Archive for October, 2003

Dumb Dog

Friday, October 31st, 2003

So Sailor ate an SOS pad yesterday. You know, those steel wool pads with the soap that you use to scrub dishes with. He apparently had a good time with it before devouring it because there was soap all over the rug in the living room. Sigh.

Heather called the vet and they said it would probably pass through him okay. They said to feed him bread with every meal to help cushion the thing as it goes through him. Oh ya, and to follow him around the back yard waiting to see if/when he passes the thing. Joy.

Fortunately, when I came downstairs this morning there was a wet lump of steel wool in a puddle of dog vommit on the living room rug. (That rug takes a beating.) You can tell that you are a pet owner and/or parent when you use the words ‘fortuneately’ and ‘vommit’ in the same sentence.

Dumb dog.

More Pictures

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

The last few weeks have been pretty crazy, busy, wonderful. Lots of people coming and going, not much sleep, lots of diapers, etc. I finally managed to post a batch of new pictures to our gallery. There are a couple new albums, check them out here.

Bilirubin and Birthdays

Monday, October 6th, 2003

NB: This post was saved as a draft and not originally published for some reason. I’m publishing it Sept. 9, 2004. I don’t know the exact date the post was authored, but I think I’m within one day either way.

Yesterday morning Fiona was tested for Jaundice and her bilirubin count came back a little high. Bilirubin comes from the breakdown of extra red blood cells and is normally removed by the liver. In newborns the liver frequently isn’t quite up to the task yet and the buildup of bilirubin in the blood turns the baby’s skin a little yellowish in places. This is especially common when the baby and mother have different blood types, like Heather and Fiona.

The treatment is pretty simple. Fiona was stripped down to her diapers and put under some special flourescent lights all day. The light helps breakdown the bilirubin. Pretty simple and painless, but it meant that Fiona was only with us during feedings all yesterday and last night.


Monday, October 6th, 2003

First batch of Fiona pictures is here.

Fiona Marie Callahan Stevens

Sunday, October 5th, 2003

…was born at 10:18pm on Saturday, October 4. She weighed in at 8lbs. 7oz and measures 20 inches long. Mom and Baby are both doing wonderfully.

Pictures and details will be up here sometime Monday.

Heather, Jason and Fiona

A Long Day at the Hospital

Saturday, October 4th, 2003

No baby yet.

We spent about 14 hours at the hospital today. They didn’t actually try to induce today, instead they applied this medicine that is supposed to help prepare Heather to be induced. The stuff softens up the cervix and makes it more receptive to the drug the use to induce. Anyway, that stuff was applied in the morning and was left on for 12 hours. The baby looked to be doing fine and Heather wasn’t having serious contractions yet so they let us go home to rest the night. They actually were going to have us stay, but we did some asking around and got them to let us go home. With all the work in store for Heather I wanted to make sure she got as much quality sleep tonight as possible, and I knew that wasn’t going to happen at any hospital.

So when the midwife came to remove the medication from Heather around 9:30pm today she checked Heather out and said Heather’s about 70-80% effaced. It was really good emotionally for both of us just to hear that some progress had been made today.

So we’ll be heading back in to the hospital tomorrow morning around 8am or maybe earlier depending on when we’re awake. The plan right now is to get Heather on Patosin (the drug they use to induce labor) when we get there in the morning. They’ll give it to her for about 8 hours or so, and if things aren’t in full swing they’ll probably take her off and start again on Sunday. The idea is that it takes a lot of energy to give birth and you want to make sure the woman is well rested if possible before starting labor.

Before getting to the hospital this morning we thought they were actually going to try to induce today, so it was a little disappointing to us to have to wait another day (or two). But on the other hand you want to make sure to do things right and waiting another day is a small price to pay if it means an easier or more problem-free labor.

Off to bed now (Heather’s already been asleep for a good hour.) Back to the hospital in a few hours.

Almost Show Time

Thursday, October 2nd, 2003

We had appointments this morning at the ultrasound place then at the doctors’ office. Baby looks to be in good health, but there’s not a whole lot of amniotic fluid at this point. This isn’t a huge concern, but when there’s less fluid there is an increased risk of compressing the umbilical cord. Dr. Gimattorio, the head honcho at the practice, decided that it’s time to induce labor. They sent us home to get a good night’s sleep and we have an appt. at the hospital for 7am tomorrow morning.

Heather and I spent the day running a few errands, getting the house ready, getting ourselves ready and basically trying not to panic. Just kidding, actually we had a very nice day spending time together doing a few last minute things but mostly just enjoying this time together. I went out and installed the base for the baby seat in the back of the subaru – that’s one of those concrete signs that this is for real and not just a drill :-)

Heather had this burst of energy and wanted to put up towel rods in the bathroom and head over to Lowes to make some returns and buy paint for the bathroom. We had been warned about this phenomena and I was prepared – no physical exertion at all for the woman about to go through labor and childbirth, just rest. I think she realized I was right when in the space of 15 seconds she asked me where the screwdrivers are and suggested that we make a run down to the home improvement store.

Anyway, she’s upstairs sleeping now and it’s time I go join her. Both sets of parents are on the road heading this way already. Heather’s Mindy is with her parents and Mindy Jo is flying in tomorrow evening. I sort of feel like a 10-year old kid who can’t get to sleep on Christmas Eve because he’s so excited about the next day. Except I think this is going to be way better than any Christmas.

Time for bed. Tomorrow is a big day.