How Lewis came into the world…

Ronald Lewis (1)

We learned something about Lewis through the birth process…he doesn’t like change and was trying to prologue it as much as possible (I’m projecting my own emotions on him!) His birth on Sunday actually started on Friday night.

Friday night- I was at 41 weeks and had done everything that was suggested to get the birth process to start: yoga, pineapple, walking, etc. We went to the doctor that night and because I hadn’t eaten anything in a while the stress tests showed his heart rate was higher. The doctor proceeded to tell us that she wanted to do a C-section right then, but I didn’t really want to do that. She gave me some oxygen and an IV, ate something, and we had another stress test. The heart rate was better, but the doctor still wanted to get the show on the road, so she set up my induction for 10:00 the next day.

Saturday- We got everything, cleaned the house, and had a restful morning in preparation for the day. We got  to the hospital and waited, story of this baby . After waiting, I got the first IV bag of picotin at 12:00, and the process started, but not really. After the second bag of picotin, still nothing. No pain, no contractions, no nothing. 18 hours later…The nurse told me that she wanted me to fast (the warning bells of a C-section went off in my head). This set me off on an emotional roller coaster ride of how the way I wanted it to go was not happening. I called my mom multiple times as I was trying to get my head wrapped around what was happening. Eventually, we decided to ask the doctor for one more bag, but we had to wait until Sunday morning for a reply.

Sunday- The doctor came and said she wanted to do a C-section. I asked her if she would let me do another bag of picotin, just to see if we could still do it naturally. She gave me a worse case scenario just to tell me about some of the risks. After talking to a doctor friend in the States, we decided to try one more bag. I would come to regret this later (not really, but yes!) We had about 6 t0 8 hours to have the baby. Travis and I walked around a courtyard and nothing was really happening for the first 4 hours and then bam! The contractions hit, and I wanted to die. I have never felt that much pain, and it didn’t stop. I was dilated at 4 cm at 1:47 pm, and at 3:35 pm I held our sweet boy in my arms. In that short amount of time, I was not dignified and did  not manage the pain well. I screamed and yelled and wished I had just gone with the C-section. Travis on the other hand is my hero. He was calm, and he helped me all the way through it.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday- We recovered in the hospital and enjoyed getting to know our baby boy. The school community was awesome and brought us food. We finally got home at 4:00 pm on Wednesday after being in the hospital for 100+ hours.

Throughout the whole process, Hani (our IT guys wife and awesome person) was helping us with Indonesian and the hospital. She was so great. We are indebted to her. Also the people that were praying for us all over the world. We had people on almost every continent praying for us, and we felt it. God gave me a peace that I did know I would have (not during the contractions) during every twist and turn this delivery took. We are so happy to be home and have this little man in our lives.

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We’re ready!?????

March 10th is my official due date and the question on our minds is are we ready. We’ve read the books and blogs (I’ve read a few more than Travis), gone to our doctors appointments, taken maternity pictures, wrote lessons plans, had baby showers and decorated the nursery (pictures below), but are we ready? I’ve decided that no, we are not ready, but are prepared and as ready as we’ll ever be. I’m pretty sure no one can truly be ready for something so life changing.

One thing I’m definitely not ready for is the whole labor and delivery part. Every blog or book that I read mentioned that it is different for everyone, so…I know I can expect pain. I’ve decided to treat the contractions like a super intense part of a workout, where I look at the clock and can’t wait until it’s over, but I get through it. The problem is though that in a workout I can stop if I have to, labor and delivery not so much. Thankful for friends I’ve been able to talk to and all the millions of women who have proven that you can survive and that the whole thing is worth. And as I getting bigger and bigger and more uncomfortable, I am more ready to face the actual birth. Also, we went to the import store to buy fun snacks for labor and delivery, and snacks/food is always something to look forward to!

So here’s to the calm before the storm and the waiting…I seriously can’t wait until our crib has a little Lewis in it, and I get to use the rocking chair for something other  then when I can’t sleep at night.

 

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8 reasons why I love Lewis already and the rest of my maternity pictures…

  1. I’ll start with the obvious- he’s ours and I can’t wait to meet him.
  2. He didn’t give me any morning sickness.
  3. I’m still sleeping through the night, which really helps when you have to teach 4th graders all day.
  4. He is already looking out for me…if I’m starting to get nervous about him not moving, he’ll give me a little hey don’t worry mom nudge.
  5. He’s the reason I get to got to Ikea twice in one year…driving to Jakarta is stressful.
  6. My parents are coming to visit!
  7. I get 3 months of being at home (although I’m going to miss my kids)!
  8. He flipped when he was supposed to and has been healthy throughout his 9 months.

But seriously this pregnancy has been relatively easy (my brother-in-law says I’m going to pay for it with a crazy baby!)

Another thing he gave me was a fun day of taking pictures. A friend volunteered to take the pictures, and she did a wonderful job. My teacher friend came along too, so it was fun to have her as part of the process.

4 weeks and counting until we have his squishy cheeks to add to our list of things to love about him!

Outtakes:

 

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Ronald Lewis Julian

 

We’ve had lots of people ask about our name for Baby J. The name we chose for our little guy is Ronald Lewis Julian.

Ronald.  Travis’ first name is Ronald, his dad’s name is Ronald, and his grandpa’s name is Ronald, so Ronald it is. We are going to continue the tradition. We want to respect the godly men that have played such a huge role in Travis’ life and in turn the life of our son. I also think Travis is the nicest, best man I know, so if our Ronald is anything like him we’ve done a good job!

Lewis. Travis and I love both to read, and we hope to pass that on to our kids. One day we were discussing names and were combining the names of authors we love with Ronald. Travis said Ronald Lewis because Travis’ favorite author is C.S. Lewis. Both of us grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia. Our walks with God have both been affected by C.S. Lewis. We would also love our son to love reading, learning, and God just like Lewis.

So Ronald Lewis Julian it is, but we’ll call him Lewis. In 5 weeks, we’ll get to finally put a cute little face to the name.

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Worth It…

Going into this trip back to the US for Christmas, there was a question in our minds, especially 10 hours into our flight to Chicago, whether it was worth all the effort and travel to come back for 2 weeks. The answer now that we are at the end of our time here is YES! It has been such an awesome vacation, and we wouldn’t change it for the world. Here are some highlights:

Baby Shower: The first day that we got there, my sisters surprised me with a family baby shower, games and all. There was a big pile of gifts (thanks to our worldwide family and friends), which was a huge blessing to Travis and I. We also played some fun games like guessing the size of my belly with yarn and feeding each other with baby spoons. It was so fun to celebrate our little guy with our family.

 

Christmas Day: We got to celebrate Christmas Day with my family and with Travis’ sister and brother. It was great to have Brandon and Leticia join us and to be able to see them! It was great being all together, and nieces and nephews make gift opening so much more fun. We ate some delicious food and watched some football. Plus there was snow on the ground, so it felt that much more like Christmas.

 

Chicago Day: We went into Chicago one day and even though most of our plans fell through, there was something special about being in Chicago. My mom got a picture at Wrigley Stadium, we saw ice skating, ate some delicious, deep, dish pizza, and froze our tails off. My family and I have great memories in Chicago, and it was fun to create more!

 

Nieces and Nephew: What more is there to say? Lucia, Emi, and Adrian are the best and just add so much to our family. They made me laugh and being asked to cuddle is the best! Thankful for getting to connect with them before they move back to Uruguay.

 

Games: We got to play lots of new games like Code Names and Alhmeadra. New Year’s Eve was a game playing night with Leticia and her roommates. We also had a gingerbread house decorating contest (counts as a game?). The girls won (although it’s debatable)! Just good times!

 

Others things like getting to see Lucas and Bekah (friends from Senegal), shopping, Chipotle,and Chic-fil-a were just the icing on this wonderful cake! Thankful for our time here and the blessing it was to Travis and I. Now we’ll see how we feel after the 13 hour flight?

 

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An Airplane Outfit

Maybe it’s growing up as a TCK, or maybe everyone does the same thing, but a lot of thought goes into what I wear on the plane. I remember as a girl having my carefully chosen outfit laid out the night before my family flew back to the States. The outfit on the way needed to prove to my family I wasn’t an out of touch MK, and on the flight back the outfit had to show I had gained more of a “fashion” sense. Yes, I am a crazy person. Haha. As I got older more factors had to be taken into account. How long was the flight? What was the weather like where we were going? What’s comfortable? Flying to Dakar, I always wore a tank top with a jacket because getting off the the plane meant being hit by a wave of heat.

Enter the bump:

This time I cared about one thing: comfort. What is going to fit my belly without digging in too bad? Then, we checked out the weather, and I realized I had to wear something warm enough (I own one jacket! so that was a tall order). So I settled on sweats and sweatshirt (I have never wore sweats or gym shoes or compression socks on a plane). I guess this is the beginning of my life changing because of a baby? 

Ps. We are on our way to the States for Christmas and are going to take some baby stuff back. Here’s our registry!

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a pregnant blog

So the last time I wrote on this blog, Travis and I were cruising around Bali on our motorbike for Spring Break. This coming spring break (4 months away), we will probably be waiting for a baby in the hospital. Craziness.

Here’s a short highlight reel from the pregnancy:

  • getting to tell my family in person in Chipotle (long story) that I was pregnant, since I found out a week before we left for Indonesia for year two.
  • going to the doctor here for the first time and waiting 4 hours and still not getting called. We decided to try another doctor after that.
  • going to the doctor for a second time. This time using Google translate to talk to the nurses. Passing a phone back and forth is not the most effective way to communicate, but it works.
  • no morning sickness. This little dude is the best. I didn’t feel sick at all…except when I got the flu and I barely made it out of my classroom before I started puking, thankfully into a trash can. Nobody knew I was pregnant, but after that everyone was asking. I wasn’t ready to tell people and it really wasn’t morning sickness, I was really sick!
  • showing my class our video and how excited they were. The boys were really excited when I told them it was a boy.
  • my mom came and brought me maternity clothes, which is a great thing because I was starting not to be able to fit into anything, and you can hardly find maternity clothes here.
  • going on a 3 hour trek to Jakarta to go to Ikea and buying our nursery stuff and turning around for a 3 hour trek back. Thankful there is an Ikea in reachable distance.
  • weirdest thing is how my belly button has slowly become an outie.

So far, my pregnancy has been great. I have good energy, not too uncomfortable besides my lower back feeling like I’m 90 years old, and I’m feeling big, but I’m only in my 2nd trimester. I’ve heard it gets worse! It’s already been an adventure, and I’m sure it will get even more exciting from here.

Ps. We are going to the States for Christmas and are going to take some stuff back. Here’s our registry!

Also this message from a student answering our morning message was the best:

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