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Mike and I have been married for 10 years now, and luckily we still like each other! We've been together for over 15 years and we've spent it traveling, backpacking, climbing, skiing, triathloning, marathoning, sailing, eating, and going on as many adventures as possible. We now have two beautiful boys, Sam & Charlie, and we couldn't be more excited about seeing a whole new world through their eyes in the years to come!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Baby Blommer is FINALLY here!!

Hi Everyone!

Mike and I would like to officially welcome Samuel Stephen Blommer into the world! Sam was born on January 17th, 2009 at 1:27am. On his b-day he weighed 8lbs, 6oz, and he was 20.5 inches long. He is (of course) the cutest baby in the world, and we love him so much!

Sorry it has taken me so long to write this post. It turns out having a new born is exhausting and doesn't leave you much free time. Who knew?!

Here are some details about my labor for those of you who’d like to hear the whole story:

I had to be induced because Sam was two weeks late, so we went into the hospital on Friday, January 16th at around 7:00 am. While I was changing into my gown my water broke! I was happy about this because it meant it really was time, and it made me feel better about the induction.

They started me on Pitocin (the drug that causes terrible, awful, painful, long, and too close together contractions) at around 8:00 am. Because my goal was to have a non-medicated labor (meaning no epidural) the Dr. started me out on a low dose of the Pitocin. I started having contractions that were about 2 minutes apart immediately, but they weren't very strong or painful yet.

Everything was going fine until around 2-3 in the afternoon when the contractions started to get really painful. At this point they were still bearable though because they were still 2 minutes apart.

A few hours later around 6-7 pm the contractions started to get really bad. They were between 15-30 seconds apart, and lasting around 2 minutes. I would describe them at this point as the worst pain I've ever felt in my life!

After managing them okay for a couple hours using the techniques I had learned in my birthing class, I started throwing up, which was awesome! At this point it was about 10:30 pm, and the nurse thought maybe I was getting close to the pushing stage because of how strong/long my contractions were (my pitocin level was quite high at this point). So, she decided to check me. Well, after 15 hours of Pitocin induced contractions I was only at 3cm! 3cm!!!! I couldn't believe it, and I knew there was no way I could continue this all the way to 10cm without some pain meds, so I decided to go for the epidural.

I got the epidural a bit after 11:00 pm, and the baby's heart rate started to drop dramatically right afterwards. The Dr. turned off the pitocin, which stopped the contractions, which brought the baby's heart rate back up. The only problem is that you can't have a baby without contractions! After 2 hours of turning the pitocin on and off, the heart rate dropped again, and the Dr. came in and said we have to go right now to C section before something happens to the baby.

I was completely devastated, but I knew we had to hurry, so in we went!

The c-section wasn't bad at all. I didn't feel anything, and I was able to stay awake for the entire operation. Sam came out doing great, and, despite the whole ordeal, Mike and I are both just happy that he is healthy.

I would say the worst part about the c-section is that you can't really hold your baby by yourself (because you're so numb) until a couple hours later, and I really felt that it affected our bonding. The good news is that I'm just starting to feel like myself again (but really sore), and the bonding department is going great now!

Wow, that was WAY too much info. Now to the good part, the pics!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

We're still waiting for Baby Blommer...

Happy New Year!

Well, my due date was yesterday (Jan. 4th), and still no baby. Total bummer, but we definitely want him to be fully cooked before he arrives, so we'll just have to wait it out.

I'm pretty sure I've had a few contractions (but it's hard to tell if it's a contraction or not in the early stages because they don't really hurt), but nothing regular yet.

For those of you who like the stats: I was 1cm dilated, 60% effaced, and a -2 station at my exam last week, and I'll find out tomorrow if that's progressed (unless I go into labor tonight, which would be awesome!). However, my Dr. tells me these stats don't really mean anything because some people walk around dilated to 3cm for weeks, and some people go into labor when they're not dilated at all, so we'll just wait and see.

Thanks everyone for all your well wishes! Hopefully my next post will have baby pictures, and it will be soon!