Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Introducing Callie Ava

We are more than proud to introduce you to Miss Callie Ava Clinkscales!!!!

Born at 12:39PM, 7lbs 9oz., 20 inches long

I thought I would have time to update more throughout the day but everything happened so fast!  My nurse checked me around 12:15 and I was only 5cm dilated.  She walked out of the room and within a minute I was in pain.  We paged the nurse and by the time she made it back to the room I was fully dilated and ready to push.  They paged the nurse and it seemed like I pushed maybe 5 minutes and the next thing I remember was being told "open your eyes and look at your baby girl" as they were laying her in my lap.  I couldn't believe it happened so fast.  I feel beyond blessed!!!!!

Obviously we think she is just perfect.  I think she looks a lot like Cain.  So much so that I started crying earlier and told Brad it almost feels like we are getting to have the time we didn't get to have with Cain.  He had so many wires and machines attached to him that it was hard to have good snuggle time.  

This picture won't mean a lot to many people but since so many heart moms read our blog I just had to share this picture.  I know the heart moms reading this will understand how wonderful it was to see Callie's oxygen sat's at.........


Yes, I did make sure to ask them to check her oxygen sat's right away!!  Now if only they would make that mandatory on all baby screenings!
I'll post more pictures tonight or tomorrow morning.  For now, it's time to snuggle away with my new bundle of joy.

"Birth"day Updates

Off to the hospital
Last baby belly picture 
10:09 A.M.  (Update #1)  We are at the hospital and so far everything is going great.  This is already a MUCH different experience than it was with Cain.  They put an IV in early this morning and started me on a pitocin drip.  I started having contractions right away but really couldn't feel them.

Shortly after the pitocin drip was started anesthesiology came in and administered my epidural.  I can't believe I already have my epidural.  I had been having contractions about 14 hours with Cain before I received an epidural so this is wonderful!!

My water was broke around 9:15 this morning and the OB said I was already 3cm dilated.  She feels that I will have this baby by 3:00 today.  I guess we will see!

Last night before I went to bed I worked on making treat bags for the nurses and our visitors.  I think they turned out cute.  Oh what I would give to eat one of the oreo's right now.  Thankfully the nurse has given me 2 popsicles and ice chips.  But the chocolate covered oreo's and ritz crackers look great right now.

My parents are already starting to spoil this little girl before she even arrives.  Thanks to her MiMi and Poppa she will have pretty little jewelry to wear home from the hospital.  Her first little ring and a cute little pearl bracelet.

She wasn't the only girl who received new jewelry.  My more than awesome husband gave me a "push" present last night.  He gave me a pretty bracelet with a pink stone in the center.  I love it and obviously love him too!!

I know my parents are dying for Cain to wake up from his nap.  They are at our house taking care of him but I can tell my mom is very ready to get to the hospital.  I know as soon as he wakes up they will bring him up here to see his momma and daddy and hopefully be able to meet his new sister soon.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Baby Time!!!

The time has arrived for us to welcome our baby girl into this world tomorrow.  We have to be at the hospital at 5:30AM.  I should have been asleep hours ago but it's a little hard to rest knowing I'm having a baby tomorrow.  

My parents arrived this evening which will be a huge help!  And it's sad that I almost think going to the hospital for a few days will be like a mini-vacation.  The thought of laying in a hospital bed and having people wait on me actually sounds a little nice.  I'm sure any mom out there would understand. 

I'm praying for a smooth delivery.  I had a VERY long delivery with Cain and I'm nervous of having to go through that again.  And most of all I'm praying for her to be breathing at birth.  Cain wasn't breathing when he was born so this will be the first time I've been able to have a baby put on my chest to hold after it's born.  I can't wait!!!!  It's something that I certainly won't be taking for granted.  

Hopefully I'll be able to post updates throughout the day.  And of course I'll post a picture as soon as I can. 

Getting in great quality time with his Daddy on his last night as an only child.

Poor thing....he has no clue how much his world is about to change tomorrow!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We spent Thanksgiving in Nashville this year since I couldn't travel due to having a baby any day now.  I hate we weren't able to be with our family but we still had a great day.  Brad ran in the Boulevard Bolt again this year.  I can't tell you how bad I wanted to walk in it but Brad insisted that I didn't.  I have felt great during this pregnancy so I thought walking the race would be no problem at all.  Brad kept making good points about what if you fall, etc so I listened to him and didn't participate.  As much as I hate to admit this...he was probably right!  As Cain and I walked with Brad from our car to the starting line I realized there was no way I could have made the 5 mile race even if I had only walked it.  The short distance from the car to see Brad start the race ended up being just enough walking for me.

Brad being silly before the race
Patiently waiting for his Daddy to make it to the finish line.
Cain and I enjoyed watching everyone run by in their fun costumes.  I'm thinking I should have made Brad dress up like a turkey.

After the race we went home so I could make sweet potatoes and head over to Derek and Andrea's house to celebrate Thanksgiving with their family.  They were so kind to invite us again this year.  We had Thanksgiving with them in '08 when I was pregnant with Cain. 

The food was great and we had a great time visiting with everyone.  I think Cain had a good time putting on a show.  He hardly stayed still for more than one second.  I was relieved when he finally sat down and watched Dora with Ellie.  

Aren't they adorable?
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Our family has SO MUCH to be thankful for this year.  

I'm especially thankful for this little turkey....

And our other little turkey on the way!! 

I'm also MORE THAN THANKFUL to have a wonderful husband who is also my best friend!  I think we make a great team through the good and the bad!  We have certainly been through several very stressful situations together and I can't imagine having anyone else by my side.

I am also very thankful for our family and friends.  I've always appreciated my family and friends but my appreciation of them has grown even more over the last few years.  

And I'm thankful that we will be able to move back in our home in a few weeks.  I can't wait!!

Speaking of our little turkey on the way.....

I went to the OB on Wednesday and I am scheduled to be induced this coming Tuesday, November 30th.  I can't believe she will be here in a few days.  My parents are driving up on Monday and I have to be at the hospital on Tuesday morning at 5:30AM.  I was told the Dr. should be in around 8:30 to break my water.  This Tuesday is a week before my due date.  I'm already dilated, baby girl's head is already very low and this is my 2nd pregnancy so the Dr's seem very comfortable about me being induced.  I hope they are right!  I'll admit...next week works out much better because we have to be out of our apartment on December 10th and her due date had been December 7th.  I am a little nervous though about me not progressing after being induced and ending up having to have a C-section.  I guess we will find out what  happens on Tuesday.  I'm praying that everything works out perfectly.  Cain came exactly a week early so maybe she is supposed to come a week early too!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cinderella's Ball

On Saturday Cain celebrated his friend Liza's 3rd birthday.  She had a princess party complete with Cinderella and a ball.  All of the kids had a blast and so did the parents.  It was so cute to see all the kids dancing to the music.  The cutest part of the party was when Liza said to Cinderella in the sweetest voice...."How did you find me???"  She couldn't believe Cinderella was at her house.

Prince Charming

Dancing with Cinderella in the "ballroom"

Cinderella singing happy birthday to Liza

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

September in Review

I know I probably sound like a broken record but I'll say it again....I can't keep my blog up to date lately. I'd love to get the blog caught up before our baby girl arrives...which is only 3 weeks from today!  Yikes!  I decided to make things easier for myself and just do a blog post of our "September in Review".  And yes, I realize it's November not September...I'm just that far behind on my blog.   

At the beginning of September I took Cain to stay with his MiMi & Poppa and some of our best friends came to Nashville for the LSU/Vanderbilt game.  We had so much fun and LOVED having everyone here.  

Chef Aaron doing what he does best...cooking great Louisiana food while we tailgate.

September 18th-Family Zoo Day




September 22nd-Baby Loves Disco
I celebrated my 32nd birthday by taking Cain to his first Disco.  We went to something called "Baby Loves Disco" and had a blast.  Cain loves to dance anytime he hears music so I thought he would be a dancing machine that night.  I think Cain ended up being overstimulated and didn't even realize music was playing.  He walked around nonstop and was into everything.  I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday!!

Cain was mesmerized my this Disco Diva

Hey Mr. DJ

September 29th-My Gym with Colby

Cain's heart buddy, Colby, invited Cain to visit My Gym with him.  Cain really enjoyed My Gym and so did I.  I would love to sign Cain up after his sister is born.  I thought about signing him up for classes now but with so much going on...trying to get our house finished and getting ready for a baby...I decided to wait and sign him up later.  Plus that way we can wait until after cold & flu season.  I'm always super nervous about Cain being around lots of people or kids during this time of year.  We certainly don't need Cain sick.

High five Colby

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

36 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How far along:  36 weeks & 1 day
Size of baby:  Watermelon (19 to 22 in, 6.5 lbs)
Total Weight Gain:  36lbs.  My weight has really fluctuated!  I weighed Saturday morning and again Saturday evening and somehow had gained 6lbs throughout the day.  I was obviously holding a lot of fluid weight that day.  Thankfully after drinking lots of water over the last few days I am back to the weight I was Saturday morning.  Obviously I need to watch my salt intake.  (And my powdered donut intake.)
Maternity Clothes:  I wear the same pair of maternity jeans almost daily.  Thank goodness I have these jeans.  And I wear mostly all maternity shirts except for a few sweaters that still stretch around my big belly.  
Movement:  She is still moving all the time.  She will get into some positions that make me very uncomfortable.  Recently I had to pull over on my drive to work because I was so uncomfortable and I couldn't move much since I was driving.  After I walked around the car she moved out of the position she was in which helped alot.  
Sleep:  What's that?  I'm still getting up a few times each night and lately Cain has decided to wake up every morning around 5:30am so I'm not getting as much sleep as I'd like.  I guess it's God's way of preparing me for sleepless nights with an infant.
What I miss:  I can't say I really miss that much.  I'm actually a little sad that my pregnancy will be over in just a few weeks.  I've been very lucky to have two great pregnancies!
Best Moment of Week:  The crib arrived this week!  We received gift cards from friends, family, and coworkers after the flood.  We used a gift card given to us from my Aunt and Uncle to buy a crib and mattress from Walmart.  Thanks Aunt Jeanette and Uncle Charlie.
What I'm looking forward to:  I have a Dr's appointment tomorrow.  Although I'm not too excited about the exam I'm excited to find out if I've started progressing and getting ready for birth.  I'm hoping I haven't yet.  I have way too much to get done.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween 2010

We had a great Halloween this year.  I think Cain had a great time and we enjoyed watching him play and enjoy the festivities.  I think Cain has a busier social life than I have.  He had parties all weekend and we certainly got our money's worth out of his costume this year.  He was able to wear it Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Our super hero in 2010

Our Yoda in 2009....He's grown so much in a year!

Liza & Cain last year

Liza & Cain this year.