Sunday, April 6, 2014

Goodbye, for now!

I'm taking a blog-cation and I don't know if I'll be back.

I'm focusing on being a better mommy and wife, wish me luck!

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

whirlwind of a week

This week has been utterly chaotic.

I'm slowly learning that things don't always go the way you want them to! 

.....and that sometimes that has to be okay, even when it's not.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Our sweet baby is two months old! At two months Sofie: loves to wiggle! She loves when we lay her on the floor so she can kick kick kick! She is very quick to let is know when she is getting tired :). She sleeps soo good at night! We put her down somewhere between 8-10 and she will only wake up for one feeding before 8 am. It's really nice! During the day she also loves to be held. If she falls asleep and we lay her down she wakes up! This little girl loves napping in her mamas arms. I'm sure this will never change, but she loves snuggling with her daddy! Taylor picks her up to snuggle her and she is in instant heaven and so am I. So grateful for this little one in our lives.

Monday, February 10, 2014


Early morning smiles.
Poop grunts.
Little sighs.
Toothless smiles.
Wide blue eyes.
Little legs kicking in the bathtub.
Wide mouthed yawns.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

One Month

Our sweet baby is one month old!
At one month, Sofie Dean LOVES snuggling with her Daddy. As soon as Taylor gets home from work, he takes her and they just snuggle for like, an hour! She just loooooves it!
She is really tall! Her hands and feet are huge! She is still wearing newborn clothes, but socks don't fit her long toesies!
She loves to have her face stroked when she is falling asleep.
Has the sweetest half-smiles that melt my heart!
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Sofie's Birth Story

I'm finally getting around to posting Sofie's birth story! Hopefully we can catch up on her full month of life today :)

Wednesday December 11th we headed in to our weekly doctor's appointment. It was a super sunny beautiful day...but FREEZING! Typical Cache Valley. I had been feeling pretty sick the night before so we weren't sure what to expect with this visit. I was 40 weeks and 1 day.

We headed in and did the usual vitals check and cervical check. I brought up that we had been feeling sick the night before and our doctor decided to do an ultrasound to check on our little baby.

The ultrasound revealed a low amount of amniotic fluid and the placenta apparently was getting worn out. Our doctor looked at us and said, "Are we ready to have a baby today?"

Taylor and I just looked and each other and grinned. This was the only doctor's visit that we DIDN'T bring our hospital bag to! Lame! 

We got dressed and just stood in the exam room for a minute. We were going to be parents! Taylor and I took a minute to just be with each other and absorb the news that we might have our baby today.


We went upstairs and got all checked in, it went by really fast! Before we knew it, we were all set up on the Pitocin and comfy in our hospital bed. I was dilated to a four when we started. 

In the meantime, Taylor was trying to figure out what he was going to do; the next day he had two finals for school. We were a little bit stressed out :)

As soon as they hooked me up to the contraction monitor, we noticed that I had already been having contractions 3-5 minutes apart! They were consistent too! I hadn't even been feeling them, it was crazy.

 This was my sister's idea! It was extremely clever because it totally worked! We had nurses in and out like you wouldn't believe!

My doctor had mentioned a few weeks back that at our hospital, it was okay to get the epidural ANYTIME! I wasn't sure exactly when I would want it, but I made sure to communicate with my nurse when we finally did. I think we had only been in the hospital for 2 hours or so when I decided to get the juice ;).

It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I just had to sit up and bend forward so the anesthesiologist could see my spine better. Taylor held my hands the whole time. The only downside was that they had to poke me twice due to a faulty catheter.

After we had the epidural, it was SO NICE! I could finally relax a little bit and even got a small nap in. We watched a movie and started watching some basketball (we kept the game on the whole time we were pushing! Too funny.)

About 7:30 or so, I really started to feel the contractions. The epidural just wasn't cutting it. I kept pushing the button and it didn't really get any better. Pretty soon after that I started running a fever and they immediately began taking my blankets. It was awful! I was freezing!

The nurses started getting all the equipment ready for Sofie to come. We were at a 10 already! I completely expected to be in labor throughout the night.

When we started pushing it felt like the epidural stopped working. It was still in and everything was fine-the pain was just really intense. The nurse was still with us, but soon after we started pushing, she ran out to have someone call our doctor. Baby was coming so fast!

Our doctor literally RAN in the room and delivered our baby. I couldn't believe she was here!

 Since I was running a fever during the delivery, there was some concern about the baby having an infection. We waited to hear from our pediatrician to find out what needed to be done. In the meantime, I was able to get more pain meds. I wasn't expecting so much pain after the delivery! Holy cow! When we finally got some test results back and met with our pediatrician, it was decided that Sofie needed to spend some time in the NICU for some preventative antibiotics.

 She had to have a little IV in her head. It was so hard to hold and cuddle her while there were so many cords hooked up to her.

 We are so glad that she is healthy and didn't have to spend more time in the NICU!

We are so glad that she is finally here and healthy! We love you baby girl!!

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sofie Dean Wood

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Taylor here:  It's been long over due since we have updated a new post.  Chandra went in for last checkup on Wednesday December 11.  The doctor sent us right upstairs to induce labor.  10 hours later Sofie Dean Wood was born.  She was 7 pounds 15 ounces and 20 inches long.  Attached are some pictures.  Chandra will have to get on sometime and update you all further.