Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ashleigh's Birth Story

Here is a little preface to the story.   When I found out I was pregnant, we were so excited!  According to my cycle, my due date was August 2nd.  When I went in for my first appointment, my doctor changed my due date to August 12th.  I have never had a doctor change a due date before, so I just said whatever and kept thinking August 2nd in my head. 

When August 2nd came and went I decided that he was more correct than I thought.  So the waiting game really began after that.  I really wanted to have her before, or on the 12th because Jaxon and Kyleigh started school the 14th and I started school the 26th.  The sooner she came, the better for my sanity.  So Friday the 9th rolls around and I decided to call my doctor and schedule an induction for Monday the 12th.  To my dismay, they were booked for inductions, so he scheduled me for Sunday morning.  I told him that I really wanted to try to go without drugs, so he said he would try to make that as possible as he could for me.

So…. Late Friday night, or early Saturday morning at 1:45am I woke up to a contraction.  I decided to check the time, just in case they started coming more regularly.  So at about 2:00am I woke Lance up and told him we should probably head to the hospital.  He got the kids all in the car to head out to grammy’s house and we were off to the hospital.  We got there a little bit before 3:00am and headed to our room.  When they checked me, I was already dilated 6cm.  I told them I was going to try to go natural, but I wasn’t completely against an epidural.  They called my doctor and he decided to make his way to the hospital. Lance and I just got to hang out while the contractions started coming, during this first initial period they were not too bad at all.  It was nice to be able to look forward for the contraction to be over, because this was the hard part with being induced.  There usually is no break in between those suckers!  So they told me they would check me whenever I wanted, or whenever they thought it would be a good time.  Shift change for the nurses was around 5, so my nurse wanted to check me before she left. I was 8cm, and she asked me if I wanted to wake the doctor up and have him break my water to speed anything up.  I told her no, I was fine with my progression. 

The new nurse then came in and it was about 5:30am or so.  At this point the contractions really started coming more quickly, I was to the point where I really had to breathe through each one and definitely could not talk.  She offered me a ball to sit on to see if it would be more comfortable, I said that sounded good.  As soon as she came back with the ball I started to feel more and more pressure.  I felt like I had to pee so bad!!  She told me to try to go, and then she would check me.  So I attempted to go to the bathroom, which was unsuccessful, then got back into the bed.  I was complete and ready to push!  She called the doctor…. Then all of the sudden my water broke, Lance even heard it!  While the doctor was on his way, I was having these crazy sensations to push, and my body was not about to let me stop.  It was kind of like an out of body experience, because my body was doing what it needed to do and I was just kind of there, kind of amazing!  So, I let it go on and push

When the doctor came in, I told him I was pretty sure I just pushed the head out.  I am not sure if he believed me or not, but after he got all sterile, he lifted him the sheet and sure enough saw a head.  Then he proceeded to help with the shoulders and there she was…at 6:08am.  2 pushes later. 

It was a quick and a great experience. I had everything work out perfectly and I was so happy, it was such a blessing to me! I would do it again if I were having any more babies!! Just wanted to document it so I could remember it for myself!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

What happened in 2012??

I don't even know if anyone reads this anymore, but I decided I would just update people on what is going on in our life.  So 2012 was sure a year of challenges!  Lance lost his job of 4 years at Goodwood BBQ Company, which we were completely suprised by.  They had asked him repeatedly to manage for them, but he made more money just bartending/serving so he always turned them down.  If you want more details about the ridiculous reason he was fired, call me;) So anyway, I was in the computer lab during my second semester of Nursing school when got a phone call from Lance telling me the bad news.  We were both kind of, well, freaking out because I could not really get a job until the end of the semester and Lance was making pretty good money there and supporting a family of 5.  Well he ended up getting a job at Texas Roadhouse and I got my LPN license and got a job as well at South Davis Community Hospital.  Since I had not worked in like 4 years, it was hard to get used to at first.  I am so grateful for my job now because I think it has made me a better nurse, especially since I have been working during my second year of Nursing school. When fall semester started, Lance got a second job at Buffalo Wild Wings.  So, we works two jobs currently.. morning and night. Which he totally hates!! After 12 years in the restaurant business, I think he should be done.  What really is hard about both of our jobs is neither of us get paid time off or holiday pay, so if we do not work, we do not make money.  That kind of sucks sometimes!
I am proud to say I made it through that 3rd semester of Nursing school!  It was honestly HELL, with everything going on, but I did it. Some days I would just cry into my pillow because I was so stressed.  Having a kid in 1st grade and kindergarten is a joy in terms of transportation, my mother-in-law and friends helped out a lot though and I was very thankful.  Kade also is quite the handful as well.  Some days I would be sitting there studying and he would come sit on my lap and tear my pages in my book or something.  So I honestly rarely did homework when the kids were awake.  After the dinner, kids homework, stories, bedtime, if I did not pass out while trying to study I was lucky.  I was suprised I got a 3.95.. that darn A-!
I am not trying to make this a complaining post, but it was honestly one of the hardest times of my life.  Moving out at 16, getting pregnant so young, and then married has made life just happen so fast.  It is so hard to try and balance everything and not have bad moments.  I think the past year has made Lance and I stronger as a couple and as parents.  Now we are expecting baby #4!  Ya, we might be crazy but I graduate in April and am taking some time off from school, so it won't be too crazy. It was just a rough winter break because I had this long To Do List, but I ended up throwing up and laying in bed most of the break:( Hopefully the nausea will pass now, 1st trimester down!! We did get to finish our basement this past year, which was one of the best things ever, so that is exciting!  
So, nothing super exciting going on at our house this past year. My kids are just awesome and growing up too fast!  They are all so fun right now.  I just wanted to update those people that still read this.  After I graduate in April I plan to quite being a hermit and come out from my shell!

Friday, December 30, 2011

1st semester down!!

Here are our family pictures for the year. They turned out super cute and I had a hard time not posting like all of them.

These 3 kids are just awesome!

See the drool dripping down from his chin onto his shirt? This is him 24/7!

He looks more like his daddy every year

I had to beg her to wear a skirt on a day other then Sunday, she is such a tom boy!

So I have been out of school for about 3 weeks now and I have enjoyed every minute of it! I have actually become a bum, because I really think I needed a break psychologically. So the semester went better then I thought it would go. I had to quit breast feeding Kade right before I started because he would not take a bottle. I had two long days at school and I did not want Lance or my mother-in-law to be stuck with a crazy baby. I really was heart broken because this time around I worked SO SO hard to get a good milk supply because previously it has not been great. I talked to the pediatrician and he told me that 4 months was great for breast feeding, and that sometimes if mom is stressed out it can effect milk supply and therefore have an impact on baby. Kade actually was a lot less fussy as soon as he started formula, I am pretty sure he did not something in my diet. He still is super picky with nipples on bottles, the little stinker. Sometimes I burst into tears because I wish I could nurse my baby, but it is just life. Darn school! I am really really enjoying it though! I feel so blessed that I got into the program because I was not really expecting to. I am really looking forward to next semester because we have our med/surg class and ob/maternity and pediatrics. The whole reason I went into nursing was to work in labor and delivery babies, so we will see how I feel about it when I actually do.

Jaxon started kindergarten this year and it has been quite an adjustment. I don't know if it was that I started school as well or if he has to go to school every day, but he had a rough time for a couple of months. He would get super cranky after I picked him up after school and just have these tantrums that I have not seen. It has been much better lately though, hopefully we can keep up this good attitude. He is learning so much and is reading really well. He reads this series of books called Sam books that build on eachother. I am really impressed with all the sight words he knows. When we go through his list of sight words we make sentences for each word and he is pretty hilarious. I just love his fun personality!!

Kyleigh is in her second year of preschool. She seems to be learning the same things that she learned last year, so that gets frustrating. It's good for her though, she will be super ready for kindergarten. She is just the biggest sweetheart ever. She is so good at helping with baby Kade and will do anything I ask. She always tells me that she loves me and she just makes me so happy. She is a sunbeam and her teachers tell me that she is so good. They put her in between kids that need to stay quiet. I am so proud of her. She is also in gymnastics and she really is enjoying it. I hope to get her into a dance class as well soon. She is kind of a tom boy, so we wil see if she ends up even liking any of this girly stuff. Her and Jaxon both played soccer this past fall as well. She was on a team with only 4 players, so she got a lot of playing time. She seemed to get even more because 1 of the 4 players usually sat there and cried. Oh the joys of 4 year old soccer. They both play again this spring, so that will be something to look forward to.

Kade is full of personality! He is now 8 months!! He seems to hit these milestones in life way to fast and I just want to pause time and hold him! He started doing this worm break dance crawl move about a month ago. Now he finally realized his knees work much better! The other day he started crawling up the stairs. I have no way to block them and there are 16 of them, so we really need to keep a super close eye on him all the time. Hopefully he gets really good, really fast! That would make me feel a little better about things.

Lance is still at Goodwood. I wish he could get a new job because it is super hard doing the kids homework, feed them dinner, put them to bed, and then do my homework every night. I know these things happen in life and I don't like to whine, but it is so hard. It is also wearing on me, because he has had this schedule for 6 years now. Also, the kids really notice now because they are getting older, and it is sad to have the kids tell you they miss their daddy. Everything will work out though. I am so blessed that I do not have to work though. His job works for us right now.

Well sorry about the long post but that is what we have been up to these past couple of months. Our Christmas was great, the best part was hangout out with my cute little family. I feel so lucky to have 3 healthy children and my husband. Well I don't know if anyone even reads this anymore, but hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has a Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kyleigh's bday party

So it is August I know, but I just wanted to post some pictures of Kyleigh's birthday party. Yes, it was in June. Better late then never right? So we had a big party for her this year, I wanted a lot of kids to be there. Last year it was just her and Jaxon, so this year I wanted them to be able to play with other kiddos. We had fun! We had it at grammy's house, so that is always fun! She has a big backyard, so it is super nice for big gatherings. We had dinner, cake and icecream, opened presents, and had a pinata! It was a lot of fun. She turned the big FOUR!!! Geez time flies! Well enjoy the pictures

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I had a baby!

So I had a baby!! Yay! I love him tons and tons and I am SO glad that he is here. Ok so I guess I will try to tell somewhat of the story. My doctor thought I would have him early, and so did I. When the week of my due date came I was getting really bad anxiety that something bad was going to happen to my baby. I just wanted him in my arms! So at my appointment I was already dilated to a 3 and 80% effaced and was having pretty regular contractions all day for the past couple of days. She thought I would have him in the next couple of days. I told her if I didn't have him that day that I wanted to be started the next day which was Tuesday April 19. So the next day at noon I went to the hospital. I was dilated to a 4, so they were sure I would have this baby quickly. They were right! They gave me pitocin at 1:30 and my doctor broke my water at 2. I really wanted to go through labor without the epidural, but the pictocin kicked my butt! I made it to 3:30 and I was dilated to a 7. They gave me the epidural and it honestly was wonderful! With my other kids I did not like my epidurals, but this one was awesome. I could move my legs still and all I felt was pressure, no pain! So after I got the epidural the nurses decided to leave me alone in the room with my husband, which kind of scared me. About 4:30 I felt something coming out of me, pretty much a baby! I paged the nurse and she came in and assured me that I was a full 10 and baby was on his way. She then told me that she would call my doctor. I was a little concerned because my doctor wasn't there and baby was pretty much there. They would not let me put my legs up in the stir ups until the doctor was there because the nurses said they did not want to have to deliver the baby. They said that if I didn't have an epidural they would have delivered. I was worried he would fall out of me, I kept feeling each contraction and felt him coming closer and closer. I told Lance not to make me laugh because I was afraid I would use a muscle that would push him right out. Luckily we had a room by the parking lot and the nurses kept looking out there to watch for my doctor. Then my doctor pulled up and ran into the hospital. As soon as she got to the room they finally put my legs in the stir ups and the while doctor was putting on gloves she pretty much caught baby on his way out. I seriously pushed like once and there he was. So he finally got here at around 5:30, a little over 4 hours after I got there. All 6 pounds and 18 inches of him! Oh and his name is Kade Kenneth Nielson! After I had him my doctor was delivering the placenta, which took forever because a piece of it was stuck. Then she told me that she was really glad I decided to have him because my placenta did not look good. Maybe that is way he was so small and hadn't been growing very well? Who knows?

So I love him and I will post pictures of him soon. ( my computer isn't working, I am using my laptop right now and don't know how to put pictures on it;) I am so thankful he is here and feel so blessed to have another little spirit sent to me straight from heaven

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Best day in a long time!!!

So about 2 weeks ago the kids got pretty sick. Nothing too bad, Ky just had rough couple of nights. A downside to being pregnant is the fact that my immune system is completely down, so I get every sickness my kids get. So saturday morning Lance went to go and pick up a dresser and bookcase for Kyleigh from Ashley Furniture in Salt Lake. It ended up taking way longer then he expected, so on one of his few days off I didn't really get to see him. It kind of made me sad, plus I did not feel very good at all. It was just a bummer day. I went to drop off my netflix in the mailbox and picked up the mail. Guess what I found?? There was a letter from Weber State's Nursing Program, I was SO nervous. We opened it and they were pleased to inform me that I was accepted into the program!!! It seriously made me cry, I was so stinking excited. I really was not expecting to get in to Weber's program because of how competitive it is. I had no medical experience and I did not get re-applicant points! I was just so happy I just wanted to share my joy with whoever reads my awesome blog!!

So I am now about 35 weeks! I went to the doctor today and baby weighs 4lbs 12 oz. She got some really good pictures of him. His cheeks are getting chubby and he has chubby little arms. I am getting super excited to meet this little man. I feel so blessed to be able to have this baby growing inside of me, it is such awesome experience. So maybe the next post will be pictures of baby!!! We will see. I was induced with my other two children and this time around I just want to go into Labor on my own. I also don't really want an epidural. We will see what happens though, we are getting excited!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Almost there

So I have no reason not to be blogging because I have plenty of time on my hands. Maybe it is the lack of excitment in my life. We keep pretty busy for the most part, but a lot of the time we just hang out. I am about 32 weeks along in the good old pregnancy now and feel ready to meet this little guy. I am kind of getting stir crazy to be honest, but I am gonna have to remember that he needs to get healthy and strong before he gets here. No matter how much I am ready for him!!! It's just easier said then done to be patient.
Wow it is almost March!! Well January 12th was Jaxon's birthday. We had a batman party for him, he had a lot of fun. He turned 5 years old!! At his well check he was 30% in height and 50% in weight, a little on the short side;) He is learning what he is supposed to and is doing just awesome! So I think around the 2nd week in January I went to the doctor and she said that the baby was measuring like 2 weeks behind and she was worried about him. I was so confused because I had already gained over 20 lbs and she explained to me that is wasn't going to the baby. She said the extra calories were probably going to me because apparently I was exercising too much, well that is what she thought anyway. I felt like an awful mother because I exercise a lot and she told me just to take easy for a couple weeks and see if it made a difference. So for the next 2 weeks I walked at the gym a couple of days a week and did my yoga video. My next appointment I gained 4 lbs, the baby was back up to where he should be and I felt better. Then another 2 weeks went by and about 4 more lbs!! I am pretty much destined to not be a cute little pregnant woman. It is perfectly ok because these precious angels are totally worth it! It just takes a little more effort to loose it. So baby is growing well and I feel better about life now! I was worried for a little while there. Now I am experiencing these wonderful things called braxton hicks contractions which I never remember having before. Some nights they actually worry me, but they always go away. So that is what I have been doing the past couple of months, just trying hard to grow a human inside of me.
Oh I also turned in my Nursing Applications to Weber and the DATC. I do not hear back until the end of March or the begining of April. I is actually making me super nervous because I have no idea what to prepare for in the Fall. I sure hope I get in!! So here are some pictures of the baby and Jaxon's bday party.

The doctor took a picture of the baby's body to show my kids I am not crazy when I tell them there is a baby in there.

Ok, who wouldn't be excited to meet this perfect little person?? He looks like Kyleigh to me!

I am in the process of getting pictures developed so I don't have a super recent picture, but this is only about 2 weeks ago. I will try to take another one soon.

Awesome batman masks, they also have capes on!

The fun batman cupcakes I made. Jaxon was SO excited about them!

He wanted to make a superman serious face! What a stud

Fun birthday cake! Again, making the serious face.
Well there is an update. If anyone wants to come over and play let me know. I would love some interaction with others because I rarely see my husband and my children would love others to entertain them besides there boring growing mother;)