Saturday, September 19, 2009

Belly Button Stump Fell Off!!! And First Bath

She actually really liked her bath. it was getting her out that she hated!

Friday, September 18, 2009

10 day post partum

Weight: 144lbs
waist circumference: 37in. :)

I can start driving this week :)
Day to look forward to: October 20th thats when i can go back to doing all things normal!!!

time for me to start researching birth control options! Thinking of going with paraguard...we'll see

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My husband!

I love my husband because he is sacrafising himself for our family, wakes up for every feeding to change katelyn, brings me water when i need it, cooks dinner, brings me dessert, feeds the dog, makes our bed, folds laundry, vaccumes, fixes things, kills bugs, let’s me buy what i want, travels with me, wants to go to the same countries as me, watches the shows i want and the movies i want, puts up with me and is patient with me, loves disneyland, learns new things with me, is my best friend. i love my husband for all the things he is and even some things he isn’t.

I couldn't have asked for a better husband and father to our daughter!

I love you baby! and appreciate everything you do for us!

Monday, September 14, 2009

1 week Check up

One Week Old!
Weight: 8lbs
Length: 20.5 inches
Head Circumference: 14.5 inches

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

She's here!!!

Katelyn Nicole Richardson
September 8,2009 @5:15pm
20.5 inches

Birth Story:

Sept 8 2009...
Paul and I went in for my doctor appointment at 10:30. Everything looked great! That is until they checked for her position, she switched from head down to breech... We went home pretty upset. We wanted to try everything we could to avoid a c section, my worst nightmare, so we went to the chiropractor to have the Webster technique done and drank a squishy trying to get her to flip with all the sugar. We then went home and waited to hear from the doctor's office. They called at 12:30 and said that we could go in to try the external cephalic version, an attempt to manually flip her. We went in very hopeful. When we got there they hooked me up to monitors to check her HR, contractions, and BP. My BP was very high from the stress, that was the first bad sign, they couldn't attempt the version unless my BP went down. For a second they thought I might be pre-eclamptic, but the blood work cleared that up. Next we went to get an ultrasound, they needed to confirm her position, the location of the placenta and the cords location. This is where the news got really bad for me. Everything looked good as far as the babies condition but looked very bad for the e version. My placenta was anterior and we had a nucal cord, basically this meant they could not attempt it due to the threat of placental abruption and the cord around the neck would tighten if they tried to turn her. At 3:45 the doctor walked in and said, "Well the good news is your having a baby today! The bad news is we can't attempt to turn her." My heart broke, all my prep and planning were out the door, I would not be having the birthing experience that I longed for, instead she would be delivered from me. I had to come to terms. As long as she and I are healthy that's all that matters. They started getting everything ready and within 30 minutes they started prepping me for surgery and 30 minutes from that she was born. She was so beautiful, and the sound of her cry was music to my ears! I couldn't wait to hold her. I was overcome with joy, I couldn't believe she was here, happy and healthy, her APGAR was 8/9 which is really good for a c-section baby.

Although I only had 1 hour to try and come to terms with the demise of my birthing wishes and although mentally I have accepted that this was the best choice for our daughter, emotionally it will be a very hard road. I know that many will not understand why this is so hard for me, but it is, its devastating to me. I love my daughter more than life itself, but it hurts that I didn't get to birth her, that she had to be delivered from me.

Love at first sight

First time daddy held her!

First family picture

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Week 40: "guess date" week

Waist Measurements: 46.5" at the belly button

Weigh in: 171lbs according to the Dr..

Pregnancy Symptoms this Week:
  • tiredness
  • difficulty sleeping
  • menstrual like crampyiness
  • sharp pain under right breast
My Pregnancy Brain: is she here yet?

Pregnancy Prep:
Dr Visits: yep just my weekly visit.

Belly Shot:
What the baby looks like this week: It's hard to say for sure how big she is, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds and is about 20 inches long.

At birth your baby has a total of 300 bones. Some of the bones will fuse together later, which is why an adult has only 206 bones. Fascinating, no?