Daddy Log - Hailey Christine

January 11, 2002

Well . . . It's happening again!
On Friday, January 11, 2002, Shelby took the test. Sorry for the late notice, but after the miscarriage, we wanted to wait.
Tentative Due Date: 09/12/2002

So keep checking back!!

February 18, 2002

We had the first sonogram today and everything looks good!

Heartrate: 174bpm

March 5, 2002

Shelby started feeling the baby move a couple of days ago. Today, though, Abbica sat down hard on Shelby's belly and my goodness did that upset the baby!!

March 25, 2002

First bellyshots of the pregnancy!

April 10, 2002

New heartrate: 156bpm! Baby is still healthy and growing.

May 2, 2002

Heartrate is now 150bpm! We just had the 20-Week sonogram and looks like I was right on the money! Based on the baby's size, the estimated due date is 9/18 (exactly what I had predicted).

Also, I know everyone has been getting impatient, but we finally have another bellyshot! Enjoy....

May 12, 2002 - Mother's Day

Went to Water Country USA and the baby had a BLAST swimming around (no, we didn't let him out of the belly).
Also, I felt the baby kick for the first time! Abbica had already felt it, and boy-oh-boy was she surprised! She looked at Shelby like "Hey, you weren't kidding around! There really is something in there!"

June 6, 2002

My goodness, Shelby is getting big! You can see her belly move, now. I have felt it kick a few times, as well.

June 18, 2002

I've got a few updates today. Where, oh, where to begin?

When Shelby was pregnant with Abbica, she would hold Carmen and Abbica would start kicking her; this was not the case when Shelby held Jacob.
This time around, when Shelby holds Maya, the baby couldn't care less. Yet, when she holds Joshua (Benji's new baby), ours starts going nuts.
I think there's a pattern!

Sibling Love?
Every morning, Abbica walks into our room (around 6am) and wakes us up. Usually, this involves her staring at Shelby saying, "mom. Mom. MOM!" until she opens her eyes, at which point, she informs us, "I wanna goto Da POOOOOOL."
Anyway, whenever the new baby hears Abbica's voice, it gets all excited, wakes up, and starts flipping around.
What's more... At night, if I lean into the belly and say, "Abbica," the baby gets just as excited! We tried this theory out with other people and it doesn't matter who says it.
He sure loves his big sister!!

Went to the doctor last week and the baby's heartbeat was 140!

July 11, 2002 - 31 Weeks

Shelby has been having Braxton-Hicks (False Labor) contractions for a week, now. She went to the doctor's today and everything is wonderful!
The heartbeat is 145-150 bpm.
The doctors expect Shelby to go early (like 37 weeks)! That pretty much made Shelby's day.

Shelby has only gained 10 lbs this pregnancy

August 05, 2002 - 34 Weeks

Shelby has gained another pound this month! She is still contracting on and off, but it doesn't seem to be changing anything, so the doctors aren't too worried. They are still sticking to 9/12 as the due date.
The heartbeat is 140 bpm.
Abbica is getting so excited!! She can't wait. She keeps trying to feed the baby through Shelby's belly button, and makes it tea.
The baby is moving all over now and Shelby's belly moves like an Alien! The room is almost done. Shelley did a beautiful job and I just need to get in there and put up the moulding and paint the bottom. I'll get pics up soon!
You've been waiting for it, and here it is.... The BELLYSHOT:

August 23, 2002 - 37 Weeks

Ugh! All month, the baby has been head down. Now, it is breech. Shelby goes in tomorrow and Dr. Stokes is going to try to turn it around. I'll keep you posted.

August 24, 2002 - 37 Weeks

Amazingly enough, the baby turned itself around last night and is once again, head-down. Margie was so amazed and said that if she hadn't done both sonograms herself wouldn't have believed it!!

August 29, 2002 - 38 Weeks

This crazy kid was sideways for much of the week. He apparently did a complete other flip and landed head-down in the pelvis! So Shelby has officially dropped and the baby is where it should be!!

Well, She looks a lot bigger in this outfit, so we had to take another bellyshot!

September 5, 2002 - 39 Weeks

Goodness. Looks like the kid stood back up again and is sideways!! Shelby is going in today for a Sonogram and they are going to find out exactly where the baby is. If the baby is not head-down, we are probably going to schedule a 'turning' for tomorrow. If at anytime he goes head-down, they are inducing! So, most likely this kid is coming out this weekend. Stay tuned!!

September 5, 2002 - 39 Weeks #2

Ugh!! Ok, the Birthing Inn is booked (yes, there is no room at the Inn - go ahead and make your jokes), so the 'turning' is going to happen sometime next week. The induction is scheduled for Tuesday at 6am.

September 10, 2002 - 40 Weeks

This is it!! Head is down and we are going in. We'll keep you posted.
(In case you were wondering why Shelby is being induced, the fear is that the baby will turn breach and Shelby's water will break. Then we have no choice and they have to cut her open. This, we are trying to avoid at all costs. Even if it means having a child born on 9/11 . . . .)
Only up to 1cm. Full day of pitocin and not much progress.
Shelby is going to rest up and try again tomorrow morning. If nothing happens, most likely we will be sent home untill Shelby goes into active labor or her water breaks, meanwhile praying that the baby doesn't turn butt-down first. So far, so good: The baby is still vertex (head-down).

September 11, 2002 - 40 Weeks

Well, here we go! Starting off at 2cm, the baby is still high.
3cm. Baby still is high. Won't drop. Still waiting to see what happens.
5cm. Baby had dropped a bit. Wendy broke Shelby's water!! Oh yeah, that means the baby is coming soon!
Still 5cm, though the baby seems to have moved back up some. Wendy believes that the baby is face-up (he needs to be face-down to be born) and can't get through. So, they are flipping Shelby every 1/2 hour (right side - left side) in hopes that this will flip the baby over and he will just slip on through.

September 12, 2002 - 40 Weeks

Shelby was woken up and given the pitocin again. Now, for the waiting game. She was 8cm when checked.
9cm!! Woo Hoo!! Anytime now!
Alright now. Still 9.5cm
Oh Come ON! 9.75cm
Really now, this is too much! 9.something, but just barely not ready!
Woo Hoo!! Shelby can start pushing! Finally!
OMG! We can see the head! Now that she pushed past the cervix, it is time to get Dr. Stokes! From what we can see, it has red hair! Just what I need....
Shelby was told to stop pushing while we waited for the Doctor!
Patience may be a virtue, but not to a woman in labor! 5 contractions later, Doc finally came it to the growl of Shelby, "It's about flippin' time!"
She said to me later, "I am here for 3 days, and he makes me wait??!!"
Finally, the Doc has his mitts on and is ready to catch. As the head was working its way out, Shelby practically sits up in bed and informs him, "I'd better not tear!!!"
Shelby gave birth to a beautiful girl.