Kaleb’s Birth Story

Sorry it has taken me until Kaleb was already 3 weeks old to get this written, but it has been a little hectic over here.  As you know I booked my repeat c-section for May 9th at 8:30am with the hope that I would go into labor before that date.

 

From around Easter leading up to my c-section I had on and off contractions and continued to hope that today would be the day, but then they would stop and not return.  Tuesday was like all the other days, we spent a few last hours with Khloe before she headed off to my gma’s and spent time with Keira and Kaylee as well as preparing all the last minute stuff.  I laid down late (around 1am despite knowing I would have to be up by 4:30am at the latest) and tossed and turned all night with mild contractions, but didn’t bother to pay attention to how far apart they were.  Around 4am I gave up trying to fall a sleep and got up, dressed and finished getting every thing ready to go.  A little before 5am I called to verify they still had space for my c-section and then called my mom to let her know it was still on.  By the time she arrived at 5:30am my contractions were getting stronger and closer at about 3 minutes apart when I got into the car.

 

We arrived right on time and got my IV and filled out all the last minute paperwork and then the waiting game began.  By now contractions were 2 minutes apart and getting more intense and I begged for them to check me, but they wouldn’t saying there is no way I would deliver before heading back to the OR, which I was slightly upset about because I was very curious if my body was actually doing what it needed to do.  At about 8am they brought me back and it took two very painful tries to get my spinal in, but finally it was done and I was almost ready.  It seemed like forever before hubby was brought back, but finally he was by my side.  I noticed it took a while to get him out, but I figured this was my fourth c-section so there must have been a lot of scar tissue.  Finally at 9:05am I heard his first scream cry, which he did not stop until well after leaving the OR, getting his first bath in the nursery and finally returning to me in recovery.  He weighed 7lbs 12oz (3oz less than Kaylee) and was 2 3/4″ long (1/4″ longer than Kaylee) and had a full head of blonde hair (total shocker since all three girls were born with dark hair) and I was instantly in love.

 

While in recovery the OB came in to talk about how the surgery went.  She told me the pressure I was feeling was not in fact Kaleb’s head and that they are not even sure what they felt thinking was his head was.  Yes he was head down and in position, but they were not sure he was as far down as they originally thought.  Over my incision was a very large hematoma which is what took so long to reach him.  They had to carefully remove it before getting to my uterus and are not sure how long it had been there or what exactly caused it.  Luckily everything went well and both Kaleb and I came out of surgery just fine.

So sorry…

Things have been a little more hectic than I expected, so I am still a bit behind.  Between follow up appointments for my c-section, to getting Kaleb’s insurance scheduled, trying to get nursing down and scheduling Kaleb’s hearing test has left me over tired and stretched more than normal.  On top of it all I am now having issues with my incision.  Hubby returned to work yesterday which left it interesting.  Kaleb wants to nurse all day every day if I would let him and the girls are trying to adjust to mommy not being able to immediately help them do something.  I am exhausted, but loving every minute.  I have several books I need to get reviews written for (one I am still reading) as well as a couple other things.  Two events I am a part of are going live tomorrow and there will be more to come.  I also still need to get to work on a new design to include little mister.  I promise to catch up as soon as I can.

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Introducing Kaleb!

I will post my birth story a little later.  Kaleb Allen was born on May 9th at 9:05am, he weighed 7lbs 12oz and was 20 3/4″ long.

 

Kaleb arrives tomorrow!

Unless by some miracle I go into labor, tomorrow morning at 6:30am I head into the hospital for an 8:30am repeat c-section.  While I am upset over having to have another c-section I am very excited to meet our little boy.  I will try and post more once I recover and share all his details and some photos.

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Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway

Welcome to the Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway!

Bright Starts and Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa-Mom have teamed to offer an amazing Bright Starts Sunnyside Safari Collection giveaway to one lucky reader!

This includes the Sunnyside Safari™ Chair Top High Chair, Playard, Plug in Sway & Swing, Portable Swing and Saucer making this truly the Ultimate Baby Shower Gift.

Special thank you to the wonderful bloggers who made this possible including our co-hosts: To Sew with Love, The Lucky Ladybug and Mom Blog Society.

As you know I am currently expecting our 4th child and this would be the greatest prize/gift to receive as a parent to be.  Everything you need all in one place, so what are you waiting for?  Enter today!

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Sunnyside Safari™ Chair Top High Chair

A good high chair is a must for moms, and Bright Starts™ Sunnyside Safari™ Chair Top High Chair is as good as they come! It does what a full-sized model does and more, adjusting to four different heights (and nearly any table), reclining to three positions, and converting to a booster seat for smooth transition to the toddler years.
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  • 3 position recline
  • Removable Stay Level Tray™ remains level even when seat is reclined
  • 3 locking positions to grow with baby
  • Built-in holders are convenient for drinks or snacks
  • Converts to booster for easy toddler transition
  • 5 point convertible safety harness

 

Sunnyside Safari™ Playard

A bright, sunny place for baby to rest, play, get a quick diaper change and spend a few moments with some friendly jungle pals! That’s the Bright Starts™ Sunnyside Safari™ Playard. This playard includes a removable bassinet with our time-saving One Less Step™ feature for easy fold-and-go mobility.
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  • Side storage pocket
  • Wheels for easy portability
  • Includes travel bag

 

Sunnyside Safari™ Plug in Sway & Swing™

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Product Features:

  • Seat rotates 180° for 3 swing directions
  • TrueSpeed™ technology maintains 6 speeds as baby grows
  • Mobiles with 2 playtime toys easily pivots out of the way
  • 20 minutes of melodies and nature sounds with volume control and auto shut-off
  • AC adaptor saves money on batteries
  • Swing time with 3 settings: 30, 45 and 60 minutes
  • Whisper Quiet™ operation
  • 5 point harness
  • Machine washable seat pad
  • Non-slip feet

 

Sunnyside Safari™ Portable Swing

Find baby’s favorite speed with this innovative portable swing. The Bright Starts™ Sunnyside Safari™ Portable Swing is a win for parents and babies—from its machine-washable padded seat right down to its bright yellow, non-slip feet. With six distinct speeds to choose from, you’ll find it easy to suit your little one’s mood—and our patented TrueSpeed™ technology keeps those speeds consistent even as baby grows.
The Comfort Recline™ seat gives you a choice of two positions, and WhisperQuiet™ operation makes this swing silent in use. Wrap it all up in the super-fun animal decor and you’ve got a perfect travel companion. Part of Bright Starts™’ Sunnyside Safari™ Collection. Start the fun with Bright Starts!™

Features:

  • TrueSpeed™ Technology maintains 6 speeds as baby grows
  • Comfort Recline™ seat with 2 positions
  • Whisper Quiet™ operation
  • Easily folds for storage or travel
  • 5 point harness
  • Machine washable seat pad
  • Non-slip feet

 

Sunnyside Safari™ Saucer

This is where babies go for serious fun. A Walmart exclusive, the 7-activity Bright Starts™ Sunnyside Safari™ Saucer offers entertainment options galore—and a lighthearted jungle theme with fun characters you’ll adore.
The seat rotates a full 360° for endless interaction with the activity stations. Twin overhead toy arms provide even more entertainment options. And the three different height positions make this one saucer your baby won’t soon outgrow. Four link loops mean still more toys can be attached. Part of the Sunnyside Safari™ Collection, this saucer will quickly become a family favorite. Start the fun with Bright Starts!™

Product Features:

  • 3 adjustable height positions allows entertainer to grow with baby
  • Seat rotates 360° for nonstop interaction with 7 activity stations
  • 2 overhead toy bar arms with mirror, hanging toy and fabric crinkle leaves
  • Hanging elephant toy
  • Bendy giraffe teething stalk
  • Bead chaser with easy to grip textured beads
  • Lion popper with spiraling beads
  • Rotating ladybug barrels with fun textures and beads
  • Rocking toucan on leaf stalk
  • 4 link loops for attaching more toys
  • Lays flat for storage
  • Built-in toy tray is easy to clean

Giveaway starts on May 7 at 12:01AM and ends May 28 at 11:59PM. Open to the US residents only; must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Enter to win the Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway including the Sunnyside Safari Collection on the rafflecopter form below.

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