Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Follow me on Instagram @kmm5355 to see daily photos of our sweet McKinley!








McKinley's Birth Announcement


Friday, July 11, 2014

McKinley's Birth Story


On the morning of July 1st, we headed to the hospital for my scheduled induction at 6:00 am.  I was being induced at 39 weeks and 4 days because I had not dilated past 1 cm since week 35 and my doctor didn't think it was necessary for me to go past my due date when McKinley was already at zero station and I was completely effaced.



I started having regular contractions once they started the pitocin.  And boy did the contractions get strong once my doctor broke my water!!!  I got an epidural as soon as the doctor said I could.  


After my epidural, my blood pressure dropped really low and they had to shut the pitocin off for a while.  Once they started it back up, I was having contractions, but they stayed pretty irregular all day. After a very long day, I was only dilated to 3 cm at 5:00 pm.  My doctor then learned that McKinley was face up instead of face down, which would make it harder for her to fit through the birth canal.  Then, her heart rate started dropping, so they shut the pitocin off again.  At this point, they had to give me an oxygen mask and I really started to freak out.  My doctor came in and basically told us that she did not believe I was going to be able to have this baby vaginally. After being in labor for 12 hours, Brad and I made the decision to go ahead with a c-section so we could get McKinley out safely.




McKinley Kate came into this world at 7:08 pm weighing 7 lb 4 oz and measuring 21 inches long.




It was love at first sight...


My doctor informed me after the c-section that I would never have been able to have McKinley naturally because I have an extremely narrow cervix.  I will have to have a scheduled C-Section with any future babies.  


 Nobody could have prepared me for how painful the recovery of a c-section would be!  I didn't get out of bed for almost two days.  It truly helped me to feel better once I could stand up and walk around a little bit.


After staying in the hospital for three nights, we were so ready to go home!



Welcome home McKinley!


We have been busy soaking in every little moment with our sweet baby girl.  :)  She is truly the perfect baby and we feel so blessed!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Introducing McKinley Kate...

Born on July 1st, 2014 at 7:08 pm
weighing 7 lb 4 oz and measuring 21 inches long













Stay tuned for her birth story...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

39 Weeks


I can't believe I'm writing my very last bumpdate!!!  This pregnancy has flown by! I'm being induced at 6:00 am on Tuesday.  McKinley will be born on July 1st.

How far along? 39 Weeks 1 Day
Total weight gain:  39 pounds 
Maternity clothes?  Yes!  I can't wait to start wearing my normal clothes again, but I'm not looking forward to wearing pants that button. :(
Stretch marks?  No...and I feel very fortunate!
Sleep:  Yes...trying to enjoy my last few nights of sleep before I am up all night with McKinley!
Best moment this week:  Tonight after 9 pm, I officially started my maternity leave!  Yay!  No more work for the next 8 weeks!  
Miss Anything?  The usual...being able to stand up without feeling pain,  turning over while I'm sleeping, bending over, fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes, and wine.
Movement:  Yes, but not as much...and when I do feel her, it can be painful at times.  (especially when she is right on my bladder!)
Food cravings:   Milkshakes and Sour Patch Watermelon candy
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No
Gender:  It's a GIRL...McKinley Kate 
Labor Signs:   No
Symptoms: Same as last week...Braxton hicks contractions, sharp pain in my groins and inner thighs, leg cramps, sore/swollen ankles and feet, heartburn, peeing like crazy,  cramping, back ache, feeling lots of pressure down below...
Wedding rings on or off? Off, but I did wear them the other day.  I could probably still get them on, but I'm afraid they will get stuck on my finger!
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy :)
Looking forward to:  Meeting our sweet girl in just a few days!
Sunday, June 22, 2014

38 Weeks


How far along? 38 Weeks 2 Days
Total weight gain:  38 pounds 
Maternity clothes?  Yes...but this maxi dress I'm wearing is actually a regular dress I've had for a few years.
Stretch marks?  No....hoping it stays that way for just a couple more weeks!  :)
Sleep:  Yes, but not much....I'm uncomfortable and hot!  Putting a pillow in between my legs is the most comfortable position I have found.
Best moment this week:  My associates at work threw me a pot luck baby shower.  It was so sweet and McKinley got such nice gifts!!!
Miss Anything?  Being able to stand up without feeling pain,  turning over while I'm sleeping, bending over, fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes, wine, turkey sandwiches, and wearing my wedding ring
Movement:  Yes, and it hurts!!!
Food cravings:   Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Smoothies
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No
Gender:  It's a GIRL...McKinley Kate 
Labor Signs:   No
Symptoms: Braxton hicks contractions, sharp pain in my groins and inner thighs, leg cramps, sore/swollen ankles and feet, heartburn, peeing like crazy,  cramping, back ache, feeling lots of pressure down below...
Wedding rings on or off? I was able to wear them for a long time, but I finally had to take them off this week :(
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Mostly happy
Looking forward to:  Hearing what the doctor says tomorrow...I'm hoping she will say this baby is ready to come out!!!
Sunday, June 15, 2014

37 Weeks


How far along? 37 Weeks 2 Days
Total weight gain: 34 pounds (I didn't gain any more weight this week!)
Maternity clothes?  Yes...this black maternity maxi is a staple in my wardrobe these days!  Ha!
Stretch marks?  No....I keep checking my stomach to make sure they haven't appeared :)
Sleep:  I toss and turn all night long...so uncomfortable and hot!!!
Best moment this week:  Brad and I attended a class at the hospital the other night called "Taking Care of You and Your Baby."  It was very informative and we learned a lot.  I feel much more prepared now!
Miss Anything?  Same as always...Being able to turn over while I'm sleeping, bending over, fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes, wine
Movement:  Yes, but she is running out of room to move!!!
Food cravings:   All I want is smoothies, ice cream, and juice
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No
Gender:  It's a GIRL...McKinley Kate 
Labor Signs:   No
Symptoms: Same as last week, but more extreme...braxton hicks contractions, leg cramps, sore/swollen ankles and feet, heartburn, peeing like crazy, light cramping, back ache, feeling lots of pressure down below...
Wedding rings on or off? On...but I didn't wear them to work the other day because my fingers did feel swollen.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Mostly happy
Looking forward to:  Finding out my progress tomorrow at our Doctor's appointment.  Last week I was 70% effaced and almost/just barely dilated.  
 

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