Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hudsons Birth Story (Beware it's LONG)

It was 4:30am on September 14, 2012 I woke up to go to the bathroom, for the 4th time that night, and turn the TV off. Chris and I had been watching the Lorax the night before and forgot to turn on the sleep timer. The DVD menu was playing over and over and it was driving me crazy. When I got out of bed I felt a trickle of water run down my leg and I thought to myself “how embarrassing I peed my pants” when the “pee” didn’t stop running down my leg I said “Chris I think my water just broke” he woke up out of a deep sleep and jumped out of bed. I went into the bathroom to try and get the water to stop trickling but it wouldn’t stop so we gathered everything up and headed to the hospital. Chris took a wrong turn on the way to the hospital and by that time my contractions had started getting strong (about 4 minutes apart and lasted 60 seconds) needless to say I wasn’t too happy about the detour. We made it to Timpanogos Regional Hospital and the nurses showed us to our birthing room (room number 1).

It was approximately 5:30am when the nurse, whose name was April, came in and checked my cervix which was dilated to a 4 and I was 90% effaced. She started the IV in my left hand and I bled all over the place. The IV was definitely the most uncomfortable part of the whole labor experience. April finished her shift at 6am and we got a new nurse named Erin. By that time I was contracting every 2 minutes and each contraction lasted about 80 seconds. My contractions were getting stronger and I knew it was time for my epidural. The anesthesiologist came to my room at 6:30am and by 6:45am I was numb. I LOVED the epidural! I even remember saying “I want an epidural everyday”. I was very relaxed and Chris and I finished watching the Lorax. My mom, dad, and Lori had arrived at the hospital by that time and it was a waiting game. When the Lorax finished my contractions were not progressing so the doctor order Pitocin to be given to ripen my cervix. The pitocin made me dilate from a 5 to a 7 in 1 hour; but it had some bad side effects such as shaking/shivering and nausea. The shakes reminded my mom of a mini seizure. I never threw up but I don’t think I have ever been so nauseous.

My mom sat by my bed a played with my hair to try and help me relax. She did French braids in my hair and then rook them out and put my hair in a ponytail. We sat around till about 11am when my epidural started to wear off. I could feel the contractions which were 1 minute apart lasting 90 seconds and they HURT BAD! I could also feel a lot of pressure where baby’s head was pushing down. The anesthesiologist had to come back down and give me an epidural booster. The booster took away the pain almost instantly and I was relaxed again. After that I dilated from a 7 to a 10 in an hour and a half and then they had me start pushing. I remember being very scared that pushing would hurt but the nurse reassured me that I would barely feel it with the epidural. I pushed for about 30 minutes and Hudson William Hawkins was born at 1:26pm.

Doctor Aagard from Valley OBGYN delivered our sweet baby boy. Hudson weighed 7 pounds and was 20 inches long. They took him and cleaned him off and then I got to hold him for the first time. I remember crying because he was so beautiful. Chris came over and held him with me and I will never forget the overwhelming love I felt at that time. The nurse took Hudson and did his first assessment and they discovered that he was breathing at 98 breaths/minute.

Hudson was wisked off to the NICU because newborns are only supposed to breath 40-60 times/minute. It was very scary to have my baby taken so quickly especially because I didn’t fully understand why they were taking him. The doctor ordered a chest x-ray and discovered that Hudson had a lot of fluid in his lungs. Dr. Whiting at Alpine Pediatrics suggested that we start him on Amphicilin and Gentimyacin (penicillin derivatives) for 48 hours as a prophylaxis to pneumonia. After 2 days his gram stain for pneumonia came back negative and his respirations decreased to 45 breaths/minute. The doctors felt like Hudson was well enough to go home and Chris and I were very happy. The next morning we got a call from the hospital saying that Hudson's bilirubin level was at a 19.5 and that they would be readmitting him to the NICU. This was devastating because we had just barely gotten settled. Luckily Chris and I were able to meet with Dr. Alba at Alpine Pediatrics where we discussed having bilirubin lights brought to our home.

 The doctor decided that it would be better for our family to keep Hudson at home and the bilirubin lights were delivered that afternoon. We had to keep Hudson on the bilirubin lights for 3 hour periods. We were able to take him off the lights every 3 hours to feed him and change his diaper. We called him our little glow stick baby. He loved the lights and got a nice little tan. He was on the bilirubin lights for 3 days and his jaundice levels decreased to 11.5. We had to take Hudson to Timpanogos hospital everyday that he was on the lights, to get his blood levels checked. They had to prick his foot each time and when he was done he had 6 pricks on his left foot and 5 on his right foot. Our little man never cried when his foot was pricked; he is super tough.

 We love having him off the lights because now we get to play with him and cuddle himJ. Mom and Dad love cuddling with the little munchkin!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

As of lately

A lot has happened since I posted last
For Instance
I had a baby....his name is Hudson William Hawkins
I finished up another semester
Hudson and I were in a car accident
I went back to work
Hudson got his first cold and it was terrible
Chris got a promotion at Kneaders
Over the next few days I will talk about all that has happened. Unfortunately I will be going back to school in a few weeks and my blogging days will be over again, until the semester is over!
This is
Hudson William Hawkins
I will post his birth story tomorrow!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Great balls of fire!

Bowling with the Fam!

I love my cute family! The pictures of my dad are on the other camera but he came bowling with us as well.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Now and Then

March 2012

July 2012

Time flies when you're having a baby!

Jammie and Chris

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Chris has become quite the handy man, especially when it comes to working with wood. I had been looking for a book shelf online, for babies room, and I couldn't find anything that I liked. I told Chris exactly what I was looking for and he said "...why don't I just make it for you..." I was a bit nervous because I had never seen Chris build anything before, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised when he was finished.

The finished product will be shown when I post pictures of the babies room.

Thanks Chris

Friday, July 13, 2012

Garden Explosion

Chris and I planted a garden this summer! I was a little skeptical when we first put the seeds in the ground because I have never taken care of a garden before. Chris wanted to plant every seed he could possible get his hands on and i'm sure glad he did.

{Before} we planted anything

{a couple of weeks later}  we had our seeds in the ground and Chris engineered a sweet drip system to water our garden.

{a couple more weeks later} we have an explosion of corn, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes, raspberries, peas, jalapenos, bell peppers, red peppers, Big Jim peppers, green beans, squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

I am in desperate need to learn how to make Jam and Garden Salsa. If you have any easy recipes please share!

The Hawkins

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Poor Suzie

Last week Suzie (my car) decided that she didn't want to run anymore. I was driving up to drill camp in Park City and on the last hill Suzie made some crazy sounds and stopped working. I pulled off onto the side of the road and opened the hood and I could immediately tell that no good was going to come from the situation. My sweet husband called the insurance company and sent someone to rescue me. The insurance company had to track me through satellite because there were no road markers or signs anywhere around. I was just a lonely sweaty pregnant lady strolling down the side of the highway haha. If only I had a hitchhikers thumb!!!! Luckily some other parents were also driving up to drill camp at that same time and they stopped to pick me up {Thank you Connor Family}! My car got towed to Heber and then Chris and my dad towed it the rest of the way.

Turns out that my car needed a new engine so Chris and I decided to start looking for a new car. We found a 2013 Hyundai Sonata that we LOVED and decided to go for it. Yes the car payment sucks but we were able to put a lot of money down so our payments are really low every month. Also we posted Suzie on KSL and sold her within 5 hours. It shocked me that we sold her so fast with a blown out engine. I am glad she has a new home with a good engine :).

The Hawkins