Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hudson's Baby Blessing

We blessed Hudson on Sunday, August 19th, at Todd's home in Libertyville, IL. It was such an amazing day. Sherrie had come home the Tuesday prior to the blessing and it meant a lot to Todd and I that she could witness it. She has come so far and to be home with us was so nice. Introducing her to Hudson for the first time brought us to tears. It was such a special moment that I will never forget. The love that she has for him, although hard to express, is still very apparent. Todd gave Hudson such a beautiful blessing. There was no denying the spirit that we felt. We love Hudson more than anything. Words can't describe how truly blessed we feel to have him as our son.

He sure is a cutie!!

Baby Announcement

Better late than never...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hudson Michael Labrum - Birth Story

We are so happy to have welcomed our little baby boy! We are now officially a family of three!! On Monday, May 14th at 7:52pm, Hudson was born. It was a long 15 hour labor, but worth every minute. On Sunday, May13th, exactly a week before my due date, Todd and I decided to go for a long walk. I had purposely not been trying any tricks to put me into labor because the week before that Todd had finals. I was still working full time and my last Thursday Friday and Saturday at the salon were SO busy. By the time I was off work, I never felt up to doing anything. So Sunday (Mother's Day) was the first day I felt up to a long walk. We walked about 2 miles around a golf course that we live by.  That must have done the trick!

Last picture I have of me pregnant. 38 Weeks. One week before I went into labor!

At 11pm I started having contractions. This wasn't the first time because I had been having Braxton Hicks contractions for a few months now. After a few hours they were coming every 5 minutes and felt stronger than my regular BH. Todd called the hospital to ask if we should come in and they told us to wait until they were every 3-4 minutes apart. Around 4am they were coming closer together so we decided to load up the car and head in. By the time we reached the hospital I was having contractions every 2 1/2 minutes and I was thinking, "Great, this is going to go fast!" I was way off.

After a few hours my contractions became pretty strong so I told my nurse I wanted an epidural. They started my IV at 8:45am and I got my epidural an hour later. 15 minutes later, 10am, my doctor came in and told me they were going to break my water. I was amazed at how easy it was and how I couldn't feel anything. I was so happy to not feel my contractions anymore and thought I would get some sleep. Then the back labor started! I had heard women talking about back labor, but I never considered that I would have it. At first it just felt like pressure in my lower back and bottom, but after time it became strong and I felt like I was having contractions all over again! I explained to the nurse what I was feeling and she told me that an epidural doesn't help that kind of pain. Bummer. After that I faithfully squeezed Todd's hand about every 2 minutes until around 7:30pm. He was a trooper too :) Its amazing what your body can tell you. I knew when it was time to push and I told the nurses who then called for the doctor. Unfortunately, because it was my first birth, the doctor thought I would take a while to push and she took her sweet time responding to the call. I had multiple contractions where I was told I would have to wait and I felt like I was going to die! I kept telling Todd, "She better hurry!! I can't keep doing this!" After the doctor arrived I pushed twice and wa la! My baby was here!!

Hudson Michael Labrum was born at 7:52pm on May 14, 2012. He weighed 8lbs 4oz, was 20 3/4 inches long, and perfect. It's amazing how quickly you can fall in love with someone you just met. Unfortunately for Hudson, he had a major cone head. I blame the doctor who made me wait so long to push :) When we took him into the pediatrician a few days later he had lost an inch. I told you he had a bad cone head! 

Todd and I could not be more proud or in love! We feel extremely blessed and continue to thank our Father in Heaven for our beautiful baby boy. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baby Boy is here!!!!

Introducing Hudson Michael Labrum!
8lbs 4oz 20 3/4 in
Born on Monday, May 14th at 7:52pm

More info to come but for now we are too busy loving our little man!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's day to our wonderful moms and all the other moms out there! I've already had a great day thanks to my awesome husband and little man!

Check out the cutest candy poster EVER!!

Ebelskivers!! Yum!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ready, Set, Go...but after finals please!

After an accomplished day off, I am feeling much more prepared for this baby to arrive. Finally did some "nesting"...

  • house is clean
  • hospital bag is packed
  • laundry is done
  • little guy flipped - no more breech baby!
Now if he could just wait until finals to be over on the 10th! 

 Can you see his face with his arm going across his mouth? I think he is so cute already!

I think he wants out!!

 Sneak peak of the baby's room! Todd and my mother-in-law did an amazing paint job!!
Tuesday was a crazy day here in Urbana. I experienced my first Tornado warning, sirens and all. Luckily I was at work where we have a basement, but unfortunately I wasn't with Todd who was stuck in our apartment. We have one interior bathroom with no windows so the bathtub is really the only "safe" place to go. I had just started a haircut on one of my regular clients when the sirens started to go off. I'm pretty sure my co-workers were just hoping I wasn't going to go into labor. Luckily my client is a nurse so I told her she could help me deliver my little man :) I don't know how thrilled she was about that considering she has worked with cancer patients her whole career. We were in the basement for maybe 20-30 minutes and then it was over. We later found out a tornado touched down about 6 miles from our apartment. I feel very blessed nothing happened....this time. This is one thing about the mid-west that I can honestly say I really don't care for. When I came home after work I found Todd's hideout. I love the pillow, blanket, and sweatshirt. But most of all I loved that I found cookies and crackers in there too! Haha...glad he was prepared!