Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Little Hike

It's been a long time since I've blogged. Now that I have a camera again I can start posting again. It's been a few years. 

Ryan and I have recently started going on dates with Beckett. We alternate every other month and this month was my turn. I asked Beckett if he wanted to go on a hike and he said he would like to go on a "chocolate hike". So, we picked up some whoppers, his request.

I am a little paranoid of cougars and coyotes so I decided to take Ryan and the littles with us. 

We are finally getting to use his birthday present from his grandpa and grandma. He's always up for an "outside adventure".

The littles overlooking the city.

It is just so pretty. We really enjoyed looking down.

You can't see it in the photo, but there were cows across the lake. Beckett said "that must be the cows bath, right mom?"

Our official "chocolate hike" supplied with whoppers.

These pinecones were huge! 

She is such a trooper. She walked most of the way up and down by herself. She is a true climber.

More pinecone action

Hopefully this is the first of more regular postings...

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 2013

We just got back from spending two weeks in Idaho with our families. It was so great to see everyone. We've only been in California for five months but going back seemed like a big adventure. 

Sadly, we all got sick at one point or another (or a couple of times) but having family who could help out was tremendously valuable. I'm also pretty sure we cause everyone endless frustration with our ever-changing “plans”. We really appreciate everybody's patience. 

This is probably the last year that we'll be able to visit both families at once. My parents and youngest sister are preparing to move to Ohio so we'll have to start hand-picking holidays very deliberately now. :(  

Hopefully you were able to spend some quality time with your loved ones this Christmas. They're the only thing that really matters.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

January 2013

It's been crazy over the last few months. The twins are now 3 months old and there is never a dull moment. At any given point I am burping both babies, feeding both babies, changing poopy diapers, talking to the babies, holding them, and fitting in solid time with my 3 yr old son. At times I feel like I am literally drowning in housework, but I will just have to accept a messy house...and lots of undone laundry...and dishes...

They smile a lot. Jayna loves to talk and Dean loves to smile. We are truly blessed to have such good babies.    They are kind of sleeping through the night, haha. Depending on when they go to sleep, they will spend a good 5-7 hours sleeping, and as far as I'm concerned I can function on that much sleep.

The other night I just felt so blessed. I watched this music video by Katherine Nelson and the thoughts and feelings of losing our first pregnancy to miscarriage filled me. I can still feel those pangs of loss, but having my two babies right in front of me was surreal at that point. I never dreamed, especially back then, that I would be so blessed to have 3 children, let alone 2 babies at the same time. It was as if Heavenly Father was with me telling me "See? I did not forsake you. I am here. This has always been part of my plan for you". How grateful I am for my family!

2 of my beautiful miracles

Beckett loves to dance. Here he is doing his impression of the "Sail" by Awolnation dance move.

 Beckett is into math and letters. He loves to tell us stories like if he has 3 glasses of water and hides one then he only has 2 glasses of water. He really enjoys that. He is beginning to make real connections with letters and rhyming also. It is so much fun to see things click for him. He kisses us on the cheek and tells us "I love kisses". The most spreadable laughter comes from his lips. I tell him he makes me so happy and my heart so big there is hardly any room for it, just like the Grinch. He really likes that. A sponge soaks up less than he does these days and he is a great joy.

We had a wonderful Christmas and spent a considerable amount of time with both sides of our family. It was great. We love Christmas so much and the opportunity we have to remember Christ's birth and have those feelings of gratitude for the sacrifice he made for all of us.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Twin Labor Story

I was on bed rest for 3 weeks after a doctor appointment discovered I was 50% effaced and dilated to a 2. It was very hard being on bed rest!! I had incredible support from friends and family helping me with Beckett and meals.

On the morning of October 10, I woke up at 5 am in pain from contractions. For me, contractions are just dull constant pain much like cramps. I had to keep reminding myself of that so I didn't just dismiss the pain. I couldn't go back to sleep, so I sent a text to my dad asking him if he thought I should go into the hospital. He said "yes". 

I arrived at the hospital around 6:30 or so. My contractions were 2-3 minutes apart and a few days earlier I was 70% effaced and dilated to a 3.5. I was given anti-labor medication which only slowed contractions down to 5-6 minutes apart after a few hours. My body wanted to have those babies that day! I was 34 weeks and 6 days.

By the time I was settled in my hospital room, the pain of the contractions had gone down considerably and was quite mild. It was about 10 am at this point.

I asked for my epidural and felt very good through the rest of the morning and through the birth. I pushed 2 times to deliver Dean and a half push for Jayna. They were born around 5:30 pm, 7 minutes apart, and came out with their lungs in check. They were both 6 lb. 5 oz and spent 17 days in the NICU. I had the best doctor in the world through it all, my dad!!

These pictures are of them still in the incubator and on bili lights. They are sporting their eye protective sunglasses very well!!

Baby Dean (He has an IV in his head because all the other usual spots weren't working and the one before this one went bad)

Baby Jayna (Her arm is swollen in the picture because an IV line went bad. I felt so sad for her tiny little body! They both had problems with their IVs!)

I had their pictures taken by Caralee Case in Idaho Falls. She did a fantastic job!! They were 19 days old and you can see her post of the session here.

They are 1 month old today on Ryan's birthday! It's been quite a ride so far and we expect the ride to continue much the same. We're so grateful for our little miracles!