S: Our Second Pregnancy: Coltan James
FC: Our Second Pregnancy: Coltan James | "A precious baby has come from above to live in our hearts and fill them with love."
1: We were living in Colorado.We were a family of three: Daddy, Mommy and Xyler. When Xyler was 9 months old we found out we were expecting a second baby. We were so happy. They would | About Our Family | Always have each other. One more baby would complete our family. Xyler would have a new best friend.
2: About Daddy | My parents were Tim and Danielle. I've lived in Colorado all my life. I have three sisters and one brother. I grew up living with my mom and grandma. All my siblings are step or half siblings. The only sibling I grew up with was my sister Ashley. I liked to play video games and skateboard. My family was never that tight knit when I was young, so I've always wanted children so I could give them the family I never had. I love all technology. I've always loved gadgets and taking things apart and putting them | back together. I'm working towards becoming a multi-media designer. I love to have fun & I love to play games with my friends. My goal is to be able to support my family and provide every opportunity that I didn't have. --Anthony--
3: About Mommy | I was born and raised in Colorado. Born to Terri and Ken Williams. I have a brother named, Erik and two sisters, Sarah and Jennifer. When I was young, my parents divorced and my dad remarried, That's when my second sister came along. My mom worked really hard to support us and that is where my ambition and inspiration comes from. I graduated high school with honors and was a good student.. Growing up my brother and I played a lot of video games and read a lot of books. I 'm kind of a geek now. I love computers and I get excited about anything tech-y. I also love to be outdoors camping, swimming, hiking, and doing anything that lets me feel the sun on my face. I'm organized. I'm passionate about what I believe in. I love to laugh and have fun. I am a dreamer, but I realize when I have something good. ~ Rebecca
4: About Us
5: We met in high school, but we didn't actually go on a date until 4 years later. We were friends first. When we finally decided to date, we knew we were meant to be. We had so much in common and we complemented one another. We've had our ups and downs but at the end of the day, we know what really matters. He said, "I love you." first and we have fought over who loves who more since that day!
6: I was | How we found out | playing a video game and somebody insulted me. I started to cry out of nowhere. I thought, "I don't usually cry over something so juvenile." So I went to the store and bought a pregnancy test. Sure | enough it was positive. I came out of the bathroom, woke Daddy up, and said, "You're going to be a Daddy again." | ~ Mommy
7: We told everyone. We didn't hold back at all. We were too excited about the good news and couldn't keep it in. They were all surprised. Nobody saw it coming! | Who we told
8: B A B Y | 4 M O N T H S | 5 M O N T H S | 6 M O N T H S | B U M P
9: 7 MONTHS | SURPRISE! | 8 MONTHS | 9 M O N T H S
10: Fluid in the face, hands, and feet The day my rings didn't fit again Sleepless nights Getting sick anytime, anywhere Not being able to carry anything Walking like a duck months 6 - 9 Worrying about every little thing that I was doing hoping I was doing it right Crying at every semi-sentimental thing on TV and in life. Having to constantly bend over to take care of a toddler Not fitting in some of my old pregnancy clothes The painful things happened a lot quicker this time around Having a lot more Braxton Hicks a lot more often. Being kicked in the stomach by a climbing toddler. | Eating as much chocolate as I wanted to The amazing feeling every time our baby moved inside me Finding out the gender of the baby Picking a name for our baby Loving someone I hadn't even met yet Using my boppy body pillow Daddy kissing my belly and listening to the growing baby inside me Hearing the heartbeat My new table (belly) that I could set my food on Knowing that our baby is being brought into a wonderful home with a loving family Telling Xyler about the new baby | P R O S | CONS
11: We spent some time in Wisconsin with Grandpa Tim. We spent Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas there. We have lots of memories.
12: K a r a o k e | While we were waiting!
13: Rolling in the Snow! | Entertaining family!
14: Coltan's Birth Story | Anthony, Xyler, my Mom and I were going to my OB-GYN appointment at 9:30. I had already been 4 cm dilated and I had been having semi-painful contractions for the last week and a half. I had already been sent home from the hospital twice because I wasn't in true labor. At the appointment I was checked and told by my doctor that I was 5 cm dilated and 70% effaced. Because this was my second child and I was already half way to being fully dilated, Dr. Tucker decided it would be best if we scheduled an induction for the following Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Her reasoning was advanced dilation and there were risks such as a higher chance of a home birth. Although, she told me she would be surprised if I wasn't in labor by dinner. I had been having irregular contractions all day that were growing more and more painful. I joined Anthony at Xyler's appointment. Xyler received seven vaccines and had his 18 month check up. Then, we went to Wal-mart and stopped at the McDonald's to eat lunch real quick. While we were eating my contractions evened out to every 5 minutes and were pretty painful. At noon we headed back to the hospital where they went to every 8 minutes. They kept me for a few hours and monitored me. They had me walk around a little and the contractions quickened back up to 5 minutes apart. They said to come back when they were 2-3 minutes apart. They sent me home at 6:00 pm with an Ambien and told me to go to sleep right away. On the drive home from the hospital, they were still 5 minutes apart and were so painful I couldn't speak through them anymore. When we arrived back at the house I sat down and ate dinner. (a banana, apple sauce, 6 Oreos, and a glass of milk.) I talked a little with the DDC online and then I laid down and debated whether or not I should take the Ambien. I didn't want to wake up and have a baby in my bed. 15 minutes later they were still 5 minutes apart and I was in excruciating pain. At 9:00 pm, we decided to go back in. When I got to the hospital they were so painful I was crying through them. They hooked me up to the monitors and saw that they were 3-5 minutes apart and they were peaking above the line on the paper. They admitted me and gave me an IV. While she was putting the IV in, a contraction hit and I had to bear the two pains together. It took her a while to finish the IV because when she inserted it, I gushed blood every where. They gave me some Fentanyl, which made it easier to relax in between contractions.
15: They finally gave me an Epidural about an hour later and the contractions eased. They checked me and I was still 5 cm. For the next several hours, my nurse, Jana, came in and turned me on a different side. During that time I went from 5 cm to 7 cm.At about 4:00 am the epidural started to wear off and I could feel contractions. The anesthesiologist came in and gave me another dose. Everything below my waste went completely numb and I drifted in and out of sleep. At 7:00 am the nurses came in and checked me and the epidural had almost completely wore off. The contractions were coming strong and my blood pressure dropped to 58/33. I threw up water and stomach acid because I hadn't ate anything since the night before. They gave me something for the low blood pressure and it went back up. The nurses checked me and I was fully dilated. They told me it was time to push. I told them I needed something for the pain because I could fully feel everything. Jana said the best way to get rid of the pain was to push through it. They paged Dr. Tucker and she said she would be there in 20 minutes. They told me to push to get him to the crowning position before my doctor arrived. I pushed for a 10 count 3 times during 2 contractions and he was crowning. They told me to stop pushing and to wait for the Doctor. This was at 7:33 am. I had to hold the baby in through the excruciating pain of contractions that were a minute apart. I felt like I was going to explode from my uterus. At 8:00 am Dr. Tucker walked through the door and said, “Give me two minutes. I need to go get my gear on.” I screamed, “I don't have two minutes.” She disappeared and I had two more contractions. She came running through the door pulling on the surgical gown and her gloves. I asked, “Can I push yet??” She told me go ahead. I pushed one time and Coltan's head popped out. She said, “Stop pushing!!” so I did. She unwrapped the cord from around his neck and turned his shoulders and said, “Push one more time!” I pushed and his whole body flipped out of me along with lots of fluid and blood. She caught him like a talented catcher! She put him on my chest and proceeded to wipe him off. His cry was very little at first and they were worried for a minute. Then, he started to cry harder once he was almost cleaned off. They took him over to the warmer and did his APGAR and took his weight and height and did his foot prints. They brought him back to me and I held him for a long time. He was perfect. Our new baby, Coltan, was the perfect addition to our family. ~Rebecca Taulbee | Focal Point | "Can I push yet??"
16: Date:________________ Time:________________ Height:______________ Weight:______________ | Coltan James Arrived | February | 4 | 02/04/11 | 8:03 am | 20 1/2 inches | 7 lbs 13 oz | The story of your... | Birth
18: Birth | The story of your... | "It's The Little Things In Life That Matter Most"
20: Passing Coltan James around!!
21: Loving Family and Friends
23: Coltan James Taulbee
25: "What A Life Eating Sleeping Playing... And Being Cute"