Saturday, August 9, 2008

Kennedi's first outing....

What a day today was!! I did not plan to have Kennedi anywhere yet but unfortunately she had to have her first outing today....

When we were discharged from the hospital yesterday Kennedi's bilirubin count was a little high. They still let us go home but told us we had to go get blood drawn today for a retest to see if the count had gone down. So, her first outing consisted of a return trip to the hospital, thankfully it was to the lab. We got a call a few hours later that her count was still high. Actually it was higher than when we left the hospital. Thankfully we were already discharged when we knew this or I would have been leaving the hospital today without her since they would have wanted her levels down before she went home.

Since we were already home our pediatrician told us we had to put her until the bili-blanket. Now both Conner and Avery were jaundiced when they were babies but apparently they were not as bad because this was a new thing for me.

We sat around most of the night waiting for the medical equipment people to bring the stuff to get her levels down. The sad part is that Kennedi has to lay on this light and under a blanket most of the day. I guess it is not so bad right now because its night time and she is going to bed (hopefully for a few hours at a time). But tomorrow she will once again have to spend most of the day in this contraption. I have not decided yet if I am going to take pictures of her in it or not.

Anyway, tomorrow morning we have to go back to the hospital and have more blood drawn to see if the number has come down. Poor thing, between this and having her blood sugar checked like 3 times because of her weight (more heel pricks), Kennedi is going to have the most bruised feet!!

Despite all of this, She is still completely beautiful and such a wonderful baby!! We will post more tomorrow after we find out how the blood work turns out...

Have a wonderful weekend...

Tara and Chris

Pictures of Kennedi's first 2 days.....

I went ahead and uploaded some pictures of the first two days.... She has been such a great baby so far! I just hope it lasts :-)

Friday, August 8, 2008

What an update!!!

Wow.... this is going to be a good one...


Kennedi Megan Pitts arrived at 5:26pm on August 7, 2008. I guess the doctors were right because she weighed in at 8lbs 14oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. Thank goodness for epidurals!! Now after having one I really wonder how I went through 2 deliveries without one. I really was crazy!!!

She is absolutely the most beautiful little girl. She looks a lot like her daddy!! She got his cheeks.

How it happened.... ha ha well I am sure most of you know how it happens but I mean the start of labor. I was at work yesterday and Chris talked me into calling my doctor about a question that I had about my water leaking. So of course, I always listen to him and I called. Well they told me to head over to the hospital and be monitored. When I got there, they checked me to see if my water had broken, it had not broken but was leaking so they decided to go ahead and break it. They did that at about 145pm and started me on some pitocin about 200pm. By 529pm Kennedi was here!! YEAH!!!

I had not had a long labor with any of my kids but this one was the quickest (and I liked that)!! Avery is so proud to be able to say he is still my biggest baby. He has Kennedi beat by one ounce. That is really a record that I would rather not try to beat!!

She did great last night in the hospital. Two different times she slept for 4 hours between feedings. It was wonderful but also something that I know we should not get used to. I am sure that wont last.

We were discharged this evening and got home a little while ago. The hospital was great but there is no place like home!!!

I am going to download some pictures tonight and post them tomorrow I am sure. I will probably write more later but right now I have a little girl that is crying and probably wants to eat!!

Tara and Chris

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

39 week doctor appointment and work....

Hey everyone....

The past two days have been pretty full with events but not enough of them deal with the baby. Yesterday morning we went to school so the boys could see where their homerooms were located. It went smoothly of course and only took a few minutes. Then it was on to my doctors appointment where I really expected to have some news on the progress of Kennedi. Well, that did not happen!! First we got there and they took my blood pressure. It was higher than I think it has ever been in my life at 150/87. They immediately had me lay down on my left side for about 15 minutes and then took it again. I tried to relax as best as I could and get out of my mind that I may have to give birth to a baby the size of a 2 or 3 month old. I guess I got that and all the anxiety out of my mind for a few minutes because my blood pressure went down to 110/78. Of course Chris was in there telling me that I needed to relax, the baby might not be as big as they think and all that other husbandly advice that you don't want to hear because they have not been through the birth of a huge baby. Bless his heart he is trying so hard to do whatever he can to make me less miserable than I am at times.

Anyway, back to the appointment. Just like every other appointment the nurse came in and listened to the heartbeat which was great at like 142 and then she measured my huge belly. This week I was measuring 40 weeks. I guess that is good, she must not have gained too much weight in the past week. Or so I hope!!

Then the doctor came in to check me.... I so expected to be told that I was dilated a little more and that it was not going to be much longer. Well I did not get any of that!!! "In fact that was no change since last week. Still a 3 and I guess the baby is not down far enough (which I would like to argue since often when I walk I feel like she is going to fall out)!! But what do I know, I am not in the medical field. Then the doctor said something that almost made me hop out of the chair and tackle her..... She said they will let me go another week, maybe two. I was about to cry. Then I asked about the size of the baby and if they would let me go that long and she replied, "well and 8 or 8/12 pound baby is still considered normal". Hmmm I wonder if she has ever given birth to a baby that was 8 1/2 pounds... BECAUSE I HAVE AND THAT IS NOT NORMAL!!! She just dropped down to the bottom of my favorite person list.

So needless to say, there was no talk about an induction date and she said.. We will see you back in a week. Oh wonderful.. I can't wait!!

So today I went back to work!! Never thought that I would have to start the year but I did. It was the first day of school so I did not have any students. I cant believe that people work everyday this pregnant. I am so exhausted and so swollen from being on my feet and walking around. And to think, tomorrow I get to do it all over again. Gee I can't wait!

On a side note.... Kennedi will have a great time this fall watching two of her big brothers play football! Avery is signed up for tackle (11-12 league)... all 65 pounds of him and Conner made the middle school football team and has been getting his butt kicked since last week with conditioning. She is going to learn early how to cheer for her favorite teams!!!

Until next time, everyone please pray that I do not make it to my next doctors appointment!!

Tara and Chris....