June 30, 2009

Here He Is!

Here is Jack David Koper. He arrived today, June 30, 2009 at 2:52pm after about 7 hours of labor. He weighs 7 pounds, 1 ounce; measures 20.5 inches long and is healthy and strong. I am exhausted but feeling great.

Here I am this morning, 5:45am - 39 weeks, 1 day

The maternity ward was very busy. We were stuck in the utility closet for most of the morning. They liked to call it a tiny triage room. Below is our big room. We were so happy to get in there.




It is very rare to come across someone with the last name of Koper. Ironically, this is Nurse Koper with Jack. She was with us for the entire delivery. She was great.




Steven was very excited to meet his little brother Jack, Gabby on the other hand was a little too tired to really care. We'll see how tomorrow goes.

June 29, 2009

Soooo.....

I had my 39-week check-up this afternoon. I was dilated about 4cm. Dr Fuller stripped my membranes and was, as he put it, "quite aggressive with my cervix." That translates into OUCH! He said that he thinks I'm ready, and since he's in surgery on Thursdays, and Friday is a down day due to the 4th, we should schedule an induction for either tomorrow or Wednesday. I REALLY want him to be the one to deliver my baby, not just the doctor on call. So, we decided on tomorrow (Tuesday). So, tomorrow morning, we will be going in to have a baby!
As long as they have room for us (it can always happen, and has happened to us before, that we go in for an induction and they don't have room for us), we'll be there tomorrow and will let everyone know soon about Baby Koper #3!
Please keep us in your prayers. We pray for a strong, healthy baby, a smooth labor and delivery and a healthy mommy.
I'm off to finish packing my hospital bag, a bag of stuff to keep Steve happy at the hospital, a bag for the kids for the day (they will be spending the day with some friends of ours), and generally making sure that everything is in order for a new baby!

June 23, 2009

Decisions, decisions...

I had my 38-week check up today. Baby's head is low, I'm fairly thinned, and dilated 1-2 cm. My doctor says I'm favorable for induction and that he'll see me again on Monday, and then if I want to, we can schedule an induction for any time next week. So, if I wanted, I could go in and have this boy a week from today....hmmmm. Steve and I are trying to figure out what we want to do, what is best for our family.
I really didn't want to be induced after the way my induction went with Gabby (very, very long labor) but when I was induced with Gabby, I was not "favorable" for an induction. I was barely dilated, not thinned at all and Gabby's head was not very low. This time, it seems my body is much closer to labor and an induction may go much better. Decisions, decisions.....
We have until Monday to decide what we want to do. I will update when we decide :-)

June 22, 2009

I'm not me...

What is it about pregnancy that makes me brain-dead? I blame it on the pregnancy because I can't think of any other explanation. I really notice I am not myself the last week or so. Thoughts of the baby and labor and birth and pregnancy consume me right now. I try to just shut them out and focus on other things, but they always creep back in. I can't focus on anything. It's really strange.
We have lived here for over 3 months. I do not know our address. I don't even know our zip code. I always have to ask Steve for it. That's kind of weird.
I don't know the last time I really cooked. I have the will, the energy, the desire to be in my kitchen making a yummy meal for my family, but I can't concentrate long enough to follow through with it. Tonight I was determined to make a yummy dinner. I stared blankly into my full pantry for a long time. I then stared blankly into my full freezer. Finally, I marinated some beef, planned on making a sauce to put it in, and serve it on rice with a vegetable. I burnt the corn on the stove. I forgot I had planned rice and made macaroni instead, then just didn't make a sauce. We seriously ate some meat and macaroni for dinner. Steve thought it was funny. It was a strange meal. And if you know me at all, you know I really enjoy cooking and baking. I thought I'd redeem myself by making cookies. Cookies. I make cookies like once a week. I can make them with my eyes shut. Just plain old, chocolate chip cookies. I don't know what happened - they had no flavor and were totally flat. I swear I made them the same as always....I'm sure I left some key ingredients out, though.
Steve wants to pick out a name for the baby. He brings it up pretty often. He likes one name in particular but I'm not loving it that much. I told him a while ago that we'll just go with his name because I'm sure it will grow on me. Do I want to name him that? Not really. Would I rather sift thought all the millions of names and find one that we both love? Yes. Can I bring myself to concentrate on such a task? Not even for a minute. I know Steve would rather pick a name that I love, too but I just don't have the mind-power to think about it.
I'm reading Jane Eyre. I started it about a week ago. Normally, I would have finished it by now. It's a really good book and I'm enjoying it a lot. Today, I noticed I had read the same page at least 3 times, had no idea what it was about and finally put it down.
I went to Hobby Lobby today to get some fabric to make a baby blanket for a friend who's having a baby soon. I really enjoy sewing and I was excited to make this blanket. After having the fabric cut, I noticed the lady wrote up my little receipt wrong, so I was going to be charged more than I was supposed to when I got to the checkout. I went back to the fabric counter and had to stand in line for a minute. While in line, I changed my mind on the fabric I had picked completely, and started looking for a new one. I then felt frustrated and couldn't make a simple decision and ended up just leaving empty-handed. That doesn't even make sense!
I really need to have this baby soon so I can be myself again. I need to be the Leah who knows her own address, cooks and bakes for her family, loves naming her children, reading books and sewing. I really don't know this Leah anymore. And she frustrates me.

June 18, 2009

Our Week in Review

This past Saturday, we BBQed at the base lake with some friends. It was pretty hot and humid, so Gabby decided to sit in the mud to cool off. She is my dirty child. Steven wouldn't sit in mud if we paid him. He does not like to be sticky, dirty or messy. Gabby....does.


We had to convince Steven that it was okay to step in the water with his sandals on. It's so funny how different they are.


She kept making her way deeper and deeper. She had to ride home naked, as swimming was not on the agenda for the evening, and I hadn't brought a change of clothes, or even a towel for her. She didn't care, though.

On Monday, Steve and I finally started getting ready for the arrival of our next child. Our first task, was to remove the washable parts of the stroller and clean it thoroughly. This left only the metal frame, which the kids thought was pretty fun.

I finally got all the baby stuff out, sorted through it, washed most of it and moved things around in our bedroom to make room for Baby Boy and all his stuff.


I was concentrating pretty hard on sorting newborn from 0-3 month clothes. They are all so tiny!


And today, we spent our Thursday afternoon at "the biggest water park in Arkansas." It was pretty small. It was fun, though. We had a really good time.








Gabby would have bounced in this little seat all day if we had let her. She loved it.



They had one slide just for little kids. We took them down it several times. It was really fun.
(and this is what 9-months pregnant + a water slide looks like! I was far from graceful getting in and out of the rafts!)



Steven looking extremely uncomfortable in the lazy river



Okay, so this is the second slide we went on, after the kiddy-slide. We asked if Gabby could go on and the lifeguard said, "sure." There was no "you must be this tall..." sign at it, so we figured it would be fine. We got on our "funny boat"(as Steven called it) and headed into the tunnel of darkness you see behind us. OH. MY. WORD. It's the kind of ride, I would have thought was really fun, had I not been hanging onto my 20-month-old daughter for dear life. I had hold of her life-jacket and she and Steven each let out one scared, "MOMMY!" as we went down. You can see in the background of the picture, how far down it went...in pitch blackness. This was NOT a kid ride. This was NOT a ride that Gabby should have been on. At the first drop, Steve and I both (we sat across from each other, both holding onto the kids) felt Gabby fly up off the raft. But we both had hold of her. It was the longest 45 seconds! However, she is a brave girl. She didn't cry or act at all scarred when we got out (and Steven happened to think it was really fun). Steve and I laughed about it all day. Only in Arkansas, would they not have safety rules about little kids in crazy slides. Only in Arkansas would they say, "Sure, send you child plummeting to their death in our tunnel of darkness. We don't care." For the rest of the day, we didn't judge a slide by the "you must be this tall..." sign. Since there weren't any!
It's been a busy week, and I need to get busy this next week and finish preparing for Baby Boy's arrival. I will be 38 weeks on Monday, and I would like have everything ready for him by the time I hit 39. I still need to clean and set up his bassinet, pack a hospital bag, buy more diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, baby body wash and all that stuff, finish washing his linens... and I'm sure a few more things.
I saw my doctor on Tuesday. I was not thinned or effaced at all, baby's head is still quite high and I am dilated about 1 cm. So, all signs are still pointing to a baby born pretty close to his due date. So there will probably be a few more posts before you see any newborn pictures on here!
And now you're all caught up!

June 9, 2009

Top Ten Tuesday

I have no creativity this evening. I have no category for this Top Ten Tuesday, but here are ten things I would like to inform the world of right now.

Top Ten....Things

1. This last weekend, Steve and Steven went camping and rafting. I would have loved to have gone but I wasn't up for the 2.5 hour drive each way. I just can't sit for that long, anymore. Not with a 5 lb 10oz baby blocking the blood flow to my legs (I'll get to why I know his weight in #8). But the boys had a FUN weekend with some friends and had a great 6-hour float down The Buffalo River.



2. Gabby and I had a fun "girls weekend" while the boys were gone. They left on Friday and came home Saturday evening. Gabby was more confused by Steven's absence than anything else. She kept asking me, "Where Sten?" I told her he was bye-bye with Daddy and that he was on a boat. Later when she asked again, she immediately answer her own question with, "Bye-bye, Daddy, boat." Here are some pictures of what us girls did together.

Of course, we spent a lot of time wearing heals around the house. This is an almost-daily event for Gabby, lately. I think she likes the click-click-click on the tile floor.


Then, we made some banana bread. The batter was very yummy.


We feasted on warm banana bread while snuggling our babies,


Then drank some juice while documenting the events of our weekend. Gabby is quite the note-taker. And yes, she was in her PJs ALL day Saturday, as was I.
3. We've spent LOTS of time at the base pool in the last 2 weeks. It's about a half-mile walk from home so we get out there as often as possible. The kids love it and Steven has become quite the little fish. He wears his life-jacket in the pool and just "swims" circles around us while Steve and I take turns holding Gabby. Note Steven's technique. Steve refers to it as "the running man."

4. My kids are both very tan from all of our fun in the sun. I cover them (I promise!) in SPF 45 every time we are out, and I reapply often. They are just lucky to have beautiful olive skin and they tan very quickly. I, however, just seem to get more freckles. Ick.

5. I have completed one, yes ONE baby-related project. I keep waiting for the old "nesting" symptoms to kick in but it just hasn't happened, yet. I hope they come before the baby does or Steve is going to be very busy while I'm in the hospital.

Here is our Graco Snug Ride that both Steven and Gabby used. It is still in perfect shape but I'm just a little tired of the print and wanted a new cover for it but they are CRAZY expensive! So...


I made this one. I think it turned out pretty cute.

6. This morning, my children decided to be grown-ups. Apparently, this is what grown-ups do:


7. I took my 36-week picture today. My tank-top, like most of my maternity shirts, no longer covers my tummy. Steven is constantly telling me, "Mommy, you belly is sticking out." Thank you, Steven.

8. I had a doctor's appointment today. Baby Boy's heartbeat sounds great and his movements are strong. He is a healthy boy. His mother has packed on close to 40 pounds (ugh!). And I am measuring 39 weeks. Yes, 39. Oh. My. Goodness. So, we went and had an ultrasound done to take a look at Baby Boy and see how big he is. As it turns out, he's not big at all. He was measuring (based on his head, abdomen and leg measurements) 5lb 10oz, a bit smaller than the 6-pound average. So, thankfully we're not dealing with Godzilla-baby and can plan on letting him come out when he's ready. One theory to my big measurements: my amniotic fluid index is an 18. An AFI over 20 is considered polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid). So, I have a lot of amniotic fluid - but not quite TOO much. Hopefully, it's about 30 pounds of amniotic fluid :-)

9. Baby boy proudly displayed his "manhood" for us, today. We even brought home a picture of it. We were told he was a boy several months ago, but I never saw the proof and really wanted to be reassured. We were reassured, for sure :-)

10. My parent's sent me their flight itinerary for their visit out here next month. They are coming out from July 3rd, through the 10th. So, we're just going to pray that Baby Boy decides to make his appearance very close to his July 6th due date so that Grammy and Grampy are here to watch Big Brother and Big Sister.

And now, you're all caught up!

June 3, 2009

Yummy!

Tonight, I made THESE cookies. They are excellent! They're the kind of cookie you could, oh, I don't know...eat for dinner. And maybe you could feed them to your family for dinner, too. You could maybe sit down in the living room with a plate of cookies and a few glasses of milk and watch a movie and call it dinner. I'm just saying you could. They're heavy and filling and I'm sure someone, somewhere could possibly get away with feeding them to her young family for dinner and have no feelings of remorse. And even if you don't eat them for dinner, you should still make them. They are super easy and beyond delicious.