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Friday, July 30, 2010

Oh So Random

These three photos are so random I thought I would get rid of them in one post.

I was going down the cellar stairs and I saw what I thought were dust balls stuck in cobwebs. Upon closer investigation I discovered it was a mama spider and all her babies. Later that day I told Aaron about it and his first question was, "Did you vacuum them up?" Oops, I didn't think of has been taken care of.

I wanted to capture the view from my window. I spend a lot of time staring out this window these days and I feel pretty lucky to have such beautiful things to stare at.

Ben got a dart gun for his birthday and we like to find things rather than people to shoot at. So far we have found that the darts stick nicely to the windows, the light, and my pregnant belly.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mother's Day Tea

Way back in the end of May Ben's kindergarten class held their annual Mother's Day Tea. They made us bonnets, served us tea and cookies and put on a little play for us.

The play was hilarious, especially Ben's classmate who plays the cow. He has some weird rubber things he uses as an udder and it was so funny to watch him fiddle with those things.

I almost missed the tea. I had been really sick with a chest cold and went to the Dr's to be checked out. My pulse was VERY rapid so the Dr ordered a blood test for a pulmonary embolism. I thought he was crazy, but then the test came back with a slightly elevated result. If I did have a pulmonary embolism it could be fatal so I had to go to Burlington to be monitored by the midwives. I was fairly certain that I did not have a pulmonary embolism and chose to wait until after the tea to go to the hospital. The midwife on call was NOT happy with me. Thankfully all I had was a bad chest cold and nothing came of it.

I am so glad I didn't miss the mother's day tea over it.

Ben as the farmer.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


We are proud to announce the birth of Noah Lewis Cornelius Saturday July 17th 2010 at 7:32 p.m. He weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs 7.2 oz. 22 inches long.

It was another successful vaginal birth after cesarean for me. For some reason I figured that it would be a smooth and easy birth since I had done it before. Lesson learned...birth is hard and it never goes the way you expect.

The basic story is that we checked into the hospital at 10:00, contractions 4 minutes apart 2 cm dilated. I labored throughout the day. I sent some e-mails, updated my facebook status, Aaron and I played cards. I spent some time in the tub and on the birthing ball. As things got more intense I climbed into the bed and stayed on my left side.

They checked my progress at around 2:00. I think I was a four. I remember being devastated having thought that I would go so fast. Now in retrospect I realize that was awesome progress.

Things started picking up at this point. I started shaking and I threw up twice, both good signs that I was moving to the active phase of labor. The funny thing is that I felt like I was doing such a good job of visualizing and staying calm and open, but really once I moved to active labor I realized that I wasted all my visualization on the "easy" part.

Around 6:15 I was 6 cm. I was having constant contractions and they HURT!!! I asked for an epidural. The midwife asked me several times if I really wanted and epidural and I said yes! The anesthesiologist came 20 minutes later and I was checked before he got started, I was 8 cm! But for some reason I still got the epidural. As he was inserting it, I needed to push.

Now once an epidural is in it takes 15 minutes to take effect. Before he ever turned it on I was fully dilated and pushing.

Noah was coming fast, but then his shoulders got stuck. I was trying with all my might, but he was STUCK! Then his heart rate began to drop. MOM! Get me out of here NOW was the message. I was given a small episiotomy and the nurses were pushing on my belly to get him out. After he was born I noticed a long bruise on Noah's left shoulder, likely the shoulder that was stuck.

I didn't know this until I spoke to the midwife yesterday. You get to a point in labor where you are unaware of your surroundings. I was unaware that my sister-in-law and my mother were supporting me so that Aaron could watch Noah be born. I was even unaware that his heart rate was dropping, I just heard the nurse telling me I had to get him out NOW!

Finally I pushed him out and I heard all the staff saying that is a BIG baby. They said it over and over, Lauren this is a big baby. I guess I kind of figured he was 11 lbs or something. Honestly I was kind of let down when they said he was 9 lbs 7.2 oz. However this weight breaks records on both sides of the family so I guess I will take it.

I was so shaky and tired that I was scared to hold him. Aaron was holding him and kept asking what we should name him. I was still out of it enough that I couldn't think or see straight.

Then all of a sudden someone noticed a beautiful rainbow outside the birthing suite window. Aaron asked, "Hey what if we name him Noah?" It wasn't on our list, we hadn't even considered it, but it fit. Not only because of the rainbow, but because of so many of our prayers that were answered with a safe, timely, healthy birth. Louis is Aaron's fathers middle name so Lewis is our tribute to Aaron's father.

One of the nurses on duty has a husband who is a New England Culinary Institute chef and he had brought in a chocolate cake for the staff. They gave me a congratulatory slice. I couldn't eat it right away, but when I did it was SOOOOOOOOOO good!

So that is the story. He is here and wonderful.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Last of the Belly Pictures

Ok here are the last of the belly pictures. I realize that these photos are more for me than anyone else, but someday I hope to make this blog into a book so I put them here for posterity's sake.

I am not sure why I feel my posterity would want to see my swollen stretch marked belly but anyway...

These two are from June 23rd putting me at 36 weeks.

This is from July 7th a mere 10 days before he was born.

These three are from the hospital room where he was born. Not the most attractive photos as I am having contractions in two of them.

Next post...the birth!

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Sweet One

Just a sweet random one of Jacob!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Ok here is how far behind I am. Aaron had his 31st birthday May 23rd. He requested a Strawberry Cake. For some reason I tried a lemon frosting and it was actually a really yummy combination.

Happy Birthday to the man who has fulfilled all my dreams, even ones I didn't know I had.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

A Few Belly Shots

Ok so I am trying to take lots of belly shots because I am pretty sure this is our last child and I have a very bad memory and I want to at least remember my pregnant days. Here are a few of the shots. Some are clothed some are raw belly. Sorry if that is too much!

May 21st a little over 31 1/2 weeks. The bathroom mirror is filthy dirty...

June 3rd 33 weeks

Both of these are June 9th at 34 weeks. I just thought the one with Jacob in the bunny suit was a funny addition.

I have a few more I will add when I get them off the camera. Hopefully it will include the one taken the day that the baby is born! In fact I am certain it will.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Time Well Spent

Sophie wanted curly hair so one night we spent A LONG TIME, way past her bedtime putting it up like this.

She slept on it all night, woke up in the morning, pulled it all out and declared, "I don't like it, it makes my hair all poofy."

I thought of all the things I could have done with that know watch a movie, play on the internet etc...If I could go back and do it all again I wouldn't change a thing.

p.s. I love Sophie's eyes!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Dancer Photo Portion

Here is Sophie on the eve of her dance recital. I have to say I was NOT fond at all of how they did the make-up, but hey you can't harass the free help right?