Sunday, April 10, 2016

It's a Girl

Addie made her debut February 26, 2016 about 5 days early. I was so thankful to have my parents here for when I went into labor. They were originally going to arrive on February 29th because my due date wasn't until March 2nd. I explained to them that both of my other boys came about a week early. I really wanted them here for the birth of Addie so that they could watch the boys for us while we were in the hospital. That was my biggest stress. I wanted to make sure the boys were taken care of. They arrived on the evening of February 21st. We had a few days of good weather so I showed them around town a little bit on Monday and Tuesday. By Tuesday evening we were all wondering when I was going to go into labor. We decided on Wednesday we would plan a trip to Silver falls to go hiking because it was going to be a nice day. We pulled Camo from school and made the trip over to Silver Falls. I just hit 39 weeks and it was probably crazy of me to be doing a strenuous 3 mile hike, but I was anxious to get things moving and hopefully go into labor. It worked, because early Thursday morning I woke up to consistent contractions every 10 minutes. In the morning I told J I had been up all night and that we might be going to the hospital. I decided to send him to work because I was going to wait until they got a little bit closer. Well, they ended up getting farther apart, but were still coming every 20 minutes all day on Thursday. I was exhausted because they were just uncomfortable enough that I wasn't able to sleep all day. Then around 9 p.m. on Thursday I could feel them coming back on every 8-10 minutes. J and I decided to go to bed around 10, but my contractions started to get even closer so I decided to get in the bath to see if they would go away. While I was in the bath they started to get closer and closer. I then noticed they were coming every 4 minutes so I quickly got out of the bath and woke J up to tell him we better head to the hospital. It was about midnight and J was so tired and out of it. I  woke my mom and dad up to tell them we were headed to the hospital. My mom came with us, while my dad stayed back home with the boys. When we got to the hospital I was at a 6. I decided I was far enough along that I wasn't going to do the epidural and just get through the contractions. About 2 hours later she checked me again and I was only 7 1/2 centimeters dilated.  I was discouraged that in 2 hours of hard labor I had only progressed 1 1/2 centimeters. I was exhausted because at this point I hadn't slept in 24 hours. I knew that I would be too exhausted to push so I decided to try out the epidural. I absolutely loved it! I can't believe that with the other two boys I had them without the epidural. It was so nice to be able to sleep until it was time to push. The epidural must have helped me relax because in 30 minutes I jumped all the way up to 9 centimeters. About an hour later it was finally time to push. She was born at 6 in the morning on Friday. It was by far my best labor experience and I think it was because of the epidural. I'm grateful that I have been able to deliver both my boys without an epidural, but I'm also grateful that I was able to have the epidural for this birth. I think if I were to have another baby, I would choose the epidural.

A fun fact is that all of my kids were born on a Friday. Addie weighed in at 8 pounds 3 ounces. She was my biggest baby by 1 ounce. TJ was 8 pounds 2 ounces. We are all in love with her. I was worried that TJ was going to have a hard time, but he absolutely loves her. Everyday he runs into our room asking if Addie is awake or wondering where she is. He loves to help me with her and always gets in her face to kiss her. He is constantly saying,"Oh baby Addie, your so cute, I love your baldy head". He has many different terms of endearment for her and you never know what he's going to call her next. I love the bond they have with one another already! Camo is also a big help. He doesn't seem as interested, but is always there to help if she's crying or I need something. J is just in love with her. I love seeing the love he has for her and it's very apparent. Every day that he comes home from work he wants to immediately hold her. Whenever she is crying, I hand her off to him and he helps her to calm down. Addie and I are so lucky to have these boys in our life!


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Pregnancy and Latest Happenings

A lot has been going on since the last time I posted. I was out jogging the other day thinking about how much I used to keep up with this blog and how much I love to go back and read my posts. It's so nice to have a journal to look back on so I wanted to post a few things that we have been up to.

Camo started kindergarten this last fall. I had such a hard time letting him go all day long. I missed him so much. The first day of kinder started out great for him and he was so excited. That really helped me knowing that he was excited to be there. The rest of the week went just as great! He seemed to love school. Then everything fell apart the next week. He cried and didn't want to go. Mrs. Slay his assistant teacher, told me one day that he was sad and said I just need to see my mommy. I think Camo was just having a hard time being away from me for so long. I never did preschool with him which probably didn't help his or my separation anxiety. This went on for another month or two. Every time I would drop him off for school, I had to walk him to his classroom and he would start crying. It was so hard. The good news was that as soon as he settled down, his teacher, Mrs. Z, would give me a phone call saying he was just fine. I also had to eat lunch with him almost every day the first couple months of school because he just needed to see me in the middle of the day. I would be lying if I said I didn't love it too. I missed him so much and it helped me to see him as well. I was also able to volunteer in his classroom every Wednesday which was wonderful. I loved meeting all of his classmates and seeing how he interacted with all the kids. Fast forward 5 months and he doesn't need me to walk him to his classroom, he doesn't need me to eat lunch with him, and he doesn't need me to volunteer anymore. He has also made so many friends. He now loves going to school and really loves his friends and teachers. I know it's important to remember that when our kids go through these phases, they will eventually end. In the moment I thought he would never be okay going to school. He does great now and I'm so thankful!

Camo is such a sweet boy. He loves to play legos and play board games. He is also really awesome at dancing. He recently attended a friends birthday party and when I arrived to pick him up, I had multiple parents asking me where he got his dance skills from. I told them his dad! He is always so thoughtful and is always concerned about how other people are feeling. He is such a great eater and will eat almost any meal I make. Sometimes he doesn't like it, but will ask me if I'm sad that he doesn't like it. I try to explain to him that it's okay if you don't like something, we just have to be respectful and polite when telling someone that we don't like it.

A cute story about him that I don't want to forget. J was peeling a cutie orange for him and realized there were ten slices so he thought he would use it as a teaching moment and teach him about tithing. J told him to pretend that he was the Lord and he then gave Camo all the slices. He told him that the Lord only required him to give 10 percent back which was one slice. After Camo gave J back one slice, he looked at his pile of slices and said "Is that all the Lord gets?" It was really cute to see at his age that he understood the Lord doesn't require much in return for all we're given. Leave it to kids to put things into perspective for us adults. I'm so grateful for all the things my children teach me. They are such a blessing in my life.

I am about a week away from having our first baby girl! I haven't posted at all about my pregnancy so I wanted to post a few things so that I can remember a little bit of how this pregnancy went. It took us a little bit longer than we had expected to get pregnant this time around so when we found out in June that we were expecting we were ecstatic! This pregnancy wasn't really any different than my other pregnancies. I didn't really get sick which has always been such a blessing. I craved salty foods at the beginning and couldn't care less about desserts just like my other two pregnancies. Now towards the end of my pregnancy I can't get enough sweets. I'm loving anything and everything chocolate. Maybe it's my bodies way of preparing me for an exhausting labor.  The one thing that was interesting this pregnancy was that I had a major food aversion to our home grown summer tomatoes. It was really sad because we planted three of them outside in our backyard and I hardly ate any. I loved them the year before so it was really weird. I hope to be back to my normal self this summer and plant some more that I can enjoy. I have been able to workout this pregnancy which has been awesome. I usually do strength training three times a week and running three miles about five times a week. I have gained about 30 pounds so far and hope to keep it right around that weight. We did our gender ultrasound at week 20 and decided to do a gender reveal party. Our appointment was on a Monday and we waited until Saturday to reveal what we were having. I was prepared for another boy because I thought I saw boy parts during the ultrasound. Apparently I'm not an ultrasound tech because I was wrong! I was so surprised to find out we were having a girl!  For the party we had Roth's bakery fill donuts with either pink or blue cream filled donuts. We gave them the envelope so we had no idea what we were going to bite into. We had some friends and family over and we all got to bite into a doughnut together! It was so fun and exciting when we all bit into pink cream filled doughnuts! Interesting story, the morning of the gender reveal party I woke up and told J I had a dream we bit into pink cream filled doughnuts. Jordan said he had an almost identical dream. We were both confused because we were certain we were having a boy.  The boys were very excited. We can't wait to meet her!
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Jordan is still working for Back to Health Clinic as a chiropractor. He seems to be liking it for now. We know that this is the job we are supposed to have right now, but things could always change. We have been so blessed to have a nice home and neighborhood to live in.  He was able to go golfing a few times last year which he really enjoys. He wishes he could go up to the mountain and snowboard a little bit more often. He is definitely excited to have a little girl and I know he will be an amazing dad just like he is to the boys!

TJ is my little buddy while Camo is at school. He is such a loving sweet boy, but he can also be very feisty. He has a way different personality than Camo so it has been more of a challenge to parent him. I know that his strong willed personality will pay off and I'm trying to enjoy his spunky little self. He is extremely picky with food and loves to eat bread with jam. He also loves mushrooms which is so funny considering his picky palate. He still loves his thumb and his polka dot blanket! I know he will be an awesome big brother because he loves our friends little baby and asks to hold her every time we see them. He also loves to pat my belly and ask when baby Addy is coming out!