Adrian’s low-key Birth Story.

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Last night as a family of four…plus a dog and a(n outdoor) cat.

 

If you’re looking for excitement, go back and read about the birth of my first child, because this story isn’t all that wild and that’s how I like to keep my labor/delivery from here on out.

 

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My In-laws sent flowers during my last week of pregnancy with a note that read, “Hang In There!”

 

I was only about 37 weeks pregnant when the pain of carrying this baby became sharp and stabbing…in all the most uncomfortable places.

 

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It’s birth day! 5am go time.

 

My official due date was November 30th, but the stabbing pains – and convenience of my husband having all of Thanksgiving break off from school – made my decision to be induced an entire week early that much easier.

 

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Nurse Brandy (who reminded me so much of my cousin’s wife! They even kind of look a like). Labor nurse and DJ. ūüôā

 

Anxiously I made arrangements for my two little boys to have safe places to go while I lay in the hospital hooked up to the IV.

The small village of women I know are so fabulous (I was still anxious about not being with my boys all day and leaving them with friends) and I really had nothing to worry about – those boys had a good day and didn’t even notice I was gone.

 

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Birth Day: ¬†Dan stayed with the boys until about 8:45am and then dropped them at a friend’s house. I knew things wouldn’t be that exciting with me until later in the day.

 

My mom drove into town the night before induction – she and I got about 3 hours of sleep – before we arrived at the hospital at 5am.

Months leading up to the induction, I prayed and prayed for good nursing staff. The nurses can make or ruin a birthing experience. It all hinges on good nurses.

 

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And just like that, I’m at a 7!! By the time I reached 10, I was feeling sick!

 

Prayers were answered each day of my hospital stay. Each shift, I was blessed with exceptional nursing care.

[I even got the same anesthesiologist from last year! Who I absolutely loved!]

When I’m anxious I tend to be more silly and I requested that my labor nurse have a good sense of humor. Not only did I get the Charge Nurse on the unit, but she was everything I wanted/needed, including an afterbirth DJ.

 

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Praying, meditating, feeling uncomfortable…

 

What?? Afterbirth DJ?

We named our little girl Adrian.

 

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She is almost here!

 

She is not named after the character in the movie Rocky, but I do happen to like that movie.

So, throughout the day my mom is giving my siblings the play by play via text message (with photos) of how I’m doing, I said, “mom, as soon as she is born, you need to caption the photo ‘Yo Adrian, WE DID IT!'”

 

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Start pushing, holding Danny’s hand.

 

That’s when the nurse said, “someone needs to download the Rocky song and play it when she comes out.”

We all laughed, “yeah, that would be funny, good idea.”

 

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Daddy cutting the cord.

 

Meanwhile, it’s 1 o’clock and I’m still sitting somewhere around 4 to 5 cm dilated and the nurse says I’ll check you again at 3pm.

Ugh. Another long induction.

 

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Cue the music…

 

Close to 2pm I asked Danny if we could watch a movie on his laptop. He had left the laptop charger at home and asked if he had time to run home and get it. I told him, “yeah, probably.”

The nurse happened to walk in right as Dan was standing up to leave and I asked the nurse to check me again, just in case, because I wanted Danny to run home.

 

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Me and Doctor B. (who kinda looks like a Spooky Dr. B. here…I promise, he is the total opposite of Spooky, I’d recommend him to anyone.)

 

Well, I was 7 cm dilated and apparently moving fast now. So Danny sat down, nurse got the birth cart ready and paged the doctor.

1o mins later my OB was in my room chatting with us, camped out and not headed anywhere because I was progressing really fast.

 

 

Mom had the bed in the sitting position and I was mid conversation with my doctor when I had this overwhelming urge to vomit.

“I think I’m in transition, I feel like throwing up!”

[As Danny would later quote from Wayne’s World, “if you’re gunna spew, spew in this.” picture a Dixie Cup]

 

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The uncomfortable part is over, sort of…

 

Mom handed me a trash can – doctor gowned up – I did some deep breathing and Danny was rubbing my back.

I didn’t end up spewing – I did end up pushing for less than 10 minutes and out came our little Adrian.

 

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The boys came the next day. Wiley kept saying, “she was in your tummy and you pushed her out?!” After the excitement of the new baby wore off, they climbed on everything, wanted to watch TV and eat my food.

 

Moments after she was placed into my arms, my nurse played the Rocky theme song from her phone.

It was kind of a perfect moment, within a perfect moment.

 

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She is a golden blonde. You can’t see her eyebrows blonde.

 

This baby was a lovely surprise.

She is really heavenly, not a crier, loves to sleep all day and eat all night.

 

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For those of you complimenting my post birth look, this is my reality now…puffy, sleepless face. ūüôā

 

Her first four days of life I averaged three hours of sleep each day and it has been worth every sleepless moment.

 

 

 

Return to me…the pre-pregnant me.

Me and My first born, who turns three in two months!!!
Me and My first born, who turns three in two months!!!

I joined a beach body challenge that starts tomorrow.

What I wore Monday and Tuesday probably.
What I wore Monday and Tuesday probably. Shirt from Tyler’s in Austin (Thanks Aunt Laura!), Leggings (which aren’t pants) from Walmart, Socks are Smartwool and shoes by Birkenstock. Hahaha, just in case you’re dying to re-create the look.

I gained 50 pounds this pregnancy, twelve more than the last time I got pregnant. My doctor told me to be careful, because it’s harder to lose than it is to keep it off.

I didn’t feel like I had much of a problem last time getting into shape…but every baby is different.

So worth it! Those ears, that nose!
So worth it! My Elf child.

My last baby was born in the Spring, so the weather was nice, I was outside every day taking a walk, pushing a stroller.

This time, everything is different.

My only resolution coming out of this year is: The next time I get pregnant, I will remember to over come the urge to lay sick on the couch until I’m starving, eat Marie Callender’s chicken pot pies and go lay on the couch again. Repeat for two months.

Wednesday's look.
Wednesday’s look.

Next time, I am determined to make better choices. Marie Callender’s chicken pot pie and then a walk, then a nap on the couch!

He is wiggling off the play mat!!
He is wiggling off the play mat!!

Anyway, here are my stats at the beginning of my 60 day fitness challenge:

Arms – 11 inches (measured between my shoulder and elbow)

Waist – 34 inches (around the belly button…I remember when my chest was that big and my waist was almost as tiny as my thigh!!!)

Hip – 43 inches (solid baby)

Thigh – 22.5 inches (measured between my hip and my knee)

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Work out (PiYo) six days a week and eat clean (which is how I usually eat, so no big change there)!

The thing I really like about the program is the structure – having a plan – for meals, working out and then for me, personal scripture study.

Thursday: same pants, different day.
Thursday: same pants, different day.

I’ve always struggled with structure and following a schedule, so this is going to be an adventure…

Eating clean includes our Thrive foods! This kid loves to eat freeze dried fruit and yogurt.
Eating clean includes our Thrive foods! This kid loves to eat freeze dried fruit and yogurt.

Speaking of adventures, parenting update: ¬†my two year old was put into bed 30 minutes ago. ¬†He was just calling out that something bit him. Because I am an overly cautious mom, I sent Danny in there to investigate. Apparently, my son bit his own arm thinking he would get out of bed – I’m sure. Clever boy.

This is my "I don't want to 'sqeeze' into my T-shirts anymore" Before photo.
This is my “I don’t want to ‘sqeeze’ into my T-shirts anymore” Before photo and an attempt to “hide” my identity.

The Birth Story (If That’s What You’re Into).

I used to watch Flight of the Concords…which is where I ripped off the title, “If that’s what you’re into” for this post – credit given where it is due.

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Speaking of being due…

This post is really All About Me.
This post is really All About Me.

I didn’t go into labor naturally “on time” and I elected to be induced August 22nd at 10am.

Hey me and Nurse Gail.
Hey me and Nurse Gail.

I definitely feel like so many of my prayers were answered, all the things I was stressing over got worked out.

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First – I didn’t want to put any of my friends out with having them take my two year old for who-knows-how-long? …as fate (or heaven) would have it, my dad decided to come up to Columbia, mainly because he was missing my mom, but he extended his visit to stay with my Wiley.

When being induced, bring a book or some movies...you'll be awhile.
When being induced, bring a book or some movies…you’ll be awhile.

Worry Number One – eliminated

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Second – this was my first time being induced. It seemed sort of unnatural to me to force the baby out if he wasn’t ready, even if I was. ¬†Being induced also means artificial Pitocin (Oxytocin) being streamed into an IV to start contractions, which has the potential to bring on very strong¬†contractions. I just feared the pain I knew would come.

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I knew physically I could live through it. For thousands of years women gave birth with nothing more than a lay midwife to assist them…and for many others, they gave birth alone.

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But sitting in hospital room 338, on an exercise ball, reading my library book, “Instant Mom” by Nia Vardalos (which I would recommend – an adoptive birth story), I labored for several hours comfortably from 2 to about five centimeters.

This is where I start crying...
This is where I start crying…I’m scared.

At four centimeters the OB broke my water.

Tap Out
Tap Out

Although still not having painful contractions from 4 to 5cm, I sat on the ball with tears trickling down my cheeks.

I was afraid, I knew what was coming and wondered if I would have more than two children.

The contractions got stronger and eventually the pain crept into my back. Back Labor, GREAT, just what I was hoping for.

My mom and husband tried to make me comfortable, but I had decided before my OB came back into my room that I wanted to be juiced up.

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Give me the epidural – I have already been through labor hell – if I have the choice – I’m not going through that again.

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The Anesthesiologist was awesome, I hardly felt the local anesthetic poke into my back and frankly I didn’t care, I was on the road to recovering my sanity. If happiness comes in the form of a big fat needle shoved into my back? Please, sign me up!

Oh, now I can rest some!
Oh, now I can rest some!

Numb – gloriously numb!

Oh, time to push?
Oh, time to push?

Some downsides? Well, I had to get a catheter. ¬†Here I thought I’d go my whole life without needing one of those…

He's here!!!!
He’s here!!!!

I felt good enough to keep asking my mom, “How is Wiley and dad doing?” She was getting steady text messages from dad and everything back home was fine.

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After being juiced up, I turned my TV on and watched House Hunters International and Love It or List It Too…that’s not a downside to labor, by the way.

Nurse Mary
Nurse Mary

Ten hours after being hooked to my IV to induce labor, the OB announced that I was ready to push.

Baby T Rock!
Baby T Rock!

Oh Boy, I was nervous about this part…but I was still cracking jokes, because I felt well enough to!

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I did three quick pushes – CRAP – I pooped…It’s true and you should be aware that this happens (so I discovered).

for the first time since I was 12 (story for another day) I pooped unintentionally.

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I’m sure you all wanted to know that part – but that is an ugly reality of child birth.

My mom
My mom

I did three more quick pushes – Doc was getting excited and I did three more quick pushes and the baby’s head came out.

I ate half that pizza by myself!
I ate half that pizza by myself! First thing in about 12 hours.

I didn’t have to push anymore after that – My baby just came out and was placed on my chest – relieved to find my second child was as cute; it was a concern for me. My first child was cute, so I was hoping the second would match him in cuteness – no disappointment there.

The very next day, Wiley came to see the new baby
The very next day, Wiley came to see the new baby “we picked up.”

Some minor worries – I didn’t want to tear (I was very concerned about my lady parts), I didn’t want to get any hemorrhoids from pushing (who wants those??) and I didn’t want to poop.

Wiley asked us when we were leaving for the hospital the day before,
Wiley asked us when we were leaving for the hospital the day before, “where are you going?”

Two out of three ain’t bad.

Danny told him,
Danny told him, “we are going to pick up a baby.”

At the end of the day, literally, I felt so good that I knew I would have more children. I would have to do the pregnancy thing again, but I knew that I would not have to fear the labor and birth experience anymore and that made me really happy.

Does Wiley like this new guy, or what?
Does Wiley like this new guy, or what?

It may sound silly to you, but as soon as my back went numb I was thanking my heavenly Father profusely for the availability of modern medicine. I thanked Him for inspiring the person who developed this wonderful thing called Epidural.

Yeah, I think these two boys will be the best of friends.
Yeah, I think these two boys will be the best of friends.

Do I think every women should use them – certainly not – if women want to go naturally, “You GO girl”…but that girl wont be me, ever again.

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Pretty awesome.

“In due season [you] shall reap…” The Week Following My Due Date.

My due date was August 17th…how I looked forward to this day.

I went into labor three days early with my first child and I was sure that I would “go early” with the second.

Mom and Wiley - we went to the hospital to make sure we would know where to go - like - if I went into labor in the middle of the night...or something.
Mom and Wiley. We went to the hospital the day after mom and sister arrived to find Labor and Delivery¬†– like – what if I went into labor in the middle of the night…or something? We needed to know where to go!

My contractions fooled me for weeks leading up to the 17th – I sat around the week before my due date trying to not have a baby before my mother and sister arrived.

As soon as they got to my house, I was free to have this baby and was positive I would; because that is what I needed, it’s what I wanted.

Wiley was loving that piggy back ride.
Wiley was loving that piggy back ride.

My husband was going to start a new semester of school on August 25th and my sister (who drove up from Houston, Texas) started her last year of nursing school on August 25th as well and had to leave Columbia, MO by the 21st of August to get back in time for a pre-semester nursing lab.

We had a field trip to the Columbia Library.
We had a field trip to the Columbia Library.

So, you see, I had to have this baby early or on time!

As soon as the family arrived, my contractions seemed to wane.

My sister has a cute bum!
My sister has a cute bum! and yes, my son wore that same outfit the day before (clean socks)… he doesn’t wear clothes at home, just when we go out.

*Le sigh.

With each baby-less day that ticked by, the more stressed and frustrated I became.

My sister found a few seasons of "Call The Midwife."
My sister found a few seasons of “Call The Midwife.”

Why be stressed Kate? Babies eventually come…

Wiley popping out to say, "I can see you!"
Wiley popping out to say, “I can see you!”

Ah yes, they come and I had experienced one delivery already and was NOT looking forward to doing it again.

Sitting around watching "Call The Midwife," hoping I would go into labor, watching other people in labor. Fake labor, but realistic fake labor.
Sitting around watching “Call The Midwife,” hoping I would go into labor, watching other people in labor. Fake labor, but realistic fake labor.

For those of you who haven’t read about the birth of my first son, you can find it¬†here¬†and¬†here¬†– for those of you who just want a summary – the birth of my first son was a nightmare that lasted two days.

reading books to pass the time.
reading books to pass the time.

So, after 40¬†weeks fretting over the doom and gloom of delivering my second child…I was gifted another six days to dread it over in my mind.

Art projects (which, mom, you never finished) :)
Art projects (which, mom, you never finished darn it) ūüôā

On a visit (I wasn’t supposed to have – because that baby was supposed to come by now) with my OB he told me he wouldn’t induce me until I was closer to 41 weeks.

Wiley finished his art project.
Wiley finished his art project.

‚ÄúAnd let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not‚ÄĚ (Galatians 6:7‚Äď9).

My baby sister had to leave before I was induced, but to quote the Rolling Stones, “we can’t always get what we want, but if you try sometime, you just might find – you get what you need.”

and such is life.

We love you!
We love you!

We A Had Birth – Shout Hurray! (not the birth story…coming soon)

My brain hasn’t had enough sleep to post the birth story yet. So here are the stats:

I had my second child – another boy – last Friday night at 10:19 pm.

Grandma holding new guy.
Grandma holding new guy.

He was another 8 pounder (8 lb 7 oz). Thank goodness I was induced – I came out with no tears!!! I’m not sure I would have been so lucky with a Niner. Because of the thick layer of vernix (waxy coating to keep baby warm in utero) my mom says baby came too early…well, I for one am glad to have him out!

Wiley is in super-love with his new baby brother.
Wiley is in super-love with his new baby brother.

He was 21 3/4 inches long.

Wiley smothers this little guy with kisses...it is really cute.
Wiley smothers this little guy with kisses…it is really cute.

He had his second bath today and I can tell you that he has copper colored hair and looks more like his cousin Evelyn than he does to his brother…but, he’s only 5 days old.

I have some really lovely photos that Danny took – but again – going through those and composing a story will take more thought than I can muster right now.

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One day at a time.

My mom and her tenth grand-baby.
My mom and her tenth grand-baby.

I’m so happy to have a new little monkey to cuddle.

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Summer Baby Shower With A Beach Theme – is there any other theme?

Last Saturday some friends gathered to celebrate the coming of our new baby boy.

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I know there are lots of themes out there for showers, but I long for the beach, I would always rather be there than almost anywhere in the world.

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The sound of the waves can soothe my soul almost as well as getting a good night’s rest, eating a great meal or doing a session¬†in the Temple.

Ukulele is Dan's - the table is about half full here - Stefanie made sure there was no empty space here. Yum
Ukulele is Dan’s – the table is about half full here – Stefanie made sure there was no empty space here. Yum

My husband happens to own several beachy props, so the decor was a no-brainer (right Stef…who stayed up late making everything look fabulous?).

Details - I love the center piece on the crafting table, where we painted onesies.
Details – I love the center piece on the crafting table, where we painted onesies. That is brown sugar in place of sand, if you were wondering.

I moved to Columbia in late January and come July I had new friendships РStefanie and I met because we were assigned as Visiting Teaching companions through church.  Lucky me.

I requested smoothies...such a great thing smoothies.
I requested smoothies…such a great thing smoothies.

A few months ago Stefanie asked if she could throw a shower for me – I told her I wasn’t sure that was a good idea, since I didn’t know anyone – she insisted.

Those cupcakes were delicious - chocolate cupcakes with a butter cream/coconut frosting.
Those cupcakes were delicious – chocolate cupcakes with a butter cream/coconut frosting. I crave them – you hear me – I need more of those in my life.

I’m so glad that she did, I had a great time.

Painting a onesie
Painting a onesie

Those who came got to get to know each other better too – some of the activities were filling out some things about themselves and then me guessing who it was – it was fun and funny discovering who belonged to what.

I know Jennifer's weird quirk...it has to do with eating.
I know Jennifer’s weird quirk…it has to do with eating.

Like, who listens to country music? Who listens to too much Hipster stuff? Who belongs to what weird quirk? Well, You had to be there to get the answers…

Jewly
Jewly

My other friend Jewly (along with her family) was the first person to reach out and invite me to do things.

Super artist here - love her work.
Super artist Crystalyn here – love her work.

Being in my first trimester and having to move was stressful enough – it was nice to have people¬†go out of their way to befriend me when I wasn’t feeling up to it.

Rachel here won a nice beach blanket by getting most of the All About Katie questions correct.
Rachel here won a nice beach blanket by getting most of the All About Katie questions correct.

Since I began feeling better, it has been easier to make time for social activities.

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again, I’m glad I did.

Books - I love books, my two year old loves books and our new baby will love them too.
Books – I love books, my two year old loves books and our new baby will love them too.

Because, had I remained a hermit I’m pretty sure my baby shower would have been a party of one.

WIth no friends - I wouldn't have gotten this alligator muscle shirt.
WIth no friends – I wouldn’t have gotten this muscle shirt with stars on it (which comes with cute little crocodile¬†shorts and I love crocodiles).

I prefer to avoid Lonely – party of one.

I did the sheep one to the right. Crystalyn did the surfboard one on the left.
I did the sheep one to the right. Crystalyn did the surfboard one on the left.

I feel really blessed – to those who came and those who didn’t but sent gifts – you ladies are too generous.

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Everyone got to conjure the artist inside.

I’m all stocked up on diapers and wipes too and that makes me happier still.

Shower gifts for those who came - a reusable bag "beach bag" and herbal mint chapstick. Dude, that is awesome.
Shower gifts for those who came – a reusable bag “beach bag” and herbal mint chapstick. Dudettes, “Thanks for Hangin with us.”

Thank you so much for thinking of me and making me feel special.

Hostess Stefanie
Hostess Stefanie

and special thanks to Stefanie’s husband who took over care of the kids all Saturday – we know Dad doesn’t fit into Mom Jeans, but we are so glad you put them on!

L to R:  (Danny's board), Jewly, Me and Stef
L to R: (Danny’s board), Jewly, Me and Stef

I like parties, who’s up next???

Ah, Tina, Tina is up next.

Here’s What I Learned On April Fools Day

Twenty weeks, and twenty pounds ago, I became:

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[pregnant]

It seemed like an eternity for the dang ultrasound that would tell me if I was going to have a girl or another boy…

Wait, you mean I'm not an only child anymore?
Wait, you mean I’m not going to be an only child anymore?

Danny kept saying, “it’s a boy.”

Well, we'll just see about that!!!
Well, we’ll just see about that!!!

I was busy chatting with the ultrasound tech and she said,

“your husband is right, it’s a boy”

what I heard,

“you’re about to be overwhelmed by testosterone…”

S0, I went home and played dress up.

Well, I may have to pass all my cute girly things off onto my nieces.

Looks like I'm going to become a pro at this little boy thing!
Looks like I’m going to become a pro at this little boy thing!

I wanted a girl, but now that I know I’m having another boy – I couldn’t be happier – I know Wiley and he are going to be great sparring buddies and best friends.

Don't you love the cheap Walmart curtain behind me? I should have gone to Target...oh well.
Don’t you love the cheap Walmart curtain behind me? I should have gone to Target…oh well.

YAY for having another baby!

Coming August…somewhere around the 17th

From Dust To Dust and The Things That Last Forever

The Whites - The majority of my mom's side of the family.
The Whites – The majority of my mom’s side of the family during Thanksgiving…unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the Christmas gathering with this side of the family. Couldn’t work out two places in once.

I once had a patient in the hospital, a woman who was about 75 years old, I can’t remember if she said she had married…but what I do remember is, she never had any children.

The great-grands holding their youngest great grandchild.
The great-grands holding their youngest great grandchild.

Now I know I have mentioned before on this blog how I used to be afraid of having children.

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Afraid for many reasons, but one BIG reason was I didn’t want to ruin my body.

My cousin Mary holding my nephew.
My cousin Mary holding my nephew.

I didn’t want stretch marks, I didn’t want lose skin, I didn’t want sagging breasts.

Here is my Mother-in-law's side of the family. Pawpaw and Gregre in the front surrounded by their posterity.
Here is my Mother-in-law’s side of the family. Pawpaw and Gregre in the front surrounded by their posterity.

I apologize for saying “sagging breasts” but it is the honest truth.

Four generations, Gregre, Nona, Steph and her baby girl.
Four generations, Gregre, Nona, Steph and her baby girl. Photogenic bunch, aren’t they?

so, at twenty-six, when I walked into a patient’s room and told her I was there to ¬†discharge the heart monitor…this 75 year old woman patient who had never had children….

Here is Grambo's family after our Christmas Day game of Yankee Swap (gag gifts).
Here is Grambo’s family after our Christmas Day game of Yankee Swap (gag gifts).

You can imagine my surprise when this woman just opened her shirt, exposing her naked chest.

Four generations on Grambo's side. Grandpa, Grambo, Danny and Wiley.
Four generations on Grambo’s side. Grandpa, Grambo, Danny and Wiley.

I quickly and gracefully removed the sticky electrodes from her chest – but couldn’t help noticing how saggy and stretched her skin was.

and for the first time in my life, I realized, that my body would grow old and stretch whether I had children or not.

My cousin Max, his wife Miranda and their baby girl!
My cousin Max, his wife Miranda and their baby girl!

I didn’t want to be an old woman, with nothing to show for it – if I had the choice.

KoKo with her new grand niece.
KoKo with her new grand niece.

So after that mildly strange encounter with a patient, I was much less concerned about what would happen to my body after I had babies.

My baby boy
My baby boy

I had a baby boy almost two years ago…and you know what?

I didn’t get any stretch marks, I didn’t get any loose skin, but I did gain an incredibly adorable little boy – who my husband and I just love with all our hearts.

Eventually my body will go the way of all the earth, and I don’t mind.

At least I’ll have things to show for it.

I’m expecting another baby August 25th of this year and we are very excited about it.

Another Home Birth: My Sister Is A Goddess

My husband and I had a visit with our doctor Monday morning to follow up our ER visit from Saturday.¬†During the days that accompanied my miscarriage, I had so much love and so many prayers on behalf of my family, that I couldn’t feel too sad. On the same day I miscarried, I heard a first time pregnancy for another women had been miscarried too. I heard a former LDS Institute teacher of mine was in the hospital with the chance of a leg amputation from the thigh down. I heard a family friend lost her son-in-law in un-timely death. My sweet sister Klara, pregnant with her fifth child, was one week over due. I had so many prayers said on my behalf last weekend, but I was busy praying for other families….which is the best thing I could have done.

In thirty seconds, she'll be laughing again.
In thirty seconds, she’ll be laughing again.

We left Missouri last Tuesday, made stops to see family in Oklahoma on our way to Texas. My sweet sister was desperately trying to encourage labor with no success. We arrived in Spring, TX around 5:30pm June 26 and she began to have productive contractions sometime after 6pm.

Her husband was there every step of the way...my have things changed in child birth over the last sixty years!
Her husband was there every step of the way…my, have things changed in child birth over the last sixty years!

If I had known she was waiting for us to arrive, we would have come sooner.

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Behold, A Goddess At Work

Start to finish, she labored and delivered within six hours. It was beautiful. Dialated to 7cm and between each contraction Klara was laughing and talking like she was having a good time. I only had one baby and there was no laughing until the pain meds got injected through the IV and I definitely did not feel like I was having a good time.

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She eventually pregressed to transition with more focus and less laughing after midnight. Just after 1am, my newest nephew came into the world. The amniotic sac had not broken and the baby’s head came out still encased inside the protective sac looking like an astronaut emerging wearing his helmet.

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My sister is one of the strongest women I know – she is such a good mother – her children are brillant and cheerful. Klara at twenty-seven years of age and her husband at thirty-one are the parents of five beautiful children.

Just seconds later my sister is laughing again and asking for scrambled eggs.
Just seconds later my sister is laughing again and asking for scrambled eggs.

Most people might think they are crazy people for having SO MANY children and at SUCH A YOUNG AGE, to those people¬†I say to you,¬†“pisssh”. What purpose do we have as human beings without family? Family is central to the Creator’s Plan of Happiness.These children will make this world a better place, because their parents are teaching them good principles and good habits. What better way to show the world that God is optomistic, then by sending more babies into it…to shape it’s future?

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I’m grateful to hold new babies, with their new smell and curious eyes. May we all¬†live a little bit better, so the children may look to us and learn to be good.

My new little hobbit nephew, I shall call him Samwise!!! But that is not what his mother and father call him.
My new little hobbit nephew, I shall call him Samwise!!! But that is not what his mother and father call him.

An Occasion To Be Resilient: Facing Challenges

Danny borrowed a tandem kayak from some friends, to see how our son would take to it....
Danny borrowed a tandem kayak from some friends, to see how our son would take to it….

On Wednesday I began spotting…seeing as how pregnant women shouldn’t spot, I became worried. Thursday my husband left for a three day kayak trip. I took it easy, let the baby tear my room apart while I sat/laid in bed.

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As Thursday closed, I became more worried, but felt comfort in my Friday afternoon appointment with my M.D…but Thursday night brought no sleep and no comfort for me. I’ll not be graphic (appreciate?) and say, I lost a lot of blood and contracted so painfully from about midnight to 6am.

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Daddy’s job was entertain our son…it was a long weekend for us both.

It was so terrible, I passed out in the bathroom around midnight. At 5:30am I took some ibuprofen, texted Danny – hoping he had cell phone reception along the river – and told him to come home right away.

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Shaking, dehydrated, too nauseated to drink water I just moaned for relief until my NSAIDS (Ibu) kicked in. I slept two hours and woke soaked. I called the doctor’s office and told them the graphic details and asked if I should wait to see them at 1pm or go to the ER. I was instructed to go to the ER….too much blood lost. My brother Keegan drove me to the ER, where Danny met me with a wheelchair (I told him to stop being so dramatic, but really I was grateful).

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Danny was such a great help. He wanted to help me in any way and for some time on Saturday he rubbed my legs, my butt, my back, my head anything I asked. He couldn’t find the heating pad, so he made me two, a heated rice sock and a Nalgene with hot water in it. I was laying on the floor for some time in the most comfortable position I could find and he placed his laptop on its side with a movie so I wouldn’t dwell on how I was feeling. I have such a great support in him.

Here is our little prince, the miracle I gave birth to early last year.
Here is our little prince, the miracle I gave birth to early last year.

It’s been three days of transient labor-like activity/pain. I can honestly say this miscarriage has been more difficult than giving birth – emotionally – the pain is there, but going through this without the sweet union of a new babe to hold makes it seem pointless.

How I loved him before this last week, how I treasure him even more now.
How I loved him before this last week, how I treasure him even more now.

I thought about the Savior and His Atonement. The Savior suffered the deepest and most intimate pains for every single person who ever lived. He did this to free mankind from our suffering, addictions, temptations…He even did this for those who would never accept His message of hope, love and forgiveness.

I gots to keep him safe
I gots to keep him safe

I wont be able to hold a new infant on Christmas Day 2013, but I have made covenants with God and if I keep those covenants my entire life, I will be reunited with all of my loved ones again.

I’m grateful for the knowledge of this gift.

I'm grateful for my family.

I’m grateful for my family and I’m grateful for my supportive friends. It helps me be more resilient.