Friday, July 23, 2010

Jesse's here!

Jesse finally arrived on the 16th of July. This happens to be the day of The Virgin of Mount Carmel. He arrived via c-section after 37 hours of labor. We're incredibly blessed with a 8 pound 14 ounce healthy baby boy.
I'm going to save the details for Clarissa to post, but let me summarize my experience. This was the absolute worst 37 hours of my life. I didn't have to push. I didn't have to feel the contractions. I didn't have to deal with back labor. But I did have to watch the person I love the most in the world go through pain that I can only imagine. My hat is off to all the mothers all over the world, in particular, my two sister-in-laws and mother, who also endure labor without an epidural for pain or Pitocin to speed things up.
But as with most things in life, the bigger the sacrifice, the bigger the reward. I'm definitely in love with the little bundle of joy God has given us. I find myself dancing through my mother-in-laws house with Jesse in my arms. They say you can spoil a child by carrying him too much or by rocking him when he doesn't need to be rocked. I don't care. "Spare the rod AND SPOIL THE CHILD." I use that completely as an excuse because I couldn't leave him alone if I tried, and I'm not trying.
He's had the hiccups lately which is not surprising as he had them near the latter part of when he was in the womb. He's not particularly fond of them which means he cries when he falls asleep and then gets attacked by the vicious hiccups. Which in turn means that I get an excuse to carry my son and not look like the foolish doting father that I am.
You'll have to forgive me for not posting a picture. I don't know how, but I would probably leave that honour to Clarissa anyway.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Still waiting!

Here we are 39 weeks and 3 days and still waiting.... We saw our midwife on Wednesday and she is says Jesse Jr will probably show up between the 13th and the 21st. I am hoping for the 13th :). I have found the trick to a semi good night's rest is taking a warm bath before going to bed. It definitely makes a difference!I walk into Jesse Jr.'s room every once in a while to make sure everything is just right, and realize how much family has helped in making Jesse's entrance to the world a little easier with hand me down furniture, clothes, and greatly needed advice. Although there were some things I bought for myself, there were many things especially clothes that were given to me by those who have had babies in the past. We are so thankful for people's generous hearts. Anywho...we'll continue waiting and will keep this updated :).

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tomorrow will be 39 weeks!

And still no Jesse Jr! All the signs are there that things are moving along, the backaches, the not sleeping, the heartburn, and the constant discomfort. If I make it till Wednesday, we will make a final trip to San Antonio to visit with ALisa our midwife for one final checkup. I have finally stopped doing TaeKwonDo as I was way too sore afterwards to walk. I am walking every day for about 30 minutes, which keeps my hopes up that this will be sooner rather than later. Here are some pics from the pregnancy evolution...

37.5 weeks (a little over 9 months)

36 weeks (9 months)

35 weeks (8.75 months)

34 weeks (8.5 months)

32 weeks ( 8 months)

24 weeks (6 months)

This is me at 12 weeks (3 months).