The Best Christmas Gift

December 31, 2011

Bill and I received the best gift we could have asked for this Christmas, a healthy baby boy.  I delivered our son on December 16th, and our lives havenâ??t been the same since.  Weâ??re so biased, but heâ??s a beautiful baby and our greatest joy.

my little joshua

I canâ??t exactly tell you why I didnâ??t blog about the pregnancy.  It wasnâ??t a big secret, though I did keep it relatively low key.  In the back of my mind I think I didnâ??t want to jinx it.  Iâ??ve had three friends lose babies late in their pregnancies and while I wasnâ??t actively worried about it, the idea was always sort of hovering there.  It didnâ??t keep me from bonding with the baby, but it may have kept me from shouting about it from the rooftops.  I always meant to bring it up on the blog; I hinted at it a couple of times.  For whatever reason, it just seemed weird to me to say â??hey, Iâ??m having a baby!â?

I had a relatively easy pregnancy.  A little nausea at the beginning, some sciatica off and on in the last trimester, but overall it was not bad at all.  I did catch a cold and was sick for my last two weeks and that I could have done without.  I have to say that I did a very good job of managing my stress.  Buying a house, having some big work done on it, and moving during my last trimester could have been a recipe for disaster but in very un-Margaret-like fashion, I just rolled with it.  We made decisions quickly, we didnâ??t agonize over the problems or delays.  It helped that we had a great contractor who knew our deadline and worked really hard to get the work done in time.  Any issue he had, he presented with possible solutions which made it pretty easy for us.  And he finished the bulk of the work the day before I gave birth.

As for the giving birth partâ?¦  It was interesting.  Bill and I took a childbirth preparation class at the hospital which was very helpful.  We had an idea of how we wanted things to go.  Iâ??d go into labor naturally, weâ??d have an unmedicated vaginal delivery, and a healthy baby boy.  Things couldnâ??t have been more different than our ideal plan.  The little guy didnâ??t want to come out.  I was given an extra six days and then I checked into the hospital to be induced.  They gave me something that night to sort of loosen up the cervix and then next morning at 6am, they started the pitocin.  I labored for six hours without medication but at 2pm, I told Bill we had to see how far along I was because the pain was getting bad.  At that point I was at about 5 cm, and I asked for some medication.  There was no way I was going to last another six plus hours without some â??help.â?  The narcotic took the edge off the pain, and I got more after an hour, but when the contractions were every 60 â??? 90 seconds, I asked for an epidural.  I like to think that I have a high tolerance for pain but I couldnâ??t take it any more.  Bill was a great birth partner and gave me all the support and encouragement I needed.  And from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, I needed a lot.  I asked for the epidural around 3:00 and of course the doctor was in surgery but I was her next patient.  It would be about 15 minutes.  I think I got the epidural around 3:50.  How I was able to stay still during the procedure was beyond me.  I know I was motivated not to move, but I was still having very painful contractions.  Regardless, when the epidural kicked in around 4:00, I was a different person.  I went from someone who couldnâ??t talk or keep her eyes open to an almost normal person again.  Much to Billâ??s great relief.  At this point, we were both able to take a breath.  I took a nap and Bill relaxed.

bill relaxes post-epidural

My doctor had checked in on us earlier in the day, and came by in the evening.  She was concerned that I wasnâ??t making very much progress.  We came up with a plan, and waited to see what happened.  At 9pm, after many adjustments to the pitocin, not much had changed.  I wasnâ??t having productive contractions, I was still at 5 cm, and we all decided it was time for a c-section.  Forty minutes later, Joshua arrived.

the napier family

At 9:20 I was wheeled into surgery.  The baby was born at 9:42.  At 10:10, I was wheeled into recovery.  At 10:30, my mom arrived to see her grandson.  It was amazing.  While the birth didnâ??t go anywhere close to how we had hoped it would, it was still a positive experience.  The nurses were amazing, my doctor was great and worked hard to get us a vaginal delivery, but it wasnâ??t meant to be.

The end result was a healthy baby boy and we just couldnâ??t be happier.  Heâ??s two weeks old now, and we are all so blessed.  Even when he looks at me like I’m a crazy lady.

whatch you talkin' bout, mama?


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Hello, December!

December 5, 2011

Time is getting away from me.  We’ve been in our house for two weeks and not much has changed.  We are still without a kitchen but getting close.  A lot of progress was made this week.  I have my fingers crossed that all my kitchen stuff will be in the actual kitchen, nicely put away, in a few days.  I hope, I hope, I hope…

Kitchen progress

Kitchen counters

My dad went home yesterday.  We had a nice time together although it was kind of a crummy visit.  He knew we would be packing and moving and under construction, but knowing it and living it are two different things. He was a huge help and we spent quality time together but it wasn’t super fun.  Bill was sick for half of my dad’s visit and I caught his cold and wasn’t feeling well for the last few days he was here.  We did take him to see the Blackhawks who were in town for a game.  The Hawks lost 1-0 but it was an exciting game.

Me and my dad

That’s about it.  I’m in absolute denial that Christmas is in three weeks.  Are we sure it’s December.  You’re positive??


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