Thursday, December 20, 2012

3 Months Old

My little girl is already 3 months old.
At her 2 month check up she weighed 11 lbs 5 oz.(50th percentile) and she was 23 1/4 inches tall (70th percentile). Since then I am sure she has gain more weight and just keeps getting taller. She will probably be long and lean like her big sister. 
 She is currently sleeping 5-7 hours at night (not as good as her sister, but I'll take it.) She rarely is found crying and loves to smile (unless the camera is out). Her Dad and I are pretty sure she let out her first giggle last night. She loves to coo and is trying really hard to sit up. She loves to take baths, so much so that I am sure she wil try extra hard to make sure she NEEDS one at least once a day. She can't get enough of her big sister. She and her pacifier are never far apart. She has discovered her hands and is starting to reach for some things. She still has almost no hair.
 I love being a mom to these two beautiful, amazing girls. I just wish I could freeze time.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This I Do Know

Friday morning Dallin left for work and the rest of us started our day. It was a regular day. Olivia, Dallin and I once again have another cold so most of the morning was spent cuddling and soothing Olivia. Eventually I turned on the TV and was immediately bombarded with the news of a school shooting that had happened. I was sucked in right away. As I learned the devastating news I sat on the couch crying and my precious two year old immediately caught on to my mood. She quickly ask if I was sad and did I need kisses and did she need to sing me a song to help me feel better. Of course she is too young to even begin to comprehend the reason for my sadness and for that I am grateful. I spent most of that day trying to comprehend the situation myself. I quickly snuggled my new born and kissed my toddler. I spent a lot of time crying and praying. I hope I never have to suffer the kind of grief that each of those families are now suffering from.

Each time I sat down to write this post Olivia would ask me to play with her or sing to her or simply just hold her. I have been faced with the reality that what time I have with my children here on this earth is so very precious and something that I need to learn to treasure more. I truly have no words to express that pain and sadness that I feel for our nation at this time.

I am not one to say I have all the answer's, but I do know this. I know our country was founded by some amazing men.

President Wilford Woodruff declared that “those men who laid the foundation of this American government were the best spirits the God of heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits … [and] were inspired of the Lord” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1898, p. 89).
Unfortunately, we as a nation have apostatized in various degrees from different Constitutional principles as proclaimed by the inspired founders. We are fast approaching that moment prophesied by Joseph Smith when he said: “Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction” (19 July 1840, as recorded by Martha Jane Knowlton Coray; ms. in Church Historian’s Office, Salt Lake City).
I do know that gun control is not the answer. I do know that, in our society, we throw too much money at violence. I do know that we all have our free agency. I know that I am grateful for my eternal family. I know that I will be giving extra hugs and trying to have more patience.

I do know that as we sit down on Christmas morning and watch our children open presents I will be thinking of all the families that won't be able to witness such an event.

I know that our Heavenly Father is mindful of each of His children. I do know that those sweet innocent children were welcomed with open arms into his presence and that those who died to help protect them were hero's. I know that our Savior suffered for each of us so that He could take some of our burden and our grief.

This I do know.

More of the above conference address can be found here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cathrynn's Baby Blessing

While Dallin’s parents were in town Dallin had the wonderful opportunity to bless Cathrynn at church.
 “Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name” (D&C 20:70).
We are so blessed to have a husband and father who is worthy to hold the priesthood and because of that is able to bless our home each and every day. The blessing was beautiful and was perfect for our sweet daughter. Cathrynn was able to wear the same dress that Olivia was blessed in which was made by their Grandma Sauser.


Grandma & Grandpa Sauser

Dallin's parents were here visiting for the last couple of weeks. We spent most of the time just visiting and enjoying the girls. Dallin and his dad were both able to attend a conference here in the bay area called Green Build and spent time bonding over that. We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and Cathrynn was blessed the next weekend at church. Cathrynn had just started to smile and coo right before they got into town so we enjoyed watching her while Olivia entertained us with her two year old antics. We were able to attend "The lighting on the hill" out at the temple and snapped a few shots while we were there.

We feel pretty blessed to have such wonderful families on both sides that love us and our daughters with out fail. Thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time out, Naps, Potty Training and Halloween

 Here is a quick run down of our month so far!

 Olivia has had a few moments in time out. This day she got quiet after a few minutes and I found her sound asleep.
Can you find the children?

Olivia has been a champ a potty training.

Olivia experience her first pumpkin carving. She loved it and even got her hands dirty! 
 At one point in the night I looked over to find Olivia sitting with the pumpkin top on her head.
 This was Cathrynn's contribution to the night.
We recently had our ward trunk or treat. Olivia had a great time running around with her best friend Lyla.

Yes, she is wearing the same costume as last year. However, she only wore it in Florida and I just had a baby, I had to make a costume for her and help Dallin with his, so that's my excuse.

Joe Dirt, Miss Mummy and Dorothy

 Oh and I made Olivia this cute trick or treat bag.
Each year Dallin's office chooses a theme for Halloween, like this one. This year they all chose the theme of Mullet. Don't ask me where they came up with this, but boy was he excited. Everyone is going to wear a wig, but Dallin wouldn't have that. He insisted that I give him extensions.
At the end of the night we realized that I wasn't in a single picture so I quickly had Dallin take one of me with my girls.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

We're So Glad When Grandma & Grandpa Are Here

My parents were here a few weeks ago. We love it when they are here. They were able to meet Cathrynn and give her lots of snuggles. They also will go fun places with us, entertain Olivia and despite my objections clean my house. While they were here we were able to all go to Alcatraz. Alcatraz is probably one of my favorite places to go here in the Bay area.
We also spent time just doing Olivia centered things. Her favorites right now are the "swing, slide" (what she calls the park) and swimming.
We also headed out to a pumpkin patch that had all kinds of fun things. Olivia was able to ride her very first pony. I thought for sure she would be very scared, but she walked right in with out looking back and didn't want to get off.
We always love having grandparents here. We are sad that we don't live closer!! Thanks for everything Mom and Dad! We can't wait until the Sauser's come to visit this Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

3 Weeks Old

It feels like Cathrynn has been here for so much longer than a mere 3 weeks, yet I still can't believe it has already been 3 WEEKS!
Cathrynn was 6 lbs 14 oz when we left the hospital and was up to 7 lbs 2 oz the next morning. However, more than a week later she had only gained 2 oz so we had to keep a close eye on her, but she has now made it up to 7 lbs 11 oz. We still can't believe how tiny she is since Olivia came out at 8 lbs 14 oz. She is a little more needy than Olivia was and likes to be held and likes to have our attention. She doesn't sleep through the night like Olivia did, but we are learning to adjust to her and love that she is her own person. Overall she is a pretty content, happy baby. The jaundice is no longer a concern and she seems to be "perfect" as the pediatrician puts it every time we go to an appointment.
Olivia has completely taken over the big sister role. She loves to get things for the baby, be mommy's big helper and is always very concerned if Cathrynn cries. She is currently potty training. She practically does everything on her own (I know I am very spoiled). She has been ready for a while now, but I kept putting it off because of all the changes that would be happening. However, we have gone 4 days now with only a few accidents over that period of time and things seems to be going pretty smoothly!
Dallin has been an amazing, patient, hands on dad, as usual. We girls love when he is home!! We are very grateful, though, that he works so hard in order for me to stay home with the girls! He also has started to ref soccer games on the weekend and seems to enjoy it.
I am still trying to adjust to less sleep and more work. I keep saying, however, besides the lack of sleep nothing seems different. I feel that we have adjusted to having two kids, instead of one, rather easily and wouldn't change it for anything (except to add a few more in the next few years). Now its on to getting back into shape, wish me luck!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Home Sweet Home

We were finally given the go ahead on Friday to come home from the hospital. Cathrynn's levels had gone down enough to come home as long as we visited her pediatrician the next day. It was so wonderful to be home with both my girls and to have some privacy for once. We headed to the pediatricians the next day and was instructed to go back to the hospital to have a few more tests done to make sure that her levels hadn't rebounded. So after a few hours of waiting to the results to come back in we were told that she rebounded up about 4 points. The doctor told us that it was enough to need to get her tested again on Monday to find out if it was going to continue to climb. He are once again just waiting to get the results back.

Other than that Cathrynn is doing wonderful. She is just such a happy content baby. Olivia still thinks the world of her and has taken on the role of her protector (at least when she herself is not accidentally sitting on her head). When I burp Cathrynn she tends to get a bit unhappy, because of that Olivia will run over, instruct me to be "so soft" and try to kiss her back to make her feel better.

I asked Dallin how it feels to be the dad of two little girls and he says two feels much different than one. I, however, don't notice much of a difference. Either way, we both love it and are learning to adjust quickly.

On our way to the hospital

Meeting big sister for the first time

First bath

Snuggle time before hitting the lights

Under the lights

Wearing her cool sunglasses

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cathrynn Cyrena

9/19/12: Our new beautiful addition is here safe and sound! We are so excited that she is hear happy, healthy and early! Warning: Since I use this as a family journal this will be a bit of a long post.

Name: Cathrynn Cyrena
Date of Birth: September 18th, 2012
Time of Birth: 11:05 am
Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz
Height: 20 inches

On Monday night we all went to bed like normal not even thinking about going into labor since we were still 5 days before our due date and fully expecting to be late. Since I had not been sleeping very much lately I was still awake around midnight and decided to get up to use the bathroom. When I sat back down I felt a small gush and thought that I just needed to go to the bathroom again, so I got up, changed and then got back in bed. About 10 minutes later I rolled over and the same thing happened. At this point I was just annoyed and didn't even think about it being my water until I got up to change again and it dawned on me. I quickly woke Dallin up and explain what was going on. I still didn't think that my water could have broke, one because I was early and just didn't think she would come so soon, and two it wasn't what I expected (isn't there supposed to be a huge gush?). I decided to google it, of course, and Dallin laid back down in bed. After googling it and finding out that it was possible I got up and it happened again.  Now I knew I wasn't just wetting myself and decided to call the hospital. I explained what was happening, told them I wasn't sure it was my water and that I wasn't having contractions. They told me I needed to come in. I tried to convince them to let me wait until the morning, but they were insistent.So we called a good friend to come over and stay with Olivia while we headed to the hospital.

Once we got there they quickly checked me and let me know that for sure my water had broke and I was there to stay. They started me on an I.V. and that's when the contractions started. By now it was about 2:30 in the morning and I was very glad they had me come in, because once the contractions started they came fast and hard. I was in immediate pain! By 8 am I was begging for an epidural and dilated to a 4.

I had to get the epidural 3 times, because it didn't take the first two times. I was sobbing and throwing up by now since the contractions were so painful. However, in the 45 minutes that it took to get the epidural going I dilated to a 6 and was quickly able to fall asleep to get some rest. I woke up about an hour later (10:45 am) because I was starting to feel pressure and the need to push and called the nurse so she could check me to see what was going on. After she checked me she let me know it was time and told me that the baby would be here in 15 minutes. I couldn't believe how fast it had gone.

She had me do a quick practice push, but before I could even try she made me stop, because the baby was on her way. She had to physically hold the baby's head until the doctor could get some gloves on. Once the doctor was ready the nurse let go and before I could even push Cathrynn was out. I couldn't believe I didn't have to push once.

She had the cord wrapped around her neck twice, but that was quickly taken care of and was not a problem. The first thing I notice was how much smaller she was than Olivia and how different she looked. She also cried and pinked up much quicker than Olivia, which allowed her to stay in the room with me and she never had to leave. She is also much more alert than Olivia was. However, she has a very similar temperament to Olivia. She almost never cries, unless she is being burped or changed and is a very content baby.

Labor, delivery and recovery for me this time around has been so unbelievably different. I still can't believe how quickly she got here and how great I am feeling now. I am able to be up and around much more than I was with Olivia and am in much less pain.

We are so grateful that she is here and much happier that she is happy and healthy. Olivia loves her baby C.C. and loves to give her kisses.

Thanks to everyone who has helped us out the last couple of days and who continue to be there for us, and for all those who have sent their well wishes. We are very blessed.

9/20/12: I was planning on posting this today with some cute little pictures as soon as we got home, but since we are still in the hospital I will give a quick update and post pictures soon. Cathrynn and I were supposed to check out of the hospital this morning. However, around 5:30am they came in to do some blood work on Cathrynn and soon came back to tell me that she would need to stay until at least tomorrow, because she had jaundice and needed to be treated. I was half asleep when this was all explained to me and I didn't handle it very well. It is never fun to be told that your child is sick, I was very sleep deprived, very confused and since Dallin didn't spend the night the night before I was alone trying to process all the new information.

In the end everything so far has worked out. It was a stressful morning learning what I needed to do in order to take care of Cathrynn. She is doing better. The hospital had to discharge me, but allowed me to stay in the same room, the same bed, and still receive food, as if I was never discharged in order to stay with Cathrynn the whole time. We are planning to leave in the morning if everything continues to go well. I am very ready to be home in my own bed with my family, but I am more concerned that Cathrynn gets better and is able to go home with me.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

One Last Post

So my due date for this little one is fast approaching and I thought I would try to get one last post in of our family of three before she got here. I am due on the 22nd. So far I have dilated to a 2 and thinned out about 70%, but Cathrynn seems content to stay in her cozy home for a little longer. I have been trying to keep myself busy, but have found that I am just too achy and tired to do much of anything. On top of that our family has all had a bit of a cold this week. Here are a few things we have been up to in the last month or so.

Olivia and her best friend Lyla took swimming lessons. Since both moms were in the water the whole time we were not able to get pictures of them in the water, but here they were their first day before realizing what they were getting themselves into.

They both did pretty good for their young age. Olivia eventually caught on to everything except putting her whole head under the water. Every time she was asked to do so (or forced) she would scream and scream. Where as Lyla would dunk herself and come up smiling. They won't be swimming on their own for a few years probably, but they learned a lot and love the water. It just gives us something else to work on next summer.

Lyla's mom, and my good friend, Ellen threw me a wonderful diapers and wipes baby shower. Of course I didn't take a single picture, but she had a few of all the wonderful food she made and decorations that she put up. We had a blast just visiting, playing games, and enjoying time away from kids.

I am spent most of my time nesting. I have cleaned the entire apartment from top to bottom (a few times), finishing up sewing projects, and snuggling with my little girl. Dallin has spent his time working, taking a referee clinic, and taking care of his two girls. We have spend a lot of time just resting until this little one comes and many pajama days in bed while we have been sick.

We feel we are ready to have this little girl and now it is just a waiting game. Olivia talks to, kisses and hugs my belly multiple times a day asking Baby CC (Cathrynn Cyrena) to get here soon. We are all a little anxious, but trying to enjoy the calm before the storm.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Grandma & Grandpa Claiborne Visit

At the end of July Grandma and Grandpa came to visit us all the way over here in California. Olivia couldn't get enough of all the attention. All the girls went to the zoo one day and Olivia showed Grandma her favorite part, the petting area.
Grandma, Grandpa, Olivia and Mommy went on a beautiful train ride through the Santa Cruz redwoods. Olivia loves trains and the scenery was amazing. We even got to see Thomas the Train.

Grandma taught me that painting your little girls toes is part of being a good mom. Since I didn't own any nail polish Grandma used hers. Olivia was amazed. I have since bought some nail polish just for here and Olivia ask multiple times a week for me to paint her toes.
We all went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which Dallin's company built. Olivia loved looking at all the fishes and the birds.


This was her reaction if a bird would get too close though.
After that we all headed to "lovers point" in Monterey (Daddy served his mission in this area and knew all the fun things to do). We grilled some yummy steaks and corn and feasted!

It was so fun to have them come visit us, and we can't wait until they come back for the new baby in a few weeks. Get here soon, we miss you!!