Sunday, August 25, 2013

New Arrival!

Actually, Grumpy Cat has been proliferating outdated information for the last, oh... 5 days. We intended to get the announcement blogged long before now, but the happenings of the things have been in very close succession to one another since then. Here's the first part of the story, blow by blow:
  • 8/18/2013 10:00 pm: Appointment for induction of labor.
  • 8/18/2013 11:00 pm: Rescheduled appointment for induction of labor due to a greater than average number of labors.
  • 8/19/2013 12:30 am: Beginning of labor.
  • 8/19/2013 1: 15 pm: Dilation still only at 6 cm. Nurse makes a few recommendations to get things going and recommends Mark go get some lunch before he misses his chance. Mark protests because "Every time I leave, something happens."
  • 8/19/2013 1:25 pm: Mark leaves to quickly grab a burger downstairs. Dilation still 6 cm. (Duh. Why would that have changed in ten minutes?) By the way, we are now hearing that there are several other women in labor. 
  • 8/19/2013 1:32 pm: Time-stamp on Mark's receipt for the burger.
  • 8/19/2013 1:34 pm: Nurse tells Robyn to try to take a nap and leaves. Dilation still 6 cm. (It's been 9 minutes. Why are we checking this frequently?)
  • 8/19/2013 1:35 pm: Mark is back and eating as if it was some kind of speed competition while Robyn insists that she cannot continue. The contractions are too intense. Mark encourages and reassures.
  • 8/19/2013 1:42 pm: Robyn says she wants to push. The nurse comes in the door right as we find the button to call her in.
  • 8/19/2013 1:44 pm: The nurse checks and says no, Robyn can't push; dilation is only at 8 cm. Robyn is less excited than anticipated to be "an 8 again."
  • 8/19/2013 1:46 pm: Robyn cannot keep from pushing now and says so. The nurse is on the phone with another patient in the last stages of labor, but concedes to checking again, and immediately hangs up to call our doctor in. Robyn is dilated 10 cm. I feel useful for the first time in three births as I help her focus her energy on NOT pushing.
  • 8/19/2013 1:47 pm: It appears that my son has plenty of dark hair.
  • 8/19/2013 1:49 pm: Our doctor is in the room and is setting up all of the instruments.
  • 8/19/2013 1:55 pm: The umbilical cord is unwrapped from the neck, twice.
  • 8/19/2013 1:56 pm: Happy Birthday!
  • 8/19/2013 1:57 pm: Started breathing and moving. Yea!
Malachi Jackson Bailey
6 pounds 13.5 ounces
21 inches

These are from the first few hours:

This is Isaac's first introduction to Malachi. Jon cooed and adored appropriately, but was only interested in giving this new guy about 15 seconds of attention, initially. Isaac has never yet gotten enough of his little baby brother.

On his way home, about 5pm Tuesday the 20th.

Isaac really loves holding Malachi. We're still working on supporting his head and being extra careful.

 That's a normal size crib. He's so tiny.

And this explains most of what we've been doing since Tuesday instead of blogging.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

And It Came To Pass...

Today was emotional for me - Isaac's first day of kindergarten! I spent more of the day crying than I'd like to admit, so I figured that instead of doing a post about how his day went (which, as it turns out, I couldn't get him to talk about anyway), I'd post a bunch of stuff I've been neglecting.

Umm... So, these are VERY old... I think they were from May 11th-ish... Anyway, our stake broke ground on a new chapel, and we got to attend the ceremony. It was an amazing experience for all of us, and we felt really blessed to be able to participate. Mark got his chance to feel like a real pioneer. They boys were super excited! They even got to help dig.

More recently... We bought a watermelon because I HAD to have one. It really didn't taste very good. So, we gave it a face. And it turned out kind of scary.

Jon has decided that Duplos are his favorite toys right now. He built this step pyramid all by himself. Mark was uber impressed, so we took a picture.

Our garden has been severely neglected. How neglected? Our wheelbarrow full of straw-mulch sprouted...

 Like I said, I gave in and took a picture - pretty sure this one is around 37 weeks, but not totally sure... It's hard to care anymore. It's sometime when I feel big. (And, apparently, I don't look anywhere near as big as I feel! But, trust me, I've gotten significantly bigger since then.)

My last nesting project before I ran out of energy: the linen closet. Trust me, it needed to be done.

Our neglected garden is still providing us with food. I like plants that are awesome like that. We've had yellow squash coming out our ears, but almost no zucchini. The corn is just coming in now. Pretty soon, we'll have butternut squash and insane amounts of pie pumpkins.

I planted stargazer lilies this year, and they actually came up! They're my favorite flower, so I'm hoping they spread a little next season. (Yay for the watermelon that made it into the picture too! I hope I still want watermelon this badly when I'm not pregnant, since that thing won't be ripe until after this baby is born...)

Isaac went to a primary activity where they had a carnival set-up. He had his face painted, and wanted a picture. As soon as I snapped this one, he promptly ran upstairs to wash everything off.

Jonathan has a video game obsession. He steals Mark's phone to play quite frequently. I have to admit, touch screens may be the coolest invention ever.

One of Isaac's big worries about the first day of school was that he couldn't take his "guys". So, we took a picture of them and tucked it into his lunch. He was super excited when he found it today.

Obligatory first day of school pictures. (Jon totally photobombed the best ones...)

Here's how Isaac really felt about having his picture taken this morning:

So, how did his first day go? Isaac was strangely quiet about it today. I'm pretty sure that was from exhaustion, and we'll hear more about school in the coming days. This morning started off with plenty of tears, but he was brave once he saw his teacher again and met the other kid with the same initials as him. He DID mention that there's an alien that lives in his classroom who likes it when they do 5 special things to pay attention: fold their arms, keep their feet quiet, zip their mouths, listen with their ears, and pay attention with their eyes. His teacher gave him classroom points for doing well with all of that, so I think we can consider Day 1 a success!

Jon had the hardest time of all - it finally dawned on him that his best friend is going to be gone all day now. He just sat on the ground outside the school and cried. Luckily, he had a birthday party to go to today, which made the transition MUCH more smooth than it would've been! And, as soon as Isaac got home, they fought like cats and dogs (which is how you know they really missed each other).

I cried before I took Isaac to school, I cried after his class went inside, I cried when I thought about the fact that I was leaving him with strangers for an entire day... I would've cried anyway, but I think the sheer volume of tears was due to pregnancy hormones... Anyway, I was a little disappointed that he wasn't more excited about his day when he got out, but I'm pretty sure he will be by the end of the week.

So, in addition to all that, today was my last doctor appointment with this baby! Yes, I cried about that too - but not because I was emotional about graduating from this phase - after all that yuckiness last week, the only real change was the fact that I lost 3 pounds. Progress toward labor? Minimal. *Sigh* 6 more days at most.

Just a little Jon-ism: Our school district's logo is an abstract of a person holding up a planet in front of a mountain range. Jonathan is convinced that it's really an octopus holding up the moon in front of two volcanoes. He's curious as to what that has to do with going to school - there's some mystique there - I don't intend to quash it by explaining the logo to him.

Friday, August 9, 2013


Q: Have you had the baby yet?
A: No.

Q: I heard you went to the hospital the other night. What happened?
A: Short answer: false labor. Long answer: Contractions timed at 7 minutes apart. Felt like crud since the night before. Chills and shakes. Couldn't handle solid foods. Had a low-grade fever. Serious headache and cramping. All the contractions faded while we were at the hospital. They ran lots of tests to make sure the baby was okay, and the nurse was upset with me for not trying to eat mashed potatoes/crackers/broth at home since it looked like I had a simple case of the stomach flu (plus contractions).

Q: Have you had any more contractions?
A: No.

Q: How are you feeling now?
A: Miserable. I finally was able to eat a full meal today - that's the first time since Wednesday night. Otherwise, I feel just like I did when I went to the hospital, except that now I'm pretty tired too.

Q: Is there anything you need?
A: We've been blessed with lots of help, and we're happy to take people up on offers to help as we need it. Mark and I have been trying hard to actually reach out to those who've already offered and let them know what we need. We're not very good at planning ahead right now, we're just trying to get through one day at a time. Don't worry, if you've offered, we're likely to ask if we need something. And, thank you to all of you who have already helped!!!

Q: Are you going to be induced again?
A: I gave in and scheduled the induction for the night of the 18th - which means we'll have the baby by the end of the 19th. Still hoping he'll come on his own before that, but I'm not willing to be pregnant any longer than that.

Q: Do you have family coming to help after the baby is born?
A: Depends on when he comes. That's as far as we've gotten.

Q: What's the baby's name?
A: He doesn't have one yet. I know, we're weird, but we only have it narrowed down to three or four names, and we may throw those all out once we see him (that happened with both other kids).

Q: Why haven't you posted any prego pictures yet?
A: I look like I feel right now... Deena convinced me that I needed to take a belly shot whether I felt like I looked cute enough to or not. Mark did take a picture - like two weeks ago... One day, I'll put it up, but this baby may be in kindergarten by then.

Q: Now that you've been to the hospital where you'll deliver this time, how does it compare to the one where you delivered the other two?
A: The only complaint I have is that they felt the need to put a chart for the different centimeters of dilation on the door to the restroom in the rooms. I'm aware that 10 centimeters is large. I'd rather not be visually reminded of how large while I'm in labor. (Or false labor, as the case may be.)

Q: Have you had any bears in your house recently?
A: No, luckily, they're not hanging out in the middle of the city yet. But, just in case, we keep Jonathan around. He's getting good at his "Hulk yell" - that'll scare anything away.