Welcome

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our family blog. This may be your first visit here, or you may be a friend from across the globe, or family that we have just seen. Who ever you may be, thanks for taking the time to read about our little family, and all we are learning on this adventure the Lord has called us to live! Here you will find, the random thoughts, funny stories, prayer requests, and the journey our family and Jack is on with his battle with Leukemia.

.Dylan boy.


I am a tired and busy momma these days with my three boys... BUT I have been taking lots and lots of photos and just have not had time to edit or post any of them... alas, this is the season we are in!! But here are some of my sweet baby boy...




.4 years old.

It is still amazing to me, the way my life changed 4 years ago. This sweet special boy made his entrance into our lives 3 weeks early and on New Years Eve to add a little extra special meaning to his birthday! I can hardly remember life before I was a mommy to him, and am more aware of the kindness of God in giving us this little man to raise up.

Tyler, we love all the unique things that make you who you are, and cannot wait to see how the Lord uses those things as you grow up. Thank you for being so others focused, and always asking how our day was, and for smothering us in kisses and hugs, for wanting to be with us all of the time, and still thinking we are the coolest people in the world. Thank you for always telling me how much you love me, and for being honest. I love how deeply you feel things, and how thoughtful and caring you are. I love the way you seek to reason through things, and the moments of brilliance that shine when you are focused. I love the way you have become a big brother and helper to me and your brothers. I love the way you love music, and church and your family. You bring me so much joy! I love you big boy!

Oh Christmas Tree...


The tradition continues, of our family going to Pine Valley Farms to cut down our Christmas tree! And now this is the second time I have done it right after having a baby! We headed out the door bright and early with everyone, and put on some happy Christmas tunes. I think we found our tree within 5 minutes, but helped Mimi and Popop find the best and biggest tree we could find!

Tyler "helped" cut down the tree and was jumping up and down shouting "TIMBER" when it fell.

What made me laugh, and a few people who were passing by, was Jordan sawing the tree with Jack bouncing up and down on his hip the whole time...


Little helpers...
Oh how I love them...

Then that afternoon, after we all had a nice nap, we continued in our Holiday traditions, of going to buy each of the boys a new ornament for the tree. We also watch the Muppet Christmas Carol every year while we decorate the tree. I love our little traditions...

Every time we told Jack to get an ornament for the tree, he would take one off of the tree and hand it to us... silly boy.... it looks like Christmas down here in our little home!

.first bath.

I love the sweet smell of a clean baby, especially with Johnson & Johnson's Head to Toe wash... I had been wanting to wash his full head of hair for days, so when I finally got to give him a bath, oh the sweetness of it. Like my other kids, he did not care for the sponge bath, but when it came time to wash his hair, well he was in heaven... and I got to enjoy every whiff of that sweet clean baby smell!


Here are a few pictures from his first bath...




.details and coming home.

This post has been in progress for several days now, and as you can imagine, I am finding it difficult to find time to sit at the computer for more than a few minutes at a time these days!

When I look back to 10 days ago, I can still vividly remember most of the details, unlike the births of my other boys, which seemed like a big blur in my memory. So, for those of you interested, and for my ailing forgetful brain, here is the birthday story of Dylan Michael Kauflin. (fyi... it's a little long)

I was up at 4 am, my head was congested and I just couldn't sleep. Although our boys were sleeping over at Grandma's house, and I had no reason to be awake, my mind was just whirling. I tried to go back to bed and by 5:30 I fell asleep again. We called the hospital at 6 to see if they had a room for us, and sure enough, we were set to go. After a quick McDonalds stop, we arrived at the hospital a little after 7 am.
To Jordan and my great surprise, we were back in a delivery room within 30 minutes of arriving and I was in a gown and getting an IV by 8:15! This was VERY unlike my induction with Jack- we did not even get into a room until 10 and nothing was started until noon. So when the nurse began my Pitocin drip at 8:30, I was in shock! So off we went to get this labor started. I started at 3 cm and 80% effaced, -1 station.

By 9:30 my contractions were not consistent or painful, so the Dr. broke my water. As with all three babies now, I have labored with my water broken from the start. The nurse upped my Pitocin yet again, and we waited for hard labor to kick in. While we waited, our dear friends and pastors, Gary and Betsy Ricucci stopped by and visited for about an hour. Still having contractions, but they were not really painful yet- distracting, but not hurting me! So the nurse upped the Pitocin again...

After the Ricucci's left, my contractions started to get harder, so I had wanted try using a birthing ball, and so we went on over and sat for a good 2 hours. This was when the contractions really started to be intense, and although they were strong, with the help of my love, I was able to focus and breathe through them.... until they upped my Pitocin AGAIN. By this point, the dosage was up to 14 mu/min (with the max dosage being 20mu/min). So things were getting intense. I kept thinking, if I am progressing well, then I think I can do this to the end.... but that is when the shakes came and I threw up...

So shortly after that, the nurse came in and told me I was only 4 cm and 90% effaced. I was crushed that after all that, I had only progressed 1 cm! So since I was feeling nauseous again, Jordan lovingly encouraged me to get the epidural. So the Dr. came in around 1 pm to give me epidural, and let me tell you, it is hard to sit still and not move an inch when you are having a contraction and feel like throwing up!

After I got the epi, I was still feeling a lot of the contractions, especially really low. I was feeling them so much, after a short reprieve, I was back to breathing through them. So the Dr. gave me another shot of epi. The pitocin was turned down at this point, as the nurse was concerned that I was having to breathe through so many contractions still.

The pain was manageable, so I sent Jordan to get some lunch around 2 pm. The nurse was with me and about 10 minutes after Jordan left, I was sick again and throwing up. It was not pleasant! The Dr. came in again and gave me a mini dose of epidural again and by this time, I was still feeling the contractions, but my bum was dead to the world!

Dr. Apgar came in around 2:20 to check on things, and Jordan walked in right behind him. Dr. A smiled and told us that I was 10 cm and 100% and the baby was at +2 station... NO wonder I was feeling so much pain.... it had been time to push for a little while....

Because the Dr. thought I would have difficulty with shoulder distocia again, he went out to gather assistance if it be needed, while I pushed a few times with Jordan and the nurse. The baby crowned after 10 minute, and Dr. A was not in the room... so we waited... and he finally came. One push later Dylan's head came, and then I had to stop again, in case the shoulder was stuck, but PRAISE GOD, it was not at all, and Dylan slid right out... all 9 lbs of him!




Seriously, I was in shock that I had just delivered at 9 lb baby. So, yeah, I am really glad I got induced and did not wait for him to come on his own. 9lbs is enough baby for me to carry and get out! After I delivered, my uterus had a hard time clamping down and they were concerned about how much blood I was loosing. So they gave me a shot of something that made me have more contractions and mashed my tummy every 15 minutes to see how things were going. This was miserable and lasted almost 2 hours, until they finally deemed that I was indeed not hemorrhaging. I did loose a lot of blood though and was deemed anemic. Taking iron for that now.

Recovery was good, the private rooms are the best, and I fell in love with my boy that first night. Once we were discharged and ready to go, I was so excited for the boys to meet their new little brother.

They have simply adored him, showering him with kisses and hugs, and cars and toys... they are still learning to be gentle and quiet, but overall, they have been great big brothers so far. Jack seems enormous to me now though and I can hardly believe I held him ON TOP of my belly when I was pregnant!

Me and my boys.... wow....



So far, little boy likes to be up at night and sleep all day, so we are working on switching those around... I am pretty tired, but there has been an abundance of grace and I am so enjoying this time with my new baby.

little man






yet again, I am amazed at how the Lord increases the love of a mother's heart in so brief a moment. I am already so love with my new baby boy. I wish I could somehow bottle the sweet new baby smell, capture the newness of his little cry, and remember how snuggly and sweet those first moments are.

I'm so enjoying our new little guy, can't wait to introduce him to Tyler and Jack.

Here's a couple more pictures from day 1!

Pictures




He's Here!!!

Dylan has arrived....3:37pm, 9.2 lbs, 20 1/2 inches. Tali's doing great. Pictures to come shortly

Baby Update 6

She's ready to push....10cm...ready to go...

our boy should make an appearance soon.

Baby Update 5

Epidural is finally starting to work, Tali is resting a little...contractions are getting closer together...

oooh....the suspense....

Baby Update 4

Tali go an epidural at around 12:30pm, she was around 4 cm's and still 90% effaced.

Baby Update 3

The doctor just broke her water and upped the pitocin to get things moving along....

Tali's not in pain yet, and doing great.

More to come....

We're Here









...Tali's here, I'm here, we're ready to go.

Pitocin was started at 8:15am, she's 3cm dilated, 90% effaced, and -1 station.

Thanks for your prayers! More updates to come...

Baby Update 1....

well, we are about to leave.... I have been up for a while- filled with nervous excitement. It's amazing how exciting and nerve wracking this time can be! Bags are packed, kiddos are at Grandma's, house is clean, and we are as ready as we can be!

our last day as a family of 4....

So today was our last day as a family of 4! Hard for me to believe sometimes that we will have 3 little boys to love on and our family is growing by 1 more tomorrow, and yet there have been many moments where I thought this day would NEVER come! Tomorrow morning, gosh, in a few short hours, we are heading to the hospital to be induced.

In case you were wondering why get induced and not wait it out- well, it is really due to the size of the baby and my past history of having my babies get "stuck" with something called shoulder distocia. Basically, they have broad shoulders and I have a narrow pelvic bone, and bone on bone can lead to difficulty getting the little guys out. Both Jack and Tyler had it (Tyler was by far the most difficult), and given the size they are predicting this little boy to be- well, it just doesn't make sense for us to let him keep getting fatter any more.

If you remember, 4 weeks ago he was almost 7lbs (give or take a little in either direction)..... SO as you can imagine, I am a little tempted to be anxious about the delivery and actually being able to get him out on my own. I am still hoping for somewhere in the 8lb range, since I have not gained any weight in the past month.

So today we celebrated Jack's second bday and enjoyed every minute we could with family and our boys. We are so excited to meet our new little guy, so curious to see who he looks like, and so happy to be just about done with being pregnant!!! Jordan plans to keep the blog updated during the day, so if you want to keep track of how things are going, you can come back here for updates!

We would love your prayers and are so grateful for all the support! Here is one last shot of my massive belly!!!! Can't wait to see my toes again!

An update

Long long long overdue, here is the latest going on here at the Kauflin casa! My sister's baby Addison came home a few weeks ago, and is healing so well. She is adjusting to life at home, and is at times, giving my sister and her hubby a tough time, being a little bit more than average on the fussy side. But I know they are just so happy that she is whole and healthy, that all the fussiness is worth it all. I went down to North Carolina a few weeks ago and here are a few picts of my little niece, Lotte and my massive belly!



A little side story about all my trips to NC.... the day of Addison's surgery, on the way home from the hospital, I was involved in a car accident. My car ended up needing repairs in such a way, that I had to leave it down there and drive a rental car home. The boys were with me, and we were all fine! But, it left us with a small rental for 2 weeks and another drive down required! Needless to say, I think I have driven more times to NC in the past two months than I would prefer, especially being pregnant! The second trip down, I was able to go without the kids and just get our van and come back.

Since being home, we have been getting our little home ready for our little one's arrival. The bassinet is set, the car seats all changed around and installed, baby clothes washed in Dreft (just because I adore that sweet smell), diapers on stash, bag packed, camera ready.... now if only he would come! :)

The latest with the baby... this is kind of a long story... so my tummy is really big, so I have had to take 3 glucose tests, to make sure I am not diabetic. My weight gain is not that much more than it was with Jack, but my tummy is still super big. I had a sono at 34w 4d and the baby was measuring to be at 36 w 2 days- at 6lb 7 oz. The sonographer thought he was more like 7 lbs already... and I have A LOT of amniotic fluid- here is the gauge- normal pregnancies have 14 cm of fluid at 34 weeks. I had 24cm at 34 weeks... so that is what is keeping my belly super hard all the time and big.

The results of all the tests were negative, so diabetes is not an issue. My weight gain has been kept under 30 lbs, and yet, we have a big baby boy. I feel like my arms, legs and face still look the same, it is just this huge belly, which makes me feel awkward and clumsy and really uncomfortable! My progress so far is 1.5 cm dilated, 50% effaced and baby is kinda hanging around -3 station. The Dr. said at my last check up that because I have so much fluid, baby isn't really descending too much, just floating. Tyler says baby is taking a bubble bath!

Because he is so big, the Dr. said he will induce me, but only a week early, so that puts us at Nov 23, which is also Jack's bday. So we are thinking that is he doesn't come on his own before then, we will go ahead and get me induced on the 24th. Both my boys have been big babies, and both a little early too. I am praying this boy makes his appearance in the next week or two, and my Dr. said if I go into labor any time from here on out, he will not stop it!

So to fill the time till he comes, we went to the harvest party at our church on Halloween, been going to the park on nice days, the library, and hanging at home, getting the boys used to just being here! This picture is the annual one we take at the harvest party... we have one from every year since Tyler was 1~


My boys picked their costumes- which we got really cheap at Emma's Closet. Jack was the cutest Elmo ever, and Tyler was a crazy Tigger! This is them with my dad.

Tyler got a hair cut too. He looks like a big boy now... sweet boy, is so excited to meet his baby brother. He picked out a little stuffed doggy to give him when we bring him home. He has been talking about such big boy things these days and being such a big helper. He told me in the car the other day, "I love everything God made... the trees, mac n cheese, the sky, mommy, and our car..."


And this little charmer, has just gotten sweeter and sweeter to me. I am trying to savor the last weeks of him being the baby of the house, but it is hard when you have no lap to snuggle on! He calls Tyler "jackers".... not sure why, but it is sweet.

We got to hang with cousin Korey yesterday too. Jack was reading to him... too cute!

Love my blondie boy!
So, that's it for now.... we are just waiting for baby boy to join us, and keep our house clean and in order and our boys trained and loved on as much as possible! Life is full and we are loving the fall weather... My next Appointment is next Tuesday and hopefully baby will come sometime soon!