On April 16, 2012, our lives forever changed as we became a family of 4! Callie Jeanne Huss was born at 12:51pm via c-section. She was 7 pounds 1 ounce and 19 inches long.
For grins and giggles, here is the pic just before we headed to the hospital...
And here is the pic after we got home!
Just the Quick Hits
Callie is an extremely alert kiddo with a head full of black hair. She's a beauty! Besides some pesky acid reflux (which her doc prescribed meds for), she's an otherwise healthy and happy baby. We are extremely blessed!
How is Eden doing?
Eden has taken on the role of big sister perfectly! She gives Callie lots of kisses and loves playing with her "piggies" (toes). We have had a few problems with Eden testing her boundaries with us while we're tied up with Callie, but that's to be expected, I guess.
Eden surrounded by all 3 of her grandparents, holding her baby sister
Eden shared her zoo animal toys and several other items with Callie while she was swinging (Cal seemed to like it--can you see that smirk and dimple?)
More later...gotta go take care of the girls!
These pictures tell the best "story" of how I'm carrying Callie these days.
Me and my friend, Mindy--due 1 week after me (photo taken March 12th):
Me and my friend, Amy--due 1 week before me (photo taken April 7th):
It's ok, you can say it..."Holy moley, Lauren! Your belly is freakishly huge! Are you sure it's not twins?!" (I get that a lot these days...)
We have a date!
As of today, Callie Jeanne is still breech, so my doctor has scheduled a c-section delivery on Monday, April 16th! She will check me again this Thursday to see if she's flipped, but I'm pretty sure that I'll know it without a doctor confirming it. I can feel (and see) baby girl's head on my upper right side and her feet on my lower left side very clearly!
The "dreaded" c-section
Obviously a c-section delivery is something that is only done when medically necessary, but it seems that there are a lot of them these days. I'm happy to have so many girlfriends who have "been there, done that" so they can tell me what to expect! I really had only thought about a vaginal delivery up until my doctor told me last week that the chances of her flipping at this late in the pregnancy are very slim.
And now I'm realizing that it's kind of nice to know the actual date and time of my delivery (unless, of course, I go into labor before then...but let's not wish that upon me, ok?). It helps to line up our childcare plan for Eden and dogsitting plan for Layla and Heidi. It helps for Ben to know when he will need to be home. It helps for my mom to know when she will be traveling back over to Houston. It helps for my in-law's to know when to take off of work. And I'm not going to lie--it helps to think that I might not ever know what it's like to have a contraction!
I realize that the recovery is much different with a c-section (as one friend put it, it's the only major surgery that you don't actually get to recover from; instead of people taking care of you, you are taking care of someone else around the clock), but I also know that both types of deliveries are natural, and that all that matters in the end is a healthy baby and healthy mommy.
She caught up!
Callie had been measuring on the petite side, but now she's on point for an average sized baby at delivery (average for my frame, I'm told)--7.5 to 8 lbs. She's still a very active baby, which I consider a blessing because I know she's healthy!
Can my belly get any bigger??
I'm not gonna lie--these last few weeks of pregnancy have definitely been uncomfortable. I'm much less mobile, much more puffy, and very achy and itchy. But I am blessed with family and friends who have seriously helped out in more ways that I could have ever imagined (so much so that it deserves it's own blog post that I'll do tomorrow)! And I know it will all be worth it in the end!
Yes, my belly is THAT big! ;)
My Doctor, My BFF
I've reached the point in my pregnancy where I go to the doctor every week now! It's a good thing that I only work a part-time job or I'd be missing a ton of work! It's also a good thing that I really like my doctor. She's extremely approachable, but still professional. And she tells me that I'm a great patient! She actually said these words at my last appointment: "Lauren, I just can't find anything to scold you about--you're doing everything I've asked you to do!" Yay! Just wait until she sees my very low pain tolerance issue come to life in the labor and delivery room. Then we'll see if she still thinks I'm a great patient. heehee!
My Other Doctor, the Specialist
Early on in my pregnancy, some blood work came back abnormal, so I was sent to a specialist for my ultrasound. At that first ultrasound, he cleared Callie Jeanne of any abnormalities, but we still go to him for each ultrasound. It's actually quite a blessing because we get the cool 3-D photos of Callie every time we go! And we get to have a very experienced doctor conduct the ultrasound. The downside of him being so experienced is that he is very busy and very distracted. He's been known to text orders to his nurse for one of his patients in labor right in the middle of conducting my ultrasound. I guess that's the trade-off, right?!
All About Cal (at this point)
Miss Callie Jeanne is still measuring to be a petite little girl. Doc says we're probably looking at approximately 6 lbs at delivery. This first-time pregnant mama certainly doesn't mind that! Her heart rate is in the 140's and she's doing great in every way! She's still in breech position (has been the entire time). Doc says that 90% of babies flip on their own, so I don't need to worry and I don't need to try anything on my own to flip her right now. Because of her positioning, my belly is in a constant lop-sided state (her head is on my right side). The good thing about that is that I carry Eden on my left side, so there is room for both of them. haha! The bad thing is that my right side is very tender because of the extra pressure from Callie's head.
Not Ready to Meet Her...Yet
Although this part of pregnancy can be very uncomfortable, I still don't quite feel ready to have Callie be outside the womb. So, we're praying that I go full-term so I get to "nest" more and spend more time making sweet memories with our family of 3. Oh, and my mom would be very upset if she's still in Ethiopia when I go into labor! Please pray with me.
I don't know if I can get away with calling it a "bump" anymore, as it's much larger than the word "bump" entails.
The "Alien" in my Belly
Callie definitely likes to move a lot, and it's a nice reminder to me that she's healthy and active. She's still breech at this point, so sometimes I can literally feel her feet tap-dancing on my bladder. Yipes!
She's also to the size where we can see (not just feel) her movements in my belly. It's so strange to look down and see a lump moving across my belly! And often times you can look at me and see that Callie is mostly on my right side (that's where her head is). I look lop-sided! So weird, but so cool at the same time.
Moving, Moving, Moving
Speaking of moving, we moved out of our first house last weekend. It was definitely bittersweet, but we're excited about making the new house our home. I tried my hardest to not overdo it during the moving weekend, but it's really hard for someone with my organized, OCD tendancies to not step in and help...then add on top of that the "nesting" instinct and let's just say that I definitely overdid it.
Luckily, my mother-in-law came to my rescue on Monday (Ben was at work) and made us dinner, did Eden's bath and bedtime routine, etc. so that I could just be on the couch with my feet up. I'm feeling MUCH better now and have promised myself (and Callie) that I won't do that again. I'm finding that I can unpack most rooms from a seated position, so that certainly helps.
In Good Health and Good Spirits (mostly)
I continue to be blessed with a healthy pregnancy. My doctor says I'm right on track with weight gain, measurements, etc. and she's really happy with how my pregnancy is going. I'm definitely more emotional during this final trimester (that's where the "mostly" part comes in), and it doesn't help that we moved out of our first home (lots of emotions tied into that one!). But thankfully I have a husband who listens to what I say (through my tears) and truly cares enough to "baby me" when needed. I am a very blessed woman!
Does Eden Understand?
We get this question a lot, and honestly, I have no idea if Eden knows what is coming. What I do know is that Eden is a very bright little girl and she soaks in everything around her. She knows where Callie is (in my tummy) and she will hug and kiss her--even on her own with no prompting at all! And in the doctor's office the other day, she was looking at pictures of all of the babies and I asked her about Callie. She came and pointed to my belly (and rubbed it) and then pointed to the pictures of the babies on the wall. It seemed to me that she connected the dots that Callie is an actual baby and not just a lump in mommy's tummy!
Either way, we know that Eden will be a great big sister. She is always very loving to other babies--she loves kissing them, so we usually direct her to their toes. ;) We know that there will be a lot of adjustment when Callie is born, and we know that Eden will have some jealousy over mommy and daddy's time, but we also know that God will guide us in working through all of it.
You’re a long and lean 19 ½ pounds and 31 ½ inches tall. You have definitely sprouted some long legs that any woman would LOVE to have! You have a total of 7 teeth now (you added 1 to the bottom) and you are cutting 2 more on the top. Your top 2 front teeth are growing in at different speeds, so we say that you’re the only kid who is cute enough to pull off the snaggletooth look. Heehee!
You are quite the snacker! Just like your mama, you need a morning snack and an afternoon snack. Favorite snacks include goldfish, fig newtons, pretzels, animal crackers, cheese, and mini-marshmallows. Although you’re not picky, some of your favorite foods include cheese ravioli or tortellini, edamame (soybeans), waffle fries (from Chick-fil-A), and any kind of fruit (blackberries and mandarin oranges are your current favorite fruits).
You drink everything from a straw now. You drink whole milk in the morning, water throughout the day (mommy’s water bottle is a favorite for that!), then diluted orange juice (or what we call H2Orange) at dinner. Daddy makes smoothies frequently (just fruit and juice) and you LOVE those!
Sharing your snacks with the dogs…caught in the act!