Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jax David Pemberton

We welcomed the newest addition to our family on Sunday May 31st at 6:42 pm. Jax David was born weighing 7lbs 6 oz and 21 inches long. He surprised us all at how early and how quick he decided to make his entrance. I posted a birth story below.
As usual Dave was AWESOME during the entire process. I am glad he was calm because I needed that when I was in labor.
Colt got to meet his new brother shortly after he was born. Though he was a little unsure about all of the surroundings he still gave him a sweet kiss.
Our family of four!!

Birth Story

Saturday May 30: Spent the day doing some last minute things around the house, laundry, cleaning, playing with Colt. Colt and I had went for an hour long walk that morning and then spent some time outside playing in his pool. I was having contractions all day but nothing too bad and not consistent at all. That evening I started having diarrhea and was really uncomfortable.

Sunday May 31: Woke up periodically throughout the night having contractions. Around 4 am Colt came in our room for some reason so I pulled him into bed with us. I never went back to sleep, my contractions were coming every 7 minutes for the next 2 hours and they hurt!! I finally gave up and got out of bed around 6 with Colt. I took him on another hour long walk and the contractions slowed down a bit to about every 10-15 minutes. I also still had diarrhea and some bleeding going on. I woke Dave up around 7 and I told him I was going to school to get lesson plans done for the week because I think I am going to have this baby within the next two days. Dave called his mom to let her know what was going on and I called my parents (who were on there way back from Boise) to tell them what was happening. The contractions stayed pretty slow around 15-20 minutes for the next couple hours, Dave took Colt out to lunch so I could nap for an hour which was so nice! That afternoon around 2:30 I told Dave I was going to go to Wal-Mart and walk around for an hour or so, it was soooo hot outside but I wanted to see if I could get them moving along any quicker. While at Wal-Mart they started coming about 7 minutes apart and after an hour Dave called me and told me I should come home because I would be pretty embarrassed if my water broke at Wal-Mart. He also mentioned that I should maybe just call my doctor and let her know what was going on (this was his mom's idea which I am so glad she told us to do that as you will see later). Around 3:30 I called my doctor and told her what was going on, she told me I should probably just go to the hospital and get checked even though I was pretty comfortable and the contractions were not real close yet. When I got home from Wal-Mart my parents had just gotten home from Boise and Dave's mom was on her way as well. We left Colt with my parents and headed for the hospital, we arrived at 4:20 and the whirlwind began.......

The nurse got me hooked up, the contractions were starting to get much more intense and painful and I was having to breath through them. She checked me and said I was at 3cm and 80% effaced. I was laying on my side listening to the baby's heartbeat when I felt this pop and realized my water had broke. After that I got up and I walked around the halls for awhile but was really having to breath through each contraction, I finally went back to my room and sat on the exercise ball for awhile. The contractions were really starting to come quicker but I still had a 3-4 minute break between each one. It was so different than when I was in labor with Colt because with him I was on pitocin and had like only a 30 second break between contractions, also I did not have back labor this time which made it easier too. I mentioned to the nurse that I wanted to think about getting an epidural and so she called the doctor but he was in a surgery for at least another hour, she gave me something light to calm me down which really helped me stay calm in between each contraction. She also checked me again about 6:00 and said I was 4cm and 90% effaced. At this point I was in the worst pain I could imagine, with each contraction I felt like I had to poop, I told the nurse this and she just said it was just the baby moving down . I was sweating profusely and Dave was putting ice cold wash cloths over my face and neck to try and keep me calm. He kept reminding me to just breathe and stay calm which I was doing but I felt like I was going to die. I just kept praying over and over each time a contraction would hit and just when I thought I would die it would subside. About 6:35 the nurse says she wants to check me again as I am getting ready to turn onto my back I feel this contraction that feels unlike any of the other ones, I kept saying over and over "this feels really weird, this one feels different" sure enough she checks me and says "you are complete, I am calling the doctor (who was still at home!) just breathe." The next contraction comes and I don't remember much after that. I remember saying "its coming, its coming" and then hearing the nurse get on the phone to the ER to send a dr. up asap. My eyes were closed the entire time and Dave said I was kind of turning my legs back and forth and he kept trying to just grab them and hold them apart. I felt the baby coming out and they kept telling me to just breathe (yeah right) and then I hear the doctor run in, feel the baby's head pop out and then he says to me "push" and I feel the baby slide out right onto the bed. It was like complete relief just comes over you and you forget all the pain you were in. I was still kind of in shock over how everything had gone, the dr. was literally in his nice shirt and khakis and had time to just throw a pair of gloves on (oh and did I mention that I know him, I opened up my eyes after I pushed the baby out and said "OH! Hi Tony." Kind of surreal). I kept asking if it was a boy or girl and it finally registered to me that we had another boy! They put him up on my stomach and he was just screaming away, then they took him away to just give him a little oxygen since he had come out SOOOO fast! My dr. showed up about that time and felt bad that she had missed it. At that point I was just so relieved that is was over and I had my new son with me that I did not really even care.

Who would have thought after having to be induced with Colt, 12 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing that my second son would be born almost 3 weeks early after only 1 push! I never could have imagined that it would have happened like it did but I am so glad it did. It was kind of cool to get to experience natural childbirth though I am not sure if I would want to do it again or not. The after parts are a bit more difficult (and painful) when you are not numb and I lost quite a bit of blood because he was born so fast. We ended up having to stay at the hospital an extra day because I passed out the night I had him from losing so much blood. Luckily Dave was there to grab me and get me back into bed. All I remember is waking up and looking at Dave and him saying "you just passed out." Most people hemoglobin levels are about 12, after I had Jax mine went all the way down to a 7. I had to stay in bed and lay flat for about 18 hours after he was born because I felt so dizzy and lightheaded. I am still not back to 100%, I have to take it easy and I get kind of tired just walking up the stairs. Its a weird feeling, my doctor put me on some iron pills to get my levels moving back up quicker but she says it will take a month for my body to produce enough blood to make it all back up. A transfusion is not neccesary unless things don't improve but she thought that my body would be able to make them up on its own.

All right last thing before I close this story. I have to give serious brags about my husband because he WAS AMAZING!! I don't know how he manages to stay so calm but he always does it, I never have to tell him what I want or need in labor he just seems to know these things. He saw that I was sweating and hot so he went and got a big bucket and had the nurse fill it with ice water and then got enough wash cloths to keep me cool the entire time. He was constantly changing them out and making them colder, coaching me through each contraction and then at the end when things were going crazy he is still able to stay calm about the entire thing. Even when I was bleeding alot and the doctor was trying to get it to stop he was checking on Jax, taking him out to see Colt and then making sure I am taken care of. He really is amazing.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Boy Names

Dave and I have been talking about names for months now! Its a little more work when you have to come up with one of each. We already have a girl name which I have told some of you but I am not going to mention on my blog right now. However, we are completely stuck on what to name this baby if it is a boy. So if you have any really good suggestions we are open to them right now. We prefer a shorter name just because our last name is so long and the middle name will be David so it needs to go with that. So leave a comment and give us some ideas, even if I have never met you before feel free to leave your favorite boy name.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Swim Time

It has been really hot here for about a week now, today its supposed to get up to the low 90's. This past weekend Dave got Colt's pool blown up and we filled it with water, since then its just been sitting in our yard so the water has gotten pretty warm. Dave's family was coming over to Walla Walla for dinner tonight and Colt was a bit dirty. We figured we would let him go swimming before they got here and that would give him a bath as well:) He loved it. I stripped him down and let him have fun.

Wipe out! You can see the water that was splashed on my lense.

Splish Splash, he loves the water!

He was walking around the pool like a duck all squated down and then he would jump up and yell....

.......Pacas! (we have Alapacas in the field behind our house). Isn't his tush cute?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Doctor Appointment

I went to the doctor today. I am going weekly now which seems to make things go even quicker! I am 1 cm dialated and she said my cervix is definitely thinning out. I think with Colt I did not start dilating until I was 38 weeks pregnant. I have been having quite a few contractions lately and these are a little more intense than the braxton hicks that I have been having. I am really starting to feel uncomfortable so if this baby decides to come a little early I will not be too upset.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Weekend

Our good friends Shane and Courtney came to see us for the long weekend. Court and I have been friends since college and we were roomates as well. Dave and Shane became friends while visiting us at college. It was such a fun weekend!
Dave and Shane spent almost the entire weekend fishing. I think they had a great time though because they were always in a good mood whenever Court and I did see them.
Maybe the beverage had something to do with that good time:)
Court and I spent the weekend taking long walks, talking ALOT, playing with Colt and hanging out in downtown Walla Walla. We dropped Colt off at my parents one afternoon just so we could walk around downtown for a bit. It was so nice and relaxing!!
Colt had a great time as usual. He wanted to wash my car so we let him use the hose for a bit.
In the process he got himself completely soaked!
Since we moved Colt into our guest room when he got his big boy bed, when Court and Shane came we thought we would just put him back in the crib for the weekend so they could have Colt's room. The minute I tried to put him down he started yelling "no baby room, no baby room,....that room" and pointing to his room. So we let him fall asleep in his room and then moved him into the crib, however he woke up pretty soon after so he ended up sleeping in our room all weekend which actually worked out just fine. He still however refers to his bedroom as "Shane's room" now:) But he transitioned back into his bed nicely after they left.

Friday, May 22, 2009


I had an ultrasound today to get an estimate of weight. Colt was just under 9lbs so my doctor just wanted an idea of how big this baby might be. He/She is already just under 7 pounds and that is at 35 weeks 6 days. This baby is going to be good size if I make it to full term and the ultrasound was correct. Of course these are only estimates and it could be off by as much as a pound but I have a feeling its probably pretty accurate. This baby feels big and is definitely running out of room in there! The baby was measuring at 38 weeks 3 days and his/her head was measuring at 39 weeks 6 days. Colt had a big head too at birth, I blame Dave for that gene:) I go back to the doctor on Tuesday so I will update then and let you know what she has to say. Most likely she will probably give me the option to be induced at 39 weeks if baby is not here yet. I really hope to go into labor on my own this time but there is no way I want to go too far past my due date so I kind of have mixed feelings on the whole thing. I guess there is no point in worrying about it right now.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Colt's Dave's New Toy!

Look what showed up in our garage yesterday afternoon!! I don't think Dave can use the excuse that this was for Colt's enjoyment though (and for any of you who think I am such a nice wife for letting him buy yet another new toy I didn't even really know he was going to buy it!).
Colt did want to sit on it though so we let him do that and of course he started playing around with how to turn it on. My kid is already much better than me at figuring out how tools and machines work and he is not even 2 yet!
Dave's response: "Look how happy this made Colt!"
He promises he has everything he needs now to go hunting this November (that is besides a helmet and a motorcycle license!). He did promise me he would get a helmet asap though and I asked him to please not ride it until he had gotten one. I am guessing that when I get home tonight it will have already been purchased:)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Just Colt

Colt story: So yesterday it was about 90 degrees here and I sent Colt to daycare in shorts and a t-shirt but failed to pack him any type of hat. Apparently, when they all went outside to play Colt was the ONLY ONE without a hat to put on and he was very upset as he wanted to wear one like all the other kids. The only type of hat that Joyce (his babysitter) had was a winter stocking hat so she gave that to him and they went outside to play. Joyce said his little face was beet red and he was sweating profusely but he refused to take it off since all the other kids had there hats on. When I got home last night and was told this story by my mom (she had picked him up at daycare since I had track practice) I went looking through Colt's stuff from last year and found him one of his old hat's that still fits. Isn't he a cute model??

Keep that finger out of that nose!
Silly boy!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

35 weeks

I have been bugged by some to put up a new belly picture. I keep asking Dave to take one and he always has an excuse so I snapped this one real quick using the timer. Sorry its not great but you get the idea. It actually makes me look smaller than I really am, in reality I look ready to "pop any day" as my high schoolers tell me frequently. Notice the jeans I am wearing, those are my designer pregnancy jeans that my parents got me for my birthday this year, I love them and they are so cute. However, I am so ready to start wearing normal clothes again and exercising like I used too! Is it weird that I lay in bed at night picturing all the different runs I am going to take after this baby is born??:) Well the countdown is really on now, we have an ultrasound next week to check the size of the baby (and no we will NOT be looking at the gender!!) and school is out June 12th! I have just one more week left of track (which I have loved doing and will miss it but am excited for it to be over because it means this baby is closer to being here).We have a lot to look forward to in the coming month!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bubble Bath

I gave Colt a bubble bath for the first time a couple days ago. Now everytime we take a bath he looks at me and says "bubbles??"
When I was reading him one of his curious george books last night george was taking a bubble bath and Colt immediately recognized the bubbles and started saying "more bubbles please!!" over and over.
I love him!!
This is the best age right now, he is so into being my helper (or daddy's helper) and wants to do everything we do. I hope it continues when the baby gets here!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


About two months ago Dave got himself a 4-wheeler to use for hunting this year. He has ALOT of hunting trips planned for next fall, in fact I think he will basically be gone the entire month of November (which also happens to be around the same time I will have to return back to work after having the baby....should be interesting:)). Anyway, Colt absolutely has fallen IN LOVE with the 4-wheeler (he can even say 4-wheeler). He asks to ride it constantly, from the minute he wakes up in the morning until even after dark he will ask Dave to go on the 4-wheeler.
Dave rides around the back yard with him and he just grins and laughs the entire time and yells "faster" when Dave goes to slow. He knows more about how it works than I do. Colt already knows how to put the key in, turn it on, how to turn the lights on and how to shut it off and take the key back out.
So now when I give Dave a hard time for spending money on a 4-wheeler his response is "well it sure makes Colt's life really happy!" Which I guess is true, if he wakes up in a bad mood from his nap Dave just takes him on a ride and he's happy again! Money well spent! I am NOT looking forward to when he wants to ride it himself though.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Coloring Colt

Colt has been really enjoying coloring and playing with stickers lately. Its a nice activity to have him do at the table when I am trying get something done around the kitchen.
His Memah gave him a coloring book and these nice big crayons for Christmas and then she gave him stickers for Easter. He has so much fun picking out the stickers and putting them on the paper and then coloring all around them.
He was being so good I gave him a little bowl of jelly belly's just for fun.
Colt's smile is so awkward for pictures lately

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all moms!!
This sweet little boy came into my room at 6 am this morning saying "mommy" and proceeded to cuddle and kiss me in bed for the next 30 minutes. The perfect way for any mom to wake up. We took the new stroller out for an early morning walk, the weather was beautiful and Colt made sure to point out all the animals we saw along the way (sheep, cows, horse, birds, dogs, and the 4-wheeler). We went out to breakfast, went to church and then came home and took a nap. My nap was interrupted when Colt came in and wanted to play, we spent the afternoon reading books, putting together puzzles, playing with his blocks and shooting hoops in his bedroom. Colt even helped me give Byson a bath and then helped both Dave and I give him a haircut after that. Dave made dinner for us and then we went outside for an hour to do some yard work and let Colt play. I am so blessed to have these two boys in my life and can not wait to meet the new one (and find out if I am going to be outnumbered or am going to even up the playing field a bit) in just a few short weeks.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day

Mother's Day came a day early for me this year. Even though its not until tomorrow I got all my gifts today! It started in the morning when I opened up Colt's gift that he had made for me at daycare, a very cute heart that he had decorated. Then Dave gave me a gift from his mom (sandals, treats, magazine, and a very cute swim suit cover-up dress) and a card that made me really cry (thanks Julie!!). I spent the morning organizing the closet in Colt's room and doing some more organizing and arranging in the baby's room. Once Colt went down for a nap I got a back rub from Dave and ended up taking a nap myself for about an hour. Later on that afternoon, Colt gave me his second gift....a brand new sport watch! I love it and have been needing one since my other one was so old. It's especially nice during track season because I am often timing kids during practice and meets and this watch even has the split feature which is great. Then this afternoon my parents stopped by with my brand new double jogger BOB stroller!! It was a baby gift from my parents and my sisters, I have been wanting a BOB since I found out I was pregnant with #2 and heard such great things about this stroller. I must say that so far I am more than impressed. Its even easier to handle than my single stroller and Colt fits in it nicely. We all went for a walk to the Worm Ranch for dinner and then off to the park so Colt could play.
Colt's already ready for the big boy swings and he does really well holding on. Papa made sure not to push him too high!
He had such a fun time.
Next came a trip down the big slide.
With Di Di there to catch him!
Finally the merry-go-round which he loved and kept saying "fast fast" Dave got it going pretty good too and Colt had a great time. It was just about the perfect day, it felt like my birthday only better!! I love being a mom and could not imagine my life without Colt. He makes it so much easier to wake up every morning and gives me a reason to look forward and enjoy each moment.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Random Bedtime Pictures

Colt all ready for bed and reading some of his favorite books.
He prefers any books with animals or construction type stuff. Lately he has been asking for "ghorge" alot which is Curious George.
Then of course he has to kiss his lovies. I will never forget being pregnant with him and Dave and I had taken a trip to Lynden to see friends. The girls went shopping around Lynden and Julie told me I had to buy Colt a "lovie" so I got him a lion and then someone else got him the blue bear lovie for a baby shower. They have been his favorite thing to sleep with. Every morning when we get out of bed he gives them a kiss and then puts them back to bed.
This is what we call Colts "Byson face", our little dog Byson has the worst underbite and so when we ask Colt to show us his Byson face he sticks his lower teeth out.
I tried to get a quick smile before bed but this is the best I could do. Our camera has a flash on it and for some reason Colt hates it so when I start snapping pictures he immediately starts squinting his eyes, even before I take the picture!

My "big" boy!

Colt moved rooms this weekend and into his very own big boy bed! It was a sad day for mommy but he loved it! Since our house is still for sale and we are still unsure of where we will be living in the near future we decided to just have him move into the guest room into our queen size guest bed for now. When we figure out if we are going to be moving or not we will buy him something smaller (probably a twin or full) but for now he gets a nice big bed. As you can see he is pretty happy about how it all worked out. Dave and I always know he is comfortable and tired when he puts his hands behind his head. It's a sure sign he is ready for some sleep!
Since we didn't get to buy him a new bed yet we went ahead and did some antique shopping yesterday and found some really neat old planes, cars, and trains and decorated his room. He LOVES it, everytime he walks into his room he starts yelling "airpane" "twain....whoo whoo" its hilarious. He did awesome sleeping in his bed, Dave and I never heard a noise from him until 7:30 this morning when he woke up. Dave walked into the room and Colt is lying in his bed looking at the ceiling (we hung the airplanes from the ceiling) saying "daddy, airpane!"
My mom had given us some shelves that she no longer wanted so Dave painted them black and then we put cars and trains on them. We still have to finish putting the rest of the cars up. We also found the older looking signs at Klickers here in Walla Walla.
His dresser with his fire truck!
The airplanes that Dave hung from the ceiling over his bed, these were a huge hit with Colt! After we got Colt all moved I started putting the baby's room in order. I put new sheets on the crib (these are a neutral green color), put up the mobile, moved the changing table back into the nursery and put the changing pad back on it, got out the bouncer, baby swing, playmat and all of Colt's 0-6 months clothes and washed all of them. If its a boy we are set in the clothes department, if its a girl we have NOTHING! I mean nothing, not even one piece of clothing. I am thinking maybe I should buy 1 pink outfit just in case.....Dave and I are both so convinced we are having another boy:)