Happy birthday Ainsley! You are so stinking pretty. If you missed her birth last year, check it out.
Love, Melanie and Kelly.
Awhile ago we were interviewed via email by a few different publications. We each take turns replying to inquiries so that if we are quoted, it’s not always the same one of us. This time I had completely forgotten about this magazine article til the package came in the mail yesterday! Fun little surprise to open! So they quoted me saying something similar to what I always say because it seems as though journalists always have the same list of questions for us. Just once I want to be asked something other than, “So where do you stand during the birth?!?” Instead why don’t they ask me, “What was your favorite thing a mom yelled during labor?”
Peace, Melanie and Kelly.
I’ve known Lindsay most of my life and like she’s stated on her blog before, it’s obvious she was born to be a mother. We’ve taught kids together and it was always a pleasure watching the students look up to her. I’m thrilled for her and Nick and the exciting road they have ahead of them. Teeny Ruthie is beautiful and I can’t wait to meet her! Congrats guys!
Love, Melanie and Kelly.
Throughout the second half of my pregnancy, when we found out I had a two vessel umbilical cord, Nick and I were anxious about the growth and health of our baby girl. At 33 weeks, I needed to go to twice weekly testing to check the amniotic fluid levels, the stress level of the baby and growth scans. She always looked good, was growing on track and was never under stress but the thought of something potentially going “wrong” with our growing baby made Nick and I especially anxious for her arrival. We were told that if around week 36 the levels were low we’d probably just go ahead and induce labor to get her out where she would be safer. So, with every visit we thought, okay, this could be it. At my normal 38 week appointment we were in for a growth scan, just to make sure the baby was growing on track and were told she hadn’t gained an ounce in 2 weeks- that she measured the exact same (5 lbs 5 ounces) as she had two weeks previous- hence was deemed failure to thrive. Sitting in that ultrasound room with Nick waiting for the tech to come back from speaking with our doctor I became terrified. Is the baby okay? Why hasn’t she grown in 2 weeks? Are we having the baby today then? I was sent to triage where my doctor would meet us and talk about what was going to happen. She was amazing and put so much of my anxiety at ease. She told us to go home for a few hours, come back after you’ve gotten everything at home squared away and we’ll have this baby. I was overwhelmed and the tears started coming. My doctor was so wonderful and reassured us that the baby was fine, it was just time. The next 4 hours at home were beyond bizarre. We did some laundry, and straightened up, made sure we had everything in the hospital bag that we’d need and ate some lunch. We were giddy and scared and happy and excited and a whole other slew of emotions I’m not even sure I know how to articulate. We were having our baby!
Happy 1st birthday Ethan! You are one handsome little man
Love, Kelly & Melanie
Well there’s nothing like going to your 37 week appointment only to be told you’re having those babies TODAY! Aimee had her routine ultrasound and baby B was measuring close to 2lbs heavier than baby A and that was enough to be slightly alarming to the doctors. Thankfully Aimee & Jon had already made peace with the fact that they were going to have a c-section because baby A was breech, so at least that part wasn’t a surprise. Even though she made it to 37 weeks with twins – way to go Aimme!! – she was having no signs of labor, so she definitely didn’t expect that news. Aimee was really hoping to just go into labor on her own, and since nothing was going on, she didn’t even have her hospital bag packed! So Aimee & Jon left the appointment, went home and packed, and then checked into the hospital for an afternoon c-section.
When I saw Aimee & Jon before surgery, they were so cool, calm, and collected. The rest of the family, however, was on pins & needles waiting to find out the baby’s genders. I love the moment when dad comes in the waiting room and announces the big news…it never gets old. Jon came in with a huge smile on his face and proudly announced that they had one of each – Anya and Isaac – and everyone was doing great. Anya was born first and was 5.5lbs, 18.1″ long and Isaac followed a few minutes later and was 7 lbs, 18.5″ long. There wasn’t quite the 2 lb weight difference that the ultrasound depicted, but it was still significant enough and everyone was glad they made the decision to get them out when they did.
Unfortunately there was a bit of unwanted excitement that followed as Isaac had to be transferred to the NICU so the doctors could monitor his breathing. Shortly after he was transferred Amy started loosing a lot of blood and was pretty delirious, so Jon told me to head home. I offered to come back up to the hospital the next day after everything settled down, but they decided to have me come to their house once they were released from the hospital. I’m so glad we decided this because I was able to get some really sweet pictures of their first full day home as a new family of 4. Everyone is doing great – and aside from the obvious lack of sleep and craziness (x 2 with twins!) of having a newborn – they are adjusting well to their long awaited precious bundles of joy
I’m so happy for you guys!