Jul 31, 2011

First pics

I'm trying to get all the pictures uploaded so I can share Riley's first photos with everyone.  I'm hoping to get caught up on them this week.

First, when we found out we were heading to the hospital, I set up the self timer to get one last picture of us as a family of three.  I set it to take several right in a row, and this was my favorite.  Gavin looks elated that his baby sister was on the way!

And one I took of us while I was in labor...

We have a lot more pics from Gavin's birth since my mom was there taking pictures.  After she was born, Jarrod grabbed the camera to snap a few for me, but a lot of them turned out blurry since he didn't turn the flash on.  Here are some of the ones he did get.  

Dr. Schmitz with Riley 

Riley's first feeding 

Daddy with his little girl

Jul 29, 2011

Riley's {long} Birth Story

Riley Savannah is here!  She made her appearance rather quickly late Tuesday evening, July 26, 2011.  Here's her story.

I started keeping notes on my phone of the progress I was making back on July 20.  I thought for sure we were getting close!  I was 2 cm at that point and was doing everything I could to encourage this little girl to make her way into our world.  We were just so excited to see her!  We went for two walks a day, I was eating pineapple, sitting on an exercise ball, dancing with Gavin, adding spice to our meals...  So we headed to the doctor on Tuesday morning at 10 and I was sure I was going to be 4cm.

Dr. Schmitz checked me and when I heard him say '2 cm' still, I wanted to cry.  The day before was the first time I actually felt uncomfortable all day, and I was beginning to wonder when my contractions would start working!  He asked if we wanted to talk about an end date, and Jarrod {perhaps jokingly} said, 'Today!' to which Dr. Schmitz said, 'I'm good with today!'  A million thoughts started racing through my head.  An induction wasn't something we had talked much about and in fact was something I wanted to avoid, but now it was being offered and I was getting excited about possibly meeting our daughter.  My big concern was that I wasn't really ready and if we decided to induce my body wouldn't cooperate and I'd end up with a c-section which I REALLY didn't want.  He told us that he could induce us that day or not until the following Monday if it was a route we wanted to go.  I expressed my concerns and he told me that he thought it would be a really easy induction.  He said her head was so low and my cervix was so soft that he thought I just needed a little pitocin to help my contractions really get going.  Then he said, "Let's do this...if there's no room for you today at the hospital, an induction isn't even possible, so I'll call the hospital and we'll go from there."  The few minutes he was out of the room felt like forever and my heart was racing.  

"It's today!"  He walked back in the room and told us the hospital had room for us and we could go on over if we were ready.  Jarrod and I just looked at each other.  He was smiling ear to ear...he couldn't have hid his excitement if he wanted to.  All the positive things were running through my head at that point.  It would be easier to drop Gavin off to Amy now than to unexpectedly go into labor at 2am.  The timing was nice because I knew I'd have Jarrod's help almost all the way up to when my mom got in town.  And I would see this precious girl!  So, we said yes...

We headed home, finished packing up our bags, got Gavin's stuff ready, had lunch and headed to Amy's.  Gavin was so excited to have a sleepover with Lucas. That made dropping him off so easy.  If he wasn't excited, I would have felt bad.  It was, afterall, my first night away from Gavin!  But I'm so thankful we have Amy and Chris as friends...they are fantastic people!  We drove to the hospital and got our room, only to find out that the a/c wasn't working right.  Lovely.  It was like 100 degrees!  But, honestly...I didn't really notice that it wasn't working right.  It was fine in there all night.

The first nurse that came in immediately said, "I'm not going to be your nurse, but I'll get your IV started.  Why exactly are we inducing?"  I think it was her tone of voice, but she immediately got to me and I started questioning our choice.  She went on to tell me how pitocin was a 'dangerous drug' and how I'd be confined to the bed...  As soon as she left the room I burst into tears.  Jarrod was great at comforting me and when Wendy, our nurse, came in and asked if I was feeling apprehensive, he stepped in and explained to her that the previous nurse had made me feel apprehensive by her questions and remarks.  So, we talked to Wendy a little and I felt much better, even if it meant that I wouldn't be able to labor out of the bed like I'd hoped for.  At 2:30pm, she turned the pitocin on.  

5:30pm - Dr. Schmitz came in and checked me and decided to break my water.  I was 3cm at that point.  Him breaking my water felt weird...when my water broke with Gavin I had already had an epidural and I didn't feel much.  Feeling the water continuously leak out was strange.  Jarrod was a great nurse though and helped me change the towels under me when the nurse wasn't available.  :)  At this point my contractions were very bearable, but Dr. Schmitz told me that they would now pick up and his guess was that I'd deliver between 10pm and midnight.  He asked me if I was still thinking of not having an epidural - this was something I'd thrown around during this pregnancy but hadn't told anyone because if I did end up with one (which I expected to) I didn't want to feel like I had failed.  I told him I still was undecided and was going to just see how things went.  He told me that when it was time to push he could be at the hospital in 4-5 minutes, so if I was without an epidural, to just know that he would be there asap!  

Even though Jarrod wasn't hungry, I told him to go out and get himself some dinner at that point.  I was afraid things would pick up and he'd be gone, so I wanted him to go then.  He ran to Zaxby's and was such a sweetheart - he brought me back a cup of their ice, which I loved while I was pregnant!  :)

We killed time during the contractions by watching Ellen, Friends episodes, and Wheel of Fortune.  The contractions slowly got closer together and more intense, but I was still feeling pretty good.

7:30pm - our new nurse came in to introduce herself.  Her name was Lesley, and though she was quiet, she was very sweet.  She checked me at that point.  3 cm.  Still.  I can't deny I was disappointed!  But, she reassured me that I was making progress and would get there soon since the contractions were getting stronger.  Jarrod's boss showed up briefly because she'd heard I loved the ice and brought me more from Zaxby's.  Isn't she sweet?

8:15pm - I pulled out my iPhone, which I had downloaded an app to time my contractions the week before, and started timing the contractions using it just because I was curious.  They were coming 2 minutes apart at that point.  

8:30pm - Lesley checked me again, and I was 5 cm.  She told me that 5 cm was the hard part and things would pick up.  

8:45pm - I decided to get Fentanyl pain meds in my IV to see if it helped before resorting to the epidural.  She came in just before 9 to start that.  I didn't feel a difference in the contractions, but I was drowsy for the minute or so between contractions.  

9:15pm - I told Jarrod I thought I needed to push, so he grabbed Lesley to check me and I was 8cm.  She told me she thought I'd be pushing withing 30-60 minutes.  

9:25pm - I REALLY wanted to push, so Jarrod grabbed another nurse from the hall, who checked me again and said I was completely dilated.  She said she'd go get Lesley.  I was in a lot of pain.  All I kept thinking in my head was how I didn't know how I would be able to do this without an epidural.

9:30pm - Lesley came in and told me she'd called Dr. Schmitz and for me to breathe through a few contractions while we waited for him.  I really wasn't sure how I'd be able to do that without pushing.  She got everything set up in the room and Jarrod was wiping my face for me with a cold washcloth.  

9:40pm - Dr. Schmitz was in the room, had his scrubs on, and had my bed all ready.  He asked me to push one time, and he and Jarrod could both see her head already.  He told me to rest until my next set of contractions and said I'd have her during that set!  When it was time, he told me to let go of the rails of the bed (which I was gripping) and hold on to my legs.  So, I was pushing again.  I honestly felt like I wasn't pushing well.  With Gavin, I felt like I could focus my energy better because I wasn't feeling all the pain.  This time, I was screaming so much that I didn't feel like I was being productive.  But everyone was very reassuring and kept telling me I was doing it right and that she was coming.  I remember telling Jarrod I didn't know why I'd decided to do this without an epidural!  But, I looked down and could see her and it made me push harder (and scream louder!)  And, there she was!  At 9:49pm, after just a few pushes, she was out!  7lbs 15 oz and 19 inches long!

I got to hold her a little and Jarrod cut the cord, and while he went with her over to the warming table, I delivered the placenta.  I don't remember that part at all with Gavin, but I actually had to push this time to get it out and saw it as he moved it to the table.  So strange!  Dr. Schmitz examined me and said I didn't tear so I didn't need any stitches.  I was so happy to hear that!  

They brought her over to me a little after 10 and we did skin to skin contact and I was able to nurse her immediately.  We had some time with her until about 11:20pm when they came to take her to the nursery for her bath, etc. while I got cleaned up.  I was actually able to walk to my post partum room!  They finally brought her back to us around 1:30am (wearing the sweetest little purple hat!) but around 2:30 they took her temperature and decided she needed to go back to the warming table for a little while because her temperature was a little low.  They brought her back to me around 5:30 to nurse her and told me to hold her skin to skin for a while to help her temp, which I did for about 3 hours.  

The second night at the hospital (we stayed a little longer since 24 hours later would have been after 10pm when I got released), Jarrod actually stayed at home so he could get Gavin to sleep. I nursed Riley around 10 or so and then took her to the nursery so I could get some sleep.  They brought her to me to nurse around 2 and then when I woke up at 6 I went back to get her.  They told me she'd had a rough night with lots of nasty diapers and crying so they thought maybe I'd eaten something that she disagreed with.  I am hoping she doesn't have a sensitive stomach.  

We were released by 8am on Thursday morning!  Pictures to come.  :)P

Jul 25, 2011

Tour Baby Sister's Room!

Now that I got my new wireless router installed it seems that I can upload videos to YouTube better, but still not to Blogger.  You can check out the video tour of Baby Sister's nursery here.

39 Weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 39 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby Hamm is the size of a watermelon right now!  That's just crazy to me!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I gained the pound I lost last week back, so back up to 35lbs.  (Though I don't see how that's possible considering I've been walking twice a day!)
Maternity Clothes: Absolutely!
Gender: It's a GIRL!!!  When the name is decided, it will be kept a secret until she arrives. 
We have our final two names now!  As much as I want to have a name before she's born, I think we're going to wait until we see her.  
Movement: Definitely still feel her moving, but not like before.  She's running out of room these days.
Sleep: Sleep is ok, but I will be so glad when I'm waking up to feed a sweet baby and not because I have to pee or my hands and arms are tingling.  
What I miss:  My normal bladder...
Cravings: Water, ice, and watermelon flavored things.
Symptoms:  Contractions, heart burn and carpal tunnel are the main things right now.  
Best Moment this week:  Just enjoying Gavin - I've had to be reminded to, but I'm trying to focus all my energy on spending time with Gavin before he has a sibling to share me with!  

No belly comparison pic this week since I never made it to 39 weeks with Gavin!

My next appointment is tomorrow, so we'll see what he has to say about my progress.  

Jul 24, 2011

Last Night

I went to bed last night feeling very frustrated.  I was frustrated because I was still pregnant...I'm 39 weeks tomorrow, and since Gavin was born at 38 weeks, I {perhaps wrongly} assumed she'd be early, too.  But, the more I thought about it, the more frustrated I was with myself for being frustrated!  Why am I being so impatient???  I guess because I'm finishing up the third week straight of having true contractions.  We're not Braxton Hicks anymore, I mean real contractions!  Yesterday I was timing them for well over an hour at 8 minutes apart or so, and then they just stop.  {I admit that was the most sure I've been that it was time...I started adding the final things to my bag.  False alarm!}  Sure, it's hot here.  But, surprisingly, I'm not miserable.  I have a little swelling at times, but I could be much worse.  I'm not in pain.  I have some aches in my back and hips at times, but I actually still feel better than I did earlier in my pregnancy when I was having a lot of sciatic pain.  And it's not even my due date!  I still have a week or so before being 'overdue' - she is still cooking in there!  So, there's no reason for me to be so frustrated!  She'll come when she's ready.  I want to enjoy every day of this pregnancy, because it will likely be our last and I know I'll miss my pregnant belly when it's gone.  I need to, like Tori reminded me, just enjoy being Gavin's mommy right now. {Thanks, Tori....you're a fabulous friend!  Miss you!}  So...no more complaining.  Maybe my assumption that I'll have a July baby will prove to be right this week, but maybe it won't.  We'll meet this baby girl when the time is right.  :)

Jul 21, 2011

I admit it....

I'm slowly becoming more impatient!  And I feel awful for it!  Poor baby girl isn't making me uncomfortable or miserable.  I actually feel better these days that I have at other points of this pregnancy.  I don't have any hip pain and can walk comfortably.  Plus she still has 11 days until her due date!  But the problem is, in my mind, I feel like she's late.  Gavin was born at 38 weeks.  And everyone - including my doctor - has told me how it's so much more common for second children to come earlier than the first.  So, she should be here now, right???  She's obviously not ready.  

I am making progress.  I'm thankful for that.  But I haven't been having as many contractions as I'd like to be.  Yesterday, I was busy all day.  Gavin and I went on a walk in the morning.  We danced.  We played race cars and puzzles and Candyland, all of which required me to be down on the floor and crawling around.  I vacuumed.  I swept the floors.  I took Gav to Chickfila for lunch so I could order a Southwest Chicken Salad with spicy dressing.  Nothing!  But, I did go for another walk after dinner and got some good contractions going.  Too bad they stopped after I went to bed...

I'm really enjoying my last days with just Gavin.  But I really want to see our baby girl, too!

Jul 20, 2011


The last couple of weeks haven't involved much in the way of meal planning, price matching, and coupon using.  I've been shopping for just a few days at a time, and tend to look for something that is cheap, quick, and doesn't involve lighting the oven.  But, despite all that, I still have used some new recipes, and just haven't been good about blogging about them.

The first I kind of stumbled on.  Jarrod didn't want any of the options I had for dinner one night, so I threw a bunch of things I had in the fridge together.  I sauteed half of a zucchini, some onion and garlic with some smoked sausage, then added it all to cooked pasta, tossed in black olives, and added about half a jar of spaghetti sauce.  It turned out really good!  Gavin loved it and we even made it again for the girls when they visited.

Last weekend, we made some grilled shrimp one night and served two new dishes on the side.  The first were zucchini cakes and they were delicious!  Here's the link to that recipe: Zucchini Cakes

The second side dish we made that night was a simple pasta side.  Jarrod liked it, Gavin and I did not.  Gavin wanted me to pick all the bread crumbs out.  Lol!  I can't even get that recipe to load now, so maybe it's a sign I shouldn't share it with anyone!

Then tonight, we made a recipe we saw courtesy of Mr. Food on our local news' morning show.  Jarrod was getting ready on Monday and I was still laying in bed and we both looked at each other and said "That looks good!" at the same time!  :)  It was super easy (aside from the fact that grilling onions drives me up a wall) and delicious!  And for some extra veggies (because I love how grilled veggies taste) we added some red peppers.  I think next time, I'll also add some shrimp.  Here's the recipe for Grilled Caesar Salad.  

There....I feel better now.  I've added some of the new recipes we've been trying!  Enjoy!  If you try them, make sure you let me know what you think.  :)

Wordless Wednesday


Jul 19, 2011

Cool Mom FAIL!

Last week, we actually had some rain that really cooled things off for a brief period!  It was nice to have an afternoon where I could open the blinds and the living room not turn into a sauna.  So, after Gavin took his nap, I thought I'd be such a cool mom and ask him if he wanted to go down the street to splash in the puddles that were left behind.  In the beginning, he was super excited!

Then, he fell onto his butt and soaked his shorts...

It took me a long time to convince him that it was ok that he was wet and we could still play in the water and we'd change when we got back to the house.  But finally, he started playing happily again... 

But then, he accidentally kicked one of his rain boots off while trying to splash me with water and soaked his sock.  So, we were officially done!  He wasn't very happy with a wet butt and wet feet.  It was fun while it lasted!

Jul 18, 2011

38 Weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 38 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby Hamm is the size of a watermelon right now!  That's just crazy to me!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: According to my scale and the doctor's scale, I've lost a pound this week, so 34lbs total.
Maternity Clothes: Absolutely!
Gender: It's a GIRL!!!  When the name is decided, it will be kept a secret until she arrives. 
We have our final two names now!  As much as I want to have a name before she's born, I think we're going to wait until we see her.  
Movement: Definitely still feel her moving, but not like before.  She's running out of room these days.
Sleep: Sleep is ok, but I will be so glad when I'm waking up to feed a sweet baby and not because I have to pee or my hands and arms are tingling.  
What I miss:  Having complete feeling in my hands and normal hormones!
Cravings: Water, ice, and watermelon flavored things.
Symptoms:  Contractions, heart burn and carpal tunnel are the main things right now.  
Best Moment this week:  Finalizing my to-do list!  I feel much better about her impending arrival knowing that really the only thing I haven't done is get a wrap or sling for babywearing in the beginning. 

This belly pic on the left from Gavin was taken the night we went to the hospital.  He was born about 14 hours later.  :)

Gavin's been telling me for a couple weeks that Baby Sister will come 'on a Monday.'  Last night at dinner, he commented that she will come 'tomorrow.'  And then this morning, he told me she was almost here!  I got me all anxious!  I couldn't help but wonder what exactly he knew.  But at my appointment today I was 2 cm dilated.  At this point with Gavin, when I was admitted to the hospital, I was 4 cm, so I'm thinking we still have at least a couple days.  How cool would it have been if she was born today though?  That would have been an awesome story to tell! 

Jul 15, 2011

Pregnancy Update

Yep, still pregnant.  No, I'm not in labor.  I'm just shy of 38 weeks, the exact point I was when Gavin was born.  Could she come at any time?  Absolutely.  I'm thinking it will be sometime late next week.  Just a gut feeling.  We shall see!  I'm still having contractions daily, especially at night.  Yesterday I had all this energy and was getting stuff done and then right around dinner time, I was on the couch.  I told Jarrod I don't get why I start experience pain when he comes home from work.  :)  

I got to swim this morning.  We decided to take Gavin to the Youth Activity Center at the rec to see how he'd do.  We haven't been there in probably a year because it got too stressful for me since he just cried the whole time.  But, Jarrod suggested we try it again and I'm so glad we did.  He had fun today and was actually mad that I came back to pick him up.  It let me swim this morning, and I know that Jarrod will start taking him more on Saturdays after the baby is born to get him out of the house.  Just another option we'll have to give him some time away from the baby and some special attention.  

Jarrod's home today and we're working on our to-do list.  Diaper bag is now ready, Baby Sister's laundry is officially done, and all the pump parts are sterilized and put away.  Gavin and I stopped at the police station this morning and got her car seat inspected, and now Jarrod has my car at the car wash getting one last wash down.  We're getting so close!  And so ready!

Jul 14, 2011

Thirteen Thursday

Jarrod surprised me and took tomorrow off.  He knows there are still some things I want to get done before this baby girl does arrive.  Having an extra day off together will be helpful!  And because I'm a list maker, I'm organizing my thoughts here.  These are 13 things we either need to do or get for the baby still.
  1. Clean out the inside of my car one last time.
  2. Have car seat inspected.
  3. Finish disinfecting pump parts.
  4. Clean last set of toys.
  5. Do one more load of baby laundry.
  6. Organize diaper bag to include more of her stuff, not just Gavin's.
  7. Make a couple batches of pizza dough to freeze.
  8. Figure out what I'm going to use for baby wearing when she's little and order it.  {If you're reading this and have suggestions, please let me know!  I had a Bjorn with Gavin, but sold it.  I have an Ergo and plan to use that, but wanted something else for when she's still tiny.  I've had many recommendations for a Moby, then lots of people tell me it will be way to hot to use here, for both her and me.  I don't want to spend a lot, but I do want something to use.  Any ideas???  Anyone use a Moby in 100 degree weather?}
  9. Order her onesie stickers from etsy.  Aren't these adorable?  Monthly Onesie Stickers
  10. Get the high chair and set it up.  Gavin's still trying to decide which chair should be used for her high chair.  And yes, I know it seems early to some to worry about the high chair, but the one we are getting reclines and she will be sitting with us at the table as much as possible from the beginning, just like Gavin did.  
  11. Get some sticker books and start organizing a little basket for Gavin.  I'm planning to have some things set aside that he and I can do together if he wants my attention while I'm nursing the baby.  
  12. Clean the baby bathtub out.
  13. Get a spare key to Jarrod's friend in case we need him to help out with Shirley.
 Ok, now I guess we'll see if we get all that done before she decides to arrive! :)


Jul 12, 2011

Maternity Photo Shoot

Back when I was pregnant with Gavin, Megan took picture for us just a few weeks before he arrived that I cherish so much!  I love looking back at them and remembering all the special memories of having Gavin in my belly.  Soon after I found out I was pregnant again, I started thinking about maternity photos and knew I wanted someone to take some for us again.  So, I contacted Rachel, a mom from the Hip Mamas playgroup that takes fantastic photos of her twins and asked if she'd be interested.  Luckily, she said yes!  {And as a bonus, she's coming to take pics of Baby Hamm the week she's born, too!}

Scheduling a time was a bit chaotic with the summer heat and storms, but we eventually got them in.  It was hot!  You can tell in the pics that I'm hot and sweaty, and you can't tell at all that I had straightened my hair before we left, but I decided not to be critical of them....it's part of the story of this pregnancy, right?  I spend much of everyday looking sweaty when it's 100 degrees out!  Then, the day of the pictures, Gavin woke up with a cold...that meant we spent much of the evening wiping a runny nose.  And, to top it all off, the mosquitoes were bad and eating Jarrod up.  But after getting some great family shots, Jarrod took Gavin home and Rachel and I stayed to get some more shots of me and Baby Sister.  :)  I love how they turned out so much and know I'll always look back at these and remember the summer of 2011 with her in my belly.

There are way too many to post here, but those were some of my favorites! :)  Thanks, Rachel!!!

Jul 11, 2011

37 Weeks!

Full Term, Baby!!!

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 37 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby Hamm is the size of a watermelon right now!  That's just crazy to me!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Who knows???  Today the scale says I'm up 35lbs.  Again, I'm sure I didn't really gain 3lbs in one week, but I don't really care at this point if I did!
Maternity Clothes: Absolutely!
Gender: It's a GIRL!!!  When the name is decided, it will be kept a secret until she arrives. 
We have our final two names now!  As much as I want to have a name before she's born, I think we're going to wait until we see her.  
Movement: Definitely still feel her moving, but not like before.  She's running out of room these days.
Sleep: Sleep is ok, but I will be so glad when I'm waking up to feed a sweet baby and not because I have to pee or my hands and arms are tingling.  
What I miss:  Having complete feeling in my hands and normal hormones!
Cravings: Water, ice, and watermelon flavored things.
Symptoms:  Braxton Hicks contractions, heart burn and carpal tunnel are the main things right now.  My hormones are out of control these days, and I'm getting tired again!
Best Moment this week:  Celebrating my promotion with Tastefully Simple.  It was my goal to promote before the baby was born and I did it!  I rewarded myself with an iPhone which I know will come in handy with the kids.  

I did have a doctor's appt this morning, and I'm 1.5 cm dilated and her heartrate sounded great!

Gavin has thrown me for a loop this past week.  Bedtime is getting to be more of a struggle...he's stalling and asking for a lot of random things at bedtime now.  And the things he's asking for leads me to believe he's starting to feel anxious about the baby coming.  He wants me to rock him in the rocking chair every night now and is suddenly asking to sleep in our bed.  We haven't let him in our bed, and I don't plan to, but I have rocked him when he asks because I want him to know that he's still my baby, too.  But...it's getting really hard to rock him with my belly!  Last night I had to have Jarrod finish rocking him because I started having contractions.  :(  The other night, after 2 hours of fighting bedtime, I went in to hold him while he cried and asked him why he was so sad.  He didn't say anything, but when I asked him if he was happy, he said no.  I then said, "Aren't you happy for baby sister to come?" and he said no.  I, of course, started crying, too, and it was an emotional night!  I know he is excited and probably didn't realize what he said, but I also believe he's starting to worry about everything and just doesn't know what to expect.  So, I've been trying the last few days to spend even more time with just him and make sure he knows how much I love him.  I hope the transition goes smoothly!