Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jason's birth story

I had hoped Jason would wait to come until my mom arrived on January 11. And he did wait. And waited and waited. Several days I had contractions regularly down to three to five minutes apart, but they weren't accompanied by the other symptoms of labor, so I didn't go in for checking. On Wednesday, January 14, the day before Jason was due, I had an OB appointment. I was three cm dilated, 50% effaced, and Jason was in -2 station. The midwife thought I would not make it to my appointment the following Monday--they wished to see me in the office twice a week after 40 weeks to make sure Jason was tolerating the extended womb time well. I didn't think I would make it either. I was having contractions and had had a good day. That night I galloped around the block with Olivia, but Jason did not come...and did not come and did not come.

By Monday, I was extremely grumpy. Mom and I took the kids to Pullen Park and in the afternoon I had my OB appointment. I asked the midwife to sweep my membranes, which means separating the amniotic sack just a little bit from the uterus. She did, but perhaps not very well. I hear it is painful, and this was not painful. I asked her if she had done it, and she said, "I tried." She was a fairly small person, so I figured maybe she just couldn't. By this point, I was 3.5 cm dilated, 70% effaced, and Jason was in -1 station. She asked if I wanted to be induced, and I said, "Yes, please. First available." The first available turned out to be Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 AM.

After tucking the kids in and getting myself ready, I was very thankful Grandma was here to take care of the kids! I couldn't sleep very well, but that was normal with this end of pregnancy. I woke at 3:30 with some bloody show and contractions. I was already in labor. Maybe the sweeping of the membranes did work!

By the time Nicholas and I checked in and I was hooked up to the monitor, I was having contractions about every five to six minutes. The midwife agreed to just break my water and try not giving me pitocin so that I could get up and walk without having to use the telemetry monitor on the baby. This worked. She broke my water around 9:45. I walked for a couple of hours being hooked up for about twenty minutes after walking and bouncing on the yoga ball for forty. By 12:15, I was 5 cm dilated and my contractions were painful and regular. I asked for my bolus of fluids at 12:30 so that I could potentially get my epidural by 1:30. I had hoped to be 6 cm by the time the epidural came because I didn't want labor to stall. By the time the anesthesiologist came in at 2:10, I was 7 cm dilated, Jason was at 0 station, and I was going through transition. It was very painful. I was shaking uncontrollably as if I was cold. My teeth were chattering. The nurses suggested checking me in case I was already 10 cm and ready to push, but the doctor said let's do the epidural. Bless him. He placed the epidural and gave me a first dose of medicine around 2:15. He had to give me another. I wasn't numb until 2:45. At that time, they checked me and I was 9.5 cm dilated. I think that if I had wanted to push, they would have let me. Instead, they suggested that I let the contractions push Jason down so that I wouldn't have to push a lot. At 4:15, a baby was born next door. About 4:30, the midwife came in to check on me and said Jason was almost crowning! That hour and a half with the epidural was wonderful! This labor was easier and less scary than either of my others. Without any pain meds and with pitocin with Olivia, I was exhausted. With Leo, I had an epidural near the end, but didn't enjoy it because his heartbeat kept fluctuating--due to the cord being wrapped around his neck twice--and they kept moving me and put me on oxygen. I was nervous and in pain since I could still feel the contractions. With Jason, I just relaxed for that 1.5 hours and then the doctor asked me to push. I pushed three times, and Jason was born at 4:42! No episiotomy and no stitches at all! She put him on my abdomen and I got to see my big, beautiful boy for the first time. He weighed 9 lbs 10 ounces, was 22 inches long, and his head circumference was 14 inches. He is amazing!

The midwife was super surprised he was as big as he was. She expected around 8 lbs! Ha! They had continually told me that, so that is what I was expecting, too. Nicholas cut the cord and held Jason. I got to hold him again before they weighed him. Jason nursed right away in recovery, and then they wheeled me to my room. I couldn't move my right leg very well for about an hour and a half after, but then I got up and got a shower. Nicholas stayed and helped me until around eight thirty, and then went home to relieve my mom. She was glad to see him!

I am so thankful for our healthy baby, our growing family, my mom's long stay so that she could help me before and after Jason was born, and for Nicholas's efforts on all of our behalf. He's been keeping everything together for us as we adjust to our final addition!

A few minutes old

Later on his birth night

One day old

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jason Oliver Kraft has arrived!!

Weighing 9 lbs, 10 ounces and 22 inches long, Jason Oliver Kraft was born yesterday on Tuesday, January 20, 2015! We couldn't be more in love with him! I will write the story of his birth soon, but here are some pictures until then...

My Mom came to help!

Sunday, January 11 my mom flew in from ND to be here when our new baby arrived! Thank heaven because I was getting so fat and grumpy that I needed all the naps I could get! Baby didn't come Sunday...or for more than a week later, so in the mean time, we did some fun things:

Lots of scooting on warm days:

 Playing baby... Leo was the big brother or the grandpa to Olivia's triplets depending on his mood! Grandma helped Olivia make blankets for her babies!


Some playground time:


On the 14th, after my doctor's appointment, I was convinced I would be having the baby the next day. Here's how excited I was! I went "galloping" around the block with Olivia, literally galloping like a horse. It didn't work, and I was fairly grumpy for the next six days!

On Monday, we went to Pullen Park for the last time pre-baby! Mom took some cute pictures of the kids and we had a nice day in the warm sunshine!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Our baby has a name!

Nicholas and I finally decided on a name for our baby! He will be Jason Oliver Kraft, and I am SO excited to meet him. We chose Jason after MUCH deliberation because it is a Greek name, as is Nicholas, Leonidas, and Alexander--Leo and Nicholas's middle name. Jason means "healer" and every Jason I have ever known has been a nice person. Olivier is a name we both like that is similar to Olivia's name.

I ordered a monogrammed stocking for Jason, picked up letters for his wall, and ordered a tag for my necklace to make sure it was all set! I love them!

In other baby news, I am eight days away from my due date. Mom flies in from ND on Sunday, so I am hoping Jason waits until then to come. We had a scare on the 30th when I thought I was in labor with contractions starting around 4 AM that were 6 to 8 minutes apart, getting more painful and more frequent until I called in at 12:30 PM with them 2 to 3 minutes apart. Apparently I am the only woman to have contractions 2-3 minutes apart on a consistent basis, and NOT be in labor. I was pretty disappointed, but in retrospect, I am glad to let the baby grow more and let my mom get here before he makes his debut. Not to mention that the kids were pretty freaked out about spending the night somewhere else, and had disrupted sleep for days after that.

I am feeling pretty well considering that I am almost 39 weeks pregnant. I have good days and bad, and they usually seem to be correlated to the amount of rest I have had. Here's a picture of my VERY large belly! Jason is kicking me from ribs to bottom, so my only prediction about him is that he will be long! Leo did that, too.

 And I forgot to blog about the sibling class that we took the kids to at the hospital where I am to deliver. We did this 11/22/14, and this is one of the only pictures. But Olivia LOVED it and is now convinced that she will be swaddling and changing this baby's diaper! Ha! Well, you never know! He is the third child!

The rest of 2014 and The New Year 2015!

It was SO nice to have Nicholas home from work Wednesday through Sunday two weeks in a row! Here are some more things we did--nothing super exciting, but fun, just the same! We have done a lot of playdough, science, hide-and-seek, scooting around the neighborhood, sidewalk chalk, etc., too, but I have been fairly lazy about taking pictures of our day-to-day!

Another trip to the Natural History Museum, and the kids were so cute eating in the "cafe" drinking their milk. This is as close as I could get to the cutest picture ever!

During a break in the rain, we headed out to a playground with "good" baby swings and a basketball court for using scooters on and playing basketball. Everyone wins!

These awful pictures are from a fun little place called Big E Bounce, where the kids played for 2.5 hours on the Monday before New Year's! It was wonderful!

A little quiet time with Daddy, who was showing Olivia some of the things his company does using their calendar as a visual.

Leo telling me about the baby in his belly, who he is planning to name Honey Bear.

Making our New Year's Eve cake! Ha! We did the count down at 6 PM and had the kids in bed by 8! I wasn't too far behind!

A little hide-and-seek Leo style!

And, seriously, lots of things got done while Nicholas was home: all Christmas decorations sorted, decluttered, and reorganized into matching gray and black tubs in the garage, the baby's letters hung up, Leo's star registry framed and hung, and this little project finally came together with the help from Daddy's staple gun!