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Hello everyone out there.  I have just made a hot cup of coffee (baby alarm clock) and turned the TV on for a special 3-year-old (don’t judge, that is how we roll around here…it’s Little Einsteins so I am sure it will make her smart).  Lets get to it.

Here is a little recap of the blog posts I started and never finished…

July 22, 2013

I think it is official and we are all well aware that Hayes is going to have that second child syndrome…you know the one when the child grows up and there is 3 baby pictures of them…I actually take quite a few pictures of Hayes but usually with my phone so the quality is not always there.

Hayes is now 7 weeks old.  He is such a wonderful little man.  He is content and sweet and so stinking adorable.  He started smiling and there is nothing better than a little baby smile.  Hayes has always been a pretty good sleeper as far as new babies go. He still, of course wakes up a few times a night but for the most part lets us have a few uninterrupted hours of sleep.  We have good nights and the odd bad night but I find if I just accept that fact I am just fine.

July 26, 2013

Today Hayes and I had a date.  We spent our morning in the hospital lab having his Sweat Chloride test done for Cystic Fibrosis screening.  If you recall back 3 years ago, we went through the same testing with Vaya.  Both of our kiddos tested positive for Cystic Fibrosis on their newborn screening.

Now back to today.

Well, now I don’t even know where to start…

So here are a ton of pictures.

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3 Years Old

Happy 3rd Birthday to our sweet, beautiful, wild, caring little girl.  You bring so many smiles, so much joy and laughter to our lives.  We love you and are so proud of the little girl you have become.

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Hayes Malone Cochrane

We are so excited to introduce our little man, Hayes Malone Cochrane, born on June 3, 2013 at 3:28pm.  He was 8lbs 5 oz of perfect and was 21 ¾ “ long. 

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Almost nothing about my pregnancy with Hayes went as it was supposed to but it all lead to this little guy who we consider our perfect, tough little miracle.

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Here is our story…

I started to have contractions the day before Hayes was born and thought for sure that he was going to make his grand debut on his due date just like his big sis but the contractions would come and go.  We took Vaya swimming and as Ry and Vaya went down the waterslide 1000 times I walked around trying to help things along.  Nothing became of the contractions until about 6am the following morning when I started to find the contractions hard to relax through and started to think that today was the day.  Ry went off to work and stayed there for about 45 minutes when I sent him a text saying that if he wasn’t too busy that I thought I would need him sooner than later.  I was right…as soon as Ry got home we got all of our stuff together, kissed and hugged Vaya and my mom good bye and left for the hospital.  It was raining hard when we arrived at the hospital.  We hurried in and headed up to labour and delivery where I was put on the fetal monitor to check on babe and the strength of contractions.  A few minutes later my dr’s resident came in and checked me and I was 4-5 cm dilated.  She asked if we had a specific birth plan and I said that we did…our plan was to have no plan and do what we needed to do to have a healthy baby.  She also asked if I had any thoughts on pain control and I quickly said that I was pro-pain control at this point.  We were moved to our delivery room and got settled.  IV started, anaesthesia in to put in epidural.  Our anaesthesiologist (and friend) came into meet Hayes the following day and I thanked him for everything he had done for us, Ry quickly added that he was definitely my favorite person of the day!

Once the epidural was in we waited, moved around, pee’d.  My water had still not broken at this time so my dr. came in and took care of that.  Things progressed until I started to get the shakes and we knew time was getting close.  My nurse checked me and I was fully dilated and ready to go.  From this point on things get a little hazy for me…it felt like a few pushes and no time at all before Hayes entered this world.  I am sure if I asked Ry, it didn’t really go that way, in fact, I am pretty sure at one point I said that I didn’t think I could do it. I have to stop here to praise my hubby, he was amazing.  He kept me calm and encouraged and I have never felt so loved!

Hayes was quickly swept away to be checked out after Ry cut his cord.  There was thin meconium in my amniotic fluid.  He cried right away and was quickly brought back to be with me by my good friend Cara (thank you for being there Cara, I appreciate it so very much).

That moment was so unbelievable, to hold this little guy in my arms was so beautiful.  I was in awe and instantly in love.  As we snuggled skin to skin, my dr. took care of stitching my lady parts.  I almost didn’t want to know what was happening down there but eventually said that it sure felt like a lot of stitching going on down there.  My dr said it was nothing compared to last time, just a second degree tear.

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Ry and I spend some nice time alone with Hayes and face timed with my mom and Vaya who were so excited to see that Hayes had arrived.

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I can’t thank my Mom enough for dropping everything in her life to come and be with us.  Mom, thank you for all that you do for us and for taking such great care of Vaya.  I love you and appreciate all that you have done for us more than you will ever know. 

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{this moment}

Inspired by SouleMama.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual.   A single photo – no words – capturing a moment. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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{this moment}

Inspired by SouleMama.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual.   A single photo – no words – capturing a moment. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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{this moment}

Inspired by SouleMama.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual.   A single photo – no words – capturing a moment. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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