Monday, October 27, 2008

Grandma McGuire


This past Friday I found out that my Grandma McGuire passed away. I had so many emotions running inside of me that the only way I could deal with them was by sobbing. Having just had a baby and still full of hormones, I felt overwhelmed with emotion. Yet, having someone you care so much about pass away would grant many tears no matter what.
She had a goal that before she passed away she wanted to see my baby and try to be at his blessing if she could. The weekend I had Hunter we could not get a hold of grandma. Finally, she was able to receive an email with pictures of him. She wrote to me on Wednesday, "Stacie and Chuck, I am so jealous that I can't be there and hold that baby, you will just have to give him and extra hug for me. He is so precious Stacie. Anyway give him a big hug and a kiss for me. Love Grandma"
I knew she wasn't doing well and all I could think about was finding a way to get Hunter to Arizona so that she could see him in person. With Hunter's jaundice, I knew it would not be a possibility until he was done with his light therapy. Then I found out she passed away. I struggled with the concept that I was not able to have her see him in person, yet I knew with her having passed on, she could see him as often as wanted. I felt so blessed to have gone through the whole delivery ordeal which meant that Hunter arrived early. Because of this, grandma was able to see pictures of him and I was able to have some last words from her. What a blessing that was.
My Aunt Kelly asked that we write down a memory to share about Grandma. This is not my most favorite memory (that is a memory I don't share), but one of my favorites: "Being a grandchild that lived farther away, one of my favorite memories with grandma is when she was on her mission and we emailed back and forth. I wrote her diligently every week and she always responded with a personalized email just for me. We grew very close during that year and a half and I learned a lot about her. She made sure to share her testimony with me in each email. I have no doubt that she believed the gospel to be true. I have no doubt that she believed in a loving Heavenly Father. I know she had a close relationship with our Savior. After her mission, she and I stayed in touch by emailing or by having heart felt visits when we were together. I will always treasure the conversations we had and the time she took to tell me about her love for me and the gospel."
I will miss my grandma incredibly, but I know she is in a better place free of all pain and cancer free. Her funeral is Wednesday and I pray that Hunter's jaundice levels will be down so he can get off his light therapy and we can make it to Arizona for her funeral. I just want to say how grateful I am to have a knowledge about the Plan of Salvation. It is a blessing to have such great examples live on this earth and then leave a legacy for their posterity to follow. I hope to be like my grandma and I hope that my children will know what a wonderful woman she was. Sometimes when I see Hunter smile in his sleep, I can't help but think the veil is so thin that he is spending time with her. If so, I hope he visits her in dream land often.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bath Time


Hunter had his first bath today. He didn't like it too much. He cried the whole time, but in the end, he can't deny that it feels so good to be nice and clean!

Hunter loves to sleep with his hands in his face. I gave him this little giraffe/blanket thing to hold on to. He snuggled with it the whole time! Check out his hair after it dried from his bath. =)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Labor & Delivery

For those of you who want the details... here they are!

Wednesday, Oct. 15th: I had high blood pressure at my dr.'s apt and a little protein in my urine. Since this was the first time during pregnancy that I had issues, my dr. said he would check me again on Friday.

Thursday, Oct. 16th: Was in the hospital from midnight to 6am getting more testing done on my high blood pressure. Was put on bed rest for the rest of the day.

Friday, Oct. 17th: Went to the dr. @ 8:30 am. My blood pressure was higher and I had more protein in my urine. With other testing it was determined that I had Pre-eclampsia. When the mother has pre-eclampsia, it could lead to HELLP sydrome or even having a grand mal seizure. The cure for pre-eclampsia is to deliver the baby. It was decided that Hunter's labor would be induced and I was headed for the hospital.

Friday at the hospital: I was given pitocin around noon then started on a medcine called magnesium sulfate to prevent seizures. The pitocin is supposed to start labor but the magnesium stops it. Progress was incredibly slow because these two medicines contradict each other. My water was broke a little after 12 and I spent the evening playing cards, watching movies, and spending time with family. Other side effects from the medicine wwere dry mouth, nausea, and a severe headache. I had all of these. Friday evening I asked for an epidural, which only slowed down my labor even more, and the epidural only worked for about 30 minutes. (My body never reacts to medicine the way it should) The anesthesiologist would have to give me doses manually, but they only lasted for about 30 minutes. I had about 4 of these.

Saturday, Oct. 18th: The doctor decided to lower my dosage of magnesium and up my dosage of pitocin. Since my epidural wasn't working it was easy to progress! I was finally dialted and ready to push around 11:40 am. Because of the medicine I was only having contractions every 5 minutes, so I would push and then wait 5 minutes, push and then wait. At 1:10 pm Hunter was born! There were respitory therapists in the room to check Hunter's breathing because of the magnesium I was on. While he was being checked, I had a post-partum hemmorage. I was almost a candidate for a blood transfusion, but did not end up needing one in the end.

It was a long process, but it was not hard or too painful. Hunter was well worth the journey!

We are home!

We were able to leave the hospital yesterday. I was checked out around 1:00 pm, but Hunter had to stay and finish getting so light therapy for his jaundice. They did a blood test to check his biliruben levels and he was able to go home with us around 5:00 pm!
Here he is in his little car seat
Tody we had to take him back to the hospital to get his biliruben checked again. He levels were higher than yesterday, so they ordered "bili lights" for us to use on him at home.

We don't get to spend our time holding him any more. He has to be in this box as much as possible. We take him back to the hospital for more jaundice testing tomorrow morning.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Baby Hunter is Finally Here!

We are still at the hospital and my laptop battery is about to die, but here are some pictures of baby Hunter's arrival.

Charles Hunter Voorhees
Born Saturday, Oct. 18th, 2008
1:10 pm 8 lbs. 8 oz. 20" long
Hunter with Dr. Tipton
Daddy and Hunter
All bundled up!

Mom and Hunter

Family photo @ the hospital

Sleeping

Spending time with Grandma

Mom and Hunter again.


Hopefully, we will be leaving the hospital tomorrow afternoon. I'll post more pictures and an update soon.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I Love Fall!

Chuck and I went for a ride up Payson Canyon and then down Santaquin Canyon. It was soooo beautiful! It started to snow towards the end of the ride and it was freezing outside! I'm not sure how much longer fall will last, but I wish it would stay longer. Here are some pictures from our drive.













Friday, October 10, 2008

I'm ready to move!

It is 1:38 am and I just killed a spider in my kitchen. Good grief! How many visitors can I get around this place?!

Gotcha!

It is 1:35 am and my friend the cricket (who I have been searching for all day) came out to play. Too bad for him. I hope this doesn't become a nightly routine.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Eeeewwwww!

The last few months Chuck and I have had a lot of visitors. By "visitors" I mean crickets, spiders, and potato bugs. Yesterday when Chuck and I got home from helping our neighbors get ready to move, Chuck thought he saw a cricket on the stairs. We couldn't find it anywhere! Chuck ended up going to bed and I stayed up to watch a movie. It was about 2:15 am and I felt this tickle on my head. I felt the top of my head and my hair, but I couldn't feel anything. I continued to watch the movie and then I felt a tickle again. I touched the top of my head and I see this black thing fall onto my pillow. The cricket found its way onto my head! I had to knock it off my pillow to kill it. It was sooo gross! I ended up waking Chuck up to tell him all about the cricket that found a home in my hair. Sick!! This morning I saw another cricket by the couch and when I went to kill it, it jumped under my couch and I couldn't get it. When Chuck got home from work I made him move all the couches in the living room to see if we could find it. No luck. I have a cricket living somewhere in my house now. I am sick of these "visitors." They are no longer welcome!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thanks, Bekah!

8 things I am passionate about:
1. My husband and family
2. Learning new things
3. Reading
4. Teaching
5. Baking/cooking
6. Chocolate Peanut Butter icecream
7. Volleyball
8. Service

8 words or phrases I say often:
1. I love you
2. What time is it?
3. Where is my mask?
4. I need to go to the grocery store
5. Please stop kicking me!
6. My gall bladder hurts
7. (To Hunter) Really... you can come anytime!
8. I know you want some icecream

8 things I want to accomplish in the coming year:
1. Find more recipes
2. Learn how to be a good mom
3. Take more online classes
4. Move into a house
5. Take more pictures
6. Make a photobook of those pictures
7. Practice my sewing skills
8. Visit my grandma more often

8 places I would love to go or visit:
1. Historic Church Sites
2. Paris
3. Ireland
4. Italy
5. Mexico
6. Georgia
7. Carribean Cruise
8. Canada

8 things I need or want:
1. New shoes
2. A house
3. Bedroom furniture
4. Long Jeans
5. (like Bekah) a Kitchen-Aid mixer
6. More kitchen space
7. A library in my house
8. A new book to read

I tag Amber Johnson, Ashley Rowbury, and Hannah Ashmore. :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Still Awake...

I can't sleep... again. :) This is becoming a nightly ritual for me. Sleep is becoming increasingly uncomfortable as this pregnancy progresses. I also didn't sleep well before pregnancy, so this is nothing new to me. I try to stay up until I am completely exhausted. Most nights I make it to 2am. I find that I don't wake up as much during the night if I'm BEYOND TIRED when I go to bed. To keep myself occupied I read, watch a movie, play with Photoshop, look at baby clothes online, etc. I read 5 books in one week and am now waiting for the 6th book to come out in the series. Once I finally go to bed, it is amazing how many times I have to get up to go to the bathroom or find my tums to take care of my heartburn. Then, you wake up again when your hips go numb and you have to rotate from side to side. By the time 8am rolls around I am SOOOO exhausted. I stay in bed and sleep while Chuck gets up and gets ready for work. He kisses me goodbye and I sleep some more. Also, our bedroom has this huge window that faces our neighbors houses. 2 of our neighbors love to sleep with their porch lights on all night long. This drives me crazy! It makes my room so bright! What is the point of leaving your house light on all night? They have no kids and I know they aren't waiting up for anyone.

As for Hunter... his head has dropped and he is in position. I find this quite uncomfortable because he is still such an active baby that he hits into my pelvic bone and my back- leaving me with this constant pain down low. 19 more days, right? We are all registered at the hospital and are visiting the doctor each week. I love how my Dr. says, "If your water breaks, you start bleeding, or experiencing a lot of pain go to the hospital. If not, I'll see you next week." I can't help but wish that he will come early, which I know is unlikely- especially with your first baby.

We finished our pre-natal classes tonight. They were really informative and Chuck really liked them, which was good. I enjoyed the fact that Chuck got to learn about all the things I've spent so much time reading about these last 9 months. It is funny that you can say all these interesting facts to him about pregnancy and he won't remember them at all, but when he learns them in a class and from a nurse they sink in so much better. :)

Another random note- I've watched Ironman at least 4 times this week with different people each time, and I've also watched the Emma Smith movie, Nancy Drew, and Baby Mama. Such a random week.

I think I'm done ranting now. I hope you all have pleasant dreams.