Wednesday, September 1, 2010


It has been so long since I have gotten on to blog. The past couple months have gone by so fast. First, I am no longer working for my stepdad at his insurance agency. I had to think about what I really wanted and I am back in school for dental assisting. I am going to ATA College for 10 months and so far I LOVE IT! I have never been so motivated in my life for school. I actually enjoy learning and studying. I think that Tyler did this to me... he made me want to be a better person and work hard for something.

Scott is now in his fall semester at UL. He has applied to Sullivans Pharmacy school and we are keeping our fingers crossed that we hear he has been accepted. He is working so hard and I couldn't be prouder of him. He is back at Famous Daves too. I am so happy that he is closer to home and he isn't spending so much time driving. On a sad note, we sold Scott's Mustand Convertible back in July. We got a 1998 Chevy Malibu to get us through school. It's a four door family car. Just what we needed.

On August 2, Scott and I lost a very good friend of ours... Adam. He was such a great guy and always knew how to make everyone laugh. He was struggling to get healthy but his addiction took his life. He left behind a beautiful son, Noah, an amazing fiance Tara, and his parents Bob and Kathy and sister. He is missed more and more everyday. I still look at our kitchen table or our deck out back and picture him sitting there carrying on with all of us. Noah and Tyler will be the best of friends and I know that our relationship with Tara with get stronger as the years go on. They are our family now and we will take care of them. Adam was only 32 years old and had so many more years with Noah. Noah just turned 15 months old.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I can't believe that it's already May.... Where has the year gone? It's seems like yesterday, I was counting down the days till Tyler was due and now I wish I could freeze time so my baby doesn't get any bigger. He is now 3 months and 2 weeks old. He has the most amazing personality I have ever seen in a baby so young. He laughs at everything and he might be the happiest baby I know.

Yesterday, Tyler went to the doctor b/c he had been coughing, sneezing and had a runny nose. I wasn't too concerned until he was having some yellow discharge from his left eye. I have always been told that yellow is bad! I came to work at 8 and turned around to get Tyler and have him at the doctor by 9:20. I got there at 9:05 and was immediately taken back to a room. I couldn't believe they were already taking us back and going to figure out what is making my baby so fussy. First they had me take is clothes off and have him just in his diaper. Then they came in to weigh him. Drum roll please....... he is 16.4 lbs. 89th percentile in weight! I then let them know what all of his symptoms were and the nurse said the doctor would be right in. Well, we waited and waited and waited... for 20 minutes. RIDICULOUS! Here I have a 3 month old who is screaming and is sick. I know we are in a doctors office and there are other sick children, but what is the point of making an appointment?! I finally hear the doctor coming towards the room and he starts hacking up a lung.... UM WHAT?! You are sitting here coughing and you are going to check on my baby who is sick? At this point I am about to diagnose Tyler myself and leave. I was livid. The doctor tells me that his lungs sound clear and he doesn't have any congestion. I'm sorry, are your ears clogged? I can here it when he is cooing. I mean, the kid snores now. He finally says its just a cold and the only thing we can do is to put infant saline nasal spray in his nose a couple times a day and to use an aspirator to get all the gunk out and that he needs to sleep at a 30 degree angle. I can't believe I seriously paid my $30 co-pay for this. I figured out on my own to buy the nasal spray on Sunday and I'm not a doctor..... I really think some of the ped doctors are just BS-ing so they can get their money and leave.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Tylers Pictures

I took Tyler to my dad's cousins house to get his "2 month" pictures done two weekends ago. He did so great! He was smiling and making funny faces the entire time. I think this kid may have an expensive hobby... Modeling.

Friday, March 26, 2010

2 Month Checkup

Tyler had his 2 month check up on Wednesday. He had to get 3 shots and I was not too happy about this. I can't even be in the room when my dogs get their shots. I was anxious to find out his stats and see how he compared to other kids his age. He is 13.5 lbs putting him at the 85th percentile for weight. He is 23 inches long putting him at the 50th percentile for height and his head circumfrance is in the 65th percentile. The doctor said that he looks great and is a very healthy boy.

He does have a slight dimple on his lower back that the doctor is concerned about. He was born with this and had a bunch of test run when he was in the hospital and everything came back negative. They are going to do an ultrasound on Wednesday the 31st at Kosair Childrens hospital to make sure that nothing is wrong with his spine. I am sure nothing is wrong, but I am still nervous. I mean, this is my little 2 month old baby. I don't know how I am going to handle it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

2 months old....

2 months.... Where has the time gone? I can't believe that just 2 months ago I met my son for the first time. He has made me smile everyday since. I am so proud of my baby and all that he is learning. Everyday is something new.... He is now smiling and laughing, ALOT!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Our Labor & Delivery Story

It's been such a long time since I have posted anything. I wanted to write about our experience with having a baby......

The night started with us going to Jimmy Johns for my last meal before being induced. I have never loved a Turkey Tom sandwich so much. After we ate dinner, I cleaned the house and did a bunch of laundry. I got all of Tyler's things ready and made sure his room was just perfect. I took a nap with my puppies since they would be home alone for a couple days. Finally 11:30 pm came and we were packing the car with hospital bags and the car seat. This is about the time my belly started churning. I was getting so nervous... I kept thinking,"the next time I'm home, I'll be a mom" I eventually just started crying.... I have never felt some many emotions. We arrived at Suburban around 11:50 and got checked in to Labor & Delivery. We got to our room and got comfy... watching TV and just talking. The nurse gave me a pill at 1 am to start the process. I tried to sleep but with all the beeping and nurses coming in and out of my room, I barely got any. Scott slept like a baby but I had to keep waking him up to help me go to the bathroom..... At 5 am the nurse gave me another pill and told me to get some sleep. By this time I was feeling my contractions. I was getting really nervous seeing as 9 am was coming up and I was scared of the Pitocin. I had heard that it makes your contractions a lot stronger then they would have been if you would have gone on your own. Around 7:30, my sister in law Heather came to see me and to relieve Scott so he could go let the dogs out. At 8:45 the nurse started my pitocin and to check my progress. She said I was only 1 cm and was 90% thinned out. 15 minutes later my doctor came in to break my water.... Let me just say that this is the weirdest feeling in the world. I felt like I was peeing on myself every couple of minutes. Almost immediately my contractions began to intensify. I wasn't ready for my epidural quite yet so they gave me Demerol to "take the edge off" This stuff made me feel so drunk... I couldn't focus on anything. It didn't help the pain at all, just made me relax. My mom came up just after that, and then my dad & step mom stopped by. Around 12 pm Scott's mom & dad came by to see how things were progressing. I was having the strongest contractions and they were all in my back. I asked the nurse and she said that it was from the way that Tyler was laying. They had my hunch over the food tray and had Scott rub my back during each contraction. My contractions were coming every 3 minutes so we still had a while. We thought we would have the baby later in the evening so Scott and his parents decided to go to lunch since he hadn't eaten all day. Right when Scott left the contractions intensified and were getting closer together and were making me really light headed. My mom stepped in and continued to rub my back. I was getting very frustrated and kept telling her that she wasn't doing it right. I started crying and saying that I couldn't do this anymore. I was holding on to the bed rail and started blacking out and sliding off the bed. I came to and told my mom she had to tell the nurse I was ready for the epidural. Dr. Case came in to check me and I had gotten to 6 cm and 100% thinned out. I was shocked I got that far with out the epidural. Once the anesthesiologist came in, he kicked everyone out and began to numb me up. Scott was still at lunch so my mom had to call him and tell him what all was going on. He hurried back and came into the room as they were giving me the epidural. The nurse made him stay behind the curtain and he was not too happy about that. He wanted to hold my hand and make sure I was okay since I am scared of needles. I can honestly say that it wasn't too bad. I was in so much pain I didn't really care. Within 15 minutes, I was numb from the waist down and feeling good. I was having all kinds of contractions but couldn't feel a one. Around 2:30, the nurses came rushing into my room and said that Tylers heart rate was dropping. They threw an oxygen mask on me and had me lay on my left side for a couple minutes. Nothing changed, so they had me lay on my right side.... Still nothing. They raised the bottom of the bed and lowered the top so my head was towards the ground to keep Tyler from dropping anymore. They said that they were afraid that the cord was wrapped around his neck. When nothing had helped with his heartrate, Dr. Case came in to let me know they had to do an emergency c-section. I was so scared and in shock. My mom started crying b/c she was scared for me and she wanted to be there but hospital rules state that only 1 person is allowed during a c-section. Everyone came to give me hugs and wish me luck and they wheeled me off to the OR. Scott had to go get his scrubs on while they prepped me for surgery. I was so cold during all of this so they had warm blankets to lay across my arms so I would shake as much. Scott finally got into the OR and sat next to me and held my hand. It was the weirdest feeling b/c I could feeling them pushing and pulling but no pain. I layed there for what felt like forever but was only a couple minutes and the doctor said "well, you're going to have a baby in 60 seconds." Immediately I started crying and Scott stood up to see them pull Tyler out. I felt the biggest weight lifted off my belly and heard his little cry. It was amazing. They called out that he was 8 lbs. 12 oz and 21 inches long. They kept talking about how beautiful and big he was. I couldn't wait to see him and hold him. Scott brought him over to me and I couldn't get enough of him. I hated that I couldn't hold him though. After they closed me up, they wheeled Tyler and myself off to recovery. My mom & dad were the first ones from the waiting room to come see him. Then Bruce & Rhonda, then my step mom and step dad, then my brother Eric (Tyler's godfather) and Heather and then Scotts grandfather. We stayed in recovery for an hour so that I could feed him and have some bonding time with him. We finally went to our postpartum room and it was filled with people. They took Tyler off to the nursery so everyone left me in the room and ran down to see him. It was nice to have a little quite so that I could eat and relax... I mean, I hadn't eaten anything in 17 hours. My mom and Tom got me fried pickles from Hooters and Scott brought me a slice of chocolate cake from Red Lobster... healthy, I know.

The rest of the time in the hospital was kind of a blur. I was on so many pain medications that I couldn't tell you what day it was. I do know that January 20 was the best day of my life. I prepared myself for how labor was going to be and it was nothing like I thought. I left the hospital saying I would do that over and over again. It was like all the pain from labor didn't exhist. I love my little guy so much. I never knew that this kind of love exhisted. This is the best thing to happen to Scott & I. It has changed our relationship for the better. We don't let the little bickering turn into something big. I can't wait to see Tyler grow up (not too fast though) and see what the future holds for the 3 of us as a family.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ready for Labor & Delivery

Well, this is my last post until I have baby Tyler. Today is my due date and baby Ty is just not wanting to come out on his own. Scott & I went to the doctor and were really hoping they would just tell us to come back later for an induction. I mean, I am miserable. The only time I am comfortable is when I am standing, but when I am standing... my feet swell! The doctors appointment was just like any other I have recently had. I was still 2 cm and 60% effaced. No progress at all since last week and Tyler still has not dropped. I say it's b/c he wants to be the closest to my <3.... After discussing what options we had and then what the doctor recommended, we decided to come back tonight and start the induction process. My doctor is just afraid that with him being such a big baby, she doesn't want me to wait any longer and for him to keep on packing the pounds on. Yeah, me either.... I don't even want to try and deliver a 10 lbs. baby. She also told Scott & I to get in the mind set that we may have to have a c-section. This is also b/c of his size and she is not sure that he will drop b/c I am so narrow and he is just a porker! I am up for anything at this point. I asked her to not let me labor for long if she doesn't see me delivering him vaginally. I do not want to be worn out after hours and hours of labor and then find out that we will have to do a c-section.
We are to report to the hospital at midnight tonight and they will begin the induction. They will start me off with something that will help to soften my cervix. Then in the morning, they will start me on Pitocin, to help start contractions and induce labor. They will then break my water and see if I start progressing. I am feeling so many emotions. Excited, anxious, scared, nervous and every other emotion possible. I am scared to death of needles so I am going to have to get over that reallly quick. I mean, the first time I had an IV was when I had surgery on my finger in May. And, the first time I had blood drawn was when I found out I was pregnant. I am not as nervous as I was with my finger surgery and I think it's because I know that in the end, I get to hold my baby boy. I will do anything for that.
We are taking my laptop with us to the hospital since Scott has homework and a couple papers due on Friday. We will be sure to post pictures and get some updates going.... Keep us in your prayers.....