Amelia

Amelia {Month 2}


Dear Amelia,
You are already two months old. This summer has really flown by!
You started to smile at about 6 weeks old and make that "ahhh" sound. You are tracking things with your eyes and being more focused as different people hold you.

There has been lots of little girls born at church so you will have endless playmates in the future.

In July we started venturing out more. We took our first trip to the cabin. You did great only having to stop once during the six hour trip. You are by far the best car seat baby we have had yet!

We have also gone to:

  • The spray park
  • Plays in the park
  • Grandma Wilken's house
  • Church
  • Mops bible study
  • And countless other play dates

You have your sleepy days and your fussy days. On your fussy days we walk around with you and bounce you trying to make you feel better. Although if you were sleepy all the time or quite it would be easy to put you down. This way we always are staying connected😉

Bath times are turning into a favorite activity. You seem to like your baths. You smile and kick and almost giggled the other day. I see lots of trips to the Luverne pool in your future!

We love you so much Amelia Joy!

Love,
Mama

PS. At your 2 month appointment you weighed 11 lbs 4 oz and was 22 inches in length. The girl can eat😊

Amelia

Amelia’s Birth Story- Part 2

We left off our story at arriving to the birthing floor and after they checked me they quickly confirmed that my water had broke. (Read Part 1 here) I was admitted and we were on our way. The floor in general was a bit under staffed and 5 women all went into labor within an hour.  They started to call in their on call nurses and the floor became a pretty busy place in the middle of the night.

God’s blessing #4- My labor nurse named Candise.

My labor nurse drove in to work from about an hour away and did my exam at about 11. I told her my birth plan of going natural and she said that ,” you’ve got the right nurse for a natural birth.” After they check me and I was only dialated to two a two and my contractions were only about 15-20 minutes apart.  They did a fetal heart check and everything looked good.

We decided to start walking the hallways to get this labor going. I really felt pretty good at this point and we walked almost 2 miles on that unit.

We went back into our room at about 1:00. They checked me and I was slowly progressing and was at 3. They started me on a slow drip with some pictosin to help progress labor. Then I got to go and sit in the tub.

Since there was no rest for the weary this night , Chris took a brief nap on the couch. I was breathing through some stronger contractions. At around 3:00 am I was starting to get louder in my contractions and Candise came to check on me. I told her I needed to get out of the tub and was getting pretty uncomfortable.

We had told them that I go pretty fast and so they thought this was showtime. Bless their hearts! They had gotten everything ready and woke up the doctor checked me and I was only between a 5 and a 6.

Deflating…… everyone left…. and I thought, “wow I’m tired!!!” Now the room was empty again except for Candise , Chris and me.

Candise helped me get into different positions using: the excercise ball, this inflatable peanut ball, leaning up against the bed and sitting on the toilet. She was amazing and encouraging! At this point I was still able to breath through contractions and focus on my job at hand.

The hours between 3:00 and 5:00 were really a blur. I tried different positions and up until this point was doing this think all natural.  I think they checked me again sometime inbetween and thought I had another sac of water that was slowing down labor. I was still only dialated to a 7 or 8 at this point.  I was really exhausted and feeling the pain of labor. I had almost been up for 24 hours and I was done.  During these contractions I started to not be able to focus the pain and my body was locking up and tense.

I asked if I could have some drip IV and they also gave me a fast acting shot.  She asked me if I was feeling like pushing and I said no, but was feeling tons of pain. I was rolled over on my side and felt some relief fast. I was able to breath some though the contractions and not give up. This must have been shortly before 5:00 am. I remember looking up at the clock thinking , “!ive been up for 24 hours … I’m done… this baby is never coming. ”

I was pretty non coherent  at this point.  At this time Candise could tell I was close even though I couldn’t. She asked to check me and said th magical words, ” we are there!” And ” Marisa if you roll over on your back you are going to have this baby!” Everyone came back in th room ! The doctor checked me again and I was at a 10 at 5:15am. I pushed two time and Amelia was born st 5:16 am. Two pushes!!!

God’s blessing #5- The labor felt long but the pushing was short.

I was almost in shock by how fast she came out! They announced it was a girl, chris cut the cord and she was flopped on my chest.

She was beautiful and perfect ! She was 7 pounds 4 ounces and 20.5 inches long of pure JOY!

I was kind of in shock that she was so little, especially since everyone was so concerned about how big this baby was suppose to be.  She came out perfectly formed and so beautiful!

God’s Blessing #6: No stitches needed! Woot woot!

For any mama out there you know that this blessing is a game changer. You can push out a little person and still feel like a normal human. The placenta delivered about 5-7 minutes later. Then I got to nurse Amelia, close my eyes a bit and soak in the newness of this little life.

We called the Grandparents and our own kiddos. Then we were moved later that morning around 7 to the post pardum unit.  We had officially been awake for over 24 hours and I believe we got a chance to sleep before guest started to arrive.  Though we were tired we were anxious to introduce this little sweetie to friends and family.   Later that afternoon I was having a lot of blood clotting and we couldn’t figure out why.

God’s Blessing #7: Being in the hospital with staff that are amazing!!

My nurses and Doctors were amazing. They were so supportive and helpful and finally figured out around 6:00 that I had part of the placenta that was still attached in my uterus.  After that was extracted the bleeding stopped almost immediately as well as the clotting.  After that event I can say that it was smooth sailing.

I can fully and wholeheartedly say that the miracle of birth is something to behold.  I am thankful for the hand of God present before, during, and after Amelia’s birth.  AMEN

Amelia

Amelia’s Birth Story- Part 1

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I’ve tried to write down each of the kids birth story shortly after they are born. Reason being that mommy brain sets in, life marches on and God’s mercy in forgetting some of the pain does happen.

But for as much pain is involved in that delivery room something within me is sad when it is all over. Because those few precious minutes between being pregnant and having a newborn life put on your chest is  like witnessing a miracle. A miracle that only God could create and orchestrate.

If you are not one for birth stories I can tell you the short version: Mom made it and there was a beautiful baby born in the end. If you want to read the long version here is Amelia’s birth story just the way that God had planned

On Thursday June 1st, 2017 we had a pretty normal day. The previous day I went to my 38 week and 5 day check up and hadn’t really progressed that much and didn’t feel any closer.  On Thursday I went to my mops bible study in the morning. I left with lots of friends hoping they wouldn’t see me next week because I would be in the hospital or home with a baby.  We left did some errands and home for the remainder of the day.  When Chris got home from work that night  I told him I was a little nauseous but thought it was also just hunger. He agreed and made a yummy supper for us all. During supper he looked at me and said,” are we going to the hospital tonight? Are we doing this? ” my response was a total no. He then proceeded to fill up his glass of wine a bit more full.  After supper I left the table to go and sit in the rocking chair and suddenly

My water broke at 7 pm.

God blessing #1: Chris was home when I went into labor. 

My water has only really broke with Norah’s labor. It’s not a lot of water but enough to know that I didn’t just lose my bladder control but that something else is in motion here.Plans began to be put in motion.

God’s blessing #2: His perfect timing.

Grandma and Grandpa Maloney were called to come and stay at our house with the kids. Chris’ parents had just got back from the cabin and text that morning about being home and being able to watch the kids if we go to the hospital.

Chris’ adrenaline kids in and did all the random things outside he needed to finish, I finish packing my back and the kids were excited/ start to cry.

Grandma and Grandpa arrive and we start to settle down kids. Leeland is sad because he didn’t realize that he has to stay here instead of go to the hospital with us. Norah is sad too and Chris chats with her out in the porch about the baby.

God’s blessing # 3:  Putting our kids to bed before we leave.

Before Leeland was born and Amelia we got to put our kids to bed and have a normal goodnight. We prayed and calmed fears, gave hugs and kisses and said goodnight.

I started having small contractions maybe 15-20 minutes apart.  And we left for the hospital.  We arrived shortly after 10:00 pm.

We entered through the ER and were brought up to the labor and delivery floor. When we checked in they said they would do an exam to see if my water did break and if I would be staying here tonight. Chris’ response was , “She’s staying!” I don’t really do that thing were we go to the hospital and it’s a false alarm. When we go to the hospital we know that this baby is going to come!

Amelia

Amelia {month 1}

Dear Amelia Joy,

Today you are one month old. I have said I don’t really know where June went this year . But then I just look down at you and know it was spent snuggling, caring and watching you grow. 

You are a summer baby. You have wore newborn onesies, bare feet and light blankets wherever you go. 

You have met so many friends and family! Your siblings still fight over who’s turn it is to hold you.  Everyone loves your name. People comment on your hair, and clear skin and how little you still are.

You have traveled to the berry patch, bible study, the spray park, play dates, church, Fairmont, the doctors and many more places in the van.  

You are my fourth baby and I have been enjoying this month so much.  

Love,

Your Mama

Amelia

3 Weeks old

Amelia is three weeks old today!

We have enjoyed every day of her life. It is a blessing from God! 

She is starting to be more awake and look at the people that are holding her. The sleepy newborn honeymoon stage is not as prevelant.

At her two week appointment she weighed 8 pounds. 

The kids like talking about all her firsts: going to church, seeing a train, going to the pancake house, having a bath at home, wearing a specific outfit! 

She also had newborn photos done in Monday! Cute pictures to come!!!

At three weeks Amelia is so much apart of our lives and it’s hard to remember life before her. We give thanks to God for this sweet girl !

Amelia

First Bath

The kids were so excited to have Amelia have her first bath at home. I kept reminding them that babies usually cry and don’t really care for baths. Plus we were waiting for her umbilical cord to fall off.  When she was two weeks old it did fall off . Leeland told us, “that her plug fell off!”

Monday we were going to do newborn pictures with Amelia and so the kids helped me do her first bath. Lillian and Norah helped photograph and take video. Leeland wanted to brush her hair.

Amelia did pretty good . She cried some but calmed down after a bit. It was fun to see her fluffy hair poof up after her bath!

Amelia

1 Week Old

Dear Amelia Joy,

You are already 1 week old today. So many people have come to visit you and love on you!

Your eyes are a more brighter blue! They are starting to search for mama and those familiar voices. Since you have gotten home your are held almost exclusively in loving arms. Your siblings love you SO much!

You are such a little peanut but growing fast. At 5 days old you were already back up to 7 pounds.  You gained 2 ounces a day.

You have survived some trips in the car seat without much crying. Mama appreciates this so. Your siblings like to note when it’s your first time to do something: first picnic, mops, seeing a train, going to the Dr, and so on.

It’s been a week full of soaking in the joys of a newborn and learning more about you!!

We love you,

Mama

Amelia

everyone’s new pastime 

There is something about holding a sleeping baby. The sudden urge to fall asleep oneself is very strong. Especially if you are already a bit sleep deprived. Norah and Lillian have also started snoozing with their sister.  It’s a pretty awesome way to spend some time.

Leeland on the other hand has a different option. After holding her for a while the other day he said, ” I’m done Mom, it’s just taking too long for her to wake up.”

Amelia

Welcome Amelia Joy!

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Our fourth little miracle arrived on Friday, June 2nd at 5:16 am.

We are soaking in all the wonderful newbornness. Enjoying all those firsts, sights, smells and oh so soft skin.

It has been almost 6 years since we have brought home a little girl to our house and we couldn’t be more excited!

Amelia was 7lbs 4oz in weight, 20.5 inches and length, and is rocking a full head of wavey brown hair. Her eyes, when awake, are a blue for now.

Amelia means- “work of the Lord” , “hard working”, “industrious”, “Striving”.  Her middle name , Joy, is one she shares with with me.

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What a miracle it is to bring forth another life into our family! I had a woman at church describe pregnancy and labor as one of those Holy moments and divine honor God gives women! True! A hundred times true!