Thursday, July 30, 2009

sneek preview

I got some pics of Abby done. She is 2 1/2 weeks old here. She looks super long!!

They say newborn pics are best when they are 5-7 days old, but she was in the NICU for the 1st week and then I just did not have time last week to even think about pictures! But I do see why it is best...they sleep a lot and it is easier to pose them! This is a rare moment where we were able to catch her barely asleep. The photographer, Laura Bunker, was extremely patient with Abby. She does some amazing photography! Check her out at

More to come later!

Friday, July 24, 2009

4 years

Honestly, life just gets better every day being with this man!
I ♥ you Jess!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

♥ my lil' girl

1st bath at home. She was pissed!

This is "Farrah". This statue was a white elephant gift to my friend, Gilbert. Now she makes an appearance at all the big Rojas family events. She was even at our wedding!

Aunt Eileen and Uncle Trevor

Great Grandma Eleanor

Grandpa Hovanes

Milo the protector

She has already found her thumb at 10 days old!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

abigail stella johnson

Abby was born at 12:04 am on July 11th. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz. and was 21 in.

I started having contractions while I was getting ready for work on Friday, July 10th. Poor Jess took ultrasound call that night so he had to run to the hospital at 2 am and then again at 5 am to scan patients. I felt so bad and did not want to wake him up as I knew he had only been asleep for an hour. But there came a point where they were 2 minutes apart and hurt like HELL! So it was off to the hospital. The nurse apparently felt really bad for me and begged the Dr. to admit me so I could have an epidural ASAP. Thank GOD for epidurals!!!!!!! I seriously have NO idea how women do this natural...more power to you women! Here is me post epidural and looking really puffy!

Poor Jess trying to get some rest.

So, I was admitted around 10 am and feeling pretty good the rest of the day. Around 8:30 pm they said it was finally time to start pushing. Here is where things pretty much started to suck. I pushed for 3 hours every 2-5 minutes. I was full on falling asleep between contractions I was so exhausted. The Dr. came in at 11:30 pm and said he was going to try forceps and if that did not work then I was to have a c-section. I pushed with all my strength because I was NOT going to have a c-section. Well, I lost.

At this point I was rushed out of the room to the operating room. It was like a movie... where you are staring at the ceiling watching the lights go by as they wheel you down the hall and then in the operating room there were people were rushing all around you. It was so surreal. Then the Dr. pinched me and asked if I could feel that. I said YES! So, the next thing I know, there is a mask over me and I am OUT. Apparently, there was no time for an epidural to kick in because the babies heart rate was falling.

I am really glad they put me out, because Jess said the baby came out crying, but then went limp and turned blue. I did not need to see that. Long story short, Abby swallowed meconium (her own poop), had respiratory problems, had to be revived, and have that poop pumped out asap.

I finally came out of surgery around 1:30 am. I don't remember much, but I know I was shaking violently for about an hour. And I remember being really nervous to take pain medication because I knew I had not eaten for a very long time and did not want to get sick. I did not even get to see Abby that night because I was so out of it.I finally got to see Abby around 10 am the next morning. She was on breathing machines. But this little girl is such a fighter and was off the machine by later that evening. She was completely off oxygen by Sunday.

She got a little jaundice and had to be put under some lights and also got an infection and had to have an IV of antibiotic for 7 days. So I was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday and she has to stay until Saturday (which is tomorrow YAY!!!)

FINALLY! The sushi I had been craving for 9 months!!! I seriously did not want to leave the hospital. I was waited on hand and foot, pumped full of drugs, and best of all close to Abby.

Grandma Hovanes. I love this picture of my mom and Abby!

So, since I was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday and Abby had to stay until Saturday, Jess and I have been running back and forth to the hospital every 2-3 hours to feed her. We have been doing this for 3 days. Absolutely exhausting. I cannot complain...there are women there whose babies are premature and do this for months. This is a pic of Abby's little NCIU area.

I just have to say all the nurses who took care of me and Abby at American Fork hospital are absolutely amazing. And a HUGE thank you to all my friends and family. I truly love all of you!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

end in sight...

Induction scheduled for July 21st....let's hope for sooner!

Monday, July 6, 2009

happy 60th mom!

I am a tad bit late, but my mom turned the big 6-0 on July 3rd. We celebrated up in Park City at Stein Erikson Lodge for Sunday brunch.

My mom was born in 1949, I was born in 1979, and Abby will be born in 2009. We are all 30 years apart. I think it is perfect timing!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

ok abby, I think it's time

My bestest friend, Eileen, and I went shopping for some last minute baby items. We made it a girls day with pedicures ($30 toes? I can't believe that is what it costs these days. If I could bend over and do my own for free I would!), lunch at Lonestar Taqueria, and a shopping spree at Babies R Us and Target! I have never just gone through a store and thrown everything and anything a cart was fun!!

The babies room is not finished, I still need to hang pictures and do a few last minute things, so I will post more on that later. This is a sneak peek though! I decided to go neutral with the bedding.
I seriously do not even know what I would do without Eileen. She helped me so much. If I get overwhelmed I tend to shut down and not want to do a thing. She took charge and helped me clean and organize the room.

And remember that chair I was going to reupholseter? I took it to a lil' shop in Pleasant Grove to have done. It was just one little guy running his own lil' shop just like my dad, so I decided to give him the business. He did a great job. I know I would have screwed it up on my own. The thing is, this chair matches nothing in the nursery...oh well, I liked the fabric!!

And check out these babies! UGH!!! This is the result of shopping all day on a hot day! It seriously disgusts me, but what can ya do, right? Pregnancy is a CRAZY thing! At least the $30 toes look nice with these lovely cankles!!