Monday, August 12, 2013

What's in a name? Part II

So I kept thinking that our baby seemed like a wise spirit and needed a strong name. I kept thinking that Emerson was a better fit. But I was reluctant because it was so long and I didn't want anyone calling him Emmie for short.

Talmage was definitely Team Dewey. But as the last week rolled by my will for Emerson was stronger. We were still conflicted as I went into labor. At that point Talmage said that I could have it my way. The midwives later commented that he was a wise man to not push it at that point. So when we filled out the birth certificate hours after birth it said "Emerson Dewey".

However, he later convinced me on Dewey Emerson and we changed it on his birth certificate paperwork three days after. I am not bitter at all and Dewey Emerson does feel right. I feel like Emerson reflects him more, but middle names can hold a special spot in in one's heart.

So yes, Talmage wears the pants in our relationship. And yes, three out of four of our children have names that come from his side. And that is all fine with me. He has promised me though that I get to pick our next and last two children's names. 

Heber, Hannah and Olive's Reaction

I was antipating the reaction of the kids to seeing their new baby brother. I was wondering if they were thinking that having a baby inside their mommies tummy was going to be a life long thing. It turns out that they really like their baby brother.

I love seeing them kissing him and wanting to nurture him. They seem to be on binkie and blankie patrol and are so willing to help. It is so sweet to see them interact.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I prepared so much for birth that I forgot how much work recovery took. I think I just assumed I would be back to my normal self in a day or two. The hardest part is not being able to do everything that I am use to doings—like not being able to care of Heber, Hannah and Olive. Also not being able to cook and clean. And not being able to really move about freely. It's hard to be lazy because you can't take a break.

I am so grateful my mom was here for the first day of recovery. She is so helpful and her years of being a CNA show. She seemed to have things ready for me before I even thought I needed them. My parents were also really helpful with the kids that first day as well. I am so grateful for them.

The timing was perfect. The same morning my parents left was when Talmage's parents arrived. One midwife was so impress that after 27 grandchildren they still make it a point to fly half way across the country and help us. The have been nothing short of amazing taking care of the three older kids, making meals, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. I feel like I have been able to concentrate on recovering and nurturing Baby Dewey because of them. They really have helped this first week of recovery.

And finally, my night in shining armor. I have been so grateful for the help of Talmage. He has been nursing my back to health, bathroom breaks, keeping me fed and hydrated and all. He has been a huge mental support to me, keeping me laughing and happy. I feel like the spirit of the man in this film really portrays the sweetness Talmage has had when caring for me.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sweet Little One

Thursday morning at 3:13 am Dewey Emerson Hansen was born on the second floor of our little apartment. He weighed 8 lbs 12 oz and was 20" long. It was a home birth, just like Rachel always wanted. Since then I've been using paid time-off at work and have been Rachel's personal (and full-time) caretaker. Today is her fourth day of recovery and she is able to walk around without assistance and is getting better every hour.

As for the little guy, he is doing well too. He latched onto Rachel within 10 minutes of leaving the womb. He takes up all of Rachel's reserves by feeding every chance he gets. We all love him so much and so happy he is part of our family.

Sunday, August 4, 2013


After feeling jipped with Olives birth, I was so excited and ready to labor and work for the coming of my child. And after two false starts, it was so excited to actually be in labor this time.  Few moms could have been as excited as I was to be in labor.
Hours Before Birth
I was so grateful to have my baby here at home. I felt more relaxed and able to cope with the challenge of birth. It was such a blessing to have the strong and loving support of Talmage, my mom and the midwives.

Talmage supporting me through a contraction.
Alex,  one of the two midwives checking babies heart beat

I felt the support of angels and my Savior. I felt the strengthening and enabling power of Christ's atonement especially strong when I was going through transition.

So happy to hold my baby in my arms

The atmosphere was so positive. I could not have asked for a better birthing experience. I can't express how happy I felt.

Welcome Baby Dewey!