June 28, 2016

Jade Elizabeth- Welcoming Our Little Girl Into The World {Part Two}

Hey everyone! Thanks so much for reading and for sharing in our excitement. Here is part two of Miss Jade's birth story.

It was Tuesday night, March 8, and Brian drove me to the hospital at around 11:30. My contractions had been five minutes apart for the last several hours, but they were only about 30 seconds each. We drove the 25 minutes to Flower Hospital and walked into the Emergency Room. Someone immediately got me a wheelchair and I initialed some papers before I was wheeled to a room. I was told to put on a gown and I got hooked up to the machine that measured my contractions. The nurse said that I was 3 cm dilated, 100% effaced, and that I was in active labor. I felt relieved and nervous all at the same time! It was a little after midnight at this time, but we called our parents anyway and told them we would be having our baby! Both sets of parents told us they would be leaving at 5 a.m. (Brian's parents are about six hours away and mine are about three.) From there, we were taken to our permanent room. This was right when my contractions were getting more intense and I was definitely breathing harder.

Our room was really nice. I am so happy we delivered at Flower. The room was spacious and we were in a quiet corner away from other rooms. We were told that the anesthesiologist working that night would be woken up and sent to our room to administer the epidural shortly. He came in around 2:00 that morning. I was a little nervous for the epidural...something about a needle being injected into my spine was a little unsettling, but pushing a baby out without medication bothered me more ;) So I avoided looking at the needle, held Brian's hands, and tried to stay as still as possible while it was administered. It wasn't bad at all! The initial poke felt funny, but it really was no big deal.

I waited a few minutes for the medication to kick in to relieve the contractions. I started to only feel relief on my right side at first, but after shifting my body around, it finally spread out evenly. The weird part was that my right side began to get swollen. My right foot and hand looked puffy to me and I couldn't breathe out of my right nostril...weird, right?! My right eye was also slightly swollen. I was told to try to sleep, but the stuffy nose and the "omg we're having a baby" thoughts wouldn't let me! Not to mention there were nurses coming in every half hour or so to check things. After about an hour the swelling on my right side went down and I could breathe clearly through my nose. It was about 3:30 in the morning and I still couldn't sleep!

The nurse came in and told me that my doctor would be in around 6 in the morning to break my water if it had not broken yet. I was told to alert her if it had broken. She walked out of the room, closed the door, and it literally broke right then! She hadn't taken more than two steps out the door when I called for her to let her know.

The night seemed to be flying by. Before I knew it, it was light outside and I was dilated 10 cm. My doctor had recently arrived at the hospital, but we had to wait for her to perform a c-section on another patient. My parents arrived just before 9:00 and stopped in the room for about five minutes before my doctor came in to let me know she was ready for me. My parents went out to wait in a nearby room so I could begin pushing.

This was such a neat experience. In the movies, the delivery part always seems so chaotic. The woman is usually screaming and people are running in and out of the room. But I had the blessed medication and my doctor was so calm. It was me, Brian, my doctor, and one nurse...it was extremely peaceful. When I reflect on the delivery of Jade, I remember sunshine streaming through the windows, my doctor's calm voice, and Brian's encouragement. Since I had the epidural and was numb (and completely paralyzed in my legs, I might add!), it was hard for me to feel the progress of my pushing, so I really had to rely on the guidance from my doctor and from Brian. I had my eyes closed the majority of the time that I pushed because I was concentrating on using my numb abdominal muscles. Suddenly, Brian said, "Court, look down." I looked down and there she was, red skinned from living inside me, head full of dark hair. As they finished pulling her out, they turned her towards me and I looked into her little blue eyes. We were able to do some skin to skin before they took her to check height, weight, and etc. 

Another thing that went differently than I expected is that she didn't cry right away. I remember looking into her eyes as she looked inquisitively into mine. She'd look into my eyes for a few moments, and then let out a few cries. Then she'd stop crying to look into my eyes some more. This was a sweet little cycle that went on for a few minutes. It was like she knew she was supposed to cry, but had to stop frequently to take it all in and look into her mama's eyes. 

Our little Jade Elizabeth came into the world so quickly. She was six days early and right on time. She has changed everything. Things are so different now, much harder, less convenient, and so much sweeter. Every decision now revolves around her well being. My priorities and ambitions are different. I hope to update more about my life as a mom and finally get back to some style posts (the original intention of the blog) when possible, but like I said...my priorities and ambitions are just different. I am giving myself grace for the things I don't get done because one day Jade will be a big girl and won't want me to hold her. One day I will pick her up, put her down, and never pick her up again. Right now, I am her whole world and I want to love her so well. Somebody told me to "be Jesus in the flesh to her." I'm praying everyday that I will show her who her Savior is, even before she can comprehend it. 

Thanks to everyone for sharing in our joy. And thank you to the other mamas who continue to encourage me all along the way! Motherhood is so much better together. 


| Jade Elizabeth | March 9, 2016  |9:20 a.m.| 7 pounds, 11 ounces | 20 inches |

April 05, 2016

Jade Elizabeth- Welcoming Our Little Girl Into The World {Part One} + Third Trimester Pictures.

I am writing this post later than I had hoped,  because I want to remember every detail involved around welcoming our little girl into the world. The more time that goes by, the easier it is to let the little details fade. Bringing our sweet daughter, Jade Elizabeth, into this world was the most amazing experience. 

 It was an ordinary Tuesday, exactly one week away from my due date. At this point I had been a centimeter dilated for a couple of weeks and I had lost my plug 2 weeks prior (sorry if that's tmi!). I had thought my baby was coming right after I had lost my plug, but she decided to stick around for awhile longer. On this particular day, I felt great with lots of energy. I spent a full day at work, left around 4 to run errands, and stopped for a coffee at Parker before meeting my friends for BSF, which is an international Bible study that is currently studying the book of Revelation. The weather was beautiful and I remember sipping my coffee feeling hopeful about the arrival of spring. I met my girlfriends at our usual meeting spot so we could carpool. I had worn a simple black top and black leggings. I was wearing a lot of black at this period for it's slimming effects...it helps a full term pregnant mama feel less "whale-ish." ;) However, the leggings I wore weren't maternity...I think all my maternity leggings were dirty and I had to resolve to a regular pair of leggings...which were always fine for a few hours...but after about 11 hours, I was starting to get sore from where the seam cut into me. I complained about this to my friends and my stupidity for 1) not doing laundry to wash said maternity leggings and 2) not buying more maternity leggings so I wouldn't have to do laundry as often. It was my week to drive, so Mackenzie and Kristen hopped into my car and we drove the 30 minute drive to BSF. 

BSF began normally with a quick corporate meeting and then breaking up into small groups before our lecture. I went into my small group with my binder and this week's lesson and took a seat. Everyone asked me how I was feeling and I said that I had felt great..which was still true up to that point. Once we prayed and began discussing our lesson however, I started to feel some pain in my lower abdomen. At first, I thought this was from my stupid leggings digging into me, because that was where I felt the pain. However, I realized the pain was coming and going. Meanwhile we're discussing Revelation, I'm giving my input, while secretly timing the pain as it comes and goes. It turns out the pain was coming every five minutes! I wasn't convinced that this was labor though...so I waited it out, still participating in our discussion. I began to feel pretty uncomfortable though and left to go walk around for a few minutes to see if what I was feeling was truly contractions. Sure enough, walking around didn't change anything. I went back to small group and we finished our lesson. I nonchalantly brought up the fact that I was having contractions to a few ladies in my group, but that I wasn't sure if they meant anything. I had been having Braxton Hicks since my second trimester, so I didn't want to make a big deal out of them if they didn't turn out to be anything more than that. 

We walked out of small group to go to lecture and I just walked around the lobby for a few minutes, trying to get comfortable. Nothing was changing, so I texted Mackenzie and Kristen what I was feeling and kindly requested that they keep their phones on them during lecture in case we needed to leave. I never went into lecture...I kept walking around the lobby and finally I ran into Kristen and told her what I was feeling. I told her that I didn't think I needed to leave...yet. However, I said that and no sooner did I feel a really intense contraction when Kristen was washing her hands and I said, "Okay, we need to go!" 

Kristen grabbed Mackenzie and off we went. I still wasn't convinced that I was in actual labor, I just knew I felt too uncomfortable to stay. Since I drove, Kristen offered to drive for me. I gladly gave her the keys. We happened to be driving right by my hospital, but I opted to go home first. I wanted to wait it out to see if this was the real deal. My contractions were five minutes apart, but they were only lasting about 20 seconds at this point. 

Brian was surprised to see me home early. It was about 8:30 at this point. I told him how I was feeling, that I thought I was having contractions (they felt different than how they were described to me so I really didn't know!), but they weren't lasting very long even though they were regular. We waited around and I agonized over the decision of whether or not we should go to the hospital. I called my doctor and told her what was going on, but even she said that it could be false labor or it could be the real deal and that I could make the decision on whether to go in or not. Our hospital has the 5-1-1 guideline: they say to wait to go in until your contractions are five minutes apart, for one hour, lasting a minute each. Well by this point, my contractions were definitely five minutes apart and they had been going on for a few hours...but they still were only 20-30 seconds. This was the only thing that was keeping me from going in. 

I paced the apartment, told Brian to pack his bag just in case, and then hopped in the shower to let the warm water ease the discomfort. Finally, around 11:30 that night, nothing had changed. My contractions were exactly the same...they had been going on for about 4 hours at this point and they were consistent...but still short. I finally decided to go to the hospital. I figured the worst they could do was send me home. So we grabbed our things, filled Gunther's dish with extra food, and drove to Flower Hospital. 

It's funny how you have an idea in your mind of how things will happen, and then there is what really happens. I never anticipated going in so late at night. I envisioned going in during the day with my hair perfectly fixed, make-up done, fingernails and toenails painted, and completely well rested. (Ha! You can laugh at the mere fact that I cared and wanted to look pretty when I delivered my baby...I know it's weird, but it's who I am!) It turns out that I only had what was left of my make-up that I had put on at 6 that morning, my hair was in a greasy top-knot and work out headband, and that I did not get around to manicuring my fingers and toes. But it turns out that between those contractions, communicating to my team that I would not be coming in to work the following morning, and dreaming of my little girl, it was the least of my worries. Surprise, surprise, right?! ;) 

I'll be posting Part Two this week, so be sure to check back! Here are a few pictures from my third trimester since I didn't get to blog much during that time. 

 Mine and my sister in law's baby bump...she was due the day after me and ended up delivering her third on leap day! 

My mom and my sister at my baby shower back home

My friend Mackenzie at a baby shower she threw for me here in Toledo

 I had never worn a flower crown before this day and I am kind of obsessed! 

Brian stopped in!

I was 37 weeks in this picture. We walked around Ann Arbor all day here...this was the day I lost my plug, which I am sure was from walking so much. It was hilarious because after it happened, Brian and I walked aimlessly around Trader Joes for the longest time, without putting anything in our cart! We were in so much shock because I think we both thought that this indicated that labor was within hours away. I'm sure we looked ridiculous walking in circles around the store, all wide eyed without a single item in our cart. Little did we know that I would not go into labor for another two weeks! 

To Be Continued...


January 05, 2016

Hello 2016, Hello Third Trimester!

| hat: asos | glasses: miu miu | blazer: loft | lbd: bailey 44 (similar) | booties: tory burch (similar)|

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful start to 2016. Brian and I were actually very boring and stayed home and organized our apartment. We paused for a couple minutes when the ball dropped and then got back to work! #adulting 

Here is a 30 week bump update. I am in the third trimester, the home stretch! Our little girl is growing right before our eyes and we have been trying to organize our little apartment and get ready for her. We're getting excited for upcoming showers and lamaze classes. 

Here is a look I wore this past weekend to a wedding. Again, I love Bailey 44 and her stretchy dresses (I wore another one of her dresses here). I've had this lbd for years and have gotten so much use out of it. A good lbd will never fail ya, pregnant or not. Neither will a good pair of leopard booties. ;) 

Have a great day and thanks for reading!! 


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