Friday, June 23, 2017

Meet Olivia Juliet!

We had a baby! Obviously lots of parts of the last year and a half are missing and I'll do my best to blog about them over the next few months but for now, this one seemed the most important to document. 

We had a normal day, had put Kellan to bed just like every other day, hung out for a while, then I headed to bed around 9:30-10. I was painfully awoken about 11:15 with a contraction. I had been having alllll the braxton hicks contractions for days and days but this was my first real one. I took note, but didn't alert Hunter yet - just in case it was a fluke. About 15 minutes later came another one. This is when I started the contraction timer pictured below. I also warned Hunter (who had yet to go to bed) that it might be a long night, but was still slow to believe I was actually in labor. 

Although quite painful, contractions were sporadic and when it jumped from 7 minutes in between back up to 12 (contractions 7 and 8 for reference) I told Hunter this was probably just a warm up and that we should try to go to bed because it likely wasn't happening despite the fact that my app told me it was a good idea to head to the hospital (ha!). However, the next contraction was suuuuper intense and resulted in me throwing up afterwards. The point that I started throwing up with Kellan was real, active labor, so that concerned me. That contraction wasn't really 3 minutes long, but I didn't stop the timer until I wasn't throwing up anymore. We waited a couple more contractions, which were much quicker at this point, then called our help to come sleep on our couch while we went to the hospital. Thank goodness for having friends in our apartment complex!

While they were a little more sporadic, the jump to much closer together happened alllll of a sudden and it was a good thing we headed in when we did. The last contraction recorded is the point at which we arrived at the hospital and were filling out papers and answering questions in between contractions. 

We arrived at the hospital around 1:30 am. I was taken back quickly and by the time they checked my progression around 1:45 I was already dilated to a 6 with the baby in a zero position. We were shocked to say the least and realized things were going muuuuch quicker than they did the first time around. It took a little while to move from triage to labor and delivery and I was beyond ready for an epidural by the time I got there. They quickly drew my blood, started my IV, and got the penicillin going (group B strep positive). Since I work at the hospital I delivered at, I called the lab and had them expedite by CBC because I needed drugs! haha. They were prompt and Anesthesia showed up quickly as well. Placing my epidural was a different story however. The whole process probably took 30 minutes and sitting up, not moving, and hunching over your belly is probably the WORST position to be in while contracting - which I was doing every 3 minutes like clock work. When they finally did get it in it was very left sided - as in my left foot was numb and I could still feel everything on the right side. They adjusted it a little, which seemed to help, but it was still left sided. They left me with instructions to lay on my right side to help the medication flow over there. My body had different plans however. The nurse was very anxious to recheck my progress because baby had started having early decels - an indication she was down and in position to be delivered. Sure enough, she thought I was fully dilated and ready to go and quickly sent for my doctor - actually the on call doctor for my practice because who likes to have babies at normal hours when your actual doctor can deliver?? Not me apparently. 

I saw Dr. Yunas for the first time (about 5 minutes after my nurse went to get her) around 4 am. She checked me, and sure enough I was fully dilated and baby was at a +1. She broke my water and asked if I was ready to start pushing. I hadn't quite felt the urge yet and was still trying to process the fact that I was already at that point so I told her we could wait until I felt the urge. She left to get a delivery cart and let my epidural take a little bit and by the time she got back I was definitely ready to push. 

So, they set up the bed and with the next contraction I pushed. I only had to push through two contractions before baby made her appearance - twisting the whole way out. She had been squirming and moving the entire time I was in labor so I can't say I was surprised that she just kept moving right up through delivery. 

And just like that, at 4:32 am on Saturday, May 20, 2017 Olivia Juliet Paddock was born weighing 8 lbs even and measuring 21 inches long. 

I feel like I looked so put together in my pictures post Kellan, which I definitely do comparatively, haha. Something about having a 15 hour labor vs. a 5 hour labor gives you time to put on your makeup, take a nap, hang out. None of those things happen when you only have 5 hours from start to finish. 

 That's alright though, I think I would choose the fast labor if I got a choice in the matter. The only "what if" I have after this labor is that I BARELY had time for my epidural to take effect which makes me wonder if I could have done it all without one? I got very close to doing so. I was NOT about to continue on in pain for several more hours, but I wonder if I could have handled it for the 45 minutes or so that were medicated. 

And here are a few more pictures for documentation's sake:

Nothing like starting your life with a newborn by pulling an all-nighter the night before. Sorry about that, haha.

Sooo precious and tiny.

 We started the bow wearing early around here!

Hunter went home shortly after we were moved to the Mom/Baby Unit to try and be there before Kellan woke up. We didn't want him to be completely surprised when he woke up not having mom or dad there and suddenly having a sister. In my perfect world I would have been able to tell him we were going in to have a baby, buuuut things rarely go exactly as you would like them to. Hunter got home about 7 am, 10 minutes or so after Kellan woke up. He hung out with him for a little while then dropped Kell off with the same people who watched him while he was sleeping and came back to the hospital. In the evening, Hunter went home and brought Kellan to meet his sister for the first time. He was and continues to be super sweet with her for the most part. It has truly been joy watching him be a big brother. 

Too bad all the headbands we had were too small for her tiny newborn head. We tried anyway, haha.

Welcome, Olivia! We are so happy to have you here safe and sound and are blessed to have you as a part of our family!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

We Made It!!

There was a large gap in my last post: Graduation!
I figured it deserved it's own post.

The day we have all been waiting for these last 27 months finally came and went. Graduation itself happened at 2 pm - right during nap time - so we were a little concerned but Kellan was awesome! Both sets of parents came out for this momentous occasion and we were all really able to enjoy it. It all seemed a little surreal but as time has passed has become a little more real. We have plenty of documentation and don't want to lose any of the pictures so here they all are!

The clapping may have been what carried Kellan through, haha. He loooooved it and still wants to watch videos of "Kellan clapping."

We are pleased to be able to say Hunter has officially graduated from Yale University with an MMSC. He is officially a Physician Associate. We can also say at this point that he passed his boards as well! We love and are so proud of you Hunter Paddock, PA-C. I can't wait to start this next - and hopefully slightly less crazy - phase of our life!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Final Stretch

This part of life still fits into the nomadic phase, but deserves it's own post so here goes! After Kellan and I toured the country for 7 weeks we ended up back in New Haven with Hunter for 4 weeks. By some stroke of luck every single thing fell back into place and I was able to work part time (allowing for our 1 car situation to work out), Kellan was able to go back to daycare 3 days a week, and we made it through with only 1 car.

Our baby is turning into such a little boy! He looooves all things playground, balls, bikes, and running. Here he is on the slide at daycare:

Hunter and I were able to get away for a day shortly after I returned. Hunter had the whole thing planned out and we were able to go the Manhattan Temple (for sure a bucket list item), see Hunger Games, and go to Morimoto for dinner (another bucket list item).

So. Much. Good. Food.

It was an unseasonable warm fall/early winter in New England and we definitely took advantage of that. Despite the fact that our dogs stayed with my parents in Parowan, Kellan and I went on a walk and/or bike ride almost every single day. 

We were able to celebrate Kellan's second birthday while out there as well! That was a large part of why we made an effort to come back to CT for a few weeks. We didn't make too big of a deal out of it but did have cupcakes, have a couple friends over, and opened a lot more presents than either of us anticipated (haha). Kellan still goes around calling all cupcakes "happy doth-day pupcakes". It's pretty adorable. 

It's been fun to watch him learn and grow more and more. He keeps trying so much to be just like the adults around him. One of the latest developments is dipping in sauce, grilled cheese in tomato soup. 

This often ends in a much larger mess for me, buuuut is a lot of fun to watch.

We were also able to go to the PA Program's Christmas Party for the third and final time. We took the same picture that we've taken 3 times now but something was just extra sweet about this one. 

I also officially gave my notice at work as we left New Haven a week after graduation and the day Hunter took his boards. It was bittersweet and a huge leap of faith since there is no job secured yet. We do however look forward to being able to spend time with both of our families and relax for a few weeks. 

Our final Saturday (we left on a Monday) we went to find our favorite food trucks (Caseus Cheese Truck, and Sugar Cupcakes) at a little garden area in Branford. Lucky for us there was a little party going on including train rides and Santa! Needless to say, the Train went over SO MUCH BETTER than meeting Santa did. We are still trying to convince Kell that Santa is nice not scary. Hopefully he'll grasp that concept by next December, haha. And to be clear, meeting Santa entailed Santa walking past about 10 feet away and saying "Hi!". That was when the world ended. Oh to be 2.

Our trek back west this time around involved a couple of airplanes instead of a car, thank goodness! Kellan really is at the point that he loves all things about flying on an airplane. He's really, really well behaved and looks forward to the experience. I think we may have crossed a barrier here and have made it out of the rough period to fly with him - I may eat my words at a later date, but will hold my ground on that for now. haha. 

Part of loving all things airplane means NOOOO nap. It usually works out okay because he's fascinated with everything going on but this time around resulted in him passing out on take off on our connecting flight that started at bedtime. It was pretty adorable and only lasted about 45 minutes before he woke up. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Nomadic Life

Things started to get really interesting for us in the end of September. At this point our stay in Middletown was up. Hunter was in Manhattan and Kellan and I became nomadic - literally. My dad came out to help us pack up all of our belongings into a POD for an indefinite amount of time and after a couple intensive days of packing, we started the long drive back to Utah.

Kell was such a good sport through the whole process. We ended up leaving a lot later than we wanted - which meant nap time was greatly delayed for Kellan. At one point he just laid on the kitchen floor and said "night, night". He didn't actually go to sleep, but likely would have if we weren't being so noisy around him.

We made sure to take the bus with us on our trek and Kellan made sure that we let him ride it every night in every hotel.

Our third day of travel landed us in Iowa! Luckily it was still early enough in the season that we were able to enjoy some Sugarbowl Ice Cream.

We spent a couple days at Grandma's house, played outside, and went on walks. It was a much needed respite from all the time spent in the car.

Kellan loved Leo and Ming! They loved him too. It was too cute to watch.

Once back on the road again, Kellan had to find other ways to entertain himself - like trying to fit in the fridge at hotels. haha.

Finally, after a couple more days of travel, we made it to Denver! Kellan and I stayed in Denver for 10 days and my dad took the car and dogs back to Utah. Our stay in Denver was filled with all sorts of fun things! Some of those things included finger painting with Aunt Camy,

watering the plants with Vovo,

playing at the park and climbing on dinosaurs,

going for a hay ride (I promise he enjoyed it - he was just soooo tired at this point, haha),

watching some of Zaiden's favorite TV shows,

going to the Butterfly Museum (boo-fly! boo-fly!!),

playing in the house that Aunt Camy built,

and my personal favorite - The Children's Museum! They had so many cool things and Kellan absolutely loved every single section. If we lived in Denver we would for sure have annual passes.

We also hit up the Denver Museum of Nature and Science - which went over a little better than than the Peabody, haha. 

We also went to the zoo! 

We finally made our way out to Utah! Just in time for my cousin's baby shower - where Kellan got to play with her little boy, Rupert, who is only about 5 months older than him. They were a riot to watch play together.

After that we continued onto Parowan where Uncle Kurt was quick to give Kellan a tour of the firestation - which was a guaranteed big hit.

We did go back to Delta one more time where Kellan spent more time with Rupert and had a grand time.

A trip to Utah wouldn't be complete without visiting the Bothwell's! It was so fun to see Kellan and Cora together again - and know that they remembered each other.

Since we were out west with not a lot on our plate, we decided to visit my brother in Idaho! I'd never been to his house before or anywhere in the area, really, so it was so much fun to finally have the opportunity. Luckily, my mom and Brit and Landon were able to join us and we had a mini family reunion.

We were able to visit Teton Pass where Kenny and Kate are to be married in October as well as where they will be having their reception, Grand Targhee, and Jackson.

Kellan and Landon really do seem to like each other even if pictures are never able to accurately portray that.

Oh, hi, welcome to life with an active 2 year old. haha.

Once back in Utah, we made a stop at the Pumpkin patch which happened to have wagons and a petting zoo which made all of Kellan's toddler dreams come true.

After visiting the Museum in Denver and having Kellan in that astronaut suit I was sure that was what he needed to be for Halloween. He was particularly fond of the hat. 

We went on another hay ride at the ward Halloween party

and attempted trick or treating at the neighbor's houses with Grandpa.

Kellan loved playing in the piles of leaves as my parents cleaned them up.

Another big event was the Las Vegas Ragnar! 

First Ragnar without my husband and the second with my mom.

Since it was our second of the year, and Vegas Ragnar + any other Ragnar = deuces wild, we double medaled!! That, if for no other reason, was why I ended up participating. haha.

Towards the end of our stay in Parowan we cut Kellan's hair. I had been putting it off the entire time we were on tour but it finally had to be done. It was just to the point of being a snarly mess every morning and Kellan was none to pleased with my attempts to brush through it. I fully anticipated a freak-out-require-three-people-to-hold-the-toddler-down-while-the-barber-cuts-his-hair kind of experience buuuut Kellan completely surprised us all and was a perfect angel through the whole thing! He didn't move or flinch at all! Doesn't he look handsome??

Our last day in Parowan we went to the drag races! It was just like old times in my childhood. Kellan was mostly concerned about the "ambulance lights" but did get into the fast cars a couple times. 

Before flying back to CT we spent a couple days up north. One of those morning was occupied with a trip to the aquarium with Marci and Cora!

This was the best we could do to get a picture of these two together. haha. Every other attempt ended in a "no" from one, the other, or both of them.

We spent the bulk of those last days with the Cardoso's! True to form Kellan and Landon wouldn't take a good picture together. Better to have something than nothing though, right??

A major other thing to note is that during this time Kellan greatly increased his vocabulary. He went from speaking very minimally to speaking more often than not to turning into a little parrot - which is where we still sit now. He will say more words and knows what most things mean/refer to. His sentence structure isn't quite there yet but gets closer and closer each passing day. It is SO FUN to finally be able to communicate more effectively with him and see him learning in leaps and bounds. Poor Hunter went from seeing a barely talking baby to being greeted again with a toddler that has his own language that takes a while to completely understand if you aren't surrounded by it all the time. 

While we were really able to make the best of our nomadic situation for these couple of months, it was such a relief to be able to fly back to New Haven and be with Hunter again. Life is definitely better when your spouse is there every day - and not just on the phone or FaceTime.