Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Give You the Adams Family Christmas Tree!

Our first REAL Christmas tree! We've had an artificial tree the last 4 years. We thought we'd upgrade two years ago. Our tree turned out to be a Charlie Brown tree. Last year, we were at my mom's house. This year we have a REAL tree!

We're learning a lot about having a toddler running around the house. We've learned that you can't decorate the bottom of the tree with anything breakable or special. We've put a couple of foam and fabric ornaments down there. Also, be careful how you teach your toddler about things that are hot. We told Luci that she couldn't touch the Christmas lights on the tree because they're hot. She now likes to blow on them. She also really likes decorating the tree. We found the remote we couldn't find for two days hidden in the branches!

I love having a real tree. I love the smell, the wonky top, and it is so much fuller than our other two trees were. Merry Christmas!
Christmas Tree 2010
Christmas Tree 2012

Luci LOVES decorating
She REALLY wanted the pink ornament.
Here she is throwing a tantrum because she couldn't have the pink ornament.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thanksgiving at Home

Our Thanksgiving this year was more than a little different this year. We usually go up to Logan to my grandma's house or down to Scipio to Eli's parents' house. We did neither this year. Being on bed rest has limited the traveling distances. We probably could have made it to Logan, but Provo has the best premature baby resources available. SO, we stayed home!

Due to the bed rest, Eli did all of the cooking and cleaning. Amazing husband! To add to it all, my gestational diabetes put the kibosh on most of our traditional Thanksgiving fare. I went through the diabetic thing with Luci in the last pregnancy, so it's nothing new. Most people think diabetes deals with how many sweets you consume. Gestational diabetes has to do with carbohydrates and sugars and how your body breaks them down. Needless to say, there are a ton of carb-loaded foods at Thanksgiving.

Dinner was delicious. We had crock pot cornish game hens, garlic green beans, maple-roasted sweet potatoes, and some crescent rolls. It was nice to be able to spend some quiet time with my little family at home. We watched the parade with Luci (she loves balloons) and "Christmas Vacation," which Eli was totally pumped about. I have a pretty strict no-Christmas policy before Thanksgiving. I think Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year to really be thankful and be grateful for the blessings we have.

I'm grateful for my family and the love and support they give me every day. We have truly been SO blessed over the past few years. Even with the difficult things we've dealt with, we've learned so much and have grown together.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dating Divas Giveaway

I do have actual blogging to catch up on, but if there is something free to win...let's just say I have a lot of time on my hands lately.

I LOVE this website, The Dating Divas. It has a ton of ideas on how to strengthen your marriage, ideas for dates (some on the cheap), and fun printables and gift ideas. It's great because I truly believe that after people get married (or date for a long time) and have kids, they stop making time for their partner-in-crime. A relationship takes work and effort to become stronger. It's all about compromise, working together, and serving one another.

A benefit to checking out the site right now, they're hosting a giveaway! I'm not gonna lie, I like free. They're running a contest to pick your own prize and they're choosing five winners. They have something for everyone. You should definitely enter their contest here!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Luci's Helmet Hat

Eli and I were worried about Luci's head. She had a lot of hair, but we still thought it was a little flat in the back. We brought it up with the doctor at each of her appointments. He assured us that most kids grow out of it, but to be sure to give her lots of tummy time. By the time she was 9 months, it was time to take some action. 

We took Luci to a prosthetic doctor who specializes in head molding. He put this cool sock on her head and covered it with imaging dots. She looked kind of like batbaby. Dang cute!

He then used a camera to scan her head and came up with the image of her head. As you can see, it was a little flater than normal. I don't remember the exact ratio that put it in the non-normal range, but we were hoping for a big change.

He then completed the image. When we weren't there, he rounded out the back to what Luci's head should look like and sent it to some company. That company created a thick, clear plastic helmet. The helmet prevented her head from growing out to the sides and pushed her growth to the back to round it out.

We're not exactly sure what caused her head to be flat. Obviously baby skulls aren't totally fused together or hardened after their birth. She could have spent a lot of time on her back the first few months after her birth. The doctor also said it could have been her position in the womb.

 It took Luci a little while to get used to it. Her head was always sweaty! She had to wear the helmet during the hottest parts of the summer. She had to wear it 23 hours a day - even to bed! She was able to take it off for bathing, swimming lessons, and for a head breather.

Most of the time, she was reasonably happy. She didn't really like putting the helmet on and off. We had to wash the helmet all the time though because it got so sweaty and stinky! Luci had so much hair! The doctor was worried about her overheating because of her hair. He said most kids he dealt with had less hair, so we had to put her hair up in a fountain through the top of the helmet. Her hair took awhile to retrain after the helmet came off.


Sometimes she wasn't very happy. Isn't her dress that her aunt made her super cute? Her baby doll has a matching dress too.

In the end, she only had to wear the helmet for 3 months. Her head shape changed so much faster than expected. It's still on the lower range of the "normal" range, but it worked! It's amazing what doctors can do these days. We still think she's perfect!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

You're Having a Baby...Now!

On most Sundays Eli, Luci, and I head up to my mom's house for family dinners. It's a tradition that started while I was in college and carried on when Eli and I moved closer to my parents. I had been feeling a lot of "pelvic pressure" for a little bit before we went up and was feeling a lot when we got there. I was talking to my sister Melissa about it while we watched the girls play with their kitchen. 

I didn't want to seem paranoid, but it was starting to freak me out. I felt like I had a few Braxton Hick's contractions throughout the day, but nothing like labor contractions. I just thought that baby girl was stretching out her arms and legs while she still had a little room left.

Taking Melissa's advice, I called the after hours nurse at my OB/GYN's office. I described what was going on and she told me to head over to Labor & Delivery at the hospital to be monitored. I'd done that a dozen times with Luci (I had to be monitored twice a week due to my gestational diabetes), so I figured it would be a quick trip. We left Luci with Grandma saying that we'd be back soon and to save us some sopita and tacos. Lucky for us, the hospital was 5 minutes away.

We checked in and got hooked up to the monitors (a fetal heartbeat monitor and one for contractions) and then waited. Baby girl's heartbeat was strong and I wasn't registering any contractions. The nurse had me drink about 100 oz. of ice cold water and do a urine sample. After about an hour, Nurse came back and did an "internal" exam, just to make sure things were okay. She gave me a worried look and said, "You're 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced." What?! I didn't have any contractions, how the heck was that possible?

Per the on-call doctor's orders, I was swabbed for fetal fibronectin (a protein that can cause preterm labor) and monitored for another hour. There were still no contractions and my test came back positive for the protein. The nurse was pretty sure that I wasn't going to be able to go home. After the hour, I was examined again, had dilated another 1/2 cm and was 75% effaced. I was officially diagnosed with preterm labor and was going to be transported to a Provo hospital that was better equipped to deal with babies born earlier than 34 weeks. The nurse was pretty sure that I would have a baby girl by the end of the night.

While waiting for the ambulance, I was given an IV drip with fluids, antibiotics, and a bag of magnesium (which is supposed to stop contractions). I was also given a steroid shot that was supposed to help the baby's lungs develop faster. My brothers, Jake and Josh, also came and helped Eli give me a blessing and followed us to Provo with our car. The ambulance came, loaded me up, and we were on our way to Provo. On the trip down I made several phone calls to coworkers to get a sub and see if they could help with lesson plans (the perks of being a teacher).

We arrived in Provo and got set up in a room on the maternity floor. I was re-examined (stayed the same) and was left to be monitored. For a week. I was finally taken off magnesium (which made me go cross-eyed) and the IV drips and put on an oral antibiotic after two days. I had to wear some annoying compression machine on my calves to help circulate the blood. And I just laid there. The only excitement I experienced was a few contractions (that I didn't even feel) during sleep. I was given an oral medication to stop those contractions. It worked.

I was left to do lesson plans, read books (Divergent & Insurgent - books recommended by my students), watch a Law & Order: SVU marathon, and a lot of GSN. By the way, I am really good at Chain Reaction and The Pyramid. It was nice to have room service. I enjoyed carrot cake or mint fudge brownies with most of my dinners. However, by the end of my stay, I was done. Even though I had a lot of visitors, I was bummed I couldn't move. Luci was with her grandparents. I missed my brother's wedding. And I felt FINE. I was finally able to leave on Monday, after a week, and was sent home on strict bed rest.

I had an appointment with my OB, who changed my bed rest to a modified bed rest. I can now lay in bed, sit in a chair, and sit on the couch. I can even shower on my own - thank goodness! Eli is back at work. I've finished a couple of more books, watched all seasons of Cake Boss (thank you Netflix), and planned out the rest of this year for my long-term sub.

Since I really can't do much, we've arranged with the Relief Society (what the group of women in my church are called) for ladies in my ward to take care of me. I've been spoiled! These wonderful women volunteer their time and come over to visit, make me lunch, and toss some ingredients in our crock pot so dinner is ready when Eli and Luci get home. They've also helped clean and do laundry, which are all things I can't do, and things that Eli is sometimes too busy to attend to every day since he plays with, feeds, and bathes Luci.

Despite the fact that I can't do anything helpful around the house and there are days when I can't feel my rear end, I haven't gone crazy yet. The time is passing by quicker than I expected and I get a little human interaction during the day. Even though I can't hold or play with Luci, she still cuddles next to me and we sing songs and read books. And I have an amazing husband. I know this is a lot for him to handle, but he knows the importance of giving baby girl a little more time to cook and goes above and beyond.

I'm 29 weeks tomorrow. We're aiming to last 34 weeks, are hoping for 37 weeks, and will be amazed if we can hold on until 40 weeks. Here's to 5 to 11 more weeks!

I could never finish the carrot cake. It was amazing! Surprisingly, I lost weight in the hospital.

 I did have an awesome view in the hospital. This was the first day it snowed here.

This showed up on my daily pregnancy countdown the day after I entered the hospital.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet

Halloween was a little different this year. I've recently been put on modified bed rest due to preterm labor (more on that later), so I didn't get to go out with Eli and Luci. I was bummed because this is the first time Luci was able to go Trick or Treating. She loved it!

Eli first took her to a few homes in our neighborhood. Luci loves knocking on doors, so she had no problem with that part. It took her awhile to realize that when she knocked on the doors, she got a treat. She pretty much gave up after she got a lollipop though. She's never had one before, but she knew exactly what to do with it. Eli and I have a pretty strict no candy/sugar/sweets policy for Luci right now, but we let her have the tootsie pop. Needless to say, she devoured it! How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? For Luci, it was about 5 before she started biting and ate the whole thing, tootsie center and all.

After Eli & Luci did a little neighborhood Trick or Treating, we loaded up (yes, me included) and drove up to my mom's house. Grandma likes to show off the kids. We met Melissa and her family up there and Grandma, Dad, Auntie Mel, Uncle J, Maci and Madden all went Trick or Treating. I sat on the couch, promise. Luci loves her cousins and had a blast with everyone. Since she's actually started walking now, she insisted on walking everywhere, which meant they only made it to a couple of homes, but she brought back enough candy to satisfy my sweet tooth!

Eli and Luci had so much fun this year. I can't wait to join them with Little Sister next year! 
 She was not giving up the lollipop!

Luci, Grandma, and Madden

 Luci, Grandma, & Maci
(Maci was a Packers cheerleader, Uncle J was a Packers player, Madden was a football, and Auntie Mel was a Ref. It was too cute!)
 Luci LOVED this little ghost kid statue

 Luci lovin' on Maci

 Eli had a hard time keeping up with her!

 Knock, knock!

 They were a little weary, but the candy won in the end!

I had planned on making her costume, but being in the hospital limited my movement. Melissa made the skeleton portion with a freezer paper stencil. I cut the tulle for the tutu. Thanks for your help Mel!

Monday, November 5, 2012

3 + 1 = 4

In May we found out that we were adding to our family! We were shocked and amazed. We had decided that since it took us three years to get our Little Luci, that we would try a little earlier, just in case we needed a little help again. We figured 18 months would be a perfect age difference. We loved the idea of having kids close in age so that they would have someone to play with and can share in some of the same activities. We also figured it would be okay as long as they were in different grades in school.

It worked faster than we expected! We confirmed with the doctor that we were pregnant. He also broke the news that we weren't as far along as we first thought. We were under the impression that our due date would be December 25, but after an ultrasound our due date was changed to January 25, 2013. On our first appointment our doctor decided to scare us a little bit and told us he thought there was a chance that we were pregnant with twins! Can you imagine how freaked out I was? Eli and I weren't too shocked because twins run on both sides of our family, but to have twins that close in age was intense. After two weeks we were able to go in for an ultrasound and found there was only ONE!

This little one has been so much more active than Luci ever was. We've also recently had a little scare, which I'll post about later, that's enabled me to start catching up on our family blog. We really are so excited to be adding to our family! With the amazing girl that Luci is, we can't wait to find out what this new little one will be like.

                                      By the way, we're having another GIRL!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

15 Months

I missed the post about Luci's first birthday. I'm going to attempt to catch up, but so much changes in a toddler's life in 3 months!

At 15 months Luci:

  • is finally walking!
  • has 7 teeth (that's one new one since she was 10 months!).
  • can blow her nose - at least she pretends that she can.
  • loves to sing!
  • is ALWAYS dancing!
  • can sign "more," "milk,""all done,""dog,""bird,"and "thank you."
  • has added "thanks," "stinky," and "Maci" (her cousin) to her vocabulary.
  • loves lollipops! She's only had one, but she gave up on Trick or Treating once she got one.
  • can bark like a dog, growl like a tiger, moo like a cow, neigh like a horse, and baa like a sheep.
  • is into putting things in baskets, purses, and bags...and then taking it out. And back in. And out.
  • loves giving hugs, blowing kisses, and eskimo kisses!
  • enjoys long walks outside and pulling leaves off of trees.
  • swinging on swings.
  • can point to her eyes, nose, teeth, ears, hair, chin, cheeks, knees, belly, belly button, and feet.
  • can also clap her feet!
  • loves the song "If you're happy and you know it..."
  • will eat any type of fruit, vegetable, grain, dairy, but not a huge fan of meats.
  • is curious about how things work. She constantly pulls things apart and puts them together.
  • LOVES her grandparents, her cousins, and her aunts and uncles! 

It's amazing how much Luci learns and grows. She picks things up so quickly and is so much fun! She brings so much joy and laughter into our lives. We could not be more proud of her and are so blessed to have her in our home!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

361 Days

Does time ever seem unreal? It seems impossible that it's been almost a year since my dad passed away. It literally seems like yesterday that we were all hanging out at the house with Jake who'd just gotten home from serving an LDS mission in Mexico. I remember every feeling. I remember every smile. I remember every hug. It doesn't seem possible that all of those memories could still be so vivid after so much time passing.

But time has passed. So much has changed in a year. Luci was born. I'm almost done with my eighth year of teaching. Eli's been with OS and received countless promotions. He's started 3 more companies. We moved in with my mom. My mom's done another year as a tracker at the high school and went back to the gym to teach gymnastics. We've been on vacations and countless dates. Life goes on.

Life goes on. I think that's the key. People always ask how we're doing. People always ask how we deal. In all reality, we deal because we have to. Because life goes on. It doesn't mean that we don't think about Dad. I think about him every single day. I always think about what he would say when I'm doing something. I remember his smile when something funny happens. I talk to him and tell him everything that's going on.  Most of all though, I think about how disappointed he would be if we didn't deal.

I also know the knowledge that I possess, that death is not the end, keeps me going. A few months ago, I woke up crying. Eli rolled over in bed and asked what was wrong. I told him nothing was wrong. I felt relief and knew that everything would be okay because my dad told me it would be. I had a dream. I was walking in some store, turned a corner, and nearly ran into my dad. I was so taken aback. He looked amazing. He was happy.. I had a hard time speaking, but I remember asking him what he was doing there. He told me, "I just wanted you to know that everything is going to be okay." That was it. He smiled and I woke up.

So for now, I will keep in mind that Daddy told me everything will be okay. I'll keep telling Luci stories about Grandpa Budge. I'll keep teaching. Eli will keep working. We'll keep smiling and having fun. And another year will pass.