Sunday, June 27, 2010

Evan Alexander Stanfill

Evan Alexander Stanfill made his grand entrance into this world yesterday morning!

June 26, 2010
7 pounds 0 ounces
20 inches long
Born at 8:47 a.m.

Wade and I checked into the hospital at about 6:30. After all the paperwork, admittance procedures, and surgery prep work I was wheeled back to the OR at 8:30 a.m. and was soon joined by my husband. At 8:47 a.m. our little boy was out and within seconds he was screaming and crying! It was wonderful! He did great!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lots of Lasts

Lots of lasts are heading my way...all in one day.


June 25, 2010...

is the last day...

for this pregnancy.
It's the last day I'll ever be pregnant.
The last day to be big and round.
The last day to ever experience rib crushing and bladder boxing.
The last day to ever feel a baby move inside me.
The last day to anxiously anticipate the birth of a child.
The last day to feel my baby with hiccups.
The last day knowing that I'm intimately involved with the miracle of life growing inside of me.
The last day I'll ever be pregnant.

The last day to worry about a pregnancy.
The last day to waddle.
The last day to experience pregnancy heartburn.
The last day for swelling feet related to pregnancy.
The last day for all the pregnancy discomforts.
The last day to worry about my unborn child.

The last day we'll be a family of 3.
The last day I'll be a mother parenting an only child.
The last day for Ryan to be "the baby".
The last day we'll be a family of 3.

The last day of this very long journey...
the start of very exciting new one!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Eviction Plans

The eviction papers have been served...

Barring the unexpected...

My c-section is scheduled for next Saturday, 6/26, at 8:30 a.m. at Mercy Hospital.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PB & J

Ryan LOVES peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and after waking up on the wrong side of the bed after a nap the other day we decided to have a little snack.

...And because I am just "like that" I decided to let Ryan have a little extra fun during snack time and hopefully learn a little bit too.
I don't know how much learned but I do know that he absolutely enjoyed it! He keeps asking to make peanut butter jelly sandwiches again. Oh fun times! Fun times!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Post-Bedrest Day 3

Being off bedrest is great!!! Awww...freedom.

Saturday was my first day off bedrest. I woke up excited. Almost like that excitement you get the night before can't sleep because you know something big is about to happen in the morning. Silly...I know.

I started off the morning feeling pretty good and Ryan and I loaded up in the car and drove to town to see Daddy at his work. After that we went to the post office. When it came time to go to the bank I gave Ryan the choice of driving through the drive-thru or going inside. His drive-thru choice was very much welcomed. The extra activity, albeit quite minimal was already enough to wear out this over-sized, under-exercised Momma. I called a friend and she invited us to join her for a cup of coffee, so Ryan and I went to Jackie's house and I sipped on a little bit of coffee and visited while Ryan ran around with the kids and puppies. It was wonderful. We went home just before noon and met my mom and Donnie for the delivery of our new recliner/rocker. We ate a small lunch as soon as Daddy arrived. The afternoon was filled with naps and a whole lot of aches and pains. Ugh! I'm such a go-getter/doer kind of person that just sitting around is awfully difficult for me for very long when I actually have the freedom to be up and moving. My mind said "do", but my body said "absolutely not!"

After spending the afternoon resting we decided to go out for a celebratory dinner in Guthrie...Chinese buffet! We made a quick Wal-Mart run afterward but I rode in the wheelchair. Day 1 ended and I went to bed with contractions 10 minutes apart. They settled down as soon as I dozed off.

Day 2...
I really figured that Sunday morning I'd wake up feeling beaten and bruised. Quite to my surprise I woke up feeling quite well and the aches and soreness had gone away. I spent the day sorting through clothes, packing the hospital bags, installing Evan's carseat, sorting through a few paper-stacks, and, of course, playing with Ryan.
It was a good day. A little more low-key than the previous, but productive and enjoyable. Day 2 ended with contractions 10 minutes apart some of which were quite uncomfortable. Once again they were relieved with the onset of sleep however I was awoken by several throughout the night.

Day 3...
Today I woke up with even more energy and more strength. It's all coming back! WooHoo! Despite the fact that I'm ready to have our little Evan here with us I'm grateful for this time I'm getting. Time to spend with Ryan. Time to build up a little strength. Today was the first day that I was once again solely responsible for Ryan. I was a little be honest. Our day started with plans to spend some time at Nana's in the morning and come home for afternoon nap, but the rain changed our plans. Toad-strangling rains flooded (literally) OKC and some of the surrounding areas. We weren't hit too hard, but Daddy had to take the car to work which left us without for a few hours until the rains passed and Nana could come get us. We spent a couple hours at Nana's this morning and kept the plan to return home for an afternoon nap. I spent much of the afternoon working on stuff for work...ironing out what has brought about an early start and extended maternity leave (more on that story later). Besides work stuff and taking care of Ryan today I did some dishes and worked on cleaning the kitchen, did a load of laundry, played outside with Ryan, and gave Ryan part of his bath (I relinquished that task back to Daddy after discovering I can't reach around my own belly while sitting on the side of the tub and wash a squirmy kid.) Tonight I'm going to bed very grateful that today wasn't "the day" because the flooding has blocked all routes to the hospital. And although I'd like to think I'm strong...I'm not ready to birth this kid at home! Ummm...can we say epidural please?! I'm also going to bed without regular contractions.

Good Night All!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Third Time's A Charm

You know...since third time's a charm...
It seemed like a good idea to start getting things ready for the baby...before he is born! And that, my friends, is pretty noteworthy. Afterall this is my first time, out of 3, to actually do this. :)

Carseat cleaned...check!
Carseat checked by "quality control" (aka Ryan)...check!
Going home outfit washed...check!
Baby bag packed...check!

Now when I get a little energy I guess I'll get things ready for the rest of us.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Last Day!

After 155 days of bedrest, 60 in the hospital, tomorrow is my LAST day! I had an OB appt. last Friday and he asked me if I was regaining some strength and if I'd done anything fun yet. It took me by surprise because I was under the assumption that I was to remain on strict bedrest until 36 weeks. The way he talked led me to believe that he wasn't expecting that after I left the hospital. He even said that he thought if something were to happen it would have happened already. Since that conversation I've been taking it pretty easy, but the last few days I've been getting up more and doing a few more things. Part of it has been out of necessity. My mom and Ryan (mom has been taking care of Ryan for the last 5 months) have both reached their limit of my bedrest sentence. She is worn out and is in desperate need of being re-titled back to grandma. He has started bucking her authority and pushing every limit possible. Thankfully they both held out until just the last couple of days.

So anyway...tomorrow is it! The last day of terb. The last day of Procardia. The last day of all these measures we've been taking to stay pregnant. I never dreamed I'd see this day and still be pregnant. It's an amazing feeling and I know holding my healthy little baby in a week or two will make it all worth it! I'm a little nervous though...I have no idea what to expect. I've never been anywhere other than a hospital when labor started, so this is a brand new experience for me...having bags packed and ready to go for when "it's time".

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Fun-day

Let's have a little fun!!! A little competitive fun!

  1. When do you think Evan will be born (date)?
  2. How much do you think he will weigh (lbs & ozs)?
  3. How long will he be (inches)?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Meatballs and More

Ryan has gained an affinity to "meatballs". He loves pasta and meatballs. It all started with a can of Ravioli's and Meatballs. He even pretends to cook meatballs by sticking cans of *The Chef* in the toaster oven. "I cookin' meatballs!"

Today Daddy cooked some spaghetti. Much to Ryan's disappointment the meatballs were nowhere in site...non-existent. Pasta just isn't right without meatballs!

(and as a side note...completely off topic...both my boys got a haircut yesterday!)'s some proof I'm still pregnant...
35 weeks! 5 days left of bedrest!

We're getting so close. We just need to make it through this next week. Saturday I'm free! Oh. I'm so glad. I'm so ready. I'm a little nervous too. It almost seems foreign to think about one day taking all the extra precautions...meds, bedrest, etc...and waking up the next without any of those. These last few days I've been working on lists. (I'm a list maker.) Lists of things I'd like to get before baby arrives. Lists of things I'd like to do after I've completed my bedrest sentence. Lists of things to pack in our hospital bag. Lists of food and supplies. Lists. Lists. Lists. It's highly unlikely that all of the things will be marked off each list before our little Evan arrives, but for now it's something to do and think about. Next Saturday morning the first thing I intend to do is to pack our hospital bags. Sounds like a good idea don't you think?!

Friday, June 4, 2010

OB Appointment

I had an OB appointment today...the first one since I've been home from the hospital. We left around 10 this morning for a 11:15 appointment. Despite our early arrival it was close to noon before we were called out of the waiting room. Ugh! I forgot what it can sometimes be like going to the doctor and waiting...and waiting...and waiting. With a getting-more-tired-by-the-minute 3-year-old.

The appointment was short and sweet...weight check, urine analysis, blood pressure check, belly measurement, fetal heart tones, and any q&a's. Everything checked out just fine. Baby's heart rate in the 140's (Ryan said he sounded like a puppy panting), belly measurement normal, blood pressure 108/62, urine ok, weight...yeah right like I'm going to disclose that. I can say that I've only gained 17 pounds for this pregnancy which is pretty amazing considering I've been bedrest for almost 6 months.

As for Q&A's:

The cerclage removal decision has been left to my wishes. He seems to want to leave it in until I deliver but is willing to remove it at 37 weeks. He indicated that I could make the final call. I'll have to think about it.

I guess that was the big question today because I can't think of anything else we discussed.

It was a bit of an odd appointment in some ways. He asked me if I'd done anything fun yet and if I'd gained any strength back. Both of these would take more activity than strict bedrest would allow, so I got the impression that laying flat on my back for the biggest part of the day wasn't exactly what was expected of me upon hospital discharge. Oh surely didn't hurt anything. However with that in mind I *don't* plan to spend the next week laying flat but I definitely don't plan to do too much. I'll probably spend these last 7 days of bedrest reclined in the recliner or by the little swimming pool enjoying my family. If I'm already up I'll probably fill my own water cup but I'll continue to accept/request for most things to be brought to me so I'm not on my feet too much. I'd feel so guilty if I cheated this last week of bedrest and something happened.

It's so exciting to think of only having 7 days left of bedrest. After these last 7 days...all bets are off...I'm up! Of course in my mind I have fantastic ideas of all the things I want to do, but in reality I'll be limited by lack of energy and strength. Just the short walk from the car to the doctor's office and back followed by the short walk from the parking lot to and from the Target was enough to make my body feel like I'd been beaten up and run over...super sore and super tired. Oh yeah...I asked the doc if he thought it'd be okay to go shopping a little as long as I stayed in a wheelchair and he was strongly supportive of the me the okay, so we went to Target and got a few stuff mostly. :)

So that was our day.

I know I promised some pictures, but I just haven't been taking any lately. That will soon change. I was planning on having Wade take a picture of me for the post because, for the first time in months, I was all dressed fixed, makeup on and feeling beautiful. Unfortunately that idea was quickly washed away with a little help from the water hose and a very ornery little boy named Ryan who thinks it's hilarious to spray his Momma with the water hose. I got drenched, my nice clothes soaked and my nice straight hair turned into one big ball of frizz. Fun times! Fun times!