Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Am I crazy? Why yes, yes I am.

The date was December 31, 2012. I looked back at my year pretty much feeling lousy. Let's just say going from being a productive, task-oriented, planning, studious type-of-person to a stay-at-home-mom was a tougher transition for me than I ever anticipated. I felt like I spent 80% of the year in sweats, greasy hair, a cluttered house, emotionally drained...and if I could put a word to how I felt, it would be a big, fat, "BLAH" written on my forehead. I felt like I hadn't accomplished much and I felt that the Universe was very much out-of-sorts for me and that I couldn't control much of anything. I couldn't control Noah's health, I couldn't control how much sleep I could get, I couldn't control our financial situation, I couldn't control Noah's pain, etc. I weighed the same as I did 6 weeks after Noah was born and--weight aside-- I just didn't feel well...not physically, mentally, or emotionally. I think I just let myself go there for awhile. New year, new me. I bet that's a catch phrase you've never heard! :)

I am saying this assuming that you all understand that OF COURSE I had good days. OF COURSE I didn't fall off a cliff or attempt suicide or anything outrageous like that. I'm just being totally honest. 

Don't get me wrong, I learned and grew and stretched myself more in the past year than I ever had in my entire life. But it was all through Noah that that happened. It wasn't from something that I had done. I needed a goal for myself. I needed to feel validated in my efforts...whatever this goal was going to be. Maybe this sounds selfish, but I realized that I needed to do something for myself.

Now, back to the point.

I talked to my friend Corey on December 31st. She randomly texted me about something...I think it was for Noah's party pictures. Anyway, I asked her if she was running for anything lately and I told her she needed to do the St. George marathon with me in October. She replied, "Do the Utah Valley's sometime in June! I'm signed up." I looked it up, and about a half an hour later I paid the $85 or whatever it was. It's June 8th! AAAHHHHH!!!!! I called Mark before I paid, and told him that this was as much of a commitment for him as it was for me (watching Noah, etc.), and he was so so sweet and supportive and said that I should "for sure sign up." And it just happened to be the day before the registration fee increased by ten bucks. Saweet. Also, I had a $10 off coupon at Runner's Corner for shoes that expired on 12/31/12. Corey and I met up that afternoon and bought ourselves some new running shoes. Was that meant to be, or what?! Nothing gets you more revved up for running than new running gear (and looking at Runner's World favorite!).

We started training together about two weeks ago, and I already feel so great. This was also around the time that Noah started sleeping completely through the night. I am already starting to feel like my normal self again...that fun, goal-oriented, happy, social Amy, and I can't verbalize accurately how that feels! It's amazing what sleep and exercise can do for you. Wish me luck! Corey is Speedy Gonzalez and I am just trying to keep up!

My 24th Birthday

We like to celebrate birthdays the whole month. About a week and a half before my birthday, my mother-in-law Kerri and her husband Brent took Mark and me out to a fancy dinner and yummy dessert. We went to my favorite: Pizzeria 712, followed by the Waffle Luv food truck parked just a few blocks from our apartment. It was the perfect night and DEEElicious. I'm sure I consumed at least 3 pounds of food that night (exactly how it should be for your birthday!). 

I only have these two pictures from my actual birthday...but that just means we were having too much fun to stop and take pictures!
The day before my birthday, Mark surprised me with a new computer! Yay! You all know how much I've been complaining about not having a place to write and store my pictures...well, now I'm totally spoiled rotten. She's a beauty. Mark is the best gift giver I know. 

On the morning of my birthday (Jan. 25th), I got all ready and grabbed Noah to go to a doctor's appointment to get some blood work done, accompanied with birth control pills. Not exactly the funnest start to my birthday but I'm excited to be feeling better! 

I got home, we packed up, loaded the car, and headed SOUTH to SAINT GEORGE because I just couldn't take another weekend of the freezing cold. It was still chilly in St. George, but the sun was out and we got to see the blue sky! I could actually get a breath of fresh air. That was my main request for my birthday weekend; I'm so lucky to have my wonderful Grandma Tutu there and also my dear dear cousins and Aunt Wendy and Uncle Brian there as our gracious hosts. Noah played with their two dogs, fed the golf course swans, and had a blast with my two younger cousins. I got to relax and do absolutely nothing. It was fantastic. Erica and Robbie even came down the next morning so that Mark and Robbie could golf and we could celebrate our birthdays together (hers was February 2nd). 

Grandma treated all of us to Poncho and Lefty's...complete with embarrassing serenade. We had such a great time and we can't wait to go back again. 

Noah's First Birthday

I haven't done a "well-baby" update on Noah in a really long time! Oh and since my last blog post... he is doing great! The flagyl antibiotics made him good as new :)

At his 12 month appointment, here were his stats:

Weight: 21.34 lbs. (47th percentile)
Length: 31 inches (84th percentile)
Head Circumference: 18.5 (73rd percentile)

He had a Brown Bear birthday party on December 22nd (my mom's birthday) and it was fantastic. Thanks to my party-planner sis-in-law Fifi and my mom's checkbook, the party turned out so cute! I literally did ONE thing for it--the cupcakes. Everything else was totally taken care of. Noah had a blast and we had all of our close family and a few friends (who were in town...Christmas vacations left some out of the fun :) ) I originally wasn't going to throw him a party because the thought of it really stressed me out and it's right smack in the middle of the Holidays (sorry Noah!) but my mom and Fifi heard me say something about not doing a party and the thought just made them dizzy apparently. I said, "well, I'm not going to plan a party but if you really want to, have at it!" And, well, they did....

I even lucked out to have such a wonderful friend Corey OFFER to take pictures at the party. This was such a blessing! I wouldn't have these without her. Thanks Corey!

This is the only one of me with him...totally my fault. And we didn't get any of Mark with him either! Totally dropped the ball with that.

Party favors...Goldfish--Noah's favorite. It was so perfect.

The lady responsible for throwing the fiesta

Party favors for the bigger kids.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Infection, infection, infection, infection

We have a talent of getting ill on average every ten days.

In November and December, we were at the doctor's every week.
January wasn't any better because we were there every 5-10 days getting new antibiotics for ear infections.
He is on his 5th and 6th antibiotic since the first week of December. 
I've had it! So, we have an appointment on Monday to see if getting tubes in his ears will help his situation. The upside? The ear infections are normal baby problems and not Hirschsprung's-related.

The bacteria in his colon has been so imbalanced from all the different antibiotics that they think this is the reason for his current colon infection. 103 degree fever for 4+ hours straight is not okay. We are on the third day of having a fever and it's scary! 
I'm literally putting medicine down his throat every other hour (Augmentin for ear infection twice a day, a Flagyl antibiotic for his colon three times a day, ibuprofen every 8 hours, and Tylenol for the fevers every 4 hours...). He is such a trooper!

Waiting at the Harmon's pharmacy. We've made pretty close friends there this winter!

Not feeling so well. At least he's hydrated (note the tears)! Staying hydrated is our number one goal to avoid another hospital stay!

Because of his high fever and lack of appetite, I was advised by his surgeon's nurse to head up to Primary Children's right away for an abdominal x-ray. He is easily the world's worst patient haha. That x-ray tech was totally flexing for the picture! haha

Passed out on me when we were in the clinic waiting for the doc. The news: "I don't think it is enterocolitis, but let's treat him for it anyway. It can't hurt." This means 10 days of another round of antibiotics (specifically for his colon) and 2 enemas every day for the little guy. 

We are so grateful to have Noah in our lives. I know Heavenly Father loves him and cares about him very much. Before we had him, our lives were so simple and pretty much carefree! We didn't realize how much he would change us, and though times have been stressful, we don't know any differently and are grateful every day that we were blessed to have Noah!

We will see how he does! 
Cross your fingers!