Friday, April 27, 2012

Week 37.5 - Here He Is!!! The Story…

Gideon Edward Barker

He weighs 6 lbs 6 oz! Length is almost 19 in!

The Story

Well, We were met with quite a surprise! It was Thursday, April 19. I didn’t feel well at work, so I went home about 4:30pm. I was walking up the stairs to the apartment, when my water broke! Um…hunny, we’ve got to go to the hospital!

After getting our stuff together, we went to the hospital about 5:30pm. We got checked in, examined, etc. My contractions still hadn’t started. At 6:30, the doctor (who I didn’t see until the next morning) started pitocin. After noticing the baby' was taking a nap, they gave me oxygen to stimulate Gid. He perked right up! (He sleeps all the time!!!) They started the meds, again, and we were on our way! We had a few visitors: Kari, Sarah, and Justin. Still no contractions. My parents got to the hospital about 10:30pm. Ok, grandparents are here…time to start the show!


Ready to GO!

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If you don’t know, when they give you pitocin, your contractions come harder than normal, or so I’ve been told. And did they ever! Poor David, I really didn’t like to be talked to or touched or anything during the contractions. Worst Pain Ever!

I came to the hospital (actually I started a couple weeks earlier) at 3cm dialated. At 1 am, the nurse checked me again. I was only a 4! I asked how long it would be. She told me an hour per centimeter. SIX MORE HOURS! I wanted drugs. Not the epidural. Just something to take the edge off. David reminded me that I wanted to do it without drugs. I almost punched him. But I said ok.

During labor, I stood a lot. Or sat on the ball. When the contractions were hard, I tried kneeling. You never get comfy, but it was better than laying down. I laid on my side for a while, and the contractions were harder that way. So I stood. A little before 2 am, I started throwing up. As crazy as it sounds, the vomiting helped the contractions not hurt so much.

After vomiting a few times, my body automatically pushed! I tried not to. But it wasn’t working. After a couple, I told my nurse and midwife and anyone who would listen, “I need to push!” They all said, no. Not yet. A couple more times, “I need to push!” the same answer. “No. Not yet.” A few more agonizing, involuntary pushes, I said, with passion, “I NEED TO PUSH!!!” “Well, let’s check and see how far along  you are. This was about 2am. The nurse checked in between a contraction. Felt around. Said, almost panicked, “We need to call the doctor!”

They were pretty scared that the doctor wouldn’t show up. I wouldn’t have minded. I had my midwife. And this baby needed to come out now!

The put a mirror in front of me, called in a couple of baby nurses, and showed me how to hold my legs up. They told me I could push lightly. Just to see what happens. Yeah. You try to push “lightly”. The doctor finally got there. And about thirty minutes and a couple of yells later, so was my Gideon. Advice: if you can have a mirror, do it! Pushing hurts, but seeing your baby come through gives you that extra motivation to keep going and pushing through the pain! But when the put that baby on your chest for the first time…Totally worth it! Even going “Naturally”!






Coming Home


Week One!

Gideon is already 6lbs 5oz! One oz away from the birth weight!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Week 37! Full Term! ♥

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*This week, Gideon is about 7 pounds!* (That's what the dr said today!)

How far along? Week 37! ♥ Only 3 weeks left!!! Where has the time gone???

Best moment this week: Last weekend at Easter was pretty spectacular! Also, celebrating David’s b-day. I did get my hair done, and I love it! Getting my teaching lesson for class out of the way was such a load off my shoulders! ♥

Miss Anything?  Reaching my feet…although I can maneuver myself to tie my shoes and paint my toenails. :-) Also, I have been running…lightly…like, only half a mile or less at a time (I’ll alternate jogging and walking and end up doing 1-2 miles a couple of times a week…) And I really miss running without the breaks.

Movement:  Yes! He’s really active lately. I’ve been having BH contractions like crazy, and he’s really active between them. It’s pretty funny, actually. He does move during them sometimes, and it hurts like crazy!

Food cravings: JUNK FOOD! All I really want is chocolate or french fries or a hamburger or hotdogs…yum! But I bought groceries the other day, and have been good about eating my fruits and some veggies and yogurt! (I bought this raspberry yogurt that I love!) And I have been cooking some, again. Friday, David went to the school for “Man Night” and didn’t get home til 2am. So, I had a chick-flick night where I took a nice long bath (long enough to watch a movie…) and cooked a nice meal. It was so good! Fish, quinoa, and asparagus with a cream sauce on top. It was delicious!


Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks contractions all the time! I’m also dilated a little…we’ll see how much today.

Belly Button in or out? Out!

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Pretty happy. Although, I’m starting to get anxious about not having everything ready to go when he comes! And the fact that I have an actual baby in my tummy is starting to sink in…

Weight Gain So far: Not saying. lol…ok, ok…about 33 lbs. Yuck! Which is why I need to eat healthy!!!

Looking forward to: Having school work done! Also, being done with work. I am so unfocused, all I can think about is pregnancy and baby Gideon! I just want to be his mommy, now! But I can wait a couple more weeks. :-)

Prayer Needs:

  • Getting everything done!

  • Staying focused on school

  • Eating healthy

When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

John 16:11

 This verse gives me comfort because I know that all the pain is worth it in the end!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Week 35 – Maternity Pictures

This week’s post will be my maternity pictures that I have so far. ♥
Thank you so much, Kari, for taking such amazing pictures! I will cherish them forever.

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