worst thing that has ever happened to me. The nerves in my legs were freaking out. I laid there and freaked out on Chris. I told him I was never doing this again and that I couldn't do this. He was so sweet, but you could tell he was worried. When the drug lord came in to check on me again, I told him the pain wasn't too bad. Chris spoke up and said that it was bad. I was so glad he did, because the guy shot some cold stuff through my back and man was that heaven on earth.
Once I got that new drug in me I was a happy camper. We waited until the pains were gone and the nurse had me start pushing. I pushed for about an hour and a half. I had heard pushing was the worst part, but for me I think it was my favorite. It felt good to be doing something. I also had been in so much pain that pushing the baby out was a welcome relief.
Prior to the doctor even coming in to catch our little guy, Caldwell pooped inside me. This is not a good thing. The nurse explained that when it came closer to him actually coming out that a lot of people would come into the room. She told me I wouldn't be able to see him and they may have to rush him off, so no poop got into his lungs.
That's exactly what happened. As soon as he was out they laid him on me for about 30 seconds. Then they rushed him over and had four people working on him. They wrapped him up let me look at him for another 30 seconds. Then Chris went with him to the NICU for about an hour.
I just sat in the delivery room by myself. Chris kept sending him photo's of him and I kept trying to study what he looked like. I was shocked by the amount of hair he had.
Finally he got to come back to our room and I had about 10 minutes with him, before they took us downstairs. Chris then stayed with him while they gave him a bath and such. I went back to our room and waited. Waiting was one of the worst parts.
The rest of the hospital stay was awesome. I was really blessed with amazing nurses. By the second night I wasn't having much luck nursing at all. A sweet older nurse came in named Diana. I actually didn't really like her at first, but she was my life saver. She took control and spent two different sessions with me getting Caldwell to eat. I tried asking her questions or learning more about her, but she was a woman on a mission. She stuck to the job and got him to eat, she also took Caldwell to the nursery so I could rest. I resisted and told her I was worried and she told me if they were busy she would go in and hold him herself. Such an amazing nurse!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Today is my due date. The ultrasound we had back in July predicted it might be a bit earlier, but not by much. Therefore, I never let myself believe he would come sooner, until they put my on bed rest. Then I've been anticipating his arrival every single second since.
Yesterday I couldn't handle being home one more minute. I begged Chris to take me to the new Hunger Games movie. Chris has been so protective about me resting. However, I think he knew I was on the verge of breakdown, so he took me. We got a seat on the end so I could go use the restroom a billion times and it was perfect, just what I needed.
When I got out of the movie I had a number of missed calls from friends and family. I get calls and texts everyday from people wanting to know if there has been any progress. Unfortunately, I can never tell any of them any good news, I'm still just laying here. I'm sort of over even responding half the time. That sounds horrible, but I never had any news so I just stopped calling back. So sorry everyone who has called or text me since yesterday. I've given up on notifying everyone of my condition. I think I will be so excited when labor does happen, all your phones will be ringing off the hook with the good news.
As of today Chris and I are going across the street to take the sacramenat together. It seems fitting since I will need any extra help I can get this week. Otherwise, I will just be here wishing and hoping this guy will come hang out with us soon. Thanks again entertaining my pregnancy play by play.
Friday, November 29, 2013
I'm still here alive and pregnant. We celebrated Thanksgiving at the Bates household yesterday. I felt a bit useless and I just had to sit there, since I'm still on bed rest. Last night I had a few pains throughout the night. I can really feel my body starting to change the last 24 hours. No that doesn't necessarily mean I'm struggling through the pains of labor, I just mean I'm really starting to feel this guy getting ready more than ever.
Chris and I are so anxious as we sit around and wait. I think bed rest has been the worst since I had planned on working this week and taking care of so many last minute things. None of it's getting done, and I've finally stopped stressing over it all. I'm just content to sit here with my little family and see what happens the next couple days. Chris is just so happy to be watching so much football.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I like to pretend like I'm Oprah every year and do a Favorite Things episode on this blog. Per tradition here are my favorite things for 2012 and 2011, and now for 2013...
The Roku - This streaming player allowed our cable bill to go from $90 a month to $7.99. I love streaming because we watch a lot less TV, but still get in on our favorite shows.
Sugarpova Candy - I'm a sale out because I've never actually tasted this candy, but I've wanted to all year. I love that they are a bunch of little tennis balls and all the bright colors. Plus didn't we all wish we grew up being tennis players. Perhaps that's just my fantasy.
Land Of Nod - I've known about these guys for awhile, but since it's a website I get at work. Whenever I had down time, it was just the thing I wanted to browse when thinking about Baby Bates arrival. I love all the bright colors and wish I had the money to splurge on this rockin rocker.
Young House Love's Book - I love when I find a new blog I'm obsessed with. After time I usually stop being obsessed or stop reading. Young House Love has never let me stop reading. That's why I'm putting their book on my favorite things list. I really want one.
Mrked Cell Phone Case - I always feel like I should be morally opposed to cell phone accessories, such a waste of money. Yet I always love looking at them. This site has the cutest covers for the I phone.
Ralph Lauren Baby - I didn't let myself baby shop online until just a few weeks a go. Then I pursued all the really expensive sites and found my wine taste on a beer budget hasn't changed when it comes to my offspring. I'm in love with the baby section at RL.
Elizabeth Smarts Book - I already wrote a whole blog post on how this has been my favorite book this year. You can read more here.
Wendy's Stock : WEN - My favorite stock I've bought this year. Yes, it's done well but I love owning something so common. Eating a frosty is way more fun if you own the stock.
Devin Supertramp - This is free Youtube entertainment right here. Chris and I started watching Devin's video's awhile back. I'm not consistent, but every once in awhile Chris will bring one up that entertains us for a good hour. A BYU kid whose making it big. My favorite video is here - probably because I'm afraid of heights.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I wanted to share our favorite pie recipe with you as you make your Thanksgiving grocery shopping list. Nothing is going to beat out the traditional pumpkin, but sometimes I like something a little different. I present to you Pioneer Woman's Peanut Butter Pie.
You can click on the link above for this picture as well as a play by play of the recipe. However, it's about the easiest and quickest thing you'll ever do. Here's the recipe, which I also stole from the link above.