Haevin Renée Goudie

It should go without saying that since this is a birth story there will be talk about fluids, blood, vagina's, and probably way more detail then anyone besides me really cares about. :)

Haevin Renée Goudie was born on January 25th 2015 right around 5:15 PM.

It really started around 10:00 pm on the 24th... I started to have some decent contractions. Nothing too crazy and not that close together, but stronger then any I had thus far. Then come around 4:00 in the morning the contractions were getting stronger and closer together, to the point that I couldn't sleep anymore. I started to keep track of the contractions on my phone as I sat in bed reading.

Things started to pick up around 7:00 or so in the morning. Stronger contractions. Closer together. And a whole lot of mucus plug (yum) coming out. We all got ready for the day, readied bags (just in case) and cleaned up a bit around the house.  Then we settled down and relaxed for a bit while I continued to keep track of the contractions. By 8:30 I was pretty sure that today was the day we'd be going into the hospital. We waited a bit longer until I was averaging about 5 minutes apart for about an hour and a half and was just about to tell Braedon that we should go in when things seemed to slow down. I waited a bit longer and while I was still having contractions they didn't seem as strong. I've been blessed with a fairly high pain tolerance so I didn't know if I was passing off some contractions as nothing, or if they were really nothing. Since my water broke so early with Rose I never had to deal with the "timing the contractions" thing so I wasn't really sure if I was doing things right.

We ended up deciding to go in anyways as a precaution because I'd rather be sent away then go in too late and not be able to get me some drugs.

We got in around 10:15, handed Rosealynn off to Grandma Lori and went up. They checked my progression and informed me that I was in fact having contractions (which if you had asked me right then I would have completely said that I hadn't had a single one since I got there... So it was a nice assurance to know I wasn't completely crazy for coming in). I was now dilated to a 4 but still only at 70% effaced so they wanted me to take a walk for an hour, come back, and see where I was at after the walk.

The day was so nice we decided to do our walking outside around the hospital. I looked pretty awesome in all my hospital-gown glory (and looked even better with Braedons jacket on top of that). We walked for about 30 minutes... and it felt like forever. Turns out walking around a hospital parking lot for 30 minutes is boring. Hence why I Crossfit for exercise... I'm in too preoccupied with trying to breath to be bored. ;)

After the 30 minutes of walking I finally succumbed to Braedon's advice of "do something MORE then just walk!" (he had been semi-jokingly telling me to do burpees or airsquats or sprints for the past 30 minutes) and decided I'd do some step-up's on the nice concrete base of a light post. I did 10 starting on one foot, walked to the next post, and then started my next set on the other foot. I got 2 steps into that second set and felt a very familiar gush. And since I was in my awesome hospital-gown glory and going completely commando at the time... this familiar gush ended up all down my legs. We might of high-fived at this point. Step-up's for the win!

So we went back inside pretty sure that all the fluid down my legs was amniotic fluid... but figured if by some weirdness it wasn't I'd still want to get cleaned up before walking for another 30 minutes. We got back to labor and deliver and they checked the fluid and ding ding ding, we have a winner - my water had indeed broken. Plus I had gotten up to a 5 and 80% effaced with all my efforts. We were officially staying at the hospital!

So I got all cleaned up and settled into our room around 12:00 pm. I got hooked up to all the appropriate IV's and it was now time to wait around a bit to see if I'd continue to progress on my own or not... plus I needed to also wait for the antibiotic for the GBS to get into my system as well. As we were waiting my parents came and visited and brought Braedon some lunch. I might has snuck a bite of his burger and 3 fries... Shhhhh.

Around 2:30 I got a bit bored, so we took another little walk around the hospital grounds. It was so beautiful outside and so nice to be able to get out in the fresh air! We came back in and I got checked again... I was close to a 6 but just barely. So they decided to go a head and give me the lowest does of pitocin to help me along my way. I also decided to go ahead and get the epidural at this point just to be prepared if the pitocin picked things up pretty quickly (which spoiler - it did).

The epidural went great... the anethesiologist was awesome and I hardly felt anything. Though I still squeezed (squoze?) Braedon's hand a bit more then I probably needed too cause needles just make my anxious.

So now around 4:15 I'm set with the epidural doing it's thing, legs getting nice and tingly, and the pitocin working it's wonders as well. Once the epidural had fully kicked in around 4:40 and it was time for my pee bag to be placed (labor is so glamorous) they checked me again and I was to an 8 by this point. We were coming down the home stretch.

My amazing nurse (seriously she was so awesome all day) asked me if I was okay trying a different position to get me progressed the rest of the way. I'm always up for new positions (wink wink) so I said sure! They had me lay on my side with my one leg elevated in one of the sexy stirrups (imagine a dog peeing on a fire hydrant). Well in about 10 minutes I felt some awesome pressure that could be nothing else by my babies head wanting to come out. They quickly moved my leg back down, checked to make sure that there was in fact a baby right there and told me to keep my legs together as they called the doctor.

The doctor arrived, everyone geared up and set up - and by everyone - I mean the whole nursing staff as I am the ONLY person in labor and delivery for the day. I seriously felt so blessed to have such amazing people working with me, it was pretty nice being the only one there!  Everyone was so kind, low key, professional, funny, super sweet, and super helpful. I felt spoiled.

Anywho. Once everyone was ready and a contraction hit it was go time. I did a nice long push through the contraction... and then rested as it faded away. The doctor then said that Haevin's heart beat dropped pretty quick for some reason so we needed to get her out as quickly as possible. This got me a bit scared so I was determined to get her out on the next push. So when the next contraction was close everyone one said to push and I gave it all I had. Luckily all I had was enough because next thing I knew our little girl was out and crying the most adorable cry! Basically the labor went really well - I can't complain about two pushes and done, eh?

Haevin came out tiny, healthy, beautiful and with some pretty dark (if a little bit sparse) hair. To me she looks very similar to how Rose looked when she was first born. We will see if that continues to be the case in the next coming days.

My doctor stitched me up (I had only one grade 2 tear is all - not too bad!) and I got to snuggle my beautiful girl.

I still am in shock at the fact that this is my SECOND child. Everything went so smoothly and very similar to how Rosealynn's birth went that I almost keep thinking I'm just reliving her birth story.

I feel blessed that everything went as it did. I couldn't ask for a better experience (as far as pushing a human out your hoo-ha goes). The staff was amazing, Haevin is perfect and I'm feeling pretty good all things considered.

For now we are just relaxing at the hospital - still being pampered by the whole nursing staff as I am still the only one in the maternity ward - just resting up before it's time to go home.

We are so happy and so in love with the new addition to our family. :)

The first time in my arms. So wonderful.

Seeing her sister for the first time.

Rose gave Haevin an Eskimo kiss. :)
Proud daddy. :)
Rose was fascinated when we actually unwrapped Haevin (when she was under the warmer) and couldn't stop looking at her or holding her hand. :)
Sisters :)
My two beautiful girls. :)
Holding hands. :)
Next morning snuggles. Those cheeks!
Another visit to see her baby sister.


Our Christmas and Looking Forward to The New Year!

You guys. In case you missed it. It's 2015. AKA... It's January.

I feel like time is flying by and I can't keep up with events - aka this is gonna be a bit of a long one!

We had a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas - which made me happy as I kept having nightmares that Haevin decided to come extremely early and I missed all the family time on Christmas Eve and Christmas... Luckily baby girl is still cooking. With that said - It's fun to have something to look forward to this January as most years I'll be quite honest... it's one of my least favorite months. I can't wait to meet our beautiful little girl.

This Christmas season was so fun with Rose. Here is how things went down for us.

Rose loves all the decorations and all things Christmas. She would always ask me to turn on the tree or Christmas music while at the house. One day when I asked her what she wanted to wear she picked out this Christmas tutu that was in the back of her closet (and I honestly didn't think it would fit her anymore). We tried it on and it fit and she got so excited. So I had to get some cute pictures of her wearing it. :) Love her!

Not sure what face she is pulling but it cracks me up.



Christmas Eve we spent at my parents house - we decorated cookies, opened gifts, had a lovely dinner, and then finished the night off singing carols together.

Decorating cookies!

Cami and Ari getting in on the action.


She learned pretty quick how to open gifts. :)

Love these two. 

Sticker book!

Playing dress-up.

For a girl that has never worn high heels I was surprised how well she walked in them.

I didn't quite catch it... but she was brushing Great Grandpa's hair. Rose has a special place in her heart for Grandpa's of any kind. She loves them so much.

Christmas Day we did our own little shin dig in the morning. Rose loved seeing the snow outside and opening her gifts. She also loved handing us gifts for us to open. She wanted to make sure everyone got in on the action. Having a little one that is starting to understand holidays more is so much fun. :)

We were very blessed this year. :)

Coming down the stairs!

Her face. :)

She loves her rocking horse. 

Girl loves books! Luckily she got a lot of new ones for Christmas!

Her own new stylish headphones.

I'm not sure if these were for Rose or really more for Braedon. ;)

Spook was there too!

Braedon had to show her what Lincoln Logs were all about.

Helping me open one of my gifts.

I think this is probably the favorite toy she got... so simple but she can't stop playing with it. It could be because of her OCD to want to have the balls "put away" but they just keep coming out. Pretty funny to watch.


More stickers!

She picked this snake out herself one day when I was at the store. She loves it. So weird.

Trying to blow the bubbles.

After we finished up our morning we then went and spent the rest of the Day with Braedon's family. It was fun having a relaxed day with family and especially fun to be able to talk to Braedon's sister Chanty - Rose did so good and got really excited to see her. :)

Making Aunt Nana help opening more gifts!

An extender for our car rack.

Braedon's mom had these Teddy Bears made up out of their Great Grandpa's clothes that passed away this last year.

Traditional family PJ picture. 

We are special. :)

Brad was afraid that we wouldn't have a white Christmas... so he made sure to make the basement look special on Christmas morning.

So happy to see Chanty!

These two have a special relationship. :)

Sibling love. :)

It was a great Holiday and we loved spending so much time with family.

Then the day after Christmas we were lucky enough to have Braedon home again as he took the day off work. We decided this was the perfect time to really introduce Rose to snow since we hadn't gotten any before Christmas. As none of my snow stuff fit Braedon was a trooper and took out Rose into the cold to have some fun. I came out long enough to get some photos. We also then took her sledding later in the day and loved it. She wouldn't stop giggling or saying "Ready, GO!" So fun to watch her try new things.

All geared up and ready to go!

She had to show Braedon every "Christmas tree" in the back.

Pointing out the next tree to look at.

Loving the snow.

Braedon's face when I told him he should show Rose how to make a snow angel.

Good thing he is a great sport and an even better dad and does it anyways. :)


I think this was her favorite part about snow.

My cute little snow bunny.

Sledding for the first time. That smile. She wasn't afraid for even a second.

Basically Rose loves the snow. :)
All in all it was a great week. We also had a fun new years with friends eating some Indian and playing some games. I even stayed up until Midnight. Barely. I'm looking forward to 2015 and bring in a new little one to our family.

Life is good. :)

Love and hugs and Happy New Years!