This cutie has started to smile and oh my goodness it is the cutest thing ever. I practically have to stand on my head to get a smile out of him so I feel so lucky to have finally captured one with the camera. Even if it was just my cell phone. I can't wait until he smiles all the time! Although he's pretty darn cute even when he's serious.
The kids were so excited to visit Santa. They each took a turn sitting on his lap to tell him what their heart desires for Christmas this year. It was fun watching Lyla visit with Santa. This is the first year that she understands what is going on. She wasn't scared at all. She leaned right in and gave him a big hug! I think all of the kids are on the nice list this year...
Ever since Frozen cam out Ruby has wanted a Frozen Birthday, so that is what she got! It turned out so cute and I think she had a wonderful day filled with lots of Frozen fun! She had some cute little friends come over and they played "pin the nose on Olaf," had a Frozen scavenger hunt, and made snowmen out of glitter playdough. And of course they opened presents and had cake and ice cream! Such a fun afternoon for a fun, girl! Happy 6th birthday Ruby! We love you!
I just love this spunky girl!
I LOVE the way this cake turned out! One of my favorites that I have made for the kids so far!
Snowman making was a hit!
I just love this cute group of friends she has.
Happy Birthday Ruby! May all your wishes come true!
Some more pictures of our sweet boy from our hospital stay. Like I mentioned before, the time I spend in the hospital is so special to me. I love getting to know my new babe. We were lucky that we were able to have the kids come visit him. There was a no children under 14 rule (including siblings) for the entire hospital due to flu season. They were however allowing siblings in the maternity ward until the end of October. We just made it. They kids were so excited to meet their new little brother. They each held him and were instantly in love.
All ready to go home! I think it is so fun dressing up my baby to leave the hospital. And I was dying over his cuteness!
Lyla was the only kid at home when we got home from the hospital and she took advantage to love on her new little brother. She has taken to the role of big sister so well. To say she loves Drake would be an understatement. She cannot stand to be apart from him. She wants to know where he is at all times and loves to snuggle and hug him. I'm not quite sure if he enjoys it as much as she does!
I've been feeling overwhelmed thinking about blogging about the birth of our new little man. I'm not sure why. Maybe because it is such a special day that I hold dear to my heart (as is the birth of all of my babies) or maybe because it wasn't really an eventful birth. Things went smoothly. But I don't want to forget the little details so here it is...the story of Drake's birth.
I spent my entire pregnancy trying to decide on whether or not I wanted to have a natural (pain med free) birth. Some days I did, and some days I didn't. I would think back to my recovery with Lyla and I just knew I wanted to do a natural birth again. Then I would think back to the pain (and the screaming!) and I never wanted to have a natural birth again. I re-read my Hypno-birthing book. I practiced my relaxation breathing. Just in case. Ultimately I thought I would go natural again. Then the end of pregnancy came and I was miserable. I felt huge. I was tired. I was having contractions all the time. I was stressed. I was experiencing the end of pregnancy blahs. I couldn't imagine waiting any longer to go into labor. I found myself almost hoping my blood pressure was high at prenatal visits so that I would have to be induced early. It never was. And that was good. Truthfully I never wanted it to be. I did however test positive for Group B strep. Prior to this birth I had tested positive for this 2 out of 4 kids. With Ruby my delivery was so quick that I didn't have time to have the necessary antibiotics before she was born. This made it so that my new little baby had to have the antibiotics instead of me after she was born. I didn't want Drake to have to have antibiotics too. I have a history of fast labors, each one faster than the last. I was so nervous that if I went into labor on my own, I wouldn't make it to the hospital in time for the antibiotics so I decided I wanted to be induced. And along with that I wanted an epidural too. I really just wanted this special day to be enjoyable. I didn't want to scream. I didn't want to experience a lot of pain. I just wanted my sweet new baby to cuddle in my arms.
So on October 20th, four days before my actual due date Logan and I headed to the hospital at 7:30 in the morning. We checked in. I changed my clothes and the nurse got my IV going and we started the necessary antibiotics. My doctor came in and broke my water. We were hopeful that breaking my bag of waters was all I would need to jump start my body into labor being that this was my 5th baby. We all thought things would go quickly and we'd have a baby by lunch time. I started having contractions, but nothing painful and I wasn't really progressing too quickly at all. Around 10:00 they started me on a small dose of pitocen. Things continued to progress slowly but steadily. An hour later the nurse told me she was going to up the dose of pitocen and I decided to get my epidural at this time before things got crazy. I hate bending over during hard contractions to have the epidural placed so I thought I would eliminate that and get it early. It was the heaviest epidural ever. My legs were so numb. So, so, so numb. And with the epidural I started to feel really light headed and nauseous. I talked to the nurse about it and she reassured me that my blood pressure looked good. Yet I felt awful. For an hour things were this way. Finally after an hour my blood pressure readings were starting to show what my body had been telling me all along. My blood pressure was low. A couple doses of medication and I was golden again. Around 2:00 the nurse checked me and I was at a 6. I was slightly bummed. I thought for sure I would have a baby by this point. But I knew that transition was right around the corner and that I always progress really fast at that point. Just as those thoughts were going through my head the nurse said, well wait...you're at a 9 now! Yay! They called in my doctor and before I knew it it was time to push. It turns out that the baby was posterior, which led to my longer labor. I pushed a couple of times and Drake Christopher Phipps was born at 2:20 pm. I cut the cord and he was suctioned and wiped down and placed in my arms. He was perfect! I was instantly in love.
My initial recovery was slow due to my extremely numb legs, but once I had feeling again (which didn't happen until early the next morning) I felt great. I just love the time I get to spend in the hospital with just Logan and our new baby and this time was no different. I loved the naps and the cuddles that Drake and I shared. Life at home with five kids is busy and crazy to say the least. I treasure the down times where I can cuddle and soak up this newborn stage of life.
We had a great halloween this year. The kids were so excited and have been looking forward to this holiday for over a month now! They all looked great in their costumes and had a blast trick or treating! Both Sophie and Collin went with friends this year and were just about the last trick or treaters out there! Such a fun holiday!
The kids really wanted Logan and I to dress up this year, so Logan decided that we would dress up as each other. He looked fabulous as a pregnant me! It made me laugh every-time I looked at him, and the trick or treaters didn't quite know what to think! It was lots of fun!