September 28, 2007

Welcome, Baby

Baby Mabel Rae is here. And just perfect.

Shortly after my last blog entry, we went walking at a local mall. To walk the entirety of the mall is .8 miles. We walked it 3 1/2 times. I had contractions the entire time and decided to call my doctor's office for their advice, considering it appeared to be yet another day of timeable contractions lasting hours and not really doing anything. I was so frustrated and wanted some control over the situation. So, I went into the office and was 5 cms, 90% effaced and -1/0 station. We all agreed that I would check into the hospital that afternoon and try to tip the scales of labor by breaking my bag of water.

We came home, showered, called the relatives and checked into the hospital at 5pm. We walked around and tried to get things increasing on their own until 8pm. The doctor broke my water at 8:20pm. By 9:50, I was in hard labor and 7-8 cms and "stretchy." Holy moly! By 10:40 I was pushing... and at 10:48, she arrived! Fast and furious!

Mabel Rae
Born Wednesday, September 26 at 10:48 pm
8 lbs 2 oz
20 1/2 inches

I am so proud to say that I did it again without any pain meds... but I didn't do it alone. I also had a serious moment of doubt there sometime before they told me I was 7-8. I really was ready to give up, but I did it! And the doula was great. And that birth ball, also great. This labor was so different. It was fast, like a freight train. I just had to hang on.

September 26, 2007

She's Dragging Her Feet

Oh how I wish I could come on and announce our girl's arrival. But alas, she appears to be as stubborn as her big brother Andy. Oh my.

I've had LOTS of false alarms. Good thing part of my plan is to stay home until I'm sure I'm in labor. Which in my case has meant more than one bout of timeable (5 min) contractions lasting more than TWELVE HOURS - nope, not kidding - which then peter out and go away. It stinks to think that I could have gone in to the hospital now a few times and they would have kept me - at 4 cms already, oh yes - and already had a baby. But with what intervention to help me along? I console myself realizing that she just must not be quite ready yet. My pelvis and the muscles in my stomach beg to differ, however. This is quite a bit like carrying an octopus in a plastic bag... and man, does it ever hurt to roll over.

So, that's not much of an update, but it's all I have for now. I have another doctor's appointment Thursday, at which time they want to discuss induction. I am NOT a fan of pitocin, so I'd really love to pray her here before then.

September 21, 2007

Yes, It Says Only 8 Days Left

I am aware.


Had a doctor's appointment today. I am "a good 4 cms" (I hope that means 4-5) and still about 70% effaced. My doctor is on call tomorrow, so I've spent the better part of the last hour trying to talk my uterus into kicking our daughter out soon. She'll come when the good Lord is ready for her to, I suppose.

Lots going on in our lives right now and baby sister is just one (important and life changing) part of it. Any of you who pray, we could use some right now, just to sustain us and keep the faith.

We've been doing a lot of thinking and reprioritizing lately and it feels good. Uncomfortable at first, but good. Life comes at you fast... but that means it also passes you fast. Stop, smell the fresh air and enjoy your kids while they're still kids. Ignore their behavior to just SEE THEM for who they are. And then look at your spouse and do the same thing. Spend some time and reconnect - because it is so, so beautiful when you do.

I am grateful this week for my blessings - more than usual. And for my kids - because I wouldn't be who I am without all of them.

September 17, 2007

Checking In

Still here, still pregnant.

God has brought something before us to go through together, and it's taking all of my attention for now.

But I wanted to check in and say "no baby, yet."

September 13, 2007

Baby Update

Still here. Still pregnant. That ticker over there says 16 days. Oy. Feels like a test I'm failing at this point. I don't know why I'm surprised to still be pregnant - neither of the boys came early really.

At my doctor's appointment last week there had been no change. I was disappointed, but I understand that's totally normal. Really, I do.

I had another appointment this morning. Not a ton of change, but I'm now 3-4 cms (I was a tight 3... so maybe a 1/2 cm change) and everything else is the same. I also lost weight at this appointment, which some would tell you is a tell-tale sign of impending labor. Not quite so. Isn't anything a sign of impending labor at this point? I mean, I can't walk around with a 12 yr old in my uterus, can I?

S0, that's about the gist of things around here. Take care!

September 11, 2007

September 10, 2007

Sorry! No Baby Yet...

Sorry to everyone who reminded me that I can't just be pregnant and then leave a blog unmanned for almost a week. Truly sorry, yes.

Well, I've been up to nothing and everything. Thursday was my last day of work before maternity leave. I need to take it a bit easy (not sure if I'm capable of that) and keep my feet up. And of course sit and dwell on the fact that baby sister isn't here yet.

Today, I ran a couple of errands after dropping the boys at school.

Got these for sister. I can't wait to put them on her. I bought a size 2... so darling.

When I came home, I made 3 meatloaves and 3 family size helpings of mashed potatoes - 2 of each for the freezer. It felt good to get more stocked up in there. I'd love to do some chicken enchiladas, sloppy joes, and a couple of chicken and rice dishes, but I'm out of room!

After getting the boys in bed I treated myself to a bath. Go ahead and laugh. It was very funny trying to fit my pregnant ass into the tub, and even more hilarious trying to actually soak for a moment. I think I relaxed for 5 minutes. Those 5 minutes were glorious.

So, thank you all for checking on me. No baby yet. She needs to wait until Wednesday at least - Daddy is out of town until then... like a plane ride away.

Next time I promise not to go so long without posting.

September 5, 2007

Oh For Cute

(Totally borrowing that phrase from scrapping maven Cathy Zielske because well, this IS.)

I am TOTALLY going to make this darling recipe binder. Please see Cathy's original blog post here ( ). Cath - I hope you aren't mad that I'm posting this... it just inspired me SO much I had to share with the 3 people who read my blog.

Some pics of Cathy's gorgeous work:

And she used those AWESOME modern albums from American Crafts. LOVE THOSE THINGS. This looks like the perfect project for my maternity leave. Thanks for sharing, Cathy!

Last Week

... I looked like this.

Apparently there isn't as much light in the foyer as I had hoped there would be... but I'm posting this because Lulu keeps giving me crap for not taking pictures of my belly which also include my face. Fine. This one sort of includes my face.

I wasn't happy with this one on the preview screen, so I asked Trevor to - ever so carefully with the camera that weighs as much as his head - take a picture of Mommy. He did a fantastic job.

So here we are, at 35 1/2 weeks. (I'm a week bigger than this now.)


September 4, 2007

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

We had a busy weekend. I don't even remember everything we did, but it included about 467 mosquito bites for the 4 of us, a last-minute pool party for my father-in-law's birthday on Sunday, and lots of lounging around and laundry. Also sometime yesterday, I made chocolate chip cookies. Back in February, I got the recipe off of Heidi Swapp's blog. My best friend in the world came to visit shortly thereafter, so we made them together (like old times... remember those Toll House crops, Lulu?). Homemade are MUCH better.

Here is the recipe:

Pre-heat to 350
  • 1 cup brown sugar (be sure it’s fresh. NO CLUMPS. Very important. Packed)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup shortening

Combine that and mix until it’s nice and fluffy. Then, add in

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla

Mix again until it’s really fluffy. Like 2 minutes. Then add

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking soda

Mix until it’s all combined, use a spatula to push down all the extra flour etc… don’t over mix this part…then add in as many choc. chips as you feel comfortable. I use 1 3/4 Cup.

Keep the cookie size small… like 2” ball on sprayed cookie sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes and then remove from the oven and immediately transfer to a cooling rack.

They are DELICIOUS!!!