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I’m still here and very pregnant…

Sorry folks… I’ve left you hangin’ for a few days. I’ve been in a “nesting mode” especially since he’ll be here in just a few days! Monday @ noon is the plan! I honestly can’t believe it and we seriously have to have a name before we get to the hospital…. heavy medication and naming a baby could prove disastrous for the little man. I haven’t been able to relax at the OB’s office… perhaps it’s the pressure of “your BP needs to come down or we’ll do a c-section”… but “no pressure to relax”… ha! Yeah right. This morning before I left it was 114/68… that’s like 1/2 dead & when I got there 146/92 that’s the other extreme of 1/2 dead. Oh well! At least she believes me that I have some mental issues and thankfully not some ‘preeclampsia or toxemia’ issues! 🙂 He’s coming into the world a little over 2 weeks early which makes me a tad nervous but the ultrasounds are showing he’s 7+ lbs so hopefully he’ll be ready for life outside the womb.

I wanted to have a VBAC and that’s not exactly what has been decide upon and I’m trying to be ok with that, the Lord is helping me get there. A c-section sure does hurt really bad though. I’ve done it both ways and I’m finally convinced there’s no easy way to get a child out of my uterus. Morgan was 8lbs 1 oz and this is what her trip through the pelvis did to her…

The nurses were smiling (probably because they were just glad my 3 hours of pushing was over) and I was mortified and afraid I had given birth to some creature not of this planet. Thankfully her head became more normal in shape and she resembled a human baby within 24 hours of being born. That’s not to say that her birth wasn’t traumatic. She had 104 fever when she was ripped from my body by vacuum and had a first apgar score of 4; all of which resulted in a 10 day hospital stay.

Paige was an elective c-section just 23 short months ago and just 20 short months after Morgan was born (you can do the math= I’ve pretty much been pregnant or breastfeeding since February of 2004… I’ve certainly become accustomed to sharing my body with another human being). I thought it would be a breeze. Ha! A breeze it wasn’t but she at least looked a little more normal after being born.

I look at these 2 precious little creatures and I’m so thankful for them. I can’t imagine my life without them and I’m equally excited to meet their little brother. I’m not sure they’ll know what hit them when he makes his way home but I know they’ll love him!

Well, that’s the news from here. I’m hoping and praying that Mom & DaddyBoy can get here by Monday. The Raiger continues to keep me busy. If all I did all day long was walk behind her and pick up after her I’d never stop. I do love her precious little soul… despite it’s fiestiness! 🙂 She thankfully has refrained from covering her body in toothpaste for the last several days.

I started this yesterday and I’m hoping to wrap it up along with his nursery by Sunday! We’ll see if I can do it!

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  • Tara and Felix
    June 26, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Great Post! I am wishing you luck! You better get started on that name soon 🙂 That is what happened to my middle name. Tired Mom + Too many drugs = Jonelle. What was ( I say was, bc I dropped it) that?

  • Beth G.
    June 26, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    I know we don’t really know each other but share many mutaul friends so I hope you don’t mind me giving you some enouragement in this area…
    I had a csection with Karoline because she was breech. Had an okay recovery but it pretty much hurt to move at all the first few days. I had a csection with Anderson because honestly I can’t imagine giving birth the natural way… horrible I know, plus living away from family it was good for me to plan child care for K. Anyway, my second csection was MUCH better than my first. Recovery was a TON better and I think it was because I already had had a csection. SO I will pray for you an easy recovery the second go around. My biggest advice is get up and start walking ASAP! I had my csection at 11AM and I was walking by 4:30PM… I think that helped a lot! Good luck and we will pray for your little man, your girls, and you and Justin. God Bless!!
    Oh, and I have been pregnant or breastfeeding since June 2005! I have 4 more months of BF! I am sad and happy all at the same time. Don’t plan on a third but you never know I guess.

  • Jessica Billings
    June 26, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    I had preeclampsia with my daughter so I was induced a week early… I’m just thankful there was no c-section involved! I would have been scared out of my mind (I was just going in for a BP check, not expecting to stay to deliver!). You’ve already had 2 beautiful, healthy girls though, so I’m sure you and the baby boy will do great! I finally gave up trying to come up with a name and let her daddy pick it out… I hope everything goes well and he’s healthy and you recover quickly!

  • Jen
    June 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Did you see that Amy Butler has a new book out – all sewing patterns for little ones and moms. Perfect for you! It just came out today.

  • Ashley
    June 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    You worry me with all these projects! I’m not so sure you should have started ANOTHER one yesterday! That diaper bag thingy is cute, but I don’t want you to hurt yourself! I think 2 little girls at home is enough right now, don’t you??
    ANYWAY…You are definitely in my prayers, and I can not wait to see what the little Stickler boy will look like?? A dark-headed boy perhaps?? Can’t wait to find out! TAKE IT EASY, little mama! LOVE YOU!

  • Carly & Garrett
    June 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Thinking of you and sending many prayers your way. Cant wait to read all about the newest Stickler!

  • erika
    June 26, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    love you! can’t wait to meet brother!! i dont know how you do it… birthing children that is, it’s a terrifying thought for me. so, what i’m getting at is: do you want to be my surrogate?

  • The Allen Clan
    June 26, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    you are going to love having a little man! can’t wait to hear his name!! I am liking macpherson!

  • andi
    June 26, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    YIPPEE!!! It’s almost time!!! You will get done what needs to be done (at least for your peace of mind). You will have the little guy by this time next week…happy thought.

  • The Nebrigs
    June 26, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Darby!! I can’t believe the little man is about to get here!!! You and your sweet family will be in our prayers!!

  • kkd
    June 26, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Darby, SLEEP the ENTIRE wend, if you can!! Can’t wait to see his pic and hear his name. Good Luck on Monday. It’ll be a breeze! 🙂


  • Tara McClendon
    June 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    You’re a pro by now, D! No worries! Enjoy your weekend and try to relax. I can’t wait to see pictures of the new little brother!! I’ll be thinking about you…

  • Anonymous
    June 26, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    My only commnet is… epidural epidural epidural! After that, smooth sailing! 🙂 I’ll be thinking VBAC thoughts for you!

  • kt
    June 26, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    i am so excited for you and your family adding one to the crew on MONDAY! i am sending lots of prayers for completed projects, a name, and a smooth delivery. lots of love,
    the carson clan!

  • Ashley
    June 26, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Will be praying for you come Monday! So excited to hear the story – cause I’m sure you will be “live blogging” from Labor & Delivery =).

  • Lindsey
    June 26, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Yeah!!! We’re so excited for “Kevin” to be here. We’ll be around so let me know if you need anything. The girls are welcome to come over if you need to rest up this weekend or get last minute stuff done. Love ya

  • Shannon, EJ and Gabe
    June 27, 2008 at 6:02 am

    I love that bag that your working on…its really cute! I hope everything goes well on Monday…we can’t wait to see pics of the new little one! We didn’t officially decide on Gabe until he was born but we did have the idea going in. Good Luck!!

  • Jeff and Denise
    June 27, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Thanks Darby for “keepin’ it real” – I have enjoyed your last few posts because your life parallels mine in the more chaotic moments!! I will be praying for you and your family in the coming weeks as you bring home your precious baby boy. Your life is filled with so many blessings! May Isaiah 26:3 give you comfort as you trust in the Lord for your strength.

  • Shireen
    June 27, 2008 at 6:48 am

    I loved reading this post!
    Gosh, I thought you were due July 14th! He’s coming EARLY!! Well, yeah! I’ll be praying for you, girl, and I hope it goes so smoothly for you. I wish I could be there to watch the girls for you and just be there, but I know your mom & dad are planning to be there, and you’ll have so many visitors. Oh, girl, the best I can do for you right now is to promise to pray, and that I will do!
    Love you!
    Looking forward to meeting the new little man via the Stickler blog! 🙂
    I have missed you, too! 🙂

  • Wrights
    June 27, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Hi Darby! I try to check in on your blog some and I love to read it! We’ll be praying for a very safe, healthy and happy arrival of your baby boy!

  • lindsay
    June 27, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Oh Darby I can’t WAIT!! I know he’ll be wonderful and precious no matter how he gets here! Have a good weekend and I will be praying for you guys Monday. Post pictures when you can.

  • Laura
    June 27, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I’ll be praying for a smooth and comfortable delivery for you! Very exciting!!

  • Haydee
    June 27, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Congratulations!..I forget you’re so pregnant because you just seem to keep plugging away at everything, your kids, your home, your blog….you deserve a vacation. Good Luck on Monday. What a blessing to have a baby boy after 2 girls. Boys are very different, and they really do fall in love with their moms.

  • jeana
    June 27, 2008 at 11:00 am

    wow Darby!! I haven’t checked in awhile so I’m so surprised your little guy is almost here!! Our three are almost the exact ages so I’ll be anxious to hear how things are going and talk to another momma in my shoes. 🙂 I’ll be praying for all of you!! Can’t wait to see pictures of him. God Bless. 🙂

  • the brown's
    June 27, 2008 at 11:26 am

    i’m so excited for you all! i will certainly be praying–for a safe delivery, and a speedy recovery!

    i hope the next couple of days can be a time of relaxation! [though, it sounds like you will be in 5th gear all weekend!]

    can’t wait to “meet” “brother!”

  • Jennie-Marie
    June 27, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    How exciting we get to meet Brother!!! I will be praying for you and I can’t wait to hear more!
    TRY to do things that keep the bp down this weekend… I know yea right!!! Love to you all!

  • Abby Maddox
    June 28, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Monday?! Really?! Its snuck up on me…although I am sure it has seemed like plenty of time to you. I remember Jeremiah meeting me for dinner after he’d been to visit yall at the hospital post-Morgan. I just kept saying, “Is she beautiful? They are so beautiful, she must be precious!”

    He kept nodding in agreement but not saying much. I finally asked him why he was acting so sketchy, and he said, “Well, her head…I think she was in the birth canal a long time and they used a vacuum…but Justin says it will all go back to normal, and I’m sure it will :)”

    Look what a beautiful well-rounded(pun intended) little girl she turned into! I’ll be praying this delivery is better than the last two combined. With a quick recovery!

  • alston
    June 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    hey darby! we will be thinking about you monday…can’t wait to hear the news! alston

  • Natalie McGough
    June 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Hey Darby, what an exciting time!! I can’t wait to see pictures and hear what name you and Justin picked out. I’ll be praying for the delivery to go well!!

  • The Hamilton's
    June 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • The Birds Nest
    June 29, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you tomorrow. I hope your parents and sis have a safe trip getting to you. I can’t wait to see pics!!! I’m sure he will be adorable like the rest of your bunch!!

  • Aulick Family
    June 29, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow! I can’t wait to see pictures and find out his name!
    – Toni

  • The Rauths
    June 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    ya’ll are in our prayers.

  • Caroline
    June 29, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Good luck tomorrow. Can’t wait to read the blog post!!

  • Mandy
    July 4, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    You don’t know me but I stumbled upon your blog a few days I ago and I am so excited for your new little man! Your girls are precious, your house is adorable and your sewing is beautiful. You have inspired me to take it up again. I live in Charleston, South Carolina and just wanted to let you know that I read your blog. I am a stay-at-home Mom too with a three year old little girl and one on the way in January! Congrats again!