Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy 7th Birthday Super Sky!!

Today is Skylar's 7th birthday!! It's so crazy to think that just 7 years ago she was as tiny as little Alexis-well, actually, she was never that tiny, but close. Skylar is such a great kid! She has always been so excited about life! Since the day she was born she's been practically jumping at the chance to see and do new things. She's a fantastic dancer, an amazing artist, and the best big sister (and mom's helper) anyone could ever have! Sometimes it makes me so sad that my first baby is growing up so fast but it also makes me so happy and excited to see the beautiful person she is and her potential for greatness! Skylar, I hope you have a wonderful birthday and a super great year being 7!! I love you lots & lots!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Alexis has a little esplainin' to do

So as you can see, Alexis has arrived, and yes, it does say that she has 16 more days to go on the freaky baby ticker thing. She was a tad early but actually perfectly on time! Here's the story. A few weeks ago the doctor pretty much checked and knew she was heading out a bit early. But at that point, it was too early! I still had 5 1/2 weeks until my due date so 2 1/2 weeks before she would be full term, meaning she was fully cooked and safe to come. My babies have all been late-Skylar 4 days, Nick 2 days, & Kade 1 day so this was so unexpected! Anyway, without necessarily being put on bed rest, I was told to "take it easy" and do my best to not go into labor until the 20th of September.

Taking it easy with 3 little kid is much easier said than done. I honestly did my best to not do too much. I was, on the other hand, trying to get ready for the baby to come. Pretty much anything I did do set me off into having awesomely painful contractions. On the 12th Ben and I went out for our last date (Thanks again Adrianne for babysitting all the kids all by yourself!!) and the whole night I was having contractions. It made for a pretty exciting date. The doctor told me that if I had more than 6 contractions in an hour I should head straight to the hospital. That night I made it to five. Anyway, this is how the two and a half weeks were. So much fun!

Finally on the 19th, I was spent. Pretty much everything was prepared and I kept telling Ben that we should be ready because I'd almost reached my term date and she was on her way. Skylar had a birthday party she was really looking forward to on the 20th at the Hanamaikai's in Ogden. She was very insistent on going and kept telling me that we couldn't have the baby until later Saturday night after the party and BBQ. This was my goal. But....

Friday night I started having some contractions about 5 ish and once again, made it to five in one hour. We decided to go get some pizza since I was not up for cooking at all. After we got home and put the kids to bed, I once again started with the five an hour contractions until about midnight when Ben and I finally decided to try and get some sleep. At this point, I was happy I'd made it to 37 weeks-my term date and ultimate goal at this point! At 2:30 am I woke up with the killer contractions. I tried to just breathe through them for awhile and finally woke Ben up about 3:15 when they were consistently five minutes apart. He tried calling his mom but didn't get an answer and then we called my mom and dad to come down. My mom was so confused! I guess anyone being called in the middle of the night is confused! Anyway, they made a quick trip down, my dad and Ben gave me a priesthood blessing, and we got to the hospital around 5 am.

At the hospital they got me all hooked up to the machines and then the nurse checked me. I was only dilated to a 2 and not very effaced but she was not feeling a head coming down the birth canal. So she went to get an ultrasound machine and gets a nice clear picture of the baby's foot there, not her head. She was breech! She told me I was headed for a c-section since once you're in labor and the baby's breech, there's no going back. This was actually kind of nice. Within minutes of getting to the hospital, I knew how it was going to end up instead of my usual 10 hours (24+ with Sky) of labor with the warning of a c-section that I had gone through with all of my other kids. So, although I wasn't too excited about getting a c-section, I was glad I wasn't going to have to be in labor much longer.

They called the Dr. and got me an epidural pretty quickly. The Dr. was held up a little by another delivery but as soon as he showed up, everything went really fast. He checked me again and found that one of the baby's feet was already on its way out! They took me straight to the OR, Ben got dressed in his cute little OR clothes, and the c-section began. I was so out of it at this point from lack of sleep and the pain meds that I was totally falling asleep while it was going on! I didn't feel a thing. I just remember that it seemed like there was a ton of people in the room. I guess there was a bunch of nurses, aides, etc. in training and the Dr. was explaining the whole process to them. One of the nurses later told me that it was the coolest c-section that she'd ever seen. I honestly wish I could've seen it. Ben watched a bit and snapped a pic or two but I'll spare everyone those pictures. He actually did get a cool one of Alexis as her headed popped out. The doctor told me that she actually moved after he checked me so she was horizontal across my belly and instead of the usual breech bum coming out first, it was her head. Crazy baby!

So, at 8:04 am Alexis made her debut. She was teeny for one of our babies at only 7 lbs. 2 oz. but still a pretty good size. She had a little fluid in her lungs and her blood sugar was a little low but other than that, she was fully cooked and healthy. I only saw her for a few seconds and then they took her to the nursery to watch her for awhile. She had to have a little IV to get her blood sugar up. Poor baby! Ben went with her and I pretty much snoozed on and off for the next few hours. I finally got to hold her around 11 and instantly fell in love. which accounts for my stoned look in the picture, I guess.
Later on, Ben brought the kids to come see her. They were so excited!! I think Kade was a little weirded out by all the tubes coming out from me and that I was stuck in bed but he was okay. The kids all brought her a cute little cat they had made at Build-a-Bear for her. Skylar couldn't wait to hold her and said she completely forgave her for missing out on her friend's birthday party!
Here's some shots of some of her visitors:

Of course, it took us a long time to actually name her. We always take a long time!! This was a record though. Since you have to stay in the hospital longer for a c-section, we had more time to work on the name. I was pretty much ready after the first day but Ben was still deliberating. We finally were down to two names-Alexis or Elise. The kids and I were rooting more for Alexis and Ben finally agreed. We finalized her name on Monday night (we came home Tuesday) to everyone's relief, especially all my nurses who were going crazy-they really wanted to make her a nametag! Camille is Ben's mom's name so she was named for her Grandma. So Alexis Camille is the name. We love it!

She's quite the cutie. She has dark brown hair and pretty dark eyes so I'm guessing they'll be brown. Her head is perfectly round since she came out the "easy" way. She looks a lot like my niece, Marisa, who everyone says looks like me and a lot like Nick, who is a mini-me, so I guess she looks like me. So far, she's got Ben's temperament and is pretty mellow. Of course, she mostly sleeps, but when she's awake she just kind of chills and looks around. She's very sweet and we're so glad she's here!!!
Our first family picture!

Anyway, so Ben thinks it's about time that I take the freaky baby ticker thing off but I'm leaving it on because it's kind of cool to see how much of the last dreaded weeks of pregnancy that I'm missing!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Baby Girl Jordan is Here!

Alexis Camille Jordan

Born Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 8:04 am

7 lbs. 2 oz.

19 1/4 inches

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

McKade is 2 1/2..almost!!

McKade is growing up too fast, I'd say, but too slow for him. He always insists that he's a big boy and he emphasizes this with a growling "I'm BIG!!" So, he turns 2 1/2 this Friday. A friend of mine was saying on her blog how the 9 months that you're pregnant just drag and then the next 5 years zoom by. I'd have to totally agree with that. It seems like I don't have any memory of the last 2 1/2 years because they've gone so fast. All I know is that my solemn baby boy has turned into a very happy big boy in a flash. We went to go get his pictures last week (before the baby craziness begins!). He did so good and had great big smiles the whole time. Nick even jumped in one of them. It's love having two fun boys!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up

This week was the first week of Joy School and we got to have it at our house. We have 4 kids this year from 3 families. We spent the week learning about the rules and routines we'll be using throughout the year. It should be a fun group this year. McKade loves Joy School so much that I'm pretty sure he's gonna be upset when he doesn't get to move on the next house!
The weekend ended up being soooo busy for us. On Friday we went to the last Orem Owlz game of the season. The Tongs, the Hoens, and the Stuebners (don't even ask what Matt's talking about in the picture of the guys!) all joined us and Ben's work was actually there so we saw a lot of people we knew. It was such a beautiful night but freezing!! Fall is definitely heading our way. The game was really, really, really long but the kids had a fun time playing around despite being cold. Poor Jayme even caught a home run ball...with his leg! Ouch!!! He had a giant bruise and was hobbling around at the end but hopefully he'll be okay. We toughed it out until the end of the game to see a short but awesome fireworks display. It was a fun way to end the summer!!
So despite our very late night at the game, we still dragged ourselves out of bed on Saturday morning to head up to downtown SLC to the Star Wars Event at Pottery Barn. This was some exclusive even that you had to get tickets for so we're thinking it sounded really cool. Um, after 45 minutes of standing in line and then getting to see a total of 4 Star Wars guys for like 1 minute, we weren't too thrilled. The kids even thought it was dumb and that's saying something!! Afterwards we gave in to our kid's pleadings and headed to IKEA for a bit. Who would think IKEA would be more exciting than Star Wars?!? So sad.
Today we had Regional Conference. I didn't go because I'm 8 months pregnant and honestly don't think I could have sat on a hard metal chair for two hours besides the fact that Kade would spend the entire two hours pounding away on his new-found "drum." Ben and Skylar headed off and I stayed home with the boys so we missed out but I heard it was good.
Later we went up to my parent's house to celebrate August and September birthdays. We had a good dinner and a nice night until....poor Kade hurt his arm. He was playing with a cousin and then started crying. He wouldn't lift his arm at all and cried if we touched it. If Kade is crying over getting hurt it usually means he's really hurt because he's such a rough and tumble kid that he's always banging into something and doesn't ever cry. He's had his arm dislocated twice already so I was hoping that was all it was but since I didn't see what happened, I didn't want to just pop it back in blindly. Needless to say, we took off and headed straight to the pediatrician's office-thank goodness they have after-hours. After a long wait-I never knew Sunday nights were so busy!- we finally saw the doctor and yes, it was dislocated. A quick twist and a few minutes later, Kade was back in business eating a fruit snack and happy. The doctor said it'll probably keep happening until he's around 5! Poor Kade!! We're glad it's a quick fix though and he's fine. We love you Kadybug!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

And Then There Was One

So this last weekend we finally found the last home for our giant litter of kittens. To say we feel relieved is an understatement. The first to go was little Frodo. He actually ended going to our friends, the Chadwicks, which made Skylar happy since she was really attached to him. The hope that she'll see him again made it so much better, although he didn't get away without many tears and Kade's pouting every day, especially at bedtime, "I miss Frodo."
After that, we averaged about a kitten a day disappearing (with tears from Sky every time!!) and Soffee spending the night walking around letting out her sweet little meow (she doesn't EVER meow!) in search of her lost little one. I just felt so bad for her! Can you imagine your children just being gone like that?! I think she's finally come to the realization that they've all gone, except for the one we kept, Cali. Her name has actually been changed to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious since she can't just be Cali when her mom has a cool name like Barrus Offee. The kids like to call her Super Cali. Anyway, we decided to keep her because she was Skylar's 2nd favorite and Nick really wanted one with orange on it. She really is a pretty cat. She and Soffee get along well so I think we made a good choice. Soffee's even started playing with her! Although I think Soffee was bummed about the whole vanishing kittens thing, she seems like she's finally comfortable and not starving anymore!! She was so famished all the time feeding six kittens. It's soooo nice to be back to two cats again. Ben is so happy that his current kitty litter duties are back to "normal"! Thanks babe!!! I totally owe you but our baby will thank you!! Welcome (permanently) Super Cali!!!