Roman’s Birth Story

Hey everyone!

Sooooo it’s been a while! While I am sorry I am also not, I have been wrapped up in the beauty of motherhood and have been soaking up and enjoying every second, minute, hour, and day of it! I thought I would jump on here while Rome is taking his short afternoon nap and share with you our wonderful and hectic story of Roman’s big arrival.

3:32 AM- I wake up to contractions that had felt much different than the typical Braxton hicks contractions. Now if you know me, I had TONS of Braxton Hicks! I had ourselves a couple this could be it moments that weren’t actually IT! Haha! I knew these were different because they were super painful (they actually gave me the shakes and sweats). I wake up Kevin and go into the bathroom and call out on call nurse and she advises me to head to Labor and Delivery.

3:57 AM- We arrive to L&D and get checked in. Doctor comes in and checks me, only dilated to a 2, so he has us get comfortable and tells us rest up and that he will be back in an hour to check on my progression.

5:00 AM- No progression.. still at 2 but still having painful contractions. Doctor again tells us he will return in an hour.

6:00 AM- 3cm dilated! But he called it a “possible” 3 so I started losing hope.. and I knew in my gut that this was Labor. He tries to reassure me it was false Labor and still has us stick around for another hour.

7:00 AM- 3cm and he calls it a “sure” 3 this time but I’m still not progressing quick enough and still tries to argue it’s false Labor.. says he will return in an hour AGAIN.

8:00 AM- Doctor decides to send us home. He says I probably won’t be looking to go into labor in the next 24 hours but that I should be meeting our little guy in a day or two for sure. We get our hospital bag rounded up, I change back into my clothes and we leave the hospital. On the way home we grab some breakfast to go since Kevin has to be to work at 9AM. We get home around 8:30 Kevin gives me a kiss goodbye and tells me if I need anything to give him a call and he’s there! (Such a great guy!)

9:15 AM: Ring Ring! “BABE MY WATER JUST BROKE!” Kevin speeds home, our hospital bag is still in the car and we head BACK to L&D. Now they never tell you that your water keeps breaking.. it’s a constant leak.. and walking through a hospital looking like you’re peeing yourself is not a pretty look! Ha! We check in AGAIN and get into a room very quickly! Now I’m not gonna lie it felt good to see the doctor again and give him a little “I told you so” look hahaha! It’s funny how well you really know your body!

Now from here on out all the time started to blur together my contractions got pretty strong really quick. I was ready for my epidural around 11:15am because my contractions had become so strong I couldn’t stop shaking uncontrollably.

We get the anisthesiologist in the room to do the epidural but things just aren’t working. He tries the first time and hits a vein so he has to take it out and re-do it. Goes in for a second attempt and what do you ya know.. misses again.. so third times the charm right? He gets the epidural in and runs a little test dose of fentanyl, instantly i feel higher than a fucking kite! So he had missed again.. as I’m looser than a damn goose they call for another anesthesiologist to come in and attempt a 4th try. They have me lay on my side with my knees To my chest and tu-duhhhhhh! It’s finally in correctly and I’m feeling numb and high! Win win right!?

Now the problem we started encountering was I wasn’t progressing at all as far as dilating goes so they went ahead and called in for some petossin. But before they can give it to me Roman’s heart rate starts dropping. They turn me on my other side and again his heart rate drops. Other side, same thing. While the nurses kept their shit together calmly (which I greatly appreciate) they tell me they can’t give me the petossin because it could cause more harm then good at this point and bring my OB in. He gives me the option to wait it out a little longer or to go ahead with an emergency c-section. While I wanted to choose the c-section he tells me Kevin can’t be in there with me and I instantly rule that out as long as possible!

Hour goes by and still nothing but Rome’s heart beat dropping anytime I lay on my side. So they decide to put me on my hands and knees rocking from front to front and side to side… keep in mind I am NUMB and can’t feel a thing.

A couple hours go by and I’m finally making progression!! AND Roman’s heart rate hadnt dropped since I had been on my hands and knees so the doctors knew there was a cord around his neck. I got to a 6 and they kept me rocking for another hour. My nurse was about to be off her shift and came in to check one last time and I had progressed to an 8. She introduced Kevin and I to the new nurse that would be on with us and proceeded to put me back on hands and knees. (After all that I was thinking I better have some damn abs and killer thighs after this baby from all the rocking)!

It hadn’t even been 10 minutes and the new nurse comes back and checks me again and quickly asks “you ready to have a baby!?” Of course Kevin and I were so excited and we are like YES YES!!!!! Now the best part!? My nurse who had been off the clock stayed to help me deliver. She was absolutely amazing and seriously the best ever!!!

We spent 40 minutes pushing and around 8:37pm after 17 hours of labor our beautiful little boy arrived into the word! I can’t tell you how happy I am that we decided to wait it out and avoid the c-section! The rest I have chosen to keep to us as our special moments with him afterwards. We love you so much Roman Alexander Lyda!


You are the best thing to ever happen to us!


Born 8:37 pm, 7lbs 5oz, 19.5 inches long.

Maternity Pictures 


So where to begin!? I am absolutely IN LOVE with how our pictures turned out! I could not be happier. Thank you so much Elly Bean Photography for capturing these moments! You seriously work magic!

For anyone looking for a maternity photographer I HIGHLY recommend her! She is so kind and personable! I am a slightly awkward person when it comes to having pictures taken and she made everything feel so easy and natural. Elly was also very helpful in guiding us on what to do or what looks great, she even kept in mind that I had a “favorite” side for pictures! I know silly but little details like that always make me feel great because I feel confident in certain camera angles.

We can’t wait to use her again for Roman’s newborn pictures! I’m so excited to see what she will come up with! Thank you again so much Elly!!!

Xoxo,

Danielle

32 Weeks, Colorado, & My Birthday!

Monday May 29th, 2017 : Arrived in Estes Park, Colorado

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Ahhhh, the glorious view of the Rocky Mountains! There is seriously nothing more majestic and beautiful than this view. I grew up coming to Estes Park as a kid every year and since I’ve became an adult I’ve found myself making multiple trips a year here. With baby on the way I couldn’t think of a better “Baby Moon” than here to come as a family of 3 one last time (before we are 4)! If you have never visited Estes Park it is a must! Estes is very family friendly with so much to do from horse back riding, to hiking in RMNP, white water rafting, to shopping downtown, mini golfing, and even enjoying a Colorado home brew at the Beer Garden.

When we first got into town we dropped our stuff off at my Aunts place (who lives in Estes and was very kind to let us stay with her) and relaxed a little bit. Since the Drive from Wichita to Estes is a long one we really took it easy the first night and just went to a late movie. We saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2, it was seriously hilarious, if you haven’t seen it yet do yourself a favor and DO IT!


Tuesday May 30th, 2017 : My Birthday and 32 Weeks!

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So I officially hit the 32 Week mark! Wahoo! I must say its still unreal that I only have 8 weeks left! To celebrate our milestone and my birthday we started the day off with some breakfast at The Egg & I in downtown. They have such good breakfast, we always enjoying making a stop here when we are in town! After breakfast we went to Fun City for some mini golf. The weather was perfect, and I’m happy to say that I actually won a round of mini golf for once and NO, they didn’t let me win just cause it was my birthday! While we were mini golfing we happened to see Open Air Adventure Park across the way, and decided to make our way over after we grabbed some lunch at the Estes Park Brewery.

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Now with Open Air they only do courses/sessions every 30 minutes so we had to originally wait a little before we could go. Now obviously with me being pregnant I couldn’t participate but Lincoln and Kevin could. Before getting up on beams they had to go through a little walk through session on their gear and how to maneuver through out the course. I happened to snap a couple cute pics of them.

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Now being the quick learners they are they had no problem and hopped right on in!

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Linc completed the first level of the course, the greens and blues, we hung out while dad completed the second level of course (the hardest)! So proud of him!

We spent the rest of our evening hanging out at the house having a Monopoly game night, Kevin kicked our butts.


Wednesday May 31st, 2017 : A Day in Denver

Wednesday we made the hour and a half drive into Denver to take Linc to the Denver Aquarium. If you haven’t ever had a chance to take your little ones I very highly recommend this! Kevin and I went together last year and enjoyed it as adults so much that we wanted to bring him back here.

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The coolest part is at the very end where you can touch the sting rays! We had a hard time getting Linc to leave, haha.

After the Aquarium we made the short drive next door the Children’s Museum of Denver where they have indoor and outdoor exhibits. Now we didn’t know there was a water area for the kids to play in so we didn’t come prepared unfortunately and had to skip out on that, so if its warm out bring your kids swim suits, its a really neat area!

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As you can see this museum is also easily just as enjoyable for adults as well!


Thursday June 1st, 2017 : HOME we go!

So before we headed back home we made a quick stop down into Glen Haven for their famous cinnamon rolls! Now if you plan on making this stop make sure you not only get there when they first open (9 am) but that you also call ahead the day before If you plan on ordering more than 5! They will only give a maximum of 5 rolls per person, and they go quick so get in line and plan ahead! I promise its worth it! Hope our little vacation gave you some in sight on fun things to do if you ever visit Estes Park. Since I can’t hike I did miss not being able to go into the park and do the trails but there is always next time!

XOXO,

Danielle

Baby Shower

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So yesterday we had Baby Roman’s Shower. I am SO thankful for all the love and support we received yesterday from family and friends. I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy has gone by, it seems like just yesterday I was telling my husband that we were pregnant! Now we are less than 10 weeks away from meeting our little man! Now that we have loaded up our cars and have got all of the gifts back home Kevin and I will spend the next couple days going through things and seeing what all we got doubles of and sorting through everything. I can’t wait to start putting everything together and organizing! My mom is going to come over this week and help me go through the house and re-organize every room and help baby proof what we need to. We also need to make a list of everything we still need to do and get before Rome gets here. Once we get everything done I plan to do a post all about Rome’s nursery and how we have it set up and organized. I will do one for what we did around the house to help keep it clean, tidy, and baby friendly as well! Thank you again everyone for everything! If any of you mommies/daddies have any baby advice or advice for keeping things organized for baby please leave a comment down below! I would love to hear from you! We are about to start working on our hospital bag and I will post all about that as well soon!

XOXO,

Danielle

 

30 Week Bump Date

So this week I hit the 30 Week mark! 3rd trimester exhaustion has definitely started to kick in and I’ve heard it only gets worse! As of lately I really haven’t been getting too much sleep😞Heart burn has been a real issue these last couple weeks and it hits me really bad at night. I’ve talked with my doctor and he has just re-recommended trying to eat small meals and not eating past 6pm since mine has been so awful. I have also struggled with insomnia something fierce this last week, I just can’t seem to get comfortable at all (heart burn not helping of course), So he has reccomended trying some Tylenol PM. To top off this wonderful last week I also woke up covered in hives last night! Now they did go away with a little bit of Benadryl so I’m hoping it was just a one time thing. Maybe a little stress of baby coming and feeling like I still have so much to do could have brought it on?! Aside from heart burn, little sleep, and hives though Week 30 really hasn’t been too bad! Little man has been VERY active (I love feeling his little movements)! I honestly cherish every little moment and movement that I can because I know there’s not too much longer before I’ll be missing those kicks and hiccups. However, I would be lying if I said that I also can’t wait to meet him and finally see his sweet little face! This Sunday is our baby shower so I will be posting lots of pictures and a blog all about that soon!


Xoxo,

Danielle 💕

Side note: |My top is from Spool 72, and both my earring and necklace are from Express.|