Meeting the Dogs

Meeting the Dogs

During the birth, my friend Rachel took care of the dogs…and then once the moms were back home, they stayed with my MIL.

But when it was time to come home, we wanted them to be there to meet their sister.

They are doing SO GOOD with her.

They have been interested, but gentle. Pippin loves getting close and sniffing her.

And they HATE when she cries. Sorry guys. Lots more where that came from.

Here is the moment we put her carrier in the floor and they saw her for the first time.


We let them sniff around…img_0352

And our night time rocking sessions are not alone. Pippin always follows me around with her. The protector.img_0359

The first time we put her in the cosleeper, Mikey slept in between her and me! 

For the most part, we aren’t letting them in bed at night, just at nap time (they used to sleep on our bed) just because I don’t want to have to dodge them and Tyler when I get up.

But I see lots of playing in their future once she gets a little bigger! 

Hospital Pictures

Hospital Pictures

Our photographer (Jade Graves Photography for any locals) came to the hospital to meet Remi. She got some of the MOST BEAUTIFUL pictures I’ve ever seen.

This was just hours after she was born.  I’m so thankful to have these moments captured. Tyler figuring out how to swaddle her.  The way she was SO alert. How tiny she looks in her daddy’s hands. So so so so wonderful.


The birth of our daughter!

The birth of our daughter!

We’ve been home for a few days and are finally settling into a routine (or as much of a routine as you can have with a brand new baby!). Tyler is rocking her after a bottle, so I’m taking some time to reflect and remember the details of the day. I’ll post a more detailed birth story with all those birthy details for anyone wanting that later…this is sort of the play-by-play of the days that brought her into this world!

A week ago, we were at my 40 week appointment.  My blood pressure was high and while I wasn’t showing signs of any complications, the doctor didn’t feel great about waiting 4 days for my scheduled induction. He said there were a lot of things that the blood pressure could be a precursor to, and he suggested we return that evening for an induction.

So we did.

We had from like 4 pm until 9 pm to wrap our minds around the fact that we were headed to the hospital to have our baby! We ate some dinner, mom came over and helped us last minute clean the house a bit, and I tried to rest. I took a bath and Tyler fished in the pond (the very different ways we relax!) and then we were at the hospital by 9 to check in. I took one last bump picture!

And one last picture of Tyler before he was a dad!

We got a room in labor and delivery and settled in for the night. I was getting two doses of medicine to prepare my body for labor.

It barely worked. (more on the details next week), but this ended up being a LONG process.  The next morning (Friday) the doctor came in and broke my water and we started pitocin. Everyone thought she would be born that day, but Friday came and went. They even had her birthday in their system as 10/7! They had to change the info in their computers, on paperwork and more when Saturday rolled around.

After a fast and furious finish, I ended up laboring for 21 hours (not including the 12 or so of being in hospital on the medicine) and pushed for just under an hour.

And our sweet Remington was born at 5:03 a.m. on Saturday, October 8.

It was long, hard, difficult, draining, and wonderful. I felt so powerful when it was all said and done.

My mom, my MIL Nancy and Tyler were all there with me from the time they broke my water until she was born. They were an amazing team for me. Mom took pictures as they weighed and measured her.

My tiny 6 lb., 6 oz. girl.


We found out quickly she has a SET OF LUNGS on her.img_3273

I was BURNING UP during labor and had cold rags on my head for the last several hours. While I’m not gonna win any beauty pageants from this pic, I love how happy I am that she is finally here.  They laid her on me right after she was born, but then shortly after I told them they could weigh and measure her, then I got her back. This was that moment.

Our first photo as a family of 3! 

While she laid skin to skin with me, I took this photo. I’ll never forget her looking at me like ‘I know you!’

This was Tyler’s first time to hold her after they got her cleaned up. A daddy was born that day, too! I cried watching him with her.

Then our moms met her! First with her Grammy…

Then her Gigi…

After her bath, we put her sequin hat on for her glamour shot!

We stayed in the hospital for 48 hours after birth (which was great but we were READY TO BE HOME. Thursday to Monday was a long time).

During that time, Remi met her great grandpa- Tyler’s grandpa. He was smitten.  And this is 4 generations (and how about baby girl smiling for the camera? Swoon.)img_3293

When  we were ready to go home, we loaded her in the carseat…

And off we went.  Home as a family of 3!img_3303