Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sophie Brynn Bowers!

She's here! Our little baby Sophie was born Friday night at 9:18 p.m. I went into Crittenton Hospital at about 10:00 to be induced, and they started Pitocin at about 11:30. My water broke on its own at about 3:30, and I had a very easy early labor until about 5:30. At 5:30 the contractions hit pretty strong at about 3 minutes apart. My doctor arrived shortly after that and checked me, and I was at about 4.5 cm dilated. From there things get a little blurry! The contractions really began coming fast and furious, and by about 7:00 they were almost right on top of each other. They gave me a little dose of Stadol, and it made me sleepy and groggy, but did nothing to ease contraction pain. Sometime between 7:00 and 8:00 I thought I was going to die, so I asked for an epidural. Brian was amazing and talked me through about an hour of really hard contractions, and no epidural (the epidural doctor was with another patient and couldn't get to me yet). Finally, realizing that this was getting intense, the nurse decided to check me. Well, no wonder I was in so much pain--I was at 9.5 cm. Way too late for an epidural! So, after about 3 more hard contractions, I was fully dilated and effaced and felt a pretty strong desire to push. So, as soon as that happened I felt better, actually. The contractions were not as painful, and pushing felt relieving. So, I began pushing at about 8:00, and Sophie was born at 9:18. My doctor put her on my belly right away and she looked great. Her color was awesome, and she let out the cutest little cries you've ever heard. I got to hold her there for about 5 minutes, and then they took her over to check her out. She was wonderful in every way. My doctor (who is amazing, by the way) got me all fixed up and I was able to feed Sophie about 30 minutes after she was born.

She has been an amazing little person so far. She is sleepy, but has kept us up most of this morning because she has been awake. She is feeding pretty well, and is just the cutest little girl ever! I'll update more later and post more pictures, but here is a picture for you to enjoy!


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

No News Yet...

Well, it has continued to be an uneventful few days. My doctor was genuinely surprised that I didn't go into labor at the end of last week. I am at 3 cm, 70% effaced, and the baby has continued to drop into position. My body is ready, but Sophie likes hanging out right where she is. So, I am almost resigned to being induced on Friday morning. We have 36 hours between now and then, so there is still time for her to come on her own, but I have my doubts! It is certainly not my first choice, but I trust my doctor that it is the best way to go for both me and the baby. We have been in Rochester since my appointment on Monday, hoping she might make an appearance before Friday. We have been to Lakeside Mall, Great Lakes Crossing, and today to the Duck Pond to try and "walk" her out. Each time, I begin to have contractions, but nothing substantial and nothing that lasts. Sigh. I know I should be enjoying the last moments before she comes, but my mind is so focused on her! Keep the prayers coming for a safe delivery and healthy baby, and pray that she comes on her own before the induction on Friday. We'll keep you all updated!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

I Think She Likes It In There!

I have concluded that Sophie is rather comfortable in her little, warm, quiet swimming pool inside my belly. I have had relatively few contractions at all in the last few days, and I actually feel better today than I have in awhile. So, who knows? We will just keep waiting. Meanwhile, we took a couple of belly pictures today to show you all just how big I am. Enjoy!





Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Still Waiting...

Well, I contracted for about 4 hours last evening, and we really thought little Sophie was seriously considering making her big debut. Not so much. I decided to try and get some sleep at about 11:00 p.m., and shortly after going to bed, the contractions completely stopped. At least I got a really good night's sleep! I woke up with swollen ankles and puffy eyes so decided to call the doctor just to make sure we should head back to Lansing (we decided to stay the night with my parents when I began contracting--during Brian's class that I have been sitting in on). I talked to the nurse and she suggested taking a long walk to see if things would begin moving along, as well as coming in for a blood pressure check. So, we headed to Lakeside mall, got some lunch, and probably walked the equivalent of about 2 miles. I had a couple of contractions during our walk, but nothing too strong and certainly not regular. So, we headed to the doctor's office and they did the normal weight, urine, BP, doppler routine and everything looked good. So, the consensus of Dr. Wright and the nurse was that I should probably just head home. So, here we are back in Lansing...still waiting. It does, however, seem like my body is trying to get ready. At my appointment on Monday, I had dilated another centimeter, which puts me at 3, and was about 60% effaced. So really, at this point it is just a matter of those contractions beginning for real. If she doesn't come before next Friday (the 28th), my doctor will induce me. I would like to avoid that; please pray that Sophie comes soon. We are excited!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Waiting...

We are 2 weeks and 2 days away from Sophie's due date. I saw my doctor on Monday and hadn't progressed any further from last week. We did the NST and Sophie did just fine. We'll have another one on Monday, as well as another appointment. Dr. Wright said that she wasn't placing her bid for this week, but you never know! (I am just glad she is back in town). I am getting kind of uncomfortable. My chiropractor says that my hip is pretty out of whack and is likely pinching a nerve which is why I have the huge "pain in the butt". I think the only true remedy is for the baby to exit so that my hips can begin to shift back into place. Brian and I keep asking Sophie when we can expect her arrival but she is being quite stubborn by not answering! Waiting is hard! I am really a mixed bag of emotions right now--excited, nervous, anxious...but mostly, just thrilled to meet our little baby girl!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Progress and Photos

I went to the doctor today for an ultrasound and my appointment. The ultrasound went great. Sophie is about at the 6 1/2 pound mark, completely average for her "age". She should be gaining about a 1/2 pound a week from here on out, so if I go to 40 weeks, that would put her at about 8 pounds--I'll still root for about 2 weeks early--yikes, that would be next week! She wouldn't face us, so we didn't get any wonderful photos of her face, but we got a couple of profile views that are pretty good. According to the tech, she has a lot of hair--how cool is it that they can see that! She also has incredibly chubby cheeks from the look of the ultrasound--so cute. The tech also looked at my cervix and said it still looked pretty long, so we were quite surprised when the doctor checked me and I was 2 cm. dilated, 50% effaced, and in the -2 position. She said that is pretty normal at this point, and that it doesn't necessarily mean anything one way or another. Although she did say to get anything done we need to get done before the baby comes. Ha. Well, I guess this means that she could really come anytime. Crazy! My BP looked good, but the doctor (I saw the other doc in the practice--mine is out of town) suggested that we do a NST each week from now on to monitor the baby because of the BP issue. So, that will probably happen next week. I was hoping to escape those tests. I guess we are just playing the waiting game now! Here are the US photos from today--I'll try and interpret them....


These two are her "cheek" shots. See the little white bubble
looking section right in the middle? Yes, that is her cheek!

Here are the 3-D shots. They are pretty close up.
This one you can see her nose right in the middle with
her hand up by her face.



This one is actually a little more profile of her face.

And in this one you can see her hand covering her nose
a little, and a little bit of pouty lip :).


What a cute baby! We can't wait to meet you little Sophie!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

U2 in 3D

So, our date night did, indeed, "blow my mind" :)! First, we went to Babies-R-Us to pick up a few things (2 strollers, "2nd" car seat, Baby Einstein Entertainer, Play Gym Mat thing, and a great "bring baby home from the hospital" outfit), and that was fun. We had gift cards to cover it all, which made it even more fun! Then, we headed to Chili's for dinner, which was rather yummy (though as I sit here at 2:03 a.m. with heartburn I question that a little--but I probably could have just eaten Saltines and a banana and still have heartburn at this point). And then, the big surprise...we pulled up to the movie theater, which I found a little peculiar, since Brian talked this up so much. But as we walked in, I saw the sign and I knew what we were doing: U2 in 3D! So, movie theaters have begun to show concerts--great money maker I am sure. This one happened to be from the Vertigo tour a couple of years ago, but it has been produced in 3-D. So, we sat in the large IMAX theater (huge screen), and watched U2, feeling like we had front row seats (Bono even tried to touch my belly once, I swear). It was pretty awesome. Sophie loved it, too. Where the Streets Have No Name was her favorite song they performed. It really was a perfect date, and besides the "real" thing, I could not think of anything better!

I guess we are now officially "ready" for Sophie to come :).