Thursday, April 23, 2009


I am very excited to write about the birth of our son, Lincoln! He was born on Sunday, April 19th at 3:32 pm. Weight was 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Length was 20.5 inches. Came out screaming with a cone head!
My labor began on Saturday night with slight cramps that gradually became more intense. I started timing them around 11 pm and they were about 15 minutes apart. I had a feeling something was going to be happening soon so I checked over my bag and added some things I would be needing. Bill had gone to a beer bar to meet with some friends and I called him around 1:30 am Sunday to let him know about my cramps.
I didn't sleep at all that night. I began writing down the would be contractions at 1:00 am and they were 7 to 10 minutes apart. At 2:00 I woke up my mom and told her what was going on. She was so excited! Bill came home soon after and since my pains weren't becoming more intense or closer together, we all decided to go to bed for awhile. I didn't sleep because of the intensifying pain. At 4:00 I started recording the times again and they were 5 to 7 minutes apart. At 5:00 I called the doctor and she told me to go to the hospital.
In the truck the contractions became stronger and closer together where I had to breathe heavily and grab the door handle. We arrived at 6:00 and was admitted soon after. The nurse reported that I was 3 cm dilated:) I was taken up to the 2nd floor to the room that I would endure the remainder of my labor and eventually deliver.
The fun continued. My nurse, Carla, was fabulous! I managed to deal with the contractions until I was 7 cm dilated. By then the contractions were strong and not having any breaks in between. Even though I really didn't want one, I decided to have the epidural. My fear about not feeling my legs was at ease because they really didn't go numb. The last 3 cm came a bit slower, and my nurse thought it was because my water needed to be broken. When the OB, Dr. Bray finally arrived, (she was at the other hospital delivering another baby) I was comfortable, but anxious to get this show on the road. She broke my water and things progressed.
At 3:00 I was ready to push. There really wasn't much pain, just pressure. At 3:32 Licoln popped out, screaming bloody murder. Dr. Bray handed him to me and after a bit the nurse took him aside to be cleaned off. Bill and my mom took pictures while Dr. Bray stitched me up (I had a bit of tearing). Lincoln's apgar scores were 9's both times.
After about an hour I was sent upstairs to the mother/baby unit for my 2 day recovery. My nurses were wonderful the whole time I was there. If I ever choose to go through this whole ordeal again, I would definitely return to this hospital!
On the 21st Lincoln and I were released to come home. Everything went smoothly (with the exception of Bill's court case that held him up half the day). Introducing Mercury to Lincoln was very cute to watch. She is adapting quite nicely, with just a little bit of pouting jealousy.
So, even though I complained a lot about being pregnant, I am glad to have gone through it to have Lincoln. So far he is just a joy to have!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Past Due:(

Well, my due date came and went. This has to be the most frustrating feeling ever! It seems like I'm just sitting around waiting for the great unknown and I am SO bored!
On a glimpse of a positive note, I had consistent back ache and mild cramps all night, which could be a sign of early labor. The pains had been happening all week (at night) and I really haven't considered them to be a sign of anything. I have no idea what to expect to feel, so I'm not getting my hopes up for anything right now. What I do know is that I am really tired of hearing, "Come on, baby boy," and "We're just waiting for this baby boy to be born." If I hear those sentences one more time I am going to snap!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Still Crabby

Another trip to the doctor leads to yet more frustration! While I have dilated to past 2 cm, the baby has not dropped into a favorable position. That's crap, I feel like I'm dragging my crotch! The doctor explained today that I should wait to be induced until the 24th, which is a week past my due date. Not exactly what I wanted to hear, but I understood the medical reasons supporting the decision. I was really hoping to be free of this heavy bothersome belly by Friday, but it looks like I'll have to suffer one more week if nothing happens on its own. What's one more week? Bill asked. Easy for him to say since he's not the one carrying this fat gut around. Each day that passes wears me down. My mom has been with us for over 2 weeks and I feel like she is hovering over every constant move I make. I think part of the reason I want this kid out is so that she can have something to occupy her time. How are you feeling today? Just great! Now leave me alone!!! I am so damn bored. It makes me wish I would have stuck out another week at school. But how was I supposed to know? Stupid pregnancy!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Waiting and Waiting... Let's Wait Some More!!!

Still no action! I am giving up on the idea that this kid will come before Friday the 17th. In 5 more days I can be induced! I feel like such a humongous fat whale with a sack of bricks in my gut. This kid seems to get heavier every day!
Still, I know I don't have it as bad as it could be. Yesterday I couldn't stand the weed garden in the front yard anymore. I sat out there on my fat ass pulling out those darn things for over an hour. Luckily it wasn't too hot, but I did work up quite the sweat. There was my work out for the day! I refuse to waddle and I can walk 2 miles at a pretty good speed. Water retention hasn't really been too bad of an issue either.
The last few days I've been getting these menstrual like craps in the early morning. Nothing too bad; I wouldn't take a Tylenol for them. Maybe it's all in my head hoping that something will start to happen. Yeah, right. I'm placing a bet now that April 17th will be the day.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

No Early Delivery

Today's trip to the doctor proved uneventful again:( I am barely dilated 1 cm. and my cervix did not thin out anymore since last week. My doctor asked if I wanted to continue on unassisted past the due date and I said, NO WAY! Get this kid out! So if nothing happens by the 17th, I will be induced. Nine more days of this crap and then I can be done (although what awaits me doesn't sound any better)! Some days I wonder, what I was thinking? Maybe we should have just gotten another dog! I feel bad that I have such a crummy attitude about this whole experience, but I'm hoping it's just hormones. Really, I do enjoy children (most of the time)...

Monday, April 6, 2009

I Hate Being Pregnant!

I was really hoping that I would drop this kid by today, but nothing has been happening to make that a reality. Delivering this kid today would have been a happy thing since it is the 10 year anniversary of my sister, Becky's, death. It would have been nice to have the date be a happy one for us. Oh well... Thanks a lot, kid! It will be just my luck that he stays all nice and squished in there past the due date on the 17th. I think I will be cracking some skulls if I go that long! I have complained about not liking the pregnancy thing, but now I am reporting that I HATE it! I told Bill I never want to be pregnant again! We go back to the doctor on Wednesday and I hope to God she tells me I have dilated something. If not, I think I am going to cry! On a happier note, I actually lost a pound this week. Only 44 more to go:(

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Week 38 Doctor Visit

My mom went to the doctor with me today. I was hoping to hear that I have dilated something, but nope! Luckily I didn't gain any weight from 2 weeks ago! Blood pressure was good and the strep B test came back negative. The doctor predicts that Lincoln weighs about 6 pounds right now; she thinks he'll be around 7 when he's born. He's a small baby. Fine with me. I don't want to squeeze out a big kid.
Right now we're just waiting for something to happen. I really don't want to go another 2 weeks because I've really had enough of this pregnancy thing. Mom is anxious and I feel bad that she is waiting with me. The doctor did say to walk a lot and have sex. Yeah, like that is the last thing I feel like doing now! Hurry up, boy!