Thursday, January 29, 2009

Some More Nathan Pictures and an Update

By popular demand, here are some more pictures of Nathan:













Here is a shot taken by our friend Ben Dockery on the day before Cami had Nathan.










He is not a happy camper in this picture.










The furrowed brow clearly indicates that he is deep in thought about the world's problems.









Mom and baby together just following the delivery.













The Bethancourt men together just following the delivery.










The happy mom and dad together during Cami's recovery.

Don't forget that you can see more frequent updates at www.twitter.com/pbethancourt.

We have good news and bad news about our departure from the hospital. The good news: Cami will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow because her and Nathan are doing great. The bad news: our home is one of 200,000 in the Louisville area that has no power because of the ice storm.

So, what are we going to do? I lobbied for camping out in the house because it would help to make Nathan tougher. But that idea was promptly shot down. Since all the hotels in town are overbooked, our best option is a local apartment complex is allowing seminary students without power to stay in a vacant, unfurnished apartment for free.

So, Nathan will be coming home to a place that is not his home. But at least it will be warm. When the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through town in the Fall, we had no power for 8 days. We hope that it will not be that bad this time around, but they are saying some places may be out for 7-10 days. I have put in multiple calls to the power company with our sob story about how we need priority repair service to take care of the greatest newborn baby in the world. We'll see if it works...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nathan is Here

This is Phillip guest posting:

Nathan is here. Our little guy was born at 2:36 AM on January 28, 2009. He is 19.5 inches long and 7 lbs. 8 oz.









Here's how things went:

We came in for a checkup at the doctor since Cami was overdue. We were totally not expecting for the delivery to happen that day. Instead, we figured they would schedule an inducement. So, we were shocked when they said "Let's have a baby today."

After checking into the hospital at noon, Cami started receiving medicine to induce the labor about 1. The next 7 hours were spent in good spirits with Cami laughing and carrying on conversation during the weak contractions. After all that light work, she was only two centimeters dilated.

At 8 PM, business started to pick up. Because she attempted to go natural, she could feel the contractions become more and more intense. Soon after, her water broke on its own. From that point on, the pain was excruciating as she dilated from 2 to 7 cm in just one hour.

By 8:30, she was ready for an epidural so they kicked me out of the room. Though I left to the one I love doubled over in pain with a face of agony, I returned 30 minutes later to find a smile on her face - the wonder of medicine!

For the next three hours, Cami defied the nurse's expectations by becoming fully dilated by about midnight. All of the pre-delivery prep work was put in place.

Starting at 12:30 AM, she began two hours of pushing. What a champion! She made great progress until Nathan had a final duel with her pubic bone. After a 45 minute stalemate, he finally moved beyond it.

It is hard to convey just how special the last moments were. I watched the whole progression - from seeing his little hair to seeing him crown to finally seeing him emerge. It was breathtaking.

He came out wearing an umbilical cord necklace, which they quickly removed. Then, they whisked him to the corner of the room to be cleaned up, measured and treated.

From the beginning, his eyes were wide open and it was great to watch him stare into Cami's face. There have been very few moments in my life as joyful as this one.

They have now moved Cami to a recovery room for the next couple of days. While we recover in here, the city of Louisville will be recovering from a tremendous ice storm that has left close to 100,000 without power. He picked the perfect time to show up since my classes have been canceled for the last two days.

Mom and baby truly are doing great, although both could use a little Mexican food and a lot of rest. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers during this exciting time.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Live from the Labor Room

Phillip is guest posting:

Cami and I came to the doctor this morning to have a checkup on her progress since she was now three days overdue. We showed up expecting for them to send us home, but Nathan had different plans.

After running tests on Cami, they decided to induce her. So, we are four hours into Game Day. The pitocin is pumping and contractions are coming every couple of minutes. Looks like he will be a January baby after all - just like a true Bethancourt.

You can get regular updates on my twitter account: www.twitter.com/pbethancourt.

We will have pictures and more info after the birth!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Due Date!

Happy Due Date Nathan Ross! You officially made it to 40 weeks. In your honor we baked you a cake, but not just any cake--a Dublin Dr Pepper cake. Nothing like a little pure cane sugar Dr Pepper to get you motivated to be born...


Having a small celebration tonight was fun and it made me look forward to all of the wonderful things we will get to celebrate during Nathan's life. Being a family is making small things special and celebrating not only events but the simple fact that you are a family and that you're thankful to God for it...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Closed for Remodeling

So there is an impending tragedy in my world...my Target is closing! There is a Target about 2 blocks from my house and it is about to close for a complete store overhaul in remodeling. This is truly bad news. I go to this Target ALL the time. It is good for quick stops and lingering strolls.

Here's the kicker: it's closing on February 7 and won't reopen until October 9. That is an 8 month hiatus! And to top it all off, it is closing extremely close to the birth of my son--which will probably necessitate trips to stores like Target!!! I was already planning how I could put Nathan in the stroller and walk over to said store for items that I might need, but alas it won't happen. I am literally worked up about this. I feel so betrayed by my trusty store. Don't they know that new mothers need places to go that are quick, convenient, close, and enjoyable!

I will resign myself to hoping it will be bigger and better in October and to try not to be bitter when I drive by. It will be a tough 8 months, but I suppose I will survive. Barely.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

38 weeks

Here I am at 38 weeks:
Nathan is still happy and healthy in his temporary home. I don't blame him because we are experiencing some arctic temperatures around these parts! The low tonight is 14 degrees and the high tomorrow is 16 degrees--yikes! I do have a Dr. appt in the morning, but hopefully I won't be getting out and about after that. That is just too cold!

I have been making lists like crazy and checking things off left and right. I don't always trust my brain these days to remember so many important things, so I just make a list for everything and everyone. Nathan even has a list and he isn't even born yet! I did have a dream about him last night: he had strawberry blonde hair and big blue eyes and was the squirmiest baby ever! He was always wiggling whether you were holding him or not. We'll see if that one holds true...

Friday, January 09, 2009

Picture Tagged

My sister-in-law Erin picture tagged me and here are the rules:

1) Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on your computer.
2) Select the 4th picture in the folder.
3) Explain the picture.
4) Tag 4 people to do the same.
No cheating (cropping, editing, etc.) Have fun!!!

And here's my product:


This picture is of me on the ski slopes at Copper Mountain, CO in January 2006. Phillip and I were skiing with the college group of Central Baptist Church Bryan, TX when Phillip was the Associate College Minister there. Clearly by this shot you can see that I am skiing the hardcore slopes: (since there is absolutely no slope at this point at all!) When skiing, I take the "I don't want to die or maim myself beyond repair" approach which lends itself to me hitting the blue slopes--no blacks or bowls. But I do enjoy skiing. It is so quiet and peaceful out in the mountains and the scenery is unmatched.

So, now I tag: Melanie, Julie, Christine, and Rachel

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Happy Birthversary!

Today marks our 4th anniversary and Phillip's 27th birthday!

We'll start with Phillip's birthday. I am so thankful for the day of my husband's birth. He was born on January 8th, 1982--the 3rd son of John and Debbie Bethancourt. He was 19 in long and 9lbs 1oz, a nice healthy boy. So, I dug up some old pictures of Phillip and without further adieu here's a photo salute to my wonderful husband...
Looking good in the green overalls.

On kitchen clean-up duty

This one is priceless. I would be SO happy if Nathan Ross looked just like this!

One of my all time favorites...

Now, for our anniversary. I can't believe it has been 4 years already! So much has happened and we have enjoyed getting to know each other better and deepening our love. Here's a picture from our honeymoon:
We were only just starting our journey in this photo...and now I look forward to many more shared birthversaries in the future. I love you Phillip.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Welcome to January 2009

Well, it's officially January 2009 which means it's the month of Nathan's birth. So, anyone got a guess on which day he will be born? (My "projected" due date is the 24th for those who don't know) You can leave your guesses in the comments section. We are so excited!