(35 weeks 3 days)'
Hi sweet baby Jacob!
I sure hope that you are well today...
I woke up pretty early (for me these days) today. At 10, Oma arrived for another meeting to discuss final shower details. We didn't really get going until 11 or so. Anyhow, I am soooo excited that I am even having a shower here in Heidelberg. I certainly had no expectation of this.....but am very grateful. It should be a fun time....Oma, Amy, Bonnie Sue, and Grandma have been working very hard.
After the meeting, I drove grandma and grandpa to the PX/shopping center, so that they could go to SATO travel and decide on what trip to take over Valentine's weekend. I had suggested that, if they only go on a short trip, that they fly. It looks like they are going to spend a few days in Venice, Italy...and will go on a tour bus. They are also looking at going on a longer trip to Malta in April.
I left them to go to the hospital for my amniotic fluid check. As it turned out, I had to redo the NST and the fluid check. Today's will count for my NST for the week.
Let's see...you seem to hate this test more and more each time. Your heart beat even jumped to 170 bpm at times. The good news...my blood pressure was 117/60, I had no contractions, and you are doing very well.
Ltc. Barnes, the nurse midwife did the fluid check. If she were able to deliver high risk babies...she'd be my choice behind Dr. Preen. Anyhow, your fluid looks super and you were very active. Ltc. Barnes estimates that you already weigh between 5 and 6 lbs. Goodness....I am soooooo very happy about this!!!
Ltc. Barnes also complemented me on my tummy, and commented that I didn't have a single stretch mark. Well if the Bath & Body works lotion has anything to do with it....I will continue to buy and use it!!! In any event, I left feeling very good.
Late this afternoon, I gave in to a nap. It felt good....but I awoke sore from sleeping on my right side....where you are.
Tomorrow's big event will be my weekly visit with Naomi, having hot chocolate at the bookstore.
Dad will also be home tomorrow evening, but will have to go back to Stuttgart on Wed for the rest of the week. Goodness, I hope his travels slow soon.
Well sweet, precious boy....I can hardly believe that in less than a month, you willl likely be in my arms. I can't wait to kiss your sweet face....and continue loving you sooooooo very much!
I love you, son....
(35 weeks 4 days)
Hi sweet baby...
I sure hope that you are well today!
Goodness, I am so miserable right now. My legs are so swollen, and you are trying hard to move to my left side. your head is parked right between my two breasts. It sounds funny, but it hurts so bad to sit. I so wish you had the room to turn.
Let's see...today's main event was meeting Naomi for coffee. Naomi's brought Elizabeth, whom she recently met at a La Leche League meeting. We had a great time chit chatting and talking about starting a play group after we have the babies. Elizabeth is married to a jewish Dr. here....internal medicine. She and her hubby are from NJ, and he just finished his residency at Walter Reed. Anyhow, we have some things in common already.....despite the fact that she and Naomi are a good number of years younger than me. But hey, I'm not such an old lady!
After our visit, I went to get some phone cards, so that we will be able to call family and friends after you are born. I hope they work in both Heidelberg and Lunstuhl hospitals...since we don't yet know where you will be born.
I then went to SATO travel and bought the tickets for your grandparents trip to Venice! I am soooo happy that they are going,and that dad and I will be able to share Valentine's weekend on our own.
Dad came home tonight from Stuttgart. As usual, he was very tired....but stayed up until just a short while ago. He will leave to go back to Stuttgart tomorrow after dinner. This should be his last trip before you are born...at least I am praying so!
Tomorrow is another officer's wives coffee. This will be the last coffee that I attend for a while. You will hopefully be with me the next time I go.
Okay sweet boy....it's off to bed for me....
I love you!
(35 Weeks 5 Days)
Hi sweet baby Jacob...
I sure hope that you are well today!
This morning, grandma and I went to the officer's wives luncheon. Today's luncheon focused on couples communication....I guess for Valentine's Day. We had a pretty good time....and I got to meet some new ladies, as Bonnie Sue decided to sit at another table.
Bonnie Sue did bring a baby gift for you to the lunch. When I asked her whether she wanted me to open it then or wait, she replied that she wanted me to open it today, as "it was the only thing that she had control over..." I didn't know how to respond....sheesh! She really wanted to do the whole shower herself from the get go...and is having a hard time with others helping and doing things. All I know, is that your dad and I are going to have a great time on Saturday..and so appreciate everything that everyone is doing. What I really hope, is that everyone there has a great time....and is there to share in the joy of your soon-to-be birth.
After the shower, grandma and I ran quite a few errands. We wound up returning the shade that we thought would fit....but didn't in the end. The moral of the story, I bought another wooden blind--like we have in the living room--because I know it will fit. We will only be here for two years...so I won't worry about anything fancy now.
Your dad stayed with us for dinner tonight. Grandma made a chicken with Curry/dill sauce that was actually very good. There was just a touch of curry in it...so it wasn't spicy. I will make this dish again for sure.
Tomorrow, I will be going to get thank you gifts for the ladies who are helping with the shower. They really have done so much to make Saturday nice for us! I will also go over to Oma Sherie's to show her how to use the video camera, so that she and John will be ready to tape the shower and your birth.
I am still having lots of swelling, but did manage to get panty hose and my clogs on today...wooo hooo!
Okay sweet, precious baby...
(35 weeks 6 days)
I sure hope that you are well today.
This morning was a quiet one here in Heidelberg. The weather has been super warm (like almost 60 degrees today) and I am finally feeling ready to welcome you into the world.
Around 12, I went and ran a few errands...I actually walked a bit from my car to the post office and back (maybe 1/4 mile)...and it felt good. I really need to circulate the fluids in my body at this point.
You were extremely active today for some reason. Not the thumps and kicks that I am used to, but movements that felt like you turning your head....and straightening your legs. Maybe you are trying to turn and can't....I feel soooo bad if this is the case. In any event, things just felt different today. I am having no signs of labor, however, no contractions, no blood, etc.....
After running errands, I went over to Oma Sherie's house. We visited for quite a while....I always love spending time with her!!! I also showed her how to use the video camera...and she will show Opa. Opa is going to tape during the shower, and Oma will hopefully get to tape some of your birth.
Oma also rubbed my tootsies for a while today. That felt sooooooo good. Your Oma is gooood to me, and she can't wait to meet you!!!!
After I left Oma's, I went to make a pedicure appt. for next Thursday. I want to have this done one last time before you arrive....
Grandma washed some of your items today....the preemie outfit I bought last week, a few newborn onesies and washcloths, and your miracle blanket. I am so glad that she did this. I finished packing your diaper bag this evening, and feel sooooo good about this!
I am hoping that we get the BMW back soon (I will call tomorrow to check on it), so that we can get your carrier base installed properly. After that, we will be as ready as ever for you!
I called your Grandma Elaine tonight...and we had a nice chat. It has taken me 36 years to really appreciate her as much as I should. I am sooo glad that your grandma Elaine is MY mom....she really is special. She and grandpa Ron are getting their passports ready, and will come to see us in June! (Grandpa Ron is special too....goofy, but special...hee hee....and a hint: if you play sports when you grow up, he'll be your bestest friend in the whole wide world.)
Okay sweet boy.....I really need to get some rest...
I love you with all of my heart!
I can't believe that we have reached 36 (or 37) weeks! You hang in there, son, just a few more weeks to go!
Today was a good day. I spent the morning running errands with grandpa Joe. Grandma went with Oma and Amy to help finish things for the shower tomorrow.
So much work has gone into this shower....I am so blessed! I never thought when I got pregnant that I'd have one here in Germany. Dad and I are looking forward to having a great time tomorrow.
I only wish that family and our friends in the States could be here with us. They will be here in our hearts.
Dad got home in time for dinner tonight...but went to sleep right after. He is soooo exhausted from traveling this week and last. I am praying that this is it until after you arrive. I am also looking forward to next weekend, when we will get to spend some time together alone before you arrive!
Okay sweet baby....I am pretty swollen and my fingers hurt...so I will end this post....
I love you, sweet boy!
(36 Weeks 1 Day)
Today was a great day....and very busy! Today was our baby shower. Dad and I had a SUPER DUPER time. Oma, Grandma Ann, and Amy did a wonderful job....they worked so hard to make this day special....and it sure was. There were also others who helped, like Opa John who taped the shower and grandpa Joe who helped set up. I could go on and on for paragraphs, but will just give a few highlights.
We had a wonderful time designing diapers (for burp cloths) and bibs. I can't wait to use these!!
The food was super....and we have so much left over, that we will have some meals after you are born.
We had a great time playing games...."Change the Baby" and "Feed the Fathers"
We really enjoyed everything about the shower!
Dad and I got so many nice things for you, I couldn't even begin to list them all here. Let's just say that, we won't have to buy you too many clothes for the next year, at least!
Here are a few pictures from the shower:
After the shower, we came home and organized some of the things. Since we don't have a lot of extra space, we really couldn't just throw it in a spare bedroom. We will wash all the newborn things soon.
I also got a call from my friend Elyann tonight. That was such a nice surprise!!
This evening, we watched the DVD that your grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins in VA made. We were supposed to show it during the shower, but there was no DVD player available. The DVD is a very precious keepsake!!!
After that, we watched an hour or so of Fiddler on the Roof.
Dad also took my 36 week belly shots tonight:
And my very swollen feet and legs...ouch!!!
Okay sweet baby boy...grow big and strong...and we will see you soon!
I love you...
(36 weeks 2 days)
Hi sweet baby!
I sure hope that you are well today.
Goodness, I slept in today, and woke up feeling like I needed to sleep more. I am clearly not sleeping at night. I spent a good portion of today on the couch, hoping that the swelling in my legs would go away...no such luck. I think, only time and your birth will help.
I did make a short trip to the PX with grandma to pick up a few things....
I made out all the Thank you cards for the Baby Shower attendees...I always like to get things done when I can. Plus, it gave me a good reason to park my butt.
Dad worked for most of the day. When he came home, we sat down for dinner...and your Aunt Meg called. I think it was close to 9:30 before we ate. After dinner, we called Aunt Dierdre to talk with her.
Anyhow, it's now midnight, and your dad just went to sleep. We didn't really get to spend some time together today....maybe a sign that things are back to normal????? Anyhow, I sure could have used a good foot rub. I am really a hurting puppy these days. I am praying hard that we get to spend some quality time together this weekend. Something tells me that I may be competing with the Army, whom your dad says he married first.
Okay sweet boy...I am going to try and rub my own feet.....I just need to relieve the pressure.
Oh, here are a few more pictures from the Shower....
Our name cards
Me and friend Naomi--She's due early April
DH with his special Diaper Changing Service Belt....
Fbeeding DH Baby Food
We have an u/s on Tuesday of this week....and I can't wait to see how big you look. I am also looking forward to hearing what your estimated weight is now.
I love you precious one!
(36 weeks 3 days)
I sure hope that you are well today. You had a very active day today; it felt like you were trying to turn your head and you kept moving your feet. I can't wait to "see" you tomorrow morning, during our u/s.
Today was a slow day, and I did a little bit of "nesting". I wish I could do more...sigh. Anyhow, I re-organized our tupperware drawers, as they were a mess. I also clipped all of the tags off of the baby clothes and items...up to 6 months. I hope that they will be washed, so that I can put them away this weekend.
This afternoon, I went with dad to pick up the BMW. The tranmission is finally fixed. Next, the other two cars need work. I am glad that we have the station wagon back though, as we will meet with the car seat technician this weekend to install one of the carrier bases in it.
My angel Giedre was also here this afternoon. She did all of our laundry and cleaned the apt.
Well sweet boy...only a few weeks until we get to meet you....I am so excited!!!
I love you, with all of my heart!
(36 Weeks 4 days)
Last night was the most absolutely miserable night of this pregnancy yet. I was up and down and up and down.....and finally went to stand in the living room at 3 am. I stayed up reading until 6:30...then went to sleep for two hours until I had to get up for the day. I think that, between being uncomfy, and the stress around here...I just can't sleep.
Around 9:30, I left for the u/s in radiology. Dad wasn't there (he was to meet me)...so we went ahead. Turns out, dad thought the u/s was at the OB clinic instead of radiology.
The procedure went well enough, but the tech had a hard time getting accurate measurements for you. I will have to wait until tomorrow's OB appt. to see what they think about IUGR.
The good news (sort of) is that your head is now in the middle of my tummy--facing my back. Your body extends straight down and then your legs and hands are all under the right side of my ribcage. Sort of in a V. It's no wonder I feel like I have a boulder in me...it hurts! Anyhow, I pray that this means an easier time next week for Dr. Fausset to turn you...as I would think that he only needs to move your head down in to position. The other great news is that, your estimated birth weight is 5 lbs 14 ozs. I am soooo excited about this!!!
Dad arrived just as we were finishing up....
After the appt., I came home and slept for another hour.
This afternoon, I met Naomi and Elizabeth for our weekly visit over hot chocolate. We had a nice time today, and also went to Baby One...a German baby store. I indulged and bought two very light weight caps for you, swim trunks that eliminate the need for a separate diaper underneath (I've not seen this before), a soft toy that can wrap around the handle of your carrier or stroller, etc...., and a Baby Bjorn (Active--has a great back support) for dad. Dad was very excited about this....and tried it on when he got home. This is part of his Valentine's Day gift.
Tonight, was like a mini holiday! I opened a box from your great aunt Sandy with some cute baby books, outfits, and a stuffed lion. I also got a visit and baby gifts from two neighbors.
We also received our web camera and clear mailing labels for your birth announcements. We will figure out the camera this weekend. I hope to get the labels printed out before your birth.
Tomorrow, we have a NST and an OB appt. This one is with Dr. Burnett, as Dr. Preen didn't have any appts. available.
Okay sweet boy....I love you so very much!
Hang tough...I know you are uncomfy too...
(36 weeks 5 days)
Today was a busy day for me....and it's almost 1 am....so I will try and make this short(er)
Today's appts. went well. Your heartbeat was great, and no major contractions. I am having a few Braxton at night.
The u/s from yesterday was sort of inconclusive, given the position you are in. It was very hard to get accurate measurements. The result did say that yuou are in the 50th percentile for a 10 March due date....and that your weight is where it should be for this gestational age. You measured 37 weeks today, vice 36 by u/s. No surprise to me!!! Of course, your weight is great and you have adequate fluid around you! Oh, I had the Group B Strep swab today as well. We won't know the results until next week.
So....we are off to Lunstuhl next Wed. to try the version. If it works....we let nature take its course. If it doesn't work, we come back to Heidelberg and schedule a section. If we have to do the section, I am praying that Dr. Fausset will give the go ahead to do it on or about 23 Feb. Dr. Preen will be on leave from 25 Feb-8 March. So.....if the answer is no, then I will have to select another OB to do the operation. Fortunately, there are at least two other OBs here that I really like....and no one that I would refuse.
After the appts, dad and I went to do the pre-admission paper work. We also went to run a few errands before I went home.
tomorrow morning, I will have one last pedicure before you arrive. My swollen feet and legs will so enjoy this!!!
Your grandparents leave tomorrow evening for Venice. We hope they have a super trip!
Okay sweet boy...I am so excited to think that you will be with us soon!!!
I love you...with all of my heart!
(36 Weeks 6 days)
Today was a good, but busy day here. I enjoyed the pedicure...even took a nap during it!
After that, I ran quite a few errands, including getting paperwork for your social security number and passport! I am getting sooooo excited!!!
I tried to take a nap when I got home....but didn't really sleep much. I am very uncomfy right now. Seems as though you get heavier and heavier by the minute.
Your grandparents left tonight for Venice. We hope that they have a great time.
I am glad that I will get to spend the weekend with dad...although he will have to go in to the office tomrrow.
Okay sweet boy....it's after one a.m. here....so off the bedroom to try and sleep I go.
I love you....with all of my heart!
I sure hope that you are well today!!!
Today, I got up very late....dad and I both did....and it felt great to sleep in. Well, at least lay in bed. I am so swollen these days....it actually hurts! I know I shouldn't keep complaining about it, because it is so worth it!
I spent much of the afternoon here in the apt. I colored my hair and did my nails. I know this will be the last time to do my hair before you arrive. I also downloaded our address list onto a disk, so that we can print out the address labels for your birth announcements. The envelopes arrived a few weeks ago!
At 3, dad and I met with the carseat technician. She is an Army wife here, who was trained in the States by the National Highway & Transportation Safety Org (sorry, not the exact) to do this. Anyhow, we now have the bases installed and your carrier is in one. We had to install one base in the back right passenger position, as it just won't fit properly in the center. Anyhow, we are really ready for you now, sweet boy!
This evening, dad and I went and got some movies; did the grocery shopping; and then got a pizza from Anthony's Pizza (the military's answer to Pizza Hut).
We had dinner and watched one of the movies.
Tomorrow...will be another busy day. We will put all of your clothes away in the dressers and closet, look for lamps for our bedroom....as the ceiling fan lights are too bright. We will also eat dinner out (we're thinking on the dinner boat) and just spend Valentine's Day together!
A small part of me wishes that you would be a Valentine's Baby...but I don't think it will happen. We are ready for you sweet baby....and can't wait to meet you!!
I spoke with Aunt Kristen tonight...and I am glad that we were able to touch base before Wed!
I am sooooo proud of Teresa! She has lost a lot of weight on Weight Watchers. Go have that piece of pizza!!!!
Okay.....I love you, son, with all of my heart!
(37 Weeks 1 Day)
Happy Valentine's Day....
Mom and dad had a great day today. It's very, very late...so....I am just typing this to say...
I love you so much!!!
I will write more tomorrow!
Love you, Jacob!
(37 Weeks 1 Day--Part Two)
This is just Part II of yesterday's post. Your dad and I slept in....and it felt sooooo good. Then, Dad went for a run, while I got dressed.
We went to the post office and the PX...and I got a few things that were on our gift registry that we didn't get....a rain cover for your stroller and a bath cushion for my knees.
We then headed to Walmart, to look for some lamps for the night stands in our room...and a few other things. While we were there, I think I had a few Braxton Hicks contrax...but nothing consistent.
We went to the Hardware store, and found something that we will use to hang your diaper stacker up on the wall between your dressers. Because of the way your changing station is, there is just no way to attach it there.
When we got home, I took a nap. I am beginning to feel like I did toward the beginning of the pregnancy...always tired. I know that this is mostly because I am just not sleeping well at night. I also have tons of swelling today!!!
For dinner, we drove downtown to the river, and went to a restaurant on a boat! The food was a bit salty...but the atmosphere was just what I was hoping for....romantic! We made reservations to have dinner on the boat on 5 June with your grandparents while they are here visiting. We will be able to watch the Castle Illumination fromt the Boat. The Illumination occurs several times here throughout the summer!!!
When we got home, I gave dad a body massage and he went to sleep. I stayed up a bit longer, and then tried to sleep myself. Next year, I will get the massage...I just wasn't in to it last night.
Okay sweet baby....more later today!
(37 Weeks 2 Days)
Dad and I had another great day here in Heidelberg. We did lots of things around the apt....in the a.m. But, first we had brunch! We haven't done this in a looooong time.
We also put up the Mezuzah (prayer over door)...we just didn't have the time before....well, not true....it just wasn't done. We put away all of your newborn clothes. We did this together....and that made me very happy! We also put stuff away...like the wrapping paper tote, which has been out since the holidays!
In the afternoon, we went for a drive down by the river....and up into the hill side. It was nice just tootling around with dad again!
We spoke with your Great Aunt Sandy and Cousin Karen on the phone tonight. We also spoke with Grandma Elaine and Grandpa Ron. Everyone is excited about your birth!!!
This evening, I made linguini with clam sauce for dinner. It was yummy!!! Dad worked on setting up the web cam, so that we can share all of your big moments with everyone in the States. I tried to finish reading my nursing book.
Your grandparents arrived home safe and sound from their trip to Venice. Apparently, the bus ride was very uncomfy and long. They also stayed in a hotel that was 40 minutes away from Venice. They also said that, the tour guide wasn't as good as they expected he might be. All in all though, they still said that they had a good time. I don't think I will jump at the chance to spend 12 hours on a bus....and then a long weekend rushing around to see things.
Tomorrow...I will try and set up the breast pumps. I also plan to recheck my suitcase for the hospital. Geidre will come over in the afternoon to do our laundry.
Okay sweet baby....I love you so very much!
(37 Weeks 3 Days)
I sure hope that all is well with you today.
Today was a good day...although, I am feeling so ready physically for you to arrive. I think that I have definetely been having Braxton Hicks contrax for the past few days. And, your movements have been different. It's hard to explain...they are just more robust vs. thumps. It sort of feels like, I can feel your whole body shift (mostly to the right) at times. Anyhow, I pray that you are trying hard to turn yourself head down. This would truly be a miracle!
This morning, I repacked my hospital suitcase. The weather has been much warmer than I thought it would be. I also got out clothes for dad to put in his suitcase. Yes, I think reality is finally here....you are on your way! We are both excited...and somewhat nervous not knowing whether you will arrive vaginally or via c-section.
Dad was supposed to go in to work early today, even though it's a holiday. As it turns out, he is nesting too!!! He stayed home to get the webcam set up (it's still not done), and to fix our PC, which is very, very slow these days. The funny thing is, we don't really use the PC right now with your grandparents in the office. Oh well...a dad's got to prepare too!!!
This afternoon, I read some more from my nursing book....I am almost done with it. Tomorrow, I hope to set up the electric and manual breast pumps..so that I won't have to do it under stress after you arrive.
Dad went in to work tonight around 6:30....and said he didn't plan to pull an all-nighter. I sure hope not! We have a long day ahead of us on Wed., regardless of how things turn out.
Well...my sweet son...I am going to go put up my feet now and rest for a bit.
(37 weeks 4 days)
Today was a good day!! I woke up feeling a part of you towards my left side. I called grandma right away to feel it too. I don't know what body part it was...but it felt like a small ball....maybe a foot? Anyhow, by mid day it was no longer there. I am praying that this mean you can be turned towards the left. We'll find out tomorrow!
This morning, I just mainly putzed around the apt. I re-packed (for like the 3rd time) my suitcase, and double-checked my toiletry bag. I've only re-done your bag 4 or 5 times...so I know that it's ready. I also put the Kokkoon (fleecy car seat cover) on your infant carrier, as they are calling for some light snow showers and colder weather (30s) where we will be.
This afternoon, I met Naomi, Elizabeth, and Pamela for hot chocolate. This was Pamela's first time....our little group of mommies to be is expanding! We had a great visit....the other moms are due later in March.
After that, I went and picked up liquir (gosh, can't even spell the stuff) for your grandparents and dad...since we were out of what they drink. I also filled up the Mercedes with gas for tomorrow's trip.
Tonight, grandma made halibut for dinner. I opted out and had left over chicken curry from yesterday.
Dad just got home a few minutes ago. I told him that I think I am having lots of Braxton Hicks today...and all of you has seemed to have dropped. Anyhow..who knows...maybe it's just me getting anxious!!!
Dad is also excited. He brought home a few gifts we got in the mail. One from Sarah and Steve, our neighbors (receiving blankets, a toy, a bath frog, and a dish washer tote), and one from our friend Elyann and David (two adorable lamaze toys and some bibs).
I think we are both so ready to meet you sweet baby!!!
Well....tomorrow is a big day for all of us. Dr. Faussett will try and turn you, so that you are head down, and i can deliver you vaginally. We pray this works. If not, then we will have to schedule a c-section. Either way, it won't be long now before we have you in our arms...
Okay sweet son....sweet dreams....
We love you with all of our hearts!
Mom and Dad
(early wed morning....around 5 am)
Good morning sweet baby!
I have been having contractions since dinner time. I have been laying in bed, and they are pretty regular, about 10 minutes apart. I also have lower back ache, and more of my mucous plug is coming out.
I called the hospital here, and told ask them whether I should just come in here. They are in the middle of a renovation, so they told me to call Lunstuhl and maybe go there earlier. I called Lunstuhl, and they said that, since I don't have a bloody show, and my waters are still in tack, to just come in as planned....maybe a bit earlier.
I woke dad before I made these calls, but he is sleeping through pretty much all of it!
I got up and did my hair and started the coffee for dad...and thought I'd type a quick post here.
Okay...I am off to get dad up to help me get dressed. I'd feel much better sitting in the hospital waiting room, than having you arrive somewhere between here and there!
I love you sweet baby....is today your birth day???
(37 weeks 5 days)
Hi sweet baby....
Today was such a busy day for us..and no, it wasn't your birth day. Tomorrow, if all goes as planned, you will be with us!!!
There are so many details from today that I'd like to post about...but, it's getting late. So...here are just some of the highlights.
The Mercedes battery died this morning....so we had an interesting start. Your grandparents wound up driving my Mazda.
We somehow lost my medical records along the way. We've checked and re-checked all three cars....and still nothing. I'm sure they will show.
When we arrived, I was prepped with a hep-lock (it took 3 attempts...ouch!!!) and we met with the anethesiologist. The anethesiologist was superb! He explained every last detail about the epidural and what would take place. Then, we just waited a while.
Around 12, Dr. Ryan (who would try the version with Dr. Fausset) came in, to do an u/s and confirm that you are still "Frank Breech"....essentially tushie down. Sure enough you were. Then...we waited some more.
Around 12:30 or so...I was taken to the Labor and Delivery OR to get the epidural and try the version. Dad put on scrubs and was with us from beginning to end. Dad was my hero today!!! He was the calming element that helped me through this, and I am so blessed to be married to your dad!!!
I was given the epi and also a shot of terbutiline to stop the contrax (which I was still having). The procedure took about 1/2 hour (maybe a bit longer). I could feel pressure, and knew every move the Drs. were trying. Dad really got a good look, and is still so amazed at how resilient my uterus is. He couldn't believe how much pressure they used to try and turn you! However, each time the Drs. tried, you scooted back to "your" position. The version, other than annoying you, seemed to have no other effect on you. Your heartrate and vitals were great. So....after trying each variation of turn at least 3 times....we decided to stop.
At about this point, the terbutiline kicked in, and I had a horrible reaction. It felt like I couldn't breathe, and I thought I was going to pass out. I really thought I was on my way out of this world at one point. I was so glad that I was holding dad's hand and looking into his eyes. The anethesiologist gave me a narcotic (can't remember name) and that relaxed me immediately...thank goodness!
Dr. Fausset suggested we do an amnio to check your lung maturity. If we wanted to have a c-section done (and I was ready to have it done that moment) this was needed. So, since I was already numb, the amnio sample was taken. I was then wheeled back to my room to rest. They left the epi in, just in case we decided to do the c-section there in Lunstuhl.
Dad and I then rested and tried to sleep for a few hours. I did get a call from Grandma Elaine, and that was wonderful!
Dr. Ryan came in with the good news that, your lungs are fully mature (96%) and having you at any time would be fine.
As it turns out, the anethesiologist were very busy, and we only had a small chance to do the section around 9 or 10 pm. Dad and I decided that, we would just come home to Heidelberg, and schedule the section with Dr. Preen. This was our preferred plan anyhow.
So....we arrived home to a phone message from Dr. Preen (she's the best!!!), telling us that she received the info that the version failed. She also said that, there was a good possilbility that an OR would be available for tomorrow, Thursday, 19 Feb...should we want to do the section then.
While we were eating dinner, she called back and we chatted about today, and discussed tomorrow.
So....sweet son...tomorrow will most likely be the day. We will await Dr. Preen's call at 8:30 a.m., confirming the OR availability. We will then arrive at the hospital to prep around 10. The procedure will be somewhere between 12 and 1.
Dr. Preen assured me that, barring any complications, you will be placed on my chest right after the cord is cut. She believes in the importance of immediate (or as soon as possible) bonding. For this, I am grateful!!!
So....I know that many of your family and our friends have us in their thoughts and prayers. I know that your sister Rachael is watching over us in heaven. I will forever be grateful that I got to experience a vaginal delivery with her. This was certainly a gift.
So my sweet son, I can't wait to hold you in my arms....and love you forever!!!
I will write part II of this post when we arrive home. Then, I think it will be time to start your baby journal!
I love you Jacob!
February 25, 2004
Dear sweet Jacob...I KNOW you are well today...
you are here with us now! Dad and I are sooooo in love with you. You are truly our "June Miracle", and we feel so blessed to be your parents. We pray that we will guide you, help you to see the world, grow to be the "Best You That You Can Be", and so much more. Already, you have taught us so much....much more than we ever expected in nearly your first week of life.
May g-d bless you, son, and look over you. May you live as long as your name sake....and then some. May you only know good health, peace, happiness, and love. Know that your sweet sister Rachael is watching over you and us from heaven.
I am going to end this journal with the story of your birth. This may take a few days to write...but I want it to be complete.
So...stay tuned for the conclusion to "Our June Miracle"
Hello Sweet Baby Jacob!
Here is part II of the story of your birth...
I woke up with great anticipation on 19 February. Interestingly enough, I was able to sleep the night before. Maybe it was knowing that you were okay, and would finally be with us later in the day.
All of our bags were in the hall from the previous day. I decided to pack one more outfit for you...and was so glad that I did. Of the three with us in the hospital, this was the one you wore home. The outfit was given to you to wear by your Aunt Yvette. It was an outfit that your cousin Alex wore as a baby. It was yellow, with stars on it...
We arrived at Heidelberg Military Hospital around 10:00 a.m. Dad, I, grandma, and grandpa. We went up to the Mother Baby Unit, and were greeted by nurse Katie. She took care of me/us on this first day. We were taken to a prep room, and I changed into a hospital gown. Also with us was a male nurse...who happens to live across the street from us! Anyhow, the fun began. I was shaved and prepped, hooked up to heartbeat and contraction monitors, and IVs were placed. I have such recessed veins, that it took several tries and one rolled vein before everything "was installed" correctly. I so wished, even at this point, that I was going to have you vaginally.
Around 12:00 or so, the anethesiologist, Lori, came in to discuss the spinal with me. She said that she would use the same site as the epidural from the previous day. Dad was given scrubs to change into around this time. We were really getting excited!
At 12:15, I was wheeled down the hall to the Mother Baby Unit Operating Room. I remember saying the "Shema", a hebrew prayer, just before we entered. I am not very religious...I just felt compelled to say these words to myself before the operation.
Once inside the room, I was "tested" to see how well the medicine in the spinal was working. According to dad, the operation had already begun by this point. I couldn't believe it! Dad and the anethesiologist talked to me continuously. Before we knew it, we heard your beautiful cry from across the room. When I heard your sweet baby cry, I started to cry myself. It felt almost as if I was in a dream. I remember thinking that, it was taking forever to weigh you and get your apgar scores. Not that it matters to me at all, but your scores were 8 and 9 respectively.
Then, another moment that I have waited for my entire life. Your dad brought you over to me, and I started to cry even more. I remember telling myself to stop crying, so that I could better see you. I can not adequately describe the feeling of first seeing you; I know I kept saying to dad how beautiful you are. Dad leaned you towards me so that I could kiss your sweet cheeks. How soft they were! And you would never believe the amount of hair on your head. Beautiful brownish/coppery hair!
As quickly as you arrived, you were taken away to be cleaned while the surgery continued. This was the most devistating part of the whole day. I had thought that, you were going to be layed on my chest for a bit. As it turns out, I was numb up to my chest, and would not have felt you on me. So....off you went with dad.
In the meantime, Dr. Preen finished sewing me back together....and then she had to take out the cerclage. I think that the whole process--delivering you, sewing me up, and removing the cerclage--took about 1- 1 1/2 hours. I was then taken to a recovery area for another 2 hours or so. I remember thinking that this was so unfair...everyone else was looking at you and holding you....and I wasn't even near you!
Around four, I was finally wheeled to our room. You were in with Dad, Grandma Ann, Grandpa Joe, Oma Sherie, and our friend Amy. It was then that I thought, good, they've been able to see you etc....so now, now it was my turn! After a few pictures, everyone left. We were finally alone...our family, you, dad, and I.
And so....dear sweet Jacob....your life has begun. May it be a good life, a healthy life, a happy life. May you always feel the love that your father and I share for you. May you live as long as your namesake your great grandfather Samuel Golden, and then some. May you be as good a person as your other namesake, Allen Treat. May you feel a sweet angel looking out for you, for your sister Rachael Ann surely is.
I love you, Jacob Allen Boyett!