Monday, December 31, 2007

Our gift from above!





Well, so as many of you know, I never made it to my scheduled induction! After my appointment on Friday, I had been in some pain but it was the same as usual (not the ones that came at any intervals, and the ones that did eventually stopped.) I had the first contraction worth any note at 10:40, and they came about every ten minutes after that. I tried to get some sleep through the first couple of hours, although this was difficult. I knew I was going to need energy, but kept waking up in pain. My stomach was also growling, but I really didn’t want to eat anything because I didn’t want to get sick.

At midnight, they slowly reached 5 minutes apart from each other. Kenney’s reply through his sleepiness was “Wow, you really are trying to have her tomorrow!” He went back to sleep, and I watched tv, walked around the house, anything to try to pass the time. Kenney woke up around 1:45 to me on the birthing ball in a lot of pain, and he asked me how far a part they were. When I told him they were between 3 and 5 minutes apart, he jumped up and asked if we should be getting dressed to go to the hospital. I knew there was no point in rushing to the hospital, since I would be forced to have an IV and lay in an uncomfortable bed with monitors all over me. I told him to go back to sleep, and got into the bathtub which helped some but not all that much.

Kenney got up anyways and got dressed and finished getting our things ready for us to go when I told him I was ready. Finally at 2:30, I called my parents house to let them know that I was ready to go to the hospital. They were our house a little while later, and my dad stayed here with B since he was asleep. (By the way, our nervous “Braydon”-sitter cleaned our kitchen while I was in labor. =) Thank you!)

When we arrived at Nash General, they hooked me up to the monitors, and her heartbeat was strong, and I must admit I was very discouraged by the contractions that I saw on the monitor. They were short and not very significant, but I was feeling a lot of pain. (On a side note, she had the monitor in the wrong spot, thats why they weren't showing as very strong, which made me feel better in hindsight!) She checked me and I was 3 ½ cms and 80%. I was disappointed because as I said, I had already been through many contractions and had only progressed ½ of a centimeter!! They suggested I get up and walk for an hour which Kenney and I did. It was quite uncomfortable but I knew that at this point gravity was my friend!! So we walked up and down the 3 wings of the 2nd floor, and by the nursery. I walked for about 45 minutes, then I decided that I wanted to get back on the birthing ball. My tail bone was really hurting and this was one of the things that really helped me at home. They checked me again I was 4 cms and called the on call OB, who said they would admit me. They moved me to a labor & delivery suite. This room was “our” room: I had given birth to Braydon in that room, and Rachel had given birth to Noah in this room. It felt like home, even though it was newly remodeled. (On a side note, I mentioned previously that they were renovating L&D in December, which fortunately was finished by our arrival!)

Once we were in the L&D suite at 6ish AM, my contractions began intensifying and it was at the point that I was begging for the epidural! Unfortunately, they had to do all the routine things before I could get my epidural, like blood work, IV and two bags of fluid. The contractions continued to get stronger and stronger, and all I wanted was the epidural. I was quickly losing focus and I noticed that even in between contractions, I was so tense that I never had a “rest” time in between. I knew this was not a good sign for me. I had been struggling with focused breathing. That’s when I hit the “zone” as my mom called it. The only was I can explain this is prayer---the contractions were extremely rough, but I was the calmest I had been since arriving at the hospital. I went somewhere inside myself, trying to draw on my memory of all the shows that I had watched with women using doulas. I focused internally and tried to imagine my body opening. I know it sounds retarded, but it’s what helped me get through it. My breathing was in control, and its this focused effort that helped me progress.

All of the sudden, I felt this HUGE urge like I had to go to the bathroom. This feeling was overwhelming. I kept telling Kenney and my mom this and my mom explained it was just her head making its way down. This urge was indescribable. Finally after telling them this like 50 times in a row, the nurse said she would check me, and I was already at 8 ½ cms. I had progressed from 4 to 8 ½ in less than an hour. They called Dr. Van Zant to tell him to HURRY up, that they would need him immediately. When I heard this, my mind flashed to the epidural. I had heard story after story (um, like my sister!!) of when they reach the “point of no epidural” and you’re pretty much out of luck. I asked in vain, knowing full well the answer to my question, “Do I still get my epidural?” My mom’s voice confirmed my suspicion: “Just keep breathing honey.” Kenney was an excellent partner reminding me to breathe, and to breathe out. I remembered to breathe in, but struggled breathing it out. It mostly came out as a moan. I had never understood how women in labor could moan. I found out!!

That urge of needing to go to the bathroom just increased and it got to the point where I literally could do nothing but push. I kept telling them “I’m sorry I’m pushing, I know I’m not supposed to but I can’t stop.” She tried to check me again, and there was a thin rim of cervix left (and also Dr. Van Zant was not at the hosptial!) and they told me to pant. YEAH RIGHT. Those of you who have had natural childbirth understand that you just can not stop a freight train of a baby from coming out when they are ready. I heard one of the nurses shout, “GO GET DR. VAN ZANT! GO GET HIM!” Within seconds of this I felt her shoot out of me literally and was so confused. My water broke as she was coming out of me. I looked up and saw two nurses at the foot of my bed working frantically, so I thought something was wrong with Makenna. Kenney reassured me she was ok, and I relaxed. What I did not understand that in the midst of everything happening so fast, Dr. Van Zant never even made it in the room. He wasn’t even at the hospital yet!! So we had some very surprised L & D nurses who got to deliver our blessing girl! They didn't have time to even take the foot of my bed off. They just basically caught her! Just as they had finished handing the baby off to the nursery lady, Dr. Van Zant came into the room, and he felt horrible! He had stopped by the office to get my chart since he wasn’t familiar with me, I had only seen him one time before He is a wonderful Christian man who volunteers at the pregnancy care center in town and attends another Baptist church in the area. He figured since it had taken me an hour to get from 3.5 to 4, that he had time. But you could tell he felt terrible!! He finished everything up, and he kept apologizing, but there was no need. Leave it to me to have to “shake things up!”



Our Makenna Rae Elise Rue joined our family naturally at 7:32 AM, on Saturday, December 29th, 2007. She weighed 7 lbs, 6 oz and was 19 ½ inches long. Her dark hair covered her head, and her APGAR scores were 9 & 9. She nursed wonderfully, and was perfectly healthy, which we thank God for.
Makenna in her BLUE coming home outfit!The proud big brother!!
We got to come home from the hospital yesterday around noon, and are enjoying our amazing new addition! As my dad said in one of his blogs, “All good gifts around us, are sent from Heaven above. So thank the Lord, Oh Thank the Lord for all his love!”

For more pictures, you can visit.... http://picasaweb.google.com/TheRueSeum/Makenna

Friday, December 28, 2007

"Here comes the jackpot question in advance...."

"What are you doing New Years, New Years Eve?" This is a song from the Carpenter's Christmas CD which is a family staple for our Holidays. But now that I've posed the question, I'm curious to see how you, my devoted readers, few that you may be, plan to spend your New Years Eve.

Kenney & I intend on spending our New Year's Eve at Nash General Hospital. =) My midwife suggested that Monday morning, she break my water and that we have a baby on Dec. 31st, which I welcomed whole heartedly. I've been in a lot of pain lately, not sleeping well, and just plain miserable. I will be 39 weeks and 3 days, which is one day later than when I had Braydon. And since my parents are officially in the air on their way back to Rocky Mount, I think it's time we go ahead and get this baby out, don't you think? =)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

I married my father?!?

You've probably heard that we choose our spouse based upon our opposite sex parent. So, many of the qualities that I saw in Kenney were the ones that my own father possesses. His over-protectiveness is one of the things that bugs me, but I mean hey, atleast he cares for me THAT much to be worried about even the little things. But that's not the reason for this post...As I was looking through my pictures from Christmas morning, I was surprised to find a picture with my husband displaying the very essence of my own father, and it was kinda creepy....For those of you who know my dad really well this one won't surprise you. When he's focusing on something really hard, or doing something difficult his Sumner tongue comes out, and somehow having it out gives him the extra help he needs! (or SOMETHING like that! =) haha) Well anyways, here's the picture of my husband, which made me do a double take....is that MY kenney or MY Dad?!?

Christmas Recap

Our Christmas was a very relaxing day for us. When Braydon woke up, he found a ticket for the polar express under his pillow that had somehow gotten "punched" mysteriously overnight! =) When he came downstairs, he found 2 half eaten cookies, and an empty glass. B questioned why Santa only ate half of each cookie, and then wanted to know if he could finish them! He also found a note from "santa" thanking him for the cookies.

Braydon found his note from Santa
Kenney got a patriots stuffed gorilla from Braydon & Makenna


B can make the same face as Curious George!!
He got a Pablo & Uniqua pirate ship & tub toys!

B racked up on toys and clothes. Having 3 sets of grandparents and a set of great-grandparents, along with aunts/uncles and great aunts and uncles, he's set for a long time! He also got his first "big boy" bike from Santa.


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After opening presents, I made cinnamon stromboli, hashbrowns, and sausage balls, as well as orange julius drinks (its kinda like a creamsicle only in drinkable form!! SOOO GOOD!) my mom used to make these for us, and the boys seemed to like them. And then we got dressed and went outside and watched Braydon ride his bike. Then we went on a walk. Kenney made Christmas dinner which was a very nice break for me. Homemade chicken cordon bleu, pineapples, dinner rolls, and corn. YUMMY! After B went to sleept, we watched Oceans thirteen, which Kenney got from his parents for Christmas. It was a very nice day, and although we missed our families, we enjoyed the time we had with each other!


Monday, December 24, 2007

Polar express pizza party!!

Tonight, the Rue family is having our first ever Polar Express pizza party! We're going to order Pizza Hut Pizza to eat for dinner, then we're going to watch the DVD of the Polar Express. I'm going to make hot chocolate for us to drink (this was Braydon's idea, and he's super excited about it!) I've printed up some coloring sheets for us to do after the movie is over. I also made some "Polar Express" Round trip tickets for the 3 of us.

So, here's to making memories as a family and starting traditions to last through the years!!! maybe next year, Papa & Ama and Michal, Rach and the kiddos can join us for our "Polar Express Pizza Party!!"

After a great night, we tucked Braydon into bed, read him the Christmas story, said his prayer, and kissed him goodnight. We went downstairs, turned on our new Kenny G Christmas CD (which we LOVE by the way, Aunt Laura!! THANKS!!) and poured some sparkling apple cider! We each talked about what we want to accomplish in 2008, talked about this past year, and had a wonderful few minutes just sitting on the couch....Then we went on with finishing the laundry and other chores!! It was nice while it lasted!!

For more pictures of our lazy, crazy Christmas Eve....check out http://picasaweb.google.com/TheRueSeum/ChristmasEveCraziness

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Who says Christmas lasts just one day?

For us, we've celebrated Christmas with my parents on December 8th, with my Aunt Laura & Uncle Jim last Sunday, and then today with Kenney's family. (Of course, we'll celebrate Christmas on Christmas day itself, too!) His parents, his sister Kim, his brother Lamont and his three kids Kendra, Zavier and Isaiah came down for a few hours today after church. We had a wonderful time with them, and were so thankful that they made the trip down to see us since we can't really travel. After a few hours of opening presents, eating cookies, a series of "Potato Head" races, they headed back to Virginia and Braydon headed for a much needed nap! Here are some of the pictures....(By the way Aunt Laura, Kenney's brother Lamont gave B a transformer Potato Head, and so they brought down the Santa Potato Head and had races trying to see who could dress the potato heads faster! It was great!!)

Kenney with his two nephews
Uncle Lamont helping B open up his cool car while Kendra looks on...
All of the cousins trying to put together the bioncles toys we gave them.
Kenney and his mom with Braydon

Part of the "potato head" races.....Uncle KK lost...Lamont lost....and the Santa potato head was the "easier" one to put together (according to the older brothers who LOST!!)

Braydon loves his Chi-Chi
Saying goodbye to his Papa Rue
And to Nana....
Braydon played with his curious george plane Aunt Kimmy got him. He said that he was flying over to "engle-LAND". He rested the plane on one side of the room, and then went and sat down on the couch across the room. When I asked him why he did that he said "I live in a whole different country from Engle-Land Mommy!"

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Seriously, people....

Ok, maybe I look like a train wreck, or a blob or something that looks like it's about to explode. But do you have to look at me like something is wrong with me? Every where I go lately peoples eyes get all wide when they look at me like I'm doing some amazing or spectacular thing by having the nerve to venture outside of my home.

I don't FEEL that big, but maybe I am. But I promise, even if my water breaks, it will be more embarassing for me than it will be for you, Miss I must have forgotten to look in the mirror before heading to Wal-Mart. And for you old woman, no one cares that "back in your day" you weren't allowed to do X, Y or Z when you were "that pregnant". It was rude of you to comment to your shopping partner loud enough to make sure I heard it. If I had not been with my 3 1/2 yr old, I would have told you off. And for the lady at the Sam's club food place, no, I won't push my baby out in aisle 13, I PROMISE!! (she actually said that to me!)

Just let me waddle in peace please. Thank you, that is all. =)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Theres a whole in the bottom of the sea...

Yesterday, I went to my 38 week appointment with the midwife, and she told me that my primary doctor will be out of town next week, so she'll most likely be the one who delivers my baby. I really like this midwife, so I'm okay with that. My blood pressure was 122/86, which is great, & my urine, was well urine, but it was fine. My feet which had been swelling lately were fine yesterday, and I didn't have much to complain about other than I thought I might have a UTI, which she checked for (fortunately, I didn't have one!!) While she was checking for that, she decided to check to see if I had progressed any from my 1 cm. She told me that I'm 3 cms and 50% effaced. She said I most likely won't need my appointment for next week, but scheduled me one anyways. (on a side note, my doctors have been saying things like since 32 weeks. "If you make it to 34 weeks, I'll be happy" or "looks like she'll be here soon!" so I'm not taking their opinions hahaa)

When Makenna is ready, nobody can or will stop her from making her enterance a grand one I'm sure. =)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

recap

Today is a quiet day around here. The only thing on the agenda was to file some insurance things for Braydon and to go to my doctor's appointment this afternoon. Insurance was filed, which went relatively smoothly! I got a really nice man who spoke English wonderfully (A MIRACLE in & of itself!!) He was so helpful and got the ball rolling on the paperwork! I go back to the OB this afternoon around 4ish to see the midwife. I really like her a lot and totally wouldn't mind if she was the one who delivered Makenna.

Yesterday I overdid it. I went crazy cleaning the house because my dad was coming over, and I wanted it to be nice. (I even got down to the floor in the kitchen to scrub baseboards!) It's amazing to me how dirty it can get so quickly. Anyways, I am paying for it today. As my dad says, my body is "screaming" at me! So aside from trying to allow my pregnant body to recover from the "trauma" of cleaning the house yesterday, I decided to make cinnamon stromboli!! YUMMMMMMY! Today I added raisins, which I normally don't do, but Braydon LOVES raisins, and he jumped up and down literally when he found out that I had added them into the mixture! After eating breakfast, not only was my 3 1/2 year old bouncing off the walls, my baby inside was also bouncing of MY walls!!!

Since the end of 2007 is slowly creeping upon us, I stole this from my sister's blog and if you're bored, why don't you answer them on your blog too?

As 2007 comes to an end.........

1) Where did you begin 2007? ummmmmm...Kenney, Braydon and I went to church for our Bible fellowship group and then I guess home with my parents?

2) What was your status on Valentine's Day? Planning my wedding!!

3) Were you in school (anytime this year)? yup and I finally have something to show for it now!

4) How did you earn your money? Working at a daycare, at Goodwill for a few weeks and then part time photography

5) Did you have to go to the hospital? Yes I did a few times. Nothing major though.

6) Did you have any encounters with the police? not personally

7) Where did you go on vacation? We went on our honeymoon to Orlando, FL, we went to Virginia Beach and myrtle beach for weekend trips.

8) What did you purchase that was over $100? im sure we did for the wedding

9) Did you know anybody who got married? MEEEEEEE =) and my friend Jennifer

10) Did you know anybody who passed away? Yes Mrs. Patricia

(BY THE WAY, RACHEL, WHAT HAPPENED TO # 11 and 13?)

12) Did you move anywhere? Yuppers we moved into our townhouse!!

14) What concerts/shows did you go to? Aside from dad's theater productions nothing.

15) Are you registered to vote? I sure am!

16) Who did you want to win Big Brother? I don't think its on right now is it?

17) Where do you live now? Rocky Mount, NC, I know I know, you're jealous aren't you?!?

18) Describe your birthday? I spent it with my parents and Kenney & Braydon at Texas Steak House.

19) What's one thing you thought you'd never do but did in 2007? Be able to be a stay at home mommy!

20) What has been your favorite moment? Dancing with Kenney for the first time as husband and wife!

21) What's something you learned about yourself? That I am very blessed person and having an amazing family.

22) Any new additions to your family? Well theres been a lot for me...I gained a whole new family from Kenney's side, a little girl named Chloe Grace and soon to be our daughter Makenna!

23.) What was your worst month? oh wow, i don't know probably when I was working at FBCC puking in the toilet while my kids kept asking me "are you ok Ms Christy?"

24.) What music will you remember 2007 by? Brian McKnight

25) Who has been your best drinking buddy? um, well since I can't really drink....nobody!!

26) Made new friends? not really i dont think

27) New best friend? nope

28) Favorite Night out? hmmmmmm...I have to say the first night on our honeymoon in Florida, we went to a dinner theater place called "Al Capone's" and had an all you can eat buffet and then it we got to watch a show! It was the best Easter I've had!!

C-A-N-D-Y!!!!

Last night, Papa came over for dinner since he is leaving today to go join my mom in England to spend Christmas with my sister and her family. After eating, we played a rousing game of CANDY LAND! This game is great for Braydon. It teaches his patience, to listen, to follow directions, to take turns, etc.




Not only does this game teach those principles, in a way it's helping prepare them for real life. Think about it. Braydon pulled the "Princess Frostine" card and got to skip almost to the end of the game. Shortly after drawing that card, he pulled the gingerbread card, which made him go almost all the way back to the beginning! How much closer to real life lessons can you get for a 3 year old? How many times have you gotten so close to the "Candy Castle" just to find out you have to go ALLLLLL the way back to where you started from? It also teaches them to be excited when other people finish the game, even if its before you! (Braydon ended up finishing last which he was upset about until he found out he got to pick up card after card without having to let someone else go!


After we finished Candy Land, it was time for Braydon to go to bed, and Papa to say goodbye. Braydon was sad to wave bye bye to Papa, but I got this cute picture! It reminds me of a picture I've seen before!




Wednesday, December 19, 2007

my NEW love....


Sleep is not something that comes easy when you're 9 months pregnant, as many of you know. I often wake up having to switch sides because my hips hurt, or having to run to the bathroom. Since I am totally a stomach sleeper, it has been difficult finding a sleep position where I can actually feel rested when I wake up. I've tried hot baths before I sleep, hot packs, etc, but nothing seems to help. Nothing until last night.

I am in love. Kenney bought this for me a while ago, and I've used it a little bit, but last night I was just so uncomfortable and NOTHING I tried even helped, so Kenney busted it out. He rubbed my belly, and my sides which hurt so bad. After that, he rubbed my feet, which is something I never let him do because I have a thing against feet, even my own. (ask my family if you don't believe me!) But anyways, I slept on our chaise lounge which is in our room. I slept so well and only woke up 3 or 4 times! I woke up feeling so well rested. THANK YOU BATH AND BODY WORKS!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas thoughts

I know that I've been blogging a lot lately. Mostly just pictures, because I've got nothing to say. Or maybe I do have a lot to say, but just don't know how to say it or even if I should say it. Exposing my feelings is not something I normally do in public, and although I wouldn't being standing up in front of a crowd reading a speech about my feelings, it's pretty much allowing the outside world a glimpse into my head, which can be scary for my readers as much as it it for me!

I've been thinking a lot lately, since this christmas is my first Christmas as a married woman. Last Christmas, Kenney and I were engaged, and I was living at my parents house with Braydon. This year is our first Christmas as a family. Kenney's family lives 2 hours away, and since we can't travel, they're coming down this weekend for a little while to exchange presents and visit. And my parents will be gone in London with Rachel and her family. So it's just Kenney, Braydon and myself. This makes me a little nervous.

I begin to wonder if Braydon will be disappointed in Christmas this year. Will he know that his cousins "get" papa and ama on Christmas? (we'll try not to remind him of this.) Will he be unimpressed with the few presents we have to open (as opposed to the TONS of presents we had at Ama & Papas?) I was thinking back to when I was little, because I know my parents were in the same boat we are. My mom stayed at home, and my dad was working hard to make ends meet. I can't remember any of the presents I got or didn't get really. I don't remember how many presents we got. I just remember that it felt like opening presents took such a long time (we opened presents one at a time, slowly taking turns.) I'm sure it really didn't take that long, but a child's perspective is quite different from actuality.

And then I wonder whether I will be disappointed as well. Will I be sad all day, even though I've got a wonderful family right here? Will I upset Kenney because I'm sad that I can't share Christmas with my parents?

I know that it is vital that as a new family we establish some holidays independently, but I must admit, holidays mean family to me. My parents, my sister and I have been through a tremendous amount of "stuff" throughout the years, and when there's been nothing else, we've had each other. It's just so hard to imagine spending Christmas without them. I've spent many holidays without them before. When I was in college, I worked on Easter, and other holidays and thought nothing much about it. Last thanksgiving, my parents were with my sister & we went to Kenney's family for thanksgiving. Perhaps, it's because we aren't going anywhere.

We'd thought about maybe going to the movies on Christmas afternoon, but so far, they have no G rated movies for us to go see, which is a total disappointment. I've decided I'm going to make breakfast for us in the morning, and we all climb in our bed and have it there. Then we'll go downstairs and open presents. After that though, I suppose the day will go on just as if it were any other day.

So, I guess I just want to establish Christmas for Braydon so it's something he looks forward to like I did, and still do. I'm just wanting to "do it right", which I know is impossible to do, because there is no "right" way to do Christmas. Christmas is what you make it, right?

Handsome & Handsome Jr.



I know I haven't been posting much of anything significant lately, but it's just that I don't have much to say....But this morning, Braydon got dressed in his new vest from Ama & Papa and I wanted to get a picture of my two handsome boys before Kenney went to work. the only way Braydon agreed to picture taking so early this morning was if he could take a silly picture after the nice one, thus the 2nd picture.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Pirate Braydon




It's in the genes....

Ok, so I stole this idea from my sister, but I think it's kinda neat (but also a little creepy at how much the picture of my mom holding me is like a duplicate of me holding Braydon....) I wonder who she's going to look like!
My handsome husband as a baby. (this is the closest I have to a baby baby picture for now)
My lovely mother holding yours truley after I was born....
Now for the deja-vu picture. This is me holding Braydon after he was born. Remind you of anyone?!? (sorry its at a funny angle and has writing but I just HAD to use this picture, and it's in his scrapbook, so I had to scan his scrapbook page and then crop it...)

All of us in the first hour after Braydon arrived....

Saturday, December 15, 2007

What's in a name?

So, for all of my loyal readers who are just chomping at the bit to find out the name of this little one....Here it is!

Makenna Elise! We kept Makenna because Braydon has already bonded with his sister and it would be quite confusing for him. Elise means "God is my oath". So there you have it. =)

Friday, December 14, 2007

3 more to go!

At 37 weeks, it's hard to believe I've still got 3 more weeks to go! Kenney was making me laugh in these pictures!