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Mara & Joel, 2009
Welcome! Welcome!!!! August is in full swing!
Skyler Dylan 22 April 1999
Reed Aslan 17 June 2007 ~ 8 September 2008
Ivy Rayne 3 May 2009
Leo Spencer 2 Sept 2010
Forrest Reed 15 Aug 2012
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Mama to Kostas with the Mostest, born 07/10/07
and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12
Brandon and I met in 2006, we instantly hit it off and were engaged by 2007! Since we were both still in school we decided to wait until we graduated before we started planning the wedding.
We finally set the date and on October 17, 2009 I married my best friend! We had a beautiful (COLD) day, surrounded by family and friends.
In January 2010 we were thrilled to find out I was pregnant! Due in September. I couldn't have been happier. Not only were we expecting our first baby, but I was blessed to be pregnant alongside both my sisters! Jordan was due in May 2010, and Emily was due 6 days before me!
My pregnancy was very uneventful. I had an easy time and loved every moment of it. DH and I were planning a home birth! After attending 5 beautiful home births of my nieces and nephews, I couldn't wait for my own.
On Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 3:30 am I woke up with contractions. I was exhausted from attending my nephew, Simon's, birth the night before, so I tried to rest/sleep as much as I could.
Early labour took a while, about 15 hours. I was in active labour around 5:30 pm. By 9:00 pm I was 9cm. At 10:30 pm my water broke! My midwife had hoped that this would have put me to 10cm, but unfortunately because of Will's crooked head, it put me back to 8cm. At 3:00 am after 6 hours of being stalled at 9cm my midwife and I made the call to head to the hospital for an epidural so my body could relax. I was exhausted and overworked. We arrived around 4:00 am, I had my epidural placed by 5:00 am. I managed to get an hour or so of sleep before they noticed my labour had slowed to almost a complete stop. So by about 6:45am they put me on Pitocin. After a few contractions with the pit they saw Will's heart rate dip to scary levels, and at points they couldn?t find it at all. They tried flipping me from side to side to see if that would help. Eventually they OB on call came in and checked me, I was 10cm! So I pushed like crazy! They tried to use the vacuum, but that didn?t last too long. I ended up with a very unwanted episiotomy. But after 3 contractions my beautiful baby boy was born!
(Will's complete birth story)
My little man is now 22months old and I can't believe in a few short weeks he will be a big brother! Here are some pics from his 1 year. *I'll post some updated ones soon*
Brandon and I knew we wanted more kids and we wanted them close in age. So after Will's first birthday I started charting. My November cycle was a lucky cycle! And on December 11, 2011 I saw those beautiful lines!
This pregnancy has been pretty similar to Will's. I've been very relaxed and easy going about the whole thing. I'm much bigger now than I was with Will. I'm carrying different.
I'll post a recent belly pic tomorrow!
I can't wait to share the rest of this journey as I prepare for my peaceful home birth!
Love your intro Alison, welcome to your lodge! I'm so excited to get to follow you on this journey Your birth with Will didn't turn out exactly as planned but I still love hearing you tell it, the way you just go with the flow (whether that's how it feels internally or not that's how it seems to us reading about it) and know that sometimes plans must change to accommodate.
*leaning on my birth ball, watching Cars with Will for the gazillionth time*
I'm trying to think of anything else I need for this birth/baby... but I don't think there is anything.
I have all my newborn clothes washed up and ready. DH put the carseat in the car for a "test" run to make sure everything fit nicely - it does. I have my birth kit ready. I have diapers. I have boobs.
Maybe I should consider packing a hospital transfer bag - just in case. But every time I think to go do it I think it would just be easier to have a check-list and then pack in the moment - if needed. A lot of stuff I would want to pack I wouldn't actually want in the bag until it's time to go anyway (cell phone, camera, chargers, pillows...)
I'll think about it.
When talking to DH about the birth, if ever I bring up "if we need to go to the hospital" he always interrupts and says "we're not going to the hospital this time!"
Hes so cute. He's very excited for this birth. He loved his "role" in Will's birth. He felt needed and necessary and not put to the side as being "just the dad" and not a woman who's BTDT. I love that he wants to actively be involved in the birth! I freaking love my DH! He's an awesome Dad!
Those are my thoughts for this morning. Off to get my little man some more grapes!
I can't believe how much Will likes Cars hah! Emma hasn't watched many movies, but she goes insane over anything blues clues.
I think the checklist idea for a potential hospital transfer bag (that you won't need ) is a good idea. Takes the stress out of it without the pressure of looking at the bag sitting there wondering "what if . . . ". How awesome and relaxing that you have all the major things done for baby's arrival. You only have a few days left of work right?
Just to add to the checklist idea, which I think is great BTW. In our house I would show DH the checklist ahead of time to make sure he knows where everything is, before it is needed so that he could run around and pack the bag if necessary, and not be trying to ask me where things are. Maybe its just around here, but my DH can never find anything without help, especially if he is stressed already
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)