Thursday, February 25, 2010

About this time...

About this time a year ago, I was trying to rest in my room at University. It seems like forever ago, but then again seems like just the other day! We checked in on Tuesday night and received the cervidil to hopefully get the labor started with me dialating. I was so ready! I couldn't wait to meet you, Alabama! When Dr. Serrano came in the next morning, it hadn't worked so we decided to do another round of the cervidil instead of proceeding with a c-section or going home and waiting. By that evening, I had dialated a little bit but not much. It was enough to start the Pitocin so I received a very little amount that night. I remember being soooo uncomfortable in that bed! I couldn't get up without unhooking all the monitors, taking the IV with me, etc. The nurse came in soo often because you would move and be off the monitor and we'd have to find you again. She really didn't give me much Pitocin because she would decrease it when the heart rate would fall a little. I really felt like I had gas but then someone told me....that's the contractions! ha! Our family was there until late that night. We were really praying that we wouldn't have to have a c-section that you would come safely and come soon!

When the doctor came back the Thursday morning, she said that there was still no change but we would go ahead with the Pitocin and gave the nurse the directions to increase it in increments throughout the morning. Dr. Serrano had two surgeries to do that day, so she would be back to check me around 11 and then if I wasn't changing, we would do the C-section.

We had a really wonderful nurse that was with us for the delivery. God sent her to be there for us, because of course, I really didn't know what I was doing! Her name was April. She was the first nurse we'd had that actually stayed in the room with us instead of leaving and coming back to check later.

Around 9 o'clock the contractions really started to increase and I began to get very uncomfortable. I told the nurse that I was really hurting but she said she had to wait for Dr. Serrano to get back to check me and make sure there was a change before they could order the epidural. I was in a LOT of pain. I had to wear an oxygen mask because your heart rate dropped a few times. At first, I hated to wear it, but as the labor progressed, I actually liked it because it was soothing to hear that noise from the oxygen. I squeezed your Daddy's hand sooo hard! The bad thing was, the contractions were one minute long and ONLY one minute apart! I only had one minute to rest before it started again! wow! We kept asking for the epidural and the nurse finally said she would go and call Dr. Serrano. She did, but it took forever! When she came back she said she didn't get her! Oh. my. gosh! You've got to be kidding me! I asked her if I can't get the epidual, can you at least lower the pitocin???? No. Dr. Serrano finally called and said we could go ahead with the epidural! Yay! It took a few minutes for the anesthesiologist to get to me because there were a couple patients in front of me. I was soo glad to see "Dr. Honey". He kept calling me "honey", "darling", etc. It was soo weird and funny. He said "Honey, do you have any questions?" in a very drawn out Southern accent. "NO, JUST DO IT!!!!", I replied! He did and it began to work pretty soon! Praise God for the medical technolgy of today! After the epidural was in, I really enjoyed the rest of the process! When Dr. Serrano came back to check me....much later than she'd said....I was already ten centimeters. Praise the Lord for answered prayer! We did a few practice pushes then I only pushed for about 15 minutes before you were born. Daddy was right beside me to see you make your grand entrance. They put you on my chest and I held you right after you were born. Daddy cut the cord and then they took you to clean you a little and make sure you were perfect. He took some pictures with his phone to send to the waiting room full of people who couldn't wait to meet you! Then I got to hold you for about an hour before Daddy walked you down to the nursery and rang the bell to let the whole hospital know you were born. He said when he came down the hall, it was like being attacked by the paparazzi! ha! You weighed 6 lbs. 14 ounces. We were expecting a big girl but you were such a little baby! You had such dark thick hair and I was thrilled! I'd had heartburn EVERY.DAY. of the pregnancy and that was what I'd prayed it meant! I loved how they put that little sweet bow in your hair. You had super long fingers and toes and everyone commented on them. And then of course you had such a sweet, beautiful face! We were all so happy to have you here with us!
That was the first day of the rest of my life! God's perfect plan for me to be your mother began and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve Him as I teach you to love Him. I love you so much and I would go through it all a million times over to have you here with me!

One Year Pics

Alabama's One Year Pictures are featured on our photographer's blog, Babyfeet Photography. These are not nearly all of them but hopefully she'll have them finished tomorrow! I can't wait! Leave a comment and let me know which one is your favorite so far!
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Does this look like two lines to you?

We spent several months trying to get pregnant before Alabama was conceived. I am so thankful for how short of a time it really was because I know some people try for years to have a baby and some are still trying. I pray that God will give you the child you are asking for!

We were in the wonderful hands of Dr. Servy in our process to have a baby. I highly recommend him to anyone who might be trying right now! I have Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome so it was harder for me than most people. One thing about the disease is that you don't ovulate regularly, or in my case maybe not at all. For those two months, i took a medicine called Clomid and I took my temperature every morning to notice when the spike would occur to signal that you are ovulating.

It worked and on June 17th we found out we were pregnant! I took the test that morning and it was so perfect that Adam was off that day because we were going to buy a new car since I totaled my Envoy a few weeks before and we were also going to the lake that day with his brother who was home on leave from Korea.
I came out with the test and said "Does this look like two lines to you?" He said, "Yes, I guess that means you're pregnant!"
I was so excited but we didn't want to tell everyone just yet. We wanted to wait until Adam's mama's birthday but we couldn't so we told my family on that Friday. They were all so happy except Audra. She was mad that I didn't tell her first, but she was in Alabama that week so I called her after we told Mama, Daddy, Granny and Aunt Judy. I also told Leslie and she was so excited (well, I hope she was since that's all I'd heard from her from at least a year before! ha!) We did wait to tell everyone else because we didn't want to ruin the surprise of telling Maxine on her birthday! We went to the lake that next Saturday and we gave her a picture frame that said "Coming Soon, Your newest Grandchild!" I looks as if she's crying in the picture, but she wasn't! She was very happy, but I think Georgia was even happier! ha!

She had been waiting a long time for us to have a baby!

By the time we got to church on Sunday....EVERYONE knew!

Birthday Week!

Since Alabama is turning one on Friday, I thought I would change the blog up a little to celebrate! Also, since I didn't have a blog until she was about five months old....I also want to take this week and go back and do a little post about when she was born and those first few months! Such a sweet time that I look back on lately with happiness. I can't believe my baby is one....why didn't someone tell me it would go by so fast! (ha! I did! I just didn't realize HOW fast it would be!)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It was Snow Fun!!

Friday afternoon, it began to snow. And snow, and snow! Then it started to stick and we were so excited! We haven't had this much snow in many (probably 10) years! In the end, we got about 6 inches! On Saturday, it was a lot of fun to get out and play....especially with a baby this year! Alabama makes everything more fun! She liked being out with us, but not actually being IN the snow.

We had a snowball fight,

made snow angels, then broke out the tractor for our 2010 Winter Olympic Games (Redneck style). Adam attached the tube we use at the lake to the tractor and pulled us around with it! It was so much fun and even Alabama loved it! Then, he saved the hood from Audra's car that she wrecked two years ago FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE! and he attached it and used it as a "kneeboard" or "sled". It worked beautifully and was really fun when you slid out going around the curves! ha! Everyone took a turn or two!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

After church

We had Adam's parents come over for lunch on Sunday after church. It was a spur of the moment thing and we really enjoyed it! Adam and Alabama had some tickle time before they arrived!
After lunch, we changed clothes and went for a walk down the trail to see the "Old House" that we just had cleared from all the vines/brush/trees that had grown up around it. I hadn't seen it in several years and it is in very bad shape. So sad. My great-great-great grandfather was born in the house in the late 1800's. My Daddy's Daddy, Aubrey Morris, and his brothers and sisters were also born there. It has a lot of history and I wish it had been preserved more. Here is Alabama with her Grandma and Grandpa.

Monday, February 1, 2010

My Nana always tells me how my Mama used to climb on everything and get into everything when she was a baby. On top of dressers, out of her play pen,...everywhere! Well, I guess Alabama is starting to take after her! I put Alabama in her high chair today while I warmed up her macaroni and when I look back at her, this is what I find!!!!!!!

She has stood up in the high chair (she does this all the time) then climbed on top of the tray and is standing on top of it holding onto the breakfast bar and playing with the papers on top of it! What will this girl do next???!!!? hahahaha!

P.S. Dont' worry, Nana. I got her down right away and then put her back up to take a picture! I wasn't going to let her fall! :-)