Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sunday adventures

Brady and I were called to be primary teachers at church a little over a month ago. We teach the CTR-6 class together, which I was a little apprehensive about at first. I haven't spent any time in primary since I was a primary kid myself, so I was a little nervous. Turns out 6 year olds will welcome anyone with open arms as long as that person has either chocolate or crayons. We usually arm ourselves with both for every lesson.

This calling has definitely been good for us, because it has reminded us what kids are actually like. For some reason I think I forgot how it was to be a kid. For me, sitting still is a welcome rest. For them, it's pure torture! For the 2 hours we spend with them every Sunday, half the time I'm on the verge of going crazy, but the other half of the time I think they're so cute. No matter what though, something is always said that absolutely cracks us up! This is how our lesson went last week, which is typical of every week:

ME: "So I want you guys to look at these pictures and tell me what these kids are doing..." Shows pictures of kids happily sharing.
CLASS: "Sharing their toys!!"
ME: "Very good! Yes Michael?"
MICHAEL: "I share my toys all the time! Especially my Transformers! I have Optimus Prime..."
JOSH: "You have Optimus Prime??! I have Bumblebee!"
ME: "Ok, very good. Please make sure you guys raise your hand if you want to talk, ok?"
Ellie's hand shoots up
ME: "Yes Ellie?"
ELLIE: "................Um.........I can't think of anything to say....."
ME: "Um, okay...maybe next time. Anyway these kids are happy because they're sharing! Sagelyn, please don't kick Hayden. Thank you. Anyway, Brother Paulich is going to read us a story about sharing..."
Ellie's hand shoots up again
ME: "Yes Ellie?"
ELLIE: ".........Um.....I have something to say.....but maybe I'll tell you at the end of class."
ME: "Ok, well anyway, back to the story... Yes, Sagelyn? Thank you for raising your hand."
SAGELYN: "My grandma broke her leg yesterday! So I prayed for her. She was climibing a mountain and was all the way up at the very top! She fell all the way down the mountain!"
JOSH: "Really? She was all the way at the tip top? I want to climb a mountain! I don't think my mom will let me though. Hey, my mom and dad slept in this morning, that's why we were late!"
ME: "Ok, how about we tell stories at the end of class? Right now we're going to talk about sharing, so please be reverent..."
Kacayla's hand shoots up
ME: "Yes Kacayla?"
KACAYLA: "Are we going to color today?"
ME: "Maybe, if you guys are good and we get through the lesson."

I think you get the point. Bless their sweet little spirits, they drive me nuts, but I can't help but love them.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tagged

My friend Carly tagged me. It's been a while, so here ya go:

4 Places I Visit Over and Over:
1. Work
2. Grantsville
3. My parents house
4. Laguna Beach, CA




4 People Who Call/Text/Email me regularly:
1. Brady
2. My mom
3. My sister Jessie
4. My friend Lisa





4 Favorite Foods (during pregnancy)
1. Peanut butter
2. Fresh fruit
3. Cereal
4. Chocolate malts


4 Places I'd Rather Be:
1. Hawaii- preferably floating in the ocean
2. Floating in a swimming pool (it's heaven when you're pregnant and so freaking hot and feeling like you weight a million pounds. It's nice to be cool and weightless!)
3. Like Carly, I wish I were leaving the hospital with my new baby.
4. New York City



4 Movies I'd Watch Over and Over:
1. Oceans 11
2. A Walk to Remember
3. Moulin Rouge
4. Chicago

4 Bands/Groups I love to listen to:
1. Keith Urban
2. Jack Johnson
3. Josh Groban
4. Goo Goo Dolls





4 People I'm Tagging:
1. Janaca
2. Kateka
3. Heidi
4. Janelle

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Another update

Thank you to all my sweet friends and family for your concern lately! I realize how blessed I am to be surrounded by good people that care about me. So many of you have offered to help out and I appreciate it so much. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

So, I went to my regular doctor today and good news! She doesn't feel like I need to be on strict bedrest at this point. Instead she suggested that I do a "modified" bedrest. I can return to work as long as I really take it easy, and when I come home I need to be in bed or just resting on the couch. I can't run any errands, do any cleaning, etc. I'm so relieved that I can still work, both for financial reasons and to keep from going crazy from boredom! And while it's nice to have an excuse to not do housework, it is actually very difficult for me to let that happen. I hate having things dirty or unorganized, but I think I hate asking people to do it for me even more. I have always been a little independent and I hate feeling like I am a burden to someone. Maybe this whole thing will teach me humility and to have more compassion for those who can't help themselves.

Anyway, I'm glad I can at least do a little bit. I am taking some pills that help keep the contractions under control a bit, but the downside is that they make me really dizzy. My mom was nice enough to pick me up today and take me to the doctor so I wouldn't have to drive in this condition. She also cleaned my house and made me lunch. Seriously, where would the world be without moms? I do need to keep taking the pills if I continue to have contractions (which I am) but my doctor said I can just take them as needed instead of every 6 hours like I was before. Hopefully the smaller dosage will decrease this dizziness.

We'll see how the next few weeks go. I'm crossing my fingers that it will be smooth sailing from here. It's hard to believe that I am almost at the end of this pregnancy! Sometimes it feels like I have been pregnant forever, and other times it feels like it has gone by so fast. I think that it takes so long for it to actually feel real, and once it does you realize you only have a few months and it's a little freaky. I am so excited though!

Thanks again for all your nice wishes and prayers on our behalf.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Early exit? Take two...

Apparently this baby is just not satisfied with her current home, even though her lease isn't up until the end of August. We had another drama unfold this last weekend when I started having regular contractions on Saturday morning. This time, they felt a little different. They felt more as I expected a contraction to feel, and some of them were getting strong. Still nothing too bad, but definitely uncomfortable. I spent the day on the couch trying to relax and stay hydrated, but they just kept coming. By about 4:00 Brady left work and came home to take me to the hospital. We went through the same drill as last time and they started monitoring my contractions. Turned out this time, they were 2-3 minutes apart!! Little scary. So they gave me a shot to stop them, things leveled off for about 30 minutes, then started right back up again. They ran some tests and got some mixed results and checked to see if I was dilating any more. Luckily I didn't seem to be dilating any more than I already was, but the nurse said my cervix was definitely anterior (forward) when at this point they would still expect it to be very posterior (more towards my back), so that was interesting. They hit me with another dose of the anti-contraction medication and waited for another hour to see what would happen.

This time I actually saw the doctor on call (he was so nice too) and he came in and recommended that I start a round of steroid shots just in case the baby was born early. These shots will help her lungs develop more quickly so that the chances of her having to be on oxygen would be lower. So, I got my first shot in my hip that night and then had to go back to the hospital 24 hours later for another one. My contractions may have been a little painful, but man did those steroid shots hurt! NOT fun. But, if it makes the baby have a better chance of being healthy, so be it.

After 2 shots of the anti-contraction medicine things were a little more leveled off, but my contractions weren't gone entirely. The nurses said they could try one more round and see what happened, or they could send me home with some pills as long as I promised to drink a lot of water and not do anything. By that point it was already 10:00 pm, we were both starving and starting to get tired, so I promised to be a good girl and they let me go. However, I am now ordered to bedrest for the next couple of days until I can see my regular doctor on Tuesday morning. I'm really hoping my doctor doesn't say I have to have strict bedrest for the next few weeks, because I'm not good at this kind of stuff. I've always been independent and I hate having to have other people wait on me. I always feel so guilty. But every time I stand up my stomach tightens up, so I'm doing my best to stay sitting or lying down as much as I can. Definitely not the most fun thing I have ever done, and I'm really worried about work. I have so much to do there and a lot of things that are depending on me at the moment, and I'm worried I'm letting everyone down. I need to not stress though and just focus on keeping my baby as healthy as possible. I just hope I can hang on even for 3 more weeks, and that my sanity will hang in there too.

Tomorrow is my doctor's appointment, so I will post an update when I find out more. In the meantime, I'll be home doing nothing, so if anyone needs someone to talk to feel free to give me a call! Or if you have any suggestions on good ways to pass the time, please send them my way.

On the bright side, I learned a new trick I can do with my large belly:

Happy 4th of July

I love the 4th of July! I think it's one of my favorite holidays. I love the BBQ's and the warm weather and I love fireworks. It's just an all around good time.

As has become our tradition in the last few years, we headed out to Grantsville to celebrate the holiday. We stayed overnight on Thursday and Brady's family participated in the Dusk 'til Dawn tennis tournament that is held every year. I happened to marry into a huge tennis family, and all of them are very good. Not just the immediate family either, the ENTIRE Nelson side of the family. And then you have me...I just run around the court and try not to close my eyes when I swing at the ball. It's pretty pathetic. Brady took state in high school, so I am no match for him.

Anyway, the tournament goes until about 3:00 AM, but we stayed until about 11:30. The next morning we got together again with the entire Nelson side of the family for the traditional July 4th breakfast at Grandpa Johnny's house and to watch the Grantsville parade. Not exactly the best parade you'll ever see, but the kids had fun catching the candy being thrown out.

Brady's sister McKenzie, his brother Logan, and Brady at breakfast:

Great-aunt Betty, Grandpa Johnny, Aunt Bevany, Uncle Mark, Brady, a very uncomfortable pregnant me (I've decided I truly despise preganant pictures of myself), and some other random relatives I can't keep track of at the parade:
Our niece Preslee showing off her 4th of July style:
We then headed over to a friends house for a dutch oven lunch, then Brady and I went swimming for a little while, which was heaven because I was roasting hot all day long. After a quick nap we went to see the fireworks, which were actually really good this year! Unfortunately we had to drive home that night since Brady had to work in the morning, but we had a good time. Gertie was exhausted, which was a nice change for her to get some energy out! We tried dressing her up for the holiday:


But as usual it didn't go too well:
Hope you all had a nice holiday!