Tuesday, May 21, 2013

8 Months/ Ricki's Adventure

These last two months have gone by in a flash!
Teddy is already 8 months old!!

He weighs 24 lbs, and has the cutest chunky legs ever!
His eyes are still blue, even though his daddy has dark brown eyes... not going to lie, I love it! I love that he has a piece of me in him :) 
Sometimes in pictures his hair looks red.
He is the most darling boy, and is happy almost all of the time...
as long as he gets his naps

My little sister (well, Jason's sister, I just claim her), Ricki has had an incredible journey this last week, and I have had the opportunity to be up close and personal with her during the whole ordeal.
Jason and I were staying over at his parent's house while they were in California, when Jason got a call saying that his grandpa in Rexburg was struggling and probably wouldn't make it too much longer. When they heard the news, Jason's parents immediately jumped on the next plane out of there, back to SLC. Jase ran down and picked them up and brought them to Brigham City, where they drove the rest of the way to Rexburg, and made it in time to say goodbye to Jason's grandpa before he passed away. That was quite the experience in and of it's self. Everyone around the house was pretty down.

Ricki and I were able to hang out and have some fun girl time, and I had so much fun chilling with a girl for a little while. She told me about some pretty weird things that happened at school, like her hands going numb, and mentally checking out and waking up with saliva on her face, but I attributed it to girl problems. The last day that we were there, Jason and I were given the okay to head back home, as his parent's were going to be there later that night to take over.

Just about 30 minutes after getting home, and getting Teddy to bed, Jason noticed that he had two missed calls, one from his mom, and one from his brother who was home with Ricki and Jordan. He called his mom back first, and could barely understand her, but he did hear that Ricki had had a seizure, and that she was in an ambulance on her way to the hospital. We immediately went and asked our neighbors to come and listen for Teddy while we rushed over to the hospital to beat Ricki there. 

Ricki's parent's were about an hour away, so I got to hold her hand and help out as much as I could. It was nice to be able to help more because I was a girl... boys can only do so much, you know. ;) But Ricki was a champ all through the blood tests and the like, and eventually we started joking around. The doctors did a bunch of tests, and eventually ordered a cat scan of her head right in time for her mom to get there and go in with her

After that it got a little crazy, the boys were summoned into her hospital room to give her a blessing right away. All of us girls were sitting in the waiting room waiting for the update, and a few minutes later, Jason came out telling us that Ricki had two tumors in her brain, and that they were going to be flying her out to primary children's hospital on a helicopter. Because her parent's wanted to stay with her as long as they possibly could, Steve and Abby (Jason's brother and my almost sister-in-law) rushed off to meet her there and hopefully beat her there too.

I felt like I should leave too, so I left Jason to sleep at home with Teddy while I rushed off to SLC to hopefully beat her there too. The whole time I was driving I just kept going over the week that I had spent with that girl, and kept hitting myself for missing little things that didn't seem obvious at the time, but did in that hour drive to Salt Lake. I was lucky enough to get there just before the helicopter arrived, and was there to hold her hand when she got into the room.

It was a pretty scary moment when I was holding her hand after the doctors and come and gone and she had another silent seizure. The doctors rushed in, and so did Mom, just in time to hold her little girl's hand while they gave her medicine to stop it.

The next day, after a few MRIs, Ricki was diagnosed with Neurofibermitosis Type 2, which is a genetic thing where tumors grow along the central nervous system. It's pretty scary, but awesome that they caught it so early. They will now be able to monitor the growths over time using the MRIs, and remove them when they become problems. The tumors in her brain were definately causing problems, so surgery was scheduled for two days later.

Ricki was able to come home for a day to rest before the surgery, and that was a pretty fun time, even though she was pretty tired, it was good to see her home. Thursday she had surgery, and it went well! They got all of the tumors out of her head, and it's on to recovery now!


Grandma Case, Aunt Becky and I were able to whip up a few cute scrubs and matching headbands for Ricki when she feels up to wearing them, I am so excited to see her in them!

We love you Ricki

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Prettying up: Perfect Canvas

When I tell people that I have cut down my entire "getting ready" time from 1 hour to 12 minutes, they are shocked. Especially if you knew me in high school- my family nearly passes out when I visit and am ready in less than 15 minutes. They remember a girl who would wake up at 4 am sometimes in order to curl my hair and be ready before 6:30 scriptures and 7:00 early morning ambassador practice. Every hair had to be perfect. Luckily, I am not nearly as picky anymore, and have experimented to find a fast, yet still attractive make-up/ hair routine. With a baby, you only have so much time to do so. I thought I would share on here my mommy make-up tricks. Today: The perfect canvas. This covers just the base, blush and bronzer part of my getting ready routine.

First, I gather my supplies.

I start with my base. I use Infallible, by Loreal 

I have skin that is dry, and if I don't moisturize, my skin tries to make up for it, and over compensates with oils- which causes acne... not a great look for me. 
To save time, I combine my base and my moisturizer and apply to my face like I would lotion.

So I take some base and some moisturizer and put them on my hand like so: 

Then, I mix it all together and apply to my face in splotches:

It may sound silly, but I like using my fingers rather than a sponge, I hate wasting product, and I seem to get way more bang for my buck this way. The combination of mixing the moisturizer and using my fingers to apply seems to give it  more of a natural airbrushed look after drying. 

All rubbed in!
This is the look I always do in the mirror while doing my makeup! hahahaha. We all have one.

Afterwards, I pull out my choice in bronzer and blush

 and apply like so:

Annnd, walla!

This seriously takes less than 2 minutes.
Love it!

P.S. Today I am grateful for naps.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Teddy Time: 6 Months!

I can't believe my baby is already 6 months old!
1/2 a year!
Still blowing my mind.
I was going to have a fun half-birthday party today, but he was scheduled to get his shots done, so I'm glad I didn't, poor baby has been cuddling with us and sleeping most of the day. 
We'll party later this week, and I will post pics! 
I will also post his 6 month pics as soon as I can

Teddy is 20.8 lbs, and 26 inches long 
(He's in the 92 percentile in weight, and 74 percentile in length... he's a big boy :))
He loves to sit up all by himself, and play peek-a-boo
He is starting to army crawl, and is so close to real crawling, it is all Jase and I can do to not get behind him and give him a little scootch!
He likes strangers, and babbles to them in the store, and loves to sit in the front of the shopping cart where he can see better.
He has two front teeth that are adorable
He loves to wrestle and play with his Daddy, and laughs the longest and hardest with him
His laugh is also adorable
His favorite toy is his stuffed donkey and chew chains that makes noise when he shakes them

We love our little Teddy! Jason said to me the other day "What did we do before we had kids?" I couldn't think of anything. haha. Wouldn't have it any other way.

P.S. Today I am grateful for Infant Advil. (It's so funny to look back and see how what I am grateful for has changed throughout the years, especially since I was single)

P.P.S. I am re-vamping my blog in a more convenient way for me to post, so it will be way easier for me to post what I want to when I want to... I think of something new that I could blog about every day, but it's a hassle the way it's set up now... be watching for it! 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Teddy is 5 months!

Today is Teddy's 5 month birthday!
To celebrate, I gave teddy his first bubble bath...
He had so much fun!
It was the first time he had really splashed.

Also, I made cookies. 
Even though he couldn't eat any, Jase and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

At 5 months,
Theodore Clint Jensen:
*is so wiggly
*is starting to figure out rocking on his hands and knees
*weighs 20 lbs., and is 29 inches long
*loves to cuddle when he first wakes up
*loves music, and loves to dance
*likes the basketball hoop at Grandma and Grandpa Jensen's house
*and the bouncer at Papa and Mimi's house
*adores his mommy and daddy- his eyes get all shiny and happy when we walk into the room
*tried it, and does not like infant cereal
We love him soooooo much, and can't even imagine life without the little cutie.

P.S. Today I am grateful for random conversations with strangers.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

5 in the morning

Well, it's five in the morning, and I am wide awake
with my little baby boy...
who is thoroughly entertained by a box in our living room.

In my former life, I would be a monster right now-
no one messed with my sleep.
but now?

I'm way too impressed that he travelled 3 feet to move from his toys to 
the box, that I am not even tired at all!

P.S. Today I am grateful for late night churchy talks with my husband :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Teddy is 4.75 months!

It has been way way way way way too long, and I'm not going to lie, I have missed this little blog of mine! What have I been doing instead of blogging all day everyday, you ask? Well, I have been soaking up every minute of my life! Teddy is growing up so fast, I don't want to miss a second of these months, so my priorities have completely changed! (Crazy how that happens- I swore it wouldn't, but it did!)  But I finally have him down for a nap, and Jason is at school, so get ready for a pic/update overload!

So, let's start at month 2.
At month his two month checkup, Teddy weighed 12 pounds, and was in 94th percentile in weight
He was a chunk, and had just learned how to smile, which made the sleepless nights a little bit more bearable. He was sleeping about 3 hours at a time at night, and if anybody knows how I am when I don't get any sleep, you would know just how grumpy I was for those few mornings. Poor Jason. He loved his swing, and hated tummy time. Liked to stare at toys, but didn't know what to do with them. He was so cuddly, we LOVED it.

He started finding his voice at month 3. Here's an adorable video of him talking to one of his toys:


He started to be okay with tummy time for about 2-3 minutes. He loved to be read to, and started to really like his bath time.

Things have been getting more fun now that he has hit 4 months! At his 4 month appointment, he weighed 17.5 pounds! He was in the 90th percentile in weight still, and looks the same size as his 6 month old friends at church... sometimes even bigger! He just learned how to roll over, and LOVES sitting in his bumbo and playing with mommy and daddy. He smiles and giggles all of the time now, and it's been a blast watching him wake up everyday with some new trick! He's not quite crawling, but he has figured out how to scooch places with his knees. (He hasn't gotten too far yet, though, he gets tired fast.) He is sooo wiggly  these days, and we can see the desire to move around coming into his eyes!

P.S. Today I am thankful for naps.