Sunday, October 16, 2016

Home Sweet Hpme

We have been home now for 2 and a half days and it has been so wonderful. I think pumping has made the biggest difference and everything has been really easy and the kids can't get enough of Ava.

She has done super well at nights and is alert for a couple hours first thing in the morning which has been really fun.

We even took advantage of the good weather on Saturday and took a quick little trip to the park. We ran into our pediatrician there. So fun to see him three days in a row. We love Dr. Bailey!

Kallie was so excited to push the stroller with me.

I took a selfie today with Ava and Mckinley said "Mom, she smiled right when you took that picture!!" So I looked at my phone and sure enough, I randomly caught this super cute smile of our little angel girl at just 4 days old. We are so in love and just can't get enough snuggle time in.

The hospital stay

That first day was pretty frustrating and a little emotional for me being alone in my hospital room while Brandon was with Ava in the NICU. I felt a little guilty too having her barely get released to us and then I sent her to the nursery and asked them to keep her all night so I could sleep.

The next morning when they brought her to me it was so fun to see her finally bathed and clean. She was so alert in the morning.

We had such a nice relaxing hospital stay and were so grateful for Shannon and my mom for watching our kids for us. We had very few visitors and it was just very low key and enjoyable, especially all the room service.

My mom brought the twins again the next day to see her. They were so cute and sweet to her. Kallie wanted to share cookies and ice cream with her.

Mckinley got to come later that night and she was so excited to be able to feed the baby. I have been almost exclusively pumping and it has been so heavenly. It's working out great for us.

The morning we took her home Brandon just stayed home with the kids, checked Mckinley out of school early and we got to leave the hospital as a family. So much fun and different than the last time where Mckinley didn't even get to see Kallie in the hospital at all.


On Wednesday, October 12th Brandon and I went to the hospital bright and early so I could be induced and finally meet our sweet baby girl.

At first it felt like things were going to be slow. I got caught up in my journal. I didn't realize I hadn't even written in it since I found out I was pregnant.

Brandon was getting pretty bored. We should have brought books or something. But when it was finally time for things to happen, they happened fast! It was such a smooth, wonderful delivery. It only ended up being 5 hours and 15 minutes from the time they hooked me up to the IV until she was born. Not bad.

Ava was a lot bigger than we were expecting her to be. 8 lbs 9 oz!

I'm pretty sure this is the first time I have ever done skin to skin.

Brandon was so excited to feed her a bottle! I wasn't sure at this point what I wanted to do about nursing/pumping/formula feeding.

The nurse was worried about some grunting noises she was making and she ended up spending the rest of the afternoon/evening in the NICU on CPAP but was released before bedtime.

The kids waited all day and it was pretty frustrating that they couldn't meet her yet but finally they got to come and spend a few minutes with her before they went back home to bed.

This was basically the first time I felt like I had really seen my baby, like 7 hours after she was born.

Family of SIX!

As much as Tyler wanted a brother, he will be a great protector for all his sisters.


The Friday before Ava was born I took the kids to Mckinley's school carnival. They had so much fun.

I was hoping to go to Jaker's pumpkin patch as a family for our last Saturday but Brandon had to replace the water heater in our town home and it took up the better part of the day. So Monday after school I took the kids and my mom and Kristen came as well. The kids were just as excited as if we went to Disneyland. Seriously. They love this place.

Me and my mom.

 Mckinley and Tyler thought it was sooooo funny when Kristen gave them big Santa bellies full of corn.

Very last belly shot! This was at 39 weeks exactly. She came out two days later.

We decided to take a picture of the five of us the night before Ava was born and we would become a family of 6.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Random Pics

Mckinley was "sketching" Kallie one Sunday morning. So cute!

We went and stopped by the temple after we were at my parents' house. As much as I don't like driving to their house, it's nice that we always pass the temple and the kids get to see it.

These two! They are ALWAYS together and usually playing so nicely. I love that they are best friends!

Tyler and Kallie came with me to go to lunch with Brandon one day. These pictures of them are just too cute not to post!

General Conference Saturday. This literally lasted for Elder Uchtdorf's talk (the first speaker) and then it was chaos from there on out. Most of the time we just asked them to go play downstairs so we could try to listen.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tyler and Kallie turn 4

Our twins are growing up fast! They turned 4 on September 27th. They are so much easier now than they have been in the past (besides when they were adorable happy babies for awhile) and I just love it! They play together so well and entertain each other and are always together. It's adorably cute.

They had their 4 year well checks and did amazing. 

They each even got flu shots in their arms and didn't even cry at all. I was impressed.

The night before their birthday we got to go to Pizza Factory with all of Brandon's family and they got their number 4 pizzas.

The morning of their birthday we did all the traditional stuff. Hidden presents and mickey mouse pancakes in bed.

Their big present was a new slide.

It worked out really well that I was teaching joy school on the day of their birthday, so we kind of just turned it into a party and they had a lot of fun with their friends. We did a treasure hunt (that they lost interest in before it was over) and I let them frost and put sprinkles on their own cupcakes. They were pretty much too young for both of those activities so it ended up being a little stressful for me but it was my own fault. We still had a lot of fun.

Tyler was in love with this tool set he got!

Kristen made them some cute birthday cakes that they loved.

Then that evening we took them to play on their favorite playground at the Provo Rec Center. It ended up being a pretty simple birthday, but they had fun. Kallie kept asking me all day "is it still my birthday?" and when I would say yes she would say then what else are we doing that's fun? She is a little diva!

We sure love these two to pieces and are so excited to see them with our new baby when she arrives next week!