Friday, October 31, 2008

Ward Party

On Tuesday we went to the ward Halloween party. I had originally wanted to make a halloween costume for Afton but have had way too much going on to make or even plan one so we opted to just stick her in this cute onesie her Nanna sent her. Logan made some killer chili with bacon for the ward party. He was pretty happy that a lot of people ate it. Most of it was gone by the end of the night. It was a simple and fun night out together.

After the party just relaxing with dad.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Date Night

Logan had planned a date night for us to go on before Afton arrived. It was going to be our last big night out together. It was planned for Monday the 13th of October (since that was a night that Logan had work off) but we never made it. As you know she was 3 weeks early and came on the 11th... so we had to take a rain check on that date of ours. This weekend we finally got the chance to go on our date. Logan didn't have to work Friday night so we took ourselves out. I love going out with Logan and wish he didn't have to work at all! Of course we took Afton with us since she kinda need me to eat, but it was alot of fun having her with us. We went to Old Town, San Diego and went on a tour of this real haunted house. I was not spooked at all and it's pretty easy to scare me. Then we toured around Old Town and got some candy at the candy shop: Salt water taffy, fudge for Logan, and hard stick candies. It was huge brick of fudge and I think Logan wiped it out in a day! There were all these people walking around with their faces painted like skeletons and old ragged clothes on. It was fun and put us in the mood for Halloween. Then we went to Black Angus for dinner. Of course we had a coupon, a four course meal for two people for 30 bucks. It was a lot of food! We ended up eating the left overs today for lunch and I had the left over appetizers yesterday for lunch. Not bad! The down part was that right as we were about to eat Afton decided she wanted to eat... the little stinker. But no biggie, it was all a lot of fun. I hope we get more opportunities to go out together.

Wrapped in her Halloween blanket Debbie Rowley made for her. So cute!

Infront of one of the buildings there is an old scale. Logan thought I should give it a try and found out just how much I weigh now. I haven't weighed myself since before she was born. We don't have a scale. So the results are in...10 pounds heavier than I was before I got pregnant and diggin the curves.

Afton at 2 weeks

She's rocked our world in these last two weeks...... and our house! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Afton at 1 week old

Here she is one week old. The week went by way to fast! I'm a little scared for how fast all the following weeks are going to go by. Before I know it she'll be a year old! Yikes!

Every where we go people tell us how "cute he is", and "he's so adorable". I really need to make HER some headbands! This is the only one she has but I have supplies to make more, just haven't done it yet.

Deep sleep thinker. I know, she looks nothing like me. She's all Logan which makes me think she's even cuter!

The Nicu

At 4 days old we went to the pediatrician for a check-up and he said Afton still looked really jaundice. We were sent to the hospital to have her blood tested once again. We went home and started relaxing when we got a call from the doctor saying Afton needed to be re-admitted to the hospital. Her jaundice level was a 21. In the upper 20's is where organ damage starts to happen. :( So we took her back to the hospital. :( The Nicu was the worst experience in the world! It was the only time during this whole event that I have come a little close to crying. I'm not much of a crier but I came very close to losing it. The day staff was great but the night staff was horrible! I won't go into details about it all but I ended up having to stay all night to feed Afton. Our day nurse and lactation specialist really really felt that she needed to be breast fed but the night nurse didn't want us to because it was extra work for her. They gave us a chair to sit in the whole time we were there but then told us that we could not fall asleep sitting in the chair... we had to stay awake the whole time. Let me remind you I had just given birth 4 days ago and was really tired, my bottom area was sore, and I had stitches down there.... sitting in a chair and not being allowed to even close my eyes was just mean! It was also horrible to not be able to hold her once again. Poor girl! Logan and I both swear that the nurse was doing everything she could to make our lives miserable. Most of the nurses were great but of course we got assigned the one that had apparently had a really bad day. We are glad that whole experience is over! We were able to take her home the next day and luckily my mom was there to watch her while we slept a few hours to catch up on our zzzz's.

At the Dr's appointment.

They told us to get her undressed so they could weigh her. The second we took off her diaper she pooped and peed all over the scale. haha. Logan got to clean that mess up. :)

Getting baked

She loved how warm the lights were. You can tell how relaxed she is in this picture.

Logans really tired in this pic. It was a very long night!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Reader Discretion is Advised!

Well everyone keeps asking how the whole labor process went. I was told by my nurse to not tell people my labor story because women get labor envy. haha. But here it is! So at 9:10 p.m. on Friday night I was laying down watching t.v. when all of a sudden it felt like a balloon popped inside of me. I sat up and thought to myself... I hope my water didn't just break. I got up went to the bathroom but didn't get that whole gush of water thing so I was a little confused. I sent Logan a text telling him I thought it might of broke but I wasn't sure(he was at work) and that I would let him know when I figured it out. I called my mom to see what she thought and right when I called her the "gush" came! Luckily I was in the bathroom when it happened! So then I called Logan and told him it did break but to not come home early since it would still be hours until I needed to go to the hospital. He decided to come home anyway and I am so glad he did! By the time he got home I was having contractions 3 minutes apart. I hadn't finished packing my hospital bag since I thought for sure I would have hours to do that. We grabbed everything and headed to the hospital. We got there at about 10:10 and they got me all checked in. Probably around 10:40 they checked my cervix and I was still just dialated to a 2... which is what I had been for a couple of days. About 30 minutes later I started to really, really feel pain. My contractions were about 1-2 minutes apart and very strong. I was still in triage and told them that I thought I should be checked again. They said that they would check in another 30-45 minutes but I insisted they check because I was having really hard contractions. They checked and were shocked to find that I was now a 5. In thrity minutes I had dialated 3 cm. No wonder I felt like my insides were being ripped to shreds! So then they hurried and called up stairs to tell them I needed to get a room in Labor and Delivery. I was wheeled up and put in a room. This all took about 30 minutes... but seemed like hours!I was really really in pain now! My L&D nurse told me she would check me in 40 mins. I waited a while and told her I wanted to be checked so she did and of course I was an 8. She called my dr. and told her that she needed to come right away and then called the anesthesiologist to come. He showed up a couple of minutes later and was outside my room when he was called to an emergency c-section! I about died... I felt like they were trying to torture me. The next little while before he came back seemed so long! Every contraction was so hard and so close together. I felt like there were no breaks inbetween contractions to relax a little. I couldn't keep my eyes open and Logan says I was just not the same person and had checked out. I also started to get worried that I was to far along for them to give me one. Luckily when he came back he said he still would. It was hard staying still while he put it with all the contractions going on but it was worth it! It made the whole last part of the labor enjoyable for me, Logan, and the nurse. The epidural was a great one, I could still feel a little pain and pressure and could feel my contractions and had full movement of my legs. After a little while I told the nurse that I felt alot of pressure like the baby was right there. She checked and of course she was really low and I was fully dialated but I had to hold off and wait for the my doctor to show up. I pushed a couple of times with the nurse and got to the point where the head was visable. The doctor showed up and I told her I didn't want an episiotomy. I pushed about twenty times and she told me that I needed a small cut. Because my labor went so fast my birth canal and etc hadn't had time to stretch out. She told me that I could have had the baby already and that if she even made a really small cut the baby would come out right away. I gave her the ok and Afton came out on the next push!I forgot to mention that the whole time I was pushing I felt really sick. Right after I was done I threw up five times in a row and I mean projectile vomit. Logan says that I got some on the doctor! Oops. I felt great after that. So from start to finish my labor took a little over 4 hours and I pushed about 20 minutes! I was sad that my mom missed it. She left right away when my water broke but since it's a 5 hour drive from Fresno, she got there an hour after Afton was born. :( But she claims she would rather miss it and for me to have a quick labor than to have made it and for my labor to have taken a long time. I was also sad that Afton was early because she was small. Had she gone full term she would have been in the upper 7lbs but the doctor told me that with how fast my labor went I would of had to have a c-section because I my body didn't have time to stretch out and make room for her to come out. There is no way I could have pushed out an upper 7lb baby but at 6lbs 1 oz she was small enough for me to do it on my own. So there it is... my labor story. There are lots of pictures!

Finally have the epidural and I am really happy now! :)

Telling them I feel like I'm going to throw up!

Mom arriving an hour after Afton was born

Holding the new baby. We actually didn't name her until right before we were about to leave. It was so hard to pick one!

Both of us finally getting some sleep!

Just can't hold her enough

Afton was awake alot the first day

Chubby Cheeks!

Getting her hearing checked

Because she had jaundice they had us feed her formula with the colostrum to try and flush it all out. Formula made her spit up more than normal.

Logan was teasing my mom in this picture. He took one picture of us and Aftons eyes were open but my moms were closed so he was making fun of the fact that the baby could keep her eyes open but grandma couldn't. ;)

My brother John and the baby

Me and Afton

My other brother Mike and the baby. Two of my brothers, my sister, and my dad came down Sunday morning to meet Afton.

Grandpa and Afton

We had alot of help changing diapers those first couple of days!

Afton had jaundice so she had to lay on the billi-bed for 24 hours. We could only take her off for 30 minutes every three hours. It was hard to have a new baby and not be able to hold her, especially when she was crying.

Dad sleeping on the job!

Skinny girl

Going home!

John made this fun sign for us... we're finally home!

Afton Gwen Henderson

Our little girl was born October 11th at 1:38 a.m. She was 3 weeks early.. I guess the doctor knows a little more than me! :) She didn't make it to the 38 week mark like I was hoping but still came out a healthy girl. It was actually a really big blessing that she was early as I will explain in the next post. At the hospital they measured her as being 18 and 3/4 inches long but at her doctors appointment at 4 days old they said she was 19 and 1/2. So we'll just say somewhere inbetween there. :) We took her home at 5lbs 12 oz. She was still that weight at her 4 day old dr. appointment but at 5 days old she had started gaining weight. We're so excited to have her here with us! Thanks to Logan for keeping everyone updated in that last post. I just wasn't in a blogging mood!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The BABY!!!!

Born October 11 2008 1:38am. 6 lbs 1 oz. 18 3/4 inches. Mom and baby are doing great and are going home Monday Oct 13.