Well, since I didn't feel like leaving the house and I wanted Hugh to experience Halloween, I decided to get creative. Hugh is a fanatic this holiday - specifically, he's daddy's number 1 fan. Happy Halloween!
Well, our little guy is one week old today. It is crazy how fast time flies by. We are so in love. He is very sweet and we are blessed to have him. We have really learned a lot this past week and thought we would share some things...
God is so faithful to answer our prayers...no matter how big or small. Seeing the strength of our spouses during this time is amazing...I couldn't have a more wonderful husband (seriously). Sleeping is so overrated...think of all the things I could have gotten done in the last 10 years knowing now that I can run off of only four hours of sleep of night. We laugh thinking we spend all this time washing Hugh's clothes in "special" detergent only to put him on our clothes, our sheets, our pillows, etc. Who would have thought I would say, "It is just a little pee, I don't think the sheets need to be changed." (my husband doesn't share this same mindset) Thank goodness for late night tv...I can see why people have tvs in their rooms. Learning that laughing is the best thing when you are up at 3AM as your baby poos on you...the joys of parenting. Can a child sleep in their swing forever? Glad to know we spent all this money on a crib that our baby doesn't want to sleep in. Breastfeeding...probably not appropriate for a blog post (but I know a lot of women can relate). Learning that parenting is the most rewarding experience God could ever give us and we are so blessed to be Hugh's parents.
So far, the week has been wonderful, tiring, emotional...you name it. Hugh is doing great (after the circumcision and all). He is still a little jaundice, but the doctors believe he is moving in the right direction. We are going to miss Jake like crazy when he goes back to work next week and we know he will miss us too. We are so thankful for our amazing family who have been so supportive of us and desire to serve us. We praise God everyday for all of His incredible blessings!
Well, it wasn't a false alarm on Thursday, October 23rd. Our son (yes - it was a boy) was born at 11:47PM on Thursday, October 23rd. He was determined to share his birthday with his Aunt Cindy (my sister) and it happened for him! He weighed 7lbs. 10oz. and was 19in. long. We are so excited!
As some of you have read in our blog, Jake and I were all about our birth plan...we had thought about everything and were ready for this birth. Well, as Jake said during the labor, our birth plan got "thrown out the window". I started having contractions on Thursday around 4:30AM and we headed to the hospital around 4:00PM, when the contractions were around four to five minutes apart. We checked in...only to find out I was only three centimeters dilated. They encouraged me to walk around, which we did for about an hour. Well, the walking helped and got us admitted. We walked around some more to continue to try and progress the labor...I now know walking really progresses my labor! Once we got to our room, I was six centimeters dilated. Everything was going great - our nurse was getting us checked in and then the Baby's heart rate dropped very low (below 50) and we had every nurse in our room...oxygen mask was on, IV was in, and they set-up the internal heart rate to monitor the Baby (which broke my water)...like Jake said, "birth plan thrown out the window". I was losing consciousness, so I didn't care about the birth plan at that moment, but all I remember is Jake asking the doctor, "Are you sure this is necessary?" and the response being, "Yes, we only do what is necessary." He really tried to keep the birth plan in place. The labor went very quickly, but the pushing lasted a while (two hours). Luckily, Jake was such an amazing coach and both our mothers were very supportive. We had a great team of doctors and nurses - praise God! We were thinking it was most likely going to end in an emergency C-Section, since Hugh's heart rate continued to drop throughout the labor, but God brought our son to us in His timing and the timing was perfect and Hugh is perfect. We are so blessed! I was a little out of it during the labor (pure exhaustion), but looking back - it was God protecting me and not allowing me to panic. Again, we praise God for our son!
We are home now - got home this afternoon and we are ready to begin this crazy journey. I am in a little pain (used so many muscles I never knew I had), but overall, things are good. Learning lots already about feeding, etc...oh, the joys. We thank you all for your prayers! We love this amazing little boy!
So, the contractions are around four minutes apart (so, I only have about three minutes to type)...so, we are heading to the hospital. I have been having contractions since 4:30AM this morning. We'll soon find out if this is the real deal or not...I am really hoping the hospital doesn't turn us away since we are 30 minutes from there. We'll keep you all posted. Who knows, by this time tomorrow, Jake and I could be parents with our little son or daughter! Praise God!
Another Monday and no baby yet...so, we had another doctor appointment. I am 38 weeks per my due date and 39 weeks and three days per my ultrasound date. So, Dr. Mouer decided to "check" me today. Let me tell you - that was a pleasant experience. So, he said I was barely dilated to one centimeter and haven't thinned out at all. It is amazing how much they can tell from being "checked" - obviously, I won't go into any further details. So, we don't really take much from that information and Dr. Mouer said we shouldn't take too much from it. He goes back to this baby will come when this baby will come...we agree 100% and trust in God to bring this little one to us on His timing. So, we sit and wait for this baby. So, what about the heart rate? Well, we heard the heart beat for a second, but Dr. Mouer didn't get a heart rate read because he took it very quickly. We completely understood why he took it so quickly and we don't need to know the rate...just always like to hear it. So, we'll see if I post an update at 39 weeks!
Jake finally got his wish and we packed our bags for the hospital. Well, I should say I packed for the night and Jake packed for the week. He is very prepared for the baby...no matter the temperature or the situation...Jake has the right outfit to wear. I love my husband so much and think it is so cute that he wants to be so ready for this baby. I should not make fun of him, but I cannot help it! I love you, Jake!
Thank you all for your prayers! God continues to bless this pregnancy in keeping us both very healthy. We are excited to welcome this little one into our family!
So, I never do these things, but I enjoy reading other people's...so, I thought I would post my own.
WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? First name is after my father's grandmother and my middle name is after my mother. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? I am pregnant...I am sure that answers the question. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? If I was a 10 year old boy - yes, but since I am a 29 year old girl - no. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Salami and Turkey IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I think so - I am fun (ha, ha). DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? No...okay, sometimes. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Absolutely...talking Jake into it is another story. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Captain Crunch DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yes. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Not really. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Mint chip WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? I guess their face? RED OR PINK? Red WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My lack of trust in God. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Our out of town family - Johnsons in AK, Cindy and Daniel, Saylors in TN, etc. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Carrots WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The voices in my head...myself typing. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Yellow...it was the first color that came to mind. FAVORITE SMELLS? Jake's deodorant (I know, it is weird) WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Jake FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Tennis HAIR COLOR? Dark brown EYE COLOR? Blue DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Yes. FAVORITE FOOD? Mexican SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Michael Clayton (fell asleep the first time watching it and got confused the second time watching it) WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Dress - black and white SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter HUGS OR KISSES? Both...especially from Jake FAVORITE DESSERT? Cupcakes (ones with the special icing that Melissa makes...they are delicious!) WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? The Bible and I am skimming Birth From Within (Baby Saylor here we come!) WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? A "G" for Gateway WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Gossip Girl (no, I am not embarrassed) FAVORITE SOUND? Silence...so, the absence of sound? ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME??? Switzerland DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Well, if we have to go there...yes. I can fit my fist in my mouth and brush my hair with my feet (you never know when you could lose both your arms). WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Tucson, AZ
Well, it is Monday again...so, we had another doctor appointment this morning. It is crazy to think we are already in week 37! I really think the time has flown by...I am not sure Jake would say the same thing (he may be getting a little tired of having to do everything for me :)). So, everything looks good - we are both healthy. Dr. Mouer said the head is down, but not "locked" in yet because he can still move it (which isn't the most pleasant feeling in the world). So, he says to us..."38/3, only 10 days more days to go." Well, of course Jake and I both say, "No, we still have three weeks left." - with panic in our voices. Dr. Mouer then reminded us that it is 10 days from the ultrasound due date, but still three weeks from my original due date...I guess we'll soon find out which date we deliver closer to. We didn't have Dr. Mouer "check" me today - we are not thinking it is really needed, so we'll just wait. I asked Dr. Mouer if walking was okay or if it would put me into labor. He just smiled at me and replied, "This baby will come when this baby will come." Dr. Mouer is very old school and I know he just laughs at us. So, now to the heart rate...today it was in the 140s. So, the guessing continues for this Little One!
Thanks to everyone for their continued prayers! We are so excited to welcome this child into our family. God is good!
Well, every year we give our AZ Johnson nephews "memories" for Christmas. So, we finally got around to making the memory with them (it has been a busy year). We picked them up on Saturday afternoon - we went to the train park and had a great time. We then took them to our house for a sleepover. We had a great dinner ( the blue box and hot dogs...doesn't get much better than that) and some interesting dinner talk - boys are very fun. Since we were doing the "urban camping" with the boys - I (Jake was much smarter than me) thought s'mores would be a great idea. Well, after making a total mess and the boys trying to eat them (me hand feeding TJ and Eli telling me they were "too sticky")...we went to Plan B...oreos.
After our super fun dessert (I still think the s'mores were a good idea), we watched "The Rescuers" (this is an older Disney movie and we had a VHS tape - Eli was very confused when he saw the tape...kids today...and yes, Jake and I still use a VCR - we tape our shows...no Tivo for us). Jake brought out the glow sticks during the movie (thank you Peggy - great idea) and the boys loved them. After the movie, it was bed time...tent style.
Jake really wanted to sleep in the tent as well, but there was no room for him. The boys went to sleep a little late, but they didn't get up at 5:30AM (which happened last year with Eli). We had a great time with the boys and look forward to our next sleepover!
We have crossed into the final month of pregnancy. I believe it has gone by really fast and cannot believe we are already here...I have completely forgotten about throwing up until I was 20 weeks or what it feels like to wear pants with zippers!
I had my first really craving last week (like I really had to have it feeling)...it was an ICEE. For those of you who know me...I am a sugar freak (our child is bound to be addicted to sugar since I didn't give it up during pregnancy)...well, last Thursday I had to have an ICEE. So, I stopped at a very scary Circle K on Baseline on my way home because I had to have an ICEE (thinking about my safety was not at the top of this list)...well, of course the machines weren't working. So, I called Jake and asked him to get me one on his way home. He stopped at Chevron - they don't sell them and he stopped at Valero and their machines weren't working either. He said we would go back after dinner. So, we went back to Valero and the machines still weren't working...Jake suggested Sonic, but I needed an ICEE. We went to Burger King because I remember they use to sell them, but they no longer do. So, we drove down 51st Avenue until we found a Circle K (luckily, it was only a couple miles). They had them (not my favorite flavors, but still an ICEE) and it was the best ICEE I have ever had. Thanks to my wonderful husband for being so patient with me and driving all around Laveen for an ICEE.
We had a doctor appointment this morning and met with the midwife (Dr. Mouer is out) for my 36 week appointment. We assumed that I would be "checked", but she didn't do it - she said if I really wanted to be "checked" then I could be, but she doesn't normally "check" her patients - she said it is uncomfortable and it doesn't really tell you anything. She said I could be dilated three centimeters and stay that way for the next month, or I could be at nothing and have the baby tonight. It worked for me...we'll see what Dr. Mouer does next week. She said I am measuring at 37 weeks, so one week ahead of schedule and the baby's head is down (Jake got to feel the head from my belly...it was a highlight for him). She also guessed that the baby is a little under seven pounds right now and I have a lot of fluid (that was a relief to hear...so, we are not having a 15 pound baby). So, now for the heart rate info...baby's heart rate was in the 130s today. So, the guessing continues...
Praise God for His creation! We thank God for continuing to keep us both healthy!
Well, we had a family shower this past weekend and got lots of goodies. Thanks to Melissa and Michelle for the showers - they both turned out great. We are so fortunate to have so many people in our lives who love us and our child. God has blessed us so incredibly. So, now we have everything we need for the baby...we just need to learn how to parent the baby (anything we can buy for that?!?).