Sunday, September 14, 2008

Okay.. so maybe it wasn't a false alarm...

And the mother of the year award goes to: My Mommy! She has been here for a little over a week and has been a huge help. I'm so sad that she is leaving Sunday!!! It's just been so nice having her here! I'm sure going to miss her!! Thank you for everything mommy! I love you!

So, to continue the story from the last post... I finally decided to leave work around 3:00 on Wednesday because I started feeling worse and just didn't know if this was it or not. So, I went to Barbara's to walk on her treadmill because it was raining outside. My contractions were coming about 4-5 minutes apart, not horrible pain, but definitely uncomfortable. So I walked for a mile and they were about the same, so I called the doctor and they told us to come on in. So, we went to the dr about 4:30. The doctor checked me and still no progress!!! I was like there is no way this is Braxton Hicks and I"m sure they believed me, but it was killing me that I had still not done anything with all these contractions. They did a stress test on Tyler to make sure he was ok and he was, so they sent us home and said, see ya on Friday at your appointment. SO anyway, we went to church to eat dinner and at that point I was dying. My back was aching and I could not hardly sit. So they all convinced me to leave and go take a warm bath to relax, so I again went to Barbara's and got in her jet tub for about an hour. It felt good, but didn't ease the pain. So, finally everyone came back from church and we sat around for about 2 hours. I was in alot of pain and couldn't sit through the contractions, but still didn't know what all was going on. So, around 10 David and I went back to our house "for the night". At that point my contractions were much stronger and I paced our bedroom floor for 2 hours while David was on the bed counting my contractions, which now were 2-3 minutes apart. So at midnight, I couldn't take it any longer and decided to head to the hospital. When we got there, we sat in the waiting room for about 30 minutes until a room opened up, then when we got back to the triage room, we waited another 30 minutes until the nurse came in. I was getting mad, because I was in pain and we weren't getting helped. Anyway, they checked me again, guess what?? NO PROGRESS!!! So they told us to walk to the halls from 2:00-3:00 AM! So we did, about every 2 minutes I would get a contraction and would have to lean over on the hand rail while David pushed as hard as he could in my back. I was having horrible back labor. So, we walked and walked, did stairs, went up and down the elevator, and bounced around the halls hoping to get Tyler moving. So finally 3:00 came, we went back in and NO PROGRESS, at this point I was moaning and pretty much crying every time a contraction came. It was horrible. So the nurse told us that she didn't doubt we would have him within the next 24 hours, but they were going to have to send me home because I had made no progress. She walked out of the room and I lost it. I balled and balled. Bless David's heart because he was being so strong and doing everything he could for me. He was awesome! The nurse came back in in about 10 minutes and said Tyler's heartrate kept dropping so they were slightly concerned, but that she wanted to check me one more time. I was dialated to a 1!!! Praise God!!! I was so thankful. So they said they would admit me. Finally at 4:00 they admitted me and after trying to get the IV in my hand 3 times, it worked and I got some pain med that cut the pain by about 20%, but I was thankful for everything I got. They wheeled me back to a room. And around 6:30 the doctor came in and checked me, I was 1 1/2 and he broke my water. The next hour was the worst in my life. I was literally moaning and yelling. Yes, I was that woman. Never thought that would be me, but I could get NO relief. David was basically punching my back every 2 minutes, because the pain was so unbareable and that was the only thing that would make it a tad bit better. Finally, I got my epidural at 8:00. It was hard because I had to sit crossed legged hunched over on the bed through 3 contractions and not move. But I did it and about 20 minutes later, the pain was GONE!! I have never been so happy. (well, maybe, but anyway, you get the point). So then I was good. We had lots of visitors, which was fun because I was just laying there waiting for Tyler to decide to do something. They checked at 8:00 and I was a 3, and at 11:00 I was a 3. Tyler's heartrate kept dropping with every contraction, so they said if I didn't make any progress the next time he checked me, then they were going to have to do a C-Section because Tyler was beginning to get stressed. So at 2:00, they checked again and I was a 6! Everyone cheered!! Thank goodness, because I wasn't excited about the C-Section, but would do what I had to. They kept close tabs on us and his heartrate. It was kind of scary. So, at 4:00 they checked me again and I was at 9 1/2!!! I started crying because I was so happy I was about to see my precious boy!! We started pushing. I didn't feel a thing. It wasn't bad at all. I pushed for 3o minutes and at about 4:30 a million people came pouring in. I pushed one more time and out he came at 4:32. The cord was around his neck, so they showed him to me and he stared right at me. Then the took him to the nurses where they took over. David was right with him holding his hand and Tyler wouldn't take his eyes off him, it was precious. So anyway, they decided he was great and everything was fine. So they brought him to me and I got to hold him for the first time. It was the greatest feeling in the world!! He was 6lbs, 8.6 oz and 20 inches long. Perfect!
We finally got back to our room. It was a pretty good night. We had wonderful nurses that really cared about us and took great care of us. Tyler had a little hard time adjusting to eating, but we figured it out. He is so sweet has such a great temper. His cry is so precious and sweet. (Remind me of this one day!)
We had lots of visitors and it was so fun to watch everyone see him. We were exhausted, but I loved all the people being there. So, finally Saturday around 3:00 we got to come home! It was great! We had a good night last night. Tyler finally got the hang of eating and now we are set. Just pray for a little more sleep and lots of lovin. We are so blessed and cannot believe the he is here. We just are giddy over him!! He's precious and perfect in our eyes.
P.S. I'll get better at posting, I promise. :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

False Alarm #1...

So, this is how it all started out, Monday night (Sept 8) I was pretty much up the whole night with a very bad crampy feeling. It was constant and not really coming and going, so I figured it was just pre-term stuff, to get my uterus ready. It didn't really hurt but was uncomfortable. So anyway, it started to slack off around 5 am, so I got a couple hours of sleep and then got up for work Tuesday morning. When I got up, they started again, and was pretty much constant through the day, except now my lower back was in pain. It was just crampy all the way around and mostly on my right side. But anyway, I stayed at work all day and around 3 or so I started noticing that they were coming and going, so I started timing them. They were about 5 minutes apart and lasted for about 35-40 sec a piece. I still wasn't in terrible pain, but it was definitely uncomfortable, so I figured it was just pre-term labor and would slack off. Well, for about 2 hours, they kept coming around 5 minutes apart. No matter what I did, lay down, walk, they continued. So, my mom convinced me that I probably needed to go to the hospital and just check it out because at this time it was about 5:15 and my doctors office was closed. I called and talked to the on-call dr. and they said to come on in and just check. So, in we went. I really didn't think I was in "real" labor, because the pain was definitely bareable, but who knows, I've never done this before. David was pretty funny because I kind of just sprung the whole news on him that we needed to go, so he was a little confused and not real sure about the whole situation, but he took me anyway, I think he was in a state of shock that it actually could be happening.
We got there, they checked us in and took us back to triage. There they checked me (which killed, by the way). She said I had not dilated and my cervix was closed. So, they hooked me up to monitors to monitor the contractions and keep an eye on Tyler's heart rate and my blood pressure. She said the contractions were about 2 1/2 to 5 minutes apart, but weren't very strong. So, anyway, after about 2 hours, a Pepsi, jello, and a card game, they were finally going to let us go, but wanted Tyler to be moving a little more than he was. So she checked me again, and scratched his head to get him moving. He did of course and so they released me. Still no change, but said hopefully it wouldn't be too much longer.
So, we left the hospital starving around 8:30. We went to Chick-fil-A and then headed to Barbra's to watch "Baby Mama" which is hilarious, by the way.
My contractions never stopped and actually got stronger, throughout the movie, they were killing me and mostly on my right side from back to front. At the dr they said it's probably hurting more on that side because he's balled up over there, but who knows.
And so we got home around 11:30 and David went into nesting mode. He's so sweet, he wouldn't even let me lift a finger, but he cleaned the whole house and even steamed clean the bathroom! He's such a wonderful husband!!! Much to my surprise, I slept pretty good, woke up every once in a while with a contraction, but nothing unbearable! So, woke up around 7:30, took Kylie for a good walk, got my shower and picked up a little in our room and then headed to work. I'm still having contractions and they are stronger than yesterday, but not very consistent, so we'll see. I'll keep you posted. Hopefully we will have our little boy before the end of the week, but I'm not taking bets on it. :) Thought I must document this day, so we'll always remember this! So, we took a few pics in the hospital. Love that place! :)
On a side note, it actually was a good thing that we went, because we totally got lost in the hospital and ended up walking around for about 15 minutes looking for the right place, so now we know and it will be alot smoother when we actually go for the real thing! :)

Monday, September 8, 2008


Wyatt Richard Sidden. I bet you thought I was going to say Tyler, huh? This is a precious little friend that was born September 2, 2008 @ 7:00. He was 8 lb, 14 oz and 21" long. He is so adorable and we are so excited he's here, we just hope that he tells Tyler it's not so bad being out of the belly, so he'll come join us too!! :)
We are doing pretty good all things considering. I'm still not totally miserable, so that's good! I am very anxious for Tyler to get here, but I have decided that he is going to be stubborn and not come for a while. But whatever is best, I'm just trying to enjoy the last few weeks.
We have everything ready and David is super excited. If you know him he is not a very patient person, so he is chomping at the bits for Tyler to get here. So, we'll see.
We had a great weekend. Did do too much but it was relaxing and we got lots accomplished. Friday night, we went to a good friend's birthday party. Brian Ashley's parents had a cook-out for his birthday and boy was it good. Great food, great friends, what more could you ask for? Then, Saturday we slept in. I took Kylie for a walk and then came home did laundry and picked up around the house. David went to Lowes, got a new ceiling fan for Tyler's room, installed it (which looks awesome, by the way) and then had to repair a little leak that was outside by the chimney. He is such a handy man and I'm so thankful for him and his hard work!!! Then I went to Barbara's to hang out. We did some grocery shopping then had dinner. So we were back home around 9:00, hung out for a bit and then went to bed. Sunday morning up for church, then we had a Scouts for Christ pot-luck and played games with the kids (2nd-5th graders). Then I went to the Siddens to visit for a little while, home to take a short nap, then back to church. We all (CYP) went to eat afterwards and then headed back home (after my much needed McDonalds chocolate fudge sunday) and went to bed. And here we are again Monday Monday... We have 9 days till Tyler's due date, so we're in single digits now!! YAY! Can't believe it's so close! Here's my 38 week pictures.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Must be a popular time...

Seems this time of year there are so many birthdays and anniversaries. Last week on the 26th of August was Millie's 3rd birthday. We celebrated with a lady bug party on Monday (Labor Day), Sept 1st, which was also Steve's birthday and my great friend Melissa's. I'm not even going to try to begin to wish all my friends and family happy birthday one by one, because I know I will leave someone out and don't want to do that. But know I love each and everyone of you and are so thankful that you are in my life!
Today is David's mom and step-dad, Mike's 2nd Anniversary! And tomorrow is My mom and dad's 31st Anniversary!! So Happy Anniversary to yall!! I love you so very much and wish we were there to celebrate will all of yall!!
And also, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby Sidden which hopefully will be born today, Sept 2nd!! Can't wait to see that precious boy!
So Monday was Labor Day, which means no work....YAY! It makes Sunday oh so much better when I know I don't have to work on Monday, don't get me wrong, I love my job, but sleeping in and doing what I want all day is so much nicer! :) So Millie had her 3 year old birthday party and boy did she have fun. There were about 30 something people there, and I didn't manage to take many pictures, but I did get a few of her with her cake.

After the party, I went home to relax a little and then we went to Steve and Kay Lynn's for dinner. They are building a fence for their back yard and David was helping with that so we went to get Chinese. Boy was it good and then on to pie for Steve's birthday. So needless to say, I ate WAY TOO much yesterday and will probably pay for it on the scales come Friday, but hey, I only have a couple weeks left, so I better enjoy the few extra calories while I can! :)
Here is my 37 week belly pics. Boy is my belly starting to feel really big! I really think it's even popped out more in the past couple of days!

So now on to week 38! I can't believe it's already here! Time really does fly by! At our last appointment Friday, the doctor said everything looked good. He seemed to think that Tyler was weighing about 6lbs, so we'll see. I'm sure he'll gain some more before he picks his birthday, but I hope not too much more!
On a side note...
You have to check out my sister's blog, the link is Stephens Family. My precious nephew, Austin, lost his first tooth and boy is he excited. It doesn't get much cuter than that! :)