Saturday, May 23, 2009

Emlyn's Birth Story

Emlyn Grace May 23

Emlyn's "due date" was May 11. I was going to do natural birth and had taken Bradley classes, so I wasn't too worried when the due date came and went. I went to the doctor and they did ultrasounds and said things were still okay so I waited. I was very irritable when my friend had her baby before me when she wasn't due till after me.

But finally on May 23 at 3:30 in the morning I woke up and could tell things were happening and that's when I had bloody show. I woke up my mom and my husband and we thought we'd wait at the house for a while. After all, the average first labor takes 14 hours. But the contractions were different and stronger, and soon they were 3 minutes apart.

We decided it was time to go to the hospital. It is only 7 minutes away. As we started to go inside I had 3 contractions between the car and the hospital entrance. I realized this was serious.

We got into a room and I changed my clothes. The nurses bombarded us with questions and forms. I had to ask Joel to read them and I blindly signed during contraction after contraction. They put on an external fetal monitor but I sure didn't like it. It hurt and tethered me to the bed. I also got a heplock just in case they needed to give me an IV.

I had read "everything" about labor and the people said it would start easy. But it didn't. From when I woke up the contractions had been strong. I was worried that it was going to get much worse. They were very fast and strong; I couldn't even get up. I wasn't getting a break at all. I kept saying, "If it gets much worse I don't think I can handle it."

But very soon I felt like I needed to push. It was probably about 6:30 am. The nurse checked me, and yes, it was time. The doctor and a whole slew of others came in to get ready.

It hurt. But I was so excited to finally see my sweetie! I knew this was best for us, and I pushed. And some lady yelled at me to push. And there was a shift change but noone had seen an unmedicated birth before so they all stayed, so there was double the people (15?) in the room. And at 7:01 am, after 3 1/2 hours she was born.

They handed her to me and I held her, and laughed, and cried, and showed her off, and fed her. She was so floppy and wiggly!

We stayed in the hospital for 2 days and then went home.

I tore and had stitches. I vomited a couple of times (watermelon is yucky coming back up). I also had the shakes.

Was it worth it? YES!

Emmy, Six

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With my sister Grace and Denali, being silly.

Five Year Old Emmy

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Four Years Old

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Three, and a Big Sister

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Emmy- Two Years

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Posing with her grandpa.

Emmy at One Year

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Taking the Sweet One Home

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I can't believe she was ever so small. Happy birthday, Emmy!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Taken on her due date

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Some people have very beautiful tummies when they are pregnant. They are in magazines with blurred edges and lovely hands holding a perfectly round belly with no stretch marks.

Not me. I go for lots of stretch marks, lots of hippy tattoos, and lots of precious kicks in my side, right where the happy face is on the left side of the picture. I can still point to the exact spot on my tummy where her little heel would push out and show itself to the world. I wouldn't trade that for the most perfect belly shots possible. This memory is much more special.

Belly pics

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Temporary tattoos and stretch marks. The hallmark of motherhood, right here.

7 years later, I have another temporary tattoo; this one from field day. Today I spent all day at her school, helping with field day, serving cupcakes to celebrate her birthday, making robots and cars with her class, and reading stories to her classmates.

Barefoot and Pregnant, 7 Years Ago.

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It has been 7 years since my body finally decided to go into labor for the first time. Emmy was "officially" 12 days late, and the only reason she came then was because I fell the night before on a walk. Here's a picture of me looking very uncomfortable and large. Look how long those braids are!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Denali's Day

As narrated to Grandma Linda

Sometimes I open my eyes and I see my room and there are VeggieTales my mommy has removed but she has left the measuring picture nailed to my door. I think I do love it. Do you know what she uses for my blanket? I will go get it! It is the VeggieTales quilt. It was on the wall. Look at the whole thing spread out on the floor. Watch this (he played hopscotch on the squares). I do love it. I saw an adult in Target with brown and purple hair. An adult! Yeah! I helped my mommy in the garden this morning. After that I made two pictures on the computer. SuperWhy is where I made them.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Putting Our Faith in Action

Yesterday our church had it's annual Faith in Action day, where we cancel church service and members are involved in various activities that give to our community and share our faith. This year some of the events were: planting a victory community garden, free garage sale, baby shower for unwed moms, blood drive, financial seminar, park cleanup, and much more.

Joel and I decided to help with donating items to the free garage sale and then we spent the rest of the day over at the victory garden. We were building beds and planting plants, digging and hauling, weeding and spreading leaves between the beds. We are sharing a garden bed with a nice lady- our plot is about 4 by 12 feet. We planted about 15 tomato plants, 12 pepper plants, 10 watermelon plants, and a rosemary. Then we put in 5 blackberry bushes and 3 more rosemary bushes along the edge of the walkway. It's going to be so fun to see all the plants grow.

It was really amazing how the phrase "many hands make light work" is so true. There were about 40 of us out there working on the garden, and it was so fun to visit and get to know people and share our tools, knowledge, and plants. I look forward to spending time in our church garden with others. Now I just have to figure out how to water a garden twice a week that is 20 miles from my house. :)

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Irish Step Dancing

I just returned from my first Irish Step Dance class (think Riverdance) and it was fabulous! I loved it so much. It will quickly become the highlight of my week.