Friday, October 26, 2012


I feel like Pinterest has changed my life. I know it sounds so weird that a website can have such an effect on a person, but I have never felt so creative and excited to try new things in my whole life. Before I was even pregnant, I had a "board" on Pinterest called "My Future Babies." On this board, I would pin my dreams and wishes of what I want my cute kids to look like and dress like and fun things to do with them. Also on this board, I would pin nursery ideas that I absolutely fell in love with. After our scare 4 weeks ago of pre-term labor, we decided we REALLY needed to get going on her nursery. She could be here anytime! I felt a little overwhelmed with all of the things we needed to get done, but I figured the nursery was a good place to start. 

Last night we were finally able to complete the paint job for her room. I am seriously SO proud of Tyson and his best friend Moose. They did such an amazing job, I don't even think we could have hired a professional to do it better! In fact, they did such a good job I told them they need to start a company. Maybe call it Big and Smalls or something? I have always loved seeing their friendship. They have been best friends FOREVER and their height difference makes me smile every time. I appreciate their hard work so much. I know Baby D is going to LOVE her cute new room! 

Here are a few pictures from last night. They were up until after midnight, so that is why I don't look too cute. A pregnant girl needs her beauty rest :) Please ignore. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012


One of my most favorite quotes has been on my mind ALL week and it is not going away. I decided I would write it down today because it is something that has really helped me this week and I know that it has been on my mind for a reason. It goes as follows: 

"Think about your particular assignment at this time in your life. It may be to get an education, it may be to rear children in righteousness, it may be to be a grandparent, it may be to care for and relieve the suffering of someone you love, it may be to do a job in the most excellent way possible, it may be to support someone who has a difficult assignment of their own. Our assignments are varied, and they change from time to time. Don't take them lightly. Give them your full heart and energy, Do them with enthusiasm. Do whatever you have to do this week with your whole heart and soul. To do less than this will leave you with an empty feeling."
-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Do you ever have those days where you feel like "everything is greener on the other side?" I feel like in High School, all I wanted to do was go to college and marry Tyson. Then we got married and all I wanted to do was start our family. Then I miscarried our first baby and all I wanted to do was get pregnant again. Then that didn't work out and I was very blessed in finding my career path and once again, I found myself just wanting to be pregnant. Now that I am pregnant, I find myself just wanting to have the baby. I hope I am not the only one that gets like this, or else I will feel really silly. I feel like I get this way SO easily! 

I am officially on bed rest until Baby D makes her appearance into this world. At first I thought it was going to be really difficult, but the past few weeks have been really nice. I have been able to get a lot of things done that I probably would't get done, had I been working right now. It is crazy to think our goal was to get to 28 weeks and I am 27 weeks today! Only one more week until we hit our goal. After that, our goal will be to get to 30 weeks. 
I found myself a little discouraged when my mom left. She was here for 2 weeks and it was amazing to have her help! She is such and amazing example and I really hope I can be just like her. The day she left, my house was quiet and I had a lot of time to think. That was the first day this quote popped in my mind. I may feel like I can't do much right now, but really this is an exciting time in my life! I get to make a baby and get ready for her to come into our home! 

I am so grateful for this opportunity to be pregnant. It is by far THE greatest blessing in mine and Tyson's life. She has brought us so much joy. Every night when Tyson gets home from work, we will lay on the couch and she will kick his hand. She already loves her daddy so much! 
I am grateful for this quote by Sister Hinckley. I love that we all have different assignments in our lives right now. For some it may be to go to school and to get an education. For some it may be to work hard and make money to support yourself or family. For some it may be to be a mom or dad and take care of cute babies. For some it may be to serve others in need. And for some (specifically me), it is to lay down and let this baby grow inside of me, so she can be healthy! She could come today or she could come in 11 weeks, we really don't know. But I have decided I am going to enjoy this new assignment and chapter in my life. I am going to do everything I can, every day to make this baby healthy and to try my best not to have her come early. 

I hope we all remember that we all have different assignments in our lives right now. I hope that we don't take them lightly and that we truly give them all of heart and energy! I know I am going to try a little better to enjoy the NOW and not always think that the side is greener on the other side! There is definitely a reason we have our specific assignments in our lives, why not enjoy them?! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A quick and HAPPY thought

It has been one week since my emergency surgery and I am just feeling so grateful! This week of recovery has been going really well and I have LOVED working on projects and being with my mom. Today I had a follow up appointment at the doctor and my mom was able to come with me. They did the usual things they always do at my appointments, but this one was so special. When it came time to do the ultrasound and check baby's heartbeat - the clearest picture of our baby girl appeared on the screen. My mom and I both started crying. She was moving around like crazy and had her hands in front of her face. Her heartbeat was strong and she was completely healthy. My heart officially melted! After EVERYTHING that Tyson and I have been through this week, I was so excited to see our healthy girl, staying strong!  

It is crazy to think about everything this girl has been through. She began as an embryo inside a petri dish in Dr. Shapiro's office with the Fertility Center of Las Vegas. She survived the de-thaw process they perform on the embryos and she continued to grow inside the dish under a microscope. The doctors then put her inside of me and thankfully she connected. She quickly grew a heartbeat and little stubs as arms and legs. A few weeks later, she survived my placenta tearing and the healing process that came with that. Last week she survived my cervix almost completely opening and going into pre-term labor. She then survived an emergency surgery and has continued to survive the healing process that has come with that. And then TODAY, I got to see her so clearly. As I looked at these pictures, everything became a reality. She is OUR baby!! That is seriously something I was not sure if I was ever going to be able to say. Tyson has always had the faith we would be pregnant - he never doubted - and I now wish I had his unwavering faith in this process. I love her so much! PLUS - She already looks like her daddy, which makes me so excited! She is adorable. 

I am so grateful for our little trooper. She is our pride and joy! This journey has not been easy. It has LITERALLY been one thing after another. It was a miracle to make her and it is a miracle to have her inside of me. I have never been so excited about something. She is our angel. 

“Faith precedes the miracle. It has ever been so and shall ever be. It was not raining when Noah was commanded to build an ark. There was no visible ram in the thicket when Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac. Two heavenly personages were not yet seen when Joseph knelt and prayed. First came the test of faith–and then the miracle. Remember that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other. Cast out doubt. Cultivate faith.” - President Thomas S. Monson