- On February 28th I began having contractions and thought it was time to go the hospital. But they stopped.
- On March 1 my contractions were back, coming every 5 minutes and keeping me awake. I thought it was time to go to the hospital. But they stopped.
- On March 2 I had my 39 week doctor appointment. My contractions were back that morning but by the time we were ready to leave for my appointment they stopped. Went to my appointment and was only 2 cm dilated and 70% effaced. I asked if I could be induced because the contractions were awful and I wasn't getting any sleep. Plus they had been going on for 3 days. My doctor said nope and I was sent home with a prescription for Ambien to help me sleep.
- Later that night as Drew and I were driving home from work we stopped at 7-11 to get gas. Drew ran inside to get me a slurpee and my contractions started again.
- By the time I got home they were coming closer and more intense but my parents were almost to our house as they had decided to come visit for the weekend on a whim. As I cooked dinner I had to constantly stopped to time my contractions and breathe through them. My mom stood in the kitchen rubbing my back as each one came.
- By the time dinner was ready and we sat down to eat my contractions were intense and coming on top of each other. I looked up at Drew and said "I think its time to go to the hospital." He didn't really grasp what I was saying but when he saw my tears he realized I wasn't kidding.
- We left for the hospital with my parents and brother in tow - Drew was certain we were going to be sent home and I almost made him just turn around and go back home. Thankfully he didn't. Drew's mom thought I was having Braxton Hicks contractions and before we left told me to get in the shower but I refused. His parents met us at the hospital and taking one look at me she realized I was in labor.
- They checked me when I arrived and I was 3 cm so they asked me to walk. After 45 minutes of painful walking I was checked again and at 4 and a half cm. I was officially admitted to the hospital.
- On March 3, 2012 at 8:59 am we welcomed Kayleigh June into the world. After two hours of pushing (darn my flat pelvis) she came out with the cord wrapped around her neck. We had a bit of scary moment when the cord snapped as the doctor was trying to unwrap it. Just a note - umbilical cords ARE NOT supposed to do that. Apparently my placenta was very flat and very small...which is why Kayleigh was barely 6lbs. The cord inserted on the side of the placenta and didn't develop into a thick cord like it should have. Needless to say - Kayleigh is a blessing and we are very lucky to have her here with us.
It's now the middle of June and Kayleigh is 3 and a half months old. She is weighing in at around 12 lbs now - that's double her birth weight! We still have her exclusively on breast milk and may start introducing solids at around 4 months depending on what the Pediatrician says. For a three month old baby she has already done a lot:
Born on March 3, 2012 at 8:59 a.m. 6 lbs and 19 inches long
Went to the Zoo
Celebrated her first St. Patrick's Day
Celebrated her first Easter and trip to Church
Started giving us sweet, sweet smiles
Went to Montpelier to visit James Madison's home
First trip to the park
First ride in her "big girl" car seat (which is rear-facing and will eventually turn forward to a toddler seat)
Kayleigh turns 4 months in 2 and a half weeks...I can't believe how fast time is going. In July she will take her first out of state trip to Tybee Island in Georgia. There she will visit Savannah for the first time, go to the beach for the first time and see the ocean, and she will see many sites for the first time. I can't wait to continue showing her to world. She will be a well traveled baby that is for sure! We are planning a Disney trip for her first birthday and of course a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I can't wait!