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Friday, August 28, 2015

"Waiting on Heath" ....August 19th, 2015

Waiting on Heath was a roller coaster ride. Early on I was dilated, having contractions, and showing many signs that he may come early. Each week we would get a little more anxious after going to the doctor because each week she would say I was another centimeter more dilated or something interesting would have changed. So by the morning of August 19th I was more than ready to meet this little boy.

I went into the doctor around 11:00 that morning and her exact words after examining me were "I cannot believe your water has not broken!" She said that I was 5cm and the bag of water was buldging. She did something called "stripping membranes" which is just a fancy way of saying they are trying to push along the process. I left and headed to my regular doctor because I was really sick with bronchitis. I just had a feeling that he was going to be born that day, or soon, and I knew I needed to get some medicine for the bronchitis.

Around 1:00 we got home, ate some lunch and I decided I better take a shower and get ready "just in case." So I did. Towards the end of getting ready I started to have contractions so I got the girls in there and made sure their hair was fixed in case we had to leave in a hurry. Contractions started out at 4 minutes apart, there was no "leading into it."

I remember standing in the kitchen talking to Brandon and telling him it had been 45 minutes and they were close together. He told me to go ahead and go in but I was being stubborn because I wanted to be sure. As soon as I said that the next one was 2 minutes apart and I bent down on the kitchen floor because the pain was so bad. So at 50 minutes I got in the car and drove to my doctor. She is right next to the hospital and I wanted her to tell me to go if it was really time. Audree was sleeping so Brandon waited at home for the call.

Long story short, the nurse checked me as soon as I got there and she said I was 6cm and definitely in labor. At that point my doctor would not let me drive so she had the receptionist take me. (brave lady letting me get in her car at 6cm with a bag of water about to break!)

I think I arrived at the hospital around 3:30 or so and within 30 minutes my room was filled with over 20 people! It was like the perfect timing for all the family/friends getting off work because before I knew it I was looking at all their smiling faces. I love that they are so supportive and get so excited for us, it's awesome and made the day so much more special.

That first hour I got an epidural and I was 7cm before they got it in. I was in a lot of pain but at the same time it was neat to get to experience it that far. With the girls I never made it that far because it was much more planned. I enjoyed the spontaneous "birth day" and all that craziness that comes along with it.

We got Heath's things ready, we took some pictures with everyone, and we shared some laughs that first hour.....

My doctor finally had to break my water because it just wasn't happening on its own. Within 30 minutes of that I knew that it was time. I had a friend of mine run to get the nurse to see if I was right and as soon as she checked she said he was coming! We rounded everyone up very quickly so that we can pray before it was time. This is always my favorite part because it gives me such peace minutes before our life changes forever. I always cry when they pray and I just felt so thankful that so many people love my little boy the way that they do. It was perfect. 

The whole time my dear friend Julie was behind the crowd catching every moment in pictures. This was the third birth she had been there for and each time it is always so special. We love her like family and having her there always makes us happy :)
Everyone left the room and it was time to meet our son.....

Will continue Heath's birth story on the next post......

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Life lately in pictures....

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

His first bath.

I have never given a newborn a bath and them be completely happy and comfortable....until Heath. Someone invented this new little way of giving a newborn a bath and it is called a blooming flower. I loved it, he loved it, we all loved it. It is so soft, so warm and so safe. He absolutely loved every minute of it and it was such a stress free experience. As you can see, little man has no privacy with his sisters staring over him but I don't think he cares much. We are taking in every second with this little boy....

Monday, August 24, 2015

First day of First grade :)

Happy FIRST day of FIRST grade to Brylee June! This morning I was so thankful that I was able to be home to take Brylee to her first day of school. Heath came at the perfect time and we had a sweet morning getting her to school. She is at a new place this year but I know that she will do amazing no matter where she is at. She loves school and I am praying that today is perfect for her. 

I am going to miss having her home. Since we have been home from the hospital she has been a huge help with Heath and it was hard for me to let her go this morning. I already can't wait until the end of the day :)

I love that Brandon always takes off the first day of school....

We love you so much Brylee! We are so proud of you and we know that God has big plans for your life. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

"What if"

Every time I look at Heath I think "what if we would have stopped at three children?"

I love that God knows us better than we know ourselves. I love that He knows our hearts, our desires, our needs. I love that He knows what is best for us long before we ever do. And I love that He gives us the desires of our hearts.

Heath is already such a blessing and he is the perfect fit in our family. He has been here three days and I already cannot imagine life without him. Today I just woke up thinking that I am so thankful that we didn't stop at three. This little boy is exactly what we needed, we are all so in love.
We came home from the hospital yesterday. Before we left I took this picture of Brandon and Heath. Brandon has this same picture with each baby and they are some of my favorites. These children are so lucky to have him as their daddy, he loves them so much.
Brandon with all four babies...

We are home and getting settled. The girls have been pretty calm and have enjoyed loving on their new brother. Heath is very quiet and relaxed so far. It was a good first day home. We are just going to take it one day at a time. Thank you all for your love, prayers and texts....they mean the world to us. I can't wait to write about his birth and share many more pictures with you this week, it was such a beautiful day. More to come...