cuffed for life

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Million dollar view outweighs a $50 steak any day. Happy anniversary darlin!  (at Boylan Bridge Brewpub)

Million dollar view outweighs a $50 steak any day. Happy anniversary darlin! (at Boylan Bridge Brewpub)

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Don’t mind my unpainted toe nails and dirty house. They don’t stay this little for long.

Donā€™t mind my unpainted toe nails and dirty house. They donā€™t stay this little for long.

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"Crash Carson"

Seeing as how Carson is over one month now, I figured it was ‘bout time to jot down some details about her birth, no?

As I was approaching my due date, the anxiety was growing as far as when and how labor would start. WouldĀ she be early? Late? Would my water break on its own again? Would I be home, at work.. or Target?!Gasp! How embarrassing! Ā I left each doctor’s appointment a little disappointed over the weeks leading up to April 10th because I wasn’t very dilated or showing signs of labor.

Monday, April 7th, I rushed to get ready and kissed my boys goodbye. They were playing in our bed, hiding under the covers, Brady grinning from ear to ear, screeching “BOO!”,Ā loving the “hide” gameĀ with his infectious giggles. Before pulling out of the driveway, I sent a text to my good friend, Kathleen, wishing her a happy birthday and telling her it appeared Carson wouldn’t be sharing her birthday as we’d hoped. It was pouring rain. I was going with the flow of traffic on I-540 when all of a sudden my car was being forced onto the left shoulder and suddenlyĀ I hadĀ no control. It pushed me further and further andĀ before I knew itĀ I was sideways, staring into the wire median. Once I hit the median, my car begin spinning and finally came to a stop a little ways down the highway, still in the grassy median, but facing oncoming traffic.Ā I was no longerĀ moving, but my mind and heart were racing. Every frightening thought of what just happened andĀ what could have happened played over and over. All I could think about was Brady’s sweet face.

A nice man traveling on the highway pulled over and askedĀ if I was ok. As soon as heĀ noticed my large, pregnant belly his eyes bugged out and heĀ insisted on calling paramedics. I told him I was fine, but just to be safe, I’d agree to get checked out. Aaron finally arrived while I was sitting in the ambulance. I called my OBGYN and they told me to go to Rex for 6 hours of observation.

I’d been having Braxton Hicks contractions for weeks, but I was having so many while they observed me that they decided to keep me for 24 hours just in case it was due to the accident. The next morning, the doctor came in and said she just didn’t feel comfortableĀ sending me home, being 2 days away from my due date, and not 100% sure the placenta wasn’t damaged during the accident. So at 10:30am they began to induce labor.

At 4pm they broke my water and I continued to tell the nurses I didn’t need the epidural yet; that the pain wasn’t bad at all. By 4:30 I was BEGGING for it. Everything happened so fast. At 5pm I told them I felt like I needed to push. I don’t think they believed me since an hour before I was only 5-6 cm, but the doctor checked me and suddlenly there as a little extra pep in her step. The labor cart was wheeled in and 7 minutes later I was pushing. At 5:26pm Carson Brooke was born with a full head of dark hair, weighing 8lbs 2oz and 20.5” long.

Everyone has been happy and healthy ever since, but poor Pearl (my beloved 4Runner) was laid to rest and we were test driving cars 4 days later. Not how I imagined my first week home, but so grateful she and I are ok. And I must say, everyone isĀ right. The second time is SO much easier! And I’ve had no anxiety issues. None! —more on that later.

Aaron keeps calling her “Crash Carson” and told me if I wanted her to come early and wanted a new car I could have just told him — in a less dramatic way. :) I don’t endorse the nickname and am just SO thankful we are ok.

Post delivery to come… hopefully before she turns 1.

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There’s so much to say about this day, and the few days leading up to sweet Carson’s birth day. Until I find time to write about everything, I’ll leave you with her birth video.

Brady’s birth is such a blur, heck, my eyes were closed most of the time, and there were no pictures from right after he was born. I was determined not to let that happen again. So before I even found out I was pregnant, I reserved Rachel to photograph the birth of my next born. Not three weeks later I got a positive pregnancy test and Rachel was one of my first texts. Once again, she captured the day and my little family perfectly.

I’m telling you. If you are thinking about having a birth photographer, do.it. Better yet, ask Rachel. She’s amaze.

More pictures on her blog here: www.rachelfarganisphotography.com

Warning: I’m spread eagle in a lot of it. Just sayin.

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Well, it’s been one eventful (and slightly dramatic) week but she’s here!!! Carson Brooke arrived tues, April 8 at 5:26pm weighing only 8lbs 2oz. Thank you sweet girl! Things are 100% easier this go round and we are all great. Pictures to come!

Well, it’s been one eventful (and slightly dramatic) week but she’s here!!! Carson Brooke arrived tues, April 8 at 5:26pm weighing only 8lbs 2oz. Thank you sweet girl! Things are 100% easier this go round and we are all great. Pictures to come!