Friday, September 28, 2012

Andy and Telaine get hitched

 On August 24th my best friend Telaine got married to her love Andy!  I must admit, I LOVE Andy!  He is fabulous!  He loves Ryker (her son), he loves Telaine, and he's a great guy!  I was so happy when I found out they were getting married, and they asked Elliana to be the flower girl!  She was SO excited to get to wear a beautiful dress, she even went as far as to say, since she was wearing a white dress she was going to marry Ryker (Telaine's 6 year old son).  The day was perfect, a little windy, but it wasn't too hot.  Telaine looked stunning and I was so happy I was able to be there and help her get dressed.  It was a really special moment for me.  Telaine and I have been friends for 24 years!  Here are some pictures that I got and some from her photographer.  I took a bunch, since Tom wasn't able to be there for the wedding!  : (
 Ryker anfd Elliana getting ready to walk down the aisle
 Just love this picture of Elliana looking over her shoulder.
 Ryker, the ring-bearer.  He was a stud!
 The ceremony...Telaine's dad was able to marry them!
 Ryker and Elliana walking back down the aisle together...he was SO sweet with her!

Friday, September 7, 2012


I got the greatest news twice yesterday!  First that Tom was coming home 2 days early!  And second...(drum roll please......) HE PASSED HIS TEST!  Tom was really worried about that last test that he took in August, like really worried; I wasn't as worried, I knew that he had done all that he could, studied really hard, and he did his best!  His best was good enough, he was so relieved to call and say he had passed.  I just want to shout out to him and say YOU ARE will be the best doctor ever, because you care so much!  My Tom is so patient and kind, you'll never find one more patient or kind.  He hates this stage he's in right now, because he's so kind, that he doesn't like to compete, and it's pretty competitive right now with what he's doing.  But all he needs to do, is be long as he is Tom, I know he'll do great and others will see his greatness!  I love you Tom!  Can't wait to see him in just a few short hours!

Horseback Riding

Uncle Brad and Aunt Nicki are super cool in the eyes of children, they live out in the country and they have chickens (which always happen to have eggs for Elliana to go find) and horses.  The other night we had family in town for my cousins wedding open house and the next night, we got invited to go ride the horses!

 Playing on the hay bales, who can climb the highest (those are my little cousins, Cody at the top, Steven with the hat by Elliana, and Kyle, looking at me).
 Elliana listening intently to what Uncle Brad has to say.
 Smiling for Mom and Dad (since we'll have to just send him pictures)
 Trotting around the ring
 Teaching Sadie to stop saying WHOA
 She's a little too timid and mild voiced (when she wants to be) for it to work out really well...
Elliana in 7th Heaven

4 Months

Phoebe is 4 months old!  Where did the time go!  She is seriously getting SO big.  She weighed 12 lbs 10 oz and was 24 inches long.  That puts her in the 10th for weight and the 26th for height.
Phoebe loves to roll over, especially when no one is watching.
Phoebe LOVES her sister
Phoebe loves to laugh with her Papa Brian (my dad)
Phoebe still hates sleeping
Phoebe still really really hates the car seat and driving in the car
 This was the day after she turned 4 months...with her new cute outfit from Aunt Lexi
And this cute one is from a few days later, having fun at Grammy's house. (Tom's parents)

Time with Tom

Tom has been gone a LOT lately.  He has been home exactly one week since the first week of July.  : (  It is very hard to have him away, but I am SO grateful for the blessing my parents are to me!  If you didn't know, or didn't remember I have moved in with them so they can help me with the kids.  My Miss Phoebe is still quite the little stink, more on that later.

Anyways...when Tom was home last month for that week, we had to go to Salt Lake so he could take a test; after the test we had about 24 hours before it was time to put him back on the plane.  We decided to go to Trafalga with the kids.  Elliana had SO much fun playing with her dad.  I was able to capture a few pictures.

 Our celebration dinner for Tom.  We took him to Brick Oven to celebrate being done taking written exams for Med School!  Can I just say how handsome he is, and I'm the proudest wife EVER!
 Racing Track, Elliana looks a little nervous waiting for Tom to get all buckled in.  Word to the wise...those cars are not made for men that are 6'6".
 Getting ready to go...she looks a little more excited!
Having a blast!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Baseball Game

 Elliana has been BEGGING to go to a baseball game, so my little sister Alexis took pity on her and took her to the baseball game in town (Chukars).  She had SO much fun, and Lexi had to drag Elliana out of the stadium at 11:15 when the game still wasn't over, because it was SO late.  Here's a cute picture they got.
 Alexis also took Elliana swimming at Rexburg Rapids (a new "local" water park).  They had lots of fun!
Alexis wore Elliana right out, and she fell asleep on the car ride home!
I LOVE living with family....still wish Tom was here, but it's nice to have support!

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Elliana loves her sister, and when I say loves her, that is like a serious understatement.  I am constantly having to say, Elliana, "leave your sister alone, she's trying to sleep".  It's pretty adorable to see Elliana trying to stand on the bars of Phoebe's crib to give her her binki and have Elliana come find me and say, "it's okay Mom, I made Phoebs happy".  I got this cute little pictures of my girls the other day, wanted you to all see it...and document for future reference, they do love each other!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Who likes to sleep...well, I do.  But my children have been horrible sleepers the last few days.  I think they are anxious about what's going on, their house being packed up and for Elliana not having Tom Phoebe has slept in 30 minute stretches all day!  At 10:30 tonight Tom text to say he was going to bed and asked if I was going to sleep too...this is how I least she's cute right?!?!

Wedding and 3months

Phoebe had her 3 month birthday on my brother's wedding day!  It was a wonderful day!  Elliana got to be the "flower girl" and LOVED it!  She gets to be a real flower girl a month from today at my best friend Telaine's wedding!  She is SO excited to have a basket and get to throw flowers!  

Phoebe weighs 10 lbs 2 oz and is 23 1/2 inches.  That is the 5th percentile for weight and the 25th for height.  

We are still DESPERATELY missing Tom, but are getting very excited to move in with my parents this weekend and have Tom home for a quick visit the weekend after!


2 weeks ago this past Sunday Phoebe started up with a fever.  It got pretty high; 103.2 Tom was concerned and I decided to take Phoebe to the doctor.  I just took her to Urgent Care, but she no longer had a fever because I had given her Tylenol.  When my kids are sick, they are generally still the Dr. sent us on our way, saying if Phoebe spiked a fever again I should take her into the ER because she was a little dehydrated and probably would need fluids.  She did alright on Sunday night, but had a really rough night.  Monday she was pretty good, had a little fever, but nothing like Sunday, only up to 100.5.  We just hung out and lounged around on Monday.  However Tuesday morning when she woke up she had a fever again, 102.5, so I decided to call her pediatrician.  We went in and we were sent fairly quickly over to the hospital. The picture above is right before we went to the Dr.
We were checked into the hospital and they tried to start an IV, it took them over 3 hours and 6 tries to get the IV in.  It was miserable.  Luckily after the 3rd poke my Mom got there.  It's terrible to have your kids poked and prodded and Phoebe is SO tiny that her veins are really hard to get.  They called in their best people who still failed on Phoebs.  Finally the sedation RN got her poked and had success!  She ZONKED after that (as shown above).  Poor baby.  Right after they had started her IV, they told me she was being admitted and it would be a minimum of a 48 hour stay.  *on a side note, my new Sister-In-Law was going through the temple this night (Tuesday) and my brother was getting married on Friday.  I clearly did not have time to be in the hospital...oh and did I mention that I'd be moving the next week...and I have no husband around to help.  Thank goodness for my awesome cousins who take great care of Elliana.
 After Phoebe had a little nap she decided to play with Mimi who got to stay and play for a little while before heading to the temple.  Mimi for those of you who don't know, is my Mom...Elliana started called her that a long time ago and it just stuck, so I think she'll forever be Mimi.  : D  She had to have 2 BOLACE treatments to give her a little better color.  And was on IV's the whole 48 hours she was in the hospital.  After many many tests, we still don't know what she had, other than a TERRIBLE virus that wore her right out and dehydrated her.
The morning we went home, Phoebe was looking SO much better...her coloring still wasn't great, but so much better!  She hated that little "cast" they put on for her IV, it made her so mad to not be able to play with her hands and suck on her fist.  And let me tell you how hard it is to accessorize that nasty ugly hospital gown, that was a size 2T, the smallest they carry!  We got to come home 48 hours after we entered the hospital and got home Thursday afternoon!

2 Months

Phoebe had her 2 month check up and weighs 9 lbs. 2 oz and is 22 1/2 inches tall!  That puts her in the 4th percentile for weight and the 14th for height!  She's getting SO big!  She had 2 month shots and did great!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

1 Month

I'm very behind, this much I know...I've been SO busy trying to finish working, I have lots to catch up on!

At 1 month, Phoebe weighed 8lbs even and was 19 1/2 inches long!  Still TINY! At this point she was starting to grin a little...but just barely, was sleeping about 6 hours without needing to eat!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

 Still in the NICU, we now are jaundiced.  :(
 This is what Phoebe thinks about having to stay in the NICU!  Blackmail for years down the road...
 I loved this NICU shirt

More pictures

 She loved sleeping on her tummy in the NICU

 Daddy feeding Phoebe a bottle

 Phoebe LOVES her hands by her face

 Meeting Grammy Duncan


Big Eyes
 The grunting
 6 lbs 11 oz
 Meeting Mom
 She was so wide awake when she was first born
 Mom, Dad and Phoebe
 I'm just in awe that she's here, and I did it!
 Gotta have a bow!  ;)
 So happy
 Meeting sister, right before going to the NICU
 CPAP, an IV in her head and a feeding tube.
 My first time holding her in the NICU.