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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Birth Story ~ Trey Time!

On the mornings that both your siblings are at school, I look at you and say, "Trey time!" With a huge smile you say, "Mommy time!" I say, "Trey time!" You say, "Mommy time!" I love my time with you Trey. It's Trey Time! I tell people that I am just really ENJOYING you . . .for me, it's the confidence that has come in raising two babes before you. I no longer worry so much about if I'm doing things right or what people are thinking, but I get to spend more time just enjoying you.

As a 2 yr old, you give me the sweetest kisses on my cheeks. You are pretty laid back, a good talker, lover of books, lover of snugglin up and watching football with dad, follower of your big "sissy A-Z," and loved by God and us!! As a baby in my tummy though, while you were amazingly being formed, happily playing, sleeping and growing, your mama was sick! It is time, "Trey time," time to tell your birth story. . .

In November of 2006, Ainsley had just turned 3, Porter was 18 months old, and I had a brand new baby nephew. . .
In December 2006, I found out I was due with baby #3, to be born August 2007 (hmmm. . .9 months after my nephew was born :) ) When daddy came home from work, we were waiting on the stairs, and I had Porter give daddy a note (that your siblings obviously couldn't read) that said, "I'm going to be a BIG BROTHER!!"

On Feb 3 we told Ainsley and Porter the news. Ainsley said, "Daddy, Daddy, mommy's pregnant!!!" We had them wear big sister/big brother shirts to surprise Grammy and Grampa

On Feb 6 I had a 12 wk ultrasound and we got a glimpse of you!!

Starting the end of March and continuing throughout my pregnancy, I was sick. I had fast heart rates, constantly felt "off balance" and various other symptoms. I had numerous doctor visits and tests done. . they checked my ears, my heart, my brain, etc etc etc. . .I felt awful and it was a very difficult pregnancy. I spent lots of time laying on the couch, and was very thankful for the support of my family and friends.

On April 3rd, we had our 20wk ultrasound! We thought we would wait until you were born to find out if you were a boy or girl. . .we thanked God for a healthy looking baby. . .
But, on June 15th (2 months before you were due) we had our 3rd ultrasound, and we could wait no longer to find out if you were a little boy or girl. I was thinking girl, so what a surprise to hear, "It's a BOY!" Porter was going to have a brother!

All day on Sat Aug 4, I was sick with a fever. That evening we went to the hospital so they could check on you. With my fever/dehydration you had a fast heart rate and I was having contractions. The doctor on call decided it was baby time aka Trey Time! They gave me a pill to make labor progress, and soon after, things got very scary for me. They could no longer find your heart rate, and when they did find it, it was very low. The nurses started rushing around and the doctor quickly decided to do an emergency c-section. Before I knew it, I was being wheeled off to the operating room, all the way asking, "Is my baby going to be ok? Is my baby ok? Will you get him out in time? Is he ok? Are you sure?" I remember a nurse reassuring me that my baby would be fine, and putting me a little more at ease. Soon after, the anesthesiologist came in, told me to start counting to 5 and I'd be asleep. . .
And now is where our guest blogger comes in. Let me introduce you to GooF. . .the supportive husband who I appreciate so very much. . .and his version of your birth story.
"When Mommy and Daddy got to the hospital, they entered the emergency room doors,
and daddy had mommy sit in a wheelchair, bucket in hand. As Daddy was
checking into the emergency room, Mommy started throwing up. The check-in
lady was on the phone with someone on the materity floor, saying, "She is
pregnant, sick, and currently throwing up." So Mommy and Daddy got sent up
to the maternity floor. The first room was a small temporary room
because the doctors did not expect Mommy to have a baby
that night. First nurses came in and checked out Mommy. Then a doctor came in and got
some more information. The first doctor went home and a new doctor came
in. The new doctor was a nice young lady. The nurses were having a
difficult time finding the babies heartbeat, because the monitor kept picking up
Mommy's heartbeat instead. The doctor and nurses kept going out into the hallway
and discussing what to do. Mommy and Daddy could not hear what they were
saying, but Mommy and Daddy knew they were talking about Mommy. Then
the doctor came back in and said, "Lets have the baby tonight." Mommy
and Daddy got moved to a birthing room, and mommy was given a pill to help with
the contractions. After taking the pill, Mommy and the babies heartrates
became sporadic. Daddy could tell the doctor and nurses were more
concerned than during any of the other babies births. After only a few
minutes in the birthing room, the doctor came in and said, "Let's just deliver
this baby now. We will do a c section right away." The doctor walked
out of the room, and in came a group of nurses. All the
nurses began unhooking the bed, the cables and iv tubes. In only a matter of seconds,
Mommy was wheeled out of the birthing room, and one of the nurses turned to
Daddy and said,"Someone will be bringing you some clothes to change into."Daddy
stood in the quiet room and waited for what seemed like hours, but was really
only about 3 minutes. Finally, a nurse came in with some hospital scrubs,
and daddy put them on as quickly as possible. Then Daddy followed the
nurse to the operating room. Daddy remembers seeing more people in the
room than expected. He would guess about 15 people were in the room(3
nurses to take care of baby, 1 surgeon, 1 anesthestist, 1 nurse for each of
them, students, a bunch other people). The nurse told Daddy to go sit in
the chair by Mommy's head. Daddy made his way to the front of the
room. He looked at Mommy's sleepy face. Before he even sat down,
one of the nurses said, "The baby is already out." Daddy scanned to look
by Mommy's tummy and the nurses were already taking Trey to the cleaning
table. That was fast! The nurses immediately started wiping Trey off
and suctioning his mouth, and Trey was a little bluish/purple. The nurses
got Trey breathing, but he did not cry right away (which must be
abnormal). Trey's heartbeat was about 60 bpm, and Daddy could tell the
nurses were a bit concerned. For a couple of minutes the nurses were
working very rapidly to warmup Trey and get his heartbeat up to a normal
rate. Daddy was not sure what was going on, but he could tell the
nurses were worried. Soon the nurses got Trey's heartbeat up and he
started crying, and Daddy started taking pictures. After some pictures, it
was time to take Trey up to the nursery. While pushing Trey up to the
nursery, one of the nurses said, "You caused quite a stir in the
hospital." Daddy responded, "Why is that?" The nurse answered, "Just
about every available nurse and doctor in the hospital showed up for the
delivery." At the time, Trey was the only baby in the nursery.
Daddy remembers standing by Trey and holding his little finger while he lay
under the warmer. Daddy went back and forth between the nursery and
Mommy's room until Mommy woke up. When Mommy woke up she wanted to know if
the baby was ok and she wanted to see pictures. Daddy happily showed her
some pictures on the camera. Daddy must have gone to sleep
after this point because he does not remember much more of the night."

On Sunday, August 5th, at 12:40am, it was "Trey time!" You were born two weeks early, weighing in at 7lb 9oz and 18.5 in long!
When I woke up, I was so excited to see you for the first time and hear that you were ok! Thank you God for a healthy baby boy! Trey Coleman
Your siblings were very excited to meet you too. . .Ainsley said, "Look, his big toe fits in my nose!" Porter called you, "Fray Toeman."
When visitors came to the hospital I had just pressed the button for more pain meds and then Porter pressed it again. Needless to say, I was rather out of it when I had visitors.

After your birth, I was still sick. We took a trip to the Univ of MN medical center to get it figured out. The doctor put me on both thyroid medicine and on an anti-depressant. I cried, trying to tell him that I was not depressed. He told me I had 3 children, 3 and under and I needed to take the medicine. A few wks after I started both meds, I felt like myself again. I was so thankful to no longer have fast heartrates and feel off balance. I was able to enjoy you and enjoy being a mommy! I had never struggled with depression before, but looking back on it, I can see how anxious I was, how I was having overly worried thoughts, how it was hard to focus, and how I was just not myself. I do not know whether my thyroid problem triggered the depression, whether being sick all the time did, whether it was how my body reacted to pregnancy and having my 3rd small child on the way, whether it got worse when Porter was sick and in the hospital, or what. But, I am thankful for mommy friends, both young and old that told me, "Yes, you can and should pray. But sometimes having children or being in certain situations does crazy things to our bodies and we need medication. It is ok." I believe that we go through all of life's joys and struggles for a reason, and we do not go through them alone.
The Bible says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above. . ." James 1:17.
Each of you children, no matter your birth story, are gifts from above!! God has been at work in your life, from the very beginning, creating you to be the person He wants you to be! And through your births and your lives, He is molding daddy and I into the people he wants us to be. It is our privilege to raise you. We love you, all the time, no matter what. Love, mommy and daddy

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Birth Story ~ Porter William

In Aug 2004, Ainsley was 9 months old, and we went on a vacation to Kansas City, and then to Wichita, for Uncle Mark and Auntie Jackie's wedding. . .On Tues, Sept 7, 2004 I took a pregnancy test while GooF was at work. Then I got busy making Ainsley a "big sister" shirt. When GooF walked in the door after work, he saw Ainsley in her "big sister" shirt and said, "Really??" We were both excited!! We could only keep our excited selves quiet for 2 days :) On Thurs, Sept 9, 2004 we called all of our family and friends to tell them the news!

Oct 8~ my first OB appt and we got to have an ultrasound! The doctor thought my tummy was measuring around 12 wks, but it turned out I was 8 wks, 3 days

Oct 25 ~11 wks and we heard your heartbeat at our appt

Dec 16~ultrasound. . . we decided to wait until your birth to find out if you were a boy or a girl!!
you were sucking your thumb a lot during it. . .We watched the video of your ultrasound MANY times!!
Around 20 wks a blood test showed an "increased risk" for Downs. Mommy and Daddy and our families prayed for you. We knew we would love you no matter what, but mommy so wanted you to be healthy.

Dec 25~ Daddy got to feel you kick for the first time! What a precious gift on Christmas morning! We put a blue and a pink present bow on my tummy

Dec 29~ We had an in depth ultrasound and praised and thanked God that everything from your heart to your brain to your precious little hands and feet looked healthy! But still, we did not find out if you were a little boy or girl! We wanted to be surprised at your birth, and what a surprise it was!

March 17, 2005 (2 months away from your due date!!!!). . the baby bump

another peek at you. . .we saw some chubby cheeks during this ultrasound. . .9 months pregnant with baby #2 and I was ready to pop! During my pregnancy I craved chocolate and coke :)

Ainsley at 18 mo and ready to be a big sister! Lovin on her little bro. . .

Yes, still waiting. . .May 23, 2005 ~ I had an appt and the doctor did a little ultrasound in the room to check on you. My tummy was getting crowded and the doctor was worried about the low amount of fluid in there, along with you not reacting to my little contractions. So, she said it was baby time. I got all excited and nervous. I came out of the appt to a waiting daddy and Ainsley and said, "We're going to have the baby!" Daddy was glad. Around 8:30pm Grammy and Grampa arrived to stay with Ainsley and around 9:00pm we drove to the hospital praying the whole way while Grammys and Grampas, relatives and friends prayed too. It was time to get you out!

10:30pm~ pitocin and had my water broken

2:30am~ epidural

6:00am~ 6 cm dilated

7:00am ~10 cm dilated

Got asked if I wanted more pain med, but just wanted the babe out! 3 pushes and out you came. . .

May 24, 2005 (7 days overdue) at 7:28am they announced "IT'S A BOY!" Porter William, I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it. My first question was, "Is he healthy?" They assured me, that yes, you were a healthy baby BOY! I was SO EXCITED! I was now a mommy to both a daughter and a SON! You weighed in at a whoppin 8lb 15 oz and 22 in long!! You were named after your Grandpa Bill.

We called our family and I remember Auntie Stephy telling me, "You will raise such a nice young man." Me, a girl with 2 sisters, a mom to a BOY! Ainsley was overjoyed and loved to point out your nose, eyes, mouth, etc. . .

I remember clearly the BLUE that started arriving in my hospital room! A balloon and teddy bear that you still sleep with from your Aunties. A blue gift bag filled with blue sleepers, blankets and bibs from Grammy and Grampa.
What a handsome little man. . .

Our bundle of boy!Porter William, as a 4 and 1/2 yr old you are full of energy, you are as strong willed as you are sweet, you are funny, and most of all you are a child of God! I thank God for you and I love you! Jesus Loves you too!! You and your proud big sister. . . And that, my son, is your birth story.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tea Party Time

There was decorating. . . and baking. . . and planning. . .and waiting. . .There was high heels galore. . .
party goers. . .and more.

Pin the teacup on the teapot,

tea party bingo,

And "7 up" alot.

There was giggley girls at the table and teapots passed. . .

tea party treats. . .

and friendships that will last. . .There was candles blown out,
treat bags, presents and play. . .

And best of all, there was friends here today!!
Gabrielle, Ainsley, Zoe, Eliana, Madison, Taetum, Taylor and Jadelyn
There was stories told of Ainsley's 1st Birthday Party. . .
Maddie came. . .
Taetum too. . .And even Porter in my tummy grew. . .
A year went by and another party came. . .

off to Ainsley's 2nd birthday Taetum and Maddie came. . .On her 3rd birthday. . .

Taetum and Maddie came once again to play. . .On her 4th birthday. . .what beautiful princesses I must say!

Thank you God for the friends that Ainsley has in her life and for thier mommies too!!!

Ainsley, I love you!