Monday, December 29, 2014

End of leave...

This is my last week of maternity leave, and none of these five weeks have gone as I thought they would. 

I spent the first 4 days of leave taking Brody to the doctor and to the hospital lab for bilirubin checks. While he was nowhere near as yellow as his brother, his levels were a little high and with Sawyer's history they wanted to be sure to keep it in check. 



a much less yellow baby

Then my belly button started really bothering me.  At first I attributed it to postpartum pain, but 2 weeks after he was born I decided that with the pain getting worse with activity or any time I had to strain or use my abs, it needed to be addressed. Sadly they discovered I had an umbilical hernia. With it causing me so much pain it was decided that a surgical repair was necessary. Since my abs had split from each other (a condition called diastasis) because of how big my belly had gotten (creating a nice big space that would make re-herniation way too easy) my surgeon decided to go in both laparoscopically and with an incision so he could place some mesh in my belly to hopefully keep my hernia from coming back. Surgery went okay, my recovery was slow and my 9 different holes in my body were crazy sore. I even ended up back In the emergency room in some major weird pain one night. 



so sexy.
Thankfully our amazing family stepped right in to help us with Sawyer and Brody as I tried to recover at home. My mother in law and mama helped us with the boys while I underwent surgery and the resulting recovery, my friends brought dinner by the house and visited, and my amazing husband has balanced keeping up the house and handling pretty much anything involving Sawyer, and my sweet sister has spent most of her winter break carting me to and fro for doctor appointments and errands.

Sadly, I cant lift over ten to 15 pounds for 3 more weeks, so going anywhere by myself with my already 11 pound baby and that crazy heavy carseat is out of the question. So I've been trapped at my house.


But it hasn't all been bad! I've had great visits from friends, I discovered two shows that I am now addicted to (Once Upon a Time and Walking Dead), and I've had some great bonding time with Brody.


Speaking of the big guy, he is a great baby. While he is gassy like his brother and loves a good long cry between 8pm and 10pm every night, he sleeps much better than Sawyer did (and does).


I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and will have a great New Year! I hope to get back to blogging more regularly once I return to work and can resume a normal schedule!




Sunday, November 16, 2014

He's Here!

Brody Scott Edmondson arrived Thursday, November 13!

With my BP climbing and the possibility of preeclampsia rearing its ugly head again, the doctors decided after my appointment Thursday morning (and after discovering via ultrasound that homie was weighing well over 8 lbs) that being induced was the safest route. Since I knew Brody was going to be safe and ready to come out, and that my absolute favorite doctor was on call, I was definitely on board.

I waited around for Josh to get to Greenville (since he hadn't gone to my appointment with me, thinking it was going to be awhile before they let me know results from my lab work) then we headed to the hospital around 10:30am.



After starting pitocin and having my water broken, I hit 10cm fairly quickly around 5 p.m. and with just a few pushes, Brody arrived at 5:11 with a head full of strawberry blonde hair!





He had a little bit of a dramatic entrance with the cord around his neck (which Dr. Taft whipped off quickly with no issues) and him inhaling some meconium in the womb (that resulted in him just getting a few puffs of oxygen and a consult with some NICU folks), but other than that, all was fine! He weighed 8 lbs and 14 oz and was 20 inches long.


Sawyer came to meet him in the hospital and wasn't too impressed. His first comment to me was, "why is your belly still fat mommy?". He did give him a quick kiss and was happy to see they had the same hair color.




We ended up staying only one night since our labs were looking good so we came on home Friday evening!



Now we are learning how to be a family of four and re-learning how to be parents to a newborn again (we're a little rusty).

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

still here, still pregnant

Just a little update to let y'all know that I am still here, and still pregnant.


I had my 38 week checkup this Tuesday and they're predicting that Brody is currently weighing around 8 lbs. So I'm hoping homie decides to make his arrival a little earlier than Nov. 20, but he is currently being pretty stubborn.

We've had a few moments where I've thought this is it, it's almost go time after having contractions fairly evenly spaced for around 30 minutes... only to have said contractions just STOP. At my appointment yesterday they informed that he is right where he needs to be to make his exit and that I am dilated almost 4cm and 50% effaced so now it's just a waiting game!

I certainly want him to "cook" as long as it he needs to, but I would just love for him to make his debut some time this week (before he gets TOO much bigger).

Sawyer is also getting antsy he actually asked me the other night "Are you sure he is still in there?!" Yes buddy, I am definitely sure.

I'm not going to pretend I haven't been one ill lady. I have gotten to the point where I am sick of answering the same pregnancy-related questions over and over again and super tired of having to have conversations with random strangers about my life. What is it about a pregnant woman that makes people want to know every detail of her life? If I wasn't visibly pregnant, would you be asking me how many children I have, what gender my current child is, or how I am feeling?

So, hopefully my next post will be a "Hey, Brody is here!" post! In the meantime, you can find me walking around my neighborhood, cleaning my house like a crazy person, and trying to keep a smile on my face when people at work say "You haven't had that baby YET!?!".



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Generation Gap

I have discovered an area that truly demonstrates the difference between my generation and the generation of my grandparents.

Pregnancy.

Want to see the worst of your church ladies or your grandma's friends? Simply be pregnant around them. You'll learn all about the things you're doing wrong as an expecting mother, how big you are, and advice for raising a child that will blow your mind.

Don't get me wrong, I adore my church ladies. They make me laugh every Wednesday night at choir practice and every Sunday morning, but their ability to insult you with a compliment is at its peak when you have a human growing inside of you, and they know no boundaries when it comes to saying what they think.

Here are a few of my favorite things I've heard this pregnancy and the things I wish I could say back to these ladies... but I don't. I just smile and bear it.



This was actually said to me at my baby shower, which was in September when I was only 30 weeks pregnant. I kindly told the lady "No, he really needs to grow just a bit more before he can come out!" What I really wanted to say was, "Yes, I'd like to end my misery by selfishly choosing to birth my child prematurely, also thanks for noticing how 'miserable' I look."



I hear this one A LOT. Do people not realize how insulting it sounds to say that someone is big, even if there is a baby in there? I usually respond with a nice laugh and a "pretty sure there's just one". I would really like to say, "I am pretty sure there is just one, but man you're even bigger than me, have you got triplets?!"


This one kind of surprised me. I've seen pictures of pregnant women back in Mema's day, they weren't super small, but they also wore those giant mu-mu style smocked dresses and such so their shapes were kind of hard to distinguish. I always want to reply to this one with "They also told pregnant women there was nothing wrong with drinking and smoking 'back in your day'."


I got to hear this one Sunday at our church's homecoming. Seriously. Would you ask a non-pregnant woman to turn around so you could see the side-view of how big her boobs are or a back view to see how wide her butt has gotten? I smiled and turned to the side and received an array of "oh my goodness" comments and "wow you're just one giant blob of belly" but what I wanted to say and what I really should have said was "NO." just "no".


I will admit, this surprised me. I didn't get this question as often with Sawyer, but I guess now with two it is a lot more confusing to people that I am going to go back to work after having Brody. I have absolutely nothing against stay-at-home-moms, but it just isn't a possibility for Josh and me. We couldn't afford our bills without both of our incomes, and daycare isn't that expensive here so it's not like we're paying over $800/month for childcare so missing a paycheck versus paying for childcare would not balance out. I usually just laugh and say "someone's got to pay the bills!" but I want to say "Yes. Unless you'd like to pay our mortgage, hospital bills, utilities, and student loans, so I can stay home with my children?".


As the end to this pregnancy draws closer (I'm full-term this week!), all I can think about is while I am super-duper looking forward to meeting the newest member of our family, I am also super-duper looking forward to having less attention on me.. and my size.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Obnoxious October

This month has been obnoxious. I posted back in the beginning of October that posts would be scarce this month because of my insane schedule at work (which included several big events, grad school fairs, open houses, and lots of deadlines) and I didn't realize how true that would be until I saw that I've only posted 5 times since then, yikes.



Thankfully my big events are FINALLY over! I've got a few work deadlines ahead with some articles due and loose ends to tie up before this baby arrives (which is supposed to be Nov. 20, but homie seems to be looking for an early escape), but other than that things are calming down.

While work is calming down, Relay is just now getting started good. We are under-going a LOT of changes in the way Relay for Life is setup so me and my two other event leaders are super stressed trying to meet new requirements and assure our committee is aware.

We are kicking off Relay for Life 2015 TONIGHT with a Halloween-themed celebration. My friend Caroline and I (and my giant belly) are going as Things 1, 2 & 3 so I am pretty excited. We decided against the giant blue wigs that usually go along with being the beloved Dr. Seuss characters and instead I made headbands with blue tulle inspired by this pic I found on google (except we'll be rocking black pants, the red t-shirts and red & white striped socks).
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Sawyer's last soccer game is tomorrow night (which we admittedly pretty happy about since he seems to hate it so much) and then we have Halloween to look forward to.

Hope you all have a happy Monday!



Monday, October 20, 2014

bangin'

I don't know what to do with my hair... once again. You'll notice that it is in a ponytail of some kind in every bump photo I've posted, that is because it is so long and stringy that it pretty much lacks any style. 

After I had Sawyer, I chopped my hair off (and donated it to Locks of Love) telling myself it would be easier to manage if it was short... I was wrong. Short hair can't be left un-styled and there is no easy ponytail option. I really want to keep my length this time around, but I think I want to try out bangs again. Only different this time.

My junior year of college and shortly after getting married, I had bangs. I bounced back and forth between loving them and hating them and I think it's because I didn't style the rest of my hair to match. 



So, I think now I want the wispy, textured style that would let me have more body and curl to my actual hair too.

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Which is also an excuse to get a new straightener for Christmas and learn how to actually give myself those boho/beach-y looking waves.

I am also thinking this hairstyle will have to wait until after I pop out this baby. Bangs plastered to my forehead or sticking straight up in a headband of some kind if not something I want to have to worry about whilst in labor.

Friday, October 17, 2014

why can't I be normal?


One day, I'll take a legit bump picture when I am not standing in front of a row of toilets.. maybe.

I am 35 weeks pregnant. My hands, wrists, ankles, feet and NOSE are swollen. I am irritable. I keep dong stupid stuff like thinking I hit "send" on a call and holding the phone to my ear for a minute without realizing that it isn't even dialing. But, I wouldn't change anything.

I miss having the energy (and ability) to play and chase after Sawyer, but we have enjoyed some less active activities lately like baking cookies, painting, and puzzles.

Speaking of lacking energy, I did have one yucky pregnancy-related thing happen this week. Monday night I woke up around 11pm (I'd been asleep since 8:45pm, oops) choking on acid reflux. While I struggled with heartburn and such through both this pregnancy and with Sawyer, I have never choked as horribly as I did Monday. I coughed, wheezed, swallowed, tried to drink but just could not catch my breath. Twenty minutes later I was still wheezing and short-winded despite having taken my reflux meds, popping two Pepcid Completes, and drinking some milk.

I talked to my OB on call (who just happened to be my favorite one from my practice) and he told me I had probably managed to inhale some reflux and since I already had an appointment the next day (for my BP and swelling) that I just needed to make sure I slept sleeping up to avoid any more choking.

I woke up the next morning with a horrible headache from coughing so much the night before, a very sore chest and a nasty rattle in my chest. I felt like I was back in middle school, struggling with my asthma.

When I got to the doctor, the OB said I had definitely inhaled some reflux and put me on an Albuterol inhaler and a steroid... but then he noticed my ankle swelling. My left leg has been significantly more swollen than my right but I hadn't really thought much of it, blaming it on how I sit/stand but the difference was enough and the weird red pigment my leg has taken on was strange enough for the doc to order a doppler scan of my leg to rule out a blood clot.

so. gross.

My first thought was, "why can't I just be normal? Why can't I have a regular, run-of-the-mill pregnancy where I am just fat for 9 months and then BAM a baby comes out?". Then I felt so petty because having a gallbladder removed at 22 weeks, borderline gestational diabetes, and choking on reflux aren't really horrible things. Are they fun? No. But there are pregnant women out there suffering from ailments so much worse!

The earliest I could see a radiologist was four hours later, so I headed home and Josh left work. We relaxed at the house, I took a nap since I had slept so terribly the night before, then he drove me to get the scan. About 20 minutes later we learned I had no blood clot! With my BP climbing, but not too high yet and the swelling going down, I am also still preeclampsia free!

So now I just have to deal with the nasty cough from the reflux just hanging out in my lungs and the shakiness that comes with puffing on an inhaler every 4 hours.

Remind me to tell Brody about all these things one day whenever he complains about something I do. I am not above guilting him over the hassle he was ;).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sawyer's Big Weekend

This weekend was "Sawyer Weekend", a special two-day treat for Sawyer as kind of his last big hoorah as an only child. While we had planned on not telling him about his exciting weekend until Saturday morning, we caved and told him Friday night. He kept saying "i cannot believe it!".

Saturday, we left around 10:30 a.m. and went straight to a Halloween store so we could pick out his costume. This was not part of the original plan, but we had time to kill before his 1 p.m. jump time at SkyZone so we figured we could kill two birds with one stone. While he'd been saying he wanted to be something scary "like a werewolf or ghost", he ended up making a bee-line to the ninja turtle costumes. I was so proud.


He was a ninja turtle for his first Halloween, but this time he will have mask, real shell and weapons for the whole effect so he is pumped. I of course had to try on the mask.

After a quick bite of pizza, we went to SkyZone where I think Josh had just as much fun as Sawyer did. They were so active and bouncing all over the place that I had a really hard time getting any pictures, but between jumping off the walls, running from trampoline to trampoline, and jumping into the giant foam pit, both my guys were super tired an hour later. 





super tired Joshua

We grabbed some FroYo downtown after SkyZone, checked into our hotel, and then Josh and Sawyer decided to cool off in the indoor pool. After a quick swim, we went to Kanki, a Japanese steakhouse (since Sawyer said he wanted to "watch the magicians cook on the table"). Sawyer was so tired he almost fell asleep while eating.

Sunday morning, we ate breakfast at the hotel then headed to Marbles Kid Museum. Sawyer was so overwhelmed by the nine available exhibits he didn't even know where to start. We decided to lead him towards the Around Town area first. In this section, kids could pretend to be farmers, veterinarians, fishermen, EMT workers, grocers, and even more. Sawyer especially loved the farming and vet sections.


  





Then we moved on to the Splash exhibit. Here, the big guy got to play on a giant pirate ship (of course), a submarine set up like a marine biologist lab, and a water area with boats and sea creatures.









if only I could get him to "swab the deck" at home

We headed upstairs to see the other exhibits and started in the IdeaWorks area and Sawyer had fun racing cars against Josh, using an actual drill and saw on real wood and building with some giant legos.


The Moneypalooza exhibit was next where there are green plastic balls everywhere that are supposed to signify money. Here, kids learn about how money is earned, spent, and saved. There were opportunities to earn money like making and delivering pizzas, pet-sitting, and having a lemonade stand then you could shoot the green balls you earned into a savings area.



We then hit Kid's Grid (an area where kids can "control' electricity) and Power to Play where you can exercise on their kid-friendly equipment and "lift weights".



this was his "it's so heavy" face


While Josh & Sawyer had a blast, I sadly was not feeling well. My blood pressure started climbing last week and my feet have been swelling horribly. About halfway through the museum, I had to find somewhere to sit and just watch my guys have a good time. My feet and legs were so swollen I could barely tie my shoes.

Because I felt so gross and since Sawyer and Josh were already pretty tired, we decided to skip out on visiting Pullen Park and head on home. As one last treat for the weekend, we went to Krispy Kreme or the "doughnut factory" as Sawyer calls it, to see them making doughnuts (and eat a few too). They were already done making them for the evening, but Sawyer still got to enjoy a drink and a hot, regular glazed doughnut.



I am so glad we were able to give Sawyer two days just for him and to celebrate him being an awesome kid. He of course has already requested we have another special weekend like this next weekend.