Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Four Kids, Four and Under

It's 8:30 and today is my first day with no extra help.  Jameson is 10 days old already.  Juliet  is 17 months, Jada just turned 3, and Josiah is 4.  I sit here typing while nursing, and taking a break. Kids are fed, diapers are changed, and the kitchen is straightened up.  Nobody, but Juliet is dressed, and that is OK.  There is lots of playing going on, and not a lot of fighting. Life is good.

At 6:30am Juliet started gathering laundry.  Josiah saw Juliet trying to gather laundry, the big helper he is, started helping her. I didn't even want to think about cleaning that early in the morning.

It's 9:30 now.  Bathroom is straightened up.  Josiah cleaned his room by himself.  He brought some blocks out for Juliet to play with.  Jada and him have been playing together most of the morning.  We have had one fight break out that needed attention, but that is all so far.  Juliet has been pushing a stroller around with Legos in it, and keeping me company as I straighten up. I am taking another break to nurse, cuddle, and change Jameson. I am hoping to have him in cloth diapers by the end of the week. When I went to change Jameson, with out me asking or saying anything, Juliet brought me the wipes. It really surprised me. It's so easy to underestimate little ones.

Still Sleeping
It's 11:15 and the kids had a snack, bananas and pretzels.  I started dinner, Sweet Potato Black Bean Vegetarian Chili.  I think I put too much cumin in it. Oh well.  I straightened up the kitchen again. Jameson is still sleeping.  Josiah and Jada are cleaning up Josiah's room again, and Juliet is playing with a baby doll and blocks.  Now I have to think about what to do for Lunch. I am losing steam.

11:45 I decided on left over gluten free macaroni and cheese for lunch.  While I was getting lunch ready, Josiah and Jada were cleaning up Josiah's room.  All the sudden Josiah comes running out, and tells me Jada broke the tall wooden giraffe that was in their room. They both said it was an accident.  It must be a day for things breaking, because I broke my one and only glass serving bowl this morning, then when I went to open up the diced tomatoes, my can opener broke. I think we are all ready for nap.

2:00 and Jada wakes up from nap crying. Which wakes everybody, but Jameson up. She said she couldn't find Josiah when she woke up.  Usually he is on the bottom bunk at nap, but he slept on the to bunk today.  Hoping it's not a preview of this afternoon.  We are snuggling now, maybe that will help.

 3:00 I haven't got much done since 2:00. Snuggling and diaper changes. Jada is working on a puzzle, Jameson is finally wide awake, Josiah is playing in his room, and Juliet is playing with some puzzle pieces next to me.

4:00 pm fed the kids snack and straightened up the kitchen again. Josiah helped clear off the table. Josiah and Jada both helped pick up toys through out the house.  Jameson is a little fussy, so my attention is now focused on him. I did start an episode of dinosaur train for them to watch.
I think this picture captures their personalities perfectly

5:00 pm I was able to get Jameson fed and calmed down.  I was also able to get a fire started. Josiah and Jada watched Dinosaur Train, and Juliet tried out some of the vegetarian chili. She is being a wild one tonight.  Whenever she hears the camera turn on, she turns towards me, smiles really big, and says cheese.  She is full of laughter tonight.  I love it.

6:00 pm kids fed, bathed, and pajamas are on.  Dad is home!

Over all it was a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Just for Mimi

Snapshots from the past few days!

Looking at new baby brother!

Yes, I am really smilling, No it is not gas!

Having Fun!

Wide Awake!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

One Week

It's already been one week since Jameson was born.  Jada still enjoys holding him.  They all still like giving him kisses.  Juliet likes to try and help me change Jameson's diaper by covering him up with a blanket while I change him.
He is a very content baby. He really doesn't cry or fuss much.  He is keeping his eyes open more and more everyday.  He is just the cutest thing when he opens his eyes.  I love babies.

When we arrived home with Jameson last week, our water lines were frozen, so we went without water for most the week.  I am so glad my mother was here to help.  She dealt with all the dirty dishes and cooking.  I don't know what I would have done with out her. Justin had to fill big jugs of water at his parents house, so we would have water for cooking, washing hands, etc.  It was such a relief when Justin was finally able to fix the water.   

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Welcome Home Jameson

"I'm going to teach him how to shoot a bow!" Josiah declares as he is holding Jameson for the first time. Jada covers him with a blanket and wants to know if she can feed him.  Juliet just wants to touch his feet.  For now, her hugs are not quite delicate enough for Jameson.
It's definitely going to be an adjustment, but this time will fly by very quickly.

They all love touching him. Especially his head.  Jada wants to hold him all the time.  She wants to "Mother" him.  It's really cute, but we have to watch her so "mothering" doesn't turn into "smothering" by accident.

Any loud noises really frighten him, but I knew that was going to happen.  He was very jumpy while in the womb. When we lay him down flat, he seems to get congested.  I ended up moving out to the couch last night, so I could hold him in a reclined position, to help with the congestion.  This happened to Juliet when she was a new born too, however her congestion didn't start until about 7 weeks old.  As long as he is sleeping at an angle, he does fine.

Everybody loves giving him kisses!

He is a great nurser, and is sleeping well.  He wakes about every two hours to eat.  He only cries when he is being changed, or when he is hungry.
We are all excited Jameson is finally here!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Jameson's Birth Story

I went to my midwife appointment on February 18th.  I was dilated to 3 cm, so she went ahead a striped me.  I really thought it was going to go fast.  I started having sporadic contractions, but nothing bad.  The next day I was still having sporadic contractions, so we had breakfast, walked a bit, and decided to go get checked just to see if anything was happening.  When we arrived at the hospital, there was some confusion on how much I was really dilated. Apparently after so many children the cervix does weird things.  They decided I was 5 cm but called my midwife to come check me just to be sure.  When she checked I was 5 1/2 -6 cm.  We decided to break my water to see if that would help things along.  By the time they broke my water I was 7 cm.   I thought for sure the contractions would pick right up and we would have a baby in no time.  The contractions took a while to pick up but they eventually did.  Then I though he would fly right out like Juliet, I was wrong again.  I had just a little lip left on my cervix that wasn't budging, and his head wasn't molding. (Josiah's head did not mold either).  When she told me that, my heart broke, and I remembered how hard it was to push Josiah out, and the horrible tearing I had.  Everybody was wonderful my midwife rubbed  my back and the nurse and Justin held my legs. The doctor was also wonderful.  Justin was also amazing. I would not have been able to do it with out Justin' s help.
After I got him passed the little lip on the cervix, he came out in just a few pushes.  The midwife immediately spotted a knot in the umbilical cord.  We are so thankful it didn't cause any complications, or worse during the pregnancy. Afterword I only needed one little stitch. It was definitely a new labor and delivery experience for me. I am thankful we are both doing well.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Pregnancy update

I saw the midwife today.  I am 3 cm dialated, but thick.  She went ahead and striped my membranes.  I am having sporadic cramping, but nothing timeable, or  painful.  We are doing a lot of walking to see if that will help start the labor process.

I am starting to have contractions about every 13 to 15 minutes.  Hoping it's the real thing and the contractions don't fizzle out. We walked a bunch, had some lunch, and are now getting ready to check into the hotel.  We will walk some more later if contractions don't get closer together.

It doesn't really look like anything is going to happen any time soon.  The contractions are still sporadic.

Well, it is a new morning and no baby.  So we wait some more.  If the contractions pick back up again, even sporadically, we will go to labor and delivery before coming home. That way we can see if I have dilated and thinned anymore. If I have, we might stay another night. If not we get to go home to our other babies.  I am really missing them.  This was my first night away from Juliet.

We are getting ready to head to the hospital to see if anything is happening. It will be a couple of hours before we know anything.

I am at the hospital.  They think I am at 5 cm dilated.  They called the midwife in to come check so we are waiting for her to confirm that I am 5 cm.  None of the contractions are super painful, so I am not sure what is going on.

Just saw midwife I am at 5 to 6 cm dilated. We are going to go ahead have them break my water.  I am trying not to be scared. Hopefully the baby will be here in a few hours.

They broke my water at 1:00 I was at a 7. I am having contractions, but they are very bearable. I have never had a labor like this. I asked them if th contractions would get stronger right before delivery and they said they might not. So we are just waiting to finish dilating and to be able to start pushing. I am hoping they don't get stronger. That would be so great and unbelievable.

Jameson has arrived! 6lbs 15oz. Details to follow.

Will update as soon as we know anything

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Preparing and Waiting

Everything is packed for the hospital and the baby things are mostly set up. We are just waiting on Jameson to make his appearance.
My mom arrived two weeks ago, and is helping keep the kids entertained.  I am trying to keep the house and laundry up, so when I do go into labor, everything will be cleaned up.  I scrubbed the kitchen floor in hopes to start something, but it was to no avail.  I am only going to be 38 weeks tomorrow, so if he is not ready, scrubbing a floor is not going to do anything.

Josiah is a little excited about Jameson arriving, but he really doesn't talk about it much, mostly wonders when he is going to get here.
Jada is really excited though.  She talks about holding him and playing with him, she is ready.
Juliet has no idea what is about to happen.

Riding on the Dinosaur Train with Josiah as Mr. Conductor.  Grandma is hiding.
Everything has settled back to normal and everybody is well.  I am hoping everybody stays well at least for the next six months.
Making Pancakes with Grandma

I am hoping to get my membranes striped tomorrow, not to be confused with rupturing. Because the Midwife didn't check me last week, I don't know if I am dilated enough for her to even try.  Obviously if she can't strip my membranes, then the baby is not ready.  The reason we are doing this is because, if Jameson and my body are ready, then this will help labor start, and I can be close to a hospital when I go into labor.  An hour and 15 minute drive to the hospital while in labor is very painful.
We may have a baby tomorrow, or not.
Making pancakes with Grandma

Saturday, January 12, 2013

37 Weeks and The Countdown Begins

I have not written very many post lately for two reasons, first Juliet broke my computer, and second it has been a really rough couple of weeks, with kids being sick and ER visits.  I think every one is better.  After all the sickness and stress, I developed a fever blister.  In case you don't know, if an infant contracts a fever blister it can be deadly to them.  So I am really hoping it is healed by the time Jameson comes.

At my last prenatal appointment, the midwife did not want to check me.  She wants me to try and rest up before the baby is born, and also she didn't want to start labor by checking me.  So, I am not sure how close I am to delivering, could be this week could be later.

I had a Braxton Hicks contraction so strong, last night, it woke me up from a dead sleep. They are getting stronger and more frequent still.  I am getting more tired, smiling less and getting ready to be done. I have swelling in my legs, feet, and hands, and the swelling is just starting in my face. I usually would feel done at this point, only the thought of child birth really scares me this time around. I went in to the hospital a month or so ago to get checked out, because of all the contractions I was having,  and the smell of the hospital brought back the memory of labor pains. So, I can remember the pain, and am not looking forward to it.  I am looking forward to holding Jameson though.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Juliet vs The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad week

This has been a really bad week for Juliet.  She has only been sick once in her life, and I think this week has more than made up for her lack of getting sick.
On Tuesday, I noticed three molars coming in, and she had a low grade fever.  I didn't think anything of the fever because of the molars, until the fever started to rise and rise. It got up to 103.4 while she was taking fever reducing medicine.  On Wednesday, she still had the fever so we took her to the ER.  They think she may have a UTI, we are waiting for the culture to come back.  Friday night she caught a nasty stomach bug, and started vomiting.  We had to make sure she didn't aspirate any vomit, so Justin stayed up all night with her holding her upright and helping her through the vomiting spells.  Sabbath she was no longer vomiting and on the mend.  Now it just seems like her teeth are bothering her.  She is still very cranky and very clingy to Justin.  We are hoping her teeth will come in soon and she will feel completely better this week.

Friday, January 4, 2013

36 Weeks and Head is Down

What a week!   Monday Jameson spent about two hours trying to get turned.  The most he turned was sideways.  The next day or two he was able to get turned head down!  We are hoping he stays that way.  The Braxton hicks contractions are getting more frequent and more painful.  I think he will be here the 18th or 19th.

Juliet is getting three molars in.  She had a low fever Tuesday night, so I figured it was the molars.  However, the next day her fever rose. I gave her some medicine through out the day to try and keep the fever down.  It reached 103.4 while she was on the medicine.  We ended up taking her to the ER.  We are waiting for the culture to come back, but it looks like she has a UTI.  Which Is what I suspected.  Last night was the first night she was really feeling better.  She is on antibiotics right now, so we are making sure she receives probiotic everyday.

Wednesday night, about 10pm we woke up to Josiah crying.  When I got back to his room, there was vomit everywhere. Poor little guy.
I am so blessed to be married to a man who will clean up vomit without me asking. He also washed all the bedding and toy that got vomited on.  He said it went four feet up the wall, all over Josiah's bed, and down the side of Jada's bed, and all over the floor.  This morning he was still a little under the weather, but no longer vomiting.
Now Jada is vomiting : (

After Jada started vomiting, Juliet joined in, shortly after Juliet, my mother started, next was my turn.  Justin was the only one not to get sick.  When we all were sick, he turned in to Super Dad.  I could not do anything to help.  It is the sickest I have been in years.  Justin stayed up all night with the kids who were vomiting.  Juliet is so little he had to make sure she was upright, and help her vomit. Meanwhile, he had to make sure sick Jada, hit the vomit bucket every time she started vomiting.  Any vomit that didn't make it the bucket he cleaned up. He also kept the washer and dryer going. All while checking on my mom and me.  I don't know how he did it.  He is on amazing husband and dad.
Today all the kids feel better.  My stomach is still a little upset,  my poor mom is still trying to recuperate.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Juliet vs Not One, Not Two, but Three Molars

Juliet has not been herself these past few days. She has been grumpy and mischievous, to put it lightly.  Yesterday I was holding her and thought to check her teeth.  I felt not one, not two, but three little molars just barely starting to poke through.  Which is crazy, because she doesn't even have all her front teeth in yet.  She was up for part of the night last night with a little fever. We went ahead and let her sleep with us, I'm pretty sure she was feeling cold from the fever, and her gums were hurting.  She finally fell back asleep, but with lots of tossing, turning and periodic fussing.  Poor thing.  Hopefully she will feel better soon. 
When any of the kids are teething we usually give them homeopathic teething tablet, or the like.  We don't like to give them Infant Ibuprofen if the fever is not very high, but if they are having a hard time getting comfortable from the pain or can't sleep we will give them a little bit.
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