Saturday, December 20, 2008

Update on baby Kaden and some new engagement photos

I LOVED hanging out with Ty and Kizo for their engagement session at Lafayette Square earlier this fall! We had rescheduled so many times because of rain, so I was pumped when we finally got a date with no precipitation! Here are a few of my faves:

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Aren't they just the cutest?!?!? I think they could both be models :).
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Even though it was a bit overcast when we started, then sun came out every once in a while and we took full advantage of it.
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Favorite!
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Ty and Kizo are both from Brazil and have been studying here in St. Louis for the last several years. In about a year, they'll be returning home for good, and Ty's car - this lovely red mustang - will not be making the voyage home with her. I guess driving all the way to Brazil might be a little bit of a trip :). So we made sure to take a few pics by the 'stang before the shoot was over :).
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And since several of you have asked about an update on baby Kaden, so here ya go! :)

I was scheduled for a c-section for this morning at 8 am, so our day started out this morning around 4:30am or so. Jon and I got all ready to go and arrived at the hospital right on time at 6am. We were both so excited we could hardly stand it and I couldn't believe I'd actually be holding my baby in just a few hours!

After check-in, they started my IV and put the monitors on the baby. "Oh yeah, he's definitely breech," the nurse told me as she positioned the baby monitor high on my stomach. "You don't get a heart beat up that high unless the baby is breech." Jon and I chuckled a little to each other. Kaden had been breech pretty much the entire pregnancy, which is the reason we scheduled the c-section in the first place. Silly little guy... he just didn't want to be upside down!

About a half-hour passed and we turned on the TV to distract us. TNT sure does show some great movies in the morning! We watched a little bit of "A Knight's Tale" and I think Kaden really liked the movie... he was moving all over the place while we sat there relaxing. I saw the monitors on my belly bouncing up and down like crazy! Then a resident came in after a bit to do an ultrasound that my dr. requested just before the epidural.

I think I was rude to the resident when she told me the news. "This baby is head down," she said as Jon and I both looked at her in disbelief. I seriously thought she was joking, but alas, it was no joke. In just a few minutes... at the last possible minute... he rotated! The odds of that were slim to none; in fact the nurses told us they had never seen that happen before at this late hour! We talked with our dr. and he said he'd go ahead and do the c-section if we were totally set on it, but we also had the option of waiting for things to progress naturally since he was heads down now. After lots more questions and prayer and talking, Jon and came to the conclusion that it was no coincidence that he moved when he did. Maybe he just needs a little more time to develop... or maybe God was telling us we needed to opt to not have surgery. Whatever the case, we couldn't get past the fact that he turned for a reason, so we decided to cancel the c-section and go home. They wanted to monitor the baby for a while longer just to confirm everything was ok and Kaden was still responsive, so after 5 hours in the hospital, the nurses disconnected the IV and sent me home.

In the end, my gut feeling is that I'll probably still end up having a c-section... after all, I am only 5 feet tall and this baby is pretty large (if you've seen me this month, you know what I mean :) ). But I still think we made the right decision to wait because, wow, it wasn't just some random movement that occurred today. It was a little disappointing to come home today without a baby in our arms, but I have a feeling we'll be there soon enough :).

So I'm still pregnant. Large and in charge. Double chinned and bigger than ever. It's awesome :). And now we wait...

5 comments:

Katie said...

It's all about head, not size! Josh was 7 lbs. 8 oz. and we had to do a c-section b/c his head was stuck, Jack, 8 lbs even, and did a VBAC, since his head was smaller. Oh, and it's b/c your 5 ft or so that you probably look bigger (I don't know, I haven't seen you!), there is no where else for that baby to go but out. Did you see me when I was pregnant. Gross. Anyhow, I'll be praying for you guys, hope everything goes great!!!

Nancy said...

Praying for you. Great wisdom in the decision you all made! I wanted to tell you yesterday after seeing your posts on facebook, that is sounds like you may have a stubborn and strong willed one on your hands!! Matt would do this every night before I went in to see my doctor when I was going every two weeks and then every week. I know because he had hiccups all the time. If they were high up, he was breech and if they were down low, then he was head down. He had the doctor in a panic as we lived 45 mintues outside of town and no medical help nearby!! They made me move into town three weeks before he was born. Thankfully, my parents let us stay with them. But in the end he was where he was supposed to be, but he never did things like he was supposed to do. It was his way and on his time table! LOL! Even during the delivery, he would slide down during the time I pushed and then would slide back up when I stopped!! He was hanging on it seemed!! Finally, I heard a nurse say, while I was in the midst of pushing with a contraction, "if she will only hang with this one." So I did and I finally won the battle and out he came!!

Dennis Bullock said...

Wonderful session and location choice!

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