Friday, December 14, 2012

Catch you later!

I'm moving! For now you can find me at

you know you want to. : )

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sawyer's Birth Story: Part 1

On Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:13AM...Sawyer Anderson Ellis arrived into the world.

My Monday morning started at about 6AM and quickly turned into one of the most wonderful days of my life. At six, I woke up feeling slightly crampy. You know the cramps I'm talking about. The ones where you wake up and think, ah, man. I'm totally getting my period today. Yeah, those. Only, I was 37 weeks pregnant. So getting my period wasn't on the agenda. I thought it was weird, but tried to drink some water and rest to see if things would improve.

After about 10 minutes resting, I decided warm water might help. I was very uncomfortable and got into a hot bath. I had also started bleeding just the tiniest bit. I placed a call to my OB and was referred to the on call physician who was supposed to get right back with me. I also called Mark at work and put him on standby. : )

As I lay in the water, I figured I better call work and let them know what was going on, and that I might be in later. My friend Sarah advised me to take the day off and I said I would get back with her. The on call doctor got back with me, asked a few questions and we hung up. After that, I called Mark back to let him know that I wanted him to come home, that I was hurting and that the on call doctor had advised me to come on in to at least get checked. AS I waited for Mark to get home, I started throwing things in our bags. They were mostly packed, but I had to throw a few last minute items in. The problem was, I kept having this pain every 3 or 4 minutes. At no point did I ever actually consider that I might actually be in labor. Weird, I know.

When Mark got home around 8AM, he found me swinging my hips at the arm of the couch. He was able to finish packing, install the car seat on the fly and feed the dogs. Off to Parkwest we traveled. The car ride was hellish. I broke the elbow rest during a contraction and when we got close to Dutchtown Road I decided that I wanted to push. After exclaiming this to Mark, (and him advising me not to) he floored it and I was trying my best not to push. We valet parked. This literally cracks me up just thinking back to it. We pulled in right as I was having another contraction and the poor kid that opened my car door looked mortified. He asked if we were looking for the emergency room and I told him NO. I'm going to Labor and Delivery, dude. He asked me then if I wanted a wheelchair and I nodded yes. So, I guess when you look like you're about to have a baby, people get out of the way. We got an elevator to ourselves and luckily, sailed into L&D. This was about 9:30AM.

I heard a woman behind the curtain as I was literally flinging my clothes in all directions say that I looked like I was in pain...a moment later another woman, Debbie, I think, appeared and said we were about to get real personal. She checked me and said "Honey, we are having a baby. You're at 9.5 CM." I remember thinking, Well, alright then. At least I know there's a reason for all this pain! They wheeled me into a room and started trying to get things set up. The contractions were rolling over me at this point and Mark was my freaking hero. He was feeding me ice chips and reminding me to breathe. Holding my hand, holding my leg. Letting me lean on him. The man did no wrong. An angel, I tell you. Well, I still wanted to push, but my water had still not broken. My bag was bulging but no break. (OK, this is going to get graphic, but it's for my memory, and I'm not leaving anything that I can remember out, so you have been warned. ) So, my nurse Chenoa..who by the way was the other angel in this story, told me to go on and push at the next contraction, that she was going to break my water for me. What happened next I will never, ever forget. She broke my water alright. It went EVERYWHERE. It hit the wall behind her, sprayed her face, got in her hair, went all over the floor and my brand new socks. Ha. I was mortified. She also said to tell the baby nurse that there was meconium (baby poop) in my bag. I freaked (because it can get in baby's lungs when that happens), but she totally calmed me down.

After the amniotic fluid bath, my doctor casually walks in and here I am in the throws of delivery... spread eagle, sweating, hair fuzzies a mile tall and huffing and puffing. He was so casual. He got some kind of protective gear on and sat down and waited. He offered me encouragement when I needed it and was doing a few things down there that I couldn't really see. Anyway, soon after that, he said 2 more good pushes.. maybe one and he will be out. I remember dude, it's gonna be one. I pushed with all I had and Sawyer literally shot out. The doctor caught him like a football and I leaned back sighing, "Sawyer."

We reveled at this thing that we had created for quite sometime, and then decided it was time to start letting people know about our surprise arrival.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

35 Weeks

I can't believe a month has actually gone by since I posted! Like, a whole four weeks. Time flies when you're having fun. I've been back to the doctor twice I think since my last post. Sawyer continues to do well! He is moving south. : ) At my last appointment, his but was lodged under my right rib, his feet were kicked out under my left rib and he was head down. Oh sweet boy, just make yourself comfortable! I won't lie. Having his butt under my ribs is not something that feels good at all. Neither do the midnight dance parties, but I will tell ya... it makes me feel so happy to feel him squirming around in there. : )

Recent developments. The heartburn is back. With vengeance! Everything gives me heartburn now. Even water. I cannot roll over in bed without Mark pushing me or it taking a VERY LONG TIME. It also hurts to roll over. There's something called lightening crotch. Have you heard of it? Yes. That's where we are now. Imagine someone put on a pair of steel toed boots and then kicked you in your pubic bone. Now imagine they did it again, one more time, just for good measure. That's about right. It's usually the worst during that rolling over in bed bit that I mentioned above.

This week we start weekly doctors appointments. I cant believe it's 4 weeks till our due date. I am beginning to wonder when he will make his appearance. We still have a few things to complete, like installing our car seat base and going to our preregistration appointment, but other than that, he can come whenever he likes AFTER December 10th. I want him pretty well done and those lungs working WELL. : )

I have a picture to add... my it seems I have used ALL of my storage for blogger through google. So for now, I will just link ya. : )   35 Weeks


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Celebrating Sawyer

This past Saturday, some of my lovelies threw a shower to celebrate sweet Sawyer. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful group of people in my life who love me. Here are some pictures...

Mark and I got everything that Sawyer needs and more. The girls from work are also throwing me a shower with some of the kids moms! That one is tomorrow, and we will have so many blessings to shower Sawyer with. We feel so blessed and lucky to have these people in our lives and in Sawyers.

31 weeks

Hold on while I blow the dust off of my blog.... There. That's better. : ) Yesterday we hit 31 weeks. Time seems to be flying by. Sawyer is very much the acrobat these days. Hit feet stay in my ribs and he enjoys punching me in the hips. He is also showing a bit more of his personality. If he kicks me, and I poke back he turns and kicks or jabs in the other side. He already seems to have his daddy's winning sense of humor. In other news, I finally threw up. HOLD THE PRESSES, yes, I finally got sick. Though, I can't call it morning sickness. It happened in the middle of the night last week after I had a bowl of very buttery popcorn before I went to bed. It was not pleasant, but all three dogs kept me company on the bathroom floor for a while. That same night I had horrible heartburn (I ended up sleeping straight up) and some vicious leg cramps. The girls at work were so sweet and let me come in a few hours late so I could catch up on my rest. It was very much appreciated. Mark rubbed my back and legs as I sobbed into my pillow, I just want to sleep! Sleeping has become quite difficult. I toss and turn and pee all night. My pelvis and crotch ache. (Sorry, is that TMI?) Crossing my legs is laughable...because it HURTS!

All complaining aside, I will take it. Baby boy seems very active and healthy and we are so close to meeting him! I can't wait to see what he looks like. I had another dream about seeing him, and feeling his weight on my chest. It was lovely, and of course I woke up crying. Oh, the hormones!

We also had our baby shower last weekend (which I will make a separate post about) and the nursery is filling up. I'm really excited about how it's coming together!

Here we are at 31 weeks....

Except for that weird place on the left side where my leggings are bunches up, I'm not looking too bad, all things considered. : ) 9 weeks left. Can you believe it?

Monday, October 1, 2012

28 weeks

OK, no. I didn't post a 26 week picture or update. Bad mama. I'm blaming the start of football season, work, trying to finish up things that need to be done around the house and heartburn. Holy, mother of heartburn. Like I sad this week in a facebook status, "Heartburn like lava. This baby better have a Mohawk!" : ) Technically the picture is 26 weeks and 7 days, but we are rolling with it.

Things are going well and I go this Friday for my glucose test. Pregnancy related, I am starting to feel the toll that pregnancy takes on your body. I am having some back pain, lots of heartburn (obviously), and I feel tired again like I did at the beginning, just not quite as bad. Eating is crazy. I feel like I am running out of room. Eating smaller meals helps, but then I don't get full enough and want to eat again later. Ah, well.

I made a few cute purchases this month that I can wait to preview in my nursery post... I have decided to make one monstrous post about all that later. The shower is coming up in like, 3 weeks or less! I am really getting excited! It's going to be really cute and I am so happy to have people in my life that want to shower baby Sawyer!

Things I am missing: Sleep. I am and always have been such a belly sleeper. Sleeping sucks at the moment. Rolling around all night long trying to get comfortable, limbs going numb, peeing every so often and then the heartburn. Have I mentioned the heartburn??? I'm also missing my abs. I never really thought I had much to begin with, but now I am thinking I might have been mistaken. It's hard to get out of bed..the the couch. Mark gets a good laugh out of helping me. : )

Wowza.. A month makes quite the difference, no? I have grown. : )
Looking more and more forward each week. Now that we are on the downhill side, I realize just 12 weeks until my due date. CRAZY. EXCITING. SCARY. UNIMAGINABLE!

Monday, September 10, 2012

24 Weeks

24 Weeks! Definitely a little vol in there! : )

At my last appointment, Sawyer was doing great, and I got a good report as well! Everything is on track. Weight gain to date for me is 14lbs. Not too shabby, I don't guess. Next month we do our glucose test (which I am not looking forward to) and after that we start seeing the doctor twice a month! Time is flying by and it's completely crazy. I got some more work done on Sawyer's room last weekend. The crib has sheets and a bumper, things we've been collecting have been washed and put away. Next I need to hang some shelves and get the rest of the pieces assembled before our baby shower on October 27th! Crazy, crazy!

I am really feeling the kicks more and more these days. They don't only come at night anymore. They happen all day long and sometimes they wake me up early in the morning. My skin is finally starting to clear up a little but I am having more heartburn. My doctor upped the heartburn meds last Friday, so hopefully that will help some! I've started thinking more and more about what Sawyer will look like, what his personality will be like and most of all, what kind of little person he will be! Very exciting things to come, and I feel blessed beyond measure. Mark and I have found new appreciation for one another as well. Our love continues to grow and strengthen in ways I never thought possible or could have imagined. He has truly been amazing. He also caught some new "Heather's Crying Again" footage, this time at the UT game! National anthems always get me. : ) That's all for now, I think. Love and blessings to everyone!
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