Gavin's first road trip - 1900 miles

Gavin took his first road trip last week from Texas to Memphis, TN and then up to Bloomington, IN. We was much better than I anticipated. Luckily we bought a DVD player for the trip and had him watch baby einstein learning videos to occupy his time. This probably saved us from self distruction. We visited Grandpa Scott in Memphis and then went to meet Gavin's cousin Lotte. This was their first encounter and they did pretty well. They had a few episodes of crying, but were very curious about eachother.

Part of our intention was to visit Fishers, Indiana, a potential location to live. We want Gavin to have some of the same outdoor living values we have and its hard to get that in Texas because there are so many fire ants, its so hot for so many months and then basically goes right into being cold all winter. The midwest is familiar to me and Ian would get to be in an area which was more woodsy. Also we would be close to Kris, Tiffany and Lotte and which would be nice.

We are currently looking into our options for selling our home. We are not sure if we have any equity at all because of the market, time lived in the house (almost 2 years), and time we want to wait for an offer. If we are able to sell we will probably sell as soon as we can and then figure out from there what to do. Either find a house quickly in Indiana without being there, or rent an apt for a few months and find something. We could also put a bid on a house with a contigency that we will sell our home.

Anyways I just wanted to give that update. I will be sad to leave all my friends I have made here, but I think we need to do what is best for Gavin and be within driving distance of the family, especially with plane ticket costs.


Gavin is born!

Story of the labor and delivery:

We went to the hospital to be induced on Feb 4th at 10pm. By 12:30am they started the pitocin. By 8:30am nothing had happened. I had been having small contractions all night, but nothing significant. My OB came in and broke my water sometime around 10am. I started having severe contractions right after my water was broken. They were very intense due to the fact that I had lots of pitocin built up all night as well as my own hormones which now came into action after my water was broken. I finally got an epidural and I was already 9cm dilated. I went from 3cm to 9cm in one hour! Gavin was born at 12:07pm Feb 5th weighing 7 lbs and 5 oz, he was 21 inches long.

When Gavin was one week old we had a large flood of water in our house due to a plumbing problem caused by the city. We had water all over our house. My family was in Texas visiting us and helped with the cleaning and damage control. We have been staying in a hotel while the cleaning company decontaminated and dehumidified our home. We are now waiting on insurance adjustment so we can get new floors in our house and start to enjoy our life with our new family member in our own house! We are trying to make the best of it.


40 weeks


Recap of weeks 4-38

Starting Week 39

I am officially really sick of being pregnant.


Starting Week 38 - any day now

I am finally full term and Gavin can technically be born at any time. The average week a healthy baby is born is between 37-42. I definitley won't go over my due date because I have the option to induce if I get to that point (which I hope I don't have to wait that long). We are getting the house ready for visitors so we dont have to do a lot of cleaning after Gavin is born. I made Ian a honeydo list! We have been walking daily and I have been going to the gym between 2-3 times a week to do weights and eliptical for the entire 9 months. Recently more people come up to me and request I don't have the baby at the gym... Here is my picture this week. I am huge...


Starting Week 37 - 9 months!

So this is what 9 months looks like? I am big and can only escape the stretch marked belly for so long... I am hoping to keep my belly at bay theses last few weeks... Full term is 37 weeks, so at the end of this week I am considered full-term. If Gavin were to be born now though, he would be fine, they would just watch him to make sure he had no problems.

I have been having braxton hicks contractions for 2 days now... they are very frequent. They haven't seem to be getting worse so I haven't seriously started to time them at this point.

The doctor told me last week that they will start checking for dilation this week. I am excited to know if I am getting anywhere with that... She also told me she is giving me the option to be induced the week of January 22nd IF I am dilating well, due to her being absent the week before and of my due date... Everything is coming to an end here, but I feel like it is taking forever! I am so ready to have this baby!


Starting Week 36 -- Almost there!

I had a Texas baby shower today hosted by my friend Lauren. It was nice... we had fun. It was 72 degrees out today or maybe even warmer, it was beautiful out! Ian went golfing. Here is my 35 week picture! I am now in week 36... I go to the doctors every week now and they start checking for dilation soon.