Friday, September 2, 2016

Emily's Blessing

Emily was blessed on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

We have been so lucky to find the friends and have the families we do. So much love surrounded our family, and we know we are so lucky.


Counsel for Emily from the blessing
  • Nurture a relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Be valiant in her friendships and schooling
  • Rely on family and friends during hard times
  • Serve those around her 
  • Be kind
  • Serve in the temple often for ancestors




Also, I'm missing a picture of Jake, Vonnie, and Grandma Uchytil with Emily. It is so sweet, but I don't have it! 

August 2016

One of my most favorite things about having a newborn baby is also, at times, my least favorite. August was a really simple month for us. No big outings, no big news, just day to day simplicity.

I struggle in feeling like a good enough mother when we just stay home. I blame this feeling on how much I've always valued working/having a job. I've made it a point to go on a daily outing. Whether we accomplish anything major or not, those trips are good for my brain! We like to roam around the grocery stores and Target, and Gwen is the best partner! She will put everyone's shoes on, makes sure we have drinks, and pet Fred on the way out.

I love how fun Gwen is. When we lived in Flagstaff we would go on hikes and bike rides a few times a week. We'd explore our neighborhood and backyard. I complain about how hot it is here in Mesa, and I am resolving to stop that! It's hot, and that's okay! Also, I realized that playing outside in the hose is my back up plan/solution to everything. HA! I like that activity and so does Gwen, so we stick to it! Although I'm newly satisfied with the weather, I can't wait for it to cool down. I laugh when we go to Target and see boots and long sleeves. . . how did I ever think it was cold in the winter?! Now I know better.

Emily is a beautiful baby. She is so different, personality-wise, than Gwen. When Gwen was a baby, she didn't cry unless she needed to eat. Miss Emily doesn't "cry"--she yells! She'll yell in her sleep while trying to break out of her swaddle. She yells when she wakes up, but stops the second she hears someone coming! She loves being talked to, and always smiles at Gwen and Fred.

I have the best video of them from this encounter! Gwen kept saying, "She's cute!"

She wouldn't sleep, so I brought her into our room to keep me company while I did some work, and she passed out!

Root beer ice cream cones!!! Love her!

Jake took Gwen on a date, and she loved it!

I mean, that miniskirt!!!!

Emily and Ender!
Gwen and Ian!

Emily loves tummy time and working out.

First day at church!


We send pictures to Jake on long work days!

This makes me smile/laugh so hard. After a big crying spell from Emily, Gwen sat down with a book and had some much needed quiet time.




Gwen likes to hide eggs. Finding them is always a surprise to me. That frying pan was filled, and so was the pot under it.


Gwen and Berlyn playing in the irrigation!

She was doing some serious doodling.


Her hair is fine, but she has so much of it! Hooray!!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Emily is One Month Old!


Weight: 10 pounds, 14 oz
Length: 21.5 inches
Clothing Size: 0-3 months
Favorite Food:Milkies!
Favorite Sister: Gwen, hands down.
Likes to snuggle
Nicknames: Em, Emmy, Sister, Little Momma, Baby, and Fanny. Gwen just calls her "Cute!"

Emily is so funny. She is very vocal and loves to complain before the fully wakes up. We always hear her in her room groaning about having to wake up. Her hands are her worst enemy. They always try to attack the poor girl. She can sleep through anything, and she has been sleeping in her own room since day 4. Having her in our room was giving keeping me awake with every noise and movement I'd hear, and since she's been in her room we've all been happier!

We have a witching hour here. The air conditioner will shut off at some point in the evening, and then Gwen will start fighting and Emily wakes up TICKED off and Jake and I will be hot a sweaty after that period ends! It's terrifying and we're already phasing out of it, but it was a common occurrence in this first month of Emily-life.

Fred LOVES Emily. If she cries and I don't immediately pick her up, he will come up to me, cry, and then run back to her until I come. Every time I change her diaper on the floor, Fred will come lick her head. He loves laying next to her. I'm convinced his favorite thing is sitting on the couch with Gwen, Emily and I. He is a protective guy to our girls.

Emily has a swing that sometimes she likes. When she likes it, I praise the swing gods. When she hates it, I curse them. That's she same situation with her pacifier.

E was born with a strong neck! She loves tummy time.

This quilt!!!!

and THIS quilt!!!

This is Barry. They have a love/hate thing going on.



Sisters.    

Gwen is so in love with Emily. They melt my heart!




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Emily Rose was Born!

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Gwen and I went to my 39 week appointment. At this point, I was 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant. At the previous couple of appointments, my doctors wanted to check my progress with dilation, but I always refused because of my schedule(I always work Thursdays and schedule appointments for Wednesdays, and I didn't want to have contractions at work!) Since late June, I had experienced really intense Braxton Hicks contractions, and I didn't want any pain more intense than those to affect me at work! I had every intention of working until you were born, and I definitely did just that!

My doctor at this appointment checked my cervix, and told me about stripping membranes. She said that the last time she had done this on someone as similar as me, the woman went into labor the next morning at 3:00am! She also told me that if it worked, I would go into labor within 48 hours; if it doesn't work, I'd know that by 48 hours, as well. I opted to have my membranes stripped with the thought that it wouldn't work! It was fast and painless, and Gwen and I left the office a few minutes later!
The doctor's office(Valley Women for Women) and the hospital(Mercy Gilbert) were located 30 minutes away from our home, and it was typical for Gwen and I to go to McDonald's for an ice cream cone after every visit. When I got her loaded into the car, I decided to not go to the McDonald's and to call Jake immediately, instead. I called and told him what the doctor had told me--"If it works, it'll be within 48 hours; if it doesn't, we'll see you next week." He, very quickly, told me that he had to get off the phone and rearrange his schedule and get back up for his next day's surgeries because he felt like we would have a baby pretty soon. I tried to convince him not to rearrange work because I didn't want to end up NOT having the baby and waste a day at home, but his mind was made up and we hung up so he could make preparations. In the car, I felt different, but I'm not sure HOW. My stomach felt weird, but I was convinced that the membrane stripping wouldn't do anything.
After we got home, Gwen and I ate lunch and had rest time. When Gwen woke up, we went to Brimhall Junior High School to swim in the pool. We played and swam for about two hours. I should also add that before my appointment, Gwen and I had gone to a trampoline park with a group of moms and played/visited for close to two hours. Anyways, while at the pool, we got a dinner invitation from some new neighbors, and gladly accepted! At this point, I knew the procedure was useless. I felt completely normal and was relieved because I wanted to go to work the next day!
We got ourselves together and cleaned up, and Jake came home from work. We walked over to our neighbors home and had blueberry pancakes. We visited and watched our kids play together. I started to feel some gentle contractions after laughing hard at a funny story. I cut our visit short to go home at this point.
Once we got home and got Gwen in bed(7:30pm), Jake and I relaxed and started watching a show. Not long into it, I started having more consistent contractions, but nothing that walking around couldn't fix. Jake decided to go to bed(8:30pm) because he saw me trying to work out the contractions, and wanted to get as much sleep as possible if a baby was going to join us soon.
The SECOND I heard Jake start snoring(9:00pm), my contractions started. I did a number of things to ease the pressure: baths, stretching, watching TV, laying down, tried sleeping, walking, reading-- and none of it made them go away. I decided to download an app for counting contractions, but I was terrible at trying to figure it out, so I deleted it. I did this for a few hours and was pleased at the result. I knew I was having contractions, but knew I wasn't in labor so all was well!!!!
I think it was close to 12:30am when I made the decision to call my mom because I was getting nausea. I was getting to the point where I couldn't make the contraction pain end, and I wanted her to know we MAY visit the hospital, but it would definitely be a short trip because I couldn't be in labor. I think my mom made it to our home by 1:00am. In this half hour time span between our call and her arrival, I had gone to wake up Jake. He took a shower, shaved, and changed into normal clothes. He also loaded up the car. My mom had come in, and I was telling her where Gwen's things were located and she insisted that we just go to the hospital. I was feisty from the pressure/pain of my contractions and lack of sleep, so I assured my mom that we would go and be back. While Jake loaded the car, and I was talking to my mom, I had a bend-over-and-try-to-hold-in-the-pain type of contraction. This was the point that I decided the membrane procedure had worked. I went to the bathroom, and I could hear Jake as my mom where I'd gone. I heard her gently say, "I think she needed to throw up..."HA! She was so gentle telling him. I laughed in the bathroom hearing it, and I laugh now remembering it. I didn't throw up because soon Jake was at my side picking me up and guiding me to the car.
He had a bag in hand as he tried shoving me in the car. I was being too stubborn for my own good because I didn't want to go to the far away hospital just to drive home again. We started on our way, and the most intense pressure I've ever felt started on my back/bum. Every contraction had me telling Jake, "I just can't get comfortable." and then the contraction would end, and I'd rub my back until the next one started. About 10 minutes into the drive, my contractions were coming on. I told Jake, "Speed. If you get pulled over, I'll call 9-1-1 and tell them I'm in labor and they can follow us to the hospital." Jake also went through one red light because there was no end in sight to that red light, and there were no cars in any direction. NO SHAME.
We got to the hospital that we had never been to before, and found the emergency room. Jake wanted to drop me off, and I was like, "NO WAY, JOSE!" So I very slowly started my way to the check in desk while Jake went to get a wheelchair---I wouldn't let him bring it to me because that's embarrassing for someone to use who isn't in labor!

After a long check in, we make our way up and over to the maternity triage, and as I'm changing into a gown, I had a contraction that I thought was going to end me. During it, I clearly thought, "I'm going to fall over and no one is going to know because I'm just in the bathroom and they'll think I need a long bathroom break. How sad!" Luckily, I made it out! Our triage nurse asked me to rate my pain, and I told her, "I just can't get comfortable during contractions!" She decided to check, and THAT is when I realized we were going to have a baby. Her eyes were wide open, her mouth was wide open. . . I said, "What? Am I only dilated to a 4?" And she replied, "Nooo, honey. You're a 9. I need to get a hold of everyone." She ran to the hall for an extra nurse to start wheeling me to a different room. She got on her phone to call my doctors, but her phone kept dying. Her conversation took maybe 10 seconds and was this exactly, "You have a patient. 9cm, she's not going to make it much longer. Come" and hung up the phone. I looked at Jake and was like, "Whuuuuuu?!?! We're having a baby!" And then I told him I couldn't get comfortable again!

I was taken to the room just next door(2:30am). A flood of nurses came in. One to start an IV (I still don't know why that happened but I don't care), one for the baby, and an extra nurse for me. Her name was Anna and I loved her. She has 6 children and was so kind. Dr. Wellington walked in and I immediately started pushing. Dr. Wellington broke my water and at 2:42 am, our dark hair beauty arrived!!!!! The doctor commented on her hair, and I loudly exclaimed to Jake, "We did it! We got our Mexican baby!!!" Everyone in the room was laughing, and the mood in that place was just lighter than air. Emily scored an 8, then a 9 on her Apgar tests. She was perfectly pink, with a little remaining jaundice. She was born on Thursday, July 14, 2016, weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

Gwen came and met Emily later in the morning on the 14th. Gwen got up on the bed with me, and Grandma Ellsworth gave us the baby. The first thing Gwen did was kiss her baby! I almost died from the sweetness! They are the best sisters, and will be best friends forever--minus the possible angst-y teenage years!!

We've loved every second of you, Emily! It took us a long time to figure out your name, but when we saw you and got to kiss and love on you, we knew who you were. You're name means industrious, and striving. It is Latin, just like your momma's! We love you. You are so vocal, and you are very thoughtful. You only ever smile on purpose at your big sister Gwendolyn, and she sure loves you. We are your biggest fans and are so thankful for you to be with us!
Emily Rose

LOOK AT HER HAIR!!!!!

Meeting on July 14, 2016



Squishy everything.
This picture makes me laugh. Ridge was Gwen's baby, but Emily is definitely Delaney's baby.


I love this!! My girls have the best grandmas! Gwen is having a tantrum. It happens!

July 17, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Big Sister Gwen

Before I write about the birth our newest baby, I wanted to record some things about my most favorite first born, Gwendolyn.

Gwendolyn is really a special young woman. She is bright intellectually and in regards to her personality; she is friendly; she is shy about trying new things, but is always willing to give something/someone a chance; Gwen loves to sing and she loves to play; her heart is made of gold.

There are times when Gwen needs a time out--either as a consequence for doing something not nice, or a self-proclaimed time out to calm herself down from a situation. She sometimes stomps her foot as she yells, and sometimes she'll put her hand in your face to stop you from singing Sophia the First songs at the same time as Sophia.

Gwendolyn wakes up with a crooked smile. I used to think she had had a stroke or something from the way she would grin at me with no symmetry! No stroke or anything neurological--she's just quirky :) She likes to help me make breakfast, and only eats egg whites. She loves frozen strawberries, and likes to push the buttons on the blender when we make smoothies. She helps unload the dishwasher, and tries to load it--it's terrifying, but we call it "helpful."

Speaking of helpful, I haven't done chores by myself in months. Gwen is always at my side, rag in hand, ready to wipe the whole place down. She cleans it all!

Gwen finds apples in the fridge and eats a bite and puts it back...and won't eat one if a bite is already missing!

In the car, Gwen begs to go to Grandpa's, to see Ridgey, to see the slides, to go to the temple, to get a treat, or for me to stop singing with the radio. 

In picking out outfits for the day, I've learned to give an option of two shirts, two pants, etc. I would hold up the options and say, "Which do you want?" Gwen now loves this. She will hold up two of anything--CD's, marbles, shoes, toothpastes--and say, "Whaddya want?" It is one of my favorite things she does! 

She loves hiding under her blanket and asking, "Where'd she go?!" She also loves to pretend to sleep.

Gwen has started giving Fred commands. Hearing her say to him, "Sit! Down! Goo' Boy!!!" is one of the things I hope to remember for the rest of my life. Watching her share her most beloved belonging--her blanket--with Fred has shown me that she cares for everyone, even her dog.

Sometimes Gwen is "hard." Some nights after our nightly routine of bath, teeth brushing, scripture reading, singing, prayers and kisses, Gwen cries and cries. She doesn't sleep in her bed. She sleeps next to the door with her fingers escaping through the opening between the door and the floor. Sometimes she rips good books up and eats the pages. Sometimes she eat crayons. Sometimes she is "hard"  but she is always a joy to have.

Gwen has adjusted to life with a sister in ways that I never thought she would. I was terrified of having two children because I didn't know how Gwen would handle not being the star of our lives all the time. Through this adjustment, I've learned through Gwen's example that she can be the star even while sharing the stardom with her baby sister simultaneously.

Gwendolyn has helped me in ways I didn't even know she could. After changing a particularly messy diaper of Emily's, I began nursing the baby again. Without me asking, Gwen went and picked up the diaper and threw it away. After throwing it in the trash, she came back to the room and sat by us. She is already filled with random acts of kindness. Just today, she emptied out the dryer and put all the clean clothes in a hamper and then dragged the hamper to me for folding. She is just special and kind.

When Gwendolyn met Emily, her first reaction was to kiss her baby. I couldn't believe that her first communication to this new baby was so loving! She is just such a feisty girl but is always so gentle when her baby is involved.

She loves to color--got that creativity bug from her old man. She loves a good treat--that trait is from her momma!! Gwen loves music and she loves to play. She is more adventurous and independent than I'll ever be!

Gwen, I love you. You are a beautiful little lady. You will always be a joy and light in my life. All I want for you is for you to be happy and kind.









Sunday, June 26, 2016

May and June 2016 catch up!

May was a month for creating and getting into new routines.

We have always had the most amazing babysitters, and the ones we have now are no exception! On  Mondays and Tuesdays, Gwendolyn goes to Mary Catherine's house. Gwen loves it there. She always asks to play with "Pepper" and Draco the puppy. Mary has two children and Gwen is right in between the two in age, so I really feel like her communication skills are skyrocketing! On Thursdays(mostly rotating, but until I have this new baby I've taken all the Thursdays!) G goes to Andrea's! She also has two children, and Gwen fits in the middle! We love these women so much and are thankful to have them in our lives! To me, it's a good sign that G sometimes cries when she has to leave her friend's homes! I know she enjoys the toys, but I really know that she can tell she's loved by these women.

Work for me has been great! I love the doctor I'm with, and he does incredible work. In stark contrast to the dentist I worked for when we first got to Mesa, this doctor is QUALITY all the way. The Phoenix commute is normal now, and I have my perfect times to leave, so that's been great.

Jake's business is picking up. He recently went to Indiana to do some training because his company bought out a smaller company. His schedule is so much better than it was in Flagstaff, and him being able to come home for dinner every day is one of my favorite things. In Flagstaff, there were times I wouldn't see him for a few days at a time because early and late surgeries/cases in different cities meant coming home after we'd be in bed, and leaving before we got up. There were sometimes we'd even just opt to have him get a hotel to avoid being in the car so late and early.

Our garden and backyard really came into the picture this month. We finally have full on grass and now realize that weekly mowing is a necessity! We grew corn, zucchini, peas, watermelon, and cantaloupe. The corn was not as successful as we imagined it would be. We've never done it before, and missed a time frame to "fertilize" the stalks, so the actual corn is pretty pathetic. It's yummy, but pathetic. We don't have any melons yet, but the squash are starting to plump out, so we are excited for that! We also have a MILLION weeds out back. . . ugh. Where the garden is has rocks on each side of every planter, and it's impossible to not accidentally water the rocks in attempting to water the garden and grass. Therefore, weeds galore! I was pulling them out really consistently, but my OBGYN told me I had to stop doing weed pulling when I told her that that was the one activity guaranteed to give me contractions! I wasn't upset about the contractions, I just thought it was funny! She didn't! Ha!

At the end of May, all of the public schools let out for summer and Memorial Day meant that summer family swim passes would be 50% off the regular price! We bought one, and it has been a great thing for us! We swim constantly. Shepherd Pool is just a few blocks away, so we go there pretty often. We've also gone to the other public pools. It's so fun to see Gwen learn to swim. The first time we went, she CLUNG to Jake and wouldn't let go. Now that girl won't let us put on her floaties and she just swim swim swims! It's truly terrifying, but we are loving our little fishy!

The other day, a new and great friend of ours invited us to go to a place called Krazy Air. It's an indoor trampoline park with tons of trampolines and a lot of squishy blocks you can jump into! Gwen had so much fun playing there! We now have a place to go every Wednesday morning and it so nice because even at 7:00am it is too hot to go outside!

We had a really normal routine prior to my hygiene job. Mondays:errands. Tuesdays:Park Wednesday:Library. Thursday: Kids Klub at the mall. Friday: Clean and ward park group. Since being on my working schedule, we've made Wednesday the park and appointment day, and it has really been fun. I think we both miss the library, but once the new baby comes, we'll get back in the swing of library days. We both love reading.

In preparation for the baby, Gwen has really been helping me out with some furniture refinishing. She also has packed bags for all of us, including her baby doll. My bag has X-ray holders in it. Gwen has saved some candy for her bag, and Jake gets to bring a bobby pin that is secretly a key. We will be well prepared with those bags!

This happened a while ago, but I don't remember if I've mentioned it.  Gwen is not in a crib anymore. A few months ago she learned how to escape, so we put the crib mattress on the floor and called it good. Well, Grandpa and Grandma Denham found us a twin mattress so Gwen upgraded!!! She loves it and her pink fruity sheets. . . but she doesn't always sleep on it! Our night time routine involves going to her room for prayers and 1,432 kisses before we tuck her in and leave, but minutes later we'll see her little fingers sticking out under the door and she's fallen asleep next to the door! We know it can't be comfortable because sometimes she'll wake up and sound like her arm has fallen asleep! It makes us laugh because we're the best/worst parents ever! When she sleeps IN her bed, she never wakes up!  

Random things about Gwen:
Loves pancakes, strawberries, apples, watermelon, chips and cheese
Says "Sorry" when she gets hurt
Getting really good at saying "Thank you!" at all times!
Loves dogs.
LOVES SWIMMING
Favorite show: Sofia the First and Frozen
Loves talking on the phone to Jake
Loves whispering
Favorite outfit: "Cute" multicolored dress that is very twirly
Loves wearing pajamas
Loves playing the piano and reading
Favorite past time with J:Watering the garden
Has an excellent pouty lip
Loves the temple(Tempo!!!)
Loves laying on the cold tile after being in the hot car
Loves baths, but hates getting her hair rinsed out
Loves splashing
Favorite joke: saying "Achoo!" with wet hands and spraying people
Loves flowers
Doesn't know colors well. She KNOWS them, but doesn't know which is which. I think she could be   1.color blind or 2.really good at pulling a fast one about those colors!

Loves taking care of anyone sleeping. She'll say "Shhhhh", cover them with a blanket and give a kiss before walking out quietly. . . all to be followed by an immediate scream of "WAKE UP!" It's a fun game!


One morning, I had to wake G up really early. She was so sweet!

We love the park!

We also love treats!

CORN

And more corn.

G loves nursery and her leaders are her favorite people ever.




This is Gwen's favorite dress!


Helping with projects!

6 year wedding anniversary dinner! We went to the first place Jake ever took me out for dinner. We died of food joy.

Blurry, but we are happy so whatever!