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First Birthday

Posted in petunia with tags , , on June 9, 2008 by erin

What a weekend.  Petunia had three days of birthday.  Friday, on her actual birthday she had a birthday pancake complete with a candle and opened a few gifts.  Then mom and dad went out to breakfast at this super cool spot called Snooze and Petunia stayed home with gma and gpa.  Mom got a gift too, this amazing camera fron Nikon.  I LOVE IT!  I so need to take advantage of the free photography classes and learn all about the camera and photo taking in general.  It was so nice to use for the big day-amazing photos! 

We spent the rest of the day Friday preparing for the big Saturday BBQ, thank goodness for my parents always willing to pitch in and help out with anything

Saturday dawned a beautiful day.  We had tons of friends and family for the BBQ including two sets of grandparents, one set of great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, a hand full of mommy and daddy’s friends and a smattering of kids.  It was a perfect day and Petunia enjoyed her birthday cupcake-mostly the frosting.

Sunday we had a small brunch with family and opened gifts,  she really made out pretty well.  Of course I am partial to the gifts we gave her and am pleased to see she loves them.  We bought her this from Radio Flyer, thinking it might help her walk and sure enough she caught right on and away she went.  Then I fell in love with this little lady bug and couldn’t resist adding it to her growing pile of presents.  Not sure she is quite ready for it yet, but she’ll get there.  She loved the antennas right away.

I’m thankful so many made the trip here to celebrate with us especially with gas prices these days.

Today, Petunia had her 12 month check up and the Dr. said she looked excellent.  Nothing better than hearing that.  She weighed in at 21 pounds and 31 inches tall. She got 4 shots but took them like a champ, oh, there were tears, but she got over them quickly and was soon ready play.

After the Dr. check up we checked out a condo at one of Matt’s projects. 

I think we will be moving…

Petunia Arrives

Posted in petunia with tags , , on June 6, 2008 by erin

Today is Petunia first birthday! So in honor of her I thought I would share the story of how she came into this world.

My due date was June 6th. I had my weekly Dr. check up on June 5th and things weren’t looking promising. Nothing was wrong it just seemed labor was not imminent. The Dr. decided to schedule me for an induction in a week, which totally freaked me out. I really wanted this kid to come on her own time not the Dr.’s. But I hesitantly agreed to the induction.

That afternoon I ran a few errands preparing for dinner guests. I had been having Braxton Hicks contractions for a month or more, you know the ones that prepare you for the real deal and today wasn’t any different.  Except this afternoon I noticed they were getting a little stronger and more frequent. They didn’t stop me from preparing dinner and entertaining friends that evening. In fact, I basically forgot about them (my contractions, not the guests). Our guests left around 9 and Matt and I dug into the pile of dishes we created and then set off to bed.

I woke around midnight with much more painful contractions. I decided at that time I should maybe start timing these things since they seemed a lot more frequent. They started at around 10 minutes apart and by morning were 5 or so minutes apart. I decided I would get as much sleep as possible because if this were really the start of labor I knew I needed rest. Thank goodness I didn’t disturb Matt so he got a great night sleep. I needed him refreshed and ready to help me out.

By 6 am I was downstairs on my hands and knees every time a contraction came and by 7 Matt was helping me time them. We called the Dr. around 7:30. Of course my Dr. was not working that day so I chatted with some other chick (who was breathing very heavy, I really hope she was exercising and not having sex). I told her all my stats and she said I could head to the hospital. I decided to take a quick shower because who knows the next time I would be able to, but showering while in labor, not easy.

We headed to the hospital but sitting in the car seat with a seat belt on is not a way to labor. So painful and of course it seemed forever until we reached our destination. We parked and headed in, I remember talking to someone at the front desk and having several contractions while he looked up our info and thinking, “What the hell, dude, I’m in labor! Get me a room, pronto!” We then followed a volunteer who was 90 through the hospital to the maternity wing. 9 months pregnant and in labor I could have walked laps around this woman. E.T.E.R.N.I.T.Y. That’s how long it took to get to our room.

We finally settled into our room around 9 am and I was checked to see how many centimeters I was dilated. 4 was the magic number at that time so yea, I could stay! The nurse gave me one of those fancy gowns to change into and hooked me up to machines to make sure everything was going smoothly.

I had a birth plan and a request for a doula. The doula was called and on her way and the nurse let me off the machines so I could walk around. I remember using a labor ball and lots of back rubbing from Matt until the doula came and turned our room into a sanctuary. She put lavender oil on my pillows and turned down the lights and told me how things were going basically interpreting everything the nurse told me. We walked the halls and spent time in the bath and several hours later I was wearing out. I wanted the epidural but at the same time knew I could keep going.

At one pm, the doula suggested I ask the nurse to check and see how far I was dilated, so she did and I was only at 6. Ugg, after 4 hours I really had hoped for more! As the nurse was checking me my bag of waters broke and it was a disgusting greenish color. Now they were fearful for Petunia’s health. After that things happened at a rapid pace. My contracts were killing me and I was demanding the epidural. When that was finally in, they also inserted a tube up me to flush out the contaminated water and give P fresh water. Then my labor slowed to they hooked me to Patocin. Then I threw up, got major chills and could not stop shaking. One nurses said if a woman in labor throws up, they know a baby will be born. And all I could think was, “Well good, I wasn’t going through this for fun you know, I’m hoping to get a kid out of all this.”

The next several hours were pretty uneventful. I was SLOWLY dilating. SLOWLY. The good thing was I could get a little rest. It wasn’t until 10pm that I finally got to push. I was so pumped to be almost done! Then the nurse said I probably had an hour of pushing. The thought of pushing for an hour exhausted me but unfortunately I couldn’t just stop. And she was right; I pushed for about 50 minutes and threw up twice.

Finally, Petunia emerged at 11:10 PM! On her due date (barely)! What a good kid. I didn’t get to hold her right away. She had to be checked out first since her water was contaminated but she was perfect, just perfect all 6 pounds 14 ounces and 21 1/2 inches of her and soon she was in my arms.  What a perfect day.

Busy Bee

Posted in modo, petunia with tags , , , on June 2, 2008 by erin

Whew, this week is going to be a good one.  I love having plans and preparing for them and making lists and trips to stores.  This week my little baby turns one.  One year since I have set foot in my office, one year since Petunia made a grand entrance into this world and I added another title, mom.  The year has flown and now my little girl looks and acts exactly like that, a little girl, the baby-ness is slowly drifting away.  I see tiny newborn clothes in the store and my heart aches as I remember when she was tiny and sometimes I wish she could stay that small.  But alas, that’s not how the world works.  We grow older and so does my little girl.

I’m trying to keep a positive spin on everything these days since in reality everthing thing is going down the toilet.  Today, I signed a deed of trust to allow the bank to take my house if they so choose.  I don’t wish this on anyone.  But I sit here so thankful that today we still have our home, today I can wash my windows and prepare for the party, stock the pantry with food for our many guests and just simply enjoy my home.  Nothing like the thought of losing something to make one appreciate it, the good with the bad.

Today, I have my home but always, I will have my family.