Monthly Archives: May 2011

Savannah Jean is 2!!!

So hard to believe, but it is true- Savannah Jean is turning 2 on Saturday. I thought I would take a little time to relive the day that changed our lives forever!

I have to start on Tuesday for a little back story. I went to see my OB on Tuesday and she informed me that labor had started, but was progressing slow and normal. She gave me the option that if labor had not picked up by Thursday morning she would go ahead and have me come to the hospital to induce me.

Thursday morning around 8 we grabbed our bags, the baby’s bag and car seat, and loaded up the car for the last time as a family of 2. When I arrived at the hospital we were admitted and taken to the room to start the induction. When we got to the hospital I was already 3 cm and progressing so my doctor decided just to go ahead with the pitocin and monitored the baby. About noon she came in and broke my water and things were moving along nicely. Daniel and I spent the afternoon watching movies and napping waiting to see if we were going to be welcoming a little boy or a little girl. The nurse had us wondering if it was a boy or not because she kept referring to the baby as a “he” and we wondered if she knew. Shortly after breaking my water the baby’s heart rate started to decelerate and they ended up hooking the baby to an internal monitor and doing an amnioinfusion to keep the baby comfortable. About 7pm the nurse came in and told me that if I wanted an epidural I would need to do it very soon as the anesthesiologist was about to get very busy. I opted for the epidural and Daniel did fine sitting in the room with me so they let him stay. The Dr. came in and checked and I was at around 7 cm (had been there since early afternoon). Shortly after getting the epidural my heart rate started to go up and down and then the baby started to show signs of distress. Every few minutes there were a ton of  nurses rushing in and flipping me over from one side to the other trying to keep the baby out of distress. Around 9pm my Dr. came in and talked with us and we decided that a c-section would be the best way to keep the baby safe as I was getting tired and was getting tired of constantly being flipped over. They came and prepped me for surgery and Dan was given a nifty outfit to put on. As I got to the OR, I started to throw up all of the stuff they had given me right before wheeling me into the room. The poor anesthesiologist had been puked on by the last 2 women. He just shrugged it off and cleaned me up while I laid there. Because they were in a little bit of a hurry to get the baby out, they didn’t put up a sheet or anything and started before Daniel was brought in. Poor Dan had to walk right by my stomach being sliced open and could see the entire thing the whole time. Thankfully, Daniel didn’t get sick and throw up or pass out. At 9:30 pm the Dr. announced “Its a girl” as she pulled our precious bundle out. She asked us the baby’s name and we said “Savannah Marie”. She was 7 lbs 7 oz, and 19 1/2 inches long. Come to find out Savannah was facing up and was wedged in my pelvis. There was no way she was coming out and her positioning explained the failure to progress past 7 cm. I got to hold her (as much as I could being completely numb from the neck down) and Daniel stayed with the baby through her first bath and trip to the nursery while they sewed me up and then came back to sit with me. They took me to the recovery room and Daniel left to go get our parents. As he was leaving I started to shout- “Her name is Savannah Jean! I just got cut open for that and she is going to have MY middle name”.  Daniel said he got some pretty funny looks from the nurses when he was walking out to get our parents. I spent a couple hours in recovery constantly being checked on (I am a shallow breather when I am sleeping and kept setting off the oxygen sensor) and all I wanted to do was sleep, but the nurses kept waking me up to make sure I wasn’t dead. I couldn’t hold Savannah, much less nurse, because I was completely numb from the neck down, so we sent her to the nursery for a few hours so I could get some sleep. About 2 am I finally made it to my room. They brought Savannah to me around 6 am and I finally got to nurse and spend some quality time with her. About 9 am I was able to get up out of bed and get a shower before we started to get visitors. We were showered with love by friends and family who stopped by to meet Savannah Jean. We spent Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the hospital until we were able to go home as a family of three!


Its that season again- Graduation!

No. Neither Daniel or I are graduating, but we have a lot of family and friends who are all graduating this year and so the open houses have started! Daniel’s sister Sarah graduates from high school this Friday night. We are so proud of her and all of the other grads!

Avery is consistently rolling over now and has become quite the shy little cheeser. She loves to smile and her huge dimples are just too cute! It is hard to believe, but Avery will be 4 months old on Thursday.

Even harder to believe, Savannah is turning 2 on Saturday. This time 2 years ago we were hanging out at Buck Creek State park for the day with all our friends and family waiting for her to arrive. I am going to write a post about the day she was born here sometime this week when I can find the time.

We had someone walk through the house on Saturday and they walked back through the house today. Praying that if these are the people who are supposed to buy our house God will give them a peace about making a decision this big! We have been praying for the right buyers for a long time.

We are headed to Ohio this weekend to spend Memorial day weekend with family and friends. My parents and sister will be driving in from West Virginia and my Aunt and Uncle will come over from Indiana on Saturday. We enjoy spending Memorial day the same way every year, surrounded by friends, fun, and food at Buck Creek! We really miss our Ohio friends and look forward to spending some time with them.

Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks!

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Another Week?

Well, not much has happened this week. It seems like things are slowing down, which is actually a good thing since I have been a bit tired these last few weeks.

Avery had her eye doctor appointment and for now they will leave them to see if she grows out of the blocked ducts. She will go back at the end of the summer for a re-check and possibly treatment if nothing has changed. They checked her eyes and so far everything looks perfect!

My best friend Amber and her husband Jared welcomed baby Claire Isabella to the world on Tuesday evening. She was a tiny 18 3/4 in. long and 6 lbs 11 oz. They are going to be such amazing parents!

I think Savannah has finally kicked whatever virus that was causing her fever this week. I don’t think it actually was rosiola since no rash actually appeared, but just some kind of virus.

Avery is now 15 weeks old and has started to consistently roll over this week and is much more “talkative”. She blabbers and coos a lot now. She is also much more interactive with her surroundings.

Savannah is coming down the final stretch until her 2nd birthday. I can’t believe how fast the last 2 years have gone by. I remember the last week of being pregnant with her and all the events that went on in the last 2 years since and man, it is hard to believe how much has changed. So many things have happened to us these last 2 years and I would not trade a single moment of any one given day!

Daniel and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary yesterday (Thursday May 12th). Dan bought me flowers and we went out to dinner to Siam Square in Fountain Square. It was really good Thai food and we enjoyed our evening out (without Savannah). Since it was a weeknight and Avery is still pretty little there was not much we could do for now, but hopefully sometime this summer we will get away for a night or two so we can have some “kid free” time.

Sick and Tired

So today will be a quick post since Savannah is sick and Mommy and Daddy are very tired.

Thursday I cut Daniel’s hair for the first time, since he told me he refused to get his hair cut until I agreed to cut it myself.

Friday, I went to work for the first time in a while and got a nice break from the kids.

Saturday night Savannah started running a fever which continually got higher as Sunday progressed. We did go to church and out to eat on Sunday, but she kept getting more and more pitiful, so Sunday night we took her to Urgent Care. They told us it was some kind of virus and to see our pediatrician. Yesterday, we took her to the doctor and she might possibly have rosiola, but it can only be diagnosed after the fever goes away if a rash shows up. Right now we have no idea, but the only symptom she has is a high fever. Hopefully soon it will break and Dan and I will get some sleep tonight.

Tomorrow, Avery has her appointment with the eye specialist. Hopefully, they can find the problem and it will be easily corrected. Keep her in your prayers please- we are hoping they will not have to stent or probe her tear ducts tomorrow.

We are still waiting for someone to come along to buy our house. We have an open house this weekend and hopefully someone will want it. Pray hard!

We are anxiously awaiting of the birth of Claire- to Amber and Jared! Hopefully she will arrive today or tomorrow! We are so excited for them!

I will try to update later this week on Savannah and Avery, but I think that is all that has happened in the last week or so. We have been pretty non-eventful and I would like to keep it that way!

Ohio and a Montana

Wow! This last week has been so busy for us. I will try to start at the beginning.

Sunday, Easter, was a spent with family. We heard a very challenging message at church and then came home and ate lunch with some of the Stubbs family.

We went and picked up our new van on Monday- a Pontiac Montana SV6. So far, it has really met our needs as a fuel efficient, but bigger vehicle. We are now a one car family since Daniel works from home and there are not many reasons we can justify the expense of having two vehicles.

I had been struggling with some muscle pain since last Saturday and so Monday I went to urgent care and the chiropractor, and Tuesday I ended up in the ER for it. Finally, after several adjustments and some medication the pain finally subsided on this past Saturday.  I might have even told a nurse at the ER that the pain was worse than when I was in labor with Savannah, which is true, but surprising.  I am so thankful that it finally went away.

Wednesday, I met my sister in Richmond, Indiana to drop off Savannah. From what we can tell, Savannah had a great time with her Mamies and Nana, Mare, and Zion. She was even a little disappointed to see us on Friday, I think, since she was upset that she couldn’t stay with Amy on Friday night.

On Friday, Dan and I drove out to spend the weekend in Ohio and pick up Savannah. Dan had to work on Saturday, but after work we took Savannah, Ayanna, and Amaris (and Avery of course) to get pizza and then to Young’s Dairy for ice cream and putt putt golf. The girls had never been and had a great time. I don’t think Savannah really understood the game and kept picking up her ball and putting it in the hole. She did, however, once actually putt the ball into the hole and got excited, then she forgot and just carried her ball for the next several holes!

Sunday, we had lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Sampson, Daniel, Jeff and Brittany. It was nice to have lunch “like old times” with them. The girls and I enjoyed a very long and restful nap and then we headed to David and Lyn’s house with dinner. It was so great to meet Isabel and see her cute face in person!

After a very long week we are home and looking forward to a very non-eventful week. Here are some pictures from the last few weeks!

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