Thursday, March 19, 2009

Big Girl Bed...success?

Last night we found Lucy asleep in the middle of her and Nate's floor. Below is a picture of her at naps today. (Nate was sleeping in a different room.) Not sure that we can claim that her "big girl bed" has been a true success yet. = )

Monday, March 16, 2009

Two years ago today...

...we were blessed with our third beautiful little girl, Lucy.

The day we found out that we were having another girl, we came home from the ultrasound, I grabbed our baby name book off the shelf, and just started saying names that I liked. When I got to Lucy, Anthony said he loved it. I did too, so I shut the book and we never opened it again. In so many ways this story fits our sweet little fireball that is now two!

Lucy Abigail Dummermuth was due on March 1st, 2007. My first two pregnancies had gone long, so it was no surprise that this one was going long too. And since I am quite opposed to inductions and think they are horribly abused by both doctors and patients, I held on as long as it seemed safe for Lucy. But after two weeks, my doctor (who is such a great support) finally said it was time and we headed for the hospital.

I can't even begin to tell you how much I hated being induced. I hated going to the hospital without being in labor. I hated the waiting around. I hated forcing my body to do something it wasn't quite ready for. It just isn't the way I like to do things...but I understand why it was deemed necessary and I'm thankful that little Lu came out so healthy and beautiful.

Really the induction wasn't much. Just a little pill that was tucked behind my cervix. They said the drugs were in my system for only two hours and at that point I was progressing and didn't need any more help. The labor itself was about five hours long if you count from when I woke up from the contractions until when Lucy was born. It was all during the night, which in a way was nice because it was so peaceful. The only other person we saw the whole night (until Dr. Baird came) was our nurse.

I once again chose to go at it naturally (which less than 5% do at the hospital I delivered at) and at one point the nurse said to me, "You sure are able to internalize your pain well." My comment? "Just wait. You'll know I'm really hurting when I start crying." Sure enough the next time she came in I was in tears! But Lu came out quick with just one round of pushes. Anthony and I laugh that it was so obvious that this was not our first time doing this as I picked up the camera he had set down and took a picture of him cutting the chord and then called my mom and dad while they were still cleaning me up!

So, Lucy was born at 6:26am on March 16th, weighing in at a big 9lbs. 3oz. (which if you saw Lucy today would shock you since she is now only in the 15% for weight). We made sure that the first family members to see her were her two big sisters. And I guess that was and always is my favorite moment...when we are finally all together for that first time. So precious.

Well, here are a few pics from that day!

Okay, so I don't have a labor shot, but here is one of our family on Adele's, I'm one week overdue in this pic and still 8 days from having her!

I just had to include this...the picture I took of Anthony cutting the chord!

My biggest baby...well, I guess Nate was 18lbs. when I first held him, but that doesn't seem like a fair comparison. = )

Dad about to make the first handoff. I'm still taking pictures!!

First full family picture...although the girls didn't seem to care at the time!

And today!! You can tell she is happy because her tongue is sticking out of the corner of her mouth. I guess taking the front off her crib, so it's a toddler bed, made a good gift after all!

Happy Birthday Little Lu!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Party Time!!

Well, we are in the throws of birthday season here with Adele's last week and Lucy's tomorrow and Elise's in two and a half weeks. It's a busy and fun time for us all. Yesterday we threw a party for all three girls (I do not do separate parties...that would be insane!) and a bunch of family made it over to decorate cupcakes and eat pizza. The girls had a blast helping plan the party and were so proud with how it all turned out.

It was so fun decorating for this pink and orange party. Here are a couple of my favorite pics of the decorations.

I made the girls all t-shirts for the occasion and they all wore matching pink tutus too.

Decorating and a little "Cheese!" from Lu.

We asked everyone to contribute a little "art" to the space. (Note: It was my little brother that taped his directly over his wife's...not one of the children...that is unless you consider him to be one of the children...)

We aren't sure who enjoyed the cupcakes the most, but it was definitely a close one between Adele and Nathan.

Some day will have to bring this little boy a brother to help him survive all this girlieness!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Five years ago today...

...God gave Anthony and I the most amazing gift, in our first daughter, Adele. What an incredible day that was, so incredible that I thought I would share it with you...

Adele was due on February 27th, 2004. I hoped that she would be born on the 28th, my dad's 50th birthday, but both days came and went with no baby. 2004 was actually a leap year, but I really hoped Adele wouldn't be born on the 29th...too confusing. So, we entered into March. My brother's birthday was on the 7th, but surely I would have her before then! But there I was at my parents' house, celebrating Drew's birthday instead of my daughter's. We knew things were beginning to get close though, little things were starting to happen (I'll spare you the details), so when we went back to our home that night in Lawrence, we stayed up late seeing if things would actually progress into labor. At about midnight, we gave up and went to bed. I woke up about an hour later...

Really my labor wasn't all that bad. Pretty textbook really. I progressed at a good rate and after driving back to my folks' house at about 3 in the morning, we labored there for a while before heading over to the hospital at about 6am. I had really wanted to do things naturally and was thrilled to find out that I was already a 7 when I got there! So I said no to the epidural that they offered and labored for about two hours before it was time to push. Pushing took about an hour and a half. I'm not a screamer when I am in labor, in fact, all I remember ever saying was "How much longer?" and "My back hurts." (back labor...yuck!).

Adele Elizabeth was born at 9:28am and weighed 8lb. 14oz. I remember being shocked she was so big! She was so beautiful and we were so blessed to have so much of our family there waiting in the waiting room. I'll never forget that moment when they all filed in and I was sitting in the bed holding Adele...the first grandbaby on both sides of our family.

Before I end this birthday entry with some pics from that incredible day, I wanted to share my two favorite memories from those first few days...

I can still picture so clearly those first few moments after Adele was born. They were cleaning her all up and Anthony (who was amazing through the whole thing...did I mention that yet?) was standing nearby watching them...and he was crying. It's one of the few times I have ever seen him "happy cry". He was just standing there, holding our camera, staring at our baby girl, and crying...probably one of the most beautiful memories of my life.

The other memory that is so sweet for both Anthony and I is from one of the nights when we were staying in the hospital. Someone had brought us a movie to watch while we were there (Serendipity) and so Anthony got in the hospital bed with me and we held Adele and just were this little family together. I don't remember the movie at all, but I'll never forget the time we spent there together.

Well, so there you go! Happy 5th Birthday my sweet Adele! We love you so so much! Enjoy the pics!

Me in labor. They had just told me that I was a 7 upon arrival...I was so happy!

Ahh...the beginning of my very late (that was 10 days in case you didn't calculate it yourself), big babies!!

How happy does this man look?! A few weeks before Adele was born, Anthony asked if he could be the first to hold her. With all three of the girls, he was the one who handed me my sweet.

This was taken just before we headed home from the hospital...our lives forever changed.

Fast forward to today!! Five years...I'm in awe.