Thursday, June 27, 2013

Emmalyn's Birth Story

Emmalyn,

You must like March more than April because you decided you were making an early debut into our family changing your birth month : ) Mommy went in to her usual weekly check-up at 38 weeks on a Monday morning. I had my usual contraction stress test and ultrasound, but when Dr. B came in to discuss how well you were doing, as he had every time before, the conversation went a little differently. Mommy had been losing fluid from her belly over time, but by now had reached such a low point that it was no longer safe for you to stay in Mommy's tummy. So, that morning instead of leaving Dr. B's office with another week or two to prepare for your arrival, I had 2 hours to get back to the hospital and prepare to give birth!

I headed home and started packing. Quickly! And no, I had not already packed our hospital bags, liked I should have weeks before this point. That was my top priority that day, after my doctor's appointment : ) So, after quickly getting together all our necessities, Daddy and big sissy arrived to pick Mommy up and take me to the hospital.

I had to check in alone so Daddy could stay with big sis until Nana Coop got to our house later that night. Not much happened the first night. Mommy was just put on monitors to make sure you stayed healthy all night during my contractions. About 4:00 the next morning, Mommy got up, took a shower and got ready to meet you! I was SO excited! I wasn't too nervous this time around since I kinda knew what to expect. I started the morning dilated at 2 cm. The pitocin was started around 6:30 a.m. and soon after I got my epidural! (I learned my lesson the hard way about waiting to get epidurals when I had your big sister!)

Dr. B came in to check my progress around 8:30 and I had progressed to 4-5 cm. At that time, I thought things were moving along pretty quickly. I was feeling great and LOVING my nurse that helped deliver you : ) So Daddy, your nurse and I just chatted while watching a little TV for a little bit. I was having some good contractions so I felt confidant that next time they checked me I would be pretty close to pushing. Dr B. showed up to check me again around 10:00 and I was still at 5 cm. At that point I just prepared myself for the fact that I probably wouldn't be meeting you until later that afternoon since I was dilating pretty slowly. So, we just settled in and prepared to be there a while. Then, about 30 minutes later, my nurse randomly told me that she wanted to check my progress, and I was at 8 cm! The contractions really kicked in at that point and I started feeling LOTS of pressure! So about 15 min later I asked her to check me again because I just felt like you would be making your debut at any minute. When she checked me, I was dilated to 10 cm!!! Things started happening so quickly! I couldn't believe how quickly everything turned around. I was SO excited and ready to begin pushing, but Dr. B decided to just slow things down a little bit and let me and you relax before we both started working hard to bring you into the world : ) So we rested for about 30 minutes while we waited on Dr. B.

A few minutes before noon, Dr. B came in and it was time to push! YAY! I only had to push TWO times and you were here!!! : ) And...you were almost born at the same time as your big sister, only 1 minute later! So, on March 26, 2013 at 12:09 p.m. you entered this world! You were a tiny 7 pounds, 1 ounce, 19 1/2 inches and absolutely, amazingly beautiful! You had SO much hair and looked so much like your big sissy : )

Everything about your birth was so perfect! I will forever remember this day and cherish it. I am incredibly blessed and thankful that God chose me to be your Mommy! Daddy did so good helping Mommy bring you into the world by coaching me : ) He was smitten with you from the very minute he laid eyes on you! He didn't want to share you with anyone, even me : ) We are so thankful for this day in our lives and I cannot wait to celebrate your life every year on MARCH 26! We love you Emmalyn Grey!




Emmalyn Grey
March 26, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
7 pounds 1 ounce, 19 1/2 inches





Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Life Lately

I never know how to start these blog posts when it has been 6 months since I last posted. I mean I have like a million things I can blog about that have happened since January, but it always feels so, well...awkward. I just had to take a blog world break. I thought back in January when I posted that I was ready to begin blogging again on a regular basis. Clearly, I was mistaken. I had to just take a step back from hobbies and interests and really prioritize my life. And honestly, once I did that, there was no  time left for blogging. Or pinning on pinterest. Or crafting. Which pretty much defeats the purpose of "pinning", right? Anywho, now that I am no longer preggers and getting settled as a family of FOUR, I am hoping that I will find the time to blog again. Who knows, but we'll see.

So, I have lots to catch up on. The last time I blogged, like REALLY blogged a post of worthy of any attention was OVER a YEAR ago when I posted about Ella Grace's 1st birthday party. Also, HOW has that been over a year ago. So crazy! And a lot has happened since then. We went on our family vacation to Destin in July (which I never blogged about...FAIL!) and right after we returned home I found out we were preggers again : ) And soon after that, like 5 days later I became extremely preggo sick and remained that way basically for the remainder of the pregnancy (just like the first time). So, that's really when my blog absentee-ism began. I feel awful that I didn't keep up with my weekly pregnancy posts the second time around like I did with Ella Grace, but it's just a tad bit more difficult to keep up with a 14 month-old (& up) while being sick and pregnant than it was when I could just lay in bed all the time : ) I feel guilty about it and I always will : ( So, Emmalyn one day when you read this, you will understand. Hopefully.

So, back on track. Let's just fast foward thru what I haven't covered...Vacation, found out we were preggers, Halloween (Ella Grace was kitty cat!), Thanksgiving (which we always spend at home, just our little family because of work), Ella Grace's second Christmas (loads of fun!), and then our last vacation as a family of three to start 2013 (totally AWESOME!). Maybe I will blog about those events at some point. But not right now.

Okay, so here we are up to the MOST IMPORTANT event in 2013. The birth of our absolutely B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L second daughter, Emmalyn Grey. She tried to cause a little trouble towards the end of my pregnancy, and decided to make her debut a little early, but the delivery could not have gone better, and she is healthy, gorgeous and completely *PERFECT*

This is where I want to pick up on my blog posts. If I get nothing else caught up on, I am definitely getting Emmalyn's birth story and monthly updates posted. I have LOVED having Ella Grace's updates on here and have already referred back to them several times to compare to Emmalyn. So, I want to be sure to have those saved for our memories.

For now, here is a recent picture of my two beauties : )