Monday, September 29, 2008

The Path from Kathy to Mommy

Sorry for the delay on this blog entry. Needless to say, things have been a little crazy lately. But everything has been great and going smooth. So lets start from the beginning... and I will go ahead and apologize for such a long entry. It all started Saturday, September 21st. Reiggin was at work and I was just doing some house work. Drying some dishes and all of a sudden I felt a big leak. Needless to say I was freaking out.  So I quickly called Reiggin and told him I thought my water may have broke but I wasn't sure. So he rushes home and I scramble around to put some last minute things in my bag. Then we are off to the hospital. Well to make it short, it turned out to be a false alarm. Yeah I felt a little silly but I know that going to the hospital was the right thing to do. So we headed back home. 

Sunday comes and we are doing our usual Sunday routine. Watching some football and just hanging out. Luckily, our crib furniture had come in Saturday so, during commercial breaks, Reiggin was setting up the crib and the rest of the furniture. I was playing on the computer and doing some house work when I started to notice I was having contractions. They were pretty far apart at first, about 18 minutes. So I didn't say anything to Reiggin yet. I just kept on with doing what I was doing. Then they started getting closer. So I let Reiggin know that they were 13 minutes apart. He was like okay, just keep track of them and we will go from there. So I was cool and kept track and tried not to get too excited and nervous at the same time. I had to cancel plans to go with my family to see my sister Lisa's new house. My contractions were getting  closer and I figured I shouldn't be walking around construction sites. I kept timing and it was getting closer like 7 to 8 minutes so thats when I told Reiggin it may be time to go. So we rushed to the hospital and got checked in and into the observation room. I was only 2 centimeters dilated so the nurse had us walk around the floor for an hour. That was tough. Contractions were coming on strong. The nurse checked me again after the walking and I was still only 2 centimeters and the doctor wanted to send us home. I was like, heck no, there is no way I am going home! I was in so much pain so I asked the nurse to watch me a little longer and she agreed. She left and said she would come back in about 30 minutes. Well the contractions got worse and 30 minutes turned into 45 minutes. So Reiggin went out to find the nurse and about 3 minutes passed and I really had to use the bathroom but I was hooked up to wires and all so I was stuck in bed. Well my body decided to go ahead and use the bathroom... at least that was what I thought. So I rang the nurse and said, "I am so sorry but I believe I just wet the bed." That was a little embarrasing. Reiggin and the nurse came in and I went to the bathroom. I could hear the nurse talking to Reiggin and telling him that I hadn't wet the bed but that my water had broken. Yep, so it was game on. 

Things went smooth from there and pretty fast. And before I knew it little Virginia was here at 5:50am on Monday September 22nd. She gave us a little scare and had to spend about 12 hours in the special care nursey under oxygen. But she is all better now and is as cute as a button. And Reiggin and I are getting into some what of a routine. Sleep is definetly not always something that happens but it hasn't been too bad. Luckily, Virginia is super and doesn't cry unless she is hungry or has pooped her diaper. I count myself lucky. 

Today we had our first doctor's appointment and she is doing great. She weighs 6 lbs. 14.5 oz. now. Which is great since she weighed 6 lbs. 9oz. at birth and 6 lbs. 2 oz. when we left the hospital. So I am excited to see where this path of becoming mom takes me and I just hope I can live up to the examples in my life like my mom.  For more cute baby pictures, check out our photo gallery or Virginia's site.












Monday, September 1, 2008

One Busy Weekend

It has been one busy weekend for me. But it has also been one fun-filled weekend. Saturday my sisters, Lisa and Susan, and my Mom threw us one awesome baby shower. So I made the ride down to good old Gastonia to my parents house. And saw the usual scene... my dad hard at work in the yard. My sisters and mom were in the kitchen slaving away, getting the food finished. And my mom, like always, running around like crazy getting the house just the way she wanted it. I hope one day I can keep my house as clean as hers. I truly am amazed at how she raised us three girls and still kept the house in perfect condition. But they pulled everything together and the shower was a hit. We had a good turn out of people. The cake, decorations, and games were a blast. I always get a kick out of the "measure my belly" game. 

It was also great that my friends Susan and Sylvia from the Gazette days made the trip over. I had a blast catching up with them and getting some good gossip about what is going on at the newspaper today. I do some what miss working at the paper and I very much miss all the people. 

After everyone left, I had about a hour or so to chill out before I went to Longhorn Steakhouse to meet up with Sylvia, DJ, Jackie, and Rocky. Longhorn was good times. Of course, I made the rounds and said hey to everyone that I use to work with and gave them the update on how I was doing and that I was having a girl. Longhorn has been like a second family for me and my sisters. The food was great and the conversation at the table was even better. Finally made it home for a good night's sleep. The next day was a big day also -- it was Reiggin's Birthday! I had already given him his gift; we went to the Jon Reep comedy show in Charlotte. It was a blast. I laughed so hard and I believe Reiggin laughed so hard he got the hiccups. Anyhow, on Sunday after he got off work, we headed up to Hickory to the Babies R Us and picked out our nursery furniture and some super cute outfits for baby Virginia. It was too much fun looking at all the cute outfits and baby items. I was also happy to get Virginia's baby book. We did have a little bit of a scare... I was having contractions on a regular basis while we were there but they turned out to just be Braxton Hicks contractions. 

After we finished up there, we headed to Texas Roadhouse to have a birthday dinner for Reiggin. The food was so good. After we stuffed our faces we made our way back to his parents house to say hey and hang out for awhile. His mom had a nice birthday cake waiting for him and some baby gifts for Virginia. So Virginia is going to be styling with all the nice outfits I have gotten this weekend. 

Needless to say, I was quite happy to know I was not going to work Monday because of Labor Day. But I am spending Monday cleaning house.  So much fun since I have sort of let the house go for awhile. But it will be all better by the end of Monday. I hope! Ok well hope everyone has had a great weekend and a great Labor Day!









Monday, September 29, 2008

The Path from Kathy to Mommy

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Sorry for the delay on this blog entry. Needless to say, things have been a little crazy lately. But everything has been great and going smooth. So lets start from the beginning... and I will go ahead and apologize for such a long entry. It all started Saturday, September 21st. Reiggin was at work and I was just doing some house work. Drying some dishes and all of a sudden I felt a big leak. Needless to say I was freaking out.  So I quickly called Reiggin and told him I thought my water may have broke but I wasn't sure. So he rushes home and I scramble around to put some last minute things in my bag. Then we are off to the hospital. Well to make it short, it turned out to be a false alarm. Yeah I felt a little silly but I know that going to the hospital was the right thing to do. So we headed back home. 

Sunday comes and we are doing our usual Sunday routine. Watching some football and just hanging out. Luckily, our crib furniture had come in Saturday so, during commercial breaks, Reiggin was setting up the crib and the rest of the furniture. I was playing on the computer and doing some house work when I started to notice I was having contractions. They were pretty far apart at first, about 18 minutes. So I didn't say anything to Reiggin yet. I just kept on with doing what I was doing. Then they started getting closer. So I let Reiggin know that they were 13 minutes apart. He was like okay, just keep track of them and we will go from there. So I was cool and kept track and tried not to get too excited and nervous at the same time. I had to cancel plans to go with my family to see my sister Lisa's new house. My contractions were getting  closer and I figured I shouldn't be walking around construction sites. I kept timing and it was getting closer like 7 to 8 minutes so thats when I told Reiggin it may be time to go. So we rushed to the hospital and got checked in and into the observation room. I was only 2 centimeters dilated so the nurse had us walk around the floor for an hour. That was tough. Contractions were coming on strong. The nurse checked me again after the walking and I was still only 2 centimeters and the doctor wanted to send us home. I was like, heck no, there is no way I am going home! I was in so much pain so I asked the nurse to watch me a little longer and she agreed. She left and said she would come back in about 30 minutes. Well the contractions got worse and 30 minutes turned into 45 minutes. So Reiggin went out to find the nurse and about 3 minutes passed and I really had to use the bathroom but I was hooked up to wires and all so I was stuck in bed. Well my body decided to go ahead and use the bathroom... at least that was what I thought. So I rang the nurse and said, "I am so sorry but I believe I just wet the bed." That was a little embarrasing. Reiggin and the nurse came in and I went to the bathroom. I could hear the nurse talking to Reiggin and telling him that I hadn't wet the bed but that my water had broken. Yep, so it was game on. 

Things went smooth from there and pretty fast. And before I knew it little Virginia was here at 5:50am on Monday September 22nd. She gave us a little scare and had to spend about 12 hours in the special care nursey under oxygen. But she is all better now and is as cute as a button. And Reiggin and I are getting into some what of a routine. Sleep is definetly not always something that happens but it hasn't been too bad. Luckily, Virginia is super and doesn't cry unless she is hungry or has pooped her diaper. I count myself lucky. 

Today we had our first doctor's appointment and she is doing great. She weighs 6 lbs. 14.5 oz. now. Which is great since she weighed 6 lbs. 9oz. at birth and 6 lbs. 2 oz. when we left the hospital. So I am excited to see where this path of becoming mom takes me and I just hope I can live up to the examples in my life like my mom.  For more cute baby pictures, check out our photo gallery or Virginia's site.












Monday, September 1, 2008

One Busy Weekend

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It has been one busy weekend for me. But it has also been one fun-filled weekend. Saturday my sisters, Lisa and Susan, and my Mom threw us one awesome baby shower. So I made the ride down to good old Gastonia to my parents house. And saw the usual scene... my dad hard at work in the yard. My sisters and mom were in the kitchen slaving away, getting the food finished. And my mom, like always, running around like crazy getting the house just the way she wanted it. I hope one day I can keep my house as clean as hers. I truly am amazed at how she raised us three girls and still kept the house in perfect condition. But they pulled everything together and the shower was a hit. We had a good turn out of people. The cake, decorations, and games were a blast. I always get a kick out of the "measure my belly" game. 

It was also great that my friends Susan and Sylvia from the Gazette days made the trip over. I had a blast catching up with them and getting some good gossip about what is going on at the newspaper today. I do some what miss working at the paper and I very much miss all the people. 

After everyone left, I had about a hour or so to chill out before I went to Longhorn Steakhouse to meet up with Sylvia, DJ, Jackie, and Rocky. Longhorn was good times. Of course, I made the rounds and said hey to everyone that I use to work with and gave them the update on how I was doing and that I was having a girl. Longhorn has been like a second family for me and my sisters. The food was great and the conversation at the table was even better. Finally made it home for a good night's sleep. The next day was a big day also -- it was Reiggin's Birthday! I had already given him his gift; we went to the Jon Reep comedy show in Charlotte. It was a blast. I laughed so hard and I believe Reiggin laughed so hard he got the hiccups. Anyhow, on Sunday after he got off work, we headed up to Hickory to the Babies R Us and picked out our nursery furniture and some super cute outfits for baby Virginia. It was too much fun looking at all the cute outfits and baby items. I was also happy to get Virginia's baby book. We did have a little bit of a scare... I was having contractions on a regular basis while we were there but they turned out to just be Braxton Hicks contractions. 

After we finished up there, we headed to Texas Roadhouse to have a birthday dinner for Reiggin. The food was so good. After we stuffed our faces we made our way back to his parents house to say hey and hang out for awhile. His mom had a nice birthday cake waiting for him and some baby gifts for Virginia. So Virginia is going to be styling with all the nice outfits I have gotten this weekend. 

Needless to say, I was quite happy to know I was not going to work Monday because of Labor Day. But I am spending Monday cleaning house.  So much fun since I have sort of let the house go for awhile. But it will be all better by the end of Monday. I hope! Ok well hope everyone has had a great weekend and a great Labor Day!