Thursday, October 20, 2016

Loralei is One Month!

Loralei, you are one month old! Wow, that was fast! The more kids I have the faster time flies. 

You were such a little baby when you were born. Six pound, 8 ounces and newborn clothes were so big on you! I am not going to lie, I kind of liked it. I have never had a small baby before.

Your cord fell off pretty quickly and you got your first bath. You pretty much slept through it!

You got to get all dressed up to go to Layla's kindergarten luncheon. You slept through that as well. 

Your newborn sleepers started to get too short and you started filling out.

We also had to move your flower to the bathtub. You really like bathtime. 

You also do great in your swing. This is where most of the daytime sleeping occurs. That, or in Mommy's arms. 

By the end of the first month you have outgrown all of your newborn clothes and are now in 3 months. I just thought you were going to be petite, but now I think you are going to follow in your sister's footsteps and be a big girl.

You nurse like a champ. No, we are not on a schedule, I nurse when you want to. Also, we have to many activities to have to stick to a schedule. You go with the flow so well.

You love to sleep during the day. I have to wake you up to eat. You wake up at night every two hours. There have been a few nights where it was every hour. Momma is tired! 

You do great in your car seat and don't mind being in it. You had your one week check up and we don't have to go back until two months! At one week you were already back to your birth weight. 

Loralei's Newborn Pictures

I took Loralei's newborn pictures when she was four days new! My main goal was to get a picture of all four girls looking at the camera. Yes, I said looking. Smiling would be a bonus. Lydia was the one I was worried about. It isn't always easy to control a 23 month old. I was over the moon when this happened. This was the second picture I took! Done and Done! No head swapping need in photoshop. 

With all the other girls I have had a color scheme. I do their newborn pics to match their room and continue that with the first birthday pics and so on. Well, poor little Loralei doesn't have a room of her own. I decided to use corals, because...why not?

And since I will never have a boy, I threw in some blue.

This was my favorite though! It was a complete last minute idea, while she was snoozing on the dream blanket. I went outside and clipped flowers off my front porch and I love it.

She was such a good baby. I love when they make it easy!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back To School

Last Friday we had meet the teacher! The girls and I were so excited to see who their teacher was and see what friends they got in their class. 

Layla's teacher taught third grade last year and one of our friend's sons had her and loved her. I am hoping Layla will too! Her two friends Mallory and Ava aren't in her class and she was pretty sad about that. I told her she would see them on the playground and she perked back up.

When we went to Ella's class we found out she would have a long term sub because her teacher just had a baby. Uhh! My heart sank. Ella had a long term sub at the end of last year and it was just a bad experience all together. Ella would get stickers for excellent behavior, but would then have to walk laps at recess with all of her class for the bad behavior of others. Talk about ridiculous. I talked to this sub though and explained why Ella was a little down and hope it helps. She does seem really nice and has 30+ years of teaching experience. I was so upset and caught off guard that I didn't take a picture of Ella at her desk or with the sub. 

Monday morning we were ready to go though. I can't believe this sweet girl is a kindergartener!

And my big second grader!!

 This time I did get a picture.

Ellas has a lot of the same friends in her class so she already knows almost everyone. She wasn't a bit nervous.

 Next I took Layla to her class. She was excited and nervous, but there was no hesitation.

 Playdoh for the win!!

I gave her one last hug and kiss, went back to Ella's class for another kiss and then headed home. The tears started and I came home to my two little ones and had a great day of playing and naps. Both of my big girls loved their first day. When I picked them up they were full of stories and excitement for day 2. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Loralei Elizabeth Is Here

I went for my 36 week sonogram thinking that, like all my other sonograms, the doctor would tell me Loralei was healthy, I was healthy, show me some pictures and I would go home. To my surprise though, what I found out was that she had flipped and was now breech. Uhh! I had a history of high blood pressure that sets in a 37 weeks and I have my babies early, so I knew I was on a time crunch for her to flip. I went home and googled 'how to get baby to flip' and spent the rest of my weekend upside down or inverted with my pelvis in the air to get her to turn. 

My sonogram doctor told me to go see my doctor and discuss manually turning her. I went in for my 36 week check up at 36 weeks, 6 days. My doctor had been out of town, so I was scheduled to see her the first day she was back. I had to see her, then go back to my sonogram doctor to she is she had flipped or not. I f she hadn't flipped, he was gong to manually flip her. Trey went with me because he also told me that it could send me in to labor, so to be prepared. My parents came to keep the girls just in case. Although I just knew I would go in, she would be head down, and we would go home.  I checked into the doctor's office, waited and waited, the peed in the cup, got weighed, and got my blood pressure taken. At this point I had only gained 20 pounds even. I was really aiming to stay under 25. As soon as I saw the scale I knew something was up. I had gained 7 pounds in less than a week. I knew it meant preeclampsia, just like my last two pregnancies, they did my blood pressure and it was 152/92. My normal is 120/70. My doctor came in and told me I wasn't going home and I was going to have the baby the next day. 

I still had to go get a sonogram to see if she had turned, and Praise the Lord she had!!! They watched her practice breathing for a while to make sure she would be okay. Then, they told me to check in to L&D at 10:00 to start cervidil and get ready to have her. 

They got me all hooked up and ready to go, now we just waited. At around 8:00 a.m. all of a sudden the lights went out in our room. Well, there was a power outage at the hospital and the emergency generators cam on, but the only lights that was the big pull down light they use during delivery. air conditioning!!! My sweet nurse found a floor fan and brought it in to my room. She was sweating!!

They broke my water at about 10:30 and my contractions got super painful really quickly. The anesthesiologist came in and was a little nervous about doing it with only the bright light, because if the shadows and just then the power came back on and we had lights! I was so relieved!!

I spent the next little bit with my leg in the air and a birthing ball in between them to try and get her out of my right hip and into the birthing canal. I could feel the intense pain when she moved and my epidural wasn't working on my right side, so they anesthesiologist came in and gave me more drugs. That caused me to be completely dead from the waist down. I couldn't even wiggle my toes, but the pain was gone! I quickly progressed to a 10 and Loralei was born at 3:57. I pushed through two contractions and she was here! As soon as they put her on me she peed on me!

Oh my Heavens, I am in love!

We spent the next hour and a half nursing, she did great! Then we were off to our suite.

I HAVE to put on normal clothes as soon as I get to my room. It just makes me feel better. I hate having on a gown and worrying about keeping my legs together and my it is awful to nurse in one of those. You practically have to be undressed.

We spent one more night in the hospital and then got to go home to next day. I was soooo ready to see my other babies.