Monday, January 5, 2015

Callie's Birth Story

I can't believe Callie is already over 2 weeks old!  I wanted to write down her birth story before I forget everything.  I love looking back at Cooper's birth story to remember that exciting day.  Callie's birth story definitely was an adventure to say the least.

To start off, I went to my 39 week doctor appt on Tues, Dec 16th.  Cooper was at Mother's Day Out and Justin was off work and finished with grad school so he came with me.  At 38 weeks, I was barely dilated and I was hoping so badly that there was some improvement.  I was starting to have some small contractions, which I never had with Cooper so that was encouraging.  Thankfully, I was dilated and effaced more and she had also dropped down low.  So, my doctor said that I could get induced the next day (wed, the 17th) if there was an opening at the hospital, which she wasn't too hopeful since it was the end of the year.  Justin and I decided to talk it over and pray about it and then let her know that afternoon.  So we went out to lunch and talked it over and decided to go ahead and get induced if the hospital did have an opening.  If not, then we would just wait for her to come on her own.  Since I had to be induced with Cooper past his due date because he was in distress and had the cord wrapped around his neck twice, we would rather have her come if my body was ready than wait past my due date again.    Since this was my 2nd pregnancy and Cooper's induction went very smoothly and fast, I wasn't worried about being induced again, especially after having some contractions.

So we went home that afternoon and busily got everything ready and packed to go to the hospital the next day just in case there was an opening.  It was a crazy day, packing and getting all Cooper's stuff ready since he would be staying with my parents while we were at the hospital.  We finally went to sleep that night and I kept waking up to contractions.  I was starting to get very excited.  They weren't super strong but they continued to wake me up throughout the night.  Finally it was 5am and time to call the hospital  to check the status, and I was expecting them to say that the hospital was full.  They then told me that they had me on hold and would call me back within 2 hours to let me know when and if to come in.  I was still thinking that I would probably be going into labor sometime that day anyway, but it would be so nice to go ahead and get in.  About an hour later, they called and said to come!  I really couldn't believe it!  We hopped out of bed, I called my parents to come over, and we got the car packed and ready.   I was so excited to meet our precious girl soon!

6:45am
My parents arrived at our house and Cooper is already awake!  He must have woken up to us loading up the car or something because he usually sleeps until 8am.  We got to say goodbye to our only child and we were on our way to the hospital!

7:15am
Arrive at the hospital and get checked into our room, fill out some paper work etc…

8:30am
Starting to get regular contractions

9:30am
Start potocin

10:00am
Water Broke

Over the next couple of hours, things are really slow.  I was having regular contractions, but they weren't strong enough to get the epidural yet.  I start to get a little worried as it was going slower than I expected.  

12:30pm
Contractions are getting stronger and they check me and I'm only 3cm!  I couldn't believe it.  I got to 7cm with Cooper before getting an epidural, and I was trying to wait as long as possible for the epidural since 3cm just made me feel like a wuss.  BAD IDEA!  Any pregnant women who like epidurals, DON'T DO THAT! Suck up your pride and get the epidural when the pain is very bad, because…well, you will see….

Somewhere between 12:30 and 3:46 (when Callie was born) is a complete blur and I stopped documenting things like I had before since I was in so much pain.  So these times are just estimates…

Around 1pm
Somewhere around this point, the pain was unbearable and I didn't care if I was only 4cm, I wanted the epidural.  So I ask for it and the nurse says he will be here in 10 minutes…famous last words.  She gets me all set up for the epidural and I'm sitting up on the edge of the bed, booty hanging out, trying to breath through insanely painful contractions.  And we wait, and wait, and wait.  I finally ask when he is coming.  The nurse calls and basically there was a miscommunication because it will be another 45 minutes or so.  Well, that would have been nice to know earlier.  I get to lay back down on the bed and just wait for him to come as the contractions get stronger and stronger. 

Around 3:00ish (really no idea)
As I wait for the epidural, I am going through some crazy, no break, out of this world painful contractions.  I was not prepared for this, since I was planning to have an epidural, and my contractions were not near this strong before my epidural with Cooper.  My nurse was getting concerned thinking that Callie might be coming by the way the contractions were coming.  I then have a small panic attack telling her that I am not prepared to have a natural childbirth and did not want one.  She basically told me that I may have to do this natural and that I can do it.  Fun times…

No idea what time:
The anesthesiologist is here!  The anesthesiologist is here!  I am having excruciatingly painful contractions and he is asking me all these questions….I cannot talk!  Why, oh why, are you asking me all these questions when it is impossible to even speak at this point.  Basically the nurse was answering all the questions for me.  He finally gives me the epidural of course right when I was having a contraction..could he not wait until it was over?!  I may or may not have let him know I was not happy at this point.  Was he not used to women having this severe of contractions before?  I guess not.  So then I wait for the epidural to kick in…and wait….and wait.  I finally feel some relief only on the right side of my body.  I still felt EVERYTHING on my left side.  The nurse had me lay on my side so the epidural would fall to my left side but nothing worked.  She couldn't even check me because of the pain I was in and laying on my side.  I ask for the anesthesiologist again since it's just not working and I could not relax.  At this point I am also extremely nauseous and am holding a vomit bag the whole time.  I then feel this crazy pressure on my bottom and was incredibly uncomfortable.  The pain just seemed unbearable at this point.

3:35ish
A different anesthesiologist comes in and gives me another dose and it finally kicks in!  The nurse is able to check me and after she checks me, she has this look on her face and immediately goes to the phone.  I then say "how many CM am I?"  And she says very stone faced "oh, you're a 10".  WHAT??  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  No wonder I was in so much darn pain!  The epidural literally kicked in minutes before I was 10cm or I was probably actually already at 10cm when it kicked in. And all that pressure on my bottom…oh that was the baby!  Why didn't I think of that?  I just didn't think I could go from 4cm to 10 cm that quickly.  We were all in such shock.  Though I did feel a little justified for being in so much pain.

The downfall is because of the strong epidural, my blood pressure dropped to 67 which freaked Justin out and they had to give me medication.  Everything was happening so fast as the nurse was rushing and trying to get the doctor in ASAP…

3:40ish (minutes before Callie is born)
In all the craziness somehow Justin and I were left in the room by ourselves as our nurse was trying to get everyone in our room.  I all of a sudden feel Callie coming and a need to push!  I tell Justin to call the nurse because she is coming!!  I did not feel this at all with Cooper since my epidural had been working for a long time before I pushed.  We both start to freak out a little waiting for the doctor and nurse to get back in here.  I'm sure it was just a few minutes but it felt like eternity.  I tell Justin to please call the nurse again and that the baby is coming!  Finally all of a sudden 20 people come rushing in my room.  It was probably only 5 people, but it felt like 20.   The doctor is here and tells me to push immediately.  No small talk here, just push.  I push maybe 4 times and out she comes!!!


It was such a surreal and amazing feeling.  I cried and cried when I saw her…she was beautiful!  You'd think that your first childbirth experience is simply magical and exciting and emotional and that you wouldn't feel that again.  Well, you definitely do!  I had the same emotions and amazed feeling I had when I first saw Cooper.  I was in love and just couldn't believe she was my daughter!


And it's just like all those natural childbirth people tell you….once your little one is here, you completely forget about the pain and misery you were just in.  They immediately put her on my chest and she stays with me for a full hour before they weigh her or clean her or anything.  It was very special to have that time with her and I was able to breastfeed her right away.  After about an hour of having skin to skin with her and nursing, they weighed her and gave her her first bath.   She weight 7 pounds 13 oz which was less than everyone thought she would weigh.  She had the sweetest cubby cheeks and everyone thought she would weigh 8 pounds, including me!  She weighed a little more than Cooper but I think most of the weight was in her cheeks :)



After her bath, they swaddled her up and my family was able to come in and meet her with Cooper.  I wish I could say there was this special moment of Cooper meeting his sister for the first time, but he pretty much didn't want anything to do with her.  I think he knew what was going on and it was just a strange atmosphere with us being in the hospital etc.

First time to see his sister…he held on to daddy for dear life :)

I bought Cooper a train and a book to give to him at the hospital from Callie, but he wasn't too interested in that. As  you can see he is still overwhelmed by the entire situation...

First family pic…the best we could do

Thankfully Cooper has adjusted better than expected and he is such a good big brother to Callie now.  He loves to give her kisses and pats her head very soft every time she cries.  


Granna and Callie

We spent 2 nights in the hospital, though my doctor would have allowed us to leave after one night, Callie wasn't nursing well so we decided to stay one more night.  Thankfully she caught on quickly and started nursing much better by the 2nd day so we were definitely ready to get home the next morning.  

"Mom, I can't believe you put that ridiculous bow on my head"  -teenager Callie
"but you are sooooo cute" -me



We are so blessed and thankful for our precious Callie Grace!  Even though the birth was a bit traumatic, it was still such a sweet and special day and I'm thankful to have a place to write it out to remember it by.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Callie Grace is Here!

Introducing…


Callie Grace Cummings


December 17, 2014
7lbs 13oz
20in




I'm only 11 days late in posting this, but better late than never!  We are so thankful for our special blessing that arrived one week before Christmas!  She is doing great at home, though she does like to be held a lot.  Big brother is also adjusting well, but we will see how it goes when Daddy is back at work.  We are so thankful for this special blessing and couldn't imagine our lives without her.  Birth Story to follow soon…

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

36 Weeks update…One month to go!

I am now officially in my last month of pregnancy and figured it was time for another update.  I can't believe I am 36 weeks and just have one month left being pregnant and Cooper being an only child.  I decided to take a preggo picture on this special occasion since I have um, zero preggo pictures of me with Callie.  Poor 2nd child!


I had a doctor appointment today and she checked my cervix for the first time.  I have no idea why they check you so early since I was zip, nada, zero, not even close to being dilated yet.  She even said her head is still pretty high up.  Same story with Cooper who was late.   I want her to come a week early but it's a little discouraging when each appointment they tell you are zero.  Of course, I can go from zero to active labor in no time, so we will see what happens!

On other news, our church threw us a baby shower for baby Callie which was a huge blessing.  We received so many adorable girl clothes, girly things and diapers that were all much needed!  It was a co ed shower so Justin and Cooper were able to be there too!





I love this adorable dress with her name on it!!

Such a cute diaper cake!

It was so fun to receive girl clothes and girly things since I don't have any of that besides the things I have bought from time to time when there are sales.  Girl clothes are too much fun!  

The nursery is coming along but I still have a loooong way to go!  I did want it all completed by the last month, but she won't even sleep in her own room for the first 2-3 months so it really isn't urgent.  As of right now, I have the crib, dresser, rocker, and the bedding!  



I love the bedding!  I still need to hang the curtains, the mobile, and her letters on the wall with her name that I have.  I have the lamp shade, just need to get the lamp stand and also a bookshelf to put on one of the walls.  I did wash all of her clothes so far and have them put away in the dresser and we also got all the baby stuff out of the attack.  Now her room is a mess again filled with baby stuff I need to go through.  Thank goodness for the swing and bouncer that we have!  I also went through all of Cooper's newborn- 6 month clothes to see if she can wear any of it and washed all those clothes that can be co ed.  I would show Justin some clothes and ask him if he thought Callie could wear this and he pretty much said no to almost everything!  I thought it was pretty funny that he was not crazy about his daughter wearing boy clothes, but hey put a bow on her head and she will be cute as ever :-)

I really am thankful this pregnancy has gone as smoothly as possible so far.  She is active and moves so much more than Cooper, which has been a blessing and I haven't had any complications.  I am definitely feeling more tired and get ligament pain from time to time.  I'm still able to take Cooper on walks especially with the weather being so nice, but there are some days where I feel like a 2 mile walk was like running a half marathon.  I'm also not sleeping as well and wake up every night around 4 or 5am and it takes me about an hour to go back to sleep.  I know no idea why!  I'm trying to go to bed earlier since I'm not sleeping as well (of course having to take 100 potty breaks in the middle of the night doesn't help either).  

We are so excited to have our baby girl so soon!  I sure hope taking care of a newborn is like riding a bike and comes back quickly because I have read nothing this go around.  Um what are the 5 S's again??  Oh well, I'm sure I'll figure it out just like we did with Cooper.  Lets hope this month goes by fast!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3rd Trimester Baby #2

I have been such a bad blogger this pregnancy!  I have loved looking back at my blog posts when I was pregnant with Cooper and remembering everything.  2nd child syndrome is already in affect…poor Callie!  I just read about the start of my 3rd trimester with Cooper here and it motivated me to blog about my 3rd trimester with Callie.  I actually started writing this post a few weeks ago but never finished…geez again poor Callie!  I am now over 31 weeks pregnant and everything has been going great so far, Praise the Lord.

I went to the Doctor yesterday and had my 32 week ultrasound a few days early.  It was so sweet to see her again and how big she is now.  Everything looked perfect on the ultrasound and I am so thankful.  She is in the 76th%ile and is measuring about a week ahead which is great.  Cooper was also measuring ahead but he still only weighed 7lb, 7oz over 40 weeks, so he ended up not being as big as I thought he would be.  I am really hoping Callie will come a week early so she won't have a Christmas birthday, but of course only the Lord knows her birthday and what day she will be born.  Here are some sweet new pics of her:


At the end of the ultrasound, she let me see her in 4D which was pretty amazing.  The placenta was right in her face and she tried to get Callie to move around to get a better shot of her face but this was the best she could do.  I still can't believe there is this precious life inside me…it amazes me.  



  Here are some random things going on in this 3rd trimester:


  • I am still feeling great for the most part!  This pregnancy has actually been easier than Cooper's so far.  I think being a SAHM being pregnant is actually a little easier than when I was working being pregnant.  When I was working, I was on my feet a ton and remember my feet killing me at the end of the day.  I was in my 3rd trimester at the end of the summer with Cooper and was constantly hot especially when I was outside a lot with my job in the summer.   I'm looking forward to being the end of my pregnancy with some cool weather (if it ever comes and stays).  So all in all, so far this pregnancy has been going very smoothly and I am very thankful for that!  
  • My biggest complaint this pregnancy so far is my crazy hormones and how emotional I have been.  I feel like my emotions are out of control and all over the place and it can be frustrating.  I'm usually not this emotional and I don't remember it being this bad with Cooper. I blame it on being a girl :)  I almost feel like I need to make a  PSA to everyone and apologize ahead of time if I make them uncomfortable for crying for no reason.  I'm ready to feel like myself again in regards to these crazy hormones.  
  • My goal this pregnancy was to gain no more than 25 pounds since I gained too much with Cooper and not sure how that happened.  I have continued to work out and tried to watch what I eat during the week (and splurge on the weekends) and I am happy to say that so far I'm doing great with that.  I may go a little over the 25 pounds since you usually gain a lot the 3rd trimester, but it still shouldn't be too more than that.  Here's to hoping I can do better at getting this baby weight off and then focus on Cooper's baby weight….wishful thinking I'm sure :)
  • I'm slowly but surely getting the nursery prepared.  At first I wasn't sure if I would move Cooper up to a big boy bed in a new room or create a new nursery for Callie.  But since she is a girl and I wanted to decorate a nursery for her, and the fact that I'm not ready for Cooper to move out of his crib yet (and his crib turns into a toddler bed), we decided to use the guest room for the nursery.  We have already cleaned out the guest room and have it painted, the crib and dresser are ordered, and then I just need to get other things for the wall and a bookcase.  It feels like I have a ton of time, but these next 2 months are going to fly by and I would love to get it done by the beginning of December.  
  • Callie is moving so much more than Cooper did!  If anyone remembered my pregnancy with Cooper, he constantly had me and my doctor worried because he just didn't move a lot.  I could go days without feeling him move and had to go to the hospital a few times to make sure everything was okay and count his movements.  Even when I had ultrasounds of Cooper, he was always super chilled and didn't move much.  It fits his personality being a cautious and shy kid.  Thankfully I feel Callie move everyday and it has been such a relief to not have that to worry about.  I'm wondering if she will be my adventurous/outgoing child.  We will see :)  
  • I'm starting to feel the small uncomfortableness that hits 3rd trimester.  Bending over, tying my shoes, shaving, getting winded easily…all those fun things!  And forget about trying to paint my own toe nails…good excuse to get a needed pedicure :)  
  • I'm getting nervous and excited about having a newborn again.  Excited of course to have a girl and a baby but really nervous about how I'm going to handle 2 kiddos.  Cooper was a very difficult newborn and had bad relux and my milk didn't come in strong so I was having a lot of nursing issues.  I'm sure caring for a newborn will come back to me but what in the world do I do with Cooper while I'm nursing for 45 minutes or trying to soothe a screaming baby?  I am kind of feeling bad for him already but I know he will adapt.  And as I tell myself, everyone gets through going from 1 to 2 kids, and so will I :)  
Exactly 2 months from today is my due date.   I really can't believe how fast it has gone by!  We can't wait to meet you Callie Grace!  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cooper's 2nd Birthday

This past Saturday, Cooper turned 2!  I still can't believe I have a 2 year old.  He is getting more and more fun each day and says new words all the time.  I really am loving this age.   For Cooper's 1st birthday, we had a big family birthday party and it was really fun, but also a lot of work.  We decided awhile back that we weren't going to have a big party this year since he really had no idea it was his birthday and we wanted things to be as stress free as possible with Justin finishing grad school and a baby on the way.  Of course, we still spent the day celebrating and it was such a great day!

We started out going to breakfast at our favorite little place by our house for some yummy pumpkin pecan pancakes, which is Cooper's favorite.




We actually went to the same place for Cooper's 1st Birthday too.


He really has grown up so much in a year.  After breakfast we came home and gave him one of his gifts, which was a toy lawn mower.  Cooper is always fascinated whenever Justin mows the lawn and just watches him the whole time.  He LOVED his mower and played with it all morning it seemed. 



Then after his nap, we went to my parents house for a small birthday celebration with my parents, brother and nephew.  Cooper LOVES going to my parents and playing with Peyton.  My mom was so sweet and decorated the table for Cooper and made him a cake.  We decided to do a train theme, since that is his favorite things right now.  What little boy doesn't love trains??



Cooper had a blast playing with Peyton and also got to open up a few birthday gifts from everyone.  He got more trains, balls, a truck, and a tool set!

Cooper loves football!  He will throw the ball to Justin and then tackle him on the floor.  

We then had pizza for dinner which is one of Cooper's favorite foods right now.


We then sang Happy birthday and had some yummy Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake that my mom made. It was such a cute cake and tasted SO good!

Choo Choo Cooper is 2


It was so cute how he blew out the candle himself.  He still really didn't know what was going on, but it was a very fun day celebrating Cooper!  I love this sweet boy so much and am incredibly thankful to be his Mommy.


Happy 2nd Birthday Coop!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mini Vacay and first week of "school"

I have gotten really behind on blogging lately, so I decided to do a catch up blog post.  This is what has been going on with us lately….

First of all, Justin completed his summer semester of grad school and had the entire month of August off school.  Hallelujah!  We wanted to take full advantage of the free time since he would be back in Grad school, working part time and then we will have a newborn!  We were so thankful to be able to go on a short mini vacay together!  It was originally supposed to be a family vacation, but Cooper caught a stomach bug the night before we were supposed to leave.  We were so bummed, but were able to go the following week since Justin still had time off school.  My parents graciously were able to watch Cooper for us so we could getaway by ourselves.  We went to the Marriott resort in San Antonio.  We had such a great time together and it was so nice and relaxing!

It's not a road trip without a stop at Bucee's!

View of the pool from our hotel

Our favorite spot by the pool

Chillin by the pool with book and drink in hand 


Playing some checkers in the evening after a wonderful dinner together

It was the first time we left Cooper overnight, but he did great!  He loves going to Granna and Ga's house!  We definitely did miss him though and it was good to be back together again.



A few weeks after that, Cooper started a Mother's Day Out program 2 days a week.  I was really nervous about it because Cooper can be very shy and I have never left him that long (5 hours) before with the exception of my parents who he knows very well.  I just didn't know what he would think about me leaving him with strangers for that long!  We talked to him about "school" a lot and we met his teachers and classroom the week before and I loved it.  We started the morning off with some blueberry muffins...


Then we tried to take some traditional first day of school pictures, but Cooper wasn't too thrilled at first...



Then Daddy held him and made him smile of course



I was surprised how hard it was for me to take him and how nervous I was.  I know my pregnancy hormones weren't helping since I'm crazy emotional right now, but I was crying on the way there the first day!  Thankfully, Justin came with me to drop him off so that helped and I got my emotions all out before we got there.  I'm sure they would think I am super crazy mom if they saw me cry for just a 5 hour program!  Thankfully, he didn't cry at all when we dropped him off which helped so much.  The 5 hours flew by as I tried to get way too much done in my free time.  I was excited to pick him up and happy to hear that he had a great day!  He played, ate all his lunch and even took a nap.  They say he is so good and very easy going.  Easy going?  Hmm, I'm sure glad they think that!!  :-)

After we picked him up, we decided to do something fun with him and went to get some frozen yogurt.  It was a fun family time together since Justin was off that day.


Cooper's first artwork at school….sweet handprint

He's been in Mother's Day Out for 3 weeks now, just 2 days a week and it's going so well!  I LOVE his teachers and love all the fun things he gets to do there, while making new friends.  I know it is good for him and it is great for me to have some down time before Baby #2 comes…only 3 months away!