Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Bedtime Story

Tomorrow is Mother's Day.

This will be my third year being a mother and my first as a mother of two.

How I got so lucky to be the mama of the two best little girls in the whole wide world, I'll never know.

Every morning is like starting the day being fired from a cannon. It's go go go and it's absolutely exhausting, but it's an adventure I wouldn't trade for the world.

Poppy and Posey make every day worthwhile and I am so thankful to have them for eternity.

Sleep tight my darlings... sleep well.....

Good Night!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Crescent Beach

We recently got back from a lovely trip to California- man, oh man, have I got a lot of pictures and advice to share. 
But these last couple days in Iowa have been frightfully cold so I thought I would reminisce about the warmer days we spent on a beautiful beach. Why we chose to live in such a cold state I'll never know. Can't wait until we can go back!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Going Private

I think it's time to make My Happy Thought a private blog. If you would still like to follow the two posts a year- just kidding! (kinda) send me an email or comment with your email below and I'll add you to the list. Thanks for all your love and support!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

G's Girls

I mentioned previously how nervous I was for Poppy transitioning to having a baby in the family but she has done surprisingly well. She absolutely ADORES Posey and just loves her to pieces but she has had some trouble listening and obeying lately. But I chalk that up to the age and maybe just a little bit to adjusting to sister. 
One of the most wonderful moments for me was when she met her sister for the first time. I had heard that it helps to have a 'gift' for the older sibling from the baby and vice versa. Make few weeks beforehand, Poppy and I decided on a little stuffed animal to give the baby once she arrived. I then put together a little gift bag full of things I knew Poppy would like as well as be able to enjoy at the hospital. That included a darling new Rapunzel dress, crayons, coloring book, nail polish and a tea set. 
Gavin picked her up and brought her to me. She was so sweet and unsure of what was going on but still had the cutest smile on her face. 
I gave her hugs and talked to her for a minute before pointing out the baby Addie was holding in the corner. 
I am not one to cry after giving birth and am holding my baby for the first time. Too many emotions at once I guess but when Gav brought her over to us, I immediately burst into happy tears when I saw my two girls together for the first time. Words can't even explain how much love I have for these two beautiful girls. My heart had never been so full before and I am so thankful to be their mommy. 

Birth Story of Miss Monroe

Obviously it's been a long time since I posted. A looooong time. So much has happened- especially the newest addition of our family and I know it won't be as easy this time around, what with two kids and all, but I want to document it as best I can like I did with Poppy.

So best start off by telling her birth story while it's still {somewhat} fresh in my mind. 

Miss Monroe was due on July 31, 2014 but each doctors appointment prior to her arrival suggested that she would not be arriving in time. Unless you've been there yourself, I cant tell you how awful it is to hear that when you are 9 plus months pregnant. Many tears were shed in desperation to be done and meet my little girl. 
My sweet mom and wonderful sister had driven out to Iowa after quite an adventure {that's a story for another day!} 
and were such troopers! Putting up with me and my hormones were not easy I tell you. {Sorry guys!} 
They entertained my energetic two year old, they cleaned my house, they made dinners and did their best to keep my mind off of how uncomfortable I was. Gavin was great too. So sweet and supportive even after working long hours at TWO pharmacies. Crazy boy. 
Well the due date came and went with no progression. If I didn't end up going into labor on my own, my doctor said they would induce me a week later. {Yuck}
After a long week of walking, bouncing on a yoga ball, crying, pretty much everything they tell you to induce labor, nada. We scheduled the induction for Aug 7th. We headed into the hospital on Aug 6th to the the cervidil started and planned on starting the pitocin for the morning.
       ^ Last picture as a family of three!

I was so nervous for how Poppy would handle everything. I wanted her love her sister. I wanted her to know that we still loved her more than life itself. I wanted her to handle the transition ok. I wasn't nervous for the labor and delivery at all, compared to the worry I felt for my Poppy Girl. 

We got all settled and had a nice nurse, at least I think we did. Honestly, it's amazing how much you forget so quickly.
We took it easy and tried to get as much sleep as we could before game time.
I actually slept better that night than I had the last few weeks of being pregnant. 
My dad had made it into town so he was going to watch Poppy while my Mom and Addie came to be with me. We started the pit around 6 am and the contractions were kinda slow going. It wasn't until about 10:00 that I asked for my epidural. The anesthesiologist was great and was able to get it done quickly and I was on cloud nine after that. {Oh and Gavin didn't pass out this time. Got woozy? Yes but the lights never went out this time.} Haha. 
My nurse, LeAnn, was really fantastic. I wasn't progressing very fast so she had me lay on my side for a bit. Gavin was pretty hungry so he was going to run down to the cafeteria to grab a bite. When LeAnn came back to check on me, I had gone from a 6 to a 10 super fast. My mom had to call Gavin to come back because we were ready to push. I honestly don't remember how long I pushed for but it felt much longer than with Poppy. I was having a hard time breathing and pushing at the same time so in between contractions, they have me oxygen. Man, that stuff is goooOoood! I mean, I breath oxygen all day every day and it's nothing like the stuff they give you there. :)
I was getting pretty exhausted so I I would get my oxygen and close my eyes and just focus on taking deep breaths. 
After what seemed like forever, I have one final push determined to bit wait another minute to see her and there she was! They pulled her right out and the doc asked who was going to cut the cord, but little miss already had a firm grip in the scissors like she was ready to cut her own cord. They put her on my chest and I immediately felt my heart double in size.

She was beautiful! All this dark hair and rosy round cheeks. She was perfect. 
Monroe Elizabeth Gardner was born 8-7 was 7lbs 8 oz (notice those inverted numbers?) She was born at 2:20 pm and was 20 inches long (the numbers again! It's cool but really throws me off sometimes. Haha) 

Miss Monroe. Practically perfect in every way.

***EDIT*** For safety reasons, Monroe will now be referred to as Posey. 

My Heart Just Got Bigger