Friday, September 23, 2016

A Birth Story: Lewis Part II

We ended on Wednesday with me having a contraction monitor placed without an's the second half.

My plan was to try to labor and deliver without pain medication, but being confined to the bed and with how intense everything had gotten, I told my nurse that I'd like to try the IV drugs. So at 8:00(ish) I was given a dose of fentanyl and was told that it took about 15 min to kick in. It. Did. Nothing.

Kyle asked me if I wanted him to start our diffuser with lavender. My response was, "None of that hippie stuff. I want the epidural." He thought that was hilarious, so a message was sent to the anesthetist and he was on his way up. I'm all for essential oils and I love them. At that point, I was just too focused on my pain.

Dave, the anesthetist, came and finished placing my epidural around 9:45 pm and it was magic. When he came back 30 min later to make sure it worked, I told him that he was magic. I was able to get some sleep after that. But, at 12:40 am (Tuesday), baby's heart rate dropped and I woke up to a nurse putting an oxygen mask on me and they turned the pitocin off. It was freaky to wake up and not know what was happening. The nurses had to monitor baby's heart rate for a while. They turned the pitocin back on at 1:30am and I got back to sleep.

At 4:54am, the same thing happened. Pitocin went off and the oxygen mask went on. I slept more.

Around 9 am, I realized that my epidural started wearing off. I asked for more juice from my epidural and Tuesday's anesthetist, Jamie, showed up. He gave me a little boost and said things would get moving quickly. I was at 6cm by this point.

I was still feeling a lot of pain during contractions. The nurses and Kyle kept rolling me from side to side to get the epidural to my right side.

Around 11, Jamie came back to check on my pain levels and the dr checked again. I was at an 8!! And then time seemed to stand still.

Around 1:30pm or 2, the boost Jamie had given me had worn off. My body felt like it was on fire. I remember looking down at my belly and thinking that baby had appeared to have moved down. 
Remember this for later...

Dr checked me and I was almost at a 10. So we did some practice pushes to see if she could stretch me. No luck. She said she'd be back at 4.

By 2:45/3pm I had some intense back labor and even Kyle's counter pressure didn't help. I told my nurse that I felt like I needed to push because otherwise my body would on its own.

The dr was back at 3/3:05 and she wanted to have me push anyway. After three contractions, baby's heart rate continued to drop. She said that while I was pushing well, we didn't have the time to keep pushing. So our best option was an emergency c-section. 

By 3:30/:40, I was on the operating table and they were starting. Baby Lewis was born at 3:53pm after lots of pulling and tugging. He was having some issues breathing and they put him on an oxygen mask and started treating him for an infection. So he stayed in the NICU for a week.

It was traumatic, but he's here and he's totally worth it!

Newborn pics by Erin Johnson Photography

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Birth Story: Lewis Part I

I suppose Lewis' birth story is better late than never. He's officially seven weeks old and I don't want to forget it. it least part of it.

On August 28, we had our 40 week appointment with my dr and we had an ultrasound to make sure everything was okay with baby. The best score you can get is an 8...well, we scored 8. So there was no way baby was coming that day. We went to see my dr and she did a membrane sweep and asked if I wanted to schedule an induction. I adamantly said, "YES!". So it was scheduled for Monday morning, space permitting. On Thursday I was at 3cm dilated.

I was officially 8 days late on Monday, August 1. After very little sleep Sunday night, we woke up at 5:45 am and called the hospital to see if they had room for our induction. They told us to come in at 7. They had room and we showered, had breakfast, and went in to the hospital. Unfortunately my dr was out of town for the day, so we had the dr on call.

Our good friend, was our nurse for the day and she got all of our admission stuff finished and started pitocin by 8:15am. Things were moving pretty slowly, so Kyle's sister stopped by to spend some time with us around 9:30/10am. Not much was happening. I was still at 3 cm and not in much pain yet. I finally was starting to feel the contractions around 10:30am. I had to start focusing through the contractions around 11 and the resident on call tried to break my water around 11:30. Unfortunately, he didn't succeed after 3 tries. So we needed to wait until the on call dr came back around noon.

Kyle's sister left around noon when the on call dr came in to check on progress. I was still at a 3 and she broke my water right away. Her comment to that was, "That's the difference between breaking 100 waters and 10,000 waters." My fluid was clear, so everything was okay with baby. We were hoping that things would pick up from there. We were too optimistic, apparently.

Throughout the afternoon my contractions continued to grow in intensity. At some point I was 4 cm and stayed there for hours. I spent some time on the birthing ball and about an hour in a warm bath. While in the bath, I was able to relax and take a short nap.

At the end of my bath, our nurse came in to tell us that the heart rate monitor wasn't tracking baby's heart rate very well. So they needed to start using a scalp monitor. Unfortunately, that meant I was confined to the bed or very close to it.

Around 8:00pm, the resident came back to let us know that they didn't think that my contractions were helping my body progress they way they should've. As a result, I needed to be hooked up to an internal contraction monitor. The resident took three tries to get it in place and it was worse pain than any of my contractions up to that point. My husband thought I was going to pass out. And afterward the resident says, "You did great for not having an epidural." Thanks for that, dude.

And you'll have to wait until Friday to hear the rest of Lewis' story.

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

One Month: Lewis

I feel like it's appropriate that I give you a one month update about Lewis. Especially since he's now six weeks old and it's been radio silence on this blog for weeks. Yikes!

Lewis loves to talk to everyone and is very liberal with his smiles. 

He's LONG and quickly outgrowing his newborn clothing and diapers. 

He eats like a champ, doesn't like being cold, and sleeps his parents. 

At his one month appointment, Lewis clocked in at 8lbs 8.6oz and 21.5 inches long! He's up more than a pound and 2.5 inches since birth. I guess all of that eating is doing him well!

I'll post his birth story soon. I'm still working on getting it written down. 

But for now,

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lewis is in the house...

Well, I'm sure most of you have seen our most recent update to the #babyentzel saga. Baby Lewis Eugene is here and he's home. This is just a short update to keep you in the loop.

Lewis' birth story will be coming up here in a week or so, so stay tuned. But for today, just a little look at the timeline of his birth and arrival home.

Monday, August 1: Induction date

Here I am at 6:45 on Monday morning. I'm 41 weeks and 1 day pregnant...and so ready to be done.

Tuesday, August 2: Lewis' birthday

Friday, August 5: I was discharged from the hospital, but I chose to stay with Lewis for the night.

Sunday, August 7: Lewis was moved to a new room.

Tuesday, August 9: Lewis came home!

These signs were on our doors when we arrived home on Monday evening. We HAD to document this exciting day. Thanks for the lovely signs, Trosens! 

Lewis had a few visitors and has been the center of attention since he arrived. We are tickled to have him here and we have quite the story to share.

Thank you to the Labor and Delivery staff, OB staff, and NICU staff at Altru Hospital! We were taken care of and then some. While I don't ever want to spend that much time in a hospital again, I'm so thankful for everyone who was there to treat, help, and reassure us throughout the entire process.

Be on the lookout for Lewis' birth story! And if you think of it, pray for Lewis to sleep well at night and for me to continue healing.

Happy Thursday!

Friday, August 5, 2016

It's A...


For now...

Lewis Eugene
Born: 8/2/16
Weight: 7lbs 5oz
Length: 19 in

We are doing well and are excited to be home as a family. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Week 40

This week's pregnancy journal update is coming to you at 40 weeks and 3 days. D-day has come and gone and still no signs of baby's impending arrival. In case you missed it, I wrote a letter to Baby Entzel on Sunday, our official due date. You can find it here.

But now for this week's update.

How far along: 40 weeks (and 3 days)

Size of baby: the size of a watermelon or a beach ball

Gender: Unknown--take the poll on the right. Also, take the survey about baby here. Really...take the survey...someone will win a prize! Seriously...not many people have taken the survey and it's going to be easy for one of you to win!
**Hopefully this is the LAST chance for you to get your guesses in!!**

Nursery: The bathroom is almost we will get a nursery update going soon.
#babyentzel has his/her own timetable...for being active, for arriving, for everything...

Symptoms: Heartburn has been gone for a while and now the biggest symptom is sore

Sleep: Still interrupted with bathroom breaks...but definitely restful and I've been napping like I'm back in my first trimester.

Cravings: Not much for cravings, but my stomach is continually getting squished.
Motivation. Still.

Best moment of the week: Being home with Kyle and celebrating a new little baby for my friend Courtney.
Looking forward to:
Meeting Baby Entzel. Still. We have an appointment tomorrow and will hopefully know when we will meet baby if s/he hasn't arrived by then.

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Freezer Meals: Part III

Welcome back! Here's another round of freezer meals for you. The two recipes today are both new and old to us.

First, wild rice & chicken casserole.

  • 3 c uncooked wild rice
  • 6 1/2 c water
  • garlic powder, salt, pepper to taste
  • 4-5 c diced, baked chicken
  • 1 tub fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • cheddar cheese

1. Put uncooked wild rice in slow cooker with water and seasonings. Cook on high until done (approx 2-3 hours). If you're planning to be gone, turn on low for approx 4 hours or until done.
2. Mix diced chicken, cooked wild rice, mushrooms, & cream of mushroom soup in large bowl.
2b. If lacking in liquid, add sour cream and milk as needed.

3. Separate into pans and lightly sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 min or until bubbly.

Second, Mexican stuffed shells.

I found this recipe here.

We modified it a little and added a little more ground beef and extra taco seasoning. I'm excited to try this one looks reeaaalllll tasty!

Let me know if you try these and happy cooking.

Happy Tuesday!
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