Friday, September 30, 2011

Kaitlin's birth day story

Well, both of my kids (I have KIDS...weird!) are sleeping right now and I finally have a minute to write about how the birth went for those of you who care to know. I woke up Thursday morning with a strong contraction. I got up and used the bathroom and then tied to lay down and go back to sleep. Sleep wouldn't come but the contractions did about every 8 minutes apart. I tried to relax but I felt so excited. However I  wasn't quite convinced this was the real deal yet.

Finally around 5:00 I was pretty sure that I was in labor. I decided I wanted to try some different positions and so I went out into the living room so I wouldn't wake up Nate. I wanted him to get as much sleep as he could. I made myself some toast and ate that in between contractions. It seemed like my contraction were coming every 3-4 minutes. Each time I felt a contraction I would drop down on my hands and knees and breath through it.

I laid back down on the couch to see if I could really relax some more and the contractions slowed down to 10 minutes apart. Around 6:15, Spencer woke up crying. That woke Nate up and he came out to see what was going on and I told him that I thought I was in labor. I told him that the contractions were 10 minutes apart and that I thought we had lots of time before we need to start making phone calls and head for the Hospital. He helped Spencer get ready and I ran in to the bathroom because I thought I was going to lose my toast! I didn't actually throw up but I did notice that I was bleeding a little. I knew this was a good sign of progression and so I yelled out to Nate that it was time to start calling people!

We headed for the hospital around 7:30 and got there about 7:45. I kept wondering if we were leaving too soon but felt like it was the right thing to do.. The first part of the car rid wasn't too bad but the last part was so hard! I felt like I was having one big contraction that would not let up! I said I better be in transition because I am so done with this!! A few minutes before we got there I also felt the urge to push! I was so glad to get out of the car!

We got there and they checked me. I was at a 10! I was so surprised. All the nurses started scrabbling around. They said as soon as my water broke I was going to have the baby right away. They even called in an on call doctor to be there until my midwife could arrive. But I actually didn't have the baby until 2 hours after being at the hospital! It took 2 hours to push that baby out! But she did come out and she was beautiful and perfect as can be! She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz!

After the birth was the hardest part and actually quite traumatic for me. I will spare you the details and sum it up by saying, I lost a lot of blood, tore really bad (a strange tear that every kept saying they had never seen before) and ended up having to go into surgery and get a spinal so they could stitch me up...not fun. I also ended up getting a blood transfusion. Wow. All a small price to pay for a beautiful, healthy baby girl.

Spencer's fist time seeing "baby sister" 

My parents with my KIDS!

What a great daddy! I sure love Nate!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Our sweetie

Kaitlin Louise Higbee
Birthday September 22
9:44 am
7 lbs 11 oz
Beautiful as can be
More details to come
(and millions of more pictures)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

40 Weeks

Well, I am 40 weeks today. Hopefully this is the last
belly shot that you will have to see of me for a LONG time!

I woke up this morning feeling really good and excited that it is my "due date". I know that it can't be long now until we get to hold that little one in our arms! I know she will come when she is ready and for now I feel content to just wait for her.

My little helper in all that I do.

Spencer loves to help me cook. Today we were making muffins and while I turned for a second to get something out of the fridge, he cracked the egg into the bowl all by himself. I rushed over to see what the damage was but he actually did a really good job. A little bit got on his hands but it all got into the bowl. I was quite surprised!

Hopefully my next post will be one with a new baby sister on it!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Few Birthday Pictures

On Labor Day we had a joint Birthday party with my family
 for Spencer and his cousin Dalin.

This is the little cake that I made for them.
Spencer was crazy about the tractors on top and didn't
care too much about the cake.

Cousin Dalin...what a cuttie!!


We also had a little party for Spencer with Nate's family.
He was really excited about this cake!
I love that little face!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Spencer

Guess who turned 2 today?!
I can't believe that my little baby is not my little baby anymore.
He can be the cutest, most adorable little guy one minute
 and the most grumpy, crazy little boy the next.
Couldn't love him more.
 Happy Birthday Buddy!

Here are some pictures from a few recent photo shoots we did :)

Here are some things that Spencer really likes right now.
(I totally stole this idea from a friend...thanks Jannelle!)

Spencer is a very strong willed little guy who know what he wants!

He can say a pray for the food all by himself!

He can count to 10 (but usually skips 5 and 6:)

He knows most of his shapes and colors.

He can sing most of the alphabet and can recognize quite a few letters.

He knows quite a few songs and loves to sing!

He is starting to really crack us up and surprise us with the funny things he says and does. Watching him learn and grow has been the most rewarding experience of my life so far. I sure love to be this little boy's Mommy. I am thank for for all he teaches me and for all he is helping me to become. He has showed me how to love like I didn't know I could.