Welcome to our family :)

15 11 2011
We would like to introduce our newest member of our family.  Nolan Joseph Ferraro, born November 3rd, 2011 at 6:08pm.  He weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20.5 inches long.
 

The birth of Nolan is one  I will never forget.  Not that you forget birth often, but his is one that grew me in many ways.  I developed gestational diabetes at 20 weeks preg. with Nolan.  With that came checking my sugar 4-5 times daily, sticking to a very strict diet and taking medicine twice a day to control the diabetes.  At the end of my pregnancy I was seeing the dr. every 4 days (from 32 weeks until his birth at 39 weeks and 1 day).  I was having non-stress tests twice a week and ultrasounds every 3 weeks.  To say the least the pregnancy was not only hard on me, but on my family as well.

His BIRTHday, started like any other induction.  We arrived at the birthing center at 7:30 am, finally got hooked up etc. by 9 am.  I was already contracting every 3 mins. so they knew that the pitocin would work well.  I was dilated to 3 cm at arrival and was about 50 percent.  After a couple of hours I requested my epidural.  I told them then that I could still feel most of my legs etc.  They tried to adjust it, but it continued to only numb my one side.  After several HOURS at being at 5 cm (a problem I have always had) they turned me on all fours to get his head to turn (he was sunny side up).  After about 30 mins. they turned me back around and I knew the baby was coming. 

They called the dr. in and she checked me…..still at a 6. I couldn’t believe I was only a 6 still……until about 3 mins. later she check me again…….now I was almost 8 cm.  Okay we are moving fast now…..a couple more contractions and I am yelling that I want my epidural to work…NOW!!!!  I was very unhappy and in a ton of pain.  This wasn’t something we were planning on….natural birth.  My mom knew right then that I was in transition.  I am so thankful that Dave and her were there……they both stepped up and took control of me and the situation.

I told the dr. I couldn’t take it any longer, so she told me to bear down through the contractions.  After doing that once they started to call for “baby stat”.  The baby came quick at this point…..two pushes and his head was born…..then the dr. told me to stop pushing because there was micodium (sp?) in the fluid.  They were trying to clean his mouth out.  THen I screamed  and he was born.  They quickly put him on me and stated to rub him etc.  We looked at the dr. and said, “What is it?!!!”  She responded with a, “Oh yeah, you guys don’t know.”   I then let out a big…..IT’S A BOY!!!!!!!!!

After he was born he was monitored for 12 hours for his sugar (which was perfect!!!!  Praise the Lord).  The Lord truly taught me to trust Him during the pregnancy and birth.  I had such horrible fears going into birth because of Ethan’s birth.  The thought of another 9 lbs. baby would bring me to tears in seconds.  The thought of stitches for months gave me nightmares.  But the Lord protected me and not only took care of me, but gave me my easiest recovery yet!  I praise the Lord for His goodness to me and my family!

Isaac and Nolan

Gracelyn and Nolan

 
 

Owen and Nolan

 
Ethan and Nolan
 
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Tomorrow is the BIG day!!!!!!!

2 11 2011

Tomorrow our little one will be here!!!! YEAH, I am super excited and super nervous.  Our last pregnancy and birth were very difficult and we could have lost our little boy due to the gestational diabetes. (We didn’t know I had it until after his birth).  This time the dr. has been treating me for the diabetes sense 20 weeks.  We hope all the dr. appts, meds, sugar testings (4 times a day) etc, will keep me and this little one safe during labor and delivery.  My Lord has really been working in my heart over fear this time around and I know that He is in control of everything.

Tomorrow we go in at 7:30 am to induce labor.  With diabetes the baby has a higher chance of becoming a still born so they induce you earlier (39 weeks).  I love inductions…..I know some don’t!  But for us, I sleep great the night before, I wake up and head into the hospital….by mid afternoon to late evening we have a baby. 🙂  It works with having to get the other 4 children to my parents, we are organized and ready…..no big surprises on that end.

Boy or Girl…..that is the big question!  We are excited to take whatever the Lord gives us 🙂  He knows exactly what my family needs and what this little one will do one day.  I can’t imagine thinking of any of my children as something different from what they are.  So tomorrow we finally to get see if we have another son or daughter.  Thank you so much Lord!

Please be in prayer for us as we welcome this child.  Please pray for the Dr.s to have wisdom during the birth and with the baby right after the birth.  Thank you so much!