Friday, July 10, 2009

Life with two little ones...

Life with two little kiddos is a lot harder and a lot easier then I'd expected. First of all, labour the 2nd time around was 100 times easier!! Seriously.

I went into the hospital around 2:30 am - my contractions were 3-5 minutes apart and were pretty painful. I was only 4cm though and the nurses and doctor didn't think it was enough to guarantee a baby that night. So I hung out in triage for a few hours. Around 6:30 am my contractions were unbearable! So I asked for some pain relief...and was given fentanyl, which honestly didn't even touch the pain. It was a waste of drug. The good news though was that I was 6-7 cm...finally some progress! Unfortunately I hung out at 6-7 cms until 7:30am, at which point I begged for an epidural. My nurse wisely took her sweet time calling for the anesthesiologist and when he finally arrive at about 8ish I was in so much stinkin pain - and I was MAD. As he was prepping me I decided 'kindly' let everyone know that I was pushing - so they'd better get the epidural in me right that second because I was not planning on doing this med free. Well, the nurse, in her great wisdom decided to check me - and broke the news that I was still only 6-7 cm's. I don't think I could have been any more mad at the world as I was that second...that is until my water broke while she was checking me. And then the room turned into full on panic mode. The nurse yelled "she's ten, the baby's there, she's pushing, GET THE DOCTOR HERE RIGHT THIS SECOND!!" So I started pushing at 8:15, the doctor ran into the room at 8:20 and Paige was born at 8:22. Seven full minutes of pushing and she was here! No epidural, no tearing, and according to the doc., the easiest delivery of the day!! Yay me! Seriously, anything beats the 3 hours I pushed with Hailey.

So with that, I had a better start to this whole newborn experience. Recovery from labour this time was so much nicer then with Hailey, I was so much more confident this time around and I had more help too. My mom spent the entire first week here just helping out - and it was really really appreciated. I've been 'on my own' this entire last week and it's been a challenge, but it's bearable. The hardest part is timing things - like feeding both kids, or making sure they nap at the same time (so I can nap too). But overall, I'm adjusting pretty well. I'm exhausted, and my house is a disaster, Hailey's worn her Pj's all day long more times then I'd like to admit; but overall things are ok.

Here are some pics from the last few weeks:

My first attempt at a little photoshoot - I was just testing the lighting here, but I love how different the girls look here. They really are sisters!

Cute little Paige - the 'photoshoot' ended up not happening because Paige woke up...but this was still a cute shot
When Paige was 5 days old - our country celebrated it's 142 Birthday (I think). To honour these events, we decided to head out the Kananaskis for the day, have a little camp fire and take the little boat out for a spin. It was beautiful out there, Paige was a doll and Hailey had a blast.

Hailey and her 'munka' (her new word for Grandma)

My idea of a good ketchup ad

Later that night Ben and my dad took Hailey to see the Fireworks in town. Hailey LOVED the "works". Do you like Hailey's shirt? I got this brilliant idea from a friend of a friends...or cousins blog (I can't even remember how I know her anymore - but I do). I would link to the original idea - but I actually haven't told her that I stole the idea, plus she probably doesn't even know that I read her blog. Anyway, I truly am giving credit. But that's Hailey's handprint - cute hey??

Here's another attempt at a photoshoot with the Paigester. That face that she's making? It's pure satisfaction - she just peed and pooped all over.

So...after this final attempt at taking a cute picture of Paige, I decided to leave it to the professionals. We had Ben's sister Rebecca take Paige's newborn pictures on the weekend. All I can say is there is a reason why she charges people to take pictures and I don't. She's actually good!

Here's one of Hailey with Paige's headband...she just couldn't be left out!

Hailey is still so very in love with Paige and asks to hold her constantly! I love it!

We went for a walk to the park the other day - and I carried Paige in this little carrier. Which of course meant that Hailey just HAD to use it the rest of the day to carry her babies around in.

p.s. Hi were probably wondering where this carrier went?? Oops, I forgot to give it back to you when I was done using it with Hailey. Anyway, you can totally have it back now if you want!

And finally, as I type, Ben is at the Stampede with Hailey. They have become the best of friends these last few weeks...and I'm so grateful for it.

Here is Hailey - all worked up because she thought dad was going to leave without her.

And her look of relief when we explained that she got to go WITH dad.
And finally a cuddle with a little 'please don't even leave me again' kind of cry.

I hope they're having fun...I know I'm appreciating my little break. I think I'll go have a nap now...I know I need one (that burst of energy I had in week one has definitely worn off)!


Francis Family said...

You guys make some cute kids. The kids in pj's all day thing sounds way too familiar. Looks like your doing great! I'd love to hear from you when you settle back into life and have the time...ha ya right eh! It's been too long!

The Taylors said...

Youre life soudns like you didn't even just have a baby, you just picked up where you left off! Glad you are feeling well and thanks for the labor story, I love hearing them (seriously) I can only imagine your moments of maddness though.... those poor poor nurses!

Christine Peterson said...

somedays i stay in MY pj's all day. Don't worry about stuff like that, it's OK. i love the story of your labor. That is funny how your water broke and they all panicked, i hope you got the nurse. that will show her! Can Hailey come play over at our house on a thursday? message me on facebook

Jewels said...

Glad to have another confirmation that #2 is easier :) (not that I've got an announcement or anything. Just for later. You understand.)

LOVE the picture of Hailey's relief about stampede. Too cute. I love that you had your camera on you then, too! I've gotta learn!

Yuka Woodruff said...

These are so nice pictures!!!
I think I wanna have another one!haha-

Caroline said...

Ah, Paige is so cute, as is Hailey!!! I loved seeing her all dressed up in her cowboy wear! Glad to hear that you are well! Hey, Camden was in his PJ's all day yesterday....for no apparent reason given that Cadrien is now 1! Ha! I have no excuses! I also often wear my PJ's all day too, just like Christine! I guess that's why we're sisters! Ha! So don't even worry about it. I can guarantee about 50% of moms have been in that situation. Call me if you need anything!

Aaron & Stacey Salmon said...

So cute!!! I agree. Second time around is WAY easier. I pushed over 3 hours with Dahl and I think only about 15-20 min with Ty.

amy w. said...

Hey! If it was my blog that you got the idea from, yes I totally know who you are, and yes I always read your blog haha.. (your posts are great, and your daughters are just beautiful!) I was good friends with Talena, and I think that's how we met. :D Congrats on your new baby. I LOVE your camping pictures!

Jeni said...

ohhh sweet sweet pictures! I love the stampede and wish I was there. Hailey is the cutest little cowgirl ever!
And I am so glad your 2nd labour went better. Mine was the same. hopefully it just keeps getting better!

Angie said...

you always get the cutest pics of Hailey at such great moments (like the crying, releif and snuggle) so cute.
Great birth story, i'm glad it was so much eisier this time around.
Paige is so sweet.

Karen said...

your blog is so funny! i love reading it because i laugh every time! it does get me.

Annette said...

What a great post and beautiful photos. Cute kids! I can't believe you went camping at 5 DAYS after delivery? Are you crazy?

You have a beautiful family. I enjoy keeping up with you.