Monday, February 23, 2009

A Little Piece of Heaven

Introducing....

Ethan Gregory McGee
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
7:35 p.m.
7 lbs., 5 oz.
19 in.




Wow! I can't believe he's really here! This past week has just been magical. It all began last Wednesday afternoon. My water broke around 1:30 pm. Luckily Greg had not gone into work yet. We loaded up the car, woke Abby up, and headed out! After dropping Abby off at Nikki's house, we headed straight to the hospital. No surprise with Greg driving we made it there very quickly. It took only moments for them to confirm that my water had broken, and we were in a room and hooked up to monitors by about 3:15. They checked me and I was about 5 cm dilated and 80% effaced. The contractions weren't too bad, and they were pretty irregular, jumping between 5 to 7 min apart, so my dr. ordered pitocin to make the contractions stronger and closer together. I decided that I wanted an epidural before things got too painful. It took awhile to get the epidural because they had to draw blood and wait for the results first. Finally I was ready for the epidural around 5:15 or so, just in time! Greg and I relaxed and talked about how excited we were, and listened to music for awhile. Around 7:00 the nurses changed shifts and they decided to check me again. I was completely dilated, and Ethan was VERY low. We did one small practice push, and the nurses eyes got very wide, and she told me to stop half way through. She took off to get stuff ready and call the dr. The dr. arrived around 7:30, and I began pushing at 7:34. 2 1/2 pushes later, Ethan was out and in my arms. Greg got to cut the cord, and I was able to nurse as soon as I wanted. He came out perfect and pink and crying. He scored a 7 and 8 on his APGARs.

Abby came and met her baby brother the next day, and she has been so great with him. We came home Friday and so far the transition is going very well. The first two nights were rough, with Ethan being awake and crying until 3 am, but the past two nights have been perfect, only waking up once during the night. We just feel so blessed!!! I could go on and on, but my little piece of Heaven is ready to eat! :)

But first, as promised, here are my 37 week belly pictures, and then a couple 39 week belly pictures!! Enjoy!

37 Weeks


39 Weeks!! :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

38 Weeks!!!

Gosh, I guess it has been awhile since I last posted! Hmmm, where did we leave off???

On the baby front, I am 38 weeks pregnant! Yay!! I had my dr. appt. this morning, and I am now 4 cm. dilated and 70% effaced!! Pretty crazy! I am having lots of contractions, but it is still anyone's guess as to when our little man is going to make his big entrance! :)

For now I am just trying to enjoy the last few days of our family of three, and savor all the one-on-one time that I have left with Abby.

Our Valentine's Day was wonderful!! I feel like I have so much to love right now that I could just burst!! We enjoyed our Valentine's Day together as a family, and we went out to eat to ITZ pizza, which is sort of like Chuck E Cheese. Abby had a blast playing in the bounce house, and learning how to bowl, and I had a blast just watching her, in awe!

The latest thing that Abby is doing is singing. She sings with me, or along with the tv, but lately, she will just start singing on her own. It is so cute when we are driving somewhere, and I hear her tiny little voice in the backseat, singing Twinkle, Twinkle or Ring Around the Rosie, or the theme to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It is in these moments that I just listen in amazement, awestruck that this little person is MY daughter.

No pictures to share right now, as the camera is charging in the other room and I'm too lazy to get up and go get the memory card out and download all the pictures right now. I also need to scan my latest maternity pic. I'll try to get around to that soon so that I can share some more cute pictures.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

1 More Month!!!

Today I am 36 weeks pregnant. This was the goal that I was trying to get to, and now it is here. What a relief! My due date is exactly one month from today, March 1. At my dr. appointment on Tuesday we will find out if any more progress has been made. I am still having a ton of contractions all day and all night, but most aren't more than just uncomfortable. I am done trying to guess when our little boy will make his appearance. Instead I am enjoying my last few weeks (days?) of being pregnant and feeling all the hiccups and kicks. :)

Today is also Super Bowl Sunday!!! We are heading over to a super bowl party in a couple hours. Abby and I decided to make brownies...
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