Beautiful Baby Girl

I thought I’d post a few pictures of Madison.  She has changed so much just in the 2 weeks we have known her!  Yesterday, she posed for the camera so I could get her birth announcements sent off and printed.  Here are a few shots from her first photo shoot!

 

 

Sleep Deprivation?

A few interesting things happened this week.  First, let me preface this short article by stating that I have no idea how much sleep I have had since the birth of our daughter.  It comes in shifts and it’s hard to keep up with.  We both started with at least 36 hours of no sleep during labor.

Here are three things that have happened.

1.  I went to Target earlier in the week to pick something up.  I have no idea what, but that’s not important.  Target, and many box stores for that matter, is no less than 15 minutes from the house.  I jumped in the car as I always do and as I pulled into the parking lot at Target, I realized I had no shoes on.  Now this isn’t totally absurd.  I usually just slip into a pair of flip flops for a trip like this and I drive with the right one off so that I can feel the pedals and the flip flop doesn’t slip, causing me to accelerate or not brake, etc.  I forgot to put them on before I left.  I thought about paying someone to buy me a cheap pair so I would not have to drive all the way home.

2.  As has been the case since we brought Madison home, we have been up in the night for feedings and diaper changes.  In order to understand this incident, you have to know that I am a very light sleeper and the littlest thing wakes me up.  This is especially true if someone turns on a light.  Last night (early this morning) I woke up to Madison at around 5:30am.  We had gone to bed around 11pm or so and I wondered if Madison had gone all this time without eating.  I asked Allyson if she had gotten up before 5:30am.  She said she had been up around 1am.  She turned on the light and changed Madison in our room.  She fed her and put her back down.  I heard none of this.  I awoke to none of this.  Shocking to say the least.

3.  The last thing happened this afternoon.  I went to Costco to pick up some formula for supplemental feeding.  As a side note, Costco (at least mine), does not sell the liquid version of the formula we use.  Bummer.  Costco is farther away than Target.  I drove into the Costco parking lot and realized that I had not brought my wallet.  Really?!  Again, I had to drive all the way home, get my wallet, and go back to Costco to discover that they don’t sell what I was looking for.  I did buy some other necessities and a couple of “guilty pleasures” though.

Am I sleep deprived?  You be the judge.

 

The Story of Madison’s Arrival Day

It was a dark and stormy night.  A shot rang out.  No. Wait!  That’s not how it all started.  The real story from my perspective goes something like this…

Allyson worked a normal day at school and then afterwards she got her car washed.  The car wash comes with free use of the vacuum, which Allyson took advantage of.  On the way home, she drove through an area where there was mud and someone splashed her freshly cleaned car.  That meant that when she got home, she had to clean her car off with the hose.  That is where it all began.  She felt a little trickle and thought that she had to use the bathroom, which she did.  Very soon after that, another trickle and another trip to the bathroom.  Why is this not stopping?  Did my water just break,  she wondered.

She told me what was happening and I consulted Dr. Internet.  We tried a couple of things that would hopefully help us tell the difference between bathroom or water breaking.  The results were in line with water breaking.  The next call was to the doctor, who advised us to come to the hospital and get checked out.  Because there was no big “gush” of water, Allyson was fairly certain that it would be a short trip and we would be back home that night.

What was going on with me during this whole thing?  Well, I still thought we had a few days before Madison was to arrive.  In fact, I thought Allyson would have to be induced a week or so after the due date.  Hearing what was going on, I was fairly certain that this was going to be “the time”.   It took a few minutes for the fact to sink in that we could have a new baby in the next 24 hours.  My reaction was that of excitement and trepidation.  I had been to the baby classes and I knew what was coming at the hospital.  It looked like a long and exhausting ordeal.  I was hoping that I would be able to do my part and be there for Allyson.  I questioned my readiness for all of this but there was no turning back, no “hold on, I need a few more days”.  It was time to man up and get this thing done.

Allyson is amazing and had everything planned out ahead of time.  All she had to do was throw a couple of things in her mostly packed bag.  We also had to get Haley situated.  There was no mad dash.  In fact, I had already cooked dinner so I ate something.  Allyson didn’t want to eat in case she really was in labor.  She did, however, take the time for a shower, etc.  We casually set out for the hospital  On the way, Allyson finally starting feeling a little of what I thought were contractions.  She didn’t know if they were contractions or just a nervous stomach.

We arrived at the hospital around 7:30pm.  I found it interesting that they had us go straight to a delivery room instead of the OB triage.  The delivery nurse came to the room and hooked up all the monitors.  She did a preliminary exam and Allyson’s water had indeed broken and she had already dilated to 4cm.  She needed to get to 10cm.  We were told that it usually happens at a rate of 1cm every 2 hours.  The math showed that we had about 12 hours to go.  I’m not sure what happened to the 3 hours between 7:30pm and 10:30pm but that is when we estimated delivery was going to be around 10am the next morning.

Now it was just a waiting game.  I watched the monitors and told Allyson every time there was a contraction (which she already knew because she could feel them).  The times get a little fuzzy here, but I think that around midnight, Allyson was at 7cm.  She was moving fast and I suppose Madison was ready to see us.  Somewhere in there, an epidural was done.

Skipping ahead (don’t you just love TV time), the nurse said Allyson was fully dilated and she would start pushing at 2:15am.  She started more along the lines of 2:50am because it took a bit for the nurses to get the room set up for delivery.  Another interesting thing I saw was that the nurse did most of the work to coach the pushing and the doctor came in at the end to “catch” the baby.  When Madison was about to crown, the nurse got a hold of the doctor and the doctor told the nurse that she had an emergency surgery in 45 minutes.  That meant we either “labored down” (slowed the labor) or had to deliver before the surgery.  Once again, Allyson was amazing and was able to do the whole thing and deliver Madison in less than an hour, at 3:38am.

I suppose that because things moved so fast and Allyson had an epidural, it wasn’t anywhere near as exhausting an ordeal (for me) that the classes and videos showed.  The exhausting part was that we had both been up for 22 hours at this point and Alyson hadn’t eaten anything for 12 hours. Overall, it was a great experience (again, from my perspective).

We were blessed with a beautiful 9 pound, 6oz baby girl.

Madison Has Arrived!

Madison arrived at 3:38am on Sept 18th, 2012.  She weighed a whopping 9 pounds 6 ounces and was 21.5 inches.  Everyone is doing well, short of being a bit tired.  Here are a couple of pics that we snuck in between all the visits from hospital staff, friends and family.

The New Mom and Baby

Madison Sleeping

Parts is Parts

Have you ever seen so many bottle parts in so many colors and flavors?  Allyson spent the weekend sanitizing the parts so we would be ready when the time comes.  Oh and you know what, this is not all of them.  The cupboard is full of this stuff too.  It’s an invasion of all things baby.  Allyson said it best: “Our House is like Babies R Us”.