Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

I know "THEY" say that I should be sleeping when my baby sleeps, but I don't think "THEY" must have had this beautiful of a child because I can hardly help but just stare at her!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

the BEST day ever!

[Every time I sit down to write this post, I get distracted or busy with Lainey or something else... I guess she wanted me to keep you all in suspense!]

August 12th, 2011

5:something AM - Alarm went off (like I was really sleeping anyway...). Today we're going to have a baby! I took a nice long shower and we got everything settled around the house, said our goodbyes to Simon and headed to the hospital at 6:30.

6:30something - Checked in on the 3rd floor. Everyone I came in contact with would look at my chart or paper work and see "41 weeks, 2 days" and sigh and express their pity for me.
7:00ish - We got settled into our room, which was thankfully (for Jed) right across from the galley where he could fetch me popsicles and ice chips and met our first nurse of the day! She was wonderful!
7:30 - Dr. H arrived and cracked lots and lots of jokes (that's his thing, he was one of Jed's favorite doctors we saw) and then he broke my water. I was already 3 cm dilated and 75% effaced so I had a good start to go from! At this point, Dr. H also guessed that baby J was about 8 lbs. HA. They monitored baby J for 30 minutes and then I could get up and walk around. They said they would give me until 10 or 11 to progress a little before they would start pitocin. We walked the halls for a little while and they monitored the baby again, and then we walked again, etc. We passed Dr. H in the hallway and he suggested I try skipping. Jokes. I started to feel some real contractions but nothing was too terrible yet.
Shortly before 11 - The nurse starts the pitocin so I was stuck in bed :(
11:06 - (I know this because I texted my sister) Contractions already are getting stronger! This is good!
Shortly before 1 - I started to not feel so awesome. I was also incredibly HUNGRY.
2:00ish - The nurse checked and I was still only at 3 cm but more thinned out. This was a bit discouraging and I was starting to get more and more anxious and unable to rest in between contractions because they were getting more painful. The nurse suggested some fentenol to help me relax so my body could start doing what it was supposed to do! We thought about it for awhile and decided to try it and it helped A TON! It made me feel a little crazy but it helped distract me and rest - the contractions were still painful but I didn't focus so much on the pain.
3:00 - New nurse! She was even better than the first!
5:00 - At this point I had had 2 doses of the fentenol and was only able to get one more dose. I had only progressed to 4-5 cm and it was looking like this whole labor thing would never end. So around that time I decided to get an epidural - I went in not sure what I would do about pain management because I didn't know what it would be like! I am glad that I decided to get the epidural because it ended up being such a long day and I was able to rest again and store up some energy for later. Plus, it helped me progress later on!
5:30 - I texted my sister and said I was feeling "Awwwwwesome!" Ha. I was at 5 cm and the doctor said he was going to go home for dinner. More jokes. I asked him how much longer this could potentially take and he said the extreme was 7 more hours. Yikes.
6:00 - 8 cm! The epidural really helped my body relax and progress!
6:30 or 7:00 - 9.5 cm! I got another new nurse - she was FABULOUS and so sweet - she checked in a lot which was really nice as we neared the end of the day. She suggested that that I just relax and labor down so that when it was time to push, I was really ready and wouldn't have to push for as long. So I rested some more and tried to even fall asleep.
9:00 -I started pushing. And then I threw up. (TMI? Sorry.) Pushing, pushing, pushing. Jed and the nurse were both incredibly encouraging and their praise really helped so much. Jed told me I was the best laborer ever. The doctor came in a little before 10 and turned off the epidural. Rats. At this point, things got a little crazy and I don't really know what all happened but Dr. H was working at a furiously fast pace and like Jed said, a SWAT team of nurses came in right before baby J arrived. As it turned out, I was just about to birth a 9 lb 4 oz baby who had some rather large shoulders. The doctor had to perform some of his fancy doctor skills in order for the baby to be born as quickly as possible. (I will gladly explain this more in detail in person if you'd like).
10:14 - It's a........ GIRL! A beautiful baby GIRL!

I was totally shocked (I really thought allllll along that baby J was a HE.... obviously all of you blog voters were right and I was wrong) and I burst into tears out of relief, exhaustion and excitement. Because of the fast and furious delivery, I wasn't able to really see or hold her right away as she needed to be on oxygen and monitored for a little while. Jed followed her as they checked her out and weighed her and then he was able to bring her over to me and I got a quick glimpse of her sweet little face before they took her to the nursery.
A little less than 2 hours later, we were finally able to move to the mother/baby floor and our first stop was the nursery so I could FINALLY, REALLY meet my sweet girl. Lots more tears. She was just so perfect and beautiful and I was totally overwhelmed with the greatest of God's miracles... LIFE!

Friday, August 19, 2011

The joys of Fatherhood.

Well the time has come for Papa Bobblehead to chime in again and leave my two sense worth on the blog. It still seems pretty weird to be a Dad but at the same time I never thought I'd be able to stare at this

for 10 solid minutes with out a break. (I know she's adorable right?" Look at me, using words like adorable)That said, despite having the week off, it has been one wild ride and I've probably learned more I the last week about babies than I have in the past twenty nine years. That said, it's pretty amazing what the Lord was working on inside that previously posted belly. To think, all this, in Sarah's belly!

Anyways, I thought this would be a good time to use the next few entries to go over a few quick do's and don'ts for new or soon to be fathers. First off, for the soon to be fathers, (if you don't know the gender), know that, although it may look like it, your child is not an alien. NOT. Don't freeze up on the gender ID and allow the Doc to hold the baby upside down for a good 10 seconds before you mumble out it's a girl (or boy). It is NOT an alien. Outside of that, it's pretty cool to see all the nurses rush in like a SWAT team clad in scrubs. But all in all it was a pretty smooth experience, and although Sarah was sad to say good bye to the round the clock room service (we didn't even have that on the honeymoon) we got to come home after just two days and start being "real" parents. This brings me to the first don't on the list.

In addition to giving you hands the Lord gave you eyes, use them.

The most helpful thing I've learned thus far is the diaper check. I've come to realize there is a lot of slack in the diaper, which allows the changer to pull it away from the leg and check the contents with your eyes. Not only this, depending on the diaper, a handy yellow strip that turns green when wet, amazing, I know. I thought they only had technology on Glad freezer bags.

However, as not to ramble, the number one don't of the week. Trying to be the helpful husband that I am, (or try to be), checked the diaper to help out my exhausted wife. DO NOTcheck the diaper with your finger. Seriously, all it gets you is an index finger covered in poo, a lot of poo (I'm talking about a spoon full of butterscotch). However if you're the proud owner of this sneaky rascal:

he makes off with a tasty snack and tries (and in my case succeeds), to plant a big kiss on your face about 10 minutes later. I think the moral of this story is this: look before you leap, or in Simon's case, put the money (poo) where your mouth is.

I'm sure this won't be the last poo laden error (or Simon's last snack) so I'm sure there will be plenty more to come in my adventures as a new Dad.

Location:47th St,Des Moines,United States

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

In love!

We are just smitten with our sweet Lainey Charlotte! I will share more about her BIRTHday and things when I feel a little less deliriously elated and exhausted and can form coherent sentences. Plus, I know you all just want to see pictures anyway... :)

[This one makes me real teary]
Back to my lovely little lady...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

It is our pleasure to introduce...

Lainey Charlotte Johnson
9 lb, 4 oz, 21 inches long
August 12th, 2011, 10:14 pm

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bible Study Babies Pt 1

I am really looking forward to writing the 2nd part of this post, but in order to do that, I better write part 1. Our bible study will be growing A LOT this fall, hopefully in other ways too, but we will be increasing our numbers for sure by 3. Bo and Tim, Amber and Steve and Jed and I are all expecting babies in the very near future. It has been an INCREDIBLE blessing and a great encouragement to walk through this season with these two ladies and these two families. I am so excited to meet all 3 of these babes in the next few weeks.

Another (super fun) project

Curiosity is a funny thing. A few weeks ago, Jed kept saying, "I wonder what is underneath our carpet." We live in a pretty old house, built in 1925, and most homes this age have or had hardwood floors. When we bought the house, they had just put in all new flooring throughout. Nice plush carpet, new shiny linoleum, etc. After making this statement a few times over the next week or so, Jed decided he was going to pull up a corner of carpet in one of the bedrooms just to see what he could find. Upon his discovery, he exclaimed with joy, "Babe! You've gotta come look at this!"

Hardwood floors. Nice ones.

Mind you, this discovery came while I was 35 or 36 weeks pregnant. Call me a pessimist, but my mind immediately went to all of the nesting and cleaning and organizing I'd been pouring myself into and that it would be completely destroyed and need to be REdone if Jed pulled up the carpet. I just smiled and said, "Not today, Jed, not today."

Well, Sunday, we didn't really have anything going on all day and Jed thought he'd try his hand at this again. Call me crazy, but I agreed, even at 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant, just 3 days away from my due date. He had to agree to COMPLETELY put everything back in it's place and clean whatever needed to be REcleaned. I did end up helping some, but just because I wanted to. What can I say? I love vacuuming, especially with a powerful ShopVac. The whole project took from about 11 AM until 6 PM or so and I only had to do a minimal amount of the picking up and cleaning thanks to my hardworking husband.

Jed is THRILLED with how it turned out. Simon is depressed at the loss of the carpet and struggles when we play fetch with his rope or tennis ball in the house - it's just too slippery! I feel bad for the poor little guy! I think it looks great though and am excited to find a nice area rug for the middle of the room so little baby J has somewhere to lay and crawl around (if he or she ever arrives).

Here are some before, during and after photos of the project!