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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

October 2007

10/29/2007 9:17:47 AM
At home :)
We left the hospital on Thursday afternoon. We were very relieved to be home. Grandma Case brought Cole home shortly after we got here and Cole was in a really good mood. He didn't seem jealous of Rylie or anything. That has pretty much continued since we've been home. He goes to her and says "baby" or "yi yee" (for Rylie)and even gives her pacifier to her. He's been really good. He even fell asleep on my lap while I was also holding Rylie. We all three took a nap on the couch :) I'm really proud of him!

Rylie has been doing really well too. The first night at home she was up all night but now I seem to have her figured out. She wanted to eat more than we were feeding her, so she wasn't satisfied enough to sleep. Now we've increased her formula and she just wakes up 2 times in the night to eat. She seems to be a pretty happy baby so far.

Saturday we went over to Grandma and Grandpa Case's for our first outing with 2 kids. It took FOREVER to pack up for the trip. We'll have to get used to getting 2 kids ready. I'm sure we'll be late everywhere we go for a while.

Sunday my friend Cassie from college came to visit. Then Sandy and Conner came to visit, brought lots of food, and Rylie's crib. We're borrowing theirs so we don't have to buy another one. It was nice to have some visitors. Then we went to Kohls and Target. It was a whole new world bringing the 2 of them out to shop too. It was nice for me to get out of the house though. I have been stuck indoors since last Monday! I'm glad to be feeling well enough to get out of the house.

Rylie is calling. I'll update again soon.
10/24/2007 1:19:08 PM
She's here!
Well it didn't happen over the weekend like I thought. I ended up working on Monday and going into labor when I got home around 4:30 pm. I had contractions that were about 5 minutes to start and they lasted through the entire evening. I tried going to bed but it was too painful to lay down that way so we decided to call Matt's mom over to stay with Cole so I could go get checked out at the hospital.

We got to the hospital around 10:30pm and I was still 2-3 cm. I wasn't too thrilled with hearing that since I had been 3 cm at my last appointment and now they were telling me 2-3 cm and 50% effaced after I had been having contractions for 6 hours. The contractions were around 2-4 minutes apart by then and getting more painful. They let me walk around for a while, checked me again, and still no change (other than a LOT more pain for me.) It got pretty bad and the nurse I had was just horrible. She kept telling me that I was not in labor and I kept telling her that YES I was in labor... I told her that I've done it before and I knew it. They weren't able to get my contractions on the monitor so I don't think she believed me. I pretty much suffered the entire night. She didn't let me walk around much. She made me lay in the bed (which is the worst thing you can do if you want the labor to progress) so she could watch the monitor that my contractions and Rylie's heart beat didn't even show up on. It was horrible. We pretty much refused to go home even though she tried about 6 times to send us home. She told me that I could be having contractions like that for up to another week! She was crazy. She ended up giving me some pain medication (nubain) and I got 2 hours of sleep.

Finally at 7am there was a shift change. We got a new nurse and the doctor came in. The doctor checked me, I was 3 cm and 80% effaced and he immediately broke my water and got me up and walking again. He also started me on some pitocin to get things moving along. I was soooo happy to have new people that believed me that I was in labor! We walked around for a while and then I got an epidural around 9am and felt relief. The contractions slowed down, so they continued to up the dosage of pitocin until we started to see some change. After that, I laid in bed, took some naps, and talked to my mom and Matt to pass the time. Around 11:00 AM I was 5 cm. By 12:30 PM I was 10 cm. It went quickly! Then they had me wait to push as Rylie worked her way down the birth canal. We had to wait for the doctor to come but once I started pushing, she was out within around 5 pushes. It was too easy! I didn't tear this time so no stitches for me!

Rylie is doing really well. She's healthy and a good eater. She's been pooping, peeing, and sleeping just like she should be. She's adorable! I think we'll keep her. :)

She was born at 1:44pm on October 23, 2007. She was 7lbs 5 oz and 20 1/2 inches long.

Cole came to see her but he wasn't interested. The only time he'd even look at her was when she cried. He seemed pretty worried and a little afraid every time she cried.

We have to stay in the hospital one more night to make sure that Rylie's temperature is stable but then we are free to go home. We can't wait to get her home and be with Cole again.
10/19/2007 10:40:20 AM
39 week appointment
I went to the doctor today and I am 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced. The doctor said that I have about a 65% chance of going into labor before Friday. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much, but I'm thinking it'll happen this weekend.
I had to bring Cole to this appointment but he did pretty well. He cried when the nurse came in, probably because he just had shots on Monday. The nurse left and he was better. He didn't even mind when the doctor was in the room, but when the nurse came back, he threw a fit. I think he was afraid she was going to give him shots again.
We'll update if there are any changes. BYE!
10/15/2007 2:27:11 PM
More doctors appointments
I had another appointment on Friday (10/12) and I am 2 cm dilated and 70% effaced. Making progress every week!
I've still had lots of false labor which isn't too fun but hopefully that is helping move things along. Next appointment will be Friday again. I'll be 39 weeks at that point.

Cole had a doctor's appointment today and he is doing very well. As usual the doctor said he's advanced :) She said he talks as much as most 2 year olds. He was in the 45th percentile for weight, 65th for head, and 70th for height. He weighs 24 pounds 1 oz. He got 3 shots (including the flu shot) so he's very cranky. He usually hasn't minded shots much, but this time he got really angry. He was already crabby to start so he didn't want the doctor or nurse messing with him at all. He has more teeth working their way up so he's pretty uncomfortable and has been having a hard time sleeping. I'm sure his legs will be sore for a couple days now too. :( Poor guy
He doesn't need another doctor's appointment until he's 2. No more shots for a while!

The doctor told me that anyone who will be around Rylie should get a flu shot soon. She'll be born right at flu season, so make sure you get your flu shot!! The flu can be very dangerous for newborns so we would appreciate it greatly if you got one! Oh and make sure it is the shot, not the nasal mist. The mist can cause you to spread the flu if you sneeze because it uses a live form of the virus.
10/5/2007 3:24:26 PM
Doctor's Appointment Update
1 and a half cm dilated, 50% effaced. Coming along but could still be a few weeks before she's born. :/
10/1/2007 2:29:49 PM
Cole went on the potty again yesterday.. He is so smart! He'll be 15 months old tomorrow and already gets what you are supposed to do when you sit on the toilet! I'm going to continue to put him on it and see if he keeps it up.

I'm getting REALLY anxious for Rylie to be born. I went through her clothes and stuff and washed everything. I'm trying to get everything ready for her to be here. I also washed all the baby bottles, nuks, etc. I just can't wait!!!!!!!
-Jessa