29 August 2014

Our Precious Gem

Alright, let's write this birth story before I forget it all hahaha
and while I still have Andrew here to remember certain details ;)
Most of you remember Rory's birth story....
so THAT'S what I was kinda expecting.
(Hope for the best, expect the worst works best for me)
But this time was a little different!
Here's a nutshell:
- went into labor on my own
- got to the hospital with contractions 2 minutes apart
- epidural in at 6:15
- water broken at 9:15
- Penicillin administered from 6-10 AM
- Jade was born at 10:11 AM after 2 pushes and about 4 minutes
- happy mommy and daddy and big sister
- pictures at the end
Ok so full story: woke up Tuesday at 1:30 AM with pain. 
(The plan was to be induced that morning at 5 AM)
But that was normal for me so I went to the bathroom and tried to calm my nerves and such.
 Then around 2 I started noticing the pain wouldn't go away 
if I changed position which was odd but I still wasn't convinced 
cuz I didn't want to mess up my induction.
So finally around 3 I started timing them cuz I could NOT get comfy or sleep anyway.
 So I showered thinking maybe that would stop them or at least help the pain 
(I now kinda get the whole "labor in a tub thing") 
and after I got out I woke Andrew up (about 3:30) 
and said "we need to go now....hop in the shower real quick, I think I'm in labor". 
So he jumped in and I got dressed (all the whole I've been trying to track my contractions too) 
and we got in the car at 3:45 and drove to the hospital. 
Called my parents on our way to the hospital too.
(Uncle Trevor had stayed the night to help with Rory that day so we didn't just leave her!)

My contractions were about every 2 minutes......so dumb of me! 
The goal was to just get to the hospital in time for the epidural hahaha 
Once we got there it was about 4:15, and they didn't realize I was in labor, 
they thought I was just super early for my 5 AM induction hahahaha 
So we didn't get in the room til about 4:45. 
My wonderful husband and dad gave me a blessing
right when we got there and I felt this overwhelming sense of peace
even in the midst of horribly painful contractions.  
I cried with thankfulness that my dad had thought to bring the oil
and offered me a blessing and I was like "YES! That's exactly what I need!"
I needed that courage and strength to get through that experience.

My epidural finally sank in around 6:15 ;) 
Poor guy had a hard time with me, 
had to poke me 4 times before finally getting the right spot. 
Not his fault, I was extremely tender all over my back plus contractions plus being hunched over.
 But it all worked out and I just have a couple bruises. 
Then I could finally relax and I slept for 45 minutes off and on 
while my parents and Andrew went and got breakfast.

I was dilated to a 4 when the epidural went in. 
At 9:15 my Dr came in to check me/break my water. 
We had to wait to break my water because I tested positive for Strep B 
so I needed to be on 
antibiotics for at least 4 hours and the first dose was at 6. 
I was dilated to a 6, still having contractions every 2 minutes 
and he broke my water without me even knowing hahaha 
he then told me "ok probably in the next 2 hours we'll try pushing!" 
And then he went off to his c-section. 
So I was excited to nap some more.
Oh not so!
45 minutes later the nurse came in to check me 
and she's all "oh you're complete and she's here!" 
I didn't feel ANYTHING!
No pressure or really anything telling me it was time to push!
Then she starts calling nurses and doctors to catch the baby hahaha 
Dr Tutt was finishing his c-section and the nurse in with him says
 "He's got 5 minutes then he'll be there" 
"He may not have 5 minutes" my nurse said, so another Dr was there in case 
but we managed to hang on til he got there.
I didn't feel the pushes at all this time and had to have oxygen for Jade cuz she was so low in there (duh) but soon as she was out everything was smooth!
She was out in 3 minutes, 2 pushes and there she was!
8 lbs, 4 oz of her all sticky and gorgeous!
The nurses had been warned about my previous delivery,
so we had literally everything ready in case I needed to 
go through that process again
and there was an OR available if necessary.
Thankfully, I DIDN'T!!
I had one tear like last time, no excessive bleeding, 
they let me keep my epidural on for the first kneading so I didn't have to feel it. 
And my bleeding was completely normal! 
Not a single complication at all!! 
Praise heaven!
I also got a TDap shot cuz there's an outbreak of whopping cough apparently 
so I was like "ok sure I'll do that" and they gave it to me still numb from my epi. 
Perfect ;)
Took til about 3 in the afternoon to finally get all the feeling back in my legs
 but TOTALLY worth it!

She was born at 10:11 AM and we were in a recovery room at noon ;)
I feel amazing and only pain is the normal cramping and a little from my back
so I'm feeling blessed beyond measure.
And we were able to come home Wednesday night which made us extremely happy
and now we're just enjoying our newborn snuggles
and Rory is adjusting to her hahaha
She's a little confused as to why Jade can't talk or do things yet
but she still tells her how much she loves her and kisses are very frequent ;)

She's here guys!! 
I'll have better and more pictures once I get my phone and camera uploaded!

28 August 2014

Waiting for Baby Number 2: Hope

Today I have the wonderful Hope
whom I love and adore guest posting for me!
She's the sweetest girl
and she has 2 adorable furbabies: Odin and Mor'Du
and she's the funniest person on the planet in my opinion 
and I love that she can always make me feel better
when I am low
and she's so sincere and I always feel like she cares for others ;)
Now love her!
I've been sneaking around, trying to avoid getting wrangled into this "guest post" craze because, let's face it, I'm a bit of a rambler. And it's okay on my own page cuz that's the norm, it's what's expected, there's no bar of expectations...but for a guest post, on someone else's blog, there are so many people that don't know you and don't know your writing style and are now just sitting there weirded out by this long, awkward intro of angst. So basically I'm nervous.

But Ali texted me direct and requested a post and so that's what she'll get.

Er, wait no, that's not right.


Look! Healthy stuff! Does this make me a food blogger?

I am so dismally unqualified to talk about parenting. The parenting of humans at least. Like, it still takes me a full 5 minutes to change a diaper and I consistently always lay the diaper down upside down (backwards?) and have to switch it around when I realize the sticky straps don't wrap around back. And you know what, no, I'm also terrible at the parenting of fuzzy creatures too. In the first week of our furbaby's life at home he was A) lost, and B) dropped on his head in the Petsmart. Baby has some jumping legs and wanted out of that shopping cart. I'm still crying about it.
(Disclaimer: "dropped on his head" is not even at all what happened, he did fall out of the cart but luckily landed more on his side/shoulder. We immediately took him to the pet care hospital in the back and they checked him out and everything's fine.)
And not that parenting advice is what's required for the post. It just seems appropriate because Baby Jade is heeeere and I've just been reading the other guest posts and they're all so great and eloquent and beautiful and I'm just here like "google image search! puns!"

And without further ado; words from my brain!

  • Mark took me to BevMo for the first time in my life (he's been there before) and it was like an adult candy store of rainbows and glitter even if I could only spend money on one tiny corner of the store. Can you imagine a domino effect of those shelves? Disaster. But I'll tell you what I learned; specialty soda is ex-pen-sive and I don't trust folded cardboard bottle carriers and sugar cane is like the diamond edition of liquids. Platinum? I dunno, really effing good is what I'm trying to say. Even the weird sodas were delicious because they had real sugar cane in them. I also got a ginger ale and you could smell the ginger in it and I felt really fancy.
    Notable flavors: Apple Pie soda, the Pineapple Nutmeg concoction was glorious, and the Chocolate soda was n.a.s.t.y but Mark loved it.
  • Puppies are exhausting. Which of course I was expecting! I'm not dumb. But it gets to like, 7:30 in the evening and I'm ready for bedtime. I got baby hungry and skipped right to the terrible two's toddler stage. Because I'm a fully functioning and rational adult who thinks through major life choices. I wanted this. I wanted this.
  • "The Decoy Bride" is an excellent 3.5 star movie on Netflix. "Timeline" is a horrible 3.5 star movie on Netflix. I learned that this week.
  • I did research on the kinds of headaches I've been having for these past few years and the internet says I should get checked for brain tumors and anyeurismeirgms however you spell that. Thanks internet. I won't worry about my brain exploding at every single moment now. 
  • Sounds are like mini-epiphanies for my furbaby. He's just over 2 months old and every new sound is an important moment to perk up and stare ponderously into the distance, ruminating on the secrets of the universe. And he's terrified by the piano. Which is understandable, it's like a zillion times bigger than he is. 
  • My phone screen is shattered in the bottom corner and has scary webby veins extending all across the surface. There's nothing incredibly noteworthy about that I'm just saddened by it. It happened while we were racing around the neighborhood desperately searching for our lost puppy and I'm pretty sure my soul collapsed at that moment. Too much stress, man. 
  • I'm still freaking out about this guest post thing. I'm talking about personal life stuff but Ali gets lots of readers and I'm guessing most of them won't know me so like do you even care??? I'm so sorry.
  • Did you know that "the 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had" says the internet?
  • Wait, "once had"? What happened to them? Were they bad pickles? Did they turn to the dark side? Were they power hungry and had to be put down? Why did a ketchup company have a garden of 57 different types of pickles? 
  • No, that's wrong. You don't grow pickles, you grow cucumbers and turn them into pickles. So what, they just had a Department of Mysterious Pickles with shelves upon shelves of pickles in gently luminescent jars sitting around? Are pickles a prominent ingredient in ketchup? What is my life?
  • Let's try another random fact. This one is spurring too much crisis in my brain.
  • "Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category" NEW LIFE GOAL ACQUIRED. Awesome home library will be awesome.
  • "The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is." 
  • "The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing their hands in jelly." I will forever be convinced that Sound Creator/Editor in movies and film and stuff is one of the absolute funnest jobs around. And also crucially dependent on vivid imagination. So cheerio, there goes that career idea.
  • "The word 'lethologica' describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want," also known as, MY ENTIRE STATE OF BEING. Also good luck remembering that word as it's happening to you. 
  • "Every year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced." Is this sorta like, "the thing I love about rivers is/ you can't step in the same river twice?" Whoa I accidentally made it weird. 
  • And lastly, "a hydrodaktulpsychicharmonica is a variety of musical glasses." I assume they mean like, a glass harp, where you fill glasses with differing levels of water and rub the rims to make music. But all I'm picturing is a psychic pterodactyl sitting in a pool floaty with a harmonica playing some blues. And he's got sunglasses. Probably aviators. Obvy.
So there you have it. Maybe you learned something new, I sure did. (Whether those things are credible or not is another matter entirely, but lest this come back to haunt me I did not make up any of those facts! Blame google! And my lack of literal fact-checking!)

Many many much congrats to Ali and her beautiful new addition to the Mills' family. I was lucky enough to swing by the hospital (that happens to be less than half a mile away from my office) during my lunch hour and hold the little human burrito but I'm certainly itching for more baby snuggles. Plus I snatched a watermelon Jolly Rancher for mama from our office candy stash. So happy that it all went well and hope you guys get to go home and enjoy your sweet new baby girl soon!

Isn't she the best?!
I just love her!
Birth story to come soon promise!
I wanna write it fast before I forget!

27 August 2014


Jade Sara Mills!

Born at 10:11 AM yesterday morning after I went into labor myself and got to the hospital an hour before I was supposed to be induced hahaha 

She's 8 lbs 4 oz and 20 inches long (exactly the same as Rory!! Crazy huh??) and we're in complete love with her ;)

Birth story to come!

26 August 2014

Waiting for Baby Number 2: Eryka

Today's induction day!!
Wish us luck that she'll be here ASAP!!
Today the sweet and wonderful Eryka is posting for me!
She's already a mom of two!
Henry and Cambell are the cutest little humans and they are so sweet!
Take it away!
Hey guys! I'm Eryka! A wife, mom of twins, diet coke addict {even though its bad for me}, gossip girl fanatic, and lover of the season Fall! I do have a blog but it is private ABCDE plus two! Ali is off having her 2nd baby girl and I am thrilled for her. So excuse her and now you have to listen to boring old me. 

Ali told me I could write about anything I felt like. I have been thinking about it and I want to talk about my journey so far as a mom of twins. A lot of people, myself included had no idea what it would take to care for 2 babies at once. Having no children before my boy/girl twins Henry and Campbell I had ZERO idea what I was in for. 

Henry and Campbell are almost 7 1/2 months old and these 7 1/2 months have been a world wind. I often tell people my husband and I honestly have no idea how we survived the first few months. Feedings every 3 hours, about a million diaper changes, sleep deprivation at its finest, and head over heels love for 2 tiny humans. They turned our world upside down in a good way. 

Let me back up and tell about my pregnancy. We found out were expecting twins on July 3rd 2013. It was complete shock! We had no idea I could even have twins. haha. After weeks of coming to terms with it, I was sicker than sick. I lost about 20 ish pounds from being so sick. I had a fairly easy pregnancy til October 30th, 2013. I had pre term labor and after being air lifted to a bigger hospital I was put on medication and on strict bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. 10 weeks to be exact! I was 25 weeks 1 day when I was put on bed rest and delivered the twins at 35 weeks 1 day! Bed rest sucked, I laid around all day long and couldn't do anything more than shower and make some small snacks and such. I watched my way through Netflix. I think this made my transition into motherhood so hard for me.....

I went from doing NOTHING to go go go ALL DAY when they were born. I was worn out but, I survived! I ended up with postpartum depression which I am still dealing with today. Come to find out a lot of twin moms end up with it. Something I have decided is that its ok I need medication to help me get a handle on things. It isnt forever. Luckily for me I have a supportive husband and family! 

Henry was the bigger twin at 4lbs 15oz and was able to come home with us right away. Campbell was tiny 4lbs 7oz and had to stay for 2 weeks to gained some weight. She fell asleep during her feedings. Those 2 weeks were so hard for us. I honestly dont know how we made it through! Anyways, now to life right now. 

Being a mom of twins has taught me so much already like; I can do hard things, strangers ask dumb questions, and we are a sight to be seen everywhere we go. My husband and I are fairly shy people and this is something we are slowly growing to appreciate. haha! We et asked everything. Here are some examples....{included my smart alike remarks, that i never really say outloud haha!}

"Are they twins?" 
No I just have two babies in the same car seat!, No I found them!, Um what there two?

"A boy and a girl?"
Yep, see how ones in blue and one is in pink? No, I like to dress my girl different. haha.

"Are they identical?"
Um, for real people. A boy and a girl. CANNOT BE IDENTICAL. DUH! 

"Are they siblings?" 

Henry and Campbell are 7 1/2 months and learning new things every day. Campbell recently started sitting up and Henry is rolling all over. Some days I feel like super mom and some days I can barely survive. Being a mother is something I have always wanted, now that I am mom to 2 precious babies I feel like this is my calling. Yes it is SO hard and SO draining sometimes. I still love it. I love seeing their faces in the morning, I love when they snuggle me, I love watching them learn new things, and I love that I get to be their mom forever. 

I love my job as a mother. I cannot wait for the day they can say "Mama". I cannot wait for them to say those words "I love you, Mom". Being a mom is the greatest. Even among the endless diapers, puke stained clothes, greasy hair, sweats, and forgetting to shower! :)

Thank you for having me Ali and I am so excited for you to be a mama of 2! Good luck!! 


find me here:
Isn't she adorable?!
I just love her and her twins!!

25 August 2014

Waiting for Baby Number 2: Allie

Still awaitin this crazy girl's arrival,
but for a special treat you get more guest posters!!
Today is my good friend Allie from The Best is Yet to Come!
She just had her first baby in June,
sweet baby Isabel and I sincerely adore her!
I get to play with her every Sunday at church and occasionally get to babysit
(since she lives literally around the corner)!
Take it away!

Hi friends! 
My name is Allie (try not to get confused) and I blog over at The Best Is Yet To Come
I am mom to sweet baby Izzy and wife to my wonderful, hard working husband Alex. 
We live in Queen Creek AZ and are in the same ward with Ali and Andrew. 
I love to spend time with friends and family, playing board games and watching movies.  
You can usually find me pinning things on pinterest, taking pictures for instagram and going on dates with my hot husband. 
I'm pretty easy to please and you can always win me over with a Diet DP with cocnut from Sonic #obsessed.

 I'm so excited to be guest posting today for Miss Ali! 
While she is taking a break and enjoying her sweet little baby, 
I wanted to come on over and give you a little look into what I absolutely couldn't live without as a mommy.

 My Top 10 Mommy Must Haves

1. Baby Night Gowns - From our first night home, Izzy hated being swaddled. She just wouldn't have it. She wanted to be able to kick. move her arms and be free. That is why I LOVED being able to put her in these adorable little night gowns with the elastic at the bottom. It's basically a little sac that keeps all their limbs contained and makes sure that they are warm enough, but they have free range of motion. Not to mention that they make middle of the night diaper changes a breeze. No zippers or snaps to fuss with. When Izzy wears these nightgowns, I can change her diaper without her even waking up.

2. Aiden & Anais Blankets - I cannot say enough good things about these blankets. They are large and made from a great fabric, super cute prints, and are perfect for mom and baby. I use them to shade Iz in her car seat, to keep her warm in a cold restaurant. I use them as a cover while nursing, I use them to wipe noses and catch some spit up. I'm telling you they are so versatile. Plus, if your baby enjoys being swaddled, but you live somewhere hat doesn't get super cold, these are a great option since they are so light weight.

3. Udder Cover - I know I said that I sometimes use the A&A blankets to cover up while nursing, but honestly that's only if I don't have my Udder Cover with me. This genius thing is a nursing moms best friend. It is basically just a little apron. You just throw it over your head and it covers you completely in the front. But the best part is the plastic piece at the top. It makes it so the cover stays open at the top and so that you can look down and see your babe while they are eating. It helps me be covered, and then get situated while still being able to see what I'm doing. Before I discovered the Udder Cover, I would fumble with blankets, and I was always so worried about Izzy flailing her arms and pulling it off me and flashing the world. So now, I can just quickly throw on this cover, get out the goods and get to feeding my baby, no stress.

4. Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter - If you choose to breastfeed I highly suggest getting this nipple butter. It's all natural and organic, and has no lanolin in it, so you don't have to wipe it off before baby eats. It's completely safe, and feels so so good on those cracked and bleeding nipples that you can get in the beginning of breastfeeding. And honestly, this is a good product even for moms who choose to not breastfeed. It's so moisturizing, and can be used on lips, cracked heels or elbows, on baby acne or pretty much any part of your body that needs a little extra TLC.

5. Cute, Mommy Friendly Diaper Bag - My sweet mom bought me the Vera Bradley Messenger Baby Bag. It's honestly amazing. You can wear it cross body/ over your shoulder and has hidden magnetic flaps that open quickly to reveal two easy-access slip pockets. It's super roomy, and has a wipe down interior. It comes with a matching changing pad and obviously comes in the many adorable Vera Bradley prints. I always feel cute and stylish, and since I don't carry a purse around with me anymore, I love that this is really pretty and not too big, but fits everything I need and then some. This is the one I have (ps this bag is one sale right now!!!)

6. Nuk Binkies - These are my all time favorite binkies. We brought them to the hospital with us because I knew that I wanted Izzy to take a pacifier. So the second we could, I stuck a paci in her mouth and she took to it right away. I like Nuk binkies best because I think the shape of the nipple makes it so easy for little babies to keep them in their mouth. Other brands I have tried, Izzy spits them out so fast, but Nuks stay put. Plus I just think that Izzy looks so cute when she's sucking her Nuk paci.

7. Baby Bath Tub - While it is true that all you need to bathe a baby is a sink, I so much prefer being able to put Izzy in her cute baby bath from Babies R Us. It has a little mesh hammock, so while she is still too little to support her head and sit up on her own, she can lie in the hammock and be in the water, but I'm not worried about her going under or getting water in her ears. Izzy has always loved baths. She especially loves it when we wash her hair.

8. Luvs - Honestly, don't even bother with other brands of diapers. Haha. I have tried huggies and pampers and nothing keeps Izzy dry like Luvs do. She has never had a blow out while wearing Luvs, and they are just great diapers. Plus they are stinkin cheap! They are the cheapest diaper you can buy anywhere and that makes mommy AND daddy very happy :)

9. Boppy Pillow - This amazing pillow is so useful and I basically take it with me everywhere I go. Haha. I use it while nursing to help prop her up. I use it while snugging Izzy to give my arms some extra support. I use it for tummy time. And I use it to prop Izzy up so she can "sit" with us. it's so comfy and useful for all situations.

10. A Good Big Insulated Water Bottle - Nursing Izzy, I'm basically constantly thirsty. I wake up in the morning and NEED a big glass of water. I always have my water bottle within reach. It's important to me that my water stays super cold for as long as possible. I love the big insulated jug they gave me from the hospital. But honestly any BIG water bottle will be perfect. I need mine to be at least 32oz so I don't have to be refilling it every second. Also, sometimes I just use a styrofoam cup from sonic or Circle K, since they keep drinks cold for song long! Hydration makes for a happy momma!

Being a momma isn't always easy. But with these products, it makes things a whole heck of a lot easier. I love being a mom more than anything in the whole world, and I am so excited to meet little Jade!! 
Thanks for having me Ali, Love you!! <3
I just love her and Alex and Izzy!
They have been such great friends to us as we moved into their ward
and neighborhood 
(totally by accident too)
and are just awesome!

24 August 2014


Hey all!
Nope, still no baby Jade hahaha

I've been impatiently patiently waiting by walking,
then quickly needing to rest cuz my blood pressure will spike or the round ligament pain hits,
then get up and walk again hahaha

Tuesday is the end of the tunnel guys!!
SOOO happy!
5 AM I'll be walking into the hospital ready to GET. THIS. DONE.
I'm so excited to see my little lady
and for Rory to meet her baby sister ;)
Every night we pray for baby Jade to come soon
and then she kisses my tummy and says
"Come out and play baby sister!"
It's so sweet already.
I can't wait for all of this to happen so I can enjoy some quality time with my little family
and I'm soooo grateful for Andrew.
He puts up with my crazy.
And boy do I mean crazy.........these hormones are outta whack
and I cry super easily but I also laugh at myself so it helps.
I have some great ladies guest posting for me for the next couple days
and I'm super excited to hopefully be introducing our sweet
Jade Sara the next time you hear from me ;)

21 August 2014

Waiting for Baby Number 2: Chrissie

I'm so happy to have these wonderful ladies
that were willing to guest post for me while I have Jade/adjust to multiple motherhood!
Today we have the wonderful Chrissie from Making Memories!
Her son Joshua is adorable,
and shes due with her second baby (A GIRL!!) in the Fall!
 I'm so excited for her and for us to kinda figure this out together hahaha
Take it away Chrissie!

Hey everyone!
I'm Chrissie from Making Memories and I "met" Ali when I came across her blog a couple years ago,
got chatting and discovered we had a fair amount in common.
We both love all things Disney, we are both members of the same Church,
we both started dating our future husbands in 2007,
then waited for them as they served Missions for our Church from 2008-2010,
then we both got engaged to our Hubby's soon after they got home and the 4 of us were married on the same day in December 2010
and then we both had our first child in 2012;
of course Ali had a beautiful girl, and I had a boy!
And guess what?!
As Ali has her second little lady... I am due in two months to have my own little girl :)
I am so excited I get to guest post for Ali... She's awesome!
Here's my family and I :)
So for my guest post, I've decided to tell you a little about the challenge I am currently doing called 101 Goals in 1001 Days which you can find in the chapter section of my blog.
The first goal I completed 100 Happy Days.
I don't usually take photos every day so I ended up taking photos of my food and random everyday items in attempt not to overload my facebook page with photos of my boys.
But, it made me appreciate the little things of life as well as the big.

From yummy scrummy food
To my Husband's Graduation with a Teaching degree from University

and finding out Joshua would be a big brother soon!!
I truly have a lot to be grateful for.
The next goal I completed was to do a sort out of Joshua's extensive wardrobe and toy collection. Man, this took waaaay longer than I expected.
But I did it! With some help from the Hubby ;)
and we end up with five bags of toys and clothes to give to others.
It felt so good to help other people, especially when we have been helped so much ourselves every step of the way since we got married
which has been a real blessing being new parents while my husband Matt was still a student.

Because of the help we received I was able to go back to work part-time rather than full-time.
I also had the freedom to choose to have a job I enjoyed rather than going back to a job that wasn't so exciting.
And let me tell you, going back to work is a toughie when all you want to do is be a stay-at-home Mum.
But I get to work an aquarium which I love!

So there's a little about me.
If you want to keep up to date with my goal progress
then do feel free to pop over to my blog once in a while.
I have a lot of goals to get through and
I'm sure I'll learn a lot of things and have fun along the way.
Isn't she so sweet!?
I love this girl!
Now go head over to her blog and love on her and her adorable family!