Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Auntie Again :)

Michael & Bryana had a BEAUTIFUL baby girl join their family of 3 this morning at 1:07am! Felicity Noel Porter :) She was 9 pounds 7 ounces!! I got to see her shortly after birth and couldn't get enough of her sweetness and those adorable chubby cheeks! She looks like Payslie did just a rounder face! Bryana did a GREAT job! Started laboring at 5:30am, but contractions were sporadic and not consistent but had them all day. She didn't go to hospital till almost 10:30pm and was at a 7!!!!!! They broke her water around 12 and baby girl was here by 1:07am!! Oh by the way, she didn't have any form of pain medication! Wow!!! They are doing great! Can't wait to go see her again tonight with Uncle Stephen :) !! Tynlee is next!! 2 1/2 more months,


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Sunday

It was a beautiful Sunday at church and my husband preached a WONDERFUL sermon! I am so proud of him :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

27 weeks pregnant

Well folks, it's the last week of my 2nd trimester and I will be in the "home stretch"! Yay for the 3rd trimester! Baby Tynlee should weigh almost 3 pounds and be around 15 inches long! My belly sure has been really growing these last two weeks and it seems to me like she is head down already cuz I feel all her kicks up under my chest. She is so active. Somedays, I feel like she doesn't stop moving! I absolutely love feeling her move. It's the MOST amazing feeling and I know I will miss it when she comes out even though I have SOOO much to look forward to with her actually in my arms! She rubs her elbows and knees against my belly and that feels so strange :) At night, I like to lean up against Stephen in bed and he gets to feel her not so little kicks on his back! I love seeing him smile and say "Felt it". Such a wonderful experience to share together! I will post a picture later today! I know I am in desperate need of doing so! Ugh, and my hands and feet are starting so swell! But still no stretch marks, still crossing my fingers ;)

So called "cravings":

*Mandarin Oranges
*MILK....still :)

Total weight gain: 14 lbs

Our Desired Birth Plan


The Howard Family Birth Plan

Mother-to-be: Jessica Howard
Husband/Coach: Stephen Howard
Support Person(s): Our Moms & Debbra Hunt(Doula)
Due Date: 03/18/2011
Practitioner: Irene Feaver(OB/GYN) Bernard Hunt(Regular Doctor)
Place of Birth: Doctors Hospital

This birth plan is intended to express the preference and desires we have for the birth of our baby. We fully realize that situations may arise such that our plan cannot and should not be followed. However, we hope that barring any extenuating circumstances, you will be able to keep us informed and aware of our options.

First Stage (Labor):

*NO IV, just a port so I can move freely
* Dim Lights.
* Peace and Quiet.
* PLEASE keep vaginal exams to a minimum.
* Maintain mobility (Walking, rocking, up to bathroom, etc.)
* Eat and drink to comfort.
*Sip of water after every contraction to stay hydrated.
* Intermittent Monitoring (ACOG Standards) with an external monitor.
* PLEASE DO NOT offer me ANY form of pain medications.
* Relaxation techniques (breathing, focusing, etc.).
* Positioning as desired.
* Water (Shower or Tub).
* Heat or Cold packs.
* Massage (back, foot, counter pressure, etc.).


* I would prefer to use natural methods to start labor. No inducing unless Mother and/or baby are at risk.


* I would prefer to walk to speed labor.
*Please do not break my water

Second Stage (Birth):

* Choice of position
* Spontaneous Bearing Down, push to comfort
* Birth/Squat Bar
* I would prefer to tear than have an episiotomy, but please use compresses, massage and positioning.

Baby Care:

* Delay the cord cutting until stops pulsating.
* Prefer partner to cut the cord.
* NO eye medication
* Breast feeding only and immediately after birth
* No separation of Mother & Baby

Cesarean Birth:

* Spinal/epidural anesthesia
* Husband present
*Husband to announce sex of baby
* Video/Pictures taken
* Free one hand to touch the baby
* Partner to cut the cord
* Breast feeding in recovery room

Sick Baby:

* Breast feeding as soon as possible
* Unlimited visitation for parents
* Handling the baby (Kangaroo care, holding, care of, etc.)
* If the baby is transported to another facility, move us as soon as possible

Saturday, December 4, 2010

It feels so REAL now!! I love walking around the corner and seeing all her adorable stuff in this room!! Daddy put together her armoire tonight :) He did such a great job!! Still need her crib and dresser/changing table in here. And then of course, wall decor :) But it's coming along good!! Walls are painted a LIGHT green color! I love it!! My grandma is working on her bedding now, I can't wait to see it!!!

Oh Christmas Tree!

Decorated for Christmas yesterday evening!! :)