Sunday, June 14, 2009

Home Again, Home Again Jiggity Jig

We've officially been home for 24 wonderful hours and things couldn't be better. Maisey seems to be doing better with understanding the whole day and night thing and is getting on more of a regular feeding schedule. This on top of not having nurses coming in and out of the room every few hours has really made the transition from hospital to home awesome! Brian, being the proud papa he is, can't wait to take her out to meet everyone. He was talking about taking her to church tonight which I had to veto for right now but soon enough she'll make her public debut. I love being a mom and can't believe that I have such a beautiful little girl. It's amazing how you can get so lost in every face they make and how much adding her to our family as already blessed us so much. Here are a few pics from the first 24 hours home. Now, tell me she's not the sweetest thing you've ever seen. :)

Nap time with daddy

I LOVE my bath time ! : ) (or not...)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Quick Synopsis and Update on Kim!

Again, Thank You so much for all of the thoughts and prayers that have been sent our way over the past few days. Just as a quick recap of what has happened and where we are as of now, I figured that I would send this blurb out.

On Tuesday June 9th at 8:00 a.m., Kim was induced into labor. It wouldn't be until 9:30 that night that Kim would reach 10 cm., 100% effaced and +2 station. Dr. Messer returned to the hospital around 10:00 and at 10:28 p.m. after a very normal and successful labor and delivery, Maisey Ann Vehon was born weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 21 in. Dr. Messer delivered the placenta and then began to notice that not all of it was delivering. As she continued to work, Kim continued to lose blood. As she lost more blood, her blood pressure dropped and Dr. Messer made the call to take Kim into the O.R. In the O.R., they discovered that Kim had a placenta acreta. Basically it is when the placenta implants itself and grows into the uterus walls. I have heard since then that placeta acretas often result in a hysterectomy. Dr. Messer wanted to do everything possible to save the uterus, so she called for a cauterization of the uterus. It took her until about 4:00 a.m. to get everything under control and then to allow the bleeding time to stop, they installed a balloon into her uterus. Kim had a very rough Wednesday and overall since the birth on Tuesday, Kim has received 12 units of blood, 4 units of platelets and 2 units of plasma along with many pain killers and other "stuff".

This morning Dr. Messer and Dr. Stevens pulled the balloon and since then Kim is a new girl. The uterus is doing great and unless something flukey happens, no hysterectomy will be needed, so it will be more kiddos for the Vehon's. We are now back into recovery and Kim and Maisey are healthy, bonding and resting. Hopefully we will be able to bust out of this joint on Saturday.

On a side note, I just want to say Thank You to Dr. Messer. She has been so great through this whole process and I can't image going through this with anyone else but her. She has been a true blessing in our life and I strongly believe that there may have never been a Maisey without God bringing her into our lives. God brings people into our lives for a reason and we have found a lifelong friend out of it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kim and Maisey Update

First off, sorry for those of you who did not receive a text message about Maisey's arrival (which I think is about everyone). For everyone that hasn't been caught up on the whole situation, here is the story and the most recent information.

On Monday night at 9:00 p.m., we checked into the Banner Gateway Hospital so that they could begin Kim's inducement. Once we were settled in, the Cervadil was put in at 10:00 and some other blood tests and general wellness tests kept us up until midnight. We were then able to get 5 hours of sleep that would quickly become very valuable. At 8:00 am on Tuesday the 9th they began to give Kim her Pitocin to see if we could push the contractions along. At 12:00, Kim was at 3cm and 50% effacement, it was at that time that Dr. Messer decided to break Kim's water. The contractions that hadn't been too bad, but once that water broke....oh brother.

After having one of the anesthesiologist scare the living heck out of us about the "possibilities" that can happen with an epidural, we spoke with Dr. Messer and she reassured us that it was well worth the risk and that the risk was very minimal. So epidural here we came, and everything became so much simpler. After a few ups in the Pitocin and no real effect, we decided to give Kim a bigger Pitocin boost. we went from 5cm to 7cm in an hour, and then about 35 later, probably 9:25, Kim felt that pressure feeling, said let's see if anything has changed, and was suddenly at 10 cm. 100% effacement and +2 station. After that we tried to push, it was working and then it was a waiting game for Dr. Messer. Dr. Messer got there shortly after and then it was a pushing game. After about 30 minutes of pushing at 10:28, out popped Maisey. A perfect little baby girl! After that the journey became rough for a while.

Immediately after birth, Dr. Messer delivered the placenta, but Kim's bleeding came excessive to the point where red flags began to go up. Her blood pressure dropped to 60/30ish, and she continued to lose blood at a rapid rate. Dr. Messer noticed that she wasn't able to get all of the placenta out so she decided to take Kim to the O.R. so that she could sedate Kim and see what was really going on. Once they got in there, Dr. Messer discovered that the placenta had grown into the uterus and because of that Kim's body wasn't able to realize that the Placenta was gone and it kept feeding her blood. The uterus wasn't looking too good, but in order to avoid a hysterectomy, Dr. Messer ordered that Kim's uterus be cauterized and put in a balloon in to monitor any further blood loss. Long story short, 12 units of blood, 4 units of platelets and 2 units of plasma later, the balloon is now out and Kim is up, walking around and looking forward to moving down to recovery so that she can spend some long love time with Maisey :o) Did we mention that we have a beautiful baby girl ?!?

Thank You to everyone for your prayers and support over the last 9 months and especially the past few days. We have really felt them and it made everything a little more comforting.

~Brian and Kim

Monday, June 8, 2009

She's Here!

Kim and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Maisey Ann Vehon, born on June 9th at 10:28 p.m., weighing 7 lbs. and 14 oz. and 21 in.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


So, this isn't the post of the nursey that Brian promised (update coming soon) but, I thought before things go totally haywire that I would post one last pre-Maisey entry. The past few weeks have been nothing but one big blur! Between multiple tests, doctors appointments, trying to get the house ready for Maisey and the fam that will be coming in town, baby showers, works commitments, the list could go on and on.....needless to say time has not slowed down for us. Some have told us to fill the last few weeks with lots of Brian and Kim time (which we've been sure to save some) and others have told us how slow time will drag until she comes (still waiting for this to happen :) but, the truth is she'll be here in a matter of days (3 to be exact) and I'm not sure any advice has really left us feeling completely prepared for the life change we are about to experience. Each day brings a multitude of emotions from anxiety about the unkown to feeling so unprepared! But, my favorite thought is that in three days we get to meet our daughter. We'll know who she looks like and have the chance to memorize every special feature. We get to start learning about how God has designed her uniquely and given her special gifts and abilities. We'll get to make mistakes that hopefully won't scar her for life and learn how to go through each day no longer a family of two but three. We are so thankful for everyone who has walked with us to this point but, we are counting on everyone to stumble along with us on this new journey (Lord knows we need the help :)

For fun, I thought I would add some pics that Robert Jewett so wonderfully took for us (you can check out his web page to see his great work!)

Me and my very pregnant homegirl, Pauline. It has made this pregnancy more fun (and tolerable :) having a friend on the journey just days apart! Maisey and Jillian have no choice but to be good friends and get along! I'm sure Katherine will help us enforce that! :)

Look how good of a sport Brian was! Thanks for the idea Robert! I'm sure this will be one we'll look back and laugh at (at least I will)

Me and my forever favorite~

Although you can't see my ready to pop belly well in this one, this is one of my favorites! Maybe because I'm breaking the rules and sitting indian style, maybe because you can't see the swelling in my face but, probably mostly because it documents the fun we had that night. :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Post Coming Soon....

We know that it has been a while, but be on the lookout for the revealing of the nursery this weekend. Also, starting Monday night, follow us on blogger as we begin the journey of welcoming Maisey into the world!