Friday, March 30, 2012

Two Weeks

Walker was two weeks old on Wednesday! This is where most moms say, "I can't believe it! The time has just flown by!!" but honestly for me, the time hasn't flown by very quickly. Having a baby is such a huge adjustment and dealing with the massive drop in hormones after pregnancy is not easy people!! But things are getting better everyday for this momma and sweet baby boy. Walker really is such a good baby. Breastfeeding is going well (he eats like a champ and literally gulps most of the time) and I haven't had too many issues that go along with that which is a huge blessing.

We went to his two week appointment today and he weighed 10 lbs 3 oz which was up 8 oz from his last appointment. I'm so happy about this because when your breastfeeding you wonder just how much your little one is actually getting. Walker is already wearing 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers. He never really fit into newborn diapers. He eats every 3 hours during the day and goes 4-5 hours at night. I've been waking him up at the 5 hour mark at night because I've been worried to let him go longer, but the DR said we can start letting him sleep as long as he wants to and wake us up since his weight gain has been so good. This makes me soo happy!! 

Mama loves you sweet boy!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Walker's Birth Story

Walker's birth story is pretty crazy and completely opposite of what we had planned for (a med free birth), but he is healthy and strong (praise God!) and that is all that matters. Here goes….

 I had contractions off and on for a few weeks and was progressing at every appointment, so I really believed Walker would come without induction, but I was wrong. I agreed to have my water broken at 41 weeks because he was measuring so large. After a few hours, I was contracting harder, but wasn't progressing (I was 4 cm and 80% effaced when I checked in) so they started pitocin. (In hindsight, I should have asked to wait on starting the pitocin).

 Right after starting the pit my Dr came in to check me. I was having a pretty strong contraction at that point and she laid her hand on my belly and said, "I'm going to wait until this contraction is over to check you." After a couple of minutes my contraction was not subsiding so they put in an internal fetal monitor and the baby's heart rate had dropped from 140 to 60. They gave me oxygen and a shot and had me get on my hands and knees to stop the contraction, which didn't work quick enough so all of the sudden they called for a stat c-section and 20+ people showed up rushing around.

 My family, Mike, and I were shocked and terrified at this point because everything had looked good and had been completely normal, but within seconds things were going so terribly wrong. They rushed me to the OR, strapped my arms down, cathed me, gave me general anesthesia and within 15 minutes Walker was born. All while my poor husband was waiting outside the door terrified and praying desperately for our protection. It was a CRAZY CRAZY experience. Seriously, I felt like I was in a movie in which I might not make it to the end.

 I know God's hand was over me though because I hadn't seen my Dr since check in time hours before and she was the one who laid her hand on my belly during the exact contraction that caused distress (which lasted 6 minutes by the way). Also, I didn't panic (not outwardly anyways) and was filled with a weird calmness as everything was crashing down around me. I have no clue why it all happened this way or what caused it (pitocin, anyone?) or if it could have been prevented, but I'm so happy that my little one is safe and healthy.

 As of now we are just trying to survive the crazy newborn days. I know I have it pretty easy though because Walker is a contented baby and he already sleeps 4 hours at a time at night. We are settled into a good routine for now and just trying to adjust to our new family. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Walker is Here!!

Walker Ramsey was born via emergency c-section
on March 14th at 12:25 PM.
He was 9 lbs 13 oz and 21 and 1/8 inches long.

We are so very happy that our sweet baby boy is finally here! 
I will be back to write his birth story as soon as I feel up to it. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekly Memory Verse

"When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come,
but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish,
for joy that a human being has been born into the world."
-John 16:21

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Due Date

Today is my due date! I'm holding out hope that something will happen because it's a full moon with thunderstorms AND a solar storm coming! Surely one of these things will kick things into gear for me!! :) I was having some pretty consistent and strong contractions last night, but they stopped so we shall see. 

They're saying that he's over 9 lbs (which is just an estimate) and don't want me going past 41 weeks due to the higher risk of shoulder dystocia sooo I guess I'll be having this baby within the next week or so! How exciting!! Of course I'd rather not have to be induced, but my body is showing signs of pre and early labor so I'm thinking he will come before then. If not, God is in control and will work everything out according to His plan! 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Meet Mercy

Have you heard of Reece's Rainbow? It's a non profit ministry that advocates and raises money for  international adoptions for children with special needs (especially those with down syndrome). I'd love for you to "meet" a sweet little girl from Reece's Rainbow that has stolen my heart in the last few weeks. Her name is Mercy and she is absolutely precious!

 From Reece's Rainbow Website: Girl, Born July 4, 2009  

Oh, Mercy is a CUTIE!!!  Many photos available of her. From her medical records:  Myelocele of lumbosacral part of spinal cord (spina bifida, had surgery); flail legs; optic nerve atrophy; congenital hips dislocation, clubbed feet.

 This little girl is so very beautiful, perfect and precious!!
 Would you consider praying for her? That she is taken care of spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Pray that her forever family will find her soon! Pray that her adoption can be fully funded!! Pray that God will speak and move in her life today!
 Would you consider passing her story along and being blessed by how God will work through your advocacy?
Would you consider giving to her adoption fund financially? Many families want to adopt these children, but can't simply because they don't have the money! Currently she has a few hundred dollars raised, but international adoption can cost upwards of $30,000! 

Won't you join in God's plan for this little girl and take a stand for the plight of the orphan?

Can you imagine if only this little girl had been born in America? 

Surely we would never let her just "wait" to be loved and taken care of if she lived in our own community right?

She's a precious child of God and He has commanded us to love and take care of her!

Won't you consider making a difference today?

"Father to the fatherless, defender of the widow- 
this is God, whose dwelling is holy. 
God places the lonely in families."
-Psalm 68:5-6

"Learn to do good; 
seek justice, correct oppression;
 bring justice to the fatherless,
 plead the widow's cause."
-Isaiah 1:17

"O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart;
you will incline your ear
to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may
strike terror no more."
-Psalm 10:17-18

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Weekly Memory Verse

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is thy faithfulness."
-Lamentations 3:22-23

I absolutely love this verse! I relied on it a lot when I had morning sickness in the first trimester. Also, I can't think of it or read it without hearing my husband singing it in my head. He sings it all the time! How awesome to know that God's love never ceases and His mercies are new every morning!

What are you memorizing this week?

Walker's Nursery!!

The nursery is officially done! We went with an Americana theme so it can easily be adjusted as he grows up. My mom did most of the sewing. Here it is:

Mom made the flag pillow and I did the curtains and the throw.
 The crib looks a little plain, but they say not to have bumpers or anything in it anymore so it's just a fitted sheet and a quilt! (Mom made both.)
 My wonderfully awesome and patient husband put the scripture on the wall (it was a HUGE headache!! Here's to hoping that it stays up!!)
 I painted the letters and made the plane out of scrap fabrics and mom made the changing pad:
 It's so cluttered already!! :) I know it's only gonna get worse...
 Here's a close up of the quilt mom made:
 And the curtain:
 And the flag pillow:
 Here I am at (almost) 40 weeks.

Please Lord let baby Walker come soon 'cause we are ready!!
What do you think?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Seed Starting

I started my tomato and pepper plants yesterday. I started them a little bit earlier this year since I'm due right around the time I started them last year.
My husband wants to build me a better set up, but for now I'm using baking sheets, egg cartons, and grow lights. :) It works pretty well. Here are the onions I started a month ago:

I decided to use biodegradable pots this year so I wouldn't have to worry about transplanting them once they sprout. I don't have a heat mat so I'm hoping they germinate without it since it's a little bit chilly in our house. I put a layer of plastic wrap across the tomatoes so maybe that will help. I can't believe I'll be planting my cool weather veggies outdoors in a few weeks!!

Have you started any seeds yet?

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