Thursday, August 30, 2012

4 weeks old

Rebekah is 4 weeks old and doing well. She's still small enough that we consider her "new born" but when Angeline holds her I can see that she has grown. She had a check up today and she is now 8lbs 6oz and 21 1/2 inches tall so she is gaining well... about 50 grams a day! She LOVES her bath time and having her feet massaged. She never cries unless mommy has eaten too much garlic or I am just not feeding her fast enough but she is pretty patient really and with Daddy home to help with her siblings she rarely has to wait anyway. She is still wearing all her new born clothes but I suspect she will be moving to the next size soon. She is wearing size 1 diapers. You can see her blue eyes well in the last picture of her in the bath. She also tried out her swing for the first time yesterday and seemed to like it well enough to fall asleep. Always good to have somewhere to put her when we are having dinner or needing hands free. She continues to sleep well most nights but the odd night she has trouble settling down. I often stay in bed with her until 8:30am which is sleeping in for me. Jonathan still has a few weeks off but we will all be in for an adjustment when he goes back to work.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

1 Month Sibling Comparison...


When I see Rebekah from different angles, making different expressions I can see glimpses of likenesses between her and her other siblings as babies. Looking at these pictures with them all about 4 weeks in age they all seem so different. I don't think she looks like one of them more then another but I do often see my Noah (though you probably can't see it in pictures)... but it is something with their eyes. That being said Rebekah is most certainly herself and we love her very much just as we do all our children. Was just doing some comparing myself and thought it might be fun to share.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One Big Spider

It's that wonderful time of year when spiders seem to think that your home is their home.  We have had a few rather large ones lately but this one beats them all!

It was hard to catch this one!

And get it down from the ceiling!

I got him in the end... though a shoe just wouldn't do!

Posted By: Jonathan

Friday, August 24, 2012

3 weeks old

Yesterday marked Rebekah's 3 week birthday. I can't believe how much she has changed in one week. She is still a tiny baby... tried fitting her in size 1-2 diapers when we used up the last newborn one but they are still huge. She is still wearing newborn size clothes. Though she hasn't changed much in size her face is changing and she has more awake time and more expressions. She also likes to hold hands now, happy to grab a finger when it is offered. We do get some noise out of her but I am looking forward to when she starts to coo more. Mostly I just try to cherish every moment of this very short "new born" stage.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rebekah is 2 weeks old!

It has been 2 wonderful weeks since our youngest daughter made her way into the world. It is hard to believe she is now 2 weeks old but at the same time it feels like she has been part of our family all along. She fits right in. It probably helps that she spends most of her time sleeping and it has been especially wonderful that she sleeps well through the night (most nights). We do treasure her awake time and sneaking in some cuddles while she is sleeping too! There is no shortage of pictures of our Rebekah... here are a few taken since we've been home from the hospital. You can't tell from the pictures but her eyes are blue, that may change over time but they aren't dark like David's were when he was born and in 2 weeks her dark hair has already gotten longer. We are enjoying the extra family time while Jonathan is on parental leave. We have been able to visit lots with family, get some extra things done around the house and just enjoy some quiet settling in time in between. And even though Rebekah is a good sleeper there have been a few long nights between her and her siblings so it has been nice for me to get some sleep in time and for Jonathan not to have to wake up at 4am to go to work.
Rebekah had her second check up on Monday and is continuing to do well. She gained 6 ounces in 1 week and weighed 2 ounces past her birth weight. We are working to get her birth announcements completed and sent out soon.

Friday, August 10, 2012


This is the story of Rebekah's journey into the world. If you are not interested in the details read no further...

The last few weeks I have been playing a lot of "Dutch Blitz" ( a fast passed card game where you earn points for each card you put in the community piles and loose points for each card left in your pile when another player goes out and yells "Blitz"). It took me a while to make the connection but I soon realized that playing "Dutch Blitz" was a sure way of having Braxton Hicks (practise contractions). The first time this happened was at the end of June when we were on holidays at Shuswap Lake. I played a few games before going to bed and ended up having 3 hours of braxton hicks that night... strong enough that I was beginning to wonder if Jonathan was going to have to drive me to the nearest hospital. In July I noticed I would have these contractions while playing Dutch blitz and I soon made the connection (Reason #1 for the title of this post).
On Tuesday, July 31 I had a doctor's appointment and discovered I was 3-4 cm dialated. Later that day I ended up having 6 hours of contractions 1 minute long and 3 minutes apart. We were certainly thinking that might be the day our little "Summer" was going to come. As the evening went on rather then get stronger (which I was waiting for) the contractions dwindled to a full stop.
On Thursday, August 2nd I had another doctors appointment so see what sort of progress I made in the pre-labour I was having on Tuesday and sure enough I was a good 4cm and my cervix was getting ready for our little one to arrive. What my doctor said was because "Summer's" head wasn't coming down I was getting "stuck" in the first stage of labour... if her head came down I would have the added pressure I needed for the contractions to get stronger and my labour to progress. His recomendation was  to take 60ml of castor oil to help strengthen the contractions... to help move baby downward... to help my labour progress into the second stage.
I was pretty leery about taking castor oil because I am really a big baby when it comes to medications that taste bad (can't even bring myself to take cough syrup) and I just wasn't sure about "helping" my labour along but I really was not wanting to continue having contractions until baby decided to drop so I mixed the castor oil (the bottle I bought was 50 ml) with a glass of orange juice, plugged my nose and chugged it down (This was at 2:30pm on August 2nd). After drinking my special mix OJ all I could do was wait... so we sat down and played some more Dutch Blitz. By 4pm I was having regular contractions about 1 minute long and 3 minutes apart (same as 2 days earlier)... and I was wondering if labour would actually kick in or if I would be disappointed again. (Did you know there are free apps for timing contractions?.. so cool!) By 5:30pm we took a break for dinner and around 7pm I was feeling really discouraged that there would be no sign of baby "Summer" anytime soon. BUT Heidi made me walk. We walked up and down hills all around the neighbourhood for over 2 hours and my contractions got stronger and closer together (thank you Heidi)! By 9:30pm we were in a mad rush to make a few phone calls and head to the hospital. (Thankfully my sister was here to stay with the kids and they were already in bed at this point... thank you Mandy)!
In the car my contractions got more frequent and we drove very hopeful that this was the real deal. When we got to assessment my cervix hadn't dilated any more but they were quick to get my into a room and to have the gas near by (thankfully)!
It wasn't long before the gas wasn't enough for the pain and I was begging for an epidural. At this point I was 6cm dilated (about 11:30pm and Dr. Farmer broke my water, though I didn't notice), but it felt like 8-10! I really was worried I wouldn't be able to cope through transition. They convinced me to attempt having a shower to ease my pain but it was a good thing I hadn't stood up to make my way to the bathroom. I started having pain right below my c-section which was causing some concern. The next thing I knew I was pushing while I screamed "I'm pushing" and everyone in the room was telling me to pant (which I did, or at least attempted to do). Dr. Farmer got a glove on just in time to apply some counter pressure to the head and Rebekah was born! My shortest pushing time had been 25 minutes so I was quite surprised (as was everyone else). At that point we could have yelled "blitz!" Rebekah made it for an August 2nd Birthday with 5 minutes to spare.
In short I went from 4cm to Baby in less then 2 hours! Heidi was there with us an just managed to catch Rebekah's birth on video. Not my finest moment but I was thankful to be able to watch it since everything happened so fast. Despite her fast arrival she was healthy and I managed not to tare. One week later we are both continuing to do well. At the end it was my most intense labour but I am happy she arrived quickly. Mostly I am thankful she arrived safely and very happy to hold her in my arms! Another labour of love!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I Scream For Ice Cream!

Daddy's Double Chocolate, Chocolate Mint Chip Home-Made Ice Cream
You think she likes it?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Introducing Rebekah...

Rebekah Margaret Grace

Rebekah was born August 2nd... 5 minutes shy of midnight! She came rather quickly... wanting to make sure she made it in time for her Great-Great-Granny's Birthday (would have been 100th) & my cousin Chelsea's Birthday. She is named after her Oma... Margaret Neufeld and my Grandma Grace Tourangeau. She arrived at 38 weeks just like her two sisters before her and weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces. We stayed in the hospital until noon on Saturday. She has been doing very well. She has dark hair and we aren't sure about her eye colour yet... definitely some blue in there but not sure if it will change or not. It is possible her hair might also change as David's started out quite dark too but she seems to be the darkest one so far. Yesterday was our first full day as a family of 6 since David and Angeline had been away for the long weekend so we are still settling in. Jonathan is taking some time off to help ease the adjustment. I will be posting the story of her arrival soon... just havn't had much time to work on it yet.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Picnic Day

Yesterday I spent a good part of the day timing contractions. They were steady for over 6 hours but not progressing. Without completely giving my hopes up I was thinking Summer was on her way. I had a similar labour with Samara only we went to the hospital and they broke my water to encourage things to get going. After breaking my water my contractions stopped so then they didn't have much choice other then to put me on oxytocin (which is NOT fun)... rather then have a repeat I thought I would just wait it out and see if my body would kick into the second stage of labour on its own (but obviously it didn't).
That being said today needed to be a picnic day. I needed to get out of the house and get the kids out too. They went for a bike ride in the trails (we walked) and then played at the water-park and playground. And we had lunch. It was a nice morning for everyone... just thought I would share some pictures.