September 30, 2008
He was 10 lbs 5 oz which is in the 84%ile.
At 2 weeks Wilson was 8 lbs 5 oz and 20 1/2 inches long.
At 2 weeks Luke was 9 lbs 9 oz and 21 1/4 inches long.
It's a good thing I got my tubes tied cause if there was a baby #4 it would be like 11 lbs at 2 weeks!!
September 29, 2008
Ty was a whopping 10 lbs 5 ozs at the doctor today! They weighed him on the same scale they did last time (he was 9lbs on Sept. 17th). At 2 weeks old, the goal is for a new baby to be back up to their birth weight. Way to go Ty! He is a whole pound above his birthweight. Dr. I. is referring us to a dermatologist to check on his face. When Ty was born the right side of his face was very pink compared to the left side. It still is, especially when he cries, grunts, or gets mad. We're thinking it might end up being a birth mark. The placenta was up on his cheek in many of the ultrasound pics throughout the pregnancy so I don't know if that has something to do with it or not.
Was pretty uneventful but I can drive! I ventured out on my own with Ty for both appointments and we did really well. Stephanie loaned me her stroller which is smaller than mine and I left it set up in the van. So I just unstrapped Ty from his carseat and pulled out the stroller and strapped him in that. It worked (since I can't carry the carseat!). My appointment today was just to check my incision site and make sure it was healing well. I can take the steri strips off now as well. I go back in 4 weeks for another check-up. Dr. S. said when she performed the c-section I was still only dilated 1 cm and that Ty wasn't even down in the birthing canal. She said she really didn't think his shoulders would have fit in my pelvis, that my body might not have gone in to labor on it's own. Crazy! Especially considering how easily Wilson and Luke were for me during delivery.
Ty was a trooper today and I fed him in both the OB room I was in and then fed him in his doctor room. Then we went and picked Wilson up at school with Andy. Wilson wanted to stay at church with Andy so then I came home, ate lunch, and watched 2 epidsodes of Friends before napping. It was a good day!
September 28, 2008
* All of our friends and family who are helping take care of us! My sister and Jason (who came and helped me and the 3 boys get to Wilson's game yesterday) , my mom (who came to the game yesterday and helped me last Saturday around the house) and dad (who took Wilson to and from school on Friday and brought us soup), Holly (who picked Luke up for school on Friday and brought both boys home), Heather (for her encouraging words, dinner, and offers to help), Kathryn (who brought us dinner), Kathy (who brought us dinner), my grandparents who have come over and helped me with the boys...wow!!
* I survived 4 hours alone with all 3 boys yesterday!
* I made it to Wilson's t-ball games this weekend!
* I was able to go to small group on Wednesday!
Gotta go make the grocery list, we have no food in the house!!
September 24, 2008
September 23, 2008
September 20, 2008
We had many wonderful visitors at the hospital! Not everyone is pictured, sorry! Thank you to everyone who has helped with meals, visits, watching the big brothers, moral support, and gifts for Ty. We definitely couldn't raise our boys without your support! Lots of love, Andy and Alyssa
*I actually felt like a normal person with the exception of extreme sleep deprivation.
*I even helped load the dishwasher and was able to pick up/put away a few things in the house.
*Luke's MRI is scheduled for October 20th. Please pray that this is just a precautionary measure to let us know that he is healthy without any CNS problems.
*Please pray for me- I already have the panicky feeling of "HOW in the world am I going to go back to work full time and still be a mom of THREE boys?" Life is very overwhelming for me right now and I'm not even dealing with the stress of school. And that is a lot of stress. Just go read my teammate's blogs that are still there working everyday (but Sunday!). I'm about to burst into tears just typing this. I'm at the point where (and I've been there with each of by precious babies) I can't imagine leaving Ty for the whole day. How will he survive without his mama? (and YES, I know he will but that is how I feel).
*Andy had a Youth Lock-In last night, he was already sleep deprived, pray for him.
Sunday morning we started another day, still sore but able to eat real food which was a bonus. Andy's dad planned to come by after church to visit and bring Panera for lunch. The morning was pretty good. I think we took a walk in the hallway and by walk we grandma paced down the hallway past a few rooms and turned around. At this point I hadn't even gotten to change Ty's diaper or pick him up out of his bassinet b/c it was too hard to stand up. Andy would hand him to me and I held him a lot and fed him a lot etc. Dan showed up with lunch and we were eating and visiting. I got really hot and dizzy and wasn't feeling well. After a while I told Andy I thought I was going to get sick. Well it took me FORever to get out of bed so he just passed me this little plastic container in case I got sick. Well, I did. With Dan in there. At least it was in the bowl. We visited a little longer and I still wasn't feeling well. The nurse came to check on me and told me it was probably the pain medicine causing me to feel this way. The hospital had also lost power at this point so we were hanging out in the dark, thankfully next to a window which let a lot of light in. I was resting and Andy went to put the rest of my lunch in the fridge down the hall. He made sure I was feeling well. I had Ty on my right side and I was laying in bed. As soon as he walked out of the room I felt like I was going to get sick again. There was nothing I could do. Couldn't get out of bed by myself, didn't have anything to throw up into on the bed, and couldn't yell out after him because it hurt to speak loudly in my incision area. So I turned my head to the left and threw up all over my arm, the bed, etc several times. It. was. so. gross. I started crying and Andy walked in. He said "what happened? I thought you were feeling better?" So then he called for the nurse and they got me out of the bed, undressed and put me in the shower. I have never felt so helpless before. There were two nurses in there me showering with the curtain open because there was no light and Andy telling me where to wash. It was definitely a low point. I felt so helpless. I had already showered that morning and it wasn't easy in my condition. I got so cold my teeth were chattering when I got out and they put me back in a hospital gown so I wouldn't get sick on anymore of my jammies. The bed was clean and I laid back down. I was put back on a clear liquid diet to go easy on my stomach for the rest of the day though they did let me eat a baked potato and a piece of bread at dinner. The power was out for about 7 hours. That was a rough day. Ty had a great day though and all I could think was how in the world am I going to go home tomorrow when I can't walk, am in a terrible amount of pain and keep getting dizzy? I was scared to go home. But ready at the same time.
Monday we woke up and the pediatrician and my OB came in and discharged us. I was feeling better but still a lot of pain. We walked up the hall and back, all the way to the elevator! Andy started packing up our things and then we had to wait. Later in the morning my nurse came and took out my staples which I had been dreading but it didn't really hurt. Just felt weird. She had a pile of staples THAT CAME OUT OF MY SKIN when she was done. I tried not to look. Then she put steri strips on that stay until my 2 week follow up visit. We got our picture order for Ty, paid our bill, talked to the lactation consultant etc. It was a busy morning and everyone showed up at the same time. Around 12-1ish we left. Thankfully Andy's Uncle Bill came up that morning and helped Andy load the car and get us to the car and everything. Ty was perfect the whole day! Then we got home and had a couple hours before my mom brought the boys home. Walked into the house and mom had CLEANED the WHOLE house!!!!! It was wonderful! She had done the laundry, dusted, vacummed, organized, washed dishes, the list goes on and on. AND she had watched the boys for 3 nights and 4 days. Mom, I hope you understand how much we appreciate all that you did for us while we were in the hospital. You are wonderful and we love you! There was a sign in the yard welcoming Ty, with his birthdate, weight, length, and name. It was good to be home but the chaos that insued when the boys were back!!! Wow. Andy has been wonderful in the whole process- taking care of me day and night at the hospital, doing everything but feeding Ty in the hospital, Coming home and taking care of me, the boys, and the house. He has been amazing, and again baby, I hope you understand how much I appreciate you and all the stuff you've put up with to take care of our family and keep it running. I love you! You've definitely seen me in my most vulnerable, helpless moments!!
September 18, 2008
So I'll pick up on Saturday, September 13th, the day after Tyler was born. After my catheter was out etc I was off bed rest. I ate a clear liquid diet again for breakfast and lunch. So at this point I hadn't eaten food since Thursday dinner and a handful of pretzels before I went to bed that night. The first time I got up to walk to the bathroom I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it. The nurse and Andy were helping me. By the time I was getting back into the bed tears were streaming because I was in so much pain. Later I repeated the whole thing and cried again because it hurt so badly. The pediatrician came in and updated us on Tyler, he was slightly jaundiced and dropped to 8lbs 13oz. When he was born his right cheek was really pink compared to his left cheek. I think it is because the placenta was up against his face in the womb. So we discussed the possibility of it being a birthmark etc. All morning...unitl 2PM we were waiting on the on call OB doctor, not my Dr. S. to come and say the IV could come out and I could eat real food. Finally showed up so out came the IV (hooray!) and then I got to eat a yummy sandwich Cara had brought me from Great Harvest. and the cookie! Cara came to visit at lunch time. The boys and mom had come to visit earlier in the morning and then mom took them to the children's museum. Heather, Holly, and Sarah came for a visit on Heather's b-day! My grandparents came, Stephanie came back so Meghan could meet Ty and later on David and Daniel came from church. That was about the gist of the day as far as I can remember. Tyler was eating great and sleeping and I was enjoying some HGTV at the hospital, just hating to get up because it hurt so bad. Crying baby calling, he's hungry. Day 3 brings a little more drama...stay tuned!
September 16, 2008
I actually got a pretty good night's sleep Thursday (September 11). I woke up Friday morning and took a shower. Constantly had to tell myself no breakfast, no water, NOTHING to eat or drink! It was hard! My mom came over and we left the house a little after 8. Got to the hospital right on time and checked in. It was super quick. Went over to labor and delivery unit and they sent us to the waiting room. After 45 minutes in the waiting room I sent Andy back to make sure they didn't forget about us. After another 10-15 minutes we were taken to the c-section prep room. I had to change into a hospital gown and climb into the bed. They started asking tons of questions and entering stuff in the computer. I got my IV and blood drawn, hospital bracelets on etc. The anesthesiologist came in and talked to me about the spinal and Andy was given scrubs to put on. Then my doctor came in and made sure I was ready. Among the nurses, doctor, and anesthesiologist I think I was asked 100 times if we were sure I wanted my tubes tied. YES. I got a little emotional just a few minutes before they wheeled me back, it was scary and overwhelming. Then it was time. The nurse and I rolled down the hall, Andy wasn't allowed back yet. He went to tell the family in the waiting room to walk down near the baby nursery in about 10 minutes to see the baby. Then he went to get his scrubs on. Meanwhile in the operating room I was being given a spinal, hooked up to machines etc. I started getting really groggy. I was making myself stay awake but kept having to close my eyes. It was crazy how quickly I became numb from my toes to the top of my belly. I'd never been in an Operating Room before so I was looking around at everything. They had me on a table with my arms out like a T. Then Andy came in and sat right by my head. That was good. Next thing I knew they had started the c-section and I felt pulling and tugging but that was all. Then I heard "he's huge! Look at those cheeks!". Then crying! They lifted him up over the big blue sheet so I could see him and he dripped blood/fluid on my gown! He was precious. They took him over to monitor him etc and kept working on me. Andy got to carry him down the hall to the nursery and pass by the family. I was in the OR for a while. I was in and out and don't remember much of that part other than warm blankets. They asked again about getting my tubes tied (yes) and finally I was finished. My doctor wheeled me into the recovery room (same place I had been before) and Andy showed back up. He told me about Ty and how much he weighed (9lbs 5 oz), how long he was (19in) etc. I don't remember too many details. Then they brought him to me and I got to hold him and love on him and feed him. It was all worth it! Sometime later they came and got Tyler to go back to the nursery and we were taken to our own hospital room. I was on bedrest for 12 hours and on a clear liquid diet. When we got to the room my feet were tingling from the anesthesia. Andy kept poking my legs saying "Can you feel this?" he thought that was funny! I was given some medicine and chicken broth. We waited on Ty. Throughout the day I had more broth, jello, water, and cranberry juice. Tyler came to the room and was ready to eat again. My mom brought the boys up for a little visit. So good to see them and they were so excited to meet Ty and hold him. Later that night Stephanie, Danny, Trey, Lily and Dan came to visit. I was feeling pretty good. That night we got a little sleep, they had to keep coming in to give me medicine, check my BP, check my temperature, etc. They also had to come take Ty for his assessment. I had to sleep with some weird cuff like things on both calves to avoid blood clots. The next morning they came early for Ty to see the pediatrician and to take out my catheter. I'll save day 2 for the next post.
September 12, 2008
September 11, 2008
I took Luke to the dr this morning for his cough/congestion. He has a sinus infection. Also talked to the dr about his new eye blinking thing since we were there. We ruled out seizures and he felt Luke needs to see a pediactric opthamologist to figure out the cause. Luke did the blinking thing a TON while we were there. He really didn't seem to think it was stress related - from what he saw he thought it could be something like 1 eye being weaker than the other eye or something. So in 2-3 weeks we'll go to an eye dr for Luke. We also took the boys to the dentist today, no cavities!
Yesterday at school my fantabulous team surprised me at lunch with flowers, a cookie cake, and a gift certificate for a pedicure. It was so sweet! I actually went and used the pedicure today so I could have pretty toes at the hospital. I haven't been able to paint my toes in months! They're so pretty! My class surprised me with 3 gift cards and to-go menus for us to use after Tyler is here- Applebee's, Culver's, and Donato's. How thoughtful! It was hard to walk out of school- leaving all that behind and trusting someone else to keep things going but I know it will be ok. I have a qualified sub and a great team who will keep things going.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support- we'll need them! Andy and I are hanging in there and trusting that God is in control!
September 8, 2008
September 7, 2008
*We're selling items at a local children's consignment sale and yesterday Andy and I got them all priced with the official tags and loaded up in the car! The boys were at my mom's for a couple hours so we then went on a lunch date to Panera. That was nice!
*Went to Wilson's parent orientation for preschool Thursday night. It was great. I was very impressed and his teachers seem so nice. Tomorrow is his first day of preschool! I can't believe it!
*Wilson went on Friday with Andy to Meet the Teacher. Andy said he was excited but shy.
* Cleaned the fridge and microwave. I think I'm done "nesting" (which means I've caught up on my overdue cleaning!).
* I finished the book Twilight. It was good and I'm ready to read #2.
I guess that is all! Still lots needed to be done at school before having the baby but I'm getting as much done as I can each day! My team has a PD day tomorrow so we're going to observe another school's reading block and then we'll have the afternoon to make plans/changes to improve our reading block. Should be fun and productive!
September 3, 2008
September 1, 2008
Car seat in van - check
0-3 month clothes washed - check
diapers, wipes, vaseline, desitin, lotion, baby wash, passies - check
Mobile, bouncy seat, swing, activity mat - all down from attic- check
Borrowed bassinet - check with sheets washed and ready!
Picture outfit and Going home outfit chosen- check
Hospital bag - almost finished!
Ordered a Ty pluffie- check
Nursing Jammies bought- check thanks to my mom who still takes care of me!
Baby announcements chosen- check
And now for my advertisement: (too bad they aren't paying me for this!!)
Ty Pluffie's are THE softest stuffed animals! Luke has 3. He thinks he has 2, Henry, his famous horse he carries around EVERYWHERE (we've even had professional pics made with Henry and they are one of my alltime favs) and Smoky his dog. Smoky stays in his bed and just sleeps with him at nap time and bed time. He has 3 because of the back up Henry I have in a closet. I don't even know who gave Luke Henry and Smoky. I ordered the backup Henry so that when Henry #1 is dirty or missing we bring out Henry #2. He doesn't notice a difference at all. So I just searched online and found this great website that had a huge selection of the pluffies and for better prices than some of the other websites. I guess people collect these things...we'll just stick with a few around here. I had to choose Tyler's pluffie. I was looking at the frog, monkey, and lion. I settled on the lion. I went ahead and ordered two along with another cute one for some friends of ours who are expecting.
Don't worry, Wilson has plenty of stuffed animals- he has a soft Ty doggie he named Charlie. But he doesn't have one he is as attached to as Luke. He has Charlie, Buttercream, Shiloh, Blue, etc. He likes to have a bunch around him for bedtime!! We didn't know about pluffies yet when Wilson was born. All you expecting moms can thank me later for filling you in on the very necessary baby item I've just told you about!!