Thursday, August 29, 2013

3 boys and A GIRL!

Colt Mires (6), Case Michael (2), Jax David (4) and Colbi Lyn (4 days)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Pictures from Colbi's birth

Colbi Lyn Pemberton

Colbi Lyn Pemberton was born on August 25, 2013 at 5:04 am. 
She weighed 8lbs 10oz and 21.5 inches long.

Birth Story
 At my 40 week appointment I was 3 cm and 60% effaced, my doctor was shocked that I had not gone into labor yet. Colt and Case were both 3 days early and Jax was 3 weeks early. The baby was still pretty high in my pelvis at this appointment and my doctor did not want me to go much past 41 weeks so we scheduled an induction for Tuesday August 27.  Dave and I along with all the boys were born on odd days (5, 23, 25, 31 and 23) so I was really hoping all along that this baby would also be born on an odd day, thus I made sure to schedule the induction for an odd day assuming I did not go into labor first. On Saturday the 24th I started out the day with a long way with Case and Jax, followed by lots of bouncing on an exercise ball, spicy mexican food and ending the night with Dave and I watching a movie after the boys went to bed. I fell asleep about 10:00 with a few contractions going on but nothing out of the ordinary. I woke up at midnight (on the 25th!) and went to the bathroom when I noticed that I was having contractions. They were more intense than what I had been having for the past 3 weeks and they were also pretty close together (I would say around 5 minutes apart or so). I tried to go back to sleep but they kept coming, I got out the I-pad and played on that for awhile when I realized that they were not stopping and they seemed to be coming a little closer (I never really timed them). I figured I should call my mom and have her come over just in case it was the real thing, I made the phone call then woke up Dave and told him that I was having contractions but I did not think we needed to leave just yet. Dave got up and started timing them after the 2nd contraction he said "those are only 2 minutes apart, we are leaving NOW". He was a bit worried after me going SO fast with Jax and Case that we would not make it to the hospital in time for this one. My mom got to the house and we left, we got to the hospital and checked in. The nurse checked me and said I was 5cm dilated and 100% effaced but the baby's head was still high. She asked if I wanted an epidural and I told her as long as I was not still pregnant at noon I would probably be doing it without drugs. I laid on my side, Dave got the ice water, ice chips and cold washcloths and I focused on getting through each contraction and then relaxing and praying in between them. Honestly, the first part of the labor was much easier than either Jax or Case's had been. With both of them my water broke early on and so the contractions were intense (with Colt I was induced with pitocen and opted for an epidural). Since my water had not broken yet the contractions were very manageable, around 3:3she checked me again and said I was at an 8. She decided to call the doctor so she could come in and break my water. She said she felt like if the water broke her head would drop down and then we could have a baby.  My doctor got there about 4:00 and broke my water and said immediately that the head had dropped down, the next hour was tough. The contractions were bad since my water was broken and I was drenched in sweat. After each contraction Dave would replace the washcloths on my face and neck with ice cold ones to try and keep me cool. It was really nice not having to talk during this time, Dave knew exactly what I needed when I needed it and that made the pain a little better. Around 4:50 I rolled over and said I thought I needed to push, the doctor checked me and said I still had a small lip left on my cervix but thought I would be able to push through it.  I was so glad to finally be able to push, with the next contraction I started pushing and because she was still a little high (and a pretty good size baby) the pushing felt incredibly hard. I would not say it hurt because it was actually a relief to be able to push and I was so high on endorphins at that point but I had to push so much harder than I ever pushed with my other 2 natural deliveries. Even so, it only took 3 contractions and out came a screaming, crying baby. The doctor immediately put her on my chest and I looked at Dave. "Its a girl" he said and I started crying. After all that waiting and anticipation, months of praying for a healthy baby, going 5 days past my due date and then delivering this perfect little baby SHE was finally here. They let me keep her on my chest for quite a while and then took her away to weigh and measure her. She was my biggest baby by exactly 1oz, Colt was 8lbs 9oz and the other boys were 7lbs 6oz and 7lbs 9 oz.  She cried and cried until I finally got the chance to nurse her and she immediately latched on and ate for an hour.
We did not have a name for her when she was born because we were undecided on our girl names, we had three names that we liked: Colbi, Logan and Sawyer. I really really wanted to name her Sawyer, I had been trying to convince Dave when I was pregnant if she was a girl to name her Sawyer. But once she was born and everyone had left and it was just me, her and Dave in the room I started calling her all the names and Sawyer just did not fit. I finally told Dave, as much as I want to name her Sawyer she is definitely a Colbi. Funny enough Colbi is the girl name that we had when we were pregnant with both Jax and Case but since they ended up being boys we never used it. Then with this baby I kept feeling like we needed to do something besides a "C" name since we already have so many c names in our family but in the end it did not matter.
Our family is now complete.
We have 3 sons and a daughter.
We could not be happier.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Patiently waiting for baby #4

 Here is baby at 39 weeks + 2 days. I am doing well, at my dr. appt yesterday I was 3cm dilated and 50% effaced. It is just a waiting game now, I am feeling pretty good so I can not really complain but I am very excited to meet him/her and I know it will not be too much longer.
 We have been trying to keep very busy while waiting for this baby to arrive. I have basically tried to plan our schedule so we have some sort of activity every day just to keep everyone happy and myself sane. My mom took the boys to the Whitman Mission one day so I could get some work done for grad school.
 We have spent a couple afternoons at the swimming pool, this is probably the boys favorite activity right now. They all love to swim!
 Dave took a day off of work and went to least his idea of heaven. Him and his buddy Tim went up to Dayton and scouted for elk, they had a great time hiking and enjoying the beauty of the mountains. He came home in the best mood I have seen him in all summer.:) He is already planning and organizing all his hunting gear in preparation for deer and elk hunting beginning September 1st.
 My little sister sent Colt a huge box of candy from Dylan's Candy Bar for learning to ride his bike. The boys were thrilled. Colt chopped up that huge 5lb chocolate bar with a hammer and then we put it in freezer bags and froze it. I am planning on using it for baking over the next year.
Case is doing well sleeping in the boys rooms and still takes naps on a regular basis (yea!!), however, last night when I went to check on the boys before going to bed myself I saw Case's bed was empty. He had crawled in with Jax and they were both asleep. Most night while Colt falls right asleep these two enjoy talking and playing for a couple more minutes before crashing themselves. While their personalities could not be more different they act like the best of friends and Case brings out another side of Jax that we do not see much. It is fun to watch and nice to know they will have each other when Colt starts all day kindergarten in less than 3 weeks.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Jubilee Lake

Our friends the Stacy's were in town at the beginning of August so we took a day trip up to Jubilee Lake with all 5 of the kiddos. It was so nice to get out of the heat of Walla Walla and spend some time hiking, swimming and fishing.
 Jax (4), Kendall (3), Case (2) and Colt (6). Zak was in the front pack most of the time.

 Court and Zak.
The weather was perfect, it was 70 degrees and sunny and the water felt really nice. We spent the entire day at the lake and left around 4:30, all the kids passed out on the way home (well except Jax of course).

Friday, August 2, 2013

10 years....

I look at these pictures and still remember that day so vividly, it seems like just yesterday yet here we are 10 years later with 3 children (soon to be 4) and I just want to bottle up my memories of that day and relive it over and over again. Without a doubt it was the best day of my life up until that point. I can still remember our first dance together and the excitement we both felt of starting our lives together. I remember dancing with my dad and crying and looking over and seeing Dave crying too. I remember laughing so hard at Marni and Taylor's speeches, the words they said were so true, sweet and funny. Now 10 years later our life together has changed so much and though it is not always easy I am more in love with this man than I have ever been. He knows me better than anyone and takes care of me in so many ways. I am blessed, I hope he feels that way too.