Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bath






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Lil guy




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First pic with mom and dad




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Lark man #2 is here




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Cute guy

Born 7:19am
7 lb 5 oz (smallest of our babies by 7 oz)
19.5 inches




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He's here!

7:19am




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First push on next contraction

Dr said baby is gonna fall out!

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Ready to push

Doctor Priestley is in the house and stirrups are coming out!

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Rallying the troops

Lots of nurses coming in and out. Just switched sides

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Fully dilated

Fully dilated and zero station. Gonna start pushing soon

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Ashly didn't sleep

I slept from 3-6:30 pretty soundly in my nice bed chair, but Ashly didn't at all. She had to keep moving and switching sides, her iv was leaking, the doctor came to check on things, her epidural is stronger in the left....just random things like that that kept her awake.

Update after Andrew's nap

Dr Priestley came in and checked me at 5 am. Dilated to a 5+, at a -2 station, and she broke my water. A little bloody so she thinks that the placenta may be separated from the uterus a little, but isn't super worried about it at this point.

6:25 dilated to a 7.

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Epidural

Just got epidural. All good. Checked cervix and at 4-5, so not much change. 

Nap time for Mommy...and Daddy

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Baby Elliott is on his way

Braxton hicks all sporadically Monday and Tuesday and all day Wednesday. Leaking some fluid since Monday.

We came to the hospital Wednesday night at midnight because there was some red tint in fluid. The nurse tested the fluid and it didn't come up as amniotic. Then before sending us home, the nurse said the doctor wanted her to check Ashly's cervix, and sure enough she was dilated to a four! So we got our room 290 at 1:45am Thursday October 24, 2013.

It's 2:30 now, and we are just resting. No epidural yet. We are gonna wait until the contractions hurt and are more consistent. Right now contractions are not too severe and Ashly can't even really tell how often they're coming.

Due date was supposed to be November 18, so we are a food 3.5 weeks early. But Ashly did always measure two weeks early through out the pregnancy, so maybe that was right.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monday, August 01, 2011

Cosette's Birth Story

I have been enjoying our sweet new arrival, but decided that after a month off it is time for me to blog about our sweet little thing, Cosette Isabelle Lark. We chose Cosette because we have liked it since Scarlett was born. Isabelle is my great-grandma's middle name, my grandma's middle name, my sister Erin's middle name, as well as Erin's daughters first name. After we decided to use it, we also found out that Andrew has a great aunt named Isabelle. So this baby girl has a lot of women to live up to.

If you follow our family blog, then you probably know most of the details of Cosette's birth since Andrew did his usual updates as things progressed. I just wanted to document a few things from my perspective before I forget them. I had been dilated to a 3 for almost three weeks and this baby girl still did not want to come out. So on June 29th at 7 am (her actual due date was June 27th) we headed to the hospital to be induced. My doctor offered to induce me on my due date, but we were in the middle of moving and weren't able to move into our new place until July 1st. So I opted to be induced on the 29th. That way I would be released from the hospital the day that we could move into our new place. I was pretty stressed about all of this working out, but Heavenly Father held onto our baby girl for just the right amount of time. It also just so happened that June 29th is Andrew's Aunt Jamie's birthday. She passed away about a week before Bennett was born. So it was a pretty special day.

Now back to the details. We arrived to the hospital at 7 am and Dr. Kaminskas broke my water about 7:30. I got my epidural soon after and the anesthesiologist was incredible. Not only did he do an perfect job putting it in, the epidural was just the right amount. Soon after that our crew arrived. This time we had my three sisters, my sister in law Shelly, Andrew's sister Katie and both of our mom's. Sadly, the rest of the ladies couldn't make it. My contractions were pretty inconsistent for the first couple of hours. My nurse Christine said this was due to the fact that Cosette was sunny side up and was attempting to turn around as she defended into the birth canal. I was on pitocin for a short amount of time and then finally baby girl was in position. It took about 2 hours to go from 4cm to 5cm, but then it took less than an hour to go from 5cm to 10cm. I was ready to start pushing, but we were waiting on our doctor. She was just about to walk in the door, when another one of her patients two doors down was also ready to push. She was a 4th time mom and was screaming a lot louder than me, so she won. I had to breathe through quite a few contractions (about 40 min.) and had to try really hard not to push. Finally Dr. Kaminskas came in and suited up. I pushed about 3 times and Cosette was here.

Overall it was a pretty simple delivery and I loved our stay at the hospital. It was so nice to take it easy and bond with my new baby girl before heading home to the chaos of moving and being a mother of three. I came home July 1st, went to my sister's house for a few hours and slept, and by the time I woke up everybody had pretty much moved us in. I can't even express how grateful I am for our families and all the work that they did. Andrew's mom was a lifesaver and organized our entire kitchen. It is more organized now than it ever has been. My sister Erin did the same for our bedrooms and the boys moved and put together all of the furniture.

Needless to say I am trying to take it easy, and enjoy our sweet little family of five.

I am still in shock that are family went from this...
to this...
with the arrival of this sweet baby girl
I am so thankful to the talented Ashlee Raubach and the amazingly beautiful moments she captured during the delivery. Check out the birth story here, the maternity session here, and the newborn session here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Family Reunion in Boulder, UT


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A few weeks after Cosette was born, we had our Collins family reunion at the Flake's ranch in Boulder Utah. Andrew had to go to Dallas for work, and Jackson had to stay home for work. So, Amy and I took 6 kids in our car and sent two kids with Jono, and drove up there. The drive was a little chaotic with a newborn baby and a one year old (Elsie). Scarlett was quiet and so well-behaved the entire drive, and then we realized it was because she was burning up with a fever in the back seat. She was sick the first couple of days. Still, we had a great time doing minute to win it games, water gun fights, swimming in the jacuzzi, going on hikes, late night card games, fireworks and pyrotechnics by pap, talent show, gunny sack races, and more. It was beautiful and so fun, until I got sick with the chills, fever, etc. Luckily, I had my mom and sisters there to help me with the baby and my other kids. The drive home was rough as I was still sick with a fever and chills so Amy had to drive the entire way and Hailey had to help with the babies. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to get back home to my own house!