Saturday, June 28, 2008

Colton Reid Day

Colton Reid Day
June 24 2008
7lb.3oz 20 inch
11:30 PM

Colton's coming home outfit
Daddy and Colton on his birthday

Mommy and Colton Our family!
UPDATE ... may 13th
So...Almost a year later I am reading through the blog and I realize I never told anyone why we had the baby the day after the induction was cancelled.
On Tuesday I woke up, sad and done with being pregnant, I got dressed and ready for the day and my Dr. called asking me to come in for an ultrasound at 12. I was a nervous wreck because I had already had one unexpected US and I wasn't sure why my Dr. would call me in (at lunch) for another US. I called Zak and asked him to meet me at the Dr. and headed to hang out with my mom until the appointment. I know, deep down, I was excited that she was calling me. I thought maybe just maybe she was trying to find a reason to get me a bed at the hospital but I really didn't get my hopes up. I was also nervous that she found something and was calling me in out of concern. (You know me the constant worrier.) I met Zak at the Drs office and we went in for the ultra sound. As the technician was putting the jelly on my tummy the Dr. walked in and said I've seen enough (she saw a leg). It's time for you to go to the hospital. She called and they had a room available at 2. She sent us on our way to pack and head up to the hospital. She said she would see us there. As we were leaving she told me she just wanted to have an excuse to get me a bed that is why she called me in ( I knew it!). At that moment I've never been so happy. It was a feeling I will never forget. Before we even got out of the elevator we made the "it's time" calls to our parents. It was pouring with rain when we left the office but we got home packed and arrived at the hospital by 2PM and the process started. ALL of our family was there and stayed with us until the end. The hospital was very accommodating because we had a very very large group. Thankfully I was in a huge room and they were all able to hang out until I was ready for a "visitor break". We didn't keep exact time but this is what I remember.
3:30 Pitocin started.
6-6:30 water was broken. Sometime after this I asked for pain medicine which made me totally loopy and not able to remember a lot (will not take that next time).
9:30ish epidural. The epidural was given twice because after the first try I could still feel one side of my body. I was scared about the epidural. I can remember asking the Dr. what happens if I have a contraction and can't be still while you give the epidural. He rudely answered, "You have to". I'm proud to say I sat still TWO times because he couldn't do it right the first time.
10:30 I started pushing but had to slow down because we had to wait on the Dr. Zak was afraid the nurse would deliver the baby. At that point I didn't care who delivered him as long as he was delivered. Dr. K made it in just in time to help me push for just a bit and watch Sports Center with Zak and the nurse. Who let them turn that on? I was too tired to even care by this point. I remember taking naps between pushes and having to stop the Dr. and Zak from talking to push.
11:30PM, on the dot, our little guy joined the world and our lives forever!
It's all so surreal to look back on now, almost a year later. I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember the amazing happiness I felt all day long.

Monday, June 23, 2008


Well after a very sleepless night I caved at 6:30 this morning and called the hospital. They said I was third on the list and it was not looking good for coming in today. :( I have called my Dr. to see what she wants to do. I guess our little man just isn't ready. I think we are just going to have to do this the old fashion way. He can't stay in there forever...RIGHT!?!?!?!

We are on stand by, again, for next Monday June 30th, Colton's actual due date. I am not too happy about this because it doesn't guarantee us a place but we have waited this long whats another week or so?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Just the two of us!

Well, again, I was very anxious to get through this weekend but it ended up being one of the best weekends I've had in a long time. I just can't wait to see what Monday will bring. Zak and I just hung out and relaxed all weekend. Yes...RELAXED! Friday night we went out to dinner with my mom, dad and sister Becky. Then we came home and hung out on the couch watching TV all night. I had a great night sleep on Friday night and even slept in just a little bit on Saturday (till 8:30 or 9). I got up and made me and Zak low fat cinnamon rolls and we hung out talking at the table for almost an hour. We got Sadie all ready to go and went on a walk around the neighborhood. Then we went swimming at the neighborhood pool. We spent the rest of the day lounging around watching more TV and ended the day with Turkey sandwiches from Schlotzkys. YUM!!! Sunday we got up early and got a few things done around the house and went out to look at houses with my mom and dad in Towne Lake, a new neighborhood in our area. It was awesome! They are going to have a huge lake where you can ride boats and jet skis and the houses are phenomenal! We walked through the models and dreamed about one day owning something so spectacular. We came home and waited around for the cable guys. Yes, a whole story in itself. It seems this is a regular occurrence in our weekends since we have had 8 tech visits to our house in the past month month and a half. But that, like I said, is a whole not so happy story! We just finished our day with a date at Red Lobster and a trip to Babies R US where Zak picked out the softest alligator for Colton. (He is such a sucker for buying him things! Even worse than me!) We are home now and I needed something to do to keep me busy. :) So...lucky you, got to read this blog about our weekend that probably sounds mundane to you but was wonderful for me. We don't usually get to have a weekend where neither of us have anything to go and do. I'm sure things are about to change drastically so it was awesome to just sit back and relax. My fingers are still crossed that we will be able to go in tomorrow and have Colton. I don't want a let down so Im trying very very hard not to worry about it (although I'm sure Ill be devastated if they don't call in the morning to tell us to come in.) Hopefully this will be my last post before Colton comes. I think I'm off to repack the bags! :) I hope your weekend was as great as mine!!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Monday... Maybe?!?!?!

I just got home from another Dr. visit. Things went well. I have not progressed much in the 3 and 1/2 days since I last saw her,not really a surprise to me. She did say he has dropped more since the beginning of the week. Really???? How much can he drop!?!?!?! I also lost another 2 pounds. (That's 7 pounds lighter than when this whole process started!) I have been feeling really really sick the last day and a half and she said that was a sign of early labor. I'm also experiencing lots of small contractions (nothing regular). They hooked me up to the heart monitor to make sure the baby was tolerating my contractions and he was. She said everything looked great! She has scheduled to induce me on Monday. Yippie ...right?!?!?! Well, I'm on "standby". This doesn't make me too excited about the whole idea. Standby means that if they have a bed for me they will call me, very very early on Monday morning, and have me come on in. If not, I'm not sure if they will bring me in whenever they get a bed ready or if I'll have to go back to my Dr. and wait it out some more. I guess this whole thing is just a waiting game. The Dr. said I could definitely go into labor before Monday, so we will just see. Aside from how BLAH I feel I can hardly stand the anticipation. I'm so ready to be a mommy!!!!! I have enjoyed lots of different aspects of being pregnant (believe it or not) but I'm ready to hold Colton in my arms.

Oh Yeah...
The Dr. now thinks that Colton will be a smaller baby than first thought. She it predicting 6.5 lbs. Although that is what they said he was at 36 weeks on his ultra sound. I'd rather him be a little smaller than a little bigger! As long as he is healthy.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Another visit down

Ok, so I had yet another Dr. visit today. The Dr. said I am progressing very quickly for a first pregnancy and she was actually very excited that we were getting close. She feels very confident that Colton could be here any day now. Zak and I are trying not to get our hopes up but I really feel like he might be here before the end of the week. FINGERS CROSSED!!! I guess he will come when he is good and ready. We are ready for him anytime! We are off for a walk, I figure it can't hurt. Since I should have gone in to see the Dr. last week, but had to cancel, I kept my apt. for Thursday. I guess we will see then if we are any closer, unless of course something happens before then! :)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day/Father-To-Be Day!!!!

Happy Father's Day /Father-To-Be Day
to the two most important guys in my life...My dad and My husband!
(Astros game in 2006)

(Me and my dad on my wedding day in 2005)
To my Dad... you have been the most awesome dad anyone could ask for! You have supported and guided me through every single choice I have made. I am so grateful that we live so close and get to spend so much time together. I can't wait to see you with your grandson. You are going to make an awesome Grandad!!! I love you!

(Zak and I at the Rodeo cook off this year. 6 and 1/2 months pregnant.) To my Husband... I can't believe its almost time for our little guy to make his grand appearance. You have been all I could ask for, and more, in a husband. I don't know what I'd do without you in my life. You are going to make such an amazing dad, Colton will be so lucky to have you. I can't wait to see you hold him for the first time. It's going to be the best day of our life when he is born and I can't wait to experience this with you! I love you!


Saturday, June 14, 2008

The things you do...

The things you do when you are 9 and 1/2 months pregnant and can't just relax and watch TV.

Walking...I love going on long walks around beautiful Sydney Harbor admiring the houses on the lakes.
Sub. Plans...Organizing and reorganizing 15+ weeks of substitute plans that no one will understand but me. I just can't let it go. I have an amazing sub. who's coming in to be there for 12 weeks ( I have a few weeks prepaperd for when I get back) but I just keep worrying that I have forgotten something.
Reading...Although I can only read a chapter or two at a time since I can't find a comfy position.
Packing... I have Packed and repacked the hospital bags. As you see, I have a bag for myself and the baby that looks like we are going away on a week long vacation. I also packed a bag for Zak, you know just in case! :) I know neither of us will use any of the stuff we have packed but I need to be prepared for anything and I think I am with the amount we are taking to the hospital. I think it'll take Zak two loads just to get it all in the room.
Decorating... These are paintings that we got in Italy 2 and 1/2 years ago. We bought them (along with two others on the other side of the wall) in a little outdoor market and I just love them. I love the bright colors and memories they hold. Well, I love them so much that they have been sitting in a drawer for 2 and 1/2 years waiting to get framed and hung. I was IN LUCK with this extra time because I took them to Hobby Lobby and got them done...FINALLY!!!
Stampin' up...I love to make cards, as most of you know. On Thursday I sat down for 5 hours, with lots of breaks, and made these cards and even more. So you may see some of these in the mail at a later date! :)
Cleaning...On Wednesday I cleaned for hours. I scrubbed places that I'd never seen before. I know what you are saying... you're nesting...well maybe, but I really think that's just me. I get something in my head to organize or clean and it must be done RIGHT THEN AND THERE. I've always been like that. It drives Zak crazy because now if I want something done that I can't do it goes onto his "to-do list"and I don't stop bothering him until its done.
SHOPPING...Last weekend Zak decided it would be a good idea to get me out of the house, he could see how miserable I was, and we went to the new outlet mall right by our house. BAD IDEA! Our walking turned into a $400 shopping trip! :) We bought our selves "before the baby comes gifts"!

Oh yeah...I almost forgot...
Blogging...Starting this blog has been so much fun and has kept me busy playing on the computer!
I am a very active person. I have never been able to sit still and relax but the past couple of weeks, with no work and a lot of anxious anticipation, have been long very long. Everyone says just relax, take naps, watch TV, hang out while you can, well that is easier said than done! Its so hard when you can't get comfortable in ANY position. So, I keep myself busy as you can tell. I've also had lots of fun lunches with my mom, eating turkey sandwiches from anywhere and everywhere . I think after this diet is over Ill have a hard time eating a grilled chicken sandwich or turkey sandwich ever again since its pretty much all Ive been able to eat when we go out to eat. I need more variety!!!
(You can tell JUST how bored I am since I walked around my house and took pictures of these things just for this blog!!!!)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Change of plans...No Dr. today!

So...I have been very very anxiously awaiting my Dr. visit today, as most of you know. I am desperate to see if I have progressed any from a week and a half ago. I had an appointment today at 10:45 but my Dr. is stuck in surgery and won't make it in to the office today. This usually isn't a big deal because there are two nurse practitioners in her office that take over if need be. Well, unfortunately not on Fridays! :( So I have an appointment on Monday at 1:30 and will just have to wait. We have a pretty busy weekend ahead of us so hopefully that will keep me occupied. I'm not doing well just sitting around. Im just too uncomfortable! On Saturday we are taking Zak's 4 wheeler to Baytown for repairs (which I'm sure will turn into a whole day in good 'ol Baytown) and then on Sunday we have Father's Day celebrations all day. Hopefully the weekend will go by fast and I'll get in to see the Dr. on Monday. As you can tell, I am not good at waiting! Really, who wishes their weekend would go by fast? I guess that's what happens when you are not working. Oh the joys of teaching!!!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

"Baby Brain" (as my class liked to call it!)

Ok, so I have had major "baby brain" the past nine months of pregnancy. This is a term my kids loved while I was teaching this year. They would tell me the baby was making me "crazy" when I'd do something silly in class. We would just call it Mrs. Day's "baby brain". Well I had a major "baby brain" moment the other night and I'm just now ready to talk about it! :)

I am not much of a cook, specially now that I am on such a limited diet. I really don't want to cook if its not something I really want to eat. Cooking is not fun to me, I dread coming home to cook after a day of working or running around. Zak is amazing about my cooking. He never ever gets upset with me if I tell him we are having fish sticks or he's on his own and he always says he likes what I cook, even if its horrible! Well, last Thursday, I decided that I was going to make homemade chicken noodle soup. Not hard...right!?!?! I was home most of the day so I worked on adding all the right ingredients throughout the afternoon. When Zak got home dinner was waiting for him. He was super excited that I even had anything ready so we sat down to eat. He asked if I added anything new to the soup and I said no, its just like my mom makes it. I took my first bite and thought oh gosh this is HOT! Well, I'm a wimp to spicy foods so I waited for Zak's reaction. His eyes lit up and he said are you sure you didn't put Tony Chachere or something like that in it? I said no, its paprika. Then I thought...OH NO... I grabbed the wrong seasoning! I added cayenne pepper (alot of it) instead of paprika! (To my defense they are in similar bottles and are the same color.) It was so hot! I was so upset at myself, I cried (go figure), and poor Zak tried desperately to finish his bowl of soup. Even he couldn't do it and he loves spicy foods!
I guess this could have happened to anyone but I really do feel like I'm going a bit crazy at times. More so than normal! I'm sure things won't change much when Colton comes.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Life as we know it...

Life as we know it is about to change and we CAN NOT wait!!!!

Here are some pictures of Zak and I through our 8 years together.

Zak and I the night I knew I found my soul mate...November '00 (we met in August of '00)
Our wedding night... July '05
The day we moved into our first home... August '05
The day we found out we were going to become someones mommy and daddy... October '07
Just waiting for our little boy to join the family... April '08

We know things are going to change and we just can't wait to go from a couple to a family of 3! We have had many years of happiness as a couple and we can't wait to make new memories with our precious little boy.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Month 9

Colton with his very chunky cheeks!!!!

Well, Its June (baby month) and schools out for SUMMER!!!! YIPPIE! I wont be returning back to work until Nov. 11th! That sounds so far away now but I know as soon as our little man is here it will come too fast! I have a few classes I am trying to take this summer to keep me busy, and not shopping, and also to get some professional development hours before Colton is here. Other than that I am just waiting around for the little guy to make his grand entrance. The bags are packed, the nursery is ready (still minus a mattress), all of his laundry is done folded and put away, the house is as organized as its going to be, bassinet and playpen put together, and the car base in the car! I even washed all of the bottles and binkies only to find out that they need to be washed and sanitized before we give them to him. WHO KNEW!!!
I had my 36 week check up today. It went really well. Dr. Kirkman said I am 1cm dilated and 75% effaced. She said this means the baby could be here any day or stay in there and cook for a few more weeks. She was pretty sure that he would be early. MUSIC to my ears!!! Coltons heartbeat is 148 bpm. I also had an extra ultra sound today because at our last US (32 weeks) the baby was measuring quite big and they predicted he was about 4lbs 9 oz. Dr. Kirkman also wanted to make sure the baby was growing as he should since I havent put on any weight since 26 weeks. Colton ended up measuring right around 36 weeks and 6lb 6oz. I am still 5 lb. under my prepregnancy weight.
For those of you who dont know I was diagnosed with gallstones at week 25. Its been horrible. There is no treatment for gallstones except to have your gallbladder removed. This just wasnt possible 25 weeks pregnant so I was put on a very low fat, no dairy , bland diet. The diet has NOT been enjoyable but I have gotten use to it. I have searched high and low and found some okay snacks and meals. Ive even been out to eat a few times. Although I have not been able to order what I would have really liked its nice to eat out! (I'm still craving an ultimate cheese burger from Jack in the Box like you would NOT believe.) The pain, well its still there, but I just try to ignore it and stay active. Some days I can ignore it and some days it takes everything out of me. It is a pretty consistent pain that stays with me no matter what I eat, how I sit, or what I do. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I CAN make it! The Dr. thinks that after I give birth, and my hormones calm down, that things with my Gallbladder could go back to normal. This would be great but I have decided that I have to have it removed because I don't want to go through this pain again with baby number two.
Anyways, all in all I'm doing well. No one ever told me just HOW uncomfortable pregnancy would be but I know its going to be worth it when I get to meet my son! WOW that sounds crazy. I know what all you moms are saying...youll be begging for a break when he comes, EVEREYONE tells me this. But when he is here atleaset Ill be able to bend over with out getting winded, lay on my back/stomach, and EAT again!!!! Oh yeah and Im just waiting for all of the crazy advise random strangers will give when Im walking around with Colton. People make me laugh because they just dont think about what they say before they say it. Its amazing.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

First Blog

This is my first blog!!! I am not very computer savvy but I thought I'd give it a shot. There are so many people who can't be here with Zak and I to celebrate in this new and exciting adventure. I want all of our friends and loved ones to be able to be able keep up with Colton and our growing family.