Introducing Miss Laura Catherine

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We’re home! Please meet our sweet little girl, Laura Catherine. Everything went well with the c-section and she was born at 8:36 a.m. on June 3rd. Now I can say that all of my children were born on a Wednesday — how’s that for a strange coincidence? Everyone fully expected another big baby; after all, Jake was 9 lbs. 6 oz. and Noah was 8 lbs. 8 oz. But we all were proven wrong. Little miss is a very petite girl, weighing only 6 lbs. 3 oz. (the same numbers as her birthdate!) and measuring 19 inches long. She is tiny, tiny, tiny and absolutely charmed all of the nurses at the hospital 🙂

There were no problems with either her or me, so we were able to be discharged early, which was wonderful! I have nothing but positive things to say about my stay at the birth center, but it’s so much more relaxing at home. Overall, I feel really good. I do have some “burning” muscle pain on my right side, low in the pelvic area, but according to the nurses that is probably not from the c-section, but from another relatively minor procedure I elected to have. Aside from that, my recovery has gone very smoothly. All of my tummy functions were right back on track and my pain has been manageable so they could see no real reason to keep me there.

It’ll be much easier for me at night now, since Drew has had to be home with Jake the last couple nights. The nurses were wonderful, though, and both last night and the night before took Laura for a few hours after I fed her, which allowed me to get some much-needed rest. Last night she was feeding constantly and I was just exhausted. But the upside is that my milk has come in and she is nursing great! Hopefully that will continue.

Although I was a little disappointed I did not get the awesome birth center mug full of goodies (like coffee and biscotti) like last time, I have to admit that the swaddle wrap that was in the free tote bag is a pretty great giveaway. She loves being all “burrito’ed up” as we call it, so I can’t wait to try it out tonight. And of course, I made sure to take the rest of the bag of disposable diapers home, too. 🙂

And I just have to say how lucky I am to have such an amazing husband. The construction upstairs isn’t quite done (although sheetrock is up and it’s very near complete — and no I did not climb up all those stairs to look; I saw photos on Drew’s camera, LOL), but he really went out of his way to get things as clean as he could for me, as well as waiting on me hand and foot since we got home.

Tomorrow we’ve invited family members to visit, and I know everyone is looking forward to either meeting Laura for the first time, or seeing her again. I’m so excited to show her off!

Tomorrow is the Day!

39 weeks and 3 days

I cannot believe that this is my last afternoon as a pregnant lady! I am scheduled to arrive at the birth center tomorrow at 6 a.m. and my c-section is scheduled for 8 a.m., bright and early! I’m so glad that I am the first one. The no-drinking-water after midnight is going to be hard for me, so the earlier I have the surgery, that much faster I can have something to drink, LOL 🙂 This morning I went for my pre-surgical testing, which was no big deal. Basically I filled out a bunch of forms, was told not to eat or drink after midnight, had two vials of blood drawn and peed in a cup. I’m so excited, yet nervous at the same time. Although I’ve had two c-sections before, both of those were after several hours of hard labord. It’s going to be so weird walking in there tomorrow, feeling absolutely fine.

I have no idea if laptops are allowed at the birth center, so I might be offline until the weekend (although a girlfriend who recently gave birth at a different hospital was able to have her laptop with her, so maybe I’ll get lucky — but I’m not really going to count on that). In the meantime, I will have Drew update my Facebook status for me, since most of you are on there anyway.

The next time I blog, I will be a mom of three! Wish me luck!

Sometimes It’s Nice…

It’s a well-documented fact that I am, for the most part, a morning person. I was up extra early this morning (one of the perils of falling asleep around 8:30, I suppose) and I’m really enjoying the dim light, the quiet sound of rain outside, and my cup of tea without the noise of the TV or anyone calling for me. 🙂

Things are good. Life is good. Time is just rolling along, as I expected it would. The last couple weeks have been busy, busy and here we are, less than a week away from baby girl’s arrival! I figured I’d make this a random sort of entry, hitting on all the things going on. I hope I don’t miss anything!

Shed Dormer Construction
The dormer/upstairs reno is moving along nicely and on schedule! There are updated photos here. Everything is framed in, and yesterday was the framing inspection which was fine. Today I believe the electrician is coming to work on some things and insulation will be put in. If my timeline is correct, Monday will be the insulation inspection and then they will sheetrock everything and finish up. The only inspection left will be for Certificate of Occupancy! We’ve chosen the stain color for the house (similar to our old stain, but a bit more brown) and we have a general idea of carpet colors (a shade of grey for the kids’ rooms and the hallway, and blue for our bedroom). As for paint colors… we’re going with a shade of brown for our room, a very (very) light purple for the baby’s room, and once we get paint chips we’ll work with the boys to help them decide. I’m just so thrilled with this project. The upstairs already looks a million times better! Yes, it’s a lot of money, but in our opinion it’s well worth it. Let’s face it: with three little kids there’s no way we’re going to be jetting off to Europe or looking into Caribbean cruises anytime in the near future. As a “homebody” I would so much rather make our house extra comfy and cozy! This was without a doubt the right thing for us.

Pregnancy
Tomorrow I hit the 39 week mark! Yesterday was my last scheduled OB appointment, and I was in and out as usual. I’ve gained 23 lbs. with this pregnancy, which I know is just fine, but… let’s just hope it all comes off quick! I’ve been so lucky that my only real “problem” has been some back pain of late. My C-section is scheduled for next Wednesday. My OB believes that there are only two C-sections that day, so I’ll need to head to the hospital for either 6 or 7 a.m. and they’ll operate at either 8 or 9 a.m., depending on who is first. My parents are coming down on Tuesday night to get the boys ready in the morning and get Jake on the bus and then take Noah to the hospital after the baby is born. Then he’s going on a “vacation” at their house until Saturday. (Thank you, once again!) Drew’s mom and aunt will be coming up in the afternoon to get Jake off the bus and take him to meet his little sister! One or both of them is also going to be available in case I need Drew to spend the night at the hospital. That one we’ll play by ear. Everything is lined up, and I’m really not concerned about going into labor early. She still feels pretty high up and I’ve been taking it easy the last few days.

Crafting
I’ve not done much in the way of crafting lately. My attention span is so short, and my stuff is boxed up for the most part. I did cast on for the Sarena shrug, which I’ll bring as my  “hospital knitting” since it’s easy and mindless. I’ve also been whipping up little crochet flowers to use up scraps of dishcloth yarn. So easy and cute, see?

crochet tawashi flowers

I’m looking forward to getting back to sewing once our house is back in order! But for now, all those projects have been set aside. It won’t be much longer, though.

Family
The boys are great! Noah cracks me up on a daily basis. He’s really into Hot Wheels Trick Tracks at the moment. He sets up the loop and the curve and various dino launchers and sees which cars work best. Totally cute. He’s also obsessed with the ABC Song, which I find funny since he refused to count or say his alphabet until very recently. He knew it, but he wouldn’t perform. My independant little guy 🙂

Jake is good, too. School ends here at the end of June, but they are already winding things down a bit, probably because the kids’ are getting antsy. His class is doing a little play, “The Carrot Seed” in a couple weeks, and there’s Field Day and lots of other stuff. He’s still majorly into arts and crafts as well as writing stories and making books. The other day he decided to make a list of all the different fish he could think of:

Jake's list of fish

Well, I finally hear the boys stirring, and this is certainly long enough! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Flea Market Find

This afternoon we decided to head over to the giant flea market over at the fairgrounds. They have two of these flea markets a year — one in the spring and one in the fall. This is the type of flea market that sells pretty much everything, not just antiques. If you’re looking for socks or knock-off purses, you’ll find it. If you’re looking for Tastefully Simple stuff or something that claims to be the best fat burner you’ll find it. If you’re looking for Pyrex or old furniture, you’ll find it. Of course, something like this is hit or miss and I was a little disappointed today. I found a few items I really liked, but the prices were (in my opnion) too high.

I did give Jake 50 cents to buy a choose-your-own adventure Goosebumps book and I lucked out at one booth and found this sweet baby dress for $3:

flea market dress - front

flea market dress - back

I love the eyelet!
flea market dress

But I think the embroidered flowers are what really make it special.
flea market dress

There’s one small stain on the back, but I am pretty sure I can get it out. The woman at this booth had beautiful stuff and it was presented well (which always makes a difference to me). The tag on it says it’s from a three piece denim set, but honestly it’s just so much prettier on its own! I actually haven’t bought much in the way of girl’s clothing (I’ve had no need to because I already have so much that has been gifted), so it’s fun to find something that I really love enough to purchase!

Keeping It Real

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This, generally, is what my house looks like at the moment. The photo is of our dining room, but our living room is also full of stuff and the upstairs? Well, the front dormers are crammed with boxes and totes. Luckily our house is a decent distance off the road, otherwise passers-by would likely think we’re one of those crazy families that save and stash every little thing. At least the kitchen and den are in reasonable shape, so not every inch of space has been turned into what I am called “controlled clutter.” I’m trying to see it as a blessing in that I have quite a few less rooms to clean during my final weeks of pregnancy! Still, I can feel myself tense up at the thought of things not being in their place. Must. Get. Over. It. It’s going to be this way for a good month!

Monday the contractors started powerwashing our house. Powerwashing and restaining were on our “to do” list for this year regardless of the addition, but this way at least the wood will be somewhat close, even though the new wood will likely have a different look. Our siding is mahogany (which apparantly was at a good price when this house was built and that’s why quite a few new homes in our area have it), and the stain is just a clear coat, so naturally the older wood will be a little more weathered. But as for the powerwashing — what a huge difference it has made! I took a photo of the side of the house after they stopped on Monday. It’s clear what areas have been cleaned:

Getting the house powerwashed

Demolition is starting today as well — yikes! They’re cutting a hole in the back of the house so they can pass materials through, and then (if I remember correctly) they’re putting up the wall that will divide Jake’s room from what will be Noah’s room. I’m a little nervous about giant holes in the house, LOL! Let’s just hope for no huge downpours over the next couple weeks. I have a public Flickr photo set for all of the construction-related photos for anyone who is interested. I assure you that I will be taking zillions of photos of this project!

In other news, I have come to grips with the fact that I’m just not going to finish everything on my baby “to-do” list and I’m not going to get my freezer as stocked as I had wanted. And really that’s fine. Drew’s going to be home and is always such a great help to me. Plus, his aunt (who is retired) has offered to help out as well. We’ll be in good shape! Today I think I will finish packing my hospital bag. I am bringing my own comfy PJs this time (something I didn’t do either of the last two times). I remember after the first day I felt really slummy in the hospital gown. I’ve also got two possible coming home outfits picked — one in case the weather is cool and one in case it’s hot. In this area, you never know what early June will be like! I also have the requisite books, small knitting projects, and stuff to keep me occupied while I’m bored out of my mind, LOL! I have to get together my make-up, skin care products, and various toiletries. At least the hospital is close to home (all of 10 or 15 minutes away), so if I need something, someone can easily bring it to me.

Time is just flying by!!!