Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The snow penguin!

You may recall Tuckers snow bunny sculpture last year. This year he let Keaton decide on what he should make. This is what Keaton chose:
A penguin! The kids loved it. Tucker is quite the champ at snow building.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Chuck E Cheese

Debby deserves top honors for her cakes. She always impresses me so much!

Keaton loved crusin' in this jeep.

Dax, Sophie, Ada, Reese, Kevin, Isabelle and Teagan.

Dax and Jana

Tyler, Alison, Kate, Alysia and Mom.

Ngoc Lan, Jeremy, Josh and Richard.

Dianne and Debby.

Shelby is so excited for her cake!
Blowing out the candles.

Shelby and ChuckE

Shelby got to try out the ticket wind tunnel. It was pretty funny.

Opening presents!

Shelby wanted her birthday party at ChuckECheeses this year. We invited all of our families and Jana and Dax. It turned out great. It was much easier to have it there. We ate pizza, played games, sang and opened presents. Shelby LOVED it! Thank you everyone for coming and making it a special birthday for Shelby.

Happy 6th Birthday Shelby!

6 years ago this week, my sweet little Shelby came into this world. I am going to write about her birth story since I never really wrote it down.

On February 1st 2005, I was working the night shift on the maternity floor at LDS hospital. I was working with my BFF Jana and we were taking our blood pressures like we always do. Mine was around 195-110. I was really surprised since my BP is usually always low. I had the resident come over and she took it and told me to go to Labor and Delivery. My Dr came in the morning and told me they were admitting me. I had to be pushed back over in a bed to my work. It was embarrassing because I felt fine.
Over the next week I was on bed rest and my blood pressure stayed higher then normal but not horrible. On the night of February 7th, things started to go south. My blood pressure spiked really high and would not go down even with medication. I had a horrible headache. They did labs and diagnosed me with HELLP syndrome. They were taking my blood pressure every 15 minutes and for the first time since I had been admitted I was scared. In the week that I had been in the hospital I hadn't really given thought that I might actually deliver early. In my naive ways, I thought that everything would be fine. I called my mom at 5:00 in the morning on the 8th and told her that they planned to deliver me via C-section that morning. I remember being so scared to call her because that made it real. She said that they would not be delivering me and that she was on her way right then. However, when she got to the hospital and saw the condition that I was in, she knew that it had to be done. I tried calling Tucker over and over again but I could not get him to answer. I finally called his mom to go wake him and bring him down. She had to bang on the window with a rake before he finally woke up. Once he got there they started the C-section. I felt so claustrophobic and scared during the surgery. Shelby did not cry when they took her out. My mom was able to hand her over to the NICU personnel so they could start working on her. After I was stitched up they wheeled me over in my bed to the NICU to see Shelby. She was so small. I couldn't see her for the next 24 hours because I was on a medication that I had to stay in bed for. The next few days I spent as much time in the NICU as I could with her. It was so hard to leave the hospital without her. I'm so proud of my sweet girl and how big of a fighter she is!
Shelby's very first picture. You can see that her head barely comes halfway up on Tuckers wrist.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Shelby's birthday trip.

Newport Beach! Shelby's favorite thing we did.
Keaton with his stick

Playing in the sand.

Walking to the water. There were a bunch of dolphins that were jumping out of the water. It was awesome!

California Adventures

I want one of those!

She was laughing so hard when the gondolas would swing.
Shelby and mama
Samantha, playing in her tournament.

Saying goodbye. The kids love her so much!

Keaton and Samantha

Last week we went to California for Shelby's birthday. It was so great, because Tucker was able to get off work so we could all go. We flew out on Wednesday morning and checked into our hotel in Anaheim. We just hung out around the hotel that night and went to Red Robin for dinner. The next day we spent the day at Newport Beach. This is what Shelby had been wanting to do for so long. The kids both had so much fun. We packed food and the kids ran around and walked in the water. It was such a good day. On Friday I had Tucker drop off me and Shelby at Disneyland for a few hours. We went over to California adventures and spent most of the time over there. Shelby loved the Ferris wheel and Soaring over California. We had to go over to Disneyland too so we could do Small world and Pirates of the Caribbean. Tucker picked us up that afternoon and we drove down to San Diego. We had to stop at Vista point on the way down so the kids could feed the chipmunks. That is one of their favorite things. We stayed with Tucker's cousins on Friday night. We love to see them. Saturday morning, Samantha had a tennis tournament that we wanted to watch before we left. I'm glad we did, because she is getting so good! We drove up to Long Beach that afternoon and checked into our hotel and then drove to Redondo Beach and ate outside at the Cheesecake factory. It was beautiful. The restaurant is right on the water and Keaton loved watching the boats. Sunday morning we flew home. I'm already ready for our next trip! My Dr says that I can't travel after I hit 24 weeks, so I really need to get it out of my system!

Presenting Keaton!

Keaton had a singing program at school last month. I was sitting in the auditorium before the kids came in and I hear a hysterical cry that sounded unfortunately similar to Keaton's. I decided to sit there and see if it would go away, but alas it did not. He walked in so sad and would not stop crying for the first 2 songs. It was embarrassing. After the 2 songs, he just sat there and made a frowny face. Of course when it was over, he jumped up with a smile and ran and got a cookie. Silly boy.

So sad...