Friday, October 7, 2011

Welcome, Grayson Timothy Gillispie!

Well this past weekend has been a crazy one for SURE. Grayson decided it was his time to come on out. I definitely was not expecting him this early, I mean, his room isn't even finished. I guess I will go ahead and tell you how my weekend went and about his birth. I will go ahead and put out a disclaimer because, I type like I talk and I spare no details. So, if you don't like gory details....go ahead and click the X at the top cause this blog is not for you.

We'll just start on Saturday (10-01-11) cause that's when the fun stuff happens.

I had stayed in Stillwater on Friday night with the Johnson crew. Hailey (Drew's little sister) had the state cheerleading competition in Stillwater on Saturday, so I thought I would go down a night early and hang out with Dusti just so I didn't have to wake up on Saturday and drive there. Plus, I figured that would be the last time I could do that before Grayson arrives...cause once he gets here, it is going to be rather difficult to just pack up and go stay the night with people. With Cadyn it works out great because him and Jayci play so good together.

So, on Saturday we went to the cheerleading competition. I was feeling very pregnant this day because of having to do so much walking...walking from the car to Gallagher- Iba and walking up and down the steps in the arena was a chore. While we were there I was talking to my aunts about how "I forget that Grayson could really come at any time, but I really don't expect him to come any earlier than the 24th (when we had the csection scheduled), plus, I'm not ready yet so he CAN'T come any earlier." After the competition, Cadyn and I headed back to Tulsa. We had Trey and Amanda's wedding shower that night and I still needed to go get them a gift. Cadyn and I spent all day shopping and running errands. I was feeling pretty good, not really any different than normal.

The shower started at 7 and we arrived at the house a few minutes early so I decided to just wait in the car until a few more people showed up. While I am sitting there, I felt a small pop and a small gush down below. At first I thought, I think I just lost my plug. I tried to determine what it was, but I couldn't really tell. About that time, Dusti and CJ pulled up (THANK YOU, BABY JESUS). As I got out of my car, fluid started pouring. I yelled at Dusti "WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM! Either I just peed myself, or my water just broke." I really wasn't sure. Dusti was in shock. She tried to help calm me down cause by this time I was just slightly freaking out. We decided to just go inside, try to pretend like nothing had happened and change clothes (good thing I had stayed the night with her the night before, so I had extra clothes in the car). She told me that I would know in like 15 minutes whether or not it was my water, because of painful contractions. I went inside, changed my clothes and when I did, I noticed a little bit of blood in my underwear (gross I know), but this was a little more of an indication that it most likely was my water. I went out and told Dusti, and she said "let's call your dr and see what he wants to do". So I called and luckily, my dr, Dr. Nilson, was the one on call that night. I had to wait a little bit for him to call me back. While, I'm waiting I went out and was talking to people, trying to act as normal as possible, but while I'm talking, more fluid is coming out and I'm soaking my other pair of pants. All the while, I am trying to get in touch with Drew who is in Arkansas working. I tried to call him and when I hung up, I had a voicemail from Dr. Nilson! I guess while I was calling Drew, Dr. Nilson was calling me, so my phone didn't even ring. He sounded very irritated in his message. "This is the 6th time this weekend that this has happened. I'll call you back". My bad. I immediately called the hospital and luckily he called me back immediately and I explained to him what happened. He told me that indeed, it does sound like my water and that I needed to go in and at least be checked out. How could this be!? My husband is out of town and I can't get in touch with him, this CAN'T be happening now!

We went in and told Trey and Amanda that we would be leaving because my water just broke and that we would keep them updated. Dusti and CJ were so great, don't know what I would have done without them there. Dusti drove me & Cadyn, while CJ drove their car. She dropped me off at the emergency room and I went in and they directed me toward labor and delivery (she asked if I wanted a wheelchair, but I was too distraught and just wanted to walk). I went up to get admitted and while they were adding my info into the computer, Drew finally called. It was 8pm by this point and he said he would get there as quickly as he could...mind you he is 4 hours away, on the job. I told him I would try to get them to wait. Since I was having a repeat c-section, I don't really see why we couldn't wait until after midnight to do this.

Within just a few minutes, I was in a room. They just looked at my pants and said "ummm you don't need to be checked if that's your water....that's definitely your water." I sent a mass text to let people know it was time and to get to the hospital. I explained to my nurse that Drew was working out of state and if we could wait until he got there, that would be great. She left the room for a while and came back and said "9:30, Dr. Nilson doesn't want to wait any longer" was 9, by this time...that meant I had 30 minutes! I started bawling! I NEEDED my husband there! I sent Drew a text to let him know that he wasn't going to make it. He immediately called me and calmed me down. He was upset, but we are firm believers in "everything happens in God's perfect timing" so somehow I came to terms with the fact that he was going to miss it. The nurse came back in and told me that Dr. Nilson didn't realize that Drew wasn't there and was actually willing to wait, but they had already ordered the anesthesia so it had to happen then.

They told me to choose someone to go back to the Operating Room with me, at the time Dusti and Cj were the only ones that were at the hospital, but I knew Dusti would be amazing back there. I told the nurse that if my mom got there soon, then her, but if not, then Dusti would be my "baby daddy" for the night. She went and got Dusti and got Dusti her scrubs and soon it was time to go back and meet Grayson. They had warned me that they would be taking him to the NICU after birth because he was born before 36 weeks. It's a hospital policy. I was literally 35 weeks and 6 was almost 10pm by this point and so I was only 2 hours away from being 36 weeks lol.

Once we got to the OR, I got my spinal block (ouch) and got me prepped for surgery. They brought Dusti in and we were ready to go. This experience was just so different than when I had Cadyn. This was just so pleasant and fun (would have been more fun had my husband been there), Dr. Nilson is hilarious and had me laughing the whole time. The anesthesiologist was also great, he explained every little detail of what they were doing as they were getting Grayson out. In no time, I heard that little cry. What an awesome sound! They didn't show him to me right away, but I did get a glimpse of how tiny he was. They quickly whisked him off to check and make sure that everything was ok with him. They went ahead and took Dusti so she could be in there while they were getting him cleaned up. Not too much later they brought him in to show me. He looked SO PERFECT...just tiny! They said that every thing looked great so far with him, but the reason he came today was that his umbilical cord was in a knot!
If he would have stayed in there any longer there could have been MAJOR issues.

About that time Dr. Nilson says "Alright, we are going in for baby #2" lol....WHAT!? He's such a goof. He got me all stitched up and they rolled me back to my room, where a small army had taken over. I had so many friends and family there! I am so loved :)

Grayson Timothy Gillispie was born on 10-01-11, at 10:11pm, 5 lbs 11 ozs, 18 inches long at 35 weeks and 6 days gestation. Drew finally arrived to the hospital at about 12:15 am. He was able to go down to the NICU and visit him. He said he was doing great and they just wanted to keep him over night to monitor him. It was 10:30am the next morning before I was able to hold Grayson, but what an amazing experience. He was just so tiny and perfect....spitting image of his big brother :)

This csection recovery has been SO MUCH BETTER than it was with Cadyn. 2 days post pardum is about where I was 2 weeks post pardum with Cadyn. I was scared about it, but it has gone great. Besides my husband not making it to the hospital, this has a been a dream delivery and post delivery. I couldn't have asked for anything better.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Over It!

We're getting closer and closer to Grayson's big day....countdown 25 days! I am so unprepared it's not even funny. I don't know what I will do if he decides to come early. Hopefully when Drew gets home next Tuesday we can get a lot of stuff done.

I finally got a dresser for his room, but it still needs to be sanded down and painted and new hardware added to it. I also got the toy box from my parents house which was used by me and both of my sisters when we were little, but it also needs to be painted and new hardware...I don't know how many times that thing's lid came down and busted me in the head, so I want to secure it a little better for my babies. The closet still needs to even be painted in that room...I was trying to go through his clothes, but that is kind of pointless right now because I can't even hang them up in his room. I was wanting to cover the car seat to match the new stroller (which we don't have yet either), but it looks as if that's really not gonna happen, being that I can't sew and can't find any premade that I like. We still need to get the name I made for the room hung up everything else that needs to go on the walls as well... Basically the nursery is NO WHERE near done! We even still need to buy Cadyn's toddler bed just so we can finally put the crib in Grayson's room. With Drew being gone every other week it makes it really difficult because I can't physically do most of these things without him...which gives me 2 full weeks left of him being home to get things ready. I sure hope we can do it.

It still blows my mind that there is about to be a newborn in the house. I'm really curious to see how Cadyn is going to react. I know he eventually will be an awesome big brother, but he is just so young right now, he doesn't understand that his life is also about to change. Although, he has been a little bit clingy lately so maybe he understands more than I realize. We talk about how there is a baby/or "bubba" in mommy's tummy, but when asked where bubba is he either will pat my belly or his obviously he doesn't quite get it lol. He's very smart and is a little sponge, but 18 months is a little early to comprehend that there is a baby living in mommy's tummy and it is about to come out and turn your world upside down.

I am about getting to the point of not wanting to go into public anymore while pregnant. I can't go anywhere without people asking if I'm having twins or people telling me that this baby is going to be huge. It gets SOOOOO old haha. I try to have a good sense of humor about it, but when you hear the same things over and over and over again, it gets really annoying. Last appt. Grayson was weighing about 6 lbs....they gain about .5 a lb a week, which will put him at just under 8 lbs. Dr said that he probably will be a little bigger than Cadyn (7lbs 9 ozs), but most likely not over 8....which makes him an average size baby. So, when people tell me that it looks like the baby is going to be huge, it just means they are telling me that I'M huge....not a nice thing to hear. It doesn't help when you go to a restaurant and the host sits you in a booth that you can barely squeeze in to. By the end of dinner, I was miserably uncomfortable....time to start requesting tables.

Well, I think that might be enough complaining for now...I know that there is a lot more of that to be done in the next 3 weeks so I'll save some for later. Hope everyone is well!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's Been a While

It has been quite a while since I last updated on here. It just so happens that being a mommy takes a lot of time. I am going to try and be better about updating, because I love looking back to what was going on and what I was thinking in the past. Also, what's a better way to keep a timeline of my children's lives than keeping a blog about them?

A lot has happened in the past year or so. We moved back home to Oklahoma in July of 2010. We lived with my parents until November (2010) and then lived with Drew's parents until March (2011). We had a house built out in Henryetta on 10 acres and until that was finished, we were nomads. We are finally all settled here and I LOVE it! We live off of the beaten path and out in the boonies and I wouldn't have it any other way. I can't wait until the boys are bigger and we can go "exploring" out on our land :)

In January, we found that we are EXPECTING again. It was exciting, but scary at the same time. Knowing that our little ones would be so close together (19 months) was a scary thought! The more I talked to people about it, who had children who were close in age, made the thought a little less scary. Everyone has told me that it's great and actually easier than spreading them apart. So, here I am almost 33 weeks pregnant and couldn't be more excited to meet our newest family member, Grayson Timothy Gillispie. 2 boys....I am SO outnumbered here :)

We still have quite a bit to do before he gets here. His room is NOWHERE near finished. The plan is to go buy the paint for his room this week. Luckily, we only have to paint one wall, the accent wall. When we first moved into the house I knew I was pregnant, but didn't know what I was having so we painted the whole room a neutral color and decided when it came time we would just paint one wall. Cadyn's room is done the same way....3 walls neutral and one wall a light blue. We are painting that wall in Grayson's room a mix between a royal blue and a navy blue....hopefully it turns out looking nice. The only thing we have for his room right now is the bed and bedding, but Cadyn is still currently sleeping in the crib so we still need to buy Cadyn his new big boy bed before setting up the crib in Grayson's room. Hopefully, that will be an easy transition. Cadyn is a very easy going little boy and hasn't had any problems when it comes to transitions. He thinks he is bigger than he is, so he will probably be SO PROUD when he gets his big boy's to hoping :) Here are the letters I have been working on for Grayson's room...

Cadyn is currently 17 months old and just an AMAZING little human being. He amazes me everyday. He is EXTREMELY smart and very advanced for his age. He has a vocabulary of over 100 words and can name most of the animals and tell you what sounds they make (which is hilarious), he knows all of his body parts & just learned yesterday how to count to 3 :) He makes me VERY proud. He's a very independent little guy, he loves nothing better than to just go in his room and play. He loves building things with his legos (which makes his daddy very proud....Drew has an obsession with legos himself lol), he loves reading books, & putting puzzles together. It's so neat to just watch him can see the little wheels turning in his head when he discovers something new. I really can't wait to see how Cadyn is going to interact with Grayson, but one thing is for sure...he is going to be an awesome big brother.

This pregnancy has, so far, been a breeze. I am one of only 25% of women who do not get morning sickness in the first trimester....what a blessing! I had to get a new dr this go around since we moved, which was kinda stinky, because I looooved my dr I had with Cadyn. I chose Dr. Nilson because I had heard such great things about him from SEVERAL people. He has made this pregnancy fun...he's a trip. Not only has the pregnancy been easy, but it has also gone by SO FAST. I cannot believe that I am already almost 33 weeks. I guess when you are chasing a toddler around all day, you don't really have time to sit and just wait. It seemed like I was pregnant forever with Cadyn. The date for my csection has already been scheduled so I won't even have to sit around and wait and wonder when he will be here. Grayson will make his debut on October 24, 2011 and we will start around 7am. He is going to share a birthday with his Aunt Ashley :) I'm really thinking that time needs to slow down just a wee bit though, I don't know if I am quite ready to have a newborn around again.....guess I better get that way!