Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Claire + Biggie come to So Cal

Last month these two came for a visit! 
My awesome cousin Claire, and her cutest little boy Elliot (aka Big E, aka Biggie) live near San Fransico. We were so excited they came to visit and we partied it up, kid style. We took a trip to Ventura to play with Audio and Navy. 5 kids = crazy! But fun. It was a bit surreal to be there with Claire, my brother's wives and all our kids! 

 Thanks for coming Clam and Biggie! We love you guys!!

Monday, December 10, 2012


Here are some highlights of Goldie's first 2 months of life:

During a layover on her way back to New Mexico after Goldie's birth, my mom called to tell me Joe was in an ambulance with a severe foot injury sustained at his soccer game. Yikes.
Turned out to be a super bad leg break and he was out for the season. BUMMER. So, because Joe was couch ridden and bummed, I figured he could entertain himself by holding my baby. She could cheer up anyone:) Off we went! Goldie was only 3.5 weeks old as we hopped on a plane to Albuquerque  I was wary but we made it nonetheless. 
Sam and Joe were a bit nervous to hold her at first - I don't think they'd ever even seen a baby that small! Let alone held one. But they warmed up to her soon enough. Goldie had a fun week getting to know her uncles and her grandpa Rod (who was amazingly awesome with her, by the way.) Thanks mom and dad! 
A few friends in our ward decided it would be cool to start a sprint triathlon in their town. So, they did it and Shane signed up! He didn't decide to do it until it was 3 weeks away. But of course, he owned it. It was a bit too soon for me to participate, so I was the cheerleader (a foreign role to me in more ways than one). It was fun for me and Goldie to yell for ol' dad and watch him sweat through his first triathlon. He was 11th in his age group! Pretty impressive if you ask me.
Goldie's first Halloween was a great one. Shane was busy, so me and Goldie hit up a few parties! 
It was seriously fun dressing her up and packing her around as my little bag of Gold. 
And lastly, if you haven't seen pics from this little beach photo shoot Sarah did for me... Oh man. It's true what they say about thinking your baby is the cutest ever born. I died when I saw these. 
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Friday, November 30, 2012

And we're back!

Ok, so it's been 13 weeks....I guess it's time to blog again. But oh how I've been so distracted. Wonderfully distracted..

I better give you the "birth story," since I've learned that it's a thing. The last post on this blog, I was doing a big hike in Santa Monica. That was on Saturday. I had been have non-consistent, non-killer contractions for about a week. There were a handful of times in that week that I thought it was going to happen, but no. So 4 days later, on Wednesday, August 29th, I didn't think twice about an unusually strong contraction I had while driving with a friend to Target. But then when they kept coming, and when I had to hold grip cart for dear life, and when shoppers started asking me if I was okay, and when I had to sit down on the ottoman in the home section...I thought I'd better get checked out.

Luckily, the hospital I was delivering at was just around the corner, so my dear friend Kayla dropped me off at the entrance and I walked my fat booty straight to the labor and delivery wing. They checked me out, I was at a 4 and was admitted. Phew. I had called Shane at Target just to give him a heads up that I was going to get checked out. I didn't know it, but he packed up and left immediately. He was in my room 10 minutes after I got there - awesome. They offered an epidural right away (I said heck yes) and by the time it was ready I was already at a 6! The juice kicked in and I relaxed. Shane and I settled in for what we thought would be a long night of labor. Soon, the doctor came in to break my water, which surprisingly hadn't broken on it's own. Shane and I were both shocked when she told me I was at a 9! Whoa. I was super surprised but stoked. We would get to meet our girl soon!! The doc left to get her supplies ready and I started have super strong contractions that were not painless. I wanted to start pushing. The nurse gave me the okay and so I started! I pushed with Shane and the nurse holding my feet for about 20 mins - I thought the baby was FOR SURE going to come before the doctor got there! I was asking the nurse where in the world she was and if she could deliver the baby if the doctor didn't make it in time. Shane even saw Goldie's head before the doctor arrived! Finally the doctor came and coached me for about 15 more minutes and out came baby Goldie! From the time I arrived at the hospital to her birth was less than 5 hours. Not bad!

Babies normally let out a big cry right when they're born, which Goldie did not do. She was blueish and I only got to hold her for about 3 seconds before the nurses took her. They told me she would be back in about an hour, which sounded like a year to me!! I was really sad and worried. Shane went with her. Her respiratory rate was around 86, and normal is in the 40's. We later found out that she had swallowed some amniotic fluid and that some had gotten into her lungs. They would have to monitor her and make sure her breathing slowed down. Meanwhile, it was 3 am and I was in my room not able to sleep, Shane was at home gathering supplies, and I finally marched over to the nursery. Goldie was in an incubator, hooked up to several monitors. I asked if I could hold her and they said "You haven't held her?" So there I was, 3am, bag of pee at my side (catheter), tears running down my cheeks as I held my baby for the first time! Shane came in a while later and we both sat there speechless. Can't really describe how awesome it was.

My mom arrived at 1pm the next day, and by that time I was pretty much a wreck. Still in my hospital gown, scooting around the halls with a crazy look in my eye. All I can say is, thank the Lord for my mother. She helped me so so so much to get through those first few days of uncertainty. Goldie's respiratory rate wasn't going down and they need to do more tests. I'm not going to pretend like we had any real, big trial or anything; we were so lucky she was as healthy as she was. But it was a tough few days. On Saturday morning the doctor gave us the good news that Goldie didn't have any infections and that we could take her home!! I cried.

Being able to hold her as long as I wanted was seriously amazing. Not getting to do the mom stuff right away made me that much more thankful to be able to do it when I could. That first 24 hours at home, I don't think I put her down for more than 5 minutes. It was the best ever.

There have been many people who are surprised at how much Shane and I have taken to this whole being parenting thing. Yes, we were worried about it, and we did wait a while...but I think we both knew when the time came, we would love it. On the other hand, we didn't know how much we would. We both get sick of ourselves oooing and ahhhing and talking baby talk constantly. It will take me half an hour to put her to sleep because I can't stop kissing her face! Not to mention the pictures. Oh the pictures. It's ridiculous. You parents already know what I'm talking about, you're probably laughing.

It's real. It happened to us and it can happen to you.
We love it!

Here are some previously unpublished photos from our cell phones. They are the real deal: 

During labor, a little nervous. 
 Dad is just plain excited. No nerves at all. 
Maybe because he doesn't have to give birth...
 Poor baby girl right after she came out.
 Fresh meat.
Getting her vitals monitored in the nursery
 (these pics are all taken by Shane while I was stuck in bed.)
This was at 3am when I marched in there and asked to hold my baby! Finally.
Our very first real family photo. 3am tears. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Santa Monica Dreams

On Saturday we decided to take on the Santa Monica mountains with our favorite fellow adventurers, Alex, Morgan, and Iver.

The trails were not marked well and we may have gotten a little off course...
We ended up hiking for more than 3 hours! But it was super fun.
Iver was sooo good the whole way. I am praying my little gal will love the backpack as much as her cousin!

After the long hike, and a much needed pizza break, we hit up the eclectic beaches of Santa Monica.
The water felt amazing, the people watching was premium, and the day was beautiful. We are lucky people.

12 days till my due date!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Future Softy

I have the best husband.

He is so thoughtful and fun and funny and kind. He does everything he can to make me happy. And...maaaaybe I haven't been the most easy person to make happy these past 9 months:) He's been such an awesome support to me during my pregnancy. I'm constantly finding fun surprises when I get home, he takes off work to spend quality summer time with me, he watches chick flicks, massages my achy preggo bod, makes me dinner, listens to my worries and wondering thoughts, goes on bike rides even when he's tired after work, and takes me on fun adventures.
Meanwhile, he's running a successful business on his own. He's working hard so that I don't have to, and I'm fully impressed and appreciative. I'm really lucky to have him forever. And this little gal of ours is pretty lucky too!
I have a feeling Shane's going to be a real softy.

     This is just one of the many surprises I have come home to recently. The best.

Flash mob in between matches at a pro tennis tournament in LA.
Shane is talking to a worker, trying to get inside info regarding how they
decide who gets to call the coin toss at the beginning of a match...
he’s a proud tennis nerd.

Post surf, shirt optional, gourmet hot dog lunch. 

 So here's to you, awesome husband of mine! Thanks for all you do for me.
 I can't wait to see you hold our little girl for the first time and watch you become the best dad ever.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sommer Fun

Since the fam left I've been busy with soccer camp, girls camp (it was really posh, not bad for a prego lady), surfing, movies, walks and beach days with friends, home improvements and baby stuff. We took a tour of the maternity ward at the hospital this morning - yiiiikes!

This past week was especially great. Shane and I had an amazing day at San Onofre (being your own boss has it's perks - if the waves are good, you can play hooky!) Afterward we hit H&M and loaded up on some newborn threads. So cute and surreal. 
We LOVE having Al, Morg, and Iver living so close to us. We had a highly competitive game of mini-golf mid-week and then had an awesome couples surf session Saturday morning (thanks to Tania for watching Iver!). Awesome.
So much summer goodness.
For your entertainment, if you haven't seen this vid, "Sommer Fun," watch it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Osborne Week!

The best days of summer for me are always the ones spent with the fam. 
It's always jammed packed with awesomeness and family togetherness. 
This year was no exception.
Since my parents don't live overseas anymore, and we'll get to see them more often, they just stayed a week this year. But what a week it was. These few pictures are a good indication of what we did...

Beach play time.
Grandma (and grandpa) loving the grand kids.
Family hikes... (and beach bonfires, soccer games, rock climbing, card games)

We surfed 5 days in a row and loved every minute. My brothers are getting GOOD. It has been so much fun teaching them and watching them become real surfers. It's making Shane and I excited to teach our little girl :) 

As always, my parents were there, facilitating the good times and good food. It's pretty fun/funny to see them as grandparents! They are loving it. I can't believe next summer there will be one more grand kid hanging out on the beach with grandma and grandpa watching the surfers!