*Recap of 2012*

To say the least 2012 was a difficult year, also a VERY rewarding year. Here is a little (well a lot) of what happened

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  • Late December 2012 we found out that our precious baby boy was retaining fluid in his brain and after that I had multiple doctor’s apt
  • We had learned that our baby would be handicap and they didn’t know the severity of things
  • On January 31, I went to the University of Utah hospital for an MRI and ended up in the L&D room for early labor. I was in the hospital for a week before being sent home strictly on bed rest.
  • That week we learned that our baby most likely had a condition called Holoprosencephaly (we would only know for sure after he was born) which is where the brain does not separate from the right and left side, which in most cases causes severe retardation (btw I hate that word) major face deformations and many babies don’t make it through birth and the ones who do, don’t live very long.

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  • While in the hospital I lost my job, which also happened to be who we had insurance through.
  • While on bed rest countless of hours were spent trying to figure out health insurance, possible unemployment, Medicaid, and any financial help we could find, unfortunately at that time things were not looking good for us, since I was in bed rest I couldn’t qualify for unemployment and since I haven’t been a U.S. Resident for 5 years I did not quality for Medicaid, and cobra was going to be SUPER expensive.
  • Meanwhile Lance was working LOTS of over time also while trying to take care of me while on bed rest.
  • I went in for another check up on Feb 29 (hoping that things were looking better and that I would be taken out of bed rest) however, I got re-admitted to the hospital I was 28 ish weeks pregnant, things were not looking good. my cervix went from measuring 1.5 cm (which is extremely thin) to .5 cm and I was dilated 2 cm.

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  • While I was still in the hospital from being admitted the end of Feb, on Tuesday March 6, 2012 at 12AM I started to bleed, was told everything was ok and the baby was fine.  Around 4 am things got worse and I was rushed to labor and delivery, I was dilated to a 4 and my doctor was optimistic that we could hold off labor a little longer… Long story short… after 16 hrs of labor (unwanted labor) there was no more stopping labor around 7 pm I was dilated to an 8 and it was time for the epidural, at 9:07 a beautiful little 3 pound 4 oz baby boy was born. We just got a tiny glimpse of him and off to the NICU he went. It was almost midnight before we were able to go to the NICU and see him. I will never forget that day (definitely didn’t go according to plan)
  • On March 8 I got released from the hospital and Lance and I went home, without our baby.
  • Lance and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary
  • My wonderful sister, mother in law, and Lance’s aunts threw me a wonderful baby shower where we got VERY spoiled.
  • After Sebastian was born it was a crazy busy month, I don’t think we missed a day of taking a trip to SLC to visit our baby boy, poor Lance was still working over time, surviving on hardly any sleep while I felt hopeless trying to find a job while I was supposed to be on maternity leave with my baby boy in my arms.

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  • I was fortunate to find a wonderful job at McKenna Financial Services in which I started part-time May 7th.
  • Sebastian’s due date 5/14/2012 came and he was still not home
  • I celebrated my first mother’s day (which I hope will be better next year)
  • Lance and I took a weekend off to go camping with our good friends Liz and Jared, we felt very guilty but we were very stressed and overwhelmed and simply tired of the drive to SLC every day it was a good weekend (it was hard to enjoy knowing we had a little baby fighting for his life, but it was much-needed and I’m glad we were able to do that.)
  • Sebastian had his first surgery on May 30th where he got a Nissen (they tied his stomach around his esophagus to stop him from refluxing) they inserted a G feeding tube in his belly, and repaired 3 hernias.
  • Sebastian had an MRI and the doctors confirmed he had Holoprosencephaly, 4 days after that the day after a ward fast for our family we spoke to genetics who told us Sebastian did NOT have holoprosencephaly, which now meant we didn’t know what he had but we knew it’s nowhere close to as bad as the doctors had thought. (WHAT A BLESSING THAT WAS)

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  • Finally the day that I thought would NEVER come was finally here, June 15, 2012 probably one of the happiest day’s of the year, Sebastian got to come home. He weighed 10 pounds at the time and was 3 ½ months old
  • Adjusting to a baby with a feeding tube was not easy, Lance and I took a week off to try to adjust to things.
  • Lance Celebrated his first father’s day

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  • Lance’s Brother and his family from Canada came to visit we had SO much fun spending time with them.
  • By the time Sebi was home for a month things were starting to feel normal, Lance and I were used to our work schedule and taking care of Sebi on our own. We had gotten used to his sleeping patterns. He started smiling mid July, and talking end of July, his smiles just melts my heart. And it’s SO fun to listen to him talk.
  • On July 29th Sebastian got blessed, it was an AMAZING day, he looked SO cute in his little outfit, we were surrounded by loved ones and lance gave him the most wonderful baby blessing I have ever heard. That was SUCH a wonderful day, the feeling I had during that brief moment of silent before his blessing was incredible. I felt like no matter what happens Sebastian WILL be ok, and we as a parent will also be ok.

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  • Sebastian had a swallow study and he passed a honey consistency, which meant we could start practicing bottle feeding.
  • Sebastian also went to see the Neo-Surgeon who had good news for us, that the fluid in his brain was stable.

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SEPTEMBER

  • Sebastian had surgery #2 where they repaired his cleft palate, split uvula, put tubes in his ears, and clipped his tongue
  • Sebi had another swallow test and passed the nectar consistency
  • Lance and I got to go through the temple and get sealed as a family for all time and eternity

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  • Lance and I celebrated our birthday’s in which his mom Jan was super nice and threw us a wonderful combined party.
  • Sebastian had his first Halloween and he was a baby duck and looked SO cute
  • We were given the go ahead to remove Sebastian’s G-Tube because we were able to fully transition him to the bottle

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  • Yet another swallow test this time he didn’t pass any thinner liquids than before, so still with the nectar consistency
  • Sebastian had surgery # 3 his circumcision with a little more to it
  • we celebrated thanksgiving at the Turners and as always had a wonderful dinner and great time with them, Sebastian even ate a little bit of sweet potato.

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  • Sebi’s first CHRISTMAS oh how wonderful Christmas was, the Turners came over to our home on Christmas eve where we ate lots of yummy food, played games and had a wonderful little Christmas devotional, Christmas day we woke up early and opened presents, it was so fun of course Sebastian had no idea what was going on but it was definitely fun to spend Christmas with our little guy, We went to the Turners for lunch and then went to my sister’s later that evening, Sebastian got so spoiled by everyone and it was a very long non napping day.
  • Surgery # 4 Sebastian had his G-tube hole repaired
  • New years eve is probably one of my favorites holiday’s we go to the Turners and they have a super great party with lots of game food and noises as midnight hits. Sebastian went to bed around 8 and we were at the Turners until 5:30 am

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This is SO super long and I apologize. But I just couldn’t forget 2012. Now looking back I wouldn’t change a thing, all the trials and challenges we went through made us SO much stronger, made us become better people, built our faith and testimony, brought us closer to our heavenly father, and most importantly thanks to Richard G. Scott 2012 makes perfect sense, it was in 2012 that the Lord felt that Lance and I were prepared to grow more therefore he gave us experiences that stimulated growth, understanding, and compassion which polishes us for our everlasting benefit. To get us from where we are to where He wants us to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain. And that’s exactly what 2012 was about.

I feel so blessed that my Heavenly father trusts Lance and I to have SUCH a special baby boy who brings us so much joy and laughter every single day.

Thank you so much to everyone who has been there for us in the year 2012 for all the prayers the support, the financial help the meals brought to us, the many gifts to Sebi, and everything else.

And most of all thanks to my wonderful husband, it hasn’t been an easy year for any of us, I think he definitely had the worst of it.  I don’t know where I would be without my sweetheart, Lance thanks for ALL you do for our family!

What to expect from 2013:

-Sebastian’s first birthday
-LESS SURGERIES
-Brazil trip in July
-Lance’s 3 year anniversary at Thrive
–My 1 year anniversary at McKenna Financial
-Our 5 year anniversary and 1 year temple anniversary

And many more unknown wonderful things in Image

Our Baby Boy!

On December 6th we found out we are having a boy, we couldn’t be more excited about this news. we found out at 17 weeks, so at that point we haven’t yet found out if our due date is changing, or if he is measuring right on track, However the ultra sound tech did say that everything looked good. On Tuesday Dec 27 we will go in for our 20 week ultrasound, we are SO excited to see our baby boy again… 

Today is Christmas Eve, and I am pretty sure I have received the greatest Christmas present ever, I officially felt my baby move for the first time this morning!!! 🙂 Lance is pretty sure he felt him to, so we are having a WONDERFUL start to the day…

Also tomorrow is I will officially be 20 weeks, so we are VERY excited to finally hit that half way mark! only 20 more weeks till we meet our precious little baby boy.

Anyways, just to give everyone a quick update… 

 

Much needed update

Wow what has happened since June. I can’t even think that far back seems like FOREVER ago. Well after our kitchen painting project we haven’t even started on the rest of the house, it’s just so much work, but we are hoping to one day have the whole house painted.

In August we went to St. George with our awesome friend Stephanie and Austin Adams, we had SO much fun. We went and saw the little Mermaid at the Tuacahn, we shopped the outlets, went swimming, and just had so much fun relaxing, that was definitely the highlight of our summer.

Lance and I had been trying to get pregnant for over a year now, and the Dr. finally decide to put me on clomid (which I took for 4 months) to help me ovulate. It was a very stressful 4 months full of crazy side effects and many negative pregnancy tests; it was definitely taking a toll on me. Once August came around I decided it was time to take a break and move on with our lives, I called the nurse to let her know I was taking a break from Clomid and she said before I did that I had to come in to the doctors and take a ovulating test, I said fine, even though I was just ready to be done with it. Meanwhile Lance and I had decided that we’d be going to Brazil in April 2012…. I’ve been here for 13 years and have NEVER been able to set a date to go to Brazil, I was absolutely stoked about going (even though it was more than 6 months away) I called my parents told them our plans and we couldn’t be happier, I had something incredible to look forward to. The next day I decided to sign up for weight watchers (was so excited to lose a couple pounds) the very next day the nurse calls me and say I ovulated and according to my Dr. he was pretty sure I was pregnant at that time. I kinda freaked out, I was ready to give up on the baby thing, at that point I wasn’t even sure I was ready for it all, I still had to wait over a week before I could take a test, (of course I was too impatient to wait) I took a test a few days later got a VERY dim pink light, didn’t think anything of it, Took a few more tests a couple days later, same thing, then finally on 9/11/11 I decided I was gonna take yet another test, and I made Lance take one with me (I wanted to make sure I knew what a negative test looked like… Even though I had taken so many of them previously) finally after comparing mine and Lance’s test there was no denying… I was DEFINITELY pregnant!!! We couldn’t be happier at that point. Even though it meant postponing our Brazil trip, and having to quit weight watchers after only 2 weeks.

We have now been able to listen to our babies heart beat, and hopefully by the end of November we can find out what we’re having, our due date is 5/14/12

We couldn’t be happier to think that in 6 months we’ll have a precious little angel in our arms. We are SO excited and SO blessed, it has finally worked.

Thank you so much everyone for all your love and support we have the greatest friends and families. We love you guys

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Kitchen Complete!

It has been a long and tiresome process, but the kitchen is finally complete.  We painted it and are loving it so far.  Not much to say except take a look through the pictures and enjoy.  We made a few mistakes, but have done our best to make it look good.  I am happy to have completed it.  It was very time consuming taping around every corner, cupboard and door, but it was well worth it.  I think it adds a lot to the room.  We welcome your comments, but remember we are not professionals, just trying to update the kitchen, mostly Fernanda, she’s not content with just white… it has to be something more exciting and better looking.  So I guess that’s where I come in…completing her dreams  😉

I hope you love it babe!  I think it’s look great, even tho I did mess up a few times.

You will see some pictures of it before, many during and some after the project!  Enjoy and bring on the criticisms, I’ll take them all on.  BRING IT!

 

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Mom’s BDay Party!

So we went to my mom’s birthday party last weekend.  I headed over there right after work and Nanda met me there.  We played some games and had a great time with my parents that evening.

We stayed overnight and slept at my parents’.  It seemed like just yesterday that was my room.  The following Saturday was pretty eventful.  My dad helped me repair the air hose on my compressor in my truck.  Then, Kurt and I went and helped my dad move a neighbor to her new residence.

I ended up sneaking away from the move a little early to get a chance to see Aspen playing some ‘futbol’.  It was a great time to see her have so much fun and spend some time with Trent, Lindsey and Raider as we watched Aspen kick the ball around with her teammates.

After the game, my parents treated us to some delicious tacos and enchiladas for lunch and then Fer and I went to the cemetery with my mom to pick up some flowers from the memorial day holiday.  It was a great day, but the best part was yet to come.  That evening we had a bbq and ate dinner outside with the family, Grant, Penny and Tyrel.  It was a great time.

After a big dinner we visited, jumped on the trampoline and Trent even showed us some awesome pole moves.  Take a look and see us having a great time trying to duplicate Trent’s talented tricks.   It was a great weekend and I hope my mother had an enjoyable party.  We really appreciate all that my parents do and the time that they take out of their schedules to spend time with us and visit us at our home, sooo far away!  😉

 

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We Love You Mom and hope you had a wonderful birthday this year!   We had a wonderful time and are so grateful to have you in our lives.  You are the best!!!

Valentines Day for Nanda ~

So Lance got me new Betty Boop seat covers steering wheel cover and CD holders for my car, he made me close my eyes walked me to our garage where he had the car light on so I could see my new car seat covers, also inside my car was a gift in which I found some Curve and Sexy Samba perfume, in which I absolutely loved….

we did our valentines on Saturday night February 12…. Then on Monday to my surprise my wonderful husband shows up at my work with flowers, he hand delivered them, totally caught me off guard it was SO cute I so did expect that…. Than as I get ready to leave work I find a card on the window of my car… I’m SO lucky to have such a wonderful, caring husband…

And thats not all… Lance showed up with roses on Friday night 🙂 I have NO idea how I got SOO lucky!!!!

Lance and I also decided to make a new tradition in which we would make each other cards for holidays (considering card’s are so expensive these days, even tho in reality Lance broke the rules and ended up giving me 3 cards, the one he made for me, the one he left on my car, and the one that came with my flowers!)

Thank you so much for a wonderful valentines day baby. I love you!!!

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