Sunday, May 20, 2012

Eliza's Preschool Graduation

Eliza still has one more day of preschool, but they had their "graduation" ceremony last week.  I am blaming it on the leftover pregnancy hormones - but I was a little emotional during the program.  I can't believe my baby is going to be in Kindergarten in the fall!  But at the same time, I'm so excited for her and so excited that she is going to be in a half day program and that she won't have school on Fridays.  She is my biggest helper at home!

Anyway, back to the preschool graduation program!  The two preschool classes sang us a bunch of songs that briefly covered all the different areas that they learned this year.  I will try and update a video later because it was adorable!  After the singing part, the kids were able to walk across the stage and get their "preschool graduation diploma" and take a picture with their teacher.   Afterwards we headed to their classroom for treats and to pick up all their school projects that had been hanging in the room.  Eliza's teachers (Mrs. Roth and Mrs. Shade) were amazing this year and Eliza made tons of new friends and learned a lot.  We just have a family picnic this week and then school is out for the summer!

Asher's First Bath at Home

Watching Asher get a bath is a family adventure.  The girls both have to be right there to watch it happen!  We took pictures of his first bath at home and he wasn't happy about it because he had to get a sponge bath and he doesn't like being cold.  Since his umbilical cord fell off, bath time is a much happier event since he can be in warm water.

The First Couple Weeks of Asher's Life

This little guy is really loved!  There is no shortage of people wanting to hold him.  Chloe is obsessed with him and we have to make sure we watch her carefully because she isn't quite gentle yet and wants to poke and prod him and has accidentally hit and kicked him already.  Eliza is super sweet with him and always asks to hold him and washes her hands and will hold him for 30 seconds and then be done (she was the same way when Chloe was born).  But she loves to just sit and watch him and is a big help in grabbing things for me when I can't do it!

I've been trying to take a picture of Asher every single day for a month.  I mainly want to make sure that as the 3rd child - he still has plenty of pictures!  And also, babies change so much in a short time and I want to be able to document it.  He makes a lot of funny faces so pictures are entertaining!  He doesn't really look like our girls did as babies - he actually resembles my side (the White side) a lot more than the Bodine side and his baby pictures look a lot like my brothers.

Asher is still a really good baby.  He hardly cries (mainly when his diaper is being changed) and is growing quickly (he put on a pound in a week!).  He got a cold at 5 days old and still has a stuffed up nose and hardly even fusses when I use the bulb syringe on him.   Asher can sleep just about anywhere and through most everything and I am hoping it stays that way!

Monday, May 07, 2012

First Bath in the Hospital

After the little scare of Asher turning blue and needing to get his stomach cleaned out a little bit, it was time for him to get his first bath.  I was still pretty numb from the epidural so I had to watch from my bed while my aunt took pictures.

Asher Meeting The Family

Shortly after Asher was born, Rob called my aunt Kelley and asked her to bring the girls over to meet their new baby brother.  My brother Kevin had gotten into town the night before so they all came over.  They got over so quickly that there wasn't even time to give Asher his bath until they showed up!   Chloe asked a million questions and didn't really figure out right away that it was her baby brother that was in the room.  Eliza loved seeing Asher but was a little scared to hold him at first.  But eventually Asher was cleaned up and bathed and everyone took turns holding him.  

Introducing Asher Warren Bodine!

On Friday morning, we had our alarms set bright and early for 5:30 a.m.  I was scheduled to be induced at 6:30 that morning.  Luckily Rob woke up at at 5 a.m. and it woke me up because a few minutes later our power went out!  We've lived in the same house for 19 months and our power has never gone out - so go figure it goes out the morning that I needed it... Fortunately I was mostly packed and ready to go to the hospital.  I just took a quick shower by flashlight and got ready as best as I could and we headed off to the hospital at 6:15 a.m.

The hospital was ready for us and we were shown directly to our room and I was given the gown to change into and registration people came directly into our room and got it all squared away really quickly.  The nurse came in and started on all the vitals and Dr. Baer came in and explained what he wanted to do.  Since I was positive with the group B strep test this time around, they wanted 4 hours of the antibiotics in me before I delivered.  So the plan was to start the antibiotics around 7:30 through the IV and then around 9:30 they would start the Pitocin induction and then Dr. Baer would be back around 1 p.m. to break my water.

It was a pretty long morning of waiting!  I got my epidural right before they started the Pitocin and I was just at a 3.  So watched some television, read some magazines and tried to nap but all of those are hard to do when you know what is going to be coming up soon.  About 1 p.m. I was getting really restless and antsy and Dr. Baer was taking forever to show up!  They hadn't checked me since I got my epidural but I didn't feel like I was anywhere close to having the little guy.  I could feel a lot of the contractions so I had get my epidural turned up a little bit.  Dr. Baer finally arrived a couple minutes before 2 p.m. to break my water.  I was only at a 6 at this point but warned him that I would probably go pretty fast after he broke my water.  He told me he wanted me to be ready to push in 15 minutes. Well 20 minutes later, I was at a 10 and ready to go (see - if he had just broken my water EARLIER!).... and they started getting everything ready.  3 quick pushes later, the baby boy was out and crying!

Dr. Baer stitched me up pretty quickly and I asked the nurse to get him checked out really quick while I was finishing up with the rest of the delivery.  Asher scored 9's on the Apgars (sp?) and weighed 6 lbs 12 ounces (my biggest baby yet!) and was 20 inches long.  I was a little worried about how he would do in this really high elevation but his lungs were great!   He latched on right away after I got him and was doing great when I started noticing he was turning a little blue.  He apparently forgot to breathe for a minute and the nurse thought he had swallowed a lot of stuff - so they stuck a tube down to his stomach and pumped stuff out and handed him right back over.  Other than some gagging over the next 24 hours, Asher was and continues to be a perfect newborn.  Lots of sleeping, pooping/peeing, and eating!  He HATES getting his diaper changed but that's really the only time we hear him cry.  Such a good little boy!  Hope he forgives me for how many times I have referred to him as a girl though after having two baby girls before him.....