Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lunch Date

Today was the first time Meg and I took Avery out to eat. My allergies limit where we can go, so there really was only one choice...Jules Organic Pizza!

In honor of our lunch date, here are the pictures of the day...









Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Quick Update/ Picture of the Day

It's hard to believe that it has been 15 days since I last blogged...It's even harder to believe that Avery will be one month old this Sunday!

Over the past 15 days, Avery has: lost her umbilical cord, put on weight, moved into (some) 0-3 month clothing (she's very long!), changed formulas (we're now using Enfamil's Gentlease), slept in her crib (just naps so far), taken road trips, gone shopping, had her first real bath (woo hoo pink tub!), increased her time on her tummy (we're up to at least 10 minutes without fussing now!), AND had her first date! (we're in the process of arranging her marriage...but I'll save that for another day!)

All jokes aside, there never seems to be enough time left in the day to blog, so...I've decided I'm just going to start posting pictures.

Today's picture of the day was taken at my parents' house. Avery had just finished her bottle and was sitting on her Gran's lap. All of the sudden, she made the cutest pose I've ever seen...
















Look at those muscles!!! LOVE her!



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thank you, Mr. President!

Guess who just received a signed letter from President Obama?

This girl...
















Seriously...how cool is this?!





















She also received her Social Security card...big day for Avery!

Mother's Day weekend

Meg and I had a relaxing Mother's Day planned. She was going to garden and I was going to watch a horror movie by myself. While we were both able to partake in these activities, they weren't as enjoyable as we had expected.

I don't know if there was a subliminal message in my movie or if Avery just thought acting like a lycan (werewolf) would be cool. Either way, something turned her into a Grumpy Guss! 

She cried off and on all day. The only time she was happy was when we were sitting outside (can't say I blame her on that one...the weather was beautiful).

We changed her diaper, burped her, fed her, changed the scenery...you name it...we tried it. Nothing worked...

We're convinced that the honeymoon period has ended and Avery is now exhibiting her Diva like behavior...I can't say I'm surprised...I mean, this is the kid that was content to hang out inside Meg indefinitely!

All I have to say is that she's lucky she's cute!!

Here are some pictures from Mother's Day weekend...

Relaxing with mommy...
















Even though her onesie was a little big, she pulled
 off the surprise!





















Hmm..what can I do next?





















Still trying to figure out these things called fingers...


Mom wishes she had a pink hat!

















                 Life is good





















                      First staring contest


                   Pretty girl

Kisses from Mommy!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

First outing

Yesterday was our first family outing (not counting the pediatrician visit). We ventured out to the garden center in search of some Mother's Day flowers and plants (it was all outdoors...don't worry!).

Avery enjoyed her first ride in her stroller, but eventually started to cry. Thankfully my mom was there to help. She pushed the cart to the checkout counter while I took Meg (and Avery) back to the car.



































It was an eventful day...one that left Avery feeling all tuckered out...(don't you love how she sleeps with her arms up in the air??)
















P.S. I nicknamed Avery "Scooter" or "Scoot" because she uses her legs and arms to scoot across the pack n play! We put her down in the middle and by morning she's on the side!




Thursday, May 10, 2012

First Visit to the Pediatrician

Avery had her first doctor's appointment today. She did well. She didn't gain any weight, but she didn't lose any either (still 6lbs 10 oz).

The doctor told us that she looked great. He said that her "Angel's kiss" (pink mark above her eye) will continue to fade. He also pointed out her "Stork bite" (it's a red mark...kind of looks like a rash...on the back of her neck) and said that too will fade with time. We weren't worried...we didn't even know it existed (it's covered by her hair!)

I think Meg and I were more phased by the appointment than her. She had a wet diaper and they suggested we change her on the community changing table. They had the paper roll to cover the table, but all we could think of was GERMS! Then, there was a little girl who walked way too close and coughed (yuck!) Needless to say, when we got home we took off all of our clothes (and Avery's) and washed all of our hands.

Aside from the germs, the worst part was that the office was absolutely freezing. Thankfully, our friend Tara Lyn (shout out!), told us to bring a bathrobe to wrap Avery in. It made her look like Rocky, but it worked like a charm!





















Avery goes back to the doctor's in 3 weeks for her first round of shots (ugh!). In the meantime, the doctor wants us to start "cross-training" Avery. That was his creative way of telling us to incorporate "tummy time." He suggested putting something black and white next to her (so she could have something to look at)

We took off one of the balls from her mamaroo and we had our first successful "cross-training" session!




One Week Later...

It has been 7 days since the birth of our beautiful little girl and I've already learned so much...Here are the highlights so far...

1. I've learned how to change a wet diaper.

2. Keeping with number 1, I've learned that if I don't change Avery's diaper fast enough or if I try to change her before she fully wakes up Avery will pee on me! (definitely not just a boy thing!)

3. I've learned how to change a poopy diaper.

4. Keeping with number 3, I've learned that Avery can (and will) projectile poop if I don't change her diaper fast enough (happened twice so far!)

5. I've learned how to swaddle Avery (Meg is still much better at this than I am!)

6. I've learned how to make a bottle.

7. I've learned how to burp Avery..I'm kind of an expert!

8. I've learned how to tell when Avery is hungry (she does this weird thing with her tongue...Meg calls it rooting...I call it "Barney Crouch-ing"...after the guy in Harry Potter Goblet of Fire!)












9. I've learned how to help Meg's breast milk dry up (I had to help Meg put on two sports bras...I then
wrapped her tightly in an ace bandage...gave her ice and motrin, and finally put cabbage leaves down her bra!)

10. I've learned that sleep is overrated.

Most importantly, I've learned that Avery makes my love for Megan stronger, the days shorter, the nights longer, our home happier, our clothes dirtier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Birth

Rewind to last Wednesday...

Meg and I arrived at the hospital a little after 6pm. The nurse registered Meg and hooked her up to monitors to track Meg's contractions and Avery's heartbeat. The OB came in shortly after 8pm and inserted the Cervidil to help ripen Meg's cervix (and start Avery's eviction process). 

Meg was put on bed rest for 2 hours in order to allow the Cervidil time to work...we watched Survivor, Modern Family, and some new show with James Van der Beek (also known as DAWSON!!!) We tried to go to bed, but Meg had a really hard time falling asleep (the Cervidil brought on cramping) So...we rocked in the rocking chair and watched some more tv. 

The next morning, the OB came in (around 8 o'clock) to remove the Cervidil and hook Meg up to an IV. They also broke Meg's water (she said it felt like she was peeing her pants).

Meg was told that she could walk around, bounce on an exercise ball, or use the jacuzzi tub while she labored. Meg opted for the exercise ball. The nurse wrapped the ball in a large sheet and placed it on top of a "pee pee" pad. Meg spent most of the day bouncing (sitting still made the contractions hurt more)

Around 10:45 they started Meg on Pitocin. Contractions started quickly, but didn't become regular and unbearable until around 1:30pm. It was then that Meg called the nurse to request an epidural. She was only 2-3 cm and 80% effaced at this point.

The epidural was, BY FAR, the worst part of this entire process...the anesthesiologist first numbed Meg's spine. He then inserted the needle and catheter, but something went terribly wrong. Meg started screaming. He thought it was because of a contraction, so he continued to push (Meg said she felt a shooting nerve pain all the way down her leg) He pulled the needle out and opened up a second kit. He tried to use a different catheter and the same thing happened. Finally, he opened up a 3rd kit and started the entire process over...numbing, needle, catheter, etc. (I almost passed out. The nurse actually had to get me water and a cool rag for my neck. It was bad.)

After Meg received the epidural, she was confined to the bed. This slowed Meg's contractions down, so they had to increase the Pitocin (I don't know how Pitocin is measured, but if I remember correctly, they started Meg at 1 unit and increased the amount by 2 units every 30 minutes...) Meg made it to 13 units before Avery's heart rate started to get funky (apparently they can go as high as 20 units before needing doctor approval!)

Around 5 o'clock they had to give Meg an Amnio Infusion (to put fluids back into Meg to help Avery). They also had to insert an ISE catheter (to monitor Avery's heart rate) and an IUPC (to measure the strength of Meg's contractions) because the external monitors weren't cutting it. Meg already had a regular catheter in to relieve her bladder, so tubes were EVERYWHERE!

Oh, I forgot...they also administered oxygen to Meg. 

Avery's heart rate continued to dip, so they stopped the Pitocin. About an hour later they restarted the Pitocin (they had to start back at 1 unit because Meg had been off of it longer than 30 minutes...otherwise they could have started at half the dose)

By 6:15 Meg was dilated to 9cm. It took about another hour before she fully dilated...it was the longest hour ever!!!

The OB and nurse said they were going to let Meg labor down..a process that could take a few hours for a first time mom..(labor down essentially meant to push whenever Meg felt the urge to...get this...poop!) 

Years of IBS and stomach problems truly prepared Meg for delivery because she was awesome at pushing! The nurse would hold one leg and I would hold the other. Meg would bear down to a count of 10. She would then take a quick breath and go right back into it. After three pushes, Meg would take a break until she felt another urge.

Avery's birth was absolutely amazing! I told everyone that I wasn't going to look, but the truth is that I couldn't look away. Watching Avery's head descend was awesome. Witnessing her instinctively turn her head before the final pushes was unbelievable! Cutting her umbilical cord was like a right of passage!

When Avery was finally out, they placed her on Meg's chest and wiped her off. They then took her over to the isolette. The NICU came in to assist the nursery nurses because Avery's heart rate went tachycardic (her heart rate was well above 100 beats per minute) during the last few minutes of delivery. Fortunately, all was well.

I'm not going to lie though...there were moments that were disgusting...remember I told you about the amnio infusion? Well, all of the fluids they put back into Meg squirted out when she pushed. (I freaked out the first time it hit my shirt..the doctor just laughed at me) Watching them cut Meg (yea...she had an episotomy) was tough because there was a lot of blood. The placenta was pretty gross too. It reminded me of a blue heart in the shape of a bag...it was veiny...they actually had to twist it to ensure they got it all out! 

Okay. Okay..enough with the gross stuff. Avery is absolutely perfect and was totally worth the wait!!! (even her shirt says so!)




 





































Saturday, May 5, 2012

Heartbreaker

Avery is barely 2 days old and is already a heartbreaker! Don't believe me...check out her newborn pictures...
















Oh...I almost forgot...did you check out the new logo at the top of Wiegand Writes?!?! (Avery's Aunt Trish designed it..she also did the first one!)

It's still so hard to believe the trying to conceive journey has ended...BUT we're so excited for all of the adventures to come!

Friday, May 4, 2012

The moment you've all been waiting for...

I promise to blog about the birth in detail later, but for now, I thought I'd give you the abridged version.

Our beautiful daughter, Avery, was born on May 3rd, 2012 at 8:55pm (FINALLY!). She weighed 6 lbs 10 oz and was 20 inches long.

Megan and Avery are both doing well and hope you enjoy the pictures (I'll post more soon!)
























Thank you for all of your love and support!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Finally...

FINALLY!!! It was only a matter of time before we heard some good news...

Today, Meg had her 41 week appointment. They took us back to exam room 3...hooked her up to the monitors for a nonstress test. Avery was very active and looked great. Meg even had 3 minor contractions. Unfortunately Meg showed no progress in terms of dilation.

Are you ready for the good news??? The doctor said, "It's time."

We are scheduled to go to the hospital tonight at 6. There, we will be greeted by one of our favorite doctors. She will give Meg Cervidil to help ripen her cervix (and will hopefully calm Meg's nerves...she's good like that!)

Tomorrow morning another doc will come in to check Meg's progress. She will most likely break Meg's water and administer Pitocin.

Avery will hopefully be born on May 3rd and follow in the footsteps of her family (Meg-November 3, Uncle Eddie-October 3rd, Grandpop-September 3rd, Cousin Ryleigh-January 3rd)

As our dogs play on the floor and as we sit here watching TV, it's so exciting to think that we will soon be a family of 3!!!