Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Easton's One Week Photos

The babe and I had a photo shoot when he was a week old, it was quite the project! I've always been interested in photography, but it's harder than it looks! Since I don't know any photographers down here, I decided to take them on my own, and then edit them. Well my editing program isn't the best, so I emailed them back home to my friend, and she fixed them up great for me!

He sure was a wiggly bug for the pictures, but these are some of my favorites and I think they are adorable...especially for not knowing what I was doing!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Our busiest/best week ever! (moving, school, and a baby story!)

Wow! I feel like I haven't been on the blog forever, I usually check it everyday, you know, to catch up on all your happenings in your lives, and I've tried to make a goal to post more often...but when you don't have internet in your new house, it causes problems. I just read through all the blog updates I've missed, and I was two weeks behind! Tragic!! Anyway, just thought I'd update all of you on what has been going on with us...there has been a LOT! I'll start at the beginning. (warning, long post!)

Thursday June 30:
This was Ryan's last day of work at Cache Valley Specialty Hospital. They have been so good to him for the last 5 years. He went golfing that morning with two of the therapists, and his friend from work who was leaving to come to school here as well. Then he worked a half day, and then we got the U-haul and started loading up. Our plan was to pick up the U-haul, and have it all packed and ready to go then be on the road by 5:00. Wrong. It took a little over an hour just to pick it up, of course loading always takes longer than expected, and then we had a couple mechanical problems with the cab part of the truck. So we didn't end up leaving Logan until about 8:00...ugh. We met my parents in North Ogden, I hoped in their car and left Ryan and his dad to drive the U-haul, and we were off. We got to Beaver, and noticed that a chunk of tire tread was missing, so Norm (Ryan's dad) stayed in a hotel for the night waiting for the U-haul repairman to come fix it. Ryan got in the car with my parents and I, and we were off to Vegas. We finally pulled up to the hotel at 6:00 am.

Friday July 1:
We checked into the hotel, took a 2 hour nap, and then went to the title company to sign the closing documents for the house. Our meeting was first thing in the morning, so we had to drive all night to get there! After signing our lives away (YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!) We went back to the hotel to get some more sleep and wait for Norm with the truck. He got to Vegas around 3:00 that afternoon, and we (the guys) started unloading.
My mom and I ran lots of errands to Lowes and Wal-Mart during the unloading. We even had a little adventure of our own in Wal-Mart, my mom locked the keys in the car, while it was running! Ha, we had to call a locksmith to come and save us, it was hilarious! My feet were not having it with all the running around in stores and of course this day was the hottest day of the year so far...113! I was quite swollen and had to take lots of breaks to soak my little piggies in an ice bath!

Saturday July 2:
unpacked all day, mixed with more ice baths for my feet!

Sunday July 3:
My parents left to go back home, Ryan and I again, unpacked all day. We forgot to look up our church meetinghouse location before we left, so we weren't able to go to church this day :(

Monday July 4:
Weirdest holiday ever. I don't think one second of the day felt like the 4th of July. We were in the house all day getting more and more unpacked and set up. That night, we went to Target to get some stuff for the baby, also went to the outlets looking for the Nike store, and got Ryan a new backpack and stuff for school.

Tuesday July 5:
RYAN STARTS SCHOOL! The whole reason we came here! Yay!!!
He looked so handsome! They had orientation with the whole school on this day, and then later that evening he came home and picked me up, and we went back to have an ice cream social with everyone as a welcome to school thing. After the ice cream social, we recruited his friend Steve and his brother in law to come back to Target with us to pick up the crib and changing table with their truck. This day, I was officially 37 weeks.

Wednesday July 6:
Ryan's second day of school. Orientation round 2. This day it was just orientation for the Physical Therapy students and their new 2014 class. That day I went to the hospital to get pre-registered, and then went to my first doctor's appointment. I was so excited to meet my doctor finally! He first met with me in his office to see what kinds of questions I had, then we went into the exam room to be checked and have an ultrasound. In the ultrasound, Easton was measuring ahead of what my weeks were. His head was measuring at 41.5 weeks, and little legs were measured at 38.5 weeks! This worried me a little, and then the doctor checked to see how I was progressing. I thought for sure with all the commotion of moving and unpacking I'd be dilated more than the previous week. Wrong. I was only 1 cm and 60% effaced for the 3rd week in a row! The doctor thought we better strip my membranes to give my body a kick start so I could be moving along as much as the baby was. He said if it worked, I would probably go into labor that night, or the next day! WOW!!! That night, we thought we'd better get his room set up since there was a chance for baby to come sooner! So the crib and changing table got put together :)

Thursday July 7:
Ryan's first day of actual school. I stayed home, and tried to take it a little easy, not wanting to put myself into labor quite yet. Got more stuff unpacked....as the day progressed, I thought for sure the baby wasn't coming. I wasn't feeling any increase in contractions, and didn't have a 'feeling' or anything. That night, we watched the Giants game, and some popcorn and then when the game was over early, we decided to just go to bed. Ryan asked me "do you think you'll have the baby tonight?" and I told him very sure of myself "no way, I think he'll just come around his due date still."

Friday July 8:
Good thing we went to bed early! At 3:35 I woke up to my water breaking. I was so confused, I'd been up only an hour earlier to pee, and now it wasn't stopping. Every time I'd stand up straight another gush would come. It was the weirdest feeling, and I was still so confused because I wasn't having any contractions still! I woke up Ryan, told him to call the hospital and ask if I should come up or wait for contractions. They of course said, "get here now!" So at 4:30 we left to the hospital. I got all checked into the triage unit. Got hooked up to all the monitors and was dilated to 4 cm. Then they moved us into labor and delivery. We called my mom at about 6:00, and she immediately booked a flight down that morning. At 6:15 I got my epidural. I had only felt about 2 easy contractions at that point. After the epidural, the rest of the morning was a breeze.
Besides being starving, I was feeling great. Ryan and I watched the Price is Right and the news. He went and got breakfast, and then later got a yummy looking early lunch. I was so jealous as I sat there with my ice chips. By 10:00 I was still only dilated to 4 cm, so they started pitocin. This helped move things along a lot quicker! My mom got there at about 12:30, and I was dilated to 6 cm. They turned up the pitocin again, and I had to go on oxygen at this point to get more air into little Easton. His heart rate was dropping during each contraction (we later found out, when he came out, that the cord was around his neck, and would tighten during each contraction) By 2:00, I was finally dilated to 10 cm and ready to start pushing. It's amazing how pushing is seriously the ONLY thing that feels good at this point! They had me just breathe through a couple contractions, and it was so much more painful then just pushing. Ryan was so sweet and supportive the whole time, he was counting out my pushes for me, and held my hand the whole time. I didn't have to push for long, because at 3:03, Easton was born! It was such an amazing experience and I woudn't change it for anything! He was perfect, and screaming and I was so happy! Ryan cut the cord and then the took him over to get cleaned up. Ryan and my mom went with the baby to watch him get cleaned, and measured. He was 7 pounds 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long.
The nurse had Ryan put on the first diaper, and then he brought him over to me to hold for the first time.

It was such a rush of emotions! Its amazing all the love that you feel for this tiny person who you've never met! That night, Ryan stayed in the hospital with me, we had to change rooms in the middle of the night because the plumbing in our bathroom was backed up. Easton was able to stay with us all night in the room.

Saturday July 9:
All day this day, we just played with him, passed him around between me, my mom and Ryan. He was perfect!
That night, he had to stay in the nursery under the bililights. His blood work showed he had a slightly high bilirubin count. This was the hardest thing for me. Taking him into the nursery and seeing that little mask on his face.
I started bawling! I didn't want to leave my little baby there all night long! We went to go get him every 3 hours through the night for feedings, but had to have him back in exactly 30 minutes. It was so hard. But it was good to get some good sleep that night.

Sunday July 10:
He got to come out from under the bililights at 9:30 am. But we still had to wait to have his blood tested again at 5:00 pm. So another day spent in the hospital!
I was starting to go stir crazy and just wanted to get home by this point. Finally he had his blood test done, and about and hour later, the doctor came back and said he had passed and he was ok to go home!
YAY! I was so happy to finally get to take my sweet baby home.
That night, my mom made us a yummy dinner (so much better than hospital food!!!) and we all went to bed.

Monday July 11:
My Dad and sister Jeanette drove down to meet the baby, and to help Ryan with some home projects (more and those to come later)

My family stayed here with us until Thursday morning, and since then we've been on our own and done great!

At Easton's first doctor appointment Tuesday, he weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long. And then he went back again on Thursday for his circumcision (so sad!) and had gained another ounce! So he is growing already so much, and is so happy!

Right now, we are feeding him both formula and breast milk. He is sleeping so well. Sometimes too well maybe? I set my alarm to get up for his feedings, but there have been two days now that I fall back asleep before I get up to feed him....other moms, is this ok? He just sleeps through it and doesn't seem starved at all, even at his next feeding. For instance, last night, I fed him 2 ounces at 11:00, then slept through his 2:00 am feeding, and at 5:00 he only ate 1 ounce. Is this normal??

Anyway, we are so happy! And even though we moved, started school, and had a baby all in a week, we couldn't be happier! Thanks for all of your love and support, I'll try to stay more updated on the blog since we are far away now!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

welcome baby!

Easton Ryan Doyle was born on Friday July 8 2011 at 3:03 PM.
He is so perfect! Weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long.
We are in the hospital still now, hoping to go home tonight...more details to come later :)