My three sons.

Grant Jacob Pierce

August 20, 2007 10:31 am

7 lbs 10 ounces 20 1/2 inches

Eric Warren Pierce

May 4, 2009 6:11 am

8 lbs 15 ounces, 21 inches

Luke Alan Pierce

November 16, 2011

8 lbs 2 ounces, 19 inches

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Meeting Baby Luke

Grant has been asking me for the past …well, for the past 7 months when Baby Luke was going to come out of mommy’s tummy.  He is so excited to have a new baby brother.  He looks at him with such love and adoration, that it makes my heart melt.

Eric on the other hand…  He didn’t quite know what to think of him the first night…

At least he warmed up to him by night two:

This is my parents 20th grandchild.  It’s no wonder they had so many kids (13 all in all).  They are just as in love with baby number 20 as the rest of them.

The boys pushing Luke down the hall at the hospital.

The Emery’s took the boys all day Thursday so that Chad could spend some time with me up at the hospital.  That night they came up to visit the newest of the Pierce boys.


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Luke Alan Pierce

Last week Wednesday we welcomed a new son into our family: Luke Alan Pierce.  Or as the boys like to call him, Baby Luke.  He was born at 1:54 pm, weighed 8 lbs 2 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Although he wasn’t pre-term, Luke was born earlier than either of my other boys.  I had a feeling he would be, but I wasn’t sure if that was just wishful thinking (since he was sitting so low down in my pelvis).

I started out my week last week by working Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.  Sunday was a pretty slow night until the very end when we had an emergency c-section.  That was where the craziness started.  And it didn’t stop until several days after I delivered.  Monday night I was the charge nurse for the unit.  I spent the evening here there and everywhere helping out where I could.  Strangely enough I didn’t have any contractions (which I had been having for about 10 weeks or so on and off before I delivered.)  Then came Tuesday night…. I knew the night was going to be crazy when I came in and was put as charge nurse again because we needed all of the labor and delivery nurses since all of our rooms were full. Luckily we had more than the usual number of nurses on that night, so the night started out pretty well. Then at about 9 pm we had an emergency with a patient that resulted in a transfer to the ICU.  That was when the contractions started.  Not painful, but there.  I didn’t really have time to time them because I was too busy with keeping track of the unit and helping wherever I was needed.  Then around 2:30 am we took a patient to the OR for a c-section.  Non-emergent.  Or so we thought.  Although the baby is doing alright now, it didn’t start out that way and I found myself resuscitating a full term infant. It is never fun to have to do that, but especially not when you are pregnant yourself. The contractions started getting worse when I was running back and forth between the nursery and the OR getting supplies for the nurse practitioner, making phone calls, and updating the father on the condition of mother and baby.  Five am was the first chance that I got to sit down and regroup.  That was when I realized how close my contractions were starting to get and really how uncomfortable they were.  I had one of my friends check my cervix (one of those crazy things nurse friends will do for you).  I was 3-4 cm dilated while I had been setting at a steady 2 cm for several weeks.  We decided that she would just recheck me in an hour and see if I was progressing.  I went into the break room and decided that I was going to call Chad just to give him a heads up on what was going on. Shortly after I got off the phone with him, the attending physician that was on came into the break room to check on me.  He decided that since he could tell that I was definitely painful and my cervix was more dilated than it had been just a couple days before that I should just be admitted.  That way I could get my antibiotics since I am GBS positive.

I’m glad that Dr Pete made the decision to admit me when he did because my water broke at 7:40 am.  I’m pretty sure I would have been laying in my bed at home when it broke otherwise, and that is a mess I just wouldn’t want to have to deal with.  At 10 I decided to get my epidural, not because my contractions were super painful yet, but because the anesthesiologist was in the room next door doing an epidural and I really didn’t have any desire to wait for painful contractions.  By the time I was settled in from getting that I figured I should have a little time to try to nod off to sleep since I hadn’t slept well the day before and I was quickly approaching 24 hours since I had gotten up…  Although it didn’t really work, at least resting quietly gave me a little energy to get through the delivery.  At noon my OB, Dr Irving (who luckily for me was covering the floor all day because the residents were at an educational day) ruptured my forebag (pocket of water in front of baby’s head that seals off as baby moves downward).  Soon after that I started feeling pressure.  I ignored it as long as possible (because I really wanted that nap…), but as I started feeling the pressure to push through my epidural, I decided that I should probably call for my nurse. She checked me and said that it was time.  I pushed for four minutes and delivered a healthy baby boy.  He came out with a compound hand (his hand came out at the same time as his head….yes the same hand that is in the picture above).  Good thing I had that epidural…that would have hurt.  I will say that of all three of my deliveries, this was the most calm, relaxing experience that I have had yet.  Delivering in a place where all of my friends are taking care of me may have a thing or two to do with that :) .

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My little apples are growing too fast…








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Bay Beach

This past weekend we went to Wisconsin to visit our friends Paul, Alisa and Kaia.  We met Paul and Alisa when we were in college and have fortunately been able to keep a close friendship with them over the past 8 years or so.  Unfortunately, with us both having families and work schedules now, we don’t get to see each other as often as we would like, but no matter what, we always have a great time when we get together.

On Saturday we went to Bay Beach. Bay Beach is an amusement park in Green Bay, Wisconsin that has been around for a very long time.  They haven’t raised the prices since I was a little girl.  Tickets for the rides are still 25 cents each, which makes for a very affordable family outing.  We spent over 5 hours there riding rides, bought concessions and bought lunch for our family of four and only spent $35.  Can’t go wrong there.

Waiting for the train:

Riding the helicopter:

Paul and Alisa:

Mmm…Cotton Candy:

Riding in the fighter planes:

My boys on the merry go round:

And after a long day, and a bought with insomnia the night before, Eric fell asleep on me…oh how I love these moments!

Thanks for such a great weekend Paul and Alisa!!  We can’t wait to see you guys again!


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Grant is 4!

Grant turned four on August 20th.  I actually managed to get out my camera and take picture on his actual birthday.  Just took me a little while to edit them :)

A few things about Grant:

- Grant is an early riser.  He often is the first one awake in the house besides Aunt Sarah.  He will go downstairs and entertain himself with lincoln logs or go into the playroom.  He knows mommy and daddy are not morning people and does a pretty good job of letting us sleep just a little longer in the morning.

- He is such a momma’s boy.  Every day Grant asks me, "Do you have to work tonight?"  If I say yes, he will go through the days of the week until he figures out one that I don’t have to work.  If I say no he simply says, "Thank you mom".  Sure makes my heart melt. 

-Even though he is such a momma’s boy, he recently has stopped letting me give him kisses on the lips.  He tells me "No, on the cheek, mom."  Not really ready for that…  :(

- As always, loves food.  I’ve finally gotten him to start eating vegetables.  Occasionally he likes them, but usually will swallow them whole.  Not so big of a deal with peas and diced carrots, not so cool with broccoli.  I constantly have to remind him to chew his vegetables. 

- Tells me he is going to be a doctor when he grows up.

- Loves rockets, monsters, dragons and dinosaurs.

-  Favorite movie:  How to Train Your Dragon (AKA the dragon movie)

- Favorite cartoon: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

- Started Four year old preschool with Mrs. Rienstra and Mrs. Thiel on September 7




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