Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Introducing Seth Michael Boivie

Seth Michael Boivie was born at 12:25 am on October 25, 2007. He weighed 7 lbs. 9.8 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. We are so happy to have him as part of our family and I want to share a few of my thoughts about his birth.

Each of our children has a slightly different birth story. On Wednesday I had a doctor's appointment in the morning. I was dilated to a 3 but not much else had changed since the week before. At about 3 pm I started have sporadic contractions but they were a little stronger. I called Steve around 4 and after he got home the contractions were definitely get stronger and more regular. Rhianna was thrilled that she would get her first sleepover!! We dropped the kids off at our friends (the Neumiller's) house and headed to the hospital at about 6 pm.

At check-in I was at a 4 so I was admitted and they got me all settled, started IVs, etc. And I kept telling them that with the other two kids things went pretty quickly. I am very calm during labor and so I think when I said, "Don't worry...I will tell you when I have to push." that is when they took me seriously about possibly going fast. It was about 8 pm, the contractions were strong, I was at a 6, and so they called the doctor to head on in to the hospital.

At some time around this point I asked for IV meds (I had Demerol with Rhianna, Stadol with Rand, and this was another that I can't remember). It was working fantastically...I even was getting sleepy. But that eventually wore off and another dose didn't seem to help so I decided to get an epidural.

This is a scary thing, especially for Steve, since they are working so close to your spine. But I was just at a 7 and didn't know how long it would be until his birth. The epidural did work great for the pain. However, I was in the 15% where they accidentally do a wet tap and go into your spinal fluid. (This caused headaches later and I had a blood patch to fix it but it wasn't the ideal epidural even though it did help with the pain.)

Quite quickly it was time for our little baby to be born. I only had to push 3 times and there he was. This actual birth was special for me because the way the doctor held him I could see him come into the world. I felt very overwhelmingly happy to have this little boy. It took us a while to feel that we should have another baby, then it took us 9 months to get pregnant, and then another 9 months until he joined us healthy and safe.


Steve and I both enjoyed having Rhianna and Rand come the next day to visit in the hospital. We saw our little family all together. They wanted to hold their little brother and thought he was so cute. Rand asked "Did he pop out mom? Is this our baby? Do you get to come home...does he get to come home?"

And now we are all home. It was a hard first weekend since Rand had croup, Rhianna had a slight fever, and I was trying to recover. But now we are all doing a little better. I feel better recovering this time around. Seth is just a very calm, snugly, cute baby. So now we are the 3 S's (Steve, Stephanie, Seth) and the 2 R's (Rhianna and Rand).


Monday, October 1, 2007

Our First House

This post is a little late in coming, but we wanted to show everyone our house. We bought the house in March and we moved in at the end of June. We fully renovated the house, including adding a laundry room. I am going to show the before pictures, and then the after, and I will include a little bit of detail about what we did to each room.

Exterior of House

Here we didn’t make any changes. It is a 1960 brick ranch house with a carport. We like the desert landscaping in the front. It is easy to maintain, mostly what we have to do is to weed it, and water the plants.

Master Bedroom

Before

After

Mainly what we did here was to replace the carpet and to paint. We also replaced the window, with an energy efficient window.

Master Bathroom

Before

After


We completely gutted the master bath. We changed the location of the toilet, which made the bathroom more usable. We are very pleased with how it turned out. We really love the tile, and the sink.

Rhianna’s Room
Before

After

This bedroom had tile on the floor which we had removed and we put in new carpet. And we painted the walls.

Rand’s Room

Before: we don’t have a before picture of this room.

After

Here we just changed the carpet and painted.

Office

Before

After: Again, just carpet and paint.

Hall Bathroom

Before

After

Like the master bathroom, this was completely gutted. The location of all the plumbing fixtures stayed the same here.

Living & Dining Rooms

Before

After

Here we installed bamboo floors, and repainted every surface. We also changed the ceiling fan in the dining room.

Den/TV Room

Before

After

This room had some more major changes. First, we closed off the entry into the kitchen. We replaced the flooring, and we changed the pocket doors, to French doors. We also removed the fireplace, added some shelving to match the original shelving, and painted.

Laundry Room

Before

After

This is an addition and although we still have to go outside to get to our laundry room, it is much nicer to have the laundry room itself indoors.

Kitchen

Before

After

This is our favorite room in the house. We completely changed the structure and layout of this room. We pulled down the wall separating the kitchen and dining room and replaced it with a counter to open up the space. We replaced all of the cabinetry and appliances. We really love how everything turned out. The blue wall is all floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinets. Both the blue cabinets and the wood cabinets we got from IKEA.