Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A lot has happened....

since the last time I posted. We added another member to our family!Laurel Kristin Harmon arrived Aug 17, 2010 @ 1507 (307pm) weighing in at 8 lbs 6 ounces and measuring 20 inches long!

Labor Story: (pics at the end)

I woke up at 4am not being able to sleep 1) because I was fat and pregnant and 2) I was hungry and 3) I was having some stomach aches (so I thought! ha). So I grabbed a snack and hopped on FaceBook hoping someone was online that I could chat with to keep me company. Low and behold my friend Anna (my nurse friend from AK was online) she just recently had a baby so she was up as well. I was chatting away with her telling her my "aches" were every 6 mins. Well that comes to no surprise because I was having contractions throughout my whole pregnancy - all of which were regular. I was up on Labor and Delivery a few times to get checked out and all they said was "Yup, your contracting, go home - its not time!" So I wasn't thinking anything of it. They continued to be 6 min until 6am then they were coming a little bit stronger so I got off the computer, called my doc, woke up Jeff told him to take a shower & get ready because it was time. I ate breakfast, called my friends - got the kids ready to go to school- dropped off kids at friends house - then went to the hospital. Finally got out the door and to the hospital by 830. By this time my contractions were about 4 min apart... but tolerable. With my history of quick deliveries thought I would labor fairly quickly so I wanted to get to the hospital before my contractions got any closer together!

After triage hooked me up and my contractions were off the charts - they called my doc. My cervix was 3 cm (same as when I was at the doctors the day before) and my "bag of water was bulging". So they admitted and started pitocin since I was going to be induced in 2 days anyways.

Got checked in Labor and Delivery by 930 and all hooked up with pitocin. No biggie - contractions now hurting but I really wanted a drug free delivery. By 11 they were stronger - I was holding on to the railing strong - but still I wanted a drug free delivery. I was now 5 cm and good to go just waiting to get to 10 to push! Something in my brain was like this is the turning point now - if you don't get one you wont be able to get one.... Jeff was like (something along these lines) "Babe you should get the epidural, this is our last kid, "enjoy" your labor". So I was like what the heck - lets do this. So got the epidural. Oh my, how I forgot how nice they were!
Doctor came in at 1pm to break my water. I went from 5cm to 8 in 15 min. The nurse ran out to the nurses station and told the doctor not to go anywhere because I was going to have this kid any min now! Well took me a while to get to 10 - by 2pm I was ready to push - but this time I was on oxygen because the babies heart rate was staying pretty low. I pushed a few times - doctor came in and said nope you are getting a C-Section baby isn't coming down and her heart rate is considerably low.

CRAP (well that isn't the word I said)

I didn't want a section - for people that know me -I like to be in total control (who doesn't?) and this meant giving up control for a surgery that I didn't want. So I broke down - crying, sobbing, hyperventilating the whole nine yards. I was scared. Period. Majorly scared.

Wheeled into the OR around 230. Jeff was there after I was all settled - still crying. I think the whole thing was that I knew too much information being a nurse. They did the "time out" - I freaked out because I knew they were getting ready to "cut".I heard them asking for the instruments which I knew what they were used for... I couldn't associate this time as the birth of my daughter - only an emergency surgery and was praying that they wouldn't leave something in my body.... ugh.

I squeezed Jeff's hand and told him not to stop talking until Laurel came out - low and behold she came out with a perfect little body. My baby girl! :) Born 307pm. Then Jeff went off to the nursery to be with Laurel and then they started doing "the count" - where they count all the items they used to make sure they don't leave anything behind - I started getting worked up again. Thank the Lord I had an awesome anesthesiologist because I was getting nauseous and hurting - and he hooked me up! Drugs are great! :)So - recovery time went well. Then off to mother baby unit I went and was able to finally hold and kiss my baby girl at 815 pm. A little ticked off a bout how I had to wait 5 hrs to see her... but it all worked out.

Lets fast forward 12 hrs now - its 4 am - and the nurse comes in and expects me to walk!! WTF. They just cut my abdomen and you want me to do what?! You want me to walk to the bathroom and pee?? Ummm NO! (I forgot to tell you Nurses make the worse pt). I followed the rules though and even though I thought my incision was going to burst open and my organs fall onto the floor - I was able to get up and walk and use the potty!

Recovery wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I survived.

Oh geez, dont I like fabulous? Seeing Laurel after waiting 5 hrs!

Big Girl

Meeting Laurel
There she is!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Blakes Birthday

Buzz and Woody! His favorite!

Dad bought poppers

Blow out those Candles!

Birthday Boy

Yummy Cake!

Im a bit late in posting these... but here are pictures from Blakes Family Birthday Party. We enjoyed ice-cream cake and he enjoyed opening all of his presents!! :)

Pictures for my Grandma :)

Here ya go Grandma! Pictures that you have been asking for!!

38 weeks 2 days pregnant.

Baby Laurel at 34 weeks gestation

Me 30 weeks pregnant

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sew Many Projects.

Since I have been only able to work one day a week for a while now and having to take it easy and with the boys at summer camp pretty much 4 days out of the week. When I am not at the Doctors (which is 2-3 times a week) I have taken up sewing! :) Its nice and relaxing and I am able to make things for Laurel & the boys. Here are my latest projects!! :) (Don't look to closely at the stitching, I am still learning.) Might have to click to enlarge!

Snowman with satin edge

Crazy flower prints that were on sale!
Blanket cost: about $3.75

Snowman with minky fabric

Blake with Frog Blanket. I made the same one for Ian and Blake since Laurel was getting a bunch, they wanted me to make them one. Blake is now Linus because he carries it with him everywhere and he, "Loves his new blanket, Mommy! Thank you" He tells me all the time!
Blake picked out the fabric from the discount rack! Great find - Im starting them early!

Pink Blanket

Pink Hooded Towell Blanket I made! For about $6!

Hanging up!

Ducky modeling hooded towel....I'm sew proud! :)

Satin Minky Comfort Thingy - had extra Fabric so I just sewed it together.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Blake

Happy 3rd Birthday Blake!

Here is Blake a few hours old in the NICU
Our little man 3 years old!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Baby Laurel

So here is our little girl at 33 weeks. I went to the perinatologist to get an ultra sound (they were nice enough to switch it to 4D since she was showing her profile) since I have Gestational Diabetes - I tend to have big babies - so they want to monitor her. Well, as usual - I am cooking a huge baby girl in the oven. She is measuring in at 5 lbs 11 ounces at 33 weeks. Regular babies gain 1/2 lb a week each week - they are hoping to get me to 38 weeks...... uh oh!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Baby Shower/BBQ Bash

This past weekend my mom (Lori) and my Brother (Kyle) and his girlfriend (Leisa) were up from VA to visit - just happened to be my 30th birthday weekend. My grandma was turning 80 that weekend as well - but due to a PICC line that she was getting taken out, she was unable to make the trip....WE MISSED YOU!!

But my friends threw a Baby Shower for me while the boys hung outside and grilled and drank beer and everyone enjoyed the 18 foot water slide that we rented. Don't worry, I didn't go down it in fear that when I crashed in the pool Laurel would pop out! Despite a rain storm right in the middle, we had a blast. Thanks everyone for all the neat gifts, I know Laurel will be excited to use them all! :)

Again, it was great friends, and great food. Thanks to all that came and celebrated!

Gram Gram going down slide

Ian had so much fun and asks for a water slide everyday!!!

Me and the waterslide...to bad I couldn't go down, it looked fun!

Yummy Shower cake!!

Ha Ha, thats Jeff!!

Sparklers before bedtime with the Family

Alabama Sunset

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Dirty 30!!

The day has come where I am 30! On my birthday I enjoyed a Maternity Photo Session with an awesome lady! Ginny Dainels A few days before (at 6pm it was 100 degrees with 100% humidity!) - Jeff and I with the boys met up with her to do a family session to capture everyone before Laurels arrival. Just in case she comes early I did the session early! I want to get a book to capture my pregnancy, the boys, Jeff and I - and then her newborn shots. She did an amazing job and it was fun to get all dressed up for my birthday and do a photo shoot! Please enjoy the sneak peaks she sent me.... as soon as the gallery is up I will post the link with password!! Enjoy!

Mini Vacation!

We traveled up into Alabama to Birmingham so Jeff could run an Xterra Race! It was a half marathon of trail running, and a little part thru a huge mud puddle - which was a couple feet long. We went with our good friends the Hurleys and met up with some more Hurleys' (Jeremiahs brother and sister in law).

We stayed in an awesome spa resort : Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa it was awesome and we will be staying there next year when I run the race! :) They had an awesome pool with water slide and now that Ian can swim very well with a life vest on he had a blast. Blake is getting better with the life vest and the floaty ducky that he is glued to.

So the morning of the race the Hurley's and Jeff got ready to run the race. (We had adjoining rooms) so when they left - it was me and 4 sleeping kids. 4 kids ages: 1,2,3 &4! We managed to play, eat breakfast, get dressed, potty and go to the car.... only to miss everyone cross the finish line! So I didn't get any pictures. :( I should have been a little faster... but loading up 4 kids and being 29 weeks pregnant was my workout for the weekend.

We enjoyed our pool side service of sandwiches and drinks and fruit and lounged around that afternoon.

All and all it was a great weekend with great friends!

Every night there was a bag pipe guy playing he walked around the hotel. It was pretty cool after dinner one night we caught up to him and Dawn took this picture of Blake and I. Jeff had to take Ian back to the room due to a headache (he played 4 hrs in the sun and was super tired and dehydrated). But here is the one picture we have! Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Baby Laurel & Pregnancy

I have some time on my hands. Blake is watching cartoons and Ian doesn't feel so good. He has been having a headache since yesterday afternoon - so I'm killing time until we see the doctor this afternoon. (Another Dr, saw one last night) I probably should be doing laundry and catching up on some household chores, but blogging is keeping my mind off Ians headache... which is making me think about his Brain Tumor....

Here is some happy news. I am 28 weeks pregnant and despite a rocky start of the vertigo and getting that fixed and the Gestational Diabetes (which I am not taking meds for) and the hormone shot that I have to take every week (in my bootie) to try to keep her from coming to early... geez that sounds like a lot doesn't it? I feel fine... with an occasional contraction/Braxton Hicks daily. The Army Base has finally kicked me off post to a civilian doctor (which I have been trying to see all along with the history of my preemies) so I will start seeing her next week - since my history of delivery at 35 @ 33 1/2 weeks are fast approaching.....

Here are some pictures of the nursery. Really can't do to much since we are renting the house but I am nesting, so I'm setting it up little by little. :)

Crib with Flower Quilt made by Chelsey and Jeffs Baby Blanket (the yellow one) still waiting on bedding to get mailed to me. And we aren't leaving the crib there with my fear of her getting tangled in the blinds and getting all wrapped up!

Pink Pink Pink

Baby Laurel

Cute Foot!


Word of the day: Gobbles.

Blake loves playing with his "Gobbles" in the pool.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Class of 2023

May 20th 2010 marked a very special day for Ian. He graduated Preschool! The ceremony was very cute, they sang, read poems and walked across the stage to get a diploma and a medal. This was very emotional for me. I thought I wouldn't get all teary-eyed. But to see my baby boy walk across the stage, I was so proud and saw him as such a 'Big Boy' now. He is off to a Catholic School: Saint Annes for Kindergarten. He is very excited, as so am I, but my baby is growing up!!
We were also very excited to have Jeff's mom Terry and her husband Wayne come down for the weekend to share in this very special moment for us. They were also here to see Ian's last T-Ball game. All and all it was a great weekend!

After Graduation. Proud Brother (who was just interested in the cupcakes for the after party)

My Ian all graduated!

Exiting the stage.

His teacher Ms. Sonya & Ian

So proud, walking to get his diploma

Grandma Terry & the boys sharing some lunch. (I have to get the good picture off thier camera of the 4 of them)

I forgot...we went to the SC Zoo!

I forgot to write about our Zoo Trip to SC! A good friend of mine who I met in Savannah when we lived in our apartments there got married on April 17th. She is a very special friend for she drove me to the hospital when I was in labor with Ian. She was there for me every step of the way during the deployment. Cynthia Hutson-Poterfield will forever have a special place in my heart!

We were excited to make it a family trip and explore the zoo. The boys had such a great time and the weekend went smoothly! Although Jeff had to take Blake out before the wedding happened in the church (he was getting cranky and wanted to draw in all the bibles)- both boys behaved good at the recption! Here are a few pictures from our quick trip to SC!

Cynthia makes a beautiful bride!

Feeding the horse at the zoo.

My friend: The Smiley Goat

Feeding Nectar to the birds.

Loving the tiger!