Totally not my thing… {10-1}

Chad doesn’t handle baby puke and slobber very well.  I don’t handle scooping dog ___ very well.  I decided to try and keep this blog “E” for everyone so an underline is going where the words I won’t say belong.

Olivia was up and at it this morning so she dressed herself.  Not sure where she found ALL the parts to her outfit but she did.  Dress, hat and flip flops all came together and she looked fantastic for a super fall day.  She was off and running to help her dad scoop poop.  This is usually Emma’s job but she had to go play basketball at the gym today.

Just a couple of snapshots of the workers out in the yard.  Chad has built his own bag holder for this job.  The five gallon bucket holds grocery bag handles and he scoops into the bucket, ties it shut and tosses it.  Again… I say totally gross and want to puke thinking about it, but he thinks it is just a dandy job.  I say, go for it.  I will clean up baby puke you can have the dog ___.

Here is her outfit.  I think it is quite adorable… and for $10 how could I go wrong.  Not sure what we are going to do about her dress wearing this winter.  She loves dresses.  Tights and turtlenecks may just have to be the answer.  We will see.

And, here are my neighbors, Mike and Jodi, enjoying a cup of coffee this morning.  They couldn’t figure out why I needed to take a picture.  I guess blogging it is a better reason than the one I gave them this morning.  You’ll have to ask them what that was.

I will try to put some pics up from my trip to Breckenridge.  I had a great time and in the mean time, go back to my previous post and you can see the work of the talented ladies I spent the weekend with.  Crazy awesome is all I can say!

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.

 

Time Flies… {8-7}

Here she is at 4 months old.  Wow, when I was waiting for her arrival I was not in the best of moods and to be quite honest wasn’t sure how I would respond to her when she was here.  Well, all that worry was for nothing… she is everything to me.

 

 

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 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.

Friends Forever… {4-8}

Olivia has been surprisingly ‘into’ her new baby sister.  To be quite honest, I expected she would be sort of ambivalent to the whole thing, but she is so wonderful with her.  She kisses her several times a day (asking permission every time), she holds her for long periods of time, and she is always looking out for her.  I have a feeling these two will be Friends Forever and no one will be able to stand between them.

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.