Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lucy's Debut

 This is me.  Hopeful.  Ready to be induced and meet my sweet Lucy.  If only I had known at this moment how crazy and unpleasant the next two days would be...

Okay, so here's the whole story.  Sean and I went into the hospital on Monday morning, November 12 to be induced.  Me.  Not Sean.  I was one day past my due date, and the induction was kind of a last ditch effort to avoid a c-section and have a VBAC.  Dr. C wasn't going to let me go too far past my due date because the bigger she got, the less chance I would have of delivering her naturally.  Or so they say.

So I went in and they started me on pitocin, even though I wasn't dilated at all.  They wouldn't give me anything to help that along because they won't do that for VBAC patients.  Grrr.  So about 9:00 I started having contractions, far apart and not too painful.  Here I am experiencing that:


 Here are Sean and his mom making a fantasy football trade during my contractions.  The compassion in this picture is overwhelming, I know.

 So I labored for about 6 hours, and I was only at a 1.  In fact, Dr. C had to "help" me get to a 1.  It was depressing.  So we decided to stop the pitocin and start again on Tuesday, the 13th.

About 3 am on Tuesday, I was awakened by contractions.  Real ones!  I was so happy, I thought this was a sure sign that I would be able to make it through labor and delivery without a c-section.  These contractions, however, were NOT as light as the ones I had on Monday.  They were intense and I was a huge weenie about them.  I asked for an epidural after about 4 hours or so, and got it.  It was amazing.  But I could still feel my contractions.  They just didn't hurt.  Weird.

So things were progressing, the whole family was there, and it was looking good.  They broke my water when I was at a 3, then I was at a 4, a 6, and finally an 8!  I was so excited.  But then it started hurting again.  My epidural bag was empty, they got me some more.  But it still hurt.  And then the nurses started freaking out because I was bleeding...a lot.  Too much for where I was in my labor.  So they called Dr. C, and he came to check it out.

He agreed.  There was too much bleeding.  And I wasn't even fully dilated yet.  I could have had to push for hours, who knows?  So he said it was time to throw in the towel and go into surgery.  He said I could wait, but then the situation could become emergent, and if I had a uterine rupture, there was only a 50% chance I would survive, and a 50% chance Little L would survive.  That didn't seem like good odds to us, so we opted for the surgery. 

 I was bummed, but I knew this was a very real possibility, so I wasn't devastated or anything.  I did start feeling VERY sick though, right as they started the surgery.  Sooooo, I puked.  right before the picture above.  Laying down.  Into a weird round bag.  It was not my greatest moment.  The c-section was a little more uncomfortable than I remembered, but that was 3 years ago so my memories aren't very reliable I suppose.  When it was over, they tried to take a picture of all of us, but I puked again, so we had to wait a moment.  So they took tons of pictures of Lucy :)  Who looked EXACTLY like Levi did in that very room 3 years before.  Seriously, I may not remember in a few years, which baby this is:
 


Here is the pic they got after the puking:
After recovery, and our journey to our new room, I started feeling sick again.  This definitely did not happen last time.  So once again, I got sick laying down into a round bag.  It was awful, and no one really knew why I was getting so pukey.

Until the next day.  Dr. C came in and told me that I had lost so much blood that I was on the edge of needing a transfusion.  Thankfully, they decided to wait, and my blood count came up slightly the next day.  But not much, and I am still severely anemic.  Which = VERY TIRED.  I mean, new moms are already very tired, but this is a tiredness I have never known before.  Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who picks up as much slack as he can, and a very helpful Mom and sister who have offered to help.  I am blessed.

Also, Levi has been WONDERFUL.  He has had some behavior things going on, fits and such, but he is very helpful and VERY sweet with his sister.  He adores her.  Here are some quotes from the past week:

"Shhh, Lucy.  Its okay.  Big Brother's here."
 "Mommy, you can hold her, I will just sit here and protect her."
"Hey Mommy, maybe I can marry Lucy!  She's a girl!"
"I like my sister better than every other girl."

Yes.  My heart is melting daily.
 And here we all are together:
I love dressing her up and kissing her cheeks.  She is a doll, and we are so in love with both of our kiddos!

Lucy Michelle Campbell
8lbs 4oz
20 inches long
2:51pm
November 13, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

I promise I was there...


when these kiddos were made.  Even though they don't appear to share my genes.  I suppose Sean just has super genes.  (In case you don't know, the top picture is Levi and the bottom is Lucy.)  I can see the difference, obviously, but these two sure do look alike in the womb.  And I would say that maybe all babies look alike in these pictures, but Levi sure did look JUST like his sono picture when he made his arrival.  They definitely have the same nose.  Probably Sean's nose :)  Maybe I'll get to share the blue eyes with both of them.  We shall see!

We are having a little struggle, here, friends.  Someone in our family is smarter than your average three-year-old.  But he is not more emotionally developed than your average three-year-old.  So he is really starting to struggle because he UNDERSTANDS everything that's going on in his life (aka: new baby coming, new home, new school, new church) but he doesn't really have the tools he needs to DEAL with everything that he understands.  Which is resulting in some serious toddler anxiety.  Like throwing up he's so anxious.  He worries about where the baby will sleep, where she will sit in the car, how I will feed her, where her diapers will go, etc. etc.  He worries that I will be overwhelmed and he NEEDS to help me.  What toddler has these kinds of thoughts?!?!  He is so sensitive and tender-hearted already, and that, on top of this new anxious spirit that is oppressing him, has him falling apart.  We thought (in our infinite parental wisdom and discernment) that he was adjusting so well, no problems, sleeping through the night in his own bed, blah blah blah.  It just really started getting intense this week with the throwing up and the mini anxiety attacks over getting in trouble or random issues like where Baby Lucy will sit in the car.  He is also having nightmares  and struggling with fear at bed time every night.  How do I help my little one?  Any moms have experience or advice here?  As a mom I am just having a hard time letting it "work itself out" like a certain male parent thinks I should :)  Just kidding, he advises me to pray deeply and often for him, and to love him through it.  Which I am doing to the best of my ability. (I think I am making this seem a lot more serious than it really is, right now Levi is making his trains and cars crash and laughing as the fall off the coffee table.  He is still my joyful, playful, silly boy :)

Anyway, that's what's going on with us.  I know anxious mommy makes anxious babies, so pray that I will hold on the the peace of the Lord and trust Him wholeheartedly with this!  He knew my sweet baby would walk through this time, and he has walked it before us, is walking it with us now.

"For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you 'Do not fear, I will help you.'" Isaiah 41:13

Monday, August 27, 2012

My son cracks me up.  Seriously, every day he says SOMETHING that just makes me laugh out loud.  Just now, as I was giving him the second half of his bagel for breakfast, he said "Woah, that's the biggest bagel I've ever SEEN!"  Just a regular bagel half.  Oh Levi.  He also told me this morning that the baby in his tummy was hurting him and making a roaring sound.  Yep.

Things are going swimmingly here at Campbell Manor.  We are LOVING the new house, seriously I think I am in love with it.  It has such an antique charm to it, but it is very "new" because of all of the updates the owners have done.  I feel like I'm living in a mansion compared to living in my parents house stuffed into two rooms.  We have TWO BATHROOMS!!!!!!!!!!!!  That has really come in handy since Levi is usually taking up one bathroom peeing every 5 minutes.  A pregnant lady and a two year old boy have about the same bladder space, and we would DIE with only one bathroom.  We'd at least be wet most of the day.

Sean is loving his new job too, and we are kind of a little bit like celebrities here in Whitney, Texas.  We have been in the paper as a family at least 3 times (just for moving here apparently) and Sean is in the paper LITERALLY every week in an ad for the clinic.  Everywhere we go people are like "Do I recognize you from somewhere?"  And we are like "Yep.  We are always in the paper." Haha.

I have taken up the task of making all of our cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, stain remover, etc.  It keeps me busy and makes Sean think that I'm some kind of super mom/wife when really I just copy recipes from Pinterest, and gather supplies.  It's awesome.  Levi doesn't care about any of that as long as I keep the fridge stocked with plenty of chocolate milk.  That makes me super mom to him :)

We are getting really pumped about the arrival of little Lucy, but because of Etsy and Zulilly, our budget is getting deflated day by day.  How do you have a girl and still have money for food when there are SO MANY ACCESSORIES!!!!  I am trying really hard to remember that the rest of us need clothes and other survival-type things so I don't spend all our money on bows and tights.  Yipes.  This weekend is actually the Just Between Friends sale in Fort Worth and Sean is probably going to send me with a set amount of CASH so that when its gone, its gone and I don't overdraft our account.  I'm surprised he's letting me go at all :)

We have been visiting churches down here.  *Sigh*  This is a difficult endeavor.  I was a member of first Irving for 7 or more years, and feel a little spoiled by the amazing preaching and worship we got every single week.  Small towns don't have a First Irving, that's for sure.  There are lots of wonderful little churches with tons of jewels (aka old people), but there are not many really great nursery programs or stylistic equivalents to what we are used to.  So far, we really like Cedar Creek Baptist Church, and may end up there.  They have a band with a DRUM CAGE.  This is big in Hill County, people.  There were also more kids in the nursery than just Levi, which was promising.

So that's a little update on the Campbells.  I will try and put up some random pictures in my next post.  If anyone wants to come visit us, please do!  We even have a trundle now, so our house sleeps TWO adult guests!  Think about it.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Here We Go...

Okay so our computer is still not fixed, but I took some pics with Sean's phone and emailed them to myself, and am writing this on my mom and dad's computer.  It was a lot of work.  But here it is!  These are pictures of the house so far:

This room I have already posted some on Facebook, but here are some better pics:
 I had her bedding specially made because we bought a mini crib, and it turned out exactly how I wanted it!  Yay Etsy!

 My sister's old college bed, and the lovely tree my mom freehanded on the wall.  She is amazing, and I don't know what I would have done with a whole house without her.  She is so creative!  Pottery Barn kids bedding on the extra long twin.

 This is the bow holder thing I made (from a Pinterest picture, of course)  And the top of her dresser.  All the decor is pretty much from Garden Ridge for 75% off, as I mentioned in another post.  That little basket is full of my old booties and socks, which is pretty cool.  My aunt had them all :)

 My sister made one of these for Levi before he was born, and so she made one for Baby L too.  Super cute, and Levi LOVES his.

So that's Little L's room.  Here is the guest bathroom:


And here is the dining room (Mom decorated of course):



This is the entry from the living room to the dining room, one of my favorite spaces in the house.  I love it.

 Bookshelf that Mom decorated by herself:

And here is the living room



Here is where I spend most of my time....the kitchen! (Which if you know me is really weird, but it has actually been happening!)




The "Command Center" as I like to call it :)


Aaaaaaaaaaaand, my favorite room in the house: LEVI'S ROOM!!
 This train is above his windows/bed.


These are rain gutter book shelves from Pinterest.  Love them.



He has a random wall in his room the previous owners put up to make a huge walk in closet.  He uses it as a playroom, and it's awesome.  These are the two doors into the "playroom."

And here's the playroom with the toy box.  So fun!
And that's it, ladies and gents!  (Or as Levi would say: Ladies and Ginklemint) That's the new house!  Our room isn't finished and neither is our bathroom, so I will post those as soon as they are finished!  I could only do so much in one week :)  I am absolutely in love with this house.  Levi and I have had a ball this week...we also live right across the street from the elementary school so we have been walking to the playground every day!  We have gotten to see Daddy every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (all of which Mommy has been cooking!) so Levi is in Heaven.  So far, Whitney is a huge hit, and we are all really enjoying being there together.  We are SUPER excited to add little Lucy to the mix too, it will be so fun.

Pray for us, friends, that we will make some good connections in the coming week at church and find some people we can start living life with!

Monday, July 16, 2012

I made this:

But mine looks a little different.  The frame is turquoise.  And the ribbons are hot pink with white polka dots and lime with hot pink polka dots.  And there are different bows on it.  But I did it!  I was so happy.

I have to keep myself busy these next two weeks as I wait to be reunited with my husband in our newly renovated house.  So I am thinking of as many projects I can do before then, so I don't cry :)

The house looks amazing though.  Sean took me down on Sunday to look at the progress so I wasn't depressed about the "one more week" thing that keeps happening every week. (It will be one more week after this week, of course.) It looks so wonderful.  The kitchen is almost finished, and it has formica countertops that look like granite (its so crazy!  I've never seen that kind before) and we have painted all the cabinets white.  There was enough left over to make me a folding table in the laundry room too, which is amazing.  I've never had an actual laundry room before, I am so excited.  The trim in the house is painted white, and the wood paneling is painted a soft but really nice brown.

Needless to say, I can't wait to move in.  Levi is less excited, but he'll adjust :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kids Rooms


So one of the things I am looking forward to the most about our new house is my kids rooms.  I LOVE decorating kids rooms, its super fun.  And nurseries are always fun period.  I don't have a camera that I can find yet, plus all of our stuff is sitting in the garage at our new place, but I did want to share a little sneak peek  of what will be in Big L and Little L's rooms :)

First, here is Lucy's dresser:

 As you may notice, if you have had any experience with Levi's nursery, that it is actually HIS old brown and green polka dot dresser.  These are the colors of her room, and we just went to town on it.  We also got her some antique-looking frames from Hobby Lobby in these colors, and I made her a frame with ribbon to hold her hair bows in these colors as well.  Most of the art in her room has owls on it because I think they are just so darn cute!  Mom is even going to paint a white tree on her wall.  Her bedding is being custom made on Etsy because she has a mini crib, and I wasn't loving the sets I could find online.  It will be awesome.  I'm sure.  I will post more pics once we are settled and her room is decorated!  Can't wait!

Now here is what Levi will have in his room:

We have already received it and it is precious.  He said he wanted his room done in trains, so I did my best here.  He will have all new furniture courtesy of my aunt, who gave us all of her sons' old cargo furniture. It is going to look really cute.  Mom even got him a lamp that plays his Ipod :)  Garden Ridge is getting rid of their kids section, so they were selling everything 75% off, so we got him several cute canvas art thingys with trains on them, and he will have a train decal on his wall.  He is so super pumped, it's ridiculous.

And lastly, a cute little picture of Lucy's baby book.  Had to go with the owl theme :)


Monday, July 9, 2012

Grrrr...

Soooo, our really old house in Whitney is not ready yet, and so while my husband is working hard down in Hill County, Levi and I are still living it up with my parents in Fort Worth.  And I've decided that being a single mom is really hard.  Being a mom PERIOD is really hard, much less a PREGNANT mom to a very active toddler.  But doing it by myself while my husband lives an hour a way is no fun.

So all I have to do to distract myself is spend all my time either on Pinterest, or buying stuff that I saw on Pinterest.  I already pretty much have everything I need to decorate Levi's room and Baby Lucy's room, and I'm working on the rest of the house.  Mostly organization since those of you who know Sean and I know that we are probably the least organized people in the world.  And with TWO kiddos at home, I can't handle that.  I need some structure, people!

But I have done some fun decorating stuff too, like make 2 wreaths, one for spring/summer, and one for fall. They are awesome, if I do say so myself.  I will try and post some pictures of everything I'm talking about asap, if I can find where we packed the camera and cord.

And I'm sure I will be posting another sad post about how they added two more weeks to our move in date soon.  It seems that at the end of every two weeks, they add at least another week.  Stupid old houses built in 1945 and all of their problems!  Grrrrr!

Friday, June 29, 2012

My Return to Blogging

No time.  That is why I haven't blogged in over a YEAR.  But things are a-changin' for the Campbells, and I want to keep you friends and family updated on what's going on with us.  Especially since we will be exiled in Hill County :)

So, in case there is anyone who doesn't know yet, Sean got a job in Whitney, Tx doing Family Medicine at the clinic there.  And we are starting this month!  I'm so proud of my man.  He has worked so hard and has done a fabulous job taking care of us.  We are super excited, we will be living in a little house less than a mile from the clinic.  3 bedroom, 2 bath with a great sized backyard and plenty of room for our little family.

Speaking of our little family, it will be a little less little this November.  We have a sweet little baby Campbell joining us around the beginning of the month!  Her name is Lucy, and Mommy, Daddy, and big brother Levi are all super stoked to meet her.  Pray for  big brother though, this is quite a lot of change for his little 2 year old mind to grasp.  He's already been waking up at night and coming in our room, as well as expressing some anxiety about Baby Lucy's arrival.  He is so sensitive and has such a compassionate heart, all of his anxieties are for me and his baby sister, though.  I'm not going to lie, I adore that boy to pieces.

The Lord has been amazingly gracious and good to the Campbells.  We are so grateful for all that He has done for us, and blessing us with friends and family who He has used to love us and bless us.

I promise to blog more often so that I can share pictures of the house and the kiddos, as well as the adventures of Levi, which are always entertaining!