Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Brady's Homecoming

We are home! It has been a crazy couple of days but we couldn't be happier! I'm going to start from the beginning and then I'll update you on what's new with us. On Thursday night at 10:45 I started having contractions. I thought nothing of it since I had been having so many braxton hicks contractions so I just tried to ignore it and go to bed. I slept for about 45 minutes and the contractions woke me up. I got excited and thought maybe this is it?! My contractions were about 3 minutes apart and I woke Brian up at 4:00 am and said hey honey, I think I'm in labor. Go back to sleep but I just wanted to let you know in case they start getting stronger and we have to go to the hospital right away. Well of course, neither of us could sleep so we got up, showered, straightened up the house and left for the hospital at 7 am. I got there, they hooked me up to the monitors and could see my 3 minute apart contractions but when they checked me I was still 2 cm. They thought that I was probably in labor, but since I made no cervical change in 11 hours, they sent me home to have me rest. I tried to sleep, but after about 30 minutes I was awoken by much stronger contractions. By 2:00 I knew this was definitely the real thing. I toughed it out until 6:00 and by then I had to hold Brian's hand every contraction so I knew it was time to go to the hospital again. I was checked and was at 4 cm so they admitted me and got my iv in. I got my epidural at about 8:00 and I was at 9 cm by 11:00. However, my labor stalled and I was stuck at 9 cm until 2:15 am. My epidural started to wear off and I was feeling a ton of pressure and pain so I was ready to be done! Brady's heartbeat dropped and it was time to push. I almost had him out on my own but he was in distress so they had to pull him out with forceps and at 2:22 am he was born! They had to suck meconium (his first bowel movement) and fluid out of his lungs so I didn't get to see him until 5:30 am. The forceps tore me pretty badly so I had to be stitched up too but after that it was smooth sailing! Brady is a strong little man! We got to go home on Monday afternoon and we had a rough first night but things have been getting much better now that we're getting used to each other. It's been quite a change now that we have a baby but we're so happy and can't wait to see what kind of a kid and a man he'll turn out to be! Here are some more pictures:

All swaddled up

3 Generations

Mommy and her boy
The three of us

Going home!

Our little beanbag
Daddy and his little c0-pilot

The Ross family

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Introducing Brady Brian Ross!

Brady Brian Ross was born on April 24 at 2:22 am weighing 7 lbs 9 oz and 20 inches long after 28 hours of labor. Everyone is doing well just trying to catch up on sleep. I will update later on some of the details but here are some pictures of his first day!
Going to the hospital and not feeling well!

After the epidural

He's finally here!

Bonding with his proud daddy

With Grandpa and Grandma Hiscock

He loves being all bundled up!

Doesn't like his clothes being changed!

With mommy

First poopy diaper change. I have the best husband ever! :)

More pictures and details to come in the future but it's time for me to take a nap! :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Quick Update

No baby yet! :( I had my doctor's appointment yesterday and we have set an induction date of Tuesday night (the 27th). I'm really hoping that I have him before then! We went on 2 walks today so I'm really hoping that he comes naturally. We will keep everyone updated! :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Waiting Game

Spring is officially here, so where is our little boy?! These last few weeks have been very long. Between not feeling well and not knowing whether my contractions are the real thing or not has made for some frustrating days. I've still been having weekly appointments and at my 37 week appt I had made some good progress. I was dilated 1-2 cm, 60% effaced and the baby was at a 0 station. At my 38 week appointment yesterday (or so I thought) I had made no change but she still said I could go at any time. She said that if I haven't had him by next Wednesday we will make an appointment to induce labor because she doesn't want me to go much past that. She thinks that my due date is more like April 22nd than April 29th so she's going by that. So that would make me 39 weeks now. I would really like him to come naturally but I think by that point I will want him out no matter what! She also said that we have a solid baby in there and said he's gonna be a big boy! Thanks Brian! :) I've been hanging in there. Sleep at night has gotten pretty rocky so I spend most of my days on the couch napping and just resting because I'm exhausted. He's really low too so I've been feeling a lot of pressure. My torso is so short and even though he's dropped his legs are still up in my ribs so sitting up for a long period of time is really uncomfortable. However, I'm trying to stay positive and am very excited to see his little face!

Brian's been busy with training. He has a simulator every day now and is enjoying learning how to fly the Rivet Joint. He had a sim yesterday for 4 hours where all they did was practice taking off! Don't know how that's possible, but I guess there's lots of ways for this plane to take off? He will hit the flightline in May as long as the birth doesn't keep him out of class for too long. If it does, he will get pushed back to the next class. It really doesn't matter to us either way, I'm just really thankful that he's going to be here! :) Other than that, he's been kept busy doing things around the house, hitting the driving range, playing with Rascal, and enjoying his new tv!

The house is really coming together. We had Brian's class over on Saturday night for a bbq and got to show everyone the house. We love that we have space to entertain now and hope to do it more in the future! The weather has been great here lately and we've been going on lots of walks (to get labor going!) and spending time exploring all of the great outdoor activities in the Omaha area. Here are some pictures from the last couple weeks:
We have a golf course right by our house and Brian was able to hit the driving range. It's cool because you hit the balls into the water and you can see better where they land!

Rascal cheering his dad on while he golfed. We had to sit in the car because Rascal wanted to chase every ball he hit and we didn't feel like him going in the lake would be a good thing! :)

He got to play with his own ball when we got home!

Brian and Rascal at a nearby lake in Papillion.

Kind of dark but that's our new couch in our living room.

A really dark picture of the living room. Rascal had to make his way into the picture!

The front of our house after the rain. The people before us planted so many beautiful things!

The tree in the front has bloomed and is so pretty to look at!

Our new tv. Brian got a 46'' Sony Bravia LCD LED HDTV Thank you tax return! :) And Rascal.

The backyard blooming!

Our new outdoor patio set

More flowers and Rascal. I think he thought I was doing a photo shoot of him because he kept getting in my pictures!

My large self! I would say he's ready to come out? This is me at 39 weeks
Hot maternity shorts! :)

Front view

So hopefully the next post we will have pictures of our little one! We will keep everyone updated!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter!

Hope that everyone had a great Easter! We sure did here in Nebraska! We spent our first Easter in our new home and it was great. We tried a new Catholic church here in Papillion for their Easter service, came home and cooked a traditional ham dinner, and then went to a friend's for dessert! I can't believe that Easter has come and gone and that we're really in to the month of April. I have been thinking about April for 9 months and what it would be like!

I am at 37 weeks and am ready to have this baby anytime now! At my last appointment the only thing that had changed was that the baby was further down into my pelvis. He's at a 0 station for those that know about that, and I am definitely feeling a lot more pressure. I've been having contractions pretty much everyday, but they've been very inconsistent and go away fairly quickly. Brian and I have been going on walks every night because it feels good to get out and exercise and I like thinking that I'm helping things move along! I think that we are both ready for this little boy to come and I know I am ready to have my body back! We will keep you all posted! :)

Brian and I got the chance to go see his brother Danny this past week because his baseball team (University of North Dakota) was playing the University of Nebraska in Lincoln which is about 45 minutes from Omaha. It was great to see him, although it was brief, and it was a beautiful night for baseball. Here are some recent pictures:

Danny warming up. He's number 8

The baseball stadium was amazing!

Nighttime view

Me on Easter (I really need a haircut!)

Side view of baby and I. 36.5 weeks

The Ross family on Easter
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