Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mama said they'll be days like this...

Sometimes your husband is out of commission and your colicky baby won't stop crying and your 16 month old has decided naps aren't for him...

So you go on a very long and sweaty walk until both kids are asleep. Then five minutes later they're both awake and crying.

And then you cry...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Father's Day 2015

Dear Gabe,
            This year I had a difficult time thinking of what to say to you on Father's Day. Mostly it was due to lack of sleep, but it was also because there are so many things you do for our children, most of which isn't easily put into words. But I am so grateful that this is the definition of fatherhood in our home:

Kisses for sleeping babies

And snuggling at bedtime

Doing the difficult things like watching our child get stitches (a longer story, another time)

Putting both kids to sleep so I can take a hot bath

Swimming for hours with Roland after a long day

Redefining multitasking, who else can feed one child, burp another, and play the Wii. Ha.

Comfort a fussy newborn

Foreign fingers in your mouth

Working hard for your family

Countless shoulder and piggyback rides

Singing to calm little ones

And cleaning up messes

Our children will never go hungry, they will always have a home and clothes on their backs. But more importantly they will always know their father loves them and they can go to him with anything. Our children are so lucky to call you Papa.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Look up at the rain...

Our lives since Hazel has been home according to my phone:

Roland's post nap hair

This is one of my favorite pictures of these three.

He is becoming so independent and is loving it 

Sleepy girl

She puked all over soon after this was taken.

Gabe and I drove around for over an hour just enjoying the peace and quiet of both of them being asleep at the same time.

Roland and Papa at the pool, they swam until Roland was almost asleep. Even then he didn't want to get out of the water.

That hair...

Kisses for sister

Roland likes to bring Hazel random toys throughout the day

Snuggles with Papa

Roland's first time to play in the rain. We are enjoying Hurricane Bill and the crazy rain.

Little girl loves snuggle time

Okay, so this was taken in the hospital but I just love these two together.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Two weeks later and here we go. . .

Hazel's first week home according to my phone.

In all actuality there was a lot more crying and pooping going on. The first day I stayed home with both kids was a learning curve but by now we have a routine... for the most part.
We've even been out in public just the three of us and everyone survived. Two weeks later and Hazel is still keeping us on our toes. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hazel's Birth Story

I am currently snuggling our less than 24 hours old baby girl because my milk isn't in yet and she is one fussy little girl...

That is how I started this post, what seems like ages ago.

The night before Hazel was born I started having strong contractions around 10:30 pm. I didn't think anything of it because that had been almost every night for the past few weeks. At midnight I drew myself a hot bath and watched Chopped to help distract me from what I thought was once again false labor.

Around 1 am I got out of the bath, got dressed and used my exercise ball and yoga poses to relieve back labor. I had had a somewhat exhausting day the day before running around with Roland and I was still in denial that I was in labor. However, by 2:30 I was in serious pain and thought I could at least go in to L&D for some pain killer to help me get some sleep. At 2:40 Gabe woke up to me going "Ow, ow, ow. Gabe we need to go."

He got up half awake and began to get ready. I changed Roland's diaper (such a bad idea, we discovered later I had only latched one side of his diaper on) and began gathering our bags.

In the car I tried to make a game out of my contractions for Roland by making raspberry noises and fake laughing. I think the only reason it worked is he was only half awake because when the contractions got really bad I just started grumbling about being a woman and how I hated Adam and Eve...

When we got to the hospital we had to go through the ER entrance. I had Gabe drop me off while he parked and grabbed Roland and all of the bags. At this point it was past 3 am and contractions were definitely closer, longer, and stronger but my water was still completely intact.

When we got to labor and delivery the nurse checked to see how dilated I was. When I heard between 6 1/2 and 7 I was excited and finally accepted I was truly in labor. Because of how quickly things went with Roland we skipped the rest of triage and went straight to a laboring room.

At this point Roland was back asleep

And I was so ready for an epidural. While one of my nurses tried to argue there was no point in one because I was so far dilated the other one drew blood and prepped for one. The anesthesiologist came in around 4:30 am. He was incredibly nice and helped me with breathing through contractions. Sitting still through an epidural was not fun, but it was worth it. I was exhausted because I had been awake for at least 24 hours at this point and the relief was a wonderful break.
By the time they checked me again I was dilated to a 10 but my water was still intact. Around 7 am our friend from church showed up with breakfast and toys and took over Roland so Gabe could concentrate on the delivery. Gabe stayed next to me and we joked around between contractions. At this point the epidural was slowly wearing off, which was perfect timing.

As soon as Roland left the doctor came in and broke my water. I had two heavy contractions... and then nothing. I was still numb on my left side but my right side was not.  While we waited for contractions to start back up I made a lame joke about Hazel changing her mind and that she wasn't coming today... labor does funny things to me. When the contractions finally started again I was ready to push and Hazel was out in less than two pushes. She was extremely pale and we found out later the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck but the OB had unwrapped it as she came through the birth canal.
We had skin to skin time and Hazel almost instantly began nursing. Later Gabe cleaned her up and looked after her as all of the testing was performed.

This is when Roland met her for the very first time

But he was soon sound asleep again

And so was his little sister

After that it took almost four hours for my left leg to regain some feeling so we had to wait in the L&D room. I didn't really mind with these three as company.

Happy Birthday to our beautiful Hazel. We love you!