S: Alex's First Year
FC: Alex's First Year
1: Alex's Labor Story It all started on Monday, September 6 (Labor Day) at about 9:30 in the morning when I starting leaking. I wasn't sure that was what was happening, but at around 1:30 I decided to call my doctor. Mike had just picked up his Mom from the airport, so we were lucky she was her to be with Kate since the nurse told us to go ahead into the hospital. Mike and I both thought that we might be coming right back home, but we grabbed the suitcase and off we went. We arrived at the hospital at about 2:30 and checked into a triage room. I had a positive test for amniotic fluid and was a tight 2 cm dilated. We were then moved to L & D room 6 and my doctor was called (Dr Culter was on call). I was having irregular contractions that were about 4-5 minutes apart and I couldn't feel them. I couldn't believe that it was happening!! By 5:00 I was still at 2 cm and had started to feel the contractions. Dr Culter was called and she said that if I hadn't progressed by 7:30 then to start Pitocin. At 7:30 everything was the same so Pitocin was started at 8pm and I was really starting to feel the contractions! I had a big gush of fluid, which I thought was my water breaking (but it wasn't--I was just still leaking). At 9:30 my epidural was put in. I was still at 2 cm dilated and I was feeling my contractions which were 3 minutes apart. September 7 at 12:30 I am already 6 cm dilated. At 1:30am I am 8 1/2 cm dilated so the nurse calls Dr Culter to come in! She also breaks my bag. By 2:00 I am fully dilated and the nurse is telling me NOT TO PUSH! I was feeling painful contractions and wanted to PUSH!!! We were just waiting on Dr Culter. Dr Culter arrives and I push for 3 contractions and Alex arrives at 2:16!! Mike and I are so excited to have our boy!! He had apgar scores of 8 & 9 and was 8 lbs, 1 oz and 21 inches long. After delivering Alex, I had some problems!! I started to hemorrhage and the Dr had trouble getting out my placenta. Also, my uterus was not contracting as it should have been. This went on for about 30 minutes of the Doctor pushing on my uterus and scarping inside of my uterus. It was scary and painful. Anesthesia was called to give me more meds and the nurse gave me something to stop the bleeding. There was talk of taking me to the OR for a DNC. Thankfully, the bleeding slowed down and my uterus started to contract again. It was a long and painful 30-45 minutes!! Then I was able to breastfed Alex and then I started throwing up! What a mess. I was given an anti-nausea medication that made me feel drunk and then also a blood clotting medication. Alex was taken to the nursery to have a bath and we moved to room 220 around 5:00am. The nurses were checking my uterus and my bleeding many times, so I was still awake. By 6am I was ready to go to sleep but then my epidural wore off and I was in pain!!I was given oral pain meds and was impatient for them to work. Alex had trouble warming up in the nursery before his bath and then after his bath he took a while to get his temperature back up. Finally at 8am we had him back in our room. I had been up for over 24 hours by now and I was really exhausted. Our families and Kate came by to meet Alex. I don't think Kate really knew what to think about Alex. But she did give him a kiss!! Most of Tuesday I tried to sleep and I was still throwing up off and on. The pain medication I was receiving was keeping my pain away (thankfully!!) Alex is great at nursing and like Kate, we had to work hard at waking him up to feed him. He stayed in the nursery most of the day so I could rest. Wednesday I continued to rest and then Thursday we headed home. All in all, if I hadn't had the complication after labor, it would have been a great labor experience.
2: 7 weeks | 11 weeks | 16 weeks | 16 weeks | Found out on January 13, 2010
3: 20 weeks | 20 weeks | 36 weeks | 24 weeks | 31 weeks | 37 weeks | 38 weeks | 39 weeks | 35 weeks
4: Alexander Mellon Abernethy
5: Meeting Your family
6: First Day Home
9: You are sleeping through the night. Smiling. Tummy to back.
11: At 2 months you are 12 lbs 50z 23 inches Laughing!
12: 1st road trip Stuck out your tongue Rolled over! Found your feet. Ist Christmas!
14: Your friend, Reese
15: January 14 lbs, 10 0z 24 2/3 inches Slept in own room! 1st solid 1st cold
16: February Saying "DaDa" Playing Peek-a-Boo Rolling around the floor Got very sick with RSV and double ear infections Gram & PawPaw visit
17: He loves to eat! | Our little Buddy
18: I'm Crawling | I'm pulling up!
19: March | 1st time in shopping cart | First time in bathtub
21: 6 month photos
22: 1st Bath with Kate Cruising to chase Kate Had eye duct probed Can sit up from laying down Loves music class!
23: 7 months old | April
24: First vacation First time to the beach Saying MaMa First trip to Disney | May | May
25: Very happy now Crawling FAST Clapping
26: Waving Hi and Bye Dancing to music Standing by yourself 1st trip to the River Climbing on everything! | June | 9 months
27: Loves to eat!!
28: July | Walking! | BABY
29: Signed more Moved to New House | Likes to be on the GO Can Stand up all by yourself | 10 months old
30: Starting talking on August 13 with saying Uh-Oh
31: Will finally let us read books to him. Giving High Fives and Kisses!
34: Alex's First Birthday!
35: Kate & Alex's Minnie & Mickey 3rd & 1st Birthday Party!
37: I stopped breastfeeding Alex a few days before he turned one and he really didn't seem to care. I think it bothered me more than it bothered him. He loves whole milk and just drinks it down. He is still only taking one nap a day, in the afternoon. Three days a week, he will be taking very short naps since we will have to pick Kate up from preschool. But on Wednesday he seemed to adjust OK, so I think those nights he will just go to bed earlier. Alex is a super friendly guy! He loves to wave HI to people everywhere we go. He also will start waving bye, bye as soon as he hears that word. So cute! He also loves to say "YEAH" and clap his hands. One of the many things he does that Kate really never did, was want to throw things into the toilet and play with toilet paper. I have to make sure the toilet seat is always down and with Kate potty training he is always in our way! I love his toothy grin (4 teeth with 2 coming in now) and how he will shake his body to dance! I love the admiring way he looks at Kate and how he gets so excited to see Mike at the end of the day. I love what a tough kid he is, meaning he gets knocked down by Kate and her friends and well, doesn't cry, but goes back for more! I love how he never wants to get out of the bathtub and how he always to eat whatever I am eating. I love how he holds on to his blanket or stuffed animals while he is sleeping. I love that he will play in his crib after waking up and not fuss. Most of all, I love that he is my sweet little buddy! And I wish he would stop growing up so fast!