June 30, 2010

You Know You're A Mom When....

June 30, 2010
I am still getting use to the fact that I am a mom of two! Running errands are impossible now because I have a 6 week old and a 2 year old. I'm working on Claire falling asleep on her own and getting on a good schedule so I try to keep her at home as much as possible. Also, trying to get two kids in and out of the car in the heat is enough to completely exhaust you! I do love being a mom though - each day is a joy!

In light of all that I have decided to resurrect an old post and ask you to add in your favorite "you know you're a mom when... moments"

You know you're a mom when...

1. Its noon and you realize that you still haven’t brushed your teeth or had breakfast!
2. Life is planned according to a nap schedule
3. You’ve caught spit up in your hand.
4. You sing the ABC’s in your sleep… grr!
5. You cannot remember what it is like to get more than 4 hours of sleep at a time.
6. You not only pack your little one an extra set of clothes on an outing b/ you pack you an extra set.
7. Your purse contains pacifiers, diapers and wipes. (I also carried ‘Tucks’ for a while too… ha)
8. Your kid’s clothes are better than yours.
9. You get excited over a dirty diaper!
10. You realize that being a mommy is the hardest job ever!

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June 25, 2010

Baby Dedication

June 25, 2010

Sunday was not only Father’s Day, but it was also baby dedication day at our church. I was amazed by how many babies there were to be dedicated. I think I counted at least 10! When Colton was dedicated he was one of only 4.

Baby dedication is so special. Dedicating a child acknowledges God’s sovereignty not only over the child, but also over us the parents. It is in this moment that we are presenting our child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out our responsibilities as the child’s parent. Chris and I also went praying that Claire would one day trust Jesus Chris as Savior for the forgiveness of sin. It is our desire that she as well as Colton live their life for Christ.

“Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength. These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up.Deuteronomy 6:4-7

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June 21, 2010

For My Christopher

June 21, 2010

To My Christopher:

When I first said "I love you" I thought I understood the full meaning of those words. But when I watch you as a dad - playing and laughing, giving big hugs, just being there - I realize that when I first said "I love you" I had just begun to understand all my heart could hold for you. I love you so much and I thank God for making you mine - and then for making you ours!

Thank you for holding my hand through our first pregnancy...

... for being an amazing father to our first born!

Daddy's Boy!

Seeing you with him melts my heart!

Thank you for making me a mommy again!

Anna Claire... Every dad needs a little girl!

"How can we thank God enough for you and for the joy and delight you have given us...?" I Thess. 3:9 TLB

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June 7, 2010

The Birth of Anna Claire - Part 2

June 7, 2010
Chris and I laughed and giggled the entire car ride to the hospital. It was just so weird knowing we were going to have a baby today and were totally calm about it. I guess that is what it is like when you have a planned c-section or planned induction. We bee-bopped into the labor and delivery area like it was no big deal… the nurses were cracking up because they were told by my OB that she was sending us over and I was 7cm – so they had been expecting me for a while.Chris and I got checked in and the fun began. Against my better judgment my OB broker my water around 5:30 (that’s for a different post, but I’m just not a fan of breaking waters)… once my water was broke the contractions started moving along.

I felt so much more prepared this time around. Now Chris and I had read our books twice (Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way & Husband Coached Childbirth) … practiced our exercises and oh yeah, we have already had one baby!! With Colton once I arrived to the hospital it was as if everything I had learned went out the window so this time around I was more prepared to not let that happen. I had to spend 15 minutes each hour hooked up to the monitors, but once my 15 minutes were up Chris and I were up and walking the hallways. It’s an understatement to say that Chris kept the mood light – he was a jokester the whole time! At one point I was struggling to make it through a contraction because he had me laughing so hard. Chris was such a champ the entire time… he held me up when I couldn’t stand on my own, he kept cool towels on my head, rubbed my back for 3 hours straight, and talked me through each contraction.

Eventually (not sure of the time), the contractions were increasing and I managed to find a comfortable relaxed position in the bed so I stayed there for the remainder of my labor. It’s important to not be flat on your back and also important to find a position where your entire body can be relaxed. The initial instinct in labor is to tighten up, squint, maybe even scream and punch something (ha ha) … but if you find that comfort zone and get your mind in the right place you can totally work your way through the pain. Between the Lord, Chris, and the techniques that I had learned through the Bradley Method I managed to make it through the birth of Anna Claire without an epidural. As crazy as it sounds I spent about an hour or so doing lots of mental imagery of riding on waves… it really helped!!

I knew immediately when the baby was ready to make her debut … to spare everyone the details I will keep it short. With Colton I had a hard time with the labor portion – from 4cm to 10cm I really struggled to keep it together and at about 8cm I was screaming for drugs ;). At that point my midwife stayed with me and worked me through the final 2 centimeters. When it was time to push it was such a relief. This time around I worked through the labor much better… I managed to stay calm and collected. To pushing this time was more intense, but it only lasted 10 minutes!! Yes, 10 minutes! I couldn’t believe it… but I wanted it over and I wanted it over fast! I had one of the best nurses in the room anyone could ask for. I have no clue who it was, but she stood over in the corner (she was a nurse for the baby) and cheered me on the entire time.She really helped me more than she could ever imagine. It was so elating to have such positive energy around me at that moment – childbirth (for me) was the most amazing surreal experience ever… I felt like I was on top of the world!

When Colton was born the first thing I ask Chris was if he had all his fingers and toes. He has always got a big kick out of that. So this time, I ask Chris if she was ok and he said, “yeah, she just has 11 toes, but she is fine”.

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The Birth of Anna Claire ... Part 1

It’s funny how two birthing experiences can be so different. With Colton (which you can read about here) I had what most would refer to as a “typical” labor. This time around it was quite different. For most of my pregnancy things were different. I was sick just as I was with Colton, but the sickness lasted longer and seemed to be much worse. With Colton once the sickness subsided all I wanted to do was eat as much greasy food as possible! With Claire I had to eat first thing in the morning, before even taking a drink of water or I would end up hanging over a trashcan and Colton laughing hysterically at me. It’s all kind of comical now. Also, my body could not handle the grease, but it sure did love the sweets!

36 weeks (and 2 days) I went to the ob and was barely a centimeter dilated. 37 weeks (and 2 days) I went in and was at 3 centimeters. I was not surprised by the 37 week visit b/c I had been noticing more contractions and could almost feel my body getting ready. I actually thought that I would have Claire that weekend, I was almost sure of it. We spent the weekend at Chris’ dads because he is closer (by 30 minutes) to the hospital and we had planned on leaving Colton there when we went to the hospital. Just a side note, but Colton and I had never spent the night apart… pitiful, I know! I didn’t go into labor that weekend, but it was a great “trial run” for Papaw to learn the ropes of Colton’s bedtime routine and etc…

Wednesday the 19th of May: My appointment was at 10:15 that morning and I woke up an anxious as ever. I had told Chris the night before and several times that morning that he needed to get his overnight bag packed just in case. The pelvic and back pain I was experiencing by this time was a direct indication of Claire beginning to make a descent. There were also several other indications that week of my body getting ready for labor – I will spare you the details. Arriving at the ob’s office I made my way to the dreadful scales to view the doomful numbers 163 in front of me… I had really made it my goal to keep it under 165 (I delivered Colton at 160 pounds). The nurse was telling us that she had already walked 2 girls over to labor and delivery that morning and I could very possibly be the 4th. I told her that really did not fit into my plans for the day… hahaha. My ob examined me and was elated to tell me I was 6 to 7 centimeters dilated and that I was contracting then. She was on call that day and wanted me to go check into labor and delivery because she was certain that baby was coming soon. I told her I couldn’t because we had to get Colton to the grandparents and I needed to do some shoe shopping – She didn’t find it funny and insisted that I make it back to the hospital as soon as I could. We decided to get Colton and Chris a quick lunch and head back toward the lake to drop Colton off to his Papaw. The ride home I was texting everyone letting them know what was going on… it was funny because everyone was in such a panic except us. We ended up taking our time and made it back to the hospital around 3pm.

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