Sunday, August 2, 2015

Weekly digest, August 2, 2015

It's hard to believe that Daisy is almost 2 weeks old now.  Colleen was here last week to help out and my mom was here this week to help.  It's been wonderful to have so much support the first two weeks, and the kids have really loved seeing both their grandmas. 
Our weekly digests might be fairly one-dimensional for the next little while; life right after having a new baby sort of stands still and then tends to revolve around said baby.  But at least we have a bunch of pictures of a cute little baby!

Daisy's eyelashes are already insanely long.  All our kids have really long, full eyelashes, but Daisy seems to be on track to beat them all.

Ellie has really taken a shine to Daisy.  She asks to see "my baby" pretty much any time Daisy is awake or nursing.  She loves to cuddle with her little sister and give her kisses.
 
Isaac is the only one who can swing by himself.  It gets frustrating for him to play on the swing set with Sammy and Ellie because they require him to push them.  Today, they finally found a solution: Chain swinging!  Or, as I prefer to call it, Crack the Whip: Swing Edition!
 And here are a few more pictures of Daisy, because.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Weekly digest, July 26, 2015

Pretty much the only news for this week is the arrival of Daisy Collette on Tuesday, July 21, at 12:55am.  Her middle name is an amalgam of our mothers' first names: Colleen and Betty (though "Colletty" was too weird, so we fiddled with it just a bit).

I'm still a little in shock over how quickly everything went once it got going.  I wasn't sure if I was in labor for the first several hours, then suddenly I was sure, then a couple hours later Daisy was born.  Crazy!  

Daisy had some liquid suctioned out of her stomach after she was born.  She was a little bubbly for a while afterward. 
Daisy's weight at birth definitely surprised us.  She looked at birth like our other kids did when they were several weeks old, only much chubbier.  Just look at those Popeye forearms and that double chin! And we won't even get started on those cheeks!
But there was other fun stuff, like the awesome hospital where I delivered!  Our room was huge and fancy - it was where I labored, delivered, and stayed for the rest of the time.  The bathroom was pretty fancy too, with a walk-in tub (too bad I didn't get to use it for more than two minutes).
 

But the best thing about this hospital was the "Nourishment Room," which was a fully stocked kitchenette that patients were given free access to.  There were snacks of every kind - cookies, crackers, cereal, yogurt, pudding, jello, popsicles, ice cream - and beverages of every kind - sodas, water, hot coffee/tea/cocoa, aaaaand SLUSHIES!!

I didn't have any, but the kids sure enjoyed them.  Possibly more exciting than getting a baby sister.  I think each kid had three cups o' slush each time they visited.

But don't worry, the kids also thoroughly enjoyed meeting their new sister, Elinor especially. 

Though Sammy is a little skeptical about this baby when she's crying...

Unfortunately, it wasn't all snacks and slushies during our stay.  Early Wednesday morning, around 4:00am, Daisy's bilirubin levels shot up and the doctor wanted to keep her an extra day on the bili-lights.  So, our little blue light special got to catch some rays while I hung out in my room catching up on episodes of "When Calls the Heart" (don't judge!).

She rallied and was fine the next morning, so we've just been at home adjusting to our new family of 6 (!!) and loving on sweet little Daisy.


Introducing Daisy Collette Parrish

Daisy made her way into this world at 12:55am on July 21, 2015 (two days after her due date).  Weighing in at 8 lbs. 7 oz., she  easily eclipsed our second heaviest baby by over a pound.  She was born in the brand new Mountain Point Medical Center, just 5 minutes away from our house. Below is her birth story.

I started regular contractions in the late afternoon, about 3:30.  They kept up their steady pace until about 9:30 that night, when I switched to active labor. Collin and I headed to the hospital at about 10:30, leaving the kids with Colleen.  Once we got ourselves checked in, the nurses checked my cervix (6 cm and 100% effaced - "paper thin," as the nurse described it) and then had to monitor the baby for a while before I was free to move around as I pleased.
Unfortunately for me, I was pretty much in transition by then.  I asked to hop in the tub, but the water only made it up to my ankles before I realized I was starting to bear down.  The nurses hurried back in to dry me off and I waddled out of the bathroom to see a whole party of nurses and the doctor waiting for me.  They somehow got me back on the bed and my water immediately broke.  That's when things got really intense and my body just sort of took over while my mind huddled off in some remote corner.  I remember making sounds I didn't recognize as I gave in to the uncontrollable need to push.  Throughout this process the doctor (Dr. Lamoreaux) was incredible - gentle, soft-spoken, and he allowed me to deliver the baby as my body directed (sitting up) instead of forcing me into stirrups.  I felt the baby's head crown and thought, "Oh good, the end is near! That's the worst of it so it's all downhill from here."  Too bad I was wrong - Daisy has some football player shoulders that got stuck on the way out, so they ultimately had to get me on my back with my legs back in order to maneuver them out.  A few seconds later, the rest of Daisy came out and then there was this big, fat baby on my chest.  My mind still hadn't returned yet so I was having a hard time making the connection that this baby on my chest was actually the same one I had just been working so hard to push out.  Even more surprising was when the nurses took her to the nearby baby station to suction some fluid out of her stomach and do her vitals, announcing her weight and confirming to my slowly-returning mind why that hurt so much. 

Everything happened so quickly once I got out of the bath-that-never-was that it was a good long while before my mind could process and finally catch up with the events of the night.  Daisy was perfect - all chubby cheeks, rolls of fat, and dainty little hands.  She has the shriek of a banshee, waking from peaceful slumber with a shrill, angry wail that bears a remarkable resemblance to a fire truck siren and a cat in heat.  She's a sleepy baby still, but we know that won't last long.

She had some trouble latching on after the first day, rooting around and screaming in frustration before actually latching.  The nurse and I would spend a good 20 minutes trying to get her to latch on with each feeding until we decided to try putting a drop of glucose solution on the nipple.  That did the trick until my milk came in the next day.  Now she's a nursing machine!
We came home on Thursday morning and have slowly been adjusting to life with a new family member.  It's unbelievable that she's already 5 days old.  We all love her so much and are so happy to have her with us now! 
As for me, my recovery has been fantastic.  I love (as much as one can love such a thing) giving birth unmedicated for that very reason.  Most of all, I'm just glad to not be pregnant anymore, and with a rather amazing prize instead!  Happy birth day, Daisy!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Weekly digest, July 19, 2015

Not much happened this week, especially on the baby front.  Today is the baby's due date, though she didn't seem to get the memo.  I've never been this pregnant before (Elinor was the latest birth at 4 days early).  Here's me trying to stay positive about it:

Tuesday night we went to the Barringtons' for a last-minute shindig with the Combe family.  We saw Joan and Roger, Amy and her family, Erin and her family, Matt and his family, and Bob and his family.  Collin hasn't seen so many of the Combes together since around 1996, so it was fun to do some catching up.

Wednesday evening I got to see Erika, my best from since third grade, for the first time in about 9 years as well as our friend Amy.  It was so much fun catching up and being silly. 

Collin took Ellie on a date to Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point on Saturday afternoon.  She LOVES riding the ponies and seeing the animals there and had a great time with her daddy.

Colleen is in town to help out with the baby (if she ever comes!), so we were able to go on a date Saturday evening to the Bombay House in West Jordan.  It was the first time we've eaten Indian food since living in New Zealand, and boy was it tasty!  Totally worth the heartburn (though Collin might disagree).  No pictures of course - we were too busy shoveling tasty lamb korma and chicken tikka masala into our pieholes.

Elinor is really into dancing, and her moves are choice.  Witness:
And finally, Ellie has been putting the baby's gear to good use lately.  At least someone is using it.  (And yes, I do think the passive aggression will help this baby to come out sooner!)
 Here's to hoping we'll have some much more exciting news to share in the very near future!!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Weekly Digest, July 12, 2015

Tuesday was my birthday!  I turned 37.  Pretty old.  Maxine made an incredible blueberry pie, we had a nice prime cut of rib-eye grilled on the BBQ, and one of the best cheese platters ever.

A couple weeks ago we decided to get our bathroom remodeled.  It was a spontaneous last-minute decision and we happened to find out at the same time that we have a friend who's done construction for about 30 years or so and he offered to remodel our bathroom at a very cheap price.  He finished up on Wednesday and it turned out fantastic!  (although Maxine picked everything out)

Yesterday there was this random event at Thanksgiving Point that was sponsored by Target.  It was a total corporate sellout but it actually turned out to be a perfect family outing!  And everything was free!!!  (except the food trucks).

We started with pot painting.  They also provided seeds and potting soil.

Next there were "Monster Bubbles":

Utah has developed quite an amazing Food Truck scene in the past couple of years.  The most popular one is called "Cupbop" - it's a Korean food truck.  I've been wanting to try it out for a while but it's always eluded us or been inconvenient.  We were thrilled to find that both Cupbop and Wood-fired Pizza trucks were there!  We got both.  And a shave ice.  

Local animal shelters set up lots of opportunities for kids to interact with different animals.  There was a snake, kittens, a parrot, and tons and tons of dogs.  We were all in dog heaven.

Today I took the kids to the park to play.  They've been cooped up a lot lately and we've had a very unfortunate heat wave but the heat wave is finally over and it was the perfect day to play.  Since it was Sunday morning everyone was at church and we had the whole park to ourselves!  It was the perfect outing.

After lunch I let the kids eat popsicles outside.  They all sat on the bottom step together and quietly enjoyed the scenery.  It was too cute: