Monday, June 29, 2009

Miles' birth story

So this post is mostly for me so that I won't forget any of the details about Miles' birth. I want to write down my whole experience for my journaling records:
The hospital called Wednesday night and told me to expect a call to come to the hospital between 8-10 am. I was the fourth in line to be induced, so they said it would probably be closer to 10. So on Thursday morning Mike got up and showered around seven and I got in after him, thinking I would have plenty of time to do my hair and makeup and vacuum the house one more time. But at 7:45 the phone rang and it was the hospital telling me to get there in a half an hour! I quickly fixed my hair and Mike and I ran out the door, and I had to do my makeup in the car.
We arrived at the hospital about 8:30 and by 9:00 I was hooked up to the pitocin and Dr. Froerer broke my water. At 9:30 the nurse asked if I wanted my epidural because the anesthesiologist was going to be doing a C-section. Well at that time I wasn't feeling any pain and when I had been induced before, it took at least an hour before I had felt any contractions, so I said I could wait till after he was done. Boy was that a mistake! Twenty minutes later my contractions were coming fast and furious!! I had to wait clear until 11:00 for the epidural and I was dying. But after I got that done, labor was great. By then I was dialated to a 7 so we called my mom and dad (my photographer and videographer) to come on in. By 12:30 I was fully dialated and ready, but it took Dr. Froerer a little while to come in.
At 12:58 I was ready to push. I gave one big push, one medium push, and out came Miles! He was born at 1:01 pm. By far my fastest and easiest delivery ever.
They put him up on my chest right away and he was perfect. I could tell that he was going to be my biggest baby by far, and I was right. He weighed in at 8lbs. 7 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Max was my next biggest baby at only 7lbs. 2 oz. so Miles beat him by over a pound. No wonder my belly was so big!!
So then they cleaned him off a little and had me hold him next to my chest for about 45 minutes. It was really cool because all the nurses and everyone left and it was just me, Mike, my mom and dad and Miles. We took tons of pictures and just looked him all over. It was awesome!
Then it was time to go to my recovery room. Once we were settled we called Mike's mom and had her bring in Mitchel, Max, and Mason. They were so sweet!! First they all came and asked me how I was doing, then they each took a turn holding Miles. They were all so tender and soft and it was a really amazing experience to have all my boys together at last. I am by far the luckiest mom on this planet!
The hospital stay was fabulous, with my family visiting and lots of peace and quiet. The whole delivery was perfect and Miles is absolutely perfect. I feel so blessed to be able to be his mom and watch him grow. I am loving having a baby in our house again. I love how when I look at him, I see endless possibilities of who he can become. I love his long, black hair. I love his little cry. I love all the little clothes and diapers. I love that I can feel relaxed and just enjoy this time because I know it goes by so fast. I wish I could make it last forever! I love you Miles and I am so grateful that Heavenly Father allowed you to come to our family.
Love, Mom

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Miles Miller Harker

Born: Thursday, June 25, 2009
Time: 1:01 pm
Weight: 8 lbs. 7 oz.
Length: 20.5 inches
We are so excited to have Miles here safe and sound. The delivery was awesome and he is healthy and perfect. The hospital stay was wonderful and peaceful. We came home today and are now adjusting to life with FOUR amazing boys. I will post more pictures and details later.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

An Update

So I haven't been able to blog since Mike's birthday because my whole computer crashed and it is totally messed up and I'm going crazy without it!!!! So to do this I am using a different computer which is why there is no pictures with this post, even though I have been taking tons of cute ones of all our activities lately.
Anyway, I do not have a baby yet, but will on Thursday!!!!! I am so excited and ready for Miles to get here. In the meantime, these are the things that have been happening at the Harker household:
1) Mike and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary by going out to dinner and a movie (Star Trek which surprisingly, I liked)
2) Mike got his nasty cast off and traded it for a huge, black boot which he will wear for another 4 weeks
3) Mitchel and Max finished up their soccer leagues
4) We spent a few days in Park City in my parent's time share condo. We did a lot of swimming.
5) We went to Murray Park to enjoy a day of sunshine last week
6) I have been cleaning and waiting, cleaning and waiting, cleaning and waiting, just in case this baby came earlier than planned (no such luck).
7) We had a wonderful Father's day barbecue at my sister's house
8) I finished filming the last of my scheduled weddings, but haven't been able to edit them because of my whole computer melt down problem (AHHHHHH)
That's all I can think of for now. I would have had a lot cuter post if my computer wasn't so stupid (can you tell I'm really mad about it!) Hopefully I'll find a way to post pictures and stuff of Miles when he comes.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy 35th Birthday Mike!

Mike turned 35 yesterday. He has been feeling really bad lately that we can't go camping because of his crutches and lovely cast on his leg and my big belly. So I decided that we would have to take our camping trips into our own backyard this summer by getting him a fire pit with s'mores items included. My Mom and Dad also pitched in and she wrote him a cute poem to go with it.

This summer won't be exactly as planned
(and Zion's Canyon will have to wait 'till next year!)
But you can make memories in your own backyard-
With a campfire and s'mores and root beer!
You don't have to worry about finding a spot
to pitch your tent where the rocks are small.
You won't have to use the outhouse potty,
and the mosquitoes will be no trouble at all!
Just open your door and walk outside.
Roll out your sleeping bags, set up the chairs.
And just like THAT a trip to remember...
No reservations required! Your THERE!
Mike also received a board game called "Settlers of Catan" from his parents, which he loves to play with our boys.
Mike took the afternoon off work and we all went to see the new Pixar movie, "UP." It was so sweet and cute and touching (Mitchel and I cried at some parts). The characters were so adorable and I loved the whole thing. I highly recommend you take your whole family.
So it was a good birthday I think for Mike. He has his next doctor's appointment on Tuesday and hopefully he'll get off his yucky, annoying cast and get a boot that he can walk in. I love you Mike and Happy Birthday!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The End Is In Sight!

I scheduled my induction date at my Dr.'s appointment today. We have June 25th, but honestly, I don't think Miles is going to wait that long. He is already very low and I'm effaced 60% and dilated to a 1. I know that doesn't seem like much but I'm only in week 36. So I am betting that Miles will come early on his own. We already have a ton of June birthdays and other occasions in our family in June, so hey, what's one more?
Other things I've been thinking of lately is how sometimes I wish I could just freeze time, at least when it comes to my kids. I wish they would all stay at the ages they are right now. Mitchel has had such a great year in second grade. He had a teacher who loved him and taught him some of the most amazing things. His reading has gone from good to amazing and academically, he has done awesome. He's also learned some good social lessons this year and has done a better job of making friends and controlling his temper.
Then there's Max. I've loved having him home with me most of the time to run errands with. He's my WalMart, Target buddy (as long as we always get to look in the toy section). He helps push an extra cart around WalMart on those BIG shopping trip days. He too has grown so much this year (2-3 inches I'd say) and gotten so smart, especially with numbers and Math. I love how he is such a little brother when Mitchel is around and turns into the big brother with Mason as soon as Mitchel is gone. (And can tease like no other!)
And Mason. I know I've said it before, but he is just my little sunshine! He has such unconditional love for me and can make me smile no matter what. I love his little voice and how he says certain words without the correct beginning sound. He can entertain himself with just about anything but loves most to be doing what ever I'm doing, even when I'm fixing my hair. He wants to be just like his older brothers, and for the most part they let him. He is so fun to take on my errands with me because he loves just to be along for the ride. I don't even have to bribe him with treats or anything!
Anyway, I know time can't stand still, but there sure are times when I wish it could. I'm so excited to be home with my boys this summer and just play and explore with them. I was thinking the other day that Mitchel is just about half way to his mission. Can that really be possible? Sometimes I think it's a cruel joke Heavenly Father is playing on us that the whole point of having children and loving them is just so they can grow up and be on their own. And then even more cruel that it happens so fast!
So those were just some thoughts I was having this week about my kids. Maybe it's all these hormones that are making me so sentimental.