Monday, July 19, 2010

Introducing * Jersey Jane Larson *

Our sweet baby GIRL arrived!

July 17, 2010
12:59 a.m.
7 pounds 14 ounces
19.5 inches

The following morning her 3 "BIG BROTHERS" came to meet her! I loved hearing their footsteps running down the hospital hall. They were all so cute with her. It was a priceless moment as they each kissed her, and rubbed her head, and begged to hold her! They also brought our favorite donuts and a gallon of milk. We shared the extras with the nurses to get on their good side. :)

Beckett (26 mos) was so excited to meet "baby". We didnt' decide her name until the day I was induced, so he is still getting used to calling her "Jersey". He walked around the hospital room pointing and saying, "baby sleep in there", "baby's toes", "baby's eyes", "baby cute". Although Beckett is a little 2-year-old, he all the sudden is really big and grown-up next to his baby sister!
This is the way Beckett touched her the first few times... making sure she was real. :) He has gotten more and more brave (making us more and more protective). :) He loves his baby sister and is always kissing her.

Gunner (4 1/2) just kept saying, "Isn't she just SO cute?!" He randomly says, "I need to give her a hug and a kiss!"

Cooper (6 1/2) has been all about holding her. He would sit on my bed in the hospital room holding her for almost and hour! And still gets his daily fix. He knows how to "shake" her and give her her binky to get her to stop crying (I keep telling him to use the word "bounce" - cause "shake" is NOT a word to use about a baby!) :). He also LOVES it when her eyes are open, and makes sure we all know when she is awake. He calls her an "angel". He also says, "Jersey isn't adorable - she is SUPER, SUPER, SUPER, SUPER adorable."

We made sure to get a bow on her head asap! :) During delivery they joked about me putting a flower bigger than her head on before the rest of her body was delivered. :)

Sweet little feet- and all those hospital bands! She has a couple crooked toes like her big brothers all did. She is ours for sure!

The little onsie and bow we put on her to get her hospital pictures taken. Wish I would have gotten a picture of the ruffles across her bum too. :)

Dad loves his baby girl, and has to fight off his boys for time holding her. They came to visit 3 times the first day in the hospital (morning, before "Dispicable Me" movie, after movie for dinner). They brought me yummy treats, popcorn, soda and a movie, so we could have a "girls night" watching "When in Rome". Then they skipped out of church early, after the sacrament, the next morning to see her again (Cooper's idea). :)

Her first bath in the hospital. Dad went with her just an hour or so after she was born to take pictures. All the nurses said they loved listening to him talk to her in his "sweet voice". They said they love dads like him, and can tell he is a great dad. I had to agree!

Had to get pink on her toes! All the nurses loved it. :)

We loved our visitors! Nothing brightens a hospital day like great friends.

The Bells (Jaime, Clif, Zander, Emberlyn, Shayden)
Brought a cute doll, balloon, and chocolate!

Jayne and Kennedy Crook
Not only are the Crooks our great friends, but he also gave me my epidural right when I wanted it, and all the nurses were sure to tell us how much they love Shaun too!

The Johansens (Kimberly, Craig, Haven & Emmett)
Thanks for the pink polish!

**Birth Story and pictures to come soon!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


I know I have been the world's worst blogger... I vow to do better... WAIT! Is it possible to have 4 kids and still blog?!? We shall see starting.... TOMORROW!

As you all know, we've had a busy summer of traveling, visitors, moving out of base housing, etc. We are now staying in TLF (temporary living facilities) on the Air Force Base. It is a furnished 3-bedroom duplex, and actually hasn't been too bad, except not having my own bed for the end of pregnancy, and the uncomfortable couch and chairs.

And did I mention it is HOT! Like 110* heat index with the humidity. I am always sweating! AND, the A/C has been out for a few weeks in the parent/child room at the gym... making my 45 min elliptical rides VERY sweaty. You'd think that would save me from the weight gain?? Well - it hasn't, but I do "feel" a lot better at the end of a pregnancy than I ever have. And, my OB says she thinks I'm retaining a lot of fluids from the heat. And, hopefully, starting exercise again post-baby won't be starting from ground zero again....

We've been swimming, playing, cleaning, sewing... and getting ready for this baby girl who comes... TOMORROW!

Yes, I am getting induced TOMORROW, July 16th, at 6 am. Name? NO! Dilated and ready? Yes, dilated to 2cm and "soft and thin". Hopefully things will go smoothly.

We are all a little more nervous this time around for the delivery. When people as if I'm ready for 4 kids, I say YES! Because having 4 kids means she arrived safely! Not sure if it's because I've had 3 pretty uneventful deliveries, and I feel like it's my "turn" to have something go wrong.... or if Heavenly Father's trying to teach me another lesson about faith... or if it's because just 2 short years ago (almost exactly) our dear friends lost their sweet baby girl during delivery... or, if I am just unnecessarily worrying. Either way - my OB offered me a sleeping pill for tonight because, "I seemed a little more reserved and nervous". I turned it down. I think a priesthood blessing will be the best sleeping drug I can get.

My boys are SOOOOO excited! Their excitement is contagious too - and we are all anxious to meet our little girl!

Andrew gets a week off for "paternity" leave. Thank you Air Force!

Then, my mom will come and help out while Andrew works his final week.

Then, it's off to Coeur d'Alene, ID! Yes, we're moving with a 2-week-old. But, we do get to see lots of family and friends on the way, and we LOVE an adventure. :)

We will post pictures of this baby girl asap!

ps... if any of you in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area have been putting off your dental work until Andrew returns to the area ;) You can call now for an appointment starting in August!