Monday, December 27, 2010

Birth Day

December 20th was Landrie's Birth Day! I was induced, which was planned. We got to the hospital at 5:30 am, and got checked in. They got me settled in my room, drew blood, started my IV, and got me some ice chips. Randy got himself all propped up on the couch with the laptop and the Sons of Anarchy Season One Discs. So glad he had this to take up the time. Randy took notes, thank goodness, and here is the timeline.

5:30- Arrived at hospital
6:30- IV and started Pitocin
6:40- Dilated to 4 cm
7:30- Dr. Hurst broke water
8:50- Fluid Bolus
9:15- Epidural
10:45- Dilated to 8 cm
11:07- Dilated to 10 cm, "Ready to go".. call to Dr. Hurst.
11:23- Pushed 2 times, Landrie made her debut.
12:15- Nursed for the first time

As you can tell, it was speedy! We were all shocked by how quickly things moved. Luckily, I only had to experience about an hour and a half of hard contractions before my epidural. I knew not to get the IV pain meds, after last time, so I was much more alert and aware this time. I can honestly say it was easy breasy. I remember every amazing second, and couldn't feel anything. 

Mal, and of course Randy, were in the delivery room with me, and although I didn't really need much support or coaching since it went so fast... they were amazing! It was such an intimate and personal experience, and I'm so glad that it was! They put Landrie on my chest immediately after she was born to clean her, which they didn't do with sister. From what I could see through the tears, she took her first breath and pinked up right before my eyes. It was AMAZING! 

Landrie cried right away, and has been doing great ever since. Here are her stats: She weighed 6 lbs 7 oz and was 19 inches long. She has a head full of dark hair and the same dark red complexion that big sister had. She has been nursing fabulously since the first attempt, and hasn't looked back. This was a really difficult and stressful situation for me with sister, so I'm so relieved that it has been so easy. I'm also getting more used to the process, and even pumping. I was majorly intimidated by pumping last time, so I'm learning! Luckily my good friend Ashley is a pro, so she's been coaching me. I've texted her a million times to ask questions. Some silly I'm sure...

She is sleeping really well also. As all new babies do, she sleeps about 20 out of 24 hours of the day.. lucky girl! She'll nap all day and be awake for 30 minutes to an hour at a time.. about 3 times. She'll wake up to nurse about every 3 hours, sometimes 4 hours. I'll nurse her about 10 or 11 at night, then she'll usually wake up about 2:30 or 3:00 then at 6:30 then about 9:30 ish. I'll take that! The last few days, and today I can tell.. we both take a nap after lunch. 

Physically, I am doing really well. I didn't have to have an episiotomy this time, and only had 2 little stitches for 2 tiny tears. I never have been able to feel them at all. My only complaint has been a sore lower back, which I think it is from being so immobile for several days and being in that uncomfortable hospital bed. I slept in our bed the first night I was home, which I couldn't do for 3 weeks last time. I had a HORRIBLE recovery last time! I was so relieved that wasn't the case this time. I felt so great that I was getting antsy being cooped up. On Thursday I decided to go to WalMart to get some groceries and stuff. I got about halfway through the grocery isles and suddenly felt really bad. I grabbed a loaf of bread on my way out and came home. I spent the next 2 days napping and relaxing to recoup from over doing it! I was a little frustrated with myself, but I'm good now. I've had a lot of help from Daddy and my mom. Today is actually my first day alone, which is a little nerve wrecking, but so far so good. So far today I've eaten breakfast, and straightened up the house some. I contemplated keeping big sister home with us, but I chickened out. 

Aniston is doing really great with Landrie, and she just loves being a big sister. She is always willing to help, always wants to hold her, wants to change her diaper, and loves helping dress her. She will walk by her in her swing or bassinet and just smile, shrug her shoulders and wink. As to say, "I just love her so much!" 

Here are some pictures from the day...

Daddy and Me in front of the gorgeous Christmas tree inside the hospital.

Just Me...

The "Belly Shot" - 39 weeks

 Me and Big Sister

Our Family

Daddy and Aunt Mal

Me and Mal

Me and Mom

Me.. post Epidural.. you can tell!

Daddy with the laptop and watching movies

Five Minutes Old

I love this man!

Daddy and Ani admiring baby sister

Aunt Mal and Landrie

Me ordering lunch a little later while sister keeps an eye on Landrie and the nurses...

Landrie and Dr.Hurst

Landrie with her soon to be favorite person

Sissy checking out her hair..

So Sweet!

Nana admiring Landrie

Proud Daddy

After her bath and all dressed up!

Our Family

Since our Bun in the Oven is now here....this is the last post. From now on, everything will be posted on our family blog at

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

False Alarm

On Friday night while I was at work, I started having contractions at about 11 pm. The contractions got worse as the night went on and starting at about 3am they were every 3-5 minutes. Starting about 4:30, I tried calling Daddy with no luck! I called my boss at about 5:30 and told her I was going to need to go to the hospital. I finally got ahold of Mal, left work at about 6, and she met me at the hospital. After being forced to walk for a couple of hours, the contractions stopped and I was sent home. All in all, it was a good thing, bc Dr. Hurst wasn't on call. I slept the rest if the day and all night, and woke up Sunday feeling great! I'm still having irregular contractions, but nothing like the pain on Saturday. I'm scheduled for my induction on Monday, so that's the plan, unless I go in to labor beforehand!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Changing Table

Here is the latest picture of the nursery... The changing table with the cute custom changing pad sheet and baskets with liners that Gillis made!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

The "blankety blank" rug

So, here's the deal... I had the once thought genius idea to make a rug for the nursery. I saw some shaggy rag rugs at Storkland that were so cute! Being Storkland, they were out of my budget! I looked online and realized I could make one... Ugh! I researched the proper shaggy rag rug technique and started buying supplies. My intention, when I had this idea, was to use the scraps of fabric left from after Gillis made the bedding and curtains. Well, that helped about... None! I quickly realized that I was going to need A LOT more fabric! When I first started making it, it was huge! I'd say it was 5 or 6 feet long and 4 or so feet wide. One night when I was working on it while at work, I got irritated with the slow progress and cut it in half, STILL HUGE!!

I have been to Hobby Lobby several times to buy more fabric. In fact, they know me.. The VERY pregnant lady that's buying black and white and pink fabric!

I put my mathematical brain to use and quickly calculated how much fabric it takes... And, the answer... Too blankety blank much!

In all seriousness.. Here are the stats...

Rug size: 3 1/2 ft by 2 1/2 ft.
Shape: oval
Material: cotton fabric strips cut 1ish inch by 6ish inches. The backing is a latch hook tug back.

There are 175 "blue squares" that 50 strips of fabric tie onto per blue square. If you're still with me, that makes a total of 8750 strips of fabric. Another calculation... For one yard of fabric, that gives you approximately 250 strips, or fills 5 blue squares. Sooo... To complete the rug.. I'll need a grand total of 35ish yards of fabric. And, at 6.99 a yard.. That's a total of about $245! The rug at Storkland... $275! Ahhh! All be it, it wasn't as cute.. not custom, and wouldn't match the nursery like this one does... but, DANG!

And, I should learn that I am seriously not meant to do projects such as time consuming and meticulous rugs, because I'm so OCD that everything has to be even and in a pattern. No randomness, and for sure no unevenness! I did learn that good scissors are a must! I spent $14 on some really great scissors and they have been worth there weight in GOLD!

Where do I stand now, you ask? About halfway done! I've been working a lot more on it lately, mostly because I feel like it should be done before Landrie goes to kindergarten!

Here are some pictures of the progress....

Full size, after working on it the first night and 2 yards of fabric!

This is the point at which I decided to cut it in half!

I'm done working on it for the night.. I need more fabric.. AGAIN! I will waddle into Hobby Lobby and buy, what is hopefully the last batch of fabric, tonight before work. I do have to admit it is SUPER cute!

Some of my friends at work feel sorry for me and they're helping me finish it! Actually, I'm sure they are sick of the mess it's making and hearing me complain.. But, I'll take it! I'll take all the help I can get!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

37 week appointment

I had my 37 week appointment yesterday and I gained 2 more pounds. That makes 27 total pounds gained! Whatever.. I don't care anymore!

I was dilated to 2-3 cm and 50% effaced. Lots of progression since last week and I'm feeling it. I feel lots of pressure and tightness. My hips and legs hurt and ache. I still haven't had any back pain, which is weird, especially because it's so different from last time! I've definitely got a great appetite, and eat plenty! I've also been really thirsty! I'll drink two of my jugs of water through the night and several during the day! Not to mention the tea and occasional coke I add in! One weird thing is that I've been really nauseated! Not stomach bug style, more like morning sickness. It will come on like a flash and leave just as quick! Strange!

The plan is this: my induction is officially scheduled for December 20th, "if I last that long". Per Dr Hurst. He made this comment several tomes during my appt, and said.."if your water breaks, you know where to find me!"

Personally, I have 4 more shifts to work and I really want to finish them out! It's not critical or life altering if I don't, just helpful! Ultimately, I know HE is in control and she'll make her appearance whenever they're ready!

Once again, please keep us in your prayers!

-B & L

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

36 wk Appointment

I had my 36 week appointment with Dr. Hurst today. We chatted about life, since I didn't really have any complains or questions. I gained 6 pounds, which is 25 total. I can definitely feel it this time. I feel heavy! I still feel good, overall. He "checked" me for dilation and effacement today also. I'm dilated to a 1 1/2-2 cm and at "0 effacement station" and Landrie is head down. The plan is still on for my induction on the 20th, unless I go before then. If you know me well, then you know I need to go on the 20th because that's what is PLANNED! I'm a big scheduler and planner so it helps my nerves when things go as planned.

Of course, I'll post updates when I have them.

Please continue to pray for us and for a safe and calm delivery!

-Britany & Landrie

Monday, November 29, 2010

36 Weeks

Today, I am 36 weeks pregnant. I'm increasingly uncomfortable, and hurting more everyday. My heartburn is worse, and Zantac isn't controlling it like it did. Two big milestones that I experienced this week... my feet swelled for the first time, and I got stuck in the bath tub. Not stuck stuck, just almost stuck. I had to kinda roll over and cross my legs and lean on the side of the tub to get out. Sooo.. now, I am only allowed to take a bath if the hubs is there to help me out.. both so I won't fall, and so I won't get stuck. That irritates me in itself.. I love baths, and I hate showers. I especially love hot baths when I'm sore and hurting.. it relieves the pressure. Ahhh, the pressure. That's a whole separate subject. When I was pregnant with big sister, I didn't have the "bowling ball" feeling between my legs. From about 8 months on, I had back pains. HORRIBLE back pain. This pregnancy is different.... lots of hip/groin/pelvic pain, and no back pain. My back will get stiff if I sleep in one position for too long, or if I'm on my feet for long periods of time, but nothing to write about.

I would have to say, my biggest complaint is the sleeping, or lack of. WHEN I sleep, I sleep hard, but for only about an hour at a time and then I wake up. I either have to pee, reposition, get a drink, take a tums, or just look at the clock. If I could sleep on my back, this wouldn't even be bloggable.

I don't have any pictures for this week.. it's not worth it. Honestly, I really don't look any different from last week. When I see someone I haven't seen in a while, they say.. "man you've really dropped". That's another thing... I'm SO sick of the comments. I know I'm huge, and I know I look like I could have this baby on your floor, but the truth is, I probably won't. It's pretty unlikely that I go early. And, honestly I don't want to. I wanna go to term, and more importantly, I wanna go until God says it's time. Plus, just to be very honest, this is going to be my last pregnancy so I'm in no hurry for it to be over. Also, I'm a big planner, so waiting until the date we've planned (December 20th) is great with me. I like schedules and plans... not surprises. I have a lot to do before we're labor ready. I'm going to get started on this ASAP, just in case!