Friday, November 23, 2012

Daddy's Notes "Have a Baby"


11am: walk 4 miles, go fishing.with kids

1-nap time

2-feeling like a baby will be born soon. Hips hurt from the walking.

3-drop the kids at grandpa's, lets go. "feels like 500lbs of pressure on my bottom"

4-stop by Jakes on the way north. Jill recognizes she will have long painful contractions before tomorow.

5-stop so dustin can have dinner @ border grill. Stairs are a challenge.

6 -walk around target for an hour. Contractions stronger. Still leaking. Hard to walk through contractions

7- get some coffee. Starting to breath through contractions.  Hot, cold, hot, cold, etc. sit in car

8-drive around, still in car. Contractions 50sec long, every 3 to 4 minutes

9-walking around walmart.

10- sit in car, drive around

11- go to hospital, a "4" on the pain chart.

12-dialated to 2cm, 50%effaced. Painful contractions. Starting to cry.

1am-try to get IV failed, painfully,

2am- IV successful, tired jill, little nap, back hurts, wants to walk

3am- took a stroll, sat on ball. "i really hurt! I cant do this. Have the doctor check me-NOW!"

3:30-dustin go to eat

4am- dr visit. 4cm dialated, 70% effaced. Jill "i don't want to do this anymore". Considering petosin to speed up labor. Statol to help with pain.

5am- given both drugs. Nap time

6am- contractions, standing up, grabbing butt.

7am- "I have to push" =everybody was suprised and scrambling around in a hurry. 

7:05am- jayda elizabeth denkins born

Welcome Jayda Elizabeth

November 12, 2012-  Happy Birth Day Jayda Elizabeth. 

We are thrilled to announcement the birth of our newest family member. On Monday November 12, 2012 at 7:05 am Jayda Elizabeth was born at Marquette General Hospital.

Mommy's Story : 
 The story begins the week before when I went to the hospital with high blood pressure. They kept me overnight and thought it would be a good idea to induce me being our forth baby and that I was 39 weeks. Needless to say you weren't ready to meet us yet and the induction did not work, and we came home to let mommy rest. 
In the early morning of November 11, 2012 my water broke, but I was not having any contractions so Dustin got some sleep. I was feeling pretty good and knew walking helped bring on labor and contractions in the past so we walked, and walked and walked, took the kids fishing at the neighbors pond and walked some more. Signs of labor looked like they were picking up so I finished packing up the stuff for the hospital and took a little nap while Dustin cooked the kids lunch. My hips hurt from walking so far. I wanted to get Marquette so we dropped the kids off at Grandpa James and headed to Marquette. Still not wanting to go to the hospital, Dustin stopped by Border Grill for dinner. We then stopped by Target for some more walking. By this point my contractions are stronger and I am leaking more fluid. Dustin got some coffee in preparation for a long night. We drove around Marquette, sat in the car, drove around, sat in the car, contractions every 3-4 minutes 50 seconds long (becoming more miserable). Finally decided it was time to go to the hospital as it was getting late at this point (11:00 pm). I rated my pain at a "4". I was disappointed to find I was only 2 cm and 50% effaced, exactly what I had been the previous week. The doctor wanted to get an IV started (worst part of the whole thing- super painful- really worse than the actual delivery). The next couple hours included walking, crying,  "I'm just so tired", walking, sitting on the birthing ball, crying, "I'm just so tired". At 3:00 am I am exhausted and ready for this to be over. The doctor comes in at 4:00 to check me again and I am 4 cm and 70% effaced. I am pretty much done and need a break. The doctor was concerned with the amount of time it had been since my water had broken and also wanted to speed things up. I also got a dose of Stadol. I was able to take a nap until about 6:00 am. Dustin was tired and ready to meet his baby girl at this point too. He gave me the boost of energy and confidence I was lacking. I knew if I stood up and let gravity work I would hopefully progress faster then laying in bed. This was challenging being hooked to all the monitors and with the IV.  The contractions then started to be on top of one another when I returned from the bathroom. The nurse really thought I should get back in bed but I wanted none of that as I knew I was progressing pretty fast. At this point the rest of my water broke, I was dripping sweat, and I was ready to push while still standing up. The nurses again tried to get me back in bed, of which I climbed on the bed on all fours as it was more comfortable then being on my back.We had been there at this point 10 hours but everyone was surprised when I announced I was ready to push. Dr. Dehlin had just come in to check and see how much progress I was making and to make a plan to see how to speed labor along.  After a quick check, she could see baby's head and I was ready to push. I was still on all fours backwards to the doctors, so they convinced me it would be easier if I turned around. I pushed though 2 or 3 contractions and birthed a beautiful baby girl. Truly the most awesome feeling in the world. She was so tiny when they put her on my chest. 10 tiny fingers and 10 tiny toes- so blessed!  
The rest of the day we enjoyed visits from Grandma Grace, Grandpa James and Dylan (a very excited boy to be a big brother), Grandma Cindy, Grandpa John and mommy's friend Jen. Mommy and Jayda were able to rest while daddy went to the new James Bond movie. The hospital was very busy so we had to move to another room (closet). Poor Dustin had to sleep in one very uncomfortable bed (chair). Jayda went to the nursery for the night and got hearing screening done. In the morning we were ready to go home but the doctors and nurses were very busy so we weren't able to leave until around 2:00. We had to go to Target, the grocery store, and got some Rice Paddy for dinner. We arrived home at around 7:00 pm for Jayda to meet her brothers and sister. 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

September Adventures

The month started with our 4th camping trip of the year. We enjoyed being able to spend time camping this summer. The highlight of the trip was catching fish. They were thrilled.

We attended ArtPrize in Grand Rapids to see Dustin's dad's piece Edge of the Forest. We stayed downtown and were able to walk to the Art Prize Exhibits, Swim, and Enjoy a long weekend.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First Day of School

Back to School! 2nd Grade and Kindergarten. The kids were excited to be back at school with their friends. I can't wait to hear how their days went. I am excited to have the routine of the school year back. Dylan is entertaining himself with play dough and there are lots of chores to catch up around the house. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Trip to Door County plus an ambulance ride

The last few days we spent in Door County camping at a waterpark with my sister, Bryan and Jacob. We managed to pack all our stuff for the trip in the back of the Jetta. We had a great time the first day spending most of it in the pool.
This was our first trip to Door County so the next day we were going to play tourist and see the sites. We started at a orchard, which is very popular there. We sampled many things in the store and then were getting ready to head to Fish Creek to the State Park.
As we were getting in the car Jenna was stung by a hornet or wasp. She normally swells alot when she has gotten stung in the past so I gave her liquid beydryl and we continued to Fish Creek. On the way she said her feet itched which I thought was strange so I turned around to check on her and saw the scariest thing I had ever seen before. She was white, and covered head to toe in hives. Panic! We stopped the car and I ran to the nearest store and called 911. The fire department arrived a few minutes later and the ambulance about 5 minutes after that. They gave her an epi pen right away and checked her vitals, her breathing was not affected, thankfully. They could not get an iv started and then decided to take her to the nearest hospital which was 23 miles away. The hospital staff was waiting for us when we arrived they gave her another shot of epinephrine and finally got the iv started with Benydyl and a steroid. She was responding well to the 2nd dose for about a half hour, but then her hives came back. So, they had to give her a 3rd dose. Her blood pressure and heart rate increased after this. She was very sleepy. She responded to the 3rd dose and they released us from the ER.
The whole thing took about 6 hours. The longest 6 hours I had spent as a mom. It was so hard to watch and be completely not able to help her, make her better right away, watch her in pain, and not now what was going to happen next. She was so strong. It was the scariest thing I had ever seen. I am scared for her to go outside now the wasp and hornets have been horrible this year.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Summer of 2012

We have sure enjoyed our summer. Here are some highlights. 
The kids enjoyed playing tball and soccer this summer. 

 Dylan loves his fishing pole. He has learned to cast great.

We had our forth Denkins Family Reunion. The theme this year was Holidays. We trick or treated, Santa and Mrs. Claus visited, Thanksgiving dinner and an Easter egg hunt.
We spent lots of time out on the waters of Lake Michigan in our new boat. It is a 27 foot boat. We took a couple shorter journey's to Rodgers Park before we headed to Beaver Island.

Happy Birthday USA! We celebrated the 4th with parades, picnics, and fireworks on the water. 

Baby #4 continues to grow. Can't wait to meet her in November. 

 Beaver Island Trip: Fun included sleeping in the harbor, a snake hike, exploring the island, and relaxing time on the beach.

 Happy 10 years! We got married 10 years ago. Where does the time go ?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


March is reading month so we celebrated with Dr. Suess day.
Dustin went Winter camping. They hiked out to Suicide hill and built shelters.  
Baby #4. We are so excited to find out we were expecting another child.

 My awesome new greenhouse. 

 Spring Hike. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

February 2012 Update

Dustin started the month in Grand Rapids at the RV show for Suburb Solar Inc. The rest of attended Jacob's 1st Birthday party.

Jenna was a cheerleader for the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears. She was very shy. Dylan loves to give hugs and kisses. Derek's getting to be quiet a piano player, even from playing from memory.

Dustin and Jill headed to Nashville, TN to the Wild Turkey Show. We were able to also attend the Grand Olde Opry and visited Mamouth Caves on the trip home.

We went to the Curtis Winter Carnival to see James carve.

Dustin and some friends have been playing poker once a month.

Dustin was only able to snowmobile two times this winter.

This month ended the same way it began with another show for Suburb Solar.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Winter Fun

As January comes to a close it is amazing how fast the months fly by these days. We have very little snow and the weather has been fairly warm for the most part this month. 
The kids have been learning to cross country ski and skiing in the drive way is a great way to learn.  
 Derek and his lego creation.  Miss Jenna missing her first two teeth!

Dustin and Matt were able to go Winter Camping.  It was a fine trip minus the smoke. 

I was able to go scrapbooking for the first time in a long long time. It was great to be creative and get some of Dylan's scrapbook done. 
The business is remaining very busy. Dustin is gone this weekend to a Lake Home and Cabin Show in Madison, WI. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's The New Year

And so it begins, 2012 and Winter. In December we only had a few small amounts of snow. Yesterday winter decided it was time to join us. We received over 18 inches in a 24 hour time. Today, I managed to get myself stuck in the driveway not once but twice. 
We enjoyed the holiday season- with lots of visitors and visits. The kids highlights were a tablet ( Derek), Lalaloopsy Dolls (Jenna), Train Set (Dylan), Winter Sleeping Bag (Dustin), and Farmstand Chef Cookbook (Jill). 
Cheers to the new year!