Saturday, July 28, 2012

Just a few pictures of our little addition

Pretty much, we feed Colbi in the mornings and then get her dressed for the day. It's not like we are going anywhere or anything, but I like for her to be dressed in case we have visitors. And, I want to make sure we get pictures in all these newborns outfits before she can't wear them anymore.

Avery has this outfit too so we can dress them alike one day!

Melts my heart when Dave has her.......he is just such a good dad already. We were talking the other day about how when other people hold her, we get jealous. Ha! Even though she's ours and we can hold her whenever we want. Lol. Silly, I know.

She had a really cute outfit on earlier today, but we had an accident and had to switch. Oh well, it happens! :)

Other than playing dress up, we have been enjoying some family time before Hubby has to go back to work Monday. I'm sad.......but, it has to happen. Let's pray I can survive on my own. Ha!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Colbi's birth story

Well, we made it home! We have been home since Sunday at about 1pm. It felt SO good to be home and sleep in my own bed. It was an eventful few days, that's for sure! 

It wasn't at all like I imagined it to be. I'll be honest, I was TERRIFIED about giving birth. I think it was more of being scared of the unknown, never having giving birth before. I even told my nurse, "I'm scared" about ten minutes before we starting pushing. HA! She kind of laughed it off. 

Wednesday I started having contractions about noon but they weren't at all consistent, so I just went about my day and did my best not to worry. At all about 3ish though, I started really tracking them because I was noticing they were coming more frequently and lasting longer. I called Dave and told him to go ahead and come home, "just in case". We headed up to the hospital about 5:30 after having called the doctor (my doctor wasn't on call) and this doctor said to come up when my contractions were 3 mins apart lasting for 30 seconds. Um, ok? We sat in the car about an hour because I wasn't too sure, even though they were already 3 mins apart lasting 30 seconds. I think I second guess myself too much.

We decided to go ahead and get checked out because I just had a feeling. We checked in and once they checked my blood pressure, they decided to keep me for observation. I usually have perfect blood pressure and it was kind of high, probably just because I was nervous. They ended up admitting me and putting me on a low dosage of pitocin, which quickly increased my pain shortly after. My nurse and I decided to go ahead with the epidural at about midnight, and let me tell you, it was worth it. I was in good shape after that!

This is me giving Dave the thumbs up because I was feeling awesome. 

I labored for another 12 hours before we started pushing. I was seriously hoping we would have delivered before 7am with the night nurse I had because she was incredibly awesome. She just happened to be our Childbirth instructor (Rachel, it was Holly!), but Colbi had different plans. The day nurse was just as great though, thank goodness. Dr. D came in about 7:15am to check me out and broke my water. We were informed right after that my fluid had a greenish tint so they would be bringing in two people from the NICU for the delivery, just to be safe. Lucky they did! 

I finally starting pushing at 12:15pm and she came out at 1:06pm. What made the labor stressful was not only the fact that Colbi had a bowl movement in the womb but her heart rate reached 207bpm right after Dr. D turned her (she was sunny side up). Basically, he wasn't feeling great with that, so with one more push and the help of a vacuum, Colbi made her debut. She was put on my chest for about 30 seconds before the NICU team got their hands on her. I can't even describe the feeling when I felt her come out. It was an overwhelming feeling of happiness, relief, joy, love.............and I was scared. It's not a super great feeling to watch your baby being worked on. She ended up spiking a fever as well, 103.9, so that was another thing they were worried about because it usually means an infection (which she had). 

The doctor in the NICU came to talk to us about 2 hours after they had her to tell us what her status was. He said A LOT of unneeded information that was just plain scary, like worst case scenario. I told myself, I wasn't going to worry about it. I figured all would be okay and that I would pray for her. That's all I could do. Dave and I did the best we could to stay positive and just go with the flow. 

We got moved into our room and then got to see her. She was hooked up to all these machines and I immediately started crying, so did Dave. But, they told us she was breathing on her own and that was a good sign. The next morning they took her off the CPAP machine and we got to hold her. It was the best feeling! 

Our first picture as a family of three. 

They took her IV out the next morning and we got "room in" with her Saturday night. The doctor wanted to keep her for another 24 hours for observation and we wanted the chance to spend some time with her. It was a good night, I think we each slept about 4 hours. 

I am SO incredibly thankful for the staff we had at the hospital. I only had one NICU nurse I wasn't super crazy about, but EVERYONE else was just wonderful. Dr. D did an awesome job, the L & D nurses were amazing, and the post-partum staff was incredible. I can't say thank you enough to the NICU unit for all they did for my daughter.

Here Colbi is ready to go home! 

The past few days have been amazing. Dave is so in love and I can't get enough of her. We both just sit and stare at what we created and what God gave us. It's so. much. fun.

We put her in the vibrating seat today and she loved it. She was non-stop smiling. We also took our first bath tonight, which she wasn't crazy about (might have had something to do with her pooping in the bath and us having to draw another one, LOL!).

She is almost a week old and I'm so sad already! It seems like time is flying by fast so quickly. I'm not ready for it! 


You have already brought so much joy into our lives and we love you so, so much. Your daddy and I are amazed by you. We look forward to some wonderful times ahead and know that you have completed our family in a way that will never be the same. I absolutely love being your Mommy already. Just don't grow up too fast, ok?


Saturday, July 21, 2012


Just wanted to let everyone know, Colbi came off the CPap machine this morning. Yay!!!! I went down early just to check on her and lucky me, the nurse asked if I wanted to hold her. I was so excited! After, I woke Dave up and sent him down first thing. It was a great day.

She continues to do well, we are working on nursing and increasing her feeding so they can take her IV off (which I'm grateful to be off of too!)

Thank you again for the continued prayers. God has taught me just how wonderful this whole parenthood thing can be and reminded me that by putting my trust in him, ALL things are possible. I'm simply amazed she is doing so well and thankful for a GREAT staff of nurses taking caring of Colbi and myself.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Colbi Morgan Petty is here

My sweet girl arrived at 1:06pm on 7/19/12 weighing a whooping 7lbs. 13oz. and 21 inches long. I still can't believe she's here and I'm a Mom! That's insane!!!

We did have a bit of hard delivery as she had a bowl movement before she came out and is in now in the NICU because she then inhaled it into her lungs. Colbi is a trooper and doing well though, she is on a CPack and antibiotics. Hopefully, she will able to come home within a week. Maybe say a little prayer for us? I'm so sad at the thought of not being able to take her home but it's for the best.

The birthing experience is one of the craziest, most beautiful, hardest, most rewarding, emotional things ever. I will never forget the moment she entered this world and what that felt like. I'm so thankful God blessed me with this experience and my beautiful daughter. I pray that she heals and that Gods hands are on her. I'm waiting to be able to hold her!

My husband could not have been or can not be any better. I am so blessed and grateful to have such a loving man. He has been just awesome through everything and is doing great at helping me with recovery. I was truly given a gift the day I married him and even now, he has given me the greatest gift of all.

Thank you to all who are and have been praying for us. I know Colbi is doing well because of all of you! We can't not say enough thanks for it!!!!

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

39 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights

How Far Along: 39 weeks
Size of baby: About 20 inches long, weighs a little over 7 lbs (hopefully!)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: not even counting anymore J
Maternity Clothes: maternity dresses, jeans, and pants…a mix of regular tops and maternity
Gender: A girl! Colbi Morgan Petty
Movement: All the time! More of a rolling, punching type movement now (and I think it’s intentional!) HA!
Sleep: I’m actually sleeping A LOT better than what I was, averaging about 8 hours a night with a few interruptions for potty breaks
 What I miss: Feeling normal. All is included in that!
Cravings: None really this week
Symptoms: acid reflex, indigestion, having some contractions

Best moment this week: This whole week has been good. Not too much going on, just waiting on her to decide when she wants to come. I think I've gone thru the "nesting" period twice already. Today I spent the day cleaning, which included all the carpets in the house. 

I was a little disappointed yesterday after our doctor's appointment when they told me I hadn't changed any from last week. Boo. I'm trying hard not to get discouraged, but it's challenging. I'm so ready for it to be over and her to be here. I've accepted the fact that I may or may not be pregnant another two weeks (my doctor will induce if I go 7 days past my due date). Just accepting it and trying to keep my mind off of it the best I can is my plan from here on out. :)

The good news is that Dave and I had two great dates this week. We decided this could be the last weekend we get to have some alone time so we took advantage. And, we've slept late too (by we, I mean Dave) because before long, that will be a luxury that won't be available either. Ah, how life is going to change...........

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

38 weeks 4 days

Pregnancy Highlights

How Far Along: 38 weeks
Size of baby: About 20 inches long, weighs a little over 7 lbs (hopefully!)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: not even counting anymore J
Maternity Clothes: maternity dresses, jeans, and pants…a mix of regular tops and maternity
Gender: A girl! Colbi Morgan Petty
Movement: All the time! More of a rolling, punching type movement now (and I think it’s intentional!) HA!
Sleep: I’m actually sleeping A LOT better than what I was, averaging about 8 hours a night with a few interruptions for potty breaks
 What I miss: Feeling normal. All is included in that!
Cravings: I think I’ve had a Sonic Strawberry limeade every day this week, cinnamon bread
Symptoms: acid reflex, indigestion, having some contractions (although, I still have to remind myself what a contraction feels like……this FTM thing is hard… one really explains what they feel like)

Best moment this week: My doctors appt was Friday and I didn’t gain any weight for two weeks. Thank God! Also, doctor said I was almost 2cm dilated and 80% efficient. I go back this Friday, so cross your fingers I’ve progressed!


Mommy loves you so much, but I am really ready to meet you. I believe you are starting to get too big for Mommy's belly because your movements are really becoming hurtful and uncomfortable. Mommy has a hair appointment in the morning but feel free to come after that, then we can be both be beautiful for your arrival.


P.S. Daddy is ready to hold you and play with you............he tells you everyday. :)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fourth of July and the Nursery is finished!

I hope you all had a great July 4th! We sure did! We started the day off at my parents and decided to take some family pictures in our Old Navy American pride shirts. We did it super early so it wasn't hot yet and even enjoyed some donuts and coffee on the deck outside!

 (please don't pay attention to me, I look like a 9 month pregnant whale in these pictures......No, I'm not fishing for compliments. I feel huge and my face shows it. What do you do?!)

We love this picture. Avery is a little mimic. After pictures, Avery decided she would show some interest in the wagon and we took a little stroll! 

 Dave was showing Avery how to ride in it, it took her a minute to understand the concept.

Happy fourth of July from our family to yours! 

We are officially finished with the nursery and it's beautiful! I'm seriously in love with it. It's everything I was wanting it to be.

 This rocking chair is one of my favorite gifts we got from our friends the Ropers. It's so adorable. 
We are putting this rocking chair in the playroom (aka my old craft room). I can't wait for her to sit in it and read. 
 We will hang her arrival date in the bottom half of the window once we know what that is (hint, hint Colbi). 
 Jenna re-did the glider for us and it's one of absolute favorite things in her room. She went out of her way to find the perfect cushions to color coordinate to the bedding. Thank you sister!!! 

 This rocking chair is one that our AMAZING friend Kristen makes. Avery got one too! She tailors them to match the room. Kristen should open a shop because she makes the MOST unique, creative things. You should see her craft room. If you have any baby showers coming up, these make great gifts. If rocking chairs aren't your thing, she has a ton of stuff to choose from. And yes, I am pushing her stuff, it's that cute!

 We have lots and lots bows already!

This child already has more clothes than Dave and I combine. Her closet isn't super organized but instead of opening everything and finding a spot for it, we opted to wait until she needed it. Half the closet is just diapers so we feel very, very blessed to have everything we need for her arrival. Now, if she'll just go ahead and decide she's ready, we'd appreciate it. July is a busy month and between Jenna and Leslie's schedule, this is the only weekend that will work out for them to both be here if she decides to come early. HA! It's all about the waiting game now! :)