Friday, March 30, 2007

The cutest little guy on the planet!

Here he is!!!!!
Born March 28th 2007
at 1:31 pm
7 lbs 15 ozs
19 3/4 inches
We are home now and doing well! We are also very happy that our little guy has finally joined our family! When I am not typing with one hand I will write more details, but I wanted to show him off. You can check out a few snap shots of him here.
Thanks for all the awesome emails and well wishes!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


The kids are at my sisters spending the night. My laundry is done, folded and put away. My dishes are done. My house has never been so clean in my life. You would think that I am really tired even considering that it is after 11 pm. I'm not though. I have no desire to sleep. I am very anxious for 6:30 to come so we can head to the hospital to have our little guy. I truly am the most impatient person in the world!

I really should take advantage of this moment. It is the last night in a REALLY long time that I will be able to get some sleep. I am sure that it won't happen though, I am way too excited.

So next time I post (which will probably be after Friday when I get home) I will have a new little gift in my arms. What a joy it will be too!

Wish me luck!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Pregnancy Report - for those who care.

Since today is Monday and I had my last doctor's appointment today, I thought that I would give my last pregnancy report.

The doc says everything looks great! I still feel pretty good so I wasn't expecting anything less. This last week I didn't loose any weight and I didn't gain any. I was very happy to hear that. That just means less that I have to worry about in the next few months. This did spark a question though. I was expecting to gain weight because of the baby getting bigger, so I asked the doctor about how much does he think the baby weighs. He says that going by the ultrasound from last week, and how he feels like a pretty small baby, that he will guess just a little over 7lbs. I was excited, I don't think that I could handle a big baby again.

He thinks that I will make it to Wednesday to be induced. I kind of expected that since it is supposed to snow on Wednesday*. Even though I could have had him induce me today I am happy to wait the extra two days just for my grandma.

Well anyway, that is all the news I have. Boring, sorry! In a few days I will be able to post pictures of the little guy and stuff. Then this blog will pick up a bit.

Have a great week!

* For those of you that don't know, I have always said that every day that a major event happens in my life, it snows. My wedding day, the birth of my kids, and a number of other things. Even if it is 70 + degrees the day before it still ends up snowing.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

All the money in the world wouldn't make me want to go back.

I was just saying to my husband last night that all the money in the world wouldn't make me want to go back to being a teenager. It is such a hard time. There are some things that I think could have been handled differently. But if I went back and changed them it would make me a different person today. I kind of like who I am today, so in reality, I wouldn't really want to change anything.

In my church I currently teach the Young Woman group. It is an awesome group and it is so fun to try to relate to them. So full of energy and life. So full of possibilities and joy. Even though it has only been a few months, I have really been able to get into the calling, and just really enjoy it.

After church today the reality of what these young women are faced with every day really hit home. Let's back up a bit to a few months ago when a mother of a girl in my class had a baby. Due to complications, 4 weeks after the baby was born the mother died. I was heart broken for the family. Even for the young 15 year old girl that was now facing life without her mother. I didn't know the family very well since I am new to the neighborhood, but I just couldn't shake my feelings of sorrow for this girl in my class. How hard would it be to be her age and loose her mother?

Today at church I found out that another girl that is in my class (she just turned 16) lost her 17 year old brother on Thursday. Unfortunately he committed suicide, so this was no ordinary circumstance. One that is hard to find comfort in I am sure. When signing a card for her I just didn't know what to say. I am sure that there isn't anything at this point that is going to make the pain any less, that is going to answer all the questions, that will make it seem like it will be ok. All I could think of to say was that the Lord is watching over her, and that there are people, including myself to be there for her no matter what it was that she needed.

I came home flooded with emotions and thoughts of the trials that the girls in my class are faced with every day. Not only is the world getting tougher to live in and getting harder to stay on the straight and narrow path, but these girls are faced with the loss of dear loved ones. They aren't only going through life with the same trials as all young kids, but they are doing it with a sorrowful heart. I can't imagine how I would do it. I want to get close to these girls, and be able to relate to them. But how, when I have no idea how they feel?

I wish that you could shelter kids, and even young adults from painful things in the world. It never gets easy to deal with, but when so young, it seems that it would be much harder. I wish the very best for the two young girls in my class and all those around that have been effected. I hope in time that they, and even myself, will find comfort and know how to be able to deal with pain, sorrow and loss. I guess my words were meant for me too. The Lord is watching over all of us.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Me in a Meme

Since I can't think of anything else to post that doesn't have to do with me being pregnant, or the arrival of our new little guy, I thought I would steal this meme from a fellow blogger Silly Hilly. I thought it would be fun to do, but some of the questions are really really dumb so I am leaving them out. Sorry, but hopefully you still enjoy the ones I do answer.

1. How old would you be in 10 months? 28

2. Do you think you'll be married by then? I never plan on not being married.

3. What do you look forward to most in the next 3 months? Having my baby, going on little summer trips, being outside.

4. Who was the last person you called? My brother in law.

5. Who was the last person to call you? My sister.

6. Do you prefer to call or text? Call.

7. Do you have any pets? I have a bird named Pollo.

8. What were you doing at 12am last night? Trying to sleep. It was very unsuccessful!

9. Are your parents married/separated/divorced? Very happily married.

10. When is the last time you saw your mom? Monday night when she watched my kids for me. Thanks again mom!

12. How many states have you lived in?1

13. How many cities/towns have you lived in? 3

14. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet? bare feet.

15. Are you a social person? I like to meet new people, but as I get older I tend to be more shy.

16. What was the last thing you ate? A snickers. Yummy!

17. What is your favorite ice cream? Any kind that isn't mint.

18. What is your favorite dessert? My grandma's homemade Pecan Pie.

20. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich? Raspberry

24. Would you rather sleep with someone else or alone? I would rather sleep with my hubby, but since I can't sleep well in our bed lately I usually end up on the couch.

26. Do you know how to play poker? I sure do! I love playing poker, but not for money just with the chips. I would like to think that I am getting pretty good at it too.

27. Do you like to cuddle? I usually love it, it is really hard to though when everything makes you hurt. It is hard to turn down a cuddle from my kids.

28. Have you ever been to Canada? Twice. Vancouver, and Niagara Falls

29. Do you eat out or at home more often? Home, unless it is the weekend.

30. Do you know anyone with the same birthday as you? Nope, but my sister's is 3 days before mine.

32. Do you speak any other languages? I have watched Dora enough that you would think that I would know Spanish by now, but I don't.

33. Have you ever gotten stitches? Yup.

34. Have you ever been in an ambulance? Thankfully no.

35. Do you prefer an ocean or a pool? As fun as it is to be on the beach, I can't stand the salt water, so a pool.

36. Do you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat? Aisle, I get really claustrophobic.

37. Do you know how to drive a stick shift? Yes, I love driving a stick. I feel like I have more control.

38. What is your favorite thing to spend money on? Pretty much anything for my kids.

39. Do you wear any jewelry 24/7? If my wedding ring would fit right now, then I would say yes. Maybe in a few weeks it will fit again.

40. Whats your favorite T.V. show? The Hills, American Idol, Paradise City (I like reality t.v. ok.)

42. Who is the funniest person you know? My husband the walking joke book. He woke me up in the middle of the night a few weeks ago just to tell me a joke.

45. Do you still have clothes from when you were little? No

46. What is the color of your bedroom walls? Arabian Sand

52. Next movie you're going to see? I am really hoping that it will be Blades of Glory.

53. Can you change the oil on a car? Sure, I know where Jiffy Lube is.

54. Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket? Yes, but non of them have shown up on my record. Thank heavens for traffic school.

Ok I know they were really dumb and even some of my answers have to do with being pregnant, but I tired. Have a great weekend!

P.S. only 4 more days!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Pretty Funny!

A new blogger friend stopped by to say hi, and sent me a little email. So naturally I had to go check out her blog. It looks like it is relatively new, but with reading her posts, I can't wait for more.

Check out this post, it had me laughing out loud. Very well written, and so many can relate!

Let's all welcome her into the blogging world!

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Monday Review

So it looks like all I can ever think to post these days is pregnancy stuff. Sorry guys this will be over soon and you won't have to hear about my doctor's appointments and stuff. But for now that is about all that you are going to get.

I went to my doctor's appointment today. There was a mix of happy things and stressful things to report. First the happy. I lost 2lbs in the last week! I was thrilled about this, but I am not sure if my doctor was. Also I am now dilated to a 2 and 75% thin. Just enough to get me started on the 28th so I am not even worried about that at all. I think that when the storm blows through in the next few days things will change a little bit. They say that stormy weather helps. We will see.

Next the stressful. My blood pressure was just a little bit high. Nothing to worry about though, just annoying. Also I have a rash that is driving me crazy. I guess that it is very common when you are this far along. I remember getting it a little on my tummy just before little dude was born, but this is much worse. I have it all over my tummy and on both arms. Oh well, I can be a walking freak just as long as it only last for the 9 more days that I have left.

Then there is the really stressful. In the last week I have been having a little trouble feeling the baby move again. He is moving, but nothing close to the 10 - 12 kicks an hour. So I just thought that I would see what my doctor had to say about it, so I let him know today. He didn't act too worried but just enough to have me scheduled for an ultra sound and a stress test right away. So I called my hubby and down the stairs I went to have a little look at the little guy to see if things are ok. Things are actually pretty good. The mystery to not being able to feel him move very much is a combination of two things. He is really squished. (I kind of expected that.) The other is that I have more amniotic fluid than normal. So the way that the doctor put it is that he is swimming in there. Every time he moves I can't feel it because of the extra fluid. That was really comforting to know. So as long as I can still feel him move every now and then I am not going to worry. He looks great in there!

In fact, I finally got to see his face in the ultra sound today. Before he was facing the wrong way so I didn't get to see it. But today we got a really good shot. It was so clear! It was almost looking at a black and white picture. We got a few to bring home, I will have to see if I can scan them and get them posted. I am happy to report that this kid has big cheeks and big lips just like his older brother. The ultra sound tech even checked to see if he had hair, and she said there was some! I got to see him move his lips and his eyebrows. He is weighing in at approximately 6 lbs 12 oz. Lets just hope that he doesn't get too much bigger. I don't want another 8lb 5 oz baby, it was a little tough. It was AMAZING to see him! So different than at 20 weeks!

Even though it was a little stressful we passed the non stress test, and now we are just waiting for the 28th (or sooner) for his arrival. Seeing his face today totally made my week, and I have a feeling that because of my excitement the next 9 days are going to go by really slow! I feel great still, that is a bonus!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Feeling a little too great!

Here I am 1 week and 4 days (or so) until I have a baby and you would think that I would be miserable. I'm not, and I can't believe it! I have so much energy that one walk a day doesn't seem to cut it. I have been spending most of my time outside playing with the kids (we are all so sun burnt) and just doing things to keep us occupied. I have even been sleeping better! It is great! My back doesn't hurt as much, my hips don't hurt as much, and my legs are feeling a little less jumpy.

They say that most people get more energy before they have the baby, but I have never felt this great being this pregnant before. It is strange though, I am not really all that concerned with going into labor right now. I am not really to the point of having the "get this baby out of me now" attitude yet. There have been 2 people that were due after me already have their babies and I find myself only a little jealous.

I do feel bad for my friend (Yay I have a new friend in my new neighborhood!) that is due tomorrow. She goes on a walk with me every day, and still nothing. I hope for her sake that she has him soon, she is so ready! Maybe I will have to take her a special treat tomorrow just to get her mind off of it for a few minutes.

So anyway, I feel great and I am loving it! It makes it so much easier to look at the next week or so with a little happiness and not misery! I can't wait to hold my little guy and get him here, but I am very glad that I can feel good enough to keep on going for a little longer.

***** UPDATE*****
My friend had her baby this morning. Right on her due date! I am so excited for her. Now I am a little jealous, but I still know that my time will be soon. Congrats to her and her family!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

My Grandma and me!

This is a picture of me and my grandma taken many, many years ago! (Aren't I cute?) My dad sent this picture to me tonight and it got me thinking about my grandma and I thought that I would share. This is the grandma that might share a birthday with my little boy if he can hold out until the 28th. There is a very special bond that my grandma and I share, and this is proof that it has gone back many years!

I am actually named after my grandma. I am not going to share what our names are, but I will say that they are so close, that when written I almost think that it is repeating the name twice. Who knew that when I was named after her that our lives would be very similar. Who knew that she would have so much influence on me.

When I was in high school I moved into an apartment with a friend. It was one of those things where my parents said that "while under our house, you will obey our rules" and I took it very literally. While living there, one of the few people that I felt I wasn't being judged by was my grandma. She called ALL the time just to talk. In fact I think that she knows more about me and what happened in that time than anyone else does. We were able to open up to each other, and I really felt like I could share all of my secrets with her. It was crazy to hear of some stories of her life. It truly seemed like I was reliving parts of hers. We talked once a week, and every time we would talk I would feel so safe, and so much better. She never gave up hope for me, and never once did I feel like I was judged or that I couldn't trust her.

Fast forward a few years, and we still talk every single Wednesday. Just to say "Hi" or "I love you." There have been times that when she is having a hard time, I am the only one that she will answer the phone for. She sends me letters, and gifts just to make me laugh. We truly have a connection that is pretty great!

In two weeks is her birthday. It happens to be on a Wednesday (our special day). I couldn't think of a greater gift to give her than a great-grandchild to share her birthday. She means so much to me. I am grateful for her love and for her laughter, for her prayers and her support! I hope that this little guy (or even me for that matter) can hang out until then. I know that I don't even have to try to be her favorite, but if he is born on her birthday I think that it would be pretty set into stone that I am!

If you ever read this grandma, please know that I love you very much!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Just another Manic Monday

Now that song is going to be stuck in everyone's head. You're welcome! Today was a bit of a busy day. Little dude had a field trip to a new children's museum here in Salt Lake. I really didn't want to go with them so my hubby took part of the day off work to take him. They had a really good time! What a good dad to take the day off to spend it with a bunch of 3 and 4 year olds and their mom's! Little dude was really excited to spend time with his daddy, and do something fun!

I had another doctor's appointment. Things are still looking good! He checked things out and I am dilated now to a 1 1/2 and 70% thin so he said that he will induce me on the 28th! He made the appointment and so we are all set! If the baby doesn't come on his own by then then we will be at the hospital bright and early on the 28th! I am super excited! We will see if I make it to then though. I have had tons of pretty hard contractions every day. The walks are really helping I think. I still have a few more weeks, so I can't get too excited!

We are still going for walks every day and we are all really enjoying it! It has been so nice here that it is hard to not want to be outside! Little dude played outside with all his friends for hours today! It was great! Tomorrow it is supposed to be about 68 degrees! You can count on us playing out there again tomorrow!

On the other hand Saturday night was date night at our house. Daddy took little princess to the Utah Jazz basketball game, and she had a BLAST! She came home so hyper and so happy! So while they were gone I thought it would be fun just to spend time with the little dude alone. We went to dinner and went and rented How to Eat Fried Worms. (Typical boy movie!) We popped popcorn and watched the movie, then cuddled in my bed and watched the news until daddy and princess got home. When they got home the had surprised us with a milk shake! So we all sat in my bed at 10:30 and ate our milk shakes! What a great night for all of us!

Well that is about all the info that is exciting at our house! Have a great week everyone!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Spring Fever

It has been getting warmer here lately, and we have all been getting spring fever. Every day we have been going for a walk just to get outside (also in hopes it will help put me in labor). Today daddy came home from work a little early so we were playing in our NASTY back yard. Daddy was actually trying to clean it up a little, but the kids were playing. We never got a chance to clean up all the leaves in the yard before the snow came. So daddy tried to put them into a pile today. Wouldn't you know that as soon as they were in the pile the kids jumped right in. They got so dirty, but it really was fun! Even if it wasn't the sunniest of days it was still pretty warm and we all really enjoyed being outside.

Here are some pictures of the day. To view the slide show go here. Don't forget to check out princess' new self hair cut, and my *fat belly.

*Please note that this is REALLY brave of me to post a picture of me pregnant. Enjoy it now because you will never get another chance to see it again!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Bad Mommy

I will admit, I have been a bad Mommy lately. My kids have been rotten and who is to blame? Mommy! What have they done you ask? The better question would be what haven't they done. Lets see here. There was the time that little princess colored all over her bed, the wall, her princess kitchen, and her closet door. Oh and then the next day all over her brother's sheets. Then there was the time the other day that she somehow found my fabric paint that was hidden in a box in the basement. Yea, she ruined an entire outfit with it.

Then there is the fact that she unwrapped about 14 bars of soap and put them into the bath tub. Unrolled and entire roll of toilet paper all over the bathroom floor, and used almost all the new liquid hand soap in one afternoon. Oh and painted the bathroom mirror with lotion. The bathroom is a very bad place for her to be.

There is also the fact that she got her brother's scissors and cut her own hair. She was pretty proud of that until she saw mommy flip out about it. She then put herself in a time out and cried how sorry she was.

We can also add to the list getting into the fridge and eating 6 things of string cheese in 20 minutes, hiding bread crumb in the entertainment center, filling all her princess dishes with water, and liquid candy spray.

Actually, when I say my kids are being bad, what I guess I really mean is little princess. She has been the one to do all these things. It has even been in the last 2 weeks.

Why do I blame this all on myself? Well, I am 8 months pregnant. My back hurts, my hips hurt, my tail bone hurts, my feet are swollen, and my sciatic nerve hurts. I have heart burn, and I have to pee every 20 minutes. Not to mention the fact that it has been about 2 weeks since the last time that I got more than 4 hours of sleep at night. I AM TIRED AND WORN OUT! All I even want to do is rest. Because of that, my kids are feeling left out and neglected. If I could just get my lazy butt off the couch then maybe she wouldn't be into everything. Honestly though, I am doing the best that I can. I really have been trying to keep this house under control. I think that we are all just going to have to adjust.

Even though I know that is all my fault I still called my mom to see what to do. I can't deal with myself as a 3 year old so I had to go to someone who actually did. (She is just like me, unfortunately.) Her advice was to get her an art isle. She obviously likes art! I think that my mom was trying to be funny, but she might be right.

I fear the bigger problem has yet to come. When the baby is here I am betting on her rebelling big time. How in the world do people do it?

Monday, March 05, 2007

Wouldn't you know!

I just recently received and email from a friend in my old neighborhood saying to go check out her blog. I was thrilled to know that she had a blog since I miss her and her family so much now that we moved. Well to my surprise I found many other friends that had blogs too! This has completely made my week! I hope that some come and check things out here so I can welcome all of them! What a fun blogging world this is!

Doctor's Appointment.

Today I had another doctor's appointment. Everything is still looking good. The baby has started to move down a bit more, but I have not dilated any more. I still have a few more weeks until I am worried about that though. As normal as everything is, there was still a big shocker at my appointment though. As some of you know, I had been seeing a different doctor for the first 6 or 7 months of this pregnancy. I found out that my old doctor accepted my insurance again, so I switched back to him. I made the switch for many reasons but the biggest one is just the fact that I can totally trust him, and he is an amazing doctor. I really just wanted him to deliver this baby, as he had with my other two. I was so excited when I saw him the first time, and to be honest he was excited to see me as well.

When I get into the exam room today the nurse hands me a letter and said that I should read about some of the changes that my doctor has made. So I sit down and the very first paragraph almost has me in tears. It says that he has made the decision to not deliver any babies effective April 1st. It really hit me. Not just because it was a little bit of a shocker but I kept thinking "I just switched to him so HE could be the one to deliver this baby. My due date is April 2ND. One day off. If I go to my due date he wouldn't be able to deliver my baby!" I was also thinking of the MANY people that I know that see him as well. My cousin for one, that is due with her baby a few weeks after me. She is really sad about it!

So when the nurse came in (The doctor had been called to the ER for an emergency) I asked her what am I supposed to do? In the end she promised me that he will not let me go to my due date just so I don't have to have another doctor deliver me. I feel very lucky and totally excited! Here was my guarantee that I will not go over due! Not only for my selfish reasons, but because he wants to so that my baby will be born before he no longer delivers babies. So we talked about being induced on March 28Th, my grandma's birthday, and even though she couldn't schedule it, it looks like that will be that date to be induced. I will find out for sure next Monday, but I was assured that there wouldn't be any problems!

So I feel bad for everyone I know that is pregnant and sees the same doctor, but the entire practice has some REALLY good doctors. They will be in good hands still. And since this is my last pregnancy I can still see him for gynecology stuff! Lucky me!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Can I get a bowl of caffeinated ice cream with extra sugar on top?

Now I know that a bowl of caffeinated ice cream with extra sugar on top doesn't sound good, but i think that it might help me out a bit. Last night just after dinner I realized that it had been a really long time since I had felt the baby move. When I say a long time I mean that I couldn't remember when I had last felt him move. So I thought that I would have a bowl of ice cream and a glass of sprite. After I laid down and just waited. Well an hour and 30 minutes later still nothing. I started to get really worried. So I called the on call doctor.

When he called me back about 30 minutes later (now two hours past the time that I had started to worry, and still no movement) he said that it would be best to go into Labor and Delivery and just get things checked out. So I get the kids out of bed (it was about 10:00 or later) and head to my parents' house to drop them off. (My parents are the best! Thanks Mom and Dad!) My husband and dad gave me a blessing before we headed off to the hospital and that calmed me down quite a bit.

My parents live less than 10 minutes away from us and the hospital is literally in between our houses, but it was snowing like crazy outside. We got there in no time still and they got me all hooked up. The second they found his heart beat, I took a really deep breath of relief! It was the most comforting feeling ever! Still there wasn't much movement at all though. So while laying there I started to tell the nurse that I have been having lots of Braxton Hicks Contractions too. She just kind of said "Yea I can see that, we will keep an eye on it for a little bit."

Then I felt it! He moved a really big move. I thought, "Oh sure! Wait until I panic and go to the hospital to move!" but I was really happy to feel it anyway! I was instructed to push the button every time I felt him move. It was almost like he wouldn't stop after that point. Everything was fine.

Then we realized that my Braxton Hicks were VERY regular, like every few minutes regular. Not lasting long and not strong at all, but it was a little strange that they were so regular. She checked me and I hadn't dilated any more so she just thought that it was because of it snowing outside. (I guess that makes women contract. Hummm, interesting!)

Then the baby moved a really big move again. This time though, the monitor stopped picking up his heart beat. The nurse came in and was trying to find it. Nothing. I start to panic a little. So she started to feel were the baby was, and just realized that he had moved to the face up position. She looked at me and said "There is why you are having a hard time feeling him move! When the baby is face up it is much harder to feel his movements." She got his heartbeat again, and I took another deep breath.

I was able to come home a little later, and everything is ok. He is nestled in the face up position and I keep getting worried that I can't feel him. Then he will move a little, and I feel better. That is why I want the caffeinated ice cream with the extra sugar. Maybe if I keep him hyped up on that he will move more, and I will worry less!