Introducing…

Audra
4/28/10
6 lbs 7 oz
20 in
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Just a bunch of ramblings

So I was supposed to have my last doctor’s appointment this morning. I checked the weather last night and noticed that it was supposed to snow, but only a couple inches. I absolutely dread driving in the snow, but I’ll do it if I have to. So we drop Kevin off at work and head to the mall to walk around before my appointment. This doesn’t feel all that great, but it might help, right? So after a while I get a phone call telling me that my appointment has been cancelled due to an emergency c-section the doctor had to perform. Of course, I immediately start to tear up, because I look forward to my appointments to see if I’ve made any progress. I got over it, and drive home. It’s snowing like crazy! I get so stressed driving in the snow, and today was no exception. I even told Kevin that I may not be able to pick him up today, so he’ll have to find a ride home.
I can honestly say (even though I thought I never would) that I hope I don’t go into labor today. Cause then I’d have to brave the snow again.
The End. I know, you were expecting some point to that story, sorry to disappoint. Just me rambling today.

On another note, I thought it would be fun to start a new kind of post. A few years ago I graduated as a cosmetologist from the Toni & Guy Academy. I’ve got all these fun tips and tricks rolling around in my head, relating to beauty and such. So I might post one every once in a while. If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me and I will do my best to answer. I’ll probably post one tomorrow.

Tackle it Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I don’t know why I’ve been avoiding this for so long, but I finally assembled and took pictures of all the things I need to sell. So glad that’s done. And two are already spoken for! I’m hoping to make enough money to get the boys a bunk bed.

Parker’s Birth Story

Just a warning: this birth story is a bit more graphic than Hayden’s was. 
Parker Thomas Jensen
6 lbs 13 oz
19 ½ in
September 5th, 2008
6:30 am: We arrive at the hospital to be induced. After 3 tries (and two bruises), I got an IV and got hooked up to the monitors.
8:00am: Pitocin and Penicillin are started. (The Penicillin for GBS) The Penicillin makes my arm hurt so I get a heat pack, which helps a little.
9:00am: Doctor H arrives and breaks my water- ouch!
10:00am: I get an epidural- sweet relief.
10:20am: Kevin leaves to take a quiz at school. I am dilated to about a 4.
11:05am: I am feeling the contractions more, the nurse checks and I am dilated to 8-9. Mom calls Kevin- tells him not to dawdle. Nurse calls Doctor H.
11:30am: I am feeling a lot of pressure and painful contractions. The nurse checks again, and I am almost complete. Mom calls Kevin again, tells him to get here now!
11:40am: Kevin is here, and I start pushing. I am feeling it a lot more than I did with Hayden, so we think the epidural isn’t working as well. The doctor isn’t here yet, but I can’t not push- it feels so much better to push through the contractions. They try to get the on call doctor, but he is in surgery.
11:56am: Parker is born!  He is delivered by the nurses; the doctor couldn’t get here in time. I got a second degree tear; the nurses said they weren’t allowed to give me an episiotomy, so I tore a little. He was quite blue when he came out, and Kevin didn’t get to cut the cord because they had to take him over to the warmer right away. Luckily, he pinked up pretty quickly.
Doctor H arrived just after the birth. The nurse was massaging my stomach, trying to help the placenta out, but it didn’t come out until a few minutes after the doctor took over.  Part of the placenta was still inside, so Doctor H had to manually extract it. I started feeling light headed, and my ears started ringing. Everyone sounded so far away. Apparently I was losing a lot of blood (scared Kevin when he came in and saw blood all over the floor around the bed). I ended up needing a blood transfusion, I lost too much. I was sort of out of it for the next several hours, drifting in and out of sleep. After receiving my blood transfusion I started feeling much better. 
Parker is a really mellow baby. He sleeps a lot.  I am in less pain than I was Hayden, I am just having some uncomfortable cramping.  
 Parker- looking a little beat up after the birth : )

Why am I so ready for bedtime?

The kid’s bedtime, not mine…
Let me count the ways:

2 skeins of yarn unraveled through the house

1 jug of milk (not full- thankfully) spilled on the kitchen floor

8 pairs of shoes strewn about the baby’s room

1 Christmas wreath, with the beads pulled off

2 little boys who don’t know what to do with themselves while mommy has to rest

1 husband at the end of tax season (aka- not here, ever)

1 heating pad waiting for my aching back

The End.

Guess

Guess how much I bought these for. Go ahead- guess. (fyi- there are 8 pairs)
Four dollars. Nice, right? My sister and I went to Walmart to get some left over Easter candy (and thought I was going to have the baby right then and there, but that’s a different story). On our way out, the cashier told us they had shoes on sale for $.50 each. Sweet! So we went and stocked up. With these shoes, and the ones given to me already for baby girl, I’m pretty sure she has more pairs than I do. Sad.
We were waiting to check out (for the 2nd time) when the lady in front of us turned around and said “I just have to ask. Do you have a shoe fetish?” I laughed, and assured her I didn’t. I guess it did look funny, me standing there with 8 pairs of shoes hanging from my fingers.

Hayden’s Birth Story

In anticipation of my upcoming birth, I decided to go back and read my birth stories from the boys. Here is Hayden’s; I’ll post Parker’s later this week (his was a little more eventful than Hayden’s).
Hayden was born on November 7th, 2006 at 12:57am. 
I was scheduled to be induced on Monday, the 6th. They wanted me to come in the night before, so we called around 5pm on Sunday to see if we could come in. They said they would call us back when a bed was available. We got the call around 11:00pm. 
We got there around midnight and they put a pill on my cervix to soften it. (I was hardly dilated) They continued to put the pill on my cervix until about 4:00 in the afternoon on Monday, when Doctor H decided to break my water to speed things up. I got an epidural, (when I’m not quite sure), that took away the pain almost immediately. I was so afraid to get it, because I am not a fan of big needles. But it was completely worth it. I continued to labor (somewhat comfortably) until 12:15am or so, when I was completely dilated. 
Right before I was complete, I started feeling a lot of pressure and some pain, which scared me so I kept pushing the button for the epidural to get more medicine. So when it came time to push, my left leg was completely numb! Oops. I was lucky enough to get a great nurse who helped me push really well. 
Hayden was born at 12:57am, Kevin got to cut the cord (he said it was hard to cut, kind of rubbery and gross). I had to have an episiotomy, which seemed to take quite a few stitches to sew up. My mom and sister were able to attend the birth; mom helped hold my leg while I pushed.
My recovery was pretty hard, but luckily I was able to stay at mom’s house for a couple of weeks. 

Blah

That’s about how I feel now. I haven’t been posting much, because I haven’t been feeling well. I am hoping to be feeling better in the next few weeks, after this little girly decides to make her appearance. Until then, don’t expect too much from me : )

Interview with Hayden

What’s your name?
Hayden

Okay, what’s your long name, your full name?
Hay-den (drawing it out)

How old are you?
3 (holds up 3 fingers)

What is your favorite food?
Applesauce and bananas

What is your favorite thing to do?
Ummm… climb up a wall, like an ant

Who is your brother?
Pako (giggle…I was just kidding)

What’s in mommy’s tummy?
A baby, a girl

What name should we call her?
Computer. Ummm, how about food? (giggle)

What do you like to do with daddy?
Work with him, scare him, say raarrrggh to him

What do you want to be when you grow up like daddy?
An acrobat and a spider, and an ant and climb like a jaguar

What are you going to do when you’re five?
I’m going to be in school when I’m five. I think we’re done playing this game.

Well there you have it,I guess we’re done. Hope you enjoyed it!

General Conference Thoughts

General Conference this weekend was just wonderful. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to enjoy it so much more every year. And now that I have kids, I am grateful that you can go back and watch talks you may have missed. I especially love hearing Sister Julie Beck speak. She doesn’t sugar coat things, and always has great advice. This was my favorite part of her talk: (may not be verbatim)

“We are doing well when we:
  • Develop attributes of Christ and strive to obey His Gospel with exactness
  • Seek to improve ourselves and do our best
  • Increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes and seek out and help others who are in need
  • Live so that we qualify for, receive and know how to follow the Spirit

When we have done our very best, we may still experience disappointments, but we will not be disappointed with ourselves.”
Wonderful. Now it’s just a matter of taking what I’ve learned and implementing it. Not as easy as it sounds.
What was your favorite part of Conference?