Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Anderson Rose Scott

I am Jade’s husband, Matt.  Since many key parts of Jade’s experience giving birth are a blur for her and since she seems right now to be perpetually feeding Andi, we decided to give me a crack at telling our story of Andi’s arrival into our lives.  

After more than one doctor told us our baby would come early, and the last ultrasound indicated she might be more than eight pounds (which freaked Jade out!), as Christmas approached Jade and I were anxiously waiting for something to happen.  She was having contractions intermittently throughout the day, but nothing was happening even though Jade’s due date was January 1st.  Finally, we scheduled with our doctor for Jade to be induced on the evening of January 5th and we resigned ourselves to waiting.  

And then, on Saturday January 3rd, we were reminded of the Yiddish saying, “Man plans and God laughs.”  As we were eating a late breakfast, Jade got up, screamed, “Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God” and ran into the bathroom where her water broke just like in the movies, ie. with a big splash and a scream (and an Irish Jig by me in the background)!

Jade, my dad, and I then frantically ran around our apartment gathering what we needed, including Jade’s hospital bag and 19 different pink baby outfits ;), and then rushed over to the hospital.  As soon as we got to the labor and delivery unit, Jade and I said a prayer, and then began the waiting game.  

The nurse hooked Jade up to the monitors and we got acclimated to our delivery room.  After the initial excitement passed, we started to sense that it was going to be a while.  Thankfully, Jade’s two sisters Niki and Tori, and best friend Kelsey, and my dad, all came to the hospital to sit with us and provide support.  Jade had steady contractions for about 6 hours, and then the pain became unbearable and she decided to get an epidural.  While it helped with the pain, it caused Jade to start shaking uncontrollably, which seemed to be almost as bad as the pain of contractions.

Unfortunately, Jade was not dilating quickly, and around 12:00tshe spiked a fever and Andi’s heart rate jumped, both signs of infection.  The doctor tried to get Jade’s fever in check, but ultimately was unable to and suggested we do an emergency C-section.  As they were preparing to wheel Jade into the operating room, her parents arrived after a rushed 12 hour drive from North Carolina and were able to give Jade a hug and kiss before she went in to surgery.  

Frankly, it all happened so fast at this point that I think Jade and I did not really have much of an opportunity to get scared or anxious as were going in.  The surgery started at 2:00 and Anderson Rose Scott was born at 2:06 am, weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces (so much for the predictive value of late term ultrasounds!).  I could tell that the physical pressure of pulling the baby out was incredibly painful for Jade, and my heart ached to see that.  Then Andi was delivered, and she was not making any sounds, which obviously scared us.  Turns out, she had Meconium and her cord wrapped around her neck twice.  The doctors and nurses were able to get Andi breathing, and after cleaning her up, brought her over to Jade’s face to say hello for the first time.  Jade immediately started crying tears of joy and said, “I never thought I would have a baby of my own,” which naturally caused me to choke up and cry.  Candidly, after everything Jade (and to a lesser extent I) went through to get pregnant, my happiest moment was not so much seeing the baby for the first time but seeing Jade see the baby for the first time.  The nurses then rushed Andi to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Jade was transferred to our recovery room where we waited for an update on Andi.

About 3 hours later, I was allowed to visit Andi in the NICU and was incredibly relieved to find out she was doing good but would need to stay in the NICU for observation and IV antibiotics for a few days.  As I walked back to Jade’s recovery room to update her, here is how I felt: .

What followed over the next few days were countless visits to the NICU with Jade to see and feed the baby, breast feeding acclimation, struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome, and rounds of antibiotics for Jade, washed down by hotdogs and other pregnancy forbidden foods. Turns out Jade got an infection in her placenta from her water breaking and being in labor for such a long time. Luckily it was on Jade's side of the placenta and not on Andi's. Jade got SO swollen. Looking back it was funny but at the time Jade was so worried about it she was constantly asking the nurse if it was normal. She literally looked like she had on a fat suit from the knees down. Thankfully that went down pretty quickly after being home. On Wednesday, January 7, Jade dressed Andi up in her finest outfit and we took her home.  

We are excited and hopeful and nervous as we embark on this new chapter in our lives, but at this time we are more than anything thankful.  We are thankful to God for the blessing that Andi is and that she is healthy.  We are thankful for Dr. Fahey and Dr. Noel, and the labor and delivery nurses, and the recovery nurses, and amazing NICU doctors and nurses at Broward Health Medical Center.  We are thankful to our parents, siblings, and friends for their love and support.  And we are thankful to you, Jade’s blog readers and Instagram followers.  As strange as it may sound, your support and interest in our IVF process and pregnancy was an incredibly meaningful and powerful positive force in our lives.  So, we thank you.   Many more pics to follow . . . .

I am so thankful Matt was able to write this for me because it does all seem like a blur to me. I get so emotional just thinking about it. Things did not go how we expected them to but I wouldn't change it for the world. I am just so happy that after everything we have a happy healthy baby that I love more then anything.

 I am planning on starting to blog again soon. It had been so nice to be able to take time to just enjoy and spend time with Andi. It goes by so fast. Also I am still struggling with carpel tunnel so that has made it hard to do a lot of things and we are still just trying to get in a routine and figure everything out.  Also recovering from a c section has made things a little more challenging then I expected. But I am really starting to feel better. I just can not wait to be able to lift things.  Hopefully by next week I will have some outfits posted. Thank you all so much for following along and for all of the support. It means so much. And I can't wait to share her newborn pictures soon!

Friday, January 2, 2015


Sweater: Old Navy also love this and this, Coat: Sheinside also love thisthis and this, Jeans: Ag Maternity Jeans craving thesethese and these, Shoes: Kate Spade also love these and these, Bag: prada also love this, Necklace: J.Crew (old) similar here (on sale), Sunglasses: karen walker, Lips: MAC Pink Plaid

I can't stop wearing this pink coat form Sheinside. I get a lot of questions about ordering form Sheinside. I hae never had a bad experience. The only thing I will say is that it comes from China so you just have to be prepared to wait anywhere from one week to 3 weeks. Even with the faster shipping it still can take weeks. This coat is one of my favorite things I have bought and it is only 46.00! But if you are nervous about ordering from Sheinside I found some other really cute pink coats. 

I hope you all have a great weekend. We are still on baby watch over here. Hoping for something to happen this weekend! I am feeling pretty good. My biggest complaint right now is that I have developed really bad carpel tunnel in my right hand. It is so annoying. They say its common and from water retention but it is really hard to use my right hand. Especially in the morning and at night. But hopefully it will go away after I have her. 

Also here are some great sales that are still going on:

Nordstrom: up to 50% off
Shopbop: extra 25% off sale with code CHEERS2015
J.Crew: Extra 40% off winter sale with code STYLE2015
Bauble Bar: Save up to 70%
Gap: Up to 75% off winter sale

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Grey and Red

Top: Target (maternity) similar here love this and this, Cardigan: Nordstrom (obsessed) also love this and this, Jeans: Ag Maternity Jeans similar love these and these, Boots: Hunter, Bag: Louis Vuitton (MM) similar here and here, Necklace: Kate Spade, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

I finally snapped some pictures of this simple outfit that I wore yesterday to run some errands with Matt.  It was our first time using our new camera and I have to say I am pretty impressed with the way these pictures came out. We are still learning about it so I am sure they will only get better. 

I really love this new cardigan. I love the way that it fits like a cocoon, hence the name. But it really does fit really well. And It can be worn with anything. I just wore a plain white t-shirt because this belly  is hard to dress. All of my shirts are suddenly to short and I just want to be comfortable. 

For some reason a couple of days ago I got the urge to blow dry my hair straight. I never wear my hair straight so it is weird seeing myself with straight hair. My hair is naturally wavy and it is such a production to blow it out. But I do like it and I am wearing my Bellami extensions. 

I hope you all have a great new years eve. I can not believe 2014 is over! It went by so fast and it was such a great year! Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Currently Craving Post Baby

Pink Silk BlouseYay SweaterPencil SkirtBoyfriend JeansT-Strap pumpsLayered tankOversized CardiganSkinny JeansWhite Dress

I really just can not wait to be wearing regular clothes again. Being pregnant and "styling my bump" has been so much fun up until about 37 weeks. Now it is just so huge that it really has been challenging and I haven't wanted to buy any new maternity clothes the last three weeks. I just don't see the point. 

I am especially dying to wear regular jeans. There are so many pairs that I am really craving and I just can't wait to wear some of my old favorites. So I go online and look at all the cute clothes that I can't wait to buy, so today I just wanted to share a few of the things that are on my wish list. 

We went to the Dr. yesterday and nothing has really changed. They will not induce me until next Monday night which is almost a week over my due date. I don't really want to be induced but I can not imagine being pregnant for much longer. We are praying that she will come on her own before then but if not we have to wait a whole week. Which to me seems like forever. I am just literally dying to hold her and see what she looks like. The suspense is killing us.  

Also, I am not sure if any of you remember this picture from Instagram a while ago? 

Well a almost identical version of this bathing suit is available here. The only thing that is different is there is a little more black on the top. But it is the same brand, Topshop. It sold out so quickly last summer. I know it is freezing out but I just thought I would let you guys know so you can grab it before it sells out. It is my favorite bathing suit. I think it runs a little on the small side. I went up one size. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I am going to try to get some pictures done today and hopefully have a outfit post up tomorrow! Oh and we got a new camera for Christmas so I can not wait to use it. I have been playing with it and I am really obsessed with it!