Monday, December 31, 2012

My two kids.

In what is sure to be the first of many "do my kids look alike?" posts, here are a few shots to compare Judah with Naomi in their first few days. Judah is the first photo, and Naomi the second. Although he was bigger, I think her face is a little rounder. Plus she has more hair. But I think the nose is the same. What do you think? Either way, all I have to say is that Jeff and I make very cute babies.

 
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

A few things.

1. My days are mostly filled with holding and nursing a sweet baby girl. She is eating really well, sleeping so-so, and generally being exceptionally cute. We love our sweet baby and are enjoying having her as part of our family.

2. Judah has done really well with her. I imagine that it helps that Jeff works from home and so he has been able to help me out a lot. But he is very sweet with her and will help me burp her or hand me things. Our next door neighbors also got a trampoline for Christmas, and that has been a nice way to let him get some energy out. Today I stuck Naomi in the moby and we three went over for some play time after lunch. Naomi and I just watched Judah run around.

3. Now that I have a slightly neurotic dog, a newborn, and a two year old who goes to bed fairly early I find myself highly annoyed at people who set off fireworks. I mean, first of all, it isn't even New Year's Eve yet.  And secondly, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. I guess that since I used to love setting off fireworks in our neighborhood, it is only fair that I have to put up with the noise now.

4. Judah says some really funny things these days. He has started to say "oh dear" if something isn't working right. He will also chastise his toys if they are malfunctioning or frustrating him by saying "That's not nice!" He sometimes if he is looking for Jeff or I will wander around the house saying "Mama, where you are?" or "Dada, Where you are?". It is adorable. He uses the "w" sound instead of an "h" sound these days as well. So he "w"ears (hears) a noise and puts things right "w"ere(here). I love his little quirks.

5. Naomi and I stayed home from church again today. I'm thinking we'll make an appearance next week, but I'm a bit paranoid with the bad flu season we are having. But instead of hearing the guest preacher we had at our church, I listened to 2 of Jeff's sermons. It was awesome. You can listen too by visiting this website. He just finished a good advent series in Isaiah, and before that he preached through Haggai. All good stuff.

6. I have ventured out with both kiddos. I went to the grocery store a few days ago and also Hobby Lobby. I sort of need a few things at Walmart but I haven't been brave enough to try and go there yet. Naomi does well in the Moby, and I can hold Judah's hand and put him in a buggy. The only problem is when Judah decides he needs to be carried, which I can't really do while also having Naomi in the wrap. I'm guessing that Naomi and I will be taking advantage of the hours Judah is in preschool to get most of our shopping done. But my extroverted self does get a little stir crazy just staying in the house so I feel much happier when I can get out a little bit.

Because I can't leave you without a photo, here are some very sweet baby feet.
 
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

December 24

Playing with Nana

 
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December 23

I couldn't quite get this posted last night, but here is the photo - Naomi meeting her Uncle Abram.

 
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

A birth story.

While my little one is snoozing and it's still fresh in my mind, I thought I'd share the story of her birthday. For anyone who cares, you can read about Judah's birth story here.

The last few weeks of this pregnancy were tough on me. I had been praying during this whole pregnancy to go into labor before the due date. For many reasons - first of all, I was hoping for a slightly smaller baby this time around. When you are trying to VBAC, induction can increase the risks of bad outcomes, so I wanted to avoid the need for induction due to being overdue. I was also having lots of back and pelvic pain, not sleeping well, and the fatigue that comes along with the end of pregnancy. My dear husband was a saint - putting up with a very emotional wife those last few days. (Jeff says he knew it was a girl because surely I had double the female hormones making me extra emotional!) As the due date got closer I was having more and more anxiety that this was going to go down just like last time. Many tears were shed as I prayed for a different outcome.

On December 17, a monday morning, I woke up with lots of contractions they were coming every several minutes. Poor Judah was sick, so we took him to the doctor to get him tested for flu and then tried to decide if I needed to go to the hospital. I got one of our residents to check my cervix and since I hadn't changed any from my last appointment we decided just to go home. The contractions basically stopped, which was a big disappointment, but I was able to nap that afternoon which ended up being a very good thing. Judah was super fussy that day since he was feeling bed and I actually ended up putting him in bed by 6:30.

After dinner, the contractions started again, but they were only every 8 or 9 minutes. They were more painful this time, but I still had my doubts that this was really it. We talked to my mom and decided that just in case, it would be good for her to come down in case we needed to go in to the hospital overnight. We got in bed and I fell asleep and dozed in between contractions.

Around 2:45, I got up because the contractions were becoming more painful. I started to time them and they were also coming more frequently. I was able to doze a little more between contractions, but finally around 6 or so I knew this was really it. I woke Jeff up and told him we'd need to go to the hospital. Although I didn't want to get there until after about 7:30, because I also knew that I didn't want to get there at shift change.

I texted my doctor to let her know we were heading in and got checked in. My doctor arrived and checked me and I was at 4cm. I was so relieved - with Judah I'd had about 12 or 13 hours of pitocin before I got that dilated. The contractions were really getting painful, but I was changing positions a lot, bouncing on a birth ball, walking around the room, and realizing that labor is really painful. Just before 11, the doctor checked me again and told me I was 7cm. I was even more relieved because that is further than I got with Judah. Because I was progressing fairly rapidly, I also decided that I really wanted the epidural. I just couldn't deal with the pain anymore. Thankfully we were able to get it in fairly quickly. With Judah, the epidural never really worked very well, but this time I got good pain relief and was able to relax.

They checked me again in another hour or so and I was complete!! I really couldn't believe how quickly it was going. With Judah, it was such a long and frustrating ordeal that I was sort of expecting it to be similar this time. We called my mom to let her know because we wanted to her come when I started pushing. Melanie had come down to watch Judah so I just labored down until my mom got there. She arrived around 1:30 or 1:40, and I started pushing. I never got to the pushing stage last time, so I didn't know what to expect. That business is no joke. I knew it would be tough, but even with the epidural it was still fairly painful. I was very thankful for the epidural. I pushed for 20 or 25 minutes, then watched as her head came out! Seeing the rest of her body slide out of me and then hearing them say "it's a girl!" and seeing her girl parts for myself was honestly one of the best and most rewarding moments of my life. I just couldn't believe that she was here and that I had such a wonderful birth experience. I got to hold her right away and she wanted to nurse within about 15 or 20 minutes of birth.

I have felt so much better since she was born that I did with Judah. I feel like I had a great c-section recovery last time, but even so, this recovery has been so much better.  We had so many people praying for us and for her delivery and I felt very sustained by those prayers. I know that God was good to me last time, too, and that with Judah I had the birth experience that I needed, but I am very thankful I got to do this the normal way this time.

God is so good.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

December 22

In which I attempt some DIY newborn photography. We got a few good shots, but maybe we'll try again tomorrow.

 
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Friday, December 21, 2012

December 21

We didn't do too much today. Naomi had her first doctor's visit and we ran a few errands. Judah is currently hanging out with his Nana, so it has been a relatively smooth transition. Although Naomi mostly wants to be held while she sleeps, which makes it difficult for me to also sleep. But she continues to eat really well.

 
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She loves staring at the Christmas tree, too. She will be so sad to learn that it doesn't stay up all year round.
 
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 19, part 2.

With the big brother and Nana.

December 20

Home!

 
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december 19

with Nana and Papa

 
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 18

I will post more about her birth later, but here is what I spent December 18 doing.

Naomi Ruth was born on 12/18 at 2:05 pm via a successful VBAC. She weighed 7-4 (a full pound lighter than Judah!) and came out squawking with a head full of hair. We love her dearly.

December 17

The lone pic I took on the 17th. Because it was a long day involving lots of contractions that went no where and a fussy, feverish boy. Little did I know that very soon things were going to change!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

December 16

Our sweet boy is a little under the weather. Although I hate to see him sick, he does get very snuggly when he's not feeling well. Which has its benefits.

 
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It's been great having a new pastor at our church. He comes with a family full of kids, including this cutie.

 
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

December 15

I am very, very grateful for such a wonderful husband. He has had to put up with both a grumpy, 39-week-pregnant wife AND a toddler with a cold. He graciously agreed to take Judah with him on some errands this morning which gave me some free time to go on a long walk, do a little cleaning, and take a bath. It was glorious.

Also glorious was the foot massage spa treatment I had this afternoon that he encouraged me to have. I did still get some good play time in with my little guy, who has been fairly happy in spite of the snotty nose he is now sporting. I'm very indecisive as well, so I'm posting three images from my day.

 
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