Saturday, March 31, 2012

Baby is Here!

 At 2:21am on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Baby Girl Dobbins #3 arrived. Her name is Ashtyn Belle Dobbins. Her middle name is after Scott's grandma, Flora Belle. She was 8 lbs 13 oz and 18 inches long. She looks just like her sisters did at birth. We think she's perfect. :0)

She was scheduled to arrive via C-section on Saurday, March 31st. As with all my kids, she had her own plan. I went to bed Tuesday night with no contractions or anything, and I woke up around midnight as my water was breaking. I called the doctor and Scott and I scrambled to get packed and ready. I was completely unprepared. By the time we got to the hospital, I was having major contractions and not enjoying it one bit. Luckily, it was pretty quick. I had a different doctor than planned, but he did a great job. Everything went as well as possible. By 6 am, we were in our room with our new baby girl.

Ashtyn is so sweet. She's snuggly and content most of the time. She's a very good little eater, just like her mama. :0) We didn't sleep much on Wednesday or Thursday night because she was a bit switched around. We came home Friday and we're already in a better routine. We got a good night's sleep last night and feel  much better today.

Ryann and Avery were very excited to meet their sister on Wednesday afternoon. They were both gentle and loving. Friday, the jealousy settled in a bit for Avery. She's been a bit naughty and rough. It's an adjustment. She's trying to be a happy big sister. I think she's just a little bent out of shape right now.

Overall, things are going very well. We're incredibly blessed and grateful.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's Been A While

I can't believe it's been so long since I've written anything! The time goes so fast when you're busy!
After Thanksgiving, I got busy with the holidays, then had a tremendously busy third quarter at school. Since I will be out most of fourth quarter on maternity leave, I had a lot of work to get done ahead of time for my mentor job. I had to make sure I completed all the necessary evaluations for the year. At the end of the quarter, Avery, Ryann, and I all took turns with a stomach bug. That was fun. Now I can say my car seats are clean. They are no fun to tear apart and wash. Let me tell you.
 Finally, I'm on Spring Break. I've been trying desperately to catch up on everything I've neglected at home as well as prepare for a long-term substitute for fourth quarter. The next quarter begins March 26th. Our little bundle is due to arrive on March 31st. Before she arrives, I need to get her room ready. This entails getting Avery out of it. :0) Avi and I have chosen furniture and bedding for her new room. Now I'm vacating my craft room, getting ready to convert it to Avi's room. Then, I'll convert the now toddler room back to a nursery.
Thanks to my friends at work, I do have a few diapers and outfits for the new baby. Scott and I are still struggling with a name for her. I hope it just hits us when we see her. In the meantime, I'll be scrambling to get ready for her and to be out of work. This pregnancy has certainly been more challenging than the other two. I'm too old for this. :0)