Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Thanks-tacular

Thanksgiving is a special holiday for us. Here's a little bit about that.

Thanksgiving 1999
I was a freshman at BYU. I didn't have any where to go for Thanksgiving so my roommate Cindy invited me to join her and her two older brothers at their Aunt Mary and Uncle Tom's house. I had already met 5 of Cindy's siblings and her parents. This was the first time I'd ever met her brother Bob. I knew he was tall and he had played volleyball. I think I'd also heard some other stories about this Bob guy (mean older brother type stuff- these stories stopped being told to me once I got to know this guy for some reason).
I thought Bob was kind of cute but I wasn't impressed that he didn't seem to want to talk to his grandma (his grandma that reminded me of my little grandma). After dinner we went to Bob and Allen's apartment and played games. I think there was a little flirting going on but after that was pretty much the last I saw of Bob until the next school year.

Thanksgiving 2000
Kathy and I both worked at the MTC cafeteria this Thanksgiving. Bob and Cindy went to St. George so this was a Bobless thanksgiving. I was Cindy's roommate at the Raintree and Bob also lived in the Raintree that year. We were all in the same FHE group and Bob started hanging out with us and we became friends. Four days after Thanksgiving was November 27th (I had to look this one up online) that's Little Grandma's birthday and it's the day Bob and I officially started dating.

Thanksgiving 2001
Bob had just come home from his 6 month internship in Virginia. We had decided to "date other people" while he was gone but neither of us really did. We had brought up the "M" word and thought that we'd pretty much know if we wanted to get married when he got back. Well, we still really liked each other. We went to Bob and Cindy's Uncle Richard's house for Thankgiving. About twoish weeks later on my birthday Bob proposed.

Other Thanksgivings of note-
2003- I was in my first trimester of my pregnancy with Jaide. We made a whole turkey and whatnot. Our only guest for Thanksgiving was my vegetarian sister Kathy. I got really sick of turkey really fast.
2007- first Thanksgiving since I was pregnant with Jaide that I've really been looking forward to eating Thanksgiving food.

Right-Thanksgiving 2005 with the Smiths

Left- Thanksgiving 2006

Thanksgiving present
We hung out at home and had chicken instead of turkey (Bob's not a big turkey fan). We went and had pie with Bob's cousin Mary and her family. Jaide sure loves her second cousins!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

More Pictures

Jaide had her last ballet class on Thursday. I had kind of hoped to come to it with the baby out of me and so I was glad that it worked out that way. The other moms were excited to see the baby.

Here are a couple of pictures of Kiree. I need to download the rest of the pictures from the camera- there are some cute ones on there.

Kiree went to church for the first time today. She was a good girl and slept a lot of the time. She shot milk out of her nose twice. Her umbilical cord stump came off at seven days old and her belly button has been bleeding a little bit. I guess we'll have to have them check it out at her appointment tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to enjoying Thanksgiving at home this year. I'm actually excited about Thanksgiving food again. It's only taken 4 years (since I was in early pregnancy with Jaide over Thanksgiving and came to really hate the Thanksgiving leftovers). Thanksgiving is a special time for us but I'll have to post about that later.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Meg Update

We've had two nights at home now and so far things are going well. I feel like a human and not a zombie! I'm cautiously optimistic that I won't have as hard a time with this little one as I did with Jaide. I've got some things going in my favor this time- we're not moving across the country in a few weeks for one. Also, this labor and delivery weren't nearly so traumatic. Bob and I seem to have figured out how to work together to take care of the baby and get some sleep. My wonderful mother in law is here with us and is a huge help! She's vacuumed, cooked, done laundry, played with Jaide... It's been a really great help! Kiree nurses like a champ. It sure does help to have done this before.
I've asked people after they've had their second child if they feel like they're so much less dumb as parents the second time around and if it's easier. Everyone I've asked had said that it was easier with the baby because of the experience from the first, but then you have two to deal with! That is true. I'm trying to not make Jaide feel like I've been taken away by the baby. It's hard though. Jaide is really loving having Grandma to play with. I think she's going to be very sad when Grandma has to go home.

A tale of two labor and deliveries
Well, here's the story of Kiree's birth. I found myself constantly comparing it to Jaide's birth. I think overall this time was better.
Wednesday morning I had a doctor's appointment. I had my 12th ultrasound and Dr. Esposito scheduled my induction for the 13th. I was hoping for earlier. I was thinking of praying for the baby to come on Friday but it turned out I didn't have to. Wednesday afternoon Jaide and I went to the gym. I worked out (and I use the term loosely since I wasn't really exerting myself, it was more about watching cable tv design shows than exercising) and Jaide played at kidspace. I got dressed afterwards and was about to head up to get Jaide when I felt a little plop. I thought my water may have broken but I wasn't sure since not much came out at first. I went and got Jaide and I felt more wet. Good thing I brought the sample adult diaper we got in the mail in my gym bag (okay, for some reason somebody thinks I'm old, like I get mail offers for AARP members. I don't know how that happened). It became obvious to me that my water had broken (gushing and such). My water also broke with Jaide so I had experience. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) my body doesn't seem to care that the water is broken and it doesn't start contractions. It was a good thing at first since I had to drive to Bob's work and get him. We then stopped at home to get a couple of things and to drop Jaide off with a family in our ward. They would also pick up Bob's mom from the airport (she got in at 5pm that evening).
My doctors never told me what they wanted me to do if I went into labor. I guess I was supposed to call them and have them check me out first before I went to the hospital. But I knew my water had broken so we just went to the hospital. They waited for a while to see if I'd start having some contractions but I didn't. They started me on pitocin. I really think with Jaide they just cranked it right away but this time they increased it slowly. I went for about 4 hours before I got my epidural. Bob did a great job of keeping me distracted and rubbing my back and stuff. I didn't like my epidural as much this time. I got the epidural pretty early with Jaide and it was good- I wasn't in much pain but I could still move and tell when I was contracting. This time it hurt like crazy going in (I was having strong contractions by this point and had a couple while they were putting in the epidural). They also made Bob leave. So I was hunched over the nurse while the anesthesiologist did her thing. The pain relief was very good but my legs went almost totally numb. I could only curl my toes under. Then my right hip, back, and right part of my stomach still hurt. I told the nurse and she had me hit the button. I didn't want to since I was so numb and I shouldn't have hit it since it didn't help the pain (I didn't think it would) and it made my legs and toes completely numb.
But about 6 and half hours after the start of pitocin, Kiree came. Bob and the nurse had to hold my legs since I had no feeling what so ever. I didn't feel Kiree coming down the pipe (I had felt Jaide). I got to watch Kiree's birth in the mirror. I got to see Jaide starting to come out but then my doctor pushed the mirror out of the way when he came in. It was really great to spend Kiree's first hour with her. I got to nurse her and she did great right away. That probably would have been helpful with Jaide. I had to stay in the delivery room for a while after they took Kiree. My legs were still totally numb. Bob and the nurse had to hold me up to help me into the wheelchair. I was still fairly numb when they moved me to my room. The nurse had to scrounge up some food for me. Bob got me one of every kind of cookies from the snack room. I hadn't eaten since 11am and Kiree was born at 12:49am on Thursday so I was very hungry. Jaide was born in the morning so I was just in time for breakfast with her.
It took us a while to decide on Kiree's name. I kept changing my mind as to which of three options I liked best. We finally decided Thursday afternoon.

Still smiling during labor. I started a granny square to take my mind off the pain. I missed my last crochet class since it was the night of the 8th.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Kiree in the House

Guest Blogger Bob: Well we finally got to bring Kiree home today. We were going to leave yesterday but the nurses and midwives were really busy with a full hospital full of new babies. Evidently everyone else wanted to get into the baby-birth action. We have a bunch more picture so we will post some for you guys.

The movie is pretty big (~30MB), so download at risk of boredom.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Baby has a Name

Guest Blogger Bob: Here are some more pictures and information about our baby. We are going to name her Kiree Marie. Kiree means pretty and clean in Japanese. We thought about naming Jaide Kiree, but decided to name here Jaide instead (obviously). We made it to the hospital about 3pm on Wednesday since Meg's water broke a little before 2pm, she started getting pitocin around 6pm and Kiree came a little after midnight at 12:49. Kiree has lighter hair than Jaide did, but she likes to move and squirm like her sister. The nurses said she was an athletic little infant.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Baby came

Guest Blogger Bob: Baby decided she couldn't wait, so we decided we would post some pictures before making you wait for a real post.

She was born Thursday 8 Nov, 2007 at 0049 hours. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. We haven't made a final determination on the name. So far we haven't considered Cornucopia or Tyrona Saurus as real candidates.

Monday, November 5, 2007

A New Camera

We got a new camera! We haven't taken too many pictures since the memory card is tiny. That and Bob wanted to put it in the hospital bag. I'm not sure where it is right now. But here's a picture Bob took of Jaide.

Yesterday was the end of daylight savings time. I asked Bob, do we get an extra hour of sleep this time? "Not when you have kids" he said. And it's true! Jaide is now fully awake at 7:30 since she doesn't care that the clock no longer says 8:30.

I've been having shooting leg pains in my left leg on and off. Blood clots don't cause that kind of pain fortunately. I'm not sure what does cause that kind of pain. It was kind of bad yesterday evening but fortunately it went away by bed time. When I was about 8 months pregnant with Jaide I did have an episode of very intense pain all along my left leg that just came and went quickly. It was right before we drove down to Ridgecrest to spend Memorial Day Weekend with Bob's family. Fortunately then it didn't come back so we still went. Bob said about my pains this time, "maybe it's contractions" In my calf and behind my knee??? I did feel my contractions with Jaide in my steel reinforced vein through the epidural when I was in labor with her, but nope, no calf contractions.

It's hard to say for sure if I've had any real contractions. I had so very few before my water broke with Jaide and then nothing happened (until pitocin that is). My stomach has gotten tight several times- that's been somewhat uncomfortable some times but not bad. The baby sometimes seems to be trying to punch her way out- that's been pretty uncomfortable. Sometimes when Jaide touches my stomach it has hurt, or if I bump or brush something with my belly (happening quite frequently these days). Well much to my horror last night, I took a look at the underside of my belly in the bathroom mirror. Enormous new stretch marks! That's what's been hurting. My belly skin is failing, again! People who've had multiple children- feel free to laugh at me, but I thought that since I already got stretch marks with Jaide that I could just "reuse" them this pregnancy and not get any more.

Wednesday morning is my next doctor's appointment. Ultrasound number 12 (I think, and hopefully the last one) and they're actually going to check my cervix and set a date for the induction next week. Pretty crazy. I'd kind of like to have the baby on Friday though. That's Bob's sister Rosie's birthday. Jaide was born the day before Bob's brother Russell's birthday, so if we keep that trend up then maybe baby will come Thursday. I would like to go to my last crochet class though and that doesn't end until 9pm so we'd be in kind of a time crunch with that one. :)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Something to do with all that candy!

Everybody I've talked to recently seems to have waaaay too much candy from Halloween, so I thought I'd share this flylady email about something to do with it (besides eat it or throw it away).

A "Bright Idea" from the House Fairy.


I delighted in the piece that Connie Bennett wrote: Tips to Tame Your
Sugar-Shocked Little Monsters & Prepare Your Kids for the
Sugar-Focused Night Ahead, but it made me think 'what about the days
after?' and I just had to add something to Connie's great ideas. I
wanted to get my idea out to you before you go sneaking into your
kids' Halloween lute while they're at school today! Don't do it.
Just say "NO." I know you have such a great opportunity of getting
your favorite candies and while there's so much to choose from, one or
two or three pieces won't be missed. Just remember that Halloween
candy is old by the time ghosts and goblins get it! It was probably
made last year. If you are going to enjoy candy have a good piece for
heaven's sake. Enough lecture, here's my idea.

I came up with it last year while I was in Boston at our daughter's
home. It was mid-November and after a couple of days, I was privy to
a large plastic grocery bag on the top shelf in the kitchen. It was
full of trick-or-treat candy; a collective stash left over from three
little goblins who'd obviously cleaned out the neighborhood on
Halloween. Our daughter, Kristi is very strict when it comes to the
children's intake of sugar and each day the kids were allowed one
"sweet." At that rate, I calculated they'd just about finish the bag
on their way out the door to go to college. Then it hit me!

A Christmas art project! We could use the candy to decorate a
gingerbread house, only without the gingerbread! With Kristi's
permission, I gathered the kids ages four, seven and nine, around the
island in the kitchen and I dumped the sack of "sweets" into a pile
about the size of an extra-heavy load of wash and I instructed the
children to separate the candies into categories: suckers, M & Ms,
Tootsie Rolls, Red Vines, Whoppers, Skittles, Sweet Tarts and Goodness
knows all the other offerings. The separation process took a very
pleasant hour and we packed away each kind in separate Zip-lock bags.

After the kids went to bed, I made a house foundation using duct tape
and a cardboard box. I used a long skinny box to make a chimney on
the outside of the house.* Then I went on the internet and got a
recipe for gingerbread house frosting, the kind that dries into
something resembling sheetrock. Here is that recipe.


3 egg whites, room temp.
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

Combine all ingredients and beat for 7 to 10 minutes. Spread as desired.

The next day we prepared for the project. I made the frosting and
separated it into three bowls, and then I took myself into the next
room and had this talk with me.

"Okay, House Fairy, listen up, this is a KID project and you need to
keep your ADULT hands out of it. Let the kids decorate the house.
You can give them little suggestions, but you keep out of it! Don't
ruin their fun with your perfectionism. And one more thing, this IS
going to get messy. So be it! Put aprons on them and let them go!"

I totally agreed with myself and promised no matter how hard it was
going to be for me, I would let them do it THEIR way. They had the
most wonderful time. They assigned each other to parts of the house.
While one worked on the roof, another worked on the chimney and
another worked on siding. Kristi recently told me the house is still
in good shape after a year in storage!

I have pictures of the project so you can get a better idea of what
the trick-or-treat gingerbread house looks like. Just go to:


then click on Best Rooms and then go to

Bright Ideas and then

click on Building a Gingerbread House (

when you click on each picture you'll learn more).

This candy house is a great, fun way to engage the children in
disposing of all that sugar!

* If you do this project make sure your boxes do not have a wax finish
on them. The long box I used for the chimney did have a very smooth
wax finish and the frosting kept sliding off.