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Baby Announcement: Landry Alexander 7.26.12

Hello all! I’m going to try and get a blog post knocked out while our little dude sleeps. (fun note: I started this 4 days ago and now I’m resuming). We finally had our son, Landry Alexander Williamson, a week late on July 26th, 2012 @ 1:33 am. He was 7lbs 15oz and 20″ long. Here’s a brief summary of how it all went down (no gory details, don’t worry):

Our doctor suggested we only go one week overdue and then at that point he would induce me. So as we got closer and no baby was showing up, we scheduled for me to be induced on Wednesday the 25th. I actually went into early labor on Tuesday night but it wasn’t anything too significant. So we showed up Wednesday night to Wesley to get the party started. I was SO LUCKY to have my friend Kellie come in to be my nurse. She is simply amazing. It seemed like things were progressing along a little so they started the medicine that gets labor going. Within 30 minutes or so, however, we started having issues. Each time I’d have a strong contraction, Landry’s heart rate would drop. Long story short, they tried several things to get that to stop but nothing was working. The possibility of a c-section was getting more and more likely so I went ahead and got an epidural so that I would be pretty much ready for the procedure. For the record, getting an epidural isn’t really painful….I’d do it again ;). The issue with Landry’s heart rate was persistent so the doctors were consulted with and pretty much everyone suggested that I go ahead and deliver by c-section. So we got all prepped, Andy got operating room ready, they wheeled me down, and anesthesiology did some more work to get me ready. I won’t go into detail with the procedure except to say it was pretty scary being awake and knowing what they were going to do to get the baby out. Andy watched the doctor pull him out and said it was CRAZY. The words “big baby!!” kept being thrown around and I was thinking “um…HOW BIG?”. When I heard the weight I didn’t think that seemed so big :). I got to hold him for a minute while the doctors finished up. It was definitely surreal. I have to give props to Andy for being an all star by keeping me calm and reassuring me constantly. It was pretty awesome. Also, my nurse anesthetist Jennifer (right??) was really amazing too. So reassuring and sweet!! (post cont’d after a few photos…..)

Landry on the scale showing the world his pipes.

Me holding my son for the first time. Crazy!

Andy being a proud dad 🙂

Landry’s first Instagram photo taken by Uncle Justin

So that was the story of Landry’s birth :). Because of the circumstances we had to stay in the hospital longer but I was determined to get my butt up and out of bed ASAP. I got up out of bed that afternoon and tried to stay as mobile as possible. The worst thing about having a baby that way is not being able to move around very well to take care of said baby!! Not to brag, but all my nurses and doctors were very impressed with how quickly and easily I got up and moving. I think I should thank my trainer at the Y for helping me get in “pre-baby” shape because that probably helped a bit. Anyways, Andy and I powered through a couple days at the hospital before being sent home a day early (hallelujah!!). Everything they say about all the hormones and your first couple days home are true…it is a frustratingly teary time :). Time creeps by and you drive yourself crazy worrying about every little thing. But it slowly gets better and before you know it you are nicely settled in and much more relaxed! Another “thank you” to Andy on that note for being patient, understanding, and very caring when I was almost intolerable.

Being a mom is totally cool. My mom was right that at first you think “WHAT ON EARTH DID I DO???” but that goes away (haha) and it is definitely rewarding. I am proud to say I have read over 150 pages in a fiction novel (my favorite pre-baby pastime) and have stayed up to date on the KStew/R-Patz scandal so the little guy hasn’t totally changed me. Andy is an amazing dad and I love listening to him talk to Landry about all sorts of things. My favorite moments so far have been watching Andy play guitar for Landry and sitting in our glider playing my favorite music and singing along while Landry hangs out. He’s going to be the next John Mayer on guitar. Just you wait. To all my friends who are currently pregnant and approaching this experience – it is great – it is also really hard and at times scary but those feelings pass. Having people tell me that is the only thing that got me through the first 4 or 5 days!!

Thank you to our parents, Nurse Kellie (!!), all the staff at Wesley, my sister in laws for all the various support (laundry, dishes, essential baby supplies, advice, and the moral support!), Misty and Jerry for being Landry’s godparents, my 3 older brothers for not killing me before I got to have a child, all the great-grandparents who have already snuggled Landry, Kristy J. and Ginger for letting me bug you at all times with baby questions and making me feel normal(ish), our friends for all the nice comments and congratulations, everyone who has brought us food!, and all the people I’ve forgotten. Small side note of thanks to my totally amazing mom and dad for encouraging me and giving me a great example to parent by!

An “outtake” from Landry’s first photo shoot with Justin…this is just an iPhone photo.

Sunday morning hanging out with mom and dad.

If you wondered where the dark hair came from, that’s a baby photo of me on the right…I had dark hair when I was born.

Andy & L in the hospital

Not the best picture of Landry 😉

One of our first nights at home

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Baby W Update – 33 Weeks

We are now just 7 weeks out from meeting our son! That’s a relatively terrifying but exciting thought. Pretty soon, Andy will be heading out for the 3 different summer camps he’s leading at this year. We’ll have a little time in between the 2nd and 3rd but I’ll be on my own for a bit. I never mind that, though, because it means Andy’s is doing what he loves to do.

Today we had another doctor’s appointment. Dr. K said everything is still looking good…no swelling or high blood pressure or anything. Still measuring about right for my due date. I did, however, lose a couple pounds which is strange. Last time I had gained the “perfect” 2 week amount. But this time not so much. In that time I even had my birthday (giant chocolate cake picture to follow), our cooking classes at the store (LOTS OF FOOD), and plenty of other excuses to eat cake, homemade ice cream, etc. In other words, I wasn’t skimping on food. So I’ve been told to “eat a little more”. I think I’ll eat a little more of the healthy stuff though…….instead of cake :).

We’re slowly but surely getting our house ready for our little guy and an increase in out of town house guests. I’ve been wanting to get some of this stuff done for a while so I’m glad for the excuse! Hopefully in the next couple weeks I’ll have some nursery pictures to post. For now, here are some other pictures:

This is me on Memorial Day (technically 32.5 weeks):

Here is my Great Wall of Chocolate from PF Changs, also known as birthday diet food:

And here’s one of my favorite pictures of Andy since the only recent one I have of him on my phone is too goofy to post:

Ok, Andy came home and said I could post this picture haha. We had fun going through all the stuff our friends Tom & Kristy sent us!:

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Baby W Gender Reveal: An Heir to the Throne

Today was the day Andy and I found out the gender of our baby! I was majorly nervous and Andy was cool as a cucumber (figures). Besides figuring out if we’d have a son or a daughter, we’d also see if there was anything major wrong with the progress so far. For some reason, even though I’m young and healthy I was just worried. I just needed to know! My lovely friend and hair dresser of about 20 years, Greta, got to enjoy my nerves while doing my hair before our appointment so I’m appreciative for all of the wisdom she bestowed on me :).

Anyways, after drinking a bunch of water and watching the President’s press conference (he is funny, by the way, I really like that dude!) we headed off to the doctor. Fortunately, I got in within ten minutes because, well…I had just drank a ton of water and couldn’t visit the ladies room. Our sonographer’s name was Gloria (Andy’s mom’s name) which was a good sign! Glorias are always nice. We got to see all of the major parts – head, brain (incredibly intelligent already, I’m sure), two arms, two legs, two feet, one heart with four chambers, two kidneys, etc.

Unfortunately, the baby was all scrunched up and holding both legs tightly together. At one point, Gloria thought she saw what might be a “boy part” but, um, that’s not very encouraging. So I got up and moved around and laid back down. Andy was just chilling through all this, by the way. Not a whole lot he could do. But anyways, after I laid back down we DEFINITELY saw some parts:

So, yes, it definitely is a boy. In my family so far, we have TONS of boys, so there will be plenty of ladies with boy advice for us! I’m thrilled to be able to raise a boy. They’re silly, fun, slightly more drama free (I suppose that depends on the boy), and they like dirt. We are honored to be blessed with one :).

Besides the gender, we also found out that I am measuring “perfect” for 20 weeks and my due date didn’t change at all based on the size. I have been very relaxed in some areas for these 20 weeks. I haven’t been psychotic about all those weird things that have an .00005% chance of harming a baby. Did you know it is recommended that you microwave your lunch meat? GROSS. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” made me TERRIFIED after two pages. According to that book you should basically stay inside your house and bathe in hand sanitizer every five minutes for fear of contamination. So instead of freaking out, I just decided to follow my instincts, take my vitamins, and drink plenty of water. Although today I did ask my doctor if I’ve been “too relaxed” on some things and he laughed at me. The resident with him said there is no such thing as too relaxed. He also said that I’m not “too small” for 20 weeks even though I feel like I have a tiny bump compared to many of my friends at 20 weeks. Actually, he said that my size was “perfect” so I’ll keep THAT doctor around. Andy said he was “speaking my language”. Ha.

Here’s Andy at our celebratory Il Vicino lunch:

We also went and bought our first gender specific clothing which was fun. I have to say I don’t love ALL boys clothes but you can find some good stuff out there :):

So today was a good day. We got good news and have more to plan for and all is well. And then Andy bought me some flowers when he ran to store, so that is good too ;).

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First Baby W Update: 19.5 weeks

Hi all. Most of you will be directed here from my Facebook page to bask in the wonder that is pregnant Jessica. Andy and I found out on November 15th, 2011 that we are expecting. It was both unexpected and expected. Expected because of course it is always a possibility and unexpected because you are never really prepared! I will say that I may have taken a little longer than normal to adjust to the idea. It’s a lot to take in! Andy has endured the idea of the impending change in our lives much more gracefully :). I’ve never been a baby person and can count on one finger how many diapers I’ve changed. Many girls dream of motherhood and growing a big belly in their fairy tale princess life plan. The idea has never been that magical to me (although, yes, it is!). But the idea of being a mother and having the opportunity to love and shape a life IS very appealing to me. Also, Andy is an amazing person and I can’t even imagine how great of a father he’ll be. THAT is exciting. Some days, when I’m not feeling great and fearing the giant change, I think of how glad I am to be able to make Andy a dad and that makes me feel better. We waited quite a while to tell everyone (OK, Facebook) the news because we just wanted to enjoy it as a family and get used to the news.

Anyways, as far as how the pregnancy has gone so far I don’t have any complaints! Of course I have had my fair share of unpleasantness (I’ll spare you the details, you’re welcome) but I’m pretty much through that now. At almost 20 weeks, I feel like my belly is WAY smaller than many of my friends who have posted pictures. I have friends who were bigger than me at 16 weeks (and with their first child, not second) but I suppose everyone is just different and I should be thankful that I haven’t had to buy a lot of new clothes :). We had a sonogram at our first visit and there is only one in there. A while later we got to hear the heartbeat. My mom went with me on that appointment because Andy was out of town but through the magic of all that is iPhone, he got to hear it in Texas. In TWO DAYS, we’ll find out the gender of our baby. That is exciting and nerve-wracking because it will seem even more REAL. However, it will be nice to stop calling it “it” :). Here’s some drama for you: Andy’s last name DIES WITH HIM if we don’t produce a boy at some point. So it would be nice to have a boy but it would also be nice to have a girl. Basically we don’t care as long as it is healthy!

I’ll shut up now and leave you with photos because, really, that is the important part!

Here’s Andy and I about a week after we found out. We were lucky enough to have had a trip scheduled to visit Andy’s parents so we got to tell them in person. This is their first grandchild so I think they were shocked and excited. It’s my parents sixth grandchild so they were THRILLED but used to the feeling :).

Here I am at 17 weeks on Valentine’s Day (after a big Bella Luna dinner and a movie). As you can see I’m rocking a mysterious double bump and I don’t think it’s from my pants. Strange.

 And here’s the most recent photo I have – 19 weeks. This was after a workout and things seem to be forming into a nice round shape thankfully :).

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