Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Let's Compare Shall We?

Here is Hannah born 5 weeks early so she is a tiny one. She has dark hair but it is brown. Weight - 4lbs. 15 oz.

And then came Maizer only 5 days before his due date. He has light hair as you can see. The water makes it look darker than it is but it was light strawberry blonde.
Weight - 7lbs. 10oz.

And here is Asher, clearly the most hairy of them all with dark black hair! So, when I am pregnant with #4 (yes, we definately want at least 4) I shall take bets on the hair issue! LOL
Weight - 7lbs. 7oz.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Complete Denial

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I haven't done one of these in a couple of weeks. I'm sure there is a ton of crazy things I don't want to admit to but as I just had a baby - remembering them is a whole other matter. :)

I did not have another woman's little boy climb into the back of my car and unbuckle my 2 year old as my pelvis hurt too bad to do it myself even though the boy was like 9 years old! Not Me!

I did not allow my new baby to roll out of his bouncy seat because he wasn't buckled in. Not Me! That would make me a terrible mother! I definately would not admit that my newborn is now initiated into our family by that mishap as my other two suffered an equal fate. Hannah did not fall off our bed and Maizer did not fall off the couch when they were babies. I am not that scatter brained as to allow all my children to fall at some point in their infancy. Not Me!!!!

I did not have a mental meltdown the night my mother-in-law flew in to see us because my husband had forgotten to clean the bathroom, so I ran around like a crazy lady trying to clean it in as little time as possible while my sweet babe cried for my loving attention. Not Me!!!

And I certainly do not stay in my pajamas all day and take visitors and nurse visits with hair unkempt and house looking like a tornado came through because the only time I find to clean is after everyone goes to sleep the night before. Not Me! I am more together than that because I am super mom who is always freshly groomed complete with make-up and earings, with perfectly behaved children, and a gorgeous, emaculate house.

Excuse me while I go live in my obvious denial ..... :)

Hannah is Amazing!

Hannah brought this in to me the other day. She made it out in the livingroom and came into my room to give it to me. She is so smart! Just turned 4 too!

If you can't tell, it says I love you and some letters in the middle with handwritten "mommy" on the bottom. Amazing!

Catching Up

Here is the view I get from my back patio. Very pretty. The sunset is different everyday!

My Dr. appointment went well. My heart issue is not unheard of after birth and will resolve on it's own. It's already not happening as often. My pelvis is slowly getting better and I can't see a chiropractor until after my postpartum is over - another 4 weeks. So I decided to take over more responsibilities in the house today. I cleaned up last night and did lots of laundry. Today I will make dinner and try to get a bit more organized, laundry put away, dishes finished, etc. Tomorrow I would like to start activities with the kids again but it depends on how things go. I just wish I could feel 100% already instead of 65%. Sigh.

Asher's 1st Bath

I finally bathed our little guy in the tub. His belly button thingy fell off the very next day. He was getting a bit stinky from spitting up and such so I wanted a snuggle bunny again! Here are a couple of pics. I didn't post too many cuz all the others show his penis and I don't want to get into trouble for cyber porn. That would just be my luck.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Life goes on

I am pretty exhausted. I have not been healing well enough and I have my Dr. appt. today thank goodness. It feels as though I am having a heart issue. It's strange but it is like my heart keeps skipping beats and I can feel it. I do have a heart murmur and have had it since birth but it was checked out when I was 14 and was ruled normal. I don't know if birth has changed anything there or if it is something else but I am glad to go see the Dr today about it. Also, since my uterus wasn't contracting after birth like it should once home it has taken a while to get back to normal and I am glad to see the Dr. about that as well.

My mother-in-law is flying in tonight at about midnight and leaves Sunday night. Quick trip. Hannah is so excited she keeps saying how much she loves her grandma. I'll post some pictures of the time they spend together. I am glad that she gets to see the kids. It's been about 2 years.

I do have some pictures of Asher. He is growing but I don't know how quickly. He still looks so tiny to me. :) He will be 2 weeks old tomorrow. We always take pictures at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year and then about twice a year after that. Family photos are great. I wish I had someone professional take us out somewhere pretty this time though. I'll have to look in to it. Our family photo wall was great in our other house. I haven't put anything up yet in this house for obvious reasons but now I am getting excited at finishing unpacking!

Asher's hospital photo is up now. Go to this WEBSITE and click on special delivery. Enter Asher into the baby name search and click on the Asher Xavien. Yes, they spelled his middle name incorrectly. I think newborn 1st photos are so dang cute!!! I also have Asher's first bath photos to post soon and something amazing that Hannah has done!

Well, tomorrow I will mail out my lovely prizes for my contests. I want to do a contest for my 2,000 visitor so I will post about that later. It's getting close!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Well, I finally chose a winner. I don't know how MckMama does it! It was so hard to pick a title, everyone's was so good! I received some on my email too that you didn't see, but I finally narrowed it down and picked.

The winner is Tiffany from Canada!!! Her title was "The world at your fingertips".

I definately think each of my babies is worth the world and more! Thank you for all your entries.

Tiffany, contact me with your info so I can mail out your giftcard!! Email me at chloescornercloset @ hotmail.com.

Asher's post will be tomorrow. I am so tired and I haven't showered in 2 days. I am off to clean myself up and pass out!

Samantha's Prize!

Ok here are the pictures of Samantha's prize for guessing the correct weight of Asher. I think a picture or two may be blurry but she gets, bath confetti in a keepsake tin, natural honey soap, Bath and Body Works Breathe lotion, coconut lime hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works , and a Bath and Body Works natural lip color balm. You can see the pretty color on the tube. Love Spa stuff!!

The Name That Photo contest ends in a couple of hours! I also have Mary Kay make-up to give away and a wonderful contest for a Gymboree outfit boy or girl any size coming up!!! Stay tuned.

Check back for a new post on Asher and tonight's winner of the Starbucks gift card!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Photo Contest!!!

I absolutely LOVE this photo of father and son. I am going to copy MckMama and have a "Name that Photo" contest. Enter a title for the photo below and I will pick the best one. The winner will receive a Starbucks gift card. Yummy!!! Good Luck all and I look forward to reading your clever comments. :) Contest will end Wednesday evening.

Father's Day

What didn't my husband do on Father's Day? My lack of sleep caught up with me with a vengence. I only stayed awake to feed a baby, eat, go potty, and occassionally change a baby diaper. Josh changed the baby and rocked him, did laundry, took care of the kids, made meals, cleaned the house, playroom, and much more that I didn't see. I was secluded in my bedroom where he ordered me to stay. What a sweetheart. He held me when I cried yesterday and gave me hugs when I came out to the kitchen. I can't tell you how much I love my husband and what a good father he is.

My own father was a great dad in my eyes for the time I spent with him which was birth till 8 years old. My parents divorced which ended that relationship. I remember playing with him, building snowmen, him playing the guitar and singing songs to us (he's a fantastic musician), telling us the BEST bedtime stories!!! These are the good memories, but unfortunately it takes a lot more to be a father and there were plenty of not so good memories. And for my sisters and I we grew up without a dad.

I look at my children and their father together and I am peace with my choice in companion as I couldn't have chosen a better man, husband, lover, friend and father. He truly is wonderful in providing for us and making us laugh and helping me to grow as a woman, as a person, as a mother, and a wife. I can only hope that I do as much for him as he does for all of us!

I love you babe! I love you for giving my children what I never had, I love you for giving me what my parents never had, I love you for helping me to be who I am today, and I love you for who you are today! Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Asher's Birth Story Revealed

Warning - this has birth details so if your sensitive to too much information don't read. :)

I had alot of anxiety come to the surface as I got further and further from my due date. I knew I was waiting for an induction Saturday 6/13. I really didn't want that to happen. I wanted to do things on my own. But funny thing is, the baby has all the control. LOL When I woke up Friday 6/12 I had a bunch of things I wanted to get done so my home was clean and ready for the sitter. By the time dinner came around I needed to sit down! My contractions started then and they were painful but not too unlike my other previous encounters with contractions. They were pretty regular and the difference I think was the feelings I had to hurry. Hurry and get the kids in their jammies, hurry and take a shower, hurry and sweep the floor. LOL This feeling was new and I had the thought that this was definately it. I went to the bathroom and told Josh to get ready I was calling the sitter.

We didn't get to the hospital until 10:30pm and by then I was breathing through my painful contractions. I changed into a gown and was checked. I was dialated to a 3 1/2. That's great news I thought! Progress...I'm staying here! By 2am, I was a 4 and ready to have an epidural. I decided to have one this time because I was so tired and afraid of how I feeling with each contraction knowing how much worse it was going to get and I just didn't want to do it. LOL So "the happy man" (who actually is never happy - I had him give me an epidural before) came in and we set up for the terrifying needle tube in the spine. I hate epidurals because I can't stand to have someone mess with my spine. Anyway, he was numbing the area and it was AWFUL!!! I felt nerves zinging down my back on the left and then on the right and back on the left again. It took about 15 minutes or so to get ready for the epidural itself and by then I was trying not to cry too hard. It was ridiculous. Finally all was set and I laid back to get comfortable and sleep a little before the birth. Josh was exhausted having worked all day. So he slept until like 7am or so and I did too except I was woken up a few times for vitals and emptying bladder etc.

My Dr. came in and joked with us about not having an induction after all and he said that he would break my water to get things going. He checked me and I was 7 to 8 dialated. Great news! So he broke my water and discovered mecconium. That's the baby eliminating inside. This frightened me but I was told it was normal because he was so overdue. This is where things escalate quickly! My contractions were causing too much pressure on Asher and his heart rate was dipping down into the 30's to 50's.

They had me move onto my side and put oxygen on me. Now I was worried. I wasn't ready to push yet and my baby was in distress. The Dr. was paged and I was moved onto my back again because it wasn't helping and an internal electronic monitor was placed on my baby's head .

He checked me and said to try pushing and see if things can get going. So I tried to push and I peed. Yep, I peed on the Dr. Well not directly on him but close enough. LOL Oh well, at least it wasn't somehthing else if you know what I mean.

Anyhow, he said ok let's push you're complete. Alright, let's go... Me pushing, Dr. saying push longer, me pushing longer, Dr. saying harder, me pushing harder, Dr. saying Chloe, your baby needs you, me thinking what the heck is going on??, Dr. saying come on keep going, me hurting because I can feel EVERYTHING!!, Dr. saying I know it hurts it's ok just push, me thinking who the "Bleep" turned off my epidural??? And 6 minutes later Asher was born with cord around his neck, blue and the room was extremely quiet. I held my breath......they transfered him to a baby incubator bed thingy and a team was there to suction him and "go to town on him" as the Dr. explained. He said that it was exactly the way it should go because we didn't want Asher to breathe until he was suctioned well from the mecconium. Then a nurse did go to town on him, rubbing and moving and wiping. Asher cried and then cried louder. Then I cried as my baby turned pink.

I watched him from afar as Josh was given the ok to take pictures. They don't let you take pictures of procedures which is good because if you saw his lifeless blue leg like I did it would break your heart too. I wanted to hold him so bad but I couldn't because I was being checked and still occupied with delivering the placenta. I know TMI but you were warned! LOL And then he was in my arms. :)

I didn't tear at all which is amazing because it took 6 minutes to deliver him! He weighed a good amount too. I am so blessed. Afterwards my uterus was being "lazy" and wouldn't contract. I had a few very painful visits from the Dr. (he pushed hard on my stomach to help my uterus contract). If your uterus doesn't contract after a birth you can hemmorage. So they decided to hook me up to pitocin, a drug that causes contractions. I was on this until 9:30pm. I was miserable. Reminder - no more epidural and contractions all DAY long! I didn't get to shower until 3pm the next day. And my back was killing me. So I went home Sunday night and got meds Monday morning. I'm still on them for pelvic inflammation but overall I am recovering more quickly than I did with Maizer. :) I am extremely swollen from water retention and IV fluids etc, but my face is looking thinner already. I hope my legs, ankles, and feet are soon to follow!

I have more pictures of Asher but I need to download them. I will post tomorrow! But here are a few from the hospital.

We love you Asher!!

And the Winner is....

Samantha from BerryBlessed in Kansas! She guessed 7lbs. 6oz. and Asher weighed 7lbs 6.8oz. at birth. They always round up to 7lbs 7oz which is what I actually guessed in the hospital before they weighed him. That is pretty cool! So Samantha was definately right on and I will post a picture of what she wins when I get it all pretty in packaging. As for date of birth, Meagan of Spokane guessed 6/5/09. That was the closest date but not close enough as he was born 8 days later! Good job ladies!

Next closest to weight was Tiffany from Canada 7lbs. 8oz. and LisaLee from Spokane 7lbs 8oz. as well.

I will be doing other contests for things so keep your eyes open!

Asher's Birth Story

I will be posting more sweet pictures along with the story as to how this beautiful boy came into the world later today. Check back.

I also will be checking all the birth weight's entered for the contest to see if there is a winner. Unfortunately, no one has won the Labor Contest as we all know nothing worked to get things going. He came when he wanted to - 6 days overdue. :)
As for due date, again no one guessed the exact day. However, there is one person who was closest. I will post about that later as well.

Until then! Thank you for all your sweet comments. I love sharing him with you.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Drumroll Please.....


A baby boy! LOL Yes, we will name him later today. I will let all of you know very soon. In the meantime, enjoy this little eye candy! He is so sweet. I just love looking at him and all his beautiful black hair.

He was born 6/13/09 and weighed 7lbs. 7oz. and is 20 3/4 inches long. I will give a birth story later. The good news is that an induction was not needed!

See how his hair hangs down below his hat? It's so long! :)