Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Smallest Hogwarts Student

Christmas aside, Halloween is my favorite holiday! Having a cute little baby to dress up almost made up for the fact that Andrew refuses to wear a costume.
Halloween was pretty low key this year. Highlights include donut-making at Great-grandmas house (aka The Great One), an impromptu photo shoot, pizza eating, movie watching, and only making it to the last 5 minutes of the ward Halloween party. We didn't get a single trick or treater!  I guess thats what we get for living in a basement.
My motivation for Penny's costume was the combination of two of my favorite thing--Harry Potter and adorable baby outfits! Sadly, only a few people recognized the griffindor uniform. But how could anyone not love the little ruffle bum cover??
I am excited for next Halloween when Penny can enjoy it a little more and go trick or treating for the first time!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

We Went To Hawaii :)

The highlights:

We met up with Andrew's family in Oahu
Penny met her cousins
Andrew and Abigail built a sandcastle
Everyone swam in the ocean
Including Penny!
We lounged on the beach
We visited Pearl Harbor
Grandma jumped out of a plane

We visited the temple
We finally got a family picture (thank you Heather!)
And Penny was an angel baby 
We had the best vacation!
Not pictured: Spent a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, went boogie boarding, went cliff jumping, snorkeled, ate yummy shaved ice, and enjoyed plenty of good food! 

And we already want to go back! 

Special thanks to my lovely sister-in-law Heather for taking most of these pictures and letting me borrow them for my blog :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Penny Escapes

This is how I found Penny after a nap.  The sneaky little thing managed to get her arm out a swaddler that Andrew named "the baby straitjacket".

Penny loves sucking on her fist (even through her blankets) but will constantly startle herself awake if we leave her arms out, not that that stops her.  Penny is a pro at breaking out of swaddles.  We thought we could contain her with the fancy new swaddler but Penny has yet to meet a blanket she couldn't best.

Penny also likes to wriggle around in her crib until she gets her feet stuck in the bars.  Penny will lift her legs up and throw them to the side in an effort to get her mouth closer to her fist. Often I will notice on the video monitor that she has both legs stacked on top of each other stuck between two bars.  

Eventually she falls asleep and I sneak into her room and roll her onto her back and away from the bars.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Like Her Dad

When Penny was born just about everyone agreed that she looks like me.  My mom kept remarking that holding Penny was like holding me again and she couldn't understand why I kept hogging her baby!

Lately, I have been seeing more and more Andrew in our little Penny.  I think she might have a bit of Andrew's serious and contemplative nature.  The expressions Penny is pulling in these pictures are all Andrew!

Good thing Penny has her Dad to save her when I getting carried away our with photo shoots (which is shocking since I have never enjoyed taking pictures)

P.S. Don't you just love those chubby baby thighs? Is there anything more precious?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pow Wow on Pioneer Day

Living in Utah has its perks (although Andrew will deny it).  One such perk: The 24th of July is a paid holiday!  Penny and I enjoyed having Andrew home all day on Tuesday and took full advantage of it by having a picnic.  We picked up a pizza and relaxed on a grassy slope of a nearby park. 

We explored the park and stumbled upon a Native American dance off. Later I found out it was a Pow Wow to celebrate Native American culture. All the while, Penny slept and entertained herself so we finished the evening by wading in a stream and tossing a frisbee around.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Penny Elise

Penny Elise Himmer
Born May 25, 2012
9 lbs 6 oz

I was induced at 41 weeks (since going into labor naturally did not seem likely to happen anytime soon).  On Thursday night, May 24th I was admitted into the hospital where I was given pills to try and get my body to dilate.  Friday morning I was given piton to induce labor and all day we waited for something to happen. By that evening I was only dilated to a 3. 

I spent most of the day trying to get some sleep and Andrew spent a good portion of the day responding to the texts and calls of excited friends and family to let them know that absolutely nothing was going on.  The doctors and nurses kept assuring me that things would progress.  I was surprisingly calm about the whole thing and had gone into the hospital assuming that progress would be slow.  Still, it was discouraging to watch the day slip away and I started accepting that Penny would be not be born that day.

A little after 11pm our doctor changed tactics and decided that a c-section would be necessary.  Penny entered the world minutes before midnight.  I only got to see her for a few seconds before she disappeared with Andrew and a nurse and then for a few minutes while I was getting put back together.  Waiting 2 hours to hold her was worse than the surgery itself!

Andrew stayed with Penny for most of that time.  The picture above is my favorite picture of Penny and her dad.

My parents and sisters had left the hospital Friday night thinking Penny would not come that night.  They rushed back to the hospital just in time to watch me getting wheeled into the operating room.  Penny is the first grandchild on my side of the family and everyone is quite excited about it!  My family ADORES babies.  If you want a chance to hold Penny with them around you better be prepared to fight for it. Penny doesn't get set down for a second when she is at Grandma and Grandpa's house!

Our little Penny is such a good baby!  We just adore her :)

Andrew and I are both loving our new role as parents!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Documenting this pregnancy

I  have had countless requests for pictures of my pregnant belly (which really isn't fair--I don't go around asking people for pictures of them when at their highest weight of all time..)  In order to satisfy all of those requests I enlisted the help of my sister Sydney to take some pictures for me.  These were taken when I was 37 weeks pregnant.
We are both getting so excited to meet our little girl!  Although, as newborns go I have been warned that she will not be a "little" baby.  A few weeks ago the ultrasound tech measured her and told me that she is measuring a week ahead in size--except for her legs which are a week behind in size!  Translation: short and fat!  (That sounds like a familiar description...)  I guess with Andrew and me for parents she is bound to be on the short side!  We are preparing to have an 8-9 pound baby--possibly more if I am like my mom and go way past my due date.  
The doctors at my new office have informed me that my body does not seem to be on the fast track to labor anytime soon.  The first time they checked me I hadn't progressed at all.  In fact, the doctor did an ultrasound to make sure she wasn't breach--I guess he couldn't tell if she was head down or not since she hadn't dropped yet.  At my last appointment the Nurse Practitioner who checked me said about 1/2 centimeter dilated.  She was probably being a little generous. 
I am pretty convinced that she will be overdue, however this hasn't stopped me from doing all I can to prepare.  I washed all of her little clothes (moms--is this really necessary to wash new clothes before babies wear them?? I figured since I had the time I might as well listen to everything the internet was telling me but I can't help but wonder.  Also special detergent?? Fact or fiction?)  My hospital bags are packed, I have diapers and wipes, I preregistered with the hospital, I have read my book on sleep training and another on nursing, and I let myself get dragged on nightly walks in the hopes of moving things along.  
All I have left to do is convince Andrew to install the car seat.  He thinks I am crazy.  I have been trying to get him to put the car seat in the car for weeks.  His plan is to just grab it after she is born.  You probably agree with him and are wondering why I don't just put the car seat in myself.  I would, but it is still in the box with the stroller under a huge stack of boxes and I can't get to it without help.
I think there is a part of me that hopes that if I have everything in order then maybe, just maybe this baby can come a little early, or at least on time.  Writing this blog post and the last one on graduation have been on my to-do list for weeks.  I might be crazy, but I have this fear that she wont come unless I have crossed everything off of my list. 
There is just one thing left on my list.  I need to get my wedding photographer to give me a copy of my wedding pictures and get him to finish the wedding book he is putting together for me.  We have been married for almost two years, with a baby coming any day, it is time to wrap up wedding stuff!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Moving On

In the fall of 2007 I found myself alone in Rexburg, Idaho.  My family had moved "temporarily" to Utah after my high school graduation and I had spent the summer feeling alone. I was about to start college at a school I had never seen without knowing a single person.   
Lamprecht Hall
Soon, my belongings were unloaded into my dorm and my parents drove away, leaving me with three very unfamiliar girls (one of which came home bawling because she and her boyfriend had just broken up--she didn't just shed a couple of tears she was practically screaming).  
Kelsie, Melissa (Vegas), and Andrea
Those first few weeks were a huge adjustment, but my roommates quickly became kindred spirits and I fell in love with BYU-Idaho! 
With my family. Andrew's family also came for the ceremony but unfortunately we didn't get a picture with them!
Last month it came time for me to say my final goodbyes to BYU-Idaho.  I admit, I was counting down the days until we would move out of Idaho but sitting in my cap and gown during commencement I thought about all the things BYU-Idaho has done for me (besides just the diploma!) and I started to get chocked up at the thought of leaving.
(See that belly!  I waddled across that stage to get my diploma!)
Thankfully, I am not leaving alone :)

Congratulations Andrew!  We did it!
Andrew graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management, an emphasis in Marketing and a Minor in Web Development. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science and a minor in Medical Assisting.

Andrew just accepted a job in Utah as a Front End Web Developer and Baby Himmer is due next week!