Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Liberty has arrived! (finally)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Liberty's first day home.
Darren holding Liberty minutes after she was born.

Malachi holding Liberty at the hospital.

Naomi holding Liberty at the hospital.

Cassidy holding Liberty at home.

What a long haul that was. The pregnancy actually seemed to go pretty fast. It was the delivery that seemed never ending. I was scheduled to go in for an induction Sunday the 28th at 7pm. Well wouldn't you know there were a lot of women going into labor that day. (They all probably wanted their tax write off too) So they pushed me back a day. I called twice on the 29th and they said they were over full and there was no way I was going to come in that day. So they told me to call back the morning of the 30th and I should get in. I called that morning and they said to call back in a few hours. I had played the game, but now was becoming pretty anxious. I finally got a call from them that they had a bed for me. I told them I was on my way. I got in there a little after noon. At 1:30pm they started the potosin. They say that by your 4th child you should be able to sneeze and the kid would come out. So I assumed that evening I would have her. Never assume anything. I was not progressing very fast and the baby was still really high up. The doctor came in at 9pm to see if he could break my water. I was only at a 3 1/2 at this point. When he checked he said the baby was too high up. He feared if he broke my water the baby's cord would drop before the baby and I would end up in an emergency c-section. So he said we'd see how things went through the night and he had the nurse call him every 3 hours for an update. At midnight I was at a 4 1/2 and that was the last I progressed to 6:30am. So she called the doctor and he said he would come in and check me. He told me we may want to go over some other options that we spoke of the night before. Which meant a c-section. I used to be so afraid of this scenario. Going through a long labor only to end up in a c-section, but for some reason I was almost ready for the c-section. I think I just knew that's what had to be. I was disappointed that I would have to stay another 4 days in the hospital. Darren would be back at work when I got to go home. But you do what you have to do. Well my doctor came in at 7:30 and I was almost ready to tell him go prep and let's get this done. He checked me and said I was at a 7 1/2. He broke my water and seemed optimistic. I was shocked. Here I hadn't progressed all evening and with in an hour I was 3 cm further along. Well 2 hours later I was ready to push. My nurse had me do one push and realized I was ready to deliver. She called my doctor whose office was across the street from Palomar Hospital. He said to give him 5 minutes and he'd be there. I looked at her like she was crazy when she told me that. You can't stop a bullet after you pull the trigger. So here I am trying to no push waiting for my doctor. Let me tell you. Even though I had an epidural. That was excruciating trying not to push. I held her 10 minutes and said forget it. I warned the nurse I'm pushing, I can't hold her any longer. A few minutes later Liberty was delivered by my nurse. 3 minutes after that in walks my doctor "I'm here!" I said "Yeah and so it the baby." He was shocked. He said he would have ran if he knew she was coming that fast. I was so disappointed that he didn't deliver my baby, but she was fine and we felt blessed it worked out the way it did. He did help deliver my placenta, but we didn't name it and weren't going to keep that either. She was as they called it "sunny side up" when I delivered her so that made the pushing more uncomfortable and may be why it was hard to get her to drop? She was born on Wednesday December 31st at 10:12 am weighed 7 lbs 7 ozs and was 20 1/2 inches long. Her full name is Liberty Jean Drago. Liberty is a name we found in our genealogy from the very early 1800's. All our kids have 3 syllables in their name so that worked great. We'll call her Libby for short. Jean is my middle name and my grandmothers name. All our children have a grandparents name for their middle names. So she's a new years eve baby. I'm actually really excited about her b-day what a fun way to celebrate her birthday every year. She'll get a big party every year on her b-day. It's the best I could do with a December birthday. Plus she made it for the tax write off! She was so calm and alert when she was born. She just laid there and looked at us. It never ceases to amaze me the miracle of child birth. It truly is a miracle. She is healthy and so perfect. We are blessed!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

New Christmas Tradition

We spent Christmas Eve with the Drago side of the family. The kids had a GREAT time and got way more than needed. The funnest part of the evening was the jammie gift. I thought it would be fun to start a tradition every year of the kids all getting the same jammies and changing in them before we go home. Then they wake up in their cute matching jammies. All the cousins looked so cute together. We're so happy to have family close by. Christmas morning we spent at our home where my mom and Uncle Bob and his friend Jason joined us. It was a Wii fiesta.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Candy Cane Toes!

I went to get a pedicure today and thought it would be fun to treat Naomi to one as well. We got a little Mommy/Daughter time together. Her face was so sweet. This was her first time getting a spa pedicure and she loved it of coarse. The best part is she got a snow flake and candy cane painted on each toe. I felt this special experience to be blog worthy since her excitement was priceless. She can't wait to show her toes to the family over Christmas.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Drago Family Christmas Party

Every year since we've been married the Drago family gets together with our extended family and has a family Christmas party. It's great to catch up with everyone, see who's changed, or the new additions.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Santa came to school!

We have a friend "Santa" who so kindly came to Malachi's school on Friday to surprise the kids. He sang songs with them then called each one up and gave them a candy cane and stocking from the teacher. He was wonderful. The kids loved it. He also reminded the kids at the end that their parents love them very much and they should go home and give them a big hug and kiss. Talk about sweet words to remember.

Once a Pirate, Now a Cougar!

Darren is officially a staff member of Temecula Valley Charter School. Their Spanish teacher was moving so the position opened. After much prayer and talk he applied and was offered the job. He taught 9 1/2 years at Oceanside High School. It was bitter sweet for him to leave there. He will miss his good students, but the Charter is an amazing school and will easily compensate for those feelings. He will now be teaching 3rd-8th grade. The school is 2 miles from our home compared to the 50 miles he drove each way to Oceanside. He can sleep in 2 more hours in the morning. The best part of all it is where our kids attend. The school has the highest middle school API scores in the county. The staff is great and the atmosphere couldn't be better. We feel so blessed right now. His first day was Friday (right before a 2 week Christmas break). He was introduced to the students at their morning assembly. It's going to be great.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Oh Holy Night!

Darren and I go to the San Diego Temple together once a month. My mom lives in La Jolla so we are fortunate enough to be able to bring the kids down and have her watch them while we are there. However it's usually late by the time we're done so after visiting with my mom we take off and go right home so we can get the kids to bed. Well when we were at the temple this month I felt it to be important to bring the kids to the Temple grounds and see the beautiful Nativity and amazing lights they have up. The kids loved it. It gives me such great joy to know I am sealed to my family forever. They are wonderful!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Flat Abby

My niece Abby is in the 3rd grade. I guess her class just read this book about Flat Stanley. A boy that ends up flat and is mailed around the world. So her class all made flat selves and mailed them out to family or friends. So Abby sent us her "Flat Abby". We were asked to take it along to places around our town and get pictures with it. It was accompanied by a journal that we can log our happenings in and paste pictures as well. Our kids loved this idea. So far we have taken Flat Abby to the beach, the temple, to see Santa, and we're going to get a picture of her with her newest cousin due this month. We then asked our cousin in Samoa if we could mail it to her so she could give Flat Abby the Polynesian experience. We're trying to get Flat Abby to see as many places as possible around the world before April 1st. How fun will it be for her to read the journal and look at the pictures with her class when she gets her back.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

You got me good!

Ok so the pieces to the puzzle finally fit together. My girlfriend Beth tells me a while back that she wants to throw me a shower. I tell her no, no it's my 4th kid, 3rd girl I'm good. We talked about it a little after that, but I thought that was that. Then she finally says well we want to do a small dessert night with just a couple friends at least. I say ok that I can do. So she comes and picks me up with 2 other dear friends. We go to dessert and are walking across the restaurant. I then see a table with a bunch of our friends. The first thought that came to me is oh how funny they are probably doing a group visiting teaching dessert night. Funny we see them all. Then I realize there is my girlfriend Su from Pauba area, Andrea Profancik my dear friend who now lives in Orange county and others that couldn't be here for that. My mom then peeks around the corner. I was shocked. How Beth do this? How did she get these people out here? How did she get my mom's info? While wondering this I get a tap on my shoulder. It's my little sister Kim from Arizona. She flew her out to surprise me. I was speechless. She is a true master mind. I had no clue. Darren didn't even spill the beans. Come to find Darren told them don't tell me anything because Sarah will get it out of me. He said, "She'll ask me who was that that called? And he would answer Oh it was your sister Kim. The she'd ask what did Kim want. Darren would then say oh she just was saying hi. Then I would say to him, No she must have called because Beth is planning a surprise baby shower and she is planning it with you!" (Darren's got a great sense of humor) So needless to say he was afraid he couldn't keep it from me so he just told my family to keep him out of it. He said that way he'd be more surprised when they showed then I was. We had a great night. We laughed, ate and opened the cutest little gifts. I'm so grateful for good friends and family. I feel so blessed! Even today I'm shocked at all the planning she did for months and I couldn't have been more in the dark about it. She truly is a friend forever! It was one of the funnest surprises I've had.

Monday, December 8, 2008

It really was kidney stones!

Every pregnancy I have had I have passed kidney stones. I always end up going to the hospital they do the routine ultrasound which tells us how many there are and then they drug me up and I wait to pass them. Well sure enough I'm 9 months pregnant and I feel the pain and by now the 4th child know it's a kidney stone. So I go to the hospital and expect the "standard procedure". Well my ultrasound comes back and the doctor said that the kidney stone is still high up in my kidney, but there is fluid around it. So he felt that the pain was actually from the pressure of either the baby on my kidney or the fluid. With that said he gave me 2 options. He first told me they were admitting me to the hospital. I would stay the night and in the morning I would have an amnio. If the babies lungs were developed they would induce me and that would solve the pressure on the kidney. If they were not developed then they would take me in for surgery and place a stint in my kidney to drain the fluid. To me a lose lose situation. I was terrified of an amnio and did not have anything ready to take a baby home. No bags packed, no baby clothes washed, no car seat out yet... I also did not want to go into surgery 9 months pregnant. I talked it over with Darren and he said we just do what we have to do. So 2 minutes after they admitted me and moved to to a delivery room I decided to use the bathroom before they re hooked me up to all the baby monitors. The nurse told me to filter my urine just in case. Sure enough 2 large kidney stones came out. The pressure almost instantly left and with in a 1/2 hour they released me from the hospital. Stinking kidney stones. I oddly enough was grateful for them and not having to have an amnio or surgery. I felt like I knew my body and knew that was the cause of the pain. So here they are world my 2 kidney stones. I was given them to take to my doctor and get them analyzed. So I'm waiting to hear back on those results. In the midst of this that evening we were supposed to get together with a bunch of old friends from Escondido who were throwing me a couples shower. Needless to say I had to cancel, but encouraged them all to continue on with the festivities. While getting ready to leave there shows up 2 of my dearest friends who drove down from Temecula with beautiful orange (my favorite color) flowers. Talk about good friends! I just felt bad they came down probably expecting me to have a baby shortly and come to find it was kidney stones. They got the raw end of the deal. A baby would have been much cuter to look at then the stones!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sneak Peak!

These are the picture we ended up using on our Christmas cards. We thought they turned out as well as expected for 3 kids under the age of 6.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Indian Names

Even though I'm probably one of the fairest skin people minus the freckles I do have Indian (Native American) heritage. So early on in our marriage Darren and I were hanging out at my mom's house with my little sister and for some odd reason we decided to come up with Indian names for each other. The names have stuck with us ever since, but recently we decided to carry the tradition on with our children. And so we are going back to our roots: I give you our Indian names:

Darren: Sharp toe - No matter how often he cuts his toe nails his big toes always seem to scratch me. I feel like it's a little dagger he could use for protection if needed.

Sarah: Wild hair - My hair is out of control if I do not fix it. It dries wavy/curly and there is just so much of it. So if I don't tame it with products or blow dry it, there's no telling how crazy it will be.

Malachi: Big talk - Right now he is not pleased with this name, but I told him the chief decides not him. He would rather be star wars boy or video game player, but that's not how it works. Simply put Malachi talks a lot. He could carry on his own conversation for hours. And he sometimes lacks volume control. We are constantly reminding him to talk softer or tone it down. We do love this about him, he's quite the thinker.

Naomi: Curly love - I need not explain the curly part. Love is because in Naomi's own words "I love everything." She's always saying, I love every animal or I love every color. She is just such a happy go lucky girl. Her sweet little personality is quite charming. Not to mention her amazing imagination.

Cassidy: Dancing monkey - She loves to dance. If she hears any sort of music she'll start moving side to side and pretend like she's snapping her fingers. She's got rhythm. Monkey because she climbs on everything and has since she started walking. She climbs on the counters, on the bar stools, on the beds, out of the crib... (I don't even want to approach that subject again, little upset over the crib situation). So we call her a monkey for climbing on everything.

Liberty: TBD!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Oh it's on!

If you were a fly on the wall in the room right now you would hear Cassidy singing "Nudey, nudey, nudey, nudey." She does this while she puts her hands in the air and sways her hips side to side. First off I'd like to claim she does not get this from me. With that said I've never had a nudey kid. This girl loves to be naked. She loves to tear her clothes and diaper off. I think she's in a diaper 60% of the time people come over. She just pulls the rest of her clothes off. She'll dress and undress constantly. I'm ok with her being in a diaper it's when she decides to take the diaper off that the battle begins. I end up chasing her because she runs from me and thinks it's a game. I just don't want to end up with pee on my carpet other wise I'd let her run wild. So I'm continually telling her to keep it on.
She has hands down been my most challenging child to this point. The above is one example. She also just got out of the habit of biting. She would usually do this if her and another child were fighting over a toy. I'm guessing her thought process went a little something like "I bite them they release. I get toy." I've never had a biter before so this was all new to me. Luckily she's been doing good with that and hasn't for a long time.
On to the next challenge, the crib. She has learned how to climb out of the crib at 20 months old. Why!!!! She is now like a pro gymnast dismounting from the crib on average 5-6 times a night. It wouldn't be that bad if I wasn't delivering another child next month. I don't know how we are going to get any sleep around here. We are planning on working on keeping her in her room with out leaving her crib, even if she wakes up over Thanksgiving break. I'm sure your thoughts are with us or you're catching some zzzzz's.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Let me explain myself, even though it's my house!

So I love Christmas? Most people that know me know that I love to decorate for Halloween and Christmas. Halloween I usually decorate for over labor day weekend. Since there are no major holidays between 4th of July and Halloween my thoughts are let's get our stuff out and get some use out of it. As for Christmas, taking our Halloween decorations down is such a big production that we're already pulling tupperware out in the garage and packing things up might as well make a day of it. So for the last 2 years over Veteran's Weekend I have pulled my Christmas decor out while putting Halloween away. If you think about it there's only a month and a half before Christmas let the season begin. Plus by the time Thanksgiving comes Christmas is around the corner and all that work is for not when we're taking Christmas down weeks later. I just loving having Christmas up. It gets the kids all excited and we have lots of fun with it. We do wait to put the tree up and decorate that over Thanksgiving if that makes some of you feel better. I've just had friends stop by shocked that our home is ready for Christmas when maybe others should reconsider when to start putting their stuff out too. (Tis the season)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Battle of the curls

So I finally bought myself a Chi flat iron. My first trial run of it to see just how well it works was to test it on Naomi's hair. If it can straighten her hair it can do wonders on mine. Well I did a section of her hair and it was amazing. So Naomi was begging me to do all her hair. So Sunday morning for church I straightened her hair. She was so excited. I guess it was the something new feel to it. But I feel like I opened a Pandora's box. Now she wants her hair straighted all the time. First of all I love her curls. Second of all it took a long time to do her hair, even though she was extremely patient. Third of all I expected the day to come when she hates her curls and wants her hair straight (just like we all wish we had those curls) but at 4 years old? I thought I'd be dealing with this years down the road. Luckily as the week has gone by I think she realizes it ain't gonna happen!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

"You're joking, you're joking I can't believe my eyes!"

Ok I had to give a shout out to my lil' sis. She not only dressed as Sally from the movie Nightmare before Christmas but she made her costume. Then her husband decides to be the Oggie Boggie Man from the movie too. So they made that costume too. Then their nephew joins in and dress' as Jack the pumpkin king. They even made a dog zero. So impressed. To top it off they made a pumpkin that looked like Cinderella's carriage. It won an award at their carving contest. Kudos. Now at least you all know where all the creativity in our family went!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Props to my Peeps!

This has been a touchy subject for some, but it really has been a defining moment for me in my life. It is actually the reason why I started my blog to begin with. I was at a stake meeting and one of our high council members said that we have been told that we all should have a blog of some sort. This is because it gives us a great opportunity to bear our testimonies or state who we are. It also gives us the opportunity to share our feelings on issues such as prop 8.
We were out as a family knocking doors, hanging fliers on doors, I got a group of girl friends together and stood on the street corner holding signs twice, and as a family kids and all holding signs twice. As much time, money and energy as we put to this I'm grateful that it passed and our sacred views of marriage between a man and woman remain.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

All dressed up with places to go...

Cassidy was a little 50's girl.
Naomi was Minnie Mouse on Halloween. For our trunk or treat she was Mulan.

Malachi was a knight. Peter from Narnia to be exact.

I couldn't find much to fit me being in my 3rd trimester. So I made my costume. Even the baby was included!

Darren is was all game for his costume. He was the game Operation.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Girls Visit the Pumpkin Patch

We took the girls to the pumpkin patch. They had a lot of fun. There was a petting zoo, corn maze, lots of pumpkins, pig races...

oh yeah pun intended.