So while pregnant with Tate I had suggested Tenley if he was a girl. It never really stuck, mostly because of Katherine, so it was tucked away and forgotten. When we found out we were having a girl this time we threw a ton of names around, but none seemed to fit. I reminded Andy of Tenley and he was all over it. I, right away, said no way, it was a fake name and to forget it. He didn't. It kept popping back up. Then Bachelor in Paradise was on, and there was a Tenley! I though for sure he'd veto it then, but no, he still really loved the name. Hmm, ok, I'll add it to the short list but never in a million years did I think it'd be a real contender.
Finally, with about 6 weeks to go, we were no closer to having a name picked out. Avery was tossed around but Andy was still in love with Tenley. Finally I started using the name when talking about her. I made sure Andy knew I hadn't agreed to it, I was just testing it out. It started to grow on me. And finally, I fell in love with the name, too!
Louise. That is my sweet grandma's middle name that she went by. Her full name was Marjorie Louise, but her mother never really liked the name Marjorie so they always called her Louise. I have always known my daughter's middle name would be Louise, also. Grandma and I were kindred spirits and had a very special connection, I couldn't imagine using any other name for my little girl. Before Grandma passed away, when I was pregnant with Aiden, I told her if we ever had a girl her middle name would be Louise. In her sweet little way I could tell she was so pleased. Gosh, I miss her. She would have adored little Tenley Louise.
And that's how we came to name our little girl Tenley Louise. She already has many versions of her name said to her: T-Lou, Tenley Lou, and my favorite, Tallulah. Andy came up with that one. It was some morphing from T-Lou. I never have any idea how he comes up with his nicknames but he's a champ at them!
Thank you again for all the sweet messages! We are so blessed to have our sweet little Tenley Louise.
I'm so happy to introduce you to our sweet little girl,
She arrived Sunday, November 15th at 4:58 p.m. She weighed 8lbs4oz (!!!) and was 21 1/4" long (and perfect as can be!). Here's her story...
We arrived at the hospital at 8:00 that morning to begin our induction. It was about 8:30 by the time I got laid down in bed and our nurse Brittany started hooking me up to the monitors and got the IV started. The Pitocin was started at 9:30 and away we went. I was dilated to a 3 when we arrived and at 2:00 I was still only at 3cm. I was a tad frustrated, the meds were working pretty good all morning then started to peter out a bit after noon. I asked the nurse what I could do to help things along, she suggested laying on my sides or sitting on the exercise ball. I rolled over to my left side and almost immediately the contractions really started up again, including back labor pains which were awful. I told Andy 5 minutes into that to go tell the nurse I was ready for my epidural. He questioned me ("Are you sure you want them now?") and I told him "GO!" So she called in the anesthesiologist and by 3:00 I was all hooked up and the pain was starting to go away. At 4:30 she checked me again and in the 2 hours between when she checked me last I was dilated to a 10! Yep, went from a 3 to a 10 in TWO HOURS!!! Our little princess was about to make her debut!
The doctor came in at 4:40 and at 4:45 I started pushing. 13 minutes and 5 contractions later Tenley Louise was born! It was so amazing, that was the shortest time I'd ever pushed, she came so easily! I had no tearing so no stitches, which was great. They laid her right on my tummy and wiped her all up, then we had skin to skin time for a good 5 minutes. We've never done that before and it was so wonderful to have that contact with our little girl. She was pretty calm for most of that, just a few little cries here and there. Her eyes were wide open and she just looked around her at her new world and her daddy (who she already adores, by the way!).
After that they took her to do her APGAR tests. Andy was there with her the whole time. Meanwhile, they cleaned me up and removed the epidural. Then I laid there and waited for my little lady. Finally she was all ready for some snuggling.
We made a few calls and then my parents came in with the boys to meet their new baby sister. They each came in carrying a pink gift bag - each boy had picked out a stuffed animal for their sweet sister. They were all immediately smitten with her. Tate was so excited to see the 'bay', he kept giggling and pointing out her features. He'd point and say "eye!" He'd squish her little nose. He'd rub her little head. She'd make a little noise and he'd giggle all over again. We took some really cute pictures of those two together. The big boys were like old pros, they were so gentle with her and just sat and cuddled her.
Tenley has been an amazing sleeper at night from the beginning. The first night she slept 8 hours. At 5 a.m. I finally asked the nurse to take her for her first bath so she'd wake up so I could feed her. The second night she was a fussy little gal so I had the nurse keep her in the nursery so I could try and get some sleep. She was brought in at 1:45 to eat, then again at 5:30. She was still a little fussy that morning, then at 9:30 I fed her and my milk had already come in. That calmed her right down! She was super calm the rest of the day.
We were discharged at 10:00 Tuesday. Bringing her home was emotional - Tate was so excited that the 'bay' was at his house. The boys came running home from the bus stop after school, super excited to see their little sister! That night she slept in her crib all night, waking up twice to be fed and going right back to sleep. This was all new for me, we were used to babies being up a lot the first few nights getting used to their surroundings, not sleeping alone in their crib all night long! I figured it was a fluke but here it is, Saturday morning, and she has continued to be an awesome sleeper! The nights since I have only been up with her once, just to feed, diaper and put her back to sleep. Awesome! All of this sleep has helped a ton with my baby blues.
We are all doing awesome, adjusting well. As soon as I get the last couple of things for her room in I'll do a nursery post. I LOVE her room!
I am busy taking care of all these kids (and husband!) so if you don't hear from me don't panic - I'll be back! And thanks in advance for the kind comments, I probably will not have time to reply to those but THANK YOU!
I can't believe it but this will be my very last, EVER, pregnancy update! This has been the longest 10 months ever - time seemed to drag on and on. February was a long time ago! But here we are, days away from meeting out sweet little ******. That's the only hint you'll get about her name, but I do have to say, I've almost spilled the beans about a dozen times. Andy and I call her by name when it's just the 2 of us, and I'm getting very used to calling her that, so when talking about her to others I've just about let it slip. I can't wait to share it with you next week!
This year was an unusual year for Halloween and Trick or Treating. With October 31st being a Saturday we had a 2 night event this year.
Friday the boys had their school parties and costume parades. I sat this year out so Tate could get a good nap so didn't get any pictures of them at school. The boys had fun and came home wired and excited for trick or treating. Our little town decided to have their trick or treat night that same night from 5-7 so we loaded Tate up in his stroller and walked around our neighborhood. In that short little 30 minute walk they got a ton of candy, cookies and chips. We came home to go to the big city for a quick errand so called that night quits early.
Saturday they got all dressed up again and we headed out to trick or treat family in our hometown as the Iowa game was ending (priorities!). Our hometown's trick or treat night was on Halloween, from 6:30-9. We decided to forgo the door to door stuff and just hit up family. Even though we only made 6 stops they came home with a ton of loot. Each place gave them a goodie bag full of candy (and at one stop Tate was given a full bag of Goldfish crackers!) so it didn't take long to fill their buckets.
We ate supper at my folk's house, chili! My sister's family came, too, so I was finally able to see her kids all dressed up this year. I didn't have my camera with me to get a picture of all of them together, darnnit. I'll have to get a copy from my mom.
Tate fell asleep in the car on the way to our last stop so he sat that one out. ;) The boys had a fun Halloween, got a ton of candy, and are already dreaming up ideas for next year's costumes! I already have plans for what Baby Girl will be for her first Halloween and I can't wait!