Awesome pics

So, here are some amazing pics that were taken a few days ago, and I wanted to share my birth story. I didn't want to at first, but if you are interested, I will share. Mostly because I want people to not be so scared of being induced as is sometimes described.
I decided I wanted to be induced early before even Lexi was born, but my doctor for Lexi wouldn't let me because I wasn't showing ANY signs of progression. She was finally induced 5 days late because I measured pretty low for amniotic fluid levels. Well, she was 8 lbs. 10 oz. Granted, not huge, but too big for my body. My recovery was really. hard. It took me weeks to get back to normal.
So, for Laney, I interviewed doctors until I found one that was not only willing to induce early, but felt good about it. Seeing my history, he saw that I would most likely not go into labor on my own, and would have a big baby. He agreed to induce at 38 weeks if we did an amnio and saw that the lungs were fully developed.

At 38 weeks, we went in to do the amnio. The doc that does the ultrasound before the amnio was worried. He didn't want to do an amnio because again, there's not a lot of amniotic fluid. I measured a 6. Usually, women measure between 12 and 16. At 5, they induce because it's dangerously low. His options are to either put me on bedrest and drink a lot of fluids for a week, then do the amnio and induce, or to induce now because of low levels. So, he calls my doc with the news, and my doc calls me and suggests to just induce. Yeah! I was getting a little worried that they'd put me on bedrest (torture!) and make me wait a week.

I get hooked up to the pitosin at around 11:30, and they break my water at 12 noon. I wanted to go as long as I could without the epidural. I started the pitosin dilated to a 1 1/2. At 5pm, I was hurtin. I wanted my epidural, but I didn't know how far I was dilated. If I was progressing, I could go longer. They check me. I'm dilated to a 2. 2! Forget it. Get me an epidural. This isn't worth it. Plus, I'm a wuss. 5 hours of painful contractions, and I was done.
Now I'm numb (it's hard not moving). They check me at 10pm. I'm at a 4. Agh! I started crying at this point. This is going to take 2 days at this rate! Brandon and I look at each other, and are just discouraged. But at least I'm glad I got the epidural. We watch Singin' in the Rain, and they check me at 12 midnight. The nurse says, "woah, you're at a 10. Let me wake up your doctor." I prayed really hard that she would say that! So, after 5 minutes of pushing, Laney was born. 12:15am, 6 lbs. 15 oz., 19 1/2 inches long. Perfect.
Let me tell you how much easier it is to recover from a smaller baby. I felt like I could run a marathon 3 days after giving birth. Brandon and I played racquetball on Friday. (Don't worry, I paid very close attention to my body, making sure it wasn't getting tired.)
I understand that getting induced is not everyone's cup of tea. I realize that I took the "easy way out". I know that if you can go into labor on your own, that is the best way to go. But having a healthy, smaller baby was the best way for me. I know my body won't go into labor until I'm late, and by then my baby is too big, so I prefer to get induced early.

So there you have it. Judge me if you must. :)



Here are a few pictures of my little one. Delaney Lindsay Wernli, born at 12:15 am 2/12/09, 6 lbs. 15 oz.

Sleeping with Dad.

Here's Lexi giving her a little kiss. It was very cute.

Another sister picture.

Gotta love this one. Had the camera out at the right time.
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Last night I dreamt that I had a little black baby. I think this stems from part of a conversation I had with my sister Callie. We were talking about (not seriously) me being a surrogate for her child because I have easy pregnancies. But then Callie said something about not wanting to carry on hers or Bryce's genes (too many sicknesses), so she'd have me carry someone else's pitri dish DNA.

What?! There's no way I'm carrying some stranger's DNA for nine months just so you can have your perfect Asian child. That's what adoption is for. Sorry, Callie, but that was so ridiculous it was funny. :)

I also dreamt that the baby was 5lbs. 15oz. That's not gonna happen either. I'm guessing Laney will be in the low 7's. Even two weeks early she'll be big.

But we'll find out tomorrow! Yeah!



Here is the weather forecast for the next 10 days.


I told the Lord not to give me any more snow until I had the baby, and he was doing a really good job so far. He's just 4 days early. And then it continues on for the next 10 days! Not cool.

It is SO much easier to handle snowy weather without a huge belly. Oh well. At least the temperature is supposed to be in the 30's and 40's instead of the teens, so I won't be freezing to death.

The Lord and I need to discuss some timing issues.... :)


US Airways boycott

Please, for the love of all that is holy in this world, do NOT use US Airways. They have the WORST customer service policies I have ever seen. Their credit card, especially. NEVER sign up for a credit card through US Airways.

We signed up because Brandon traveled a lot with his work, and we wanted to rack up the rewards points.

I Promise, it is not worth it. Ever. They, more than ANY credit card company, try to cheat you in every way possible.

We have a Delta sky miles American Express, and we have NEVER had any problems with them.

US Airways Mastercard, on the other had, is an absolute nightmare.

The details on how we've been cheated, on several occasions, are quite long. So I will not go into detail. But to all my blog followers, which are probably not many, don't. use. them.

Again, they have the worst customer service practices I've ever seen.

I want them to feel REALLY sorry that they messed with me. Don't mess with a pregnant angry person.


I need a vacation

Not that I'm feeling overwhelmed or stressed. The only reason is that I have a TON of books to read in the next week, and it's just not going to happen. Here's my two main ones. In both I'm only a third of the way through, and I just don't think I'll find the time to get to them before I'm induced on Wednesday. The hypnobirthing one isn't really anything serious. But I want to read it before I go into labor.

On the bright side, the doc checked me today, and I'm at 1 1/2cm and 40% effaced. I know most of you aren't interested, but I was excited. Obviously, that isn't much. But with Lexi, even at 5 days overdue I was at 0. Completely 0. So, I was happy to hear that today. At least my body's doing something.


My red coat

(Yes, we have a camera again. If you want the story, click here.)

This is my beloved red coat. It is my favorite article of clothing and I have had it for 6 years now. I realize it's not the most stylish thing in the world, but here is its story.

I was a softmore at BYU, and I wasn't the greatest at coats. Being from AZ, I never had to worry about silly things like coats before, so when I bought coats, I bought them on clearance, and didn't expect them to last long. Coats are expensive! And none of them were extremely warm.

One weekend, my sisters Joy and Rebecca came to visit UT, and they hung out with my brother and me. Upon seeing the coat I was wearing, they were pretty disgusted. It was ripping at the seams and looked pretty beat up. I just said, "Sorry, can't afford a new one right now." Clark's was pretty bad too. We were starving students, what can I say? So, we went out to dinner and went to the mall.

Once at the mall, we went to Gap. We were just browsing of course, and Rebecca came upon these rockin ski coats. She said she was going to buy one for Clark and one for me. I started refusing, but she said we both desperately needed coats, and she wanted to buy them. Clark's was navy blue, and mine-red. We were both very grateful, and we took the gift. (She also bought me a cute gray pencil skirt, that I wear to this day.)

Little did I know the impact this coat would have on my life. It is the warmest coat I have ever had! But it also doesn't make me overheat in not-so-freezing temperatures. It's perfect. It lasted me the rest of my years of college walking to and from campus, now with my daughter in the cold, and I've never been so stinking warm. I never had to complain about being cold as long as I had my little red coat on. It has no rips, no stains, no nothing. It almost looks as good as when Rebecca bought it.

I still wear it, almost every day, because I know I won't be cold as long as I have it. Now I'm a little sad because my belly is getting too big for it, and I will have to endure the last 10 days of my pregnancy freezing to death.

Rebecca, you've changed my life with this gift. :) Thank you so much! I love you Rebecca, and I love you, little red coat!
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