Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ollie... born on Mother's Day!

So... our Mother's Day began with trying to get the "perfect" picture of Mama and her boys before church...  As you can see, we all had the wiggles and the giggles! The pictures might not be perfect,  but being the mama of these boys sure is! 

Church was nice, particularly because my little Caillou went up in front and sang with his primary class for the first time.  He smiled at me, excitedly and bashfully most of the time, and occassionally sang a few notes of "Mother Dear".   I was beaming with pride, you see.... this could have been a disaster, my little Caillou and all his mischievious wonder, a microphone, a large audience for him to entertain.... but a disaster it was not.  He did climb up on the little podeum reaching for the microphone, and the Bishop lifted him back down twice, but once the singing started, he quickly joined in.  At the end of the song, all the little kids quietly walked back to the pews to sit with their families.  My Caillou was the last one to walk down, and with a twinkle in his eye, which I immediately recognized with an "uh-oh" under my breath, he turned around at lightning speed and darted back to the microphone.  I waddled at an even faster pace, and caught him before he could preach his sermon.  And all was well, no disaster, do tantrum, just a proud Mommy, grinning and giggling at her little boy's sweet silliness.  During Sunday school, the boys made craft projects for me, Jasper made a brown satin ribbon flower corsage for me to wear, and had a little baggy with heart shaped cookies for me.  Caillou made a darling little picture frame with a bit of help from Daddy.  It was a good morning. We stopped on the way home and Caillou visited his friend Betty.  Betty is a homeless woman in our town with a sad mysterious past, she wears black and red, and is called "Red Betty" by all the town folk.  We thought she could use a little cheering up so Caillou went to say hello and to give her a handful of pink carnation flowers.
After that, Daddy and the boys had a little surprise for me...
 A little stroll over to the taco shop for lunch!
Now at this point, I was feeling pretty good, well as good as you can feel when you are 9 months pregnant.  My body was tired, I had been having contractions the whole day before at 7 minutes apart, and had stayed up until 2 am finishing one last quilt for baby Ollie, but I was feeling good.  The diet coke came, and the yummy chips, and mmmm... I could smell my special Mother's Day lunch cooking in the kitchen of my favorite taco shop.

The food arrived, I took a bite, and suddenly.... those 7 minute apart contractions I had been ignoring for 22 hours, because after all, I was SCHEDULED for a wednesday c-section, the contractions would surely go away... well those contractions became something entirely different, LABOR!  Unable to deny it any more, I looked at my rolled tacos with guacamole, sadly knowing I was unable to eat them, and told Daddy and the boys, "This is it."
It was quite exciting and scary... Caillou and Jasper had been both delivered by c-section, but they were scheduled ahead of time by doctor's orders.  I had gone through false labor with both of them, but not REAL LABOR!  I encouraged my boys to finish eating and I called the doctor.  By now my friends at the taco shop knew what was happening and shared in the excitement, giving me hugs and good luck wishes and phone numbers to call when baby had arrived!  We ran home, grabbed the boys bags, which I had just sewn and packed the night before, for their stay at Grandma's.  We hurriedly packed a bag for me and drove down the hill to the hospital....

By 4:51 pm baby Ollie was here!  Oliver Lee Foret took us by great surprise, both by his Mother's Day debut and his size!  He ended up being our tiniest baby so far...
weighing in at 7lbs10oz and being only 19.5'' long.
We had a bit of a rocky start... and stayed at the hospital for 5 nights with little Ollie in the NICU.

But, at last, yesterday, we were able to come home!  Ollie is doing great and we are both very happy to be home.  Caillou and Jasper were exposed to the stomach flu and will have to stay put at their Boo-Bah's house and Nammy's house for 1 week to ensure little Ollie does not get sick.  The house is quiet and I miss my big boys terribly. But I am enjoying my time to get to know my sweet baby Ollie and getting to lay in bed and snuggle him all day! 

I have many more pictures to share... but for now... I am off to snuggle this darling little baby!  Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. such precuous glow in them!! But I've heard you had the baby?????

  2. Precious..precious..precious...I love little Ollie already...blessings and congratulations to all the family....take care of are going to need all the strength you can take care of your little your brood.
    Can't wait to see more pictures....

  3. I love the pictures and the story! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to see little Ollie again!

  4. What a precious Mother's Day gift. I am glad all went well and both of you are home safely. Enjoy your darling boy. God Bless

  5. Congratulations!!!!!! He is absolutely adorable!!!!


    You look great!!!! Love your hair and that dress on cute momma!

  6. What a wonderful Mother's day present! congrats!!!

  7. Congratulations! He looks like Caillou in that picture of him being held up after he was born. Then, the last picture he looks like a perfect mix of Jasper and Caillou! Congrats! Get some rest! The job of a mother of boys is from son up to son down!

  8. I am sooooo happy for you. And you all look so wonderful.

  9. What a nice Mother's Day gift..To have your baby born on Mother's Day.. Nice picture..

  10. oh I see you added more pics and a birth story since my first comment!!!!!! What a precious mothers day gift and just look at all that dark, thick hair!!! BEAUTIFUL and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  11. Sweet! Congratulations. Enjoy your rest and snuggle time.

  12. Welcome Baby Ollie! So glad you are home and well. Enjoy every minute with your sweet baby boy! XO!

  13. ASHLEY!!! COngratulations! I have no idea how I missed all of this! What a great Taco story LOL! He is just adorable!


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