Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Adelyn’s Birth Story

Monday June 20th I had a scheduled induction for 7:30am. My doctor thought my baby was at least 9  lbs and thought it was necessary since I was already over-due. We woke up bright & early on Monday and headed to hospital with such anticipation! It was quite interesting knowing I was going to be in labor that day! And this was our last picture as a family of 2!DSC09962

First thing they got me gowned up, did a blood draw, and broke my water. I was dilated to 3 cm. Then they started an IV, hooked me up to a million (felt like it!) other cords/machines, and started pitocin to get contractions going.  DSC09964

The contractions started right away, but I couldn’t really feel them too much. We spent the morning talking about our baby girl who was about to arrive, took a few walks, and tried to rest.  I felt completely fine until about noon.

Kyle was an amazing support person the ENTIRE day! My diet for the day was ice chips only and he said he was going to join in my fast so I didn’t feel deprived if he ate (even though I kept telling him to eat!). But he couldn’t resist the mini cans of pop through the OB floor kitchen though!DSC09967

My doctor came back and determined I had dilated to 4 cm now and baby’s head was very low. The contractions started to pick up quite a bit! I was consistently breathing and focusing through each one. I’m not a fan of this picture…but I think it shows pretty well how I was feeling! DSC09969

This is the monitor that kept track of my contractions and baby’s heartbeat. I couldn’t see it from where I was in bed, but Kyle kept close tabs and commentated on it for me… “Woah, that was a big one”!DSC09972

I made it about 4 1/2 hours through active labor without any pain control, breathing through those contractions. I wanted to make it as long as I could because they say sometimes an epidural can slow your labor down. Generally you should dilate 1 cm/hour when you are in active labor and don’t have any pain control. I went from noon to 4:30pm and only progressed to 5 cm and believe me those 4 1/2 hours were a tough go!

About 4:30pm I decided the contractions were plenty strong and requested an epidural. By 5pm they had the epidural in and I had instant relief! I was feeling great and excited to meet my little girl!DSC09975

Around 7:45pm my doctor checked me and I was dilated to 6 cm and 90% effaced. She ordered internal monitors to determine the strength of each contraction since I couldn’t make that determination now with the epidural.

By 9pm I was 7 cm and still feeling pretty good. Two hours later though I was still at 7 cm and my doctor said if I hadn’t made progress by midnight “we would have to talk”. Of course I knew that meant c section, which I knew was always a possibility. At 11:30pm my nurse checked me and I was still 7cm. Starting to feel discouraged I re-focused and mentally prepared myself for the possible c section. Kyle and I said prayers and knew God was in control of the arrival of our daughter!

At midnight my doctor checked me again and I made it to 9cm…in a half hour!! Needless to say I was a happy camper! I was really started to feel that “pressure”, but couldn’t push yet because I still needed to make some more progress.

Around 2am I was full dilated, effaced, and ready to push! I ended up pushing for over 2 1/2 hours! They were a long, tough few hours, but COMPLETELY worth it!!

At 4:34am Adelyn Marie was born! They put her on my tummy right away and started rubbing her down. Kyle and I were overjoyed, she was finally here! Such an amazing moment! Kyle got to cut the cord and joined our daughter just across the room while they did all those first checks. DSC09982

As soon as she came out I could hear the nurses and my doctor making guesses about about big she was! No one got it though…she weighed 10lbs 2 3/4 oz and was 22 in long!! A good sized healthy little girl! DSC09980

Our local hospital recently re-modeled the OB floor. They have labor & delivery suites where you stay the entire time. And when baby comes they don’t have to wisk them away, they do EVERYTHING right there in your room. It so nice!! So while the doctor was finishing up with me I could see Adelyn across the room!DSC09985DSC09990

Adelyn had her first bath! She wasn’t much of a fan of it though!DSC09997


Pretty sure she was checking Daddy out here! So sweet!DSC00006

They took her foot prints right away and my finger print as well. DSC00014

After they were finished I finally got to hold my sweet baby girl!!DSC00017

And of course Daddy too! Kyle was amazing through the entire experience! I am so blessed to have him as my husband and Adelyn’s Daddy!DSC00024

This was our first picture as a family of 3!! We feel so incredibly blessed to have our new little healthy bundle!  1st family pic

And thank you to EVERYONE for all your kind words, comments, and gifts! We truly appreciate it!

Friday, June 24, 2011

She’s Here!!!

Adelyn Marie

Arrived 6.21.2011 at 4:34 am

10lbs 2 3/4oz * 22in long


More to come soon!!

Hayden 9 Months

Our little nephew is 9 months old this month! Just seems like this was yesterday…DSC08544

And now he’s this big boy! He loves to crawl all over the place. He is constantly making noise, no specific words yet, but he knows how to use his voice! He will walk while you hold his hands, but not on his own yet. I’m sure it won’t be long till he’s walking all over the place. p10886ta104592_1_0

He LOVES to clap. When you sing “clap your hands all you people shout unto God with a voice of praise…” he will just clap & clap & clap! He will also wave hi or bye. p10886ta104592_7_0

Hayden had his 9 month check up a few days ago and he was 23.8lbs & 31in. He’s in the 91st percentile for weight and 99th for height! I think he’s going to be one tall boy!  p10886ta104592_15_0

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father’s Day Cook-out

Just in case we happen to have a baby, we invited my Dad and Grampo up for the night for supper on Friday to celebrate Father’s Day. Hayden wanted to celebrate with Grandpa too! He was clapping here…he LOVES to clap! It’s SO cute!!DSC09946

Nothing says “let’s celebrate you, Dad” like grillin’ out! We grilled steak, hot dogs, and veggie kabobs!  I hadn’t ever included potatoes on kabobs before, but they turned out pretty good. The secret is that you have to pre-cook them for a bit. DSC09947

This was the first time we used our patio furniture. Last summer I got the table at an auction for $10 and then we just picked up some chairs from Target this spring. Not too shabby! I have a feeling we’ll spend lots of summer evenings out here. LOVE it!!DSC09948

After supper we escaped the heat and came in for desert! I made Oreo cheesecake! Hayden even had a few bites…needless to say, he loved it! Pretty sure he loves his Grandpa too! My Dad’s arms are going to be full once baby Bangert makes her arrival!DSC09950

Uncle Kyle entertained Hayden with our wood floors & a fleece blanket!DSC09955

Hayden loved it! He’s pretty easy to please!DSC09957

Hayden had to test out our new recliners! He wasn’t a fan…one day he’ll learn! I think this was getting to the point of the night where he was getting tired…too late for this little guy.DSC09958

Happy Father’s Day Dad!DSC09961I think this is a good picture to show how low my belly is! I even had to take a double take when I looked at it!

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Evolution of the Belly!

I thought it would be fun to compare my belly at different points throughout my pregnancy!  So here is a comparison about every 5 weeks. And to think that when I was 9 weeks I felt “bloated”! Ha!!!! I can’t wait to be back to that point (even though I know it may take a while!).


40 weeks

40 weeks - 6.16.11

How Far Along: 40 weeks

Size of baby: According to Baby Bangert is the size of a small pumpkin and about 20 inches long from head to heel. BUT…I had an ultrasound a few weeks ago and they are estimating Baby Bangert at 8 1/2 lbs already!

Maternity Clothes: Pretty much ALL maternity…minus a few t-shirts from the hubby!

Gender: It’s a girl!!! And yesterday (6.16.11, the due date!) we FINALLY picked out her name!! Once she arrives we will share it with everyone.

Movement: She is a busy little girl, too bad she can’t just kick her way out of my tummy! I feel her moving around all throughout the day. I love it though…there is a little life inside me!

Sleep: Eh, it’s better than what it was the past few weeks. I’m up a lot (think potty breaks!), but getting better about being able to fall back asleep.

What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach, a bigger selection of clothes, sleep in general, and buying regular clothes (the maternity section needs to expand)!

Cravings: This week was smores pop tarts, made for a good morning snack!

Symptoms: Feeling well for the most part, just very achy & tired by the end of the the day. And of course very anxious for this little girl to make her arrival.

Best Moment this week: Kyle and I have spent some great time together lately. His homework load has been a lot lighter and to say I’ve been enjoying more time with him is an understatement. Can’t wait till he’s done with school in December! Oh and we got a few new rocker/recliners for our living room! It was time to move on from our “hand me down” chairs we’ve had since before we were married.

Today is our 40 week appointment. Not a whole lot to report yet, but hopefully will know more after our appointment this afternoon. If you would have told me 3 weeks ago that I would make it PAST my due date I wouldn’t have believed you. But as everyone tells me, babies have their own agenda! I took the day off today to do a few things and just relax. When I left work yesterday I left as if I wasn’t coming back until after maternity leave, we’ll see if this little girl cooperates!

Monday, June 6, 2011

dear daughter…

To our baby girl,

To say we are excited to meet you is an understatement. Only ten days till your scheduled arrival date. Just like you have been hearing from Mommy & Daddy lately, we would not object to you coming early!DSC3410edited-2-L

The doctors are saying you are healthy little girl, estimating your weight over 8 1/2 pounds. Each week we visit the doctor’s office we love hearing that “thump…thump…thump” of your little heart beating inside Mommy’s tummy. DSC3436edited-1-L

We have prayed & dreamed about you since the day we found out you were growing in my tummy. You have been so good to Mommy these past 38 weeks and we pray that continues when you decide to enter this big world. Mommy loves feeling you wiggle and move in her tummy all throughout the day. DSC3321edited-1-L

When you found out you were a little girl it brought tears of joy to our eyes! Of course we would have been happy if you were a boy, but God knew Mommy had dreamed about you for years. Your room is all ready for you, complete with all things pink! We had so much fun getting it ready and cannot wait for you to come and make our home complete. DSC3384edited-1-L

Just because you are a girl doesn’t mean we can’t go play in the dirt or participate in sports. We cannot wait to spend our Saturdays as a family in Iowa City cheering on our favorite team, the Iowa Hawkeyes.DSC3350-L

Daddy loves pretty much any sport and will teach you anything you want to know! DSC3471edited-2-L

We cannot wait for that first time when we get to see your sweet face and cute little feet for the first time. We are longing for that moment to hold you in our arms. We are very excited to be your Mommy & Daddy. We know we won’t be perfect parents, but we plan to do our best to raise you to love others, your family, and, more importantly God.DSC3452edited-2-L

You have so many people that are so excited to meet you. Mommy & Daddy already love you more than you will every know. You are our gift sent from above!DSC3340edited-2-L

All our love,

Mommy & Daddy

Friday, June 3, 2011

37 weeks

37 weeks - 5.31.11

I’ve been slacking on my weekly posts lately. I couldn’t believe the difference in my belly from my 33 week post!

How Far Along: 37 Weeks, 5 days! (day of picture) Today, 6/3/11, I’m 38 weeks, 1 day

Size of baby: According to Baby Bangert is the size of a watermelon, over 6 pounds, and over 19 inches long from head to heel. BUT…I had an ultrasound last week and they are estimating Baby Bangert at 8 1/2 lbs already!

Maternity Clothes: Pretty much ALL maternity…minus a few t-shirts from the hubby!

Gender: It’s a girl!!! We’re still working on names…we’ve had 2 deadlines come and go and still no name. We are down to 3! Pray we pick one soon!!

Movement: She is a busy little girl, too bad she can’t just kick her way out of my tummy! I feel her moving around all throughout the day. I love it though…there is a tiny little life inside me!

Sleep: Pretty much non-existent! But everyone tells me its getting me ready for what’s to come. Tuesday night I think I may have gotten 2 hours total. Sad smile

What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach, a bigger selection of clothes, sleep in general, and buying regular clothes (the maternity section needs to expand)!

Cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary. Ice cream and Mexican…but those are favs whether I’m prego or not!

Symptoms: Feeling well for the most part, just very achy & tired by the end of the the day.

Best Moment this week: We spent our long holiday weekend with some of our friends from KC! They were so hopeful Baby Bangert would make her arrival while they were in town. But no such luck. Picture_277

At my 38 week appointment I was dilated 2+ centimeters and my Doctor is hopeful I’ll go this week. But I think that is because she is on call this weekend! Winking smile I am more than ready to meet my little girl! I’ve been walking every night in hopes it would help get her here sooner!

And I have to give a shout out to Callie over at The Wannabe Athlete, her and her husband welcomed their little guy into the world this week! And I read a post she did last week that was just what I needed today. So for all you prego’s out there that are anxious and ready to meet your little one, click here!

Happy Friday everyone!

Oh and in case you missed the nursery tour, click here!!

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