Saturday, July 9, 2011

T.M.I (Too much information)

I know i never blog anymore, i guess i just don't have enough time. But i think that this post could be helpful to other people so i guess i can talk about it. this past few months i have had a few things that are a little embarrassing to talk about so i will just say there is a pg-13 rating before you read on, so read at your own risk- this might be a little bit too much TMI. Anyways. So to start out the incredible hideous picture of my fat leg is when i was 8 months pregnant. I had no visible veins before i started having kids and with each kid they got worse and worse. Because of all the excess blood i carry when i am pregnant my veins were getting more and more damaged with each pregnancy and thus baby #4 left me looking like this... so sexy isn't it, well it was a little less ugly after the baby, but not much... well i am happy to say that i had a Vein ablation procedure done, and yes it did hurt, but i would do it again in a heartbeat! look at the difference in my leg!! I am pretty sure i could be a billboard for the Intermountain vein Clinic. but i can actually show my legs again. so here are the pictures, and don't gag when you look at them..


After (don't you like my cute sparkle toes too :) )

Part #2, so this is the section that is a little personal, but whatever. Assuming we are all married adults that need to think about birth control.... after Tayla was born i was exploring my options for birth control and decided to have an IUD. I was a little hesitant about it but after talking to my doctor i decided to do it. I read the little pamphlet and it sounded great, low risk of becoming pregnant, less hormone than the pill, very few side affects and you can keep it in for 5 yrs! wow! sounds great huh? so this tiny little device called a Mirena is inserted into your uterus, and supposedly some women don't even feel any pain from it but you might spot for a few months. The doctor did say something about a 1 in 1000 chance of it perforating your Uterus and having to have it surgically removed but he assured me that he has only had that happen one time and it is very uncommon.
so I go to my appointment to have it put in, and he tells me ok, you might feel a little cramp and as he inserts it i feel a sharp stabbing pain. I literally almost kicked him in the face and grunted very loudly. I feel bad for the person next door because i am sure they were wondering what the heck was going on. anyways- he tells me again- another cramp- and i yell again, then he says " sorry, one last cramp" and more stabbing pains are shooting through my body and all i could think is- I wish i had an epidural for that! so the doctor apologizes to me again and tells me to come back in a month for a routine check to see if it is in right. so after he leaves i get dressed and i feel so light headed i am afraid i am going to pass out. i go and get the ladies at the front to set up my follow-up appt and all i can think of is how slow she is writing and i feel as if i am going to pass out right there. I make it to my car an sit there for a minute to calm down, i rush home and just lay there for 1/2 hr not able to move i am in so much pain. I just sat there crying thinking, what the heck did i just do to myself???
Long story short, i was having intense stabbing pains for like 5 days, i called the nurse on the 2nd day and she tells me it's NORMAL?!?!? i just kept telling Justin it feels like i am being stabbed in the stomach. for the next couple weeks the pain lessened but i would get just little random stabs of pain here and there in my stomach and pelvis.
So i think you can guess what happened at my follow up, yep- he sends me for an x-ray because he can't see the strings (which are used to check for it). And after an x-ray, then an ultrasound, then a vaginal ultrasound, he calls and tells me it is completely through the wall of my uterus and is in my abdomen and needs to be surgically removed. I started crying of course, but was somewhat relieved that i was going to get the stupid thing out of me. I had been feeling like my stomach was swollen looking (it probably was), my hormones were out of control, i was in pain, so in a way i was so glad it was coming out for good!
Fast forward to today. I had the surgery done on the 24th of June by a doctor in Provo. He did awesome. He said it was way up in my abdominal cavity stuck in my fatty tissue. I do have pictures of that, but I will keep that one off the internet :). They did three small incisions in my stomach and used a scope to find it, so there was very little cutting and I recovered pretty quickly. So needless to say I feel like I am back to normal now. I wrote a letter to my doctor asking to pay for my portion of the surgery and refund the cost of my IUD, but i haven't heard anything from him yet.
So on the bright side- I did get my money's worth on my insurance this year between the baby, the vein thing, the IUD going in, the IUD coming out, the ultrasounds and x-rays, and many doctor appointments.
I hope you all feel closer to me now, cuz my personal life is not so personal anymore after all this! and here is one more picture of me right before surgery.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Baby Tayla

These are the few prego pictures i have of baby Tayla

3 months

7 months

9 months (day before she was born)

1 hour old!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas letter 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

Another year has come and gone. Here is what we have all been up to this year.
Justin has been keeping busy with work and play. He is still enjoying riding his motorcycle, and spending time with the kids. He spent most of the summer working on the yard to get it looking nice and taking the kids on little adventures. Between fishing, bike riding, and four wheeler rides, he kept the kids entertained while he had a few weeks off during the summer. He still works with the youth in his church calling. He was changed from the 12 yr old deacons, to the 16 yr old Priests. I guess the boys just can’t get enough of him. He does a great job with them.
Me- I have been keeping busy with work and with the kids as always. I am grateful every day that I am able to work from home and still take care of my kids, it has been a blessing in our lives for me to be able to do so. I am still enjoying playing a little volleyball whenever I can, which I look forward to every year, but next year I will have to skip because of the new addition to the family. We are expecting a baby girl in the end of March which we are all very excited about. I am still serving as the Second counselor in the Relief Society which is a very big commitment, but has also been a very rewarding calling too.
Sydney is now 6 yrs old and in 1st grade. She has become a great reader already and loves school (except when it is time to wake up). She and her best cousin-friend Molly ended up in the same class again and they are loving that of course. This year Sydney had almost grown 4 inches! She is so excited to be an older sister again, and has been such a great help to me since I got pregnant. Sydney also started gymnastics a few weeks ago and has been doing great at it. She also learned how to swim over the summer. Sydney loves swimming and we spent as much time as we could at the pool over the summer.
Madison is 4 yrs old going on 16. As Justin puts it- she has vinegar in her veins. I guess that is his way of saying she is a little spitfire, which she is. She keeps me on my toes you could say. She is in her second year of preschool and a head taller than every kid in her class. She is so excited for kindergarten next year. She also started gymnastics with Sydney and is loving every minute of it. She also took swimming lessons over the summer and learned to swim in deep water, and just like her sister, she can’t get enough of the pool.
Then there is my three year old- Kyler. My little man has turned into such a character. He finally decided to learn how to talk, and I can’t believe the things he comes up with. Kyler is Justin’s little “mini me” with blonde hair. When Justin is home, Kyler is by his side the whole time. He likes to help his dad with any project he is working on and begs his dad every time he see’s him to take him for a ride on his motorcycle, and of course Justin can’t resist that cute little smile. He is such a joy to have around, I just have to figure out how to punish him without laughing the whole time.
We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. I am so grateful to have such wonderful friends and family and want you all to know that we thank you for being a part of our lives.
Justin, Julianne, Sydney, Madi, Kyler, and baby.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

10 Year Reunion

Me and Shara

I stole this picture from Shara's blog cuz all my pictures are on Justin's mom's camera. I had a great time at the reunion. and it was great to see old faces. But if I had to explain High school in one word it would be "Shara". We never did anything without the other person and I don't really have any memories without her in them. So thanks for all the good memories! Granger Class of 2000 was the best!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Summer Time fun

Seven Peaks

It rained a little but the kids still had a lot of fun!

Fishing with Dad
Justin took the kids fishing one day so I could get some work done, and they caught 5 fish!

24th of July Parade Downtown

Went up to see the Marathon runners in Provo

Baby Bunnies, and more baby bunnies

Friday, August 20, 2010

baby #4

So i am sure most of you have heard by now, we are expecting baby #4 on March 23, 2011! I went to the doctor yesterday and he heard a heartbeat so i guess it is official now. I think i am lucky that i don't get too sick, so i don't really feel pregnant other than my mood swings and constant appetite, even though nothing ever sounds good to eat. Sydney tells just about everyone that she see's that we are having another baby, she is so excited to be a big sister again. After i told her she came up to me and whispered "can i tell daddy?" well he already knew of course but she told him anyways. Madi already thinks it's a boy because she says we already have enough girls, so we will see how that logic works out for her! I will say though that the belly pops right out with number 4! i look like i am farther along than i really am but i guess that is expected when you have already done it three times before. We are really excited about the new addition to the family!