Monday, September 30, 2013


Brayden has been so great with the transition of bringing home a new baby! I am seriously so impressed with him. It amazes me how great he has been with Madison. He is so concerned when she is crying, offers her pacis, shows her his toys, and laughs hysterically when she sneezes. It is adorable!

Of course we have had a few rough days where Brayden is very whiney and doesn't want anything but Mommy but I just make sure to give him some special attention, make it outside to the park to play and then everything seems okay. This has been a much easier transition than I was anticipating!!

We are now making another transition...into a TODDLER BED!!

Yep, Brayden finally figured out how to climb out of his crib. This of course happened on the one morning I wasn't at home to witness it! Hubby was dead asleep in our room when he hears "Daddy, have you seen Mommy?" Hubs looks up and there is Brayden, standing in the doorway! Hubs asked him how he got out of his bed and he proudly stated that he climbed out and then again asked "Daddy, have you seen Mommy?" as if climbing out of his crib was totally normal!

So today we are headed out to purchase a toddler bed rail (since his crib didn't come with one) and we will hopefully be making another smooth transition.

He went into our bedroom, put on Daddy's sandals and walked into the living room to show us! He was so proud of himself!

He was talking to Madison on the monitor telling her is was okay because she was crying!! He is so dang sweet with her!

Morning cartoons on Mommy and Daddy's bed!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Birth Story!!

I am finally back on the blogging scene! It's been a long 4 weeks without blogging but it was much needed. And...I am back today with Madison's birth story. So let's get to it!

Hubby was working graveyard shift so it was just me and Brayden at home. I got him in bed and then was just relaxing on the couching watching reruns of Friends when I had the itch to clean the kitchen (at 10:15 pm!). I got up and cleaned the whole thing. Did the dishes, scrubbed the counters, scrubbed the stove, etc. It was definitely my last burst of energy.

At 3:15 am I woke up to pain in my back. This wasn't unusual since I had back pain my whole pregnancy, especially when trying to sleep. I ignored the pain and went back to sleep.

4:15- Woke up to even more pain and decided to pay attention. I turned on my light and the tv. I immediately noticed that it wasn't just back pain anymore. It felt like contractions. I got out my phone to start timing them. The first two contractions were about 10 minutes apart. The next contraction came just 7 minutes after that and then down to 6 minutes and then to 5.5 minutes.

4:32- Called my mom (and started crying of course) to tell her that I was definitely having contractions and it was time to go to the hospital. I started getting the rest of my hospital bag packed. I had a list of last-minute things to pack taped up on my door. Things like my pillow, my phone and charger, etc.

4:45- My mom was on her way over and called my sister (who lives in San Francisco) to tell her to get on a plane. My sister immediately got up and started checking flights. There was a 7 am flight or a 10 am flight. I told her to take the 7:00 flight!

5:20- Since my hubby was working, I tried calling his cell phone to let him know that he needed to meet me at the hospital. He didn't answer. I called again. No answer. I finally decided to look up the number to the jail where he works and I called the front desk. I told the clerk that I was in labor and she needed to tell my husband to call me. I got a call from him just a few minutes later and told him it was time.

5:47- I had finally finished packing up all my last minute things (while breathing through contractions) and we left for the hospital. Luckily, the hospital is about 3 minutes away from my house so it didn't take us long. We arrived at the hospital and got checked in. I got the last labor room they had available!! They were so busy that night!

I got hooked up to the monitors and get checked...I am dilated 3 cm but having contractions every 5-6 minutes. (My doctor had told me to go to the hospital when I was having them between 5-7 minutes apart since she thought my labor would be fast and she didn't want me to miss getting an epidural.)

I wasn't very good at keeping track of the time so it all blends together a little bit at this point.

My sister made it to the hospital at 9:25!

They called my doctor to let her know I was in active labor. When they checked me again, I was dilated about 6 and they called to get my epidural going. Once I got my epidural, my doctor broke my water and things progressed quickly. I started feeling pressure pretty soon after I got the epidural but didn't feel the need to push yet so I didn't say anything. After a while, the pressure was more intense so I told the nurse about it. She checked me and sure enough, I was fully dilated and ready to push.

They got the room set up and let my doctor know (who was in a meeting of course!) and my nurse had me push a couple of times. My doctor made it in and it was serious go-time!! After pushing for just 6 minutes, we had a healthy baby girl!

9:58 am- Madison was born!! It was such a fast delivery and I am so very thankful for that! She was immediately put on my chest and then whisked away to get weighed and measured. Healthy baby weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long.

Later that afternoon, we got transferred into a regular room and when Brayden woke up from his nap, my dad brought him to the hospital to meet Madison.

The next day, we went home at about 1:00 in the afternoon! It was whirlwind of a couple of days and it has been crazy ever since!