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December 8, 2012

Back to the Beginning

All through my pregnancy I didn't blog much, and when I did it wasn't generally about being pregnant. In fact, I didn't publicly announce (on the internet at least) it until I was around 28 weeks along. Although I didn't blog about things, I did document things. I call it my Mommy Journal, and now I want to share some of it. All of my prenatal care and my delivery was at a local hospital that has a Family Medicine Residency program. This hospital also accepts Iowa Care so they service all of the low-income population in the area. These factors combined bring about some pretty great stories.

Let's go all the way back to the beginning: the day I found out I was pregnant.

Yes our baby boy was planned, although we quickly learned that some things take time. One day at work I started to feel a little nauseous whenever I ate but it wasn't too crazy. The next day it seemed worse, so I looked up my symptoms on WebMD (like that's super valid....haha) and sent Scott a text saying "Webmd tells me that the only possible reasons I can be nauseous when I eat is pregnancy or cancer. Thank you for the diagnosis. Haha" and he responded with "Hmmm, maybe try the pregnancy test?"

When I got home from work we decided I should take the test (I know, I know it's recommended to take them in the morning). I had taken one months before that was clearly negative, and I had two tests sitting on the shelf. After taking the test you are supposed to wait a full minute before checking the results. Mine showed positive after a few seconds, so I shouted to Scott, "I'm freaking out. I'm freaking out!" His response: "Are you sure? Are you sure you're freaking out?" then he slowly walked into the bathroom to see for himself. We stood there for a few minutes, each quadruple-checking to see if it was really positive. We were mostly in shock.

After taking the test we headed downtown to the Wells Fargo Arena since we had tickets to see the Iowa Energy game. We sat in the Wells Fargo box since I got the tickets from work and I could barely focus on the game but it was fun to get out and to see Patrick Ewing Jr. play. We also know the team coach from church so it was fun to watch him down on the court as well.

Once we got home we decided I should take the second pregnancy test. You know, 'just to be sure'. Guess what? It turned positive after a few seconds as well. Before taking the tests we had thought we might wait to tell our families, but in the moment we just wanted to tell EVERYONE! We immediately called our parents to tell them. This was on February 21, 2012.

The day we found out that I was pregnant
We thought it would be a good idea for me to go to the clinic at DMU to confirm and get some recommendations for an OB in the area. The next day I called to make the appointment and went in on the following Tuesday (the 28th) where they confirmed that I was pregnant. Time to find an OB!

Meanwhile, the nausea was getting much worse, and I was vomiting frequently. On the 26th we were both planning to speak in church, but I was incredibly sick. Scott went to church early for meetings and I stayed in bed. I ate a little food then got up and got ready. I was feeling pretty good until it was almost time to leave and then the sickness hit again. I got back in bed for a bit until my friend Leslie stopped by to pick me up. Church was rough to say the least. I felt like I had the flu but had to sit on the stand. I gave my talk (and actually took up most of my allotted time) then Scott spoke. He started by mentioning that I was attending at "great personal sacrifice" because I was not feeling well. I found out later that a few folks in the branch clued in at the moment and realized that I was probably pregnant.

Speaking of the nausea, it was definitely not fun. Not many people saw my true sickness, even at work. I was constantly feeling sick and throwing up daily, usually multiple times. I found a few things that helped me get through the day. Jolly ranchers became a staple, as did limes with salt. The good thing was that I didn't lose weight during that time. Even as the sickness tapered off, I had some crazy food aversions. For weeks I only wanted Banquet Mac & Cheese and Taco Bell. Then one day all that food sounded terrible and the aversions slowly left as well, with a few exceptions: greasy hamburgers, red meat in general, Bear Creek Chili & Ramen Noodles. I am so glad those days are behind me!

November 24, 2012

Cannon's Newborn Photos

Once again, my wonderful friend Erica took some photos for us. I absolutely love her work! Remember she took our photos last fall and my maternity photos a few months ago. She came to our house when Cannon was 10 days old and brought some great little props with her. I was having a really difficult time choosing my favorites to post, so I just chose the black and white ones. The rest I may put on facebook. Enjoy!

Ok, so this is one of my favorites.

And how could I not love this one?

We had to have a picture with grandma!
Erica made these great collages of all his little parts. I LOVE it!
Don't be shy, and take a look at Erica's photography blog!

November 23, 2012

A Post of Thanks Giving

Today I am thankful. Above all else, I am thankful for my son Cannon and my husband Scott. Let's talk about them. (Disclaimer: this turned out to be a rather long post. I won't hate if you skip this post and wait for the next one full of pictures.)

Cannon is now five weeks old! I am amazed at how quickly the weeks have flown by. This week he started cooing a little bit, and I can tell that he is so close to smiling. I am anxiously waiting for that moment. He is such a chatterbox and talks almost constantly - even while he is sleeping. He is very active, loves to move his legs and arms (no surprise there since he was so active during pregnancy), and doesn't really like to be swaddled. When he is tired we get some good snuggle time in, and for the most part I don't mind the middle-of-the-night feedings because he is so peaceful when he sleep-eats and I love to look at his little face.

Last week at his one-month appointment the doctor was thoroughly surprised since he weighed in over 11 pounds. Let me tell you, the kid likes to eat (every two hours I might add) and who am I to say no to my newborn? He truly is a sweet baby, and only fusses when he is tired, hungry or needs to be changed. Ok so he is almost always needing one of those things, but in between he will happily kick his legs and chatter to himself.

Before I had Cannon I was concerned that I would miss being pregnant, but that is definitely not the case. I prefer having him in my arms instead of his head in my pelvis, legs under my ribs and arms punching me from the inside. I was also a little worried about not having enough to occupy myself staying home with him all day. I even made a little list of things I could do but forgot to account for things like laundry, cooking and cleaning. This just in: babies are a lot of work. Then add in the laundry, cooking and cleaning...the day is gone before I know it! Don't get me wrong though, I have loved just about every minute (there was that time he was crying and I was exhausted so I cried too. I didn't love that moment.). I think he has already made me a better and happier person. Truly. I enjoy spending each day with him and am doing my best to focus on him and let the other things wait.

We have been so fortunate to have family visiting during most of the past few months. My mom came for a week before Cannon was born to help me prepare. She cooked and cleaned, drove me to work, ran was really nice. The night before Cannon was born (just a few hours after I went into labor actually) Scott's parents and sister Janelle arrived. Janelle stayed through the week, Dave stayed until early the following week, and Lisa stayed a few days longer. My dad arrived just hours before Cannon was born and he stayed a week as well. Everyone stayed at our house and it was SO wonderful. The trash took itself out, the dishes washed themselves, the car did its own repairs, and the baby always burped and changed himself. Right? Ha. I didn't notice quite how much help we had until it was gone. I then had two weeks alone with Cannon and they were busy days since I was still recovering and trying to be supermom. By the way, I was successful at the supermom part. :D Last week my step-dad Alan came to visit as well and he cooked up a storm! This was especially helpful because I had someone reminding me that I needed to eat - something I was forgetting to do as often as I should. Our fridge is now stocked with home cooked meals and my head is full of the delicious recipes so I can make everything again. I also made a rule to eat something every time I nurse Cannon. So far, so good!

Scott has just started his fifth rotation and overall I would say things are going well. The purpose of rotations is to learn and he is doing plenty of that, so we are grateful. The week that Cannon was born was the last week of Scott's surgery rotation so it was an intense and exhausting week for us both. Amazingly, Scott was able to come be with me during labor and the day after Cannon was born. It was wonderful! After Surgery Scott had four weeks of Family Medicine. He learned a lot and got some hands-on experience while reassuring himself that he does not want to be a family medicine doctor. He is now in his OB/GYN rotation and the hours are kind of awesome. The first two days he went in at 10:00 am and on day three he didn't have to be in until 1:00 pm. He was off for Thanksgiving and continues with the short hours next week.

Scott is a good dad. I love to see him playing and bonding with Cannon. When Scott comes home each day the first thing he does is greet Cannon and pick him up to play. Not only do I love their time together because they can bond, but because I can have a little break as well. Bath time is the best - Scott dominates. I am the assistant while Scott takes charge from start to finish. I love it. We decided to get a baby swing and ended up with the one that I originally wanted and we got a great deal on it. We went out on our anniversary (while Alan watched baby) to get the swing and once we got home Scott went right to work putting it together. It was up and running in no time and Cannon enjoys it for the most part.

I am also thankful for so many other things, but this is what I wanted to focus on today. I am incredibly thankful that I had such a nice pregnancy and a fairly easy delivery resulting in a healthy baby boy that I am able to nurse. I am thankful for all of our family members and friends near and far. I am also thankful for all of the little things like hot showers, a second car, my digital camera, and time to spend with my family.

November 17, 2012

Miller Family Milestones

On this day five years ago I was at the Jordan River LDS Temple being sealed to Scott. I can hardly believe it has been five years already! We have enjoyed our time together and I look forward to the years ahead. Scott truly is my favorite person and I am happy to be his wife.

In 2007 we met, dated, and were married.
In 2008 we got full-time jobs at the same company where we met.
In 2009 Scott graduated from BYU.
In 2010 we moved to Des Moines and Scott started medical school. I got a job at Wells.
In 2011 Scott started his second year of medical school.
In 2012 we found out that I was pregnant with our first child and 32 weeks later gave birth to our son. Scott took his first set of board exams before starting his first year of rotations (third year of school).

Our demeanor hasn't changed much in five years. :)

On this day one month ago I was at the hospital giving birth to our son Cannon. We love him, and I can't imagine life without him in our home. It amazes me how much joy he brings to our lives and how much he grows each day. I am grateful to be his mother and am excited for our years ahead as a family of three!

Checking in at the hospital with contractions about three minutes apart.
One of the best moments.

October 31, 2012

An Official Introduction

Well folks, last time I blogged I looked like this:

39 Weeks 6 Days
And now, I look like this:

13 Days Postpartum
Impressive, right? I think so too. I still find it hard to believe that I actually had a baby. Having a baby is incredible. Incredibly painful yet incredibly rewarding. There is nothing like holding your new baby in your arms after such a long wait - and I'm sure that is the same feeling no matter how your baby came to your family. Now to introduce our baby boy who is two weeks old today!

Cannon David Miller
Born 10/17/2012 at 5:28 pm
8 pounds 5.5 ounces, 21 inches long 

This one is my all-time favorite of Cannon and I.
A family of three!

More photos? I think so!

Grandma and Grandpa Miller
Grandpa Steve
Aunt Janelle
A proud daddy
Heading home!
 We are truly blessed to have Cannon. I couldn't have asked for more!

October 12, 2012

A Funny Picture Post

Sometimes we all just need a good laugh. Or maybe just a giggle. In any case, I think it's a nice time to post some of my most recent favorite funny pictures. I hope you enjoy them!

October 3, 2012

Maternity Pictures

Remember my awesome friend Erica who took our pictures last fall?

     Here is a link to her photography blog - she does this to help move forward with the adoption process.
     Here are the photos we had taken last fall.

Well, Erica is wonderful and offered to take some maternity photos for me. I am so grateful, because so far my pictures are taken on my phone in the bathroom mirror. Classy. We took these last Sunday when I was almost 37 weeks (side note, I am 38 weeks yesterday!) and let me tell you that the timing could not have been better. The weather was perfect, and it was the day before Scott started surgery so he wasn't utterly exhausted yet. Here are a few of my favorite pictures.

I really wanted a photo or two with downtown Des Moines in the background.
Just to show where we lived when the little guy was born.
I really like this one!

I really love Scott's face in this one while he pokes at my belly.

Another shot with downtown in the background.
And I LOVE this one.