September 11th, 2018 39 weeks on the dot. Born at 1:55pm, 7lbs 5.5oz, 20" long.
Bristols original due date was September 11th, 2016 my niece Kendall was also expected on September 11th, 2017 neither of which were born on September 11th, but in 2018 we finally got a baby on that day :)
As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been having a few issues with my stomach condition this pregnancy and chose to be induced at 39 weeks. So on Tuesday September 11th at 12:15am Tyson and I entered St. Alexius excited and nervous for the arrival of baby #2.
Who can sleep when your excited to have a baby? I was super fortunate to have my favorite coffee shop, Bitty Bean, deliver me a Titanium Coffee, if you haven’t tried them, stop by….they even deliver!
From the moment I entered the delivery ward of St. Alexius I was impressed with the staff. I might be bias but I love the nurses, PAs and doctors. Nurse Nancy will forever hold a special place in my heart as she was there to help me get threw all the hard stuff and welcome our daughter. You never forget your delivery nurse, with Bristol it was a girl named Trista and her smile still resonates to this day. Thank you Nancy and all of the nurses for everything you do!
At 1:55pm Rowan Rose entered the world. This delivery was amazing. I told Tyson that it went so well, it was dangerous. I feel like we could have at least 2 more kids….if not like 5 :) The only thing missing from this delivery was a fluffy robe, a facial and some chocolate!
One of my favorite memories of this delivery was having my good friend Sommer in the room. She is one of the PA’s and got to spend the day with me, she even broke my water and held my legs……friend of the year!
Dr. Delvo was of course a rock star. Anyone who knows her is aware of her ability to walk in the room and make you feel calm. She is always smiling and speaks in a way that just makes you feel safe and secure which a woman needs when she is growing/deliving a baby. I recommend her to every single person I know, or don’t know for that matter!
While St. Alexius has a strict no photo or video while delivering rule, my husband was allowed to photograph before and immediately after the delivery which I am incredibly thankful for. Moments like these are great to look back at, the time goes so fast and you forgot a lot of what is going on. Thank you Tyson for making sure these moments are forever documented, you did a great job.
Bristol had been asking to bring her sissy home from the hospital for a few weeks. When we called her to say she was here and she could come meet her you could hear the excitement. Dad met her downstairs with a gift for baby.
I was so nervous for this moment. I cried leaving Bristol at my parents house as we drove to the hospital, worried she would be sad that she wasn’t getting all the attention. Contemplating how we would structure our time to ensure both children are feeling equally loved. Would she be jealous? Mad? Sad? Hate us?…..Nope. She was happy! She was so proud to be a big sister. So happy to cuddle and kiss on her. She had zero intentions of sharing her with anyone that evening and spends every minute of the day looking after Rowan.
Those adorable chubby cheeks have already slimmed down at 4 weeks old and its making miss the baby chubs. Time goes so fast when your happy, make sure your embracing every minute! I’ve always loved Fresh 48 sessions because baby changes so much in the first few weeks. I’m really glad I set aside time to take pictures, even if I was a little tired and super hungry.
Going from a family of 3 to 4 has been a drastic difference. Mornings are currently our biggest struggle and bath time is a disaster! I count down the days each time tyson leaves for work or hunting but I know these days go fast and soon both girls will be ignoring my phone calls and skipping curfew.
Rowan Rose is the perfect addition to our family. Her big blue eyes, yes you read that right, and her chubby little self just ask for constant cuddles. Bristol practically fights Tyson and I to cuddle Rowan. I’m so excited to see what sort of personality she will have and can’t wait to show her the world.
“Just when you think you know love, something little comes along to remind you just how big it really is.”
The secret to having it all is knowing you already do.
I have found that the older I get the less I want. I use to dream of lots of material things; now I find myself dreaming of places, experiences and more time with those I love. These right here, these are my people. My loving husband Tyson, my adorable wild child Bristol and this growing baby bump. Fresh into my 29th year of life I am celebrating another year of good health, supportive family and preparing for our newest addition Rowan Rose. So here is a little post on where we as The Schwab Family are!
Let's start with this guy. He is pretty awesome and easy on the eyes. We got to celebrate year #2 of being Cancer free this spring which is always a big deal. He has fully dedicated all of his free time to his little princess Bristol and had a couple of wedding images he took published. In case you didn't know, he is my main 2nd shooter for weddings these days. With 3 deer tags and 1 antelope tag to fill, he will be spending the majority of his fall hunting the Reservation stocking our freezer (fun fact: we basically only eat meat we hunt or fish).
Growing a human hasn't been as exciting the second time around. I have a medical condition called Achalasia that I was diagnosed with and have been treating since college that has decided to be unkind during this pregnancy. With Bristol I felt like I was happy and glowing for 9 months, with Rowan I just feel exhausted and huge! Running after a very active 2 year old probably doesn't help my case. Bristol is over the moon excited for her "baby sissy Rowan" to arrive. Last week she told everyone "babies comin" this week is full of "I'm a big sister".
After 3 years of marriage we finally got to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our 1st anniversary we spent in the hospital delivering Bristol, our 2nd anniversary I was too connected to Bristol to leave her, but this year......this year we celebrated! Sure I was 9 months pregnant drinking water instead of wine and we were in bed by 10pm. Thanks to my parents for taking Bristol for the day, we enjoyed an afternoon of massages, a nice dinner downtown and a sunset cruise on the Bismarck River Boat. Some days I think, how did I get so lucky? Other days I want to jump out of the car and get an Uber to our destination, but that's marriage. I don't like when people try to pretend everything is perfect, that's not real life. We love each other but we argue. Mainly over his terrible driving, seriously if you see us in town and he's driving you can guarantee I am yelling at him for something. He also likes to make fun of the way I load the dishwasher, probably because I do it the right way he just hasn't accepted it. I've also created a bit of a problem with our daughter Bristol, see she likes to do this thing we call shopping. If she is in the car between 9am and 11am she will ask for "my cake pop, my tea" because that usually means we are going to Target. She also walks the isle of every store grabbing things that are "cute" and insisting she gets them...Tyson's not a real fan of that......some arguments have occurred from this new found love of shopping Bristol has developed. But, we still have this deep love for each other that nothing and no one seem to stand between, so thats a plus after 3 years of marriage. I know the next year will have some bumps with a new baby, less sleep and some international driving on the horizon, but the adventure will continue and our love will grow more and more and for that I am grateful!
Bristol turned 2 on August 23rd, but if you ask her how old she is she will answer 9. She is my wild child. She loves to jump off everything, is obsessed with animals and loves to swim. Her attitude these days is so bad it's actually funny. She literally picks arguments with me just to make me mad. Like arguing that a truck is a car or a bear is a tiger, just to get me annoyed, then laughing when she finally agrees I am right. With constant hugs, kisses, and I love you's she has stolen our hearts and phone memory. Her favorite person is Papa, my dad. Her favorite color is Orange like Nemo or Blue like Dory depending on the day. Her favorite drink is a tea from Bitty Bean or apple juice. Her favorite song is I Like It by Cardi B on the radio. Her best friend is Paizlee or Bor Bor (Corbin). There is a 50% chance you can bribe her with a sucker, the other 50% is you just giving it to her because now she is throwing a complete fit over the sucker and the idea of getting her to smile, sit, eat, etc that the bribe was originally for has gone out the window. She loves to do flashcards naming off animals and colors and really enjoys painting, especially when she gets to do it with Jessica Wachter.
Bristol spends everyday talking about her baby sissy. She likes to start her day listening to her heartbeat with the doppler we have, she talks into the speaker like its a phone saying "hi sissy". She also loves showing off my belly to anyone who mentions the baby, this is not favorable when I am wearing a dress! We spend a good 5 minutes having a meltdown because I won't allow her to pull my dress up to expose my belly, I have stopped wearing dresses for the most part due to this issue. She also enjoys trying to share her food with sissy via my belly button. We've had a few arguments about the way the baby gets food, Bristol is stubborn and still believes it goes directly from my belly button to the baby and at this point I have just gave up with the fight. Our nights end with kisses and cuddles hoping for some big kicks from baby acknowledging she is there and so much joy when she finally gets to feel one. I think I am most excited to see how Bristol interacts with her new sister and praying the happiness and excitement last longer then a few days, if she's like me we will have some jealousy issues, if she's like her father she will be extremely kind.
As for me, well I am currently just a beached whale. I've been enjoying my weekly chiro appointments with Dana at Bismarck Sports + Spine, completely pampered myself thanks to Haley Beechie & Lotus and have tried every natural remedy available to get this baby out from acupuncture to tea. We even spent a few days out hiking and hunting trying to walk this baby out. No bucks or baby. Luckily, I have an amazing medical team at Mid-Dakota/ St. Alexus that I am ready to embrace my time with. I actually look forward to my weekly appointments with Dr. Delvo and knowing that they are numbered is pretty sad, guess I will just have to keep having babies so I get to hangout with Delvo and her nurses :) I'm sure my good friend Sommer, the PA in L& D, will be happy when I have had this baby so I can stop texting her at all hours of the night with questions and concerns....sorry Som!
Rowan Rose will be making her grand appearance any day now. Until then my friends and followers enjoy all the pre-planned blogs and images! I will make sure to update once baby has joined us before going silent for some family bonding with baby Rowan :)