One month old and already holds her head up better, met daddy after 3 weeks and had her first bottle with him (a natural with that too!) met Santa at 6 weeks and didn’t cry!, slept in her crib in her room from pretty much day 1!
Sunday night the contractions started but when I went to the hospital, Mom Stephanie and Tess in tow, the nurses said I was only 1 finger tip dilated and sent me home. Steph stayed with me over night to keep an eye out and the contractions kept coming. By the time I tried to sleep it was everywhere between 9 and 3 minutes apart and NON-STOP. Got NO sleep. Then in the morning things finally started getting consistent. By 10:00 we were back at the hospital with contractions every 3-5 minutes for almost 2 hours! When they checked me I was 3-4 inches so we knew it was go time!!
By 1:09 Brookie was here!!! No epidural but I did get Stadal in my IV and as soon as I did I was in a sleep-like state and nature took over. Stephanie and Mom kept telling me how great I was doing as I powered thru all those contractions and flew thru the dilation… things were just flying by. Dr Saunders came by and broke my water but couldn’t stay for the delivery. Dr Dunphy came to take over and a couple med students watched the whole thing (their first birth!). My sister arrived just in time for pushing so Stephanie offered to switch out with her and waited in the waiting room. Pushing was HARD. I could tell when I was doing it right but couldn’t figure out how to make myself do that. Pushed for 40 minutes and she was here! At one point I thought I couldn’t do it anymore and kinda just stopped and the nurses pushed my mom and sister out of the way and took over helping me thru it. I could see mom and Jeanette start crying so I knew they could see her! Had a third degree episiotomy and even broke blood vessels in my face and neck from all that hard work! So as I was getting stitched up after Brookie was cleaned up my mom, sister, AND Grandma all got to hold her before I did! I was definitely getting pissy and impatient about that! But she was here…. and she’s perfect! [more to come...]
A friend of mine who used to be a single mom is involved in a single mom's group at a local church and told me about it and I've been going for a few months now. It's the third Thursday of every month and we meet, eat dinner, and there is a different topic to learn each month. I've loved it even just for the support and chatting with the other ladies! Last month's meeting we had a special surprise: a local Senior who is interning with a local photographer offered to do our holiday pics for her Senior Project FOR FREE! Not only that but she gave us all a couple prints and a disc with the rest so that we can get them developed at Walmart, Snapfish or wherever we wanted! It was such a wonderful generous gift and we were all super pumped about it. My pics were taken on the 27th and I did a Maternity Theme since my little girl isn't here yet. After my set, my friend Stephanie got hers done with her two kids: Dominick and McKenzie. Then the other week I went with Tess and Skye-Marie to watch them get theirs done too!
Well tonight was this month's meeting and we got the prints in and I am so happy with how they came out! Can't wait to show them off at work and send wallets out to Kenny and my mom and dad and such!
Once again I have decided to start over in this place… In a few short weeks I will be experiencing some major changes in my life and I want to start posting again to share some of these things… Look out for galleries with tons of pictures and lots of updates of the scary and exciting life and times of Jamie-Lynn the (soon-to-be) new Mom!!