Monday, August 30, 2010

5 days old

Just a quick update before bed.

We took Anna for her doctor visit today.  She was back up to right at 8 pounds.  I forget everything else :).  She checked out perfectly though.  I noticed Saturday she looked a little yellow/jaundiced, so the doctor today sent us for a bili check.  (poor baby screamed the whole time).  The doctor called, and though her levels were a bit elevated, they weren't so that we'd need to do the lights.  So sitting by the window, frequent feeds, and watching her output is what we're doing.  After an amazing first night at home, she had an AWFUL 2nd night.  However, last night was great again.  She woke up every 3-3.5 hours, ate, changed her diaper and she went right back to sleep.  Amazing.  I felt great again today because of it.  We even went to JCPenney and had our normal "same pose for every kid" pictures taken :).  Jenny Wright came over yesterday for an impromptu newborn session, and I can't WAIT to get those pictures back after she edits them!  She said she was working on them today.  Anna was a DOLL during them :).  And Jenny has some cute props!

That's about it.  It was a nice quiet day at home with Daddy.  Tomorrow he's taking a half day in the morning to take Cara to dance class while a friend watches Micah.  I get to snuggle with the girl alone at home!  I need to go to the grocery store, but I may just wait until after he gets home after work, so I can truly rest at home with the baby!  Then, it's back to work daddy!  I did have great news however.  I was checking to see when Cara's preschool meet the teacher was (Wednesday morning) and I saw that school starts THIS friday, not next wednesday like I had thought!!  She's very excited, and now, SO AM I!! 

Also, I got to use my ring sling today and I just LOVE it!!  :)  will post new pics soon!

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Anna's Birth Story

Tuesday afternoon (8/24) Eric got home from work and took Micah to the store and I passed out on the couch, letting Cara watch tv.  This isn't uncommon, but I could NOT wake myself up.  So he made dinner for everyone and I went and laid down in our room in front of the fan.  Anna started going CRAZY moving and it just felt a little weird to me.  I started praying, Lord, if there's something wrong and we need to go in, please send me a sign so I know for sure.  It was as soon as I finished praying that I started having contractions.  They weren't extremely strong, but were fairly close together.  That's when I started having to use the 4 times.  Just like I did right before I had Micah.  I also had my 'bloody show,' so I felt confident this was the day to go to the hospital.  We called some people, and decided we'd get the kids in bed before we went.  Eric's mom and sister came over because they were closer to sit with the kids.  I called my sister and she was going to come stay the night at our house with the kids and watch them the next day.  (note--she had never babysat for us before or spent a night away from Jack since he's been home from the hospital!  Big props to my little sis!). 

We went in around 8 and I gave them my birth plan and told them that if I was not currently in active labor, or farther than 3 cm (which I was last Friday in the office), I'd prefer to go home.  So, they hooked me up to the monitors to monitor baby's heart rate and contractions.  I preferred to stand up because as long as I was swaying or walking, they'd keep coming.  It was right after shift change, and there were others there in labor (full moon!), so I didn't get checked for awhile.  When I did, I was still a 3 and 50% effaced (same as Friday).  So, my nurse (I had AWESOME nurses the whole time I was there) went to call my doctor's partner, who was on call, to show her my chart and see if I could go home.  I was still having contractions, but I could tell they weren't the real thing, and weren't very close together.  I was a little bummed because I felt confident we were supposed to go in (and I was 39w5d and felt very done) :) after my prayer.  I got in bed at this point to watch tv and we just waited for the nurse to come back.  She took a little longer than I expected, and when she did (probably by 11 pm at this point) she said she talked to my doctor and I was all set to go home, but as soon as she hung up, Anna's heart rate had a few decellerations during contractions.  It was nothing to be too concerned about, but she called the doctor back and the doctor wanted me to stay overnight for observation to make sure the baby stayed ok.  I was ok with that, and started praying about if should I just induce in the morning.  I hated to waste all our babysitter plans ;) and I still felt that God had led me to the hospital that night.  So the night wore on, and I got more and more uncomfortable.  I was able to sleep from about 1-3, but then she started decell'ing again.  So they put me on oxygen and saline again, and I got really upset.  I started crying and told Eric that I just didn't know what to do.  I felt like this was exactly what I didn't want---to be hooked up to monitors, an IV, oxygen, trying to 'sleep' in a hospital bed just waiting on morning.  I was frustrated and didn't know what to do.  My nurse was amazing and kept working with me every time I rolled over to try to get comfortable to get the monitors on the baby.  At this point my contractions were non-existant. 

I was able to sleep a little from 4:30-6, but then I just gave up.  Eric and I talked and prayed, and we decided if the doctors would let us do it how we'd like, we'd start pitocin that morning to see if we could get the contractions going well and me progressing, and if I did, that then we could turn it off and let me finish drug free.  This proved to be a good choice since it was Wednesday; both the doctors in our practice don't see patients on Wednesdays so they can be at the hospital for births and scheduled surgeries.  This obviously wasn't my first choice, but it was what we felt at peace with doing that morning.  The doctor came in around 7 and she was completely fine with our choice.  She offered water breaking vs. the pitocin, but we chose the pit.  With Cara (which I was induced), my water broke on it's own right as they started the pit and my contractions became unbearable almost immediately.  Micah's water didn't break until I was pushing at 9 cm and I thought maybe I was able to make it through drug free because of that.  (Side Note--I keep saying drug free like it is the only way I am willing to have a baby.  I have had both and my main reason for wanting no epidural is the recovery!  I know pitocin is also a drug, and it was a choice we made this time.  I am by no means trying to sound high and mighty for doing it the way I did, just telling it how it happened).  Anyways, so around 7:30 we got started.  The contractions started right away, but they were ok and not close together.  Bailey brought the kids up for about 20-30 minutes so I could see them, and of course they had a blast playing on the bed and couch :). 

This is getting long, SORRY!  So I was checked around 9:30 or 10 and I was only a 4, about 75% effaced.  That's not good, not progressing very fast, but I still felt I was handling the contractions well.  My doctor came in and I asked his opinion about if I should break my water, and told him my theory about Cara's birth vs. Micah's.  His wonderful advice was, "It's your choice, every birth is different."  Gee, thanks.  So he left, Eric and I talked and we decided to have the doctor break my water.  Right before his partner (Dr. L from now on, Dr. E is my doctor) came in to break it (around 10:45), I started crying again.  I was emotional ALL day!  Eric said he knew it wasn't how I wanted it to happen, but that it would be just fine.  Anna being healthy was all we cared about.  He said he knew we were supposed to go in last night.  I kept saying, I just feel like if we had just stayed home, that I would still be pregnant and wouldn't be hooked up to things and having to make these decisions.  Also, thinking back, I think I was 'mourning' the end of my pregnancy, not sure if it's our last or not.  I felt disappointed in how this birth was going, and like I had disobeyed and took things into my own hands.  He said, but God told us to come last night.  I said, then why, every time I try to pray during a contraction, do I start crying and feel bad???  Can you imagine being poor Eric?  Such a patient, sweet husband I have.  So Dr. L and the nurse came in to break my water and I was crying and still trying to relax during contractions.  The doctor did her thing and left and the nurse tried to comfort me.  I just laid on my side and continued to labor (when I didn't have to get up and pee because of the saline!) slowly.  I cried on and off (which doesn't bode well for relaxing!) for awhile and just tried to focus on seeing Anna and praying.  Around 11:45 I was checked and I was a 5, 90%.  Still not much progress for 4 hours of pit and my water broke.  The contractions were every 2-3 minutes at this point (I only know because I asked the nurse, they felt much closer) and I could tell I was getting to where I wasn't handling things as well.  My legs were starting to shake in between contractions (they did this with Micah too) and things were very painful  At 12:15 pm (yes, 56 minutes before she was born!), I told the nurse things just felt weird and she checked me again.  I was still a 5 (though later she said I was a 6, all I heard was there wasn't much change).  At this point I threw in the towel and told Eric to call for the epidural, and thus started my panic attack---SERIOUSLY.  I didn't think I could make it through 2 more contractions, much less wait what I'm sure would be another 30 minutes before the doctor got there to give me some drugs.  Then the thought of having to sit still while I was having the contractions to get the epidural sent me into more panic.  I begged her to turn the pit off, but she couldn't (she later did, about mid-way through the next paragraph) since the epidural would slow us down.  The nurse said I had to complete a bulbous of fluids before they could even do this (and I knew from the night before that was 30 minutes) and the doctor had one more patient before me.  I was really starting to panic and definitely not relaxing during contractions.  Eric said, are you sure you want the drugs, maybe you're in transition and I basically said shut up, I can't do this.  Probably 10 minutes later I asked how much longer and she just said he's still with the other patient.  I threw what was a 30 year old's version of a hissy fit.  It was not pretty, just be glad you weren't there :).

I said, I can't lie here, the pain was awful, so I got up to try to pee again (never had to do this with Micah, but was on saline the whole time this time and wow is that annoying having to pee during labor!).  From here on out, I have no recollection of time, I wasn't watching the clock if you know what I mean.  I was sitting on the toilet, and as a contraction hit, I had to push.  And I did.  I tried not to, but I couldn't stop it.  Thank the Lord the nurse was still in the room.  I told her I am all of a sudden having the urge to push and she said, ok, let me check you.  I laid down and she went to check me and the look on her face was basically, you're not going anywhere, then she said, 'let me check you during a contraction.'  Wow, that sounds like fun.  All that was going through my head was I'm still a 5 or 6 and I'm going to RIP MYSELF UP (sorry, I know it's graphic).  I couldn't imagine it was actually time to push, so needless to say, my panic level AGAIN skyrocketed, as calm as I tried to stay.  So she did and she said, yeah, you're a 9 during contractions, as I PUSHED her hand out of me.  There was no stopping this train, so she called for the doctor as I continued to push through all my contractions on the bed.  It sounds like it was a long time, but thinking back, I probably only pushed 10 good times, maybe 20 minutes??  We're guessing here.  Again, thank the Lord the doctor was in the building (in the OR).  They called and I heard my nurse kinda get URGENT and then a BUNCH of nurses showed up in my room.  She made me lie back a bit because I was crowning and she said "you're sitting on your baby's head!"  She told me later she called down the hall and said we're having a baby in here and the doctor isn't here yet, so all the nurses came.  They all did what they do, and I kept pushing.  What was nice about this was that I actually had a break during contractions!  A good break.  With Micah, I'd push, then I'd convulse (my legs would shake and I wouldn't be able to calm down), so there was no break.  With Anna, I'd push really hard (again, with no doctor to be seen, and the bed not even broken down yet), and then I'd be able to just sit there for 2-3 minutes!  It wasn't pleasant, but it wasn't awfully painful.  The nurse was ready to catch, when all of a sudden Dr. E walked in.  Eric and I didn't even see him, I just felt him!!  He started pouring stuff on me and doing his (painful) thing and I think I pushed 3 times before she was born!  There are more details, but no one needs to read all that :).  I remember hearing, 'just one more good push and she'll be here.'  I was think, yeah, right, but OK and gave it a go and she was born (at 1:11 pm)!  I was literally still in shock when she came out.  They put her on me and I could see the light red tinge to her hair :).  Everyone kept saying how big she was.  I had guessed 9 pounds before she was born, but she ended up being smaller than Micah :).  I was happy to see her, but I was not having the high I did after Micah.  I was still contracting and in pain. 

The nurse said, 'oh, I thought putting her on you would distract you.'  I said nope, it still hurts, so they took her to clean her off, etc.  Dr. E was lightly pulling on my cord, and I asked if I could push, he said, YES! so I did and had the placenta.  Eric said Dr. E and the nurse were going on and on about how big my afterbirth was.  Lovely, although the idea of losing even more baby weight with a big placenta isn't a bad thing :).  Then I felt much better.  He cleaned me up, said I had the tiniest of tear that didn't even require a stitch, and then I was able to focus on Anna!  I just kept watching her, and made Eric get the camera out!  I think we were both still in shock at how quick it happened.  56 minutes from being 5 cm to a birth!  And that right there is one of the reasons I think God led us to the hospital.  What if I had waited that long at home?  I'd probably had had the baby waiting to get admitted!!!!  I was an emotional wreck all day.  I hugged my nurse and told her thanks for putting up with me.  Bailey came to sit with me while Anna was in the nursery and Eric went home to get the kids.  I felt very humble.  Nothing went according to (my) plan.  I kept telling myself this the last few weeks of pregnancy.  God knew His plans for her.  Knew when she'd come and how she'd come.  It wasn't what I wanted, but the outcome was amazing.  I ended up with no epidural, not because I didn't want it :), but because I was pushing by the time the doctor got there.  And that was God's plan too.  My recovery has again been amazing, and I am in awe of God for blessing me with that twice in a row! 

We keep praying for growth for Anna, like we did for all our babies!  She was 8 pounds 3 ounces at birth.  She was 7 pounds 12 ounces Thursday night I think (minimal loss, I know).  My milk finally came in in the middle of the night/early this morning.  She is finally having consistent wet and dirty diapers.  She only had ONE wet diaper from around noon yesterday until around 11 am today.  Since then, she's blessed us with many more :).  She did amazing last night!  Fed her around 8:30 and laid her down around 9.  She didn't wake until 1:30 (don't freak out, I think it was what my milk needed, and what I needed!) this am.  She didn't want to eat right away, so it took a good hour to feed her, but then she went right back to sleep (around 2:30) until 5:15.  Ate and stayed up until around 6, then back to sleep, then I went and got her to hold her around 8 and she fed around 8:30.  She's been more hungry today, now that she's getting milk, and she seems to be working out the poop, and has spit up once or twice (C & M both did that, a lot, for months, though no reflux).  But she's doing amazing.  I felt awesome after sleeping so well last night (you must remember how awful I slept while pregnant with her!), so the 3 kids, Eric, my mom and myself went on a big outing!  We went to a big kids consignment sale up at the Barry Center (We--tot2tot--were a goody bag vendor) and it was fun.  Well for me, I got some vendors for t2t and my mom ordered a new lunch bag thing.  Eric had to run the 2 big kids in the double stroller up and down a hall (they had a blast, he was exhausted) :) to keep them happy!  While there, she nursed, and then went through 2 diapers pooping and peeing :).  We then grabbed some chick-fil-a for lunch and headed to Nurtured Family.  I had been a few weeks ago, and had settled on 2 ring slings, but I wanted to try them out with her in them.  I ended up getting the Stella colored Hava ring sling.  It's just so pretty :).  I will be putting it to use this next week as we have meet the teacher for Cara's preschool Wednesday and a birthday party on Friday for Micah's best friend. 

On a funny side note, Micah's best bud, Reagan, has a 3 month old little sister.  Baby Ginny.  Micah calls Anna baby Ginny 95% of the time.  We tell him it's baby Anna, and then occasionally he's say baby Nana (how he says anna), but forgets by the next time he talks to/about her.  Silly boy.  I have more pictures, but haven't uploaded them to flickr yet.  I will post more soon.  My mom keeps getting onto me to go to bed.  But I wanted to get this all typed up before I forgot more details!  I know this is a book, but I hope if you made it this far, it was worth your while :).

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Anna Marie Newsome

I can't believe I haven't posted this here yet!  Sorry, if we're not friends on facebook, you've been missing out.  And for those wanting the gory details, they're coming.  I actually started that post last night in the hospital, but opted for sleep instead, which is what I'm doing tonight.  We're home and the family of 5 is about to start our first night without a night nurse ;)  (well, unless you count my mom!)!!

Anna Marie arrived at 1:11 pm on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010!  She was 8 pounds, 3 ounces and 19.75 inches long.  Didn't ever hear her head circumference!! :)  She is absolutely perfect and has (very little) red hair!  She is so far a good eater and sleeper and overall a rather calm baby!  We just love her to pieces.  You'd think my kids were MADE to be big brothers and sisters or something :).  They can't get enough of her.  Here are a few pictures from her first day or two in the hospital.  I promise to post again 'soon.'  They are in reverse order!

Our family of 5

Excited big sister

A little mouth to mouth from big brother :)

Kids seeing her for the first time

About an hour old

Mommy, Daddy, Baby Anna


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Waiting on the Lord

That's what I'm doing.  All day every day.  2 nights ago I had a great prayer time where I once again got over myself and had to give this pregnancy and timing back to Him.  The great thing about our awesome God, is that He already knew!  He (as well as everyone who is a friend on facebook) knows I'm done with being pregnant :).  I'm uncomfortable and H.O.T. and feel like I'm not parenting or feeding my children (or family) well.  Tot 2 Tot is getting closer, as our other milestones in our family's life and I wanted the baby to be a bit bigger.  I thought I'd have a 1-2 week old by now. 

So now, how long do I go?  I'm 39w5d now.  I'm due on Thursday.  Go to the doctor on Friday.  He's ok with me waiting, but I don't know for how long.  I told him about a month ago that if I got to August 31st, no one will want to be around me (at this point, I don't want to be around me), and he'll need to induce.  I want an August baby, not a September baby!  But, that's taking the control away from God.  I pray I don't last that long, but who knows God's timing but God?  So here I wait....

So, on Sunday, we all got ready for church and took a couple pictures.  I went first, because I hadn't taken an on purpose belly shot in quite some time.  And since I've never been this far along, thought it would be fun.  Now I'm regretting having these pictures forever, but since I'm insane and up in the middle of the night again, I'm even going to let them burn into your brain now! :)

Misty, 39 weeks, 3 days, front view:

Side View (not as pretty--avert your eyes!):
The baby is all in front, I don't know what is in my rear, but I dont' like it;)

So then we said, 'kids, get up there so we can take your picture' and Cara started doing this:

"Whatcha doing Cara?"  "Showing the baby in my tummy!" :)

Here are some silly shots of us with the kids.  None of them are great, but the kids are cute (and Eric shaved for the first time in like a month)!

Then I could brag on how proper my girl is, look, even ankles crossed...

Then Micah says "take my picture," so I do, and look what C is doing in the background!
Lovely :)

I am blessed with great kids, that's for sure.  And they love to play together, and do quite well most of the time!  Yesterday morning, we were all getting ready to go spend the morning at a friend's house (if I don't get out of the house occasionally, we all go insane) and I said, 'Cara, go read Micah some books while Mommy gets dressed.'
This is what I found :)
Ok, off to do some bible study and see if I can get back to sleep!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010


Well, ever since I wrote that last post I've been up every night like this.  However, I was not in such a happy place, so I decided against posting.  I'm officially to the point where I thought I would definitely have her by now.  Like Cara's best bud is getting baptized tomorrow, and I thought for sure, no way, we'd be able to make it because at the very least we'd be in the hospital still (I'm totally glad we get to go, just didn't think we'd be able to!).  And school starts Monday!  Are you kidding me?  Eric is worried, but in my mind, it's a little easier for him to miss because he now has two assistant directors, however, my mom doesn't!  She's actually backing up her team member (and best bud) who is saying goodbye to her grandma way over in Alabama.  What am I going to do?  What's your plan God, because right now it's freaking me out.  I don't want to be a burden to the people I love (and I know it's been insanely annoying me calling each week for about 3 weeks now saying, stay on alert, these aren't going away after 6 hours....only to have them fizzle after I finally decide to call).  And then I get to the point where I'm like, I'm just not going to call, because then no one will be disappointed but me (and Eric) and then I think, "I'm going to wait too long and have this baby here or in the car!"  Good thing we only live a mile from the hospital :).  So those are some of the things running through my mind of late.  Maybe now that I've thrown up on my blog a little they'll go away.

So what am I plugging might you ask??  Well, 2 things.  Tot 2 Tot of course!  In case you missed it in the spring, two friends and I started a business and are having twice a year children's consignment sales in the Katy area!   Our next sale is Saturday, September 18th, and we are so excited to have found a ministry to partner with.  It helps that we all attend Kingsland Baptist, which has SUCH a heart for missions!  The International Justice Mission has been partnering with our church for close to a year now, and it is such a great cause.  You can read more information about KBC's Just Run for a Just Cause (happening the same day as our sale) here.  We also have some new vendor opportunities, and a new seller referral program in place, so please check out our new to us blog here!  Because we changed some things behind the scenes, we'd love for you to help us out.  If you have our button on your blog, could you go grab it again from our new blog?  We are about to delete our old one, and then the button won't work anymore!  For your convenience, here it is.  All you have to do is copy and paste the code below the button into a html portion (side bar, etc) of your blog and voila!

Also, if you would be so kind as to "like" us on facebook (that way all your friends can see it and 'like' us too), we'd really appreciate that as well!  And thirdly, if you're in town, come see all the great items we will have on 9/18!!   

What else am I plugging??  Misty's Blessings!  I was on a sewing kick for a while and got a few non-custom items ready to go (some baby shoes, a crown, which is still customizable, tell me the letter/number/star you'd like on it).  I also have lots of ribbon for pacifier clips (and some already made, check out the site), and those take me no time at all to complete and ship!  I will be taking the custom items off as soon as Anna is born, for at LEAST until Cara gets into preschool, maybe longer.  So, order while you can! :)  I've posted the button code below as well if you have a blog you'd like to post it on.  And you can always like me on facebook as well :). 

And one last thing on plugs.....look what came in the mail yesterday :)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

39 weeks and counting!

So, I've never been 'this pregnant' before.  Fun.  I was looking back last weekend on old blog posts from pre-Cara and pre-Micah and found out I've actually been more dilated earlier on in my pregnancies with both of them.  I'm used to all my friends saying they walk around a 5 forever....Um, at this point, I'd be ok with that.  My last doctor's appointment that I actually scheduled is tomorrow (39w1d).  I just assumed I'd have the baby by now.  I'm not into rushing things, and I'm feeling really fine for being this pregnant, but for some reason, in my head I had this window of Aug 12-18 that I thought she'd come.  Plus, I wanted to make it a little easier on my man and have her during inservice vs. the first or second week of school.  I think it made it harder because I had no plans this week (usually we do bible study on Thursday or other things M-W) and I had planned on not going to anything (except Cara's first day of dance this Tuesday).  But instead, I decided my kids are tired of being in the house all day, and I'm tired of them being in the house all day, so we ventured to playgroup yesterday.  It was fun and relaxing, and I got to be submerged in water the majority of the time.  It's currently the only way I spend any amount of time outside unless walking to and from the car!  Monday I got out and ran about 12 errands with both kids that I had been putting off, and that was nice, felt like I accomplished something. 

I'm trying to get in the swing of things, because once Cara starts preschool (9/8), we'll have to be out of the house by at least 9 every week day :(.  I'm 'very' not looking forward to that!  School MWF at our church 9-2:30, dance class Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 and bible study 9:15-11:15 on Thursdays.  School is easy, drop her off in carpool and pick her up, Micah and Anna won't even have to get out of the car, but dance class on Tuesdays is going to hurt.  I'm going to have to corral Micah for an hour, away from all the pointy trophies they have just sitting around the floor and on shelves everywhere.  I did it last year, but he was immobile at first, then I could somewhat keep him occupied by snacks and the other little brothers there (we each brought cars, etc to play with for them).  But this time, I feel my hands will be a litlte more full, and I'm assuming Anna will present her need to eat just as Micah is running away from me! 

And that's the hardest part right now, just wanting to meet her already!!  I have no picture in my mind of what she will look like.  (except that she'll be 9 pounds!).  I can't imagine it, except for what C and M looked like (as unalike as they look now, they're baby pictures are very similar).  I want to see what color hair she'll have and her eyes and smell her toes and kiss her cheeks.  I have numerous times given it all to God and accepted His timing, which is probably why I'm not pulling my hair out, but I am just so excited.  Ok, off to see if I can get back to bed.  This was the first time I was up middle of the night in at least a week! :)

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Nothing new

The past two days have been great.  Yesterday was fun spending the day at my sister's house with her and Jack.  He is so cute and it's so fun now that she's in the stay at home mommy club with me!  That, and she realizes it's not all fun, so it's more we can talk about.  I had to go alone because Jack's doctors don't think young children should be around him for 2 months.  Micah doesn't really notice, but Cara is getting sad.  I told her we'd go see him before Micah's birthday (she has no concept of time, everything happened 'last night' even if it was 3 months ago), and that cheered her up :).  Then I got to come home, I actually cooked (!!) and then went to girl's scrapbook night.  It was so much fun, I love my friends! 

Today was a great day!  We woke up late (thanks kids!).  Had breakfast.  Eric took the kids to Home Depot and I folded clothes and talked to my mom for about 30 minutes. We spent the day just around the house.  We cleaned, kept tiling, I sewed (finished 5 pairs of baby shoes and a crown, ready for purchase at MB on etsy if you're so inclined!) :), the kids watched tv and played really well together.  Our friends Kendra, Robert and Levi were in town for a charity event, and they stopped by and we had chick-fil-a for lunch.  They went home, the kids took GREAT naps (which led to more sewing and tiling) and then we just hung around the house.  We had dinner and cleaned, as tonight is guys poker night here at our house.  The kids didn't get in bed before all the guys showed up, so they are currently still awake chatting in their room, not staying in bed.  They slept so late today and so late for naps, that I'm just letting them stay in there.  We'll see when they actually get to bed! 

We have some great friends too.  We are supposed to teach our 3 year old Sunday School class these next two weeks before promotion Sunday (it's a year committment!), but we had 2 friends step up to teach our last two weeks (just in case we had a baby by then).  So we don't have to be at the 8:15 service tomorrow.  We'll wake up and have a little time together before heading to 9:30 church and 11:00 ABF. 

I'm so blessed.  Great family.  Great friends.  My mom in law has called to check on my the past two days.  We're just waiting.  And that's the fun part!  I was induced with Cara, and though that was nice knowing exactly when she was coming, it's so much fun not knowing.  I feel like every day she isn't here, I'm blessed with one more day with just Cara, Micah, Eric and me!  As excited as we are to meet her, we are loving the journey we are on.  God is so good! :)

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Anna update....

So I went to the doctor this afternoon.  I felt a little off all morning. Weird thing is Eric did too.  He's currently laid up in the recliner passed out.  He said he felt bad all day and now his back is killing him.  I'm hoping tonight will be a late night, so I told him to rest up! 

My blood pressure was normal (a little higher than normal for me) 116/72.  I gained 3 pounds.  In 6 days!!  Yeah uhoh, but it could have been the 3 pieces of cheesecake I've had between now and then, hey we were on vacation!!  I'm up a total of 16 pounds (total weight gain I had with Micah).  But I started 9 pounds heavier this time.  (I started the same with C and M).  However, I'm still 3 pounds less than when I gave birth to Cara.  Anyways, Anna has been moving a TON the past day and a half.  I've been sleeping pretty decent (minus potty breaks) until last night.  I was up from about 1-3, then 3:30-5:15 ish.  I was contracting, but not consistently.  I was doing it all morning basically.  With no effort (wasn't walking, etc to keep them going).  But I was contracting in the office.  She went to measure my stomach and said, you know you're having a contraction right.  I said yes, they're very common.  She checked elsewhere and there had been progress since last week.  She seemed to think I'm in VERY early labor, maybe this weekend.  I'm trying not to get my hopes up (and my mom is out of town until 8:30 pm tomorrow!).  However, I've been contracting ever since the apppointment.  It may be because she checked me, but just for good measure, we went and did a lap at the mall.  They're slowing down now, but still doing something.  I've had to pee every 15 minutes since 2 pm.  But I'm lacking other signs of labor that I had with Micah.  So, I think we're still a ways off.  I'm praying it's sometime tomorrow and not sometime 2 weeks from now :).  Anyways, there's the update.  Prayers are requested for God's all-perfect timing! :)

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Goings On

Up again, so I thought I'd post a little about what's been going on here.  Back a couple months ago, I bought Cara 2 90 minute cooking lessons at the Young Chef's academy here in Katy.  They were on groupon, and it was only $15!!  (Sign up if you haven't, they're awesome).  I also bought her friend Jack one for his birthday, and a lot of our friends bought some for their kids as well.  So we recently had our two classes, and Cara LOVED them :).  It made me happy because she used to always help me cook, she loves it!  But recently, I haven't been!!  I feel bad about it, but evenings are the WORST right now for me.  Alas, they're not going hungry, and we have food to eat, so no one's complaining (ok, maybe Eric is) :).  Anyways, here are some pictures from cooking class!
Touching meat....YUCK!
Elizabeth, Catherine, Jack and Cara
Almost 1st in line:
Last day:

Here's Cara in Papa's hat :)
I've also had lots of little boys over playing dress-up, and they're favorite thing to dress up in is Tutus! :)  Micah was SO cute the other day wearing his and dancing.  I got video on my phone, but can't get it to here just yet.  Here's a visual though:

And Cara, Jack and Sam.  See Cara posing?  And Jack was trying to hide the fact he had on a (higher than his waist, think Ace Ventura) tutu on, but I got him!  His Daddy probably won't like this!  Sam chose the on inside out black tutu with the fancy nancy purse :)
We went to Galveston last weekend for Eric's sister Amanda's 16th birthday!  It was a lot of fun hanging with family.  On Saturday Eric's mom's good friend from work, Lori, and her hubby and daughter Avery, 3, came up to join us.  I got NO pictures of them at the actual beach, but they had a lot of fun dancing right before they left.  Avery has the cutest red hair too, and she's so tiny, it looked like she and Micah could have been twins (instead of her being closer in age to Cara!).  She kept calling Cara "Big Girl."  "Big Girl, what's your name again" :)  Of course, then no one wanted to actually pose for a picture at the end.....

Just love this picture of Micah!
The kids looking out the window first thing when they woke up!  Cara says, "It's beautiful here!"

Eric, Micah and Eric's uncle Sparky at the beach EARLY Saturday morning (sorry it's foggy)
Uncle Greg and Cara
Walking to the beach
Eric's Aunt Linda couldn't wait and decided we needed to do birthday festivities for breakfast.  Yes, cake for breakfast, my kids were in heaven.  Here's Uncle Greg and Micah man:
Amanda said she'd die if I posted these pictures on facebook, so hopefully I can post them here! :)
They got her the trick candles, and they were seriously sparking at us before she even started blowing.....
I'd be doing the same thing!
Wants some cake!
Clara and Amanda!
Before this week (Eric's summer band is going on), he was busy doing this.  Almost done!
And I've been sewing a lot.  Getting a few etsy orders and busy making gifts.  Here are a few.  Make sure you 'follow' my Misty's Blessings Blog and here are facebook!! I mean, only if you're my friend and you want to! hehe.
Super Jack cape
Penny's cape and crown:

Baby Shoes!
And one more cute picture of Micah Man.  We found this hat when pulling down baby stuff, he's just the cutest thing! :)
Tomorrow is my 38 week OB appointment.  2:15.  No baby yet.  Not feeling like much is going on.  I was having some good contractions the past couple days, but now nothing.  Oh well, she'll make her appearance on her time!  I really pray it's sooner rather than later, this heat is killing me!!

Oh, and I've been digiscrapping a LOT! :)  Trying to catch up, it's SO.MUCH.FASTER than paper scrapping (though I still like that too!).  Here are just a couple of pages, I made an album on my flickr (and on fb) if you want to see them!
Dance Class costume party last fall:

Micah's 1st birthday party:

Mother's day this year:
One of Jack's baby showers.  Oh, speaking of, Friday I get to go spend some time at Bailey's house with her and Jack!! :)

Ok, sorry this has been so picture heavy, off to try to sleep now! :)
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