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    Knox’s Second Birthday Pizza Party And Two Year Update

    As everyone must know by now, we’re taking the boys to Legoland California for their birthday this year. So instead of spending a lot of money on a huge birthday party we’re going to spend a week in San Diego. We still wanted to do a little something to celebrate the birth of our little Knox and we thought what better way then to have a little party around his favorite food….PIZZA! And he loved his pizza party. Read more

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    Birth Story | Kellan Cole

    Three years ago today, is the day that I officially was given the title, mom. It’s a job that I hold higher than anything I’ve ever before and I am so unbelievably thankful and extremely blessed that this beautiful little boy changed me forever.

    Leading up to his birth, I was so nervous, excited, and scared shitless about giving birth to another human being. Like, I was absolutely terrified of having a baby! The thought of it made me cringe inside and I would sometimes out of no where just start crying because I was so scared of what was going to happen. A little side note, just so you  know how scared I was, in high school we have to take a health class. I was 15 at the time and I remember we went over pregnancy and labor and delivery. They played a video of a women giving birth and I remember the baby wasn’t out yet and the mom was just pushing and pushing, finally the baby was crowing. At that moment I started to get light headed and I laid my head down on my desk and as the mother was screaming pushing that baby out I passed out and fell on the floor!!! My teacher had to stop the movie, turn the lights on, and call the nurse to come wheel me back to office so I could take a breather….THATS HOW SCARED OF GIVING BIRTH I WAS.

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    April 12th, 2014

    It was a Saturday. I signed Ethan and I up for a free birthing class at the hospital just so we would have an idea of what was going to happen. I was 38 weeks pregnant and only 2cm dilated at the time. At the birthing class we learned a lot and saw some techniques to help labor move along at home. After the class we went to a local store and bought a yoga ball to help with labor. When we got home we just relaxed and hung out. Little did we know this would be our last night together at home just the two of us.

    April 13th, 2014

    The whole month of April I told Ethan we can’t go out of town, especially now because we were so close to my due date that we could have the baby at any time. Well Ethan left early that morning to go pre-ride a trail (mountain biking terms) that was 2 1/2 hours away. When I woke up that morning I wasn’t feeling well. Ethan was already gone and I wasn’t sure if I was having Braxton Hicks contractions or if they were real labor contractions. For some reason my pregnancy with Kellan I was obsessed with….Jack in The Box tacos! I know, so gross but I was seriously obsessed. So at 8 in the morning I left my house, drove to JITB, and order my tacos! I came home and ate, still not sure if I was having contractions or not, I laid around watching movies most of the morning. By afternoon my mom called me to see how I was doing. I told her I wasn’t feeling too well. I had an upset stomach and couldn’t tell if my body was getting ready for labor. She came over with my dad and my brother. I packed my hospital bag just in case today was the day! Nothing like waiting until the last minute to do these things. I went with my family to run some errands they dropped me back off at home. It was now mid afternoon. I was still laying around watching movies and having contractions. One of my girlfriends, who was also pregnant, had called me to see what I was doing. In the middle of our conversation I was having contractions and because I was home alone she came over in case I needed a ride to the hospital because Ethan was still out of town.

    While she was here she took good care of me, timing my contractions, and just helping me with everything in general. We had a friend living in our casita at the time. He came in and was hanging out while I was having contractions and then we had couple other friends stop by because they needed to pick things up and they ended up hanging out too. It turned into a big labor party! haha. My contractions were not 4-5 minutes apart and Ethan finally got home! He loaded up the car and we drove to the hospital at 9:30pm. We checked in through the ER and they wheeled me up to labor and delivery. I thought because I labored at home all day long that I was for sure going to be dilated to 5cm. The nurse comes in and checks me and says I’m only at 2cm!!! I was dying! She told me I would stay an hour and if I didn’t change any they would send me home! An hour went by and I was now at 3cm. She said the same thing, if I didn’t change in an hour they would send me home. Another hour went by and she checked me again, I thankfully was now dilated to 5cm that they could admit me and got me a dang epidural!

    I was now almost 1am and the anesthesiologist finally made it to the hospital to give me an epidural. I was so thankful because I was having such horrible pain. After a couple of hours and slowly dilating my nurse realized that the baby was facing the wrong way. His spine was facing my back and not my tummy. Because of this I was having so much back labor and that explained why I was in so much pain. I had to do everything I could to help rotate the baby otherwise we would have had to use forceps for delivery. So for the next 6-7 hours I was trying to rest while I could and do these crazy moves to help rotate baby around.

    April 14, 2014

    Finally in the morning when all of the new nurses came on shift we finally got the baby turned around and at 9:30Am I was finally ready to start pushing! Ethan, my mom, and dad ended up being in the room. I was so exhausted from the whole night that I pushed for 45 minutes. In between pushes I would fall asleep. They were having to wake me up to push. And at 10:15am, my little Kellan Cole was born. Weighing 6 lbs 7 oz and 19 1/2 in long.

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    Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

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    Birth Story | Knox Cooper

    I know the past couple of months have been crazy and I’ve been MIA but I’ve got a fun project I’ve been working on and I can’t wait to share with with everyone! I figured since my little Knox is turning 1 today I would recap on his birth story so I could have in case I ever forgot..(which I know I won’t because that was the most pain I’ve ever experienced in my entire life!) Get a drink ready because this is going to be a long one.

    So I’ll start with this..my due date was March 13, 2016. When I had my 36 week checkup I was already dilated to 2cm so I had a feeling I would have him early, like I did oldest.    Monday came and I had my 37 week checkup. I was 4 1/2 cm dilated and almost 50% effaced. I had no signs of labor so my doctor sent me home and we were certain that by Monday next week I would have the baby. I secretly was hoping that he would be born on that Monday because he would have been a Leap Year baby and I think that would have been fun!

    Wednesday February 24 came and I had no idea or plans of having a baby that day. I had started a few days back having mild contractions but I never can tell what the difference between real labor contractions and braxton hicks contractions. I woke up like normal, Kellan and I had breakfast and hung around the house. We met my mom for lunch at the Steakhouse and I remember our waitress told me that I looked like I was going to have that baby today and I laughed and thought she was crazy. Kellan and I came home and both napped. I had made dinner and we got all of our stuff ready because we were so excited for Kellan to be in his first little BMX race.

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    Right before we had left I felt a really bad contraction. Again, I wasn’t sure it it was a BH contraction or a labor contraction but I just remember I looked at the clock just to make sure if I felt another one I could time it. We loaded in the car and were driving on our way to the BMX track. On the way there I had another contraction and another when we got there. So they were about 10 minutes apart. I remember during the national anthem I was having one and they were getting closer together. Kellan had finished racing and as we were walking back to the car I felt A LOT of pressure. I told Ethan that we needed to get home FAST because we were going to have a baby!! My mom always says I should have just went to the hospital from there but I wasn’t ready to go to the hospital and I wanted to go pick up my bags.

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    I raced home and one of my girlfriends came over. I ran a bath hoping this would help me feel better. I have to say, I swear the bath helped with the pain of the contractions. I felt pressure but it was nothing like the pressure I felt before or after the bath. An hour had passed and my contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart. They say to come in when they get this close and I was ready to get out of the bath and get dressed to go. The second I got out of the bath I was having contractions 1 minute apart! I was in so much pain I started crying!! I got dressed so fast and yelled to Ethan to lets go! My girlfriend stayed to watch Kellan until one of my grandparents could come and watch him. We were on the road to the hospital and I was seriously in so much pain it felt like I was in a dramatic movie. Ethan was driving like a grandpa and I feel bad because I screamed at him to drive faster! One of my birthing fears is that I wouldn’t make it to the hospital and I would have a baby on my own! So I NEEDED Ethan to get me there FAST!

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    Because it was 10:30 at night we had to go through the ER so Ethan dropped me off and I got out and told them I needed to go up to labor and delivery. It felt like they had taken their sweet time before someone came to get me. (They push you in a wheelchair upstairs to the L&D area) We got up there and they got me into a room and before I even put my gown on I told them I wanted an epidural right away. She said ok we’ll work on it because they have to call somebody in since it’s so late at night. I figured 30 minutes tops. I got all settled, the nurse checked me and said I was almost dilated to 8cm and she was surprised that I even walked in there. It was now almost 11:30pm I was in so much pain, I still hadn’t gotten an epidural yet, I asked when he was going to be here she said in probably an hour that they were going to call him in right now. I remember I started crying because I couldn’t believe they hadn’t even called him yet. I was feeling a ton of pressure and asked her if she needed to check me before she called. She said, “Yeah I’ll check you right now.” She checked me and when she did she said she accidentally broke my water and I was already dilated to a 10! I just remember her saying, “Sorry sweetie, looks like you’re not going to get an epidural.” I was so devastated because with Kellan I really didn’t want to have one but I was in so much pain because of the way he was positioned that I couldn’t have been in labor that 13 hours without one! So with this baby I was like I’m not against it if I need it and because they said I couldn’t I started crying…NO TEARS! haha My doctor was called in and I just kept repeating, “I can’t have this baby without an epidural!” (I’m not dramatic or anything) My doctor assured me many times that I WAS having this baby without one and it was too late to get one. I cried and cursed and screamed and I pushed 3 separate times and at 11:47pm they placed my little 6lb 9oz baby boy on my chest.

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    Happiest of Birthdays Baby Boy!

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