Jul 8, 2013

June Helen Clayton

I haven't written on my blog in months and so much has changed.  On June 8 at 11:26am I had our baby girl.  She was 8lbs 9oz and 20.5 inches long.  And my goodness, she is cute!

The night before, my water broke.  I was afraid I had just peed my pants so I didn't tell anyone until I knew for sure.  Randal was at his brothers house helping out and wouldn't answer his phone.  I decided to take a shower and take my time getting ready to go to the hospital.  At this point I knew for sure that my water had broken since I had to hold a towel between my legs while I was getting things ready to go.  I finally got a hold of him and he sped home haha.  I hadn't packed yet so I took my time getting things together while I waited for Randal.  He got home and we headed to the hospital.  You aren't allowed to eat once you are admitted for labor so we made a stop at Pita Pit for some food.  It was strange walking into the restaurant with a towel stuffed discreetly in my pants (ha!) knowing I was going into labor and having no one else know.  We got our food to go and spent our last few moments before we were parents eating Pita Pit in the hospital parking garage.

We checked into Labor and Delivery around 11pm and my parents got to the hospital around midnight when the nurse started pitocin.  It was so surreal knowing that we were just waiting for our baby to come and that when we finally left the hospital we would have a daughter.  My parents left after about an hour and went to our house to sleep and wait until we called them saying June was coming.  Around 3am the contractions were getting painful so I decided it was time for my epidural.  That was the worst part of the whole thing.  The doctor had to try three times to get my epidural in the right place.  The first two times he kept hitting a nerve.  It hurt so bad and I was terrified, but once he finally got the third one to work correctly I was fine.  I had control over my body the whole time with my epidural.  I could lift myself up, I could move the bottom half of my legs, the only thing I couldn't feel were the contractions.

At about 8am it was time to start pushing.  During active labor I could feel everything become less numb.  Nothing was starting to hurt, but I was afraid that by the time it was hurting, it would be too late.  The anesthesiologist came in (a new one) and hooked me up.  I've always heard that you don't feel pain during labor with an epidural, just pressure, but I didn't feel ANYTHING.  I could still move the lower half of my legs so I felt in control, but I was so comfortable during labor.  Finally June came and it was so strange.  I couldn't believe that I wasn't pregnant anymore and that I had a daughter.  She was so cute and big!  Some women say they instantly are bonded with their babies but I didn't necessarily feel that.  I liked her, but I didn't feel like I knew her yet. Being in the hospital almost felt like I was just watching someones baby, not my own; nothing felt real.

Just seconds old.  Tons of hair and scary blue.

First time meeting June.

We both were teary eyed.  I love this picture. 

Jacy and Curtis came to visit.

First real family picture where everyone is fully dressed (for the most part). 

Homemade edible arrangement from Abe and Sage. 

Why is it babies faces get so red and splotchy?

Drake came to meet June.

The day we came home the worst day we've had so far.  My milk hadn't come in yet, nursing was still hard, and June was hungry and mad about it.  Anytime I tried nursing, she would just scream.  Not like a tiny newborn scream, but like a crazed high pitched scream.  I was trying my best and she still wasn't happy.  It was just a bad day.  My hormones were going crazy, she was hungry and I didn't feel like I had bonded to her yet.  I just felt like she didn't like me.  

The next day everything changed.  My milk came in, she started nursing and was infinitely happier.  And I was able to get out of that sad mood that I had been in.  I actually felt like I could do this, I could be a mom.  Instead of breaking down and crying every time she did, I was able to comfort her and love on her in that way that only a mom can for her baby.  Having my mom there was great.  She helped me realize that both June and I had to figure things out, not just me.  June was just as new to this as I was.  

My mom stayed for about a week, and then Randal's parents came to stay for a week.  It was great because I was terrified of being alone and having to care for June on my own.  It was also nice to just have company in the house.  Randal got two weeks off paid for paternity leave (thanks Adobe!) so he was around as well.  When all of our visitors left, it was time for Randal to get back to work and I truly was alone with my baby.  However, I was ready for it.  I was ready to figure things out with just June and I, and to fall into a schedule that was ours.  We had about a week with just us, and then was the 4th of July so June and I went up to my parents house to celebrate while Randal worked on our new house (I'll post pics and details later about that).  

Today June is one month old!  And I love her so much.  It feels weird that I ever felt so sad about it all.  I guess its true, baby blues are a B.  June is usually really happy, well she is usually really sleepy with a few hours of alertness (and she isn't even crying!) so I assume she is happy.  She has started spitting up a bunch and is growing out of that tiny helpless lump-of-a-person brand new newborn stage.  She loves her binky and loves to roll to her side.  We really were so lucky with her.  Randal is obsessed with her, which helps because she wakes him up at night grunting and he is able to quickly get over it.  Which is huge; if you know Randal you know the boy takes his sleep seriously.  

And now for more pictures!
Snuggling her pup.

haha  milk drunk

First day of church
snuggling as I'm writing this blog post

Dec 31, 2012

2012 Review

2012 has been a good year to us.

In January we started the year off right with a trip to the Everglades and a cruise to Mexico, Honduras, and the Cayman Islands.  

February I started work at Wilson Diamonds.  I have made some great friends and I really love working there. 

Finally, after 5 years of college I graduated in April 2012!  I don't miss school one bit.  

We went to Randal's family reunion in June up at Swan Valley.  It was my first time there and it was so beautiful.  

In August we celebrated our 2nd anniversary!  We made some predictions for our next anniversary, thinking about if we will have kids, where we will live, what we will be doing etc.  

August was a busy month and we even headed to California for a Loud family reunion.  We spent a few days at a cabin in Yosemite, and the rest traveling to Monterey and Carmel.  

Also in August was my birthday.  Randal surprised me with a beautiful big camera; I'm in love. 

We spent the summer working and going swimming at Seven Peaks (like the rest of Provo), and I even lost my shorts on the water slide.

 In September we went up to Boise and saw the Boise State Broncos play and hung out with all of Randal's friends.  A few weeks later we ran the "Race to the Altar 5k" that my work put on.  Even the Sal pup ran.  

Then came the holidays; Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  During Thanksgiving we moved out of our cute old little house and into a new house over by the Provo temple.  I'll probably do a post about Christmas and the new house later.  

But the BIG news is that Drake comes home from his mission soon, like tomorrow.  I know that technically isn't this year but it is still so exciting I think the joy is spilling over into my 2012.  

Oh, you are still reading?  Well okay, really the BIGGEST news of 2012 is the excitement of our new little baby.  I'm due June 16th, 2013 (Father's day, fitting I know).  We are excited but I'm mostly just terrified, ha.

And some other 2012 photos.

Sep 11, 2012

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle

Why is it when fall comes around all I want to do bake with pumpkin.

Made these this week.  They are heavenly.  Either make some for yourself or come on over.
I made plenty.

Recipe from A Bitchin' Kitchen

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
For the cookies:

3 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract

For the coating:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Dash of allspice

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Whisk together to blend.  In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars on medium speed until well combined.  Next, still on medium speed, beat in pumpkin.  Then, add the egg and vanilla extract.  Lastly, add in the dry ingredients.  Beat until combined, but do not over mix.  Cover the dough, and refrigerate for one hour, until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and spices for the sugar coating.  Scoop dough and roll into a ball.  Roll the dough ball in the sugar mixture, and place on the lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie.  Take a drinking glass with a flat bottom and moisten with water.  Dip the glass in the sugar mixture, and use it to flatten the dough balls.  Re-sugar the glass as needed.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes.  Remove when the centers of the cookies have set.  Let cool on the baking pan for approximately 5 minutes, and then transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely.

Sep 9, 2012


Our friends have a rockin garden and since I was too lazy to dig up the weeds in our front yard they are graciously giving us some of their produce.  We had so many tomatoes and what not that we decided to make salsa.  Being the incredible friends that they were, not only did they give us the vegetables, they also let us borrow all of their canning equipment so we could can some salsa. We left their house with grocery sacks full of food.  The next morning we got to canning.  It really wasn't hard and the salsa is so very good.  I've never liked canning but now I see why people do it.  After this, I also want a garden.  I just need to man up and deal with the weeds in order to plant one next year.  We'll see if I actually do it.  

Making the salsa.  It is better than it looks.
Sal had to get in on the action.

The finished product.  Oh so good.
"Sitting Pretty" aka begging-Just hoping she could snag a bite.

Sep 7, 2012


For my birthday I got my present a few days early from Randal.  He surprised me with this camera.

 A Canon Rebel T3i.  It's pretty frustrating to learn, but rewarding when I figure something out.  After just a week I can already tell a difference in the quality of my pictures.  Not that I am good by any means, but it is fun.  
I was not expecting a camera at all.  I had been telling Randal that someday when we have kids I want a nice camera but I didn't think we would get a nice one for awhile.  Oh that Randal, he did good.

My very first picture.  So terrible.  Now I know better than to use flash.
On my actual birthday, I woke up with a huge swollen eye, and I was peeing blood (tmi).  So I spent the morning at the doctors office with a UTI while Randal went to his morning class.  Not a real great start.  Also, I had to work all afternoon/night, but we were able to get a little celebration time in and we got breakfast at Awful Waffle.  Who knew they moved!?  I certainly didn't.  I got to their old store front and I was ticked.  Luckily their new location is pretty awesome.  If I was single (and rich) those are the apartments I would want to live in!
Awful Waffle
Oh this guy...

My coworkers let me off work an hour early so Randal picked me up and we headed to our friends house to watch the BYU game for the remainder of my big day.  Swollen eye, doctor visits and work aside, it was a great birthday.