Saturday, April 21, 2012

Nigel Is Here!

My dear son, Nigel, was born on April 11th. I haven't posted about him because I've been ridiculously busy. It is crazy how much work a little baby takes. When he was born, Nigel weighed 7 lbs 10 oz and was 20 inches long. What a good baby.
Labor and delivery were really hard. I was wanting to go with as little medication as possible. Holy cow, labor sucks. It was so painful. I did make it to 7 cm when I got stuck. No change there for a while, so they broke my water. Holy crap! After having my water broken, the contractions were ten bazillion times worse. It really sucked. I tried some drugs in my iv that were supposed to help the contractions not be as sharp, but really it didn't do anything. I was crying through contractions and groaning and all that painful agony stuff. It really sucked, it was so hard. But making the decision to get an epidural had me very sad. I thought I could go all the way without getting one, but I could not. So I got an epidural. And it was fantastic! I hadn't slept in over 24 hours because of contractions, and that really sucked, but after my epidural I was finally able to sleep!
Pushing really sucked as well, it was really hard. I had gotten a really low dose of epidural juice, and I could still move my feet and legs a little bit, I just couldn't feel them. Pushing was not a problem. The nurse, and the doctor when he got there, both said that I was a really good pusher. Good to know I guess. Anyway, I was pushing for an hour and a half when they called the doctor and Nigel came about fifteen minutes after that. I got a good tear from his head that the doctor fixed up real quick.
I only got to be with Nigel for about 3 hours and then he ended up in the NICU due to low blood sugar. My poor little guy. That was hard. I had to go downstairs to see him and feed him every 3 hours. He was hooked up to an IV to bring up his sugars. Luckily, he was only down there for about 27 hours and then I got to have him in my room again. :) And that night I got to go home with him. Party!
The first two nights with Nigel he did not want to sleep. I would feed him, then he would act like he was still hungry and I couldn't be up all night. So then Ross would take him so I could sleep, then I'd get up later to feed him again and Ross would get some sleep. Then the whole thing would repeat. It was exhausting. He's doing a lot better sleeping through the night now. He does wake up 2-3 times a night, which isn't all that bad when he actually goes back to sleep after I feed him. Last night was spectacular because he only woke up once. I was very pleased.
Well, Ross and I are totally in love with our little boy. He's so adorable and it is great to have such a wonderful addition to our family.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Quick Update

Well, it appears that the name Henry has won the final poll. Great job Henry. Unfortunately, Ross and I do not like this name. It's a good thing we came up with a name for our first son all the way back when we were engaged. But these polls have been fun and entertaining for sure. :)
I survived the Utah Winter Guard State Championship competition. It was rough. My back was killing me. But I survived. My amazing B guard kids got second place in Finals and all got silver medals. The A guard had the most incredible show I've ever seen them do. I was really sad that they didn't make it to finals though. I am so proud of both teams! They did so freaking amazing. I really want to work with them more. I love these kids!
I went to see my doctor today. I am now dilated to 3 centimeters. Thank goodness. I am also 80% effaced, which is fantastic. The baby will probably come in the next few days is what I'm thinking. Ross is also thinking this, as I've been having lots of contractions. My doctor also feels this way, he did strip my membranes today as well. So what a party. I'm excited to be a mom!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Coming Up on Championships

This Saturday are the Utah Winter Guard State Championships. Am I excited? Heck yes. At first I wasn't going to go, since it is 8 days before my due date. However, after a nice talk with my doctor this Monday, I have decided to go unless I go into labor today or tomorrow. My doc said that going may start my labor, but he thought only a 10-15% chance of my water breaking. So I'm going down. Unless I go into labor in the next two days, of course, because then my water would break down in American Fork. And I don't want to have a baby in American Fork. That would be lame. No offense intended toward those that live in American Fork.
So I am super excited to go down. I'm gonna need to bring a bunch of pillows to poof around myself on the bus. And, not gonna lie, I would not mind starting my labor while down there, I just want to be able to make it back to Logan in time to have my water break and my little baby delivered. Which my doctor said could very likely be the case. He was confident that I wouldn't have my baby down there. Ross asked him how many babies he has delivered. His answer, "Only about 3200." Holy crap, that's a lot of babies.
So I am now all applied for the open color guard director position at Mountain Crest. My dear friend Kacie is moving to Arizona. I'm gonna miss her so much. From working with her and the MC guard I've seen this amazing vision she had for the program. And now she doesn't get to see it through. I think I would do a really great job with the position and I believe I could continue where she left off and make the color guard as amazing as she dreamed it could be. And that would be most outstanding. I even have some great ideas that I think would really help the color guard to excel. I just hope then when the interview comes around I can portray my thoughts and ideas well. I don't want to look like a loser. I don't know how many people are applying for the position, but I am worried that there are people applying that are much more qualified than me. Just having a positive attitude and a strong vision for the future may not be enough. I sure hope I can rock the house. The interview won't be for another few weeks though. I'm excited. :)