June: Month 3

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Month 3 (mostly September) has been fun! June is such a joy! A few things from this month:

  • started to scoot/squirm
  • She’s very social – she always wants to be where everything’s going on. She’s got FOMO (fear of missing out), so she doesn’t do great with naps
  • Responds/mimics faces
  • Loves to “talk”
  • Covers her face with her hands
  • She tries to laugh (September 12)
  • Loves blankets!

Funny story: Emma went to kiss her feet while she was being held, but June kicked her in the face instead, then while laughing, Emma went to sit down and missed the bench and fell on the ground.

Also this month for Reeve and I:

  • Reeve got his capstone assignment for the year: he’s working with Sunroc to design prefabricated roofs
  • I bottled lots of peaches with my mom and Cheltsea – they’re so delicious!
  • We floated the Provo river twice – once with Brittany and Thomas, and another time with my family (to read about our little Utah Staycation, click here)
  • June, my mom, and I went to Manti for the day for my cousin’s wedding
  • We went to the Dinosaur Museum with the Hildreths for $2 Tuesday
  • Reeve and I did an escape room called “Eskaped” with Brittany, Devin, Jared, and Nick

June is just adorable and a poser. We’re a little obsessed with her!

Also shameless plug: that triangle quilt is from my Etsy shop Happy Adventurer

And here’s our 1 Second Everyday video of September, here – September 20 audio is the best!

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June: Month 2

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June’s second month was a little more exciting.  We actually left the house a bit and did some fun things.

Here are some changes for her this month though:

  • Her hair is growing back on top
  • It’s kind of dark blonde/light brown with a hint of red
  • Blue gray eyes most days
  • She loves to “stand”
  • Strong neck
  • Gone completely to pumped bottles
  • Moved into crib in her own room
  • Smiles lots!

Here’s a video of July and August

Here are pictures of our month:

We went to a little beach park

The Olympics happened, Brazil won gold for soccer

Reeve blessed June into the LDS church.  He gave her a great blessing saying she would have the gift of discernment; have a great love for others, and they would be able to know the sincerity of her love; blessed with learning and reading between the lines; and patience.

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Lyric and Cohen came to visit.  Cohen loves babies, so he loved June.  We mostly hung out, but one night we went to an outdoor concert in Park City.  It was a lot of fun!

And here are some other pictures from the month.  We also had a little stay-cation the few days before Reeve went back to school, so that is in another post.

 

June: Month 1

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Our first month with June basically consisted of hanging out at home trying to figure out this parenting/baby thing.  Because the days were so uneventful, we have tons of pictures of June.  She’s just too cute to not take pictures of!

It’s crazy how much they change in such short time! June started out looking a ton like Reeve, but she looks more and more like me now.

Here are a few fun details of June’s first month:

  • The cul-de-sac: She lost her hair on top and looked like an old man
  • Her hair looks red in the sunlight
  • Her eyes are blue/gray so far
  • We call her “Flops” or “Floppsy,” I think it’s pretty obvious why
  • She can’t stay awake while eating, so she drinks bottles at night

We also have a photographer friend, Erin, and she took some great pictures of June when she was about 1 month. Here are some favorites from the month, and here’s a link to a video of July and August

She’s a pretty happy baby 🙂

She makes some really great faces

I love the details

Some pictures from Erin

Some more from throughout the month. She’s so pretty

I adore her ❤

Tea Party

We had a tea party.  We’ve never had one before, but my mom decided to have a granddaughter tea party.  I wish I had taken more pictures, because it was the event to remember!  I went over with June, and we got told that Paisley was coming very well dressed, so we kind of got carried away from there.  My mom ran up, threw on a fancy dress, did a fancy curled up-do, Makenna got in a dress, Luke got in a suit and tie, I had a sunhat, June was wearing a onesie that looks like a teacup, and the Hildreths showed up in fancy clothes, including a bowtie for Riley.

We had lace tablecloths, Makenna found a vintage tea party playlist, we had tiny china, and tiny food.  We ate with pinkies up and tried to talk in accents.  It was really more hilarious than anything.  I love my family!  I hope this happens again.

Why your typical breastfeeding didn’t work for me

Before I had June, I hadn’t considered breastfeeding being a problem.  It’s what people do, it’s what they’ve always done.  I’m going to be a stay-at-home mom, I took a breastfeeding class eve, that’s what I’ll do.

Well, when June was born, we had a little struggle with feeding while in the hospital.  I had shallow nipples, she couldn’t latch well, when she did she wouldn’t stay on very long at all, it was just a struggle.  My nipples were cracked and bleeding and hurt so bad.  I dreaded when she needed to eat.  The lactation consultant helped us out, and she was eating better by the time we left the hospital.  When we were home, it was still kind of a struggle.  I had prescription ointment, but they still hurt so bad.  The hardest part though was that she would fall asleep whenever I would try to feed her, so she would wake up like 30 minutes later hungry.  We did all the tips they tell you to keep the baby awake, but none of it worked.  We even resorted to getting her face wet – she didn’t wake up.

I was getting so frustrated.  Breastfeeding is supposed to be this great bonding experience, breast is best, yada yada yada.  Because she could never stay awake to eat, I wasn’t getting any sleep.  I was so exhausted, and when she would be hungry, I just wanted to cry.  I was constantly having to leave everyone to go feed her, unsuccessfully.  I hated that I was the only one that could do this miserable job.  Reeve was a good support and would always be there for me, but there’s just not much he could do.

I started to pump bottles for night time so I wouldn’t have to go through everything to feed her constantly at night.  That seemed to work pretty well.  I feel so blessed that June takes a bottle.  And luckily, she stayed awake better while drinking a bottle – maybe because it was less work? I don’t know, but I was so relieved.

Once she was eating better at night, I didn’t mind feeding her during the day so much, but it still was a struggle, and I felt like I wasn’t able to do anything with my day.  My days were spent feeding her, changing diapers, and trying to get any rest possible.  That didn’t work too well for my personality.  I felt like my days were such a waste – sure I was raising a child, but absolutely nothing else was getting done.

My other thought that seriously made me want to cry every time I thought about it was I can’t do anything on my own anymore.  I literally can’t be away from her for more than a couple hours, and that’s even risky.  I couldn’t stand the thought of losing all independence, so I started to pump more during the day also.  That way if I ever needed to run some errands or take a nap or something, or spend an hour with just Reeve, I could leave her with Reeve’s mom, and she would have food.  That was a total game changer!  Don’t get me wrong – I love June to death, but I also need some time on my own to stay sane!

Pretty soon I was only giving her pumped bottles.  I worried about the bond, but I felt so much better personally.  I could tell that overall this was a better fit for us.  I still am the one to feed her the majority of the time, and we do have a strong bond.  She knows who I am, and I can tell she loves me, so that made it easier for me to not feel guilty about not actually breastfeeding.  The only struggle then was what others thought.  I would get self conscious of people seeing me feed June a bottle – not because I wasn’t actually breastfeeding, but because they probably assume it’s formula, and everyone says “breast is best.”  The thing is, I know it is breast milk, and if others judge without actually talking to me and knowing the truth, why should I care?  It’s hard to not worry about what others think, but when we let that go, it’s liberating really.

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candid taken by Brittany – clearly we’re happy with bottles haha

Now that we’ve finally figured out what works best for both me and June, I am so much happier.  She is happier.  She’s healthy and growing great.  We’re really doing great now.

Labor and Delivery

Well, our little girl must’ve been real comfortable, because she was not coming out on her own!  Friday, June 24 was the day I was going to be induced if she didn’t come on her own.  Well, she didn’t.

So Friday morning we got ready and luckily got to go into the hospital at 9:45am (I’ve heard stories of people supposed to get induced but the hospital wouldn’t let them come in until like 5pm). It was so weird leaving the house knowing that we would come back as parents.

But we got all checked in, they gave me the pitocin at 11am and a little later my doctor came in and broke my water.  Reeve and I pretty much just hung out and watched TV for awhile, played some cards. We watched a few episodes of Tanked again (we decided it’s our hospital show haha).  We also took this picture and Reeve sent it to family/friends…IMG1854730068.jpg

Totally fake haha.  Everything was good and we were just waiting.  The doctor and nurses said I’d probably have her around 9pm – that seemed like forever away!  But anyway, the nurses said I could have the epidural anytime I wanted, but first labors usually last long and you wouldn’t want it to wear off.

Well, around 1pm (only 2 hours after the pitocin), I was in pain. I asked for the epidural the next time the nurses came in, and she said “let’s just wait til I check you in 30 minutes”. Well, 45 minutes later she showed up and I told her I needed the epidural.  It was just super painful cramps basically.  So she got the anesthesiologist in, and I got the epidural at 2pm.  Turns out I was dilated to a 5 (more than the nurse suspected).  Okay and all the stories of the epidural being terrible…I honestly didn’t know that I had gotten it yet haha.  The IV hurt more than the epidural haha.

Well, let me tell you – epidurals are AMAZING!  It started relieving the pain so fast, and pretty soon I couldn’t feel anything from my stomach down haha.  We basically just waited while my body did the work.  My family came to visit:

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They were going to leave, but the nurse checked me right when they left the room, and I was fully dilated!  The nurses were pretty shocked it happened that fast.  So my family waited in the waiting room.  It was just me and Reeve in the delivery room when we had her.

So they said it was time to start pushing.  They would have me push 3 long times during each contraction.  I pushed for 2 contractions I think, then they said I had to stop because my doctor wasn’t going to get there in time (his office was across the parking lot).  So we just waited haha.  When Dr. Jones showed up, a contraction started, I pushed once, I started pushing the second time, and they told me to stop. I was so shocked when they held up our baby girl. It happened so fast, it didn’t feel real!  Reeve got to cut the umbilical cord (he said it was really strange), then they handed her to me.  It really just didn’t feel real.  I couldn’t believe she was born so fast!

June Hazel was born Friday June 24, 2016 at 4:56pm (just short of 6 hours from the time I got induced).  She was 21 inches and 8 lbs 3 oz.  She looked a lot like Reeve when she was first born.

We stayed in the hospital for 2 days.  We had the best nurse, Janie.  Lots of family visited, and Jackie came too.  We really felt so much love from everyone, and I felt super blessed that the labor and delivery went so smoothly.  I had a 2nd degree episiotomy (whatever that means haha) but the recovery was smooth also.  I never got up to taking the serious painkillers, I just took Midol occasionally.  I really was blessed!

41+ Weeks Pregnant

God is so much smarter than us.  He can see so much clearer than we can and knows what’s best for us in the long run.

My baby was due June 14th.  I was sure she was going to come early.  My husband had tons of family in town until about June 22 (the day his sister went into the MTC to go on an LDS mission). Of course she would meet the baby before.  What I really was concerned about at first was having the baby and being overwhelmed with everyone wanting to see her and the house being so crowded and noisy.

Well, my entire pregnancy went really smoothly.  I didn’t get very sick, I never got the pregnancy waddle, I didn’t gain too much weight other than my stomach, things were good.  I felt pretty good the whole time.  I did get some pretty crazy cankles right at the end though haha (see below). But, regardless of how smooth it had gone, I was so ready to NOT be pregnant anymore! Not so sure I was ready to have the baby, but I was so done with being pregnant that I wanted to go into labor.  I was just so huge.  I couldn’t handle it – it was hot, I couldn’t bend over, I just couldn’t move easily…

When I went to see my doctor a week or two before my due date, we talked about a plan in

case she didn’t come by her due date.  Intermountain Healthcare has a policy that with first time moms, they won’t induce until 41 weeks, and you can only be induced by your own doctor.  Well as luck would have it, my doctor was going out of town and wouldn’t be back until 10 days after my due date (2 days after Sarah and all Reeve’s family left).  I tried talking to several different people at the doctor’s office and the hospital, begging to be induced sooner, but they just said nope.

After that response, I decided to try all the wives tales that supposedly put you into labor.  And boy did I get a lot of input and suggestions I didn’t ask for. When people would see how pregnant I was (I was getting really huge!), they would start saying things like “you need to walk that baby out!” “go jump on the trampoline” “you know how to get that baby out? The same way you got it in!” etc.

After trying *almost* everything I had heard/read, I was getting pretty discouraged.  I had gone on walks, jumped on the trampoline, eaten eggplant parmesan, had sex, you name it (except for drinking castor oil), I tried it.

On Friday June 17, I felt miserable!!  I was sure I was going to have her.  I was throwing up, couldn’t eat anything, and feeling awful.  After talking with my doctor’s office, I was told to hang out at home and if I threw up more and it all continued, to come in.  It didn’t improve, so when Reeve got home from work, we went to the hospital.  They hooked my up to an IV with saline and monitored the baby.  Reeve and I hung out there for a couple hours.  We watched some random TV shows like Tanked (a show about fish aquariums haha).  After waiting awhile, I was sent home.  I was so mad.  I felt a lot better, but I was so tired of being pregnant and had felt so miserable!

After that I pretty much just had to tell myself I wasn’t having her until the 24th when I would be induced.  I thought a lot and realized that yes, I was really tired of being pregnant, but a lot of the reason I wanted to have the baby was pressure from others.  All of Reeve’s family (immediate and extended) wanted to see the baby before they went home to different parts of the country.  I wanted to please them. But you know what, I had no real control.  God’s timing is not always the same as our timing.  Looking back now, I see that it’s actually good that she didn’t come until after.  That first week as a mom was insane.  Exhausting with lots of tears from not being emotionally or physically 100%.  I feel bad that some family members didn’t get to meet her, but they’ve seen pictures, and that will just have to do for this one.

To read more about the actual delivery, read my next post!

Spiral Jetty

So I’ve lived in Utah awhile, and I’ve seen pictures and heard about this Spiral Jetty.  It’s at the Salt Lake, and it’s this big spiral that goes out into the water (when there is water that far up).  I honestly don’t know the history behind it – some artist did it. But I’ve thought it would be cool to see.  So on a recent Saturday, Reeve and I decided to have an adventure.  We had to go north that night for a wedding, so we decided we would check out Spiral Jetty during the day and stop by the wedding on the way back.

Turns out Spiral Jetty is really far away, and really in the middle of nowhere! It was a lot farther than we originally thought, but we decided to go for it anyway. It was a little over 2 hours away from us.  We left that morning and stopped in Ogden for lunch.  One of our favorite things is trying local restaurants we’ve never been to, so we just did a google search of restaurants and found this one that looked pretty good: The Lucky Slice. 0521161234

You can get pizza by the slice (or order a whole one), and it was great! We’ll definitely eat there again if we’re up in Ogden for anything.

Well then we got back to driving. We missed the exit (my bad) and added an extra 15 minutes driving through random tiny towns because of it haha.  It’s way out in the middle of nowhere.  It’s by the Golden Spike, which I’m not sure gets too much traffic either because of the location haha.

When we got to the Spiral Jetty, there were a lot more cars there than we expected.  It also was a bit smaller than I thought it’d be, and the water wasn’t up to it.  I don’t mean to sound negative, it was just not what we expected at all. Here it is though:0521161459a.jpg

We walked out to it then decided to walk out to the water.  It just looked so weird – you just see a big line of foam walking up to it. I grabbed a handful of the foam – big mistake! – and my hands were disgusting until we found a bathroom and sink to wash off in.  The foam just disintegrated into salt and dried my hands out and made them really gritty. But it was pretty cool, unlike anything I’ve ever seen.  Also, because there’s so much salt, the water line is basically just a huge thing of salt. I broke off a piece and dared Luke to lick it – he did, classic 12 year old boys. We ended up not staying too long though, because we both really had to use the bathroom (pregnancy problems haha), but I don’t think we missed out on anything there.

Overall, I’m glad we went! It was a fun adventure. I’m not sure we’ll ever be back, unless we for some odd reason are nearby!

Watercolor: Round 2

Round 2 went a LOT better than our first attempt, and the biggest reason is that we had the right kind of paper this time.  We had thick paper last time, but it wasn’t really for watercoloring.  Who knew that tools could make such a huge difference!?!?

Here are our paintings (Makenna, me, mom):0525161505-1

We definitely could still improve in some areas, but I was so much more satisfied this week! My favorites I did were the elephant, flamingo, and whale. It’s so cool how watercolors can look with different techniques!

Birthday Week

Reeve’s birthday is May 23, and mine is May 25, so between our own celebrations and our families, we have a pretty good few days each year!

This year, we had a joint birthday dinner with my family that Sunday, where we had homemade Cafe Rio – one of my faves! We got some fun party/barbecue things, so we’ll need to have barbecue now!

Monday was Reeve’s birthday, and 2 of his favorite things are movies and meat. So, he left campus early and we headed to see Captain America: Civil War. We had a great tender mercy while we were at the theater! So, I have a dilemma with movies at a movie theater: it’s great to see movies at the theater, but it’s so expensive, so I prefer matinees, BUT, I hate the feeling that I wasted my day, and we would see movies on Tuesdays ($5 tickets all day), but we have church responsibilities (which honestly are probably a blessing – we would probably see a lot of movies on Tuesdays). Anyway! We were going to pay for our tickets, and a man came up to us.  He had 2 tickets because his son was supposed to see it with him, but couldn’t make it.  So he gave us his 2 tickets, and we bought him 1 ticket in return! We both got to see the movie for the price of one matinee ticket! Tender mercies.

After the movie (which we thought was pretty great), we went to Rodizio Grill.  Reeve served his LDS mission in Brazil, so he loves churrascos, but they’re expensive. So we go during May when we can get one free birthday meal. We’ve been to Tucano’s a few times but hadn’t tried this one.  In the end, we decided Tucano’s has better salads/sides and is cheaper, but Rodizio had the better meat.

We ended the night with cake and ice cream with his family, and they gave us a great combined gift.  We got a hiking baby carrier! It will be fun to get out and use it once our girl’s big enough for it.

For my birthday, I like trying random things/adventures, and it’s the best when they’re free! So, I heard about this idea from other places, but I did some research and rounded up as many absolutely FREE (none of the buy 1 get 1 free) birthday meals/food, and we took it to a park for a picnic.  It seriously was so so much food! We were stuffed and even had leftovers, and we didn’t even pick up all of the free food I had on my list.

All of that food was free!!!

So, here’s the list (some are Utah specific). And a lot you have to sign up for before hand and they’ll send you an email or something.  I signed up for most of these 2 weeks before, and it all worked out. Here it is starting with real meals and going down to desserts:

  • Firehouse Subs – Free medium sandwich with app (the Turkey Bacon Ranch is DELICIOUS)
  • Honey Baked Ham – Free ham sandwich with email signup (for signing up, I got some other coupons with it, so we actually got 3 free sandwiches!)
  • PF Changs – Free appetizer when you sign up for their special program (you won’t get an email/notification, but you just give them your phone number and it’s linked to your account. Also, the chicken lettuce wraps are great!)
  • Noodles and Company – Free entree (I didn’t actually try this one because we had so much food, and I hadn’t gotten any coupon. I may have signed up too late for this one. BUT, if you get it, the Penne Rosa is my favorite!)
  • Rubio’s – Free entree of choice with email signup (You also get a free taco coupon for signing up)
  • Red Robin – Free burger and fries with email signup (it seems they’ve gotten rid of it at some locations though? Check first. We skipped this one.)
  • Zaxby’s – Free Nibbler when you sign up – you’ll receive a postcard, so you have to signup early enough (Note: the nibbler is fairly small, but delicious)
  • Denny’s – Free Grand Slam breakfast, no sign up required, just ID (you get to choose 4 breakfast items for your meal)
  • IHop – Free stack of pancakes on your birthday with email signup (there are a lot of different kinds included, so check your options first! And the butter pecan syrup is always a good idea)
  • Kneaders – Free pastry, no sign up (we didn’t try this one because we already had so much food, but I love their chocolate dome and fruit tart)
  • Krispy Kreme – Free donut and drink with email signup
  • Del Taco – Free milkshake with email signup
  • Baskin Robbins – Free child scoop on your birthday with email signup
  • Rita’s Italian Ice – Free Italian ice with email signup (we didn’t actually do this one because neither of us are huge fans of Italian ice and we had a lot of other dessert options)