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Beckham’s Birth Story

I am so excited to get to share Beckham’s birth story! His birth held a lot of firsts for me, which was something I did not quite expect with my third labor. I had heard that labor with third babies can be kind of a wild card and I’d say that held true in some aspects of Beckham’s story.

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On the evening of Wednesday March 22nd I started to have regular contractions but they were not super strong. I timed them and they were about 10-12 minutes apart. This lasted for about 2 hours until they faded and completely went away by 11pm. I woke up to more contractions around 1:30am and decided to get out of bed to bounce on the ball for a while. At 3:30am they faded just like before and I decided to stop trying to induce more contractions and just get some rest.  This completely threw me for a loop–once my contractions started with my other labors, they didn’t stop until the baby was born!

We went about our day on Thursday March 23rd, having breakfast together and going for a walk in the park with our family. We stopped by TeaBar for a treat after our walk and were just taking the day slowly. I wasn’t having consistent contractions at this point but would feel one every once in a while. They were more than Braxton Hicks but not tough enough that I had to breathe through them.

Travis left for his shift around 11:30am and at 1pm my mother in law said that she was going to go for a walk. I asked my mom to put my kids down for their naps so I could join her and try to get this labor started! We had a great time, walking and talking for over an hour. I thought we were walking pretty fast but I was waddling so my mother in law probably thought we were pretty slow.:)

I started having contractions halfway through our walk but just kept talking and walking. When we got home, I took a long shower and was getting ready to take our son to his wrestling practice. Once I got dressed, I was hit with my first hard contractions…and they were three minutes apart. I contemplated not going with Brody to wrestling but he was insistent on me taking him as he was still new to this wrestling thing. I obliged, much to his delight and my dismay. I figured we would be close to the hospital if things got intense–and that they did! As my mother in law drove us, I was breathing hard through my contractions. As we pulled into a parking space, I said that I could not go in to the wrestling room and that I needed to go to the hospital. Travis was still working and I hadn’t told him yet that I was in labor. I wanted to make sure this was the real deal and now I definitely knew it was. Travis’ Mom called in to dispatch to tell them to have 29(Travis’ badge number) head to the hospital because his wife is in labor. We also had to flag my friend Meghan down so she could bring Brody home from wrestling(thanks again, Meghan!).

Travis met me at our car (in his uniform:) )  and said to me “what’s up?”. Ha! I was breathing through a contraction at that exact moment so he didn’t get a response. He then met us as we pulled up to the Valet at the hospital at 3:45pm. I had been having consistent contractions 3 minutes apart for over an hour now. We made our way up to the fourth floor where we met my friend and photographer Katie and my mom. My way of breathing through these contractions was to put my hands on my knees and sway. That always seems to be my go-to. I had read Hypnobirthing by Mongan and was using her breathing techniques to help with the contractions.
beckhambeckhamTravis and I were walked back to the “maybe baby” triage area where I was checked by a nurse named Joy. I remember telling Travis “That was the worst check ever!! Her name CANNOT be Joy.”. He said her name should be “bring on the pain!”. This made me laugh even though I was not very happy. At this point she told me I was 4-5cm and 90% effaced. They walked us straight to our room and I hopped up the bed to try to find a good position to labor in. I wanted to be able to fully let my body open and kind of hang.
beckhamAt this point, knowing that I was 4-5cm and staying, Travis quickly went to the station the change out and get dressed. I did give him permission for this as I felt like it would still be a few hours. Dr. Mellum came in to monitor me quickly and he asked me if I wanted an epidural. At this point I had stuck strong that I wanted to have a natural labor, and looking back, I am frustrated that he offered it to me. He was just doing his job but I know I could have labored longer without it had it not been offered. I remember saying through gritted teeth”Ahhhh…I think I want it.” My mom and Katie told me that I am not a hero if I don’t get it and to do what I needed. I asked him to get my fluids ready for an IV. I then made my way to the amazing whirlpool tub.
beckhamI wanted that water as hot as it could get and it felt absolutely amazing. My mom helped me labor in the tub by feeding me ice chips, rubbing my back and talking me through relaxing. My amazing friend Megan started my IV for the epidural while I was in the tub, which was a gift! beckhamI walked out of the bathroom to find the anesthesiologist ready! This was a surprise as I had only gotten 1/2 a bag of fluids and he came super quick. I plopped on the bed and he was administering my epidural within minutes. This is where something went wrong. In my opinion, he worked too fast, but I’m not the doctor. He was in a hurry to give me my epidural because his shift ended in 15 minutes. I asked him if he was heading on a vacation or something because we was working so fast. I also told him he was cute so ,ya know, maybe I was feeling more of the drugs than I thought. He was not very thorough in making sure I was level and sitting in the correct position, as I remember my other anesthesiologists doing. However, I felt some numbness go down left side and I was happy to get my pain under control. This did not happen, though. beckhamI was now stuck in bed without the epidural working properly. I had remained very composed up this point, getting to move my body to manage my pain through contractions but this is where I started to lose my cool. I yelled at one point  in the middle of a contraction “He NEEDS to come fix THIS!”. My mom, Travis, and Katie helped me calm down by rubbing my shoulders and telling me that I can do this. Katie said “No matter when he gets here to fix it, you can do anything for 40 seconds.”. At this point, I was frustrated for even getting the epidural since it wasn’t working like I had hoped.
beckhambeckhamI was pushing my little epidural button so much and changing positions on the bed that after an hour or so, it eventually worked! Hallelujah! I could still feel my contractions but the pain was substantially less. I was so happy to not be stuck in bed feeling those contractions like I had been. At this point, Megan checked me and I was 7-8cm and “very stretchy”. My mom, who is an L&D Nurse, also checked me and whoops! She broke my water.:)It was around 6pm. Travis got some rest once I was fairly comfortable.beckhamI was so happy at this point and we took some photos to document who was with us as we welcomed baby boy into the world. I also had time to put on some make up and text friends some updates.:)beckhambeckhambeckhamI started to feel a little pressure and figured baby was ready to be born! At 6:50pm, I was 10 cm and ready to deliver. I asked Travis earlier in my pregnancy if he would be up for delivering our son. He said he would be and we thought this would be such a special moment for our family. We were right! It brought me a lot of joy seeing his excitement as he got ready to deliver Beckham.beckhambeckhambeckhamI asked a nurse to get the mirror and I got to touch the baby’s head and watch him make his way out! After about 3-4 contractions, Beckham James Albini was born in his daddy’s hands at 7:10pm on March 23rd 2017.beckhamTravis did a great job and I was so happy that he was the one to deliver Beck! We were in such awe of his precious and perfect life! As we examined his little body, I thanked God for this baby boy. He reminded me so much of Brody and we are so in love with his squishy face. Beckham has a full head of blonde hair and the cutest long toes and fingers.beckhambeckhambeckhambeckhamWe were so happy that Travis’ mom and my mom could be there for Beck’s birth.
beckhambeckhambeckhamBeckham weighed 8lbs 5 oz and was 21 inches long. He had a pretty swollen and bruised face but was doing great and had a great Apgar score-9s. beckhamTravis and I had a very restless night due to some bladder issues and, ahem, a new baby!:)But those moments in the hospital were very sweet, indeed. It was so fun having Brody and Brinley come to the hospital to meet their newest brother! Brody was over the moon and Brinley was obsessed with the gifts that Beckham got her–a flower tutu dress and a big sister book.

Thank you Katie for taking our birth photos! We are so grateful you could be there and do such a special thing for us.

After Katie left, Travis and I alternated taking photos of our family. Our time in the hospital will always be some of my most cherished memories–being able to document it is a passion and love of mine!

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Baby boy:: 38 weeks

Just like life, this pregnancy has gone by so slow and somehow fast all in the same. As we reach the end of baby boy’s pregnancy, we are growing more and more anxious to meet him. Travis seems to think that he is going to look like his brother, meaning Travis’ brother. WEIRD. He thinks that baby boy will have dark hair and features. I am picturing a Brody look-alike with more of a button nose because of his ultrasound photos. His lips looked similar to Brody’s, which I LOVE because Brody has Travis’ lips.

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albinifamilyspring2017-18Every chore, errand, etc. seems to be done with the mindset of “this might be the last (blank) until baby is here!”. All of my “thank you” cards are written from the many things family and friends blessed us with, taxes are done, yard cleaned up(thanks hubby!), doctor bills paid off in advance, carseat and diaper bag all ready to go! Each little chore is done with greater meaning–Even the simplest of things like folding laundry and cleaning out the sink. I keep envisioning going into labor with a clean house. That’s very unlikely to be the case ha!

This pregnancy has been the toughest yet. I credit most of the added difficulty to having two children at home while growing a third–more duties at home, less rest, carrying two older kids around,etc. The back pain is super painful, especially as I get up in the night multiple times for the bathroom. Last night was the first night I woke Travis up to help me sit up. He’s such a trooper! I’m thankful that my pregnancies are pretty stress-free. I measure small (my belly measured 31 weeks at 36 weeks) so I get to have a late term ultrasound but baby looked good!

This baby boy has been our most active one! He is still doing major acrobatics in my belly and it is crazy to see. Friends have seen my belly move and become distorted from across the room!  I absolutely love feeling him move. albinifamilyspring2017-25albinifamilyspring2017-24

One thing that I have realized about myself this pregnancy is that while I don’t have a tough time asking for help, I struggle to be still. I can easily ask a friend or family member for help with a simple task but I am not good at resting. This has proven to work against me this pregnancy, as my back pain is multiplied when I am on my feet and doing chores that I probably should not be doing–like staying up til 1am multiple nights in a row to paint our entire kitchen myself or mowing the lawn at 37 weeks pregnant. Breastfeeding helps me be still and I’m looking forward to that reprieve.:)

I have done a horrible job at recording this pregnancy so I wanted to do one last update!

Weeks: 38

Weight gain: 26 pounds

Baby’s Size: About 7.5 pounds and 19 inches long

Changes: Hoping these Braxton Hicks, that have become more intense, are continuing to do more for my progress. Seasonal allergies have started and I forgot how tough it is when you can’t take decongestants while pregnant.

Best moment this week: Hearing Brody say “Oh, I just can’t wait to see baby brother’s face!”. Also, I am so thankful for my husband who worked really hard this weekend doing all of the “honey dos” for me. He has also been getting up with the kids during the week so I can sleep in. I slept until 9:30am one morning! Sleep is my love language.:)

Worst moment this week: Having the severe back pain. I know it could be worse and I’m thankful it’s not debilitating.

Cravings: Oreos!

Missing anything: I’m looking forward to having a glass of wine. And I’m not even a big wine drinker!

Looking forward to: Having this baby boy on my chest and getting to check out all of his features. It’s seriously the best moments of my life and it brings me to tears.

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Next blog post will be of this baby boy’s arrival! EEK! Thanks for following along. We appreciate your kind words and prayers as we prepare to be a family of five!:)

And here are some fun photos with the kids at The Book Family Farm with baby goats.:)

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Photo credit to Katie Drake Photography.

Baby Albini number three

Baby Albini number three.

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My family is so excited to be welcoming our third baby next year! Baby boy is due March 24th, 2017. Our son Brody and daughter Brinley are thrilled to have a baby brother joining us. And I’m praising the Lord that Brinley will be our only princess for a while longer–Girlfriend is such a testy & loved little spitfire!

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AlbiniPhotos-4Oh how true it is that the more babies you have, the less you document. When I was going through my first pregnancy, I blogged everything–weekly photos, weekly updates on things like cravings, growth, highs, lows, etc. This baby is just as loved, just WAY less blogged.:)

This is my first post about baby number three and I am 6 months pregnant. So here’s an update to make up for the past few months!

I had a tough time past summer in my early pregnancy–mainly the dealing with mom-ing two toddlers and wife-ing while being bone tired and sick. My poor family had a lot of movie days but we all survived and now I can confidently say that I adore my children and husband again! 😉 Honestly, hormones are really no joke and the change in my body hit me hard.

As I approach my third trimester, I’m overwhelmed with thankfulness for this pregnancy and baby. Every time someone asks me how I am doing/feeling, it is easy to share the minor aches and pains but I typically end with gratitude for my health, baby’s health, and God’s goodness.

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Things that I want to remember about this pregnancy:

–When I took the pregnancy test in July, it didn’t show positive. I had taken a few and all tests only had one lonely line. I was doubting if we would be able to have more children. I left my bathroom but walked back in 15 minutes later. I dug the test out of the trash and my heart skipped a beat. One line…and one very faint second line.

–Travis came home for his lunch break that afternoon and I wanted to tell him but I wanted to do something Pinterest-y and cute ha! But as he went to leave and head back to work, I just couldn’t keep it in. I asked him what he had going on in March. He looked at me confused. He asked “why March?”. I said “that’s nine months from now.” He walked across the room to me, hugged me and cried. Brody was asking us what was going on but Travis told him through tears that mommy & daddy are crying happy tears. I’ll always remember that.

–I love the way both kids lift my shirt up, revealing my belly, to kiss baby brother whenever we talk about him. If one kid does it, the other has to have their turn kissing brother.

–Brody talks about how baby brother can hear his voice and how he will want to learn how to play with Legos from him.

–This baby boy has made me throw up the most. The last time I threw up was at 22 weeks but I am nauseous and gagging every morning until I can eat some breakfast. Again–no complaining here as I have multiple friends who would say gagging only in the morning would be a good day!

–I have had similar cravings all pregnancies. They start out with very simple things like bean and cheese burritos, pb&j sandwiches, crackers, etc. Then I crave salads and I tend to eat A LOT of fruit. It is very convenient having my hubby working in our neighborhood because he is so kind to drop off my cravings late in the night–from skittles to apples to flaming hot Cheetos. :-p

— Brody wants baby brother’s name to be Zack. We have no idea where this came from. We just tell him “oh, that’s a good name.” We don’t have the heart to tell him that it won’t be Zack. He’s quite opinionated on the name options for brother and shoots down ones that we throw out there.:)

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I cannot describe the joy it brings me to feel my son kicking and moving. It is a privilege to put my hand on my belly and thank God for his life.

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I love knowing that I will get to meet his face and hold his body perfect little body in 3 months. Can hardly wait to meet this baby boy!

Brinley:: 2 Years Old

HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY, BRINLEY!

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Our Brinley girl is two years old! At her 2 year mark, we were in the midst of a super challenging stage with her. She is much more stubborn and vocal than her older brother ever was. This is proving to be very challenging and humbling for her parents.:)(I’m actually writing this in March–so she is almost 2.5 years old and out of that tough stage–PRAISE GOD.) I am so grateful for her growth and learning. Travis and I adore her and she has such a sweet, loving side to her.

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Brinley loves::

–Anything involving princesses, dress up, “pretties”–jewelry or make up, and singing or dancing. There is no denying her girly side! When she hears a tune, she gets in stage mode–Arms up, hands out, twirling.

–Riding her scooter with her brother. She hops on, quite gracefully, and doesn’t look back. She pumps like a lefty and we are wondering if she will be a lefty like her daddy.

–Coloring. She is much more artistically driven than her brother. She will sit at the dining room table coloring her Princess Sophia book for close to 20-30 minutes at a time. She also loves doing Play-Doh. When we do cut outs of people or animals she exclaims “Awww….” and hugs the play doh.:)She’s such a lover.

–Salami. I think this is her favorite food. Travis said just this morning, “She is going to put us out of commission with her love of salami!” Good thing Costco has a two pack and daddy has a good job.:)

–Chapstick. This girl will walk around with her “pretty” chapstick and apply it all day. I had to cut her off because we couldn’t find any that hadn’t been Brinley-fied..meaning slobbered on and partly chewed. She now gets to apply some with me in the morning when I am getting ready. She wants to sit on our bathroom counter and use my blush brush after I do. She then admires herself in the mirror.

–Giving her brother kisses. It really is quite the stalling tactic before nap and bedtime. But she gets to give Brody hugs and kisses and it usually results in her kissing his face, head, back and butt. Always the butt. Why? I don’t know. It is probably because they both end up laughing hysterically. I usually end up laughing too.

–Reading books. If things have gotten too quiet for mommy’s comfort and I venture down the hallway, I often find her laying on her tummy in Brody’s room flipping pages in their books. It’s a very endearing site.:)

–Vitamins. She does not forget her vitamins every morning! It sounds like she is saying “Spiderman” but she is surely telling you that she’d like her vitamin. She gets one in one hand and two in the other to give to her brother. She has learned to not eat her brothers but you can see the look of temptation in her eyes. 😉

–When daddy gets home. When that door jiggles she yells “DADDY!!!!” and runs to give him hugs and kisses. He loves it too!

–Watching the garage door shut all the way before going in the house. She is usually the first to the door to the house so she holds the door open for the rest of us then watches the entire time the garage door shuts. This is so interesting to me!

–Singing and rocking before nap & bedtime. She has a playlist for mommy to sing–Jesus Loves Me, Who is the King of the Jungle?, Jesus is the One, and another song from VBS “Hey!”. Exactly in the order. Every time. Spoiled? Just very loved. Okay…maybe a little spoiled.:)I’m reminded often to say “yes” to those times to spend the extra 5 minutes it takes to meet her needs. It’s not hard to sit there and hold her close and sing. Sometimes it feels like a lot but I never regret doing it. Amen, moms?!

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Brinley dislikes:

–She hates that she is not old enough for Awanas with her brother. We have a tough time dropping him off every week.

–Being told no. Not much explanation here…she’s 2.:)

–Vegetables. Brynn is getting better but is definitely our picky eater. We can now help her take a few bites of just about anything but it’s a struggle. Thank God for the veggie/fruit pouches and smoothies.

–Sharing her baby dolls and stroller. There, I said it. Brinley cannot be trusted to not try to steal her baby’s stroller back from a friend. We’re working on that one.

–When mommy has to leave and she has to stay home. Cry fest. Good thing she gets me home with her 95% of the time. When I have a photography session or a doctors appointment (or a girls date–thank you Travis!!!), it’s very sad for her. I’m told she recovers quickly and being reunited is quite adorable!:)

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She has a death stare like no other and man, can she pout! Girlfriend has SASS. Emotional fits are much more common with her than they were with Brody. When told to, she will walk herself to her time out chair in her room when she is throwing a fit. She sits there, doesn’t get up(self control…there are toys everywhere) and collects herself(i.e. her emotions) until mommy or daddy come talk to her. Yes, that took some training. We think that’s best for her when it is an emotional issue, like getting upset–screaming/crying when mommy won’t let her answer the door for a stranger. (Emotions of a girl…oh man.)

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It is hard to believe that she will not be the baby in the family anymore. She LOVES babies and I think she will love getting to snuggle her baby brother. We’ll have to keep a close eye on her but it will be great!

Brinley, your daddy and I adore you. We check on you sleeping at night and always say something about how precious you are to us and how we want to eat your cute face! It’s just too much love to handle. We pray often that God would use the amazing personality and talents that He has given you to benefit His kingdom. We love your fearlessness, your compassion and your love for people. Happy Birthday, sis. We love you!

Chico, CA Birth Photography:: Baby C

August 4th, 2016

Baby Colby

Congratulations to this beautiful family of four! This day was simply perfect and I’m impressed by your calm, sweet love for your family. Katie, you are obviously such a strong mama! It was a privilege to watch you become a mom to a baby girl! Welcome to the world Colby Grace!

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