Thursday, October 28, 2010

The little ones come to visit Mommy!










I have been in bed now for longer than I normally would have. I realize just how much I actually DO pick up both Callie and Justice...either to hold them, help them onto the changing table, highchair, my bed, on the counter to help make food, etc...I seem to constantly be picking people up! Which makes it hard to not be able to do that right now!

Chris' dad was able to take the older 4 to their piano and choir lessons today. Callie's chiropractor appointment has been rescheduled for a couple weeks out, just to give us time to recuperate...it would have been much harder on him to throw Callie into today's mix of errands, lol!

Chris has been in and out of the house getting Callie and Justice in and out of their beds, making them food, and even took Callie to his office to work with him for a couple hours...after lunch, they got to come in to play with me on my bed!

We read lots of books, played with Serenity (who felt more like she was being harassed or tortured, lol!), played finger games, sang songs...I have missed being with my children the last couple of days! I needed the time with them as much as they needed the time with me!

Serenity took a short nap, and when she woke up, both Justice and Callie went right to her side! It was pretty cute!

Both of them really love their new baby! Callie has a very long attention span when it comes to holding "her new baby!" I don't know just how long she would go yet, but so far, I have had to take Serenity away each time after 30+ minutes of Callie holding her!

Then, Chris was able to come back in to put both Callie and Justice down for afternoon naps. I am so blessed that he is able to work from home! Thank you, my Love, for all of your help today!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

She's Here!









Well, I missed my due month by 4 days. I also delivered before Chris' cousin, whom I had wanted to delivery after...but when holding this precious little girl, it no longer matters!

Stats...She was born this morning at 2:50 am, weighing in at 7 lbs even at 37 weeks gestation. She was getting too cold, so we didn't get a length on her. We will get that tomorrow.

Birth story...this was my hardest vaginal delivery yet!

I started having pretty regular contractions at about lunch time yesterday (about 1 pm). But they were not really all that big of a deal. At about 2 pm, I felt a little trickle, and the contractions picked up a bit...but I honestly wasn't sure if it was my bag of waters or something else. I decided to lay down for a nap at 2:30.

At about 3 pm, the contractions were just enough to wake me up. When I got up, I had another little trickle, but again, I wasn't quite sure what it was!

the contractions continued to progress in strength, but were still just about 30 seconds long each. I decided that since I had to stop several times while making dinner, and then felt like my body was emptying itself at that time, to call my midwife. She said to time contractions for 30 minutes and get back to her.

About 25 minutes later, my water broke full force! I called her back to let her know.

She got to my house about 7:30, and the contractions were coming about 5 minutes apart, but were definitely getting stronger!

My contractions started to get more unpredictable as far as when they would come by 9 pm, but since they were still really strong, we didn't think much of it.

I felt like I hit transition at 11:30 pm, or rather, that was the first contraction I thought, "I am not sure if I can handle much more of this." Which made me think the end was near...little did I know, I wasn't all that close!

Serenity was posterior, or sunny side up, and sitting on TOP of my pelvic bone, instead of resting inside of it...making for a pretty painful transition! The midwife actually had to guide/move Serenity's head into my pelvis, then we had to try different positions to get her to turn - definitely NOT something I really wanted to be doing during those strong transition contractions!!!

I can look back and say that God went ahead of me, and knew what we needed...the contractions spaced out quite a bit, anywhere from 2 minutes to 15 minutes apart, which allowed both of us to rest between many of them.

I felt the last transition contraction to into a pushing contraction...but then had a 30 minute break before the next contraction, which really was the ONLY way I think I could have made it! We really needed the break! Also, it didn't work out this time for the water birth as I just wasn't having any contractions, so I had to get out to have her, but it was still nice to be able to go in and out of the birthing tub! I still highly recommend this to anyone!

It took 3 good pushes to get her to come out! I barely had the energy was it was to push out the placenta...I was really worn out from the 3 hours of transition!

I am so thankful for having a midwife and assistant who were able to guide us through getting her to turn and willing to work with us through such a long labor! I am convinced that if we were in the hospital, we would have ended with a c-section for failure to progress, when we really just needed to change positions!We are feeling much better now that we have had a few hours of sleep.

Oh, and we put everyone to bed for the majority of the labor, but then woke up the twins and Ashley. Here are their thoughts on how it went!

Bailey told me today that she thought it was great and is looking forward to being able to have her own baby one day.

Anna told me it seemed more painful than she thought (I told her that I thought the same thing, and that this really was my hardest ever!), but that it is so worth it to be able to hold such a sweet baby!

During the birth, Ashley announced, "I see her head!" and then later told me she was surprised at just how fast the rest of her came out!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Friday...

I know, not much creativity with my titles today, I think my creativity is spent, lol!

I woke up Friday morning, feeling wiped out - and that was after a solid 10 hour night! As I got up and moved around, I noticed I was contracting quite a bit...definitely more than I want to be and still make it to my goal of a November baby! I decided to time them and found they were about every 2-5 minutes apart...but they were not overly strong.

I went back to bed with a big cup of water. While laying down, it was a more typical 10-15 minute apart contraction pattern. I ended up needing to stay in bed for the entire day...Each time I tried even sitting up the contractions went to 2-4 minutes, about 1/3rd of them taking my breath away. By the evening, I was having some bloody show (sorry, TMI!), so I decided to give the midwife a call. Her advice is to stay down this weekend, so we can get the Group B Strep test done on Monday at the home visit...otherwise, we will assume I am GBS+ and do the antibiotics, just in case.

Contractions are still definitely there, as I sit here and type, but they are more like 5 minutes apart. 9 more days until my goal. (I have 2 very silly reasons for wanting to make this goal, and one good reason...first, is that we already have an Oct. baby, but we don't have a November baby yet, lol! The 2nd is that with 6 babies I have NEVER made it to my due month, and I would like to at least make my due month at least once! The good reason is that it is better for Serenity to have as long as she can in the womb.) Still hoping and praying to make it that far - but it might mean that we do NOTHING this week...which is a shame, because there are several things I want to finish up before Serenity makes her appearance!

Oh, and I might be on the crabby side of things..."excess" noise from toys and people playing is really getting on my nerves! This is a hard thing in my household, which is very rarely quiet, lol!

Thursday









Here is why my girls really love Thursdays...

We start off dropping one twin off at piano (this week, it was Bailey's turn, but they alternate, because they would each rather go with me :)

Then we head to the park (just a couple blocks away) for 1/2 hour with everyone else! They get to chase the ducks and play at the playground.

After the younger ones get the wiggles out, it is back to piano. The twin who came to the park is in charge of Justice, while I have Callie. I sit upstairs during piano to listen to what Ashley needs to practice during the week, while I do therapy with Callie.

Then the twin who started with Piano is in charge of Justice (downstairs in the playroom). I continue doing therapy with Callie while the 2nd twin has her piano lesson (that way I also know what the twins are supposed to be working on!).

After piano, we pile back into the van and head to choir, in Granite Falls, eating the lunch we packed on the way. The middle girls go into choir first...giving the twins and the little ones time to go to the park that is about 4 blocks away. We play there for about an hour, then head back to trade the middle girls with the twins...and then head back to the park once again.

After choir, we head to the chiropractor in Everett for both Callie and me (though my last session is next week, then it will just be for Callie!)

Then we head back home. We normally get home about 5 pm...but then again, we are not yet back to horseback riding, which will be tacked onto the end of our day!

So far, we have been blessed with beautiful fall weather! Only 1 Thursday so far has been rainy, otherwise, we have had sunshine! My Thursday schedule makes me so glad that I do not have to go with someone else's schedule that they have set every day! I am glad to have the other 4 days of the week to do what I need to get done, whether that be to do nothing (like yesterday!), or school, therapy, housework and all the odds and ends that pile up! I have a feeling that the next 9 days will be very low key - more in my next post!

(And if you are wondering why I have so many more pics of my little ones than of my older ones, it is because they are the ones I tend to stay close to while at the park!)

On this particular Thursday, I dropped everyone off at home, put leftovers in the oven for their dinner, and went to a baby shower. It was lots of fun, but probably too much for me, as I had to leave early to come home and go right to bed...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wow! Look at that!




The ticker at the top of the page has made it to the last baby! That is so awesome! As of Saturday, the midwife is willing to do a homebirth with us, as we will have made it to 36 weeks!

- only 2 more days until the midwife will delivery us at home!
- 6 days from where Justice was born! (And I am hoping to make it even farther with Serenity!)
- 11 more days until my goal of making my due month!
- 30 more days until my due date!

It is all seeming very possible right now! What a blessing that God has carried us through to having a full term baby (almost)! He is good, all the time!

So far, I am doing well on getting ready for Serenity's arrival.

- We have about 9 days of school work to get through, along with the twins' testing...
- I am making progress on getting the things I want for Christmas for my children...I have found the Christmas ornaments for everyone (both for this year, and for last year, which I didn't get for them at the time), and just need to order the ones for this year...
- I have 1 more skirt for a middle girl, and 2 nightgowns to make for them to finish up their 2nd gift. I need to collect a few odds and ends to make the twins' 2nd gifts. And I need to order Callie's 2nd gift. We have decided to get a big gift for everyone as the 3rd gift (which will be ordered closer to Christmas!), so getting 2 done for everyone means that I am done for my children!
- I would like to do a thorough cleaning of the house before baby comes, but want to be done with my sewing mess first...hoping to be done by the end of the weekend!

Meanwhile, the older girls have really enjoyed all the sunny weather we have had this Oct! They have been busy outside, harvesting sunflower seeds and corn, riding bikes, and having picnic lunches...so much so, that I have let them have a few days off of school to enjoy what little sunshine might be left...the rain is supposed to set in by this weekend, and we will catch up on school then!

For now, we are off on yet another busy, busy Thursday...Piano lessons for the older 3, then choir for the older 4, followed by a chiropractor appointment for Callie and me, then I will drop everyone off at home before going to a baby shower this evening! (I am tired just thinking through my day! In between all of that, we will work in some school, and Callie's therapy...oh, and I hope to get elastic in several skirts today!)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The pumpkin gospel










Matthew 23:25-28
25"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

27"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. 28In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

Revelation 3:20
20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

2 Corinthians 5:17
17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

We started out talking about the sin in our lives...that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We compared sin to the pumpkin guts.

Then we talked about how God wants His light to shine through us. We put happy faces on the pumpkins (to represent the joy we have in Christ) and watched as the light of the candle was shinning out of them. Finally we talked about how the pumpkins were now new creations. The old is gone and the new is here.

The twins got to carve their own this year...the 3 little girls designed their own and watched as we carved the design into their pumpkins. Justice got to have the design that I have wanted to use from last year, because no one else would go for it, lol!

I threw in a couple extra pictures because I thought they were cute! First is Callie showing me what a fish looks like. The other is Brianna and Justice dancing together.

To answer questions that were posed...no we do not celebrate Halloween...and we may be doing pumpkins after this, even though we do it as a God honoring lesson.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Callie's Party









Callie had a very nice party tonight! Thank you to those who were able to come and help make this a special day for a very special little girl!

Callie had a great time looking through her scrapbook of her life, especially with her friend Laney! The pictures of her as a little baby she said were pictures of Serenity Faith. Then when Callie is about 8 months - 15 months, she says it is Justice, then after about 16 or 17 months, she is able to recognize herself as Callie!

We had pizza, opened presents and enjoyed cake with friends and family!

She received things that we will be using for therapy, hopefully making therapy more interesting for her - at least for a while!

Pumpkin patch!










I enjoy going to the pumpkin patch with my girls...though we do not always make it each year. This year, I really, really wanted to go because of Callie. She has really taken to a book called Biscuit Goes to the Pumpkin Patch (which I like because it has nothing to do with Halloween in it!). My MIL is now working 4 days/week, and was able to come with us, so we went for it!

We went to Biringer Farm. The girls had so much fun! They loved playing on the playground, and seeing all the different things set up. The older ones enjoyed going through the corn maze to solve, the mystery of Farmer Joe (it was a combo of clue and CSI, they had to find different check points throughout the corn maze to eliminate different places, weapons and locations from their game cards!). Then we took the tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin.

I really like that Biringer Farm doesn't have any Halloween decor, or even that dark overshadow. The girls liked being able to see the sights, and I liked that I didn't have to worry so much about the spiritual warfare that comes with the end of October...