Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I can't believe it has almost been 3 weeks since Mason arrived. On March 2nd, Andy and I woke up so incredibly ready to welcome Mason. Since I was being induced, we were told to wait until we received a call to come in, in case there were a lot of emergency deliveries. They told us this call could come anywhere from 7 to 10 or 11 a.m. and to call the hospital if we hadn't been called by then. We were so anxious as 10:00 came and went. We decided to call around 10:30 just to see what was happening. The nurse then told us she was about to give us a call and to hurry in so no one else would snag our room before us :). So we of course raced to the hospital, checked in, and I was started on an IV by 11:30. Although I was ready for my epidural and pitocin, they were doing an inventory on the medicine, and I couldn't get it until around 2:30! So we just watched The Office for a couple of hours until they could start me on the meds. Since I was already fully effaced and dilated to a 4, I was able to receive my epidural before they started me on pitocin and broke my water! My epidural was incredible, didn't even feel it, and by the time the medicine kicked in, I felt better than I had in weeks since I had been having contractions for weeks! After my doctor broke my water, I just enjoyed feeling nothing for a couple of hours and drinking juice :). The nurse tried to pump up my pitocin a few times, but my contractions were too hard and close together every time, so I had to stay on the lowest level. At around 6:30 I got a new nurse. She checked me and I was dilated to a 6. She said she couldn't believe I was on the lowest level and wanted to turn up my pitocin. Although we all knew that my contractions were too hard on a higher level of pitocin, we all wanted to get this show on the road so we let her turn in up :). Minutes after she left, I felt like I had to push. I thought this was ridiculous because she just said I was a 6, but she hurried in a couple minutes later (because my contractions again were too hard) and she said she was going to check me just in case. When she checked me she said I was ready to push! I couldn't believe that I went from a 6 to 10 in just ten minutes. I started with a few practice pushes around 7:00 or so and pretty soon my nurse went to call my doctor! I was so excited. However, my doctor was 20 minutes away! He decided to run somewhere quick since I was only dilated to a 6! That was the worst part, trying not to push when everything in my body was wanting to! As soon as my doctor walked in, I delivered in 2 pushes at 8:04 pm. It was such an incredible experience, and I was so happy to finally meet my cute little man!

He has been such a joy in our lives, and I am so lucky to be his Mama!

Our first family picture

Mason and Andy

Mason Scott Schreyer
He looks just like his daddy :)

We love you more than you will ever know Mason! We are so happy to have you here finally!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Less than a week!

I can't believe I have less than a week until I get to hold my baby boy! We have decided on the name Mason Scott Schreyer and we are so excited to get him here. I have been quickly progressing and my doctor is shocked I have not had Mason yet. He thought I would have gone at 38 weeks for sure. On Wednesday I had another appointment and since I was measuring at 4 cm and fully effaced, he stripped my membranes for the 2nd time! I think this little boy has a mind of his own though... I told my students he is already grounded... :). However, since my body is ready I will be induced on March 2nd if he hasn't come by then!

It is crazy annoying packing, using, and repacking our hospital bag every day before I go teach. Our doctor keeps telling us "any day now" so we can't risk even leaving the house without our bags, car seat, and everything else we will need, but it will be worth it next Wednesday :). Only 5 more days of repacking our stuff.

We have been keeping our house extraordinarily clean too just in case. It's a good habit to have I guess, but it's monotonous cleaning the house every night "just in case" before we go to bed instead of letting the laundry and clutter pile up for a few days before a good clean :). It feels like the movie "Groundhog's Day" where he wakes up every day to the same routine. I wake up, unpack the stuff I need from my bag to get ready for the day, repack my bag with the same stuff, go teach, tell my students goodbye for the 8th time just in case, come home and make dinner, clean up the house, go to sleep, repeat. Each day wondering whether each contraction will be the beginning to the end of this madness :).

Andy is even more excited, paying super close attention to every contraction I have; he even made a timeline of everything that has happened and when our little boy should be here :). We are trying to distract ourselves as much as possible but just can't wait to hold him!

We are very much ready though, we keep buying last minute stuff like groceries and other little things. Since it's so cold outside we try to go shopping so I can go on walks inside, Costco is our favorite :). We bought this cutest life jacket for Mason this summer on one of our Costco trips.

I am horrible at taking pictures of my belly, and horrible at even wanting to take pictures of my belly, but this is me at 30 weeks right before Christmas

This picture was taken at 37 and 1/2 weeks, Andy bought me flowers because it had been 4 years since he had proposed :).

We sure are both excited to have a picture of Mason outside of my belly though!