well, let me just tell you....
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
well, let me just tell you....
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I must say it is going well! Sure there's a bit of an adjustment having a newborn in the house again, but the kids absolutely love her, and fight over who gets to hold her.
When Stella was born, Austin was only in kindergarten 3 days a week. So needless to say, it has taken some getting used to caring for the babe and getting 2 kids out the door for school in the morning, and the help they need with homework in the evenings. Because wouldn't you know, she's usually awake during those times :)
She is a great baby, tho her days and nights are still a bit mixed up. We like to say she's nocturnal. She sleeps great by day... and her least favorite time is between 10pm and 1am. Even if she is asleep in your arms, she will not stand for being put down. This works out okay tho, because Tim enjoys sleeping with her in the recliner :)
A few pics...
We were so curious what Stellas reaction would be. She is quite obsessed with her! So far she's climbed in the pack-n-play with her a few times , has lifted her out of the swing for me...thankfully i happened to be right there, and has learned how to move the bathroom stool over to the kitchen stools to climb up and get on the counter with her. She is great for fetching a diaper tho :)
The kids came up straight from school the day she was born. We told Tims mom not to tell them what we had or the name. They all assumed she was a boy. So, Tim played hangman with them on the whiteboard to figure out her name. They still couldn't figure out if she was a boy or girl. I had to show Syd her pink hat to confirm it.
A serious thinker she is.
Her cord fell off when she was 1week. Dylan gave Ellery her first bath, and she liked it!
Be forewarned, it’s a long one, so refill your coffee now!
Okay, where to begin, where to begin?
Well, we found out the good news that we were expecting again on March 24, 2009. After dropping the kids off at school that Tuesday morning, I ran through Target and bought a pregnancy test. The night before I had mentioned to Tim that I thought I may indeed be pregnant.
He was quite certain that I was crazy. But I just knew. The next morning I called him at work to tell him “I told you so” after I took the test. We were quite surprised, and Tim was thrilled! He had always wanted a 5th.
My due date calculated out to be November 28. When we got over the shock, our daily conversations were consumed with topics of bussing, suburbans, bedroom arrangements, and the like.
On Sunday, May 3, I was 10 weeks pregnant. While making lunch that afternoon, I felt really ill. I finally just had to sit down b/c I thought I was going to faint. During lunch I thought I was peeing my pants, but it turned out I was bleeding pretty heavy. I began to have what felt like contractions. I laid down for a while, quite certain I was having a miscarriage. We finally decided to head to the ER, b/c I had these same symptoms with the blessing that we named Syndey.
An ultra sound in the ER confirmed that the baby was alive and well. However, there was a giant hematoma (blood clot) that the baby was resting on…about 2x the size of the baby.
Everyone was surprised and excited! We told Tims mom by putting the ultra sound picture in her mothers day card. I went in for another ultra sound that week and was officially put on bedrest because there was no improvement. The risk being, if the blood clot was to let go it would take the baby with it.
I began having non-stress tests 2 times a week once I reached 32 weeks. Everything was always fine, and I convinced my dr. that I only needed to go 1x a week.
Fastforward to my 38 week apt. After having an exam, it proved the baby was breech. What I had thought was a little butt that i liked to poke at, turned out to be a head! My dr. scheduled an aversion to try to turn the baby on Monday Nov 23. If she was unable to turn the babe, I would have a c-section.
I prayed a lot that week that the baby would turn. I really did not want to have a c-section on my 5th and final pregnancy. I went in for another apt. the following week and the baby had indeed turned! My dr. said she was still “floating” but was now head down.
Long story short, we had an extra hour on our hands, so we had breakfast @ the Red Geranium across the street from the hospital. It was weird. The excitement and nervousness knowing that we were heading over to have our baby in an hour. We once again discussed names, b/c we were only really certain of our boys name, Elliot. Tim reassured me we were having a boy and we didn’t need to worry about a girls name.
We arrived in our hospital room around 7:30, and the nurse informed me that they wouldn’t break my water until the baby was more engaged, b/c they didn’t want to risk having the cord come out first. I was dialated to 4. They did a quick ultra sound to see if the baby was still head down. Success! However, the babe was also sunny side up.
They hooked me up to the monitors and right away could tell that the baby was in distress. They came to take blood and put my iv line in. After 4 tries they were able to get it in, and the blood they needed. They took my blood pressure and it was pretty high. Did I pass my gluecose test they asked? Fail. They could never get any blood from me @ the test. So, they sent the lab up to get more bloodwork. After 3 tries the first nurse gave up. They sent up another and after 4 tries they finally got it out of my hand.
They started the pitocin, and shut it off after a little bit. Every time I would have a contraction the babys heart rate would drop significantly. They gave me an oxygen mask to wear and had me lay on my side. This helped a little. When the heart rate would drop, they would have me flip over.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
November 23, 2009
21 inches long
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
a full blown school kid.
So what's so great about being 8?
*officially saying goodbye to the booster seat in the van! HEY-LEY-LUIA! (only 4 in seats now :) lol
*reading chapter books to yourself in bed*trading and collecting pokemon cards with friends
*being old enough to drive your own go kart @ craigs cruisers
*running through the woods to meet up with the neighbor kids...and being trusted to be home by dark
*playing legos (and feeling quite smug about doing the 8-12 year old kits) starwars, bakugans and gi joes
*still being young enough to read animal books and genuinely play with your little sister
Happy Birthday Austin, we love you!
a pokemon theme was requested this year
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The weather was so gorgeous this weekend that we went outside and took a few pictures. Sadly, the one above was the best I've got with Gloria and the kids...but i guess it does capture our life :)
For fun we polled the kids to find out their thoughts on miss g's arrival. Here's what we've got....
Austin- a boy named Oliver Nov 20
Sydney-a boy named Tommy Nov 19
Dylan - a boy named Hudson Dec 3
Tim- boy Nov 26
Myself- girl Nov 29
So, lets start a little poll shall we? What's your guess?
A little background....my official due date is Nov 28. All 432 ultrasounds i've had have placed my due date at Nov 20.
Austin was 8 days late, Sydney 3 days early, Dylan a medical mystery, and Stella 3 days late.
Friday, November 6, 2009
To recap....six weeks of soccer is officially done! The kids improved greatly throughout the season, and will gladly tell you they scored many goals. They did really well, and had a blast....but is SO nice to have our 3 weeknights and Saturdays back again!
Stella, the faithful cheerleader A meeting of the little people, as they try to decide how best to tackle their chore of raking leaves :)
a rare photo of dylan actually looking at the camara and smiling!
Tim took the 3 older kids duck hunting.
I couldn't convince him to take Stella too :)
we got our skates on .....well the kids did.
many Saturday afternoons playing football.