Monday, August 8, 2011

Month 1

Well, I will spare all of the details of how this sweet angel came into the world...but here are the highlights:
Went in to the doctor on April 26th because I was so uncomfortable...I was 4 1/2 cm and they said I could stay if I called the fam to come in town, and planned on going in the next morning. We knew there would be bad weather, but we had no idea what we were in store for. After about 8 hrs of labor (with an epidural of course), and many miracles throughout the day (where it was just so plain and obvious Jesus was saying "I'm right here with ya!", Sadie decided it was time to make her appearance, and so did the tornadoes!
When I began to push, the power went out. The head nurse came in and said they'd have to unhook my epidural and move me to the hallway because a tornado was within a short distance from the hospital. To my rescue comes good ole Dr. Callison. She says, no we wont go int he hallway, this baby needs to be BORN now. She said it was to unsafe to prolong the labor, and a c-section was not an option (little Sadie for a while was thought to be facing the wrong way). So she did an ultrasound, saw she was turned the right way (miracle) and gave the go ahead to begin pushing again. With the help of Mr. Vaccuum, Sadie entered the world. Little did we know the entire city of Huntsville (and north alabama) was without power-and the chaos that was going on in the world around us. All we knew was that our angel had so perfectly come into the world! Now starts the "speed bumps" that came after her birth...from hardly any food at the hospital bc of the state of emergency, no air, no visitors allowed (including family) was a rough few days. We traveled to Nashville when we left the hospital so that we'd have air, power and FAMILY!!

The first month of Sadies life was a bit rough-as we found out she had pretty bad reflux-which had been making her scream day and night...for quite a few weeks. We had to just keep persevering knowing that she'd come out of it soon! We could not have done it without the help of sweet Mi Mi. She came to visit a few times in the first month to help take care of Sadie (and me). Thankfully, John had 3 weeks of vacation. By the time he went back to work, things were getting more under control.

By the time Sadie was 4-5 weeks old...she was too long for newborn clothes!! We went for a checkup on May 11th (two weeks old), and she was already 20 1/2 inches, head 14inches, and she was 7 lb 4 oz. here are some other stats I took notes on:

2 weeks old was when the worst crying from the reflux occurred..yuck
2 1/2 weeks-she went two 3 hr stretches at night, took two pretty good naps (break from screaming..haha)
2 weeks old-Mommy and daddy took a trip to Barnes and Noble and Zaxbys...she slept in the sling the whole time while we enjoyed walking around outside.
3 weeks-Daddy back to work
3 1/2 weeks she slept 4 hrs straight at night for the first time
3 1/2 weeks-Randi and her mom FORCED me out of the house, and treated me to a pedicure...Daddy stayed to babysit! =)
4 weeks old-Ultrasound of Sadie's belly to check for any other condition that might be causing the vomiting, spitting and gurgling...found nothing other than bad reflux!
By the end of this month, we were in a good routine of eating every 3 hrs, taking a nap, waking, and repeating. ha!
Here are some pictures from the first month.

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