Tuesday, December 29, 2015


 I have gotten a little behind on the blog. A lot has been going on lately, with Christmas, family visiting and our anniversary. So here is a little catch up post of our Christmas festivities.

We were able to visit Temple Square again this year to see the lights. We actually went twice, and both times we went it was so crowded, but still fun. We were testing out a new baby carrier and Leland was a champ for carrying Esther around the whole night.

Christmas was so fun this year. Esther still doesn't understand much but she does love presents. She has been having some sleep issues and she didn't go to sleep until 10pm on Christmas Eve. We were all super tired. We had to wake Esther up at 8:30 to open her presents because we were skyping with Bennett at 9. She usually doesn't take well to being woken up but when she saw the presents under the tree she perked right up. :) She loved all her presents, but especially her baby and high chair. Skyping with Bennett was fun too. It will be weird to not have that next year since we've had it the past three Christmases. 

 I only got videos of the initial present opening in the morning, so I tried to get a few pictures later in the day. Pictures of Esther these days usually just come out horribly which is why I've been taking more videos. 

I'm pretty sure she thinks the only way to play with these legos is to dump them out all over, then clean them up and repeat. 

Feeding her baby. 

More picture attempts. There was a smudge on my lens :(

Later in the day we went to Leland's sister's house for dinner. Esther loves playing with her cousins and uncles and had a blast there. Afterwards we came home and attempted to feed Esther more food since she had basically only had sugar all day. She is watching a show, aka the only time I can get her to be still for a picture. 

Holding hands with baby:

Since we didn't go down to my parents this year on Christmas they came here the weekend after, They totally spoiled Esther and got her a new play kitchen and a few other toys. She loves her new kitchen, and she loved being the center of attention with so many people too :)

 Of course the box that the kitchen came in was a big hit too!

We had a great Christmas this year. It is nice to be able to keep it simple while Esther is little. I'm sure the years will just keep getting better and better as she gets older. It's so crazy to think that next year we'll have two little girls. I can't wait! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

34 Weeks with #2

Most maternity shirts are getting too small including this one. 

So it's been a little while since I've done an update. Things have been going pretty well. At my 31 week appointment I was measuring 38 weeks, so the Dr had me go for an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed baby measuring in the 67th %, so not big (even though growth estimates this late in pregnancy are known to be inaccurate). But the ultrasound did show that I had too much fluid (aka polyhydramnios) but just barely. Normal levels are between 5 and 25 and mine was 26. After getting this diagnoses I was a little worried because it can lead to complications and interventions. I was told to go in for another ultrasound to follow up in 3 weeks to see if the fluid level was rising.

Well today I had the follow up ultrasound. It went great! First of all baby girl was very cooperative and we got some adorable 3D pictures.

I think she looks just like Leland. She is so cute! I never got any 3D pictures with Esther so it was fun to see her. She was also head down (she was breech in the first ultrasound) so that was great news for our vbac plan. When they measured the fluid it was 19 this time. I was so happy! That means I no longer technically have polyhydramnios, so no more follow up ultrasounds. 

Otherwise the pregnancy has been pretty typical. Since I am measuring so far ahead my belly looks full term already, at least to other people. People are very surprised to hear I still have 6 weeks until my due date. I had the following conversations with an lady at Walmart the other day:

Lady: Oh I bet you are having a boy aren't you!?
Me: No actually it's another girl.
Lady: Well you must be due any day now right?
Me: No not until the end of January.
Lady: Oh my, I am usually so good at guessing. 
Me:...( Awkwardly smile and walk away)

Haha strangers really love to comment on the pregnancy. 

I've started to have a lot more heart burn and acid reflux. It doesn't bother me too bad though. At the first ultrasound the tech said she could see that the baby has hair, so I guess the old wives tale is true. I wonder if this baby will have dark hair like Esther did. 

I am pretty uncomfortable these days. We usually rock Esther before laying her in her crib to sleep and that is pretty much impossible with this belly. Same goes for her sitting on my lap. Luckily Leland helps out with those things a lot. Carrying her is getting harder too, I usually have pelvic pain if I carry her too much in one day, Since she is such a runner I've been tempted to get her a leash lol. 

Esther is very cute though. I think she is starting to understand more about the baby. When I ask her where our baby is she will lift up my shirt and kiss my belly haha. It's adorable. We are getting her a new baby doll and some big sister books/videos for Christmas. Hopefully those things will help her transition. 

My 34 week update with Esther is  here for comparison. I think I am bigger this time around but carrying more in the belly. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pictures from December

Thanks for all of the concern and nice words about my last post. Esther is doing much better. Her blood work came back a little abnormal so we're continuing to watch her closely, but her fever is finally gone and she is back to acting normally. We've even been able to leave the house a few times :) Here are some pictures of what we've been doing the past week or so.

While she was sick Esther watched so much TV. It's all she wanted to do while she wasn't feeling well. Now that she's better she still wants to keep up the trend and is always asking for "show". Loki loves to lay by her while she watches :)

Attempting to get a picture of her in her Christmas dress before church on Sunday.

Yesterday for FHE we went to a gingerbread house festival. They had some amazing gingerbread houses, cookie decorating, and Santa. 

I talked Santa up all day and showed Esther pictures to try and get her excited to sit on his lap. She was excited until the time came, then she tried to subtly slip off his lap. 

When I put her back on she was not happy about it haha. The rest of the night she kept looking at Santa with a concerned look on her face lol. Santa is going to be at the library story time this weekend so we'll see if she is still scared. 

I already posted this on Instagram, but this picture captures three things Esther loves, her pink cupcake ornament, sitting in the giant shopping carts and her pink fuzzy. 

On Saturday Leland had his work party. It was at the Marriot hotel in Salt Lake. The food was great and his brother Kent was nice enough to babysit for us :)

Other things Esther has been doing lately:

She is obsessed with flying. I think she got it from watching so much Dumbo. She will get any of her toys and put them above her head and say "fly" over and over again haha. She's even been known to use rocks lol. I love seeing her develop a little imagination. 

She has really been getting stubborn lately. She has decided she is over being spoon fed and wants to eat everything by herself. She has to be put in her crib quite often to calm down when she is throwing a tantrum. Luckily she loves her crib and usually calms down within 5 minutes or so. I am hoping she is hitting the terrible twos a little early and will have somewhat resolved these things by the time the new baby is here. Here's for hoping haha. 

Christmas Book Tradition

 Last year I saw someone on Instagram who posted about a Christmas tradition they had of opening a Christmas book a day until Christmas. I thought it looked like a cute idea so I decided to copy them. I started looking for Christmas books at DI and other thrift shops throughout the year. There were so many there, but I decided to just get board books in good condition. I ended up with 14 books to use.

I wrapped them all and Esther has loved opening them so far. We save it until after dinner (aka witching hour) when Leland is home to read them with us.  I tried to find some about Christ but there weren't many. I plan on collecting more books through out the year and then we will use the same ones every year. It is a simple (and cheap-most of these were around 75 cents) Christmas tradition that will hopefully turn Esther into a book lover like her parents :)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Febrile Seizures: Our Experience

***Yesterday Esther had a febrile seizure. It was scary but luckily I knew what it was. I wanted to write down what happened, first of all to remember what happened and also so other people can know what to look out for.***

Esther had had a fever for about a day before we were supposed to leave for my parents for Thanksgiving. Thinking it was one of those sicknesses that would quickly run it's course we decided to still go. She had a fever the entire time we were there, but it would come down a little with ibuprofen. By Friday she had had the fever for four days, with no other symptoms so we decided to take her to instacare. The Dr. there couldn't find anything wrong with her and said it was most likely a virus, maybe Roseola and to keep giving her medicine for the fever.

By Sunday she was pretty much the same, but we thought maybe she was getting better and we started spacing out the doses of ibuprofen a little more. When we were driving home Esther had no fever and quickly fell asleep in the car. I was sitting in the back seat with her when she suddenly woke up. She started acting really odd, pulling on my hands and motioning for me to unbuckle her. I noticed she had a fever now and started to try to get her some ibuprofen when we realized we left the syringe at my parents house. Just then her hands started clenching up and her lips started turning blue. Her eyes were still open and she was looking at me. I thought it might be a seizure because of her fever but I had always thought a seizure would be much more extreme (like what you see on an episode of House). I was still super worried though because her hands were a dark color and her lips were turning blue. She kept pointing at her water so I gave her some to drink.

Luckily we were right at the exit for Beaver so I told Leland to take it and that we needed to take her to the hospital. Leland didn't really know what was going on but when I told him I thought she was having a seizure he looked on his phone and found where the hospital was. By this time I had Esther out of her car seat and in my lap. She had cried out a few times but was still convulsing. The color had come back to her lips and she was breathing. Her whole body kept stiffening up though. Finally as we were getting close to the hospital it stopped and she was just laying on me. I took her into the ER while Leland took care of Loki (who came with us on this trip, luckily the ER didn't take long because he was out in the cold car the whole time) then he joined us.

Once we got in the ER Esther started falling asleep on me, which is common after febrile seizures. I was still unsure if that was what had happened because it didn't look like what I thought a seizure would look like. They took forever getting all of our information, but finally got us into a bed a took her temperature. It was 104.9, the highest it had been her whole sickness. The nurse was really nice and explained that 1 in 25 kids will have a febrile seizure, and that once they have one there is a 30-50% chance they will have another one before they grow out of them.

After giving her medicine to get her fever down, the Dr came in and looked her over. Since fever was still her only symptom he gave us a prescription for antibiotics. She most likely has some type of bacterial infection somewhere.

It was a very scary experience, but I was glad that I knew what was happening so I didn't panic or anything, I barely slept last night because I was so worried she would have another one, but so far she hasn't. Esther is still sick today, and we still don't know exactly what's wrong, but hopefully the antibiotics will start working and she will be fully recovered soon.

This very blurry snapchat picture was the only one I took the whole weekend... This is after the whole ordeal. When we were driving home Loki loved to sleep on her <3. 

Here are some facts about febrile seizures (taken from taken from ninds.nih.gov):

Febrile seizures are seizures or convulsions that occur in young children and are triggered by fever.  Young children between the ages of about 6 months and 5 years old are the most likely to experience febrile seizures; this risk peaks during the second year of life.  The fever may accompany common childhood illnesses such as a cold, the flu, or an ear infection.  In some cases, a child may not have a fever at the time of the seizure but will develop one a few hours later.
The vast majority of febrile seizures are convulsions. Most often during a febrile seizure, a child will lose consciousness and both arms and legs will shake uncontrollably. Less common symptoms include eye rolling, rigid (stiff) limbs, or twitching on only one side or a portion of the body, such as an arm or a leg.  Sometimes during a febrile seizure, a child may lose consciousness but will not noticeably shake or move.
Most febrile seizures last only a few minutes and are accompanied by a fever above 101°F (38.3°C).  Although they can be frightening for parents, brief febrile seizures (less than 15 minutes) do not cause any long-term health problems.  Having a febrile seizure does not mean a child has epilepsy, since that disorder is characterized by reoccurring seizures that are not triggered by fever.  Even prolonged seizures (lasting more 15 minutes) generally have a good outcome but carry an increased risk of developing epilepsy.

And here is what you should do if your child has one: 
  • Note the start time of the seizure.  If the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, call an ambulance.  The child should be taken immediately to the nearest medical facility for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Call an ambulance if the seizure is less than 5 minutes but the child does not seem to be recovering quickly.  
  • Gradually place the child on a protected surface such as the floor or ground to prevent accidental injury.  Do not restrain or hold a child during a convulsion.
  • Position the child on his or her side or stomach to prevent choking.  When possible, gently remove any objects from the child’s mouth. Nothing should ever be placed in the child's mouth during a convulsion.  These objects can obstruct the child's airway and make breathing difficult.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if this is the child’s first febrile seizure and take the child to the doctor once the seizure has ended to check for the cause of the fever.  This is especially urgent if the child shows symptoms of stiff neck, extreme lethargy, or abundant vomiting, which may be signs of meningitis, an infection over the brain surface.
Hopefully this information is helpful to someone out there. After reading other stories online, I found that most parents had no clue what was going on and were panicing, thinking their child was going to die. I'm glad that I had already heard of febrile seizures and knew they weren't actually harmful. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Setting Up for Christmas

Tonight for FHE we set up the Christmas decorations. It's crazy how much has changed since last year when we set up the tree! Esther was really into it this year. She loved playing with the nativity set, putting the ornaments aka balls on the tree, and she was afraid to touch the lights. I think she thought they were hot lol.

It took all her concentration to get the ornaments on. 

Wanting to put the star up. 

I love these guys <3

This is the Christmas countdown I started making last year. It didn't turn out as nicely as I had hoped but oh well. Hopefully Esther will still like moving Mary and Joseph everyday, and at the end there is a glass baby Jesus to put in the manger. 

This one is super blurry, but Esther and Loki both love playing with the tree :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

What I've Been Reading Lately

1. Paper Towns by John Green: I'm guessing most people have heard of this one. It's by the same author who wrote The Fault in Our Stars. It is about a boy and a girl in high school. The girl runs away and leaves clues for the boy to follow her. It was suspenseful and had some romance, but it was a bit slow at parts and I was super disappointed by the ending.

2, Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent: I really loved this book. It is about a midwife in the 70's in Berkeley, California. The book talks about how she went from being a labor and delivery nurse to being a midwife. It was interesting to hear a lot of different birth stories from the perspective of a midwife. I read this one during the summer and it almost convinced me to have a home birth ;).

3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare: This is a classic book that most of us read in middle school. I don't remember ever reading it though, so when I saw it on a fall book list I decided to give it a try. It's about a teenage girl who moves from Barbados to New England during the 1600s. She is not used to all the strict rules of her Puritan cousins and has a hard time adjusting, and later is accused of being a witch. This book was slightly on the boring side but maybe that's just because it's meant for a younger audience.

4. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson: This book is kind of hard to describe so I'll take a description from goodreads. "Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?" I liked this book, but it wasn't my favorite. I thought it was a little predictable. Apparently this is the first book of the series but I have never read any of the others. 

5. Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosenay: This book is about a young girl in 1942 who locks her younger brother in a secret cabinet on the same day her family is taken to a concentration camp. In the modern day a woman tries to uncover what really happened to the girl and her brother. I found this book on a display of librarians picks at the library. It was a really good book. Although it was a sad book because of the Holocaust aspect, I felt like it had a good balance of realism and idealism.

6. The Gift of Giving Life by Felice Austin: I first read this book last winter and I decided to read it again now that I'm pregnant. I love this book! It is definitely one of my favorites. It is an LDS book about pregnancy and birth. It compares motherhood with the Atonement, as well as with other doctrines of the gospel like patience, fear, preparedness etc. It is also full of birth stories (which I love) but these ones have a more spiritual approach that I haven't really found with other birth stories. It has given me a new perspective to pregnancy and birth and helped to make motherhood as a whole so much easier. I would highly recommend this one!

7. The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright: This book is based on a true story about a husband and wife living in a garbage dump in Cambodia with their sick baby. They make their living by searching the dump everyday for recyclables to sell. Although the couple and their story is true, the author adds in a fictional plot about how the mother is taught to read by the woman who collects the rent. I thought the story was interesting and it definitely made me grateful for all the modern conveniences we have. However I am more interested in what aspects of the book were actually true. Apparently the author's son was a BYU student who went to Cambodia and made a documentary about the couple on whom the story is based. I am dying to see the documentary and find out what is actually real.

Has anyone read any of these books? What were your thoughts? If you have any book suggestions for me I would love to hear them!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

30 Weeks with #2

It's been a while since I've done a pregnancy update. Not much has changed. I decided I'll do the little questionnaire I did to document Esther's pregnancy this time. 

How far along? 30 weeks today

How big is the peanut? around 15 inches and about 3 pounds :) My belly has measured 5-6 weeks ahead the whole pregnancy but I really feel huge now. 

Total weight gain/loss? I have gained quite a bit recently. About 20 pounds total for the pregnancy. I've been eating slightly healthier than I did with Esther's pregnancy, but I've gained about the same amount at the same rate. I blame being pregnant around the holidays. 

Maternity clothes? Yes, and already outgrowing quite a few maternity shirts because they aren't long enough!

Sleep? Sleep is pretty good. I've had a few nights where it takes me forever to fall asleep, but I usually sleep pretty well. 

Best moment this week?Nothing very exciting happened this week, the best moment was probably just hanging out with Esther and Leland this weekend. 

Symptoms? I don't really have any of the typical symptoms like swelling or heartburn. I have been more emotional. It seems to have just barely hit in the last few weeks. I may have teared up a few times while watching Inside Out haha. 

Food cravings? I've had more of a sweet tooth lately. I made cookies a couple times, and a couple weeks ago I made Leland go get me some rainbow sherbet. 

Food aversions?None anymore, thankfully. 

Gender? GIRL!

Labor signs? Nope.

Belly button in or out? It's out this time which is super weird to me! It stayed in or flat for all of Esther's pregnancy. 

What I miss? Sitting normally. If I ever recline baby lays right against my spine, so I'm always either sitting cross legged on the floor or on my birth ball. 

What I'm looking forward to? Thanksgiving and Christmas! I am also excited for her to come, but I am enjoying being pregnant for now and trying not to wish it away the whole pregnancy like I did last time.
Milestones? Third Trimester. 10ish more weeks until she is here. :)


Esther doesn't acknowledge the baby in any way, even when we try to talk to her about it, but she she loves babies so I know she'll be super excited once she sees her. She is going to be a great big sister!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

RIP Mo-man

So today we went to DI. While looking at the Christmas decorations with Esther she saw this snowman and immediately loved it. It had a music box inside that played frosty the snowman. Since it was only $2 and I've been wanting to buy more Christmas decorations anyways we decided to buy it.

After the DI we were planning to go to a park. Well when we got out of the car Esther started screaming and crying when  I made her leave the snow man in the car. Since she was screaming we decided to ditch the park idea and go to golden corral for lunch instead. (My family all hates on golden corral but I love it and was really craving it haha). To keep her from screaming again we let her bring it in while we ate. She was holding it the entire time and calling it "mo-man". 

Later right before bed she was playing with it again. At first I was worried about her breaking it since it was ceramic, but we have 90% carpet in our apartment so I figured it would be fine if it fell. She was loving her snowman and dancing with it while it played frosty the snowman 1000 times. 

Well sure enough right after I took these pictures Esther dropped the snowman on the tiny patch of tile right by our front door. It is probably pregnancy hormones but I was seriously so sad when it broke haha. She loved it so much and was so cute with it. She was a little sad but I think she thought we could fix it or something, Oh well, maybe he'll be back again someday. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Church History Museum

For FHE on Monday we went to the Church History Museum at Temple Square. Leland and I had both been to this museum before, but they just spent the past year redoing it. It reopened in October just before general conference. It had a lot of neat things for both kids and adults. There were a lot of interactive exhibits with touch screens and short videos. We didn't get to look closely at all the exhibits because Esther kept us pretty fast paced haha. But we had a fun time and I learned a little about church history that I didn't know before. 

She loved all the props that were right down on her level. 

This little store replica had a door that opened and closed and Esther loved going in there. There wasn't even anything in there but she probably would have played here all night if we had let her. 

They had nativities set up from all the different countries in the world. Here is one from Ecuador, where Bennett is on his mission. 

Esther loved the kids section. Most of the things were too hard for her to do, like building a temple with blocks. She kept wrecking other kids temples haha, so we had to keep her corralled in this toddler area. 

The lighting is off in this picture, but it's the only one we got of the three of us. Esther kept looking at the Angel Moroni statue and saying "Jesus". 

We had a fun time until it was time to go. Esther had the winner of all her tantrums so far. I'm pretty sure everyone in that whole museum could hear her screaming. It was past her bedtime and she was letting everyone know it haha. Good thing I have Monsters Inc downloaded on my phone. 

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