Saturday, January 29, 2005

Drew's First Month

2/16/05 - We updated our website so you can all see more pictures of the baby!

2/12/05 - Well, Nana left to return to Oregon today. It was so sad to say goodbye. Now real life with a baby will start. I won't have someone to cook, clean, and do my filing for work! It was so hard to say good-bye because I knew that my "real" life was now beginning. It will take a few weeks to get a routine into place.

Drew has officially turned into a baby. He is sleeping less and is eating a ton! John and I went to a Valentines day party at church last night and Nana watched Drew. I left about 3 oz of breast milk as an emergency, but since Drew had never had a bottle I didn't think it would work. When we returned home my mom had given him the 3 oz in the bottle - he guzzled it down in 5 minutes. He then was hungry an hour later and she put 3 oz of formula in the bottle and he guzzled that down. I think Drew is going through a growth spurt. He now weighs over 7 pounds!

2/7/05 - Drew had his first doctor visit this morning. He weighed in at 6 pounds 8 oz. He is still sleeping a lot and waking only to eat. The doctor still couldn't believe he had so much hair!

1/28/05 - Little Drew is the most perfect baby! He sleeps all the time and only cries when I am changing his diaper or dressing him. I hope this lasts! After a difficult few days Drew finally figured out how to breastfeed - I was getting worried because he was loosing so much weight.
Drew's Nana and Aunt arrived last night. He is loving all the additional attention! His Aunt even gave his head of hair a bath. He loved the warm water.

Remembering - See the delightful pump attached to my pants? That was connected to my leg!

1/26/05 - John Andrew Williams has finally arrived! He is a very healthy and happy baby boy. The doctors said he is as healthy as most 40 week old baby's. We just arrived home from the hospital today , January 26th! Little Drew loves to eat and he also loves to be swaddled. We had the whole home group from church show up last night to meet the newest Williams. It was quite a special moment. Well, Drew just woke up so I better get going, I will write more later.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Our Little Preemie Arrived

John Andrew Williams was born on January 24th, 2005 at 35 weeks 4 days. He is a very happy and healthy daddy's boy! The per-eclampsia did indeed get worse, so the doctor sent me immediately over to the hospital for delivery. John's Dad Mike and my Dad Brian were there - how special that Drew's grandpa's were around to meet their first grandson just hours after birth!


We were admitted to the hospital around 11:00 am on Monday and Drew arrived at 6:56 pm that same day . I found out that I did indeed inherit the Melville pregnancy genes! Praise the Lord! I had 45 minutes of intense contraction that took me from 6 cm to 10+ cm, and then 10 minutes of pushing. What a huge blessing! Little Drew came out so quickly that the nurse almost delivered the baby. Our wonderful doctor jumped into her scrubs in what seemed about 40 seconds and arrived just in time. Praise the Lord that the baby arrived without any more complications. Thank you all for your fervent prayers! We felt them all and God was so good to answer them. It was not the home birth I wanted, but close to second best. It was a non medicated celebration after months of hard work!

John was such a great husband through the whole process; he was so supportive and never lost his cool! I couldn't have gotten through it without him. I pray little Drew grows up to be just like his daddy.

We arrived home on January 26th around 1:00pm with a clean bill of health. Now reality is going to set in and I can't wait to be useful and active again!

Birth Day May Have Arrived!

January 24th - We are going to the doctors office this morning and I have a feeling today will be little Drew's birthday. We had a huge scare last night when I couldn't get the baby to move for a few hours. The nurse at our doctors practice had me eat a bunch of soup and some ice water and we were finally able to get the baby to make a few movements. I will be seeing the doctor first thing tomorrow morning - we think the preclampsia has gotten worse and is putting stress on the baby. This would explain why has hasn't been moving much today. Pray for us today! I am so huge - nothing fits and I'm gaining about a pound of water per day. I have to wear John's shoes to the Dr. Appointment.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Goal: 34 Weeks Reached

January 11th - Today is our 2nd wedding anniversary! My doctor gave me the greatest gift, after 5 weeks in the hospital I can finally go home at 34 weeks!! I am so excited! Technically I am still on bed rest for one more week, but I convinced John to let me ride around Costco on one of those motorized carts! It is such a treat to be in the real world again. John and I bought our first box of diapers and wipes - it was so exciting (and expensive). I even found a few cute Carter outfits that I couldn't resist buying!

Loos at the beautiful room John and his brothers and my Dad built while I was in the hospital - isn't it beautiful? Now all we need is this long anticipated baby!