Saturday, June 15, 2013

Little Monkey Arrived Early! Meet Everett James Massey | Born May 8th, 2013

If you don't follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may not know that our little monkey arrived 11 weeks early.
 On Wednesday May 8th at 9:38 a.m., our precious baby boy was born at 29 weeks +2 days via emergency c-section. 
He weighed in at 2lbs, 4oz.
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I had spent a week and a half in hospital before he was born because I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia (you can read up on that if you want to here). They were worried about my safety as well as little Everett's. We were hoping to make it to 32 weeks with him but my blood pressure spiked dangerously on the morning of May 8th. I had an hour and a half to process that I was not having the birth experience that I wanted and that my pregnancy was ending and that my baby was going to be born within minutes. It was really hard, and it was not what I wanted. I was anxious and scared and un prepared (I was also upset because they wouldn't let me shower first - weird when I think about it now). I quickly called Chris and texted my parents and sister. 

The doctor told me that because of Everett's gestational age, his lungs may not be properly developed and he probably would not cry & so for his safety there would be a lot of people in the room ready to take charge and help him out if need be. 

I was then wheeled in to a room that looked too cold and sterile and full of too many people. The epidural was shockingly painful and I was so scared I had a hard time breathing, thinking and talking. Then I was lying down, and Chris was in the room beside me and suddenly, I heard our baby crying. It was the most magical amazing moment. I remember the "oohs" and "ahhs" of the doctors and nurses and the rest of the team and feeling at peace and in love. 

While they were cleaning up, Chris went over to take pictures and I just lay there listening to everything around me. The surgeon and doctors talking about nothing in particular and the nurses and Chris admiring Everett. Everything was ok. 

They bundled him up before they took him to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and briefly showed him to me. The tiniest and sweetest baby. I am thankful that Chris had been there to photograph me seeing him for the first time. Suddenly I was a mom. :)

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He is one month old now and growing healthy and strong. The last few weeks have been trying and tiring. Everett will likely be in the NICU until his original due date (July 22nd). Leaving him at the hospital when I was discharged was heartbreaking. It has been difficult adjusting to visiting him in the NICU and not being able to hold and cuddle him whenever I want. But he is healthy and eventually he will be able to come home with us.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Little Monkey - Week 27

Twenty Seven weeks. Just thirteen more weeks and we will be able to meet this little guy. Time is going by so quickly! Thank you to my dear friend who kindly took these photos for me last weekend. 

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//Thoughts this week//
- I came down with a cold this week. I forgot that pregnant ladies can't really take much in the way of cold medication so I just had to ride it out. Not fun. Don't go near a pregnant lady when you are sick. It's just so un fun for her. And her husband ;)
- This week marked the beginning of the third trimester! Things are moving so fast now it's hard to keep up with everything I would love to have done before his arrival.
- I have yet to have any typical pregnancy cravings. No pickles and ice cream or cheesies and penut butter. I have been eating a more than average amount of cereal, but I can't really tell if that's craving related or just me being lazy ;)
- Gestational Diabetes test came back negative! Great news! So glad to have that test over and done with.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Little Monkey - Week 26

Week 26. Seemed like a very long week. Probably has something to do with the weather. Cloudy and drizzly for the most part. Next week looks promising though. Thanks Tamara for the pictures. 
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//Thoughts this week//

- We passed the 100 days left mark. I think we're at 93 or something :)

- Baby seems to love kicking on my left side. Sometimes it tickles. 
- Came across this blog this week - "Reasons My Son is Crying" - pretty hilarious. Wondering if that will be my little one / hoping it won't be.
- Gestational Diabetes test was terrible. The drink really is bad. And the wait at the office is worse. They should give special chairs and blankets for people forced to wait in the waiting room for hours on end. Also popcorn. 
- Next week I enter the last trimester. 
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