Harmon's Haven

Meet amazing dad Robbie, mother-in-training Jesika, 7 year old best big sister Bree, 5 year old boy in every way Gabe, 3 year old who thinks he's 10 years old who makes us all laugh McKay,
and 9 month old sweetest Quinn Marie...the Harmon Family!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

He's here!!

Monday morning, January 26th, 12:20 AM I awoke to some intense contractions. I didn't want myself to get excited and tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't and so I got up and walked around. Shortly after I got up I felt something coming out...yes! I went to the bathroom and it was the mucus plug (sorry if that's more than you wanted to know) and after going to the bathroom my water broke a little. WAHOO!! I went in excitedly and woke up Robbie and said, "this is it!" We got our stuff, took our monitor to the neighbors (so Bree could just keep sleeping in her bed...and don't worry, we live in an apartment so our neighbors are down the hall!) and went to the hospital. It was now 2:30 AM and they examined me, I was at 5 cm, fully effaced and was there to stay! Oh I couldn't believe it was finally here! The past two days had been really hard for me - Bree had come a week early, and so the whole past week I felt like he should be coming even though I was telling myself not to get my hopes up (but it wasn't working!). So though during the weekend I was a little bit down, after going to church on Sunday I knew that I needed to have that last bit of spiritual nourishment before the challenges of a second child came. So back to the hospital :) Robbie and I walked around the halls for a bit to try and get things going and the contractions really started coming. We debated about an epidural and decided to do it at about 4:30 AM. Oh it was wonderful! It was just so nice, Robbie did some homework and I took a nap, then we read a book together that we have been reading lately and it was just so fun hanging out together! They had to start a little pitocin drip after a few hours because I wasn't progressing very much, but then around 10:00 AM I was feeling some pressure and so the nurse came in and checked me. "Well," she said, "you're fully dilated and we can start pushing!" What? I was amazed! Everything had been so chill and I was feeling so good, except that I was starving. So she went out to get the mid-wife and actually didn't come back for 45 minutes! They got set up and I started pushing just before 11. I don't know why but I just LOVE pushing! I think it's partly because I haven't gotten to really work out for what seems like forever and so getting to push is just exhilarating! At 11:14 AM our sweet little boy arrived! They put him right up on my chest as they cleaned him off and I just cried tears of gratitude for getting to have him in our family. He was perfect. Robbie and I went through our list of names and quickly concluded that our little man was Gabe! Gabriel Robert Harmon. Robbie went home shortly after and brought Bree to see her new baby brother. She was so sweet from the start. Kisses all over and wanting to hold him right away. And she was thrilled that he would hold her hand :) (As if he had a choice!) We had a gift for her from him and she had a gift to him from her...hers was a little set of tea party dishes and oh boy, she pretty much forgot completely about Gabe once she got that! She loved it :) And the cutest was once she got everything out and set it up and informed us that she was making soup she brought over the first bowl and spoon and said, "Here you go Gabe!" It was so sweet.

We are home now and Grandma Carrie (WHAT A HUGE HELP!!) is here and things are so peaceful. I just look at my little guy and am so grateful I get to play a small part in his life, and SO grateful that he gets Robbie for a father. I love watching him with Bree and Gabe and don't think they could find a better daddy anywhere! Gabe definitely has Robbie's chin and it will be fun to see what he looks like as he grows older. What a blessing to have the gospel of Jesus Christ to guide us as parents! I know there will be hard times (like when my milk comes in tomorrow!) but I know that there is nothing more important than family and am excited for all I am going to learn being a mother of TWO!!

31 comments:

Karen said...

Congratulations guys!! And, of course, Jesika, you look gorgeous even though you just gave birth! No fair!! And I love the name, Gabe. So perfect! Let's see some more pictures!

Heather said...

Congratulations! Little boys are so fun! I can't believe how good you look, just like you did with Bree! What's your secret?! Sure miss you guys! Good luck with 2 kids now--you will be great!

the jenkins said...

congrats! i've been checking your blog just waiting to see if he was here yet. i'm so glad he is and that everything went well. you are a very cute family.

KelliAnn Christensen said...

Oh, Jesika, I am so excited! I loved reading your birth story, and Gabe is just beautiful. You look incredible, too. Congratulations, and good luck. I am so happy for you. :)

The Robinson Family said...

So happy he's here! la la LOVE the name! Congrats and please let me know if you need ANYTHING - we would love to have Bree come play after grandmas leave so you can get a nap (or shower) in! Lots of love from next door!

Erin said...

Congrats, he is adorable! And Jesika, you look amazing as always. I'm glad you picked Gabe, I love that name.

Kelly Anderson said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Jesika!! You have a BEAUTIFUL family!! And I must agree with everyone that you look AMAZING--as always!!

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Los Bagleys said...

Many congrats to the family of four!! Bree looks so big in those pictures! You all look so happy! We are happy for you too!

McGuire's said...

So exciting! Congrats Jes and Robbie! He's darling and so sweet. That's wonderful that everything went so smooth- good job! Super cute name and Jesika you look too beautiful to have lost a night's sleep and gave birth! I'm excited to see more pictures!

Kelly said...

Congratulations! I went through the same thing with my second - I thought she'd definitely come early but nope! What a gorgeous family! Good luck in the days to come!

Emily said...

I am so glad that everything went so smoothly. I'm still going to provide lunch for you one of these days! Congrats! I can't wait to see more pics, better yet, I can't wait to hold him!!

Cara said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations! No one should look as good as you did right after giving birth! This is getting me so excited for what's to come in the next 6 or 7 weeks for me! I'm so glad the labor and delivery went so well and that you're both doing great!

Aubrey said...

Hooray, Hooray! Congratulations you guys!

Melissa S said...

Oh my heck!!! Looks like I'm the last to know! Sorry! So he and my Caleb share a birthday AND Caleb's middle name is Gabriel!!! oh fun! I'm glad everything went so well! Have fun and keep me updated!

Natalie said...

Congrats! I love the name Gabe and he is adorable. When Finley arrives we will have to have a play date!

Shane and Lauren said...

Yay! Congratulations! I've been checking your blog just waiting to see when he would come. I'm glad everything went so well and you finally have a healthy baby boy in your arms. I'm sure your loving having your mom there and being able to spend time with her too. What a wonderful time for you guys! Szeretlek!

Todd, Rose and Emy said...

We are so excited for you! He is so handsome and Jes you look great too! We can't wait to meet him someday. congrats!

Katrina said...

Congrats!!! He's beautiful! Love the name!

Dianna said...

Wow! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your story. It was wonderful!

Shelly Moon said...

That was so sweet reading about your experience with Gabe. So cute about Bri giving him soup. I am so glad everything went well. Can't wait to see him sometime! Yes, I agree about how lucky we are to have the gospel as parents. It is so peaceful to know there is something that can help us.

Brandon and Lindsay said...

Congrats! My babe came on the 26th of December-and yours a month later! How cool! I'm excited for you guys. All I gotta say is be careful when you are changing his diaper--there's no controlling their little hoses~! = ) I learned the hard way...it was hilarious!

Brintons said...

Congratulations! What an angel of a baby and what a beautiful family! -Andrea (Rhodes)

Bill, Kristin and Will said...

Yay!!! I was wondering when we'd hear your wonderful news. What a cutie he is (not that that's any surprise :-) ) I hope that my delivery goes just as smoothly as yours did. Can't wait to see more pictures and hear more about this new little guy. Love you.

Amber said...

Jess, what a darling angel. We are here at Amber's and I just saw your blog. Glad that your mother got there fine. We just got high speed internet, so I can now do the blog scene. Aunt LaDene. (Be safe going home Carrie!)

breena rae said...

that is so wonderful! I'm so happy that all went well and good luck with your first few weeks of recovery and adjustment. I know you will do great. I have always looked up to you. You can always find the positive in everything so I know you'll be a fabulous mom for your two beautiful kids! Love you and congratulations!

BriAnna said...

Congrats! Good luck and have fun! My little Gary is growing up so fast...we put the crib away a couple weeks ago...it was kind of sad. Anyway, I'm so glad things went well and he looks beautiful!

Arbon Family said...

YEAH!! Thanks for sharing your story, I love hearing labor stories. He is so darling. Congratulations!!

Rivera Family said...

You will be an amazing Mom of two.

KaufusiFamily said...

Congrats! He is such a cutie. Bree is going to be such a big help! You look gorgeous for just having a baby. But then again... you have always looked gorgeous. Hope all is well.

cacrowell said...

Hello!!! Congratulations!!! Gabe is such a cute name for a darling little guy! So sweet of Bree to offer a bowl and spoon. You look fantastic! I loved reading your story! Congrats again!