Saturday, October 30, 2010

Family Pictures

My mother in law set us up with an appointment to get family pictures taken this past Thursday. I have yet to see them, but Maddox looked so cute in his grey and red striped sleeper that I took a couple of pictures of my own when we got home. He is actually half smiling in some of them too:)

Maddox loves his carseat. He didn't want to get out.

He usually hates diaper changes. This was a fluke.

But he does love a clean diaper:)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

picture updates!

Maddox is growing up so fast! Here he is already embarrassed by his parents...

With his dad after his 2 week appointment...almost two weeks ago...

Being oh so cute in his shark outfit...

Sleeping in his favorite corner of the couch...

Being cute and alert...

Getting ready for church last Sunday...

Turning his head during tummy time...

Cuddling with his dad...

In his big boy outfit...jeans and Nikes...

And in the hat his Aunt Anna made for him...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Special Visitors

Maddox had very special visitors stop by on Friday! My friend Briana and her family brought us dinner, which was AMAZING. Thank you Briana! But on top of it, she brought her two little girls, Elena and Lily. They are both so sweet! Elena has such a cute, fun personality. It was so fun to see her and how she interacted with Maddox. And so, we took a few pictures and are putting them up just for you Briana! The Hoffman's are such an amazing family. They have so much strength, faith, and compassion. They are such a good example to me and my little family. With everything they are going through, Briana insisted that she bring US dinner. I wanted to say no and bring her family dinner instead. But she insisted. I am so blessed to have such good friends who never stop caring about others, Briana is so selfless. Makes me want to be a better person. But for now, I just want to give a BIG THANK YOU to Briana, Eric, Elena, and baby Lily for taking time out of their busy lives to think of our little family. We love you!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Past Two Weeks

I know some of these are a little past due, but it is difficult to find some time when you have a newborn in the house. But I just wanted to share some of these adorable pictures of little Maddox. First...I made my mom give him his first bath at home, but here are some of his first bath given from his mother:)

Scott worked in Alaska for some time and loved it. He talks it up and makes me want to go. This summer, one of our friends went up there to work and brought back this cute Alaska onesie for Maddox.

And these are from his first walk in the park. One of our buddies works for the city taking care of Nielsons Grove Park. It has gardens, fountains, ponds. Its gorgeous and well taken care of. Maddox loved it. And so did his parents.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Moms and Husbands

It is weird to think that I am a mom. I have a new respect for moms and how much they do for everyone in the family. It is alot of work! I also have gained alot of respect for the role that husbands play in the family. Needless to say, I am very grateful for my mom and my husband. They have helped me so much in the past two weeks since Maddox was born. My mom flew out for the first week to help us out. Between her and Scott, they took care of me while I was trying to heal, took care of my sweet Maddox, and the entire house. I was afraid to give Maddox his first bath, so my sweet mother did it for us:) While Scott would be out grabbing food, or running other errands for us, my mom would be cleaning the house and doing laundry. They were both very supportive to me as an emotional first time mom, having no idea what I was doing. I am very grateful that I had these two with me in the first few weeks to keep me going. I love you guys! So, here are a few pictures of Maddox with Scott and my mom.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

39 weeks??

Nope!! We only made it to 38 weeks:) Yay! He's here!

It all started at 1:21 am October 1. I woke up with contractions that were only 2-4 minutes apart. I tried to relax, thinking they were false labor pains. After an hour of trying to go to back to sleep without success, I woke up Scott and filled him in on the past hour. We chatted for a few minutes and I told him I was going to the hospital. We took our time getting ready, I ate a small snack and we pulled away from the house at 3:29 am. After being watched for an hour, hour and a half, we called the doctor and he told them to keep me. We filled out the proper paper work and got situated. We didn't know if we would be staying or not when we first arrived, so Scott ran out to the car to get my hospital bag. Nurse Melanie gave me my IV, grabbed me a cup of tigers blood flavored ice chips and we were set! Except for the fact that I was in some major pain. Nurse asked when I wanted my soon as the anesthesiologist had time for me. Lucky me, he showed up at 6:00 am, wearing Halloween suspenders. After a few quick moments, he was done and my pain was starting to wear off. It was amazing. I felt great. He did the perfect dosage. I could still move my legs on my own, but I couldn't feel a thing. And just for the record, the IV hurt worse then the epidural. I would compare the epidural to what it feels like when the dentist gives you a shot in the mouth after applying a local anesthetic.

The next 14 hours and 20 minutes were sooooooooo long. Scott and I were both in and out of sleep, trying to get in as much as possible. That is difficult to do in a hospital. People keep coming in your room, taking vitals, pumping you full of liquids(antibiotics for the group b strep, epidural, saline to stay hydrated, pitocin), ice chips, changing the catheter bag, rolling you over on to your other side since you can't do it yourself:) It just seemed like it was taking forever!! Turns out, the epidural relaxed my body so much that my contractions were still consistent in their timing, but were not nearly as strong as when we first arrived at the hospital.

With me being in active labor but not progressing very fast, my doctor came over on his lunch break to break my was about 1 pm at this point. 3 pm and still not very much progess so they hooked me up to pitocin. 3:15 pm and my right side was gaining feeling. I told the nurse, she said it was because I was laying on my left side so all of the medicine was draining to that side. I got rolled over. 3:45 pm and I am absolutely dying from the pain. I call nurse Jacquie back, she says, oh, why didn't you push the blue button to give yourself more medicine? Umm, because I did not know there was a little blue button to push. When I got my epidural at 6am, it was shift change time in the hospital. Guess they forgot to tell me. So, she pushes the button. 15 minutes later, not feeling any better. I push the button. Feeling slightly better, but the anesthesiologist is on his way to give me another dose. After he leaves, I can't feel a thing from my rib cage down. I couldn't even cough, but hey, at least I was numb.

I don't really remember the times when they came in to check to see how dilated/effaced I was. The only one I remember was at 5pm, I was at a 7 I think. At 7:30 pm, I was up to 9cm. Good thing I had my epidural, because I slept like a baby from 6 to 8, with the exception of a quick cervix check. At 8 pm, I was fully dilated, but his head was at a +1 and they like the baby to be at a +2 before we start pushing, so I waited for another 20 minutes. At 8:20 pm, the pushing began. My doctor had a patient in the next room over, so he was running back and forth. But Scott stayed with me the whole time, and my new nurse, Mandi, was there with a few exceptions to when she had to get a scale, she grabbed me a mirror to watch, and grabbed the doctor because baby was so close to coming out. I was lucky to watch what was going on in the mirror, especially since I was so numb that I could not really tell if my pushes were helping or not. But I could tell they were:) I even got to reach down and touch his little head before he came out. Too much information? Maybe. Sorry. After an hour and a half of pushing, and 2 episiotomies and 1 tear later, Baby Boy Copeland was born at 9:53 pm weighing 7 lbs 1.4 oz and measuring 19 inches long. The doctor let me hold him as soon as he came out, then Scott got to cut his umbilical cord.

After he was measured, cleaned off a bit, and checked for good health, we got to hold our little baby for a couple of hours until they brought him to the nursery for a full health check.

Still nameless (we had it narrowed down to Maddox, Milo, or Krew), he got stuck in the nursery for quite some time because he had low blood sugar. They had to bottle feed him right away to get his sugar levels up. He finally made it to our room around 1:30am. The nurses told me to call them when he woke up, other wise, they would be back at 5 am because he had to eat to make sure his sugar level was ok. I was such a proud new mom, that I just held and watched him while he slept. I forgot how tired I was. The nurses came back at 4:45. I called them because I needed more medicine. His blood sugar was low again, so they did not let me feed him, instead, they took him up to the NICU to get an IV going to bring up his levels. They told me it would take about an hour or so...yeah right. Poor little guy was in there for the next two days. With high hemoglobin levels, causing the low blood sugar, and eventually jaundice. Even with his slight difficulties, he was a trooper!! He did so great! Didn't even cry when he got his IV's placed.

Eventually, as the day kept going...we decided on a name!! Maddox Iley Copeland. It was perfect. We both really liked the other two names, but Maddox just seemed to suit him the best. Anyway, Saturday, my mom flew into town. Here is Maddox with his Grandma in the NICU.

And one of him with his dad in the NICU.

I have a couple of me with him in the NICU, but they aren't very appropriate for the world wide web. The two we did get were of him feeding. This is mainly because every time we were up there visiting him, it was time to eat. We were on a very strict feeding schedule to make sure his levels stayed in place, so we would feed him for an hour or so, then head back to my room for an hour to two hours to eat, sleep, and get checked out myself to ensure I was healing properly. It was hard not having Maddox in our room with us, but the NICU nurses were great! They would call as soon as he would wake up, if it was before his next feeding time. Otherwise, we were up there every three hours. And not only that, but after seeing all of the other babies in the NICU with more serious health problems, I was very grateful knowing that Maddox would be ok in the end. After two days in the NICU, he was eating well, his blood sugar was high, and he was FINALLY sent to the well baby nursery. Two hours before I was discharged. I was so glad he was there! Because that meant he was able to come home with us on time:)