Friday, January 1, 2016

10 Months of Gracie Jayne

Sissy, I can't believe that you have been a part of our family for ten whole months. In one breath, it feels like I've known you forever; but in another, I can't believe that you turn one in two months. Gracie Jayne, you are an absolute joy.

Not going to lie, we got off to a bit of a rough start. You've always been pretty a pretty good sleeper; as a newborn you'd only get up about 2-3 times a night, and by 5 months you were sleeping through the night. But man, you were quite colicky during the days. I remember many days where dad would come home from work with all three of us crying. However, once I figured out what foods bothered you, we were able to make life a little better for the both of us. At five months, you grew out of your colic and also decided that you didn't like nursing anymore. We tried EVERYTHING, but in the end, you decided that bottles were your thing. You are obviously a girl who knows what you want and won't quit until you get it - and to be honest, I admire you for that.

1 Month - Not afraid to show off your extremely dramatic cry. But man, you are adorable. And you have your daddy wrapped around your little finger.

2 Months - Chunking up already. Good thing, because your rolls are delicious! Smiling, holding your head up well, and starting to show off your cute personality.

3 Months -  You love babbling and talking to anyone who will listen. You also flew on your first plane, attended your first wedding, and were blessed in UT.

4 Months - Close to sitting all by yourself and have a smile to kill.

5 Months - Sitting and starting to bond with your older brother (this is still a work in progress).

6 Months - Smiling so big that you have to scrunch your nose for more room, starting to eat solids (despite having your stomach not handle it very well), loving bath time, getting excited every morning when seeing mom or dad, getting up on your hands and knees (trying to crawl) rolling circles around Evan.

7 Months - Such a genuinely happy girl! You get the hiccups every single time you laugh (and you have since day one) and you are learning how to crawl. You would live in your bouncer if we would let you. You have the best cheeks in the entire world and love riding in the shopping cart.

8 Months - You made the cutest little piggy for Halloween. You crawl everywhere and get into everything. Anything you find instantly goes in your mouth.

9 Months - You learned how to pull yourself up and can stand by yourself for short periods of time. You LOVE eating everything we give you and shake with excitement every time you see your dad. You love chanting "dada" and "nana." Towards the end of 9 months, you learned how to give kisses, wave hi and goodbye, and clap your hands.

10 Months - You're standing by yourself for longer periods of time and walking along furniture. You love shoes and wearing necklaces. You give brother a run for his money when he tries to take your toys. You hate being cold and LOVE dogs. If ever you go missing for a second, I know I will find you looking out the window at Gunner.

Even though our communication hasn't progressed to conversations (and I can't wait for the day that it does) I feel like I know you so well. I know your sweet spirit, sensitive nature, and content personality. You are truly one of a kind and I am so blessed to know you!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gracie Jayne Ivie: A Birth Story

Friday, February 13 started out as just a normal, ordinary day - hosted a play group in the morning, played with my favorite little 2-year-old until nap time, picked up the house, etc. Leaving for my afternoon doctor's appointment, I jokingly told Dayne - keep your phone on you in case they tell me I've suffered being pregnant long enough and they'll induce me today! Being a little over 2 weeks from my due date, I was ready to hold this sweet little girl in my arms.

Last preggo pic - 35 weeks. 
When I arrived at my doctor's appointment, my blood pressure was THROUGH THE ROOF - the doctor informed me that I had preeclampsia. He then told me that they were admitting me to the hospital right then for induction - I was having my baby! As excited as I was to hold my sweet little girl, I suddenly become extremely anxious and scared out of my mind - was I really ready to go through labor again? Barely making it to the hospital in time to deliver, Evan's birth was extremely painful and still brought back feelings of anxiety.

They wheeled me over to the hospital and got me settled in the delivery room - I still couldn't believe I was going to have a baby. When Dayne arrived, I immediately broke into tears - yes I was excited, but extremely terrified. They started me on Pitocin and the contractions came quickly and intensely. When the anesthesiologist came in, I told him I was ready for my epidural. Because I wasn't able to get one with Evan, I was SO excited to go through the birthing process without such pain. He gave me my epidural and everything was hunky dory for the next hour/hour and a half. All of a sudden, I started gaining feeling bad in my legs...then in my back...and then all of a sudden I could feel my contractions...every single one of them! I called the nurse in and told her what was happening. When she checked me, she stared at me in disbelief as she told me that the epidural catheter had come out of my back - I was no longer hooked up to anything. Of course (with my luck) they only had one anesthesiologist at the hospital and he was tied up in an emergency C-Section. So yet again, against my wishes, I got to experience the last 3 and a half hours of childbirth without an epidural - all natural!  The anesthesiologist arrived right as I was pushing and said it was too late to put the epidural back in...lovely! He was extremely apologetic and said that he had never had the epidural catheter fall out of a patient before - of course, it had to happen to me! After some pretty intense 
contractions (pretty sure my yells and screams made me sound like a cow) and a few minutes of pushing, our little Gracie Jayne Ivie arrived into this world at 1:47am weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

When they put her in my arms, I couldn't believe that she was mine! What a sweet and precious little girl! After delivery, my blood pressure was still extremely high, so they started me on the medicine of death - Magnesium Sulfate. Let's just say that it made me feel like I had been run over by a truck. Worst of all, because I was still having preeclampsia issues, they kept Gracie in the NICU and made me stay flat in bed. The first day, I was able to visit Gracie twice. However, things started to go downhill so they made me stay in my room. Being away from my new little baby was SO hard and brought on some major baby blues. Talk about torture - I had to go 24 hours without being able to see or hold my sweet little girl. To make things extra hard, Evan had such a rough time coming to visit me at the hospital; he was extremely concerned seeing me hooked up to all kinds of tubes. It broke my heart to see him so afraid. Let's just say these circumstances were not ideal.

Day three, they were finally able to move me to a regular postpartum room where I was able to take care of Gracie! This also meant that Evan was able to meet his sister for the first time. Upon meeting baby sister, he thought it was hilarious that she farted and pooped - made for a great first impression. Although he didn't want to hold her, he was extremely excited and fascinated with baby sister.

The next two nights were quite stressful for me - they said I couldn't go home until my blood pressure had gone down. However, knowing that I had to stay in the hospital until my blood pressure was under control, I became extremely anxious every time they came in to take my blood pressure - which of course only added to my already high blood pressure. However, with the help of medication, I was able to FINALLY go home on day 5!

Being at home with my sweet little family has been the biggest blessing of my life! I was talking to Dayne last night about how love is so crazy - not only does bringing a child into the world magnify your ability to love, but also makes the love you already share for others become extremely deep. I've never been so in love with this little family of mine!

In the beginning, I was really worried how Evan would react to having a little sister. However, I've been so amazed just how well he has done! He's constantly asking where his sister is and helping take care of her. He calls her "nursery" which is pretty funny - not even close to "Gracie" but makes us laugh every time.

Little Gracie is an absolute gem! Unless she's hungry or needs her diaper changed, she's such a content little girl. She brings such a warm, calm, and peaceful spirit into our home.

It really brings tears to my eyes looking at the sweet faces I get to call my family. Although the Gracie's birthing process was pretty hard for me, I'm so glad that she's here. Can't believe I get to be with this little family of four forever. How did I get so lucky? 

Celebrating the Holidays

We were so blessed to be able to spend the holidays in Utah with family! I LOVED watching Evan's eyes light up as he experienced the magic of Christmas. We had such a great time eating delicious food, visiting, playing games, and spending time together as a family. I think the highlight of the trip was watching Evan fall in love with snow. In fact, he STILL talks about snow and makes snow angels on our carpet at least once a day. What a picture perfect Christmas!

This kid was spoiled rotten with Christmas gifts galore! 

In his Woody getup! 

The look of PURE joy! 

Partying with Sarah and Emily! 

Evan sure adores his Papa. 
Celebrating 4 years of marriage. Sure love this guy. 
Grandma and Grandpa knows Evan well - he loves his new recliner! What a wonderful Christmas! 

Exploring Arizona

A little while ago we decided to explore the beautiful state of Arizona. Living here almost 3 years, we decided that it was time to take advantage of our surroundings! We had a blast visiting Sedona, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyons. What a fun little family trip full of lasting memories!

Hiking Bell Rock in Sedona 
Sedona is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited! 
The fall scenery was incredible up Oak Creek Canyon!
Grand Canyon! 
Pretty breathtaking! 

Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona - beautiful!