Friday, March 28, 2014

Post Partum Health Issues

I can definitely say that both Parker and I really were blessed during the labor and delivery.  Sometimes I hear stories or I think about all the things that could have gone wrong, but we were blessed to have a perfect delivery and perfect baby.
After I had Parker, I had major problems with my back.  I could not stand for more than a few minutes at a time.  I ended up seeing a chiropractor that put my rib plate back into place three days after Parker was born.  He also fixed my Ia-tel Hernia which was causing me acid reflux for the past 10 years.  Over the next five weeks, I kept falling apart.  My knee swelled up for 3 days and my middle finger did the same thing.  My left hip flexor caused me some problems and I had a hard time walking for three days.
 Bryce and I went on a date to the shooting range in Layton.  We shot our pistols and then had a little competition to shoot the target at a quick pace without aiming.  It was so much fun to shoot my gun and get more familiar with it. The next day, I was so sore and my right shoulder had the largest knot in it.
  I also had problems with vertigo for three weeks.  I had a massage therapist work on my neck and shoulders.  I went to my cranio sacral therapist.  I had a chiropractor adjust my neck.  I tried the "do it yourself" technique to try to get it to go away.  Finally, I went back to Wayne Hirsbrunner, the chiropractor that fixed my ribs and acid.  After doing some resistant tests on my arm, he decided that the pressure in my spinal fluid was low.  He shook my neck and head and I haven't had vertigo since then. 
 Another problem I have been experiencing is kind of embarrassing. When use the bathroom, it is somewhat painful. This has been going on for a 5 weeks now.  I talked to my brother, who suffered from an Anal Fissure a year ago and had to get surgery, and he told me to get into a doctor.  I finally went to my OB and he told me that if was most likely from having a baby.  He said its not a hemorrhoid and its not cancer. He told me that when you have a baby, it really causes havoc to your rectum.  That was nice to know.  After talking to a friend of mine, its sounds like it is common to have problems after having a baby. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

7 Weeks Old

 The first four weeks of Parker’s life seemed to go really smoothly.  She was eating 2-3 oz every four hours and sleeping all the time.  Bryce and I hold her a lot, which has ended up spoiling her a bit. She has had some stomach issues the last three weeks.  We ended up putting her on Zantac because she seemed to be having acid.  Though now I am not so sure.  She gets really fussy now and then and we can tell that her stomach is bothering her.  There is really no rhyme or reason with her.  She will be fine one minute and then mad the next.  She wants her binki but doesn’t want it at the same time.  When she realizes there is no milk in the binki, she gets upset and screams.
 We have really enjoyed her so far.  I also realize that these hard times with her will pass.  It seems like babies go through stages so quickly.  She still has her days and nights mixed up.  When she eats at night, she thinks she needs to stay up for an hour or so.  We try to feed her around 10:30 at night and then she usually goes about 5-6 hours till her next feeding.  Bryce has been so good to help me with her at night.  Together, we have been able to function and not lose too much sleep.  
 Parker is 7 weeks today.  She is really growing quickly.  Her cheeks have really filled out and she seems to be longer.  She just started smiling 3 days ago.  She has to be in the perfect mood to smile though.  She loves her swing and car seat.  She can sleep in both of them like a champ.  She also loves it when we talk to her.  She tries to move her mouth and mimic us.  
 Parker loves to takes baths. This is something she has always enjoyed since the first day she was born.  I have been bathing her in our kitchen sink, but she is starting to outgrow it.  She also enjoys it when we prop her head back a little when we hold her out in front of us.  It makes me wonder if her head was positioned like that while she was in my stomach. Cooper is finally starting to show a little more attention to Parker.  He wants to hold her now and then and he enjoys talking to her.  Clayton likes to lay next to her.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Brian Regan

 Six months ago, tickets came available for Brain Regan. He is a comedian that is very popular, especially in Utah.  His shows contain clean content and he is still really enjoyable to watch.  Bryce loves to watch comedy and I knew he would love to see this show.  Kristyn Marker called us up and asked if we all wanted to go.  I was worried about what we would do with the new baby, but I decided I would purchase the tickets and figure it out when the time came.
For our 13th Anniversary, I surprised Bryce with the tickets.  Parker ended up coming three weeks early, so that made it a little better when I had to leave her for the show.  We had Holly Casebolt watch the kids that night so we could go down to Salt Lake and enjoy the evening with each other and our friends.  We were accompanied by the Richters, the Wrights, the Moyes, and the Markers.  We ate dinner at Dickey's BBQ and then headed down to the show.  Everyone really enjoyed the comedy.  I even smiled a few times!

Fire Department with Dad

 Clayton had a field trip to the Roy Fire Department with his preschool class.  It worked out perfectly so Dad could take Clayton to the field trip.  As you can see in the one picture, Clayton is still shy around people and so he stands away from everyone for the pictures!
 After they explored the Fire Station, we took him to Carls Jr. to play and have lunch.  This was a nice break for me to get out of the house and enjoy time with Bryce and Clayton. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

3-5 Weeks Old

 These are some of my favorite pictures of Parker when she was 3-5 weeks old.  I love that she holds onto my hand while I am feeding her.  The bottle is almost as big as her face.  She loves to hold on to my fingers also. Parker was eating anywhere from 3 ounces of formula every 3-4 hours.
 I don't have many pictures of Parker and myself.  Here is my sleeping beauty.  I love to hold her while she sleeps.  It makes me so happy to just watch her facial expressions and to see how peaceful and happy she is!
 Parker has cute little facial features.  She definitely has the Hatch nose.  She gets her lips from both Bryce and myself.  She has beautiful lips and I love that she has a dimple in her chin.  Bryce and I have small dimples, but Cooper, Sherrie, and Papa Douglas have bigger dimples and they are great!
 Aunt Steph brought this cute newborn outfit to the hospital when she came to see Parker.  She looks so pretty in purple. Plus, it is my favorite color!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Special Visit from Family

We were so blessed to have Grandma and Grandpa Hatch, Sherrie, and Kinlee come visit us two weeks after Parker was born.  Kylee and Matt got married on February 7th, so I was able to leave the kids with Grandma and Grandpa Douglas, while we attended the wedding ceremony in the Logan Temple. 
Matt and Kylee looked so happy and it was nice to be able to visit the temple and feel the warmth and peace that resides there. It was also nice to be there with Bryce and many of my family members.  After the wedding, they had a lunch at the Marriott and then a reception later that evening.
 While we were in Cache Valley, we stopped by Grandma and Grandpa Cooper's for a few hours.  They loved having the kids there and especially Mom.  I love this picture of all of them adoring Parker. Parker was only 2 weeks old.
 After the crazy weekend, Mom and Sherrie came back to spend a couple of days with us at our home.  Clayton and Cooper enjoyed playing with Kinlee and getting to know her better.  It was fun to have them here.  We always love it when they visit. Sherrie helped Clayton create his Valentines Box for school. 

Grandpa Hatch had to get back to Texas, so he wasn't able to stay very long.  He enjoyed holding Parker for a few minutes and then he was off to the airport. He really wanted a picture of his "miracle babies" (IVF), so we put them all in Parker's crib and snapped this picture!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Two Weeks Old

Two weeks after I had Parker, I had Jill Douglas highlight and cut my hair while my mom watched Parker at Grandma Cooper's house.  It was so nice to have a little pampering done.  I love that Parker loves to cuddle up on my chest or shoulder.  She loves skin to skin contact.  She really relaxes when I rub her face or put my face against her face.
This is probably one of my most favorite pictures of Parker.  I love the look on her face, her petite little hands, and her precious little body wrapped up in the soft, cuddly blanket! She looks like an angel!
I layed her down one night on the floor and the boys started talking to her. I couldn't believe how she tracked their voices and would look right at them.  She kept looking back and forth between Cooper and Clayton.  She was very alert and aware.  I think Little Miss Parker was being completely loved and adored on by the three most important men in her life!
Grandma Douglas and her cute little hat she crocheted for Parker.  Grandma made Parker 5 blankets and she loves all of them!
Two weeks old and look at the concentration on her face.  She just loves her mom and dad. I love that her eyes tell it all.  They are so expressive and I love how she really connects when she looks at you.  She wants that eye contact. She really loved to look up into our faces and this young of age!