Friday, September 30, 2011

love my bubs

eli is 12 weeks old and such a wonderful addition to our family. I was so nervous about having a boy, and thought I may not know how to be a 'boy mom'....but this little man has melted my heart and I couldn't imagine my life without him!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Little cuddle bugs

Emma has decided that we "can keep him" and also this week she has stopped calling eli "it" and started calling him "he" or "eli"...we r making progress :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

birth story

It has taken me a while to get this posted because it has been a crazy couple weeks at the martin house! But here it is as promised.
At my 39 week visit my doctor and I discussed induction dates after she checked me and I was only 1cm and 50% effaced. So being 'not so favorable' meant the little dude got to keep cooking away for another week. We set induction for the 6th or july but also wait listed me for the 5th. My wonderful doctor was moving to chicago the 10th, so we wanted to make sure she got to deliver our little one.
The 4th of july rolled around and I thought for sure we would go into labor on our own after long walks, and accupressure! But no such luck.
On the 5th, we had our bags packed and every couple hours the labor and delivery unit would call and say they were too full for us. At 6 pm (after deciding it wasn't happening today and beng ok with it), they called and said to be there by 8 pm! Ah! I was so nervous and excited!
Brandon and I drove up to the hospital after leaving emma with my mom and sis at our house. It took awhile to get situated in the hospital room and get all hooked up to my iv. The good news was that the nurse started my iv in one attempt this time (instead of 4, like with emma). I took that as a good omen and tried to relax.

The didn't get pitocin started until about 11 pm. They had checked me first and surprisingly, I was dilated to a 2 and 70% effaced. So they started the pitocin and I opted to wait as long as possible before the epidural because I felt so crappy with it when I had emma. Brandon picked out some movies for us from the L&D units locked VHS movie closet..haha...he picked stargate and happy gilmore...

We watched both movies and in between we took walks in the hallways to try and tough out the contractions. Eventually we had to stop watching movies because they had turned the pitocin up all the way and I still hadnt had any pain meds. Brandon was awesome and was doing counter pressure on my lower back to help ease the contractions. But, by about 730 am, I was dilated to a 4, and they had broken my water so the contractions were pretty I decided to have the epidural

Well, just like with emma, only the right side of my body was numb...I could feel everything on the left side and even the right side wasnt fully numb. But my right leg was totally dead, so i couldnt move it or position myself very well. And just like with emma, Eli's heart rate started dropping so I had to lay on my side and wear oxygen. After I got as comfortable as i could, I let Brandon get some sleep because I thought we had a long day of laboring ahead of us. Around 11 am the babies heart rate kept dropping pretty low and the nurse came in to try and position me to help him get more oxygen. I was in lots and lots of pain and felt tons of pressure. she checked me and i was at a 5. She had the anesthesiologist come in and put more medicine in my epidural, but even after that I felt tons and tons of pain that was she checked me again (this was about 5 min after the first check) and i was a 7 and then went to an 8 while she was checking. The babies heart rate was in the 70's at this point so she yelled for some doctors, (my doctor was on her way but not there yet), so the anesthesiologist and 3 docs and 2 nurses are in the room. They were all scrambling around, putting the internal monitor on Eli's scalp and prepping the room. They started talking c section cuz his HR was so low and maybe needing a pediatrician to check him as soon as he was born. I started to get really nervous, and just wanted him out. Well my body must have listened to me cuz I felt the urge to push and told the nurse. Sure enough, they checked me and i was 10! I pushed 2 contractions and our little man was out! He looked a little pale but overall just great. His apgar scores were 8 and 9! Just like his big sister! He weighed in at 7lbs and 7 oz, 20 inches long. I got to hold him right away and he started nursing like a champ. My doctor managed to walk in the room right after he was born and she helped the other doctor stitch me up after (only 2 stitches, awesome). So, I went from 5 cm to 10 cm in about 10 minutes. haha, crazy!

Anyway, Brandon and I both fell in love with our little Eli right away. He was (and is) such a good little baby and we can't imagine our family without him!! I'd have to say that except for the small scare at the end of my delivery, the overall experience was very pleasant. I felt great after and the recovery so far has been awesome.

Welcome to the world Eli Ezra Martin!! We can't wait to see what the future has in store for you!!

Dadda holding eli for the first time

Monday, July 11, 2011

Eli Ezra Martin has arrived!!

On july 5th, I went to the hospital to be induced. All went smoothly (will post birth story later) and at 11:25am on July 6th Eli Ezra Martin made his grand appearance!! Weighing in at 7lbs 7oz and 20 inches long. He is a sweet sweet baby and looks just like his dadda and big sister emma!  Welcome to our family Eli. We love you so much!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Well its been a fun summer so far! Emma and dadda are best buds and having a blast while I'm on modified bed rest. Emma loves to swim and play with her cousins. We had her first dance recital and it was a blast. Emma decided to potty train herself a couple weeks ago and the timing couldn't be more perfect.

As for the pregnancy, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little eli. Can't wait to see what he looks like! I'm on modified bed rest due to some pre clampsia concerns. Its hard to relax when we have so much to do to prepare but brandon is a huge help!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My emma

Thought it might be time to update on our little emmabean...she is 2 and a half...going on 5. She has a varied and impressive vocabulary and somehow is picking up spanish pretty effectively from watching cartoons. I frequently don't understand when she throws a spanish word into her conversation haha. She loves her dadda, doesn't like sharing her mama and is a super picky eater. She is a super skinny minny and we are hoping she hits 30 lbs sometime in the year...or two....hhaha..she is a super sweet girl and we couldn't imagine our lives without her!!