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Mason’s Delivery: Take 2

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This past Thursday Jaime hit the magical 34th week of pregnancy. By 34 weeks she had only had one run to Labor & Delivery and that was a couple weeks ago. At that point the goal was 34 weeks.

34 week Thursday came and went with no pomp & circumstance, but lots of cheers! However, the next day things began to shake again…

About 1pm yesterday, I got a call from Jaime saying she was heading to the hospital with constant-close together contractions and to please meet her there. I jumped into the car and meg her as soon as she arrived.

Because of how fast the contractions came on she still had the girls with her and had made arrangements for Grandma to meet us at the hospital and take the girls back to her house.

Jaime headed into the hospital while the girls and I hung out, outside, waiting. Luckily it was a beautiful day and the hospital has a really nice entrance with lots of room for the girls to run. They had fun playing outside while we waited for Grandma to arrive.

Once I sent Grandma and the girls on their way I went to sit with Jaime. Upon arriving Jaime shared that contractions were every 2-4 minutes apart and that the baby had flipped since her last appointment on Wednesday, and was now feet first. This brought up the not so silent murmuring of a possible c-section.

Her contractions were constant and close together. First goal was to stop them.

They put her on some labor stopping medication and we waited.

We eavesdropped on other patients and the hospital staff.

We checked our phones, keeping family and friends updated on her condition.

Played Words with Friends.

And I did my best to distract her with my smart-aleck-ness (don’t think she was overly amused but the staff found me hilarious!) while we waited.

The medicine worked, but unfortunately not for very long. About three hours after her first dose the contractions picked up again and she was admitted for observation.

It was nice when she was moved out of the triage area and into a room with a tv! At least now we had something to watch to distract each other. (On a positive note the Mariners were playing and I caught the end of the game!)

Zak arrived as soon as he got off work and I left for a little while so they could have some privacy before he headed home to watch the girls.

When I got back to the hospital we settled in for a long night of constant interruptions. I think we went to sleep about midnight and at 1am I woke up to her getting up to go to the bathroom….I remember thinking “she’s going to the bathroom” but was so incoherent I didn’t get up and help her get unhooked from the baby monitors or unplug her IV.

Great support person, huh?!

I slept well, what can I say?!

We woke up this morning about 5:30am and were met by Nurse Kratchet. She was awful! I could tell it was going to be a very long day!

Luckily around 10am the doctor stopped by and said Jaime could be discharged, but was being sent home on bedrest. We couldn’t get out quick enough to get away from the cranky-know-it-all nurse.

I got her home and I took a nap. Jaime however never slept….apparently I’m a wuss!

The Goal: Get her to 35 weeks (Thursday). If she can hold on until then they will no longer stop labor and let her deliver. If she goes back before then, they will do more aggressive measures to stop it.

Hopefully she will make it well past 35 weeks and Baby Mason will flip into delivery position by himself. If he doesn’t and the doctor is unable to turn him, Jaime will be having a c-section. At this point (as cliche as it sounds) only time will tell.

Mason is in control and at the wheel….we will just wait for him to call the final shot! However he should stick around a bit longer as we’re throwing Jaime’s baby shower next Saturday! Will we make it?! We shall see!

35 weeks, 35 weeks! She can do it, I know she can!

But just in case I will be packing my own hospital bag just in case I’m needed again!

Happy FIFTH Blogiversary for this Auntie to Be!

First off NO NEITHER KELLY OR ALEX IS PREGNANT, though it may be a fun rumor to start…... Anyway, back to the real reason behind my post…

Wow, 5 years of documenting my life! Boring for y’all, quite therapeutic for me! I’ve really struggled the last year or so with my blogging. It’s not that I have nothing to blog about I’m just exhausted by the end of the day! The last thing I want to do is open up my laptop and write! Most nights you will find me curled up in front of the tv! I recently brought myself an iPad and am more likely to blog from this! We shall see…

So yes today is my 5th Blogiversary. I started blogging July 5, 2008 and have blogged pretty continuously since then (more or less!). I always include the comparison of the last 12 months of blog metrics and in tradition (that and I’m overly OCD) the metrics are listed at the bottom of the post!

However, I bet most of you are more intrigued by the Auntie to Be portion of the post! Well I’m excited to share that Madison and Emmalee are going to be big sisters to a baby brother!

Mason Russell is due August 29th, but will most likely make his grand appearance in early August! Jaime currently is 32 weeks, 1 day and the countdown is on! I have my fingers crossed for her to deliver on my birthday (August 24th) but I have two things going against me…

-1- Jaime refuses to deliver on my birthday, and I quote “there is no way I will deliver the baby on your birthday, that would be a cruel punishment for any one, let alone a child!. HOW RUDE! She actually went as far as saying she would keep her legs crossed all day to avoid delivering! Hmmm….

- 2 – Both the girls were born early. Madison came just a week early, but Emma was a month early born shy of 36 weeks. Jaime is already having contractions and is on moderated bed rest, so the race is on!

Brandi, Alex and I are throwing them a baby shower on July 27th, so we have our fingers crossed he will not be here by then!! Only time will tell!

Oh and here are a couple pictures of Jaime’s bump and big sister Em!

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*5th Blogiversary – July 5, 2013: Over the past year I blogged 66 times or 18% of the year! OUCH!

2012 Benchmarking vs. 2013 Benchmarking

Average Visits/day: 16 vs. 15 visits/day
Pages visited/visit (once they view my blog, how many separate parts of my blog do they visit on that visit): 2.05 vs. 1.87 Pages visited/visits
Bounce Rate (bounce rate shows how many people clicked around to different spots on my blog…the lower the % means people are touring my blog and reading different spots. Goal for blogs is 75% or less.) 67.31% vs. 69.06%
Average Time Spent on My Blog: 1:54 vs. 1:43
New Visitors: 55.42% vs. 75.46%

If you are interested in reading about my past Blogiversary’s you can check them out here:

4th Blogiversary in 2012
3rd Blogiversary in 2011
2nd Blogiversary in 2010
1st Blogiversary in 2009

Happy 5th Blogiversary Cori’s Big Mouth!!

Happy 7th Birthday, Madison Sophia!

As this blog post posts at 3:44am, Madison Sophia will be celebrating her 7th birthday!  Well, hopefully not really celebrating her 7th birthday, hopefully sleeping….but dreaming of the fun day ahead of her!!

It is mind boggling that this 6lb, 11oz bundle of joy is turning 7 years old.

Wow time flies!

Crazy.

I started blogging when Madison was just over two years old and have celebrated with her every year since!  I thought it would be fun to share some family photos of the day she was born. 

The night Jaime went into labor I had been over at their place watching television with her.  I left around 10pm, headed home and went to bed.  Just over an hour later Zak called me and said that Jaime’s water had broke and she had already been admitted to Labor & Delivery. 

WHAT?!  I had just left and yes, she had been having steady contractions…but to an hour later being admitted to the hospital?  That was crazy fast!

Brandi picked me up and we headed the 25 minutes into the hospital.

After arriving we checked in and learned that Jaime was really sick and didn’t want visitors.  Her nurse assured us that since it was Jaime’s first baby she wouldn’t deliver until at least 7am (1cm an hour).  So Brandi and I packed back up and headed back home.

Before we were even 5 minutes from the hospital Zak called and said she was getting her epidural and progressing fast.

I got home, climbed into bed and my phone starting ringing (maybe an hour later).  It was Zak saying, it was time to deliver and if I wanted to be there before the baby was born I needed to get my butt on the road. 

Remember this is now about 1:30am.

For the second time in a couple hours, in the middle of the night, I made the 25 minute trip to the hospital. 

I got there and found Jaime much happier, thanks to her wonderful epidural!  I probably waited with them in the hospital room for over an hour as we waited for the doctor to come to deliver the baby.

It wasn’t long after that when Madison Sophia entered the world at 3:44am.  I was outside in the hall during the delivery, but heard her first scream as she was delivered and was invited in quickly there after.  That’s a memory that I’ll always treasure.

Below are some family pictures from the day Madison was born.  We all look so much younger, well maybe not me, I look the same!

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Holding Maddie for the first time, remember it’s about 4am here and I’m looking awesome!

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After several hours at the hospital after Mad was born I headed home to get some sleep, shower and then returned to the hospital later that day!

Ahhhh….I just love this little girl, or I guess should say big girl now!

 

Happy Birthday, Maddie!!

 

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Happy 4th Birthday, Emmalee Paul

With New Years behind us, our family looks forward to the first birthday of the new year!  Today the adorable, Emmalee Paul turns 4 years old!

All of Emma’s life has been documented right here on my blog!  Emma was “my” blog baby

I started this blog when Jaime was about 4 months pregnant and I was able to document the highlights of Jaime’s pregnancy with Emmalee.  Including finding out she’s a girl, false alarm trips to Labor & Deliver during snowstorms (trip 1 & trip 2), being born, 1st Disneyland trip, 1st birthday, learning to walk, 2nd birthday, 3rd birthday and a whole lot of fun all dedicated to the wonderfully awesome Emmalee

Thank you Jaime & Zak for letting me document Emma’s life, here on my blog!

I think this birthday is going to much better then how she celebrated last year.  For her 3rd birthday, the day after she got her tonsils and adenoids out.  What a bummer way to celebrate!

An Emma funny….all during December when everyone was talking about “what I want for Christmas,” Emma would jump in and say “I want xyz for my birthday.” 

She seemed to have no recollections of Christmas and getting presents, but she knew that BIRTHDAYS meant PRESENTS!  So she kept asking for Christmas gifts for her birthday!  Luckily for her, her birthday is 9 days after Christmas!

Happy Birthday, Sweet Princess!  I’m so proud, happy and honored to be your “auntie”!  I love you!

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P.S. Thanks Brandi for the photo of some of the presents that Emma woke up too! Smile I’m guessing we will be celebrating her birthday this coming weekend….now what to get this little girl….that’s the question!

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Christmas Day

This was our second year of our “new” family tradition.  For the majority of my life we’ve had one big family Christmas, everyone all together.  However, with the new generation of great-grandkids, it’s been decided that they want to have their own Christmas morning traditions, just their family.  So we shifted.

I don’t like change.  I’m getting over it.

With that being said…

Christmas Eve we spent at my Grandma’s with everyone.  Where we had a fun day spent together, a delicious dinner and opened our traditional Christmas Eve/Day pajamas!  Christmas morning however was a bit different.

My nuclear family, plus my Grandma, all gathered together about 7:30am on Christmas morning to open packages together.  After all the opening was done we had a delicious breakfast of yummy French toast and then all went our separate ways to play with our new toys, rest and regroup for Christmas: Round 2!

Around 1pm, the rest of the family came over to my house and once again we were all together.  We opened a second round of presents.  Ate WAY TO MUCH delicious food!  Played games.  Made cinnamon rolls and of course talked and talked and talked!

It was a perfect Christmas Day!

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Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Christmas Eve

Yesterday, I posted our 2012 Family Photo!  If you missed it, hop over and check it out!  It turned out really good, all 12 of us are looking at the camera and smiling.  The amazing feat is it only took us five tries!  I’m happy with the photo we ended up with!

Today, I’m going back a couple days to Christmas Eve and sharing some fun photos of our family that were taken on Christmas Eve!

DSC_0311Pretty sure this is my token blog picture…. I seem to use this pose a lot!

DSC_0329Grandma opening a beautiful plant/flower from Aunt Sue!

DSC_0331My dad all proud he put together (part of) Merida’s bed, from the Movie Brave, a piece of the castle Emmalee got.  I couldn’t get this bed together for the life of me!

DSC_0333-2Madison started a family Christmas Carol sing-a-long after we all ate a yummy dinner of ham!

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DSC_0354-2DSC_0362My dad even had us break into Hava Nagila, channeling our inner Jewish roots!

DSC_0370Kelly & Zak weren’t nearly as impressed with the family sing-a-long!  And yes, that is Kelly “stabbing” a fork in Zak’s eye!

DSC_0375Alex tried to end the singing by starting a spoon sticking contest!

DSC_0380Grandma helping Emmalee open her Christmas Eve pajamas!  A LONG running family tradition!  Grandma always buys the grandkids new pajamas on Christmas Eve.  Now it’s just the little girls who get special PJ’s from Grandma!

DSC_0385Even though we don’t get specially picked out Grandma pajamas, we all get matching pajamas to wear on Christmas Day.  You must wear the pajamas to be admitted to the table for Christmas dinner!

Are you curious what our pajamas looked like??

I love my family!  We always have a blast together and I feel so blessed to have them all live so close to me!

Up next…Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas!

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Grey Thursday & Black Friday

As I write this post I’m standing in line at Old Navy waiting for the 12am opening! We’ve been in line for about an hour now….freezing cold and ready to go in!

We hit Walmart at 8pm and to my surprise it wasn’t bad at all….well unless you wanted to checkout! We lucked out and while shopping I realized the jewelry counter was checking out! We stood inline for about 15 minutes but it beat the line that sneaked around the building!

After Walmart, we got to Target right as it opened and into our shock it was crazier then Walmart was! We wandered around but didn’t find anything worth buying, but it did waste an hour!

We hit up McDonalds for a late night snack and now are waiting for the Old Navy doors to open!

We have 19 minutes left to wait. I can see Santa passing out something to people in front of us and he’s getting closer! With each inch we move forward feels like progress!!

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

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