Thursday, April 11, 2013

Labor and Delivery

I feel like I need to write down the story of how little miss "E" came into this world so I don't forget a single detail.  I later want to put it in my journal and her baby book but for now I'm putting it here on our blog and you finally get to read an update on our family.
In early August last year I thought my body was starting up menopause.  Quite silly I know but if you knew my history then it would make sense.  Brent and I tried for 2 years before finally giving up and getting our little boy through foster/adoption.  He was and is such a joy and blessing in our lives.  When we got him we figured that would be how all our children came to us.  I had an extremely low egg count and several other problems that required surgery.  We were told that IVF was our only real shot.  So since my egg count was so low I figured when my cycle didn't come in August that it was time for menopause.  To my surprise I was actually pregnant.  My little boy was only 5 months old and I was pregnant!  
The pregnancy went so well.  I never had any problems. My last week or two my feet swelled up and I was extremely uncomfortable.  I took a bath every night to soothe my sore back.  At 38 weeks I was dilated to 3-4 cm and was 60% effaced.
I sent this picture to my brother Jeffrey on his mission so he could see how big I was.  I had the baby 3 days after this was taken.

 Two days later I had a long night of contractions.  For 9 hours I had contractions 10 minutes apart.  That was a sunday morning.  By this point I was taking walks every day with the kids to try to get my little "E"
to make her debut.  Sunday night I walked around my Aunts entire neighborhood.  Monday night I had more contractions.  They were closer together, but they only lasted a few hours before I fell asleep. That next morning I took a nap with the babies, as I was exhausted.  When we all woke up I stood to go get them and POP!  My water broke.  I got super excited and started making phone calls.  I called Brent to come home from work and called someone to get my babies and then spoke to my mother-in-law and sent my aunt a message.  I got dressed, did my hair and got my kids ready.  Then off to the hospital we went.  We checked in and got sent upstairs and got admitted.  At this point I had no contractions but I was at 5 cm and 75% effaced.
 I waited and waited for contractions but they never came.  My mother-in-law and aunt made it to the hospital and I had already skyped my mother to update her.  Finally the nurse started me on pitocin which I was nervous about because I had not heard anything good about it.  After what seemed like forever the contractions started.  They gained in intensity until my body shook for the pain of them.  I finally caved and asked for an epidural.  I got teased by my aunt and mother-in-law, but what we all didn't know was that at this point I was already dilated and ready to go.  I got the epidural and then the nurse checked and found I was ready to go.  No wonder I felt so much pressure and I need to push.  The epidural was like nothing and I felt so good after that.  I had to wait around for an hour or so for the doctor to finish up in a C-section and then it was time to go.  The nurse had me do some practice pushes and found that I still had a bag of fluid.  They called it a four bag, whatever that is.  I pushed and tried to pop it but it didn't work so the doctor came and popped it.  After the fluid was gone I pushed about 10 rounds and out came my sweet little "E".  
I was amazed at how beautiful she was.  She seemed so perfect.  Her color was nice and pink, her head was round and she was screaming.  I was so amazed that she was mine.  Brent cut the umbilical cord and they took her to clean her up and weigh her.  Miss "E" was born March 26, at 8:20 pm after 9 hours of labor.  I was so glad that my husband, mother-in-law and aunt were there and that my mother could skype and see the birth of her grand-daughter.  
Mack loves his little sister.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Garden

So I just started seeing some buds in my winter garden and I got so excited. I am a little worried about my sproutlings though because its so cold so tonight Brent and I covered them with a canvas sheet to keep them warm. My first attempt at a garden produce one single vegetable for me. It may have been one, but it was mine and I was sure proud. Here are some pictures of the veggies of my labors-zuccinni, my favorite.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Outfits for my Nieces

I love sewing things for kids and since I have no kiddos, I spoil my nieces and nephews. Last year I had my nephews over for Halloween and we made monster shirts. This year I started by making my new niece Anna a cute summer outfit and then these super cute halloween outfits for all 8 of them! I love how they turned out. Thanks Etsy for the cute halloween outfit ideas. Anna's outfit came from my own brain:) For once I made something from my brian come to life

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween with the Young Women

We had the best Halloween Party with the young women. We all dressed up, ate donuts off a string, bobbed for apples, fished for candy in whip cream, talked and ate, and laughed together, oh and got prizes for our awesome costumes. Take a look. Good times:)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Armoire Complete!

I loved painting this blue. It has orange inside the drawers. I am so in a blue and orange phase right now. It was so drab and boring before.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Our stake has planned a Trek for this week for the youth. I am very sad that I was not invited to participate all week and even more sad that I can't make it to the ONE day I was invited. Stupid surgery gets in the way of everything (at least its not the same time as my family vacation). Anyway, I'm super depressed I'm not able to go. I made these cards so I could feel a part of it. I'm going to have one of the other leaders give it to the girls. Just a way to feel like I was there for them. Check them out. I wanted them to look Treky (is that even a word), but girly at the same time.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Happy Birthday My Wonderful Husband

My wonderful Husband turned 30 yesterday. We went out to dinner at Outback then went over to Gammage for Les Miserables. It was quite the fun little play. I even cried at the end of it. Here is his birthday card I made for him.