Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Growing Family

In the past 4 months we've added two new members to our family. The newest member of our family is our baby girl Caroline Marie Adams! She was born September 21 at 12:20am. She weighed 6 lbs 14 oz and was 19 inches long and had a little bit of brown hair. The labor and delivery went very smoothly (once Brannick and my mom finally convinced me that I was in labor and that I needed to go to the hospital). We got there around 10pm and I was at 3cm. My midwife talked me into getting an epidural (which I loved) because they were hoping to slow my labor down so I could get two doses of antibiotics that had to be four hours apart. So after the epidural was in I was at 8cm, and they got me all settled and comfortable, turned out the lights and hoped things would slow down. But just a few minutes after the nurses and midwife left my room I felt my water break, this baby didn't want to wait around. So everyone came rushing back in, and it was time to have a baby. My midwife and nurses, one of which was a wonderful woman from my ward, were excellent; my epidural worked great, except that it made me incredibly itchy; and of course Brannick was a great support. The midwife didn't even really have me push, hoping to minimize tearing she just let the baby come out naturally with the contractions. And the whole time we were all laughing and making jokes. It was such a different experience from Ella's all natural delivery! And after being in the hospital for two hours our beautiful little Caroline was born. We had the hardest time deciding on a name for her, but Brannick finally gave in and let me name her Caroline. We gave her the middle name Marie after my Grandma Darlene Marie and Brannick's Grandma Mary. The other new member of our family is a cat that Brannick affectionately named "Wimpy" (to go along with our dog named "Tough"). We weren't in the market for a cat, but one day I got a phone call from an employee at Brannick's office, saying that she had found a kitten under the hood of her car that had survived her 30 mile drive to work that day (the cat's mom and sibling weren't so lucky). She didn't know what to do with the cat and asked me if I could take care of it. At the time I was huge pregnant, my brother Jake was in town visiting and was scheduled to get his wisdom teeth out that afternoon, and I really didn't want to deal with a cat! And of course the animal shelter wasn't open that day, so I was stuck with this flea infested sad looking little black kitty, which Ella instantly fell in love with. I decided to take the cat to the vet to see if they could "deal with it", but the cute old man veterinarian seriously teared up when I asked him how I could get rid of it (he kept referring to the cat as the "miracle kitty" that survived 30 miles in a car engine). So he suckered me into testing the cat for various illnesses, and of course the miracle cat was given a clean bill of health. So the cat got treated for fleas and ear mites, and $200 later we had a new pet cat. Wimpy has turned into a pretty good cat and puts up with a lot of abuse from Ella and Tough.

Monday, June 4, 2012

In the 9 months since my last post, We've...

Raced... One triathlon, with two great friends and training buddies (both of whom have since moved and left me all alone to get fat). Traveled to... Arizona two and a half times. Nebraska twice (once with the dog). Celebrated... Ella's first birthday. Halloween. Christmas. Easter. Our 3 year wedding anniversary (with a trip to Disneyland and a lobster dinner). Had visits from... My sister Allison (my birthday surprise) My parents and brother Jake. Brannick's parents and sister Kristi, along with Ella's cousin twin Carson. Ella Finally grew enough hair for pigtails. And we found out we will be adding another little girl to our family in September! With a family reunion, my brother's wedding, the holidays, and a new baby coming, the next few months should be just as exciting for us!