Monday, September 24, 2012

The newest love of my life!

Hi Friends!

I proudly introduce you to the newest love of my life - Sawyer David Hall

Born 9-18-12
6:51 pm
7 lbs 9 oz
20 1/2 inches long
He was born via c-section (more in his birth story in another post).  And oh goodness, are we in love with this little guy.  I'm pretty sure he's the cutest baby in the world.  I know that I'm his mommy and I'm supposed to say stuff like that but he really is cute.  Lots of dark hair and blue eyes.  I'm smitten.  As is my husband.  He loves to hold and cuddle Sawyer and has been a champ at changing diapers and swaddling.
We are home and figuring out this parent thing as we go.  Each night seems to be a little better but we both still feel sleep deprived.  But its all worth it. 
I have lots of posts to share with you all but its all I could do to get this one out today (almost a week later).  I'm on strict orders to rest so I have to go nap but I will leave you with a few more pictures of my little man.

Our first family picture
A proud daddy

Uncle JD and Aunt Becky

Grandma and Grandpa Watson

Our second family picture (I look much better in this one)

His take home outfit was WAY to big (I was expecting a 10 pound child)

Leaving the hospital

Charlie was very excited to meet Sawyer
He loves to snuggle with Mommy

His first bath at home - he handled it quite well

I love this picture - we got Sawyer little mini slippers like his Daddy's.

I will try and blog more as soon as I catch up on my sleep....

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Well, I'm officially on a 4 month "vacation" also known as maternity leave.  Yesterday was my last day at work.  It ended up only being a half day - my morning was full of cancels and I got caught up on paperwork and updated my patient list for the girl who is filling in for me.

I lost my plug (sorry if thats TMI for anyone) on Thursday and thought I was spotting on Friday morning (turns out it was an unrelated thing) and figured none of my patients would be surprised if they were told I was going into labor and wouldn't be there that afternoon.

So I don't have to go back to work until January.  Seems wierd to me.  But I am looking forward to staying home with my little boy.

Speaking of my little boy.....he is coming by Tuesday! 

We saw our NEW doctor this week (Dr. Wells).  Her first words when she walked in the door were "How are you?" She introduced herself "Everyone calls me Karen, please don't call me Dr. Wells" and then saw that I was a PT and said "My daughter is a PT in Great Falls Montana" to which I said "Are you kidding me? That is where I grew up!". 

I'm pretty sure that this woman was meant to be my doctor.  I LOVE her.  She is super friendly, relaxed, explains things very well and will hopefully be a calming presence in the delivery room.  She said that yes baby is big but he is proportioned well and I have a lovely shaped pelvis to push him out.  While there is a small worry of shoulder dystocia, she said "that is my job to worry about that, you shouldn't worry about that at all."

She then said we would induce next week and to pick what day I wanted to go.  I picked Tuesday because A) is the 18th and my birthday is on the 18th of December so 18 has always been kind of my lucky number and B) its sooner rather than later.

I have to go in Monday to get a catheter inserted into my cervix to start dialating.  However, since I've lost my plug I'm hoping that means I'm already starting to dialate.  Then we will go in early Tuesday to get this show on the road.

So, my mom is here.

Hospital bag is packed.

Nursery is ready.

Pack n Play is ready.

Diaper bag is ready.

Frozen meals are in process (have a couple to do today)

Charlie is clueless.

Now its the waiting game.  Its not comfortable to sleep so I'm tired which leads to me worrying which leads me to cry.  Since most everything is done there's not a lot I can do to keep myself occupied.  I may actually brave Costco today with my mom.  I'm pretty sure that I will regret that decision - Costco on a Saturday is crazy!

So friends, keep us in your prayers.  It will be a much easier process if Baby H comes on his own instead of having to be induced.  Pray for a safe and healthy delivery...and maybe that the pain isn't so bad :-)  Pray for wisdom of the doctors and nurses who are taking care of me and baby.  Pray for my husband as I'm sure this is just as scary for him as it is for me.

I can't wait to introduce you all to this little guy!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bedside Manner

I saw an interesting article on MSN today - it was titled 4 Signs You Should Fire your Doctors.  You can find the article here.  It was quite appropriate based on our doctors appointment last week.

For those of you who don't remember, my midwife that I had seen throughout my pregnancy changed practices to a hospital based midwifery clinic.  I was going to follow her over there until she found out that the new OBs that she was working with didn't want her taking any high risk patients.  Since I'm on meds for the gestational diabetes, I am considered higher risk.  So I had to switch docs at 37 weeks pregnant. 

So, last Monday was our first visit with the new doctor.  I basically went with the physician who had an opening since I didn't know much about the others.  That ended up being "Dr. J."  This doc refers patients to my clinic a lot but I didn't know much else about her.

So, we go to our visit and it went something like this.  Dr. J is Asian and has an asian accent.

Her: Hi, I'm Dr. J.  I think we've met before.

Me: No, I don't think -

Her:  (cutting me off) So you have big baby!  The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that we offer you c-section at 39 weeks.

Me:  silence because I am stunned.

Her:  blah blah blah - lots of talk of shoulder dystocia, something about 5-30% risk, and a lot of hard to understand things because she talked so fast with her accent.

I don't remember all that she said because the minute I heard the word c-section my mind went to panic mode and then went into "don't cry in front of the doctor mode".  I tried to clarify what the statistics she was talking about but never got a clear answer.  She checked to see if I was dialated, talked about nipple stimulation, recommended we do our own research about the c-section and left.  The minute she walked out the door I burst into tears and we stayed in there for a good 5-10 minutes so I could compose myself.  Then I cried after we left and a lot during the day.

As I've mentioned before, I'm not opposed to a c-section if it is medically necessary but I certainly don't think that just because my guy is going to be between 9 and 10 pounds that it deems it medically necessary.  I know several people who are smaller than me who pushed out 9+ pound babies. 

More importantly, I feel like this doctor who has never met me before just walked in and made this statement.  She made no effort to even see how I was feeling that day.  After consulting many others (including nurses at my non stress test, my mother in law, and my own research) I made the decision to a) switch doctors and b) quit freaking out about shoulder dystocia (where the baby gets stuck because the shoulders are too wide.

I called later that afternoon and switched my appointment for this upcoming week to Dr. W.  I've heard nothing but good things about this doctor both from my patients and my sister in law who saw her a few times during her pregnancy.  I am very anxious to have a conversation with her to see her recommendations.  I figure if they are anxious to get him out because he is big then maybe I can look at inducing at 39 weeks to try and do a natural birth vs a csection.

I certainly don't want to put my baby at risk simply because I have a desire to have a natural birth but I honestly don't think an automatic c-section simply based on size is truly necessary.

39 weeks will be this coming Friday (the 14th)....

On a different note, I got 2 other artwork projects done for the nursery this week.  Both were ideas I saw on Pinterest and adapted for myself.

The original inspiration for this was cutting out leaves and making a flower type thing.  I decided this was too girly so I did my own adaptation with the circles.  I bought a cool circle cutter at Ben Franklin.  The paper is the same paper that I used to make the letters of baby's name that will be hanging on a different wall.

I think this idea is pretty cool for our own story - the states we come from and the state where we met and are starting our family.  I love Montana and Andrew loves Virginia so our hometowns are a large part of who we are.  I may change this and put maroon and orange paper behind instead of the clear glass but I haven't fully decided yet.  This way its very versatile and I could put it somewhere else in the house.
So, I will give you all an update on Tuesday after our next appointment.  I'm praying that things go much smoother than they did last week....

Friday, September 7, 2012

I think we are ready!

Hi friends. 

I am a terrible blogger.  I've had great intentions of blogging for the last week and it just hasn't happened.  We have been soooo busy between our house, the Tacoma house and work being so insanely crazy that it takes all my energy just to stay awake until 9pm when I get home that blogging fell to the bottom of the list.  So here is the update on our progress:

The Tacoma house is DONE!!!  Yaaaaaaaaaaay!  Thanks to my perfectionist husband who worked on it Friday, Saturday and Sunday of last weekend it is on the market and ready to rent.  Got an email from our property manager that there was even an interested tenant.  Can't wait to start getting some cash flow.

Our house is CLEAN!  Last weekend was the ultimate nesting weekend.  I have no idea how I had the energy to get this house clean - couch covers are washed, bathrooms cleaned, house dusted (to which had been embarassingly long time since I had done it), vacuumed, nursery organized, etc.  Even Charlie got a bath on Monday night.  The carpet cleaners came on Tuesday.  It feels so good to have such a clean house.  Still need to do a little cleaning in the kitchen but that can be done this week.

I (yes me the lady who is 9 months pregnant) go the crib and dresser assembled by myself!  I just needed to get it done. Andrew offered to do it but since he had stayed in Tacoma so late I just did it.  Had a minor snafoo with the dresser since the directions were terrible but managed to finish. 

Here is a sneak peek (I will post more pictures once he is born since a big part of his room is his name on one wall...)

Still have a few more finishing touches but for the most part we are ready!