Monday, November 3, 2014

Caleb's Newborn Photos

It's taken me a little while to finally post this, but for good reason….. First, I LOVED all the pictures and I was having a hard time narrowing it down to my #1 faves. Second, I have a newborn and twin "wild animals"…AKA 4 year olds, that make any small task take 3.5x's longer to complete. (example: Caleb's birth announcments are still sitting on my desk. Better late than never! Right?)  I'm not complaining!!! I LOVE this time right now with my 3 kiddos and watching the twins fall in love with their new brother.  However, like with any new baby, trying getting into a new routine and keeping up with the family schedule is a lot of work, but it's my favorite "work"!

So I have finally picked my #1 favorite newborn pictures!!! Thank you Michelle Ann Photography for again going above and beyond expectations!! We LOVE ALL the photos from the session, AND of course loved seeing you and Claire <3 I only picked my #1's to share here, but if you want to see the rest of our awesome photos and more of our photog's work check out her blog HERE.  And of course like her Facebook Page and follow her on Instagram for more postings and photo of the week!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Michelle for capturing such sweet moments!! XO!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Caleb's Birth Story

 Caleb's birth story so I never forget it :)

When I was pregnant, Makenna decided to pick a name for her baby brother or sister. At first she wanted to call the baby Polka-dot Sparkle. I managed to talk her out of the "Little Pony" name and then on our way to  preschool one morning she said "Hey Momma, I want to name our baby Carlos".  Really!?!?!?! Carlos?!?!?! "Where did you get that name?" she says "In my brain" Hahahaha OK Carlos it is :) and Carlos or Carlotta it stayed until "he" was born. We had a real boys name set (because we were 98% sure we were having a boy) and a girls name just in case.

Back to his actual birth story. On Thursday I woke up at 4:00 am and had a craving for Moro's eggplant parmesan, so much of a craving I woke Chris up to tell him " I HAD to have it". Later that morning,  I went to my weekly ob appointment and NST.  The NST was good then the dr checked and we were 70% effaced and at  2cm dilated!!!!  He said we were going to have a baby THIS week!!!!! YAY! I was so excited to hear the update.

After the appointment, I went to Chris's work to pickup Carter because he had a dental appointment and chris took him to it. I told Chris about the 70 and 2 update (he totally didn't register the information) and still thought he was going up north that weekend. I had been having regular braxton hicks contractions for the last week, so I didn't think anything was going to happen that day and the only thing that was different was that the baby dropped down low, which was normal.

 That afternoon the twins and I walked to the park like we did almost every nice afternoon. Actually let me reprase that, the kids sat in the stroller and I slowly waddled to the park. On the way my contractions were getting a little painful, but I just thought it was because he was so low.  I called my mom to see what she was doing and told her I think I'm too pregnant to walk anymore because I thought I pee'd my pants on the way to the park.  She said "Marissa, Your water BROKE!" I didn't think so because it stopped, or so I thought.
At the park that afternoon.
Chris got home late that night and I already looked up Moro's website and hours because I HAD to have Eggplant Parmesan and had to be from Moro's!!! Chris got home and I asked him to go pick it up for us to split for dinner, and he laughed at me and said "OK you're finally THAT pregnant".   IT WAS SOOOOOOO GOOOD!!!!! Just writing about it makes me want to order it right now! We went to bed and the Eggplant Parmesan worked its magic.

On Friday morning I woke up at 4:00am on the dot again and Whoa! "That sucked!" I wasn't sure what just happened so I rolled over and it happened again.  I couldn't sleep with these contractions and I already woke Chris up to tell him my contractions hurt. I figured at that point I was miserably pregnant and he could share the joy with me. I got up and painted my nails to try to get my mind off of the painful contractions.  Chris yelled from bed, "How are you doing? Should I get up and get ready for work?" REALLY!?!?!?!?! By now, I'm leaning on the sink with each contraction and he's asking me about going to work!!!! Anyway after a few smart a$$ comments back from me, we called my Mom to come over and watch the twins because we were going to the hospital.  As I was leaving the house I already knew, "WE ARE HAVING A BABY TODAY!"

We arrived at the hospital around 6:00am, got all checked into Triage and the first Dr. checked me 80% and 2cm and sure enough my water did break!! My Mom was right.  Looking back on it, I should have listened to her on that one. (She did go through three water breakings, my water never broke with the twins) Actually, I didn't even know what labor was because I never experienced it the first time. So when the nurse came back and told me my Dr was at Oakwood and had two other surgeries that morning, but I could wait and he would be here by Noon……I actually said OK.  At the time the contractions were bearable.  I didnt know what I was in for.  I had two super nice nursing students, the triage nurse, and Chris.  I was doing good, until about 9:00 am. And WOW, I remember thinking, this whole labor thing was not in the plan and I told Chris "Maybe I should have paid attention to that birthing class we took when I was pregnant with the twins".  I was breathing through the contractions, squeezing Chris's hand, they gave me something to help with the pain.  But it did not help the pain, it just knocked me out in-between contractions and made me go cross-eyed.

The second dose of that pain medicine, made me goofy…. Chris was talking about everyone that was there "Our nurses were Crystal, Crystal, and Calla, Then we had Dr. Stevens and Dr. Stevenson, and Carlos was actually Caleb." I couldnt stop laughing, I was trying and couldn't stop. I told the nursing students and Chris they should have some of this goofy drug too! Then a contraction came along and ruined my laughing fest. By 11:00am I was 90% effaced and at 7cm, I was crying and ready for an eppidural.  I asked for one, but they didn't giving it to me.  I told the nursing students to catch because I was going to push this baby out!  They both ran away, and I told them to bring me a dr that will catch or cut this baby out because I was DONE!!!  By the time my dr got there at 1:30 he said "I've been trying to get here all morning!" I said "So has this baby!!!!!!" Then the next thing I knew, they were wheeling us back for our C-section STAT!!!!!

1:56pm Caleb was born, and they peeked his little squishy face over the curtain, a LOVE and rush of emotions I can't explain.  They called out his measurements 6lbs. 13oz and 20in long.  Then we heard the Doctors talking about a knot?!?! Caleb had a "true knot" in his umbilical cord!  One Dr (I'm guessing the resident) said he has never seen one before, just read about them.  Dr. Stevenson assured us that it didn't harm the baby.  Chris looked over the curtain at it, and said yep, its a knot,  he somehow swam through his cord to form it.  Google it, I did, its crazy!  They let me hold Caleb once he was wrapped up and kiss his sweet face.  Chris and Caleb went to the recovery room while I got stitched up.
 That part feels like forever when you just want to get back to your baby.  But I know Chris is such an amazing Daddy and they are together.  Once I finally got to recovery, Caleb was hungry!  He nursed the whole hour in recovery, latched on first try!

We moved to our room, and my Mom, Dad, Carter and Kenna finally got to meet Caleb. A few tears fell as we were finally all together as a family of five, and I watched as Carter and Kenna got to meet and hold their new little brother.

 I am so very grateful for my 3 healthy children, a loving husband, my loving and supportive Mom and Dad and Chris's Mom and Dad, and for our caring family and friends.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

More than 6 months.....

My last post was more than 6 months ago. I started this little blog for Carter and Kenna to look back and read about all the fun things we are doing as they grow up.  BUT....... I'm a bad Mommy and I guess I was way too busy to keep up with everything.  I forgot to write about all the fun we were having.  I know I have a little blog idea journal packed somewhere in all our stuff at "The House" (nope, we are still not moved into our house thats a whole new post for another day).  If and when I find my blog idea journal I will start to tackle the idea list but for right now I want to list the TOP 10 THINGS we did since my last post in December............

10. We went to Paula's to see Uncle Eric on his leave from Afghanistan and celebrated our 3rd birthdays there with Gigi, Grandpa, Auntie P, Uncle E, Al, Kim, and Dave.  Auntie P and Gigi made them there cakes Kenna had a Tinkerbell cake and Carter had a Jake and the Neverland Pirates cake.

9. We walked in the Gasparilla Childrens Parade as real Pirates. I made Kenna a pirate princess costume, Carter wore his Halloween pirate costume again, I found the cutest chiffon shirt with skulls, and Chris wore a bandana (I ordered him a shirt from amazon, but it didn't ship in time for the parade) It was waiting on our front porch when we got home, go figure! This was so much fun, I want to post a picture post for this day!

8. We went on a whole family trip to DISNEY WORLD!!! and Paula and I ran the Disney Princess half marathon.

7.  Michelle and Claire came to visit for Spring Break 2013!!!!! Whoooo hooooo!!! The weather was kinda cold, but we still managed to have a lot of fun. Ybor, Aquarium, 1 beach visit, walking on the causeway, Downtown Dunedin for lunch, Tarpon Springs sponge docks.

6. We found out we WERE moving to Michigan, then we WERE NOT moving to Michigan, then the Army decided we WERE moving to Michigan. Back and forth, back and forth it was a super stressful couple of months when I felt like our whole lives were in limbo. In the end we MOVED to MICHIGAN :) and :( at the same time. ( the move is a whole 5 other posts)

5. The kids went to Orlando to stay the night with Gigi, Grandpa, Margie, Jerry, Linda, Mr. Mike, and Patty at the Marriott (one of my favorite places to visit the ladies when they are in FL) This resort has the BEST pool and lazy river. I know the kids had fun staying the night and I hope they didn't wear everyone out too much. Thanks for letting them stay the night!!!

4. Carter and Kenna got their first "Big Kid Bikes" with training wheels!!! (they havn't been able to ride them much this summer as they are packed somewhere in the garage and the helmets are packed somewhere else in the garage......) Hopefully we find everything by fall and they will still get to ride them before the snow.

3. Gigi and Grandpa came to visit for Memorial Day and we stayed at PCI on St. Pete Beach WHOA!!!!! It was kinda CRAZY and wild!! (it was fun, I liked it)

2. WE MOVED HOME TO MICHIGAN!!!!!!!!! The movers came a week early (we had a day notice) packed up all our stuff and off it went to MI.  We had to stay a few more days to finish everything so we camped out with our air mattress in a completely empty house.
He was stressed and I was crying..... it was a sad day.

1. We are here in Michigan and staying at my parents while our house is getting finished.  We have spent almost every weekend since we moved back working on it.  Except when we went to "Girls Weekend" (SIL's, MIL, and Aunt) , "Guys Weekend (chris and his brothers and Dad), and "Cousin's Weekend" (all the cousins together at Tom and Sara's with the Mom's ) The house is getting there slowly but everything has an order to get done so we can start on the next part of the house.  I can't wait to see it all finished, it's going to be like a brand new house! AND I LOVE everything we have picked out for the walls, floors, lighting, cabinets, and new bedroom furniture! I'm so excited!!

Well that was the top 10 highlights since December.... Carter and Kenna I PROMISE I will keep up so you don't have big chunks missing and you can look back and read about everything you did growing up :)