November Morning

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dawson's First Halloween

I absolutely love Halloween!  I have to admit that I was a wee bit disappointed not to be at work on Halloween because it is my very favorite day of the whole school year.  However, I tried to make the most of the day even though I pretty much had to celebrate it by myself.

While Dawson took a nap I was finally able to carve my pumpkin.  I was going to carve one for him, but I didn't have enough time so I just drew a face on Dawson's pumpkin.

We were actually able to find a newborn costume at the store, so we dressed Dawson up as a tiger.  It fit him really well, all except the enormous hood.  I dressed as his mama cat.  It was so fun and Dawson looked adorable!

Although Dawson had no idea what was going on, I'm glad we were able to have some fun with him and create memories of his very first Halloween!

Celebrating Dawson's Arrival

My family all came to see Dawson when we got home from the hospital.  Dawson is the first grandchild on my side of the family which is really fun and exciting!  It was really special for me to be able to watch my parents as grandparents and my siblings as aunt/uncles.  I was so grateful to have my family come.  My mom helped me out a ton!  It was so nice to have her take care of all the cooking and cleaning.  It was also nice to have her take care of me.  I will always be appreciate of her kindness during that rough first week of recovery for me.  I love any chance I get to spend time with my family!  Everyone loved Dawson.  I don't think there was ever a time when someone wasn't holding him!

The proud new grandparents.

Aunt Jennifer

Uncle Jason

Uncle Jeremy

New Mom

New Dad

We are so glad to welcome Dawson to our family!

Introducing Dawson Crew Gregory

Dawson Crew Gregory was born on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.  He weighed 8lbs. 6oz. and was 20.5 inches long.  He has dirty blonde hair that is light on the top and dark in the back.  His body is long and skinny.  So far we think his face looks more like Dave and his body type is more like mine.  He also has beautiful blue eyes like his mama (even though Dave thinks they are green).  We are loving getting to know our little boy! 

Dawson had a rough first couple of days once we got home.  He had jaundice and his levels were getting worse each day so we had to get a bilibed to help treat the jaundice.  It was so sad to see him lay on the bilibed- a really nice welcome to Earth. 

 We were supposed to keep him on the bed as much as possible which meant having Dawson sleep on the bilibed.  This made for some rather sleepless nights for all of us.  I tried to sit with him/ nap with him when I could so he wouldn't have to be alone.

 We were glad when he didn't have to use it anymore!  Luckily, Dawson was able to get off the bilibed after a couple of days.  We are grateful for modern technology that can quickly cure illness.

Since then, we have been able to have a lot more fun with Dawson!  He is such a cute boy.  Dave and I are constantly in amazement of our sweet creation.

Dawson sleeps for about three hours at a time.  He then likes to eat, have his diaper changed, and usually go back to sleep. 

When he is awake he loves to look around.  It is so sweet when he stares straight into our eyes.  It makes our hearts melt. 

Dawson also has the cutest little whine.  While he is sleeping he lets out this high pitched whine every now and then that sounds like a sad puppy.  It is so cute and always makes us laugh.

Dawson hates to be swaddled.  He loves, loves, loves for his arms to be free and wild!  Because of this he often scratches his face (and me).  This tends to make putting him to sleep kind of challenging, unless he is really full and sleepy.

Dawson also hates baths!  He is getting better each time, but bath time is still a dreaded event for all of us.  I can't even give him a bath alone.  It is so stressful that I have to wait until the evening when Dave can help me!

Most of the time though, Dawson is just a calm, happy baby.  He already seems so much bigger to me and only two weeks have gone by!  We are so looking forward to watching our boy grow and learning more about his personality!

We love you Dawson!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

10/23/12- Our First Day as Parents

On Monday, October 22nd I went to the hospital for my second round of non-stress tests.  These are tests that measure the amount of amniotic fluid, monitor contractions, and monitor the baby's heartbeat.  Due to some dips in the baby's heartbeat it was determined that I should be induced in the morning.  Hearing that sent a range of emotions through my body, but by that point I was ready for the baby to come.  Dave and I went out for one last child-free night to have a nice dinner at Ruby River.  It was great to spend the evening talking about what was going to happen the next day.

On Tuesday, October 23rd we got a phone call at 5:45am from the hospital telling us that they had a room and nurses ready for us.  We quickly got ready and headed down to Utah Valley Regional Hospital.  I was pretty anxious but I only cried a little on the way there.  We walked up to the Labor & Delivery floor, filled out some paperwork, and then went to our assigned room.  The room was really big and much nicer than I expected.  It had all of the hospital equipment, but wihout the sterile hospital feel.  The room also had really big windows where we could watch the stormy, overcast weather.

The nurses spent about an hour asking me questions and getting everything ready.  Also, Dr.Nance came to see me and break my water.  I was terrified to have the IV put in me, but the nurse did a great job and only had to stick me once.  They started my first dose of pitocin at 8:00am.  Every half hour or so, they would come back in the room to increase the amount of pitocin entering the IV.  I quickly dialated from 1cm to 3cm.  I endured the contractions until about 10:30am.  At that point, I decided to get an epidural.  I was really scared about it, but it turned out fine and I loved the numbing effect!  About 20 minutes after getting the epidural, I no longer felt the pain from the contractions.  Then, kind of out of nowhere, I had dialated to 10cm by 12:00pm.  The nurses called Dr.Nance and he said he would come around 1:00pm.  He was quite a bit late, but as soon as he came he got down to buisness.  I began pushing at around 2:00pm, had an episiotomy shortly after, and we had a baby at 2:10pm!
Even though he said he didn't want to, Dave watched the whole thing and cut the umbilical cord.  Dave was a really great partner throughout the whole labor and I am so glad he was there to support me.  They took the baby to a little bed, cleaned him up, and took his measurements.  Dawson Crew Gregory weighed 8lbs 6oz and was 20.5 inches long.  Quite a big boy!
Dawson was crying a lot as they were cleaning him up.  The doctor said he had a grunt when he cried which meant that he wasn't breathing very well because amniotic fluid was still in his lungs.  They had to take Dawson to the NICU right away to take care of the problem.  However, they did let me hold him for one minute before taking him.
Dave stayed with the baby the whole time he was in the NICU.  I remained in the Labor & Delivery room to get all cleaned up.  It was kind of strange though, because after awhile I found myself all alone in the room for quite some time.  I always pictured being able to hold my baby for a long time with Dave after giving birth, but instead I was just in a room alone.  I spent the time calling my family members to tell them about Dawson's arrival.  The nurses then came for me to take me to the Mother & Baby floor.  They said Dawson was doing really good now and would meet me in my new room shortly.  The nurses had to wheel me down to my new room because I was still pretty numb from the epidural.  The Mother & Baby room was also really nice and calming.  Apparently we got one of the four big rooms, lucky us!  After Dawson got released from the NICU, they took him to give him a bath.  Finally, almost four hours after giving birth I was able to be with my sweet baby- completly healthy and clean.

Becoming a mother is such an incredible feeling.  It's amazing how you automatically have so much love for someone you've just met.  Dave and I were both overcome with emotion from the whole experience.  We love Dawson and we are so glad he has joined our family.
Our stay in the hospital was actually really pleasant.  All the nurses I had were incredibly kind and helpful.  The room service food was pretty good too.  I'm not sure Dave loved the pull out chair/couch to sleep on, but he was a good sport.  We stayed nearly the full 48 hours and came home on Thursday afternoon.  It's kind of hard to believe that they let you just leave with your baby when you have no idea what you're doing.  The car ride home made us a little nervous, but we did make it home safely (to a 51 degree house- the heat was off the whole time we were gone).
So, was it worth it?  Absolutely.  Would I do it again?  Sure, after I have a few years to forget.  To be honest, the pregnancy and labor were not that bad at all for me.  The worst part for me has been the recovery.  It has been fairly painful and uncomfortable, but it does get better each day. 

We love our little boy and we learn more each day about how to take care of him.  He has already brought so much joy into our home.  We are grateful to be trusted with him and we will always treasure the memory of his birth.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Last Days of Pregnancy

Well, it's now five days past my due date and little Dawson has yet to come.  I'm not too bothered by it (mostly because I'm terrified of the impending hospital experience) but I am ready to meet my baby.  I kind of feel like my life is on pause right now as I wait for his arrival.  I was so good to get everything done that I needed to before his due date, that now I don't really have anything to do.  This past weekend Dave and I were at a bit of a loss for something to do because we thought we would be busy with a baby.  Of course I can always find chores for us to do (we cleaned the garage and it looks amazing) but we are anxiously awaiting Dawson's arrival.

This is my very last pregnancy picture.  Here I am nearly 41 weeks big!

In the past couple of weeks though, we have been able to add more decorations to the nursery. 
My mom made these really cute curtains!

We hung up this precious picture of Jesus with a baby.

And I finally finished a craft project that I have been working on for months. To make this craft I bought old, cheap frames at the DI.  I also used wooden letters, spray paint, scrapbooking paper, buttons, and my hot glue gun.

I started out by spray painting wooden letters white.

Then I cut the scrapbook paper to fit the size of each frame and glued it on to the piece of cardboard that picture frames come with.

Next, I spray painted all of the frames white. The last step was to glue on the wooden letters to the center of the picture and buttons on some of the frames.

I love the way it turned out!  So fun, cute, and inexpensive!

Now all the room needs is Dawson! :)



Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pregnancy Bucket List

So, I came up with the idea to create a Pregnancy Bucket List.  I wanted to make a list of things for Dave and I to do as a couple that won't be as easy once we have a baby.  I thought it would be a fun way to create some memories during our final days as a twosome.  While we haven't finished everything on the list, we have accomplished the majority. 

1. Go to the movies.  We decided to go to the Redwood Drive-In Theater.  Dave had never been to a drive-in movie, so it was fun to go to one with him.  We folded down the seats in our Mazda and created a  bed of blankets.  The weather was perfect and we had a fun time doing something new!  The movies are shown as double features so we saw The Possession and The Bourne Legacy.  Our car battery did die after the first movie, but luckily the car next to us was able to give us a jump!

2. Go to Seven Peaks.  We were so excited to get the Pass of all Passes for Christmas this year!  Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot you can do at Seven Peaks while you are pregnant.  However, we were able to go a few times this summer and made the most out of the lazy river and the wave pool.  Plus, it's nice to have a way to escape the heat of summer and pregnancy!

3. Go to a nice restaurant.  My parents sent me a gift card to Red Lobster for my birthday.  We hardly ever go there, so it was nice to have a reason to be able to go.  We really enjoyed our nice dinner out!

4. Go to the temple.  We were definitely overdue for a trip to the temple.  It was nice to be able to go again and experience the sweet peace of the temple.  I did have a slightly embarrassing moment though because my dress doesn't fit anymore and I had to have one of the workers get me a bigger one.  I felt better later on though when another girl had the same thing happen to her.  Oh well :)

5. Take a short road trip.  Originally I wanted to go to Moab because Dave has never been there.  However, we decided it would be best to do something that involved less walking.  Yes, it's true, a couple of months ago I had to trade in my cute shoes for two pairs of Skechers Go Walk shoes.  I got one pair in gray for casual wear and one pair in black for work.  They are definitely not cute, but my feet don't hurt anymore and I can actually walk pretty fast in them. 
Anyway, neither of us have ever explored Park City so we decided to take our short road trip there.  We had such a great time!  Park City is beautiful!  We loved all the cute shops and restaurants as well as the atmosphere.  We ate at a yummy BBQ restaurant and got treats at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  We had such a good time that we already have plans for a mini vacation there next year when we can enjoy some of the more physical and adventurous activities!

6. Late night milkshake run.  After a fun date the other night, we went to Sonic to get milkshakes and mozzarella sticks.  We love that mozzarella sticks are only 99 cents on Saturdays!

7. Go to a play.  For my birthday we went to see a play at the Hale Center Theater in Orem.  I just love that place!  We saw Arsenic and Old Lace.  It wasn't my favorite play that I've seen there, but it was still fun to go and do something different together!

8. KFC picnic in the mountains when the leaves change colors.  Fall is such an exciting and beautiful time of the year!  We had good intentions to picnic in the mountains, but when we got to KFC I decided that I couldn't wait to eat the food.  So, we ate our KFC at the restaurant and then drove up to the mountains.  We went up Hobble Creek Canyon which was fun for me because I had never been there.  The leaves were stunning!  We didn't stay too long though, because of course we picked the one cold and drizzly day of the month to go.

9. Buy something for ourselves.  This one is partially complete.  Dave got what he says might be his last ever computer game.  He got the game Guild Wars 2 and has enjoyed playing it!  My gift has yet to be purchased but I am planning on getting another piece to add to my Halloween Village!

We only have a few items on the list to complete.  Hopefully we can get them done, but if not, we have had a wonderful time completing all the other items.
10. Go mini-golfing. (I would be ok not doing this one because we recently went to the nickelcade and had a great time!  The whole point of this item was just to have a fun and inexpensive date.)
11. Play a board game.
12. Romantic dinner at home. (We have had several dinners at home recently.  Maybe I should just pull out some candles when we eat and count this one done.)
13. Go camping.  I want to have an indoor camping experience for this one.  Dave's still not sold on this, so it may not happen. :)

Regardless of whether we finish the list, the important thing is that we have made some fun memories as a couple.  We love being together and finding new ways to enjoy one another's company.  It will be fun to make new memories as a family of three!