Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Family of SIX



Proud oldest sister Tempe...


And the newest big sister, Juno!
(I didn't get a picture of Helena holding Pearl at the hospital... oops!)
Juno especially is so excited to have a baby. She asked me several times "We gonna keep her, Mom?" and she has been giving us a play by play of what Pearl does all afternoon ("She movin' her hands, Mom... she open her eyes, Mom...")


Me and my FOUR daughters! I can't believe I have a family of six now. We are so happy to have Pearl home and everyone is settling in together. I'm sure there are some rough days (and nights) ahead, but so far, Pearl is a very easy, laid back baby and her sisters are a big help to me. I am feeling so good already and trying to remind myself not to over do it!

Friday, April 18, 2014

{ the world is her oyster }

She's here!!!


Introducing Pearl Diana, born tonight at 8:02 pm after a whirlwind labor! She weighs in at 6 lb, 11 oz, 19 1/2 inches, which makes her our biggest baby!
I went to the doctor this morning (was it really just this morning??) and was nearly 6 cm. She stripped my membranes and joked that she would see me later tonight. I tried not to get my hopes up, but decided to walk to the school to volunteer this afternoon. By the time I got home at 2, I was having some slightly uncomfortable, very sporadic contractions from walking, but they went away for a while after I sat down. By 3, they were coming more strongly but still sporadic. By 5:30 when Jason got home, I was fairly certain that I was in labor, but the contractions were still easy to talk through so I wasn't sure. But it really picked up after that! I took a hot bath while Jason started to gather our things and get the girls ready to go to his parents house (who, incidentally, weren't there--his two teenage sisters ended up watching our 3 girls plus Jason's brother's 4 girls!) By the time I was done with the bath, contractions were about 3 minutes apart and very painful. We got to the hospital and into a room at 7:01 (I barely made it from the lobby to L&D) and I was 7 cm and 100% effaced. I bounced on a ball for about half an hour and then I was starting to feel some pressure, so I got back into the bed and my midwife broke my water. It wasn't long before it was time to push. Wow, am I glad that is over! It really hurts to push a baby out. I forgot about that. I only pushed for a few minutes and Pearl was born just an hour after we arrived :)
Now I am trying to wind myself down so I can go to sleep but you know how hard it is after you have a baby to settle down! Here's hoping I can fall asleep at some point.

Little acorn

That little acorn in my blog banner is supposedly "coming soon".
How soon, that is the question!
I am still 10 days away from my due date BUT I have already passed the point at which I had Juno (38+2) and I have never gone past 39 weeks, so I am feeling a little antsy waiting for her.

Add to that the seemingly impossible feat I have of dilating to nearly 6 cm without having any noticeable contractions and it is really feeling like a waiting game! Labor could start at any moment and she could be in my arms just a few hours later!
I'm off to walk to the school, we'll see if that kicks anything into gear :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Freckle faced girl

My end of March post was very Helena heavy, so I wanted to share the sweetest picture of Tempe today!


This picture just completely captures the 7-year-oldness of Tempe right now. Big girl front teeth with lots of gaps, hair in her favorite braids, proudly riding her two-wheeler, and of course, her very, very freckly face.
Tempe has a lot of freckles. I love them.



Also, I found this written in ballpoint pen on my sewing desk a few months ago and I've been meaning to take a picture of it. Dere Tempe, love you too, but please don't write on the furniture, XOXO Mom.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

37+ weeks!



The countdown is officially on!
I am 37 weeks + 2 days so baby girl really could come any day now. I had Juno at 38+2 (one week from today!) and Tempe and Helena at 39 weeks so I can't help but think she'll come some time late next week or next weekend. Maybe that's wishful thinking, but I am progressing quite a bit and I'm already past the point of progression that I was at my last appointments before going into labor with Tempe and Juno.
The thing is, I feel so comfortable and physically well that I can't imagine going into labor any time soon! At night my back on the left side and my ribs on the right side hurt pretty bad (I guess I just tire myself out during the day) but besides that, really no complaints. I could easily go to my due date except I am so anxious to have my sweet girl in my arms!
(And I said basically the same exact thing at this point in my pregnancy with Juno and then had her 10 days later!)
So, I just have to document the fact that I have not worn a single item of maternity clothes this entire pregnancy. Not one. I've gained 20 pounds and my fundal height is right on track, but I am just really not showing much at all. People are seriously shocked when I tell them my due date. I think I just carry my babies straight up and down and in my ribcage so my belly doesn't stick out much. I've always been small in my pregnancies, but this one is definitely the smallest baby belly. I mean, I am really wearing my regular jeans, still buttoned and everything, just a little bit lower on my waist than normal. But maybe that is just saying something about my pre-pregnancy body...
Clothes are washed and put away, I'm stocked up on diapers, blankets, and burp cloths, the freezer is filling up nicely, and I've gotten back in the baby game by babysitting a cute little six month old three days a week :) Now all I need is the baby!

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