We also got to attend the annual Easter egg hunt at my parents
I haven’t blogged since April 😬 so let’s do a catchup.
Brooks and clarky playing!
My new kitchen!
In the end of April we found out we got orders to head to Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo New Mexico. Have you heard of it? Nope, me either! We learned it was an hour away from my cousins who live in Las cruces. Albuquerque was our nearest temple, not counting the Juarez Mexico temple. El Paso is our closest airport and Costco, and our nearest target... is an hour away. We were moving to a small town, 30,000 people, a significant amount of those are military. There is a walmart, and a jcpenny in the town. Excited for us yet? I only think I shed tears a few times, but I was ready to get there, to call some place “home” for longer than a year.
We were back and forth between buying a house, renting or trying to live on base. In the small world we live in, my friend Megan from dental school, her husband had actually come down here to interview, (but ended up not taking the job) but she had a lds dentist wife’s number and put me in contact with her. I was able to talk to this sweet Lisa who then put me in contact with another dentist on bases wife! Turns out she grew up with my bestie chelsea in Olympia and her cousin is married to a Frye! So, I initiated contact and I asked her where we should live. Obviously she told me to live in her neighborhood 😉😝
Finally mid June I decided we couldn’t put it off any longer, this was our reality and we needed to figure out where to live. I contacted a realtor and mortgage lady, and they said if I wanted to move in anywhere by the beginning of August, I better but a house soon! Also in June, I got hired by the local hospital for a PRN labor and delivery position to start early August. So I had to be out there sooner than Jason.
I ended up flying out for a quick weekend with Clark. We stayed with my cousins in las cruces and I bought a house. Yes, clark and I bought a house. I love it!
My traveling buddy
Brooks and clarky playing!
My new kitchen!
Me visiting Jason’s new Work at holloman!
My good friend Madi, was able to be at Clark's birth, and she snapped some beautiful pictures for me. 40 pregnancy pounds, and the angle you lay at, are not in my favor, but the emotions these pictures bring are too much to not share, they are raw. Birth is a beautiful, empowering, disgusting thing all at once. These pictures do not contain any explicit content, dont worry.
Jason gowning up
My mom was here until Saturday and was such an amazing help! From spoiling the older kiddos to holding and rocking Clark, making us cookies and freezer meals, target trips and late night tv watching. It really was the best!!
I took her to the airport on Saturday morning and got home
Just in time to get ready for clarks newborn pictures! There are a few sneak peaks of the pictures! I can't wait to get the rest back!! Especially the superman ones and the ones with all the kiddos!!
Clark loves to eat, pee,poop,sleep and my favorite... snuggle!!!!! I never want to put him down, but I have to more than I had to put down the first two! Hazel has been the best big helper and even mitchell seems to be so much more independent and bigger!! I've had two days completely by myself with three kids... it's going much better than expected! Now don't let me jinx it!!!
I am so in love with my new little man!! I feel blessed to have three amazing children!!
Warning: long, detailed post
So last Wednesday at my dr apt I was 39.3 and my midwife checked me I was 3 cm and she stripped my membranes. I contracted all the rest of the day, and into the evening. I thought this was it, but I was so sad because my parents weren't going to be there until the next morning. So I took a bath and was able to go to bed. Woke up the next morning still pregnant.
Well if it didn't happen yesterday... it would happen Thursday?! The kids and I picked up my parents about 12 on Thursday, we played, I did both parents hair and we went out to dinner.... went to bed and woke up still pregnant. I just kept thinking I would wake up in labor or wake up because my water broke, I'd had enough contractions!!!!
Friday arrived and I had a eyelash fill appointment that I was sure I'd have to cancel because I'd had a baby, nope made my appointment! But now my lashes were fantastic. I was getting pretty irritated with it all, I mean my parents were here waiting for it all to happen... I could not disappoint!
Feeling like a disappointment I took myself to get a manicure and pedicure! I felt much better after that. By Saturday I was determined to have a baby 1/7/17 sounded like a pretty cool birthday! I did not sit down all morning.
I scrubbed my grout, I cleaned some bathrooms, I cooked up some pancakes and eggs for breakfast, I got all ready for the day, headed to Costco and got stocked up... got home and took a nap. At 230 contractions started, like clockwork, every 3-5 minutes lasting 60-120 seconds. They hurt but I was still trying to do stuff. After 2 hours of these "regular" contractions, I called and they told me to come in. Of course they were going to send me home.. I was so nervous! I didn't want to be That patient, I mean it was my third baby, I should know how this all works by now. My sweet cousin Marci came over and picked up my kiddos!!! So then we headed in. They checked me I was only 4 cm and I had been 3 on Wednesday so they told me to walk around and come back in 2 hours and they would recheck me.
Two hours later I came back..
4-5 cm was all.
Uugggh I was THAT patient. That was going to get sent home.
The amazing Dr Torres came in, checked me to confirm what we already knew.. 4-5 cm.
But then she said, do you want to go home just to come back in real labor later or do you want to just have a baby? Break water, epidural, pitocin.. the whole induction/augmentation process!
Seriously???? I had no intentions of setting an induction up, but I was there, gown on, monitor on, 4-5 cm 40 weeks pregnant, with my parents in town... DONE!
I got admitted, moved to a labor room (room 3) I was the only labor patient there. Got my Iv, signed my paperwork, and then dr Torres broke my water at 2115. 5cm dilated. They said it was clear... but later we learned it was meconium... all 3 of my babies have had meconium in their fluid. I guess I really stress them out!
By 2200 I was BEGGING for an epidural!!! I mean the contractions I was having all day were wussy contractions. I think I was yelling, shaking, and holding onto the bed rails for my dear life. I thought I was going to die with each contraction. I had my epidural and was somewhat comfortable by 2245. They checked me and put my catheter in.. and guess what... I was still a 5! You had got to be kidding me. This was not real life.. I was so grateful I got an epidural!
Since I was still a 5, they started pitocin at 2300 at 4mu/min
2330 turned up to 6 and at midnight to 8. Around that time I called my nurse in I was feeling my pressure, she checked I was 8 cm. She sat me up in throne position, and then a couple of my friends arrived, with a cooler for my placenta too!! Thanks madi and karlee!!
While sitting in this position my back was killing me!!!! It was hurting so bad, so I gave myself an extra dose off the epidural pump, big mistake... I was even more numb that before and my back still hurt. Duh Devyn, that was pressure pain and we can't take away the pressure!
I called my nurse back in maybe 0045 and told her more pressure, she checked me and I was complete but baby was still 0 station. She said she would call dr Torres. Dr Torres came in about 0105 and checked me and I was +3 station.
Side not: Previously we were discussing where we were from and turns out dr Torres had just moved back to Nellis AFB from Travis AFB for the past 5 years where she practiced as an OB, my dad and here found some common colleagues and she had lived in Napa!! Crazy!! Anyways she asked if I wanted my dad to deliver! Of course!!!
So my dad and Jason got all gowned up, they broke the bed down and put my feet in the foot pedals, I could not move an ounce of my own lower body, it was pretty terrible. Then they had me push with the next contraction.. karlee had one leg, dr Torres had the other leg, my mom was holding FaceTime with Madeline and karlee had the FaceTime with Brittani. Madi was snapping pictures, and I was pushing.
Baby arrived LOA at 0116 with my dad coaching Jason how to deliver, Jason delivered Clark. Clark went straight to my belly and cord was clamped when pulsating stopped. I wiped Clark clean while pulling him closer to me. With an intact perineum they got me all cleaned up and bed put back together. I started nursing Clark right away and he has a great latch. He nursed for a good 20-30 min on each side! My friends left, then my parents left about 0200 or so.
About 0215 a lady came in screaming next door with a precipitous delivery .. the walls were realllly thin there!! Poor lady- anyways they took baby Clark about 0245 and bathed him and got all his measurements and assessed and shots. He was 8#9oz, 21 inches long, head full of hair and just perfect.
About 0400 I could finally walk and go to the bathroom so then we moved rooms to postpartum room 11, right across the hall!
Monday afternoon we were discharged and boy am I glad to be home. I do and don't like the hospital. It is nice for a minute and then I'm going stir crazy to get home!!!
Recovery has been okay. The cramping is crazy worse with the third and my milk is in and engorgement is real! Ha!! Clark eats, sleeps, and poops oh and is the best snuggler!!!!
Hazel is obsessed and mitchell likes to point and say little buddy or Clark, but if I am nursing Clark, mitchell will come sit next to me and say "he don't want it!!" Or "all done!" Until he is either crying and in timeout, or I finish nursing. Hopefully it will get better.
Things I want to remember:
They wouldn't give me anything stronger than ibuprofen for a vaginal delivery, they didn't have dermoplast, or diaper pads, no wifi, no sodas, only 12 channels on the tv... and no food for dads, no snack room... (government hospital) but they did have the best ice and great staff. Jenn was my delivery nurse, Julia the baby's nurse and Megan was my postpartum nurse.
On December 22, my baby girl turned 5!!! I can't even believe I have a 5 year old! Her birthday wish was to go to a hotel. Swimming at hotels is her favorite, but in Vegas there are only a couple hotels with indoor hotels. We ended up staying at embassy suites and went swimming in the evening and again at 730 am! Haha. She was sure in heaven!!!
The kiddos got to meet santa
And we went to the most amazing light show at the Las Vegas motor speedway. It's 2.5 miles of drive through lights and scenes!
Since they frown upon traveling at 38 weeks pregnant, we stayed home in Las Vegas for Christmas. All my family was together in Lake Tahoe at cabins in the fresh powdery snow, but we had a relaxing holiday. My last day at work was Christmas Eve, but I was able to arrange to get off early!! Christmas Eve we had a traditional fondue pickett party at Stu and Marci's!
Acting out the Christmas nativity while stu read it from the Bible.
The next day we opened presents
Took naps, played and played and then went to stu and Marci's for a delicious Christmas dinner! They were so wonderful to host us both nights!! I have been so exhausted that I have little motivation to do much! Overall it was so fun and it has been so great to have jason have 2 weeks off!!!