Friday, March 28, 2008

Zenock's Story...

I can't believe my little boy will be ONE in two days! Not only did he make it through his whole first year, but WE made it as parents! That is quite the accomplishment for two people with little experience. :) This blog has become more of my FAMILY journal and I feel like it just wouldn't be complete with out telling "Zennie's Story." I didn't start this blog until a few months after he was born, so some may know the story (and have heard it a million times), and some may not... Anyway, I have it written down in my journal... ALL 15 pages of it in detail, but here it is... (the condensed version at least.) I really do apologize if this is the millionth and one time you have heard this. What can I say, I am pretty proud of my little biggest accomplishment!
I had to put this picture up, because this was the night it all started. (My face was so swollen!)This picture was taken about 12 hours before Zenock was born! Some people are even in labor at this point... not me. Not one sign of labor! (I had a pretty easy pregnancy, except for about my 7th month I got Sciatica really bad and by night I could barely walk or sleep for the rest of my pregnancy!)

March 31st, 2007 - April 1st, 2007


It was General Conference weekend and my cute friends gave me a baby shower while our husbands were attending the priesthood session. Afterwards, JC came to pick me up and asked if I wanted to go to a movie with some family and friends. I honestly wasn't sure why he even asked, because it was a 9:00 movie and I was bound to sleep through most of it! BUT, I went. I got my popcorn and was not really enjoying the movie.. (Blades of Glory), when about twenty minutes into it something happened. I had no idea what it was, because it wasn't what I thought would happen when my water broke. (It was pretty small.) I went to the bathroom and came back to tell JC something was wrong and we needed to go. We left and I immediately called my mom and asked what I was supposed to do... her reply was, "Your water just broke! You go to the hospital." I remember being pretty calm, but on the inside I was panicking, trying to calculate when my due date was and if this was possible. When we got to the hospital they did a few tests and confirmed that my water did break and the baby was on his way. STILL, no contractions... no real labor. The doctor explained that he could deliver the baby there (Brigham Hospital), but then they would have to life flight the baby to Mckay Dee. It would be easier for them to take me by ambulance down to Mckay Dee and deliver the baby there. Ok... So for someone who has NEVER had surgery or been sick enough to be in a hospital before, this was all getting pretty traumatic for me! It seemed like it was all going by SO fast! JC and his dad gave me a priesthood blessing before I left which made me feel SO much better and I felt really calm about everything. My contractions started in the ambulance. By the time I got checked in to hospital it was after 2:00 AM. The nurses told me I would probably have the baby sometime that afternoon. They were so good to me. I hadn't finished reading my "What to expect" book and my child class was in two weeks, so my first nurse sat and explained everything to me, she was so sweet! I got my epidural around 4 (can I just say... Loved IT! It was like candy...). By 6 I was at a 10! Zenock was born at 6:39 AM! I only got to see him for a minute before they rushed him off to the NICU. They were doing so many tests on him and getting him hooked up to everything that I didn't even get to see him for 5 hours!


These are some of the first pictures of our little Zenock. He was so cute and little... I couldn't believe that he was mine! They were able to take him off oxygen after the first couple of hours. They then gave me a schedule to come and feed him every 3 hours: 7, 10, 1, & 4... I was able to miss one feeding at night. They told us that the 34th week in utero is when they learn how to eat & suck, so Zenock needed to learn how to eat. Pretty easy... right??? Feeding him turned out to be quite the ordeal that usually took at least an hour and a half or more. Monday night I was checked out of the hospital and went home to get some things and prepare for the week ahead. I cannot explain the heartache that JC and I both felt as we drove home with out our little baby. We just sat and held each others hands and cried the whole way home. It was the worst feeling I have ever felt. I boarded with the hospital so that I could keep up with his schedule. JC went back to work on Tuesday. We had no idea how long Zenock would be there. It was honestly the most emotional, challenging, heart wrenching time of my life. I have never prayed so hard and cried so much in my life! I am so thankful for the priesthood in my life and the blessings that were given to Zenock and I during this time to give us the peace and comfort we needed to get through it. JC would come down every day after work and see Zenock for a few hours and then drive back home. It didn't help that my room I was staying in was on the fifth floor with the elderly and every time I walked back to my room another patient had died! As well as my neighbor in the room next to me pleading every night OUT LOUD yelling to God to come and take his life and let it all end! Zenock's schedule was pretty demanding and I ended up only getting about 4 hours of sleep every day. I wanted to be next to his bed as much as I could.
By Thursday we really thought Zenock was doing so well, but they still wouldn't release him. Sunday (Easter) was the hardest day for me... especially not being able to be with family. We even asked the doctors why they wouldn't release him and they wouldn't really give us a reason. It was SO frustrating! Monday morning I was so ready to go home and when rounds came (all the doctors come in to discuss the patient with each other), I was ready to give them a piece of my mind and demand that they release Zenock, when they told me that I could take Zenock home! I have never been so excited in my life... it was like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulder! All my emotions from the last 9 days came crashing down on top of me. I started crying and I couldn't get out of there soon enough to call JC and to tell him that we were going to be able to bring our baby home!
Zenock & his cousin Wyatt who was born ten days before Zenock!

These are some of Zenock's scrapbook pages from the first few days we were home. The captions tell the story. You can click on them to make them bigger.

Zenock lost quite a bit of weight while in the hospital. When we brought him home, he only weighed 4 lbs. 11 oz.
Zenock still loves to be cuddled... He gets rocked to sleep the majority of the time. How can you resist not rocking your baby when you only have a precious amount of time with them as a baby!

We sure love this little boy and are So greatful to be his parents! I can't believe a whole year has passed by, but what a year it has been. He has been such a happy baby and such a joy and blessing in our lives. We have so many great memories and so many more on the way!

We love you Zenock!

These are his ONE year old pictures that we just got taken. (They are kind of blurry, because I had to scan them in.)

He was all over the picture studio and wouldn't hold still... He has always been a little wiggle worm!

Things we LOVE that Zenock is doing...

*Walking... kind of. He will take ten steps forward and one step back and fall on his bum. SO close!
* Patty Cake... sort of. He can clap and wave

*He whispers... His favorite word to whisper is WOW
*He can crawl 90 miles an hour

*He is quite the dancer and can shake, shake, shake
*He jabbers constantly! Some favorite words are: Mom, Dad, Wow, Pup, Bum-Bum, Dody-dody

*Loves to give hugs and kisses

Zenock's Birthday Invitation... Yay! We are so excited! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZENOCK!

(YAY! For all of you who actually made it through this whole post!)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

~Easter 2008~

I love holidays, birthdays, and any kind of day that I can celebrate! I am like a kid and am grateful for a husband that puts up with my insists of carrying on traditions from my childhood for my kids. Last Easter was pretty traumatic for me. I spent the entire day in the NICU at Mckay Dee in Ogden. Zenock was a week old and still in the hospital. We really didn't understand why he was still there, he was doing everything he was supposed to be doing.... (more on that another time.) I was boarding with the hospital (staying over night in extra rooms) and spending every minute with my baby. SO.. this year Zenock and I definately had to make up for it.

Friday we took Zenock to the park to see the ducks... He loves the park! (It would have been a lot more fun if there wasn't a creepy guy there roaming the park... we went back the next day and he was still there. I was a little worried, because he was talking to little kids and asking for money, so I called the police on him and when JC and I drove by a few minutes later, there were 4 police cars surrounding his van! I couldn't believe I was the first person to call!)
~EASTER EGG HUNT~

Our primary had an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning. Zenock and I weren't too fast on getting the eggs. As soon as Zenock had one in each hand he was good to go!
Enjoying his Easter eggs... (It's a good thing he didn't know what was inside:)

~COLORING EGGS~

As we were cleaning up dinner and waiting for JC to get home from a meeting with the missionaries, this is what my little boy learned how to do. I love his face! I turned around from the sink and saw him like this... I grabbed the camera and put him back on the floor and said, "Do it again..." He did it again. I then put him back on the floor and said, "Don't ever do that again." Is that being a bad mom?? There is a video of him at the end showing his dangerous new trick. What a goofball!Zenock wasn't really into the coloring eggs part. He preferred to eat them and throw them.

~EASTER MORNING~

The Easter bunny found Zenock! (The E.B. and I went shopping over a month ago for Easter... we have been waiting forever to give him his new stuff. Yeah... I love holidays!)

Of course the first thing he went for was a plastic egg and his new baseball and glove!

Mom! I got more Easter eggs!

The Easter Bunny loves me!

Look at all my candy!
~All Dressed up for Church~

JC has meetings before church, so while I get ready Zenock watches Baby Einstein. He looks so grown up and big! (A big difference a year makes!)
Every picture I took he had an egg in his mouth, he wasn't too happy with me when I took it away to get this picture.
Mom and Zenock
We had such an enjoyable day at church. I have been playing the piano in primary for the last month, while the pianist had a baby. I felt as restless as all the kids to get done and go home and be outside and play!


Time to play!

~The Danger Zone~

(Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to flip it.)

video

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Our New Home!

The verdict is in... and unless anything changes in the next five months, we will be moving to...
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
at the end of August.
We are actually really excited for our adventure... (we aren't excited to pay rent)! I am scared to death to be even farther away from HOME and family! We have been waiting for what seems like FOREVER to find out where we would be going and now that it is actually here, I feel like I have so much to do to get ready! I am definately one of THOSE people who stresses about everything until I am finally there. :) At least this time I don't have to worry about moving or finding somebody to move us. (JC's job does all the work.)

SO... Does anyone want to come visit us?!? For those who don't know... Alexandria is located SIX miles from downtown Washington D.C. We will definately show you a great time and provide you with amazing accomidations and hospitality! :) So... start saving your money and planning your trip!

Monday, March 17, 2008

SprInG FeVeR!

We have definately had Spring Fever lately. The weather has been amazing! (Around 80!) It makes me so excited for summer and all the fun activities and adventures that are planned.


Whenever I do laundry, Zenock is always trying to climb in the basket or unload the clothes. He loves to go for basket rides.



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EASTER BUNNY!
Friday we were at the mall and the Easter Bunny happened to be there also. I thought Zenock was going to be scared and cry, but when we walked up to him he was jumping out of my arms to get to him! He was laughing so hard and smiling at him. He wouldn't take his eyes off the Easter Bunny for anything, (which explains why we couldn't get a picture of him looking at us!)


He kept just staring at the Easter Bunny and petting his hands and face. It was so funny!

I think they have a special bond. :) Zenock will be even more excited when he sees what the Easter Bunny brings him next week! (Holidays are so much better with kids! :)
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

JC took Zenock to the first baseball game of the season on Saturday and gave me the afternoon to go with friends to get pedicures and a spa day! It was SO relaxing! Thank You!!!

This is right before they left to go to the game. Zenock was all decked out and ready to watch the game. JC said Zenock didn't watch much of the game, he was more interested in getting everyone around him to pay attention and laugh at HIM! He is such a little comedian!

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Happy St. Patty's Day!

Who could forget this day! It is JC's most favorite day of the year! It is Spring Break this week, but not for him... Because he is in an accelerated MBA program they have to work/go to school through Spring Break! So to make up for it, I am fixing him a special St. Patty's Day dinner: Green Chili Chicken Burritos, Green Jello, Green Beans, and whatever else we can up with before he gets home. :) The day wouldn't be complete with out watching JC's favorite movie: Darby O'Gill and the Little People! It is such a cute movie, I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Purse Tag

This one is kinda cheesy, but all in the name of fun. Saturday, we had our Relief Society Birthday Enrichment. It was such a great meeting and had such a wonderful spirit and message. The theme was "Purse" onal growth through service in the Relief Society. They decorated with purses and played some fun games with what's in your purse. I didn't have mine, because all I ever use is my diaper bag. I hardly ever go anywhere with out Zenock... so there really is no need for a purse. That is not to say that I don't have many of them. I am a "purse-a-holic" and love purses, so just having a diaper bag has definately cut down on my spending, which I'm sure JC loves. :) Anyhow, the games reminded me that my friend Jennifer purse tagged me forever ago and I never did do it. You can tell a lot by what a girl has in her purse, so here is what is in mine... I thought it would be funny to actually get out my purse and see what was inside. Yep, it was empty, except for this mint.
I love my diaper bag! It has a lot of pockets that make me feel organized. I hate going anywhere and realizing I forgot something. This bag fits eVeRyThInG!
Here is what I have...
wallet
checkbook
dayplanner
keys
gum
sanitizer & lotion
chapstick
mini cadbury eggs for me... A MUST this time of year! They are my favorite!
Juice & puff treats for Zenock
Zenock's monkey, keys, & baseball
books leftover from church
diapers & wipes
Zenock's sippy cup
Not a whole lot too interesting... sorry. I actually try and clean my bag out on a regular basis. I hate having all the receipts and everything I don't need taking up valuable space. :) Anyhow... what's in your Purse??? I tag YOU!

Friday, March 7, 2008

SNOW!?!

It is SNOWING right now in Texarkana!!! and it has been for the last couple of hours. For those who don't believe me here are the pictures to prove it! Our weather is crazy down here lately. Like I said before.... it doesn't or isn't supposed to snow in Texarkana... EVER! I was so excited to move here and to get away from the snow... Looking out of my window... It's a sad day for the golfers.
It's not your regular snow either... it's like a slushy!
So, So, Sad.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Our week in pictures...


Everyday Zenock gets more and more fun! We LOVE this little boy!



This is a daily occurence at our house. Zenock doesn't like to go around things, he would rather go through or behind. He has never taken a binky, but he loves to play with them. If he sees another baby with one then he needs one too. What a silly boy! We also bought Zenock a couple of pairs of squeaky shoes this week. He LOVES them! He is so close to walking, but still wants our help. He just stares at his feet now when he walks. Our favorite is when he jumps. He just giggles at himself, because of the squeakers! Zenock is always talking and jabbering. Everywhere we go he has conversations with strangers. His favorite words are: dada, mama, baba, bum, bum, and pup, pup... (that is if you can call them words. :)


Zenock has been trying to give up his afternoon nap... this is usually the result that follows at dinner time.
He is so peaceful when he is asleep!

I don't know how he does it, but this is honestly how he sleeps sometimes... with his bum in the air! It can't be comfortable, but he has done it since he was a born.

Zenock loves when JC plays with him! They are so cute together.

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FOR my MOM!

It seems like every time there is a holiday (Labor Day, Memorial Day, Presidents Day, etc) one of my favorite things to do is to drag JC with me to furniture stores to check out the sales. I never plan on buying things, I just love to go and to plan and dream. I worked in a furniture store when I lived in St George going to school and LOVED it! When hours were slow, I would walk around and design my house. I am an interior designer by heart and one day I plan to go back and get my degree for it. This last President's Day JC and I went to one store and they had some amazing deals on things we really wanted. So after 4 years of marriage we actually splurged and bought some new stuff. (In four years I think we have only bought two pieces of furniture... So this is a big deal for us!) We feel almost guilty for spending our hard earned money. We just got it last weekend and this week I have been on a real decorating kick... (which is pretty hard considering I live in Texarkana where cute boutique stores just don't exist. I am jealous of all you in Utah who can take advantage of my favorite stores like: Sugar N' Spice, On the Avenue, Quilted Bear, Tai Pan, & Real Deals... We don't have anything like that down here!) Next time I go home, I am taking an extra suit case with me to stock up! Anyhow, my family has been asking to see pictures of our new stuff and since you can't come see me... I'll just show it off.


JC already has his "perfect tv" picked to replace our old monster one. I still have a lot of decorating to do. I just have to find the "right" items. :)

We also bought a dresser that matches the bedroom and big leather recliner for JC. (The recliner will arrive just in time for Easter.)

Since our little tornado we have had cRaZy weather! It even snowed one day!!! It doesn't snow down here... EVER! Yesterday, it was 75 degrees!! and today it is supposed to snow again! Good Heck! I have major spring fever and have already started my spring cleaning, dejunking... I just want it to be SPRING! I am getting so excited for Easter and for Zenock's Birthday. (I've got big plans.)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Good Times in Texarkana!


We had such an exciting morning yesterday! JC has made fun of me all day for it and I thought it was pretty funny myself... So here it is!
Zenock woke up at 4:30 AM and thought it was play time. I finally got him back to sleep around 6. JC left at seven and I woke up around 8, checked on Zenock and went into my living room to watch the storm out the window. There was a BIG crack of thunder(which woke Zenock up) and it was pooring rain. About a minute after that, the tornado sirens went off! Holy Heck... Can I just say I had absolutely NO idea what to do. There was a part of me that was a little nervous, but to be honest it was pretty exciting! I grabbed my phone to see if JC had called and saw that I had a few missed calls. I called my cute friend Heidi back and she said I needed to go to a basement apartment right away, (we live on the top floor). So I grabbed my baby, my diaper bag, (which had been almost emptied out by my baby), and a big blanket and was out the door in two seconds. I ran downstairs to the old guy that lives below us... He wasn't home and either were the two other people that lived below us. So.... there I was out in the pooring rain running around my apartment (in my pajamas) with my baby. *Just a quick note to all of you back in Utah... That's not really what you are supposed to do during a Tornado warning. I called Heidi back and asked if I could just come to where she was. I went over to another Sister's house in our ward. When I got there, Sister Hanson had me go into her room in the closet where I found Heidi, her baby (Mason), Maria, her little boy (Conner), and Sister Hanson's granddaughter Kaitlyn all hiding in the closet.... (Sorry guys, but can I just say I REALLY wish I would've had a camera to take a picture of all of us! hahaha.) We were all sitting there in our pajamas eating whatever was in our diaper bags as Kaitlyn kept throwing more pillows and blankets into the closet making it even hotter. (The kids were LOVING it.... Slumber Party in the closet!) I shouldn't laugh, because we were really just trying to be safe. Sister Hanson was on the lookout in her living room watching the news and giving us updated information while we sat in the 120 degree closet. After about an hour (we didn't stay in the closet that long), the storm had pretty much passed and we decided it was safe to return home, which was believe it or not... Still Standing! That's our story... pretty funny, I know. We feel pretty blessed that no real harm was done. A tornado did touch down about ten minutes from where we live and did some damage to a little trailer park near JC's work. JC was sitting in class and someone came running in telling them they needed to get to a certain classroom. Once they were in the classroom the lights went out for awhile and he said there were people calling family and girls crying. (A lot of them are from the South, so I'm sure they have experienced this and a tornado is no laughing matter.) Anyhow, it was a good story for us and one we will probably be laughing at for at least a little while.... good times... good times.