Friday, January 31, 2014

Dreaded "c" word!

What is colic anyways? Like SIDS it describes nothing more than an unexplainable occurrence or series of occurrences. None of my children have been diagnosed with colic before. Ridlee is showing signs of it in the evenings. Great baby during the day, then  around 7 p.m. on most nights... BAM! Something hits and she can't be calmed by much at all. This goes on for 3-4 hours. I am thinking she might have some silent reflux that may be causing it. We broke down and got some gripe water for her. Never used this stuff before. Last night was our first. She wasn't near as cranky as she has been. Not sure if it's the gripe water or one of her better nights. We shall see. She is growing like a weed, so I don't think she has any severe form of it, as those cause weight loss. Her sleep throughout the night has actually been pretty good. She stirs a lot, but only really wakes up once or twice to nurse before 7 a.m. when I have to get up and take Gage to school.

I am still exhausted though. Working in the evenings is not really ideal even if it's just a couple of hours at a time. Dealing with Heston on days he doesn't go to prek (he goes 3 days) is really difficult. I can't leave him alone for 5 minutes without him getting into something. And boy has he been testing limits lately. Just trying to find 15 minutes on those days to get ready is the most difficult task.

And it's already February tomorrow. How is this possible? Didn't the year just start? And we are looking at more snow later in the week. Gosh, I hope we don't end up like those in Alabama.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Official announcement!

Took me long enough to make it.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2 week appt.

Had Ridlee's 2 week appointment today. She is up to 5 lbs. 14 oz. and 19.25 inches. That means in 2 weeks she has grown 2 inches and 10 ounces. She is doing great. The APN mentioned that her umbilical granuloma is doing well but she also has a slight umbilical hernia. She thinks it will resolve itself. Hoping it does and that she won't need surgery like Heston.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1 in 500!

I don't understand odds. I shake my fist at the times I am on the losing end of the rare odd category. Then when it's on the positive side, we tend to think luck was on our side. Whatever, I still don't understand them. Ridlee is still doing great. Her belly button cord fell off just a few days after birth and left a umbilical granuloma. We noticed right away it wasn't "right" so we looked it up and called Doctor right away. It's not usually a big deal and we were taking extra care of it until we got her in for her weight check yesterday. They put silver nitrate on it and it might need another dose next week. Would you believe the odds of getting this is 1 in 500! I am just glad it was an easy thing to fix and hope this is the last time we end up on the side of bad odds for her. Heston we had some bigger bad odds issues and we were hoping to avoid those this time. A positive for her though is she is already back to her birth weight after only 1 week, with a half an ounce to spare. This is great. She is eating well, sleeping great...during the day, and wide awake, yet happy during much of the night. She is a content baby... knock on wood!

On the side of rare odds on the side of positive... I don't usually WIN things. Honestly, don't think I ever have won anything that was just random. Today I was on a parenting site and took part in a random game/survey thing. I totally thought to myself I had no chance of winning and almost ignored it completely. But I answered one time. You could answer as many times as you like and each response was another entry. Well I won on one response and got a $25 American Express gift card. I'll take it!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

1 week old!

Time is flying by. Things are going well. Milk came in and she eats well, but I have to wake her to eat most times. She decided to be awake 5 hours last night, but was not fussy during that time so I shouldn't complain. I've been stingy with her. I may hold her 22-23 of the 24 hours a day. It's hard to let her go.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

More pics...

Introducing Ridlee Evangeline!

Ridlee Evangeline
Born on 1.5.14
@ 5:15 a.m.
5 lbs. 4 oz.
17.25 inches

And she would come in a snow storm...

Saturday night I went to bed with my usual contractions that I have been having for weeks. Nothing out of the ordinary. At 3:30 ish I got up to go to bathroom like I do usually all night. Felt my usual contractions and thought nothing of it. When I felt about 5 close together I started timing them. They were not really regular, spacing between 5-8 minutes and felt like normal Braxton Hicks. Steven was in the living room rocking Heston since he woke up for some odd reason at 2:30.

At 3:41 I felt one then a gush of warm fluid. I knew immediately my water had broken. I panicked somewhat inside because with all the others, when my water breaks soon I go through transition... FAST! I didn't move and sent Steven a text. He called the midwife immediately. She asked about whether it had any meconium in it. I was still afraid to move so I had to have Steven check. We freaked out when there was some staining of something. (It was later realized it was probably blood.) Midwife didn't want me to move either because at last appointment baby was still high and that she was afraid of prolapsed cord. So I waited until she got there and didn't get up despite me wanting to since the pain of the contractions getting very painful, very quickly. I just hummed and prayed through them.

I had fears since it had just started getting bad weather wise, that she might not make it in time. But she made it 20 minutes later. I had already been checking heart tones with a doppler of my own before she arrived. When she got there she checked and said I was around a 4, thin, but she was still a little high but coming down. I roughed it through another couple of contractions and she dropped low enough I could get up. I was between a 6-7 cm dilated after those contractions. I then got up, went to bathroom, came back out, sat on floor by the bed but leaned against my big yoga ball. All the sudden I was already feeling pressure. The midwife's assistant made it in sometime in those few minutes. I had maybe 5 contractions that felt like transition. I actually surprised myself by continuing to hum and pray and didn't need to yell for once. I was afraid to wake kids, thinking they might get too loud. All the sudden my body took over and it pushed, I just went with it. Steven was wanting to catch but this caught everyone off guard. In one push she came out. She was crying immediately.

I could tell she was small, but boy was she strong. She had some neck control already. She started nursing immediately. Midwife says she is the smallest she has delivered and believes the dates from the second ultrasound may have been more accurate. That would still put her in the 38 week mark instead of almost 39 weeks 6 days. I had no major postpartum complications but the afterbirth pains I felt for a couple of days were as bad as contractions in transition. BAD! I could only take tylenol since I am allergic to NSAID's. Those days were rough. Tylenol didn't do much, so I even went without that for awhile.

Ridlee is doing great! We had a scare on day 2 with increasing temps and fussiness, the first signs that Heston had when he got dehydrated before his NICU stay. We immediately started supplementing nursing with formula and electrolytes. Temps went down and we are still having to supplement until my milk comes in, which takes around 4-5 days for me. But she is doing amazing. She is the least jaundiced out of all of our kiddos at this time. She eats a lot throughout the day, because she is so small and can only hold a little at a time. We have to do a weight check in week, but everything is great. We are all in love. Heston has been so proud of his baby sissy, and so is his other siblings.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

39 weeks 4 days

Had appointment with midwife today. Up to a whopping 3 cm. This honestly means nothing to me and she is still somewhat high. I have a feeling she won't drop until right when I start labor. Contractions are all day and night. Some very painful. But until they occur at regular intervals I don't really take notice.

Found out some sad news today. A girl I went to high school with passed away today. I knew her and her husband and apparently they had 3 boys together. I feel absolutely devastated for this family. If you are the praying type, please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2014... My 500th post!!!!

And it's that time and then with a milestone! We slept through the usual ball drop. Yesterday was a very nice day to end 2013. I had a prenatal massage in the morning, followed up with Tropical Smoothie for myself (again, right now), nap in the afternoon, family game time, and then movies. This year started off just as calm. Slept in and then started scrubbing baseboards. Yeah, saw one spot then I had to do them all. Nesting much? Then I had to do another smoothie run. I highly recommend the Get up and Goji one. It's awesome! I completed my monthly billing and now I am just relaxing.

Here is to 2014!