Wednesday, June 23, 2010

a sneak peak

the very talented Judith Voth took these of Jett. she wanted to "practice". AS if she needs it :)
the ones she posted on facebook are amazing and I can't wait to see them all. thinking this is screaming print me as a birth announcement!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

two weeks

Meet Jett at 2 weeks old. I plan to take these photos once a week to document his growth. This photo taken on the most beautiful handmade gift from Audrey (my co-worker) she knit this blanket and it's ALL ME - the colors are amazing the pattern the softness of the yarn. I LOVE LOVE it.

-Jett is 2 weeks old today and he weighs 6lbs6oz... amazing!! So much growth in two weeks.
-He is peaceful... barely cries and just loves to eat and sleep.
-He is the exact image of his dad.. it's actually crazy how much they look alike.

-Noah and Ari are just crazy in love with their brother, sometimes too much. They just want to hug him, squeeze him, kiss him and handle him. They don't get the concept of too much.

-Dave and I were driving the other day and both looked in the back and turned to each other and couldn't believe we are the parents of THREE kids. Whoa.
-Adjusting to life with the three of them has had its ups and downs... mostly behavior stuff with A & N. It's been surprising to me to see the behavioral issues with Noah when I was expecting them with Ari.

Those of you who have followed my blog from when the twins came will know that those early days were dark for me.. well let's face it that whole year was bleak. This has been amazing for me... I have been thinking about how we never really got to enjoy N & A when they came. We were in survival mode... we spend lots of time really enjoying Jett and getting to love him on him in a different way. Some times I feel ripped off that I didn't get that the first time and the guilt can creep in. But I go back to that place of remember that I am doing the best I can with what I have.. that's all we can ever do. I am thankful to get this chance to do it this way. One baby really is just so much simpler. Also having done all these things before helps... everything just comes easier.

I have so many blog posts in my head and once the fog has lifted (it's getting there) I'll be back with more. I have photos to share from N & A's birthday and some other fun stuff from the end of May and June.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

one week old.

It's not that usual when everything is beautiful
It's just another ordinary miracle today

The sky knows when its time to snow
You don't need to teach a seed to grow
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Life is like a gift they say
Wrapped up for you everyday
Open up and find a way
To give some of your own

Isn't it remarkable?
Like every time a raindrop falls
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Birds in winter have their fling
And always make it home by spring
It's just another ordinary miracle today

When you wake up everyday
Please don't throw your dreams away
Hold them close to your heart
Cause we are all a part
Of the ordinary miracle

Ordinary miracle
Do you want to see a miracle?

Its seems so exceptional
Things just work out after all
It's just another ordinary miracle today

The sun comes up and shines so bright
It disappears again at night
It's just another ordinary miracle today

It's just another ordinary miracle today

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Jett

*disclaimer: I wrote this out in the hospital the days we stayed there and it's my full account of the details surrounding Jett's birth.. it's lengthy and in full detail of my account.

Monday, June 7, 2010 – Welcome to the world Jett Anderson DiFrancesco.

Mom and Auntie Marlene drove me to Winnipeg to go to my fetal assessment appt. I was at Women’s around 10:15. I got the same tech I had the previous week.. she even remembered me which was nice. She was quiet as soon as she started and asked me if I came alone.. I immediately asked her if something was wrong.. she said no but she was unsure of the babies position… ugh my heart sank. I can’t believe he shifted. She reassured me he was just fine and we watched his little heart for a bit. She went to get the Doctor to double check his position. Sure enough Transverse with feet and cord presenting.. oh boy here we go again. She showed me what it looked like and sure enough there was cord mixed in with the feet at the bottom of my uterus. She said she would call Dr. Lee and we would go from there but I was not going home today. The technician came with me to find my mom after I had made calls to Dave and Marla. Thankfully Dr Lee was not on call and Dr. Boroditsky (who I came to Women’s initially way back on May 29th) was on. He said I would be admitted to the third floor and wait the 6 hours since I had had breakfast and we would be having him via C Section that afternoon

Whirlwind. We were immediately admitted upstairs and they began pre op stuff with me. I was loosing a lot of fluid again by this point so I was super thankful to be there. What a mess… I was aware of the disappointment I was feeling but at the same time I knew that we were in the right place and had I gone into labor it could have not turned out well. Dave was finishing a job up at the credit union and was probably so annoyed at all my phone calls as he was just trying to finish welding – lol. I was anxious to have him there… my maybe supper time csection turned into as soon as “the husband” gets here because of my eating a bowl of cereal at 7:30 and all the fluid I was leaking. Dave was finally on his way out of Winkler after 1:15. I was kept occupied by fabulous nurses, meeting the Dr. who was so nice and the 4 magazines my mom and Marlene brought me. I was well taken care of.

Marla arrived about 20 minutes before Dave and we just chatted about how things would go… again I was so blessed to have her here with us. She is just such a calming presence. Dave arrived to everyone’s relief and things moved quickly from there. Marla and Dave were given the green scrubs and blue hats. My FABULOUS nurse walked me down and I gave Dave a kiss. After I was ready they would let them come in. The Aneseiologist was also AMAZING. I walked into the operating room with Hot 103 blaring one of the days greatest hits. The mood was upbeat and pleasant. I sat down and there was chit chat about our kids and other things. She set up getting me my spinal – it’s funny how it all came back from last time. I am so thankful for nurses whispering in my ear telling me to breathe and relax and just reassuring me. It’s maternal I guess. After the spinal is the strangest feeling when they get you to lay down and you feel your body just loosing it’s ability to feel. I kept laughing cause I could swear my legs were up in the air and they were just playing tricks with me. They reassured me that I was laying flat.

I was so relieved when Dave and Marla came in. You never forget the sensation of a section. It’s surreal and I won’t go into details. You also never forget how kind people are the anestiologit who basically has your life in her hands is the boss and she made me feel very well taken care of.

It took longer than I remember with the boys. His position was funny… they pulled him out feet first and then realized the cord was around his neck so they had to maneuver around that.. the doc thought he hairline fractured his arm that was up around his head. It had popped but he is fine so they think it just came out of the socket and went back in. The getting him out was much more uncomfortable than with the boys… much more tugging. He gave a little cry when he came out and I remember being so relieved… they had him over at the warmer just getting him pink and checking his arm out. 4:55 p.m our Jett had joined the world! I had an ugly cry… relief, disappointment, joy, the unknown… it all came out.

They brought Jett to me at some point. He was beautiful so tiny. They took him to the other room to monitor him. Dave went with him and Marla stayed with me while they finished fixing me up.

I was wheeled into Recovery. I remember it did not feel as horrible as the time with the boys. I did not get all shaky and feel as strange as I did. I made some phone calls to share our news. Dave spent time back and forth showing me pictures of Jett. He was just being monitored for some Respitory issues.. just breathing a bit hard. The chest x ray showed he had fluid in his lungs. Poor little guy – he was doing well though. I think we were there for a couple hours. When they brought me up to our room they brought him to the Intermediate nursery just to be monitored.. they said 6 hours from birth. So we got settled upstairs – had a snack and just rested. Dave went back and forth… telling me how Jett was doing. At around 11 p.m. they brought him to me and I held my little guy. He was amazing. So tiny and perfect. He stayed with us and I barely slept.. every sound. He latched on really well but was so sleepy. Nursing was just a comfort at that point.

I’m writing this at the end of day 2 and knowing we get to go home tomorrow. He has come a long way. He is beautiful and perfect. He nurses like a champ and is pooping and peeing more than normal. We love him.

We had lots of visitors on Tuesday. Noah and Ari were pumped.. they couldn’t get enough of Jett. Touching his face and all his parts.. they held him and loved on him. It was adorable. Grandma D and Grandma and Papa came too. You are so loved. Auntie Crystal and Auntie Lisa and Auntie Marlene came. Jenelle came too. Everyone brought us food and brought you presents. It was lovely to have everyone there.

No one stayed long and soon it was just us again. I can’t wait to have you home with your brothers they love you so much!

Your dad ended up staying the next night too I just needed him. He left early this morning to go to work today and it was just me and you all day. We enjoyed each other, learning about each other and resting. Life will be busy soon enough so it’s nice to have some down time to just sit and enjoy each other. I love you Jett and am amazed that I get to be your mom.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


welcome to the world Jett Anderson. 06-07-10. 5lbs11oz.

more to come...

Thursday, June 03, 2010


not sure where to start.. i couldn't even begin to update you all as to where we are at if I tried.. most of it I don't understand. I am home now and plan to stay here unless I go into labor or find myself with an infection. Both are being monitored by me and my midwife daily. Hopefully on Sunday my labor will start and I will be able to be admitted here to Boundary Trails. If not I will probably go to my fetal assessment in Winnipeg on Monday and be put on a list to be induced.
I am beyond discouraged and quite disappointed. I would give anything to be going to work tomorrow to enjoy my last day and tie up loose ends and then enjoy some time off. Sitting on the couch for me all day is hard and the unknown is harder. I find pockets of hope... a visit from a friend, baking being dropped off, hugs from a & n, emails phone calls and all kinds of offers of help. I know that when I finally do set eyes on Baby J this will all be worth it...
So for now I wait...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

sweet home.

I am home. And so happy. Just trying to take it easy and relax. Not worry about everything I could be doing. Accept and Eat the food people are bringing (the yummy baking)!!! It's humbling and hard to ask for help. Thank you for the love.