Saturday, January 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Patrick

On January 14th We celebrated Patrick's 34th Birthday. It was a relaxing day that started with opening gifts. The best way to start a birthday!
For church that night Patrick picked Silas' clothes. This is the camouflage outfit we bought for Logan wen he was born. Now, it's Silas' turn to wear it. He looked so cute, and Patrick was so proud.

Before church Patrick's Mom came over for cake and take-out chinese.
Happy Birthday, Patrick. I'm so glad I could celebrate this day with you. I'm blessed to have you as my husband.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

More Silas pictures

Both of our Moms were able to be there for Silas' birth. They were both so happy and supportive.
Big Sister Brenna. All of the children are doing so well with holding their new baby.

Beth was so proud of her brother.

Our midwife, Dawn, taking Silas' footprints.

All three of my sisters waited patiently for their new nephew to be born. They're so wonderful....I wonder who will have the next baby?

8 lbs 13 ounces. He didn't seem that big!

Josh cut the cord

Patrick showing off his new son. I love them look on all of their faces.

This is a little out of order, but this is when the kids first came in to see the baby.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Silas' Story

On Monday, January 5th, we started our day by heading to the Carlot to do some work on our van. We decided to all go so me and the children could see Mom and Dad for a bit. Josh and I walked to Dunkin Donuts from the carlot and got stuck in the middle lane walking back. He was so protective of me, it was sweet. Then, we picked up Patrick's Mom and headed south to Naples. Our midwife appointment was at 4, but we went to Naples early to do some shopping. The girls have been saving money for almost 3 years to buy and dollhouse. But, now they're thinking they may want another American Girl Doll instead. So, we took them to a dollhouse store (really cool, and really expensive), and to a store in Naples that carries American Girls dolls and clothes. With 30 mins to spare we went to Jason's Deli for a quick bite to eat, then to our appointment. We love our midwife and were so excited to see if we're any closer to "Baby Day". I had been dialated to a 3 for about 2 weeks. We were thrilled to learn we were now 4 centimeters!!! We headed back to Fort Myers and decided to head for my parents for a bit. Dad had taped a movie for us that we wanted to watch. When we got there Mom and I headed to CVS to get a few groceries and it was there I started to have mild contractions. They were a little painful, but so mild that I thought I could be mistaken. When we got back to Mom and Dad's house I had regular 10 mins apart contractions for about an hour. This is so different from what I thought it was going to be. The girls were so quick! When they went to 7 mins apart I decided to tell Patrick I wanted to go home for a bit. So we went home and within an hour the contractions were 4-5 mins apart, so we called both my Mom and Patrick's Mom and told them to come over, then we called our midwife. Patrick started to get nervous because contractions were getting closer and he didn't want to deliver the baby on the interstate! So, we left our house with both Grandmas following us. Patrick drove like a Madman! He was weaving in and out of traffic, but Mom kept right up with him. When I had a contraction Josh timed them and wrote it down on a sheet of paper. The children were soooo excited, but they did good to keep quiet during contractions which were about 4-5 mins apart. When we got to the Birth Center (around 9pm I think) and I laid down on the bed.....Contractions stopped. Ugh! I had about 10 mins to rest which was good, because I had to be hooked to a monitor for the first 10 mins. Then.....they started again and all the pain was in my back. My baby was still posterior and this made it very painful. Patrick, Mom and Denise stayed with me in the Birthing room that I picked. (There's 2 to choose from) It's a beautiful room with a huge tub and very calming decorations. When we arrived they already had some soft music playing in the background. The children were in the larger waiting room. Soon, my three sisters arrived. I was so glad they were there, too.

Labor was difficult. Very difficult. I had so much pain in my back. The rice packs they had were wonderful heated up on my back. Standing also helped too. After a while I wanted to try the tub. I stayed in there for about an hour. It was calming and I was thankful. The water started turning colder, so Patrick wanted to be sweet and add more warm. When he first turned on the water it was freezing cold! I don't know what I'd do without my husband. He is very calming to me during labor. My Mom kept telling me that I'm doing a good job, her encouragement was so sweet. After about an hour in the tub, I had a strong desire to get much for having a waterbirth! Once I got out things progressed super quick. The back pain was unbelievable and I was feeling very out of control. Towards the end, with each contraction, I would scream out in pain. My poor children could hear and it made them nervous. I'm so thankful my sister's were there to be so reassuring to them. Josh said he finally had to put his hands over his ears.
My baby boy entered into the world at 12:31 am. When he came out he looked so long to me, and skinny too. Patrick was quick to say "It's a boy!" We were both so excited. We wanted the kids to be able to come in right away, but the placenta took a little longer than it should, so they were able to see him when he was 30 mins old. We were all so proud and excited. He weighed 8 lbs and 13 ozs. We all thought he was so beautiful! We left the Birth Center at 5am to bring our baby home. What a feeling! We're now a family of 6! That afternoon we decided on a name for our new baby boy: Silas Boone Gimenez.
Welcome to our family Silas, we're so glad you're here.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Silas Boone Gimenez

Our new baby is here!!! Silas Boone Gimenez was born January 6, 2008 at 12:31am. He is 8 lbs and 13 oz, and 21 inches long. The kids are doing well and enjoying their new baby brother. Patrick and I are exhausted! I posted pictures on Gimenez Family Life I'll post new pictures on this blog as soon as I can catch my breath!

Monday, January 5, 2009

My Appointment

Today we had our appointment with our midwife and all went very well! We are officially overdue, but that's okay! The baby should be coming very soon. We're dialated to a 3-4 now, which is a big step up from the 3 we've been for 2 weeks! :) The midwife thinks our new family member should arrive in the next couple of days, but we'll see. I personally think tonight, but I've thought that for 2 weeks now!!! We've enjoyed the pregnant stage, but all 5 of us are ready for baby time.