Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Miles - 1 week old

Miles was 1 week yesterday. I have been loving my time home with him and haven't been up to much. We've been taking lots of naps together and just enjoying our time together.
He's been a great baby and really has only cried when hungry or being changed.
Speaking of feedings, we've struggled a little in that department. He's eating good but has a bad latch which makes it VERY painful for me. We've had a meeting with lactation and have another tomorrow. Lets just say the one time after a feeding he looked like he was mauled by a dog from all the blood from me.

Also, I'm adjusting to changing a boy. For the first few days he would constantly pee out his diaper and after realizing I needed to 'position' some things differently, the problem seemed to be solved:)

Kate is slowly adjusting to having a new brother. She loves him and is actually quite gentle. Her favorite thing to do is help change poopy diapers. She likes to hold him for about 2 seconds but then is on to other things:)

On Sunday our good friends Cullen and Jen and their daughter Avery came down to take pictures of Miles. Jen (the amazing photography behind Jennifer Bahn Photography) spent close to 4 hours photographing the little guy and we got some amazing shots. Considering Miles was naked for most of the shoot we were only pooped on a few times:) Here is a preview of a few of them. Just LOVE them. Thanks again Jen!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Introducing Miles Jay Nessler

We are excited to announce the arrival of
Miles Jay Nessler
March 22, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
7 pounds 14 ounces
21 inches

And for those of you interested in the birth story and pictures...keep reading:)

So as you'll recall from my last post I said that I was to have an appointment today and then they would make a decision on inducing. That was a slight fib as we found out during our Friday appointment that today would be the day. I didn't want to tell anyone though as it gave me anxiety knowing exactly when I'd be having a baby and having people talk to me about it would only cause more anxiety. So we just kept the secret to ourselves. Sorry to all those I may have lied to:)

So here is a timeline of our day...
4:30 - Woke up and prepared to leave for the hospital
5:30 - Arrived at hospital and admitted
6:00 - Started the IV of antibiotics for group b strep
6:37 - Finished the first round of antibiotics. Dilated to a 5 at this point and 80% effaced
8:25 - Dr. Taylor arrives and decides to break my water to see if contractions start on their own
9:43 - Dilated to 5-6 and 100% effaced. No pain at this point.
10:47 - Got an epidural. Still no pain at this point but wanted one in case things moved quickly.
11:25 - Pitocin is started as I hadn't progressed any further. Still no pain
1:30 - Nurses had been gone for quite a while and I couldn't tell how I was progressing but felt like something was going to fall out of me. I asked Jay to look and he couldn't see anything, ha.
1:41 - Nurses return and check me. I'm dilated to a 10 and ready to push...hence why i felt like something was falling out of me.
1:45 - Dr. Taylor arrives and I start pushing. No real pain here but a slight discomfort. Pushed 10 times maybe?
1:54 - Miles Jay (or MJ as we might call him for short) is born

What I'm about to say may sound strange but up until 1:45 it may have been the most boring labor ever. Ha. With no pain, it was really a matter of hanging around and waiting. Jay and I both napped here and there, watched tv and surfed the internet. And seriously, with no pain it was the oddest experience ever. I never felt pain from one contraction. Quite pleasant and enjoyable except for the waiting around:) Great nurses too which always helps!

We all are doing great, I feel great and Jay does too:) Kate met Miles for the first time this evening and at first didn't really know what to think of him. She kept saying 'put him back' referring to his little bassinet. Perhaps she was still disappointed that it was a boy and not a 'seester' like she requested. She eventually warmed up to him and was holding him, tickling his toes and giving him kisses.

We're thrilled about our new little family and are in love with Miles. Thanks to everyone for your congrats. We can't wait for you to meet him!

And now what you've been waiting for...the pictures. I realized I didn't get a picture of our whole family together nor any good close-ups of Miles so I'll work on that tomorrow. And now I'm off to bed to get some shut eye.

Me before we left for the hospital
39 weeks 4 days

This would be the 'bored stage'

Right after birth doing kangaroo care

Proud mom and dad after birth

Still shocked it was a boy
Thought for sure it would be another girl for some reason

Getting cleaned up

Miles looks a lot like Kate when she was born

Kate's first meeting of Miles
My kids - I have 'kids' now!
And kate, so photogenic

The sign one of my sister Emily's first grade students made me
So sweet

Me and my boy again
After some freshening up and out of the lovely gown

Sunday, March 20, 2011

5 1/2 Days or Less.....

I had my 39 week appointment on Friday. I am now dilated slightly more than a 4.
As I mentioned before, my doctor is leaving for 10 days come March 26th (Saturday). I asked him what was going to happen if I didn't go into labor on my I get to pick a new doctor, etc.

He then informed me that due to the fact that I've progressed so far already that he would recommend inducing me this coming week if I haven't gone on my own. The combination of me having the group b strep/needing to get antibiotics and with how far I've progressed it would be in the best interest of the baby to induce.

So the plan is if I haven't gone on my own by Tuesday (my next appointment) they will schedule an induction for sometime later this coming week.

Scary and exciting all at the know that by the end of the week, we'll have another baby.
So this weekend was spent at home relaxing and really doing nothing, it was fabulous!
On Saturday I got a pedicure with my mother in law. It was nice and relaxing and much needed. Plus my ankles and legs have been swelling lately so it felt great.

Rest of the weekend has been spent finishing projects, watching basketball and hanging out with Miss Kate.

I'll be sure to keep everyone posted:)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

9 Days

I know, I know….I’ve been lacking in the update department. Not a whole lot new to update. Had my appointment last Friday and am now dilated to a 3 or 4 and 70% effaced still.
Basically its just a matter of sitting around a waiting.

I can definitely tell the baby is lower. And actually over the last couple days I’ve felt pretty good which is a nice change!

If I still haven’t had the baby by Monday I think I’ll bring in a stability ball to work to sit on. Seems to work for everyone, including myself last time. I should say everyone, but my dear friend Christy:)

Speaking of which, Christy was induced on Monday night and had a healthy and LARGE baby boy yesterday. Grayson Timothy, weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs. 6 oz. and 22.5 inches.
Jay and I got to meet the big guy today and he is adorable and Christy looked fantastic! We’re so happy for them.

The visit today made me slightly nervous though as the smell of the hospital brought on an instant fear of needles and such. But with only 9 days til my due date there’s no going back now! Ha.

Next doctor's appointment is this Friday so we shall see what he says. I'll try to take a picture then too. The belly just continues to become more and more torpedo-like:)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

37 Weeks

I had my weekly appointment yesterday and here's where we're at:
-Now dilated to a 3
-Still 70% effaced
-Head has dropped significantly (which would explain my new waddle)
-Measuring somewhat small but he thinks that's due to the baby dropping
-Baby's weight is probably somewhere in the 5 1/2 - 6 pound range
-Tested positive for group b strep

So what does this all mean....well we're making progress. The whole group b strep thing is totally common, had it with kate but basically in a nut shell it means they want to give you antibiotics while in labor/before you deliver so that you don't pass it to the baby. If it were to be passed to the baby they could get sick. Chances of passing it and the baby getting sick are significantly less if you have a full term baby (which I have now). Regardless I need to get to the hospital right away so they can at least try to get me one dose of it prior to the baby being born (there are two doses).

We also talked about possibly inducing me if I haven't gone by 39 weeks. With the group b strep and how far/fast I've progressed so far they may do it to ensure I get at least one dose.

In other baby news, my bags are packed, baby's room is set up (pictures later) and I've got all the bottles/blankets and car seat ready to go.

And now some pictures at 37 weeks with Miss Kate.

And a random fun one of Kate in the tub