Monday, July 25, 2011

The Newest Rosenvall

The day we've been anxiously waiting for has finally arrived.  Having had 2 previous c-sections, I have no other choice than to have c-sections from here on out.  I have to say that there's something nice about knowing and planning when I'm going to go in and have my babies.  I knew about 2 months prior that this little boy would make his grand debut on July 25th (my original due date was July 31st) and so the preparing and nesting began. 

My surgery was originally scheduled for 7:30 am, but was later pushed back to 9:30 am.  This made it nice because I was able to check-in at 7:30 instead of 5:30.  The night before was like Christmas Eve as a child.  I could barely sleep as I was so excited for what was to come the next morning (and maybe the fact that I was so uncomfortable it made it hard to sleep). That morning we dropped Mia off at the Brinton's and made our way down to Encinitas and arrived at Labor & Delivery a little before 7:30. 

 I got checked in and they got me settled into my room, administered an IV and started me on fluids. Dr. Langley came in and visited with us as well as the anesthesiologist. I was all set to go. Shortly before 9:30 Dr. Langley came in and said that the surgical assistant didn't show up and so they were trying to get a hold of him to figure out what the deal was. I guess there was a miscommunication with his schedule and so they had to find someone else who could come and assist. An hour later, we were all set to go. The one thing that I really don't look forward to is the spinal block. I really don't like the idea of a big needle being stuck into my spine and then slowly losing feeling from the chest down. The anesthesiologist was amazing and I can honestly say that the whole process was virtuously painless.
At approximately 11:03 am we welcomed our sweet baby boy weighing in at 7 lbs. 9 oz and 20 inches long.  It took us until the 2nd day to name him.  We thought we were set on the name Kaehl, but after seeing him, Kaehl just didn't seem to fit him and so we went with Merek James Rosenvall. He is absolutely perfect and it was love at first sight.  I have to say that we were a little surprised at his size.  I thought for sure I was carrying at least an 8 + lb. baby.
 Because there was a sheet up, I couldn't see anything that was going on and so Bryan was there giving me a play-by-play report. 
 Once he arrived, the nurses took him for his assessment.  I have to say that is the hardest part of having a c-section - not being able to hold my baby immediately.  Once they finished getting him wrapped up, Bryan brought him over to me.  This was the first time I laid my eyes on this sweet bundle of joy.
 The next 4 days I spent in the hospital recovering.  I'm not going to lie, I was ready to go home by the 2nd day, but am glad I took advantage of the time to relax and recover.
 Mia couldn't wait to meet her little brother.  She is constantly giving him kisses and wanting to hold him.
 She's such a proud big sissy.

 We loved having visitors from the Moffats....
 ......and Celine.
 Finally on our way home!!
 Sweet baby Merek.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Sweet Kate

It's hard for me to believe that we have celebrated 4 of Kate's birthdays without her. Over the past 4 years we have celebrated her birthday in various ways.  One thing that I love to do is make a birthday cake.  There's something therapeutic about focusing on something specific that day.  Last year was a polka dot cake, the year before I did a butterfly cake and the year before that I did a ladybug cake.  This year I let Mia choose what kind of cake she would want for her big sister and she told me "a Hello Kitty cake."  So, Hello Kitty it was. 

 Last year we let off balloons at the beach; one balloon representing each year.  It's hard for me to believe that she would've turned 5-years-old this year.  We will be making this an annual tradition as it is something very sweet and special to us. 

Happy Birthday sweet Kater Bugs.  You are missed each and every day!
We love you!!!
~Your Loving Family

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July, Friends and a False Alarm

I think I can count on one hand how many times I have not been in Fillmore for the 4th of July and this year is one of  those times.  With me being 3 weeks away from having this baby, we figured it was probably a good idea to stick around here.  We love having visitors and were so glad to have the Lairds stay with us for a couple of days.  Our weekend consisted of parades, beach, eating, beach, fireworks, beach and a trip to labor and delivery (thank goodness it was just a false alarm).

Oceanside had their annual parade on Saturday this year and so we headed to the PCH to check it out.  It was a decent parade considering there was no candy throwing.  It definitely didn't compare to a good old fashion Fillmore parade.  Here's Mia being patriotic.
 The Lairds arrived on Saturday night and on Sunday we drove to Coronado and spent the evening at the beach.
 Crazy Girls
 Cute little Delaney

 As I mentioned above, I spent a couple hours in Labor & Delivery on July 4th.  I don't know what it is about me being in the hospital the last 2 holidays, but thank goodness it was a false alarm.  Lacey and Nate were good sports taking the girls to the CRAZY packed beach while Bryan and I were in the hospital.  I was released in the early afternoon and we were able to get in some quality beach time.
 Mia and Maddy in their matchy, matchy bathing suits.
 Sand castle fun
 Later that night we hit the firework show in San Marcos.

Three cheers for the Red, White & Blue!!!