Thursday, August 27, 2009

My little model

Here are a few pics from his photo shoot with Betsy! You can see more on her blog! I just love all of them. Rush was a good little model, he stayed awake the whole time and didn't cry......unless we stole his pacifier. He was very intrigued by the pretty girl taking his picture, which helped quite a bit!

Drew had a lion that he LOVED when he was little named "Roary". Here is Rush with his new Roary. (which is the same size as him!)
Rush and I laying on the beautiful quilt handmade by Aunt Nancy. It is absolutely beautiful.
Sweet little Rush....I love this face, he is trying to figure everything out.
Laying on the quilt, surrounded by all his books.
Another common expression, he likes to peek at you from the side.
Rush and Drew....he looks more and more like his dad every day!
One of my very favorites! He has beautiful blue eyes right now....but since neither of his parents have blue eyes, I'm expecting them to change soon. Oh, and he gets those wrinkles from his dad.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I can't stop....

taking pictures of Rush! He does something new every day....and looks more and more like his handsome dad every day! Here are some things I know about Rush so far....

He loves to take baths! He gets so peaceful in the warm tub.

He loves his swing...and yes, we let him sleep there at night

He loves riding in the car

He is going to be an athlete....if he grows into those adorable long feet!
He loves his pacifier!
He is extremely calm and good natured...and he loves to cuddle! This is one pic from his photo shoot with Betsy. She is so talented, I can't wait to see the rest!

Rush's Arrival

I can not believe that my baby is 3 weeks old! I feel like I just had him yesterday......I wanted to write a little bit about Rush's delivery before I forget all the details.

Flash back to 7am July 30th....I felt a strange feeling in my stomache and told Drew I thought it might be a contraction. He said he would keep his phone close by and I went off to take my 4 hour mock board exam (one of the final exams I had to pass to finish school). The pains came and went as I worked through my exam questions, but they were very mild and I kept telling myself they were probably just Braxton-Hicks. Conveniently, our test was timed and I had a huge ticking clock on the computer screen next to each test question. About 2 1/2 hours into the test, the contractions started coming exactly 10 minutes apart. By this point, I knew I should probably either leave or hurry up and finish my last 5o or so questions and book it out of there. I opted to finish the test just in case this was true labor....there is no way I would want to go back and do it again after the baby was here! Once I finished, I quickly made it out of the room and called my doctors office.
*side doctor had informed me at my last appointment that she was going out of town and would not be back until Aug. 2, so I did not get to have her at my delivery.
I talked to the nurse on call who directed me to go to the hospital and get monitored, but informed me that they would probably ask me to go back home for several hours prior to keeping me for good. I called Andrew and could not get him, so I dialed my mom and she rushed over, grabbed me and all of the bags I had packed, and headed to the hospital. By this point, my contractions were about 5 minutes apart. Andrew called back on our way up to the hospital, I gave him the news, and I think he went 110mph to get to us because we almost arrived at the hospital at the same time. I was monitored for an hour and informed this was "true labor" and we were moving into the delivery room. We would be leaving the hospital as a family of 3! Although I was extremely excited, pain from the contractions was almost constant at this point and I could barely talk. They quickly set up my IV and administered some wonderful pain meds, I was once again slightly relaxed......for about 5 minutes. At that point, the Dr. who would be delivering my baby came in to meet us and break my water. After that, I felt the pain that only another mother can understand for about an hour prior to my epidural. Can you tip your anesthesiologist?? I might do it....After about another hour of far less painful contractions, it was time to push. I pushed for about 30 minutes and Rush Quenton made his appearance! Andrew was so amazing through the whole process, I couldn't have asked for more support from him. My mom also came into the delivery room to help and cheer me on, what a trooper! I have heard many moms describe what it is like to see your baby for the first time, but I did not fully understand how much you love them until Rush was born. Babies are such a miracle and amazing gift from God, and I thank him every day for trusting us to raise our sweet baby Rush.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Introducing Rush Quenton Chaddick

Rush arrived on July 30 at 5:03 pm. He weighed 6lbs 12 oz and was 19 and 3/4 in. long. He is such a blessing! Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, they were felt by all of us! Here are a few pictures, I will post many more and details soon.