Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Alina and I are home!

And man am I ever tired! We have been through a lot since she was born, and I know my mom has filled you guys in with some... I will tell my story, and hopefully fill in the gaps.

On Thursday, my mom called and asked if I could come to the restaurant and work so she could go to a meeting. I told her, sure... since labor did not seem to want to happen. After my mom left, my dad and I were sitting there talking, and my body was VERY uncomfortable, and I had to stand up. I began pacing the floor... I walked around the restaurant for 2 hours because it was the only way I could tolerate the contractions. I called Chris and told him it was time to come and get me. We went to the hospital, and straight up to L&D and I was put on the monitors. My contractions at that point were between 5 and 10 minutes apart. My doctor was actually in the room when I got there. She was finishing up with another lady (which is a whole other funny story in itself...). She was not at all surprised to see me. She check me out and said "we are going to admit you, this baby is getting ready to come."

So now I was moved down the hall to one of the labor/delivery/recovery rooms. I went almost straight for the tub, but the nurse had to drill the 20 questions first. I learned that the tub does nothing for me... if anything, it made it worse! I got out after being in there for about 10 minutes. The bed was surprisingly comfortable... and I was able to get a little but of rest, before my water broke! Chris seemed a bit upset when I told him, because he had just gotten comfortable on the pull out bed. But he called the nurse in. When my water broke, I was at 7cm. My doctor came in, and they started setting everything up. That bed is SO COOL! Except, at that moment that was not what I was thinking... It was really uncomfortable the way they had me sitting up! I was starting to do pretty well breathing through the contractions! Chris was really good about reminding me on the breathing techniques. I went from breathing through the contractions to nearly crawling onto the floor. I was hurting so bad!! Chris said that at one point I said "I can't do it, I give up!" As if it were an option at that point! I caught the doctor and nurses off guard as it was time to push and they were not ready! They were pulling me, and telling me that I had to get back on my back, but I was very tense on my side clenching to the side bar of the bed. I finally gave, and got into position... 9 pushes later, we had a B-E-A-UTIFUL baby girl!

Alina Michelle
6lb 7oz
Friday, October 12th

Alina has had some really bad congestion. A lot of mucus build up that has come out through both her nose and her throat. They had to put tubes down her throat to clear some of it out, as she could not breath. She has thrown up a few times which has cleared out a lot of it, so that seems to be under control.

Her other issue, the "dimple". Basically it is a deep dimple about an inch above where her butt hole is. It is similar in appearance to that of the butt hole. We will be traveling to Nova Scotia within the next 3 weeks to have an MRI done. As soon as I know more, I will let you guys know. The doctors do not seem too worried. My OB told me yesterday that if I plan to have more children, I need to start taking folic acid before getting pregnant.

I think that I have covered everything. Thank you for all your well wishes and prayers! We really appreciate it!

And now, for the pictures!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Fridays child is loving and giving

Hello everyone guest blogger Mam-gu here. I can’t figure get the comments thing to work (translation: I can’t remember the password & how my name was done for the blog Charles & Gwyn created for me) so Gwyn gave me her info and asked me to post the info on our newest addition to the Anderson/Crowther/Richards clan.

Alina Michelle Richards made her debut on Prince Edward Island in Canada at Prince County Hospital in the town of Summerside. She kept her Mom up for two days but finally made her appearance on Friday October 12, 2007 at 2:49 AM. She is already a night owl! She tipped the scales at 6 lb 7 oz and was 19in tall beating her big sister by ½ an inch although big sis weighted more. Head diameter was 33 cm. Sorry I don't know big bro details to add at this point. I'm sure Gwyn will fill you all in on those.

Gwyn had a drug free natural birth. Mommy & baby are doing well. Pictures will be posted when Gwyn & Alina get home. I took pictures but I don't know how to put them up. Alina is a cutie just like her big sis. She has a couple of Angel kisses like her sis as well. You’ll all see very soon.

Signed Your Guest Blogger,


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Still in waiting....

Well our little bundle is still happy to remain in the womb. She seems rather cozy in there. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow. I am trying to avoid induction, as my doctor feels that this baby seems to want to do it on her own. With Gabby, I had to be induced because my water broke, and I did not dilate at all. This time I am dilating, but my water has not broken. We shall see where I am at tomorrow, maybe she will come this week! But, I am in no hurry anymore.... I was wanting to push her to get out, because I really wanted her to come in September... Christian's birthday is October 14th, and we don't want to take that away from him... they will be really close, if not on the same day! But, for all of those who have been worried.... I am measuring small, that is way there has been no rush to induce. A week ago (3 days before my "due date") I was measuring in at 38 weeks. So I am guessing I will be measuring in at 39 weeks tomorrow.

When baby does come, I will have my mom post a reply on the most recent post on my blog for you guys. She is "Mam-gu" on the comments. I want this kid to come as much as all of you guys want to meet her via blogdom!

Hope to be making the announcement soon!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

My Doctor's Appointment... with a twist

Okay, so I went to my Doctors appointment yesterday, and she took one look at me and said "What's wrong!" I began to tell her about the head ache I have had for the past 3 days.... It was so bad 2 nights ago that I was dizzy, nauseous, and sweating! She did the weekly check up, and then wrote out a sheet for me to take to Labor & Delivery. I was hooked up to IV and they had this stuff pumping in me SOOOOO fast! I went through God only knows how many IV bags, and some sort of pain killers (I forget which one) The meds seemed to kick in pretty quick, and the nurses were very nice! My hand hurts really bad from the IV though, they had a hard time finding a good vein! All in all, not a bad trip... still pregnant though!

3.5 cm dilated
50% effaced
gained a little too much weight this week... I am up to 23 lb gained this pregnancy.