Monday, November 19, 2012

Fight Club

To use Dan's words, we've got a fight club going on over here. I think Madi won this one but just wait until James gets bigger. :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Random Thoughts

My little baby boy is a little over 2 month! I can't believe how big he's getting. It's been a crazy, emotional, fun, loving, exciting... fill in the blank.... past 2 months. We're finally getting him to sleep in his crib. Hooray!!! For all those who don't know how frustrating it's been for us to get to this point... it's not been fun. Everyone said it'll happen and it takes time. Well last weekend we decided now is the time (especially with the holidays coming and all the traveling). He sleeps pretty well at night and now we're moving on to naptime in the crib. Hopefully this will be just as successful as nighttime. Here are just a few of the many pictures we take everyday.

He also has been developing his own voice. Disregard my talking. I always hate hearing my own voice on tape. Also that clicking sound in the beginning, yes that was him.

So of course everyone knows around this time of year is when the good ol' freezing snow decides to make an appearance. We had our first snow fall a couple of weeks ago. Now I don't mind the snow. I get really tired of it but I don't mind it. For this particular snow fall, I had a big love-hate relationship with it. I hated it because it covered up the beautiful fall colors (I love fall!). I loved it because it made it feel like Christmas. This is also another reason why I hated it. It was October!!! Not the time for wanting to hang Christmas decorations and pull out the Glee Christmas CD. Well now the snow has mostly disappeared but with Rexburg it can be sunny sunshine in the morning, blizzardy snow in the afternoon and downpour rain in the evening. All things considered, we've stocked up on hot chocolate and coffee creamer for the upcoming cold days. :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

We are alive

Yes, yes we are still around. With the addition of James I haven't been as free to do.... well a lot of stuff. Any mom with a newborn can relate and with Dan gone most of the day at school and work I don't get much of a break sometimes. Even with the lack of free time, I wouldn't change anything. I will be the first to admit, it hasn't been easy. It's tough. Trying to keep up with feedings, calming a tired baby and not having a free moment to myself. When we first got pregnant I pictured everything a little differently. Whomever says being a stay at home mom is not a full-time job, should be kicked and then punched.... really hard. :) But like I said I love it so much. I can't begin to express how much I love that little boy. He is such a blessing to Dan and I and I could never picture our lives without him now.



Monday, September 3, 2012

Introducing James Daniel Fry

Our baby is finally here and he's almost 2 weeks old. I can't believe how these 2 weeks have flown by. I can't imagine how fast he's going to grow. I told Dan I want him to stay this tiny and adorable forever. He said only if we can potty train him. :) So let me tell you the story of how our little one came into this world.....

It started about a week and a half before my due date. I went to the doctor and I was only a centimeter dilated. I went back the next week (3 days before my due date) and I was still only a centimeter dilated but this time I was 80-90% effaced. My doctor didn't want me going to 41 weeks. He said it was bad mojo. Well we decided to wait and see if he would come on his own that weekend. If not then, we'd go back in on Monday and discuss our options. Of course, he didn't come on his own. We went back to the doctor (still only a centimeter dilated) and Dan and I decided to be induced the next day.

Dan got up early Tuesday to call the hospital and see when we could go in. We ended up going in at about 6:30am. We got the paperwork taken care of and in our room at 7am. My doctor came in at 8am to check my cervix and break my water (I was 1.5 cm by this time. Stubborn cervix!). At about 9am I started to feel some small contractions. At this point, the nurse came in and put me on Pitocin. BTW: we had the best labor and delivery nurse. We couldn't have asked for a better nurse. Also around this time I sent Dan home so he could get some snacks and his Dr. Pepper. Between 9 and 9:30, my contractions got so much worse. During the last month of pregnancy I thought I had some small contractions but those were no where near what I had during this hour. Dan got back at 9:30 and helped me through some more contractions for about another hour. My nurse asked if I wanted her to call my doctor to ok the epidural at this point. My doctor loves me. I was only at a 3 by then but he allowed the epidural. I always had it in my mind the epidural would be painful but it wasn't that bad. The doctor talked me through the whole thing so I knew what was going on. I felt so funny after the epidural. It felt like a dead arm but all over the lower half of my body. I knew it started working when I tried to lift my leg and just laughed because I couldn't.

At about noon, my family came to visit while I relaxed. I went from a 3, to a 6 and then a 7 by 1-1:30pm. At about 2pm, I stared feeling some pushing pressure. I had Dan get the nurse to check what was going on. She said I was fully dilated and ready to push. So they got ready and I started pushing. I pushed for about 15 minutes and then was ready for the doctor. He got there 3 minutes later, pushed for another 15 minutes and James was here.

We had our beautiful little boy finally with us. 7lbs 2 oz 19 inches long. He came out crying and turned pick almost immediately. They wiped him off and handed him to me. It was so surreal   having this little human, who was just inside of me, in my arms. It for sure hasn't been easy adjusting to baby life but we feel so blessed to have him here and can't wait for the adventures ahead.

1st picture
1st family picture 

Touchdown pose

Blessing day

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Update #2 (38 Weeks)

Ok, now for update #2
Melissa had her pinning for the Paramedic Program the Thursday before graduation. I can't tell you how proud I am of her. She has worked so hard and made many sacrifices to accomplish this goal. Even though she's leaving me soon for far away Oklahoma I couldn't be more excited for her. 

So Friday July 20, 2012, I graduated from college with my Bachelor's in Art History. YYYYAAAA!!!! I'm so excited I have been able to accomplish this goal I've had for many years. I also can't believe it's over. I'm going to miss college so much but as they say learning is never truly finished. I felt so loved having family travel to come support me during this event. It was so much fun having them here. I also loved the fact I got to share the occasion with Melissa. We got to graduate high school and college together. GO US!

Moving on to Saturday of that week, I had my baby shower. Have I mentioned I have the greatest friends on the planet? Well I do. Melissa and Sarah did a fantastic job putting everything together. I want to thank everyone who came to celebrate the soon arrival of James with me. I got so much cute and helpful stuff. I wish I got more pictures but this is all I got.
We've all been friends since Junior High/ High School. How cute!
Lastly on the update report, Dan got surgery. It's been almost a year since he tore his ACL and we finally have been able to get it repaired. We went down to Pocatello to stay with my dad while Dan recovered. He had his surgery on Monday and we came home on Friday. The doctor did such an amazing job. Dan is already able to get around without his crutches and has good mobility of his knee. We're hoping for a little more mobility before James comes to make it easier for me.
Before surgery. I didn't get an after but picture a drugged up Dan. :)
With all the excitement, you'd think James would want to come and join the fun but just like mom and dad he's being stubborn. So as of today I am 38 Weeks.
I do have other shirts. We just always take pictures when I'm wearing it.
How far along? 38 Weeks, 1 Day
Total weight gain/loss: 30 lbs
Stretch marks? A little. L
Sleep: With the back pain, not good.
Best moment this week: Just feeling him wiggle around.
Miss Anything? My body
Food cravings: Chocolate milk and churros/cinnamon
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope only when I eat too much
Labor Signs: Braxtons
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? Off
Happy or Moody (most of the time): Happy/Moody because I want him out!
Weekly Wisdom: Don’t worry about the baby coming and enjoy the alone time with your spouse
Looking forward to: Getting this baby out of me!!!


Friday, July 27, 2012

Update #1

Ok I've got a lot to catch up on so I'm going to take it one thing at a time..... We did maternity pictures. This whole pregnancy I was trying to decide if I wanted to do pictures or not. So finally I made a quick decision and decided to do it. About 2 and a half weeks ago, a great photographer in our ward agreed to do our pictures. We had so much fun. Stefan did a great job and I'd recommend him to anyone. You can see for yourself.....  (I was 34 weeks)

Also during that week... my sister-in-law had her baby!!! Brittney was such a trooper the whole time (at least from what I hear) and did such a great job. They had a beautiful, healthy little girl. 6lbs 8 oz 18 inches long. I wish I had pictures to show but I'll let Brittney show off her little girl. :) Just know she is the cutest little girl you've ever set your eyes on.
Now the next few events would be Melissa's pinning, graduation and the baby shower.... I'll save those for the next post. :)

I don't have a belly picture for this week because it's been so busy but I'll for sure have one for next week.

How far along? 36 Weeks, 6 Days
Total weight gain/loss: 25 lbs
Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep: It’s been better. James likes to hit the nerves in my hip and it makes it really painful.
Best moment this week: Having family being able to feel him move.
Miss Anything? Walking and breathing normal.
Movement: Oh yeah!
Food cravings: Chocolate milk
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope only when I eat too much
Labor Signs: Just some good ol’ Braxton Hicks
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? Sadly, off. L
Happy or Moody (most of the time): Happy.
Weekly Wisdom: Take your time getting to places.
Looking forward to: Getting this baby out of me.
***Update: I went to the doctor on Monday and my cervix is still really closed. So let the walking begin.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Memory Lane

It hasn't fully hit me yet. I still can't believe that in 3 days I will have graduated from college. How crazy is that?!?!?!? This whole college experience feels like it has flown by. So much has happened and I will cherish every moment of it. I was laying in bed the other night (because James thinks it's funny to wake me up at 2am and start kicking like crazy) thinking of all the good times I've had. So for this post it's a walk down memory lane.....

One of our many photo sessions. 1st semester Spring 08

Spring 08

Winter 09

Spring 09 (Best Semester Ever)

One of many dance parties. Spring 09

The day we got really sunburnt. Spring 09

Coolest picture ever. Spring 09

Spring 09

"You Look Like a Tomato" Spring 09

"How long has this been on my face?" Fall 09 (Best Semester Ever Continues)

Family Photo

Winter 10

1st time snowboarding. Winter 10

Love this picture. Winter 10

Summer 2010
There's so much more I could include in this post but I better not because I doubt you want to keep scrolling down for 5 minutes. A lot has happened in my 4 years of college and this is just the tip of the iceburg. I have made many friends whom I consider family. I've had so much support from so many people and I can't thank all of them enough. Even though we're staying in Rexburg for Dan to finish, it will never be the same. I'm about to end a chapter of my life that I will never forget.