Friday, February 26, 2010

Someone's found their thumb...

Is she not the cutest thing you have ever seen???

She could care less about her pacifier, just give her her thumb!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Baby Update

Baby update over at my baby blog...the link is over towards the right of this page.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Addison's Birth Story

As promised I am sharing Addison's birth story with everyone. She is resting comfortably on my chest as I type this and I still can't believe she is all mine. For several months I felt as if this pregnancy was just flying by but of course those last few weeks just kept on going as if the end would never get here. I am so proud of myself for carrying this precious little girl in my belly for almost nine months and then actually giving birth to her. I still can't believe I have done it and I actually can't wait until I get the opportunity again. Nothing will ever top the birth of Addison, not even subsequent births of future children. There is just something so special about that first baby that propelled you into parenthood. Don't get me wrong, I will love each of my children equally and each of their births will be special in there own way, but I just can't fathom how any of them would top Addison's. She is already the light of my life and I can't get enough of her. The little squeeze she gives my finger, the smirk she shares with us when you gently rub her cheeks and chin, and the priceless face she gives us when she is loading her diaper with something for Mommy and Daddy. My dear daughter is an excellent pooper/burper/farter...her Daddy is so darn proud it's not even funny.

Anyway, our journey began last Thursday. I woke up that morning to prepare for work when what I thought was my water breaking occurred. Decided I had better hang at home just in case we were finally going to be meeting our daughter. I had contractions/cramps through out the day but nothing ever escalated. At my appointment the next day the Doctor was concerned about what I had experienced the previous day so she checked to see if it had been my water, it wasn't, and thought maybe it would be a good idea for an emergency ultrasound just to check on the baby. After waiting all afternoon it was determined that Addison was just fine but was starting to measure on the larger size. Due to the fact my Crohns has been a concern this entire pregnancy it was decided that we would go ahead and induce so that we could get her outta there before she got any bigger. The ultrasound was estimated over eight pounds then. The only available time was Monday night so that gave us all weekend to prepare for the big day.

I spent the weekend preparing meals and prepping myself emotionally for what was about to happen. Of course the snow storm hit and people started to scramble but we held strong and pretended like the snow was no big deal. We carefully made our way to the hospital where they started right at six on me. First the IV, took three tries but I survived, then the gels that would help soften my cervix. Pitocin was started the next morning at 4 a.m. and contractions started to slowly follow. Unfortunately my body didn't respond quite like they had wanted but were prepared for so at 6:15 I was given three options. The first option was call it quits and head home and try again towards the end of the week, second was to keep trying and hope that I progressed, and the third had something to do with a c-section. I had already made up my mind to keep trying so I tuned out for that last option. Anyway, they turned off the pitocin and were going to take me off all of the monitors so that I could shower and get up and move around more freely however Addison's heart beat kept at a steady 130 or so and they became concerned. They said it should be accelerating and because it wasn't they weren't comfortable taking me off the much for a shower. Gels were started again at 8 where it was determined that I was still only around 2 cm dilated which was where I was at when we came in Monday. The gels were done again at midnight and then at 4 pitocin was started again. Even off the pitocin I had continued to contract so my night was less than comfortable. By that morning I was in so much pain it was all I could do not to slit my own wrists. Addison had turned sunny side up at some point in time so all of my contractions were in my lower back and butt. People...I thought I was going to die they hurt so bad. Finally after the pressure got so intense and after I commented to everyone that I needed to poop but I couldn't people went crazy calling for the nurse. I guess the word poop that far along means you are towards the I had gone from 2 cm to almost 8 in just a few hours. Before I knew it people were being called to get to the hospital and the epidural was being placed. For nine months I worried about that darn epidural and how badly it would hurt, my IV on Monday was worse than the epidural. In fact the only thing I felt was a tickle from they shot me with the numbing medicine. The epidural guy was awesome and quickly became my best friend. The pressure was still there which was painful in it's own little way but at least the contractions were gone.

Everything after that was a blur until it was time to push. I started pushing around 10 and by 10:20 that morning Addison had arrived. I actually had to stop pushing for around 10 minutes to allow my Doctor time to get out of the c-section and hysterectomy she was performing. It was a busy day at the There were a few moments where they were concerned I wouldn't be able to get her out. I guess my pelvic bone was in the way and I really had to push to get her past it. Because of that the family has nicknamed her turtle. I would push and they would see her head and then I would stop and back in it would go.

I still can't believe that I gave birth to this little girl. I can't wait to watch her grow.

I have more to type but you know where I said she was a good pooper?? Yeah, well, she just had a minor explosion that I need to take care of and I better do so quickly because the smell is starting to radiate from her diaper.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Addison Grace Blankenship...

has finally made her appearance. She was born on Wednesday February 17th at 10:20 a.m., she weighed in at 7lbs. 11oz and was 21 in. long. Monday night/Tuesday mornings induction did not work so we started round two Tuesday night. I progressed from 2 cm. to almost 8 in just a few hours and a lot quicker than anyone fact I didn't receive my epidural until I was 8 cm dilated. Child birth was the most painful thing I have ever endured but just like everyone has said, you forget once your child is placed in your arms. My little girl is completely wrapped around my finger and I can't believe I have lived all of these years without her in my life. She is an awesome baby who very rarely cries. We were just sprung from the hospital today due to her developing jaundice which wasn't fun but the Doctor thinks she should be just fine by Monday or so. Now if you'll excuse me I am going to go and rest. I haven't had more than two hours of sleep since Sunday night and my days are starting to run together. I will post pictures and such at a later time.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Someones about to make their grand debut...

Good news...since Addison doesn't want to join us on our own we're going in after We leave for the hospital Monday night to start the induction process. The Doctor warned it's going to be long and hard but she thinks it should work and we won't have to have a c-section. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers and just think...the next time I post will be with a picture of the most beautiful little girl you've ever seen, well at least that's what I will think!! :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I thought I would stop in real quick to give the latest baby update.

Today is February 10th in case you weren't aware and it was supposed to be someones due date however...she is not cooperating and refuses to leave her warm accommodations and join us physically here in snowy Ohio.

My next appointment is Friday and we will see if I have made any progress, which recently I have not, so that I we will at least be able to schedule some sort of induction. I did tell her awhile ago that I wouldn't mind if she held off until the 14th so maybe that is the hold up. She wants to be a Valentines day baby just as much as me and the rest of the family want her to be. Can you imagine a sweet little girl born on such a day? Let me tell you now, if she does come on Sunday her first birthday party is going to be nothing but pink and red with hearts all over.

Hopefully my next post will be announcing her arrival!

Take care everybody...I hope to be back with some new recipes shortly. I have not been cooking much as of lately and I am anxious to get back into the game.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Addison Grace Blankenship come out right now please!!

I am well aware that while tight, your accommodations are probably quite cozy with a nice heat source that doesn't come with an outrageous Vectren bill, your love of Big Boys with extra tarter sauce, and the overall knowledge that at this time you don't have to do anything but grow is enough to keep anyone inside of my uterus but for crying out loud child...COME OUT!

I will be 39 weeks tomorrow which is great and makes us that much closer to your arrival but do you think that you could at least try to help dilate my cervix. I mean I am 39 weeks pregnant and the term "thick and closed" is not one you want to hear when you are that far along into a pregnancy. Then add on top of that the Doctor doesn't even want to discuss induction right now because if I were to be induced at my stage more than likely they would end up going in after you and I do not want to be cut open to retrieve you.

So please in order to give Mommy and Daddy some relief and a much needed break from work, even though taking care of you will be work in it's own right, let's make some progress shall we?? I am not asking for much...a centimeter or two would work just fine. Even my blood pressure is starting to go up so before it gets any worse lets get crackin'.

Now that I have said that I would also like to add about how quickly this progress should take place. I have tested positive for Group B Strep which means that before you come I MUST have IV antibiotics to ensure your health and safety. What this means for you is none of this I'm a Murphy funny business you want me to come I will come gosh darn't. This means that we need to progress slowly that way Mommy has time to recognize that it's time to go to the hospital but still have plenty of time to get at least one dose of medicine in her. So when I get to the hospital and they tell me "oh you're about 3 centimeters" that does not mean speed up and shoot to ten within an hour.

Thank you for listening, now let's see how stubborn you are and whether you actually paid attention to what I have just said.

I love you no matter what though...always remember that!