Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas! We are very excited to celebrate the birth of Christ this season as we celebrate our first Christmas with Hugh! We cannot believe nine weeks has passed since Hugh entered the world. He has been the best Christmas gift this season...by far! Except, Jake did get me my "mommy gift" (because I pushed Hugh (very hard) for two hours before he was born) and it is super nice...but still not better than being parents this Christmas!


Well, week nine brought us more new things (I guess every week will bring new things when you are only nine weeks old). He got to meet his Aunt Cindy and Uncle Daniel...very exciting for him; and he also got to meet my aunt, uncle, and cousins from California...more excitement for him. It also brought us to the pediatrician's office...Hugh was running a low fever and I called to see if we could give him Tylenol. So, the nurse said he was too little and we needed to bring him in...so, two hours in the car and $20 later...the doctor told us what we already knew...we could give him Tylenol. However, I did learn that he weighs almost 12 pounds...he is getting to be a big boy! We (mainly me) also decided to stop breastfeeding this week...I woke up on Monday and decided that it didn't make sense any longer. He takes a bottle the same way he breastfeeds and I decided that if any nipple is going to get that kind of damage...better the bottle than me. So, I put away my old "brest friend" (my nursing pillow) and picked up my new "brest friend" (my pump) - I am pumping five times a day and we are supplementing with formula. I figured out that I have to pump 4,500 ounces of milk to give him 50% breast milk for his first year...as Jake reminds me, take it one day at a time - and yes, I am a numbers person and I had to figure it out. We'll see how it goes, but I am taking it one day at a time - we had a good friend (thank you, Amy) get us some formula...so, that has been very nice since it is so expensive! He is also smiling a lot, but I cannot get any pictures (I need a better camera)...so, hopefully, I'll get one soon! We are still trying to figure out the bottle feeding...it takes him 45 minutes to an hour to drink six ounces of milk...he gets so bored with eating. We are trying lots of different methods to make the process a little more efficient! We have also realized that our son is the king of cat naps - one minute he is playing and the next he is sleeping...which only lasts about 10 minutes - it is very funny! He is doing good with his night sleeping...normally, he lasts for a seven hour stretch, but I have to normally get up after about five and a half hours to put his pacifier in or hold him. I haven't been able to let him "cry it out" just yet...still too little for me.



He had a wonderful first Christmas...spending time with lots of family and we had our first overnight with him at my parent's house. He did great, which was a huge blessing. We read through Luke with him on Christmas morning so we can always instill in him the true meaning on Christmas - Jesus Christ. We are so fortunate to have so many people that love us and Hugh made out with a lot of loot (toys, books, clothes, etc.)...I am sure it is just the beginning of the "stuff" madness. It was fun having a little one this Christmas - what an amazing gift and an incredible answer to prayer. We look back at this time last year and we were in a very different place - we praise God for where we are at today. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We love you all!


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Okay, fine...seven random facts.

So, I'll join in on the fun and provide seven random facts (which I started thinking about at 4AM when I couldn't fall back asleep).

1. I only lasted one shift at my first job - a cashier at Souper Salad. It was horrible and I still need to get my $20!
2. I quit my second job, a hostess at Valle Luna, in protest to making the hostesses wear silly cantina dresses. I wrote a letter to the owners...I lost and found a new job.
3. I curled my hair wrong until I got to college...I would curl it where I would always get that weird kink in it. Luckily, my first college roommate, Erin, explained to me the correct way to do it...thanks to my mom for originally teaching me how to do it. (I wish I could post my fourth grade picture after my mom did my hair...you all would understand.)
4. I graduated high school a semester early and college in three years. Yes, I am an overachiever.
5. I got kicked out of my high school calculus class for yelling at my teacher. Yes, I was one of those students...however, I was justified in my frustration...just shouldn't have yelled at her (especially the obscenities). By the way, we became very close after the whole issue.
6. I punched my brother, Troy, in the face when we were young...he cried. It was the only time he cried...I'll never forget it and I know he'll never remember it.
7. I met my husband while picking up trash...and no, it wasn't because we were part of Sheriff Joe's chain gang...we were picking up trash for our church.

Okay, there they are...seven random facts.

Friday, December 19, 2008

So in Love!


Well, our little guy is two months old! We are so in love with this little one. He is so sweet and we are so blessed to have him in our lives. We cannot imagine our lives without him now (however, I can still imagine an uninterrupted night of sleep)!

So, what has reaching the second month brought us? Well, it brought two new motorized pieces of equipment thanks to family and friends. We will try whatever we can to get a few afternoon naps in the day (without them being in Mama's arms). It also brought some firsts...the first time pooping in the tub with Daddy (Hugh did the pooping and Jake freaked out...I have been waiting for this...I have been pooped on more times than I can count, but Jake has never experienced the joy...until this week); his first time rolling off the couch (yes, I felt like the worst mom ever...he is fine (praise God), but it was quite a scare (I think more for me...thanks to all the moms who let me know I wasn't alone with this experience and all of their kids survived); he is growing his hair back (just Hugh...not Jake); his first gingerbread house party; his first time running errands in the Bjorn with Mama (my back is still killing me); his first Christmas party with our church small group; and it has brought a lot of first time wearing new outfits (how does a child have so many clothes...I need to make sure he wears everything at least once). We also started a new routine...breast, bottle, pump. He is really starting to wean himself from the breast, which I am finally okay with him doing. The shields didn't really work for us, which I was fine with because they were a hassle. So, now we have our system and we no longer battle. He is getting formula and breast milk...and guess what...he is still surviving! I will continue to pump for as long as I can...or until the pain becomes so unbearable that I cut off my breasts! Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support during this process. We take one day at a time!


I (like I am sure many others...or at least I tell myself other people do this) am addicted to blogs...blogs of people I know, blogs of people I maybe know, and blogs or people I definitely don't know. So, I started reading a blog of someone Jake went to NAU with (Krista) and from her blog I started reading other people's blogs. Well, these blogs are so encouraging and I felt so fortunate to find them. One of the blogs pointed to Ps. 120:1, "In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me." This verse was such a great reminder to me...I spend every 4AM feeding with Hugh praying for him or praying for someone...it has been such a sweet time and such an incredible blessing to see the Lord answer our prayers in His timing and His way. I also read a post from another blog reminding me of Ps. 127:3, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him." The blog was about remembering to find joy in your children, because they truly are a gift from God...even when they drive you crazy! I know this time will go by so fast and I know Hugh is the best Christmas gift we could ever have this year! Thanks to so many women who blog...I really thought I would never enjoy blogs this much, but I am hooked!

So, I am thinking about trying to cut off the 4AM feeding...he barely nurses and won't take a bottle, but he still gets up. I think he is programmed to get up at this time everyday. It is tough because I love this time of prayer and being with him, but it would be nice to have more uninterrupted sleep. We put him down around 10:30PM and he wakes up at 4AM, goes back down at 4:30AM, and then wakes up at 6AM. I take him in bed with him (do not feed him) and he gets up between 8AM and 9AM...my boy loves himself a lazy morning! We'll see what happens...maybe he'll just stop doing it.

Anyway, thanks to everyone for your love and support. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! We are so excited to celebrate the birth of Christ this season!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Always Working...

Hugh is seven weeks already! I cannot believe it. I know I state that every week, but I really cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by. We absolutely love our baby boy...he is so cute! We are so excited to celebrate his first Christmas in a couple weeks...I also cannot believe Christmas is less than two weeks away and we haven't started our Christmas shopping!

So, what has happened in the last week? Well, we are still struggling with breastfeeding...so, I started using a shield to see if it will help (I know, I know...the La Leche League would hunt me down, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do). I figure if it helps, then we can work on breaking him of the shield next week...I know, doesn't make a lot of sense, but that is the logic I am running with right now. We are still giving him bottles (again, the La Leche League can hunt me down), but it works for us. I have decided this week that if he ends up on bottles and formula, he will survive and I will still be a good mom...it took me some time to realize this, but I got there. The 3AM party ended this week...that was good. I decided watching TV in the middle of the night works for me, but doesn't work for Hugh...he gets too stimulated. Who would have thought that Cold Case or Without a Trace would be Hugh's favorite shows...well, I'll miss my special time with TNT in the middle of the night, but sleep is much more important. Hugh got to meet all of my work friends and see where I work - he did great (however, I don't see accounting or insurance in his future...paging Dr. Saylor). He also started eating at restaurants (well, he didn't start eating, but I am able to eat and he will stay in his car seat), which is very nice. So, does he like his car seat? Well, not 100%...but we did go to Tucson this past weekend to see his Papa retire from the military after 29 years of service (Yeah Papa!)...and he only cried for 25 minutes and he was in the car seat for over five hours. So, I think we are really turning a corner with the car seat - praise God! Hugh also got to meet some very dear friends of our family in Tucson - he met his great grandfather's (who he is named after) best friend and it meant the world to her. It was great to see the Wilkies and have them meet Hugh! Lastly, we enjoyed a night out with him at a concert in a park last night that our church put on - it was a lot of fun and he did great! I have also realized how incredibly patient Hugh will be with me...letting me clean or cook or shower or get ready...he is so sweet! He is cooing (or squawking) more and I really feel like consistent smiles are right around the corner.

Thanks to everyone for your continued prayers and love for our little family. We are so blessed by having so many people that love us. Jake and I love being parents to our little Hugh Baby - we have so much fun loving him and laughing together...parenting can be so funny at times. Hugh and I started reading in Luke this week to prepare for Christmas and we are reminded of the incredible gift we have been given as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High." Luke 1:32 We are so excited for this season!



(Our camera ran out of batteries this week...so, sorry for the lack of pictures.)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Mission Accomplished!


Well, I cannot believe it, but Hugh is six weeks old! He is getting so big and starting to lose his newborn look. He also grew out of newborn diapers and some of his newborn outfits...like the one he wore home from the hospital (see below - it fit him like knickers...yes, I am a little sad). He is getting so big, but still looks very small next to his cousin, Logan, who is a tank.


This week has been a bit of a challenge. I think I ate something too spicy for Hugh (no food is too spicy for me...I was really hoping my son would be born "spicy") and nursing has been a battle this week, but it is getting better now. Also, sleeping continues to be a challenge for our little one. He has decided that his 2AM/3AM feeding time is "wake" time, which is a little tough for me. We are going to keep working on it...I guess I don't have a choice. Also, we are still working on the naps...he hates going to sleep...doesn't want to miss a thing. I swear he doesn't get more than eight to ten hours of sleep a day. I am sure our second born child will be a sleeper. He loves his wake time...playing on his mat and rolling over, staring at the Christmas tree, going for walks, spending time (limited time) in his swing, etc. So, how are the car trips? Well, they are getting a lot better...praise God. We actually went to Walmart and he did great - slept the entire time in his car seat. Funny story - so, I went to Walmart (of course, I look terrible...I am at Walmart, not a fashion show) and I buy electronics...so, the guy asked to see my id. I show him my id and he says, "Is that you?" (I actually have a decent picture for my license.), which I reply with, "Yes, before children...ring me up." So, I must look really, really bad when I leave the house. Anyway, I am glad that Hugh did so well on our first outing together (yes, it took me six weeks to leave the house with him alone).

I have learned that my prayer life has increased 100% since having Hugh - my dependence upon God is every second of everyday...a little sad that it took having Hugh for me to see this. God is so faithful to answer our prayers...He is so incredibly good to us and we are so blessed. Hugh and I studied Philippians this week and really spent time on Phil. 4:6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." I tend to be anxious and do not wait on God, this verse definitely hit home this week.


We hope everyone is doing well. Thanks to everyone for your love and prayers. We love you all!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Our Little Turkey!

Here is a picture of our "Little Turkey" from Thanksgiving! He is such a cutie!


Christmas Tag...

I stalk people's blogs as well (April - you are not alone)...so, I thought I would do this as well while waiting for Hugh to eat (wishing I could strap the nuk to his head!).

1. Wrapping paper or bags? Paper and ribbon...I loved wrapped gifts!
2. Real or artificial tree? We have a fake tree (thanks to Melissa and Troy), but Jake always wishes for a real tree...not going to happen.
3. When do you put of the tree? Normally, the day after Thanksgiving. Jake loves to do it and he has sucked me in. I grew up in a house that put the Christmas tree up on Christmas Eve.
4. When do you take the tree down? Right after the New Year.
5. Do you like Eggnog? No...reminds me of sweet rice (sorry Melissa, I had to do it).
6 Favorite gift received as a child? Nothing comes to mind...I love stocking gifts.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Troy and Melissa Johnson - they drive me crazy. And, oh yes...we have to buy for one of them this year...lucky us!
8. Easiest person to buy for? My mom or Jake's parents...we are very generic.
9. Do you have a nativity? Yes...a small one we got in Europe.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail...need to start working on my Xmas letter now.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Not sure. However, I have to echo Michelle on her comment...Melissa and April, my mom started crying when I told her. Kidding, but she does read our blogs!
12. Favorite Christmas movie? Christmas Story
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Not sure.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes - just gift cards.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Chex mix and toffee
16. Lights on the tree? Yes - white lights.
17. Favorite Christmas song? Joy to the World and Last Christmas by Wham (I really, really love that song.)
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home...well, in a car for half the day. We love it!
19. Can you name all of Santa's Reindeer? Santa isn't real and neither are his reindeer.
20. Angel on the tree top or star? Mary and the Baby Jesus
21. Open present on Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Nothing...I am sure my kids will drive me nuts in the future with "I want this and I want that...", but for now...Hugh doesn't speak.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? We get ornaments from every place we vacation...I love this tradition.
24. Favorite food for Christmas dinner? I like Melissa's egg dishes and am super excited for Christmas brunch this year on the 26th!
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Sleep...kidding (no - seriously). Enjoying our first Christmas with our new son, Hugh and spending time with family.
26. Who is most likely to respond to this? I don't know.
27. Who is least likely to respond? I don't know.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!



Our little guy is just over five weeks now...I cannot believe it! He is starting to look so big and I am already getting nervous about him getting married and leaving his Momma (I know, I know...I have a long way to go..., but we are already praying for his future spouse). So, we celebrated our first major holiday with Hugh - Thanksgiving. As you all know, he hates his car seat and we have been praying (and praying and praying) for good rides in the car seat...well, it wasn't perfect, but he didn't cry the entire time for the rides...only about 50%. Praise God! We also praise God for the times when he does cry since we know he is alive! We have also started to mock him a little when he is screaming in the car seat - we cry back (I know, we are so mature...but sometimes it is so funny). We are still working on consistent sleeping...still likes to be awake all of the time. He is so alert and so strong - he amazes me already. And this morning, he rolled himself over from his stomach to his back! He tries to army crawl when he has tummy time...very active...already looking forward to the toddler years! He smiled at Daddy (I am very jealous - we work on that everyday!). What else is new this week? Well, Hugh found his thumb at his Gramma's house, but he hasn't found it again - it was so cute (I wish I had a picture). He loves bath time with Daddy - loves it...he calms down as soon as he gets in the tub (he has loved this for weeks, but I forgot to blog about it). He still hasn't decided whether he loves swaddling or not...we'll see. He also sat in his swing for almost 45 minutes this morning...we were able to get so much done! Most of all, he met lots of new family members and he loved it...so many cousins, uncles, aunts, extended family...all wonderful! His cousin Anna Kate is super cute and hearing her say "Baby Hugh" is so sweet. He will love playing with them all one day.


Thanksgiving was great and we have some really cute pictures of our "Little Turkey" that I will post later this week. We enjoyed spending time with all of our family. Funny thing from Thanksgiving - we have been trying to figure out who he looks like (yes, I know it is Jake - the Saylor genes have overpowered the Johnson genes, which is surprising...have you seen Eli!)...anyway, we ask Eli and he says, "Jake." and when asked why - "because of his hair." It was very cute!

We are so blessed by God's grace and his patience. I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 10:31 this week, "...whatever you do, do all unto the glory of God." This was and is a great verse for me to mediate on when parenting Hugh...do all things unto the glory of God. We continue to thank of all of our friends and family for their prayers and support - thanks to Dan and Peggy for letting us go on our first alone date this past week...it was very nice. We hope everyone is doing well!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Getting BIG!!!


First, praise God for our little boy, Hugh - God hears our pleas and answers us. We serve an amazing Lord! Second, thanks to everyone for reading the blog - I love posting to the blog and appreciate everyones kind words of support. We are fortunate to have so many friends and family that love us.


Well, our little boy is four weeks old! I cannot believe it. Jake reminded me last night that four weeks ago, I was pushing to deliver Hugh - still too early to have those memories (kidding). However, it is crazy to think it has already been four weeks. So, what did week four bring? Well, it brought an amazing lactation consultant who helped me immensely with breast feeding. Hugh has been doing so much better and we are so excited. It also brought the "brest friend" - it is a breast feeding pillow and it is awesome! It brought a loss of hair to Hugh on top of his head - it took Jake 25 years to lose it (I love you husband!) and 25 days for Hugh! The crib has been brought back into Hugh's life along with a noise machine...everyone loves to hear the stream running. He has been doing so much better with the crib and we are very fortunate. I am not going to go into details yet because I don't want to have the curse of the blog (i.e., I type about the success on the blog and it never happens again!). It brought me doing something I swore I would never do as a parent - I picked his nose! I know it is gross, but it helped him breathe! It has brought more outings (in the last month Hugh has enjoyed his cousin's dinner party, time at Grandma's house, time at Uncle Troy and Aunt Melissa's house, and time at the Caruso Farm - still no love for the car seat (please pray for Thanksgiving - over an hour in the car...one way!). What else? Well, it has brought me to my knees continuously before God - we pray all the time...we know we can't do this alone. It has made me love our little boy more and more everyday...especially the times at 2:30AM (and I already miss the last four weeks). It has made me appreciate the little things more and more (showers, putting on make-up, cooking, typing with two hands, running errands, etc.). It has made me appreciate family and friends - especially my wonderful husband (father of the year)!


Also, we want to praise God for Hugh's jaundice (which is almost gone) and Hugh's growth - he weighs 9lbs. 1oz. now...gained 20oz. in two weeks! So, he is definitely getting enough to eat and is well on his way to being our chubby baby! Thanks to everyone for their prayers - we love you all!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Three Weeks Old and Growing...


I cannot believe Hugh is already three weeks old...time flies by so fast. You don't think time flies when you are up night after night, but it truly does. Soon, he'll be crawling, walking, talking back (he better not)...but for now, he is still figuring out breastfeeding and sleeping. We love him so much and want to treasure these moments with him.


Well, what has the third week brought us? It brought a mental breakdown for me, but God's grace brought me thru it (Ps. 18:2 "...my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge..."). Let's just say that breastfeeding has been a bit of a struggle, but we are battling thru it together and it has been our project this week. Hugh decided the crib is overrated and doesn't like to sleep in it (I cursed myself last week by putting in my blog that he was sleeping in his crib). We are going to work on crib sleeping next week...one project at a time. He decided he hates his car seat...screams like a dying kitty (you actually have to laugh at times because it really sounds like a dying kitty). However, we are going to see if adjusting the shoulder straps will help. He still is very unsure of the swing (the picture below is staged), but sometimes he'll sleep in there if I put him in there already sleeping. He has decided he loves being held (all the time) and loves sleeping on my chest...for all of you who are thinking, "don't create those bad habits"...trust me, I know, but you do what you need to do...one project at a time. We are getting him a new swaddle blanket, which will hopefully trap his arms and he won't overheat. So, overall...we are learning lots together. I am in the house all day, which is taking some time to get used to, but this is where we are at in our lives. To women with multiple children (especially those who have them very close together)...wow, you all are my heroes.


Thanks to my wonderful husband for dealing with my craziness and tears - he is so patient and loving. Thanks to my amazing family for supporting me in my craziness...we are very blessed. We look forward to week four...one month old!

(I forgot to give his stats last week - 21in. and 7lbs. 14oz. - getting so big!)

Friday, November 7, 2008

What We Learned in Week Two...


It was a big week for us all...we are learning new things everyday. So, what did we learn this week?

We learned that Hugh added a new phase to Babywise...eat, wake, "cry", sleep. He really struggles with transitioning to sleep, but we are working on it. Hugh learned he has a new best friend (and Mommy's best friend too) - see him with the "paci" below. He learned he will take a bottle...not all the time, but when he is hungry he will take what he can get. He has learned to sleep in his crib...all naps and at night (praise God for sleep positioners!). He cannot decide if he likes his car seat, stroller, or swing yet...we are working on this as well. He knows that he loves to be held, cuddled, and loved...and we love to do all of these things!


What have I learned? Well, I love being a mom...but I have so much to learn. I have learned that pumping is not fun. I have learned to reenter the human world...very slowly. I have learned I can leave Hugh and he will be okay (left him with my mom yesterday to run some errands). I have learned to use the time I have wisely (well, not really...Facebook can be so addicting). I have learned that my husband is so wonderful. I have learned that our family and friends are so amazing and so giving. I have learned that we are surrounded by a church family that loves us and desires to serve us. I have learned Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." I continue to learn God's grace and mercy in my life - He is amazing!

Thanks to you all for your prayers! We love you all!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Well, since I didn't feel like leaving the house and I wanted Hugh to experience Halloween, I decided to get creative. Hugh is a fanatic this holiday - specifically, he's daddy's number 1 fan. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

One Week Down...A Million More to Go...


Well, our little guy is one week old today. It is crazy how fast time flies by. We are so in love. He is very sweet and we are blessed to have him. We have really learned a lot this past week and thought we would share some things...


God is so faithful to answer our prayers...no matter how big or small. Seeing the strength of our spouses during this time is amazing...I couldn't have a more wonderful husband (seriously). Sleeping is so overrated...think of all the things I could have gotten done in the last 10 years knowing now that I can run off of only four hours of sleep of night. We laugh thinking we spend all this time washing Hugh's clothes in "special" detergent only to put him on our clothes, our sheets, our pillows, etc. Who would have thought I would say, "It is just a little pee, I don't think the sheets need to be changed." (my husband doesn't share this same mindset) Thank goodness for late night tv...I can see why people have tvs in their rooms. Learning that laughing is the best thing when you are up at 3AM as your baby poos on you...the joys of parenting. Can a child sleep in their swing forever? Glad to know we spent all this money on a crib that our baby doesn't want to sleep in. Breastfeeding...probably not appropriate for a blog post (but I know a lot of women can relate). Learning that parenting is the most rewarding experience God could ever give us and we are so blessed to be Hugh's parents.


So far, the week has been wonderful, tiring, emotional...you name it. Hugh is doing great (after the circumcision and all). He is still a little jaundice, but the doctors believe he is moving in the right direction. We are going to miss Jake like crazy when he goes back to work next week and we know he will miss us too. We are so thankful for our amazing family who have been so supportive of us and desire to serve us. We praise God everyday for all of His incredible blessings!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Announcing Hugh William Saylor!


Well, it wasn't a false alarm on Thursday, October 23rd. Our son (yes - it was a boy) was born at 11:47PM on Thursday, October 23rd. He was determined to share his birthday with his Aunt Cindy (my sister) and it happened for him! He weighed 7lbs. 10oz. and was 19in. long. We are so excited!



As some of you have read in our blog, Jake and I were all about our birth plan...we had thought about everything and were ready for this birth. Well, as Jake said during the labor, our birth plan got "thrown out the window". I started having contractions on Thursday around 4:30AM and we headed to the hospital around 4:00PM, when the contractions were around four to five minutes apart. We checked in...only to find out I was only three centimeters dilated. They encouraged me to walk around, which we did for about an hour. Well, the walking helped and got us admitted. We walked around some more to continue to try and progress the labor...I now know walking really progresses my labor! Once we got to our room, I was six centimeters dilated. Everything was going great - our nurse was getting us checked in and then the Baby's heart rate dropped very low (below 50) and we had every nurse in our room...oxygen mask was on, IV was in, and they set-up the internal heart rate to monitor the Baby (which broke my water)...like Jake said, "birth plan thrown out the window". I was losing consciousness, so I didn't care about the birth plan at that moment, but all I remember is Jake asking the doctor, "Are you sure this is necessary?" and the response being, "Yes, we only do what is necessary." He really tried to keep the birth plan in place. The labor went very quickly, but the pushing lasted a while (two hours). Luckily, Jake was such an amazing coach and both our mothers were very supportive. We had a great team of doctors and nurses - praise God! We were thinking it was most likely going to end in an emergency C-Section, since Hugh's heart rate continued to drop throughout the labor, but God brought our son to us in His timing and the timing was perfect and Hugh is perfect. We are so blessed! I was a little out of it during the labor (pure exhaustion), but looking back - it was God protecting me and not allowing me to panic. Again, we praise God for our son!

We are home now - got home this afternoon and we are ready to begin this crazy journey. I am in a little pain (used so many muscles I never knew I had), but overall, things are good. Learning lots already about feeding, etc...oh, the joys. We thank you all for your prayers! We love this amazing little boy!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ready or Not, Here We Come...

So, the contractions are around four minutes apart (so, I only have about three minutes to type)...so, we are heading to the hospital. I have been having contractions since 4:30AM this morning. We'll soon find out if this is the real deal or not...I am really hoping the hospital doesn't turn us away since we are 30 minutes from there. We'll keep you all posted. Who knows, by this time tomorrow, Jake and I could be parents with our little son or daughter! Praise God!

Thanks to you all for your prayers!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Welcome to 38 Weeks! Bags are Packed, I'm Ready to Go...

Another Monday and no baby yet...so, we had another doctor appointment. I am 38 weeks per my due date and 39 weeks and three days per my ultrasound date. So, Dr. Mouer decided to "check" me today. Let me tell you - that was a pleasant experience. So, he said I was barely dilated to one centimeter and haven't thinned out at all. It is amazing how much they can tell from being "checked" - obviously, I won't go into any further details. So, we don't really take much from that information and Dr. Mouer said we shouldn't take too much from it. He goes back to this baby will come when this baby will come...we agree 100% and trust in God to bring this little one to us on His timing. So, we sit and wait for this baby. So, what about the heart rate? Well, we heard the heart beat for a second, but Dr. Mouer didn't get a heart rate read because he took it very quickly. We completely understood why he took it so quickly and we don't need to know the rate...just always like to hear it. So, we'll see if I post an update at 39 weeks!

Jake finally got his wish and we packed our bags for the hospital. Well, I should say I packed for the night and Jake packed for the week. He is very prepared for the baby...no matter the temperature or the situation...Jake has the right outfit to wear. I love my husband so much and think it is so cute that he wants to be so ready for this baby. I should not make fun of him, but I cannot help it! I love you, Jake!

Thank you all for your prayers! God continues to bless this pregnancy in keeping us both very healthy. We are excited to welcome this little one into our family!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

All About Me

So, I never do these things, but I enjoy reading other people's...so, I thought I would post my own.

WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? First name is after my father's grandmother and my middle name is after my mother.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? I am pregnant...I am sure that answers the question.
DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? If I was a 10 year old boy - yes, but since I am a 29 year old girl - no.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Salami and Turkey
IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I think so - I am fun (ha, ha).
DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? No...okay, sometimes.
DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes.
WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Absolutely...talking Jake into it is another story.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Captain Crunch
DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yes.
DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Not really.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Mint chip
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? I guess their face?
RED OR PINK? Red
WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My lack of trust in God.
WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Our out of town family - Johnsons in AK, Cindy and Daniel, Saylors in TN, etc.
WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black
WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Carrots
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The voices in my head...myself typing.
IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Yellow...it was the first color that came to mind.
FAVORITE SMELLS? Jake's deodorant (I know, it is weird)
WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Jake
FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Tennis
HAIR COLOR? Dark brown
EYE COLOR? Blue
DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Yes.
FAVORITE FOOD? Mexican
SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings
LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Michael Clayton (fell asleep the first time watching it and got confused the second time watching it)
WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Dress - black and white
SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter
HUGS OR KISSES? Both...especially from Jake
FAVORITE DESSERT? Cupcakes (ones with the special icing that Melissa makes...they are delicious!)
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? The Bible and I am skimming Birth From Within (Baby Saylor here we come!)
WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? A "G" for Gateway
WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Gossip Girl (no, I am not embarrassed)
FAVORITE SOUND? Silence...so, the absence of sound?
ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles
WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME??? Switzerland
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Well, if we have to go there...yes. I can fit my fist in my mouth and brush my hair with my feet (you never know when you could lose both your arms).
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Tucson, AZ

This was fun!

Monday, October 13, 2008

37 Weeks and Counting...

Well, it is Monday again...so, we had another doctor appointment this morning. It is crazy to think we are already in week 37! I really think the time has flown by...I am not sure Jake would say the same thing (he may be getting a little tired of having to do everything for me :)). So, everything looks good - we are both healthy. Dr. Mouer said the head is down, but not "locked" in yet because he can still move it (which isn't the most pleasant feeling in the world). So, he says to us..."38/3, only 10 days more days to go." Well, of course Jake and I both say, "No, we still have three weeks left." - with panic in our voices. Dr. Mouer then reminded us that it is 10 days from the ultrasound due date, but still three weeks from my original due date...I guess we'll soon find out which date we deliver closer to. We didn't have Dr. Mouer "check" me today - we are not thinking it is really needed, so we'll just wait. I asked Dr. Mouer if walking was okay or if it would put me into labor. He just smiled at me and replied, "This baby will come when this baby will come." Dr. Mouer is very old school and I know he just laughs at us. So, now to the heart rate...today it was in the 140s. So, the guessing continues for this Little One!

Thanks to everyone for their continued prayers! We are so excited to welcome this child into our family. God is good!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Urban Camping

Well, every year we give our AZ Johnson nephews "memories" for Christmas. So, we finally got around to making the memory with them (it has been a busy year). We picked them up on Saturday afternoon - we went to the train park and had a great time. We then took them to our house for a sleepover. We had a great dinner ( the blue box and hot dogs...doesn't get much better than that) and some interesting dinner talk - boys are very fun. Since we were doing the "urban camping" with the boys - I (Jake was much smarter than me) thought s'mores would be a great idea. Well, after making a total mess and the boys trying to eat them (me hand feeding TJ and Eli telling me they were "too sticky")...we went to Plan B...oreos.


After our super fun dessert (I still think the s'mores were a good idea), we watched "The Rescuers" (this is an older Disney movie and we had a VHS tape - Eli was very confused when he saw the tape...kids today...and yes, Jake and I still use a VCR - we tape our shows...no Tivo for us). Jake brought out the glow sticks during the movie (thank you Peggy - great idea) and the boys loved them. After the movie, it was bed time...tent style.


Jake really wanted to sleep in the tent as well, but there was no room for him. The boys went to sleep a little late, but they didn't get up at 5:30AM (which happened last year with Eli). We had a great time with the boys and look forward to our next sleepover!

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Final Month...

We have crossed into the final month of pregnancy. I believe it has gone by really fast and cannot believe we are already here...I have completely forgotten about throwing up until I was 20 weeks or what it feels like to wear pants with zippers!

I had my first really craving last week (like I really had to have it feeling)...it was an ICEE. For those of you who know me...I am a sugar freak (our child is bound to be addicted to sugar since I didn't give it up during pregnancy)...well, last Thursday I had to have an ICEE. So, I stopped at a very scary Circle K on Baseline on my way home because I had to have an ICEE (thinking about my safety was not at the top of this list)...well, of course the machines weren't working. So, I called Jake and asked him to get me one on his way home. He stopped at Chevron - they don't sell them and he stopped at Valero and their machines weren't working either. He said we would go back after dinner. So, we went back to Valero and the machines still weren't working...Jake suggested Sonic, but I needed an ICEE. We went to Burger King because I remember they use to sell them, but they no longer do. So, we drove down 51st Avenue until we found a Circle K (luckily, it was only a couple miles). They had them (not my favorite flavors, but still an ICEE) and it was the best ICEE I have ever had. Thanks to my wonderful husband for being so patient with me and driving all around Laveen for an ICEE.

We had a doctor appointment this morning and met with the midwife (Dr. Mouer is out) for my 36 week appointment. We assumed that I would be "checked", but she didn't do it - she said if I really wanted to be "checked" then I could be, but she doesn't normally "check" her patients - she said it is uncomfortable and it doesn't really tell you anything. She said I could be dilated three centimeters and stay that way for the next month, or I could be at nothing and have the baby tonight. It worked for me...we'll see what Dr. Mouer does next week. She said I am measuring at 37 weeks, so one week ahead of schedule and the baby's head is down (Jake got to feel the head from my belly...it was a highlight for him). She also guessed that the baby is a little under seven pounds right now and I have a lot of fluid (that was a relief to hear...so, we are not having a 15 pound baby). So, now for the heart rate info...baby's heart rate was in the 130s today. So, the guessing continues...

Praise God for His creation! We thank God for continuing to keep us both healthy!

Getting Ready!

Well, we had a family shower this past weekend and got lots of goodies. Thanks to Melissa and Michelle for the showers - they both turned out great. We are so fortunate to have so many people in our lives who love us and our child. God has blessed us so incredibly. So, now we have everything we need for the baby...we just need to learn how to parent the baby (anything we can buy for that?!?).

Monday, September 29, 2008

Boy or Girl???

Well, we had another doctor appointment today...I am at 35 weeeks. Glad to say the weight gain wasn't excessive this time and I haven't really cut out too many sweets...so, I think I'll just eat whatever I want these last five weeks :). Everything seems to be coming right along. Dr. Mouer mentioned the baby no longer has his or her head down low, but it isn't a big deal since we still have five weeks to go. He said I'll know when the baby has officially "dropped" because of the pressure I'll feel...like I haven't been feeling this intense pressure for the last couple months?!? I guess it will get more intense...yeah!

So, Dr. Mouer checks the heart rate at every appointment, but we never ask what it is. Well, today Jake asked him what it was. Dr. Mouer had to reposition the baby to get the heart rate (which totally freaked me out - having a doctor looking for your baby's heart beat for more than three seconds can feel like a lifetime). Since the baby was repositioned...it got excited and the heart rate spiked to 180 and then ranged from 155 to 170. So, Dr. Mouer mentioned that back in the day (before ultrasounds) they would predict the baby's sex based on the heart rate. Well, of course I wasn't going to let the conversation die at that point...I wanted to know what he would predict (he doesn't know the sex of the baby either - it is not in our chart)...and he said girl. He said anything below 140 is boy and anything above 140 is girl. He also said he was wrong 50% of the time...so, we are back to are 50/50 odds! Anyway, I had to then check out the Chinese calendar for a prediction and take some silly quiz online for a prediction...both said girl. So, for all of you out there who think it is a boy...you may want to consider switching to the very small team of Jake, my mom, and Jake's dad who say girl. I guess we'll find out soon enough!

We have appointments every week now...it really feels like we could have a baby in no time (but hopefully at least a few more weeks)!

Thanks to everyone for your prayers - we are very blessed by so many loving friends and family. We are most of all blessed by God and His incredible gifts in our lives!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Big, Big, Big...




Well, here I am at 35 weeks! I got all dressed up for my baby shower, which was so much fun. I am incredibly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life and am so excited for Baby Saylor to have so many people love him or her. Thanks to everyone at the shower!

Finally!!!






















The nursery is finally done! Jake put a ton of work into the nursery and we love it! A special thanks to Dan (Jake's Dad) as well for all of his hard work in the nursery. Only five more weeks and our little one will be in this room!