Breeson's Story: (sorry so late...)

Saturday, May 23
  • Contractions all morning, nothing regular though. Sometimes they would be 8 minutes apart, and then the next would come 15 minutes later.
  • Contractions stopped around lunch time. I was able to get some stuff done around the house, along with painting my toe nails!
  • Contractions started up again late afternoon. As the evening progressed, they became stronger and a bit more regular.
  • Closer to going to bed, they kept in the 7-10 minute range.
  • Sleep was not even an option that night. Contractions were too strong. Jamie stayed up w/ me counting them and keeping track on time. He finally went to sleep around 12:30 a.m.
  • At 1:30 a.m. I woke Jamie up crying and said "it's time"; we called the doc and she said to come on in.
Sunday, May 24
  • Arrive at hospital around 2ish; barely able to walk in - contractions are too strong.
  • On the way to hospital, I ask Jamie if we can do an Epidural. We agree that we will (we had already agreed prior to this that if I felt like I needed it, then we would do it. I just wanted to get the "ok" with him and to make sure he supported it - he did!!!).
  • It takes a while to get checked in and for the Anesthesiologist to get to my room. But when he did, it only took 10 minutes for it to take effect. HEAVEN on earth!!! :) Prior to this, I had been grabbing Jamie's hand (which he later said it really hurt b/c I would grab his L hand w/ his ring in the middle and squeeze), along with the side rail. The pain was too much.
  • I was only dilated at 3 cm when we arrived. After I got the Epidural, I jumped to 6 cm within an hour. I then progressed to 7 cm a little later on - where I stayed for at least a couple hours. 7 cm was the last time they checked to see where I was before realizing I was already at 10 cm.
  • The nurse then looked at me and said, "it's time, we're going to start pushing soon".
    **I was a bit shocked b/c this was nothing I had been expecting in the way "labor & delivery" would play out. I always thought there would be multiple nurses in the room, and a bit of more of a "rushed" feeling. Everything, from the beginning to the end, was very calm and relaxing. There was only 1 nurse, Jamie and I, in the room - until the doc arrived right before delivery.
  • After the nurse told us we could start soon, I just waited for her. After a few minutes of nothing happening, I turned to her and asked, "when are we going to start?", she looked back at me and said, "oh, I was waiting for you to tell me when you're ready to start". I then felt a contraction coming and looked at her and Jamie and said, "it's go time". :-)
  • Praise God, I only had to push for 30 minutes. It could have actually been shorter, but I kept taking longer breaks between some of the contractions.
    **FYI: Breeson had been hanging low for several weeks. Every time we went to the doctor, he/she would always comment on how incredibly low this baby is. When we checked into the hospital, the nurse and doc both said I won't be pushing for long b/c he is so low.
  • So we arrived at the hospital at 2:30 and Breeson was born at 8:26 a.m., weighing in at 8 lbs and 20 1/2 inches long with a full head of dark brown hair.
  • He of course lost a little bit in the hospital, but after only 5 days (1st doctors appointment was yesterday, Friday), he is back up to 8 lbs 5 oz. The little guy can eat!! :)
Tuesday, May 26
  • Discharged from the hospital

From then to today
  • Healing process has gone incredibly well. I did tear (type II), but the road to recovery is going quickly and essentially pain free. Both Breeson and I are doing very well.
  • Sleep schedule - still wacky!! Tired as all get out. :)
  • Last night was our 1st rough night. He is really a good baby. He usually only cries when he's hungry or naked. But for some reason, sleeping was not an option for him.
  • Jamie is a SUPER dad and is so patient and encouraging. Breeson is blessed to have such a great father. I couldn't do it without him.
  • SUPER emotional ever since Sunday. I can't remember the last time I've cried so much and in so many days. (Jamie's also been very supportive in this area too). I told Jamie last night that I was more emotionally balanced during my pregnancy than I have in my life. All that to say though, that doesn't mean I want to be pregnant anytime soon!
So...there you go. I know I've been meaning to call a lot of you personally - and I still plan too. But hopefully this will help in the mean time!
We love you all and are so thankful for your love and support. I can't wait for you to meet our son, Breeson Omri George.


Breeson Pic's

And then there was 3 of us...

The day of discharge...

First bath...
(didn't like it so much!) :-(

catching some rays to help w/ the Jaundice (sp?)


It's a Boy!!!!

Breeson Omri George joined our family at 8:26 a.m., Sunday, May 24th.
He weighs 8 lbs and is 20 1/2 inches long.


Just for fun...

A couple years ago, for Halloween, Jamie and I dressed up as a pregnant nun and the milkman. Needless to say, we won the contest that night!! :)

The other night, the costume popped in my head and I figured I would put it back on - now that we are really pregnant.
So...we've made it full term (now 40 + weeks). "Pat" just likes it too much inside and doesn't care to meet us. :( Silly kid.


Full Term

Well...we've made it full term (40 weeks). It's been a good road, but let's be honest, we're are ready to meet you "Pat". COME OUT!!!!
We went to the doctor today for our last visit. We never thought we would make it this far. I know that I had false hopes that it would come early, which doesn't make it any easier.
Thankfully though, God has blessed us with a pretty easy pregnancy; I am very thankful for that. The doc measured me at 36-37 weeks, so that was reassuring that it's not a huge baby!
If "Pat" doesn't arrive before next Thursday, we are scheduled to induce at 7:30 a.m.
It's good to know there's an end in sight. The doc did say that b/c it seems that both me and the baby are pretty healthy, they would not be opposed to letting me go another week (2 weeks overdue). But at this point, I don't think that seems like an option. She's giving me the option though if I don't want to be induced. But either way...there's not really any guarantee that if we wait another week that he/she will come on his/her own. So...I say we stick to the induction date. :) We are very excited to meet our little one.
Thanks to everyone for your prayers, thoughts and words of encouragement. We can't wait for "Pat" to meet all of you.


date day

Saturday was date day for Jamie and I. We had such a great time hanging out. Here's how our day went...
  • 8ish - woke up
  • 10:45ish - actually got out of bed
  • ate a late breakfast and started a movie
  • went and worked out
  • finished movie and did odds and ends around the house
  • went miniature golfing (yeah for free coupons!)
  • did our weekly grocery shopping
  • headed off to dinner at a yummy Italian restaurant (yeah for buy one/get one free coupons!)
  • Then went home and watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    *odd but very interesting movie. It was longer than we realized!!!
For the whole date day...we spent less than $30.
Here's a few pic's from golfing. Jamie of course won.


week 39

And finally...
We've made it to week 39. Bummer.
We are now 5 days to the due date (May 21). I really can't believe how fast time has gone by.
This morning, Jamie and I slept in and laid around for another hour after we woke up. We realize that it may be the last Saturday we get to do that for quite some time.
I truly do enjoy my lazy Saturday mornings. I'm going to miss them.

(pay not attention "Pat" - we want to meet you - come out soon!!!!!)

Last night, Deena and I went to Clement Park. We grabbed some food at Q'doba first and then went to the park. Of course the clouds rolled in when we got there. No fun. We stayed for awhile, but when we couldn't handle being cold any longer, we headed to Starbucks for some hot chocolate!
Girls night out was just what I needed - thanks Deena!!


out w/ the old...in with the "new"

Here's a couple pictures of our sweet deal I found on Craig's List (mentioned in previous post):




I love it when you can see a transformation!!
Thanks Jamie for doing such a good paint job. :)

same 'ol, same 'ol

Went to the doc this morning for my weekly F/U - nothing new. Pat obviously is sitting comfy in the womb and doesn't care to make an appearance anytime soon. :(
The good thing is, the head is very low and the doc says it should fit just fine. So that is a bit comforting. Because it's so low though, it makes me wonder if our kid is gonna have a cone head.

Doc's still saying I shouldn't make it to the point where they have to induce (one week after the due date - which is next Thursday). So we'll continue to wait...

On Tuesday, Jamie and I picked up a changing table from a lady that I found on Craig's List. She also threw in a changing pad and wiper warmer. We got all of it for $25!!! The wiper warmer and changing pad are at least $25 each if you buy them brand new. So we got a great deal - thank you Lord!! Jamie did paint it for me yesterday. I took pic's of it before; when we finish getting it "put together", I'll post pic's on here.


***Mother's Day. I am so thankful for my mom, as well as Jamie's mom. We're so blessed to have mom's who love, support, and encourage us. They truly are a blessing! Both are wonderful Grandmother's, and we're thankful for that b/c we know our baby will be smothered with love! Although "Pat" won't get to see his/her Grandmother very often, distance won't matter in regards to how much they care for him/her.

I hope to be as good as a mother as my mom was to me. Even when she washed my mouth out with soap, or gave me spankings, I know she always did it b/c she loved me. She didn't want to see me do things I wasn't supposed to do. My mom also had a gentle heart and always desired for me and my siblings walk with God; she still does. I know she prays for her children, and now grandchildren often. I hope to be as strong of a prayer warrior as she is.
Here's to you mom - I LOVE YOU!!

***Ever since we found out we were pregnant, I've been wanting a jogging stroller. I hope it will be a good incentive to keep working out after "Pat" arrives. Almost every time I went to the store, I'd look at one - dreaming! As most of you mom's know, they're not cheap. So we've been holding out. I found a few at the thrift stores, but they were always dirty and the brakes never worked.
Well yesterday I went to several garage sales in search of a dresser for the baby's room. Instead, I found a bargain I wasn't expecting to find - a jogging stroller!! The lady who was selling it barely used it. Plus, she kept it in good, clean condition. And on top of all of that, everything works. I was so excited! So...now I have no excuse to be lazy, post baby. :-) Keep me accountable.


I went to the doctor yesterday for my usual weekly F/U. Nothing new. I'm still dilated at 1 cm and over 70% effaced. Contractions have been steady and regular. The baby's head is VERY low though. When I told the doc she was like "okay", but when she did the exam, she was shocked! I was like "I told you so" (at least that's what I was thinking in my head!) So we'll continue to wait...

We're getting together with dear friends this weekend, as well as heading back to our old church. So there's part of me that doesn't want the baby to come until after the weekend. Yet, I'm SOOO ready to have this kid!!

Jamie's hiking today with his Spiritual Formation group from Denver Seminary. If anything were to happen while he's out, I may be calling one of you (Deena!) to come pick me up and take me to the hospital!! I forgot to mention that to you when you were over the other night. Oops. :)

Sleeping has been horrible lately. I am constantly dreaming I'm going into labor. I'm so disappointed when I wake up and realize it's not true.

I am in search of a black dresser to be used as a changing table. I think I'm going to hit some garage sales today. Hope I find something. We don't necessarily want an actual changing table b/c I want to be able to use it for other things in the future. But, at this point, i'm not too picky - I'll probly take what I can find. I prefer to find a black one, just so it'll match the crib. Maybe it doesn't really matter in the end.

If we end up driving to MS and AL in June, we're thinking about swinging by the camp I grew up going to in Arkansas. I'd love for Jamie to see where I spent a strong majority of my summer's, as well as where my walk with Christ really began. Although I dread the LONG drive to and from Colorado, it'd be a fun road trip w/ my family. Plus, more of my side of the family will be able to see the baby as well. So we'll see...it all depends on when "Pat" decides to make his/her entrance into the world.
See, the baby is already controlling our lives!! Ahhhh.



Swimming, stairs, walking, even doing lunges...what else can we do to get things rolling?? Come on "Pat"...we're ready to meet you!!


So Blessed...

Here I am at 37 weeks. We're in the home stretch!!

We are so blessed to have such a great "family" while we're away from family.
At work today, they threw Jamie and I a dessert baby shower/love offering.

(this is not everyone at work, some were out sick and I didn't do a good job taking pic's of everyone else standing around) Sorry! :(

Then during my lunch break at work, my sweet friend Deena, took me to get a pedicure. (A much needed pedicure!!) Please notice Deena has two "right" feet. She accidentally grabbed two right sandals. We had a good laugh!!
I also found out during the pedicure that when you rub my calf muscles, it is extremely ticklish. It was almost too much! :-)