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Sean & Tammy Smith We are the proud Parents of little Miss Autumn Marie Smith and look forward to everyone joining us on this journey of information and photos from the beginning of the pregnancy to the birth and enjoying our baby with us.

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04-30-09 Updated photos of Autumn - 5 wks





Here are some photos I shot this morning, she is now getting some tummy time and learning to hold her head up a bit more. She did an awesome job holding her head up while on her tummy yesterday, I was so proud of her.

We are dealing with a bit of baby rash/acne that has popped up on her face that comes and goes, I especially see it when she gets up from her naps or from laying against me while nursing where her cheeks may get warm. I have gone and read up about it and it is supposedly normal.

04-23-09 Today's photo fix


Autumn's first set of Cowboy Boots



Grandma Vigil, brought Autumn’s first set of Cowboy boots to us when she came down for the birth of Autumn, I just shot some photos of them, they are a size 2, so it will be awhile before she wears this pair but they are officially her first pair of boots.

04-20-09 Autumn moving up in weight

04-20-09 Autumn’s weight – 8 lbs. 1 oz.

Look How Autumn has changed




Look at the photos, yes, she has changed a LOT . . .IMO, the current photo was taken yesterday at Grandma Halladay’s house.

Tam

Autumn's Visit at Grandma Halladay's




Yesterday we braved the drive in the horrible Texas rainy weather and had a two hour trip turn into 3 1/2 hrs. to get to my mother's house for a visit. While there we had another friend Rebecca Joines brave the weather and she came over to visit with us and see the baby. This was Autumn's second visitor. While visiting we grabbed some photos, my gosh how Autumn has changed. The minute I got into the car for us to head back home, exhaustion hit me and I passed out for most of the trip. I am still getting very tired very easily. But getting stronger each day.

Enjoy the photos.

04-17-09 Autumn's Personality so far

if you piss her off she has a bad day and night, if you cater to her, she has a great day and night, I am already learning her demands and personality, ha ha ha ha . . . typical damn female, ha ha ha ha

She has it down good and my weakness is I do NOT like my babies to cry, be hungry, be wet, etc. so if she wails any she KNOWS I come running to see what the heck is wrong and fix it. So it is like, don’t piss her off and cater to her wails, ha ha ha ha

Daddy Sean is adjusting well, but he is so funny, if she gets upset and he tries all he can to console her and it doesn’t work, he can’t get her to me fast enough, ha ha ha ha . . .he does try thou, I give him that, he he he he . . . he is enjoying her and I know he will enjoy her more when she gets about 3 mos. old and responds more to him or US in general in facial expressions, etc. She smiles now involuntarily but we will be so excited when those smiles come from interaction responses.

Photos of Autumn Hanging out in her Crib



Autumn Propped up in her crib with a boppie pillow, checking out the murals on the walls, her stuffies and her musical crib rainforest toy

04-16-09 Updated Photos of Autumn




Here are some new updated photos of Autumn, hard to believe she will be a month old on the 24th, seems like I just gave birth to her because she is still so tiny at 8 lbs. and I am still recovering.

04-15-09 Spoke to my Nurse

Spoke to my assigned Nurse today . . . she calls periodically to check on me. Her biggest concern has been my blood pressure and I can now report blood pressure is back to normal and holding steady normal, yeahhh . . .

I spoke to her again about my rapid weight loss, I think it is bothering me more than anyone else. She again stated not to worry over it, that when I stop breast feeding I will gain all the weight back I want and may even find myself back to dieting. Autumn is just really draining me in Calories/Carbs, so she advised me to up the Calories and Carbs to try to keep up with her demands of continual nursing that the baby want's to do every 2 hours both day and night. I am holding steady at 120lbs.

04-13-09 Updated Photos of Mommy & Autumn



Mommy is doing a LOT better in her healing, not looking so tired or weak and slowly back on the road to recovery. Attached are some updated photos of us together today. I wanted to get some good shots of her dress she had on today, however, she woke up cranky so we had to snap quickly.

04-13-09 Autumn’s 1st doctor’s appt. (2wks old)


04-13-09 Autumn’s 1st doctor’s appt. (2wks old)

Autumn was seen by the same pediatrician that saw her in the hospital on birth day. I tried to arrange it where we kept the same doc that saw her as I really liked him at the hospital and his sweat natured demeanor. Her appt. went well, she weighed in at 7lbs. 8 oz. from birth of 7lbs., height was 20 inches long from birth of 19 ¼ , skull 13 ½ from birth skull measurement of 13. Doc said she was doing so good she was ahead of schedule. They also did the heal prick for blood work, that was not the pleasant part.

We had to wake her up for the exam and strip her and boy was she pissed about all that. Normally when she wakes up it is feeding time and she didn’t immediately get fed so she expressed just how unhappy none of this was on her terms. Between the exam making her mad and the heal pricking for blood, I had never heard her cry out loud and so hard like that and it overwhelmed me and made me cry as well. I was the same way with my prior child, I just can’t seem to toughen up when it comes to my babies crying. The appts. hurt me just as much as they do my babies, he he he he. I had to gather myself afterwards, thank goodness I was able to breast feed her in the room so we both could calm down. He said he will not do vaccines until she is two months old, which is good, I have found myself without even knowing it a conservative Doc on vaccines, which is good, because I know I will probably cry over that appt. even more then this little one we just did as well. I really enjoy this pediatrician thou, as he even addressed me and asked me how I was doing. He is a very caring doctor and has a GREAT bedside manner.

I have added a picture of Autumn's Pediatrician. Everyone meet Dr. David Prier

Dr. Prier received his medical degree in 1986 from the university of Texas Medical School in Houston. He completed a combined residency in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in 1990 at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has participated in numerous committees at Huntsville Memorial Hospital and has been Chief of Pediatrics and Chief of Staff for the hospital. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Huntsville Memorial Hospital. He has served as a part-time faculty member of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and the Texas A&M Medical School. Dr. Prier has been practicing in Huntsville since 1990.

Autumn & Her Crocheted Blanket



Here is Autumn laying on her changing table looking at her Stuffed Animals and covered with her new Crocheted Blanket that Grandma Vigil made for her.

Autumn's Other Easter Outfit & Basket



Happy 2009 Easter




I hope everyone had a, “Good Friday” and we want to wish all a “Happy 2009 Easter”, from us and Autumn. Autumn gets to have her first Easter and has dressed up for the occasion (See attached photos). The outfit & Bonnet, was made by her Grandma Vigil (Sean’s Mom) by hand without a pattern, while she visited with us during Autumn’s arrival and it was amazing watching her sew the Easter outfit from scratch.

HAPPY 2009 EASTER EVERYONE . . .

Love,

Sean, Tammy & Baby Autumn



Baby’s Website
http://thesmithsandbaby.blogspot.com/
BORN: May 24th, 2009
Time: 5:02am
Name: Autumn Marie Smith
Weight: 7lbs. 0 oz., 19 ¼ inches long
Born by emergency C-section


Sean & Tammy Smith

04-09-09 Autumn checking out her Crib


Here is a photo of her checking out some of her stuffies in her crib today while Mommy moved around in the Nursery

04-09-09 New Video of Autumn

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04-08-09 Today Autumn Image


Here is little Miss Autumn today, she is such a good fun baby . . .

Our "It's A Girl" Door Mum


Here is the Door Mum that was placed on the hospital Door and on our Front Door after we arrived home. It is still up for the moment for visitors to see at this time.

Autumn's Handmade Easter Outfit


Autumn's Handmade Easter Outfit, soon to be showcased by Autumn herself. This outfit was made by Grandma Diane Vigil, it was handmade and hand stitched without any patterns used. It was amazing watching Grandma Vigil work sewing magic.

04-06-09 Autumn’s height and weight

04-06-09 Autumn’s height and weight


Today I weighed Autumn on our baby scale and she was 7lbs. and 1oz. and is 19 ½ inches long, so she is back at her birth weight and has grown in length a bit, yeahhhh . . . .

I do NOT recommend Huntsville Memorial Hospital, TX

I finally had time to sit down and finish out my pregnancy journal today in between caring for baby and recovering. So here is a brief for everyone to read on what I experienced with my first C-section/tubal and the hospital where I stayed.

03-23-09 Contractions & Delivery – 38 wks gestation

Around 6am I started feeling the contractions again, so I just laid there for awhile to ensure they were true contractions or just another false start. Sean got up at 7am and started to get dressed for work and I decided to tell him not to go and to start timing my contractions. Thank goodness it was Monday and my OBGYN office was open today. We timed contractions for a long while, waiting on the OBGYN office to open up, talked to the nurse and went to see my doctor at his office at 10am. Upon exam he told me I was effaced and it looked like we might be having a baby today, I told him I was VERY ready and so he sent me over to the hospital to have me watched for awhile longer.

Upon admittance, we got placed into the normal observation room, got all hooked up to the necessary monitors to watch the baby’s heartbeat and my contractions, they added the blood pressure cuff since my blood pressure has be going up and down and also started me on the antibiotic for the Grp B Strep. I got Four bags of the Grp B Strep treatment. I also got started with an IV drip.

I was checked on periodically by the nursing staff and eventually dilated to 2 cm on my own and then they officially admitted me into my birthing room after spending two hours in the observation room.

Dr. Atkins came in at 7pm and busted my water, I will still 2 dilation and 80% effaced, at 8:10pm, I was given an epidural around 3-4 cm dilation and 90% effaced ; it worked well for awhile and then stopped working. At 9:30pm I was 5-6 dilation, and at 9:40pm I began vomiting. At 9:50 I began uncontrollable shaking and they increased my epidurals due to the pain. At 11: 40 I was 7cm dilated with 90% effaced. 1:45am 8 dilated. They decided to give me Pitosin to progress me to the 10cm, feeling every one of my labor pains by the time I reached 8 cm because the epidurals no longer worked after repeated tries. Doctor came in again and said that one side of my cervix was very swollen and had reached only 8 cm and that the other side was 10 cm, so I was not even in my dilation all the way around in my cervix. He also said that the baby was coming with her back of her head looking face up, he tried to turn her and it did not work, he decided I was not going to have the baby vaginally and told me we needed to move forward with a C-section. I agreed and so preparations began.

So I was wheeled into the surgery room, scared to death of course as this was my first surgery EVER. I was prepped and numbed well, thank goodness that worked and I did not feel a thing in labor pains, ohhh what a relief, I could relax and concentrate on baby being born now and being scared of what was fixing to happen to me and baby. Sean came in all dressed up in his plastic looking white coat, hat, shoes, etc., he he he . . . Autumn was born and tears of joy from both of us flowed when we saw her and kissed her fat little cheeks before they took her to the nursery.

BORN: March 24th, 2009 at 38 wks gestation
Time: 5:02am
Name: Autumn Marie Smith
Weight: 7lbs. 0 oz., 19 ¼ inches long
Born by emergency C-section after 24 hrs. labor & 9cm dilated
Proud Parents: Sean & Tammy Smith
Location: Madisonville, Texas

I was wheeled to recovery shortly after the birth and my tubes being tied. I was wide awake the whole time. In recovery I requested my baby to be with me so I could breast feed, I was totally shocked and disappointed she could not join me after I was told I could request this. So then, I asked if my husband could join me, she said no, he was with the baby.

The nurse in recovery did NOT have the best bed side manner or compassion for a person never having experienced a surgery before and of course being an emotional prego woman. She was all business, no compassion sitting beside my bed, checking my vitals constantly and typing away on a computer in front of her. She also began to push and manipulate my tummy and surgery area. I thought I was going to die, my numbing meds. were wearing off and the pain was indescribable. I asked her repeatedly to stop hurting me and she said it was necessary to massage my uterus, arrrggg, it hurt so bad. After recovery, I was wheeled back to my room, so glad to leave recovery, however, upon returning to my room, I saw they had moved me out of my assigned birthing room and into a single bed typical hospital room. I was PISSED! Why did I lose my room birthing room, I complained about this repeatedly to the hospital stuff, I felt cheated just because I had to have a C-section and was not able to have a vaginal delivery that I was no longer important enough to have a birthing room.

From that point forward things just sort of went downhill with the hospital protocol crap I had to deal with and the staff’s BS I got.

My husband was unable to stay the first several nights with me because there was no extra bed in the room leaving me alone and it was planned that my husband and baby would stay with me at all times, the staff said they would bring me a cot for my husband but I had to fight verbally for two days to get the cot brought to the room. I finally broke down emotionally in crying not having my husband around to aid me and be with me and the baby at night time, to where a nurse came in when I was having one of my crying fits and was sweet enough to hold me and finally get someone to get me a cot in the room for my husband to stay the night on.

Then again, one of the late evenings I had been left by my family briefly for them to go home and tend to our animals and while waiting for their return I had pushed the nurses button for help to turn a light on and help me go to the bathroom. Help never came; I sat in the dark holding my urine for 45 mins. with my known bladder disorder crying until my husband and family arrived to aid me. Once they aided me I called the nurses button and commented never mind my family tended to me.

Pain pills had to be repeatedly requested instead of giving them to me after I requested not to let them over lapse in dispensing time to me as I did want them.
All the stress made me have an asthma attack I was unable to control, so the on call doctor ended up having me put onto nebulizer treatments. He also had wanted me to have a blood thinner injection into my stomach, this I refused, I couldn’t stop thinking of Dennis Quaids twins and the whole issues over the blood thinners, especially with me breastfeeding. Then he also wanted me to have a CAT SCAN or MRI on my chest, I refused this as well. He also requested a artery blood draw, which I did allow them to do this, however, the nurse that came to draw the sample was unable to get a successful draw, she ended up stabbing me 4 times and then gave up, then they tried to send in another nurse to repeat the procedure, I turned this down as well, I got tired of being a pin cushion on top of all the emotions I was going through in the hospital not being what I expected in room and care. It seemed like they wanted to do the worst case scenario type things on me instead of doing some conservative treatments first to see if it worked, so I told them one treatment at a time. The nebulizer treatments worked as long as they did not stress me out.
Some nurses were better than others in aiding and checking on me frequently, however, I did have one that was inconsiderate, she was very adamant about me trying to get up all by myself without help and it would make me stress with the pain involved just to go to the bathroom and set my asthma off, I seemed to stay on oxygen for awhile due to my stress levels.

I started experiencing severe swelling in the abdomen and around my sides to where my OBGYN was called in as I also had a red line going from the surgery site to my side. I believe it was caused from the stress and forced issues of me caring for myself without nurse’s aide. Antibiotics were prescribed by my OBGYN and I was to be checked the next day.

I also had a IV placed in my hand, it was hurting so bad, it felt like it was pushed in too tightly, I steady complained about it and finally my hand started exhibiting severe swelling. I started crying one evening about my hand and a nice caring nurse took it out of my hand after I told her I wanted my discharge papers, I just could not take any more stress and worry at the hospital.

Upon discharge, my OBGYN came in very early and told me he was releasing me. I was so excited because I was so ready to do my recovery at home where my husband and family would wait on me hand and foot. I expected a discharge time reasonable to help me get home with the new baby and settled in. As time kept going by getting later and later finally the one nurse that was never really helpful came in and said she ordered me and my husband a steak dinner and would discharge us after the dinner. Well the dinner came and went and so did the time. Again we were told we would be discharged after the shift change, I couldn’t believe I was going to be discharged that late. Finally at 8pm they came in with the discharge papers. I was so upset to send a mom home with a surgery C-section and tubal with a newborn so late at night. We got home after 9pm. It was so hard to get settled into being back home after a week in the hospital getting home so late. Just another complaint for me to add to the hospital.

I WILL be sending in a formal Complaint to the hospital, hopefully to help the hospital take steps to improve so other mothers expecting certain treatment gets better treatment then what I feel I got.

04-05-09 Mommy & Autumn





I still look terrible in these photos as I am not getting much sleep and I am still weak and it sure shows and I have lost an excessive amount of weight due to the fluid loss and muscle loss. I look like a walking chicken until I can regain my muscles back and fill back out a bit, but folks want to see photos of me with Autumn, yes the milk production queen does exist, ha ha ha ha



Tammy

Autumn & the "Easter Bunny" 2009




We are getting her ready for Easter, Grandma Vigil is making her Easter attire and is in the process of making a dress and has already made her an Easter Bonnet by hand, hand stitching it all, it is amazing watching her work with no patterns, hand stitching, using Autumn as the fittings, etc. I will send photos once she gets all completed.

This will be a fun and exciting Easter, I haven’t had an Easter like this in years fussing over dresses and baskets, he he he he

ENJOY!!!

Tammy 6 days (Photo) after C-section



Autumn & Cousin Kyra


Here is a side by side view of baby Kyra, who is 6 mos. old and is a distant cousin of Autumn's on Sean's father's side. I think the two are just uncanny in being look a likes and you can see where Autumn picks up some of her facial features on Sean's side of the family.