Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Random Thoughts (6/28/11)

1.  Wow ... it's been a long time since I had any random thoughts!
2.  Nathan is suddenly obsessed with superheros and is running around the house in his diaper and a "super cape" (one of Bakatie's blankets).
3.  When you ask Nathan what his super hero name is, he replies with "Nasan Lever is SUPER"
4.  I actually enjoy folding fitted sheets!  There's something relaxing about seeing a wrinkled mess get nice and neat!
5.  The couch is a perfectly acceptable napping place for Katie ... especially since she's been there for almost 2 hours!
6.  This is the scene outside of my kitchen window:  the squirrels are digging for acorns, the crows are stealing the acorns from the squirrels and the blue jays are dive bombing the crows trying to get the acorns.  It's the circle of life!
7.  I seriously don't know how I am going to function when I go back to work!  I have become incredibly used to holding a baby (either my 30 lb baby or 10 lb baby) all the time!
8.  I have been in my pool a total of 2 times in 2011!
9.  Dang it!  Katie's crying!
10.  Owls are kinda scary!

Written at 3:36 in 8 minutes ...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

We'll miss you dear friend ...

What started as 15 is now 14 and we already feel like there is something missing.
We love you dearly and understand that you need to do what you feel is right but know that we are ALWAYS here for you. 
We want nothing but the best for you and your family and hope/pray that everything will work out.
When the time is right, please check in with one of us so that we know you and the family are okay.
Love you girl!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I be bizzy again ... by Nathan

Hello again!!  It's me!  Nasan Lever!

It's been a while since I've checked in with you and boy, oh boy, I've been busy!!!

Let's see ... where to start??  Oh, I know!  Ma finally brought Ba Katie (pronounced like Spaghetti) home!  I will tell you all about her in another story if you would like.  Ba Katie is really cute.  I love playing with her and kissing her head and cheeks ... they're soft!  I also love to tickle her too.  Ma keeps saying "gentle! gentle!" ... psh!  Gentle ... whatever!  Ba Katie needs to learn to toughen up if she's going to have me as a big brother!
Me showing her how easy it is to life my head!

Loving on her before bed.
Ba Katie has some great toys that I LOVE to play with!  Ma and Daddy don't like me to play with them though.  They always call me a "Baby" when I play with them but I don't know why because the toys are big and don't look like babies to me at all!

Let's see ... what else have I done?   Oh yeah!  Ma and Daddy took me to a Radio (a.k.a. Rodeo).  I saw horses, cows and bulls!  I also got a real cowboy hat!!  Now if I could just get a real bull to ride at home ...

All this work makes me one tired boy!!  Luckily I have a chauffeur to drive me around so I can get my beauty sleep!

P.S. Thanks Ma for translating and typing this up for me!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

dog hair ... you're going down!

I am slightly OCD with keeping a picked up and clean house.
Sissy is part lab.
Me and dog hair are mortal enemies!

We are dog sitting Sissy's BFF Bailey.
Bailey is a black lab.
Me and dog hair x2 are at war with each other!!

This is the amount of dog hair I sweep up every single day with 2 black labs running around in my house!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Katie's Birth Story ...

May 21, 2011
It was Saturday ... induction day!  I woke up unusually calm especially considering I was going to be a mom to a new baby in less than 24 hours.  It was an overcast, somewhat rainy morning.  Nathan and I took full advantage of it and spent the morning outside playing in the mud.  When Shaun woke up, he quickly joined us outside.  It was just an ordinary Saturday.

Nathan enjoying the mud!

Nathan will miss sitting on Katie

We agreed to meet Shaun's parent's for dinner at 6:00 for our "last supper" and hand Nathan off for the weekend.  On our way to meet Shaun's parent's, I started to feel really bad and have pretty intense contractions that felt like they were on top of each other.  Shaun and I decided to hand Nathan off to his parent's in the parking lot of the restaurant and go ahead to the hospital a few hours early.

I gave Nathan a hug and kiss ... told him I loved him and that we were going to pick up his Baby Sister.  He looked at me and said: Love you too Mama.  He looked so sad and forlorn.  I think he knew that his life was about to dramatically change.

No, not yet.  It's too soon!  I'm not ready to give him up as being my only baby!

Fast forward an hour and we are checked into L&D.  The contractions are spaced 8 minutes apart but there is little progress down below.  The charge nurse, Karen is the one who tended to me and said she hoped to meet Katie when her shift ended at 7:00 the next morning.  I was put on a very low dose of pitocin to help things progress.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Karen sent Shaun home around 1:30 AM with the anticipation that I wouldn't have Katie until much later in the morning and that he should get some sleep.

Contractions continue throughout the night and I was finally able to get an epidural at 5:00 AM when I finally was 4 cm.  I don't remember the epi feeling that way with Nathan ... the pins and needles sensation was the weirdest feeling on the face of the earth and I HATED it!

Shortly after the epidural, something didn't feel right ... I could still feel quite a bit of pain.  Then the nurse brought in the delivery cart which freaked me out so decided to call Shaun around 5:20 and asked him to start making his way to the hospital.  He made it into the room around 6:00.

At 6:15, I started feeling intense pain that I couldn't breath through.  I paged the nurse to let her know the epidural wasn't working.  The anesthesiologist came in and adjusted the epi and it didn't help at all.

At 6:45, Karen came in to say my OB was on his way in to break my water and get the baby out.  While in the room, she wanted me to turn from my right side to the left side to help alleviate the pain.  While turning me, she decided to check my cervix to see what progress was made.  Karen pulled the sheet back and gasped "there's a head!"

Over the next few minutes, the room filled with nurses and Karen kept telling me to hold on for 5 minutes as my OB was on his way.  I just remember thinking to myself "I can't feel a damn thing!  I will try and 'hold on' ...".

The next thing I knew, I hear a nurse say "she's coming out!"  I look over at Shaun thinking "not yet!  It's not time yet!"  And then I hear it.  A mighty cry among all the buzz.  I look down and see Karen holding a baby.

My baby.  
My sweet little Katie!  
Screaming her head off, mad at the world Katie!

Just then my obstretician came into the room and couldn't believe he missed the event!  He did step in to deliver the placenta ... which I actually had to push twice to get out and give me one small stitch from a tear.

The next thing I know, I see my OB and Shaun with gloves on examining every aspect of my placenta ... I had the sense to take a pic of this with my phone.

My most vivid memory was looking at Shaun and seeing the expression on his face as he watched his baby girl being born.  It was so surreal!

And that's sweet Katie's story ... short and simple!

And here are her stats:
Born on Sunday, 5/22, at 6:57 AM, weighing 6 lbs. 13 ozs and 19 1/2" long

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

She's here ...

I apologize for my absence lately, but I've had my hands full!

The newest member of the Leverett family finally arrived!

I am pleased to announce Katie Elizabeth Leverett (formerly BGL)!  She was born Sunday, 5/22, at 6:57 AM, weighing 6 lbs. 13 ozs and 19 1/2" long. 

The first few days at home were rough, but once we all adjusted to the addition, everything fell into perfect place!  She is the most content, quiet, sweet baby ever ... well, for now at least!  She is also sleeping 4-5 hours at night so mama's actually sleeping too.

Please enjoy the below pictures of our sweet Katie and big brother Nathan!

She came out screaming at the world!

30 minutes after delivery

Nathan giving Monkey to "Ba Katie" ("Baby Katie")

Big Bubba kissing his Little Sister

And have no fear ... there will be numerous posts dedicated to Miss Katie!

Up next ... the birth story
Followed by ... "Ba Katie" (as told by Nathan)