Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Suzanna's Newborn Pictures
Taken by Katie Corley (katiecorley.blogspot.com)

Our dear friend Katie Corley took Suzanna's first photos. Ideally, newborn photos should be taken within the first two weeks after birth, but I think she did amazing with this very sleepy/grumpy baby.  Our Suzanna is a little doll!

Let's get up to Date!
Katie graduated from preschool in May
Scott and Lizzie begin a new school year at Legacy Traditional Academy
Brian begins 9th grade at Higley High School
Our chocolate lab Cocoa turned 9.  This is her birthday dinner.  Bacon jerkey, cottage cheese, egg, her dog food, and tomatoes which are her favorite.
Hannah Ray married Brett Ipson.  We are so happy with this perfect union!
Brian makes an American Cockroach model out of red velvet cake and cream cheese filling for Biology.  Gross!
 Lizzie's Cindy Lou Who hairdo for Dr. Suess' birthday.

Easter egg hunt at Harmony Park.  Katie loves her Lily!

Katie and Jane after the Easter Egg Hunt

Fourth of July breakfast and parade at church

Brian selling neighborhood flag subscriptions for Boy Scouts
Our little girls in their 4th of July shirts that I made before Suzanna was born.
Our little Scott turned 11.  He's not so little any more.  See those little streamers coming down?  One of those caught on fire from his candles.  It was hilarious!

Katie bobs her hair.  Thank you Jenny Jensen!

Cute girl!
 Family Home Evening Talent show courtesy of Lizzie and Katie

Our little baby only 2 weeks old.
I had to catch up on the all the little things that happened this year!  We had a great year so far with many blessings. 

Welcome Little One!
Suzanna Judith Ray
June 30, 2013
2:15 pm
8 pounds 11 ounces
21.5 inches
Last family photo before Suzanna was born.  I was in the early stages of labor when this was taken.

Big bellied mama!

I was able to hold her for 1 minute after she was born.

Finally at peace in Daddy's arms.

Poor little baby had a bruised face.

The kids seeing their sister for the first time and opening their gifts from the new baby.
Lizzie said that the best gift was the baby.

Our little Suzanna was born on a quiet Sunday afternoon.  I began my labor in the wee hours of the morning, but was able to sleep through the contractions.  I woke up at about 6:30 and began getting ready for the hospital.  I wanted to make sure that my children attended church, so I put Lizzie and Katie in the bath and did their hair and made them beautiful for church.  Brad was still sleeping not aware that today was the day.  I called the Rays to see if they could come out and attend church with our kids.  Luckily, Daren and Patience came to take care of our children.  I am so happy they were here when I went into labor.  Brad finally woke up around 7:30 and I told him again that I was in labor and he immediately beamed.  I told him that I was in labor when I woke up but he was still in sleep mode.  We called Brother Webb, our home teacher, to help Brad give me a blessing.  I was told that I would be strong and if there were any complications I would overcome them.  At this time, the contractions were getting a little stronger.  We finally went to the hospital at 9:00 and were checked in.  I was only dilated 3 centimeters and the contractions were very mild.  I walked around the floor a few times until I could feel the contractions were getting closer together.  Finally, I was checked into a room and was able to labor on a birthing ball for about 1-2 hours.  I had a doctor attend with my midwife Kim because I was planning on a vaginal birth after C-section.  All was going well, so well that my midwife and nurse left us for about 1/2 hour to labor on our  own.  At about 1:30 the contractions became very uncomfortable and close together.  I began to labor on my hands on knees to ease the pressure.  At one point I had a contraction that was 7 minutes long and I just breathed and moaned my way through it until the midwife came in to check me.  I told her that I was ready to push and she wanted to make sure I was truly ready.  She decided to break my water and that is when I really wanted to push.  Suzanna had a difficult time coming because she turned sideways when I was on my hands and knees.  So the midwife had to pull and tug on her to get her to come out.  Since her shoulder was stuck they called the doctor to come in just in case I would need an emergency C-section.  Finally, I pushed with all my might and Suzanna was born.  I was able to hold her for a minute, but they were concerned about her little face because she was forced out so quickly.  She was a dream.  I prayed that all would be well with her as she was taken from my arms to quickly.  I heard her little cry and my heart melted and I began to cry too.  She had major bruising on her face and the whites of her eyes were blood red from broken capillaries.  She had a very difficult time and she was not happy.  My mom, in-laws, and aunts were waiting in the waiting room, but I wanted to make sure that I was alright because I was hemorrhaging quite a bit.  I knew from my blessing that the baby and I would overcome all complications.  And we did.  Once we were both stable, everyone came to greet our new blessing.  She is a miracle and we love her with all our heart. 
Our first night in the hospital was amazing.  She nursed all night long in bed beside me and I could not let her go.  The hospital staff at Mercy Gilbert were incredible!  My nurses could not have been any better to me.  I am so grateful to have a new little girl.  I cherish every moment with her.

Friday, December 21, 2012

These Boots are Made for Sleepin'

I think Lizzie likes the new boots I bought for her today.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Baby Number 5

We are excited about our new baby coming late June or early July in 2013.  I have had baby cravings for a very long time and it never seemed the time was right.  I tried feeding my craving by mugging on my new nieces and nephew, but it did not suffice.  Brad and I went to the temple one night and both had the feeling that we needed to try again.  After a month, we were blessed with a positive pregnancy test.  I am now 11 weeks and feeling it.  Ugh!  I forgot about the feeling of morning (night) sickness that comes with early pregnancy.  I ate Taco Bell for the first time in 7 years.  I was craving a stinky Mexican pizza and burrito supreme.  I was dying the rest of the night!  We told the kids on Thanksgiving day because they were starting to get worried about my morning throw up sessions in the bathroom and lethargy in the afternoon.  Brad began by saying that Mom went to the doctor and they found a parasite that will live inside her for another seven months.  You will find that she will gain some weight because the parasite is positioned in her stomach which will grow dramatically.  The reaction:  Brian was laughing under his breath (nothing gets by him), Scott was seriously worried and kept asking questions like, "What does it look like?"  "How big will it get?"  How will the doctors get it out?"  Is mom going to get more sick?"  Lizzie and Katie just kept asking for the different flavors of sparkling ciders in their glasses while Brad was talking.  In conclusion, our children are very excited for the new addition to our family.  The only problem is that I gave everything baby away because I seriously thought our family was complete.  At least I still have a crib that is stored at my in-laws and I get to shop for baby clothes!  So fun!  We will find out if we are having a boy or girl in February.  I will keep everyone posted, but I have a feeling we are having a little boy.  
Names in the making:
Girl:  Annabelle (shocked that Brad likes this)  
Boy:  Michael Pearson (after great-grandma Elizabeth's maiden name)