Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dec Update

Us today. 2 spitup episodes later....
Dear Blog,
Sorry you have been neglected, but I have been busy! Where to begin . . .

Ollie is now 4 months old. This has definitely been "the longest, shortest time" for Josh and I. Parenthood is a rollercoaster, but as long as Ollie keeps giving us his cute smiles I think everything will be fantastic. Oh I miss you sleep!!!

We endured our first natural disaster as a family a few weeks ago.  Almost every single pine tree was down in our street.  The winds were recorded ar 111 mph! Davis County was called a State of Emergency. I didn't leave the house that Thursday in fear that I might blow away. My parents lost one of their pines and their fence and they didn't have power for 4 days! They were going crazy.  We only lost power for a few hours here and there. Davis County looked like a war zone. Fences, trees, signs, siding, you name it, it was gone. On Sunday our bishop declared our ward in a state of emergency because the winds were coming again that night. There were trees, branches, trash, fences, etc. scattered all over our neighborhoods. So all able men, women, teens and even some children worked tirelessly from about 8am - 6pm cleaning up the debris. Now thats service! I couldn't help because I was taking care of Ollie, but when I looked out my window and saw about 150 people on my street cleaning up debris I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I love how our church teaches self-reliance and how people put that teaching to work.

I made the plunge and got myself a new job.  I have been wanting to leave MM since I was pregnant back in Dec. However, I wanted my 3 month maternity leave and vacation time so I stuck it out. Work has never been the same since the lay offs about 2 years ago and then the ones preceding. I went from a design marketing team from 5 to 1(me). I was always swamped with work and I felt I was never given any appreciation for my hard work, dedication and talent. Oh and I was never given a raise since I started. It was hard to make the plundge because I loved working with so many of my co-workers and have made long lasting friendships with them. It's fun to work with friends and people you enjoy. Especially when you are there for 40 hrs a week.  Plus our company was sold and we gained new owners. In the process we were promised more resources and raises. Which didn't pan out. WE were then told to wait atleast 3 months before asking for a raise. Let me tell you, I had already waited patiently for 3 years. I was done waiting! Sigh, if only the upper management could have got their act together. So I decided to put myself out there and look for other employment opportunities.

I have been doing extra freelance work since May in hopes that I could gather enough clients/consistent work so that I could stay home and work. As you know that didn't happen and I had to go back to MM. Meanwhile I had been apply and interviewing at a few jobs. Nothing was the right fit. Then my friend recommended me for freelance work at xxxxxxxxxxx (for names sake) where she works. It turned out that they liked me and my work and offered me a full time position. The perk is I get to work from home 3 days a week and 2 days in the office. Several good things are coming from this job. My most fav things are more Ollie time, mo money, and working from home. This has been my first week at home and I have loved it. My stress level is much lower.

Enough about that. Here are some Ollie Photos!

Ollie @ 2 Months

western family

complete with pistol


Ollie 3 Months

Thanksgiving- it had been 5 years since we had Thanksgiving together

Yummy food and drinks! Italain soda and cream soda

Ollie 4 months

He loves is mouth

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Maternity Leave

My maternity leave ended last week. It was a really sad day for me. After having Ollie all I wanted to do was to be his mom and devote all my time to him. These past 3 months have been life changing. I had the best time and some not so great times. Being a mom is awesome, but it's really hard. However I feel blessed that we were able to save up 3 months worth of my salary so I could stay home and have the time with Ollie.

Ollie and I had a good thing going. He slept through the night. We would get up for the day around 10. Then we would get ready and eat lunch. After lunch we would usually visit with my mom and Michelle, run errands, do housework, play, relax, have feedings, diaper changes, naps, crying fits, lots of smiles and then Josh would come home. It was great to just focus on him. I knew that would all end so I tried to treasure the time as much as possible.

What is it like being back at work? It's ok. My job is a little weird right now, but more on that later. I miss Ollie a lot and our routine. Being at work feels like I never left because most things are the same. For some reason I thought everything would be different but it's pretty much the same. Since I have started back at work Ollie doesn't sleep through the night. He has only done it once (and it was a wonderful night). He doesn't go to bed till around midnight then wakes at 2 then 5 and then at 7 I get ready and I wake him at 8 to eat. I'm hoping he is just off because of the change in his routine. Poor little guy. So I average 5-6 hours of sleep which I absolutely hate! I'm exhausted and it's only a matter of time before I get sick. Plus I have to remember to pack so many things in the morning: my purse, lunch, pumping supplies, diaper bag, extra clothes and his car seat. I am overloaded when I leave the house!

But we are really blessed. My mom watches Ollie and I don't have to worry about him at all because I know he is in good hands. He finally took the bottle right before I went back to work. We both have jobs and are able to provide for our family. Most of all I feel blessed to have Ollie as my son. I love him so much!

I just wish this was easier. I just need to remember nothing stays the same and things always work out eventually. Sorry if this is a bummer post. I just wish this new chapter of being a working mom was better.

Here is Ollie on Halloween as a Sheriff. He is the most adorable sheriff ever. He costume is complete with spurs and a hand gun. I will do a Halloween post later with more details.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ollie is 7 weeks

Time has been going by so fast. He is on somewhat of a schedule now which is great. The routine is eat, change diaper, awake/playtime then nap time and repeat. The tips from Baby Wise have been working. I am so glad i have stuck to it because it has been beneficial. He has figured out nighttime and will sleep anywhere from 3-7 solid hours. His nighttime routine is change diaper, eat, and sleep. When I put him back in his bassinet at night he goes back to sleep. It's so great. He has been doing that for about 3 weeks now.

Breastfeeding has been going good. I was fully prepared for it to be this horrible thing but it has been the opposite which i am thankful for. Not all horror stories happen to me! He loves to eat and keeps growing! He feels heavier everyday.

Alright let's talk about me. I have lost half of my pregnant weight thanks to breastfeeding. 500 calories a day is awesome! I can't wait to fit into my old jeans. I haven't tried for 2 weeks because I don't want to be disappointed but tomorrow I'm going to try again. I hope I can go back to little size 3 again. I'm pretty sure my stomach will never look the same again but we shall see. I'm just happy to not be pregnant because I can do all the old things I used to do and I feel great!

This blogger app for my iPhone is going to be great. I will be able to blog more because I can hold Ollie and blog (just as I'm doing now).

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blessing Day & First Month

Ormonds & Wyricks on September 4th for Oliver's Blessing

The first month flew by! Oliver was blessed by his Dad on September 4th which was just shy of him being 1 month old. It was so great to have family and friends there that day. Oliver did great during the blessing. Not only did he look adorable in his outfit that my mom made, but he was asleep and kept his poo inside his diaper! Josh blessed him with several great life achievements. 


So we got through the first month. What a crazy month. We felt like Zombies. I am so glad Josh got to have 2 weeks paternity leave. It was nice for both of us to have that time together to figure out how to start being parents. I pretty much didn't leave the house. I didn't want to either. I was so sad/scared to have him go back to work. I didn't feel capable of doing it all on my own during the day, but I got through it. 

I love my sleep and I didn't think I could be so sleep deprived and live! I knew I would be up all night, but I didn't really think I would. Oliver thought night time was day time. There was a lot of walking around the house, rocking, swaddling and then repeat like 50 times to get him to sleep. I felt like I won the gold medal when he would go to sleep. It has been nice having the bassinet by our bed at night. So when he is hungry I can just pick him up and feed him. 

At his 2 week appt here were his stats:
Weight: 9lbs 3 oz. = 64%
Height: 21 1/4 = 72 %
Head Circumference: 37 = 48%

He is one big baby!

Birthing and What Not

It all began August 7th when we arrived at the hospital at 9:30 PM. We went to the 4th floor desk and they asked me for ID, insurance card, and blah, blah, blah. I remember thinking, "This is it, I'm going to have a baby!" I was beyond nervous and stressed out, especially when we walked into the delivery room. Hospitals make me anxious.

I had to pee in a cup (BTW I'm a pro at this now) and put the gown on. They strapped bands which read the baby's heart rate and tracked my contractions. Then the nurse tried to give me an IV in my right hand. It felt like she had a miniature shovel and was yanking and digging out my vein. I yelled and I cried. Then she tried the other hand. Same searing horrible pain, same yelling and crying, but this time she made got it in. I was sobbing. I remember thinking, "This is horrible and this is only the beginning of it all!" My IV hand hurt for the next 24 hours.

Shortly after I got the IV Dr. Macy came in. I don't think she was very happy with the nurse. She is a no nonsense doctor when it comes to proper medical care and I love that. So, this is where I got induced. I was still at a 1 when I went to the hospital. My feet go in the stirrups and I am shaking because my hand is killing me and I'm super scared and it's never pleasant when your legs go in the stirrups. Luckily Josh was right there holding my good hand and reassuring me. So Dr. Macy put the dreaded speculum in. Then she put the Foley catheter tube in and then pumped it with Saline to put pressure on my cervix. The Foley helped me efface and dilate. Then I took a pill every few hours to help the process along. The worst part was the gauze she used to stop bleeding. It felt horrible.

It was 12:30 AM and I was so tired, in pain, and ready to be unpregnant. They had asked if I wanted an Ambient so I could fall asleep and a shot that would make my cramps go away. Stupidly I said no to both of those. I now know when they offer you meds take them. 20 mins later I called the nurse back in to give me both. I slept really weird. Ambient makes you dream crazy stuff. I felt like I was looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. It was trippy. The cramping kept me up but it soon trailed off. Plus I had to pee and I was connected to an IV bag, I had the balloon tube thing coming out of my girl area and had the contraction/baby heartbeat bands connected to me. Getting up to go to the bathroom was a task that needed 1-2 people to help. Even though the nurse really messed up my IV she did make sure I was comfortable in the bed (which is no easy task when 9 months and a week pregnant. Plus I had all kinds of things poking out of me). She did bring me what I wanted to drink, so she kinda redeemed herself. But only just slightly. 

The next morning I woke up at 7 AM. I was so tired and drowsy.  Around 10, AM Dr. Macy came back and took out the Foley tube balloon thingy. I was dilated to a 5 by that point. She also broke my water. It felt like 5 gallons of water came gushing out. Josh said it smelled gross. He said a lot of things smelled gross, which is why he was chewing gum the whole time. After she broke my water the contractions started to come.Big time.

Ok, contractions. They are the worst pain ever! I mean ever. I thought I was going to die. I felt them for about 45 mins by the time I got the epidural. I had to get out of bed after my water was broken so they could clean all that soupy stuff up. Standing and having contractions is horrible. I was leaning into Josh and telling him in a loud voice "You're not helping!" I'm not sure exactly how he was supposed to help, but I thought he should know. I tried doing my breathing techniques and focusing on that, which helped a little, but I was still in pain.

The anesthesiologist came in. I laid on my side prepared for the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. First he gave me the numbing shot. Which hardly hurt. He then told me to curl in a ball. I was so huge and in so much pain I really couldn't move. I did my best, which I guess wasn't that great. I held my breath and then he gave me the epidural shot. I didn't feel a thing! It was wonderful. Afterwards the anesthesiologist told me he wasn't sure if he was going to be able to get the epidural in because my back wasn't arched enough. I'm so glad it worked out! I then felt so nice and pain free. It was great.

Oliver was still posterior and he needed to be anterior. I had to lay in different positions on my side to get him to turn. It was weird not being able to feel my legs. I could still kinda move them. I remember being extremely thirsty at this point. They gave me a Popsicle and ice chips. I wanted a huge glass of water. I tried to let the ice melt towards the end, but it wasn't doing it for me. So I just tired to sleep. A few hours later it was time to push.

Ok, here is where it gets good. In my opinion this was the easiest part, because I didn't have any harsh pain to deal with and it was the end of being trapped with my pregnant uncomfortable body. I had to hold my legs up with the help of Josh and the nurse. Side Note: So remember my horrible IV? Yeah it still was throbbing and holding my leg hurt my hand. I was still super annoyed about the IV.

During all this I had to wear an oxygen mask because Oliver's heart rate was low. It was super annoying to wear it because it kept slipping off my head after every push and I had to keep fixing it. So it was a lot of fixing.

Now I am dilated to a 10 and ready to push. We had to wait for a little while for Dr. Macy before I could really push, but once she got there I was so ready! I think I pushed for about an hour and a half. I wasn't allowed to press the button for more epidural juice because they wanted me to feel the pressure of the contractions to help me push. As it got closer to the end of pushing I could really feel when to push. The contractions didn't hurt, I could just feel tons of pressure. The nurse put a mirror in front of me so I could see the top of Oliver's head. The mirror lasted about 15 mins and then I decided I did not want to see what was going to happen next. And that was a good call.

The whole time I was pushing I got a lot of positive reinforcement. "Good Job!" "You're doing great!" "Almost there!" I had no idea how I was doing. I couldn't exactly feel where I was pushing, but I was doing a good job. For some reason it was the best thing to hear that I was doing a good job. It also turns out Josh is an awesome labor coach. He was so supportive and sweet. And super sexy in his euro bikini bottoms. Ok, he didn't wear the bikini bottoms, but he was still cute.

Pretty soon Oliver's head was out and Dr. Macy said, "He is going to be a big one!" Then I gave one more big push and Oliver was finally here on 8.8.11 @ 4:20 PM! Josh and I both cried and kissed. We were so happy. Our dream baby was here! I felt such a huge feeling of love and accomplishment. I didn't get to hold him right away because he was lethargic. His head was in my cervix for awhile because he was so huge.

My eyes were glued to the nurses helping Oliver get some life into him. I couldn't wait to hold him! I was getting stitched up during my waiting. I had 3rd degree tears. Good thing I had the epidural!

So finally they brought him over to me. I was in love. I knew I had the cutest baby in the world and he was all ours. I was in amazement that it was finally happening. After about 2.5 years of waiting, our baby was here. I just felt like so much went into this miracle. Of course I cried again. I did a lot of happy crying over the next several days. Plus he was so so so so so so cute. 

They then weighed him. 8lbs 13 oz. Dr. Macy said I was an over achiever. I couldn't have agreed more. Who would have thought little me would have such a huge baby?  

Then my family and Josh's family got to meet baby Oliver Wyrick Ormond. They fell in love fast! I was still really thirsty and they slowly brought me baby cups of juice. I got moved to my postpartum room around 8 PM and I was starving! I hadn't had food in 23 hours! If you haven't noticed, food and drinks are kind of a big deal to me.

I think it was finally around midnight by the time the nurses were done checking me and Oliver and helping me feed Oliver. I was so tired and so ready for sleep.

That was the day my life REALLY changed. Welcome Ollie to our life and your life. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The BIG Wyrick Move

It's official, my family is in UT for good. 2011 has been a eventful year for my family. My dad retired, my parents sold their Chula Vista home and then bought a home in Kaysville. They managed to pack up their home of 25 years and fit it into 2 pods and a Uhaul truck.

The packing, moving and selling had a lot of highs and lows for my parents, but in the end it all worked out. Talk about a few months of being under tons of stress! It's amazing how things just work out and how blessed my family has been. They love their new house, neighborhood and ward. Everyone has been very friendly and welcoming. The house is really nice too. I think it's about 3x the size of the CV house which they are really enjoying being able to finally spread out!

I have lived away (Idaho and Utah) from my family for 7 years and it is really nice to have them close by. Especially with this baby coming any day! it's so nice to have my family stop by and to go visit them, go out to eat, go swimming, run errands. It's like old times. I love my family and I have really missed not being able to see them as much as I would have liked. 3-4 times a year didn't cut it for us! I am so glad they are here.

One of my favorite parts about the house is the POOL! Its beautiful, warm and wonderful. Lugging around this baby and the weight that comes with being preggo has been a shock to my body, but the pool is the perfect place to have the weight disappear!

Jessie & Trevors BIG day!

Yep, Jessie and Trevor made it official June 18, 2011. It was a beautiful wedding at the Cactus and Tropicals in SLC. Jessie and Trevor are perfect for each other and make a great couple. Their a
nimal babies are really cute too. Polly was a beautiful ring dog. Their kittens were represented through photos. A lot of our friends were there too. It's always fun to get together and laugh. We are lucky to have such awesome friends.

The best part for us (not Jessie) was Jessies dads speech in which he announced that Jessies womb is screaming! The look on Jessies face was priceless. I'm not sure I would have been able to not die right there on the spot of embarrassment. It's not a good wedding unless there is an alcohol influenced speech! She has assured everyone that her womb is not screaming. :)

Congrats to Jessie and Trevor!

It was also really fun having Kate, Dustin and Taylor stay with us. We made it to Burges Waffles for brunch (of course) and then we went to the car show in Bountiful.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Josh Turned 29!

Josh is all grown up! We celebrated like a new 29 yr old and a pregnant 25 yr. old should celebrate. We went to Pats BBQ and ate some ribs. Then we went to the movies and saw a movie. I would tell you what movie we saw, but I can't remember which is embarrassing. This is why I should blog more often.

The next day we went to Joshes 10 yr HS reunion in Pocatello. It was fun to see who he went to HS with. He helped plan the reunion since he was Senior VP. I'm still not over the "semi-formal" attire that really translated into wear-whatever-you-had on that day. Idaho dress standards are really different from what is normal. I thought it was a fun and successful reunion.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mandy & Mikes Wedding

Last weekend Mandy and Mike got married for all time and eternity. I love family weddings. We are really excited to have Mike join the family. They were both beaming all day. I love it when people are in love and even more when they get to be sealed together. It was a beautiful day and we were glad we got to share in their joy. Plus all of the Ormonds were in attendance and it's always fun to be with everyone.

I am feeling VERY pregnant lately. I'm 33 weeks and it's not fun. Everything is a hassle. If I was an Amazonian I think this whole being pregnant thing might be easier. Instead I'm "petite," or as I feel right now and umpalumpa.

Now I'm going to complain because I just really need too: Braxton Hicks contractions are no fun, standing makes my back and legs want to fall off, sleeping is an ordeal (I have to sleep with a body pillow and a pillow on my back and occasionally a cat will decide I'm comfortable too), I also love peeing every hour and having to wake up and get out of bed during the night to pee, waddling is cool, trying to shave my legs is fun, getting out of bed in the morning is painful, by the time I'm done with my morning get ready routine I feel like I need a nap, eating 15 snacks a day is annoying, not being able to breathe here and there is great, having to "rest" after going to a store or just doing anything is depressing, I cry over the dumbest things, I can't wear cute heals . . . I'm going to stop now. This is seriously a lot harder then I though it was going to be. I wish I didn't have to go to work and I could be a stay-at-home-wife.

Don't get me wrong. I feel very blessed that I get to be pregnant and have a baby boy, but this has definitely been a rough road for me. I'm looking forward to having this baby and being able to move around and not having every little thing I do be such an ordeal.

Friday, May 27, 2011

My sister and mom love me. They flew me home last weekend and threw me a baby shower! It was so fun to share the excitement of this baby with family and longtime friends. So many people came! We counted 38 and others came by earlier to drop off gifts. This baby was spoiled by everyone!

I made a collage of photos instead of doing them one by one. They are photos taken by me and Michelle. Of course I didn't get any of the actual party (my mom did) I was too busy socializing but, I managed to take photos before and after.

It was sooooo nice to be away from rainy UT and work. I needed a little get-a-way badly.

I am now 30 weeks along. 10 more weeks and this baby is coming!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Update: Osama is dead, I'm really pregnant and Josh loves Soccer

It's been about a month since I have updated and a lot has gone on. My family came for a visit last month. They put an offer on a their "dream home." It has a pool, jacuzzi, great view and its a pretty house inside and out! If/when they sell their CV home they will be moving to UT. It was a quick and productive visit for them. I love this picture of Michelle because I can tell shes telling Josh a story and is about to laugh.

It was Easter too! Josh and I went to 5 grocery stores the day before Easter and the 5th store had the eggs. Josh has a year supply. He bought 8 bags!

We have had really depressing weather the last two months. Lots of rain and snow. But look how cute my Hello Kitty umbrella is that Mandy got for me from her trip to Thailand.

Is she pregnant?

Boom! Um . . . yes! Oh and Gnarly is hungry too.

This was Joshes last game. He had a lot of fun playing soccer with his co-workers and is looking forward to their next league.

I did a Mutual night where the girls made a banner with all of the YW Values. It was a lot of fun.

On April 29, 2011 Josh and I celebrated our 5th anniversary! It's hard to believe that it has been 5 years. That is a long time. I made Josh a little book/folder thing where I put a card in for every year with our highlights. I started it from 2004 and it was pretty fun to look back on our life together so far. It will be interesting to see what the n
ext 5 years will bring because the first 5 were so jammed packed!

I love how Josh wraps presents and I love even more when he writes me cute love notes.

One of the things we did on our anniversary was register at Babies R Us. We were in there for 2 hours. Turns out, babies need a lot of stuff! I was so tired from walking by the end. Registering for things is pretty great. It reminded us about registering for our wedding 5 years ago and how Josh broke the gun at Target. Boys will be Boys.

Now we have to share the same day with William and Kate. Their wedding appeared to be pretty magical, but nothing still compares to Josh and I's wedding day! :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

My Work

M-F, 9-5 I design cute stuff. A HUGE product line just went into Michael's on Friday that we have been working on for a year. Yes a YEAR! I forget to post my projects because most of the time by the time they are released I'm completely sick of them. But seeing the final product in a store makes it worth it.

I designed the logo, packaging, packaging colors, key, magazine ads, blog, catalog, trade show signage . . . basically any of the marketing that has to do with the program, I designed it! We have separate designers who designed the product. Other people come up with the copy and I come up with the design. I also designed this Blog for the program (it still have some kinks that the programmer is working out).

Bravissimo! is an awards and recognition program. I know what your thinking, "I thought she works for a scrapbooking company?" I do. This is another way to craft and make people that you care about happy. Click here for the overview.

So go to Michaels and buy Bravissimo! so i can have a job. :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Day to Day

I have been slacking with this blog lately. But we have been busy, I promise! Here are some of the things we have been doing that I have documented thanks to my iPhone.

One of my neighbors gave me several boxes of baby clothes and accessories last week. It was fun going through all of the stuff.

Cheesecake Factory! We never dine there because the wait on the weekends is seriously 3 hours. But last Saturday we were in the area around 4:30 and we got a table at 5. It was delicious and they have a Receses Peanut Butter Cheesecake. It took me 3 different settings to down the slice and Josh even contributed on one of the settings.

Baby Yetti. She loves her naps on our laps.

YW Dodge Ball is so entertaining! This was their last game. They use these soft squishy balls. When I was tortured into playing it in elementary school we used these hard rubber balls. I HATED dodge ball. What is fun about being the smallest girl in your class and having your fellow classmates (especially the crazy boys) try and slam a ball into you? After you have the air knocked out of you, Dodge Ball is the worst thing ever. But anywho, I think I would have enjoyed playing it if the balls were soft like the ones the YW use.

Spring is here! Yeti and Gnarly were ecstatic when I opened up the window. Can you tell by Gnarlys face? She is saying back away, there are birds out here, and I don't want them thinking I'm soft. I even feed them their canned kitty food, which they LOVE and they would not leave their post at the windowsill.

I have been thinking about this tasty, tasty waffle for weeks! I love Bruges Waffles and Frits!!! The waffle is vanilla with vanilla cream, fresh strawberries and Beligin dark chocolate. Did I just describe my food heaven? Yes, I did.

This weekend is conference weekend. Instead of sitting on the couch and trying my best to stay awake, Josh and I have found things to do while listening to conference. We stay awake, take in the messages and get stuff done. Today we cleaned the yard up by raking up 10 bags of leaves. It was a bit crazy to have that many leaves, but it snowed by the time we could finish raking them. Thanks to live streaming we listened to it from Joshes Droid.

Happy Conference Weekend!