So I really thought as Ty got a few weeks older that things would slow down and I would have time to blog... Pah! Life was like, "Psyche! Lol." (Yes life talks to me like a teenage girl from the 90's.) Anyhow, life is crazy. Between trying to catch up on everything I missed, including sleep, from the past six weeks and trying to literally catch my three year old, I'm wiped out!
I'm attempting to do better today though. So without further ado, I give you.. "Halloween":
I started the day by heading to Kid-to-Kid for costumes (procrastination!). But it might become a tradition because everything was 50% off, including these jammies: Jay loved them! Trying to get him to smile, I made the mistake of saying, "Say Eee like when we brush our teeth!" This is what I got... And adding to the failed photo-ops of the day is this beauty: Poor Ty. But he did calm down in time to make a brief appearance in his real costume. He's such a cute head! I also got Jay a brand new giraffe costume but he liked his $2.00 pajamas better! So that's what he wore Trunk-or-Treating. Jay loved having trick-or-treaters come to the house, handing out candy and yelling "Happy Halloween!" to all our visitors. It was a fun day. Kids make holidays sooo much better!
I have to say that a repeat c-section was scarier than I thought it would be. With my first c-section I had about ten minutes to prepare, we were worried about Jay, and I already had an epidural in. It was over before I even knew what had happened. This time I knew three days in advance and had about 2 hours of prep at the hospital before the surgery. I had to have a spinal block put in while sitting up. (Now this was not as painful as I thought it would be but I was up really high on a small operating table and it took ten minutes. I'm not a needle person and I wanted to pass out.) Before surgery began I got really scared and almost ran for the door. Luckily my legs were numb by this point and I couldn't move. Then, by some miracle, the surgery began and I was completely calm. I felt this wave of peace rush over me and within two minutes I heard Ty cry for the first time.
(Here's my first time seeing him.) He was huge but perfect.
Watching Joe become a Daddy to two boys has been really fun. He's in heaven. And Jay loves having a little brother. (This was a shock to me.)
He loves how everything about Ty is little and he is always trying to "help" by giving him his pacifier, waking him up when he's been sleeping too long, and putting toys in Ty's swing so he can be happy.
I love my little family. Oh and I'm healing well. I'm still in pain but this recovery is cake compared to the first time!
Baby Boy Brady will be born, one way or another, by this Monday. The doctor was worried that he was big so we did an ultrasound yesterday (that's where this cute picture came from) and it measured him at 9 lb. 4 oz.! They said that their machines are accurate to a pound, meaning that this baby is anywhere from 8.4 to 10.4. They also hooked me up to some monitors and confirmed that I am in fact having real, regular contractions but I'm not progressing.
So the decision was made that I would give my body until Monday to have this boy and if not, it's c-section #2. I asked about some kind of slow induction but the doctor said that the failure rate of induced Vbacs is 75%... not so good. Also the chances of having a baby this size as a Vbac are not great... not impossible... but not great.
Anyhow, I'm very excited to meet our sweet boy. And to finally name him! Wish me luck.
Well, I was tired of sitting around waiting to go into labor so we packed up and went for a drive. Joe decided to take me on a road behind Zion National Park (to Kolob Reservoir) and I'm glad he did. It was gorgeous and perfect picture taking light and weather. Good job Joe.
Now I'm ready to be taking pictures of my baby... so come... now... anytime. Really.
A few years ago I became addicted to Dove body wash... the expensive kind. Now I didn't pay the $6.00 or more per bottle because I was extreme couponing. I think I paid around $2.50 a bottle. Life became a little less wonderful when I ran out. Since then I've been buying the cheap stuff at Walmart that still costs over $3.00. Boo.
Today my life became a little more sunny. I am back to using dove body wash. But, again, I didn't pay $6.00. I figured out how to make it myself for only $1.72 a bottle! I know you may instantly be skeptical of how you could replicate the lavish liquid but really it's the exact same thing! How?...
All you do is reconstitute dove bar soap. That's it. Really. I bought a six pack of the Dove Go Fresh Burst Beauty Bars ($6.88). I grated three of those bars into six cups of water in a pot on my stove. Then I turned it on to medium and waited for the soap to dissolve (be patient). I transferred the resulting liquid into a glass bowl with an airtight lid until it was cool enough to pour into plastic bottles (it thickens as it cools). It is a little thinner than the real stuff but works and feels the exact same! I promise.
In the end it made twice as much as a normal bottle for half the price! (48 oz. for $3.44) And just in case you are not convinced this is worth it... this makes body wash for $0.07/oz. Even the cheapest Walmart body wash is $0.18/oz. No brainer people.
Next I'm going to make some yummy boy soap for Joe. I HATE the little pieces of bar soap left all over the shower and the residue that you have to scrape off.
Now I just need to find a manly loofah!
UPDATE: I've been receiving a lot of pinterest traffic so I thought I'd mention something. This works wonderfully for DOVE bar soap. If you are trying it with another non-moisturizing bar soap this recipe will be way too thick! That doesn't mean you can't figure out your own amount of water for the kind of soap you like. Just start with only one bar of soap if you are not using Dove.
It's early and I can't sleep.
I have so many thoughts running through my head.
Now that we're finally in our new house and I can begin to prepare for this new baby (3 weeks!), I can tell that all of this change has been hard on Jay. He's become incredibly clingy and doesn't understand why baby gets to use all of his old stuff that he isn't allowed to play with anymore.
To be honest, though, I'm having a hard time too. Having a child like Jay makes me terrified of what this next baby may bring. I remember in High School, when my brother died, I thought that I'd been through the worst thing ever and that Heavenly Father wouldn't put me through something like that again. But after the first trip to the ER, frantically running my barely breathing child into St. Lukes hoping someone could save him, I realized life wasn't that simple. Bad things happen. Multiple times.
I wish that the normal second time mom fears were the only fears that I had to face... How will I get enough sleep with this one? What if they don't get along? etc. But this morning I find myself wanting to go into Jay's bedroom, hold him close, and tell him things that he can't possibly understand... things like "Mommy will still do her best to protect you Jay."
I was talking to my mom the other day, possibly one of the only people who can really understand my fear, having lost a child herself. My mom is really strong and smart. I told her how I loved Jay so much that it hurt. How I didn't know I could love a child so much and at the same time be so afraid of losing them every second of every day. And most importantly, I told her that I didn't think I could do it again... worry so much, cry myself to sleep, take another child to the ER begging the doctor to please just make him better. I told her sometimes I'm angry with God. She didn't judge me for that last one. I'm sure that she sometimes felt the same way. But she told me not to borrow sorrow. She said that she thinks Heavenly Father allows things to happen in our lives more than He causes them to happen. I needed to hear that. It helped with my anger issue.
So here I am. Still scared but working on having a better perspective. I hope and pray this child is perfectly normal but if not... I'll make it. At least I know that whatever happens, he's mine forever.
I have a love-hate relationship with Craigslist... mostly because I hate cheap creepsters coming to my house to look at my stuff even if they do end up buying it. But today's tale is a love story.
I found this: For only $50!!!
And I turned it into this:
For only $20 more!
(Fabric and Old English... Oh and the fabric is not stapled on yet so don't look too close.)
The house we are moving into has almost no closet space so this was a miracle find. Also, growing up, my parents had a cedar chest where it seemed like they stored very important, secret items. I think the fact that it was always locked and felt forbidden made me want one in my house someday to torture my own kids. Just kidding but I do feel very important now.
It's been a long time since I've blogged because life has been CRAZY! We've had two family reunions... one in Boise and one in Las Vegas. We're moving in a week and a half! And we're fixing up the house that we're moving into while trying to move out of this one. Oh and did I mention that I'm having a baby NEXT MONTH.
So to keep myself sane I decided I better blog while I have a minute. I went through my pictures today and here are some highlights of the past month.
Jay turned 3! I made him a Handy Manny toolbox cake.
I think he liked it. We also had most of Joe's family in town so they came and showered him with awesome gifts. Thanks guys!
Here's a day when we made Blue's Clues pancakes. I was a bit disappointed that my blue batter turned so brown when I cooked them. Duh Stace!
Jay is growing up so fast. We're potty training him. And some days he even dresses himself...
As for the house that we are fixing up...
Here's a sneak peak of the colors that we had to paint over...
(Joe was all ready to paint it half orange and have a Bronco room!)
Joe's parents bought this house in Hurricane (20 min. from St. George) and we're going to rent it for a while. It's actually a pretty cute house... just very bright and very dirty. Fixing it up has been really fun. I'm pretty sure I've broken every rule of pregnancy while doing it though. There I am balancing on a ladder, breathing in paint fumes and cleaning products, only to take a break to eat my unmicrowaved deli meat sandwich. And at the end of the day I go home tired and sore and do what?... take a hot bath. I could really use some sushi right now. (I kid.)
Anyhow, the house is almost done and my next post will probably be before and after pictures!
It's that time of year again... reunion season! In July we traveled 10 hours to Boise to have our annual Goostrey reunion. It was great to have everyone together. Can you tell I'm ready to explode? This baby needs to come now!
The weekend was filled with fun activities for the kids. My mom even rented a bounce house. Hence why Jay couldn't keep his eyes open after playing in the heat. I was really bad at taking pictures this year but I did get a few on a night we had a fire pit and smores.
Laney and Grandma John Daniel Spencer As the sun went down, Eric and Laney had some fun taking silhouette pictures. Cute Daddy/Daughter shot And Eric pretending he's Michael Jordan... with the help of a strategically placed chair.
It was so good to be back in Boise and spend time with my family!
Joe and I started taking Sunday drives again. Last Sunday, however, I not only forgot to take any pictures but we "winged it" and ended up taking what we thought was a loop for two hours before turning around! That was a LONG drive.
Today, we decided to go out to an old LDS ghost town about 45 minutes from St. George. It was a pretty drive and had some interesting buildings. It would be fun to shoot family pictures out there sometime. Some polygamists actually showed up while we were there which made it feel like This is the Place National Monument in Salt Lake. You can see them if you blow up this next picture...
(Okay they are really tiny. But there are two women just above and to the left of the picket fence.)
Jay was just happy to be out of the car.
You couldn't go inside these buildings but you could look in through the windows. There had to be a million dead flies on the schoolhouse floor.
Fun day. Even with the heat, I still love this place.