Saturday, November 5, 2016

Coal's Birth

The morning of March 9th, our midwife called to tell us that we had to go to the hospital to have the baby. It turns out that all that itching I'd been having was the result of bile building up in my skin because my liver was producing way too much of it and if we didn't get the baby out, my body would end up killing him! It's called cholestasis. So we took our belly picture and headed to St. Joe's hospital.

This was a different birthing experience. The hurry up and wait, the change over of many nurses during our stay, being told what to do, constrained by many contraptions, a slow Pitocin induced labor, the sterile environment, the T.V. that I couldn't stop watching (a marathon show all about people over 600 lbs), having to pee every 5 minutes while being hooked up to an IV during contractions and horrible coughing fits (I was so sick.), and, oh, did I mention the itching, insane itching! I really appreciated our "normal" fast births. But I praised God that we were here in this hospital and that our little man would be here soon.

I was able to spend most of that first day in the tub, which was better than nothing.  Lots of hard, but not hard enough contractions all day, going pee, a lot, and coughing. Then, we think, because the doctor wanted to go home for dinner, he turned my Pitocin down for the evening and I got to have a long, not restful night, full of contractions that just keep you awake, but aren't as hard as before and wondering why we aren't just having this baby if we had to rush in here.

The next afternoon, the doctor turned back up the Pitocin and then I thought, "Oh, I know this feeling, now the baby will come any second!" But no. That feeling lasted all day and still no baby. The doctor told us that we needed to break my water, and when I asked why and the nurse tried to ask on my behalf he got into it with the nurse. He and the nurse had a whole "conversation" in the hallway. And then the hospital manager had to come in and apologize. I finally decided that breaking the water was a good plan when after another whole day of contractions and no progress, (I was dilated to a one.) I started feeling chipper and fine and not in pain at all.  

So my waters were broke, and I got into this lovely position, because I couldn't have the baby in the water. Not allowed. And within minutes the baby came right out. I felt much more tired and it was much more painful than my other births.

At 6:41pm on March 10th, we had a beautiful little man! At 6 lbs 2oz, 19 inches he was a good size for being one month premature. Right away he cried, they put him on my stomach and the doctor yanked the placenta out and was washing up.

Then Becky, the good nurse, who stood up for us earlier, checked Baby Thumper and realized he was purple and not breathing and she whisked him away, pulled an emergency cord and doctors and nurses flooded the room to tend to our brand new Johnson. At first the doctor who delivered him tried to listen with his stethoscope as the nurse felt for a pulse. He said, "There's no heart beat." as a matter of fact in his Egyptian accent and Becky almost yelled at him, "There's a heartbeat, it's just SLOW!" Then he backed away as all the other doctors arrived, slipped out of the room and we never saw him again.

I feel like God had prepared me for all of this, because I wasn't worried at all. Before he was born, I imagined him not breathing as soon as he came out, so when they laid him on me, I was a bit surprised and thought, "Wow, this is it? Nothing is wrong with him? I get to actually hold him?" That didn't last long before they took him way to get him breathing again, but when they did, I realized that God had been preparing me for something. It was just delayed. I got to hold him first. We prayed as they worked on him. Dada cried.

Ten minutes later he was stable and we got to kiss him before they took him up to the NICU. Apparently, he had what's called secondary apnea which takes resuscitation. He didn't have much stimulation after birth. We usually "play" with our babies a lot right after they're born. But I was is such an awkward position and being at the hospital I figured they knew what they were doing, so I just kept him right there laying on my stomach. I should've known better and played with him. Not that that would've changed anything. I think we were in the hospital for a reason.

Dada got to go see him in his new room before they hooked up all his tubes and put him in the incubator.

Poppie and Nonnie brought the kids to the hospital around 9pm to see us. They couldn't see the baby though. Actually, I hadn't even seen the baby again yet. This birth was especially hard on Kivi Pea who was really looking forward to seeing this birth live, in our hot tub, in our room. Now she couldn't even see him at all and she was very worried that she wouldn't get to see him ever. Poor baby.

At 11pm we were able to go up to Thumper's room and see him! We had tried to go earlier, but they had him hog tied to try and get an IV in him in every vein they could. They couldn't. 

So when we saw him he had prick marks everywhere. They tried on his hands, feet, arms, all over, even his umbilical cord, but no success. So they put a feeding tube down his nose.

His nurse wrapped him up so we could hold him.

 We even got to take his "Kissing Picture"!! Happy Birthday, Coal Lyon! How do we love you so much already?!!

The next morning, after sleeping in our hospital room, we went back to Coal's room and found out that he had stopped breathing again during the night. So they would be keeping him for a while. We gave him the name Coal, because it's a rock, we'll always remember he was our Cholestasis (pronounced cole uh stay sis)  baby, and after my sister Buggy who we called Coley and Lyon, a family name on Mama's side of the family, plus Lyon is just a great name. 

 Then we fed him and spent the whole day just looking at his cute little face. 

 We love you so much, Coal! Your brothers and sisters all love you and are excited to see you even though you have scared them all! Everyone is praying for you and can't wait to meet you. We know God has a great plan for you, because He saved your life three times already! You are a mira - Coal!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Benches, Bellies and Itchy Feet

On March 4th, Berg and Pella put the 4 benches together for our dining room table all by themselves! No one helped them!


March 5th, Dada and Mama get foot massages from Opal and Kivi. Actually Mama's was more of a foot scratch, because my feet and hands and my whole body actually had been itching like crazy!!!! All. The. Time. It was insane, but God is good and my itching ended up being a blessing!

March 7th, I told all the kids they could paint my belly, so this was Berg and Pella's day! It was so colorful and looked like a giant Easter egg!

The morning of March 9th, we got a call from our midwife telling us that we needed to go to the hospital right away to have our baby! So what do we do first? Well, we prayed and then, we change all the kids into white, do their hair, put up a back drop and take Thumper's "belly picture" of course!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Last 1/2 of February

Feb. 15 - Nonnie and Poppie have been here most of the month, helping us with the house. Nonnie and Pella paint the hallway this day.

Feb. 18 - Tuff's One Year Photo Shoot (3 months late, but hey, at least we did it!)

Feb. 22 - Eben and Tuffy iPad time. The kids use the hot tub that we bought to have Baby Thumper in the MamaDada room.

Feb. 23 - Skiing at Snoqualmie with the Ouries

Feb. 26  - Tuffy walks!

Opal's Cow Party

Opal decided that she wanted a Cow Party this year for her 8th birthday. The kid's get the choice of either having a party or going to Great Wolf Lodge for their 8th and the boys have both chosen GWL and the girls have both picked a party. Interesting! Her menu consisted of roast chicken, acorn squash, olives and pot stickers with chocolate milk. 

We played some fun cow games with the parents as the cows. First the kids had to lead their dads around the basement blindfolded to their water and food but along the way, their "cow" would "poop" so the kids would have to clean it up before they could continue. Then the moms put on the cow attire and the kids tried to milk them, however this was more difficult and most of the utters popped!


Opie and her cowhands.

We played pin the utter on the cow, she opened presents and handed out cowpies.

She chose ice cream as her dessert and we all sang to the birthday girl and gave her a big 8 year old birthday kiss!

We love you, Opal! You are generous and creative. You are an amazing reader and great at math, a grade level above where you should be.  Your penmanship is lovely. You love to get gifts for your siblings, make cards, and take care of Tuffy. You have a knack for fashion and come up with some super cute outfits. You like to draw, dance and sing. You love Kivi. You love cows. You sometimes like to be by yourself and still love your NayNay (blanket) and have to sleep with it every night. You love Jesus and you are working really hard at having self control, especially when you don't want to do something that you are asked to do. We can physically see your spirit fight what you want to do and try to obey. You're getting there O! We know you can do it! We pray you will use your strength and passion for God's kingdom and to do things others can't for the glory of God. Happy 8th Birthday, Opie O!

1/2 of February



Feb. 1 - The Kids put on a lovely show, "The Tuffy Ballerina Ninjas" with music by the musicians "The J" and "The B" all dressed in matching costumes and of course, a ballet skirt for Tuff. It's a musical show all about how much they all love their Tuff.

Feb. 5-7 - Peter surprised me by planning an early Valentine's getaway with the Schocks to Seattle! We ate at Lulu's spent the night at a hotel and had our fun game playing friends join us at Card Kingdom for some food and game time in our own private room! Shari and I even got to spend the whole day shopping at the Seattle Goodwill Outlet! We packed the van so full of cheap stuff, I still don't know how we got it all home!





Feb. 12-13 -Time to cut out the driveway and put in a new line! Our main water line had been leaking for some time and we had a guy come out and tell us where the line needed to be repaired, but since he said it was leaking in many different places and ran underneath the garage, Peter decided to just put in a whole new line. It was a huge project because it's a long way from the water main to our house, but he did it! The kids really wanted to help with the jack hammer and the boys removed all the asphalt. Then he rented a ditch witch to dig a long narrow hole. I tried it for a little while - it was hard to control, so Dada did it. Later that day we had Opal's birthday party!



Saturday, August 20, 2016

The January 2016 Post

It snowed on Jan. 3rd so while Dada worked hard on putting subway tile in the girls' bathroom, the kids worked hard building cute snowmen.


It only took this boy 5 days to complete the Lego Death Star, but I think that's because he never left the basement. He was very excited to finish this fun project.
13 month old Tuffy fully understands that there is a baby in this belly and he already loves his Thumper.
 On Jan. 7th the three red bean bags came for the basement. The kids worked hard to try to get the boxes through the doors. The we had to wait days for them to expand.
Eben, Kivi, Jasper and Dada went on their shark dive on Jan. 15th at Point Defiance. They loved it!






















Jan. 17th Peter and I won the trophy for a photo scavenger hunt race with the Oury/Hill clan!



Jan. 23rd pictures of the finished boys' room with Tuff in his cute crib that I made out of the boys' closet and a free crib front that I found by the side of the road. Eben is above Jasper and Berg is in the single twin.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Rest of 2015

On the 26th we went to the Pacific Science Center, watched an IMAX, held cockroaches and learned Jedi tricks.


Dec. 27th - 30 we were in Leavenworth for our annual All Johnson Family Grandma and Grandpa vacation
The 31st we spent at the Schocks for the Edgren/Schock New Year's Eve party.