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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

first mom post... {reid's arrival}

Well, he's here! Three and a half weeks ago we welcomed Reid Thomas Champ into the world! His birth stats are as follows: born @ 10:21pm on Friday, January 2nd @ 38 weeks // 7 pounds 13 ounces {praise the Lord for being born at 38 weeks, right?!} // 21.5 inches long {very possible that an inch of that was purely from his cone head} // cutest baby ever... :)

Here's a {long} run-down of how it all happened... my pregnancy was rough, very rough.  I always felt some guilt complaining because I knew I should be incredibly grateful to get the gift of having children, but I think I sometimes let that guilt of "I need to be thankful and not complaining," overpower my need for support.  The truth was that pregnancy was incredibly hard for me, I had a lot of symptoms and when I had them I felt like they were pretty extreme.  From nausea that lasted 20 weeks, to headaches and migraines, to heartburn, to nerve pain, and at the end I had some pretty insane swelling {up to my thighs!}. It was just hard and at times really miserable.  My empathy is deep and wide for all those who experience similar pregnancies!

At 36 weeks I went in for my first of my weekly appointments and I was told I was dilated to a 4 and I was 90% effaced.  At this time I sorta freaked out because I wasn't expecting that at all! My doctor said I'd probably have the baby in December versus my original due date of January 15th.  Then I started feeling like a ticking time bomb.  It was around this time my swelling went from "yeah I have some" to "whoa, kankles!"

The next week at my appointment I was dilated and effaced at the exact same as I had been the week before.  Also during that week I had learned of ladies who walked around dilated to a 4 for a month and had their baby past their due date... ugh.  Major deflate for me.  Sleeping was not good and swelling was increasing to calf level.  I believe it was around this time I only started wearing sweats {yes, Caleb's sweats} and for work I had completely given up on dressing nice and was wearing my "maternity scrubs" aka - my maternity yoga pants.  I was really just hoping my employer wouldn't ask so I wouldn't be forced to lie...

Week 38 appointment was on Wednesday the 31st of December... I was MIS-ER-A-BLE! Almost in tears at my appointment.  I assumed that everyone who said "You look great!" was paid off by my husband.  I was swollen up to my thighs... it was unreal.  My lower legs had pitting edema {for all you medical people out there... I'd give it a solid 3+ pitting... gross, I know}.  I was not sleeping much at all, I had horrible hip pain at night, and I almost just felt like I was sick without having the "sick" symptoms.  At this appointment she said I was dilated to a 5 and she "couldn't believe I hadn't had the baby yet." She could see my misery... it was written all over my face... and my thighs.  The scale that I stepped on to get weighed spelled out "Eww, Gary!" instead of a number... jk... It actually said "Here's an extra 10 lbs of water weight, go ahead and cry now."

Fast forward to Friday, the 2nd... that morning I called in to work because I couldn't fathom making it to work... and then actually working once I got there.  I felt like I got hit by a semi rather than just slept 7 hours.  And I also think an elf had come through the night and pumped me full of just a little more water... because the first 10 lbs just wasn't enough.  Caleb was gone for some of the morning at basketball practice, I was at home barely moving.  When I did decide to get up and move to the toilet, I had a suspicion that more than just #1 was coming out {to put it into nice toddler terms for you}.  I went and grabbed some pH paper that we had "borrowed" from the OB's office and tested it... it turned blue, blue = amniotic fluid! I tested one more time just to be sure and got blue again! I called Caleb who was on his way home, and we packed up our things, made a necessary stop at Taco Bell, and then headed to the hospital!

We got to the hospital around 12:30 and a after getting checked in and settled and all hooked up to monitors, they decided to test me to see if they could detect any more amniotic fluid.  I definitely was not having gushes of fluid coming out, but rather just a slow leak of sorts.  Regardless of amount, as long as they can detect it too, it's go time.  Test results came back and.... IT WAS NEGATIVE! "Noooooooooooo!" was what was screamed inside my head.  Luckily, my doctor had been on the maternity unit when my nurse got this news, and my doctor must have had the flash back to my misery and thighs, because she told the nurse "Check her, and if she's anything more than a 5, keep her anyway!" So my nurse checked me, and boom! I was a 5.5 and luckily my gracious nurse rounds up so we called it a 6!

In the meantime my doctor had gone back to her office, but the plan was to break my water for realsies.  So we sat and waited until she returned at 5:30 and broke my water.  Pretty quickly I started feeling my contractions, previously I really hadn't felt much.  At 7ish I was dilated to a 7 and asked for the epidural.  The very nice doctor who put it in, informed me that even my back was swollen... awesome. At that point I didn't really care, I was just elated to be in labor.  The epidural was awesome, I could still feel just enough to know when I was having contractions and I honestly didn't think it hurt at all getting it.

By around 9pm I was fully dilated and I started pushing and I had him at 10:21!  My first comment about him was something about his massive cone head... :) Everything about the labor was so perfect though, it went pretty fast, I was elated to be in labor, my husband was awesome throughout it all... it was just really good. 

Now after labor the pains came back, in different ways... eh.  But, luckily a week or so makes a world of difference there. And in about 7 or 8 days I got my ankles back! I couldn't believe how skinny my ankles and feet looked!

Caleb and Reid... my loves!

Growing like a Champ... pun intended.

Caleb and I are just so in love with him!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

showered by friends

A couple of weeks ago, I was blessed to have a second baby shower! This one was thrown by a close group of girlfriends from church.  The shower was so sweet {actually that was part of the theme} and incredibly thoughtful! It was held in a loft space in downtown Liberty and the girls set up the cutest decor... the table scape and place settings were perfect!

And how adorable is the sign that Melody made! Now it's hanging in the nursery! :)

Then there was the amazing blessed I am to have friends that are incredible at cooking and baking as well! I have certainly not lacked on appetite lately! This particular group of girls knows some of my habits too... we met for a year, every other Friday morning, at Panera at 6 am while going through a bible study.  So they knew my breakfast of choice was a spinach and bacon soufle... hence their thoughtfulness to have a spinach and bacon quiche! Yum! Also some delicious sausage balls {so good} and probably some of the best brownies I've ever had in my life...

Plus pretzel bread {another one of my faves}, fruit, chicken salad, and some really yummy cupcakes! I really just can't say enough about how good the food was!

Not only was I showered with gifts for the baby, I was also showered with kind words by all the guests.  Everyone wrote a little note to baby boy Champ and I teared up big time when I came home and read them all.  I will definitely cherish those notes forever!  Can't say enough how much I appreciate these ladies and all the guests that attended!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

family baby shower

This last weekend I was so blessed to have a family & family friends baby shower!  It was thrown by my sister, Leanne, my sister-in-law Kristi, and my two college friends Janae & Dawn.  They all did such an amazing job and it turned out so perfectly.  The shower had a "woodland" theme and the decor was really adorable with pine cones and little woodland creatures everywhere.  The cake even looked like a birch tree!

Two of my amazing hostess...

My sister-in-law Kristi who drove 4 hours each way from Tulsa, to come spend time with me and to help out with the shower!  Caleb also made an appearance at the shower... and helped loaded up all the great baby gear we received. :)

And of course the brains behind the operation... my creative sister, Leanne!

The week before the shower I had been pretty stressed out... there was a lot that made me feel unprepared for baby. I had several things I still needed for the baby's room, and it seemed like everything I had ordered was on back order! The shower was sort of the only thing I was looking forward to, but even it was being threatened by snow. Luckily my sister put up with a tearful phone conversation to help me feel better about the entire situation and put my mind at ease. Of course the snow turned out to be nothing  {literally a couple of flakes} and the geneourous gifts I recieved made me feel like "yeah, I could take care of a baby with this stuff." It also allowed me to start nesting. :) I also loved being able to see several people who attended that I hadn't seen in a long time! It was perfect! Thanks again to my wonderful hostesses and my momma for letting them use her house!