Sunday, October 26, 2008

Samantha's First Bath at Home!

Before the Bath
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During the Bath
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After the Bath with Grandpa Williams (we had a little fun with her hair!)
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

More fun!

Samantha and Daddy asleep.
Samantha and Daddy asleep.

Feed Me!!
I'm Hungry!

Well I guess I'll finally write something on here again... Life has been fun with little Samantha, she is such a sweetheart! She's a pretty good baby, calms herself down pretty well and does a lot of the normal eating, pooping, and sleeping. She is so funny and pulls silly faces all the time, and her little "gas" smiles are a ton of fun! Life has been good, but very tiresome. My mom has been here the last few days, just helping out, which has been good so that I can take small naps during the day and help my body recover. Poor Jacob is so busy with work and school, he doesn't get the luxury of napping. Jacob is so cute with her, he loves cuddling with her and is always willing to change her diapers or do whatever is needed to help me out. I'm happy to say, my itching has finally completely stopped- it took a few days after I had her to go away, but now it's completely gone! She is still tiny, and has nothing that fits her, but that's okay. I got out for the first time since I had her today for about an hour (she was in the good hands of grandma and grandpa) to run to Wal-mart and get a few things. While I was there I picked her up another newborn sized outfit/sleeper since she only has about 4 things she can wear (none of which fit, but are a little bit smaller) and I love it because it says "Mommy's Girl" on it, and she has tons of outfits that say things like "Daddy's Girl" or "Daddy's princess" etc etc. Anyway that's our life, I got tagged just before I had her, so another post to come soon!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Finally Home

The hospital released Nicole and Samantha today at about 11:15 am. I went to school and work and then came home. Our little girl is so adorable! She has a time for about an hour a day when she is wide awake and looking around at everything. It is really cute :) Nicole is really sore, but on the mend and doing well. She is going to be a terrific mom! I love watching her take care of Samantha.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More Pictures!

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Sammy is here!!!

Samantha Mae Winegardner was born on October 20, 2008 after 8 hours of labor at 10:43 pm. She weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 in. long. She is beautiful and perfect an we love her. We have never been happier!

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Look at all that hair!!
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Well, we went to the hospital and had another ultrasound done and based on what the doctor saw (Samantha is 7+ lbs.) we decided not to do the amneocentesis and just have Nicole induced. So now we are sitting in the hospital and Nicole is hooked up to an IV with petocin. She is starting to feel the contractions and doing good. The only thing she is not happy about is that she is not allowed to eat anything. Just ice. Oh well. She will be ok.

quick update on the happenings!

Okay so I went to the doctor today, planning on scheduling the induction, and you know talking to them about things, like what I should plan for, and a pediatrician for Samantha and some other things. Well, first things first, high blood pressure and protein in the pee! (I don't have a clue what that means but supposedly its bad?? I think it means I have toxemia from what I gathered.) Right. so then she takes me in and we talk about when I should get induced and she goes to talk to a doctor (I went to a nurse practitioner today) and I have to get an amniocentesis (aka, massively huge needle of doom jabbed into my stomach!!!!) in about 35 minutes. Joy. And depending on lung development they might want me to have her TODAY.. what the... so weird. I told her no though, and she said I could probably wait a few days, haha. But now that i am feeling a little more rational I realized I need to do what's best for my little girl! Anyway... the lungs might be far far far away from being fully developed in which case it could be another couple of weeks! Which I would be fine with. So thats the update... I'll write back when I know more.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Liver!

Well, when I got off work today after only working for 2 1/2 hours, I had a bunch of missed calls and voice mails from the doctors office. I figured if they were going to call me multiple times in such a short time span, there must be something wrong. So I called them back, and what do you know-- I have the liver thing! it's called cholestasis and I guess what happens is my liver is releasing bioacids into my blood stream, which is causing the severe itching. That is the only side effect I get. Apparently it can be pretty bad for the baby though, it gets in the amniotic fluid and can be ingested, I guess. So I have to have her before I reach 38 weeks. Generally speaking, the baby is fine as long as it doesn't stay inside too long, because otherwise it can start ingesting meconium which can be fatal. Anyway we might be parents tomorrow! Weird! We have to go to the hospital tomorrow and they are going to check out little Sammy, and if she isn't doing so good, then they will induce me (I've heard it's quite painful to be induced, I'm scared!!!) And if she is doing fine, then the doctor said that at my appointment on Monday they will set up an induction time which will be before I reach 38 weeks. So basically Jacob and I only have a week and a half tops before we are parents! Weird! I don't think they will end up inducing me tomorrow though, because she feels just fine, still the aggressive little beast, moving plenty! Anyway so thats the story-- the good news is that they have another medication they are going to put me on which should cure the itching ---- HALLELUJAH! I didn't sleep much again last night, it would be nice to sleep well. (I know, I know, I won't sleep at all once she is born, but at least I won't be trying to grow her too!) It's weird, because it won't be one of those situations like "okay, when is she going to come...." then when she's 2 1/2 weeks late she finally comes. hopefully since she will be a little bit small I won't need an epidural. Oh and for those of you who are coming to the baby blessing, we might move it to Thanksgiving weekend, because I kind of want to have her blessed before she's 2 1/2 months old. Ah, I'm rambling now, but I am a little nervous :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

To the hospital!

Well, last night was definitely interesting. I had a checkup at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, and got sent to the hospital!! My blood pressure was really high (figures, right? first I suffer from my blood pressure being to low, now too high..sheesh.) so they wanted me to go over so they could monitor the baby and monitor my blood pressure for a few hours and do blood work to make sure I'm not getting toxemia. Also, my itching had wonderfully flared up again, so he wanted to do blood work to make sure I don't have this weird liver thing going on. If I do have it, I guess it's not very good for the baby, it puts toxins into the amniotic fluid, I think?? He said I probably don't have it, I guess it's extremely uncommon, and he said he could get me a prescription for the itching, which will be nice. Anyway so we spent over 2 1/2 hours at the hospital and it was pretty boring. they just hooked me up to these machines that monitored me and little Sammy and drew a bunch of blood. And then I got to go home. Jacob ended up having to miss his econ test, which he will probably be taking either this evening or tomorrow evening. It was weird being there at the hospital, as we were walking in, I was kinda freaking out. I realized I still don't have my bag packed (I still have over 3 weeks!) and that we don't have a car seat yet, and I don't know, it was just weird! I realized it could happen anytime now (though pretty unlikely) and it scared me! I don't know how to be a mom! Anyway so that was our excitement last night, it kind of made everything more real than it already is.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sometimes life is hard... But some days make up for it!!

I am verrrrrrry happy and pleased to announce that last night for the first time in about a month and half... I slept through the night!!! What a wonderful feeling! I only woke up twice, once for just a few seconds because Jasper was sleeping at my feet and i kicked him and another time for a coupe of minutes because I got a little cold and wanted to use our comforter ( I usually just sleep with the sheet and Jacob has a couple of blankets piled on because I get so hot since I'm pregnant and we keep the room cold). Generally my nights consist of me being awake til about 12 or 1 and waking up around 5 or 5:30, which just gets aggravating after awhile! I usually lay there trying not to fidget too much so as not to wake up Jacob, and just wait and wait for his alarm to go off. I usually take a nap in the mornings while Jacob is at work for anywhere from 1- 2 1/2 hours, trying to get enough sleep to get me through the day. Another bit of good news: My itching has decreased! It is now at a bearable level, I no longer feel like screaming!! (knock on wood!) I just hope it stays like this- or heck, lessens even more or just goes away! haha :) So I am unbelievably happy this morning, it's amazing what getting enough sleep does for ya!
Oh and guess what happened yesterday with our adorable little feline? He ate grass. Dang cat. We live on a busy road, so he is an indoor cat, but he LOOOVES to go outside (if I wasn't so selfish I'd give him back to my parents so he could live a happy outdoor life, but I love having him around too much!) We bought him a harness at wal-mart a few weeks ago and attached it to this really long rope, and sometimes we hook him up and let him go outside and play for awhile. So yesterday after church I let him out and about an hour later went back and got him. Jacob left to go home teaching. I went into the bathroom and there on the rug... throw up! Grateful that it was just on the rug that needed to be washed anyway, I picked it up and put it in the washer. In the laundry room I discovered some more barf. Starting to panic and hoping Jacob would get home soon, I walked through our apartment to make sure there wasn't anymore. Thank goodness there wasn't. I sat down on the bed, and in walks Jasper. He looks up at me for a minute, then his stomach starts contracting really hard and he ran into the corner and started throwing up. Yay. Anyone who is pregnant knows that everything is magnified. Everything smells worse, looks worse and makes you feel worse (especially nauseating things) Trying not to look and trying to keep my own food down, I just kind of sat there- and then to my great relief heard the front door open! My hero was home!! I told him what had happened and we put Jasper in the laundry room and took away his food and water. And know what my dear husband did? He cleaned up all of the piles of puke! What a sweetheart! I didn't really even have to ask, he knows stuff makes me super sick, and I think he could see it on my face. He didn't complain or anything, just grabbed a rag and went at it and got done in time to leave 15 minutes later to go home teaching again. I love him so much! Man, I'm lucky to have such a wonderful guy! And I'm happy to report Jasper recovered just fine after a few hours and is very healthy and happy.
OH and today marks 4 weeks left of my pregnancy! 4 weeks! 28 days! That's 3 days less than a month! We are soo excited to meet baby Samantha! And I was looking at the little countdown thing at the top of our page, and she is already bigger than Landen (my sister's baby) when he was born!! I think they are going to only look like they're a month apart instead of 3.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A little less political :)

Well since you go to our blog right now and all you can see is stuff about Prop 8, I thought I'd make a post so it's a little more "bloggy". But first I better put in a couple words about the whole thing. Since Jacob is from California we went to a fireside for CA residents living in Utah yesterday evening. It was done by Elder Ballard, Elder Cook, and Elder Clayton (<-- of the presidency of the 70) it was very interesting!! Elder Ballard explained some of the consequences of what could happen if it doesn't go through. There were a whole bunch, but the ones that stick out to me are that the sex ed that kids receive in school will also include how it works between gays, and that it will make it hard to practice our religion, since our religion doesn't believe in gay relationships, oh and that members will be taxed more since we are "discriminating." they also pointed out that in MA (the only State that currently recognizes gay marriage) the Catholic church was criticized because their adoption program didn't extend to gays, so rather than change their moral ideals, they discontinued their adoption agency in MA (isn't that sad?). Anyway there were many more things that could happen if it doesn't go through, but I can't remember them all right now. Elder Cook started talking about how us young people have so much access to get the word out massively through the internet and texting and asked us all to "go viral" (haha is that a real "slang" type word or did he make it up?? I don't know!) so that is what we are doing!

Well, enough of that already, updates on Jacob and I's incredibly fascinating life of work school and baby growing... Things are going well, we are getting so excited!! Tomorrow there will only be one month left and we can't wait!! I'm especially excited to get the violent little beast out! haha! She's bruised me many times and is just very aggressive.. I hope she isn't like this when she comes out! Also, for about the last 5 days or so I have been suffering from some very intense itching!!! I want to scream sometimes!! It feels like my entire body is covered in fresh mosquito bites that never dull in itch! Especially my hands and feet! I called the doctor since I don't have my next appointment until Tuesday, and the nurse was very unsympathetic and told me it was most likely hormones and to wait and I could discuss it with my doc at my next apoointment (I highly doubt she has ever experienced this itching!!). My mom was much more helpful. When I talked to her about it she suggested an aveeno oatmeal bath. They are kind of expensive to take, but man, its worth being able to sleep at night!! It kind of dulls the itch, so I have been taking them at night and it allows me to sleep, which is sooooooo nice! (Before I tried the oatmeal I had only slept 3 hours! Ugh!) since it's so expensive I'm thinking about trying to ground up my own oatmeal into powder, and I'll see if it works as well. If anyone else has any suggestions, I'm open to try almost anything! That's all that is really new. Oh, our cat Jasper has a new favorite game: fetch! Ha, it cracks me up, he is such a hilarious cat!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I guess it's my turn to write something on here. Well, Nicole is 8 months pregnant now and is really getting big, even though most people tell her she looks small for how far along she is. We only have a few things left to get now, we are really excited to have little Samantha join our family!

I just saw a little bit of the news and they were talking about prop 8 in CA. There a re a lot of members who are speaking down about how the LDS church is getting involved with it. I for one think it is the correct thing to do. I want my children to grow up in a society where a family means something. The question I have for theses people is: Do you support the prophet as God's chosen leader for the Church? If so do you realize that it isn't "the church" as an organization that is getting involved, it is God who is taking a stand on the issue? Well, we will see what happens, Nicole and I are going to a meeting tonight where Elder Ballard is going to speak about what the Church needs us to do.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Another attempt

Well, here we are making another shot at blogging. About 6 months ago my sister said I should get a blog so I started one, but couldn't get it to work right, so after many more requests here we are trying again... Just one question.. if anyone can tell me how in the world you can search for other people on here and look at their blogs, that would be great.
Things are going well these days, we only have 5 1/2 weeks left until Samantha joins our family! We are so excited! We still have a lot to do to prepare, but it's coming along. I'm FINALLY feeling better! The first 30 weeks were sickness and misery, but then something magically happened at 30 weeks?? I don't know. Anyway then I ended up with strep and a cold, then this last weekend picked up food poisoning. It was all highly irritating. But today I'm feeling a lot better, and still have 2 1/2 weeks until the dreaded last 3 weeks of pregnancy I keep hearing about. I can still shave my legs as long as I sit down and can still sort of put on shoes. :)
Jacob is currently working full time and going to school part time. He is a home teaching secretary in our ward. I am still working at supersonic and definitely decided not to go to school this semester, and I am the Relief Society chorister, which basically means I'm in charge of all the music we sing and musical moments in RS.
I'm not really sure what we're supposed to write in our little blog, but here ya go. We are very very excited to have our little girl come join our family and are very happy together :)

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