November 11, 2011 finally arrived and so did our sweet baby girl. Cody and I headed to the hospital for the scheduled C Section at 11:30am. When we got to the maternity ward, they weighed me and put us in a holding room, number 11 (which of course, I thought was great!). The nurses came in, gave me a gown and started asking a bunch of questions. Then they had to give me an IV and said I had to get two bags of fluid in me before the surgery.
My parents and Cody's Mom, step dad and step mom all came in to see us before they took me back. I got really nervous and started shaking when the anesthesiologist came to talk to us. I was scared, anxious and worried about what was about to happen, but the nurses were all so great. When we headed to the OR, I told my family goodbye and knew that when I saw them again, I would be a mother. CRAZY!!
In the OR, the nurses prepped me for the surgery and put in the epidural and catheter while Cody was still waiting outside. At that moment, I had never been more terrified (note: I have never had surgery, or even been in a hospital) They laid me down on the table, and I could see the nurse getting my lower abdomen ready for surgery. My doctor came in the room and told me I was doing great and everything would be fine. I asked where Cody was, and right then, he walked in the room. I couldn't do anything but watch his eyes while the doctor performed the C Section. It all happened so fast. I felt pulling and pressure, and then I heard the crying of our sweet baby girl!! The doctor showed her to Cody and then tried to show her to me... I will never forget, with the sheets in the way, all I could see was her little arm, waiving at me, and I melted!! I started crying and couldn't believe I was finally a Mom.
Unfortunately, I couldn't enjoy the feeling for very long. As soon as they started the pitocin, I was so sick. I felt my stomach drop and had an awful feeling. They gave me something just in case I threw up, but nothing happened. I felt terrible even after they took me to recovery. I couldn't even hold our baby girl. I tried to drink some water, but then I couldn't keep anything down. It was horrible.
While the nurses were trying to help me feel better, Cody asked me what I wanted to name our baby. We decided on Lindsey Jean Davis. It had a special meaning to us and it fit her perfectly. After we were able to bond with her for a while, we told our family to come in and then we made our way to our hospital room.
The next few days were a blur. It flew by so fast and before we knew it, we were headed home with our sweet Lindsey. So far, things have been great...we are sleep deprived, but couldn't be happier.
Thank you so much to all of our family and friends for your well wishes. We are so thankful and extremely blessed to have our healthy baby girl!!
A few weeks ago, Cody and I decided to have a few maternity pictures taken so that we can remember this amazing time in our lives. We opted for outdoor pictures at 4:30 in the afternoon and thankfully, the day turned out perfect! Here are a few shots from our wonderful photographer, Alli Trickey.
Lots of things are happening around the Davis House. We are only 4 weeks away from our sweet baby girl's arrival, and we are super busy!!
Just wanted to update you on few things going on:
Cody's 35th birthday was October 4th, and since I'm currently the size of a house and he was working, we decided to stay home for the night. He wasn't going to make it home until 8 that evening, so I decided to surprise him with his favorite, Hooters Hot Wings!! I also picked up some yummy strawberry cupcakes for dessert. He was completely surprised!! With it being his 35th birthday, I really wish we could have done more, but he said it was perfect.
Then last Wednesday, my office threw me the sweetest Potluck shower, complete with streamers, balloon and cupcakes!! (have I mentioned that I love cupcakes right now??) I'm so thankful to them for thinking of me. It was a great surprise!!
Sunday, September 18th, my sister-in-law, mom and MIL hosted a baby shower for our sweet baby girl!! We had a great turn out with some amazing food, cake, punch and gifts!
I'm so thankful for everyone that made it to our home and were able to celebrate with us. Hopefully we will have more pictures from the day soon (I obviously didn't get many with my own camera).
Six months into my pregnancy, I signed up for the Sara Study at UAMS, and thankfully a few weeks ago, I got the call that I had made the list!
For those of you who do not reside in Arkansas, UAMS is a large research hospital here in Little Rock. It is not where we are delivering our sweet baby girl, but is another hospital here in town. They
are currently conducting a study of pregnant moms 30 weeks+ to test brain waves and fetal activity with the use of non-invasive sound and light. In return, I get FREE 3D/4D pictures of our sweet baby girl every 2 weeks!!!! Fair exchange?!?... I think so!! Considering normal ultra sound pictures like these are $150 and insurance does not pay for them.
Here are a couple of photos we have gotten of our sweet baby so far:
The first game of the year was on Saturday, September 3rd. Cody and I made our way to Fayetteville for the opening game against Missouri State. We love spending time with our friends and calling our Hogs!! It was HOT, so we decided to "tailgate" before the game at Debbie and Justin's house...then we were off.
Here are a few pictures from game day!
Lisa and I, pre-game
Cody and I at the game
Lisa and I
The next game was this past Saturday, September 10th, here in Little Rock, against New Mexico. Unfortunately Debbie and Justin couldn't make it down, so we decided to skip the tailgating again this week. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings before game time with our friends, Danielle and Matt, then made our way to War Memorial for the "Red, White and Blue out" game, in remembrance of 9/11. Everyone in even numbered sections wore red, odd number sections wore white, and the students were given blue shirts. It turned out amazing, and the half time show was pretty emotional. I'm extremely proud to be an American. and a Razorback!!!
I know, I know... I got just a little behind. I'm hitting my 28th week, but am just now posting my 27 week photo.
Things have been pretty good in pregnancy land. I'm still feeling well most of the time. There are some days when I barely have the energy to get off the couch, but then the next day, I get up and clean the entire garage!! It's so crazy! I have my next appointment on September 2nd and will have to endure the dreaded glucose test. Wish me luck!!
This past Saturday, Cody and I made a trip to Dallas to see some friends. On Sunday, Sarah, Lani & Holly threw me the sweetest baby shower at Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant. It was so great to see the girls and catch up. I haven't seen them since before the wedding so it was wonderful to get everyone together. AND...Baby Girl got some really cute presents. Here are a few pictures from the day. Thank you SOOO much to the girls and everyone that came to celebrate with us!!
I just realized that I never posted the photos from mine and Cody's wedding reception... MONTHS ago!! So here is a video I put together from the evening. It was such a great night with family and friends. I'm so blessed and proud to say that he is my husband... it's amazing how it all began more than 10 years ago.
Yesterday, I went to the doctor for my week 25 appointment. Baby girl Davis is growing right on schedule and her heart beat was going fast and strong. I'm now hitting an uncomfortable, tired, weepy stage and it's not what I'm used to at all. I can't believe she will be here in 15 weeks or so!!! I feel like there is so much to do and so little time but I'm really looking forward to her arrival!!
Here are a few miscellaneous items that I had never heard about pregnancy, before I got pregnant:
1) I cannot breathe!!
From the moment I found out I was pregnant, it has felt like I constantly have a cold. I'm out of breath ALL the time, which makes walking stairs, treadmills, well walking in general a difficult task. I've heard it's something to do with the membranes in the nose contracting, but who knows.
Okay, so I had heard that some women get heartburn during pregnancy, yea yea!! But having never felt this horrible feeling before, it would have been nice to hear just how TERRIBLE it can be. Most days I feel like I am breathing fire (what little air I have to breathe). I wake up with heartburn, go to bed with heartburn and everything in between. Worst thing ever!!
3) There are MANY, MANY ways to deliver a baby... and many positions...
That's all I will say about that, except that I'm not sure I'm looking forward to labor and delivery after everything I have been told (now that I'm pregnant).
4) Pregnant Hungry - -
This is different than any hunger you will ever experience. Take my word for it, but I have found I want to cry when I'm hungry and cannot get to a snack quick enough.
5) There are lots of foods you cannot eat!
I knew that there were a few foods to avoid but really!?!? No raw meat, aspartame, deli meat, certain cheeses, etc. Most days I wonder what I actually can eat, and I sure miss sushi!!
As soon as this baby became part of me, I have slept like a log... and while this is a WONDERFUL thing... the dreams that come with it can be really strange.
Off the top of my head those are some things I didn't realize came with the pregnancy club. I know it will all be worth it in the end, but feel I have to share with those planning to have little ones in the future. It's not all fun and games right now, but somehow I'm still enjoying every minute.
For some reason, I feel like there will be a chapter 2 of this post later. :)
Ever since our ultra sound, the question of the day has been...
"What are you going to name her?"
Why is it sooo difficult to pick a name for our sweet baby girl!? Cody and I have thrown around more than 100 or them and cannot seem to agree on one. The Middle name is easy because we want a family name... either Carol or Jean. Now that we know that...maybe my blogger friends can help with a first name!
Here is a list I have thrown together:
Week 22.....Our baby is the size of a spaghetti squash and weighing in over a pound. This week I'm still feeling well. There is a LOT of movement from our sweet baby girl, and I keep hoping Cody will be able to feel her soon. Here is my most recent bump photo!
So, I've already started shopping for our baby Girl. SHOCKING, I know!! :)
Wednesday, I found this sweet crib bedding that I am obsessed with... now, I just need to know where to find it for cheap. It's a 9 piece set and comes with the bumper, crib skirt, toy bag, pillow, 2 valances, sheet, blanket, etc. The only issue with that is that we don't have a window in the baby's room... we have a door. SOOO, my idea is to have the window valances turned into a diaper bag (somehow!). I know... sounds easy, but may end up more of a project than I think. Will keep you updated...
Cody and I went for our 20 week ultra sound on Tuesday, July 5th. I had very little sleep the night before and was nervous and excited to find out if:
(1.) our baby was healthy and (2.) if we were having a Boy or a Girl.
Thankfully, they called us back pretty quickly, and we headed back to the ultra sound room. We were quick to see that our baby had HER butt facing us and she was definitely a GIRL! She was very active so we got some great pictures of her rolling around, kicking and moving.
The tech informed us that everything looks healthy and normal. She is currently in a breech position but has plenty of time to move, and her heartbeat was 150bpm.
Here are a couple of pictures we got of the big day!
About a week and a half ago, on June 23, I was laying in bed reading, and suddenly, I felt a flutter!! I've heard it feels as though a goldfish is in your belly... and well, that's probably the best way to describe it. Ever since, I've felt those same flutters every day, and it is so special!! Things are going well... just a few more days til we know if we are having a Boy or Girl... and let me tell you, we cannot wait!!!!
Here is the most recent picture of me with my baby bump.
This week, our sweet baby is the size of a sweet potato, AND we are only 2 weeks away from finding out the gender!!!! Baby is growing so fast that I can now see a difference almost every day. Really!! My bump is completely obvious... there is no hiding it now! : )
Last night, I went to dinner with Mom, Dad, Daniel, Shannon and Matthew for Father's Day. Dad decided on Cheeburger Cheeburger so we all met after work. It was my first time eating there and the burger was fabulous!!! I was absolutely stuffed. Next time though, I'm thinking about saving some room and trying out the Birthday Cake Shake... YUM!
I just have to brag on my nephew for a moment. He is so cute and fun to be around. We played with cards, and picked out colors and he was talking up a storm. Here are a couple of pictures I took of him last night.
Since today is the big day, I wanted to give an update on what we have been up to for the past couple of weeks with the new house.
First off....The baby's room!! Well, the red, yellow and black decor was not working for us, and since we don't know the gender just yet, Cody and I decided Chocolate would be perfect. Then, we can pair it with some blue, pink, or maybe even green later on.
We LOVE how it turned out!! Thank you Mom, Dad and Daniel for helping us!
Next was the Kitchen which needed all the hardware, a new dishwasher and a cabinet door. So far, it has turned out really well! I love the way it's all coming together.
It's still a work in progress, but we are excited to spend our first night in our new home!!
A special Thank you to our family and friends for all of your help. We couldn't have done it all without you.
Baby Davis is growing... and fast. I have noticed in the past week that my bump is really showing! (I'm trying to wear the same outfit each time I take my progress pictures so that you can see the change.)
He/She is now the size of an avocado and can hear my voice.... guess I better watch what I say!! :)
As for Cody and I, we now have a book of baby names and are looking at LOTS of different ones. We both have our individual preferences, and I'm sure it will come down to the end for a final decision. I will definitely keep you updated (and any suggestions would be great).
This week, our sweet baby is the size of an orange.
My baby bump is becoming more apparent, and I'm moving into maternity clothes. They are comfortable for the most part, but a lot of them are too big for me right now.
I am finally starting to feel "pregnant". I know that sounds silly, but for the first few weeks, you question whether something is really there, or not.
Monday I will go for my third appointment, and I'm excited to hear the baby's heartbeat again!! It's the most exciting thing... at least until I can feel him/her. That's something I am really looking forward to and each night when I lay down to rest, I wonder if that will be the night I feel it!! Nothing yet, but I will keep you updated.
I decided it's time to start documenting my pregnancy. This week, our baby is the size of an Apple with a height of 3&1/2 or 4 inches. He or she is even able to suck a thumb. It's crazy to think about that when it is so small, but how neat!
So far, I'm feeling good. I have nausea in the mornings and when I over exert myself, but otherwise, all is going well. I took a picture to see if there is the slightest hint of a bump and well... there isn't much there yet. A few more weeks though and I should really be showing.