Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MJ is 6 months old!

holy toledo. My baby is 6 months old TOMORROW! I really can't believe its been a half a year since I had her. I love the stage she is in. She giggles, smiles, rolls all over the place, grabs everything- especially your face and she loves her snuggles! 

She has a very expressive face. She makes lots of silly faces and smiles all the time! 

I love being able to stay at home with her- we have so much fun! 

she is teething like no other right now. She chomps on ANYTHING She can get her hands on! 

She loves her kisses, and I love her kisses too!

this little cheeser is such a joy in my life. She is HARD- but so so worth it. Here are some lil facts about our 6 month old baby! 

She sat up by herself for the first time. Hasn't done it since though. Haha. This was about 2 weeks ago. 

 She loves tags. You will give her a toy and she will find the tag and try eating it. She ripped the tag off of our stroller already. I need to just give her a box full of tags to keep her busy. We borrowed this little contraption (haha) from my sister in law Amy and Mia loves it! She plays in it lots and of course loves the tags on the toys the most.. 

 Her hair is getting really really long. I either have to pin it back or put it in pony tails. If I dont, its in her face! 

She will let me put piggys in without too much of a fit as long as I do it really soft and she has a toy to play with

She loves food. Not milk, food. So far in baby food she has tried: bananas, applesauce, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, squash, and pears. Shes allergic to pears, which is sad because she liked them! She has loved all the food she has tried so far. Haven't noticed that she has liked one or the other better besides applesauce.. she likes it but always gets a sour face when she eats it. Recently, she has taken an liking to ALL the food I eat. She will grab anything I eat right out of my hands before it goes into my mouth. 

Her eating issues have gotten a tad bit better this last week. We FINALLY started her on some reflux medicine and she is doing much better. She doesn't cry all day now, just most of the day ;) just kidding, but its definitely improved. I have felt so bad for her because her little tummy has just been in so much pain! We thought stopping breastfeeding and switching to Alimentum formula would take away all the issues, but it didn't. I HATE when people say 'oh we've all been there..." but to be honest, no you havent! My sister Adrianne I feel like is the only one who has had a child as bad as Mia as been as far as colic. If you dont believe me, ask my mom...

 We left Mia with my mom so we could go on a date to the demolition derby one night. We were gone for 2 hours before they called and said she had been screaming nonstop- and my mom didn't know what to do. We ended up having to go home to get her. My mom said she has never seen a kid act the way she did besides my nephew Will (adriannes boy). The worst part of it is that I feel like there is something causing her to be so fussy, not just that its fussy time. It seems to always be associated with eating.- plus, randomly through out the day. Its been really hard to find a support group for me besides my sister because none of Kevin's sisters had a baby like this and I dont have friends that have a baby as bad as Mia. It's not just a cry. Its a scream. Its not just a tissy fit, its a full blown on painful sad cry that nothing can stop. She wont eat, she wont sleep.. (at least when she gets in those moments.) My poor, poor baby. I just feel so so bad for her sometimes! I havent been taking her to church lately because its been so bad, and all we do is spend our time in the hall with a screaming baby. I hate going to family functions because I feel like everyone is judging me, like its ME who is causing her to cry like that! Luckily I have kept my sanity in tact. Its weird though because she was a perfect angel for the first two months of her life, and then BAM- it hit. I do not know why, but Heavenly Father sure blessed me with patience with her and I am SO grateful and lucky for that. Another reason I am lead to believe that it's something other than just colic is because she is now 6 months and still has issues. Its slowly getting better, and I hope I can credit that to the reflux medicine and that she continues to get better. 
 Mia is hilarious though with food right now. We were at RCWilly on saturday and I was eating a hot dog. With no warning, she just grabbed my bun, ripped off a huge piece and SHOVED it into her mouth. She knew just what to do with it! Hahaha. It was soooo funny. I couldnt help but laugh, as Kevin tried to take the bun out of her mouth! Too big of chunks for this little baby right now! Well today, I was eating a banana, and she did the same thing, Grabbed it and shoved it in her mouth. She just wants me to share :) 

She has FINALLY gotten on a nap schedule. She takes a morning nap around 10:30 for about 30 to 45 minutes. Then, she takes a nap from 1:30-3. If we are in the car later, she will take another half hour nap from around 5-5:30 or 6-6:30 depending on when we are in the car/are going somewhere. She sleeps on her side. We have gotten to the point about a month ago that we could just put her in her crib while she is awake, and then she will immediately turn to her side and put her self to sleep. Today I rocked her till she fell asleep, which was the first time I have done that in a long time. I just love snuggling her. 

one of her other favorite toys is a water bottle or cup! She loves them. She is currently trying to learn to drink out of a straw. 

Mia loves music. It makes her giggle when I put on music and dance- obviously because I look silly when I do it :) 

She LOVES her daddy and smiles every time he comes into the room. 

She moves so much. I think she will probably crawl before she sits up hahaha. 

She loves to be outside. Especially if it's raining. 

She has started liking her carseat.. finally. 

She talks ALL DAY LONG. No joke. Shes got a set of lungs on her. 

She is super limber- better be a dancer! 

She is my joy, my life, my best friend, my cutie bum, my everything! I love her more than I can even explain. She has changed my life for the better. I love being a mom- especially hers. I can't wait to see her crawling and sitting up and saying momma and dadda. I cant imagine not loving being a mom... Yea, its hard, but I dont understand the moms that dont enjoy it. Its my favorite thing! Everything important is worth working hard for in my opinion. Heavenly Father definitely blessed me with motherly instincts and patience and qualities of a mother. I would not be able to take care of this baby girl without the help of my Heavenly Father! 

Happy 6 months baby girl, mommy loves you. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

{family history} part 4- work

*What jobs have you had?  (Give details of the dates, places, responsibilities, etc.)

I used to nanny/babysit ALOT when I was younger, but we will go ahead and skip those and go to my first job when I was 16. 

My first job was a bagger/courtesy clerk at Maceys in Spanish Fork. I really liked the job, and worked there for 3 years. I ended up moving on up to cashier. I started out at $5.75 an hour and ended up at $8.50 an hour when I left at the end of my 3 years. I loved my boss and managers. It was a great job for high school, but I started kinda not liking it once I graduated because I felt like I just needed to get OUT of that town and move on to bigger and better things. 

After Maceys, I got married and got a job at Icing by Claires in the Provo Mall. I was the Assistant Manager. I think I got paid $9.50 an hour. I was at that job for 5 months. I really liked that job too for the most part. The only thing I didnt like was having to work on Sundays every once in a while. I also hated having to go in for Inventory at 4:30 in the morning! haha. The things I liked about it was that I got to interact with people all day, I got a slammin discount (I think it was 50%) and I love jewelry, purses, makeup.. all the things we sold I was in love with.  I ended up quitting for a new job I got. 

I then moved on to Ceder Fort which is a book publishing company in Springville. I absolutely loved that job. I think I only made $9 an hour but I was more interested in doing what I did than retail sales so thats why I took the job. I blogged and facebooked for the company. I did book reviews, interviewed authors (via email) did giveaways.. I also did receptionist many times to fill in for the normal one when she was gone or if she needed help. I answered phones, then started doing website orders, then started doing warehouse sales... and thats where I started not liking it. It was just too much responsibility for not enough pay. But the people I worked with were great and I enjoyed my time there. I just realized that I am not fit for a desk job though- I like to be out and about talking to people and I had my hair license at the time, so I wanted to get out and do hair. 

I then started working at Salon on the Avenue. It was my first experience with working in a salon. It started out great... but went bad quickly. I was there a year. I had lots of clients and did ok money wise, but I had a hard time with the owner. We had personalities that did NOT click. She was always changing policies and nothing was ever consistent. There were alot of shady things that went on but I wont share them because I don't want to do harm to their business. I like the girls that work there and its a great salon with lots of talented people working there. I wish the salon the best, it just wasn't for me. And thats ok! 

I moved salons after a year at salon on the ave, and went to Haven Salon. That was my most recent job. I have so many good things to say about this salon. The owner is amazing, the manager is amazing, the girls are amazing.. I loved my time there. I loved how the salon looked, I loved the atmosphere, and I loved the freedom I had. I loved the support I had from the girls- and I loved that they gave us free education/classes! The only reason I quit was so that I could be a stay at home mom, and it was a hard decision to leave there. I will forever love that salon and maybe someday I can return if I ever feel like working in a salon again! I was there a year before I quit as well. 

*How many years until you retire? 
Well, I dont think I will ever retire from being a mommy. :) haha. But hopefully Kevin will retire at 60, and we can travel lots and take care of our grand babies and kids!

how to do that second day hair

i don't know about you, but I don't wash my hair every day. it's healthy to let it go a few days so that there is not as much heat going on it, as well as the oils from the scalp are good for the hair. 

but for real, i know i am not the only one who wakes up the next day after i washed and styled my hair with a greaseball head and hair all over the place. {bed head}

so, here is a simple thing I do if I want my second day hair to be able to be worn down, and straight and nice. :) 

step 1- put some dry shampoo or baby powder in your hair. Here is a link to a bunch of different dry shampoos: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/category.jsp?categoryId=cat40004 (pssssst is my favorite.) Baby powder works great if you have blonde hair or light brown hair. It shows up weird in dark hair and makes you look like you have lots of grays. 
step 2- get your CERAMIC round brush and quickly round-brush it. Make sure you take small sections. If you take small enough sections, you shouldn't have to flat iron at all. This helps activate the dry shampoo even more, and lifts the hair from the roots. The blowdryer doesn't even need to be on the hottest setting! The key to this is just round-brushing it good enough that you don't have to flat iron it as well, because that's adding more heat to it. 
3- rat your hair if you like, and hair spray it or use a serum to get all the little hairs down. 
4- that's IT! so easy. 

I love doing this. I am a get in, get out shower kinda girl... so I put my hair in a cap, get in and wash my body, and don't have to spend the extra time washing my hair. 

How long do you go without washing your hair? 


this surgery was not as bad as I anticipated it to be for a few reasons. And for that, I am thankful! 
3 days after surgery. 

pretty swollen and BOY does it hurt... but lookin good. 
 I have been blessed by others serving us in so many ways. We have been getting dinner brought to us since Thursday, and had people watching Mia when Kevin has to go to work. I have had visitors, some even brought flowers. I've been lucky to be able to borrow my mom's ice machine (life saver!), I've been brought Diet Coke and cookies, and I've had texts wishing me well. 

I was so so worried going into this that I would be on crutches for at least a week. I can walk pretty good right now, as long as I only walk for like 2 minutes :) I can carry Mia now and walk around with her today, which is awesome because she is so needy and needs to be held like all the time. 

I wont count out the fact that it still hurts really bad, and I am still on pain medicine, and can't bend my leg all the way or straighten it all the way... but its better than I thought it would be. 

so, for that, 

thanks to the people who have helped out. you know who you are :)

Saturday, August 11, 2012


I got knee surgery on Thursday  Aug. 9th. It went really well! Originally they thought I had a torn meniscus but when they went in, my meniscus looked pretty good. They did take out a flap of cartlidge behind my knee cap that was getting caught on some other ligaments and causing pain, as well as pulled on my ACL to make sure that is nice and strong. I also had a cyst in my knee cap, and I think they got rid of that too. I have crutches to use for a few days. I am suppossed to keep it elevated for 3 to 4 days and take it easy. My mom brought over her ice machine that she used for her knee replacement and that has been a life saver! 

Kevin moved our TV into our room and our PS3 too, so I can stay entertained.. although I keep sleeping because the pain meds knock me out haha. He has been taking care of Mia and I so well! Bringing me food, getting me ice for my knee, fluffing my pillows, putting Mia to bed, bathing her, feeding her, changing her diapers... its been awesome. 

My knee hurts way bad. I cant put like any pressure on it without wanting to cry. But, I am sure it will be better in no time. 

My little buddy has been chillin on the bed next to me. Every time I drink from my water bottle, she steals it and wants a drink too! 

so silly

Kevin has to go back to work Monday... I will have to find somewhere to go hang out because I obviously cant be on crutches and carry Mia at the same time. bummer. Can't wait to snuggle my Mia girl when I feel better! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

allergic to pears

we had introduced pears to little miss mia in the last few days.. then i noticed a rash on her bum. at first i thought it was a yeast infection, but then within a day or two it had spread all over her back and neck and tummy. i got worried and wasn't sure what it was. honestly, the whole eating pears thing didnt even cross my mind, because who in the world is allergic to pears? haha. anyway, we ended up taking her in to make sure it was nothing contagious or anything. 

the doc took one look at her and said, yep! thats an allergic reaction! no more pears for this one! 

she does this all the time now. she likes to snuggle her teddy bears and lay her head down. so so precious

Monday, August 6, 2012

little children shall lead you

I have been thinking alot about motherhood the last few days. 

Being a mom has changed me in a million ways. 

Growing up, I always wanted to be a stay at home mommy.  I could always picture myself being a mom. 

I remember the day I found out I was pregnant like it was yesterday. It is easily in the top 10 moments of my life. I knew it wouldn't be easy, but I also knew it was a huge blessing- and that I was going to love it. 

That still stands true today... It's not easy. But I love it. Mia is very colic- and I have had some days that I wish I could just pass her on to someone for a few hours and take a breather, or days where I wish I knew how to help her, or days where I simply wanted to sleep. 

Today was one of those days I had no clue what to do. Mia had a rash all over the place, and I really had no idea what it was. I didnt know if it was an allergic reaction, or a virus, or what. She had been crying so much all weekend to the point where I just was in tears. Having a colic baby is so hard. And if you haven't had a colic baby- you do NOT understand. I hate when people say "We've all been there.." because many of you say that, but you havent. Having a fussy baby for 1 or 2 hours a day is not a colic baby. Sorry.. I almost feel embarassed when I take her places and she just cries and cries because although it doesnt bother me, crying babies bother other people sometimes. And I hate the stares I get. I wish people would understand that being a mom is hard work and that you can't control every situation with a baby OR kids. I feel like people think I am crazy for taking Mia in to the doctor for like everything- when she wont eat, when she cries all day (which ended up being a scratch on her eye) and then her rash today... but in all honesty, I am the mom. I know whats best for her. I call the shots. And all of this has taught me to be less judgmental towards other moms and the way they do things because not every one has the same situation and problems. Now I wish other people would learn that message too. haha. 

But more important than those, there were days I wish I could freeze forever. Like the time I first held Mia- (literally only for two seconds since she wasn't breathing- but still crazy and special to be holding something I made!)

Or when she is sleeping so peacefully.. 

or when she will snuggle me.. (favorite mommy past time)

especially when she smiles

..and maybe when she throws a fit too so I can giggle a little when she throws her head on the ground and cries as if she was saying "poor me"

I feel so lucky to be her mom. What made me the right mom for her? Why did she choose me? I can only hope I can be a good supportive mom for her and teach her to love others and serve others and be kind. I have many flaws, and I hope she doesn't pick up any of them.. ugh. haha. 

I LOVE motherhood. I really do. As hard as it is, I would so much rather do this than go work in an office. I am so grateful we can make it work financially so I can stay home!

In one of my favorite General Conference Talks Boyd K Packer says: "One of the great discoveries of parenthood is that we learn far more about what really matters from our children than we ever did from our parents. We come to recognize the truth in Isaiah’s prophecy that “a little child shall lead them"

I have learned more patience from Mia. I have learned how to love even more unconditionally. I have learned to put others above myself. She has taught me to laugh in hard times. I know as she gets older she will only teach me more through the mistakes I am bound to make. I know I have already made mistakes thus far. 

In the talk he also says: "Fathers and mothers, next time you cradle a newborn child in your arms, you can have an inner vision of the mysteries and purposes of life. You will better understand why the Church is as it is and why the family is the basic organization in time and in eternity. I bear witness that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, that the plan of redemption, which has been called the plan of happiness, is a plan for families"

I really do feel like I have more meaning and purpose to my life now that she is here. Kevin and I talk about how different out life is now that she is here- but that we can't imagine it any other way. We both love being parents and feel blessed that Heavenly Father has sent her to our family. I am so grateful for the Gospel and the knowledge of forever families! 

Yes, the crying is hard. 
Yes, the lack of sleep is hard. 
Yes, the expenses are higher. 
Yes, the diapers are smelly. 

But no, I would not trade it in for anything. 
Not for more sleep, not for more money, not for a better smelling house, not for anything. 

This girl has changed my life. 
I was meant to be a mother. I am in no way a perfect mom. I do not think its the easiest thing in the world. But I do think it's the most rewarding thing in the world. 

just one smile is all it takes to turn my frown upside down. 
i love you mia girl. you are my favorite part of my day. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Thanksgiving Point Gardens Date

Kevin's work was having an event at Thanksgiving Point yesterday, so we got free tickets to go to the gardens! Mia had been screaming all day, and we all needed to get out of the house. Luckily, Mia likes to be outside and for the most part she was really good while we were there. 

It is the most beautiful place I have ever been. All the different gardens there are amazing! I took a couple of pictures while there, so enjoy! 

our little mia girl, suckin on that binky!

 super pretty waterfalls

they had a garden spot called the secret garden. This was my favorite area. So so beautiful! 

Looking out on the gardens

suckin on those fingers.. poor teething baby!

 love spending time with my man.

these fish were ALL over the place right here. People were feeding them fish food and they were lovin it

here is a funny video of the fish fighting for food

it was a great date night and I am so glad we got to go and that Mia was happy while we were there. If you havent been there, you need to go! 


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