Tuesday, May 12, 2009
So JJ was born on Saturday and on Tuesday he had his first outing. After being cooped up at home for three days, we went on an adventure. A walk at Higgins Point. We decided it was BJ's turn to look pregnant so we put JJ in his little Baby Bjorn and wrapped him up good and covered the whole thing with a blanket - viola! BJ had a pregant belly.
So here I am on Friday, March 20th, my due date, feeling miserable and thinking that this baby is never coming out. Well what do you know,that night at 11:00 pm as I laid down to bed, I had my first contraction. Twenty minutes later, I had another one. BJ is sleeping at this point, so I just lay there in bed waiting to see if they continue. At 12:30am the contractions are now 10 minutes apart and are getting quite painful. So I finish packing my hospital bag. I wake up BJ at 1:30am because they were then between 5-10 minutes apart and I couldn't time them myself anymore. We call Labor and Deliery at 2:30 and they say to see if we can wait a few more hours until they reach between 3-5 minutes apart. So BJ packs his bag and takes a shower. At 4:30am we decide to go because they are 5 minutes apart and closer if I am up and walking around. That was when this picture was taken.
We check into the hospital and were lucky that a lady from our ward Liz was a nurse on shift. I was really nervous as I have never been in the hospital before so it was really nice to be around someone I knew. She was great. The contractions slowed down a bit and I was only 3 cm dialated (only 1 centimeter more than 2 days before). So we tried walking around, but that was really painful and I was so tired, next we tried the jacuzzi tub. That was really nice. When I was checked around 8 am I had progressed to 4 cm and decided to go ahead and get an epidural. I was starting to feel pretty nauseous so we ordered some breakfast. Unfortunately, after eating it, I threw it up. But hey - I lost my mucus plug at the same time- haha. I received the epidural around 10am and the dr came around 11 am and broke my water. I didn't feel a thing. My epidural was so strong, it was great. I couldn't tell one bit if I was having a contraction. My leg fell off the bed at one point and that was interesting. I had to have the nurse put it back up. Luckily I finally got a few hours of sleep. When they checked me around 2:00 - I think- I was almost completely dialated. I think I started pushing about 30 minutes after that.
I first thought I would only have the Dr's and nurses and BJ in the room with me. But I was really nauseous and decided heck with that. Bobbie - BJ's mom was great and stayed in the room to help me out. So in the end I had BJ, Bobbie, and Holly a high school girl that was job shadowing the labor nurses that day in the room with me. The labor went pretty well. I was nauseous through the entire thing and was throwing up in between pushing. There was one point where I went to push and almost passed out I got so dizzy and the room started spinning and going black. They gave me oxygen between pushing so that helped. Then at 4:12 pm, little Joshua Jay Fowler was born. He was 8 pounds 8 ounces and 19.25 inches long. They put him right up on my chest (where he pee'd and pooped on me - of course). He was beautiful, so perfect, and so worth everything.
Once my epidural wore off (about 2 hours) we moved to a regular recovery room. Recovery went ok. They almost put my catheter back in, but about 30 minutes befor it was scheduled I was able to drain my bladder so they didn't have to. I was able to eat a little bit that night which made me feel a lot better too. Little Joshua did so well. He got a bit cold so we snuggled up to each other for the entire night that first night. We actually left the hospital 24 hours after delivery on Sunday around 5:00pm. My mom, Janae was able to travel up to help me for a week, which was GREAT. We were so lucky to have everything work out so well. Joshua is and was completely healthy and there weren't any complications with anything. We definitely count our blessings.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
So to keep our winter boredom at bay BJ, Janalee, Rick & Missy, Casey & Tami, and Tami's parents and sister all went off to see Monster Jam in Spokane. It was awesome as always. Janalee wore earplugs while BJ and Casey screamed their heads off at the loud trucks. Their favorite was Captain America who was 10 times louder than the rest of them. It was all pretty sweet. Except for the stupid robots that came out during intermission times. They were kind of boring, but designed to entertain the kiddos. All in all it was a fun night. I was hoping that the noise from the trucks would send me into early labor, but had no such luck.
So here is one picture of all the snow that hit us. This is only about half of the snow that actually fell in December. But I don't have any pictures downloaded to my computer yet of the full effect. we had over 3 feet of snow within 72 hours! We still have a pile of snow in our yard that is about 2 feet tall from where we shoveled our roof off. It was amazing. The poor snow plows were running for weeks and still couldn't get caught up because it kept falling. All of our roads were single lane roads because the snow berms were piled up so high on the sides of the roads. For those of us driving small cars, like me, I couldn't even see oncoming traffic when pulling out of parking lots because of the snow berms. So thank goodness it has all melted!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
We went out and bought a live Christmas Tree this year. It was so nice to have the house smell like a live tree. We kept it up until New Year, then BJ with his ingenuity took it and put it in our front yard in all the snow. Since we don't have any trees in our front yard, it was pretty cool. Until it started turning brown and losing all its needles. Then it had to go. Instead of getting rid of it the proper way, BJ had a funny situation with his boss where his boss stuck his Christmas tree in BJ's truck. So in retaliation, he took our Christmas tree and his Christmas tree back about a week later and stuck it in his boss's truck. He he he.
So here is a picture of our house all decorated with Christmas lights. Of course we kind of forgot to turn off the light upstairs, but you get the general idea. Poor BJ had to hang the ones from the peak of the roof by climbing up on the roof and bending over the edge of the roof. He did a great job.
Okay, everyone far away wanted to see a picture of me pregnant, well, this one was taken right before Christmas when I was about 7 months pregnant. My belly is much bigger now I will have some more pics up soon because everyone wants to see some belly pics too.