Thursday, May 19, 2016

47, 48, 49, 50



Cameron and Gabe have turned into quite the early risers.  Gabe is usually up between 6-6:30.  Cameron sleeps a little longer than this, but I consider it a lucky day if he sleeps until 7:30!   Gabe says "Mama" now.  It's usually when he is mad or very tired and he says "MAMAMAMAMAMAMA" but I think it counts.  :)  I haven't been consistent in teaching him any signs.  I was better at that with Cameron.   


I've been trying to be more intentional about spending one on one time with Cameron.  He really enjoys our morning picnics.  The grass in the pasture is getting a bit unruly so we've been spending more time in the summer kitchen.   



For my Mother's Day present we fixed up the front garden and planted two trees!  We got two different flowering crab trees and I'm so excited for them to bloom.


The sand pile has been a big hit now that it is nice enough to play in.

We spent a whole morning trying to take a happy birthday picture for Grandma Carol.  You'd never guess that it took nearly a whole container of puffs to get them to lay still for 2 seconds.


Gabe has been pulling himself up on things for quite a while, but every once in a while I catch him standing on his own.  He hasn't tried taking any steps yet.  




Gabe has decided he likes to be naked all the time.  I found him like this one morning and I'm thankful he only managed to pull one side of the diaper off so it was still under him!  



Here is my finished garden!  It looks so much better now.  I was embarrassed last year when it looked like an overgrown jungle at the end of summer.   




Cameron has been enjoying painting rocks to put in the garden.  I thought I could sneak into the kitchen to have a cookie by myself while he was painting, but he took the opportunity to try out body painting.  


We've been going on park adventures lately and Cameron loves it!  

Gabe still doesn't sleep very well at night, although last night we were only up twice!  We are so excited to spend more time outside.  Cameron hasn't napped for at least a week.  We were hoping that would make bed time easier, and it has, but by supper time he's usually in meltdown mode.  Hopefully we can figure out a better balance for him.  




Thursday, April 21, 2016

46 weeks


We've spent the last week trying to get everyone healthy.  Gabe's favorite thing this week is crawling up stairs.  He loves stairs.  Mommy does not love that he is loving stairs.  


I was trying to get ready for a chiropractor appointment this morning (and by get ready I mean foundation and deodorant).  I thought the boys seemed too quiet so I decided to check on them before brushing my teeth.  Gabe had taken his diaper off and had the biggest poop ever on the living room rug.  He crawled through it on his way into the dining room.  I picked him up and put him right in the sink for a rinse.  Cameron saw the poop and promptly threw up all over the rug, in the hallway, and in the bathroom.  Obviously we didn't have any paper towels in the kitchen.  Hubby happened to call right in the middle of all of this to see if we had left the house yet. Nope. 

But I was able to get it all cleaned up, get everyone changed, and still made it to my appointment on time.  So I'd still call today a win. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Meet Gabriel- A Birth Story

We welcomed Gabriel Patrick to our family on June 2nd at 2:21am!  He weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 inches long!  (If you're wondering, Cameron was 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 21 inches long)


Monday, June 1st, was Gabe's due date.  I woke up hoping for something awesome.  Like Hubby had joked so many, probably too many, times maybe this baby was just going to be very punctual "Like his daddy."  If you know my husband, you know that he is punctual according to his own clock.  He doesn't see it like that, he thinks he is always five minutes early.  I tried to remind him that he is only early if it's an event he wants to get to.  If it's something that I want to get to, there is always time to stop for any number of extra things he wants to do.  He took his joke even further and said "Or maybe he will be late, like his mommy."  Really?  Sometimes my husband needs lessons on what not to say to a pregnant person.  I was feeling very pregnant, in fact, I was the most pregnant I had ever been!  And I was still discouraged that despite the random contractions I had been having, I still didn't have a baby. 



I was really excited to get to my appointment and hear that Surprise!  I was dilated to an 8 and they needed to admit me!  Or I thought maybe the contractions would start on the way to the clinic!  So I optimistically packed my hospital bag into my aunt's car.  She didn't want me driving all the way to my appointment on my own, so she offered to take me.  Which meant I had someone to watch Cameron so he didn't have to come in to my appointment.  Woo hoo!

When I got to my appointment, I could hardly wait to hear how much progress I had made since my last visit.  I had been stuck at 4 cm for quite a while, so I knew it had to be better than that.  She checked me.  I told my midwife that I had my bag with me if she thought I might just need to go to the hospital instead.  She said if I was at an 8 she would drive me over to the hospital herself.  No luck.  I was still at a 4!  She did a membrane sweep, but after some research I learned that might not make any difference at all.  Some people have results quickly and some don't.  My midwife told me that she didn't need to see me back for another week, and that we would do an ultrasound before that appointment just to make sure baby still had enough fluid.  WHAT A BUMMER.  

We headed back home and I unloaded my hospital bag from the car for the millionth time.  I was still determined to have this baby on his due date so I said we better go for our walk.  I had one contraction on our walk.  It didn't even hurt.  Not the results I was hoping for.

Hubby and I decided to have steak for supper.  He asked me if we had time to make the steak or if we needed to head to the hospital instead.  Obviously we had time for steak.  I told him that I had given up on my "due date"baby.  At this point I was just hoping for anything before next week.  People always say that they weren't very hungry before they went into labor, and I was starving.  So I knew that it wasn't going to happen any time soon.  I ate my whole meal and even had room left over for a giant ice cream cone!  If I was going to be gaining two pounds every week, I decided I better make them count.  After supper I had some random contractions, but they were still so sporadic I wasn't going to get everyone excited.

We headed to bed.  I had a couple of contractions.  I could really feel these.  They were strong enough to make me remember what they were supposed to feel like and I thought how silly I was for all of my false alarms.  I decided to try timing them, but they were still mostly random.  However, they were stronger!  Must be making progress, I thought.  It was about 10:30 when I decided to get up and walk around.  While I was busy walking (and hubby was busy sleeping) it occurred to me that I had very little free space on my phone.  I decided to try do a back up in case I needed to delete something to take new pictures at the hospital whenever baby finally decided he was ready.  I was trying to get my computer to cooperate but the contractions were getting so strong that I was having trouble doing anything!  I decided to call labor and delivery to tell them about my contractions.  They still weren't regular.  I explained that I lived about 45 minutes away, but that I wasn't really sure.  While I was on the phone with her, the contractions were so powerful I had to stop talking.  I said "I don't want to have a car baby."  She said, "Do you have someone to watch your other son?  Because I think you should leave your house now."

I called my mom to stay with Cameron and Pepper.  I changed out of my pajamas and packed the last few things I needed into my bag.  Hubby was awake now and repacking the car.  We were on the road shortly after 11.  At the time I didn't think of it, but now I realize that I had been driving around for weeks sitting on a plastic bag just in case my water broke, but we didn't move the plastic bag over to my seat now that I was in active labor.

The contractions were increasingly strong and uncomfortable, but still no more structured than they had been.  I suppose it was nice having a 10 minute break between them instead of having them every 2-3 minutes like they say it should be happening.  We called Hubby's mom as we were pulling in to the hospital parking lot to let her know.  When we got to the hospital there was quite the check-in process.  I didn't realize they were going to ask for so much information, especially since I had already filled out all the forms and mailed them in.  The man at the desk asked if I'd like a wheel chair.  I said "I've made it standing this long, I suppose I can make it to my room, too." or something equally snarky.

We got to the room and my nurses were fantastic.  I had been planning to labor in the tub for as long as I could, but was still not certain about doing a water birth.  I told them we would wait and see what happened when it was time to push.  They went through the rest of the paperwork and necessary information with me in record speed.  She said she would skip the part about the epidural and I told her that she better read it to me because I might decide I need it.  She looked at me and said "Nah, you don't want it."  The contractions were stronger than I remembered them being with Cameron.  The midwife came and checked me.  She asked if I wanted her to break my water so that we could really get things moving.

Um, YES.  Let's meet this baby!

So she broke my water and I was finally able to get in the delightfully warm and relaxing lavender water tub.  Hubby was asking what music I wanted like I had prepared a special playlist.  No, dear husband.  All of my last minute backups/playlist making/ etc were interrupted by contractions so there was no special labor playlist.  He said he wasn't going to pick the music so I pushed the first one that popped up on the screen.  Houseboat Honeymoon Playlist.  It is a really good playlist for drinking beer or slush and hanging out at the lake.  I don't know if it was the best choice for a relaxing and peaceful labor.  It worked though.  Actually, it was a hoot.  My nurses and midwife sang along.  We chatted about the lake.  I focused during contractions, but the atmosphere was very casual.

Someone came in to take my blood.    

My midwife told me I could start pushing any time.  I loved that they let me be so in control of my birth experience.  So when I was ready I tried a little push.

Nope.  

Then they had to give me some encouragement.  I told them I didn't want it.  It hurt and I was scared. My birth team was so amazing at talking me back down from my panic.

I tried a bigger push and felt a big pop!  That was it!  He must be born!

Keep going, he's so close!

I was shocked.

You mean that wasn't him?  He wasn't born yet? 

Now that I think about it, I'm surprised they didn't laugh at me.  The contractions were so strong and painful that I honestly thought I had pushed out a baby.  I guess it was just another burst of amniotic fluid.  I was crushed and I'm sure it showed.

We chatted more about the music.  "Womanizer" by Brittany Spears came on and one of the nurses suggested I don't push too hard during this song.  We chatted about my awesome hospital bag and pillow cases.  They thought it was so cool that I had made them.

More pushing.

And finally he was here!  They helped me pull him up out of the water and put him on my chest.  It is such an incredible feeling to have a baby go from being tucked away safe inside your body to snuggled on you in just moments.

We sat in the tub for a long time, just taking it all in.  Hubby got to cut the umbilical cord and stayed with Gabe when they did all the measuring and weighing.  He mentioned to one of the nurses that it was so much easier the second time around.  Imagine the eyeroll I gave him for that comment.    


Throughout our stay at the hospital, various nurses that had to check on us mentioned that they had heard about how we snuck in in the middle of the night and had a baby like it was no big deal.  My midwife said it was one of her favorite births she's ever been present at.  I could never pick a favorite birth experience, because I honestly enjoyed them both (as much as a person can, I think).  However, Gabe's was faster. ;) 

When they took my blood again they were shocked at the results.  Whatever it is they test for, mine had not decreased (they test to make sure you didn't lose too much during birth) but increased.  I told them it was obviously because I had stuffed myself full of steak a few hours before giving birth. 

I was only at the hospital for about 2 hours before he was born.  I was in the tub about 30 minutes and had 8 minutes of active pushing.  I've been so blessed with quick labors and deliveries.

So Gabriel was only a little late, I suppose like his Mommy. 




           

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

45 weeks


Everyone has been sick here for the last couple of days.  Yesterday Gabe had a little bit of a fever and threw up on me more times than I could count.  He seems to be feeling a little bit better this morning, or he hasn't thrown up at least. Cameron has been enjoying having tea with mommy.  I realized I had some Elderberry tea so I've been making that or a honey/apple cider vinegar/cinnamon tea.  Hopefully it will help clear his sickness out.  




The sun is out today so I'm hoping it will be warm enough to get a little fresh air!  

Have I mentioned that Cameron is mostly potty trained?  We still need to figure out naps and bed time, but he's been on several outings in underwear without any accidents!  

Monday, April 11, 2016

Big Steps!

I'm having the worst luck getting posts to save lately.  Here's a quick update while I work on my last weekly post! 

Gabe decided that he was going to start using his walker yesterday- all by himself!  


He is getting so big!  He wants to walk on his own without the walker, but can't quite figure out how to let go without tipping over. 

On Saturday we had a fun filled day at a maple syrup festival.  We all did a 5k in the morning and then had a delicious pancake brunch!  I got a new personal best race time (post kids, I'm not sure I'll ever get back to my pre kids race times) of 34:31 AND I kept running after the race to get in my full 4 miles that I was scheduled to do for my May race training. 







Yesterday both boys started to come down with some kind of cold.  I thought maybe Gabe was just working on more teeth, but this morning Cameron has the same stuffy/runny nose and cough. We were supposed to go spend a few days with their cousins, but decided it will be best to wait until they are healthy.  We don't want to spread sickness to anyone else. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

41, 42, 43, 44

I had this ready to go last week but apparently deleted it instead of publishing.  Oops!  



Cameron loves craft time!  We try to do something new every morning after breakfast.  One of Cameron's favorite crafts is painting so we made watercolors.  I'm not sure if we will make them again.  They were fun to mix, but after he paints with them the cornstarch gets crumbly and falls off the paper.  I think we made them right, but it's more of a "paint and throw away" project.  Cameron always want to hang his projects on the wall so the homemade paints don't work well for that. 


Gabe wants to do everything his brother does! 



This was the first bath Gabe took that he didn't scream.  Cameron was so helpful. "Me wash baby!" I thought he meant with a washcloth.  I should've known that wasn't what he had in mind. Oops! 


We had a great Easter visiting with Hubby's family and then with my grandma!  


Bedtime is wild around here.  We sing "No more jumping on the bed!" with our family as the monkeys.  I sing about the jumping and Cameron sings the Doctor's part.   It is my favorite part of the day and not just because it means the wild monkeys are finally going to sleep! 


Cameron is helping us get our garden started!  The summer kitchen is such a handy place to do the planting and keep the seeds. 


I think Gabe's top teeth popped through this week.  Sometimes it gets hard to look because he likes to chomp my fingers when I put them by his mouth! 





The boys have started waking up so early.  They used to sleep until 7:30 or 8, but now I'm lucky if we can stay in bed until 7!  Gabe doesn't sleep for more than a few hours at a time so I mostly feel like a zombie.  It's hard to be productive when all you want to do is take a nap.  


Gabe loves to play peek-a-boo! 


Gabe painted his first painting!  He wasn't a big fan, but I scared him when I wouldn't let him eat the paint. 


Thursday, March 10, 2016

36, 37, 38, 39, 40


 Cameron and Gabe had ECFE once a week in February.  They loved going to school!  In fact, Cameron walked into the classroom and said "Bye Mom" on his way to the table where the other kids were sitting.  He didn't even give me time to take his jacket off!  We also got him registered for preschool in the fall!  I can't believe he's going to be three! 



Cameron loves helping at church.  





We've been having fun helping my dad make klubb!  It has been our Thursday afternoon project a few weeks in a row! 
 

The snow is pretty much gone now, but Cameron and Gabe had a blast making snowmen.  I printed this picture off so Cameron could have a copy and he was so excited to hang it in his room.  We also put up a bunch of his paintings and he was so proud to have his art decorating his room. 





We've been busy with lots of activities lately!  I joined the local MOPS and we made it to a babywearing meeting, too!  It's so nice that spring seems to be on its way.  Pretty soon we will be able to spend our days at the lake! 


Gabe is so busy.  He still army crawls instead of going on his knees, but I don't blame him.  The wood floor is hard and slippery!  

Cameron is talking up a storm. He's been repeating everything we say! He's been doing a great job using the potty.  I'm looking forward to when he's officially out of diapers!