Saturday, April 26, 2014

Relaxing Week

Baby boy is already one week old. We have had a very smooth first week home full of naps, cuddles and even some outings!

Napping on Mommy's lap

Watching TV with big sis

More morning cuddles

Dylan and I headed out for a pedicure this morning with a friend. I highly recommend this to other new moms; I just held/nursed Dylan and chatted with my friend while getting my nails done =)

Alex took on the *large* job of entertaining the girls all day. They went to dance class, lunch, Sciencenter, and Daddy's office!

Out to lunch

Cows were visiting the Sciencenter!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dylan's Birth Story

(This narrative is really to preserve our memory and fill in the few people actually interested in the details. There are no cute/fun pictures - there was no time to take any, ha! So, feel free to skip this post altogether =)

Dylan's birth can be summarized as: "Well, that was unexpected!". It was a romantic-comedy-style, crazy-women-in-labor barely making it to the hospital scenario.

We wouldn't quite believe the sequence of events ourselves if we didn't have the phone call logs to show exactly how fast things happened.
4:00 am: I wake up with my normal middle-of-the-night pre-labor, I don't think anything of it.
4:30 am: My water breaks movie-scene style, huge gush of water all over my kitchen floor. This almost never happens to people in 'real life'. Never say never. I clean the floor and then shower.
5:00 am: I wake Alex up and fill him in; tell him he better shower and get dressed. I time a few contractions, which are getting stronger, and realize we may need to start hurrying.

Lindsey:  It's baby day =)

5:15 am: We call the midwife, doula, and our friends who will be watching the girls and let them all know that it's baby time and we'll be needing them soon.

*** Contractions hit the 'oh sh!t' level of intensity and frequency, completely unexpectedly. ***

5:20 am: We call everyone back and let them know that by 'needing them soon' we really meant 'immediately'. By 'we', I mean 'Alex', because I can only get a few sentences out between contractions.
5:20 am - 5:50 am: We get the girls up, semi-dressed, and in the car. I do my best not to panic them.
5:50 am: Our doula arrives. I get in the back of her car (seats folded down) on all fours to try and keep baby up & in. Alex drives the girls and the doula & I follow (we're leaving our car w/ our friends so they have enough car seats).
6:05 am: Alex more or less throws the girls into our friends' arms, who graciously come out to the street to meet us. Alex gets in the car and we proceed directly to the hospital.

Doula: Sounds like you might be 50% done by the time we get there.
Lindsey: I'm delivering this baby as soon as I get out of the car.

6:15 am: We make it to the hospital. More accurately, we make it to the emergency room where I land on the floor, on all fours, and proceed to put on a wonderful show for the group in the waiting room.

Lindsey: Sorry, folks! (to the half dozen people in the emergency waiting room, trying desperately to not look shocked or stare at me).

Alex: (pretty calmly) My wife is in labor. We called ahead and the midwife knows we're coming. We need to get her up to the maternity ward immediately.
Bored ER Receptionist: Oh, okay. Well, where's your wife?
Alex steps to the side so she could see me behind him.
She panics - hits a button. People come flying in from every direction. I didn't know ER receptionist have a panic button. It makes sense. Of course, this wasn't actually an emergency. So, people started to 'freak out' for no reason.

OB: You don't want to give birth on this floor, it's dirty.
Lindsey: Worse things have happened.
OB: Really, it's not very clean.
Lindsey: Seriously, worse things have happened.

The OB and some nurses try to get me to sit in a wheel chair - not happening. I compromise with agreeing to kneel in the chair, facing backwards, while they navigate me to the maternity ward. One or two innocent bystanders may have been injured in this process =)

Nurse: The maternity ward never seemed so far away before! (as they're rushing me down the hall)

6:20 am: We make it to the room, somehow, and I make it onto the bed, still kneeling.
The OB and nurses are a bit hysterical, trying to get me to change position, not 'push', etc... I basically tell them to back off, I'm having a baby.

6:25 am: The midwife gets there, yay!, clears out the room and calms the remaining nurses down so we can get the job done.

6:30 am: Dylan arrives!

So, that was interesting. Thank goodness this happened on my third birth and not my first or even second. If I had been less 'experienced' I'm sure I would have been panicking. Fortunately, I knew that while what I was going through was crazy-intense, it was going normally and nothing was wrong. More then once I thought to myself, "Well, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if I delivered him here" (home/car/hospital hallway) instead of in the delivery room.

THANK YOU to our support people: We're very fortunate to have had a great team of support people in place who made it possible for us to get to the hospital! We cannot say THANK YOU enough to our doula and friends for keeping this crazy scenario as low stress as possible.
Our friends received the girls with little-to-no warning and kept them wonderfully entertained and happy all day long.
The doula was calm and collected. She didn't show any signs of alarm that someone she hardly knew was very likely about to give birth in the back of her car.
Our midwife was amazing also. She instantly lowered the emotional temperature of the room so Dylan could arrive in as calm a manner as possible, given the scenario.

An Added Note on Luck: We're fortunate twice over in the friend and doula departments. Murphy's Law seemed to be in play, since that was the one night we were on 'back-ups' for both our doula and friends to watch the girls. Our planned doula was recovering from a long birth she attended the previous day and the friends who planned to watch the girls had the flu.
Our planned doula and friends are about 10-15min further away then their respective back-ups. If either of these things hadn't happened and we were 'on plan' we wouldn't have made it to the hospital. How is that for luck?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Settled at Home

This morning Alex and the girls came to the hospital to collect Dylan and me. We made our way home smoothly and spent the rest of today relaxing and trying to keep the girls from smothering Dylan with kisses and hugs =)

Brief moment of peace form the sisters

Cora making sure Dylan has his paci

Getting a closer look!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dylan Alexander is here =)

This morning we were greeted by our little man; Dylan Alexander Hayes!
He arrived in a romantic-comedy-style delivery - a mad dash to the hospital. By 6:30am we were comfortably relaxing together; what a great way to spend the day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Warmer Weather!

The girls and I have been happily enjoying the improved temperatures. Finally, some fresh air!

Eating Outside

Trying out the new rocker

Hanging out by the fire pit!

Since it was a little too wet to play outside on Monday, Cora had a blast at TotSpot. They're only open for a few more weeks; hopefully most of the April rain will be gone by then.

Very Busy!

Alex just got back from his last pre-baby trip; now we're just in a holding pattern waiting for baby boy. I'm glad to have Alex around every day to help entertain the girls. Then I won't have to do this to get a shower =) What did parents do before Kindles?

Parenting by Distraction

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Capturing the Bump

Right now, the baby bump is just about as big as it can get. The last two weeks or so are just a waiting game. So, yesterday evening we had some fun capturing the girls with their little brother-to-be. =) It's hard to believe that soon we'll have pictures of the three kiddos together!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Water Damage Recovery Complete

Finally, we have our house back! In January we had a baseboard heater pipe freeze and burst in the living room, causing a surprising amount of water damage. It was a blessing-in-disguise, though, because there were several changes we were wanting to make to the house and this lit a fire under the project.

I'll share a few before-after photos. The before pictures are the listing pictures from when we bought the house. It's fun to see how the house has not only improved, but become our own over the last year. There are, of course, more changes to be made. We finally feel 'settled' in the home, though. Good timing, since we're about to enter the crazy newborn months again!

Living Room: good bye carpet, hello floor

Kitchen: will NOT miss those white cabinet doors!

Kitchen: again, so much better =)

Porch: second-story toddler death trap to safe playroom

Old office to New Nursery

Guest Room/Office