Henry's Friends and Family

While in the hospital we had so many friends and family come visit us and welcome Henry into this world.  We are truly grateful for their support, love and help these last two weeks.  I wanted to post a few pictures from our time in the hospital and when we first came home.  We really appreciate all you have done for us!

As soon as Henry was born my Mom updated the wreath with his name and numbers and immediately posted on our door.  I absolutely love it and it's now hanging on the door to his room

Henry with my parents

Henry with Ryan's parents

Henry with his cousins and Aunt Becca & Uncle John

Henry with his cousins and Aunt Rhonda & Uncle Danny

Henry with Aunt Courtney & Uncle Ryan

Henry with Nicole and Aaron

Alison & Mark

Dad getting Henry dressed to head home

About to head home!

First car ride

With Leslie, Kim & Erich

Thanks again for all your love and support!


Henry's Birthday - November 15, 2011

Last Tuesday, November15th, we celebrated Henry's birthday.  We welcomed him into the world at 12:25 pm and our lives have forever changed and our hearts are filled with love we didn't know possible. Henry has been with us a little over a week and I can't believe how fast the time has gone.  I wanted to post his birth story so I can document all the events of the day....

Ryan and I had gone to the doctor the Friday before and the decision was made to go ahead and induce labor for the following Tuesday.  Everything was fine and I had progressed enough that we felt comfortable with induction.  It was weird knowing we had only a few days left as a family of two but enjoyed our time by eating at our favorite restaurants, sleeping in, spending time with Bennett and taking care of a few last minute things. We also had several house showings on Saturday and an open house so we were busy preparing for that.  Our house had been on the market nearly six months with only one offer and that one weekend we received two offers.  The timing couldn't have worked out better even though we were busy negotiating the sale and working through all the paperwork.  That Monday night Ryan and I went out to eat, finished packing our bags and tried to get some sleep.  I think I slept only 3 hours that night as I was anxious and nervous about the next morning.  We had to be at the hospital by 5 am and my alarm was set for 3:15 am.  The alarm went off and I jumped in the shower and then woke Ryan up so he could get ready.  We managed to get out the door by 4:20 with everything we could possible need for the next few days :)

Once we arrived at the hospital everything happened very quickly.  We were checked in, comfortable in our room, and had the Pitocin in by 5:45. The first few hours went quickly as nurses were in every 15 minutes or so checking on us and increasing the dosage.

At this point I was having contractions but wasn't in much pain.  My doctor came in at 7:30 to break my water and checked my cervix.  At that time I was 1-2 cm dilated and 90% effaced.  We settled in for what we thought would be a long day as she said typically you would dilate 1-2 cm every 2 hours.  Around 8:30 the contractions really started to pick up and I was feeling them more in my back.  At 9:20 the nurse checked my cervix again and said I was almost 4 cm dilated and was progressing very quickly.  I was actually in quite a bit of pain and asked for the epidural.  There were several other women in labor at the same time and I was about 4th on the list to receive the epidural.  My nurse slowed down the pitocin as she wanted to make sure I received the epidural before progressing much more.  They brought in another doctor to give epidurals and I was able to receive mine at 10 am.  I was a little nervous about this but honestly it wasn't bad at all.  I started to feel relief instantly but still felt contractions on my right side. The nurse checked me again and I was still almost 4 cm dilated.  The nurse said they wouldn't check me again for awhile and we started to relax.  My mom was there at this point and we all chatted for the next hour and a half.  Around 11:15 Ryan was getting hungry and decided to walk over to a nearby Whataburger to grab a quick lunch.  I felt sure that this baby wouldn't be here until late afternoon at the earliest.  The nurse came back in at 11:45 to check me again and surprisingly announced that I was 10 cm dilated and that I was ready to push!  She then asked where my husband was.  Of course I panicked and said he had gone to lunch.  My mom called him and he rushed back just in time.  They were trying to get a hold of my doctor so we had a little time thankfully.  I couldn't believe how fast I had progressed from a 4 to a 10 and I think all the nurses were surprised as well.

I was feeling all sorts of emotions but was more excited than anything else as we were about to meet our baby boy.  The doctor came in shortly after Ryan got back and we began pushing.  Henry Ryan was born only 15 minutes later at 12:25 pm weighing 6 pounds 9 ounces and 19 inches long.  He was healthy and absolutely perfect :)

The whole experience was amazing and I can't even describe the love I felt for this child when I held him for the first time.

I was very fortunate to have a great experience and a fairly easy labor and delivery.  Throughout the next few days we had quite a few visitors and feel so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends.  I'll save that for another post :)

And one more of our sweet boy.  I have a feeling you'll be seeing him a whole lot more on this blog :)


Baby Rudy has Arrived!


Henry Ryan
6 pounds 9 ounces
19 inches long

Born November 15, 2011
12:25 PM

We are very blessed and absolutely in love with our new baby boy!



In case you're wondering, Baby R is still snug in my belly and has decided not to make an appearance yet.  I go back to the doctor this Friday and hopefully I'll have another update then.  I've had some contractions this week but for the most part we're doing OK!

We had our house cleaned today and it was such an amazing feeling coming home to a spotless house.  Now, if only we can keep Benny from shedding and messing it up before this baby comes...

In other news, my blog received a face lift today and I love it!  Marina at Penny Lane Designs hooked me up and I love her work.  I wanted something simple and fresh and I think we achieved just that.

And lastly, our new house is really coming along and we should close sometime mid to late December.  We went by the other day and our kitchen cabinets and counter tops were in.  So far it looks great and I can't wait to see it all come together!

Happy Wednesday!


38 Weeks!

We have officially made it 38 weeks.  I hate to complain as this has been a great pregnancy for me but I'm starting to really feel the aches and pains of being so close to the end.  Everything is so much harder and I find myself grunting when I have to pick something up off the floor.  In good news, when I went to the doctor this past week she said I had progressed even more.  I go back this Friday and I'm anxious to see where I'm at then.  Assuming he hasn't come already :)

A few updates....
  • We have way too much Halloween candy leftover at our house for someone that is due in less than two weeks.  I've always had a sweet tooth but it's been taken to a new level... :/
  • Our stroller arrived this week and I LOVE it!  Ryan put it together and it's looking good in our house just waiting to have a little boy to ride in it. 
  • Ryan also installed our car seat this past week.  We are all ready to go in case we have a late night trip to the hospital. 
  • I picked up the last few necessities for the hospital this weekend so for the most part our bags are packed.  Well mine are at least.  I'm not sure what Ryan is planning on bringing but he doesn't seem too worried :)
  • Ryan and I went to the movies again this afternoon.  We are slightly obsessed with movie popcorn and are trying to get in as many movie/popcorn dates as we can before Baby Rudy comes.  
  • About halfway through the movie I started getting intense lower back pain.  This is a new feeling for me and I was slightly worried.  I got up and walked around and the pain went away but still scared me a little bit.  Not sure if it means we are close or if this is just part of those aches and pains that come with pregnancy this late in the game.
  • And lastly, I'm pretty sure my belly resembles a torpedo.... Is this normal?!?
Sweet new ride...

38 weeks :)