Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Birth Story

Now that Ian is one week old, I suppose it's about time that I update with details about his birth.

I guess things really started Saturday night.  Ryan, Janet and I were playing Scattergories; having a good ol' time.  I was having some cramps, but nothing unusual. However, when I stood up to get ready to go to bed, I found I couldn't bend over at all.  I finally made it into bed, but it seemed like as soon as I laid down, I started getting contractions.  They seemed regular enough, so I had Ryan start timing them. It was just after 11 pm.
We went into the hospital at 1:30 am after contractions were consistently 5-6 minutes apart.  Unfortunately, all those contractions weren't really doing anything. After several hours at the hospital, they sent me home until I got into more active labor.  So at 5:30 we went home to try to get some sleep.  Unfortunately for Ryan, he had to get up to be at church, so he went the rest of this adventure with practically no sleep.

I was able to sleep a couple of hours without waking up from the contractions.  Then at 9:30 my water broke, and we knew we were in active labor.  This was it.  Back to the hospital we went.
Honestly, I can't really give too many details as to what happened the rest of the day. It was pretty much a blur.  I got checked in, had lots of contractions, tried to sleep in between them, and the day just sort of went on.
I do remember having lots of back labor because Ian was a little booger and was turned face forward.  He finally turned around before making his appearance, but it wasn't until almost the very end of labor.  I did ask for some pain medication for my back, but other than that Ian came all naturally.

I have to say though, there was no way I could have done it without Ryan and Janet.  Poor Ryan went all day with no sleep, and Janet didn't have much either. But there was never a time when at least one of them wasn't with me.  They were both my heroes though and I was so thankful for them for sticking with me through 8 hours of active labor.

But yes, finally, at 5:29 pm, Ian Gabriel was born and I got to hold him for the very first time. It was sweet relief to finally be done, but even sweeter to see my boy.

Now he is a week old, and I have loved every single day we've had with him so far. I really have not minded getting up in the middle of the night several times for feedings or diaper changes. I love being a mom. I love just watching my son.  I love to see Ryan with him. I love that this little boy is so loved. He is a miracle and a joy in our lives.  We are truly blessed.

I'll leave you with a few pictures. There are much more between Ryan's and my facebook pages. You can also look at the grandma's pages (Becky Traxler and Jayme Barry) for other pictures.  Enjoy them!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

He's Here!!!

I don't have pictures at the moment, but they are coming soon.  But...

Ian Gabriel Klein is here!
We welcomed him at 5:29 pm on Sunday, May 23rd.   He weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces and was 20 inches long.

He's a beautiful little boy and I can't wait to show you all pictures.  Be looking for some soon. :-D

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


So the nursery is 99% ready, and I have pictures to post!

The only reason I say 99% is that we got the letters in Mooner's real name to hang and put right above the crib, but we can't put those up until he's here, lest we spoil the surprise.

So, without further ado...  Mooner's nursery.

View from the doorway

This wall is Ryan's pride and joy. Lots of baseball stuff. :)

Sitting space. The futon also makes this our guest bedroom. (Don't worry though, we have a play pen so our guests won't have to stay up with a crying baby. So please come visit.) :)

The crib.  His name will go between those two pieces of wall art, and it's going to be super cute. 

If you want to see more pictures, and a few from different angles, you can check out Ryan's facebook page. He's getting pretty excited about having Mooner here too, as you can tell by the fact that he's much better about getting the pictures up than I am.  

A quick update on me and Mooner:
All is going well. We're having weekly dr. visits now, and so far everything has been pretty much routine. He's still getting bigger, and though he's not doing the flips in the womb like before, he's still pretty active.  

I know he's not due for another couple of weeks, but I keep telling him that especially since I'm done working and the nursery is ready, Mommy and Daddy really wouldn't mind if he came any day now. :)  Soon enough, I suppose. We're just really close and I can't wait!

I will try to get at least one more belly bump shot for you all.  If not though, be tuned in here because he's coming in the near future. So hopefully soon you'll get to see some photos of Mooner himself. :)