Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Birth Story

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The short version:
Midnight : Water has small tear at midnight. Infrequent but intense contractions.
5 am to 8 am: Went back to bed
8 am: no contractions, get ready for church
9 am: Primary, 2 movement-induced contractions
10ish am: Teach Valiant 8, 4 contractions
10:45 am: Skip Sacrament meeting, go home, contractions 2-6 minutes apart
11:30 am: leave for birth center, 3 contractions in the car, 2 on the stairs going in to the birth suite
11:45ish am: arrive at birth center 
12:00ish: transition begins
12:20 am: fully dilated, ready to push
12:28 am: baby is born!
Long version:
Thursday night: We were at Texas roadhouse celebrating Ben's birthday when I started getting contractions about 5-7 minutes apart. They weren't too serious, and this happened many nights before. We went to bed as usual, but I hoped I would wake up in the night and go into labor. No such luck.

Friday: Virtually no contractions.

Saturday: Virtually no contractions. We saw the midwife at 3:30 and then went to set up for the ward party. I didn't do too much heavy lifting, but helped with shifting tables and chairs, setting out tablecloths and decor and cutting food. I realized my feet were getting swollen and had a seat. At bedtime I took the boys home from the party and Mac stayed for the entertainment and to help clean. We watched some t.v. together and went to bed.


Sunday: (exact times in the night are tricky because some clocks were changed and others weren't) I woke up at midnight to go to the bathroom and when I went back to bed my water had broken just a little. I didn't get many contractions so I tried to chill and go back to bed. I couldn't relax so I went to watch Netflix in the living room (I was laboring to 30 Rock. Some women do Lamaze, I like Liz Lemon). From then till 5 or so I got strong but infrequent contractions. I went back to sleep listening to hypnosis tracks on the couch.


I woke up about 8 and our church meetings were at 9. I decided to get ready for church and just see if I could make it because I didn't have a sub for my primary class. Mac and the boys were going to go to Mac's niece's blessing, but we texted to say it was probably best we stay close to home. During sharing time I had a couple good contractions, but they were when I was moving around so I didn't think too much of them. When we went to class I had a really good contraction in the hallway. I didn't want to be dramatic especially walking by the men folk, so I just walked really slowly trying to pretend everything was cool. As I taught my class I had 3 or so more contractions and thought maybe I should call the presidency in to take over. With only 20 minutes left of class I figured I could handle it, so I did, but it became increasingly difficult to hide it from my class that I was in labor. After class we got our coats and went to the car (about 10:45) The boys both put up a fuss about missing sacrament and I almost left Mac and the boys at church so I could go home and labor alone. Luckily I didn't do that because when we got home my contractions picked up in frequency and intensity. They were still kind of sporadic, but anywhere from 2-6 minutes apart. I went to be alone (and watch 30 Rock) because the boys were loud and kind of obnoxious. Mac loaded up the car, texted the midwife, and I tried to explain to the boys to get changed out of their church clothes FAST. They didn't understand the urgency. About 11:10 I decided I would give it 20 more minutes and then head to the birth center. We left the house about 11:30 and got to the birth center at 11:45. Jen (the midwife in training) was there to let us in- she was still in her church clothes because we pulled her out of sacrament meeting. We talked between contractions and listened to the sermon of the southern Baptist church they share a lease on the building with. I couldn't make out exactly what they were saying but from the preacher's tone it seemed to be something about hellfire and damnation. I found it very amusing. I'm not sure what time, But I started getting that contraction that wouldn't stop. The midwives suggested I move to the bed. I didn't want to, but I'm glad I did because I had the baby about 10/15 minutes later. On the bed I started thinking thoughts like "natural birth is so dumb. I'm getting drugs next time", "seriously, when is this contraction going to end" and finally "I can't do this much longer". I had them check me because I was praying the end was near. When they checked me I was complete and could start pushing. The funny thing was I didn't really feel like pushing. With Ben I couldn't stop myself, but with this one I had to make a serious effort. We called the boys in to the room just as baby was crowning. When his head was out the midwife kept saying he was trying to breath and apparently trying to get himself out by wriggling around so she urged me to hustle up. It was such a relief to have labor be over, but it's so surreal to meet your baby. It still doesn't feel quite real. The boys just stuck around for a minute and then went back to watching Brave. I got some Pitocin for bleeding, snuggled and nursed baby, and got stitched up and had a snack. The boys came in to see baby weighed, measured and checked out. They were getting restless so we decided to head home sooner rather than later. I bathed, Mac packed the car and we went home. All in all it was pretty quick and painless.
I can't help but feel grateful that things went the way they did. I'm glad Mac didn't go up to Logan for the blessing. We were on the fence because I hadn't been having any contractions. He probably would have made it to the birth, but it would have been stressful. I'm grateful I didn't let the boys stay for sacrament- again it would have been stressful to have them gone when I needed to get to the birth center. I'm so glad I knew from experience to trust my body and get to the birth center in a reasonable amount of time. I was so glad not to transition in the car or on the stairs.  I'm really grateful for Chris and Jen. They are such pros and made everything so smooth and easy.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Two big changes for the Christensens:
1. We closed escrow on a house in Ogden.  It's in pretty good shape, so we're just in the process of making it our own.
2. I got a job teaching Math very part time.  It's an independent study program so I teach 2 classes, 2 days a week and the students do independent study 3 days a week.  I'll have one class of 7th-8th grade Math and one class of Math 1 (Algebra/Geometry).  Wish me luck!  

While we're here I'll share some pix.  Cause that's what it's really about anyway.

I'm Clark Kent!

The first room we started on was the boys room.  We switched out the lavender and greenish-beige for "faded ink" (blue)

The boys in the Presidential Room at Treehouse.

I think I can see Luke as a no-nonsense President and Ben as his all-nonsense Vice-President.

Of all the toys we left stored away, Luke misses his dress ups the most.  Here he is as a police officer at Treehouse.

As I'm working on a project Luke comes in to me and says "Hey mom!  I figured out how to climb on the roof!".  I was picturing the house roof, so I was relieved when he only climbed on the car.  I said "Wow, Luke.  Let me take your picture and then never do that again."  I'm trying not to imagine what the new neighbors think of my parenting.

Ben took a break from "Despicable Me" to help me sand the cabinets in preparation to paint them "Pebble".  Which is really just off-white with the slightest hint of gray (and maybe even mauve).  It's gonna be great.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lego Store

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
We always visit the Lego store and they always have great displays, but I don't remember them ever being this cool.

That, folks, is the last of the Disney posts!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013


Tuesday, July 09, 2013
We went to Disneyland for all of the second day and the morning of the third.  In no particular order:

The third day I didn't want to make the boys stand in line at all- they had been champs but needed more explore time so we went to Tom Sawyers island.  I talked to an employee there about a cat I'd seen at California Adventure.  He confirmed to me that there are lots of feral cats at the park.  They capture them, take them to the vet to make sure they're healthy, and release them back where they find them.  He said it's better pest control than leaving out poison!

Pausing at the island for a snack and a rest.

Jedi Training camp.  I knew Luke wouldn't go up and do it, but we wanted to go see it anyway.  I really love this show- especially Darth Maul. 

We met Mickey at his house.

While waiting to see Minnie the employees had to verify that an abandoned bag was safe (ah, how terrorism has changed things).  This extended our wait so the employee divided the line into two groups and had a trivia game with us.  Guess who won it for their team?  Mac and I.  I'm not really a Disney freak, but I guess being raised by one means I know more than most.

Checking out Minnie's Kitchen.  Her recipe on the fridge for cheddar cheese chip cookies looks...disgusting.

Meeting Minnie

They have a little petting zoo.  I was talking to an employee about if they breed them and what they eat.  They bred them a few years ago, but it was too much work when they gave birth, so they won't be doing that again.  They'll have to buy new ones in a few years.  There's a 5 acre ranch behind the park they get to pasture in at night.  They don't let visitors feed them because they mostly eat hay.  My mom wondered if they were pregnant because their bellies were so wide.  The employee said "once they've had a pregnancy their stomachs stay that way".  I feel your pain, goats.

Ben is such an animal lover.  I hope someday he can have a goat of his own.

Luke's a bit more hesitant around animals.

We met Pooh and his friends.

We went to the Royal Theater to see the Rapunzel show.  They basically condense the movie into 20 minutes with 2 narrators playing all the parts except Rapunzel and Flynn.  It was delightful- the narrators were hilarious as Mother Gothel and Maximus.  Plus we heard that if you wait around after the show the characters just might meet you there.

Wait we did and we were rewarded.  Note that this is the only princess Luke came close to.  I think standing next to Flynn gave him the courage.  I really love this movie, it's one of my Disney faves.

I took Ben on the rockets as Luke and Mac went on Star Tours.

We encouraged (ok forced) Luke to go on Splash Mountain.  He was worried the whole time, but after the big drop he said "that wasn't so bad".  We asked him if he wanted to go again because there was no line and he said "Maybe when I'm 5"

Ben's main entertainment while in the stroller was taking the princess stickers he got at Ariel's Grotto, bedazzling the stroller, and then bedazzling himself.  He actually took it rather seriously.

We also went to Tarzan's treehouse.  The boys love that movie and had fun exploring.

Goofy's Kitchen

Dinner one day was at Goofy's Kitchen.  You might think that Disney is expensive, but this buffet is where we break even.  The boys built up an appetite wrestling in the lobby.

When we saw Aurora I recognized her as Snow White from Ariel's Grotto (this happens with Belle and Cinderella-the same girl can play both).  I mentioned we'd seen her there, but not that she was a different princess.  She replied, "was I in my pink dress or my blue dress?"  I told her blue and she replied "Oh, my fairy godmother is always doing that to me!".  Princesses have to think on their feet.

The boys all really warmed up to Dale.

 Pluto was a great sport.  We were trying to get a pic with the boys, but Ben kept playing with his whiskers.  Pretty cute stuff.

We had taken a picture before eating that didn't turn out.  When we went to do the re-takes can you tell who wasn't happy about it? 

Monday, July 08, 2013

California Adventure

Monday, July 08, 2013
Our first day and part of the third were spent at California Adventure

The carousel was a hit.  I think we went 3 times.

We went on the Radiator Springs Racers, which was new to us.

We met Lightning.  Ben reminds me that we didn't get to go inside.

Chilling in line with cousin Jay.

One of my favorite new (to me) rides was the Toy Story midway ride.  You put on 3-D glasses and go to different games and use a slingshot-type gun to play.  Ben wouldn't let me help him, but he had a blast.

 While waiting for Luke to go on Soarin' (for the 3rd time) Ben and I watched Minnie and her Fly Girls sing.  Pretty cute stuff.

Aren't they cute when they nap? Aw!

We caught a showing of the red cap news boys.  The highlights were Mickey and "Open the Gates and Seize the Day".

On the Paris Wheel (Ben insists on calling it this).

Waiting for the Pixar Parade to start- the boys had fun running out to the street and back.

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail:
One funny moment was Ben going down the middle of both slides and sliding into the tree.  Only funny because he didn't get hurt.  That boy is wild, I tell you.

Luke persevered through several falls to get to the end of this horizontal rock climb.

Climbin' the bear.

At Carthay Circle (a restaurant modeled after the theater where Snow White premiered) : Wrestling is mandatory at most cousin functions.

Meeting Sully.  Luke was at Soarin'.

The trolley. Nana took all three boys!

Aw!  What a cute face, Luke.

Waiting for Mom and Dad to get off Tower of Terror.  One of my favorite rides of all time.

Waiting with Peter.

We got passes to see World of Color from Carthay Circle.  It was a pretty good spot and the show was pretty great.  Ben was on my shoulder for most of the show, but he asked to come down and promptly fell asleep in my arms.  We were at the park from before opening (7:30ish) to after World of Color (9:30ish).  That's one long day for anybody!