Friday, October 31, 2008

Obama.

So... it's 2:30 in the morning and I can't sleep! I wonder why. Probably because I've been up at this time for the last 10 nights and now all of a sudden everyone is sleeping soundly but me. Bummer. I thought I'd write about something funny Claire did today. Funny and weird. Lane and I were just hanging out doing our own thing and Claire was down the hall, doing her own thing. And I hear her saying, "March, march, march." Which she says all the time and then she marches around the house. Only this time she came out of her room saying, "Obama, obama, obama!" As she said this over and over again she proceeded to march around the living room. I asked Lane, "Is she saying Obama?" And she absolutely was. It's just weird because we rarely talk politics in our house, let alone watch anything politics... so where did she learn this? I'm sure it has something to do with her uncle Adam, who yells random things or random names at her, or maybe she heard it on t.v. I just thought it was funny.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Biermann update.



Things are going good. I'm happy to say that so far Faye is super chill... which is exactly what we needed... seeing that Claire is absolutely wild. Faye is so relaxed. She cries when she needs to burp and if she's hungry of course, but that's it. When she's awake she just wants to look around. I think she's enjoying herself outside of my belly. She's such a blessing to us. Seriously. Claire is finally starting to like her. The first few days were awful. She didn't want anything to do with her. She would cry when I nursed her and say, "NO mommy, NO!" Sad. I'd ask her if she wanted to give her sister a kiss and she'd say "No." But the past few days she's been happy to have her around. She still doesn't act too interested but she calls her "baby sista", which is cute. And she also says her name now which she wouldn't before. At the hospital she was calling Faye "Ella" because that's what she names all of her babies. And she actually tells people her name is Faye... but she says it more like "Fie". I hope that they'll be great friends one day. That's the plan.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Faye's first time out.



Last night the fam and I went over to Amy's to have burritos for Noelle's birthday. I was sketched out on whether or not I should bring Faye out when she's only five days old... I'm still unsure... but I did it anyway. We had fun. We had an early night. Claire got to be wild with Parker and Ella for a few hours and Faye got to meet Owen for the first time! I can't wait to pull these pics out when they are in high school... So here's some pictures of Faye and Owens first date. Aren't they precious?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

She's pretty cool.



I just wanted to put up a few pictures of Faye. Our first full day at home has been wonderful. Claire freaked out yesterday but today she woke up and was so happy to have Faye here. Claire's been so sweet to her all day. As soon as she woke up from her nap she asked, "Where's baby?" And ran out to the living room to make sure she was still here. Things are looking up. I was extremely nervous about this situation but I think we'll be okay and that makes me feel so much better. And also Faye is doing wonderfully and enjoying the fact that our house is 85 degrees. She loves it and has been sprawled out all day, just sleeping away. She's so sweet and I can't believe she's ours. I feel so blessed to have two precious little girls. It's more amazing than I ever could have imagined.

Faye's birth story...

I thought I should write about Faye’s birth story. Especially before I forget all of the little details that are still fresh in my mind. I’m not exactly sure what happened for the last forty minutes but I’ll do the best I can...

I'll start by saying that I was 14 days overdue! That's right, 14! I knew she would be here soon. On Monday, October 20th, I went to the see my doctor. He said he thought she would arrive that night or the following morning. I was having really mild contractions anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour apart. But I felt different... kinda weird. I was uncomfortable and ready to not be pregnant. The contractions never really got closer together or if they did it was only for a short time and then I’d go for 45 minutes to an hour without having one. So I didn’t think this could be “real” labor. I went to bed with Claire at 9:00 pm thinking I should try and get some sleep if I was going to have a baby soon. The contractions I was having were mild enough to where I might be able to sleep pretty well. At 10:00 pm a big contraction woke me up. I tried just lying there... and then I had another one. I got up. They felt much less intense when I wasn’t laying down. I got out the exercise ball and it felt really good to be on knees and rest my arms on it. I had about 5 contractions in a row and had to breathe through them. I told Lane I thought we should go... even though I’d only really been “in labor” for less than 30 minutes. So we left. In the car, my contractions pretty much stopped. I had one that was really mild during that 30 minute drive. And I thought for sure when I got to the hospital they would send me home. We made it to the hospital by 11:00pm. My mom met us there and I told her how I was feeling. I just had to stop talking when I’d have a contraction, but as soon as it passed I felt normal. We got up to our room so I could be checked at. It was 11:30pm. I told the nurse how my day had gone and she guessed that I was probably 5 centimeters dilated. She checked me and I was 6 centimeters. I was shocked and I asked her if I got to stay. She thought that was really funny but I was serious because I still felt really good and my contractions were totally tolerable. I think around this time I texted Noelle. (I had asked her to be at the birth if she wanted to.) She got to the hospital pretty quick. When she got there I think she was surprised that I wasn’t acting crazy. We all just talked and laughed. It was relaxing and even fun. My contractions started to get a little harder at this point. I definitely had to concentrate while having them. And then in between my nurse told me to just relax instead of talking and hanging out. The nurse checked me again around 12:30am and said I was 8 centimeters. I was sooo surprised because I honestly still felt really good. And I told everyone, “This is the weirdest labor ever.” At this point Lane talked to Lealah, who I had asked to be my doula. She told Lane she was on her way and she got there quickly. When she got there I was still feeling ok. I knew things were going to get pretty intense soon. I started to get shaky. So my contractions got harder and stronger from this point on. Lealah talked me through each one and told me when they were almost over. It was the biggest help. She coached me through my breathing and that really helped me to relax. At 1:00am the nurse checked me again and I was 9 centimeters. She got everything set up for the baby. From this point on, things are kind of a blur. All I really remember is that my contractions were so intense that they were taking over my body. I was breathing through them but the pain was insane. Lealah told me to make low moaning sounds and that really helped. I never imagined I’d be one of those women that made any noises or moaned...haha...but I’m glad I did because it made my contractions more tolerable. At some point the nurse told me I was fully dilated but that the baby’s head was still high. I didn’t have an urge to push and I was freaking out, because I wanted it to be over. I had been in hard labor for about a total of 30 minutes at this point and I didn’t think I could go much longer. I don’t know what happened, but it felt good for me to hold my leg up during my contractions...I think Lealah was holding my leg up actually... I don’t know. But the urge to push came so quickly that it caught me off guard. It wasn’t like that with Claire so I was expecting something different. So here I was with my leg up and suddenly pushing with all my might. My water broke in a giant explosion all over Lealah! Sorry Lealah! She didn’t even flinch. After this my contractions were on top of eachother. I was pushing with every one. I think I pushed through 3 contractions total by the time Faye was born. Pushing was so intense this time around. I remember I had loved this part with Claire... not so much this time. It hurt! So I pushed for about 10 minutes, with my huge team of people cheering me on. I was so out of it but I just wanted to meet Faye and that’s what I was trying to focus on. In between pushes Lane whispered in my ear that he could see her head and after that I got wild and pushed with all my might. She made her way out and I fell in love. So that’s Faye’s story. She was perfect. She was 7 pounds 10 ounces. I’m so thankful to have her in our lives. I’m so thankful that I got to have the labor and delivery that I wanted. Lane, my mom, Noelle and Lealah made the experience amazing, instead of scary. I couldn’t have gone through that without each one of them. So, thanks you guys. Noelle I’m sorry you got faint. You did so good though. Haha.

That’s it. Welcome to the world Faye.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Forever pregnant.

This is going to be another blog about being pregnant STILL. So it'll be boring. Nothing has changed. I went in to see the Dr. this last Monday. He checked me and said NOTHING is going on in there. I have contractions all the time... apparently they aren't the real kind... because nothing happens. I've been walking, cleaning like a crazy person, chasing Claire... just staying busy and this little baby inside of me just doesn't want to come out. We're trying other things too... nothing seems to work. Seriously how am I still pregnant? Maybe I'm just super disappointed because I was positive that Faye would be early or at the very least on time. Almost two weeks overdue with both of my babies??? How could I be so unlucky? Guess what... I am. If anyone has any suggestions on how to get this baby out (besides drinking castor oil... I won't do it) then let me know. I think I've tried everything but that, but maybe not. People keep saying she'll come when she's ready, but I'm tired of hearing that.

Friday, October 10, 2008

A whole day of labor... and nothin...

So, I seriously thought I was going to have this baby today. My contractions earlier were between 4 and 8 minutes apart. There was never a time all day where I went more than 15 minutes without having a contraction. And they don't hurt too bad but they are extremely uncomfortable... you know where I have to stop and breathe. As the night is coming to an end... so are my contractions. They've spaced out. They're still coming but not as intense and much farther apart. I honestly think that this has something to do with the fact that I GOT THE FLU!!! Along with Taryn and Amy :( This sucks. I'm praying that my body will stop laboring so that I can get over this flu first and then have the energy to labor and deliver this precious little girl. And I'm also praying that Lane and Claire don't get this flu right before Faye comes... it sucks. I'm achy and soo tired and I feel barfy and poopy. So if you read this... say a prayer. We need it!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

40 weeks and counting!!!




























So I'm officially one day overdue. OF COURSE this would happen. My mom keeps reminding me that she'll come when she's good and ready... which I guess isn't now. I'm kinda bummed, but friends keep telling me to enjoy my sleep... which I have been. I'm just kind of over being pregnant, feeling huge, trying to maneuver my body in weird ways to get around things, being tired because I'm 30 pounds over my normal weight and so much more... The end is the hard part. I'm anxious to see what she's going to look like. I want to meet her so bad.

On another note, Claire and I went to hang out with Taryn and Owen today. He is sooo freaking precious. He is so perfect and tiny and I love him. Claire, Ella and Parker had a blast. They played really good together. Amy and Noelle brought lunch. It was just good to hang out with friends and babies, it always is. Here are some pictures from today.






Isn't he perfect?!?