Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2 month check up

Brody visited the Dr. today for his 2 month check up and shots. He is now 22 inches long but is a little underweight, 8 lbs. 6oz., so we are now supplementing with formula every other bottle. He also got 3 shots and had to drink a liquid vaccine! My poor baby is so miserable. He has had tylenol and is finally sleeping! We go back in a week to see if he has gained any weight since starting the formula! We are hoping that it works! Hopefully tonight won't be so bad...

Friday, October 30, 2009

New York in the fall!

We spent last weekend in NY! We had a late night flight on Thursday, 2 layovers, and a way-too-early flight back on Monday morning. It was a short weekend but well worth it! Brody was THE BEST traveler! He didn't make a peep on any of the flights we were on. We actually had people stop us in Atlanta to compliment our wonderful baby! We have been so lucky with him so far...hopefully he remains on his best behavior for a long time!

Good boy on the plane

Sittin' by the fire in 50 degree weather = HEAVEN!

Halloween photo session in the park!

Our little Peapod!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pumpkin Patch with the Sluder Clan

Brody as a scarecrow

Moms taking pictures...
Dads holding babies behind Halloween board...
Cousins posing for the camera...
Everyone hard at work!

Becky, Jerrold and Aidan at Lakes Park.
It was too sunny for Aidan to look up for his picture..he wasn't too interested

US in our not-so-fall colors!

Aidan held Brody for the first time on top of a hay stack...smart, huh?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

photo session with Uncle Matt

Matt came over to take some pictures of Brody at 5 weeks old! He did such an AWESOME job!! These are some of my favorites out of the 600 or so that he took! More to come later...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


It has been a while since my last post, but since then....Brody has arrived after 14 hours of labor!! He made his debut at 8:35pm on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, weighing in at 7lbs 8oz and was 19 1/4 inches long! On that very special day, my whole world changed! I have never felt so many different emotions all at once in my life. I thought my life was complete until the moment I saw his face. It was the best day of my life so far! I can't even begin to explain how I felt when our son entered this world. He was so bright eyed and alert, it made my heart melt instantly. We were in the hospital for 2 days before coming back home to introduce Brody to his sister/puppy, Rylee. Ry wasn't real sure about him at first, but now they are the best of friends. Here are some pictures of the Brod-ster!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

last appointment with Cowdin before the arrival...

Labor Day weekend 3 years ago, Jake and I got engaged! Labor Day weekend 3 years later, we are HAVING A BABY!!! Oh how life gets better!!

During our appt. on Monday, Dr. Cowdin said that he would like to see me again before the weekend to see if I've made any progress. We went in yesterday afternoon and still NOTHING! We are still scheduled for an 8am check-in on Monday to our suite at Cape Coral Hospital. He still wants to try to ripen my cervix on Monday with the cervidil and start/progress labor with the pitocin on Tuesday. However, his opinion changed a little bit yesterday and he was disappointed to say that he thinks I might need a c-section, which would take place sometime Tuesday if there was little or no progression with the pitocin. He says that it could just be my anatomy, but Brody hasn't even begun to descend into the birth canal. His head is still way up there, he couldn't find my cervix and said that he couldn't break my water right now if I paid him to! Not the best news, but we're still hoping that the induction works! He wants to do what is best for the baby and of course, so do we! At least we have ample warning and are now prepared mentally if surgery has to happen. Either way, Brody will be here by Tuesday! We'll keep our fingers crossed for a safe delivery either way and we can't wait to see that happy and healthy baby of ours! :) We'll send updates and pictures (of course) as soon as we can!! Happy LABOR day weekend!

Monday, August 31, 2009

39 weeks

We went to the doctor again this morning with high hopes for good news (that he was ready to come out)! We didn't get the news we were looking for. I am still not dialated at all! It seems as if Brody needs to be 'forced' out - he's apparently way too comfortable in there. We have another appointment on Friday afternoon to see if there is any change. If not, I am being admitted to the hospital on Monday morning at 8am, which just happens to be Labor Day - ironic, huh? They will give me Cervidil to soften my cervix. That will be given over the course of the day Monday and hopefully it will work. They will give me Cervidil until dinner time on Monday night, let me eat dinner, relax and sleep (sleeping pill will be used to help if needed) and I will be induced starting at 5am on Tuesday morning. Dr. Cowdin is on call Tuesday night so he will surely be the one that delivers Brody. This was not a choice and is what he feels is best for the baby...so thats what we will do. I would LOVE for Brody to come before then on his own, but the doctor did not see that happening. He said stranger things have happened, but he was not convinced that we would be that lucky! If things go the way that he thinks they will, Brody will most likely be born on Tuesday, September 8th. He has already warned me that he thinks I will be in for a LONG HAUL! Next Tuesday will be a very long day for me. We will keep you all updated! Thanks for all your kind words and concerns! We are so lucky to have such great people in our lives!