Sunday, September 30, 2012

September Fun

Here's some random fun shots from the past month...

Holden's silly eyes
Nora deep in thought
 Ice Age 4 in 3D
Nora has started picking out her clothes everyday...of course it has to be a "pretty dress".   
Pop Pop came to play one day before baby brother was born...we went to Sonic for hotdogs and slides 

 Playdough has been the newest fun activity

Holden being "creative" 
It's a boat! 

Baby Davis...telling Daddy to hand him over to his Mommy 
 i just love these lips!
Auntie Hillary and Jack came to play 

 Nora and all of her bags
 playing "tools" with Daddy
sweet chubby cheeks 
 the kiddos decorated mommy, daddy and davis for fall
 we also had newborn photos for Davis taken this weekend.  he was a real trooper and stayed asleep for a good portion of it.  the before looked something like this...and at the last moment, we'd rip out the paci and the blanket to get the perfect shot
 a studio right in our living room

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Story of Davis

Part Two: The BIRTH

About 30 mins after the kiddos left, the nurse and midwife came in to have a talk with us.  When laboring with the twins i never did progress past 8.5 cm--after 6 hrs of sitting (well in actuality, writhing in pain) we were hauled in to the OR for a c-section.  So, the midwife basically told us they wouldn't allow things to get that far, and considering i was still sitting at 4.5-5 cm (which is exactly how dilated i was two weeks ago) after 7 hours of pitocin they were not going to let it go on much longer.  We decided to break my water and insert an internal monitor to really gauge what was happening with my contractions.  

Really that's all it took.  My water broke, and the seriously awful pain and pressure came out of 0-10 in less than 2 minutes.  My plan of making it with no epidural quickly vanished.  I first told the nurses that the pressure was awful and i thought i needed to push, but my complaints were pushed off as they thought there was no way things could have happened that quickly.  

When they left the room, in tears i told mike i couldn't stand pain like i was experiencing if i still had such a long way to go.  So instead we agreed to the epidural.  An hour later...and a very awful hour at that the anesthesiologist finally came to set me up.  By that point i could have cared less what they were going to do to me.  The pressure was so awful i could hardly focus.  

Immediately after the epidural, the pain let up almost completely except that awful pressure was still there and my lower back and the backs of my thighs were still in intense pain through every contraction.  The anesthesiologist didn't think that sounded normal at all and went to find my midwife.  They came back together, the midwife checked me to see what was going on and was surprised to see that #3 was right there and trying to come out.  She basically said "you need to push now".  To which i was like, " kidding". I've needed to push for the past hour and a half. 15 minutes later, my 10 lb 8 oz baby was laying on my stomach and crying.  

The pushing was honestly a relief and since i had only had the epidural for about 15 minutes i could still move my legs and feel the contractions coming and work with them--and that made the pushing go much easier--which was one of the main reasons i didn't want an epidural to begin with. That and i wanted to avoid the tearing if possible--but having a 10.8 lb baby really didn't help that situation anyway.   

It was honestly one of the craziest, but most awesome things i have ever done.  Although of course nothing can compare to what it's like to have your first children--in a way this was like the first time for me.  With the twins, so much went wrong--i wasn't even awake for the c-section and then i was in recovery for 36 hours.  That is 36 hours that i didn't even get to lay eyes on the babies i had worked so hard to have and grow.   Of course i was just so thankful to have delivered the twins safely and be blessed with such healthy children, but i really did feel like i missed out on something so awesome and perfect.  With this #3  i really longed to experience childbirth, and be the first to hold this baby that had been growing inside me for the past 9.5 months.   I am so incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to do just that. 

As Davis was coming out i was really just in shock.  The midwife placed him right on my stomach.  I was able to wipe him off and hold him and snuggle him.  I was able to breastfeed and bond with him for almost 2 hours before they ever even took him away to check him out.  It was the biggest high of my life.  He was so perfect and so big and i couldn't believe that little person was just inside of me a few minutes before.  Totally Awesome. 

The Plan
He's Here!

 Yep, look closely.  Proof (as if you needed any, by his chubby cheeks) that he really does weigh 10.8lbs. We were shocked by the way that he weighed that much.  We had been told a few weeks ago they thought he was around 8 lbs.  so we were thinking with him being overdue he'd be more like 9 lbs.  Surprise.  Huge Baby!
 first bath

 first diaper...although mike and i had already been pooped on multiple times in the couple of hours we had him before they took him away to check him out!
one VERY HAPPY momma 

Friday, September 28, 2012

1 Week Old

Davis is 1 Week Old today.  Oh My.  It's already moving too fast. 

 and in other exciting news...It's Grandma's Birthday!  
Love you Grandma, can't wait to see you this weekend!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

actually a few weeks ago, Grandpa and Lora came to visit and so we had a little party then, because birthday parties are THE BEST!   The kids picked out Toy Story decorations and they picked out birthday cards for grandpa.  Hope you have a great day today Grandpa! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Story of Davis


It had been pretty apparent that our Little Man was in no hurry to come out to see us--by my pretty uneventful, yet excruciatingly long, last few weeks of birth.  The due date came and went, then our 40 week appt. Then our non-stress test (nst) and ultasound...still nothing.  Everything was pointing to induction, and i decided i'd just have to accept that...and that is exactly what happened, except a day earlier than expected due to low amnio levels found by our 2nd NST.  

So we went in for our routine appointment that morning.  It had been a long sleepless night already, i was planning on a nice nap when we got back and Mike was going do some last minute errands before #3's arrival the next day.  Of course, plans changed when they told us we were staying at the hospital for induction. 

waiting in triage at 41.5 weeks 
(man i'm so glad that part is over!)

The day was long and quite uneventful.  Even though we were ordered straight to L&D, it took a few hours to be placed in a delivery room.  Then it took another hour to get the pitocin started. Then we waited...and took some pictures as shown below ;)

My friend Hillary was keeping the twins until my mom could get there and then when everyone woke up from nap, they made a trip to visit us at the hospital.  At the time, my contractions were consistent, just neither strong or painful.  As it seemed it may be a long night, it was  the perfect time to see the kiddos.  

They weren't so excited that mommy was hooked up to the machines ("mommy owie?")  and didn't really want to sit with me touch me.  They were on the other hand VERY EXCITED about the awesome big cup of hospital ice i had--and ate on it the whole time they were there. 

Because kids and hospitals don't really mix...meaning they were full of energy and there was too much to get in to trouble with...they didn't stay long, we gave them kisses for the last time as a family of 4...which they had no idea about how their lives were about to change...and sent them off with Nana and a snack.  

then it was back to just Mike and me and this stubborn little baby

Part 2 to come...