"This is the day the Lord has made, I will REJOICE and be glad in it" Psalms 118:24

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kinsley Alyse's Birth Story

Kinsley Alyse Greene


Oh the joy's of the morning of April 18th, I had a planned induction set for Kinsley to grace us with her presence. Of course, the night before I was anxious and so excited that tomorrow was going to be the big day where we would meet this precious little girl that had been placed in my womb by the Lord 9 months earlier! I was so excited! I organized the last little bit of things that needed to be done and TRIED my hardest to get some sleep. Well, 2:30 rolled around and I was awoken with contractions. I was pretty excited but really didn't think into them since I was going to the hospital in about 5 hours. I couldn't go back to sleep so I checked my email and during that time my contractions were about 3 minutes apart for about 30 minutes then BAM, Nothing not even a small one. I then, tried to get back into bed and go to sleep since I would have to be up in about 2 hours. I laid there restlessly and finally at 3:45 just decided that If I couldn't sleep I would just get up and get dressed. Crazy, I know! Well, finally 5:00 rolls around and I just had to call the hospital to make sure that there was a room ready for me. My scheduled time was 6:00 a.m. However, they had me just come in around 7:00. Jarrod's mom got to our house a little after 5 (we had thought we needed to leave at 5:30) everyone was excited. I then started to get irregualar contractions again about 5-7 mintues apart nothing painful just the tightening feeling. I was getting excited that I could be in labor before my schduled time. At 6:30, kissed Hunter good bye and told him that we would be seeing him shortly and that he was going to be a big brother and then headed out the door.

"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mothers womb. I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made" Psalm 139:14

Jarrod and I drove to the hospital in a surreal state of excitement and joy. We checked into labor and delivery. It was so nice because we were joking around and got to spend some really awesome time together! (There was a precious couple that checked in at the same time as us. *remember this for later*) We got up to the room around 7:45 ish and just filled out the paperwork and consent papers for treatment. We turned on pandora and played hillsong for our labor music. It was awesome and so relaxing. I think at this point it was hitting me that I was about to experience that euphoric feeling of labor once again! I got settled into my bed around 8:30-45ish and then the monitors were placed on my belly to check Kinsley out and check contractions. I was contractions about every 7 minutes, but was only feeling the tightening feeling. My body was starting on it's own!! I was checked to see where our starting point was and I was about 3 cm. They went ahead and started a small dose of pitocin. This time around the pitocin wasn't really causing hard contractions in the beginning like before. 2 hours passed and they came back in to check on me and check my progress and I was maybe a 3+ so a tiny bit more. I then stayed there for about 2.5 more hours. Around 2, I was having such bad back labor that I just couldn't handle it anymore and requested an epidural. It took the aneteologist about 1 hour and 15 minutes before he got to me. I was so scared of the epidural and couldn't stop trembling. It took him a few tries (which hurt) to get it into place. So, after everything was settled Dr. Barnes came in and checked me and I was about 4+ and he then broke my water. My nurse let me know that she would be back to check me around 5:00. Jarrod and My mom just sat with me while I tried to rest. At 5, my nurse returned and checked me and told me that I was 5-6 cm. I was SO excited! Jarrod asked if it were okay to go ahead and call everyone and let them know they could head up to wait. I was a little hesitant, I was going off Hunter's labor and I thought it would be another 2 hours before I was 7cm. Which is where my labor flew. However, we decided to let everyone know they could head up but didn't have to rush. Jarrod's dad and step mom got up to the hospital at 5:15ish and came to visit with us. Well, about 30 mintues later I started to feel some pushing pressure. I knew something was going on but wasn't sure what since I thought I was only 5-6 cm. My nurse was in a delivery so another sweet nurse (who I just loved) came in and told me that It was probably just the baby really moving down but was going to check me to see what was going on. When she checked me she had this smirk on her face and looked at me and said "how many cm's did you say you were" I then told her that at 5:00 I was 5-6 cm. (Now, remember this is only 45 minutes later.) She just smiled and said "Well, your not 5-6 cm you are fully dilated and this baby is coming" I was stunned and thrilled! Did I really go from 5-10 in 45 minutes! CRAZY! She had me practice push just to see what the baby would do & sure enough I moved her head down a pretty good bit with that one push.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward." Psalm 127:3

Renette (our nurse) called Dr. Barnes to let him know that I was fully ready and that he needed to come down to my room. Jarrod and Renette held my legs as I began pushing several pushes in I could see her head starting to show. Renette and Jarrod were both cheering me on and saying how great I was doing. I remember in the middle of one push I hear Renette say "Push" and I did but then when I saw Kinsley's head and it has ALOT of dark hair I stopped and said "She has hair" Renette said your suppose to be pushing in this goofy way. I smirked and said "But, she has hair" I wasn't expecting that one. It was comical! Dr. Barnes come in a few minutes later and It was really like a little party in my room after that. Everyone was cracking jokes as I was pushing, which was extremely entertaining to me and helped me relax and push better. (I know that sounds crazy but it's true) Kinsley's head finally crowned after about 25 minutes or so. When it did Dr. Barnes just looked at me and asked "how much did your son weigh" I replied that he was 7 lbs 8 oz. He just smiled and said "Oh, she's not going to be that small". I knew it, I had been telling people the last little bit that she felt bigger. After 31 minutes of pushing Out comes this GORGEOUS 8 lb 3 oz Brown haired little girl! When I saw her I was amazed and I'm pretty sure that I had the EXACT same expression and feelings I had when I birthed Hunter. "My baby, look at my baby" I was overjoyed and overcome with this great love that the Lord chose me once again to take care of one of his children! PRAISE GOD! I can't express the Euphoric feeling that I was having. Jarrod's face and expression was just priceless. He was so excited and looked at her with the most precious look. She had already stolen his heart! As my placenta (which was HUGE, Dr. said that she was getting some good food) was delivered I just watched Jarrod and Kinsley. I was in awe. After she was weighed they wrapped her up and brought her back over to me. I nursed her and then told Jarrod that I wanted him to go get Hunter and let him meet his baby sister. When they walked back into the room Hunter had this face that he was studying her and then immediately said "baby" in the sweetest voice and touched her belly! He has been in love with her ever since. After a few minutes of just our family time we had all our family come in to meet her. It was just amazing to see all the people who already loved her.

We had the most wonderful stay. Our baby girl was able to stay in the room with us this time. I was rejoicing for that. Nursing was amazing, she was born ready to nurse!! The night before we left they had to do her last weigh in to see and just an over all check up. Everything went great! She was 7 lb 12.5 oz, which was great! Remember the sweet couple that I told you about in the beginning. Well, she and I labored at the exact same rate the whole time and she delivered a precious little boy about 15 minutes after Kinsley was born! How awesome is that! The Next morning we gathered our stuff up and got ready to go home to now be a family of 4!! Being rolled out of those double doors with my baby on my lap was the greatest feeling. I am so thankful that the Lord allowed us to have that experience. Now, my job is to be a godly wife to Jarrod and raise my 2 precious babies to know the Lord. What a blessing I have been given! GREATEST job I could ever ask for!

PRAISING THE LORD for his many blessings!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Remembering and the NEW things!!

Exactly 1 year ago today, Hunter had open heart surgery! His heart is completely healed now and we are so thankful! The Lord provided the sweetest gift to Jarrod and I by providing the skilled and knowledgeable doctor's that took care and repaired Hunter's heart! What a blessing!

Last night before bed Jarrod and I sat up and talked about how at that point we were trying to get as much sleep as we could before the BIG DAY. Our morning started very early. 4 a.m for Hunter's last feeding before surgery. I remember just sitting there feeding him and running my fingers through his white blonde hair and admiring his sweet little face and thanking the Lord for him. I knew that no matter what the Lord was going to take care of my sweet little boy. It's funny because when I actually think back on the actual "waiting room experience" with all the people we loved I can remember that I had the most peaceful calming spirit. I was nervous but the calming feeling was much stronger! It was all the Lord, there is no other way I could have been calm.
A little bit before the surgery I was sweetly reminded of the Lord's grace.
Isaiah 41:10
"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
Our Family 1 year after Open Heart Surgery!
That day is now a memory that I am thankful for and Hunter has the scar that will always remind me that the Lord is sweet, giving, sovereign, && MUCH BIGGER than my fears!! I am in awe of his kindness!!!

Here we are 1 year later and boy oh boy, Hunter has surely come a LONG way! He went from only drinking my milk via pumped and bottle fed to nursing exclusively until he was 1 YEAR OLD. sitting up, crawling and pulling up on time to (this is the big one) standing on his own 3 weeks ago and one week ago he took his very first step!!! The first 2 times that he took a step I missed them by seconds but yesterday evening I got to see it with my own two eyes and BOY OH BOY was I thrilled! It was clear as day! he weight shifted pulled his foot up and put it in from of the other and continued to stand for another few seconds before plopping over!
I am so overjoyed for the new accomplishments that Hunter is achieving! The Lord is GREAT!

This has been the most amazing 15 months and I can't wait to share the rest of his years. && this next year is going to be a busy one for us also. Hunter will become a big brother in April to a little sister!

They already have the sibling relationship and she's not even here yet. EX: Hunter will rub my tummy and say "bay-buh" so sweetly BUT there are other times when he will just beat on my belly and I will have to tell him to be sweet and gentle. && for Kinsley, she's already feisty. I rocked Hunter to sleep the other night (as I normally do, yes he's rotten) and well Kinsley didn't like that her brother was laying on her so she kicked and kicked until I moved him THEN I moved him to the right of my belly and guess what?! She started kicking him again. I just laughed and thought how fun it is going to be to see them together!!! I LOVE IT!!!

I feel so blessed to be a momma to my sweet boy and soon to be baby girl! The Lord has richly blessed Jarrod and I!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

True Beauty!!

Just wanted to share a quick joy from my day!

As I was riding home in the car this afternoon a song came on and my heart literally leaped for joy & my eyes filled with tears. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for all Christ has done & I felt compelled to share these precious words.

The specific lyric that struck me was:
"Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders HE possessed
There was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above
You're the one HE madly loves
Enough to die!

You're beautiful, You're beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful, You're beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are HIS"

My prayer for my family is that we won't get so consumed in this world that we forsake our first Love. We were made to worship Christ, to share the gospel and be striving to me more like him through his word.

What a precious gift it is to be HIS!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's a........

I just wanted to take a minute to sit and share how our morning went. =D

It all started by a early early morning. I woke up at about 5:15 a.m. and tried to convince myself to go back to sleep. I wanted to be rested and ready for the day. Well, about 45 minutes later (after laying there trying to sleep) I just got out of the bed and decided that I would make breakfast, take a shower and then get Hunter and Jarrod up. Around 8:45 a.m. My mother in law Cindy (Jarrod's mom) got to the house, my mom and sister followed about 5 minutes later and then Jarrod got back from picking up breakfast for him and I. =D What a sweet husband I have.

At 9:15 a.m., we all headed out of the house and were on our way to A Stork's View to see our precious baby. I started to get so nervous on the ride over. (I always get jittery when I get to see the baby again.) We arrived and BAM the feeling hit that I knew that Lord willing we were about to find out what the Lord perfectly placed in my womb! This precious little baby that Jarrod and I had made together. WOW, I was so excited/nervous and praying the whole time. My sweet sister Tabitha took pictures of the whole journey which included signing in, getting in the office, laying on the table, the moment we knew, the baby and our precious almost family of 4 and then pictures with all the family. It was a blessing and precious moment to keep forever!

As I checked in all I could think about was how badly I had to use the bathroom, drinking a whole glass of apple juice before was a bit much. I asked the Tech if I could use the bathroom and then come lay down. NOPE, she wanted to wait just a little bit so that my bladder would push the baby up a little further! So, I laid on the sono table and my sweet hubby sat next to me and then the FUN began!!! The Tech started showing me Kinsley moving around and then shortly after she looked at me and asked "Okay, are you ready to know what you're having?" I paused. Of course, I wanted to know soooo badly but I was so nervous. So, I just responded "Not yet, I want to guess just a little more." She said okay and also responded with "I have already seen what it is, so when your ready" then a few minutes pass and I thought I saw something I knew was "the part" and I said "okay I'm ready". Immediately, the did the "potty shot" view and I just KNEW that she was a girl! I think my eyes probably got as big as my head. I just shouted out. "It's a girl, I knew it was a girl." She then showed us the 3 little "hamburger" lines!!! Everyone in the room screamed I think. Jarrod's face was so sweet, he immediately kissed me and was so excited! He just knew!

During the rest of our 30 minute sono, we scanned over the "area" a million times and also did the blood flow look to make sure that there wasn't something that we weren't seeing. and NOPE, She's a girl!! She has the most beautiful little legs! I think that is the one thing I could not believe how long and pretty they were! I was just in awe the whole time! It was an awesome feeling to know what our baby was!

I'm so excited to announce that we are expecting a precious little GIRL!! Hunter is going to be the best big brother to a little SISTER!! I can't wait to see them together!!

I am rejoicing for this precious miracle the Lord is granting us! I am so in love with my gorgeous hubby and 2 babies that the lord graciously gave me. =D

Continuously praying for this growing baby!!!

P.S. a MAJOR update on Hunter coming soon. He's been throwing new stuff at us left and right. =D

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Good Morning Beloved's

The happenings of Hunter have been so exciting and plentiful the past few weeks!
We are so very proud of our big boy! I've been so overwhelmed with gratitude and thankfulness!

Forgive me for being so lazy and not posting
(I took these all this morning, it took some encouragement and a little nudge to get them on photo )

My New Tricks
So excited to pull up to his knees
I have to get an electronic to get him to do this one!!
I'll let me phone get banged on the floor anytime to help teach my kiddo!!
pulling to his knees in his crib =D
and like I said electronics or wanting mommy works for this one.
I also can't believe that we are preparing for Hunter's 1st Birthday! Where does time go?! I am so excited for his birthday but in the same breath it brings me to tears that my baby boy is getting older. Last night I rocked him to sleep and normally I just give him a kiss put him down in his bed, but not last night.
I held him so tightly, watching his little facial expressions as he slept, kissed his little cheeks and just rocked him a little longer while taking it all in. I thanked the Lord for my precious gift and just prayed. GOD IS GREAT!

I was at a wedding a few weeks back and I heard the song "I hope you dance" It was just so sweet. Here is one line that overwhelmed me.

"I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking"

So baby boy
Love God with all your heart, share the gospel with everyone, challenge yourself and never give up. You will always have Mommy and Daddy here to cheer you on!!

Thank you, Jesus for giving me such an amazing husband who cares for me, our precious little boy and thank you for this new precious baby that you have allowed to grow in my womb.
With tears of Joy, THANK YOU!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Excited To Announce....

That Hunter is going to be a BIG BROTHER!
yep, that's right
We're pregnant with Baby Greene #2!!
Jarrod and I went to go check on the digital test for the answer.
& this is what we found when we walked back in the living room.
His very first big boy mess... He was just letting us know he was so excited to be a big brother!!
Can't you just see how excited and proud of himself he was for making a mess!! =D

Psalm 139:13-14
"For You formed my inward parts;You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well."

"Once there was a family of 3, now there is 4!!" -My hubbby

It was such a sweet surprise to our family!
We are so excited and are rejoicing that the Lord blessed our womb.
I think we are to expect the new baby around April 22-24th, 2011!!
We are rejoicing for sweet blessings!!

I would like to ask for you all to keep us in your prayers as we are awaiting this sweet new baby!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Precious Love

Just wanted to share a few precious moments I stumbled upon this morning.
Our Precious Love Moments

Getting ready to take Hunter to his very first Christmas boat parade
My precious baby just 12 weeks old
My love and I sharing the Classic Glass bottle Coke =D
Our Little Honey Bear
Our Very First Christmas as a family of 3!
&& Here is a picture of our Precious 11 month old!!

When I see these pictures I can only see

I feel so incredibly blessed to be his mommy. I am enjoying every moment that I get to watch him grow and learn more and more!
Praise The Lord

My Strong Boy Rolling Over Again!

Down Syndrome Awareness

My sister posted this on her facebook page and its raising awareness for Down Syndrome! Praise The Lord! I have been given the biggest blessing to raise a Down Syndrome little boy and I strive everyday for Him to be given every possibility! Hunter is thriving every single day and is amazing me more and more! He is so strong! Our Doctors are in Awe of him!! My sweet savior has blessed us so incredibly much!