Friday, April 26, 2013

The Birth Story

Well, I do realize this may be a bit anticlimactic since I had Lyla almost a month ago but I mostly wanted to record it for myself. So here it is; the birth story.

I woke up early Tuesday morning April 2nd, around 4:00 am. I couldn't sleep because I was having a real sharp pain in my back about every ten minutes. I was having the same pain sporadically throughout the day before.  I thought they might have been contractions, but I wasn't sure since most people describe contractions being in your belly and that wasn't so much the case. Turns out I was having back labor and it continued that way the whole time. So I got up and read and started timing the contractions until about 7. At 7:00 am my contractions were about 5 minutes apart so I got up, showered, and put last minute items in my hospital bag. Just as we were getting ready to leave for the hospital my contractions slowed down, and I really didn't want to be sent home from the hospital again (I had already been twice on two different days for various reasons, both times, of course it was nothing). So we sat down and watched some TV while we waited. I had my weekly checkup with my doctor that morning at 9:30 so we decided that we would wait and go to that to see what the doctor said. At the doctor he checked to see if I was dilated, I was. Which was a sign itself because I was completely closed just the day before. He guessed that I was around a 2, I say guessed because I was squirming too much for him to get an accurate reading. Right after the check he said, "You're planning on getting an epidural right?" I assured him I was planning on getting it as soon as possible. Back to the story, the doctor said to go over to the hospital and have them monitor me for an hour to see if I was making progress and really in labor.  In that hour I had gone from a 2 to a 4 so they admitted me and we got settled into our room around 12:30 pm.

After about another hour of contractions I said that I was ready for the epidural. The epidural was a piece of cake, and literally did not hurt more than a pinch. I was on cloud 9 now. My Doctor was leaving town right after his appointments that morning, so I was a little discouraged and nervous about having a different doctor that I had never met delivery the baby. The other doctor came in and broke my water to speed things up a little. But things actually slowed down a little bit, they think it was from the epidural. I was at a standstill at a 6. They gave me a little bit of pitocin to get the contractions going a little quicker. And it sure did get things going. I mentioned to my nurse that I was still in a little bit of pain and could feel the contractions pretty strongly. She suggested getting an extra dose of epidural which I was reluctant to at first because I didn't want to be so numb that I couldn't feel anything. Although after being so uncomfortable I opted for the extra dose. The nurse checked to see what I was dilated to so she could tell the anesthesiologist. Surprisingly, she said I was at a 10. There was about a 20 minute time span from when she last checked and I was at a 6. So I dilated really fast. They decided to give me a faster acting medicine since the epidural wasn't keeping up with me. It was what they give girls for c-sections because it is faster acting but doesn't last as long. Then I "rested and descended" (a new thing they are doing for first time mom's, I guess) for an hour. It is supposed to reduce pushing time and tearing. Before my hour was up, I told the nurse that I couldn't stand it any longer and really felt like I needed to push. So at 5:20 they started prepping for delivery and I started pushing. By now my medicine was starting to wear off and I was feeling my contractions.  Right around this time, my real doctor called the nurse to check on my progress and she said that I had just started pushing. Turns out the tires on his trailer popped on his way out of town so instead of sitting and waiting at Discount Tire, he decided to come delivery a baby! Not that the other doctor wouldn't have been great, but I was so relieved and happy that he could come! Anyway, after just about an hour of pushing I wasn't making a lot of progress. After every push the baby's head would go back to where it was before the push. I was really hurting and started to think that this baby was NEVER coming out.  My doctor came in and did an episiotimy and maybe 3 pushes later baby Lyla was out! She was born at 6:40 pm.

I have never experienced to many emotions at one time. I went from being in the most pain I had ever been in, to complete joy and was overwhelmed with love in a matter of seconds. Watching Rob look at our sweet baby and seeing his love for her made me fall in love with him all over again. She wasn't really breathing great at first and I was being stitched up for what felt like years, so it was a little bit before I got to hold her. But when they finally put her in my arms it was the most amazing feeling/ moment. It is impossible to even try to describe in words what that moment is like. It's a little bit of heaven on earth. Lyla is such a blessing in our lives and we are so grateful that she has made us parents.  She has been very patient with us as we have tried to figure this whole parenting thing out. We are slowly but surely learning. 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lyla's Nursery

Once I found out we were having a girl I started thinking about how I wanted to decorate her nursery. Of course I turned to Pinterest for ideas and color schemes. At first I loved the really elegant and all white nurseries. Then I decided that might be a little hard to pull off and it's not totally my style. After a little more searching I found a nursery that I wanted to use as my inspiration. The main thing I loved was the color scheme, white, coral, and aqua. I also fell in love with the focal wall and knew I had to recreate it somehow. I bought a stencil off Etsy and put Rob to work. ;) I am partly kidding. We both started off painting and painted the rest of the room a really pale pink. Once we got to the stencil part, i started off helping and got about half way, then the beautiful pregnancy symptoms (backache, nausea from the paint, heatstroke, etc) hit me. So my wonderful husband finished it for me! When he got done he instantly said "this babes better be a girl." He is not about to repaint that wall anytime soon... I LOVE the way it all came together and as much work as it was to paint that wall, it was so worth it! So here it is!! (Not that I think too many people will really care, but just incase you are curious I will give a brief rundown of where we got things)

*Frames - Target and I painted them blue
*Crib - Amazon I think it is called the DaVinvi Jayden crib

*Chair - Down to Earth

*Bedding - Serena and Lily (Punch Basics)

*Dresser - My mom and dad ( it was brown but we spray painted it white)

*Pom poms - I made these out of styrofoam balls and fabric ( cut tons of little circles, fold in fourths, and pin)

 *Blanket - My mom's crochet work at it's finest. 

*Curtains & Bookshelf - IKEA
*Rug - Target

After baby Lyla arrives I plan to get some newborn pictures taken and make a gallery wall above the dresser. I will move the pom pom balls into the corner left of the bookshelf. I also haven't decided what else to put on top of the bookshelf. I am thinking maybe some letter blocks with her name or something like that!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Baby Shower Love

The last two weeks I have had my two baby showers! They were both wonderful and lots of fun. We definitely got spoiled with tons of great baby gifts! Thanks to my mom and sisters for hosting the first one and making it so special. These girls put a lot of work into making it such a great event. We did a children's book theme and it was so much fun! Being an Elementary Ed major I grew to love all types of children's books, and I learned how important and beneficial they are for young children. Ever since my Children's Literature class at BYU I have been determined to always read to my kids and help them develop a love for books and reading. There are so many children's books that have such great messages and lessons. Anyway, I mentioned the idea to my sisters about a book theme for the shower and they made it happen! I LOVED getting all the books and Baby L now has a full bookcase. :)

Isn't that diaper cake my sister made so cute?

 The hosts :) 

Handmade baby blanket from Grandma Teri! 

My friends Hailey and Jordynn also threw me a wonderful shower! It was so nice of them and I am grateful for such great friends! Unfortunately I didn't get too many pictures at this one, but it was a lot of fun, and I got tons of cute things!

We have the same due date! 
(Don't mind the fact that I am twice her size..)

The hosts :) 

Thanks again to all those who came and especially to those who helped make them happen!! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Thursday morning, Valentines Day, my sister called me and asked if I wanted to go to St. George that night.  Sure enough, that night my mom, 2 sisters, and I piled in the car and drove to St. George. A girls trip was definitely needed. When the four of us get together it is non-stop laughter and that was what the weekend consisted of, laughter. I am so grateful to have these ladies in my life, they are my best friends and greatest examples.

My mom wanted to check out the Parade of Homes so that was our first stop. I have always enjoyed looking at million dollar homes I will never be able to afford, not sure why, but I do. So we had lot's of fun dreaming and picking up decorating ideas as we went along.

The rest of the day consisted of shopping and eating. We got bored waiting for mom to try on her clothes at Coldwater Creek so we started taking pictures and it evolved into these lovely mirror shots.

My sister in law introduced me to Swig on our way to Vegas and I definitely made it a priority to go back.  Swig is a little shack that is famous for their drinks. My mom and I were loving the Dirty Diet Cokes.  Diet Coke + coconut = deliciousness.

After just our first day of shoppings this is how jammed the car was. We had our luggage in there too. We couldn't fit it all in the trunk, so the rest ended up on Mogan and Melissa's laps.

Checking into the hotel, the wrong hotel in fact. Moving in or staying for one night? Oh just a one night stay. We had to pile all that junk back in and go to the right hotel. 

Saturday we went to the temple which was lovely. Then went back to the Parade of Homes, but it was so busy and the houses were packed so we decided we had seen enough. We continued shopping and  got our toes and nails done. I had been on the hunt for a good lip stain and I found one at Ulta for a steal of a deal. It was on clearance for 3 dollars so of course I had to buy a couple. I am loving it because it doesn't smear off and it stays on forever!

Thanks for the great trip ladies!!!