Friday, February 22, 2013

Franky's birth day

We were so excited for Monday, February 11th to come! 
We spent the weekend finishing up everything for Franky's arrival.
My friend Melissa even watched the boys while we went on one last date baby-free for a while.
Monday came and we sent the big boys to school with the carpool and took Linc to preschool. 
Then we were off to Timpanogas Hospital.
We stopped by Target to get a People magazine (my fave) and some treats and little toys for the boys.
Adam picked up some In-N-Out to hold him over for the day ahead.
We arrived at the hospital at 11:00 AM.
The nerves were starting to set in- just excited nerves, nothing too serious.
The nurse started the pitocin around 11:30 and Dr. Bean came in soon after to break my water.
This was six days before my actual due date because I knew we had another BIG boy on the way.
I got the epidural soon after that- the anesthesiologist said his dad went on a mission to Finland (where my mom is from), he went on a mission to Japan like Adam and he knew our friend Jesse from Richfield where he used to live. Small world.
After about 3:00 I was ready to push, but my doc wasn't there yet...
Annnnd the epidural started to wear off. 
I think if I could have pushed then I would have been fine because the contractions weren't making me cry, just wince and laugh... weird.
Anyway, another anesthesiologist came in with another dose of epidural, and was really kind of rude about it, but oh well. 

Dr. Bean finally arrived and we were ready!
So exciting!
I pushed a couple times and Adam said he saw some dark hair... and then Franky was out!
Well- after the doc had me stop pushing for a sec so he could un-tangle his cord from his arm.
He said since he had to stop me that Franky's face got some bruising. 
He came out so blue and they were rubbing him to get him to take a breath, but he did.
Cute big boy.
He looks ultra big in this pic with Dr. Bean.
Frank Everett Swalberg
February 11th, 2013
9 lbs 8 oz
21 inches long
Born at 4:05 PM
The hospital told me beforehand they were big on skin-on-skin for the first two hours after he was born... but they did a test right after he was born to test his blood sugar (since he was big) and it was low. So they only let me hold him for a little bit and took him away to give him some sugar water in an IV to get his blood sugar up. His poor purple cheeks! But still so cute.

The boys came with Linds and got to see him for a few minutes before they took him.
They were so excited to meet little Franky who they had waited so patiently for!

They were all standing there staring- we had to tell them they could touch him :)

His little dark hair- before his bath.
They took Franky and put an IV in, so Linds and her kids didn't get to hold him and my parents came and waited for a couple hours and didn't even get to see him. They finally brought Franky back to my room after the boys went to get dinner with Adam. And now he had an IV in his little head and monitors on his chest. But we were so happy to hold him. Whatever happened to the skin on skin theory though? I read later on a hospital paper that it was supposed to help with blood sugar and lots of other things... Hmm...

Our BIG family- so many boys!!
Proud Daddy

From my phone...
Those cheekies!!

Welcome welcome little Franky! So glad you are here!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

while we wait

Elliott and his latest Ninjago creation
We've been taking things kind of slow around here these days.
I haven't taken many pictures and we haven't gone out a lot, just running last minute errands getting ready for the baby. The boys stay busy with homework, basketball, scouts, friends and school. Adam has been super busy at work and with the young men. I mostly stay busy with all the scheduling and doctor appointments- (I finally had my last one yesterday!) Also trying to make dinners, which I have been sooo bad at these days. I don't feel like cooking anything ever. But I somehow tweak mediocre meals out most nights. Poor family. These are a few random pictures we have managed...
 This is Adam dancing to some slow music with a super tired Lincoln. 
He is no longer a baby with his looooong arms and legs. 

 Family night painting and ice cream.
Fun to sit with the boys while they talk our ears off about anything and everything.

 Never too old to climb Mt. Daddy right? 

Monday, February 4, 2013


This guy is at it again- basketball season.
Elliott is starting his third year and I think it's his best year yet.
This year he is a working on being a little more aggressive and taking shots more. 
He made his first basket of the season on Saturday!
He is fun to watch this year!

photo by Lincoln

This is Ollie's first year in basketball. 
He is a little sportster, but was a little nervous to play basketball because he "didn't know how." 
I told him this was the best way to learn.
He picked right up on it and is never in the day-dreaming mode, which is great for his first year I think! He always knows what's going on and is ready for the ball.
He made his first two baskets of the season on Saturday (and almost made a third!) 
He is only in 1st grade, but plays on the 1st/2nd grade team. I love that they do that so the bigger boys' experience can help the younger boys.

 Going in for the shot...
 ... straight down in the hoop!

  It's weird spending most of our Saturdays at basketball games- I don't even want to think about when all four (!!!) might play someday. They play at two different schools so if the games are close we have to drive separate. The weird thing is that they have the same coach this year, so at least practices are on the same night, right after each other. Here the boys are cooling off after their games.

So fun watching my basketball boys!
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