Friday, December 24, 2010

McKinley's birth story

On Wednesday December 1st I told everyone at dinner that I gave the baby permission to be born at anytime. Tim spoke up and said that the baby can arrive anytime after work on Friday December 3rd.

This picture is the last picture of me pregnant.

Lets jump to Friday December 3rd. I had been having braxton hicks contractions most of the day and pretty much everyday since I was about 30 weeks. But today they seemed rather annoying. I talked to one of my closest and longest friends Stacey about the braxton hicks she had with her last child. I wanted to know if they felt different than with her other children, and how painful they were. After we hung up, Tim got home and we all kinda ate different things....because lets face it I really stopped cooking weeks ago. Reagan went Christmas
shopping with my Mom and wouldn't be back for hours. Then all of a sudden around 6:30pm I get back pain with the braxton hicks and pain around my incision from the previous c-sections. I notify Tim of my new pain and let him know that I am going to go and lay down to see if that will ease the pain. I know that I'm not suppose to labor because of my previous 2 c-sections and that if this was labor I should go at least get checked out. I lay down but the pain is still there. I feel best bent over and leaning on the bed. I now know that this is not normal for braxton hicks.
I call the on call doctor and he was super nice and said, just come on down, it won't hurt to at least check you out. So, we load up Lincoln and Tim drives us down to the hospital. I didn't bring my bag or the carseat because I honestly thought they were going to send me home.

We arrive around 7:30pm and get into triage and am surprised that we are the only ones there in the maternity triage area. It was okay with me because I got lots of good attention. They hook me up and sure enough there are my contractions. The nurse checks me and says, "you are a tight 1cm." We are told we can walk around and they would check me again in an hour. Meanwhile we called my Mom and she meets us at the hospital to be with Lincoln. During my one hour walking and dealing with back pain I get nauseous. I get back to the triage room and get checked again and tell the nurse of my nauseousness. She tells me I'm a loose 1cm and is going to go and speak with the doctor. I'm still having contractions that are getting more
frequent and stronger. The doctor comes back and says that he wants to start an IV and give me some meds for my nausea and will be back at 11pm to see how I am doing. He also thinks that the contractions will go away once I get hydrated, and I agree with him. However, nothing stopped except for the nausea. I still have back pain and the contractions are increasing in both strength and frequency. The nurse checks me again and no change. The doctor comes back and says, that he doesn't feel comfortable sending me home with my contractions on the rise. Especially since hydrating me didn't stop them. During the last 1.5 hours Tim went home and got a bag for me just in case. Tim's Mom came to be with the kids so my Mom could be at the hospital with us.

Just after 11pm we decide to go ahead with the c-section. We start making some phone calls and sent out some updates on facebook about our turn of events. The kids wouldn't know until morning that they had a baby sister.

For some reason I really wanted the baby to be born on the 4th so everyone took their time getting things ready. During the c-section the doctors discover that I have lots of scar tissue from the previous c-section and that my uterus is dangerously thin and is actually rupturing as they are touching it. If I had fallen or been in a car accident, my uterus could have ruptured and I would have mostly likely bled out in less that 5 minutes. The doctor's said that my body would not have tolerated any kind of active or hard labor. Thank you Jesus that we decided to do the c-section!!! The doctor's advised me not to have anymore children and we agree.

At 12:20am they ask Tim to stand up and announce that, "Its a GIRL!" Tim cried, I cried and she was crying like mad, healthy and he
r apgar score was 9/9. They said that she was 20 1/2 inches but when we had her 2 week check up she was 19 1/2 inches? So most likely at birth she was 18 1/2 inches long.

She has lots of dark hair, which is different from both her brother & sister. Lincoln was a towhead and Reagan was more dark blonde.

She has been a joy and delight to us and we are just thrilled!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

McKinley's birth announcements

I found this really cool lady who designs templates for professional photographers.
Her name is Melissa Davis. She had a huge 75% off sale last weekend and I bought some templates for McKinley's birth announcement.

In the above announcement I'm thinking about adding some scripture in the solid pink block at the bottom of the announcement.

Which one do you like best?

I'm thinking about just printing both, what do you think?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

17 day old dress

This dress has been worn by my Dad, both my brothers, myself
and all their children and all my children. That is 10 people.

We have all worn it and had our picture taken in it when we were 17 days old.

It was by chance that my Dad and my oldest brother wore it on the 17th day
and had picture's taken in it.
So, the tradition was born. Its our thing that we do.

The dress was made in France for the R.H. Stearns Co. Boston
(at least that is what the tag says)
My Dad was born in Cambridge, MA and
I can imagine my Grammie shopping there for her soon to be baby, my Dad.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Just McKinley and a Christmas card

We had professional picture's taken by the wonderfully talented
Valerie Hibler Photography.

Now help me decide which one will be her birth announcement.....please!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010


We are getting professional picture's taken of the kids and mostly of McKinley.
I can't wait to share them with you all.

I am tired.
I'm happy, happy.
Tomorrow is a big day.
McKinley is wonderfully amazing.
Christmas will be wonderful this year.
We also are seeing Santa tomorrow too.
I love our little family and how we have grown.
Lincoln's Christmas program at school is tomorrow.
Reagan and Lincoln love their little sister so much.
I'm so grateful Tim is home for the next 4 weeks.
Does this look like a tree?
I'm not sure.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Big sister love

I was able to pump yesterday and Reagan
feed her little sister.

Reagan just loves McKinley!

I just love our girls!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

We came home!!

Here are some pictures of our last days in the hospital.

Tim's Nana B.

My Grandma Ruth, the kids call her Gigi for Great Grandma.

My Mom

My brother Del had last minute business in Oregon and was able to here.
He lives in Colorado and it was super special that he could be here.

I took some picture's of McKinley before I got her dressed.
Not too bad, eh?

After I got her dressed in her going home outfit, she wouldn't stop moving.

Finally, we are all ready to go.
We are home and so glad.
I will write her birth story soon,
I'm just still so tired and she loves to stay up all night!

Be back soon!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lincoln as a big brother

Lincoln sat with me
not knowing McKinley would be too.

He just wanted to snuggle with Mom
and watch some cartoons.

He looked her over and gave her a kiss.

In the picture below
he told me he didn't want
to hold McKinley anymore.

I mean look at his face,
he was done and he still wasn't convinced she was a girl.

One last picture
with his fake smile.

Tim took the kids to dinner and talked more about lil' sis.

He found out that Lincoln thinks there is still a chance she could still be a boy.
So, Tim told him that when babies are born they are born naked
and that we can see their private parts
and that is how we know if the baby is a boy or a girl.

A light bulb went off in Lincoln's head.
He said, "Daddy, you mean she doesn't have a wiener?"
And Tim said, "Yes buddy, no wiener."
Reagan then pipes up and says,
"Dad, you mean you looked at MY private parts when I was born?!"
Saying it very shocked and somewhat appalled.

I think Lincoln now has a better understanding of his baby sister.
We also told him he is like his best buddy Toby,
who has a big sister & little sister.
That made him very happy!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

More pics of Kinley

She is beautiful
we are thrilled and excited.

When I am not on drugs I will post the whole story about her arrival.

Until then enjoy some pictures.

Reagan is over the moon excited to have a baby sister.

Reagan, Granddad & Kinley.

Cousin Haley, Reagan & Nana Sue!

Lincoln is a big brother and doesn't want to hold his little sister.
He said her name is Tyler Indiana Jones.
I love that boy!!

Go Beavers!!
Today is the civil war, big day for both teams.

Ella & McKinley best friends!!

Ella is a Duck and McKinley is a Beaver
but that won't stop their friendship.