Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hux: 4 Months

She loves him!

We are on vacation and I am already late posting Hux's 4 month update! So I wanted to hop on and document 4 months! He is growing so quickly and is such a happy boy. Here is Char's 4 month update! Do you think they look alike?!

Weight:  I weighed him the other day on our scale and he was 15 lbs! 
Diaper Size: upgraded to size 3!
Clothing Size: All NB have been packed away and 3 month outfits are getting tight. We wear mostly 3 or 6 month outfits now. 
Nickname: Huxie is sticking. We also call him "Buddy".
Sleeping Habits: Sleep is meh, but I'm not complaining too much. I'm enjoying the sweet snuggles. With lots of trips on our horizon in the coming month, I have delayed sleep training for now.
Adventures this Month: We went on our first trip as a family of four to Paso Robles. We also celebrated Mommy's 30th birthday! 
Visitors: No visitors this month, but looking forward to some next month.
Milestones: Still so close to rolling over, but hasn't yet. He gets to his side so far. He had his first plane ride, too! 
Favorite Toy: He is starting to play with his rattles and is able to grab things, is enjoying tummy time and of course his playmat, too! 
Looking forward to: Big Sister's 4th Birthday next month and his 4 month checkup is scheduled for July. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hux: 3 Months

Daddy took this picture, but you can see he is smiling at mommy! :) 
Hux is 3 months old! He is getting so big and is so happy and smily! He loves baths and Charlotte loves taking them with him and helping me bathe him. Just about every time we take a bath, he pees and we get a good laugh!

First day in Bubblefish
Hux is happiest when Charlotte is right in front of him. He is very easily entertained by her and loves her so much! They already have a very special relationship. Here is Charlotte at 3 months! She had already been on her first plane ride at 3 months! Poor Hux, second child problems!  

Still not quite sure who he looks like. 

Weight:  about 14 lbs according to our scale at home. We go back to the doctor next month!
Diaper Size: still size 2!Clothing Size: 3-6 months. He is definitely filling out. 
Nickname: I've been calling him Huxie and bud or buddySleeping Habits: Some nights/days are better than others. He is a very low-key baby. He loves little cat naps of 20-30 minutes during the day. He is still getting up 2-3 times per night, but hopefully those stretches will become longer soon!Adventures this Month: Hux started in his Bubblefish classroom! He has done great so far! We also visited the strawberry patch for u-pick strawberries! Visitors: Papa visited during his work trip! Hoping for more visitors soon.Milestones: Smiling, cooing, tracking us as we walk around, close to rolling over, but not quite yet. He loves his sister and is always looking for attention from her. I am also able to "brush" his hair and do a little part! Favorite Toy: Still loves his playmate and the activity bar on his carseat. He loves just staring and talking to us. He also likes stroller walks/runs! Looking forward to: Our summer trips to San Diego and Lake Tahoe! Should be lots of fun! Mommy also turns 30 next month! Yikes! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

My Monterey Favorites

It is April 2018 and we are almost one full year into our tour in Monterey. It has been a big adjustment for our family, but we have done well with embracing a new place (for the most part) and have found some amazing places on our journey! Here is a list of some of my favorite things in Monterey, with special tips, too! I've been working on this post for a while and this list will continue to evolve as we discover new things! 

Mission Ranch
This is by far one of our favorite places for dinner and is an awesome place for special occasions and to show visitors the beauty of Carmel. Owned by Clint Eastwood, Mission Ranch doesn't take reservations, but that's ok, because you can sit outside (when we have good weather) and enjoy the sunset and a cocktail while you wait! If you prefer not to wait, get there right at 5pm. There will likely be a line already forming. I've heard there is a locals list that skips the wait, but we aren't that special yet! They also do a Sunday brunch which is really nice! $40 per person and includes a glass of champagne. They also have a piano bar that turns into a "sing along" every night at 9pm.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
When most people think of Monterey, they think of the aquarium. It truly is an amazing place and there is so much to see and do! We don't currently have a membership, but if you plan to go more than once, I highly suggest it as it will pay for itself on the first visit. We've been fortunate to borrow our friend's guest passes and also took advantage of the free passes from the library. All you need is proof of residency and you will get a pass for up to 6 guests. You will be required to show your library card and the form for admittance. Blackout dates apply including spring break and summer.

Parking can be tight near the aquarium, but I suggest having lunch at the c restaurant + bar  and they will validate your valet parking for up to 3 hours, which is the perfect amount of time to have a yummy lunch and browse the aquarium! Many of the restaurants around the aquarium are tourist traps, so be advised! Expensive and not the best food! I also like Lalla Grill and Johnny Rockets (for a quick and casual meal)
Lunch with a view at c restaurant + bar
My Museum
My Museum is a great spot for toddlers and small children! We first went for a birthday party and loved it so much that we decided to get a membership. They offer many classes and activities, including Kinderjam. They also offer a reduced admission of just $2 on the first Tuesday of every month for Monterey County residents. The membership is $100 for the year and a great value!

Shoreline Community Church
We've been blessed to find an amazing church here in Monterey! Shoreline offers so many wonderful programs including Awana, MOPS, VBS, Growth Groups in addition to regular Sunday services with childcare at all services (8:30, 10 and 11:30).

Monterey Bay Recreational Trail 
Spanning 18 miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove, this is my favorite place to run or walk. You will never get bored of these gorgeous views and you are bound to see some type of wildlife while you are on your walk or run! You can also rent bikes from NPS or Adventures by the Sea. They offer a military discount and have surrey bikes as well!

Breakfast at First Awakenings
Arrive early and check it out on a weekday! Yummy breakfast and right near the aquarium and rec trail! The California Crepe Egg is my favorite!

Il Vecchio
My friend Tina recommended this restaurant and it has become Kyle's favorite! Their Italian is authentic Northern Italian food  and so good! Our favorites are the Gnocchi and Chicken Marsala, but honestly, you cannot go wrong with anything on their menu. They also offer a great happy hour, M-Th from 5-6pm where everything is $5!

Biscuits and Gravy at From Scratch
Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, their biscuits and gravy help fill the void of the lack of Southern food in California. They serve their biscuits with the most delicious homemade jelly (that you can also purchase) and a side of fried cheese grits! Yum! Best part? They serve breakfast all day!

Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette
My fav is the JC (bacon jam and grilled brie?! yes please) the Fried "Full Tilt" Chicken with a cheddar biscuit and polenta! It is the south on a plate and so yummy. Totally big enough to share! Kyle loves their oysters. The atmosphere here is so amazing and is right down the road from Fort Ord housing. Truly a hidden gem!

Wine Tasting and Charcuterie at Folktale
When you walk into the garden area at Folktale, you will be greeted with a delicious glass of bubbles, to start out your tasting experience! I love Folktale because of the atmosphere and the sun. Located in Carmel Valley, it is usually a little warmer and sunnier, which is a huge plus for me. Enjoy yummy farm-to-table appetizers while you have a wine flight. Folktale also has corn hole and other lawn games. We bring our kids and pets are allowed too!

Brunch at Crema 
This is an adorable spot in Pacific Grove. Downstairs they have a sweet little coffee shop and upstairs, they have a full service coffee shop! Military discount is 15%. We loved the chicken and waffles.

Refuge is an amazing get-away! I've been several times, but I was pregnant, so could not fully enjoy! I don't recommend going with friends, because it is very hard to resist the urge to talk, as it is a silent facility. Enjoy time in the hot and cold pools and relax around the fire pit. Active and Retired Military receive 20% admission M-Th!

Bernardus Spa
My favorite spa experience so far on the Peninsula! Bernardus itself is truly a dream. It is secluded and sits on 28 acre of vineyards, oh and did I mention it is warmer and sunnier there?! I would spend every day here if I could. I highly recommend their organic facial and they also do a 10% locals discount! Stay all day and enjoy the amenities!

Bernardus Lucia Restaurant
Great for date night or a GNO! Bernardus is gorgeous and the service is impeccable.
Monday and Tuesday - $8 till 8 on cocktails
Wednesday- $15 Brick Oven Pizzas, $2 Oysters and Drink Specials (5-7pm)

Stroller Warriors Monterey
I've been a part of Stroller Warriors in Hawaii and in Jacksonville and it is truly an amazing organization. The members are SO welcoming and instant friendships are created! Workouts are on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:15am at various locations.

Ventana/ The Sur House
A more upscale Big Sur experience with the best view by far! Food is more eclectic and expensive, but they do have a burger on the menu. The view and ambiance cannot be beat! Even better, you can make a reservation on Opentable!

Big Sur River Inn
Great for lunch, ice cream and relaxing in the river on the Adirondack chairs. Don't forget your rain boots to walk in the river!

We've only been once and it was a little foggy, but the views were still amazing. Get there early. It is a very popular restaurant! On their site they have a live weather cam, so check it out before you make the trip down.

Bixby Bridge
Completed in 1932 and recently made more popular by the show Big Little Lies, this is a must stop photo-op on your way down to Big Sur! It is absolutely breathtaking! We stop every time we drive down to snap a photo!

Asilomar Beach 
Asilomar is one of my favorite places for pictures and a wonderful place to watch the sunset. You will want to bundle because it can be rather chilly and windy here, but it is so beautiful! Parking is free and fairly easy, but be sure to park inside the lines on the side of the road or you will get ticketed!

Pebble Beach and 17 Mile Drive
This a great excursion for guests who come to visit! You can drive on 17 Mile Drive and then have lunch at Roy's at Spanish Bay, Sticks or Bench at the Lodge overlooking the 18th hole. Be sure to stop for a photo with the Lone Cypress. It's also fun to pull up Zillow and guess the home prices as you drive through. You will need $10.25 to access 17 Mile Drive (or say you are going to an open house and provide the address), but you will be reimbursed for that fee when you spend $35 at a restaurant and provide your entrance receipt!

The Lone Cypress
18th Hole at Pebble Beach
Bento Box at Roy's at Spanish Bay
Don't miss the bagpipers that play nightly at Spanish Bay at 5:45 p.m. during Daylight Savings, and a half hour before sunset during the winter months

If you are looking to buy Pebble Beach souvenirs, check out the Outlet on Cannery Row. They have huge sale racks and more affordable items. They also offer a 10% military discount.

The Farm in Salinas 
This was one of our first adventures when we moved here! We went to the farm for one of their weekend events and had a blast. They have pony rides, hay rides, a small petting farm with rabbits, bunnies and goats. They also have u-pick flowers that are super fun to cut and make a fresh bouquet. On Tuesdays and Wednesday, they also do a story-time at 10:30! Its a great place to visit!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hux: 2 Months

My handsome boy!
April has been a much better month for us! Hux celebrated his first Easter and went to church for the first time and I got my PICC line out the day before! The ladies in the nursery love him! My mom went home the day before Easter and that was bittersweet! I miss her and wish we lived closer, to all of our family for that matter. 

An outtake! So happy! 

These two! :) 

Hux continues to be a great eater and sweet little baby. He rarely fusses. I just had my first uncontrollable moment with him the other day. It was a first at 2 months old! 

My handsome boy!

Weight: 12lbs. 1.5 oz. 
Diaper Size: Size 2
Clothing Size: Still squeezing into some NB things, but going all the way up to 6 months!
Sleeping Habits: His longest stretch has been about 4 hours. He usually does a long stretch in the morning. We are surviving for now! 
Adventures this Month: He had his first day at school. Just for 3 hours, but he did great. He went to the church nursery for the first time and slept his way through several dinners, too!
Visitors: No visitors this month, but looking forward to more coming soon! 
Milestones: He started smiling and loves to coo. He follows things with his eyes and can hold his head up very well!
Favorite Toy: He loves his playmat and looking up at the lights and animals. He also loves his Rocky and Play and sitting propped up on his Boppy and watching me put on my makeup and do my hair! :) 
Looking forward to: Summer vacation! We have some fun trips planned with our friends! 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Masters Sunday & Homemade Pimento Cheese

Every year, we have a tradition to make homemade pimento cheese and watch the Masters Golf Tournament! If you have had the privilege of attending this exclusive tournament, you will know that the pimento cheese sandwiches are still just $1.50! What a deal!

We use a recipe that was given to us by Kyle's great uncle and his wife. It's super yummy! Yesterday the weather was amazing! So while Kyle watched the Masters, Charlotte and I played in the backyard  in our bathing suits and got some sun! It was heavenly!

Here is the recipe:

2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated (this makes all the difference)
3 tbsp. chopped pimento
1/2 cup mayo (we prefer Duke's, but when you are in California sometimes this isn't an option)
2 tbsp. grated onion
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1/8 cayenne pepper
Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with crackers or on a sandwich (good ole' white bread is the best)

My lovely chef of a husband whipped this up while I put away groceries and it seriously hit the spot! I can't remember the last time I've had pimento cheese!

If you can't make it homemade, I highly suggest Palmetto Cheese.  It's the best! You can get it at Costco (of course ours in California doesn't have it) or at Publix.

I know what I am having for lunch today! Always double the recipe for leftovers!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

My Top 10 Baby Must-Haves

Baby Hux, 5 days new! Look at that tush!
Photo Credit: Mint Portrait Studio 
I had Charlotte in 2014 and ALOT has changed in the baby world in 4 years. You can read an endless amount of blogs and articles about what you need for baby, but I am big believer that every parent and child is different and what works for you, may not work for others. I've narrowed it down to my top 10 and have linked up the items on Amazon! Be sure to price compare on other sites and on your registry

1. Fisher- Price Rock and Play - This is a lifesaver! Charlotte loved this and so does Hux. Because we have a 2 story home, we registered for another one of these and got the plug-in one that actually rocks. I would highly suggest it! It has a timer and perfect to help soothe baby and fall asleep!

Taking a snooze in the Rock and Play!
2. Wipes Warmer - I know some moms who laugh at the thought of this, but I absolutely love it! We just have one upstairs, but it makes middle of the night changes so much better!

3. Nose Frieda - Hux has already been a little stuffy and this really helps with getting the gunk out. The concept is a little weird, but there is a filter, I promise!

4. Dr. Brown's Bottles - We used these with Charlotte and although the parts are a pain to clean, I really think they help with gas! Hux became a champ at bottle feeding while I was in the hospital and pumping!

5. Ergo Carrier - I love my Ergo! Sadly I haven't had the chance to use it with Hux, yet, but it is great for trips to Target when they get tired of the carseat! Don't forget the infant insert, too!
Rockin the Ergo at the Beach in Hawaii with Charlotte! 
6. Boppy - this pillow makes breastfeeding practically hands free! I would highly suggest one for your living room and one for your bedroom or nursery. Amazon has tons of cover options, too!

The Boppy also makes for a perfect prop for big sister to hold baby! 
7. Spectra S1 (S2) Breast Pump- This is an amazing pump and was literally my best friend in the hospital. I had a Medela hospital grade pump in the room too and both pumps produced the same. I don't know how I messed this up, but make sure you get the S1 as it is portable/battery is chargeable. The S2 is not! I was super bummed I didn't read the descriptions properly! I also highly recommend using The Breastfeeding Shop to order your pump. Look for a post later this year on Military Moms Blog about this service! I keep my pump upstairs in my bathroom and use this awesome hands free nursing bra to pump while I get ready!

8. Carseat/ Nursing Cover - I love this new style! It's more of a t-shirt material and doubles as a nursing cover. The material is lightweight and easy to throw in the wash. It is also super affordable at $9! You can buy multiple!

9. Boon Lawn/Grass Drying Rack - I upgraded to the lawn since we have more bottles and items with Charlotte's cups too. This is great for drying everything. Don't forget the Twig and Stem attachments to hang the parts on!

10. Infant Play Gym  - Charlotte used this as a baby and Hux is loving it now, too. He will lay under it for 20-30 minutes and it really buys me some time to be hands free!

Playing together!

If you had to pick a favorite baby item, what would it be? 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hux Ashton Chance

The morning after he was born, we finally took a decent photo. Boy do we look exhausted! 
Wow, it is almost 2 weeks after Hux was born and I am just opening my laptop to attempt to write this post. I don't even know where to start, but I will and hopefully it won't be too long, but you may want to grab some drinks or snacks. :) Edit: it has now been over a month and I FINALLY finishing this post! Oh and here is Charlotte's birth story, which is a drastically different story!

We had a regular OB check on Tuesday, February 13th. I went to MOPS that morning, got my car washed, did a little work and then met Kyle at my doctor's office. I had plans to meet my broker to grab a check and then drive to Toro Park to show a house, but Hux and my doctor had other plans. They took my blood pressure and it was a little high and within the range of pre-eclampsia range (140/90-- I don't think I'll ever forget these numbers). I also was having weekly ultrasounds to monitor my amniotic fluid. Normal range is 5-25, and mine was reading at 26, which is considered polyhydramnios. I was super relived when  I had the ultrasound to know that my fluid level had gone done to 22. Awesome! I was in the clear! I went into the exam room and my doctor drops the bomb that I need to go to the hospital for blood work and for a NST. Um, what? No, I have a house to show and I have bunco tonight. This can't be happening. I really was in shock. He assured me it was just for monitoring and if all checked out, I could go home.

So, Kyle and I drove together to the hospital. On the way there, I couldn't believe that this may be IT! When we arrived to the hospital, I was a little panicky. The nurses were slow to react to us because we weren't an emergency. They got us settled into a room and started monitoring my blood pressure every 10 minutes. Of course, I was super nervous so it was super high. The nurse covered up the monitor so I couldn't see the numbers and I just tried to relax. They took a urine sample and also drew blood (my favorite). Little did I know that I would have blood draws EVERY 6 hours for the next week. Hence the bruises ALL OVER my arms. My labs came back with protein in my urine and my blood pressure continued to be high. Kyle went home to gather our bags (which were not packed) and pick Charlotte up from school. Meanwhile my doctor came to the hospital and gave me the news, I would not be leaving and it was time to induce. I cried. This is not how I had thought this would go at all. Especially after my birth experience with Charlotte. I fought hard and one of my nurses played mediator between my doctor and I while Kyle was on speakerphone. At this point, it was a safety concern for my health and for the baby's. So, with that, we started the Cervadil to start to induce labor, which before that even started, I was having some mild contractions.

Kyle got back to the hospital after dropping Charlotte off at her friend's house. Our friends the Crowells were seriously lifesavers in helping us with Charlotte. We are forever grateful of their help with her. Kyle brought back dinner and we just waited. My doctor had mentioned that the induction could take up to 3 days. Wow! Again, not what I planned. It got pretty late and it was just hard for me to sleep. I was so anxious and didn't know what was to come and then of course, in the back of my head I was just praying I wouldn't have to have a c-section. I was woken up all night by nurses and labs, but finally got a longer stretch of sleep around 2am.

Morning came and I couldn't wait to see my progress from the Cervadil. The contractions had continued, but nothing too painful. At 9am, the Cervadil had been in for 12 hours. It was time to check my progress. Well, I was completely disappointed to find out that the nurse couldn't even reach my cervix. So, we awaited my doctor to see what was next. While we waited, we watched Titanic from beginning to end (5 hours with commercials on TV). My lunch arrived and we were still awaiting my doctor and the next thing I knew, in walked my mom and sister! Wow, I was so surprised. They booked tickets the night before and flew out first thing in the morning. It was so great to see them and totally lifted my spirits. My doctor came and checked me and I was 1-2cm. So excited! Now, when I got to the hospital with Charlotte I was already 5cm, so you can see how different this labor was going.

Laboring and get ready for the big day!
At this point, we also got to switch rooms, which was also a wonderful thing. The room we were in didn't have a window and was super tiny. So we were very happy with the upgrade! We got all of our stuff moved over and realized it was probably time to get Charlotte from school. My mom, sister and Kyle left to go surprise her at school and I tried to get some rest. The Parkland School shooting was unfolding and all over the news. So sad. I had started feeling stronger contractions and the monitor was showing them between 2-5 minutes apart. I texted our doula, Krista, that maybe it was time for her to come up to the hospital. Shortly after that, my contractions literally stopped. It was so frustrating. She came and brought me a birth ball and hung out for a bit, then headed back home so we could both get some rest. Kyle returned to the hospital, we ate dinner, Facetime'd Char and just waited... I got checked again at 9pm, after another 12 hour round of Cervadil. I was just 2 cm dilated. I was so frustrated. I decided to get in the shower to refresh and relieve some of the pain. Then I bounced on the ball and Kyle and I walked the halls. Kyle was a great coach and helped with the contractions. We would stop at this world map on one of the walls and talk about places we've been to try and take my mind off of the contractions. Around 10:30pm, we decided to call Krista back up to the hospital. This allowed Kyle to get a short break while Krista kept me company and walked the halls with me. Once I would stop walking, the contractions would subside or get further apart. I was really tired at this point and something had to give. I was going on over 24 hours of not really sleeping. I don't recall the time, but I think it was 1am or 2am where I had a breakdown and my nurse, doctor and I decided it was time to start Pitocin, which for me, meant it was time to get an epidural. I hadn't had Pitocin before and really didn't want to have to experience it without some type of pain meds. At this point, my labor literally felt like a bad dream that just wouldn't end. The birth of our son just seemed SO far away.

The anesthesiologist came in and began to prep for my epidural. I was so nervous and just began to cry. He asked me if I wanted to get the epidural and of course I did, I was just a wreck. After prepping my back and placing the plastic wrap on my back, it was time. Thankfully, it was not as bad as I thought it would be and similar to my experience with Charlotte, except this time, it worked and my pain was relieved! I got a catheter and then the nurse and Kyle moved me onto my back and I tried to get comfortable and get some rest. This was challenging as the nurses and lab techs were constantly coming in to draw blood and check vitals. Kyle, Krista and I all got some rest and the next thing we knew it was morning and I was 5.5cm! Finally some progress!

My mom and sister came back up to the hospital and we just hung out and waited for progress, especially for my water to break. I was diagnosed with polyhdramnios ( high amniotic fluid) towards the end of my pregnancy which also meant weekly ultrasounds to look at the fluid. At my appt. on Tuesday, the AFI was finally down within normal range, but I was warned that when my water broke, it would be a lot! Around 11am, I started to prep for delivery! I freshened up, put on some makeup and brushed my hair. I was going on almost 12 hours of being in the bed and was getting a little bored. At this point, I also couldn't eat, but was able to have water. I was checked again and at 7cm. We talked about breaking my water, but needed my doctor so waited for him to get to the hospital. But, that wouldn't  be necessary because it broke on its own! My belly practically went flat! Yes, there was alot of fluid. My doctor arrived shortly after and this is where my labor started to take a turn. At this point I was 8-9 and almost ready to push, but Baby Hux had other plans. His heart started to decelerate with every contraction. Electrodes were placed inside of me and on his head to get a better reading of his heart. Then they put an oxygen max on me. I started to cry. I was so nervous. My doctor placed another set of electrodes on his head and after more decelerations determined that the cord must be wrapped around the baby's neck. He said let's wait for one more contraction, but I declined, I didn't want to wait any longer. The next thing I knew, they were wheeling me out for an emergency c-section.

Oxygen mask on, not sure what was happening at this point, but Hux's heart was beginning to drop.
The next few hours are such a blur. Kyle got suited up and I was taken into the OR. It was cold and bright and there were at least 20 people rushing around. They moved me to the table and put my arms out like a T. At this point, Hux's heart rate was down to 60. The same anesthesiologist came in who did my epidural. My OB pinched my stomach and asked if I could feel him doing that and I could. At this point, I'm pretty sure I was lifting my back/butt off the table because I was so scared and didn't want to feel them slicing me open. The anesthesiologist gave me more pain meds and my OB called for Kyle to come in. The next 3 minutes are some that I don't ever want to have to re-live and I will spare the details of what it felt like to get the baby out. One thing I will say is that his head was already engaged into the birth canal, which meant one of the nurses had to go inside to push his head back up the other way! I didn't feel it, but she told me that later. All was made better when we heard Hux crying. I could see absolutely nothing, but Kyle saw him being taken over to the warmer. He was OK!  Kyle went over to check on him and the process of sewing me back up started.

7lbs 2oz, the same weight as big sister Charlotte!
After a quick check, Kyle and a nurse brought the baby over to me. The blue drape was so far in my face there wasn't even a spot to put the baby on my chest. I saw his face and tried to kiss him and then they left and went into the nursery. We didn't even get a picture. Kyle said goodbye to me and planned to see me in about 20 minutes...but, my body had other plans.

As I laid on the table and felt them sewing me up, I remember asking one of the anesthesiologists how much longer it would be. He said about 15 minutes. He asked if I wanted something to relax. Yes, that would be great!  He put a nose cannula on me and gave me what I think was fentanyl. But, right before that, I threw up. Throwing up bile while on your back is really not fun. Thankfully I was able to turn my head and get it into a basin. I remember hearing the doctors and nurses ask if they got all of the placenta out and that is really the last thing I remember.

Hux was born at 3:29pm. Once I got the fentanyl, I don't remember anything until I woke up at 7:00pm in the PACU. The first thing I asked Kyle was, "Do I still have my uterus?".

So, what exactly happened? Well here is a recap of what happened during those 3.5 hours once I fell asleep. As they were stitching me back up, my uterus continued to bleed and would not contract, which is a condition known as uterine atony, which is likely related to the preeclampsia. At this point, my platelets were also running low so my blood was not clotting. I was re-opened and a D&C performed as a precaution to ensure there were no placenta parts left. Once you see my placenta, you will understand why. It was mangled and the cord was barely hanging on. Had I had a vaginal delivery, things could have gone very differently. I really believe that God intervened.

My placenta. Not anything how it is supposed to look, with the cord barely attached. 
I continued to bleed and lost 2000cc of blood volume, about half of my total blood volume. After two blood transfusions, things started to turn a corner. At this point I was intubated and under general anesthesia. I remember nothing. My uterus was still floppy and so a Bakri balloon was inserted into my uterus to stop the bleeding and I was finally closed back up.

Waking up in PACU, I was super groggy and delirious. During the time I was in surgery, my family cared for Hux. His first meal was a bottle of formula, I would have never guessed that would be how it went, but it did and he did great! They also weren't given much information about me at all. It was a very hard and difficult couple of hours for them. I really feel so lucky to still have my uterus and to be alive. My doctor and the team of nurses really saved my life. Once the surgery got complicated, there were 4 OBs and 2 anesthesiologists caring for me. I owe them everything.

Finally at 7:05pm, I got to hold my sweet baby Hux! My body could barely move, but he melted right into my body. Holding him instantly restored me. Kyle and I finally took our first picture with him. We were all ok.

I will continue the recovery in another post. I am truly so grateful for all of the prayers and support from friends and family from all over the world. In this huge mess of a situation, I am so grateful for everyone and everything.