Friday, April 30, 2010

Farm Boy

When I walked into CAL ranch a month ago I saw that they had chickens.I could not help myself and so I decided to buy a few. I gave them to my dad for his birthday. We started with 16 chickens. That number has increased dramatically. We have 18 bantams, 27 cornish rock(meat chickens), and 38 others( barred rock, rhode island red, white leg horn, buff orpington, black sex link, cinnamon queen, golden sex link to name a few) I also bought 10 phesants. After the chickens came the pigs. We have 6 pigs. The runt is pretty easy to catch and hold although he does not like it much. He sure makes lots of noise.

Hank Tyson Gundersen

I know that most people only want to see pictures but some like to read/hear the whole story, so for their benefit as well as to have this recorded somewhere I'm going to tell the story.

On Saturday the 24th we were at Denise and Mont's house for Mont's birthday party. Mont had been saying that the baby would come on his birthday. By 9:30 pm nothing had really happened but Brendie could feel that her stomach would tighten every once in a while. She was not sure if they were really contractions because they didn't really hurt and she didn't know what to expect because she has never had a baby before. Makell and Brendie started to time the "stomach tightenings" and they were coming about every 8 minutes. This all took place in the bonus room up stairs on the love seat while I beat Hermes repetitively at his X box boxing game. When we decided to leave the birthday party Brendie stood up and noticed that her pants were wet. She wondered if her water had broke but she didn't feel anything and after every one took turns sniffing the fluid on her pants it was deduced that it was urine or some other liquid that someone had spilled on the couch. Brendie claims that she was not struggling with incontinence and the wet spot was in such a place that I had no trouble believing her. Brendie was so excited for the baby to come that she really wished that it had been her water breaking but it wasn't. I was pretty tired and so I was happy that I could go home and sleep in my own bed rather than checking into the hospital and sleeping on the wonderful pull out bed that they have in the hospital. At 2:55 am Brendie felt something that can only be described as a water balloon inside of her popping and she sat up trying to figure out if she should run to the bathroom. That's when she woke me up and she said "Tyson I think that my water just broke". It took me a while to come to my senses and then Brendie said " pretty sure I am going to need a towel or something". I had to ask Brendie where the towels were because I do very little around the house and I lacks the ability to find anything that does not help me to hunt or fish, and most of those items lack any type of organization. It was pretty obvious by the puddle of fluid Brendie was sitting in that her water broke so I tired to call Jason (the OB) to see if we should go to the hospital even though Brendie could not really feel any contractions. Jason is pretty worthless because he didn't answer any of the times that I called him. He claims I should have used his pager number but I have tried that in the past with very little success. To his credit he actually did call back a few hours later claiming that his cell phone was not at the bed side, I don't buy it, I just think he already has the doctor routine figured out.
The good people at the hospital told us that we should come within two hours of the whole water breaking fiasco so Brendie told Me that I should go back to bed and that she would shower and get ready to go. This was after I had managed to get myself dressed and load the hospital bag into the car so I got undressed and back into bed only to have Brendie say well maybe we should just go to the hospital now because they can monitor the baby and make sure everything is okay. That was pretty much the end of my sleep situation. After we got to the hospital the nurse did an ultrasound to see if the baby's head was down because she could not feel it. To make a long story a little shorter they admitted us into the labor and delivery room and started Brendie on oxytocin which made the baby's heart rate do some strange things so they shut it off and then two hours later they turned it back on. The contractions were about two minutes apart and they were pretty regular. By 10 am she was ready for the epidural. Before she got the epidural doctor Evans came in to place a pressure contraction monitor and a fetal heart rate monitor which was pretty unpleasant. She then got the epidural and then she spent the next ten hours waiting. The doctor checked her at 7:45 pm and said that things looked good and that she he was going to let her "slide" for an hour. At 8:45 she was ready to kill some one because she was sick of waiting. The nurse made it in about 9 and she checked Brendie and the baby's head was down and I could see it. It looked like he was a little bald baby. The Doctor eventually moseyed into the room and put on his rubber suit and Brendie started to push. Every time she pushed the baby's heart rate would drop and so the doctor was worried that the umbilical cord was around the baby's neck. Eventually the baby's head did pop out and it looked pretty deformed. The cord was around his neck twice and then it went down under his arm pit and around his arms. I was in shock. I wish I had gotten a picture of it, its like he was bringing it out with him. He was born at 10:02 and he was 6lbs 14ounces. We decided to call him Hank Tyson Gundersen.
We finally got into the mommy baby side of the hospital at about 1 am Monday morning. Brendie was supposed to keep track of when she fed him and changed his diaper. at about 3 am Brendie woke up and asked me to had her cell phone to her because she needed to know what time it was. I reached down and picked up the bottle of lotion that was on the floor and handed it to her, she looked at me like I was a retard but I thought I had done what she asked. She then kindly explained that she needed to know what time it was and that her cell phone had a clock on it. I tried again and this time I was successful in handing her the TV control. At that point I was almost ready to go back to sleep and Brendie started to laugh pretty hard. I eventually got her the cell phone I guess although I have very little recollection of what happened.


Tyson graduated from BYU-Idaho the begining of this month. I am so proud of him and he is so happy to be done. It going to be nice for him to have a little break for the summer before dental school starts. The only bad thing to come of this is that Tyson no longer has to live by the honor code and have quit shaving, so now it looks like I am married to a homeless man.

And the winner is...

PORTLAND. We have offically decided to attend dental school at Oregon Health and Science University. We are very excited to make the move to Portland. School starts on August 16th so we will most likely move out the begining of August.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Baby Shower

My mom and sisters threw me a baby shower last Saturday and it was really fun. There were lots of friends and family that stopped by and we had a good time. Thanks for everyone one that came. We played a few games that everyone seemed to enjoy. The ice cubes had little baby frozen inside and as soon as your baby came out of the ice you had to scream, "My water broke!" All I can to that one is that Erin was going to win no matter what. They also cut a piece that was how big they thought my stomach is. Tara was the lucky one to win that one. Some people's guesses were a little off...but it was all a lot of fun.

Just in case people forgot what I was having....

Carina insisted on taking a profile pic of my belly...not a fan but here you go.

Carina made me this cute diaper cake. I love the puppy on top!

I've always loved rubber duckys so mom thought of this clever idea to have them floating in the drink. I even get to keep the ducks for the baby to play with later.

The gifts

My wonderful MOM!

Barbara and Amy

Makell and Daisy

Lindsay, Susan, Grandma Sharon, Barbara and Amy

The Baby Dyne from Susan. I'm so excited for this.
She also gave us a crib size dyne. These are perfect.

Me with the gifts. The baby is already spoiled and he's not even here yet.

Mom had this blanket made for the baby. It's made out of the minky material and has a super cute design quilted into it. It's a baby pattern with bottles, rattles, booties, and such.

The dynes from Susan.

A couple diaper bags.

Some toys and books.

Diapers and bath stuff.

Lots of nice blankets.

Clothes from newborn to 12 month.

Thanks again to all those that came. And a huge thanks to my mom and sisters for putting it all together. It all turned out great! It made me so excited for the little guy to finally get here. We've got just about 4 weeks left to wait and then we'll get to meet our little man.