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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

You know you are a Mom when...



you get pooped on in the middle of the night and wipe it off with a baby wipe and go back to bed. Yup that's right Kate shot poop on my arm last night and I just wiped it off with a wipe and changed my shirt and went back to bed. Sleep is crucial right now and I am not wasting a precious moment on a shower at 3 am! Oh the things you do as a parent that you would other wise be totally grossed out about!




I did my first solo outing with the girls today, we went to the library for story time only to realize that it was cancelled because of spring break! There were still quite a few toddlers there to play with so we stayed a while. Both girls were very well behaved! We may try going again on Thursday to Greenwood, we will see how the day goes!




We had a nice visit from Great Grandma and Grandpa Gootee and Great Aunt Julie and Bennett today here are a few pics from the last few days.




Great Grandpa Gootee, Me, Abbey and Bennett


Abs in pigtails! :)


Kate's funny face


Half smile!


Abbey's super cool new table and chair set for her super cool room!


Great Grandma Gootee, Me, Abbey and Kate
Grandma Rose and Bennett

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sisters!

Today was Kate's one week check up and we got great remarks! She is actually up to 6 lbs 6 oz and the doctor was really really happy with that, seems we have picked out a good nickname for her after all...pig! Our kids are going to hate us, Poop and Pig, hope they get our sense of humor! She is off of the bili blanket and the doctor said her levels will start to even out but that she will probably still be a little "tan" because breastfed babies have higher levels of biliruben to begin with. We do not have to go back to the office until her one month appointment because the doctor told us that the office was probably going to be the "sickest" place we would go so to be on the safe side he said we could just wait until the one month mark and to call if we had any questions! Today we had some tummy time and Abbey decided she needed some too...

Hanging out
She loves Kate

She looks amazed here!




Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Photo Shoot

Trying to get a few shots for birth announcements!
One eyed wonder!
So sweet
Mommy is funny
Half smile!






Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Update

What a difference it makes to be at HOME! I feel so much better, my body does not ache anymore and the cramping is subsiding nicely! I never thought I would look forward to doing laundry, sweeping, cooking and cleaning as much as I did today- it was just nice to get up and more around! Yesterday was the first day at home and it was a little rough with Abbey- she was missing her Mommy and Daddy by the time we got home and then throw Kate in the mix and it was crazy. It was especially hard when she saw me breastfeeding Kate- she wanted in my lap too which was not possible! Things got better when we turned on her "movie" aka cartoons. Then we got Abs to bed and started to move Kate to the bedroom to get ready to turn in ourselves. Kate had to be put on a bili blanket because she was slightly jaundiced so that has been fun we don't really get to hold her a lot (well we do but only in one seat in the living room so Shane and I take turns!) and then she lays on this blanket as much as possible with a big tube sticking out of it so you can't walk around with her and then when you go to feed or change her it's a whole ordeal! I thought last night would be awful but it turned out to be better than Abbeys first night home. I kept Kate in the room with us in her bassinet and did not leave the room to feed her and also kept her in just a diaper but swaddled to sleep and so when I would take her out of the swaddle she would wake up a little and feed better then go back to sleep for about 45 min or so! So from 11-4 I would get about 30-45 min interval sleep sessions then at about 4:40 she slept til 8! It was awesome. Then we went and got Abbey and had family time in bed and I was feeding Kate and it did not seem to bother her as much. We then had to go to the hospital and get Kate's levels checked and then to WalMart, both trips were fine however I had Shane to go with me it will be different getting out with two! Kate needs to be on the bili blaket until Thursday when we go get another check up, Friday is her 1 week appt at the peditrician I hope she is gaining weight. Breastfeeding has been going pretty good so far so I hope that continues. Wish us luck on the 2nd night, we started implementing the "Babywise" techniques today so maybe that will help us fall into a schedule quickly.

Last day in the hospital, hence the goofy grin.
My sleeping angels
All wrapped up
Our little glow worm, this is the bili blanket
Rise and shine!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Meet the newest Zimmerman...

Well with spring comes new life right? Friday was the first day of spring and shortly there after Katherine Elizabeth Zimmerman came into the world. Here is our story.

On March 19th we get to the hospital and settled in our room finally at 10 pm, we were supposed to check in at 7:30, so then I get an IV which was not so much fun this time around but I managed! I had to wait until 12:30 am to get my cervidil because the resident doctor was in on an emergency c-section. When I got that I was barely 1 cm dilated, after this we could finally get some rest. I tossed and turned and poor Shane tried the recliner but each time he moved he would fold up the chair again! Honestly for those of us who have to get induced we should get some sort of extra accommodations for the poor husbands who have to stay all night with us because Shane resorted to the floor and luckily the nice nurse came in and told him she would find him a bed and that it hurt her back to just look at him. Then shortly after Kate was born and the room was a hot mess Shane realized that just hours before he had been laying with his head on that very same floor now covered in well…you can imagine what it was covered in!

So we try to sleep, or shall I say I tried to sleep my dear old husband was sawing logs like no other and was struggling to roll from side to side. I did not get much sleep but morning came and I did get to take a shower and actually eat…a liquid lunch of chicken broth, jello, sprite and apple juice it was fantastic! I then started pitocen and having slow contractions. At this point I did not even have to breathe through the contractions they were very mild and I was dilated to 2 cm. This time around my regular doctor was not on call and I had a great doctor from my practice watching me. She asked what my pain plan was and I basically said bring on the drugs! Last time I had to wait until I was 4 cm dilated to get my epidural and this time was totally different, the first time I mentioned epidural my doctor asked if I wanted it! I actually wanted to hold off and see if the pitocen would kick up some heavy consistent contractions and since I really did not feel much pain with what was going on I held off. Then my parents (mom and step-dad) came up for the event and hung out with us and I started to get sleepy and began to think about Nubain and took my shot of that at 6 pm to psych myself up for the epidural. I knew what Nubain did from last time and it really put me at ease so I figured that it would help me when the big needle came out! Now my parents left at this time to go see Abs and get some dinner and Shane went to the cafeteria to let me sleep for a bit, well little did I know that super mom would be in the room next to me having her first baby au natutal- right as I was falling asleep into a drug induced dream of a gigantic cat wearing a red and white gingham check bikini mowing our lawn this woman is letting out some serious cries of pain! I could not sleep and this poor woman went on for about 10 minutes and then the cries of a little tiny baby came, after that there was not sleeping for me so I hit up my nurse and requsted the wonder drug. I got my epidural and it was smooth sailing! I finally got some rest and 10 pm rolls around and I get checked again and was finally at 4 cm and while the nurse was checking me my water broke, again the flood gates opened up and it was pretty funny. She looked at me and said “wow you weren’t joking when you said you had a lot of fluid” nope no jokes about that! That really felt good and Kate moved down from under my ribs and I started to get serious about contractions from then on out. A few hours pass and I can sleep off and on but need to call for a round of extra drugs to be shot into my epidural because I can feel sharp pains right in the middle of my uterus when contractions came. This was not new to me as I felt this same way with Abbey a few hours before she was born so I hoped the end was in sight when I started feeling this! Finally at about 2:15 or so I was checked again and I was at 7 cm and from experience I knew that I would probably go to 10 pretty quickly. I chose to let my parents sleep since my dad had to drive back to Seymour in the morning to work at 7 am, and I knew that they might not make it to the hospital in time if I called them then, good thing I did not call them because at 2:45 I was at 10 and ready to get the show on the road. The nurse began setting up my room and called my doctor down and asked me to give her a few practice pushes and then told me not to do that because she did not think I would have to push long since the baby’s head was already coming down with those pushes! The doctor got there and I did one set of pushes and Kate’s head came out but her cord was wrapped around her neck pretty tightly so I had to stop pushing, which is hard to do when you are having contractions, but the doc took care of the cord and then I pushed one more time and she was out! At 3:09 am on March 21st little Miss Kate entered our world weighing in at 6 lbs 9 oz and 20 inches long looking exactly like her big sister Abbey! We all checked out well and finished up as usual and got to our recovery room and took naps and waited for the introduction of big sister to little sister! That went very well and Abbey wanted to hold Kate all by herself, which of course she can’t do, but Aunt Beth and my mom sat Abbey in a chair and Aunt Beth held Kate on Abbey’s lap and Abbey kept pusing her hands away wanting to do it on her own! Then Aunt Beth’s knees got tired of pressing on the hard floor and she told Abbey she needed to take Kate away and Abbey wrapped her arms around Kate and said NO! It was too cute! Then out came Abbey’s new toys and in came Aunt Sherry and Kate was soon forgotten about! Things went really well and Abbey was really gentle now come Monday when she realized that Kate is really part of the family and will be living with us at home it may be a different story!
We are in the hospital until Monday morning and all has been going well so far! I am one of those people who take advantage of the nursery while at the hospital during the night and don’t feel the least bit guilty about it- I know I need my rest for the upcoming days! Kate has been breast feeding like an old pro the minute she came out of the oven, pray that this continues at home for us! She seems to be pretty laid back and content just hanging out with Mom and Dad or whoever will hold her for that matter! Below are some of the pictures from the first few days with Kate, it really has been amazing a true gift from God. Thanks to everyone who said lots of prayers for us and had us in your thoughts we truly appreciate it and are thankful things went so well! Can’t wait to see you all soon! Lots of love from the new Zimmerman family
Just out of the oven!
It was a long journey to get her here!
Meeting her big sister Abbey! Abbey looks SO big now!
So peaceful!
In the recovery room hanging out with Mommy!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Diva

I brought this in this morning to take off the cover and wash it up and get it ready for Kate and guess who found it....
She is a little big for it now.
Rockin' her new sunglasses...she already broke them :( but she left them on a long time in the car and at the parade!
Abbey and her cousin TJ at the St Patty's day parade downtown yesterday
TJ being silly
They both wanted to sit with Aunt Beth...not me especially when the muzzle loaders were fired!
Her other pair of sunglasses, these do not stay on as well but she still likes them!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Since you asked

Everyone keeps asking what we need...well not much but a few things may be nice to have :) So here are a few suggestions or things I think it would be nice to have! Some things we do not need until later but like I said since you asked.... ;) I will update if I think of any other handy things!

Gift cards to restaurants so I can send Shane for take out instead of cooking those first few weeks! :)


We need a diaper caddy to put in the living room for diaper changes this one is nice because it comes with a little pad to do the changing on! Oh and diapers to fill it are always nice- newborn and size 6 for Abbey (or pull-ups to fit a 25-30 lb toddler for future potty training) I hear from a friend that Abbey also needs the Elmo Potty Training video!


Abbey LOVED this mobile SO much that it has to travel to her new room so Kate will need one of her own! Abbey still uses this every night and morning, sometimes she turns it on during the middle of the night and it puts her right back to sleep we love this thing and would not mind duplicating it! :)


Abbey will be upgrading to this in a few months when Kate starts sitting at the table with us. We would like a booster seat that straps to the bottom and back of a chair.



We like the VentAire for bottle feeding and we only have 9 oz bottles and need the smaller ones.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Update

Ok folks looks like we are a go for the induction date of the 19th. For those who don't know I was induced with Abs b/c my cervix was not softening and not shortening like it is supposed to the last few weeks of pregnancy. I had not changed for 4 weeks with Abbey and only got a fingertip dilated and carried 40 weeks and 1 day when I was induced. After this ordeal yesterday and talking with my doctor we thought that this induction was our best choice, makes me happy because she was talking c section this week! The problem this time is that my cervix is dilated to 1 cm but still very high and behind the baby's head and kind of tilted (yah imagine getting that checked weekly!) so since part of my body is cooperating there is the chance that I could go into labor on my own but Kate's head would not be engaged because there is so much fluid keeping her afloat and that could mean that the cord or something else could come out before the baby in which I would get an emergency c-seciton, my doctor is trying to avoid a c-section as much as she can so that is why she wants to go at 39 weeks. This is fine with me because my belly is very full of fluid and I am thirsty 24 hours a day so I am drinking water like a camel and that means more fluid in my belly! I swear I visit the bathroom at least 3 times an hour during the day and at least 2 times if not more during the night, which I hate with a passion! Anyways I feel Kate up under my ribs all day and night, which I also did with Abbey up until the point they broke my water and she finally slid down in to the right position! My blood pressure was also up a little at my last appointment (which was the case with Abbey too) and my toes are getting a little plump- luckily no cankles yet but when I bend my toes I can tell they are bigger than normal! So for now we are set to go to the hospital on the 19th at 7:30 pm. If we have changes I will try to post them!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Trip to the hospital

Well today was my 38 week check up and while I was getting "checked" my doctor thought she felt a hand where the head should be so she sent me over to get an ultrasound...well Kate was transverse, meaning that her head was at one side of my belly and her butt was on the other side and her feet were pointing down where her head should be. So this meant that my doctor wanted me to get an "aversion" in which the doctor manipulates the baby from outside your stomach in hopes of getting them to turn head down, did not sound like a fun way to spend my afternoon! The reason she wanted to do this was because I am dilated to 1 (with no change of my cervix) but if my water broke and I go into labor the cord could come down first which would not be good so she suggested that I go and try this aversion technique. So Shane came home and we went to the hospital and the doctor who does this aversion thing was busy so we went to get a bite to eat and then back to the hospital to check in. Once we got there I was very nervous because I hear this procedure is uncomfortable and I am a wimp! So they get the ultrasound machine hooked up and check the position again and Kate was head down again! She had turned in a matter of an hour an a half! So they did not have to do the aversion after all! I was told I have a lot of fluid and that the baby could be floating causing her to not always be head down, I had tons of fluid with Abbey too so maybe that is just my normal! My doctor did say she would induce me on March 19th when I was 39 weeks because of my uncooperative cervix so as of now I will be going in on March 19th for Cervidil and then Pitocen on the morning of the 20th if needed. I called the doctor's office after leaving the hospital to see what the next step should be and they have not called back yet so hopefully I know more tomorrow! I did have contractions at the hospital but nothing that I haven't been feeling already. Stay tuned...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

New Room Pics

This is the wall of Abbey's new room that we used Stampin' Up Decor Elements rub ons, super easy and super cute! I sell Stampin' Up let me know if you want to buy some! They have tons of different designs!
She has three pink walls and then the white wall with rub ons, I will post pics of her whole room later!
This is what we got when we asked Abbey what Mommy looks like...
Cuddle time!
Look how curly her hair is!






Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lots of doctor's appointments!

So yesterday was Abs 18 month check up and all went well she had a growth spurt in height and weight only a little bit. The doc said to just keep letting her "explore" the potty training thing because she will likely regress once the baby is born, so sticking with my plan to not really focus on it until a few weeks after we get settled with baby number 2 (which by the way I am about 98% sure we will be calling Kate). She got a shot and did very well with it. She entertained all the nurses at the check out by showing off her sparkly new brown shoes that match Mommy's.

Today I had my 37 week appt and I got nothin' goin' on, the doc had a hard time getting to my cervix again because it is still behind the baby's head and no dilation at all. We also had a great visit with my Aunt Julie and her baby Bennett, he is so expressive and such a good little guy! Looks just like his Daddy! The following pictures are of Abbey and her new spring coat and a video of her in the bath! Enjoy!

Great purchase on Ebay!
She wants to do everything by herself now, like zipping her new coat.
Cute little smile!



Bath Time Fun!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

oops

check out the recipe blog for the latest family news, I got confused and posted it over there! www.brookskitchen.blogspot.com or there should be a link to the right on this page if that link does not work!