"In our day to day actions, it is often the small and simple things that will have a long-lasting impact. What we say, how we act, and how we choose to react will influence not only ourselves but also those around us. We can build up, or we can tear down." -Per G. Malm

Saturday, November 22, 2008


So I think I figured out why Emily is waking up in the middle of the night. She seems to be scared of trains. Every now and then you can hear one from our apartment. But she wakes up saying she is scared of the trains. Tonight I went in to see what the problem was and she thought there were trains in her window and she said it hurt her ears and made her cry. I don't know where it comes from because when she plays or when we drive in the car she makes sounds like trains and is not bothered at all. At least we know why and now have something to work on. Question for all you professional mothers....Do you think going to the train station would help or would it make the fear worse? I'd love your input.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Restless Nights

I am sure you thought that this would be about me and the fact that I get up to pee a bazillion times a night making my nights restless. But I need some advice. The past month Emily has not been sleeping well like she used to. I think it all stemmed from when she was sick and coughed and coughed and coughed and we had to give her medicine so she could sleep. However that has been over a month ago. Last night she woke up crying at 11:30, 3:30 and then was up for the day by 6:30. By 9 in the morning she is yawning. But will not take a nap until the afternoon. And just now (11:10) made some crying noise. I don't know what to do. I did let her cry it out last night and either it didn't last too long or I was so tired I fell back asleep and she eventually did too. Is this just my child or is it normal for 2 year olds. Do I have hope of fixing it before the baby comes or should I just forget it and deal with it all at the same time? What do you have for me?

Countdown to Twilight

So in just a mere 24 hours we should be standing outside freezing our bahoochies off waiting to get in to see Twilight. I am excited to see it. I just reread the book to familiarize myself with what happened. (It's been a while). But I am more excited to hang out with my friends, freezing together, laughing and having a good time. I am looking forward to the steak n shake rendezvous to analyze and talk about it. And I think I am going to wear my jammies. It will be great.

Four more weeks

Well I went to the Doctor today and I am 2 1/2 cm. Which whatever that means. I can hang out there for ever or I can keep going. I read the baby monitor to the right of my blog and I am actually contemplating that. The sooner the better. I don't particularly want a Christmas baby so we'll see what we can do. But she'll come when she comes.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

All Worth it

So love my Emily and she really is a great kid. I realize that 90% of the time I am frustrated with her because of me and not really anything she is doing wrong. Granted there are those times I want to throttle her. But there are those times that she makes up for it and makes it all worth it. For instance after the Stake Auxiliary Training in Huntington I get home to get my "brain" (notebook in which I write everything down so as not to forget), and I realize I don't have it. Yeah pregnant brain I left it in Huntington on the pew I was sitting in. I get ahold of Bridget Deutch (sp) and arranged to meet her at the chapel in Huntington the next day after Emily's checkup. So the next morning we get ready and I go to grab the car keys. Can't find them anywhere. I am tearing the house apart and finally hormones take over I fall down to the ground and start crying hysterically. Emily comes over and says while hugging me "it's okay, don't you cry" in the sweetest voice. When I don't calm down she puts both of her hands on my head and says "Heavenly Father" I realize she is trying to give me a blessing. I stop crying, smile, take her hands down, and explain that that is something daddy's do but thank you and give her the biggest hug ever. She is the best. Then I call Bridget, reschedule the Dr. apt. and realize the keys must be in the pew with my notebook (I had carpooled the night before and didn't use my keys). Sure enough they were and Bridget so kindly brought them all the way up to my house. I owe her big time. There are lots of things Emily does which make it all worth it but I'll share one other for now. I love it when she talks to the baby. Tonight she, Brock, and I were playing on our bed and she pulls up my shirt to talk to the baby (Somehow this helps the communication process) and says "Hi baby, come live with us". She says it in the talking to baby voice people use its so cute. Tuesday Brock is off b/c banks close on Veterans Day. So we are scheduling a tour at Parkview of the birthing center and taking Emily to show her where mommy will go to have the baby and that she can come visit, etc... It should be fun.

Baby Update

So I had a checkup two weeks ago and they were talking about not letting me go past 38 weeks because the baby's kidney still is not functioning correctly. But I saw the specialist on Friday and he said besides the kidney not functioning he sees nothing else wrong with this baby and therefore sees no need to have her come early. Ride it out and she can come when she is ready. I was glad to hear this because I did not want drugs and now I have the freedom to do my own pain management techniques and use the hot tub etc... On the flip side I finally got used to the idea that the baby was coming in 3 weeks and that sounded great now I have to add 2 weeks back on. :( OH Well. I see the regular OB tommorrow and we'll see what's going on. I had finally gained 3 pounds. I owe it to vacation because I was either eating out or other people were cooking. And with this pregnancy nothing I make sounds good and I have to force my self to eat. If other people make it however I will chow down because that sounds the best. So while I was at the specialist I weighed myself just to see how much more I've gained and since I've been home I lost the three that I gained. So I will compare that with the OB's scales to see if it was an accurate weigh in. I asked the specialist if that was okay and that even though I wasn't gaining was the baby growing well. He said yeah she is actually a chub. Based on the estimate calculation they do she is in the 87th percentile projecting an 8 lb baby which can go a pound either way. So we are looking at a range of 7-9 lbs. She actually has chubby cheeks according to the last ultrasound picture I got. Too Cute. I haven't been blogging because I thought I had 3 less weeks to get all the stuff done I needed to get done before the baby came. Now I have those weeks back. But I am still going to be projecting. I'll try to update at least once a week.