Baby gift for Jeremiah. He is Caleb’s Wing man. Caleb loves planes.
A special gift for Mommy.
Jeremiah in his swing, peaceful.
Levi and Bethany
Michelle Obama’s Inauguration ball dress.
Jumping in the leaves.
Rash is gone, mostly.
Building a snowman with Nathan.
Growing up every day.
Bethany and Jeremiah.
6 December 2014
Nice and calm Bethany.
So much bigger than her blanket.
Lose teeth, missing teeth, nice smile.
Sean and Thomas were very excited.
Levi in action. Wait for it… .
Running after the ball he threw at Daddy.
Ruh Roh, Sean grabbed Levi and would not let him go.
Miriam pleading Levi’s case.
Back to Bethany. Here she is looking for gifts. Saturday Birthdays are awesome. They start early and last all day.
What is the think rectangular package.
A horse coloring book.
Jewelry making kit.
Elianna somehow got the ball away from Levi.
Elianna looking at the new Lego Friends Set Bethany received.
All the kidlets and Bethany’s gifts.
Again, another Saturday of playing the Wii. Nathan showing how it is done.
Olivia playing while Nathan, Miriam and Caleb look on.
Susan snuggling with Jeremiah.
Bethany enjoying her new horse coloring book.
Nathan helping Caleb play on the Wii.
Bethany enjoying Jeremiah.
It was a wonderful day celebrating Bethany. She is a light and a joy to our family.
5 December 2014
After we got home from the hospital on Friday and after we ate pizza, we had Birthday Pie to celebrate Bethany’s birthday a day early so Grandma and Grandpa could be part of the fun. Bethany wanted a Costco Apple pie.
She even let me pick up a pumpkin pie for those of us who do not like apple.
5 December 2014, Friday
I had all these dreams of getting out of the hospital early. Baby Bird and I enjoyed a quiet morning in our room and walking the halls.
I still can’t get over the fact that he was born with hair, and his hair is blond.
It was so foggy Friday morning, I decided to take some pictures.
Baby Bird hanging out in his bassinet getting some “sunshine”.
Baby Bird is 2 days old. He stretches from California to western Iowa.
He is just so sweet, him and his long fingers and fingernails.
Elianna enjoyed the cups filled with soda. Hahaha.
Levi, Elianna and Caleb entertaining themselves and getting in trouble.
Sean and I had a little conference in the bathroom to discuss his name. We decided on two names and we let the kidlets have input for the first time. Jeremiah Luke was the definite winner among the kidlets. Luke was a last minute suggestion from Abigail that morning. She had mentioned it before, it is her favorite boy name.
He has a name, officially.
Abigail laying her claim on Jeremiah.
Elianna laying her claim on Jeremiah.
Just the 10 of them.
Girls in the back, boys in the front.
Abigail, Bethany, Miriam, Elianna, Olivia
Jeremiah, Thomas, Caleb, Nathan, Levi
They are so crazy.
Since we were leaving after lunch and I had not desire to cook anything, we ordered Dominoes pizza so we could pick it up on the way home.
Nathan and Levi laying claim to Jeremiah.
Caleb being crazy.
A family picture, just a dozen of us.
Jeremiah in the little crib for the first time. He looks so small and content.
What a whirlwind of a few days for our family.
4 December 2014
(I know some of these are repeats, but such is life, enjoy)
On Thursday, Sean dropped Thomas off at work and then brought the rest of the kidlets up to the hospital to meet Baby Bird who had not been named at this time.
Elianna, Jeremiah and Olivia
Olivia, Jeremiah and Elianna
Sean holding Levi while Miriam was holding Jeremiah and giving Levi a lecture. Elianna was enjoying the conversation.
Let’s look at his blond hair.
Bethany holding Jeremiah while talking to Levi.
Abigail and Jeremiah
Nathan laying his claim as Jeremiah’s favorite brother.
Soon it was time for me to give Jeremiah his first bath. The nurse came in to do his footprints.
Then it was time for Bethany to help me give him his first bath.
Yes, I know that the nurses can do it, but I love doing it and it is a joy for me to have many helpers.
Cleaning all the beautiful blond hair.
Nathan admiring the hat I knit for Baby Bird.
Bethany helping with the hair.
Abigail asked to help get him dressed, so she did.
I hope the little man gets used to a very hectic house. There are always people around and they are usually loud.
The kidlets picked out his outfit.
Swaddling Baby Bird into a little burrito.
Sean and Caleb picked Thomas up from work and they headed over to the hospital to visit me and for Thomas to meet Jeremiah.
3 of my 5 sons.
They all left and Baby Bird and I tried to rest that afternoon.
After supper, Grandma and Grandpa came up with the family to visit. Grandpa and Baby Bird.
Me eating supper in front of everyone.
Grandma and Baby Bird.
Grandma and Grandpa took the kidlets home and got them ready for bed while Sean stayed up at the hospital and we had the great naming conference of 2014. We talked and prayed, I took a little nap, we talked some more. The nurses even came up with a list of names for us. We came up with two different names and decided that we would pray that night and decide in the morning after we each got some sleep. He left after 11:00, he was tired and so was I.
December 3 and 4, 2014
Room 615. One of the rooms I had not been in yet.
Getting cleaned up and yelling at the nurses that he wants to come by Mommy!
I have a big head
and a big chest.
Perfect peace and joy.
I love my Mommy!
Sean and Baby bird who had not yet been names, but he shall be called Jeremiah Luke. Sean and I split a cold lunch from the fridge. It was the best sandwich I had had in years, but I really wanted green beans.
The joyful parents.
Just a few hours old. I stretch from Utah to eastern Indiana.
More pictures to come tomorrow.
3 December 2014 – Wednesday
After having contractions on and off since Monday night, the 1st of December, I called the doctor’s office to go in to see if we could get things more consistent with a membranes sweep or something. Sean was at work and I did not think it was wise for me to drive myself to the doctor’s office, so I had a dear friend come pick me up and we met Sean at the doctor’s office, which is connected to the hospital. Yes, I brought all my stuff with me. Thomas offered to drive, but all we had was the big van and he has not driven it a lot yet and I did not want him to get stuck at the hospital in case we stayed. I did not think we would be saying, but I was trying to be optimistic.
Here I am right before I headed out at around 11:00
I had a contraction or two on the way to the doctor’s office, but nothing too consistent. Upon arriving at the dr. office, he checked me and surprisingly, I was at 6 cm. Although that was good news, it was a mixed blessing because I knew that I was not having regular or consistent contractions. I was having painful contractions and they were long and painful, they just were not consistent. Anywho, I knew at 6cm, he would send me to the hospital and we would see things progressed from there. (10 cm and 100% effaced means it is time to push and have the baby)
The doctor offered to get me a wheelchair and I just laughed and said I needed to get my stuff from the car in the garage. He suggested Sean just get the stuff and I go right over. I declined. Sean and I walked to the parking garage and decided that we would make a quick stop at QuikTrip across the street to get a few snacks, a slushy, and some newspapers for the day. After our errands, we drove back to the hospital, found a place to park and headed in.
They were all ready for me. They took me to a room, one I had not been to yet. The room next to where Olivia was delivered. I got checked in, changed and then they attempted to put a hep-lock in. It took 6 sticks before one took. I usually have great veins, but I had not drunk a lot that day, so I am sure I was dehydrated. After the six sticks, I got on the monitor for 20 minutes. I met the doctor on call, whom I had not met before. She broke my water and then we waited. It was about 2:15 at this time. I was 6-7 cm and 80% effaced.
Here is a picture of me during a contraction.
After that I went to the whirlpool tub in the room and stayed there for quite awhile. While in there, I got busted because I was supposed to be on the monitors the entire time. I claimed innocence. They found mobile monitors and put me on those. That stunk because I could not have the jets going because they could not get good monitoring with the jets going. Booooooooo. I tried to get away with not being monitored, but it just did not work. I did enjoy the hour or so that I did get without the monitors on.
I stayed in the tub for about a half an hour after I had the monitors on, but without the jets, it was just not the same. So out I got. I walked around the room, sat in the bed, the monitors had a hard time catching heart tones. It felt good to be up and about.
When I was checked at 4:15, I was only 7 cm and 80% effaced. 1 cm in 6 hours is not good progress. Honestly, I was not surprised. While I was getting hard, painful contractions, they were not consistent. Because I knew progression was slow and I had not slept much in 2 days, I decided I would get an epidural. I first needed to have a bag of fluid before I could get the epi. At 4:55 I got some Fentanyl to take the edge off of the contractions while I waited for the fluids. Yes, it worked wonderfully. The epidural was placed just over an hour later at 6:05, that took 3 sticks too.
What a difference an epidural makes.
At 6:30 when I was checked, I was still 7 cm and 90%. Because they were having a hard time getting consistent heart tones through the external monitor, an internal monitor was placed on baby’s head and I was so thankful for that. I was also thankful I had the epi for that experience. I tried to rest, close my eyes and just relax. It is hard to do that when people are in and out of my room every hour or so. Sean and I “watched” tv for a bit. I must have fallen asleep on and off. I do not remember all of the show.
At 8:20 I was still 7cm and they decided to place an intra-uterine contraction monitor. It was nice to not have anything over my belly anymore. Around this time, Dr. Gisi also suggested we start a whiff of pitocin to get the contractions more consistent. He said I could, at any point in time, ask for a repeat c-section, but he knew that is not what I wanted, so we kept on with the plan. The pit definitely made the contractions harder and more consistent, but I could only feel the pressure of the contractions and no real pain, so I was good and relaxed. I had pit one other time, with Abigail for the same reason. I did not have an epi that time. I was, again, relieved to have it this time around.
Not much changed at 9:45, so the pit was turned up slightly. There was still pressure, but no real pain. I was so very thankful to have the epi, words cannot even describe it.
At 11:25 I was all the way to 8cm but a -2 station. The baby seemed to be retreating. Just a dash more pit.
At around 11:40 the dr. suggested I try to push the baby down as he/she was still high and not engaged. So, that is what we did. I pushed and he helped baby get around the last of the cervix that was not dilated. I pushed for about 3 contractions. At that point I heard something about decelerations and the desire for baby to get out as soon as possible. So I pushed through two more contractions. During the second contraction, he told me to stop pushing while he removed the cord from around the baby’s neck, two times. Then I pushed the baby the rest of the way out. Dr. Gisi held the baby up to show Sean the sex and Sean announced, “It’s a BOY!” I also saw the baby was a little purple at this point in time. Instead of letting Sean cut the cord, they cut the cord and took baby right over to the warmer to stimulate him a bit.
Baby Bird was born at 11:56 pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
Sean went to the warmer and said, “He has so much hair!” I could not believe him because I had asked the drs. and nurses every time they checked me for dilation if they felt any hair and they all said no. Hahaha. He has a lot of blond hair.
Sean finally cutting the cord.
Me looking at all his hair and smelling his newborn smell. Yes a head full of blond hair. To me, the does not look like a newborn in this picture. I am not sure why, but I had not just birthed him, I would think he was a week or two old.
Baby Bird weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces and was 22 inches long at birth. He also had a true knot in his umbilical cord.
The proud parents and the little bundle of blond hair.
While this was not the birth that I had planned, it was still an amazing birth and I could see God’s hands through the entire thing. I am so thankful that Dr. Gisi was on call as he really understood my desire to have a VBAC and did all he could to make it reality. He was kind and worked with us and he was so very supportive. I felt like the decisions he made were truly in my best interest and the best interest of the baby. We worked as a team instead of him dictating how things would go. I am thankful for the epidural because it was a horrible, horrible labor. You know if I say that, it means a lot as I have delivered 7 babies without any medication. They say every baby is unique and different and so is every labor. It was a lesson I learned, yet again, with Baby Bird.
Thursday morning, December 4th.
Sean brought 8 of 9 kids up the next morning. Thomas had to work.
Caleb, Baby Bird and Levi.
Olivia, Baby Bird and Elianna
Miriam holding Baby Bird while Levi looks on.
Bethany, Baby Bird and Elianna.
Yes, his head full of blond hair is still there and I am still in shock.
Baby Bird and Abigail.
Nathan and the little man.
After Thomas was done with work, Caleb and Sean picked him up and they came and visited me while the other kids were at the house with Grandma and Grandpa. We still kind of laugh that Sean had the day off and Thomas had to go to work.
Boy 1, 3 and 5.
Friday 5 December
Baby Bird, 2 days old and still nameless.
Sean and I had not decided on a name. There were a lot of reasons, a busy, busy fall, a busy work schedule, and many more excuses. Thursday night, Sean and I had another great naming conference. We came up with two names but decided to wait until morning to decide for sure, we wanted time to pray about it and think it through. Sean brought the kids up the next morning and we had one final conference in the bathroom, out of the earshot of the kids. It was down to 2 names. We decided we would let the kidlets have input between the two names. I said if we let the kids have input, I knew which one they would choose and I was correct. We were OK with both names and were excited to have the kidlets be part of the decision. They actually suggested the middle name Friday morning over breakfast and we liked it so much, we went with it.
Bethany, 10(almost 11), Elianna, 3, Miriam, 9, Caleb, 6, Olivia, 7.
Thomas, 16, holding Jeremiah, 2 days, Nathan, 14, holding Levi, 2, Abigail, 12.
We are now evenly divided, 5 girls and 5 boys!
Abigail, Bethany, Miriam, Elianna, Olivia
Thomas, Jeremiah, Caleb, Nathan, Levi
Just a few more shots to make you smile.
I love his eyes.
3 December 2014
9 pounds 3 ounces
1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
29 November 2014
Being 6 years old is so relaxing.
A new Hippo Webkinz
A rectangular box, what could it be?
Star Wars Legos, of course.
Today was Abigail’s day to be sick.
Thomas the Tank Engine Tidmoth Shed.
What could it be?
A big pail of candy.
His last gift was so big, he needed a scavenger hunt to find it.
Trying to read a clue.
Mommy helping him read the clue.
Bethany helping him read a different clue.
Racing to find a clue by the computer.
Outside to find the present.
Opening the garage door.
Running toward the garage. What could it be?
A brand new bike. This may be the second new bike we have ever purchased. We love the clearance section and fall birthdays, they go so well together.
Riding around in the garage.
Most of the gifts and most of the siblings.
Playing on the Wii is always a great birthday activity.
Hanging out on the couch.
Over due baby belly. (My feet are aw-aw-awesome)
Caleb and Thomas working on his Lego set.
Small hands and small pieces.
What fun Caleb and Thomas had assembling the set.
Later in the day, we went outside so Caleb could ride his new bike.
It is more fun to go downhill.
It is also faster.
Time for cake!
Happy 6th Birthday, Caleb.
Blowing out the candles.
Eating like a boy. I love this boy!
We are so glad to have you in our family. You are a blessing through and through.