Friday, February 24, 2017

Baby Edison

Baby Edison James was born on Thursday, February 9th at about 2:00pm.
He was 7 lbs 10.9 oz, 20 inches long.

{one of the last belly pics}

I woke up Thursday morning at around 5am and felt the first contraction that tugged at my lower back. These soft contractions continued throughout the 5 o'clock hour at 4-6 minute intervals, which convinced me they were actually something. 
I was kind of disappointed (Mom was flying here in just two days), but kind of not (see my prior post about the end of pregnancy uncomfortableness).

We got Des off to school, dropped Evie and McKay off at a good friends for the morning, and headed to my doctors office (located in the hospital and I already had an appointment first thing that morning).

They monitored me, confirmed that I was having contractions, but otherwise were pretty unhelpful and not really interested in hearing that this was my fourth baby and that I don't have super long labors. 

So we went to the labor and delivery check in, they took us back and monitored and checked me (I was at a 2). They told us to walk around for an hour and come back so they could check progression.

So we walked and walked through the public spaces in the hospital, having strong contractions every 2-3 minutes.

{stopped by the hospital chick-fil-a...labor is much more pleasant while sipping a cookies'n cream milkshake}

At the end of an hour we went back and I was at a 6.5 so they checked us into a delivery room (11:45ish).

At around this time Curt's mom landed (bless her, she dropped everything and hopped on a flight to come take care of the kids). She rented a car, went and picked up the kids, brought them home, and was there for Des when he got home on the bus.

I labored for a bit, got to the point where I knew it was close, had the nurse come and check...she said I was at an 8.5 and had me lie on my side (apparently one side was progressing faster than the other?)...a minute or two later they called the doctor to come.

Those last minutes are always so intense.

And then he was born. We found we were lucky that nothing had gone wrong, there was a knot in the umbilical cord and meconium in the amniotic fluid. 
But he got here safe and sound and my recovery has been the best/fastest one yet. 

{Shauna took this picture of Des figuring out how long the baby was when he heard}

Shauna brought the kids to come meet their brother that evening and Curt went home to be with them for bedtime routines.

And then we spent the next day trying to babysit the process of getting us discharged at the 24 hour mark (the earliest they'd release us).
Hospitals have super inefficient processes.
Even with trying to manage that process closely we ended up leaving without the baby's circumcision (to avoid a 5 hour to overnight delay) and got that done at a pediatricians the following week.

{we'll see as time goes on, but he may have red hair like Evie}

{so tiny}

{our Valentine welcome home}

Shauna flew home Saturday morning and Mom flew here Saturday evening.
People from church have brought in so many meals.
I have felt very taken care of.

Kind of a good thing since four kids is a lot and will take a little getting used to.
And each of the other kids took their turn with the throw up flu in the first week of us being a family of six.
That's good irony right there.


Monday, February 6, 2017


Not too much happened in January (not complaining, I like low-key).

{Curt got to fly one of the new simulators at work}

{we had an icy few days, during which our downstairs heater decided to be on the fritz. We got that fixed about the same time everything melted and Spring decided to arrive}
{trying to warm up with the downstairs fireplace. pretty unsuccessful, apparently its just for looks} 

 {Curt took Evie on a 24 hour-ish trip to Utah to spend some one-on-one time, visit grandparents, and to attend a reception}

 {we taught both these kids in a 13 year old sunday school class in Michigan, now they're married to each other. I kind of feel a little old. so happy for them though}

{pretty morning with a light fog}

{all our daffodils blooming}

 And now we're still hunkering down just waiting for baby time.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

third trimester

There are many things about social interactions that I'm not super good at and don't enjoy.
The third trimester of pregnancy normally brings me to an elevated introvert level.
This time around though I've felt gigantic from the start, and even though I'm at 34 weeks I feel like I'm 40 weeks, so I'm at a whole new level of not wanting to be around people. 
Honestly I wouldn't leave the house ever and I'd be happy with it.

But, there are things that need to be done.
Man, am I ever crabby when I have to do people stuff (in my head, mostly... I hope).
It usually seems like no one can talk to you about anything else except your obvious 'great with child' state. And I can usually find something eye roll inducing in the conversation. 

I've had a couple really nice interactions lately though.
Bless those people that can act normal and make me feel not like an elephant or a baby-erupting time bomb.

Disclaimer: this is kind of whiny and I totally realize it. I'm not really wanting any 'oh, you look great' comments. I think I just need to record how uncomfortable I feel somewhere for reference so when I feel it again I can tell myself it's totally normal, the brain just forgets it, and that this too shall pass.

me at about 33 weeks

6 weeks to go (hopefully less, mom gets here on February 11th and I'd be super happy to have this baby anytime after).


Saturday, December 31, 2016


Christmas Eve Curt found mom's copy of the classic claymation Rudolph and introduced the kids to it.

We woke up to a white Christmas, with several inches of new snow on the ground.

{Evie in her new dress from grandma, which she had to don immediately}

We went to church for an abbreviated hour service (Dad, Jann, Melynda, Zan, their kids, David, and Kelsi joined).
Curt accompanied Shane and three of his friends in singing 'we three kings' during the meeting.

{new snow!!}

Everyone came to mom's afterwards for cinnamon rolls and visiting.
Lane and Kinsey met us there, Lane had woken up with pink eye so they didn't join us at church.

{Lane with his swollen eye and Zan with his healing cheek (skin cancer removal)}

I got a few pictures of the whole group with the camera timer: 

Then the kids all wanted to play in the snow. 

{it wasn't sticky snowman building snow}

{Lane and Kinsey found out they're having a GIRL in May, so excited for them}

{love, love the cousin time that gets to happen}

We had a big holiday dinner that night with Melynda and her family (with Ellie, Mia, and Jex since they were back from their other parents').
And then we flew back to Atlanta on an early flight the next morning.
Such a good trip and I miss everyone already. 

 We did a second Christmas at home.
(we hadn't wanted to drag everything across the country and back)

And spent lots of time playing with new toys.

{'a plate of fruit', by Des. Done with new art supplies from Grandma Hoss}

When our mail hold expired we got a pile of Christmas cards (my favorite!), and a package from uncle Andrew containing many things, including these noise makers. Thanks Andrew ;)

We wrapped up our Christmas season with a visit from good friends who live in North Carolina.

{McKay wanted to hold 'the baby', hilarious}

 {Evie and Bella had a blast}

And that concludes a wonderful, family and friend filled, Christmas season.
I hope yours was equally as wonderful.



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