Wow! I''m so bad at keeping this site updated now! Sorry. We are doing well. Livi is a very busy 2 year old now. She keeps me very busy as well as very entertained! Melina is very healthy now. Even getting some fat rolls! She weighs 17 pounds now and is scooting around pretty well.
I know I haven''t posted on here in a long time. Melina is coming out of the other side of a 3+ month bout of colic and failure to thrive. She is doing so good now - for almost 2 weeks!! Sleeping, eating and almost always smiling! Olivia is enjoying her and is usually gentle and good with her - with the exception of the flying remote hitting her in the face earlier today.:( Thanks to everyone who kept Melina in their thoughts and prayers. We are so thankful that she is healthy and thriving now.
Melina has her first pediatrician appt yesterday. She is finally back at her birth weight. We have been having breastfeeding problems and she is very fussy while eating, so it has been a slow road. We aren''t sure if she just has colic or if it is reflux, so she is on a trial run of reflux medicine to see if that helps her tummy. Olivia had reflux and was on medicine for 6 months. When Melina isn''t screaming, which is for quite a few hours each day right now :( , she''s becoming more attentive and looking around her world. Her dream smiles are GORGEOUS and I cannot wait for that first real smile that is meant for me! or Daddy!
Melina Kristine was born Monday, April 11th at 10:49 pm. She was 8 pounds 12.8 oz and was 22 inches long. She''s so loved, healthy and beautiful and we know we are blessed to have received her into our family. Olivia is just loving her and gives her kisses upon kisses. She is also terribly facinated by breasts now! Grandma''s, Aunties, home health nurses''s, mine and even Melinas when we''re changing her. I got to get this story down before I start forgetting details...hope there''s not too many typos.
So Monday morning at 11am I did end up in the hospital hooked up to pitocin--my worst fear, since I had a terrible hyper-stim from it last time. The membrane stripping on Thursday (or just nature!) had helped my cervix to ripen-I was now dilated to 3 and 60% effaced--so I didn''t need any prosteglandin gel. Mw promised that the pit and I would be monitored closely and they would use the lowest mls/hour to get things going.
Progress was slow (as we expected since I was on a low level of pit)-at 1pm I was still at 3cm but 70% effaced, so the mw did AROM and turned off the pit for awhile. This did hardly anything, and actually hours later she discovered that she had only ruptured the forebag. Pit back on and kicked up by 12mls/hr. At 6pm I was only dilated to 5 and 80%. During the whole day James and I walked laps around the hospital floor and I used my body ball as well. Around 7pm cx started getting intense--I continued to stand and walk--actually it was uncomfortable to sit or lay down.
Around 10pm I knew I was in transition--very nauseated, vomiting, shaking and cx were the most intense. It was hard to relax and let them do what they were intended to do. I had had a epidural last time, so didn''t really know what "labor" felt like, iykwim--I did my best to relax by listening to music and James applied counter pressure to my hips during the cx''s. The nurse then asked my if I needed to use the bathroom (pee) and I said that I actually felt like I needed to poop! I hear, "that''s a good sign." Got up into the bathroom, couldn''t pee and just sat there--so much more comfy than sitting on the bed or ball at that time. The nurse left the room and Jane (the mw) stood just outside of the bathroom. She told me to just do a gentle push like I was pooping with each cx and see what it felt like. It felt "wrong" when I first started doing it, so stopped. A few minutes later I could have sworn that I was pooping--but I really wasn''t straining or pushing hard, since I was afraid to, not knowing if I was at 10 or complete. After about 15-20 min sitting on toilet, I asked mw to come in a check me, because I had started feeling burning. She gloved up and then yelled for James to go out and get the nurses because her head was already 1/2 out of my perineum!!!!!!!! I couldn''t believe what I was hearing--I thought I was just pooping!!!!! Suddenly the room was full of nurses. Normally mw would just have delivered on the toilet-or with me standing in bathroom--but because Olivia had had shoulder dystocia and they had to break her clavicle to get her out, she really wanted me in bed in case intervention was needed. It was sooooo hard to walk to the bed with a head hanging out of me. I was helped up into the bed and with the next cx, Melina Kristine was born--in 1 last push. Her forehead was pretty bruised-I guess form me walking with it stuck there. Her apgars were 9-9 and she just screamed at us. It is such a blur. I cried this time. James didn''t have time to even get the camera until after she was born. I needed 1 stitch for a superficial tear. I did need 2 Cytotec pills (I didn''t know those went up you butt) to help stop the bleeding after about 15 min of pretty severe bleeding. My tummy is bruised from all the pushing on my uterus to get it to contract.
Labor was so easy compared to Olivia. Even though I was planning an unmedicated-intervention free birth and ended up having to be induced and arom, it was so bearable when the pitocin is managed correctly. I feel I had the perfect birth I wanted and planned for, pitocin aside.
Nursing is going well, great latch and milk came in on night 2. She is a little jaundiced. We go in to the clinic today for another weight check since she was just 1oz shy of the safe 10% weight loss and couple days ago. Yesterday, she was up 1 oz, so that was great to hear.
It''s Christmas day and Olivia enjoyed the day - starting with her little stocking and ending with enjoying some mashed potatoes! Uncle Ryan and Auntie Mary, Uncle Dakotta and Auntie Hannah, Maya and Ocean, Auntie Amy and Auntie Laurie were all here. It was busy and fun.
Another month has gone and Olivia will be 1 year old in a few days! I need to download new pictures - we have some great ones from a pumpkin patch and the arboretum. Since we moved the computer is so slow to download pictures, but I will do it soon.
Well, it''s been almost a month since I''ve logged on here. We have moved to Yakima and been busy getting settled. Olivia had a hard adjustment, but is doing well now, although we are back to square one with her waking up 4-5 times at night again. Olivia has started pulling herself up on furniture and is just now starting to cruise around holding onto things. Being a pro at crawling, she still prefers that! She tries to go up stairs and has gotten up 2 and then doesn''t know what to do.
I''m feeling good pregnancy-wise. So different from last time around. I feel very good most of the time and have lots of energy. I have an appointment with a new midwife on Wednesday. I had to find a new provider since we moved and decided to go with a midwife over an MD this time.
Well, our biggest news is that we just found out that we are expecting another baby in early April! So far, I''m feeling good, but it is still quite early. I have myfirst ultrasound on August 24th, and hopefully we will see a little heart pumping away. Olivia and this baby will be 17 months apart...busy, busy days for us ahead!
We had a nice trip to Alabama and Olivia loved her Grandma and cousins right away! It was HOT there-usually 95-100 degrees, but with the humidty index it felt like 115-120! It was no cooler at the Gulf Shore beaches. Luckily everyone had air conditioning, so we stayed inside for the most part. Olivia really liked the Southern foods like black eyed peas, cornbread stuffing, red velvet cake, BBQ chicken...
Well, today it happened. Livi fell off of our bed. It was her first fall-and of course totally my fault for leaving her for one second. I feel so bad still and it''s been 6 hours. She cried for a couple minutes and was laughing then...so she''s OK.
We went to Kauai for 8 days here in June. It was a good trip eventhough they received record rainfall in the days we were there...7 inches. In spite of that it is a warm rain so it didn''t stop us from visiting the beaches and other sites. Livi got her 2 top teeth while we were there and amazingly enough slept through the nights there! Once we got home she started up with her regular feedings during the night.
She has a bit of a "Princess complex" now...after 8 days of not being set down, you can only imagine. Who am I kidding, she had it before the Hawaii trip!
Livie started crawling ''scooting'' backwards now! Time to get everything up off of the floor!
She has decided that she doesn''t want to eat from a spoon anymore (actually fighting and crying about it), so we are back to just bottles. I''ll keep trying the spoon thing and hopefully soon she''ll start liking food!
Today Olivia started using her sippy cup for real! We''ve been "practicing" for a few days, but now we''ll try it a little each day! She enjoys drinking water...which will be a must for our trip to Alabama this summer!
Today Olivia finally rolled over from her back to her tummy! She has rolled from her tummy to back before. Next she''ll be sitting on her own...eating solids...crawling...walking...it is going too fast!
This weekend we met Uncle Mark, Auntie Grace and Natalie down at Seaside, OR. Auntie Amy came down late Saturday night also. It was great fun to see the girls together. Of course they are too young to "play" together, but they obviously enjoyed being together! They even got the giggles so bad one night that Grace and I were screaming with laughter...all this outside on the Prom at Seaside!!! Everyone walking by us was also laughing because it was so funny to see them laughing so hard at eachother! Just a sign of the days ahead.
5 Months old today! We got in late from our road trip and tomorrow Daddy will drive over a pick us up from Grandpa and Grandma''s in Yakima. He''s very excited to see us again. Since we''ve been married we''ve never been apart for more than a weekend.
Tonight while we were at Joe''s Crab Shack in Redding, California I noticed that Olivia had cut a tooth!! She has shown no signs of "teething" other than the constant chewing on anything she could get to her mouth. But she''s been doing that since about 2 months old!
Hard to believe that our little angel is already 4 1/2 months old! She is almost rolling from back to tummy now. Other things are going backwards!! Like her sleeping! She used to sleep 8-10 hours solid at night and for the past 2 weeks (ever since the night befroe she turned 4 months old) she has started waking to eat every 2-3 hours!! She doesn''t stay awake, just eats and goes right back down. I''m hoping it''s an extended phase...but it''s anyones guess!! She has always beena little girl (well, not when she was born) and now has started gaining over 1 oz a day!! Yeah, she''ll fit into all of her cute summer clothes!
Well, Olivia had her 4 month check up this week and she handled the shots like a pro...even smiled as we were leaving the office! She is a "little" girl, only in the 25% for weight. She is now 12 pounds and 5.5 ounces and 24 inches long. She actually only gained 1 pound over the past 2 months. She had a cold and 2 ear infections during that time and her appetite was less than normal. She has never been a big eater and doc said we could start rice cereal to up her caloric intake. So far she''s just been getting breastmilk, with occasional formula. I think I''ll wait until we have another weight check and see if she''ll gain weight with out starting solids yet. I really do not want to start solids this early. I know she is the picture of good health and looks well nourished, and the doctor wasn''t worried - but Mommy is!
Olivia is growing so quickly...the days are actually flying by and she is almost 4 months old!
Now she is smiling, laughing, rolling over and LOVES to sing!!
We are loving everything about being her parents...
love how she looks when she sleeps,
love how she enjoys her baths,
love her cute toenails,
love the excitement she shows when she senses her feeding times,
love to hear her talk,
love how cuddly she is,
love the look in her eyes that can only mean that she knows she is loved...
We love the fact that she is ours, something we created together... that we are a family.
A couple weeks ago we bought Olivia a new toy (as if our home isn''t already resembling Babies R Us!!). It is an exer-saucer and she really enjoys it. It is similar to a walker, except there are no wheels on it and the seat rotates all the way around. It has springs on it so she can bounce it and there are toys and activities all the way around the seat. It keeps her very occupied!! I''ll put a picture of her in it in the March album.