July 18, 2014

Olivia's Birth

Olivia's story starts all the way back in July 2013. Rich and I had been trying to conceive since May 2009, and if you can do the math, that's over 4 years of trying to have a baby. When we started trying I thought it was going to be this magical experience and I would be pregnant within a few weeks. Weeks turned to months and months to years. We tried lots different fertility medications with no success. I kept on telling myself that this year was going to be the year and when Christmas came around of that year, I always felt an emptiness. Despite not being able to conceive for almost 5 years, Rich and I remained positive and had faith that we would be parents someday. So finally in May 2013 we decided to talk to a fertility specialist.  We did 2 unsuccessful rounds of IUI and then decided it was time to start the in vitro process.
After lots of medications, injections, ultrasounds, blood work and tears, they did our egg retrieval on our anniversary, August 21st and I think it gave us some good luck. Five days later they put 2 embryos in and put me on bedrest for 3 long days. Then the waiting game began. Two LONG weeks later, on September 5th we found out we were pregnant and due on May 14th 2014. It was one of the happiest moments of my life.

When we found out we were expecting, Rich and I were both sure that our baby was a boy. Whenever we would talk about the baby we would refer to it as "him."  I was even ready to start buying baby boy clothes because I was so sure that we were going to have a little man running around here! We of course were dying to confirm what we already believed so at 14 weeks we went to Fetal Photo to find out the gender. The ultrasound tech told us almost immediately that our baby was a girl. We told the tech to check again and he said he was 300% sure it was a girl. We were stunned to say the least! We told our families and friends with the gender box filled with pink balloons. We got a pink sky that night too!

My pregnancy went pretty smooth. I was nauseous the first trimester but that mostly got better after about 14 weeks. I had heart burn off and on my entire pregnancy. The only craving I really got was chewing on ice and then the occasional cheeseburger. Thank goodness I'm in the medical field and had access to ice chips whenever I wanted! I worked full time as a RN for my entire pregnancy so I was on my feet a lot and my hips would be in constant pain after a few hours of work. Sometimes after a 12 hour shift, I could barley walk because my hips were so sore, but overall, I feel like I was blessed with a pretty great pregnancy. Feeling her kick inside me was the best. 
On May 3rd, while I was at a baby shower Rich's family had thrown for me, I started having contractions about every 15 minutes. I wasn't too concerned, I thought they were braxton hicks at first because I was still 11 days before my due date. After the shower, Rich and I got in the car and I told him that I had been having contractions. We started timing them and they were about 5 minutes apart. We decided to head to the hospital. Our nurse checked me and I was dilated to a 3 and 90% effaced. They told me to walk around so we walked and walked and walked for about 3 hours straight. The nurse checked me again and there was no progression. Dr. Barney came in and talked to me and did an ultrasound. He said my amniotic fluid was slightly low but it was nothing to be worried about. They told me if my contractions got worse to come but in but for now there was nothing they could do for me so we went home. I was so disappointed that I wasn't progressing despite my consistent contractions.

When we got home, I finished packing my things for the hospital just in case and went straight to bed and had the best nights sleep I had had in months, I guess that was God's way of preparing me of what was to come. At 5:30 AM on May 4th I woke up and went to the bathroom. My water broke in the bathroom and I yelled to Rich. It was the first time real fear set in that this was really happening. I was really scared. We quickly grabbed our things and went to St. Mark's Hospital. On the drive there my contractions were getting increasingly more painful. When we were walking in the hospital, I had to stop a couple times because my contractions were so intense. The nurses at St. Mark's brought us to a room and checked me. I was dilated to a 4 and in so much pain. The nurse told me she had to do a test to ensure that my water broke and that after the results came back I would be able to get my epidural. 2 excruciatingly painful hours later, they told me what we already knew, that my water had in fact broken. They called the anesthesiologist and he got my epidural going (thank goodness)! They checked me about 10 minutes after my epidural and I was dilated to a 9. Let me tell you that progressing from a 4 to a 9 in 2 hours without an epidural in extremely painful! The nurses were really surprised that I was progressing so fast since I was a first time mom. When Dr. Barney got there, the nurses told me to expect to push for about an hour at least. I pushed for about 15 minutes and then our sweet Olivia was born. The first time I saw her I just felt so much love. She had her eyes wide open and she looked right at me. After that first moment of holding her I knew life would never be the same. She was 7 lbs 12 oz, 20 inches long and so beautiful. I love Rich's face in the picture below. Seeing him as a dad has been so incredible and has made me love him even more than I ever knew I could.
Having Olivia was the most spiritual experience I have ever had. Holding her for the first time was pure heaven. Now that Olivia is here, it is very evident to me that she was born at the perfect time for both her, and  Rich and I. She is an absolute angel and makes every day so special. Rich and I love every new phase and are absolutely loving being her mom and dad. We feel pretty lucky to have gotten such a sweet baby.  I did not know I could love like this. She is so amazing. 

August 30, 2012

4 Years...

I know this is 9 days late but 4 years (and 9 days) ago I married a guy that I had been dating for 4 months. It sounds pretty crazy but I just knew we were meant for each other. 4 years later, he is still my best friend and I could not have dreamed of marrying a better man than him. He is everything I have ever wanted. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing man in my life that loves and respects me and works so hard to make our life so wonderful. Happy (late) anniversary babe. I love you forever! 

August 29, 2012

Summer Update

I haven't blogged all summer so here is our summer update. Even though I was in school all summer, we still had time to have some fun with our family and friends. 

We had a night in with the Hightowers and Goeringers before the Hightowers left for the summer. We love these two cute families, they are some of our greatest friends ever. 

Brittany's baby boy was blessed and I got to spent some time with 2 of my favorite babies. Zach's little girl "B" is getting so big! Her and Brit's little boy are both adorable! 

Rich's sister Jill got married to Russ in May. It was a beautiful ceremony and such a happy day. Russ's kids ran and hugged both of them right when they walked out of the temple. It was precious. 

 My aunt Mia came in town from Oregon for work and we got to spend some time with her in Park City. It was so good to see her and we wish her and her family lived closer! 

We had a ton of fun times at the pool this summer getting our tan on! 

We got to spend some time with our amazing friends. 

                                                 Boating with the Hughes is always a blast. 

We roasted marshmallows with the Wadsworths and Brit taught me how to french braid...the first time was a little rough but after some practice I got pretty decent at it! 

We spent some quality family time. B is getting SO big! 

 Date nights with the Wadsworths and Towners are always fun 

I had to say goodbye to my best friend. They had a goodbye party with family and a couple of friends at her stepdad's chocolate store V Chocolates. We were so sad to see them leave again but we are excited to visit them in Houston sometime in the near future. 

My little brother Caleb came home from his mission in South Carolina. He gave an amazing homecoming talk on faith. His example and dedication have been an inspiration to our family and so many others. We love him so much and are SO glad that he is home! 

We got to celebrate the soon arrival of the Stembridge''s baby girl! We are so excited for them! 

 Brianna's bridal shower was so much fun. She looked so happy and we are so excited for her and Rob to get married next week! 

 We had a fun family getaway to park city for a week. We swam, ate, went on the alpine coaster, played tennis, hot tubbed and relaxed. It was a lot of fun to spend time with the fam.