Friday, February 25, 2011

She's Here!! (And already over a week old!)

Introducing Miss
Collins Reese Woodward
February 15, 2011
8lbs 4ozs


Last picture of mom with a belly!! :) (Just about to induce!)

About ready to start pushing... I couldn't believe it at this point!!

5:20am and here she is!! :)

The best and proudest daddy and husband!! :)

Headed home... 
Sorry about the swollen face, but it is currently one of the only pictures of the 3 of us...
we will have to fix that!! :)

Here is the story...

I seriously can't believe that it has taken me this long to update my blog and let you all know that Collins Reese Woodward has made her arrival!! :)  She arrived on February 15 and weighed 8lbs 4ozs and was 20 inches long!  She didn't exactly arrive the way that we had planned on, but I can tell you that I felt peace on where God was leading me every step of the way!!!

I went in on Monday, Feb. 14th for my weekly check-ups.  I was put on the monitors and Collins was looking great! When he checked me, I was just about 1.5cm.  However, he said that I had protein in my urine, my blood pressure was a little elevated, and then asked my about my blood sugars.  When I told him they had been dropping low, he said that was a sign that my placenta was not working as well as it was-- because I was right around the corner from my due date.  So I said, "what's the plan from here?".  He said, "well, if you are okay with today, I would like to go ahead and induce you because your numbers are only going to get worse!"... I said, "GREAT!  Can I go get something to eat or do I need to go straight to the hospital?"  He told me to go get something to eat, get my stuff, and my hubby and make my way back.  So, we did just that!

We got to L & D at about 2:30pm.  However, we had to wait for the doc to come in and let us know how and when to proceed.  He came in at about 5:00pm and said that he wanted to wait to induce me until 8:00pm so that he was here and it was just him and I!  I appreciated that, but would have liked to have known that ahead of time instead of sitting around for 6 hours!! Oh well!  So, the doc came in at 8:00pm and started pitocin.  At this point, I was only 2cm dilated.  At 10:00pm, he came back in to break my water.  At about 1:30am, I was having a lot of contractions (about every 45 seconds), but I got to a place where I couldn't breathe!  And thinking that I was still 2cm, I thought there was no way that I could do this for another 7 hours which is what they told me to expect.... I really wanted to do it naturally, but I felt really felt God whispering to me to get an epidural-- I know that sounds ridiculous, but it is really true!!!!!  So, I did... thinking that I would be able to get some sleep.  They got the epidural in at about 2:00am.  I finally relaxed.  At about 2:20am or so, a nurse came in and I told her that I was still cramping some and feeling some pressure and asked her if that is normal and if my epidural just hadn't fully kicked in yet.  She said, that was probably the case, but went ahead and checked me... she said... "Oh my... you were just a 2 the last time they checked you?!  You are feeling pressure because you are about ready to push... you are a 9.5!"  Then she told me she was going to have to go get my nurse because she was helping with another delivery thinking that I was still a ways away!!  So at about 3:20am we started to push... I pushed for about an hour.... But she hadn't moved at all!!  So the doc came in and took a look and said that my bone was turned just enough that she couldn't get her head through and said that he recommended we have a c-section.  I said, "ok!"... Damon couldn't believe that I was just like ok... And this is where I was telling you I felt like God was guiding me the whole day... I just had an overwhelming sense that I was going to have a c-section from the beginning (though I didn't tell anyone that)... and I think that God whispered to me to get the epidural because I think I would have freaked out if I had been told all at once, after pushing for a hour, that I was going to have to get an epidural and have a c-section and not do it naturally!!  So, they got me all prepped and Collins was born into this world at 5:20am!  I was EXHAUSTED, but was so glad that she was here!

That whole day was kind of a blur-- I know that LOTS of people came to visit, but I honestly don't remember a whole lot as it was hard to keep my eyes open!!! Wednesday was much better, with fewer visitors and extra time to rest!  Thursday, we headed home!!!

The recovery has definitely been hard... I am still pretty sore and moving slow, but I am trying to stay on my feet and walk as much as possible to continue the healing process.  My staples were removed on Monday-- which definitely helped!

As I sit this morning with this little girl in my arms, I am just in awe of who God has already created her to be.  I am in awe of the support our family has felt.  And personally, I am in awe of the husband that God has so graciously given me to join me in this journey.  I am so blessed with the support that he offers EVERY day!  He gets up with me at 3:00am for feedings and just looks at her and I... and wants to keep the bassinet on his side of the room so that he can get her up every morning (and for every feeding)!  Seriously, I don't know how girls do this by themselves!!  Damon was there the ENTIRE time-- with laughs when they were needed, a hand to hold, and even some tears when those were required... Can I just brag a minute and say that I am pretty sure I have the BEST husband EVER!!!

So far, being a mom has been the best thing that has ever happened to me (next to marrying the most supportive man EVER!!)!! An INCREDIBLE experience... and I definitely see God's fingerprints all over her and see Christ's love for us in a totally new light... Man, I didn't think my heart could ever be this full.  I will continue to update with pictures and such as the weeks progress!!  Thanks for all the prayers and support that were offered on our behalf... We are sure spoiled to have friends like you guys!!  Love you all!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Patience with Little Progress

If patience is a virtue, then I am having a really hard time being virtuous!  I am getting soo impatient for this little bundle of joy to come into my life!!!  I am so ready to eat without feeling like I am going to throw up from ready to not have cankles and wear whatever shoes I want to (I am down to about 2 pairs that I can fit into comfortably)... and so ready to just hold Collins in my arms!  I am just tired of waiting!

With that said, I know that God has the perfect time for her to arrive!  Down to the exact minute and I am learning to trust more and more in that timing! (Even though it doesn't exactly line up with mine!)  I think it is so funnny that I would have to stop contractions twice and have to stop them and then when I am ready for them, she decides that she is totally content to just sit on right side, high up there, and kick on my ribs for fun!  At least she has moved down some so I am not in as much pain as I was!!!!

I was at the doctor this last week-- and there has been no change... still 1cm and 50% effaced.  I will get checked again on Thursday (weather permitting) and hopefully there will be some more progress!! Please pray with me!

Damon is just convinced that with all this weather coming in (Little Rock is projected to get at least 6 inches of snow starting tomorrow morning) that I will go into labor when we can't get to the hospital and I will end up giving birth on the side of the road!  Now as funny as that is to think about... I REALLY don't like this idea at all!! So, I am not going to pray to not go into labor (that would be really silly), but pray that if I do, I can get to the hospital EASILY!! :) Hehe!

A couple of books that have been recommended and that I am hoping to start reading are: Grace Based Parenting and Baby Wise.  I think that we will be reading Baby Wise first-- as I would LOVE to have little Collins sleep through the night as soon as possible and I have heard that this book has some practical how to's on accomplishing that-- and MANY other things!

Oh, and Damon got me a new iPhone! Woohoo!! I have been waiting for Verizon to get one FOREVER!  So now I feel like I am truly ready and armed to have a baby... I mean, every good mom needs an iPhone, right?! :)