Monday, January 28, 2008

The Story

Okay, this might be a little long, but people have been asking. Here is the story of last week, when Elijah decided to enter this world . . .
Monday Morning
2:30 am : I woke up with awful back pain. Remembered that with the twins, all I had was back labor. Wondered if this could be it. So, I got up and started timing the pain when it would intensify.
3:30 am : Woke Nathan up to tell him the pain was coming every 3-5 minutes. Tried taking a bath to see if that would stop the pain. It didn't.
4:30 am : I called my parents, it was time to go to the hospital.
5:45 am : Checked into the hospital. I was only dilated to barely a 1 at that time. So they decided to monitor me and the babe.
7:00 am : The hospital called the doctor. (I was still a 1 at this point, but the contractions were still coming) My doctor, of course was on vacation, so it was the on call doctor, Dr. Bitner, that was in charge. (Turns out I know Dr. Bitner, he use to live in my stake growing up. So, I trusted his judgement.) He wanted to try a shot to relax my contractions. It worked for a 1/2 hour, and then they started again.
8:00 am : Dr. Bitner shows up. Talks about our options. He doesn't want me to labor much longer, and since my contractions wouldn't stop, we all decided the best thing to do was to have the baby.
9:30 am : Prep for my surgery starts, and Nathan changes into scrubs.
10:00 am : I'm wheeled into surgery to have my C-Section. Everything went really smooth. The doctors were very chatty. We talked about Kathrin Higel (spelling?), the actress, the games Guitar Hero, and Rock band, and about flying in Helicopters. Oh, and of course golf.
10:37 am : Elijah was born (of course at this time, he didn't have a name)
11:05 am : I was wheeled back into my recovery room, the C- Section went great. The doctor was amazed at how thin my uterus was. Said it could have been a real scary problem. So, it was very lucky that Elijah decided to come 3 weeks early.

Elijah took his first few breaths really well, and then decided to turn purple. They put him on oxygen, and everyone thought he would be breathing on his own in a hour or so. He of course was stubborn (wonder where he gets that from?!) and wanted help breathing so, after 3 hours in the nursery on oxygen, they decided to put him in the NICU so he could have all the attention that he wanted/needed. After some tests, the NICU discovered that he was missing a protien in his body that opens up the air sacs in his lungs, allowing him to breathe properly. His body was missing it, because he was born early. The body starts producing this protien at 38 weeks. So, they gave him what he needed, and said it would take a day or two for it to open the air sacs. He also was given an antibiotic to keep certian lung infections away. The antibiotic was what kept him in the NICU so long. His IV fell out of his hand on the 3rd day, so they had to put it in his head. It was sad to look at, but it didn't fall out again. On Wednesday morning, I went in to feed him. When the nurse handed him to me, his nasal canal (tube) fell out of his nose. She said, "Hey, lets keep it out and see how he does". He did great, and was done with his oxygen treatment just like that. Cold turkey. They loved him in the NICU. He had 2 great nurses out of the 8 there, and I think those 2 made a huge differece in his recovery. I am very greatful for them.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Friday, January 25, 2008

Home Sweet Home

I had to put a photo in that showed all of his hair!!

We made it home! We're all doing well, and adjusting just fine. Elijah is eating like a champ. Marlee is the greatest little helper ever. She spent her "nap time" just sitting on our bed starring at him. Vance and Noah keep calling him "baby". They know his name, but I think they prefer "baby" better. Nathan made a yummy dinner. And my head is foggy. That's about it for us tonight. Here's some more photos of Elijah. We'll get some family photos posted soon.

We're Going Home!!

Yup, that's right, we're going home sometime this afternoon. YEAH! As long as Elijah keeps behaving, he should get the thumbs up to leave the NICU and head home. Last night they let me have him in my room for a couple of hours. We had a party! We snuggled and watched t.v. for 2 hours together. It was perfect. Yesterday afternoon the kids (Marlee, Noah and Vance) finally got to see him. Our awesome Nurse wheeled him into the regular nursery window so they could have a peek at him. Marlee was so excited. And I think the boys finally believe there really is a little baby. It'll be interesting to see how we all do today when we're home. I promise we'll post later tonight, and add more photos. SO keep checking back.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Elijah Reid Ormsby

We have a name!!!
Elijah Reid Ormsby

Elijah cause we just like it. Reid is great grandads middle name and Ormsby from Nathan. He's still in the NICU but slowly coming off the oxygen. Hoping to have him all to ourselves in the next couple of days.

Monday, January 21, 2008

It's a BOY!!

Yup, that's right we have a new little boy in our family. I started having contractions at around 2:30 am this morning. We headed to the hospital at 5:30 am, and "Baby Ormsby" was born at 10:37 am (January 21). He weighs 6 lbs. 10 oz., is 19 inches long, and has some awesome black hair on his head and shoulders/back. :) He was born 3 weeks early, and because of that his lungs aren't quite ready to work. So, he's in NICU He still has not been given a name, but we're working on it.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

One more. . .

Somehow this photo didn't end up in the last post. It's too sweet to not add.
(Vance is in the blue on the left, and Noah's in the green on the right.)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Pic's for the week

Here's my cute kiddies for the week. . .
Marlee's enjoying my freshly painted, clean bedroom. (THANK-YOU Nathan!!!!)

Van loves eating bread (that's what's in his mouth). Notice the sippy cup? He won't give it up for anything! We've been trying all week to have him use a regular cup. He'll have nothing to do with it. He's a stubborn one, I wonder where he gets it from!? lol

Noah was trying on "Daddy's hat!".

And as for the other kiddie (the one yet to be born), yes he has the hiccups right now. This poor kid has the hiccups at least twice a day. But so did Marlee too. Even after she was born she had the hiccups 3+ times a day. Poor thing was cursed with the hiccups for about 6 months after she was born. I wonder if this baby will too? I'm still doing well, and hanging in there for a few more days or weeks. Even if I can't go till sleep till 2 am. I'm surviving, somehow. However, my body, doesn't feel the same way. It's had enough. It hurts, doesn't like to move, especially walk anywhere, and did I say hurts. It would like this little tenant out now!! Soon enough though, soon enough.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Better picture . . .

This picture is more suited to how I looked this afternoon. On my back, and as huge as a polar bear!

Would you say the parking lot is slippery?

This is a picture of me today, except instead of a bag and suitcase I'm holding 15 library books, and walking behind my little girl to remind her to walk carefully so she won't fall.

This is what Marlee said about the experience, "Mom, I turned around to see you, and you were laying on the ground!"
Yup, that's what happened. My right foot decided to see if I could do the splits (which I have NEVER been able to do). Luckily, I caught it before it succeeded, and corrected the silly foot. Unfortunately, my center of gravity couldn't catch up with my "cat like reflexes", so me and my 15 library books fell, completely flat on my back, in the mud and snow! Poor Nathan, he ran to me not knowing what to expect. It's okay to laugh at this story, because I did not get hurt, and all the BLACK mud came out of my sweater, t-shirt, tank top, and pants. However, my ego was a little bruised. I'm sure it looked pretty funny.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Jenny's ABC's

I've had this list for awhile now. I can't think of anything interesting to write about, so I'll post it now. . .

A: Available or taken? If you’ve seen my blog, you know the answer.

B: Best friend: My patient husband, Nathan.

C: Cake or pie? Cake-if it’s chocolate, and pie-if it’s apple.

D: Drink of choice? Dr. Pepper, from a fountain, with little or no ice. Trust me, it tastes different from a can, than a bottle.

E: Essential items used daily? Phone, internet, DVD player, toothbrush, and Q-tips.

F: Favorite color? Red, but Marlee insists that it’s yellow. I don’t know why.

G: Gummy bears or gummy worms? Bears. I like to eat the head first.

H: Hometown? Good ol’ Layton, UT

I: Indulgence? A tall class of chocolate milk, or other delicious treat, after the kids have gone to bed.

J: January or February? February, it’s a short month, and spring is just around the corner. And I will no longer be pregnant!!

K: Kids and names? Marlee, Noah, Vance, and the one who is yet to be named.

L: Life is incomplete without... family, friends, and music.

M: Marriage date? October 14

N: Number of siblings? 3 = 2 sisters and 1 brother

O: Oranges or apples? Apples (I prefer green over red). Even though apples make me burp. Weird.

P: Phobias or fears? Falling, or loosing a child.

Q: Favorite quote? This is changing all the time, but for now I like . . . “They had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.” Alma 56:47

R: Reason to smile? My children giggling together.

S: Season? FALL!! Even with a gazillion leaves to rake up.

T: Tag 3 people... anyone who reads this. . .

U: Unknown fact about me? I breathe through my mouth when I sleep. I just can’t seem to get enough air through my nose.

V: Vegetables you don't like? Brussel sprouts, and lima beans, and they’re 20 times worse cold!

W: Worst habit? Eating after the kids go to bed. See letter “I”.

X: X-rays? I think this means what I’ve had x-rayed . . . my teeth, my ankle, and lots of ultra sounds, if those count!?

Y: Your favorite food: Mexican, or chocolate, it’s a tie.

Z: Zodiac sign? Sagittarius

Friday, January 11, 2008

Utah Weather

I love the seasons here!! If you get tired of one season all you have to do is wait 2 months and you'll have different weather. It's great. It snowed on Wednesday. In just about 12 hours we had a total of 12+ inches of snow!! It was amazing! And beautiful (as long as you don't have to go anywhere).

This first picture show's Nathan enjoying the front yard the end of October. The second pic is Nathan enjoying the front yard on Wednesday. :)


Yes, I'm still alive. Sorry it's been so long since I posted anything. We are all doing well. I'm hanging in there. Been having "false labor", so I'm not feeling terrific. I've also started "nesting", but I just don't seem to have the energy to get it all done. I have washed all the clothes for the baby (still no name), so at least he'll have something to wear. If only I could get enough strength to get the rest of the wallpaper off my bedroom walls. I really want Nathan to paint the room, right now it's hideous!! It's partly wallpapered, partly not. Partly wood paneled, and partly painted grey (where the wallpaper wasn't). Pretty huh? It's quite the room. Maybe this weekend I can get to it. . . maybe not. I also can't seem to go to sleep till 2 am. It wouldn't be bad, if the kiddies would let me sleep in, but they never got that memo I suppose. Anyways . . .

The last couple weeks have been good. Nathan got awesome seats to a Jazz game, and really enjoyed that. He also went skiing in Park City with my brother last week. Of course they had a ton of fun. The kids are doing great too. Vance got a black eye last week from Marlee. It involved a pop up tent, a table, and Marlee jumping on him. Unfortunately I wasn't in the room, so I don't know the exact details, just the few that Marlee 'fessed up to. Marlee had an ultrasound this week on her noggin. We found a bump on the back of her head a few months ago. So, we had an ultrasound done to see what it was. Turns out she just has a lumpy skull. They say that means she'll be really smart!