String Art

Our cousin Jackson has been doing some really cool things lately.  He’s making string art, and he’s really good at it!  He’s done a few pieces for some family and friends and has decided to start selling them.  He takes pieces of wood and stains them, then creates designs with nails and string.  He made us one for Henry’s nursery that I just love!!  It goes so well with all the other wood and rustic pieces I used in the nursery decor.  He’s about to work on a really big piece for Greg’s new office.  It’ll be the Vehicle Media logo, and I know it’s going to look really awesome and unique.

If you’d like one of these art pieces for your home, contact Jackson Schnell at Jacksonschnell4@gmail.com.  Just let him know what you have in mind and he can whip up a design just for you!  Here’s a few pieces he’s made so far…

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Home Life

OK, I promise, last post of the day 😉  Just a few pictures from our first two weeks at home with Henry, including our first bath and 1-week pictures.  Boy, do we love this sweet baby!  🙂

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First Few Days

When going through pictures on Katie’s camera, I came across these from our days in the hospital.  Can you tell we’re obsessed with this child??  He may be the most photographed baby ever.  But seriously, every expression he makes is just the cutest!  These were taken on Henry’s original due date (May 11), and the day I was so miserable with headaches and dizziness from epidural side effects. So I think a lot of these were taken while I napped and before the blood patch procedure I ended up getting that evening.  My mom and sisters had come up to the hospital for the afternoon and stayed and visited with Henry that evening until I was feeling better.

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Newborn Session

Earlier this week my sister Katie came over and took some a million 😉 newborn pictures of Henry here at home in his nursery. They are so sweet. Henry usually is only awake for a long period of time in the morning. Most of the afternoons and evenings he sleeps a lot more.  Enjoy the pics!!  There are tons 🙂May 18 (2) May 18 (7) May 18 (11) May 18 (13) May 18 (14) May 18 (15) May 18 (17)  May 18 (20) May 18 (24) May 18 (27) May 18 (40) May 18 (46)  May 18 (77) May 18 (80) May 18 (81) May 18 (87) May 18 (89) May 18 (94) May 18 (97) May 18 (101)May 18 (66)May 18 (104) May 18 (106) May 18 (117) May 18 (122) May 18 (136) May 18 (139) May 18 (163) May 18 (167) May 18 (175) May 18 (185) May 18 (189) May 18 (191)May 18 (194)  May 18 (203) May 18 (209) May 18 (210) May 18 (213) May 18 (220) May 18 (226) May 18 (229) May 18 (236) May 18 (239) May 18 (241) May 18 (243) May 18 (252) May 18 (254) May 18 (257) May 18 (263) May 18 (274) May 18 (277) May 18 (278) May 18 (281) May 18 (282) May 18 (284)May 18 (294)

 

Maternity Session with Daddy

Since we did my first maternity session kinda spur of the moment (I was afraid I was gonna run out of time coordinating with my sister), Greg wasn’t able to participate.  So the next week we did another session that included daddy 🙂  I was 38.5 weeks at this point.  It’s crazy to know just a week after these pictures were taken, Henry was ready to join us!

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ok, this last picture is a duplicate of a picture we made on our wedding day 🙂

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Mommy Maternity Session

During week 37 of my pregnancy I got my sister to take some maternity pictures of me.  I love how they turned out!!  Thanks so much Katie for capturing these photos of my first pregnancy 🙂

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Postpartum

My stay at the hospital had its ups and downs. Sunday was a pretty good day, minus the pain of moving around.  C-sections are no joke.  The movement to sit up in bed or get up out of bed was pretty painful, obviously. I did take a shower Sunday, which actually was nice.  It felt good to wash my face and hair and put on real clothes again.  For the most part, once I got up and moving, I felt ok. It was the getting from one position to the next that was so painful.  I stayed on top of my percocet and ibuprophen for the first day or two, then I think by Tues afternoon I had started stretching those doses out a little.

Greg was great about helping me during the night most of the time. He’d hand Henry to me (since I couldn’t very well lift him up out of the crib at my bedside), and did most of the diaper changes while we were at the hospital.  I have to admit, he caught on to the diaper changes pretty quickly.  Not too bad for a first time dad 🙂  Henry slept decent the first night since he’d only latch on to eat for about 5-10 mins at a time.  The second and third night he did not sleep well at all.  I ended up sleeping with him on my chest for most of those two nights because he seemed to want to eat every hour or so.  My milk came in pretty quickly. I started to pump a few times a day, mostly just after feeding attempts where Henry didn’t latch for very long.  I was pretty excited to get that first bottle of colostrum.

That first morning, Henry woke up and ate at about 5am. Then he was so alert for about 2 hours. We just snuggled and hung out while daddy slept for a while.  I love one-on-one snuggle time with this little nugget.

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Jordan, Eric and the kids all came to meet Henry on Sunday.  It was Mother’s Day, and all the Boggs family were headed to Oak Mountain State Park for the day.  My friends Abby and Christine came to visit us on Sunday as well.  My family all headed to Auburn for my youngest sister’s college graduation.  Emily was graduating with honors and had the top GPA of the school of architecture.  So she got to walk the school’s flag in at the beginning of the ceremony, and they even had her stand up and be recognized at one point!  Luckily, Auburn had a live feed of the graduation ceremony, so Greg and I were able to watch it online from the hospital. 🙂

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Monday was a really rough day.  I started having a headache early morning on Monday. I was still taking the percocet and ibuprophen on schedule (for the most part, when my nurse was helpful to remind me).  The anesthesiologist came by to check in on me and to discuss possible side effects of the epidural, one of which was lingering headaches.  The doctor also came by to check on me, and I told him about the heachache.  He told me it could be epidural related or just general pain and that I should try to notice if it was better or worse if I was lying down or sitting up.  It continued to linger through the morning and into the afternoon, but it wasn’t until I got out of the bed and to the chair that it got really bad really fast.  Lactation had come to work with me, and I wanted to go to the chair for this feed (just cause I was getting sick of being in the bed all morning).  I got to the chair and we started working on getting Henry to latch. Within just those few minutes, my head started throbbing and I was getting really light-headed and my neck started feeling stiff.  I must have looked bad because the lactation consultant asked me if I was in pain.  I told her I had a horrible headache and was kinda feeling nauseous.  She told me I looked really pale and suggested I go back to the bed.  She also called my nurse who immediately paged the anesthesiologist.  About that time Greg walked into the room (he had run home to let our dogs out and shower).  He immediately asked me what was wrong and could tell something wasn’t right.  I got to the bed and laid down flat.  Poor Henry was now fussing to eat since we had teased him for just a minute trying to get him to latch.  I just laid there in side-lying position while the lactation consultant put him to my breast to try to get him to eat just enough to appease him.  I could feel the world spinning.  The anesthesiologist came and discussed that there may be a leak from my epidural that was draining spinal fluid causing my headache, dizziness and sore neck.  He explained that this usually resolves on it’s own but it could take time.  They could treat the symptoms with a caffeine pill and muscle relaxer.  Or if that didn’t work they could do a blood patch.  A blood patch is a procedure in which they draw blood from my arm and re-inject it into my spinal canal via another epidural.  This adds fluids back into my spinal canal, which was likely leaking and causing the problems.  I opted to try the meds and take a nap.  When I woke up from my nap though, it wasn’t any better. In fact, my neck was even more stiff than before.  I felt like I was wearing a neck brace because I could barely turn my head side to side or even look down enough to breastfeed without being in intense pain.  And the headache continued to pound in my head.  At this point my mom and sisters had arrived and were also very concerned.  The nurse called the anesthesiologist back and we decided to try the blood patch.  I couldn’t take the pain any longer, and I couldn’t even look down enough to help Henry to latch to feed.

They took me back to PACU for the procedure.  Greg, my mom and sisters stayed in our room with Henry.  The procedure itself was pretty quick.  One anesthesiologist sat in front of me and drew blood from my hand while another stood at my back and started another epidural.  They injected the blood into my spinal canal, which was a very weird feeling.  I could feel it going into my spine and up my neck. I kinda freaked out a little and asked if that was normal, and he told me it was.  As long as I wasn’t having sharp pain shooting down my legs he said it was fine.  As soon as they injected the blood they withdrew the epidural and it was a miracle! Within minutes my headache went away.  They monitored me in PACU for about 30 minutes just to watch my vitals and my blood pressure, but after that I was able to return to my room.  And when I got back, I was a whole new person. The relief was almost instantaneous, and I could talk and carry on conversations without being in pain.  Even my neck stiffness was pretty much eliminated immediately.  I was SO glad we decided to do the procedure and not just wait it out through the night.  Below is literally the only picture I took on Monday.  That’s how rough a day it was.

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Tuesday was a much better day.  The headaches were gone and I was up a little bit more.  We could have gone home on Tuesday but since Monday had been so bad we decided to wait the full 4 days in case the headaches came back.

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Wednesday was my sister Katie’s birthday and our discharge day.  We were finally ready to go home.  I hadn’t left the hospital since Saturday morning, so I was eager to get home. Greg was getting stir crazy as well.  We were ready to start our new routine at home 🙂

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Henry Harper Boggs

Let me start by saying this blog might become known as the Everyday Henry blog, because I can’t stop taking pictures of this little guy!  🙂  Henry Harper Boggs is finally here!  And this is his birth story…  (and sorry, it ain’t short!)

We had our 39 week appointment on Thursday May 7.  I was still showing 2cm dilation and about the same effacement as I’d been the previous 2 weeks.  We had talked about stripping my membranes (although my mom was hesitant because my youngest sister graduated from college on Sunday May 10, and she was paranoid that we’d go into labor over the weekend).  So on one hand I was hesitant to strip my membranes, but on the other hand I was so ready to meet our little boy soon.  Well, it turned out, his head was too far down and posterior for our doctor to be able to strip our membranes. So we couldn’t do it anyways.  We ended up setting an induction date for the following Friday (May 15).  So unless Henry arrived on his own, he’d have to come on the 15th 🙂

Friday evening (May 8), we all had dinner with the Boggs’ family at Callen and Houston’s new house. We ordered pizza and sat out in their back yard all evening.  The kids enjoyed a slip and slide and all our dogs ran around all night.  It was the perfect Friday night to kickoff the summertime.  They kept asking me how I felt and I would say “I feel great, too great!”  Cause I did. I kept thinking this dude is just gonna take his sweet time.

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Around 3am Saturday morning May 9th, I got up to pee, as per my usual routine.  I crawled back in bed and started feeling some cramps. They were coming and going, which was new. I’ve never felt any Braxton Hick’s contractions during this pregnancy, so to be able to actually time something was new.  With one contraction, I felt some fluid leak and jumped up to the bathroom.  I wasn’t convinced though because it was a pretty small amount.  I got back in bed and after a few more contractions, I felt another leak but this time I didn’t make it to the toilet.  And as I wiped up the puddle I had just created on the floor, I turned on the light and hollered Greg’s name and told him I was pretty sure that was for real!  The few contractions I had tracked on my phone had been ranging 7-10 mins apart.  I called the hospital to see if I still needed to wait for them to be 2-3 mins apart (which is what they had told me a few weeks ago) or if I should come on in since I was pretty sure my water had broken. They advised me to come on in.  I decided to shower first. Greg gathered our things and made us some scrambled eggs.  By 4:30am we were walking out the door to the hospital. At this point my contractions were getting closer. I kept stopping in the hallway while I was getting ready or as we were gathering our things. Greg even noticed they were coming closer at this point.

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We got to the hospital, and it wasn’t until then that I was convinced this was the real deal. My contractions were starting to get more and more uncomfortable, and I’d continued to leak water the more I moved.  I got hooked up to the monitors and my contractions were 2-3 mins apart and I was 4cm dilated, so they admitted me and wheeled me down to the labor and delivery unit.  Once in L&D, the pain of contractions was really starting to kick in. I asked if I could get the epidural yet and luckily I could.  The anesthesiologist came and started my epidural around 0630.  When he did it he told me it technically wasn’t in the epidural space but in the intrathecal space.  Now I don’t know these specifics, but I do know it took forever for the epidural to kick in.  I was in pretty awful pain with the contractions until about 0830. He kept coming back and giving me additional boluses of sedation until finally I was unable to feel the contractions.  I just remember keeping my eyes closed, and not being able to control the moans and groans with each contraction.  I kept gripping the side-rails and burying my head into the sheets and pillows. Greg just held my hand and stayed by my side.  He was great.

Our family started arriving and Greg just made sure everyone waited until my pain was under control before they started coming into our room.  Once I was comfortable, it was a totally different experience. I was able to sit up and talk and laugh and enjoy everyone’s conversations.  I even asked the nurse if I was still having contractions just to make sure, and of course I was.  Thank you for epidurals!  My family and Greg’s family all came and hung out in our room for a bit.  I think around 0830, when my epidural started working, the doctor checked me and I was about 5cm dilated.  She didn’t check me again until 1100 and when she did, I was already 10cm and fully effaced. I was ready to push!  But Henry’s head was still kinda high, so the doctor decided to let me hang out for another hour to see if he’d drop a little more before pushing.  Speaking of our doctor…since it was the weekend, we didn’t end up delivering with our regular doctor (Dr. Hoover).  During the week they can usually make it to all their own patient’s deliveries, but on weekends you just deliver with whoever is on-call.  So Dr. Dunn was our OB for the day.  And funny story, she is married to a fraternity brother of Greg’s AND she is a former Miss America.  That’s right, Deidra (Downs) Dunn delivered our baby boy 🙂

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We sent our family out to the waiting room so I could get a little rest before we started pushing.  At noon, it was go time.  I pushed for a good 1.5 hrs initially.  The doctor said I was doing great but Henry wasn’t dropping much.  The hardest part was I started having horrible straining pain in the muscles between my scapulae and in my neck.  I got to where I couldn’t hold the pushes for the full 10 seconds because of my back pain.  So she let me take about a 45 min rest/nap and then we tried again.  I pushed for another 1.5 hours with still little progress and the word c-section was starting to come up.  Henry just wouldn’t come out.  I was getting tired, my back was killing me at this point, and after 3pm, it was decided to go ahead with the section.  Greg was geared up and sent to the waiting room and I was rolled into the OR.

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Once in the OR, it took a long time again to get my epidural working correctly.  They kept poking my sides with a toothpick asking me what I could feel and it kept being too low.  So just like that morning, the anesthesiologist kept giving me more and more boluses until it finally was numbing me high enough to begin the surgery.  Poor Greg had to wait in the waiting room for a good 45 mins until they finally brought him back.  I was so relieved once he was finally at my side again.  The surgery itself went as expected. Having attended a lot of c-sections as a nurse practitioner student and stood on the procedure side of the drape, I tried not to think about what they were doing with each and every tug….but I knew.  Luckily it was pretty quick.  And then we heard that precious little cry!  At 4:32pm, Henry Harper was finally here!!  Greg and I started to cry and they came and got Greg and took him to the warmer with Henry.  I remember wishing I could see them.  But I could hear his little cry.  I also remember the nurse saying “where did you hide this big boy!?”  Apparently he was big 🙂  Greg was finally able to bring Henry over to see me and I just melted.  Tears were streaming down both our faces (mine and Greg’s…Henry was chill as a cucumber!)  He was so cute. I kissed his little cheeks and wished I could wrap my arms around him.  After a few minutes, they took Greg and Henry out to the PACU while they finished my surgery.  That was another long, LONG 45 mins.  I just wanted it to be done so I could see my sweet baby. At one point, a nurse came back to tell me his weight.  She told me he was 8 lbs. 11.9 oz. I couldn’t believe it!  He WAS a big boy!  I had no idea I was carrying such a big fella 🙂May 9- Henry Harper (131) May 9- Henry Harper (130) May 9- Henry Harper (127) May 9- Henry Harper (123) May 9- Henry Harper (121) May 9- Henry Harper (119)

Finally, I got to go to PACU and see Greg and Henry. I did skin-to-skin with him and just fell in love.  I couldn’t stop looking at him.  Greg started bringing our family back one by one to meet him.  I wanted to make sure I got to see him and love on him before they all got to see him.  Greg’s niece, Evey, was so excited she got to stay at the hospital with his parents and could come back and meet Henry.

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Henry Harper Boggs

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 4:32pm

8 pounds 11.9 ounces

21 inches

Little Henry- 39 weeks

We are less than a week from our due date!  I can’t believe our baby could potentially be here any day. I sure wish he’d hurry! 😉  Greg and I were so convinced May 6 was going to be our magic day, but it’s not looking hopeful at this point.  Not really feeling many contractions these days. Just a few here and there, but nothing consistent or strong.  I was scheduled to work Monday, Wednesday, Friday this week.  Greg and I had already talked and decided Friday was probably pushing it, and then when I was at work on Monday I asked him what he thought about that day being my last day.  His response was “well, he’s gonna be born on Wednesday anyways, so you’re not going to be working.”  haha.  See?  We’ve been hoping for May 6th.  I don’t know why, it’s just a date we both picked out of the blue (without each other’s input) as our predicted date of arrival.  So at work on Monday I got the charge nurse to make sure they would be ok with staffing on Wednesday if I were to come off the schedule.  It was fine, so Monday was my last day at work.  Good thing too, cause I already couldn’t wear my work shoes anymore.  My last two shifts I had to improvise with my tennis shoes cause my feet and ankles are so swollen these days.

May 4So since Monday, I’ve gotten all mine and Henry’s stuff totally packed and ready to leave for the hospital. I had most of it together last week, but there were still a few things here and there that needed gathering.  So now, besides packing the few things I use day-to-day, we’re really ready.

I also completely finished the nursery.  Again, it’s been ready (as far as functional) for him for several weeks now, but I had some artwork I wanted to get hung on the walls.  Katie came over last week and helped me get a gallery wall done, and then this week I got some frames I needed to complete another wall above his crib.  I’m so happy with how it all came together.  We decided to go with a vintage airplane/toys theme.  Of course, thanks Pinterest for the inspiration.  What did we ever do without Pinterest??  I had originally planned to order some watercolor airplane prints off Etsy for one art wall, but then one day I found an airplane book in some stacks of children’s books that came from the Boggs’ that had been sitting on our bookshelves. I looked through it and it was filled with some cute airplane artwork that all coordinated really well, so I ended up just making copies of those prints instead.  So instead of the $60+ I was gonna spend on 4 prints off Etsy, I got 6 prints copied for $6 at Kinkos.  Heck yeah!  And I love that it’s unique for his nursery.  No one else will have these prints. So here’s a look at our precious boy’s nursery. It’s all ready and waiting on him 🙂

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We have our next appointment tomorrow.  Hopefully there will be some progress this time.  Thankfully my back pain has eased up over the past week.  Some days I still take Tylenol, but it’s not around the clock like I was having to do. And I haven’t had to add the Benadryl to it for about a week now.  I do however pee around the clock!  I was doing good only having to get up once a night for weeks, but as of this week, I’m up at least 2-3 times a night.  So that’s been fun.

The summer term for school started back up this week.  Thankfully, all our tests are cumulative now since it is my last semester. So from what I can tell, there’s not any new reading. I just need to re-read and study all the material I’ve learned up until now (which is still pretty intimidating).  We have a few assignments I’ll need to keep up with over the next month or so. But thankfully, I won’t start doing clinicals again until sometime in June.  I’m so thankful for the timing of all this.  I would not be able to survive school and a new baby if this semester was anything like the ones leading up until now.  Luckily, this one seems a little less stressful.  And my teacher was very understanding about me taking some time off.  So for now, I’ll try to knock out a few assignments to stay on track and then I’ll ease into clinicals once we get a little more settled into our new life with a newborn 😉  But until then, we just keep on waiting…

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