Friday, July 25, 2008

Quick Baby Update

Again, not much time, but I had to update you on the news!


Rose Hollin
born July 18th at 12:44 AM
weighing 7 lbs 14 oz
20.5 inches tall

Another girl! She is absolutely beautiful and it's unbelievable how much my heart has swelled with love for her.

I'll update soon with more photos, details, etc.

Right now we are just trying to adjust, relax and enjoy our newest family member!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Still here!

Just another quick update!

Baby still isn't here yet! He or she seems to be very happy in there! Me, on the other hand, haven't been too comfortable. I have never felt so uncomfortable in my other pregnancies. The baby is so low, giving me so much pressure that it hurts to walk. I feel like my leg keeps coming out its hard to explain this feeling! Greg asked me last night...."so what can we do to get this baby out?" as its been hard on him as well.

Anyway, my due date is tomorrow as well as my next appointment. I haven't been feeling well the past few days so I am hoping that means I have dilated more. Five or six, maybe?

I'll try and keep you posted. My parents are here visiting and so my computer time is limited (they are staying in my computer room). I just had 178 new messages to go through!

The girls are enjoying the visit, although they both seem to be so overstimulated 24 hours a day that its been hard for them to just calm down...and to listen. I find myself repeating myself over and over again and getting frustrated (yes-hormones are at play as well) I am trying to let some things go, but also have the fear that if I let too many things go, I will have 2 wild children on my hands once the baby comes and I have all three by myself!

I'll be in touch and hope to bring some good news soon!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Within the week.....

Another quick update!

"Within the week" is my doctor's prediction at my appointment today. I am now close to four centimeters dilated and 100% effaced! He actually thinks it will be soon, as he says I have "a look" about me. So we shall see......

After my appointment the girls and I went over to a friend's store and picked up some more cloth wipes, and a waterproof bag for the cloth diapers. The two women that own this natural store are part of our learning community, and both happen to be there rearranging the store around, so we had a nice time hanging out with them and their children. It's only been a week since we had seen them and it felt like much longer then that. Analese found a princess nightgown that she liked in their consignment pile, and Mara picked out some puppy dog leg warmers. Analese is in love with her nightgown, and actually put it on over her dress and wore it home :) Anyway-it was so nice to connect with them. One of the owners is also the owner of the farm where the girl's school is at, and has offered to come watch the girls if we need someone there quickly, and has also offered to come get the girls once the baby comes and let them play in the loft for a few hours. I will probably take her up on it, as the girls really miss being out there and just being surrounded by so many people who lavish them with attention and affection.

So that's my update for now. I am having lots of lower pressure but nothing more then that. I am getting excited to meet this baby soon, see exactly who has been kicking me so much! I am hoping for a few more days, as we ordered the girls' digital cameras as their "gift from the baby" and they probably won't be here for a few more days :)

Until then, we just plan on spending time with the girls, as they have been needing us more these days. Last night we took them outside in their pjs to catch fireflies. It was just so amazing, as Analese has been waiting all month for the fireflies to show up! We ran around in the dark, played hide-n-seek-with the highlight being when Greg hid up in the tree :) Such precious moments....of course then this morning Mara used a marker and put dots ALL over her legs...."they fireflies Mommy".

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sooner or Later....

That appears to be my motto with most things in life......

It comes across in much of my parenting. I don't believe my girls should do something or stop doing something because they reach this "magic age" where the experts tell you they should. I would rather just "go with the flow" as my children are individuals who set their own pace in life. This isn't always as easy thing to do. Mara started sleeping through the night around the age of two, much later then many thought she should. But, I knew, sooner or later, it would happen. And it did. She still has her moments of getting up in the middle of the night and wanting us to just be there, and she often comes into our bed around 5-6 in the morning and sleeps another hour or so. But again, I know that sooner or later this too will pass, and I know that I will miss it when it's gone.

Now, with potty training Mara, again I don't believe in actual "potty training". With Analese, I waited until she showed that she was ready, and it was one of the easiest process we went through. With Mara, I honestly was hoping to wait until after the baby was born. BUT...she decided sooner was better then later, and decided a few weeks ago that the time was now. She was ready. We still have our good and not-so-good days with it, as she seems to have trouble with anything on below the waist (like tonight, when she pulled her underwear down and threw it across the room...just as surprised as we were to see a large clump of poop fall out!) but overall, she is doing great and we are so proud!

Yet another example...Analese still sleeps with a paci at night. Yes, she is almost four years old. I often feel like this is our "dirty little secret", and yes, it's embarrassing to me at times. But, we have decided to let her take control of when to give it up, and I am determined to stick with it. Sooner or later, she will be ready and I have to trust this. I do not see her going off to college with this paci!

Anyway, now I find myself again using this motto when it comes to the baby. Sooner or later, he or she will be ready to come! This past week my body has been going through lots of changes, and the reality of meeting him or her soon is quickly hitting me. Last Thursday was an especially busy day, as I lost my mucous plug (I'll spare you the details, but this time was especially shocking to me) and I have had cramping on and off since. Saturday night the contractions started to become a bit regular-every 17 minutes or so and Sunday they were every 11 minutes. We decided to go to our niece's graduation party that afternoon, which is an hour away, and on the way down there the contractions became very uncomfortable and about 4 minutes apart (I guess there is something to a bumpy car ride!) But once there, they slowed down again. Everyone was shocked that I was there, but I kept saying that how I refused to just sit around and wait for it to happen. I would go insane! My mother-in-law was ready to come up Thursday, but I said absolutely not, it would only cause me stress (last time she came, she refused to leave and lived with us for a week) I don't think she is happy about it, but I explained how she has a houseful of people (Greg's sister from Italy is living there for 6 weeks) and I know how much she has looked forward to them coming home. She hasn't called since Friday so I don't think she's happy.

Anyway, things are moving along. My next appt is tomorrow so I'll update you on any changes. No contractions lately, just a lot of really low pressure. This baby is still pretty active, a little less active today, but we also had a playdate so I have been moving around a lot.
I'll keep you posted....sooner or later, he or she will come.........