Monday, January 24, 2011

Our family of 5!

While my mom was here we got a picture of our new family of 5! I know we need some more pictures of all of us but this was all we could get for now! I am just glad that the girls are smiling for the camera!
I cannot explain how so in love with my husband and baby girls I am! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!! They are amazing and I am so happy to have our sweet little Liv here with us! I told Tyler that I love him even more now! It was such an amazing experience having him with me when I had Liv and I will be forever thankful that he was there with me!
It seems like you wait and wait and wait for your baby to get here and when they are here they grow WAY to fast!
I know it sounds silly but it makes me a little sad that Liv is almost 2 weeks old! I know it may sound crazy to some people to say it now but I would love another baby some day. Who knows when but I feel like if I am emotional about Liv almost being 2 weeks old I will have major baby fever again someday. I have been snuggling Liv up lots and am going to take in all the newborn snuggle time I can get.
I love my babies so much! I know there will crazy days with having 3 little ones but there will be just as many amazingly happy days! I am so happy to have 3 little girls! They are the best!
So far having 3 kids has been going great! Liv's big sisters have been doing great adjusting to her being here and I am so happy about that!
Lydia LOVES to touch her and give her sweet kisses and Lily likes to say how cute she is and doesn't seem to be bothered by her at all. So far so good!

Being crafty with Omi!

So instead of my mom sending me my Christmas present we decided that when she came out here to visit when I had the baby that she would get me my Christmas present then. Well I had my sweet baby Liv and my mom actually made it out here 2 days after she was born! YAY for Omi being able to visit!! I missed my momma a lot!
The day after she got here she made the drive to Walmart by herself and got my present! A SEWING MACHINE! YAY!! I always randomly ask her to make me things and she finally said to me "Lindsey do you just want me to buy you your own?" My first thought was no I just want you to make things for me haha but then I thought I totally want one!! She said she would help me when she came out here and we would do some easy things to start out with.
We started out with burp rags because homemade baby burp rags are my all time favorite when you have a baby and I recommend anyone that is having or has a new baby to make them for yourself if you know how to or have someone you know make them! They are bigger, thicker and way cuter when you pick out your own fabric! You can make them as big or as small as you want and it makes you love them even more because you picked the fabric out yourself. The first night my mom was showing me how to do them I made 1 on my own and did a pretty good job! The next morning I used the super cute fabric my mom bought and made 5 burp rags all by myself! I was on a role and totally proud of myself!
We got pretty crafty while my mom was here and we had a night of tie dying! We made all of the girls tie dye shirts and they turned out pretty dang cute! Tyler even tie dyed a pair of his underwear and a shirt!
Yesterday we had good teamwork and worked on a little diaper and wipe holder together and it turned out SO cute! Also we made the cutest hooded towel!! I had the idea that I really wanted to put fabric around the hood and it seemed a little overwhelming at first but it turned out SO SO cute! I seriously LOVE it! I did pretty much everything on the towel myself minus my mom sewed a little bit of it but I did all the sewing of the fabric around the hood and attaching the hood onto the towel. My mom did the finishing touches and went over some of it so it was extra secure.
I am so happy that I have my own sewing machine now and I am really looking forward to all the things I can do with it! I am still learning and not exactly sure how to do everything but it will be fun to learn and keep myself busy with that! I am excited to make super cute things for the girls!
A big thank you to my momma for the sewing machine and for being an awesome crafty momma! She even stayed up past her bedtime on her las night here to make Liv's crib sheet for her!
I am so sad that my mom is back home in Vancouver now but was so glad that she was able to come out here to see her newest grandbaby Liv and help me out with the girls! She is the best momma and I am so thankful for her!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Liv MerrieAnn Ledbetter

She is finally here!! Liv MerrieAnn Ledbetter 7lbs 5oz and 19 inches long! I cannot believe that 9 days ago I gave birth to my perfect little Liv!
Here is her birth story!
On Monday January 10th I had my 38 week appointment. I was 38 weeks and 4 days. I was checked and was 3-4cm and 65-75% effaced. I asked if she would stripped my membranes and she did. When I had my membranes stripped with Lydia I actually went into the hospital that night so I was hoping that this would do the same. I had been having contractions but nothing super consistent. I went on with my day and hoped that I would magically go into labor that night but that didn't happen. The next day I walked to Starbucks while Lily rode her bike to hopefully help move things along and then we hung out with some ladies. We actually said a prayer before leaving Starbucks that I would go into labor. Well later that day I started to get some more random contractions. I went home and then I proceeded to clean my house for the billionth time. I woke up at 1am from a contraction then fell back asleep and woke up again between 4-5 with more consistent contractions so I started to time them. They were 10 min apart then slowly started to get closer. As the morning went on they finally got about 5 minutes apart so I decided to take a shower and get ready for the day and then if they stayed 5 minutes apart I would go in. Well they sure stayed 5 min apart so we went and picked Lily up from school and went to my friend Kristina's house with the girls so she could watch them. We took them inside to feed them lunch and hang out for a little bit. Once they were distracted and playing we snuck away to the hospital. It was around 2pm when we left.
Once we got to the hospital (which by the way is a 30 min drive) we waited in the waiting room(kind of weird since I had never had to wait at either of the hospitals I had the girls at) then after 20 min they took us back to get checked out and hooked up to the monitor. I was still 3-4cm but now 90% effaced and was having contractions 5 min apart. The doctor came in and said well I have good news and bad news. Good news is you are in labor but since you were 3-4cm on monday and thats what you still are today your not really progressing. After me trying to make points as to why I should stay he said he would go talk to his boss and see if there was a way to keep me. He came back in and said they only had one bed back in labor and delivery and blah blah blah. BOO I was SO irritated that I wasn't going to be getting admitted. He told me to go home and when they get 2-3min apart and pretty much unbearable to come back in. I am thinking the dude is crazy because HELLO this is my 3rd baby and I was only in labor for 7 hours with Lydia. PLUS the hospital is 30 min away. Well after all that I went to the bathroom and of course cried because I was so irritated and we proceeded to walk to the car. We hiked up the hill since the parking is terrible and there is never any parking spots close and on the way up the hill I had to bend over and whine to Tyler that these hurt! It was like instantly after leaving the hospital and headed up the hill the contractions got worse. Once we got into the car they got even more intense and the whole way home I was getting them closer and closer. I told Tyler (who by the way was being so amazing this whole time and not freaking out at all) that we would probably get back and have to turn right back around to come back to the hospital. Once we got back to Kristina's house we timed them and they were 2 min apart! I was on my hands and knees on her couch breathing and not being able to talk through contractions. After 20 minutes I said screw this were going back! We left again about 5pm. The whole drive there was a blur. I am pretty sure Tyler was totally speeding and trying to get there fast. Once we got back to the hospital we waited in the waiting room for a few minutes and then got taken back. The same doctor that checked me out came and checked me out again and I was 5cm! He said ok your getting admitted. I told the nurse I wanted an epidural like yesterday! Once we got back to my room it was about 6pm and the contractions were getting even more intense. I am talking I never felt this kind of pain in my life. Not even with the other girls. They started my IV and got my bag of fluid going so I could get my epidural. At this point I was in ever more pain! I had to lay on my side and with one hand hold onto the bed and the other hand had to squeeze Tyler's hand. I was breathing so hard and trying to get through the pain. Tyler was cheering me on telling me I was doing great and to keep on breathing. He was telling me how my bag of fluid was almost gone and that the anesthesiologist was coming soon. He was so awesome about holding my hand and just totally being there for me for whatever I needed. Once the anesthesiologist came in I said YAY my best friend is here! Well I of course was having painful painful contractions as he is giving me my epidural but I knew that I would be feeling better soon! He was so nice and did an awesome and fast job! After giving me the initial shot to get the medicine going he went to go grab the pump for it. After I laid on my back I started to feel a little tingly but was still having to breath through the contractions and then started to have the urge to push! I said UHHHHHHHHH UMMMMMM. The nurse Penny(who I loved) said lets check you. I said yeah I was just going to say I think you should check me because I feel pressure. She checked me and I was 9cm. Then my next contraction I told her she should check me again because I felt like she was coming out. So she checked me and I was a 10! Tyler looked at her and said can we do this!? Like me and You!? Penny said Yeah! But she made a call and it felt like within a min everyone came into the room to get everything ready. They got all set up and said when I got my next contraction and wanted to push to go ahead. I grabbed my legs and went for it which by the way I was a little nervous to do since my epidural had been in for about 10 minutes and wasn't fully working. I was totally numbed up with the other girls so this was a whole new experience. Tyler grabbed one of my legs and the nurse had the other and I pushed! Tyler was so great with holding my leg and being a great cheerleader. When he saw her head starting to come out I remember him saying she doesn't have light hair!! Once her head was out the doctor was kind of pulling on her head like they do when they are coming out and Tyler was like what are you doing!? He thought he was hurting her. It was pretty funny lol. I pushed a couple more times and then she was out!! A total of 2 minutes of pushing and she was out! They put her right on my chest and it was amazing! It was so great to have my sweet beautiful baby on my chest and my husband right beside me. She looked so dang cute from the second she came out! Tyler and I both thought that she looked like Lily at first. Especially with her little butt chin! That was one of the first things I noticed! The more we looked at her the more we started to see both of the girls in her. I had Liv at 7:28pm! Can you believe how fast all that was!? Because I sure couldn't believe how fast everything went. I didn't even get a chance to talk to my mom or sister. Tyler had to do the text messaging and calling for me when I was in labor. A total of an hour and a half after getting admitted and Liv was here! Right after I had her one of the nursed came in and said oh we just got your paper work put in. Your finally admitted into the hospital!
After I had her and she was getting checked out under the warmer it was so nice to look over and have my husband by her side! I was of course stuck in the bed because after I had her my epidural was finally fully working. Great how that worked out huh!? Once they weighed her I was so anxious to hear how much she weighed! I was surprised to hear that she was 7lbs 5oz and 19 inches long! My biggest baby! I figured she would be in the middle of her sisters. Lily was 7lbs 2oz and 18 1/2 inches long and Lydia was 6lbs 13oz and 18 and a quarter inches long. I was very proud of myself for only gaining 20 pounds this pregnancy! I am still not to sure how I only gained that much since most of you know I love my food! I actually lost 2 pounds the last couple weeks and it stayed off for whatever reason. I was also very proud that Liv was my biggest baby!
It was seriously so painful but so amazing and totally worth every ounce of pain I felt! I cannot say enough times how thankful and amazing it was to have my husband with me. After having 2 babies on my own while my husband was deployed it was amazing to have him right there with me through the whole pregnancy and birth! Tyler did such a great job and was so there for me! I asked him if I freaked him out and he said no you were a champ and that he was totally pumped! I was excited but nervous for him to be there with me through everything because he wasn't before and I didn't know what to expect but it was the best! Just plain amazing! I am so thankful that the 3rd time was a charm! I am so blessed to have my husband here to experience all the things he missed with the big girls! I am SO in love with my husband and my 3 beautiful girls! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Yes I am still pregnant and yes I am getting very anxious!! That is my rant for the day! Until next time friends!

Monday, January 3, 2011

The end is nearing!

The end is coming! I have definitely been feeling pregnant this last week. Today I am 37 weeks and 4 days. Not that I am super uncomfortable but here are some reasons:
My stomach has been pretty sensitive which happened with Lydia a little before I had her.
I have been wanting to eat everything but haven't been eating as much because I get full faster
I have been totally needing to take little naps
I have been cleaning the most random stuff!
I washed some of the babies things but I need to wash all of her clothes soon! I want them to be as fresh smelling as they can be! I love the smell of dreft and baby things! Now I just need the sweet smelling baby so I can smell that baby smell! I am so excited for Tyler to smell that newborn baby smell! Isn't it just the most yummy smell ever!!??
I have been doing surprisingly extra well with my weight gain this pregnancy. I hit 20 pounds and have been there for a while now. I haven't really been walking for months now because I would rather do other things. I feel like I get enough of a work out in running around constantly doing things anyways. Plus having 2 little girls that are busy helps keep me on my feet!
So another thing that makes me think this little girl is coming soon is I have actually lost 2 pounds. I lost a pound before I had Lily but I didn't think much of it since I was a COW lol. I stepped on the scale yesterday morning and was 2 pounds less then I was the day before. Hmmm. I know that sometimes thats normal but it weirded me out.
So we will see when this little princess decides to make her arrival! I have a feeling it will be soon since Lily was 5 days early and Lydia was 11 days early but then part of me think oh my goodness what if she decides to hang out a while longer! I think I would be SO anxious! My next dr's appt is on the 10th so we will see how I have progressed.