Monday, December 11, 2017

Bringing It Back With a Birth Story: Parker James

So, the blog has been on hiatus since Peyton's first birthday.... you know... 16 months ago. A lot has changed in those months. As most of you know, we are now a family of FOUR. On November 10th, 2017, we welcomed a little boy into our lives named Parker James.

 I'm bringing the blog back because, what you do for your first child, you supposedly must do for the rest. #secondchildproblems We're kicking off the reintroduction of Life {R+S} with a good, old-fashioned birth story. Now, if you like reading all the little details in a person's birth story, then keep reading. If this kind of stuff bores you, then this post might not be for you.  You've been warned.

Parker's birth was not at all what I expected and very different from Peyton's. It all started on a Thursday morning. I had been going to weekly doctor's appointments at this point. Each week, the doctor would check me and tell me, "Any day now! There's no way you make it to your due date. You may not even make it to your next appointment!" Blah. Blah. Blah. So, I woke up every morning thinking, "Today might be the day!" and I left work every evening with my work bag and computer because I didn't want to leave it at school if I was going to be starting maternity leave the next day! So, back to Thursday, November 10th.

The day started like every other. I waddled out of bed. I waddled up and down the halls of my school and around the classroom. Around 12, things started to change though. My contractions that I had been sporadically having got stronger and more consistent. I didn't think much of it at this point though, but started tracking them just to be safe. All afternoon at school, my contractions were about 15 minutes apart and lasted for about 30-45 seconds. Not time yet.

I left work, picked up Peyton from school, and met my parents and Susan at Hobby Lobby just to walk around. While at Hobby Lobby, I continued to track my contractions. At this point they were every 9-10 minutes and lasted 45 seconds to 1 minute. I didn't say anything out loud, but I had a pretty good feeling that I wasn't going to be at work the next day. Ironically enough, Friday was supposed to be my last day and I had given up on going into labor early so I left my laptop and work bag at school. Joke's on me!

Ryan met all of us for dinner and I ate through the contractions, which weren't getting much closer together (still 9 or so minutes apart) but were getting stronger. By the time we got home, I immediately jumped in the shower and made sure our bags were packed and in the car because I knew we were going to the hospital at some point that night. We put Peyton down for the night and laid down ourselves in the hopes that we might get some sleep.

Around 11, I gave up on sleep and paced back and forth downstairs through contractions that were about 7 minutes apart. At this point, I felt like it was time to head to the hospital, so I woke Ryan up and called my Mom to come stay at the house with Peyton while she slept.

We got to the hospital around midnight and tried to check into triage. Keyword "tried." Apparently they were swamped that night and didn't have any rooms available in triage. So without knowing how far along I was, they sent me to the waiting room with another couple and told us it was first come, first serve and they would get me checked in as soon as they could. I continued to track my contractions in the waiting room, which were about 3-4 minutes apart and ridiculously painful at this point.

The finally came to get us around 1:30, an  hour or so after arriving. At this point, my contractions were so strong, I couldn't walk on my own. I think this little fact tipped them off that I am probably in labor, so they changed my triage room to a labor and delivery room and wheeled me down. By the time, I got changed and on the table, the nurse checked me and told me that I was 10 cm dilated. Surprise!  She tried to tell me that I wouldn't have time for an epidural and that as soon as the dr. got here, it would be time to push. Almost in tears, I told her that I NEEDED an epidural (dramatic at this point, but I was looking forward to that thing all night. Don't hold out on me now!) Our amazing nurse actually made it happen if I promised to not push through contractions and if my water didn't break.

So about 20 minutes after getting into the room, they were administering an epidural. Sweet relief kicked in about 10 minutes before I started pushing. While I labored all the way to 10 cm., I definitely do not regret getting that epidural so that I could enjoy the birth of my son a little more coherently. I started pushing around 2:10 a.m. and about 5-10 minutes later, things started to get pretty stressful. While pushing, Ryan and I overheard a nurse call for "backup" because the heart rate had quickly dropped from 150 to 50. Apparently the cord had wrapped around his neck once I started pushing and they needed to get him out quickly. He was born about 5 minutes and 2-3 GIANT pushes (not by me, but by my dr. who was baring the weight of his entire body down on my stomach) later, Parker was out. He was born at 2:33 a.m. They put him on my stomach for about 5 seconds...which was just long enough for me to see a little purple non-responsive body be set down and then quickly whisked away.

I'm not sure how long the nurses were smacking Parker around and trying to get him to cry, but it felt like a lifetime. Eventually, he started to let out little cries. I could hear the nurses saying that the color was coming back. FINALLY, he let out some wails and all was good. They wiped him down and handed him to me and my heart exploded!

Here he is, ladies and gentlemen.
Parker James Smith.
7 lb. 7 oz.
20 in. long

Sunday, August 28, 2016

She's ONE!!

We had Peyton's first birthday party last Saturday! I'm so happy with how everything turned out! Her theme was "She's a wild one" because...well...she IS a wild one! She is our crazy child and we couldn't think of any other theme that fit her big personality more! 

When I was staying at home with Peyton, I had BIG plans for this party. However, since starting work at the beginning of the month, I just didn't have the time anymore to plan plan plan. I think the party turned our perfect for the amount of time and effort I put into it. And, let's be real, first birthday parties are way more for the parents than they are for the kiddo anyways! We made it a year! One exciting, exhausting, and amazing year at that! 

Thank you to our friends and family that made it out to the house to help us celebrate sweet P! We appreciate it more than you know and feel so blessed that you all love Peyton the way you do! 

Without further ado, I give you... Peyton's party in pictures! 

Of course the wild one wouldn't just sit in the high chair like she is supposed to!

Phew, what fun we had!! Year one is officially in the books!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Pey's First Trip to Boston

Last month, we finally made a trek back to my favorite city in the country. We moved away last May so it had been over a full year since we had been back...which is really just way, way too long.

Our flight out of Atlanta left a little after 10 PM on Wednesday night. We were really hoping Peyton would do us right and sleep the whole way there since this was already way past her bedtime. Man, were we wrong! She fell asleep for about 30 minutes in the car on the way to the airport and then proceeded to stay awake until 12:30... 15 minutes before our flight landed in Boston. She squirmed, screamed, and kicked for a solid two hours before finally giving in to sleep. We hated being "those people" on the plane, especially on such a late night flight, but there was literally nothing we could do to keep her calm. Needless to say, it was a pretty rough flight and the exact opposite of our flights to Miami a few weeks ago! On the flip side, she completely wore herself out during that flight, so when she finally did fall asleep, she was OUT. She didn't flinch during the landing, transporting her from our laps into the Baby Bjorn, on the bus ride over to the rental car lot, transporting her from the Bjorn to the car seat, and finally from the car seat into her pack n play for the night, not waking up until 10 the next morning! Phew!

We visited with Rachel and Chris for just a few minutes at 2:30 AM when we got to their house, but called it a night pretty early. On Thursday, we lounged around the house in the morning, venturing out at lunch time to a restaurant at a driving range, called.... The Range. After lunch, we spent an hour or so lounging outside at the driving range before heading back to the house to get ready for dinner! Rachel and James M. graciously offered to host our friends from LCC at their house for a good old fashioned pot-luck style dinner! It was so good to get to share a meal with these people again, introduce them all to Peyton, and get to meet their new additions, Noah and Braylon!

After dinner, we drove over to the Grant's house so that Wally, Kath, and Sarah could meet little P! Peyton was a little champ and stayed up playing with Kath and Sarah until around 10 pm!

Friday was spent wandering around Assembly Row with Rachel G., Rachel F., Chris, Ryan, and P. We did some shopping (Hello, LOFT!) and then some drinking at a local brewery! That evening, we went back to the Grant/Mirski house to grill out and put Peyton down for an earlier bedtime! We stayed up watching some gymnastics for a little while, but all crashed pretty early!

Saturday was the big day of the trip! I got up bright and early and headed over to Wally and Kathy's house to meet the rest of Rachel's bridesmaids and help set up for the shower! The shower went perfectly and everything was so beautiful! There is definitely something special about watching one of your best friends be completely covered in love and gifts from the people around her! We all love you, Rachel and Chris!!

Sunday morning, we unfortunately had to wake up before the butt crack of dawn to head back to Georgia. It was such a wonderful trip to Boston and the countdown has definitely begun for our next trip!!