Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Emma's Birth Story

This is mainly for me, I want to remember this special day. The birth of my second.
It was scheduled this time around. Scheduled on January 10th, my mom's birthday. We like to share birthdays in our family. We had to be at the hospital at 6:00 and I think I was up every 2 hours looking at the clock, at 4 I gave up and the day started. It was a rough start as they tried 10 times to get the IV in, after 3 people success finally was obtained. Dr. Reeves arrived shortly thereafter and we would be getting started shortly after 7am. The ride to the OR was much different this time around. No emergency, thank goodness. The thing I think I will always remember was how cold it was. The spinal was given as Dr. Reeves held my shivering arms. I did not like the feeling that I could not breathe but was glad it passed quickly. Jarred was finally allowed in. Boy was I happy to see him. Jarred stood during the entire procedure and saw everything. I asked him many times, "do you see her yet?" How amazing to witness the birth of your baby, Jarred was in awe. Emma Ruth Tompkins was born at 7:42am weighing in at 6 lbs 10 oz and 19 1/2 inches long.
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It was different this go around as only Jarred and one other were allowed in the recovery room. They were strict about this and I was a little bummed I didn't get as many pictures as I did with Ava. As they wheeled in back in the first thing Jarred said was how pretty she was. Even the nurse made a comment. I could not wait to really get a good look at her. We were so tickled at her dark thick hair. Susie was allowed in to give Emma her first bath. This is a family tradition.
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Finally we have a room. I know everyone was so anxious to meet Miss Emma Ruth. We are so lucky to have our family and friends, it was so nice they shared our day with us. I could not wait for Ava to see Emma. I called my mom and told her we were in our room and big sister could come. She ran right in and wanted to see her sister. As she sat on the bed with me, I could tell she was upset. She told me she wanted to cry. Not because of Emma but because she did not like to see mommy with an IV. She knew I had a bobo. She perked up quickly with her big sister gifts that she got. I hated when she had to leave. I felt torn because she cried to stay with mommy and daddy. Oh how I love her and hate to see her upset.
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The first night there was not much sleep. How can you will all the nurses constantly coming in? Emma did great, such a sweet baby. I loved the moments I got to feed her because for 30 minutes she was all mine. We had many vistors the second day, again I was so happy to see big sissy. Ava held her sissy for the first time today and seemed to be in awe. I pray they will grow to have a true love for each other. Maybe even be best friends.
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Finally Thursday came and it was time for us to go home. How blessed we are to be leaving as a family of 4. I am one happy mommy, my cup runneth over.
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Settling in....

I forgot how nice it was to have a snuggly baby. She is such a good baby and we are all so in love. I am enjoying every minute knowing soon she will be as big as her big sister. What a sweet blessing she is, this mommy's cup runneth over.
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More to come on Emma's delivery and her first 2 weeks of life. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Welcome Emma Ruth!

Emma Ruth officially joined the Tompkins family today weighing in at 6 lbs 10 oz. She is absolutely beautiful and perfect! Mom and baby are both doing well. Angela will share all of the details and more pictures but here are just a few for everyone to see now.

This Baby is Your Blessing,
I wish Happiness in every way,
Good Luck God Bless, I say
And Many Blessings and Wishes,
To Welcome Baby Into Your Life Today.
-Author Unknown

Monday, January 9, 2012

Dates with Ava

As the day approaches for little Miss Emma to join us we planned a few last dates with our girl.

Hitting golf balls with Daddy. This girl loves this, it may be one of her favortie things to do. He took her to the golf course and they played a little put-put. I love the pure joy on her face. Ava, my wish for you is that you will always love to play golf with your daddy and have this much JOY doing it. These pictures melt my heart.
Up next, build a bear for Emma.
It was perfect.
Pink bear, kissed heart, stuffed by Ava, then given a birth certificate.
What a precious gift for a new baby.
Ava named her Ruthie.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Last few days of an only child.

Should this be sad? In a way I am sad for her. My prayer is that God would have these girls grow up to be the best of friends and they will be forever grateful to have each other.
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I wanted to remember her favorite things at 2.9 years old. And of course a few photos.
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One of my favorite things is how this girl prays. Each day she thanks God for Mommy and Daddy and usually Baby Emma but everyday she usually adds someone new. It melts my heart. Baby girl, always keep this up and you won't go wrong.
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Favorite show: Backyardigans (Aka:The Bird)
Favorite music: Veggie tales sing-a-longs
Favorite food: Chips and dip (girl, your a dipper!)
Favorite toy: Pink gun, wheel barrow, and kitchen
Favorite outside activity: hitting golf balls with daddy
Favorite animals: Your doggie's for sure, Rozzy and Sophie
Favorite craft: dot art and paints
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Mommy's favorite sayings:
Mommy, your gorgeous as I put on my makeup.
Oh, it's just beautiful.
Wow, good job.
Let's Roll. (As we leave the driveway)
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“Your little hands wrapped around my finger
And it’s so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter ’cause you’re dreaming
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light

To you, everything’s funny
You got nothing to regret
I’d give all I have, honey
If you could stay like that

. . . just never grow up.”

- Taylor Swift
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