Monday, September 20, 2010

First Bath

There are a lot of firsts in life and we very rarely remember most of them. I have documented all three of my girls' first baths and here is Clara's:

She was NOT a big fan at first... only one of my girls who cried

It got better...

Then we had to get out and it was cold... not a fan again :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Life goes on....

Having a baby is such a life-changing thing and it feels like your world stops for a little bit. But it doesn't really, especially not when you have two other children at home. Derek headed back to work yesterday and my mom has been hanging out with us yesterday and today. But today is a momentous occasion because today is Audrey's first day of preschool. With all the newness going on in our family I wasn't sure how she was going to do. Plus, I have never left her anywhere before. At church we are always in the building and during ballet lessons I am in the waiting room. I wasn't sure how she would feel about being left. I knew she would be fine eventually but surely not at first, right? WRONG! I took her to school and walked her in... she couldn't get rid of me fast enough. I waited for a phone call the whole time she was there... nothing. I expected the teacher to tell me she cried at some point during the 2.5 hours she was there... nope. She was fine. She loved it. She didn't want to leave and cannot wait to go back on Thursday. I am relieved... and a little sad. I love that she's independent (always has been) but I think part of me wanted her to need me a little. I got over it and am happy that she is so able to do something on her own and love it.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Clara Jayne

Birth is such an amazing thing that happens every day in millions of places around the world. It's crazy to think that while I am doing mundane things (i.e. laundry, wiping down counters, coloring with my children) someone, some where, is bringing a new life into the world. Well two days ago, that was me. After my doctor's appointment I came home and spent my last hours pregnant and with only two little girls on the outside. We cleaned up and organized and waited for Daddy to get home. Auntie Bekah came over to watch the "big girls" while we waited for Grandma Lynnette to be available a little later in the day. We got to the hospital around 4:45 and at about 6:30 (yes, that much later) the pitocin got started.

With this being baby number three everyone anticipated this going quickly. Well, Miss Clara decided she wasn't going to do what is expected. Because she wasn't engaged (her head wasn't as far down as needed) I was dilating slowly. Boooo! At about 3:00 am I was exhausted and decided to get my epidural so I could rest. HA HA HA!! I was about 5 cm dilated. After I got the epidural in place I tried to rest but every time I fell asleep Clara's heartbeat would drop and the nurses would come and wake me up so that we could change positions and hopefully bring it back up. This resulted in my sleeping sitting up most of the night... so not really sleeping at all. At about 4:00 am my water broke and I didn't even notice it until the nurse checked me... which was a little bizarre. After some more waiting and adjusting and waiting at about 9:00 am I was ready to push.

We waited about 20 minutes for Dr. Q to get there from her office. I was getting nervous at this point because I was exhausted and STARVING! I felt really weak and drained. I honestly didn't think I was going to be able to push her out. I didn't feel like I had the strength. Plus, I was nervous about what damage might occur to my body with a big baby coming out. However, my doctor is FANTASTIC and guided me through my pushing and after about 10 minutes, and four big contractions, Clara was out and with the same amount of damage as the other girls thanks to my doctor's excellent coaching. Clara Jayne was born at 9:35 a.m. on 9/9/10 weighing in at 9 pounds even and 19.75 inches long. A 15 hour induced labor...ugh!

Our hospital stay was great. Clara took to breastfeeding really well (when we could get her to wake up) and slept like a champ while we were there. We had lots of visitors and the girls came a few times to visit their baby sister. We came home yesterday afternoon and are acclimating to our family of five :)

So some times when I am doing something particularly boring I stop and think that someone, some where, is having the miraculous experience of having a baby.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This is it!

Well I met with Dr. Q today and once again my blood pressure was up. That coupled with the size of the baby means we get to meet her... TONIGHT! We are headed to the hospital as soon as Derek gets home from work to be induced. I am nervous and anxious about all the discomfort that comes with labor but I am really ready to be done being pregnant and really ready to meet our little Clara. The next time I post I will have tons of pictures, I am sure. Plus, a birth story... my last one! WOO HOO! :) See you all then!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

38 Weeks 3 days....

So today I had an ultrasound to see how big our "little" one is getting. Four weeks ago she was measuring about 6 pounds 7 ounces. That's big for my babies. She was in the 83rd percentile and about a pound and a half ahead of where Brianna was at the same stage... eek! So last week Dr. Q said she wanted me to have another ultrasound to see if her growth had continued or if it slowed down. Well this morning she weighed in at about 9.5 pounds!!!! With 11 days to go until my due date!!!! AHHH! I am freaking out a little. I have an appointment with the doctor in the morning and am pretty sure this baby is coming... SOON! I am SWOLLEN big time and achy so I am ready. I have completed everything on my to-do list and am just using today to catch up on laundry. I am nervous but ready. I really hope that she fits... eeeeeek.
Here is the belly today:
(sorry the pic's not great)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Maternity Pictures

I always said I would do it... but never did... maternity pictures. A friend of mine is a budding professional and generously did these for me, free of charge (it's all about who you know) :) I figured this was my last chance to get it done. Last pregnancy and only 4.5 weeks left to go (at the time of the pictures). Plus, this is the first pregnancy I haven't had acne like a 14 year old... and I am tan because it's summer. That's about as good as it is going to get.
(All pictures are copyrighted and property of Quiet Stars Photography)
Here are my favorites:

And one of the girls because it was the only one that really came out of them (they were stinkers galore!):