After my first photo shoot went so well Mom and Dad decided to get family portraits done too!
My Uncle Mark is teaching English in Indonesia and tonight I got to meet him for the first time. It was my first time using Skype too!
Today was my estimated due date but I had other plans and I’ve had a very busy first week. I’ve met grandparents, aunts, uncles, and so many cousins!
One nice thing about me arriving early is that Granni was visiting from California so she was here to meet me the very day I was born.
I met Aunt Leanne when I was two days old and we got to hang out together for a while.
Uncle Kris and Aunt Debbie came by the day I was born.
They came back and brought all my Floridian cousins over to meet me when I was four days old.
Then Mom and Dad took me over to Granddads house to say hi!
Grandma and Grandpa came to meet me when I was seven days old and we had a lot of fun getting to know each other.
Soon I hope to Skype and spend some FaceTime with Grandpa Phil, my Great Grandma Lina, and Great Aunt Susan in California, my cousin Candace in DC, my Uncle Willie and Aunt Sue in North Carolina, my Uncle Dennis in Washington, and my Great Aunt Jackie and cousin Jake in New York. It will be harder to reach my Great Uncle Bill and the rest of his family in New York, my Uncle Mark in Indonesia, my Uncle Doug and the rest of his family in Georgia and New Jersey, and my cousins Billy and little Dennis and each of their families in North Carolina but I hope to meet all of them soon.
I have a very big family and I love each and every one of them.
Nine days before my due date, Mom and Dad woke up Friday morning after Mom’s water broke at 4:20. She labored at home as her contractions were irregular. We left for the birth center just before 2pm and made a quick stop at the salon to get Mom’s nails done. 😉 We arrived at the birth center at 3, saw Becky (the midwife) at 3:30, and settled into our birth room at 4pm. Mom was 4cm dilated and about 90-95% effaced so Becky had swept her membranes (not fun) but when our awesome friend and photographer Jodi arrived a couple of hours later Mom’s contractions still weren’t regular.
Mom, Dad, and Becky tried lots of things to get Mom into active labor. By 8pm Becky was getting concerned because we were racing the clock. Florida state law says if a mom isn’t in active labor by 24 hours after her water breaks, she has to transfer to the hospital! That meant we were down to our last 8 hours.
Around 10:30 Becky decided to check Mom’s progress. Only 5cm. That’s not a lot of progress in 6.5 hours. But that exam seemed to do the trick because suddenly Mom’s contractions got a lot stronger and a lot closer together. They never did hit the magic 5-1-1 mark (when the water hasn’t broken, moms are supposed to stay at home until contractions are five minutes apart, one minute long, for one hour), they just jumped from being erratic to insane!
By 11pm Mom was definitely in labor. It was time to start getting the birth tub ready and call in the doula and the birth assistant. Michelle, the doula Mom and Dad had been working with all year, arrived around 11:45 and started helping Mom with her breathing. Michelle’s calming voice reminding Mom to breath and keep her moans deep and low really helped Mom to work through each surge. Around midnight Becky checked Mom again and she was finally up to 8cm! Dad, Becky, and Michelle helped Mom settle into the tub for the home stretch. Mom floated on her stomach to let the water help ease her contractions and finally, around 1:45am, it was time to push. After a few minutes though, I started having d-cells (my heart rate was dropping) so Becky and Michelle told Mom to switch onto her back.
Mom was so exhausted it took Dad, Becky, and Michelle to help her turn over and then for the rest of the time Dad had to keep holding her up under the arms so she had room to breathe. That helped my heart rate up a little but they were still concerned and didn’t want Mom to waste any time pushing me out. After a couple of pushes my head and hand were out! That’s right, I had my right hand to the side of my head when I was delivered! Then it only took a few strong pushes, I popped out, and Becky realized why my heart rate had been dropping. My umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck (and wrist) four times!!! Becky did this amazing little spin, spin, spin (under water) and freed me in a matter of seconds before placing me on Mom’s chest so I could recover from the shock of being born.
These three pictures were taken by Michelle. Stay tuned for more pictures taken by our wonderful friend Jodi who stayed with us into the wee hours of the morning.
Mom snapped this pic of me when she woke from her nap this morning.
My room is beach themed in neutral colors with *family* trees along the “shoreline.” My furniture is not only stylish, but also eco-friendly! These products are manufactured with a water-based paint, odorless glue, low levels of formaldehyde and the manufacturer participates in a reforestation program.
My beautiful room is ready and waiting for me! Well almost ready. My nightstand is on backorder for another two months but Mom and Dad put this cute little table next to my crib for now.
Check out this warm and snugly poncho Mom made for me yesterday. It’s so soft and cuddly!
Mom’s best gal pal and baby buddy Kim threw us a truly amazing shower! Special thanks to Mom’s friend Marisa of Risa Rocks It (www.RisaRocksIt.com) for helping Kim with all the decorations!
Dad had a little get together too!
Thank you all so much for such a wonderful day! We had an amazing time. 😀
Mom and Dad have had a busy month! In addition to all of Moms appointments and Dads work and school schedule Mom and Dad have been working to get the house ready for me. They’ve been picking up baby furniture, car seats, and other gear and selling off the guest room furniture to turn it into my nursery.
This week they had a bunch of different contractors getting rid of a little bit of mold in their bedroom closet, cleaning, and replacing all the carpet in the house. Poor Mom and Dad (mostly Dad) had to pack up the entire house so that the carpet installers could move all the furniture around! Needless to say Mom and Dad didn’t get a lot of sleep this week. But they sure had a restful morning.
Today we went to our first Hypnobirthing class with their doula Michelle. Dad napped while Mom and Michelle got to know each other and then Michelle walked Mom and Dad through a visualization exercise. Michelle has a really soothing voice and Mom and Dad are both looking forward to her calming effect during my birth.