Sunday, March 11, 2012

Photos and Emberisms

A friend of mine asked me to take their family pictures. I was a little intimidated, mainly because it has been years since I took pictures that I thought were of high enough quality to frame. And secondly, because I have a new camera that I don't know the ins and outs of yet. So, in preparation for this photo shoot and because, shameful as it is, Ember had never been there in the 2.5 years of her life, we took a trip to the Mesa temple for a photo shoot. Here are some of my favorites. She isn't much for posing and would much rather be looking at the pictures then getting hers taken but some turned out okay.She has been saying all sorts of crazy things lately so here are a few of my favorite for your entertainment:
* If mom gets on the table, it will break (gotta love that)
* I walked into her/our room at 9:15 at night thinking, of coarse she is asleep by now. With no other explanation she informed me "You like the yellow one and the red one and Daddy likes the green one" Yup, she got that right. Sure glad she was staying up late to solve that riddle.
*She has been doing a lot of things with her toys lately that reflect what she does. She puts them in time-out, or puts them to bed then will come tell me all about it. My favorite is when she fake hits me with one of her toys then will put that toy in time out for hitting mommy. It is very cute.
*We bought a Curious George book at Goodwill and she has been loving it. One day she was getting into everything and I told her that she was curious. You would have thought she got a prize for how much she lit up. She began telling everyone (including me about 500 times in the next hour), "I'm curious!" Then she would smile proudly. At least I didn't use a different word to describe her. *I was packing up our house and needed something to distract her so I could get things done. I found some rocks that we used as decorations at our wedding. They are black rocks that have words on them such as Love, hope, kiss, smile, etc. I gave them to Ember to play with and she was content for a little while. I was so relieved that I could actually get some things done. I went into the other room and began packing and soon she came bounding into the room and said "Here you go Mom" and handed me a rock. I looked down and the rock said "Listen". I suddenly felt very ashamed for not taking the time I should have for her. I sat down and we played together with the rocks and she talked my ear off for awhile. It was really a lesson to me about how important it is to spend time with her. You know, everything got packed up in time too, even though I spent that half hour with her.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Adventures in OK

We made it through the move, unfortunately it wasn't as uneventful as we had hoped. We packed up the UHaul on Wednesday then my Dad and Josh drove it all night. Ember, my mom, my brother, and I flew in the next afternoon and we all arrived at about the same time. After unloading everything (them, not me. I just kept Ember out of the way), my Dad and brother flew home and Josh, my Mom, and I started unpacking. Things were going great and were starting to fall into order. The next day we continued through most of the day and had a good portion of the boxes unpacked when I started to feel sick. I had a sharp pain in my side and so I sat down, then tried to lay down, then I started throwing up. I tried everything I could think of to help myself feel better but nothing seemed to help. Finally around 8 at night I had Josh take me to the hospital. At first everyone, including me, thought that it was my appendix. I was in a lot of pain and was dehydrated from the nausea which sent me into having contractions about every 3 minutes. The doctors were afraid that I was going to have to have the baby immediately so they gave me some steroids to help develop the baby's lungs. After some pain medication, and medication to stop my contractions, I was able to calm down some. They did an ultrasound and found that the pain wasn't in the area of my appendix so I didn't get a CT scan. They think that in the unpacking I must have gotten a torqued ovary and the pressure of the uterus was causing the pain. I spent two nights there and by the time I left I was virtually pain free. I came home on Sunday and the pain was off an on for the next couple of days. What hurt the most was trying to roll over in bed. My whole stomach was sore from the strain and I have finally given up on it. Now I just sleep sitting up. I went to my new doctor on Wednesday and he could tell I was still in a lot of pain so he gave me a prescription for pain medications which have helped so much. I am okay most of the time, but the baby will sometimes kick me in my sore ovary which is so painful. I am also having contractions still, and although they aren't regular, they are very hard, sometimes to the point where I yell out in pain. I am now on bed rest for at least 3 weeks so that the baby can make it to at least 38 weeks. For awhile I thought there was no way I was going to make it that long, but I am starting to feel like I can. My Mom has been so great through all of this. She finished unpacking for us, took care off Ember for us, and made all our meals for the first week. She has gone home now, but took Ember with her since I really can't care for her the way I would need to. I am so lucky to have had her here and I hope she knows how much she is appreciated! It is so quiet now, Josh is working nights so he sleeps during the day. I just hope I don't get too bored in the next few weeks. I know I can't do anything strenuous but it is so hard to look around and see all the things you would normally do in a day- if you weren't stuck sitting all the time. At least I am at my own home though, rather than stuck in a hospital and at least I am feeling 100 times better than I was. Now if the baby will just stay put for awhile longer it will be good.