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Riley’s Birth Story
12:17 a.m., April 25, 2011
7 lbs. 9.3 oz.
21 1/4 inches long
Obviously by the title of this post you’re here to see some pictures of my newborn son, Riley Shane. He made his appearance just minutes after Easter Day. My water broke around 11:30 am on Easter, April 24, but we had a whole day’s worth of awesome to attend to and I wasn’t having contractions, nor was I Strep B positive so we went about our day.
Some people, mainly women that have had children before (mother-in-law Kim) thought I was crazy for not going to the hospital ASAP but I knew I wasn’t progressing and from my first birth knew it would be at least 6 hours before anything major happened and that it was safe to just hang out with family and friends before heading to the hospital.
So, on to my sister’s Easter Egg Hunt we went. Madison had some fun, we had a few bites of food, well hubby and Madi did, I was holding out for dinner with hubby’s dad’s family. 🙂 We left there and I was comfortable, dripping a bit but comfortable. We dropped Madison off with hubby’s mom because we knew we’d proceed to the hospital from the dinner.
The dinner was great. I told myself to not eat too much because I knew I’d probably get sick at some point of the labor, and I did, but it wasn’t terrible.
We arrived at the hospital at about 5:00 pm. I was given Pitocin because I wasn’t contracting and they start to get worried if you’re not in labor within 6 hours of your water breaking. At about 9:00 pm I was in some pretty bad pain and they started to get me ready for my epidural. I requested some IV drugs to hold me over until the epidural was given. Stadol is my new friend.
I have no idea what time the epidural was actually given. I remember being so hot right before it was given and sweating profusely, so much so that the EKG pads wouldn’t stick to my chest and spray adhesive was used on those as well as the sticky tape that holds the epidural in place. The epidural was amazing. It worked so well that I couldn’t feel my entire right leg. I couldn’t move it to save my life. I had to ask several times during pushing for them to adjust it, the nurse was holding that leg and would put it down during contractions in the stirrup things but I could feel it wasn’t in there right. Any who, I only pushed through 4 contractions and Riley was born at 12:17 am on April 25, 2011. He weighted 7 lbs. 9.3 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches long. He cried so much when they were doing all they do to newborns I felt so bad for him!
It was such a great experience compared to my first labor and delivery. It’s amazing how much kind nurses, awesome doctors, and amazing drugs will do to make a situation so much better that you’d actually think about doing it all again. Only not really. 😉
Without further ado here are some of my favorite pictures. Please feel free to see the rest of Riley’s pictures in his Facebook album. And I just took this video a few minutes ago. He’s been doing a lot of grunting and throat clearing, or something, yesterday and today so I tried to capture the moment but instead I got him getting the hick ups, which he hates. Enjoy!
I told you last week that I ordered some things from Old Navy, well they came! I ordered 3 sizes of the middle outfit because I LOVE it!
We also picked up his furniture and spent all day Saturday putting it together. I LOVE it. I can’t wait to buy some accessories to finish off his room. We have a few final touches to do: install closet doors, paint touch ups, paint the mural, install new ceiling fan/light combo, install new blinds, buy a soft rug for the middle of the floor and paint the door white. (Click image for larger picture.)
Kitty Cookie Monster approves. We’ve caught her sleeping in the crib several times already. The other cats have been checking this out too.
I’m 30 weeks pregnant today. I’m hoping to delivery the week of April 11th, but not the 14th cause that’s my birthday and I want him to have his own special day; so about 6-7 weeks to go! I’m so ready for him too!
I took a trip to Target and got a few frog themed items. I’m afraid that the things I see available for purchase now will disappear before people buy us anything for him. So, yeah, I’ve spent quite a bit on some clothes. Just last night I ordered a lot from Old Navy because, I <3 Old Navy, and they have some adorable frog outfits! Here’s what I got at Target:
See? Too cute! I’ll be sure to post the Old Navy purchases in next weeks IMM!
You can see our current baby registries. We have one on Amazon as well as Target. Both are pretty much the same but Amazon has some other items because they have the Universal Wish List option, where you can put items from any website on your list. I like that feature. Plus Amazon is usually cheaper than Target.
We also picked up his changing table from JCPenney yesterday but haven’t put it together yet. We were supposed to take home his dresser too, but it arrived damaged so we asked them to ship it back and try again. They were really great to work with and gave us 10% off the replacement dresser. I wasn’t there to see the damage, I was busy taking a 3 hour Glucose Tolerance Test, which sucked and ruined my day. I planned to paint his room but I had NO energy to speak of after I got home from the test. So, we’ll be trying to paint his room today. 🙂
We had our follow up ultrasound appointment today. We’ll know how the amniotic fluid is doing when they call or at our next appointment, which is February 10th.
Here are the pictures! Or you can see them on Facebook (no account needed).
We’ll be starting to paint and decorate Rylie’s room soon. We just finished Madison’s room last weekend and still have a few more minor things to add: paint her door, hang closet doors, and install the closet light. (Yes, that’s my bookshelf in her room, there’s no room for it anywhere else!)
We’re supposed to get a decent amount of snow and even a layer of freezing rain tonight and tomorrow morning. Hope everyone is well! Stay safe and warm!
Bison Girl Shop (see discount info below!) hand makes these adorable baby booties and I just had to have a pair. So I ordered these:
And then I saw that she also makes custom pairs too! So, I had her go shopping for some cute frog fabric, we picked our favorite and she went right to work! Here are the custom froggy ones:
Erica (Bison Girl Shop) has offered 10% off her shop for my readers! Just enter COZYREADER11 before February 1st! Thanks so much Erica! She was such a breeze to work with and I can’t wait to order more of these! (psst… they’re only $20!)
Our nursery theme is frogs and we already have a few froggy outfits so these will be perfect additions.
You’re probably wondering about our theme and thinking…hmm, frogs and blue and green are awfully boyish things. That’s because we’re having a boy!
We’ve already picked out his name: Rylie Shane (Shane is my hubby’s middle name).
We’re so excited about his arrival. We’ve started to transform our 6 year old daughter’s, Madison, playroom into her new room. We’ve started painting and should have it done this weekend. Then we’ll start on Rylie’s room. We’ve ordered the bedding:
Click picture to see close ups.
We also ordered the matching crib mobile as well as the mural pattern as seen in this picture.
We also love the furniture in this picture so much that we tracked it down and hope to either order it ourselves or hope that maybe the grandparents can help fund the purchase. We have our old furniture but we’d love to get this dark wood as well as the advancement in safety this crib has to offer.
We had our 20 week anatomy ultrasound just before Christmas. Obviously finding out he’s a he, we got a few great pictures. Here are just a few:
To see the rest, feel free to check them out on my Facebook album. It’s public so no worries about having to sign in or create an account.
All is well with little Rylie, however, my amniotic fluid measured in one point above normal so they want to double check it at 28 weeks, which will be February 7th. We’re hoping to get another peek at Rylie. I’ll be calling to find out if that’s possible, otherwise I’ll want to schedule a private 3D/4D ultrasound with StorkVision, which we did with Madison and would hate to not have one for our son.
As of right now I’m 24 weeks and 2 days. I’ve been feeling good, definitely feeling pregnant. I’ve been sleeping pretty good since I treated myself to a maternity pillow. I haven’t gained too much, about 10 lbs., so I don’t feel like a whale quite yet. I gained 70 lbs. with Madison. I’m really hoping to get no where near that!
He is so active it’s crazy! I’ve been able to feel him move since about 14 weeks and it’s like he hasn’t stopped since! He’s so active I thought maybe there was something wrong but the doctors insist that it’s not a bad thing when they move regularly, even if it’s forceful, but to worry when they aren’t moving enough. I’m glad that’s one thing I don’t have to worry about right now. 🙂
I’ll be sure to update you with any more cute purchases as well as updates from our next ultrasound.
Thought I’d fill you all in on the topic of our household!
We’re expecting baby # 2! After 3 years of hoping for another baby it’s finally happened.
We went for our first appointment yesterday. All is well!
Baby is measuring in at 9 weeks, has a strong heart beat and was moving around a lot.
Our due date is technically May 3 but with the early measurements being above we’re told it could be as early as April 29th.
I’ve been really tired and not doing much of anything except eating and sleeping. I’ve been reading a bit but not too much more than before. I can’t wait for a few more weeks to go by so I can get my energy back!
I hope you all are doing well! I’ll keep you updated as we go along.