Saturday, August 31, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Welcome Home!!!!

I really wanted to come home from the hospital as soon as possible to be with the kids as they finished their first week at a new school, and start a routine including our newest little addition. Jon and I came home to Logan complaining about his arm hurting. After explaining to us that he had fallen off of a swing at school, and examining his swollen and tender arm, we thought there was a good chance it was fractured.
The next day I took Logan to get arm x-ray-ed, and bingo he had a buckle fracture!

Logan asked his very talented aunt Scarlet to draw Luigi on his cast!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Eden's bilirubin's level were too high so he had to be placed under lights until the level dropped. He was in the bilibed for close to 20 hrs a day for about 3 days. The only time we could take him off was for feeding and changing. Even then there was a wand we had to place on in when he was out of the bed. I also had to start him on formula to increase his fluids. It was a pretty exhausting and stressful week!

Eden wasn't bothered by the bilibed. He actually slept very well in it.

My little set up!

Busy week!

Busy busy week(s)! And all I want to do is relax!

8/19- The boys start their new school.
8/20- Eden is born.
8/21- Logan breaks his arm at school.
8/22- doctor office and hospital for Logan's arm
8/22, 23, 24, 25- daily trips to the hospital because Eden's bilirubin's levels are too high.
8/25- Jon flies back to Texas.
8/25, 26, 27- poor baby is under light about 20hrs per day, and still taking daily trips to the hospital.
8/29- off to Primary Children's hospital for a cast.

Eden is doing much better but is still being watched closely.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Eden Elijah Ward is born!

Because Jon was still leaving in Texas the month of August, and thinking he would have to move to Saudi on September 1st, we thought it be best for me to schedule an induction for the 20th of August. 

I went to Orem Community Hospital at 6:30 am. This was the same hospital I delivered Kiki at. I had a such wonderful experience with my doctor, doctor Wayne Young, the hospital, and the staff when I had Kiki, that I knew this was the right place for me.
The nurse prepped me, and by 7:30 am I had my first dose of pitocin.
 I really wanted to have the baby naturally (without epidural) because I went to the hospital at 9cm with Kia Ora not realizing I was so close to delivering.
For the first several hours I felt nothing, wandering what was taking so long! Around 2:30 pm I started feeling the contractions. Within 30-35 minutes they got a lot stronger and became violent. My nurse Janna checked to see my progress and let me know I was only 4cm. Knowing that I had to get to a 10 and realizing I was only a 4, I swallowed my pride and asked for the anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist (who was Janna's brother-in-law, weird) came and started prepping me, and by the time he was wiping down my back, the baby was pushing down. No time for the epidural. The nurse checked me again, I was a 10 and the baby's head was crowning. The baby was born about 3 minutes later. Janna (my awesome nurse) delivered Eden, and Doctor Young showed up a few minutes later.
I did it! I am glad I was able to had him naturally. The recovery was so much faster and better.
Eden Elijah Ward was born at 3:37 pm on August 20th, 2013
He was 7 lbs 13 oz and 20.5 inches long

A proud daddy!

A tired and happy mommy!

As soon as we gave word, my parents came right up with the rest of the gang!

Papi, Logan, and Eden

Mami and Eden

 The kids love their new baby brother!

First family picture minus me for some reason!

Photoshoot of Eden
1 day old!

This picture of me is well...less than attractive, 
but I am holding my little angel so I love it, and had to include it!

Time to go home!
Eden had a little gift for Kiki.
A baby and baby carrier of her own!

She sure loves her baby too!

Eden not ready to go home, or not loving his carseat!
His little scrunched up face is too cute!

Walk to the car

All loaded up!

Sunday, August 18, 2013



Julien got to go to the temple for the first time! He was so excited! Jon and I took him to the Jordan River Temple. This was the first temple Jon went to also when he turned 12.

Julien with his recommend.

Jon and Julien in front of Jordan River!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

One year older and wiser too, Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday to our dear Julien who turned 12 today! It hardly seems real to me that he is 12 already. I still think of him as my first baby, the one that loved to snuggle, the little terror who would run to the neighbor's door naked and ring their door bell, our little 18 months old who would jump in the pool and try to swim alone (which he was actually really good at); but now I look into his face and realize he is no longer a little child, but becoming more and more like a young men. He is growing up a wonderful young men. He is so smart and talented and such a big help. We love him very much and are so proud of him.

Birthday Shoot!

Today was a special day because Julien received
the Aaronic Priesthood and was ordained to the office of deacon.
He is so excited to have the priesthood and be a young men.

Julien had a lot of people come support him in his decision and help him celebrate.
Grandma and Grandpa drove up from Las Vegas!

Mami and Papi were thrilled to be there also.

Julien loved having so many aunts and uncles there!

Julien and his Grandparents!

With his Grandpa's


With his Grandma's


All the men who participated in the ordination.
It was so awesome to see so many worthy priesthood holders ordain Julien,
the spirit was very strong.

For his birthday Julien got a new set of scriptures (a quad) with his name engraved in it, 
along with a new scripture case.

These ridiculously hilarious hats from Scarlet and Raph

LEGOS!!!! As always!

And Cake of course!
I think it is fair to say that it was a wonderful day!