Monday, February 26, 2018

Haylie's Birth Story

Here are the details of Haylie's birth! We are so happy she's here!

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One week old!

The start of labor
I had an appointment on Wednesday, February 7th at 10:15AM (38 weeks and 2 days pregnant) and the doctor said I was 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. Yay! That night I woke up at 3AM and realized my water broke! Of course it was the one time I was wearing Rainier's pajama pants. Oops! Mine were all dirty. Oh well! I woke him up and told him and he said, "Do we need to go right now? Do you have contractions?" He just wanted to sleep more and didn't realize I needed to go in ASAP. I’m glad I woke up when I did and not wake up 5 hours later to contractions! I called my mom so she could head over and pick up Heidi and Sophie. When we talked we decided for her to stay the night in our guest room and in the morning she took Heidi and Sophie to her house. While we were waiting for her I showered and packed our last minute toiletries in our bags. I ate Frosted Mini Wheats so I wouldn't be completely starving. I wanted to say bye to Heidi but didn’t want to wake her. It was also her first time staying the night away from home so I was nervous about that too. I was glad that labor started early enough that I could see her the same day! Oh and walking around the house felt amazing after my water broke! I had been super sore the last 2-3 months of pregnancy and I could finally walk without feeling pain. I’m guessing the water breaking relieved all that pressure I was having! 

Birth
We got to the hospital around 4-4:30ish and had to go in the emergency room entrance since it was so early. We went up to Labor and Delivery and in the “triage” room they had me dress in the hospital gown and they checked my dilation. I was at 5 cm. At that point I was worried that I was too late to get an epidural!  
We walked over to the delivery room and I got my IV in and they measured me at 6 cm and mentioned that the baby was still really high. They gave me an epidural and it was STRONG. I didn’t mind of course. As long as I had pain relief, I knew the birth would be easy ish. Soon after they gave it to me, I tried to braid my hair and it definitely wasn’t working out. The epidural really limited my ability to sit up so one of the nurses braided my hair! It was so nice of her to do that! When they checked my dilation after getting the epidural they realized that my water didn’t break all the way; they got a stick thingy and popped it and a TON of liquid came out. (They needed 2 towels and a new sheet to clean it up!) Fun stuff. Losing that extra liquid helped the baby come down more, too. They also had me shift the way I was lying down every hour or so to also help the baby move down.

Heidi wanted to see a picture of me and this is what she got!

Heidi was very happy with her Minnie and a balloon while hanging out with my mom at their house! (My dad was out of town and returned that night.) 
I stayed at 6 cm for awhile and my OB came in and told me that I was going to get pitocin to speed things up. He wasn’t totally surprised that I was at the delivery room not even 24 hours after seeing him from my appointment. 
There was a lot of waiting and once we were settled Rainier ate at the cafeteria since he didn’t have breakfast. He also had time to go back to the car to get my overnight bag and do stuff for work. I was able to nap a few times and it was awesome. (With Heidi I was too nervous to try!)

My luggage was half empty so I could take home as many diapers as possible!

I got to 9 cm at 11AM and I started to feel the pain of contractions so they gave me more of the epidural and it lasted up until delivery. The anesthesiologist lectured me about what I should and shouldn’t be feeling with the epidural like I assumed it was a cure-all for everything terrible in the world. In all fairness he walked in all sassy and said, “So why do you want more?” And I said, “I’m feeling contractions and I don’t want to.” I guess I was a little sassy too.
Soon I was able to do some “practice pushes” with the nurses to help get the baby down further since I was at 10 cm. I couldn’t feel a thing and it was awesome. Even when they checked my dilation I couldn’t even feel pressure. Right after a contraction they asked, "Could you feel that contraction you just had?" I said, "Feel what?" Haha. I was half asleep the whole time too.
Once the baby was as far down as possible, and after another quick nap, they called in Dr. Harter a little after 1PM so we could get her out. 
He came in with his student who was also at the appointment the day before. I only needed to push a few times before she came out at 1:31PM. Rainier cut the cord and he didn't feel sick at all this time!
She came out purple! She had some bruising and the back of her head was swollen a bit but she’s out! I had minimal tearing (I had more tearing with Heidi) and it was the easiest birth. I would have 10 kids if they were all this easy and I thought Heidi’s birth was easy!

We couldn't decide a name until the next day!
I was REALLY puffy in the last trimester!
They gave her a pink hat!




They threw the purple baby on me and the purple-ness kind of freaked me out! They kept saying she was a good sized baby and that scared me too! They finally weighed her and she’s 8 lbs 4 oz! Holy cow! She was born a professional eater; she latched on quickly and easily and we had no issues. They gave me lunch right there in the delivery room - gross meatloaf but the veggies were good. They released me to the recovery room around 3-4PM.

Hospital Stay
They wheeled me into the recovery room and the epidural was still kind of strong, especially in my right leg. They gave me dinner right after Rainier had already grabbed us Subway. I was definitely able to eat the Subway and most of the dinner they brought me. My parents and Heidi came around 5PM to see Haylie and we still didn't have a name for her. Heidi had no interest in seeing me or the baby! I was so sad! She said, "Baby?" a few times and that was it. She wouldn't even come near me in the bed - she was way too interested in everything else in the room. She just turned 2 a month before so I figured she wouldn't be too excited yet.

Tip: bring your own waterbottle! It was so much easier to drink out of my Hydro Flask than those giant cups!



They left after 30 minutes or so and then Rainier went home a little after 6PM to get some sleep. I was able to sleep off and on but the nurses had to come in every 2 hours to check on Haylie and me. Haylie had some checkup at 10PM and then something else at 2AM. I watched a lot of "My 600 lb Life" to pass the time and it totally motivated me to lose the baby weight and stay healthy!
They were able to give me Motrin to help with the pain and when the nurses switched the new nurse wouldn't give me any since I wasn't currently in pain. I wanted the medicine for the cramping that happened while I was breastfeeding Haylie because it was AWFUL. Like, not being able to breathe kind of pain. The cramping stopped the next day though so that was nice. (I didn't have any cramping with Heidi so this was all new to me!)
The next morning Rainier came a little before 9AM and he went to the discharge class at 10AM so I wouldn't have to get up and walk. I was able to walk but my right leg was still feeling weird and I couldn't put much weight on it. It felt better as the day went on.
At this hospital they do a "celebratory meal" for 2 so we had it for lunch and it was okay. The dessert was my favorite! Rainier had a steak.

We took the Martinelli's home and Rainier drank them both a few days later. I tried but the carbonation is just too much for me!

She had her hearing test after lunch and had to do it twice since she kept moving!

We still didn't have a name yet and we had all the paperwork filled out except for the name. We couldn't agree on anything and we don't like a lot of names. I had a small list and we finally sort of agreed on Haylie Lynn (Lynn is my middle name). Figuring out the spelling for Haylie took awhile, too. After looking at lists of spellings we finally had it settled about 2-3 hours before being discharged.
The hospital policy is that 24 hours after a baby is born we can be discharged if all goes well but they took FOREVER to get everything done. We couldn't leave until after 5 and her 24 hour mark was 1:30! They even came to bring me dinner at 4:30 because I was there so late. (I should have eaten it! We didn't know how much longer we'd be there but now I totally regret not taking it!) We had my parents meet us at our house with Heidi and Sophie and we had In-n-Out for dinner. We are very grateful to be home and that it was an easy birth!

Such a cute face! We love her!

Pregnant with baby #2!

Hurray! Another baby!

Basically, when Heidi was 17 months old, I stopped taking the mini pill, got my period, got pregnant, and Heidi weaned herself all within a few weeks. It was my first period since having Heidi and it was gnarly - glad I only had one before getting pregnant again!

Symptoms
In the beginning I was feeling a little bloated and my pants were getting a bit tight. Then my husband and I went to the temple and I was super nauseous the entire night. The next morning I took a test and boom! Pregnant! 
June 23, 2017
First Trimester
I wasn't as sick this time. I was definitely nauseous all the time and I barfed only 2-3 times thankfully. I gained the most weight during this time because I had to eat constantly to not feel sick and even then it didn't always help. The "morning sickness" ended around 16 weeks ish and I was able to start working out. I was showing much earlier and people had figured I was pregnant way before I announced it at 13 weeks. My craving throughout this pregnancy was anything MINT! And Subway. My first OB appointment wasn't until I was over 9 weeks pregnant because they were so busy!

11 weeks and already buying maternity jeans!


Second Trimester
This is the awesome trimester! I was wearing maternity jeans at 11 weeks (I got them at Target and they're amazing!) so besides my body changing super fast I felt awesome. I was working out 4-6 times a week and trying to get back to my regular routine since I wasn't feeling sick anymore. I also had maternity photos done because the opportunity came up. I was only 21.5 weeks but definitely showing enough to do photos!

I made chocolate eclairs with pink filling! Heidi enjoyed eating them.
19 weeks and 3 days!
21.5 weeks at Mount Charleston
Third Trimester
I did NOT have Gestational Diabetes this time! YAY! I failed the first test of course and the second one was TERRIBLE. I felt worse than when I did the second one with Heidi and I passed! I had to have them read the numbers to me to make sure they didn't mix me up with someone else. I had heard that once you get it you'll have it with every pregnancy after but I got lucky I guess! The beginning of the third trimester is when I started to feel really sore. I never felt sore with Heidi so this was all new. I ordered a belly band on Amazon and it helped SO much. I wore it as much as possible. It would've been visible and bulky under clothes so I stayed home a lot just so I could wear it. My maternity pants helped with support but not as much as the band did. I also had the typical stuffy nose and it didn't stop until after delivery. Sleeping was awful too. Rolling over felt like everything from my waist to mid-thigh was ripping. And of course I can't sleep on one side for too long because it made my hips hurt so I had to roll back and forth all night. Not fun. My hands, feet, and legs fell asleep a lot too. I also had acid reflux BAD. Heartburn is nothing compared to the lava emerging from my face. Tums was not my friend this time. The last 3 weeks ish Rainier had to be kicked out of the bed so I could raise the top half with our adjustable base so I could actually sleep. (He needs to be completely flat to sleep.) It definitely helped with my soreness and acid! At my OB appointments during this trimester I was measuring a week ahead and at 37 weeks and 2 days I was measuring at 39/40 weeks! 

30 weeks at church

37.5 weeks and swollen like crazy! I had to take my wedding ring off too!

37 weeks at Grandma Leona's funeral
While waiting for the baby to come we painted the downstairs bathroom before adding shelves above the toilet (the shelves didn't get finished until after), I made about 20 freezer meals, I made bows and headbands, a bow holder for the two girls to keep in the upstairs bathroom, and spent as much time with Heidi as possible. She's going to look like a giant and it makes me so sad! When I was 37 weeks pregnant the doctor and I scheduled an induction just in case because the hospital was pretty busy. I had a balloon scheduled (a device to help with dilation) for February 18th at 2:30PM and then the induction at 2AM on the 19th, my due date. I really hoped I didn't stay pregnant that long! My last appointment I was 38 weeks and 2 days pregnant and he said I was 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced... my water broke less than 24 hours later at 3AM at 38 weeks and 3 days. See my next post! We are beyond happy that she came healthy and early!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Visiting the Hansen's June 2017


Since Rainier has 3 day weekends, we decided to take a trip to see my sister, Jenni, in Utah for a few days! It was busy and so fun! Heidi got less sleep than she's ever had, but she was just too excited to play with her cousins. She adjusted pretty easily when we got back home thankfully. Jenni's husband Josh had to work every day we were there, but he was able to go in earlier and come home earlier so that was nice that we still had time with him!

Prep for the trip: dropping Sophie off at my parents' house
I was so worried that she would 1) forget who we are, 2) break my mom's tiny dog, and/or 3) hurt my parents somehow with her hyperness. She definitely wore them out with how much she loves to fetch, so she was ok! When we got back to her she was SO happy to see us! Which is weird because at home she doesn't care at all. She is usually standing at the back door with a toy in her mouth when we come home. My mom texted me pictures of Sophie playing with Brando (her dog) while we were gone. 
"Hey little dude, can you let your mom know I'm ready to come back inside?"
Day 1: Travel day with Chick-fil-a and meatballs
The first day was dedicated just to getting there because we didn't know how Heidi would do in the car for a longer trip like this. She hates it. We stopped for lunch at Chick-fil-a and it was around her normal nap time but we were starving so we risked it. Turns out it was a great idea! She ate a ton and she FINALLY figured out how to use a straw! Yay! Those applesauce pouches they have helped I think! She was so happy to drink her milk with a straw and it was nice to not have to pour it into her mouth. She napped as soon as we got back into the car. When she woke up she was angry until we arrived. We got to Jenni's place around 5ish and she made us delicious meatballs for dinner. Oh, and after dinner is when Heidi said "eye" for the first time. She was standing about 5 inches away from Noah and she pointed directly at his eye and said very loud and clear, "EYE!" Haha it was so funny! After dinner we played with their Virtual Reality games. IT'S SO FUN. I really want these games but 1) they're expensive and 2) I would play with them too much.
We are pretty big fans of Chick-fil-A now that they've come to Vegas!
We had to take a selfie in the really pretty gas station bathroom! You never see those!
First time playing with the Virtual Reality games!
Day 2: Moana, Splash Pad, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Oreo Cheesecake, Beauty and the Beast. Rainier woke up early so that he could go ride his dirt bike for a few hours. All the YouTube videos he watches about dirt bike riding are in UT so of course he had to bring his bike and go. Jenni and I had a lazy morning at the house while he was gone and for lunch we had GIANT salads. That's just how Jenni does them and it was delicious. Rainier came home as we were making lunch and he said he had fun. After lunch we watched Moana (my first time!) while the babies napped. Heidi napped in my arms and it was so nice! I love that she's not too old to sleep on me. After everyone woke up, we went to the splash pad. It was HUGE! Utah knows how to do splash pads! At first Heidi didn't like it but then she got used to the colder water and she loved it. Kaden and Noah brought water toys and Heidi loved to fill their cups with water and dump them out. When we got back we (I) made baked sweet and sour chicken and fried rice for dinner and we had homemade oreo cheesecake for dessert. It was perfect. I wish I could eat all of that every night. Beauty and the Beast came out on DVD that day and Jenni and Josh hadn't seen it yet so we got it and watched it that night! It was late, but it was fantastic. Heidi fell asleep in the middle of it but she stayed asleep even though she was still in the living room. Perfect.
Heidi had to explore their books.
Forts are a necessity.
Noah and Heidi are only 4 month apart! He calls her "eye-di"
While I was showering Heidi said, "BOO!" So cute! I'm glad Jenni got a video of it!

They played in this castle thing the ENTIRE weekend!
My baby napped on me during Moana! Yay!


The boys are so cute in their swim outfits!
Heidi kept drinking it of course.


My favorite photo of the entire trip! 
This one's pretty cute too!


Homemade no-bake oreo cheesecake is the BEST.
Here's another video of the kids in action with the castle!
So sweet! Getting ready for Beauty and the Beast!
Put something on the floor and the kids go crazy.




















Day 3: Feeding the ducks, Thanksgiving Point, Cinderella
Around 10am we went out to feed the ducks at a nearby park. The ducks didn't want to eat (it wasn't for lack of trying on Heidi's part) so we just played at the park. Heidi LOVED going down the little slide. We came back to the house for lunch and then headed out to Thanksgiving Point. The babies napped in the car because it was 45 minutes away. We went to the Curiosity Museum in Thanksgiving Point and it was AMAZING! My brain could hardly handle everything that was going on! Heidi was a bit young to understand any of it but she still had tons of fun just running around saying "Whoa!" at everything. She liked the water room the most. We stayed there for a few hours and then had dinner at a cafe. We came home and played more virtual reality games. There are so many! Rainier played a "scary" one by himself for a bit. It was literally just walking around dark alleys until someone jumped out and killed him. He said he got motion sickness from it. Since we couldn't hear anything he could hear it was just weird to watch on our end. The other games were really fun though. There was one game we played where the one wearing the virtual reality helmet had to smash things with their head, and while Rainier was the one smashing everything, he accidentally threw his head forward and diagonal enough to knock Heidi down! It was so sad! She didn't get a mark from it though but it was loud! My poor baby! From then on we made sure no kids were within at least 7 feet of the virtual reality player. At one point during the night Kaden was sitting on the floor and Noah came up to Jenni and pointed at Kaden and said, "Lap?" Jenni said, "You want to sit on Kaden's lap? Go ask him!" Noah walked over to Kaden and asked and he said yes so Noah planted his chunky booty on Kaden and then Kaden immediately said, "Noah, you're too close! I can SMELL YOU! Get off!" It was hilarious! Oh, and since Jenni had heard that I haven't seen the new live action Cinderella movie, we had to watch it of course while the babies fell asleep. It was so cute!
Walkin to see the ducks!
Typical Frost family photo.
Heidi's hilarious faces while she went down the slide.
I was hoping she was big and brave enough to go down the slide by herself but not yet! Maybe in a few months!
Some of the different rooms of the Curiosity Museum
This wind tunnel thingy can go up to 85 MPH! So of course that's what Rainier put it at and scared Heidi to death.
Her favorite was the water room and being outside!
She wasn't sure about the ball pit but I knew she couldn't run away!
They were surprisingly not tired when we got home!
These silly kids. I told Kaden that sometimes when Heidi is still wide awake at night I would tire her out by telling her her feet stink because she thinks it's hilarious. They had to test it out of course.
We could not get enough of the Virtual Reality games! We may need to visit every 3 months.
Here's a weird video of me being the Virtual Reality person. I think I was destroying a city or something.
At the end of every VT game it takes a photo with the game's theme and this is the only one I remembered to take with my phone!
Day 4: Travel home
Heidi woke up SO EARLY. I took her out of her pack-n-play and just laid her down with me and we slept for another 2 hours - YAY! That was one of the best parts of the trip because I finally got some sleep. We were up SO LATE every night. Rainier was up early to start packing and we were out by 10am. We stopped at Dickey's for lunch and tried to get Heidi to run around as much as we could every time we stopped. Next time we travel we DEFINITELY need a portable DVD player for this kid! We had to stop at home first to drop off the dirt bike and our stuff to make room in the truck bed for Sophie, then we went to my parents' house to pick her up. It was a very needed trip! 
Yay, Sophie was so excited to see us! We missed her!