Monday, August 30, 2010

Alexander's Birthday!

So I started having contractions on Thursday, August 26th. I was at a regular check up and my Dr. decided to send me to the hospital to just check. We went, waited, got checked. I was 1 cm dilated and was having contractions every 8 min-12 min. They told me to go home and rest and if the contractions got closer together I should come in.

I had contractions all weekend long, went on lots of long walks and didn't sleep well at all.

Enter Monday morning at 3 am. I woke up to stronger contractions and much more frequent. i waited until 5:30 and woke up Adam. We got dressed, got ready took some pictures and went on our way.

When we got there, the check in area was closed so we went to the nurses station. They had no where to sit and after we checked in we had to stand around in a hall for about 10 minutes without any help. Finally someone took us to an exam room. They kept having doctors come in and check me. We were at a teaching hospital so every time they came in they had one doctor, one almost doctor and one student. They all got to practice on you. Wow! What fun that was!

I was finally admitted around 10:30am. The contractions kept getting stronger but I didn't want to get the epidural til later because I wanted to get up and walk around.

Here is my last pregnancy photo. This is when I was about a 5. It was uncomfortable but at least I got to move!
So at about 3pm I decided to get the epidural because they were going to break my water. The Anesthesiologist and his student came in. It took forever and it was a little disconcerting because he kept whispering "No, not there" or "I wouldn't do that". I kept wishing the actual doctor would do it.

After that, they came in and broke my water. I told them that they should get ready because the women in my family go really quickly once the water breaks. They just told me it would be at least 6 hours and that it would probably take longer because it was my first. They broke my water a little after 6 and so we got ready for a long night. Well, around 8 I started feeling like I wanted to push. I told the nurse, she smiled at me, said that it was too soon, but I could try if I wanted. She helped me get in position for a "practice" push. I did. She looked down and told me very firmly to stop and then went and got the doctors. Apparently his head was appearing in that first push.

All the doctors came rushing in, remember, teaching hospital, TONS of students. They all get ready, Adam and I are ready and they tell me to push.

Three contractions later and Xander made his entrance. What an amazing little guy!!!
Here is our first family photo. Welcome Alexander Keith!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fish are Friends

When we moved, we had a ton of help. Thanks to all of our Nemo friends for making our moving easier. You guys saved the day!

These lovely ladies are the Lallatins. They are from our ward and they came over to help pack, scrub, clean and help. I will miss this family sooooo much!!!
Here is our Westwood Family. Mark and Meg, WE LOVE YOU!!!!
Our goodbye dinner at Ruth's Chris. They brought us out this beautiful dessert tray. Yummy!
Our amazing Nemo Family helped send us off with love. Serena baked this amazing cake and we had a wonderful goodbye party in the way of The Second Annual Nemo Pioneer Day.
Love you all so much!!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pregnancy Photos

Along with my amazing shower, Heather's gift was a pregnancy photo shoot with her amazing friend Wendy.

Wendy is an AMAZING photographer and works all over Jacksonville.

Heather, thank you!!! These photos are such great memories to have!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Baby Showers for Alexander!!!

I cannot even begin to express how much love and support we have felt from everyone about Alexander.

Heather, Peggy and Sande threw us a BEAUTIFUL shower in Jacksonville right before we left for San Diego. It was so glorious!

Here is a group shot.
This is a shot of the deco and stuff. They did such an incredible job.

We love our Jacksonville Family!!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Nemo Baby Shower!!!

Here we are at the AMAZING Miss Jen Warren's home. She hosted my Nemo PJ party baby shower. She and the glorious Miss Melanie are both so lovely and fun. Also thanks to Megan and Alex for planning, preparing and putting on my shower. You ladies are the best!
The welcome table. Sooooo cute!
Two pregnant Nemo ladies on one love seat. This is me and the lovely Zoraida who is due almost 2 weeks before I am.
So we played a wonderfully fun baby shower game where each blindfolded girl had to change a diaper with the help of her coach. HILARITY!!!
This is the best way I could end this post. Amazing friends. We have been so incredibly blessed and love these people so much. THANK YOU!!!! You are all in our hearts and our prayers.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Windermere Baby Shower!!!

So before we left, we were overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support we got from everyone. There are so many friends we have who have been so kind and helpful with everything to do with Alexander and our move.

Our church put together a beautiful baby shower for me. My Young Women put together a lot of the shower with the help of the amazing Janet Lallatin, Lisa Ferrar, Luana Parkes and Jacque Munns. They did a fantastic job and it was a wonderful way to say goodbye to everyone!!!!

THis is my beautiful first counselor, Janet Lallatin who has been my right hand since we were both called to serve with the Young Women's Program. She is an amazing women and has made my life better!
These are just a few of my gorgeous girls. Molly, Aislinn and Ashley. Thanks for coming and also for being a wonderful examples of fantastic teenagers!
And here are two more of my lovely Young Women, Olivia and Sarah. Aren't they gorgeous?
The beautiful food and decorations. It was quite the layout.
Thank you Windermere Ward for making Adam, myself, and Alexander a part of your amazing family! We already miss you all!