Archive for April, 2010

16th April
2010
written by bob

Well, we made it! Katherine and I are now home from the hospital after witnessing, firsthand, the birth of our daughter. What an amazing experience! I can’t think of anything else in my life that can compare to this…just unbelievable! Anyone who already has kids will relate to what I’m going to say next. There is no better feeling in the world and see your first-born child and experiencing that with your wife.

Fortunately for us (Katherine more than I), labor was relatively quick in the grand scheme of things. We arrived at the hospital at 10pm Wednesday evening and by 10am the next day the doctor broke Katherine’s water. I had a little bit of time and decided to run down to the cafeteria to grab a quick bite to eat since I hadn’t had anything thus far that morning. No sooner had I returned from grabbing a takeout salad from the hospital cafe and Katherine was having some serious labor contractions.

Guilliana & Mommy

Guilliana & Mommy

I quickly set my food aside and asked the nurses where I could help out. At this point, the contractions were so strong that Katherine had ordered her epidural however they told her that she would have to ingest a full bag of saline ingested via IV. While we waited for the IV saline bag to empty, Katherine had a number of contractions; all with increased intensity and pain.

I really felt bad that this point. I hate seeing my wife in pain and always want to trade places with her in such instances especially when it comes to needles. I’m not a fan of needles and Katherine absolutely fears them for good reason. Usually when she has to have her blood drawn the technician, more often than not, has to stick her 2-4 times due to her small, squiggly veins before they actually are successful. I stood behind Katherine and attempted to help alleviate the some of her labor pain on a pressure point that the nurse showed me. Unfortunately, some times I wasn’t pressing hard enough. The hard part was that I saw her in pain and was a bit unsure of exactly how much force to apply. She continued to breath through the labor pains and as she completed each one her legs would shake involuntarily. At this point, I was afraid of Katherine’s legs giving out at the end of a contraction.

After 25 minutes the saline bag has finally drained and we can have the anaestetician to come do perform the epidural. It was another 15 minutes before the anaestetician showed up and a few more painful contractions occurred in that time. As the doctor placed the epidural needle I helped Katherine through a few more contractions. Once completed Katherine was allowed to sit back in bed and let the drug take its affect. Almost instantly she noticed the intensity of her contractions to be less that the previous ones. This made me feel somewhat at ease knowing that the pain was, at least, slightly “curbed” for my incredible wife! Shortly thereafter and a couple of exam checks our nurse, Grace, informed us that Katherine was pretty much fully dilated and it was time to push. No time for a catheter now as things progressed very fast.

The clock was closing in on 12pm, Thursday, April 8 and our OB doctor (Dr. Szmuc) had come in to check on us and re-assured that things were right on schedule and progressing perfectly. As contractions came Katherine pushed as instructed and a student nurse and myself assisted Katherine’s numb legs in the labor process. At around 1:30pm Dr. Szmuc came back in to check on us and inform us that he would be staying to deliver our daughter instead of heading back to his office for the afternoon. We were very thankful for that since he is whom we both wanted to deliver the baby. All the while, Katherine had been pushing for each contraction that she was having and making great progress. The baby was so close to coming out, or so I thought.

Sleeping Guilliana

Sleeping Guilliana

I kept reassuring Katherine, who was doing an incredible job, that the baby was sooooo close. Twenty minutes later the doctor was suiting up and getting ready to deliver our baby. As this point the baby was so close she was starting to crown and I could see her full head of black hair! Once ready Dr. Szmuc sat down in position to help Katherine deliver the baby. From this point forward, Katherine literally only had to push 4 more times and Baby Guilliana arrived into our world at 2:17pm. What a relatively quick labor…about 3.5 – 4 hrs in total! Both Katherine and I were very appreciative for this.

Again, seeing my daughter born into the world was the most amazing feeling I had ever experienced. I thought I had experienced it all when I married the love of my life at the top of Aspen Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. Don’t get me wrong, the feeling of watching your wife walk down the aisle to you at 12,000 ft was incredible and one I will never forget. However, seeing the birth of Guilliana I have to say it was truly amazing!

We welcomed our daughter Guilliana at 2:17pm on April 8 weighing 6 lbs 1 oz and measuring 19.5 inches long. We love you and are so thankful for your safe arrival!

7th April
2010
written by katherine

In less than 4 hours we will be heading to the hospital at Banner Desert to be induced. I’m a little nervous, but I think that we are ready! All of our friends and family have been so great and so supportive! I talked to Holly for nearly an hour today talking about what my expectations are for the whole labor and delivery. I do kind of wish that she was here with me to experience this with me.

Bob came home last night and painted the wall around the laundry room and put the final trim up. Other than one piece of bottom trim being a bit too short it is all done. He also vacuumed for me, which I really appreciated. There is still an hour or so of work to get it completely “done”, but I finally feel good about it!

This is it…I can’t believe it after all this time it is finally happening, there is no turning back now! The next time I write something, I will be a new mommy and probably exhausted! I’m already happy and amazed…the next chapter starts tomorrow!

7th April
2010
written by bob

For the first time in my life I have actually experienced an earthquake. Mind you it was the tremors of an earthquake since the epicenter was 500+ miles away but the fact that the house and contents were shaking was enough. The experience was pretty cool yet very alarming at the same time!

I was just sitting down on the couch to video conference with my family back in Canada and wish them ‘Happy Easter’. As our Skype call connected I yelled for Katherine to come out to the living room as my family sat patiently watching me. At first I thought the cats were fighting under the couch but quickly realized that is impossible since they can’t fit under it. I looked up and noticed the TV and the DVD rack was swaying a large amount. My thought then turned to “I think we are experiencing an earthquake”. Strange to think that though since Arizona doesn’t experience that kind of thing. The worst bit of weather that we see here is August monsoons which are usually pretty mild. As things shook, I could only wonder if the movements were going to get stronger (worse). After a couple of minutes the shaking was over.

I resumed my Skype call with my family while checking my Twitter messages. Sure enough, people in southern California were tweeting they felt a ‘strong’ earthquake. Not soon after, most media outlets began to report a 6.9-7.2 magnitude earthquake in northern Mexico about 100 miles south of Tijuana. While living in Vancouver, BC there were the tremors of 3 earthquakes felt although I personally never felt any of them; 2 of which I believe were during the night and I sleep like a log. Not much wakes me up – just ask Katherine! :)

Thus, it was an experience that had eluded me until this past Sunday…and if this is the only earthquake I experience for the rest of my life, it will be just fine with me.

5th April
2010
written by katherine

Today was our “last” OB checkup for Number One baby! I am 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced, which is GREAT progress and bodes well for a much faster than normal labor! Dr. Szmuc said that most first-time moms are in labor between 15-18 hours but mine would likely go much faster since I was dilating so well already.

Funny thing…I haven’t gained any weight in 3 weeks…still at 184.5, which I’m ok with! I also still don’t have any stretch marks on my belly, unbelievable! Also, there is still a little bit of a belly button there, made it through the entire pregnancy and gaining nearly 40 pounds.

So, Bob and I had talked over the weekend about possibly getting induced and we discussed with the Dr. about the pros and cons. I was happy that I was making progress and the only downside was skipping over early labor by getting the Petosin to start the contractions. I really didn’t see that as a down side, especially considering that I was planning on getting an epidural…I don’t think I’m missing out on much by skipping “early labor”! I am also really positive and feel really good knowing that my Dr, the one I have had for 11 years and who has taken me through this pregnancy and the trials we had getting pregnant, is going to be the one to take care of me and deliver my baby. That more than anything I think sealed the decision for me, and having a plan knowing exactly when everything is going to happen really makes me so much more comfortable.

4th April
2010
written by katherine

Holly just got some really old pictures from an old friend of my Dad’s that he used to go hunting with in Northern Minnesota. The first time I ever went deer hunting was up in Outing, MN with my Dad and all his guy friends and their sons. I was 12 and it was freezing! The other pics I’m not sure when they were taken, but I have a feeling it was when we were pretty young.

Hunting with Dad - 1985

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Hunting with Dad 1985-just me

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Hunting with Dad 1985

DadBoatMN

Dad Cruising in a Boat, Northern MN

DadCamping

Dad Camping Northern MN

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Dad Camping in Northern MN

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