Wednesday, August 29, 2007

My First Bath!!

Mckinley had a big day today! She had her first outing - we went to the doctor and they determined that her jaundice is getting better and she can ditch the lights. Yeah!! Then we made a quick trip to Babies R Us to get a couple of things - mainly some clothes that actually fit our tiney tiny girl, and then to top it all of - she had her first bath!

She seemed to really enjoy her bath and she didn't even cry when mommy struggled to get her little arms through those long sleeves. She has been so good!!

We hope you enjoy these pictures . . I'm sure more will follow soon. Taking her picture is quickly becoming very addictive! Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and for sharing in our joy over this precious new life!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mckinley Grace

For those of you that haven't heard yet, Mckinley is finally here! Some of you have heard the details of her arrival, but here's a summary for those of you that haven't.

We went into the hospital Wednesday night to be induced on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, there were several issues that arose on Thursday due to extensive back surgery I had about 15 years ago. The first was that an epidural was not possible. So, I went through labor for about 12 hours on Thursday without an epidural. Plenty of contractions, but I never dialated past a 1.5 (which we also learned later was due to the surgery and the shape of my pelvic opening). So my doctor called for a c-section that evening - but with no epidural possible, they attempted a spinal block 3 times which never took full effect. Therefore, the only choice was a c-section under general anesthesia. This is never ideal because of the risk to the baby, but we had excellent doctors and they were able to perform the procedure quickly and minimize Mckinley's exposure to the anesthesia. Unfortunately during the procedure they don't allow the father to be in the room, so Trent had an agonizing wait during delivery. Mckinley was officially born at 10:22 pm on August 23 and weighed 6lbs 12 oz. and was 18.5" long.

After a very tough day for all 3 of us, they took me to my hospital room to recover and Trent opted to send Mckinley to the nursery to be looked after so that he could fully concentrate on taking care of me. About 3am we received a call and then a visit from the neonatologist letting us know that they were moving Mckinley to the NICU due to fluid in her lungs. So the first time I saw our baby girl was around 4am in the NICU - hooked up to an iv, breathing tube, and feeding tube. Needless to say this was very difficult for all of us. They kept her in the NICU for almost 40 hours and that was by far the most difficult time that Trent or I have ever endured. But our little girl made a great recovery and was in our room by Sat night at 6 pm. We all stayed in the hospital until Monday am just to make sure everyone was alright.

We are now home and so incredibly happy to have our family all together! We are very blessed to have wonderful family and friends that have surrounded us through this time and we appreciate everyone's love and prayers and help so very much. I am also grateful beyond words to have such an amazing and strong husband and father for our little girl. He has been taking amazing care of us and I can't imagine going through what we did without having him by my side. He has held me up, literally and figuratively, every step of the way.

Here are some pictures of our beautiful princess. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Being cleaned up . . . just a few minutes old!

Later that evening . . this is the first time I saw her.

Finally in momma's room . .where she belongs!

Mimi and Grandad are so happy to hold her!

With my Nana . . .

And now we're finally at home!

I promise more pictures as we get settled. To top things off, she has a slight case of jaundice and so they sent her home with a special bed with lights on it. She has to stay on that as much as possible until tomorrow when we take her back to the doctor to be re-evaluated. Hopefully we can get rid of the lights then and spend much more time holding her!

Friday, August 17, 2007

There's an end in sight . . .

Well, it looks like we won't be waiting much longer . . . I am currently 37 weeks and had a doctor's appointment yesterday. We had an ultrasound and Mckinley looks wonderful! Her lungs are developed and they estimate her weight at 6 lbs 10 ozs. However, the doctor feels that I am showing some early signs of preeclampsia - elevated blood pressure, swelling increased heartburn. So she is running some blood work and we should get the results today. The doctor was going to check the schedule and try to get us scheduled for an induction on Thursday, the 23rd. I will be 38 weeks by then and she feels it's better to go ahead and deliver and not run the risk of developing full blown preeclampsia. She did prepare us that if something shows up on my blood work, or if my symptoms get worse (she wants to see me on Monday) then she could decide to induce earlier. So to summarize, she basically wanted us to prepare for the fact that we were going to have a baby within a week or less! You could tell she was trying to break the news to us easily so we didn't freak out, so I told her that it would be okay with us if it's early - we're ready. She said "Oh good! I was trying to figure out the best way to let you know that you're basically a ticking time bomb." Gee thanks doc!

So as long as we make it to Thursday, then the plan would be for me to be admitted on Wed. evening and then the induction would begin early Thursday. Then she should be born sometime Thursday afternoon or evening! We're not thrilled about the possible health issues, but we are thrilled to be meeting our little girl a little sooner than planned! Although there is a very small part of me that is totally freaking out . . . but that's only normal, right???

Here are some random pictures to check out. One of Mckinley's grandmother's wasn't able to make it to the last shower, so she asked that I send some pics of all her precious little things. So, I posted a few of them for those of you that love all the little girly things as much as I do!

This belly shot was a couple of weeks ago . . . and it's actually bigger now, and lower!

Daddy getting some practice with our current baby, Bailey! He looks like a natural, doesn't he?

So this will probably be my last post before the big arrival . . . If anyone has any advice on how we should spend our last few days, please let me know! Our anniversary is on Monday, so we'll probably go out to dinner at some point, but other than that we don't really have any plans. . . that is other than wandering around in a daze, thinking . . "I can't believe we're really about to have a baby!!!"

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

And now we wait . . .

Last weekend we had a family baby shower here in Dallas and that was the last big event on the calendar until Miss Mckinley's arrival. So now we are pretty much just sitting around staring at my belly and waiting . . . I'm 36 weeks and my doc doesn't seem to think I will make it to 40 weeks, so that means there will actually be a baby sometime soon!! We have an ultrasound scheduled for next week and my doctor said "If it looks like you're growing a toddler in there, then we're going to talk about scheduling a day to have her come a little early"!! My stomach has been measuring ahead of schedule, so we just don't want her to get so big that the delivery is too difficult for everyone involved!

Trent is so excited and ready (and so am I!) and so with every little Braxton Hicks contraction he asks . . are you having the baby today?? I am really looking forward to being able to say yes! I am a little worried about how I'll know when I'm actually in labor, but everyone keeps saying "Don't worry, you'll know!" so I guess I will.

If anyone has any tips on how to pass the time over the next few weeks, please let me know! All of her clothes and blankets are washed and the nursery is ready and waiting. I'm trying to work on some house and work projects to stay busy, although I run out of energy way too quickly. Oh well, soon I'll probably be looking back and longing for anything that resembles free time!

Here are a few pictures from our wonderful shower . . Mckinley is already one spoiled little girl!

My sister-in-law Lana and her 2 girls Savannah and Sunny . . . . Savannah is actually heading off to college in 2 weeks! I can't believe it . .it doesn't seem like all that long ago since she was a baby!