Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Learning to do things with one hand

Two nights ago was Caroline's first bath. As you can see, she wasn't all that crazy about it.




Saturday, June 27, 2009

Best Comment Ever!

While the baby is sleeping, I'm online reading about LSU's Baseball National Championship.  I don't normally read comments on articles but there was only one on this particular article.  It's the best thing I've ever read.

"I wish Jared Mitchell or Chad Jones had been a Saban recruit.  Maybe he'd get credit for the baseball national title too!"

LOVE IT!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

So alike yet so different

Picture it - Baton Rouge, June 17, 2000. We were one week removed from Julie and B's wedding. I decided I was getting a dog. It was a big step for single me. Leslie and I got up early Saturday morning and came home with Copper. (Can you believe that was 9 years ago?) A little later that afternoon, Leslie stayed at my apartment watching Copper while I headed out to meet Addie at The Tiger to watch LSU play Stanford for the National Championship in baseball.

LSU won that day.... We celebrated... The dog jumped around in the air to celebrate with us. It did start a new phase for me. Let's just say that Copper came with some "issues" that had to be worked out with patience and love. She was a rescue dog, so I expected something - maybe not everything I got, but we worked through it.

Picture it - Oklahoma City, June 24, 2009. We are two weeks removed from the birth of our first child. It's been a big change for us, especially the dogs. We started the day early with feedings and changings. We settled in after dinner to watch LSU play Texas for the National Championship in baseball.

LSU won that day.... We celebrated... The baby slept. We are definitely in a new phase of our lives.

Two championships. So alike, yet so different. This year we were supposed to go to Omaha. We made plans while watching last year. When we found out in October we were pregnant, we were overjoyed. About a week later, T said "you know what this means though, don't you?" I didn't know what he was talking about. He said "you're due in June. Omaha is June. This means they will win it all for sure!"

So since October, we started saying they were going to win it all. We also said they baby will spend her first birthday in Omaha. Dad says if something derails our plans for next year, Manieri will probably guarantee scholarships for all our children to LSU. HA!

Geaux Tigers!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Slowly Returning to a New Normal


Yesterday was my check up at the doctor.  I am happy to report that not only is my blood pressure normal (120/86), but I've also lost 40 lbs.  I still have a little fluid in me, but it's nothing like it was.  I can actually see the muscles in my foot.  They aren't 100% back to normal, but at least they aren't bruised anymore.


So the doctor will keep me on the BP medicine for another 6 weeks, just to make sure I'm normal.  But other than that, I'm doing well.  Oh yeah, and my lungs sounded clear.  So there's no fluid there either.  That's a big thing.


Aunt Betty, Nanny and Jolie got here yesterday.  They have been very helpful.  Not sure how long they are staying, but I can't believe it's been 2 weeks already!  

We will be cheering on LSU tonight!  That's really about it.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day



Our 300th post just happens to coincide with T's first Father's Day.  So I'm finally putting up a few more pictures.  I hope all the fathers enjoyed their day!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

It figures

After a night where we couldn't get the baby to sleep, let alone stop crying, anywhere other than our arms in the rocking chair, she's been a perfect angel today.  In fact, we had to run some errands and decided to try lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings.  You know, a nice, calm, quiet place to bring a baby (total sarcasm).

She laid in her car seat, calmly watching US Open coverage on the big screen.  And with all the tranquility, she just dozed off.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Promises, Promises...

We've heard a lot about the lack of baby pictures.  Well, by we, I mean T.  Keep in mind that we've only had basically a day and a half at home.  So yes, there will be pictures - lots and lots of pictures.  We just don't have them at the moment.

Tomorrow is the baby's first doctor's appointment.  So maybe by the weekend we'll have some more pictures posted.  I promise.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Oh what a week!

Caroline is one week old today and unfortunately I'm sure she thinks the hospital is her home. We were released to go home on Friday after a tiny meltdown from her mother and the doctor finally got back in touch with us to review her blood work and confirm what we already knew - her levels were fine and she could go home. The only catch is that we had to come back to the hospital on Saturday to redo the blood work again and confirm that things were still good.

So we got home about 5 or so on Friday and just enjoyed being at home a while. The first night at home was alright and we all got some sleep - not a lot, but some. The baby only cries when she has gas or wants to eat, so for now, it's pretty easy to figure out what's wrong.

Saturday morning, we got up and headed back to the hospital about 8 am, hoping that we wouldn't have to wait forever in the emergency room (where we were directed to go) to have the blood work done. We got there, parked right next to the door and strolled into the admission area. A nurse came back and took us back before the admission process was even done. Imagine that!

Two hours later, we were in the car on our way back home. We had envisioned being gone all day long! So when we got home, I decided to take a nap. I will still full of a lot of fluid and wanted to prop up my feet. I slept for a couple of hours and woke up when she started crying for food. I felt really bad but since I was woken out of a dead sleep and had just given birth, I didn't think much of it.

T's parents came up for the weekend and once they got to the house, we had 2 more permanent baby holding volunteers. So I was just hanging out in the recliner and was having a hard time catching my breath. I could tell my blood pressure was a little elevated but it was the breathing thing that had my attention.

I had T call the doctor and they told us to get to the hospital right then. So T packed up stuff for the baby and we headed back to the hospital for the second time that day. Naturally, it was right before the LSU baseball game was supposed to start. But we knew from previous visits there was a tv in the urgent care rooms.

They took my blood pressure and it was very high... they didn't say right away what it was, but they started hopping. They took an xray of my lungs. And once again, didn't say anything right away but pace was picking up. So the doctor came in and said they were admitting me, which made me flip out. Having only been home for 20 hours since we were last in the hospital, it was just defeating.

They moved us to the critical care wing (always fun to hear that's where you're going, right?). My blood pressure was 190/110 and my lungs were full of fluid - thus the not being able to breathe thing. So for the next 4 hours they pumped me full of more drugs that I know how to describe. They would tell me names beforehand but really? I wasn't even remotely in a place to remember that stuff.

I think I was hooked up to at least 5 different machines. T was pacing. Mom was holding the baby and I was trying to watch the baseball game on the tv. Turns out morphine makes me chatty. I think I slept for a total of 30 minutes on Saturday night. And yes, I was continuing to nurse the baby while all this was going on.

Sunday T's parents came up to the hospital and visited for a while. Not having any windows in the room, I really didn't know what day or time it was. T had to go back to work on Monday, so I made him go home on Sunday night so he could sleep. He didn't want to, but I insisted. We finally got moved to a regular room at 2:30 am on Monday morning. And once I was in a comfortable bed, I slept. I slept so soundly the nurse had to shake me to wake me up.

I had just given up hope that I was going home anytime soon. My blood pressure was down but I think they were looking for something specific in my lab work in regards to kidney and liver functions. I'm not sure what. I was full of drugs. But about 1:30 Monday afternoon, the doctor came in and asked if I wanted to go home. I said yes excitedly and then told her I loved her. Yes, I was that happy to go home.

Prognosis - I should return to normal in about a week to 10 days. I have something known as pre-eclampsia and it typically seen prior to delivery. It caused my blood pressure spike that led to the induction last week and typically runs its course after birth. In some instances (although not common), it can continue after delivery. It's a disease of the placenta and I will return to normal once hormones have cycled out of my body.

You had to know this medical textbook normal pregnancy was too good to be true. Something uncommon had to happen. But I'm fine. T's fine. The baby's fine.

Now we just have to adjust to a newborn at home!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Live from...

OKC... it's Thursday afternoon!

At least I think it's Thursday afternoon, anyway. I left the house on Monday for a doctor's appointment and then had a list of errands to run. I haven't been out of the OU Medical complex since 8:45 Monday morning. So no, I didn't make it to the store or the bank.

The doctor informed me that I had made progress but my blood pressure was just too high and I was having a baby today. I didn't really have a choice. So I called T and he met me at the hospital. They started the induction drugs at about 10 am and it wasn't until 10 pm that I was ready to push.

After an hour of pushing and making NO progress, the doctor said that I could keep pushing for hours if I desired, but the baby's head wasn't moving at all. The plus side was the baby was in no sign of distress and I could just push all day if I chose. But realities were that I was giving birth to ginormo-baby and she just wasn't going to go any further.

So c-section it was. Had there not been 2 others going on at that exact moment, she would have been born on Monday. But with the delay, Dad got here in time for the delivery. Mom had flown in earlier in the evening.

There are not a lot of pictures of me the first night with the baby because I was as high as a kite! It was a local epidural and not general anesthesia, but given that Tylenol puts me to sleep, I was having issues keeping my eyes opened.

Once Caroline was born, T was able to carry her back to the room where mom and dad were waiting and I came wheeling in shortly there after. Tuesday and Wednesday are kind of a blur.

We expected to go home today and I was cleared, but turns out Caroline has jaundice, so we are here for one more day. What's a treatment for jaundice, you ask? She's underneath this horrible light box while wearing this foam mask over her eyes. And she has to be like this all day long.

I'm quite certain it's harder on me than it is on her. She's just chillin. But it is quite a change from the 2 days she's spent curled up with Mommy & Daddy! So we'll check her again at 4 and know if we can go home - maybe late today, but more than likely tomorrow.

The staff here has been incredibly nice, from housekeeping to nurses to doctors. I think I've taken more pain medicine in the last 4 days than I have in my entire life. The thought of my own bed is heavenly.

Oh and for the record, we were right. Caroline does have her Aunt Leslie's crazy long monkey toes! I'm going to take a nap now while she's sleeping. Thanks for all the well-wishes. They are much appreciated!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

SHE'S HERE!!!

IT IS MY DEEPEST HONOR TO ANNOUNCE THE BIRTH OF

CAROLINE FRANCES SMITH


Born JUNE 9, 2009
At 12:33 AM

8 lbs. 1 oz.
22 inches long
FULL head of dark hair!

Nothing yet....

Well, I haven't gotten any update from Nicole or T yet, but I'm figuring they're a little busy having a baby and all!

I know people are waiting to hear, so I just wanted you all to know that there's nothing to know....yet!

I'll update as soon as I hear anything!

Monday, June 8, 2009

And so it begins...

Hello to everyone in Nicole's blogging circle! This is Claudia! And as you probably guessed, the fact that I'M the one writing means something good...

At 10:55 AM CDT, I received a text from Nicole:
"At the hospital...Will have a baby today...Will keep you posted..."
So, as promised, when I have more info, I'll let you know!

In the meantime, please send love and good vibes to Nicole and T as they wait for their little bundle of joy to arrive!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Killing Time

No, I haven't had the baby yet.  I figured I'd throw that out there before anyone asked me, although I'm sure someone will ask me in the next 30 seconds or so.  Yesterday marked my last day of work till August.  Now, we're just waiting.

I've started knitting again to kill the time.  At least it keeps my mind occupied and I've got tangible things as a result.

And on the plus side, I've been able to watch LSU baseball on tv this weekend.  So we're just killing time.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The countdown begins

Today is June 1st. My due date is June 15th. Considering we made a trip to the hospital on Thursday night because I thought I was in labor, I'm not sure if we'll make it all the way to the 15th. If we do, I'll be in tears by then.

In the meantime, we were able to watch the baseball games this weekends thanks to the handy internet. Thank you, internet.

I have assigned blog update duties to Claudia, so even if I'm not able to post, things will be posted here.