Sunday, January 31, 2010
The debate with the nurse is that if Baby K will come before or after midnight. Right now, the nurse's projection is right at midnight - we'll see how close she is! Dana and I still think that Baby K will be an early morning February baby... Of course, our prediction is based on zero education - compared to our nurse's years of schooling!
Hopefully, you will get to see Baby K with the next post...
If you have never been present for an epidural or spinal tap, it is pretty interesting. Our anesthesiologist, though, I would describe as the John Madden of doctors - he gave a play-by-play account of each step in the process. Everything from: "See how curved this long needle is?" to "Good, no spinal fluid when we entered the plastic tube." allowed both Dana and I to understand what was going on.
Anyway...that has been in since around 7:00 - and Dana can barely feel a thing from her toes to her chest. Right now, we are relaxing (as much as we can) watching the Grammy Awards and the Pro Bowl. She has progressed a little bit more - so we are on our way! The only question is whether Baby K will be a January or February baby... More updates to come...stay tuned!
Here is a picture of a relaxed Dana...
It's time to eat some dinner... Here's what it looks like now in our room - with Dana hooked up to both an IV and a monitor. The monitor tracks both Baby K's heartbeat (the 138 below) and Dana's contractions (the 9 on the monitor below). When Dana has a contraction, the "9" can go up into the mid-20s.
It's with this backdrop that we have just enjoyed our dinner. Chicken sandwich and fries for me - grilled cheese and soup for the mom-to-be. Here's a picture of Dana enjoying the last supper of being a mom of one!
Well...it is now 4:30pm - and we are at the hospital. We got here around 3:00pm, and are now waiting...the long waiting game! :-) Room 1105 will be our residency for a while now. Above are pictures from and of the bed.
Dana is hooked up to an IV - with pitocin (supposed to quicken contractions). Her doctor will be here around 5:00 - to hopefully give her a check and get ready for the event.
I'll continue to post as time goes on (hopefully with more pictures!). Ok...we are going to try and walk around a litte bit...come on Baby K!!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
We received word from the hospital that our plans have changed... Instead of Dana being induced at 7:00am on Monday, we got bumped (baby-bumped, I guess you could say) to 3:00pm Sunday. So...tomorrow afternoon - barring any monumentous events this evening - we will be heading to Regina Medical Center. Their Family Birthing Center will be our temporary residency for a few days.
Stay tuned...as the newest member of the human race joins the Minnesota Grays!!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Today is Baby K's official due date, but he doesn't seem to care about that and is pretty comfortable where he is. While I'm not really looking forward to the actual delivery part, I am very much looking forward to holding our new baby in my arms. There is just something very special about those first moments with your child, and my arms are aching to hold him for the first time! Looking at this picture, it is really hard to believe that our Karterman was once this little, he is much too busy running around these days to cuddle like he used to. We know that Karter is going to be a great big brother and are looking forward to seeing our two boys together!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
While we have all been waiting on Baby K, Karter has been keeping us entertained! He has always loved to sing, and these days we have been doing A LOT of singing. He loves all songs, but prefers the ones that have hand motions to go along with them...and everyone in the room must participate. Here is a cute little video of him and Gramaw singing together....
Monday, January 25, 2010
He didn't cry at all until I wanted to change the bandage in the restaurant...I think he was being a little overly dramatic!
He didn't like having the band-aid on his finger....
....and for the rest of the day he acted like his entire hand was broken.
In this video Karter was to excited anticipating Gramaw dancing that he could barely play his harmonica, but if you watch him you can see how he acts like his right hand doesn't work!
Friday, January 22, 2010
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Now that it is all set up and ready to go, Karter has been asking us to put him in it. I keep telling him that he is a big boy now and that the swing is only for babies. Yesterday he decided since he couldn't swing he would let his monkey try it out!
We may need to work on how hard he pushes the swing, but I think he is really going to enjoy pushing his baby brother....lets just hope Baby K likes it too!!
Friday, January 15, 2010
His favorite thing to do with the bubbles is to get a lot in both hands and then blow them at me! It is really cute, but then his neat freak side comes out and he has to wipe them off my face for me! The time it takes to take a bath has about doubled, because he wants to play in the tub until all of the bubbles have gone away. He's pretty pruney at the end, but at least I know he is clean!!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Santa knew Karter was a big-boy and brought him some new bedding for Christmas, but Santa forgot to get a bedskirt so we had to make another Target run yesterday to get one! We really lucked out on the headboard and bed frame. We looked on Craiglist in December and found this awesome headboard, that looks brand new but is actually over 10 years old, for only $40. Since our little monkey can get out of his bed whenever he wants, we aren't going to be adding any more furniture to his room for awhile. We don't want him to climb up on anything and get hurt. Another thing we still need to do is get new curtains, it was just something that slipped our minds.
After the bed was all set up it was time to tackle the closet. When we had our basement done in early 2007, we didn't have children on our radar yet, so we opted out of putting shelves and clothes bars in the closets to save money. However, now that Karterman is down there and he doesn't have a dresser, we desperately needed to finish out the closet. His closet is huge and was the perfect spot to store games, toys and my sewing machine, but all of that needed to be more organized to make room for his stuff now.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Karter took a little longer to warm up to Gran-Gran and Great Grandpa Bud since he hadn't seen them in awhile, but Gran-Gran quickly learned that books are the way to win him over!
Great Grandpa Kenny also learned books are the way to Karter's heart, as well as once you start reading to him be prepared to read the same books over and over!
We had such a great time visiting and relaxing with everyone. It was really fun to watch Karter, because spending time with his grandparents means he gets to help Papaw feed his fish...
Friday, January 8, 2010
They both really wanted to help the other one (or any one for that matter) open there gifts. Karter was particularly excited to help open this one for Jonah because it was from him...matching Elmo slippers!
Jonah was as equally excited to help Karter open his new puzzle. He has the same one and wanted to show him how to do it!