Annie is here

I decided early on that I wanted to be induced with this baby.  The unpredictability of a December 22 due date was just too much to handle for me.  I knew I would end up there on Christmas Eve or Christmas day itself if I waited to go on my own.  So we elected to do it on the 18th so that we could enjoy one more weekend at home.  Dan and I actually had 2 dates that weekend to see Star Wars and to his WGR Christmas Party so we went out with a bang!

The hospital called on Sunday night and said they wanted us there at 6:15 am.  So it was a bright and early wake up call.  And I actually slept the night before which I was thankful for.  I remember when they took us to our room and I got all hooked up to the monitors & pitocin that I couldn’t believe this was happening again.  It seemed kind of like an out of body experience.  I checked in at 1 cm dialated/80% effaced–the same I had been the whole last month.  Dr. Savage came in about an hour into my Pitocin and broke my water.  About an hour after that and after feeling only 5 contractions I got my epidural.  I thought it felt fine initially. I could still move my legs.  But within an hour I could feel my contractions every time.  Not super painful but not super comfortable either.  That continued until the baby was born for the most part.  They double dosed me at some point which only helped for about another hour until the pain came back.  Anyway I progressed slowly in the beginning, sometimes only 1/2 cm in 1.5 hours.  My nurse brought in a big peanut shaped pillow to put between my legs.  That is supposed to open the pelvis and help the baby move down since I carry my babies super high.  We did that 2 different times.  Finally around 3:15 pm I was dialated to 7 cm.  Within minutes I felt real pain/pressure and called the nurse back in.  She checked again and I was 10 cm.  The baby was still sitting high up so that gave Dr. Savage time to drive up from Provo.  But those minutes were excruciating to me.  Just very uncomfortable.  I decided with this delivery that I wanted the mirror so that I could watch.  So after one push the baby came down enough that they flipped the mirror up & I could see a lot of dark hair!  I pushed through 4 contractions or so & Dr. Savage recommended an episiotomy which I have had with all my other deliveries.  After she made the cut, the next push the baby came right out.  It was awesome to watch!  Like seriously, my body is amazing that it can grow this baby and push it out.  A miracle.  Dan was the first to see the gender and he quietly said “Ame it’s a girl (I tear up just writing this).”  And I immediately put my hands over my face and cried.  We had really wanted a girl.  It seemed amazing that it was a girl.  I held her for about 5 minutes before they took her away to start her measurements and such.  8lbs 8oz and 20 inches long born at 3:59 pm.  Within about 10 minutes I could tell they were worried about her breathing.  She just seemed to keep holding her breath & then she’d scream and let it all out.  After Dr. Savage finished putting my back together she went to Annie and suctioned out some fluid from her throat.  But that didn’t do the trick either.  Eventually the respiratory therapist came in and he said a bunch of scary things…”These sound like painful cries.  She could have a malformation in her airway.  We need to take her to the nursery & possibly the NICU, etc.”  So within a few minutes they wheeled her away.  We decided then to call the kids since we knew they were waiting to hear if it was a boy or a girl.  Their reaction made my whole day.  They literally went crazy and my mom and Kerri cried!  We told them that they probably wouldn’t be able to meet her because of her breathing problems.  But that they could still come to the hospital to see me.  After we talked to them I sent Dan to be with the baby while I waited to be moved to our new room.  He came back and reported that she was still doing her breathing problems & that they were waiting for the neonatologist to get there to evaluate her.  In the meantime they were going to move her to the NICU.  It was a sad time.  Even though I felt like she would  be fine, its hard to not be able to hold your little one or have them there with you.  The kids arrived and it was fun to see them & to show them pictures of her.  About 15 minutes after they arrived our nurse came in and said “Annie is on her way to your room now.  She seems to be doing just great.”  Hallelujah!  So it was a sweet meeting after all.  Family of 6 all together.

The hospital stay was a little different this time around.  Usually I eat every second of it up.  It feels like such a special time.  And I felt that a little bit.  But it was also different because Dan had to be parent to our other kids who had Christmas concerts and dance recitals on the very days I was in the hospital.  So he had to leave at different times to see them perform which meant some alone time for me.  Plus Annie was not that sweet of a lady at the hospital.  Dan and I both commented that we couldn’t remember our other babies crying this much at the hospital (that should have been our first clue about this little one!).  She had a hard time nursing.  She seemed like she was starving at all times but refused to nurse.  Anyway it wasn’t as peaceful as I remembered it being.  And by the end of the 2 days there, I felt ready to be going home with our new little lady.

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December Days

These days seem like a distant memory now.  But we did do a few things before the baby arrived that need to be documented!

Luke’s little preschool group is so fun!  We went down to the BYU Art Museum one day.  They have a little preschool program where they took us around to different paintings and talked about them and then we did some art projects of our own.   It was very cute.  I love BYU.  Also one day they told me that they all needed to take a nap.  I told them I thought that was a brilliant idea!  Ha!  It only lasted a few moments.

We went and picked out our Christmas tree the first Saturday in December.  We say this every year but we really believe this was our best tree yet!  And I just love the fireplace at Christmas and we were pretty excited to put up 2 stockings on the last hook depending on if we had a boy or a girl!

Dan and I had a date night every weekend leading up to the baby being born.  Kind of like our last hurrah!  One night we went downtown with our friends to dinner.  Afterwards the husbands went to the Jazz game (where Todd hooked them up with seats in a courtside suite) and us girls went shopping and desserting around City Creek.  We have made the sweetest friends here in Lehi.  We just love them.

We had the Moody boys over finally.  It made me kids the happiest.  And they just played and played for hours with no problems.  We sure miss Sam and Harvey.

Santa paid a visit to Grandma Pett’s house.  Sophie and Luke were happy to sit on his lap and make their requests.  Luke wants an orange two wheel scooter and Sophie a guitar.

We had Christmas at both Grandpa and Grandma’s.  It is always fun to be together with cousins.  At Grandpa’s we decorated gingerbread houses.  Bless the grandparents for orchestrating such things cause I don’t think it would happen otherwise!  Sophie loves her Shopkins mall she got from Grandma.

My mom arrived on the 15th and we enjoyed a weekend of fun before the baby came on Monday.   Right before we put the kids to bed on Sunday night my mom said we should take a final family photo and a belly shot of me.  I was hesitant because my pregnant self was huge!  But I’m so happy to have these photos now.  We had a great ride as a family of 5 but it was time for a bigger and better life with our new addition.

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November Randoms

Luke had the cutest Friendsgiving at preschool.  I was dying over these pictures.  Especially the one of him and his friend Jack doing a belly bump because both of their “tummies were huge from eating so much food.”  Love these buddies.

We had quite a few boy meltdowns at the beginning of the month.  The joy of blogging a month behind is that I can’t remember what they were about.  But I sure love to document these to show that its not always the easiest being a mom!

We got out some of Christmas décor just to get started.  Luke was overjoyed to help me out and felt the need to put on his Christmas sweater the next day for school.

Sometimes Luke and Jack can actually be touching and not end up wrestling.  Its pretty miraculous when it happens.

We spent a lot of time snuggling with baby Cora.  Sophie is a miracle worker.  I can’t wait for her extra set of hands when our little one gets here.

There were a couple of nights that we found Luke sleeping at the bottom or the top of the stairs.  I’m not sure how we didn’t hear him or see him until right before we went to bed on this night.  But I’m glad we did.  What if he had turned over the other way and tumbled down the stairs?!  That would have been scary to hear in the middle of the night.  Sneaky little guy.


Thanksgiving 2017

We had the best Thanksgiving this year.  Deeds, Kimmy and Lynlea came down from Rigby which was fun.  I sure love that Lynlea girl.  We spent most of the day on Wednesday cooking food.  It made Thanksgiving a little less busy.  We were even able to actually play a card game before we got everything ready for dinner.  The food was amazing and the pies were even better.  On Friday we went and saw the new Disney movie Coco.  It is such a wonderful movie.  Everyone should see it!  On Saturday the boys went to see the Justice League movie and us ladies hung around with the kiddos.  That night we went and enjoyed a Mexican dinner.  It was fun to be together and to laugh a lot (did you see Deeds in that Yeti costume?).  Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday to me.  I love being with my family.

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BYU game

We managed to make it to the last BYU game of the season all together as a family.  It was a super painful season for the Cougs.  And this game was no exception.  It turned super cold the night before the game and our seats were in the shade so we were freezing.  The kids tried hard to be good sports but by halftime they were done.  So we moved to some seats on the east side of the stadium in the sun and we were all happier.  We did leave early though because it was a miserable game to watch.  We hope BYU can come around next season.

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Happy birthday Luke!

I love my little Lukie.  I can’t believe that he is 4!  He has grown up a lot this year.  He loves to color and really is a gifted little artist.  He loves to play with Sophie most of all.  They play house or school.  It is pretty cute.  He loves to wrestle and tackle Jack.  They are kind of naughty together, laughing at potty words and funny movies they’ve seen together.  They are good buddies but I could do without the constant need to touch each other.  He is loving school and has the rotation between houses memorized so he loves to remind me that today we are going to Olivia’s or Jack’s.  He is a smart boy too.  He recognizes all his lower case letters now, is working on counting to 20, getting really good at letter sounds (he read his first word over Thanksgiving all on his own “beef”) and loves to write any and every word that he can.  I love to see him excelling.  We are still sticking to his diet plan and he continues to grow.  We hope that his insides look healthy too.  This year he wanted a PJ Mask party.  We had a chill morning at home together.  We made his cupcakes which he thought was so fun.  After we picked up the kids from school we went to the dinosaur museum.  It was fun for the big kids to be with us.  Then we met up with Dan at Johnny Rockets which was Luke’s request.  He wanted a hot dog for dinner.  After dinner the Taylors and my mom came up to watch Luke open presents and to enjoy a cupcake.  He was overjoyed about his Spider-Man guitar.  I couldn’t even get a clear picture because he was jumping around like a wild man.  It was a good day!  Happy Birthday to my buddy!  Stats: 35 lbs (50 %), 38 inches (10%).

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Baby Cora is here

We welcomed a new cousin and niece at the end of October.  My kids were so excited that they could come to the hospital to meet sweet baby Cora.  She is a little doll face.  We all love her!

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Halloween 2017

We had a great October here.  Halloween is so fun with these kiddos.  A couple of Saturdays before Halloween we went to the Red Barn to pick out our pumpkins and enjoy the fun activities they have…jumping pillow, apple gun, driving tractors, gunny sack slides, corn mazes, etc.  Plus we love to eat apple cider donuts and ice cream!  It was fun to be there with Kerri just a couple of days before she had her baby.  We took some prego shots together since its never happened before and never will again!

We had a lot of help this year carving the pumpkins which was awesome and made it go by so much faster.  Jack did the LA Dodger pumpkin almost all on his own.  And Sophie did everything by herself.  It was awesome.

We enjoyed good weather on Halloween which was so nice.  Luke had a Halloween party at preschool and Jack and Sophie participated in the school Halloween parade.  That night Jack went out with some of his friends.  So grown up!  We stayed with Sophie and Luke and loved walking around with their friends Katie and Olivia.  It was a great year!

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Capitol Reef

Mid-October we went down to Fremont where our friends have a house to enjoy some time away and enjoy the outdoors.  Fremont is about 30 minutes from Capitol Reef which is so beautiful.  We had the best time hiking to Hickman Bridge, eating good food, going to Fish Lake to see the salmon run, riding ATVs (thanks Kari for going slow that I could tag along), watching a brand new calf be born on their cattle ranch, being stuck in a herd of cows returning home from grazing for months in the mountains, and laughing so much together.  It was the best time!  Love the Denisons and the friendship we have.



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October Adventures

We ventured with some of our neighbor friends and Porter to see the witches at Gardner Village.  It was the perfect fall day.  The kids loved throwing the leaves.  And I was pretty confident that I would lose either Luke or Porter in the duck pond.  Why does it not have a small fence or rock wall?  Almost put me into labor.

Kerri and I took the kids to drive the Alpine Loop and it was unbelievable.  I have never seen the fall colors more beautiful.  The only thing that made it terrible was the complaining my kids did.  “When will this be over?  This is taking forever, etc.”  Next time I’m leaving them at home!

Sophie asked if she could rake the leaves one afternoon because there were “so many”!  It made me smile so much to see the teeny pile she collected.  But it didn’t stop her and Luke from having the best time jumping in them.  Cute buddies.

We went with our friends to the zoo one morning too.  It was so fun to see the lions enjoying their breakfast.  Luke insists now that he eat a meatball for lunch just like the lions.  We love our sweet friends in the neighborhood.  Olivia is in love with Luke and we are trying to convince Luke to stop playing hard to get!

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