Wade Christopher: Birth Story

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I wanted to get Wade’s birth story up on here more for myself to remember the details than for anyone’s enjoyment.  Because let’s be honest, giving birth is hard. Probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But, I’d do it again in a heartbeat for my little man.

I was a firm believer throughout my whole pregnancy that whenever Wade was ready, he would come.  I was so confident that nothing I tried to do would ever speed up labor or throw me into labor that I honestly avoided doing most of the old wives tales people like to try.  The few things I did try were more for my overall wellbeing than anything.  The walks and bouncing on a yoga ball only helped my hips. The night I went into labor we didn’t even go on a walk.  At our 39 week appointment I was 1.5cm and 90% effaced. I even had a membrane sweep that day.  And, still hadn’t felt a single contraction.  The whole week between 39 and 40 I would leave work and say well I might see you all tomorrow, and it felt like every day I would have to go back in pregnant as ever.

Wednesday night, August 16th I was laying in bed and TJ had gone to the kitchen to get something to eat. (I had tried a new recipe and it was terrible.) It was about 11:00pm, and I kept feeling something in my back.  It would come and go, but there was nothing in my stomach, no tightening, no pain, none of the signs.  But, I opened an app I had downloaded and started timing the back pains.  It was about 11:40 when TJ walked back in and found me timing.  I said ummm… I think I’m having contractions and they’re 3 minutes apart and about 50 seconds a piece.  His first words, “call your mom.”  So, I did. And, she said she would probably go ahead and go.  So, we jumped out of bed, grabbed our bags, put the dogs up, and left the house at 11:40.  We told everyone to just stay put and we would let them know, but they both had already left their houses anyways.  When we got to the hospital I was 3 cm and 100% with a bulging bag of water.  We were told to walk for an hour and see if we could make any progress because I had to be 4cm to be admitted.  We walked for the hour, and I was admitted at 2:36am on Thursday at 5cm.  We got to our room, and they started hooking up monitors and drawing blood and started my IV.  It felt like all of this took forever.  But, at 4:00am I had a dose of pain medicine, because I didn’t have epidural approval yet.  At 4:20 I told them something had changed.  They checked me and I was 9.5cm and still had a bulging bag.  They kept calling the doctor and he kept saying she’s got plenty of time, it’s her first baby, let’s wait on the epidural etc.  I said uhhh no I’m declining the epidural I don’t think it will make it.  So, they finally called again and said you need to come now.  He walked in, didn’t have time to put a mask on, I pushed for a count of 10 and a count of 5 and Wade was born at 4:35am on August 17, 2017.  I was 39 weeks and 6 days.

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Mine and TJ’s parents were in a waiting room right next door to our room, and had just left my room at 4:00 to let me rest with the pain medicine.  When they heard a baby just 35 minutes later, they all said surely not. But, it was our little man.  He knew when he was ready, and he came at just the perfect time.

It was not at all an easy birth, it was hard, and fast, and scary, and kind of a blur now to look back on.  I didn’t really have time to realize I was in labor before I had a baby in my arms.  He is the sweetest baby, and absolutely perfect.

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Yes, he has a full head of hair.  Yes, I had a TON of heartburn.  I quit chewing Tums at about month 6 and just dealt with it. Yes, he looks exactly like his daddy with my eye color so far.  No, I’m not mad about it. I love that man and I love that little boy who is his spitting image.

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Tuesday Talk

Today, I’m linking up with Erika and Ashley for the Tuesday Talk! On the 3rd Tuesday of every month, they host a link-up to talk about anything that pleases you!

So, basically this is just going to be a bunch of random things that are on my mind.

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CPA Score Release.

This is the most nerve wracking score release I’ve ever gone through.  It is definitely worrying me without a doubt.  There’s a lot riding on this score release.  And mainly, I just don’t want to take this last test again.  If you don’t know anything about the CPA exam, let me break it down for you.  There are 4 different sections.  (The test actually goes through a huge change on April 1st, so this is my explanation of the old test.  I pray I have absolutely no experience with the new test.)  And, maybe one day I will share my full experience with this very difficult test.  But, until then the basics.

4 different sections.

2 are 4 hours, 2 are 3 hours.

You get no books, no material, just you, your brain, and whatever grace God gives you.

They’re not easy tests. Not a single one of them.

You get exactly 18 months from the day you pass the first test to pass the remaining three.  If you do not pass the remaining three, you start losing your credits for the tests you have passed.  This is the situation I am in.  If I don’t have a passing score posted on the screen on Thursday morning at 1:00 a.m. I have not only not passed a section, but I lose the one I passed 18 months ago.

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Private Practice

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This show is my new addiction.  I watch Grey’s and have for years.  TJ wanted to start watching Grey’s from the beginning.  I fall asleep on him literally every night.  But, during the day at work I have Private Practice playing on my second screen.  This show is great! It hits me hard sometimes though, because it’s mostly focused on fertility and pregnancy.  But, mostly it makes me like Addison Shepherd a lot. Which is not good, because I hated her the first time I watched Grey’s.

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Gender Reveal

Our Gender Reveal is this Sunday!

I am so excited.  I’ve been asked if I’m nervous, and I’m not.

I’m not nervous, but I am ready!

I just want to buy an outfit.  Just one for now. But, I’m definitely ready.

Let me know if you have any suggestions on what outfit to buy, what to watch next, or how to calm my nerves on score release night!

Bumpdate: 8 weeks

How far along:  We are 8 weeks today!

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of a raspberry, or a gummy bear, or a 2×2 Lego brick depending on which app I decide to look at.
Gender: Still don’t know. But, I’m feeling more and more like it’s a girl every day.
Exciting developmental things:  Our baby is moving this week.  It’s very weird to think that this baby is dancing inside of me, and I can’t feel a thing.  We developed eyes this week.  We also started forming fingers and toes.  There’s a lot of things happening early on in pregnancy. And, it’s crazy to think our baby is almost looking like a little person in there.
Doctor’s Appointments: We don’t have a doctor’s appointment until the 19th, and we will be one day short of 10 weeks at that appointment.  I cannot wait to see our baby on the ultrasound and hear a heartbeat and know that our baby is there, it’s doing good, and everything is fine.  We also will do bloodwork for the genetic testing that day, and it should include a gender.  Hopefully I can get our doctor to leave the gender at the desk in an envelope so I can come get it and we can do a gender reveal for our friends and family.
Weight Gain:  I’m pretty sure the batteries in our scale need to be changed, because everytime I try to get on it, it flashes a different number and says “Lo.”  I plan on grabbing batteries next time I go to the store, so maybe I can get a more accurate number for weight gain.
Stretch Marks:  None so far, and I pray it stays that way.  I’ve been using lotion, but not religiously.
Movement:  Baby started moving this week, and although I can’t feel it, I know it’s happening.
How I’m Feeling: Yesterday I was pretty wiped out.  Today I’m feeling more awake, but still very tired.  I feel like I could go to sleep and sleep until Monday.  And, with the impending snow, I might just get to do that.
Miss Anything?:  I miss not thinking about everything I’m putting in my mouth, and worrying about every little thing.  But, I don’t think the worrying stops when I give birth.  Then I’ll just worry about what is going in baby’s mouth.
Sleep:  We are still great on the sleep front.  Sometimes when I wake up on my stomach, I feel like I’m squishing something, but other than that things are good.
Food:  I have no food aversions yet, and nothing makes me sick.  The only thing that is kinda iffy is like uncooked meats.  It definitely makes me feel slightly nauseous.  And, thoughts of any kind of pork or steak is kinda ehh.  Like I just don’t want it.  But, I can eat it.
Workouts:  This is definitely an area I want to work on for the next week.  I know for an easier labor and delivery, doing short workouts will help.  It will also help with how I carry, and how I lose weight after baby is born.
Clothes: Most of my clothes still fit, but jeans are definitely tighter.  Not that I’m the biggest lover of jeans to begin with.  Some shirts are just looking different these days.  I did order one pair of maternity jeans, leggings, work pants, and a white t-shirt.  Because, elastic waist jeans sound heavenly even not pregnant.
Baby Items:  I’m still in the looking phase of everything currently.  Once I know the gender we will probably be more serious about registries, and starting to get stuff and get the room cleaned out.
Best Moment This Week: It’s been great just feeling so good about being pregnant.  I know lots of women aren’t this lucky to have absolutely no sickness or aversions.  We’ve also spent a lot of time discussing names.  And, we paid off a loan a whole year early.  Definitely feel like we’re ready to be parents now.
Looking Forward To:  I’m looking forward to eating oyster stew and chocolate chip cookies at my parents tonight, and maybe being snowed in this weekend.  And, our appointment in two weeks.

Bumpdate: 7 weeks

How far along:  7 weeks.

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of a playing die currently.
Must have items:  Nothing yet, besides lots and lots of water and sleep.  It’s been crazy how much water I have needed since finding out we were pregnant.  I used to drink maybe one cup a day. Now, I can drink three cups just at lunch or dinner.

Sleep: I can sleep like it’s my job currently.  I love love love sleep. And, let me assure you pregnant sleep has been so wonderful.

Cravings: I could eat Japanese and Mexican food literally alternating every other day. My husband on the other hand, is extremely tired of both.  I try to eat one of them for lunch once a week to try to control my craving while not making him eat them too.  I’ve also been loving water with oranges in it, but that’s just to add some flavor to my water.
Babies movement:  Definitely no movement yet, but I can’t wait until there is. 

Genders: We are doing chromosomal testing on January 19th at our next appointment and I have read that that test will tell us the gender.  But, we are doing a gender reveal and won’t know until that is planned.  I literally have no inkling either way. My momma radar isn’t working at all on the gender of our baby.

 

Challenges this week: Christmas was definitely challenging this week.  Being exhausted, but wanting to be fully present at each Christmas celebration was hard.  I was having the beginnings of a cold, but drank my weight it feels like in orange juice, and thankfully ran that off very fast.

Best moment this week: It’s just been a great week overall. We have been blessed by both of our families, and it’s been amazing to hear them all say things about next year when we have a baby for Christmas.  It’s also really nice to have put our news on Facebook so everyone is in the loop and we don’t have to keep it a secret anymore.  We struggled while trying to keep it a secret.
Can’t wait until I have more fun pregnancy things to share!
xo
Hanna