Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Welcome Home...Life Will Neve Be The Same!


The words "Everything is good, you and your baby are being discharged..."I will never forget the feeling of walking down to the car to get the car seat. A car-seat that had rode around in our car for a couple of months, (just in case of an early delivery!) I couldn't believe it, things would never be the same again in our lives. We were officially parents, for the rest of our lives!

With baby all buckled in, daddy and about a bunch flowers and balloons made their way down to the car, meanwhile mama and baby Nathan were being escorted down to the pick up zone at the front door.

I remember snapping the car-seat in, something I had done a few times, but this time was totally different, there was a baby in it! Our baby!

Getting him all buckled in!

Look how tiny he is!
Off we went, our little family on its first road trip. We safely arrived at home, and the peace of God swept over us. Welcome home family.

"I'm ready to go!"

Curb side service

Happy mama ready to go home!

Taking him in for the first time!
We showed Nathan around. He got to see our house for the first time. A house he had lived in for the past 9 months, but this time he got to see it.  After the tour, we placed him in his little bassinet.

And an exhausted but excited mommy and daddy settled in for a nice little nap!

"Shhh, I am safe at home in my little bed...good night everyone!"
Life will never be the same! And thank God for that!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Trip to The Delivery Room

There was a rainbow over the hospital on the day Nathan was born!
This was quite an eventful day.

It started with Samantha's water breaking. At about 7am Samantha had the urge to go potty. As she headed to the potty, something happend, something that has never happend before. Fluid started to pool on the floor.

I can remember being in bed and hearing "Honey, I think my water broke." My reply, "Are you sure? Maybe you just went to the bathroom"

And thus began our long journey into labor and delivery. Now we figured we had a while to go since Samantha was not having any contractions at the time. So we casually gathered our get ready bags, and called our moms.

By the time we were all loaded it was about 8:30 am and we drove over to Samantha's moms and picked her up and made our 25 minute drive to the hospital.


Ah, yes the dreaded Labor and Delivery triage room. A room that we spent a couple of times in. Once for early contractions, once for Braxton hicks. 

Samantha was getting tired of thinking "this is it" only to find out it wasn't it. Except on this day, I knew we were getting past the triage and we were getting into our very own room.

Sure enough the nurse came in and did the test to see if the water had broke, and sure enough this time the stick was blue! (indicating amniotic fluid was present.)

The sweet sound of, "we will be moving you into your own room soon" brought joy to the faces of Samantha, her mom and myself!

Let the Games Begin!

It was such a good feeling to get into our room. We really made ourselves at home. The room was pretty big, which was nice because we knew that we would be there for a couple of days.

When Samantha was first checked she was right at 2cm. And as her contractions increased, so did the pain, but the dilation stayed at about 2-3 for about 10 hours.

It wasn't long until my mom showed up. She was so excited that Samantha invited her to be present. It was nice to have my mom there, she has a way of putting me at ease. I really liked having her there to ask her questions and seek her wisdom.

Both Samantha and I were thankful for our moms! Throughout the whole process they were so encouraging and helpful.

Epidural Time

It was pretty scary for Samantha.  No one likes a needle in their spine. God continued to bless this entire pregnancy by giving us great doctors. And the anesthesiologist was no different. She was a very patient lady. I was very blessed to be able to hold Samantha while they administered the epidural.

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to be in the room, I had heard of other situations where everyone had to leave the room. But it was so nice to be able to see what was happening and hold Samantha and let her know what was going on so she wouldn't be scared. (Although our moms were kicked out of the room, but still tired to sneak back in to see!)

Holding steady at 2cm
From this point on the pain was dulled and the contractions were pretty steady. But the dilation was almost at a stand still. Hours passed and still no real progress. The nursed kept telling us that it could be a few more hours. The gave Samantha Pitocin to help the contractions and dialation.

Tick Tock, Tick Tock
Time slowly passed....

Let's Just See
Nathan heart rate would drop periodically, and becasue he was moving alot the heart rate monitor would not keep a good reading.

So they decided they wanted to try an interanl heart rate monitor that would be attached to his head. Just before they were sceduled to place the internal heart rate monitor on Nathan, the doctor said let just take a look and see how far you are.

As the doctor checked, he scared us a bit. He said "We are not going to be able to place the internal monitor on Nathan, becasue.... .... ...Samantha is at 10cm, its time to push!

To our surprise she was at 10cm, we had waited hours for Samantha to make it to 2cm and then all of the sudden with one last check Samantha went from 2cm to 10cm.

Let the Pushing Begin!

Now this was a crazy time! As soon as she started pushing Samantha's grandma arrived. She had set out on an 8 hour drive from her home to us as soon as she heard we were in the hospital.

Since this was our first baby, Samantha wasn't really sure how to push. She would have everyone telling her to do something different  They would say "push like you are going to the restroom", or push from your tummy and diaphragm or push by holding your breath ect.

Each push was a hit or miss. Sometimes it would move the baby along, sometime it would do nothing. After almost an hour of pushing, something started to click. Samantha started to get into the rhythm of pushing and each push was a successful push. I was at Samantha's' side up by her head, It was my job to watch the TOCO meter (the thing that measures the contraction level) and as soon as it hit about 35-40 I would tell her to push. I would count to ten in sets of three. I was so glad that I was the one telling her when and how long to push. Sometimes I would count slower and sometimes faster based on how I felt she was doing. Boy did she do great!

"I can see the head!" was the call of the nurse. "You are almost there!" everyone shouted. By this time Samantha was very exhausted.  2 1/5 hours of pushing had left her tired, sore and ready to rest. But the pain wouldn't let her. She had to push! I just had to see, I looked and there it was the top of Nathan's head. I leaned into Samantha and said, "his head is right there honey, you can do this"

A few more pushes and his shoulders were out, and then before I knew it, there he was, out and being wiped, and moved around. I was like the paparazzi taking tons of pictures! It was beautiful! It was exciting! It was surreal!

Then I got to cut the umbilical cord. Now that was a surreal experience. This little guy was mine. I was so excited I cut it before anyone could take any pictures. So I said lets re-enact it! 

Nathan was placed on Samantha, but was not crying. And Samantha kept asking "Is he ok?! Is he ok?!" We all assured her, "Yes he is ok!"
Getting my hearing test!

After a while they took Nathan and cleaned him up and put clothes on him and took some other measurements. I could not believe Nathan was finally here!

Samantha and I would like to thank everyone for their prayers!

Monday, October 29, 2012

It's Amazing How Fast Time Flys (when you have a newborn!)

First of all we want to apologize for our mysterious absence from the blog world. We have been extremely busy enjoying our little baby boy, Nathan. We have tried to keep everyone updated as much as possible via Instagram and Twitter.

It has been so much fun watching Nathan's personality come out!  

In just a few days Nathan will be three months old, ALREADY! 

It is amazing how this little guy has fit right in to our family. It is almost as if he has always been with us! I have heard people say "it was such a big adjustment" "we were no longer able to do this" but I think Samantha and I were ready for Nathan for quite some time. As we would talk of him, and plan for him it was just as if he was right here with us all along.

As new a mommy and daddy, we both are learning so much more of God's love for us as his children. As our love grows for Nathan, so grows our understanding of God's love us.

God has been so good to us!

Below are some pictures from one day old to three months.
Even at a day old he was very alert!
A very tired, but EXCITED DADDY!! Nathan was born at 11:30PM
this taken at 2:30 am after all the commotion was over!

Splish, Splash, Nathan having fun in his first bath!
Nathan being a good little helper at dad's work
My beautiful family!
Here I am at almost 3 months old!

So hopefully this post will get you caught up to speed with our little family. I am also hoping it will help us get back to faithfully updating this blog! We have a lot to share about what we have experienced with our baby in just a short time. From the water-breaking to the delivery to finally being able coming home. We have experienced some bad news from doctors and some good news from doctors. We hope to share it all with you.

We hope that we can be a blessing to you as we share Our Continuing Journey.

Thank you all for your prayers and support!

God Bless
Adam, Samantha and baby Nathan

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Here He IS!

Samantha and I would like to introduce you to our new addition, Nathan!

6 pounds 10 ounces

(More pictures to come)

This little man is truly a gift of God.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Message for Nathan

During my morning devotions, I was reading though the book of Judges and came to chapter 2. In this section of scripture there is a verse that states:

...and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

I began to think heavily on this scripture and how it related to me as a husband and a father. It became the source of study for a few days. All I really knew is that I wanted my next generation (my sons and daughters,) to grow up and know the Lord. To know that He is real and that He is life changing. I wanted to establish some principles in my life for them. I wanted to make sure that they could say I know God is real!

Later that week my pastor asked me if I would preach, and with excitement I said yes. I really wasn't sure what I would preach on, and then the Lord spoke to my heart and said, preach a message for Nathan.

I thought, "Lord, this message was really just a commitment, I wanted to make personally to my son." I really didn't have any intention in preaching it to our whole church. But God dealt with me by saying this message is for everyone.

I pray that through this commitment/message that Nathan and the rest of our future children would grow up to become men and women of godly character. I pray that they would look back on their life and say, I know God is real because I saw Him in my parents.

I also pray that those who hear this message would make the same commitment to protect their homes and the lives of their children from the snares and traps of Satan. I pray that those who hear this message and work with the youth would commit to live a life that is free from habitual and know sin, and set a good example for our youth to follow. So that they might see the reality of God, in a changed life.

Adam's Message for Nathan small from Adam Sandoval on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

3D Ultra Sound

It is pretty amazing how clear this 3-D technology is.

Samantha and baby Nathan have made it to the final countdown. Normally at our ultrasounds Nathan has been very good at playing hide and seek. He seems to know when the doctors are trying to get pictures. And just when they think they got him, he shifts around... I think he takes after his daddy!

However, this past week we were able to get a really good shot of his face. It was so exciting. 

I cant believe this little guy is ours! 

Seeing these images, made us go from ready for Nathan, to REALLY READY for Nathan. :-)

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Thank you Nathan for the sneak peak. We are really excited to meet you!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Baby Shower!

Thanks to Mom Leeder for the Daddy survival basket!

Mom Leeder and Sara Leeder had a wonderful surprise in store for Samantha. They flew out Samantha's maid of honor, so she could be apart of this wonderful day. 

In the video, Samantha was told to come over right away, and when she did, everyone had their phones or cameras out. Meanwhile Bethany was hiding behind a bunch of balloons. 

It didn't take Samantha long to figure out who was hiding behind all those
balloons. What a great surprise!

This way to the party!
Picking up the balloons

Uncle Jeff, helping out with some last minute details

Sara, excited about the melted candy game!

Shhh. Daddy stole a plate of food...

"Ready to POP" popcorn bags
Styrofoam cup baby booties! 

Doesn't Mamaw look happy? We love you!

Andrea made a bear riding a motorcycle, out of dipers and a baby bottle!

Andrea and Hannah

Opening up the gifts

Girls from my Sunday School class playing the baby bottle game

Guess how many diapers are in the basket.

My mom, with Samantha!

Samantha and her mom worked really hard on all the decorations. I think they came out great! Special thanks to the girls who came out the night before to set up the decorations.

We want to thank everyone who attended, sent gifts or helped out in anyway. Just knowing you will be praying for Nathan was more than enough. It was very humbling to know how many people already love little Nathan.

With each new stage in our life we are continually reminded of how many wonderful people God has placed in our lives. God has been so good to us.