A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.

From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.

In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.

Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.

Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.

We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.

As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Finally...Naomi Sage

She's a big girl!

Her feet are huge!!
This is my midwife, Sara, she is awesome!!

Kind of looks like she has 2 shiners!!

Dad is checking out her feet :)

On our way home...

Naomi Sage was born Friday January 9, 2009 at 6:52 pm. She weighed 9 lbs 1 oz and was 20.5 inches long. The induction went fine, but in the past when I have been induced they have broken my water and started the pitocin at the same time. This time they started my pitocin and didn't break my water until my midwife came back on her lunch hour, at about 1:30. The pitocin on it's own didn't do much of anything except give me some mild contractions. Once my water was broken they got much stronger. I got my epidural at around 4:30 pm and she was born a few hours later!! The labor was totally fine, I pushed through 3 contractions and she was here. It was really cool because my midwife had me reach down right as she was coming out and let me lift her up and lay her on my chest. That was really cool. It kindof freaked me out, though, because she was really blue, the cord was wrapped around her neck. Luckily she wasn't in the birth canal long and she turned pink the minute she started crying. Her face looks a little beat up- it is hard being born!! When she was born her blood sugar was really low- it was 34 and they told me if they test her a second time and she is under 40 she would've had to go to the NICU. So they put a tube down her throat and gave her some sugar water. It only went up to 41, so they put a little tube in her mouth when she was nursing and gave her 1/2 and ounce of formula. It went up to 58 after that so she was good. She is such a good nurser, she latched right on and hasn't had any problems. My milk finally came in yesterday afternoon, so she is happy. She is a little jaundiced, like all my kids have been, but it isn't too bad, and is getting better now that she is getting milk. She sleeps a lot during the days, but last night she cried from about 10:30-2:30. I hope this is just temporary. She hasn't pooped since Saturday night, so I think her tummy is a little upset. But we shall see, we may have another Grace on our hands!! But she is such a sweet little baby. We love her so much, and the kids love her so much. Grace is such a little mommy to her. Whenever she is holding her and she starts to cry Grace says, "It's okay Naomi, your sissy has you". It is really sweet. Maggie is fascinated with her, she always screams "baby!" when she sees her and she is always trying to grab her. Elliot loves to hold her, but isn't as interested as the girls.

Anyway, mom and dad came on Thursday and have been such an amazing help (dad left on Sunday). Grace had a gingerbread house decorating party on Friday that they were supposed to have the Friday before Christmas break-when school was cancelled. Their dads were supposed to go to the party, so grandpa went with Grace. She was so excited, I'm sure their house was the best, knowing dad :) Mom is the best, she lets me sleep during the day and makes dinner for us every night. She even did all the laundry yesterday!! I'm dreading her leaving on Thursday!! That's when we have to go back to real life, whatever that is!

Also, today is Elliot's birthday-Happy Birthday Elliot!! We love you!! Grandma made a cake that Elliot and Grace decorated. We went to lunch at McDonalds and had pizza for dinner-not the most nutritious day of eating ever, but it's okay every once in a while!! We will have a party with his friends in a month or so, which may even involve a present from his parents! I'm glad he is young enough that he didn't realize the presents were missing :)


David and Debby said...

I know what you mean about birth being hard. I was just thinking about how much I hated mine. But, it was a great weekend. Thanks for putting it on. By the way everyone, Becky is a baby birthing machine. She's so efficient at it and comes through it with a smile, and Ray is Mr. Support. He was by her side the whole time she was at the hospital, 24/3. Congratulations to you both.

Anyway, glad little Naomi Sage Brush is here - by such she shall be known in my nickname book all the days of her life.

Colin -N- Lori said...

It doesn't hurt here, or here, but right in here.
We're happy she's here, probably not as happy as you. Hopefully we'll be able to meet her in the next year.

Crystal said...

So cute! I lover her chubby face! It reminds me of a baby here! Good job and get some rest!

I am all about CNM births, they are not in a hurry to get the baby here.

Any idea why there were blood sugar issues?

abbynormal said...

Yay!! In picture #7 I can totally see the resemblance to the rest of her siblings. I hope to meet her real soon.

And the last picture of Elliot...did anyone else have to take a long look at it to be sure it was him? Maybe it's the face he's making, but he looks so different in that shot!

Jason and Dana said...

I agree, he looks totally different Abby! He's growing up too fast :(

beckyV said...

I think the blood sugar issues were because she was so big and I hadn't eaten hardly anything all day. I'll have to ask my pediatrician about that though...

Leslie said...

I lover her already. I can't wait to meet her in person. How are you feeling, Bec? I agree...Elliott (is it 1 t or 2 Becky?) does look so big. I can't believe he's 4~!

Thanks for finally posting the pics!

Crystal said...

Matt actually said "who's that?" in the last picture (of Elliot). He does look very, very different in that picture. She IS a big baby! Did you have gestational diabetes maybe? I found out when Asher was born that I did- which led to him being so big for a 5 week early baby AND to his respiratory distress...

She is adorable, how I love them when they are so squishy and new~ we hope to be able to meet her sometime soon. I suppose Abby needs to get married...

No pressure, Abs.

Colin -N- Lori said...

Ah, Becky and your big babies!! I can't believe it! Every woman I know who is shorter and smaller than I am has had bigger babies than me, even my sister who is very petitt (sp?). I can't wait to see her in person. By then she will be so rolly polly. I was dying to see pics too!!! She looks like a VanderLouw baby and that is so sweet about Grace. Big sisters are such great helpers aren't they? Elliott is changing so much and I can't wait to see him and Jack side by side. Congrats and we really miss you guys!

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