Baby Jeffery

So I had a baby. And he is two months old today. And cliche of all cliches: he’s growing way too fast for my liking.

Derek got to give him a name and a blessing in sacrament meeting on Sunday. We called him Jeffery (for my dad) Dean (for my maternal grandmother, Deon). We had lots of family there to support us. It was a good day. I’m grateful for the gospel, the priesthood and eternal families.

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Rewind two months.

Here was our first good look at him and his swollen newness.

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He was a tad bit puffy and bruised from the trauma. Who can blame him? He arrived one day past his due date and weighed in at 9 lbs 1 oz. It was a fast delivery (which contributed to the bruising). He came 3 hours after we checked into the hospital but only about an hour and a half after contractions actually started. We went in to be induced as my water had been leaking all day with no contractions. Luckily things progressed on their own and our midwife barely made it in time for delivery.

This pregnancy, labor, delivery, and baby have been dramatically different than my other two experiences. First of all he was late. Secondly, he was HUGE! Pretty much double the size of my other three boys. Getting him born took roughly a quarter of the time. And the best part, no NICU.  It was pretty much a luxury vacation. After delivery, everyone left the three of us alone for a whole hour or more. We stayed two wonderful nights in the hospital where Jeffery and I slept in the same room. The nurses didn’t even bother me in the middle of the night.

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I could pick him up any time I wanted and just cuddle him. I didn’t have to wrestle with cords. I didn’t have to worry about wearing him out or him losing too much body heat. I didn’t have to weigh diapers or calculate how much he ate. Besides all of that, I got three meals a day that I didn’t have to prepare. We enjoyed lots of visitors including our three big boys (who seemed to have grown 3 inches and 10 pounds overnight). There was no car seat test. (They barely checked to make sure we had a car seat.) Best of all, we got to go home TOGETHER.

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Jeffery is such a happy easy-going baby. He eats well, sleeps well and loves his momma. (I finally got a momma’s boy!) Developmentally, he’s doing great. He holds his head up really well, is starting to focus on things in front of his face and gives us lots of coos and smiles. He has really good hearing. He responded super well to sounds right from the beginning. Really early on he would smile as soon as he’d hear me come into the room. I didn’t notice my other guys doing that. He’s growing like a weed. I had to skip right over the newborn clothes and diapers. Just this last week I got to pull out size 3-6 months. It’s crazy to remember how old the other boys were when they were wearing the same clothes he’s in now…. *sigh*

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Jeffery: 8 weeks


Isaac: 4 months

The big boys love their new brother. Isaac wants to help me dress him every morning and often gets to choose his outfit. He also likes to sit next to him in the car and help him with his binkie or bottle as we drive.

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The twins are a little more flighty so they don’t spend as much time with him. They like to be silly to try to get a smile. Sometimes they are a little rough…. By the time Jeffery was two weeks old Carter had already tripped over him as he was lying in the boppy. He landed right on his belly. Jeffery was sore for a few days but otherwise ok. (It’s amazing that younger siblings survive their first year.)

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Overall, it’s been a lovely two months for our little family. I am grateful for good health, supportive family and kind neighbors. I’m happy to have my husband at home everyday to keep me sane and provided for. God is good.

Two Month Stats– Weight: 12 lbs 9 oz Height: 24 3/4 inches


October and Halloween

I love Halloween. I was feeling ambitious this year and the boys were pretty excited about bats and spiders and things so we spent all month making decorations and costumes.

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I should have taken this picture when it was really dark out. Oh well. The witch silhouette was pretty awesome.

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For Fall Break my mom invited us down to Palisades State Park for an overnight trip. We had a fun time playing with cousins and the boys loved the cabins complete with bunk beds. Here’s a picture of the littlest boys playing on the big rock.

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I love coordinating our family’s costumes every year. My kids are still fairly easy to convince young so we’ll see how many years I can indulge in matching attire. The boys are old enough to have somewhat of an opinion so I gave them a few matchy options and let them vote. I thought Toy Story would be fun or Monsters Inc. I was also keeping twinner costumes in mind like Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum and, of course, Things 1 and 2 were options. The boys unanimously voted for Mario Brothers. I don’t know why that was the top of the list (we don’t play it all that much) but I have to admit I was super excited to make a Princess Peach dress.  I was also really lucky to find some awesome tutorials for Mario and Luigi hats and even a Hammer Brothers outfit (adapted from this Bowser costume). Isaac was super insistent on his choice of character.

I was working on costumes until the minute we walked out the door for the ward trunk or treat. I still had finishing touches before Halloween night but I think they turned out pretty cute. At least they were a fun challenge for me to make. (Derek is a good sport to put up with me.)

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We went down to Jaker’s in Springville for a pre-school field trip. I should have gotten a picture with all of the boys but here’s me and my boys at least.

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My friend Anna from high school invited us to go to Cornbelly’s for a family date night one Saturday night. I forgot jackets but it was a beautiful night and we had lots of fun.

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Our friends hosted a Halloween party the week before Halloween. Look at all those boys! We forgot to get a picture of the kids before all of the families with girls left.

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On Halloween night Derek took the boys around the neighborhood trick-or-treating while I stayed home to hand out candy. I should have just gone with them. We only had two groups of kids knock on our door. That happens every year. You’d think I would learn… After trick-or-treating we went down to Springville to show off our costumes to Grandma and Grandpa and the cousins.

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P is for Pirates, Pizza, Pancakes and Penguins!


P week was way fun.  Seriously.  There are way too many P words to choose from.  Here is a list of words that we encountered and at least talked about this week: prophet, potty (um both kinds… TMI?), pancakes, pizza, penguin, pig, pirate, Peter Pan, pup, perro, pulpo, Pearl, purple (still Isaac’s favorite color), pelota, princess, pea, pajamas, planes, película and pumpkins.

We started off the Thursday before General Conference coloring pictures of the prophet, President Monson, and getting excited about listening to him speak over the weekend.  I printed out activity packets from here.

A note about conference:

I was a little anxious about General Conference with three toddlers because I really wanted to be able to listen to some of it but I was fully aware that 8 hours of sitting in front of a tv screen was unrealistic for those guys.  Luckily, two of the four sessions coincided at least partially with nap-time so I focused on the two morning sessions.  We put away all their noisy toys and pulled out books, puzzles and coloring packets for them to play with during conference.  I also tried the whole listen-for-a-word-and-get-a-snack-when-you-hear-it game.  Isaac got pretty good at it.  The twins just got a treat whenever Isaac did.  They were still pretty clueless.  I really didn’t spend a whole lot of time preparing anything (and definitely didn’t make it cutesy….well okay the packet was kinda cutesy but all I did was print it!) but mission accomplished!  I got to listen to a good chunk of the talks AND the boys were able to enjoy it as well.  I feel like they came away knowing who the prophet is and that it’s important to take time to listen to him.

If you didn’t get a chance to hear it, all of the talks are available already on lds.org.  My favorites were The Moral Force of Women by Elder Christofferson, To My Grandchildren by President Eyring and No Other Gods by Elder Oaks.  Although Power in the Priesthood by Elder Anderson and We Never Walk Alone by President Monson were awesome too.  There’s too many to pick.  Just go read them all!

P week also just happened to coincide with Isaac finishing his potty chart.  So Monday night we left the twins with cousins and we took Isaac to dinner and the Planes movie.  He. Was. In. Heaven. (And one third of my children are *mostly* out of diapers…er Pañales!! Yay!)

We also read books about penguins, pirates, pizza and pancakes.  Isaac’s favorite (in English and Spanish) was If You Give a Pig a Pancake.  I thought the Princess and the Pizza was cute and El Pingüino Taky.  Cooper loved Splash! A Penguin Counting Book.  (The twins’ “counting” is so stinking cute).  Carter liked Penguin Pete (although I thought it was just meh).  The overall favorite was All by Myself!  They all fought over it.  Who knew the one potty book I brought home would be such a hit??

We made our own little pizzas out of Rhodes roll dough.  Should have made more.  The boys were sad when they were gone.


We ate pancakes more than once.

We picked out pumpkins at Grandpa Curtis’s house.

Our last P activity for the week was while Daddy was gone playing soccer.  The boys and I popped popcorn and watched Peter Pan in our pajamas.  So many P words in one sitting!  It was really fun.


On to letter Q. Just guessing but I’m thinking that one will be a short week…. 😉


Double Blessing

Derek blessed the twins in church on Sunday, March 4th.  It was a really nice day despite the fact that all three boys were sick.  (NO FUN to have three sick babies by the way.)  I loved being able to attend church as a family.  I can’t wait for RSV season to end so that we can all go together every week.  (Although I am fully aware there will be days that I will wish I could just stay home rather than haul three wiggling, rowdy boys to church)  Isaac was especially miserable but the twins did a great job and so did their dad.  I’m so lucky to have him.  It was lovely having family over to visit and to support us on this special day.  Thanks all!


My Hot Husband

Stakes from Pleasant Grove were asked to provide the choir for the Priesthood session of General Conference this weekend.  Since Derek is married to the music chairperson for our ward (that’s me!), he was one of the four men from our ward to sing with the choir.  I think he enjoyed the experience as it’s been a long time since he’s been able to sing with a big choir and because he got to sing for the prophet.  He got lots of camera time.  They sang “Rise Up O Men of God,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” and “Come Ye Children of the Lord.” You should watch them if you haven’t already.

Last Wednesday Isaac and I went to the dress rehearsal in the conference center with my mom.  This was the only good picture I got though.  The pics of the choir turned out all blurry.