Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
. . . I knew it could take over 24 hours for the contractions to begin and the thought was a bit overwhelming to consider . . . Kevin and I decided to let Pitocin do it's thing. They hooked me up and began the drip at 3:30pm. Contractions were still slow in coming on, but boy-oh-boy when they started, they REALLY got hard fast! My mom came over around 4:30pm and the contractions were just starting to become uncomfortable. At 5:30pm Kevin and my Mom went down to the cafeteria for dinner since the contractions were picking up quickly and we were afraid it might be their only opportunity to eat. I could talk through the contractions when they left for dinner, but by the time they returned (no more than 45 minutes later) I was doing my very best to simply bear through them - talking wasn't even a possibility at that point.
Within 45 minutes I started to feel the urge to push so the nurses called the doctor right away. Around 7:10pm I was ready to start pushing and 45 minutes later, Delanie Joy Arlene was born! What a miracle! What an experience! What a relief!!!
She weighed in at 7lbs 11oz (our biggest baby yet - and trust me, I felt EVERY ounce) and was 20 1/2 inches long (our longest baby, too). She was alert and ready to meet the world right away.
Our family was all waiting in the family lounge and came in very shortly thereafter to see their new sister, grand daughter and great grand daughter. It was an exciting place, to say the least! Elijah, Ethan and Kaden rushed in, searching for their much anticipated new sibling - it was so heartwarming to see their unabashed excitement. Much pomp and ceremony was placed on each brother having his moment of one-on-one time, then the grandparents each had their moment. Lanie was absolutely showered in hugs, kisses and affection.
It wasn't the birth experience that I had been imagining, but we are blessed to have Lanie here safe and sound none-the-less. Thank the Lord for her safe and quick delivery. Now we look forward to our new life as a family of six!
Friday, May 15, 2009
At my last doctor's appointment on Tuesday, my protein levels were back up. My doctor decided she is not comfortable letting the pregnancy continue due to the stress it is placing on my kidneys, and she actually asked me if I could go straight to the hospital right then. Of course my mind was rushing with the overwhelming number of thoughts and logistics to process with that idea! I hesitated mostly, though, because I was still hoping the ABC was still an option. She is a great doctor, and although I know it would be easier for her to just send me over to the Labor & Delivery in Novi, Dr. Pezeshki began thinking of alternative options to try to give me a chance for the ABC. As long as my protein levels are the least bit elevated, I am not permitted to be induced at the ABC (by having my bag of waters broken) because I am considered high risk (that is, the LOWEST high risk possible, but still officially "high risk"). However, if my proteins levels came back down there wouldn't be an issue. So, Dr. Pezeshki said that we would delay the induction until she had the time to run one more protein test (a different, more accurate test) that would take 3 days to process.
SO, here we are . . . I went to the office yesterday with my sample and for bloodwork, and today I find out where I stand. Will I be induced today at the ABC or tomorrow at the Labor & Delivery? Either way, this is a momentous day for me since it is the last day I will be pregnant (almost positively the VERY last time, unless God has other plans). I am so thankful and relieved to know the end is very near because I have reached the very big, very uncomfortable, very yucky stage of pregnancy - but my longing for this to be over with is definitely bittersweet. I may never feel the butterfly flutters and the martial artist kicks again. I may never cradle my belly and know that there is another being growing miraculously in my womb. I may never be an intimate part of nurturing the development of a new life through the amazing and miraculous capacity of my female body. I will definitely miss these incredible and awe-inspiring parts of pregnancy. These last few moments will certainly be treasured and filed away in the area of my brain reserved for the most important memories of all, crowding out all of the unpleasant realities pregnancy can bring (morning sickness, heartburn, total and utter exhaustion . . . you know the ones).
Realistically, the fact that either today or tomorrow we will be holding our newborn daughter is our arms has me incredibly excited and overwhelmingly nervous all at the same time. I am so ready for this, and I am so NOT ready for this all at the same time! Her birth has been highly anticipated and the days could not have gone quickly enough for us, but I've done this newborn thing before and I know how much work I am in store for. Am I a glutton for punishment? Even as uncomfortable as I am right now, it is still easier to care for the baby in utero then it is the first three sleepless months. Apparently some part of your reasoning and common sense dims at this stage of pregnancy, however. ;)
Today or tomorrow! I think I can wait, just that much longer . . . !
Please pray for us today and lift up the baby's safe delivery, if you could. I wouldn't mind either if you asked for quick labor and easy pushing for me while you're praying, if it's not too much to ask. :) Thank you all, for your love and support throughout this pregnancy. I hope to have pictures, stats and information posted soon after the baby is born. Check back in a few days.
Thank you and God bless!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Grandma and Grandpa with mom and dad. We are so blessed to have such wonderful family ties!
OUR DINNER MENU FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2009:
- MONDAY - Stuffed Turkey Fillets, Savory Noodles, Corn-on-the-cob
- TUESDAY - Chicken and Dumplings, Glazed Carrots, Homemade Bread
- WEDNESDAY - Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Fruit
- THURSDAY - Baked Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
- FRIDAY - Chicken Ranchero Wraps/INCH Convention?
- SATURDAY - Leftovers/INCH Convention?
- SUNDAY - Celebrate Jeremy's birthday with the Wright's
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
This recipe is an extremely easy throw-everything-in-a-pot-and-call-it-dinner type of meal, but my kids love it and it is a great way to use up leftover chicken. Since it is fairly simple, it is very easy to adjust the flavors to suit your own tastes. Enjoy!
- 2 cups rice (we love Jasmine rice)
- 1 can (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup, undiluted
- 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
- 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
- 1-2 tsp. chicken seasoning (I like Zehnder's Chicken Seasoning, but any kind will do)
- salt & pepper, to taste
- shredded Cheddar cheese, optional
Prepare rice and vegetables according to package directions (substituting chicken broth for water in rice, if desired). Add soup to cooked rice, stir just to combine (do not over mix - rice will become sticky and starchy). Combine rice, vegetables, chicken and seasonings in a large pot and warm over low heat. Top with Cheddar cheese, if desired, and serve.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
OUR DINNER MENU FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 4 - MAY 10, 2009:
- MONDAY - Stovetop Chicken & Rice Casserole, Glazed Carrots, Applesauce
- TUESDAY - Hamburgers on the grill, Corn-on-the-cob, Canteloupe
- WEDNESDAY - Ham Steaks, AuGratin Potatoes, Green Beans
- THURSDAY - BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Creamed Corn
- FRIDAY - Loaded Baked Potatoes (with all the fixin's), Broccoli, Homemade Bread
- SATURDAY - Leftovers
- SUNDAY - Celebrate Grandma Caldwell's birthday with the entire family.