My first Blog award!!! OMG!

So I was catching up on my blogs this morning and realized that I'm way behind... but that Iwas nominated for my first blog award. I started this blogging thing when Justin and I were trying to gt pregnant. I thought it would be a good way to keep a "journal" of sorts about our journey through TTC, eventual success, the birth of our daughter, Molly and the journey and missteps through parenthood.

I found some girls who were blogging on the website the Bump (my little obsession) and started following some. One I started to follow was Mrs. Atkinson's @ http://melandjimmyatkinson.blogspot.com/. So...I am so excited that she is actually following my blog as well AND nominated me for my first award!! Thank you so much Mrs. Atkinson!! This actually means more to me than so know!

Here are the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you & have a link to their blog

Copy the award & paste it to your blog

Tell us 7 interesting facts about yourself

Nominate 7 bloggers you love & link to their blog

So...without further wait...here are the 7 interesting facts about me...

1. I met my husband through my dad. He works for my dad. I was totally infatuated with him for a couple of years before I even had the courage to talk to him.

2. I am a World War II history buff...I've seen Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan enough to recite all 13 hours (of both movies combined) by heart.

3. I LOVE Nascar. No, you don't understand...I am obsessed with Nascar!! I love Kasey Kahne and Jimmy Johnson.

4. I am a Zeta Tau Alpha. That may not be interesting to some of you and I may not talk about it much...or advertise it much...but Zeta is Forever!

5. I have been to the American Idols concert the last two years with my mom. It's become a tration of sorts. I'm really not into this season b/c of Molly's arrival but I'm determined b/c I'm sure that we will go again this summer.

6. Washington D.C. is probably my favorite place on Earth...besides anywhere right next to my husband. :) I've only been twice but I LOVE it! Fun story: The summer before my husband and I got engaged, we decided to take a trip. he asked me if I wanted to go to Washington D.C.or Hawaii...and I chose D.C. :) :) :) (BUT...I got to go to Hawaii the next year on our honeymoon)

7. I can pretty much sleep anywhere. It's a talent I have really. In a car...on a boat...etc. My brother can do this as well. Hopefully Molly will inhereit this proud talent.

Now time to nominate those beautiful ladies whose blogs I love!!

Heidi @ http://mrsforeste.blogspot.com

Heather @ http://2thornberrys.blogspot.com

Alyssa @ http://suburban-chic.blogspot.com

Kendra @ http://kendramendez.blogspot.com

Mrs. Campbell @ http://aaronblaircampbell.blogspot.com

Leah @ http://leahandross.blogspot.com

Mrs. Southern Bell @ http://mrssouthernbelle.blogspot.com

Meredith @ http://vivalabuenavida.blogspot.com

Thanks Mrs. Atkinson!!! Love your blog too!


Photos of Molly's arrival...

40 weeks (4 days before L&D)
She's finally here...
Our first family photo


A few pictures

Molly's Birth Story...Very LONG

Warning: This post contains words like cervix, dialation, episiotomy, ect. Do NOT continue if you are not comfortable with those kinds of words.

One week ago, on Feburary 16th (my dad's birthday), Justin and I welcomed our wonderful, perfect little Miss Molly.

Here's the story:

Tuesday morning, at 2:15ish, I was woken up out of a dead sleep with some contractions that I wasn't used to. I got up and went to the bathroom and that kinda helped so I went back to bed and back to sleep. 10 minutes later (I looked at the clock), I woke up with another one. I knew that it was normal to have some contractions for a while before actual labor started. I got up and moved to the couch and timed them for about an hour. They progressed from every 10 minutes to about every 7 minutes.

I woke Justin up at 3:15 (he was actually already awake) and told him I was getting in the shower. His reply was, "Why?" I told him I was having contractions and thought I was in labor. I got in the shower (where I had another contraction...it was strong and very distinct) After my shower, Justin and I timed them for about an hour. At 4:45ish, I had a couple of contractions that were 4ish minutes apart. Justin responded by saying, "I think it's time to go." We got in the car and started to make our way to Cox South. (about 30 minutes away). When we were pulling out of the garage, I remember thinking that it would probably be the last time that Justin and I left the house as expectant parents and entered into the world of parenthood.

We got to the hospital at 5:15 (18 degress outside) and I walked to Labor and Delivery. I had a contraction in the parking lot with Justin waiting in the cold. It was kinda funny. In L&D, they sent us to a triage room and I put on my hot hospital gown. The nurse hooked me up to the monitors and the blood pressure cuff (which seriously bruised my arm). She also checked me and I was 3 cm dialated and 100% effaced. This was a full cm more and 10% more than I was at my appt on Friday. She left for a little bit and came back and my blood pressure was a whopping 170 / 94. They kinda fraked about that and made me sit for another 10 minutes. At the end of that, she came back and said that I would be admitted and would be haivng a baby. I freaked out a little bit.

They moved us to our room and started my IV. I was having contractions about every 5 minutes still. They were managable but painful. They were doing 3 C-sections tht day so about 7:30 I decided to go ahead and asked for the epidural. The anestisologist (however you spell that) came in about 8:15 and got it going. It was PAINFUL!! I got a little queasy and sweaty. It was NEAT! After that, Dr. Graves (my OB) came in and broke my water. It was a little dark which means that Molly had a bowel movement. That is a sign of fetal distress so I think that along with the fact that I was beginning to not feel my legs...I had a little panic attack. My blood pressure dropped to 60/30 or something stupid like that. They started me on oxygen and gave me a booster of epinephren (spelling) to get my pressure back up. Molly got a little stressed too but in the end, everything turned out okay. That is until I started feeling my contractions again.

My epidural worked for about an hour and then I began feeling the pain on the left side of my bottom. It slowly started to move forward and then up to my belly. They were real contractions again. I knew that wasn't supposed to happen so I got the nurses in there and asked if I could have a "booster". They gave me two and the doctor came in the check on me. The boosters helped with the contractions but that's it.

At 11:50, the nurses checked me and I was 5 cm dialted and 100% effaced and at -1 station. She needed to be at station 2 before I started pushing. So for two hours people came and went. Justin and I hung out and watched ESPN. At 1:50, the nurses came in and checked me again and I was dialted to a 10!! But was still at station -1. They called Dr. Graves and she said that she wanted me to push a couple of times to see if I could push her down. So I started pushing. it hurt!! My epidural was not working on the left side. I could feel the pain. I could feel the pressure (which I know I'm supposed to) and I could feel the pulling.

At 2:10ish, Dr. Graves got there and things really started. I pushed and pushed. I was hurting and I yelled. My mom said that she could hear me outside. I also thought I couldn't do it. I yelled that too. Justin did a GREAT job!! He was reasuring and confident in me. He keep telling me that he could see her and that I could do it!! At 2:13 pm, I pushed her out and they laid her on my chest. She screamed and I cried. Justin was so proud of me and of us. At that point, I loved him more than I ever had. My life was complete in that moment.

I had to have an episitomy but she only had to snip about 2 cm. I'm not exactly sure how many stitches I had to have but...Oh by the way...I felt them but at that point I didn't care.

Molly was 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 19 inches long. She is beautiful!! I'm a very proud mommy.

It's been a week now. Molly went to her first appointment yesterday. Dr. Phillips was very pleased to see her. She was 7 lbs., 5 oz. She's gained her birth weight back. He said that they usually want to see them do that in 2 weeks. She's exceptional. She eats every 2-3 hours about 2 oz. She's not a very good burper but seems to be keeping things down. She's been rather fussy today however. I'm kinda nervous about tonight. I hope she sleeps. Since Justin has gone back to work (the last couple of nights) mom has been taking the first feeding (11:30ish) and then having me move to the couch. Molly has been sleeping in the living room so Justin could sleep. I get up with her around 2:00 am and then Justin gets up with her at 5:00ish. It's been working so far. My mom has been staying with us since we came home and Pam, Justin's mom is going to stay on Wednesday and Thursday. We are very blessed to have our wonderful mothers so close.

I haven't uploaded any pictures from the camera to the computer yet so I will need to do that later. Maybe I can get Justin to do that tonight. Thank for all for your thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all!


Meet Miss Molly Abigail Floyd

Molly was born Feb. 16th (yesterday) at 2:13pm. She weighed 6 lbs. and 14 ozs and was 19 inches long. We think she's pretty perfect. More to come later.
God Bless!!


More craftiness!

I've been making bows all day long!! Here's another sample!


40 weeks today!!!

So my due date has come and gone...well almost.

Justin and I went to the doc today. I've progressed 1/2 cm so Doctor Graves scheduled an induction for NEXT Friday. Meaning...Miss Molly is going to have to come on her own if she wants to sare a birthday with Poppa. (my dad...which is Feb. 16th)

Today...to keep my mind off the fact that I might be pregnant for another week, mom and I have been extra crafty. She came over and we made burp cloths, headbands, and bows. The flowers are actually glued on clips so they are inter-changeable.
Burp Cloths

Here's my LAST pregnancy survey...

*How far along?: 40 weeks

*Total weight gain?: 38 lbs. I gained 2 lbs. this past week. I currently weigh...183!!! That is just effing RIDICULOUS!!! That Wii Fit is going to get a workout after Molly makes her arrival!

*How big is baby?: around 7 lbs. (estimate), 19 inches long...really we have ZERO idea.

*Sex: GIRL

*Maternity clothes: I've come to the realization that I might not be in zip up pants for a while so these maternity clothes better last a little longer.

*Stretch marks: So...I've finally joined the stretch mark club..and let me just say...I'm not very happy about it. Ihave a couple on either side of my belly button and one LARGE one right above the belly button.

*Sleep: It's not good. My hips hurt so bad. Plus, I've been having BH contractions in the middle of the night. Molly will ball up on the side that I'm lying on and it hurts. One more week...Maybe

*Best moment this week: Reaching my EDD and being scheduled for a possible induction. That means that there is an end in sight.

*Movement: She's been moving a lot this week. Her movement has changed but she's moving.

*Food cravings: SUSHI...one more week!

*Labor signs: 1 1/2 cm dialated and 90% effaced. I thought I was in labor this week...I was having contractions about 15 minutes apart for about 5 hours...and then they just stopped.

*Belly button in or out: Still out!

*What I miss: Sleep, zipping my pants, not having to pee every 2 minutes.

*What I'm looking forward to: Meeting Molly within the next week. Hopefully she decides to come earlier than next Friday...if not...2/19/2010 it is.

I've written Miss Molly a short little letter. It's something that I've wanted to do for a couple of weeks now but I haven't gotten around to it until today. It's not exactly what I wanted to say but it's the best I could do with the pregnancy brain.

Dear Molly - As your time in my belly comes to an end, I have a flurry of emotions running through my brain. I am sad b/c I have loved carrying you and being so close to you. I am excited b/c I cannot wait to hold you in my arms and kiss and hug on you. Your daddy and I waited for 8 months to get the news that we were going to be blessed by you. I was so overwhelmed when I found out I was pregnant with you. You will learn throughout your life that I am very much a worry wart. I was so worried in those first 12 weeks, I hardly breathed. I was worried that I would lose you and that your daddy and I would never get a chance to meet you. 40 weeks later...that time has come and we are anxiously awaiting your arrival. I never knew that it was possible to love something so much. You and your daddy are the most important things in my life. My life was not complete until I met your dad and it will become that much more fulfilled after you arrive. Your mommy and daddy love you very much. Your Nana and Poppa and Uncle Sam, Mammaw and Pappaw, your Aunt Kelly and Uncle Jeremy and cousins Hannah and Claire are all very excited to meet you. Now all you have to do is come on out! We are ready!!

With Lots of Love - Mommy

Justin and I don't celebrate Valentine's Day. We never have but this year Valentine's Day is kinda special to us b/c of Molly. I want to tell him that I love him very much and cannot believe that we have been married 2 1/2 years and been together for 5!!! If someone would have told me 5 years ago that we would be married with our first child on the way...I would have thought they were crazy. I cannnot believe that I found the love of my life so easily. All I had to do was work for my dad! :) I love you baby!!

The last thing that I want to do is tell you that I know that my life is blessed with angels. My parents, grandparents, my brother, and my in-laws. My life is also blessed with people whom I've never actually met. Last summer, searching around online...I found a distant cousin in Alabama. We communicated through email and discused common family. She is a very neat lady but I didn't know how angelic she was until I got this in the mail...

She made Molly a quilt. I literally cried when I opened the package. I've never had anyone do something so nice for me. There are truley angels among us!

God Bless everyone! Please continue to pray for Justin, Molly and I. I'm sure the next week will be stressful and exciting!!



A week of firsts and lasts!

As of tomorrow at 3:15, I will officially be on maternity leave. Thursday is my first day off. I will come back to schoool on March 29th...the Monday after Spring Break. I'm as organized as I can be and I'm ready for Miss Molly to be here. My next appointment is on Friday (40 weeks) and at that point the doc will begin to talk induction for the next week.

Again...I'm ready for Miss Molly to be here. I've been calmer the last couple of days. Like I said in one of my last posts. I have to put my faith in God and trust that he will lead us to what is best. It's been hard to not worry so much but Rome wasn't built in a day either.

Sunday is the official start of NASCAR!! I'm excited! I think it owuld be neat if Molly came on the day of the Daytona 500. Maybe as Kasey Kahne finished 1st!! Mark Martin is on the pole and that would okay as well.

I've been having some contractions. Nothing to "real" I don't think. I keep thinking that one night I will go to bed and be woken up in the middle of the night with the "It's time" contractions. No such luck yet. I did take a shower last night thinking that would calm me down enough to sleep. Which it did! I got a good nght's rest last night. I was so happy. I needed it.

On a happy note: I got all the thank you cards finished! YEAH!! I mail out today! Mom helped me and I thank her for it! Love you mommy!

So how does everyone like the new look of the blog? I'm digging it!

Gotta jet...God Bless!!


A New look...

After playing online for the majority of the afternoon...I've decided that the blog needed an updated look! Hope you like!

Oh... and a slideshow of all the belly pics! Enjoy!


39 weeks...and still no Molly!

Well...it's been a stressful week. As of yesterday...I'm offically a week out from my EDD! I had an appointment yesterday and mentioned to Dr. Graves that Molly has been quiet so she decided to do a non-stress test. After 30 minutes of listening to Molly's heart beat but still no movement... "Perfect!"...I guess since her heart is beating good, there's nothing to worry about. I've decided...after much thought...that I'm going to leave it in God's hands. It's him that is controlling this whole thing anyways. I've got no control and the sooner I figure that out...the sooner I can rest and relax peacefully. PLUS...I've decided that her movements have just changed. She's got zero room to move so they are just smaller and less noticeable.
Yesterday, I was 90% effaced and 1 cm dialted. The doc seemed a little surprised that I was 90%. She said, "I usually see that in women that are in labor!"...Then she said that she would let me go a week over. Holy cow! Molly Watch 2010 could potentially go 2 more weeks!!!!

Talk about stressing me out!

On a happier note: next Wednesday is offically me last day of work for 6 weeks...until March 29th. Don't ask me how I decided that day...I decided though that I would take a few days off so I could get my head around what wsa about to happen.

I finally uploaded belly pics from the last couple of weeks...so here you go!
37 weeks...FULL TERM!!

38 weeks

39 weeks

Please keep Molly, Justin and I in your prayers!! God Bless you all!

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