Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Family Day at the Beach

Jason has one more week off work, so we are trying to make the most of it.  We considered going somewhere but decided that a hotel with two kids (one being a newborn) is really a vacation.  Instead we are doing things around here.  This week is unseasonably warm so Monday we headed to Santa Cruz.  We normally go to a beach right in Santa Cruz but decided since Ollie was asleep to explore a new beach a little south in Capitola.  When it is 98 degrees where we live Santa Cruz hangs out at about 85 to 88 degrees, with a slight ocean breeze.  It was a perfect day.  Ollie isn't a big fan of the water, in fact he is a total wuss :)  He would run away as the waves came up.  But we decided we like him being overly cautious rather than overly adventurous, makes our lives a little easier.  Here are some pictures.  The first couple I should have included in the last post but they were too cute to not put up.

Ollie playing with his new drum, flash light and screwdriver.

I am obsessed with this picture of Ollie and his cousin Ezra.  Seriously, how cute are they??

Me and Ollie playing in the sand.

Max relaxed in the shade.

Ollie and I found a star fish.  After we put it back in the water Ollie kept wanting it to come back.  

He actually wore his hat for an extended amount of time...I was so happy.

Reading a triathlon magazine with Dad.

Me and Ollie.

Ollie doing some stretches on the beach.

He did get wet in a little water that had pooled up.  He kept telling us he was "freezing" so he got to wear daddy's shirt.
I just can't get enough of this little guy.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Family of Four

We have spent the last week hanging out and trying to get use to be being a family of four.  Jason has been a HUGE help, I honestly don't know what I'm going to do when he goes back to work.  Two kids (one being a two year old) is busy.  I know we will get into a routine and it will be fine.  Max is the sweetest little thing ever.  I know it is hard to tell a baby's personality in the first couple of weeks but I hope he stays as chill as he has been so far.  Ollie loves his little brother and loves giving him kisses and saying things like "Calm down Maxwell" or "It's ok Max", when Max is sad.  He is so sweet.  I feel great, pretty much all the way recovered.  We have had lots of visitors and people helping us out with meals and what not.  We are so lucky to have such great friends and family.  Thanks everyone!

Getting ready to leave the hospital.  Cute little bum.

Jason was going crazy by Friday night so we asked to be discharged as early as possible Saturday morning.  We were very happy to go home.

Brothers meeting again for the first time at home.

Max and Grandma Jan.

My parents with our two guys.  

First family walk with the double stroller.

What a little snuggle muffin!!

Ollie loves kissing Max, but they have to be supervised kisses since even though he tries to be gentle, just being two makes him kind of dangerous :)

Our friends Paul and Amy bought Ollie the coolest tool set, just like his dad's.  He loves it.

Seriously I can't get enough!!

Wide awake.  When he is awake he is very alert.

Cute little finger in the mouth.

Jason's two sisters and his mom came down this weekend, it was fun to hang out.  It was pretty busy with a two year old, a six month old and a newborn.  Here is Max with Auntie Michelle.

Cousins, from littlest to biggest.

This is a common site at our house these days, me feeding the baby and trying to get some snuggle time in with Ollie.  Sometimes I feel sad like I spend so much time with the baby I worry he will feel left out, but he hasn't seemed to mind.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Max's Birth Story

A few months before Max's due date, I started researching natural childbirth to see if it was something I was interested in trying.  I have many friends who have done it naturally and been very happy with their experiences.  The more I read and researched, the more a natural birth experience was what I wanted.  I know it is not for everyone, but I really wanted to try.  To prepare, I had Jason and I take a "Birthing From Within" class, and I hired a doula, to assist with the birth.
I tried all the natural labor inducing techniques to get this baby to come early since my biggest fear was having to be induced, which I worried would put a kink in my natural birth plan, and from my reading and classes I knew that babies come when they are good and ready and while I was very anxious I trusted my body to know the right time.  He was just content in there though and looking back I am glad.  After my Tuesday (40 week) appt my Dr said she felt "comfortable" with me going until Saturday, but they would want to induce then.  I really pushed for them to just break my water and see if I progressed on my own, which she agreed to.  I wasn't thrilled about it but it was better then getting started on pitocin and I was hopeful I wouldn't make it that long.  
When I say I tried everything this included a lot of spicy foods, maternity massages, 2 walks a day, herbal supplements, things you don't want details on, and it culminated with acupuncture on Wednesday morning. I started having regular 6-8 minute contractions by that evening.  They weren't painful but they were the most consistent thing I had experienced so I was excited, but they fizzled out overnight. 
We got up the next morning and I was determined to get things going again, so we took a long walk that morning and got home around 10am.  That helped get some contractions going but nothing too promising.  By noon they were pretty regular 8-10 min contractions that were getting more uncomfortable.  I was also bleeding quite a bit, which I took as a good sign that my cervix was thinning.  I called my doula around 2:15pm, and of course one of her other clients was in labor, 3 weeks early :)  She gave me the number of her backup and so I called her and she came over around 3:45.  At this point I was pretty uncomfortable through the contractions.  I LOVED the shower and bath and spent a lot of time in there.  My contractions varied from 1 1/2 minutes to 3 minutes apart, and they varied in intensity.  
Finally around 7:30pm we decided to head to the hospital to see how I had progressed.  I was at 6cm when we got there between 7:45-8pm.  I had a great nurse who monitored the baby very quickly and didn't make me have an IV hep block, which I was expecting to have since my Dr was worried about the seizures after Ollie's birth.  I got right into the shower and labored there for a while.  She checked me a little later and I was at 7cm, this is when things were starting to get pretty intense. They couldn't get a hold of my Dr, so the on-call doctor came and checked me after a while and said I was 8-9cm.  She said my water sack was hardly full (they thought I had been leaking) so she suggested breaking it.  I was ok with that since I was so close.  Well I'm pretty sure my bag was fully intact because I gushed, and gushed, and gushed with every contraction.  When she checked me again at 9pm and I guess the cervix was only at about 8cm...what I went backwards???!??!  I felt very discouraged at that point since I was in a lot of pain, and I was tired, and I wanted to be done.  Things still progressed quickly though and I was pushing by around 10pm.  
Max was born at 10:14pm, 8lbs 2oz, 19 1/2 inches long.  I got him out after only 2 long pushes. The Dr. barely made it into the room in time to catch the baby.  The urge to push was so strong this time and I was SO much more effective than I was with Ollie because I wasn't numb with an epidural. I was able to breast feed him fairly quickly after the birth and he latched right on. Overall it was a great experience.  The nurses and doula said it really couldn't have gone better (besides having my actual Dr deliver).  I never once had a desire for an epidural. Although I did wonder if I would be able to do it at one point, but I knew those feelings were normal and that I must be getting close.   
I am so glad I hired a doula.  Even though she was the back up and we had never met, she was AWESOME. Having someone who knew what they were doing was very helpful.  I know that if it had just been us we would have gone to the hospital MUCH earlier and I would not have been as comfortable there as I was at home.
Wow, I have been long winded.  I just want to remember details.  Here are some pictures.  

Thursday morning before our walk, ready to get things moving.
Between contractions, leaving for the hospital.

Between contractions, getting close.

Max right after being born, he looks a lot like Ollie did right at first, but almost a whole pound bigger.

So relieved to have my little guy in my arms finally.  Jason was awesome by the way, couldn't have done it without him.
My doula, Tracie.  REALLY couldn't have done it without her.

Brothers meeting for the first time.  Ollie was interested for about 10 seconds and then he just wanted to play with the toys Max brought him :)

First family picture.  Probably pretty foretelling of our next year or so...hectic.

Ollie was pretty interested in Max's hearing test. 
Hello, my name is Max, I'm new here.
Mmmmm...dark chocolate nuts and chews.  Jason got these for me, for all my hard work. 
This hat fit a lot better two years ago.

Friday, September 17, 2010


Maxwell Glen Miller
September 16, 2010
8lbs 2 oz, 19 1/2 inches

More details to come.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


On Sunday I threw a surprise 30th birthday party for Jason.  We have always talked about how we want to throw our kids surprise parties at some point in their lives because as kids we always wanted one and never got one. Jason finally got his.  Our friend John and Carolyn took us to see their new house and while we were gone some friends decorated our backyard for the party.  He was totally surprised (the fact that his birthday was the weekend before may have helped), it was awesome!!  It was so fun to get together with friends and celebrate what an awesome guy Jason is.

The birthday boy.  I made him wear this ridiculous hat :)

I found some funny stories and interesting things about Jason in his baby book, so I shared.
People listened very intently.

I just did cake and ice cream to make my life easier.  I made Jason his favorite carrot cake (your recipe Ash) and got him a Nothing Bundt Cake.  If you live in the area and haven't tried one of these you are missing out, they are delicious.  Carolyn made cupcakes for the kids (and I'm sure some adults).

Trying to not burn our house down with all the candles.
Getting ready to sing.

He was barely able to blow them all out, his lung capacity just isn't what it use to be when he was in his 20's.

Most of Jason's team from work, including spouses.

Carolyn has two boys that are close to my boys ages, Carlie just had a baby a few weeks ago, and Amanda is overdue.  Lots of babies!!
Andy and Marissa, we love them.

The Burgins and the Nashs, we love them too!  The Nashs are responsible for the wonderful decorations.