James and I began this blog at the very beginning of our pregnancy with Wyatt to share and update our new adventures as we became pregnant and start the new season of parenthood. Sixteen weeks into pregnancy, I had to go into surgery to ensure our son would not come too early and shortly after, we found out Wyatt has Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). This is our humble attempt at being transparent and hopefully sharing the joys and love of Christ through this roller coaster ride we're on. And now to share even more with the new miracle on the way.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

36 Weeks and 4 Days.... the first time...

I wrote this yesterday and posted it on Facebook and thought I'd share it here too...

So this day (36 weeks and 4 days) is the day I delivered Wyatt. At 36w3d, I was having terrible, and I mean TERRIBLE, chest pain that we thought was heart burn that had been going on for a few weeks on and off but getting worse and more frequent. That morning I was dead set on getting my hospital bag packed. I sat on the couch, made a list and couldn't move I was in so much pain. James came home from work at lunch to get me to go to our regularly scheduled OB appointment, got there and my BP and protein were so high she sent us straight to labor& delivery. ..no hospital bag in hand, just a list sitting in our living room. Got to L&D, they cut my cerclage, hooked me up to the monitors, put pads on the bed rails just in case I had a seizure, my BP was THAT high, gave me an IV of magnisium and my epidural. That was around 6pm, I slept through the night (minus them replacing my epidural bc I could feel one leg-after the 2nd one, I could then feel the other leg so I just left it alone), slept through my contractions but woke james up and he called the nurse in and I was at a 10, GO TIME! A couple of easy pushes and my precious 4.5lb Wyatt came at 6:20 in the morning. The doc cut his cord, handed him to the NICU team and thus began our 109 day stay at the hospital. It took 6 days for my BP and blood platelets to return to normal enough for me to be discharged but that was a blessing in disguise. It was hard enough leaving without wyatt, I can't imagine what that would have been like at day 2 of life.
Mr. Gabe is already 6 lbs and we are just praying for peace in God's timing of his arrival. Id take tomorrow bc there really isn't much room left for him to grow but God is good and He knows!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

36 Weeks

36 Weeks

Both of these pictures are from this weekend.  It could be where I am standing in the room compared to the mirror but holy smokes it looks like I grew overnight!  

How far along? 36.5Weeks

Total weight gain: According to my OBGYN, I’ve only gained 21lbs as of Friday.  My goal has been to stay under 30lbs gained.  We’ll see how the end goes.  Gabe is just a bigger boy than Wyatt was.  J

Maternity clothes?  Absolutely.  And as much as possible, I am wearing yoga pants.  J 

Stretch marks?  Nope.  Praise be to God! 

Sleep:  Dear Pregnancy Insomnia, You are not welcome.  I dislike you, A LOT.  Regards, Casey
Yeah, so that started happening.  Along with some restless leg syndrome.  And with that comes muscle cramping.  That didn’t happen with Wyatt either. 

Best moment this week:  Seeing Gabe NOT breech!  We are praising the Lord for allowing him to flip into position.  Now praying he stays that way.  J
I had a friend point out that we don’t know if I will ever get to feel a baby move inside me again so it hit home.  I might not.  And actually, I most likely will not.  We will just have to see what God has in store for us. Love that I don’t have to worry about it, He just knows.  J  I am also trying to take in as much time with Wyatt as possible.  He’s only got a few weeks of being my one and only left.    

Miss Anything?   Comfort.  LOL.  I would like to go a day without back pain.  That would be great!    

Movement:  I’ve mentioned before that Gabe is ACTIVE.  Wyatt was too but it’s SO different.  Wyatt was more of a light movement frequently.  Gabe’s moves are powerful! I totally LOVE feeing him move.  It’s awesome but it can be so much and so powerful that sometimes I feel a little sick.  I think it’s a good problem to have.          

Food cravings:  I’m loving food the first half of the day.  Any food really.  I have also been wanting to chew on ice.  That’s not normally me. 

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not really. 

Gender:  It’s still a boy!

Symptoms:  Just Braxton hicks and him getting up into my ribs.  Tells me he is growing and getting ready.  J   My doctor cut the cerclage out on Friday and I was dilated 1cm.  So, it begins.  I know I can stay a 1 for a while… I have a feeling I won’t make it to our due date.  J  

Belly Button in or out?   In.

Wedding rings on or off?   It’s a little fitted so it’s off.    

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy.

Looking forward to:   Holding sweet Gabe!      

So, I've got some big updates on Wyatt but that will have to be it's own blog.  We've had a busy beginning of the year... 

In the meantime, here are some pictures.  :-) 
Wyatt had the honor of being in one of his NICU primary nurses' wedding.  He did a good job walking down the isle.  He made it without falling or crying.  :-)