Thursday, March 19, 2015

30 WEEKS

March hasn't been very nice to us this year. David and I took the boys down to Vegas for the Mint 400 race and that night I had really bad contractions that made me feel sick to my stomach every 2-3 minutes apart. I told David we should probably go into the hospital of they got any closer ... The contractions lasted a good 2 hours but didn't get any worse. A couple days later I noticed that I had started "spotting" and the contractions continued. I had my 30 week appointment with doctor L. I explained to him my concerns and he decided to take another test to see if I was in pre-term labor. I left feeling good and that I was in good standing until the doctors office called later that afternoon. I tested positive for pre-term labor so I went back into the office and was monitored for 20 minutes.
He was worried about the closesness of the contractions and other symptoms so he officially put me on "relax orders" and sent me through the secret hallways to Labor and Delivery where they monitored me for 24 hours. I had an ivy that helped hydrate my body, 2 steroid shots in my bum, medication to slow down contractions and monitoring bands around my belly.

David had left to Mexico that day for a 5 day race - I called him when he was rolling into California telling him the situation and that I was on my way to the hospital. He rented a car and drove back to be with me and help take care of the boys. The baby is happy and healthy and isn't under any stress which is great news!

The next morning Doctor L. did a few more tests to see if anything had changed over night (which they hadn't) but still wanted to keep me until 4:00pm for my second steroid shot. We had an ultra sound scheduled for noon in the hospital which was really fun. We weren't able to see a lot of "Cute" shots of the baby because they were looking at all of the "medical" concerns, weight
(3 1/2 pounds) etc.
Thankfully I was released from Labor and Delivery around 5:00pm but was sent home with some pretty strict directions.
Best. Rest. Ugh!

Noooo!

I can get up to take a quick shower ... and that's about it. He said that he will take me off of best rest once I hit (if I do) 37 weeks which is 7 weeks ... 2 months 3 weeks or if you prefer 1,176 hours. I'm going to go insane ... BUT if it means keeping this little guy in my belly longer than I guess it's all worth it. While browsing Pinterest in the hospital waiting for my next dose of medication or next shot I came across this quote that helped me get past this little sad "Hiccup".
God's plans for your life far exceed the circumstances of your day.
I feel so thankful that our little boy didn't decided to make his appearance this week and that we have my contractions under control - I am also so thankful to have both of our parents here in St. George so we have someone to help watch our little boys while we've been going through this hectic month.

30 weeks pregnant 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Saint Patties.

Saint Patricks Day Eve we decorated small shoe boxes with green paper, green glitter and stickers. I told the story to Cruz several times during the day and right before bed we left the boxes in the window seal where the moon would shine on them.




In the morning there was a trail of greenery left behind from the leprechauns from the windowsill to where they hid the magic treasure boxes. (I used green shiny confetti) The boxes were filled with green & gold necklaces, chocolate gold coins, green bubbles, a green frisby for Cruz, a green truck for Luke, green sparkly easter grass and Shamrock cookies!


Here is the legend of the leprechauns -

Full of magic and trickery, the leprechauns remain in their hidden world until the night before St. Patrick's Day. On that one night of the year they appear throughout the world to dance and sing and frolic!

The little leprechauns disguise themselves as leaves and grass and sounding like the wind and the crickets they come and go unnoticed. 

However, it is said that if a decorated box is left empty under the moon, the leprechauns must fill the box with gold or jewels or green colored gifts. But then they will hide the filled box in the most unlikely of places.

If the box is found on St. Patrick's Day, the measure remains in our world. If not, the leprechauns may retrieve what is rightfully theirs. And though the leprechauns are very clever, it is not impossible to find the treasure because leprechauns often leave a trail of greenery behind them. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

MINT 400 - Las Vegas

We had been planning on taking the boys down to the Mint 400 race in Vegas for a few months but David joined to help a UTV team out of St. George so I didn't decided if we were actually going to drag this kids down until the morning of. We left around 9:00am so we could look at some furniture at RC Willey, Trader Joes and a few other errands! We were able to check into our hotel a few hours earlier than expected which made life a lot easier with the kids.
 We stayed at the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street which was where Contingency was being held! I thought for sure that the room was going to be old and smokey with a floral comforter and green matted carpet but I was pleasantly surprised with how clean and updated it was! We took the boys down Fremont street and quickly discovered that the "Street performers" were X-Rated so we did our best to draw there attention to other things while walking the strip. (Seriously I saw over 5 bare bottomed men, 2 completely Topless women and other distasteful things). The boys loved looking at the trucks with dad and seeing TRAXXIS cars driving around. The boys got a "race shirt" and we let them pick a "SPEED ENERGY" die-car at the truck - they both chose orange and were in heaven. (Luke would tuck his car under his chin and love on it.) Cruz was such a good helper with Luke - he would constantly be by his side leading him around trucks and people and would hold his hand as often as Luke would allow.



 I wanted to take the boys to the Rain Jungle Cafe but the food reviews and the price really turned us away so we found a restaurant called Hash and GO in the Plaza Hotel near by so we had breakfast for dinner instead! The food was all really good, big portions and big prices!




We found the "Contrainer" mall down contingency row and stopped at the candy store for some teddy bear suckers and to let the boys play on the HUGE park and slide!
 The next day David woke up at 4:30am and we out to pit A to help a new UTV team out of St. George! The kids and I slept in (sort of) and than headed back to Trader Joes to grab a few other items for my mom and some chocolate David wouldn't let me buy the day before. We drove down to Primm and went to the outlet mall to meet up with Annie for a few minutes! I was able to get a bunch of clothing for Cruz at a reasonable price. We picked up some burgers at Carls JR. grabbed some ice at the gas station and headed out to the pit where David, Eric and his dad were helping out several teams! Cruz doesn't seem to be very interested in the "racing scene" like he use to but Luke definitely makes up for Cruz's lack of interest! He screams and yells when he sees any sort of vehicle driving off-road. It excits me to see him excited!

 We drove out to spectator row and watched the "Trophy Trucks" pass us by! The wind was blowing so we had to sit in the truck most of the time but Luke still loved the entire process! We jumped out of the truck for the first 10 trucks to pass us by which was soo cool - helicopters were flying 30 feet above the ground surrounding some of the trucks (which is Luke absolutely favorite thing right now) which made it all that better for him!

 After the kids were done watching we headed back into Vegas to eat at the Cheesecake Factory, see the fish aquarium and shop at H&M before heading home! We got the Lemon-Raspberry Cheesecake which was amazing and shared our Entree's with the kids! (unfortunately I woke up in the middle of the night sick as can be from the "rich" food). We let the kids look at the fish and while Luke was "ooo-ing and ahhhh-ing" a HUGE string ray swam straight up the class and freaked Luke out - he started screaming and was terrified! It was such a great weekend and I am so grateful that we were able to make it work to come down and show the boys what "Dad's always talking about".

Friday, March 6, 2015

One week later ..

I feel like i'm getting to know the employee's names at Target ... we are constantly there grabbing toothpaste, socks, shampoo, maternity clothes and lots of other things! Cruz can be such a cute big brother - keeping Luke inline and keeping him close by. 
 A couple of days after the fire Luke came down with a stomach bug which was hard on everyone because he kept us up all night - it's hard dealing with the stress of our every day circumstances on little sleep. It was a mean bug and lasted 4-5 days! Yucky! Poor little guy
 We met with the fire inspector this week as well and walked through the house. The insurance company hadn't boarded up our house yet (which I was upset about) and we could tell people had been through the house rummaging through things and pulling items out of the ash as well as kicking and punching holes in all of the walls. I realize my house is completely ruined and will be knocked down and rebuild but I still felt angry that someone would do that. We called our insurance company that day and scolded them. The fire inspector took tons of pictures, asked lots of questions and we came to the final conclusion of what started the fire. We were all in the garage looking at the truck when David gasps and says "Oh my gosh, I know how it started". He originally thought it was the vapors coming out of the vent of the fuel cell. He was welding on the right hand side of the truck where the fuel lines were tucked up under the frame and about 1 month ago he had noticed it was broken so he took of the broken piece and forgot to put on a new piece. We had been out of town for work and leisure and this was the first time back home and welding on the truck. Basically it was a open fuel line with sparks hitting into it. He broke down crying and took it pretty hard. Thank heavens Insurance covers "Stupid".
 We went out again after the Fire Inspector "released" the house to be sifted through and cleaned up. I wanted to take pictures of the progress that had been made and was happily surprised to see the house boarded up and the team inside working. They cleaned up the outside - sweeping where the car once stood, picked up tons of trash and debris. They had already sifted through the entire inside of the house and found a few items to document. The items in the kitchen cupboards were unharmed but still had a lot of water/smoke damage so none of it was salvageable. They did find my grandparents bowls that got handed down to me which was exciting! The boards over the windows and doors gave a whole new meaning to the damage of the house - it was really emotional walking through the house this time around.
 I feel like David and I are working well together through this process. When one of us has a hard day we help remind the other of the blessings we have - some days I feel like i'm on a roller coaster of emotions and some days i'm completely fine!


Monday, March 2, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY too me!

For my birthday this year we celebrated by spending the entire day together while Grandma Clay babysat the kids. We did lots and lots of shopping that day to start replacing every day items like church clothes, lotion, make up and shoes. David took me to the Cliff Side Restaurant on the old Airport Hill here in St. George which turned out to be wonderful! Everyone was dressed in very nice clothes the ambiance was quiet and romantic and we come stumbling in wearing t-shirts and tennis shoes and starving. The food was all amazing and we even had dessert before dinner which was even better! After dinner we went to our hotel room (Red Cross provided us with a room) where David had his parents decorate with over 50 red roses, sparkling cider, birthday presents and a very comfortable bed! It was an interesting, frustrating, exciting, quiet birthday but it was my birthday and I loved it. 
The next day we celebrated our birthday with family at my mom's house for spaghetti and cake.
Happy Birthday Trenton and Timothy - so glad I get to celebrate my birthday with you