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Thursday, June 28, 2012


For 5 1/2 years Kamrin and I were the only ones on his side with kids. Now both his sisters have babies. We had 3 babies born within 6 months of each other. They are all girls. I am so excited to see these 3 grow up together!!  

Brynlee-Hours Old London-2 1/2 Months Erilyn-Almost 6 Months

                                                       Hammond Cousins

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fathers Day

This years Fathers Day was pretty special. We didnt do anything big for it but to make it so special we were able to bring home our new baby. What a great way to celebrate being a dad.

Kamrin is a great dad. Each of his kids have a very special place in his heart and he makes sure they know it. He makes extra effort to make sure our kids have great memories. Im so very thankful for such an amazing man to be the father of my kids.

My mom and sister Kim were here all afternoon once we got home from the hospital. Kamrins family came out to our house that evening to celebrate and see the baby. It was nice having dinner provided since I had just been released that day. Both his sisters, their hubands and babies stayed and watched a movie after everyone else had left.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Brynlee Ashlyn Hammond

Our little peanut Brynlee Ashlyn Hammond was born June 16, 2012 at 12:06am. She weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Birth Story
Friday the 15th I woke up around 5am feeling a bit off and couldnt go back to sleep. Around 630 I knew something was going on and that I was most likely in labor. I was hesitant to believe it since I was convinced it wasnt possible for my body to go into labor on its own. I had an appt with my doctor at 9 so I figured I would wait til then and make sure it was really it before going to the hospital. With every minute it got worse. The contractions were bringing me to my knees. I was having such a hard time getting myself ready and knew there was no way I was going to be able to get my kids ready and to my aunts so I called my sister to come help me. Once she got here I could tell something was wrong with all my kids. Kamdyn was really fussy and VERY clingy. Maddie was fighting getting dressed. Jaydan was the worst. He was crying over EVERYTHING and wouldnt get dressed. Now that I look back on it, its like they could sense something big was about to happen. It very rare they all struggle at the same time and especially to that extreme. Finally after what felt like forever it was time to head to my appt. Just my luck though about 5 minutes before I got there his staff called me to tell me he was stuck at the hospital and would be about a half hour late. I was struggling to decide if I should go wait it out or head to the hospital. The only thing keeping me from heading to the hospital was I was really afraid it wasnt it and they would sent me home and I would miss my chance to have him strip my membranes and try and break my water since that was the plan for that appt. I went in and talked to his staff and after a few minutes they said I really should just head to the hospital. Once I got to the hospital they hooked me right up to the monitors and checked me. A different nurse came in and took over and checked me again. At this point I had a feeling come over me that this was really it and that for the first time my body had allowed itself to go into labor without force. I still tried not to get my hopes up too high until I heard them say the words. She took some blood and ran my iv. After a few more minutes she came back in and said she had just talked to my doctor and he gave the admit orders! I was still in so much shock and so very happy! At that point I was dilated to a 4. She started me on my first does of iv antibiotics at 10. I had tested positive for strep b so before delivering I needed at least 2 doses of the antibiotics. At that point she told me I could get my epidural any time I wanted. I decided to hold off a while because I was afraid it would slow my labor down. So the next couple hours I walked around my room, bounced on the labor ball and called and text everyone I could trying to distract myself. At 2 she started my second dose of antibiotics. I had asked for my epidural around 130 so right when she got the meds going both my doctor and the anesthesiologist came in at the same time. I told my doc to go ahead and break my water while the anesthesiologist prepped. That was different for me cause I had always had my epidural already when my water was broke with my others. My epidural this time was a pretty bad experience. I had always had great experiences with no problems before. First off the anesthesiologist I has was not very friendly at all. He took FOREVER doing it. All my others were so quick. He either put it in the wrong spot or something cause I got this lightening pain up my back and he pulled it out and placed it again. I finally started feeling it working and so he left. About a half hour later I noticed the left side wasnt as numb and was actually quite painful. The nurse had me flip to my left side to let the meds drain that way. It helped a little but not too much. After a while of being miserable and in pain a new anesthesiologist came in to check on me. I was so happy it was a different one and not only that it was the one that placed the one when I had Kamdyn so I knew he was great. I told him how I was feeling so he switched me to a different kind of meds. I instantly felt so much better and could tell it was numbing me everywhere. About a half hour later I started itching so bad everywhere. They told me it was the narcotic in the new meds and that he could switch it back to the other stuff if I wanted. I decided to keep the new meds cause I much rather itch then feel that pain again. My progress was pretty slow throughout the day so they finally started me on pitocin to jump start it. Didnt work too much because it was on such a low dose. I was only progressing 1cm or so every couple hours. It was really frustrating. Finally just before midnight I finally got the news it was time to push. I really wanted her born on the 15th but she obviously had different plans. After only pushing through 4 sets of contractions she was born at 12:06am on the 16th! I was so thankful pushing was so short and easy because I was so wore out at that point. After doing all they needed with her and I they took us up to our new room about 1 1/2 hours after she was born. We decided to wait to give her, her 1st bath til the morning because we were both so exhausted and needed some sleep to even function. The rest of the night was filled with the normal vital checks, feedings and checking on constantly.

The next morning we went and gave her, her first bath. I also got to take a shower which made me feel so much better. We had visitors throughout the day. My mom and sister brought my kids to meet their new sister. At first the older 2 wouldnt even hold her but then warmed up and loved on her for a while. Kamdyn was really cute and was giving her hugs and kisses. After the busy day with visitors we were relaxing and watching a movie. I had to go to the bathroom so I laid her on the bed. As I was about to come out I hear Kamrin yelling "My baby is choking on something I need help" My heart dropped and I ran out. I opened the door so the nurse could just run right in. By this time Brynlees lips were blue. I lost it. The nurse started suctioning her out and Brynlee let out a big cry. Best sound ever. We then followed the nurse to the nursery to check her oxygen level and it was perfect. It took a while for me to calm down. One of the scariest moments I had ever had. Seeing your babies lips blue from not breathing was terrifying. I hope I never have to go through something like that again. The rest of the night was nothing but relaxing and staring at her to make sure she was really okay.

Sunday we got the okay to go home even though typically I should have stayed til Monday but since baby and I were both doing great they let us go. All morning was a bunch of waiting around til all the final check ups and such were done so we could go. We got home early afternoon and I headed straight for the shower. Nothing better then a nice refreshing shower in your own shower :-) We had a pretty low key afternoon. At 5 Kamrins family came out to celebrate Fathers Day with us and brought out dinner so I didnt have to worry about it.

We are so happy Brynlee is finally here and are very ready for this new adventure in our lives!! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What Ill Miss....What I Wont

As Im coming to the last couple days of being pregnant not only with this baby but forever I have thought about what a bitter sweet time it is. As much as my body HATES pregnancy I love it. I love being able to feel my baby move in me. I love the thought of my body taking care of my baby until its ready to be born. What an amazing thing women get to experience while being pregnant. Anyways I have tried really hard to enjoy the last bit of this pregnancy and soak it all up but how do you enjoy pure misery right :-) I feel like a fat whale who cant move very well and sleep well thats a joke. I know once she gets here the sleep thing will be even worse but at least Ill have a cute baby to cuddle with and not be because Im so uncomfortable and in so much pain. As Im only 3 days away from being induced its hit me that she isnt coming on her own. I was really hoping I could experience going into labor on my own since I have had to be induced with all my kids. Now I know I could wait it out and try to go on my own since its not a medical reason Im being induced and Im still a week away from my due date and I have considered it for a bit but really it only stayed in my mind for like 10 seconds. I have been having horrible contractions daily for almost 3 months now and waiting even 1 more day that I dont have to just makes me want to cry. Also lets be honest I CANT wait to meet this little girl!! This pregnancy has been one crazy roller coaster from day one and Im finally to the point that Im 100% excited for her and so happy to have her come to complete our family!! I love her so very much already and cant wait to stare at her little face for hours straight once she makes her appearance. I know it will be a challenge adding another kid to our crazy lives but Im ready to face it. Im ready to start a new chapter in our lives that includes our little caboose to our family. Anyways as much as it makes me sad thinking I will never feel a baby inside me again. Never see them on an ultrasound. Never get to hear their heart beat from in me again and all those truly amazing miracles pregnancy brings there are so many parts I wont miss. I wont miss all the aches and pains pregnancy brings. I wont miss contractions. I wont miss all the moving when your so very tired and just want to sleep :-) I wont miss all the restrictions. I could go on and on. So with all that said Ill just try really hard to enjoy the last couple days of her in my belly and the last few days of having only 3 kids to care for out of my body :-)

I took these pictures a couple days ago when Kamrin and I went on our last date before she comes. I got all ready for him and everything :-) We went bowling and I am so excited to say I beat him both games!! In the 10 years we have known him I have never won him in bowling! In fact not only does he always win me but he pretty much crushes me!! The first game I beat him by almost 20 points and the second I won by only 1 point but hey I still won LOL. Baby girl was not sure what to think of bowling. My stomach was rock hard the entire time! After bowling we went to McGraths Fish House!! I have had a crazy craving for shrimp lately which for me is really weird cause when I was pregnant with Jay I got myself sick off shrimp and have never gotten over it. Shrimp was my FAVORITE until then and it has been ruined for me for 6 years now so to not only have a craving for it but especially while being pregnant was huge! I loved every second at McGraths. The food was amazing and Kamrin and I got to enjoy our meal in peace and enjoy just being together. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

1 Week Left!!

1 week from today I will be holding my new baby girl!! Im so excited I can hardly stand it!!
 Our van is all ready for her!!
How far along? 38 Weekds

Total weight gain: Lost a few pounds this week so not sure on the total weight difference

Maternity clothes? Mostly

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: So tired all the time yet cant sleep at all!

Best moment this week: Having morphine and feeling no pain whatsoever. How sad that, thats my highlight this week.

Miss Anything? Sleep!

Movement: Has slowed down some. Not much room in there anymore.

Food cravings: Shrimp and POPSICLES!!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: My antibiotics

Gender: Princess #2!

Labor Signs: Any and all possible

Symptoms: Where do I start?!? :-)

Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? Off for a few days but is on at the moment. The heat is making me swell bad.

Happy or Moody most of the time: A whole lot of both!

Looking forward to: Meeting and holding this little one FINALLY!!