Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Tour of Nathan’s Room

We’re close enough to finishing Nathan’s room that I’m ready to show it to everyone. Even before we knew he was a “he”, we started on this room. We’re nerds, I know. We came up with the idea of a vintage music theme and ran with it. Hope you love it as much as we do!

P1010415 The view from the door. There’s a vinyl sticker over the window that has the verse “Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord”. We hope Nathan takes that one to heart in more ways than one. :)

P1010416 The rug… This was the inspiration for the room.

P1010417 The crib wall. Those are James’ guitars on the wall and a super fun cross from our shower with Nathan’s initials in the center. Another vinyl sticker in the shape of a ticket stub. Note that the section, row and seat number are his birth date (Oct 17, 2011). His name is in the center. I thought this was such a fun alternative to the wood letters we’ve done for the girls in the past. All of the albums around the sticker have hand-written notes from friends and family either from the shower or from visitors to the hospital.

P1010418 I made the crib bedding and am pleased with how it turned out. The inside of the bumper is black dot minky, so it’s super soft. I’m hoping my cousin will take the photo that will go in that frame. I’m thinking a black and white one of the girls with Nathan.

P1010419 This is hanging between the closet and the door to the room. They’re some old German music sheets that we found on Etsy and framed.

P1010420 I think this album wall is my favorite part of the room. Those are just records attached to the wall surrounded by some molding from Home Depot that we painted and distressed. The dresser is a Craigslist find that James also painted and distressed. I made the changing pad cover also from the black dot minky, and James made the twin headboard on the right with a friend from church.

P1010421 I made the curtains and window valance.

P1010422 Ellie made that piece of art at her American Idol camp this summer. I was SO thrilled that it fit in his room so well.

And that concludes our tour! There’s lots of love that went into this room, so I hope he grows up to love it someday.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nathan’s First Couple of Days

First of all, I realized in my effort to record his birth story in the last post, I failed to document Nathan’s stats. He was born on 10/17/2011 at sometime around 5:10am (we sort of had to guess at that based on what time it was when we got in the car!). He weighed in at 7 lbs. even and 18” long arriving exactly a week early. The girls were 8 lbs. 2 oz. and 8 lbs. 4 oz. respectively (keep in mind they were 6 and 11 days late, though). I’m excited to have one start off a little smaller and have a little more time in those sweet newborn clothes.

Here’s my last belly shot – most likely ever! This was when we went to the hospital the first time actually expecting to deliver there… How silly of us…P1010323

Nathan had several visitors in his first few days. I didn’t get photos of everyone, so apologies for those I missed:

P1010352 Uncle Stephen

P1010353 Sherri, Mariska and Vincent

P1010355 Destined to be buds, although Tucker doesn’t seem so sure. Ha!

P1010357 Uncle Brad and Aunt Remy with Tucker

P1010358Our adorable door hanger thanks to the adorable shower we had. We got lots of compliments from the hospital staff on it.

P1010359  His going home outfit I made for him. Pretty studly….

P1010360 With Kristi and just above sweet Emery who we’ll meet next week!!

P1010362 With sweet Harper – only 6 months apart but the size difference at this point is stark, eh? :)

P1010364Momma’s boy already. :)

P1010366  Cuddling Daddy is pretty fun, too.

P1010368 Going home Tuesday afternoon! We could have stayed another day, but clearly this guy isn’t a hospital fan. Ha! Actually, we were just all feeling good and ready to get settled back in at home.

P1010369 Our first home visitors – JR and Margie

P1010379 Bitt Bitt, Nash, Shannon and Everley

P1010381 Spending some more time with big sisters

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Our first night at home was not awesome. He didn’t settle until after 3am, but he’s done great all day today. I’m optimistic tonight will be better. We shall see! Regardless, we’re loving every second with this precious little man. I’m trying to soak in every moment.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nathan Kendrick Wiebe – Rock Star Extraordinaire

By now, it seems many have heard of Nathan’s amazing entrance into this world. Indulge me as I put the story in more detail here mostly for my own sake. Photos are below for any readers who want to skip the story.

So, I had lots of contractions all day Sunday but didn't think much of it since they were really far apart. By 11, I was pretty sure I was in labor. Contractions were 6 minutes apart and starting to get painful. I decide to go ahead and call my parents so that they could get a fullish night's sleep at our house rather than have to wake them in the middle of the night. Mom ended up coming as Dad had a work appointment this morning. While we wait for her to get there, I shower and then head to my sewing room to finish his going home outfit hat. If you know me, you know nothing is off limits during labor. Mowing lawns....sewing.....

So, at this point the contractions are seriously 3-4 minutes apart. I've never really had them that close together at home before, so I knew we'd better go ahead and get to the hospital. We do, and they hook me up and I'm only at 3 cm. This hospital supports VBACs but only if the OB is in house for the entire labor. I get the risk, but it turned out to be a frustrating rule to me. I explain to the nurse that even though I'm just a 3, my history is to stay at a low number and then jump up pretty quickly later. They said they'd monitor me for 2 hours and that if my cervix didn't change they'd send me home. They only gave me an hour to an hour and a half, and naturally I hadn't changed. I get that the on call doc doesn't know me and has no investment in me. Of course he didn't want to get up at 2am and babysit my VBAC for hours. But the crazy part was that the nurse is telling me to go home and walk one minute and then offers me the Ambien the next. Huh? I hesitated on the Ambien, but she said it wouldn't impede labor and that labor would "trump" the Ambien in time. At this point, a bit of sleep sounded good, so I took it. We go home, and since Mom is in our bed, I crash in the guest bedroom and James crashes in Nathan's room. I wake up about an hour later at 4am with some really tough contractions. I'm trying to relax through them, but it's really tough. I think the Ambien clouded my judgment a bit at this point, because I could have immediately gone to the hospital, but I was too focused on surviving those contractions for a bit. After 20 or 30 minutes of that, I felt the inkling of an urge to push. I knew I was in trouble at that point. I got up to go to the restroom with every intent to wake James and go to the hospital as soon as I was done.

Nathan had other ideas. When I went to use the restroom, a legit pushing contraction came on, and I couldn't stop myself. I pushed for 30 minutes with Emma, so I'm still thinking I might be able to get through the contraction and get to the hospital. I check to see if I can feel his head, and it's RIGHT THERE. At this point, I finally realize that this is going to happen. I was struggling with the pushing contraction pain enough, though, that calling James still wasn't a priority. I push again and stand up to grab his head to keep it from hitting anything, and then I push one more time and the rest of him slides right out. I catch him no problem and am cradling him in my arms when I start calling for James.

James comes in, and I don't even have the light on. (Remember I just thought I was peeing...) I say, "Well, we have a baby!" he says, "Huh?" thinking it was just time to go back to the hospital. I say, "You need to turn on the light." He does, and of course is shocked to see me holding our baby!! We can't remember exactly what he said, but something in the "Holy crap" range. :)

At this point, he starts to freak a bit. I just tell him to get us some towels. The placenta isn't out, so we just leave the cord attached as it was. We wrap some towels around him and one around my lower half. He tells my mom what's going on, and since Nathan was crying and breathing fine, we just got in the car and drove to the hospital. No sense waiting on an ambulance to get to us.....

James calls the hospital on the way to let them know what happened. They meet us at the ER entrance, we go up to L&D, the on call doc delivers the placenta and stitches me up. They take Nathan to get checked out, and he's all fine. From there, it was really like a normal birth!
James went home to help my mom get the girls ready, and they came up to meet their brother and watch his first bath before going to school late. The rest of the day went fine. I'm feeling pretty good - just exhausted. Nathan is eating great, and we've had quite a few visitors. We head home in a couple of hours.

As for how I feel about it all, surreal is the best word. I'm SO happy it was a VBAC. I'm glad the labor went quicker. I'm sad I missed my doctor, but not distraught over it... And I'm stunned, still, that I caught my own baby. Mostly, I'm thrilled to be holding my healthy little guy. ;D

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His first photo (at the hospital at this point – you don’t want photos of before that…)

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More soon!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Baby 3 Maternity Photos!

Only 3-4 more weeks until we meet our little guy!! As this is most likely my last pregnancy, I wanted to make sure and capture some photos. As usual, I went to my friend Leah to get them done and am so pleased with the results! Enjoy!

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