Friday, June 29, 2007
Three years ago today Ben and I were preparing to go to the hospital for an induction. When we got there, I remember we blasted Usher's "Yeah" in the car to get psyched up, ha.
I wrote this birth story back then, when Anna was born...
My doctor scheduled an induction for the evening that I would be one week overdue. I felt like my body was nowhere near going into labor on its own. I think I could have held that baby forever.
Ben and I went to the hospital at midnight and they started Cervidil. When the nurse started it she said I would feel light cramping but would be able to sleep through the night. She said in 12 hours they would start Petocin and I would probably have a baby in about 24 hours.
As she said all of this the Cervidil was already kicking in and I felt it big time--back pain. This felt a lot worse than she explained! I went on with that for a few hours, just rubbing my back and trying to rest (Ben was sort of sleeping), but I knew there was no way I was getting any sleep. I felt like a huge wimp because I thought they weren’t real contractions, but at about 3 a.m. I had the nurse start an IV and it had something in it (I don’t even know what, but that helped a little). Next thing I remember the nurses came in and said I was having constant contractions and the baby wasn’t handling it too well so they pulled out the Cervidil. They said hopefully my body would continue to labor on its own.
It did, and at 6 a.m. I couldn’t take much anymore and asked for the epidural…I was at 3 cm, and again feeling like a huge wimp. The hardest part was just getting through 3 or 4 contractions while they put the epidural in. But after that, it was great and I fell asleep for two hours. At 8 a.m. I woke up and told Ben we should call our parents. The nurse checked me and said I was at 10 cm, and ready to push. I was shocked! Ben called our parents and told them to hurry if they wanted to catch the birth. My Mom walked in right as I was about to have the baby.
Nothing can ever describe the surreal feeling of seeing that baby for the first time! She was so beautiful, and opened one eye to look at us. I couldn’t believe how perfect she was, someone said, “It looks like she had an easy entrance into this world.”
Anna Rose was born at 9:02 a.m. on June 30th, after about 8 hours of labor. She was 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and 20 inches long.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
But when Aunt Sabrina asked her who her favorite Aunt was, she said "Aunt Alex." She hasn't quite mastered the art of always saying the person you are with!
Of course, Anna loves ALL of her Aunts and Uncles. Thanks for a fun day Sabrina, and thanks for sending the pictures!
Monday, June 25, 2007
This was the basement laundry room that we tore down and added a window. It looks much better.
More basement laundry.
Stairway to the basement. The walls were in great shape.
Master bathroom tub, toilet, bidet, and lots of ugly, dated, blue tile. You can't see it in the picture, but there is a cabinet to the left of the doorway entry with some random glass shelves and mirror.
The master bath shower. We demolished and replaced with something a little bigger.
Master bath vanity area. Ripped out everything, and put in new cabinets, countertops, and flooring.
New carpet and paint in the Master Bedroom. I do miss the green, however.
Lovely staircase from the main floor to the top floor. Not pretty. We ripped down the walls and squared the the stairs off.
Another shot of the staircase. Lots of drywall and wallpaper (that ripped off the drywall paper when removed). We ripped this all down and replaced with Alder handrails and iron ballisters.
Some space in the room with beautiful mustard walls and lots of our junk. We just painted the space.
Dining room walls with really bad lights. We skim coated the walls, painted and replaced the light.
The opening between the living room and the kitchen/family room space (not sure what to call it). The opening between the two room was a small doorway. We ended up spanning the whole space with a Microlam that spanned 12 feet.
This is one view of the kithen. The mustard wall to the right is the backside of a large pantry that took up the entire space of the kitchen. We demolished and opened the space up.
Hopefully I will have the updated pictures to show you soon. However, I make no promises!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
"I love my Daddy, my Daddy loves me.
I love my Daddy, I love my Daddy.
Daddy loves me.
I love my Daddy......most of the time."
We both laughed pretty hard at that one. Despite her silly Father's Day song, I'm pretty sure Anna loves Ben all of the time. She especially loves it when he rides tricycles with her, takes her to Home Depot, reads her stories for bedtime, plays Candyland with her, makes elephant noises, and all kinds of other fun stuff.
I remember when Ben and I first got married and we talked about having a large family. I told him that growing up I always figured I wanted two kids or so. Before I was married, in my mind I pictured it being all me, without much help with the kids. Once I married Ben I knew he was going to be a great Dad, and very involved, so I figured I could handle a bit more. He has been fun, caring, loving, and patient with our kids, and I can't wait to see him as they get older. Here's to Ben, the world's greatest Dad!
Friday, June 15, 2007
I am still exhausted from the cleaning spree of trying to get the house ready to show, and keeping it clean. Although I have to say, I LOVE IT after 6 months of a messy construction house.
Our van is in the shop, so if anyone wants to look at the house, I have to load the babies in the stroller and take a walk. Not a bad thing, except the street we live on is just one big hill, so not a great place to walk. Yesterday we sat at the corner until we saw the people arrive. Then luckily we saw a neighbor and went into their house for a while since it was so hot. We'll see what happens today...
Friday, June 8, 2007
I was interviewed by Channel 4 (ABC) news here in Utah. I work for PilmerPR, who is featured in the story. Some of their editing wasn't exactly consistent with what I actually said, but oh well.
We also had to set up a desk the night before the interview so it would look like I have a home office. Before this I was usually sitting on a recliner with my laptop. I didn't think that would look very good on TV!
Click here to see the kids and I on the news...
As a side note, I wrote the talking points that the news anchors say at the end of the piece. It was a fun work day and good practice, since I have coached people before on doing TV interviews, but never did one myself. I think I need some practice!
Monday, June 4, 2007
It makes us kind of sad that one of the babies is already walking. They are growing up too fast! We'll get some better video soon.
Friday, June 1, 2007
So I figured I would update even though I still haven't found my camera charger. We are putting the house on the market in the next week, so I need to go and do some cleaning. Here is a quick update on everyone for the grandparents:
- Anna is enjoying playing in the dirt these days. She goes out back and moves dirt from here to there and puts it down her slide, things like that. This doesn't sound very interesting, but for those who know Anna, it is a whole new development that she will actually get dirty. Until now she liked to be clean. I'm not so excited about this new phase.
- Isabel has mastered the art of going up the stairs. It took her about one second. Now anytime you are downstairs she goes straight towards them and when you go after her she giggles and tries to climb as fast as her little legs will go. We need a gate.
- Adam is into kissing. He loves kissing everyone, and once you get him started he can't stop. He'll sit there and kiss Anna like 10 times. Or if you are lying on the floor, he can't help but come over and slobber you with kisses. He is such a lovey boy.
- Ben is driving to Provo every day to study for the bar (an hour away). Next week he will start taking the bus so he can at least study during that time, and because gas would end up costing us a small fortune.
- My days are full taking care of the kids and working. We have a fairly new nanny who is working out pretty well, she comes 20 hours per week. The kids are comfortable with her so I can get a lot done. And it is kind of nice to be missed when I come around and she leaves!
Wooo hooo, I just found the camera charger. But it's almost midnight so for now I'll just post this picture of the girls to say, goodnight!