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Welcome Blake!

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**Photos by Dave**

Our sweet boy, Blake David, entered the world on 11/18/09! I can’t believe it has already been a week since his birth! We have been snuggled up at home, enjoying having a baby to love on. I had a wonderful birth and was lucky enough to get the drug-free birth that I wanted. It was a CRAZY and SHORT (under 3 hours!) experience and so different from my very long and difficult (ie looooong) birth with Coen. Here is Blake’s birth story!

The afternoon of the 18th I was getting pretty uncomfortable. I kept telling Dave that I though the baby was in a weird position and he was kicking me like a crazy boy. I was working on finishing up a little baby sweater and was just about at the end of it. At about 8pm Dave asked if I thought they were contractions…but I was not convinced because it was more of a constant pain…not a coming and going kind of pain. During one of the pains I decided to feel if my tummy was hard or not (you’d think, being a second time mom, I’d know what a contraction felt like, LOL) and lo and behold…it was a contraction. Still unconvinced I was in real labor, since my tummy was pretty hard anyway (it was stuffed with a full term baby after all) Dave decided to start trying to time the contractions for me. Mind you I was on my very last row of knitting this sweater and I think I told him that I couldn’t be bothered, when he kept asking if I was having a contraction or not. I told him that I would get more serious when I was done with the sweater, LOL.
So Dave went to put Coen to bed and I started timing the contraction more seriously…they were about 5 minutes apart! I went about cleaning the house in preparation to leave for the hospital (still in denial) and the contraction kept getting stronger and stronger…about 45mins later I was SURE that we had to get our booties moving out the door. We got Coen ready (he was SOOOO excited to get to go to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s instead of to bed) and at about 9:20 out the door we went! Unfortunately we were about two minutes into the trip and the gas light came on…I forgot to fill up the tank earlier that day. If anyone has ever had a baby before they probably would agree with me that one of the most difficult positions to be in when you’re having full fledged contraction is sitting in the car. So it was slightly annoying that on top of it we had to stop for gas! I remember saying a bunch of times…just put enough in to get us there! Coen was happily singing songs in the back seat and trying to get me to play a game with him…I was just trying to keep breathing and not freak him out!

We dropped Coen off and got to the hospital at about 10pm (mind you this was only about 2 hours after I half-heartedly thought I MIGHT be in labor). By this time the contractions were UNBELIEVABLE and I was starting to feel a bit of pressure with them. With Coen’s 24+ hour birth as my only experience I was starting to not believe that I would not be able to go very long without any kind of pain relief. We got checked into the hospital and at this point I was shaking so badly from the pain and contractions were about 2.5 minutes apart. The midwife came in and she checked my cervix to see how dilated I was (I was mentally preparing myself to be at about 6cm or so) and she said “Well no wonder your in so much pain…you going to have a baby in a few minutes! I was at 9cm! Bag of waters was still intact! So off I went to the birthing bed…the midwife was guiding me through little pushes while standing at the side of the bed…then a few minutes later I was pushing full force! There is no way to describe the feeling of giving birth…intense, and totally crazy! All of a sudden I see Dave gloving up…and the midwife instructing him on what he should be doing TO DELIVER THE BABY! I could really have cared less what was going on down there at that point to be honest! I was just trying to concentrated on pushing that baby out! Dave got the incredible experience of being able to really deliver his own baby…which was awesome…not just catching, but EVERYTHING…I’ll just leave it at that, LOL! And at 10:57pm, less than 3 hours from when I thought I **could** be in labor…Blake was born! I think my first words were “oh he’s so beautiful!”…with the intensity of the pain I think I kind of forgot that I was going to get a baby out of the whole deal! I was instantly in love! All in all I am SO happy that it was a fast and furious birth…because I’m pretty sure that I would never have been able to last as long as I did with Coen without any meds…and I really wanted to have a natural birth. So thanks Blakey!

So far Blake has been an “easy” baby and only cries when he is hungry. He is nursing GREAT in fact maybe a little too well as he gained about 9oz between his hospital discharge on Friday and his first doctor visit on Monday! I had forgotten how painful it is when your milk “comes in” though! Ouch! I think since Blake had been nursing pretty much non-stop since he was born that my body was pretty convinced that I had given birth to 5 babies…I was FULL of milk.

It’s nice to live in a city that is so natural parenting oriented. The staff at the hospital was GREAT…they do a little happy dance when you say you won’t be circumcizing…suggest co-sleeping with your babe…or delay any unnecessary interventions. So if you ever are having a baby in Seattle…you’ll have to look up Group Health Midwives!

Coen has been a great big brother. He is CONSTANTLY giving kisses and pats to Blake…I can’t wait to watch their interactions together as they grow. Although our bed is getting a little small with all of us trying to stake our own space! It is so sweet to wake up and have little Blake nursing on one side and Coen snuggled up with Daddy on the other. My boys! Sigh!

Phew! That was probably the long post I have ever written!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Still crafting…

…which means, yes, I’m still pregnant. November 16th is my official due date, but I was SURE that I would have had this baby by now. This was my first week of maternity leave…and I have to say that it is so much easier to be home at this point! Coen has loved having me home to snuggle with in the mornings and I have been enjoying not getting up at 6am and rush-rush-rushing around everywhere like I usually do. Next week Dave starts the second part of his furlough…and then he gets an additional 4 weeks of paternity leave! So he’ll be home with us a total of 8 weeks, which is so awesome, I can’t even explain it. When Coen was born he only took 2 weeks off, and by the end of it I was doing my best to convince him that he should just quit his job and stay home with me, LOL! Of course money will be tight…but at least all this crafting energy is turning into some good gifts for the holidays!

I am furiously trying to tempt the labor fates by starting a multitude of baby projects in the hopes that I will never be able to finish them, but alas…
I have had to move onto knitting projects since my ability to lean over fabric on the floor is pretty much gone at this point. Here are some snapshots of some of my handiwork (yes, I realize I am a bit out of control …)

This hat is made with the softest bamboo and alpaca yarn…so cozy for the little babe!
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And of course I had to make a little hat for Coen too…
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A cashmere teddy bear…this was what Coen decide he’d bring for his show and tell day at school (well, until he changed his mind to the monster toy that shoots, lol) it made me so proud!
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This little floor quilt was actually supposed to be just something to practice freehand quilting on…but I like how it turned out! I have a full size quilt in the works…but it will have to wait until this baby is born to be finished…it’s driving me crazy that I can’t go any further with it.
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Coen has been the little crafter himself lately…we get these cool toddler modeling kits from the craft store that come with paint, glue, a brush…all for $1!!! So far we’ve done a cool sail boat and this race car. They are perfect for a three year old…simple, big enough for little hands and enough little parts to keep them busy! He loves them…I stocked up the other day for when the baby arrives…only a $1!!!
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And of course my most important project of all…keeping this baby healthy! My gestational diabetes has stayed in check and the midwife says he’s looking pretty petite…so no 19 pound baby for me! He is so much less active than Coen was when I was pregnant with him…so I have been trying to not worry myself silly. It’ll be interesting to see if he is this quiet after he is born (I have to admit that would be a nice change, LOL!)
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