Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hailey's Baby Room!




It only took 3 1/2 months to finish it off, but I think it's finally ready for sharing. I had fun putting it together, but it was definitely the one room I put the most time and effort into. But I really like how it ended up! I know it's just a baby room, and that she doesn't care whatsoever.... but it was really nice to get crafty again. My craftiness has been slacking in life. And my dad made the mountain shelves himself! They turned out amazing! So, here it is!








Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bacteria in a Petri Dish

This last weekend we experienced our first hospitalization with one of the younglings. Friday, early morning, when I went to feed Hailey Pie, she was burning up with a temperature of 101.4! So at 3:30 in the morning, I ran her to the ER to get her checked out. Since she was less than 2 months, it's taken very seriously so they ran urine tests, blood tests, and a chest x-ray to rule things out. But as the results were coming back, they couldn't find anything wrong with her. Besides the fever and slight congestion, there wasn't anything... so they sent us home. She has a low grade fever the rest of the day, but early Saturday morning I got a call from the ER doctor saying that the blood culture they took from her showed up positive for a possible blood infection and we had to come back in.

SO Saturday morning, we were admitted to the hospital and she was hooked up to an IV and they started a second blood culture then too. We basically had to wait 48 hours for this bacteria to grow to show what infection was happening. By this point on Saturday, her fever was gone and she was completely normal. But when a doctor sounds concerned, obviously I'm going to freak out a bit and do whatever needed to get my baby healthy again. To make a long story so much shorter than our stupid hospital stay... the first blood test came back as being contaminated. Meaning, it was something on her skin or in the environment that apparently got into the bottle... but at the same time, the second blood culture came back positive for showing an infection. Sooooooo, we had to stay another 48 hours to find out WHY.
Basically, after three days of being in the hospital, two blood cultures and MANY pokes to find a vein for the IV, it turns out there was nothing wrong with her. It was just two contaminated blood cultures. Sara and Jordyn had been fighting a cold and they're assuming that the fever was just a slight cold she was fighting off and that was all.
Now, let's get to the real part of why I'm writing all this. It wasn't to complain about doctors, or hospitals, or tests but it's about the lesson God taught me through all of this. Patience. I've always had issues with patience and not losing it when I'm really frustrated. It was SO hard to watch my baby lay there screaming and to be held down by two different people while another was struggling to find a vein only to fail at it and have to start again somewhere else. I'm pretty sure she has about 7 or 8 bruises on her arms from all that. There were so many times I just cried asking God why he was putting her through all this. Who knows why? At a couple points Jason and I were contemplating just taking her home because clearly it didn't seem like ANYTHING was wrong with her, but there was that tiny chance that held me back that I should stay. All of the stay for nothing. But through it, I gained a lot of trust in God. I'm not one to just say "Ok God, you're in control you know what you're doing... I'm not going to worry." But there were so many times where I was like "what are we going to do?!!" And the question was answered and God gave us ways through it. It's so clear looking back that he was under control.
Pain isn't fun, especially when it's your child, but I can see now that God lets these things happen to bring us closer to him. There was really nothing left to do, but to run to Him and give up any hope of controlling the situation myself. I had to find my peace in Him instead of stewing over how pissed off I could be. I'm grateful that he has kept Hailey safe and healthy through all of this and that he has shown me his strong hand in my life. I'm so grateful that he has given me my children and that I am the Mother they get to have. Ultimately, I have just been reminded that my babies are in His hands, which is a scary, yet comforting thought.
So that's my little lesson learned. We're home now and it's amazing how happy and content she's been since we got back. I really think she knows she's home! :) Although, when I asked Sara if she was happy to have her sister home she said "No, I'm happy to have YOU home Mommy!" But I know she loves her baby too! haha

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Two Year Old Jordyn

How fun our little Jordyn is 2! I still remember her birth like it was yesterday. She's been so much fun to watch grow. It was fun, obviously, to watch Sara too, but Jordyn does different things than Sara so that's what has kept us on our toes.
Here's some Jordyn Stats:
  • Height: 35 inches.
  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Clothes: 2T but the pants are getting too short... 3T pants are too big on the waist. Skinny toddler problems. 
  • Still in diapers. Though we talk about going on the potty ALL the time. I may take a stab at training while my mom is here to help.
  • Teeth: She has all but her 2-year-old molars on the top!
  • Shoe Size: 5-6
Person in the whole world: Mommy
Color: Blue
TV Show: Umi Zoomie or Mickey
Outfit: Probably any shirt with a character on it. She loves her Buzz Lightyear jacket (hand-me-down). But what she really loves is putting on underwear and shoes.
Sport: Racing. She loves running laps around the house. She also loves her little bike. 
Song: Anything on the Moana soundtrack
Cereal: Oatmeal
Friend: Sara
Book: Leslie Patricelli write books with this little baby. We have like 5 of them and she can "read" them all. We read them every day! ha
Food: She asks for "Square Cheese" and smoothies daily. But loves chicken drumsticks, carrots, and strawberries best.
Movie: Right now she'd pick Cars, Big Hero 6 or Toy Story
Phrases: "Moooommmmaaaa" "No troll left behind" (haha) "Mine" she also likes to thank Sara. "Thank you Sara" it's pretty cute. She says a ton... but nothing is sticking out that she says ALL the time.
Stuffed Animal: Her Doggy and her little Kitty to which she calls them Woof Woof and Meow
Things to do: She loves playing with her Little People toys, toy cars, water table, parks, crafts, anything basically anything Sara is doing.

Some Firsts
She had her first haircut when we moved up here. I cut it myself! Wowzza! But it turned out pretty decent. 
She's been in a toddler bed for a while now. She sucks at staying in bed... it's a daily struggle, but we're getting there. 
I've got nothing else.... I can't think of anything else too significant to be a first. 
Dislikes
Sharing toys or having them stolen from Sara
Staying in bed
Listening to directions
Being away from Mommy (she IS getting a little better though)
Hailey (haha)
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 June 12, 2017

We didn't throw a big party for Jordyn this year. Just wasn't happening. But I did try to make the day really fun for her.

It started off with some fun decorations. I couldn't put balloons in her room because it would have been too annoying for Mommy, so I threw some streamers and balloons up and she was so excited to see it all! I actually didn't think she'd care too much, but it was fun to see her so happy.
We had to rush off to her 2 year old check up... I know, what a fun way to start off your birthday. She threw a fit near the end because she didn't want to lay down on the doctor table. Good grief. Poor girl is still only in the 5th percentile for her weight. 80th for height though!
We played at the park! She finally decided that slides are in fact fun and that she'll start going down them by herself!
When Daddy was home for lunch we opened lots of fun presents! The pirate ship was her favorite.
After naps, the girls helped make cupcakes and after dinner we scarffed them down and enjoyed a family movie night with a movie picked by the birthday girl!
I think it was all around a pretty fun day for her. :)

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Final Birth Story

The hardest thing, for me to deal with, about pregnancy is just the waiting, the unknown of when and how it'll happen. It really was hard waking up everyday wondering if it would be the day and then falling asleep disappointed. So the morning of the 17th, I just had a little talk with my belly and said, "You need to come out or you'll end up being forced out which won't be nearly as nice for anyone!" Then I said a little prayer.

Later that day after lunch is when it started. I was getting some small, random contractions and I didn't want to mention it to anyone because I was afraid they would stop and go away. So we went on with life and ended up going out to dinner. I had some contractions in the car and Jason started getting all freaked out, but I was just not sure if it was the real deal or not. When we got home from eating though, I kinda just knew things were going to happen so I started getting everything ready. This all started around 7pm. That's when the contractions started getting about 15 minutes apart. Then it really just picked up from there. Around 8 they were 8-10 minutes apart. And we started contemplating if we should get the girls taken care of. Our original plan was to take them to a friend's house from church. It ended up that our friend was able to come over to our house and sleep here with the girls while we went to the hospital!! It all worked out so well!

We didn't actually end up going to the hospital until about 11:45, just because I wanted to make sure we were a consistent 5 minutes apart. So we got to the hospital at midnight and got checked in. I was 5cm dilated when we first got there. And it was just crazy because she must have known we were there because the contractions got closer and stronger. You could tell they were a smidge worried because they were moving pretty fast to get everything taken care of. I don't remember what time it was when I got my epidural, maybe 1:30 or 2...but oh my goodness it was amazing! I wasn't sure if I was going to do pain killers, but honestly... I had been up since 6am and it was now the middle of the night. I just needed some relief. Sadly, after the epidural, I got the shakes really bad. It was awful.

It was around maybe 2:15?? My water bursted, not broke... it seriously like POPPED! It was crazy and I'm happy it didn't happen like that in public. The nurse that was with me poked her head out into the hall to tell the people out there that my water had broke and I just heard them all say "YAY!" And the doctor came in and was like, yeah this is happening soon let's get ready. So they brought everything in, but having the epidural, I wasn't sure when I needed to push. So at about 2:40 maybe he tells me, "Alright on the next contraction we're going to push!" And then it was just quiet and everyone was staring at the chart watching my contractions and there just wasn't a contraction coming!! haha It took 3 minutes for one to start up! It took 3 series of pushing and she was out at 2:51am. They held her up and put her on my chest and I remember thinking first "she has my nose!" and second "holy crap that's a giant looking baby!" It was just so awesome to have it be done! That was my one motivator through all of this... "You can do this Melissa... just get through this and then you don't ever have to do it again!"

So there she was! My final baby girl. Weighing 8lbs 7 oz, the biggest of them all. She just LOOKS chunky too. Her legs have some meat on them, not little chicken legs like the other two. 21 1/2 inches long and tall like her sisters. As soon as I could walk they took us over to recovery and Jason stayed with  us until about 7 the next morning and then went to grab the girls to meet baby Hailey. Sara was beaming when she came in! She was SO excited about seeing her new baby Chiefy! Jordyn... she didn't really care too much. She liked to look at her but wasn't too impressed. Although she did wave and say "goodbye baby!!" when they left that day.

Our hospital stay was short and luckily nothing to major was wrong with either of us. So we packed up at came home at lunch time today on the 19th! It's been a struggle being home just because at the hospital it was just me and Hailey. So, when we got home I just wanted to cuddle, but I feel like I spent most of my time correctly and disciplining the other two girls. It'll just take some getting use to.

So, she's here! And we're just working on getting adjusted to our family of five. :)

Headed Home!