Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Capri Kay Pacis

She is finally here! :)

Here is her birth story:

On Thursday, November 13th at 6:30 AM we had a scheduled induction. We went to the hospital and got all set up. I was dilated to a 3 when we got there, so they broke my water and started me on pitocin right away. Having them break my water was the weirdest feeling ever. It didn't hurt at all, just super weird. Anyways, we just kind of chilled. Nothing too exciting was going on. My mom came a few hours later and hung out with us. The contractions started to get a little bit stronger, but nothing I couldn't handle, just super uncomfortable. I kept telling the nurses that I did NOT want to miss my opportunity for an epidural. I was allllll about the drugs!! I had the best nurse ever, her name was Kendra, and I freaking LOVED her. A few hours later the contractions were getting closer together, so the nurse suggested I get the epidural because we didn't know how fast things would go from there.... so I got it. I love epidurals! :)
Well, things didn't go fast from there, actually they didn't go anywhere from there... all day long I was still only dilated to a 3. At one point a nurse thought I might have moved up to a 4 or 5.. then the doctor checked and was like, nope still a 3. By this time my nurses changed and we still just relaxed, watched movies, and hung out. My mom and Chris were troopers and definitely kept me entertained. I slept pretty well through the night. I hated being hooked up to the IV's and monitors. I literally couldn't turn or roll over. Then nurses changed shifts again, which luckily my favorite nurse Kendra was on again, so she was my nurse again. By this time it was 24 straight hours in labor. By morning I was dilated to a 4. Some progress but very little. All day Friday I kept spiking fevers. Which is really bad for me and the baby since my water had been broke for so long. I was given antibiotics and they literally cooled down my entire room with fans, and ice packs all over me to reduce the fever. I was just ready to be done by now. I told the nurses that I wanted a C-section to just get her out. But my doctor said that sometimes getting past a 4 takes up to 48 hours, and then hard labor would start. There was no way I could wait that long. I was making progress through, dilation was happening, just really slow. The last time I spiked a fever they noticed the baby's heart rate jumping around too much. The baby was becoming stressed so they had to turn off the pitocin for about two hours. I was finally dilated at an 8! I was so excited that things were finally going. At about 5:45 PM I spiked another fever, and the doctor checked me and even though I was at an 8, the baby still hadn't fully dropped into the birthing canal. He agreed that it was time for a C-Section since the baby and I were clearly under stress. So the nurses started prepping me. Right when I was about to go back, someone came into the hospital and had to have an emergency C-Section, so that pushed mine back 2 hours. It was fine with me though, the end was in sight and I knew I would be meeting our little girl soon.
The surgery team came into our room and gave us all the info about what would be going on. They increased my epidural and wheeled my off to the Operating Room. Chris got to come and get all dressed up in scrubs, then he waited outside the doors until they were done prepping me. As soon as I went into the OR I felt super nauseous. I don't know if it was nerves or excitement, but I threw up. Thank goodness for amazing nurses who took such good care of me. I felt better right away. Once I was prepped and all sheet-ed up, Chris came into the room and sat next to my head. He looked so cute in his little scrubs and booties ;)
It wasn't too much longer and they got her out, she was born at 8:21pm November 14th, 2014. She was in a lot of shock, so they only showed her to me for a second, then off through the window to the NICU she went. I started panicking because she didn't look so good when I saw her, and I didn't hear a cry. The NICU nurses soon told us that she weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. She did cry, but it was just a little squeak. Once everything was delivered, they started stitching me back up, and they took Chris out to go to the NICU to see her. Once he left I started getting really emotional, not being able to really see my baby, and wondering if there was something seriously wrong. It seemed like forever, but finally they were done and able to roll me back to my recovery room. My mom was in there waiting and so was Chris. At this point I was VERY emotional and VERY drugged up. I had a bunch of nurses, my doctor, the baby doctor, all come talk to me. I hardly remember what they even said to me. All I knew was that I had to wait in recovery for 2 or more hours before I would be able to see my girl. I do remember the pediatrician coming and telling me that Capri was in a lot of shock and needed oxygen and that she would be in the NICU for the entire hospital stay, if not longer. I cried so hard when he told me that, I actually think I freaked him out a little bit! haha He told me that he is not concerned and that she will be fine, but this just happens because I was in labor for so long, with my water broken for so long, and she was also 3 weeks early, which he would consider premature (even though OBGYN's say 37 weeks is 'full term'). At about 12:15am I was finally able to go down to the NICU to see her!

This was my first time seeing her! First thing I noticed was how much she looks like her daddy!! <3

That night they had to put her on oxygen and put the tubes down to get air out of her belly. SO SAD!!

We spent the rest of our hospital stay pretty much living in the NICU! She was able to get off the oxygen and tubes by the second day and was just given IV's for fluids and nutrients and also hooked to monitors. 
I was discharged from the hospital on Monday, but they needed to keep her for one more night. She didn't need to be hooked to monitors that night so they put her in a normal hospital room, and I was able to spend the night with her. They called it, 'rooming in' which is basically like Chris and I were her over night guests, so that I didn't get charged an extra night. It was so nice to be able to finally have her with us overnight!! :)

This was her that night, in a room with us, no tubes, no monitors, no IV's! :)

We got to take her home Tuesday morning!! I was so happy to get out of there. I hadn't left the hospital since that last Thursday, so it was a long and emotional 5 days. 

Capri had a little bit of jaundice when we took her home, but it went away a few days later. She is so perfect, I can't even stand it! :)

I am, without a doubt, one of those moms who takes WAY too many pictures of their kids. But I don't even care, just look at her ;)

Here she is now, almost 2 weeks old, our little Capri Kay Pacis. We have always loved the name Capri, so we knew right away that it would be her name. Kay is my mom's, sister's, and grandma's middle name, so we chose that one because I wanted the middle name to be something from our family. 

We are so in love its ridiculous. Who knew our whole entire world could change so quickly. Labor was not the best, but I am just so thankful that she is here now, healthy and perfect. 

I am so thankful for my mom and all she did for us! She stayed for over a week and was so helpful and supportive. We have amazing families and friends and this transition into parenthood would not have been so easy if it wasn't for them. 

Seeing Chris become a dad has been amazing. He is so good with her, and I can just see the love her already has for her. He has done such a good job taking care of both Capri and me throughout this all. I definitely married the most perfect man :) 

We are loving being parents! Capri has been doing awesome and LOVES to snuggle really close. We just love her more than we can put into words :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We are having a baby... TOMORROW!

Well, tomorrow is the big day. We are getting induced! Time has gone by so fast and I cannot believe that tomorrow I will be holding our little girl. Hopefully tomorrow... Our induction is bright and early, but I know they can take a long time, so crossing my fingers that we have her on Thursday! :)

Tomorrow I will be 37 weeks, full term. They have decided it would be best to induce me because this whole last trimester my blood pressure has been spiking randomly, and it is not safe for me or the baby. We are waiting until the day I become full term so that the baby is healthy. When we found out that we were going to be induced this early, we both kind of went into shock. I had a feeling most of this pregnancy that I would go early, but I was thinking like a week or so, not THREE whole weeks. But of course, whatever the Doctor thinks is best for me and the baby, we will do.
So they had been watching my blood pressure for the last several weeks just to make sure it was staying consistent. When it first started to elevate the doctor told me that the only way to make it better is to induce early. That was weeks ago and we didn't even think too much about it. Then last Tuesday I was at work and I started feeling really hot and shaky. I could tell that my heart was racing and then the room kind of started looking dark in some spots. I had them check my vitals at work and they were extremely high. My blood pressure was 168/105 and my pulse was 130. So I called the doctor and they had me come in right away. Chris came and picked me up and in we went. When we got there my blood pressure was a little bit lower, but still really high, 158/98. They hooked me up to a non stress test to monitor the baby and to make sure she was doing fine. She was great, nothing out of the ordinary. After being hooked up to that for 45 mins they checked my blood pressure again, which was lower. Thank goodness. Then the doctor told me that he does not want me going back to work and that as soon as I hit my 37 week mark, he is inducing me. We were just about 36 weeks by this point. Chris was in shock. He was like, okay so we have like 2.5 weeks... the doctor was like no... you have ONE week! haha it took Chris a while to wrap his head around it all. So they sent us home and told me to relax and take it easy. He didn't put me on bed rest because he said sometimes when people just lay there all day their blood pressure can elevate even more. So I was told that I could still go out and do things, then come home and relax afterwards. So that is what I have been doing for the past week. Just kind of hanging out.

The day before this all happened we got maternity pictures done! They turned out so good. My friend Kelsey from work took them, it was so much fun!! Here are a couple of our favorites :)

I still cannot believe that we are going in to have our baby tomorrow! I have a doctors appointment today for them to check me again and to get everything together for me to go in tomorrow. My mom gets in late tonight, and then some more family will be here this weekend!! It is so crazy!

I am pretty sure we are ready though. She has more than enough clothes, blankets, diapers, etc. We got pretty spoiled at both of our baby showers! I am so thankful for our friends and family! They have truly blessed us!! We had my baby shower this past weekend and it was so much fun! One of the best parts was my best friend Ciera flying in from AZ to surprise me for my shower!!
It was so fun having her here and my family!! Here are some more pictures from this weekend! 

Ciera and me, I love her!! Her and Seth are moving here in the spring! I cannot wait :)

Some pictures from my shower! It turned out so good, big thanks to all those who helped plan it! (Steph and Shayla)

So last night we went on our last date night before the baby comes! It was a lot of fun. We just went out to dinner in Idaho Falls and enjoyed some Olive Garden, then we got ice cream with some of our best friends. I cannot believe that we are about to be parents! Chris is going to be such a good dad!

Well, our bags are packed and I am spending the rest of today cleaning my house and making sure everything is ready. I know I will not be able to sleep tonight! I am just so excited to meet her. This is super unreal to me, that I am going to be a mother. Timing has been perfect and we know that the Lord has blessed us so much. AHHHH!!!! I AM HAVING A BABY TOMORROW!!!!!

Well, until next time. I will be sure to post pictures of her sweet face as soon as we can! <3

Friday, September 26, 2014


Time is FLYING!
I cannot believe that I am already 30 weeks pregnant. I am hoping that these last 10 weeks go by even faster.

At my last appointment, 29 weeks, I was measuring FOUR weeks ahead... so at 33 weeks. It is crazy. They said that it doesn't necessarily mean I will have her 4 weeks early, but they are going to do an ultrasound at 36 weeks to see if the baby is really 4 weeks ahead in size, and if so, they may just induce me then. This makes me so nervous! I feel like time is going by so fast, and I am not prepared enough!
Things with Chris and I are going great. He is working and going to school. He loves being the manager at Verizon, it is seriously such a blessing.
We are hopefully moving soon, before the baby is born, into a house! We have been house hunting and found one that I am in LOVE with! We will see in the next few days if we get it.

This summer went by way too fast! We mainly just worked the whole time. I went to Mesa, AZ for two weeks for work. It was fun seeing friends and family. I really miss living there, but wasn't as fun without Chris. I do LOVE the sunshine though!! I also traveled to Logan, UT for a week for work .

We are going to Washington in a little under two weeks! I cannot wait. My sister is throwing a shower for me there, and it will be so fun to see all my friends and family that I haven't soon in such a long time.

How far along: 30 weeks, 1 day
Weight gain: Just about 5 pounds, however it varies. 
Sleep: Awful. I wake up to pee a few times each night, rolling over hurts. 
Best moments this week: Starting a journal for our baby. We just got one and started writing in it everyday. We will probably give it to her once she is grown. 
Miss anything: Sleeping through the night, fitting into my clothes, etc. 
Movement: TONS! She moves all the time. I love it!
Food craving: nothing really. 
Morning sickness: no. I have felt a little sick lately but not like morning sickness. 
Have you started to show yet: oh ya. Nothing fits me. My scrubs used to hide the bump, but now those hardly fit at all. 
Gender: GIRL <3
Labor Signs: Nope, I did have a contraction on Saturday, super weird. 
Belly button in or out: in. 
Wedding ring on or off: on, but my hands are starting to get a little more swollen. 
Happy or moody: Happy to be at the end. Moody because of lack of sleep, and my body aching. 
Looking forward to: My baby showers. My sister is throwing me one in Washington, that we are going up in 2 weeks for. And a few of my girlfriends here are throwing me one in November! Cant wait :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

20 Weeks: HALF WAY!!

Well, we are now HALF WAY DONE! 
Oh, and we found out that... WE ARE HAVING A GIRL! <3

Our little girls profile! She is pretty cute huh? :)

PROOF! She's a girl! (Crotch shot)

This is how we announced her. It was fun taking these pictures :)

Time is going so fast and I love it. I think it is because I have been super busy with school and work. 
School is basically done for me now, I just have GRADUATION on Wednesday!! I still cannot believe that I am graduating from College with my bachelors degree! It feels like it's been forever, but these last four years have been so much fun. 
I had a blast getting my Associates at Eastern Arizona College, I had the best friends and funnest roommates. I will always cherish those memories we formed. And the last 2 years here at BYU-I have been fun! It's a whole different experience being married while going to school, and has been so much fun! We have grown so much. 
I hope times keeps going by fast even though I wont be in school. 

These past couple weeks have been great. My sister came down to Utah from Washington. It was SO GOOD being able to see them. Taylor is seriously my BEST FRIEND and I loved spending time with her and baby Avery! My niece is getting so big, and Chris and I are literally IN LOVE with her!
Taylor brought a bunch of clothes that Avery has grown out of. It's so exciting that we are both going to have little girls, my cousin was my best friend growing up and I cannot wait for Avery and our little girl to be besties. 
Here are some pictures of our fun weekend with them:
Just smiling at her auntie Morgan!

Me and Tay. She is seriously my best friend. I cried when they left... like a lot!

 She is so cute, I can't even handle it! 

Day by the pool!

She LOVES Chris <3

  Aunt Lola (3) with her niece, Avery (9weeks)!

 Chris and Gian (Taylor's boyfriend) Spent their entire weekend fishing!

Avery Parker Lawrence. 

Lately we have been just preparing for the baby to come. We picked out a room design that we are going to do with her. Our landlord is actually paying us to paint the nursery for the baby! Which we are so excited about!! We are going to do purple and grey. (Thank you Pinterest)

Here is a little baby up-date:
How far along: 20 weeks, 4 days
Weight gain: At first, I lost about 10 pounds, but now I have gained 2-3 of that back. 
Sleep: No more sleeping on my stomach, but I'm getting used to side sleeping. 
Best moments this week: Seeing Taylor, Gian, and Aves. Also, getting baby clothes!
Miss anything: Laying on my stomach. 
Movement: I am feeling more and more movement and kicking. Mainly after I eat. Also, in church, after singing some hymns the baby went crazy kicking and moving all over the place, I guess I should sing more to my belly!! I mainly only feel the baby kick from inside but the other day I felt her move from the outside, with my hand. I wish Chris was home for that!!
Food craving: Anything cold. Popsicles always hit the spot! 
Morning sickness: None at all!
Have you started to show yet: Yes, wearing normal jeans is too uncomfortable now, so I only wear maternity jeans. My scrubs for work are still covering the bump most of the time, however those are starting to get a little tight! 
Gender: GIRL!
Labor Signs: Nooooo
Belly button in or out: IN
Wedding ring on or off: ON
Happy or moody: Happy to know the gender and to plan for the baby, but I also get moody pretty easily. Sorry Chris!! ;)
Looking forward to: Graduating on Wednesday, having my family in town for it, and feeling the baby move more! 

Our 20 week ultrasound was awesome! It is fun seeing her now that she is getting bigger and looking like a person. They said that she is small. Not behind on weeks, just a petite baby. As long as she is healthy I'm okay with her being small. We are having fun picking names and planning for the next couple months. 
So, Chris just got released from the singles ward bishopric. He loved having that calling and really enjoyed serving those students. I am happy to have him back at church with me. It's been nice! :) 

I'm excited for a less crowded Rexburg now that school is out because that means a less busy plasma center... we might get to relax a little at work. 
Our next appointment is August 6th, and I cannot wait to see how our little girl is growing :)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

It's Been a While!!!

Well, it has almost been an entire year since I have last blogged! I'm a bit of a slacker!

Anyways, this year has been great. We are both super busy with school and work. I graduate next month!!!!! I cannot believe it! I am so ready to be done with school! :) Chris still has a while left, so we will be in Rexburg for a little longer.
Chris is still serving in the bishopric and he loves it. The calling is a year long, so he should be getting released next month. He will miss it, but I am just happy that I will be getting my husband back on Sundays! :)

I guess the biggest news as of recently is that... WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!
We are due December 4th, and could not be more excited.

Here is a picture from our first ultrasound, which is when we were 8 weeks pregnant.

We are now almost 15 weeks pregnant. We should be finding out what we are having within the next four weeks! I cannot wait. I have been dying to start baby shopping, but I've resisted until we find out what we are having. Everyone keeps asking what we are hoping for! Chris really wants a little girl. And I don't really care either way. However, we both kind of have a feeling that we are having a boy. Which would be awesome because having that older brother is fun to grow up with. Either way, we are just so excited to be starting our family, and we will be finding out soon enough :)

We bought these little gender neutral onesies a week or so after we found our we were pregnant :) 

Most of our close friends and family knew how baby hungry I had been. But what a lot of people didn't know is that we have been trying for this baby... for a while! A couple months after we got married, we had the desire to start a family. It wasn't some huge revelation, we had just decided to stop birth control and let whatever was going to happen, happen. Some people call it "not trying but not preventing.." We just kinda went on with life and waited for what may come. Several months later, we took a pregnancy test and it came back positive! We were shocked and so excited. But just a little under a week later, I started a "period." Which was obviously confusing since we just found out we were pregnant. After an urgent doctors visit, we learned that we had an early pregnancy miscarriage. We were devastated, and really confused. It was a painful experience (both physically and emotionally) to go through. We found comfort in knowing that God has a plan for our family, and our desires will come in His time, if we continue to live righteously.
So, we kept on trying. After a year of trying with no luck, I finally decided to see a doctor about it. They did several tests on both Chris and I, and later we learned that I have PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome). PCOS is basically just a hormonal imbalance that creates cysts in the ovaries and makes it difficult to conceive. I was put on medication right away and was told that within a month or so my hormones would be better balanced and we should have no problem at all getting pregnant. Well, it took a few more months, and some mild fertility treatments before we finally received a positive pregnancy test! Before finding out we were pregnant, I was getting a little discouraged. But Chris and I decided to pray about it. I made it a point to pray every morning and every night. Each pray we asked Heavenly Father if we are ready to start a family, and if it is His will, that we would be blessed with a little baby. A month later, our prayers were answered.  At first, I was a little apprehensive to get too excited because of our previous miscarriage. We quickly went to the doctors to get blood tests and those tests confirmed that we were pregnant, and the increasing levels made us feel confident that everything was going smoothly. Since then, everything has been going great!!! :) This little baby is growing great and making my jeans feel like they are cutting into me!! haha

This is the picture we used to announce that we were pregnant :)

We got to hear the baby's heart beat at our last appointment (13 weeks) and everything sounded great. They were able to find the heart beat right away, and it was right in the range its supposed to be in! I was lucky to have little to no morning sickness throughout my first trimester. I would get nauseous here and there, but never too bad. My biggest pregnancy symptom has been exhaustion. I AM SO TIRED! all the time.

I thought it would be fun to do little pregnancy surveys to track our progress :)

How far along: 14.5 weeks

Weight gain: Last time I was in the doctors they said I have actually LOST 7 pounds since becoming pregnant. The baby is doing fine, so they aren't worried, they said it is most likely because of my change in appetite since becoming pregnant.

Sleep: Falling asleep is becoming uncomfortable. I am a tummy sleeper, and it is starting to get very uncomfortable. I try to sleep on my side with a pillow under my stomach, and that helps.

Best moments this week: Buying maternity clothes! The pants are amazing. My jeans were becoming uncomfortable, so my mom took me preggo shopping!

Miss anything: I miss being able to sleep on my stomach, and also having more energy throughout my day.

Movement: I haven't really felt any movement yet, but when we were listening to the heart beat, we kept hearing the baby move around. The other night I was laying on the bed kind of weird, all twisted around, and I kept feeling something push on my stomach or something. I would push, and stop, and push and stop until I moved and then I didn't feel anything anymore. It was a cool feeling, but not quite sure what it was lol

Food craving: POPSICLES. I was craving them for days, then I finally got a huge box of otter pops. Really anything cold sounds good to me. The thought of a warm meal sometimes makes me sick. I'd rather eat cold cereal, or just a lot of popsicles lol

Morning sickness: None. I got sick twice during pregnancy so far, but both were so random, I think I ate something bad because it didn't feel like morning sickness, more like food poisoning. I am just tired all the time.

Have you started to show yet: Eh, kinda. I feel like I can't suck my tummy in anymore, and its starting to poke out more. I think its more like my guts sticking out more since they are moving to make room for the baby.

Gender: Still unknown.

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness.

Belly button in or out: IN

Wedding ring on or off: On. It has actually felt a little more loose than usual lately.

Happy or moody: Chris says both. I definitely have my days where I am a brat, but I blame it on the exhaustion.

Looking forward to: Finding out what we are having!! Our appointment to find out is July 10th! Just a little over 4 more weeks :))

This experience so far has strengthened my testimony so much. I have an even greater testimony in prayer. Before praying for this baby, I had never really prayed so hard for anything. This was more of a continuous prayer, with pleading, and promising. I cannot express the love and gratitude I have towards our Lord and Savior.

Timing is everything, and I have so much comfort in knowing that this is the perfect time for our family to start. The Lord knew that I would have to be done with school before the baby was here, and that now we are a stronger couple than we were a year and a half ago.

Here are some pictures of what we have been up to the last few months!

Dakota Graduated!! :) He is preparing for his mission! I am so proud of him! And I also feel very old now! 

 Fun little trip to Salt Lake :)

Chris wanted to buy these little baby shoes so bad!! so cute!

 My early graduation gift! Chris bought me a new car! :) we LOVE it! I call it my "mom" car!
My beautiful niece, Avery Parker! :) I love her so much! Taylor is such a good mama!

I will definitely try harder to keep up on blogging! It's kind of fun to write down everything that we have been up too!
oh, and our anniversary is next week! TWO WHOLE YEARS! :)

Well until next time! :)

Morgan and Chris Pacis <3