Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rylee Ann is here!!

Rylee Ann Zucchelli made her appearance on September 13th, 2010 at 7:42am weighing 6lbs 3oz and 18.5in long. She is healthy as can be and as cute as ever! I still can’t believe she is here and that John and I have a daughter, but I can’t picture our lives without her now. Every complaint during the pregnancy was totally worth it in the end. There is so much I could say I don’t even know where to begin, so I will start with going to the hospital. The csection was scheduled for 7:15am and we had to be at Methodist at 5:45am. It was definitely an early morning waking up at 4:30. I surprising slept decently. After arriving at the hospital, we were immediately escorted to my pre-op room and I put on the hospital gown. I was hooked up to an IV and then mostly waited for 7:15 to roll around. I actually walked to the OR with the help of the nurse. It was a little scary when we got to the room, pretty much like the movies. It was freezing, big lights above, nurses and my doctors scuffling around, and “the table.” Once I got there, my anesthesiologist got things going pretty quick (he was awesome through the whole thing since he was the one at my head letting me know everything was going good). I sat on the table, he administered my spinal block, and my body was numb from waist down in a matter of minutes. I thought the spinal block was going to be painful (they were inserting a needle into my spine!) but I actually only felt the poke of the first needle that administered a numbing agent so the big needle didn’t hurt (I won’t let John tell me how big the needle actually was!).

Once the procedure got started, Rylee was out in probably 5-10 mins and then it took another 30 mins or so to stitch me back up. I thought the procedure was going to be a lot worse than it was, but I think since Rylee came out so fast, I had something to preoccupy my mind. John and I immediately broke down the minute we heard her cry, it was an amazing moment. John did awesome through the whole thing holding my hand and making sure not to give me ANY details…that is until my doctor suddenly says, “Wow, look at her uterus.” She said it in an interesting way not in a scary way so I wasn’t alarmed, but apparently I have a deformed uterus. When my uterus was developing in my mom's belly, one half of it didn’t develop all the way, so I pretty much only have half a uterus-crazy that God still allowed us to have a healthy 6lb baby!

After the procedure was over, we went back to the pre-op room, I guess it then became the recovery room, for about an hour or so. Rylee got a shot of vitamin K and the start of her hepatitis B vaccine right away, and they tested her blood sugar levels. Her blood sugar was a little low, so they tried to get me to nurse, but she wouldn’t latch on (and I was still a little out of it AND still numb from about the waist down). She drank a little formula and that brought her sugar levels right up. Not too much later, we were then taken up to our regular room where we spent the next 3 days.

To make it quick, our hospital stay was as good as it could be. The hospital had more of a hotel feel and we loved our day and night nurses (minus my last day nurse). We had the same nurses the entire time which helped to feel more comfortable. I suppose I did get one male (and very gay) student nurse, but he wasn’t too bad. I am just not incredibly comfortable with a guy looking at my lady parts – however, he didn’t do much of that, mostly just took my temp and blood pressure. My last day nurse (which should have also been my last nurse) was a freakin idiot. She was super nice, but also super dingy. I think she was even pissing off the other nurses. And lucky us, she was also the one to discharge us. To make a long story short, my doctor came in at 8am Wednesday morning and said I could be discharged that evening. This stupid nurse had until 7pm (when her shift was over) to get us out of there. I’m pretty sure she waited until 6:55pm to get the discharge process started. We finally made it out of the hospital at about 9pm (Rylee had been patiently waiting in her car seat since about 7:30)!

Since leaving the hosptial, I have recovered surprising well. I had the csection on Monday morning, and on Friday, John and I went for a walk at Lake Zorinsky with Rylee and the dog. Rylee is a little jaundice, so I figured a little sunlight would be good for her. I think me staying active the whole pregnancy has helped in my recovery. My doctor said my muscles looked really good and that I should heal quickly. Yesterdy, I was even able to do a 2 mile walk and then I came home and pulled weeds! I can honeslty say I am not a bit sad I missed out on the normal birthing process. I had a worse experience (and definitely more painful experience) when I had my wisdome teeth pulled. So not that I am endorsing having a csection, but there will be no complaints from my end if my next child is born that way again!

Here’s a few pictures of miss Rylee when she was 7 days old (Kirsten Masker did an amazing job!):

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nursery Pictures

As of yesterday at our doctor's appointment, Rylee is still breech, so we are still set to meet her bright and early Monday morning!! The house is clean and ready to bring her home. John and I also thought we would make the most of this pregnancy, so we devised a plan before he went to work on Friday night that I would call and say I was going into labor. The plan worked! John got to leave early from work and we got to spend our last Friday night together. I finally opened my breast pump and sanatized all the parts. I would highly recommend getting the sanatizer bags that you pop in the microwave - way easier than boiling all the parts in water. You can also use the bags for bottles and pacifiers. Well, not much more "new" news, but here are some pictures of Rylee's room:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

3 more days of work!!

I think we are all set to bring this little one home. After a long Labor Day weekend, I was able to get everything checked off of my “to do” list. Friday night, I bought the rest of our needed registry items at babiesrus. We got a 15% off coupon to buy anything not bought off the registry, so that was saved us a little bit. Both of the car seat bases are installed in the cars. And lastly, I packed our hospital bags – Rylee and mine that is, John’s will probably get packed at 5am next Monday morning before we are headed to the hospital knowing him! This weekend I was also on the hunt for the baby head bands with the big flowers on them – which I finally found at this super cute store call the “Chick Market.” I am super excited to use them all! During my “hunt,” I started to also look at Halloween costumes – how could I not, they were so darn cute in infant sizes. We are going to have a little ladybug on our hands this Halloween. I ended up getting the costume at Target because it was the only place I could find one that I think is small enough. Target actually even had newborn sizes, but I bought the next size up since she better weigh more than 8lbs by Halloween. The last purchase of the weekend was a new camcorder. I am not much of a camera woman, so John will be in charge of this new toy. Oh, and I am quite proud of myself for getting her scrap book started. I got a few pages done last night, I just need to print off some pictures from the showers. Once those pages are done, it should be up-to-date (we’ll see how well that goes after Rylee gets here).

Note to all pregnant or soon-to-be pregnant women out there, it is probably not a good idea to go on a 3 mile walk when you are 38 plus weeks pregnant. John and I took Maggie for a walk at Lake Zorinsky and I thought I wouldn’t have a problem. I take Maggie for 2 mile walks by myself, it was pretty cool outside, and there were no hills. I honestly didn’t feel too bad, but my hands started to swell like crazy. By the time we got to the end, my fingers looked like fat sausages. They were actually so bad, I couldn’t even make a fist. They went down after we got home, but it was definitely a weird feeling. Thankfully I didn’t have my ring on, or my ring finger would probably have started to turn blue!

AND for the most exciting news (at least for me), I only have 3 more days of work…AND…John and I get to meet the newest member of our family in LESS THAN A WEEK!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One more thing

I almost forgot, but as of Monday, my wedding ring will no longer fit. I think I could force it on if I really wanted to, but Sunday night I had to break out the soap to get it off. I think if it were cooler and less humid, I might be okay, but because we aren't in the middle of December, I will have to live without my ring for a few days.

The waiting game…

We had another doctor’s appointment last Friday, and much to my surprise, I didn’t have to have my cervix checked since I will be having a csection! I was quite thrilled by this news. I guess there are a few perks to having a csection. I have now started counting down the days I have left of work – 4 ½ days in the office and 1 work at home day at this moment. The chances are slimming that I would have to use my standby driver at work who would have to drive me from Lincoln to Omaha in case something happened. After the last shower, I finally finished Rylee’s laundry, so her clothes are clean and ready for her. I need to finish packing Rylee’s bag and my bag for the hospital, as well as get the car seat ready to go this weekend, and we will be set for the 13th!! Because of the wonderful invention of facebook, there were several other ladies who were/are due around the same time as me, and I learned this morning that we had our first arrival. I am definitely blaming it on prego hormones, but I honestly almost started tearing up at work when I learned the news because it made me so excited to meet our little one and see what she looks like. John gives me an updated countdown every day, and it’s crazy how close we are to meeting her. I have a breastfeeding class on Thursday night, which I am not necessary looking forward to, but I am sure I will learn something! Only 12 more days – come on belly skin, I don’t have any stretch marks yet, so I would appreciate it if you didn’t make an appearance (my skin is just a little red on my hips when I get out of the shower - I assume some form of stretch marks but nothing dramatic)!!