A few updates

Too much has happened to update everything. But here’s a few highlights:

Emmett has grown beautifully this year. He is still a little sweet heart. Loviest baby ever. We’re all crazy about him!

Jossy has come out of her she’ll a bit. She loves dance, tumbling, gymnastics, Peppa Pig, Carl & Jinger and playing with friends.

Avery has done well in kindergarten. She was on a competition dance team and they did great! She has decided to try comp soccer for this year. She’s still as social as ever!

Grant started first grade and is still a genius. He’s happy, creative, smart and kind. He’s loving soccer and hip hop!  It is sad having him gone all day. I miss him.

Mike is doing well at work and is a champ taking care of 4 kids while I work.

I took on a new job being a coach for a high school drill team. I love it. And I love my family.

Emmett Paul’s Birth Story

I had been having light contractions for a few weeks.  July 5 came, and I had a doctor appointment at 11:00.  I was 38 1/2 weeks along.  My doctor told me that I was dilated to a 4 and he was surprised I was still pregnant.  He stripped my membranes, ouch, and I went home.

Mike had taken the day off work because of the holiday the day before.  We wanted to do something fun as a family, so we headed to Lagoon.  Mike took Grant on some big rides, while I took the girls to the kid rides.  I felt a contraction around 1:30, but thought it was a fluke.  Then we were sitting watching a cheesy singing show, and I was having them every 10 minutes.  They were a little painful, but mostly felt like tightening.  I told Mike we needed to walk around so that they didn’t stop.  I was so ready to have a baby!  We walked to Pioneer Village and I told Mike we needed to leave, they were starting to hurt.

We got home and I took a quick shower.  Then the contractions were coming about 5 minutes apart so we decided to head to the hospital.  When we got there, a nurse told us that they didn’t have any rooms available and to wait in the waiting room.  We ended up in the waiting room for an hour and a half.  The contractions were getting more painful and coming closer together.  I was so embarrassed to be breathing heavily through these contractions with all these strangers watching me in the waiting room.  I went and had a bit of a breakdown in the bathroom.  Mike was really great during the whole ordeal, and tried to get me into a room quicker.  Finally, I went up and cried to the nurse about the situation, and they got me in a triage room.

Once in the triage room, the contractions were really starting to hurt!  This was around 5:30 and I was dilated to a 5.  I was starting to panic that I wouldn’t be able to get an epidural.  Around 7:00 they finally got me into a room!  My nurse Taylor was so great and helped me to breath through the painful contractions.  I couldn’t get an epidural because they were so busy, and the anesthesiologist was in on a C-section for twins.  I’ve never felt pain like that in my life.  I wasn’t prepared for it.  I felt like I was drowning and couldn’t breathe.  Mike held my hand and helped me through them.  The nurse was really great too.  It got so painful I was to the point of breathing in and on my breath out, I would yell “NO!” or “OW!!!!”  Kind of embarrassing now, but I was in so much pain!  The contractions would start in my back and then wrap around to the front.  One of the hardest parts near the end was that there was hardly any break in between contractions.  I would feel another one coming on and start saying “Oh no!  Dang it!  Here it comes again!”

Finally I got my epidural!  I was so relieved!  As the anesthesiologist was leaving, Dr. Biere came in.  He checked me and said, “No wonder you’ve been in so much pain.  You’re at a 10 plus and ready to push!  I’ll give you 10 minutes to let that epidural take effect.”  I guess it would’ve been smart to have been checked before I got the epidural as I was probably at a ten then as well.  But I’m happy they didn’t, because even though it was for 10 minutes, it was totally worth it!  I pushed twice and Emmett came right out!  Tara was there to take pictures, I’m so thankful she was able to come.

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The first thing I said when I saw him was, “He looks like Jossy!”  I was so relieved that labor was over!  I was so happy that he was here safely!  He was beautiful!  6 lbs 15 oz, 19 inches long.  He was born at 8:48 pm at McKay Dee Hospital.  It was a really hot day, and in the evening when he was born we had a great view of the sun starting to set.

The kids, my parents, Mike’s parents and Savannah came about an hour later to meet him.  It was so great to see the kids meet Emmett for the first time.  They were so excited!  The whole experience was not what I was planning on, but it was amazing.  I wouldn’t change anything.  I’m so happy we have Emmett in our lives, he’s a good baby and just the sweetest thing ever.

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Since the hospital, things have been great at home.  We’re exhausted, but enjoying the fun snuggly newborn time!

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Vacation!

In January we took the kids to California. It was our best vacation yet! So many fun family memories!

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On our way! Crazy kids!

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We stayed half way in Vegas. We are at hash house a go go and stayed at the stratosphere

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The next day we stopped at a park in Glendora that I use to play at as a kid

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We also stopped for lunch at the hat!

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First ride at Disneyland, dumbo!

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Grant and I loved splash mountain!

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Despite what it looks like lol!

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Trying to get a picture of all of us on pirates

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The girls were obsessed with the princesses

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We split a turkey leg for lunch

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So fun meeting up with cousins!

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Jossy ate the most 😂

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Grant loved Jedi training

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First row again!

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We stayed at Dylan and Jaryn ‘s house a couple nights and the kids loved playing

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We loved visiting Michelle and her girls

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We stayed in st George on the way home. These kids keep us laughing!

❤️ Sara ❤️

Sweet Sara passed away March 1. It’s still unreal to me that she’s gone. I know she’s in heaven and not feeling any pain anymore. I know she is watching us and I’m excited to see her again someday.

March 1 I got a call from Lori saying that Sara was on her way to the hospital. I didn’t understand how serious it was until a bit later when Jan called me and said that they were going to remove the breathing tube and we needed to get up there. I drove to the hospital in complete shock. We have just been with her two days before.

we got together to days before to celebrate Mike’s birthday. I feel blessed that we were able to spend time with her on her last time seeing her. We talked for quite a while about nothing in particular or that she was smiling and happy despite being so sick.  I told her that day that I was sorry that she had been so sick and that we loved her. I asked her, I said, you know we love you right? And she said yes. When it was time to leave, she was very insistent on giving each of the kids a hug. She wanted to go up the stairs to give them a hug and I told her no, they will come down to you. She was very worried about giving all the kids a hug. She loved my kids so much and they adored her. All three of them still talk about her often.

We spent all day at the hospital March 1 saying our goodbyes and watching her slip away. It was for sure the hardest day of our lives.

I have so many good memories with Sara. She was the kindest, purest person I’ve ever known. I miss her. I dream about her often. I know I’ll see her again.

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Recently

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Little miss big foot

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With Liam

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❤️❤️❤️

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Easter

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Treehouse museum

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Lagoon passes again this year

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We went to a Bees game in April and had a great time!

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Jossy and Kaden at this is the place

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Averys preschool

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This is the place

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Visit with Krista and Ari May 2016

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Visit Bre May 2016

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My dance girls

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Fun with Emmi

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Date night! Love him!

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Last day of school

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Emmi and Avery

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She’s now lost 3 teeth!!!

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Inseparable sisters ❤️

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Lipstick 😂

Baby #4!!!

I haven’t updated in a long time. Grant finishes kindergarten next week, Avery just graduated from preschool, Jossy is 3 and I’m due with a baby boy in 6 weeks! We are all so excited to meet this little guy soon! I feel so lucky to experience pregnancy again even though this time I was so sick. He moves around like crazy and I feel him way more than I did with Jossy. It’s so fun!

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BOY!

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13ish weeks

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20 weeks

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25 weeks

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Due with boys together!

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31 1/2 weeks

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32 1/2 weeks