Thursday, August 29, 2013

Raleigh's Arrival

Wednesday evening Nathan & I headed to Chickfila for one last dinner together before we headed to the hospital! We had been scheduled to try cervidil to get labor started in a more natural way. It's supposed to thin your cervix and in some cases begin contractions! We checked in & anxiously awaited the cervidil. They started it at 11pm. I had Braxton Hicks all night but nothing serious! The next morning they checked my cervix to see how the cervidil worked & I hoped to have dilated more too. 

Nope. Nothing happened! I was SO disappointed. 

My midwife went ahead & broke my water to start labor. When she did immediately she and the nurse made a sound... they informed me that they saw meconium. Our stinker had already taken his first poo! Yuck. This meant that he needed to come soon & that I would have to labor from my bed. No walking the halls or sitting on a yoga ball for this girl. I was disappointed again. 

They had to start me on pitocin to get things moving quickly & to avoid risks of Raleigh swallowing the nasty amniotic fluid with meconium! Again, disappointed. 

I went in wanting a drug free labor. I knew pitocin made contractions more intense with less down time between them. I labored for a little over 2 hours before they checked my cervix and I had only dilated one more cm. ugh! That put me at 2cm. Seriously? That's when I decided I needed the epidural! This was going much slower than I anticipated! I continued to dilate at the rate of pretty much 1cm an hour. That feels like foooooorever when you're trying to get to 10!! The epidural was a great decision!!! 

Either way, we were having our baby! Nothing about that was disappointing! 
Post epidural... FaceTime with Auntie Katherine & Whitney!! Thank goodness for technology!

Skip ahead through many contractions to roughly 9pm on Thursday August 22, 2013. My hands began tingling and I just didn't feel right. I called for the nurse & to my surprise she & my midwife Dana were in the room within seconds! Dana told me she didn't like how much Raleigh's heart rate was dropping during the contractions. He had been really low the entire day & his little head was taking the brunt of the contractions. She said she was going to check me again & if I wasn't at 10cm I was going to have to go to the OR!! Nathan says my face looked terrified & disappointed. I told everyone to pray I was at 10cm!!! (Not sure why we hadn't done this sooner....) She checked and said, "oh! Ok, let's have a baby!"

Immediately there was a completely different vibe in the room. Nathan came alongside of me & our parents were crammed into the closet bathroom area. There was a bunch of commotion & I remember Dana telling me to wait to push & not being sure if I could hold off.  

I began pushing. My husband was THE best encourager. I remember him saying, "you're doing great!! You were created to do this!" And he was right! 5 minutes later our beautiful son was born. It was 9:17pm and he had arrived! 

Because Raleigh had swallowed some of the meconium he was whisked over to the baby bed and I watched longingly as he was suctioned in his nose and mouth. 

I began to cry! Crying over relief & crying because I wanted nothing more than to hold my baby. Soon he was in my arms! 

We were in love. A love that hurts! It's a wonderful hurt. I held my 7 lbs 2 ounces perfect baby boy & fell harder and harder for this 21 inch long little man! 

Everyone took turns admiring Raleigh, he has quite the fan club! His Gramma Claudia, Grandee Carol & Papa John are over the moon!
I still can't believe how alert he was right after birth! 
He loves his fingers! Every ultrasound we had showed him with his hand near his face... the same is still true!
His feet are like his momma's! Long!!
Sweetness. Pure sugar!! 
My midwife Dana was so wonderful, I'm thankful for her!! This is after it was all done!!
We continued to stare in awe of this little baby we'd been waiting to meet for months! 
I hadn't eaten since 5:30pm on Wednesday night... I was starving but newly preoccupied with this adorable boy! My dad & Nathan set out for food. Sonic cheeseburgers were about our only option. One that I didn't mind!! That was the best cheeseburger I'd ever tasted!! 

We moved into our new room, just the 3 of us. We were exhausted but just wanted to stare at our son. 
We couldn't believe he was ours! Our lives were forever changed. The next morning we woke up to a handsome and alert Raleigh James. Every morning since has brought us so much joy!

We don't deserve this precious gift. We pray daily for him & for his soul! We pray that Raleigh would grow up & serve The Lord. We now know a whole new aspect of love. Love for Raleigh, love for each other & love for the God who created this amazing little man! 
Welcome to the world, Raleigh James Price!

Monday, August 19, 2013

39 weeks- Pregnancy Questionnaire

How far along: 39 weeks & 5 days

Total weight gain: gained 30 lbs. 
Maternity clothes: I'm not gonna lie, I think I'm going to miss them! They're so darn comfy! However I have noticed a few of my maternity tops are on the snug side!!!
Stretch marks: Still here. 
Sleep: I've had a few really rough nights but overall I get sleep...eventually!
Best moment of this week: I really had a great Sunday at church! I'm going to miss being there for a few weeks!
Miss anything: sushi, rare meat, being able to walk outside without getting super hot and turning pink immediately annnnnnnnd sleeping comfortably! 
Movement: On Saturday evening I realized Raleigh hadn't moved much. It freaked me out but before I fell asleep I felt a few small movements. As I went about my Sunday I continued to monitor him. I drank orange juice, a coke, iced water... & he just didn't do his normal spastic moves & rolls! I decided we should go get checked out just because I'd HATE to ignore potential risky signs. So we headed into L&D. It worked out in the end... we were able to sign all of our paperwork & get acquainted with the hospital more! We got an ultrasound which showed us our lazy baby was just perfect. He has little room & was just sleepy! Even the u/s tech spent nearly 30 minutes trying to get him to move and wake up! She estimates Raleigh is measuring 8 lbs & 8 ounces... give or take a pound!
Food cravings: Pancakes & Cheeseburgers. Ha!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I'm feeling really good!
Have you started to show yet: definitely. 
Gender: Boy!
Labor signs: Braxton Hicks... 1cm dilated, 70% effaced, -3 ... woohoo!!! Progress. 
Belly button in or out: Still in, but really close to being out still! 
Wedding rings on or off: Still on. I'm shocked!!
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, excited, nervous...
Looking forward to: besides meeting our little man? Experiencing childbirth with my husband & seeing our families soon! 
Late at night before bed, 39 weeks & 4 days! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My Beloved... & milk.

Remember that time I had a meltdown over milk? Yeah.... it was back in February & you can read about that here. As y'all know, I've never been a milk drinker until this pregnancy! I just have to take a second to boast about my beloved husband!

We've had a few more tiffs over milk since February but I try to control my hormonal rage! Ha! So, the other day I walked into the living room and asked Nathan, "what is that smell!?" He was confused by my question... so I told him it smelled like cereal. "Oh- yeah, I just finished some cereal" he replied. My next thought was....... do we still have milk!? but I decided not to voice my thought! Quickly Nathan followed up with, "but I ate my cereal with water, so you still have some milk!".

Stop it.

I love that man. How sweet!? He ate his cereal dry & drank water with it. I seriously could have cried. He loves milk, but he loves me so much more!

As I've reflected over these last 9 months, I've realized over & over that Nathan has taken a lot from me. I have been exhausted, moody, hormonal, sometimes just not feeling well & less patient than I normally am. He has been a strong & loving husband. One that will put up with my mess (and a few times clean up my mess, sorry honey!). Occasionally he'll ask me, "have you practiced your breathing today? Let's practice!" This coming from the man who is outwardly vocal about how terrified he is about the whole birthing process. He has rubbed bio-oil and lotions on my ugly stretchmarks in the most gentle and loving way. He has made countless batches of pancakes for me & driven me to get my grits & eggs. He has done lots of laundry & helped out around the house.

There isn't another man I'd rather do this with. There isn't anyone else I'd rather be my son's father. He isn't perfect, but he's perfect for me & for Raleigh.

(And yes, I just cried the entire time I wrote this! Lol. I'm so pregnant.) 

Monday, August 12, 2013

And just like that...

I'm 38 weeks & 5 days pregnant... & very much ready to meet this baby. 
I'm suddenly short of breath & I having a rough time catching it. Not a good feeling. 
Indigestion is terrible again & I'm exhausted... to name a few symptoms. 

I know it is absolutely all worth it in the end! I'm thankful that I've had a fairly easy pregnancy thus far. I also know that I am blessed to be able to carry this child, so please don't think I'm not grateful... I'm just being real... I'm ready to not be pregnant! I'm ready for the next stage. The next chapter. I'm thinking this is how God designed us to feel! The thought of parenthood is daunting & can be overwhelming... but at this point my discomfort pushes me to be ready for the next stage! 

Come on Raleigh... your mom & dad are ready to meet you!!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pregnancy Questionaire

How far along: 38 weeks (and 3 days!)
Total weight gain: gained 30 lbs. 
Maternity clothes: yeah... maternity or spandex! (Let me just tell you, maternity underwear were the best purchase EVER!!)
Stretch marks: Still here. I think I've started getting used to them.
Sleep: I'm sleeping really well surprisingly! I think it's because I'm not working anymore and I don't lay in bed counting down how many hours I have left to sleep... instead I take my time and just rest.
Best moment of this week: Hmmmmm... I've enjoyed cooking for my husband and having time to rest.
Miss anything: Cool weather! It's so dang hot... and baking a baby isn't making that any easier. Also, being able to bend over!! I feel like I can't breathe & I'm squishing Raleigh.
Movement: Well I think Raleigh is running out of room. I've gotten pretty paranoid about his movement because it's much slower now and I think I've also gotten really used to the feeling so I don't always notice it. More often now I sit down and actually monitor his movement... and then I realize he is moving, it's just more subtle and slow. Oh I can't wait to lay my eyes on him!!
Food cravings: Breakfast. I LOVE all breakfast foods! I've gotten back on a Lucky Charms kick again. Haha! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Just not eating soon enough...
Have you started to show yet: Yeah, it looks like I smuggled a basketball under my shirt!
Gender: Boy!
Labor signs: Not really... sadly. Just hip pain & braxton hicks.
Belly button in or out: Still in, but really close to being out still! 
Wedding rings on or off: On! Whoohoo!
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, but growing impatient!
Looking forward to: Going into labor and meeting this baby boy! 
My little basketball belly... ok... it's not so little! I'm SO ready to meet this kid. Taken at 38 weeks and 2 days.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Gramma's Chicken Pot Pie

Since I have been home again... AKA not working full time... I've actually cooked dinner every night!! A first in nearly nine months and boy is my husband appreciative! Last night I threw together my mom's recipe for chicken pot pie. It was always one of my favorites growing up & I'm sure my mom was thankful because it's super simple to make!
Gramma's Chicken Pot Pie:
Preheat oven to 350
2 cans of Veg-All
1 Onion
1 can of cream of mushroom
1 can of cream of chicken

Spray a 9x11 pan & dump the 2 cans of veggies in the pan. 
Chop up onion (as much as you like) and place it over the veggies. 
Next add the chicken. I like to get a rotisserie chicken and de-bone the whole thing and use part of it for the pot pie and the rest for another meal! 
After the chicken add the soups. I mix them together & then pour it over the chicken. 
Last step, the bisquick! I use 1 1/2 cups of bisquick & 1/2 cup of milk... Mix it up and pour it over! Wasn't that easy!?

Now let it cook for 30-45 minutes... until the top is golden brown. Let it settle and cool down before serving! It's definitely a delicious and easy meal to make!