Thursday, August 26, 2010


This week we were able to go up to the cabin. It was nice to have a change of scenery! Matt and I went on a lovely 4-wheeler ride while Emily went on a drive with her grandma and grandpa to look for deer. It was great!

Emily was able to wear her stinkin' cute froggy jammies. It has been too hot at our house to wear them. She's almost too big for them. Sad! She slept great...from like 10-4 and then 5-8. Too bad I couldn't sleep. :( She was great the whole time until about 2 hours before we left and then she was being a pill.

Here is my dad doing his relaxation exercises. He has to do all kinds of crazy therapy stuff for his bike wreck injuries. I even had to play catch with him while he stood on one foot. And he has to take memory tests and stuff. I hope he gets better soon!

Here I am making some yummy lunch!

And here is Emily being cute. Don't you just love those little tennis shoes? I think they are adorable. And again...too hot to wear them at home, so it was a good excuse for her to wear some of her warmer clothes up in the mountains before she grows out of them.

Anyway, I love going to the cabin and we figured out that Emily is the youngest person ever to visit the cabin! Yay!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The cost of having a baby

Just reviewing the bills from Emily's birth...Holy smokes!

OB-GYN: $2950.00
Hospital charges for Christy: $5550.58
Hospital charges for Emily: $2397.20
Pediatrician: $300.00
Anesthesiologist (Epidural): $1152.00

GRAND TOTAL: $12,349.78
(Our portion: $3043.22)

Thank goodness for insurance! And our Health Savings Account so we can pay our portion!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Date night

Even though we have a baby now and it's harder to get out, I am not about to give up my weekly date night with Matt. So we have had to get creative in the things we can do for our dates. Last week we decided to try taking Emily for a short hike. We went to Battle Creek Falls in Pleasant Grove.

She fussed for the first 5 minutes or so, but then she fell right to sleep in her little baby backpack. I think she liked the sound of the running water of the stream we were hiking next to.

It was really nice to get out and go for a quick hike and be in the mountains. And it was a lovely waterfall and a great view of the valley.

I'm glad it worked out. If anyone has any great ideas of date activities that you can do with a baby, please let us know!

We also had our first date last night without Emily. We went to dinner and to see the Lion King at the Capitol Theater. (We had gotten tickets for Christmas.) It was fantastic! When we were dropping Emily off, Matt said, "This is so weird. I feel like I'm ditching my companion on the mission." It was funny. It was so great to have a real date again. But I did start missing her on the way home. Thanks to Loretta for watching her for us!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

1 Month

Hello! I am one month old! To celebrate my one-month birthday, I got dressed up in my Disneyland princess dress even though it is a little too big for me. I also took a long nap. At one month old I...

still have lots of hair
weigh about 10 pounds
love to be outside
love to snuggle and be held
love my tummy time
spit up a lot
have a lot of gas
usually only get up once in the night
like stroller rides
don't like my carseat
am getting stronger and can turn my head and stand my legs up
like to look at pictures on the walls
have 4 chins and am getting chubby

But of course I can also be SO unpredictable!

My mommy and daddy got me a baby swing for my one-month birthday. We borrowed one from the neighbors to see if I liked it and I did so they broke down and got me one of my very own.

Happy one-month birthday to me!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Out and about

I have decided that I really can not get a debilitating disease or have major surgery because I do not do well being so sedentary and home-bound. I am finally starting to feel better from the whole delivery thing so we have managed to get out a few times.

We went to my cousin Daniel's wedding reception and family BBQ.

It is a full-time job just to keep her clean! She is constantly spitting up all over herself. And me and Matt too. But at least she likes her baths.

We went up to the cabin for a day and stopped to see Emily's great-great granny Alta! Not many little girls still have a great-great granny. Grandma Alta loved holding Emily and made her a cute monkey blanket.

This is her favorite position...snuggled up on somebody's chest. She loved hanging out with Auntie Laurie at the cabin. She also loves being outside. She must take after her parents! Soon we'll be taking her hiking and stuff with us.

She does pretty well sleeping. We wrap her up in this burrito thing and she will sleep from about 10:30 to 3:30 and then again from about 4:30 to 7:30. It is still hard for me not to ever be able to sleep in though! But I am grateful that she only gets up once in the night.

Anyway, hopefully we will be able to get out a little more as I continue to heal and she gets older. It is definately different going from being so active and on-the-go to being at home by myself all day. But I'm glad I get to rest (sort of) for a little while.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Small moments

Adjusting to this new life is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I think it's just because I didn't really know what to expect. Everyone always told me throughout pregnancy that when she was here I would just be overwhelmed with joy and that it would all be worth it. I didn't really feel like that. Over the past 2 1/2 weeks, I've realized that the joy comes in small, quiet moments. And if I don't pay attention, I could very easily miss them.

Since everyone kept saying that it would be so great once she got here, that's what I was expecting. But it just hasn't been that way for me. I love my baby, but I don't feel some overwhelming feeling of joy or anything about being a mom yet. But I'm so grateful that I've learned to recognize those little moments and enjoy and appreciate them.

Things like watching her when she is sleeping and how she just looks so peaceful. Or when she's finished eating and she just snuggles right into my shoulder and "smiles". Or when we go for walks and she just looks around in her stroller. Or when Matt walks her around the house and gives her a narrated tour of all the rooms and pictures on the walls. Or when she makes silly faces.

Even though it's different than I expected, I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be a mom and for our sweet little Emily. And I've noticed that the more I recognize those little moments, the more frequently they occur.

P.S. Just for the record, these are some of the things I wish I would have known to expect...

-that the recovery process would be so painful and long
-that it would take forever to do anything, even going to the bathroom
-to not expect you or your baby or your husband to be able to wear the same shirt for a whole day
-that it would take forever to feed your baby
-that contractions felt like really bad cramps
-that making dinner just might take you 2 1/2 hours
-it takes at least an hour longer than normal to get ready to leave anywhere
-that I would walk like I'm 100 years old
-to stock up on paper plates and utensils because the thought of doing dishes is beyond your brain capacity
-to not expect to clean your house for at least a month
-to be ok with not cleaning your house for a month
-that your bum would be numb from sitting down so much

Anyway, I just wish I would have know some of these things. I think that's what made pregnancy and labor so much easier than I thought it would be...because I had heard from so many people how awful it was. So I was braced for the worst. But no one ever told me about the recovery portion.

I just keep going back to the small moments of joy and then it is worth it. :)