Monday, December 2, 2013

Jaxon Brad Theurer

He's here! Friday November 22nd at 5:47 AM we welcomed our sweet baby Jaxon to our family. Here are some pictures and the story of his birth.  
First Family Photo
(Warning to readers that this is a really long post about natural child birth) Before I was ever married or pregnant I made up my mind that I wanted to try to have my children naturally. When I told my doctor this, he said less than half of the women who say they want to go natural actually do, and it's especially hard with your first. He suggested I get a doula or midwife, but I knew the only person I would really want "coaching" me or whatever you want to call it was Brad. We prepared by taking a 5 week class at the hospital on Hypnobirthing. The Mongan method of Hypnobirthing is based on the bodies amazing capability to allow birth. The short explanation is that you find ways to relax and let your body do the work. I didn't buy into everything but it was a really helpful class and good for Brad and I to take together to get ready for our little guy to come. 

In my mind I convinced myself that I would go into labor early. My mom had all 6 of her children two weeks early and when they had measured Jaxon in the ultrasound he was measuring big and to be due earlier. All this did was make me crazy the last week of pregnancy. As soon as Brad got home from his interview in Dallas on the 15th I was determined to kick start my own labor.. We tried about everything, but the only thing that changed was that my legs were sore from walking so much. Thursday the 21st was the doctors appointment and four days before my due date. We were really happy to hear that I had progressed and was 90% effaced and 3cm dilated. He stripped my membranes while doing the cervical check and said he was hopeful that it would help and I would go into labor that weekend. Two hours later, around 4:00, I started to feel some cramping. Brad and I decided to go start walking around to keep things moving. We walked up and down about every isle of Walmart, Kholes, and Bed Bath & Beyond. I was still feeling good and the contractions were far apart so we decided to keep our dinner plans and go to Chili's with the other couples in our fourplex. I continued to have contractions through dinner but we didn't tell anyone and it was a good distraction to be hanging out with friends for a little while. (Later Kierra told me she could tell something was up haha :). 

We decided to keep trying to distract ourselves so we went to Brad's parents house (they were out of town in Cedar City) and watched some recorded shows they had. At about 10:30 we headed home and contractions started to pick up. They were about every 4-5 min and getting more intense. I walked around a lot, bounced on my yoga ball, and finally decided to lay in the bath for a while. One of our goals was to stay at home until labor was well established. I didn't want to be at the hospital forever and since we live so close, I was waiting until I knew for sure it was time to go. After the bath I was going to try to blow dry and straighten my hair. I guess part of me wanted to look decent, but really I was just looking for something to distract myself a little longer. I started to blow dry my hair, but every 2 minutes I would have to stop and hold onto Brad while I had a contraction. At 2:00 am After trying to do my hair and make it through contractions for 20 minutes I told Brad I thought It was time to go. We had all our stuff packed but Brad was flustered trying to get everything together, pull the car up, and be with me every two minutes as I was having a contraction. Right as he had everything ready and we were going to walk out I had a really intense contraction. I looked up at Brad half way through it and said "I think I'm going to puke." This sounds way gross writing it out like this, but I threw up all over the bathroom. Brad was worried about me and just wanted to get to the hospital so he told me to leave it and get to the car because we needed to go. When we got to the car all I could think about was how our whole apartment was going to smell like puke and we actually laughed about it as we were driving to the hospital.

We pulled up to the round about entrance of the hospital. It was early in the morning so no one was around and Brad left the car parked right in front to take me upstairs and get checked in. This is funny because he forgot he left the car parked right outside the hospital doors and didn't end up going to move it until after Jaxon was born. Anyway Brad got us all checked in and they checked my cervix and I was dilated almost to a 6. The nurses were happy I had progressed as far as I had at home.
In Labor and Delivery

On the labor and delivery floor there is a big Jacuzzi tub that I used for the next hour to continue laboring in. The warm water and jets really helped to ease the pressure as my contractions became more intense. I still felt in control of my contractions at this point but they were becoming harder and longer. I stopped talking a lot and was quiet for the most part. Brad was annoying me and being so helpful at the same time. He held my hand, kissed my forehead, and kept telling me about how proud he was of me and how excited he was to meet our son. At the time I was a little bugged he was so happy while I was the one doing all the work (haha I remember telling him he should have to do every other contraction), but he really was trying hard to do everything he could to help me. 
Going home outfit!
Around 3:30 we went back to the room for them to check me. I had only dilated to 6.5 cm. This is when I had a little freak out. The hardest part was not knowing how long I was going to be in labor. I needed a timeline to help me mentally, but I didn't have one. Brad and the nurse were really helpful to get me to relax again and just focus on getting the baby to progress with every contraction.
 The next two hours were hard. Every two minutes, during a contraction, Brad would push against my hip and pull my knee in to help relieve pressure. I kept grabbing the back of his arm and squeezing/pinching really hard. It's funnier to hear him tell the story, but I was squeezing so hard that I left bruises and scratches on his arm through three layers of clothes. In between contractions I actually fell asleep a couple times, trying my best to stay relaxed. A funny side note to all of this is that in our class when we took a tour of labor and delivery they showed the men where they could go hang out and get free drinks and food while their wives were in labor. Brad thought this was awesome and was excited to enjoy himself with free stuff. Haha yeah, well there was no way I was letting Brad leave my side for two seconds. He was awesome! I wasn't very nice at the time and I'm pretty sure I told him this was the only child we were ever having, but he was happy and encouraging through it all. 

Finally I felt like I was ready to push, but my water hadn't broken and I could feel it in the way. They checked me and said that I was fully dilated and they thought they could call the doctor to break my water if I wanted. The doctor was about 15 minutes away and I wasn't going to wait through every contraction so I pushed as hard as I could on my next contraction and broke my own water. After that everything went really fast. The doctor wasn't there yet, but Brad and the nurses could see his head and so they told me to start pushing. The doctor walked in about ten minutes after I started pushing and Jaxon was delivered about five minutes after that. Pushing and delivering Jaxon was my favorite part of the whole labor experience. Brad kept looking down and then back at me and telling me how excited he was and how close I was to meeting our son. I felt in control of my body and as soon as he was delivered i had instant relief and a surge of so much adrenaline that my legs were shaking.
In our birth preferences we asked that they wait to do all his medical assessments until after the first hour. This was so great because right after he was delivered and Brad cut the cord, they placed him on my chest and we were able to enjoy the first hour together as a family. Jaxon laid on my chest with his eyes wide open looking at Brad and I, as we talked to him. It was such a special time for the three of us to spend together. After that hour we were taken upstairs to the mother and baby unit. We spent the rest of that day (Friday), and left the hospital on Saturday at 1pm.

We loved having friends and family come visit at the hospital. We were proud parents, very excited to show him off. We also loved spending the entire 2 days together.

The last 10 days have been so fun getting to know our little guy! At the same time they have been overwhelming and a little scary (sleep-deprivation is a reality), but we are so happy to have our baby boy here. Overall he has been a good baby. He started eating well from the very beginning, and I am slowly working on a sleep schedule. We love when he is awake and it is crazy to see how much he is changing from day to day. Even though it has been such a short time it is hard to imagine our lives without him. We love our baby Jaxon :)

1st Thanksgiving

Monday, November 11, 2013

Two Weeks

Yes, it is true....only two weeks until the due date of our little Rocket (Don't worry we will figure out his real name eventually)! I know every expectant mother says the same thing, but I am so ready for him to be here. I have been feeling extra large and heavy, and the stretch marks and face swelling are not exactly helping my self esteem. At the same time I know I will miss my little guy inside me. I feel so connected to him and everything is going to change.

 For two and a half years it has just been Brad and I. We are each others best friends. When I first got pregnant I had morning sickness everyday. After a few weeks of not necessarily being myself I can remember Brad saying how he missed his lovey wife who always wanted to cuddle and be close to him. I know he didn't mean to make me cry but I felt so sad that our relationship was changing or that I had let him down. Since then I have tried to remember that pregnancy is hard for me, but that doesn't make it easy for Brad. After that I think he has been careful about the words he chooses haha. He has been awesome telling me all the time how he loves my belly and thinks I look beautiful. He has even put up with the fast food runs at midnight and my crying during any sort of sentimental commercial or story on TV. He is going to be a great dad and I can't wait to be parents together!

Anyway, our lives have continued to stay busy this last month. I stopped working a few weeks ago, but babysat for a family for a few weeks in Smithfield and have been finishing lots of buying and small projects before Rocket comes. Brad has been interviewing at dental schools, going to class, and finished up his coaching with a sad loss for Logan this last weekend. His final interview is in Dallas this Friday, so baby better not decide to come while he is gone.

 This last Saturday we spent the whole day moving and organizing our apartment to fit a third member of the family. Even though the front room is a living room/nursery I like how it turned out. I love our little one-bedroom apartment and it will work great until this summer when we move away.

Oh yeah and I dropped my phone in water so these are the only pictures I have from the last month:
Halloween party random costumes

They are so excited to be aunts! (large belly :)


About two weeks ago was our wards Young Women in Excellence program. It is when all the girls are spotlighted for everything good they have been doing the last year and to recognize them in their personal progress. The theme for mutual this year has been "Stand in Holy Places", so as leaders and girls we decided to make our theme for the night about temples.
 I am not super crafty and events like this freaked me out when I first got asked to serve in my calling, but it ended up being the perfect night. Leading up to the night we had an activity back in September where we took the girls to the Logan temple grounds and had a little devotional. They were given time to go off on their own and write their testimonies and goals to "go inside someday." Afterwards I did a little photo shoot of the girls around the temple (not exactly a photographer, but we had fun :). Their pictures were displayed that night by their testimonies/goals and projects they have completed this year. I forgot to take pictures from the actual night, but here are some from the activity that were displayed.
In this calling I continue to worry and stress about every activity, lesson, and program we have. I wanted to put a post up to remind myself later that I love these girls and I love my calling. I know that our savior loves every single one of us individually. He wants us to feel the blessings of happiness the gospel can bring in this life so we can live eternally with him someday.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Baby Shower

 At the beginning of October Jen (Indonesia travel partner = friends for life) was nice enough to throw me a baby shower! Her and Teresa made it so cute with lots of baby Rocket decorations and delicious treats. I just got around to looking at the pictures and it was fun to remember how many family members and friends came. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many awesome people and great examples to help us and support our little family to be.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Weekend stories

This last weekend was a busy one. Friday night was the Logan High School Homecoming game. I took my camera to document Brad coaching :). He has enjoyed coaching, even if it is a little frustrating dealing with high school boys. Its been fun to have a weekly game to go watch again, and for Brad to be around football. So far they are undefeated and we hope it stays that way!

Oh.. and one of my Young Women, Becca, was crowned homecoming queen which made the whole night that much more exciting :)!

Early Sunday morning Brad and I took off on a twelve hour drive to Lincoln, Nebraska for his first of many Dental School interviews. We spent a lot of the drive there talking about questions they might ask and learning about the school. He was a little nervous, but felt that overall it went really well...Lets be honest..who wouldn't want Brad as a student at their Dental School? (at least that's how I feel ha :)  It was a lot of driving for two days, but overall it really wasn't too bad and we had a good time together.
Last, but not least today is Brad's 25th Birthday! He didn't get much of a break after our trip and had to be up early finishing an assignment, and to make up a lab from yesterday that he missed. I made him lunch and drove him to pick up the surprise I had for his birthday. With the help of his parents I got his football jersey framed. My coaches did mine for me when I was done playing and it is cool to have, so now he has his framed and it will be fun to hang them next to each other someday in our home :). He had a couple other small gifts that he enjoyed and a fun family dinner at Kabuki.

Tailgate/32 weeks

I am late on the blog updating but here is some fun events from our lives the last month or so...

Brad and Jared organized a house tailgate party before the first home game up here in Logan. We enjoyed our little party with some food in front of our house, watching football, and hanging out before the game.

Afterwards we all cleaned up and went to the game together. It was fun to be able to sit by Brad, but I was a little sad not getting to watch him run out and play.

I am 32 weeks pregnant! Yeah..crazy how the weeks left gets smaller and smaller. besides an aching back, needing lots of sleep, and random panic attacks, I'm feelin good! I can't wait to meet our little boy! Here are a couple things I have been working on the last couple weeks and some pictures of my growing belly (for the family who requested it).

Laurens Baby Shower!

top: Car seat cover (second thinking the fabric..too girly?) bottom: jungle quilt!          

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Happy July

Probably more like we are happy to have July over. We did a few fun things, but for the most part it was filled with Brad's 10-12 hour study days and me working or sitting in a hot house by myself looking for new projects for the second month in a row. Well, it all payed off! This past weekend Brad scored a 25 on the DAT! That score puts him in the 99.8% (yes, my husband is a genius!!). Out of 13,000 people who took the DAT last year only 50 people received this score or better. He really did put everything he had into this test and I am so proud of him for working as hard as he did. For the most part applications are finished and we have applied to three Texas schools, Louisville, Marquette, University of Utah, Ohio State, and Nebraska. He is sending out secondary applications and will start traveling this Fall for interviews. By January we should know where we're moving next year at this time.

We drove down for the 4th of July to spend the day with my family. I love having them so close! We enjoyed visiting with family we don't see very often and eating lots of great food. The highlight for me was the dinner show put on at the end of the night by my little sister Ashley and cousin Tanner.
Girl cousins!
 Girls camp was the second week in July. The theme was "I am a Mormon.. I know it, I live it, I love it!" It was so fun for me to get to know all my young women better. Brad was able to come one night and be the priesthood. I had a lot of energy the whole week we were there, but took a good 3-4 hour nap the day we got home and realized that a week of camping doesn't sit so well on a pregnant body :). (Totally worth it though)

This summer Brad has been a sub for a few softball teams. He couldn't commit to a team with all his time studying, but goes when Matt calls him up and they need someone for the night. Apparently while I was gone at camp he helped a team come back with two home runs, one of which was a walk off at the end of the game (The story is way better when Matt tells it). They asked Brad to come back and play in the championship. I was able to go to this game, but sadly they lost. It was still fun to see Brad hit a home run and the highlight was going to clean the sink at Angies after the game. It was a first for Brad's parents and Grandma. We didn't even come close to finishing, but it was a good try.