Clara Mei Warwick McCoy

Clara Mei Warwick McCoy was born on May 14, 2013 at 12:20am.  She was 8 lbs and 1.6 oz and 21 inches long.  Her birth was quite the adventure for Patrick and I.  I woke up at 2 am on May 13th with contractions.  They were 10 mins apart and not too bad so I just stayed in bed for a while to see if they would continue.  I had contractions several times the week before that always stopped so I wasn’t too sure what to think of these.  By 5:30 am they were still 10 mins apart but too painful to stay in bed so I got up.  Once I was up they starting coming much faster and by 6:30 am they were coming every 4- 5 mins and I decided to wake Patrick up because this seemed like it was the real thing.

Once Xander was off to school we went to the hospital; we got there at 9:3o am and found out I was 4 cm dilated.  They said “congratulations, you are staying and  going to have a baby today!”  Things went well for the rest of the morning.  I was doing good without medication and things were progressing.

I really liked sitting on the birth ball for the 1st few hours.

At 1:3o I thought my water might have broken, but it hadn’t so the doctor went ahead and broke it for me.  This is when we discovered there was meconium in my water.  The doctor said not to worry they would just have the pediatric team at the delivery to make sure they got it all out of her lungs when she was born. When they broke my water I was at 6 cm.   Now that my water was broken my contractions became much more intense.  I got into the shower and that was great.  The warm water really helped and I did well for several hours more.  At 4:30 pm, they needed me to get out of the shower for a while to monitor the baby and this really freaked me out.  The contractions were really intense and coming 1 min apart.  I was barely handling them in the shower and I didn’t think I could do it laying in the bed.  I had them check me again to see how far along I was.  When they said I was still at 6 cm I asked for an epidural.  This was the best decision I have ever made!  It was so nice to get to relax; my epidural worked great.

I really thought once I had the epidural that things would get moving and we’d be ready to push soon.  However, that wasn’t the case.  Every time they checked me I was still at 6 cm.  Nothing they did helped me to progress any further.  So at 11:45 pm my doctor came in and said, “You failed labor” and I had to agree.  Clara was just being a very stubborn little girl and she would just not get into the right position to come down naturally.  Our only choice now was to have a csection.  At this point I was ready to meet her and have her out safely so I was all for it.  It didn’t take long for them to get us all ready and back there for surgery.

Patrick all ready in his scrubs.

All ready to be wheeled into surgery.

At 12:20 am Clara Mei was born and I remember the doctor saying what rosie checks she had.  The pediatric team took her right away to suction the fluid out of her lungs.  As they carried her over to their table I could hear her let out a loud scream.  It was the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard.  They worked with her for a few minuets trying to help her get all the meconium out of her lungs; it turns out she had a lot of meconium in her lungs and was having some trouble keeping her oxygen levels up on her own.  They brought her over to us for a few moments and then they wanted to bring her to the NICU to better evaluate her.

Clara Mei getting checked out by the doctors.

Patrick holding Clara Mei for the 1st time.

I get to hold her too :)

The doctors told Patrick he could come back to the NICU with Clara so he went with her while they finished my surgery.  Here are a few pictures he got while he was there.

Clara Mei riding to the NICU

They get her weight.

Clara gets a special oxygen helmet to help her to keep her oxygen level up.

After I was released from recovery they wheeled my bed into the NICU so I could see Clara again.  She was going to spend some time in the NICU and would not be coming up to my room with me.  I was sad she was not coming up with me but also relieved to know she was being well taken care of and was going to be fine.

My ride to the NICU

I get to really hold Clara Mei for the 1st time. They were helping her with the oxygen mask so I could hold her.

Patrick gets to hold her too.

Later that day Xander, Ariel, Grandma, and Grandpa came up to the hospital to meet Clara.

Clara all clean after her 1st bath.

All my kids!

Clara & Ariel

Clara & Xander

Here are a few pictures of Clara once she came up to our room.

We were released from the hospital on Friday, May 17th.  It was so great to go home!

All ready to leave the hospital.

All ready to drive home.

Home sweet home!

Happy Mothers Day/Due Date!

Xander and Patrick picked out this beautiful hanging basket for me for Mothers Day!

Xander, Mama, and little miss Clara Mei still hanging out as an inside baby :)

Today is also my due date!  We’ve made it… 40 weeks!  To be honest there were a few times in the last week I wasn’t sure we’d make it to the 40 week mark but here we are.  We are all ready for her to come.  Everything is set and now all we are doing is waiting for her to be ready too!  Here is the final belly shot picture.

This is a look back at 20 weeks.

24 weeks

28 Weeks

32 Weeks

36 weeks

40 Weeks!


Yesterday Ariel went to Prom.  She had a great time!  We saw her breifly this morning and she said it was awesome.  She and a group of friends went to the Boathouse for dinner and then the Prom was at the Art Museum.  Their night was not over just yet though, the school hosted an afterprom on the YMCA which Ariel said was lots of fun too.  She got in about 4am last night after a night she’ll never forget.  She has just one more week of classes and then she graduates on May 23rd.  It’s so hard to believe High School is basically over for Ariel; it seems like just yesterday she walking in on her 1st day.

Ariel & Cody ready to go!

Ariel a few moments earlier giving Cody the boutineer she made him.

A look at Ariel's hair :)

Group shot!

One more group shot :)

Xander’s Broken Leg & 36 Weeks

A lot has been happening here in the last few weeks.  On April 7th I had an awesome baby shower hosted by Aunt Laura, Ariel, and Grandma McCoy.  It was so much fun and we were overwhelmed by all the gifts from everyone.  Then last Tuesday while Xander was at school he fell while on the playground and broke his leg.  He has a spiral fracture on his left leg just above his ankle.  He has been such a trooper during all of this and we are so proud of him.  He was in a splint for a few days and then on Friday he got his red cast put on.  It’s a full leg cast and will be on for 4 weeks.  He’s not allowed to walk with this cast however, he is finding lots of ways to get around and his stroller is a life saver for us.  In 4 weeks they will recheck the leg and if it’s healed the cast stays off.  If it’s still healing he’ll get a smaller walking cast put on for a few more weeks.  Check out a few pictures of Xander from the last week:

Poo Bear holding Xander's splint for him.

Xander holding up the butterfly we made.

Napping on the couch so Mama doesn't have to carry him up the stairs.

Xander and his 2 penguins all have a cast!

I am now 36 weeks and doing well.  I had a little experience  just over a week ago with some false labor.  It took me a little while to realize that is what it was but once I took a break on the couch  for a while the contracts stopped.  On Saturday I also had a bunch of contracts but nothing I could time so I didn’t really worry about it.  Well it looks like all these “practice” contractions were doing something because I found out today that I was already 1- 2 cm dilated.   The doctor explained that it could still be weeks before she arrives and she guessed that they would see me at the doctors office next week and not the hospital but you never know.  I am now far enough along that they will not stop labor if it happens so she said to be ready to go whenever it happens :)  Patrick and I are for the most part ready.  We finished up the last of the baby shopping yesterday and packed our bags for the hospital.   So now we just wait and see!    Here is the new belly shot :)

This is a look back at 20 weeks.

24 weeks

28 Weeks

32 Weeks

36 weeks

8 More Weeks

I am 32 weeks pregnant today, only 8(ish) more weeks to go!  Things have been going really well this last month.  Patrick and I started our birthing classes a few weeks ago and Grandma and Grandpa come over to watch Xander on the night we have class.  We have a tour of the hospital coming up in a few weeks and I’m all signed up for a breastfeeding class at the end of the month.  The baby is now big enough to get into my ribs which isn’t all that fun, but so far she does move if I give her a little nudge (I’m guessing that will end soon however).  Besides all the other normal aches and pains the only other thing I’ve been dealing with is swelling in my hands.  My rings are now off and I’ve developed pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome.  Luckily right now I only really notice it at night with my hands going numb and on the advice of my doctor I am now sleeping with braces on and they keep the numbness away.   Here is the new belly shot :)

This is a look back at 20 weeks.

24 weeks

28 Weeks

32 Weeks

1st Egg Hunt

Yesterday we went to the Easter Egg Hunt at our church.  Xander kinda of remembered doing egg hunts last year but I don’t think he really remembered it all that well.  He had a great time.  They broke up into groups and did a craft, played games, heard a story about a sand dollar, and of course got to go on an egg hunt.  The weather was cold and wet so the egg hunt this year was inside.  It was a morning full of fun!

Xander is waiting to make his craft... a sand dollar.

The finished project :)

Everyone has a spoon and a marshmallow and is ready to go!

Time to find some eggs.

Xander was really excited to fill his basket with eggs.

At the end of the egg hunt Xander is emptying his eggs to see what candy he got.

Build & Grow

Patrick and Xander over the past year have gone to a few of the Build & Grow events put on by Lowes.  They went for the 1st time in a while a few weeks ago and had a great time.  Xander is getting really good at hammering and putting things together.  This time they made a Monster Truck together.

Xander is ready to get started!

Working on getting his truck put together.

Check out my new Monster Truck!

Hello 3rd Trimester!

Today marks the start of the 3rd and final trimester!

We have a new belly shot for me and some other special shots just for fun :)

This is a look back at 20 weeks.

24 weeks

28 weeks- start of the 3rd trimester

Patrick and Xander’s Penguin didn’t want to be left out of the fun this month so here are their pictures.

Patrick always says he's growing a baby cheese burger.

Xander's Penguin gets in on the fun and wears the shirt too!

Martin Luther King Weekend in Brown County

We again went to the cabin on Martin Luther King Weekend.  We had a great time.  This year Brennan, Laura, and Kal-el were able to join us which made it all the more fun.  We also had a mini birthday party for Patrick, Ariel, and I on Saturday night.  Xander and Kal-el had tons of fun playing with each other for the weekend.  It was a great family get away!

Cousin Love :)

Birthday fun

Playing with birthday hats

I get to open a few gifts

Ariel and her gifts

Patrick gets a gift to help him hear with his clogged ear.

The 3 birthday people :)

Xander's creation that night. A raised train track.

Megan and Ariel

Kal-el and Xander hug on the floor

Kal-el and Laura



We had a great Christmas this year.  It was lots of fun and in the days after we got some snow.  Xander had a blast playing in his 1st real snowfall.  My Mom & Dad came up to visit the day after Christmas and they got to play in the snow too :)

Xander helped me make cookies and eats a few too :)

Xander checks out the hot wheels track that Santa gave him on Christmas morning.

Ariel's new pink coat from Santa

Patrick plays with his new Kindle Fire HD

Kal-el and Patrick hang out at Grandma's later that day.

Ariel was very excited to get a Ukulele.

All the boys are ready for some football.

Xander playing basketball with his new indoor hoop from Grandma & Grandpa Warwick. Look at the form!

Xander's 1st snowman. He didn't last long because right after this Xander knocked him down.

Xander riding down the hill. He loved it and said he went really fast!

Adoption Timeline
  • Summer 2010 - started talking about adoption
  • Aug 19, 2010 - participated in webinar
  • Sep 22, 2010 - mailed in adoption application
  • Sep 28, 2010 - adoption application accepted
  • Oct 8, 2010 - fingerprints for home study
  • Oct 14, 2010 - fire inspection done
  • Oct 25, 2010 - Patrick & Kimberly complete physicals for the adoption
  • Nov 4, 2010 - finished Heart of the Matters Parent Education
  • Nov 9, 2010 - Ariel's physical is completed
  • Nov 15, 2010 - 1st Home Study Visit
  • Dec 10, 2010 - Kimberly's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 16, 2010 - Patrick & Ariel's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 19, 2010 - Received rough draft of Home Study to review
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Received Final Home Study
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Sent I800A form into USCIS
  • Jan 18, 2011 - We see our son's face for the 1st time!
  • Jan 21, 2011 - Submit Letter of Intent to China
  • Jan 27, 2011 - Receive Pre-Approval from China
  • March 7, 2011 - I800a approval
  • March 24, 2011 - Dossier to China
  • April 2, 2011 - Log In Date
  • May 16, 2011 - LOA
  • June 2, 2011 - I800 Approval
  • June 10, 2011 - Cable sent by National Visa Center
  • June 13, 2011 - NVC Letter & final paper work sent to Agency!!!!
  • June 23, 2011 - Article 5 papers dropped off
  • July 8, 2011 - Article 5 pick up
  • July 19, 2011 - Travel Approval!!!!!!
  • August 15, 2011 - Forever Family Day!!!!!!
  • August 25, 2011 - Arrive home; Xander becomes a US citizen :)