Bible Verse of the Day: Keeping God First

Saturday, June 27, 2009

That "What in the World Are You Dreaming Of" Smile

So now Zakiah is smiling in her sleep. It is so adorable. It makes me wonder what in the world can she be dreaming of now to make her smile like that. It is probably some type of reflex but what if she is really dreaming of something that is making her happy? Hmmm, what seems to make her really happy these days is a belly full of MILK!

Blowing mommy a kissy kissy! Aw, I love you, too! Muah!

Zakiah Munches on Mommy's Finger

I guess my finger tastes better than the pacifier. The sucking reflex is on full effect!

Friday, June 26, 2009

2 Day Follow Up Appointment

Zakiah's follow up appointment went really well. She was 6 pounds 6.5 ounces when she was discharged from the hospital. When she was weighed at her appointment, she was 6 pounds and 15 ounces! She gained all her original weight back and some. She is eating well the doctor said. I would think so after all the time she is on my breast feeding. She looked so tiny on that big examination table. The next appointment is not until two weeks.

Our Lil Drunkard

I am breastfeeding so I have been pretty much feeding on demand to help build up my milk supply. Zakiah has been a very very sleepy baby. I guess she was feeling good off the effects of the epidural. It is funny how sleepy she would get after breastfeeding. It was hard to wake her back up. Josh would call her his little drunkard because she would get milk drunk and just fall out to It is so cute!

I love sitting in the back with Zakiah and interacting with her whenever she is awake. I guess it is helping us bond together more. But even when she is asleep back there, I enjoy looking at my sleeping beauty.

I remember the whole drill at the hospital: back to sleep and tummy to play. Well what do you do when she is too sleepy for tummy time? LOL. It was too cute. She was place onto the mat, struggled a little bit since her neck and back muscles are not very strong yet, and settled into a nice comfy position for a little nap. So sweet!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

She is Going Home!

Since they didn't give daddy much attention during our stay at the hospital, I figured that Z's going home outfit be the one that says "Daddy Loves Me". Aw, so precious! And yes, those are socks on her hands.

Daddy and Z right before we left the hospital.

Z in her carseat. She's so itty bitty in there!

Zakiah Holds Her Own Pacifier

Zakiah holding her own as she sucks on her paci at the hospital on the day of discharge. She was so little that the pacifier looked huge on her face.

Monday, June 22, 2009

26 Hours of Labor Later...She's Here!

So my due date was June 13th but I always had in the back of my head that she will be a late baby. However, I had no idea that she will keep me waiting 9 days after the date. Nevertheless, I started feeling cramps around 3am on Sunday, June 21st. I did not think much of the cramping since I have had two other false alarms already. I pretty much had figured if this would be it then it will be it; if not then not. I was going with the flow. I tried to go back to sleep a few hours later BUT could not so I got up to do some things before Church. During service, I felt stronger cramping so I was sure that this was the real thing. I was so excited and ready! I called the doc on call and she said to make sure my bag was packed and to call back when the contractions are 5 mins apart. So Josh and I kept track and sure enough, they were getting closer. I called my parents to let them know the news and that they should be getting ready to head my way later that day. Josh and I gathered our stuff and headed to the hospital at around 2:30ish that afternoon.

It was such a surreal experience settling down in my LD (labor and delivery) room. It was not too long ago when Josh and I were in the same exact room several weeks ago while touring the Birthing Center at the hospital. I put on my gown and settled down in my bed. The nurse strapped me up to the monitoring machine and placed the IV in my arm (ugh, I hated that part). It took me awhile to forget the feeling of the IV in my arm. I guess the stronger contactions distracted me after awhile. The first 4 hours was so boring. Josh was dozing off so I had no entertainment but the tv (which I was not interested in watching) and the nurse who tried to be personable and funny (but moreso corny and annoying). My main form of entertainmen was the fetal monitor and breathing through my contractions.

At 7pm, my mom had arrived and my favorite OB-GYN came to check on my progress. I was about 3cm and a long way from delivery. He decided to break my water to get things moving. And boy, did they move as soon as he broke my water. I had the best nurses in the world. Molly and Kay, I will never forget you gals! :) They helped me so much and were so nice. Since I wanted to go as long as I can without getting an epidural (and without being tied down in bed), I spent most of my evening, night, and early Monday morning in the whirlpool to help me get through the contractions. Highly recommended route along with breathing. I also walked around the birthing center to let gravity help push the baby down. I tried the exercise ball for one contraction and just could not do it. Anyway, I was administered four doses of drugs to help ease my mind off the pain. Boy, I was so drugged. I felt drunk and giddy during the first two doses. The last dose of drug was a different type of drug from the first three and it knocked me out. Unfortunately, when I woke up, I was in SOOO much pain. I could not control my breathing and was freaking out. It is funny because my mom requested me to get the epidural. Right before I was given the epidural, I was 7cm. Good enough! lol From 7cm to fully dilated, ask Josh what happened. Clearly I was so freaked out, I hardly remembered anything. The last thing I remember was the nurses waking me up and telling me it is time to push. Delivery was a breeze! 45 minutes of pushing was all it took for my precious baby girl to come out into the world at 5:28am.

Aww, she's so pretty and so tiny! 6 pounds and 13 ounces! Everyone was so happy at her arrival. My dad took lots of pictures and Josh took plenty of pictures of her with my blackberry. It was amazing to look into her eyes. She's finally here. I would rate my labor and delivery experience a 9 out of 10. I had an awesome God, family, boyfriend, doctor, and nurses at my side. Now recovery is a WHOLE other story. No wonder there's a 6 week recovery period. Having a baby traumatizes a woman's But all in all, it's totally worth it. There are women out there who wish they could go through what I just experience. Definitely a blessing. Ahhhh, I am pregnant no more for the time being...thank goodness!

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