Cam’s Birth Story

As most of you know my pregnancy was high-risk due to my heart condition and hypertension. My doctor throughout the past nine months watched me closely. That means that I had doctor appointments more often than a normal pregnant woman and the last trimester my appointments lasted a long time due to having non-stress tests done to check on our sweet baby boy. Also, I had extra ultrasounds done to check on Cam’s weight, which is due to my stomach measuring a few weeks behind where it should be. I knew before I got pregnant what pregnancy “might” look like for me and I was told I would more than likely have to have a c-section. My pregnancy started off really rough with being sick 6-8 times per day until about week 27 and then it got better and the last few weeks I really struggled with insomnia, back pain, and getting sick again.

The last two weeks of my pregnancy I landed in labor and delivery 3 times and the saying is true for me that the third time is the charm. The first time was due to having really high blood pressure for a few days in a row, the second was due to me becoming sick again and showing signs of pre-eclampsia, and the last time was to “possibly induce” after checking my blood pressure and blood work.

My last time in labor and delivery is where Cam’s birth story begins. Two days before being induced I could not get my blood pressure to come down for anything. I was taking extra doses of medicine on top of my medicine already being increased. I also started having this burning sensation in my upper right abdomen a few weeks before but it was getting worse and worse. All of these things were taken into consideration when my doctor was trying to decide on whether to induce me or not. Dr. Golden had my best interest in mind when making the decision and truly did not want to do it unless it was medically necessary and he didn’t think it would end in a c-section. He didn’t want me to have a c-section and I definitely didn’t want to have a c-section. (Not that there is anything wrong with that way of delivery, I just know the recovery process is longer and more extensive.) My blood work came back and my platelet count was extremely low. When Dr. Golden found that out he sent me from triage to a delivery room. Tim and I started making phone calls and sending texts to family and friends that I would be induced that day.

In the midst of all this going on, I receive the “heartbreaking” news that I would not be able to have an epidural due to my platelet count being low and the risk of paralysis. I say that this was “heartbreaking” because any time that I imagined my delivery it was never without pain medication. After the doctors and nurses left the room, I turned to Tim and said, “ I cannot do this without an epidural. Tell them I want a c-section.” Tim kindly reminded me that I could deliver this baby without an epidural and he told me of my words of how bad I didn’t want a c-section.

The nurse started me on pitocin about 11:30 AM and I started feeling major contractions 1 ½ minutes apart right away. Also, Dr. Golden inserted a foley bulb to help dilate me more and progress labor along. This went on for about four hours before I asked the nurse for some type of pain medicine. I tried to go as long as I could without anything in my system. She asked what amount of dosage I wanted and I asked for the lowest dose to start with and I would go up as needed. She came back and started it in my IV line and the room started spinning right away. Tim asked me if I was okay due to looking around like I was crazy and the nurse told me “just go with it”. (Later Tim told me that I looked stoned and completely out of it and was laughing and saying crazy things to him.) The medicine definitely helped take the edge off of things while I still felt the contractions every minute by this point.

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After receiving the pain medicine, my second set of blood work came back and they had made a mistake with my first set and my platelet count was in the normal range, which means I can have “the juice” AKA an epidural!

When I progressed to 4 cm the foley bulb was taken out and Dr. Golden suggested that if I was to get an epidural I should do it then before he broke my water. I received the epidural gladly around 7:00 PM that night and Dr. Golden broke my water at 7:30.

Family and friends were taking turns in and out of the delivery room from about 2:00 PM and on throughout the night. I progressed to 6 cm and got stuck there for a while. It was long enough that Dr. Golden mentioned that if I didn’t progress within the next 2 hours that I would unfortunately have to have a c-section. He and the nurse knew that is not what I wanted. Along with finding that out, we were told that Cam’s head wasn’t turned in the best way to have to him. Due to his being the “wrong” way I started experiencing intense back labor and my epidural began to wear off at this point of labor as well. The anastheologist came back in to give me more “juice” to help that go away. My nurse began positioning me in various positions in 30 minute intervals to get his head to turn around and progress my labor.

After everyone left the room I turned to Tim with tear-filled eyes and told him that I really didn’t want a c-section and I had labored for so long for it to end like this. We prayed and two hours later (4:00 AM) I had progressed from 6 cm to 9 cm. Once again, praise the Lord!! He answered our prayers each time. About one hour later I started feeling a lot of pressure that got progressively worse. I mentioned it to the nurse when it first started and she didn’t make much of it, which is understandable since I was in labor. Around 5:30 AM the pressure and back labor really set in and so did my tears. At 6:00 AM Tim knew I had reached my limit and hit my call button for our nurse. When they asked what I needed, Tim responded with “We need to have a nurse in here now”. This was during shift change so Dr. Golden came in with his cup of coffee and made a joke about there being no help around during shift change and then quickly put down his cup of coffee when he saw me crying and in pain. He checked me and said, “Oh, there’s his head..it is pushing time.” Tim sent a text to our family and friends waiting at 6:03 AM. The nurses started coming in and told me to push while Dr. Golden got on his scrubs. I pushed 5 times and at 6:08 AM the most precious and sweetest baby boy was born and laid in my arms! Tim and I just looked at each other and at Cam. What a special and incredible moment/experience!! He was/is the most handsome baby boy I have ever laid my eyes on!

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Cam whimpered a little bit and then the next thing I know the nurses pick him up and call the doctor over to where they were with him because he wasn’t breathing. Tim had gotten the camera out by this time and was with him taking pictures. I couldn’t see what was going on, but I knew by the look on Tim’s face that he was scared and I was too. I could hear the nurses and doctor encouraging Cam to breathe and I just prayed for him. He finally decided to start breathing on his own, praise the Lord! Apparently he was exhausted from a long labor, which played into us having to stay in the delivery room a few extra hours before sending us to recovery. The nurses and doctors kept coming in monitoring his breathing and my blood pressure took a major spike during that time as well, which also kept us in that room. The plus side of all that was the fact that Cam and I were able to do skin to skin for a few hours instead of just one. So, we had some extra bonding time. 🙂 Cam and I both started recovering better from a long 24 hours by this point and were moved to another room.

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Tim was great at encouraging me through the whole process of labor and delivery. There were several times where I started wondering if I could actually deliver a baby and he urged me onward. I definitely couldn’t have done it without him by my side. 🙂

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Cam’s stats were: born at 6:08 AM, 8lbs 1oz, 21 inches long

Cam has decided to follow in the footsteps of his friends, Haddon and Judson, and update you monthly on his life and experiences through his view. So be on the lookout later this month for a blog from Mr. Cam Mathis and what all he has been up to since July 22nd.

What a Big Boy We Have!

Last week our doctor ordered an ultrasound be done on me due to concern of my size this far along in pregnancy. He wanted to make sure Cam wasn’t “too small” or “low on amniotic fluid”. So on top of my regular check-up and already scheduled non-stress test we had an ultrasound to do as well. I was excited about the ultrasound because we hadn’t seen him since 27 weeks and that ultrasound was just for fun. 🙂

We went back for the ultrasound first and the tech asked why the doctor had ordered it and we told her and she said she understood and just wanted to double-check. She turned on the big screen tv for us to look at and started doing her thing. She found his head first and I kept seeing “EDD: 7/11/14” each of the 6 times she measured it. I knew “EDD” meant “Estimated Due Date”..so I asked her, “Does this mean Cam’s due date should be tomorrow??” She told us that estimate was based on just his head size, but if his stomach and femur bone measured about the same then I was hiding a mighty big baby. She then measured his abdomen and femur bone. And guess what?!?!…At 37.5 weeks I have an 8 lb little man inside of me!! Shocked was not the word for the occasion.

The ultrasound tech said if she hadn’t actually done with scan she would not believe me if I told her I had an 8 lb baby on the inside of me. I probably wouldn’t believe me either, but it is true. She also told us that she prides herself in never being more than a couple of ounces off on the estimated weights she gives. Ha! She also told us that if I went another 2 weeks of pregnancy that she can see me having a 9 or 10 lb baby on my hands. So much for thinking he was a small little squirt! 🙂

We then saw the doctor and he looked over the ultrasound report and his words were: “Here we were concerned that he was too small and look how big he is measuring!” He measured my fundal height like every other appointment and as he was measuring he said, “You are doing a really good job at hiding a big baby.” Haha! We are glad that Cam is healthy and chunky. I think “healthy” (fat/chunky) babies are super cute anyways…plus the fact he is my own will make him even more adorable. Fact.

I’m still progressing along in pregnancy and my blood pressure is still running consistently high, but I don’t think there is much other they can do at this point. If he doesn’t come on his own this week, then we will more than likely schedule a date for next week to be induced. BUT we have been trying every home remedy possible to bring him on in the world the past few days. (I have more motivation than ever before to get him out since finding out how big he is and how big he could possibly be in a short amount of time!)

We ask that you pray for a healthy baby boy, mom, and delivery. We know that the Lord knows exactly when he will enter into the world, but we are anxious for his arrival and to bring him to his new home in Jasper. So we are also praying that he will arrive very soon.

P.S.- Sorry for no ultrasound pictures this go-around. We have a couple but with him being head down and crammed the picture quality isn’t very good and hard to make out what everything is. We hope to have some NEWBORN pictures of our boy SOON! 🙂

Nearing the End..37 Weeks

Yesterday officially marked us at 37 weeks! Wow! This pregnancy has flown by in the grand view of things, but has really slowed down for me since May. Being out of my internship with not much to keep me busy has dragged things along. I feel like the more people ask us how much longer the longer it takes to go by. Ha! We have been blessed to make it this far in the pregnancy without any major complications or setbacks.

At 37 weeks Cam should be about 6.5 pounds (give or take) and close to 20 inches long (again, give or take). We should have a better idea of his weight come Thursday this week. The doctor wants to check my amniotic fluid and Cam’s weight to make sure my blood pressure isn’t affecting his growth. At my doctor’s appointment last week, everything went well except it had to be around 100 degrees in there because their a/c was broken! What worse place for an a/c to break than a doctor’s office full of pregnant women in the summer time?! 🙂 I had another non-stress test and again it was so great to listen to his heart rate for so long. We are pretty sure Cam gets scared when I laugh because his heart rate always jumps up at first then goes back down after he realizes what the sound is. 🙂

My blood pressure has been consistently running high and I’m doing all I can to stay sitting most of the day. I cannot imagine how high it would be if I was actually active. I check my blood pressure throughout the day and take extra doses of medication to try to knock it down some, but the extra doses of meds are starting to not work anymore. With all that said, I have known since before I was pregnant with my heart condition and blood pressure issues that the doctors wouldn’t let me go the full 40 weeks due to the strain it would put on me and the baby. So with another ultrasound, non-stress test, and regular check-up, I have a really long doctor’s appointment this week and we should be given a date that they will induce me.

It is absolutely crazy to think about, almost unfathomable, how out little man could be here ANY DAY now!! We are so ready to see him and hold him. I cannot wait to steal his first kiss and love on him! I’ve been trying to tell him that he can come out and play any time now. 🙂 He has been head down for a while now and things are progressing well for him to get this show on the road and come into the world. We ask that you pray for a safe delivery and healthy baby and mom.

Again, thank you for your prayers for us during this time of transition and getting prepared to move to a new place. We are officially in a contract for our new home and the home inspection should be happening in the next couple of days. Pending the inspection we should be good to go and get things moving along in closing on the house. We are hoping and praying that it moves along faster than other closings because there is no one living in the home and it would make it easier on us to move in as quickly as possible.

We are excited and thrilled about all of these things happening in our lives and trying to remain excited about them without becoming overwhelmed of everything happening at once. 🙂

Week 35 for the Mathii

This has been a pretty eventful week for the 3 of us so far and will continue to be this way the rest of the week! We are currently in Eufaula for one more day and then we will travel for a few days and end up in Auburn on Tuesday and be there until Cam arrives!

We have had a few appointments for our boy this week, including a quick trip to labor and delivery to monitor my blood pressure. Over the weekend my blood pressure was running high consistently and scared us a little bit along with me almost passing out (again). Over the past 2 days it has mellowed back out, thankfully, and we pray it continues to stay this way.

At our doctor appointment yesterday Cam’s heart rate was 157 and strong. I will continue to have non-stress tests weekly at my appointments. I really don’t mind these tests because we get to hear his heartbeat for a solid 30 minutes. I don’t think CM particularly cares for my belly to have the straps/monitors on it though because he starts kicking really hard and bumps them around. 🙂

Cam is quickly running out of room as my torso isn’t long at all. Dr. Golden told me early on that I had a short torso and this was likely to happen. I can tell that Cam is crammed and probably uncomfortable like I am most of the time. 🙂 BUT! we do not have much longer to be like this and he will have all the room he could ever imagine!

We are counting down the days until this sweet boy’s arrival and being able to take care of him and see his face!

P.S.- We hope to have some extra special news to share come the end of this weekend. Please keep us in your prayers over the next few days! 🙂

34 Weeks and Counting…

We have made it to the 34 week mark with Cam! Praise the Lord! Early on in pregnancy there was concern that I wouldn’t make it near this far, but the Lord has been gracious and it is because of His providence that we have made it to this point.

At 34 weeks Cam is about 5 lbs and 18 inches long. According to the fruit/vegetable comparisons, he should weigh as much as a cantaloupe this week where last week he weighed as much as a pineapple. This is just an estimate he could be bigger or smaller. I do not know if we will have another ultrasound before he arrives or not, so it will be interesting to see how big he gets. Tim and I both weighed 7 lb 2 oz when we were born…let’s see if he can exceed us in the weight department.

This week from now on I will have weekly appointments! Time has flown by in the grand scheme of things…even though since our graduations it has creeped by for me due to not being as busy with my days. Also this week I will have a non-stress test, which means Cam and I will be monitored on machines for about a hour. This test will monitor our heart rates, contractions, and to check if Cam goes into distress when he moves. This results of this test should play a big indicator on when this little guy will enter the world.

As far as pregnancy symptoms and my health goes…the third trimester is no joke! Who knew that it would be so hard to pick things up off the floor?? (In all honesty I have started leaving things on the floor that I drop to pick up later when I have more energy or ask Tim to help.) Also, I feel that the Lord really prepares moms in the last trimester for the lack of sleep and getting up throughout the night for what is to come after the baby arrives. Finding a comfortable sleeping position is near impossible these days and when I do find one Cam starts being a wiggle worm/Mexican jumping bean! This leads me to rubbing my stomach and talking/singing to him to get him to settle down. And just standing up for more than 5 minutes is very tiresome for me now. I never thought I would struggle to just stand and breathe! I start feeling weak and having contractions after the 5 minute mark or somewhere close to that. (It’s sad that I resulted to sitting on the bathroom floor to blow dry my hair the other night. Haha!)

Enough of the complaining symptoms because I KNOW it will all be worth it the moment I lay my eyes on this precious little boy and get to hold him! Ahh!! I seriously cannot wait until he arrives! Tim and I are so anxious for the season of life that involves Cam being with us. 🙂

Finally, yesterday was Tim’s first Father’s Day! It was a day spent with family for us.

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32 Weeks with Mr. Cam Mathis

It has been a while since posting an update on the Mathii and our pregnancy. We have had a very busy past month of life! We have traveled to Gatlinburg, Louisville, Eufaula, Auburn, and now we are currently residing in Goodway. We have both officially graduated from our schools, Auburn University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Post-graduation party

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(Isn’t he such a cutie??) 🙂

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With Bro. Al and Mrs. Kem after Tim’s graduation

We have moved out of our first home by filling up a 24 foot U-Haul, placed all of our belongings in a friend’s garage in Eufaula, and we are now living out of 3 suitcases in my parent’s home in Goodway.

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My man was also ordained as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ our last day at Lakeview. It was a bittersweet day full of a mix of emotions and tears. It will be a day that neither of us forget.

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We experienced several hiccups within our travels around the southeastern states with one of our vehicles. We also have learned a lot about ourselves, patience (By the way..if you pray for patience expect to be tested!) , and how to properly handle certain situations due to these hiccups.

Within the past month we also had our families throw us great baby showers for Mr. Cam. We were able to receive lots of nice and great things for our little boy. Also, we can officially state that Cam should arrive NEXT MONTH!! How crazy is that??

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From our shower in Eufaula
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Door hanger for the hospital

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Speaking of our boy, he is the MOST active child I know! He never (never, ever) stops moving!! Doctors say how active your child is in the womb is a reflection of their personality and how active they will be after they arrive. If this is true..Tim and I are in for a WILD ride with this little guy! 🙂

Cam is 32 weeks and growing every day. He should be measuring around 17 inches long and about 4 lbs!!! This is crazy to think about or fathom considering he started off the size of a sesame seed! We are so ready for him to be here so he can hold him, hug him, and kiss him. 🙂

If you came to read this post wanting to know what the next step for us will be, then we ask that you pray for us next Wednesday (June 11th) afternoon and night. We can give you the full details if you contact us directly. We truly do covet your prayers during this time of waiting on the Lord. This has been a time of rest and relaxation for us, but also somewhat stress because we really do not when or where we may be moving. The stress is added as we have a child that technically come any day now. So, please pray for us and Cam in the time being.

28 Weeks and Goodbye to Home Sweet Auburn

Last week and this week have proven to be quite eventful for the Mathii family. We started packing up the house last week and have to finish packing it up by this upcoming Friday!

Also, family started coming into town on Friday night for my graduation from Auburn. This past weekend was great as I able to walk across the stage to receive my fake diploma without tripping. 🙂 My parents and Tim planned a surprise lunch for me, my family, and friends to enjoy at Town Creek Park, which was great! It was a busy and exciting day to say the least!

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Funny story..so I thought I was not graduating with honors by 2 hundredths of a point. I had told Tim how disappointed I was about this because if my internship would have counted for a letter grade rather than pass or fail, I would have been boosted up to have honors at graduation. I had made a somewhat big deal about it between the two of us..not that I had to have honors to graduate or seem significant. I eventually got over it, though. After graduation and our after-party, Tim asked me if I stood up when they asked the graduates with certain honors to stand up. I told him, “No, remember I didn’t graduate with honors?” He informed me the program from graduation indicated that I did have honors. I looked the next day and come to find out I did graduate cum laude. Ha! I obviously didn’t know what GPA requirements were for the different honors because I just assumed what they were and I was 2 hundredths of a point away from magna cum laude. And I also didn’t pick up the honors cord that was waiting for me with my cap and gown. Whoops! 🙂

Last week we were also able to go to Columbus to see our little man in 3D and 4D for the first time! It was so much fun and so exciting to see what his face looks like and see him move in real time. We were able to see him swallow, yawn, smile, and grimace. He is the cutest thing ever!! We were amazed at how great technology can be and be able to get an idea of some of his features.

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I made a collage of these pictures for our moms for mother’s day. Don’t worry..I gave them their gifts on Saturday because I couldn’t wait for them to see the pictures! They didn’t know that we had even went to have them done, so it was a nice surprise. 🙂 At 27.5 weeks he weighed 2 lb and 5 oz!

Our little guy is now 28 weeks! He is the size of an eggplant this week. Pregnancy is flying by, but since summer is here I feel like it might start to slow down after this month due to us not being as busy with school. Cam should be able to open and close his eyes now. He also should have some eyelashes.

This Sunday will be a day to put in the books for the Mathii for sure. It will be my first Mother’s Day, our last Sunday at Lakeview, and Tim is being ordained to be a minister of the Gospel!

I am already preparing myself to an emotional wreck come Sunday. Lakeview has meant the world to us over the past 3 years and it is most definitely bittersweet to leave such a beautiful body of Christ! Tim being ordained is a day that we have long awaited for during his internship/seminary years.

We have many memories from our time in Auburn as this was our first home as a married couple. And although it is sad to leave Auburn we know that God has something just as great planned for us in the next season of life. (We just do not know exactly what that is just yet.)

We ask that you continue your prayers for us as we will be living out of our suitcases in the coming weeks and waiting on the Lord to show where to go next. 🙂

26/27 weeks with “Cammy Cam”

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This is shot from when I was 24 weeks preggo.

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We had such a great shower for our boy in Auburn last weekend! This is a painting our friend, Tara, made for Cam.

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This is a shot from 25 weeks of pregnancy. (I’m trying to play catch up.)

 

With these weeks coming and going and so much other “life stuff” happening pregnancy brain has really set in for me. Sunday morning I was scrambling eggs before church and took the pan off the eye. I was putting eggs on my plate and some fell off the spatula and into the hot eye I was just using. Without even thinking twice I put my plate down and picked up the hot eye to get the egg out and clean up. I didn’t have to hold my hand there for only 2 seconds to figure that it was a HOT EYE and I screamed! Cam jumped and I said to myself, “What were you thinking?!”

There you have it..pregnancy brain in full force. 🙂

With this past week and this week we are in now a lot has happened and is going to happen. I am finished with my undergraduate career. I said goodbye to classes on Friday and it truly was bittersweet. I received lots of hugs and cards. One card and XL Hershey bar came from a student who I have struggled with all semester. This student gave me a run for my money with behavior problems that included me having multiple parent conferences with the parents. The past 2 weeks this student decided to have a change of heart and listen to my instructions without any more problems. The card this student gave me was really sweet. The student apologized for how they acted and told me they were going to miss me and that I was going to be a great mother. I thank the Lord for ending my internship on that note. 🙂

This week Cam has been the most hyperactive little fella around! He should be around 2 lbs now, which is crazy to think about, and 14.5 inches long. We are so thankful that God is seeing fit to keep growing this sweet boy! Also, this past Saturday morning I felt this little man move 40+ times in less than 1 hour! Wowzers! 🙂

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Cam is considered as big as a head of cauliflower this week. I find this comparison the oddest of them all so far. To me it just doesn’t make as much sense as the other fruits and vegetables.

Cam’s heart rate was a good and strong 150 bpm at our check up this week. Also, I passed my glucose test! (YAY!!) But along with that my blood pressure has started rising again, unfortunately. My doctor warned me at our last visit that this might happen just because of being in the last trimester. So, my medicine has been increased to help level it out and not be so high. We will have one more visit here in Auburn before moving.

Also, this week Cam will get to do something that a lot of children in the womb do not get to experience. He will get to walk with me to receive my diploma from Auburn University this Saturday morning, Lord willing. I am so excited to experience this day with my family and friends as this been 6 years in the making for me. God has seen me through this in every season of life and directed each step on this path.

We continue to receive so much love for this son of ours that has so quickly stolen our hearts. Our second bedroom is full of things for Cammy Cam to wear and use when he arrives. We anticipate his arrival with welcoming arms and open hearts! Thank you to all who love us and love our boy.