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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kyton’s Birth Story

I truly can’t believe that my sweet boy has been here for 10 days!  He is such a good baby, and so precious.  I have such a hard time putting him down when he falls asleep in my arms. There’s just something about the sweet aroma of a new baby, and the feeling of warmth as he presses his head against my chest.  Heaven! 

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I thought I’d share Kyton’s birth story.  Kyton’s due date was June 24th, but all along I thought it was a week late due to how early on the pregnancy test came back positive. My last day of work was June 10th, so I said anytime after that would be fine.  At the end of pregnancy it seems that many women are just done.  They are physically exhausted from carrying the baby weight, and ready to have the baby.  I did not feel this way at all.  The day I went into deliver Kyton I weighed 3lbs more than pre-pregnancy.  I am tall, so I was only visibly pregnant (to people who did not know me) for about the last month and a half.  I was sleeping well at night, and not making trips to the bathroom any more than I did before pregnancy.  As my due date approached I figured it would be a while since I was feeling great.  Kyton's first week-1
When everyone asked if we were ready, I said yes. Dylan said almost.  We had registered at Target and were expecting a registry completion coupon to get a few last things that we either thought of later or wanted to purchase off our registry.  We contacted target quite a few times and were told the card is in the mail.  Finally on Friday, June 17th at 4 in the afternoon Dylan got through to someone on the phone giving him a code we could use to buy the remaining items.  We headed  out to complete the last pre baby task from our list.  We went straight to the theater to see a show we had planned to see that evening.  I realized later on that I was probably in labor all day since it seemed like I was not able to get comfortable, and kept having contractions.  Many times I had to stop walking during the Target visit for a contraction.  I tried to take a nap in the afternoon and could not sleep.  We arrived home at 10:30 pm.
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I began cooking a simple dinner while Dylan organized all of our gear.  As we sat down to eat at 11:00 PM I began timing the contractions. I’d had contractions throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy, sometimes a lot, but I never bothered to time them as I figured that when it was time I’d know.  My contractions were a little less than 5 minutes apart. I knew that the doctors wanted 5 minutes apart for an hour before heading to the hospital, and I had no intentions of spending any more time at the hospital than necessary, so I continued timing and enjoyed dinner.  It turns out that my water had broken, but at that point in time I was not sure.  Around 11:30 I told Dylan I thought this may be it, as my contractions were 4 minutes apart. Dylan frantically ran around cleaning the house, and getting out all of our purchases.  I helped in between contractions, cooking dinner and adding the final items to our hospital bag.  At 12:30 we left for the hospital. 
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We had preregistered online, and even visited the hospital to sign all of the necessary paper work to expedite the process.  Apparently this does not make the admitting process all that speedy.  By the time we arrived at the hospital my contractions were slightly more than 2 minutes apart.  The nurses asked me all sorts of questions that they could have, and should have been able to find out from my medical history from the doctor, or asked me when I came in to preregister, not while in labor!  At 2:15AM I had answered all of their questions, and was officially admitted.  They confirmed that my water had broken and I was 6 cm dilated.  I was able to labor in the rocking chair, on a birthing ball, and using the bar and standing.  Pretty much anywhere except the bed. For the majority of my labor the baby’s head pushed against my back, causing back labor.  Going into labor I had not planned to ask for an epidural, but we attended a class to learn about the procedure.  I was not opposed to it if needed, but knew I didn’t want any other drugs, since they can effect the baby.  I’m not going to say it was unneeded, but I made it through without.  Dylan was amazing during the process.  He applied pressure using his hands, heating packs, and a racquetball to my back to ease the pain.  He worked almost as hard as I did between my requests for water, massage me, harder, softer, higher, etc.  I think about 3:40 I began to push, and at 3:53AM Kyton entered the world.  I know you are thinking wow, that sounds easy.  I’ll admit that it was quick, but I’d never call it ‘easy.’
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He has his hand by his face as he had done in all of the ultrasounds, and as he does all the time now.  Our boy only likes to be swaddled from under his arms down, and gets upset when his arms are restricted.  I’m almost afraid to say it, but he sleeps remarkably well for a newborn (6 hours at night).  I’m feeling pretty good, I was a little tired for the first week.  I fit into all of my normal clothes, and weigh less than before baby.  I don’t mind this benefit, but I’d do it all over again even if I was left with weight to lose.  He is amazing and we are in love!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy First Fathers Day

Kyton was born on Saturday, June 18th weighing 7 lbs and  oz.  20 inches long.  He arrived just on time for Dylan’s first fathers day.
Here he is only a few hours after birth laying in Dylan’s chest.  His temp was just a little low, which is normal.  The nurses suggested putting him against our skin to warm him up a little.  He loves being skin to skin and is extremely content. 
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As you can imagine I am taking pictures of our sweet boy every chance I get, so stop by to see more.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I Heart Faces: Bright and Vivid

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Last summer we visited Vegas, and to be honest the bright lights and busyness of the city were not the highlight of the visit for me.  I am a nature girl, and while I don’t mind spending a day or two wandering the elaborate casinos, my favorite part was the nature.  Red Rocks is a short drive from Vegas, and worth the time!  The colors in the mountains are amazing, making this an obvious choice for the theme bright and vivid.  So it looks gorgeous, but we were roasting, and a little sunburned! People say “oh, it’s dry heat, its not so bad.”  Give me humid Florida summers over dry desert heat.  I’d rather be sweaty and sticky than feel like all moisture has been zapped from my skin.  Nonetheless, the drive through the mountains was gorgeous!

 

Later today we plan to take a few more maternity shots. (It maybe my last pregnant pictures!)  Dylan has a super cute idea, so stop by tomorrow to see what we come up with. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Saint Augustine Sunset Cruise

One of my favorite things to photograph is a beautiful sunset.  There’s something about the way the color blend across the sky that make the perfect ending to a fabulous day.  While on our baby-moon in St. Augustine we took a sunset boat tour of the bay.   
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Pretty sure that the boat above is abandoned. 
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Lighthouse
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As often happens, we saw a dolphin. 

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View of the city from the water.


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Love the glowing cross!
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I think that the shot above is going to be printed and hung on the wall.  I'm really bad about printing, but I just love this shot!
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The boat above was a ghost ship tour.  It was out after dark, so we opted for the sunset boat ride. 
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Top left, taken my some random guy.  Top right, self portrait.
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They timed it our perfectly, the sun disappeared seconds before the boat pulled into the marina. 
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Monday, June 6, 2011

Totally Cliché Maternity Photos

We set up the tripod and used the camera remote to take some maternity photos.  We tethered the camera to the computer so that we could see the images as they came up.  It is SO much easier to take pictures when I am on the other side and have more control over the camera, but  am glad that we have some beautiful images to remember this time. 
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I Heart Faces: From a Distance

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It’s been a while since I’ve participated in an I Heart Faces Photo challenge.  (I blame getting ready for the baby) I love this week’s theme, and I just happened to stumble across the perfect picture today.  This is my daredevil sister at the tide pools in San Diego.  She pretty much never wears shoes, and loves adventure. The vibrant colors in this picture, beauty of nature and the element of risk make this one of my favorites! 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Baby-moon

We usually try to get away for long weekend, but this year we didn’t think it would happen.  Dylan was scheduled to play drums at church, the baby’s birth is getting closer and it seemed like a busy weekend.  Somehow there was a computer error, and they accidently schedules 2 drummers…. meaning, that we could cancel everything else we had planned and take our last pre-baby vacation. 

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Our picnic lunch location, beautiful with a nice breeze!  (top left) I ripped apart the travel book to include only the parts we actually needed.  (Top left)

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At this point in time we’ve been to all of the major tourist cities in Florida.  Oh, minus the panhandle, but does that really count, it seems like part of Georgia or Mississippi rather than Florida. 

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We realized it had been about 5 1/2 years since our Saint Augustine visit! 

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If you follow my blog, I am sure it’s no secret we we love to travel.  We’ve been to Saint Augustine before, but we wanted a location that was somewhat close to home, you know, just in case. babymoon-8 babymoon-12

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I love the beautiful architecture!  This was at Flagler College.

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How cute is this!  Just married!

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We had some tourist take a picture of us.  I sure am getting big, 36 weeks here.  (I’m not sure the white shirt helps too much either.  )

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According to my pedometer, we walked 8.7 miles in one day!  We got a walking tour map from the visitors center, and stopped at all of the historical sites along the way. 

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I discovered that pregnancy + heat + a lot of walking= contractions.  Luckily I drank a bunch of water and felt pretty good the entire trip. 

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Dylan cooling off a bit in the frigid waters of the bay.  I’m sure anyone who lives up north would think that the water was a nice temperature, but to us it was cold. 
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We also went to the Anastasia State Park, the beach, slept in visited Daytona beach, went hiking, and explored Deltona.

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We had such a nice time NOT thinking about all of the stuff we still need to get, and the things we need to do.  It was a great time to enjoy a break from life, and get some rest. 

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