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Baby #4

02 January 2017

The twins took several years of trying and many, many months of fertility treatments to get pregnant, but to our surprise, this one came naturally! We are thrilled! What a miracle this baby is.

I'm currently 15 weeks, and feeling blessed! We waited to share the news publicly, because we had some complications early in the pregnancy and weren't sure if baby was going to make it or not. Our first ultrasound showed an issue with the placental attachment. The day after my ultrasound the nurse called to tell me the news. She told me I needed to be off my feet as much as possible, pelvic rest, and no lifting…as close to bedrest as I could. She also told me that I would probably start bleeding soon (but I never did), because she could see blood between the uterine wall and placenta on my ultrasound, called a subchorionic hemorrhage.
I panicked, and was a huge emotional mess. It was honestly one of the hardest weeks of my life. Jared and my brother in-law gave me a priesthood blessing, and both of our families prayed/fasted for us. I really felt those prayers and was comforted in knowing that whatever happened would be Heavenly Father's will.

The next week I had a doctors appointment, and my doctor calmed our fears. She re-assured us that the placenta issue is common, and she expected a full term and healthy pregnancy! She also apologized for the nurse giving us unnecessary reason to concern. We had another ultrasound that showed us that the placenta was beginning to heal on it's own, and our baby was healthy and growing (actually a week ahead of schedule!) Our prayers were answered, and we are so happy!

I started showing super early this pregnancy! Within a matter of weeks I had a noticeable baby bump. Tiny with a little bloating at week 7 of pregnancy:

…and just one month later at 11 weeks, my belly had already "popped"

I was thinking it HAD to be twins again, because although I weigh significantly less now than my pre-pregnancy weight with the twins, my bump this time around is just as big or maybe even slightly bigger than it was when I was pregnant with the twins! Also, I have been more nauseous this pregnancy than I was with the twins. However, my doctor assured me, that I was just showing sooner and my uterus was/is growing larger, faster because my last pregnancy was twins, and my body remembers that extreme growth it went through last time. Plus, both of my ultrasounds had confirmed that it's just one baby; I just had a hard time believing it!

My friends were so sweet...I know they noticed my bump, but patiently waited and didn't say anything to me (just to each other haha) until I was ready to share the news. Some of my very honest friends just straight up asked me when I was due without me even telling them I was pregnant haha. Made me laugh. I can't blame them…my baby bump was hard not to notice, even at 11 weeks!

Our most recent ultrasound was at 13 weeks. Baby is doing great, and the placenta is completely healed! We had the non-invasive integrated screening done (tests for down syndrome and other genetic abnormalities) and baby is not at risk. My doctor also moved up my due date because baby is still measuring a week ahead. I'm due JUNE 25, 2017~

On Christmas Eve, we told Kyler (and the twins, but they have no idea whats going on) that we are going to have another baby. Kyler was so excited!! We asked him if he wanted a baby brother or a baby sister, and he said…."both! I want a baby brother and a baby sister! I want two babies…and... We can name them New Ryan and New Lyla!" It was such a funny conversation explaining that it's just ONE baby this time and that the baby would need a different name. We showed him the ultrasound picture and he said "Oh, it's a brother! I can tell, because he doesn't have long hair!" We find out the gender in a few weeks! Jared and I are both thinking it is a girl, but we will have to see!

Love this family of mine, and can't wait for another sweet baby to join us!














Photos by Jennifer Nichols

The twins are two!

28 December 2016

It's been a busy month: We celebrated the twins' 2nd birthday, Kyler was busy with a few fun school projects before his break, Jared has been busy at work, and I've been keeping busy with working from home for Alva Baby. This month we: went to many family/friend/church get-togethers, saw the temple sq Christmas lights multiple times, and….we all got the stomach bug (except Jared).

I have twin TWO year olds!!

They are the cutest toddlers in the whole world!! Their 2 year checkup is next week so I don't have their exact stats but I think Lyla is about 24 lbs, and Ryan is about 22 lbs. Lyla is a good inch taller.  They both have been late teethers and now have 12 teeth each. They should have about 20 by age 3 so it will be another year full of teething. They RUN, jump, climb, and get into everything! They play (and fight) really well together. They follow each other around the house and tend to stick together at all times. Neither are huge talkers, but are learning new words everyday.

The most noticeable change look wise for Lyla this year is that she (finally) grew hair!! She surprised us all by getting CURLY hair! It looks the most curly when she first gets out of the bath. As the day goes on the curls get loose/frizzy.

I told them to hold hands for this pic…I love how it turned out haha.

Lyla calls Kyler "Krackuh and Ryan "Rah Rah". She loves to play with baby dolls. Ryan calls Kyler "Kyker" and Lyla "Lyah". He loves to pretend to clean! Ryan still has the "soft spot" that infants have on their heads. It's getting smaller though (about the width of one finger now…it used to be 3 fingers wide!) It's not a big deal or anything, I just think it's crazy that he still has it.

I had to take a cloth diaper pic on their bday for Alva Baby... It really is the best job. I've been working for them for a year now!

We just had a small family party for them... like we do all birthdays in our home ha. One of these days they'll be begging me for a "real" party with friends, but for now, I'll enjoy them being easy to please while I can!

I tried SO hard to get a good picture of them in their matching pjs. I probably took 50 pictures. Most of them looked like this:

and this:

Dad came to the rescue and ONE of them turned out cute. Which is the one I posted on social media of course. haha.

The kids had fun decorating gingerbread houses:

We spent time with my family on Christmas Eve (went out to dinner and hung out), and went to Jared's family's house on Christmas Day for a nice Christmas Dinner and a cousin gift exchange. I wish I had taken more pictures! I was having too much fun to waste time on my phone though!

We finally got our fence installed! It wasn't the design we wanted (we wanted vinyl privacy fence all the way around, but HOA made us do vinyl privacy in the back and a little wood picket fence on the side, because we are a corner lot). We will get it painted and landscaped in the spring, but for now it's done! We woke up to a white Christmas, and I snapped this picture of our fence on our walk to church Christmas morning:

Jared came to the rescue again getting a cute picture of the kids in their Christmas outfits. I think this was at one of our church Christmas parties, but they wore the same thing to church on Christmas day :)


It's been so nice having a fenced in yard for the kids (and Bauer) to play in! You can see in this picture where the fence transitions to the wood. I don't love that they made us do two different types of fences, but at least it contains our crazies from running in the street, and that's most important!


It has been a busy and fun month. We're ready for 2017 and for new and exciting family adventures! ;) 

November

07 December 2016

November started out a bit rough for Ryan. He had croup and woke up one morning struggling to breath! It was one of the scariest mom moments I had ever experienced! We quickly got out our nebulizer and gave him a breathing treatment, but it didn't help so we ended up taking him to the ER.

The Dr. gave him more breathing treatments and some steroids and he was breathing better pretty quickly. Thank goodness!

Jared turned 33 this month! We went to a movie (Arrival) and out to dinner at Shula's.
Most of my pics these days are from my snapchat so thats why they all have the caption :p

Kyler did great in his primary program, and later that week he turned 6 years old!!

We have a tradition of being served your favorite breakfast in bed when it is your birthday, and Kyler chose donuts!


He just wanted a small family party this year with 2 of his cousins. I love that he and Nathan and Joshua are best buddies! We took them to play at Curiosity Museum, and then headed back to our house for cake and a sleepover.


We got him two (used) power wheels for his birthday- so fun!

School is going pretty well for Kyler. He is struggling with reading, but is doing great with math. 


These are some of his buddies from school:


We used to walk to school everyday, but now that it's been getting cold we've been driving. Such a pain having to sit in carpool lines. 

Kyler's Aunt Meredith came to his class and taught about Native Americans and did a dance!

We hosted Thanksgiving (for the first time ever) this year at our house! 30 people! It was potluck style so we didn't have to do much cooking, and we used all paper products (so classy) so cleanup was easy too!





 It's been awhile since we've had a big family picture!
Everyone, but my nephew, Austin, (who is on a mission) was there!





I'll try not to be as late on my December post. but no promises ;)