Friday, October 31, 2008

Pierce Jacob McCord

Hello, world.

Let us introduce you to Pierce Jacob McCord. He was born on 10/30/08 at 9:12pm. He weighed in at 6lbs 15oz and was 18.11" long.

He's doing great--and wife is doing really, really good as well.

Below are some pictures of his first couple of hours. We'll post more throughout the day because, well, we can't really sleep (bad beds, stitches, adrenaline and such) and because we're excited to show off our little jedi.

And if you're curious, he is already wearing his first Halloween outfit--he's going with the medical interpretation of a burrito.

VISITING HOURS: We're at Plano Presbyterian Hospital. Please call ahead to my mobile (817-300-8987) before you head this way to make sure its an appropriate time. We should be heading home Sunday morning.

To be continued...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

October 30

'You're having that baby today.' Those are the words wife and I heard from our doctor about 2 hours ago.

Now, here we are, at the hospital, plugged in and waiting for Pierce.

Be sure to check back later for updates and visitation information, if you're so inclined.

Today is the day God made for Pierce.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Trunk or Twig

On our trip to Destin, my feet began to swell. I merely thought it was the long drive in the car and that once we returned my feet and ankles would return to normal size. When we returned home, my feet and ankles returned-but only for a short time. Once school started, my feet began to swell during the day. About a month ago, it spread to my legs. And now it is just common place. My feet, ankles, and calves are swollen consistently. According to my doctor the only way to get back to normal is to always have my feet elevated above my heart (which is not natural or possible while I am still working) and to cut out sodium-which means to only eat fresh fruit and vegetables. And let me just tell you, I am way too hungry to just eat fresh fruit and vegetables.

My sweet husband has been so nice about helping me out around the house and rubbing my feet. However, recently he has thought it is quite entertaining to compare the size of our legs. I joke around with him and call my legs the 'tree trunks.' He has wanted to take a picture lately and I am been quite abrehensive, but I figured with only 21 days left, I might as well just bite the bullet and take the picture.

The truth is, I've been blessed to have not swollen up anywhere else. Not the butt. Not my face. But for some reason, I've developed legs that leave my shoe options somewhere in between "clown" and "boots reserved for Big Tex."

So, if you hear thunder over the next 21 days--don't worry, it's probably not a storm. It's just me walking on these triple-thick, memory-foam like leg-a-sauruses attached below my knees.

On a lighter note (literally), we had our 37 week appointment today. There has been no progression since last week. Pierce is still dropped in position, but no dilatation has begun. So, we made our 38 week appointment for next Monday.

Also, here is a picture of our new piece of furniture in Pierce's room.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Weekend Full of Preparations

This weekend Justin and I continued to prepare for Pierce's arrival. We actually put the car seat bases in our cars and the car seat is in my car. We tidied up the nursery and bought the final piece of furniture. We got a little 9 cube shelf to fill with his toys and his very first real basketball. The nursery is no longer a 'holding place' for boxes and gadgets-it is definitely ready for Pierce. We packed Pierce's bag and began to pack our own bags. We took a tour of the hospital and now know where to go when the time comes! This weekend was really spent just Justin and I together as we get more and more ready for Pierce. It is hard to think of how much we have done for this little person that we have never met. Justin and I are amazed at how much we already love him. We are anxious to be able to see him face to face and hold him.

Tomorrow is our 37 week appointment. We are anxious to see if there is any "progression" with Pierce. We will be sure to post about our appointment tomorrow!

If Pierce waits til his due date, we only have 22 more days!! I can't believe it!

Monday, October 13, 2008

36 Week Update

I went to the doctor today for our 36 week check-up. I can't believe that I am already 36 weeks. There for a while, I never thought I would make it and now that it is here I really can't believe it. After my normal weigh-in and blood pressure test, the nurse went and got me some 'goodies.' She came back with some formula samples, a diaper bag, and the labor pains instructions. I was quite overwhelmed when reading them and thinking that Pierce could come soon.

Justin and I were able to get a glimpse of Pierce today. I say glimpse because he is definitely running out of space in my belly and his pictures were all very squished. We did get to see his little body though and all his parts.(and he is definitely a little boy) He looked very healthy and had a healthy heartbeat. Once they did all the measurements, they told me that he is actually measuring 1 week big. Which came as quite a surprise since my belly is actually measuring a 1 week small. Apparently it is all in the way that I am carrying him. So, we are looking at having a average size little one-around 7 and 1/2 pounds-opposed to a small little guy.

After I met with my doctor and had my examination, she did tell me that I am starting to make progress. Not too much-but she could tell that he is getting low and in the ready position. This is very exciting news! So, from now on each Monday afternoon will be spent at her office awaiting the news of how much 'progress' has been made.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

There's No Place Like Home...

Pierce's 'home' is almost complete. Justin and I have had a great time getting it all ready for Pierce. We are so ready for him to be here with us. Here are a few pictures of the nursery.
This is a picture of Pierce's closet. It is full of the most adorable little boy clothes! I can't wait to get him all dressed up in his stylish duds!

This is his crib with the canvases that Justin made hanging over it.

The window with the swing. The swing will move into the living room once he arrives, but for now it is just in his room.

The changing table and letters...the table is ready for use-the diapers, wipe warmer, and changing pad are all there!
A close up of the letters-they are blue and brown striped.

Here is his bookshelf. It is already full of fabulous books and picture frames. I can't wait to read to my little guy!

Tomorrow Justin and I go in for our 36 week appointment. I can't believe that it is only 4 more weeks til my due date-that is only 29 more days. We are looking forward to our sonogram tomorrow and the chance to see Pierce. If we get a picture, we will be sure to post it!

Monday, October 06, 2008

"Howdy Y'all"

This past weekend, Justin and I visited one of the greatest treasures that comes to Texas each September...The State Fair. We had a wonderful time seeing the butter sculpture of King Tut, Big Tex's new outfit, the Polynesian dancers from Euless High School, and of course all the unique people that were there. Although there are so many different fried foods to chose from, I went with the ever popular Fletcher's corn dog and it was fabulous! By the time that we left the fair my ankles were cankles, but we had a great time nonetheless.