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Friday, July 23, 2010


My name is Bowman Isaiah Jack and I'm 8 days old. I was born at 12:41 AM on July 16, I weighing in at 10.5 pounds and 20 inches long. My momma and I had 23 hours of hard work before I finally arrived. I was born in a nice warm water tub which was very calming and soothing for my momma during those really big contractions. Momma worked very hard and didn't have any pain medication during the entire time. That turned out to be my saving grace because my shoulder got stuck on the way out. If momma hadn't been able to stand and change positions, the doctors would have had to break my collar bone to get me out! Hooray for momma I know she's very proud of what she did. Mom says there is no way she possibly could have done what she did without the support from my daddy. He was there by her side the entire time saying nice things and giving her strength and confidence. Since I was born daddy has taken such good care of me and momma, he's really is the best daddy I ever could have imagined!!

So far I think life is pretty great! I sleep a lot, and the only time I really cry is when I'm hungry. I don't like pacifiers at all I prefer momma's milk! I've had a little bit of jaundice so momma and daddy and I stayed an extra day in the hospital, I got to sleep in a cocoon like bag with ultra violet lights inside that help to make the jaundice go away. On Monday we all got to go home. Momma and Daddy brought home a ultra violet light blanket that goes on my back that I've had to lay on pretty much all the time. Today we got great news from Dr. Lee that my jaundice count had finally decreased! I eat like a champ- after I was born my weight dropped to 9 lbs 7 ounces and now I'm back up to 9 lbs 14 ounces! I think I'm a pretty lucky guy because I've been surrounded by the love of my family members since i was born, aside from momma and daddy, my Poppie & Bobbie are here all the way from Anchorage, they brought my Great Grandmother Margaret with them- she's almost 91 so its pretty special that I get to meet her. My daddy's best friends, Uncle Renzi and Uncle Tim both flew from Oklahoma City and got here the same day I was born! They got to hold me and help my daddy and momma with things while we were in the hospital. Once we went home, my Uncle Jordan came to see me from Seattle, he's very busy working on his second masters degree so he could only stay for a day but I'm so happy I got to meet him early on. My Great Auntie Ann and Uncle Jack from Edmond Oklahoma are here for several days too! Everyone has been helping my mom and dad so much. Bobbie and Poppie have made each healthy meal making sure momma and daddy are well fed so they can take care of ME!! Bobbie calls me Mr. Precious and Poppie likes to call me Mr. Bojangles :)

Well that's all for now... Mom says it's time for milk and a loooooong nap! We'll see about that :)

Bobbie and Great Grandmother Margaret and Me in the hospital room

Poppie and Me

Aunt Ann and me

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

39

We are SOOOO excited for Bowman to be here!

We our 39 week appointment yesterday afternoon. I'm dilated 1cm (not that that really means anything about when labor will start) but it's nice to know somethings happening :). Yesterday we saw our midwife- our practice consists of both OB's and CNM's and it's been so great seeing both whenever I choose. When I had the blood pressure scare I saw my OB, but when everything fine I choose to see my midwife because I feel she spends more time talking about whatever I have on my mind. It's great to get the extra patience and attention.

Yesterday we brought a copy of our birth plan to have on file for when I do go into labor. I've already written about how great and baby friendly the maternity/birthing center is at Sutter Davis, the hospital I'll be delivering at; typical birth plan requests are standard protocol at Sutter Davis (such as not cutting the cord until it stops pulsing so baby gets all the blood and oxygen my body made for him, immediate skin-to-skin contact, no bulb suctioning at birth, baby never is taken out of our room unless there is an emergency, etc) all of these are so good for the baby but these are not standard practices at the majority of hospitals.

I have a few things that go beyond Sutter Davis' already wonderful standard protocol- such as under NO circumstance whatsoever do I want to be administered Pitocin. My midwife pushed back on me about this, knowing that I am well researched and am making well informed choices, she asked me to think about it a little more before I finalize this decision. Well I did more looking into it and I only feel stronger about my choice.

It's a hard reality but the fact of the matter is that some "standard" practice is not always motivated by what is best for the baby, if it were, Pitocin would be used FAR less often. Im no longer naive to this, my choices are all based on what is best for my baby- given NORMAL healthy circumstances. It's interesting that the more intervention involved, the more slippery the slope is in the decline of normal and healthy.

If there is an emergency it will be for a real reason not because Pitocin caused my baby to distress. If there is an emergency I will have a c-section, otherwise my body will do a great job of having our baby without intervention. Im not interested in messing around in the middle ground and then ultimately ending up having to have a c-section any way.

AJ and I have discussed this in length and he completely agrees.

These are 2 great write-ups about it. The second one has a short video clip worth watching.

http://choices-in-childbirth.com/2010/03/some-thoughts-on-the-use-of-pitocin/

http://midwiferyramblings.blogspot.com/2010/03/what-pitocin-does-to-your-baby.html



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Monday, July 12, 2010

Bowman's Nursery


So I got out the fancy-dancy high-tech (high-tech for moi at any rate) camera AJ got me for my birthday last year. I seriously need to take lessons to learn how to use this thing once and for all. It's one of those "real" cameras, you know with the bug huge lens... a Cannon Rebel something or other. Any way the lens is wider than my little usual camera Cannon Elph so I was able to get some shots of the nursery but I really struggled with the lighting, some of the pics are light and in some the room looks dark (which it's not, it has great windows). It's pretty much ready to go, except for a few very small things...
I had so much fun bringing my concept to life. The room is so happy and cheerful, without being overly juvenile or guckie.

Please note- the behemoth chair- AJ and I went nursery chair shopping probably when I was 14 or 15 weeks. We'd heard all sorts of things on how important it would be to have a great gliding chair. I of course had something fabulous in mind, the classic Risom Rocker designed by Danish modern furniture designer Jens Risom. I reluctantly agreed to broaden my horizons and fully explore all options of fully upholstered rocker/glider/recliner chairs out there. I very quickly realized the need for this chair to be as comfortable as possible but I hated to compromise aesthetics. The MOST important thing- #1 priority was not just that the chair be comfortable to me but that it would be comfortable to my 6'8" husband. This meant finding a chair that he could rest the back of his head on- most chairs hit him somewhere around his shoulder blades or top of shoulder- not so comfy when you're rocking with a beebee for a few hours. So with Daddy's comfort being a top priority- Daddy took mamma kicking and screaming to LazyBoy. We finally settled on this chair, which I found to be the least of all evils, (you'd never believe me if I told you he tried to get me to go for an even BIGGER chair, I felt like Alice in Wonderland in a ginormous chair when I sat in it, even the sales person laughed!) I selected a custom upholstery and we had it specially made with my fabric. So now mamma AND daddy can sit comfortably for hours with baby B (also note the little TV, that's for Daddy too in anticipation of late nights) The chair is HUGE! my feet don't touch the floor, but I must stay it's probably the most comfortable thing ever. Bowman had better agree....
All the pictures I took look the same to me so it was hard to pick the better ones, but this gives you an idea of Baby Bowmans room...



























Changing table/dresser and closet door (AJ still has to hang the mirror)


































Look at all of the HAND MADE blankets our friends and family made for our little man! They are all so beautiful and such treasures!!





We have so many little baby treasures of AJ's it was hard not to put some up on the shelves...
AJ's baby book- filled with so many details his mother wrote!


































AJ's silver baby cups, Peter Rabbit cup and saucer, and 2 precious relief prints. All found in his mothers belongings in our storage unit.














Rainbow picture painted by AJ at about age 3-4 (his mothers writing)










































Friday, July 9, 2010

6 Years Happy Anniversary!






















































Well this time I have to blame my late posting on AJ's birthday gift, which I have commandeered- the iPad. It's technically HIS but I haven't put the thing down since he got it set up last Saturday morning. I started writing this post last Saturday with the intention of posting it on Saturday, which was our anniversary.

July 3, 2010 is six years for us! It's been fun to look back through the pictures and pick out a few to share. Though, six years ago I would have told you it's not possible, I can honestly say I love AJ more now than I did, and that I will love him more tomorrow than today. Each day, each month and each year has built upon itself to create such a wonderful relationship that we have. I am so proud of us. We have plowed such a trail on our own, completely. From the get go we've lived in cities without a close friend or family member around for miles and miles. We've moved to new towns where neither of us knows a soul and have flourished. I've come to discover that truly, wherever we are together, we both feel right at home- I can say with 100 percent positivity as long as we have each other we could be truly happy anywhere...(except for maybe Arkansas, I don't know why but I will NEVER live in Arkansas...or North Dakota...I digress :)
We've done so much together since we were married, we've built houses, moved at total of 3 times, made great strides in our careers and have HAD FUN! We've lived and enjoyed the journey with faith and trust. Each phase has been better and better and has brought us closer together than before.

I'd be lying if I didn't say how hard it is having lived away from close friends, family and a familiar community for so long, every time we visit family/friends AJ lovingly teases me because I cry when we leave, always, and say "can we move here?" Anytime a close friend or family member visits us, I always cry after taking them to the airport wishing I could see them again the next day. Missing our loved ones and hometowns is a part of life But it makes the time we do spend with those people so meaningful and special. And I'm also very happy to say that in the past six years we've made some new friends that are and will be among those we consider part of our closest.
Now we are starting a new chapter, entering a brand new typhus of life together as we welcome our baby son into our family. AJ and I are already experiencing a whole new love we never imagined for each other and for our baby.

I bought this old headboard at a flea market probably a year and a half ago- when I saw it I immediately knew I would turn it into a fun piece of art. Well its been around for a while and I've pondered just what to do with it- it was neat looking on its own hanging on a wall in our bedroom. A few weeks ago I finally decided what I would do and that I would give it to AJ on our anniversary. I took it through a few phases and layers of painting and then the final touch was writing the lyrics to "our song" across the piece. The writing is in a color just a few shades darker than the body color so it's subtle, you have to be standing about 3 feet away before you really notice the words.

Heaven (originally by Brian Adams)

Oh - thinking about all our younger years
There was only you and me
We were young and wild and free

Now nothing can take you away from me
We've been down that road before
But that's over now
You keep me coming back for more

Baby you're all that I want
When you're lying here in my arms
I'm finding it hard to believe
We're in heaven
And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart
It isn't too hard to see
We're in heaven

Oh - once in your life you find someone
Who will turn your world around
Bring you up when you're feeling down

Nothing could change what you mean to me
Oh there's lots that I could say
But just hold me now
because our love will light the way

Baby you're all that I want
When you're lying here in my arms
I'm finding it hard to believe
We're in heaven
And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart
It isn't too hard to see
We're in heaven

I've been waiting for so long
For something to arrive
For love to come along

Now our dreams are coming true
Through the good times and the bad
I'll be standing there by you

























Here are the flowers AJ surprised me with, and a week later I've separated them out of the vase and they're still beautiful! Especially the Stargazers..my fave!

Friday, July 2, 2010

FULL TERM! yahoooo! 37 Weeks.


Yesterday Bowman officially reached 37 weeks, which is considered full term- this is based on our LATER due date, July 22nd (If we'd got to keep our original of the 15th I'd be 38 weeks! they moved our date because of the very very first two ultrasound measurements) now FOR SURE if he were born at anytime he would not be considered premature. He gave another outstanding and wiggly performance at our Doctor appointment yesterday. Our Midwife estimated him to weigh high 7's to 8 lbs- it's just an experienced guess they never know for sure but sounds like little man is getting plenty to eat in there :)
Bowman thinks it's the greatest game to see how hard he can kick his mamas right side ribs. He kicks so hard I feel the cartilage popping! It's ok though because as long as I'm getting upper right side baby foot action, that means he is in optimal position for his big exit. Left Anterior Occiput is the ideal fetal position to best fit through the pelvis- you can read more at http://www.spinningbabies.com/ I'm pretty diligent at this point about doing everything I can to keep him in position/avoid him moving to another position. I only lay on my left side, I DO NOT sit in a reclined position at all- this can encourage them to swing back into a posterior position (their back along your spine) which makes for a very painful delivery, and I don't ever lay on my back (you're not supposed to anyway because of the large blood supply vein that runs to your lower body).
My pelvic pain is getting much much worse, it's very painful for me to walk. It's the worst when I have to lift my left foot, walking or anything else for that matter. I can't believe how hard this is on my whole self, extremey hard on me physically I guess i'm not as strong or tough as I thought I was :( But there's nothing to be done about it, I just hope it will provide some benefit during labor. It's just a big bummer I cant even go for a walk :(
Today is my LAST day of work!! I cant believe it! I am going to do my very best to relax, go inward and be as calm, tranquil and centered as possible. I can't really do much any way because of the pain...
So here goes!