Thursday, November 20, 2008

Carolina's Bedding

Even though Carolina's nursery hasn't even been started (it's currently Clay's playroom), I did get her bedding ordered and made. After spending what felt like forever in nearly every fabric store in Dallas, I am so happy with the finished product.

If you click on the picture you can see it clearly (some of the fabrics look solid from afar) but the fabrics are pink cheetah, light green stripe, green floral, cream chenille and raspberry silk. Here's the picture from the bedding lady's website in her crib (Carolina's actual crib is cream and her sheet is light pink):

We were so pleased with how it came out (and would love to recommend the company). More pictures to come when Carolina graduates from our room and the nursery actually gets finished!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Here's our little belated Halloween post:

Halloween with the Sklosses

Carolina the Sweet Pea

Clay the Dinosaur

Aren't they adorable???

Our Halloween had a few unexpected surprises (like Carolina being present!) but turned out really well. We went to the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch and celebrated in style.

The Pumpkin Patch was so fun for Clay. Mike and his mom had a good time chasing him all over while I pushed Carolina and took pictures. I was so glad they had the energy to chase him because I sure didn't. That little boy takes off like a rocket!
He ran all over and each time he got ahold of a pumpkin he would pick it up and chunk it on the ground. I guess he thought it was a ball and would bounce. Oops.

Towards the end of our Pumpkin Patch adventure Mike and Clay were both very tired. Clay was throwing fits, hitting, crying and all around grouchy when he didn't get to do what he wanted. Normally, he is sweet and fun but it was right in the middle of naptime and he was
T-I-R-E-D from running for an hour (and throwing pumpkins). It definitely reached a point where everyone was ready to go home.
I am so glad we were able to go and do something festive for Halloween. Clay had a wonderful time and Carolina, well, I'm sure she had a good time, too.

All in all (with a lot of help) the Sklosses had a very fun Halloween. Here's a look at our day:

Carolina preparing for the festivities with a nap

Clay driving his tractor at the Pumpkin Patch

Checking out the pumpkins

Little Ghost #1: Carolina

Little Ghost #2: Clay

Little Boy Running Wild=Tired Daddy

Halloween Wears Everyone Out!

Going to Bed in Our Halloween Pajamas

Goodnight Halloween!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Meeting Baby Sister

Clay had no idea what was coming when it came time to meet his sister. Obviously though, Mike and I were very thrilled to introduce the two of them. He was very timid at first but warmed up to her quickly. Here's a few pictures from their meeting. I can honestly say it's just what I've always wanted. So sweet.

Daddy introduces Clay to Carolina

Welcoming Carolina

Here's a quick rundown of the events leading up to Carolina's birth and the period after her delivery.

Thursday (35 weeks 1 day): Our doctor wants to deliver due to the leaking and sends us for an amniocentesis to determine lung maturity. We prepare everything at home (bags packed, Clay's stuff ready) for a delivery the next day.

Friday (35 weeks 2 days): The nurse calls and tells us that the amnio showed very immature lungs. The perinatologist suggests we wait until 38.5- 39 weeks for delivery. I'm glad we did the amnio and didn't take any risks which would have surely meant a NICU stay. I prepare myself for a couple more weeks of pregnancy and feel good knowing I am keeping Carolina in longer to help her get stronger lungs.

Thursday early afternoon (36 weeks 1 day): Mike's mom (Nana) arrives to watch Clay so Mike and I can attend our second ultrasound and OB appointment for the week. She'll help me stay off my feet for the weekend and keep Carolina in.

Thursday late afternoon: The ultrasound goes well but the OB appointment shows I have high blood pressure for the first time in the pregnancy. As we get ready to leave to be admitted to the hospital they discover I have the two other hallmarks of preeclampsia (extreme swelling and protein in my urine (TMI?)).

Mama in the hospital waiting for Carolina

Thursday night and Friday morning: The high blood pressure continues. Mike goes to work to conserve his time off.

Friday afternoon (36 weeks 2 days): Nana and Clay come to have lunch just as I start getting very nauseated. After I finished getting sick and reported my nice little headache to the nurse, she decided to call my doctor. My doctor instructs me to call Mike. It was "go time" and the doc was already prepping for a c-section.

Later Friday afternoon: The nurses begin talk of "mag" or magnesium sulfate. I had heard of it before and that it wasn't pretty. It is a common treatment for preeclampsia to avoid problems during or complications after birth. I start trying to talk the nurses out of it (my head was feeling a lot better after getting sick) but to no avail. They were determined.

Labor and Delivery: They start IV's. The same nurse I had seen a couple of weeks before and had failed at my IV twice was at it again. I warned her nicely that she hadn't really liked me last time but she blew veins twice again this time. They called in the people from anesthesia for the final product.

I begin peppering them with questions about worst case scenarios for the mag and what the NICU will be like while I throw up every couple of minutes. The nurse tells me the Mag will make me feel like crap and some people complain of burning eyes. I can't wait.

I begin to get nervous about it all and start crying every time someone mentions the NICU. They administer the mag and I start hearing ringing and my vision gets blurry between times of throwing up. I hear the nurse tell Mike, "We're going to lose her for a second but we'll get her back." I stick around just to see what will happen. (It was gettin' good.)

The Anesthesiologist comes and administers my epidural. He seems to have a little trouble which (again) makes me nervous.

They wheel me back to the OR and I greet my doctor. Everything is pretty fuzzy from there. I threw up several times and they brought Carolina over for just a second when she got cleaned up.

Newborn Carolina

Early Friday evening: I am back in Labor and Delivery and they are checking me out. Mike is with Carolina in the NICU. The nurse (young and a little nervous) calls her charge nurse in because she thinks my stomach is swollen. It's been just a few hours since delivery.

The nurses keep pushing on my uterus trying to get it back in shape. I start wincing and they remind me that I have to move around to feel better. (*After Clay was born the nurses told Mike I was one of the Top 10 for getting up and moving around after a c-section. Also my doctor had continually warned my hospital nurses to strap me down if they had to because I was a "jumpy" one.)

I start crying and trying to explain that I understand I have to move around and have my uterus put back in shape but they were being TOO rough. I kept asking to see Mike and for them to call my doctor because I never experienced this much pain from the "uterus pushing" after Clay.

Finally, Mike comes in and they continue (while I have a washcloth in my mouth to muffle the screaming and tears stream down my face). After they decide enough is enough the charge nurse asks me if I work out. What?? I tell her no. Duh. I was pregnant a couple of hours before, lady. My stomach muscles got really tight when she pushed on me, she says. Wow. Could it be that I was in screaming pain??

They decide to call the doctor on call who proceeds to tell them that all of this is unnecessary. They then check the epidural and discover it isn't in place anymore. It hadn't been working at all. Surprise, surprise. The original nurse comes in and tells us how her charge nurse has the tendency to be "dramatic" with her procedures. Really??

Late Friday Evening: Carolina is in the NICU for fluid on her lungs. Mike and I attempt to get a good night's rest (with a nurse coming in every hour to check my vitals).

Saturday: Carolina is doing well. Mike comes in to tell me she is hungry so the NICU was feeding her formula (despite my instructions that she was a breast fed baby). I get ready to formally meet our little girl.

Carolina and her monitors in the NICU

NICU: I get to go in and feed Carolina and she does really well. Mike also gets to hold her for the first time. She looks great and the nurses say she might get to room in with us that night or the next morning.

Carolina's NICU suite

Saturday night: Carolina is not quite ready to come be with us but we go down to the NICU every three hours to feed her through the night.

Sunday morning: Carolina gets discharged from the NICU. Mike and I are thrilled.

Sweet girl

Tuesday morning: It's Mike's birthday and we get to go home with our healthy daughter. Thank God!

Carolina Blair

Fall at the Arboretum

Mike and I took Clay to the Arboretum a couple of weeks ago and snapped a few cute pictures. It was our last little outing as a family of three. Here's a few shots from the day: (We had his picture made with the photographer so we had to change his clothes once.)

Looking like Daddy

Our little man

Oh so curious

Being "soft" with the bunny