Monday, December 10, 2012

Lorelai Jane Hays

Lorelai Jane Hays
November 26, 2012
4:31 pm
6.6 Pounds

Monday morning I went in to get monitored, my blood pressure and uric acid had been high the past couple of weeks so I started getting monitored twice a week. After being hooked up for about 20 minutes and getting my blood drawn the nurse unhooked me and told me that my doctor needed to see me right now. She then informed me to call into work, because I was for sure on full bed rest (I had been working only ½ days for the past week).
I went upstairs to see my doctor and she walked right in and said, “Yep, it’s time to have a baby.” As most of you know me, which is when panic struck me. She told me she could induce me but she wouldn’t recommend it with my blood pressure. I also had been having pretty intense contractions since Saturday and my body had not dilated at all. After talking over inducing vs. c-section we came the conclusion to do a csection. She then tells me okay, we can do today at 3:00 or Wednesday… my response, “Well, Tanner is off today so I guess today.” I was then told to go home and be back at two, which was in three hours.
That was a fun phone call to Tanner. “Hey honey…whatcha doin… so you wanna have a baby today…?” I stopped by Johnnie’s to get Tanner lunch since I knew he probably wouldn’t eat the rest of the day and then went home to take a shower and get ready. I am not going to lie I cried most of the way home, excited, nervous, well basically every feeling under the sun.
When we got to the hospital it was a rush to get me back to surgery, which made me more nervous. There were two nurses asking me a hundred questions and taking all my vitals within minutes. Then I rested for about 10 minutes before walking me back. They put you in this huge freezing cold room by yourself and just assume you know what is happening. The doctors and nurses were talking about personal stuff and not calming me down so much, which added to my anxiety. After the spinal block I felt just blah. Finally Tanner came in which helped. I don’t remember much after that, I remember her screaming and my doctor being shocked that she weighed 6.6 pounds, she thought she would weigh more. I remember the doctor saying that I wasn’t dilated at all and Lorelai wasn’t engaged and that it was a good thing we went ahead and did the delivery today. After she was out I felt just this heaviness on my chest and I couldn’t breathe, they kept telling me this is quite normal but finally the doctor asked if I wanted to sleep for the rest of it and I said yes. Maybe not the smartest decision since I see pictures of what happened over the next 12 hours but I don’t remember a thing and that makes me so sad to even think about it. I don’t remember the first day of my little girl’s life and it kills me, but I have to know and trust God that it was for the better of my health and hers.
The first time I remember (vaguely) seeing her was at 4:00am on Tuesday wanting to feed her. When the nurse came in she started explaining that they had to formula feed her once because of what happened to me and how I gave everyone a scare. I, of course, had no idea what she was talking about. After Tanner woke up he informed me that I was unresponsive for a good few hours. I had od’d on pain meds through the IV. Tanner told me the nurse came in to wake me up to feed Lorelai and they couldn’t wake me up. Tanner and five other nurses shook and yelled at me, but nothing. My pulse ox dropped to 50%, but only for a second Tanner assures me. They gave me a reversal agent and I finally started coming to and talking nonsense as Tanner recalls. The anesthesiologist came in from home to check on me and they agreed that I was okay now with the reversal agent. The more I thought about that night, I told tanner I do remember him shaking me and it was like I was paralyzed and couldn’t respond and I remember seeing the anesthesiologist in a weird cardigan standing in front of me, all of which really did happen. My heart hurts every time I think of that night. I can’t imagine being in Tanner’s shoes and the thoughts going through his head. But now, everything is okay and Lorelai and I are both happy and healthy.
The hospital stay was a little rough for me. I was hooked up to oxygen, blood pressure cuffs, pulse ox machines, and some sensors to measure my lungs for a couple of days. I was okay but they were just making sure. I had to have a chest xray and everything turned out okay. So on top of the “kinda” emergency c-section, my scare, the after effects of being hooked up to so many machines, being in a ton of pain, and oh yeah my hormones being out of control… well, lets just say anxiety and post-partum got real. No one can ever prepare you for that.
We have been home for a little over a week and a half now and she is a great baby. I keep waiting for the honeymoon period to be over. She feeds great and only cries when we change her diaper or give her a bath. She sleeps wherever we put her and is the best snuggle bug around. Today was her two week check and we were told to just let her sleep and don’t wake her anymore to feed. She has gained a pound since we left the hospital and Dr. C was more than happy with that.
We have been blessed beyond words by friends and family and have been showered with visits, prayers, and of course food. We cannot thank everyone enough for being there for us and showing all your love. I hope to update the blog more now since I have a lot more to write about other than random stuff. So stay tuned for more blog posts about our new life as a family of three!
About to leave for the hospital

First family photo

Mommy and Me Time

First diaper and swaddle by dad

2nd night at the hospital

I felt like Superwoman right before this picture. I fed, diapered, swaddled, put you to sleep, got out of bed myself to go to the restroom and was in so much pain but DID IT!

Going home outfit that was HUGE!

Here we go! 

Tanner refused to get on the highway.

First doctors appointment to check on jaundice.

So sleepy!

Dogs were a little jealous.

First bath at home

Love this little preemie outfit, that is almost too small :(

She loves holding on to your fingers. 

Out for the count.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wrapping Paper Organization

After I updated my pantry I new my next task was the wrapping paper situation at my house. I love to give gifts, LOVE it! So of course I then have tons of wrapping supplies. They wouldn't fit in my under bed storage thing anymore, so it was time for a change. Here is where I got it.

So I headed over to Lowe's and found this beauty for under $40. I love that you could either drill it into your door/wall or hang it over the door. So since Tanner hates when I make things permanent since I change my mind so much, I decided to hang this over the door. I like this one too because it came with so many baskets and wires, I even have three leftover baskets!

My placement of everything is as follows:

Top Basket: Boxes

Second Basket: Plastic cups from the dollar tree filled with: tape, scissors, gift tags, and little trinkets that I sometimes add to presents. Also, there is some ribbon that wouldn't fit on the next shelf.

Third Basket: Ribbon

Fourth Basket: One large gift bag filled with the rest of my giftbags. Also, my gift card holders.

Wire to keep wrapping paper up and also it holds my tissue paper.

Wire to hold wrapping paper up.

Last basket to hold all my wrapping paper.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Easter Wreath

Easter came early at our house as I decided to make a new wreath. I wish I could take credit for the lovely piece but it was pinterest, as always :)

Supplies Needed:
Plastic Eggs
Spray Paint
18" Wreath
1/2 yard of burlap
Floral Wire
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

1. I bought two bags of Jumbo eggs, two bags of regular eggs, and one bag of mini eggs at Hobby Lobby.

2. I also picked this paint up at Hobby Lobby.

2. Lay the eggs on painters cloth and spray. Be careful not to get too close or they will run and the spray motion will move around the eggs. Let dry and spray the other side. Also, don't forget to spray the tops and bottoms of the eggs. Next, I took some leftover brownish spray paint from this. I lightly pulled the trigger sporadically to get a speckled look.

3. I then took my 18" wreath from Hobby Lobby and laid moss over the top. I secured it by wrapping floral wire around the wreath.

4. Next I hot glued the eggs on the wreath, it took about 3 long hot glue sticks.

5. Next came the burlap bow. To cut burlap you need to pull a loose string at the bottom to thin out your burlap. Also use a crappy pair of scissors to cut your burlap.
 By pulling a loose string you will get this below and will be much easier to cut through.

6. Form your bow. I also took a strand of burlap and wrapped it around the middle part of the bow to give it a cleaner look.

Lastly, hang your beautiful wreath on your front door.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

1970s Wood, Where Else Are You?

As we continue to live and grow in our new house, I feel like I notice little things every so often. Our house was built in 1970 and with that comes quirks that sometimes are good and sometimes not so much. There is this wood that I swear keeps popping up more and more. Maybe it is because I look for it now. So the other day I was on the kitchen floor picking up spilled rice and found these UGLY baseboards. What?! Why would the former homeowners spend all this time antiquing the cabinets and not do the baseboards?! Luckily I of course had some black paint. So I taped off the baseboards, put one coat on and we were good to go. I also painted over the horrible vent cover.

Ta-dah! Also please ignore the horrible scratches and what looks like specks of dirt all over the cabinets. I promise they are clean and the flash just picked up all the little things, PROMISE! :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Updated Pantry

Our new pantry is hands above better than our last house, however, there are still some issues. The shelves are really deep, like 24" deep which can make searching for stuff a pain. Since August we have been using these huge baskets to help but it was still annoying, I mean check out our spices and bags...

So since it is Spring Break, I decided to knock this one out. First, goodbye 1970's wood

And hello updated glossy black.

Next I went to Home Depot and found this baby, for under $40! It was easy to install and the baskets were already intact.

And now our new pantry that I am in love with. Seriously, I just walk past it and open it up in ah.

The white organization baskets are from Ikea. I always pick some up when I am down there. I definitely need to get on making labels. Oh and I also picked up the hanging baskets while at Home Depot, I love these.

The below storage bins are also from Ikea.

So there she is in all her glory. I think it's funny how the older I get the more excited I get about the little things (and odd things). But, I will admit I LOVE LOVE LOVE organizing things! I mean if somehow I could turn that into my job, I would be in heaven!