Monday, June 27, 2005


Today was the day that little Josiah was born! I was having the usual random contractions throughout the previous day and into the night, but later in the night they started to hurt more and so I got up to count them.
It was about 3:55am that I started tracking the really painful contractions and by 4:30am I told David that it was time to head to the hospital.
After I was admitted we called my parents who came immediately. I had originally told them that I only wanted David and I in the room when I was in labor, but my Dad decided to make himself at home when he arrived. Of course since I had the epidural it was fine because I wasn't in any pain and was sleeping most of the time.
However, when they examined me again we kicked my parents out. It was then that the fun began. They were so excited that they kept asking from outside the room "is he here yet?" or "can we come in?" At one point, we got a message from the nurse "Grandma wants to know if she can come back in about 20 minutes." To which we replied, "We will come and get you when it is time!" Finally when he was born, my mom asked from outside the door, "How much does he weigh" and we told her "9 pounds 15 ounces" and she said "wow what a big boy....can we see him?" Again I replied, "Mom...I am still being stitched up here, we will come and get you!!" was pretty funny...very excited first time grandparents!

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Baby Shower at Janeen's

Today, my friends Janeen and Heather threw me a baby shower. This was the shower that had been planned for a while. Mostly just my family came to this one, but a few friends from church came also. My Aunt Amy came all the way from the Tri-Cities and I hadn't seen her since 1999, so it was really nice that she could come. My Aunt Genny and her daughter Lauren came as well as my Mom. Carolyn (the pastor's wife from our church) came as well as my friend Audrey from my women's Bible study.
My mom led a really nice devotion and ended it with reading the book "I'll Love You Forever." We were all teary-eyed after that!
We played a couple of games and Heather gave prizes to the winners. Heather also made some yummy cake and Janeen provided other snacks like veggies and fruit. It was a really sweet time and I enjoyed it a lot!

Monday, June 06, 2005

False Alarm Trip to the Hospital

We thought we might have the baby today, but it wasn't to be! I was having regular contractions that were 5 minutes apart and so I told David that we ought to go to the hospital. When we got there, they hooked me up to the monitor and noted that I was having contractions, but the nurse called them "irregular-regular" contractions. Isn't that an oxy moron? Anyway, it was really frustrating.
I was told to walk for about 40 minutes and then they would check me again to see if I dialated anymore than 1 cm. I didn't and so the nurse called the doctor and he said to send me home. I was really disappointed and at the time was really embarrassed that I wasn't in labor after all.
I discovered later though that this happens to a lot of women, especially in their first pregnancy. I also found out it happened to my mom as well with my brother Brent. I just had a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions and it was hard not to wonder if they were real or not every time they started becoming regular. We started about 10 "contraction spreadsheets" on the computer to track them, but to no avail. So...I had to wait just a few weeks longer!