Monday, August 22, 2011

Our Sweet Addilyn Belle

Well I figured I better get going on another post since its been a couple months....Oh man...Its so hard to find the time but hopefully now that baby girl is on a schedule I can be better at this...

I want to do a post all about my sweet Addilyn! I think she is just about the most precious thing ever!!!
Well I will start from the beginning...kind of.... At my 37 week check up Dr Linda Sodoma told me I had a 50/ 50 chance of having a c-section because she may be too big...So she sent me to get a sonogram at 38 weeks. She measured 7 pounds, give or take a pound. And the ultrasound tech was trying to get a good profile picture for us but couldn't and just kept saying she is really squished in there, I don't think she has very much room left to grow. I was hoping this meant that she would come early cause she wanted to stretch. Nope!
Jeff and I walked a lot at night trying to get her to keep moving down and hopefully get some contractions going. I even did what I called curb hopping, Walking with one foot on a curb and the other on the street. This wore me out more than getting her out. There was one night where I started having some braxton hicks so I was hoping that they would turn into contractions but they sure didn't. She is such a stubborn girl! Dr Sodoma agreed to inducing me a couple days early because of her size and because Jeff had his final for his first year of medical school the day after her due date and we were needing to be out of our apt the week after her due date. So needless to say a ton going on all at the same time. We were scheduled to be induced Monday, June 20th at 7:30am.
Well Monday finally came and after a sleepless night cause by excitement we called at 5:30am to make sure they had a bed open for me. (We were instructed to do this on our induction paper). The nurse told me no sorry, so just hang out at home and rest and we will hopefully call you later this morning to come in. A couple hours went by and I called to check the bed status. Still nothing. We were getting pretty disappointed by 1pm that we hadn't been called yet. We were so excited that we were going to be seeing this little person inside of me that day but it just wasn't happening. I probably annoyed the nurses like crazy because I called every 2 hours. By 10 that night I gave up calling and decided to relax and watch a movie. I was pretty grumpy all day long...sorry mom and Janet (Jeff's mom)..they had to deal with me all day..

Tuesday morning at 5:30am we recieved a call letting us know that there was a bed for us and to come in.We quickly showered and got ready and went to the hospital.It was finally happening! We were finally going to have our baby girl!..They started hooking me up and placing the monitors on my belly around 7am. And the IV was just about the worst pain I felt all day! I held Jeff's hand and had to look away from the needle (I hate them) I started feeling lightheaded, dizzy, and that I was going to pass out because it hurt so bad. They put a cold rag on my head and placed the oxygen mask on me. They waited to start the pitocin for a little bit til Addilyn's heart rate was a little more "awake".Once the pitocin was in I started feeling a little bit of contractions but nothing painful and barely noticeable.I was told to lay on my side with the oxygen mask on the whole time...super uncomfortable I watched Micheal Jackson's "This is it" while Jeff studied and we waited for the real contractions to get going. Dr Sodoma came in around 11:30am and broke my water and checked me..I was at a 2 maybe a 3 and 80 percent effaced. Don't worry she was rocking out to Micheal's songs the whole time (she was kind of a crazy dr). I hadn't made much more progress than what I was  at my 37 week check up, so she upped my pitocin and left. Then soon after the contractions really started to get stronger and closer together. After dealing with them for about an hour and having them be minute and a half apart and so strong I only had 20 seconds to breath and relax before the next one came I called to the nurse for my epidural. I was so nervous for the epidural especially after how I handled the IV, which was not good. But it didn't hurt that bad, the IV was totally worse and plus the epidural was like heavin in a needle. I enjoyed the chance to really breath and not be in pain. As my sister Kim described it, its like being super cold and shaking and then getting into a nice jacuzzi...Amazing! And  that is exactly what it was like! So now that I could actually hold a conversation Jeff and I chatted with my dad and step-mom for a bit. While they were in there my nurse rushed in along with another one and kicked my dad and step-mom out. Rolled me over since I couldn't feel anything from the waist down and put an internal monitor on Addy's head. It happened so fast and I was so nervous cause I didn't know what was going on and if my baby girl was okay. They explained that her heart rate kept dropping and that they needed to be able to monitore it better.
Well I finally got a little bit of rest and then Dr Sodoma came in at  4:30 to check my progress. She checked me and I was at a 4..Not much progress for 5 hours. She also noticed that I hadn't leaked very much amniotic fluid and knew that the nurses were turning my pitocin on and off all day because Addilyn's body was showing signs of distress. While we were talking about what to do her heart rate dropped from the 140's to the 50's. Dr Sodoma grabbed my legs and swung me over to the other side to see if that would improve her heart rate. It did but not by much so she swung me back to the other side and finally her heart started to stabalize again. Dr Sodoma then decided that it wasn't worth putting her little body in distress for any longer than it had.And since I stopped progressing she didn't think that she was going to come out on her own anytime soon and that it was too risky and that it was better to prepare for a c-section than have to do an emergency one.

They took me into the operating room and prepped me while Jeff waited outside. I remember them asking me if I could feel anything and then said okay we are ready to go. But I hadn't seen Jeff in the room yet and was asking frantically if my husband was in here. Soon Jeff was sitting by me holding my hand and asking me how I was doing. I then asked aren't you going to watch and he was like ya but we both figured they were still getting ready since they never said okay here we go. We heard oh look at that head and Jeff stood up just as they were pulling her out. I heard her cry and I started to cry. There isn't words to describe how amazing and surreal that moment was. I was a mom!
They announced she is 8 pounds 9 oz and 20 1/4 inches long! Dr Sodoma said "wow I really underestimated her size, there was no way she was going to fit!"
Jeff brought her over to me but I couldn't really see her cause I was laying down on the operating table and Jeff couldn't really tilt her to where I could see her face.We took our first family photo with me still laying on the operating table and Jeff standing by me with this precious baby! He was such a proud father and we were both just so happy that she was here and that she was safe and healthy!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I stink at keeping a blog... so summarizing the past month..
 I left Jeff in Arizona to study and go to school and went to Utah for 6 days to visit my sisters, nieces and nephews, friends, and my in laws. Oh and to help Kim with projects around her new house. We didn't get much finished but started a lot. I got to go to Aarons (Jeffs nephew) 2nd birthday party...He is getting so big and it was fun to see the Tingeys..

My amazing sister in law Heather and me sporting our baby bumps...( She just had her cute baby boy Lincoln Friday April 8th..)

"School Friends" Reunite!... Its been a little over a year since Ive seen Sonja (middle) and its been almost 2 years since I've seen Kelsey (right)..She went on a mission to California and came back when we were already down in AZ..It was so fun to get together with these girls.. It was like we were still in school and had saw each other all the time!
In Utah we did a lot of planning for a surprise 50th birthday for my mom... We all met in Vegas Friday night and didn't tell my mom we were coming to town. Saturday morning Zach let us into the house early in morning to make sure my mom would still be in bed and sent in Lyla and Paisley into her room wearing birthday hats.. It didn't go quite as planned, Lyla was following Titan (our dog) into my moms room when he turned around and so did she, but Paisley walked in and by now my mom was a little confused and so we all just walked into her room! My mom was so excited to see us all. Little did she know there was more surprise to come. We had left in the afternoon to go get started and setting things up at my grandmas house...she thought we were going to go visit my dad and step mom but really they were coming to visit us at grandmas...then we called her to tell her that we were on our way home and that she should just meet us at grandmas and we will plan out where we should go for dinner to celebrate her birthday...Tricked...

Brit made this amazing cake! She seriously is so talented and put together this masterpiece in less than 5 hours!!

Sisters!!! Just hanging out at the party! I love my sisters!...Kim (left) Brit (center) Kennedy (right)

Moms awesome bird given by my Aunt Verna and Aunt Janice...They gave it to her more as a joke but I think my mom secretly likes it...I sure do...

Starting the Dance party off! ( The theme was "Everybody's gonna dance tonight)

Paisley showing off her moves! I love this girl! (Brit and Tylers little girl)

Us sisters having a competition...

Lyla shakin her booty...She is adorable! ( Kim and Skylers little girl)

We finally got some guys up there...

Kevin (center left) loved this game...Seriously wouldn't give up the controller...he was trying to come in first...haha
My sexy man Jeff (left) and his moves...Zach (center right) and Tyler (right) I didn't think Tyler would actually get up and dance but he surprised us all and not only did he just moves his arms( the only thing that counts) he really got into it. This picture was taking right before they started a mosh pit dance and still doing the required moves..

It was so fun to party with the family and to get everyone dancing...even my Grandma and Grandma were dancing! It was awesome!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The story of us..

Since this is my first blog EVER..I decided it should be about Jeff and I and our story. Jeff and I met and had our first date January 23rd, 2009. Yes we were set up on a blind date. Our mutual friend Melissa Mott is the one to thank, who is married to Jeff's friend since childhood, Jeff Mott. Melissa and I worked together at the good old Great Clips...Jeff had come in for a haircut from Melissa and they were talking about his dating life and he told her he just needed a good fun date. Anyways she was like well how about you go on a date with this girl I work with and just see how it goes. He was iffy since the last blind date he went on was quite awkward. She showed him a picture of me and he was like well okay why not..I know that sounds conceited but its the truth..Our first date went great! We went to an Indian Restaraunt down the street from my apt and met with his friend Andrew Anderson and his date.  But funny part of the night, leaving the restaraunt we followed closely behind Andrew to pick up his ipod music off the fm transmiter thing. It was kind of funny since if he would get to far ahead of us we would loose it and then it would come back in. Well Andrew decided to set a mood for our first date and tried to make it awkward but it didnt quite work..He selected a classic for us to listen to... Marvin Gaye's "Lets get it on" LOL...When it started playing we just busted up laughing. I though it was funny but Jeff was worried that I would think him and his friends were weirdos and was concerned if that just blew the shot for another date. Now on to the Motts we went to play this really fun game, Killer Bunnies! We called it an early night at 10:30 cause Jeff had work super early  the next morning. Well it was the best first date that we had ever been on... We even texted that night for a little bit! I was already hooked! We had a few more dates and on our 4th date we had gone to the Dragon Diner (soo good) and then the Pink Floyd laser show down town. We held hands and talked on our car ride back. He is so funny and we just laughed the whole time! We got to my apt and just sat on the couch talking forever! It was probably  more me having word vomit and just rambling on! But he acted like he was interested which was nice! haha... When it was time for him to leave he gave me a hug and then said super quiet (cause he was nervous) Can I have a kiss? I wasn't sure that that was what he said but didnt want to ask huh? so I was like well okay um hopefully that is what he said.. and well that is pretty much the beginning of our dating life... We loved being around each other and had so much fun doing random hiking and building campfires for foil dinners, going to concerts, and even giving Jeff a mullet and putting those temporary tattoos all over his arm for a redneck contest! Everything was great!

    Jeff proposed July 28th, 2009. We were texting while we were at work talking about what we wanted to do for a date that night and he suggested Market Street Grill...I maybe would have thought something of it if he hadn't told me that he had just gotten a gift card to there from putting together a fraternity event there. So we went to dinner and talked like normal and headed back to his house. When we pulled up to his driveway he was like hey do you want to go on a walk, I am really full...I said sure why not. There is a huge park right behind his parents house. This park was not a normal little kids park with swingsets and monkeybars, more like a running and biking park. It is full of trees and bushes and a couple different paths to follow...So we were just talking and he was directing me on which path we should take and I was talking about nonsense (like how I was pickin at my face the night before...disgusting I know haha) well we turned a corner and there was a picnic table that had trees and bushes all around it with a bouquet of red roses in a vase and a piece of paper right next to it...we hugged and I could feel his heart thumping. We walked to the table, I then knew what was going on, picked up the paper and read it. He had wrote a 3 page poem, talking about the night we met, us dating and then ending of what he thought of me...there were some funny lines in the poem and some really sweet ones too...the last half of the page said this

I was so much in love with her, how could this be
then I remembered she was picked for me.

Everyday I realize I am dating an amazing girl,
In my eyes you have become a precious pearl.

Since that first date you have made me so happy
I hope you know that you mean the world to me.

There is just one more thing I need to see...

And this is where he got down on one knee and asked Mallory Lyn Leavitt will you marry me?

He is the greatest man I know and I am so lucky to be married to him and to be starting a family with him.
We were married in the Las Vegas Temple October 24th, 2009. It was the most perfect day I could ever imagine and life just keeps getting better and better...