Monday, October 7, 2013

My sanity...It's called "The Everest!!"

At 6 weeks post-partum; having four kids 3 and under, I was going a little crazy.  Going anywhere alone was a chore. I couldn't even go for a simple walk to enjoy the fresh outdoors unless I wanted to chase the older two.  I was going a little insane!  I had asked a friend if she still had her quad stroller because she too had four kids within three years.  Unfortunately, she sold it!  I turned my insanity into desperation and started searching for a way to get a break, go for a walk, with all four kids strapped in.  I was desperately looking for freedom! And I found it.  A New Zealand Quad stroller I have been drooling over this stroller ever since we found out about the possibility of getting our Little Dude, the little miracle we are adopting. It's not sold in America.  However, it can be shipped here so it's not impossible to find in America.  It retails for $1700 and costs nearly $300 in shipping costs to get it from New Zealand to America.  I had given up the idea of ever owning one of these strollers.  But our God still amazes me and continues to bless us.  Someone on Craiglist, just 3.5 hours away was selling the New Zealand Adventure Buggy for a fraction of the cost!!  This crazy momma, packed up all four kids, called Grandma to come with, and drove to get it!!  Here is the legendary stroller referred to as the Everest, my sanity saver...

All four kids at the mall, enjoying their ride.  

And it fits in the van like a glove!!

Thank you Lord Jesus for a break, for blessing us with this amazing stroller for a fraction of the price!!  I love my kiddos, I love my stroller, and I love my life.  It's certainly the little things, isn't it.  :)

Little Guy's birth story!!

On the morning of August 19, 2013, I woke up with contractions at 1:35 A.M.  I tossed and turned for a few minutes.  My tummy was constantly hard.  I woke up SuperDaddy and told him that I was sure something was happening.  It didn't feel like contractions, just constant pressure, EVERYWHERE!!  I asked him to call the midwives.  He said "no, I'm sure everything is fine, let's go on the couch and count contractions. (Mind you, I went into preterm labor just 3 weeks prior to this at 34 weeks, we were only 37 weeks when he was born)  So, to make him happy, I went on the couch.  Looked at him and said, "Call the midwives NOW, please!  The time was then 1:50 A.M.  Thankfully our babysitter for the other kids spent the night that night.  I ran upstairs to wake her.  I had to wake the sitter,  transfer another baby out of the birth-room, and set up the birthing bed, and birthing tub  yet.  I was feeling like I was running out of time.  SuperDaddy was still downstairs.  We managed to get the other baby transferred to another room, while we were sitting up the bed, my water broke, all. over. the. floor.  Let me tell you, that is by far the craziest feeling in the world!!  With my first, I only had leaking and it broke during pushing.  My second, I almost delivered him in the sac of waters until the midwife broke the waters with the amnio-hook as I was delivering him.  My third was delivered through adoption, so no water breaking there :)  So needless to say, I was in shock when my sac of waters burst!  The time was now 2:15. The midwives still had not arrived and it felt as if the water was never going to stop gushing. SuperDaddy decided to start filling the birthing pool as my babysitter made up the birthing bed.  I was now contracting almost constantly; kneeling against the side of the bed, waiting. Waiting. Waiting for the midwives to arrive.  By 2:30,  I laid down in the bed, praying the midwives would make it in time and gave up the hope of ever getting in the birthing tub.  The bed wasn't even fully made, but I didn't care, at that very moment I just needed to rest my head on something! It was 2:40 and I knew he was coming!  I heard someone say "Katie is here."(the midwife assistant)  She came in the room and said, "let me set up some things." I screamed; "No, he's coming!!  She had just enough time to grab gloves and catch him! The midwife was walking up the stairs as he was delivered at 2:44 A.M.  What a short pain filled adventure we had just experienced!! My shortest birth yet and we were  so glad he was a healthy little guy!!  The midwives had everything cleaned up and back in order before any of the other children woke up.  It was perfect. Perfect indeed.

Purely Perfect!  Born at 2:44 A.M  Weighing in at 7 lbs 14 oz and 21.5 inches long!! 

Can't believe He's 7 weeks old already!!!!