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Monday, February 28, 2011

1 Month Old

It is hard to believe that Molly is already one month old! She was officially one month old yesterday, the 27th, even though she was 4 weeks old on Thursday. Not sure which is best to go by :) We went to the doctor this morning for her 1 month checkup. Here are her stats: 9 lbs 7 oz 60-65th percentile, 22 1/4 inches long 90th percentile, and 14 3/4 inches head 60th percentile. She gained 2 lbs in 2 weeks! No wonder she is outgrowing the newborn clothes already :) I put her in one of her new 3 month outfits from Carter's today. While it is sad to already be outgrowing the newborn clothes and feeling like she is growing up too fast, it is exciting to see her development and to put her in these new cute clothes :) The doctor told us to try and get her to a every 4 hr feeding schedule, and if she acts really hungry in between to give her some water. I had never heard of that. Makes sense as all humans need water, but just never thought about for a little baby. But since we just assumed she was only 8 lbs and surprised us with being 9 lbs already, we may need to increase her formula intake too. She is currently taking 3 1/2 oz at most feedings - sometimes a little less. But she is also feeding anywhere from every 2 to every 4 hours. I think this is the only thing we really had questions on for the doctor today - trying to figure out this feeding thing! But I was super excited to hear she was not only gaining weight, but putting it on well! Just want to make sure we don't overfeed and create bad habits early. All the things a parent worries about :)

This momma is tired, but not too bad. I need to be better about napping when Molly naps. Brandon is good about taking her on Sat and Sun mornings and letting me sleep in a bit to try and get caught up. I am doing all the middle of the night feedings now as I don't want Brandon to be tired at work. And really those aren't that bad, unless she gets really fussy, which she sometimes does. She is already spoiled and likes being held or likes the vibration of her bouncy seats/swing. But, it is so easy to spoil them :)

We have gone out and gotten a little exercise here and there when the weather is nice. It feels good to walk, but still trying not to overdo it which is hard. I feel so good and then push too much and pay for it the next day. But overall, momma's recovery has been really good. I go back to the doctor on Friday and will be anxious to hear if Dr F agrees.

We have taken over 600 pictures so far. Just can't seem to have enough of all her expressions and special moments with visitors :) The doctor mentioned today for us to enjoy all her little noises now, as they will quickly be replaced with new noises. We have taken a few videos of her, but now makes me want to get more! I don't want to forget anything!!

For the sake of not having to wait to upload a million pictures, since this post is entitled "1 Month Old", here is her 1 month old picture we took yesterday. I love it, because it looks like her Panda is her little buddy :) Our plan is to get one of these every month so we can compare her progress and see how much she has grown and changed. I just hope it doesn't go by too fast, but I am sure it will!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Molly's Birth Story

We welcomed our precious baby girl into this world on January 27, 2011. We both worked full days at work on Wednesday the 26th. Mommy even stayed at work until 7pm that night as she had a feeling she would be early and didn't want to leave any projects undone. We ate dinner, watched some TV, and went to bed about 10pm. At 11:15pm, Mommy shot up in bed and said to Daddy, "Something is happening!". As it turns out, Mommy's water had broken, but at first she was unsure as to what was happening. No matter how much people tell you and how much you read, you never know what to expect. Contractions started about 5 mins after that and came about every 15 mins or so. About an hour later, Mommy called the on-call nurse who told her to go ahead and get to the hospital. Since contractions were still mild, Mommy went ahead and took a quick shower and of course shaved her legs (can't gross anyone out!! - LOL). Daddy went to town getting things settled around the house. He took out the trash, emptied the dishwasher, washed some pots/pans in the sink, took care of the dog and cat, and got the bags in the car. Already showing signs of a wonderful Daddy!! At 1:30am we were on our way to the hospital. We arrived and were officially checked in by 2am. There was one person in front of us, so we patiently waited in the waiting room. Luckily contractions still weren't bad for Mommy. Then the nurse finally took us back to confirm that Mommy was officially in labor and get all the information. We learned that they did not have any rooms available in Labor and Delivery and we were moved to a small room right off the admission area. We had what we needed for the time being - the machines to monitor baby and Mommy's heart beat, and a chair for Daddy to sit in, but the bed was uncomfortable and small for Mommy so we hoped to get a room soon. Around 4am the contractions really started to get intense and we were stuck in this small room for another two hours. Mommy didn't think she was going to make it, because they couldn't give her the wonderful epidural until she was in a L&D room. And Daddy was worried because with every contraction, Mommy was moving all around and Daddy was afraid she was going to fall off the narrow bed. This was a very long and hard two hours for Mommy. At 6am we got the word that we finally had a room. And by 7am, Mommy was getting the wonderful epidural she so badly needed!! Then it was time to rest and just wait. Mommy was comfortable, Daddy was able to get a snack, and Grandparents started to arrive to await the precious arrival of their granddaughter. Grammy and G-Pop (Mommy's parents) arrived first They stopped by the house first to take canine sister, Chelsi to the vet for boarding and arrived at the hospital about 9:30am. They stayed in the room with Mommy and Daddy until around noon and then went to get some food in the cafeteria. Maw-maw and Paw-paw arrived next and came to the room for a brief visit before joining Grammy and G-Pop in the cafeteria and waiting room so Mommy could take a short nap. Mommy wanted to try and gain some strength for pushing soon! Daddy was wonderful through it all. He kept everyone updated via text messages as everyone was anxiously awaiting news of baby girl's arrival. And he kept encouraging Mommy through everything and telling Mommy how beautiful she was and how proud he was of her. At 3:30pm, the doctor checked Mommy and confirmed that she was 9.5 cm dilated and confirmed we could start pushing within the hour. At 4:15pm, Mommy said it was time, so the pushing began. Mommy pushed like a champ (as the doctor, nurse and Daddy all said) for two hours. But, baby's head was not descending as it should, and it was determined that a c-section was the way to go. Mommy was very upset. She was taken by surprise by the news since everything so far had gone so well. And even though Mommy knew a c-section would be just fine, she was still scared and already upset that she wouldn't be able to hold her baby girl right away. Daddy got on his scrubs, and everyone tried to calm Mommy down, and we headed towards the OR. The doctor on-call that had been with us, texted Mommy's primary doctor to give her an update, and Dr. F upon hearing the news of the c-section decided to come straight from the office to the OR to assist in the c-section. Mommy was so relieved when she saw Dr. F! At 6:30pm, Mommy was wheeled into the OR. The hospital staff in the OR were wonderful and really helped calm Mommy down. Daddy was still nervous with how fast everyone was moving around and how quickly everything was happening. One of the doctors even teased Mommy as she came down the hallway crying, and said "oh, she sprang a leak, we can fix that in there too!" which made Mommy and Daddy laugh. At 7:07pm, Mommy heard the most wonderful sound - the sound of her baby girl crying for the first time! It was music to her ears, and when Dr. F held her over the sheet for Mommy to see, Mommy immediately started to cry and was so relieved to hear her baby girl was here and healthy!! So, Molly Kamryn Inscore had officially arrived. 7 lbs 8 oz on 01.27.11 at 7:07pm.

After a couple of quick moments with Mommy and the first family photo, Daddy and Molly went to the nursery, while Mommy stayed in the OR for the doctors to finish up. On the way to the nursery, Daddy was able to bring Molly into the hallway outside the waiting room, and all 4 grandparents rushed out to meet her! Mommy wishes she had been there to witness this moment, but luckily someone was snapping photos for us to help capture it. Grammy said Daddy was so proud and very emotional as he held his baby girl for all to see. Grammy also snapped Mommy's favorite first photo of Molly only 10 mins old!

Daddy stayed with Molly in the nursery while Mommy was wheeled to recovery. Mommy was lonely but very glad Daddy was staying with Molly. When Mommy asked when she could see Molly, she was told she wouldn't be in recovery long, that Molly was getting her bath, and then could join Mommy in her room for the rest of the night. So, Mommy was patient. At 8:45pm, Mommy was wheeled from recovery to her room. Mommy was taken past the waiting room on the way, and Daddy, Grammy and G-Pop came rushing out the door. Grammy was crying and holding her cell phone - she was talking to Uncle Andrew. They had all been very worried about Mommy and were glad to see she was ok. Even though visiting hours were over, Mommy insisted that Grammy and G-Pop come with her to her room. Maw-maw and Paw-paw had already left thinking they weren't going to be able to see Mommy. Daddy came with us to the room for a few minutes and helped collect all of our things from Labor and Delivery. And then Daddy headed back to the nursery to find out what was the hold-up on getting Molly to the room with Mommy. Finally at 10:45pm, Daddy and Molly joined Mommy in her room. Mommy has never been so overjoyed and relieved. After snapping some more photos for the new family, Grammy and G-Pop said goodnight, and left the happy family of 3 to bond.

Mommy and Daddy were exhausted, but couldn't have been happier. We finally had our precious miracle, baby girl Molly in our arms!! And already we were asking ourselves in disbelief on how we could make something so beautiful!! God is good!!!