Thursday, February 19, 2009

Got Thunder?

Miss Olivia sure enjoys stealing The Thunder.

Thunder Theft #1: On Thursday, February 12, Olivia decided to perform some sort of acrobatics in my uterus that caused a gush followed by a splat in the general area of my Lady Business. I thought that I was possibly leaking amniotic fluid, or that my water broke. I was also seriously barfy and just felt "off" all day. This happened on Olivia's second cousin Val's birthday, and her cousin Mathew's birthday.

I'm all up in ur berfday, stealin ur annual kaboomz.


After first going to my hilite appointment, I called my doctor and was told to go to Labor and Delivery to see if my water broke. False alarm! I was sent home with nothing more than a vag swab and a funny conversation about how the doctors there all associate themselves with a Scrubs character, and how I want to be Carla and Mark wants to be The Todd.

Thunder Theft #2: On Friday, February 13, I woke up feeling really sick again. It was the day of my 38 week appointment, and I was busy gearing up for an argument with Sexy Suzy about how I don't want an induction.

And you know what? I had her drinking the No Induction Until My Due Date Kool-Aid. Well, I had her drinking it until she took my blood pressure and then spit it out directly in my face.

I don't know what my blood pressure was at the appointment. I didn't ask, because the nurse took it and didn't look at me and walked directly out of the room to find the doctor. And when things are That Kind of Scary, well, I guess I don't need to know. So for the second day in a row, I was sent to Labor and Delivery to be monitored for preeclampsia. I was to be induced if my blood pressure didn't regulate over the next few hours. We loaded the car just in case, but figured we'd be home that night and going in for a scheduled induction on Tuesday, the 17th. All this happened on Olivia's Grandpa Joe's Birthday.

Grandpas are speshul, but baybees are speshuler.



We spent two hours sitting around while a machine took my blood pressure every 15 minutes. They were still pretty high, but I was convinced that I'd be going home. At my appointment with Sexy Suzy a few hours earlier, I was 1 cm dilated and 60% effaced. Just before we were going to leave, they decided to check me one more time to find that I was dilated 2 cm and about 90% effaced.

In other words: Laboring on my own, bitches!

Thunder Theft #3: Valentines Day has been abolished. It is now Olivia's Birthday. That is all.




I'll save the entire birth story for another time. You know, a time when I've had more than 2 hours of sleep, or maybe when my boobs don't feel like they are going to fly off my body like rockets.

But! Here are some photos!

Thunder Theft #4: Grandma's Birthday - see Thunder Theft #2 re: Grandpa's Birthdays.

Poor Olivia has a pretty wicked case of jaundice. They took her from us Saturday night and put her under lights. We only got to see her for 20 minutes at a time every three hours, and only to try to breast feed (which...that is a whole 'nother post right there). She required an extra night in the hospital. I only cried twice.


Olivia came home with us on February 17, which is her Grandma Lori's birthday.

Being that she is a teeny 5 pound cocktail peanut, she has no clothing that fits. My mom bought us a couple preemie outfits, and we had to run out and get more today after she pooped on one of them and spit up on the other.


We had to take her for a follow up appointment yesterday and today, and her bilirubin levels are going up again. So she may be going back to the hospital, again, and under the lights for no less than 18 hours a day. Bringing my grand total of crying to three. Because I just want to have her home and give her all the cuddles and love that she deserves.


The only plus is that my maternity photo shoot will now be a newborn photo shoot. And Olivia might have a nice little sun tan for her first modeling gig (because seriously, who wants that orange jaundice spray on tan look?).

79 comments:

Michelle L. said...

Congrats! Sorry to hear about the jaundice! In no way should she have to go back to the hospital. As long as your insurance covers visiting nurse service, they can set up the lights in your home and come and do blood draws there as well! Fight it if you need to. Also I am very pro BF but feed her some formula and it will help the jaundice a huge amount. Take it from one who knows. I have twin girls who spent a collective 18 days under bilirubin lights.

mrsyak said...

Aww! So precious! Congratulations on your super sweet cupcake! I don't know if you're breastfeeding or not, but Julia was jaundice too and I was told that breast feeding her until my nipples were raw would help. I did, they were, and she was.

Sarah said...

First the whole "no maternity pants until I'm 472 weeks pregnant" stunt, and now a real, true, cute newborn (blah blah blah....all babies are beautiful....blah blah blah - mine was not. And it doesn't make me less of a mother to admit it!)? Although you and Mark may be underachievers in the whole fertility thing, you have way over compensated with the whole ridiculously cute brand spankin' new baby thing! Congrats!

Anabelle said...

she looks so yummy.... nibble nibble.

Kerri said...

Oh my goodness...your little thunder stealer is completely adorable!!! Congratulations!

Denise said...

Congrats! She is beautiful, jaundice and all. Our little girl was on a "bili table" at home for 24 hours and that did the trick. Maybe they can get you some home therapy instead of making her go back to the hospital.

Malloryn said...

Oh, she is adorable! I hope the jaundice clears up quickly so you can cuddle her at home as much as you want. Congratulations again :)

'Murgdan' said...

Congrats!!! She is precious...but of course, you already knew that. :-)

Kristin said...

Jen she is just beautiful. My daughter had that "troll look" to her, your princess looks perfect. No troll look at all!!!!

While your heart might be breaking your doing what's best for her health. Just tell her that "Mommies Cannon Ball Cafe" is open 24/7 just for you.

We are sending all the love we can from the Santa Cruz area (yes the damn hippies-they drive me nuts).

L. said...

She is beautiful! And, if this isn't a good reason to be stealing some thunder, I don't know what is.

I wish you all much joy and happiness (and hopefully no more time back under the lights).

Kathleen said...

Such a cutie! It's wonderful to see some pictures and hear some of the story. Can't wait to hear more. Hang in there with the jaundice! I'm sure it will go away soon.

Red Headed Mama said...

Congratulations again! She is seriously, just beautiful. You guys make an adorable family!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, you have tried so hard and now look at your beautiful girl!

Katie said...

She's beautiful!

*~*Lis*~* said...

Wow she is just gorgeous! *almost* as gorgeous as my girls :)

Meghan said...

She is beautiful!!!!

Anna said...

Ohhhh Jen...
Congratulations to you and DH again! She is absolutely adorable.
Yes, a thunder stealer she is--and oh such a darling & precious little one.

Hope her bilirubin levels normalize so she gets to be with her mama and dad full-time.
Stay well mama, don't cry too much.

Wishing you all the best,
Anna

alison said...

She.is.adorable. And so wee. Take that Diabeetus. I feel like breaking out into Thunderstruck after all that Thunder-stealin'. ;o)

Sending you lots of low bili vibes. My sister and I both had jaundice - hers worse than mine and she spent a few days with the "sunglasses" on under the mini-tanning bed lights. And now she's 21 - it'll be just a blip on your radar very very soon. xoxo

Beth said...

She is beyond beautiful and that smile on your face says it all. Congratulations on your little valentine. I love your blog!!

Aunt Becky said...

So Carters has a line of Newborn clothes--not to be confused with 0-3 month stuff--that will fit her. It might be bigger now, but still, it rocks. Plus, it's adorable. Just like your sweet daughter. Massive congrats, friend. So happy she's here.

Lauren said...

This is my first time commenting (hey, that's my sister who posted right above this one!), but I just had to say:
1) Love your blog.
2) Your baby girl is beautiful. So precious.
3) I love her name.
4) I'm so happy for you & your husband.
Congratulations and enjoy motherhood! I'm sure you will. :)

Delenn said...

I love this post and the pictures! Willow had a touch of the 'ole jaundice...but she just had to be put near our windows...

Olivia looks wonderful, and you guys look so happy together!

Amy said...

Oh, she is just so cute! She'll be stealing thunder for a long time to come!

Cindy said...

OMGosh, she is absolutely precious!!! Seriously, she is a beautiful newborn!!!

Congratulations on the the arrival of your sweet, thunder-stealing cocktail peanut, valentine!!!

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful. My daughter also had jaundice and had light therapy at home for 48 hours. That might be an option for you. The picture of your family is wonderful. You look especilly terrific.

I've been reading your blog for over a year, now. I appreciate your sense of humor.
Stacy

Sara said...

Utterly beautiful

Rotten said...

It's pretty amazing to me that babies really do have their own agenda. I am so happy that things went well and that you finally have such a precious little girl to oogle and awe over. Congrats on becoming parents. I look forward to more of Olivia's thunder stealing moments to come.

Anonymous said...

Sweet baby!! Glad to get an update. So glad to hear you went into labor on your own! Congratulations!!

Tammy

Heather Rodriguez said...

Congrats! And holy geez, your family has a lot of Feb birthdays!

Anonymous said...

She is absolutely adorable!
Congrats!

Steffy said...

Congrats! I just wanted to give you hope, my baby had Jaundice as well. For 10 days his levels either got higher or stayed the same, but magically after 10 days they dropped dramatically and kept on dropping! I hope it happens quicker for you! P.S. Your pictures are adorable!

momofonefornow said...

She is so sweet and so perfect and did I mention sweet? How could anyone so sweet not be born on Valentine's Day?

Michelle said...

She is beautiful.

ASk for a bili-blanket. You lay her on the "blanket" and swaddle her with one of your own and she is a glo-worm! Mine spent two weeks glowing, but those two weeks were at home. And his number was above 21...

Good luck!

The Hall Family said...

Congrats to you and your family!! Olivia is gorgeous!

Grace said...

She is breathtakingly beautiful. Wow. She is just pure pretty.

shotzie said...

Long time reader, first time poster. :)

Congratulations! Olivia is beautiful! I hope her jaundice clears up soon.

I love love love your blog. It always makes me laugh. How's your blood sugar now? Has the diabeetus cleared up? :)

Shanny said...

Gorgeous!
Congratulations =)

Stephanie said...

Little Olivia is adorable and she is deserving of all the thunder theft she can get. Hope the jaundice clears up soon.

Skerry said...

Awww...Olivia is beautiful...I love those squishable little cheeks (the ones on her face). Jaundice sucks, my son had it, levels up in the 20's if I remember (16yrs ago next month...ugh!)Lots of nursing, hanging out naked in front of sunny windows (him not me) and supplementing little bottles of glucose water did the trick. The poor boys heels were purple from the heel pricks and I cried so much I swear I peed myself (poor bladder control post childbirth). Funny thing, so many people commented on his beautiful tan....ah yeah we take our 4 day old to the tanning bed all the time. Hoping and praying that the jaundice will resolve itself quickly so that you get maximum Olivia cuddle time.

WiseGuy said...

She is all peaches and cream! Congratulations!

Hope the jaundice is fought with well! I wish all the happiness to you and your family! And yes 14th Feb has a different connotation now for you - for ever!

Seriously? - Erin said...

Congrats Jen! She is lovely. My cousin was born on valentine's day but from here on out it will be Olivia's birthday.

I am glad you are both safe and healthy and I look forward to the birth story and the breast feeding stuff (as I am terrified of it).

All the best!

Dawn's Recipes / The Baby Blog said...

Congrats again! She's unbelievably cute! Someone's a talented photographer. :) I'm so sorry you didn't get to take her home right away. I the jaundice issues go away. 5 pounds! Hehehe!

Amy said...

Hi,

I stumbled upon your blog and have been laughing ever since. Awsome!

Your Cupcake is Perfectly Beautiful!! Nuff said... All the best.

Amy

Sarah said...

Congratulations sweetie! She is gorgeous!

natalie said...

Ahhh! Congratulations again! She is absolutley perfect, thunder stealing and all...but I don't need to tell you that ;)

Mrs. Higrens said...

Just like her momma, she's a real cutie!

Julia said...

Oh I'm soooo excited! Even my hubby is excited for ya.

What a cutie!

Jodi said...

Congrats on your little cupcake. She is precious!!!

K_Dot said...

Congrats! She is gorgeous!

Emily said...

Jenn!!! She IS a thunder stealer and gorgeous as all get out! Seriously, a beautiful baby! Sorry about the hospital :(

Anonymous said...

Isn't it the greatest feeling ever?

Blue said...

She's absolutely perfect - huge congrats. So happy to hear that you and she are both well (and hope the jaundice clears up soon). I look forward to the birth story...and am slightly scared by the sound of your rocket like boobs!
Really...couldn't be more thrilled for you!

Joelle said...

She is gorgeous, and your hilites look great :) Congratulations!

Mel said...

Well, I say, if you are going to steal thunder then you better be that damn cute. I am SO glad she is here, your little lovebug!
*hugs*

Karol said...

You definitely have an adorable thunder-stealer! She's precious!

I'm surpised they didn't send you home with a bili-blanket (think that's what it's called) Cole had one, he looked like a little blue alien baby when he was in it!

Congrats again! Here's hoping on some more sleep! :)

alicia said...

she is the cutest little thunder theft I have ever seen!!!

I hope her jaundice clears up soon and that she can stay home with you! so hard. hugs.

she is so adorable, well done, you are good at this baby making stuff!

Leah said...

Congratulations on your gorgeous baby!! What a blessing.

JP said...

She is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on your lovely little girl. I am amazed that you managed to be both coherent and funny so soon. Great post.

Parsing Nonsense said...

Wow, she's gorgeous! I think she'll look smashing with her suntan. Good luck getting those bilirubin counts back to where they should be, and with the whole boobs thing!

CJ said...

She is GORGEOUS! Congratulations again. Oh, and the best advice I got for surviving the first few months: IT GETS EASIER! :)

Gina said...

Olivia is absolutely perfect!

Stacy Woodruff said...

While you're still freakin' hilarious, Miss Olivia is stealing your thunder by being so pretty. She is a beautiful baby, and I don't say that lightly, as I think most newborns are kinda ugly. But she's adorable. Hope the bili levels go down soon.

Emily said...

She's beautiful!!!! I'm so happy for you!

Lorrie said...

Your daughter is absolutely adorable! A million congratulations.

Abby Jo said...

Congrats proud mommy! :)

Suzanne said...

I have been following your blog for sometime now. I am SO excited for you. She is just adorable! Enjoy these next few weeks!

Julie said...

GAAAAH BEAUTIFUL BABY GAAAAAAAH MUST CHEW ON TINY PIECE OF BUBBLE GUM SOME PEOPLE CALL A NOSSSSSSSE

Sorry, got a little carried away there. I shouldn't like Olivia at all, since she took MY birthday...

...but, gosh, is she amazing.

Congratulations, family!

Another Julia said...

What a beautiful little girl. I'm so happy for you and your husband!

Mommy Melee said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations!!!

Wendy said...

She is so beautiful...congratulations!

Valeta said...

She is gorgeous! Congrats!

KimboSue said...

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! She is so pretty and you are such a cutie mom! LMAO - spray on tan!

Megs said...

She is beautiful!!!! Congratulations again :) Hope the jaundice is starting to get better!! Yay for new, adorable babies!

calliope said...

holy shit am I behind on your news!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
she is beautiful and I LOVED hearing about her debut. (& wtf is up with my all capping love affair just then??)

Can not wait to read more...scrolling up now to the newer posts.
xo

Shelby said...

Congrats!! She's absolutely gorgeous. I sang the Breastfeeding Dropout song too! You're really not alone on that one. Enjoy your precious girl!

Living for the Little Moments said...

Hi, I just found your blog. Olivia is absolutely adorable! Congratulations!

Rebecca M. said...

I just found your blog. My son was born on 2/14/09, too! At 9:31 AM.

Jessica Pruett said...

Late congrats (obviously)

I just thought it was funny, because I went in labor the morning of and on my way to my appointment to be induced. lol

Then sat in a waiting room for two hours in full out pain because it went in one ear and out the other when I told the nurse I was scheduled to be induced but I was already in labor 0_o. Basterds

asterix said...

Ever seen a post more than an year after an entry was posted? Well here it is!! So, the story is that we began TTC about 5 months ago and some time during my horrendously long TWW I came across your blog. And I have been hooked!! Ever since!! The truth is, I have only read the blog so far, starting from you earliest entries :) So I have no idea what is going on right now BUT I soo had to comment now!! OMG Olivia is buuuutifulll. I am in tears, woww!! Jen am so happy for both of you!! Just assume that you read this comment an year ago :P
Ok me back to reading the rest of the entries.
I do so love your writing!! Has kept me laughing (rather rolling on the floor laughing) through many a long TWWs. Some day I hope to hold a little one in my hands who I hope will be as beautiful as your cocktail peanut.