Thursday, September 27, 2012

She's Here!

Annie Camille arrived September 20th 2012 at 12:20am. Weighing in at 6lbs 14oz (bigger then her big sister born at 38 weeks 2 days) and is 20 inches long! She was a little bit of a surprise but more then welcomed with open arms! I never expected to go to my 37 week appointment and find out I was 4cm dilated and 60% effaced. Just three hours later, I was antsy and feeling more pressure with each contractions so we headed in! When we arrived things moved so quickly. Eric and I both thought, we would at least stay the night and then be sent home in the morning, that didn't happen. When I got there and into my awesome blue/green hospital gown the nurse checked me and said she thought I was closer to being 5cm dilated. She called my doctor who arrived rather quickly seeing has he knows if my water breaks, I have babies very fast. He got there, checked me and said, "oh yes, there is a definitely a change from the appointment, I'll break your water." That was at 10:30pm. Eric and I were in shock. It was really happening. We both said, "ready or not, here she comes!" we called our parents and my mom and Eric's parents arrived rather quickly knowing that my water was already broken and we were in active labor. The contractions were doable at first with me trying to ignore them and just keep my mind off of them the best I could. Some where pretty painful where I would fist pump and make some random noise. After about an hour, I said I was feeling a little pressure and wanted to be checked. The doctor came in around 11:45 and told me I was 8cm dilated. At that point, I decided I could do this again, all natural. I was so close. The contractions were getting closer together. Some were way stronger then others and some were short and faster. Those I could stand. The ones that made me shake the bed the most were the ones with "multiple peaks". They were go up, then down just a little and then shot up even harder and faster. Eric was a great support and I kept asking him if it was going down. As soon as he said, "yes" it felt like I could relax, knowing some relief was in my near future. One of my best friends, Katreena arrived right around that time. She helped me get though each painful contractions. I apologized as I felt the contraction start to all my guest, saying ignore me and don't mind what I'm about to to. At around 12:00-12:10, I had a pretty bad contraction with a lot of pressure. So I told Eric, I feel like pushing. He got the nurse and the doctor. I was not dilated fully yet, that was the worst thing ever. Knowing I could push but felt like I wanted to, real bad! Once that long, painful contraction was over, the urge to push subsided. I still was so uncomfortable, slightly nauseas and nervous for what was about to come. For the next 5 minutes, I kept telling Eric how much it hurt and he smiled at me and said in the nicest, sweetest voice, "I know, you are doing amazing and you are almost done. She's almost here." He is truly my strength when I'm in pain. After that painful 5 minutes, I had the biggest contractions of the night. It was painful, fast and long. During the contractions I looked at my nurse and said, "I am really pushing, it's coming. My body is pushing, it's happening!" She checked me quickly and said, "okay, don't push." My doctor came in seconds later, checked me and said the best words ever, "break her down!" The feeling of her head right there was painful but at last the contractions went away. My nurse was so nice. When I exclaimed how bad it hurt, she looked at me and said, "I know, now let's push through it." With Eric and the nurse holding my legs back, my cheer team (our moms) at the end of the bed and my cheer "hallway" team, Katreena and Eric's dad and amazing doctor who was stretching me and coaching me along, her head was out in minutes. With a small gush of fluid when he head was out was the best feeling. I could hear, "she has so much hair!" Seconds later her body was out with a huge, ballon breaking gush of more fluid. I looked down and saw has the doctor pulled her out and flipped her over, I immediately saw "girl parts" and was happy she was a she. She cried almost instantly. Eric said. "her eyes are open!" I was relived. My second babe was here, happy and healthy. I had a much easier and a little longer (by 11 minutes) labor. So two hours and many contractions later Annie Camille enter the world. In a good baby way, peeing as she was being cleaned up! The last week has been full of second time, new mom worries and feelings. I am feeling like a million bucks, a second degree tear is a thousand times better then a third!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It's been awhile...

Life with a now three year old is hectic. I stepped away from blogging for awhile in order to focus on myself and my family. My last entry was on my 27th birthday, more than six months ago. It's hard to believe how fast those six months have gone by. A lot has changed, let me update:

The most exciting news to share, is Claire is about to become a big sister!! I thank God everyday with blessing us with another healthy baby. I am due with our second miracle on Oct. 8th. I will most likely be induced a couple weeks early, in hopes to reduce the risk of me tearing as bad or worse then with Claire. So next month we will be welcoming our second daughter into our family! That's right, it's a girl and we are so so happy! I'm totally a girl momma and can't wait to get my hands on this little one! We have a name picked out but our keeping it off the Internet until her arrival. Claire still believes we should call her Hoagarth from the Iron Gaint movie or Arthur. She can wish right! Ha!

Claire turned three in July! Three, can you believe it?! It's been three of the best years of my entire life and I owe 99% of that happiness to Claire Constance! She is so full of life, with energy to spare!
I swear she never, ever runs low on energy. It's like she has roll over energy minutes and she has billions! Her vocabulary is amazing and her love of learning makes my heart smile. She will be starting pre-school on Sept. 4th. She is super excited, just has I am for her. She is so ready to get into a class room. I know the social along with the learning aspect will benefit her a lot. She had her evaluation last week and she did wonderful. They evaluate her to see what she knows now, before starting school and then around Christmas and once more right before school is out! I can't wait to see how she grows.
She is excited for her baby sister to get her. She always wants to see my belly and she loves to get it moving. She talks to her sister and even gives her kisses every day. For awhile now she's been showing me her baby. Just recently shes told me, that she has two twins. One on each side of her belly. As she lays on the couch or bed, she lifts up her shirt and tells me to watch, Her baby is moving!
Recently we have moved her to her "big girl" twin bed. She loves it. Her favorite part is that she has a sheet, just like mommy and daddy. She also proudly tells everyone that she is too big for her crib and that's where her sister will "fit".

Eric got an amazing job offer in May. The position is exactly what he loves doing and does extremely well with way better benefits, a huge increase in salary and a closer commute. You can tell he is happy with his decision, he loves talking about all the meetings he runs and about his job. I proudly listening, understanding just a small portion of what he is saying! I love to see him happy!
He is an amazing provider for our family, allowing me to be a stay at home mom. I'm so proud of everything he's accomplished and where he is in his career at only 29 years old! The future is so bright for him and I can't wait to see where this job takes him (us).

Life right now is great. I thank God for everything he as allowed me to be a part of. I feel so blessed. I don't plan on returning to blogging full time but hope to update you more often!! Although I don't comment often, I read and still follow all of the blogs I love do much!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy birthday to me

Happy 27th birthday to me!!! Tonight and this weekend is going to be filled with family, friends, fun activities and an overall fun birthday weekend! Here's to my 27th year, I hope it's a healthy, fun and unforgettably good year!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Is it really that time?

I can't believe it's time to register Claire for preschool. Well, the time came and we did it. She's officially register for preschool two days a week, from 12:00-2:30pm. I'm actually excited for her! It's another milestone to be thankful for. She's an advanced little girl, who is going to fully benefit fom preschool. I can't wait to see what she makes in art, attended her holiday parties and travel with her on field trips! It will be a change but one I will imbrace. She's getting so big and I'm truly enjoying every single minute of her!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I'm baaack

Hello everyone!

Life was super crazy for a while, from Christmas to traveling, work, Claire and family things my head was spinning the majority of my days! We had a fabulous Christmas in Nebraska with my extended family! Santa was good to us all! Claire loved Christmas, she took an hour and a half to open all of her presents. She would open one and have to take it out of the box immediately. This year we got to celebrate Christmas 3 times! We are truly blessed with some many wonderful people in our lives!

Finally, Chicago is "enjoying" our first couple of true snow falls of the year! Claire is LOVING the snow! Every morning when she sees we got more new snow, she ask to stick her bare toes in the snow! She laughs her very fake silly laugh and says, burrrr cold snow!"

Claire is an amazing 2 1/2 year old. She amazes me every day with her actions and her words! Her vocab/ sentence structure is great! She is a regular talking machine and literally she doesn't stop talking or singing some of her favorite songs until she falls asleep at night! She's awesome and I simply love her to pieces!!

I hope everyone has a great Thursday! Tonight we will be having play date/ dinner with our friends!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Heart...

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling) .
i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you .
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Friday, November 18, 2011

I am Thankful...

I am Thankful...

#18: I am thankful for - family fundays. I LOVE them and we try to do something family orientate every other weekend. I am so thankful that we have a lot to do in our area from expensive to free. Last weekend, we went hiking at one of our favorite places. The were millions of leaves on the ground, the smell of fall was very prevalent and we were together, just the three of us. I really enjoy our "alone" family time together. I can't wait to do it again!!

Happy Friday from Claire and I. It's a super windy day (again) in our area but who cares, when the day is Friday! We have a pretty easy going weekend. We are going to do a little light Christmas shopping, check out a vendor show ( that I don't have to work), celebrate Eric's mom's birthday at one of our favorite pizza places and then Sunday, I have a vendor show (hoping to make a ton- fingers crossed!)
I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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