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Preggo Meme

Update on Melody and the like over at  her blog <—-

I’ve been tagged by my sister!

1. How did you find out you were pregnant?

At first I thought I was really bloated… because I was! My stomach was sore and I felt icky and really wasn’t eating due to that. I even got tea that relieves the stomach but it wasn’t helping.  I took a pregnancy test on October 1st, 2007 and I found out I was pregnant.

2. How did you tell your partner (if you have/had one)?

I took the test that morning and he had just left for work. I called him on our direct connect phones and let him know it was positive.  Tons of thoughts were going through our heads wondering if we could properly support this baby…. and in the end, God saw us through.

3. Did you secretly hope for a girl or a boy? I was happy with either but was hoping for a little girl! I have 4 sisters and I miss them all. Melody fills that gap in her own  way and plus I have more experience with girls.

4. Did you feel ready to have a child?

At the time? It was growing on me 🙂

5. What bit of advice did you get that you hated?

Someone said  something about letting your kid cry for hours on end.  I believe it’s important to have lots of bonding between parents and their children.  If baby is crying she needs something to as do all of us.

6. What bit of advice did you get that you appreciated?

To let kids be kids 🙂 No use in letting them grow up too fast. Also, to make decisions with your spouse together about raising our child. Things will run a lot smoother 🙂

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Not the best of news…

No mother ever wants to receive news that their is something wrong with their child, trust me. I got the results back from Melody’s newborn screening and it seems that she tested positive for congenital hypothyroidism and what that is exactly is something that cause your child to grow at a slower pace….. retarded growth and brain development problems. I was reassured that it could be helped with medication… so they are doing more test on her today to really make sure that she has it and they are going to be starting her on this pill that I am going to have to figure out how to crush up and administer it to her… easier for people that formula feed trust me. So, if Melody does have this problem, she will probably have to get a specialist from Emmanuel Children’s Hospital and possibly be taken to get blood drawn all the time so she can be closely monitored.

Please pray for Melody, Justin, and I as we are going through all this. I’ll keep you informed on the situation…

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An Update

Mommy, Daddy, and baby Melody are all doing great over here. I had no time for update before but I figure I’ve got time for one now.

I just laid Melody down to sleep after I just fed her and gave her a bath. It’s her first real bath since her cord came off earlier this morning.  She’s so adorable and a great little baby… we just have to figure out the night schedule still… she’s been wanting to sleep in the bed with us instead of her own… we’ll see how that goes.

Labor and delivery…how did that go? It went well. I went in Tuesday the 27th to be induced and had natural birth in mind but shortly after my water got broken… about 3-4 hours later my contractions were hurting me so badly that I went ahead and got an epidural done. I felt so much better afterwards… well other than the drive heaving of nausea it caused me. I did have to have second dose of the epidural because I started having alot of pain in left side of my body.  I had the baby around 4:00pm since I dilated pretty quickly. I went from 4 cm around 1pm to 9-10cm at 4pm. I only had to push for no longer than ten minutes. My RN started my pushing and the Doctor arrived short after to deliver my baby 🙂 What an experience it all was. Melody had three visitors in the hospital … Grandma Becky, Auntie Megan , and our life group leader and friend Jake and of course there were calls from family in Georgia too.

How are we doing on sleep? We are doing okay… no major loss and I feel great… my stitches aren’t bothering me anymore and as for the bleeding, it’s been pretty light now.  The breastfeeding took some getting used to as I wasn’t having her properly latch right off so I got bruised pretty badly and was quite sore to begin with.

She weighed 6lbs 9ounces at the pediatrician visit so we are hoping she weighs a lot more at her two week visit but other than that, she’s a very healthy little girl 🙂

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