Saturday, October 23, 2010

Football Fever

I have to give daddy Luke credit. For the last couple of years he was super committed to the MBA program. He studied hard every day, attended and worked hard at all his group meetings and attended every single class. All of this added up to absolutely NO football watching of any kind during the program.
This year I think he is trying to make up for all of the football he missed. At one point this summer he told me all he wanted to do was watch football and hold his son. He is holding to that.

This is what I often find:

Luke II's First Photo Shoot

After baby Luke was born the next thing on our agenda was pictures and birth announcements. There was really only one person to call. Erin Golan is a friend of Luke's from collage. She now lives out here in Sugar Land with her family and is an amazing photographer. She does the most beautiful newborn pictures! The minute I found out I was pregnant I couldn't wait to call her and set up my appointment for our soon to be baby. We took these pictures when he was 8 days old.
Here is a link to her blog with our sneak peak pictures. If you love baby pictures you will also enjoy her other entries. I added her blog to my list of favorites on the right. I love to look at her photos every now and then just to see all those sweet babies!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Welcome to the world sweet James 'Luke' Patterson II!

After a full 40 weeks we finally got to meet our baby Luke! Our due date of September 25th came and went along with the 26th. I couldn't believe it! All along I thought he would be a little early!

At my last doctor's appointment Dr. Schoeder and I discussed when we should induce labor. I was concerned about letting him "cook" too long since I was 8 lbs at birth and his daddy was about 9 1/2 lbs at birth. She said she would be willing to induce him as early as the 27th if we wanted to. She thought the latest she would go was Sunday October 3rd. She told me to go home and think about it over night and let her know if I wanted to be put on the induction list. She did warn me that inducing would raise my chances of a c-section. I had said all along I had no problem with a c-section (the dignified part of me actually preferred it) but I had spent 9 months mentally preparing myself for child birth, all of a sudden the thought of a c-section really scared me. I have had several friends who had a c-section, some of them chose to have one, and I knew it would be fine but I still hadn't prepared myself for a major surgery. What else could we do, we went to prayer along with countless friends, family and a great Sunday school class. I was so thankful for all of the support.

On a side note: We are in a great Sunday school class where about 90% of the couples are pregnant or have just had a a baby and most of them are on their second or third child. These girls have such a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. So by the time they had all emailed me and shared their experiences with me I was feeling a little better.

The day after my doctor's appointment I received a phone call from a nurse in Dr. Schroeder's office. She told me that they had gone ahead and put me on the induction list for Monday because her schedule was starting to get hectic that week. Luke and I took that as an answer to prayers.

On  Monday September 27 at 11AM we got the phone call to go ahead and come in for induction and off we went. When we got there they immediately started me on Pitosen. At that point it was just a waiting game. For most of the day I didn't progress much. Then around 9PM it began to move quickly. The delivery went so smoothly and quickly, I couldn't believe it. We were not quite prepared for our surprise.

Another side note: I couldn't believe how great Luke was! He is not one to want to watch all the "action" (and the dignified part of me was good with that). At some point Dr. Schroeder was able to coax him into just taking a look. Luke got really excited and was able to watch his son being born. Much to my surprise, even the dignified part of me was really happy about that. It was a really special moment that I am glad he didn't miss. I have since learned that there is no such thing as bodily modesty in a marriage after child birth, if you have managed to keep yours thus far.

At 1:20AM on September 28th baby Luke made his grand entrance! The whole room was completely shocked when he came out... 9 pounds 5 ounces and 21 1/4 inches!!!! He was completely healthy. Luke and I knew all the prayers had been answered. I have no idea where that kid was hiding his size in there! Even Dr. Schroeder was surprised. Daddy could not wait to go out and tell the grandparents and show them the huge foot prints (as proof of size).

We are so proud of him. As we have already noticed, he changes a little every day.We are enjoying every moment.

He is such a special gift and we can't wait to see what God has in store for him!