Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bennett Oxnam Pothier...

He has arrived! (You can just scroll through and see the pictures if you don't want to know all the dirty details!!)

We were supposed to be induced on Monday, but received a call from the hospital that morning telling us that they would be postponing us. They told us the would call when they were ready for us. We went to bed that night pretty bummed.

But the call we were waiting for was just around the corner...we received it at 3:30 in the morning. We called our niece over to stay with the kids and we were to the hospital by 4:30.  I was already having sporadic contractions when we arrived so they hooked me up with some pitocin to speed up the process. My platelets were remarkably low, so in order to to get an epidural, I had to have it inserted right after getting there, they just didn't hook me up to any medicine. About an hour later, the doctor came by and broke my water, after which I had my epidural hooked up to the good stuff! After two additional doses, I was finally not feeling as much pain.

Within two hours the doctor was there and I was ready to push. I remember thinking at the time how different this experience was from Hallie's birth. With Hallie I had no clue what the pushing process would entail and I remember feeling a lot of anxiety and being nervous. But the third time around, I knew what was around the corner and I was ready for it. I pushed through several contractions but he was having a hard time getting around my pelvic bone. Same problem I had with the other two. But with a couple more strong pushes I was relieved to hear, "One more really good push." And before long I had a sweet little baby boy laid on my chest.
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He weighed in at 7lbs 13oz, (just an ounce less than Hunter) and 20 inches long. He was everything I had hoped he would be. Healthy and strong.
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Immediately I could see Hunter in him and I had these visions of the two of them getting in to all sorts of trouble together!

We made our way to our recovery room and settled in. I was tired, but still alert. I think I was just tired from being up so early, of course, labor didn't help my cause! But I felt surprisingly good, especially after I could finally feel my legs again!

Our first privileged guests were Steve's sister Christy and James. Followed by Steve's sister Laurel who so kindly watched our kids for the day and brought them for a visit.
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Hallie was more than excited to get her hands on him and she sat so proudly with him in her arms. Hunter bounced around the room, not sure what to make of the situation. He held him for approximately 10 seconds before he said, "I'm done." I'm not sure he realized at that point that we would be bringing the baby home with us!! They left a short while later and I had an immediate hole in my heart as I watched my two children who seemed so old, wave at me as they walked out the door.

We had a quiet evening before we had a couple more family visitors to end our night. By the end of the day, I was more than exhausted. It had been a long and eventful day that started very early that morning. It felt good to have the bed recline all the way down as my eyes grew heavy and even better was having Steve there with me. Laurel graciously took our kids for the night so Steve could stay with me. I needed that.

I wouldn't say I got much rest during the night and morning came way to early. Steve spent the day with Hallie and Hunter while I continued to rest in the hospital. We had more great visitors who helped pass the time and I could feel my body regaining it's strength with each passing hour.
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By Thursday, I was more than ready to get home. I hadn't been outside my room in 48 hours. I was starting to feel claustrophobic and anxious. I started the discharge process early that morning, finally filling out the paperwork declaring the name of "Baby Boy Pothier" as Bennett Oxnam Pothier. With a name in place we were ready to make our way home. As a family of five.
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I won't lie, I was a little overwhelmed as we pulled away in our car. I was exhausted. Physcially and emotionally. But I was more than excited to have a new addition to our family. How blessed we are to have Bennett here safe and sound.
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Monday, April 25, 2011

The end...

Our due date is Wednesday, which is so close it hurts! But last week as we met with the doctor, we decided we would be induced today.  It's just two days before my due date and I've been dilated to a three for over 3 1/2 weeks. So Steve stayed home from work today, we arranged the kids to be taken care of and we got ready Sunday night.

At 9 this morning we get a call from the hospital to let us know that we were going to be delayed. I was pretty bummed - we had everything already arranged, but we decided to make the best of it.

We took the kids to McDonalds and let them play around, we did some puzzles at home. But with each passing hour both Steve and grew more anxious. Several hours later we still hadn't heard anything. So of course we call in - and in their most impatient voice they told us they would call when they were ready for us. Then we were even more bummed. Not the way we had envisioned our day.

The kids grew tired of one another and then came the fighting. They had some good fights. And both of them spent much of the afternoon in time out. Steve and I of course, were not displaying some of our finer parenting skills! We both needed to get out of the house so by early evening we grabbed some dinner and went to the park where the kids were able to run around and scream all they wanted until bedtime.

Still no word.

So here I sit. Hours and hours after we should have been to hospital. Maybe they'll call in the middle of the night. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe not until Wednesday.

I'm not sure this is any better than waiting to go into labor! The whole idea behind the induction is to have a final date. Yet, I'm not feeling that's the case. At this point Steve is planning on going back to work tomorrow because there's no use in wasting another day around here. Sigh. What can you do. It's a waiting game at this point. And because I already took the "final" pregnancy picture, I'm not taking another one!! This is it. The end.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday Easter Activities...

When Hallie was really young, we made a conscious decision to separate the "fun" Easter celebrations on Saturday from the spiritual aspect of Easter on Sunday.
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So Saturday is the day the Easter bunny comes, they get their treats, they do an egg hunt. It's so nice to not have them on a sugar high as they go to church and it makes for a relaxed morning. I also broke the news to Hallie that the Easter bunny wasn't real and that it's just something we do for fun as a part of Easter. This leaves little room for confusion as to the real meaning of Easter. What was cute was Hallie walking out of church today talking about her lesson. "Mom, Easter isn't about the eggs, or the candy, or the bunny, it's all about Jesus." It made me smile that she had that understanding!

So yesterday we had an egg hunt with just our two kids (knowing that the following day we would be doing one with cousins after dinner) and they had a great time. Hunter is at that discovery age where he would get so excited when he'd find an egg. Hallie is at a fun age as well because she actually knows how to look for the eggs, instead of just the ones lying in the grass. It was fun to watch them interact with each other as they both searched for eggs. And of course Hallie, with her best mothering skills, was so good to teach Hunter how to look for eggs and even showed him eggs that she had found so he could pick them up.
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The only disadvantage to the egg hunt is the candy that comes with it. I filled a couple eggs with some spare change and they were a big hit. I think next year I'm going to do more money eggs (there was only $.5 -$.10 in each egg) and less candy eggs. That way at the end of the day I don't have to fight them on how much candy they can consume!

All in all we had a great festive Easter Saturday.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Best of friends...

I'm so bummed the weather is turning hot so quickly because these two hooligans spend so much time outside together, and the warmer it gets, the more they come inside!

I like to watch them outside the kitchen window as I'm cooking or cleaning. They ride their bikes/scooters around the basketball court. Or they take turns doing "tricks" on the trampoline. (Hunter's best and only trick is a somersault!)

Never failing bikes and tricks turns into someone getting hurt, fighting or perhaps hair pulling. They are the best of friends and like most kids their age, can be the worst of enemies!
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cars...

Hunter likes to sit on the back step with the door propped open. He likes to eat here. He likes to line up oranges here. He especially likes to play cars/trains here. This particular day it was a little warm outside but there was a nice cool breeze. I could hear him talking to himself as I came around the corner. And there he sat pushing and pulling his lego trains back and forth. I grabbed my camera quickly to capture this simple moment.
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And as soon as he heard the first shutter go off he shot me this look:
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He's such a funny character!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Brimley...

My sweet niece is a soon to be high school graduate!!

We spent an afternoon with the camera and had some fun. We were supposed to go out for another session, but my large growing belly seems to be getting in the way - so we postponed it until after the baby comes.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Big Shoes...

Hunter has a slight obsession with shoes.  Never failing, I get him up from naptime and he has on a different pair of shoes. Sometimes they're dress shoes. Sometimes they're flip flops. Sometimes he's hid Hallie's shoes and put them on. When Steve is getting ready for work, or when he is switching shoes after work Hunter runs in and takes one of the shoes and hides.

He's predictable!

The other day I heard clomping through the kitchen. I walk in to find Hunter in Steve's tennis shoes barely making it across the kitchen. Of course, Hallie sees how much we're laughing at Hunter and she has to get in on the fun so she runs and grabs a pair of shoes as well.

She can never let Hunter have the spotlight!!
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Fountain Hills...

We spent last Saturday at a park/playground area in Fountain Hills. They have a large fountain that shoots straight up in the air every hour that the kids thought was pretty cool. We packed a lunch a spent some time playing on the playground as well. It was a little warm which made the kids tired pretty quickly. We decided we'll need to go back and try it in the winter time!
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We're rookies because we didn't bring any bread to feed the ducks. We ended up ripping off the crust of our sandwiches to feed them. I think this was the highlight for Hunter!
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

38 Weeks...

The end is near...
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And we're starting the countdown!
According to the doctor, with my progression I could have this baby at any time. But of course that means I'll go over!

We have most everything ready...as ready as it's going to be I suppose. We finally got a car seat which was the only thing I was really concerned about. We've borrowed or purchased all the other things we forgot to grab when they packed up our house two months ago.

As for my body - It's stretched and grown as large as I think it can. Every piece of my body feels heavy. My legs feel heavy, my arms feels heavy, my head feels heavy. My belly feels more than heavy, making it difficult to roll over at night. And the leg cramping is no longer an occasional event, it happens every night. With the warm Arizona weather comes swollen ankles which are always an attractive feature! But, with all the bad, there is a silver lining. Steve comes to rescue with fantastic back/neck massages, as well as foot massages. He's a good man...I'm a lucky girl. Not to mention, he has a whole lot of sympathy for me.
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And a sense of humor!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Dress up...

Hallie is a girl who needs her rest time. Although in the past, she always falls asleep during rest time, Steve has decided she's too old to take a nap because then she stays up later at night and has trouble falling asleep and she'll be starting kindergarten in the fall and there won't be a nap.

So we've come up with several different activities for her to do during rest time. All of which have her downstairs by herself. She can read, color and do puzzles.

I went downstairs the other day to let her know rest time was over and this is how I found her.
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All dressed up and no where to go. And although dress up is not typically a rest time activity she was doing a puzzle in this get up and she was being very quiet. I had to give her credit!
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What's funny is when Hunter is downstairs playing with her and I can hear the conversations they share. Hallie is insistent that he dress up as well. And as much as Hunter used to love dressing up with her, he's starting to grow out of it and doesn't always agree to her plan. But she sure tries in her most convincing voice to get him in something, and a lot of times it works. They'll walk up the stairs like royalty, Hallie in her gown and Hunter in his cowboy get up. I've got to get a picture of him sometime, it's a crack up!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Recipe...

We had some overly ripe banans, which rarely happens, so we made some banana bread. I couldn't find my bread recipe, I'm sure it's in a box somewhere in the storage unit, so I went to my go to recipe site to see if they had anything worth trying. Of course, they never disappoint and this banana bread was no different. They also have a chocolate swirl banana bread which looks tempting!

Classic Banana Bread (from www.ourbestbites.com)

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 Tbsp. brown sugar
Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle brown sugar on top. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

School Carnival...

Steve's old elementary school and his nieces and nephews current elementary school had their annual school carnival. So we supported the school by purchasing some tickets (it is only 5 houses away!) and we had a good time. We were surrounded by family members and cousins and the kids couldn't get enough.

We ate some dinner, played on the bounce houses, participated in some carnival games and won penny prizes. Every kids dream!

Of course, we couldn't leave the carnival without an oversized bag of kettle corn for me, as well as a couple bags of cotton candy, again, one of my favorites. I'm not sure why I even attempt cotton candy knowing the kids will make royal messes, but I love it.
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We then walked home with Steve's brother and his family where the fun continued and the kids/cousins continued to consume large amounts of sweets and try out every toy they won.

For being a local school carnival we had a great time!
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