forty weeks – Isaiah’s birth story.

HE’S HERE!! What a strange feeling knowing I’m a mom now. I still don’t think it’s fully sunk in!

We are so in love with this little guy and we are SO thankful to the Lord for allowing us to be his parents! He is such a joy and blessing in our lives. I would have been 40 weeks this week, but instead I have a six-day old!

My doctor ended up wanting me induced, because Isaiah was measuring small (according to the ultrasounds, which now we can tell how inaccurate they really are when it comes to weight and measurements with the baby) and they were afraid he wasn’t feeding well inside and thought it’d be best for him to come out and hopefully get to a healthy weight outside the womb.

We went into labor and delivery on March 19 at 6:30 AM. They started the pitocin at 7:30 AM and finally broke my water around 1 or 2 PM. I had about an hour of really intense and awful contractions before asking for the epidural. Can I just say how amazing that stuff is?! I felt like a completely different person after it kicked in. I didn’t even feel like I was in labor! About an hour later I was dilated to 8 cm and then another hour and a half later I was at 10 cm and ready to push! I pushed for about 25 minutes before our little bundle of joy made his entrance into the world at 6:09PM, weighing in at 7 lbs 1 oz and 20″ long.

It was so surreal to see him after having him in my belly for nine months. They laid him on my chest immediately after birth and all I could do was let out tears of joy and thank God for such a beautiful gift! A feeling I didn’t think would happen to me. I was not an emotional person before giving birth, but boy has that changed in the last week!

We are all doing great and healthy, thankfully. We had a great appointment at the pediatrician’s office this morning. He is eating well and his sleeping patterns have gotten a lot better in the last few days. I am sore and exhausted, but it is SO worth it. Just looking at him makes me forget about being tired. We are just so in love with him. I know I’m being a typical mom right now and going on and on about my baby, but I can’t help it!

thirty-nine weeks.

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Sooo, I had a really hard time finding a jackfruit…I’ve never even seen one before now, but thanks to Photoshop it looks like I’m holding one. Could you tell? Of course not, right? 😉 And I’ll go ahead and tell you that for last week’s picture I had to photoshop a pumpkin in too, because where can you find a pumpkin in the middle of March? Um, nowhere. So, there you go. You know all my secrets now. I promise the others were real.

But on to why we’re really here…one more week til our due date! Unbelievable.

We are getting to the point where I don’t have much to report, because nothing is really happening and baby’s pretty much done growing (other than weight gain). I still just can’t believe how close we are to meeting our boy. Although I’m still having periodic contractions, there’s not really any sign of real labor yet. There are quite a few “old wives tales” that can get labor progressing and you better believe I’ve tried some of them. Walking, spicy foods, pineapple, etc. Some are pretty humorous, but who cares at this point?! I’ve decided he’s gonna come when he’s good and ready no matter what I do,.

At our appointment this week baby looked healthy, but measuring on the smaller side. Doctor seemed a bit concerned, but doesn’t seem to think anything internally would be wrong with him. He thinks it might just be a feeding issue. Fluids looked good. The non stress test showed baby’s heart rate looked good and fetal movement was perfect.

At any rate, soon enough we will be holding Isaiah and loving every minute of it!

thirty-eight weeks.

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I have finally reached the point of “What can I do to help this baby along?” I didn’t think I’d get like this, but I am really starting to be uncomfortable and just plain ready for him to be here. This waiting patiently stuff is hard! Especially when everything’s ready for him and we’ve been told he could come at any point. Come on, Isaiah!! Momma’s ready to meet you.

As you can see from a previous post, we got our maternity pictures back. I LOVE THEM! She did such a good job and we are so happy with them. I can’t wait until Isaiah gets old enough and we can show him what it looked like when he was in my belly. Such great memories captured! 🙂

Update from our weekly appointment:
We went in yesterday and had an ultrasound to check fluid and everything looked great. We also had a non stress test done to track fetal movement and that went great as well. I am now between 2 and 3 cm dilated and about 75% effaced. So we did have some progression, but not a lot. It still could be any day now!

Now that he is pretty much fully developed, there isn’t much change going on with him. He is, however, shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo, which we could see floating in the fluid on the ultrasound. He’s also producing more of this stuff called “surfactant”, which is a substance that prevents the air sacs in his lungs from sticking to one another once he starts to breathe. Pretty interesting stuff going on last-minute.

Maybe next week we’ll have our baby boy! Ya never know…

diy tree stump side table.

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We are so close to being done with Isaiah’s forest-themed nursery. Now that I’m on bed rest, I have had time to work on many of the projects I wanted to do. It won’t be long before he is here so we don’t have much more time to get things ready. I’ll post pictures of the entire room once the curtains and crib skit (being made by a family friend) are complete.

I can’t take much credit for this project (other than the idea of it!), because my sweet, hard-working husband did most of the work…okay, all of the work. I am so thankful for his willingness to help! When we decided to make Isaiah’s nursery a forest theme, the first project I thought of was a tree stump side table to go next to the rocker for when we are in the nursery rocking him. My husband’s parents had a huge tree fall in their background during a storm in the fall so it worked out perfect to snatch a piece of the stump being cut up! We stored it away for a few months to let it dry out. This is really important, because it makes the process of removing the bark a bit easier. The longer it dries out, the easier the bark comes off.

The first step, as you can guess then, was removing the bark. My husband did a fine job at this by using a hammer and a pick. It took a bit of time  to do it this way, but it looks so great with the bark removed and I was very pleased it.

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Nerd alert with the glasses…but really kids, safety is no accident. Wear protection! 🙂

After all the bark was removed, we (sorry there I go again) he sanded it down to make a smoother looking finish. This is best done with an electric sander…doing it by hand would take much longer and just plain stink. So I suggest borrowing one if you don’t have one.

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The final step is optional, but something I feel really brings it all together…staining. Since all of the furniture in the nursery is a dark espresso color, I wanted the table to match. The stain is “English Cherry”, made by Minwax, a popular brand you can find almost anywhere. Whatever stain color you choose to use, it will look darker when you first put it on, but it will lighten up quite a bit as it dries. Don’t worry if it seems insanely darker than you wanted, it will look great!

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It took almost 3 days for the stain to really set in and dry completely. I waited almost a week to put it in the nursery, because I was afraid of stain getting on the carpet. Use your best judgement when deciding if it’s done or not. Every stump is different.

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Now I can’t wait for Isaiah to get here so I can rock him and use this adorable side table that cost practically nothing to make…except maybe some of my husband’s valuable time. 😉 But I absolutely love how it turned out! I’m obsessed and go into the nursery at least three times a day just to look at everything coming together finally!

Good luck if you decide to give tree-stump-side-table-making a try. It’s totally worth the effort!

maternity pictures.

We got our maternity pictures back yesterday and we love them! We had so much fun taking them and I’m thankful we were able to capture such a precious memory! One of my best friend’s and her husband were in town when we took the pictures and they are also due with a boy a week before us, so we got a few fun shots together as well.

So, without further ado, here they are!

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thirty-seven weeks.

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We’re full term! Congrats to Isaiah for sticking it out in my womb for this long. He’s got to be getting uncomfortable.

We installed the car seat this week just in case he makes his debut a little early…which is somewhat likely according to my doctor.

I went in on Tuesday for my weekly appointment and was already almost 2 cm dilated and 70% effaced. He ended up putting me on bed rest too, because the width of the baby’s abdomen is measuring in the 5th percentile, which he didn’t seem to think anything is majorly wrong with him, he just wants me to rest as much as possible (which wouldn’t happen working with preschoolers) before he comes out so that he gains as much weight as possible. A bit stressful, but glad to know it won’t be long before Isaiah is here!!

I’ve now packed most of my hospital bag. I have read so many lists of what I will and won’t need at the hospital and almost every list is different. I plan to write a post after the delivery with my experience of what I did and didn’t need to help out those first time mom’s that will be in the same boat as I have been. It’s hard to know for sure what will come in handy at the hospital and what won’t.

My aunt, cousin, and her daughter that live about an hour and a half from us came to visit over the weekend since they weren’t able to make it to my shower a few weeks ago due to a bad snow storm. They brought gifts for Isaiah and we went out to eat and had a nice time catching up. I’m so thankful we have such great families. They really have been so generous and supportive throughout this entire pregnancy. I know they will be throughout his life, too. 🙂

I’m amazed at how big my belly is getting. It seems like all of a sudden I am huge. Baby is continuing to practice skills such as inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking. So cool that he is doing all of that in the womb. Won’t be long before he’s doing them outside!!