Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Birth Story

What a fun adventure the last week has been! Friday, October 21 was much like the many days preceding it. I had inconsistent contractions throughout the day, which I had learned to disregard since nothing had ever come of them. I was 9 days overdue, and my induction date was set for October 24. I went to bed that night with the persistent, frustrating contractions that didn't amount to anything and fell asleep. I woke up around 1:00 am, however, with a fairly hard contraction. I tossed and turned for a while as painful contractions continued, but inconsistently. After 15 minutes or so, I got up and went out to the living room. I started timing my contractions, and they started to get harder, more consistent, and closer together. Around 2:00 am, my contractions were about 3 minutes apart and quite painful, so I decided it was time to wake Sam up.

I whispered in the darkness, "Sam? I think this is the real thing..." still trying to not put too much stock in what was going on since I had had so many false alarms. He was immediately up and sprang into action. The on-call doctor was called, we were told to come into the hospital, arrangements were made to drop Talmage off with friends (he was so excited to be able to watch Thomas the Train in the middle of the night), and we were off. We arrived at the hospital around 3:00 am.

Our wonderful nurse started going through the check-in routine, declaring that she could tell they were keeping me before doing any checks...I was thrilled to hear that! This was finally the real thing! We were about to meet our son! When she did check me, I was thrilled once again to hear that I was already dilated to 7 cm. Her shift ended at 7 am and she thought she would probably be able to meet our baby! The prospect of just a few hours of labor was so wonderful.
Shortly after arriving at the hospital
Sam was the best support system ever.
Things progressed fairly rapidly from there. We had a fantastic nurse who wanted to support us in all of our decisions along the way and gave us great advice. The on-call doctor arrived sometime around 6:30, and at 6:51 am we heard Wesley's first cries! What a thrilling moment!
He has huge hands with long fingers
And check out the length of those feet and toes! His 0-6 week size shoes are already too small for him!
At 8 lbs, 9 oz and 21 3/4 inches long, he bested Talmage by quite a ways. Talmage was 7 lbs, 7 oz and 20 1/2 inches long.
He was comforted immediately after birth by holding Sam's finger. He is always clutching something now, be it a necklace, the front of a shirt, his pacifier, etc. He finds so much comfort in clinging to something.
Doesn't this face sum up perfectly what it is like to be born???
Those eyedrops are miserable.

His eyes are currently dark, dark blue , but I'm pretty sure they'll turn brown. 
Little elf picture--gotta love those hospital hats!
 I learned a lot from my hospital experience with Talmage, and one thing I learned that helped immensely was to bring my own nightgown and to shower and change as soon as I possibly could. I felt so much more human! We were so excited for Talmage to come meet Wesley. Another friend brought him up to the hospital and even filmed the first few minutes of their introduction.
First family picture!
He immediately started giving him kisses.
He had the cutest reaction! He couldn't get enough of "Baby Wesey." 
He insisted on holding him pretty much the whole time he was there and kept trying to shove our hands away because he didn't want any help. 
Talmage thought it was hilarious when Wesley grabbed his nose! 

I love my 3 boys!
Then came the hugs...

The hospital brought a "sibling cake" for Talmage to celebrate.
He loved eating the frosting, anyway...
 It was really hard to tell Talmage good-bye and spend the night in the hospital. I have never been away from Talmage overnight before, and it was hard to have him absent in the midst of the euphoria of our new arrival. But we are so grateful for wonderful friends and ward members who took such good care of him so Sam could be with us.

Another example of his need to cling to things
Both Wesley and Talmage constantly had their hands by their faces, and both of them pulled on their eyes like this.
 On Sunday morning I convinced the hospital staff that we were ready to go home. They thought I was crazy for wanting to go home early but started making arrangements for us to go home that afternoon. Unfortunately, we had to wait for a doctor to do one last thing and he was held up all day until he could finally get to us. We didn't get home until 10:30 pm or so, but I was just elated that I didn't have to spend another night in a hospital bed. And it was wonderful to be home together as a family!
As I got him dressed to go home he put his hands up like this and it looked like he was a little mastermind, devising some sort of plot.
I love how tiny newborns look in carseats!
We love having Wesley in our home! We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father for affording us this remarkable experience and look forward to continuing on our journey through life as a family of 4.

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Few

A few pictures from 3 days old:

More pictures and details to come eventually...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wesley Scott Brady

Wesley Scott Brady
6:51 am
8 lbs, 9 oz
21 3/4 inches

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Baby News

So today I had my doctor's appointment to set up an induction date. I was surprised (and actually happy) to find out that he's not inducing me until Monday! Although we are incredibly anxious to meet this little one, I really wanted to let things happen on their own. So I am happy the doctor feels good about giving me a little more time. I thought for sure he would want to induce me tomorrow, but he wanted to give me the rest of the week.

Anyway, they did a non-stress test and it looks like the placenta is still functioning well so we're good to wait until Monday. He said that he doubts I will need to be induced but that he has learned to not be surprised by anything in pregnancy because it is so unpredictable. (After all, he was pretty sure I would deliver before my due date!) He also said (and I hope this is true) that if I end up needing to be induced, he feels like he would be able to just break my water and that should be sufficient to get things going.

So until Monday...come on baby! We're anxious to meet you!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Splish Splash

Sigh...we're still waiting for a new baby at our house! Yesterday was my original due date (it was moved up early in my pregnancy after an ultrasound showed me measuring a few days early) so I am wondering if perhaps that is what is causing the delay. Or maybe just genetics...late babies run in my family. In the meantime we have stayed busy with things such as:

-the Children's Museum
-the library
-multiple trips to Hobby Lobby
-walking around the mall
-garage sale shopping
-the park
-a 4 mile walk (yesterday)
-Sprinkles cupcakes
-ward service project
-and on...and on...and on. Pretty much anything that gets us out of the house is a good option.

We were weeding a garden area for a ward service project on Saturday and of course, given where we live, there were many, many bugs. Talmage was playing with a ladybug and declared that it was "Daddy's turn." So Sam held it for a minute and then Talmage took it back for "Mommy's turn." I held it for a minute before he grabbed it and declared, "Baby's turn!" and then set it on my stomach and let it crawl around there! It was so sweet and rather comical. I am so excited for Talmage to meet his little brother.

Here are a few pictures of him splashing in the bath after a haircut a week or two ago.

That happy face helps cheer up this miserable, overdue pregnant woman!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stamps and Stickers

Talmage has been a lucky boy and has gotten a couple of fun birthday packages in the mail! We're waiting to celebrate his birthday until my mom is here, after the baby is born, but in the meantime he has loved the presents he has gotten (thanks Kiersten and Grandma Sue!). Here are a few pictures of him playing with a stamp and sticker kit.

 He loved it...look at that intense concentration!

He wanted to put stickers on his cheeks.

He thought it was so funny!

He also wanted to stamp his face...that's where I drew the line (after taking a picture, of course). :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

40 Weeks

Yes, today is my due date and we're still waiting for our little guy to make his appearance. The doctor was surprised to see me this morning, but alas! Here we are. Friday night as I was going to bed I started to feel contractions pick up. For 4 hours I had contractions 4 minutes apart! Sam and I enjoyed a movie (17 Miracles) during the wee hours of the morning as we monitored my contractions. Around 2 am I called the on-call doctor to see if I should come in to the hospital. She told me I sounded too calm to be in labor and that I should just take a warm shower and go to bed. I had to laugh about that one. Next time I'll remember to hyperventilate while I'm calling! :)

After 4 hours, though, the contractions completely stopped and I haven't had anything consistent since. That was a pretty mean trick my body played on me! I have been waiting anxiously ever since even though I hadn't even hit my due date yet. At least we know we'll get to meet our second little boy within a week or so! I have another doctor's appointment scheduled for next Wednesday (hopefully we won't need it) to set up an induction date if I haven't had the baby by then. Until this little guy decides to make his appearance, I guess I'll just enjoy being able to give Talmage 100% of my attention.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Two Years Ago Today...

Two years ago today we were blessed with the amazing opportunity to experience parenthood! It was 4 days after my due date, and I woke up just before 6:00 am and discovered my water was leaking a little bit. Shortly thereafter, the contractions started up. We waited an hour or so as they grew stronger and more consistent. I called my mom to ask her some questions and then called the on-call doctor since it was a Sunday morning. We were told to come to the hospital, and around 9:30 am we were checked in and well on our way to meeting our firstborn!
Things couldn't have gone much more smoothly. Contractions grew stronger, I progressed well, and at 5:45 pm Talmage came into the world. We were immediately surprised with how tough he was. He came out with hardly a cry--more like a few grunts of general discomfort--and as they held him up for me to see that first glorious time, his eyes were already pried open, darting around to take in his new surroundings.
A team of specialists immediately whisked him away since there had been meconium in the amniotic fluid and they needed to check for complications. But after 5 or 10 minutes, they brought our beautiful, healthy baby back into the room and laid him in my arms--one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Our time in the hospital seems a little surreal as I think back on it. The nurses were constantly coming and going, continual shots and tests were being given, and through it all I marveled over and over at the fact that I was a mother! I honestly enjoyed giving birth to Talmage and I am incredibly anxious to be able to experience that miracle again. Happy birthday to our sweet little Talmage!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

One Sweet Moment in Time

P. S. I had my 39 week appointment today and the doctor says the baby should come any day now! He had me set up an appointment for next week "just in case," but doesn't think I'll need it...I guess we shall see!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


We got to celebrate Talmage's friend Jakob's 3rd birthday with him and his family at Chuck-e-Cheese a few weeks ago! It was such a fun outing. Thanks to the Hurst family!
Here he is, waiting for Daddy to get home so we can go!
The fire truck may have been the highlight...until I put a token in and it started to move. Then he just got terrified and started frantically hollering, "All done, all done!!!" I guess he wasn't expecting that to happen!
Playing games with Daddy
Loved the slide! Check out that smile!
Jakob loved shooting the water out.

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