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Welcome Mia

Mia Mae Bowling arrived 9/24/2014

7lbs 6oz, 20″

Our little ohana welcomed its newest member last Wednesday.  We knew the time was getting close since Kitty was having trouble sleeping the previous three nights and started taking late night baths.  Late Tuesday night I was in our bed with Autumn, who had also not been sleeping for the previous three nights, watching an episode of Curious George.

Kitty came in the room and asked me what time it was.

“10,” I replied.

“The exact time,” she questioned again.

“I don’t know it’s 10.”

“Exactly 10?” she asked.

Agitated, I looked at my phone and said, “OK! 9:59pm.”

“Ok,” she said, “because I’m timing my contractions.”

This being our third pregnancy, and knowing Kitty, I knew what that meant. Before the next contraction even kicked in I was up and getting everything ready.  I called Libby who started on her way over to watch the kids. Kitty called the midwives who started asking questions about the timing of the contractions.  Kitty, also having been through this and knowing her body, just told them, “I’m coming in.”  We headed downstairs to wait for Auntie Libby.

On the scene was first responder Autumn Ann.  Autumn, sensing what was going on, set up a yoga labor area for her mom.  Apparently the white foam roller marked a line that was not supposed to be crossed, and when I crossed it and kicked the calf stretcher out of the way I was promptly removed from the area and lectured by Autumn.

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Once Auntie arrived Kitty and I headed up to the mountain on which the OHSU labyrinth was placed. As we checked in the receptionist and nurses were asking an impatient Kitty about her contractions and how she was feeling.  You could tell Kitty was thinking, “Hey this baby is coming! Lets go!”  Once in the room the midwife came in and before she could even finish asking, “should we check…”  Kitty replied, “YES”. The midwife starts checking how far along Kitty has progressed… then says… hmm.  The nurse asks 8….9cm?  “Nope,” said the midwife, “she’s complete. You can start pushing whenever you feel like it.”  That was at 11:15pm.  Mia Mae was born at 12:19am.

Momma and baby did amazing, and later our pediatrician would tell us how surprised he was that, given the speed of the delivery, the Apgar scores were also 9.  He and everyone else couldn’t seem to get over how Kitty came into the delivery room fully dilated, then labored for an hour before delivering our little Mia.

This was a special delivery for me as well. Not only did I provide love and support, fetch water upon demand, and provide the necessary back massages during contractions, but I also delivered Mia myself.  The midwife was standing by but I actually had the honor of guiding my baby girl into this world.  There is nothing more amazing than a mother creating and giving birth to a child and so I was humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to have such an intimate role in the delivery.

Proud parents see their baby girl for the first time

The delivery and aftercare went so well that we actually left the hospital the same day! But before we could leave we promised Luca he could visit Mia in the hospital after pre-school. Luca had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of his new sister and is completely in love with her.

Luca says hello to Mia for the first time

 

Autumn also wanted to check things out…

and came bearing gifts

We are all settled* back home now and having a little party this weekend. We are so thankful for our family and friends.  We love all of you and thank you for all your love and support.

 

*settled – a relative definition.

Luca – Playing with two new dinosaurs and correcting Dad on the difference between a Sarcosuchus and a Suchomimus

Autumn – Telling mom to hold her and not Mia

Kitty – Trying to find anytime to sleep

Mia – Sleep, Eat, Poop, Poop, Sleep, Poop

Chris – Discussing dinosaurs, watching dinosaur movies, and reading about dinosaurs. Distracting Autumn with games, silly dances, and yogurt. Trying to make time for Kitty to sleep.  Changing diapers. Taking breaks by cleaning the house.  Loving every minute of all of it!!!

 

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Get Ready Kids

 Here’s the official picture

IMG_6976(1) copyAnd here are some fun outtakes

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 First portrait:

 Waving hello!

Due date: 9/23/2014!

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First Bath

Autumn had her first bath today!

Big brother Luca helps out Clean baby Happy baby

Baby bath robe

Fuzzy head

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Snapshots

It’s been a great two weeks since baby Autumn joined our family. We’ve had lots of visits from family members and we’re enjoying this sweet newborn time. It has been such a great experience going through pregnancy, birth, and welcoming a new baby the second time around. Having been through this once before, we are not only more relaxed but also much more conscious about really appreciating every moment. We know how fast time passes and how quickly kids grow. I read somewhere recently that parenthood is a mixture of both happiness and sorrow – happiness with all the growth and new accomplishments that you witness your children making, and at the same time sadness for the younger stages that are forever gone. How true!

Here are some snapshots from our household over the past two weeks.

Meeting Auntie Kimmy and Uncle Kyan
Meeting Grammie

A rare quiet moment from Luca

Luca gives Grammie a temporary tattoo (I believe it was a flaming motorcycle!)

Daddy love

Meeting Grandma and Grandpa

Meeting Uncle Travis

Nap time with Mama

And Daddy

Getting to know big brother 

This is how Luca likes to eat his apple slices lately

More nap time

First outing to the park

Play time with Mama and camera

Visit from Auntie Barbie and Uncle Justin

To infinity and beyond!

Oh Buzz Lightyear, how I love you so

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Welcome Autumn

Autumn Ann Bowling arrived 9/19/2012

8lbs 7oz  19 1/2″

Kitty had a wonderful and very easy pregnancy. We were eagerly awaiting the arrival of our little girl when at 4am on Wednesday she tapped me on the shoulder.  She said she thought she might be having a contraction.  After a feeble attempt to postpone the inevitable to a more reasonable hour by telling her “No,” I sprung into action… well as much as I can spring at 4am.  I called our nurse midwife and we decided since Luca’s birth only took 6 hours we should probably head to the hospital.  I loaded the packed bags, grabbed snacks, cameras, and music, and called Libby to come over to watch Luca for us.  We were not in a super rush so things were fairly calm.

We arrived at OHSU at 5:30am and got to our room.  I got Kitty water and setup KMHD jazz radio on our iPod.  It was Kitty and my plan to try for a natural birth as she was able to do with Luca.  She really prefers the ability to move around, change positions, and have that connection with the entire birthing experience.

We had a yoga ball in the room for Kitty to rest on between contractions 

During the contractions I massaged her back and encouraged her the best I could

After a little over an hour Autumn Ann Bowling was born at 6:37am.  The birth was wonderful, Autumn is beautiful, and Kitty, the love of my life, never ceases to amaze me.  The nurses and midwives were talking about how they wished they had video taped the entire birth as a teaching example.

Mom and baby meet face to face for the first time

Luca has been so excited for his baby sister to arrive. In the last few weeks he has been constantly talking about her and had some hand picked presents waiting for her.

Kiss from big brother

Everything went so well we were able to leave the next afternoon.  The nurses and midwives were great and we had a wonderful experience at OHSU.   We bundled Autumn up and headed home.

We’ve settled back in at home.  I headed out and bought 5 containers of purell to spread out around the house and cleaned the already clean house… Oh yeah I am the ubernester but that’s another story.  Autumn is doing well.  She’s mostly sleeping or eating, but when she’s awake she’s very alert.

Luca is going to be such a good big brother

 We wanted to thank all of our family and friends for your love and support, and we hope to hear from and see you all soon.

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37 Weeks

It’s hard to believe but we’re 37 weeks along now and less than 3 weeks away from meeting our new baby! Time seems to have accelerated during this final stretch. Chris and I took a tour of the hospital this week and, more than anything, it served to help us realize that it’s probably time to start making final preparations for baby. Things are so much busier this time around with a 2 year old in the house – we don’t seem to have as much time to think ahead. Life these days is more about living day to day and moment to moment. We decided to dedicate this weekend to getting ready for baby, because ready or not, here she comes!

Even though we’ve been busy, we have found some time to enjoy summer. Here are some fun pics from the past couple weeks.

We took a few moments before going out for our anniversary dinner to snap some family portraits:

Luca takes a moment to play with our porch squirrel:

Luca and I took a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Corvallis this past weekend, and he had a blast soaking up the summer sun with his relatives.

Riding bikes with Uncle Travis:

Mama hangs out in the shade:

The ultimate picture of summer:

Flying a kite with Grandpa!

Up on the play structure with Grandma and Uncle Travis:

Mama soaks up a few rays too:

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Time for a baby update! As Luca successfully predicted on more than one occasion, he’s going to have a baby sister! Never mind that he doesn’t even know what a boy or a girl is…  We weren’t hoping for one more than the other, but we are definitely excited to have one of each. We’ve been talking a bit more to Luca about his baby sister and asking if he is going to be a good big brother and help take care of her. Sometimes he says yes, and sometimes he says no. He usually asks if he can hold the baby, but seems to be okay with having to wait a little longer until she’s ready to come out. One time he asked if he could eat the baby – hmm, not sure where that one came from. Who knows what goes on in the mind of a 2 year old…

We’re all doing well – plugging away with the day to day busyness of work and day care and dishes and laundry and always thinking of new ways to get Luca to listen and do what we want. Yes, I realize getting him to do something that wasn’t his idea to begin with is the inherent flaw in our logic, but we keep trying nonetheless. I’m feeling pretty good these days – no complications thus far, and always tired but with as reasonable an amount of energy as can be expected for a working mom with a busy toddler.

Here are a few pics of baby and belly and family to keep you all up to date:

Here she is waving hello

25 weeks along now!

This is Luca's version of cooperating for a photo

A rare moment of stillness

We found ourselves face to face for a moment, and Luca said, "Mama's eyes - Luca in there!" Sweetest moment ever!

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We wanted to take a couple belly pictures (I’m 16 weeks along now) and thought it would be fun to have Luca doing cute big brother poses. Of course, when you’re 2, you usually don’t want to do anything that anyone else wants you to do. So we managed to get a couple of cute shots, and plenty of silly ones.

 

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