This past weekend my sister Carolyn came to visit with two of my nephews, Ari and Walter. Amelia and Ari got along well and she loved playing with him. I took a few photos while they were here, I wish I had taken more!
We also met up with our cousin Robert downtown and walked around city market. We haven't seen him in ages!
Kathy, Nicks mom, came to visit this past weekend and meet Elora. We walked around downtown and I stopped to take a couple photos with some of the beautiful trees.
We were on the way to the car so Amelia was a bit tired..
I also snapped this of the girls, Elora was 3 weeks old this day. Starting to hold eye contact and I am able to get a grin or two while she is awake. I cannot get her to take a binky, but she sucks on her hand much more than Amelia ever did. I wonder if we will have a thumbsucker..
Elora is just one week old and I really wanted to go ahead
and write down her birth story so I can remember everything.It wasn’t as crazy this time around, but
that’s because it happened so fast there wasn’t time for crazy.
This is a BIRTH story, just a heads up- it is all about
Friday night when we went to bed, I mentioned to Nicholas
that if I went into labor early the next morning, Elora would be born exactly
on her due date, just like Amelia.Amelia was born on her due date at around 5am.
Saturday morning at 3am, Nicholas’s alarm went
off and he got up to get ready for work.
I woke up as well when the alarm went off and texted Nick a few minutes later saying my stomach felt weird and maybe it could mean
labor was coming. He was getting ready
in the living room, so I asked him what time he was supposed to leave so I
could let him know one way or the other.
He said he was leaving at 3:30. I
finally got out of bed at 3:20ish to go to the bathroom, and right then I had a
contraction. So I texted Nick at 3:25 to
tell him I had a contraction and to call in to work.
Amelia was still sleeping, so I walked out into the kitchen
to call the birth center. I got the
midwife on the phone and had another contraction. I told her I just had my second contraction
but that my first labor was fast that we wanted to come in now. She said she would meet us there in 20
minutes. I got dressed and made sure we
had everything, and then woke up Amelia.
Amelia jumped up and grabbed her puppy and her old glowstick (it’s her
wand), and she was ready to go. It took
about 15 minutes to do all of that and I had another contraction, I felt pretty
Nick carried everything to the car and pushed Amelia out in
her stroller. He got everything loaded
in and put the address in the GPS while I tried to figure out how to get in the
car comfortably. First I tried putting
my knee in facing the back seat but that didn’t work. So then I put my feet on the floorboard and
eased in with my shoulder blades on the seat back (planking) because I could
not sit like a normal person. I also brought a towel for the seat justtttt in
case my water broke.
I had three
contractions on the ride there, which took about 13 ish minutes. I was breathing through them fairly quietly because I didn’t want to scare Amelia.
When we got there I got out and asked Nick to get my flip
flop for me because I couldn’t lean down.
He rang the bell and walked back to get Amelia. We were parked right in front so I took the
towel off the front seat and walked to the front door. I brought the towel because the sidewalk was
wet, and I wanted to kneel down if she wasn’t there yet. She was there, and opened the door to me
having another contraction. After it
passed I walked in and she pointed me to which room I would be in. Amelia got distracted by some toys in the
waiting room so Nick dropped the bags in the room and then went back with
her. We arrived at 4:05.
I walked down the hall and into the room, I leaned against
the counter in the room and had another contraction. I said that I had to use the bathroom, she
said “okay”, then I said actually I’m so thirsty I need water, she said “okay I
can get you water, but first why don’t you let me check you?” She was rubbing
my back for me and I said I knew it was so mean but please stop touching my
back. (I was in a lot of pain! And I
just don’t want to be talked to or touched when I hurt) I walked a couple steps
to the bed and said crawled onto just the very end. I was having nonstop contractions and I said
that I thought I was pushing. She said
something like “yes I think you are” or “yes I can hear that”. I said I thought
I was crowning and she said baby was right there. She asked if I could move further up the bed
and I said no. I yelled “OW OW OW OW OWW” and her head was there, and two
seconds later her body was delivered as well.
Just a few minutes after arrival, at 4:08.
She started crying, and I held her. Nicholas and Amelia came
to the door, he said he thought I was just having a contraction saying Ow, but
then he heard a baby cry. She was born so quickly he wasn’t there with Amelia, but there wasn’t time for anything so
it was okay. I cut the cord this time,
which was pretty cool.
We stayed 4 hours before going home. I felt pretty good after having her, and have
felt pretty good since. Healing is much
better than with Amelia. Nursing is
going so easily, which is also the exact opposite from Amelia! About 45 minutes long so
I only ever had about 9-10 contractions and
1-2 minutes of pushing.
Here are a few pictures from the Birth Center
Elora Jane Cole getting her newborn exam. 7 lbs 15 oz
After her little tests, I asked to take a shower so they asked Nick if he wanted to have some skin time with her, so Nicholas and Amelia sat in bed with her while I took a shower.
After that the nurse offered to take our first photo as a family of four :)
Shortly after this photo, Nicholas was snoring, and so was Amelia. I didn't sleep until we got home later. I got a McFlurry on the way home which was awesome and we had a calm couple of days. It was a beautiful time.