Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Clara is 2 Weeks Now

I can't believe she is already two weeks old. It seems like I just had her and now she is approaching one month. Initially I thought that Clara might be my calm and quiet baby, but maybe not so much. This one is fiesty. Clara is most content when she is nursing and by that I mean suckeling. She will get her fill, but then she wants to just lay by me and suckle. I usually have to wait for her to fall asleep while nursing then lay her down in a tight swaddle. She prefers her bouncer with the vibration mode turned on. In fact, I have resorted to laying her in her bouncer at night which I swore I wouldn't do. I wanted her to get use to a bed-like surface so that she would be content sleeping just about anywhere. I am still working on developing a routine with Clara and once that is established I think we will all feel better. Last night she slept for two three hour stints... yay Clara!!!

We had Clara's two week check-up today and found out that she is in the 90th percentile for height, weight and head circumference. Clara is now 22 inches long and 9 lbs 8 ozs.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I Love My Little Girls

I love them so much. Aiyana likes to point at her little sister a lot. So whenever we ask her to give Clara a kiss, we usually end up with a toddler finger in Clara's face. Sometimes Aiyana will give her kisses in the air. They were both in great moods for pictures and thanks to my mom's wonderful idea of laying them next to one another, I got some good shots in their Little Sister/Big Sister shirts.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Clara Elizabeth

Clara Elizabeth Cummings

Thursday evening I could tell that the baby had dropped significantly and I was extremely uncomfortable throughout the night. Starting sometime after midnight I found myself waking up every 15-20 minutes. I couldn’t tell if I was waking up due to feeling so uncomfortable or if it was because my stomach was very mildly contracting, I had many sporadic contractions in the weeks prior. My alarm went off at 5:45 am and I contemplated not going into work and starting my maternity leave early. I was so uncomfortable and I knew that the baby would be here any day. My mom was due to arrive in Phoenix at 3:30 pm that day. I decided to stick it out and get ready for work. I was determined that my maternity leave would start when the baby was actually here. So I got ready for work and got Aiyana ready for daycare. I went downstairs to eat breakfast just before 7:00 am and I felt a cramp in my lower stomach. I thought that I might have to go to the restroom, but I didn’t have to go. While I was in the restroom I shouted out to Dana that I thought I was in labor. I said to go ahead and take Aiyana to daycare and then head back home so we could go to the hospital. I called a co-worker to let them know I wouldn’t be coming into work and I had another contraction while I was on the phone. Dana decided to take Aiyana to daycare and head into work anyway since I wasn’t certain if I was actually in labor. So he left and loaded up the car and right then I had another very powerful contraction. Dana hadn’t even pulled out of the garage and I called him and said “you will be coming right back here!!!”. So he left to take Aiyana to daycare and I continued to have extremely powerful contractions that didn’t seem to subside. I stumbled around the house gathering my things. I was starting to become immobile and thought that I might just have to sit tight and have the baby at home. I frantically called Dana and all I could mutter, over and over, was “please get home, please get home, please get home…”. A few minutes later Dana pulled up and I had managed to throw everything by the garage door. We loaded up and headed to the hospital around 7:30 am. I had a hold of a handle by the passenger door as we fought morning rush hour traffic the entire way. I still couldn’t feel the contractions subside much, but I thought that they might be anywhere from a minute to sometimes two minutes apart. I started to cry knowing that my window of opportunity for an epidural was quickly fading. We pulled up to Banner Good Samaritan Hospital sometime around 8:00 am, or just before. Dana wheeled me up to the OB triage desk to check in. The poor lady behind the counter couldn’t type fast enough to get my information. Bless her heart, she worked quickly. I was rushed to pre-delivery, weighed and put on a contraction monitor. I begged for the epidural. The nurse checked me and I was dilated to 8 cm and I was fully effaced. They tried to start an IV so I could get the epidural, but the nurse couldn’t get the needle in. They decided to wheel me off to delivery. Sometime around 8:15 am I was in the delivery room and another nurse was attempting to put in an IV. Finally success, but I was told I needed the whole bag of fluids prior to getting the epidural… “what????” I watched as the IV slowly dripped behind me and I knew there was no way I was getting the epidural, but I continued to beg. My OB, Dr Thompson, peered around the curtain and that provided some relief since my birth with Aiyana went so smoothly and she was terrific with my previous labor. I once again asked for an epidural and my OB finally broke it to me that it wasn’t going to happen. She said “Sweetie… two pushes and she will be out”. “No, no, no… I didn’t want it to happen this way”. “Can I at least have some pain medication?” “No” I was told, “It will go right to the baby at this stage”. I was instructed to push with each contraction, so I did. Little did I know just how much more intense the pain would become. I pushed for maybe ten minutes and part of that time the pain was so severe I thought that I might pass out. Once I grasped the fact that this was the way that the baby would be coming into this world, I pushed with everything I had to get it over with. Clara Elizabeth was born at 8:51 am, less than two hours after my labor began. She is beautiful with a full head of black hair. I love her so much and she is such a good little baby.

Welcome home little Clara Elizabeth, mommy and daddy love you so much!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Aiyana is 17 Months

This little one is going to be a big sister soon and it will probably be before she turns 18 months. Awe... It is sad to think that this might be my last monthly posting where it is all about Aiyana. With that being said... I am very excited to see our new baby girl even if it means that Aiyana will not be my one and only. They will both be special in their own way and I just hope I have enough love and energy to go around.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Aiyana's New Room

Check out Aiyana's new Princess frog room in pink and sage. I didn't do much with the nursery, in the way of decorating, before Aiyana was born so I decided to do something nice for her new room since her sister will be joining us soon.

New Years Eve - Insight Bowl Game

Our family had the opportunity to go to the Insight Bowl Game on New Years Eve thanks to Dana's brother giving us free tickets to the game. It was an awesome opportunity because my family's team, Iowa State University, was playing. So we sported our ISU colors and cheered them on. They won... YAY!!!

Here's a video of ISU's first touchdown at the game.