It's been a whirlwind past few days. We have lovingly welcomed our gift from God, daughter Sutton Renee into our family. She is perfect. I'll share the story as quickly as I can.
Wednesday I had my regular OB appointment. Mike and Blaise tagged along so we could go out to eat afterwards for a belated birthday supper for me. My birthday was Tuesday the 8th. Dr. Devries said all looked good at the appointment, checked me and said the head was very low and could cause uncomfortableness. We met my mom and brother at Texas Roadhouse that night, and they took Blaise home with them so that he could spend the night and day Thursday at Grandpa and Grandma Sudmann's house- the last time before he was a big brother. I had a C-section scheduled for Tuesday July 15th at noon. At my appointment Dr. Devries also made a few comments that he was on call this weekend and he would see me Tuesday for the C-section if not before. I kindly told him I'd see him Tuesday. Thursday I came home from work and the plan was to head to the Blair/ Mo Valley area to meet my parents and get Blaise back. I got home from work and felt kind of miserable. I cried to Mike that there was no way I was going to make it until Tuesday and I was going to call into work and say I couldn't come in on Friday or Monday. I had gone to the bathroom, but kept thinking I was wetting my pants. I never had a big pop or gush of water like my water was breaking. I figured the head was low enough I was having bladder control problems. I called into Dr. Devries and he agreed telling me to just watch it for awhile. Well, it kept happening. It was after-hours by now and I called the nurse hot line and they suggested coming into the hospital to have it checked out. Mike and I decided to do this since we kind of had to go to Omaha anyway to get Blaise. The whole way in I was convinced I was just wetting my pants and that my water hadn't broken. We got to the hospital and yes, my water had broke and I was in labor. They called Dr. Devries and he said he would be there in 45 minutes to do the C-section.
All went well with the C-section. When the doctor held up the baby to Mike and said "what is it" Mike responded with oh s#$%, and I said it must be a girl! Sutton weighed 6 lbs 6 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long and was born at 9:02 p.m. We both did well through the whole thing.
The next day Blaise got to meet his new sister and he loved her right away giving hugs and kisses and could say her name and sister very well.
To make things even more exciting my sister Jenna had her baby less than 36 hours later, on Saturday, a little boy named Everett William. Her water also broke. Crazy that we were due 3 days apart and we both had our water break two weeks early and they ended up so close together!
We are adjusting quite well at home. She had a follow up appointment on Monday at her pedi and had gained back 2 ounces of the birth weight she lost. She is a very easy-going relaxed baby that sleeps ninety percent of the time. Blaise is doing okay adjusting, he wants to help with everything related to the baby, refers to the baby as a puppy or monkey when asked, and does not want mom or dad to leave his side. He is pretty clingy.
Sutton had a little bit of jaundice right after birth, but after having her blood tested on Monday, they have decided she is doing fine. She is also having trouble regulating her body temp, as it is always low- running in the 97 or lower range. We have kept her bundled up like an eskimo with hats and multiple blankets. Today after checking her temp, it was at 96.6 again, so the pedi requested we got o Fremont hospital for blood tests. We just heard they came back normal! Praise the Lord! We are just working on getting her to stay awake for longer than 15 minutes during feeding.
Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes!
Monday, July 7, 2014
Blaise's cardio appointment went very good. He acted very good during it and the worst part was probably having his blood pressure and pulse oc tested, neither of which hurt, he just cried during this. He sat extremely well during the echo. He weighed in at 24 lbs , so still a small guy. His pulse oz ranged from 77-90 and I think they settled on 82. Im guessing when he is calm it runs 84. I always hope for upper 80's though. Dr danford thought he looked good and gave us another nine month pass before the next visit. It sounds like he will have a heart cath next spring and his Fontan surgery next summer. I'm. Not. Ready. Time will fly this next year. We will continue living day by day and try out hardest to not think about it.
We've been busy busy lately. Blaise chats up a storm and is such a copy cat on anything you say or do. He is the light of our lives. He loves giving big hugs and telling you he loves you. He has slept great in his new bed. He loved to be outdoors and help mow or swing or go in his slide. We've been to the pool a few times and he does great. He takes his watering can and fills it up in the pool the goes and dumps it out of the pool.
He can "tell" stories now too. Lately we've been to treynor to help replant, to denison for a baby shower for Jenna and Mitch and pent last weekend in treynor celebrating grandpa and grandma sudmanns 40th wedding anniversary. Blaise loves going with papa to feed horses , ride horses , see pigs and ride in the tractor . His cousins from Aberdeen have each spent a week with grandpa and grandma Hartwell and he had loved playing with Ashlinn and cooper.
We've set a c section date for July 15 at noon . The date is coming fast and we are definitely not ready. I'm trying to soak up every moment with just Blaise and am not ready for thst part to change. No turning back now - let's hope we are all ready! We will update the blog with news as soon as we have any!