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Looking towards Mt. Arab From the edge of Piercefield as we drive in at dawn

Looking towards Mt. Arab From the edge of Piercefield as we drive in at dawn

So we just got back from another fun ADK trip. New baby, new camper…it was great!  And for the first time ever on a trip to the ADK’s for us…it didn’t rain once!  We hiked to the top of Hurricane Mt. the first afternoon, which was probably a bit ambitious as we were tired from driving all night.  Then we ate at the Lake Placid HoJo’s for dinner, as we were well exausted from the day of hiking.  The next day we finally got to drive up to the summit of Whiteface.  Every time we have wanted to do that we always had to delay because of clouds or rain.  It was fun, and the kids liked seeing the “Castle” at the top.  We then drove over to Paul Smiths, where we visited their farmer’s market on the college green, and bought some ADK roasted coffee and some sourdough bread.  Lots of fun, yummy stuff at the market that day!  I was inspired by some needle felted pumpkins and acorns I saw there and came home and made some with the kids last week.  We took in the Paul Smiths’s VIC the rest of that day, which the kids really enjoyed.  The asked this evening, while hiking, if we could go back there specifically!  On our last full day we played around in the water…first at the gorges, ponds and falls at Wilmington Notch, which was where we camped, and then in the mountain lakes nearby as we hiked up to them, Copperas Pond mainly.  Of course I didn’t get in much on the water action…too cold for me and baby!  But the kids and Steve went all out.  We stopped at Taylor Pond for a quick hike before we left and even made it to Niagara falls on the way home.  Whew!  I am tired just thinking about it! 

Not even 24 hours into it and we have a major snake catch and release!

Not even 24 hours into it and we have a major snake catch and release!

Breastfeeding...it's so portable!  (Top of Hurricane Mt.)

Breastfeeding...it's so portable! (Top of Hurricane Mt.)

Handknit by Sarah...we love the hat and Louisa got a lot of compliments on it all weekend!

Handknit by Sarah...we love the hat and Louisa got a lot of compliments on it all weekend!

Looky Grandma,  I am sitting on the top of the mountain!

Looky Grandma, I am sitting on the top of the mountain!

Looking for pitcher plants along the Boreal Life trail at Paul Smiths VIC

Looking for pitcher plants along the boreal life trail at Paul Smiths VIC

Beaver lodge...almost at eye level from the trail, near our camp

Beaver lodge...almost at eye level from the trail, near our camp

Swimming in Copperas Pond, a wash bowl about 1.5 miles up the mountain

Swimming in Copperas Pond, about 1.5 miles up the mountain

....and more than a few big ones, too!

Just one of our amphibious adventures of the weekend!

A worthy grand finale to another NY trip!

A worthy grand finale to another NY trip!

Worth Noting:  Hazel says to me, upon our arrival at Niagara Falls…”I thought you said it was going to be big?!”  WHAT??????
Oh, and just add it to my already noteworthy list of “Places I Have Breastfed”

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Born

Welcome home baby! 

277 upright

Louisa Frances

8lbs 8 ounces

August 8, 2009

7:01 AM

The Details:

My water breaks…this had never happened to me before labor before, so I was a bit surprised when just after midnight, I found myself leaking!  I had been sitting at the table having a late snack of hummus, tomatoes and pita, when I sneezed and felt a little trickle.  I actually thought that it was my bladder, but when I stood to take the plate to the sink, I quickly realized it was not!

After cleaning up, I called to tell the midwife, and then proceeded to wait for contractions to begin.  By 1AM, I was contracting about 3 minutes apart.  I tried to sleep but at about 2AM I decided I needed Steve in the room with me….(he was trying to get a  little rest on the couch).  We lay in the dark in our bed for a while, but shortly before 3 o’clock I relized my moaning was keeping him up and I went to the bathroom to make myself pee.  I had three really close contractions while there, and when he heard the long, almost unbroken noises coming from within, he came in and suggested calling the midwife again.  I told him I’d rather get in the tub first, so he filled up the birth tub in our bedroom and I relaxed and contracted there for about another 45 minutes till Steve decided he wanted the midwife to be there and called her in.  She lives close, less than a mile away and so by 4AM she had arrived and set to knitting on my bed, waiting me out.  By 5 o’clock, her assistant had also arrived, and we were all enjoying ourselves; well, they were all enjoying themselves! 

I kept up the good work, and by about 6 or 6:30 was transitioning to the final stage and frankly, had a few scary moments of trying crawl out of my own skin….but they kept me going and kept me moving and kept me peeing.  I only left the tub once in all those hours to pee, and so I kept pretty comfortable there. At about 6:52, I began to announce that I wanted to push.  After that, a lot of what happened is blurry.  I know I pushed at least twice to really bring her head to the door, but as it came through, I had to stop and “blow” for awhile because her cord was wrapped and her hand was on the back of her head so I really had to ease her out rather than push her out.  The only other push I remember was the one that got her the rest of the way through, and I was holding her and weeping the next second. 

I was out of the tub shortly after this, the cord cut and I was getting wiped off and starting to nurse when Niall, who is 4.5 came out into the brightly lit hallway from a  night of rest.  The midwife greeted him and he just came in and crawled up on my lap.  I asked him if he saw the baby and he just looked blankly at me.  I got him over to the other side of the bed and with wide eyes he looked at her and whispered “Can I go wake up Bres?”!  We all laughed as he ran off to tell his sleeping big brother.  Breslin argued sleepily with Niall till Steve went and got them…Breslin didn’t believe him!  But he soon came in and saw what all the fuss was and was thrilled.  Of course they ran to get Hazel up then, and Steve captured with the camera her big eyes and smile as she saw the baby and lit up! 

We are all well and happy and so glad to have our little girl here safely.  This pregnancy had its ups and downs, but we are so grateful for God’s love and mercy and the prayers of our friends and family.  We could not have asked for a happier ending than this.  Welcome, Louisa! 

Proud Siblings

Proud Siblings

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