Sunday, May 12, 2013


Apparently, Firefox is not letting me add pics to this blog, but Internet Explorer will. Weird. I hate IE, but oh well. So here's so pics of our little Hayden Charlotte!

 But first, my new "mommy" vehicle, lol

 Just second old...

Big sister has come to visit!
Going to see Hayden in the NICU-happy about her "big sister" stickers
First time meeting Hayden

Finally home!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blogger Broken?

Grrrr....I have been trying to upload baby pics from my computer to Blogger for the last few days. Every time I try, nothing happens. Anyone else having this issue? Any way to correct it?

Just for a quick update...Hayden is doing great! She's two weeks old today and yesterday had her two week pediatrician appointment. She has surpassed her birth weight of 6lbs 10 oz and is now 7lbs, 2oz. The pedi said that she looks great! She's a pretty mellow baby at the moment. The only time she really fusses is if she is hungry. Otherwise, she sleeps or is content to look around at everything/everyone.

Alex is doing very well with her too! She loves Hayden and wants to help out with everything having to do with her sister. Of course, that can be stressful too, as she doesn't quite have the understanding of how gentle she has to be! With us, she's pushing limits a bit...being a little more passive aggressive than typical. For example, I'll say "C'mon Alex, we have to go or we'll be late". Alex then decides to move in extra slow motion. Aggghhhh!!! Drives me nuts, but something I expect from this age AND from having her life turned upside down with our new addition. I think it will get easier (in some ways) when my in laws go back to Australia. Right now, with them being here, it's kind of hard to maintain a routine and she has two extra people to "show off" for. But in all, I think she's doing really well and being a GREAT big sister.

So this is a quote I recently read on Pinterest. Yes, I'm addicted-it allows me to fulfill my hoarder-like tendencies without collecting all the garbage that goes with it. Anyway, it's a very well known quote by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and it reminds me of infertility, of why we go through what we go through....and how it can better us and maybe even allow us to help others going through the same thing.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” 

And again, any help with the uploading pictures problem would be appreciated ;)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Our Wait is Over....

We finally have our second baby girl in our arms!

Hayden Charlotte arrived on (Thursday) 4/25/13 at 2:59AM. She was 6lbs, 10oz and 21" long! I was 38w4d pregnant.

That Wednesday, the 24th, I went in for a routine doctor's appointment. They had been monitoring me via ultrasound for excessive amniotic fluid-apparently I was on the borderline. No one knew why I had too much, there was no gestational diabetes, Hayden was drinking and swallowing well, she has/had no kidney issues and was a normal sized baby. Apparently, sometimes these things just happen for no apparent reason. Anyway, that Wednesday I went in for my ultrasound and my fluid went from 21 to 31 in a week's time! Dr. R chose then to send me to the hospital for induction, stating that there was no real risk to the baby, but that going into labor on my own could be dangerous because of the fluid (cord prolapse, placental abruption, etc).

So off Dan and I went to the hospital. I was kind of shocked, but not really. I could feel how much fluid I was carrying around and it WAS uncomfortable! Anyway, the doctor came in and checked me and to my surprise, I was already 4-5cm on my own with no help!!! So I guess she would have been coming sooner rather than later anyway. The decided to break my water and wait, thinking that things would pick up quickly. Welllll-we waited and waited and waited and waited....and waited some more. Waited for my contractions to start. Nothing. Dan and I walked the halls continuously and....NOTHING. The thing about induction is that, for the majority of the time, you are extremely bored and waiting for something to happen. Or waiting for doctors.

At 7:30 pm, they decided to start Pitocin. You can imagine how thrilled I was, remembering the Pitocin hell I went through last time with Alex. But, I knew that my labor needed to be kick started and that it was necessary. Things didn't get bad until about 11pm. Then the real shit started. The "Oh my God!...I want to rip my head from my body to stop feeling this"! At this point, I was more than ready for an epidural. Fortunately, this time I got a good one! The doctor only stuck me in the spine once (rather than three times, as with what happened with Alex) and my lower half and legs fell sufficiently asleep!

Things progressed fairly quickly from here. I pushed for about 15-20 minutes. The nurses had no idea I would go as quickly as I would. They should have asked me! Same thing happened with Alex. Anyway, because they had no idea how quickly I could push a baby out, they didn't call the on-call doctor until the very end. At this point, they were yelling at me to STOP pushing so she could get there! Grrrrrr! It is basically IMPOSSIBLE for a woman who's baby is crowning to STOP pushing. Your body just takes over. Anyway, Dr. K made it with about 30 seconds to spare and Hayden Charlotte was born!

I'd like to say things were perfect from there....but they were not. Hayden had some trouble breathing when first born and had minor oxygen desaturations, especially during feedings. This was likely related to being in so much fluid and being born so quickly, her chest didn't get squeezed enough coming out-so the fluid wasn't squeezed from her lungs. She spent four, LONG, stressful days in the NICU monitoring her breathing. It was scary. It was a feeling of complete helplessness. But thank you God, she's home now and doing fantastically! And thank you God for the NICU nurses, they are absolute angels, all of them.

So we are adjusting to being a family of four. Dan's parents are over from Australia and his mother is helping out a ton with cooking and either watching Hayden or Alex. Alex is loving her little sister and is good with her-but testing us a bit at the moment. But it's what I expected. Now I will leave you with some pictures....Ok, scratch that...Blogger is broken and not letting me upload anything. I'll do it later....