What a crazy morning. I woke up at 6:45 and went to the bathroom. I had some pink discharge and wondered if maybe my water broke. But it wasn't a ton and after waiting for 10 minutes and nothing else seemed to be happening I decided it probably was something else. So I went to the gym as I was planning on and did the elliptical for 30 minutes. I had a few contractions there but nothing more than usual during exercise. When I got home at 7:30 I started noticing more consistent contractions that were lower in my belly than my Braxton hicks ones. At 8 I told Blake I may or may not be in labor. I started packing a hospital bag and doing dishes and didn't really time contractions but they were pretty close, maybe 3-4 minutes apart but not very long. At 8:20 Blake put on some sterile gloves and checked me and thought I was around 5 cm. We ended up getting our neighbors to watch the kids for us at like 8:30 and by 8:40 were on the way to the hospital. In the car I called the exchange to tell my doctor we were going to the hospital and meanwhile my contractions were getting harder and harder. The exchange was really slow and I never did talk to the doctor. When we were exiting the freeway and could see the hospital I started involuntarily screaming and telling Blake I needed to push. Blake said 'please don't push.' Blake was very calm and pulled to the circle at labor and delivery and grabbed a wheelchair. It was 9:00. He said 'Marie, you need to get out of the car.' So somehow I got in the chair and a nice nurse ran to get the elevator for us. When we got to the third floor I was still screaming in pain and this very nice couple checking in just looked at me like I was absolutely insane which was probably pretty accurate. I said 'I'm so sorry!' They said it's ok and someone had us go straight back to room 9 and I got out of the chair and into the bed, asking 'Is there any way I can get an epidural?' Blake says 'I'm going to move the car, I'll be right back' and I said 'I think you better stay here' and the nurses said 'Stay here, we will call security and let them know.' They checked me and said 'she's a 10 plus and at plus 2 station. Call Dr. Pike (the house doctor, mine didn't make it).' Somehow they put in an IV and put a heart rate monitor on the baby. I guess his heart rate was going down so they put an oxygen mask on me and said 'It is time to push!' I guess the doctor used the vacuum to hurry things along even faster and after a few pushes at 9:07 little baby William was born! And I stopped screaming! He looked good with an apgar score of 7 and then 9. They promptly took my IV out and then took 30 minutes stitching up my 2nd degree tear. During that they asked what my name was and admitted us to the hospital! So in hindsight I guess my water really did break at 6:45 but no matter when you count it, from 6:45 or 7:30 when I started having contractions, it was a super fast labor that took us all by surprise! Plus he came 5 days early, which I never thought would happen because I was overdue both times before. And he is my biggest baby at 8 lbs 2 oz. Not the tallest though at 20 inches.
So we have had 10.5 snow days this year. Crazy stuff. Plus Isaac has been sick three weekends in a row throwing up. I am so sick of cleaning up gross stuff! Here are Isaac and James being silly inside during one of our many days indoors.
Most days it was so cold it was no fun to play in the snow, but we did a few times. Isaac is ok to brave the cold but James doesn't like it.
Isaac likes to do projects. He will go through the recycling and find anything interesting and make it into something. Here he made a race game out of a cereal box for these little stuffed animals.
We've been doing a lot of reading too. Isaac and James can sit on the couch with us for over and hour and just read book after books. Especially on the day we go to the library. They also love reading comics with Daddy. Blake got some Calvin and Hobbes for Christmas and they love them as much as he does.
Every now and then we have a nice day. A nice Saturday in March we went to the Laumier Sculpture Park. We had a lot of fun but got super tired by the end because it is a very large park!
Isaac liked the signs because he is starting to read more and more. And these kids love maps. Give them a map and they will look at it for a day.
I don't know what any of these sculptures mean but we still had fun walking around and discovering them!
St. Louis City turns 250 this year so all around the city there are birthday cakes.
Just figuring out where we are on the map.
Blake got a week off and we didn't really do anything--we went to the St. Patrick's day parade, something I've always been curious to go to. We got tons of beads and some candy. Super exciting. We went to the zoo and of course went to the doctor, since I am there every week nowadays. And on Friday it miraculously got really nice so we spent the morning gathering wood from our backyard and some woods down the street and getting some groceries and packing and when Isaac got home from school we went camping at Meremac State Park. James has been begging to go camping again since we went in September. This trip did not disappoint. Everything about camping is fun to boys. Gathering wood, breaking it up, setting up the tent, making a fire...Plus there was a playground we played at for a little bit.
Look at our huge stack of wood!
Yay! We are camping!
James loves swinging right now. He does good holding on and always wants to go faster.
There was a picture of me too but sorry, Blake, I just can't post it. I am too enormously pregnant. Here are the boys making a fire.
James was so happy to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. He was so patient and sat there for over an hour cooking his hot dogs and then marshmallows.
We let the kids watch Cars on the iPad that night in the tent and Blake and I played some cards. In the morning it was pretty cold so Blake got another fire going. Notice James is eating more marshmallows for breakfast and Isaac is eating a donut.
But even after sitting around the fire the kids were still cold and wanted to go home so we packed up and did a little .75 mile hike--since I think we always have to go for a hike wherever we go camping. But we got cookies after that so it was worth it. After our marshmallows and donuts for breakfast.
We were glad we got to go on a little adventure with Blake for his time off. And I was glad to fit in camping before we have the baby. Only 17 more days until he is due!
A couple days ago I turned 30. Blake and my friends completely spoiled me the whole weekend to celebrate. On my birthday, Blake surprised me by taking me out to a fancy restaurant. On the way home we got Ted Drewes frozen custard and ate it with my brother, who had babysat, and played a game and watched a movie. The only downer to the day was that the kids were so excited for Daddy to come home and make a cake with them but that didn't happen. I didn't know what was going on or I would have prepared them. But I did take them for donuts that morning so they did get a birthday treat.
The day after my birthday I had my second surprise. My friend Elise arranged with me earlier that she
wanted to take me to breakfast for my birthday and insisted that her husband could
babysit my kids while we went.I thought
that was very nice so I took the kids over and we went to Crepes, my
favorite breakfast place.(Blake was
working.)When we got there, three other friends popped up and got in line behind us
and totally surprised me!They said it
was a combined birthday party/baby shower and they had balloons and a little
cake and presents!Wow, what
friends.I couldn't believe they did
that.Plus we all enjoyed our food at
crepes--it is soo good.When we got back
the kids realized I had a party from what we were talking about and they were
so sad they didn't get to come.But they
perked up when I told them I got balloons for them and a whole cake just for
us!they insisted on lighting candles
and singing to me (without Blake) and then we all had cake.My boys are so cute and sweet.
The next day I got my last surprise, which Blake actually told me about the night before because I got a little suspicious when he came home from work with bags of groceries. So all Sunday Blake made chicken salad and cake and
got things ready for the party he planned.
He ended up moving it to the park instead of our house because he
invited too many people. We celebrated with 6 other families and had a good time. People brought sides to share and we cut the
cake super small and barely fed everyone. Blake was
so sweet to pull off a party for me and I felt so overwhelmed by love from him and other people this weekend. What a way to turn 30, huh, with three days of parties?