Thursday, November 29, 2007

Finally Home...

Just wanted to give an update about what has been happening in the Atchison household since Saturday night.

Shortly after I had sent out the Bryleigh Update e-mail, I experienced some complications and ended up in the emergency room. From around midnight until early Sunday morning, I was evaluated in the ER. It was determined that I needed to be admitted and receive some more intensive treatments. After two units of blood, countless IVs, several different types of medications, and a few days of monitoring, I was finally deemed well enough to continue my recovery at home.

It is so good to be home and I am feeling alot better. Still tired, but very thankful that I am getting stronger every day.

I want to thank everyone for the phone calls and prayers that were made on my behalf. I greatly appreciate all of them.

Love to you all,


Monday, November 19, 2007

2 Weeks Old

(Bryleigh Eden - 1 Week Old)

(Bryleigh Being Held By Enrico)

(Brad blowing out the candles on the cake that Kyla helped make)

(Bryleigh sleeping after Thanksgiving dinner)

(Kyla sleeping with her "other" Grandma Kitty after Thanksgiving dinner)

(Go Gators Bryleigh!)

Well, Bryleigh Eden is 2 weeks old and things have not slowed down in the household since she arrived. She had her first doctor's appointment on Friday the 16th and she was 8 lbs 2 ozs and 21 inches long. When she went back on Wednesday the 21st, she weighed 9 lbs! She has a huge appetite and is doing a great job nursing. Hopefully she will help Mommy lose all of the left over baby weight!

I am having a harder time with my recovery because of the unexpected C-Section. I was really looking forward to the easy recovery from a natural labor and delivery. Instead, I am discovering all of the things that I cannot due because of my abdominal muscles being cut! The next time I hear another woman talk about how wonderful a C-Section is and so much easier than a vaginal delivery...she is going to get an earful from me! Plus, this is making me reconsider my recent daydream of getting a tummy tuck and boob job! Sorry Brad, but I don't think I can handle the pain and limited abilities again...

Over all, I do have to say that HypnoBirth worked for me and is a wonderful tool for any expectant woman to use. Even after 2 1/2 days of active labor and being stalled at 9cm, I was still doing well, walking around and not feeling any pain...just pressure and a little discomfort. We were blessed many times over during this time with some wonderful nurses (Kelli, Linda, & Gail) that helped out in so many ways, as well as having Denby, our HypnoBirth instructor, stop by and spend many hours helping us maintain my level of self-hypnosis.

I didn't start feeling any pain until they administered Pitocin to "help put me over the edge"...and when that didn't work, I agreed to the epidural because I knew in my heart that a C-Section was going to be needed. Bryleigh was in the head down backward facing position, but she was crooked and having trouble moving down. Every time the Pitocin was increased enough to help labor progress, her heartbeat dropped and she went into for her safety, we decided to have the C-Section. And at 11:53 am, she was born...and gave a hearty cry shortly afterwards. She was 8 lbs 7 ozs 20 inches long with her father's outside linebacker shoulders!

We stayed in the hospital for 3 days and had alot of wonderful visitors, including a wonderful surprise visit from Enrico who was an exchange student that stayed with my family in 1993. I could not believe my eyes when he walked into my room...and was pretty sure that he was a hallucination from all the pain meds!

The past two weeks have gone by in a blur. Bryleigh and I have kept busy spending time together. We have done a little entertaining by celebrating Brad's birthday on the 20th and then had Thanksgiving at the house. Didn't have the guts or energy to brave the insanity on Black Friday, but did visit a couple of stores that did not have the crazy crowds.

Today, we have spent another quiet day at the house recovering from all the activity from the past few days...and watching College Football. Cannot believe that regular season is over again and the Bowl Games are just around the corner! Bryleigh is wearing her first Gator outfit and looks so cute. Special thanks go out to her "Aunt" Denise for giving it to her, as well as her Big Sister Kyla for giving her the stuffed Gator.

Tomorrow should also be another busy day. We are planning on taking Bryleigh to church for the first time...followed by a huge family breakfast and then decorating the house for Christmas.

Well, I think that I have caught you all up on the past two I will close this for now...


P.S. I finally did get my Eggs Benedict on Thanksgiving morning. My wonderful mother made it and I am a happy mommy!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Chili Pepper has finally arrived...And her name is...

Just wanted to let you all know that Chili Pepper has finally arrived! And her name is Bryleigh Eden Atchison.

After a couple days of active labor, it was determined that my labor had stalled. I was not opening past 9 cm and Chili Pepper was too big to be born naturally by me. Guess she inherited her father's shoulders! So, at 11:53am on Sunday, November 11, 2007, Big Little Chili Pepper was born via Cesarean Section. She weighed in at 8 lbs and 7 ozs and is 20 inches long. She gave a healthy cry shortly after coming into this world and has hardly made a peep since!

Here are two photos that were taken in the Surgical Delivery Room shortly after she was born. And there will be plenty more on the blog once I get them down loaded.

Sorry to cause so much worry and concern with the delay...but after going 48 hours of labor without sleep and no pain medication...I was a little tuckered out!

As of right now, we are suppose to be leaving the hospital some time on Wednesday.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Another Update On Baby Chili Pepper - In The Hospital...

Well, it appears that I have become such a techno-geek that I cannot stay away from my computer. I have been in the hospital since around 1:30 this afternoon. Still having surges and still not feeling anything more than slight pressure and a little discomfort due to her head being low.

We have a really great nurse. Her name is Kelli and she is the best. I have my antibiotic IV in place and am currently working on my second dose. I have to be in the bed for about 15 minutes every hour so that they can check Chili's heart beat and monitor my surges. Other than that, I am free to move around. We are done laps around the common areas of the third floor, as well as spent some time in a wonderfully warm and soothing shower. And when I am hanging out in my room, I am usually standing or sitting on my yoga ball.

I do have to say that the nurses here think that I am insane...probably because I am still laughing, as well as running or doing squats and lunges during my laps.

On that note, I am going to sign off now so that I can start another walk-about. I am trying to keep as busy and active as possible...cause once my "membranes release" (sorry for that visual), then I am not allowed to wander far from my room.

Love ya,

Kara & Miss Chili Pepper

P.S. Who ever is the first person to come and visit me after Chili Pepper is born and brings me some wonderful Eggs Benedict...they will be my most favorite visitor ever! I am having trouble visualizing anything other than Eggs Benedict with lots of Hollandaise Sauce and plenty of Hot Sauce! What can I say...this Zen Mommy is also a Hungry Mommy!

Update On Baby Chili Pepper - The Time Has Come...

The time has come...Acupuncture worked. I started noticing that my stomach was having regular surges (that I was not feeling any discomfort from!) to appease my husband, I made an appointment with the doctor's office. Guess what! I am between 4 - 5 cm open, over 80% thinned, and in active labor. The nurse practitioner that saw me cannot believe how calm I am...besides the fact that my sister and I were cracking jokes and talking about how she will be bring a nice glass of red wine to the recovery room for me!!!

I was told that I can go home long enough to get my stuff together and then I have to head to the hospital to check in and start getting my antibiotic IV. So, hopefully you all will be getting another update e-mail with photos (and a name).

And like I told David, my brother-in-law last night...Chili Pepper was kind enough to wait until the day after his birthday because she didn't want to share his day with him either!!! (Love ya Dave!)

Love to you all,

Kara & Miss Chili Pepper

P.S. Wouldn't you know that as I was calmly driving home, I get a phone call from Kyla's preschool. She is sick and I had to stop by and pick her up. They all came out to huge me and couldn't not believe that I am in active labor, walking around, smiling, and laughing! You have to love HypnoBirthing. Thank you so much Denby!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Update On Baby Chili Pepper - Wish Me Luck!

Well, I am officially a week past due and my doctor's office called earlier to tell me that they wanted to schedule me for induction today. I told them that I didn't want to be induced...that my doctor did. So, the appointment was canceled. I am pretty sure that he will not be too happy with me if I am still pregnant for next week's appointment.

So, with that in mind, I have an appointment today at 4:15 to meet with a highly recommended acupuncturist. He is certain that after once session, I will be in labor. We shall see. My father-in-law will be going with me, in case I am unable to drive home.

So, wish me luck and I will keep you all posted. Today is my brother-in-law's if I do have Chili Pepper today, hopefully he won't mind sharing his day!

Love to you all,

Kara & Miss Chili Pepper

P.S. Hope you enjoy the photos from our recent Baby Bump Photo Session! Told you all that I am huge!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Picture Day For Kyla, Plus Papa Ron's Birthday

First things first...Chili Pepper is still not ready to come out an play yet...but my goal is to stay busy all day today, cleaning around the house and as my husband ordered, taking at least two long walks around the neighborhood. And if that fails, I have received the name of a very good acupuncturist that I will call tomorrow! On the bright side, I have not had to content with any phone calls from my doctor's office trying to convince me to schedule an induction!

Today was Picture Day at Kyla's Preschool. She looked so cute that I had to take a photo before she walked out the door. Hopefully you all enjoy it as much as I did.

Also, yesterday was Papa Ron's birthday. We went out for some spicy Mexican Food, but that hasn't helped as of yet either! Still, it did taste really good! Love the spicy stuff! Kyla picked out his cake, including what it said and the decorations all by herself. That also tasted really good. Had two pieces myself...needed the extra energy to keep hauling my ever expanding girth around!

Have a great day!

Love to you all,

Kara & Miss Chili Pepper

P.S. My mother just called with her exercise orders for me. I am to find a huge, but safe set of stairs and walk up and down them for as long as I can handle it! Dare I ask if anyone else has any other suggestions?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Latest Photos Of Kyla

Had to share these photos of Kyla. She is growing up so fast. The first one is of her and her father working on their laptops the other day. It is so cute to watch her acting like a grown-up. If she sees Mommy, Daddy, or someone else working on their laptop, then she has to get hers and "do some work too."

The second one is of her showing off her new fuzzy pink slippers. Some wonderful women from Brad's office sent them to her in a beautiful Care Basket. There was a special treat in the basket for each of us, including Little Chili Pepper.

The last two photos are of Kyla singing and dancing to one of her most favorite songs...Dancing Queen by ABBA. She has 5 favorite songs that she has to hear each time we get into the car...and they have to be played in the same order. It starts with the "Clap Clap" song (aka We Will Rock You by Queen) and is followed by We Are The Champions, also by Queen. Then "The Other Queen Song" has to play. That would be Dancing Queen by ABBA, followed by my personal favorite, "The Water Song" more widely known as Waterloo. After those songs play, then we listen to Daddy's songs...which is anything by John Denver. For such a young child, she sure does have ecletic taste in music, but I guess that I should have known that when I saw her rocking out to Iron Man by Ozzy when she was less than a year old!

Hope you all are doing well and having a great day!

Kara, Kyla, & Little Chili Pepper

Monday, November 5, 2007

Update On Baby Chili Pepper - 40 Weeks And 3 Days

Another Monday is here and still no Chili Pepper!!! Her Guess-Date was this past Friday, November 2nd and we had a couple of instances where we thought that she was going to "make her move", but apparently she still is too shy to greet everyone.

At today's doctor's appointment, my weight was good, lost a pound since last week, and my blood pressure is still were is should be. Her heart beat is as strong as ever and she is still in the head down position, getting ready to make her grand entrance. All is good news!

The one area of contention is that today's doctor wants to schedule me for inducement of labor. The preference would be for me to go into the hospital this week, with next week being the latest that I am allowed to wait. We talked about natural methods of starting labor, as well as the possibility of only using the minimal amount of pitocin to get labor started and then have it stopped so that my body can naturally take over. I kept stressing how much I want all of this to happen naturally, but that if there is a medical necessity, that I would not oppose any intervention.

Today's exam revealed that I am at 2 1/2 to 3 cm open. That is a change from last week of at least 1/2 cm. I also spent some time on the fetal monitor. Chili Pepper's movements were tracked as well as any surges that I was having. During the 30+ minutes that I was monitored, her heart rate was good, as were her movements. I even experienced some pretty good surges that were placed within 10 minutes of each other...including one that registered really high on the monitor. Overall, did not feel anything more than pressure and slight discomfort.

The monitoring proved a point to me that I had been wondering about. Due to my near continuous state of relaxation, could I be experiencing surges without realizing it? Guess the answer is yes. HypnoBirthing is already working for me. Now I just need to hold the induction off until I naturally attain the level of labor that is necessary for Chili Pepper to make her move! I also have another appointment scheduled for next Monday at 10:30. Hopefully we have to cancel that one.

Will keep you all posted. Say some prayers that more starts happening later today or tomorrow...especially since tomorrow is Papa Ron's birthday!

Have a great day!

Love to you all,

Kara & Miss Chili Pepper

Thursday, November 1, 2007

More Halloween Fun

Well, we all had a blast last night. The three girls looked so cute in their costumes and the older girls even got into the festive fun. Couldn't get the men to participate, but that isn't unusual.

As you can see from the photos, Kyla was Tinker Belle and it fit her personality perfectly. She was in constant motion...a little ball of burning energy and light! Hannah was the cutest little bat, while Hailey was such an angelic little Angel. As for the grown-up girls, Amy was Little Red Riding Hood on the look-out for the Big Bad Wolf. Micki was a scary, but good witch. And me...can you guess? I was a pregnant housewife! Had alot of comments on how realistic my fake belly was!

The three little girls made a point to visit every house in the neighborhood and came home with overflowing bags of candy. Then we all relaxed at the end of the driveway eating chili and drinking hot apple cider. Afterwards, it was into the house to check all the candy before trying to calm these three burst of energy enough to get them to sleep! Not sure about Hailey and Hannah, but Kyla was one grumpy bear this morning.

Now that Halloween is over and Papa Ron is back in town, let's hope that Chili Pepper is finally ready to greet her anxiously awaiting public! Tomorrow is her Guess Date so who knows?!?

Kara & Chili Pepper