Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Arrival of Abram Michael Peevy

This is the last picture of me pregnant taken on Monday evening July 12th at the hospital. Looks like an 8 lb. belly to me right? So here's my labor story of how Abe arrived...

I went to the doctor on Monday morning July 12th to be checked and I was still at 1 cm dilated and 70% effaced which is what I was the week before. So my doctor decided that we should spend the night in the hospital on Monday night so I could take medicine called Cytotec to get my cervix ready for pitocin on Tuesday morning. He didn't want me to have a long labor on Tuesday since it didn't appear that I was making progress.

So, Chris and I arrived at the hospital around 6:00 p.m. We got checked in and comfortable in our beautiful Labor and Delivery Suite. Check out the pictures above of our room- it was huge!

Next, the nurse hooked me up to a fetal heartrate monitor and we listened to Abe's heartbeat for about an hour- it was perfect! Since he was doing good they gave me the first pill of my medicine at 8:00. I was to take it every 4 hours overnight to get ready for labor. After the 8:00 pill, Chris and I ate Chick-fil-a and watched The Closer. I was making phone calls and facebooking- I felt nothing. At about 10:00 p.m., the nurse came in and asked me if I'd like something to help me sleep so I'd be ready for my hardwork the next day so I said okay. I took an Ambien- needless to say I don't take sleeping pills so it knocked me out pretty good.

At midnight, the nurse came in again and gave me the second pill of Cytotec, I don't really remember her even waking me up.

At 2 am, the action started. I woke up with some pains (which turned out to be contractions) and I was wet! My water had broken and continued to pour out on my way to the bathroom. I thought I had lost control of my bladder due to the sleeping pill- but it was amniotic fluid! Chris immediately called the nurse and she came in to inform me I was officially "in active labor." She said that I probably still had many hours ahead of me but wanted to check my cervix and call my doctor with an update. Well, to everyone's surprise I was dilated to 4 cm already!

At this point, my pains (contractions :)) started coming every 2 to 3 minutes. They were very effective too because by 4 am I was dilated to 8 cm! Somewhere between there I got my epidural but I don't really remember much as I was still pretty sleepy from my Ambien!

Chris tried to call everyone to get to the hospital in time but only his parents, my mom, my sister, my aunt, and his sister made it. Everyone else was still in bed or on the way!

By 5:30 it was time to start pushing...and I had an amazing nurse, Cindy, who was a God-send. She told me exactly how to push and what to do different each time. I don't think my epidural had fully kicked in which was great because I could feel exactly what to do and when to push. I pushed for about 15 minutes before Dr. Bailey arrived and then it was like 3 pushes and Abe was here!

Abram Michael Peevy was born at 6:21 a.m. on Tuesday July 13th, 2010. He came out screaming! He weighed exactly 8 lbs. and was 20 inches long. Chris and I have never seen anything more perfect!

By the way- Dad (Chris) was amazing! He didn't pass out or even throw up. He even held one of my legs and coached me- he was so supportive!

So I only labored a total of 4 hours and it was great! If it's that easy every time, I'd love to do it again. That's up to God!

Chris and I still can't believe when we look at our little boy that he's really here. We've had this dream of him for so many years and now he's finally here. God is so amazingly faithful and I can't believe we've been given this responsibility and opportunity to raise a human life. We are praying that we always apply God's wisdom to our parenting and that Abe comes to know Jesus at an early age. We know God has a mighty plan for his life and we can't wait to watch it unfold.

Let the adventure begin!

Friday, June 18, 2010

36 Weeks

I have been such a bad blogger! Many weeks and many pounds have passed since I last blogged but I'm going to write about what's happening now anyways! First, here's my update for 36 weeks:
Maternity Clothes? Hello- YES!
Stretch Marks? I can't believe I've made it this far with none of those nasty little things but I have!
Sleep? What? Sleep? I get very little of that. At least I'm on a schedule. I get in the bed around 10 with Chris. Potty break at 2 a.m., again at 5 a.m., then I lay awake until I get up with Chris. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to fall back asleep but rarely. My mind races, my back hurts, my legs cramp, you get the picture.
Best Moment this Month: Finishing the Nursery! It's perfect! I couldn't be happier with Abe's room. I find myself sitting in there just dreaming about my anticipated baby boy!
Movement? Lots of movement although it's less kicking now and more wiggling, squirming, and lots of Hiccups! He's running out of room to kick me very hard.
Food Cravings? As cliche as it is, Ice Cream, is a highlight of my day. A new craving for fruit has found me, which is good because I've never been a very healthy eater! I love watermelon and strawberries right now!
Gender? It's all BOY at our house!
Labor signs? I've had a few scattered Braxton-Hicks contractions and cramping. I'm also carrying quite low now as Abe has assumed the head-down position and has "dropped." But at my last check-up, I was not dilated at all so still waiting!
Belly button in or out? My once innie is now an official "outtie!"
Wedding rings on or off? Been off for at least 3 weeks now. In this Georgia heat, my hands swell and finally it was bye bye rings. Chris bought me a beautiful 2 1/2 carat diamond to replace them- oh and it's totally fake- it was $18 at Kohl's! I had to have something on my finger- I just felt weird without rings on that finger!
What I miss? bending over and picking things up, sleep, sushi and oysters, sleeping on my tummy (not that I could do that with my frequent bathroom breaks).
What I'm looking forward to: Meeting my son! It's so close now that I can't stand it!
Weekly Wisdom: As anxious and ready as I am to hold my little boy, I can't help but think about how much I've loved being pregnant. I've been blessed with a wonderful, sick-free pregnancy for which most of I've felt the best I've ever felt in my life! How can you not feel great when there's life growing inside you? It's so amazing and I don't know if I'll ever get to do it again so I'm taking in every moment, every movement, every hiccup, every internal connection that only mothers understand. I thank God everyday for allowing me to have this gift for 9 months- it's truly been the best, happiest, and healthiest 9 months of my life!
So that's my update for now. I'll write again next week after my doctor's appointment as I go weekly now.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

23 Weeks

Hello everyone! I realize that I'm a little behind in posting, but better late than never, right? Check out that tummy! Yeah, I've been growing A LOT lately.
We've been running a marathon around our house lately- I'm so exhausted! We're anxiously getting Abe's room ready for "spring cleaning" and "renovation." Since I last blogged, I've completely changed the room scheme (don't judge me- a pregnant woman can change her mind as often as she likes-haha). I had everything all picked out with the sports theme and then I made the mistake of going onto Pottery Barn Kids' website. If I had a small fortune, I would spend it all there. I fell in love with the "Sweet Lambie Pie" bedding. Check it out at
It's khaki, brown, and white and oh so precious! I will post pictures of the room in April after the "renovation." I've been going crazy on looking for accessories to go with the room. It's so much fun!
So here's a cute way to update you on the pregnancy (if you really care) that my friend is doing on her of course I did what all good teachers do, I stole it- haha!
Maternity Clothes? Have you seen that tummy? Oh yeah, there's no wearing any of my old clothes. Bye bye size 4...will I ever see you again?
Stretch Marks? So far, so good. None of those nasty little things have showed up...yet. I'm hoping my olive skin tone will hide them well.
Sleep? Yeah that has changed. I used to be someone who could sleep like a rock. Chris has always been jealous of me because I could literally sleep through a tornado. Now, it's hard to settle down at night, my mind races. Then, I wake up at least 2 times to pee and another time to strip off clothes for a hot flash. It's annoying.
Best Moment this Week? Definitely when I feel Abe move. He is a little wiggle worm and I love just lying on the couch watching my stomach jump up and down and feeling his little line-backer kicks. It makes me feel so close to him that I sit there talking to him like some crazy person. But he has ears so I know he can hear me!
Movement? See above.
Food Cravings? I just like food, period. I'm pretty hungry and I've been amazed at how much I can eat compared to my pre-pregnancy appetite. My strangest and most consistent craving has been for Mr. Pibb. I can only have a little caffeine so I try to only drink one of these per day but it's like the highlight of my day.
Gender? BOY!
Belly Button in or out? Oh where has my cute little "innie" gone? It's not "out" by definition, but it certainly does not look like my once, cute belly button that looked good in a two-piece swimsuit. The dark line circling around it and running down my stomach doesn't help either! I really hope it goes back to normal after Abe joins the planet.
Wedding rings on or off? Still on and my hands aren't swelling yet. My ankles are swollen at the end of the day, but so far the swelling is confined to my lower half.
What I'm Looking Forward to: Getting the nursery done and our attending our childbirth classes. We registered at the hospital last week and I can't wait to watch Chris when they start explaining the labor process!
Milestones? Feeling Abe move definitely and Chris getting to feel it too. It made it more real for him I think and now he always falls asleep with this hand on my tummy. Also, last week was the first time I was showing enough to have a complete stranger notice I was "expecting." I smiled!
Tomorrow I have to go for the Glucose Test for gestational diabetes. I'm not looking forward to drinking that yucky stuff. That's all for now!

Monday, February 15, 2010

It's a Boy!

We went to the doctor last Thursday for our 17 week check-up and ultrasound. There is no mistaking that we are having a boy! We are so excited. Chris cannot wait to have a son to carry on his family name. I'm also pretty happy about a boy because I've heard that "boys love their mamas." I had a dream when I first found out we were pregnant that our baby was wearing blue so I had a feeling it was a boy. However, everyone else said it was a girl so I doubted my mother's intuition. I'm so glad I was right!

We've gotten all excited now and started registering for items at Babies R Us. We also picked out our bedding online and it's so cute with Navy, Khaki, and Brown being the predominant colors for the nursery. We're going to paint the walls khaki and hang a white bead board chair railing around the bottom half of the room. I can't wait to post some pictures of it. Our goal is to start construction on this project during my spring break. Chris is taking the week off too so we're going to get everything going. I would like to have the nursery finished by May.

This is the link to our bedding:

You can view the furniture we picked out at our online registry with Babies R Us at:

Another new development is I've started feeling the baby move! His movements are small and infrequent right now, but it really does feel like a fish swimming around in there. I love it! I feel it most at night when I lay down or when I'm sitting at my computer at work. It's nice to know there's someone really in there. I can't wait for Chris to feel the baby too, but the doctor said it would be a few more weeks for this.

We really struggled with the name- we liked our first choice, Elijah, but we just couldn't know for sure. So, Chris put our list of 8 boy names into a bracket- yes a bracket like you would use for a basketball tournament or fantasy baseball league! It was so funny but very effective! We put each name head-to-head with another name until we had our final 2 for the "championship." And the winner was... Abram Michael Peevy. We like the nickname "Abe." We're really excited about it because we both agreed on it totally and knew it was right when we say him on the ultrasound last week.

So I'm 18 weeks now and Abe and I are doing great! I feel better than ever and I'm eating much more now than in the last trimester. I've only gained 5 pounds, but there's no doubt I'm sporting a pregnant belly. As Chris says, "it gets rounder everyday!" I love it and feel so good about gaining weight for such a good cause! My newest craving is for salads and cold stuff you get to eat at summer barbecues. For example, I made Chris take me to Jason' Deli last weekend for their soup and pasta salad I used to eat in college. It was soooo yummy! I've also been eating egg salad sandwiches weekly and LOVE anything that has "salad" in it. I'm still loving my Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen and my occasional french fries from McDonald's but those have been cut down to once a week. Oh, and my new favorite drink is Dr. Pepper or Mr. Pibb. Since I can't have much caffeine, I drink one caffeinated drink each day and it's always one of those.

The only other symptoms that are new are my heartburn (TUMS are my new best friend) and I'm so hot all the time! Chris is freezing the house as I keep our heat on like 66 during the coldest winter ever but I feel great and he's being such a good sport about it.

I'll try and post some new tummy pictures and ultrasound pictures later in the week. 152 days to go!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hello 2nd Trimester!

I haven't written much about the first trimester but I sure am glad to be out of it! I wasn't too sick, but I did feel exhausted for most of it. I took a nap everyday or Chris might call it a "coma." I was so pooped! Weeks 6-9 entailed MANY food aversions. In fact, I couldn't see meat, smell it, cook it, or eat it. Browning ground beef one afternoon sent me to the toilet gagging. I've never not liked chicken in my life until I became pregnant. I also started my weekly runs to McDonald's for a large french fry and small coke. Those have continued to be one of my favorite parts of the day.

Now the 2nd trimester begins. I'm 14 1/2 weeks and have started poking out a little bit. I was so excited that I went and bought maternity clothes- I officially look pregnant now! I've gained 4 pounds in 4 weeks when I didn't gain any the first 10 weeks. I have my energy back, appetite is in FULL SWING, and I'm nesting. The house is going to get new carpet and new paint in the nursery. Our doctor's visit last Wednesday showed a beautiful, healthy baby with a heart beat of 173 beats per minute! I know everyone says that means it's a girl, but I just bet it's a boy for spite. Our doctor assured us last week that he was 100% sure we were having a boy or a girl (funny guy huh?). We'll find out on Feb. 11th. Only a few more weeks and baby Peevy will have a name!

What do you think? Is it ...Reagan Christine or Elijah Michael? I'd love to hear your prediction!

More ultrasound pictures to come this week...I have tons!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Journey to Pregnancy

When Chris and I said, "I do" four years ago, we were on top of the world. Love makes everything seem possible and there was nothing we couldn't do together. We had our plan...
1. Brittany finish school and start teaching
2. Get a new house
3. Start a family
So, #1 and #2 on the list happened fairly quickly and easily and right on target for our plan. So far, so good. Time to start trying to conceive. We figured a few romantic evenings over the course of three months would get the job done. It's funny what happens when you make a 5-year plan for your life without asking God. I think he laughs at us for most of his day because honestly we are just so silly sometimes. We decided to have a baby without asking the Creator of all life. God had a very different plan for us than we ever imagined. The first few months were normal...just the good ole' fashioned trying to conceive method with some prayers along the way. Every month, I bought a pregnancy test only to have it show me that one, horrible, terrible, ugly, constant blue line. After about five months, I started to wonder what was going on. I made an appointment to go see my doctor. "Everything is fine," they told me, "just try and relax and it will happen when you're not thinking about it." Okay ladies, the one thing I could NOT get off my mind was getting pregnant. How could I? Every commercial for a pregnancy test was on my television, every one I ever knew was pregnant and sending me their baby shower invitations, and every pregnant woman in the world found me in the mall! Did I mention my doctor never examined me or gave me the first test? We'll come back to that point a bit later. After another 3 months, I went back to the doctor. Again, no examination. They said I was young and healthy-looking. They did offer to put me on a medication called Clomid to help me ovulate. I filled the prescription that day, took it, and just knew it was the answer to my prayers. I'd be pregnant in a month I thought. After all, I was in control right? Or at least the doctors were, right? Wrong. More good ole' fashioned trying (don't get me wrong, it was fun, but it started to feel more like a job for both of us) and more EPT's. Result = that dirty old nasty ONE blue line, a big, fat NEGATIVE, every time. I was SO frustrated!! This was when I started to feel bad in my abdomen. I had on and off pain and one day at work a sharp, stabbing pain in my side. My principal (boss) herself drove me to the doctor immediately. They found an enormous cyst on my right ovary. It had burst and was causing me pain. Of course, me, Mrs. Dramatic, immediately assumed that I had cancer and was dying. I didn't and the cyst was not cancerous. Again, my doctor told me that cysts were fairly common in women of reproductive age and not to worry. Of course I worried. I even had dreams that the cyst had hair and teeth and was eating all my eggs (I know, irrational, but seriously I was freaking out). At this point, I went off the Clomid because it was making a crazy woman, messing with my hormones and everything, and we took a "break."

That's when it happened. One night I didn't feel well. I felt sick so I thought well maybe I'll take the last of the EPT's in my bathroom cabinet just to see what happens. To my astonishment, two blue lines appeared. I took another test, 2 more blue lines. I was shocked! Chris and I celebrated, called everyone we knew, and I can't remember being more happy. I went to the doctor the next day, they confirmed my pregnancy and scheduled me for an ultrasound 3 weeks later.

Three weeks went by fairly quickly. I felt very tired but other than that I was symptom-free. I felt totally normal. On the day of my appointment, Chris and I were so excited. A friend had told me to bring a video tape to record the ultrasound. We'd be able to see our baby and its little heart beating. We went into the room and the technician began the exam. We watched the screen anxiously and then we saw the technician's face. I knew then something was wrong, terribly wrong. She called for the doctor and said nothing else. I immediately fell to pieces before the doctor could even tell us that there was no baby in my womb. He called it an "Early pregnancy failure." He said the baby had probably stopped developing about the time I found I was pregnant but my body hadn't figured it out yet. I was so confused...I thought there were signs of a miscarriage and I felt fine. The tests had said I was pregnant. What kind of cruel joke was this? Why was God doing this to me? We'd tried for a year and now we had nothing to show for it. We told everyone we knew. We'd already bought some baby stuff. What were we going to do? The weeks following that day were the worst in my whole life. I don't think I will ever really forget the emotional agony or pain so deep in my heart, but eventually I did start living again.

At this point, Chris and I knew we needed a new approach to our plan. We stopped "trying." I never went back to that doctor's office again. Instead, we focused on God's plan for us. We spent time together, talking about everything except having a baby. A few months later, a friend of mine referred us to a doctor at Emory. She said they were great and they had helped her conceive her first child. We prayed about it and made our first appointment.

WOW. The doctor at Emory diagnosed me the first visit, did a full work-up, and had a plan for us when we left that afternoon. We had to do some testing first. When we got the results, we would know more and could begin.

The testing revealed that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), a fairly common infertility problem in young women (about 10% of women have it). We also found out that Chris had some hormones that were out of whack and needed to be corrected. That was two strikes against us. But,we had age on our side and time in our hands. So, we began the treatment process. The doctors wanted us to do Intrauterine Insemination(IUI). It wasn't that expensive and was fairly effective so we went for it. Again, I thought we'd be pregnant in just a few months. WRONG. We tried three times over the course of 1 1/2 years. Big, fat negatives on those EPT's. I hated that ONE blue line.

At this point, we were emotionally, physically, and financially exhausted. We decided to take another much-needed break.

It was during this break that I realized that I had to let go of the control. God was in control of this and only he could give me the child that I do desperately desired. And the hardest part, I had to come to terms with the thought that I might never be a mother and that God still loved me even if he didn't give me this gift. This was both a terrible and wonderful time in my life. I was miserable with my empty womb, yet I was growing so much in my walk with the Lord.

In October of 2009, we went back to Emory ready for our next step. It was time to move onto the big treatment- In Vitro Fertilization. We went to an orientation, and quickly realized we couldn't afford this very expensive procedure that wasn't covered by our insurance. We prayed about it and left it alone. Then God intervened and provided the finances for us. On October 10th, We began the two-month long treatment.

After thousands of dollars, over 15 doctor's visits in just two months, and over 126 injections of medicine, it was time to go for our pregnancy test. Did it work? The doctors said we had over a 60% chance of success. I felt okay, a little weird, but then again I was on A LOT of hormones medication so maybe it was that. I didn't really "feel pregnant." I had myself convinced my test would be negative. My mom drove me to Atlanta for my blood test. They would call us later that day with the results. My mom and I had a plan to keep busy while we waited. We went to lunch, shopping, and to her house for card-making. Chris was at work waiting too. Hours passed and I finally got worried. At 2:00, I called the doctor's office. My nurse wasn't available to talk to me yet. Of course she wasn't. 3:00 came and went- I was going crazy. Finally, at almost 4:00, my phone rang. It was Michelle, my nurse. She asked me if I was sitting down. I said yes, and she said that was good because a pregnant woman doesn't need to fall over! I was pregnant! I immediately called Chris and we celebrated quietly together on the phone, both thinking of our first pregnancy and the fear that we felt too.

We have of course worried about another miscarriage for most of this pregnancy. The first ultrasound was very nerve-racking. But, we saw our little baby, perfect with a heart beating at 145 beats per minute. We went again the next week and little one was so much bigger! Heart still beating, this time 167 beats per minute. We had done it-WRONG. God had done it! We have never been so thankful to our Father in Heaven for this journey and our prize at the end. We are so excited to begin our journey into parenthood...To God be the Glory!


About Me

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I am a second grade teacher at Chestnut Mountain Elementary School. I live with my husband, Chris, and our Pug, Scout, in Jefferson, GA. We are members of The Church at Southside where my husband leads worship. We are very excited to be adding to our family in July...we are expecting a son. His name will be Abram Michael and we couldn't be more blessed. We love the Lord and one another and I guess that's really all that counts. May God bless you!