Saturday, January 17, 2015

Introducing Lexi Lee

Lexi was born on November 5 at 7:24 am, almost 24 hours after getting to the hospital the day before. I was 41 weeks pregnant when I went in to be induced. I had NO signs of labor at all. SO...I got all checked in on November 4th and the Dr. and nurses all thought it would go quick once I got meds going, but I knew better my body just likes to take its matter if third baby or not.

So I started with cytotec (to soften my cervix) since I was still 0 cm dilated at 41 weeks!  This is given every 4 hours and the Dr. wanted me to do two doses. SO it was a very long day of sitting in bed watching TV and movies. They wouldn't even let me walk around because they wanted to monitor the baby because of the meds. By 6:00 that night I was still maybe 1 cm dilated (pathetic!) but cervix was now "soft" so the Dr. started pitocin. I figured good lets get this going. I had to have pitocin with both my other births as well. I don't know what is wrong with my body, but I guess I need a little help! So, when this was started I started contracting and started having pain, but really not too bad at this point. I figured this would do it and maybe I would have Lexi that night, I mean still had 6 hours left in the day, but no such luck!

At about 10 or 11 (not too sure at this point)...Dr. checked me again and nothing!  Maybe 1-2 cm dilated that was all!  I was so frustrated and over it!  I got an epidural at this point and they gave me a sleeping pill. I went to sleep! At about 5:30 I woke up with LOTS of pressure. I knew things had finally progressed and that it would be soon. Even with the epidural I could still feel the contractions (not horrible) so I knew my body was finally cooperating! At almost 6:00 am the Dr. checked me again and I was 8.5 cm dilated....FINALLY! 

I was fine and mostly comfortable (love epidurals) so he told the nurses (who were all new, the new shift had just started). They all got things ready and going. By about 7:15...we were all ready to go and I was ready to push. Lexi was out in no time I think it was the second push...and she joined the outside world.....she was born at 7:24 am on November 5th, same birthday as her Papa. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 20.5 in long. 

 Though a long process, she was an easy birth and I slept right through most of the hard part!  My friend Kasey (who was with us for a LONG part of the night before) was the first person (besides Josh and I) to hold her!

Then Gram and Papa made it to the hospital to visit and meet their 10th grandchild.

First Bath

 Proud Daddy...his 4th princess!

 I swear I was there! HA! Those are my feet in the yellow hospital socks!

More visitors. Josh's Aunt Cindy
 Nana and Grandpa Buck
 And of course...three very excited big sisters!

These are Lexi's newborn pictures that Kathy took. A few of my favorites are below.  She is two weeks old in these.

 has been awhile...a LONG while!

So last year (and actually the year before as well) I did not do so well with the blog. Working full time, being a mommy to three busy girls, and trying to run a household....hasn't left a lot of time to blog. Seems when I have an extra minute I am sleeping!  I vow to myself that I will do better this year. I have one BIG reason for that...LEXI LEE! 

We had our fourth little girlie in November and I have to blog so that I can record what is happening with her and all the big things that happen in the first couple of years of life! I did that with all the other girls and this blog is their baby I need to start again for Lexi (and actually....all the girls!)

So having another baby (our LAST baby) was our big thing last year. I have never done a maternity photo session in the past, so I thought I would do one this time as it is my last time being pregnant. I also got to have my three older girls with me. They love being big sisters and it is so fun to see them with Lexi.  I am pretty sure I am 37 weeks pregnant in these photos. 


 The girls loved my big growing belly. They would often kiss and hug their little sister!

 As for the big sisters...Kaylee is now 5 years old and is in her last year of preschool. She is doing  wonderful and is so smart. She has such a loving heart and is always thinking of others.
 Mallory is now 4 and I have no idea when that happened. It seems like she was just my baby and now she is growing into a happy and smart little girl. Her baby face is changing ever so quickly into that of a little girl leaving the baby cheeks behind!
 Emma is now 6. My oldest is now in Kindergarten and loves school. She is into anything ELSA and Frozen. She is doing great in school and is a wonderful, independent (sometimes challenging) little girl!
2014 flew by in a flash. We had  a few highlights in between work, school, and living our lives. We went to Maine in February after the passing of Josh's grandmother, we went to Disneyland in June, and of course ending the year with the birth of Lexi!  Now on to 2015 with the 4 cutest girls I know!