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The birth story of Miss Piper Joy

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Well, it’s been a long time. There’s actually good reasons for that, which I’ll delve into with my next post. But for now, the birth story of my sweet little Piper Joy!

My due date was December 28, and my last day of work was December 14. I really, really wanted Piper to wait until January to be born so that I could spend some time with Sam and enjoy Christmas, but at 38 weeks I was progressed enough that I didn’t think I was going to get my wish. Every night I went to bed thinking, “Well, I guess I might have her tonight.” But days and nights and my due date went by, and no baby! I was fine with this–I was pretty comfortable, enjoying Sam, spending fun times with my mom…and savoring my last moments of sleep!!

It’s weird though, when you are overdue to have a baby,you somehow become convinced that the baby is never coming. Even though I wasn’t rushing her, I settled into a routine and fully expected that I’d go to 42 weeks. So when I went to bed on Sunday night, I fully expected a normal night. I went to bed at 9 and woke up at 945 to use the bathroom–not unusual. I got back in bed and at 10 had a contraction–also not unusual. But then I had contractions at 1005, 1010,and 1015. Geoff was downstairs playing video games, and I decided to stay up and time them, but didn’t tell him yet because they were very short and not painful. I chatted with my sister in law and a friend on Facebook, and when I was still contracting 5 minutes apart at 1030, I texted Geoff to let him know but told him to stay downstairs because I still didn’t know if it was real labor. At 1045 I was still just hanging out in bed when I heard a pop! And felt my water break. Then I knew-we were really having a baby!

I called my midwife but told her I wanted to spend as much time as I could at home before we went to the birth center. She already thought my labor was going to go quickly, so she told me to gather my things and start getting calories and fluid in my system and call back as soon as I wanted to leave. Geoff headed to 7-11 to pick up some drinks while I finished packing my bag (which I hadn’t packed because I was so sure she wasn’t coming!!) he was gone less than 10 minutes, and by the time he got back, my contractions were less than 3 minutes apart and I was ready to leave!

On the way there, we were still making light conversation between my contractions and I had no idea how close we were to meeting Piper! I remember telling Geoff how I just hoped I was more than 3 when we got there. Well, around midnight we arrived and I had my first check–6 cm! I was happy but still expecting to labor for awhile. I requested to get in the tub, so Joanne (my midwife) got it all set up and at 1230 I got in.

She had already realized how fast things were going and went to prepare for the delivery. I was with my mom and Geoff and she told me to send someone out if I felt pressure to push. I fully expected that to be another few hours, so I had Geoff turn on a Pandora station (which I could not for the life of me tell you what I picked.) About 15 minutes later, I was very confused when I felt like I really needed to PUSH! And more confused, and a little panicky when I had no choice 5 minutes later and I WAS pushing! I began to get super anxious and felt like there was NO way I could possibly push her out. Looking back, it was just transition, but then I was convinced I really was incapable of doing it.

Right then, Joanne came back and calmly assured me I’d be ok. She checked me, called me complete, and it was game time! Since I pushed for over 90 minutes with sam, I was surprised again at how quickly things were moving–definitely upped the intensity! Pushing was difficult but I was focused and pushing in the tub was much easier than in the bed. After a few pushes, her head was down and next thing I knew, she was out! 3 hours since my first contraction and I was holding my baby! After everything with Sam, I was shocked and thankful to have a delivery go exactly how I’d hoped 🙂

The One With All the Updates

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So. I was totally going to be a more regular blogger. I had a really great excuse, but I totally can’t remember now. When I think of it, I’ll make sure I let you know. Until then, here’s the updates in our lives:

Me: Feeling really good. I’m just about 20 weeks now–can’t believe we’re almost halfway to meeting this little one! The time is flying by and sometimes a little too fast…I don’t know I’m quite prepared for two kiddos. But I’m quite sure no one is ever ready 🙂 Work is good, though challenging at times. Love, love, love my coworkers. Sometimes the management side of my job a little stressful, but I keep plugging through. I’m so blessed and thankful to have amazing hours that allow me maximum time with my Sammy even though I’m working 40 hrs a week. I’m almost never home past 3p, and we get to have lots of fun.

Geoff: He’s in the midst of a job search right now, and it’s been a bit of a challenge. He’s spent lots of time submitting resumes, phone interviews, in person interviews, etc. So far not a lot of doors have been opened, but we’re prayerfully considering our next steps. He also had a little trip to the ER last night after an accident at work with the deli meat slicer–turns out they slice meat AND fingers. 6 stitches, a few hours at the hospital, lots of blood, and a grossed-out wife made for an exciting evening. Luckily he’s totally fine and though his finger is definitely still sore, we’re glad it wasn’t worse!!

House: Our moms have been AMAZING and helping us get our house in order. Those who know either of us know that we’re not the most organized or neat people. We’re messy, we don’t really have “places” where things go, we never do our laundry all the way (ie, do a load, throw it on the bedroom floor….), we don’t have a dishwasher and let everything get piled up…well, our moms have decided to help. They have so far organized Sam’s room and all his outgrown clothes, helped us develop a laundry system and are helping us learn to care for our home better. We also got our homebuyer tax credit–FINALLY!!! Took about 4 months longer than our regular refund, but now we can pay off some bills 🙂 We mostly don’t have anything to do in the house to get ready for the baby, because the kiddos are going to share a room, and obviously we still have all our baby things. Just scouting out double strollers, and once I pick one we are good to go!!

Sam: Little guy is doing wonderfully! He is 8 months old tomorrow and is just so sweet. He’s a gentle baby, sometimes a little high maintenance but mostly a happy little fellow. He’s finally discovered the joy in sitting up and playing with all his toys–my mom has filled our living room with toys that he LOVES!!! He started on food this evening, and he HATED it. We’ll keep trying and hopefully he’ll decide he loves it 🙂

Baby #2: We found out last week we’re expecting a little baby GIRL! Her name is Piper Joy (we’ll also call her PJ.) It took me a few days, not gonna lie, but now I am super excited about having a girl. Still looking at a due date officially of December 28, but it could get pushed to the 30th which is great with me. The longer she grows, the better! She is totally healthy and we had a great time getting to know her on the ultrasound screen. She’s a much different baby than Sam–that boy literally moved 24-7. No joke. Piper does a lot more floating around in there, with quiet movements that let me know she’s in there often enough that I don’t worry, but not often enough to be predictable. We could watch Sam move my belly from week 17 on…with Piper, Geoff hasn’t even gotten to feel yet because her hard kicks are SO infrequent. I am thinking my dreams of a laid back baby might be coming true 🙂

Other than that, not much to report. Life is good. Always a little uncertainty, but keeps life interesting, and keeps us looking up.

The One with(out) the Air

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So, my favorite way to sleep is right on my stomach. After I had Sam, I happily reverted back to my tummy-sleeping ways, and the day I got a positive pregnancy test, I began whining to Geoff about how I couldn’t sleep on my stomach. Thankfully, this pregnancy has been AMAZING compared to my one with Sam. Horrible morning sickness, but totally cleared up by 11 weeks and no complaints since then. Except for, you know, the sleep thing. And really, the extra squish in the tummy region that Sam left behind when he made his exit has really helped out. Until last week, I’ve been fine on my stomach. Then it got uncomfortable, so I said farewell until January. Then, Saturday night I woke up and said to Geoff “It’s HOT in here!” We looked at the thermostat and the air was most definitely not working. We’re at Wednesday now, and it’s still not. The combination of side sleeping and super hot rooms have made me a wee bit grumpy. But I’m very excited because it should be getting fixed today! Poor little Sammy has been a miserable ball of sweat (poor kid sweats like his dad) and has actually spent the past 2 nights with his grandma’s bc he was so miserable. It made both Geoff and I realize we would have done terribly living in the age of no air condition. I’m happily spoiled by the wonderful gift of cold air blowing through my vents. And I can’t wait to have it back!
In other news, Sam is sitting up now! He’s been able to for awhile, but he hasn’t been very interested in doing it at all and finally he likes it. He’s also figured out how to crawl, though he isn’t interested in doing it often. And if I try to get him, he splats both legs and arms out and cries even though he is perfectly capable. It’s both adorable and shows what a weirdo he is 😀

The One With All the Food

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Whenever I think back on the blizzards we had in February, I will always think of one thing: food. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that the thought of being cooped up in the house for a few days made me want to stock up on at least a months worth of food–you know, just in case. So it only makes sense that when I knew I was going to be home for a week, we had to stock up on food! This week was a fabulous chance for Geoff and I to cook together, one of our favorite activities. We made grilled pizzas, fish tacos, steaks on the grill–and as our grand finale, pulled pork bbq with homemade Jack Daniels bbq sauce and a huge lemon raspberry cheesecake for dessert. It was amazing!! And now it’s a month of some seriously healthy eating–Geoff has some pounds to lose, and I have some pounds to gain, but I’d like to do it by eating the things that are best for this little baby! So far, luckily, this baby likes a lot more healthy stuff than Sam did. With him, all I craved was horrible stuff and I couldn’t keep down veggies for nearly the entire pregnancy. This time, I love fruits and veggies and a lot of healthy foods! Avocados are my most favorite now–not the lowest in calories, but it sure is the tastiest! I eat them by themselves with lime juice and salt…best food ever. My baby is going to come out half human and half guacamole by the amount of them I eat!!

Vacation was completely fabulous. We had playdates, we hung out at home, it was relaxing and perfect. I accomplished about, oh, ONE of my household tasks, but I was ok with that. We got caught up on laundry and we got the bedroom cleaned up, which is progress. We have a renter living in a bedroom upstairs now, so it’s been good motivation for us to be neater! Sam gets closer and closer to crawling every day which I know will make us be even cleaner!!! Our coffee table is in a prime location for little hands to pull things off–I’m guessing that it won’t take long for us to be better at cleaning up after ourselves.

4th of July was great–I love celebrating Sam’s first holidays! He is finally getting to the age where he actually has fun going out places and people watching, so we took him for a walk in downtown Annapolis in the afternoon. Crowded, but so fun! Sam had a great time in his stroller, and we had a great time with our iced coffee and watching some stuntmen down by the dock. Monday we took Sam to the 4th of July Parade with my mom and stepdad and Geoff’s mom and our friend Jenn with her adorable twins. Sam did NOT enjoy the noisy sirens, but he enjoyed being doted on by his two grandmothers and playing with all of us. I love starting traditions with our family that I look forward to continuing.

We’re debating starting Sam on some food in the next few weeks. He’ll be 7 months old this week, and we’re trying to wait as long as possible before we start solids. Our pediatrician encourages waiting and we are in no rush. Right now Sam seems pretty happy with not having food, but he’s starting to not sleep quite as long through the night, so we’re waiting to see if it’s just a time of sleep disturbance or if we should consider introducing food. We’ll see! I can’t believe how fast these months are beginning to go. And I also can’t believe I’m 15 weeks pregnant today!!! It’s going by SO fast! And I’m feeling great these days, which is amazing, because my last pregnancy I was sick for so much longer. I’m extremely thankful for some energy to invest into my little Sammy! And now it’s bedtime, but here’s some pictures from the 4th!