Friday, October 18, 2013

Jessa Lynn Gardner

Remember when I had a baby three days after my last post and then didn't blog about it for 4 months?
Yeah, that was lame.

Well...I finally got my girl.
Jessa Lynn Gardner
June 6th, 2013
7lbs 9oz

Now, my excuse for the delay is that there were lots and lots of photos I wanted to post but they each took SO LONG to upload and I would get pulled away from the computer waiting for them all to finish and...yeah.  Not the best excuse, but it's all I've got.
So you've been warned -- there are many.

These first few were taken by my friend Jasmyn Anderson.
 Don't you just love her lips?!

Now for the story, which usually isn't very long because my labors are so fast. :)
My doctor had stripped my membranes earlier in the day (11am) and sent me home, fingers crossed.
I was hopeful but doubtful anything would happen.
So Jeff went back to work and I went to wash and vacuum the car, you know, because it needed to be done.
By 3pm, I started keeping track of the contractions and they were never longer than 7 min. apart.
We arrived at the hospital a little before 4pm, still not in too much pain.
The nurses in admitting confirmed I was in active labor.  In the midst of their questions, they discovered I'd never had an epidural before.  While nervous about getting one, a little extra prompting from Jeff was all it took.  "This might be your only chance to get one."
Decision made.
The nurses, knowing my labors are fast, made sure the anesthesiologist would be in my room shortly after arriving there myself.  So, so helpful.
And while I could still feel pain from the contractions on the top of my belly, I was able to do this:
During the other labors, I'm pretty sure my eyes were shut tight the majority of the time because of the pain.
Good memories. Good times.

I was at at 10 by 5:30 pm but they made me wait for my Dr. to get there.
Jeff, my mom and my sister Jill kept me company in the meantime and I loved having them all there.
My doctor came at 6 pm and Jessa came at 6:13 pm.
We were both ready to meet each other apparently.
I cried of course, not believing 100% that she was a girl until I saw her.
I think I heard a few sniffles from Jeff as well.

Jill manned the camera and was able to capture some great shots.  Thanks Jill!

The boys were so cautious at first but have loved her from the very first moment.
Griff especially.

They have become very very good helpers and know the tricks and helps to quiet her down when Jessa gets fussy.

One of my very favorite photos:
Daddy's little girl

We found out early that she's got the cutest little dimple on her right cheek.

Her blessing day was August 4th, 2013.
We were happy to have so much family there to support us.  Unfortunately, busy Sunday schedules prevented everyone from staying until the end so we didn't get a big family shot.

We set up the camera at home and captured the day before the boys took off their church clothes.
--I swear, if I could only figure out how to make them change INTO their jammies as fast as they change OUT of their church clothes, I would be so much nicer, come bedtimes.--

One of my favorite family photos of all time.

It's been a blast for me to dress Jessa and put bows and flowers on any chance I get.

I always get comments about how expressive her eyes are.
For a better part of each day you will find her eyes wide and eyebrows raised.
I love it.


My sweet sweet baby girl is here at last.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Pregnancy #4 !!!

My brother in law, Todd, who is one of only 5 people who check my blog anymore said that I really need to update because no one knows I'm pregnant.

So here's my announcement, officially. I'm pregnant!!!!!

This time I will be having a girl although I don't know if I will fully believe it until I see her.

I am due in 16 days, on June 19th. But I would be surprised if I make it that long because I usually go early. We shall see.

I have been steadily growing a belly of course and I have loved being pregnant again.

I wasn't into running as much with my other pregnancies so it was really really hard to give it up at about this stage:

Besides that everything has gone fabulously and I can't wait to meet this new addition!!!

It's time. Lets do this!!

Brian Graduated Med School!!

Within the next few weeks my brother, Brian, and his family will be moving to Florida for his residency.

Could they have picked a place any farther?

Anyway -- he had his graduation in Nevada and, believe it or not, ALL of my family was able to be there for him.  It was so fun to be all together, even if it was only for a day and a half.

Congrats Brian!