So I feel so bad for not updating the blog now that I know so many of you read it!! Its just amazing how time flies, and and how little energy you have when you have to keep up with a toddler, and try to balance being as big as a house!!! I will try to update more regularly!!!

So since October, ALOT has happened!

-Jaalisa stopped working
-Brendan GRADUATED!!!!!!

-Brendan started working for the family pharmacy, and is still waiting to be hired by a police department!! He has 2 tests this month, one for Garland, and one for Grand Prairie Police Department. He also has an interview for Arlington PD in May which is looking VERY PROMISING :)

We are thankful that God has continued to bless us so tremendously. Brayden has been learning more and more everyday!! He now knows his Alphabet, Colors, and some numbers!! He is so smart!! he loves loves loves lightning Mcqueen! We watch CARS about 3453234 times a week, but its okay, its a pretty good movie :) He is still a joy, and its amazing to watch him grow and learn everyday...

And last but not least, we have a new addition (as if you didn't know)

Introducing Braxton Robert Banks

He was born On March 1st, 2010 at 5:09 am weighing 7 lbs 9 oz, and measuring 20 inches long..

He came here so fast, we are still sort of in shock..
I started having contractions Sunday night at 11:20 pm. They started at 3 MINUTES APART!! There was no "early labor" I had a couple that morning around 11, but they stopped around 12.. so I really had no other warning other than having that "motherly instinct" something just told me the baby was going to come that night... oh and there was a full moon! So I waited about 20 minutes, and sent my aunt who was also my doula, and Brendan this picture...

I was timing my contractions with an application that i downloaded on my iphone.. my aunt calls and says, are you at the hospital??? Then Brendan calls and says, Soooo why are you not at the hospital?? So I waited for about 5 more contractions, then told Daddy that it was time... So he got home as fast as he could, which was about 40 minutes, because he couldn't find his keys at work, and my grandma had to go pick him up.. while I waited for them to get back, I finished packing my bag, and got dressed to try to keep my mind off of the contractions that were getting progressively more intense.

As soon as he got here, We loaded up the van, and rushed to the hospital!! When we got there around 1 am, the nurse checked me, and I was 4 CENTIMETERS!! I then immediately asked when I could get in a room and get my IV started, because we were still in triage. It took about 30 more minutes to get us into a room, and when my delivery nurse checked me, I was 5 cm. After what seemed like an eternity, I finally got my IV started, and with the support of my mom, grandmother, aunt(doula) and my husband whose hand was about to fall off, I got through another hour of hard contractions. Finally, I got my epidural, and was 6-7 cm.

About 20 minutes later, the nurse came rushing in because the baby's heart rate was dropping. She kept switching my position to try to get it to come back up, but it was still up and down... Then my doctor came in and broke my water and put an internal monitor on the baby.. Still his heart rate was up and down.. My doctor said it was probably his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, and that he needed to come out ASAP.

So as soon as I was complete, we started pushing... that was at 4:50, .. My doctor told me I had one more try or I was going to have to have an emergency C-Section, so i pushed with all my might, and Braxton Robert Banks was born at 5:09 am!!!

It was his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck after all, but in the end, he was a healthy baby!! All of the nurses kept saying that he was so cute, that they couldn't even be mad at him for causing such a ruckus!!! They were all smitten, and so were we!! We just couldn't get over how much he looked like his brother!!

So after spending Monday night in the hospital, Everything looked good, and we were discharged Tuesday afternoon, and have enjoyed having our whole family at home!! Brayden hasn't been jealous, he tells the baby "don't cry baby" or he will say "hi baby".. so he has been very good! I cant say he is loving being a big brother yet, but he will get there eventually!!

So, hope that was a good enough update!! I will try to update AT LEAST once a month!! Sorry guys!!

-The Banks Family!!


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