Monday, January 02, 2012

Brenan Turns 3 , Thanksgiving, and Sawyer Grace

Brenaman is 3! It is unbelievable how fast these past few years have gone. He had been so much fun at every age. I love his little voice, his dance moves, and his squishy little toddler hands. We are so blessed to have such nice kids. He chose Trix for his birthday cereal. =)

I took him to the mall play place and out to lunch for his day. He also got to go to Toys R Us and choose out a present with the money Granma and Granpa Kivett sent.
He wanted pizza and ice cream. So that's what he got!

I don't know why we didn't get the traditional before and after blowing out the candles picture! But, here he is, waiting for his cake.
20 questions* : answered by Brenan age 3

1. What is your favorite color? Blue
2. What is your favorite toy? Racecars
3. What is your favorite fruit? Um, I yike oinges.
4. What is your favorite tv show? Cars
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Strawberry yogurt
6. What is your favorite outfit? I yike my car shirt
7. What is your favorite game? hide and go seek
8. What is your favorite snack? fishy crackers
9. What is your favorite animal? Um, horse
10. What is your favorite song? I yike ABCD, Scripture Power, There was a little house
11. What is your favorite book? Go to sleep book and Dora book
12. Who is your best friend? Thomas
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Basketball
15. What is your favorite drink? water
16. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? I don't yike cars in my bed. I yike my blue blankie.
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cheerios
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? yogurt. ??? =)
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Francesco and Finn McMissile. =)

We saw Puss In Boots at the Drive-in. We have the worst luck at drive-ins. Our car battery died and we had to ask someone to jump us. Always super awkward. We felt grumpy after that so we skipped out on the second movie (Footloose).
Here I am at 37 weeks.
We decorated before Thanksgiving this year just in case the baby decided to make her debut a little early. Here are the kids putting their ornaments on the tree. I had big plans to have a fancy tree this year but in the end decided that I like the one we have every year. =)

Grandma Kivett sent the kids a box of fun Thanksgiving crafts to keep them busy. They LOVED them! Here was one of their favorites:
We spent Thanksgiving with the Soters again this year. It was lovely.

Here is this AMAZING picture of the chefs!

Getting ready for the feast!

Keslie REALLY wanted a turkey leg. It looks like a chocolate ice cream cone to me!
Mandi and I hit up the Black Friday sales and it was great fun! It's a totally different experience when you're about ready to birth a child though. My back almost went out a few times - at one point we were in the mile long line at Toys R Us and I had sat down on the ground to rest. When I tried to stand up I found that I was stuck. I ended up having to get on to my hands and knees and then slowly climb up. It was pretty embarrassing and I was grateful to have Mandi there to laugh with me! We were pretty successful and got almost everything we had set out to get! The next day we came home to get some last minute things done before the baby came. We dropped the kids off at the Soters on Sunday night and headed into the hospital to be induced the next morning. Here I am right before we left:

Sawyer's Birth Story

Sawyer Grace West was born on Monday November 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm. She weighed 9 lbs 8 oz and was about 20 inches long! My induction was scheduled for 5 am - at least that's what the nurse had told me. When we arrived at the hospital we were informed that we were actually scheduled for 7. LAME. I could have used those extra 2 hours of sleep! We did get set up in a room right away though and then we just waited around for a couple of hours. About 7:30 they finally got things rolling. I got the IV put in my hand - OUCH. It was pretty painful! Maybe the worst part. =) Then got started on pitocin. I was dilated to a 4 and was totally shocked by that. Usually I don't get farther than a 3 until my water breaks. I figured that my doctor would stop in on her way to work, break my water and we'd have a baby by noon! She didn't end up coming until about 1 and I hadn't dilated any further - even being on the pitocin. I went ahead and got my epidural before my water was broken - why not?! I LOVE epidurals but HATE getting them. Totally worth it though. And I'm betting the crazy screaming girl next door was wishing she'd gotten one. No offense if you're a screaming crazy lady when giving birth - but FYI having a baby with an epidural is blissful. See:
Happy as can be waiting for my baby to come.
SPOILER ALERT - I'm about to give "TOO MUCH INFORMATION" so don't read if you don't want it. Haha! Most embarrassing moment during this birth: The nurse came in to check to see if I'd dilated any farther (this is after my epidural) and as she was doing her thing my body (on it's own accord) let out a SUPER LOUD, LONG TOOT. At first I didn't put two and two together - I hadn't felt it, only heard it. But when I realized what had happened I said "oh my gosh! Was that me?! I am so sorry!". She said that it was ok and that I couldn't control it. Anyway, she went and sat over by her computer and I glanced at Nathan. His ears and face were bright red from trying not to laugh. We both tried to control it but every time we'd look at each other we'd burst into quiet laughter. I don't know how the nurse didn't join in. =)

The next time she came into check me I was at a 10 and ready to go! She called for the doctor and we waited for a little bit. When the doctor arrived I pushed 3-4 times and she was out! I have loved all of my childbirths but after this one I was on a high. I just sat there and smiled and watched my baby and smiled some more. I am so grateful to have her here! Right away I thought she looked like Keslie with her chubby cheeks. Over the next couple weeks I couldn't decide whether she looked more like Kes or Anika. Either way - she's a cutie and she's happy!

Here is our nurse who took such great care of us even though I tooted on her more than once. =)
Here we are right after, getting to have some "skin to skin" time.
Her sugar levels dropped because of my gestational diabetes so Nathan got to feed her a bottle.
The kids were pretty thrilled to see their baby sister. Brenan and Keslie didn't want to hold her at first (Keslie told me later that she thought she looked gross - haha!) but Anika wanted to right away.

First family picture!
I left the next day this time. Usually I want to stay the full 2 days but I was ready to be home.

This is us right after we got home from the hospital on Tuesday night:

Here are a few more of her first few days home. Aren't her cheeks so squishy and so kissable?!

She had LONG feet!

First bath - she was not happy about it!

Granana and Papa came the following weekend to meet her. I think they liked her a little bit. =)
Papa is always so great to play games with the kids.
Carol stayed for 4 more days to help me out. She was my very own personal angel. She got up every morning and got the kids ready and made their lunches. She did laundry galore, kept my kitchen clean and killed millions of angry fire ants. She kept me company and helped me take "newborn photos". I was so glad she was able to come. I hardly had any of the normal hormonal emotional breakdowns and I know it's because she was there making things easy for me.

We had a hard time getting the kids to cooperate for this picture. I guess the more kids you have the harder it is to get them all looking at the camera at the same time! Let alone smiling!
Here we are - a family of 6 heading into the holiday season. =)

We love our little Soybean. She is a very happy and content baby. We feel so blessed to have her in our family. I love my babies. =)


Susan said...

Such a sweet sweet baby!! Congratulations!! Sawyer is just a wonderful name too :) So happy for your family... wo! 4 kids! awesome!!

Phillip Whiting said...

Brittanie! Congratulations, she is beautiful!! And how do you look so amazing during,after and before you had her?? Seriously, take a bad picture please, make us feel better. :) So happy for you guys!

The Richins Family said...

thanks for the update. your kids have grown up so much. little sawyer is so precious. it looks like you have dropped all your pregnancy weight, you look great. i am happy that you had no postpartum break downs this time (i too have them).

The Richins Family said...

Thanks for the update. Your kids have grown up so much. Little sawyer is precious. I am glad that you had a safe delivery and that you didn't have any postpartum break downs (i too have those). i loved reading the updates. Jenny

Charly said...

I think she looks like Keslie. She is cute! Fun name too! My grandmother was on me nearly my whole pregnancy with Tabitha to name her Sawyer. I hadn't heard it as a girl name before, but it's great. Congrats on your growing, beautiful family!

Heather said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful, and your other children are so beautiful too!

Jenny G said...

Congrats! She is beautiful. Glad you got the epidural...I was the screaming one next door, but not by choice:)

Nicole said...

I'm so happy for you. You are such a wonderful mom. Having babies is the best! Why don't we live closer?

Kallie said...

Congrats on your baby! She is so adorable.

Natalie said...

Brittanie you have the most beautiful family!!!! I so love your story! I miss visiting with you so much! I was totally cracking up reading it. It was like I could hear you telling the story... Anytime I have a good gross or socially awkward story I wish you were around so I could tell you ha ha! It looks like you guys are doing awesome and I hope we can come down and visit you someday!!