Dec 30, 2008

Third Time's A Charm

Hey all our devoted readers -

I just wanted to drop you all a line since we haven't talked in a while. We'll get with a long post in a few days - you know, the holidays are a busy time. Presents, travel, having babies... the usual.

Well, I think we here at the Bishop 3 have added another holiday pastime: going to the hospital!

Ben has RSV - yes, the dreaded RSV. Respiratory Syncytial Virus. If you feel up for a CSI moment, look back through the blog posts and see if you can find where Ben got RSV. Its pretty obvious.

He's on an IV and has had a bit of oxygen. His oxygen is between 88 and 93% - which is not bad, but not great either. He has a bunch of wires connected to him too - but the key thing is that he's resting, breathing well, and eating. All of this points to him getting better.

The white cast is his IV, which he was a little trooper when they stuck him.

The doctors want to keep him for a few days - so we'll be celebrating New Year's Day in the hospital. When I kept saying that I wanted to be in the hospital with Ben on Jan. 1st, this wasn't the way I envisioned. Being born on Jan 1st, you get free stuff. Being sick on Jan 1st, you get snot. Lots of snot.

So to wrap things up - things are looking better and we'll be out in a few days. So if we don't talk to you before then, Merry Xmas, Happy New Year and all that jazz.

Boy, do I have a way with kids.

- Brian

Dec 24, 2008

Merry Christmas - The Bishop 3 Edition!

Okay, here's an attempt at putting more video on the blog. We had a little bit of awake time on Xmas eve day, so get to know the awake and happy Benjamin Lee Bishop!

Here's the hospital - take 2. Ben's bilirubin was constantly climbing after we got home on Tuesday evening. On Friday, the pediatrician sent us directly to the hospital. Do not pass go. Do not collect 200 dollars. Add to that my bad cold and Patti's spinal headache (she couldn't stand up without being floored), and we were quite the crew.

It turns out blue light cures babies. Of everything. I don't know how - what do you think, I'm a doctor? Contemplate the irony as you watch our hospital visit for Ben's bilirubin treatment:

More to come! Stay tuned. Same Ben time, same Ben channel.

- Brian

Dec 21, 2008

Ben is One Week Old! They grow up so fast, don't they?

I thought I'd try to give you a little update myself while Ben is sleeping. It's good to be home, AGAIN! Ben ended up in the hospital again on Friday because of his jaundice. Pretty common in babies, especially those that are a bit early. His was reaching "toxic" levels and they wanted him under the lights. I was able to stay with him, and Brian got to go home and sleep all night. He's been fighting a pretty bad cold all week so he needed it. I wasn't so lucky with sleep in the hospital. I just wanted my little guy home. We got to come home last night (Saturday) and it's been good to try to get settled in again.

Other than Brian having a cold, and Ben being radioactive yellow, we're all doing pretty well. My headache is gone. For those who don't know, I ended up with spinal fluid leak from my epidural (which I don't think worked anyway). It is basically a really bad migraine any time you sit up or stand. I did get a treatment called a blood patch on Tuesday before we left, but it didn't hold, and by Wednesday night I had the headache again. But, like I said, it is gone now, so I'm feeling pretty great taking care of Ben. He's been such a good baby. He eats well, sleeps well, and has these alert times that are so great to watch.

I thought I'd attach some pictures. There are a couple of us leaving the hospital (the first time). Then Ben under the lights. I thought those eye patches were so funny. He looked like a masked super hero! And yes, he HATED them. Then a picture of him and me when we got the ok to leave the hospital (the second time).

We've had a lot of family around which has been nice considering how we're all feeling. Brian's parents came Monday through Friday and REALLY helped out. We also got to celebrate a little Christmas with them. My parents and sister, Stephanie, came for a day and then are coming back next week. My sister, Lenore and niece Meghan came last night and stayed through today. She's now staying at my parents due to Blizzard 08 that she tried to drive home through and only made it to Kalamazoo. Then my little sister is coming tomorrow for a couple of days.

I'm hoping Brian gets a video up soon, I can try this week, too. We've got some good stuff! Ok, I better go. I see little eyes trying to open and look at me now. I just cannot wait to share him with everyone! He is so stinking cute!

Love you all!

Dec 17, 2008

More pics, more fun!


You asked for 'em, you got 'em.

Video to follow!

- Brian

Dec 16, 2008

Some Pics to Tide You Over

Hey everyone - we're home. We're safe. We're parents!

Goodbye Major League Bishop.

Hello Benjamin Lee Bishop!

7lbs, 13 ozs

21.75 inches long

Born: December 14th, 2008 at 4:59pm

I'll get to more later. Love you all!

- The Bishop 3

Dec 14, 2008


Hi - Brian here. Short and sweet post.

We're going to the hospital.

Patti's water broke.

See you on the flip side....

- Brian

Dec 11, 2008

Ticking Time Bomb

Yes, that's me right now. A ticking time bomb! As you can imagine, no baby yet. Everything is fine, I'm healthy, baby is healthy. I've had several instances of contractions that can be quite bad. They go on for 12 hours or so, but never get any closer than 8minutes or so and then just stop again. So, my "body is preparing." Well, gotta be honest, I'm getting a little sick of preparing. Let's just go! I know, it's best for him, so I'll deal. I have started going back to work. I worked part days, then now I'm on full days again. I'm pretty worn out by the end of the day but work has been great. I just don't want to use up too much of my time off before baby is born. I think that's it. We'll keep you updated when ever there is an update. Brian's dying to put up an updated picture of my belly and I'm trying hard to stop him, but I think I will ultimately lose this battle. I know it will be probably be fun to look back at how huge I got some day. Right now...not so fun!

Dec 6, 2008

Still here. Still pregnant.

Happy Saturday! Well I'm still here and I'm still pregnant. It hasn't been so bad, other than there is so much I want and need to do and I'm not supposed to do it! The rest seems to have done the trick though. Thursday night, I was up almost all night with contractions that were pretty regular. I thought for sure that was it. Then, Friday morning it all just kinda stopped. I have occasional contractions that can be quite bad, but they are few and far between now. So, I rest...I'm getting pretty bored. Abby has been a great companion. She knows something is up and is sticking right by my side. She's cute. And Brian is great. He's busily getting things ready. He's putting together baby stuff, cleaning, running my errands, packed our bags, all the things we thought we had another 3 or so weeks to get done. And it still could be another week or could be today! Christmas shopping is pretty much a dream right now. I hope everyone will understand! If I'm home much longer, I suppose I can get some internet shopping done. The doctor did say I can go back to work next week if no baby and no contractions. She did say the only reason she would allow that is because she is "more comfortable" with me going into labor next week. So, we'll see. Another words, as soon as I get moving she thinks I'll have this baby.

Hope everyone is well. We'll keep you updated. I thought I would add an old Christmas picture of our family so far. Soon, there will be a fourth there!

Love you all!

Dec 4, 2008

Blog Blog Blog

Ok, so here's an update for you! I am home with my feet up, "taking it easy." Why? Well, I started having some pretty good contractions this morning. To the point where I thought I should call the doctor. Of course they said to come in to check me. Well, I was having contractions, I am dilated to 2cm, and freaking out. The contractions are still not regular and when I rested on the monitor for a while I was able to go about 20minutes without one which means I'm not quite ready, but close. The doctor ordered me to come home, rest, and call if anything changes or they become more regular. The doctor did say to make an appointment for one week but that she will "likely see me sooner." I'm trying not to get my hopes up because I know this could go a while longer still. And the doctor is pretty set on me trying to stay pregnant another week as I am only 35weeks right now, but didn't seem too confident that would happen. We'll see. I'm excited but nervous. I know it's a bit early and I just want what's best for him. The doctor wants me to be done with work which stinks because I wanted to take all my time off with my baby. But, again, I want what's best for my little man, so I'm staying home from work. I think that's about it. I hope daytime tv has improved some since last I was able to experience it!

Love you all!

Dec 1, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy December Everyone! I thought I would include a picture my sister, Stephanie, took this weekend at the cottage of my three nieces and one of my nephews. From the left, it's Devin(6), Meghan(5), Morgan(2), and Lianna(8). Brian, Abby, and I had a great time at the cottage with my family this past weekend. Abby is exhausted! She had a ball playing on the beach with Lily, Madie, and Syd (all the dogs). I did pretty well. I'm feeling HUGE! We really only have a few more weeks until baby boy Bishop joins us. My family was great, and helped me just take it easy. The kids are so sweet! They would bring me my water, draw me pictures, and were just so stinking cute! They reminded me how fast time goes by. I feel like each and every one of them were born yesterday, and now look at them! Blake is the only one not in the picture and I hope to get a video of him up soon. He is so adorable and just made me want my little boy.

I spoke with Jen yesterday and she and Jackson are home and adjusting well. They're both mending well and it sounds like Scott is taking good care of both of them. I cannot wait to see them all and hold that baby!

Other than us just waiting to have this baby and trying to get everything done prior to, not a whole lot going on. Christmas shopping has yet to get started, we still need a crib (yikes), find a day care (yikes yikes), and I can barely move once I get done with work to do any of it. I started putting up Christmas decorations tonight and now I'm waiting for Brian to get home to finish because I'm so sore and tired. We'll get it all done.

Happy December to all!

Nov 26, 2008

Don't worry, I'll have much more to say later, but I have a little announcement to make! My very dear friend, some of you may remember her as my Matron of Honor in our wedding, is a new Mom! Yesterday, November 25, 2008 at 2:11pm Jackson James Trice was welcomed into the world by his Mom and Dad Jennifer and Scott Trice. He weighed in at 8lbs 3oz and 21 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well. Ok, now I'm crying again! This has just been so wonderful going through this with my best friend. It's also crazy that this means our little guy is that much closer to joining us all. I just can't wait until either me or Jen are ready to travel to get our sons together.

Love you all! Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2008

Another week closer!

Another week gone by! We have been super productive this past week and it's getting real exciting around here. And exhausting! As you can see above we now have a car seat so we can bring baby home from the hospital and a playpen that will give him a place to sleep near my bed for a while. We have yet to get a crib but that's on the "t0-do" list for the coming weeks. It's been nice to have our house in one piece to allow us to get these things and enjoy this time anticipating our little man.

I'm feeling pretty good. My body is going through some things, that although other women warned me, I just can't believe are happening! Really nothing bad, it could be worse. All the adverse effects are far outweighed by feeling this little person inside. He is getting BIG! Last night I was lying in bed and all the sudden, it's like he stretched out as much as he could. I had his head on my bladder and his legs WAY UP in my rib cage. It was not the most pleasant sensation in the world so we had to have a little mother to son chat. We've got to share this body for another five weeks or so, and this just won't do if he thinks he can just break my ribs whenever he wants! Right? Well, we'll see if he listens. It's been fun feeling him move around. It's not just little bumps and kicks every once and while anymore. We can really feel various body parts moving about or pushing out and it seems almost like constant squirming.

We had a doctor's appointment this morning and everything is going along perfect. Everything is right where it needs to be, nothing to report. Heart rate perfect, size perfect, moving great, and cooking away. My contractions are still coming on a bit stronger, sometimes slightly painful, but for the most part, just still tightening everything. Hard to believe that we just have a little over a month. We have continued with our birthing class every Thursday evening. We got the tour of the maternity ward this past week. We got to go through at the perfect time. There were babies in the nursery for me to stare at, and we even witnessed a new Dad coming out of a room to announce to waiting relatives that "HE'S HERE." I cried my freaking eyes out. I tried to stay composed being that we were in a large group, but I mean, come on! It was so surreal to think of what is coming for us in that place. We've also been practicing relaxation and massage techniques for the big day. I'm getting nervous! The bigger he gets, the more I'm like "I have to do what?" I have always said I would like to try without an epidural, but it's sounding nicer and nicer and it gets closer. We'll see, I'm leaving my options open.

I think that's all for right now. We're heading off to Michigan this weekend to see my Mom's show and then again next weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving at the cottage. I'm looking forward to Thursday and Friday off of work. I've been saving up my time off for the maternity leave that I have not had ANY time off in quite a while. My body is feeling it, too. So, Brian and I are going to hang out and have a quiet Thanksgiving day in our new house with a turkey dinner and football. And then Friday head up to the cottage to see the family. And yes, my doctor said I could go.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from Patti, Brian, Abby, and Baby Bishop

Nov 16, 2008

Moving into our house of 8 months!

Well, it's been a longer road than we thought it would be. I really thought this would get done sooner. Who was I fooling!? But here it is! This weekend, we touched everything up, pulled off all the blue tape and started moving back into the two rooms that were damaged nearly two and half months ago with Hurricane Ike! It's been a real learning experience for both of us. And now this weekend Brian is fighting the same cold I was griping about a week ago. We worked through it, though. No time not to. Baby Bishop is on the way. Today we plan on cleaning the rest of the house that has had to take the slack from the part under construction and then FINALLY go buy a crib and other necessary baby furniture that our guy will need in just 6 weeks (give or take).

I have posted a short video on the progress of those two rooms. Abby is giving you the grand reopening tour! She is so happy to have her room back, too, as you can see on the video. This has been hard on her and she has become just a little neurotic, but I think she'll get over it. As you can see, she is settling right back into her room. I mean...our guest bedroom that is reserved for family when they come visit Baby Boy Bishop...yeah, that's it, the guest's room!

Other than our house getting put back into shape, not a whole lot going on here. We're resting a lot when we can being as Brian's got my old cold and I'm getting more and more pregnant by the day. The baby is thriving, though! He's rolling all over and has found my right rib cage to be a fun toy. Recently, I have found that sleeping is getting harder and harder to do comfortably. I don't think there are enough pillows in the greater Chicago Area to get me totally comfortable. The worst part is any time I have to move I need to be awake to do it! I can't just move with ease in my sleep anymore! I wake up with an entire leg asleep, or achy shoulder, and it takes quite an effort to flip over. But, at least I can fall right back asleep and I'm taking advantage of these last couple months of sleep!

The Braxton-Hicks contractions are getting a bit more intense, and I think it's the cold weather. I'm still trying to exercise some, and that means walking Abby around the neighborhood. The colder it is, the more my stomach tightens up with contractions and I need to stop every so often. Still nothing painful, or anything, just gets my attention. Abby doesn't seem to mind. She'll just stop and sniff a fence post or something until Mom is able to walk again.

Our birthing class is still in progress. I can't believe Brian posted our quiz from last week! We got 100% by the way! Last week he started learning how to do different massage techniques. All I can say is...HOMEWORK HOMEWORK HOMEWORK! No more horror movies, and by that I mean birthing videos.

I think that's it! Hope all is well with everyone! We love you all and keep in touch!

The Bishops

Nov 14, 2008

Birthing Class Quiz!

Are YOU ready for a baby? Take our birthing class quiz and find out for yourself!

Just send $9.95 to the address below and you can be well on your way to being parents!

Or just take the quiz that Patti and I had to take on Day 2 of Baby class:


Proceed at your own risk!


1. A baby lives inside of his/her mother's _______________, a strong balloon shaped muscle that contracts during labor.

2. A mother's ________ must _________ to 10 centimeters so that her baby can be born. It must also completely __________, which means thin out.

3. A baby turns and drops further down in the pelvis before labor begins, usually during the last month of pregnancy. This is called ___________.

4. When a pregnant woman feels like she has to immediately prepare for the baby, possibly by cleaning the house or setting up the crib, she may be experiencing the ________, which is a sign of pre-labor.

5. If the bag of waters, or _____________, breaks, a woman can expect to be in active labor within 24 hours.

6. Forceful contractions, occuring at regular intervals during labor push the baby further down in the pelvis.

7. When babies turn inside the pelvis during active labor it is called ________. Most babies turn to face their mothers' backs, called the _______ position. If they turn and face their mothers' fronts they are in the ________ position, which may cause a more difficult labor.

8. The baby's osition relative to the spines of the pelvis is called ______________.

9. Babies skulls are made up of five separate ________ that mold together to help them fit through the birth canal, or the _________, for birth.

10. A baby's head crowns at the +3 or +4 pelvic station, when it no longer slips back between contractions.

11. The _____________ is clamped and cut after birth because it no longer supplies the baby with food and oxygen.

12. The third stage of labor is marked by the delivery of the _________, a special organ created specifically for pregnancy.

13. Breastfeeding speeds the process of ___________, when the uterus contracts and shrinks.

Okay, now that you've survived the quiz, go back and fill in the blanks like a Mad Libs! Much, much more fun the second time me.

- Brian!

Nov 9, 2008


Well, I can't believe I'm blogging! I was so proud of myself for not only keeping up with my email but now being on Facebook, of all things. Now I have to keep up with a blog. Hopefully, between phone, email, Facebook, and now a blog we can all feel connected! What on earth did we do before all this technology. Sometimes I do miss good, old fashioned letters.

Baby boy Bishop is growing steadily. He's constantly on the move in there. I think he has quite the sense of humor, actually. It's starting to get pretty interesting the way he reacts and interacts with me and what's going on around me. If I push him around a little, he'll push right back plus some. He also seems to react to Brian and Abby in very different ways. Brian tends to calm him. As soon as Brian reaches in, he chills out. He reacts pretty strongly to Abby on the other hand. I think Abby is quite curious as to what the heck is going on with her Mom's body. She looks at my tummy very inquisitively. If we're lying on the couch or bed together she'll gently lay her head on my belly like she's listening. That's usually about when Little Man Bishop will kick hard right into her like, "Hey, this is my space right now!" Abby is really gentle with me right now. She has gotten out of the habit of crawling on me to cuddle which I sort of miss. She's going to be such a good dog to have around with a little one.

As far as our home renovations go! We have spent this weekend working hard on painting Little Man Bishop's room and the spare bedroom that were damaged (and FINALLY rebuilt) after the storm. After much soul searching, we have started to paint Little Man's room blue. I know, I know! We always said we weren't going to do that. But we do want a blue room and why not make it his? We'll get some pictures up soon. It's a nice blue, some gray in it. We had to be careful not to make it too "little boy blue," or Carolina blue, or anything like that. The other room ended up a bit more brown than I thought it would, but we still like it. We were going for a bit more neutral and warm for our guests that we hope to have many of.

Painting has been quite an experience this weekend. With me being eight and half months pregnant, and having helped paint some rooms in my parents house years ago, and Brian who has never painted a room in his life. We're learning well though, and no real fights to speak of. We wanted me to stay out of the fumes as much as possible even though we got low odor paint. So, I got stuck doing all the prep work, like washing walls, and taping. This proved to be quite painful by day two! I did do some painting. Unfortunately the painting I helped with were the rails so I was bending down for that, too. There are muscles in my back and hips that I forgot existed! A few hours ago I finally had to throw in the towel and leave it to my very capable husband to work on it some. It doesn't help that I've been fighting a bit of a cold, too. I just want to help so bad! I'm nesting for goodness sake! My house is in shambles around me, I'm about to have a baby and I just want to help put it back together! But, I have to stay realistic of my limitations and rest and take care of the Little Man. Not to mention, I'm afraid of how I might feel tomorrow when I have to return to work! Yikes!

For those of you keeping track, I have approximately seven weeks to go, give or take. Everything is going well and normal. My check ups have been unremarkable, perfect in fact, right on schedule. I have been having more and more frequent Braxton-Hicks contractions. These are something else! Not painful, and totally normal for this far along. Just kind of freaky how hard my entire stomach gets.

We've also started our "Birth, Babies, and beyond" class over the past two weeks. This has been fun. I haven't learned too much, yet. I mean, I have five nieces and nephews by sisters who talk, and I work in healthcare! We did get to watch "the video" last week which freaked me out a bit. I am looking forward to the next couple weeks, which according to the agenda, seem to focus on how my partner can help me during the birth process, including massage techniques! I'm hoping they give Brian lots and lots of homework!

Well, I think that's about it for now! We'll figure out how to get some video from our new camera on here and I'll have Brian show me how to post some pictures. Hope this finds everyone well!


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