Archive for January, 2007

First Bath

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Cole had his first bath yesterday in his spa tub. He seemed to enjoy it at times, but also cried. I think he would have preferred having his body fully submerged in the water, but we were worried about getting water in his ears. We used California Baby bath products given to Cole by Morgan and Tappan. He especially like the lavendar bubble bath!

Today is Aunt Jillian’s 24 birthday. Unfortunately Cole is too young to go out to eat with the family. Instead, he’ll get to spend some quality time with Grandma Gigi. This will be her third time to babysit Cole. Here’s hoping he’ll be sweet and not too hungry!

Cole in his baby spa tub. Baths have come a long way since his parents were babies!


Cole’s not happy, but Daddy is!


Cole’s happy now that he’s dry.


Cole in his Janie and Jack onesie given to him by the Wippels.


Beautiful baby.


Little Diplomat

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Cole was pretty fussy yesterday, which was probably due to the fact that his dad and uncle Morgan are rabid Bears fans, and his mom’s side of the family are Saints fans. Cole took a neutral stance during the playoff game and didn’t wear his Bears t-shirt or his Saints jersey. I guess he’ll decide which team he likes best when he gets older. Since he actually has to live across the street from his uncle Morgan, he’d be wise to root for the Bears when his uncle is around!

Speaking of Uncle Morgan, here he is holding Cole for the first time.


Cole looking very sweet.


Cole looking very sweet Take 2.


Cole with an attitude. You want a piece of me?!?


Cole with his cousin, Raven.


Aunt Jillian cooked us a gourmet meal on Saturday, and Raven’s dad, John, dropped by to see Cole.


Cole with his daddy.


Cole with his mommy after a meal.


Cole in a Giggle Moon onesie bought for him by Madeleine Andress.


Cole’s beautiful little feet.




More Visitors!

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Cole has had quite a few visitors over the past few days. Last night, he made his first trip to his Grandparents’ house for prime rib. His dad told Grandma Wendy that it was the best prime rib she’d ever made. Too bad Cole couldn’t try it. No doubt that once he starts eating real food, he’ll be eating very well since there are many good cooks in the family.

Cole with his Grandma Wendy. Lucy wanted in on the action too!


Cole with his Grandma Gigi. Maybe Cole will be good at karate!


Cole with Billi who works for Signature Homes.


Mommy’s friends from the City of Las Vegas visited today.







And Aunt Jillian and Loraine came by for a visit.


Yesterday, Cole wore a Little Me onesie purchased at Nordtrom by Ricky Roth, who works at Saks. Cole is probably the best dressed baby in town, no thanks to his parents!


8 Days Old

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Cole is a whopping 8 days old! Today, he got to go on an outing to see his pediatrician, Al Dushman, who was Brian’s pediatrician. Cole has gained 11 oz since last Friday and currently weighs 7 lbs 15 oz. He also grew a 1/2 inch! His jaundice is going away and he doesn’t have to go back to the doctor for 7 weeks. I wonder how much weight he’ll gain in 7 weeks . . .

Daddy and Cole at the doctor’s office.


Cole is a second generation patient of Dr. Dushman’s. Man, he’s getting OLD!


Just 8 days old, and he’s already going to work with Daddy.


Today Cole is wearing a striped “doggie” onesie by rabbitmoon provided by Grandma Wendy.


Everyone loves Coleman

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Coleman is quite popular these days. I guess most people don’t have the chance to be around newborns.

Grandma Wendy visited us at the hospital.


Lucy has really taken to Cole. She’s his protector.


Grandma Gigi loves Cole’s many funny faces.


Grandpa Richard’s first stop after he returned from his whirlwind trip to Europe was to see his first grandchild.


Cole and his Aunt Mari.


Custom Homes staff, Cindy and Kim, stopped by to visit on MLK Day.


Cole is one week old and already trying to talk!


Cole and his mommy.


Cole in his panda bear suit. He was actually a lot happier in this get-up than he looks.


Cole’s Birth Day

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

The day I went into labor was the day that the ultrasound had twice indicated was my due date, which was six days prior to the due date (January 14) my doctor established. My doctor predicted that he was a big baby (over 8 lbs) and was relieved that I went into labor early. I went to work on Monday morning, January 8 and called my doctor to tell him I was leaking amniotic fluid. His office told me to go to the hospital because the leakage could indicate an infection. I went to the hospital where they hooked me up to the electronic fetal monitor (EFM) for over 2 hours. Brian was afraid that they weren’t going to let me go home, all because Cole’s heart rate did not go over 150 for 15 seconds. I explained to them that Cole was just a laid back baby! While I was at the hospital, I was overcome by nausea and ended up purging in a garbage can. I felt really sorry for the other pregnant lady in triage on the other side of the curtain who had to listen to me puke! I thought that maybe I was getting sick and that the sickness was separate from my body preparing to go into labor. I finally got to leave the hospital around 2:30 p.m. They said that the leakage meant my bag of waters had broken, but they also told me that the bag was still intact.

After I got home, I ended up purging again and then took a nap. I awoke around 5:00 p.m. and went downstairs to lie on the couch and feel sorry for myself because I felt awful. Brian’s mother Wendy came over and was preparing some chicken noodle soup when my water officially broke at 6:30 p.m.. I wasn’t as excited as I should have been because I’d been puking all day and needed to eat and drink. I took a shower and got dressed for the hospital. I sat down to eat some soup and my water broke again. I went back upstairs, took a shower, got dressed, went downstairs, started to eat some soup, and my water broke again! At that point, I decided to just go to the hospital wet. We arrived at the hospital around 7:30 p.m. and were immediately given a room.

I was paired with Hope, a nurse who’d given birth naturally to all three of her children, which ended up being a tremendous help to me. She never once offered me medication to relieve the pain. In the beginning I was concerned about the care she’d provide us because it took her forever to read our one-page birth plan. We had indicated in the plan that we did not want an IV, but since I was so dehydrated, they insisted on giving it to me anyway. She had a lot of trouble getting the IV in place, causing a lot of bleeding in my left arm, which greatly disturbed my mom. Otherwise, she was a great nurse.

Labor was pretty much what I expected although it was slow going at first and not very predictable. I was hooked up to an EFM (another hospital tool I wanted to avoid as much as possible) the entire time. I had heard that the EFM can sometimes be mesmerizing to the coach, and that was certainly the case with us. We could even see what the contractions looked like for all of the other women in labor. The women who’d been given Pitocin had perfectly shaped bell curve contractions. There was a concern early on about Coleman not moving around enough. His heart rate didn’t go over 150 and there was talk about giving me Pitocin, which I REALLY wanted to avoid because I thought it’d make the contractions too painful to bear. Instead, Hope made me suck on oxygen during the entire labor process, which increased Cole’s heart rate and allowed me to proceed with no drugs.

At around 11:30, Hope said that I was only 2.5 cm dilated, and she manually increased my dilation to 4 cm, which I didn’t know was even a possibility. In the early morning hours, she dilated me further to 8 cm. The contractions were extremely painful by that time, and Brian helped relieve the pain by rubbing my back during the contraction. I felt like pushing at 5:00 a.m., but didn’t want to tell the nurse for fear of her telling me that I wasn’t yet dilated enough. By 5:45, I was at 10 cm and ready to push. It seemed like my mom, Wendy and the doctor all arrived at the same time for the final phase. Jillian arrived a few minutes later. I pushed with all of my might for about 40 minutes, and Coleman was born at 6:37 a.m. He was 7 lb 13 oz and 20 inches tall.












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