Wednesday, December 8, 2010

watch me grow

We have taken our first monthly picture(as you can tell he was not too thrilled)!!  I got these cute stickers off Etsy one for 0-12 months.  We will take Parkers picture in his chair each month his first year so we can have them to look back on and see how much he has grown!!
Makes me kinda sad...he is one week today and I already feel like he is growing too fast.  How will 12 months make me feel??  I am just going to soak up every minute of every day!!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Parker Gregory Johnson

He is here and he is amazing!!  God is sooo good!

Born December 1, 2010 at 7:59 am, 8lbs 4oz and 20 inches long.

I have had people telling me over and over how wonderful being a mother is, but you truely do not know until you look at hold your sweet baby for the first time!

I am so in love!  I am constantly staring at him and never wanting to put him down!

We are all doing great.  He had his first follow up appointment yesterday and got his first shot...ouch! He did not like it one bit!  He is currently weighing 7lbs 10oz (up 5oz from discharge day) and is just below the 50th percentile in height and weight!  He is such a sweet peaceful baby who loves to eat and sleep.  I am nursing and he has been doing a great job with that!  The first few days we had a few difficulties with latching, but now he has it down!!   His favorite time to play is around 4-7 am!!  He wants to be up, held and looking all around the room during this time frame!!  I would prefer he sleep but am just enjoyng our middle of the night dates!

My follow up visit was today and everything is good.  They just had to take a  look at my incsion from the c-section and said all looks great!  I have been feeling good and moving around great since the morning after he was born.

Wayne has been COMPLETELY amazing to say the least!!  I have always known how blessed  I was to have him as my husband, but seeing him as a father has made me fall in love all over again!!  He is a natural and I just love seeing him cuddle with Parker and talk in a sweet little voice to him.  It melts my heart!  I love my boys!

We were so blessed to have our parents and my sister here to share this special time with us.  I have to admit I did my fair share of crying when my sister and my parents had to leave and still cry thinking about how much  miss them!  But am just trying to keep busy and counting down the days until Christmas when my mom and dad come back to visit!!  We are so excited.  Waynes mom is still here helping us out and we are very appreciative!!  It is very nice to be able to focus 100% on Parker and have help with everything else!

I have been going picture crazy and will be doing my best to get updates up on here follow along for pics!!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

last holiday for two

Besides the fact that I look horrible, this is a very special picture!  It is our last holiday photo as a family of two!   This just means each holiday photo from here on will be that much better!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Table

Since we are not going to have anyone here with us for Thanksgiving I thought I would share my table with you all on here!!  Dont worry about us being lonely this Thanksgiving though...we have fabulous neighbors who have invited us to their home to share the holiday with them and their precious little girl!

I have enjoyed looking at this table for the past couple weeks, but am ready to get my Christmas decor out this weekend!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

December 1st is the day!!

I had an appointment yesterday with my specialist and based on Parker's head and stomach measurements they are estimating him to weigh around 8lbs 6ozs (around a week and a half ahead).  Based on the measurement of the stomach they are able to get an idea of what his shoulder span will be and my doc mentioned this may make delivery a little difficult.

So today I had my weekly appointment with my OB and we talked about everything and decided that a c-section is probably the best choice for us at this point.  If their weight estimates are accurate this little guy could be close to 9lbs(or even more...eek).  Due to this even if we went ahead with attempting a natural delivery, there would be a pretty good chance I would end up having a c-section anyway.

Another issue is that I am still at 1cm and Parker is still sitting up pretty high.  So I think if he could have things his way, he would be late and 12 lbs!!  Lucky for me he is not going to get his least not this time!!!

So we go into the hospital at 7:30 am on the 1st and they will call me later this week to let me know exactly what time the c-section will take place.  I obviously have all of the nerves that any mom to be has, but I feel confident that we have made the right decision for us and after speaking with multiple friends today who have had a c-section I feel even more reassured.  Whatever is best for me and will put less stress on my little BIG guy is what we need to do!!

Fun Facts:(yes...I am cheesy)
Parker will be born on the FIRST day of December and my birthday is the LAST day of December...Pretty neat!!  He is also going to be born 30 days before my 30th birthday!! 

I will keep you posted with any other updates!! 


Monday, November 15, 2010

This just in!!!

Parkers bedding is finally here!!
As soon as I opened the box I had to go upstairs and get it all set up!
No time to wait for Wayne to get home!!
(I will need him to help me straighten the bed skirt...I could not hold the mattress up!)

I am absolutely in love with it. It came out even better than I had imagined!!
(A few small things to do & the nursery will be to come.)



Saturday, November 13, 2010


So I had two doctors appointments this week. Monday with my specialist as a follow up to my hospital visit. Everything went well just a couple small issues. 1) Parker is measuing large, around 37 to 38 weeks rather than 36. 2) my amniotic fluid levels are on the high side

Both of these things seperate are what they are. But when you put them together it is a sign of gestational diabetes. I had just had my testing for this around 1o weeks ago and all of my lab work came back normal. The words GD scares I was obviously concerned. So I was sent back to have more blood work done. Results came in yesterday and blood work is normal and no signs of GD...thank goodness! So at this point they will continue to monitor my fluid levels each week to make sure they do not increase and I will begin to mentally prepapre myself to have a BIG baby!! Wayne was almost 10 lbs so I knew this was a possibility but I think I was in denial!

My doc did reassure me that fetal measurements this far along in pregnancy do have a tendency to be fingers crossed!!

Wednesday I had my regular weekly visit with my doc and it looks like we are still on for our induction date of December 2nd! We are hoping this day stays set in stone as both of our families have their tickets booked!! But we know that due to his size and if there are any issues with my fluid levels this date may change or Mr. Parker may decide he wants to come earlier on his own.

Here are some recenet photos of our little man!! Cheesing it up for the camera. Everyone who has seen these pics says all they see is the Hydes genes!! I guess we will know for sure in a few weeks!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Favorite Thing

We ran to the grocery store this evening to pick up a few things for the week and as we were walking down the frozen food isle I saw this!!! I thought it sounded good, but never imagined that it would be as wonderful as it actually is!!
If you love pumpkin and cheesecake it is definately a must for your next grocery list!!

A little scare...

This past Friday morning I woke up and for some reason just kept thinking to myself that I had not been feeling Parker move like he normally does. I figured I better be safe than sorry so I called my Dr. to see if I could run by his office for a little check up and for them to use the doppler so I could listen to his heart beat and give myself a little peace of mind.

Well when I called they told me to come on it. I begun getting ready and my phone rang, it was the head OB nurse at my doctors office and she told me that my dr. wanted me to go ahead and go straight over to labor and delivery. Hearing this freaked me out and I broke down in tears. Why am I going to L&D?

So I called Wayne who was at his office a little over an hour away in NJ and told him what was going on. He then started to freak out a little (which is rare bc he is the calm one in this relationship) he was ready to head this way and I told him to wait, let me get to the hospital and once I knew what all was going on I would call him.

Once I got to the hospital they told me they were just going to hook me up to the Non Stress Test and make sure everything was okay. That they would keep me hooked up for about 30 min and then if everything was fine, I would be able to go. So I called Wayne and told him not to worry about coming up there...I would be gone before he could make it back to PA.

Well as soon as they hooked me up Parker started moving all around and his heart beat was good and strong! I layed in the bed and just took a big sigh of relief! Now my only problem was that he was moving so much at this point that the machine was not getting a straight read of his heartbeat...I needed to have 30 minutes of a straight read before they would let me go.

So now the entire reason why I am here (him not moving) is completely the opposite of why I cant leave...he not wont stop moving!!

After he finally settled down I stared at the monitors for 30 minutes and had a solid uninterupted line...I was ready for the doc to come in and tell me I as good to go. This was not the case. While reading over all the print outs he noticed there was a point in time where Parkers heart rate took a fairly drastic spike down. This worried him and they immediately put me in a hospital gown and on IV fluids.

They were now going to be doing more monitoring to figure out if there was something wrong with Parker and if this was something that was occuring often or if it was just a random drop in his heart rate.

At this point I was a complete mess. What was wrong with Parker? What was going to happen if it occured again? What if it spiked down again and I had to be taken in for an emergency c-section and I was all alone with my hubby an hour away and my family all in TX? I called Wayne and told him to get there as soon as he could.

After about 2 more hours of monitoring there were no other drops in his heart rate the I was finally discharged. I am so thankful that the day did not become any more "eventful" and that I was able to go home. I want to keep this little guy in here as long as I can!

I am going back to my perinatologist tomorrow for a follow up and will post updates after that visit!! Please pray that all is well with my little guy!

Texas, Baby Showers and Photos

October was such a busy month for us! The best part about it was the 10 days we got to spend in Texas with our families and friends! The first weekend we were there my sister and some great friends hosted my baby shower!! It was absolutely fabulous and Mr. Parker is already spoiled rotten!

We are so blessed to have so many amazing people in our lives who are so excited for us and went above and beyond to show us just how much!!

Here are a few of the pics from the shower!

While I was being showered, Wayne was enjoying a day of golf with my dad, his dad, his brother and some great friends!

That evening we were given a Beer and Diaper shower which was a great time as well! Wayne got to enjoy being showered this time and I got to enjoy some relaxation and non alcholic wine!!!
To say it was a wonderful Saturday would simply be an understatement!!

The next day we met up with a friend of mine from college Kristy for our maternity photos! It was so great to see Kristy and to get pictures taken of this special time!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Kick Counts and Cuteness!!

Well I started doing my kick counts and the doc said to make sure I was counting at least 10 kicks (or rolls or punches) in a 2 hour period. Well our little guy is so active, I can count 1o movements usually withing a 20-30 minute period and sometimes less. He has grown very very active in a past few weeks. I love it!!

We went to the doctor last friday for our Fetal Echocardiogram and everything looked great! We are so thankful for this news!
We tried to get some good shots of our little man but as usual he displayed his daddys mannerisms and was very camera shy! He kept his hands in his face the entire time. We got a couple side shots and one face shot that is not in this shot you can definately see he is starting to fill out, looks like some chubby cheeks!! There is nothing cuter than cheek chub in my opinion!!
Covering his little face!

Look at those cheeks!!

If the old wives tale is true...all this hair may be whats causing all this heartburn!!

Look at those precious little toes!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

29 Weeks

We have officially begun counting down!! Lots to do before our little man arrives!!
This week Parker is the size of a squash! He is continuing to grow and is finally putting on some baby fat in there!!

Thing have been going good here. I have been feeling great other than not sleeping well. I just cannot seem to get comfy on my matter what I do!
The weather here in PA is beautiful this time of year, we have had our a/c off for almost 2 weeks now. It in the 70s during the day and 40s and 50s at night. I am loving it!!! All of the trees are starting to change color and it is beautiful driving up in the mountains.
We have definately been taking advantage of the weather enjoying long walks and taking Miss Bella to the dog park a few times a week. She has been quite spoiled lately...I think I am preparing for the guilt I will feel once Parker arrives!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hello Third Trimester!

I am so glad that you are finally here!!

We are now in the final stretch to meeting our little man!!!

Right now (27 weeks) Parker is weighing in at around
2 lbs and is about 14.5 - 15 inches long!
He is starting to sleep and wake at regular intervals.
He is also now able to recognize the sound of my voice!

90 days or less to go...let the countdown begin!

Monday, September 6, 2010

I heart all things personalized!!

I am a huge fan of almost anything personalized! I guess its just the southern girl in me and all that time spent at Swoozies!!
I would really love love love to have my own monogram machine!!
(Wayne if your reading this...hint hint!)

Here are a few of pics of the personalized items Parker has so far!

I found this on Etsy. Obviously the one I got doesn't say "Jack", this was just a good photo of it!

Another Etsy purchase!!

This is a gift from my cousin Brittney!! I Love it!!

These are a gift from my cousin Liz...can we say great minds think alike! Love them!

We also have some Texas Tech gear on its way!! Have to have the little man ready to watch the last month of college football with his daddy!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Oh how I miss you!

So far this pregnancy there has been nothing that I have really craved. I hear someone talk about something and it sounds good, so I want it...but no real cravings.
That is except for sushi. I think about it often. How much I miss it, what I am going to get the first time I eat it again, you get the idea.
So until we meet again...I will live vicariously through those who can still enjoy your company!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Parker - 26 Weeks

We are at 26 more week until we are in our third trimester!!! I had my final cervical check this morning and my doc said I have graduated!!! Cervix looks good and we are "in the clear" when it comes to this issue and as of now they are not projecting any issues in the future!

So this was my one of my final visit with my perinatologist. We have an echocardiogram on the 21st and then that is all we have scheduled. This makes me sad, bc I love the staff and doctors at this office. I am also going to miss getting to see my little man every two weeks...most of the time in 3D. I have been spoiled. But I am really thankful to have had such a great team of people working with me and making sure my little guy is doing good!!

This morning I got some new shots of him and as usual he was moving all around! He did take a break to say "Peace"...guess this is a step up from the one finger gesture he gave us a few weeks ago!!