Wednesday, February 29, 2012

One month old

Mason was one month on leap day! We took a couple pictures to keep a record of him growing. Progression pictures. He looks so tiny. He's my little peanut. he weighs 7 pounds 13 oz and is 23 inches long
with the football grandma gave him
with Travis old stuffed dog Jake

with the pups

on his special quilt made by my mom

in his 6/9 month wsu jersey

This month went by so quick! I can't believe it. I am feeling much better and Mason is getting more alert everyday. He loves to grab on to things (hair, binkies, seat belts, blankets) and is doing great eating from both a bottle and nursing. He is definitely strong willed and knows what he wants and has a set of lungs to get his way! We love him so much.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mason's first bath

Mason loves the water. He is already a fish like his mama!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy valentines day 2012

So cute. How could you resist. My mom helped make our valentines extra special this year. We doubled with my mom and Mason. We went to costco, sellas and picked up a heart shaped ice cream cake from DQ.

I went to my classroom for a while this morning. It was so fun to see everyone and show off Mason. They loved him. My mom and I also went shopping around Moscow. Glad to have her here and glad to be feeling much much better.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Photo dump of the first weeks of life!

Until now I never understood how people could take so many pictures of one tiny person.
GO cougs

Hat made by Grandma Tiffany

Hat made by Ashley

Personalized blanket from the Dunns

Took treats to the nurses for taking such good care of us

Sleeping with dad and the dogs
First car ride our trip home

Look at his little folded hands

Mason loves to drink pumped breastmilk... comes faster :)

Nala with her baby

Bandit loves his little brother

All ready for his first Super Bowl

We sure love this little guy!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The worst week ever

I had a great first week with my baby. I was feeling really great and got up and out quite a bit. My house was super clean, I drove Travis to class and made him lunches, I even started doing the "stay at home mom" activities.
Then Monday night/Tuesday morning I woke up covered in blood. When I woke up I thought I peed my pants. Then I stood up and I felt like all my organs dropped out of me. They were blood clots the size of softballs and lots of them. I woke up Travis and we called Jaimie to come watch Mason and went to the ER.
The stitches in my birth canal had been disturbed after the blood clots passed so Dr. Adkins needed to restitch me. The pain shots didn't work and the morphine didn't kick in until after it was over. It was the worst pain of my entire life. I crushed Travis' hand and screamed bloody murder. But he was able to stop the bleeding and after a blood transfusion (I lost half my blood) I was able to go home in the evening.
Wednesday during the day I passed more clots... golf ball sized ones. So Dr. Adkins wanted me to go and get an ultrasound. The results of my ultrasound showed fragments of my placenta left over in the uterus. So they ordered a D and C with Dr. Minudri for the morning.
On Thursday I went in for my D and C. A D and C should last 15 minutes. I was going to be home by noon. They put you under only because its a little inhumane to scrape out a uterus while you're awake. So you're asleep they scrape it out, your uterus contracts and there is no more blood. Well as luck would have it my uterus didn't contract like it was supposed to. So emergency procedure saved my life, they put a balloon in my uterus and put me on pitocin so my uterus was still. It was much longer than 15 minutes and I didn't get to go home at noon
Luckily my Mother in Law (and father in law) came after she heard about the blood clots. She went with me to the D and C while Travis was in class. SO glad they were there. I had to be hospitalized until Saturday. I got another blood transfusion and had to lay flat on my back for 24 hours. I had these leg massager things on to keep blood flow in my legs.
It was very scary and traumatic. Dr Minudri said that he's pretty sure this will happen again next delivery and said that I should get a C-section so that they can be sure to get the uterus clean and also they have better access to stop any more bleeding.
During all of this Jaimie and Nayt helped take care of Mason. I'm so glad he is such a good baby. I'm also glad he takes a bottle and I pump so much milk. I don't know what we would have done without that.
My mom (bless her heart) came on Saturday to take care of me now that I'm out of the hospital. I am so lucky to have her take great care of me and Mason.
I can be positive this was much worse than my labor, which I didn't think could be worse.
I am very proud of myself for how much I can get through. I am much tougher than I ever imagined.
I am so grateful for modern medicine and the power of prayer.
Thank you for everyone that helped and showed concern.
Now I can be home and enjoy being a mommy to my miracle baby.