Saturday, January 15, 2011

Holy emotions, batman!

So the emotions that go along with this being a mom thing are CRAZY.  And I'm not just talking the whole postpartum hormonal's the story.  On Monday we got a call from Evan's pediatrician saying that he needed to have his  newborn screen redone because he had an abnormal result for a genetic  disorder.  She was  fairly positive that it was a false positive, but when something like that happens it hangs over your head.  We re-did the screen and in the meantime I researched like a crazy lady about LCHAD, the metabolic disorder that Evan could possibly have....and scared the living daylights out of myself.  Basically, he could lead a fairly normal life, but would have to have a special diet and may not be able to participate in sports or things that required large amounts of energy.  Needless to say, I had a knot in my stomach all week and realized yesterday that I haven't really been eating (not smart as  I'm nursing...bad  mom).  Anyways, the lab called yesterday ( after I had called them twice in the past two days) to say that everything came back completely normal!  I didn't realize how tightly would I was until I was able to relax.  It was def a more intense emotion than I've felt in a while...even stronger than the whole Down's Syndrome debaucle we went through with him when I was 17 wks pregnant (yes, this is the second genetic test he's "failed").  Anyways, here's some picutres for your viewing pleasure.
 Evan and Dad sleeping on the couch...well Evan was  at least
 He gets a 'fro when he gets out of the it!
 He wasn't too sure what to make of that giraffe
 A hospital picture...I cannot believe how much he has changed already!

 Channeling his inner Zoolander...can anyone say Blue Steel?
 Evan meeting his first new friend, Sophia.  She just wanted to eat him.
And a sneak peek of his first professional photo shoot.  I'm sure there will be many more of these when we get them!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm a Mom...

I've clearly neglected this blog, so this post will probably be epic in length.  Sorry in advance, but I have a lot to catch you up on.  As you can probably tell from the post, Evan Keith arrived on Dec. 29th at 1:09am (ironically, on his due date despite the fact that we tried to evict him two days before) weighing in at 6lbs. 3 oz. and 19.5 inches.  Here's the story...

We went into the hospital Sunday at 4 to start an induction process because my blood pressure had gotten a bit high.  We settled in and started Cervidil (a cervical ripining thingy) at 6pm.  That lasted overnight and was possibly the worst part of the whole induction.  I had basically one big cramp all night long and didn't sleep a wink.  We started pitocin at 6am on Monday morning and waited for things to kick in.  I had contractions all day, but nothing terribly painful and nothing at all productive.  By 6pm on Monday, I had only progressed to 2 cm so we stopped the pitocin and let me rest a bit.  We did Cervidil again overnight, but this time I took an Ambien so I slept through the night.  It was the first sleep that I had had since Saturday night so this was lovely.  The next morning (Tuesday) I still hadn't done much so we tried another treatment (Miso) and when that was over broke my water.  That happened at about 12 and by 1 I was having very strong, very regular contractions.  I had an epidural (heavenly) at about 4pm and found out that I had progressed to 7cm!  Awesome!  Things were looking great.  I was checked again a few hours later and was at 8...and then I stopped.  I stayed at 8 until about midnight when we decided to go ahead with a C-section.  At that point, I had been in labor since basically Sunday night and I was ready to have this kid out of me.  Keith was great throughout the C-section and everything went great!  Here's a pic of my new family right after....and I realize I look like shit but I just had surgery after a 2 day
Evan is doing fantastic.  He's a great baby, a good sleeper, a good eater, and super content to just hang out in his swing.  I'll be sure to post some more pictures up here as soon as I get them onto a computer.