Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Introducing Lady Lydia!

This is sad that it's been nearly 12 weeks (3 months!?!) since our precious girl has entered our family, but let me just tell you that having 4 kids is a little bit like constant chaos! I felt like I needed to type out her birthing story even if it is a little late.

Lydia was due February 10 and was measuring pretty large so we decided to get induced a week early instead of taking chances of her being huge. We were came to the hospital at our induction time- 4 am- but were told we would not be taken care of immediately since there were other women to tend to having babies at the same time. So we got into our room and stayed there for probably an hour or more before we saw anyone...that was pretty annoying- it would have been nice if they'd called to tell us that so we could have slept at home comfortably for a little while longer- but whatever! They finally got around to inserting the cervix ripening pill around 6am and after that it became a L O N G waiting game...literally! Jared and I played games while we were waiting- by that point it was hard to sleep since it was super light in the room and our brains were telling us we should be awake. So it sort of became a day date! We watched "into the woods" and a bunch of other movies the hospital had to choose from. Eventually they gave me pitocin at 10:15 am and somehow that slowed things down even more. I was feeling contractions before that, but after they gave me pitocin, I stopped feeling them at all. Then, at 12:30 the nurse told me that my doctor was coming in to break my water, and that the anesthesiologist was heading into two back to back c sections. So I could either get the epidural now or in 2+ hours. That was really frustrating for me because I like to wait until I can't stand the pain any longer and THEN get the epidural- but I wasn't feeling anything! But on the other side, I've been able to feel the nasty pulling sensation of the doctor breaking my water WITH and epidural and there was NO WAY i was going to feel it without! So, I decided to get the epidural.

Even though that was frustrating for me, it was nice to get some sleep. At 4pm I was only at a 5/6 and 90% effaced. They checked me again at 5:50pm and I hadn't progressed any further.  Keep in mind all the nurses and my doctor thought this baby would go fast since it was my fourth delivery. Jared and I tried to convince them it wouldn't be, but they were adamant.  So, when I wasn't progressing as quickly as they'd anticipated, they were getting a little itchy. My doctor was getting suspicious that maybe the baby had gotten stuck and might need help, so she started talking c section. She said if I didn't progress at all in the next few hours, that could need to happen. I distinctly remember her leaving and Jared turning to me asking, "So....what do you know about c sections??" to which i promptly replied, "I KNOW I DON'T WANT ONE!". Having a c section has always been my worst nightmare and I've had a fear of them and a possibility of one each time we've been in labor. I was pretty scared my nightmare would become a reality this time. 

By some miracle, a different nurse came in to check on me and said, "Your'e still pregnant??? Let's get you outta here!" and immediately became my new best friend lol. She got me one of those peanut looking yoga balls, tucked it between my legs, and rolled me to my side. Within 45 minutes I made progress and only had to do that a couple more times before I was at a firm 10! I will forever be grateful to that nurse who had enough sense just to MOVE me! The nurse I'd had the entire day, wasn't very proactive and literally had me sitting in the same position since I'd gotten the epidural, which (as it was explained to by the second nurse) was not prodding my body into any action. After moving me to side to side, things picked up quickly. Jared kept everyone informed with texts:

6:30 pm- serious contractions 7 cm 0 station
8:12 pm- "10 cm 100% effaced still zero station, needs to be at a 2 station to start pushing. We're very close"
8:51 pm- "We started to push but the baby started to come too fast (DR isn't here yet) so we had to stop...not long now"
9:36 pm- Lydia Noelle Bass born 8 lbs 11 oz 20 inches long!

She looked SO BIG when she came out- we were surprise she wasn't over 10 lbs! But I was relieved that she wasn't :)

Lydia has been such an easy going, pleasant baby. We all adore her and the kids literally cant stay away- they're literally all over her constantly and I have to pay extra attention to make sure she's never left unattended! They love her to pieces!

We are so grateful she came to our family safe and sound!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Last day as family of 5

Tomorrow is the day! There are a million posts I should be catching up on, but I'm deciding to ignore them and just write about the change that will be happening tomorrow for our family. I'm getting induced early tomorrow morning and will no longer be a family of 5! This baby has been looking big for a long while- at 36 weeks they predicted her weight to be 7.2 lbs. and my belly was measuring 40 weeks when i was only 37. After she told me that, I no longer cared about being induced a week early...I've been feeling larger than normal and that only confirmed it. 

So here we are! A couple weeks later and we're having ourselves our fourth baby! Trevin has been having an on and off fever for the last 2 and a half days so that is not helping anything but there's not much we can do other than pray. Addie and Dallin are really excited to meet their sister tomorrow so that helps me to keep optimistic and look forward to holding a sweet new bundle of Bass.

Since this is our last child, I wanted to write down a couple of things Ill miss about being pregnant. 
- Taking the pregnancy test and having that initial excitement of knowing you are growing an actual human!
- Thinking of a good opportunity to tell Jared and get excited about that
- Seeing that first jelly bean ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy test! There really is something there!!
- Finding out the gender!
- Having the 20 week ultrasound and seeing him/her moving healthy and happily inside of you
-Feeling those first movements
- Making predictions of when the baby will come
- Buying baby clothes here and there
- Organizing the dresser, washing and folding clothes and imagining what the baby will look like wearing them
- Feeling the BIG movements and watching her/him shake your entire stomach
- **story** one night I got up to pee (a frequent occurrence) and she was kinda stuck on the side I'd been laying on. I could actually feel her there and specifically her foot outline! It was the craziest thing to sit there in the middle of the night and actually feel her foot- which was pretty large i might add!
- Getting an induction date and getting excited as it quickly approaches
- Seeing the kids be so loving and excited about having a new baby. They've been very fun since they understand this time. Every one of them wants to feel her, kiss my stomach, give my stomach hugs and Addie even tells the baby goodbye when she goes to school, complete with a hug and kiss!

We pray the delivery and recovery go well and are looking forward to greeting our newest member into the family!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ending 2015 on A Good Note

Whew! Now that the holidays are done and gone, it's hard to recall all that we did since they seemed to be a big blur. Of course the rush after Thanksgiving just snowballed with all the parties, events, and light viewing. But here are some highlights.

 ~Jared's cousin Allison and husband Gabe came and stayed with us for Thanksgiving
~ After 7.5 years of marriage, we finally upgraded to a bigger TV
~ Got to go on the free train ride to see lights (except me- expectant mothers were not allowed ugh!)
~ Saw the boat light show at the Mundy's house and got stuck on the lake when their boat stopped working
~ Jared and I got to see the new Star Wars movie with Kara and Garrett
~ Addie had a kindergarten Christmas show
~ Kara and Garrett came for Christmas with baby Gwen! Kara stayed and extra week and a half so we got to soak in all the fun of her and Gweny Bird being in town!
~ Addie learned how to tie her shoes
~We bought bunk beds for the boys room!
~Dallin learned to ride a bike without training wheels
~ Jared and I went to his rockin company Christmas party inside a barn with country music playing and line dancing...Jared was in country heaven!

Now that all of the fun stuff has been made mention of, I wanted to include an update of the kids before life started getting to hectic again (or I forget)
Addie: Is obsessed with picking a name for the baby. Probably every day she gives me a new idea for a name! We've had a name picked out since we found out the gender, but it's fun to hear her suggestions! Right now, her leading name is Alice (from Wonderland...) I told her she should save it for her own baby ;). She is beyond excited for her sister to come and having Gwen around showed me how sweet she'll be with her sister. Over the break I started teaching her to tie her shoes. This was a big fight at first since it's so frustrating at the beginning. She fortunately has caught on and can pretty much do them on her own now with a little assistance here and there. She loves math and likes to read (when it's easy) but gets irritated when it doesn't come as naturally as she'd like. We're working on reading though, and I think she is doing really well! 
Addie had her first field trip and I got to chaperone! We went to the Musical Instrument Museum and it was awesome!

Dallin: Is still learning to read through a book a friend gave me and is doing really well! He has a short attention span, so most days I'm just glad he'll let us get through the lesson for the day, write his practice letters, and go through his flashcards. Jared taught him to ride a bike withought training wheels over the break since Santa brought him a Kylo Wren bike. Dallin was a little lazy at first and would completely stop pedaling anytime Jared let go of the bike- so that was frustrating for them- but eventually he started to catch on. The last time they went to practice, Dallin was doing really well! I love the confidence boost children get when they learn how to accomplish something they thought was too hard! Dallin is still our most challenging personality most days. He is so kind and loyal and loving, but has a hard time focusing and following directions. His love language is definitely touch and so that makes things irritating sometimes because he always has to be patting, rubbing, or touching someone. When Gwen was here, it was evident to me that I will have both Trevin AND Dallin constantly harassing the baby....I'd hoped Dallin would have outgrown that by now, but alas he has not. He loves too deeply to not be constantly involved in what everyone else is doing ha! :) Dallin has also joined the "what to name the baby" game and his one and only suggestion is Princess Leia!
Dallin got to talk to Santa on the day of his preschool Christmas party!
Trevin: Still fears any living animal including bugs. Whenever there is a fly in our house, he gets his game face on and repeatedly tells (and acts out) how to smoosh it. If we ever got a pet, I'm convinced I would have to hold him all day long since he doesn't want anything to do with them! Trevin has a knack for colors and knows most of them already(and has for awhile now), neither of his siblings did at this age! He can also identify pairs and loves having things with two....2 cookies, 2 trains, 2 papers etc.. Trevin is a very active boy and loves to jump on the trampoline for long periods of time. He has been able to jump with both feet together for a long time now, which helps him jump higher on the tramp. He loves playing outside and enjoys sports and trains. He thinks rain is very exciting and looks for "Addie's bus" (any yellow bus) wherever we go. This funny boy refers to himself as "eby" (Trevy) which makes me laugh a little...his siblings mostly call him Trevy....and now that I think about it, I think Jared and I do as well. Trevin likes playing legos with his siblings and Santa brought some more to him so that there are more to go around!
Trevin fell and his the corner of one of the kitchen cabinets :(
Jared & Aubrey: Jared got a very generous "thank you" from the company this year for all his hard work. It has been really nice that his company seems to go out of their way to let him know they like his hard work and that they value him and his commitment to the company. I hear nothing but praise from his co workers at any given party get together! Jared got to go see Star Wars with his friend David Kim on the first weekend it was out and had a lot of time getting some rare "guy time". His busy work schedule, calling, and family life keep him occupied to the point that it's farther and fewer in between that he gets time to do recreational activities. I am now 35 weeks and starting to get stressed and overwhelmed with the idea of adding an unpredictable newborn to our already busy schedules. This seems to happen right before every baby comes, but I'm particularly more nervous considering our lack of flexibility with having to be to places on time (school and such). I know things will be what they will be, but it's hard not to stress! At least it will be nice not having back aches and an awkward body anymore! I'm still in book club and enjoy reading the different genres and viewpoints. I'm also still the relief society pianist and love it! 
Jared and I at the ward party
Jared got to go shooting with a friend! Watch out folks, his aim is true!
Picture taken around 33 weeks or so

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I've been terrible

Many months have past since the last time I posted, which hasn't really bothered me, until now. I'm currently in the process of printing off 2011's blog posts and loving all the detail I devoted to Addie and Dallin's younger years. Poor kids have hardly any posts on them for this year! So here's a small attempt at catching up.
Trevin turned 2! That boy is growing faster and faster everyday. When we measured him on our family growth board, he is probably less than a half inch away from Addie and Dallin when they were THREE!! He is repetitively mistaken for an older child based on height alone and he is the only one of the Bass children (to this day) that is consistent with clothing and age (or speeds ahead). A & D get into the next size clothing around 6 months after a new birthday.
 For awhile I was concerned with the amount of words he was not saying, but has caught up ten fold because I had a running list going of the words he could say up until his birthday and I want to think it was well over 35 words he consistently could say! Even now, his language improves daily and is saying 3 word sentences.
Trevin loves, loves Trains! They're his favorite thing and have been for quite some time. He also loves Elmo, Mickey Mouse, balls, and babies. He really loves being read to and doing anything his siblings do- which drives them crazy a lot! Happy birthday Trevy!
Speaking of birthdays, Addie also had hers and she turned 6! She has been so excited for months and has been planning a birthday party that I never had any intention of throwing. She even wrote out "invitations" and passed them out to some of her friends at school. It was getting to the point that moms were asking when the party was....uhhh that was fun to explain! I just flat out have not been in the "party making mood" this year. So instead of doing a party, we let her pick 1 friend to bring with either Jared or I to go see Hotel Transylvania 2 in theatres. WAY less costly than throwing a party and SIGNIFICANTLY less work for me! Addie brought her friend, Abbie with her and it was really cute listening to them chatting about school in the back seat. They had a fun time and it was fun being the parent to spend time with Addie and her friend. With Adelyn being in full day kinder, I feel like I don't get any 1 on 1 time with her anymore.
For her family party, we tried to make it as celebratory as possible since she appreciates things like that. So Jared and I decorated the house and I slaved over making homemade cinnamon rolls (which turned out mediocre so I'll never be making them again!) and my brothers came over to eat pizza and watch her open presents. My parents weren't able to come since my sister had her baby two days before and they were spending time helping out in California! Addie was really glad we could video chat them and see her Auntie and baby cousin too :).
Adelyn loves kindergarten but has started getting a little sad about the days I volunteer whenever it's time for me to leave. Not sure where this random burst of sadness is coming from since she's never been a clingy child. But she also has been saying things like, "I just want to stay home with you" so i think it might just be a long day for her. She loves PE and art, and music and does really well in school. I'm proud of how well she listens and does her work.
Dallin had his 4th birthday during the summer, but I'm sure I probably forgot to post about it. We had spent the week in Newport Beach and were driving back to AZ on his birthday so my mom was nice enough to make his treat and decorate. He loved his Yoda cinnamon roll! All of my family came over including their girlfriends, so I'm sure he felt super loved!
 Dallin is doing really well in preschool, although he definitely has a stubborn streak sometimes and tells Mrs. Lori "I don't want to do that" and will try and play instead. He's gotten better though, and I think the show-downs are fewer and farther between (i hope!). He loves his siblings fiercely and we've finally figured out that his love language is indeed touch- which explains all that hands on "loving" (patting, smacking,hugging, touching) all the time. I've been working on reading and recognizing letters with him and he's doing fantastic! He still loves Star Wars very much and talks about it all the time, though he doesn't wear his Yoda hat very often anymore, I think it was making him feel funny that everyone always made comments about it. Dallin has become a skilled colorer and cutter- he and Addie can sit at the table drawing and cutting for very long periods of times!

I will be 28 weeks tomorrow! Crazy how soon we'll have another baby to love in such a short amount of time. The picture below was taken when I was 20 weeks, so you can imagine the growth since then :). I've been asked if we were expecting twins, if I am due any day and one lady in our ward ran into me at the grocery store and said how shocked she was that I was still up and moving around. When I told her I was due in February- how could I just sit in bed for that long, she was so surprised- she thought I was due any day.
25 weeks...don't mind Trevin playing on the toilet ha!
Jared just got back from his hunting trip with his dad and was very successful this year! His dad will be set on meat for quite some time! He also helped Kent fix one of his off roaders and helped out with the roof- sounds like a relaxing vacation to me ha! ;) But Jared loved spending time out there and seeing his dad. Unfortunately, the timing didn't work out and his brothers were only able to come the week after Jared left. Hopefully we'll be seeing them and their families in the summer though when we fly to Florida!
He also had his company party last month and got recognized for being with the company 5 years! Congrats hun!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Exciting Adventures Await

The close of the summer has come and onto new adventures! School couldn't have come sooner, the kids were beyond excited (and so was I!). They got to take swimming lessons over the summer and Addie took a short, free, dance class that lasted a few weeks. She was really excited about the concert they put on and getting to be on stage at the stake center. Swimming lessons was great for Addie and Dallin! We got them in to semi private lessons and they both loved it! We even got proof that the time and money was worth it- a few weeks after their lessons ended, Addie accidentally fell into a friend's pool and swam out with no problem or concerns (other than she thought she'd be in BIG trouble),. Jared was outside with her when she fell in, so nothing too terrible would have happened, but it was such a relief to us that she was able to handle the situation with zero issues. Big sigh of relief considering they couldn't swim AT ALL at the start of the summer!

Alas! School has started and it's going great! I have to say that it is only week 2 and this picking up/ dropping off is getting a bit crazy. I hope when the cooler weather comes, we'll spend less time in the air conditioned car, and more time walking to our various destinations!
Addie loves, loves school and tells me so nearly every day. She gets to go full day, which means 8:45-3:20 so I'ts been a little bit of a transition for her to be gone all day. She told me on week 2 that she wished I was her bus driver or teacher so she could see me more....so sweet to hear :). But I know she does just fine. This year, kindergartners get to do specials! So she enjoys going to music, art, and PE in addition to library and computer lab once a week.

Dallin gets to be in Mrs. Lori's preschool Tues, Wed, Thurs from 9-1! He loves it, although i hear less about his day than I do or did with Addie. I basically have to ask Mrs. Lori the next day how he did since I don't hear hardly anything about their activities! Being around other kids his age and having set rules has really helped his behavior at home. Especially on the days he has preschool, he comes home mostly kind and mellow towards his siblings. Whew! What a relief! 
Trevin gets to stay at home with me! I am discovering that he has a slightly different personality than I've realized what with all the busyness of his siblings around so much during the summer. My sweet and typically content boy has turned more demanding with a bigger requirement for attention. He loves playing with cars, balls and trains and is FINALLY starting to utter more words. For awhile we wondered if he was capable of talking besides the 10 words he knew! I think the one on one time has helped. He's adjusted nicely to nursery now (it was rocky for several months) and he's been forced to get used to being separated from me, with all the doctor appointments and school meetings I've already had to go to (which is a lot!).
Which brings me to my last point, we are happy to announce that we are 15 weeks pregnant!! As of today, it looks like our little Bass baby will be a girl!! I'm still not planning on that just yet since we are a tad early, so until we have our 20 week ultrasound, I'll feel more certain. But we are still very thrilled! It will be nice to have an even amount of boy and girl in our family :)

13.5 weeks

Monday, June 1, 2015

Start of the Summer

The start of the summer is in full swing. Addie finished up preschool and it is definitely hot already. To keep ourselves good and busy, we have a lot of things lined up every day. Monday: Babysit 3 kids. Tuesday: Dance class and library day. Wednesday: Swim lessons and Dallin's "preschool day". Thursday: Meet up with friends at Wet N wild. Friday: Swim lessons, playgroup, and Jared's day off (every other week). If we stay good and busy, there is a good chance we wont go completely insane!! I think we have a lot of do-able activities that will be fun and not completely stressful...but only time will tell!

Two weeks ago, we met up with Barry, Jeanni and their family just outside of the strip in Las Vegas. We had a lot of fun spending time with them and had a blast hanging out at the pool and even got to go to a magic show on one of the afternoons! The weather was perfect for taking walks so it was nice to get out and not stay cooped up in the hotel or water area. I'm so glad we were able to meet up with them! The kids liked playing with cousins, and it's always great to see Jared's family!