Emerald’s Birth Story

 Emerald’s Birth Story

Jonathan worked night shift and I had been on a night shift schedule with him so that we could spend time together. The night of July 29th neither of us could go to sleep even though I had my 39 week appointment the next morning at 8 am! By the time 5 am rolled around, neither of us had come close to falling asleep so we got up and did the only thing to do that early in the morning. We got a Starbucks and headed to watch the sunrise on the beach. Looking back I know it was Jesus giving us this last moment together with just the two of us. He’s Good that way.

We then headed to my appointment. On the way I mentioned to Jonathan that I had been having some regular contractions since about 4am. No biggie, I had these all the time. However in the back of my mind I was thinking that these felt different, stronger. At the appointment I had a scheduled NST where I was showing strong, regular contractions every 3-5 minutes. My doctor was of the mindset to go ahead and admit me, he convinced me that if he broke my water that labor would intensify on its own and we could have this baby today.

Of course I said ok. and we headed to the hospital at 10 am.

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Let me remind you that neither of us had any sleep at all the night before. We felt like walking zombies. They admitted me, hooked me up to fluids and a monitor where I stayed semi-uncomfortable until about 5pm when the doctor came around to break my water. Well, let me tell you something, that was the most painful thing I have ever felt and I consider myself a pretty tough person. For whatever reason he was unable to puncture the bag of fluids. He must have tried for 20 minutes. It was horrible.

So at this point I am in extreme pain, bleeding heavily now, cramping and definitely having worse contractions even though my water was indeed still intact. I was given the option to go home but once again I didn’t know what to do. Jonathan was completely supportive of whatever I wanted to do but he didn’t know either. The problem was at this point I just wanted this baby out! I was completely sleep deprived so whatever amount of pain I was feeling was intensified.  So I opted to stay overnight, I found it comforting to be monitored. So we stayed, ate Chick-filet, walked the hallways, watched the Olympics on TV, walked some more and pretty much didn’t get any sleep for the 2nd night in a row. I was offered Ambien but turned it down, I wish I had taken it!

6 am rolls around and my wonderful nurse let me have apple juice even though I was supposed to be NPO. The doctor came in about this time to try and break my water a 2nd time. I was so nervous and on edge because of how bad it had hurt the day before. He was successful in under a minute. It didn’t hurt at all! We all could not believe the difference in the 2 times that he tried. He wanted to start me on a low dose of pitocin to speed things up. This was something I wasn’t too sure about but I just went with it. My contractions immediately intensified. It was painful but I was so excited to be on the road to getting her out! But By 10 am I was done for, no sleep in 2 days and the contractions were killer. So I go an epidural.

After that it was wonderful! I freaking loved that epidural. I was able to nap for about an hour when my nurse rushed in to look at my monitor, freaking me out in the process. The baby had had a heart decel for no apparent reason. So I switched sides and her HR came back up. After that I napped a little bit more.

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Emerald is three

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Yesterday my first born turned 3 years old. So unbelievable. If you think she looks sweet in these pictures just meet her in real life. She is everything pure and princess. I wish I had a way to capture her in words as she is now. I will do my best but am holding onto every moment so I don’t forget.

Name: Emerald Mercy

Age: 3 yrs

Hair: Dark blonde and Curly Q ringlets, getting longer every day

Favorite Food: dry cereal, noodles, grapes, blueberries, SWEETS!

Favorite Shows/Movies: Curious George, Toy Story, Buzz Bee, Clifford, Leap Frog, Strawberry Shortcake, Daniel Tiger and More. She LOVES her shows as she always has.

Favorite toys : Anything small and hold-able. Right now she loves her collection of miniature dinosaurs and safari animals. She also has a few favorites that include a cow, pig, train and a few cars. She can usually be found playing with a combination of these things. Putting them in random drawers and cabinets to “take a nap”. It’s not unusual to find a plastic dino in my pots. She also has a love for her stuffed animals. Often toting them around and taking them in stores with us.

Play time: She begs to go outside every day. Loves to play in the water table  we purchased last year for her birthday, loves to swim in our inflatable dinosaur pool. Take her to the park or beach and she will play until you make her leave. On another note she also can be happy playing inside for long amounts of time. She plays fairly well with Alina and likes to “pretend play” with her babies.

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Clothes: She wears a 4t in most things though we still have a lot of 3t that we are trying to get through the summer with. She wears a size 7-8 in shoes. She’s great at putting on her panties and shorts, needs help with her shirts but can handle her own flip flops if you show her which feet they go on. These days the weather is so hot she loves to not wear anything but her panties inside and when she sleeps. I’m a warm sleeper too so I understand.

Sleep: We moved to a twin bed a few months ago and it’s like she never missed a beat. She LOVES her bed. I let her help pick her covers and that was that. She sleeps just as well in her big bed as she did in her crib. She sleeps 12-13 hours at night. She stopped taking naps a few months ago as well. It was a gradual thing but in the end I settled on letting her have “rest time” for 1 hour or more everyday. She gets a few toys and knows she must sit in her bed and play quietly. She looks forward to this and it really does help her recharge to make it through the rest of the day.

Potty: She has been potty trained for about 6 months. Well, half trained. I say half because she refused to poop in the potty until about 2 weeks ago. I tried many methods to get her to but she simply refused. Choosing instead to wait until nap or bedtime to go in her pull-up. I tried bribery, discipline and you name it. She was golden with tinkling on the potty….never had an accident but nope… no poop. Eventually I gave up and said she will go when she is ready and backed way off. About 2 weeks ago it must have clicked for her. She decided to go #2 and has been accident free since! Now we are working on dropping the pull up at night. Hooray for a potty trained girl!

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Things to remember: The way she always wakes up happy and waits for someone to come get her.

When she gets excited she talks fast, often saying the sweetest things to butter you up

How daddy is just about her favorite human being ever. She comes alive when he gets home from work! They have their play routine that includes piggyback rides, horsey, blocks, running in circles, tickling and more.

How she sometimes is so sweet to Alina, often finding her a paci or stuffed animal if she is upset

When I tuck her in at night I have to say goodnight to whatever it is that she is sleeping with. I usually find myself kissing a plastic dino goodnight.

She asks about the baby in my belly a lot. She seems to understand that she is coming after she grows a bit bigger. Often she asks if the baby will have certain body parts (lips, feet etc) and if she’ll be able to do stuff like play, swing and eat.

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I love you Emma Lou bear. You are a rare and precious gem. You light up our world and I am so thankful so are going to be the biggest sister for our lot of girls.

Happy 3rd birthday!

It’s the little things – Sisters

I always thought I would be a boy mom. I had my future all planned out by the age of 19 and I saw only boy babies. I imagined 3 or 4 miniature versions of my husband running around shirtless, toy trucks in hand with dirt smudged on their cheeks. I don’t know why I thought it would be this way but I did.

However, almost the moment I found out I was expecting …both times. I knew they were girls. My dreams of having a brood of boys were quickly replaced with visions of hairbows, pigtails, baby dolls and everything soft and sweet. My girls. Sisters. I feel like I have been given the sweetest treasure of all.

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I’m not exaggerating when I say that they are the best of friends. As much as any little person can be. They both light up when the other one comes into view. They look at each other and giggle all the time. They roll around in the floor squealing on a daily basis.

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Emma is always saying “she’s so cute mama” or “sister is so sweet mama”. She won’t let me put Alina down for a nap until she gives her a hug AND a kiss. Must not forget one. If she hears her waking up from a nap she jumps up and says “let’s go get sister mama”. She makes sure Alina has a toy or her paci if she hears her getting fussy. She’s my protective one.

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Alina is the little clown. She’s always trying to get Emma’s attention and then when she has it she runs with it. She loves to constantly grab Emma’s clothes or talk jibberish to her. I can see her being the brave one. It’s magical.

Of course, not everyday is like this. Having a sister close in age myself I know that fights and arguments happen. But I also know that I have a friend for life, a confidant..forever. I am grateful that I was given these two sisters first, even if our future does hold a shirtless boy with dirt smudged cheeks. I am soaking in their gentle natures and their quickly growing friendship.

::Linking up today with Ashley and Jess::