Welcome, Tyler! :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tyler came on May 6! He was a week late and I was scheduled to be induced on Tuesday the 8th if he didn't come before. I REALLY didn't want to be induced so I am thankful he came on his own. The birth was beautiful. I started getting contractions about 9 a.m. Sunday morning and by noon they were pretty regular about 5.5 minutes apart and by about 1 p.m. they were getting stronger so we called the doctor and they suggested we come in. We left home about 2, and checked in at the hospital at 2:30. I got checked and was at 4 cm and on our way to the hospital the contractions began coming every 2.5-3 minutes and that continued until he was born. My original plan was to wait to get an epidural until I was 5-6 cm dilated so I could walk around and help labor progress but since the contractions were coming so closely, walking really wasn't an option because once one ended, I would barely get a few doors down and it would come again, so I ended up just getting the epidural shortly after we checked in. The next time I was checked, I was at 8 cm... then I was checked again and I was at 10+ cm and ready to go! They called the doctor in about 9 and he had me start pushing at 9:15 p.m. Tyler arrived at 9:40 p.m.!!! So, 12.5 hours of labor, only 7 hours of which was at the hospital. I had a few tears that had to be stitched but Tyler was healthy and happy!

He is breastfeeding REALLY well and the only thing we have yet to tackle is sleeping :) Last night (probably a fluke) he only got up once in the middle of the night to eat! Otherwise, he's been getting up every two hours and it is really tiring. I have lots of help from my parents and my hubby (although he went back to work this week). I am off work all May and all of June and to be honest, I don't want to go back. I am so in love with my little man.

The breastfeeding has REALLY helped the weight come off. I gained about 25 total during the pregnancy and exercised 40 of the 41 weeks I was pregnant. I am already down 23 pounds. (I was in jeans for Mother's Day - just 1 week after delivery - WOOHOO!) The nurses were convinced that the labor and delivery went so quickly and smoothly (for a first baby - apparently it was great!) because I was so active during my pregnancy. I have yet to get back to the gym. My little friend is 2.5 weeks old now, and I am hoping by 4 weeks I can get back. I am pumping as well, and so I am trying to build up a supply so I can go to the gym or pool and leave him for a bit with my parents.

The pets have all adjusted VERY well. It is a blessing in disguise Buster went deaf midway through my pregnancy because he is not phased by crying AT ALL :) The girls don't necessarily want to snuggle him but they don't shy away from him either. It is awesome!

Here's Tyler Frederick... :)

Me, 8 months pregnant...

And 2.5 weeks postpartum (ignore the jammies :) )
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    You haven't blogged in a while I'm sure it's because you're busy with little Tyler. Hope all is going well we need pictures again. Thanks emoticon
    3117 days ago
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    Congrats. Tyler is so cute. You did an excellent job of exercising while you were pregnant. WOW down 23 pounds already. OMG. AWESOME. emoticon
    3234 days ago
    OMG, Tyler is sooo cute! Congratulations girlie!!! You look wonderful too! Good job with your exercise during your pregnancy emoticon

    Thank you for sharing emoticon
    3238 days ago
    Congratulations! I'm glad you had a great labor and delivery.
    3246 days ago
    Cograts, he is such a beautiful baby, I have 3 grown sons now but I wouldn't trade them for the world. Enjoy him because he will grow up way to fast.... Judy emoticon
    3246 days ago
    What a Blessing! emoticon
    3246 days ago
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