Archive for October, 2008

Dylan is Here!

October 29, 2008

I am going to attempt to recount a little of yesterday’s events, sinceĀ  several of our visitors told me I will never remember everything! I may get in to some details, but I’ll try and keep it clean. I just wanted every pregnant woman out there to have a GOOD labor story to hold on to, amidst all of the horror stories people love to tell you for some reason.

I have to give credit to my friend Kimberly who always assured me that what happened to me yesterday is indeed possible! I know sometimes things are uncontrollable, but a (somewhat) drama-free delivery is possible!

I went to the doctor on Monday morning, one day past my due date. I knew we would be scheduling my induction, I just didn’t realize it would be THAT night! My favorite midwife was on call, and I had been pleading my case for her to deliver my baby for 9 months. She would not be on call for another week and a half or so, so she wanted to deliver the baby yesterday!

We were told we might be called as early as 4:00 p.m., but didn’t receive the call to head to the hospital until 12:30 a.m. I told Josh I felt contractions suddenly when we got in the car. Little did we know, I was going in to labor on my own. We didn’t get a room until 3:00 a.m.! They neglected to give me one of the medicines since it appeared things were happening on their own. I requested a shot for my pain, which I gladly accepted in my hip, and Josh and I slept for a few hours.

Around 6:30, Josh’s parents arrived and my shot began wearing off a bit. Josh’s mom helped me breathe through some of my contractions. I then received some medicine through my I.V. that didn’t make the contractions hurt less, although it did make me care MUCH less about how much they were hurting. My parents then arrived when I was in my delirious state. I felt so bad they didn’t get to see me when I was gossiping with my nurse about her cheating boyfriend and 12-day Hawaiian cruise. Not long after they arrived, I asked for my epidural.

Although I felt like it may have been a little early, I remembered some great advice I received – “Don’t try and be a hero.” The epidural was nothing! The pain shot I had received earlier hurt worse. After telling the anesthesiologist how much I loved him, all of the pain went away! They then upped my pitocin (to strengthen contractions) since I didn’t feel anything, and I went from 2 cm dialated to 7 in just a couple of hours. I literally slept through 3 cm – 10 cm. They woke me and told me it was time to push.

Ladies, all I can say is push like you mean it. Remember, they cut off your epidural if you’re not pushing hard enough. I couldn’t even feel my contractions, so my nurse and midwife would tell me when I was having one and that it was time to push. I literally pushed 3 times, and Dylan was in this world! The lights were off in the room, my midwife didn’t even have her gown on. They hadn’t called the pediatrician, it was chaos for a few minutes. No one expected him to come so quickly. I will never forget the look on my midwife and nurse’s face when his head came out. They were SHOCKED! I can remember asking, “was that his head!?”

So, it was all a quick and relatively painless process. The repairs/attention to me after the birth took 3 times longer than the actual birth!

Dylan is perfect. He’s on his way back from the nursery as we speak (something else I recommend since I just got about 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep).

More pictures to come …

Dylan Cash Brown

7 lbs. 12 oz.

21 inches long


So In Love …

October 19, 2008

This pregnancy has really increased the bond I feel with Josh. People told me to expect this, but it’s crazy the connection I feel with him right now. I just want to be touching him all the time.

We celebrated our 3-year anniversary on Wednesday with a great dinner at Bonefish Grill, cheesy chick flicks, and plans for a vacation as soon as Dylan is able to be bottle-fed. (Try to hold in your excitement, Mom.)

This seems like just yesterday …

We can’t wait to bring Dylan in to our family!

If Laughter Caused Labor …

October 18, 2008

Seriously, if laughter caused labor I would have gone in to it by now. When I saw this video, I was in that “ugly” laugh where I couldn’t catch my breath and was wheezing. Where I was crying so much it looked like I had splashed my face with water. It reminded me of so many times we used to sit with my grandmother and get tickled about the silliest things and she would just laugh uncontrollably.

All that to say, you may not find this nearly as funny, but I have to share it. Periodically Josh’s managers at work pull security camera footage for the store and catch employees in all kinds of ridiculous acts. Just since Josh has been there I know there’s been piggy back races, someone busting their behind, all kinds of shenanigans. His manager e-mailed him this earlier in the week:

They are going to have blackmail on him for a while now. Apparently there is a guy who’s a great dancer who was trying to teach Josh some moves. Think it worked?

Karaoke Friday Nights

October 18, 2008

We have been going to a local Mexican restaurant with some of Josh’s coworkers for a few months now. Not every week, but as many as we can. I got this picture with my phone last night and think it’s the best yet. These fools move around so much it’s hard to get a decent shot.

This is Uncle Tommy, Alan, Keith, TJ, and Uncle Stephen with Josh. Dylan always dances when they sing.

Pregnancy Moment with my Hubby

October 14, 2008

Last night was one of those moments I never want to forget. I think it was the first time I have heartily chuckled in the last few days. Leave it to my husband! Here was our conversation:

Anna is standing in the bathroom, pretty much unclothed, rubbing her shiny belly that is stretched beyond recognition, moaning. Josh, seeing this, tries to say something clever to make me feel better.

Anna: “Uhhhhhh……”

Josh: “That belly button is out there, isn’t it!”

A: “Uh Huh .. Uhhhhhhh …”

J: “You better take advantage of that in the shower. You know how extensively you could clean that thing? What I wouldn’t give for a stab at mine. A clean slate in the belly button department is something you shouldn’t take lightly.”

A: “Thanks for helping me see the positive side of things, honey.”

Yummy Sandwiches!

October 10, 2008

I don’t have much to share other than a recipe tonight. We had some amazing fish tonight and I just feel like I have to pass it along. I got fresh tilapia filets from Whole Foods and french hamburger buns from the Publix bakery. We also had homemade chips to compliment them that were to die for. I have already forgotten that we almost burned the house down when the oil got too hot. These sandwiches made that all go away …

Paula Deen’s Blackened Tilapia Sandwich

  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground thyme
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder (FYI, we don’t like onion so I didn’t use it.)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 4 (10-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 4 Kaiser buns, split, buttered and toasted (Again, I used french. They were crispy and delicious.


In a shallow dish, combine first 6 ingredients.

Pour melted butter into another shallow dish. Dip fish fillets in melted butter and coat with seasoning mixture.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Cook prepared fish, in batches if necessary, 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

I then made some cilantro lime mustard that we slathered on our toasted buns. French hamburger buns, that is.

Cilantro Lime Mustard

  • 1 cup stone ground mustard
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together completely. Chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Our first born

October 4, 2008

This morning I came out of the bathroom after taking a shower to find Jack had taken my spot. I love our dog.

Really Awful Belly Picture

October 2, 2008

Josh was really exhausted when I made him get out of the bed to take this picture this weekend, and, frankly, I was to miserable to even check the quality. I don’t guess this is the best angle or lighting, but here’s the belly in all it’s glory at 36 weeks …

The “Ugly” Part

October 2, 2008

Let me just start by saying for the 1800th time that I really have no business complaining about anything. I recognize that I have had a really seamless pregnancy with only minor inconveniences. I have not had morning/all-day sickness, no real swelling, etc. So, for those of you who suffered more than me, please stop reading. Because I’m about to start complaining, and I will understand if you want to slap me. But I want to remember how I feel right now.

I have the absolute privilege of working from home, answering a cell phone from 8-5. That also, however, gives me the flexibility (along with my iPhone, thanks to my hubby) to go about town and do my own stuff during the day – for the most part.

For the last week or so I have gotten these whims. Two days ago I got to thinking about all of the household products we’re not quite out of, but will be within the next month or so, and literally went from napping on the sofa to feverishly pushing a buggy around Publix picking up dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, toilet paper, Josh’s favorite peanut butter, etc. I laughed so hard when I realized the sheer range of items in my cart, but in my head, I had to have them RIGHT THEN. I just don’t want anyone else to be put out, because Lord knows I’m going to need our families to be helping with the baby and house, not jetting out because Josh ran out of Peter Pan. (Sidenote, Josh is really not that particular or concerned about his peanut butter. I am, in my nesting mode. Please don’t think him a bad husband.)

Yesterday I was my own kitchen nightmare. I tried baking some cookies with icing. The cookies themselves flopped, but I decided they were edible enough for me to go ahead and attempt the icing. That ended up tasting horrible, and made the peanut butter cookies slathered in this brown concoction look less than appetizing. I abandoned said cookies, and dashed out to Publix for literally the 3rd time in 24 hours (remember my shopping spree) to pick up items for Hot Mama Mango Margaritas – read “virgin.” I took said ingredients to a friend’s house last night, and was a complete mess. I couldn’t work her blender, and spilled stuff everywhere, creating a sticky mess I feel sure she’s still cleaning up. And on my way home, my jar of simple syrup (sugar water) spilled everywhere so I spent a few hours this morning cleaning that up.

I am just basically a mess. My feet hurt and I can tell they are swollen (although people laugh at me when I tell them that). I am carrying around 19+ (I think my nurse was easy on me this week, so I’ll put a plus) extra pounds. My back hurts. I feel more nauseous over the last few days than I have my whole pregnancy. I can’t sleep well. As precious as they are, Dylan’s movements are more than noticeable these days, usually involving me grimacing. I’m obviously more emotional. My clothes don’t fit right. I feel a lot of pressure “down there.” Etc, etc.

But, I am trying as hard as I can to hold on to these last few weeks. This could be the only time I experience all of this. I know that in a few weeks when Dylan is not inside me any more I will miss his jabs, as much as they annoy me now. I know I will miss the good parts of pregnancy, which for me have FAR outweighed the bad. But, is this over yet?