My mom was able to come and meet her new grandson last Wednesday and stayed until yesterday. It was such a good visit! It was perfect timing too because she got to be here for my birthday. We went shopping (which is sort of depressing only 3 weeks post-baby), went to Bremerton to see my grandparents and met up with my 2 aunts as well, and went to the zoo. We had a lot of fun, and poor Luke keeps asking me "Where's Grandma?" Baby Max is such a good baby. I was so worried that I would have a high-maintenance baby after my first two were so mellow, but he is turning out to be just the same. He only cries (and I mean screeches!) when he wants to eat, but after he is full, he just chills out and looks around until its time for a nap. He still keeps us up frequently during the night, but he makes up for it by being so nice and cute during the day. We are now looking forward to Grandma and Grandpa Pingel visiting us over Memorial Day weekend for Max's blessing.
A few details about the labor that Scott didn't mention were that yes, I did have an epidural, but my contractions didn't hurt at all. I was just afraid that it would come so fast again like Luke that I would have to do it all natural if I just didn't go ahead and get one. So yes, at about 1am Sunday morning I ordered up the epidural, and because of complications finding the spot, I was numb by about 2am. Then we slept all the way until the doctor came and decided to break my water. It was a wonderful 5 hour nap! Anyway, we just stayed the 24 hours in the hospital and then came home. It was a surreal moment leaving the hospital knowing that he was in me just the day before, and now he is out of me and living at my house. Wierd!! All is well though at home and the boys love him. They both had a good laugh this morning when little Max sneezed, it was too funny! Easton is mommy's big helper and always wants to know where baby Max is and just loves to watch him and get right up in his face and stare. Luke has been a little out of sorts, but seems to be adjusting better each day. He likes little Max too and is always asking me "Is that baby Max?" whenever he sees me holding him. We just love the new addition and all of the fun small baby stuff like his smell, his sounds (even his screeches when hes hungry), and just how little he is!
Maxwell Toolson Pingel was born Sunday April 5, 2009 at 8:54 a.m. pacific time. He was 7 lbs. 2 oz. and 20 inches long. He has a lot of dark brown hair. Baby and mother are healthy and doing well. We really couldn't have asked for better timing. Lindsey and Easton went for a walk on Saturday at about 4:15 p.m. and came back in time for Scott to go to Priesthood session of conference. When Scott got home from conference, Lindsey's contractions were only 2 minutes apart, so we got ready to go to the hospital. We were a little nervous about it because Luke had been up the whole previous night throwing up with a fever, but after the bishop came over to assist Scott in a blessing, he was on the mend. One of Lindsey's Laurel's came over to stay with the boys at about 8:30 p.m. and Scott and Lindsey headed to hospital. When they checked Lindsey at the hospital she was dilated 5cm, so they were officially keeping her there to have the baby. They let her progress on her own because they wanted her to break her own water. By about 7 am on Sunday morning they decided that her water was not going to break on its own, and the doctor finally decided he would come and break it. He broke her water at about 8:10 am, and Max was born at 8:54 am. The boys got to meet Baby Max this afternoon and seemed pretty intrigued by him. Luke kept saying "Whasup Baby Max, whasup." Enjoy the pictures!!
Lindsey went to her doctor's appointment yesterday at almost 37 weeks. The doctor wan't even going to check her cervix until she asked him to because of some contractions she's been having. When he did check her they were both shocked to find out that she was at 0 station (the baby had dropped), 75% effaced, and 4 cm dilated. The doctor doesn't think she'll make it to her next appointment, which would be next Wednesday, and he said he'd be surprised if she made it through the weekend. So hopefully our next blog will be introducing our new baby boy.
Scott is the City Manager in Dayton, Oregon, Lindsey is a stay-at-home mom and part-time substitue teacher. Easton is 8 and getting too smart, Luke is 6 and getting taller by the minute, Max is 4 and getting crazier by the second, and Ginny is 2 and getting cuter by the moment.