Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Precious Pumpkin Patch Pictures

Last Sunday, we went out to Paradise to take pictures in the pumkin patch. The older kids had a great time looking at all the pumpkins and Clayton decided to take a nap on a big warm pumpkin!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More Pictures

Clayton doesn't know what to think about his sponge baths. He likes it when I rub his head but not the rest of his body. I love to put the lotion on him afterwards because he smells so good!

A Funny Story

My good friend, Jacqui, watched Cooper for us while we were at the hospital. She brought him up around 9:30 pm the night I went in to have Clayton. She took him on walks and did a puzzle with him to help keep him entertained. After Clayton was born, and they saw him, Jacqui took Cooper back to her house to sleep. They left the hospital around 3 am and while driving home, Jacqui rolled through a red light. The cop pulled her over and while walking to the window to ask her what she was doing that late in the morning, Cooper started talking to the police man. "We were just at the ospital. I have a baby brover. He is dis tiny. He is ho cute." The cop said, "I don't understand him." So, Jacqui translated and the cop said, "Ya'll have a good night."
So, although Cooper does not pay hardly any attention to his little brother, I guess he was excited enough that night to help Jacqui get out of a ticket!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My Labor and Delivery

On Sunday, after church, I started having a few small contractions, so I decided to walk like a mad-women around our kitchen. After a half an hour, Bryce and I decided to go up the hospital to try our luck. When we got there, they checked me out and and I was at a 4+, so they told me I needed to walk for 1/2 an hour to see if anything would change. So, I booked it around that floor as fast as I could, and when I got done they said I had changed a little bit, so they decided to call my doctor and see what he thought they should do. Well, doctor said to walk for another hour and then if things were still changing, he would come break my water. After walking at least 2 miles in laps around the L &D floor (having stronger and stronger contractions) they admited me in to the hospital.
So, I got admitted at about 7 pm. I received the epidural from Dr. Silver and he did a great job. I was really scared about it, but it was just fine and took all the pain away. As soon as he left the room, Dr. Beirer came and broke my water. They started the pitocin drip at a 4 (which is normal) and when I had my first contraction, Clayton stopped breathing and his heart rate fell. Our awesome nurse, Cari, gave me some oxygen, flipped me twice, and Clayton's heart rate rose back up. She turned off the pitocin for a 1/2 hour and then tried it again at a 2. Same thing happened. Tried it at a 1. Same thing happened, so the decided to take me completely off the pitocin and have me progress on my own.
They ended up putting internal monitors on me and on Clayton's head. I would sit and listen to his heart beat and everytime I felt pressure from a contraction, I would hear the beeping monitor slow down (his heart rate). This was pretty scary for me, but the nurse did a great job helping both of us. At 2 am I had finally dialated to a 10. Originally the nurse said that I would probably have to push for an hour or two with her, before the doctor would come in. Well, she decided to call the doctor in since Clayton was having problems. The doctor came in at 2:15 am and at 2:32 am, Clatyon Soren Douglas came into our family. I had to push 10 times and fifteen minutes later, he was born. They had to use forceps because he was turned face up.
The doctor put him up on my chest as he screamed. Bryce was able to cut his umbilical cord and I sat and cried because he was such a miracle and we have waited for him for along time...(kind of sounds like Cooper as well). The doctor stitched me up and off I went to my recovery room. I could not move my legs at all so the nurses had to pick me up and put me in the wheel chair.They cleaned Clayton all up and finally after everything was done, we went to bed at 5:30 am. I was so tired by then, I could barely keep my eyes open when the nurse was talking to me. We spent two nights in the hospital. The nurses were great and took good care of Clayton and I.
I want to thank my good husband for the love and support he has given me and continues to give me while I adjust. He has really taken care of me and I am thankful for him. I am thankful for Cooper for being a good big brother and a great helper to mom, especially the last couple of days. I want to thank Jacqui for watching Cooper and helping me move my legs after my epidural. (and for running to open the door for the nurse everytime Clayton's heart rate fell) I want to thank all of our family and friends for the love and support and excitement they have shown us.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Announcing the Arrival of.....

Clayton Soren Douglas

Arrived: Monday, September 14, 2009 (2 -1/2 weeks early)

Time: 2:32 a.m.

Weight: 7'8 lbs (same as Jenn when she was born)

Length : 20 inches (half of that length are his toes; he has Bryce's feet)

Friday, September 11, 2009

The latest....

Two days ago, I went back to the doctor. I am now dialated to a 4 and I am 80% efaced. The doctor says that Clayton has dropped alot. He also gained 1 3/4 lbs in the last week, so he is almost 8 pounds and I am exactly 3 weeks away from my original due date. Doctor says he would be surprised to see us next week at our appointment, but you never know. I have been trying to take brisk walks and I even mowed my yard today, but nothing so far. Here is a great picture of my "watermelon" belly.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Update on Clayton

I went to the doctor last Wednesday and found out that Clayton is around 61/2 pounds. As far as the doctor could tell, everything looked good. His heart sounded healthy and he was moving around alot. I told my doctor that I had been having (braxton hicks) contractions quite a bit. Well, he told me if they were braxton hicks then they would not be helping me. He then checked me and said, "I can feel the baby's head! You are having real contractions." I am dialated to a three and I am 75% efaced. The baby is where he needs to be for delivery and so we will just wait and see. It really surprised me. So, I have been trying to get things packed and ready for the hospital. We are excited, nervous, anxious and looking forward to having little precious Clayton come to our home!