Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Our family is so blessed! From the moment I was put on bed rest our family and friends have taken such good care of us! Jon and I want to thank everyone who helped out before and after Aubree's arrival!

Thank you to EVERYONE who provided meals for us while I was on bedrest and after we got home. Van Alstyne Elementary, Van Alstyne Middle School, and our wonderful families...we couldn't have done it without you. It was so wonderful to be able to completely focus on Aubree and not worry about what we were going to eat. We are so blessed to work for such a wonderful district that took care of us for almost three weeks! Wow!

To my parents...Thank you dad for helping Jon put countless baby items together while I bossed from the couch :) Mom, I don't know what I would do without you! Thank you for doing our laundry, dishes, cleaning, helping with Aubree, and everything else you did and continue to do for us! You are a life saver! Most of all, thank you for being there when I needed to talk or ask questions about this crazy and wonderful new job!

To Jon's parents....Thank you for cleaning our house top to bottom before we headed to the hospital. Granddaddy, thank you for "being the trailboss." Bena, thank you for coming and spending the week with us and helping with the chores as well as with Aubree. You helped keep us afloat while we transitioned into our new roles! We are forever grateful to have such wonderful parents like you!

And to the rest of of family and friends who have called, visited, offered a helping hand, and emailed...Thank you for everything you do and continue to do for our family. We are extremely blessed to have each and every one of you in our lives. Most importantly, thank you for all who prayed for our family during our pregnancy, during our long delivery, and everyday after. We feel your support and we are forever thankful. We love each and every one of you!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Aubree's Arrival!

We have been busy around here the last few weeks adjusting to life with our new baby girl. Jon and I couldn't be more thrilled to be parents. We are in awe of this precious little girl. She is such a miracle and a true blessing and gift from God! We are so lucky to be her parents.

And now for the story of Aubree's journey into the world! Sunday, March 21, 2010, Jon and I headed to the hospital around 5 pm to begin my induction. We were both very excited and anxious to get everything started! Dr. Oliviera came by after we got there and confirmed that I had still not dilated. Boo! From there, they gave me cervadil to hopefully begin the process and then we were told to try and get some rest. Ha, yea right! After a sleepless night, Dr. Oliviera came back in the morning to check my progress....still nothing! They started pitocin around 7 am in hopes that this would speed things along. After starting the medicine, I began feeling a ton of pressure, but I told Jon that it almost felt like my contractions had stopped. A little while later a nurse came in and told me she had to adjust my contraction monitor because she wasn't picking any contraction up. Sure enough, the medicine that was suppose to speed things along, in fact stopped what little contractions I was having. Later that afternoon I got my epidural because although I wasn't having painful contractions, I was having horrible pressure/pain in my lower back. Plus, I had a feeling that a C-Section was in my future so I figured I would get the epidural over with and get some relief. The epidural made me extremely nauseous so I spent the next few hours holding a nice little container next to my head. Jon was wonderful throughout my "labor." He rubbed my back, tried to keep me entertained, and provided constant encouragement! Dr. Oliviera checked me again around 4 and still NOTHING! We were now almost 24 hours in and since I was getting pitocin I couldn't get up or eat/drink anything. She said that at that point our best option was probably a C-Section. By this time I was good to go with that decision. The nurse came in an hour or so later and Jon and I thought she was there to get us ready to go....not exactly! She informed us that there was not one, not two, but THREE C-Sections before mine and they were considered more at risk so I would have to wait even longer. By this point we just wanted to meet our sweet little girl! Finally, around 9:30 they wheeled me down while Jon dressed in the lovely scrubs. The C-Section went great and Aubree was born, kicking and screaming, at 9:54 pm, weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces and measuring 18.5 inches long. Almost 30 HOURS after my induction began. As soon as I saw her sweet little face it was all worth it! Dr. Oliviera discovered that the bone behind my cervix is inverted which is what kept me from dilating. She said little Aubree would not have fit through even if she tried. Funny how God has a plan even when we don't know what it is.

After a LONG couple of days, Jon and I were so happy to welcome Aubree Mae into the world. Jon got to hold her first and they just kept staring at each other. It was so fun to watch the two of them bond immediately. She was very alert! After they closed me up, I finally got to hold my baby girl while I was wheeled to recovery. Our family was able to come back a few at a time to meet Aubree. Thank you to all our wonderful family who waited so long to meet our sweet little angel. She was well worth the wait!

I'll post pictures from Aubree's first month soon. I can't believe she is already a month old! Jon said the other day "I never knew it was possible to love something so much after only being with her for a few weeks." PRICELESS!

Aubree Mae Enlow is HERE!

Aubree Mae Enlow arrived March 22, 2010!
7 lbs 9 ounces
18.5 inches long

She is amazing and her dad and I couldn't be more in love with this little girl!
(birth story and more pics to follow..I promise. Things are a bit hectic around here these days :)