Thursday, September 29, 2016

First Two Weeks:

- Adeline was welcomed home to a beautifully decorated home with pink balloon, banners, streamers, and a handmade sign that the boys and Aunt Emily worked long and hard on. I have a feeling it is going to be difficult to take them down. For now, they are all staying put.

- Gram and Papa were here for over a week to help our family! It was truly such a rich time and such a blessing to have them here. With their extra hands to help, I was able to really rest and recover. Doug was freed up to still do a little bit of work and we even had several mornings where it was just Doug and I and Adeline. We ate ice-cream together each evening, watched all of I'll Have What Phil's Having and many football games, Papa went to his first Oklahoma football game with Doug and Henry, we had yummy meals prepared for us, and Gram even ironed all of Doug's work shirts! It was just so wonderful having them here!

- Our first night home together, Adeline was rather fussy throughout the night. Doug and I were taking turns trying to keep her happy, but finally around 1:30 am we gave in and Doug turned on our lamp and the three of us just laid in bed and just talked and looked at our baby girl. She was so wide awake and just wanted to be held. It was such a sweet and special time with our last little baby. We talked about how our perspective is so different now that this is our third go around at this whole babies growing up so fast thing. I am so thankful for this perspective and for the growth we have experienced as parents.

- Doug has said that every time he gets ready to leave the house, someone is crying. And that is a fair assessment. There are lots of emotions, feelings, and toddler fits flowing in the house. Part of the issue has been the colds that Henry and Jack have been fighting for nearly the entire time we have been home with Adeline. But I think we have finally turned a corner!

- I realized that I only put my shoes on one time in the entire first week of Adeline's life. I barely even went outside! Like my eyes burned a bit and had to adjust to the sunlight once I did have to go outside to take the boys to school. I didn't mind being holed up in the house. Especially with my baby girl.

- We have had such kind and gracious people bringing us meals. Our hearts and bellies are forever grateful.

- The boys have really just done so well loving Adeline. They constantly want to hold her, bring diapers, sing her songs when she is crying, fight over who gets to sit by her at dinner, and constantly check on her. They are proud big brothers for sure.

- It has been such a sweet time in our marriage as well. Doug has loved us all so well and has been incredibly patient with all of our fragile emotions. We have also enjoyed the slower pace of his work schedule the past two weeks as we have adjusted to life as a family of five. Our mornings together have been full of rich and funny conversations. So much laughter together. His care for me as been so deep. He even woke up every time Adeline did the first week and got her out of her bed and helped me up so I could feed her and not hurt my back from leaning over her bed. We are all so blessed by him.

Friday, September 23, 2016

40 Weeks, Delivery, and our Baby GIRL:

Our sweet baby girl joined our family on September 9th at 5:21 pm. Her labor and delivery was the most smooth, shortest, and most intimate delivery I have had. There were so many happy tears once we heard the news that we had a sweet girl. The boys came up to meet her the next morning and it was truly one of the best moments in my life. Henry was so so proud and excited and tenderly held her and talked to her and asked questions for a long time. Jack immediately asked to hold her and was very gentle and kind. Our hearts are so full! 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

39 Weeks:

- I pulled the whole family into this bump photo. It might be my last bump photo, so I figured our whole family should be involved.

- I had a major break down this week. Scared Doug half to death. I was feeling hot, tired, and my clothes don't fit anymore. So I went to bed. Once I laid down I just started weeping. Doug walked in and immediately was concerned something was majorly wrong. I am sure he was very relieved to hear that the main issue is that I am just so ready to meet our baby. Thankfully that will be solved very soon.

- We went on a hike up Turkey Mountain. It felt good to be outside and the weather was turning hot just as we were finishing the hike. We had lunch at Chipotle on the way home and it just really felt like the perfect morning.

- I have done lots of walking, bouncing on the birth ball, and lots of praying and waiting.

- I have been having lots of contractions. One evening they were even coming every five minutes for about 2 hours. As soon as I stood up and walked around they stopped. This is where the last few weeks/days of pregnancy are not only physically so taxing but also mentally.

- We could call this week, The Swelling Week. My toes and fingers. And I finally just took off my rings because they were so tight. I hope they are back in their proper place very very soon!

- I have also felt smaller this pregnancy until this week. Now I just feel huge.

- I am a bit obsessed reading labor stories and googling odd things like "is swelling a sign of labor?" and "are you more likely to go into labor at night or during the day?".

- We are so so so ready to meet this little one!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

38 weeks:

- I pretty much just wear loose clothes as much as possible at this point. And I hope this is not TMI, but most days, Doug comes home to find me making dinner in my shorts and sports bra. Big belly just hanging out there. He told me the other day that he really is going to miss coming home to see me like that. And the wonderful thing is he means it and he tells me and it makes me feel like I am maybe not just a freak of nature at the moment. 

- I had a meeting this week at work and all the ladies were so kind and said all the right things to me. I did think that it would be pretty crazy to go into labor in a room full of women. Pretty sure everyone would just explode in excitement. 

- We had two different times of sweet prayers for our upcoming delivery and baby! Sunday morning our group circled up around us and prayed and then that evening my girls dinner group said some sweet prayers for us. It really does make such a huge difference having the support of so many wonderful beautiful people. 

- When we went to the doctor this week, Jack walked right on in and just bellowed out "Good morning, Dr.Cox!" He smiled and said good morning back and the nurses all laughed. It was so sweet. As much as he has seen Dr.Cox in his short little life, Jack probably thinks he is a family member. 

- We have been counting down the days until the due date with a paper chain that the boys and I made together. I am hoping this might give them some idea that we really will be having a baby come live in our house. And so sooon at that!