Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Twenty Questions for a Three Year Old

It's our second year asking Makayla these questions on her birthday. So Back on July 28 we broke out the pen and paper and fired at her with these challenging life questions....#rivetingjournalism

It's fun to see what has changed and what has stayed the same in the past year.

You can find last year's post here to compare.

My Take:
She isn't the best eater these days, except fruit and junk food. 
Girl LOVES her fruit.
Doesn't surprise me that she said "I don't know" for her dinner favorite,
 mostly because she hardly ever eats dinner well. 
If I had to answer for her I would say give the girl some cut up meat and fruit and she's usually happy. 

Her favorite shows/movies are currently Paw Patrol and Frozen,
 so she had a Paw Patrol birthday party and got a few of the toys which they finally started releasing

What little girl doesn't love "let it go"...heck, I'm still singing it 10 months later!

Apparently mommy gives chores (fun chores?) and daddy gets all the hugs.
Daddy's girl, I tell ya!

In the past year she has grown so much! Her vocabulary is awesome. This morning she had a tummy ache and when I asked her what was wrong she sighed and told me "I'm just so hopeless...my tummy hurts!" lol

She still has those darling curls. I don't ever want to cut her hair if it means we will loose them.

She's tall for her age. 
Combine that with her good speaking skills 
and most people have mistaken her for an almost 4 year old lately.

She's doing pretty good adjusting to having a new baby sister.
 We've been working on normal 3 year old stuff,
 tantrums...potty training regression...listening skills.
 Normal stuff.

 She's still my super sweet, thoughtful girl that is always willing to share her snack or give a kiss and hug.
The other day Roy's boss was at our house to meet the girls and I while in town and Makayla quietly put some of her day old popcorn next to his hand on the counter. 
So thoughtful of her!

As much as I don't want to label her- she's mostly my tomboy (loves cars, getting dirty and making messes) and is shaping up to resemble the 'middle child' by being the kid that quietly plays by herself usually. 

She goes with the flow, but she sure can stand out with that cute curly hair and that smile that just radiates joy. She's ALWAYS so joyful. I hope she never, ever loses that sparkle.

Love you, Makayla Ann!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our Newest Family Member

Well, looks as though it's been 5 months...time for another regular blog post!

I like to keep things frequent and timely.

I won't make excuses, I'll just share with you the cuteness that is my #1 excuse.

Exhibit A: 
Savannah Rose
Born July 1 @ 9:45pm

She arrived at 39 weeks 2 days gestation, my longest pregnancy! (by one day...but still!) She was also my smallest baby, and quite possibly my longest labor. 

Kinsey's was roughly 24 hours, Makayla's was 8, and Savannah started giving me the pains about 36 hours before she was born.

We actually headed to triage the evening before she was born, I had been contracting all day and since I was Strep B positive again I wanted to arrive early enough to get both rounds of antibiotics. Makayla's labor had been so quick that I didn't receive both rounds, and she ended up with a high WBC count and a 3 day NICU stay for treatment. I wanted to avoid that at all costs this time around!

So we jumped the gun, I was barely dilated and not progressing so they sent me home to rest. 

Fun fact- the triage nurses and midwives all said that they see the most 'false labor' trips to triage with third babies. Who would have thought, right? 

I won't bore you with all the details of the next 24 hours, but they involved lots of walking, plenty of questioning whether my water had broken or not, a couple google searches on how to speed labor up and then an eventual mad dash to get the second round of antibiotics in so I could push!

About an hour before delivery, in between contractions I was still smiling!

Thank goodness for my midwife...who realized I was going to be ready to push soon and didn't leave my side. She looked the nurse in the eye and said "lets start those antibiotics early....it's okay to fudge the numbers a bit in this case" ha. I was screaming at them to push those meds full blast into me, I didn't care how much it might have burned...I was soooooo ready to push! 

Did I mention I had my third natural delivery?

Also good to note...my husband is an awesome labor coach. The best. I couldn't have had any of my babies naturally if it wasn't for his mad skills at keeping me focused and calm. 

Anyhow, about 2 minutes after the antibiotics were finished I made one big push and Savannah was born! 

About 10 minutes old
My first words were "She's SO TINY!" 

I was honestly worried about how small she was, I thought something was wrong until I realized that I just forgot how small newborns are! 

Proud daddy...again :)

So even though we got the antibiotics in, we still ended up staying in the hospital for 3 days post delivery. Savannah and I have a different blood type, making her more prone to jaundice, and she required 36 hours under the bili lights for good measure. It was hard to see her under there and only be allowed to only hold my sweet newborn once every 3 hours for 30 minutes. But it was much, much, much preferable to the NICU stay we had with Makayla. 
Big sisters meeting Savannah for the first time!
Our family finally came together again on July 4th, when we brought Savannah home to a house full of family and friends, a BBQ, and some awesome fireworks viewing from our backyard. 
First family of 5 picture!
Over the last 7 weeks we have been adjusting to our new normal. Having a newborn, a toddler and now a kindergartner (!!!) has left my head spinning most days, but I'm starting to feel a little more in control with each new day.

I'm just a sleep deprived mom zombie just trying to enjoy every moment of this chaotic and beautiful life with three awesomely crazy littles. 

Life is good. 

I'll try and post again soon...no promises, though.


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