Showing posts with label Landry's Story. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Landry's Story. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

This time last year {Part 2}

This time last year at 9:09 AM we welcomed the most precious baby boy into the world. I forever became a mom! My world changed more than I could have imagined. It no longer centered around me, but around the gift God had entrusted to us.

Landry James, Mommy and Daddy love you very much!

Monday, July 8, 2013

This time last year {Part 1}

All the family was in town, our bags were packed, the nursery was ready, there was only one thing left...

I woke up at 3am to the worst contraction I had felt since being pregnant. I waited to see if another one was coming, and it did about 15 minutes later. And then another, so I woke Joel up. This had to be it and I wasn’t able to sleep anymore. I was so excited to meet our baby boy. Our lives were about to change, or so we thought. Somewhere between 11 – noon the contractions stopped. We had skipped church and lunch and now nothing…
I thought July 8th would be the day we finally met our precious baby, but he had other plans.
At 9pm (when the Rangers were in the 11th inning, don’t ask why I remember that) I decided I was going to bed just in case the contractions started again.
And wouldn’t you know, the second I laid my head on the pillow they started coming again. This time they were stronger and closer together. They started at 12 minutes apart, then 6, then 4… It was time to go to the hospital.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Landry James Howard

I prayed for 3 things. No induction, no c-section, and most importantly a healthy baby.

God is faithful and answered all 3 of my request!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Coming Home

On Wednesday morning both Landry and I got checked out and given the ok to head home from the hospital. I was ready to get our sweet boy home. We were given instructions from the nurses on how to care for Landry's umbilical cord.

We were able to get a picture of Landry with my OB that delivered him. Dr. Ghodsi did a great job!

We packed up all of our stuff and dressed Landry for the first time.

Then we headed out the door.

We arrived home to both of our families and pizza for lunch.

After about an hour we were overwhelmed and had everyone leave so we could enjoy some time at home with our little man by ourselves. We are so thankful that our families love our little guy as much as we do.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 2

This is what I woke up to on day 2. I tell you it was the sweetest thing I have ever seen.

 We spent the rest of the day relaxing.

I was able to get up and get a shower while my mother in law held Landry. It felt so nice to get all cleaned up.

Later we had some visitors come to meet our sweet guy!

Landry got to meet his great great Aunt Kay

My sweet coworker Krysten and her son Jet.

 Ms. Debbie and her grandson Avery.

It was a nice day.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day 1

Since Landry was born at 9:09 am, we fed and then got to go up to the postpartum room. After the nurse checked me out our families got to come in and meet Landry for the first time.

Everyone coming in the room. Meeting Uncle Mark

Meeting Grammy

Aunt B

Aunt M




Uncle Benji

Uncle David



Later friends of both our families Carolyn and Melody Little came up to see us. I didn't get a picture because I was a little distracted. We did lots of relaxing and bonding. We all got a nice nap in and mommy got to eat for the first time in about 18 hours. Later the family came back up to visit again.

Landry had his very own paparazzi.

Happy Birthday Landry Part 2

Around 7 AM the nurses were doing their shift change so they came in and checked on me together. I remember one nurse saying I would probably be at a 7 and the other saying my contractions were really strong it would probably be close to an 8. Well, I was at a 10!

The next thing I know they told me I was going to start pushing. All the lights in the room came on, more nurses came in to set things up for delivery and for Landry. Joel woke up in all the commotion and was shocked to hear I was about to start pushing.

We decided at last minute to let both of our moms come in and be there for the birth. At this point I was just ready for my baby boy. I was told I pushed for about 45 minutes and he was there, but it felt like 10 minutes.

And just like that our baby boy was born. They put him on my chest and all I could do was cry. What a rush of emotions. 

All I remember was everyone saying 909. I thought they were referring to his weight and I couldn't figure out how they already knew that, he had been laying on my chest the whole time. Finally, someone said AM and I figure it out.

The doctor delivered my placenta and then had to stitch me up. I had a second degree tear. I didn't even care all I was thinking about was my little angel right in my arms.

Then they had to take him away and clean him and get his measurements.

He weighed 7lbs 15.8oz, so we rounded up to 8lbs even.

He was exactly 20in long.

I loved seeing Joel with him. I couldn't move, but daddy made sure Landry was well taken care of.

When I got  Landry back I was shaking terribly and I couldn't make it stop no matter what I did. That is until they put Landry back in my arms for skin to skin.

I got to hold him and try to nurse for the first time while we waited to go upstairs to the postpartum room.

Happy Birthday Landry

**Warning this may be a long post because I don't want to forget anything or miss any details.**

 (This was taken on our practice run to the hospital on Sunday. Monday morning at 1AM the contractions were too strong to get a picture.)

When we arrived at the hospital we had to enter through the ER since it was 1AM. As soon as Joel wheeled me in the door they knew what we were there for and called up to labor and delivery while Joel filled out a very short form. Then we waited for a man to wheel us to the other side of the hospital (literally the opposite side of the hospital). When he saw me he said "We're in for a long walk". My thoughts were then you better get started.

The wheel chair made a horrible noise going down the hall, and they thought about changing it out. I didn't care what noise it was making I just wanted to get upstairs. We were in room 309 and I remember they were about to pass it and I was like that's it! The poor guy said "Sure enough I am glad you saw it". How is it that I am the one having contractions yet I find the room and the two guys don't.

My nurse was nurse Penny. She immediately started the assessment to see where I was. So at about 2 AM I was dilated to just over 4 cm. She looked at me and said this is definitely it. Joel was glad to hear that labor wasn't going to stop again, but I already knew that this was it.

She asked me if I wanted my epidural and I said yes. I was a little surprised that I was already far enough along to get one. The problem was that I took my medicine! Boy was I regretting that decision! You see I have a blood clotting disorder and have to give myself an injection twice a day. I skipped my morning dosage because I thought I was in labor, but since the contractions had stopped I went ahead and took my evening dose.

In order for me to have an epidural the medication needed to be out of my system for 12 hours! I took the shot around 7:30PM and at this point it was about 2:30AM. So about 7 hours had passed. The nurse was so sweet and said I put a rush on getting your blood work. We will check your levels and see if enough of it is out of your system. So they came and took my blood about 10 minutes later. Then it was time to just wait and endure the contractions until we heard if it was safe or not.

About this time my mom and sisters arrived. I have never in my whole life been told to breathe so many times!

The blood results came back around 3AM and I could get the epidural!!! I was at a higher risk for complications, but I could get it.

Lisa was my hero! (My anesthesiologist!) It took a few minutes for it to kick in and it was so hard to stay still when they were putting it in, but I got it just in time. Seriously, at the point I got it my contractions were about a minute apart and lasting a 1.5-2 minutes.

After the epidural was in full effect they did another check and I was at 5.5 cm. Joel was able to leave the room and get some food and caffeine while my mom and sisters waited with me. When my sisters came back in the room after the epidural they said I was a totally different person. And I was, I felt like a human again. About this time, my in laws came in and said hello and let us know they were there and ready.

The nurse told me to get some sleep and she would check me before the shift change. She excepted that the epidural would slow down my labor so to not be surprised if I was only at a 6 or 7 in an hour or two.

Every one left the room and Joel and I tried to get some sleep. While sleeping, my blood pressure kept dropping and an alarm kept going off. When I say dropping it was at 73/40 at one point. The nurse came in and ask me how I was feeling. I told her I was completely fine. (When I got to the hospital it was at 120/80, which is normal for some people and really high for me. After my epidural it dropped to 96/56, I told the anesthesiologist that was normal for me. I don't think she believed me). Anyway, they determined that since Landry was fine and I felt fine they would just leave it.

Landry's Birth: Update 2

7PM: Decide to take a walk to see if we can get the contractions to start again.

8PM: Had one contraction... not getting my hopes up though

9PM: Decided to go to bed in case this is the night. Plus, the Rangers' game doesn't look like it's going to end anytime soon.

9:15PM: Start having contractions again. Intensity growing with each one.

10PM: Tell Joel he has to stay in the room with me because I can't time them by myself anymore.

11PM: Contractions are 7 minutes a part and really intense. Not sure if I am going to make it to 5 minutes a part. This is it!

12AM: 4 minutes apart for 30 minutes. We are going to the hospital, I can't take it anymore.

1AM: Arrive at the hospital, contractions are now about 2 minutes a part.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Landry's Birth: Update 1

So, we thought today was the day. (It may still be)

3AM: Wake up having contraction. Waited till I had 4 consistently about 15 minutes apart and then woke Joel up.

6AM: Decide we can't sleep anymore. I start bleeding, alot. Call the doctor, turns out it's perfectly normal. He says wait till contractions are 5 minutes apart before coming in.

7AM: Contractions are still coming, decided to take a shower and get ready.

8AM: Call family (mom, dad, and siblings) to let them know whats going on.

9AM: Decide to stay home from church. Contractions about 9 minutes apart

10AM: 7 minutes apart

11AM: Joel and I chilling watching TV. Contractions 7 minutes apart

12PM: Contraction getting more intense, but more time between them.

12:30PM: All progress seems to have stopped.

3PM: Praying for contractions (and yes, for the pain) to come back. Haven't had any contractions for 2 hours.