Monday, November 12, 2018

Finley's Birth Story

Finley is five weeks old and I'm just getting around to writing about her birth. But I guess that's what happens when you have a newborn; everything else gets put on hold. And that's ok.

When I was pregnant, I liked reading other people's birth stories because it gave me an idea of what to expect (sort of) when my time came. Every story is different, so I wanted to share ours. And I want to write down the details while they are still somewhat fresh in my mind so I can look back on it later.

On Tuesday, October 2, I had my 39 week doctor appointment (due date was October 7). I hadn't had any contractions up to that point and my pregnancy had been uneventful, which was good. My doctor doesn't "check" anything until you get to 40 weeks, or unless you have a reason to, which I didn't. I had it in my mind that our baby was going to be late. We had finally said we were ready for her to come, so I knew that meant she'd be late. That was our luck.

Wednesday was just another day. Thursday morning rolled around and while I was getting ready for work, I felt stomach pains like I had to go to the bathroom. Didn't think anything of it. I got ready and went to work. By about 9:00 am at work, I realized these pains felt like period cramps, but they weren't really going away. They would come and go pretty consistently, so I decided to start tracking them. I didn't know if they were actually contractions, but for the next couple of hours, they were happening every 8-10 minutes. I texted Kevin and told him I think I might be in labor, but I knew it wasn't anything serious yet because they weren't painful, just annoying cramps. At about 2:00 pm, I realized that I couldn't really sit still during a contraction anymore. Still not really painful, just uncomfortable. I left work around 4:00 and headed home. At this point the contractions were about 6-8 minutes apart.

When Kevin got him, I told him we needed to eat dinner, because if this was the real deal, I knew I couldn't eat once we got to the hospital. And being in labor AND hangry was not going to be a good combination for either of us haha. So we got some dinner and watched a show. The contractionss were getting stronger to the point where I had to stand and bend over during them. Not unbearable, but getting painful. I decided to take a shower, which felt SO good. I could have stayed in there forever. But the contractions were about 4 minutes apart at this point, so Kevin said we needed to go the hospital.

We got to the hospital at about 8:30 pm and I was only dilated to 3. Better than nothing, but not much for having contractions for 12 hours. They had me walk around for an hour and after that I was dilated to 4 and the contractions had gotten much stronger over the past couple of hours. I couldn't talk through them anymore. They admitted me to a labor and delivery room and got me all set. I decided to get an epidural because the contractions were pretty painful at this point (I actually threw up during one) and I didn't know how long I'd be in labor. I wanted to be able to have enough energy to push when the time came. I got an epidural around 11:00 pm and that was the best thing ever. Life saver. I didn't feel a thing. After the epidural was in, they checked and I was at a 6. I kept progressing through the night to an 8, then a 9, and finally a 10. Finley wasn't quite low enough yet and my water still hadn't broke, so they called my doctor in around 6:30 am to break my water to see if that would speed things up. It didn't. She was still a little high, so they had me do "practice pushes" for about a half hour to move her in to position. At this point, my epidural had wore off a little on one side, so I could feel the contractions in just one spot on my stomach - so weird.

I had no idea he took this picture until after the fact. He thought it was pretty funny to take pics during contractions. Looking back, I can laugh now.

After she was in position, they got the room all ready so I could start pushing her out. I did one push, and on the second push, out she came! It happened so fast. She was instantly screaming (so happy to hear that sound) and they put her on my chest for skin to skin. They stitched me up (second degree tear, which they originally thought was third or fourth degree, but luckily it wasn't) and got me all set while I held our baby girl.

Going home! It was a Sunday, so of course she had to wear her Lions shirt.
Finley Marie Long
October 5, 2018
9:18 am
7lbs 8oz
21.5 inches

We stayed in the hospital for two nights (as first time parents, we wanted all the help we could get) and went home Sunday morning. I'm so grateful that my pregnancy and labor and delivery were all so smooth, and our baby girl is healthy. Also, the labor and delivery nurses are angels on earth. Seriously. Every nurse we had was amazing.

Kevin was off work for two weeks with me, which was so helpful. We are enjoying our time as a family of four (have to include Admiral) and are loving our beautiful baby girl!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Introducing Finley Marie Long

I never took a 39 week bump photo, because I planned on taking one at 40 weeks, but we didn't make it! Finley Marie Long arrived at 9:18 am on October 5, 2018. Two days early. We are so in love and can't believe she's been here a month already! She has dark hair like her mom, but most of daddy's facial features :)

Monday, September 24, 2018

Maternity Photos

A couple of weeks ago we had a friend (sister of my sister-in-law) take some maternity photos for us, and I LOVE how they turned out. She did such a great job. Believe it or not, these were taken in the backyard of a friend of hers. The setting was gorgeous and the light was perfect. If you are in the West Michigan area, be sure to check out ShutterCat Photography - Kristin is so great to work with! Here are some of my favorites from our session:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bumpdate: 37 Weeks

I've been so busy that I didn't do a 36 week post. So here is 37 weeks. We will be 38 weeks on Sunday....can't believe we are only about 2.5 weeks away from our due date!

How many weeks: 37
Symptoms: Swollen feet are happening pretty much daily now. 
Baby Bump: Big. And I think maybe she dropped a little? When I look at the pics compared to a few weeks ago, I think she's a little lower. Not sure how my belly button isn't sticking out yet, but it's still an innie. Barely.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nothing.
What else is going on: I've attended two weddings (one more this weekend) and we had our last baby shower last weekend. Baby girl has SO MUCH STUFF. She is definitely loved, that's for sure. My mom and sister threw a great shower for us and I think we are pretty much set. We are picking up a few things this weekend with gift cards and money we received, but otherwise, we have everything we need (or so we think). The nursery is almost done. Hoping to get it all finished up this weekend. Hospital bags are packed. Car seat is in the car. So close!

mirror selfie from a wedding a couple weeks ago

34 Weeks
32 Weeks
30 Weeks

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bumpdate: 34 Weeks

I'm a little behind on updates, since I'll be 35 weeks on Sunday, but oh well!

How many weeks: 34
Symptoms: Uncomfortable pretty much sums it up. I feel like she's either crushing my bladder so I have to pee every 10 minutes, or crushing my lungs so I can't breath. 
Baby Bump: Large and in charge.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nada. I just think I use being pregnant as an excuse to eat more and eat less healthy than normal. But no cravings.
What else is going on: We had our first baby showers last week and it was so great! We had one at work on Friday and then one with Kevin's family and some of my friends on Sunday. We were blessed that so many family and friends came to celebrate (and spoil) Finley. I can't wait to spend some time organizing everything in the nursery this weekend.

Can't believe we are SO close to meeting our baby girl! It is getting real!

Just for comparison, here are weeks 12-22, and then weeks 24-34:

32 Weeks
30 Weeks

Friday, August 17, 2018

Bumpdate: 32 Weeks

How many weeks: 32
Symptoms: Pretty much the same as the last update. I would just say I'm uncomfortable. But that's to be expected at this point. I think I may have felt my first Braxton-Hicks contractions. 
Baby Bump: I don't know how it's possible for it to get any bigger, but it just keeps growing! I can't believe my belly button has popped out yet.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Still nothing.
What else is going on: My sister got married! That was a long day that ended with swollen feet and a tired body, but totally worth it. We are going to another wedding this weekend and then three in September. I feel like I'll be leaving earlier with each one, but excited to go celebrate with our friends.
We went to our birthing class/hospital tour a couple weeks ago, which was beneficial. We've got a breastfeeding class next week and then a CPR class a couple weeks after that.
We went to a Detroit Tigers game last weekend and got to enjoy it from a suite - all the food and drinks we wanted! It was a perfect day for a game. I don't know how I would have felt sitting in a regular seat at 32 weeks pregnant, so I was thankful we were in a suite where we could sit out in the shade, or go in to the air conditioned suite if we got hot (which we didn't).
Our first baby shower is next weekend and I'm so excited! Can't wait to start getting the nursery finished and organizing her closet.

30 Weeks

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Bumpdate: 30 Weeks

I'm actually 31 weeks in these photos, but last week was crazy (my sister got married!!!), so I didn't have time to get a let's just pretend :)

How many weeks: 30 
Symptoms: If I'm being honest? Sleep sucks - it's getting harder to get comfortable and I get stuffed up a lot at night, so then I can't breath, which is annoying. I toss and turn a lot (sorry Kevin). I can't sit or stand in one position for a long time, so going to the movies is not fun any more. My back pretty much hurts all the time. BUT I hate to complain, because I know that is all part of being pregnant and it's going to be over before I know it. And this pregnancy has been pretty smooth so far. I know there are people that have a much more difficult time than me, so I hate to be negative.
On the plus side, baby girl moves around like crazy now! Pretty much any time I'm sitting or laying for 10+ minutes, she starts moving. I can now feel her whole body moving around in there, not just kicks. Love that feeling.
Baby Bump: Oh, that bump. It gets bigger by the day.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nothing.
What else is going on:
Took the bump out for my sister's bachelorette party. Stayed up until 2:00 am. Not sure how I did it while completely sober, but we had a good time :)

Got most of the wall decor for the nursery. Just waiting to get the rest of the furniture before I put anything on the walls. I have a feeling baby stuff is going to be in full force over the next couple of months.

Can't believe we are just over two months away from having her here!