Thursday, December 25, 2008
And finally, the next morning...
Saturday, December 20, 2008
For all you Floridians, we got about 6 inches of snow yesterday/last night and are expecting a foot or so on Sunday.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Kaitlyn in her coming home outfit, all set to head home
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
We had another appointment yesterday, and first off the good news is that all the lab results came back normal, with no apparent problems. Kaitlyn is still very healthy and doing well, her heartbeat is very strong and she is as active as ever. Cyndi is going to have to start shaving her work hours a little bit, and possibly take at least a few days off a week. On the other side of things, the doctor said that she would like to see us get to 38 weeks (which is 2 weeks from now). We're not sure if that means the doctor is thinking of speeding the process along a little bit or not. Either way, the doctor said we wouldn't have to worry about Kaitlyn going past her due date. With that being said, it won't be long now. Cyndi has a baby shower at work on Friday, so we're hoping to get those last odds and ends we need in preparation for Kaitlyn's arrival. Look for another blog around that time, we'll try to get some pictures up. Hope everyone is doing well and voted yesterday, and for those who have been wondering, no it hasn't snowed here yet. :)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
So during this time, we'll be taking it easy on weekends, Cyndi will be leaving work early here and there, and generally just waiting. We will post again after next weeks appointment, and if the big day comes unexpectedly I will post some short blogs from the hospital (luckily they have wi fi). Alright, that's it for now. Hope all is well with everybody.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Last night, we also had a tour of the new birthing center at Maine Medical Center, where I will be having Kaitlyn. The center is brand new, it just opened at the beginning of September. It is it's own separate wing of the hospital and has it's own security desk. When I arrive at the hospital, Kevin and I have to show ID and will get "mom" and "dad" stickers until we are checked in and issued wrist bands that will correspond to the baby's. If anyone comes with us or comes to visit, they also have to show ID and will receive "visitor" stickers with their photo on them.
The first floor of the center is the prenatal unit. This is for women with pregnancy complications who need to be admitted before they go into labor. The third floor is the NICU.
The second floor contains triage, the labor and delivery rooms and the ORs. When I arrive, I will be checked into one of the private rooms in triage where I will be accessed to determine if I am in active labor or if I am going to be sent home for a false alarm. All of the triage rooms have private bathrooms and flat screen TVs. If I am in active labor, I get walked across the hall to the labor and delivery rooms. All of these rooms are private rooms with private bathrooms and showers. Each of the rooms also have Jacuzzis, birthing balls, flat screen TVs, and CD players. The lighting in the rooms can be dimmed and massage therapy is offered. There is also a couch that can be made into a bed for Kevin. Kaitlyn and I will stay in these rooms until about two hours after delivery.
After we leave the labor and delivery room, we head up to the fourth floor where the mother and baby rooms are as well as the nursery. Maine Med keeps mothers for 2 days after a vaginal delivery and 3-4 days after a C-section. Kaitlyn will in all likelihood be in the room with me. There is a nursery, but this is for babies who need special monitoring, but aren't sick enough for the NICU. All healthy babies stay in the room with their mothers. Again, there are private rooms and bathrooms. These rooms have flat screen TVs, DVD players, CD players and Wi-Fi. So, we will be able to get Kaitlyn's first photo up on the blog within hours of her birth! There are couches in these rooms as well, and the nurses will bring pillows and blankets, so Kevin will be able to stay in the room with us if he wants to! I won't have to eat nasty hospital cafeteria food either! The birthing center employs its own chef and has a room service menu. My food is charged to the hospital bill and insurance. If Kevin wants to order off of the menu, it costs $5 for breakfast and $7 for lunch or dinner. If we choose to, we can also order takeout as long as dad is willing to go down to the security desk to pick up the food.
All in all, we are pretty excited as the center is great! Now if only I can get over the whole fear of labor!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Something else we did last week was explore daycare, something we'll definitely need. We took a look at The Toddle Inn in South Portland, and it was much better than even I expected to find. Immediately upon walking inside, everything is very clean and a very nice neutral clean odor. The whole building including all the rooms, hallways, and outside are monitored by video cameras, and you need a key code to get through the front door. The rooms in the building are split up by age, and Kaitlyn wold be starting in the 6 weeks to 6 months room. When we saw it, there were 8 babies in the room all being very quiet just bouncing around in swings and what not. In the next room, starting at 6 months, they have their own outside area with infant swings. Almost all of the age groups have a play area outside designed for their age group, and all of these outside play areas are separated by fencing. There is also an indoor gym, with age appropriate equipment inside. Once Kaitlyn grows older she'll be able to participate in different programs that the Toddle Inn offers, such as dancing classes, and starting at age 3 they offer field trips. It's a very nice place and during the day you can come and go as you please to visit with your child. We believe that we've decided on bringing Kaitlyn here, so we've got the packet of information to fill out and bring back to them to reserve her spot. Well that's pretty much it for now, there will be another post within the next day or so about the pediatrician!
Hope all is well with everybody, think fall! The leaves are changing fast here now, and before you know it winter will be knocking at our doors. The best part, as I remind everybody, is that less than 3 months to Christmas, which will be extra special this year for obvious reasons!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The good news is, I heard back from the doctor's office today and this test came back normal. So, I don't have gestational diabetes and I can continue to eat ice cream. Yay!
I'm off from work tomorrow, so Kevin and I will probably head up to Brunswick Naval Air Station. This weekend is the last air show before the base closes. Tomorrow is military, police, fire, and EMS day. You need to have some kind of ID identifying you as a member of one of those groups to get on base tomorrow, so it should be a lot less crowded than Saturday and Sunday's shows will be. I'm looking forwarded to seeing the Blue Angels again!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Other than that the appointment was routine. We still love listening to the baby's heartbeat, of course. We were also told it's time to start thinking about birthing classes. Personally I think that those classes are just a lame attempt to make a first-time mother feel like she is doing something to make labor easier, happier, and faster. Until labor happens and she realizes, oh crap those classes were a rip-off and vows never to have another baby. LOL :-)
After the doctor's appointment we met with the priest to plan Kaitlyn's baptism, which is scheduled for the last Sunday in February ( I wanted my parents to experience a Maine winter. Sorry, Mom).
Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend. We'll be spending ours attempting to put together a crib. (Well, let's be honest... Kevin will be putting together the crib and I will be "supervising").
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Tomorrow we are off to Florida to visit my parents for a few days, then off on a western carribean cruise. When we return, we'll have our ultrasound on July 16. Hopefully we'll find out what we are having then. In the meantime, if anyone wants to hazard a guess of what we're having feel free to e-mail us or leave a comment here. We'd love to see whose right!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Love Kevin and Cyndi
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The ultrasound went well, and at times the baby appeared to wave at us. Unfortunately, it is still too early to determine the sex of our baby. We should know at our next ultrasound in July. The other good news is that they were able to successfully draw blood from Cyndi without her passing out.
Hope all is well from everybody, you'll be hearing from us soon about the baby registry!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
In other news... a Portland Police Officer died last night. He worked Kevin's shift, so Kevin knew him pretty well. Apparently, he accidentally discharged his weapon at home. He had two young kids (9 and 12). Please keep his family and the police department in your prayers.