Sunday, December 19, 2010

The 19th already??

I can't believe it's been three months, sorry. A lot is going on and without Internet at home, it's been nigh to impossible to update the blog. I'm lucky if I can check my email every other week, I really have had to make a HUGE effort to get my online banking stuff done. I wish that there was an Internet plan that would allow for a weekly or daily connection allotment and that's all you'd pay for. Maybe 3 hours a week or 30 minutes a day. That would be IDEAL!! Then I could stay on top of a few things and still get to know what is happening out in the world. Sometimes I feel so isolated but that isn't a biggie.
Can you believe in five days Christmas will be here? Nor can I. Friday is Molly's first birthday. Crazy. Right now I am up in the mountains, snowed in, and remembering what it was like to think that I was going to deliver at my in-laws' cabin Christmas Eve with no one but some clueless, scared firefighters. Oh how I am grateful for competent doctors and nurses who know what's going on and how to make it not hurt so much. Back to Molly. She's walking now. She'll take about 10 steps max on her own and will go from thing to thing quite easily. She usually keeps her arms above her head or out in front of her a la Frankenstein. She is so cute. She is so patient with Cassidy who would love her to death if we didn't referee. Cassidy loves to try and pick her up, often by wrapping her arms around Molly's neck and pulling up. I've gotta keep an eye on those two when playing together. They love each other though. It is so obvious and so wonderful. They both become so excited when they wake up in the morning and see the other for the first time. Cassidy asks to go see Molly constantly while Molly is napping. What a joy for me. It makes all the difficulties of having them so close in age seem worth it. I'll post a video when I can get online with a better connection.
Cassidy is such a dear, she loves to give hugs and kisses to everyone. She has a crush, a 28 month old toddler crush, on the 9-year-old son of our friends here at the cabin with us. It is so funny. She always asks where he is and wants to see him and she'll follow him around endlessly. He is pretty good about it. When she sees him she'll say "go get Jaxon?" but then she gets to shy to go up to him. So adorable. She is picking up all our tendencies. I have to tell her to stay where she is sometimes when I need to go get something, and today she told me to stay where I was while she went to get something. It was hilarious, she was so serious, just like I have to be with her. It is amazing to watch them develop and learn and become little people with capabilities and opinions and everything.
Joe and I are nearing, we hope, the end of the review process to have our addition design approved by the city. We submitted our plans in November and have gone through one review and now are trying to obtain a variance for an issue that wasn't even noticed by the city planning department right away. There is a public hearing tomorrow at 11:30 about the variance but seeing as we are snowed in in the Sierras, we won't be able to make it. We are crossing our fingers that we aren't needed for anything and that we will be granted the variance. It looks good but we won't know until tomorrow, at least. If that goes through than we will be eligible to start the permit process in January!!!!!!!! We won't begin construction until the rains stop in the spring but at least we will be okayed by the city to go ahead. A HUGE step.
I turned 30 this last week. Not such a big deal. I guess now that I'm 30 I don't have to feel too young to be going gray. I hate the gray hair but I like my hair color and so I don't want to dye it. Maybe if enough women owned their grays then society wouldn't care so much about them. Go gray-hair-owner-uppers!!!! Having two kids and a third on the way sounds age appropriate. Gong through MAJOR home renovation sounds like something a 30 year old would do.
Can I mention how weird it still is to me to feel a baby move inside my belly?? I've done this three times now and the whole conception and development and birthing thing is just weird. Really, there is a living thing inside me? Kicking me and squirming and sucking the energy and nutrients from me? It's like a parasite. It's a parasite for 9 months and then a leach for however long you nurse. You love them but sometimes it just seems odd. Three more months, maybe. The doc thinks less. I don't know if I'll be able to make it that long. The third one is a lot more uncomfortable than the first or second and the second got pretty painful there towards the end. What a blessing though to be able to be pregnant and for the pregnancies to be as tame as they are. I know that I am lucky.
Funny story to close. Last week I went to In-n-out at about 11 pm, don't ask. There are two windows, the first had a sign in it, Foward to next window, or something like that. I looked at it and thought, huhhh, aren't there TWO r's in forward?? I didn't say anything, but I wondered and still do wonder how many people see that and think, couldn't they afford to spell check??

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fun times

Well, I couldn't quite make the one-post-a-month goal, and it's only been a month and a half. Oh well. Life is more important. So this will be quick with lots of little snippits of news.

1. We are expecting Baby Lotz #3 in March!! Joe announced it in church last week so I guess I can post it now. This is the hardest pregnancy so far. Lots of nausea. Extremely tired much of the day. But we are excited. Maybe a boy? Another little girl? We'll just make sure to stay in town after 36 weeks.
2. Cassidy is 2 now. Crazy. Such a sweet heart. Love her to pieces.
3. Molly is mobile. She's fully crawling and loves her freedom. She has two teeth and LOVES big people food. What a doll. Her little voice is so precious.
4. We are actively working with our architect towards the plans for the second floor. Crazy to think that we'll have a new baby in March and then start the second floor soon thereafter.
5. Joe is a champion fisherman. He went night fishing with some buddies last week and caught a 8 pound bass!!!!!! The fish was huge, well is huge, it's still swimming around Berryessa. Catch and release.

6. We are almost caught up with our family history temple work. Since last August we've completed work for around 100 family members. So excited to get the work done.
Anything else important? Pictures. Hummm... maybe next time.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Going wireless

We are officially going wireless. And going back to the stoneage, BI, before internet. We are getting rid of internet service today (if I can make it to the service center with the girls that is, or it may be tomorrow). I am THRILLED!! I have really enjoyed having the world (wide web) at my fingers these last 6 months but it really is a web and you can get stuck in it. So it is going away. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! One less useless thing to clear out of the house. I already made my bucket list yesterday, well started to anyhow, of all the things I'd like to get done by the end of the year. I am so excited because I KNOW I have time to actually get it all done, and loads more, now that I am extricating myself from this web of mostly useless, temporal fluff.
I will have access to the web at my in-laws' and father's house so you can expect at least one post a month, with pictures.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Photo Inequality

The other day I was going through the photos on my computer, trying to pick out images to print for the girls' scrapbooks. You know what I noticed? I take comparatively few photos of my Molly. Poor little one had so few photos. She is so wonderful, so mellow, so sweet, so content, so everything you'd want in a baby and I have barely captured it on 'film' for her to see when she gets older and to reminder me when she gets older. I have to be so much better about catching her in moments of pure joy. She brings us so much joy. Everyone comments on her disposition, how wonderful she is. What a blessing to have her in our family. Here are some cute pictures of Molly.

















Sunday we had our friends over for dinner one last time before they move closer to family. We are going to miss them so much. We were so excited when they moved into our ward late last year. Diana and Ryan are our Settlers buddies. Ella is Cassidy's best friend. The two of them are so cute together. We are going to miss them but wish them well in Utah. We are going to miss seeing the new babies. Here's a few pics of the girls.


















Craziness. We all know that siblings are different but sometimes it still catches you off guard when it manifests itself in little ones. Cassidy didn't crawl until almost a year old, but Molly looks like she'll be off and crawling any day now. Here's a video from the first day she got on her knees, June 29, and from last week, July 6th.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Boy crazy at 21 (months that is)

We've already entered the boy crazy age and Cassidy is not even 22 months old yet. First it was Mitchell, an older boy from church, nursery to be exact. Out of the blue she started saying his name during the day. Next she'd find the picture of us with another family on vacation and say the son's name over and over, Jaxson, Jaxson, Jaxson. Now she carries the picture around like a teenage girl with a crush. It's really cute. We see Jaxson's family about every other month and have gone on vacation a few times with them. He's really nice to Cassidy, but at 8 years old, I don't think it'll work out.
Cassidy is so fun. Today I was putting Molly down to sleep and Cassidy just couldn't resist coming in and jumping on the bed Molly and I were sitting on. Then she wanted to play with Molly's shoes. But my favorite was when it was her to turn to be put down for a nap she responded to my "I love you" with her typical "love you, too" and then threw in the "momma" for bonus points. I could only smile "I love you, too, Momma." How great is that. That reminds me of last night when the missionaries came over for dinner. On the other side of our dining room wall is Cassidy's crib so we can really hear her well. Well last night she wasn't asleep by the time we sat down for dinner so all through dinner we heard her trying to talk to us, saying "hi momma," and all kinds of other cute stuff. We did have to move her crib away form the wall because she was enjoying kicking and slapping the wall too much. There she is right now saying "hi momma" at the top of her lungs and jumping up and down. So cute. We consider the first 30 minutes after we put her down to be her own wind down time and know that she won't fall asleep for awhile, but that is okay with us. Now she's saying "Molly" and "Cassie" (her name for herself). How I love that little imp.
Molly is almost 6 months, crazy. She's a roller and usually ends up rolling onto her tummy from her back. So different from Cassidy. She is SOOOO happy. I started solids with her and she does well with them. The only problem, it's made her stinky poo even stinkier!! Oh well. Maybe that will keep the boys away. :)
We have our garden in, FINALLY. The tomato plants are doing well, all 30+ of them. My mom would laugh so hard if she saw me with tomato plants in the ground. I HATE fresh tomatoes, they are not good. But we make so much tomato sauce that it makes sense to grow a ton. The pumpkins are doing really well, the watermelon, zucchini, and butternut squash are content. I hope our peppers start picking it up. Pictures to come.
We are making progress with the second story addition. We downloaded AutoCAD and are working on the drawings to submit to the city. We spent 1.5 hours at the city planning office 2 Fridays ago getting the information on the steps that we need to take to make this a reality. I can't wait!!! So exciting. More space!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Our girls

Here are the cutest videos ever. And no Cassidy did not body slam Molly.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

So quick and easy, kind of

Can I say how much I like Craigslist? Another sale. I have had a pair of JumpSoles since I was a senior in high school. They have just sat in the garage collecting dust. So I craigslisted them. They were put in a box and flown to Texas where a gentleman is hoping to get much use of them. Thanks PayPal and thanks Craigslist for the extra money in my pocket and for the extra room in the garage (and in my closet because that's where the box was hanging out that I used to mail them). I LOVE getting rid of stuff, especially when other people get to enjoy it.

The fence is done. Well almost. I have to cut one picket shorter to accommodate the cement at the base of the post. It is AWESOME!! Joe even likes it. The pictures are in the slide show to the right, or will be when I get them uploaded. I even started planting herbs and peppers now that little miss Cassidy is no longer able to go back there, without us anyway. It feels great to get moving on the garden. With the weather in the low 70s this week, it'll be perfect for getting the rest of the tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, butternut squash, pumpkins, watermelons, and whatever else there is, planted. Yeah!!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Chubs

Recently Joe (and I, I must admit) have started calling Molly chubs. Yesterday she had her four month appointment and we were justified in the new nickname. She has caught up, and even surpassed, Cassidy's four month stats, despite having started out 1.5 inches shorter and 1.25 pounds lighter!!! Crazy. She now weighs 13 pounds 6.5 ounces (Cas was only 13 lb 5 oz), is 24.5 long (same as Cas) and her head is 15.75 in (same as Cas). I do realize that those she is still relatively a lightweight but I feel proud to know that we've gained almost four pounds since her two month appointment. My visiting teaching companion, our teachee, and I joke about how my companion produces cream while my teachee and I produce skim milk. So the big weight gain really boosts my confidence in my ability to produce enough.
Us girls are sick, yet again. I feel so bad for Cassidy because she is also cutting two molars on top of the illness. And poor Molly sounds so hoarse and stuffy and so pitiful when she cries. It breaks my heart. Cassidy keeps waking up partially and crying out. Next time she does wake up fully a little Tylenol should help.
I wanted the fence up by tomorrow but I don't think that will happen. Tomorrow I'll get the stringers and pickets painted and hopefully attached. Maybe it'll be up tomorrow, but if not than by Monday or Tuesday at the latest. I can't wait to get the plants in the ground.We did get a lot of weeds pulled today so that was good. With the next 10 days looking gorgeous in terms of weather I can't wait to see what gets accomplished.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Fun stuff

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This is Molly on April 19th. Isn't she getting so big? She is really starting to stand well and likes to sit up on our laps. So cute.

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This is Cassidy and her friend Ella (Cassidy calls her "A-ya", so funny) from April 12. Cassidy started bouncing then Ella started bouncing. Don't you love the roll off the step? Cassidy asked for Ella for the next 3 days. It was really cute.

So Joe and I are moving ahead with some projects at home. The first is a little picket fence in our back yard to keep the kiddies out of the garden area. So far we've sunk the posts and primed the pickets. We are waiting on the lumber to dry enough to cut and make the stringers to which we will attach the pickets. I'd love to get that project done before we plant our "garden". All our plants are sitting on our patio table and are waiting to get in the ground. Hopefully it'll all be done by May 1st. That is my goal. What day is May 1st? Well, by the end of next week, whatever the date my be.
The BIG project we have just decided to undertake is... add a second story to our house. Crazy, we've talked about it now and then ever since we got married. Well, with the economy down and just two kids at home we thought the time is right. So first we have to design what we want and then get a structural engineer to tell us what we need to do to the house and foundation to be able to add the second story. That and all the needed structural reinforcing (as well as the guest bath remodel) will be this year's project. That and getting all the permits and the city stuff done. Next spring and summer we will rip off the roof over the area where the second floor will be and then add the floor joists, do the framing, drywall, yadda yadda yadda. I'm already picking paint colors and fixtures for the bathroom. In total I think we are going to try to add about 800 square feet, it'll be 3 large bedrooms, a large closet for storage (our house has almost NO storage), a bathroom and the stair case obviously.
I know it will be nuts and crazy but I am SOOOO excited at the prospect of more room. We have the smallest house model in our subdivision but we will probably end up having the largest family (cross our fingers) so obviously we need more room.
So I am going to post a slide show of the progress of all our house projects. There may be long stretches without updates but bear with us. Hopefully by next summer the picture of our house from the front will look much different.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!

So today is Joe's 33rd birthday. He can't believe it. It's a repeat of Easter unfortunately, the kids are still sick, again, and so we are celebrating at home and will celebrate with Grandma and Grandpa next week, when everyone, including Grandma is healthy. Opps there's Miss Cassidy waking from her nap.
Love you Joe.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

It's been too long

Today ended up going very different from what I thought this morning. Last night was rough. Cassidy woke up crying around 11p, Molly was hungry about 12a, again at 4a, then she woke up (if she ever fell asleep) around 430a needing to be reswaddled and rocked back to sleep. Cassidy talked on and off from about 5a on. Joe got up with her and then he left about 6a to go skiing with his dad. Cassidy came to bed with me, that lasted till 615a when Molly wanted to get up too. After a night like that, all I wanted to do was go back to bed, but that didn't happen. Fortunately Molly went back to sleep about 7a. She woke up around 830a and I decided to give her a bath. While I was bathing her I remembered that some old friends played volleyball at a local chapel from 9-11a. Oh that sounded like fun, so I got the girls dressed, changed into work out clothes and hit the road.
I don't remember the last time I played volleyball, really played, with people who know how to play. I'm sure it was before Joe and I got married. I think it'd been even a few years before that that I had done drills. Well that's what we did today. Drills. It was so FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! I had a blast. I already feel it in my legs. Isn't it great??? The girls were able to come because there is a babysitter who only charges $2!! What a deal. There were about 8 kids there. Cassidy wasn't too thrilled but it was good for me to find out that she needs to be around kids without me more. Molly was a doll, after I feed her.
I had so much fun. It is so good to get out and do something that is so me for a change, something that was me longer than I've been a mom or a wife. Something that I enjoy but don't get a chance to do very often at all. We will be going back, hopefully weekly.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bad Mommy

After Cassidy was I always had the camera out. We have TONS of pictures of her doing nothing. It's crazy really. With Molly there is usually so much going on that I don't get the camera nearly as much as I did with Cassidy, or nearly as much as I should. A couple of weeks ago Joe's Aunt was in town and she had her camera out, thank goodness, and she got some really cool shots of Molly and me. The whole time Molly was so alert and aware of the camera, just like Cassidy was.






Don't forget about Cassidy, check out the wild hair and blue eyes.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

We did it!!

It's official, I am a mini van mama. But a cool mini van mama. We ended up going with the 2010 Honda Odyssey LX, in Dark Cherry Pearl. It's so awesome!! I love it. I love the way it drives. I love all the storage, and there is a lot of storage. I love how easy the back row of seats fold down and then how easy it is to get them up. I love that the side windows roll down, I didn't even know about that feature till after we bought the van. I love that the front center console folds down, out of the way. I love how easy it is to get the kids in and out of the car, no more having to bend over. I LOVE the color. I guess you could say I LOVE this car!!!! I just don't like losing the great gas mileage of my civic. Oh well. It's a good trade off. Even the double stroller fits easily in back. And Molly seems to love it, every time we've driven in it she's fallen asleep, even the short mile and a half trip home from the in laws. She never did that in the civic. I highly recommend the Odyssey to everyone.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

All this craziness

Joe and I have discussed for as long as I can remember the fact that we want a big family. That ultimately means room enough for all of them. We know that one day we'll most likely add a second story to our home. And a minivan. That would be necessary with the coming of a third child. Even though that is at least a year and a half away, Joe was ready for one sooner as opposed to later. Safety reasons he cited. So in the last month or two of thinking about it I have actually become really excited about the idea of the minivan. I have done countless comparisons and have narrowed it done to two, most likely. The only thing I hadn't done was get my car posted for sale. After Joe asked me again what I had done to sell it, nothing, I got ambitious last night and posted it on two sites as well as craigslist.
So I opened my email this morning and WHOOSH... interest galore. I guess the price was right. So after lots of emails I had set up some viewings. My Wednesday afternoon guy called me up this afternoon and asked if he could come today. They arrived at 7 pm and after I run down on the defects, a peak under the bonnet, and a test drive we shook hands, took a picture, signed a few papers, and handed over the keys. Don't forget about counting the money. And there it went, down the driveway and to a new home. I am now carless.
Joe was in shock. I did it. Almost all by myself. Now we have to buy something. No dragging our feet. Crazy how quickly it all happened.

Honda Odyssey or Kia Sedona? They have the best safety ratings. What do you think? Oh yeah... it will be RED!!!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

It's Lotz

A couple of weeks ago, a reporter from the town where Molly was born called us and asked if she could write an article about the whole incident. We said yes. Today Joe came home with a copy of the article. It was interesting that she got some facts wrong in the article that she had correct when she was talking to me, but oh well, close enough I guess. She even got the name wrong. Here is a link if you are interested in reading it. I do think my post is much better though.
I remember hearing about the other girl as the staff prepared for her arrival. From what I remember overhearing while she was there, I am surprised that the hospital that she was transferred to released her, she seemed far enough along to be admitted. I could overhear the whole thing because we were in the same emergency room, only separated by about 4 feet and a cloth curtain. I told you it was a small hospital. There I was trying to finish up with the placenta and getting all ready to go by chopper to Reno and she was laying there listening in on me. Oh well.
We sure gave the staff a Christmas to remember.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Prayers for the broken hearted

For those that knew Julie and the Domm family, they could use your prayers right now. Annette passed away last night from cancer. I've been told the funeral will be early next week in San Leandro. Let me know if you'd like more info.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sleeping, or lack thereof

I remember the first night Molly was born. I thought, as I tried to soothe her to sleep, why did we do this again? Not because I regretted having another child because my nights of sleeping all the way through were over for many moons. Cassidy is so easy at nap and night time. Bottle (if she wants it), brush teeth, change diaper/clothes, prayer, songs, and crib. We don't see her again till it's time to get up. And she's usually down around 6-6:30 pm till 6:30-7 am. She may wake during the night but she goes right back to sleep.
But this little Molly... I was telling her tonight not to fight sleep so hard and she smiled and cooed a mocking coo. Really I'm not making it up. I laughed at her. But that's how it is. She gets so tired but has the hardest time falling and staying asleep. Like right now, we've been trying to get her to sleep for almost 4 hours now. Every time I think she's out, she wakes up. And cries, and screams, and cries, and screams so more. Once I get her down it's just a matter of time till she's up for her 3 1/2 hours wakeful marathon. It usually occurs around 2 am. I must average 4-6 hours of sleep, broken into 3 parts. Days like today are rough.
Pacifier works till she drops it. Nursing works till I take her off and she realizes she's no longer sucking. Rocking, nope. Swing, nope. Crying, nope. Luck, that must be it.
Any suggestions?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A little update

Where did January go? I know I didn't sleep through it. Anyway. Just a quick update.
Molly had, has, her first cold. A lovely runny/stuffy nose courtesy of Cassidy. She's doing well though. Thank heavens for the bulb syringe. She is up to 7 pounds, or was as of last Thursday. We were worried about her weight gain because it took 3 weeks to get back up to birth weight. I shouldn't still be worried, but I'm a mom.
Cassidy is loving having a little live doll that she can grab and love. She no longer cries when Molly does and seems to ignore it. She is talking up a storm and is the cutest thing EVER. So funny and full of life.
I scheduled Molly's 2 month and Cassidy's 18 month appointments today, they get to go in at the same time. Thanks Dr. W. One trip instead of two, but two kids getting shots instead of one, no fun. Lots of treats for Cassidy that day. Lots of Mommy for Molly that day.
Joe has had to help out a couple of nights this week with Molly. I don't know how single parents do it. When I get to that breaking point I can ask him to help and thankfully he is there to help.
I got out of the house today. With the break in the rain, which has been torrential at times, we escaped and visited some school friends. The hills are bright green. My spirits were definitely lifted, until I had to come home. Tomorrow we get to go visiting teaching twice and then visit my dad and sister. YEAH!!! Love the rain, and love the sunny days in the midst of the rainy days.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Christmas Eve to remember

I'll try to keep this short. When Joe tells the whole story it takes 90 minutes...

So Joe and I decided to spend the Christmas week up at the cabin. At my OB apt Monday (before Christmas) the doctor said the baby was low but I hadn't started dilating. When I asked about setting up a date for an induction she said we'd wait till the 38 week apt (Jan 4). That meant that it must be ok to go away for a week. So we leave that same day and Joe's parents come up Tuesday. Thursday morning (Christmas Eve) I wake up at 4 am with contractions, just like what happened with Cassidy. They were super irregular and short all morning, some 30 minutes apart, some 15, and usually only lasting 30 seconds. My doctor's guidelines for going to the hospital are contractions 5 minutes apart, lasting 1 minute each, going on for an hour. Well that didn't ever happen, they stayed no closer than 10 minutes apart until about 2:15 pm when I got 4 or 5 about a minute apart. At that point we knew we should call the hospital and let them know we were coming. While Joe was warming up the car (it was 20 degrees outside) I got a contraction so bad I couldn't stand up and I knew I'd never make it to the hospital 12 miles away sitting in a car so I thought an ambulance might be more comfortable. So my father in law called the fire and ambulance. At this point I started feeling like the baby wasn't going to wait to get to the hospital and it took all I had not to scream through the subsequent contractions.
After about 15 minutes the fire department finally arrived and the chaos broke out. They had no clue it seemed. Fortunately, a female volunteer fire fighter had seen the ambulance en route and decided to follow. Though she had never delivered or helped deliver a baby, at least she had had 3 of her own and knew what to expect. She became my impromptu breathing coach/angel. (Side note- in all the chaos the fire department left an oxygen canister at the cabin, in front of the fireplace) After what seemed like another 20 minutes of confusion for them and excruciating pain for me it was decided that the baby wasn't quite making her entrance and there would be time to get me to the hospital. Let me tell you how not excited I was by the prospect of delivering my baby with a bunch of men who had no idea what they were doing and somewhere other than an equipped hospital. Once they got me on the gurney and somehow safely down the icy front steps (one of the scariest parts of the whole ordeal) I was loaded in the ambulance and we were off to the hospital, Jennifer my coach was in back with me and Joe was up front. The whole 20-25 minutes it took to get to the hospital I kept asking for something for the pain, and they wouldn't give me anything. I really thought my pelvis was going to explode but I couldn't make any audible noise because when I did I would end up pushing and I was not allowed to push. Even so, my body was pushing and at the end of each contraction I really could feel the baby descend and was well aware when the amniotic sac started coming out. Gross huh? Yeah. My water broke a couple of minutes before we got to the hospital.
The whole ride over I had worked so hard to keep the baby in and once we got to the hospital I couldn't wait to get it out. All I wanted to do was push, I knew it would get the pain over. Hallelujah when the doctor finally gave the ok to push. I think it was only one push and out she came. There was a slight pause between the head coming out and the body following but that was nothing compared to the contractions and the burning that lead up to that moment. We had been at the hospital less than 15 minutes at that point.
The hospital was not like the ones we are all used to, it is more an urgent care with an on call physician and a couple of nurses and one emergency room. They only deliver one or two babies a year there and so when they were unsure of possible complications or whatever need may arise they called in the LifeVac from Reno just in case. So they were there too. And we almost needed to use them. In fact I was strapped down on their gurney and had the whole plan laid out about me going by helicopter and Joe and Molly going by ambulance to Reno because there is a much bigger hospital that could handle the complication I had of not delivering the placenta quickly enough. When I finally did, just a couple minutes before we were to fly out it had been over 3 hours from the time I delivered Molly. At that point the risks to me get real high. Thankfully I finally did deliver it and we were taken to a much closer hospital (only 40 miles away) where we stayed for the next two days.
In the end everything was fine, our little girl was born perfect and everything turned out ok with me. I think this recovery has gone a little easier but the not sleeping much at night has been a lot harder to deal with because I have Cassidy to look after during the day. She has been so good with Molly. She loves to come up to her, pat her somewhat gently, and say 'baby'.
Molly was 6 pounds 8 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long and 22 days early. She has super long fingers and toes and has skinny skinny legs and no butt. It's really cute. She has what I call old man hair, hair on the sides but not on top. She is such a doll. Molly will sleep all day long but when she is awake she is so alert and just stares at you with dark blue eyes. I don't have my camera with me so pictures will have to wait.
With the way she came into the world, she won't ever have to worry about her birthday meshing into Christmas. Those are two very distinct days in our lives.