Thursday, August 27, 2009

Timothy Edward Peterson: The Story

Here's the birth story of our newest addition; read only if you like birth stories. :) Pictures will follow.

I woke up Sunday night, at about 12:45 with pain. I figured at first it was the normal Braxton Hicks contractions (I'd had similar pains before). However, they didn't go away. I quickly gave up on going back to sleep. At this point, the contractions were 10-15 minutes apart. After a while of this, and realizing that the contractions were stronger than the "practice" ones I'd felt throughout the pregnancy, Daniel and I decided to start getting things ready, knowing we'd be going to the hospital sometime within the day. As we prepared, the contractions grew stronger and more frequent (6-9 minutes apart). However, they were nothing unbearable. We finally called the doctor at about 3:30, and based on the factors, the doctor agreed that we should come in right away. (Factors being: this was a second child, the hospital was almost an hour away, and he wanted to monitor me since I'd had a previous c-section)
So, we called Leslie, a missionary here who is a pediatrician and was present for Jer's birth too, asked if she could come with us, and then called Becky, another good friend and asked if she could come and watch Jer. Yay for friends! Soon, we were on our way to the hospital. We arrived, checked in, and went up to the birthing wing, where I was connected to the monitor. My contractions seemed to level out for a time, at about 5 minutes apart. However, I was only dilated 2, and then 3 cm. The baby had still not moved into the birth canal. The doctor wanted to give us time, figuring the contractions would force the baby into the right position and that I would continue to dilate. He said the baby's head was too far in one direction and having difficulty entering the canal. The contractions became increasingly painful and frequent, and it felt to me like the baby was trying to force it's way out the front. Around 8 or 8:30, the doctor came in and verified that the baby was pressing towards the front and still had not entered the birth canal (and I was still only dilated to 3 cm). He was concerned because all the pressure of the contractions was directed at my previous incision. If it continued, there was a risk that the incision would rupture (this is why it's extremely rare, unfortunately, that doctors here even let women try a vaginal birth after a cesarean). The doctor told me he would like to go ahead and do the c-section, and Leslie confirmed that it was a wise decision, given the circumstances. I was disappointed, but had prepared myself for the possibility. I was also grateful that the doctor had been so willing to help me try to have the baby naturally.
So, an hour later they prepared me for the c-section. That hour before, however, was unbearable, as the contractions continued coming with strength and frequency, and I didn't have the satisfaction of knowing that they were leading me towards a higher goal!
Finally, everything was ready and they began the c-section. This time, I was much more aware of what was going on. Unfortunately, that meant I felt all the uncomfortable, painful pressure that I did not realized accompanied a c-section. Out came Timothy, and they brought him over so I could give him lots of little kisses. Then they wheeled me to the "recovery" area, which was an open room off the main hall of the birthing ward (essentially I was in a hallway). I slept for about an hour, then couldn't sleep any more due to the lights and noise. Eventually they brought Timothy to me for nursing, and a little later (though it seemed like forever), they finally moved me to a room and brought back Timothy.
All together, it was a much better experience than the first c-section, due to the cleaner, nicer, more professional hospital and staff. The only complaint I had was the wait for my room and the fact that they forgot to bring me my breakfast (liquid diet) the morning after the c-section (I couldn't have anything before that time), even though the doctor, and others put in the request for it. I didn't get my soap and jello until lunch! But, the nurses were very helpful and professional (and even wore gloves!). I recovered much more quickly than I did the first time. The pediatrician spoke English and we were very impressed by her (she actually ran blood tests, etc. on Timothy, noticed he was Jaundiced and talked to us about it, etc.). The pediatrician there for Jer's birth really didn't say much of anything.
So, overall we are extremely satisfied with the hospital, doctors, and staff.

Since being home, it's been a crazy transition. We were so glad that Daniel's dad was able to fly in on Tuesday to help out. Jeremiah did very well the first few days of us being gone. However, he didn't sleep very well Tuesday night and caught a cold from school. Wednesday evening (the day we arrived home) he was extremely cranky and somehow bit or cut his tongue. So that's added to his fussiness; every time he tried to eat he says "hurt" and starts to cry. Poor boy; it's been a tough transition and he has a cold and hurt tongue on top of it all.
Okay, now to the good part; the pictures:

Leslie, Me, and Timmy

First family photo (Jer came to visit Tues)

Finding the baby's nose

Jeremiah's big brother gift (thanks to friends!)

Finding his hands

Going home!

Welcome home sign made by the 2nd graders

Jer excited over Timmy

Beautiful flowers from JCS

And for comparison, big brother Jeremiah in the same homecoming outfit, 2 years ago:
(I love how different they look in spite of the same outfit; to my eyes anyway!)

Monday, August 24, 2009


Teresa started having contractions at 1am and we headed to the hospital at about 4. We started to try a normal birth, but after a few hours, the doctor said the baby was not lined up correctly and so Teresa was at risk of rupturing at the old incision. They ended up doing a cesarean and Timothy and Teresa are both healthy. Timothy was born 6 lb. 12 oz. at about about 10:00am.
Mommy and baby

Baby Timothy!
More to come later... need to get back to the mommy. God bless you all!

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Congratulations to Ashley and Paul who's baby girl, Savannah, arrived today! I'm so excited for them and look forward to hearing all about it! :-D You can see a picture of her here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Meet-and-Greet Monday: Jeremiah goes to school

Today was Jeremiah's big day- the first day of preschool! JCS starts preschool at age 2, for language acquisition purposes. Even though it's going to be mostly in English, the kids will all come in speaking Spanish, and I'm hoping Jeremiah will pick up more Spanish than he does at home. I wasn't worried about him having a good time- but I was worried that I would be lonely without him (I love having my buddy with me). However, I was surprised how quickly the morning went and how much I enjoyed the quiet (but, of course, I won't have that for long!). Daniel biked in with Jeremiah and said he went easily to his seat and started playing. The times that he peaked in the classroom Jeremiah was playing and enjoying himself. Daniel also once heard him down the hall in the bathroom yelling, "Pee-pee, yay!" The teacher informed us that he didn't cry at all (many of the 2 yr olds cry the first day). I'm not surprised, as he's super social and the school is a familiar, fun place to him. After a quiet morning, I drove to school at noon, had lunch with the boy and daddy, came home, snuggled with Jer, and put him down for his nap.
Anyway, here are the pics (and some other random ones as well):

This is the "practice" (introducing him to his back-pack)

And here's the real deal:
(no uniform yet, they're back-ordered)

Off they go!

And now for some random pics:

Jer. still has a thing with putting underwear on his head

So we found him a hat

Helping daddy with yard work

A random chicken that some how made it into our yard (we have a very tall fence)

10 beautiful, big mangos for just under $3 total
(I love mango season!)

And that's all for now! For more meet-and-greet, go to Beth's page.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Saga of the Wall

Well, the saga of the wall has officially ended. Just before we moved into our current house last year (in March '08), we did some painting. We decided the orange walls had to go (one was in the kitchen/living area, the other was in our bedroom. I love blue, so of course we decided to go for blue in the bedroom (and navy in the living area). The navy wall turned out lovely and was finished before we moved in. However, we had some trouble with our bedroom wall. You see, there isn't any good way to really find out what color the paints dry here. You can look at their samples (and not take them with you), but that doesn't mean the color will actually turn out anything remotely similar. So, we tried our best and bought a blue we thought would work. Daniel started "cutting in" the top edge. Ugh- the blue was a very dark blue that wouldn't work in a bedroom. So, we started over. I wanted a "slightly-darker-than-sky-blue" blue. Once again, Daniel went out to try his best and bought a quart to test it. It ended up being a kinda light-turquoise blue. We decided that was do-able (and since then bought a comforter that coordinated, so it worked nicely). However, there was not enough in the can to finish the wall. This left a wall that was turquoise up to the top of window-level, orange the rest of the way, with a dark blue around the top edging. We moved in shortly there-after, and the poor wall has stayed that way, untouched and rather hodgepodged. That is, up until yesterday. On Saturday, we finally finished painting the wall! And now we have a nice, all-light-turquoise-blue wall. And so the wall saga has ended happily, just in time for a little one to be born and rest it's little head across from the now-completed wall.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Meet-and-Greet Monday: Jeremiah's big day!

Saturday was Jeremiah's 2nd b-day. We celebrated with a kid (family) party in the morning. It was fun to have kids running around the yard, playing in the pool, etc. And the parents were a huge help (helped ice the cupcakes, do dishes, etc.). Snacks consisted of fruit kabobs, ham-cheese dip and crackers, and bread sticks (and cake, of course). Jeremiah had a great time, but was too excited later that afternoon to take his nap (but he was willing to read books for about an hour). Here are a few of the highlights; check out all the pics from the party at my picasa album!

Here he is trying to stay awake (notice the Mickey Mouse cup and plate):

Showing off that he's 2!

My first attempt at a decorated cake (I cheated and used a cake mix from the box)

With his birthday cake (he gently stuck his fingers in the eyes and licked them):

However, after a few licks of his small piece of cake, he was more interested in the food on the rest of his plate

Time for presents!

He was very excited about his toothpaste and toothbrush; here he's showing off his teeth

Playing with his new "choo-choo"

Jeremiah and Micah (she came early to help; she made the fruit kabobs and the dough for the breadsticks!)

Jer's new apron (I made it for when he helps me in the kitchen)

He loves letters!
And for more pictures from the "birthday weekend" (and to see Jeremiah with underwear on his head) go to my picasa album:
Jer's birthday weekend

For more Meet-and-Greet, see Beth's page.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Long time, no blog :(

So it's been a while since I've posted. Some of this is related to life's busy-ness, but a lot of it has been related to having no-emotional energy. And it does take energy to think of what to write, and, when I don't write and just put up pictures, it takes forever to upload the pics via our internet connection.

A lot has happened in this past month. What has been the most on my heart and mind, however, I can't talk about yet (which has also added to me not blogging). But, here's a run down of some of what's kept us busy:
-Party for Daniel's birthday (smoked b-b-q ribs- yummmm)
-Play dates for Jeremiah (and talk times for mommy!)
-Weekend in Bonao visiting the family of a former JCS employee. Enjoyed dinner on the roof and swimming in a pool
-Quick visit to San Fransisco de Macoris to visit other former JCS employees that just recently had a baby.
-Celebrated our 12th year dating anniversary
-Started teacher training
-Preparing to celebrate Jeremiah's 2nd birthday (tomorrow!)

So, after Jer's birthday party I'll have pictures to post (and, hopefully, energy to post them). I'm even going to attempt icing a Mickey Mouse birthday cake!