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My Baby Was Barely A Baby!!

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I feel really cheated. With Gus being born early it seemed like it took forever for him to be a “baby” Then all of a sudden he’s not a baby anymore. He no longer eats baby food, he doesn’t sit in the bouncy seat, he refuses to use the exersaucer, he’s out of the infant car seat and now rear facing in the convertible car seat and I just packed away the baby bathtub 😥 In 2 weeks my “baby” will be one. Where has th time gone??

(I don’t really feel cheated, I cherish every moment with my children. This was just an observation on how un-baby my baby has been 😆 )

Birth Stats

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I read a post over at Too Many Kids…. about birth stats. I thought it would be neat to do my own 😉

Baby #1
Gender: Boy
Due date: Feb. 9, 1995
Birthdate: Feb. 16, 1995
Delivery Type: normal (not c-section)
Epidural: Yes
labor: 17 hours
Birth time: 3:22 am
Birth weight: 8 lbs. 9 oz.
Height: 20 inches

Baby #2
Gender: Boy
Due date: July 31, 1996
Birthdate: Aug. 7, 1996
Delivery Type: normal (not c-section)
Epidural: Yes
labor: 11 hours
Birth time: 5:28 am
Birth weight: 8 lbs. 7 oz.
Height: 20 inches

Baby #3
Gender: Boy
Due date: Sept. 19, 2003
Birthdate: Sept. 18, 2003
Delivery Type: normal –  induction due to possible large baby
Epidural: Yes
labor: 7 hours
Birth time: 3:06 pm
Birth weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz
Height: 19 1/2 inches

Baby #4
Gender: Girl
Due date: March 13, 2005
Birthdate: March 5, 2005
Delivery Type: normal –  induction due to my requests – *see note*
Epidural: No
labor: 6  hours and 30 minutes
Birth time: 2:33 pm
Birth weight: 7 lbs.  1 oz
Height: 19  inches
*I just knew there was something wrong, after my repeated requests the OB induced me. Minutes before she was born here heart rate dropped – the cord was around her neck 3 times – after she was safe in my arms the OB said if I had gone full term she most likely would have been born still!

Baby #5
Gender: Boy
Due date: Sept. 7, 2007
Birthdate: Sept. 12, 2007
Delivery Type: normal  induction due to my request
Epidural: No
labor: 3 hours and 15 minutes
Birth time: 10:45 am
Birth weight: 8 lbs. 2 oz.
Height: 20 inches

Baby #6
Miscarriage – 11 weeks – missed M/C – required D&C

Baby #7
Miscarriage – 6 weeks – Natural at home

Baby #8
Gender: Boy
Due date: May 5, 2010
Birth date: March 24, 2010 – 6 weeks early & 6 weeks after my water broke @ 28 weeks
Delivery type: induction
Epidural: no
Labor: 14 hours & 30 minutes
Birth time: 9:30 pm
Birth weight: 5 lbs.
Length: 17 3/4  inches

Once, Twice….

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A few weeks ago while Christmas shopping with my mom I ran into an old “friend”. (This was the person that I had many problems with while I was on bedrest in the hospital after my water broke.) It caught me off guard and kinda made my stomach do a little flip and my heart race. We didn’t talk. We just locked eyes, did a tight smile and kept on walking.

Flash forward……I’m dashing through Target with Gus, Busy Bee, JoJo and Goober looking for some ink for our printer. I was feeling a bit rushed because football was going to be starting and we wanted to get back in time for the game. So here I am flying through the store and who do I see???? Yup my “friend”. I wasn’t caught off guard like last time. It was sort of like “Oh it’s you” and that was it. We finished our shopping and hurried home to watch the game. But I just couldn’t get this second run-in out of my head. Yes we live near each other and it’s bound to happen. But for almost a year I didn’t see or hear from her. Then twice in the span of a few weeks and there she is.

I keep wondering if it’s coincidence or God’s plan?

I must say the pain and hurt she caused was huge! Because of this situation I stopped going to church and MOPS because she was involved and going too.  But after all I’ve been through with Gus it just isn’t worth it to hold onto that hurt. When I saw her both times my first feeling wasn’t anger…..it was surprise!

So now what??

Where Did The Year Go??

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I cannot believe this year is almost over. It just flew by!!! I started the year pregnant and I am ending the year with a very busy 9 month old!!!

Highlights from the year – both good & bad:

Tons of snow

 My water breaking @ 28 weeks during one of the bad snowfalls

6 weeks of hospital bed rest

Baby Gus is born March 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm – 5lbs. 17 3/4″

7 days in the NICU for Gus 😦

Baby Firsts: smile, rolling over, solid food, creeping/crawling & pulling up

A quiet summer spent mostly at home (rare for me)

Busy Bee started kindergarten……sniff……

Maggie May joined our family

My oldest Goober broke his leg/ankle November 12th

And finally Christmas!!!!

It was a good year. One of the best yet. Gus has truly changed me. I am no longer a ball of stress and self-doubt. I cherish every moment I have with my children. I thank God every day for my family and friends!

My wishes for 2011?

Hmmmm……I can’t think of anything!!! Just more good times with my family ❤