Saturday, July 31, 2010


My parents have been here since the 17th to be with Colby and to help out around the house. It's been such a blessing! My mom is always doing the laundry, cleaning the house, and most importantly...changing those diapers. She'll do anything just to get some time with the little guy! My dad is a huge help when the evening comes and Colby gets fussy! He has a way of calming him down, I don't know what i'm going to do when they leave!

On Monday, Andrew had the day off work so we decided to make a trip up to Yellowstone. After living here for 4+ years you'd think Andrew and I would have made it up there already...NOPE. It was crazy crowded so I'm not sure if we'll go again, but it was an awesome experience. Too bad it was so hot Colby probably had a different opinion, but we did our best to keep him cool.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Colby Andrew Leith 7.16.10

I had my baby boy on July 16th! He came almost 3 weeks early, but it was a wonderful surprise! I had thought he might be coming early, but i didn't know how early. I was hoping he would make it until the 22nd of July so that Andrew would be finished with his finals, but instead he came the week of finals...luckily it was the weekend so Andrew was able to go a couple days without sleep.

So here's my story for those of you who might possibly be interested (sorry it might be gross to some). It was about 11:30 Thursday night, I had just crawled into bed and thinking to myself "man i wonder what it'll be like to go into labor" and all of a sudden i felt a gush of water and was beyond confused. I ran to the bathroom and was pretty sure my water broke, but didn't know for sure. Andrew was studying for finals so i didn't want to bug him too much, but i told him i thought my water broke and we were debating whether to go to the hospital or not. i didn't want to go right away because i didn't know if my water really broke, i didn't want to go just for them to tell me i pee'd my pants! After about an hour of debating, we decided to head up to the hospital. After testing me and having me wait there for almost 3 hours, they told me my water didn't break and i might have just pee'd my pants (although they couldn't figure out why i kept leaking either). i didn't want to argue with them because they're doctors after all, even though i knew something was up. so at 3:00 they sent me home and told me to go to see my doctor in the morning to make sure. so we get home and andrew falls fast asleep, as for myself i get another gush of water at 3:30. and then again at 4:00. By this time i'm just counting down the time until i can call the doctor and figure out what is wrong with me. I called the doctor in the morning and talked to a nurse who told me that the litmus paper is so super sensitive so if there was any amniotic fluid they would know, so most likely i just pee'd my pants (apparently over and over). They tell me to come in at 9:50 (yeah that seems like forever on top of a sleepless, leaking night). I head to the doctors by myself because i told andrew the nurse thinks i just pee'd my pants, so he can just go to class at 10:15. I get to the doctors office and i'm struggling with my leaking problem, so there i am sitting on the bed and the doctor is asking me if i've been leaking, he goes to check me and i gush ALL OVER THE FLOOR!! Of course i'm all embarrassed, not only is this uncontrollable water coming out of me, but i didn't know if i was peeing or not! He just calmly tells me "well, i think it's safe to say your water has broken" THANK GOODNESS!! I quickly call andrew and catch him on his way to class and tell him they are sending me to the hospital and expecting me within an hour.
sooo in the hospital i got induced about 12:00 pm. Andrew called his parents right away when we got to the hospital, but my parents volunteer at the temple friday mornings until 12:00 (oregon time) so i couldn't tell him i was having a baby until 1:00, of course i couldn't tell anyone else either until my parents knew, so i had to wait. As soon as i could i called my parents and my mom started freaking out. they quickly went home and packed and headed over here as soon as they could. They got here Saturday about noon, and will be here for a couple weeks to help out. Meanwhile, I didn't even know i was having contractions until they hooked me up to the monitor and told me i was. i've been having braxton hicks contractions since about 6 months so i ignored all the tightening of the stomach. the contractions didn't hurt until a couple hours later, and as soon as they were hurting to the point where i had to concentrate on breathing the pain away (still not too bad, but not pleasant) the anesthesiologist came in and told me that he could give me the epidural within half and hour, or i would have to wait about three hours, so of course i took it then. I had already felt light headed when they gave me the IV so i was worried i would pass out with the epidural, i was so nervous! As i was selfishly thinking of myself and the huge needle that would soon be stuck into my back, i hear Andrew say "i'm not feeling well". Poor guy was about to pass out! Luckily, neither of us passed out, and the epidural was the best thing i've ever had in my life!!
The birth was so amazing, i'm so happy that i didn't feel any pain and that it was a wonderful experience for both Andrew and myself. i really didn't want andrew to have to see me in pain, and i didn't want to hate the whole experience. i spent about an hour and a half pushing, but it went by so fast. I would push during the contractions, and in between Andrew, the nurse, and myself would just talk and joke around. The doctor came in to catch the baby, when the head and arm was out he told me to reach down and hold my baby's hand while he was cleaning his face (ok i know that sounds gross, i was totally against doing this. i had seen people on tv do it and thought it was disgusting, but it was amazing!) so i was holding my little baby's hand, and then when his torso came out he told me to wrap my hand around his torso and pull. i pulled my baby out! it was so awesome! the whole labor and delivery experience was amazing. the most pain i felt was when they took the tape off my arm from the IV! (seriously...WAX JOB!) Colby Andrew Leith was born Friday July 16th 2010 at 9:47 PM weighing 6 lbs 12 oz and was 20 in. long. I'm glad the little guy decided to come early, if not he would have almost been a 9 lb baby! He was completely healthy and was able to come home with us Sunday morning. He's been such a blessing in our lives.
Wow, well that's the long story, and here's our little boy!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer lovin

I can't believe how fast time has flown! This summer has been pretty low-keyed for the most part, especially since Andrew is either going to school, doing homework, or at one of his two jobs. He seriously amazes me, he does so much for our little family and i don't think i could ever show him how much i appreciate him. We are both looking forward to the end of the semester on the 24th VERY much so he will get a little break from school and homework, and just have work over the next 7 weeks. Oh and we are both looking forward to the end of the semester when we meet our little boy in about 3 weeks! I'm getting so anxious now, and so terrified, but either way the time has definitely slowed down. Andrew is getting pretty anxious to meet the little guy as well. The other day he was rubbing my stomach and says, "hasn't he been cooking long enough?" haha it was so cute! i'm glad he's just as anxious as i am! He loves to feel him move around in my belly.

We have been able to get away a couple weekends this summer to enjoy ourselves. Over the 4th of July we went to the parade here in Rexburg for a little bit with some friends, and then headed out to the lake in the afternoon with some friends from the ward and had a GREAT time. I loved to see andrew out there tubing. Unfortunately, i'm a little too huge to fit into a lifejacket, so i wasn't able to go tubing or anything, but I loved watching people. We didn't stay long because we had to get back for a BBQ with some of my old roommates, which was well worth it as well. It was great to see them again and spend time with them, and to watch Amber's little baby Lucy make the cutest faces! After the BBQ, Andrew and i headed down to Idaho Falls to watch the most amazing firework show i've ever seen. I heard it was the best show west of the Mississippi, and you know kinda was! it was incredible. We had a great time with friends from our ward there. Unfortunately, the only thing i took a picture of was i Idaho Falls.

In Idaho Falls before the firework show
This last weekend there was a mountain biking trip scheduled for the elders quorum Saturday morning up around Kelly Canyon, so a few couples from the ward decided to camp out the night before up there. It was pretty much the funniest camping ever since we found a spot around 9:30, and 3 of the 4 couples were blowing up air mattresses to assure a wonderful sleep. I don't usually do my camping like that, but at 9 months pregnant, you better believe we brought an air mattress and pillows! I still didn't sleep much, thanks to my bladder, but i got enough. The following morning the guys took off and went mountain biking, and the girls stayed behind and played some card games and enjoyed good company. what more could we ask for? it was a great weekend. I love any time i get to spend with Andrew since he is always so busy with homework, so of course i had a great time.
As far as the pregnancy goes, i'm 37 weeks tomorrow, i can't believe i have about 3 weeks left! We haven't quite picked out a name for sure, but we've got one we like. We'll see what happens in the hospital when we make up our minds. I'm looking forward to being able to move again...and to lay on my stomach - if only for a few minutes. Our little boy is moving like crazy, and seems to be doing just fine.

Here i am at 36 weeks