It’s a Girl!

Sorry it has been so long since I have blogged.  I am trying a new program and it has taken me this long to be brave enough to try it out.

Here is the whole story of Elizabeth’s birth.  At least from my point of view.DSCF7190

About 2 am on September 15th I started to feel some strong surges. (Surges are what we hypno-birthers call contractions.)  I had been having them strong on and off for a couple of weeks so, I thought this was one of those early mornings that I probably wouldn’t get any sleep.  I decided to go to the bathroom to see if that would help, then tried to lie down again.  They still kept coming but they didn’t hurt or anything.  They were just uncomfortable enough to not let me sleep.  I tried going to the bathroom again but nothing helped.

2 & 1/2 Weeks before arrival

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I looked at the clock and by this time it was about 3 am.  I debated waking Bryce but thought I should give it about an hour.  About 3 surges later I changed my mind and put my head on his chest.  He patted my head and asked what was wrong.  I told him I couldn’t sleep because I was having strong surges.  He didn’t really respond.  I realized he went back to sleep so I woke him again telling him I was having strong surges and they were coming quickly.  He immediately got up and started to time them.  They were about 3-4 minutes apart. I still was not convinced I was in true labor because they didn’t feel strong enough and I thought it might just be false labor.  Bryce had me take a shower to see if that would slow things down, but it didn’t. image

About 4:30 am Bryce called our midwife Chris. I told him to tell her that it would probably be awhile since I could still talk through the surges but we think it might be labor.  She told us to time how long the surge lasted and if it was longer than a minute then it’s a good bet I’m in labor.

Bryce timed the length of the surges and they were longer then a minute, but I was still convinced it was false labor because they were not unbearable.  I labored on my ball for awhile and then decided I needed to lie down on the bed.  Bryce thought it was time to get the pool ready.  We had done a “dry run” the night before to see how long it would take to get it ready when the time came. We joked later that we should have just left it up since we used it 8 hours later.

(Bryce and Katie breaking down the pool the night before labor started. Also the very spot Lizzy was born.  That’s right, in the middle of the kitchen.)DSCF7221

I relaxed through each surge for awhile while he was getting the pool ready. At 5:30 am he called our midwife Chris, our doula Michelle and told them things were getting serious and they should probably come over.  Then he called my sister, Misty to tell her to come get my mom and Katie.  She lives 2 hours away but we thought we still had plenty of time.

I got into the pool just before 6 am and things really picked up.  I was having trouble with the surges in the position I was in.  I had the “bear down” feeling and wasn’t sure if I was really ready to push.  I changed positions and it was a lot better.  My doula showed up just about 6 am and I told her how I was feeling.  She told me to just go with it.  I was still unsure if I was completely dilated, but I trusted in my body and went with it.  Michelle told me to reach inside to see if I could feel anything.  I felt the bag of waters bulging and my sweet baby’s head right behind.  I couldn’t believe it!  She was really coming.  That gave me all the confidence in the world to get the baby out.  With one push the bag of waters released.  Second push she crowned.  Third push her head emerged and last push she was born.  Bryce caught the baby and brought her into the world.  It was very exciting!

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Our midwife walked in the door just a minute after Elizabeth was born and did all the new born stuff that needed to happen. Elizabeth was born 6:32 am at 9 lbs 21 1/2 inches long !  My labor was a total of 4 1/2 hours!  It was the most beautiful thing I have done in my life!  Very empowering!  I wouldn’t change anything about the birth and totally believe in hypno-birthing!

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Bryce woke up Katie and had her come down stairs and meet her new sister.  Misty showed up an hour later and after making sure all was well, just took Katie for the night so Bryce and I could get some rest.

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I can not say enough about my midwife and doula.  They were both awesome!  And my absolutely fantastic husband who was supportive through the whole pregnancy and was amazing at the birth.  I am so very blessed with this family and all the support I have had.

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Thanks again for all the prayers that were coming our way for this baby. The lord was watching over us that morning and I know her brother is watching from heaven too!

Welcome to the world Elizabeth Anne Beattie!!

Birth day

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One week old

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My sweet baby!

Here are some photos of the ultrasound I had yesterday.  See if you can guess the gender!

Here is the little hand waving at big sister Katie.

Cute little profile!

It was hard to get  really good 4D picture.  The placenta is right in the way!

Any guesses?

We are so very excited about having this new addition to our family!  Katie can’t wait to be a big sister and change the baby’s diaper!  Got to love it!

Easter

We had so much fun for easter.  It started off a little crazy.  Bryce and I had planned to go to Oak City to visit my sister the day before Easter and then spend Easter with her family.  Wednesday, I decide to call Questar, our gas company, to come and do a quick carbon monoxide test.  I just had a feeling that something was wrong.  They came out, found a gas leak, and several other problems and shut off the gas.  We called the Air Conditioning people to come and fix it but they couldn’t come out until the next day.  That night, half our electricity went off.  The next morning we called the power company to come fix it.  They said that one line had fried and the other was on it’s way out, so, they turned off the power.  They told us we had to update some stuff before they could re-run wire and get us up and running.  And the air conditioning people said they couldn’t fix the gas until the power was back on.  So there we were, no power or gas.  I packed up and headed to Misty’s early.  I was so glad to spend the time with her family.  It was so much fun.  My mom was with me so she got to spend Easter with us as well. 

Here is Sophie and Katie.  They love to play together.  It is so fun to have a cousin Katie’s age.

We had an Easter Egg Hunt with the city on Saturday, but we were 1 minute too late.  Katie did get some eggs from some nice kids who shared.  Sunday we had a hunt at aunt Misty’s house.  This was more fun for Katie.  Not as many kids, and way more eggs!

Bryce stayed home to get things fixed up but was able to come down on Saturday after a sealing and Baptism.  He got there about dinner time.  Misty cut his hair and then shortly after dinner he passed out.  We decorated eggs Saturday night.

Sunday we went to church with Misty’s family.  After church, lunch, and a nap for Katie, we opened baskets and did the Easter Egg Hunt.  It was so much fun.

We headed home that night.  Our power was on, but still so heat.  We finally got the furnace working this morning.  Yeah!  Warm showers tonight.

Amazing Naps

It will never cease to amaze me how children can fall asleep just about anytime anywhere.  I was working on the computer one day and Katie was into our snack cabinet.  I took a look and got after her for making a mess.  I told her she would not get any privilages until after she cleaned up after herself.  I hear her groaning in the kitchen and I ask her what the matter was.  she says the popcorn is too heavy and she can’t put it away.  I start getting frustrated because I think she is being cranky for no reason and is making excuses for not cleaning up after herself.  So I tell her, the classic “It wasn’t too heavy to take it out and make a mess, it’s not too heavy to put away.”  A couple of minutes pass and I don’t hear anything.  I think maybe she went upstairs or something so I look over and see her draped across the popcorn completely passed out.  Feeling like the world’s worst mom I pick her up and tuck her in for a nap.  Then I went over to finish cleaning up and sure enough, that sucker was heavy.  I felt so bad that I had gotten after her but at the same time, I got the cutest picture!!

Vanessa Hudgens

Last night our family went to the Utah State Fair where we met Vanessa Hudgens!  (High School Musical Gabriella Montes)  Katie loves High School Musical and is always singing the songs from it.  She has been so excited for this concert.

First we had to get a balloon.  She saw some kid walking around with one and has been wanting one for awhile now since her last one popped.  So here we are getting the balloon.Balloon clown

Meeting any pop personality is always of course,  slightly disappointing.  You don’t get to really know them at all.  All you get is rushed in for a picture and then rushed out.  I was impressed though, that Vanessa made a point to introduce herself to Katie and talk to her a little bit.  Katie was a little awe struck to say the least which made her a bit confused at the whole experience.  Vanessa put Katie on her lap for the picture.  It was really cute and I really appriciated it.  I will insert that picture here as soon as we get it.

As for the concert….I think Bryce and I were totally born in the wrong time period.  I liked the songs but I really like watching bands.  It gets me way more excited to dance.  It was hard to tell if Katie liked it or not.  If we tried to sit down, she just wiggled herself back up to see better.  She did not want to sit, but she wouldn’t clap or dance.  She just had a scowl on her face the whole time.  This morning  though, she is singing the songs.  Unfortuantly the lyrics she remembers  are these “who’s got the hotty body?  she’s got the hotty body…” over and over again.  CRAP!  Here is Katie actually watching the concert.  This is the look she had on her face the whole time.

We were the 7th row back center stage.

All in all we had a fun night!  Katie was pretty tired and finally asked to go home so she can sleep in her bed (aka our bed) and so we left during the last song.  Sorry Vanessa!

It has been a crazy month

January seems to be the longest month!  It’s boring, nothing much is going on, it’s right after the holidays so it seems like life just comes to an abrupt stop.  But then comes August.  August must be the craziest month of them all.  I thought December is bad.  But in August everyone is trying to get in their last camping trips and vacations before school starts and then they are rushing to get ready for school.  Katie isn’t even in school and I still felt the rush.  All the parties and farmer’s market and of course I started doing the cross guard thing again.  I wonder when we will finally stop to take a breath.  Anyone else feel like August just blew by?  And I don’t mean a pleasant breeze, I mean like a hurricane!

24th of July

Whew what a day!  Katie and I went to Misty’s house for and Usborne book party Misty was hosting for me on the 22nd.  I stayed up late that night to help her with pioneer clothing for the next couple of days festivities.  Worked as long and I could on the 23rd before I had to leave and drive 2 hours hoping to make it back for the parade in Bountiful.  What can I say?  I love to sew and and love being with family, but then I had to rush to get to the parade in time.

Katie got to ride on the float and I got to walk beside her.  It was so much fun!  I thought I would hate the long walk, but I actually found it to be refreshing.  OK–maybe refreshing is the wrong word, it was hot and I got pretty sweaty!  But it was still nice to get my body moving!

After the parade we went to the park where all the fun was.  Katie was excited to ride the kiddie rides. On the way home we met up with Uncle Bart and Aunt Raquel and then walked to the church where we watched the fire works.  It was a late night once again.  We all slept well when we got home.

Finally the 24th!  We spent most of the day at the park riding rides and having fun.  Then off to the Farmer’s Market to sell Usborne books.  That night we went to a party at one of Bryce’s folks’ neighbor’s house.  It was a lot of fun but we were all glad to finally get some sleep!

Katie’s Dance Concert

Katie’s Dance Concert was a success! I will have video up soon. Unfortunately I don’t know how to get it off my camcorder to the computer so I will have to have Bryce help me. Wearing Makeup

Here is Katie the day of the concert. She got to wear make up so the bright lights would not drown her out. She was very excited about this. I was so proud of her. She did all of here routine and didn’t freak out at all. Of course I was almost in tears worried about her. She really has grown up so much. Her routine for tumbling wasn’t so hot. It was very funny though. She kept face planting. I know she knows how to do it all but felt in a humorous mood I suppose. We went out to eat after. It was a late night but she deserved it!!

Here is Katie with Aunt Raquel at Dee’s after her concert. Her make up is nearly off and she is in her tumbling shirt.

Katie’s Dance Concert

Katie’s Dance Concert is this week!! I can’t believe she is getting so big. I am really hoping she will not be scared this time. Her very first performance was at the Rec Center for the big Halloween bash and she cried and ran off the floor. It was quite intimidating and the Rec Center was crazy. This will be more fun because she gets to wear her dance costume and she will know the dance. But I am still worried because I will not be able to come to her rescue this time. I have posted the invite here for all to see. I made this to hand out in hopes it will really get Katie excited.

Dance concert 2008