President Hinckley

I know I'm not being original by posting about the passing of President Hinckley, but after thinking about it I decided that since I am a terrible journal-keeper and blogging is where I document my life, struggles, joys, etc., I should document my feelings about this as well. Honestly, the only memory I have of a prophet besides President Hinckley was saying a prayer (I was 8 years old) blessing President Hunter and then having my mom tell me after I had closed the prayer that President Hunter had passed away. President Hinckley has been the prophet during all of the most influential times in my life. He was one of those amazing people who could relate to everyone. Millions, like myself, who had never met him still loved him greatly. I am so grateful for his influence in my life. I am grateful for the incredible impact he made on the way the world regards the Church. I am grateful for all of the beautiful temples that he facilitated and for how many blessings they bring to people all over the world. I am grateful that Heavenly Father has placed modern-day prophets on the Earth. I love President Hinckley and I know that I will love each of the prophets that will be called in the future. We thank thee, Oh God, for a prophet.


Today is my mom's birthday and I am feeling especially grateful for her. She is such a good example and I can only hope that I am following in her footsteps as a mother. We love you, Mom!


Punk Rock Party!

Sleep Update

So I gave up on trying to be mean and not feeding Dallas in the middle of the night. I know a lot of 11 week-olds dont feed multiple times/night but I think because he spits up so much because of his reflux, he is really hungry in the middle of the night. We are back to feeding him when he wakes up - which means we have to get up a few more times but he goes right back to sleep and Mommy doesn't have to feel mean :). Last night Daddy fed him at 11:00, Mommy fed him at 2:30 and he was up at 5 bright eyed and ready for the day (it's so hard to be sad that he wakes up so early when he is so smiley and adorable when he wakes up). Happy Sleeping!

Tagged Again!

Okay, so I have done this once before but when Paige tagged me I figured it was a great time to do it again because my life was a little different last time I did this (I was only 5 months pregnant). I'm reusing some of the old ones though, sorry I'm not creative enough to think of 10 more :).

#1: I am SUCH a homebody! Translation: I am basically socially inept. I just love spending time with my family. I just can't usually think of anything I would rather be doing than being at home with my hubby or over at my parents' house hanging out. I get teased because despite the fact that I work with my husband and my parents every single day... I still can't get enough of them!

#2: I could eat the Cafe Rio chicken salad 3 meals a day. It is manna from heaven. (Funny, last time I did this I wrote about how I wished I could eat it, but everything made me barf... haha).

#3: I love summer... and otter pops. I love swimming, boating... and otter pops. Wait, did I already say that?

#4: Being a mom is the most amazing (and the most challenging) thing I have ever done. It still blows me away that I am able to love someone this much.

#5: I have always been TERRIBLE at tag. I am so grateful that blog tag doesn't require running or you would all be laughing at me. Somehow Heavenly Father missed me when he passed out the athletic genes... even when I am really in shape and run a lot, I am slow and awkward.

#6: I have a CRAZY obsession with my nieces and nephews. Everytime I have to leave them I bawl. And here's the amazing part... I was pretty sure my sisters' kids were the cutest kids in the world (which they absolutely are), but then I met all of Clint's sisters kids and they are adorable too! I love you Brigham, Raegan, Luke, Adam, Genevieve, Rebecca, Lilian, Maddy, and Morgi! I used to be afraid that Dallas wouldn't measure up... but he has exceeded my expectations!!! :)

#7: I secretly LOVE 80's/early 90's television. I own lots of the seasons of Full House on DVD and watch them over and over again. I do get slightly offended when people tell me I look like DJ, even though I know it's a little bit true. It might not bother me but Clint always had a crush on Stephanie growing up, not DJ. Close seconds would have to be Saved By the Bell, Boy Meets World, Out of This World and Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

#8: I sometimes feel like a quitter because I will never work in the field I graduated in (speech therapy). If only graduate school weren't so long and hard.... Okay, let's be honest, if only I had any desire at all to go to grad school.... haha oh well.

#9: If you're reading this, I probably check your blog at least twice a day.

#10. I used to have a "9 1/2 year plan" -- It consisted of 4 years of college, 1.5 years on a mission, 2 years of grad school, 1 year to find a husband, and 1 year to have a baby. Instead I got married half way through college and had a baby six months after graduation. It may not be what I had planned for myself, but they are the best decisions I ever made. I couldn't ask for a better husband/daddy to Dallas. I am so grateful that I made the decisions that I did.



Dallas is almost 3 months old and he still isn't sleeping very well. He usually wakes up 3-4 times per night. I'm sure it is because of his reflux but it is really tiring and hard on us, especially since I have been back at work. I feel totally helpless, like no matter what I read or what advice I am given, I can't get him to sleep better (and I think it is affecting his mood during the day as well). So last night, he went down at 7:45 like a champ. He always goes to bed great, but once he wakes up for the first time it's a struggle the rest of the night -- last night he woke up at about 10:45 -- Clint fed him for me, I am so grateful for a husband who is so helpful, especially in the middle of the night. Then he woke up again at 2:30 and I decided I wasn't going to feed him. I sat next to his bed holding his binky in until 3:00 -- he wiggled and whined the whole time and was MORE awake by 3:00. I was completely at my wits end and absolutely exhausted -- so I did something I hadn't been able to bring myself to do really at all since he was born -- I shut his door, went into my bedroom and shut my door, and let him cry. I had NO idea what I was in for. About 20 minutes into it, I was literally shaking, so I turned on my bathroom fan so I wouldn't be able to hear him. Then I sat in my bed, blood pressure sky high, and waited for him to stop. I couldn't hear him in my room but I was watching the clock the entire time and going out to check on him every 10 minutes. After 1 hour and 15 minutes, I couldn't do it anymore so I went in the other room to make him a bottle. When I got the bottle to him, he had finally fallen asleep -- at 4:40. Even with him fast asleep in his room, I couldn't sleep. My heart was racing and I felt terrible. I was sure he would never forgive me. But, I thought at least he would probably sleep in a little bit since he had worn himself out screaming for almost an hour and a half (he usually wakes up at 5am, regardless of how well he sleeps during the night) -- I was wrong. He was awake again at 5:08. At this point every morning, I just get him out of bed -- there is no point in trying to force him back to sleep -- by the time I got him to sleep it would just be time to get him up to get ready for work. So, as usual, I brought him in my room and fed him and snuggled him until it was time to get up for the morning. I was so relieved when he melted into my arms and I realized he wasn't mad at me ( I know that's dumb to think a 2.5 month old would hold a grudge, but it was the middle of the night and my mind was fuzzy).

Anyway, I am just going to try to get through today on the 4 hours of sleep I got last night and dread tonight when it starts all over again.

It's so crazy how the little person who makes me want to scream EVERY SINGLE NIGHT because he won't sleep is the same little person who I love so much that just listening to him cry and thinking about him all alone in his bedroom makes my heart break. I love being a mommy, I can't even imagine how much I will love it when I am well-rested. :)


My life in a nutshell

This video pretty much sums up my life in 4 ways:

#1. The never-ending quest to make Dallas smile - I LIVE for it.
#2. Baby talk - it has taken over my life.
#3. Shirtless baby - for the reason behind this, see #4.
#4. Spit-up. Enough said.



Too funny not to share...

My friend Reagan posted this on her blog and I thought it was SOOO funny I had to share it with you all as well. Enjoy!

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Jane Hambleton has dubbed herself the "meanest mom on the planet."After finding alcohol in her son's car, she decided to sell the car and share her 19-year-old's misdeed with everyone -- by placing an ad in the local newspaper.The ad reads: "OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don't love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet."

Hambleton has heard from people besides interested buyers since recently placing the ad in The Des Moines Register.The 48-year-old from Fort Dodge says she has fielded more than 70 telephone calls from emergency room technicians, nurses, school counselors and even a Georgia man who wanted to congratulate her."The ad cost a fortune, but you know what? I'm telling people what happened here," Hambleton says. "I'm not just gonna put the car for resale when there's nothing wrong with it, except the driver made a dumb decision."It's overwhelming the number of calls I've gotten from people saying 'Thank you, it's nice to see a responsible parent.' So far there are no calls from anyone saying, 'You're really strict. You're real overboard, lady."

'The only critic is her son, who Hambleton says is "very, very unhappy" with the ad and claims the alcohol was left by a passenger.Hambleton believes her son but has decided mercy isn't the best policy in this case. She says she set two rules when she bought the car at Thanksgiving: No booze, and always keep it locked.The car has been sold, but Hambleton says she will continue the ad for another week -- just for the feedback."


2 month appointment

I told Stacie I would post after Dallas' appointment this morning. Here are the stats:

Height: 22 1/2 inches -- 50th percentile
Weight: 11 lb. 6 oz. -- 50th percentile
Head: I can't remember the measurement but it was 75th percentile

And there you have it. My little boy is growing up WAY too fast. He took the immunizations like a champ. Now we'll just cross our fingers that he doesn't spike a fever. The doctor also told us to start having him sleep in his crib (he has acid reflux so he's been sleeping in his carseat to keep his head elevated), so we'll see how that goes.



I forgot to post this New Year's Eve picture with the plethora of posts I did last week:Yes, Dallas basically stayed up until midnight. The kid just couldn't miss the party, despite my Mom's valiant efforts to put him to sleep for me. HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Family Fun

The day after Christmas my sister Trisha, her husband Paul, and their munchkins Brigham & Raegan got into town -- then, the day after that Clint's brother Rusty and his wife Aubrianne got here! Luckily, our families totally get along and we had an AMAZING week with everyone! Here is some proof:

P.S. Make sure to check below for more new posts - I did a lot today :).

Baby's First Christmas

We hope you all had as wonderful of a Christmas as we did!
Christmas is always special, but it was especially excellent this year. Here are a few reasons why:
#1: It was Dallas' first Christmas. I know he had no idea what was going on, but I got to buy him stuff and not feel bad about it! Here he is in his new Christmas PJ's:

We had a Christmas FIESTA with the Sorensens - pinata & all:

On Christmas Eve, Dallas slept for 6 hours straight -- it hasn't happened since, but it was the best Christmas present EVER! (P.S. to all you moms out there -- how do you teach a child to sleep through the night?!? I am clearly doing something wrong.)

Clint was out of school and was stress-free!

Birthday Celebrations!

We were so lucky to have so much family in town the past few weeks! We are so sad to see it end. While they were here, we got to celebrate Raegan's second birthday on December 30th & Rusty's thirtieth birthday on December 31st.... Happy Birthday!

Dallas' Blessing Day

This is the first of multiple posts to come... it's been a busy few weeks!

Dallas was blessed on December 30, 2007 by Clint. It was a beautiful blessing & I am so proud of both of my boys!