Thursday, December 13, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Gavin is one of the most sweet and mellow babies I have ever been around. He is so content most every day, eats and sleeps well, and is having the best time responding to his siblings' shows of affection. He gives us the best smiles and is starting to laugh. What a delightful season of life it is with this little man!
I'm really loving life with these sweet kiddos. They keep me laughing, active, tired, joyful, prayerful, and always looking for creative, new activities to try. Kate is officially potty trained; we started in mid-October and she caught on immediately, though there were still accidents almost daily. The last couple weeks have seen a marked decrease in the accidents, for which I'm thankful. Maggie continues to love Kindergarten and all-things art-related. She started an 8-week art class through her school, drawing characters from storybooks, and loves it. Curren still loves all things music and has a natural ability to drum; we are looking for lessons for him. He is overall so sweet with his sisters (though he and Kate, more than any other, like to aggravate each other daily), loves his brother, and is reading books along with Maggie! Here are a few snapshots of life lately.
Lindsey and my sister (of course the babies came along and were totally mellow the whole time, so cool). Felt loved and cared for; can't believe I'm officially in my mid-30s. What?!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
It was bound to happen, right? I just didn't expect it to happen to one so young and to her of all of my kids. Curren is the crazy one, jumping off everything, boundless energy, so very boy. Little Miss Kate got 9 stitches in her forehead on the eve of our 10th anniversary after her brother pulled her blanket out of her hands, let go, and she went flying into the corner of a wall. She only cried briefly and not once at the ER. Aron said the doctors and nurses were so impressed and every time someone new walked in the room, Kate would ask, "What's your name?" She kept saying, happily, "I'm so BWAVE!" And she loved the hospital ID band on her ankle, calling it, proudly, her "bwacelet."
Love you, sweet girl. You always amaze me with how easy-going you are.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Locks of Love, which requires 10 inches of hair. I also heard about Pantene Beautiful Lengths from my friend Lindsey, which only needs 8 inches of donated hair. Maggie's hair was right about 10 inches, not quite, so we will see if it will work for LoL and if not, we will send it to Pantene She did great and loved getting her hair cut and styled. I'm so proud of you, Maggie!!
Friday, September 14, 2012
Lately, things have been very mellow, such is life with a newborn. We are getting out to run errands or go to the park or just go for a drive, but life is pretty mellow with my foursome. I feel grateful in many ways for this season of slow-ness; feel I've been able to be refreshed and rest and not be over-committed or running amok. Gavin is still sleeping well and I'm actually able to get up before the kids do most mornings (which I love and need) to have my quiet time, drink coffee, and just prepare my heart and mind for the day.
chocolate chip cookies of course! My favorite recipe to date.
Been making a ton of this recipe, a Blueberry Crisp, from one of my favorite authors, Shauna Niequist; it's easy and healthy and so very tasty. Make it!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
God was so gracious in this time of transition as we settled back into life in SoCal and assumed a daily routine once again. Several long-time close friends have sought me out on a regular basis and I have loved getting to see their faces and do life with them once again (even though they do not live in my neck of the woods). Aron's parents are also an hour away so it's good to have family close. My sister and her family are also moving back to the area this week and I'm giddy at the thought of being near her, my best-friend, and her family. Our kids just love eachother, so it'll be a blast that they can have regular cousin time.
August 25 was Gavin's due date and I was praying that I would have spontaneous labor with him like I did with Curren (the girls were not spontaneous labors). And God was faithful to give that to me! On Tuesday, August 21 I laid down for a nap and woke up with mild cramping. Nothing that would make me alert everyone that I was in labor, but ironically I was and earlier that day, I had posted a status update to Facebook saying: "I keep obsessively checking my FB status to see if I've had a baby. I haven't." Little did I know, he would arrive early the next morning! I picked Maggie up from school and by 4pm realized the mild cramping was still there and was perhaps, a bit more intense. I think this is one of the strangest/most challenging parts of the end of pregnancy: actually declaring "this is it!" Unless your water breaks, it's a wait and see until you have that moment of knowing you are truly in labor. By 5pm, I called Lindsey, one my best friends and birth-photographer extraordinaire, telling her she might want to start heading down my way and take pics. Another friend, Jessie, came over to bring dinner and hang out around 7pm and I texted her around 6pm to say that I was quite possibly in labor and I had a call in to my OB. She came anyway, bringing a delicious Thai dinner and we visited for about an hour until I just said, "I think we need to go to the hospital." My OB had said earlier to come and just have them check me. Aron's mom was on her way down to grab our kids and Jessie graciously offered to stay with them until her arrival.
We were scrambling to pack the kids' bags and get our things together for the hospital and I at one point, I said urgently, "Aron, we have to go NOW!" I was feeling the contractions pretty intensely and they were coming closer and closer together.
I made a couple phone calls on the way and when I called my sister I was crying because I was so excited and also still a bit torn about whether or not to get an epidural. She encouraged me to do it; I knew deep down I wouldn't be able to do this one naturally (just did not have the emotional stamina this time around), like I had with my other 2 unmedicated VBACs, and felt at peace with that.
We got set up in our L&D room around 8:45pm, the nurse checked me--4cm and 70% effaced. The anesthesiologist was called in, and the contractions came consistently every 2 minutes for 3 hours. I felt most of them, although the epidural did take the edge off. My OB checked me at 11:30 pm and broke my water--6cm dilated, fully effaced! For the next 2 hours, the contractions came every 45 seconds to 1 minute. Those were pretty intense hours and the anesthesiologist came back and gave me an extra something to help the pain; after that, I was completely numb. Sometime after 1:30am my OB checked me again and I was complete and ready to push. It took about 8 pushes, somewhere between 15-20 minutes, but here he came! I was in tears as Gavin entered the world, just praising God aloud that He gave me another VBAC and brought our son safely into the world.
I had minimal tearing and the healing processes has been so much better and quicker this time around. Gavin is a terrific nurser and sleeper. I feel so grateful; it's been a tremendously smooth transition thus far to a family of 6. The kids have welcomed him with open arms (literally) and love to hold him, kiss him, and play with him.
I realized not many hours after Gavin's birth that he arrived almost to the day that we lost our baby last summer. I see redemption in what was lost, a story that God is passionate about writing on the hearts of all mankind.
Welcome, Gavin Scott! We love you so much already.
Arrived 8/22/12 at 1:50am, weighing in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces (a whole pound under Kate! I was shocked) and 21 1/2 inches long (our longest and leanest baby yet) with a full head of dark hair
We loved the name Gavin and Scott is Aron's middle name.