Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Birth of Kristen

Well...I did it! I conquered my biggest fear! I gave birth! :) Yes, it was definitely the most painful thing I have ever experienced...but it kind of feels good to know that I can do really hard things. My due date was January 8th. Well, when January 8th came and there was still no baby and I was feeling way too big, way too uncomfortable, and way too excited to meet little Kristen, I decided I would help the process out a little. So, I shopped...and I shopped...didn't really buy anything, but I kept shopping. It must have worked because at about 1 a.m. on the 9th I began active labor. I went into the hospital at about 10 a.m. with contractions starting every 2 minutes and lasting about a minute and a half, (I am talking about curling up in a ball and wanting to hold your breath type of contractions). About an hour after arriving in the patient room, they sent me home because I was not dilating fast enough (I was stuck at 3 cm). I was soooo mad! How could they send someone home in that much pain.

When I got home I had no idea what I was going to do with my self. The morphine shot did nothing but make me vomit. All I could do was pray that somehow Heavenly Father would bless me with the strength and knowledge to get through this (Bryndee I hope you are not reading this). At about 4p.m. I could not take it any more and so I went back to the hospital. This time I demanded to talk to the Dr. on the phone. When she called me, I literally begged her to not send me home. She said they would keep me for a while longer and see how I progressed. My prayers were answered because just as my hour was up, I had progressed just enough (now to a 3 1/2 cm) to stay. It was a good thing because an hour later, I was dilated to about a 6! Just when I thought I was going to die :) the epidural came at about 7 p.m. ... truly the best $200 I ever spent! Oh...it was heaven sent! The only negative side effect I noticed was the shaking. I shook/shivered uncontrollably for about a half an hour after Kristen was born. But it took away all of the pain during the rest of labor.

I began pushing at about 1:30 a.m. and we were progressing so fast that the nurse told me to stop. So I tried to stop but Kristen started coming on her own, (how appropriate for the first girl to be so helpful to her mommy)! Don't worry; the doctor arrived just in time to deliver the most beautiful healthy baby girl in the world (yes, I may be bias)! 8.1 lbs and 18 inches of pure innocence and beauty. When the Dr. handed her to me it was surreal. All of a sudden, all of the pain I had felt in getting this beautiful little girl to the earth was forgotten. I would do it over in a heart beat,(preferably not any time soon )! She is so amazing! Wow! I love being a mom! There is nothing like it in the whole world!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A bit of catch up...o,k,. a lot of catch up!

So, this is my first official blogging experience. Spencer has been telling me I should add to our blog since we started it a few years back but I have always felt guilty spending the time. Now I am wishing I had spent more time doing it...it really is a great way to stay connected with each other's lives while preserving memories. So here goes...

A bit of catch up...o.k., a lot of catch up!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kristen's Birth Announcement

We are going to be blessing Kristen on March 29th in our sacrament meeting. Our church is in Springville, Utah at 1230 S 500 E. We would love to have anybody who would like to come. We will be having a little shindig after sacrament meeting, at our house (267 E 2200 S).

400 S in Springville is closed, so you will need to follow these directions to get to our church and house.

To get to the church:
Get off at Exit 260
If you are coming from the North, turn left.
Turn right at 1750 W (you can't go straight, as the road is closed)
Turn left at 1600 S
Turn right onto State Street (the light)
Turn left at Evergreen Drive
Turn left at 400 E.
Cross the highway and exit on 400E
Turn right into the parking lot just after the 30 mph speed limit sign.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Our New Baby Girl!

Kristen Stephanie Pope was born on January 10, 2009 at 2:41 am. She weighed 8 lbs 1 ounce, and was 21 1/2 inches long. We are so excited to have her as part of our family! Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.