Saturday, May 28, 2011

Jacob Edison Fehrle

As you all know I was put on bedrest as a precaution at 27 weeks. Of course, after I was released from the bedrest at 36 weeks, I continued to carry Jacob to my scheduled c-section date. Praise God!!! The day before my c-section James & I both picked Abigail up from school & spent the afternoon with her. After dropping Abigail off at my parents house, we came home so I could finish packing & attempt to get some sleep. I was so nervous, that I think I only got about 2 hours of sleep. I couldn't eat or drink past midnight & of course I threw up my dinner. The day of Jacob's birth we arrived at the hospital at 6 am to get ready for the c-section. Everything was going smoothly until it was time to put the iv in. I have horrible veins and I was dehydrated. The nurse tried twice to get the iv in & was unsuccessful. I'm terrified of needles & it was very painful because she was digging around in my arm trying to get a vein. The nurses wrapped my arms in warm blankets trying to get my veins to pop up. The nurses were telling me to relax that I was causing my veins to tighten because I was so nervous. Of course, I was nervous because I was being treated like a human pin cushion. Finally, the nurse got the anesthesiologist to come put the iv in & he had to stick me twice before getting a vein. The vein he got wasn't a good one either because if I moved my arm a certain way the fluid would stop running. Apparently, they wanted to get a certain amount of fluid in me before taking me into surgery. My Dr and the Dr assisting him were waiting for me! We were more than 30 minutes behind schedule all because the nurses couldn't get an iv in my arm. Finally, it was time for the c-section. I was really freaking out at this point. I was having to psych myself up by telling myself that the baby has to come out & this is the only way the baby can come out, so I have to do this. Walking into the operating room was even more nerve wrecking. I had to take a few deep breaths & stop looking around at all the equipment. The nurse had me climb on the table & put my legs in a chair in front of me. I was shaking because it was so cold in the room. The spinal wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and my legs went numb almost immediately. My blood pressure was high the day before & the morning of the c-section. My blood pressure dropped really low as soon as the spinal started to take effect, so I was given some medication to increase my blood pressure. Dr. Rawson asked if I could feel anything & I said "no," and he said "okay, we're ready to go then." James was standing by me watching the whole c-section. He was like a little kid in a candy store, he was so excited. James made the comment, "there's not that much blood," to which Dr. Rawson responds, "I can show you some blood." Umm, excuse me guys, but I can hear you! It was a weird feeling knowing that I was sliced open on the other side of the curtain & that my baby was about to be outside my womb. I will never forget the sound of Jacob's first cry. What an awesome sound and an amazing feeling! All I could do was cry tears of joy as I laid on the table getting sewn back up and listened as my baby was being examined. The doctors & nurses all sang "Happy Birthday" to my precious baby boy! We have a video of them singing & Jacob cries at the end of the song, so cute!

Jacob Edison Fehrle was born May 17th at 7:52 a.m.. He weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. & was 19 1/2 inches long. He was born with a head full of brown hair. Jacob is a happy healthy baby. Once we got back to the recovery room, Dr. Rawson came to check on me & asked if Abigail was at the hospital. Dr. Rawson had been waiting to get a hug from Abigail for several years now & she said she would give him a hug when he got baby Jacob out of Mommy's tummy. So, Dr. Rawson went to the waiting room to get Abigail & brought her back to meet her baby brother. Abigail was so excited to meet her baby brother & is a proud big sister. I love the pictures of those first few moments after Abigail met her baby brother. Then, one by one the rest of the family came back to meet baby Jacob.
The rest of the day was not so fun for me because I was throwing up from all the anesthesia and medicine I was given. The medicine the nurse gave me to stop the naucea made me groggy. So, I just laid in bed watching as my family enjoyed my baby boy. Should I even mention that my iv had to be changed, making that the 5th time I was poked! I was finally feeling better by the end of the day.
The first night at the hospital was another new experience because the baby was in the room with us & not in the NICU. I'm a light sleeper & don't sleep well in the hospital. In the middle of the night, I could hear Jacob spitting up but couldn't get to him. So, I tried waking James up & he was not waking up. I was beginning to think I was going to have to find something within arms reach to throw at him. Finally, James woke up & helped me with the baby. I decided just to hold Jacob & let him sleep with me since I couldn't get out of bed yet. I was able to get out of bed the next day & felt much better. This whole experience was so different from having a premature baby in an emergency situation. In a lot of ways, it was like we were having our first baby because we were experiencing so many things for the first time.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mommy/Daughter Day!

I wanted to do something fun with just Abigail & I before the baby arrived. So, last week after dance class, I took Abigail to Sweet & Sassy to get a manicure & pedicure. Sweet & Sassy is a cute little salon just for little girls. It's one of those places that you make fun of, but one day end up there with your child. We had some time to kill before her appointment so we walked over & ate lunch at Pot Belly. Abigail enjoyed a PB & J of course, while I had a chicken salad sandwich. As I sat there watching her eat her lunch across the table from me, I couldn't believe how much she's grown. What happened to my baby girl? Abigail will always be my baby girl, but she's growing up too fast! Sometimes I wish time would just stand still. Abigail LOVED getting her finger nails & toe nails painted! She was so proud to show off her pretty hands & feet. We had to go by & show Daddy at work before we went home. Abigail is very much a girly girl & LOVED all the pampering! I see more manicures & pedicures in our future that's for sure. I loved getting to spend some special time with my beautiful little girl!

Abigail waiting patiently to get all pampered!

Abigail & Mommy ( a friend offered to take the picture)

I think she's having fun, what do you think?

It's a hard life huh?

Abigail is loving getting her feet rubbed!

Abigail is being so still while she's getting her toe nails painted. It's always a battle when I go to trim her toe nails.

Look at those pretty feet minus the ugly mosquito bites on her little legs.

Waiting for her toes to dry

Manicure time

My little princess! Notice the pony in the purse sitting next to her, she picked that out & we had to have it.


Pretty hands

My little big girl!

Showing off the glitter on her face

A quick picture as we were leaving Sweet & Sassy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

I had a wonderful Mother's Day spent with my precious family. I can't believe that I didn't get one picture of me & Abigail, the one that made me a Mommy! I didn't get any pictures of me with my Mom either. I'm good about taking the camera with me everywhere I go on special occasions, but then I'm horrible about remembering to take some pictures with the camera. HaHa! Maybe it's because I'm a horrible photographer & I hardly ever like the way I look in pictures, I don't know. Oh well! James's parents came to church with us Sunday morning & then we had lunch with them. We were able to see several of our friends dedicate their babies at church that morning. I couldn't help but cry tears of joy as I watched the parents on stage dedicate their babies to the Lord. Babies who were prayed for before they were even conceived. Each & every child is such a precious gift & miracle given to us by God. Afterwards, we headed over to my parents house to spend the afternoon & evening with my family. Abigail had a blast swimming & playing with her cousins. My Dad boiled 72 lbs. of crawfish for the family. My siblings LOVE crawfish & can take down some serious amounts of crawfish. I like crawfish, but I eventually get tired of peeling them to get to the little bit of meat there is to eat. My Mom made some delicious chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. It was a fun & relaxing day even though it was a busy day. Maybe next year I'll remember to take a picture of me with my children on Mother's Day, we'll see!

All of my Mother's Day cards & flowers!

I just LOVE those little hand prints!

A cute card Abigail made at preschool

James & I (I'm 38 weeks pregnant with baby Jacob)

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Sonkids Spring Program 2011

Last week, Abigail had her spring program at her preschool. This has been Abigail's first year at Sonkids & she has loved it. We have been very impressed with how much she has learned. She's learning not only about numbers, letters, matching, counting, science, etc.. Abigail is also learning more about God's word. We loved the spring program & were once again very impressed by Sonkids. We can't wait to see how much Abigail grows next year.

Attempt at a family picture in the hall.
P.S. I tried numerous times to upload a video of Abigail's performance, but finally gave up! I'm not sure why I've had trouble uploading videos to the blog lately. I posted the video on my facebook page if you want to check it out.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Easter 2011

I'm late on blogging about Easter, but it's better late than never. Plus, the blog is like a journal for me so it doesn't really matter when I document the recent happenings in our life. We celebrated Easter with Grandma & Papa on Good Friday. I was able to go back to church with my family on Easter Sunday after being on bedrest. It was so nice to be back at church & on such a special day was even more meaningful. We had an Easter egg hunt at church after the service. Then, we headed over to Mimi & Honey's house to celebrate Easter with my family & all of Abigail's cousins. It's always so fun to see the cousins together because they love each other so much. We ate lunch with my family & then the kids hunted eggs again. Abigail finally said, "I'm done hunting eggs!" LOL! I guess after hunting Easter eggs 4 times, you would be "over it." I have lots of pictures of Abigail hunting eggs that's for sure. Abigail has been learning the real meaning of Easter at school, church, & home. She says that Jesus died on the cross & rose again or came back to life. However, I don't think she is old enough to fully grasp this truth. The important thing for now is that Abigail understands that Easter is not only about the Easter bunny, Easter baskets, & Easter egg hunts. We didn't get any good pictures of us as a family this year. Oh well!

Me with Jacob's Easter basket from Grandma & Papa

Abigail in front of her Easter loot from Grandma & Papa

Easter egg hunt at Grandma & Papa's

Daddy & his little princess

Abigail & Daddy with Grandma & Papa

Abigail's Easter basket from the "Easter Bunny"

Bedhead haha!

Easter egg hunt at church

Abigail with her cousins checking out their Easter baskets from Mimi & Honey

My sister-in-law Jamelle, my Mom, my sister Lindsay, & me with Jacob sticking out

My brother Barry, My brother Ricky, my Dad, my brother-in-law Holland, & James

Easter egg hunt with cousins at Mimi & Honey's house