Well, typical of a mom of 3.. I’m just now getting a moment to sit down and write. It’s been since I was 29 weeks pregnant that I updated. I like to write how my deliveries have gone because it’s easy to forget the little things.
So, let’s start back in January. My due date was January 26. Early in January my doctor scheduled me for an induction on the 24th if she wasn’t here sooner. At my appointments I had been sitting at 3 cm for several weeks, which he said on a 3rd pregnancy is completely normal. On January 13 I had a few contractions really early, but nothing consistent. That night my best friend and I went to eat dinner at Cheesecake Factory and the moment we sat down contractions started. I tracked them and they were 2-7 minutes apart from 7:30 – 10:00 and then just stopped. I was disappointed because I was ready to be done and really didn’t want to wait another week and a half. That night started a full week of nightly contractions at the exact same time. My doctor’s appointment was the same that week- no more progress and if they got more consistent I could come into the hospital.
Saturday, January 20 was a busy day. Dave and I worked all morning, came home and did some yard work and then I took a nap. Honestly I was feeling the exact same as the other days that week. We went to Kids Kastle to let the boys play and my contractions started while I was there at 4:45. I thought nothing of it because I had been having the exact same thing every night for a full week. We went to dinner at Mi Cocina and then picked up ice cream from Marble Slab. We put the boys to bed around 8:00 and up until that point all the contractions had been no more than about 30-40 seconds in length and they were still randomly dispersed… 2-11 minutes apart. It wasn’t until close to 9:00 that I sat down to eat my ice cream and realized that it had been 4 hours since they began. They really weren’t all that painful though and I was really just preparing myself for them to stop altogether. I called my mom and told her it was time. I showered and packed my bag. It was getting pretty painful- to the point that I couldn’t really talk or move through the contractions anymore.
We got in the car at 9:45 and arrived at the hospital around 10:00. I’ll never forget Dave playing rap music in the car to the hospital. Things are kinda a blur at points, but that I won’t forget- he’s so silly in situations like these. He was pretty upset with me that I refused to ride in a wheelchair when we got to the hospital. Goodness, just let this contraction stop and I can walk my self up there! 🙂 LOL We checked in and they got me in one of the side evaluation rooms. I changed while Dave went to the car to get all our things. The nice little nurse came in and checked me… poor thing- you could tell on her face that something wasn’t quite right. She called in another nurse and asked her to come in and help. At 10:15 they said I was at 9 cm and that’s about when things went bad. Laying there in that bed made those contractions nearly unbearable. They quickly rolled me into a labor and delivery room and in the hallway the nurse asked if she could do anything for me and I said ‘get me an epidural’. That girl knew it was too late and she was kind enough to keep her mouth shut. Inside I also knew it had to be too late but a girl can hope, right?! They started hooking in my IV and it was during that process that my water broke. They were telling me ‘sweetie, you’re going to have to wait for your doctor to get here before you push’ and now I know why people say you can’t JUST wait. Things just kinda happen on their own. Thank goodness my doctor showed up, got his scrubs on and THREE contractions later Kennedy made her debut.
Kennedy was born at 10:48 pm, weighed 7lbs, 7oz and was 20.1 in long.
She had aspirated some meconium so she had quite a bit of fluid that the nurses worked to remove. Otherwise, she was healthy! We stayed in the labor and delivery room for a long time, which was good. I was in a bit of shock and was literally shaking from how things went down. Being able to sit with her in the quiet was awesome! We didn’t get to sleep until close to 2 and that night was pretty exhausting.. waking her up every 3 hours to feed after being up since early Saturday morning.
The boys came to see her on Sunday morning and they were in LOVE! Dawson immediately wanted to hold her. Graham wasn’t as interested, but he still sat and looked at her. Dave took off a full week which was needed because that transition was a hard one.. going from 2 to 3 getting ready to school, bed, etc. But, now that time has passed this transition has been easier than going from 1 to 2 for us. Dawson is pretty high energy, so having him be 2 years older has been really helpful. Graham is super sweet and laid back so he’s easily entertained and that made some of those earlier days a bit easier.
To keep in tune with our crazy lives we went for a little drive to look at some houses early February. We had thoughts of maybe building a house, which would take about a year and that was perfect timing to get in before Dawson started kindergarten. But, we realized that building would go well over our budget because the ‘base’ price is just that… But, they had a spec home that was ready to go that really worked perfect for us. We decided to list our house just to see what would happen. It sold in 48 hours and we closed 30 days later. We moved late March. It was really a God thing- we said from the beginning that if we didn’t get list price we wouldn’t move forward and we knew that there was a risk of someone else coming in and taking the spec home before we could. The inspection on our home was also all things our roofer came and took care of for free. Everything happened in a way that we knew we were making the right move. We miss our old little house- where it all started. But, having more space with three littles is a breath of fresh air. I have more space to clean, but I also have more space to force toys to stay upstairs so that my house doesn’t look constantly cluttered.
We’re in a really fun place and we couldn’t be happier!