Friday, August 27, 2010

Our Genes are Being Perpetuated

So the big day that we have been waiting for for the last nine months finally arrived.  Our first baby, Grayson Thomas Reynolds, has finally arrived!  On Saturday, the day before Grayson was born, we went to a huge art festival here in Lexington and before we went we snapped one last weekly pregnancy picture of Jenna.

This is Jenna at 39 weeks and one day before Gray was born.

As we walked around the festival Jenna had a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions.  Every half hour we would have to stop and look real interested in some booth but it was really just because she was in too much pain to walk until the contraction had passed.   That night/ next morning at 3:30 in the morning she began going into labor.  Contractions started at 8 min apart and slowly creeped closer and closer.  She was such an awesome trooper.  She didn't even wake me up intentionally.  I just woke up because I noticed she was up and then realized that she was having contractions.  I didn't realize that I wouldn't be going to bed again until about 3 am the next day.  We waited until it was 7:45am and then left for the hospital (only after Jenna was able to take a shower and blow dry her hair, she looked great for the hospital visit).  I have to admit, I took a shower too.  I then sped to the hospital so that she wouldn't have to suffer through too many contractions in the car.  I almost ran a red light (there were no cars around and we were just sitting there waiting) but Jenna kept saying she didn't want us to get in an accident on the way to the hospital.  We got there and she was already 7cm dilated.  Awesome.  

This is a picture of Jenna in mid contraction

A little while later she got a sweet epidural.  You can really tell the difference. 

From there it was a waiting game til it was time to push and then out came this squish-faced, cone headed beauty.

Jenna still couldn't feel any of the pain from the episiotomy and was thrilled to be holding her new baby boy just minutes after giving birth to him.

I got my shot at him too.   I'm quite the dad.

 This is a little video of him just after we got to our room where we would be staying for the next couple days.

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 Later he got his first bath and while he hated the scrubbing part, he loved having his full head of hair shampooed and rinsed in warm water.  He also liked when his back was scrubbed.  Head scratches and back scratches, sounds like his daddy's boy.


Our first family picture.


We had some wonderful visitors.  Jackson has been excited for quite sometime to meet his newest buddy "Baby Gwayun"

Jenna got a whole repertoire of cute hats for him to wear (little did we know, he might not be needing them with all of the hair he's got).  How cute is the button on the head of our little Button.

 
September apples came a little early this year.


Finally it was time to prepare to go home.  This is his first going home outfit.  Hopefully the hat doesn't get him sick, since he sent a wonderful 2 foot high rainbow of pee up over his head the night before while I was changing him and it splashed on his hat a little (not to mention on his crib thing, and his own face).  We did wash the hat.

 
Doesn't she look awesome.  You couldn't even tell she just had a baby.


His first car trip.  Thank you Lexington Fire Department for showing us how on earth to get the base to the car seat installed correctly.  Who knew they have car seat technicians on staff? (besides Jennilyn, who told us to go there.  Thanks!)
 
 
This is our last cute video for this post.  Enjoy the gift that we love so much.

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We love being parents so much.  Jenna has been absolutely incredible.  Her mom came to help us and she planned on getting here a week early.  That meant that she flew in on Saturday evening.  Turns out she came right on time.  She has been so incredibly helpful.  We love her and are so happy we have her taking care of us while we take care of Gray.  

It is an amazing thing to see this cute little helpless boy and realize that he just came from Heavenly Father and was just there preparing to come and meet us.  I can't help but wonder what type of spirit he was in the spirit world and how that spirit will show more and more as he begins to mature in this life.  Heavenly Father has put a lot of trust in us to let us raise one of his special spirit children.  We are thrilled to do the best we can.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A New Toy

Josh and I decided it was time for our family to get a video camera!  With Grayson due in 5 days, yes 5 days- I can barely believe it's time, we wanted to be able to capture our newest family member in pictures AND video.  I've never had a desire for a video camera before, ever, until now.  We got one of those small, handheld, the size-of-your-cell-phone ones.  We were trying to decide between the Flip and the Kodak Playsport.  I read a bunch of reviews online and watched YouTube videos comparing the two different ones and finally decided the Kodak was the one for us!  I really liked that this camera had image stabilization (to help make the videos less shaky) and another fun thing is that it is waterproof up to 10 ft.  How cool is that?  You can take it with you underwater and take pictures and video!


Isn't it pretty?! Here are the 2 views of it.  I wanted the purple one, but Josh didn't like that idea.  So we got blue instead, which is still good.

I just tried to upload a little video I took testing it out, but it didn't work. :(

Now (I think) we are ALL READY for little Gray to come!  And believe me, I AM ready!  Restless sleep and back pain if I sit down for more than 10 minutes are the funnest parts right now.  :/  Sitting through church is hard!  And I don't even think about going to a movie theater anymore- no way.  Laying down and standing up are good though.  It makes anything to do with the computer hard.  My back is hurting as I type, but I can't lay down and type.  Enough complaining!  I'm feeling good for the most part.  My mom flys into town today and I'm excited to have her here.  I'm 39 weeks now, but haven't taken a picture yet.  Here is my 38 weeks picture-

Hopefully soon we will have super exciting news to post about!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Florida Vacation

Here are some various pictures from our time in Florida.  I don't feel like typing much, so I'm just putting up pictures and captions. 

sisters at the beach :)

Holly, Bryan, Josh and I playing Alahambra

we love games!

Josh, Holly and her puppies, so cute!

at Rainbow Springs

Sheri, me, and Sandy- good friends

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Florida Shower

My mom gave me a baby shower while Josh and I were visiting.  (Well, we're still visiting, but we'll be back in Kentucky in a couple days.)  She did such an amazing job and I loved it, thanks Mom!!!  First of all, look at that cake!  How cool is that?!  It was so nice to be able to come to Florida and see so many good friends.  Everyone was so generous and it was a fun shower.

This was one of the games we played.  Everyone cut a piece of yarn how long they thought my belly was big.  My sister Angelyn decided to be funny and cut one ridiculously long, thanks sis.
 A few things I/Grayson recieved-
a beautiful quilt

 I was SO excited to get this towel with his name on it :)

This was from my mom, our family LOVES Disney

My sisters have been calling Grayson Monkey-butt for awhile now, this is why!

How sweet will he look in this suit?!

Playing games and hanging out

Angelyn and Mom

I loved seeing friends I hadn't seen in a LONG time!