Monthly Archives: June 2011

Heat wave

Heat wave

This week has been hot, hot, HOT in Sonoma County and we don’t have air conditioning.  Ugh.  That means our house has been about 85 degrees inside for most of the day (90’s outside) – we’ve pretty much been soaked in sweat!  Gross.  So the other day I made an impulse decision to ride out the heatwave down at my parents house, and it’s been just what we’ve needed.  (Just me and the kids. Jake is still working, but don’t feel bad for him – he gets to sit in an airconditioned room all day.)

Rushton’s favorite part of our little mini-vacation?  Grandma set up a stool for him to get into the kitchen’s everything/junk/tool drawer so he’s spent countless hours lining up nails, holding scissors, and exploring the vast array of no-no items in that drawer.  I’d say he’s in heaven:

Last week Jake’s parents were out here to meet the baby, help out, visit, and see the sights.  It was great to have them here, and it was great to have Rushton happy, entertained, and plumb tuckered out at the end of each day.  I’ll do a post on all of those happenings soon!

In other news, with all the out-of-towners gone and Jake back at work, I’m officially a stay-at-home mom to two kids.  Weird science, eh?  None of these photos are revolutionary by any means, but that’s our life right now – here’s a little taste of what’s been going on at our house lately:

lots of napping and growing by this little girl…

this little boy has been taking good care of his favorite doggie…

snuggling our cute little pink baby Hailey…

reading, goldfish eating, and pajama-wearing by Rush…

and other everyday home things.  We’ve been surviving ok, but I only lasted 2 1/2 days before I headed to my parents house… (Blame the heat for making us all crazy!)  Anyways, we’re healthy and happy, and now I’m even boring myself with this post so I’ll end it now!  Here’s to a superfantastic weekend for all my faithful blog readers!!

Hailey Mae

Hailey Mae

My little Memorial Day baby.  She’s all of one week old today!  Hailey is 6 lbs 9 oz as of yesterday and is just so teeny tiny!  I’d forgotten how small newborn babies were.  She looks so much like Rush did as a newborn.  She was breech and refused the doctor’s efforts to turn her, so I was scheduled to have a c-section on Wednesday, June 1st (duedate was Sunday, June 5th).  But my water broke very early Monday morning (why do babies usually come in the middle of the night?) so we went to the hospital and they delivered her later that morning.  (Do you still say “delivered” if it was a c-section?) (Do I use parentheses too much?)

I’ve been recovering quite well from the surgery – better than I expected.  I’m amazed at how I can be up and moving around most of the day.  My pain is quite minimal and very manageable with the drugs they gave me.  Jake was home all of last week while I was in the hospital and he’s home all of this week, too.  (Yay for a good company with awesome benefits like paternity leave and insurance!!  Do NOT take that for granted – we know all too well what it’s like to be without those things.)  He’s a good sport being my chauffer (I AM on narcotics, after all), cook, maid, babysitter, and general go-to boy for whatever I need.

We were so lucky to have our friends the Wintertons staying with us on the exact night/morning I went into labor.  They stayed with Rushton so Jake could spend the first night with me in the hospital, and then they stayed for the next few days to help/entertain Jake and Rush and to visit me and Hailey in the hospital.  I’m glad they were there but I’m so sad I was in the hospital almost the whole time!  Guess I’ll just have to go to Utah later this summer and make up the time I didn’t get with them while they were here. 🙂

Jake has better pictures on our big camera, but I haven’t gotten around to putting them on the computer yet.  Be patient, I’ll get to them eventually.  The ones of Rush holding Hailey are the best.  So cute!

Since Hailey was breech, her hip sockets didn’t form correctly and she has a little click in her hip joints for right now. (For those of you unfamiliar with the term “breech,” that means she was sitting upright in the womb.  Babies SHOULD be upside-down so they come out head-first.)  So she wears this pavlic harness – the pink velcro strappy thing in the above photo – for up to 5 months and it’s basically a guaranteed cure.  It’s actually pretty cute on her, wouldn’t you say?

Hailey is such a sweet little baby with a great set of lungs.  Rush was a pretty mild baby and I don’t remember much intense crying, but Hailey wakes up at full siren almost every time.  Luckily she settles down as soon as she starts to eat.

On a related note, I lasted nursing her for one week.  It was so excruciatingly painful that last night, after sobbing for the first five minutes of one side, I decided I just couldn’t do it anymore.  Bleeding, skin peeling off, feeling like endless needles and razor blades, aching ALL THE TIME…  I worked with a lactation consultant, but it still wouldn’t work for who knows why.  I’ll pump, but I just can’t nurse.  I don’t know how I lasted the whole first year nursing Rushton because it was almost as painful, but this time I just can’t.  I was devastated, but it is what it is and I know we’ll all survive.  But enough about my boobs!  (I just totally said “boobs” on my blog.)  (And yes, I definitely use parentheses too much.)  (But it’s my blog so I can do what I want!)  (Boobs.)

Anyways, we love Hailey, we’re glad that she’s healthy and that she finally got here safe and sound, and we’re so grateful for the friends and family that helped get us to this point!  After the last month and a half, I finally feel like I can start to breathe again.

Crazy kid

Crazy kid

(Rush loves this little table and chairs my parents got him from Ikea.  When he first saw it, he ran over to it and said “Me! Sit!”  Just his size.)

Rushton is such a fun age  right now.  Everything seems exciting and fun and games for him.  He’s talking so much and coming up with more words every day.  He calls me “Mama” or “Mommy” and he calls daddy “Jake” or “Jacob.”  And he LOVES baby Hailey!  He gets giddy whenever he’s around her – he always wants to “hold it” and tickle her fingers (sounds like he’s saying “funyons”) and give her kisses.  He’s so sweet to her.

And like every little boy, he likes to run and yell and sing and throw things (not out of tantrums, just for fun).  He also loves to read (especially the Llama Llama books), play with his new friend Jack, talk on the phone or video chat, go to the park, and watch Cars and Toy Story.  He calls Lightning McQueen “Awning Chween,” and he says “To infinity, and beyond!” like “Woody Buzz…ANON!!”  Rush is pretty capable with the iPhone and iPad.  Just today he found Netflix on the iPad and somehow started playing Toy Story 3…  He loves chips, crackers, cereal, french fries, dip (any kind – salsa, guac, sour cream, cottage cheese, mayo, ketchup, etc.), and fruit snacks.  He won’t eat a vegetable to save his life, but he will eat apples sometimes, orange peels (???), and only recently, orange segments.  He likes milk, doesn’t like fruit juice, but loves “Dr. Juice” (soda. don’t judge us…).  And his absolute FAVORITE thing in the whole entire world?  TOOLS! (and the garage – they go together)

Yes, that’s a screwdriver in his hand while he’s being brave getting a haircut.

Moving on

Moving on

Brace yourself, this one gets kinda long…

It’s been a whirlwind of a time the last few months.  In March Jake applied for a job in California just on a whim, and 3 weeks later we were gone.  I was 7 1/2 months pregnant and devastated to leave our home and so so so so so many good friends.  I know moving for this job was the right decision and an incredible opportunity for Jake, but April was a blur of tears as I tried to come to terms with the gigantic change.  We were in such a comfortable place – I’d made so many close friends, I loved our home, I loved our neighborhood and all of our neighbors, I was excited for spring blooms and summer playdates, and we’d really put down our roots there…  I felt like we’d settled down and found the perfect place to raise our family.

I spent an entire month trying to not think about everyone and everything I left in Utah – I didn’t call many people, I didn’t email much, I didn’t blog – it just hurt too much.  I felt a little ridiculous with all the crying, but I’ve seriously never been so heartbroken!  (And I’m sure the emotions were made all the more intense with pregnancy hormones…)  I feel bad about the lack of communication now (and did then) because that’s no way to treat the people you care about.  And I apologize if this post sounds a bit mushy, but I just have to put it all out there so I can move on.

In light of the move, I was/am completely overwhelmed by all of the love and service and support shown to our family by so many friends and neighbors and family.  Being so pregnant, in addition to having back issues, I could hardly do any packing or cleaning (or unpacking for that matter).  Excuse the cliche expression, but it still brings tears to my eyes to think of all the things people did for me – babysitting Rush (offering before I could even ask), cleaning my home from top to bottom (baseboards, blinds, fridge, bathrooms, garage, and all), packing up EVERYTHING, loading the moving truck, throwing a little good-bye lunch, unloading the truck and unpacking boxes, driving our cars hundreds of miles, and the list goes on and on.  I’m a very lucky girl to have so many amazing friends – we couldn’t have done it without everyone!  But I’m still sad that my Utah friends are still in Utah and I’m in California…

And besides friends that helped, we also had a ton of help from both of our families – Jake’s parents and brothers helped drive our cars and the moving truck out to California, and my parents and sister and her husband basically moved us in, unpacked all our boxes, and made this house a home.  I can’t thank everyone enough.  Seriously, words just don’t suffice.

We’ve been in Santa Rosa for almost two months now, and I’m finally feeling like we can call it home.  (But speaking of “home,” we’re still trying to rent out our home in Utah – it’s a great deal for a great home!  Down to $1,195/month.  Here’s the listing: http://tinyurl.com/3t6rp6e)  One of the perks of living here is that my family is only an hour and a half away!  (well, at least my parents and one sister and her husband)  I always thought we’d stay in Utah for a long long time, so it’s a treat to actually be close enough to see them a few times a month instead of a few times a year.  Although we do miss Jake’s family in Utah.  I guess you can’t have everything all at once, can you.

Just a quick update on what’s happened since we decided to move:

  • Jake and I celebrated our 6-year wedding anniversary on April 30th.  We went to a cool bakery in the country, went on a LONG beautiful drive (read: got a little lost) that eventually landed us in Bodega Bay, and had a super duper romantic dinner (of leftovers? I don’t remember) and movie at home with Rushton.  Good times.
  • Rush and I spent a week in Arizona with my brother’s family while my niece had surgery.  Rush LOVED being with his cousins (so did I!).  The only un-fun part about that was that Rushton got some kind of stomach bug and spent the week puking on and off (including once at the airport food court, once on the airplane, and once on the car ride home from the airport, all in the span of about 4 hours – KILL ME NOW).  He didn’t act sick the whole week, but he would throw up once or twice every 36 hours.  It was weird.  But still a fun week.
  • We moved from Utah to California, blah blah blah (finding a rental home out of state is a nightmare!!!).
  • Jake started a new job as a web producer at O’Reilly Media in Sebastopol.  He loves it.
  • I had a birthday on May 18th – the last year of my 20’s!
  • We had sweet little baby Hailey Mae Spurlock on May 30th.  And she just started squirming and squealing so I’d better go now!

Pictures to come soon…