Busy Day… {9-10}

I had Jacki’s kids and my kids for a chunk of this day.  I decided to be brave and try to go to Cole’s football game. The big kids got to ride their bikes and the babies were in the car with me.  The story of the journey is quite lengthy and includes parts missing from strollers (I needed 2) and a diaper blow out on Sophia from armpits to her knees.  We made our journey back home after eating at the highschool (they had a volleyball thing going on).  I thought the big kids looked pretty darn cool as they rode their bikes.

 

Cracking Me Up… {9-12}

Here is an old one of Emma.  I was clicking through my external hard drive and just enjoying old pics.  People used to do this in books called photo albums.  Since I am not good at printing pics, then I do it digitally. Taken with my Olympus point and shoot in August 2007.

It was raining and it was pouring… {7-28}

Believe it or not, I took out my camera and documented something again.  I am not sure what my camera lull is about.  I do have some pics I have taken, but part of me has just been living life without the big black box in front of my face.

The girls and I were hanging out in the house and all of sudden it was pouring rain.  Straight down from the sky.  Where else would it come from… duh. My point is it was coming straight down.  The girls decided (without asking) to grab their jackets and go outside to play.  I let them be out for a bit and then decided to grab my camera.  Several things I would change about the images and how I took them and the lens choice… blah blah blah.  The point is, I took them and they are fun.

So here are a few of my girls playing in the rain.  I’m sure my Grandma Mushka was watching from above singing a song and smiling.

 

I still have kids and they are still the center of my world…

My deepest apologies for ignoring my blog for so long.  If I had any followers, I am sure they are gone now.  I do not promise to post everyday, but I do vow that I will do better.

I shall quickly show you each of them and be on my way to starting again on this blog…

This image of Sophia was taken by my friend Jess at Poppy Photography in Minneapolis.  If you are in the Twin Cities and need to capture your family… check her out.  She is wonderful to work with.

Trevor is playing baseball in Hettinger this year.  Wasn’t an easy transition for Nana, but she is doing okay.  Our home games are 40 miles away which the girls have now decided is quite far.  Wait until they find out we have some trips that will take more than 2 hours to get to the game.  He is having fun and has made some new friends which I think is good for him as he gets ready to move on and head to college.

Olivia likes to be close to me at all times.  As I shoot pics of Trevor at his games, quite often she has to be right in the area with me.  She also like to take a pic or two of her own.  Love the digital part of this…delete works well when she struggles to find the focal point she is looking for.  This image is of her as she was cracking seeds between innings in Hettinger.

And a fun one of Emma.  Chad had done some lawn work and the girls were having a ball in the dead grass.  I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to get this stuff out, but all is well and she is back to normal with her hair.

 

 

 

I don’t think this is mud mom… {3-21}

I think it’s quick-sand.  (You can see 2 sets of footprints in this mess if you look very carefully).

I love spring (ha ha) in ND.  The girls went outside on the First Day of Spring and were not real pleased with the results.  They found the terrace full of mud.  Olivia was just sure it was quick-sand because they sunk right in.

Needless to say, I had to grab my camera and get a couple of snaps before getting on their cases a little about not going into muddy places if they know they shouldn’t.  1.5 pair of boots not on the feet… Olivia is looking over my shoulder as I write and laughing quite hysterically.

Love my girls (and of course Trev).  More on him to come.  I better get my camera going if I want to get lots of pics of him before he heads out to college.   Extra info… This post was written long ago and just sat in never-land on the computer/internet.  So, I have decided I am just going to start posting what is started… and start more as I take them.  Thanks for being patient.  New computer may make me more inclined to sit down and post as well.

A day of guests…{4-9}

 Sophia finally made it out of the Level 2 Nursery (which is one step away from a trip to Bismarck).  Just as she was coming out and getting better, another baby was born and going under the tent.  There were 7 babies born in two days (I think… maybe 6).  The floor was quite busy and they had to call in extra nursing staff. 

It wasn’t long and people started to arrive on Saturday morning.  Matthew and Brenda were in town to watch Cole play his trumpet at a music festival.  They arrived fairly early and Matthew even took a minute to hold Sophia.  She was still sporting her IV tubes so sort of a different experience for him.

Keisha stopped back to visit again on Saturday.  She wondered about visiting hours and I said for family, there were no set hours.  Miss having her around the house since she moved off to college. She spent the day with us and helped out with the girls when Nana needed a break.

Jaci got to ride back up with her mom.  Jacki was not going to stay to far away without checking out her niece after she was released from Level 2.  It must be hard for a nurse to watch as some of the medical stuff goes on.  I am just too uneducated in all that stuff so I just have faith in what the doctors and nurses say and don’t ask too many questions. 

 Papa Chuck and Grandma Wanda returned to take Olivia back to Bowman, but she decided to stay in Dickinson at the motel.  I was glad for the offer to have her go with them, but worried that she would get down the road and realize that she wanted to be back with Emma.  Everything worked out fine since we were able to come home the next day and she was with us for the Welch Girl picture that my dad took.  You will get to see that one later. 

 Emma and I enjoyed sharing my lunch.  Each time I ordered I did so knowing I would be sharing so I picked things we would both enjoy.  She loved the salad.   

You can see in the background a pink water pitcher.  Emma found out that water was a big part of my successful feeding of Sophia so she was constantly filling my glass with water.  I so appreciated having the water, but wasn’t so sure about the many trips to the bathroom after they took my pee bag away.

A day of guests…{4-9}

 Sophia finally made it out of the Level 2 Nursery (which is one step away from a trip to Bismarck).  Just as she was coming out and getting better, another baby was born and going under the tent.  There were 7 babies born in two days (I think… maybe 6).  The floor was quite busy and they had to call in extra nursing staff. 

It wasn’t long and people started to arrive on Saturday morning.  Matthew and Brenda were in town to watch Cole play his trumpet at a music festival.  They arrived fairly early and Matthew even took a minute to hold Sophia.  She was still sporting her IV tubes so sort of a different experience for him.

Keisha stopped back to visit again on Saturday.  She wondered about visiting hours and I said for family, there were no set hours.  Miss having her around the house since she moved off to college. She spent the day with us and helped out with the girls when Nana needed a break.

Jaci got to ride back up with her mom.  Jacki was not going to stay to far away without checking out her niece after she was released from Level 2.  It must be hard for a nurse to watch as some of the medical stuff goes on.  I am just too uneducated in all that stuff so I just have faith in what the doctors and nurses say and don’t ask too many questions. 

 Papa Chuck and Grandma Wanda returned to take Olivia back to Bowman, but she decided to stay in Dickinson at the motel.  I was glad for the offer to have her go with them, but worried that she would get down the road and realize that she wanted to be back with Emma.  Everything worked out fine since we were able to come home the next day and she was with us for the Welch Girl picture that my dad took.  You will get to see that one later. 

 Emma and I enjoyed sharing my lunch.  Each time I ordered I did so knowing I would be sharing so I picked things we would both enjoy.  She loved the salad.   

You can see in the background a pink water pitcher.  Emma found out that water was a big part of my successful feeding of Sophia so she was constantly filling my glass with water.  I so appreciated having the water, but wasn’t so sure about the many trips to the bathroom after they took my pee bag away.

Sophia Clara Welch… {4-7}

Sophia Clara Welch
Born – 9:07 AM
April 7, 2011

I need to begin by saying thank you to Jacki for being available to take the photos of this special day.  Although you see my copyright on these images, Jacki took them all (as far as I know).  I set her on “auto” and let her loose with my camera.

There is a little step just outside the waiting room.  Sort of cozy and fun to sit on (I even strolled down later in the stay and sat there myself).  Olivia, Jaci, Emma, and Jackson wait patiently as I was in surgery for Sophia’s planned c-section.  All the girls were born via c-section, Trevor was the only cone-head born the natural way.

Soon we will be sisters!

Introducing to the world (quickly)… Sophia Clara Welch.  She was born at 9:07 and cried like a wild woman in the operating room.  I was given a chance to see her for close to 15 seconds and Holly (the incredible RN) explained that she had some issues with her breathing and they wanted to do an x-ray.  So, Chad was handed his baby girl and off they went. 

She did get a chance to weigh in for the first time in her life.  Dr. Arnold guessed she was going to be 8lbs 2oz.  He was off by a pound.  She weighed in at 7lbs 2oz.  The smallest of my babies.  She was 18.5 inches long though. 

We apologize for the funny lines in the images.  Jacki was not allowed in the nursery this time around because of the complication with her breathing.  So, she made things work through the glass.  I wish they would replace it with glass that doesn’t have those goofy lines.

Here she is!!! 

Papa, Emma, Curt, and Olivia look into the nursery as they get Miss Sophia all geared up for her first day of life.

Chad stands by and watches as the medical staff get her attached to all the equipment she would be monitored by over the course of the next day and a half.

And, it wouldn’t be a Robin and Chad Welch baby delivery if two things were not true… 1.  It’s a girl is announced and 2. Cowboy Roy (Dr. Peterson) is the pediatrician.  He does a fine job, his tie and personality are a bit quirky though.

The clock shows it isn’t even 9:30 yet.  I was down in the recovery room with warm blankets and watching someone else who had way more pain than me following her surgery.  I was glad I had time to say a few prayers for my baby girl, but wanted to know how she was doing. 

The crew for the delivery were: Nana and Papa, Chuck and Wanda, Jacki, Jaci and Jackson, Amanda and Jodi, and Curt.  Trevor and Keisha arrived shortly after I was brought back upstairs from the recovery room. 

Chad and Olivia take a minute away from the crowd to just visit.

Jacki talked her way inside the nursery for awhile.  She talked to Holly (bestest RN) and she let her go inside to get a few pictures without the lines in them.

You can see she has a several monitors going.  Blood pressure cuff on her ankle, pulse-ox monitor on her foot, IV in her right hand for antibiotics, temperature monitor on her belly and three monitors on her chest (assuming lung and heart).

She spent until 7:00 PM on 4-8-11 in the Level 2 Nursery at the hospital.  Chad and I were able to go in on Friday morning and feed her.  She was given a blow-by oxygen hose that Chad held while I did my part getting her to latch on and eat.  She was a champ from the start.  Later in the day, the nurse on duty let Emma and Olivia go in to see her as well.  We hadn’t asked because we didn’t know siblings would be allowed in the nursery and didn’t want the girls to get too excited about it.

On a side note, Emma would not leave my side or the window to the nursery all day Thursday.  People had to bring her food and we had to convince her swimming would be fun in order to get her to leave on Thursday night.  I think she needed to touch her baby sister and was worried she would miss her chance if she left.  It was a long wait for her but finally on Friday she was let in to ever so briefly touch her baby sister.

Twas the Night Before… {4-6}

The night before our sister gets here… We took a little trip to Dickinson and stayed in a motel to swim.  The girls and Chad had a fantastic time in the pool. I on the other hand went to Wal-Mart and had less than a good time.  I needed to pick up a few needed items for myself and of course the movie, Tangled, for the girls.  I promised they could get the DVD but had to wait until the hospital when the baby arrived.

Here are the girls getting ready for the big swim.  I didn’t stick around for pictures at the pool since I was off to Wally World.

Trevor was unable to attend the big swim event.  He had to have his cap and gown pictures taken so had to stay home. 

After the big swim, Nana and Papa (my parents) arrived and the girls decided they were going to sleep in their room.  Which worked out nicely for me and Chad.  We each had our own queen sized bed… ahhhhhhhh… I didn’t sleep the greatest, but it was still nice.  Emma was not able to settle down for the night.  I think she may have been just a bit too excited for the big event the next morning.  Little did she know, it would be much longer than she expected before she was able to hold her baby sister.