Last week I told you about the day I found out Reagan was on her way. I decided to follow this path for the next few weeks and tell you something special about each of our children's pregnancy/or birth. It's Ethan's turn.
I will tell you that all of my kids are my favorite. One of my favorite children's books is "You're all my Favorite!" (I recommend this if you have 3 or more small children!!!) They all have things about them that give them a distinct place in my heart, and if you are a mom of many...you understand. Ethan has been my easy child from day 1....literally. If you remember from last week, I was never supposed to have ANY children. We never expected to have anymore after Reagan was born, we were happy that we had ONE. My heart longed to have more, but I was always told that I would have a hysterectomy at a young age. I expected nothing.
When Reagan was a little more than 2 months old (and in the throws of colic!) I had a dream that I was pregnant. I won't give you the details of the dream, but I felt led & had the urge to take a pregnancy test. I had not yet had a cycle since Reagan's birth, and yet....here was a POSITIVE pregnancy test!
During this pregnancy I had no morning sickness, I felt wonderful! So wonderful in fact that I gained 75 pounds!!!! My due date was on April 8th, 2005. That date came and went. I had been delivered with the help of pitocin with Reagan, and I wanted to avoid that at all costs. My hospital midwives agreed to let me continue the pregnancy as long as I came in for regular stress tests and sonograms. A week went by, then two, then almost 3 weeks. On April 26, 2005 I called the office due to lack of movement. They scheduled a sonogram. The tech (who has become a friend at this point) notices that Ethan is not moving. His heart is beating, and he is breathing....but his placenta had deteriorated and his fluid is low. She called in my midwife, and an intern who both agreed that I should be immediately admitted to the hospital for observation and pit started in the morning.
Josh brought Reagan in and my heart broke into a million pieces. I loved that little girl with all of my being....how would a little brother affect her?!?! She's not even a year old yet! I cried so hard that when Daddy and Reagan left I asked for some Tylenol PM so I could settle in for the night and get a good night of sleep. Morning came, and my pit was started. I had walked around for 6 weeks at 3cm dilated and 70% effaced, so I was prime for labor. My water broke within the first few contractions. It was an easy, drug-free labor that lasted 6 hours. At 1:59pm on April 27, just 364 days after Reagan came, Ethan made his appearance. He was 9lbs 10oz, and looked like Shrek. The meuconium stained him green....but he was the biggest, most beautiful little boy I had ever seen. Like Reagan before him... it was pure love at first sight. He was so overdue that he had long finger and toe nails, and desperately needed a bath. After he was cleaned up they gave him back. I nursed him, and I never put him down. Friends still laugh that they never saw Ethan's body until he was a year old. I wore him in a sling, and he nursed and cuddled all day. That's the way he's always been, and still is. He never cried, and he LOVED Reagan. The two of them have been inseparable from the day he was born.
I made it home in time for Reagan's first birthday. I asked for early discharge, and I arrived home 23 hours after Ethan's birth.
Reagan is in 1st grade, she loves school and has never had trouble making friends. She's the most smiley and friendly child I have ever met. Reagan loves cats, horses, and most every furry animal in the world. She loves music and is taking piano lessons. Reagan was diagnosed with Epilepsy in July (2010), and is on a regiment of medication to help lessen the amount of seizures that she has. Reagan is a great kid, and we are so proud of her!
My Jedi knight....Ethan is very sensitive. Out of all the kids, Ethan's personality most matches my own. He is very sweet, and shy...but he opens up and is the class clown once he's comfortable with his surroundings. Ethan is very smart, and he loves to play with his Star Wars toys. He's our only true "blondie", and during the summer his hair is almost white. Ethan is extremely loyal, and is a very very good brother...very protective. ;)
Triplet "A", leader of the pack. Laney sees the world in black and white...it's either right or wrong, yes or no...and she has no trouble proclaiming to the world what she thinks is "right". She's the most like daddy in personality. Bossy, (in a good way!). Sweet, Sassy, and LOUD. Laney loves dresses, church, Reagan, red meat, and going to the zoo. She hates green vegetables, and is a big wimp! :)
Addie is our girly girl. She is our only curly headed child, and wasTriplet "B"...pickle in the middle. She's very sassy. She has "Addie-tude". Addie is vertically challenged, even compared to our small kids. She's double jointed, and we plan on starting gymnastics soon. Addie is the most verbal of any of our kids. She LOVES vegetables, and hates meat of any kind. She's afraid of most animals, and has a hoarding issue (she loves collecting things...and keeping them!) She's very smart, very sensitive, and a big mama's girl!
Joel is my strong and silent type. He's the biggest child I've had, length and weight. Joel is non-verbal, and we are waiting an official diagnoses, which will come sometime after he turns 3. Joel is sweet, so so so sweet. He melts my heart every day. He love trains, cars, and really anything with wheels. He likes riding his scooter, and his big wheels trike. He loves to swim, and is a huge fan of ANY food. He will eat more than a grown man. It's amazing.
Josh and I were married in May of 2002, but we started dating in 1996. He is an insurance salesman, and is the best daddy! He loves to play with the kids outside, and has no problem pitching in with the housework. He's manly enough to admit that he likes watching Glee with me. He volunteers at church with the elementary after school program.
Then there was me... I enjoy being a mom, being a part of our MOPS steering team, photography (I make no claims at being GOOD at it!), writing, and organizing. I love being a housewife, and I am contemplating what will happen when my last child(ren) goes to school. I want to be the "room mom" and do all the mom stuff, but a seperate part of me really misses work. I am a cloth diapering, and breastfeeding advocate. I am a child of God. My favorite book of the Bible is 1Peter. I love cats and horses. I love to read, and I am in love with "The Hunger Games" right now. That's about it. :)