Monday, December 27, 2010

I know it seems like we've fallen off the face of the earth...but we've just been in sunny ARIZONA enjoying the 75 degree weather!!! It's been so beautiful here!!

Happy Holidays!!
I know I'm late but I can still say it!

Friday, December 10, 2010

8 Weeks

8 Week Stats:

12lbs. 80z.

My poor guy is sick...
ear infection, viral infection, and croup.
It's been a tough week for mom and baby
so I thought this picture was appropriate.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New Blog

I've started a crafting blog...

so if you wish to look at that, it's here

It's a work in progress so be nice

Monday, December 6, 2010


I've been bit by the creative bug..
my newest creations!

What do you think?????

i love them

Saturday, December 4, 2010

7 Week Stats:

13lbs. 2oz.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Because I missed posting this on Thanksgiving,
here are some things I'm grateful for:

the love of a wonderful man

and the opportunity to have experiences together

my son

The love and support of parents


best buddies
a husband that changes diapers

the carseat that keeps my baby safe

brothers who inspire me

my Prophet Thomas S. Monson

and my faith.

Because in the end, this is all I have.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

6 Weeks

my baby is 6 weeks!

he's smiling, giggling,
and making kyle and i fall in love all over again!!

life is wonderful!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

5 Weeks

5 Week Stats:

12lbs. 8oz.

I can't believe my baby is already 5 weeks old!
Where has the time gone?!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

it's official.
he smiles.

i love it

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Open Shop!!!

Betcha didn't know that I like to craft...
well, I do.
And to prove it, I opened my own little shop on Etsy...

My outlet for all things crafty
(and my excuse to keep up my obsessive crafting)

Here's a little preview of what's in my shop...
currently, that's it.

But I'm working on lots more, so if you check it out,
keep checking it out.

I'm excited!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

4 Weeks

4 Week Stats:

10lbs. 13oz.

he's not crying,
he's singing.

Happy Veterans Day!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

New Hairdo!!

i dyed my hair today.
took it from really blonde
to really NOT blonde.

oh, and i threw some pink in the mix
just because.

not the best pic -
blame the hungry infant.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

3 Weeks

3 Week Stats:

9lbs. 10oz.

Happy Halloween!!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

and i love hugging him

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Alrighty then...

Alright. So. It's been two and a half weeks since my baby boy Max was born and I figure that now is as good a time as any to fill you all in on how it happened...

My due date was Oct. 5th, and any of you that actually read this blog would know that Oct. 5th came and went, and there was no baby. So after a considerable amount of whining to me OB about how miserable I was and how sick I still was, etc...she agreed to induce me. But she wanted to wait until the 13th... which was like FOREVER away. (Believe me, I tried to get her to induce me on the 10th... but she said no.) Anyways, I was hoping that he would come early, but we all know that didn't happen, and I was EXCITED about getting induced. I know people have lots of horror stories about how hard it makes labor, but I figured that labor was already hard and I wouldn't know the difference if I had a particularly nasty labor. So getting induced didn't bug me. I just wanted the baby out!! Luckily for me though, I didn't have to be induced. Around 5pm on the 12th I started getting what I thought were stomach aches, but when I timed them, they were about 4-5min apart... not quite enough for me to go in, plus they weren't that bad. But around 10pm, they moved to 3 min apart...and at 1am.. they were 2 min apart and I was WRITHING in pain!! So I woke up the hubby and we went to the hospital. Which is pretty funny to me because I was supposed to be there at 6am anyways to get induced. Anywho, we went to the hospital... contractions pretty much stayed at two min apart but did they ever hurt!!! It was miserable!!! I was miserable! So miserable, in fact, that I could not stop throwing up. Which, I'm sure was such a joy for my husband, mother, and sis-in-law to watch. But seriously, at that point, I didn't care who saw me, or what they saw me doing, like I said, I was miserable and modesty was a thing of the past. At 4am they gave me my epidural, and when I sat up to get that done, my water broke. Which is nice, better to have it break naturally then have them have to break it for me.

I know some women (my mother included) are brave enough to go through labor without any drugs, and I respect them and think they're a teensy bit crazy at the same time, I wanted the drugs! And they were miracle drugs! My epidural was PERFECT!! After I got it, I didn't feel anything!! I was still woosy, and throwing up, but at least I wasn't in pain.. Which was nice when 8:02am came around and the nurses told me to start pushing. And I didn't push for that long, Max was born at 8:47am.. and would have been here sooner but the nurses made me "hold him in" for about 10 minutes while we waited for the OB to get there... which, had I not been drugged, would NOT have happened.

All in all, it was wonderful. Honestly. Not at all like the horror stories I hear about. It was such a beautiful and deeply moving spiritual moment in my life and in Kyle's life. It was honestly the best day of my life. And the best thing to happen to Kyle and I.

Fun Facts about Hailey's labor:

1. I had a birth photographer there - she took pictures of the labor and the birth.
Now before some people freak out about how potentially gross that would be, don't judge me. My sis-in-law, Heidi Simmons, is a wonderful photographer and she agreed to be there to take pictures. I don't regret it at all. She got some beautiful shots. She captured Max's first breath, the first time Kyle held him, or the first time I held him. She captured Kyle and I completely overwhelmed in the beauty of the day and they are beautiful photographs. I'm so lucky she was willing to do it and so glad that I let her. I'm hoping I live by her for my next one so she can do it again.

2. I lied to my OB - not recommended.
I was so concerned with making sure that I couldn't feel any pain, that when my OB asked me (while I was pushing) if I could feel the contractions (which I couldn't because of the epidural), I lied and said that I could so that she wouldn't take my drugs away from me. Don't judge.

3. I got about 15 stitches - ouch.
Which makes me feel better about having such a good epidural.

Well, there you have it. Sorry if it's not detailed enough or whatever but that's how it happened.
It was a great day.
And look at the beautiful baby I have to show for it ♥

Dad and Max

Kyle's parents were able to come up this last week for a couple of days to see Max.
And I'll admit, it was nice having someone there so that I could sleep, eat, shower, etc.
i'm glad they came!!!!

life is still good people.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Oh man...

i LOVE this kid.
He got circumcised yesterday and everyone thought that he would cry
(he has yet to really cry - he's such a good baby)
and guess what?
he still doesn't cry.
Granted, he did cry when they did it initially,
but not at home.
No crying, no whimpering, no nothing.
He just lays there with his big eyes open and stares at us.

How did Kyle and I get such an easy baby???

p.s. since i've got about an inch of grow out in my hair
(trust me, really blonde highlights with really dark roots -not attractive)
I've decided that I'm going to get my hair done.
and soon.
I'm particularly excited because i'm putting PINK in it.
that's right.
and I don't care what anyone says.
(except for Kyle and Max, but Max doesn't talk and Kyle just says "whatever")

We'll see how it goes

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2 Weeks

2 Week Stats:

9lbs. 4oz.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Okay, this is NOT going to be the update that some people are looking for, but I have been getting some requests for some updates pictures. So I thought I would just include some pictures. Forgive me if it's not that detailed, I am just so tired, so sore, and in all honesty, blogging is on the VERY bottom of my list right now. With that said, here are some pictures that I thought you may enjoy....

This is my Grandpa Max, the inspiration for my baby's name. He came down from Seattle to see his great-grandson. It was SO wonderful for him to come!!! It really was a touching experience to see them together.

My mom came and stayed with us for 10 days.. (alot longer than anticipated, but still not long enough for me) and she brought her two dogs with her. Needless to say, our apartment was ANYTHING but boring during those ten days...

My little boy is SO alert!! Here he is with his big blue eyes open... oh goodness, he's so perfect. I've definitely been spoiled with a perfect baby. So handsome ♥

Ignore how hideous I look...and appreciate the fact that Rambo, myself and Max frequently cuddle together.. I love it.

This is my momma... I can't even tell you how WONDERFUL it was having her here!! Oh I love her so!

This is probably my favorite picture. It was the most adorable thing I have ever seen. My two boys together. Oh my dear, I'm so full of love right now!!

Another shot of my boy with his eyes open..

And he is the most adorable sleeping baby ever. And he has a pretty much perfect complexion. So proud.

Dad and Max. ♥

Max and Rambo. Some people may have an issue with dogs and babies together, but that's just too bad, They are adorable together and Rambo is such a protector of Max and me. I must admit I love it. And it's cute to watch them together.

Mom and Max in the hospital....

And one of our only family pictures!! Here we are all together... I know I don't look so awesome in this picture, in fact, I look quite exhausted... but it's okay. Because it was only like 45 min after giving birth and I was REALLY tired.

Despite the fact that I'm not getting really any sleep, I'm sore pretty much everywhere, can't sit, stand, or walk for a long time, and have a super squishy stomach. This has been the best week ever. I love my son so much and my love for my husband has exponentially increased watching them together. Kyle is more than wonderful with Max. I knew he was going to be a wonderful father, but he has gone above and beyond all of my expectations, and they were high.
So I know this isn't the best update, but it's all I can do right now... my baby boy is sleeping so that means that I'm headed to bed. I'll send some more info out into cyberspace sometime soon.

nighty night