Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tour, Appointment, Registry, and Flutters

Wow, there is always something to update everyone on it seems.
We had a Tour/Orientation of our hospital last weekend. We had already been in the Labor and Delivery Unit because my dear friend, Casey, had her baby girl at Baptist South and we visited her while she was in the hospital. (Also how we knew that was the hospital we wanted to deliver at) The tour went really well. Here is a link to the Maternity Services page. If you care to check it out, just click on 360 Virtual Tour. Then it is "South" and you are able to see the maternity suites, waiting room, NICU, lobby, ect. The maternity suites are HUGE. We had about 12 people on our tour and we all fit in the room comfortably while the nurse showed us around. (And I certainly don't expect to have anywhere near that many people in there at any given time, haha) The entire Labor, Delivery, and recovery takes place in the same suite. Baby stays in the room with us the entire time too. If everything goes smoothly, there is no reason that the baby should ever have to leave the room. Everything to care for the baby (including first bath, check-ups, ect) is right there in the room. However, there is a nursery and we can choose to send baby at any time if we need to rest. Nice little fold-out couch for Tyler to stay the night as well.
The nurse also went over the type of epidural they use. It is a continuous low dose and I have a hand-held button I can press when I need a little "extra," however, it will only go up to a certain amount of dosage. It is set to where I will still feel "sensations" and will be able to push, ect. (not a complete numb out) Sounds good to me! They also immediately put baby on my chest for skin-to-skin contact/warmth/immediate breastfeeding after delivery. They do most of the check-up/measurements all while I'm holding baby.. they just take him/her to weigh which takes a few seconds and is right next to my bed. Very happy with all of their procedures.
My 13 year-old brother will love to hear that the waiting room has computers with the internet for family members. :) As well as a microwave, stove, washer/dryer.. they are well taken care of too.
Very nice facilities and staff and we could not be happier!

Next order of business... baby check-up! I had a check-up on 17 weeks, 3 days. (First appointment Tyler wasn't able to make) The Dr. went over results from the 1st trimester screening, which included blood work and the last ultrasound. It checks for Trisomies and Down Syndrome (chromosome abnormalities)... everything came back normal! All my vitals were perfect. I have gained 7 lbs. total so far and Dr. was pleased with my rate of weight gain. Right on track there. I got to listen to the heartbeat.. baby was being awfully stubborn. As soon as we would find it, he/she would move away! Took a good amount of time to really be able to hear it clearly. Because he/she was moving, Dr. couldn't get an accurate heartbeat rate either, haha. It would be in the 140's, then go to the 150's, lol. The Dr. thought it was quite funny but said it still sounded excellent! And she also checked my uterus and said it was right where it should be... whatever that means, lol. So everything was wonderful! And the best news of all.... the BIG ultrasound is set for Monday, August 9th at 2:15!!! Boy or girl????? Let's hope he/she doesn't make it as difficult as finding that heartbeat was!!! ahhh!! This mama needs to start shopping!
(By the way, a random stranger, older gentlemen, stopped me yesterday and told me I was having a boy! haha Hey, I was just happy he could tell I was pregnant!)

Tyler's sister, Ashly, is planning a baby shower for me in Texas in early September. Very excited about that! So we went ahead and got a start on our registries. We are registered at Target and BabiesRus. Just pull it up under my name! I have a long list of things to add still, after we find out boy or girl.

And the best of all.... I have been feeling this little one floating around in there. I thought I felt something about a week and a half ago, but it was so very light and I didn't even know what to expect that I wasn't positive that's what it was. A few days ago, my Admin. Manager at work, told me the first ones feel like an "eye twitch" but in your belly. That was the perfect description for me, exactly what it felt like. And since then I have felt it more and more... Tuesday I was sitting in the car driving and felt movement even stronger and I know for sure it was baby. It is simply amazing. I don't think there could be anything better. Poor Tyler... he's.. well, jealous. In fact, he said, "I'm jealous!" haha Love his honesty. Poor guy. He'll be feeling it soon enough!


  1. Your hospital sounds/looks incredible! Hopefully you won't need it but I was SUPER impressed with the NICU! The whole place looks brand new :)
    So happy you're feeling your little one move! :) Best.feeling.EVER.

  2. Ya know, we didn't get to see the NICU but it does look nice online. Hopefully, we don't need it though. But yeah, the hospital is only 5 years old and it takes us 11-12 minutes to drive there. (Thanks for the comment! hehe)



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Hi, I'm Jenna! Wife of 9 years to my high school sweetheart, Tyler, and stay-at-home mama to our 3 year old, Wyatt, and 1 year old foster daughter. I blog about our extra-ordinary days to keep family updated and because I enjoy journaling and documenting the things that bring me joy... faith, family, and friends!


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