Friday, November 5, 2010

A couple of cute pictures…

I couldn’t resist posting these.  I tried to do a photo shoot with Sierra, but she started freezing her butt off, so I had to end it pretty quick :)  Anyway, here are a few of my favorite pics from this morning.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

10/28/10: Sierra’s Debut

I was beginning to wonder if Sierra was ever going to decide to be born. I had been feeling the best I had ever felt up until then and I was really starting to wonder if my doctor was going to have to induce me. The calendar due date for her was the 28th, but when I got my ultrasound, it said the 27th. So I told everyone the 27th because hey, I’ll take a day earlier! Well, the 27th came and went, but in the wee hours of Friday, around 4:30 in the morning, I started having contractions. Finally! They were about every 6 minutes and they weren’t very painful. I’m so glad Austin decided to stay home from work. And to think I told him he didn’t need to… Anyway, about 11:00 they started to get more painful and were coming around every 4 minutes. Austin asked if I wanted to go to the hospital, but I said heck no. I didn’t want to be sent home and they were in no way as painful as when I had Kylie. So I continued to sit around in misery while I had the contractions. We watched Finding Nemo with Kylie and the contractions started getting worse. Again Austin asked if I wanted to go to the hospital, but I said I would wait it out longer (do you see a pattern here?) 12:30 rolls around and by this time I’m crying with each contraction. I still didn’t want to go just yet, so again, we waited. 1:00 gets here and they are coming every couple of minutes and I’m like bawling my eyes out. I started to feel pressure down below and I suddenly realized that I should probably go to the hospital. I had to deliver at American Fork Hospital which is about a 15 minute car ride. In that time I had about 10 contractions. We hurried upstairs and the nurse checked me out to see how dilated I was…come to find out I was an 8! She said my water could break any minute. They hurried and called my doctor, who just happened to be in Salt Lake at the time. It was his day off...  Great timing on my part, eh? It took a while for them to get a hold of him. He said he could be there in 20 minutes. Everyone thought I wouldn’t make it by then. To top it off, the anesthesiologist was in surgery. Apparently 5 other women either were or had been scheduled C-sections before I got there. Yeah, it was a busy day at the hospital. I started to freak out. I had always kind of wanted to go natural just to prove to myself that I could do it, but as I was lying there in horrific pain, I wanted some drugs! They finally were able to get the anesthesiologist up there to see me. There was no time for an epidural, so I had to get a spinal. I.hate.spinals. I couldn’t feel a THING down there and I hated the feeling. Another doctor who works across the hallway from mine showed up and was ready to deliver the baby if needed. I kept praying my doctor would get there. Well, the odds were in my favor that day, because my doctor finally showed up. He broke my water and 10 minutes later, out came our little Sierra. I was kind of bummed that it took 10 minutes, because I knew I could have pushed harder, I just couldn’t feel a dang thing! Anyway, words cannot describe how I felt to see my little daughter. She was so beautiful and perfect. She weighed 7 pounds 13 oz and was 20 inches long. She had all her fingers and toes (which hey, that’s like the first thing you check for right?) and she was just gorgeous. I was kind of worried about not having another name picked out for her because with Kylie, I wanted to name her Sierra but when she finally got here, she definitely did not look like a Sierra. But this little girl did. I think it fits her perfectly. The rest of the evening was kind of a blur. I ordered dinner while Austin was in the nursery watching Sierra get her first bath. They have room service there now. They had all these different foods you could choose from and imagine this – it was excellent! I think I gained 5 pounds from their food. After dinner I called to get some meds because I was cramping a little blt. This nurse comes in, who I have nicknamed Helga (she was kind of a stocky woman with long gross hair) and she gives me, without telling me what I’m taking, 2 Percocet and an Annaprox. Ok, I puke if I don’t have an anti-nausea pill to go with Percocet and this dingaling gave me 2 of them. I was kind of out of it and didn’t even think about asking her what she was giving me. Oh, and then she goes to “massage” my stomach and I swear she did it as hard as she could…4 or 5 times. I almost hit her. I really, really couldn’t stand that nurse. So after a while I start to go to la-la land. Luckily I didn’t throw up. They took me down to my room and for the next 2 days, that was my home. All the nurses were wonderful and I was recovering a lot faster with this baby then with Kylie. It was so nice to just lie around and relax. A funny story about Kylie. First off, after Sierra was born, we were all saying how beautiful she was and Kylie looks at us and goes, “I’m beautiful too.” Oh boy, let it begin. That night as I was nursing Sierra, Kylie goes, “Eww, gross.” I said, “Kylie that’s how you used to eat when you were a baby.” She goes, “I didn’t like it.” Ha ha, too funny. Now every time she sees me nurse she says, “That’s kinda funny.” Kids. :)

Well, I am day 2 at home by myself with 2 kids and it hasn’t been that bad. Sierra sleeps ALL the time and Kylie is constantly vying for my attention. Sierra is a pretty good sleeper as well. All in all, I had a wonderful delivery experience and I am soo happy to have my little daughter with us!

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pumpkin Carving

Last night we carved our pumpkins for Halloween.  This was the first year that Kylie seemed interested in wanting to help with her pumpkin, although she had NO interest in scooping out the pumpkin guts with her hands.  Come on, that’s like a kid’s dream come true isn’t it?  Playing with slimy orange stuff?  She chose a Mickey Mouse design and Austin helped her cut it out.  He used his Dremel tool for most of it.  I had my doubts, but that thing really did a great job at carving out the design.  Well, I guess it depended on who used it.  Austin was a pro at it.  Me…not so much.  It kept jumping around in the pumpkin and I was afraid of what it would do next :)  I chose Jack Skeleton from Nightmare Before Christmas.  Yes, it was a beginner level design, but I can’t for the life of me do intricate pumpkins.  That’s up Austin’s alley.  He did a wolf one and it looks amazing.  He pretty much did it all with his Dremel tool.  Anyway, it was a fun night and I was glad I was able to do it before the baby came, which by the way should be any day now.  I have 4 more days left until my due date.  My doctor is on vacation until Sunday, so Sierra can come any time after that :)  We are all so excited to see her.  I’m even more excited that we have everything ready for her too.  Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Wish me luck this next week!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Sierra project

This past week, I have wanted to make a canopy car seat cover for Sierra.  I found 3 different tutorials online and just used a little bit of each one to come up with my own.  It was sooo dang easy if anyone is interested.  I could email you the sites if you want.  Anyway, I thought it turned out cute :)


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Thursday, September 30, 2010

36 Weeks

Well, let the countdown begin!  I can hardly imagine that in 4 weeks or less our little daughter will be here.  Anyway, here is a pic of me and all my fatness.  And of course I had to throw in one of princess Kylie :)



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Timpanogos Cave

Last weekend I told Austin that I wanted to hike up to Timp Cave.  It has become a tradition every year to hike it (not to mention that Austin’s great grandpa discovered one of the caves).  Sooo I’m 35 weeks pregnant and I tell you what, I felt fantastic going up there!  I got a bunch of strange looks and comments about doing it, but it didn’t induce labor, so I was fine :)  Kylie walked the whole time and she was such a trooper.  It was a great Saturday outing.

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What a little poser :)


A camping we will go….

A few weekends ago, Austin and Kylie and I went camping up in the Uintas.  From our previous camping trip last month, I knew this was probably going to be the last time I went camping for the year.  Even though we have a great air mattress, it is REALLY hard for me to get a good night’s sleep being this far along.  So we had one last hurrah as a family :)  Our campsite was awesome.  It was on top of this hill that bordered this beautiful river.  I love listening to the river at night.  Anyway, Kylie and I helped Austin bring logs and branches over for our fire.  Austin found this tree that we propped up next to our campsite that we lovingly named our Nightmare Before Christmas tree.  It was awesome.  Austin also found some cow pies that he used periodically in the fire.  Yeah, they smoke A LOT and  burning poop is just…weird.  Anyway, that first night was FREEZING!  Austin said it was suppose to be like 33 degrees or some insane temperature like that.  I had my sleeping bag and 4 blankets on top of me and my face still froze off (come to find out the next morning we hadn’t zipped up the tent door that we were sleeping next to all the way).  On Saturday we saw Spencer Falls and Cataract Gorge.  We also did another hike later on that day, but I can’t remember what they were called.  We were pretty tired that night.  It was fun to sit around the fire and roast marshmallows and hot dogs.  Kylie LOVES camping.  She loves playing in the dirt, throwing rocks, playing by the river, hiking…she’s going to be some guys dream come true one day :)  On Sunday we took it a little easy in the morning and then headed off to Whiskey Island Lake.  So getting to the lake was kind of torturous for me.  It was pretty much up this mountain, over 3 boulder fields, stepping over fallen trees…I was a sweaty gross mess by the time we got to the lake.  I will admit that hike kicked my butt and I was very close to bludgeoning myself in the head with one of those stinking boulders.  But we did finally make it and it was an incredible lake.  It was so quite and peaceful and the lake was so clear.  We rested for a while and before I knew it, it was time to make the trip back.  We took a different route back and it was a million times easier with only one boulder field to hike across.  I was much happier and the hike was so much more enjoyable.  We went back to camp and packed everything up and drove home.  It was such a great weekend.

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Our Nightmare before Christmas tree.  You can’t really see it, but we decorated it was string, and a tent stake that we found.


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Little lake we ate our lunch at on Saturday



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