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.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Belly and Maternity Pictures

I did a horrible job of taking belly pictures this go round. I would always tell myself to take them Sunday mornings after we got home from church, bu I was always so tired I would come home and go straight to taking a nap and would wake up and forget. 

March 15

May 10

May 31
June 6
June 27

July 4
July 6

July 11

July 17

I am so proud of myself for doing maternity pictures though. At this point I was 36 weeks pregnant and was just over it and didn't really want to get everyone dressed and deal with the tripod and remote, but I did it and I love them! 

July 23

July 24

July 25

I made Trey take this picture the night we checked into the hospital to be induced. My last belly pic! 36 weeks 6 days.