Saturday, October 27, 2012

kaiden's shopping trip

I'm mostly writing this post for grandma and grandpa Manson.  They live so far away, they don't typically get to see what happens with their grandkids from day to day.  They recently sent Kaiden and Jada a Halloween card to wish them a happy Halloween and also tucked a ten dollar bill in each of the cards.  Typically when Kaiden gets any money (for his birthday or Halloween or whatever) he is excited to run and put it in his little piggy bank.  This time however, we thought maybe we could take him to Walmart to actually spend his gift money and help teach him a little about what ten dollars can get ya.

So Friday evening we made our trip to Walmart and told Kaiden he could spend his money on whatever he wanted (within reason).  We walked around Walmart for quite a while until finally deciding on some small, little treasures.

He put all his little treasures on the counter himself and handed the cashier his money and waited for his change.  He walked out of that store carrying his little Walmart bag like he was the coolest, grown-up kid around.

Kaiden with his bag full of goodies

Kaiden with his pile of goodies: hot wheels cars, a harmonica, water color paint and some gum

playing his new harmonica
Thanks grandma and grandpa!  Love, Kaiden.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

jada | one month

Jada is a month old today.  This month has been full of adjustments as Dan and I get used to taking care of an infant again and she gets used to life outside of the womb.  She is healthy and growing and is packing on the pounds.  She certainly enjoys eating and spends the rest of her time sleeping or protecting herself from big brother trying to drive his toy cars on her head.

She is doing well at holding her head up for short amounts of time and she has also started cooing and making sweet little noises.  She will flash a smile when she's really relaxed but does not yet focus on anything specific to smile at.  She is good at making all kinds of different facial expressions and I love just sitting and watching her expressions change by the second.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

jada's birth story

I’ll just begin by saying Kaiden was 2 ½ weeks early so with this pregnancy I hoped (and somewhat expected) that this one would be early too.  I know that was a dangerous mind-set to have because at 37 weeks I already felt like I was overdue.  So when week 39 rolled around I was in tough shape.  I was so very uncomfortable and I just wanted to have a baby!

So, on Sunday afternoon I was going to do everything in my power to get the show on the road.  I spent the afternoon going on walks and bouncing on the exercise ball.  By evening I was having what I thought could maybe be contractions, but they were so sporadic and felt so different than they did with Kaiden, that I didn’t want to get my hopes up.  

Later that night we headed to bed but never went to sleep.  I started having pretty intense contractions but they were about 15 minutes apart.  Not close enough to go to the hospital yet.  Well, that’s what they say anyway.  I was advised to wait until they were 5 minutes apart until I headed to the hospital, but these contractions were so intense, I just felt I needed to get to the hospital.

Around midnight Sunday night we headed to the hospital.  By the time they got me checked in and hooked up to the monitor, my contractions were 5 minutes apart.  So glad I trusted my instinct and didn’t wait it out any longer at home.  By this time my contractions were very strong and I was having a lot of back labor.  I was ready for an epidural.  

I’m not sure what time it was... maybe about 2 am when the nurses called the anesthesiologist to wake him up and have him travel 20 miles to give me an epidural.  Did I feel guilty about waking him up at 2 am and have him drive 20 miles to relieve my pain?  No.  Not at all.  I was so happy to finally have relief!  

After I got an epidural I was able to relax.  Dan and I rested as much as we could with the nurses coming in and out.  The epidural was stronger on one side of my body than the other.  So one leg I could move but the other was completely numb.  It was the strangest feeling.
Sometime around 6 am I started feeling intense pain in my lower back, through the epidural.  I pushed the button a couple times to pump some more pain medication through me, but it wasn’t cutting it.  I need to have this baby!  

Around 7 am my midwife came in and checked me.  I was almost ready.  They just wanted a little more time for the baby to naturally move through the birth canal.  I’m not sure what time it was when the midwife said I could start pushing but it seemed to go so fast.  I pushed through three contractions and was able to meet my sweet baby girl.

It brought tears to my eyes to see that sweet girl after so long of wanting to meet her.  She was finally here.  Safe and sound in my arms.  My first thought when I saw her for the first time was that she looks just like Kaiden when he was a newborn.

Jada Lynn was born September 17 at 8:54 am.  One day before my due date.  She was 8 lb. 9 oz. and 22.5 in.