Monday, September 24, 2012

Home Sweet Home

We were finally given the go ahead on Friday to come home from the hospital. Cathrynn's levels had gone down enough to come home as long as we visited her pediatrician the next day. It was so wonderful to be home with both my girls and to have some privacy for once. We headed to the pediatricians the next day and was instructed to go back to the hospital to have a few more tests done to make sure that her levels hadn't rebounded. So after a few hours of waiting to the results to come back in we were told that she rebounded up about 4 points. The doctor told us that it was enough to need to get her tested again on Monday to find out if it was going to continue to climb. He are once again just waiting to get the results back.

Other than that Cathrynn is doing wonderful. She is just such a happy content baby. Olivia still thinks the world of her and has taken on the role of her protector (at least when she herself is not accidentally sitting on her head). When I burp Cathrynn she tends to get a bit unhappy, because of that Olivia will run over, instruct me to be "so soft" and try to kiss her back to make her feel better.

I asked Dallin how it feels to be the dad of two little girls and he says two feels much different than one. I, however, don't notice much of a difference. Either way, we both love it and are learning to adjust quickly.

On our way to the hospital

Meeting big sister for the first time

First bath

Snuggle time before hitting the lights

Under the lights

Wearing her cool sunglasses

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cathrynn Cyrena

9/19/12: Our new beautiful addition is here safe and sound! We are so excited that she is hear happy, healthy and early! Warning: Since I use this as a family journal this will be a bit of a long post.

Name: Cathrynn Cyrena
Date of Birth: September 18th, 2012
Time of Birth: 11:05 am
Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz
Height: 20 inches

On Monday night we all went to bed like normal not even thinking about going into labor since we were still 5 days before our due date and fully expecting to be late. Since I had not been sleeping very much lately I was still awake around midnight and decided to get up to use the bathroom. When I sat back down I felt a small gush and thought that I just needed to go to the bathroom again, so I got up, changed and then got back in bed. About 10 minutes later I rolled over and the same thing happened. At this point I was just annoyed and didn't even think about it being my water until I got up to change again and it dawned on me. I quickly woke Dallin up and explain what was going on. I still didn't think that my water could have broke, one because I was early and just didn't think she would come so soon, and two it wasn't what I expected (isn't there supposed to be a huge gush?). I decided to google it, of course, and Dallin laid back down in bed. After googling it and finding out that it was possible I got up and it happened again.  Now I knew I wasn't just wetting myself and decided to call the hospital. I explained what was happening, told them I wasn't sure it was my water and that I wasn't having contractions. They told me I needed to come in. I tried to convince them to let me wait until the morning, but they were insistent.So we called a good friend to come over and stay with Olivia while we headed to the hospital.

Once we got there they quickly checked me and let me know that for sure my water had broke and I was there to stay. They started me on an I.V. and that's when the contractions started. By now it was about 2:30 in the morning and I was very glad they had me come in, because once the contractions started they came fast and hard. I was in immediate pain! By 8 am I was begging for an epidural and dilated to a 4.

I had to get the epidural 3 times, because it didn't take the first two times. I was sobbing and throwing up by now since the contractions were so painful. However, in the 45 minutes that it took to get the epidural going I dilated to a 6 and was quickly able to fall asleep to get some rest. I woke up about an hour later (10:45 am) because I was starting to feel pressure and the need to push and called the nurse so she could check me to see what was going on. After she checked me she let me know it was time and told me that the baby would be here in 15 minutes. I couldn't believe how fast it had gone.

She had me do a quick practice push, but before I could even try she made me stop, because the baby was on her way. She had to physically hold the baby's head until the doctor could get some gloves on. Once the doctor was ready the nurse let go and before I could even push Cathrynn was out. I couldn't believe I didn't have to push once.

She had the cord wrapped around her neck twice, but that was quickly taken care of and was not a problem. The first thing I notice was how much smaller she was than Olivia and how different she looked. She also cried and pinked up much quicker than Olivia, which allowed her to stay in the room with me and she never had to leave. She is also much more alert than Olivia was. However, she has a very similar temperament to Olivia. She almost never cries, unless she is being burped or changed and is a very content baby.

Labor, delivery and recovery for me this time around has been so unbelievably different. I still can't believe how quickly she got here and how great I am feeling now. I am able to be up and around much more than I was with Olivia and am in much less pain.

We are so grateful that she is here and much happier that she is happy and healthy. Olivia loves her baby C.C. and loves to give her kisses.

Thanks to everyone who has helped us out the last couple of days and who continue to be there for us, and for all those who have sent their well wishes. We are very blessed.

9/20/12: I was planning on posting this today with some cute little pictures as soon as we got home, but since we are still in the hospital I will give a quick update and post pictures soon. Cathrynn and I were supposed to check out of the hospital this morning. However, around 5:30am they came in to do some blood work on Cathrynn and soon came back to tell me that she would need to stay until at least tomorrow, because she had jaundice and needed to be treated. I was half asleep when this was all explained to me and I didn't handle it very well. It is never fun to be told that your child is sick, I was very sleep deprived, very confused and since Dallin didn't spend the night the night before I was alone trying to process all the new information.

In the end everything so far has worked out. It was a stressful morning learning what I needed to do in order to take care of Cathrynn. She is doing better. The hospital had to discharge me, but allowed me to stay in the same room, the same bed, and still receive food, as if I was never discharged in order to stay with Cathrynn the whole time. We are planning to leave in the morning if everything continues to go well. I am very ready to be home in my own bed with my family, but I am more concerned that Cathrynn gets better and is able to go home with me.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

One Last Post

So my due date for this little one is fast approaching and I thought I would try to get one last post in of our family of three before she got here. I am due on the 22nd. So far I have dilated to a 2 and thinned out about 70%, but Cathrynn seems content to stay in her cozy home for a little longer. I have been trying to keep myself busy, but have found that I am just too achy and tired to do much of anything. On top of that our family has all had a bit of a cold this week. Here are a few things we have been up to in the last month or so.

Olivia and her best friend Lyla took swimming lessons. Since both moms were in the water the whole time we were not able to get pictures of them in the water, but here they were their first day before realizing what they were getting themselves into.

They both did pretty good for their young age. Olivia eventually caught on to everything except putting her whole head under the water. Every time she was asked to do so (or forced) she would scream and scream. Where as Lyla would dunk herself and come up smiling. They won't be swimming on their own for a few years probably, but they learned a lot and love the water. It just gives us something else to work on next summer.

Lyla's mom, and my good friend, Ellen threw me a wonderful diapers and wipes baby shower. Of course I didn't take a single picture, but she had a few of all the wonderful food she made and decorations that she put up. We had a blast just visiting, playing games, and enjoying time away from kids.

I am spent most of my time nesting. I have cleaned the entire apartment from top to bottom (a few times), finishing up sewing projects, and snuggling with my little girl. Dallin has spent his time working, taking a referee clinic, and taking care of his two girls. We have spend a lot of time just resting until this little one comes and many pajama days in bed while we have been sick.

We feel we are ready to have this little girl and now it is just a waiting game. Olivia talks to, kisses and hugs my belly multiple times a day asking Baby CC (Cathrynn Cyrena) to get here soon. We are all a little anxious, but trying to enjoy the calm before the storm.