Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

The weekend started off on a bad note for the Temple family.  Brett works out at the gym every day and if he isn't working out he is working out a client.  Usually after his workout he plays basketball however he has been hurt playing basketball multiple times...rolled ankle, strained MCL, jammed fingers, blah blah and on and on.  So as his wife I asked him to please not play anymore, he complains every time he gets hurt and I just knew something worse was going to happen if he kept playing.  And I was right.  I was at the mall with my mom and sister Friday night when I get a call from Brett.  He sounded like he was in a lot of pain, he says, "I think I did something bad to my knee."  It's been really swollen and he's been using a crutch to walk so he goes for an MRI today, pray it's nothing bad...I can't take care of two babies right now ;)  Saturday was a lazy day, we had my cousins graduation party and then all 3 of us went home and took naps.  Sunday we went to church (I think we finally may have found one we both like, keep your fingers crossed) and that night went to dinner with my parents and sisters.  Memorial day I made cupcakes, got some cleaning done, and that night we headed over to Brett's moms for steaks.  Brett's steaks on the grill are the best, he does such a great job!

Strawberry cupcakes...cream cheese frosting...and strawberry daiquiri jelly beans to top it off!

What was going on while I was in the shower... :)

Granny and Jaris

Enjoying a cupcake!

Awake time!

Kaden playing a game on Uncle Brett's phone

Brooks' turn, he loves Uncle Brett!

Quality cousin time, so cute!

Wish it wasn't blurry

Hal and Debby

I'll be sure and update when we know about Brett's knee, other then that we are doing great!

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Looking at my photos of Jaris so far I realized that a ton of them were of him sleeping...and they are all oh so cute and look very similar...see the trend?

Hands in his face :) and that is why swaddling this baby didn't work for us! 

Things are going great! His nights are pretty routine but we do have our off nights here and there.  I'm starting to master going places with him and all that comes with him...diaper bag, extra clothes, enough diapers and wipes, bottles, pacifier, and on and on.  With the weather being yucky for the past few days our walks have been put on hold but today it was nice so we were finally able to get outside.  That's all for now I have a hungry baby calling!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Oh so in love :)

I can't get enough of him! All I want to do is just sit with him and snuggle and kiss his little face!  He is such a good baby and it's so easy to make him happy when he is not (which is rare).  He is starting to be awake and alert more often, making more sounds (and they are oh so cute), and starting to smile more...probably because of gas but hey who cares!?  He is 16 days old and goes for his 2 week check-up tomorrow.  I can't believe I only have 3 more weeks of maternity leave, I wish photography paid the bills and I didn't have to leave my little man everyday.  I dread the thought of going back to work.  Thankfully he is going to be with my mom when I go back so I'll be able to call anytime I want and rest easy knowing he is in good hands.

Anyway...he got his first little sponge bath last night and he did not like it! But it was so cute!

Not sure about this...

Nope, don't like it!

Ready for it to be over lol

(pardon the changing pad cover lol, the normal one is in the wash :))
Daddy keeping him warm!

So cute!

Much happier now that he's all warm!

He's been great at nights, he usually wakes up every 3-4 hours to be fed and changed and then he goes back to sleep.  If the weather is nice during the day I usually try to sit outside with him, it keeps him awake and he just sits quietly and takes it all in.

Hopefully sometime this week I'm going to get some pictures done and if I do I'll post as soon as they are done.  That's all for now!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

1st Road Trip!

My mom, Jaris, and I had to take an emergency trip to Nebraska this weekend.  I got a call on Wednesday that my grandma Sam had gone in for a routine surgery, however when they opened her up they found cancer everywhere.  After some testing they've determined it to be primary peritoneal cancer.  An aggressive cancer with no warning signs.  So mom and I decided that she needed to see Jaris asap and that since I'm on maternity leave, now would be the best time to go up and visit.  We left Friday morning and headed to Omaha.  Jaris did AWESOME!  In the entire 3 1/2 hour drive he did not make one sound.  We stopped once to feed and change him and that was it.  So proud of him :)  We arrived at the hospital only to find that she had been moved to ICU and that no children under 14 were allowed.  Well that kind of defeated the whole purpose of our trip!  So I went to visit with her while mom waited in the family room and fed Jaris.  We talked to the nurse and she allowed us to stand at the doorway with Jaris so she could at least see him.  It was heartbreaking that she couldn't hold him but I'm so glad she was at least able to see him.  We went to dinner with my aunt and then we drove to Sioux City to stay with my other grandma.  My uncle just got back from Afghanistan for his 2 week leave so I wanted him to see Jaris as well so it worked out pretty good.  We got in around 11 and visited with everyone and finally went to sleep.  Jaris's schedule got thrown off a little because he had slept in the car all day so he didn't sleep well that night.  The next day we hung around with family for awhile and then headed back to the hospital.  She was moved to a normal room so we were able to go in with Jaris now and although she still wasn't able to hold him we were able to get a lot closer.  We visited with other family members and then headed back home.  Again Jaris did great on the way back.  

My aunt Paula

My aunt Sarah

Uncle Matt home from Afghanistan

My grandma Betty

My cousin Heather

Her daughter Emma

I'm so glad all sides of my family have been able to see him at this age, everybody just loved him :)  Please keep my grandma in your prayers.  She has a long road ahead and still needs to hold Jaris in her arms, just getting to look at him isn't good enough for me.

Thought this was too cute not to share :) Kind of blurry though.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Our first week home!

This first week home has flown by!  We are adjusting to life with a baby and so far we are doing good.  Our first night was pretty rough (which I was expecting) but we made it through.  Nursing has been a challenge since Jaris is tongue tied so at the hospital and our first night home we had been doing SNS feeding.  If you don't know what that is, it's a pain in the bottom.  So our second night we decided that pumping and bottle feeding would be better for everyone and it went MUCH smoother.  We had a doctors appointment Wednesday and he was still at the same weight as when we left the hospital, everything else was looking great.  Wednesday night was another rough night, he is just having trouble sleeping in his bassinet.  He sleeps great in my arms but 10 mins in to laying in the bassinet he starts to get fussy.  Thursday and Friday night were off and on, I generally fell asleep with him in the rocking chair or on the couch.  Our weekend was filled with visitors, Brett doing lawn work and...Mother's day!  Sunday I woke up with Jaris on the couch and Brett had brought home biscuits and gravy and for later a package of my favorite cookies :)  We had a cookout at Brett's sisters house and later that night my parents came over just to hang out for a little bit.  We had fun looking at baby photos of Brett and I, comparing them to Jaris.  Monday we had another doctors appointment to see if he had gained any weight.  He was born at 6 lbs 9 oz, left the hospital at 6 lbs 5 oz and the goal was to get him back to birth weight.  Well he not only got back to his birth weight, he beat it by 5 oz!!  Over 5 days he gained 9 oz, so I was excited.  Wednesday we go to have his frenulum clipped and hopefully that will make nursing a little easier.
Last night Brett, Jaris, and I went for our first walk.  We left Maisy behind because we walked to the grocery store to get a few things :)  It was so nice for me to get outside and out of the house, the weather was great and Jaris was wide awake the whole time and didn't make a peep.  He just looked around and took it all in!

Overall we are doing great, just adjusting and trying to get into a routine. He is a good baby and I love him to pieces.  We are blessed.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Jaris Ivor Temple

Jaris Ivor Temple
April 30, 2011
7:58 pm...6 lbs 9 oz

He is here and he is perfect.  It all started Friday around 6 when I started having contractions.  They weren't very strong but they were a consistent 10 mins apart so I started to write down the times.  Then they started to get worse, not closer together just more intense.  Around midnight we decided to head to the hospital just in case something was happening and worse case they will just send us home.  So we got all set in the room and the nurse was coming in and out but not really giving me any idea of what was going to happen.  I was dilated to a 3 and my contractions were about 8 mins apart.  Finally at almost 4:30 am the nurse came in and said they were going to send me home.  She told me to try and get some rest...um really?! I'm having contractions 8 mins apart and they're not pleasant!  I wasn't a happy camper.  So we headed home to try and sleep which didn't go well.  They were still 8 mins apart and by 8 am they were 5 mins apart and really painful.  I was trying to be as quiet as possible so Brett wouldn't wake up but my moaning got a little louder each time and finally I told Brett I can't take anymore and we are going back and they WILL admit me.  So around 9:30 am we headed back and thank goodness I had a much better nurse and I was much happier that they were going to admit me.  We got all settled into the room, the nurse got my IV started and they asked if I wanted an epidural and I couldn't say yes fast enough!  I really don't know how women do it without one.  I was exhausted from the contractions I already had, let alone having them for hours upon hours and then pushing...no thank you!  But you are amazing if you can do it!  The epidural wasn't horrible like I thought it was going to be but don't get me wrong it did hurt bad, poor Brett's hand is probably still sore.  I did do really well though while she was putting it in and I hardly made a sound (very unusual when I'm being poked lol)!  After the epidural it was smooooooth sailing!  I felt nothing, I was able to catch up on some sleep, talk with family and actually enjoy the whole process.  We were getting closer to being ready to push when another woman came to the hospital and had to have an emergency c-section so I kind of got pushed to the side since there is only one doc on call during the weekend.  But finally I was ready to start pushing.  It's such a surreal experience when they come in and start getting the room ready for the baby.  This is it!  Brett was holding one leg and my mom held the other, my sisters were off to the side and off we went.  
My doctor wasn't on call so we had a different one and she was AWESOME.  We laughed the entire time in the room and it was such a fun atmosphere and I couldn't have asked for a better birthing experience.  I did have to push for awhile, I really thought I was going to bust a blood vessel in my brain because I was pushing so hard! I didn't feel a single thing, just pressure and that just helped me know when to push.  It was awesome and finally she told me to look down and there he was.  She placed him on my chest right away and the flood of emotions hit me and I was bawling.  This is my son, we did this, and he is perfect.  Brett cut the cord and then he was taken over to be all cleaned up and weighed.  I had all my family come in afterwards and it was just the most amazing day of my life.
We were able to go home on Monday and thanks to Brett's family our pantry was full and we had plenty of meals in the fridge.  Thanks to my mom, everything was put away and the house was spotless.  My mom has no idea how much I appreciate everything she is doing.  She is here everyday letting Brett and I catch up on sleep, putting things away and so on and so on.  Our support system is beyond amazing.
That's all I can get to for today, I'll update about our first few nights home in a little bit!