Monday, September 28, 2009
Posted by Elyse at 5:16 PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Posted by Elyse at 4:02 PM
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I feel as though if I don’t document Troy’s birth, I’ll forget. For those of you who don’t want the details (no, they’re not gory), don’t read on.
First of all, I approached Brian in April or May and discussed the fact that I’ve felt so good the whole pregnancy and wanted to entertain having Troy via a natural birth. After researching, I found that The Bradley Method seemed to be the most attractive one which made the most sense. We signed up for a class, with open minds, prayed about it and decided to tackle this feat head on. It involves relaxation, exercise, eating right and determination. I felt extremely educated about pregnancy, the techniques they suggest, and birthing a baby. Looking back, this was the best decision I made during my pregnancy. The entire concept stems around the father as the “coach”. Brian did a phenomenal job!
I went to the doctor on Wednesday, September 9th. Had an ultrasound to make sure little man was still okay. At that point, we were 40 weeks and 4 days. Everything looked good and I had an appointment to come back the following Monday. Dr. Alverson told me at that time that he didn’t want me to go over 42 weeks and suggested induction at 42 weeks. This was the LAST thing I wanted but completely understood why it would have been needed. The placenta begins to not nourish the child after a certain amount of time.
Here’s the story: Started having mild cramps on Monday and Tuesday. Nothing painful, just very mild. Then, Friday morning at 2 am I noticed a little more discomfort and decided to time them: they were 10 minutes apart. This continued until 11 that morning at which time I told Brian I might be going into labor soon. At noon, they fizzled to around 2-3 per hour. I noticed later they were stronger and closer together. We started timing them at 9 pm and they were 10 minutes apart again and were lasting 30-60 seconds. I didn’t get excited because this had already happened earlier. I was praying that he would arrive within the next week. Contractions continued at the same rate, increasing in intensity every now and then through Saturday. I was, miraculously, able to sleep between the contractions. Yes, you CAN take 9 minute naps! I still felt pretty rested by Saturday mid-morning. I would rotate: walking our neighborhood, getting in the tub, laying on the bed, laying on the ground, resting on my hands and knees. I had back labor at the same time. Troy was laying sunny side up (or his spine against my spine and the back of his head against my spine). The tub gave me the most relief. At 6 pm on Saturday, Brian and I went walking again (2 miles) and I noticed the contractions were getting closer together, about 5 minutes apart and lasting 60 to 90 seconds. I wanted to get the 2 miles in to open the pelvis more for baby Troy. I knew the time was coming soon! We got home, watched the Auburn game and ate. I got in the tub to work through more contractions. Brian was packing the car at the time. I saw that the contractions were 2-3 minutes apart and lasting 60-90 seconds (if you didn’t notice, that gave me a resting time of a minute to a minute and a half). I started getting a little nervous because I did NOT want to have this baby at home. We left for the hospital around 10:20 and I was in the labor and delivery room at 11 pm. I definitely began having doubts around 12:30 because the back labor was intense. Brian was working his tail off rubbing my back, helping me get up and down on my hands knees and leaning on him while on the exercise ball. He talked to me about my favorite things (the beach, swimming, running in the sun, wine country) and it helped SO much! He kept telling me how to relax and know that Troy was on his way! At 1:15, my water broke. Labor was intense but by 2:15, our nurse, Tracy, said, “push once”, I did and she stated, “girl, you know how to push, this baby is coming”. She yelled for a nurse to call Dr. Smith. Honestly, I thought she was blowing smoke because it usually takes first time mom’s a while to birth a baby, right? Wrong! I pushed through 4 contractions, or 15 minutes, and he was born! It happened so fast! I was elated and so was Brian. Our son was born pink, calm and ready to nurse! We thanked everyone for helping us through it all. Troy nursed within a few minutes for a whole hour! I felt absolutely wonderful after he was born. Within minutes I said, “Oh my goodness, my back feels so wonderful!” I praised the Lord!
I felt great and was able to walk around. The nurses insisted I hold him and ride in a wheelchair to the room. Recovery has been great and I've been able to go walking the last 2 days without any problems.
I will not judge anyone choosing not to go this route; however, it isn't easy and an epidural sure sounded nice at the end. This is a personal preference and was good for me. I would definitely do it again, and plan to!
That’s our story.
Here's a photo of Troy right after birth. No, he's not crying. Crazy, huh?
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. ~ John 16:21 from NIV
Posted by Elyse at 8:08 AM
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Posted by Elyse at 10:39 PM
Monday, September 14, 2009
Troy made his debut Sunday, September 13th at 2:27 a.m. He came in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 22 inches long. God is so good and our hearts are so full!!! He has strawberry blonde hair, eyelashes and eyebrows. Here are a few photos of him. Everyone is doing wonderful and we got some sleep last night. I had to let him sleep with me for a little while - don't judge until you have a newborn! He's so darn sweet! I'll, of course, post more photos later.
Posted by Elyse at 7:28 AM
Friday, September 11, 2009
The dishwasher is fixed! No more handwashing. We are spoiled to say the least (hey, at least a maid doesn't usually do it!).
And for those of you wondering, nope, no baby yet :o) I'll keep updating, though. My doctor's appointment this week yielded a healthy baby still very comfy in his surroundings with enough fluid and stuff to keep him going. Yeah, I'm okay, too - other than this extra weight being carried by my back!
We'll be pulling hard for our Tigers tomorrow - Miss. State may be a hard team to beat (or so SI says). I'm pulling for the SI curse on them. War Eagle! I love Auburn in the Fall! Too bad my pregnant self can't enjoy it as much as before. Here's to next year! Oh, and I can hardly wait to dress my child up in Auburn garb!
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Posted by Elyse at 10:33 AM
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Posted by Elyse at 9:23 PM
Friday, September 4, 2009
For those of you who have been wondering, we're still hanging out. All is well on the Corbitt Corner and we're patiently waiting for God to choose this little one's Birthday. Of course we're still very excited!
Since one of the purposes of this blog is to document the pregnancy, Troy's arrival and as a sort of a keepsake for him (at least through his first year), I thought I'd update about the most recent status. He's due tomorrow, September 5th which is also the first Auburn game of this season. Tomorrow's game won't be attended by us and will be the first one in several years we've missed. I'm not sad about it, though because we'll be able to watch from home and avoid the sweating.
As far as us being ready for him, we have finished everything we think we can for now. So, of course, I sit here, still working and thinking of what I could do next? Like, for example, I'd like to have fresh pine straw put out in our yard because it's time, right? I wasn't sure if I had told Brian about this thought of mine - did I tell him or did I dream that I told him? Those of you pregnant know that you dream a LOT and think you say things to others that you haven't. Anyway, a man knocked on our door this morning and asked if he could put pine straw in our yard. He apparently was driving around the neighborhood and realized our yard "needed it". Brian politely told him no, came to tell me what happened and I was like, "wait, tell him we want him to!". So, voila! We've got new pine straw in the beds. Hallelujah!
Oddly enough, our (5 year old) dishwasher is not working. As in, no light comes on (yes, we've checked the breaker only about a dozen times). How does that happen? It shouldn't have happened and it's not going to get checked out until Tuesday. Brian tried to use the pregnancy card but apparently everyone in Lee County has a problem with their dishwasher? We've resolved to hand wash our dishes - yes, we'll survive. Reminds me of the good 'old college days. We have found that sharing a plate or a bowl definitely cuts down on the washing!
Lastly, I have to post this and I have obtained permission from his mother (although it was months ago). Troy has a cousin, H, who is so very excited about his arrival. I'm not trying to downplay anyone else being excited because there are plenty out there (all of whom we're very grateful). We celebrated a few days after New Year's this year with H and his family in Orange Beach. He's a young boy with a lot of energy. We actually came across these beautiful organisms (or Portuguese Man of War) which we thought were jellyfish. If you haven't seen them, they're beautiful and you'd want to touch them. Well, I touched one, just a little bit. They were washed up on the beach and I'm sure were also in the water. H and his dad actually got in the water - in January! Thank goodness they didn't touch one. Anyway, they're highly dangerous and have caused deaths in people. Of course, when we get back to the condo, we look these things up and find out all about them. I was nervous just a bit since I had touched one but all is well with me. Fast forward a few months to when we announced the pregnancy. Sweet H was talking to his mother and wanted to know a few details and one of his questions included whether the Portuguese Man of War caused the pregnancy! I love it! From the mouths of children, right? H also knows that Troy's due date is tomorrow. His family usually goes to the condo for Labor Day and H didn't want to go because of the due date being tomorrow. While I still want God to choose his Birthday, it would be nice if he came this weekend, if anything, just for H's sake!
Hope everyone has a great weekend. WAR EAGLE!!!
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Posted by Elyse at 11:24 AM
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
We made it to September! No baby yet but now we now know that Troy will make the cut-off for starting school so we won't have to decide when he'll start school (in another 5 years). Does anyone else think of that? When I found out I was pregnant and the due date was September 5th, that thought crossed my mind. What will we do? Who will decide? Will we think he's the smartest kid ever and want him to start early? Well, now we don't have to decide. Both mine and Brian's Birthdays are after the Sept. 1 cut off (what did the cut off used to be) so we were young for our grades. T-man will be old for his class, we think!
On another note, I've resolved myself to the fact that he really likes his surroundings and does not seem to be in a hurry to come into this world. He just keeps growing!
Brian says my random thoughts about these types of things makes me special. My mom has always said I was special. I am not sure what their true definition of "special" is.
I also like September because it's my birth-month. I'm excited about sharing my Birthday with my son. I am going to have to teach him to share because I don't plan on giving up my Birthday for his. I am his mama! And, what a beautiful birthstone we get along with this month. Yay!
Lastly, I might be crazy but I'm signing up for a race next year - in Big Sur. Check it out. I figure I might as well sign up now versus waiting until the race closes and getting disappointed. This place is gorgeous!!! I mean, look at the photos of the scenery and the runners - you can't help but get excited about it all. At least it'll give me motivation to get back into running shape. I absolutely love visiting California. I can just picture myself crossing that finish line jumping up and down - it's gorgeous on Highway One! Of course, my running buddies know that my hopes are high that I will be able to leave our little one behind for a few days to take this trip. I'll provide an update on the same next year. Whew!
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Posted by Elyse at 8:56 AM