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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Welcome Home Owen

We went into the hospital on Dec. 14th at 7:30pm.  Owen was born on Saturday and we left for home on Monday.  We were ready to be home and start our life as a family of 3.  We survived that first night home as Owen spent the night in our arms.  We weren't really happy with our sleeping options for him and were scared to put him down for any stretch of time so between Andrew and I, we took turns holding him.  After a sleepless night, we decided things had to change.  Oh the nerves of being a new parent.  The next night was better as we decided to try our pack-n-play and felt more comfortable putting him down for longer than 5 minutes.

We came home to dinner in the fridge, our Christmas tree lit up and some decorations welcoming Owen into our family.  Thanks Nana and Auntie Linds.

 On Tuesday, my mom came to stay with us.  She was such a huge help, making our meals, doing our laundry and taking the late shift so we could get some sleep.  She was a lifesaver.  Seriously, people always say to have someone come help, but we didn't really understand the need until she left and we had to do everything ourselves.  Thanks Mom!
Andrew had planned on taking off Monday-Wednesday of that week but we had a HUGE snowstorm so he had snow days Thursday and Friday and then it was winter break.  We got really lucky having Daddy home for almost 3 whole weeks before heading back to work.  

Within the first couple of days, we decided we needed to try to give Owen his first bath at home.  Mom captured the whole event.  It was rather scary as babies are quite slippery when wet.  But we survived.  Owen screamed the whole time and didn't seem to like it at all.  We have sense gotten better and Owen even enjoys his baths now.
All hands on deck.
 Cleaning his tush....he actually looks content here.
 Our little ducky getting dry.
 We survived.
 Look at all that hair.  It's curly when it's wet. 

It's a Boy!!

It's a boy!  It's a boy!  We had a boy!!
Owen Michael Bessick
Born: 12-15-12
8 lbs 11 oz
21 inches

We are so excited to welcome this beautiful baby boy into our family.  We couldn't be happier.
 Family of 3.
 Proud Daddy.
 Look at those cheeks.
Now for a quick version of the birth, don't worry, I won't go into too much detail.

I had a a doctor's appointment in the afternoon on Friday 12/14.  That day though, I wasn't feeling well.  I was having pain in my chest, was kind of nauseous and overall, just not feeling right.  I called the doctor that morning and they wanted me to come in as soon as I could.  Andrew came home from work right away, picked me up and we went to the doctor.  After another high blood pressure reading and not feeling well, the doctor decided it was probably time for this baby to come.  Since it was after my due date and I wasn't feeling well, I was ready.  Although, I knew that meant an induction, I was ready to meet my baby and wanted to make sure everything was OK.

We went to the hospital that night at 7:30.  My mom came up right away, Patti and Dan were on their way and Lindsay got the first flight out the next day.  It was time to have a baby.
 Ready to have a baby.
After checking in and getting to our room we started the induction process around 9:30.  We started with a couple miso pills to dilate the cervix which worked and ended up breaking my water in the process.  After a night of mild contractions and no sleep they started the pitocin because I was not dilating as quickly as they had hoped.

A couple hours later I got my first epidural.  I had gone into the whole process planning on having one.  I was hoping to be relatively comfortable.  Well, that didn't seem to be the plan for me.  The epidural didn't work.  The anesthesiologist came back to try again and it still didn't work.  It just made my right leg numb and nothing else.

Fast forward several grueling, painful hours later after my contractions went from 0 to 100 rather quickly, I was ready to push.  It was 3:00.  2 hours, 19 minutes later, Owen Michael entered our world at a rather large 8 pounds, 11 ounces.  

While pushing, they thought he was posterior (head facing up) because of the severe back pain I was having.  I also swore quite a bit (which I'm sure wouldn't surprise some of you), asked when it would end, said I'm never doing this again, told them to pull it out of me and finally had some relief when his large head finally came out.

Andrew cut the umbilical cord, which was in a knot.  Owen was then placed on my chest for me to see and then quickly taken away to aspirate and get all the liquid out of his system.  I couldn't believe I had survived labor and that he was a boy.  We were so happy to finally have our baby here with us.  

Friday, February 1, 2013

Third Trimester

The last 3 months of my pregnancy went by so fast!  With school starting, planning for a baby, baby showers, several holidays and bed rest I don't know where the time went. 

I already told you about our tailgating experience (seen here).  I plan on updating you on the rest of our fall, but overall our third trimester went by without a hitch....that is until the beginning of December.

If you know me at all, you know I am a go-go-go person.  I am not very good at delegating things to other people and really didn't slow down at all during my pregnancy, to much disapproval of Andrew.  Well, it finally caught up with me.  The last couple of months of my pregnancy, the doctor was monitoring my blood pressure.  I typically have a pretty low BP, and while being pregnant it usually is higher, mine was up to 140s/90s at one point, which is typically high, but especially high for me.  On December 5, I wasn't feeling well, but went to school anyway.  I ended up calling my doctor's office at 8:00 when it opened and was told to come in as soon as possible.  I left school immediately, and haven't been back since.  My blood pressure was super high and was ordered on bed rest by my doctor.  For the next week and a half I rested and twiddled my thumbs just waiting for this baby to make an appearance.  I'll tell you more about that later.

For now though, some pictures from my third trimester.  

Some pictures from our maternity shot with Beth Skogen from Beth Skogen Photography

Some belly love.

Wow--look at that belly.

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