Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wells 6 Months

Wells at 6 months you have started to really love toys. You are always quick to smile. You can roll, getting better at trying to sit up. You are the worst sleeper and slowly killing your mommy. I am pretty sure you wake up more now then when you were a newborn. You had your first ear infection but got some antibiotics and we are all good now. You also had a few rashes that we have kicked (your skin is super sensitive). You are the best on the go baby. If we are out and about, you are the easiest! You have the best laugh. When you are tired you bury your face or cover my hand to be over your face. It's so cute. You hate to have any blanket on you. If I try and cover you, you kick it right off. You love your siblings and they are always making you smile. You love your activity bouncer. You might be ready for food because at meal times you always stare down all the food with those big blue eyes. You don't look so skinny (pretty sure it's your perfect big cheeks) but you are in the 4% for weight. But good news, you might be tall! You were in the 50% for height! Definitely not taking after your momma there. So we are pretty excited over here about that. We sure do love you Wells! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

"so this is love"

Again from when this little was four. Dress ups and kids are always the best combo!  I about died when Isla was playing dress up in her Cinderella wedding dress and then just happened to put on my wedding shoes. Heart melted! It also gave me a glimpse into this sweet faced girls future. Stay little forever please.

"If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true." 

my little dancer

When Isla tells you anything it will usually start out with a "when I was four..." or "I haven't done/or had this since I was four!" even if it was last week. So in true Isla fashion, I am doing a post from when she was actually four. Once upon a time we tried out a ballet class, she loved it, and it looked like a waste of money to me. 

She really is a natural little dancer. She has always loved to dance. Tutus, glitter ballet shoes, and ballet buns, and on a cute little four year old... I can't even! But alas we are doing gymnastics now. This girl would do everything if she could, and she would probably be good at it all. If only time and money were not issues. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Wells Callaway Cook

He's finally here! Baby Wells arrived August 9th and weighed 6 pounds even and was 19 inches long. 

I love a good birth story, so here is the story of baby Wells. 

I have a history of IUGR and preterm labor. So for Wells they had me on weekly progesterone shots to try and make sure he stays put. They also had me do what is called immersion therapy to try and help the baby grow (which just means you go swimming up to your neck everyday for at least 20 min- totally doable in Arizona) and they also had me on baby asprin which pumps more blood through the placenta which then gives the baby more nutrients. AND IT WORKED! He made it till 37 weeks, and was my biggest baby yet by a pound and then some. 

We had a few scares throughout the pregnancy. One was I fell on my stomach really hard at the splash pad and then had to go get monitored for 8 hours at the hospital. I also went into preterm labor in Utah at 33 weeks, but they were able to stop it and we booked it home. My little sister Emme came along for the ride to help out. At this point we started my 2x a week appointments. Wells would always pass one of the "tests" but fail the other. I was very paranoid about the whole thing after Enoch, I just wanted him out as soon as he could be out and be healthy. Well we hit the 37 week mark and I was READY. Being full term pregnant in Arizona in August is rough! 

I started contracting Saturday night, 3-4 min apart, so Sunday morning we dropped the kids off at grandmas and went to the hospital. I was sure this was it. Turns out I wasn't progressing fast enough so they sent me home (I was not happy... I couldn't believe they would send me home hurting this much with contractions so close). The contractions didn't stop really, just slowed down. I didn't get much sleep. The next day was Monday and we had a very busy day. My mom was coming into town, I had a dr. appointment, Isla had gymnastics, and meet the teacher. The whole time we were meeting Isla's teacher I was contracting and trying to talk to her. I would start saying something and just stop and blank out because I was in pain (labor hurts people). She had to think I was crazy or just like really slow. We left and ate at Cheesecake Factory with my mamma. That night we watched some of the Olympics and my contractions started getting stronger and stronger. I thought I would wait through the night and then just go into the hospital in the morning. I wanted to be sure I would not get sent home again. Thankfully my mom convinced me otherwise (perks of having a Labor and Delivery nurse for a mother) 

At this point it is around 12:00, I have no clue what to do with my kiddos because it is so late and I want both Justin and my Mom with me at the hospital. So Justin calls his brother (who thankfully answered) and my mom and I left straight to the hospital while Justin finished getting ready (he had just worked out) and then dropped the kids off at his brothers house (literally just opened his garage and left them in the office to sleep) and then met us at the hospital. By now my contractions HURT! I don't remember ever having contractions that painful with my other pregnancies (I probably forgot, thank heavens for that... hopefully I forget how much these ones hurt) I wanted an epidural STAT, and they took forever. Like FOREVER! But finally the anesthesiologist angel came and gave me the most perfect epidural. Which was totally an anwser to my prayers because the epidural that I got with Enoch was for some reason so painful (which is strange because I have never had a problem with epidurals before) so I was nervous this time around. And then I was extra nervous because I was contracting so hard that I didn't think there was anyway I could hold still long enough for the epidural. Thankfully he timed it perfectly. It took awhile to take effect which also surprised me. When it finally did the labor became A. OK and the excitement was back! I couldn't wait to meet my little guy! 

We talked, my mom and Justin slept a little bit (not much) and I snap chatted and face timed my little sister Emme. She just happened to be awake all night due to traumatic life events. Some of the funniest snaps I have ever received were that night. I am a little sad that I don't have them documented for life. 

The nurse came in at 6:00 and checked me because I told her I felt the need to push. She was surprised that I was a 10+ some and told me to keep my legs crossed and DO NOT PUSH, and she called the my Dr. He got there in about 30 min. I pushed a couple times and out came little Wells. They put his straight on me (still connected) which was cool because I don't think they have ever done that before with any of my others. I held him for quite a while before they cut the cord and then took him to be weighed... 

Like all my others, Wells was born with a full head of dark hair, which always surprises everybody. He was absolutely perfect. After that we had the full day to just enjoy him and snuggle him. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

3 Years Old!

I can't believe our little Graham man is 3 years old! He was so excited for a birthday this year. He probably talked about having his airplane birthday for a straight 2 months. This kid LOVES airplanes. So for his party we had the family come over and we played pin the propellor on the plane, had a paper airplane decorating contest, and then a flight challenge with paper airplanes. We had one of grahams favorite shows playing (it is literally just different planes flying in the air) We had good food and cake. It was so fun having a day all about Graham. He loved all the attention. Justin made graham an airplane out of a cardboard box and that was also a huge hit! There were some cute decorations, but I didn't get around to photographing anything...I was too busy managing the year I guess. We sure LOVE THIS SWEET BOY!

Graham at 3 years old
- Isla is his best friend. 
- He always wants his back tickled (ALL THE TIME)
- He loves airplanes
- He is currently in a Star Wars phase
- Loves to pretend to be a robot
- Loves to wrestle and rough house- he is 100% boy
- Sleeps in a big boy bed
- Loves to do funny faces on snapchat

Pretty much he is just the cutest and sweetest boy ever, and we are all pretty much obsessed with this kid. 


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Disneyland 2016

Disneyland January 2016!

A trip for the books! It was fun to have Justin be able to come with us and join in all the fun. Especially because he is just more fun then me and he has the muscles to push both kids in the single stroller. haha. We are definitely a disney loving family! 
We are Mickey fans in this house. We always joke that dad works for the mouse. 

Isla was dressed up as Minnie Mouse when she met Mickey, and he just went crazy over her. He danced with her, kissed her... it was adorable, and she still talks about it! Now when we go to disneyland she always wants to dress up as Minnie Mouse. 

We did the character breakfast at the hotel. The breakfast was awesome.... they could use better characters....

Isla's favorite princess right now is Aurora. So we were glad we found her! 

This boy LOVES his ears. Like he will wear them the whole day without any problem. 


So I actually have a few disneyland trips to catch up on. Having Justin work for Disney now has some perks.  This was from our January trip. We went with our friends Dayne and Elizabeth. It was so much fun to have friends there to share in the magic. The weather was great, the lines weren't too bad either. 

We actually stayed at the Grand California and it was AWESOME! You cannot beat the location. We did the park a lot and I do wish we spent a little more time at the hotel. It was nice though to be able to go and change Isla after she got drenched on the grizzly bear run. Also I was very early in my pregnancy so I was a little worried about how well I would handle the park. Thankfully I did pretty good, but just having the option of heading back to the room for a break was nice. Disneyland with kids is magical!