Introducing “Sunflower”: Evelyn Rose

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From Evelyn Rose

This post is horribly overdue, as our precious little girl turned 2 months old today! On June 14th, 2012 (Jason’s birthday!) we welcomed our second daughter to the world, and she is every bit as precious and as beautiful as her big sister Lily!


From 2012Jun14

June 14th was a Thursday, and it was supposed to be my last day at work as I was scheduled to be induced the very next day. I woke up early that morning, and was just feeling a bit “off”, but for most of the morning I was still planning on going in to work, and sending Jason off to work as well. Around 6:30am, I started getting some very light (crampy-feeling) contractions, and just for fun I started to time them. They were all over the board, from 2 minutes apart to 20 minutes apart. I kept getting up and getting ready, but was getting very excited that something may be happening that day, and that I may be able to avoid another induction!


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About an hour later, I started to notice that the contractions were becoming more consistent and a little bit stronger. I decided I was definitely not going to work, and told Jason that I had a feeling that if he went in to work that I’d be calling him home at some point. Since it seemed very possible that I was beginning labor, and it was his birthday anyway, he decided it would be best if he stayed home – and I’m glad he did!! Between 7:30-8:30 I was timing the contractions at a pretty consistent 5 minutes apart, so we called my parents to come and pick up Lily.


From 2012Jun14

My Mom arrived, and realized along the way that their car with the car seat in it was currently being driven by my Dad, who was on his way to a golf buddies house and then to Cannon Falls for a day of golf. She called him and asked him to turn around and meet her at our house so she could bring Lily over to their house, and he gladly did! While we were waiting, we also brought out Jason’s birthday gifts and let him open them, anticipating that we wouldn’t be home for a couple of days! Grandma, Grandpa, and Lily left shortly after 9 am, and we put in a call to the hospital to let them know we might be heading in. They told us it sounded like we should come in and get checked out, but there didn’t seem to be a rush so we could take our time. We finished packing our hospital bag, made sure Gibson had enough food and water, and headed out the door.


From 2012Jun14

We arrived at the hospital around 10:30am, and found the entire labor and delivery wing was PACKED. There was a huge thunderstorm outside, and the nurses kept complaining about barometric pressure causing everyone to go into labor. We ended up getting the LAST triage room in the place, and right after we got into the room we got a visit from Dr. Locher who had been my OB when I was pregnant with Lily, and happened to be on call that day!! He remembered us, so he stopped by to say hi and see if we thought we were having a baby that day.. it was nice to see a familiar face! :) The triage nurse came in and hooked me up to a monitor, then asked me about a million questions that she entered into the computer. I remember one of the question she asked was for me to rate my pain on a scale of 1-10, and i said probably a 3, maybe 4.. all the while I was hoping and praying that they wouldn’t end up sending us home for not being in ACTIVE labor just yet! Imagine my surprise when she examined me and announced that I was at a 5-6, fully effaced (“baby is RIGHT there”), with a bulging bag of water!! She said we bought our ticket in and we weren’t going anywhere! It really began to feel real at that moment..


From 2012Jun14

We walked down to our room and got all settled in. The nurse went through a whole folder of information that I didn’t pay one little bit of attention to, then started trying to get an IV put in to begin giving me antibiotics. They had the WORST time with the IV!! They wrapped both of my arms in hot towels (in the middle of JUNE!) to bring the veins to the surface, and between 3 people (2 nurses and a specialist from the IV team) they poked me probably 8 or 9 times trying to find a good vein. I had bruises up and down my arms for WEEKS afterwards (you can still slightly see the worst bruise on my arm 2 months later!). Finally they got the IV started, and the plan was for me to labor on my own until the antibiotics were administered, then they would break my water to speed up delivery. Sounded fine to me, except when the nurse said it would probably take FOUR HOURS to finish the antibiotics!! It was already after noon at that point, and I was ready to see the end of the tunnel – not have 4 hours to go! Luckily, Evelyn agreed. :)


From Evelyn – 6 weeks

Most of the rest of the time during labor I just sat on the glider in the room and tried to rock through the contractions. I was having pretty bad back labor and was pushing my back against the back of the chair every time a contraction hit. When that wasn’t enough, I had Jason or my sister push on my back for me. They were both total rockstars! I couldn’t have done it without their help! Lisa was such a calming force for me, and she always seemed to know exactly the right thing to say! Jason was so supportive, and such a rock, especially when I wasn’t sure that I could do it anymore!! Anyway, I finally decided that the pain was too much and requested an epidural. In the meantime, I decided to go and lay on my side on the bed so that Jason and Lisa would be able to continue to help pushing on my back. I had barely gotten onto the bed when I was hit by two massive back-to-back contractions, and I felt my water break. I told Jason and Lisa, “Um.. I think my water just broke?” and since it was just us in the room, Jason hit the nurse button. A floater nurse came in to check on us since our labor & delivery nurse was on lunch break, and we told her my water broke and I asked if it was too late to have drugs?!? She said, “Oh no, you’ve got plenty of ti-” before I interrupted her and said, “No, I don’t, she’s coming RIGHT NOW!”. The nurse freaked out, pushed the “staff emergency” button to get a Dr in the room, then ran to the bed and caught Evelyn as she made her appearance into the world at 1:30pm exactly. 3 hours after I arrived at the hospital, and a mere 2 minutes after my water broke. :) She was 7lbs 2oz, and 20.5″ long with a full head of dark hair (that is now turning reddish, then blonde – just like Lily’s did!).


From Evelyn – 6 weeks

Overall, I think we’ve all been doing a pretty good job adjusting to having a baby in the house again! Evelyn has been a good baby – eats well, sleeps well, and doesn’t cry much without a (fairly) obvious reason. Lily is definitely jealous of the amount of time and attention that Evelyn gets, so she has been a bit defiant and pushing her boundaries, but nothing more than what was expected. These last 2 months have been SO busy! We’ve packed so many visits and activities into this time I sometimes wonder how I ever had time to work in the first place! Now, summer is already winding down (BOO!), Lily starts her new school on the 27th, and I’ll be going back to work the day after labor day. As much as I like my job, I have REALLY enjoyed being home with my girls and I know it will be hard for me to get back into the regular routine! :(


From Evelyn – 6 weeks

It amazes me how quickly the time has gone these last few months, and I keep trying to remind myself to cherish each and every day with my family, and each and every stage my girls go through. Evelyn has already changed so much in these short months.. I thought she looked so much like Jason when she was first born, but every single day I see more and more of a resemblance to Lily at her age, and Lily looks a LOT like me! At 1 month old, Evelyn was still pretty skinny (7 lbs 7 oz), but she really started to chunk up during this past month and has just finally hit the 10 lb mark! I should have her official stats on Friday after her 2 month check-up. :)

Just for comparison, check out Lily’s “Dorothy pout” from her 3-month pictures:


And compare that to Evelyn’s pout just the other day!

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I feel guilty that I haven’t taken the time to blog much, or even to take many ACTUAL photos of Evelyn while she was so small, but I keep telling myself there’s no time like the present! Two weeks ago, I finally took the time to take some actual photos of Evelyn (with my REAL camera, not my phone!), and you can see most of those pics by clicking on one of her 6-week photos posted here. I will try not to go so long between blog entries again!


From Evelyn – 6 weeks

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Please forgive my utter dorkiness in this video, but it’s worth watching to see if Lily is going to have a little brother or a little sister!! :)

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From 20111221

New year, new post, new… BABY?!? Yep! Lily is going to be a big sister this June! We are so very excited! Lily has not been shy about letting us know that she would really, strongly prefer a baby SISTER, but neither Jason or I has any preference at all. Probably a good thing, because this baby is trying our patience at finding out if they are a HE or a SHE, just like big sister Lily did! At our 20 week Ultrasound, baby rolled into a ball, pulled its knees into its chest, AND crossed its ankles for good measure. The position of the baby did also prevent the U/S tech from getting all the measurements she needed, so we will be getting a 2nd chance and hoping little peanut decides to cooperate for us this time!

When we tried to explain to Lily why we didn’t know yet if she was having a baby brother or baby sister, we told her how the machine they used to take pictures of the baby in Mommy’s tummy couldn’t get any pictures that showed us if it was a baby girl or baby boy. She simply asked, ‘Well, why can’t they just look and see if the baby has hair or not?!?”. heheh


From 20111213

We had quite a whirlwind ending to 2011, and beginning to 2012 so far as well. First of all I HAVE to mention this absolutely incredible, GORGEOUS winter weather we’ve had this year! I can’t believe that we started JANUARY with no snow on the ground.. and the number of 40-degree days is completely surreal… and FANTASTIC! :) December was an amazing month, too, but it was hard to focus on the weather when there was so much celebrating to do! The month (as always) starts off with a countdown to Lily’s Birthday.


From 20111213

Lily’s birthday this year was just absolutely great! It’s so fun to watch how much MORE excited she gets every year, and how much more she understands about… everything, really! She told us MONTHS in advance that she wanted a birthday party at Skyzone Trampoline Park, and she never really wavered from that. First, however, she did go to school that day where she got to wear a special birthday crown, and be the teacher’s special helper for the day, hand out party favors (bubbles) to her entire class, AND have everyone sing Happy Birthday to her. I think it was the perfect start to the day and got her in the mood to be celebrated! After school, Jason and I picked her up and took her out to a special birthday lunch. Once lunch was finished, we split up and Jason kept running errands while I took Lily on an afternoon of beauty! She just LOVES pretty much anything girlly, so I thought it would be a special treat for us to go to a nail salon and get our nails done together for the very first time.. and I was right! She loved it! After the nail salon, we went next door to the hair salon where Lily got her waist-length hair chopped to just below her shoulders (about 7 inches cut!), and put in 2 neat little braids on the side of her head. She was SUCH a good girl, and seemed so grown up having conversations with the adults in these places. I was very proud of her!

After we were as beautiful as we were going to get, time for the big PARTY to begin! My family met us at Skyzone, and we got Lily, Claire, and Abby (and Jason ;) ) ready to start jumping! It ended up being so nice because her Birthday fell on a Tuesday, and Skyzone opened later in the afternoon, so we ended up getting there within an hour of opening. We had the entire place completely to OURSELVES for probably the first 20-30 minutes, anyway! Perfect! Once Auntie Lisa and Uncle Ryan arrived, they decided it looked like too much fun to sit on the sidelines, so they joined in the jumping, too!


From 20111213

After an hour (when everyone had preemptively burned off their birthday cake), we all left SKyzone and met up at Red Robin burger joint in Plymouth. We all had a nice dinner, shared a delicious “Little Mermaid” cake, and watched Lily open about a billion presents. She was very gracious, and even offered to let her cousins each open one of her presents so they didn’t feel left out. SHe thanked everyone as soon as she opened their present, and almost ALWAYS had the joyful reaction of “This is JUST what I always wanted!!!!”. :)


From 20111221

Very shortly after her birthday came a whirlwind of parties – from a Teddy Bear picnic at her school, to a “mini-recital” holiday party in her dance class. Grandma and Grandpa, Auntie Lisa, and CLaire and Abby were all able to join us in Lily’s dance class for her Holiday party, and it was a fun night! We got to watch Lily (and her class) do some warm-up “circle time” exercises, and perform one ballet and one tap dance for the audience (us!). Lily did a great job, but she did often get distracted by waving to us, smiling at us, or posing for us – that she would forget she was supposed to be DANCING! It will be interesting to see how her recital goes this spring! I will say she definitely does seem to take after me in NEVER remembering what steps come next, so she’s always following someone else and a good half-step or more behind. heheh Oops!


From 20111225 Christmas

Finally, we got to Christmas! The day before Christmas Eve we traveled down to Lanesboro to visit Grandma Gayle, Grandpa Jim, and Uncle Shawn’s family. Things were a little bit different this year as Grandma Gayle still had to work (bartending at the American Legion), but it ended up working out REALLY well! There is a party/banquet space in the Legion that can be rented out for private parties, etc, so we had the use of that area for the night. We had our own little dance floor area, kitchen, tables, bar, and a huge TV (that we hooked a Wii up to). Gayle set up a large feast in the kitchen area, and frequently came upstairs to visit with all of us, eat with us, etc. Jason used the opportunity behind the bar to mix Lily her very first drink! (Just a kiddie cocktail/shirley temple – don’t worry! ;) It was her first time having pop, though.)


From 20111225 Christmas

Unfortunately, Lily did start to get a bad cold overnight that night, and that seemed to be the beginning of our never-ending string of illnesses throughout the month of January. However, it didn’t seem to bother her much at the time, and she got to wake up on Christmas Eve morning to see/pet/ride PONIES! How much more could a little girl ask for?? She’s really getting pretty good at riding the pony, too! This last trip she was able to make the pony stop, and make her go, all by herself! She’s learning how to use her legs and her voice to give them commands, and “steer” the reigns to show them where to go. After spending the morning at the farm, we had to leave around lunch time to head back to my parents house for Christmas celebration #2!


From 20111225 Christmas

We spent Christmas Eve evening at my parents house, watching 3 little girls tear through an incredible MOUNTAIN of presents! They were all so into it this year, and had so much fun that it was just worth it being able to watch their complete, uninhibited joy. I was very impressed at how well they were being patient and taking turns opening presents, too! We managed to get Lily (and Mommy!) home before they completely passed out, then woke up the next morning to see that Santa had come and brought even MORE presents! We opened those at home with just our small family, then later in the day we went back to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and ended the celebration with extended family at my Aunt’s house. What a nice, relaxing finish to such a crazy, busy Holiday!


From 20111225 Christmas

Since the Holidays we have had a number of random illnesses (colds, stomach bugs, etc) that just seem to always be present this time of year. It seems as if the days just fly by, getting back into our routines, recovering from being sick, etc, and before you know it – January is already over! I apologize for being so late with this update, and for having absolutely NO pictures from January at all – other than the Ultrasound! Now that our routine is fairly well established again, I’m hoping to get back into my once (or maybe twice?) a month posting routine as well, so there isn’t so much to cover when I finally get to post! I hope the Holidays treated all of you very well, and that 2012 is going to be our best year yet! I can’t wait to see all the exciting things that are yet to come! :)