Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Not-so-wordless Wednesday (The Story of McKayla)

John woke up extra early, and McKayla is still asleep, so I finally have a second to post her birth story. There are pictures at the bottom, and this post is very long!

I hadn't yet scheduled to be induced, and was still very pregnant and somewhat miserable when we went into my 39 week appointment Wednesday, September 14. I hadn't really made much progress at all up to that point, and that was really what my doctor wanted to see before we talked about induction. I wasn't really expecting anything to happen, be scheduled, or have a baby anytime soon. I had been having a lot of really painful contractions that would be regular for a couple hours every day that weren't getting this little girl anywhere closer to being born, so at this point we were both pretty frustrated and done. Anyway, we went to my appointment and it went on just like every other one. My doctor checked me, I got dressed again and he came back in the room, and shocked us (well, mostly me. Cade says he knew it was going to happen) by asking if I'd like to go to the hospital to be induced the next night. I didn't hesitate and answered yes emphatically. He told me to arrive at the hospital at 11PM to start the process and warned me not to eat a huge dinner before I went and not to take a nap before I came, so I could sleep that night. He was pretty adamant that nothing was going to happen until mid-day on Friday. He kept insisting that because I wasn't dilated much at all yet that it would take a while for us to meet our baby girl. So, I didn't nap, and to be truthful, I was too excited to eat much of anything. We made plans with my parents to drop John off on Thursday night before we went to the hospital, and as we were getting out of the car to take him inside they called asking where I was. I let her know I wasn't told to be there until 11, and that no one told me otherwise, but we would get there as soon as possible. We dropped John off, and headed to Gwinnett Medical. We got there, checked in, filled out all the paperwork, and I walked to my room. By 11PM I was hooked up to everything and checked (I was still only 1cm and 50%) and was too excited to sleep which is the first point where I started regretting not taking that nap. Cade fell asleep in the most uncomfortable chair I've ever seen, and I watched TV. I wasn't really feeling anything at all. I mild contraction here and there, but nothing that made me cringe or that I couldn't breathe through. About an hour and a half - two hours later my water broke, so I paged the nurse, got out of bed, went to the bathroom and all of a sudden I was REALLY contracting. They were regular and I was shaking because of the intensity. Five minutes after the nurse walked out of my room, I paged her and requested my epidural. The anesthesiologist came in and went through all the paperwork and legal stuff, and I got my epidural and went to sleep. I woke up a few times and threw up, and the last time I was feeling some pain around my right hip, and requested to be checked. My only complaint is that no one ever checked me practically this whole time. Anyway, she started and said "Oh, I can feel her head." So I got some help rolling over onto my back, and she paged the on-call OB from my practice who was my favorite one, so I could start pushing. After I got rolled over onto my back though, I started throwing up and couldn't stop. I guess she had descended pretty far because next thing I know the nurse is pushing her back up, Cade is telling me to stop throwing up, and the nurse calls Dr. Williams and says, "You better run, or I'm going to have to deliver this baby." So she got there just in time, and after at most, 10 minutes of pushing we welcomed our McKayla Rilee. The next day, my regular doctor came into my room and said a few times how he couldn't believe that she was already here, (I was only in labor for 7 hours.) and that for my next pregnancy I'd just have to hang out in the parking lot of the hospital starting at 37 weeks so that nothing happened before I got to the hospital. It was the best birth experience I could have asked for and we are so happy to have our baby girl here with us.

Friday, September 23, 2011


McKayla Rilee Robertson
September 16, 2011
6:10 AM
7 lbs 3 oz
20 inches

Sunday, August 21, 2011

36 Weeks

How far along: 36 Weeks

Sleep: Yeah, I still don't sleep.

Best Moment of the Week: Confirming that as long as all goes according to plan, we'll be meeting this little girl at 39 weeks, or sooner if she chooses.

Movement: She's still trying to roll around in there. Silly girl!

Labor Signs: At my appointment last week I was 50% effaced and 1 cm dilated. I've been having lots of real contractions, they're just not regular enough yet.

Belly Button: Still out. It's a lovely little snooze button.

What I Miss: Drinking water without getting heartburn and being able to play with John on the floor.

What I'm Looking Forward to: Getting settled in our new place. We still have SO much to unpack.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

35 Weeks

How far along: 35 Weeks

Sleep: I wish. Between her middle of the night hiccups, waking up because I'm way too hot, and getting up to go to the bathroom oh, once every hour, I no longer sleep.

Best Moment of the Week: Another appointment where I hear that she is absolutely perfect.

Movement: She moves and moves and moves. I'm not sure that she sleeps!

Labor Signs: None. Just normal 35 weeks aches and pains. Contractions are still most likely getting us nowhere closer to labor.

Belly Button: Out, out, out. It just suddenly popped at around 33 weeks. I'm kind of excited about it, honestly!

What I Miss: Eating and cold weather!

What I'm Looking Forward to: Getting settled in our new place. We still have SO much to unpack.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Thirty Weeks

How far along: 30 weeks 2 days

Sleep: Sleep? What's that? I don't sleep anymore. Between my ridiculously bad heartburn, having to wake up to roll over, not being able to find a comfortable position for my thirty-two week belly, and having to wake up a couple times a night use the little girl's room, there's not much time left in there for sleeping. On the bright side, I'll be well adjusted for when little McKayla arrives.

Best Moment of the Week: John giving my belly kisses. Normally he won't do it because he's so distracted by belly buttons. Haha.

Movement: Let's just say we're passing our kick counts over here in about 5 minutes or less! She's quite the little mover. Occasionally she kicks me so hard I can feel the outline of her foot which is awesome and painful!

Labor Signs: Nothing really. I've been having Braxton Hicks contractions again, but at 30 weeks and measuring in at 32, I'm not really surprised.

Belly Button: Still an innie. I really don't think that's changing any time soon.

What I Miss: My stomach being where it's supposed to be. I get the worst heartburn during pregnancy, and nothing helps.

What I'm Looking Forward to: Spending the weekend celebrating this little girl! More long term, I'm SOOOOO looking forward to moving at the end of the month!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Spaghetti Boy

I finally worked up the courage to let John feed himself spaghetti. He feeds himself almost every other food, but until now I hadn't found the courage to let him feed himself something this messy. He definitely made a mess, but we got a ton of good pictures out of it!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Twenty-Eight Weeks

How far along: 28 Weeks 4 Days

Sleep: Finding a comfortable position takes longer each night, so I take far longer to fall asleep. Once I'm sleeping, though, I sleep pretty well.

Best Moment of the Week: Hearing baby McKayla's heart beat and getting my glucose test over with.

Movement: She's moving around all the time. She's still most active right when I wake up and right before I go to bed.

Labor Signs: Next to none. I hardly even have any Braxton Hicks contractions anymore!

Belly Button: It's still an innie.

What I Miss: I miss my old pants, not being kicked in the ribs, and eating a full meal.

What I'm Looking Forward to: Cade having Monday off, so we can spend the 4th of July together! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

26 Weeks

How far along: 26 Weeks 3 Days

Sleep: I've actually been sleeping okay the past couple nights, but only once I get comfortable.

Best Moment of the Week: Booking our condo for our first vacation since before we got married. I can't wait to watch John run around at the beach, but I can wait to be seen in a swimsuit at nearly 28 weeks!

Movement: Lots and lots! Now that we're honing in on the THIRD TRIMESTER(!!!!) she's moving morning, noon, and night.

Labor Signs: Unfortunately I landed in labor and delivery on Monday night with pre-term contractions. Around 5:30 I started having contractions around 3-5 minutes apart lasting around 30 seconds that were strong, painful, and showed no signs of letting up. By just after 7:00, I was hooked up to IV fluids as I'm sure they suspected that I was dehydrated, and was being monitored. I continued to have contractions, and around 9:30 was given a shot of Terbutaline which I'm so grateful halted my contractions, and at 10:00 we got to go home with a baby still very much in my belly!

Belly Button: Still an innie, but very much closer to the surface.

What I miss: Sitting comfortably.

What I'm looking forward to: THE BEACH!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sixteen Months

{This post is going to be long, so if you want to skip through and just look at the pictures, I won't be offended}

Today, John is 16 months!
I can't remember life without this little guy, and I mean that in a good way. He's so much fun to have around!

At 16 months John will sit for hours and play with his Cars. He likes to line them all up and then push them around all over the place. A lot of times I seriously think the boy will grow up to do something with cars. He's already taken apart a few of his Hot Wheel cars which aren't supposed to come apart, and with his bigger cars and trucks he always has them standing up so he can see what's going on underneath them and spin the wheels.

He does eat really well, but he prefers to snack. Some days it feels like all he's done for the day was eat! He seriously loves gummy snacks. When we're over visiting with my parents he will go through a box, and he'd probably eat more if we let him. If anything shows his love of food it's his ability to hear a microwave go off in any room of any house. He thinks that when a microwave beeps that it means he gets food. I could write an entire post about his favorite foods because there are so many, but let me just say that the boy can eat and leave it at that!

This boy is a water baby! He's generally a very happy and easy-going little boy, but he's his happiest when he's in the water. He absolutely loves bath time. Occasionally, now that he's big enough to do it, he will climb in the bathtub in the morning and pretty much camp out in there until I strip him down and turn on the water. He also loves the pool, and I can't wait to take him to the beach next week!

At 16 months John can say or sign (I'll indicate which words he signs):
-Car {John says 'rrrmmmmm' most of the time though}
-Love {signs}
-Eat {This one he doesn't say or sign. He blows air out like he's blowing on his food.}
-Thank you
-You're welcome {he just says 'come'}
-Dog {He barks through his nose most of the time.}
-All done {signs}
-More {signs}
-Please {signs}
-Ball {signs}
-Come here/Pick me up {signs}
-Yes {nods his head}
-No {shakes his head}
-Baby {signs}
-Want that/this / What's that/this {sounds like wadat/wadis}
-Moon {he points to the moon and says 'mmmmm'}
-Good {He always says 'gum'}
-Night Night

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Twenty-FIVE Weeks!!

How far along: 25 Weeks 3 Days

Sleep: Sleep? What is that exactly?

Best Moment of the Week: This was actually a few weeks ago. Probably around 22 weeks, but it's probably my favorite pregnancy moment so far... Baby girl kicking while her daddy was talking to her. So sweet!

Movement: Still tons. She's more active at night, but I still get kicked and feel her rolling around a ton during the day.

Labor Signs: Just a few painful Braxton Hicks contractions, but otherwise nothing.

Belly Button: Still an innie. It's definitely getting closer to the surface, and I'm no longer convinced I will ever have a 'snooze button'.

What I miss: Sitting without baby parts in my ribcage, and eating a full meal without feeling like I will explode.

What I'm looking forward to: Moving at the end of next month. I am SO ready to start nesting!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

21 Weeks

How far along: 21 Weeks 2 Days

Sleep: I get mom-sleep. Mom-sleep is where you get kicked in the back all night, and find pacifiers while still half-asleep.

Best Moment of the Week: Being kicked awake.

Movement: Tons and tons. She is rolling around almost continuously.

Labor Signs: Just Braxton Hicks contractions still. Nothing serious.

Belly Button: Getting close to 'popping'. I'm anxious to see if it does pop out this time. It just blended in with my belly last time.

What I miss: Shorts that fit.

What I'm looking forward to: Another week with her in my belly. I love being pregnant, and I love that I get almost 10 months of this little girl all to myself.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Saturday Snapshots

{It's really more like Picture Overload!}

 {Every time we told John to say cheese... this is what we got!}

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

20 Weeks!

How far along: 20 Weeks 2 Days

Sleep: Still not as much as I would like to be getting. It's difficult to get a good full-night sleep with a 14-month-old.

Best Moment of the Week: Confirming that Baby R is, in fact, a little girl!!

Movement: Lots, but mostly at night when we're relaxing watching Netflix.

Labor Signs: Still none!

Belly Button: Still hanging IN there. (Yes, I'm aware of how terrible that 'joke' was.)

What I miss: Being able to breathe well.

What I'm looking forward to: Deciding on a name for this little one which will probably take us the rest of my pregnancy just like it did with John!

Friday, April 29, 2011

19 Weeks

{In an effort to be a better blogger. I'm going to do these once a week. I'm late doing week 19, this week, but should be more on time in the future. Should be... Ha!}

How far along: 19 Weeks

Sleep: Yes, please! This week was pretty rough sleep-wise.

Best Moment of the Week: Getting more than one nap this week. Naps are awesome, but with John it's difficult to take them!

Movement: More and more every day! Baby R is kicking harder now too!

Labor Signs: None, unless you count Braxton Hicks. I have a lot of Braxton Hicks, and lucky for me  they started around 14 weeks.

Belly Button: Definitely still an innie, but definitely closer to being flat.

What I miss: Comfortably playing on the floor with John. It's definitely a lot harder to move from place to place on the floor with him.

What I'm looking forward to: Monday! Monday is our anniversary. TWO years! Monday is also our 20 week appointment as well as our anatomy ultrasound. We are looking forward to finding out baby R's sex with 100% certainty. Remember we were told GIRL at 15 weeks, so we'll see how true that was!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pink or Blue

Yesterday at 15 weeks 4 days we found out whether we would be buying lots of pink or I would be washing a whole lot of blue, and I'll get to the verdict in a minute. For my own records, I want to post the full story of why we found out 4.5 weeks early! We weren't supposed to find out until our routine 20 week anatomy ultrasound which will be the last week of April or the first week of May. Yesterday though, after leaping to get something nasty out of John's hand before he undoubtedly put said object in his mouth, I stepped on one of his Hot Wheels, slipped, fell, and landed mostly on our poor little baby. I called my Dr. office and informed them that while I was sure I was probably over-reacting, I wanted to be safe rather than sorry which they also agreed was for the best and wanted me to come in that afternoon. I went in assuming that they'd find baby's heartbeat with the doppler and I would be on my way. Instead I went straight back into the ultrasound room! The technician checked out our precious baby, and after confirming that everything was right and well looked at me and asked me if I'd like to know what I was having. I could barely contain my excitement as I told her that I would love nothing more than to know what we were having. She said she was 95% certain and would confirm with more accuracy at my anatomy ultrasound that we are expecting a little baby...


Monday, March 7, 2011


Robertson Baby #2. Due September 18 2011.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Saturday Snapshots

I'm going to try to make Saturday Snapshots a weekly thing, but I might miss a few, or more than a few. :)