Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our New Arrival

Little Miss Sophie FINALLY decided to enter this world on September 12th! My due date was the 9th, but for months I had been telling everyone that there was no way I was going to make it to my due date. This baby was coming early, I was sure of it. Peyton was six days early, so surely Sophie would be even earlier. Man was I WRONG! My mom arrived on the 8th and Troy had been home for over a week, but nothing was happening. We went downtown Seattle on the 11th and went to the market and had dinner. I walked up and down those stupid hills two days past my due date.
Finally at 3am I was woken up by my water breaking. This was a strange surprise as my water has never broken with my other girls. Troy and I arrived at the hospital at 4am and as the nurse was checking me, we discovered that due to "stress" Sophie had pooped already. So apparently we were going to have to pay attention to that. I was dilated to a 4 and got settled into my room, got an epidural and began the wait. Lucky for me, my doctor was on call that day. Things progressed fairly quickly from a 4 to a 6, but then things stopped. I probably sat at a 6 for over 6 hours. They moved me around a bit, but each time I laid on my right side, Sophie wouldn't do well. By this time, it was 2pm and nothing was happening. I was still having contractions, but they were pretty weak. My doctor was concerned that her cord must be hung up on something and determined that she was not going to come out naturally. Dr. Channell decided that Sophie was going to arrive via c-section. I wasn't happy about this, but I was obviously going to do whatever was the safest for my little girl and myself.
Once a c-section was decided, things moved very quickly. I was prepped and wheeled off to the OR and Troy was busy sending texts to let my family know what was happening. Troy's not one for blood so he stayed up behind the curtain with me. Sophie arrived and was perfect. As Dr. Channell was pulling her out, she even commented on how chubby she was!
She weighed in at 9 lbs. 14 oz. and 21" long. I knew she was going to be big, but I was not expecting a 10 lb. baby. She was almost a pound bigger than Peyton! They cleaned her up, sewed me up and then I was able to see my beautiful baby girl. While laying there, the anesthesiologist said to me, "and now they're putting your uterus back inside your tummy". Seriously??? I don't think I needed to know that it was outside my tummy! I did remember to ask Dr. Channell what Sophie's cord was hung up on and apparently it was her neck. I am very grateful to an amazing doctor who acted on the best interest of me and my baby. However, I don't know why people choose to have c-sections voluntarily because I have never felt such horrible pain in all my life. The next morning they made me get up and walk to the bathroom, HORRIBLE PAIN! The girls were so excited to come see their new little sister and it was so fun to see their excitement and immediate love for her.
Because I'd had the blood clot back in June, there was concern that I could develop more having had surgery so my doctor started me on blood thinners that night. By late morning on Monday, I was having a lot of pain in my leg. One of my veins was completely inflamed and bright red. I had been telling my nurses (all four of them) throughout the day that my leg hurt and each one just kept saying, yea, varicose veins, Sorry! Really people?? So finally that night, I had Troy go find out which doctor was working. Luckily the doctor arrived right away and knew that I had developed blood clots. I had another ultrasound done on my leg and I hadn't just developed blood clots, the ENTIRE vein was clotted, from my hip down to my knee. Good thing they had started me on the blood thinners the night before. So now I not only had the pain from my surgery, my leg hurt so bad too. Plus the privilege of giving myself shots in my stomach twice a day for a couple months!
This was definitely a new experience for me. I had planned to bounce back from having Sophie very quickly as I had with Peyton. This definitely made me slow down. I spent most of the first couple of weeks sitting on the couch or my bed. At least I was able to have a lot of cuddle time with my baby thanks to my Mom for taking over things with my other girls. I never once had to worry about them and was able to get the rest I needed. It took a good two weeks until I really felt mostly normal.
The pain finally receded in both my stomach and leg and the girls and I were able to get on with life and get things back to some sort of routine. Even through all the complications, I wouldn't trade it for the world, we absolutely LOVE our little Sophie!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween 2010

We had a fabulous time for Halloween this year. We took the girls to the church party on Friday night, carved pumpkins on Saturday night and did a bit of trick-or-treating around our little neighborhood Sunday night. It was a fun weekend with lots of family time, which was desperately needed!!
We had the beautiful princesses "Belle" and "Cinderella".
And, our sweet little witch.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

1st day of 1st Grade!

My little 1st grader started school on September 1st. She was so excited and couldn't wait for school to start. She has been having such a great year and learning tons!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Little Fish

Since I wasn't allowed to travel this summer, I decided to put the girls in swim lessons. They LOVE swimming and have become quite good, especially at diving.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Number 3!

Peyton turned 3 the day after we returned from vacation so we threw together a quick birthday with a couple of her little friends (one of which declined having her picture taken). We met at Build-a-Bear and then headed to McDonald's for lunch.
Afterwards, we dropped by our favorite cupcake place, Trophy Cupcakes.

On our way home I texted our good friends, Scott and Cristie, and asked if I provided the pizza and cake would they let us come play at the lake. They happily agreed. During lunch, Peyton exclaimed, "this is the best birthday EVER!" It turned out to be a fantastic day, even if most of it was planned as we went along!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Key West

When we lived in Maryland, we had great friends in our ward. This spring one of those friends invited Jac and I to Key West. How could we say no??? My brother and sister-in-law very generously offered to watch the girls while I was gone. The girls and I flew down to Sacramento where I did a quick drop off of the girls and then hopped on another plane to begin my adventure. I flew from Seattle to Sacramento to Dallas to Miami where I met up with Jac at 1:30am. We stayed the night in Miami and after a fabulous brunch at Icebox Cafe (home of the famous Bomb cake featured on Oprah) we took the drive down to Key West. We met up with Jan and Jodi and had a fabulous relaxing week. Other than hanging at the pool and eating, we didn't do much. Unfortunately I developed a blood clot and so the relaxing part was doctors orders anyways! I spent a day going from urgent care to getting an ultrasound on
my leg to talking on the phone to doctors all day. It was LOTS of fun! Luckily I was going to be able to fly home. We walked Duvall street went to the Hemingway House, but other than that, LOTS of pool time!
Jodi left and Jan's husband, Ray, arrived at the end of the week. We had a great night out on our last night at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the ocean.
Jac and I started our journey home driving the three hours from Key West to Miami. Once we got to Miami, we headed back to Icebox Cafe for lunch/dinner before heading to the airport. After arriving at the airport Jac easily got checked in, but when I tried (and our first connection was together) the computers wouldn't let me check in. It turns out the delay of our first connection had me missing my second connection to Sacramento. After rearranging flights over and over again, I finally got on a plane from Miami to Minneapolis to Salt Lake City, staying overnight (thanks Jac!) and then finally arriving in Sacramento the next morning, the 4th of July. My brother picked me up and after church we had a great time setting of fireworks in the street. After another relaxing day, the girls and I finally headed home. And that was the end of my travels for the summer thanks to the blood clot!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Hi all!
I know I never update my blog and someday I might get around to updating it on my super crazy (actually totally boring) life. But for today I wanted to let you know about a giveaway my sister is doing over on her blog, She's offering a $50 gift certificate for her hair clips!! The rules are simple, just share this giveaway with your friends either on your blog, twitter of facebook and comment back to her with a link to your posting!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

My new toy!

Troy very graciously let me buy this so I am back to the land of the living computers!!!! (as soon as I figure out how to use it!!)

Oh, and PS, for those who haven't heard, we're expecting baby girl #3 in September.