Graham Thomas’s Birthday – 10/4/16

Graham Thomas Salinas was born on 10/4/16 at 2:01 pm. Here is his birth story:

As I completed my third trimester, my team of physicians kept telling me that I was going to have a big baby and that I had extra amniotic fluid, called hydramnios.  There was really no explanation as to why this pregnancy turned out this way. My gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia tests all came back normal. The last two weeks of the pregnancy they did several non-stress test(NST) that also came back as Graham was a happy and healthy ‘pudgie baby’.

September 29th appointment they did a NST and stripped my membranes. The doctor told me that I was a finger tip dilated and 50% effaced. I think statement means that I wasn’t dilated at all and she was just trying to give me some good news. She told me that she was going to strip my membranes. It didn’t really hurt. It was just pressure and slightly uncomfortable. Membranes scrapping is suppose to help get your labor going but for me it just cause me to have spotting and that is about it. The doctor explained to me that if the membrane scrapping didn’t work then I would be induced on Monday morning at 7:00 am.


Monday October 3rd we arrived at Wake Med Hospital in Cary, NC at 7:00 am. We were taken back to a room and I was told to take my clothes off and change into the hospital gown. About 30 minutes later, the nurse and doctor came in to talk to us to make sure we were all on the same page.

9:00 am they started me on an IV saline drip and gave me a pill that was called cytotec. Cytotec is suppose to help soften and dilate my cervix. The directions were to take the pill and wait four hours and re-evaluate the cervix then. Four hours later my uterus was contracting but not in any specific pattern and I couldn’t not feel the contractions. So the decision was made to not take another pill and just see how I progressed in another 4 hours.

6:20 pm doctor came in to check me and I was only dilated 1.5 cm and my cervix was now soft but still long and 50% effaced. They collaborative decision was to place a Foley catheter in my cervical canal and distend a balloon to about 3 cm to ‘help’ my cervix dilate. The procedure itself was not that uncomfortable, surprisingly!

8:00 pm The doctor decided that we should start a pitocin drip and increase the dosage every 30 minutes. I did not want to use pitocin but I really had no other choice because I was not progressing like I should! Which was so disappointing!





Graham – One month

2016 phone 1156You love: To sleep and eat. You are just starting to smile, mostly when you are pooping, hehe. You love listening to classical music. Probably because I played it for you while you were in my womb. It is suppose to make you really smart. You are a very good baby. You hardly ever cry! Which makes my job easier. You really loved your baths and you smell so so good afterwards.

You dislike: Being swaddled and hiccups.

Achievements: Your cord stump fell off on day 5 which means you can have a bath. You loved it! You seemed determined to try and hold our head up. You are almost able too but still need support. I am sure next month you will be able to do it all by yourself.

Favorite song: No favorite song yet, but you like to be sung too.

Teeth: 0

Height: 22 inches

Weight: 9.4 pounds

Head circumference: 15 inches

Looking forward too: You being able to hold your head up. Starting to smile more and make more noises.

One month has gone by and I can’t wait to see you grow and learn. You melt my heart everyday!

I love you,


Graham – Two months


You love: To be always be looking around (nosey rosey). I feel like you are taking it all in. You will be so smart because of this. You love to just lay on your back on your play mat and kick your legs and move your arms. You are constantly moving, even when you sleep. You are smiling more and more when you are being talked too. You are making more eye contact and responding with coo’s and chatter. Lots of chatter. You are not afraid to fart and your farts almost sound adult like (you get that from your father, haha). You might be mad at me for this one day but I took a video of you pooping…because your face and noises are hilarious! I want you to be able to look back and hopefully laugh too. I am breast feeding exclusively and you love to eat. When you are hungry you suck on everything and anything! You will nozzle and snort with your face planted into whomever chest is holding you. You also love bath time and getting your head rubbed. You even will play with your own hair when eating/sleeping. It is so cute!

You dislike: Still being swaddled and having hiccups. Recently, you will fight us to go to sleep. It is funny because you will be crying and fussing, and then the next second you will be asleep. It just happens so fast! Struggle is real! haha

Achievements: You are only 2 months old and you can already hold your head up. You love to be held so you are standing and your legs are so strong already. I think you will be crawling/walking early. You smile and talk when being talked too. You think it is the funniest thing when I blow air through my lips and touch your bottom lip/cheeks when I do it.

Favorite song: It is Christmas time and you really like Christmas music!

Teeth: 0, you have started drooling more.

Height: 24 inches

Weight: 16 pounds

Head circumference: 16 inches

Looking forward too: Hearing you giggle, you are so close to laughing but I haven’t quite heard it. I also think it will be very shortly and you will sitting up by yourself.

Two months old already!! My how time flies when you are having fun. Graham you are such a pleasure to take care of. You are the sweetest baby! It is my complete honor to be your mother.

I love you,