Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thank You Photo Shoot

So I have this idea! To take a picture of Cassiah with the gifts she was given, then incorportate the picture into the "Thank You" card. I have alot of ideas, but finding the time to accomplish my ideas is the problem! So here are some of the pictures I've done, now I need to get prints, and create a card. Wish me luck!
*Oh how I wish I still had my photography friends around (Lacy, Janene, & Trista)! So don't laugh too loud at my photos!*

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Labor Story (per request)

So several days in a row prior I had been having contractions at night (start around 8pm'ish), as frequent as every 5 minutes, but they would then go away when I'd lay down to go to sleep. Well on Thursday I started having them earlier in the day (like at 4:30pm). So here is the brief "low down" of events:

-3:30pm Trestin randomly starts vomiting. No fever, no diarrhea, no acting sick.

-4 pm take Than to chiropractor in Colfax

-4:15pm pretty good contraction, "Ooh! This is starting early today! Maybe it means something... no! Probably not!" I didn't want to get my hopes up

-6:00pm eating dinner, ctx (aka contractions) fairly strong ones about every 15-30 minutes

-8pm Garrick & Aleksia to bed, Trestin chillin' on the couch with me since he's still puking up everything he eats, and he's been wanting/trying to eat food. So not wanting to put him in bed to then be changing and changing and changing sheets/clothes he watches a movie with me (The Wedding Date, I love that movie! Such a chick flick)

-9pm Ctx every 10-15 minutes, and getting alittle stronger. Still not wanting to get my hopes up, I tell myself that they aren't the real thing, and decide to go put Trestin down (he hadn't puked in over 1 hour) and go lay down so they will go away, like they where doing all week long!

-11pm after laying down (watched Mad Money on computer via Netflicks watch now thing) contractions are alittle stronger, breathing through some, but they are 10 minutes apart. Now realize I've never had to make the decision to go to the hospital, it's always been made for me. With Garrick I had been in early labor for 1 1/2 days, went to my dr apt and he said, "You're a 3, go to the hospital!" And with Aleksia and Trestin my water broke, so that's an automatic ticket to the hospital. So I felt weird, being an L&D nurse, going to the hospital with ctx 1o minutes apart. "And what if they calm down and go away like all the other times! Then I'd feel like and idiot, and be sent home!" "No, then I'd just ask to be induced now instead of Monday." (yes I was having a conversation in my head with myself!) So I went to talk with Than. "It's up to you honey! But it would be better to drop off kids sooner then later!" I agreed, but felt horrible taking a puking Trestin to the Johnson's, who has 3 kids! *Tara, I really hope you're kids don't get sick! If they do, feel free to shoot me!* So we made some calls, and Than went to drop off kids as I finished getting ready to go (all the while thinking, "Oh I hope I made the right decision and this is the real thing!!!"

-12:25 arrive at the hospital. Now a traveling L&D RN was found to cover for me while on leave, well that was her FIRST night! Poor thing, welcome to WHMC, now deliver a baby while not knowing where stuff is! Well another L&D RN was called in to help her, who I really wanted to have in on the delivery anyways (I love all those I work with, but have created a special bond with this wonderful lady, and since this is 99% sure to be our last, I really wanted her). So it worked out perfect!

-1am checked and I was 4 cm! Anesthesia called for an epidural (luckily the one that was on lives 2 minutes away and not the one that lives in Spangle, which is over 1 hour away! This is my lucky day!)

-1:30am got my epidural. Actually once anesthesia arrived, the ctx got ALOT stronger! After I got up to pee just prior to my epidural I started getting the shakes (remember that), but just my legs

-1:50am by now my whole body was shaking (toes to teeth, Than was laughing at me because my teeth kept chattering, so I'd have to clench my teeth together). But the epidural was working! Instead of breathing through ctx, I was breathing to focus on not shaking so violently. I was feeling alot more pressure, but the pain was 80% gone! So since it was, and I was shaking, they checked me, and I was a 10! Wow, that was fast! 4 to 10 in an hour! So back when I was starting to get shaky, I was already hitting transition (the phase of labor when you go from 7-10 cm and can get shaky and panic-y). So those 3-4 ctx once anesthesia arrived that where alot more intense where very effective ones! So the doctor was called, and reluctantly came in, because he didn't fully believe that I had progressed that fast. Well I did!

-2:05am my water broke on it's own. I'm feeling ALOT of pressure, could push, but luckily with the epidural I didn't have the intense pain or the uncontrollable urge to push! So yet again, I was breathing to not push and wait for the doctor to arrive

-2:10am Doctor arrives, and I tell him, "Get you're gloves on!" Apparently he was out in the hallway chatting with the CRNA (anesthesia) and the RN had to tell him we needed him now. He was finally convinced when they got me into position while he got his gloves and gown on and he said, "Oh, wow, there's the head!" WE TOLD YOU!!!! Is what I wanted to scream, but I didn't. I love my doctor, but come on!

-2:15am So after one and a half pushes she was out! Apparently she was anxious to get out too, because once she got out past her eye brows her right arm shot out, almost reaching to be pulled out the rest of the way. Thanks to her arm and a fast delivery (slower helps things to stretch therefore preventing tears or typically the need for episiotomies) I got a small tear.

-Since she came so fast, they took her from my chest briefly to check her out, then brought her back. In all my breastfeeding classes, they showed us a video on Self Attachment, which was amazing! Baby is put on mom's abdomen after delivery, and with no help from mom, baby literally climbs up and latches on for the first nursing! None of my patients have ever wanted to do it, and since this is 99% sure to be our last, I wanted to try it! I'll spare you details, but it was amazing! She literally crawled up and latched on all by herself! It was a wonderful way to end the whole experience!

The whole thing couldn't have gone better! I was able to be taken care of during the whole thing by a dear friend who I absolutely love, actually by two wonderful RN's during delivery (a traveling RN that was wonderful, they couldn't have chosen a better person to cover for me while on leave!!!), it was a fairly quick process without alot of long and drawn out pain (short and quick which is more doable then long and drawn out), had a wonderful/loving/supportive husband by my side, wonderful friends to watch our children even though Trestin was sick (thank you sooooo much Tara Johnson and Rachel Packer!!!), and then the self attachment at the end! Way back before delivering Garrick I was kinda nervous to be delivering where I work, but now I wouldn't have wanted to deliver any where else! It's so nice to be in a familiar environment, to have the people I know around me and taking care of me. I truly work with the best people in the world! Thanks to all those that came to see us on their day off, or took a break from work to come say "Hi!" Now I think our family is complete, two boys and two girls, perfect!

We are home!

After being taken care of by the best coworkers in the world, we are now home! Other then sore and tired, we are doing great! Unfortunatly we can't say the same for poor Trestin. He's got a fever, lethargic, and vomitting. So he's pretty mellow and low maintenance now (not that he was high before). Here are more pics from the hospital;
I made the kids "Big Brother/Sister" shirts, and here is Aleksia in hers.

Aleksia's turn (if it where up to her, it would always be her turn)

He'd bounce between the couch and the foot of my bed. Poor little guy!

Everyone always wants a turn to hold Cassiah. Trestin's smile/face scrunch is just a face scrunch due to "feel good" as he shakes his head.

In the car seat ready to go home!

He fell asleep at the foot of the bed shortly after arriving this morning to take us home.

Having some fun before discharge!

Beautiful flowers from the hospital.

She's home, she's fed, she's wide awake checking it all out!

Friday, April 24, 2009

She's here!

Cassiah Kember Huston is finally here! She arrived at 2:15am (alittle under 2 hours after arriving at the hospital), weighing 7 lbs 12 oz, and 20" long! Althought tired, we are doing great. More pics to come!
She wasn't happy until she got her thumb (or fingers) in her mouth!

Daddy and his new little girl

Minutes after delivery

Monday, April 13, 2009


The kids with their stuff from the Easter bunny. Since I worked the night before, and was sleeping until about 10:30am, the story went like this: The Easter Bunny left the kids baskets, but they didn't get them until after they cleaned up the toy room and Mom woke up (according to Dad). And the bunny also left eggs, but in a bag for Mom and Dad to hide so that Mom could watch/take pictures after church. Well they bought it! So Mom got to watch AND the toy room got cleaned! Two for one bonus!!!

Here are the kids in their Easter clothes. I made a matching dress for "Baby Girl Huston," and will get more pics of all 4 after she arrives, so this will have to do for now. Aleksia wanted to take everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in her matching purse to church, so we had to intervene!

So of course before church was beautiful, perfect for an egg hunt outside in our new yard, but since we had to wait till after church, of course as we where leaving it started raining! So the hunt was moved to the indoors, but luckily the toy room was clean! Wish I could have said the same for the down stairs, but we'll take what we can get! Here is Trestin getting a head start before the other two came down.

Searching for eggs in the newly cleaned toy room. To the right is a shelf that Than built for most of the bigger and Little People toys. What a space saver! Thanks honey!

So now we are just patiently waiting the arrival of our little one! I had already had Aleksia and Trestin by now, so even though I'm not over due (due on next Monday the 20th) I feel like I am! I've never hit my due date, Garrick was 2 days early, so we'll see what happens. Unless it's medically necessary, I don't want to be enduced. I'll suffer through, and wait until she is ready. I've been in on way too many failed or long enductions because baby wasn't ready. So we'll see. But like my friend Tennille said, hopefully my next post will be introducing our new addition! Let's hope!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dying Easter Eggs

So these loaded in screwy order, sorry, so bear with me! Well for FHE we decided to color eggs, since we don't know when this little one is going to arrive (yesterday I was 38 weeks, that's when I had Aleksia, and tomorrow is how far along I was when I had Trestin). So any day! Plus it was a good FHE (Family Home Evening, for those that don't know) activity. So here are the pics.
Here is Than's "happy egg"

Garrick trying to "do what Daddy was doing" without as much luck!

Aleksia "showing off" her egg. How can a 4.5 year old have so much attitude in such a little package?

Mr. Cheese Man showing off his "Monster Egg" with 4 eyes! Scarry!

The finished 2 dozen (minus 1 Trestin casualty) eggs. Too bad none of us like hard boiled eggs. So these will be hidden by the Easter bunny, then trashed. Good thing they are cheap!

He got alittle messy! Notice his lips. He "kissed" one of his eggs after coloring on it.

So since I knew the colors in bowls would be a disaster with Trestin, I saw these "swabs" for $0.88 at Walmart, and knew we had a winner for Trestin. Here he is "coloring" his eggs.

More coloring of his eggs.

Garrick and Aleksia coloring their eggs.