Tuesday, March 24, 2009


So Kamalu is now two weeks old and he got circumcised on Monday. Ouch! They don't cover that in the insurance so it had to be done two weeks after he was born. It was kind of weird because Kalei got circumcised in the hospital. I felt so bad for him. They asked if we wanted to watch and we both looked at each other and said, "No thank you." We went back to the room after it was done and Kamalu was screaming. I'm so glad I wasn't there to watch. He's doing good though. I don't like changing his diapers because it looks like it hurts.

Well for some good news, Ku'uliko, Kalei, and Kamalu have a new cousin. My sister-in-law Kami (Chad's wife) just gave birth to a little baby girl yesterday. Her name is Sophia. She's so tiny...5 lbs. 7.2 oz. She was born 3 weeks early but Kami and baby Sophia are just fine.

We have a full house now and it will get even fuller on Friday. Kainoa's mom is staying with us now. My mom has been here since the day before Kamalu was born. And my dad is coming on Friday. I'm excited to see my dad. We don't always get to spend a lot of time with him because of his busy schedule with work and church. He's only staying until Tuesday but that's better than nothing. Kamalu is getting blessed on Sunday so that's why he's coming.

Well I guess that's it for now. Here are some new pictures of Kamalu and the rest of our gang.

Monday, March 16, 2009

One week old

Here are some recent pictures. Kamalu is one week and one day old today. That went by pretty quick. We're doing good. He has a little bit of jaundice. He has to do phototherapy which is a big box with a bright light that he has to lay in. He gets too squirmy so we've been sunbathing him. It's weird because the doctor didn't even suggest sunbathing but it's been helping. That's what we had to do with Ku'uliko and Kalei. Maybe it's different in the Mainland. I don't know. He's still a little over what the normal level of bilirubin should be so hopefully it'll decrease with more time in the sun. In one of the pictures of him laying in the sun, he is actually smiling. I've caught him laughing and smiling in his sleep. It happens when he's in R.E.M. sleep. He's definitely dreaming of something good.
Speaking of sleep, he hasn't been too good at night but I have to say that it is getting better. At first, he was eating almost every hour but now it's spread out more like 2 to 3 hours. I'm getting a little more sleep now. Let's just hope it gets better.
As for my recovery, I'm doing good. The incision is still tender but I've been walking and I'm been fine. I just can't carry anything heavier than Kamalu. That's been hard on Kalei because he wants me to carry him. I miss being able to hold him but now he turns to Kainoa or my mom. I think he's a little jealous too. He's really rough with Kamalu so we have to really keep an eye on him. I don't think he means to. He just wants to be able to play with him already.
Oh yeah, the last picture is of Ku'uliko and Kalei riding their horse and unicorn. I've caught Kalei on numerous occasions sitting on top of his stuffed animal horse. It's so funny. He loves making horse noises. He's pretty good at it.
Well I better get some sleep while Kamalu is sleeping. I'll be posting more pictures soon.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Our baby boy

Hi everyone. For all of you that don't know, we had our third baby on Sunday March 8th at 4:05 in the morning. He was 8 lbs. 1 oz. (our biggest baby yet) and 19 inches long. His name is Kamalu Kapanemaikalani Teruo Willing. Kamalu means the protected or safe. When I was 20 weeks pregnant I had an ultrasound that showed that baby's kidneys were slightly enlarged. This meant that he either had a blockage that would lead to surgery, he could have Down syndrome or it could fix itself. We prayed and prayed that he would be healthy. At 32 weeks I had another ultrasound that showed that his kidneys had fixed itself. Thus the name Kamalu because he was protected by Heavenly Father. Kapanemaikalani means the answer from heaven. He truly is because of his good health. Teruo is my grandfather's name.
I went to the hospital at about 12:30 am Sunday morning because I was having contractions. We had picked up my mom Saturday morning and went shopping and I think that's what kickstarted it. When I got to the hospital they said that I was only a centimeter dialated. I couldn't believe it because it felt like I was farther along. They monitored me for an hour and I was in extreme pain. They checked me again and I was 5 centimeters. I was praying that whole time that something would happen because I didn't want to get sent home. The nurse told me, "Looks like we're going to have a baby." I was so happy. Right after that they gave me an IV and an epidural. Everything happened so fast. It happened within about 2 and 1/2 hours. Because of daylight savings time we lost an hour and he was born at 4:05. I had a c-section this time because of the difficult delivery I had with Kalei. It was a little scary for me but everything went smoothly. It felt weird but I prefer having a c-section over delivering naturally any day. Kainoa was able to see the baby get pulled out. They asked me if I wanted to see but I refused. Kainoa said that when Kamalu was delivered he started peeing on everyone. He was screaming right away. He received an Apgar score of a 10 (the highest). He screamed the whole time I was getting stitched up. We were so grateful that everything went fine and that he was healthy.
We just got out of the hospital a couple of hours ago. I figured I better get this sent out as soon as possible or I'd forget. Kamalu is such a blessing. He's so calm except for when he gets hungry. The kids are doing really good thanks to my mom. She took care of them while we were in the hospital. She came right on time. Ku'uliko always wants to hold her baby brother. Kalei wants to play with him already.
I'm doing fine. It's a little sore still but I'm surviving thanks to the pain medication. We just want to thank everyone for all their prayers and support. Hopefully I can send more pictures as time goes by. A hui hou!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Still waiting....

So I'm still pregnant as most of you know. I'm 39 weeks today-the longest I've ever been pregnant. I think this baby is trying to break some record or something. Tuesday is my scheduled c-section and I can't wait. I think everyone knows how impatient I'm getting. I'm trying to be better and just go with the flow but sometimes it's hard to withstand all the pain. I keep praying for patience and relief. I've made it this far so what's a couple more days, right? 4 more days...I can do it. I'm supposedly scheduled for 11:30 am but it could get moved up. I'm thinking by noon we'll have our baby boy. I keep trying to picture in my mind what he'll look like. Is he going to look like Kalei or Ku'uliko or maybe he'll be blonde and blue eyed? Who knows? We know for sure that he won't be born bald. At 32 weeks I had an ultrasound and you could already see wavy hair all over his head. We shall see.
We're excited because tomorrow we'll be picking up my mom from the airport. The kids are excited, especially Ku'uliko since she understands what's going on. It'll be nice to have my mom here to be another person to support me and to help me with the kids. A girl needs her mom at times like these.
Well I guess if I don't post anything for a while, you'll know why. I'll try and get pictures on here as soon as the baby comes. This blog has been kind of like my pregnancy diary. Sorry if I bored any of you with all the details. It's been kind of fun in a way...at least for me. Thanks to everyone that's been so supportive of us and this baby. A hui hou!