Photos are up in the Gallery. Here are a couple from the last few days. I’m sure more will be up over the next week or so.
We’ve gotten settled in and are happy to be home. Thanks so much for all the support and prayers. Laura’s moving around pretty good, but is still a bit tired. Take a look at the picture of Haley when she was born beside Trey when he was born. Wow, any resemblance?
Okay, enough posting. I’m going to sit out on the deck with my family!
Welcome Home, Trey! We have been so blessed throughout this pregnancy. We prayed every day that Laura’s blood would be good, that Trey would develop just as he should and that everything in delivery would come out okay. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it shall be given to you…” We asked continuously and ALL of our prayers were answered.
We checked into Germantown Methodist at 8 p.m. on the 20th. They took Laura back and asked all the medical questions while I waited in the waiting room what seemed like forever. It nearly was forever! About 9:30 they let me go back. Laura was robed up and hanging out in the bed in the L&D room. About 10 her Cervidil Rx arrived. We quickly went to sleep. It had been a long day and we’d had a big “last meal” of Macaroni grill with my parents, my sister, Haley and Seth.
Of course, the nurses came in throughout the night, but we got some pretty good rest. Around 6 AM, they started giving Laura fluids through IV and began a VERY light dose of Potossin to start labor. Within a few hours, the anesthesiologist came in to start the epidural. Once that kicked in, they upped the Potossin.
About 1:10, a nurse came in to check Laura. She let everyone know that we were ready to start having this baby. We just needed to wait on the doctor. How exciting! Our doctor showed up about 15 minutes later. We sent the family out of the room. Laura had just the two of us and the doctors in the room for Haley. It gave US the special time. We really enjoyed it that way. With minimal effort (easy for me to say), Trey was out! 1:38 p.m. on the 21st was the ‘official’ time of birth. He was 21 inches long and weighed in at 8 lbs. 12 oz. (just one ounce more than Haley.)
It took about 20 minutes for the docs to clean Laura up and do all their tests on her to make sure she was okay. It only took about 10 minutes for them to clean up Trey, so I got to spend some special time with him. After the docs and nurses left, Laura and I spent about 15 minutes with just the three of us before we let any family back in. It was a really special time. My feelings when Trey were born were a little different than Haley. With Haley, I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. With Trey, it was much more “excitement”. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I already know what it is like to be a dad. Regardless, it is an awesome feeling to know we’ve added another member to our family.
Pictures will come later. We are hoping to get to go home today. Laura is doing VERY well and Trey is too. We’re going to have our “stork meal” at lunch. It’s a “fancy” steak dinner that the Hospital gives to all new parents. It was funny as we were letting them know what we wanted. Our options on done-ness were medium-well or well-done. I’m sure it is going to be delectable.
We are also anxious for Haley to meet Trey. She hasn’t been up here yet, but should be coming in this morning. She’s going to flip out!
Things we’re thankful for: safe pregnancy, safe delivery for mom and baby, wonderful family, fantastic friends, blankets of prayer that others laid over us, great recovery.
Things we’re praying for: strength to raise up Trey and Haley in a Godly and loving home, ability to do a good job disciplining and being compassionate, that Laura and I continue to focus on each other and not just on the children, the strength to back off and let our kids face some adversity so that they can grow stronger.
Well, we’re about to head to the Germantown Methodist to bring home a new addition to the family. Thanks for all who have been keeping us in their prayers. While we’re out, here are a few pictures from the weekend. The first one is from the Neighborhood party that we had in the park on Sunday. I like this one because the girls look like the Mod Squad walking towards us. The next two were early Sunday morning – Haley getting ready for a bath and a deer in the back yard.
The deck is done! Along with a boatload of other things on my list. If Trey doesn’t come before Wednesday night, we’ll be going in to get induced. Time is flying! over the past week, I’ve made 6 trips to Home Depot, stained a deck twice (which took time nearly every day), made cornice boards, hung cornice boards, scotch guarded furniture, mowed grass, fertilized, over seeded the yard, been to the gym 3 times, been to WalMart 3 times, ridden my bike, found out I have high cholesterol, changed my diet and ran electrical wiring for an outdoor spotlight. Of course, I did the normal duties as well (like working, church, etc.) I think when Trey gets here, I’ll actually have less to do. We’ll see!
Laura’s been buzzing around as well. She is the one that actually did the upholstery on the cornice boards. And, she’s been a cleaning machine! We’ve got someone coming to do the hard core cleaning on Monday. It will be nice to come home from the hospital to a clean house.
Wow, hasn’t this weather been awesome lately? We’ve been taking as much advantage of it as possible lately and spending time outdoors. I’ve taken Haley fishing a few times over the past week or so. We just go down by the pier across the street. She seems to enjoy walking there as much as fishing. She does like to touch the fish, though, when we catch them.
We’ve also been spending time at the park and I’ve managed to finally put one coat of stain/weatherproofing on the deck. It looks great, but needs another coat of stain. Maybe I’ll get to that this weekend. I’ve got a list about a mile long of things I’d like to do before Trey gets here. But there isn’t much time. If he doesn’t come before next Thursday, he’ll they’ll induce. So right now, we’re t-minus 9 days until we have a new addition.
Mother’s day went well. I made Laura a photo album of picutures of Haley, her and me over the past year or so. It turned out nice. We also had a tasty breakfast on Sunday morning and her parents came over for dinner on Sunday night. All in all, I think she enjoyed it. I hope she did. I have the most amazing wife ever. She is a wonderful mother and there is no doubt that God set me up with a blessing I didn’t deserve when he put us together.
Well, our ETA is May 19th now. Over the next few weeks, we’ll nail down a more solid date. We took some pregnancy pictures of the “belly” a while back, but Laura wanted some new ones since amazingly her belly has seemed to get even bigger. She’s gotten to the stage now that she is ready for Trey to be out. I feel for her. Our bed has got more pillows than you could imagine and Laura still can’t seem to get comfortable. We’re working on getting a house cleaning company to come out and do a “deep cleaning” on the house soon. That should take a little bit of the stress off.
Well, Haley Girl is almost a big sister. She’s probably got about three weeks to go. I sure hope she’s ready. I sure hope Laura and I are ready. We’ve got everything done that “needs” to be done, but of course, there are still a million things to do.
Luckily, Haley has picked up potty training in the past few weeks. We’re nearly accident free at this point. There are still times it would probably be easier to have her in diapers, but in the long run, I think we’re going to be happy she’s potty trained before Trey arrives.
We’ve got Soul Mate Live tonight at church. I’m going to be in it again. This time as James Bond. I’m wondering if my dashing good looks helped them to type cast me for this role. Doubtful.
We also finished the deck about two weeks ago, but a combination of practice for SML and travel for work has kept us off of it. It is a shame since the weather has been fantastic. I’ll try to get some pictures of the deck posted soon, but until then, this photo of Haley on the deck will have to suffice.