Thursday, May 28, 2009

the only way to relax

Lydia 8 days old
Landon 8 days old
Laila 10 days old

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The birth story

We arrived at St. Peters at 7:30 am to be induced. I was checked to see what kind of induction they would try. I was only 2 cm but they were going to try and brake my water and start pitocin. After about a half hour of poking at my bag they were only able to poke a hole in it. Therefore, during labor every time I had a contraction I felt like I was peeing myself:) They started off slow with pitocin and it took about 3 hours for them to get me going with regular contractions so at about 11. They were having a hard time reading my contractions and the baby's heartbeat kept dipping so I had to have a monitor placed on her head and on my uterus to monitor both of those. I had wires everywhere it felt like. I was told that they were very busy that day with c-sections so if I wanted an epidural I would have to wait until after 2. I was a little worried because it seemed that my contractions were constant and I was unsure how I would cope. I was having back labor and Lydia was posterior which meant they were a little concerned she would come out nose first. The nurse told me back labors can take longer which was not encouraging. I progressed pretty slowly until about 2:30 when the anistesiologist came to give me my epi. He was able to do it pretty quickly and they gave me another dose of poticin right away as well. Unortunately, I felt no relief. They kept saying oh just give it 5 more minutes and we will give you some more and see if that helps. When that poticin kicked in things got intense. I was 5 cm dialted about 3:10. I knew things were going fast so I told them to check me a few minutes later and I was 8 cm. About 5 minutes later I said I need to push NOW and they checked again and I was complete but they told me I had to wait. I went from 5 cm to 10 in 15-20 minutes. The anistesiologist actually walked in while they were setting me up for pushing to readminister the epi and he was shoved out the door. Lydia was born at 3:41 so I pushed for 5-10 minutes. My doctor never made it to the hospital. There was a resident doctor and a midwife they called in later that delievered Lydia. I was planning on getting into more details of the pushing stages just because they might make people laugh but I will just say that Brad was in a headlock the entire time and his butt kept cramping:) You can ask him about that!

Lydia was born with her cord tightly wrapped around her neck and body. She was blue and not breathing so she had a bit of a rough start. They took her to the nursery to see the specialist but was quickly brought back to me. She seems perfect to me now:)

This was by far the hardest of labors, but most exciting. It seemed like everything that could go wrong did but I got a beautiful little girl out of it.

Lydia Isabelle

Born May 20th at 3:41pm
7 lbs 6 ounces
19 inches long

Friday, May 8, 2009


I had my doctor's appointment yesterday. uh oh Landon just came in the room clapping his hands together saying "I'm making a mess" .....luckily it wasn't too bad. Anyway..yesterday my OB was all ready to strip my membranes for me if I wanted but she coudn't. She could barely fit a finger so we'll see for next week. She did a lot of stretching and making me say ouch! I was crampy alllll night with lots of contractions which made me realllly nervous. I thought I was ready but turns out I am not!! :) I have no real predictions but feel like it could be any time which has driven me to turn into a nut when anything is put out of place or messed up that I had just cleaned. Fun house for the kids right? I feel way more anxious and psychotic with this pregnancy than with the others....not sure why....anyway....hopefully I will be posting pictures of the beautiful Lydia soon.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


I copied this from my friend Rachel. I am not sure about some of these answers but I had fun asking Laila all of the questions.

1. What is something mom always says to you? No
2. What makes mom happy?getting obeyed to
3. What makes mom sad?when I don't obey
4. How does your mom make you laugh?making faces and telling jokes
5. What did your mom like to do when she was a child?play with dolls and chew on toys(what???)
6. How old is your mom? I don't know 2 or 3 or 5 or 6 or 7
7. How tall is your mom?really tall
8. What is her favorite thing to watch on TV? deal or no deal(we have watched this together just the last couple nights)
9. What does your mom do when you're not around? just lays around(how did she know)
10. What is your mom really good at?playing games
11. What is your mom not very good at?kinda like driving(Brad likes to joke that I am terrible at driving...I have had 1 ticket and no accidents)
12. What does your mom do for her job?watching her children
13. What is your mom's favorite food? fruits and vegetables and healthy stuff to make you strong(that's what she thinks I wanted her to say im sure)
14. What makes you proud of your mom?when she does something right during a game
15. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? a pony(hopefully not my little pony)
16. What do you and your mom do together? sometimes crafts and go shopping and sometimes play games
17. How are you and your mom the same?sometimes we both wear jeans
18. How are you and your mom different? our hairs are not the same on our head(mine used to be like hers)
19. How do you know your mom loves you?Because I was born
20. What does your mom like most about your dad? loving him
21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?shopping or the shower(so true!)
22. What is one thing you wish you could change about your mom?eating candy for life???
23. What would your mom do with a million dollars?buy me a moving car to drive around the garden or the road
24. What do you wish you could go and do with your mom? go swimming
25. What is one thing you hope never changes about your mom?loving her(short and sweet)

Friday, May 1, 2009

The count down is on

I had my 37 week appointment yesterday. She checked me and I am sad to say nothing is happening...yet. Not that it really means much since some people are dilated for weeks before labor. I was a little surprised though because I have been having lots of contractions and was actually contracting the entire time she was examining me so that she was never able to estimate a size or really get a good idea of her positioning. Head down is all I know which is a good thing:) I predict at 39 weeks when I go in she will strip my membranes and I will be good to go within 12 hours of that. This is how Laila and Landon both arrived. However, I think Lydia might want to mix things up a bit and make it interesting.

Depending on my mood comments about me and my pregnancy can either totally piss me off or just make me laugh. I have had some interesting comments from people mostly about how I look ready to go. Last night was no different but maybe more amusing. I was at Safeway buying a container of pineapple before heading to a friends house. I have heard some people say it helps ripen the cervix so why not. When I was checking out HE held up the container of pineapple and said, " oh is this like your last meal?" All I could say was hopefully...yeah she should be here soon. I think I might miss hearing stupid comments. I guess I will still get people asking me if I curl my children's hair.