Monday, October 31, 2011

Busy 2 weeks!

Life is really falling into place and I am finding my stride with two kids! Having Parker is SO fun and I don't care what anyone says, I'd so much rather have my newborn here than be pregnant! I get better sleep now than when I was pregnant! haha I know that's not always the case for people but Parker is an AWESOME sleeper and eater and just a little jewel of a baby. Makes my life pretty enjoyable! After having a colic ridden baby in Connor this is such a nice change. Let's just hope it stays this way for a little while! I have so much more patience this time around than the first time. I understand a lot more what it means to sacrifice- my sleep, my energy, my entire body- for this little person who we created and brought into the world! It's been two of the best weeks of my life, and while I've had a couple of post-partum break down cries it has been all part of a very healthy process of becoming a mother to a new person. I have so much fun watching Connor as a big brother as well. Here are some pictures of the fam with Parker as well as some visitors! I of course regret I haven't taken his picture with every visitor, my brain isn't ALWAYS on...but this is what I do have! I'm challenging myself to take as many pictures as I can since I know there's that trap of not taking as many pics of your second child as your first. I know I haven't taken as many...but I'm working on it! :-) And probably took WAY too many of Connor so it's all good!

Grandpa's second boy!
Proud Grandma!
Connor with his aunts
Chill time
Grandpa and Grandma Woolsey came to visit on Saturday the 22nd and played with Connor and his trucks and met baby Parker!
Watching popcorn pop and then watching Curious George with Grandpa
Connor watching Parker get his diaper changed.. everything is so interesting about this new baby!
Carving pumpkins! Connor loved pulling the guts out!
Visit from auntie La La! So glad she happened to be in town from Texas! Love my bff!

So if you missed it on Facebook, we aren't moving to Santa Fe. They pretty much decided not to hire anyone for the position right they're basically idiots who had no idea what they even wanted in the job. So we're on the hunt again but I'm actually a lot happier with the prospects we have right now. I'd rather live closer to home and these are much closer than Santa Fe! So here's to hoping we have a job by January! :-)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Meet Parker!

I wanted to do a timeline because I am already forgetting the timing of things. The day moved so fast I didn't even have time to chart it as we went but this is how things were to the best of my memory!

October 16 2011
8:30 p.m: Mommy takes a sleeping pill and two extra strength tylenol to get her to rest.
10:30 p.m.: Daddy tries to go to bed and hears mommy's monstrous snoring and decides to sleep in the living room.

October 17 2011
2:58 a.m.: After sleepless hours, worried that the alarms would not go off, Daddy suddenly wakes up and realizes that the alarms indeed did not go off. Daddy calls Labor and Delivery to make sure the induction is still a go, and gets a "Yes! We'll see you at 4."
3:00 a.m. - 3:20 a.m.: Mommy and Daddy get ready, and Mommy gets a blessing from Daddy and Grandpa Woolsey. Mommy and Daddy hit the road to Cedar City.
4:15 a.m.: Mommy and Daddy check into Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City.
4:40 a.m.: Mommy is all hooked up to her IV, and gets her first Cytotec. Nurse Whitney check Mommy to find she is only at a 1 with no other progress to speak of. MOmmy and Daddy take a short nap.
7:40 a.m.: Nurse Ginger checks Mommy's progress. She's at a 2+ and starting to have mild contractions. Mommy eats breakfast, her last meal as she enters active labor. Nurse Ginger gave Mommy a second Cytotec. Daddy and mommy watch an episode of Psych but mommy falls asleep towards the end and her contractions start dying down for a little bit.
8:30 a.m.: Mommy sits up and after painful contraction, her water breaks. She's not sure if she peed her pants or her water broke, so the nurse checks, and it was her water! Mommy is excited it broke on it's own!
9:00 a.m. - Nurse Ginger checks mom, and she is at a 3.
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Mommy puts on her big girl panties and walks around until the contractions get too intense. Laurie comes to check on mommy, and tells nurse Ginger to start her on Pitocin because the contractions are getting closer together.
10:50 a.m.: Nurse Ginger checks mommy to see if she made it to her goal of making to a 4. Mommy is happy to hear she is at a 4 and asks for the epidural.
THE LONGEST 40 MINUTES LATER!!! Mommy's contractions have gotten so intense, mommy wants to scream at the nurse every time she offers any words of encouragement.
11:30 a.m.:Wayne the anesthesiologist finally arrives.
11:55 a.m.: Mommy's epidural is in place. Nurse Ginger tells mommy to let her know if she feels any pressure, but mommy doesn't say anything because she thinks the pressure is from the meds kicking in, and enjoys the sweet relief of the drugs. Ginger starts a pitocin drip at level one...which really wasn't needed....
12:15 p.m.: Nurse Ginger puts in mommy's catheter. Mommy tells her she has some pressure, so the nurse checks her again. Nurse Ginger, "This is why I wanted you to tell me immediately when you had pressure. You're complete!"Mommy: "As in it's about time to push?!" Nurse Ginger told mommy that she guessed baby would be here within the hour and had her do a test push to see how things were moving. She got Laurie and let her know of mommy's progress.
12:22 p.m.: Daddy calls grandma Betsy to see where she is. She is on the Boulevard, still in St. George. She's surprised to hear that little Parker is on his way out so fast but says she'll hurry! She has grandpa Scott, aunt Tasha and big brother Connor in the car with her and aunt Desi and her friend Gabby are 4 miles behind them on the freeway. Mommy tells nurse Ginger and worries they will all miss it. She tells mommy that we can wait to push and don't have to rush it as long as baby keeps doing ok. We made guesses at the baby's weight- Ben didn't even know what to guess but I guessed he'd weigh 7 lbs 7 oz and Ginger guessed he'd be 7 lbs 6 oz. I think I even guessed he'd be 20 inches long.
Laurie keeps checking mommy to make sure the baby isn't popping out on his own. Mommy keeps her legs together to keep baby in until everyone arrives! She tells Nurse ginger to holler for her as soon as she sees the whites of grandma's eyes!
1:21 p.m.: Grandma Betsy and Tasha come into the room and Laurie says, "OK grandma's here, let's open your legs and have a baby!" Soon after mommy gets into position aunt Desi and grandpa come in too. YES mommy lets her dad be in the room to see it all- mommy isn't shy!
1:26 p.m. : After one push Laurie tells mommy to look down and see the head- she's hesitant but looks anyway, and then Laurie has mommy reach down with both hands and pull baby Parker the rest of the way out and onto her tummy!
The rest is messy and medical but Laurie did a good fast job of getting mommy ready to take care of Parker. Parker started nursing almost immediately. He has been a good little eater so far!
Connor got to come in and meet his baby brother after he had started nursing- so about 15 minutes after he was born. He had such big smiles when he saw Parker for the first time and called him by name and kept saying "Baby!" It was so awesome and sweet. I wish I had 10 eyes so I could have taken it all in, but a lot of it is on video I hope!

It all happened so fast I didn't even cry at first. I was so SO exuberant to have that little boy here! While we were waiting for everyone to arrive I felt so peaceful and mellow. I even told Ben I felt like I could just take a little nap! After such hard fast contractions it was so nice to lay there and have a small break before he came into the world. It was my goal to make it to a 4 before the epidural, and thank goodness I didn't go any further because I think I barely got the meds in time! Right as the pain was edging off the urge to push appeared so I know I was close to having this baby au naturale!

After holding Parker on my chest for a little while, getting to know him in those first few minutes I felt such a joyful love for him and started to cry a little, knowing my little baby boy was finally in my arms. It wasn't chaotic but with how fast he came I felt like it was so unreal and couldn't even remember that Ben had been holding my leg up! But then I realized I couldn't have reached down and pulled baby to me if I had been holding my own leg. Chalk it up to exhaustion and the excitement of the moment! It was so SO different from Connor's birth. The room was better lit, there were less nurses but more people there- Ashlee was on Skype watching as well. I think next baby will be born with just mommy and daddy in the room. It was fun to have everyone there but I think it would have been relaxing to have just us and maybe my mom there. It was awesome letting my sisters be there and experience the miracle of bringing a baby into the world though!

I couldn't stop saying how easy and fun and wonderful the day had been. I felt like such a champion! I had endured some horrid pain and pushed through it so I could get this boy here sooner. I definitely surpassed my pain tolerance from my childbirth with Connor. Ben said he had a hard time not laughing at some of my contractions because I was making some fun noises! He kept waiting for the swear words to pop out and said he almost told me "Oh just swear! You'll feel better!" But I had a hard enough time keeping my breathing steady and had no time for cursing :-)

Having Parker has made me love life so much! It has increased my love for things so much more- including my love for Ben and Connor. It is so much less intimidating and scary to have this baby home- I don't feel quite so overwhelmed. Having the help of my family is definitely awesome and I don't know what I'd do without them! My mom is a huge help and has made life so much better! Poor Ben has had a cold but was such a great support to me. Walking the halls he was such a good bear hugger when I'd need to stop for contractions. Smelling him was so soothing to me and really made the pain easier to bear. He's such a good husband and father and I'm so glad he doesn't have a job right now for the sole purpose of being home with his family!

Recovery is going well and since I didn't have to push hard and didn't hardly tear, I'm just mostly trying to get rest when I can. I had to type this before I forgot any details. I'll probably add more later on as I remember things!

We were lucky my mom won a newborn hospital session at the What Women Want Expo in April, so Rachael Steele of Steele The Moment Photography came and took some pics of Parker yesterday! Here are those pics as well as some from delivery :-)

Us and Laurie
Family Picture

Connor giving Parker knuckles! Haha
Love this one...

Whole lotta summer...

Somehow I got behind on blogging....I really don't know why! I was pregnant with nothing to do, but I just didn't realize how many pictures I had taken that had gone unpublished! We did do a lot of fun things in the last months of summer. We took Connor to Kid's day at Fabulous Freddy's because he is OBSESSED with animals due to his Baby Genius Baby Animal DVD. We thought he'd love the petting zoo, and we were right! He had a BLAST and we had fun watching him have fun.
Riding the horse was fun but he was VERY focused and somewhat nervous! I couldn't get him to smile cuz he was so concentrated on what he was doing, but I know he loved it!
Petting all the animals....which later we suspect led to a slight e-coli infection. Yuck.
Connor got a fake tattoo, stood in the firetruck and chased bubbles from the Little Mermaid ship!

Also, the splash pad! I have been invited many a times to go to the splash pad with other moms and their kids but I just didn't want to go. I envisioned my child running like a crazy person, tripping and falling from the wet ground and me trying to chase after him with my big fat pregnant self. But on a REALLY boring day I finally got brave and took him with Ben and my parents. He LOVED it and I felt bad that I hadn't taken him sooner! It was actually a nice cool day which made it colder for Connor but he didn't seem to care one bit. Notice in the pics he's looking down at the spot where the big water spurts out....and then in the next picture he's running away crying? It got him right in the face poor kid! The water wasn't running very consistently so he got bored and we took him to play in the creek area. He loved that as well! I'm such a lame mom for not taking him sooner but he did enjoy going a few more times after that.

Connor had mixed emotions about the carousel. He didn't mind it at first but by the end he was crying and pretty upset. Something about horses I guess...ha ha. He is such a precious boy, I love this shot below.
When Ben officially graduated in August we had a little celebration for him. I don't remember if I blogged about this yet- but anyway we had a little sign on the door and some of these happy balloons in the yard and then I surprised him with a night in town at the Hilton. It was kind of a retreat for us both and we had a nice quiet stay. I didn't take any pictures really, but we did meet my mom and dad and Connor at Cracker Barrel across the street for dinner and my mom got a shot of us. It's the tiny one in the top corner haha. Had to get this pic in of Connor and my dad. They are best buddies and Connor follows him everywhere outside helping with yard work. It's hilarious!

At the first part of August my bestie Lauren came into town from Texas. Well not into SG town really, but me, Lyndsey and Rayni met up with her in Vegas and had a fun girls day/night! We saw a movie, "Crazy, Stupid, Love" which rocked my socks off and made me laugh til I almost peed my pants. Then we went to Cafe Rio for dinner with some of Lauren's other friends and her sisters and mom. After checking in at our hotel we met up with everyone at Fashion Show Mall on the strip and did some shopping. We got some frrrrrrozen hot chocolates at Serendipity and then headed back to the hotel. We bid farewell to Lyndsey who had to get back for work the next day and had a nice night at South Point. We had girl talk and then a nice brunch the next day before Lauren had to meet back up with her family. It was such a nice trip and even though I was somewhat uncomfortable and swollen I had a great time out with a few of my very best friends! The next day I did get to see Lauren again before she and her fam went to Tuacahn and she got to see Connor for a minute!
So that wraps up summer...I'm sad I didn't get this done sooner but hey at least I got it in there! :-)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The home stretch

So I'm at the dreaded end of this pregnancy and you'll hear me saying things like "This is the last time I'm doing this. And if he's not a good baby I'll REALLY be done..." I waddle around and stop mid stride when the baby pushes down too hard on my lady parts and a pained look has become quite normal to see on my face. I feel like a weenie that I whine like I do...but honestly feel like I whined more with my first pregnancy! I really am grateful for many people who say "Wow you don't even look like you're about ready to have this baby! You look great!" I don't believe them but it's nice to hear :-)

My hips are so sore, I toss from one side to the other at least 10 times a night! My dreams are CRAZY weird...including characters from Glee, Modern Family, friends I haven't seen in a LONG time and people who don't exist. It's a hectic night usually.

So aside from THAT fun business...I'm so stressed and really starting to feel like life is ALWAYS going to be frustrating and full of unreliable-ness. We still haven't heard from Santa Fe and were supposed to hear on Tuesday. SO either they are taking a while to come up with an offer, or they aren't gonna hire Ben. Either way, WHAT THE HECK!? Why are people so inconsiderate?! Yale took forever to call and that was BAD news so now we are just worried and paranoid. Everything went SO well while Ben interviewed and they acted like they loved him and wanted him to be happy with the area. He did everything right. So if they don't hire him they are STUPID IDIOTS. Thank goodness my blog is private....

Remember how I posted about that Empire Waste company that had a flying piece of particle board hit our car on the freeway in February? Could have hurt us real bad if it had gone through the windshield? Lucky that all it did was crack the front bumper and slice the bra.....but guess what? They are denying it happened, refusing to pay, and refusing to let their insurance pay. So we get the joy of taking them to small claims. When? I have no idea. The holidays are fast approaching and my baby is due soon. I hate I repeat HATE people. Ben pointed out that he has never encountered so many dishonest people, and the worst of them has been in Utah! Remember the people who screwed us out of $650 2 1/2 years ago when we almost moved into their condo for rent? They never returned our money. I'm so sick of feeling screwed over. I'm so honest in all I do and wish it would pay off. People are just MEAN. And we don't necessarily NEED the car fixed. But when we decide to sell it it's gonna decrease the value!

Still reading? I'm impressed....

I just feel very hopeless and the hormones don't help. Ben has a job working for Zion's Bank which he has been putting off so he could find out from Santa Fe. They've been patient with him for 2 weeks now but we REALLY need to know so he can at least start making some money til something else comes along. ARGH! Please pray for us. I'm so frustrated and really need something positive to the birth of our sweet boy. If only my induction was scheduled for tomorrow!