Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Talon's Birth Story

Talon is now 3 months old and already details of his birth are becoming less clear. I figure it is time I document his birth so he can read all about it in the future! As you know, my pregnancy was quite eventful those first few months with the heart issues and miracles that occurred. Doctors were recommending terminating my pregnancy due to the high risk of my heart giving out on me once Talon was born. I knew that was not an option, I loved Tal so much already and I would willingly give my life for him. So after the miracles that took place during that time, everything else began to settle down. I applied for and got a promotion at work, I am the new Program Coordinator of Sound Beginnings (like the principal). I enjoyed a couple of races up until my 7th month of pregnancy. Around that time my blood pressure began to elevate slightly, so the doctor was monitoring that closely. My mom came up to my house here in Utah on the 1st of July, she even got to go to my doctor's appointment with me, they checked me and I was 3 cm dilated and 90% effaced. I was shocked because I was only 36 weeks pregnant. My previous pregnancies I was induced due to pre-eclampsia and it took forever to get to 3 cm. Needless to say, I was pretty excited, but I wanted to go one more week so I could attend a conference in Salt Lake that I was supposed to attend. My doctor kind of chuckled when I asked him if he thought I would make it another week.
The next day my mom went to Ogden because my nephew Bradley was returning from his 2 year mission to Brazil. I went to work feeling a bit sluggish which was normal since I literally was getting up every 45 minutes to pee at night. I was also feeling pretty swollen, but I made it through most of the day at work. Every time I stood up or sat down, my stomach would tighten significantly, but I had no pain at all. ON the way home from work I swung by the doctor's office for a quick blood pressure check. It was elevated, but not too bad, when I told them about my tightening tummy, they decided to examine me and they told me I was pretty much completely effaced and  4 cm dilated. My doctor was not on call, so they told me to go home and stay on bed rest, no more working for me. They also said if anything weird happened or if I felt pain or different in any way at all to just go check into the hospital. So I went home and within 10 minutes, I had some light bleeding. So, I called my mom who said she would drive up to Logan to stay with Skyler and Kenzie and then I hugged and kissed my overwhelmingly excited kids and headed to the hospital. They wanted to come with us SOOOOO bad, but I didn't know what to expect yet, if they would keep me or send me home, up until this point, I still had zero pain.
Skyler and Kenzie giving me a foot rub hoping it would make me go into labor, I liked that game!
      Saying goodbye to my babies and heading to the hospital

When I got to my room and changed into my gown, they checked me and said I was 5 cm dilated, my blood pressure was elevated and that I should probably get an epidural. I told them it seemed silly to get an epidural because I had no pain at all. They said once the pain kicked in my blood pressure would probably sky rocket, so I went ahead and got the epidural. With my previous two deliveries, we had awful experiences with the epidural ( Skyler's delivery it came out of my back, when they redid it after I complained and complained of pain they numbed me up to my head and my BP dropped deathly low. With Kenz my epidural only numbed my right side) this epidural must have worked great because I didn't feel any pain until well after the delivery when it wore off. Since I was comfortable, I called mom and she and the kids came over, we had a lot of fun in the room chatting, using a head massage thing Brad brought back from Brazil, eating countless flavored ice chips, and anxiously awaiting Talon's arrival. My water bag was leaking, so Dr. Noorda broke it the rest of the way, it's so weird to feel that goosh and to instantly feel like you can breath better. The kids had begged to be able to be there for the delivery and I decided to let them.
     Everyone wanted a turn with the head massage thingy
   Our last picture before Talon entered our family

When I was 10 cm and ready to push, Skyler and grandma stood up by my head and Jeremy and Kenz stood at my side and were able to actually see when Talon James Devey made his grand entrance.The doctors and nurses couldn't believe that MaKenzie was deaf or that she knew so much about child birth (She watched a baby story with me every morning for 8 months while I got ready for work). Some of her phrases included: "Hey mom, I think he's crowning," "When will she deliver the placenta thing?" "Oh boy that looks like it hurts." It took 3 contractions/pushes to get him out. I will never forget the feeling that came over me when they placed that 7 pound 2oz little guy on my chest, grandma and Skyler took lots of pictures and we were all teary and oohing and ahhing over the special new addition to our family. As I was being sewn up (I tore REALLY bad) the kids were at the warmer looking at their little brother. I was watching my three children and time literally stood still. I felt a sense of peace that is indescribable. Our family had changed forever, Talon was ours and will be FOREVER. All the feelings of sadness from the years of thinking we would never get the chance to have another baby were instantly washed away. I will NEVER forget how close to heaven we all felt during those tender moments. I can't imagine anyone not believing in God when you can literally feel the Spirit so strong. My children repeatedly thanked me for letting them be a part of the delivery. I was so proud of how mature they both were, it was honestly the best couple of hours of my life so far. Talon James Devey was born at 11:47 on 7/2/13 weighing 7 lbs 2 oz. He is our precious little miracle!


Nibley City Heritage Days

I wish I had more pictures from the fun times we had during the Nibley Heritage Days celebration. Kenzie tried out for and got a part as the main character's dog in the Nibley City play, she was by far the cutest dog I have ever seen! There was a side walk chalk and otter pops day, great concert in the park, mayors dinner, parade, movie in the park, and the week of events ended with  the big Heritage Day celebration in the park ( tons of food, booths, games, a mechanical bull, bounce houses, rock wall). The kids had an amazing time. Kenzie loved being in the play and getting to ride on a float during the parade, those were both firsts for her. We all agree that living in a small town like Nibley is the only way to go!
Cute puppy!
                                       Skyler and Kenzie waiting for the Nibley concert in the park
                                                       Climbing the rock wall at Heritage Days

Kenzie's First City Pageant and Town Celebrations

Kenzie was so excited to be a part of the Nibley City pageant. This is an opportunity for the Nibley girls to come together, put on a fun show and build their self esteem. This is not the pageant where one girls gets a crown and walks away a winner. This is one where they do the typical pageant stuff (minus swim wear) every girl gets a small crown and an award. Kenzie looked so beautiful and did such a great job. For her talent she recited a poem she helped write about her hearing loss, it went like this:

                                                                     My Hearing Loss
The leaves rusting the in the trees
The birds singing sweetly in the breeze
The water rushing in the streams
These are the sounds I hear in my dreams

There was I time I never knew of these sounds
My world was silent, my hearing loss profound
Through surgeries and prayers my world turned around
My hearing aid and implant let me hear sound

Out of all the sounds I love to hear
My favorite is my mom and dad say I love you in my ear.

I love you Kenzie, I am so proud of you and the young lady you have become. You have such  inner and outer beauty, you will always be my little princess!

Sound Beginnings Summer Camp

So every year Sound Beginnings holds a two day long summer camp. We work all year planning amazing activities for the children and workshops for the parents. My co-workers come up with such an awesome kids program. Kenz was on a "children with hearing loss" panel again this year. It is so much fun to watch her advocate for herself and to hear the funny answers she has to the parents questions. This years theme was around the world and Kenzie and Skyler had such a  fun time with it! My boss Stacy's daughter was sick, so I conducted both days of the the parent workshops. I also facilitated the child panel, speed meeting, audiology panel, and did a presentation on self advocacy, it was a great 2 days. My favorite part of the conference was watching the friendships that formed with both parents from all over and between the children. Kenzie had so much fun with a couple of girls who were her age and also had cochlear implants. Becoming friends was just so natural and easy with them having hearing loss in common, it brought tears to my eyes. Kenzie is already so excited for next summer's camp. I have to say being 8 months pregnant and uncomfortable (swollen, and super hot) wasn't my favorite, but I LOVED SUMMER CAMP! Everyone worked so hard for so long and to watch everything come together so nicely is definitely rewarding!
                                                    Kenzie enjoying the Pizza party and Luau at the park

Happy Easter

So I couldn't let Easter go by without a quick picture of our egg hunt and of course sharing how grateful I am for the knowledge I have of my Savior Jesus Christ, that he loved us enough to give his life for us. That he rose again and was resurrected on the 3rd day and because of this, we can be too. I am grateful for him, I love him so much and look forward to being able to see him again when this life is over.

My Presentation at the National EDHI Conference

So I was privileged to present with some amazing co-workers from Sound Beginnings at the Early Detection Hearing Intervention conference this year. The best part about it was it was held in Arizona this year. So we got to leave the icy cold snow of Utah and enjoy the warm Arizona sunshine. I was so excited because not only did I get to attend an awesome conference, but I got to see my family members and friends who still live in AZ. The night I was there, my friend Shelly and her mom drove up from Yuma and we went out to eat and then walk around the outdoor mall. I love the Nutall/Harris family SOOOO much. I got a cute picture of my BFF Shelly and her 'mini-me" Claire, it was a lot of fun! Jeremy's sisters Sarah, Jeanie, Angie, and Brigette came to my hotel one evening and we all went out to eat, it was great getting to visit with them and to  have a bunch of laughs together. I was in a ton of pain though because stupid me spent the day before the conference started studying by the pool. I used sunscreen everywhere except for my white legs and boy oh boy did they burn, I learned a valuable lesson and will never go sunscreen-less again. I literally was so uncomfortable with my preg belly and burned legs, I slept with wet towel on them at night, they were blistered and unbelievably painful!
Anyways, enough about my burn! Our presentation went great and it was so fun catching up with old friends/co-workers. My mom, sister, and I went to Oreganos for dinner one evening, that was delicious and fun at the same time! A huge highlight of my trip was meeting up with Makenzie's former SLP Carla Zimmerman, she was also my boss when I worked at Desert Voices. She has some wonderful news to share, she had been going to the LDS church for a year, had taken the missionary discussions, and was planning on being baptized. My heart was so full of joy hearing the news, it really was a moment I will never forget.
Although I had a good time, I missed Jeremy and the kids desperately! It was nice having Talon with me though although he did cause me to have mass amounts of swelling, so much so that none of my shoes fit, that was fun. When the plane landed back in Salt Lake City, it was so exciting to hobble out to my family, I knew my traveling days would be over for a while now!
                                                             Shelly and Claire Harris
Dinner with the best sister-in-laws EVER!