Jun 30, 2011

Sometimes it's just a dimple...

Good news! It's just a dimple! We have been anxiously awaiting the ultrasound that was this morning to tell us just that. We were told when Hailey was just one day old that she had a dimple above her...well...bottom, and that she would need an ultrasound to rule out such things as "mild" spina bifida, or tethered cord syndrome. The doctor did tell us right from the beginning, it was very likely nothing. The soonest I could get her in was today and it is NOTHING! Whew! She handled the test ok. It took about 40 minutes. Do you know what it is like to have a 3 week old on their belly for 40 minutes while 2 strangers run a probe up and down her back? Well, it breaks your heart, that's what it does! But, it was worth it. They got all the pictures they needed without having to retest anything. She was able to cry herself asleep a couple times which was precious. I was there the whole time and basically laying on the gurney with her trying to comfort her!

Oh well, it's over. As my mother-in-law puts it "God just missed a stitch!" Or as the doctor put it this morning: "She has a dimple in the wrong place."

One more thing!!! There was a tech there training, so they decided to look at a couple other areas "for practice" (this is when Hailey was sleeping). Her kidneys, bladder, and liver are all healthy and normal!!!

Ben's still at the babysitter. Hailey is asleep. I should be doing something productive!

Jun 28, 2011

Happy 40th!

Recovering from a very nice 40th wedding anniversary party for my parents! We actually had formal pictures taken, too, and I'm looking forward to getting those. I had very little time to take pictures, so this is the best I have so far.

Things continue to go smoothly here. Nothing to really report. Super nice weather and I'm hoping we can get outside today after Ben's nap!

Hailey and Aunt Maggie!

Ben and Blake raced the weekend away!

Aunt Lenore was always able to rock Hailey asleep!

Ben and Morgan were buddies, too!

Ben likes to "take naps" with Hailey! He continues to be very doting! Almost too doting!

Cutie pie!!!!
Hailey's first official bath at home! She's had a couple since. Yesterday she seemed to REALLY like it! Ben continues to be a big "help" with that, too!

Jun 22, 2011

My Babies are 2 1/2!!!!

So yes, Ben is 2 1/2 years, and Hailey is 2 1/2 weeks, and I'm emotional about both. Both are also sleeping right now, so I'll keep this brief so I can go take an actual shower.

We've had a TON of visitors which has been nice. Dad just left this morning after a few days of a visit. It was nice. So, Hailey has officially met all her Grandparents. Now it's time to start on the Great Grandparents!

Ben update: He had his 2 1/2 year physical. He's very healthy. He's healing from his ear infection that spawned a yeast infection from the antibiotics. Other than that, he got an A+! Stats: He's off the charts again for height. He's 90% for weight. According to his doctor he is the size of your average 4 year old! She actually had a talk with me on how to handle people who will think he needs to act older than his age because they see him as an older child!

He's adjusting to Hailey well. This past week, we had just my Mom here by herself, then a couple days just us, then just my Dad for a couple days. With the slightly less chaos he's finding his groove/place. He LOVES holding Hailey, helping me with diaper changes which usually just means him handing me the diaper. His potty training derailed a little, both with his infection and the birth of his sister, but yesterday and today we are sort of back on track. He even wore his "big boy" underwear again today! And kept it dry!

Hailey continues to be a good baby. She has her 2+ week check up tomorrow and we'll get her stats. I think she's grown a lot though. She has finally grown into newborn size clothes, and I even put her in a 0-3month onsie today and it works! She's eating well, and I'm getting a little bit of sleep...here and there... No really, I haven't been too tired so far. We get 3-4 hour stretches most nights, so not bad for a 2 week old.

Brian's back at work and seems to be handling it well. He says he is anyway!

I'm feeling well. Thinking even though I just gave birth 2 weeks ago, it's time to lose weight! I wish my craving I had for fruit the first week after she was born would come back. I just want ice cream and brownies now! Worse than when I was pregnant!

Jun 12, 2011


I decided to do 2 different entries. So, if you would like to read "The Story" see the previous entry (below). Here it is in pictures! More pictures to come as I get time. So...next year some time.

One week prior, Ben helps me get things ready for baby girl's arrival!

He was a huge help!

I think we should maybe go get checked out. Brian REALLY thinks we should go get checked. Hailey was born one hour after this photo was taken. Notice, I'm sitting on MY couch!

Oh crap! Yup, notice we're still at home, but I had only been having contractions for about 45minutes at this point!

About an hour later! Hailey Louise Bishop, 6lbs 7oz, 19.75inches long!

I feel so much better! And Hailey does, too!

My hair got a little messed up!

Brian's first time changing Hailey's diaper! Note the time. Yup, we're back to seeing 3:00am again!

Daddy wouldn't change a thing!!

Mommy can think of a thing or 2 she would change, but the result is worth it! For one, next time we're driving a more comfortable car to the hospital! Not the 2003 Elantra!

The next day, Ben got to meet his new baby sister! It was precious!

The Story

Alright, Patti is back up on line...sort of. It's been quite a first week! Time to hear what happened, though. As always, it's never boring around here.

CAUTION: Adult content, reader discretion advised....or if you EVER plan on having children you may want to think twice about reading this. No, not really that bad, more funny than anything...sort of.

Sunday June 5, 2011 2 am:
I awoke with light contractions. Just as I had been doing for weeks. They were every 10minutes, and just bad enough that I couldn't sleep, but no worse than the ones I had been having. They lasted until about 9am but I was able to work through them. Work meaning take care of Ben, cook, clean, the usual.

9am: They STOPPED! Brian decided to go grocery shopping before mowing the lawn. I went about my chores. Seriously, felt nothing. Another "false labor."

1:58 pm: Brian was getting ready to mow the lawn. Suddenly I had a contraction the was only slightly worse than the ones I'd been having. Eight minutes later, another one...8minutes later another one. I told Brian to go mow the lawn, obviously this would stop, too. He refused thinking he better time these.

2:30pm: We decided to go get this one checked as the contractions were 8-10minutes apart and starting to get a little worse, although I was still walking around, calm. We made a couple calls, all our Ben babysitters were not answering. Ten minutes later I told Brian he better just run next door and get the neighbor.

3:15pm: The neighbor was in my living room, I was feeling it and ready to go. We're in the car, I'm on the phone with Maggie, in a bit of pain, but contractions still 8-10minutes apart. Suddenly, I got the NEVER ENDING contraction. We were 15minutes out from the hospital. I really wanted to scream but held it back....for a few minutes.... About 4 blocks from the hospital (ALL traffic lights!) I was ripping my seat belt off, reclined the seat and pretty much resigned myself to having my baby girl in the car. We weren't going to make it.

3:40pm: We pull into the hospital. I'm really not sure I can get out of the car. The guy comes right up with a wheelchair. Now ladies, if you have ever had a drug free delivery, you know that when all you want to do is push, you can NOT sit calmly in any sort of chair for any length of time. So he pushes me to the elevator door, and says "Someone from labor and delivery will be here in a minute." Now, that's when I screamed..a little...no, a lot! So, the lady at the reception desk called and I hear her say "You need someone down here NOW!" The girl really came quick. She pushed me into the elevator. The rail looked really nice, so I dove forward, grabbing the rail. That's when another visitor decided to jump on the elevator. Idiot. He ended up pinned in fear at the front of the elevator while I was squatting in the back and that poor nurses aide was yelling at me NOT to push.

3:42pm: We exit the elevator. She is RUNNING me down the hall. She is yelling at everyone she can to get to my room. As we pull into my room there are about 25 people there. Everyone but Brian and the doctor. Oh yeah, he still had to go park the car! One nurse tried to get an IV started which ended in my blood getting splattered all over. She asked me to sit still but for some reason I couldn't! Another nurse was trying to get the monitor set up (never happened), while another checked me. Then I heard "10 centimeters, fully effaced, and +1." What does that mean? The baby is practically falling out! I asked for something for pain, at which point I remember seeing every head in the room shake and someone said "No dear, you're going to push now." I had to hold it through another contraction as the doctor (who luckily was IN the building this time) was running for my room. This did give Brian a chance to make it to the room, too.

3:50: Now I was screaming. I was so panicked by now. The doctor was there, though, and so was Brian. I pushed, they broke my water, and at 3:53 Hailey was born. She was so pretty, right away! I promptly started apologizing to everyone in the room. They were laughing at me at least. I heard several times I was third in their most dramatic deliveries! #1 was some lady who actually delivered in the lobby (I REALLY WANTED TO!!), and #2 was another lady who delivered 7minutes after arriving to the floor. Only 2 minutes shy!!! So close!

All in all, I can say I had a totally drug free delivery and Hailey and I are perfectly healthy! One nurse did say about the only thing keeping me from delivering sooner was that my water had not broken. So, we are lucky there. I really am glad we did make it to the hospital even though I so wanted to push sooner!!

Plans for a third!?! Well, we'll see. And if we do, I plan on having a live in mid wife, or nurse of some sort, maybe even a doctor for the last 4 weeks of the pregnancy. We can just PLAN on a home delivery, it will save a lot of headaches!

Week 1 went well. She's such a good baby. She eats, sleeps, poops, just like she's supposed to! We've had some good nights, and some not so good nights, but nothing outrageous! All to be expected. She passed her first doctors appointment with flying colors, she couldn't be more healthy! Her Grandma and Grandpa Bishop were here most of the week which was a big help. They helped entertain Ben and cook for us! And of course spoiled their grandkids rotten!!!

Now we just need to get my family here! They start trickling in tomorrow. My little sister made it last Sunday to relieve the neighbors from Ben duty, and she even stayed the night so Brian could stay at the hospital! My parents have been unable to come due to a BAD case of poison ivy my mother got! She ended up with an infection that cannot come anywhere near a new baby! So, she's working on getting healthy then spending some time here this coming week! I can't wait!!!! My other 2 sisters are making their way tomorrow (Monday) for an over-nighter. Should be fun!

Jun 7, 2011

Just a taste - Hailey Louise Bishop

Hey everyone -

Just a taste:

Hailey Louise Bishop
DOB - 6/5/2011
Time - 3:53pm
Weight - 6lbs, 7oz
Length - 19 3/4 inches
Hair - Blond
Eyes - Blue

- Brian

Hailey Slideshow

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