Darcy Grey! She was born August 15th at 8:52 a.m. She is 8 lbs 5 oz and 20 inches. I started labor at about 5:30 a.m. with 5 min apart contractions and then went to 2 mins within an hour. We got to the hospital at 7:00 a.m. and we hung out outside for a half an hour until my water broke in the grass (I wore a skirt and flip flops in case of a situation like this 😁). So then we decided to go in after that, which was around 7:30 a.m. When we got into the room they told me to get in bed, but I hated it and refused, so they lifted the bed up high so I could stand and lean on the bed. That was much better. At that point my contractions were getting super intense and i was questioning if I could do it. Suddenly I felt the urge to push and they told me to get on the bed. I crawled on but I could physically just not lie down, it felt wrong. So I stayed on all fours and they gave me a peanut shaped yoga ball to lean on. It was amazing. And I kept telling my husband to push really hard on my lower back which was really helpful as well. Then the doctor came in, I told everyone that I would NOT be moving from the hand and knees position, my doc was totally fine with it, and that is how I pushed her out! I was even able to control my breathing and listen to the doctor when he told me to push or not push. Because of this, I only tore a little bit… which is great because I am normally so desperate to get the baby out, that I just push with all my might and tear badly. So I was very proud of myself!! Natural childbirth is no joke, but so worth it when you go from the worst pain ever, to the baby being out and being the happiest mom ever. 😍
Week 20! March 25, 2016
Well, I’m 20 weeks pregnant already. Yup! It’s finally starting to fly by now that I am feeling better. I still have sick times, but for the most part, I’m feeling a lot better. Praise the Lord! We went to my 20 week/halfway point ultrasound today… and when I say “we” I mean the whole family, me, Shane and the kids. It was a lot of fun! And thank the Lord we found out that everything looks perfectly healthy. And nope, we didn’t find out the gender. Shane was considering finding out and me not, but we decided it would be too annoying to have conversations about the baby if he knew and I didn’t. So he didn’t find out. I just care WAY too much about not knowing, and he doesn’t really care either way, so we go with not finding out. I love my sweet laid back husband! 🙂 He also rubs lotion on my belly in the evenings when we get in bed, how sweet is that?!
Anyway, this baby moves A LOT. I feel like I felt this one move much earlier than the others (started feeling this one around 11 or 12 weeks), and now I am already feeling the baby move on the outside of my belly. Shane even felt it move once too! It’s subtle, but it’s there! Actually, it’s moving RIGHT NOW! 🙂 I’m so happy to be pregnant with another little life, and can’t believe that I get to be a mommy to 4 kids. Such a blessing!
On another note, I don’t know if I ever shared that a year ago, Elijah got diagnosed with a speech disorder. He was diagnosed with a phonological disorder, and he qualified for speech therapy services through Early Intervention. We were able to get the same speech therapist that worked with London when she was in EI, which was AMAZING because we LOVE her (and she loves us :)). Well, in 2 weeks he will be “aging out” of EI (you age out at 3 years old) and after that you go through the school system for more services if you need them. WELL, the good news is, he is being completely cleared and won’t need anymore speech! He still has a couple little articulation things, but I know how to work with him on those and his therapist said he is doing AMAZING (which I totally agree with). I am SO SO relieved and thankful to the Lord that he is going to be ok and won’t need anymore therapy. YAY!
London is coming along with her speech and occupational therapy. We also hired a reading specialist to work with her (because many kids with Childhood Apraxia of Speech have dyslexia and major reading problems)… and her reading specialist is actually moving away starting sometime in May, and I asked her if she thought I should hire someone else, and she said no! She said that London is doing very well, and she thinks that if at age 9 she is having trouble, then hire someone (9 is the age where it really “clicks” if it hasn’t already). It was kind of a relief to hear her say that, because we some kind of therapy or tutor 5 days a week.
McKenna is doing great too. She is our wild woman. 🙂 She’s fun, spunky, VERY loud (yeah yeah, don’t even THINK about saying “I wonder where she got that from!” I’ve heard it enough! ;-)), and super smart. Her room is messy OFTEN and it stresses her mother out. 🙂
Well, that’s the news for now!
Baby Bageant #4?!?! February 8, 2016
How is it possible that I am pregnant with my 4th baby?! I feel like I just found out I was pregnant with my first! I am 13 weeks pregnant with this new little one, and we are beyond overjoyed. I am due August 13th. I hope I have the baby August 12th… because London was born 2 days after her due date, McKenna was born the day after due date, and Elijah was born ON his due date. So I want this one to come the day BEFORE the due dute. 🙂 Anyway, the kids are SO excited too. They tell every. single. person. they meet that I am pregnant. And they tell people who they have already told 10 times that I am pregnant. 🙂 It’s very different this time being pregnant because I now have older kids who actually “get it.” I LOVE IT! Having them as excited as me is so much fun. Even Elijah already talks to the baby and tells them all about his trains. He is sure that the baby is going to love them as much as he does. 🙂 And London constantly tells me that I need to lie down and rest. And McKenna is always making me pull up my shirt to see the belly growing progress. This pregnancy, my belly seems to be getting bigger MUCH faster. Maybe I just don’t remember from my last couple, but good grief, I am already really showing and I look pregnant! Ahh!
I feel VERY similar to the way I did when I was pregnant with Elijah. I need to get CONSTANTLY to keep from throwing up, so I am already gaining weight (thankfully my weight evens out later on and overall I don’t gain too much), and I ALWAYS have a gnawing hunger pain in my stomach that makes me just feel awful. Over the last couple of weeks though, I have started feeling the hunger pains MAYBE starting to feel a little better. Praise the Lord. I am hoping that I feel a lot better within the next month. I usually feel mostly better by week 17 or 18. Feeling sick all the time is super hard when you have three other kids. Especially when you are homeschooling too! It’s very interesting that I am feeling similar to how I felt with Elijah, because I keep having “baby” dreams, and every time the baby is a girl. So who knows! We will obviously love whoever pops out of me! 🙂 Anyway, Shane has been awesome and comes home, jumps right in, lets me rest, and finds something for us to eat for dinner. We have have a few dear friends/family (you know who you are :)) bring us meals, and two of my closest friends in the area have been helping me by taking Elijah occasionally. It’s been amazing. Those who help me during my sickness in pregnancy will always have a special place in my heart. ❤ I have a friend who helped me when I was pregnant with Elijah (again, you know who you are :)), by coming once a week to our house, and watched McKenna (while London was at preschool) so that I could nap/rest. She would probably hate me getting emotional about it, but I seriously get a little teary eyed when I think about how thoughtful this was for her to do, and she definitely holds a special place in my heart. So thank you to my dear friends/family who help me while I’m sick and pregnant! You are very loved and appreciated by me! ❤
Yesterday we got home from a 7 day cruise to the Caribbean. We went on a Norwegian ship, and it was GREAT! (the last time I went on a Norwegian ship was when I was in highschool and my parents took me and my friend Bethany on a cruise! Bethany… if you read this, I thought of you for a lot of the cruise! 🙂 That was a fun time!) It is a very family friendly ship, which made for a wonderful trip with the kids. I was SUPER super nervous about leaving the house to go on a trip since I have been so sick, but God answered the many prayers that were going out for me, because even though I was nauseated quite often, I felt much better than I have in a long time. I think it was partly due to having a large array of food that I could choose from and could eat whenever I felt hungry, and I didn’t have to clean up, do any work, and could just rest a lot. I was really sad leaving because of this reason. It was crazy though, because I seriously feel like God directly answered our prayers for me to have a good trip and for me not to feel too terrible… because the second we pulled into the driveway when we got home, I got out of the car and barfed my guts up! Ha! I’m just so glad I didn’t barf on the plane or the ship. Pretty amazing!! A definite answer to prayer!
Well anyway, it’s good to be back and writing this blog again. I can’t believe I’m going to be a mother of FOUR!!! ❤ SO HAPPY and blessed! The Lord is so good to me.
Elijah Eliot! April 24, 2013
We had a boy! Elijah Eliot. He came promptly on his due date, April 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm weighing in at 8 lbs 9.5 oz 21 inches. A big boy for someone as small as me. No wonder I was in so much pain!! 🙂
I woke up on April 10th and I knew that I felt… different. I felt “different” all day, even though I wasn’t in labor or anything (no contractions or anything else), I somehow just knew that I was going to have him that day. At around 7 pm I started having off and on (probably just braxton hicks) contractions, but then they stopped after about 20 mins and we got the girls to bed at 8 pm. As soon as we put them down, I started having REAL contractions. At 8:15 pm I was standing in the kitchen talking to my mom, and all of a sudden my water broke. I was kind of annoyed because my contractions weren’t that bad yet, but I knew that meant it was time to go to the hospital. It was funny because London actually decided to come out of her room, and saw me standing there with no pants on, and water dripping out of me and she said “momma go pee pee.” ha! I was kind of embarrassed thinking that my 3 year old thought I was peeing on the floor. lol! I told her that I wasn’t peeing, that it meant that the baby was coming. After my water broke, the contractions definitely started getting more intense. By 8:25 we were headed for the hospital. It was funny because I had a towel wrapped around my legs like a big diaper or something. I was sort of embarrassed walking around like that, but my water just kept coming out! (I later found out that it was because my water hadn’t broken all the way, it had just torn and had a leak and that’s why I kept dripping all over the place. I was shocked to find that out because TONS was coming out. It definitely felt like the whole thing had broken) Anyway, by 8:45 we were in the hospital labor room and I had WONDERFUL nurses. My doctor came in and he said “I’m disappointed, I thought you would be having the baby by the time I walked in!” (he was joking because of how fast I had McKenna… he never made it into the room, the nurse delivered her). My main nurse Erin was so great, she never left my side and she asked if I wanted to use the bouncy ball (which I said yes to) and I sat on it while she helped me through each contraction. Having her there was so wonderful. Shane was doing a great job too. Super loving and helpful. She kept saying to me “let me know if you feel pressure, like the baby is going to come out.” She was a little nervous I think since she knew how fast I usually have my babies. So finally I told her that I was feeling a lot of pressure and I got onto the bed. It was interesting though, this labor wasn’t even CLOSE to being as painful as McKenna’s labor. With McKenna’s labor I thought I was going to die, but then the pushing wasn’t bad AT ALL. With Elijah, the labor was fairly easy, but then once I got to about 9-10 centimeters and he entered the birth canal, I thought I was going to faint from the pain. Pushing him out was HARD. Still only about 5 mins of pushing, but it was a very hard 5 mins. (oh and just to clarify, I did this all naturally with no med’s). I was sort of laying on my side pushing him out (our hospital is great and wants you to do whatever feels right for you), but it wasn’t really getting him out, so they suggested that I put my hands behind my knees and push really hard. Once I listened to them (it took some encouragement on their part… I kept saying “I can’t I can’t!!!!”) he started coming out right away. It was encouraging to hear Shane say “yes!! the baby is coming! You can do it! I see it’s head!” With one final push, Elijah came out and Shane announced “it’s a boy!!” and immediately Elijah started peeing ALL over me, the doctor and the nurses. 🙂 It was like he was announcing “yes! I really am a boy!” It was kind of funny. So it was about 2 hours and 15 mins from start to finish. It hurt like heck, but I’m glad I did it. Recovery from child birth is SO not fun or enjoyable, but I’m so thankful to the Lord for this precious new life and that he is healthy and that I got a beautiful baby boy out of the whole thing. 🙂
Week 39 April 4, 2013
So, 6 days until my due date! But I think the baby is coming before that. I went to the doctor today and I am 2 + centimeters, I’m 60% effaced and my cervix is soft. The doctor said that the baby is coming soon. AHH! And I just looked at my post from when I was pregnant with McKenna at this time, and 4 days before McKenna came I was 2 centimeters and 50% effaced. SOooo, it looks like this baby might come VERY soon. 🙂 I’m scared of the labor and delivery (as usual :)… it hurts SO DANG BAD!), but my whole body just hurts, so I’m just ready to get him/her OUT. So you’ll probably be hearing from me very soon with news of a new little Bageant! Woohoo!
Keep me in your prayers.
Opps!!! Week 37 March 22, 2013
Opps. 🙂 I just realized that I haven’t blogged in a REALLY long time. Ahh well, you’ll have to excuse me… I’m just a mother of 2 children 3 and under, and VERY pregnant. 😉
Things are going pretty good. We’ve unfortuantely had a lot of colds and sickness this winter, which have made things kind of difficult. I had a terrible cold for about 3 weeks, and it turned into a massive sinus infection. Thankfully that is gone and done with, and at the moment, we are all sickness free. WOOHOO!
I had been feeling really yucky all the time though (for a few months) and I didn’t really know why. I was ALWAYS tired, my heart pounded (especially when laying down), and I was getting faint/dizzy spells. On Monday my nurse called to “yell” at me because she can tell I haven’t been taking my iron pills since my iron levels have dropped several points since my last blood drawing. Opps. She caught me. So as of Monday, I started taking iron, and I am feeling SO SO SO much better. No more heart pounding, no more dizzy spells, I have way more energy… glad I am finally listening to her!
The baby is doing great. The heart rate is usually in the 150’s. I’ve gained about 22 lbs and I have 2 1/2 weeks left! I haven’t gained any weight in over a month now… it seems like I can’t stuff any food in anymore. I get full SO easily! Blehh! Anyway, my doctor is very pleased with how things are going, but he said I need to call him IMMEDIATELY if I have contractions since I go SO fast. Scary!
Well, that’s about it! I’m hoping this baby comes April 6th… so be on the lookout for any news! 🙂
Week 21 November 29, 2012
So two weeks ago we had the big 20 week ultra sound. It was great! The baby was sooo cute and moving around a ton for us. London kept saying “Baby move!” it was sweet. She loved it. McKenna looked and said baby, but I don’t think she really got it. 🙂 The baby looks completely healthy, thank the Lord!
Today I had my 21 week check up, and the heart rate was in the 150’s and everything looks good. I’m feeling MUCH better (I haven’t thrown up in almost 3 weeks now), but my veins are really bothering me. I am getting those super sexy and attractive compression hose, but I just found out that insurance JUST stopped covering them, even though I had a prescription and I’m in a great deal of pain. Uncool. And these compression hose are normally around $100 a pair! Oy. Anyway, McKenna got to come to the doc with me today, and of course she made friends with everyone. She’s hilarious. 🙂
In a little over a week Shane and I leave for our week long cruise to the Caribbean! I’m sooo excited. I’m gonna be sad to leave the girls though, but I know they will be in good hands with my parents. I’ve already started their big “schedule” document so that they know exactly what they need to do with the girls. 😉 Fun fun!
Here’s some pics of the baby and me around 20 weeks!