Life: Oceanside

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hudson's Birth Story

Even though I am a month behind, today I wanted to share Hudson's birth story.

The last few weeks of my pregnancy were pretty good, but VERY uncomfortable. Hudson was sitting very low and my doctor could easily feel his head at every exam, yet I was not progressing. I was not dilated, nor effaced.
Though I went in to every appointment from week 38-40 for sure thinking she was going to tell me it was time, yet there was nothing. Every move Hudson made inside of me felt like he was going to rip through my lady parts or kick through my ribs. He was so low, and so big that my body was starting to take a real beating, but I stayed positive and really wanted him to come on his own terms. (which could have been anytime if it was up to me)
At my 39 week appointment the talk of the birth possibilities came in. There was concern about my fluid levels as my body continued to gain lots of weight, but I had minimal swelling or weight gain anywhere except my belly. There was also talk that due to Hudson's size there could be the possibility of an emergency c-section or the fact that there could be concern with dislocation of his shoulder to make him make his way through the birth canal (this was NEVER going to be an option for me) My doctor ordered me to be monitored by a non-stress test and ultrasound twice a week for my fluid levels until I delivered, to make sure everything was on track to where it needed to be.
I went to my appointments and everything seemed to be going great and no cause for concern.

My mom flew in the when I was 40 weeks and few days and was HOPING that Hudson would finally make his way in to the world while she was visiting...when she flew home a few days later, and Hudson was STILL not here we were quite bummed.

The next morning, Monday, May 4th, only a few hours after my mother returned to Minnesota, my doctor called me bright and early to state that she was worried about my fluid levels, and the size of the baby. She stated since I was almost 41 weeks and no progression had started..she felt it best, but it was up to me, that we schedule a c-section just to be safe. When she offered this to me, I was a little taken back and nervous but I was on ready to hop on board as I was so ready to meet this little man.
I started thinking she would offer me the option to schedule in the next few days but the next words out of her mouth were "We have an opening for you today at 5pm.."....and just like that it was time to prep to meet our little man.

We called all of our close family to tell them the plan and let them know that this was the day that Hudson would arrive. We wanted to keep it a secret from the rest of the world until he was here, as I was aware (and nervous) that there are risks when having major surgery.
I was able to clean the house, call our dog sitter, pack all of our bags, and prep myself mentally to meet my son. It was nothing like I ever expected that would happen in my birth plan, but it left me feeling calm, very very collected and prepared.

From the second we arrived at the hospital everything went so perfect. This was my first time ever taking major medications and anything other than antibiotics, this was my first time EVER having surgery, and this was my first time ever being admitted to a hospital. It was scary and nerve wracking but all I could think about was seeing his sweet sweet face.
at around 4:30 I was all prepped and ready to go, I called my family told them I loved them and that we would send pictures as soon as we made it back to recovery. I said a quick prayer for a safe delivery, a healthy baby, and a one of kind experience and than it was time....

After I was numbed up and placed on the table it is all a little bit of a blur as it all happened so fast. Our little boy entered in to this world with loud strong screams at 5:54pm on May 4th. He weighed 8 pounds and 14 ounces and was the most gorgeous thing I ever seen. The moment I remember the most was hearing those strong screams for the first time. I immediately started to cry and could not wait to hold him in my arms.
I am very thankful to the wonderful nurses in the room who immediately brought him to me and allowed me to hold him on my chest the entire time they closed me up in the operating room. I got 10 minutes of uninterpreted time to just stare in to his gorgeous eyes, which I know is something some c-section moms do not get to experience. It was hands down thee most magical moments of my life, and something I will NEVER forget.

For any expecting mothers who are scheduling or encounter an emergency is NO where near as scary as anyone makes it out to be. Though it is not the "natural" way, it was our way, and it was the perfect plan for us. I wouldn't change one thing about my delivery for the world.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hudson: Month 1

My baby is already a month old!?
Is this real, it feels like he was just placed on my chest for the first time yesterday!

Which, I am also WAY behind on his birth story, that will be on the blog tomorrow....but seriously I cannot believe we have hit our first big milestone already!

Growth: at our 3 week pediatrician appointment, he was already up to 10 pounds 5 ounces, which means he is averaging about a pound a week. He is also following in his daddy's footsteps in his height, coming in at 94th percentile at 23 inches! #growbabygrow

Eating: This is this child's favorite hobby, and as we are exclusively breastfeeding, there are some days where he makes me feel like a little milk machine.  He is eating about every 2-3 hours during the day, which means there have been multiple feeding sessions in the back seat of my car after some shopping trips and day outings, but we have made it work! I have just started to pump and daddy will be giving a bottle at night...pumping makes me WAY more nervous than it should, but it just seems very overwhelming! Pumping mommies: Pumping/storing secrets and life hacks are very welcome to be sent my way!

Sleeping: As he cluster feeds sometimes throughout the day, our nighttime sleeping schedule is something I really CANNOT complain about. The first few nights he was up every 2 hours, but once we got home from the hospital and on our schedule he seemed to come up a plan that worked great for both of us. He usually goes down to bed around 9:30-10:30pm and will sleep until around 3-4 am..feed for about 10-15 minutes and go back down until around 7-8am.

Likes/Dislikes: He is SUCH a happy baby. He really only cries when he is hungry or has had a big blowout in his diaper, he HATES dirty diapers...and I can't really blame him. He is beginning to show daily smiles and is very content just hanging out on his play mat or his 4Moms Rockaroo or of course cuddles (all day) with Momma!

Dogs: The puppies are so awesome with him. They will come up and sniff him, or lay by him when he is on the play mat, but keep their comfortable distance. They are very gentle around him and are very aware of their behaviors. Tally, our boxer follows him everywhere he goes. If he is sleeping in his crib, she is on the floor watching over him. Sometimes when he cries, she even cries too because she seems to be quite upset that he is not happy. It is the cutest thing ever. I am very happy with their transition

Porter: P is doing awesome. He seems to be very comfortable in the Dad role and helps in so many ways. Hudson and him enjoy nightly cuddle sessions and often talk about catching Hudson's first fish...(anyone else have a crazy fisherman husband?!) but they are so adorable together, my Mommy heart just melts!

I: I am doing amazing, my c-section recovery has been flawless and I am so ready to get back in to the workout routine. I've lost 30 pounds but still have a LONG way to go (more on that later this week). I have been trying to get out of the house at least once a day for play dates, lunch outings, and shopping trips, it makes me feel connected to the world in some sense.
I have fallen so in love with being a mom and really feel like it is my true calling in life. I am so thankful to this little man for gifting that to me

Monday, May 18, 2015

Let's Get Back To It; Meet Hudson

I started this blog over 4 years ago and over those 4 years I worked very hard to make it what it was, I worked hard to build friendships and followings, and to make this not only a creative outlook but to build my dream of being a writer.
....but about 10 months ago my life started on the most fantastic journey and my blog took a backseat.
In August of last year we found out we were expecting a baby!
When this new change made it's way in to our life my creativity and my blog really took a backseat, and I have only written a few times since than.

I have shared a few things since being pregnant like the reveal of his gender, his nursery, our preparations for him, my goal to be able to stay home with him over the next few years and so on, but my big goal that I set for myself after his arrival was to come back to this blog and pick up where I left off.

So first off let me start before I re-introduce myself, that I introduce you to the handsome new addition to our family, Mr. Hudson McKinley...

 I cannot explain the feelings that have taken over me since I heard his cry for the first time and was able to hold him against is pure bliss and I am so thankful for him in every way.

 Now that he is here, and I have spent the past two weeks staring in to his eyes and kissing his forehead every 30 seconds, I really want to get back in to blogging daily not only to have a place to share all the exciting memories about Hudson and document his growth, but to have a place that still gives me those amazing friendships, and the creative spot to share any feeling that crosses my brain.
Blogging isn't just a hobby, it's a therapy, it's an art, it's a place to go when you want to share your happiest moments or if you need to vent your deepest fears.

This blog has been one of my life's biggest blessings in it's own way, and it's time to come back to this missing piece of my heart.

So let me re-introduce myself, I am Hallie.
The writer here at Life:Oceanside.
Whether you are a long time reader, or a first time visitor...I am so happy you are here.

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