Sunday, September 21, 2008

Play Time & Bath Time

Earlier this week, Carson and Caden were playing in Carson's room. Carson wanted to dress up as a cowboy, and I suggested that he dress up Caden too. This is how they came out.... These pictures were taken in about a 15 second span without any instruction. It was pretty funny, Caden just kept posing...

Then Carson was telling me all about what they were doing while dressing up...

Carter had his 2 week appointment on Friday. All is well with him. He's growing so fast, I can hardly believe it though! He was 7 lbs, 10 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. He also had his first real bath on Saturday. He's had plenty of sponge baths, but this was his first real one since we had to wait for his umbilical cord to fall off. He did really well and seemed to enjoy it. He was mad at me for stripping him down, but was instantly calmed when his rear hit the warm water. Here are some pictures from that as well...

All clean:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy 29th Birthday, Cary!!!

I felt that this deserved it's own post. :) I hope you have a fantastic birthday, Babe! You deserve it! :) I'm so thankful for you and the blessing you are to me and the boys! I can't imagine living this life without you!! Happy, happy birthday!!

1 Week Old - Yesterday

Carter was one week old yesterday. It seems like he's been with us forever and yet like he just got here yesterday. It's so strange to think that he technically shouldn't be here yet. He's been such a good baby so far. He still sleeps all of the time, but we're beginning to see his eyes for small stretches here and there. They are a pretty navy color, though I'm sure they'll turn brown soon. Carson and Caden are doing well. I have to keep an eye on Caden because he just has SO much energy and is SO fast! But he loves to love on Carter and hasn't beat up on him yet or tried to push him off of my lap, so that's a good thing. Carson has been really good about asking if he can hold Carter and not just attempting to pick him up by himself. I'm really glad about that. Sleeping hasn't been too bad either. Carter sleeps in 3 hours stretches, and we've even gotten a few almost 4 hours stretches here and there, so that's been super nice. And then all of the boys take an afternoon nap at the same time, so I'm able to rest a bit while they do. Caden takes a morning nap still, so I'm able to catch up on some housework things while he's down, since I don't have to have my hawk eyes out. :) All in all it hasn't been too bad so far. Mom was with me Monday and Tuesday, and it was so nice to have her with me...not just for the help, but for the company. :) Sorry you had to go back to work, Mom, but I'm posting pictures just for you! :) It's also so nice to have Cary working from the house (although he has to leave for a business trip on Monday :( ) because he is here to help when I need him and entertain the boys here and there. He's such a good Dad.

Okay, I was just looking through my camera, and there are tons of pictures I haven't posted, so I'll just go in order by date. :)

Carter at 1 day old:
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2 days old:
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We had to get him a different coming home outfit because the one I had gotten and loved was ridiculous. This one is a newborn outfit and is still HUGE on him. Look how big the hat is! Oh, and his hands look huge because he was reaching towards the camera...
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Going home...
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1 week old with his big brothers...
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Carter you have such good big brothers, and they just adore you!!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Carter's Birth Story

I went in for my 37 week check up on Tuesday afternoon. I was dilated to a 3 already and still 50% effaced. My doc made the comment that I was VERY induceable if it was necessary, which at the time, I thought was such a funny statement. Everything was looking good and right on track, seemingly, but since Carter's heartrate was a little on the slow side, my OB decided to do an NST just to make sure everything was okay. Carter reacted just like they wanted and looked great, happy and healthy. Since I was there and hooked up to everything, they decided to do a quick ultrasound to check on my amniotic fluid levels. I wasn't worried at all because the ultrasound from a few weeks earlier showed that I had plenty of fluid. Well then my OB changed from being chatty to quiet and serious. So I asked him what he was seeing, and he said that he was only finding one area of fluid that was measurable and it was borderline for an emergency. He asked me how much water I had had that day, and I said that I had had at least 20 oz. since lunch, which evidently should have meant that I would have had more than enough fluid. I asked him what all this meant, and he said that I had a one way ticket to labor and delivery. I laughed. It was just so unexpected, I couldn't even be worried at that point. With all that was happening, I totally forgot to ask if I was GBS+, which I was... So Cary and I went home and grabbed my things, dropped the boys off with my dad, and my mom and Cary and I headed for the hospital. I was sure they would just monitor me for a while longer and send me home. I was certain this would all be a waste of time, so we didn't even bother calling anyone! Well, they get me checked in for monitoring. The nurse takes all of my info in case we are admitted and goes to get the doctor's okay to start monitoring. Just a few minutes later she comes back and tells me that we could have just gone straight to a room, because they don't even want to monitor me any longer, they are just going to go ahead and induce! Then she tells me that because we are only 37 weeks 2 days that Carter may have some minor breathing issues and may need to be monitored in the NICU. That made me a little nervous. But everything was going so fast, it was hard to think to long about anything. Since I was GBS+ and have a history of fast labors, they said I would have to have the IV antibiotics in for 4 hours before we could do anything, but that they would start low dose pitocin to hopefully help me move along slowly. In hindsight, I would have asked them to just let me sleep and then break my water once the antibiotics were in, but it went fine anyway. So we all talked (my mom, Cary and I) and played scrabble on my iPhone, watched TV and such and then Cary and Mom napped for a bit while I waited and waited. Finally at 2 a.m., they said we could break my water. Since they were worried about the low levels, they didn't want to break it until after the antibiotics were in so that infection would be less likely and we wouldn't have any cord crimping issues. Well, then things really got going. Thankfully they reduced the pitocin by half, or I really would have been miserable. By 4 a.m., I was sure I had made major progress because I had been having crazy contractions. When the nurse checked me, I was only at a 4, and felt SO defeated! Then Cary and Mom reminded me that this is how my body does. I take forever to get to a 4, and then go fast. Well, sure enough. At around 5, she checked me again, and said I was 7-8 cm! I was SO worried she was going to say I was still a 4. If she had, I might have cried. :) She called the nurses station for them to set up my room, about 2 contractions later, she checked me because I was feeling more pushy, and said I was a 9, but she didn't think I could push through it yet. She then called the doctor who came right away, thankfully! As Dr. Berga (the doc on call, who was super nice) came in the door, my nurse told her that I was still at a 9, but she didn't think I would make it through another contraction, so she started getting gowned. Well while she was doing that, I had another contraction, and instantly my body started baring down without me. So I start doing the panting breathing trying desperately not to push because they haven't said that I could and I knew they weren't ready yet, and I start telling the doctor that Carter is coming and she needs to get her gloves on. It's really funny on the video, because I just keep saying that... "You've got to get your gloves on!! Really! He's coming right now! You've got to get your gloves on!" Well sure enough, he came right out, and she caught his head with one hand while the nurse was putting her other glove on. It was just crazy fast! As soon as Carter was out, he was screaming his head off, and I just remember Dr. Berga saying to him, "You're not supposed to cry until we cut your cord!" It was really funny. He was just perfect and pink and scored an 8 and 9 on his apgars. He was born at 5:29 a.m., so my actual labor was only 3 and a half hours! It makes me a little relieved that it started in the hospital. Carter weighed 6 lbs, 9.8 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. He has lots of dark brown hair and looks a lot like Caden when he was first born. He's such a sweet baby. He sleeps CONSTANTLY, which I'm sure is part of him being a little early, but the nurses said he's acting much more like a full term baby, than an early baby. He's nursing well, and we're now going in 3 hour spurts during the night, which is really nice. We had to stay a full 48 hours in the hospital because of me being GBS+, but it was actually really nice. :) I got to rest a lot, so I felt much better even my first day home. The boys, Carson and Caden, have done so much better than I had even hoped! Carson is so proud of Carter and just adores him. He constantly wants to hold him and show him to everyone. When he first held him in the hospital, the first thing he did was cock his head to one side and grin at Carter and say "He's bootiful!" He's pronounced it at least once a day since Carter's birth! Very sweet. Caden adores him most of the time, and has been content to play the rest of the time. He gets so excited about Carter and loves helping me by throwing away dirty diapers. Both boys have been gentle and great big brothers. I must say I am pleasantly surprised! Cary has been such a huge help with the boys, and I think our family of 5 is adjusting nicely. We are all so in love with our little peanut, and I'm so glad he's here!

Saturday, September 06, 2008


Hey Melissa is out tonight with a bunch of the girls from the youth group so I thought I would post a quick slide show for your viewing pleasure :). IF you want any of the pics you should be able to click on them.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

He is Here!

Ok so quick update...Carter David Yocum was born this morning at 5:29 AM. He weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.

Oh and by the way...he and his mom are perfect!!!!


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Extended Labor Day :)

This is Cary...I wanted to update everyone as to the latest news. Melissa went to the doctor today to have her normal weekly checkup. Carter's heart rate was a little low so the doc decided to monitor her for about 30 minutes. He also felt compelled to do an ultrasound...which turned out to be a good thing as most of the fluid around the baby was gone. He told Melissa to go ahead and get her bag and head to the hospital to be monitored for a couple hours. As soon as we arrived the RN began taking information down and by the time she was done her Doc had relayed a message to the resident doctor that it was time to induce her and not risk it.

So...we are currently at the hospital and Meissa has been on Pitocin for about 3 hours. They just upped it significantly and she is now actually feeling the contractions (which are 2-3 minutes apart). We will post as soon as we have any more news or a new baby boy. Pictures will of course be posted ASAP! :)

Thank you everyone for your prayers.