Monthly Archives: December 2010

Merry Day After Christmas!!


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The Big Sister

At first Darby wasn’t too sure about Finn.  When she came to the hospital on the day he was born, she didn’t want anything to do with me in the hospital bed, and not too much to do with her new baby brother.  However, she was very happy that her new baby brother gave her a present –  a Baby Alive doll she had been asking for forever! (The ugliest doll I’ve ever seen in my opinion and absolutely gross – it eats, poops and pees!  But we figured it would be good for her to have a new baby to take care of, and she really wanted it.)

Now that we’ve been home for almost a week, she has completely fallen in love with her baby brother!  It’s so cute to see her kiss his head. She’s asked to hold him twice now and does such a great job!  She loves to read him stories and sing to him.  I’ve taken a few videos I really need to upload and share.  It’s just precious seeing her sing and read to him!


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Finn Patrick Murray!

Just arrived!

Our little Santa Baby getting ready to go home!

Ready to hit the road for home!

I still need to upload pictures from my camera, so stand by for more! Things are pretty busy around here while we are getting settled into being a family of 4!!


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He’s Here!

Finn Patrick was born today at 4:28pm after 4 and a half pushes within 8 minutes!! He weighs 7lbs 15oz and is 20.5″ long. Just perfect! I’m posting from mu iPod and trying to figure out how to post a picture. I’ll get one up as soon as possible! Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!!


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Bye-bye Baby Belly!

Since I haven’t made anymore progress (still 2cm dilated) and Finn seems more comfy and cozy then ever, we are planning to induce on Wednesday morning at 6am!  Not exactly what I had wanted or planned for, but we just don’t feel good about waiting much longer past my due date.  With scar tissue on my cervix, it’s possible I would never even dilate further then I have on my own anyway.  We aren’t going to leave that to chance and risk having Finn with us!  I’m trying my hardest not to think about how my induced labor was with Darby and hoping and praying that this induced labor is MUCH faster, and with less issues!  No matter what, the end result is what we are excited for –  our little Finn Patrick Murray!

I’m hoping he is actually born tomorrow, December 15th for a few reasons beyond wanting a shorter labor.  Finn is named after my Uncle and Godfather Pat and the 15th is my Aunt and Godmother Kass’ birthday! ALSO, it is my best friend Angela’s birthday.. and she is going to be in the room with Eric and I when the little dude arrives!  How special does that make December 15th?

The good news is hospital has Wi-Fi and we have our mini laptop packed in our hospital bag, so I will hopefully update here at some point!  Stay tuned!

(40weeks 3days and ready for Finn!)

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… that’s what Finn is.  Here we are, one day past my due date and he is still all snuggled warm happy as ever! I thought he would have been here by now, but that’s proving to have been a silly thought!  No matter what spicy food I eat, how much I walk or how much “romance” there is going on, he just seems to want to stay where he is!  We are SO ready for him to be here with us! 

It’s looking more and more like the little dude will be evicted (induced) sometime this week.  My appointment is tomorrow at 3:30, and we will schedule the big day then.  Honestly, I am not too excited about having to induce, but also don’t feel good about continuing to wait too far past my due date. I have come way too far to risk the placenta shutting down and something going wrong with Finn.  I know many woman wait 2 weeks past their due dates and still deliver healthy babies.  The difference is that perhaps they didn’t know exactly when they conceived and figure the due date may be “off” a bit.  We know when we conceived (I was temping/charting) so there is no question the due date is the due date!  Also with my past labor with Darby, and running into the scar tissue issue on my cervix (scar tissue from going through the 2 d&c’s with our heaven babies that prevented me from dilating properly on my own) it just seems like my hope of going into labor naturally and getting to experience a labor so different from the one with Darby just isn’t a reality.  Of course there IS always the chance that he gets the show on the road before tomorrow afternoon.  But if not, at least this time for the most part I will know what to expect!

In the meantime, we are still having fun waiting. We have been watching Christmas specials on tv like Rudolph, Frosty and the Muppets Christmas Carol.  Darby is loving it.  Last night she went and got her Santa hat, put 2 pillows on the floor, put bells around Eric’s neck and said to him “come over to my sleigh Rudolph it’s time to go to Christmas!”  It was beyond adorable!

I just can’t wait for Finn to join in the family fun!!


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Santa’s Lap!

I had been worried that Finn would make an early appearance and we both wouldn’t be able to take Darby to sit on Santa’s lap this year. (With whooping-cough around California like wild-fire, Finn wont be going a lot of places for the first 3 months of his life!)  But it’s really starting to look like little Finn is going to follow suit with his big Sis and be fashionably late – possibly evicted!  There is still time before that would happen, but I’m not going to get my hopes up too high! I’m still REALLY praying that he comes on his own, but I just don’t feel good about waiting too long past my due date.  I have an appointment on Monday and will be 2 days into my 41st week at that point (40weeks+2days), so if he hasn’t wanted out before then, we will schedule to be induced.

Even so, I am so happy that we were able to take Darby to sit on Santa’s lap at South Coast Plaza last weekend!  Now that she is more “toddler” we weren’t really sure how the whole “sitting on Santa’s lap” would be received.  Luckily, there were no tears, but there weren’t smiles either!  We were still happy, Darby just looked SO perfect in her beautiful Christmas dress (very special from her Great Aunt Lynne and Great Uncle Kevin, just like last year!).  She posed for pictures and nicely told Santa what she wants for Christmas – a ‘Hide and Seek Jojo’ – a bunny rabbit with a carrot you hold that will play hide and seek with you.  He comes to find you! It is really all she talks about, she is going to be so excited on Christmas eve when “Santa” over at her Grammy Julie and Grandpa’s house make her wish come true.

Here are some pictures from our trip to South Coast Plaza that included a ride on the Christmas Carousel – Darby’s favorite!

Here are a few videos:

In Finn news: the waiting continues!  I was really confident for a while that he was coming early… but like I said, I’m not so sure now!  I’ve been having contractions here and there, specially when I’m on a walk or shopping, but nothing that is steady or increases.  The other night after a spicy dinner of yummy Thai food, at about 1am I started contracting and did for a few hours.. then fell back to sleep and woke up normal again. So keep standing by! Hopefully we will have some happy news by the end of the weekend and will officially be a family of 4 (well 5, if you include our dog!)!

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