Tuesday, May 24

Clint Graduates

My baby brother, John Clint Bradford, graduated this past weekend! We are so proud of him. As president of his senior class see below is his speech. :)

Thursday, February 24

Cade Thomas Woodward

Cade Thomas Woodward
Birthday: February 16, 2011
Weight: 6 lbs. 13 oz.

Length: 20 inches

We are so thankful to all of our prayer warriors out there!

My God is So Big, Cade Thomas Woodward

Maybe we are just easily entertained but we laughed at this for a while and I thought I would share it with you. Enjoy! :)

Monday, February 14

39 Weeks, 1 Week to Go!

We had a doctor's apt today and NOTHING has changed! I'm still not quite 2cm and am about 70% effaced. My tummy is measuring abot 38 1/2 cm and his heartbeat is strong. So if McBaby does't come by his due date we talked about a few dates to induce and since I really really don't want a c-section we are going to wait until after his due date. So next Monday we are going to have an ultrasound and hook me up to make sure everything is fine and if it is then we'll induce next Wednesday!

Mommy News:
Still pregnant, still highly uncomfortable, still very very ready!

Thank you for your prayers!

6 or 9 Days to Go!!

Wednesday, February 9

38 Weeks, 2 Weeks to Go!

We meet with Dr. Gregory this past Monday and I haven't changed since last week. I'm 1 1/2 cm dilated and 70% effaced. His heartbeat is strong but my tummy is measuring a little small, 37 cm. She asked me if I packed my bag and I let her know it was in the car... she said if I unpack it he'll probably come! :)

My What to Expect App says my baby is still as big as a Watermelon (19 in to 22 in, 7 lbs).

Mommy News:

I'm really ready for him to be here! Our nursery is almost finished!

11 DAYS LEFT!! :)

Monday, January 24

36 Weeks, 4 Weeks to Go and in ACTIVE Labor!

I went to my first weekly appointment with Dr. Gregory today. She asked how I have been feeling and I let her know that I thought I'd been having some contractions and have felt a lot of pressure "down there." Well right when she started "checking me out" she said "No wonder you have been uncomfortable I feel the head right there." I was so excited! She said I am 1 cm dilated and 50 to 60% effaced!! She said that was great progress for someone on their first baby. My tummy is measuring 36 cm which is right on schedule and his heartbeat is still strong... I have gained a little more weight then I should have this week but you know... :)

After calling Jared and my mom with the news I called my friend Krystal and her mom, Sharon, who are both nurses to help me understand what it all means... I know I just took the class but I needed it spelled out so in case you do too check this site out, http://www.justmommies.com/articles/effacement-and-dilation.shtml. In a nut shell, I could be 1 to 2 cm dilated for a few weeks but hey it is progress that I am now in the first stage of labor, active labor. :)

My What to Expect App says my baby is as big as a Watermelon (19 in to 22 in, 6.5 lbs). Here is our Watermelon:

Mommy News:

I am uncomfortable but so excited that my total discomfort and pain is making the labor progress! I've been feeling like a total wimp lately so the news that I'm now in active labor is making me feel totally justified in my whining! :) We had our first shower yesterday, which I'll post pics of soon, so I'm feeling so blessed to have such a generous church home in Tuscaloosa! University Church of Christ has some amazing women! :)

McBaby is squirming all the time and put on several shows for family members this weekend! :)

27 days left!!

Monday, January 17

Birthing Class

Jared and I spent our Saturday at Gold's Gym Brookwood Medical Center for our birthing class. I'm really glad we did this!

Our instructor, Connie, did an excellent job highlighting topics and answering questions. The videos were rated R but they painted the picture very nicely. :) If anything, I think the class got Jared and me more excited.

Here is a vimeo similar to the non-r rated parts where they just showed us animations:

Childbirth (Birth) 3D Video Animation from childbirth on Vimeo.


Connie's Q/A time:
Question: What does a contraction feel like?
Answer: They can be different... The BACK contraction is when you feel your tummy tighten and then a painful band of fire across your back. The BOTTOM contraction is when you feel your tummy tighten and then a severe cramping with a band of fire in your "bottom" area. (Ding ding the bottom one described exactly what I experienced this weekend! Ouch!) If you have more then 6 in an hour you need to call your doctor!

We also took a tour of Brookwood and OMG it is a ridiculously confusing building! So, if you come to visit us I'll let Jared give you directions! Please see an example of one of my directionally challenged past posts, LOST. :)
Interestingly enough, out of the 14 couples that were there only 2 of us were having boys! Wow, right?

I think we are going to one more class and then we'll feel like we are in the know! :)