Thursday, February 26, 2009

1st doctor's Visit


Today Andrew had his first visit with the pediatrician. Everything was great and all the questions I had were answered with "it is normal." I love hearing that! So he will visit again next week and then two weeks after that. I tried to get pictures, but they all turned out really blurry. Here is one before leaving, but as you can see Andrew is blurry. Andrew went from 7 lbs and 2 1/2 ozs. to 7 lbs and 7 1/2 ozs. He is a growing boy!! He is still 20 inches

My mom and dad visited last night and my dad finally got to hold Andrew. He has been getting over a stomach virus.


Well I am off to enjoy the day!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

1 Week Old


My little Andrew is already one week old! Wow time really does fly! He is a super baby, of course ;)! He usually only cries when he is being changed. He is already on a schedule of some sorts. I never intended to try to get him on one, but he seems to have fallen into one on his own. He goes to sleep between 9-10pm and sleeps for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. He then wakes up to feed and get changed. He then quickly goes back to sleep for usually up to 4 hours. He feeds and gets changed again. We usually are telling daddy good-bye for the day and then we sneak in a few more hours (usually 2) of sleep. We wake up and eat and get changed with a cute new outfit. I get ready while he sits in bouncy seat. We talk to each other the whole time. He loves hearing the noise of the water and hair dryer. We then sit, talk, and play for a couple hours. This is his most alert time of the day. He then sleeps for 3 to 4 hours and wakes to eat and then back to sleep for 3 hours. He then wakes around 4 and stays up till he goes to sleep that night. I can't believe he stays up for as long as he does in the evening, but I think it is helping him sleep so well at night. He is such a calm baby and never gets upset unless he is getting his diaper changed. See!
My absolute favorite thing to do, which might sound weird, is to burp him. I lay him on my chest and he just grunts and coos and seems so content to lay there forever. I love this time!!
I can't remember to turn the flash off!
I am so in love!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Andrew's Birth Story


I have start by saying thank you for all your sweet comments! I loved reading them. Andrew is sleeping so I am going to attempt to write his birth story as quickly as possible. So Enjoy!

Tuesday night I went to the hospital, got admitted, and was given cervadil, and an IV. I was also checked to see if I was dilated and at that point I was still 2 to 3 cm but thinning out a lot.

Wednesday morning I was checked again and still the same. I was then brought into the birthing room and given pitocin. Well all, you know what, broke lose and the contractions came fast and strong. They started coming 5 mins and then 1 min apart. I was waiting for the epidural and I thought I was dying! I ended waiting for the epidural for about 1 hour and half and went from 4cm to 8cm. I guess I now know why I was in pain. Then the most wonderful man in the world came in a gave me the epidural (which did not hurt at all) and the pain became manageable. I could still feel the contractions and they still hurt, but they were 100 times better than before. Then very soon after the epidural the nurse checked me and I was 10 cm dilated and ready to push!! I pushed for a little over an hour and let me tell you- it was exhausting. Not painful but I literally thought I was going to fall alseep between contractions. When the doctor finally came in I only pushed a few more times and Andrew arrived!

I have to take a minute and tell you how wonderful Nick was! Thinking about it makes me want to cry. He did not leave my side for one minute. He feed me ice chips and let me squeeze his hand till I thought I was going to break it. The enitre time at the hospital he was there for me. He jumped every time I needed anything and he still is! I love him more now than ever!

Anyway sorry for all the sappy stuff. When Andrew arrived he came out screaming and they handed him right to me. It was the best moment of my life! When they toke him to clean him I got to experience my very first stitches. Yes I tore, but not too bad. I think I may be finally getting over the pain from that. Andrew was 7 lbs and 2 1/2 oz. and 20 inches long and perfect.

The stay in the hosiptal was actually great. I had the BEST nurses in the world the entire time I was there. I was very well taken care of! We finally left Friday morning and it was a great moment to start our lives together in our home.



On the way home!


Finally home
Duncan loves Andrew!

First bath at home

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

more pics

Ok this is Carrie again I decided to post some more pictures I am sorry I just can't help myself he is just too cute!

Finally we got to see them after forever!

Proud Papaand of course proud meAunt ChristyHis NannyHis Aunt AmyCousin BrinsleyMommy and BabyAnd sweet AndrewStay tune!

Carrie

He Is Here!

I would like to introduce to everyone Andrew Connor he weighs 7lbs 2 1/2 oz. and 20 inches long. He was born at 1:19 p.m. Mommy and baby are doing good!This is right after delivery

The happy (but tired) family

We love Ya'll!

Aunt Carrie

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Finally!

I went to the doctor this morning and he told me to come in tonight at 7 to begin the induction!! I was a little disappointed that we had to come back, but it did give me and Nick the rest of the day to relax together. He said he will put in something when I get there (I am assuming something to start contractions) and then he will come in at 8 the next morning to break my water if needed and he expects Andrew to arrive around noon tomorrow. I am glad to know a plan now and to know what to expect. I am such a planner so this really works best for me. I hate surprises! HA! Well I am off to enjoy a few more hours at home and then on to the hospital. Carrie agreed to update the blog with news about Andrew to look for the next post to be from her. Wish me lucks and thanks for all the prayers!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Dear Andrew

I decided when I first got pregnant that I wanted to write letters to Andrew throughout his life. From birth till he was 18 and give them to him as a gift. I wrote the first letter today and thought I would share it. I am not sure if I will share them all but I wanted to share this one. Enjoy!

February 16, 2009

Dear Andrew,

Your dad and I have been patiently awaiting your arrival for nine long months and tomorrow you will finally arrive. We cannot believe the day has finally come. We have everything ready for you. Your room is full of brand new clothes, toys, diapers, and everything in between. We have been blessed to have so many friends and family members that have bought gifts just for you. There are so many people that have been anticipating your arrival for weeks now. You decided to be stubborn and not come on your own. I guess you just need a little help coming out of that safe and warm womb you are so use too. Your dad has worked so hard making your room perfect for you. He painted, added molding, installed new bamboo flooring, put together all the furniture, swings, strollers, and the list goes on. He cannot wait to meet you! I feel lucky that I have gotten to know you over the last nine months. I know you are a very strong and you kick really hard. You have been very good about being still at night so I can sleep and you get the hiccups all the time! I love feeling you move around and I know I will miss that when you are here. I have not even laid my eyes on you, but I know you are perfect. I love you already and I want nothing but that best for you. I want nothing more than for you to happy, safe, and loved. I hope you know how lucky you are to come into a world with such wonderful people. Everyone in your family loves you already and they are counting down the days till you arrive. You are so special to us and we are blessed to be a part of your life. I pray that your arrival into this world tomorrow is easy and safe. I cannot wait to hold you and I may never put you down. We love you and cannot wait to see you!!

Love, Mom and Dad


Light at the end of the tunnel

I called the doctor first thing this morning hoping to be able to schedule the induction for tomorrow, but who knew the office was closed for President's Day!!? Anyway I am going to go to my appointment tomorrow and ask when I am there. I am going to go ahead and pack my bags and bring them with me. I am assuming he will let me go ahead and head to the hospital since he was willing to last Monday. So if everything works out Andrew will be here sometime tomorrow! This is the most exciting news, but I can't help but to be nervous. I am scared of the pain of course, but I am more worried of everything turning out okay with Andrew. I am hoping this last week was plenty of time for him to grow into a strong and healthy little boy. It is so nerve wrecking not knowing. I had more painful contractions then ever last night before going to bed, but of course they ended. I am hoping he says I am dilated even more tomorrow so the induction doesn't last all day. Again I want to thank everyone for there thoughts and prayers. They mean more than you will ever know. Maybe I can sucker my sister into posting the news and pictures on here if something does happen tomorrow. What do you think Carrie? Well I am off to rest and get some last minute cleaning finished and try to sleep tonight! Wish me lots of luck that I can meet Andrew tomorrow!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Well..

No Valentine's baby for us! We are still here waiting patiently or as patiently as we can. I am still having some contractions but still nothing close together and when I have them they just randomly stop all together. It is really frustrating. So for Valentine's day Nick and I stayed home and he cooked supper for me (stir fry and egg rolls, yummy!) and we watched Fool's Gold on HBO and went to sleep early. We were suppose to go to a play in town, but I started having contractions right around the time we were suppose to leave so I thought I better stay at home. Nick got me a card and he still looking for me a Wii Fit (which I really don't need for a few weeks anyway; when I can actually use it). I hope next year it is a little more romantic! We are skipping out on church because there is no way I can sit through Sunday school and church. Last week I was in real pain when we left. Hopefully next time we go we will have Andrew with us! Have a great Sunday and send good thoughts and prayers our way!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Baby?

Well as you have guessed, still no Andrew. What is he waiting on, really?! I did have contractions last night from about 4-9am and then nothing. I am thinking maybe tomorrow something major will happen. I did get a chance to go by my sisters and have her cut and color my hair before the big day. I have not had my hair colored in over a year and it hasn't been cut since Sept. So it was TIME! I feel so refreshed and more ready for all those pictures. With all this time I have been able to keep the house spotless and I plan on spending the rest of the day making sure I am completely packed and ready to go. So here is to possibly another night of waiting!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

39 weeks

Warning!! Very pregnant woman! LOL! I had to take one more picture of my belly before the big day so here it is in all its glory! I am not sure why the picture is so blurry, sorry. If you click on it it looks better. Nick and I just road in his truck around our very bumpy fields so maybe that will help.

Not much to report

Nothing is happening! I had maybe two contractions in the last twelve hours. So I am still waiting. My sister Carrie came over and brought me lunch and spent part of the day with me. It made the day go by so much faster. So basically I have been walking up and down part of my driveway as much as possible ( I have a long drive way) and hoping and praying something will happen on its on. If I make it to my next apt.(Tues.) then I am going to be asked to be induced. Right now I am cleaning and making sure last minute things are taken care of, sleeping as much as possible ( I know that will end soon), and thinking of a new hair cut. If I make it to Friday I am going to ask my other sister, Christy, to cut my hair. It is time! Maybe I will find some hair styles online and let everyone vote for a new style. Have a great hump day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Staying home

Well after the doctors apt. yesterday I started spotting (sorry TMI), which I know is normal after an exam, but it has seemed to gotten heavier over night and into the morning. I have also had way more cramping then normal and it is more severe then it has been. So with all this weighing on me I decided to start my maternity leave today. I really don't want my water to break at school and traumatize all the students! I am not thinking anything is going to happen today, but just in case I am home and waiting. Just wait on the edge of your seat for more updates! HA!

Monday, February 9, 2009

39 week apt.

Just got back from the doctor and I am dilated 2 cms!!! I have not thinned out any so he said there is a 50 percent chance I will have the baby before my due date, which is next Tuesday. My next apt. is next Tues. also so if nothing has happened by then I will probaly asked to be induced. So we will see. I am exhausted today and going to lie down. I have to say being checked to see if your dilated hurts like heLL!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Last Minute Touches

Two posts in one day!! I have done a few last minute things to Andrew's room so I wanted to share. I bought this shadow box a few months ago at Hobby Lobby and I finally got around to painting it. I am going to put a heart shaped rock in it that a student gave me for Andrew. It was the sweetest present ever and I wanted to showcase it! I added the little car and I thought it was so cute. I will post pictures when I get the rock glued in properly and hung. We also got this beauty a few weekends ago and Duncan of course had to try it out! He loved it, I just know.
Also at the shower Amy and Julie threw me, they had everyone write a little message to Andrew on the mat of a picture frame. I got a picture frame that matched the room perfectly. Also notice the Cd/clock radio! I wanted the smallest one I could find so I could play some music while he slept. Of course I found this at Wal-mart for only twenty bucks.


One of my students at school made me this the other day. So sweet! I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet.

So here we are waiting patiently.

What a beautiful day in the neighborhood...




I use to love watching Mr. Rogers! Why don't they make children's programming the way they use to? Anyway it is a beautiful day in Georgia. After church my car said it was 71 degrees!! My perfect temperature. It was also this nice yesterday and Nick washed both of our cars and today we tackled the insides. Now Andrew has a clean car to come home in. Speaking of Andrew, he has decided to spend a little longer in the womb which is really okay with me. Even after my little rant the other day. I really am okay with whenever he chooses to join us, but I can't help sometimes to want him here NOW! At church Nick, Amy, Michael, and I have started going to a newly formed Young Married Couples Sunday School class. This is the second class we have attended and I really think we are going to enjoy it. It focuses a lot on relationships and communication which is always good to get advice on from people who have been married longer than we have. Well we are off to enjoy, what is possibly, our last relaxing Sunday alone. Nick is grilling out a ton of food to freeze! I have the BEST husband ever!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Waiting...

I am still waiting...Honestly people I have been pregnant forever!! There are some things I love about being pregnant (feeling the baby move, knowing I am providing for another being, seeing constant changes), but as many of you know there are some not so good things. I am so tired of being pregnant I could SCREAM!! I am so ready to feel like myself again. I am ready to wear normal clothes, workout, and feel attractive again. I feel like a whale and I am tired of having every part of my body ache. I am ready for Andrew to arrive so we can start our lives with him. As if you couldn't tell, I am venting so forgive me. I at least get to complain some! Okay I am done.

I am thinking I will last to at least my due date. I have had some random contractions, but nothing too noticeable. I will keep you updated!

Monday, February 2, 2009

38 week Apt.

I just got back from the doctor and we are still playing the waiting game. He did say I have dropped so I am assuming that means things will start happening sometime in the new future. He is going to check to see if I am dilated next Monday. He says that lets each patient choose if they want to be induced on a certain day or let nature take its course. As much as I want Andrew to be here, I want him to come when he is ready. Of course if we are talking a week overdue then he can induce me, lol! So we are still waiting... He did say he believed the baby was about 6 1/2 pounds and by delivery he should be close to 7, so that sounded perfect to me. He said I should have a normal boring delivery, which is exactly what I wanted to hear!!

On a different subject I found this on BK's blog and it sounded fun.
1. I choose the 4th folder where I store my pictures on the computer.
2. Select the 4th picture in the folder.
3. Explain the picture.
4. Tag 4 people to do the same.
5. No cheating (cropping, editing, etc.)


Wow I was only about 12-14 weeks here. I thought my stomach was sticking out so far! I had NO idea!! I do love my hair though. Hmm haircut in the future?!


P.S. Thank you for your sweet comments on the maternity photos. I am so glad I took them and Amy asked. I don't won't to forget anything about this pregnancy.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Maternity Photos

My good friend Amy took some maternity pictures before the big day arrives. The wind wasn't helping but we still got some good ones. Thanks Amy!!