Ashe: 4 months old

My little nephew is four months old. FOUR MONTHS! I remember the day he was born, and now he’s getting so big! Unbelievable!!

Big smiles!

At the moment my friend is in labour at the hospital. It’s been a long, painful day for her and her husband. I can’t wait to find out whether the baby is a boy or girl and meet the little one for the first time. 🙂

Stacey’s baby shower is on Sunday and almost everyone from work and a few who used to work with us will be there to celebrate. I have found some adorable outfits for Baby Girl!

Ashe: 2 and a half months old

Now that I’ve finally completed all the trip report posts, I’d like to dedicate this post to my nephew Ashe, who keeps growing and gets cuter every time I see him!

7 weeks old

Hanging out with Oma

Adorable hoodie with ears

A family portrait

9 weeks old

Tummy time on mommy's lap

2 and a half months old

That’s enough cuteness for one post!

Sleeping sweetly

My little nephew is 6 weeks old today. The time has gone by so quickly…

On Monday after work I went over to Keesje’s and hung out there. Now that Jordan is away, I’m going to try to visit them more often after work. These are some of my favourite, more recent photos:

Sleeping sweetly

Listening to the rain

After a bath

My youngest sister turned 19 years old on this Sunday that just passed. A small group of us met at a local restaurant pool lounge for dinner to celebrate. Unfortunately, while the food was great, the waitress was terrible. We ended up with one drink for each of us, which we finished before our food came. The waitress didn’t even get us more water or ask if we wanted refills with our meal. By ten o’ clock my sister was pretty fed up with the service (and we were the only ones seated in the restaurant area…) and we all decided to call it a night.

Like the inside of a rose *

I realize I haven’t written since the beginning of July when my nephew was born. He’s just over four weeks old now and both mother and baby are doing very well. I can’t get enough of just holding him and watching his facial expressions. He makes the funniest faces!

I never even mentioned my birthday last month. I’m 29 now, which is scary. A few friends and family members went out to dinner at The Copper Penny with Jordan and I. The food was great, like usual, and I had a free dessert.

Free birthday dessert

In other news, our Corolla is gone and we just have the truck now. Jordan wrecked the back-end of the car and bent the frame backing into a ditch. And he’ll be deploying in a few weeks. We’re not sure yet how long he will be away for.

August 1st marked our two-year wedding anniversary. 🙂

The birth of baby Ashe

I am officially an aunt as of July 6th, when my nephew Ashe Christian was born at 7:23 pm. He weighed 6 lb 13 oz and is the tiniest, sweetest little guy.

My sister Keesje first started having intense contractions starting midnight of July 5th (Tuesday) just as she went to bed. At 5:30 am that morning she txted me to say they were 5-7 minutes apart and that I should probably head into town so I rushed down to her apartment. Once my mom, Crystal, and Lukas showed up, the contractions stopped for awhile. We tried going for a walk, but that just made her more tired. We stayed with Keesje for most of the day but nothing was really happening. I ended up going home late that afternoon.

The next morning I received another txt from Keesje at 7:00 am saying that her contractions had started up at midnight again and now they were 10-12 minutes apart. She said the contractions were painful but tolerable, and she was able to talk through them. By now she’d had next to no sleep since July 4th.

I left my house by 8:00 am and received a txt on the way that her contractions were already at 3-5 min apart and that my mom was rushing her to the hospital. I met them there to pick up the dog, which I had to drive over to mom’s and leave there. Then back to the hospital by 9:00 am, only to find out she was only 2 cm dilated! Keesje’s “cheering squad”, as we later became known as, consisted of mom, myself, Crystal & Lukas, her good friend Jocelyn, and eventually three other girlfriends.

Around 11:00 am, after only half a centimetre of progress, they started Keesje on morphine and Gravol for the pain, which made her drowsy, and broke her waters. We kept going in and out of her labour room to keep her company. We knew by then that it was going to be a long day. The nurse started her on oxytocin at 1:30 pm with the hope that her contractions would get stronger and that she would dilate faster.

Around 4:00 pm she was only at 3 cm but in a lot of pain and asked for the epidural. By 5:30 pm she was at 8 cm dilated; finally making good progress. At 7:00 pm she was complaining that she could feel the contractions again, that the epidural was wearing off, but she was definitely at 10 cm by then. She was given an hour to rest before pushing. However that was cut short because the nurses were concerned that she had preeclampsia: she’d developed a fever, high blood pressure and lots of swelling in her legs. So after only 15 minutes of pushing, Ashe was born!

Ashe Christian

Both Keesje and baby (and daddy!) are doing fine and she’s been breastfeeding successfully. She upgraded to a private room so that Luc could stay the night with her and the baby, and that also allowed Crystal, Lukas, and I to visit past midnight. That first night Ashe was sent to the NICU because he had a lot of fluid still in his lungs. When he breathed it sounded all phlegmy. He was released out of there the next morning, good as new. I went to visit again Thursday evening after work and Ashe is still so tiny. They were released from the hospital Friday afternoon.

1 day old

4 days old

Big yawn

5 days old

I have had the past few days off work so I’ve spent some afternoons visiting Keesje, Luc, and the baby. I can’t get enough of holding him, cuddling him, my beautiful little nephew. 🙂