Sunday, December 18, 2011

Solomon Carter Jones is Here

Solomon Carter Jones is finally here! He was born Saturday, December 10th @ 10: 20pm. He was 6lbs. 9oz. 19 3/4 inches long.


Birth Story:

We were scheduled for an induction on Monday morning. I was going to go in on Sunday evening, which was my original EDD, where they were going to give me Cervidil. Cervidil basically softens and opens the cervix. Then, they were going to start me on Pitocin Monday morning. Well Solomon, had his own agenda. Saturday morning, about 1:50 am, I woke up with pretty strong contractions, but they weren't timeable yet. I     was told if they feel like real contractions move around or try to go back to sleep. If they persist no matter what you do, they are most likely real contractions. I tried to go to sleep, but they didn't go away. Still, they were manageable.

Around 4am, I woke Gary up, as they were between 5 and 10 minutes apart. Still manageable. I figured they probably weren't real because I could still talk through them, although I had to breath through them. All of a sudden, it hit me. A real, strong contraction. I literally yelled out in agony, as the pain was too much to bear. I help onto the bedpost, and attempted to breath through the contraction, but it was just to much to handle. I knew it was time. I lied there waiting for the next agonizing contraction to come. They soon were 1-2 minutes apart, and very painful. I attempted to take a shower, while Gary packed some last minute things for us for the hospital stay.

We finally arrived, and checked into labor and delivery at 6am. The doctor checked me, and I was still 2 cm., however my blood pressure was very high--179/113. They admitted me, and gave me magnesium sulfate, which was supposed to help lower my blood pressure. About an hour later, after I had thrown up during each contraction because of the intense pain, they gave me the epidural. I remember telling my dad the epidural was God in liquid form. I couldn't believe how much better I felt.

Fast forward--16 hours later, I had labored to 9 cm, and they start prepping the room for my son's delivery. I was in pain as the epidural was starting to become less and less effective, however, I was excited to be delivering my baby boy. They checked me about 30 minutes later, and I was 9 1/2 cm. We were getting close! They checked me about an hour later, and I was still 9 1/2 cm. They checked me 2 hours later, and I was still 9 1/2 cm. The dr. didn't want me to go beyond 16 hours, especially because of my blood pressure. 

They finally told me I was going to have to have a c-section. He was going to come down anymore, because he was head down, belly up. I was so upset, because I really wanted a vaginal delivery. Gary comforted me, and told me it was best for the baby. I quickly got over it, and they started prepping me for the c-section. About 30 minutes later, Solomon Carter Jones was born! The surgery was painful--more intense pressure than anything else, but it was quick, and I finally got to meet the little person was moving around in my belly all this time!
We are so in love with our son. He is the greatest gift God could've ever given us. Even through the long nights of feeding him and rocking him to sleep, I thank God for entrusting us with such a special little boy.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Maternity Pictures

We took Christmas pictures with the family a couple of weeks ago, and also got a chance to take some maternity pictures. They came out great! Below are a few of my favorites.










My favorite family picture!



Baby Shower Recap

My baby shower was last Saturday, and we had a BLAST! Everything came out so nicely, from the food, decorations and games. I had so much fun, and we got a lot of stuff for Solomon! Here are some pics from the shower.

Decor (Jungle Theme)








Walking In




I couldn't stop crying lol
Games

Gary won! 






Opening Gifts



Pics with Friends





Thank you to all who came to my baby shower, and celebrated our son with us! And thank you to those who couldn't come but sent their well wishes and or gifts. A special thanks to T.E.A.M. for an awesome job with the food, decor and planning. It was fabulous! We love you all!

xoxo, Christina

Thursday, November 3, 2011

34 Weeks + Baby Room Furniture

We are getting close! I know I've skipped a couple of weeks of updates. It's been a crazy month! I am actually closer to 35 weeks--I turn a new week on Sundays : )

Updates on baby this week:

He is getting big! I have the waddle down pretty well now, and my belly is definitely starting to poke out. It's much more intense feeling him move around in there. I have to hold my hand on my belly when he really starts trying to move. I can tell he is just as ready to get out of there as I am! He is around 5 lbs. at this point, and will gain a pound and a half per week starting next week. I had my doctor's visit yesterday, and he is head down. I am going every week now.

We are officially in countdown mode! 38 days to be exact. I can hardly believe it and can hardly wait!

Solomon's room is coming along quite nicely. My wonderful husband put all of his bedroom furniture together all by himself! Pics below:


Gary working hard!


Changing table


Crib


Dresser


The room actually looks nothing like this now, since I had my baby shower last weekend (which was amazing!) and we have purchased a few more things. So his room is actually packed! But, I haven't cleaned up and put stuff away yet, so I will post those pics later. Stay tuned for a post about the shower!

xoxo, Christina

Monday, October 10, 2011

31 Weeks

Holy moly! 31 weeks this week. According to TheBump.com:

  • He's about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long and weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds this month. He's getting so big, he's probably crowding your lungs.
  • He's going through major brain and nerve development.
  • Eye development, too. His irises now react to light!
  • All five of his senses are in working order.
We are getting so close to the end, I can hardly believe it. It's almost hard to believe Solomon Carter will be here in 62 days or less! Just thinking about it makes me nervous lol. I often think about what Gary and I are going to do with a little person. If we are going to be good parents. Who he will look like--what kind of personality he will have. I am so excited to experience being a mother, and having just one more person to love unconditionally. I know nothing compares to being a mother, and having a child of your own, and I can't wait for that day to come.

Ok, enough of the mushy stuff. I'm in pain! Carrying a baby hurts. Comfort is a distant memory--especially when I'm trying to sleep. It's almost impossible to sleep through the night, whether the cause is having to get up to pee, or just switch positions, because my leg feel asleep or my abdomen is achy from lying in one spot too long.

Baby has a little personality already. He doesn't like anything on my belly/in his way. Even if I or Gary put our hands on my belly, he automatically kicks it! If he hasn't been moving for an hour, he doesn't want anything putting pressure on his home. Sometimes I'll put my phone on my belly to see how hard he will kick it out of the way lol. It's actually quite entertaining. He loves to relax under my ribs, and on mostly on the right side. It's weird to see a big bulge on the right side of my belly where he's resting! Even when I sleep on my left side, he still manages to find a spot on the right side.

My new guilty pleasure is Dr. Pepper. Sadly enough, I drink a bottle or can every day. It's pretty bad. I have tried to stop, but it just makes me cranky.

Baby shower is in 2 weeks! I can't wait to see all of my friends and family together, to celebrate our new edition with us : )

Until next time.

xoxo, Christina