Saturday, April 7, 2012


HE'S HERE! He's finally here!! I find out IMMEDIATELY when I am pregnant so I feel my pregnancies are VERY long!! And on Monday March 19 at 8:21 pm Silas Ryan Tidwell made his grand entrance to the world weighing in at 8.1 lbs and 19 inches long. Here's the story... (be prepared for a novel)

I had been having contractions pretty regularly at night but nothing too strong. Well the few days before I was feeling them but the spacing wasn't close together and I expected my water to break like it did with Hailyn. Something I learned is do NOT plan on your children, births or pregnacies being the same. There are some similarities but overall we are learning everything again:).

Monday morning I had a drs appointment at 11am. But I woke up at 2 am in a lot of pain. So I tried to just walk it out, soak in the tub, ect and let Ryan sleep (we hadn't gone to bed til nidnight so we were tired and he had to work monday!) Tuesday was my due date I figured he would come on Tuesday (first day of Spring!) or Wednesday 3/21/12 which I thought was a cool date:) well Monday I was like ok, he's coming, it's happening. So we packed a bag (yeah didnt do that til I was super close! procrastination Lace I know!) So we ate a HUGE breakfast (last time I was STARVED I had soup at 5pm Tuesday and wasn't able to eat until Thursday morning) so we ate and waited for Hailyn to wake up (Ryan wanted to wake her I was like NO let the child sleep in her bed we have time!) so six am she wakes up we take her to grandma's and headed to the hospital. Well on the way I made Ryan stop and get snacks at Walmart (yes because I learned a LOT last time) and so we did and I drank juice and kept timing the contractions and walking.

So we get to the hospital about 730am and they put me on a monitor. (My drs office is next to the hospital). THEY STOP!!! I am sure the nurses were like SURE you had contractions- I had a few but they SLOWED BIGTIME! I was frustrated I was like HEY I AM NOT CALLING WOLF HERE! Sigh! Anyhow, Dr. Miller (one of the Drs from my practice) came in and said I was in labor it was up to me if I wanted to see Dr, Pack at 11 and they could admit me later today or we could go now. Debating about weather or not to run home and clean or catch a movie (HAHAHA) we decided to just go for it since Hailyn was with grandma and we were packed and the hospital was not busy at all- and I was feeling like ok, Hailyn's labor at the hospital was 32 hours I may as well get started and move it along... first day of spring or 3/21 I was ready (NOT!)

So I got admitted about 930 am and Dr, Miller tried to break my water (it broke on its own with H) HOLY SMOKES PAIN!!! She didn't get it either! AHH! So We waited, at about a 4 Dr, Turner who relived Dr. Miller (also a partner at my drs office I LUCKED OUT!) broke my water (OUCH OUCH OUCH!) and then 'Nick' my amazing anesthesiologist who wouldn't let me call him dr came in and gave me an epidural- HEAVEN! (I had an epidural with Hailyn but it wore off at 8pm and she wasn't born until 3am it didn't go so well).

So this was different. I crashed and they came to check me I was an 8!! LAst time it took 4 hours to go from a 7 to 8 so I was EXCITED (last time I was shaking and gray too- this time I SLEPT!) Epidurals rock. Nick was my best friend. I should also add I had the greatest nurse EVER!!! Jodi explained EVERYTHING to me as it was happening stayed with me most of the time and even stayed AFTER her shift half an hour to see me through Silas's birth:) LOVE her!! They only had two other women in labor at the hospital so I got a TON of attention:) It REALLY helped.

So then at 715pm I felt intense pressure to push. I didn't EVER get that feeling with Hailyn even though epidural wore off and I felt everything naturally.So I used my contractions and pushed. They also had me in a better position to push so I only pushed an hour verses three with Hailyn:) and I felt EVERYTHING I knew when to push- it was a much better experience overall (even though I knew EVERYTHING they did:) didn't need a vacuum this time, didn't tear badly a all-

I thought he came out sideways his head was so big:) but he was absolutely perfect. Awake and alert just like his sister was. 8.1 lbs (H was 8.4) 19 inches (H was 20). He is sweet and easy and mellow. I remember after Hailyn just feeling like wow excited this time I felt calm and at peace- it was so serene.

Ryan's dad came and brought us sesame chicken and friend rice and we devoured it (I couldn't eat for a few hours with H). Recovery is SO much better this time!! The pregnancy was half as hard and the recovery is half as hard I would say. Plus an 11 hour labor! THANK YOU!!! Hardly any pain this time, it was very manageable.... I love epidurals (WHEN they work!)

Our dr cleared us to leave Tuesday night (24 hour rule) but they were SWAMPED (I am SO glad I didn't have my baby Tuesday I got SO much attention on monday I am so grateful!!) and they said there was no hurry Hailyn was already in bed at grandmas so we decided to just spend the night and leave in the morning. It was nice we came home noonish wednesday and Ryan filled prescriptions for me, got supplies, ect and we took a nap and picked up Hailyn about 3pm. My amazing vt's had dinner for me that night (they can cook!) and the meals just kept coming (I love my ward family!!! LOVE them!!) Ryan's grandparents came into town Thursday so they stopped by immediately and met Silas and we had a weekend of hanging out with them it was awesome!! A wonderful homecoming!!!! We have been spoiled and loved by so many visitors and people at the hospital and our home we feel so loved!! A lot of support of us and we feel grateful!!

Everyone asks how H is with him- AMAZING!! First time in the hospital she kept wanting to hold him and didn't want to share (Although she did but she kept asking for her turn:) even now she gives him kisses and calms him if he is fussy (which is RARE this boy is wonderful!!!)

With Hailyn we put her in her crib the first night this boy, well we will transition him he likes his bouncer or his swing (we are firm on no babies in our bed rule- I know we would crush them- no judgement on others Ryan and I just know ourselves). So I am not excited for that with Hailyn she had NO where else to sleep- so yeah. He's sweet.

Hailyn is our little helper getting us diapers and wipes and kissing and loving her brother she is amazing!!!

I have been so SO fortunate to have Ryan off work for a bit- especially since I had no help with Hailyn and ended up in the er with serious infections and dehydration ect, after so having him home has made my life SO much easier!! We have a shift thing at night so we are able to sorta get some sleep- it's working for now- I may cry when he goes back to work he's been wonderful!!

Ryan got to take Silas for his manhood appointment and I am SO gladI didn't have to go (I had my fair share of stuff with Hailyn- MRI holding her down, catheter when she had her kidney infection ect) so this was a father son bonding trip. Silas did great recovered awesome and all is well!! WE had to take the bandange off and I am so glad my friend told me to soak him in warm water... I nearly cried when we had to do it I am so glad it's healed! I almost cried when the belly button came off too. Yup.

So I feel great am recovering so much better and have a super supportive husband and so I cannot complain right now. We are trying to find a place to move right now as I am not working and we need to downsize and that's been ULTRA stressful and then the launch of my book (books arrived the day we came home from the hospital- haha! They were waiting for us so I had to get those sent out as I had a newborn ect. but it all worked out:) Lots going on, I do NOT know what I would do with out Ryan:)

That's why this blog post is a tad later than I wanted, and sorry it's so long, but it is our family journal and I am way behind and want to remember all the wonderful love and support. We also had two amazing photo sessions I have to post pics of- GORGEOUS!! That's next post I am spoiled:)

Did I mention Ryan's little sister (who is my little sister) Kylee is getting married? MAy 26? I am planning the wedding. Oh yeah bring it:) It may be a crazy spring but what will I do this summer? mellow!! haha!

Fun fact- October is a tricky month (me losing my mom) this month is complicated too. My kids came to me at hard times. Cathy York who helped me when I was in labor with Hailyn and is a good family friend of many years, passed away a year ago. I have a picture of her holding Hailyn- she is a second mom to Ryan and I both- anyhow Julie a nurse who worked with Cathy (and helped me with Hailyn and trasnferred when Di Lima Labor and Delivery closed) was a nurse I had! Small world! And Cathy's daughter Jessie had her son exactly 12 hours before I had Silas and same weight and height! We think our moms were in on it:) Anyhow I just love how that came full circle- amazing.

Officially a family of four!

COMING HOME! Handsome devil!!!
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He's an amazing dad!! I fell in love all over again!!

I have WONDERFUL friends- Hailyn got big sister gifts and they really made her feel loved

She IMMEDIATELY wanted to hold her baby brother and she wants to hold him all the time! She is an amazing big sister! We feel lucky:)

Our newest addition

The next morning...

Father and son...

Fresh from the oven:) super awake and alert!!