Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Baby accessories

These are a few of my favorite things:

Boppy Pillow and Nursing Cover
The nursing cover is cool because not only does it have an adjustable neck strap and a boning piece at the top so you can easily see your baby, but it also has an adjustable reel that velcros from one side and around your back to the other so that it stays in place.
The boppy pillow is nice for nursing such a small baby and for letting her lay around.

Moby baby carrier/wrap
(Don't get confused by this picture, it's not really me, I definitely don't look that good yet :). I just don't have any pictures of me with my moby.)

A friend wrote about this on her blog(thanks Casey!) and I decided that I needed one too and they are great! I use it around the house, when I go on walks(I push the other two in our double stroller), and when we're out running errands. It's the perfect solution to freeing up both of your hands but have a baby that wants to be close.

bouncer chairI keep our bouncer on the counter in our kitchen. She sits in it during mealtimes.

Thank goodness for all these wonderful modern conveniences! Without them I'm sure I'd feel even more busy and stressed as a mom of three under four years of age.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Cullen Family

Alright, I admit that I have a little bit of an obsession with Stephenie Meyer's book Twilight. MTV productions is making her book into a movie(it better not be rated R) that they plan to release in the end of 2008 or early 2009. They are filming the movie right now in Oregon (why not in WA!? That's where the books take place!) and are still looking for some extras. Here is a picture of the Cullen Family(Edward is front and center):

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Man Tag

WHAT IS HIS FULL NAME ? Charles Scott Smith

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MARRIED? 4 and 1/2 years

HOW LONG DID YOU DATE? about 8 months before our wedding

WHO EATS MORE SWEETS? me, though we both like a little each day (but I'm sure he considers my amount more than just a little :))

WHO SAID I LOVE YOU FIRST? he did, on his 22nd birthday

WHO IS OLDER? He's 27 and I'm 24(but I'll be 25 in April)

WHO IS TALLER? he is by about 4 inches

WHO IS SMARTER? he majored in engineering, I majored in Marriage Family and Human Development so we have different smarts

WHO CAN SING BETTER? He can sing tenor better, I can sing alto better :)

WHO DOES THE LAUNDRY? we both do

WHO PAYS THE BILLS? usually me

WHO COOKS DINNER? I do because I'm home but on the weekends sometimes he'll make something or he'll help out

WHO MOWS THE LAWN? He does.

WHO SLEEPS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BED? It depends. I like to sleep closer to the bathroom

WHO DRIVES? I usually drive because Scott's at work, but when he's home he drives. We're both pretty safe drivers, we drive the speed limit or maybe 5 over which is considered really slow here in Utah, everyone passes us up! But he's probably still a better driver than me...well a better observer. sometimes I don't see cars coming and I have trouble backing out of our driveway though you'd think i'd have it down after 6 months of living here

WHO IS MORE STUBBORN? we both are about different things, though perhaps my list of "things" is longer :)

WHO KISSED WHO FIRST? he bent down to kiss me but of course I let him and kissed him back :)

WHO ASKED WHO OUT? he did

WHO PROPOSED? he did

WHO HAS MORE SIBLINGS? I do. There's 11 children in my family, I have 4 whole siblings and 6 half; and 4 in his, with 2 whole siblings and 1 half

WHO WEARS THE PANTS? we both do, literally. I suppose, metaphorically, we each have a leg

I TAG EVERYONE THAT READS THIS AND WANTS TO PLAY!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Beautiful children

Here is Annabelle after her bath. We had to put her binky in right away to keep her from screaming :)

Annabelle likes to have both hands on the sides of her head at all times, especially when she's sleeping

Elisabeth and Charles fresh and clean!
Annabelle got a new head band today that actually fits (thanks April)! Doesn't she look adorable in it!

Whoops! :)

Thank you

We've gotten so many sweet emails, phone calls, and gifts for Annabelle's birthday and I just want to thank everyone for all your love and kindness. We were able to have my mom stay with us for 10 days and she just flew out this morning. She was a HUGE help(cleaned, cooked, bought groceries, woke up with the kids, babysat etc.) and we really appreciate all that she did for us. We feel very blessed to have such wonderful family and friends.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Playing dress-up


Tonight we had a combined Relief Society and Young Women activity where moms and daughters dressed up in period clothing and got their picture taken. The costumes were fantastic! A lady in my ward has worked in costume design for over 20 years and has been involved with movies like Legacy and The Work and the Glory. She brought some of the costumes that the actors used in these movies and let us use them in our pictures! Here we are-three generations.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

We love sweet Annabelle!

I've decided that newborns are the sweetest most wonderful things on earth(along with my husband and children of course :))! They are so soft, warm and cuddly, they have an amazing distinct baby smell, and are so tiny and compact that I just want to hold them all day long and never let them go. This reminds me of a Cosby episode where Dr. Huxtable doesn't want his wife to hold a little baby because he says they are a trap that can sell anything! He says that right now they are so sweet and little and smell so good, but you've got to remember that it grows up! They become teenagers and want your money and cause problems. It's false advertising and totally dishonest.... or so he says :). Anyways, enough of the Cosby Show and on to our sweet little Annabelle.

Annabelle is currently sleeping in bed with us (we did this with both our other kids as well for at least the first couple weeks of life) and she is such a dream. She wakes up every 2-3 hours to nurse and then goes right back to sleep. I'm also mostly asleep during the nursing since we're lying in bed which is nice because I don't feel much sleep deprivation. We feel so blessed to be able to raise another one of Heavenly Father's beautiful and precious children.

This little girl is just so cute that I find myself constantly snapping photos so that I can always remember how little and sweet she was. In most of the pictures her eyes are closed because she always seems to be sleeping, though I did manage to get one with her eyes opened. Unfortunately they were also crossed, oh well, it's still too cute. I even got one with her smiling (probably due to gas :))!

Annabelle with Granny Garnica

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Annabelle Rojean Smith

Here is our newest family photo!
Annabelle was born Saturday February 16th at 121pm in the Alta View Hospital in Sandy, Utah. She weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20 inches long. She has the same light coloring as Elisabeth, light brown hair and blueish eyes.
We went to the hospital yesterday morning for my scheduled induction. My doctor started me on pitocin around 10am but I didn't actually start feeling contractions until about 11am. I got an epidural around noon and felt the need to push an hour later but my doctor wasn't ready! The nurses said, "Oh! I can see her head, but don't push because the doctor is next door delivering someone else!" Those were an uncomfortable 20 minutes of waiting, but we did fine and as soon as the doctor arrived I pushed and out she came! Everything went very well, I feel great and Annabelle is healthy and strong and so we were able to come home fast. The family loves her, Elisabeth can't get enough of her and we're all just so pleased to have her join our family.











Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Yesterday was Valentine's Day and we decided to make heart shapes with whatever meals that we could possibly think of :). So for breakfast we had pink heart shaped pancakes, for lunch we had sandwiches with pink heart shaped rice krispie treats, and for dinner we had a heart shaped cheese pizza from Papa Murphy's. Even though I'm still pregnant, we had a wonderful day and it was so nice(and still is nice of course) to have Granny here with us!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Still pregnant

Today I had my doctor's appointment...not much of a change, I'm dilated between a 1-2 and not really effaced much. Maybe we'll have a Valentine's baby! If we do, Scott wants to name her Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty), we could call her Aphro for short :), just kidding, I won't let him do that! My mom flies in tomorrow night, I'll be counting on her to keep me sane and it'll be so nice to have her here with the kids when we have to go to the hospital.

My brother Fred and his cute wife Robin just had their baby girl on Sunday February 10! Her name is Reese and we can't wait to see her!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Book Review

I recently finished Dean Hughes, Children of the Promise books which includes 5 historic novels. These books focus on a couple of families that are living during the time of World War 2. A few of the family members are fighting in the war. I didn't like reading all the war details and in fact I ended up skimming through a lot of the war prisoner and battle stuff because it was a little too much for me but overall I really liked these books. I liked how well I got to know a couple of the families and I was a little sad when it had to end. But there is another continuing series that Hughes did later called the Hearts of the Children that I'll probably try to get a hold of soon.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Snow track

The kids each have their own little snow shovels that we picked up at Walmart for a few dollars and they LOVE to help me shovel the snow, so our front drive and sidewalk stay pretty clear. The other day we decided we'd go out back and shovel our concrete patio just because the sun was shining, I was hoping it'd help get this baby out, and we didn't really have anything better to do. When I opened the back door and took a step out my calf was hidden in the snow. I decided I'd better get to work and start some sort of path that the kids could follow, but man, it was hard! We cleared about half of the patio but by that point I was pretty exhausted so we decided to just make a little trail around the other half so that they could bring their little cars out of the garage and ride them around in a circle. It ended up being a nice little car track that kept them happy and busy for quite some time.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

38 weeks

I had my 38 week doctor's appointment today and I was hoping to report some great news on my progression but unfortunately, my doctor was busy delivering someone else's baby so I didn't get my cervix checked. The nurses checked the heartbeat and measured my abdomen and everything is looking normal, so we'll see what happens. I'm hoping that the baby will come before my next appointment which is in a week but who knows? My mom flies in a week from tomorrow (Wednesday the 13th) and my due date is that Friday the 15th, and if the baby doesn't come by then, I'll be induced on Saturday the 16th. With both my other kids I never made it to my due date so I'm hoping that will be the case with this one too. I've been doing a lot of physical activity lately, hoping to help get things started but so far it doesn't seem to be helping any. If anyone has any suggestions for things that worked well for them, or for someone they know, to help get labor going, feel free to share, I'm willing to try different things as long as they're pretty safe :).

Monday, February 4, 2008

Church Press Conference

The new first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was announced today during a press conference.

2nd Counselor- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
1st Counselor- Henry B. Eyring
Prophet-Thomas S. Monson

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Potential for a good day


Yesterday, Saturday, had so much potential for being a great day. In fact I was looking forward to it all week. I had my traditional pregnancy pedicure scheduled for 330pm, and before that Elisabeth and I were going on a mommy-daughter date(our first) to the dollar theater to see Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium...it was her first movie theater experience since she was a little tiny baby. Unfortunately, because I was so excited for these activities, when things didn't go exactly according to plan I felt completely disappointed. I should have taken Marjorie Hinckley's advice to "Expect the worst, and if it doesn't happen, you'll be pleasantly surprised!". So you're probably wondering, 'what happened?' Here's the story:

The day started out all wrong. I woke up at 4am, I suppose to go to the bathroom, it's something that happens several times in the night, but this time I couldn't fall back to sleep. Later that morning we all went grocery shopping which isn't exactly fun when you have two independent little ones, and when you're on a tight budget. When we got home we made lunch and got ready to head out to the movies. Scott and Charles dropped us off and said they'd be back at 2pm to pick us up. Elisabeth was really excited and curious to go into the theater and sit in the big folding chairs, but once we got to about the middle of the movie you could tell she was bored out of her mind. Luckily I had brought carmel corn, cookies and a lollipop so that tied her down for awhile but once she was finished with those she just wanted to stand on her chair and look around, climb the chair, bounce on the chair, take her boots off, lay on the chair, climb on top of mommy etc. About 10 minutes before the movie was finished she finally asked if we could go home now. To kill a little more time I told her that was fine but that she needed to get her boots back on first (remember it's really dark in the theater so it took her quite some time to find them and get them on the right feet). We finished the movie and went out to wait for the boys to pick us up, but they ended up being 30 minutes late. When we got home I changed into some flip flops and took off to my pedicure appointment. The only time I get pedicures is when I'm about to have a baby because they can be pretty pricey, so I had been looking forward to this hour pedicure since the conception :). The girl who gave the pedicure did an okay job, but she finished probably 10 minutes early and only did the foot scrub/rub part for a few minutes. Most of the time my feet were just soaking in warm water. I felt a bit riped off. When I got home I told Scott that from now on I'm just going to have him give me a pedicure and that way I can have him scrub and rub my feet as long as I want :), and then I'll just go in to have them do the toe nail polish. Later that evening we had problems getting Elisabeth to bed which never happens. She's normally so good about going to bed but since we've started trying to help her stop sucking her thumb at night she's been having problems. So after she got up probably 5 times, and each time saying, "I can't go to sleep mommy, I don't want to. I can't do anything and I just can't believe", I decided to give up the thumb sucking battle for now. You know, after writing this all out, it really doesn't seem like the day was ALL that bad, but since I was tired and since I'm 9 months pregnant(I blame almost EVERYTHING on that), things just seemed so much more dreadful, and in fact, I spent a good part of the day in tears :), I know, it's humiliating.