Monday, July 20, 2015

Jaxon Alexander Thor Fox

My sweet boy b welcome to the world!
My whole pregnancy i had a feeling my labor would be quick. This time I focused more on preparing myself for the event. I felt he would come  fast but honestly not  as fast as he did!
So here's his story.
I had been counting as June17th as my due date for majority of the pregnancy. That was the first date I'd calculated. Ultrasound pushed me back a week, same thing happened when I was pregnant with Maia and she was two weeks early. The first date I get is usually my most accurate. Starting the last week of May I started getting those regular contractions, just like I'd had with Londyn pregnancy. However they didn't really hurt, but were annoying. For two weeks we waited, every night I'd go to bed sure that I'd wake up and be in motion to meet my baby. I had other signs as well, bowels and effacement etc. But no magic.
Friday June 12th I was she would be the day, my mom was having hernia  repair surgery that day. She'd messaged me saying as soon as she woke up its baby time. We were totally game. Karly had been with us going on two weeks. We were certain I was ready. Then my mom had trouble waking up. In her words she went under fire her hernia to be fixed and woke up over a week later with a new grandbaby.
You see they nicked her bowel while making the repair. My mom had colon cancer in 2002. Part of her treatments was radiation therapy, some healthy bowel was affected, but still functioning. The part they nicked happened to be affected by that radiation, causing other issues. They did not discover her leaking bowel for 3 days. Meanwhile she ballooned. She just kept swelling, and they couldn't figure out why for three days. Finally they just went in to explore. They found the leak, but could not make the stitches stick. They did a bunch of things and she continued to swell. So much so they could not close up her belly. They kept her sedated. I was freaking stressed out. I asked my husband for a blessing. (For my friends that don't know what I'm talking about message me I'd be happy to full you in). The comfort I received to sum up was to focus on me and let my mom out of my mind. It was very very difficult. My husband and midwife could see my struggle. So we made a plan. I had my membranes stripped, and Friday if nothing had come off it we would talk about more options.
We did not want my extra stresses to affect the baby. Thursday karly the girls and I went to Waterton. We had a blast. That night was average, I started feeling backed up so I took a tiny bit of castor oil, cuz I had some. It's so gross, I didn't even get a full dose.I also took my cal/mag supplement. I did have a few painful contractions but by this point thought nothing of it and went to bed after using the heating pad to relax my muscles.
I woke up at 230am needing the bathroom. I was having much stronger contractions, but figured it sad the castle oil and it would pass. By 330 I still couldn't go back to bed and itwoke Jesse. After 15 minutes of me assuring him nothing was happening he called my midwife. I had not timed contractions at all but couldn't be still or talk during them. She asked to talk to me, but I was throwing up. She said she'd be right there. She had a 15 min drive to my house, when she arrived she was able to check baby heart beat and it was great. She went to unpack her things at that point while I repeated to myself "I can I can I can" through each wave of contractions. They were less than a minute apart for three minutes then I'd get a break briefly. Karly and Eve were setting up the tub/pool when POP! My water exploded! Not even broke it exploded. So they switched plans and came to help me to the bed. But it was too late, I couldn't move. I knew everything that was going on in my body and felt totally confident, however I felt no control of what was going on. "Monkey brain" as Eve called it. :) My body knew what it was doing without my help. I pushed twice and there he was. He had the cord 3 times around his neck, and came so fast it tightened on him the moment he was out. Eve couldn't get great fingers under it and had to spin baby to loosen it and open his airway. It was a very long minute that it took to get him breathing.
His face was bruised from his speedy entrance. Eve had been there 15 minutes total, and Terry was just arriving as baby was. It was amazing. I've never felt so strong and capable in my entire life. I can honestly say I loved this experience. Had you told me when I had my first daughter I'd one day love my home birth I'd have thought you were crazy. But this was way better than my other experiences, or delivering on the side of the road on way to the city.
My husband was there with me holding me and agreeing as I told myself I could do this. And he was there pacing in the smallest room in our house as baby struggled to take that first breath, he's so great. I couldn't have done as well without his support. I wouldn't have even called and had my midwife there in time had it not been for him.
My sweet Jaxon Alexander Thor Fox was my biggest newborn at 8lbs 8 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long. And my earliest birth being 4:15am.
It was crazy fast and crazy amazing! 2 days later on n Fathers Day I got the chance to tell my mom all about it. You see that morning she woke up and said "hey if I don't wake up now I'm dying here, and I'm not ready." So she opened her eyes and took out her ventilator.
An emotional weekend to say the least.
I have a son! And I still have my mom! I am blessed.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Eat Good Things

I have been trying to get lots more veggies on the table and into our bodies. Things have been going better than expected. That Pinterest I tell ya can be really awesome. Here are a few that I have fallen in love with!

Zucchini Tots:
This is not my recipe originally, but I did kinda do my own thing of someone else's post; you can find the post here.

1 Cup Zuch Shredded (about one average size with peel on)
1 Egg
1/4 C chopped onion (but I used dried onion from costco and only did 1 TBsp)
1/4 Bread Crumbs (except I used leftover rice/quinoa mix because we are going off gluten for my little one)
1/4 cup shredded cheese
A little Salt and Pepper, dash of garlic powder and cilantro

Mix all together. Scoop into mini muffin tin (spray with a little olive oil they do stick)
Bake at 350 for twenty minutes/until slightly golden on top YUMMO

We also have added Parmesan Crusted Tilapia to our favorites list! Super easy too! I take half a triangle of parmesan and put it in my Ninja and then coat the fish in it with a little paprika. Then grill it up on the griddle. Yummy!

Another one of my favorites is Quinoa Bites
Originally I found it on pinterest and I don't remember which blogger it was from! They are all about the same 
2  C cooked Quinoa
(1cup uncooked, cook in 2 cups of water or broth i like to throw seasonings in myself at this stage too)
2 Eggs ( i havent tried with substitutes yet but it;s on my to do list)
2 Tbsp of Whatever seasonings! Ive done pizza (oregano, basil, garlic thats 2 Tbsp total not of each) Taco (I use Costco's brand)  
And occasionally I will add some shredded Cheese

Spray a mini muffin tin (or regular size just make sure to squish it in good)
Bake 350 for about 20 minutes until the moisture has left them; they get golden and that's when they will stay together best. 
 And we like to dip so there's always dips. Salsa, queso, tomato sauce, ranch whatever goes with the flavor of the day!

Another pinterest find was using Broccoli slaw in place of Pasta, it was delicious!! And my girls even had seconds (serious shocker!) They named it rainbow noodles. We just did Ground beef and steamed the slaw with it before adding spaghetti sauce, it took 15 minutes. That's my kinda cookin! Super fast, healthy and delicious! 

I have long way to go to clean eating but the steps we are making feel awesome!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013

So our Christmas was full of surprises this year! We have been super excited to have family around for Christmas! And even getting to have family stay with us had been quite exciting :)
And to add to the excitement this year Londyn came down with a cough she caught from get sister on Christmas eve. All day she was a little tired, by afternoon down right grumpy at times. We had family games at the church going on that day, so we played basketball and floor hockey, ask sports of fun. Miss Londyn however was not feeling it. And about half way through she fell asleep. Could tell she wasn't getting well so I encouraged the late nap. She woke up super unhappy and do sad! Her little nose was stuff and she was breathing only through her mouth, so covered in drool and plainly felt icky.
We still tried to do our family Christmas eve jammies and such. Londyn went along with it cuz Maia was super excited!! Maia even got s last minute call to Santa in before bed!

There was very little sleeping that night. If only if it were out of excitement. Londyn was up at up at midnight and barely slept all night. Meaning mommy didn't sleep. Used humidifier, d steam from the shower.. Jesse even drove to his clinic at 3 am to get some Japanese mint oil to help decongest her and her poor lungs were getting tight.

On top of being sick in her chest Londyn was getting nauseated from get nose draining down her throat. So was mommy. By 7 am mommy was throwing up and Londyn would finally hold her daddy. We all got one hour of sleep in our bed.

Then Christmas morning came! Maia was psyched she went and error everyone up! Londyn did not share the enthusiasm but went to fit the ride. She opened a couple presents and Maia was on cloud nine. Londyn would not eat. Which is very odd for her. She started to complain her mouth hurt.
I got a call from my sister notifying me my mom was in the hospital and they weren't sure what was wrong but if I could notify people the family party would need to be cancelled (cuz in good at spreading the Facebook word). Always hard news to receive no matter how many times in my life I've received it.
Londyn was ok.
She had some drink and proceeded to . Play with her new baby and . Stroller from Santa. She was pushing it all around until she was out of breath. And she couldn't catch her breath. We could hear her wheezing from the other end of . The house. I tried the steam from the shower again, no go. So if to the hospital we went. When we got there after the whole check in process Londyn went limp in my arms. We were waiting for nurse to do get vitals and she went grey. She had big people circle under her eyes and just kept wheezing. Hey oxygen levels were at 85 (they should be at 95). They started to take me more seriously. After one nebulizer treatment things had improved but not by much. They have get this steroid to help keep the bronchiols open after the been treatment but it . Would take a few hours to take effect. So the remaining option was nebulizer treatment of epinephrine. She could finally talk, she could finally breathe well! I had been sitting there listening to my baby slowly suffocate. She threw up right before last breathing treatment. So I was covered. And daddy saved the day with a new shirt for me. (And a little cherry coke to keep me awake). After two hours and her oxygen levels were stable and daddy did more adjusting, the doc trusted us to take her home. But to come back if it happened to get worse and for sure to get around steroid dose. We got home and she only lasted two hours before the wheezing was back. I did not hesitate and took her right back in. She had another dose and still had to come back at 9 for the second dose. But she was a totally different Londyn than we started the day with. She actually ate at dinner. First did all day.

So we need to bring her back in for a few more treatments tomorrow and the next day. So it changes or plans in visiting Colorado. But we will still go. And my mom will get better. She's doing great right now. And at the end of this day I could not have been happier to snuggle and rock my sweet Londyn who could finally breathe without it hurting!
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Buying a House!!

   So we are moving again...BUT this time I KNOW it's the last move for a long time! You see we were lookin at our finances and realizing we are doing way way better than we were expecting so soon out of school. We have been so blessed! J has made some contracts with the Tribe and some of the colonies in the area and now doing custom orthotic. We are helping so many people it's just so fantastic!

  So we had an opportunity to go to the temple...together! Love when we get that opportunity. And went through with the question of should we do it? SHould we look for our own house or keep renting? And it made even more sense to shop for our own place. We were really set on building, but wanted to look at a few options in town too. SO we looked at 4 houses and talked to a builder. And we were like wow a year to build? OK well we can work on that and keep our eyes open. Eyes open indeed. The next day we found it.

THE HOUSE!! I didn't think it would be so tough to find a house with all the bedrooms on the same floor. That was my number one. My kids are little..and needy...I don't want to travel flight of stairs in the dark. This is the only one I've found for sale. And I love it more every time I get to go there. Know what else?! It has a fenced in backyard...and a garage!! I can literally add anything else I might think of wanting but those three things were what I wanted to move into. And I found them. I am beyond thrilled.

  Everything has fallen into place so well, and so much faster than anticipated! I barely got to say goodbye to my 2nd ward friends! Not that I wont see them anymore, It's a pretty small town and I like to keep my friends :). We move this week!!! I have about 7 boxes packed..some of which were never unpacked when we moved here.. but I have gotten all of our things off of the walls minus the calendar and clocks, lets face it I still have to function before the move. It's only 4 blocks away, I don't feel stressed about it. Know what stressed me out? The only thing out of this entire process...was if the oven would be big enough. it's pretty'll do..for now. One day Im gonna replace it and probably update the whole kitchen. And put an addition above the garage. But there is plenty of house.

We are going over this week to switch a few things like light fixtures and maybe a little paint. and We are scheduled to close on friday. I will post photos when we are settled in a bit!
 Best part?! PLENTY of room for VISITORS!! Even spare beds.

And here's a few photos from Our last family session. It's not a post without photos!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


We have made it to Canada! I know I know I have completely skipped like a year of our lives and even over our cruise and graduation...I'll get there. This one is on the beginning of our journey here in Canada! Graduation was friday afternoon, so we of course celebrated with some Texas Roadhouse (ate WAY too much, but so so delicious) we then went home to pack the trucks. We were able to get everything we had left into two pick ups and one tow behind uhaul. and suitcases in the van, we sold a LOT. It took three days to drive from Davenport. We stopped in Sioux Falls and saw some family on Saturday after graduation. It was great to see friendly faces while traveling (isn't it always). Our second day drive was definitely our longest. We drove Sioux Falls to Billings. Took us about 10 hours and eventually everyone got to the same hotel.
Monday we got began the final leg of our journey! Only 6 hour drive, took a little longer with potty breaks of course. The last and final anxiety was crossing the border. It took me 6 months to fill out the paper work for immigration for myself, and like 30 minutes to get everything ready for the girls stuff. But I sent it in and in April they received it and put it into the system. When we got to the border Jesse had all of our documents in the truck with him and I had nothing, Liberty had hers at least. The officer was not too pleased with me. So he made sure I knew to not leave my documents in different vehicle again... He also gave me a hard time for crossing at the border we did! Kept saying they are not an immigration crossing because they are so small and if anyone came to the border we would not be given any priority. I wasn't expecting any priority actually so I agreed. We pulled off to the side and parked. We then ventured inside to go through whatever was instore. At this point I was about to cry, I already felt I had done so many things wrong and he was gonna make me turn around and go to coutts. Jesse saw the look on my face as I walked into the building with both girls and I could see got a little concerned. At this point they'd been quite pleasant to him! Saved the scare tactics for me, the one who is terrified of getting in trouble! He went and parked his truck before joining us inside.

Inside they gave me a hard time again saying I needed to do my research I was moving to Canada! Then asked me to sit while he pulled some things up on the computer. So I sat and tried not to cry. I was shaking by this point. He proceeded to search for my info on the computer. When he found I was already in the system everything about the way they talked to me changed. PHEW Which was also when Jesse walked in..I had my list of everything we were bringing and estimated values and we filled out some forms and had a little interview and then we were on our way. I just need to do a couple things to get the van imported but man did they shake me up at first! All it took was them to realize I DID do my homework! But I was polite and let them do their jobs so it went pretty well.

Now we are in Cardston working on growing the practice G has already started. J is working on marketing and getting a new sign up and seeing where we can share what we know and love about Chiropractic!

thanks to Joyanne Miller for digitizing our logo that Jesse drew!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Why I'm dehydrated.

When this mom wants a drink, she remembers to use her water bottle.
So She runs upstairs to get it, while she's there she remembers she didn't finishing putting those things away and quickly finishes the task.
Returns to the kitchen water bottle in hand, opens the fridge and sees that the water jug is empty.
I'll just fill it up, right?
Then she notices the sink is full of dishes so she can't fit the pitcher under the faucet.
So she proceeds to do the dishes.
When they are finally finished and the sink is clear she notices the smell...
What is that? so a quick spray of the sink and surrounding countertops and checking how full the trash can is..the smell is the dish clothe.
She'll just run this down to the washer and put that stinky thing where it can't be smelled.
After getting downstairs she realizes she left some clothes in the washer, so she folds whats in the dryer and stacks it to bring it upstairs to put away. Then notices that the washer has not finished the cycle and the clothes are just sitting there...which means the washer is broken.
So she brings the clean things up to be put away, and places them on the stairs behind the baby gate, for protection, while she looks up the number to call maintenance.
When she finds her phone it is sitting next to her empty water bottle which reminds her she was supposed to leave for the gym 45 minutes ago and this whole fiasco began because she needed a drink of water before she left.

This ever happen to you? 'Cause I can't be the only one.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

There Was A Time I Pinned A Pin

So here is the original song
And here is my Mockery of it I found it very fun and will sing it for my next post...I just need to find my courage...might be under my bed..

There was a time I Pinned a pin
And Pinterest was insightful
and the words motivating
There was a time when I Pinned blind
and the Pins were a song
and the Song was Exciting!
 There was a time
Then it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in times gone by
When hope was high
and life ambitious

I dreamed that time would not fly by
I dreamed Hot Glue would be forgiving

Then I was young
 and unafraid

And crafts were made, and used
And Wasted

There was no Ransom to be paid
No game un-played
No food Untasted

But the Toddlers wake at night
with their voices soft as thunder
as their tear your mood apart
and they keep you sleep depri-ived

I pinned for a summer in my stride
I created games of endless wonder

It took my time up
by and bye!!!!
And fun was gone whence Autumn came

And still I dream the Recipess
that we will share the years together

But there are pins that Should Not be
And there are crafts we should not weather

I had a dream my pins would be so much more fun
than this Stress i'm feeeling
So different now than what it seeemmed

Reality has killed the Pin I dreamed