Tuesday, November 30, 2010

He's here!

Now that our newest addition has arrived, life will definitely take some time to get back to some sense of "normal". Both Ethan and Parker seem excited to have a new baby brother, but also seem to have forgotten how to listen, and how to generally behave with some amount of control; making me wonder if I can survive life with 3 boys.

Rowan Craig Kislingbury
Born November 22, 2010 at 12:52pm
 4055 grams ( 8lbs 15 oz)
22.5 inches

The blondest by far of our 3 boys at birth, he was born 4 hours and 2 minutes after my doctor broke my water to induce labor.
It was a fast and intense labor, but instant and complete adoration.
My doctor checked me before leaving to return to his office saying "you're only 6cm dilated, and your cervix is still posterior- they'll call me when you reach 8 or 9cm..."
I muttered under my breath to my husband "8-9 cm will be much too late..."
15 minutes later I new the baby was coming fast so we called in the nurse Julie. 
She checked me and said I was 7 cm. With the next few contractions I must have fully dilated and my cervix moved forward, because Rowan was determined to make his entrance right away.
With no time to spare, I had a nurse on either side of me, my feet on their hips ( no time to get stirrups). I felt the baby crown, and reached down to feel his fuzzy little head. It seemed then like both Rowan and I were suspended in time while I waited for a contraction. The nurses told me to give a little push if I wanted when the next one hit, but it seemed like forever waiting. I pushed a bit anyway, eager to relieve the pressure and meet my son. In a blink he was out, on my chest and in my arms. I felt the pulse of the umbilical cord, and watched as Mark cut it. I was so happy to be as aware and present as I was for this delivery.

I can see my toes, put on my own shoes and socks, bend over fully and play with my kids on the floor again. My hips no longer ache, the heartburn is gone, and I'm 14 pounds lighter 8 days post delivery.

I already miss being pregnant.

If I didn't have half a brain, and 3 boys already, I think I'd do it all over again and again...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Back on track...for now

It's been a long time since I've posted anything, and a long time since I've done any real scrapbooking. Now that my studio space is 98% complete, I've finally started to get back into the groove. I'm sure the impending arrival of this baby will throw another monkey wrench in my creative endeavors for some time, so I figured I may as well share the few pages I've gotten done recently. Not the best photos, but I'm dealing with a whole new set of lights now, and I'll need to figure out the best technique.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: Echo Park
Washi Tape: The Greeting Farm
Trim: May Arts
Letters: American Crafts
Robots: Maya Road
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: English Ivy
pen: Copic Multiliner

PP: My Mind's Eye
Chipboard: MME, Pebbles
Trim: May Arts?
Letters: American Crafts
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Raven
Mask: Maya Road Chipboard negative
Ranger Distress Ink: Black Soot
Mini Letters: Cosmo Cricket
Glossy Accents
Floss: Karen Foster
Google eye: Stash

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: Bo Bunny, DCWV

Diecut Spider: Cricut Doodlecharms

Rub-On: Bo Bunny
Letters: Doodlebug Design Inc.
Glitter: Doodlebug Design Inc.
Buttons & Google Eyes: Stash
Ranger Stickles: Lavender, Gunmetal
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Raven
Ranger Distress Ink: Black Soot
Glossy Accents
pen: Copic Multiliner 0.5

Believe it or not I'm actually working on a double page layout right now- more Halloween goodness.  What can I say? I have way too much Halloween paper in my collection, and need to do more than one layout this year to account for it. ( so I can buy more next year of course!)