Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I Wonder...

A few nights back while I was nursing Baby C, I started thinking about the quilt that covered my husband, baby and me. The quilt was made by my hubby's Grandmother.
My husband has a lot of memories of his Grandma, but one that he always talks about is always seeing her quilting. She made lots of quilts, I am sure that each one of my husbands Aunts, Uncles and Cousins have at least one, each one different and unique.
What I wonder is did she think and pray for the unborn children they would one day cover?
Baby C sleeps under the quilt every night with us, he and I were wrapped in the quilt only minutes after he was born. Would she have ever thought??
I hardly knew her, but from what I understand she was an outstanding and hardworking woman. I am sad that my kids will never know her, but her quilt will last for generations.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Alternative Mama

I recently started following a blog called Alternative Mama. She is currently blogging about natural childbirth and is doing a series of birth stories. I am super excited because today Baby C's birth story is the feature story:) Most of you have already read it, but there are some pictures of the birth on her post that I never put up... so check them out! She also has some other great stories for you birth junkies out there:)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Where Has The Time Gone???

I spent my "free time" today putting all of our home videos on my computer. Then we all sat down to watch a few of them. They kids thought it was great and couldn't believe they were once SO small :) You know what, neither can I! Things that happened only a year ago, seem like forever ago. I seem to forget how much kids change in such a small amount of time, and when I see them everyday I forget to notice the small things.

A few things I remembered from the videos are...
- The unique squeals, whines and babbles that each of my kids use to make.
- Bubba Love has always been: A daddy's girl, a drama queen, an actress and the boss of her little brother.
- Buddy Boy has always: Held his ears when he is tired or sick, followed exactly what sissy does and been a very easy going kid.
- I use to be a little more patient with the kids and I need to get back to that.

This is what a year has done to my oldest two
December 2009

Hopefully I can begin to slow down and enjoy today because obviously it goes way to fast!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Family of Five

We have been a family of five for just under three weeks now. Before we have Baby C, I was worried about how everything would work out. Not only how would the baby fit in, but how would I get done everything I needed to on a daily basis... like get three kids out the door by 8 to get Bubba Love to school on time!! Thankfully, we have been blessed with an extremely good baby. He is beyond cooperative and is very patient with the rest of the family.

Daddy (being self employed) had no time off and had to return back to work when Baby C was three days old. I was sad that he didn't get to stay home and bond with the baby more, but I was ready to get back to the normal routine of life. I was also excited about the challenge of taking care of now three kids and the household again:) My first day home alone I felt so accomplished to have gotten the house clean, laundry done, and dinner on the table by the time Daddy got home. That day now seems like an eternity ago!

As of yesterday (2 & 1/2 weeks old), Baby C has gained 1lb & 1oz. He is such an awesome eater & it is beginning to show, he also has been sleeping six hours at night since five days old. Again, he is the easiest baby ever!! This morning Daddy got to stay home and let me and Baby C sleep in a bit. I still got up at my normal time, but me and Baby C just snuggled in bed:) It was so sweet to spend some one on one time with him, we both just wanted to stay there forever. It was the first time I thought about needing to spend time with him, realizing that since he is so easy going he could easily be "forgotten". Snuggle time will be less as he gets older, so I am going to enjoy it now.

As for the other two kiddos, they have adjusted really well and are completely in love with their new brother:)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Our Home Birth

During the afternoon and evening of the 24th I started having consistent contractions about 5-6min apart lasting about a minute long. They were not painful yet, but definitely caught my attention. I decided to go to bed early thinking I would need to get some sleep before the baby came. Around midnight I woke up, not able to sleep because of the contractions. With Zane my labor lasted only an hour and twenty six minutes, so my fear was that even though these contractions didn’t hurt, once active labor started the baby would be born fast. So I called my midwife and she decided to come out and check me. She was there around 2am and I was 4cm dilated. We all decided to get some sleep and see what happened in the morning. The morning came and the contractions were the same and so was my dilation. Since things weren’t progressing and it was Thanksgiving morning we made the decision to send my midwives home and keep our dinner plans. The contractions continued all day long at the same pace, I feared this would go on for days (that is what happened with Zane). I spent the day walking and napping, and then headed out to Thanksgiving dinner with the family. During dinner the contractions started to get stronger, but not painful yet. We finished up, said our good byes and headed home around 6pm. While on our way home my midwives called wondering what was going on and if we needed them, I told them no and that we would call them. When we got home, I still didn’t think the baby would be coming but apparently Matt thought different because he went straight to work setting up the bedroom and tub for the birth. I got the kids dressed and ready for bed, and then called my mom to come over around 7pm to get them into bed because I needed a break. At some point while Matt was setting up the room he called the midwives with out me knowing it because he came in and said they would be here any minute. I was a little mad because I didn’t want them to come out for nothing again. Luckily he has better intuition then me, because he was right! The contractions were still consistent and getting stronger, but nothing that I couldn’t walk or talk through. My midwives arrived around 7:40pm and checked me. I was dilated to 6 and 100% effaced. Not really sure how fast things would go from there, we started filling up the tub which takes about 15min. I had three really strong contractions while it was filling and said I need to get in the water. During this time, Matt went outside to make a few phone calls. While getting into the tub I had the urge to push, I got on hands and knees in the tub and started pushing. Everyone started yelling at Matt to come back in, he was completely confused because when he went outside I was talking and joking with everyone and then he comes back and I am pushing. Luckily he made it, two contractions later our baby was born in the water at 8:02pm on Thanksgiving evening. Matt and my midwife handed the baby to me and immediately I saw and screamed “It’s a Boy”. It all happed SO fast and it was a lot to absorb, but we were all on a birth high. I got out of the tub and cleaned up. We did all the newborn stuff. He was 6lb 15oz, 20in long and healthy as can be. Soon after my midwives left and we all fell asleep in our own bed. It was prefect!
It took us a few days, but we decided on a name... Colton Lovis Lake

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Addition to the Family

No, I didn't have the baby... we got a puppy! We must be out of our minds because while waiting patiently for me to go into labor any day now, Daddy agreed to take in a puppy. She is so sweet and great with the kids. The timing may be off a bit, but we fell in love!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

While Waiting...

I am officially coming to the end of my pregnancy. Yesterday we spent the morning preparing the house for our home birth. Supplies are bought, clothes are clean, food is stocked. All we are waiting for now is the baby.

While waiting I am trying to stay busy with the kids, not only because I want to keep my mind off of going into labor but because I am realizing that life will never be the same for my two older kids once this little one joins us. Attention is going to be split again and time alone with each will become more precious. I finally realized this last night in a very bittersweet moment. Bubba and Buddy were dropped of at Grandma's to spend the night so Daddy and I could enjoy one last evening alone and one last morning sleeping in before our lives were turned upside down by a newborn. After dinner we got the phone call no parent wants to get... our kids were being monsters and needed to be picked up. I wasn't mad, just slightly disappointed. On our long drive home our little monsters immediately fell asleep, giving me time to think about our families future. What I realized is that as badly as I wanted alone time with Daddy, our kids needed us more. They need our attention now, because soon enough they won't completely have it.

So I have made a commitment to make this week as fun as possible, to slow down and enjoy our time, and to make sure they both know how deeply I love them.