Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bath Time!

Campbell just loves her baths. We decided to record her in the tub today to show everyone how much fun she has. Of course she screams when we take her out, but we left that part off. :)


Campbell's Nursery

I found a picture on Rate my Space while I was pregnant that showed a nursery with squares painted on one wall. I showed it to Z and he agreed to take on the project in our own nursery. My dad helped with the measuring and the flooring (my sister helped too!) and we are thrilled with the way it turned out.

My Dad and Z in front of their finished handiwork.

Rugs from Hobby Lobby

Campbell prints (from eBay)

Closet, floating shelf (with lions, of course!) and frog toy storage, both from Ikea.

Glider (Best Chair from USA Baby), prints (handmade, fabric from Ikea). The small rocking chair was mine when I was a little girl.

Dresser (Capretti Toscana from USA baby), wall letters from Etsy seller honeylover122 (Baby Bug Creations) and tree decal from Ikea)

A very pregnant me with our crib (Babi Italia Pinehurst Espresso from Babies R Us) and lamp from Ikea

Closeup of lions (most of these were from my mom during college)

Floating shelf from Ikea, bedding is Dwell Arabesque from Target. Pooh Ring stackers from Jana and Matt and Lion throw from Auntie Sarah

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Campbell's Birth Story

I woke up at 3:00 am on my due date with cramping. I wasn’t sure at the time if they were contractions or indigestion. I went and laid on the couch and started to see if they were timeable. They were ranging anywhere from 8 to 19 minutes apart and lasting 30 seconds to a minute and a half. I had a shift at 4:00 am which I went ahead and worked. DH had to be at work at 7:00 so when he woke up I told him that I’d been up since 3:00 but that the contractions still weren’t close together and I wasn’t sure if it was really labor, so I told him to go ahead and go in to work and I would call if I needed him. I finished up my work and took a shower around 8:00.

I was still having contractions at about the same duration so I laid on the couch and continued to time them while trying to nap. DH ended up coming home from work around 10:00 am, worried that I was in labor and alone. We decided to take a walk around the neighborhood around 11:00. During the walk my contractions were closer together, but they spread back out when we came home. I ate some soup around 11:30 because I didn’t want anything heavy if I was in labor, but I hadn’t had anything since dinner the night before. DH called my Dr. but we were told that he was out of the office and he was connected to the on call Dr’s nurse. She told him the contractions needed to be 4-6 minutes apart for us to come in. I asked her if the contractions could last for several hours and then just go away and she said they could. I was still convinced that I wouldn’t be going in at all that day.

I decided to try and nap around 1:00. My mom called and spoke to DH, who told her he thought I was in labor. He also called our friend who was going to dog-sit and asked her if she could get the dogs that evening as we might be going to the hospital. I got upset and said that we probably weren’t going in and it was a waste to call her. It worked better for her schedule to come then so she started the drive from RR to our house in south Austin. Around 2:30 my contractions got much more regular and were coming every 2-6 minutes. My friend arrived at 3:30 to get the dogs and we headed out the door right behind her and called the nurse to let her know we were on our way to the hospital. Since it was Friday afternoon (and the weekend of ROT rally), it took a while to get to the hospital. We arrived right after 4:00 and checked in. The nurse checked me and said I was at 4.5 cm and about 85% effaced (up from 2 cm and 70% at my appt. on Monday). I was shocked, as I was sure that I would be sent home. The Dr. came in and checked me and agreed with the nurse’s assessment. She said my bag of waters was bulging so she would come back and break it.

Due to an allergy to anesthesia, my OB wanted me to get an epidural ASAP so they sent for the anesthesiologist right away. He came around 5:30 to do the epidural and the Dr. came back shortly after that to break my water. When she broke it, there was meconium in it so they told us that DH would not be able to cut the cord and there would have to be a neonatologist at the birth to tend to DD in case she had aspirated any meconium. They also took off the external contraction monitor and switched it for an internal monitor and started a tube that was flushing out my uterus to get rid of any particles of meconium to lower the risk of aspiration.

After that they turned off the lights and we rested for about an hour. At 7:00 I got a new nurse and wasn’t able to really sleep any more. My parents were too impatient to wait any more and came up to the hospital to visit with us. The epidural was working well and they were having to let me know when I was having contractions.

Around 8:00 I started to get very uncomfortable on my left side. I let the nurse know and they rolled me over to that side, thinking that the gravity would help to ensure that the epidural was working on that side. That ended up making it worse and in the next 30 minutes, the epidural completely wore off on the left side. I couldn’t feel anything on the right, but could feel everything on the left. They called in the anesthesiologist (a different one since the other one left at 7:00) and he gave me a bollus of medication and said it would work in 15 minutes. That was at 8:50. I waited until 9:20 and told them that it was not working. My parents left around that time (they drove back from Houston that day and my dad was exhausted) and my sister arrived as they were leaving. By this point I was around 8 cm and having very strong contractions that I had no pain control other than breathing exercises to help with. DH and my sister were both helping to coach me through them.

The nurse contacted the OB and anesthesiologist and they decided that I had 3 options. 1) The epidural wasn’t going to start working any better than it was, so I could do nothing; 2) Get a new epidural done or 3) get injections of pain meds. I knew I didn’t want the shots since they can cross the placental barrier. I asked the nurse how much longer it would be and she said it could be several more hours. While I was trying to decide what to do, I had a very strong contraction that made the decision for me- new epidural! The anesthesiologist came and removed the first epidural and placed the 2nd (which was much harder to stay still for since I was in transition) and the relief was almost immediate. Around that time my sister left and it was just DH, the nurse and I.

At midnight, we started doing practice pushes. Campbell would make a lot of progress during contractions and then slip back in when the contraction stopped. Finally, around 1:30, she actually maintained her progress after the contraction and the nurse called in the OB. The room was transformed and more people came in (OB, her assistant, baby nurse, neonatologist and another nurse). Pushed for about 10 minutes and Campbell arrived at 2:01 am. Thankfully, she didn’t aspirate any meconium, was perfectly healthy and Daddy still got to cut the cord! She scored a 9 on her first APGAR and a 10 at 5 minutes. When the nurse said 10, the OB said, “I’ve only seen them give one other baby a 10, and that was my baby. I think they only did it for me to be nice.”

Now the stats:
Labor: 23 hours (almost exactly)
Birthdate: June 13, 2009 (one day late!)
Time: 2:01 am
Weight: 8 lb
Length: 20 inches

Friday, July 17, 2009


We've decided to create a blog to share photos, videos and stories of our family. A group of lions is called a pride and since our last name means "brave lion" it seemed fitting (and we're also very proud of our little girl!)

We hope that you enjoy our blog!