Thursday, October 16, 2014

Perryn's Crazy Birth Story.


When I think back to the day our daughter was born, I’m still in shock.  And to be honest, I'm still processing it all.  It was planned in the sense that we knew we were having a c-section due to her being breech, but everything that followed was completely unplanned and unexpected. There is no doubt in our minds that God played a part in making sure that we were finally able to take our daughter home…9 long days after she was born.  

So here's her story. I shortened it as much as possible....pictures follow below! 

Despite needing two epidurals, my c-section was pretty standard, resulting in no complications for me. Perryn's arrival was a completely different story. When she was born she was having a little bit of trouble breathing (which can happen with c-section babies) so they whisked her and Cowboy up to the nursery to assist her with that. Meanwhile I was left by myself while they stitched me back up, and then I had to wait in the recovery area for 3 hours until I regained feeling in my legs.  At that point they brought me to the nursery and I was finally able to hold my daughter! 

During that time they ran several x-rays and tests. They saw that her blood sugar levels were dangerously low and that her lungs were indeed partially collapsed. So they hooked her up to an IV to raise her blood sugar and put her in an oxygen tent to boost her lung capacity. After 6 hours under the oxygen tent, her lungs were just fine and she could breathe with no assistance. 

We were told that she needed to stay in the nursery section of the hospital the next few days so they could continue to monitor her blood sugar levels which unfortunately wouldn't stabilize. So rather than breastfeed her initially, I quickly was introduced to the pump (not fun!). I did eventually get to breastfeed and hold her and those moments were definitely the highlight of the whole ordeal. The next few days were a blur of scary information...they thought she may have some rare metabolic disorders so they ordered all sorts of tests. 

While we waited for results, her IV line fell out and they were unable to get it reinserted so they had to put a central line in her belly button, and if that were to fall out we were told she could bleed to death. Meaning we no longer were able to hold her...which was devastating for me and so terrifying. The next day they told us that this was beyond what they could offer at this hospital, and said she needed to go to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane. 30 minutes later a helicopter arrived and we had to say goodbye to her--which was easily the worst moment of my entire life. Cowboy and I then went home, threw some stuff together and drove as fast as possible to Spokane. 

When we got to Spokane it was a much better scene. They were able to get the central line out, a new IV was in place and I was able to hold her again and breastfeed. Test results began coming in and all were negative, meaning she was just fine and just needed to stabilize her blood sugars and gain some weight...which happened over the next 5 days. Finally, when she was 9 days old, we were able to take home our precious little girl! 

I guess we'll never know why her transition to this world was so rough...but we're okay with that. We have our beautiful, healthy, strong, and brave daughter at home and we've never been happier. And now, here are some pics! 













Love,
Betty

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

She's here!

Introducing our daughter Perryn!




She is everything we could have ever hoped for and more. While her birth wasn't exactly what we had planned (spending a week in the NICU is not any fun and is downright scary) we are all home now and she is healthy and strong. We are so in love with this little gal and can't imagine our lives without her. I promise I will give a more detailed story soon, but for now I've got lots of cuddling to do! 

Love,
Betty

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

So soon!

In such a short time, our little gal will be here! We've spent the last few weeks finishing up a few projects around the house in the hopes of making our home as welcoming for her as we can. Cowboy has been such a cleaning trooper since I physically am not much help (although I think I'm still pretty good at delegating tasks!).

We have our hospital bags packed, I'm done with work until February, her nursery is ready and waiting, and now it's time to try and rest up before the big day!

Here are a few more belly pics...crazy to think we won't be doing these for much longer!



Love,
Betty

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pregnancy Post: Weeks 28-35!

Whoa Nelly. We are in the home stretch now! Here are some of the highlights from the third trimester so far...

Events: We took a family trip to the Oregon Coast, Cowboy turned 34, we had a non-stress test when she was having a lazy day (and made her mama worry!-but all was fine), had a Spokane baby shower, found out at 32 weeks that she is in a transverse position and would prefer to stay that way, and I returned to work for the first part of another school year. Busy times!

How much she’s grown: During this time she grew from the size of a cabbage (about 2.25 pounds and 15 inches from head to heel) to a whopping honeydew melon (5.25 pounds and 18 inches long!). 

Movement: Not as many kicks, but lots of pushing and rolling. Since she's lying transverse so we can pretty much always tell where her head and butt are located. At times it looks like she is trying to make her escape with big pushes and stretches...which sometimes result in Braxton Hicks contractions. Ouch! 

Sleep: This is getting harder and harder. Pretty much any position is only good for about 30 minutes. Pop in some bathroom breaks, Braxton Hicks, or a little bit of insomnia and we are pretty darn tired in the morning. 

Symptoms: Fatigue, heartburn, muscle and joint aches, Braxton Hicks contractions, and generally feeling full of baby! 

What I’ve loved: Watching this belly grow and grow, feeling her move (that never gets old), talking to people about this pregnancy, getting things ready for our hospital stay, and putting the final touches on her nursery. 







We love you so much baby girl and can't wait to meet you! 

Love,
Betty




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Dudley!


Today is our Dudley's 7th Birthday! How is that even possible? I vividly remember picking up this not-so-little puppy in Wyoming when we were living in Colorado. And oh how he changed our lives...only for the better. We can't imagine life without this guy. He makes us laugh daily, loves us unconditionally, and reminds us to relax and enjoy the ride.

So in honor of our special boy, I put together a little video of Dudley's first seven years...enjoy!



We love you Dudley. Thank you for bringing us so much joy. We know your baby sister is going to love you just as much as we do.

Love,
Betty

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer 2014.

I can't believe summer is almost over. In just a few short days I will be back at work and pretty soon we will be meeting our little girl! It's strange to think that this was our last summer with just the 3 of us. Dudley definitely knows something is up, although he doesn't understand why we won't let him chew on the baby's new blankets, toys, or diapers.

Before things get super busy, I thought I'd share some of my favorite moments and memories of this summer. Here we go!

*Spending time on beautiful Lake Couer d'Alene with fabulous friends.



*Exploring the hills and valleys around our town...


*Watching the World Cup and cheering on Argentina! 


*Taking a ferry to Victoria, B.C. to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. 


*Visiting the Oregon Coast...


*...and witnessing Dudley's first dip in the ocean! 


*Cowboy putting together baby girl's crib...


*Playing catch with Dudley (that ball by the way was initially purchased for baby girl...but Dudley insisted it would be better for him). 


*And playing fetch at Dudley's favorite swimming spot in town...


*Making empanadas for our nephews 3rd birthday party...


*And treasuring precious cuddles with our new nephew (and Godson!).


All in all it's been a nice, relaxing summer.  We've had lots of time to prepare for baby girl and just enjoy each other's company. And now? Now it's time to get into a routine again if just for a short while. 

Love,
Betty

Friday, August 15, 2014

Same Dress, Different Shower!

So last weekend my fabulous girlfriends in Spokane threw me a baby shower.  I had planned on wearing a long navy blue dress, but when I put it on I realized it was a bit see-through and made me feel about 500 pounds (not the look I was going for). Luckily my favorite striped dress came to the rescue (again!).

This was such a fun shower. The decorations looked like they belonged on Pinterest, the food was delicious, and the company was great. It was so wonderful to catch up with these gals during such a happy time.







As you can see, this baby girl is already feeling lots and lots of love. We are so fortunate! 

Love,
Betty




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