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Friday, February 27, 2015

Newest Baby on the Block {Birth Story & Photos}


Good Day!

18 days young is my newest kiddo!




















Welcome to the wonderful and crazy world kiddo!

Weston Christopher Arthur
9 lbs 3 oz
21"
11:51 p.m.
February 9th, 2015

Our family is complete with our 5 beautiful babies. Mama and Dad are super happy you are finally here!

Here is your story:

Monday morning seemed quite normal with my "fake" contractions happening right from waking up. These happen all day pretty much every day, so today was no different. Cadee and I hung out, watched some t.v., ate lunch....I wanted a pina colada Booster Juice. My awesome hubs left work to bring Cadee and I one. :D AWESOME!

4p.m. Kids get off bus, snack time, chores, same old same old. Pains still happening; staying in my lower back. I was texting back and forth with my friend about how "done" I was and REALLY wanted this baby to hurry up and get here. Fast forward to 4:55 p.m. {TMI alert} I had to pee. Like NOW. I pretty much didn't think I was going to make it to the bathroom. HA! That would've been pretty funny for the kiddos to see their mama pee herself.

I barely got on the toilet and WOOSH. Seriously people, Thank you God that my children didn't see that. My water broke. My heart started racing, I was super flush (red cheeks, pretty much thought I had a fever) and I couldn't stop shaking. Text mom, and my hubs (he was just getting off work). Mom picked up kids. I thought it was really weird that I wasn't having contractions. You'd think after 4 kids I'd have things figured out by now??! I called the Labor and Delivery ward and told them I was coming in about an hour and that my water had broken. 

6 p.m. Still no pain. Huh? But my back was still really sore, as it has been my whole pregnancy. And I was still shaking and really hot. Like super hot flashes. Nurses check me, I'm at 5 cm WOOT! And I do have a fever. Weird. 

9 p.m. Nothing yet. I sent Chris out to get something to eat for himself. I decided getting on that silly bouncy ball might just help me out. Walking was out of the question because I'd take two steps and have water pouring down my leg. {sorry, visual probably not needed!} Just as Chris was leaving I heard a crack. Like a balloon popping. Well I thought I must've broken a bone in the baby. I was a little worried. Turns out....that that was the rest of the water breaking. Baby's head was blocking some of it. 

9:45 Chris gets back and HELLO BACK LABOR! I went from no pain to get me that stool to hunch over on NOW! UGH!

10 p.m. Nurses decide that something must be happening because my contractions were coming about 1 minute apart for 1 minute. Nurses check me and I'm at 7 cm Awesome things are progressing, but holy pain! I've decided I don't want meds this time around. I want this kid out of me and nothing is going to slow it down. 

Roughly 11 p.m. Pain is getting a bit unmanageable. The nurses want me on the bed on my knees. Ok, that worked for about 15 minutes. Back on my back. They check me again 8cm. UGH! At this point they realize baby's head is stuck on the left side of my body. Not even close to being "engaged". They want me to lie on my right side through a good couple of contractions to "shake" him down. Well for the last 3 months, I haven't been able to lay down anywhere. I've been sleeping sitting up in a rocking chair for crying out loud. Getting on my right side was the most painful part of that whole thought. But I did it. The guard rails were my friend. Contractions suck. I'm sure most of you will agree. But the whole time I was praying, breathing, and focusing on that baby coming out! At some part through this I started to lose my focus. I seriously felt like I was going to go crazy. Well I'm sure their is a proper medical term for that, but it coincided with the urge to push. They checked me and sure enough it was time to push.

11:47 p.m. PUSH, go for it. On your next contraction go for it. Wait, what? is all I could think. This is what I wanted to hear and fear gripped me. So I pushed. I held my breath and I pushed. I remember the look on the nurses face as I pushed....I can't even hold my breath under water for that long but somehow in 4 minutes and 3 pushes. This kid came surfing out of me. Literally. There was so much water STILL! {Not sure how that was even possible!} The look on the doctor's face was priceless and I am sure I will never forget how wide her eyes got as she caught him among all that water!

11:51 p.m. They threw him on my chest. Chris says I should of seen my own face as this was happening because they were just as wide as the docs!


Chris video taped Weston's cries as soon as he came out. He has a set of lungs on him I tell ya! :D 














3 hours before baby arrived -->@ 5cm



Meeting Grandma for the first time!

All the things that go along with being a newborn!

Happy to be back with mama!

So now we are back home after a 4 day stay in the hospital and back again just this past weekend (another story!) We are all doing well and adjusting to life with a new babe. If I seem distant with my posts, ya'll know why. 

~happy crafting!~

Friday, February 20, 2015

Winter Fun - Creative Corner Challenge

Hello there!!

Welcome to another fun challenge from Team Jess over at Creative Corner Challenge. This week's theme is a free for all and it's 'Winter Fun'

Here's my piece; 12x12' layout 'Taste of Winter':



We took the kiddos sledding at a local hill --> Roslyn Hill <--
Afterwards, a treat at Tim Hortons to warm up with hot chocolate and sprinkle donuts!! I thought maybe trudging up hills might make labor come sooner....to no avail! :D






Supplies Used:

Saturated Canary digi 'Nikki'
Gold & Black Dollar Tree Card Stock
Teresa Collins sequins
Momenta Alphabet Stickers
Tim Holtz Stickles
CTMH Watercolor Pencil Crayons
Scraps from my stash

Hop on over to Creative Corner Challenges to play along with us this week!

AND!

Some exciting news happened last week!






Baby #5 is here! Weston Christopher Arthur came fast & furious on February 9th at 11:51 p.m. 
{more to come on a different post!}

~happy crafting!~

Friday, February 6, 2015

PINK & PURPLE!! Creative Corner Challenges

Hey there!

This week is a free for all week! Pink & Purple and anything goes! You can head on over to Creative Corner Challenges and link up to our challenge for this week!

Here's mine:
{The digi I used for this challenge can be found here-->Cupcake Digi}








SUPPLIES USED:
Close to My Heart:
Heart Embossing folder, Gold Sequin Assort., Watercolor Pencil Crayons, Gold Shimmer Trim, 
Sentiment: Happy Birthday! "Celebration" D1497
Tim Holtz - Stickles
Teresa Collins - Something Wonderful Sequins 
                                              (Splurge off of Peachy Cheap a few weeks back)
Stampin' Up! Watercolor Mini Ink - Pretty in Pink & Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock from my stash


My sweet helper!!



This card has actually been given to my fabulous DT Leader - Jess!! :D Happy Birthday my dear friend!! :D

~happy crafting!~

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Quick Freebie Journaling Card Printable!

Hi guys and gals!

Today is my first official day of Maternity Leave! I am 36 weeks today with this little guy! 

I'm having a rest day today, as I was feeling pretty crumby yesterday, and I thought I'd make some Journaling Cards. 


You should be able to right click and 'save' to your computer and print as needed! Please feel free to use them in your scrapbooks, Project Life, prayer journaling....whatever your little heart desires! 
As always...
~happy crafting!~





Friday, January 16, 2015

Creative Corner Challenge - Sports Fun

Hi all! I'm back again with another exciting challenge from Creative Corner Challenges sponsored by the rockin' Kenny K.

Here's my project for this week!


Girl Snowboarder Digital Stamp

Supplies Used:

American Crafts Bakers Twine
Crayola Markers & Pencil Crayons
Tim Holtz Stickles - Clear Rock Candy & Tumbled Glass
Cardstock from my stash
Recollection Rhine Stones
CTMH Whoo's Your Valentine Sentiment (2014)






I do have a blooper for you this week....I'm not sure why I kept coloring after I messed up, but if you know me I just began my journey with "coloring & blending". Faces....I have a hard time finding the right tones/combos for any faces. This next picture will remind me that it doesn't matter how long you have been crafting, you can still make uber huge mistakes! {and just remember to laugh it off and keep going!!}

EEK! ROUGH DRAFT???

Have a wonderful weekend! 
Hope you will play along with us over at Creative Corner Challenges!
~happy crafting!~

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fifth Child....First Maternity Photoshoot

*WARNING* Heavy photo post ahead!

My friend Kim and I went on a mini road trip on December 20th to a small town called Russell, MB. Our goal? To capture my baby bump. This is my 5th child and ya I've snapped pics along the way during past pregnancies but never a "professional" shoot! 

It was COLD on this day! Kim was a trooper and I think these photos turned out amazing! :D





















We had a wonderful day hanging out!! Did some shopping and a trip to one of my favorite coffee shops there is called Bin22!  













It was a really great day! I'd love to take a trip that way again soon (but after baby comes!!)


Monday, January 12, 2015

30th Anniversary Celebration!



This past weekend I threw a "not-so-surprise" 30th Anniversary Celebration for two very special people in my life! My mom & dad!

30 years!! Their actual anniversary is on the 19th, but my "baby" brother moves out this Friday and I wanted to have it before he left (but he ended up working anyway!!!!) Anyway, I planned it in 8 days! PHEW! 

Here's some pics from the evening:

Showing up for the party!
Guests of Honor!

Courtesy of Pinterest of course! I love how the gold turned out on the bottles!! Found here: Gold Decorations


VISITING WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

Speeches and Stories!!

 

FOOD!
Pulled pork on a bun, salads, potatoes, and waaaaay too much sugar!! :D

I had a mishap with a dozen of the cupcakes! The latch was not on properly and PLOP! They fell on the floor!

The kids asked if they could still eat them, I told them to go crazy!

The GOOD cupcakes!! I love how they turned out!

Thanks to everyone who helped celebrate my parents "big day"!