Monday, February 20, 2017

August's Birth

Better late than never, right? I finally sorted through these photos and chose my favorites (so hard to do!) I have a baby attached to me almost all day and all night, so I'll try to make this short and sweet.

I REALLY thought the baby was going to be born a few days after Christmas. I was hoping for a December baby, and I thought I got my wish on Thursday, December 29th when I was having contractions every three minutes after dinner that night. Steve and I packed our bags and drove to the hospital, only to be sent home by my doctor a couple hours later. I fully expected to be back at the hospital within the next day or so, but instead, I didn't feel those same consistent contractions for a full week. On Thursday, January 5th, I was five days past my due date and I went in to the doctor's office for another appointment. He judged me to be at 3 centimeters, and he told me that he would break my water at the hospital. I could either choose Friday morning, or Monday morning, so I went with Friday, obviously. :) 

I came home, relieved to finally know when the baby was coming! I asked Steve to take these photos of me with Ephraim. I wanted to capture his last moments as my youngest baby.

Steve went to lead youth group at 4 pm. Around dinnertime, I started feeling contractions, and they were pretty strong. When Steve got home at 7 pm, I knew that we needed to go to the hospital. They admitted me right away (it helped that I was coming in to get induced the next morning anyway). It turned out that the contractions were real--yay! I got an epidural around 11 pm, and the doctor broke my water soon after.

At 1 am, the doctor came back and asked me how I was feeling. (I was feeling really good with the epidural.) He figured that I would have delivered already. When he checked me, he said I was at 10 cm, and the baby's head was "right there". He called in the nurses, and he asked me to do a practice push. He quickly told me to stop pushing so he could get his gloves on! And at 1:08 am, and with really only one push or so, 


August nursed for a long time, and the nurses let me hold him for about two hours before they cleaned him and weighed him.

At 8 pounds, 6 ounces, August was our biggest baby. (Nolan was 8# 2 oz, and Ephraim was 7# 0 oz.)

It was hard to get any sleep because we were enjoying him so much!

The next morning, my mom brought the very-excited older brothers to meet August!

I'm so glad we captured these sweet moments!

Grandma Z meeting the baby.

And MorMor holding our little sweet pea.

I can't believe it's already been six weeks! I'm not sure where the time is going, but I know that August is just the most precious little guy, and we are basking in his newborn-ness as long as we can! :) We thank God for such a smooth birth experience and a healthy baby! We don't take that for granted, he is such a blessing!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Bear Hug" Children's Book Giveaway

The boys and I want to share our current favorite book with you! We got a copy of "I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug," the new children's book by Caroline B. Cooney. I used to read Caroline B. Cooney books when I was in middle school. Do you remember "The Face of the Milk Carton," "Whatever Happened to Janie?," and "The Voice on the Radio"? Or the "Time Travelers" series, like "Both Sides of Time" and "Prisoner of Time"?  I loved her books! This is her first children's book, and it is super cute. It is an easy read and an excellent bedtime story.

The story is of a mommy putting her little boy to bed, and she uses the parts of his bedtime routine to give him a different kind of hug. Each page is a different animal . . . I'm going to give you a bear hug, a dog hug, a fish hug, a bug hug, cat hug, etc. The animals mostly correspond with what the little boy is doing. For example, he gets a fish hug when he's in the bathtub, and he gets a sheep hug when mommy puts a warm blanket on him. It's a really sweet rhyming book with whimsical illustrations.

"I'm going to give you a whale hug
A high tide,
Ocean wide,
Take me for a sail hug." 

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

August Daniel

Our sweet baby boy, August Daniel, was born early in the morning on January 6th! I have been wanting to get a post up with some of the hundreds of photos I've taken in the past month. This is going to have to be "part one" of two or three, because I haven't sifted through the ones from the hospital yet. Anyway, August was our biggest baby at a healthy 8 pounds, 6 ounces and 21 inches. He was also six days late (though Nolan still takes the prize for longest pregnancy). The delivery was very smooth - I can detail it more later. He is now three weeks and four days old, and we are SO in love with our little August!

This was the first photo I shared with friends and family. He does have some pretty juicy cheeks!

This is one of my favorite photos from when Nolan and Ephraim came to visit in the hospital. They were so excited to meet their brand new baby brother!

Back at home, wearing his winter white on a snowy day.

Proud daddy of three(!) boys! Sidenote, Steve is his parents' third out of four boys.

Snuggling up in his bed.

The nursing life . . . goodness, I missed it! Yes, it's sometimes hard to nurse on demand every two to three hours, but I love cuddling with my tiny little guy all day.

Our 42 week picture to finish off my pregnancy series :)

My friend Erin dropped off this delicious drink and chocolate bar one day. We are so grateful for my MOPS friends and all of the meals we've received the past couple of weeks!

Our friend Carol brought donuts one morning. Never underestimate the power of showing up!

Our very own little Olaf :)

I love, love, love this photo of the three boys!!

Every time we set him in the bassinet, he wakes up. We end up holding him all the time, which is okay with me, as he's only a newborn for such a short while.

Cute little lion socks. Too bad socks don't stay on newborns' silky feet.

Yawning and swinging :)

This post-partum life has made me thirsty all the time! I can't get enough smoothies, hot chocolate, coffee and tea. This smoothie was the last of our strawberries from last summer. I bought a Magic Bullet and it's been so worth it!

Such a doll baby!

On Saturday, we celebrated Ephraim's third birthday with a trip to the donut shoppe. His face here was pure joy as we were singing to him. We will throw a party for him in a few days.

 I was happy to get in a photo with the birthday boy. Now that we have a newborn, all of a sudden, Ephraim is a giant and I can't believe he's already three!

August's first trip to church on Sunday. He slept, he ate, and then all the ladies flocked to him at the end of the service :)

And I'll wrap up with a couple of pictures of our new kitchen. Steve finished it just in the nick of time before the baby was born. There are a couple of small jobs left to do, but it's totally functional now. We absolutely LOVE it!

I'll hopefully post again soon with other photos from this past month!


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