Kayla’s Birth Story

Kayla is just over three weeks old now so I guess its about time for me to sit down and write up what I can remember of her birth. May be boring to most but its my way of remembering things in years to come. I think your mind has a way of making you forget some parts of the labor so that you have more children. So here it goes.

It all started on August 9th. We decided to take the kids and Wyatt down to Boulder and take a little hike at Chautauqua. The weather wasn’t too hot so I felt like I could handle a bit of outdoors. We did a couple of easy miles. Found some fun kid trails with little nature signs for the kids to follow. And even a rangers cabin full of cool stuffed Boulder animal residents. Very cool for the girls. I felt good during the hike but soon started to get really tired on the drive home.

Once we got home I really bonked. Was feeling exhausted and a little nauseous so I asked Brandon to take on the parental duties for the rest of the day and went to lie down. I think I got up for a small quick dinner and then went back to bed. We decided to watch a movie in bed but I only made it half way through before I wanted to crash again. So I asked B to help me out of bed for one more potty break before bed. Then as he was pulling me up I felt a gush of warm water all over my legs. WTF, I immediately thought I peed the bed, crap! Then within a few seconds I realized that it was probably my water breaking. Brandon was in denial. I was two weeks early so it couldn’t be time yet. He is sure that it is just bath water that I was somehow storing in my vagina from earlier in the day. What???? I will explain female anatomy to him later, on with the story.

I think it was approaching midnight at this point. I wasn’t prepared for a trip to the hospital. So I ran to pack my bag. Brandon went to the phone and called our neighbors and friends the Bradley’s to explain the situation and ask if the kids could sleep over. He then rushed the kids out of bed and over to the neighbors. They were confused, scared and half asleep but I think they handled the move great. Brandon was in a panic to get to the hospital. I kept trying to calm him down. We would have plenty of time to get there. Hours even. But I think he thought the kid would pop out fast with the water breaking. We’ve never had the water break on its own before so I guess neither of us really knew what to expect.

Within a few minutes we were on our way to the hospital. Once there they put me in the triage room and were able to verify that my water had indeed broken. They had a type of litmus paper that turned blue when it detected amniotic fluid. I was quickly moved into a delivery room and the nurse began monitoring the baby and placed my IV. At this point I was still not having any contractions which confused me. I always thought when your water broke the labor part kicked in pretty fast. They told me to start walking but I would only get a few feet before my legs were covered in bloody amniotic fluid. Another thing they don’t tell you. Your water doesn’t just break once. It may start with one large gush of fluid but it continues to constantly leak out for hours after. So I would go to the restroom, get all cleaned up and dry, stand up to walk and I was covered in fluids again. Soon enough I decided to skip the walking and just lay down and try to get some rest. My OB was there with another delivery and was exhausted so he decided to go home and get a few hours sleep. They started pitocin between 3 and 4 AM to get the contractions going. As soon as it hit my veins I remember it was just freezing and my body soon began to shiver uncontrollably so I piled on the heated blankets. The contractions got going fairly quickly after that and continued to increase in intensity over the next couple of hours.

Around 7 AM my contractions were strong enough to need an epidural. We got that placed very smoothly but it tended to concentrate on one side of my body. So I had to lay on my side pretty much the rest of the day to keep my body from tingling too much. Just before 11 AM I started to feel a lot more pressure in my bottom so I called the nurse thinking I had to poop. She instead checked my cervix and could feel the baby’s head crowning. I then tried to wake up Brandon because he had been sleeping the entire night, even through my contractions. What a guy 🙂 Things then went very fast. Brandon grabbed the cameras and the doc came in. Before he was even fully gowned he told me to start pushing and Miss Kayla was born within a few pushes. Very quick and easy.
Being two weeks early Kayla was covered in vernix from head to toe. Even coating the inside of her ears. She was healthy and perfect. I don’t remember much more from the rest of that day or night. Just little things like not sleeping much. Or how uncomfortable the hospital bed was. Or how exciting it was to show Kayla off to her long awaiting big sisters. I felt great afterwards. I had very little pain and was getting around fine. So we opted not to stay the recommended two nights after the birth and went home in the evening on the next day. We missed the girls and they were ready to come home. You’d think they’d love sleeping over at friends houses but they were crying to come home. Not to say they didn’t have a great time loving up Helene or beating up Helene’s Dad. But, they were anxious to spend time with Kayla.

Kayla is now 6 weeks old and she is still an excellent baby. Yes, it took me this long to write one blog entry. Its not easy with a newborn and two other kiddos to get more then 5 minutes alone at a time. In fact I have written most of this one handed with Kayla on a pillow on my lap nursing. But, I’m impressed I got it done.

The first month of her life she pretty much slept all of the time. She was maybe awake for a total of 2 or 3 hours off and on throughout the day. She would wake up to eat and then go right back to sleep. After Reagan, this seemed wrong somehow but I’ll take it. By her fourth week she was only waking up once a night to eat. But, getting her to sleep at night was becoming a small challenge. She wants to be awake from 8 pm to 11 or 12 just as we are ready to sleep. But for a newborn I think she is still awesome.

At five weeks old she was starting to be awake more. But still sleeping a lot. She gets grumpy just as I am trying to make dinner. So I have mastered the sling thing for dinnertime. I don’t think I’ve eaten a meal in weeks where I wasn’t also feeding Kayla. So that was a bit difficult but I’m getting better at dinnertime multitasking. Although Kayla is often covered in my dropped food by the end of the meal. Kayla also slept through the night once at 5 weeks for a full 8 hours. But I was so engorged when she finally woke up that my milk was literally spraying down her throat. She didn’t like that too much so since then she wakes up once a night to eat.

On another topic, Kayla seems to hate her Daddy. He can’t seem to hold her for more then 5 minutes before she is hysterical. She wants to be held by Mommy and only Mommy at ALL times. So needless to say the house is quite a mess as I do nothing but hold Kayla. When I start to get annoyed at my constant attachment its easy to remember to just enjoy the moment. This is the last little nugget I’ll have so I am loving every minute of my baby time. Good thing she is such a happy baby.

Happy Anniversary Dude

Today is our Sixth Wedding Anniversary. I was lying awake last night after one of my many calls from one of the girls for their Mama in the middle of the night. Then I started to think. Wow, tomorrow is our anniversary! Look at all the things that I have done in my life since meeting this guy. I was hoping to put up more pictures of us through the ages but we met long before the digital age and we haven’t scanned in many of our older pictures. So don’t have much to show. Where to start…
We met in 1991. I was 17, Brandon was 16. I was a cashier at the corner Lynn’s Supermarket. Brandon was just starting out as a bag boy. Not really much attaction at first. Brandon looked much younger then his age and I was dating someone else. Plus, I had a crush on the produce guy, hot stuff! Yep, I wasn’t looking to settle down just yet. Then my girlfriend, Jen, thought we should take this new bag boy out on the town for a date. Us two girls and Brandon. We thought it would be funny. So we took Brandon out to Taco Bell and saw “Look Ma, the Babysittters Dead”. Quite the evening. We all hit it off and the three of us hung out nearly every day that summer. I was even seen in the stands of Brandon’s swim meets. This is even where I met Carole, aka B’s Mom, for the first time.
Anyway, soon enough rumors were storming through the grocery store that Brandon had a thing for me. He would deny it when confronted anywhere near me. Then late one evening Jen, Brandon and I were hanging out at the Blackhawk School playground. Jen confronted Brandon and he finally copped up. He said hanging out with me was like being able to look at the menu but not allowed to order anything. Yep, that’s my man. He has a way with words. May seem corny to you all now but at the moment I thought it was awesome. So the next day I broke up with my boyfriend and Brandon and I started “Going Together”, as they called it in those days.
My Mom was a little worried when she first met Brandon. You see those days Brandon’s mode of transportation was a scooter. I had a brand new red sunbird so I picked Brandon up for all our dates. One night Brandon wanted to drive so he picked me up in his Dad’s old blue truck which had those stainless steel naked ladies sprawled out on the sides. Very Classy! Mom soon learned Brandon was okay though and need not worry about him.
The rest is history. Since that day we have experienced a lot together…
Gone to two proms, Graduated from High School, Both Graduated from Purdue, Gone on many travels, Moved to California, Got our first real jobs, Started our own business, Got married in Hawaii, Moved to Colorado, Bought a House, Adopted 6 cats and 2 dogs, and became parents to two amazing little girls.
Not a bad life for meeting this kid in a grocery store in high school. Who would have thought?
Why write this now? When you are parents to two girls under the age of two its easy to forget that you are also married, not just parents. Sometimes you need to just lay in bed at night and think, Wow its my Sixth Anniversary tomorrow. Seems like we just met. Still having a blast together. Wouldn’t change my life for anything and I still kinda love this guy.
Looking forward to whatever else we have coming our way together.
Love You, Honey!
Here’s a few pics along the way. Oddly enough we don’t have many pictures of us together. We never really had a nother person around to snap us together. New rule, take pictures together. I had slim pickings to choose from
1993 – Our Cruise to the Bahamas

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1998 – Life in California

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6/18/1999 – The Big Day

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1999 – Yosemite

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2003 – Colorado

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2004 – Maui

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I’m Back

Whew, I may finally be getting a hang of this two kid thing. It has been absolutely crazy the last few weeks. Reagan doesn’t go to bed until late, 11:00 – midnight somewhere. She sleeps one 6 hour stretch, which is great, and then is up every two hours to eat. Of course, Syd wakes up between 8 – 9 am so not much sleep going on for us parents right now. Syd has also been fighting me majorly on naptime. She sneaks out of her room and sees me with the baby and thinks she is missing out on something. So I put her back in bed kicking and screaming. This can go on for an hour before she is so worn out that she collapses on the floor. If she doesn’t take a nap you don’t want to be anywhere near her in the evenings, grouch! Our neighbor told us to put a baby gate in her door to lock her in. Good idea will try that next. She is definitely getting a little more jealous of this new baby that gets so much of Mommy’s time. I get lots of, “Mama, baby go night night now.” But loves her lots if Mom is giving them both attention at the same time.
I have not lost a single pound since coming home from the hospital. They say breastfeeding takes off the pounds, bullcrap. I have just decided to try and keep on the move throughout the day to try and start losing some pounds. Very hard when I am constantly nursing, but am trying. I really need to start walking or treadmilling, but have found many reasons to put it off. Too tired, others things to do, need to play with Syd, clean, cook, errands. Just need to kick my self in gear and get it done. I absolutely hate being this heavy right now. But the motivation is not there yet.
What else? I have gotten my spring checklist done. Had carpet cleaned, had windows cleaned, did all spring yardwork, planted annuals, ( with help from my Dad), took all cats to spa to get baths. First cat baths since I have owned them. Figured it was time. Tibbs is 12 years old so kinda gross now that I think about it. May just make that a yearly thing now. It got rid of all the spring shedding in the house. Also, the window cleaner said he killed a huge black widow in Reagan’s bedroom window. Just lovely if my kid would have gotten biten in her own crib. Good thing she is still in our room for moment.
I am sure you all heard from brandon that our radon test came out very high. An average of 12, but went up to 17 at times. Anything over a 4 is unsafe. Someone told us that a rating of 21 is like smoking 12 cigars a day. Brandon has been really nervous that he has been breathing that in for 4 years now. He has had this weird cough the last couple of years so of course its making him nervous that its the start of lung problems. Not too cool. I have a guy coming in the morning to see what he can do to get rid of it for us. Just our luck that we just finished the basement and that is where he will need to work. I am hoping he doesn’t need to break into the wall to install the radon fans, but don’t know yet. All you out there should get your house tested ASAP. Radon is the cause of 30% of all lung cancer cases. Not fun stuff. And it can be anywhere, not just Colorado.
All of Syd’s classes have ended so I am stuck at home with her for the summer. I wasn’t going to renew gymnastics or music class for the summer but am rethinking that. It would be nice to still get her out a couple of times a week so she doesn’t get too bored. Just hope Reagan doesn’t act up in the classes too much. Will just have to give it a try.
Lastly, I think we have decided on Puerto Vallarta for our fall/winter vacation this year. I was doing some research on it this week and it looks great. It is on a huge bay and the beaches look awesome. The hotels I have been looking at look great with huge pools and kid activities. Just need to research the area a little more now to see what else there is to see in the area. But, at this point I am mostly interested in lying at the beach and soaking in the huge pools. It is also a direct 3 hour flight from Denver so that can’t be beat with two kids. Hope to see you there.
For now I will have to settle on going to our little reservoir for some beach time. We are going to get a summer pass this year and will probably hang out there many weekends this summer. It is great because we can take the dogs in for a swim and cool off in this heat. And its only a 2 minute drive from the house. Takes us longer to pack up the kids and dogs. The dog area is also not used too much so not too many people around you. Those who are there are very spread out so as to avoid getting the dogs too close to one another. Its also very clean for a lake so should be fun.
That’s all I know for now. And besides I hear Miss Reagan stirring. Maybe I’ll get a chance to write again next month 🙂

Get The Show On The Road

Brandon Here…
Since the Doctor’s office closes at 5 PM, Kim figured she ought to stop in and have them see what progress she had made after 12 hours of contractions. Turns out…not much. Same numbers as the other day. The birthing center finally slowed down for the week (101 babies so far) so they said that they would just admit her and break her water if she wants. Yes, please.
So we checked into Casa Longmont United Hospital. Kim is in her gown and ready to roll. Grandma is back at home with Ne Ne.
Will it be a long night?

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(Where are the Playboys? Inside joke.)