Friday, January 30, 2009

Shes here!!

Jan 27 at 11:50am little Ella Kate was born. After a night with the loudest winds I have ever heard in my life and very little sleep we woke up at 7:00 am and headed to the hospital. I had a c-section booked and had to be there by 8:00. I was sooooo nervous and excited.
Right before I went into surgery. I was all prepped and ready to go. Spence is a nerd!
They gave Spence scrubs that were a few sizes to small. I was laughing so hard.

After they froze me nice and good they got started right away. I had no idea they were even operating until the anestesiologist told me. I had a c-section with Sophie after a real long labor and no dilating. She was so stuck and there was no way that she was going to fit. My doctor told me that I would most likely have to have all my babies c-section. I booked a c-section with this pregnancy after a lot of going back and forth. We felt like we were making the right desicion but the last week I started to second guess myself. After the surgery my doctor told me that Ella was also very stuck just like Sophie and they had to use the forceps just to get here from under my ribs.That was all I needed to hear to know that I had done the right thing. I know that some think that C-sections are the devil but I can honestly say that it was an amazing experience and I felt completely present for the whole birth. When I had Sophie I was so tired from such a long labor and I wasn't freezing because my epidural had totally worn off and so they had to put me right under and I woke up feeling so groggy and confused and traumatized. I could feel everything after I woke up and have never felt such excruciating pain. This time the freezing from the spinal wore off slowly and even once it was all worn off I felt way less pain then the last time. Anyway immediatly after she was born they put her on my chest and I got to cuddle with her for about 10 minutes. She weighed 8 pounds 2 oz and was 20.5 inches long. This was taken right after she was born. She smelt so good and brand new. I was real emotional. Everyone in the OR was so great and joking around and keeping it nice and easy for me to stay calm. Spence and I were both really relaxed and excited.

Right when they brought her to me. She is heaven! I was so excited that she has Sophie's lips.

Spence got to go with the baby to the NICU while I went to the recovery room. They take all C-section babies to the NICU. She was perfectly healthy though. They bathed her and got her dressed and Spence and her had some bonding time. In the meantime I was in recovery with the nicest nurse EVER. I am not kidding she was so meant to be a nurse. I felt great the whole time and just wanted to see Ella again. I love all the pictures Spence took while they were in the NICU. He did real good.
This picture reminds me so much of Sophie when she was born
Within about 30 minutes of me getting back to my (private) room- (halleluia), Sophie got there. She was so cute with the baby. I was so happy about that.
I laughed so hard when I saw this pictureGrandma and Ella
Kara and Ella Kimber and Ella Grandpa Pankhurst and Ella Our little family. I couldn't be happier!!
Kristi and I and our babies. Kaia always seemed so small to me until she was next to Ella
I am so in love She is so good and content so far. Always sleeping or just looking around. yes I realize i am wearing a granny nightgown but man is it comfy
After 3 days at the hospital we finally got to go home. Sophie loves her little sister! I think these are the two cutest little girls in the whole world!!
I am so in love with little Ella. She is such an angel. All the nurses kept saying how calm and content she is. She is feeding so good and I am feeling great. I honestly don't feel like I had a c-section. I have no regrets about it and feel totally content with having all my kids the same way. It has been such an amazing experience and I am so grateful for our healthy little sweetheart.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Diaper Extravaganza

I was at Costco yesterday and Huggies diapers are on sale $12.70 off a box. I usually don't buy huggies but figured for that kind of price it was worth it. I bought a bunch of newborn diapers and got nice and stocked up. Every size is on sale. Anyway I think it is just for this week, so it probably ends today... so Go Go Go!!!.... I don't know if it's just Canada or not??

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

No baby yet

Nothing has happened yet... well I guess I shouldn't say nothing. I have had random contractions here and there but nothing consistent. I have officially reached the uncomfortable stage where I look so akwardly enormous and feel like everyone that looks at me is trying so hard not to laugh hysterically.... or cry out of pity at my gigantic belly. I really can't complain because I really have felt great up until about 3 days ago. I have gained half the amount of weight I did last time but I still feel like my belly is MASSIVE! I have a dr appt tommorow so maybe this week I have gained 20 pounds and that's why I feel so nasty. I think I need to feel this way to get me ready to have this baby out of me. I really will stop complaining. Things are great! I could definatley feel worse-- I could have heartburn! Anyway I did something SOOOOO stupid the day before yesterday and anyone that knows how extremely paranoid I am, won't believe it. My mom called me on Monday at about 3:00 and casually asked me if I wanted to go to Kalispell for a few days and stay with my grandma and grandpa in Meadow Lake... I really don't think she expected me to say yes. That would just be foolish and irresponsible right.. Here I am 9 months pregnant- due in a week ....and I went! I would have been up the creek without a paddle if I had have gone into labour in the USA. We would have been paying big bucks for that one for awhile. I really don't know why I am writing this on the blog.. its kinda dumb but the point is I went and I am home and did not have the baby. And it was sooo worth it because I found some darling things for the baby and Sophie. I also got some cute cute fabric for cheap from Joannes to make some nursing covers. SOOOOO anyway I am still pregnant! I don't think that It's gonna happen anytime soon. I was 2 weeks late with Sophie. I have it scheduled for Tuesday so I'm sure that it won't happen before then...... I guess we'll see.

See what I mean!! AAAH! 39 weeks pregnant looks more like 47 weeks on me. Sophie and Watson are starting to finally love eachother again

This was right before they both tripped and landed on top of eachother on the hardwood floor. It was quite epic. Sophie keeps saying, "Watson hugged Sophie and we fell. Poor Sophie's head". Oh Sophie always refers to herself in the 3rd person.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ask me if I'm jealous??

YEP!! Spence got home from Cancun at 4:00 yesterday morning. He says he really missed us but judging from this gorgeous ocean that was RIGHT outside the resort they stayed at, I am finding that hard to believe.

He had a wonderful time, ate lots of scandelous food.... and I am so going next year!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Catching Up

So I have some catching up to do.. the baby will be here soon and i might not get to blogging for awhile after so I thought I should catch up on christmas! December was a big huge busy month with us going from one thing to another. Sophie had absoloutly no routine but it was sure fun!

We had 3 cousins get married in 3 days.. I hate myself for not getting pictures of the beautiful brides but trust me.. they were beautiful!
I did get a picture of this.. this did not happen very often with the two of them so i was excited when i had my camera right there. Now Sophie is constantly saying that she "wants to kiss Watson." Yikes!

Christmas was soo great! We spent it with my family this year and it was so nice to have Chase home. We had a delicious christmas Eve dinner at my Grandma Packs. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of the food... but i did get some of the cranberries.

We opened a few gifts the night before Christmas... this is all that my mom has wanted under her tree for christmas for the last 2 years.
Sophie snuggling with Kara on Christmas Eve right before bed Christmas Morning Sophie was so excited to see this little kitty peaking out of the top of her stocking! Spence bringing Sophie upstairs when she woke up at 10:30 christmas morning. It was great!!
the little kids
Sophie got a dolly from my mom. She is so cute with it. She puts her down for a nap every 10 minutes and reads her stories.
We wrapped up a little play mouse in a box for my mom. Her reaction was everything we hoped for.

Sophie got everything a little 2 year old could ask for... although i am convinced I could have gotten every one of her gifts at dollarama and she would have been every bit as excited.. next year!

after a long day of presents Sophie was exhausted and could barely make it to grandmas arms for a nice long 3 hour nap.. a perfect day!

Anyway we are finally getting back into the swing of things and trying to get Sophie back to going to bed at a decent hour before the baby comes. She seems like she is growing up so fast. I am so excited to see her with the new baby... only 2 and a half more weeks. I am still feeling great.. i can still sleep, i still haven't got heartburn, and i actually don't feel uncomfortable yet. I am huge but somehow handling it quite well. Spence is in Cancun until Sunday. He went with APX and when i heard 3 months ago when they were leaving we both thought there was no way that he would be able to go given how I felt when I was 8 and a half months pregnant with Sophie but the closer it got the more sure I was that I would be just fine and I insisted he go. It was only for 4 days and he worked real hard this summer for this trip... plus I really wanted him to bring home some white vanilla. haha.. Sophie and I are having a great time hanging out with my sisters and I feel like I have been getting way more done than ever... I am totally nesting. Anyway it's about time for Sophie to have a nap and I think I might do the same.