Monday, December 26, 2005

happy days

I could write a book about all the emotions and experiences of the last week, but I'm pretty exhausted, so I won't. Having Halen join our family is the greatest adventure I've ever experienced, and I've been on a few pretty great adventures. His first Christmas was fun. He looked adorable in his little red Christmas outfit. We got a guitar so we can play lullabys for him.
Dan is the best dad in the world. When I see them together, I get so happy and teary.
well, i just wanted to say hi. i could go into details about the birth and stitches and all that, but some people might not want to hear all that stuff. it all doesn't matter as soon as it's over anyway. i'd do it again any day.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The First Few Days

Well things have been going pretty smoothly, hahahaha. Not too bad but the world has kinda been turned on its side, not all the way upside down. Halen still has Jaundice. He looks like he is getting better today. We have to go back to the doctor for the third day in a row since we left the hospital. They keep poking holes in the bottom of his feet for blood samples and it is very sad to watch. Christy has to wake up every two hours to nurse him and now i have to wake up when she is done to supplement with a little soy formula. The next time you see us we will probably look about as bad as you have ever seen us, but we wil still be glowing. I have always wanted to be a dad and it has been better than I had hoped. I am absolutely in love with the little booger and have been since the moment i pulled him, with a little help, out of Christy. Aunt Melanie has been in town for a few days now and has been a huge help which is nice cause Im out of it most of the time.

Halen other than being slightly sick has been perfect. He only cries when we make him so he will eat more or when we change him.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Home Again

After 3 long days at the hospital we are finally back home +1. His name is Halen Hawkins Harrison and we couldnt be happier.
9lbs. 13oz. 22" . More later. Too tired.

Friday, December 16, 2005

i might be in labor

It's 11pm on the 16th, did anyone guess the 17th?

Not a werewolf

Well, the full moon didn't draw him out. I've always been terrified of werewolves anyway, so that's okay by me I guess. Maybe today??? Maybe he wants to come out when the sun is shining and it's not the crappiest weather ever outside! Just like his daddy, rainy weather calls for staying inside and cozy.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I hope my babies head is proportioned like this.

Is that my water...?

...or did I just piss myself again? My bladder is in serious turmoil these days. She'll be the happiest organ in there when this is all over with.
Monday, as I was walking around Target, I got a surge of wet that completely soaked my panties. I thought for sure my water had broke. So, I headed for the door and came home. I called Dan and nonchalantly told him that my water may have broken, but since I've never broken water before, I wasn't sure. We decided to just wait until my midwife appointment and see what she said, unless other symptoms starting progressing. He came home from work early to take me to my appointment, and we packed our hospital bags in the car, just in case. She did a full exam and several tests, but there no sign of amniotic fluid. My cervix was dialated a "real good 1 cm." The baby was +3 cm, which means she could feel his little head 3 cm. up from my cervical opening. She could feel him! He's really in there! I can be dilated like that for days before labor starts though, so don't get too excited. Anyway, she said that after the plug is gone and the cervix is dialating, there is just lots of discharge, some spurts wetter than others. So, that's probably what it was. I'm just wearing pads these days and waiting for that real water to break, if it does. Sometimes they have to break it for you. So, it's not always the first sign. At this point, I think I'm going into labor about every 5 minutes. I have lots of contractions, but they're all just the practice ones. My aunt gets here today, so I'll be more mentally ready. Maybe that's what we've been waiting for. After she gets here, I think I'll eat some spicy food while getting a foot massage. I think I'll do a 'natural labor inducing' google lookup right now and add a few more things to that list.
Oh, and in case you don't know. We can have visitors at the hospital. We'll be at Northside Women's Center, in the labor and delivery area. I'm not positive what the visiting hours are, but they're something like 8-8, so it's a broad time frame. I may or may not be seeing people directly after the birth. No matter what time it is, people are allowed into the actual birthing room after the baby comes, but only if we're ready. We'll only be in there a couple of hours after he's born, then we move to the regular rooms with regular hours. The first thing we'll do after the birth is try the whole breastfeeding thing. After that, we'll let people come in, if there's still time and I'm not too exhausted. It might be easier for people to get in at this point if they have chocolate with them. Just a thought. Also, we still love you if you're sick, but please don't visit us until you're all better. Our baby will be tough as nails of course, but we'd rather not take the risk.
Okay, this momma is gona try to go back to bed. Some nights I sleep great and others I lay there convinced that it's 200 degrees in the house and I can't understand why we're all not spontaneously combusting.

Monday, December 12, 2005

still no baby

I've got a midwife appointment today at 2:00! We'll discuss the mucus plug and see if I'm dilated. I'll let you know. I am so ready, but I'm also holding out for my aunt to get here on Wednesday. She's my support in case Dan faints.
I talked to a woman yesterday at the Indie Craft Experience who just had a baby two months ago. She had a homebirth in Asheville, au naturale. I wish I could have a home birth. Damn Georgia laws! She said it's illegal in N.C. too, but she found a midwife who would do it. Anyway, it's so wonderful to talk to women who have recently given birth. She was very encouraging. I'm actually really looking forward to this experience, pain and all. Bring it on baby, Momma's ready!

Friday, December 09, 2005

This just happened

I remembered our birth class teacher talking about this, so I googled it and found it under a health reports "first signs of labor." I haven't had any contractions today, so it could still be awhile. It's just neat that these things are really happening.

"Bloody show: Loss of mucus plug

During pregnancy, a thick plug of mucus blocks the cervical opening to prevent bacteria from entering the uterus. When your cervix begins to thin and open, this plug may be discharged. You may notice stringy mucus or a thick discharge. It's typically brown and sometimes tinged with blood.

Losing the mucus plug is a sign that labor may begin soon, but it's not a guarantee. Labor may still be a week or more away."

Thursday, December 08, 2005


I am so ready to just burst right open. Only 12 more days till D-day! Yahoo! The 15th is the full moon, so it's possible I'll go a little early, in order to be inline with the lunar schedule. My body has been known to follow the moon cycle.
Well, some people have actually asked me what they should get the little bugger for Christmas. He's not even born yet, calm down. He won't remember, take advantage! In 3 years he'll be asking everyone he knows for remote control cars and shit. Anyway, I went ahead and registered for some organic cloth diapers and a couple of other things at It's an all vegan online family store. There's lots of cool stuff (toys without batteries are nice) on there that I didn't register for, if you like to pick stuff out for yourself. Diapers aren't lots of fun, but certainly practical. If you do want to get him something, type in shipfree1205 in the coupon code box for free shipping in December. I only registered for 4 terry cloth diapers, but we really need about 12, so you can go over the limit on those things. I just thought that would get us started.
Well, I'm outta here. I have to go get busy at some more laying around. I'm at the point where I'd prefer to be standing or lying. Sitting is getting a little cramped.
Big huge momma

Monday, December 05, 2005

rain rain go away

Momma is going stir crazy, couped up inside during all this nasty weather. I feel cramped and gross. I need my dog walks. I had a bunch of 'practice contractions' last night. we got a little ansy for a little while. Dan started packing my hospital bags that i never finished. then i just went to sleep instead. no baby. i had a midwife appointment this morning and she said that they are going to be coming stronger and more regularly all the way up until they're the real deal and I can set my watch by them. Let's hope that day comes soon. Well, as much as I want to have him, I also want to wait for my aunt and she doesn't get here till the 14th. Then, it's on, baby having time!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

quack quack!

I'm detecting a slight waddle in my walk and it's getting harder and harder to fight it as the day goes on.