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Sophie Marguerite Bertoch

Sophie Marguerite Bertoch is here! She was born March 16th, 2018 at 9:08am weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces (rounded up from 7lb 1.8 ounces lol) and was 19.5 inches long. πŸ™‚

It is funny how each pregnancy and delivery can be different from each other! So we found out I was already dilating to a 2 on March 7th at my 38 week check up. Which is odd for me. With the other girls I didn’t have anything at all until labor. I literally went from 0 to labor…so already being a 2, it kicked our senses into high gear and we prepared for her to come within the next day or so. Well…she didn’t haha. We were all on edge! The whole week! I made sure every night we had things laid out and a plan etc lol. So then I had my next appointment with the doctor March 14th when I was still a 2, and only 50% effaced, we accepted it and figured I probably won’t be that early from the March 20 due date. I had some contractions here and there but they were very fleeting.

Thursday evening March 15th I started having more slightly consistent contractions (after having a dance party with the girls πŸ˜‰ ). They would fluctuate between 10-15 minutes. Not too painful. But after an hour or so (and a warm shower) they faded out. With Bailey I had had similar type of “warning” contractions before going into labor, so for good measure we decided to call Adam’s Mom over to stay the night just in case. Sure enough I was woken up at 4am with painful contractions! 3 minutes apart right from the get go! I was still slightly skeptical and was going to wait a while before heading in… but Adam said nope and started the car haha. And luckily he did because on the drive to the hospital they were getting more painful very quickly. We had to go through the ER entrance since the main entrance was still locked for the night, and labor and delivery sent a nurse to come grab me. In the triage room the contractions got worse and worse. She checked me and I was a 4, and they were waiting for some verification from the doctors office before they could start me on the antibiotics. (I was group strep B positive….for the third time haha). After probably 45 min they went ahead and checked me and I was a 5 and having contractions a little over 2 min apart. I was being pretty vocal in the triage room and pretty sure I scared the mom in the stall area next to me haha. They finally got the go ahead to place my Iv and I was admitted. At this point my contractions literally feel like they are ripping me in half and I am drenched in sweat. I begged them to hurry with the epidural and they had to wait for my first iv fluid bag to finish and for the anesthesiologist to head over, so it was probably about 45 min before he was able to come and place it. Boy was I ready! My contractions were so close together and it was killin me! (It’s the first time in all 3 labors that I was actually crying in pain. Women who deliver without any medication are my hero. Because holy crap.)
In fact, I had a contraction in the middle of my epidural and that was interesting haha having to sit as still as I could with a needle sticking into my spine and my uterus hating me πŸ˜‚
Once the medicine kicked in I was a happy camper! And exhausted! I immediately passed out and slept and started progressing in dilation; in just 15 min I jumped to a 6. I had told the nurses how my previous labors progressed very quickly once I had the epidural, so they were trying to have the doctor come to check on me and pop my water, but they couldn’t get ahold of him. Turns out he was in surgery so didn’t tell anyone, so finally at the 2 hour mark the nurse went ahead and checked me and I was definitely ready to go, so she called the on call doc, who broke my water and I was ready to push! I was sooo numb, so they were flopping me around haha. I did one push and her head was out! They sucked out all the fluids and waited for the next contraction for me to push the rest of her out. Her birth itself was so peaceful and calm! It was just me and Adam and the doc and a nurse. There was no rush and we just enjoyed the snuggles while I got stitched up and good to go. Sophie was so quiet! In fact when she was halfway out, I was nervous and asked if she was breathing and okay, and the doctor laughed and said she was just checking things out. From actual labor to her birth was barely 5 hours, and I really think they they could have checked me an hour earlier and I would have been ready to deliver then…So it was quick! I am thankful to be done and have her here and to close the chapter on birthing children and can now focus on rearing them πŸ™‚ And I will be totally fine never having to have contractions again πŸ˜‰

Adam went and brought his mom and the girls to come see Sophie for the first time and it melted my heart! Bailey walks into the room and I showed her that Sophie is here and out of my tummy, and she looks at me with excitement shock and said really?!?!? It blew her mind that we were telling the truth about a baby being inside me haha. And then one of the first things Bailey says to Sophie is “Happy Birthday!” It was so sweet! Claire was more into the fact that I was in the room and she wanted me to hold her…and then explore the hospital room πŸ˜‰ But it was such a sweet first meeting of the girls. They warmed up to her so fast and were in awe of her tiny features.

I have been recovering very well. My only complication is a spinal headache from the epidural (which I know had to be from the contraction I had in the middle of it) but I am managing. πŸ™‚ It forces me to slow down a bit and lay down I guess haha. We were discharged to go home like 28 hours after I gave birth! It was awesome! I was ready to be home and resting and in my own space with my whole little family.

We walked in the door with lots of love greetings and sweet decorations from Stacey and the girls πŸ™‚ Bailey immediately had us sing happy birthday to Sophie and couldn’t contain how happy she was that we were all together. I am so blessed and lucky to have my family.

We are now getting used to a “new normal” and explaining things like breastfeeding and belly button cords to concerned toddlers πŸ˜‰

I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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New Adventures!

So the past couple months have been an exciting one for a couple reasons. I am 38 weeks today, so Sophie should be making her debut any day! I have a feeling she will be a bit earlier than the other two. And I am welcoming it! It is exhausting chasing 2 toddlers while being super huge and limited in movement haha. I was thinking last night, it will be weird whenever Sophie is Claire’s age, because I have never had a kid that age without being pregnant! Both Bailey and Claire were the same age whenever I got pregnant again haha. I am excited for Sophie to get here. She is already so loved. Everyday Bailey will come cuddle with me and give a hug and kiss to my belly and tell me how big Sophie is, and how she will come soon. She is such a good big sister. I am thankful for her sweet kind spirit. Claire is still a bit young to understand what will be coming up, but she loooooves her baby dolls. She will hold the babies tenderly and feed them pretend bottles and it is the cutest thing I have ever seen. She can be pretty spunky with her little attitude…but she also has such a sweet tender heart. She is always asking if people are okay when someone is sad and she gives hugs and kisses freely. She also loves having her nails painted! I have been so blessed with my girls. While I of course still have days where I count down to bedtime and I have lost my patience…I wouldn’t change it for the world. My kids are my life. And I cant wait to add our final little member to it. I am so looking forward to not having to pack up and move and uproot. With Bailey and Claire we moved right after they were born haha so it feels good to nest a little bit! Although it is ironic because I only just got her bed ready yesterday, so we cut it a bit close this time! With Bailey I am pretty sure I had the bed ready when I found out she was a girl. Funny how multiple kiddos can change things haha.

While we may not be moving…we do have another big life change during this time! Adam has officially opened up his own private practice. On The Mend Counseling. This has been in the background works for a while, and the stars seemed to align and we have been guided by the Lord and we have taken the plunge! We always knew it would be the end goal, and it has been Adam’s dream for years, but we never expected it to come this soon. It has been great so far! Adam has a beautiful office in a great location and is so happy. He has always had very stressful high intensity type of therapy jobs. Usually high crisis type of jobs. So ironically, while being a business owner is stressful…this is probably the most relaxed I have seen him in years haha. It has been a neat experience for me too because my background with my communications degree allowed me to be a part of this process. I designed his logo, business cards, and website. It has been a really cool project that has brought us even closer together. In fact, I remember exactly where we were when we were discussing the name for the business. We were driving to Florida for Thanksgiving in the van with the girls and listening to some chill music and just throwing out some suggestions and dreaming about what it could be like. We came up with On The Mend Counseling on that drive. Just one of those memories I smile about. (you can check out his website: onthemendcounseling.com)

So we have fun things going on! Sophie coming any day….becoming a business owner…2018 has been amazing so far! So many things to look forward to. I love my life and I am so grateful for how incredibly blessed we have been. I don’t deserve it, but I am so thankful.

I feel like so many awesome little things have happened in the last bit, but I am in a pregnancy fog haha so I will let all the bagillion pictures speak for memories themselves. πŸ™‚

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Family of 5! 6 Year Anniversary! Sea World!

So this has been quite the past couple of weeks for our family! Lot’s of happy times!

We are becoming a family of 5! We are officially due March 20th, 2018.

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Both my girls were pretty punctual (Bailey born on her due date, and Claire the day before) so I feel like this is a pretty accurate time frame haha. This may come as a total surprise to some, specially since we have been hush for a bit, so here is some background info πŸ™‚

  1. Yes this was planned. Had you told me 6 years ago that I would be having my kiddos generally close together, I would have laughed. I am used to large gaps from my siblings and I all being 4 years apart. So I thought that sounded like a good plan. But the Lord had different plans for us. And I am grateful that He is in charge! I couldn’t imagine not having my girls close together! Having two toddlers isn’t a walk in the park, but I love the bond that they share, and I have grown exponentially from this experience so far. I have learned I am capable of more than I could imagine.
    Now…even so, I was thinking I would have a larger gap for the next baby. But again, I am not in charge of the bigger picture πŸ˜‰ Around Christmas time I had that feeling again. The “there’s another baby coming soon” kind of feeling. Luckily the Lord knows me and my mental ability for change haha, which is why I felt this at Christmastime. It gave me a few months to wrap my head around the idea, and then I went from not being ready at all, to actually being excited about it. We felt like we should have a similar gap with this baby as we do the girls, which would put trying to conceive around June-ish. I started tracking my period and got off birth control and in the first month of trying we got pregnant! I still have anxieties from it taking over a year to get pregnant with Bailey, so this was still a surprise haha.
  2. How do we know we are done? This is something that we didn’t take lightly. I always figured I would have 4 kids. Adam is one of four, and so am I, and it just seemed like the logical decision. I told him that when we were engaged and he was like okay sounds good haha. And that was my plan. But during the time that I had that “feeling” that another baby was ready for our family…I had a new feeling I wasnt expecting at all…that this was the FINAL baby for our family. I questioned this for a while, since I had already starting having doubts about having 4 since I was so exhausted with just the 2 I have. I thought it was maybe in my head and I was just being selfish and weak. And then Adam surprised me one day. We were laying in bed downloading the day and it had gone quiet for a bit, and then he confesses that he feels like we only have 1 more baby meant for us. And that he had felt that way for a long time, but he wasnt sure how I would react. I was shocked, because I had already felt the same thing! We both wanted to be sure this was God’s will for us, and not just us being overwhelmed. So we prayed together for a long time and we both got this very clear answer in our hearts. This was our final baby. So clear that we both looked at each other and said Okay! And havent questioned it since. I know people may not understand this, and will give us the “don’t be so sure” look that I’ve already seen a few times. But that’s okay. We are sure. haha. I have peace in our decision. I am happy and excited to complete our family. Β πŸ™‚
  3. Are we trying for a boy this time? Well, not that we really have a choice in the matter to be honest haha I am sure if there was formula for what gender you have, people would be all over it haha. We would be happy no matter what πŸ™‚ Ironically, I have this strong feeling it is another girl. I had this similar feeling for both Bailey and Claire, and I haven’t been wrong thus far haha. But I will completely love and adore any baby we are blessed with. Would a boy be amazing and awesome and new and fun? Absolutely! Would an all girl family be exciting and interesting and fun? Absolutely! So I am happy either way and will not be disappointed or wishful with either one πŸ™‚

So there you have it. Haha. Inside scoop πŸ˜‰ So far I have my usual 1st trimester fatigue and irritability haha. Food is not my favorite thing, but thankfully I am not puking or anything so far. I am guilty of passing out on the couch and waking up in a panic wondering if the girls set the house on fire though haha. But otherwise, just chugging along. Being pregnant with toddlers is a new experience. Exhausted would be an understatement, and wiping cute poopy tushies with a keen sense of smell is just fabulous haha. But it all builds character! And Bailey is so excited. She is just old enough to grasp the concept that there is a baby in my tummy, and it is all she talks about. It is adorable. She is such a Β good big sister. And I know Claire will be so happy to have a tiny companion to get into shenanigans with haha. So all in all, we are so very excited for this new chapter for our family πŸ™‚

And we also just hit 6 years married this last Saturday!

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Wow! 6 years! It has been the best adventure ever. I couldn’t have asked for a better man to be the father of my children and companion to me forever. He is the total package. I don’t know how I got so lucky. Our girls adore him and there is nothing that makes my ovaries explode more than them both running and attacking him with hugs and kisses when he gets home haha. Momma has to fight her way in for a smooch!
To celebrate we decided to go to the temple and do sealings for my ancestors as a reminder of the day we were sealed. (In the Lds church, we believe that we can perform work and ordinances for those who did not have the opportunity to do so for themselves while they were alive. It is truly remarkable, and the temple is the closest I have ever felt to the Lord in my life. I hope everyone can experience the peace and indescribable love that is felt in those holy walls. If you would like to learn more, here are a couple links to a site talking about temples that is directly from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:Β https://www.lds.org/church/temples/why-we-build-temples/what-happens-in-temples?lang=eng and Β https://www.lds.org/topics/temples?lang=engΒ ) It was a wonderful experience and I am so grateful that we were able to go. I even wore the same temple dress from our wedding day 6 years prior! When we were sitting in there afterwards reflecting on our life together so far, we felt such peace. Peace that we knew we were trying our best to live how God would want us to and that we were on this path together πŸ™‚ Nothing beats family! πŸ™‚

Sea world! We went on an amazing family vacation with Stacey, Dave, Ally, John, and the boys! We went to San Antonio at a resort that had a water park and fun stuff for the kids to do (we actually went there last year as well because it’s just so awesome!) and on our last day, we went to Sea World! Now…there is something I have to disclose about myself right now…..I am the biggest Orca fan. Remember the movie Free Willy? Yeah when I was a kid I was a part of the club they had with the save the whales, and I had the same cool orca necklace that it showed on the movie and everything. To say I love orcas would not be a strong enough emotion. So when I found out we were going to Sea World, I pretty much lost my mind haha. And it didnt disappoint! It was awesome! I cried when the orcas came out on the water stage thing. Yup. I was THAT person. Haha. It was definitely a bucket list item for me. I just wish I could swim with one. And give it huge hugs. I know I know….Adam already said no…..Hahhaa. What is even more awesome, is Bailey is now just as obsessed with orcas…bwahahah, the legacy lives on! lol. Bailey even went on her first rollercoaster! They had a kid shamu rollercoaster that we called the orca train so Bailey would try it haha. She had no facial expression the whole time she rode with Adam, and afterwards simply stated “I liked it but I don’t want to go on again.” Haha. What a blessing it was to be with family and cousins and make some great memories.

We are definitely blessed and I am so thankful for this life I have. I know it will not always be butterflies and rainbows, but I sure picked the right crew to be on this journey πŸ˜‰

P.S. Adam and I saw Third Eye Blind in concert for their 20th anniversary tour and oh my goodness it was amazing!

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

 

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Hot Fun in the Sun

It’s definitely been hot here in Texas!!! I am still getting used to the humidity haha, but I would rather be hot outside, than cold outside. (Inside might be a different story lol)

So because there has been a heat index of 100+, it is not exactly play outside at the park weather. So we have had to be creative in keeping all the kiddos from getting cabin fever πŸ˜‰ So we have done crafts (which Aunt Ally is the queen of!), indoor bouncing castles, children museums, drives around the neighborhood, movie days with cousins, swimming in the pool, etc.

We even went on a cool family vacation to a resort in San Antonio! We went with Ally and Stacey and everyone for some fun packed days of swimming and resort activities. They had tube slides and some crazy water slides. Adam and I went on a slide that you step into a capsule and it drops you feet first into the covered slide. My adrenaline made me so shaky! But I did it! haha. And Bailey even went on the tube slide with Adam, and loved it! She is so funny. Ally and I both got cute butterfly temp tattoos on our wrists (and we were the oldest ones in line by about a decade getting one haha) and then I went back with Bailey to get a cute one on her little foot, because she wanted one too. πŸ™‚ I love having little girls! It was a great trip. We got to see some great family who were stationed there as well. So fun seeing them. It was just some good quality family time.

And….Adam and I have been bitten by the Pokemon craze. I was a huge Pokemon girl back in the day! I had all of the original set of Pokemon cards. I still have them at my parents house lol. I remember many days where my dad would order boxes of Pokemon cards, and the neighborhood kids were waiting at the front door to do business (trading lol). So many fun memories πŸ™‚ That is why I am totally geeking out over this Pokemon Go app. And I knew I married the right man….when he was geeking out over it with me and going on Pokemon catching drives. Love it.

Bailey and Claire are both growing tons. Bailey’s continuing to talk up a storm and I love hearing her little thought process and funny ideas. Her favorite movie right now is Toy Story! She loves 1 and 2, but gets scared during the 3rd one because the scene with the big baby getting pushed around by the teddy bear. She has been sooo sensitive to anything being mean around babies. She was just break down crying. Ever since Claire has been born…what a tender hearted little girl πŸ™‚ Bailey has a bunny tag toy that she takes with her everywhere, and she treats it like her little baby. She cradles it in the crook of her arm wherever she goes, and calls it her bunny. So stinkin adorable. She is as tan as she can possibly be, and loves the water. πŸ™‚
Claire is my little doll face as well! I just got so lucky with two totally adorable little girls! She is such a happy baby. All you have to do is smile at her and she breaks out into a grin that just lights up her whole face! She just comes along for the ride and enjoys watching everyone doing their thing πŸ™‚ She had a checkup the other day and she is almost 12.5 pounds, and 24 inches long exactly. I could just nibble on her chunky legs all days long. She is greatly loved by everyone here at the house. It is so cute. And I cant blame them…she is pretty irresistible πŸ˜‰ She is soooo close to rolling from her back to her tummy. Any day now!

Things are going good! Still just chugging along and taking things day by day πŸ™‚ Hoping we don’t melt in the summer heat πŸ˜‰

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Is it already February?

I feel like 2016 is already going so fast! I blinked and we are in February, I am 30 weeks pregnant, Adam is in his last semester, and Bailey is almost 2. What the heck?! But we have sure been busy. Bailey is my bundle of energy…something I wish she would share with her huge momma from time to time…but I think she enjoys running ahead of me and watching me sprint after her as much as I can haha. She is getting so big. She is still talking up a storm, but starting to form sentences, which is adorable. She will wake up from her nap and look right into the baby monitor and go “Momma where are you!?”, or she will hear a big truck go by, or a bird and say “Momma, what is that sound?” I have to do a double take sometimes when I realize this cute little voice is coming from my baby Bailey! She also has started to introduce me to people. She will point to me and say “This is My Momma!” and then give me a huge hug and kiss….cue me melting into a puddle on the floor. She is so fun to be with. She is my partner in crime while Daddy is gone all day, so we try to keep busy. We go to library reading clubs, swimming, toddler gym classes, and student run toddler communicating classes near campus. She loves it! My little social bug. When we go to the car she will say “See my friends?” and it melts my heart. I cannot wait until her little sister is born so she will always have a fun little companion. I am sure it will be quite the change though when we bring Claire home! But she is so sweet when she sees other babies…so I am not stressing too much πŸ™‚ I know it will be harder to chase two around, but I am still looking forward to having both my girls in my arms and a full range of motion haha.

Adam is in the home stretch! He is working so hard for us and getting prepared for all the milestones coming up. I am so proud of him. I cant say it enough. He is such a good daddy and husband and I appreciate it so much when he walks through the door after a long day and still is willing to jump in with bed time routines and gives lots of hugs and kisses. I think Bailey breaks the speed record when she sees her daddy walk through the door. I love it so much. He took his LMFT licensure exam a couple weeks ago and we are still waiting for results, but I have no doubt that he passed with flying colors. I know he is excited for the day when he goes to one location for work and then comes home for dinner every night haha instead of going in three diff directions all hours of the day/night. But everything is a time and a season πŸ™‚ We are making things work πŸ™‚ That’s how life goes πŸ™‚

I have been spoiled lately as well…my Mema sent me a beautiful kitchen aid, and I am in heaven! I have been baking up a storm! I think Claire has quite the sweet tooth haha. I love trying new recipes and feeling like Betty Crocker lol. Bailey loves trying to help me in the kitchen. I need to get one of those kitchen help toddler stools one of these days so she can be right there with me! But she also has her own little kitchen and food that she feeds Adam and I πŸ™‚ It is adorable. She particularly loves the muffins and the milk carton in the play food kit haha.

I am so blessed. I know these next few months are going to be super crazy, but we can get through anything together with family and with God πŸ™‚ And the Lord knows I am going to need every bit of it!

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

 

 

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Memorial Day Weekend

We had a fun Memorial Day weekend with family πŸ™‚ Sunday Adam and I took a nap together with little Bailey, which we have come to cherish these days….sleep haha. And then we brought a blanket out in the back yard and enjoyed being outside and had a BBQ made by my lovely mom πŸ™‚ The weather was beautiful and Bailey loved being outside under the blue sky. Haha Adam and I even stacked some tootsie rolls in her hand while she was sleeping (I craved tootsie rolls when I was pregnant with her) and then she started her falling reflex so that they were catapulted everywhere haha it was hilarious! The joys of having your own kid to mess with….Adam still gives me the “dont bully” look when I want to tickle her and stuff though haha.

Then later that night we had a fire under the stars. I love spending time with family πŸ™‚ Bailey is getting so big and pretty heavy! She eats so well and is starting to give me real smiles! It is so beautiful. She is slowly starting to sleep longer in the night, when I first put her down for the night she usually sleeps about 4 hours and then she wakes up every 2.5 hours after that. So that first chunk of sleep is amazing! Haha. She is a mellow baby. She only cries when something is wrong, and it is easy to calm her down with swaddling her and rocking her. I love my little Bailey so so much! She is getting so big.

We also were able to go to Adam’s cousin’s wedding in Salt Lake on Friday. They were married up in this beautiful mountain waterfall area. It was beautiful. It was quite the hike getting up to the ceremony area, but once I took my heels off and carried Bailey, it wasnt so bad. They looked so cute together and we are so glad we were in Utah to be able to attend.

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These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Bailey Marie Bertoch: My Easter Baby

The night before Easter Sunday, Adam and I went for a drive to just kind of relax and enjoy some time together. It was around 10:30pm, and I noticed my stomach tightening like Braxton hicks. I wasn’t in any pain, but I could feel with my hands just a super tightening of my upper stomach and it was consistently about 13 min apart. We went to bed that night and I fell right to sleep, which had not been common lately. At around 3:30am I was woken up by some pain like a cramp, but it was just the one cramp and I went to the bathroom and went back to bed. Adam had also woken up and he rubbed my back a little bit and cuddled me back to sleep. He said that he had some terrible dreams and he has jolted awake and was in protect mode. Around 4:30am I was woken up again from pain that was a bit more intense. I decided to keep an eye on it and time it. After about 7 min another one came and I knew it was contractions and they were not pleasant! Adam was awake and we waited to time them some more and they were pretty consistent. Adam said we needed to get to the hospital (since it was a half hour away) and I wasn’t sure because I was afraid of going all the way out there, only for it to be a false alarm. We took a shower and by the time we were all clean and fresh, they were only a few min apart and getting more painful, so I finally agreed for us to go.

We get there and they hook me up to a fetal monitor and check for dilation. I was at a 1 and a “wiggle” as the nurse described it lol. It was about 7am at that point. I had been a zero three days before, so I was happy that something was happening. The nurse wanted me to walk for an hour and she would check to see if there was any progression, since they couldn’t admit me otherwise. So we walked the halls. I was also there with another girl who was doing the same thing, walking and hoping for change. We sympathized with each other. The contractions keep getting worse and worse and I was excited that things were happening. Then I get checked and nope. Still a 1. I was so discouraged! She said I could try walking another hour or head home, so I decided for one more hour of walking. So with Adam holding my hand and enduring my vice grip during my contractions every 5 min, we walked again. For another hour. I got checked again at 9am and there was still no change. I felt so upset I wanted to cry. So we got our stuff and went home.

The contractions still hurting a ton. I went home and soaked in a warm bath and had a good breakfast. My parents came home from church to see how I was doing and we hung out for a little. But my contractions were getting more and more painful, so at about 11am we headed back to the hospital, crossing our fingers. I get checked and I was a 3!! Haha the lady who checked me (she was also the one who sent me home) celebrated with me and I gave her a high five haha she laughed saying she doesn’t think she ever had someone give her a high five after a vaginal exam haha. Then I got hooked up to an IV and we were sent to my room. By now it is about noon.

I had an amazing nurse come in and give me the low down on how things go. Her name was Lisa, and we clicked right off the bat. She let me know I can have my epidural anytime I want, but I was so nervous that I wanted to wait a little bit. That lasted about a half hour because the contractions were getting so bad. So I requested the epidural, and had the most amazing doctor from India administer it. He was not a man of many words, but he had magic hands haha. The IV in my hand hurt worse than getting the epidural in! It was a weird sensation when the medicine went in, but it wasn’t painful. Adam was in front of me holding my hands, and Lisa was next to me giving me a play by play of what he is doing because I told her I must know every detail before it happens haha. Then she put it my catheter so I wouldn’t urinate all over myself haha. It took about 30 min for the epidural to really set in, but I was still able to have leg function. I could move around slowly and maneuver, which made me really happy because I was so nervous about feeling paralyzed. I then got antibiotics in my IV because I was group b strep positive, but I am also allergic to penicillin, so I had a diff off brand. I needed to have it in my system for at least 4 hours before Bailey was born.

At about 1pm they check me and I am a 4! So they decided to break my water and see if it progresses things. At this point I’m looking at the monitor and watching my contractions but not feeling anything. It was amazing! Lol. At this point, once i was settled in, I called my mom and she came to the hospital πŸ™‚ many people were curious if it was going to be weird having my mom there while I was exposed and everything, but honestly it wasn’t a huge deal. My mom wasn’t weird about it and I’m felt comfortable enough with our relationship that I wasn’t worried. I’m really happy she was able to be there and be a part of the experience with me and Adam πŸ™‚

At around 3pm they checked me again and I was a 6! Things were progressing πŸ™‚ I finally ended up hitting 10 centimeters at around 5pm, but she wasn’t quite low enough to start pushing, so she had me wait and rest for about an hour and she would check again. I could feel my uterus tightening super hard at this point and even though there wasn’t pain, I started to feel some pressure of the intensity. After checking me she felt Bailey still wasn’t quite as low as she wanted, and that she was slightly sideways, so she put some pitocin in my IV to help the contractions work harder pushing her down, and had me lay on my side with one leg in a stirrup to open up my pelvis. She did let me do a couple pushes, but we decided to give it an hour.

At 8pm she checked me and also let me know that my doctor doesn’t usually like to let things go longer than about 4 hours at being full dilated, so a c section was now a little on the table as an option. I needed to birth by 9 or I would have to be prepped. I was so determined not to have that happen. I prayed in my heart for strength to push her out because I really didn’t want to go through all of this, only to have a c section anyway. Well I became the hulk at that point haha I pushed harder than I ever pushed in my life. Adam was holding one leg and my nurse carli (nurses changed shifts around 5, and I loved her! Carli was the hard A that I needed at the end haha) was holding the other. Adam helped support my head while I pushed and both him and my mom helped count for me as I pushed at 10 second internals. Then Carli was like whoa! Her head is like right there! We need to call doctor Davis! She was so impressed that in about 10 minutes of pushing I was about ready to birth her! It was hard though because I had to stop pushing and wait for him because he was delivering another baby at the same time. Her head was literally right there! I was feeling it a bit at that point. I could feel the intense pressure and it was slightly burning where her head was. It was no where near the pain it would have been without the meds, but I def knew what was going on.

Dr Davis finally arrived and I pushed for about 5 min super hard and she was out! My mom and Adam were able to watch her being born and pulled out, and she went directly onto my chest while they wiped her down and everything. They let her umbilical cord drain into her body more before Adam was able to cut it, and she was so beautiful! She immediately tried to lift up her head to look at me and was snuggled right under my chin. I remember looking up at Adam right after she was put on my chest and he was crying and I was crying and it felt like it was just us with Bailey. It was such a special moment, I will never forget that image in my mind. Adam looking down at us with tears streaming down his face, and me holding Bailey while bawling. My mom was also bawling and she was so proud of me. She kept calling me a rock star for pushing her out and she was so happy she got to experience this moment with us. I was happy to have her there πŸ™‚ haha there were tons of doctors and nurses, but it didn’t matter to me. I had my baby.

I had a level 2 tear so my doctor was stitching me up while I was holding Bailey and getting good skin to skin and they were testing her for diff things. I could feel the needle going into my skin during the stitching, and he was pulling so tight that I felt like he was going to pull me off the table! Haha but it is what it is. They gave Bailey a 10 on the APGAR test and everyone was so impressed with her level of alertness and attention. My dr said that a 10 isn’t given easily and that I should feel proud. He also told me that first time moms usually tear more than I did, so I should feel happy about that as well.
Then they whisked her away to be weighed and measured and everything else. She was born officially at 8:31pm after 15.5 hours of labor, weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. πŸ™‚ she was brought to me after clean up and she latched onto breast feeding immediately and effortlessly. The nurses couldn’t believe her quality of latching. I feel so blessed. I have an amazing little girl. I couldnt have asked for more. The Lord is so aware of all of us and what we are going through. He has blessed my little family with more than I could have asked for.

We are home now from the hospital. We stayed 2 days to make sure things were going okay, specially since I has tested positive for strep b. All the nurses were so in love with Bailey πŸ™‚ I have been able to breastfeed easily thus far, and she passed all of the tests with flying colors. She is a very chill baby so far and looks and acts just like her daddy already πŸ™‚ I am healing really well. I am not in constant pain, it’s more just a soreness that I am able to keep at bay with ibuprofen. My stomach is still bloated from my uterus, so I probably still look pregnant, but it is going down (specially with breast feeding) and I only have a few stretch marks…so I am thankful πŸ™‚
Adam has been my rock through all of this. I couldn’t have done it without him and his support. He is already an amazing daddy. I love him so much. I didn’t understand what people meant when they said your capacity to love increases….but it truly does! I loved Adam before, but now it’s just indescribable. And Bailey! I look at her and become overwhelmed to tears sometimes by how much I love her and care about her well being. I would do anything for her.
I love my little eternal family πŸ™‚

I also included photos from the day before where we colored Easter eggs πŸ™‚ Who would have thought she would have been right on time the next day on Easter Sunday! She must like to be punctual like her momma πŸ˜‰

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Cassie Bertoch

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Springtime Sunshine

Spring feels like it is finally here! Sunshine and flowers and warmth πŸ™‚ (Although every once in a while we will have a random cold spurt…silly Utah)

Since finding out we are officially going to Lubbock we have been researching and figuring out places to live, when to leave, how to get down there etc. It is exciting and stressful at the same time haha. We are super excited to start this next chapter though and pave our own way πŸ™‚

I have about 4 weeks left until our little Bailey gets here and we couldn’t be more excited and ready! haha I have been nesting like crazy already. Cleaning and organizing and researching etc. I finally had to slow down a bit when my sciatic nerve was killing me. But so far things are going great. She is about 5.5 pounds right now and is head down. She loves kicking mommy in the ribs and playing in her pelvis haha. I am not dilating or anything yet. I have an appointment every week to check progress. It is getting close! I am nervous because I am not sure what to expect and what my body will be capable of doing…but I just want her here! Whatever it takes! haha. Adam and I have been going to the gym the last few weeks and I get a good walk in to hopefully help my muscles become a bit stronger….and maybe push things along a little bit haha.

Things are going good and am enjoying the family time I have here before I know we will be moving. πŸ™‚

Oh and the pics I have today are random ones that I love. I colored my hair back to a more natural color, we had yummy green food for St. Patrick’s Day, mario kart battles, and fun family texts back and forth etc.

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These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Fun Times

So these last few weeks have been for the most part pretty chill. My pregnancy has been chugging along. I passed my glucose test for gestational diabetes, so that was comforting to hear. πŸ™‚ I was worried from all the sweets that I had been craving and eating that it would be an issue. But everything is normal and she is growing right on time. As of my last visit about a week and a half ago, I have gained about 20 pounds so far. So I am pretty on track as well for my weight gain, which I am thankful for. I feel humungous and uncomfortable haha but I know it could be worse. I am ready for her to come. I know I will miss feeling her inside me moving and just being close to her while in the womb….but I am def ready to not be pregnant anymore haha. I miss sleeping on my back and being able to sleep through the night without having to use the bathroom a million times or roll over time and time again because my hips are hurting. I won’t miss the heartburns from chocolate and red sauce, getting breathless from walking up the stairs, or feeling like I’m suffocating from the weight of my belly while laying on the couch. Haha. Oh the joys of being pregnant. It is all worth it though. I cannot wait to see my little girl. To see a blend of me and Adam in her. I can’t imagine the love I am going to feel and already feel. I know it will not be easy and some times are going to be pretty hard and exhausting…but I know it is going to be awesome. πŸ™‚

Anyways. So Adam has been interviewing with various schools for this fall, so we are crossing our fingers and praying hard to know where we are needed to go. I will follow Adam anywhere in the world for wherever he needs to go. So we will see where the Lord takes us. Hopefully in the next week we will have some answers and a decision, so I will post a blog about that when the time comes. He has been working hard to get time off for the interviews, as well as save time off for when Bailey gets here, so he has been working some graveyard shifts. I love him so much for working so hard for our little family. I couldn’t have asked for a better companion on this journey πŸ™‚

Danny had a ballroom competition a bit ago that Adam and I went to. He did awesome! Him and his partner won a medal for best technique, and his elementary school won the whole thing overall. He was so great at it and was adorable. I am proud that he went out of his element and tried something new πŸ™‚

Aj finished up his basketball season, so he is glad to have some free time on his hands now. He turned 16 on Feb 13th, so he is a driving, dating man now! It is crazy how much he is growing up, and I am glad that I am able to have this time here at home to be a part of him (and danny’s) life, because I know we are moving away this summer.
We all played catch/basketball outside today as a family, and it makes me happy inside when we all hang out and do something together. Although the mom radar in me is already coming out: “don’t throw the ball too hard, he doesn’t have protection on” “wear a helmet if you’re going to be riding the longboard” “drink lots of water so you don’t dehydrate” “tie your shoes so you don’t fall on you’re face.” Haha. My mom is also gone in Florida right now for Nana and Papa’s 50th anniversary, so I have double the radar on. I love it though. Taking care of the family and such πŸ™‚ It’s good to feel needed πŸ™‚

Celine is doing great on her mission. She will have her 2nd transfer tomorrow so we don’t know if she will move areas or not, but she is loving it. She has been trying tons of new food that I know in a million years I wouldn’t have been able to convince her to try…so I KNOW she is on the Lord’s errand!! Haha. I do miss her tons though and wish she could be here during this time of my pregnancy and everything, but I am so happy she is where she needs to be. Bailey will have lots of fun getting to know her Aunt Celine when she gets home πŸ™‚

Life is good. πŸ™‚

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Cassie Bertoch

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It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

So as much as I feel unprepared for Christmas this year – I feel like we just had Halloween!- things are finally starting to catch up! I made some cute homemade Christmas cards this year, so that was fun πŸ™‚ I only made a few though because they took alot more work than I thought! haha. I also wrote our Christmas letter for the year, which will be included in a later post πŸ™‚

We decorated the living room with the tree and all the extra pretty decorations a few weeks ago and it is gorgeous! I love when things are all put up and it just seems even more toasty and fun πŸ™‚ My mom got some santa sleighs made out of gingerbread cookies to build! They were adorable! Me, Danny, my Mom, and Adam all made one with our own little style and it was super cute. My mom didnt put enough frosting on hers though so it kind of fell apart as she was making it though. 😦 although to her defense…she was also busy making her famous delicious chocolate chip cookies at the same time.

Aj and my Dad were working on Aj’s eagle project. He is so close to being done! We are all so proud of him. Him and my dad have been two peas in a pod getting that taken care of. For his project he is implementing a neighborhood emergency plan for who is in dire need of medical attention first. Each home will get a packet of a cd with .pdfs of a safety briefing and helpful tools for food and supply storage, as well an assortment of different colored papers with words on them for immediate attention, no attention needed, death, etc. They then include a door hanger that they can hang the appropriate paper on the door if something happens. It is pretty genius! He turns 16 this Feb, and his goal was to get his eagle by the time he was 16, so it looks like he is completing that goal πŸ™‚ So proud.

This last week Adam and I attended a Child Prep class at the hospital where I am planning on delivering. It was an 8 hour class on Saturday so Adam was able to be there with me, and I am so glad he was! We learned so much about the pregnancy process and birth and what to expect and to look for etc. It brought us closer together too I think πŸ™‚ We learned relaxation techniques and things to help labor along and everything. I know it will still not be easy, but I feel so much more prepared. It is hard when I have no idea what to expect from my body, since it has never done this before lol. I know my mom had to have all c-sections, so I dont know. Knowledge is power though, so I know that with the things Adam and I have learned and are continually learning, we will get through no matter what happens πŸ™‚ We are in the process of making my birth plan, so it def makes it feel closer and closer! I love feeling her move around and kick inside me. Such a comforting feeling believe it or not. Haha at church yesterday we stayed for choir and she was kicking so much when she heard the men sing and when Adam said the prayer. She loves those deep voices, and her daddy’s voice for sure πŸ˜‰

I am excited for the upcoming holidays and spending time with family πŸ™‚ It is really a magical time of year πŸ™‚

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These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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