Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Here we go again!

Sometime around October 11th, Brian and I decided to go ahead and begin to try to grow our family with our 2nd child. Less than a month later, on November 9th, I woke up and saw those anticipated blue lines! We were so shocked that it happened so quickly, when it took us almost a year to get pregnant with our Maverick.

Since Thanksgiving was just right around the corner, we decided that it would be neat to keep the secret from everyone until we were together with all of our family, then spill the beans. However, that did not last long! Thanksgiving was not "right around the corner" after all. We randomly decided to go tell our families one by one on November 13th. My sister, Mandi, was celebrating her birthday on November 14th, so I called and told her I had an early birthday present for her. ;) She, along with everyone else, was thrilled with our big announcement!

Around about 6 weeks (November 20th), the sickness began. However, I can tell it's a little different than my first pregnancy. With Maverick, I was constantly sick, no breaks. As soon as I would eat something, it came back up. This time, I stay pretty nauseous, but I do get times when I notice it has gone away. I can also pretty much eat and keep it down. I am praying this passes soon, and does not continue throughout the entire pregnancy again!

We got to go to our first appointment on November 28th, to confirm the pregnancy and get an estimated due date. I feel like I am showing a lot sooner this time around, and also had a late cycle in October, so I have been curious to see if I am a little further along. The nurse said my uterus "feels like a normal 7-8 weeks uterus!" But we will definitely confirm that with our upcoming ultrasound (December 10th).

We can't wait to see our newest little baby, and we know that Maverick is going to be an amazing big brother! Please be in prayer than God will form our baby according to His will, and keep him/her healthy while in my tummy.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Maverick Paul's Birth Story!

The night of March 16th, I received a text from Maverick's godfather, Adam. It simply said, "I don't know why but I can't shake the feeling that tonight is the night, kiddo. Praying for you." I told Brian what he said, and we both lay in bed talking about how we sure hoped he was right!

Around 11:00 p.m., I woke up to use the bathroom. I noticed a very uncomfortable tightening in my lower abdomen, much like Braxton Hicks. I shook it off, used the bathroom, and got back in bed. I laid there for a few minutes, unable to sleep bc of the pain. I decided to take a Tylenol PM and get some rest. Around 1 a.m., I was wide awake again, hurting bad. I knew the pain had woken me up, bc Tylenol PM usually knocks me on my butt for hours!!! I then decided to get out of bed and just walk a little. I had always heard that you can change positions to make BH contractions stop, but nothing will stop the real ones. They didn't stop after pacing the floors, but I laid back down anyway. I dozed on and off until about 3:30, when the pain was just too much to stay in bed. I got up and jumped in a hot shower, to see if they would subside. The whole time I was in there, I kept praying that the Lord would show me a sign so that I would know whether or not this was the real thing. My heart could not take another false alarm!

I stayed in the shower for about 35 minutes, then got out once I saw that the contractions were still coming. I then decided to try and time them, which they were about 5 minutes apart, but nothinig consistent. I woke Brian up, and he told me to call the doctor. Of course I was still hesitant, not wanting to be sent back home if it were not delivery time. I finally gave in and called around 5:00 a.m. I told them what I'd been experiencing all night. The on-call nurse told me to come on in and they would monitor me and check things out.

I was so nervous the whole ride to the hospital. Brian and I decided not to call anyone this time, until we knew that this was for sure happening! We got to the hospital and in the triage room around 6 a.m. I was only 1 1/2 cm dilated, and the contractions were not as steady. The nurse said she would be back in about an hour to see how I was doing. When the sweet nurse, Chris, came in about an hour later, I was still 1 1/2 cm. However, when she checked me, I had the "bloody show," which is an indicator of labor beginning. She also said my contractions were 3-5 min apart, so she wanted to talk to Dr. Virtue and see what he wanted to do.

Dr. V was heading into a c-section delivery, but told her he wanted to see me himself (good sign that I'd be staying!). I was excited, but didn't get my hopes up. Chris said that the drs rarely come in themselves unless they are admitting the patient, and she really felt that he would keep me and we would have a baby soon. This made me feel better, but still guarded. Finally, around 9:45, Dr. V made it in to see me. He checked me and I was 3 cm dilated!!! Praise God for progress! He said he would admit me then come around and break my water to try to get the contractions regulated. We immediately began calling our family and friends to tell them the good news...we would meet our precious boy in a matter of hours!

Dr. V broke my water around 11 a.m., and we started the pitocin shortly after. Let me tell you, I did NOT like the feeling of the water running all over the place! I felt like a helpless old lady who couldn't control my bladder! :( So, then we started the process of letting the pitocin do its job and seeing what happened! I could tell the contractions were closer, and they began to get really strong. I was trying so hard to hold out on getting the epidural, but around 1 p.m., I couldn't take it anymore! I let Chris know that I was ready! She kinda chuckled and said "Oh, are you?!" bc the whole morning I was telling her not to offer it to me, and I would let her know when I was ready! She was such a sweetheart.

I was 3-4 when she checked me at 2:25. I then got to meet Marilyn, my new nurse. Chris was actually the head nurse on the floor, so she wasn't supposed to actually have patients, but just make sure all the nurses were doing okay. However, we formed a bond that morning so she stayed with me most of the day, until Marilyn came. What a wonderful nurse she was as well! We were SO blessed with sweet ladies to take care of me and Maverick. Marilyn checked me around 4:45 and I was 5 1/2-6 cm! Well, it felt like only an hour had passed when I started feeling the strong urge to use the bathroom. I let Marilyn know, and she said "I've been waiting on you to tell me this!!!!" She rushed in the room to check me, and I was 9 cm! She said, "There is nothing in there for you to push out except a baby!!!" So she got into position to help me start pushing. Brian had been walking around outside for about 20 minutes before, so I had someone call him and tell him to GET IN HERE! :)

My mom, Brian's mom, Brian and Rosalind all gathered around as Marilyn talked me through the pushing. With each push, I was able to see his head and all the dark hair he had! I pushed for around an hour, when Dr. V came in. He said the baby's heartrate was dropping and we needed to use the suction cups to get him out. I was scared, but tried to stay focused. I pushed once more, and Dr. V said he would have to do an episiotomy :/ Again, I just focused on the fact that I needed to get him out. One more push and here came my sweet baby boy! I was absolutely amazed at the sight of him, and could not stop crying!

Maverick Paul Stiles was born on 3/17/11 at 7:43, weighing 7 lbs 9 oz, and measuring 19 3/4 inch long! What a wonderful experience to meet my baby boy for the first time. Brian was amazing in the delivery room, and was just in awe of his precious baby. We held each other and cried while they cleaned Mav up and began to sew me back up. Up until this point, my labor and delivery were a piece of cake! The sewing up process was quite uncomfortable, and I still hadn't got to hold my Maverick yet. When they finally brought him to me and placed him in my arms, I couldn't thank God enough for this beautiful miracle that he entrusted to us.

And everyone was right...I completely forgot about all of the pain and throwing up that my pregnancy brought! It was worth every minute of it!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Belly Update

Me and Maverick, 38 weeks!

No more work!

Yesterday morning I was feeling very nauseous and ended up throwing up 3 different times at work. I didn't eat or drink anything after that, except for 3 strawberries and 1/2 banana at lunch. I kept those down, thankfully. I was also having contractions all day, and when I timed them, they were 5-6 min apart! So I called the dr's office around 1:30 and they wanted to see me right away. I went in and my blood pressure was super high, 150/98! It usually stays around 120/80. So of course the dr was keeping an eye on that. He then checked my dilation and I was only 1 1/2 cm. Definitely improvement since last apt, but I was getting discouraged. I just knew that I was going to be more than that! They then hooked me up to the contraction monitor for about 45 min. The contractions were steady but irregular in strength. They took my bp again and it was still high. Dr. Wells came back in and ordered some lab work for me to go do this morning. He also said he wanted me out of work "until further notice." He said he looked for me to be back before my Thursday appointment, so we will see! Either way, I am getting excited because my due date is 11 days away! That means one way or another, we will have our baby boy in less than 2 weeks! I know this will sound reeeally weird, but I still sit back and think, "I can't believe I'm pregnant!" I'm going to be someone's Mommy in a matter of 2 weeks or less! It's such an overwhelming blessing and I can't wait to meet this special boy who has my heart already...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Big Boy!!!

I had my weekly check up this morning with Dr Laubscher. She's a hoot! I asked her if it was too early to strip my membranes and she said "No! I'm glad you asked!" SO she did and it hurt, but only for 5 seconds. I'm still only 1 cm dilated, but she was very happy that I started dilating on my own since it's my first baby. His head has also dropped more since last week. My blood pressure was a little elevated, and my feet were "puffy," but she said "that comes with the territory." :) She said she will see me back next week, but I am hoping she sees me (and Mav!) a lot sooner. Hopefully this will speed things up! I've been a little crampy all day, and contractions are coming too.

I also had to go to ROC this afternoon to get a last look at my baby boy on the inside before he joins us on the outside! He is gorgeous as always, with an estimated weight of 7 lbs, 3 oz already! He also has a head that's measuring as a 39 week 4 day pregnancy, and I am only 37 weeks, 4 days! The dr. said "You need to go into labor soon!" ummm no joke dude! Tell the little guy that...
He then shook my hand and told me that they didn't know what they were talking about by sending me to the ROC bc my little baby was perfectly healthy. I wanted to tell him that God was the one to thank for that, but he didn't get me much talking time! I am officially released from the ROC! Whoo hoo! Such a blessing and relief :)

Until next week, or sooner....

Saturday, March 5, 2011


My dr's appointment went very well! I am 1 cm dilated and my cervix is 1/2 way thinned out! Yay! I know, I know. I could be at 1 cm for weeks, but it's progress people! I go back Wednesday morning so my new goal is 2, maybe even 3 cm. I walked over a mile yesterday, and then walked again today and had a pedicure. We are trying to get this little boy moving! My contractions are getting stronger, which is a good sign. I am 37 weeks today, which is considered full term. Praise the Lord for this huge milestone in my pregnancy! God is so good and faithful and He has taken such good care of my little man. I can't wait to hear him cry for the first time, look into his eyes for the first time, and then see his proud daddy hold him for the first time. Our son...he is already so loved and I cannot wait to meet him and show him my love for the rest of my life...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The worst disappointment...

Okay so rewind to Sunday, almost a week ago. We cleaned and did some stuff around the house, and I actually decided to pack my hospital bag! haha finally. Saturday 2 of my good friends came over and helped finish the nursery, as far as organizing and putting stuff away, so I figured I could at least pack my bag and Maverick's diaper bag. Well, around 1:45 Monday morning I woke up with a sudden urge to use the bathroom. Nothing new, it happens several times every night. As I was waking up and trying to get out of bed, I realized I was soaking wet, and so was my bed. My first thought, I peed myself...oops. Well then I went to the bathroom, and peed for like 10 minutes, no lie. I also checked out the situation of my pjs. I then went and turned on the bedroom light and noticed the huge wet spot on the bed. However, it was clear and odorless, and definitely not urine. So then I thought, oh water broke. So I gently woke my husband and said, "hunny, there's no easy way to tell u this but I think my water just broke." I have never seen him sit up from a dead sleep more quickly! We talked for a second and determined that yes, it must have been my water. So I called the dr's office and left a message, and waited on a nurse to return my call.

Of course, she told us to come on in. So I took a shower, we called our family and close friends, and off we went. Freaking out the whole while. :) Well, long story short, they checked us in, examined me, determined that my water had NOT broken, and put me on the contraction monitor. I was having mild contractions about 10 min apart, but was not dilated at all. She said she wanted to monitor me for a bit, but I would probably end up going home. Talk about heartbreak... I was on the monitor for a couple of hours, and she rechecked to see once more that my water had no broken. She kept insinuating that I peed myself, but I swear it wasn't urine! haha!

SO then we had to go to the waiting room and tell our friends and family that it was a false alarm, but thanks for spending your night up here waiting on this news! :( I was devastated. We went home around 5 or so, and felt so empty as we boarded the elevator, empty handed. I thought I was the only one taking it hard, but Brian was pretty upset too. We had gotten so excited and nervous and our adrenaline was pumping at the thought of meeting our little boy that we have waited all this time for. It was very hard but I finally accepted that God has perfect timing and this was not the right time. Mav still needs to stay in his mommy and when he is ready he will come. So my next appointment is Friday morning...