Archive for June, 2011


First Family Photo

Early Monday morning my water ruptured while I was sleeping and without my realizing it. I called the doctor once the office opened and, since I wasn’t having contractions, they told me to stay in bed and rest all day. I was to call if I started to contract, which I did not. That night I got the best night sleep I had gotten in six months but woke up feeling gassy. After the grogginess subsided, I realized that I was having contractions and started timing them – 7 to 9 minutes apart. I immediately called Labor & Delivery and spoke to a nurse who told me to come into the hospital. Ryan packed an overnight bag, which we had previously discussed but hadn’t yet done.

In half an hour we were on our way to the hospital with my contractions coming 5 to 7 minutes apart. I continued to breath through the contractions as we made the 30-minute drive to the hospital…the contractions got quicker and stronger. By the time we arrived my contractions were about 3 to 5 minutes apart. Ryan wheeled me up to the second floor into the Labor & Delivery department where we were directed to room 12. I put on a gown and tried to settle into the bed, which was a little hard to do with worsening contractions.

Hooray, I'm getting to be a big boy!

I continued to breathe through contractions as the doctor checked me…5cm, baby’s head really low. It was too late to stop labor or transport me to Green Bay. While I was happy to be able to deliver in Sturgeon Bay, it was still surreal that my baby was coming. We started talking about a c-section because the doctor was concerned that the baby was breech – despite my confident assurance that baby was head down and had been for some time. She confirmed that baby was head down with a quick ultrasound and said I would be able to deliver vaginally – as long as no complications arose.

The contractions continued to get worse and were almost on top of each other. She asked if I wanted an epidural. While I was open to change when making my birth plan, I was really hoping that I would not feel the need to have an epidural. Thinking that I was only 5cm, feeling a lot of pressure and believing that there was a long way to go yet, I thought I might need the epidural after all.

Before we got past signing the paperwork for the epidural the doctor decided to check me again…9cm dilated! “Too late for an epidural” I said happily.

Mylo & Daddy cuddling, kangaroo style

“It’s not too late but it may not help you at this point” replied the doctor.

She didn’t understand that I was telling her that I no longer felt the need for the epidural, I wouldn’t have even asked for it if I had known that I would progress so quickly. I was elated to be delivering in Sturgeon Bay, naturally and without any pain medications.

“Do you want to push?” said the doctor.

“Yes. There is so much pressure,” I exclaimed, literally going from breathing through contractions to pushing as the contractions were on top of one another – never subsiding but flowing peak to peak.

Family photo before leaving the NICU

“You can start pushing,” she told me as she walked away to put on her scrubs. She came back minutes later, “I can see the head.”

Once Ryan saw the baby’s head he didn’t stop watching his son, Mylo Thomas Sherman, enter the world! We had arrived at the hospital just after 9am and, with a full head of hair, Mylo was born at 10:44am on Tuesday May 17, 2011 weighing 5 pounds and measuring 18.5 inches. He was 6 weeks and 5 days early but, thanks to the early labor scare at Easter, did not require oxygen and was healthy.

Within a few hours he was transported down to the NICU at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay where him and I “lived” for the following two and a half weeks. We were able to bring Mylo home on Saturday June 4 and have been loving being able to spend more time with him. He is eating and gaining weight well. Even though I had time to get to know him in the hospital, there is nothing like being able to care for and nurture him at home.

Mylo Relaxing At Home

Ryan was able to get the nursery almost finished while we were in Green Bay and made plenty of time to come visit us; all that is left is the door and a little bit of trim. We were able to arrange and decorate the room together, once Mylo and I were back home.

Being a mom is the best! I couldn’t be more thrilled than I am to share a son with my wonderful husband, best friend and most amazing father Mylo could want!

A big thank you to my co-workers at Peninsula Publishing and Distribution for being so understanding of Mylo’s early arrival and for giving me extended time off to be with him. I am truly grateful for your friendship and kindness.

Check back for more stories about the newest addition to my life in Door County.

Confined

Here’s a post I wrote last month but didn’t get a chance to post…will explain in the next post.

Well, there is much to say because a lot has changed since my last post. I was finally getting my energy back and started feeling absolutely wonderful when…complications arose.

First, I had two wonderfully amazing baby showers. One on April 2 at the Village Green Lodge, Door County thrown by my parent-in-laws. It was a co-ed shower and we were delighted with around 45 guests from all over the state. There was a taco bar, beer, margarita punch (with tequila to spike it), games, gifts and two beautiful cakes – one shaped like a teddy bear and the other a reminder of our wedding day, carrot. The second was on April 10 at my mother’s home for ladies and babies only. There were over two-dozen of my family members there and some friends to help me get ready for the arrival of baby “Chili.” We had a late lunch filled with a variety of delicious items made possible by my guests and enjoyed a couple hours of fun and games. Ryan was excited to come back and find a unique assortment of gifts for the baby.

It took us weeks to get all the new baby items sorted and put away. Especially since I made another large change happen before the showers – remodeling of the nursery.

Of course, I told Ryan that I just wanted him to do a couple of quick things in the nursery before the baby is born. Logically, having a remodeled nursery before filling it with a crib, dresser, baby toys, and more seemed the right thing to do. My thoughts about removing the closet, which made the room much smaller than it could be, and replacing the plaster and lathe with drywall before adding a new coat of paint and underwater mural were a lot simpler in my mind than in reality. My mom came a few days before the first shower to help Ryan remove the closet and walls because I couldn’t be in the room due to old insulation, which may have contained harsh chemicals harmful to both myself and especially the baby. In no time the “quick” project turned into a complete renovation. The closet was removed only to find that there were patches without carpet and worse yet, the carpet in the closet had been different than the carpet in the room. In addition to the carpet, we found that the wall with the window was moist and had to remove more and more of it in order to find the wet source. As it turned out, the window was not properly installed and had been leaking for some time. We also found that the walls we thought had drywall were actually plaster and lathe covered by drywall. Ultimately, three walls and the carpet were removed completely.

On a positive note, we hadn’t yet order the bathroom window so we were able to add the nursery window to the order and saved over $160 for both windows, which were both installed recently. Ryan did some research and found spray-in insulation that helps as a sound and moisture barrier in addition to keeping the temperature. We were also able to rewire the nursery and remove some very old cloth-wrapped wires that were truly a fire hazard. In the end, it will all be for the better that we took the time to do the needed repairs now before the baby arrives – despite my feeling a little guilty for adding so much work to Ryan’s list and forcing him to work on three rooms at one time.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I have been waiting to prime and paint the nursery, bathroom and laundry room once the drywall is installed. Since we decided to paint before putting any other flooring down, which will save us from worrying about spilling, we were finally getting to a point that my pregnant body could do without too much effort. Then it happened…

Easter morning we woke up at 5am to attend sunrise/cemetery service at the Ephraim Moravian Church. After service we had a delicious breakfast at church, helped clean up and then went to Ryan’s parents house to visit before 10am service. After the second service we went home and relaxed until going to brunch with Ryan’s parents, grandparents, uncle and aunt at the Log Den. When we returned home I was full from the days eating binge. I relaxed on the couch and ended up falling asleep – nap number two. When I woke up I was not feeling well but wasn’t sure why. I ate a little dinner and continued to relax.

A couple hours later, as Ryan and Colin were outside enjoying a bonfire, I went to the bathroom and noticed blood when I wiped. I immediately called Ryan to come inside and then called nurse direct. After speaking with the on-call doctor, Ryan and I headed south so I could be checked in labor and delivery at Ministry Door County Medical Center. Within an hour, I found out that the baby was very low and head down while I was having mild contractions and dilated 1cm. Quickly the doctor came in and explained that I would be transferred to St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay in case the baby arrived early (they have a wonderful NICU). She also explained that they were going to be giving me IV medications to help stop the contractions, lower my high blood pressure, antibiotics in case I had an infection, and two steroid shots to help the baby’s lung develop. Without question I agreed – despite my dislike of taking anything while pregnant – for the record, I’ve only taken my prenatal vitamins and Tums since finding out I was expecting.

Just after midnight I was in the ParaTran ambulance heading to Green Bay. Ryan left me at the hospital to run home to get a change of cloths, his computer, and a few other things for an overnight stay away from home. Luckily, we had already asked Colin to take Gizmo to Ryan’s parents house – thanks Colin for putting out the fire and making sure our dog was cared for, we really appreciate it!

I had a sleepless night but just kept praying that everything would be okay. With each prayer my blood pressure dropped a little more. Late Monday afternoon the contractions stopped but my blood pressure had still not gone back to normal, although it was decreasing. Tuesday morning my blood pressure was almost back and I was taken off all medications. Happily, I was discharged by 3pm and on my way home.

Unfortunately, once you dilate you can’t undilate so I am on bedrest orders until further notice. I had no idea how hard it would be to relax but try to keep reminding myself that it is just the beginning of the sacrifices that I, as a mother, will make for my child. I am full of energy but have no way to use it – except for writing, reading, and thankfully working from home. The guilt I mentioned feeling about adding so much work to Ryan’s load with the remodeling of the nursery has doubled as he now is solely responsible for all household chores in addition to the few things I was going to do to help get the nursery, bathroom and laundry room completed. While he is the most amazing husband and has been handling everything well, it seems so much for one person to do. At least we are blessed to have family to help.