"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." Angela Schwindt

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jadon has arrived!!!

After many weeks of patiently waiting for our new son to arrive he finally decided today was the day! I awoke around 3:00 a.m. this morning to contractions that were already about 3-4 minutes apart. I woke Matt up and said that I thought is was time and he got up and woke Shelby and Jake up to tell them it was time to go. We had told the kids awhile ago that if we woke them in the middle of the night they needed to hussle. They also had bags packed with things to do and extra clothes ready to go. Jake was dressed and down stairs in about 2 minutes. Matt said "Your ready so quick!" Jake responded with "I have been ready for months!". We left the house around 3:30 and battled a nice thick fog all the way into Bloomington. We got to the hospital around 4:00.

Jadon arrived in the world at 7:08 a.m.. It was a little stressful for both of us. It turns out that Jadon was a little bigger than they expected him to be. He weighed in at 9 lbs and 13 0z and 21 1/2 inches long! Not a small boy. It was a struggle to get him out and he was very stressed when he did finally come out. My doctor did a great job. His head came out great but his shoulders were stuck. They had to be manipulated quite a bit to get him out. Because he was purple and his pulse was fast and he was breathing hard he went straight to the nursery. He recovered and improved quickly however and is still being monitored in the nursery but is doing great. He is so big that he does not even fit into the newborn diapers. He is already in size one diapers. None of the outfits I packed in the diaper bag are going to fit him either. No newborn clothes for this little moose!

My doctor said if there is a next time the kids is coming out early. We are not going to do that again. All in all we are very blessed. My labor was hard back labor but only lasted 4 hours. Jadon Matthew arrived in this world a little beat up but is doing great now. He does have some temporary nerve and muscle damage in his right shoulder from the doctor having to manipulate it so much to get him out but the doctors say that it will improve over the next few days and happens a lot in bigger babies when they are born. He may have to have some physical therapy if he does not start moving that arm in the next few days but we are staying positive that it will not be long. We are just so glad he is here. We have been waiting for what seems like forever.

Here are some pictures of our little moose!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Still Waiting....

Hello! I know some of you may be wondering what is going on at our house right about now. Well, the truth is not a whole lot. We seem to be in a holding pattern. It is hard to make plans to do anything when you are hoping and expecting to have a baby at any moment now. Today is day 5 past my due date and as many of you know I was ready for Jadon to arrive two weeks ago or more! The funny thing is that I seem to be the most patient one in our house at this point. Shelby and Jake are bursting with excitement to see their new brother at this point. They are acting like kids act right before Christmas comes. Jake can hardly stand the suspense and Shelby tells my stomach several times a day that this is not funny anymore and to come out already!

At my doctor's appointment on Friday I had made progress. I was dilated to 2 1/2 almost three centimeters and 50% efface. My doctor said I can go at anytime. She was even hoping I went into labor over the weekend but that did not happen. So there is a light at the end of the tunnel I am scheduled to be induced on Friday morning at 5:00 a.m.. I am hoping he decides to come on his own by then though! If not Friday is the day! Continue to keep us in your prayers and thoughts. Thanks to all of you who have been calling to check in with us over the last week. We really appreciate everyone thinking of us. We hope to be able to give everyone the good news soon!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Project Complete

Well, the last project I really wanted to get done before the baby came is done. The whole project is not done but the important part is. Several weeks ago I had Matt move a wooden rocking chair into the living room in preparation for the baby to arrive. We had a glider and ottoman in the living room but it not only glided it also turned in circles. This provided to much of a temptation for daycare kids to spin in it and I actually had something get broken. So the glider and ottoman are put away until Jadon's room is done and then they will go to his room.

The project I wanted to complete was a back and bottom cushion for the rocking chair to make it more comfortable to sit in. I could have bought one but I have fabric left over from making my curtains and thought it would be cool to have the cushions match the rest of the decor. I decided to complete the bottom cushion first and then work on the back cushion. I have had the pattern pieces cut out for awhile but have not been motivated to get sewing. My mom found out about a sewing machine sale and wanted to get me a new sewing machine for my birthday (a little early). I have a new Singer sewing machine I needed to figure out so out the project came. Sunday I worked all day on finishing the cushion. Here are some pictures. I am trying to get motivated to work on the back one now, but I have some soft, fluffy, blue baby fabric I bought awhile ago just calling my name. I know, I know. One project at a time.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Praying for patience.

As most of you know we are closing in the delivery date. 17 more days to go after today. I must admit however that I am growing impatient. I think I am losing my patience as I get older. I don't remember being like this with the other two. I got very excited two weeks ago when I went in for my appointment and was told I was dilated to one, but last Friday when I went in it was the same. No more progress. It does not help that the swelling kicked in out of nowhere last week with a vengeance. I am trying to keep it under control by pushing fluids and putting my feet up as much as possible. My wonderful husband has been very tolerant. He rubs my feet when I request it. This might not sound like a big deal, but every winter Matt's hands get incredibly dry and cracked and working in the basement has only made it worse. Not only do his hands hurt already, but the lotion he rubs on my feet burns his hands where they are cracked. He is such a good man. He has also been very tolerant of my grumpiness. I will admit that I have been grumpy and less tolerant the last few days. I am not making excuses but it is not much fun to have your feet and hands feel and look like sausages. He just points out to me every so often that I am moody and goes about his business. Supposedly, I have also been snoring like crazy from about 3 a.m. til morning and keeping him up. Usually, I only do this on my back, but I can't sleep on my back anymore because it is uncomfortable. I guess I am snoring on my side now also. I, of course, can only go by what he tells me in the morning or the once a night he tries to wake me up to get me to stop, only to have me fall back asleep and start right up again. Good practice for those long nights we have coming I suppose.

Anyway, we are both looking forward to meeting our new child. Matt keeps telling me to massage my ankles. I read somewhere that you should make sure when you get a pedicure that they know you are pregnant because there is a spot on the back of the ankles that can start contractions. I am not sure about this but the last few times Matt has given me a foot massage he has rubbed my ankles just for good measure! Everything is ready. Clothes and Blankets are washed. Feeding supplies are sterilized. Diapers, wipes, and diaper pail are bought. My bag and the baby's bag are packed. Bassinet is here with clean sheets and blankets. Swing and bouncer are set up. We are ready to rock and roll. Now we wait. Pray for patience for me please! Some extra's prayers for my health these last few weeks would be wonderful too. My blood pressure has been holding steady in the good numbers even this last week with the increased swelling. I am praying it does good up until the end. Cross your fingers!