one month… take two!

So, a week later, here are my official one month stats and photos of Lincoln…

Weight – 11lb. 4oz. (95th percentile)

Length – 22 3/4 inches (97th percentile)

Head Circumference – 38 1/2 centimeters (93rd percentile)

(Thank you to my friend Victoria… her Mom made the amazing blanket that I am using as a ‘backdrop’…

And thank you to this Etsy shop where I found the cute monthly stickers…)

one month!

happy one month baby Lincoln!

sleep

While I have approximately one million photos of baby Lincoln, there are very few of the two of us together.

I’ve begun to notice that all of the ones I do have, seem to be of the two of us sleeping, or at least baby boy is sleeping…

asleep in the Moby wrap…

asleep on my chest…

asleep with Mom…

I plan to coerce husband into getting some pictures of the two of us… in which we are both awake… this weekend 🙂

one month!

Lincoln is one month old today!  Crazy how quickly 4 weeks can go by…

So, I intend to do that cute thing a lot of mamas do… taking a monthly picture of baby in a onesie, with a sticker on it, indicating the month…

Well, I didn’t get around to ordering said stickers until yesterday 🙂  So, this month’s ‘official’ pictures will actually be a month and a few days…

But, I did take a few pics this afternoon to document the day…

happy boy!

happy one month birthday!

Lincoln’s birth story… part two…

The next hour or so is pretty fuzzy… Once it was clear that I was ready to start pushing, the room seemed to get a bit tense and suddenly there was a team assembled to help with delivery.  My midwife was concerned that my giant baby might get his shoulders stuck… and that can become a pretty serious complication… So, in addition to my midwife Shelley and several nurses, an OBGYN who is a part of Shelley’s practice came in to assist, if necessary… Her name was Dr. Miles and luckily, she was really wonderful.

She quickly explained to me the various situations that could unfold if baby boy’s shoulders got stuck… which ranged from a little twisting and turning to help pull him out to the most serious outcome– an emergency cesarean.  Of course, the c-section was worst case scenario, but she wanted me to be fully aware of how the delivery could pan out…

I am really not sure how long I pushed… Husband thinks it was at least an hour… All I can say is that it was a lot of work, but I was very focused.  I wasn’t really in any pain during the pushing phase… it just felt like a lot of pressure.  Everyone in the room helped me stay positive and gave me great encouragement.

Finally, after some unknown amount of time, little (or not so little) Lincoln arrived!  It was 9:45pm… just about 24 hours after we began the induction process…

Husband did a great job documenting those first moments… We have some very special video of our first moments together and some wonderful pictures as well…

well hello there Mr. Lincoln…

…so nice to meet you!

I was able to have immediate skin-to-skin contact with Lincoln and hold onto him for almost an hour which was exactly what I had hoped for.  The staff was a bit eager to get him on the scale… they had been placing bets on how much he weighed!!

10 pounds, 2 ounces and about 21.5 inches long… I had my giant baby 🙂

After getting cleaned up a bit, we moved from the labor & delivery room to the ‘Mom and Baby’ side of the floor.

Nani and Popi were there to meet the little guy.  And so was his uncle, who had literally just landed in Spokane as Lincoln was being born.

Thank you for coming to meet me uncle Steven!

The next two days were spent sleeping, cuddling, enjoying family, and falling in love with our baby boy…

resting up…

sweet baby boy

Lincoln with his Aunt Jen and cousins, Andrew & Connor

hello Nani!

and hello Popi!

Finally, it was time for us to go home.  Things felt kind of surreal… we really had a baby!  And now we were taking him home!  To our house!

I know it’s silly, but it was just a crazy moment… realizing that this was it… we are officially parents… Very exciting… but maybe a bit scary too…

off we go!

And now it’s been almost a month and I can’t believe how quickly time is going by… It was an adventure getting here and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our little family 🙂

growing and changing everyday…

Lincoln’s birth story… part one…

I thought I’d share some more details about the day that Lincoln was born before it all becomes a blur in my memory…  It’s kind of lengthy, so I’m splitting it up into two posts…

Although this wasn’t exactly the birth that I had planned for, it turned out to be a pretty wonderful day…

husband and I at dinner the night before we went into the hospital…

Husband and I got to the hospital around 8pm on Friday, May 18th.  After checking in and getting settled in the room, a nurse gave me the Cervadil insert and the induction process was officially underway!  Since I was on the Cervadil, I had to have continuous external fetal monitoring… which consisted of two sensors on my stomach being held in place with a kind of tube top that went around my belly.  It actually wasn’t too bad.  The sound of baby’s heartbeat became a soothing background sound as we attempted to get some sleep.

excited for labor to begin!

Around 3am, I got up out of bed and realized my water had broken!  I was thrilled and paged the nurse.  The Cervadil came out and I was able to come off of the continuous monitor.  I had high hopes that since my water had broken, my body might take over from there and active labor would begin.  I did start to have contractions, but they were pretty random and sporadic and not too intense.

I tried to get some rest, but the labor & delivery bed was extremely uncomfortable.  My nurse was amazing that night… since it was clear that it would be hours before I delivered the baby, she swapped out my bed with one from the ‘mother and baby’ postpartum side of the floor.  It was still a hospital bed, but compared to the l&d bed… it felt like heaven!

My midwife came around in the morning… I think around 8am to check on me and see how much progress I had made.  Unfortunately, I was not very dilated.  She agreed to give me some more time before starting any Pitocin.

I tried walking around a lot, bouncing on our ‘birthing ball’ (really just an exercise ball), taking a warm bath and anything else I could think of that might help get things going…

At 10am, our nurse came in and said she had spoken to my midwife who believed we should start the Pitocin.  I asked if we could wait one more hour… I really wanted to avoid Pitocin if at all possible.  My lovely midwife Shelley was fine with that and let me go until 11am.

Unfortunately, even with that extra hour, I still wasn’t making much progress, so we started the Pitocin- and I was put back on the external monitor.

I asked for the lowest dosage of Pit possible, and still shed a few tears when they hung the bag.  I was just so bummed that I wasn’t able to get labor going on my own and felt like maybe my body and my baby just weren’t ready.  However, my amazing husband reminded me all that really mattered was that baby arrived safe and sound, even if he needed a little assistance to come out– and at 40 weeks and 5 days along, we knew that even if we were medically ‘encouraging’ labor to start, our baby was definitely fully developed…

The morning turned to afternoon and while the contractions definitely became stronger and more regular, they were still 3-5 minutes apart– and at each check, I wasn’t making progress past 6cm.  Since my water had broken at 3am, we were on the clock to get the baby out– once your water breaks, you typically are ‘allowed’ 24 hours to deliver your baby.  After 24 hours, the risk for infection becomes a serious concern for most doctors/nurses, as the baby is no longer being protected by any amniotic fluid…

enjoying a break between contractions…

After a few hours and still not much progress, my midwife wanted to determine if my contractions were ‘productive’ and suggested we insert an intrauterine pressure catheter.  It just basically a small plastic tube that they insert into your uterus that can better monitor the strength of your contractions.  I have to say this was one of the most uncomfortable parts of labor.  Ugh.

After watching this monitor for awhile, my midwife felt that we needed to kick up the Pitocin… It must have been 5 or 6pm by then…

Finally, labor started to get intense.  Contractions were getting more powerful and the wonderful breaks I had been enjoying earlier, became much shorter and less restful.  It seemed that even when a contraction ended, I still felt kind of crampy and uncomfortable.

Through it all, my husband was wonderful.  He helped me change positions as often as I wanted… gave me water and towards the end ice chips… covered me in a blanket when I was cold and wasn’t annoyed 10 seconds later when I was suddenly too hot… he held my hand and when I was working through the stronger contractions, he encouraged me to breathe… I absolutely could not have made it through the day without him.

Towards the end, I spent labor leaning against husband, squeezing his hand (probably too hard), and rocking back and forth.  I finally began to feel that urge to push.  My midwife was there and she encouraged me.  After a few contractions, I got into the bed for a check on my progress.

Hooray!  I was finally at 10cm!

to be continued 🙂

in the crib

I am definitely not ready to put Lincoln in his crib to sleep at night.  He and I are very happy with him sleeping right next to me in our awesome Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper.  I love that he is able to sleep in our bedroom, without actually being in the bed– which I think would cause me too much new Mom anxiety, worrying I would roll over onto him or something… But with the co-sleeper, I can watch him breathe as much as I want to ease my mind and it also makes the night-time feeding easy, since I can just turn over and grab him– usually before he gets too fussy or starts to really cry.

Anyway, although we are not using it just yet, Lincoln does have a crib all set up in the nursery.  I laid him down there today while I was folding some laundry and he seemed to have a pretty good time just laying there, hanging out…

I know he’s a big boy, but he looks pretty tiny to me in that crib…

what are you looking at baby boy?

hello!

camera crazy

It was a good week at home with baby Lincoln.  He is a sweet little guy, growing and changing everyday.  I’m taking way too many pictures, but I want to remember every precious moment; I know that these early weeks are going to fly by…

We saw the pediatrician on Friday.  Lincoln is back up to his birth weight of 10lb. 2oz. and is doing great.  He is in the 95th percentile for weight and length and in the 93rd percentile for head circumference.  Big boy!!

Here’s a look at our week…

my sleepy boy…

hanging out with Dad…

relaxing in the car seat…

one of my favorites…

first walk in the stroller… thanks Aunt Sally, Mrs. DeGuido and all of the La Crosse ladies… he loves it!

funny parted hair after a bath…

love…