Sunday, May 24, 2009

My Birth Story

Finally...I have been meaning to post this for a week now but have been so busy with Karsyn that I just haven't had an opportunity....but here it is! Finally!

I was scheduled for an induction on Friday May 22nd but Karsyn had other plans. I woke up Thursday morning, May 14th exhausted as normal but with a busy day planned. Ashley B. and I met up at the Stonebriar Mall and shopped for a couple hours. Afterwards I had to go to the grocery store, do some housework and pick up the kids from school. After finishing everything I started feeling really tired and really strange. I layed down in my room for about 30 minutes before having to get ready and leave for Karlee's school play.

At Karlee's school play I was feeling really weird and having some braxton hicks. I was also feeling very crampy but had been experiencing these for a few days so I didn't think anything of it. Kara and I left there and headed to Jeromy's basketball game. At the game the cramping was getting stronger and the pains were going down my legs. They were really uncomfortable. I called my mom when we left and asked if I could bring Kara over to spend the night because I wasn't feeling well. Jeromy drove and we took her to my mom's. (It is about 15 minutes from our house.) On the way to my mom's the contractions were getting stronger and the cramping was steady inbetween the contractions. I began to feel them going down my back and I knew then that it was something more than just what I had been experiencing the days prior. We rushed home so Jeromy could take a shower and I called the doctor. Dr. Garner wasn't the dr. on call but the dr. on call told us to go to Labor and Delivery but that because I was only 37 weeks that I shouldn't expect to be staying. I threw some last minute toiletries into our bags, we loaded our car and headed to the hospital. As we pulled out of the driveway Jeromy turned to me and said "I have a feeling that this is a practice run."

We arrived at the hospital around 10pm. They checked my cervix and I was still a 3. (The same that I was on Monday.) They hooked me up to the monitors and we waited. I was having contractions 2-3 minutes apart. After an hour and my pain level was increasing they checked me again and I was still a 3 but my cervix was softer. They decided to keep me to monitor me for a few more hours. At this point they decided to give me a shot of stadol to help me relax and get some sleep. Jeromy left to grab something to eat and pick up some DVD's for our video camera. When he got back I was already out of it and falling asleep. I slept off and on until 4am when they came in and checked me again. This time I was dilated to a 4, 90% effaced and my bag of water was bulging. The nurse then looked at me and said "Okay. Well, we will go ahead and start your IV and you can get your epidural as soon as you are ready." Jeromy and I looked at each other and were shocked! I said "OMG! We are having our baby today!"

It took them an hour to get my IV in and going. By 6:30 the anesthesiologist came in and gave me my epidural. Dr. Garner called up to labor and delivery around 7am and told them to go ahead and start pitocin to speed things up. He came in around 8:15 and broke my water. (The amount of fluid that came out was unreal!!!) I labored very comfortably and around 10 the nurse came in and checked me and I was about 9 1/2 centimeters dilated. Dr. Garner showed up around 10:15 and started prepping the room for delivery. Once he was suited up it was show time. I started pushing at 10:30 and 4 contractions later at 10:40am Karsyn was born. When her head came out I looked down and was absolutely amazed! The umbillical cord was wrapped around her neck once but she was okay. When she came out I couldn't beleive that I was looking at my baby!! She just looked so tiny!

When Karsyn let out that first cry Jeromy turned around to kiss me.. he was crying and I was crying....I think everyone was crying. It was a perfect moment and I am so happy that she is finally here. All the heartache and worry were worth it when I stare at my baby girl. She is just an absolute gift from God and we feel so blessed.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Just some quick pictures of Miss Karsyn!

I am busy with Miss Karsyn but I have a quick second to share some pictures of her. She was born last Friday May 15th at 10:40am. 6lbs. 6.5oz. 18 3/4 inches long. She is absolutely PERFECT! I will post our birth story and more pictures soon! I promise. ENJOY!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Only 9 days left!

As I type this I realize how incredibly anxious I am that Karsyn will be here so soon! 9 days at the most before we meet her! Last night Jeromy and I did a lot of prepping that was needed. He did the dishes while I sterilized the parts to my breast pump and worked on freezer meals. I am now up to 4 meals, 5 loaves of bread and 77 pigs in a blankets! My goal is to have 2 weeks worth of meals prepped and ready to go so that I don't have to worry about cooking while we are getting settled into a routine. I must admit that I have really enjoyed cooking all these different things and I think that this staying home business is going to suit me well. :) Our hospital bag is finally packed and ready to go at any moment (with the exceptions of my daily use items) and the baby book is in the diaper bag ready to be taken to the hospital too! I am so glad that everything is coming together...finally! Friday we are having cleaning people come for a deep cleaning and Monday we are having our carpets cleaned. I think that once those things are done I will feel more prepared for Karsyn to get here. Jeromy has his own list of household chores for the weekend.....he has to do yardwork in addition to changing the a/c filters and batteries in our smoke detectors. Other than that we have a pretty busy weekend ahead of us with graduations parties, birthday parties and all the house preparations. Luckily Friday is my official last day at work so next week I can finish my freezer meals and maybe even take a nap!

I say all these things that we have left to do and gulp because my dr. isn't very confident that we will make it to induction day. I am already 3 centimeters dilated and Karsyn's head is super low. His exact words to me were "Well...luckily I am on call this weekend. I won't be surprised if I see you there." I almost fell off the exam table when he said that! I just cannot believe that she could come sooner than 9 days. But, just so I don't get my hopes up or overwhelm myself I am sticking with 9 days to go. And I look at it on the bright side....being this dilated will only help my induction to go smoother!
And here it is....this is what a full term pregnant girl looks like! :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm 9 Months Pregnant People.....

Seriously!?!?! Why do people in this world think that they can just say anything that pops in their mind to a pregnant women? I get it people....babies are a lot of are sleep deprived for the first few weeks....labor hurts....I get it! I also know that at 9 months pregnant I look like the baby is going to fall out of me at any ankles and feet are swollen.....yes, my belly is huge....I have gained weight....and of course I understand that my face is swollen right now! Seriously though.......where do they think that they can get off pointing these things out and laugh it off! I may slap the next person that draws attention to these things! What exactly do people expect a pregnant women to look like?!? Esspecially one that will be having her baby in 2 weeks! From the ladies in the grocery store to the other parent at the school to the man in the nail salon and the trashy lady getting a pedicure everyone has a comment to give me and guess what people.....I DON'T WANT YOUR OPINION!! If you are my family, yes, give me your loving opinion. If you are my dear friend and I will be able to reciprocate the loving jokes when you are pregnant, then please give me your opinion or tease me because I know you love me and it's all in good fun. But if you are a STRANGER please keep your mouth shut! I do not want to hear about your sister or your son or a friend of a friend....or even your own story for that matter. I want you to smile and move out of my way when I am waddling my ass down the aisle in Walmart trying to find that one thing that I am craving or need for getting ready for this baby to come. And while I am relaxing while getting my pedicure please do not make comments about how hard children are. I seriously want to look at them and yell "SHUT UP! Please and thank you!"

Ok, seriously...I know this is kind of an awful post but I am so worn out right now that I just need to vent....and who better to do that with but my loved ones who read this blog! So maybe if you are with me next time someone is about to open their mouth you can beat them off at the endzone so they won't get tackled. :) LOL!

And now since I have done all this complaining I will give everyone a 35 week belly picture. (Well, almost 36 weeks but not technically when these were taken.) And on a bright note I had a great Doctor's appointment this week! I only gained 1.8lbs. so I am really happy about that! And our induction is in the books at Plano Presby for 5am on May 22nd! Wohoo! Only 2 more appointments until we meet little baby Karsyn!

Friday, May 1, 2009


WOW!! This month I am having a baby! This month I will be a mother of 3 girls! This month I will be wearing regular clothes again! This month I will be a new mother yet again! This month my baby girl will be a big sister! This month I will finally get to meet this little girl that has been growing inside of me, kicking me daily with the pouty little lips! This month I will fall head over heals in love with someone again! This month we will be a family of 5!!!!! This month I will get to kiss Karsyn's sweet little cheeks! THIS MONTH I AM HAVING A BABY!!!!!!

I just can't beleive that I am staring at the end of this journey with only 3 weeks left and that at the end of this journeywill be my sweet baby girl that I have wanted for more than a year now! Karsyn is going to make our family so incredibly happy.

On the way to school this morning Kara said to me "Only 21 days until Karsyn gets here!" I teared up and replied "I know and I am so excited!" She is so excited to be a big sister and she is going to be great! She loves babies and has such a huge heart. She is such a sweet little girl and I can't wait to see her interacting with Karsyn and teaching her all the tricks of the trade. :) Karlee is getting really excited too! She keeps saying "I just can't wait until Karsyn is born!" They are both ready.....well....we are all ready!

Yesterday I started packing my bag for the hospital and went to the fire station to have the car seat installed. The firefighter that did it for me was so nice and very knowledgable about car seat safety. I feel confident now that we are 80% ready on the home front. I have a lot packed into these next 2 1/2 weeks and then I will hopefully have at least 2 days of rest before the big day! LOL! Well, I am off to get some work done but I will post some new belly pictures on Monday! Have a great weekend!!!