Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Good Friday" "Hike" and Easter

It's been our tradition the past few years to go for a hike on Good Friday. This year we knew we wouldn't be able to tackle any trail that was remotely long or difficult since we have a newborn. Instead, we decided to go for a walk on the Carriage Roads in Acadia National Park. It turned out that Jeremy needed to work on Friday so we rescheduled for Saturday.

The weather wasn't the best on Saturday so Jeremy suggested we go to his work instead for our walk. They have a "hiking" route through the lab. It actually was pretty fun. We did the trail twice so we walked one mile. The trail went up and down stairwells and all over the lab. We thought it was pretty funny that we were still following blazes on our "hike."





This is definitely a Good Friday hike we will remember. Next year I'm hoping to do something a bit more challenging, and outside.

Sunday we went to church. After the service we took a picture for the directory since we were all dressed nicely for Easter. Plus we needed a new picture that includes Jonas.

Friday, March 23, 2012

We have a son!

So a lot has happened in the past two months. Scratch that. Not much happened for most of two months, then a lot happened in the past two weeks. Our little guy, Jonas, was born on March 10th and boy has life as we once knew it changed!




I was due March 14th, but had a feeling that he would come earlier than that. I started my maternity leave March 5th, because my job is pretty stressful and requires a lot of energy. I had originally planned on working until I went into labor, but the previous Friday I was exhausted and knew I couldn't do it anymore so I officially went on leave. I'm so glad I did. It gave me a week to relax and get some things done. I could tell that my body was preparing itself that week so I didn't feel too bad about taking the time off from work.

Thursday night/early Friday morning I woke up and couldn't sleep. That wasn't unusual by that point in the pregnancy. I started having some contractions during this time. Again, not really unusual but these did feel somewhat different. After about an hour they stopped and I got some sleep. I got up Friday morning to go to my 39 week appointment. I was having bloody show that morning and I kind of felt that this could be the day. At my appointment my midwife basically told me it wouldn't be much longer. I was 2cm dilated and 80% thinned. She told me to get some rest and not do anything for the rest of the day. I was having mild contractions throughout the appointment and then at home. Again, I was thinking "this could be the day" but then the contractions stopped.

I relaxed the rest of the day and took a nap. That evening we went out to dinner with some of Jeremy's colleagues to celebrate our friend getting his PhD. At dinner everyone kept asking how much longer I had. I kept saying "any minute now" but no longer thought I'd go into labor that day since I hadn't had any contractions since the morning.

We got home around 7:30 and around 8:30 I was having regular contractions, but they were pretty mild. They got more intense around 10pm and at 10:30 we called the hospital to say I'd be coming in later. Jeremy went into "daddy mode" and was running around the house getting everything together and to the car. It was great not having to worry about that. Plus, I've never seen him like that so it made me laugh. He's normally so relaxed and laid back. The contractions continued to get stronger and at 11:15 Jeremy made the executive decision to go to the hospital.

Now, we only live .9 miles from the hospital, but Jeremy managed to run a red light. Once at the hospital, at about 11:30pm, the nurse checked me out and I was dilated to 6cm. She did everything she needed to do until the midwife got there. The midwife arrived at about midnight and I was 7-8cm dilated. After she checked me out they let me get into the tub. I LOVED the tub. It was so wonderful! Jeremy got in with me and helped me through the contractions. He was so great the entire time. I couldn't imagine going through labor without him.

I labored in the tub for about an hour until I couldn't resist the urge to push. That was an odd sensation. A girl in my childbirth class had her baby about halfway through the course and came and talked to us about her experience. She told us that your body just takes over when it's time to push and you just go with it. That is so how it happened. There was nothing I could do - my body just started pushing. We were still in the tub when it happened and Jeremy was behind me holding my stomach so he got to feel it happen. The midwife got me out of the tub and onto the bed at that point. I pushed mostly on my side for about 20-30 minutes and Jonas was born at 1:30am! The whole thing happened so quickly it was unreal.

After Jonas was born I got immediate skin to skin time with him. He took to feeding right away and I got to hold him for quite a while before they took his height/weight/all that. (For the record he was 7lbs 7.8oz and 20in.) It was pretty great. At some point we went to our recovery room where I fed Jonas some more and we all eventually went to sleep for a short while.

I can't say enough great things about our experience at the hospital. All of the nurses and midwives were excellent and really made sure we had the experience we wanted. Jeremy was able to stay in the room with us the entire time and even had his own bed! We stayed the full amount of time allowed, which was through Monday. The midwives recommended we stay the entire time and I'm glad we did. It was relaxing and almost like a vacation after giving birth. Oh, we also got a "celebration" dinner on Saturday! Or, as Jeremy says "I get steak because I have a kid!" He got the steak, obviously, and I had a delicious haddock dish. They even brought in a table and tablecloth for the dinner.

My mom was scheduled to come on Saturday, March 11th, so it worked out great. Jeremy was able to run to Bangor to pick her up and she spent the week with us. It was wonderful to have her here for Jonas' first week - I'm so glad the timing worked out so well! After a week on our own, my oldest sister and grandma are now on there way here for a short visit.

This ended up being much longer than I meant and I haven't even said everything I was originally going to. For another day I guess...


More pictures on facebook.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Updates

So it's been about a month since I've written anything. It's probably been that long because not much has been happening around here.

Christmas: We stayed in Maine, again, and had a quiet Christmas. Christmas Eve we went to an open house at the son of a couple at our church. Then we went to church and Jeremy sang a solo. He did a wonderful job if I do say so. Christmas day we got up early (to us) to open presents before church. That afternoon we went to our friends' house from church for dinner and games. It was nice to have people to spend it with here since we couldn't be with our families.

2011 New Year's Resolution: Complete! I don't have any resolutions for this year - I figure we'll be busy enough with all the life changes coming our way. Which leads me to...

Pregnancy: I'm at 31 weeks and all is going well. He's getting to be quite the kicker/roller and we're enjoying feeling him move. We should have our first childbirth class tonight, assuming they don't cancel it because of the snow/ice that we're currently getting.

Work/School: Same old same old for me. Jeremy is hoping to finish his dissertation by August so he's been working hard at that. He also has two classes this semester and is doing contract work on the side so he's busy. Once he finishes his dissertation, it means big changes for us since we will most likely be moving to wherever he gets a job. We have no idea where that will be!

2012 will be an exciting year for us! We figure by the end of the end of the year, we'll have a baby and will most likely be in another state.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sic 'em Bears!


It's a great time to be a Baylor Bear. Our quarterback, Robert Griffin III, or RG3, won the Heisman this weekend! He is the first person from Baylor to ever win it. Heck, he's the first person from Baylor to finish above #4 in the voting. I am over the top ecstatic that he won. I watched every game this year that I could and the other ones I listened to online. After the Oklahoma game, I knew he had a good chance of winning the Heisman and he sealed that win a solid win over Texas the next week. Jeremy and I of course watched the trophy presentation on Saturday and yelled when they called his name. This is not only good for RG3, but for Baylor as a whole. We haven't exactly been known as a football powerhouse. Times are a changin'.

Not only is our football team 9-3 and heading to the Alamo Bowl, but our men's basketball team is ranked #6 and our women's basketball team is #1. Oh how different this is than when Jeremy and I were at Baylor. Sure our women's team was good and even won the NCAAW tournament our junior year, but our men's basketball team was awful. See, we were there when the whole Baylor basketball murder/scandal happened. Almost all of our players left the team, the coach left in disgrace, and we were put on probation by the NCAA. It was a tough few years. I'm so glad to see them doing so well now. Also, our football team was so bad, that we stormed the field when we beat KU our freshman year because it was our first conference win in years. KU! It must be so different to be a student at Baylor now and only know winning teams on the football field and basketball court.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Baylor Homecoming 2011

A couple of weeks ago Jeremy and I had the chance to go to Texas for Baylor's Homecoming. Jeremy made it into a work trip so his plane ticket, rental car, and food were paid for by work. Then we used his frequent flyer miles for my ticket so we only had to pay $10 for it. Basically, it was a free vacation! Jeremy left a couple days before me so he could actually work and then I joined him for a long weekend.


It was a lot of fun to be back at Baylor. The weather was in the 70s most of the time we were there, which was wonderful! We also got to see a lot of our friends and professors from college. This was also the first year I saw in person our football team win the Homecoming game! That was pretty exciting.



Of course we had to buy a Baylor onesie while there for our future Bear - class of 2034.


On Sunday we drove to Dallas to see my mom, stepdad, and grandparents. It was great to see them and spent some time with them. Monday we had to leave to come back to Maine. It was too short of a trip, but a lot of fun.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Moose Meat

A guy at our church shot a moose not long ago and was asking if anyone wanted any (there was something like 626 pounds of meat!). Jeremy, of course, jumped on the chance. I mean, when will we get the opportunity for some free moose meat again? Jeremy told him he would take "a little bit" of meat. He gave us close to 9 pounds, not quite what I'd call "a little bit", but as Jeremy pointed out, it is a little bit when compared to 626 pounds.


We ended up with steaks, ground meat, and breakfast sausage. Our first attempt at cooking it was to make a stew. I used a recipe for beef stew and it turned out great! We both thought that the moose meat tasted like beef. If we didn't know better, we would have thought that is what we were eating.


Now we just have to figure out what we're going to do with the rest of the meat. Jeremy is wanting to grill some of the steak before it gets too cold. I'm thinking a chili with the ground meat might be good.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ultrasound Pictures!

I had my 19 week ultrasound yesterday and we found out that we're having a boy! We're pretty excited. It's weird to now be able to say "he" when talking about the baby, but we're getting used to it (I think). Here are some of the ultrasound pictures: