{Motherhood} Mr. ONE-derful

Rypken Michael McLain was officially a ONE YEAR OLD at 10:32am 11/16/12! This has probably been the most exciting, difficult, and proudest year of my entire life. My baby boy is such a blessing and it is only getting better!  At one year old Rypken has 8 teeth and can do the following:

  • sit
  • pull-up on EVERYTHING
  • crawl
  • walk
  • run (out of control lol)
  • say: mom, dada, nana, I, and sing random gibberish
  • point
  • feed himself bites
  • throw a ball
  • smile for a picture
  • laugh hysterically
  • mock sounds and facial expressions
  • play patty-cake and peek-a-boo
  • turn pages in his books
  • high five
  • dance

We are so grateful to have this blue eyed handsome boy in our lives!  Rypken brings so much joy to everyone he meets and we thank God we were chosen to be his parents. Be on the lookout for Rypken’s First Birthday “Par-Tee” that we will be throwing tomorrow!



Birth story: Tuesday {11/15/11-also my husband’s 30th birthday}my school nurse took my blood pressure in the morning and it was 140 over 80… so I waited and she took it again after lunch and it was 130 over 98… I called my doctor and they wanted to see me as soon as possible. Chris & I left our teaching jobs, got our stuff all packed up, and drove to Saint Johns still thinking they wouldn’t admit me… we just thought they’d check my blood pressure and we’d go home. When the doctor checked me out I still was not dilated but my blood pressure did not go down. The doctor discussed with us that they would rather admit me, monitor my blood pressure, check my blood labs, then make a decision on if they were to induce me or not… my blood pressure went down a little and my labs came back okay but because of my fluid retention (10 lbs gained in 10 days) they wanted to keep me admitted and go ahead and induce me in the morning. They ended up not even having to give me pitocin the next morning because the cervadil threw me into labor during around midnight. They gave me an epidural at around 6 in the morning (2 cm dilated), then around 8am they said I was already 5 centimeters dilated. They came in again at 10 am and said I was ready to push! I pushed through 4 contractions and Rypken came into the world at 7lbs 6 oz/ 20 inches long!

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