6/20/13

First Bath

The first bath is usually so traumatic!  Will did great during his first bath.  Andrew screamed the whole time during his first bath.  We were very prepared with warm wash cloths, a heating pad to warm the towel and of course, Big Brother was here to help too!  Will didn't fuss until the very end and he was ready for us to be finished!  He usually doesn't cry unless he is naked, so I was very prepared to hear him scream the whole time.  I guess it was just something so new and different, he didn't know what to expect.  Luckily he sucked on his pacifier so he didn't really mind us cleaning him up!  
 mmm. What are they doing to me??
 OK, this is nice and warm, not too bad.  
 Big brother helper!
Whew!  All done!  

Going Home

Well the 2 nights in the hospital were great.  Will was so sweet.  Unfortunately there was a baby next door to us that SCREAMED all night for the 2 nights we were there.  Bo was very ready to get out of the hospital and get home.  I rather enjoyed the automatic bed and fancy toilet they had, but alas, it was time to take our sweet Will home.  
 All dressed up ready to go!  (thanks to Aunt Mandy for the outfit)
 Loaded up!  
 Welcome Home Lil Brother!
 Andrew couldn't wait to hold him and feed him.  
 ...What better way to spend the afternoon... playing WIPEOUT!!
 tiny piggies
 tiny boy!
 Andrew sang Will a couple of songs to welcome him home.

The best!  Love having these guys in my lap!  

So Many Visitors

We were so blessed to have some friends and family be with us on Will's birthday and the the days we were at the hospital.  He is loved by so many already!
Mimi Cheryl
Aunt Tarra
PawPaw
Meme Lisa
Aunt Dougie
Melony
Carol Ann and Mike Grace
Mr. Butch
Aunt Mandy
Sweet Abbie- She was our nurse, not a visitor.  (Also a Samford grad!)
Nonna

June 6, 2013- Welcome William Douglas Kerr!!

So at my appointment on the 5th, I was still only 3cm dilated and my doctor said that I could wait it out or go ahead and schedule an induction. I opted to schedule the induction. I just felt like the induction went well with Andrew and I really liked the idea of being able to plan for what we were going to do with Andrew and wanted him to be there for the big announcement.
Last belly pic on the way to the hospital.
 So we arrived at the hospital at 6:30AM Thursday and checked into labor and delivery. Our nurse was Amy. She was fantastic! We started with getting my IV and we waited on Dr Tamucci. She came by a little later and checked me and they started my pitocin and she said that I could get my epidural when ever I was ready. I told Amy that I was ready! I felt pain with Andrew and thought there was no reason to do that again! Dr. Nag arrived a few minutes later and gave me the epi. Ahhhhhhh. Then we just waited, and waited, and waited.
Me and Amy
Mom came up and hung out in my room with Bo. Later Dad, Paul, Lisa, Cory, Raven and Andrew came up too. I had a fun little basket to give Andrew from 2 sweet friends at work. It helped to keep him entertained for several hours while we waited.
Thanks Miss Amanda and Miss Rachel!! He loved it!
 I dilated to about 7-8cm by around noon. Amy was a little concerned about the baby's heart rate. It seemed to be dropping between contractions. She decided to call Dr Tamucci. She came down and didn't seem too concerned about it. She just said to monitor it and let her know how it was doing. After about another 30 minutes to an hour, it was not any better so she called the doc again. This time she ordered something where they ran some IV fluid back into my uterus. I am not going to lie, I was worried and emotional and cried a little. I was trying to be brave, but I failed. It is such a helpless feeling. As a mom you just want to take care of your baby and there was absolutely NOTHING I could do. I just prayed that God would get this baby to me safely. Luckily, Mom was there and asked Amy some questions so we could prepare ourselves in case they needed to do an emergency c section. I couldn't even talk about it without getting too upset. Amy was so comforting and realistic. She calmed our concerns. Within about 15-20 minutes, she checked me again and I was at 10 cm! Whoo hoo! Ready to start pushing. Mom left and went to the waiting room. Bo was great. So supportive. I pushed through about 3 contractions before Amy called the doctor. Once she got there I pushed about 3 more times and the head was out. Bo said " I don't know if it is a boy or a girl, but whatever it is, it looks JUST LIKE ANDREW". One more push and we had our second, beautiful baby boy. 7 pounds, 2 ounces of perfection. I even got to cut the cord. Bo went and got Andrew and he came in and met his baby brother. He was happy (even though he thought it was going to be a girl). He then got to go out in the waiting room and tell everyone. " it's a boy! William Douglas Kerr, it's a boy." Then everyone else. came in to meet him.
Our first family of 4 photo

video
Andrew Making the big announcement!!
Me and my sweet boy
Andrew, Will and some of their grandparents

Will

Proud Daddy

The day was perfect. The way Andrew got to announce it to everyone was just as I had imagined it. Dad took AMK and the kids to Ross Bridge to swim and have dinner. We had a great night. We were moved to a room on the 6th floor and had great nurses the whole time we were there. Will got a bath once we got to the room and I got some chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese. Yum! I was starving!!!
Will getting his first bath
Worn out!  
One happy Mama!
The best ever big brother!!
I was so glad we didn't find out the sex of the baby. It was so fun to see what God's plan was for our family. Almost everyone thought we were going to have a girl. I am so thankful for our sweet Will.
He is perfect.

6/5/13

Last night as a family of 3



Our last night as a family of 3. On Thursday I will be induced and the next chapter in our lives begins. We are so excited!
Andrew and I had such a fun afternoon. We picked up Cory and Raven and went to the Preserve park and played baseball for a couple of hours. After I took them home, Andrew and I went to the Hoover Met to the hot rod power tour. I am sure I got some strange looks as I was the only VERY pregnant person I saw. We took Andrew to Meme Lisa's house later that afternoon for him to spend the night. Then Bo and I went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner. We did the same thing the night before Andrew was born. We also stopped by Krispy Kreme on the way home. I thought it would be fitting for that to be the last thing this baby got before he/she is born. I have definitely had my fair share of doughnuts during this pregnancy. When we got home we did a little packing for the hospital and tried to get some sleep. I was too excited so I only got a couple of hours.

39 weeks

Can I just tell you how blessed I feel to have made it to 39 weeks? I have so many friends who have had miscarriages, or couldn't get pregnant at all. And several friends who have had babies around 25 weeks. I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for being healthy and for having a healthy pregnancy. I am typing this at my doctors office waiting to be seen. The woman who checked in in front of me is here because she has just had her 3rd miscarriage. I feel almost guilty for sitting next to her with my big beautiful baby in my belly. I just pray for her that one day she will be sitting here like me -full term with a healthy baby on the way.
I have had several contractions this past week. Nothing painful or regular but it is exciting to think that the end is near! Yesterday was my last day of work. Hopefully if all goes well at this appointment, I am going to go get Andrew from school and spend the day with him. I can't wait! He will be so surprised.


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6/3/13

Dear Andrew...

Dear my sweet, sweet little boy,
This is one of the last few days of being a family of 3. The baby is due in 7 more days. I wanted to take a minute to tell you a few things. I hope one day you will read this and maybe remember this time in our lives...

How can I tell you how much your dad and I love you? The past 4 and 1/2 years have been the best of years of our lives. I can remember crying the week before you were born because I was scared. Scared that I wouldn't be a good mom. Scared that our lives would not be fun anymore. Scared of everything. I hope I am a good mom. It is all that really matters to me. I want you to grow up and remember all of the fun things we did and how your dad and I were always there for you. There to lay down with you at night, there to teach you to walk, to talk, to play ball, to love God and to love your family. I hope we teach you to be confident, and to be a good friend. To be honest, and faithful. I hope you will learn how to be a great husband and father from the example of your daddy. I hope you mary a wonderful person (hopefully one that will cook for you, unlike me!) someone who loves you with all their heart, like I love your dad. I hope you will always find the joy in everyday life. That is one of your best qualities right now. If it is a sprinkle waffle cone, playing in the rain, laughing uncontrollably at your dad being silly, getting a sticker at school, playing wipeout, building something out of legos or playing baseball. All these things bring a smile to your face and that is the greatest sight to me. I am nervous about bringing home this next baby. Probably as nervous (or more) as I was when we were about to have you. I still want to be the best mom for you and it breaks my heart to think of sharing myself with you and someone else. Someone else who I know I will also love with all my heart, even though that doesn't seem possible. How could my heart possibly be any more full than it is now? I know the next few months are going to be hard on all of us. Babies require a lot of attention. I hope I can balance things for the two of you so that you both will know how much you are loved. I love that God gave us 4 years of just you. Your dad and I never felt incomplete with just the 3 of us, but decided to see if God wanted to make you a brother and were excited to find out that he did! When I found out I was pregnant, you were the first thing I thought of. I was so excited for you. I saw that this was part of God's plan for you! I know there will be many more things He has planned for you, but being a big brother is your big job now. You are so excited about the baby. You are convinced that it will be a girl. You think it will be great for us to have even teams of 2 boys and 2 girls. I know you will be a great big brother. I see you being gentle and caring and ready to help take care of this little one. Whether it is a brother or a sister, you will have a big role to play in the rest of their life. I believe God put you here to be a great influence and protector of your sibling. I pray for all of us to adjust to our new "normal" in the coming weeks. I am SO proud of you sweet boy. This baby is so lucky to have you as a brother and your dad and I are SO blessed to have you as our son. You have added so much joy and laughter to our lives. I look forward to seeing you grow more each day and look forward to what the future holds for our family. Thank you for making me a mom. Thanks to baby #2 for making you a big brother. We love you so much! -Mom.

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