Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Newborn Portraits

These are from Portrait Innovations. We went today to get some newborn photos done. I really like some of them, but I do think I am just going to try and take up photography. I think I would spend more time getting what I wanted.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Getting ready for the game

Tonight we played the #1 team in the state. They have won the last 3 state championships and haven't lost a regular season game in more than 4 years. They have 3 players who have already signed D1 contracts. We led twice. We lost, but played the best game I have ever seen us play. The boys did a great job (and the coaching was excellent!) Here are a few pics of Wynn getting ready to go to the game.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Wynn 5 weeks

Wynn is still doing great. She is such a good baby. She really only cries when she is hungry. She has been smiling for about a week and a half now. Her smile just makes me melt.
We are still working on settling into our new apartment. I am having to slow down at work and around the house. Apparently I have been overdoing it and I irritated some of the surgery stuff. Anyway, no more dropping in at work this week. I am actually glad though. This is mine and Wynn's last week at home and I plan on soaking up every min.

Monday, August 25, 2008


So... what a better day to move than in the middle of a hurricane. Apt. people only had one two room apt available and it is upstairs. Can't stay here... flooding is getting worse. Clint and I are already sick again and Wynn has started sneezing. So... what else do ya do... we are moving... in the rain (between tornado warnings)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Put on your rain boots and come on over

Last night I rocked myself asleep in the recliner. I awoke around 1am with Clint gently touching my foot. I thought to myself, "aww... how sweet. He is getting me up so I will go get in our bed and get a better night's sleep." He said, "Don't go to our bed. It is all wet." I thought... "NOT AGAIN!!!"

Here is the history. I am more allergic to mold than anything else in the world. It gives me crazy bad respiratory issues. Over the last year I have had pnumonia between 2-4 times (2 times confirmed by a chest xray... the other 2 I was pregnant and couldn't have the xray. I have been to primed countless times, used my inhaler on a 3-4 times a week basis, and taken 1 trip to the ER.

It all started in the bathroom. I noticed mold above our shower on the wall and ceiling. I called maintance and they came and "fixed" it. 2 months later... the mold is back. They come, apparently there was a leak in the tub in the apartment above us. Now that mold is under control. I wondered though, why am I still getting so sick. (Clint has also been deathly ill about 6 times in the last year, including one case of pnumonia.)

Then I fold it... One day as I cleaned up my room I noticed all my clothes that were on the floor by the bed were wet. And then I took another step, and my socks were all wet, as was all of the carpet along the outside wall and behind our bed. I called the apartment people... they came cleaned the carpets, installed a drain, and resealed the foundation... and then assured me they had rectified the issue.

Fast forward... I am 8 months pregnant... I am still nervous about the carpet and check occasionally... it happened again. This time they told me it was because the sprinklers were pointed at our wall... don't worry... we will clean the carpet and there isn't a problem. (Now for them to clean anything under the bed 8 month pregnant me had to go and move the bed cause no one came to help the carpet guy. We couldn't move it all, but we did move it over.)

Finally last night as tropical depression Faye hit, my room became a swimming pool... that extended into my bathroom and closet. All of my bedroom furniture is sitting in my living room, the carpet guy is taking my carpet out in buckets, and clint and I are going to meet with the apt people tomorrow... we have had it. Anyway... hope you are all having a good weekend.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Three Weeks Old

We are home, settled, and trying to get into a routine. Clint and I both fall more in love with Wynn everyday. Here are a few pictures of my beautiful baby girl.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Lainey Wynn Lowery

All is well that ends well... that is the best way I can describe the roller coaster known as last week.

Monday 9:10 am, Clint and I arrive at the doctor's office. I am 40 weeks to the day and they wanted to do an ultrasound to check the babies progress and see how big she was. As soon as the doctor came in he said, man.... that is one big baby (that isn't an exact quote... this included an expletive). He said she was measuring about 9 lbs and he was worried that if she got any bigger I would not be able to deliver her. So he told us to go and check in the hospital early that afternoon and they would begin inducing labor. (I wasn't dilated at all at this point.) So Clint and I left quite excited knowing that the next day our little girl would arrive. Around 5 they gave me medicine to make me start to dilate. It also made me start to have contractions about every 2 minutes, so much so that they couldn't give me the other 2 doses of medicine that they were supposed to.

That night I began hurting pretty bad. Then they gave me something for the pain. Before it was even completely in my IV I was out. I got a good preview of what I would have been like drunk or high, and it was not pretty.

5 am the next morning they began the pit drip. Contractions still 2 min apart but now much stronger. By 7 am they broke my water. 10:30... time for my epidural... ok... at this points I comment to all those who praise the epidural... I am sure they are wonderful... if they work. 2 people came in to give it to me... turns out one of them was just "learning the ropes" the guy behind her was talking her through the whole thing. I am pretty sure she hit bone at one point. Finally the guy behind her gives it a go. He stuck me 2 times... then finally relief... that lasted an hour.

About an hour later I noticed a whole lot a feeling back in one side and felt my back was really wet. I had mom and clint look at it... my whole back, bed, everything was soaked with this yellow stuff and blood. We showed it to the nurse and told her about the feeling coming back. She had me turn on my side and then said the epidural just needed retaping. So more tape on my back and laying on my side... still in pain... this is all about noon.

Finally around 5 they realize hey... I don't think this is working right. (duh) maybe we should get another anesthesiologist in there to look at it. So, the next lady comes in, she says that it is in the wrong place and they are going to have to redo it... again... Clint is pretty mad at this point. I am pretty tired and still contracting pretty much constantly cause they keep upping my drip cause I am not dilating like they want me to. So, one more epidural. This one works about an hour and a half... then wears off faster than the first one did... by the way... my back is still leaking. (Why were me and Clint the only ones in the room really concerned about that?)

Ok... now... my little nurse (who was really sweet) kept checking me throughout the day and said around 6 I am 8cm dilated, then an hour later the doc came in (not mine cause he had to leave because his house got struck by lightening... that is a whole other story) anyway, new doctor checks me and says... you aren't close to 8... it is more like 4-5... we are going to up the drip again, and then reassess later. Anyway... around 11:30 I had pretty much stalled out at 7 cm. So time for a c-section.

Since my epidural wore off (again) they had one chance at a spinal block. If that worked then Clint could be in the room. If it didn't then they would have to put me out, and he wouldn't get to be in there. I have to say, at this point I wasn't too thrilled about another needle in my back, but I would much rather him be in there and me be awake than be asleep. Thankfully that one worked. On to the delivery room.

Dr. Phillips (who is now one of my favorite people) performed the c-section. He came in and began praying for the procedure he was about to start. When he finished he turned to Clint and said... this is the way it was supposed to be, God will take care of it.

Within 15 minutes she was out and doing well. The doctor said after he delivered her that it was a good thing they went ahead with the c-section because neither of us would have been able to survive a vaginal birth. (She was too big to come out of me) Praise God for taking care of us both.

So, after 36 hours... Lainey Wynn Lowery made her official entrance into the world. She was born at 12:27 July 30th. She weighed 8 lbs 10 oz. and was 21 inches long.

We ended up having to spend a little extra time in the hospital because Wynn became jaundiced. We were released from the hospital Sunday at 4. I have never been so happy to be home in my entire life. Tomorrow we go to the pediatrician to check on the jaundice so keep her in your prayers.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

40 weeks

Tomorrow morning we go to the doctor for an ultrasound and my 40 weeks appt. Hopefully we will find out things are progressing a bit more than they have been up to this point. Baby Wynn hasn't seemed to be in much of a hurry so far, which makes questions that stupid people ask like, "so, you haven't had that baby yet?" so much fun! I really think I am going to start saying, "No, we had her a few days ago... i know i didn't lose ANY weight, AND we left her at home." I really think some people are stupid.

Anyway, happier note, I got to see Adam, Dana, Emma, and Chloe last week. They stopped by on their way from Enterprise to Birmingham. I am pretty sure Adam is having a hard time coping with the fact that I am actually old enough to have a baby (he still doesn't think I am old enough to drive). Dana took some pregnant pics of me while they were here. (It is great having a sister in law who is such a good photographer!) The girls are getting SO big. Emma is so smart and social! She kept asking when Wynn's birthday was going to be. I told her I wished I knew. Chloe is the most petiete little speeding bullet I have ever seen. She doesn't look big enough to be walking and talking, but she doesn't let that stop her. I think she is going to be an athlete because she seemed to enjoy playing with baby Wynn's football and basketball toys.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Panther Fans

Apparently I have become crafty. I decided that Wynn needed to be able to support her daddy on Friday nights, and made her this great gameday outfit. Clint loved it, and I am pretty proud of it myself. Now she can show her panther spirit!

Monday, May 12, 2008

What a beautiful face

Today we went back for our redo of the 4D ultrasound. Baby Wynn is now 3 pounds. Her heartrate was 158. She was a bit more cooperative today. We got several pictures of her face. Occasionally the nurse would push on my stomach so that maybe Wynn would move whatever hand or foot was infront of her face... Oh, no... my child just got ticked off and would move another hand or foot infront of her face... Anyway... here is what we saw today!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Thanks George W

Today as I was checking my online bank account, I noticed that balance was significantlly higher than I expected. I scrolled down to see... have they not cashed my rent check... or any other check I have written this month??? Then I saw it. A 1200 dollar gift from the federal government. Now... most of this money is going into a savings acct on Monday; however, I did go ahead and buy our new travel system for baby Wynn today. After much looking, we decided on the Graco MetroLite. It was easy to put together, and looks good too! Guess we will get to see how it works in just over 2 months.

Monday, we go back for another chance at seeing Wynn's face. Maybe she won't hide this time!!! Check back Monday afternoon and hopefully I will have pictures!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Now introducing....

Lainey Wynn Lowery. Today we went for our 4D ultrasound. I know all of you find it hard to believe, but my child was being a bit stubborn, so we are going to go again Monday and try to get some clearer pics. (I love our ultrasound lady!) Anyway, here she is. Most of the time I had to turn away from the screen because of how she was lying, but it was fun because I got to watch Clint's reaction to everything.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wynn's Nursery

Ok... the bad part about putting together a nursery in an apartment is that you can't paint the walls! Sad. Anyway, last week Clint was gone to golf all day Tuesday, and so I had invited Brittney Blaich over to come and hang out for the afternoon. Clint had already put together the crib a few weeks ago, but the room was not cleaned out at all and the baby's dresser was still in the box. So... Brittney and I got out the power drill and got to work. I have to say I was pretty impressed with us! Anyway, we put together furniture, cleaned out the room, and got everything ready for Baby Wynn to come. We still have a ways to go (almost 3 months till her due date), but I feel a lot better knowing we have made such great progress. There is still nothing on the walls or windows (suggestions anyone???), but all the rest of it is in place.

Friday, April 11, 2008

It's a Girl!!!

We found out that we are having a baby girl. Clint and I are already excited and have been buying a dress or two already! We are planning on naming her Lainey Wynn Lowery and calling her Wynn. She is moving around all of the time now. She is definatly growing (as is my stomach!) So far I have gained 7 1/2 pounds. The doctor says everything looks great. I go back in another week to check my blood sugar and make sure I am not anemic, and then in 2 more weeks we get to go for our 4D ultrasound! Clint and I are both ready to meet her! Her due date is July 28th.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Back to Blogging

Ok... so I haven't blogged in.... well... at least a couple of years. So, here goes, the last two years...

About 2 years ago, Prattville Christian Academy decided to begin a football program. As the girls' basketball coach and an avid football fan, I was rather excited. I knew they would bring in lots of money to our athletic program, and I would get to again enjoy the excitement of Friday night Football in the fall. Little did I how how much my life was about to change.

Clint and I met the day he interviewed for the position of head football coach at PCA. I admit I saw him in the hall when he came in and figured out a way that I could arrange an official introduction. We became friends soon after he moved to Prattville, and began dating in September 2006. We were engaged by February 2007. On May 26, 2007 we married at Capital Heights Church of Christ in Montgomery, AL. (The same church my parents were married in.)

Thanksgiving morning 2007 I woke up early, knowing I hadn't felt "quite right" for a few days. I decided to take a pregnancy test... just in case. I woke Clint up at about 7 am to give him the news. (He had no idea what he was about to find out that morning.)

I softly shook him and asked, "Clint, are you awake?"

"No" replied sleepily.

"Clint, I need you to be awake because we are going to have a baby."
"How!?!" he exclaimed now wide awake.

I am now 16 weeks and 5 days pregnant. We are very nervous, excited, and prayerful about this new adventure.