Thursday, May 23, 2013

Maternity Photo Session


Well, I barely got this in before little Sofia was born! We had a good friend take some maternity photos of us when I was 35 weeks. It was fun getting some shots taken in our city to remember the pregnancy and just the stage of life we're in now with Judah etc. I think they turned out pretty good!







Thursday, May 16, 2013

Two weeks old!

A rare moment with her eyes open

Well, Sofia is now two weeks old! Her due date is this coming Monday the 19th, pretty crazy. She's had two doctor's appointments so far and is doing great! My milk came in pretty quick and she's a great eater so she hasn't lost any weight but has gained a pound and 3 oz and now weighs 7 lbs 3 oz! She's also gained length and is now 20.5 inches. She's sleeping and eating well and we're feeling super blessed. Everyone said, "don't get used to it because your next one won't be this good!" after Judah was born, but so far she's proving them wrong!

Cuddling with mom

Thomas spent a lot of time running around last week to get Sofia's Jordanian birth certificate translated into English then we had our appointment at the Embassy to get her passport. Now hopefully she'll be legal in 7 to 10 days. Inshallah. (That's an Arabic saying that means, God willing) 

Big brother
Big brother

Judah is doing well with her also and loves to hold her and give her kisses on the cheek. It's really sweet to see how much he loves his little sister. 

Big brother

We were excited to welcome Thomas's parents here on the 10th and have been having so much fun! They came bearing lots of gifts for Sofia and Judah and have been giving them both lots of needed attention. They've been taking Judah to the park and playground a lot and he's been having fun with all his new Toy Story toys. 

Babu and Coco
Babu and Coco with Sofia

They've also been getting lots of snuggles in with Sofia. It's been great having an extra two set of arms around! Renee's been spoiling us too by cooking and helping us wash all Sofia's dirty clothes since our washer decided to bite the dust this week. Luckily our landlord bought us a new one so we can start washing our own clothes again. It's hard to keep up when little lady goes through three outfits a night ;)

Wrestling with Babu
Wrestling with Babu

Last night we went to one of our new favorite restaurants for Turkish food. We got a big family meal with hummus, baba ghanoush, fresh bread, grilled chicken, lamb and kebabs (minced lamb with spices). It was delicious!

I think we made the clean plate club!

He wouldn't look at the camera!

We're looking forward to the weekend and maybe going to see some sites. It's so nice having family here to share in our joy of Sofia's arrival and to watch them get to spend time with Judah. Life is good.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Sofia's Birth Story

 37 weeks
 37 Week photo, right before heading to the hospital

I woke up at 6am to use the bathroom for the millionth time that night and felt a little kick from Sofia and felt sort of a pop. After that I had some extra liquid come out and I thought, surely my water's not leaking. (That's how Judah's birth started, at 3am with my water leaking!) I thought, there's no way both of my births are going to start the same way! So I went back to bed thinking...naaaahhhh! Then I had a little contraction. My heart started racing and I couldn't go back to sleep. Got up to potty again and had more water. I had a few more contractions through the next couple hours but they weren't bad so I just tried to go back to sleep.

Woke up around 8:30 and thought, well if this is it I guess I'll shower and make breakfast so I'm not starving and get our bags packed. I was 37 1/2 weeks so packing a bag was on my list of things to do, but it hadn't gotten done yet! Thomas stayed out late with some local friends the night before so he slept in Judah's room as to not disturb me when he got in. I just let him sleep. Judah and I had breakfast and after packing my bag I heard that Thomas was awake. I stuck my head in to say, "I think I'm in labor, but I'm not sure!" We talked to our friends Sean and Sarah, that we'd arranged to watch Judah so they'd know what was up and called the doctor and made plans to go to the hospital.

By the time we arrived at the hospital it was 3:30pm. We went up to the maternity floor and the nurse checked to confirm that my water was leaking but that I wasn't dilated at all! She called my doctor and put me on the phone with him. He said that I should just go home and we would induce in the morning, or that I could just leave and come back at 10pm to spend the night then I'd already be there for them to induce first thing in the morning. We decided to just do that and planned to leave and come back at 10. Our friends live so close to the hospital that we decided to just walk back to there house in hopes that a little walking might speed things up a little. We got to their house and hung out while Judah played with their kids. Around 5:30 we started talking dinner and were going to go out to eat somewhere nearby.

My doctor had recommended at my last two appointments that I start doing some squats because he's found that it really moves labor along. At the time, with swollen legs and feet and SO tired of walking everywhere, I was like yeah right, I'm going to do squats. But that afternoon I thought, maybe I'll give it a shot. So I stood in my friend's kitchen and did about 20 squats thinking, hey, I'll try anything right now! Amazingly, after not having any contractions since early that morning, I started having regular contractions every 5 minutes.

I told Thomas that I didn't think a trip to a restaurant was a good idea anymore and that maybe he could go pick up the food instead. (I was really craving fried pickles!) Thomas and Sean left to go pick up the food and my contractions continued with intensity and were coming more like 4 minutes apart. Sarah started to get concerned so she called to tell them to hurry back! By this point I wasn't really in the mood to eat anymore but I managed to down a few of those fried pickles! There was no way I was making it to 10 o'clock so we headed back to the hospital, this was it!

Thomas hanging out in the delivery room

We arrived at 7:30pm and when the nurse checked me I was 5cm, wahoo! She called the doctor again and put me on the phone with him again where he proceeds to tell me that he's out of town and can't make it that night. What!? He said he would send another doctor that was very good and that had also graduated from an American university. What I could I say? O-K, thanks. Also, knowing I wanted an epidural, he said he'd send the best anesthesiologist to give it to me. The new doctor came and was very nice, then we met the anesthesiologist who was also great and kept making jokes to lighten the mood. Thomas asked the nurse how long she thought it would be until the baby was born and she guessed 12am but he and Sarah (who came along to be another support) placed bets on 11 and 11:30.

Thomas left the room to do some paperwork and the anesthesiologist was ready to do his thing. I was standing up to keep the contractions going because lying down had made them stop, so he asked me to move around and sit on the edge of the bed. Sarah was a lifesaver and by my side to help me get up on the bed. Right then I had two huge contractions and couldn't talk. I felt so much pressure that I couldn't sit down and was totally reliant on Sarah to help hold me up. The doctor knew I really wanted the epidural so he told me to try and straighten up so he could put it in, but it was nearly impossible. I was still feeling a lot of pressure but was able to be still enough so that he could get it in place and started feeling a lot better after about 10 minutes.

I got settled back on the bed and when the doctor checked me I was 8cm! Sarah and I have concluded that I was transitioning at that point and that if we'd been in the States and known that I never would have gotten the epidural, but praise the Lord I did and it worked wonderfully. A little after 9 o'clock I was 10cm and ready to push. The doctor was very patient because he knew I didn't want to tear. I ended up pushing 3 times with the next contractions and there she was! Little, tiny, baby Sofia weighing a mere 6 lbs. and 19 inches long. I held her immediately as I cried and looked at Thomas in amazement that the birth had gone so quickly. She was finally here!

First look at Sofia
First view of Sofia

Holding her for the first time

Proud father
Proud father

First family picture
First family pic

 Nurse showing off Sofia
The nurse showing Sofia off after her bath

Sean and Sarah brought Judah over the next morning to meet Sofia. He wasn't quite sure what to think at first, but he did want her to have a paci. 

Big brother

Our recovery room was really nice. We enjoyed it while it lasted though because we were out of there the next day at noon! Praise the Lord for a healthy delivery. I can't say enough good things about my overseas birth experience. The hospital, staff and care were excellent. I think I can say it was even better than my birth experience in the States.

View from our room
View from our room

Snuggling in the room
Getting in some newborn snuggles

Balloons at the hospital are a really big deal here. Here are some from the other rooms on our floor.



Now we're back home and getting used to life as a family of 4. Sofia has been excellent so far and seems just as laid back as Judah was as a baby. She's sleeping and nursing well and Judah is getting used to her as well. We're so blessed and can't thank everyone enough for praying us through this pregnancy and birth. Now, we're just waiting on parents to get here so we can celebrate her birth together and we can't wait!


Wednesday, May 01, 2013

April 2013

A lot has happened in the past month! Hopefully we'll be more diligent about updating the blog after Sofia arrives. I'm almost 38 weeks and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. This pregnancy has been a little bit tough on me physically compared to my first. We don't have a car here and walk to our classes every day which isn't bad because it's not far, but coming home is rough because it's uphill almost the entire way. But it's almost over, wahoo!

Posing with my diaper owl!

One of the highlights of this past month was my baby shower! A few of my good friends here hosted it for me and a lot of ladies showed up for it. Some of them I've never even met before! It was really sweet. They knew I liked owls so that was the theme and they did a really great job decorating everything to match. I got lots of really cute clothes, diapers and wipes and other useful items. I enjoyed washing all those little pink clothes and putting them away in her (and Judah's) room. 


Delicious food


Another highlight of the month was a trip back to the beach. We had a few days off of class so we wanted to take advantage of our last moments together as a family of 3. Judah really loves the water! I wish we could take him to swimming lessons because I really think he'd catch on and be swimming in no time. You can go swimming in our city at any of the many Western hotels, but it's pretty expensive for a day pass so we won't be able to do that often. We also really enjoyed the free breakfast that came with our hotel stay, complete with omelette bar, waffle bar, lots of fruit, pastries, fresh squeezed juices and American style coffee. My mouth is watering just thinking of it again!

Father and son in the pool

Sunset view

Building sand castles

Here's my belly picture from last week. I think this is the first picture of Judah where he's actually attempted to smile when asked, love it. He's going to be a good big brother. So for now, counting down the days...

Belly 36 Weeks
36 weeks