Saturday, August 22, 2015

Kylie's Birth Story

On Friday, July 24th at about 11pm, I was laying in bed shortly after Bob fell asleep and Kenz was fast asleep in her room when I started noticing cramping.

They felt more like period cramps and were coming in waves but I didn't know if they were braxton hicks contractions or the real deal.. 

I started googling "what do contractions feel like?" etc. because I had no clue! With my first labor I didn't really feel any contractions.. more just pressure. This was all so new! I had no clue what I was looking for. I downloaded an app on my phone to start timing the "contractions" and they were coming through like every 1-2 mins and lasting about 45-55seconds. 

At this point I was up walking around, doing squats... anything to see if the contractions stopped. I read that if they were braxton hicks that the contractions would most likely stop by moving around. I had tried to wake Bob up a couple times to see what he thought I should do but everytime I got a response like "Just lay down and relax", "Go to sleep".. I can look back and laugh now but at the time it was no laughing matter. One more suggestion to try to rest and sleep from him and I was about to lose it on him. I even told him at one point.. "if you tell me one more time to 'go to bed' I'm going to punch you in the face!"

At about 12:45am after texting with my sister she finally convinced me to just call Labor & Delivery and see what the nurse thought. So I did.. And when I told her they were lasting about 50secs at about every 1:30-2mins the nurse even thought that they weren't the REAL DEAL but to keep timing them.
I should have been looking for at least a minute long, no more than 5minutes apart for at least an hour (the 5-1-1 rule).

I tried to go to bed.. thinking they're not it just stop worrying about it.. Ha! All I could think about was what if this is the real thing and I'm only 1-2 mins apart?! Doesn't that mean the baby is coming?! And I wake up in my sleep and it's too late I have to have the baby at home!

So about 1ish.. I decided that's it.. I woke Bob up and told him I'm going in.
His reponse.. Another laughable moment now (but not really then ;)) "Damnit!" The poor guy [said with such sarcasm] had a big fishing tournament he had to be up for at 4:30..And well the baby just canceled those plans ;) At the time I couldn't let him forget the way he was acting. I was in freaking labor and he was mad at me?!

I started getting my bag together as I barely just started throwing stuff in there earlier Friday. P.S. I also just installed the car seat Friday and assembled the crib in her room! Funny how that works! She must have known that I was pretty much ready for her!

I told Bob to stay home as my mom and dad weren't waking up and answering their phones and I didn't want to drag Kenzie at 2am if the hospital wasn't going to keep me. He was a little upset that I told him to stay home, thinking it was a dumb move on my part but I felt ok for the most part. I was hardly in pain.. just uncomfortable cramping. And thankfully the hospital is like 15mins away. 

On my way out I remember walking out the front door and walking right past  this ginormous spider webbed from the pillar and hanging flower basket as I walked to the car.. I called Labor & Delivery again to let them know I decided to come in and get checked out and let them know I was on my way.. and I called my sis to tell her and she headed home from her bf's house to hopefully wake up my parents and head over to the hospital.

I parked in the regular parking lot at the hospital (not the spots reserved for Labor & Delivery) because well I thought who's going to move my car if I do stay? Not that it's much more of a walk but they're not all the front row, super close spots. I walked in and there was a gathering at the Security desk.. They all looked at me like I was lost and asked if I needed help.. Right away 1 guy just looked at me and asked Labor & Delivery? I said yes and they asked if someone else was coming... I remember saying, "oh no I drove myself" and immediately they all looked so confused and sad for me. A nice security guard said he'd escort me up so I followed him.

Once inside the elevator I felt like I had to explain the situation to him.. Like "ya i don't even know if I'm having real contractions and didn't want to wake my 2year old so I made my husband stay home".. he was sweet.. he was like "Oh ya I get it! we see that all the time"

I was having contractions as we walked down the hall and I even said to him.. "man I don't remember this hallway being so long!" It was seriously the longest walk ever! I think my contractions at this point were getting stronger.

I walked in and was greeted by the nurse that I had already been talking to a couple times. She was very nice but I can tell she wasn't really taking me very seriously and didn't think I was in labor. She still had me go check my urine and let me into a room to check it all out.. Once inside she was timing my contractions and even was a little surprised to see how close my contractions were. Sure enough they were about a minute and a half together so she went to grab a midwife to check me out. Midwife checked and I was 4cm dilated. It was 2:45am when I got admitted!

I immediately got put in my room where I had 2 of the best nurses! The one I really liked (I can't remember her name) was my age and I could just relate to, a lot. We had very similar personalities so she joked right along with me and just made me feel very comfortable since I was alone for a little bit. I remember telling Bob I wish I got her name.. I want to be friends with her! lol Sadly her shift ended later that morning and I never saw her again!

My sister eventually got a hold of my mom on her way home so Bob was on his way to drop off Kenz with my dad at the house and my mom was getting ready to head over.

I got this cute text from Bob as he was leaving. My poor dad.. this one was wide awake and ready to party at 3am! Bob said right when he turned on her light she propped right up with a smile ready to get up!

Soon the whole crew came about 3:30 and crashed on the couch. The nurses gave me something to relax me a little since my contractions were starting to get a little more stronger (still not too bad though).. Also they wanted to slow my contractions down. Since they were so close together and I was only dilated to 4.. About 4-4:30 I was to the point where I wanted the epidural.


At 9am the midwife and nurse came in and asked if I wanted to break my water. I was at a 7 and had already been for a little bit so they said it was up to me? They said, "do you want to have a baby right now?"
After breaking my water, the baby could either come super quick or take some time.. well it took about an hour which my midwife thought was pretty quick!

You can see these pics were all taken about 9:50am.. Pretty much right before I told my mom.. "I think I'm having pressure like I need to push"..The beauty of an epidural is I didn't feel pain. Just like I had to maybe go to the bathroom? So we called the nurse in and she checked me out.. Yep, time to call the midwife!

The midwife came in and started to prep and when she announced, "It's time to have a baby!" I just lost it.. I started crying and they were so sweet.. My midwife asked.. "It's not anything we did is it?"
I just shook my head and never really explained to anyone until after, but the thought that went through my head at that moment was that I wasn't ready for 'My babygirl McKenzie' to not be the baby anymore. But it was time. So I quickly pushed back the tears and got ready for our little girl!

2 weeks early and still a lovely 8lbs 3oz! Just imagine if you came at 40weeks!

We waited to weigh you until after your first feeding. You latched on like a champ and had no problems. Shortly after Grandpa came with McKenzie and I asked my mom and sister to leave so Bob can bring in Kenzie by herself. We just didn't want any distractions for her first time meeting Kylie but also so our little family can have a special moment. She immediately was interested in the baby but was also I think a little concerned why I was in the bed hooked up to everything.

We gave her the gift from the baby, a babydoll with bottles. Still to this day she loves it! And it definitely helped in the early days when I was feeding Kylie she had to feed her baby a bottle. Her name of course is Ana ( Frozen- her fave).

Some special notes:
In the labor room- My mom, sister Sammy, and Bob.
Really quick delivery, about 6 pushes, in 20 minutes!
Auntie Sammy cut the umbilical cord.
Visitors: Big sis McKenzie, My mom, my dad, my sister Sammy, Bob and my mother in law.

Happy BIRTHday babygirl!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Welcome Kylie Jayne

I'm pretty darn proud of myself.. I decided to try and just do a newborn shoot on my own.. I think I did pretty good!

Our little BIG girl at 2 weeks early (CAN YOU IMAGINE IF I WENT TO 40WEEKS?!). We are so in love and Kenzie loves being a BIG SISTER. <3

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Life lately❤ and a peek into our potty training status

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Woah I have a lot of catching up to do! Head's up longest post ever and lots and lots of pics!

Let's see...I have a 2 year old now! Craziness! I'm just shocked by how fast time really does go by. Like 1 minute she's my baby... And now I'm you know potty training her and changing itty bitty newborn diapers on our almost 2 week old!

Here's where we are right now...
*At the end of June, miss McKenzie Rose celebrated her 2nd birthday.

* And.. on that day she suddenly wanted to stop going to the bathroom in a diaper! It's been pretty fun celebrating when she goes number 2 in the toilet. I think since then, there's only been a few accidents in her diaper or pull up where we didn't get to the bathroom fast enough. And number one it's still kind of a hit and miss. Most the time she goes in her pullup but sometimes she tells me she has to pee and we run to the bathroom for her to go. In fact the last night she asked to get out of the tub to pee and then got back in! Now that, that I was excited about! I've had to abort the tub too many times because of accidents.. and I'm not talking about just pee!

Our potty training experience is kinda hard to document. It's not something that I've really been consistent about or pushy so it sorta just happened I guess when she was ready. All I can say is I introduced the "big girl potty" when she was about 18months and we'd play with the idea until boom. Right before she wanted to always go on the toilet she was constantly peeling her diaper off and running around the house so that also helped with the idea of transitioning to pull ups. I'm holding off on "big girl panties" and sticking with pull ups for now.. because well i'm LAZY and have too much other stuff to do then keep cleaning up puddles.

* We took our last little family vacation as a fam of 3. It was perfect.
We woke up on Kenz's birthday.. had breakfast pancakes.

Then after Daddy's dr appt (which made a realize and go "aww.." that we were at the exact spot the same day 2 years ago) we packed up and left for Lake Tahoe.

After checking into the house and unloading we made a stop at a stream to play and check things out.

Then we went back to change in hopes of going all out and having her birthday dinner at the top of Harrah's casino at the buffet. We got there and it was a 45min wait.. we waited for about 15minutes and then decided at already 8 it would be too late when we would eventually get to sit and little 2 year old's and ahem HUSBANDS aren't so patient.

We ended up going to a new little restaurant in the new Hard Rock casino and after hit up the grocery store to get food for our week.

There Daddy's little Princess sweet talked him into a Frozen "boon" (balloon) and a little "Owaf" (Olaf) plush keychain (which goes everywhere with us).

We picked up a little cake and a candle and when we got home sang Happy Birthday to our sweet girl. It was actually so special to me. The perfect moment.

With getting ready to welcome #2 it had me trying to cherish all the little things with my first born.


We were in Tahoe for Father's Day too! Didn't do too much but some fishing and hiking but it was perfect!

*Once we got back it was party planning time! We had a little 2 year old's birthday party to get ready for. And we first started with her 1st haircut! Someone was not impressed. She actually kinda freaked in the beginning. She was supposed to sit in the little car chair but had to sit on my lap and only my lap. Would not sit with Daddy.

look at this mug..

*We took a bazillion pictures from her party but here's a quick recap. I honestly didn't do much at all! It felt great! Her 1st I had all these little Pinteresty craft projects. The only things that required some prep was the food and my sister and mom helped me out with all that! I think babygirl had a great birthday!

- Anyone else's Summer just flying right by?! I think cuz I was in the hurry up and have this baby it just went by super fast for us! Looking through all my pictures right now to recap has me in shock that it's already almost over!

*We got memberships to Six Flags/Zoo (and although we haven't gone back since.. really for $12/month with free parking you can't beat it!

*Lotsa playdates with friends and swimming at Grandma & Papa's!

*Celebrated my best friend getting married!

No pics with the bride just yet. Anxiously awaiting seeing the one we were able to get!

*Played Princesses!

*Took Bump pictures and went to lotsa appointments!

32 weeks

36 weeks

37 weeks (and last side pic I managed to take!) Little did we know she would come 2 weeks early!

Soo thanks for making it to the end!! I thought about checkin out of blogging for a minute.. and then decided... I still want to capture all this for one day when I want to reminisce! So coming soon will be all the latest on Baby Kylie! I tried to capture all June and July just now so fast forward to next month when I'm able to get back on the computer again (joking..maybe?) I want to document Kylie's birth story and other fun stuff just like I did with Kenz. No 2nd child stuff starting already here!