Introducing “Sunflower”: Evelyn Rose

8:07 pm birthday, Evelyn, Lily


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!


From 2012Jun14


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!

From Evelyn Rose


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

One Response

  1. Chris Hughes Says:

    Congratulations to all of you! I am so happy that you have a new addition to your family and all is going well. I do think that Evelyn does look a lot like Lily. I am glad that you have kept your web site going. It’s fun to keep up with you and your family since we no longer work tegether.

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