Sunday, December 16, 2012

Welcome, Maizey!

I guess I should start at the beginning...
So I was dilated to a 2 and 80% effaced for a couple weeks straight. On my 38 week appointment (I was really 38w 5d at this point) my OB offered to strip my membranes. I was desperate to get this girl out of me, so I took him up on his offer. I was discouraged when I didn't have any strong contractions 24 hours later. That appointment was on Friday, November 30th. Finally on Saturday, December 1st at 4 p.m., I started having strong contractions every 3 minutes for an hour. Then they slowed to like 10 minutes apart, so I thought it wasn't the real deal. I finally told Doug to call his parents around 7 and we were headed to the hospital at 7:30. By the time we got there and checked in, I was still at a 2. An hour later, barely at a 2.5! I was so mad and was afraid they'd send us home. Luckily, they let me walk around for an hour, and by then, I was at a 3.5! Finally, about 10:45, they admitted me, and she was born at 2:12 a.m. So funny that she was born on 12/2/12, at 2:12, and our recovery room number was 212.
Maizey Noel Nelson
7 lb. 2 oz.

   Welcome to the family, baby girl!

Meeting her brothers for the first time

Jack calls her Miss Muffin







Melinda and Heidi visited! SO great catching up with old friends!

We decided last minute to do Maizey's baby blessing while my parents were here, which left us 2 days to plan it out. We decided to make it small so that it was manageable for me, since it was only a week after I had her. So grateful for all the family that attended!


 Love you, little girl!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Jack, and Snow Day

We had a small family party for Jack with Doug's parents and siblings for his birthday. Here is the elaborate Spider-Man cake that Gwen did. She always makes awesome cakes!






The boys were so excited to play out in the snow, the first snow of the season for us! And they haven't lived anywhere with snow for over 2 years. Sweet!





Thursday, November 01, 2012

Hello, Utah!

Doug is done with training and now works four 10-hour shifts Monday-Thursday. He's loving his job so far! He has laid some seed down in the backyard so that the boys will have a grassy area to play next summer.

I got our house unpacked in record time (call it nesting, or just OCD) and am really enjoying this house! It's bigger than our house in Arizona, which gives the boys a lot more room to spread out and play. I'm looking forward to making a lot of new friends in the ward and neighborhood. I'm currently 34 weeks along, and am SO ready for this baby to come out! I feel exhausted all the time, and she feels like she outgrew my tummy like a month ago. I'm seeing the same OB/GYN I saw with Lincoln, and he's amazing. Totally worth the drive up to American Fork every week for my appointments. My due date is December 9th, but she will be induced December 5th, if she doesn't come sooner. I really want my doctor to deliver her.

Jack is still missing his Arizona friends, but started a preschool here the week after we moved in, and has really enjoyed doing that 3 mornings a week. He's totally obsessed with Spider-Man right now. And right before we left Arizona, both boys got glasses. Jack has an astigmatism in one eye, and Lincoln is a little cross-eyed. It has been a little bit of a struggle getting them to keep them on.

Lincoln... well, he still just goes with the flow and copies just about everything Jack does. It's pretty cute, but Jack is getting annoyed with the copying.

Here are a few pictures of Deacon and Jack when we went up the canyon with Doug's dad's family a few weeks ago.



 They were so tired that they both fell asleep on the way home.

Kingsley turned 3 on October 22nd, and had a little party at grandma and grandpa's house. We got her a princess Memory game, and a Barbie. Or, as she likes to call it, a "Farbie." So cute!


Somehow, this is the only picture I have with at least one of the boys in their costumes for Halloween. Lincoln was Iron Man, but didn't love the costume.

The 2012 Nelson pumpkins. Doug and I carved while the boys...
 Did this.
Happy Halloween!

Goodbye, Arizona!

Well, Doug got a phone call on September 11, saying that they wanted him to start his new job in Utah ASAP. He told them the earliest he could start was October 1st. So from there, we were in a scramble to pack and get moving plans underway! Doug's parents were generous enough to fly out and help us pack, drive, and move in to our new place.
Here was one of our last nights in Arizona, when Doug took me our for my birthday dinner.
 

 I am now in my 30's, and thought I'd be a lot more emotional about actually turning 30. I was VERY emotional saying goodbye to everyone the day of my birthday. All the fabulous ladies in our ward threw me a birthday/going away party/baby shower all in one, and it was awesome. It's probably the pregnancy hormones, but I was on the verge of tears the entire time. I think I hid it well. They were a great, fun group of ladies, and I miss them dearly.

Later that afternoon, Jack had an early birthday/going away party with all his Arizona friends. The theme was, of course, superheroes and villains. He had a great time and got hooked up with some good stuff.





 Not quite sure what Lincoln's face was all about here.
 The only specific thing Jack requested was a Spider-Man pinata. That thing was so tough, we eventually had to unhook it from the string and just have Jack beat the poop out of it until he broke it open.


 Jack has had a really hard time letting go of his best friend, Ryan. He has been slightly emotional about missing his friends, especially this guy. He even sent him an email the other day about how much he missed him. Here's the email:
"Dear Ryan,
    I hope you have a great Halloween with your friends. I love you. I miss your dog. You're my best friend.

Me and daddy are going to Boondocks tomorrow. I wish you could come, too. I like Utah a lot. I like our house.

Love,
Jack"

And here's the picture he drew for him.
 Goodbye, Arizona! Thank you for everything, and we will miss you dearly.