Friday, December 28, 2012

Kael's Birth

It all started on Thursday when my boss decided that he was going to finish the bathroom in the new office that we had just moved to which meant that we wouldn't have access to a bathroom all day. The only bathroom we could use was the grocery store around the corner. Being nine months pregnant meant I had to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes (at least it felt that often). Going to the grocery store meant walking around the corner and then up a flight of stairs everytime. I voiced to my boss how upset I was that he deceided to do this the day before my last daycause it was going to put me into labor. Anyway, I didn't want to walk to the grocery store that often so I did what ever I could to hold in my pee. Later in the afternoon I really had to go so I walked to the grocery store with one of my co workers and after I went to the bathroom we walked around the grocery store so she could get some food for lunch. We were stanind in an asle when I think my water was breaking (I started leaking fluid). I started to freak out a little bit so I told the girl that I was going to go home and take it easy so the I could prevent labor. I wanted to go until my inducement date a week later. I walked back to the office and tried to finish all my work in case I did go into labor. I drove home and took a bath cause I was starting to get contractions. They weren't regular or super painful and the bath helped them go away until later that night when declan and I were sitting on the couch watching tv. I decided to take a shower just in case I went into labor. After my shower my contractions were becoming more frequently like every 10 minutes. We ended up going to bed but I didn't sleep much because they were now every 5 minutes and becoming more painful. At about 11:30 pm we decided to go to the hospital. When we got there they had me change into a gown and hooked me up on all the monitors. They did the test to see if my water broke earlier that day but it didn't so that meant I just peed myself. My bad... They checked to see how dilated I was and I was only a 3 so they said they wanted me to stay for and hour to see if I dialte anymore. After an hour I was still a 3 so they said they were sending me home and to come back when the contractions are 2-3 min apart for at least 2 hours. We drove home (at this point it was 2:30 am) and I took a bath which helped a little with the pain. I tried to sleep but couldn't because the contractions were getting more and more painful and were now 4 min apart. I ended up going downstairs and laid on the couch so I didn't wake declan up when I was getting a contraction because I would move around so much. At about 7am my contractions were now 3 minutes apart and extremely painful. I had to lay in the fetal position when I would get one. I text declan (I wasn't about to walk up stairs with the pain that I was in) and told him my contractions were 3 min apart. He came downstairs and asked if I wanted to go to the hospital but I told him no cause it had only been a half hour and I didn't want to get sent home again. I waited till it had been an hour and decided to go. Declan had to help me get dressed because I was in so much pain. I stood up to walk to the car and had to vomit. I didn't throw up my whole pregnancy but of course the last day I did. The half hour drive to the hospital seemed like a life time with my contractions. When we got to the hospital we tried to hurry to the third floor because I couldn't walk during a contraction but didn't make it so I had to stop in the hall and sit down during my contraction. We made it to labor and delivery and they made me stand there forever while they checked me in. They finally took me to a room and I got dressed (I almost laid down on the bathroom floor to get dressed cause of the pain). They checked me and I was dilated to a 6. They nurse said that they would hurry and get me an epidural. I was shaking so bad cause of the pain and I could tell that declan was freaking out because there was nothing he could do. They moved me to the delivery room and hooked me up and tired to find the anathesiologist. They finally found him and he hooked me up on the epidural. Once that kicked in I was in heaven. After I was numb my dr came in and broke my water and then we just had to wait until I was fully dilated. After a couple of hours I had only dilated to a 7 so they hooked me up on potosin to help me dilate faster. After they did that they baby wasn't moving as much as they wanted him to so they put me on oxygen. After being on that for a little while he still wasn't moving as much so they gave me a glucose iv. At this point I was fully dilated but the baby hadn't dropped so they made me rotate being on my sides every 15 min to get him to drop so I could dtart pushing. At 4pm he had finally dropped so we could start the rest and decend. The nurse asked declan to hold my leg and he told her no and to have someone else do it and she told him that there wasn't anyone else so he decided to hold my leg. I started pushing 3 times during a contraction and did that 3 or 4 times and then the nurse told me to stop and wait for the dr. The dr showed up 1O min later and I pushed 2 or 3 times more and he was out. The dr told me to look as he was pulling kael out but I told him no. The dr cut the cord since declan told him he didn't want to. The dr said the cord was wrapped around his neck but it was loose so it wasn't a concern. Kael was born on 11/30/12 at 4:39 pm 8lbs 6oz and 19.5 inches long. Overall the labor wasn't bad once I got the epidural. Contractions suck! I will have to post pictures later since I'm writing this post on my phone and it won't let me post pictures. I will also write another post on how its been since I've been home.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pregnancy Update

It's been a while since I have updated my blog so I figured I should give an update on my pregnancy.  I am currently 37 weeks and 5 days along.  I feel huge and very uncomfortable.  Not much has changed since my last update other than I'm pretty sure my ribs are out because they are very tender to the touch and constantly throb all day long.  I keep gaining weight which I do not love.  I have way surpassed the amount you are supposed to gain when you are pregnant and it baffles me when people tell me I'm tiny for being as far along as I am because of the amount of weight I have gained.  I just hope that it doesn't take me long to lose it after I have the baby.  I still can't sleep and I think that I actually sleep less then I did before.  I'm just glad that I only have a few weeks left so that my body isn't uncomfortable all the time.  I had my Dr's appointment last week to get the last ultrasound and get my cervix checked and the baby is head down and in the right position when I go into labor and I was dilated at a 1.5.  My next Dr's appointment is tomorrow so I will find out if I dilated more.  My last day at work is my due date (11/30/12) and I look forward to not working for a while and to be able to take a break.  I will miss having adult conversations on a daily basis but will love not having to drive to work everyday, especially in the snow.  
Here are some pictures of me, and the baby's room.

34 Weeks

36 Weeks

The crib somewhat finished.  Still need the bumpers
This is the baby's room almost done.  Still need curtains

This was from our girls weekend in SLC.  We stayed in a hotel and spent the day shopping.  It was tons of fun.

The dogs were exhausted after spending the night at my parent's during our girls weekend.  They played hard with my parent's dog Roxy and were worn at.
I'm sure the next time I post anything on the blog will be the birth of our little boy!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Baby Shower

I had my baby shower a couple of weeks ago that was thrown by my awesome sister and sisters-in-law.  The theme was mustache bash and everything turned out so cute.  I enjoyed spending time with all my friends.  Here are some pictures from the shower (I didn't know that these pictures were being taken obviously since most of them are not very flattering):

My Sis, Mom and I

The yummy Brazilian Limeade that my Sis made

Chatting it up with Friends

Not very flattering...

The cute decorations

Lots of presents

The yummy food

Me and my Sis
Pregnancy update:
On Friday I will be 31 weeks so 9 more to go...Wohoo!  I did my Glucose test a couple of weeks ago and everything was normal so I can continue to stuff my face with junk food (thanks goodness).  The baby still moves constantly and I swear that he is trying to find his way out of my stomach.  He likes to kick one of my lower ribs and I'm pretty sure that he's going to kick it out of place one of these days.  I still have trouble sleeping at night but my Dr just told me of the sleep aides that I can take to hopefully help me sleep a little better.  We still have lots to get before the baby gets here but slowly we are crossing things off our list.  I will take some pictures of the room and the progress.
Here is a picture of me at 29 weeks:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Baby Room

We've finally finished the Baby's room after what feels like a life time or working on it (when I say we I mean Declan did most of it while I bossed him around).  It looks so good and I am very happy with how it turned out.  I will post pictures later in the post.  Here's an update on my pregnancy:  Not much has changed since the last post other then I'm pretty sure I'm much fatter now then I was in my last post.  Still no cravings or appetite.  Still can't sleep and I'm pretty sure the no sleeping has been getting worse.  I get horrible leg cramps at night which are not fun.  I'm finally feeling the baby move and he doesn't stop moving from the time I wake up to when I go to bed.  He likes to kick my ribs when I sit which makes it very uncomfortable when I have to sit at work all day.  Everyone keeps telling me I'm tiny for how far a long I am but I feel as big as a house.  I know I'm being negative but lets be honest...being pregnant sucks.  I am grateful that I can get pregnant and that I haven't been super sick or had any real serious issues but I'm not going to pretend that I love being pregnant.  If I could find another way to have kids without having to fork out millions of $'s then I totally would but until I figure out another way I will be sicking with the old fashioned way of doing it myself. That's pretty much all I have to say for now so I will post some pictures of the room.

Here is what the walls look like finished

There is still lots to get for the crib to spice it up. It's kind of boring right now

Yes, the dresser does only have knobs on one side.  I thought it only needed 6 knobs but turns out it needs 12. My bad

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pregnancy Update

I'm almost 22 weeks and feeling pregnant.  I don't have nausea anymore but my acid re-flux is still pretty bad.  Thank goodness for medicine or else I wouldn't be able to eat anything.  I don't fit into any of my normal pants (very depressing) and had to break down and buy some maternity clothes which I refer to as my fat pants.  I haven't felt the baby move yet so I'm not sure if I should be worried or grateful.  When I go to the Dr's they always comment on how active he is so it's weird that I can't feel him.  Maybe I am feeling him and I just don't know it...  I haven't had any cravings but I also haven't had much of an appetite.  I am finally am able to start walking on the treadmill again and will hopefully work myself back up to jogging.  I have felt like such a lazy bum since I haven't felt good enough to work out after work.  I don't sleep at night and I know it will just get worse.  I invested in a boppy cuddle pillow which helps but I still don't sleep that good.  I haven't been too moody or emotional (Declan may have a different opinion) which I am glad because I wouldn't be able to handle myself if I was.  I'm not sure what else to say so I will post some pictures.

19 weeks

20 weeks
Here is the baby's room.  The wood is all done but now we are prepping to paint
I forgot to mention that we got the ultrasound at the Dr's office (which was our 2nd ultrasound) when I was 19 weeks and the baby is still a healthy baby boy.  We changed the spelling of his name so now it will be Kael Declan Zollinger.  The end...for now.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

And the baby is...

A couple of days ago Declan and I went to the Fetal Studio in the South Town Mall to see if they will be able to tell us what gender the baby is because they can do it as early as 14 weeks.  When we went in the baby was sitting Indian style and being stubborn so the Ultrasound Tech had me cough and move into a couple different positions to try to get the baby to uncross its legs so we could get a good picture and the baby finally did a little bit which was enough to see what the baby was.  And it's a.....BOY!  We are so excited because we both wanted a boy first.  My parent's are very excited because this is the first grandson for them.  Here are a couple of pictures from the ultrasound:

This is a profile pic of the baby

This is a picture of the baby sucking it's thumb

This is the picture showing that it's a boy
We've had one boy name and one girl name already picked out and since it's a boy his name will be Kale (yes, like the leafy green) Declan Zollinger.
I also took a couple of pictures of the bump and here they are:

These pictures taken were at 14 weeks 5 days

This is a close up version of the bump in case you couldn't see it in the last picture
We are still working on the baby's room and haven't really done much since the last pictures I posted but as soon as we get more done I will post pictures.

Monday, May 21, 2012


I'm going to play catch up since it's been some time since I've posted anything.  I will start with Mother's Day/Anniversary since they were on the same day.  On Saturday morning My mom, sister, both sister-in-laws and I went to breakfast at Mimi's Cafe which was a lot of fun (we need to do it more often).

After breakfast we went shopping at the mall and I got a couple of cute shirts to wear while I am in "transition" from being not pregnant to being pregnant.  (not a fun stage BTW).  Later that night Declan and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for our 6th Anniversary.  I love that place!  We didn't do much other than dinner for our Anniversary cause we are trying to save our $$ for the baby.
On Sunday it was pretty relaxing.  This is what Bowzer gave to me for Mother's Day:
Bower gave me a cute!
We had dinner that night at my Parent's with the whole fam and my big bro made some delicious BBQ chicken.  Over all it was a super fun weekend.

Now on to the baby room...
I got this idea off of Pinterest (I love that place) and I can't wait till it's finished.  This is what we did this weekend so far:

This is what I saw on Pinterest:

The room will look similar to this picture minus the crib and dresser and pictures and the color on top...I haven't decided what color to paint since I don't know the gender of the baby yet... But I am excited for the finished product!  I will post more pictures of the baby room as we get more done.

Monday, April 23, 2012


I have some very exciting news...

I'm pregnant!!  I was at work a couple of weeks ago and was telling the girls some problems that I was having and they were convinced that I was pregnant.  I was a little skeptical but they went and got a pregnancy test for me and I did the test and it was POSITIVE!  I was a little in shock so I hurried and told Declan.  He was super excited.  I took a couple more pregnancy tests a few days later just to make sure and sure enough they were positive too.  I wasn't sure how far along I was so I scheduled my Dr.'s appointment and when I went to that appointment they said that I was 7 weeks 6 days.  I was a little disappointed to find out that the Dr. I went to doesn't deliver at the Riverton Hospital so I had to find a new Dr.  My sis-in-law delivered at Riverton so I scheduled my 12 weeks appointment with her Dr.  I ended up telling my parents the good news after my 8 week appointment and they were both excited.  Our family has been very supportive and excited.  My sister and sis-in-law went and got me a cute blanket to say congrats.  They are so cute!  I have been feeling pretty good so far but my allergies have been horrible and if I wait to long in between eating I feel sick.  I've gained more weight already then I prefer.  I know the weight gain is inevitable but I'm trying to slow the gain down as much as possible.  I will post updates of the pregnancy as I get bigger.

Here is a picture of the little peanut:

Friday, April 6, 2012


Declan and I and his family went to Disneyland this last week and we had so much fun.  I wish the weather was a little better but we still enjoyed every minute.  We drove to California on Wednesday and listen to the Hunger Games book which made the time go by so fast.  We spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Disneyland and drove home on Sunday listening to the 2nd book of the Hunger Games.  Thursday was the warmest day and the least busiest.  We get Declan's brother Sean a Special Needs pass which means that all six of us get to go to the front of the line on every ride so we never have to wait.  Sean loves the rides and gets super excited so he makes it fun for us.  Friday was semi warm during the day but got pretty cool when the sun started to set and Saturday was rainy on and off during the day and pretty cold.  Later that night we saw the World or Color show in California Adventure which would have been awesome if it wasn't a down pour rain.  We finished the show and then planned on hurrying back to the hotel to dry off but everyone else had the same idea so it was slow moving to the exit and during the process we accidently got split up so three of us tried to stay out of the rain while trying to find the other three of our group and after about a half hour we were able to find them and hurry to the shuttle to get back to the hotel.  We left on Sunday about 2pm and ended up driving through snow shortly after St. George until we got home.  We didn't end up getting home until 1:30am on Monday morning and had to go get the dogs from my parent's.  We both had to get up early for work on Monday so we only ended up getting a few hours of sleep which made for a long work day.  Over all the trip was fun and I can't wait to go back again.  Here are some photos from the trip:

Declan's Mom & Dad 

I'm standing in front of the Haunted Mansion ride

Me and Sean waiting for the Haunted Mansion Ride

Declan and I waiting to go on the Indiana Jones Ride

A Bug's Life

Standing at the entrance to Disneyland

Decland & I & a boat

Just hanging out...

This was in California Adventure somewhere



Just watching the Main Street Parade

Disneyland Main Street at sunset

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


My mom told me on Sunday that I was boring cause I haven't updated my blog in a while so I figured I would post an update of what's been happening. 
I will start with Valentines Day.  We didn't do much this year cause it's so close to Christmas and Declan's birthday.  I made Declan a little gift...

And he did something different then flowers...

Valentine's night I just made dinner and then we just hung out and watched TV.  It was pretty low key but we both enjoyed it. 
Now on to my personal training certification... I am still working on that.  I past half of my test so now I have to retake the other half that I didn't pass.  I've had a bad test failing streak but I finally broke that streak when I past my insurance test last week (I've already taken it a few times).  I now have my insurance license and I am super excited about it.  Now I just need to make sure and pass the other half of my personal training test so I can do my internship and get certified.
In two weeks Declan and I will be going to Disneyland with his family.  We originally planned to go to Disneyland during Thanksgiving last year but it didn't work out so we will be going at the end of the month.  We are very excited for our much needed vacation.  Other then the stuff I already posted not a whole lot has happened.  I will post about our Disneyland trip next month.