First Visitors for M

May 20, 2018 | Courtney wins for being the first visitor to come to our house and see M…and not only did she arrive with tons of gifts/clothes for M but a whole bag of goodies for E too!  Seriously, spoiled her rotten with dino-things and her own pink-pineapple bag.  Such an incredible sweetheart! Grandma also made the trip to come meet her newest Grandchild (#17, and currently 5 great-grandkids!).  E loves her little sister…and asks to hold her (with the pillow) here and there.  It’s pretty darn adorable… 🙂

M Comes Home

May 18, 2018 | We get to go HOME! What a difference it is to leave the hospital after just a few days…and not have to come back. It was so NICE! My parents brought E over (I asked them to keep Mosby for awhile longer) and of course I snagged a few images…we are officially a family of four!

And a few cell-phone images from actually leaving the hospital…

E Meets Baby M

May 17, 2018 | So with M arriving on 5/16 (instead of 5/15), and it being a bit rougher than planned, E had to wait to come up until Thursday morning. I actually managed a shower the night before, but I didn’t get a chance to really clean-up before my parents/sister/niece all were at the mommy-baby room door!  But we knew we wanted to tell E the gender first, before anyone else knew. Despite the whole world saying it was a boy, E always told me that it was a girl. CLEESA was the name…sorry, overruled…!  So I had her come over and hug me, and I whispered in her ear “it’s a GIRL!” and she lit-up so bright saying “It’s what I was hoping for!” and instantly wanted to hold her and give an elephant-toy gift to her.  It’s true that your heart completely explodes.  I just cannot describe watching E love her baby sister in such a pure, honest way. Then M’s gift to E was a new toddler camera…which E adored and started taking pictures of everything/everyone.  I snuggled her so much (because I truly missed her over those few days) and it was just perfect…even if I could barely walk. I still managed to grab my camera for some photos, plus A and D snapped some too… 🙂

Birth-story for M

May 16, 2018 | Our last appointment at the OB showed that our baby was breech, so on Tuesday 5/15 we are scheduled to attempt a Version Procedure for 7 AM. We arrive and are told it’s actually at 8/8:30, so we have to wait. After getting into the sono, it’s discovered that baby is HEAD-DOWN!  We are thrilled, and wait in the lobby for our room. Dr. S walks in and I literally hug him because I’m so happy that we are going to get to do this sans C-section.  We get to our room around 9:30 AM with Lisanne who is a big talker, and we discover our ties to my childhood dance studio…crazy!

Pitocin & IV are started in hopes of getting things going, and after a few hours Dr. S attempts super painful  water break that doesn’t work. I have a LOT (30+) of fluid, and my cervix was not ready. Pitocin the rest of the afternoon while I recover from the attempt. Unhooked me at 6 so I could EAT finally. Dave walked across the street to Panera, & I scarfed it since I hadn’t eaten since 10 PM the previous day.

Dr returns at 8:15 pm or so to check baby (still head down) & place Cervadil in an attempt to soften cervix to try again in the morning. Antsy day for sure, watched Wonder Woman & Princess Bride.
By 11 pm we were asked to switch rooms due to a faulty printer, & walking + Cervadil was causing regular contractions. At midnight I got an epidural, which seemed to be working but only on my stomach. Tried to sleep but each contraction made me feel like I’d pee. At 2:30 am a contraction BURST my water open & we called Dr. S back.  After attempting some pushing we realized the baby was sunny-side up. So he said to stop, & try to let the contractions bring the baby down. They hurt so bad on the veins, so anesthesia gave me a bump that finally granted me some rest/naps. At 5:30 am Dr returned and I just woke up and got to pushing. Epidural still wasn’t working so I felt everything. Pushed and pushed for an eternity, Dr threatened a c-section, so I pushed so hard then got stuck in the most painful position I’ve ever felt. I started tearing AND he performed an episiotomy and I scream-cried the baby out. It…was…awful.  I had to be stitched for an eternity, but it was so nice having a healthy baby stay in the room with me this time!

It’s a GIRL!  I believe the Dr said “What is it Dad…?” and D could barely tell but said GIRL.  And I instantly said “It’s our M!” because the girl-name was solidly-chosen… 🙂

She was a little beat-up from being stuck in the canal for so long…some bruising on her head/right hand…and she worried the nurses for a bit with her excessive sweating…ha!  I fully expected a cone-head and smashed face due to her exit, but instead she was just perfect.  I kept asking D if she was ok — I think 3 times.  And he grabbed my camera and took some “real” photos in the delivery room too!

Last Mommy-Day | Just E

May 14, 2018 | Being super-pregnant, and also wanting to make our final “just us two” mommy day extra special, really don’t go together well.  But at least we left the house and had some fun, right?  She was up at 6 AM, but jumped into our bed and went back to sleep until 7:30 AM. We ate breakfast as a family, and D left for work.  A quick drive through the bank & Starbucks, then we were off to a playground. I picked a spot with shade (hello, tights) and short walking distance from the parking lot. E wanted her Strider bike, so she rode that around the equipment more than actually playing ON the equipment…ha!  We came home and played Trains, Egg Hunt, and watched a little show before her lunch — which was interrupted by dancing to Buffalo Soldier’s “yo yo yo” parts of course.
I asked D to come home around 3, because after all of that activity I was desperate for a nap!  We gave her a bath, packed her bags, and managed to get her to my parents’ house after dinner since our appt was for 7 AM at the hospital the following morning.  I CRIED…so naturally we went and got Culver’s ice cream on the way home!  In bed by 10 PM, since a BABY is coming the next day!  Or so we thought…

C’s 2nd Birthday/Mother’s Day

May 13, 3018 | Little C LOVES Moana right now, so it was only fitting that her 2nd birthday party feature PINK and tropical themes!  You can tell that she really “gets” birthdays this year… 🙂  The kiddos loved throwing the balloons in the air, and the leis were a big hit for all.  I was SO pregnant that I only took photos from the couch…and thanks to A’s planning we were able to combine the party AND Mother’s Day because of my physical state.  I can’t do a whole lot (ie I missed the CF walk the day before)!

After finding out baby was breech, and planning on having the baby Tuesday, we took a few last photos.  WHOA that belly!!  That’s wearing compression tights AND a support band…eesh.