Monday, April 19, 2010

Toe Tricks

She's done this since birth. Seth and I have long toes - but we don't know where she inherited her little toes - they're practically opposable! She's always spreading them.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sleep is Good.

Confession: I was a TERRIBLE aunt to my dear niece Olivia. Ben, Melissa, I hope you read this someday...

Olivia was born summer of 2006, back when Seth and I were dating. We'd go and visit Ben, Melissa, and their brand new precious newborn Olivia often. And whenever we went over there I of course wanted to hold and play with my new niece. And whenever we went over there of course my new niece was sound asleep. That's what newborns do, right? that's what newborns need, right? Why was I the WORST aunt ever to dear Olivia and how did I drive the new parents Ben and Melissa NUTS!? When I went to their house to visit Olivia and she was sleeping I would be loud and do what I could to wake up Olivia so she'd play with us and be fun. I know, I know... what was I thinking? Ben has been trying to make up for the pain I put them through since Scarlett has been born. I deserve it. Anyway! Scarlett hasn't been around Ben and Melissa (or Olivia) enough for them to really get what I deserve. But the purpose of this confession is that I HAVE learned my lesson, and I truly understand that it is important for newborns and babies to get their sleep. Not because that means they stay up later and their schedule gets off so it causes headache and waking hours for the parents. But because it is important for the baby's health, in many ways. SO! now to why I'm really blogging...

Scarlett hasn't gotten the naps that she has needed the last two days. She was just awake and active with me yesterday. We went and visited Grandma and Grandpa in Pleasant Grove for the afternoon. She got some sleep, but they were just cat naps. And I guess she didn't get any very long naps today while I was at work... but she's fine - I think it has just made her a little fussy. So tonight when we got home she was asleep from the car ride, but she woke up soon after. Then she just would not go back to sleep, but she is and looks just exhausted! And she kept fighting her heavy eye lids. So here she is on the dryer in a bassinet. I read on a friend's blog this works wonders... She slept soundly and luckily I stopped the dryer before it was done drying the load of clothes. Holy cow the dryer's BEEP/HORN is quite opposite of our new washer's sweet song it sings at the end of it's cycle. - watch the video toward the very end of this post to hear it...

Here are a few photos I took of Scarlett Monday morning... I'm trying to take more! and a little video.

What a chunker!! :)Do a little dance...she's in the middle of a yawn... if ya couldn't tell

She is the cutest thing in the world, to me... and to her dad. I absolutely love her. And I LOVE that she knows and responds SO much to our voices. She is a very bright girl. I love her eyes. We're becoming quite the best of friends. Love, love, LOVE her!

Oh yes - and I went back to work today. I'm working Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 to 5. and Saturdays from about 8-noon. (=20 hrs). Scarlett goes to her cousin Preston's house and is cared for by her Aunt Aubrey. I'm SO, so, so grateful Aubrey is okay with watching her. I cannot imagine leaving Scarlett to be watched by a daycare or anyone other than family. We have a great arrangement... We'll get to watch their little Preston once a week so they can have a date night. Seth will watch Scarlett on Saturdays. Today was hard at first. Last night I couldn't sleep because I was dreading today... But it wasn't THAT bad. I tried to dive into work and be busy so I wouldn't think/worry about her. But I loved getting a picture or two and texts from Aubrey throughout the day. I cried after dropping her off and on the way to work this morning - but just a little. I almost cried more on my way to pick her up after work - I was SO, so excited to see her! I'm grateful I didn't get a speeding ticket... and those yellow lights were STILL yellow the whole time I went through the intersection - I promise. She had a great day with the Jarvinen's and tomorrow will be easier to get through while I'm at work. This will make me a better mom. I will cherish my time with her and be more productive. And it will give me a chance to socialize and keep up my adult language skills :). I LOVE being a mom! I'm so blessed, and am so grateful for this blessing.

Also - Scarlett is still spitting up. I've been a little more worried about this lately than usual. But she hasn't exactly been spitting up more than usual... I guess I've just been more worried. After talking to my Grandma and mom, etc. And searching on the internet for information, other's experiences, etc, etc. I am feeling better about it all. I'm almost postive it's not the formula, because 1 - she isn't fussy after she eats, her tummy doesn't hurt. 2- she doesn't project it when she spits up. 3- it doesn't faze her when she spits up. 4- What she spits up isn't digested. 5- She doesn't know when to stop eating - we've taken her down from eating 4 oz to 3 oz and she hasn't seemed to notice, she certainly isn't asking for more. I think she's been eating more than she needs! 6- she hasn't had any physical reactions (like rash or breaking out, etc) or symptoms. 7- she's been supplemented with the same formula since birth, the same that she eats now. so we haven't changed her diet, etc. Conclusion: She just spits up! And that is what babies do! (some definitely more than others) Yay for Laundry!! :) This sounds right, right?Seth's dad, Steve, had been pretty sick all through the month of March. And he actually got TOO sick. He was in the ICU for a few days - Pneumonia. It was scary since he needed oxygen, the antibiotics initially didn't work (actually made things worse!), and his blood pressure was VERY low. (VERY, very low... like 60/52 low!) His pneumonia actually turned into Double pneumonia while he was in the hospital's care. Poor, poor Steve. We sure had a lot, a lot, a lot of prayers and warm thoughts and wishes sent his way to Michigan. Scarlett sure loves her grandpa, these were her warm wishes we sent his way via text. (We are grateful for today's technology!) But our dear grandpa/dad is back at home now, and recovering well. He has antibiotics administered still via IV, but will be done with his last one JUST in time to come visit us next Thursday. NEXT Thursday!! We're So, so excited!! And Grandma will be coming with him. AND Gma and pa Hartley will be coming for little miss Scarlett too!! We are blessing Scarlett on the 25th in sacrament meeting (YOU're invited!!! come!) and they'll be here to help celebrate Seth's December graduation - he's walking next Friday with his college. It will be a very fun weekend. Anyway... This has become a monster post. I need to go get ready for tomorrow - and miss Scarlett needs a bath, bad - her hair is so greasy. You just look at it and it gets greasy, fun fun. Good night friends!

this is her right now, at this moment... Oh how I love her, She melts me!

Monday, April 12, 2010


Whew! Life is busy busy busy... Not busy enough that I have an excuse for not blogging much though.

Easter was honestly lame for us. We were sick. I didn't even get Scarlett dressed up in her Easter dress :( That Saturday night we went to Salt Lake for a bridal shower. Seth went to Priesthood with his friend James and James' (then future) father-in-law. The bridal shower was a lot of fun! We had Seth and James do the good ol' ask/answer the fiance questions and the bride gets gum if she answers the question differently than the fiance. Gates (Cari - an old mission companion) ended up eating a lot of gum - but actually did extremely well - we just gave her a ton of gum when she did answer differently. Anyway - after the shower Gates quickly got sick, I was nervous it was the gum! She actually was throwing up for hours that night... Poor, poor girl!

But Poor, poor Seth... He was up all night in the bathroom too. Sparing details lets just say I peeked in to see if he was still alive and he had the trash can in his hands as he was sitting on the pot too. Poor guy. I started getting sick a few hours after him - but no puking. I'm pretty sure it was from the food at the friday night mission reunion - or we got some random SUPER contagious bug. But I found out Sunday/monday that at least 11 others that were at the reunion got sick and started showing symptoms starting Saturday late night/Sunday early morning. Seth got bad enough that we went to the Urgent Care. Luckily I was feeling well enough to drive us to the Urgent Care (but that was only because it was 4 blocks away - I couldn't go much farther w/o a bathroom near by). Ugh - it was terrible. Seth was so dehydrated. He got a shot in the butt and was told to come back for an IV if he couldn't keep fluid down. I took them home and went back out to get some pedialyte, 7-up, crushed ice, and gatorade, quite the liquid menu. So glad Scarlett didn't get sick. But that sure was a moment when it was a juggle to care for our sweet little one, we both didn't have much energy. So glad we're all better now! And it was nice to have Seth home with us Monday when he was still recovering. SO! That was our Easter Weekend - Lame! Luckily we got photos of Scarlett done at JCPenny with her Easter dress on. These are actually a slide show of all the photos they took, she was 3 1/2 weeks when these photos were taken.

The next weekend was much more enjoyable... Friday Gates and James got married in Salt Lake! It was SO nice to be in the temple, I love going to sealings and being there with Seth. We are very blessed, extremely blessed. And I'm grateful for our happy marriage. Scarlett was babysat in the temple waiting room, I'm glad she was so close and with us for the rest of the festivities. She looked pretty darn cute in her Ralph Lauren green polo dress (Thanks Eliza!!) and a matching flower headband! (I made it!)

The wedding was the smallest I've been to, and it was SO, so so nice! I absolutely loved it! There were maybe 20 people there? It was a sweet and special sealing. A fun time with the photo taking outside and then an awesome reception at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

YES - this is another couple Seth and I introduced to each other. The groom is a good friend of Seth's from Michigan. And the bride is a good friend of mine from the MTC/Mission. they're absolutely PERFECT for each other! One of the best parts of setting up couples has been that they get married in Salt Lake and have a luncheon at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building - the food there is RIDICULOUS... ridiculously GOOD.

This past Saturday... the weather was amazing!! We went out to run some errands and fortunately had the stroller in the car because we ended up stopping at our favorite park (Nielsen Grove) and going for a stroll. We ran into old friend Shaun Broderick and his wife, it was fun to visit with them for a while. And later that night our friends Phil and Sierra came over and we watched the SLC Real soccer game.

Sunday... it was Scarlett's first time going to all three hours of church. She really liked it. And so did I.

After church we got the picnic basket all ready with a yummy lunch and we went back to our favorite park. So many firsts for Scarlett and a brand new family! It was more windy than Saturday and overcast too - but it was still nice. We had a good stroll around the park and came home to catch up on 24. We watched 3 episodes to catch up and Holy Cow is this season exciting! but we still missed the episode tonight - so we're behind again. haha, we just love playing catch up.

So that has been our weekends... During the week Scarlett and I enjoy house chores, making dinner, doing laundry, diapers/bottles/rocking in the recliner. Seth is busy, busy, busy. We don't see him on Monday and Thursday nights. And in between then he is working on school papers/research when he is home. He's a hardworking man though, I'm so grateful he enjoys his job!

Scarlett is so cute. She's got a great night schedule going - I sure hope she keeps it up. It's been 5 days now - she will eat around 9:00pm, go to sleep by 11:00 and won't wake up to eat again until 5:30am. I sure hope she does that tonight considering I'm still writing this post and it's 11:00pm and I start work again tomorrow. Scarlett is going to start spending Tuesdays and Wednesdays at her aunt Aubrey's house playing with cousin Preston while I go back to work part time. I'm grateful it's only two days a week! And then on Saturdays I'll go into work for four hours, and that will be special daddy/daughter time. I'm hoping this schedule will work out as perfect as it sounds like it will.

Anyway -she's a great baby. She has been coo-ing a ton more. She sure talks/grunts a lot. I think she's going to be quite the smart/intelligent little one. Or maybe that just means she's very social.
So - I feel like my posts are lame - they're like journal entries rather than entertaining and witty articles. Plus it reminds me how terrible my English is. Something is better than nothing... It's way past bedtime! This is our update and more fun things are happening the second half of this month - Scarlett's grandpas and grandmas are coming to visit for Seth's graduation and her blessing!!! We're Very, very excited for them to meet her for the first time! (well all for the first time but grandma Hartley).

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A great Friday night

Tonight was my mission reunion. I've been looking forward to it for weeks now... It was fun to see a lot of people I have great memories with while serving in Japan. I hate that I don't take advantage of these opportunities more to really catch up on these people's lives - I still care about them! I get that stupid anxiety/nervous/I live in a bubble type of feeling and it keeps me from doing what I really want to do. ANYWAY! It was totally worth it and I'm so glad I went.

but, BLAST! I told myself I super wanted to get a photo with my family and Sister/President Banks. Super lame of me! It was great to see them. It's interesting how your mission president and his wife seem to always play a "parent" role in your life. Tonight, while looking over the cultural hall of couples with one or even 2 kids running around, I asked president if he feels like all these kids his missionaries are having are like his own grandchildren... He said something funny back but for the life of me I cannot remember. Good story? yea... thanks.

Scarlett looked so cute tonight! I made her a headband just for this evening's outfit - wow, right? But I also made her an even more cute headband for tomorrow night's outfit ! (We're going to a bridal shower) I'm a super fan of making baby headbands/clips now, Super easy!

This photo is of Umetani's little girl Erin, Steed's little girl Lena, and my little girl Scarlett.
After the reunion we went to TGIF's for dessert with James and Gates... James is Seth's old friend from Michigan. Gates is my old mission companion and we were actually in the MTC together too. They're getting married next Friday at the SLC temple. :) Yes, another eternal match made because Seth and Megan introduced them.

Oh - and I ate WAY TOO MUCH at TGIF's... I got the brownie obsession (shared with Seth, but he didn't eat much of it). It was freaking amazing, Amazing.

It was a late night - it IS a late night... and I haven't had this much brain stimulation in a month!! I absolutely LOVED every minute about tonight. Scarlett was sooo good too.

(see her headband!?! This is while Seth was feeding her at TGIF's)Scarlett is ONE MONTH OLD!!! (4/3/10) that is just INSANE! Scarlett and I took a trip to the pediatrician for a quick weight check today ... just to see. I knew she has been gaining weight and is chowing down. but holy cow girl - she weighs 9lbs 4 oz!! In two weeks she went from 10th %tile to 52nd %tile! :) that a girl. Just sayin'... Oh, I love her so much. I am so, so incredibly blessed!! I am so blessed with my health, family, a good husband and great support in my life. And I am grateful for these blessings. hmm, can you tell I'm on a 'good high'? :) Life is good. And Scarlett looks like this right now - I want to look like that right now too. So Peace & Good night.