April 27, 2012

3 weeks old

Getting upset.

April 19, 2012

Two weeks old

Mason is two weeks old today.  He's still doing good and is a great little sleeper. Marley is being a good helper and usually asks to help feed him and hold him.  She doesn't like it when he cries though.


Marley is 4 years and one month old. Mason is two weeks old. 

April 18, 2012

One week old

Mason was finally released from the NICU on April 12th.  Since he's been home things have been going good. He sleeps about 4-5 hours at a time at night, and naps throughout the day. Here's his one week pictures.

It's not the best picture because I don't have batteries for my camera =(

April 9, 2012

Mason's birth story

We arrived at the hospital at 7am. The plan was to start me on a low dose of pitocin and up it every hour.  Not long after they started I was having contractions. Nothing painful or regular though. They continued to up my dosage every hour.  Around 1pm my doctor showed up.  She walked in and said I looked too comfortable to be in labor and decided to break my water. At this point I was dilated 4cm. I called my mom and told her not to rush up there since with Marley it was hours before anything happened. Around 4 pm I was dilated to 7cm and I decided to get an epidural. My thought was why should I be in pain when I really don't need to be.  My contractions weren't awful like they were with Marley, but I didn't want to be in more pain and I didn't want to wait too long and not have any pain meds.  Once the epidural was in, I was in heaven and apparently I was pretty funny! The epidural was really good, and I couldn't feel anything below my waist. I remember telling Mike and my mom that my butt felt really big like the hippo on the movie Madagascar, and then I continued to sing a song about it.  It definitely was completely different than Marley's birth was.  I took a nap sometime after 5pm.  Around 6:30 or 7ish I woke up and was ready to try pushing him out finally.  Of course, my mom had just left to go to the cafeteria...(she came back to quite the view) Since I was a little loopy I practically yelled "HI MOM" haha! I pushed until around 7:30ish. With each contraction his heart rate was dropping and staying low. The doctor finally said that it was staying low longer and longer each time and that I would have to have a c-section... Around 7:45ish they wheeled me back and Mike got ready too.  I was all prepped and Mike finally came in.  I felt lots of weird feelings- pushing, pulling, pressure, just weirdness. I asked Mike if they cut me open yet, and he replied "Uhh I don't wanna look" One of the nurses moved way up near my armpit and started pushing on my stomach and I knew it was time. They pulled him out and I think everyone in that room said "oh my gosh" Well I couldn't see anything so I didn't know what was wrong. Then they said "He's huge!" Mason Raymond was born at 8:14pm.  He let out some tiny little cries and they brought him over to clean him up.  All I could see was the top of his head. He had red hair! I just kept saying "is his hair red, does he have red hair" I totally didn't see that coming, I figured he would have black hair.  They cleaned him all up and him and Mike went to the nursery while I was stitched back up.  I was finally wheeled to the recovery room where I slept for the next hour or so.  When I woke up Mike was there and a nurse came in and said that Mason needed to go to the NICU because his blood sugar was too low. Normal is above 60 and his was in the 30's.  They brought him in so we could hold him first though. Mike, Marley, my mom, my dad and my grandma were all there at that point so we all held him and took some pictures.  At this point it's around 11pm. My parents and grandma headed home and I was wheeled to my room with Mike and Marley.  Around midnight they headed home too and I crashed out.
Mason weighed 10 lbs. 5 oz. and is 22 inches!! He is a big boy!

In the NICU, Mason is hooked up to an iv to give him the glucose he needs to get his blood sugar levels up to normal.  Over the next couple days his numbers continue to improve and we're told he'll be in there for 3-5 days. I was discharged from the hospital on the afternoon of the 8th (Easter)  without Mason...

Today is the 9th and Mason is still in the NICU.  We went up to see him around 4pm and his IV drip was down to 2ml/hr (he started out at 16ml/hr). The nurse was starting to check his blood sugar when we got there. She said if it is above 60 his iv will get shut off then they'll observe him for 24 hours to make sure he stays in the normal range.  It was 47 =( His iv had to stay on.  We stayed for a few hours just loving on him while he slept.  He was to eat again at 8pm so they would check it then.  Around 9pm I called up there and his level was 57 but they turned his iv off anyways since it was so close!!!! That means as long as he stays in range we should have him home with us in the next 36 hours!! (His weight is down to 9lbs. 9 oz)

It's baby day!!

41 weeks 3 days pregnant. 
Above is me at 6am on Thursday April 5th. My last belly picture before heading off to the hospital to be induced!


On the 27th I had my 40 weeks appt. Since I was now at this point overdue they scheduled me for a nonstress test at the hospital. Basically this test is to see if his heart rate rises or falls when he moves to see if his stressed. All I had to do was lay there and push a button when he moved.  We were supposed to go on Monday the 2nd at 2pm. They couldn't fit me in so I ended up going on the morning of the 3rd.  Everything looked good. His heart rate was good when he was moving around and nothing came up abnormal.  Once we left there I had my doctors appointment.  Since I was at this point 7 days late and he showed no sign of coming on his own we set up a time for me to be induced. We were to be at the hospital at 7am on Thursday the 5th... (this is the last time I was weighed, and all together I gained 40lbs)

41 weeks

40 weeks! - Again?!

The 26th is what I'll call my doctor office due date.  At my appoint that week the doctor asked how long I wanted to keep him in.  Since I was induced with Marley I really didn't want to be induced again. I said I would like to wait one more week and see what happens.  My dr. said they usually only let you go 10 days over and then they will induce. I was fine with that, because much more than that and I would be HUGE!

40 weeks!

March 21st was my original due date. After the first ultrasound they changed it to the 26th. I, however, kept using the 21st as my "due date"