Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Birth Story

Teddy was due on september 15th, but by the time the first of september rolled around, I was more than ready for him to come, as you could probably tell in that blog post. I was sure that I would get more sleep with a baby outside of me than I ever would with him inside of me! So for the next week, I did everything I could to get this baby out of me, took long walks, ate spicy food, pineapple, the works. Wednesday I went into the doctor and got my membranes stripped (ouch)- and thought for sure that would do it... nothing. Thursday I went for a 2 mile walk (well more like a waddle) around logan... nothing but a few contractions. Friday, I gave up. I did what my body really wanted me to do, and just rested all day, and that night we went to Hyrum to do laundry at Jason's parent's house... the whole time I was joking around that as soon as we left Logan my water would break, and Jase would have to deliver him in the car.

So we get to Hyrum, get our clothes in the washer, and I'm eating some delicious dinner on their couch while Jason was doing homework. After I finished, around 10:00 pm, I got up to put the dish in the sink when... BAM. My water broke. I didn't know what to do! I just told Jase that my water broke, and then ran to the bathroom. And locked the door. haha. I don't know why I locked the door. Anyway, a little confused, Jase followed me to the bathroom, and asked a million times through the door if I was sure that was what happened. I started listing off what I wanted him to do: get my phone so I could call my mom, get me a towel to sit on in the car ect. 

Soon we were on our way to Logan. I wasn't in any pain other than the normal pregnancy pain I had felt before. We were mostly giddy and talked the whole drive to Logan how this wasn't how we pictured it going down! We drove to our apartment so I could change my clothes, and we took our time packing up the rest of our bags. It was so surreal, it felt like everything was going in slow motion. We got in the car, and held hands the entire way to the hospital. I remember Jason saying "this isn't anything like the movies." I wasn't screaming, crying, or cursing- just calm, relaxed, and only having some very mild contractions. We got behind this extremely slow car, and we didn't even mind! We walked into the hospital around 11:45 pm, holding hands and gabbing about how excited we were! We joked with the nurses who were checking us in, and she and Jase just kept asking if I was SURE that my water broke, because I was acting way too calm. I was starting to doubt it myself! If I hadn't have left Jason's parent's house with wet pants, I would have doubted it myself.

I was being so calm about the whole thing, that they tested me to see if I my water really had broken. It had. That's when everything started to speed up. I was dialated to a 4, 75% effaced, and baby boy was at 0 station. Jason's dad and brother and sister were ironically at the hospital at the same time we were there to give a girl a blessing, so they were our first visitors in the hospital! My mom and brother were next, and got there around 1:30 am. 

By the time my mom and brother were getting there, my contractions were strong, but not too painful, but I still hadn't progressed further than I had been an hour earlier. I was planning on getting an epidural, and let the nurses know that as soon as we were settled in our room. The nurses came in when my mom and brother were still there, and told me that even though I wasn't in pain, the anesthesiologist was in the room next door giving the girl there an epidural, and if I wanted he could just come give me one afterwards. I decided to do it- and I'm glad- it gave Jase and I the chance to get a little bit of sleep before the actual pushing part of labor came. So the anesthesiologist came in around 2:00 and gave me the little run down of the risks and whatnot, and mentioned that one of the risks is nerve damage. Jase and I were in a physiological psychology class, and we had just learned about nerve damage, so it made the two of us really nervous- I decided being pain free was worth the risk, and Jase didn't say anything, but he started turning really pale. He was a dear and let me hold onto him while the guy did his thing, but right afterwards, he had to sit down and drink some juice. ;)

Around 3:00, they told us to try and get some sleep while the epidural and pitocin did it's magic, so we sent my mom and brother to our apartment to do the same, promising to call them as soon as it was time. We had a scary moment when the epidural started to numb the top half of me instead of the bottom half of me, and they had to give me oxygen to breath, but we eventually got to sleep. The next thing I knew, we were being woke up by a nurse who was coming to check on me at 5:30. She checked, and I was ready to start the rest and descend, which lasts for about an hour. I slept through that too. At about 6:30, the nurses said it was time to push, which I did for about 5 minutes, and they realized that this little guy was more ready to come out than we thought- and the doctor wasn't there yet! They had me stop pushing and try and hold him in for about 10 minutes while we waited for the doctor... I think that was the hardest part! Finally our doctor got there, and 4 pushes later, Teddy was born!

It was the most incredible moment of my life. They laid our baby boy on my chest, and we got to look at our little angel for the first time. I can't even explain the feeling you get when you get to hold your baby for the first time. I remember him opening his little squinty eyes and looking up at me, and instantly my heart melted. After they had cleaned him up and wrapped him up in a blanket, they handed him back to me, and they all left the room. Jase and I looked at eachother, and our tired eyes tried to cry, but we must have been too tired to have any tears come out. It was such a special moment. I felt so blessed, and so close to heaven. We finally called our parents and let them know that everything had gone so fast, and to come over stat, because it he was here! Jase and I had narrowed it down to three names, and decided on Theodore Clint Jensen. I love it.

Then it was on to recovery! The next few days were a blur. I really only remember being visited by family and friends, being amazed by the hospital food, and learning to breast-feed (ouch.). 

Jason's a natural :)

Leaving the hospital was scary/weird. I didn't know how it was going to be without all of the help and advice from the awesome nurses. We were excited to get home with our new little bundle, though!

 I loved spending time with my little family, and am so grateful for the help I got from my mom and Jason's mom the weeks after. 

Life is great.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Great news

He is here!
Theodore Clint Jensen 
aka. Teddy, Tedster, T, T-star, or Theo
was born on September 7th, 2012 at 6:34 a.m.
I am working on the birth story to post on here,
 because I always love reading a good
birth story.

But for now, I wanted to post that he is here
and we love him
so much!

P.S.Today I am grateful for my religion, and our beliefs in forever families. See my "i am mormon" button on the side if you want to learn more about we believe.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

15 days...

until my due date!
... but it could happen any day...
and I am dying,
I wanna meet my little guy so bad!
I keep having contractions that get me excited
because it feels like he is on his way!!...
but then they stop.
2 hours later.
Soooo ready for this.
I am trying to do activities that I have heard
people tell me put them into labor.
I have had one lady tell me her water broke when she was getting her hair done...
so today I have a hair appointment.
I have heard several stories about "overdoing it" by putting together the nursery...
so today I am going to buy a dresser for this little one.
Also on my list of things to do today:
I plan on doing a lot of walking.
maybe eat some spicy food.
perhaps discuss with Jase any subject that stresses me out.
(like baby names?)
 I may make the trek up the hill to campus?
I know I won't resort to drinking castor oil or doing anything that could harm me or the baby, or make the actual labor part miserable.
I'm not desperate... just ready ;)
But I am going to do what I can
because I am so anxious to meet this little one!
And I am so so
so so so
so ready to have him in my arms
instead of in my ribs.
(I think he finds it comforting to tuck those little feet into my ribcage... and the bruising is a great extra perk of pregnancy)

P.S. today I am grateful for online college classes.
P.S.S. I just need to brag about my husband for a second: He is so smart!! 
He made it onto the deans list this last semester
and he is working so hard this semester too.
He's a smarty!
I probably get annoying, because I tell
just about anybody who will listen.
What a guy.
I am so lucky to have a very very very attractive husband who is working so hard
for his family, and who is passionate about
what he is going into!
Just love him.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

So proud

My little sister, Sarah, is running for Miss Utah County
on August 11th.
Guess who gets to be her hostess.
That's right, yours truly!!
I. am. so. excited.
Anyway, while I am proud of her for running,
and doing it in a classy, modest way,
I am even more proud of the platform that she chose:
(The link is to her blog- read the June 24th one, it's my fave.)
She is such an amazing girl, 
and has come a long way in building this platform without even knowing it
she is such a great example to girls everywhere 
who are feeling bad about their body images
these emotions can be devastating, and no one knows it better than Sarah.
I am so proud of her for coming forward and being willing to share
her story in order to help others face their fears.
What a gal.
She's my sis, so I feel like I can brag:

Look how pretty she is!

P.S. Today, I am grateful for my cute hubby. (Second brag of the day: He carries my laptop and heavy books up to campus for me every day, such a studly man)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Looooong Post

You know when you know you have so much
you need to catch up on on your blog,
and it seems so overwhelming that you just keep putting
it off?
.... And then things keep piling up on other things, and
pretty soon you have so much to say you never could remember it all anyway?

That's where I am at right now.
I wanted to at least get started...
Big shout out to Ally for telling me on insta to blog again!
There's nothing more motivating than knowing that someone reads this here blog!
You rock ;)

OK... First things first:
At the end of June, Jase and I went to St. George to visit
with my cute grandma and grandpa

 Jase and Grandpa Hedquist
Danny had a stethoscope and we tried to hear the baby move..
We think we heard him :)
My Grandma Hedquist and I

I love this picture of Grandpa

This one's for posterity!

I thought this was a really neat pic of grandma and gramps :)

Grandpa was awesome and let us drive his golf cart around the golf course!

It was a lot of fun!
We can't wait to see them again!

Here's my latest baby bump picture :)

heh heh :)

...And here's one from 28 weeks:
(I'm 31 now, I'll post a pic soon)

The week after we got back from St. George,
I got another Kidney Stone that put me in the hospital this time!

It was a Saturday night, and we had a good ole time (thanks to the pain meds and awesome nurses)
in labor and delivery!
Definitely not how I pictured our first stay there, but it was good to familiarize ourselves with how the whole hospital thing works

We were able to go to my parent's house right after that to celebrate my birthday!
(I turned 24- whew!)
I didn't get many pictures from the trip, but it was a blast!
This is a pic of Jason with my cutie niece Miyah-

She's growing up way too fast!

Alyssa got me these cute glasses, and the perfect shade of nail polish
Look how cute Mick is wearing one of pairs:
(She got them for me because I am obsessed with mustaches these days...)

Sarah got me this cute diaper bag:

Blake got me a really nice kitchen strainer and colander...
so nice that I hung them up on my kitchen wall for decoration when I'm not using them!

and My mom and Dad got me this beautiful rocking chair!
Oh man, it is so dang comfy!

When we got home, it was time for the 4th of July and some pretty rockin times at Jase's family reunion!

We girls painted nails before the big day
Here are mine:

So cute, right??

The next day, Jase Ran the Freedom Run

Followed by a fun day at the Hyrum Parade,
and an awesome fireworks show, courtesy of Jason's cousin, David

The next week was the Case Reunion up at Heber Valley Girls Camp,
and Jase and I saw a deer and ate yummy food

It was fun, because we got to ride down with J's parents!
It was great to have a little one-on-one time with them

A little earlier in the week, we went to chick-fil-a for cow appreciation day
It was awesome :)

We'll do anything for free food... even dress up like cows

I also wanted to post pictures of the cute baby stuff we have so far...
It's starting to feel more real, which is so weird!

My Grandma and Grandpa gave us this darling little retro crib,
which fits perfectly into our small apartment!

We have this changing table, which was a steal of a deal on KSL... so awesome because it has storage, and we're always looking for places to put things.
Aly gave me some of Micky's baby clothes, which was so nice of her!

And this right here, is a cute outfit that Aunt Annette and Uncle Dustin gave to us,
we're obsessed. It's so cute!

I also love this little thing Lyssers gave me, and have it just laying in the crib... just because it makes it seem like there will actually be a baby sleeping in there in less than 2 months!

I know we have a long ways to go, as far as getting baby stuff goes, but man, I'm glad we're getting on it now...

I always laughed when I saw really preggo women in the baby section scrambling to buy binkies and bottles and diapers... but I have a feeling I'll be one of them! haha.

Life is crazy right now because Jase and I are both doing school full time this summer, and it doesn't leave too much time for other things... like getting ready for a baby!

But here's what I say:
Bring. it. on.

Until next time!

P.S. Today, I am grateful for water.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

One Year!

First thing's first: The Kidney Stone's gone!! :D
So happy to not have to sit down for everything.
Jase got this funny pic of me cooking dinner while sitting down...


Okay, On to bigger and better things- 
On monday I got to celebrate my 1 year anniversary with Jason!
I woke up to find this beautiful spread on our table:

We each got a new king-sized pillow, and then he got me a "world's best mommy" mug filled with my favorite scentsy scent, wrote the most beautiful note in a cute card (which of course made me blubber like a babe, and my favorite kinda chocolate! What a guy! Oh! and Flowers- 1 for every month we've been together.
How cute is that!?
We were going to be in St. George last weekend,
but plans changed, and we are going this weekend instead,
which meant that we got to spend the day in Logan
and I wouldn't have had it any other way!
We spent the day remembering fun/awesome/sweet/funny memories that happened on our wedding day at the same time they happened that day.
We would just be like, "It's noon! Right about now, we were heading over to our luncheon and everyone was clinking their little bells at us to kiss over and over, man it was hard to eat!" 
But most of all, we kept saying that "who knew that 1 year from that day we would be getting ready for a BABY!?" 
It feels so right.
That doesn't make it any easier to wrap your brain around it though, sometimes!
Still feels pretty crazy!
We just spent the day going to our favorite places in Logan-
At First Dam, we fed ducks
and took dorky pics

At Second Dam, we found a Stork!!

You can barely tell what it is in the picture...
 We thought it was so funny and ironic

We also watched Snow White and the Hunter...
Weird movie. Probably not my fave.

Then we went to Coppermill to eat a yummy anniversary dinner,
and I got the blazer chicken sandwich, which I am absolutely obsessed with.
Jason got the Chicken Louie, which is famously local.... 
Look how cute he is :)

We had a blast.
This last year has been the best year of my life, and I can't imagine being this happy with anyone else!
Jason's my all-time best friend, which I am coming to find out is rare in a lot of marriages.
I love that I can talk to him about anything, and that if I have a question, he goes to all lengths to find the answer.
I love how curious he is, and how he looks up how washing machines work just because he wants to, and how he loves to win or be top dog at everything he does.
He's the best, and I wouldn't trade this year of just the two of us for anything,
while I am way excited for this little one on his way-
I have loved my year with just Jason and I-
We're the 2 amigos!

...on our way to becoming the 3 musketeers ;)

P.S. Today, I am grateful for Love. (cheesy, I know.)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Kidney Stones

I thought I had gotten past the worst of it, but I called my doctor last week when I started getting a pain that wouldn't go away, and wasn't feeling like it was one of the normal prego pains...
so I went in for some tests and come to find out, dun dun dun duunnn:
I have a kidney stone. 
I guess it's pretty common in pregnancy. 
Anyway, here's a brief glimpse of what my life has been like since I found out

Pregnant life with kidney stones:

Lots and lots of watermelon :)

Lots of pampering from my awesome husby

Lots of time to just sit here, drink water, and wait for the dang thing to pass! :)

Of course, I'm not doing homework, even though that would be the sensible thing to do... that's where I'm headed next!

P.S. Today I am grateful for my white board.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Did I sniffle through this entire thing?
In the middle of a school computer lab?
Elder Holland is the bomb.
Maybe it's the hormones, or maybe I just needed to hear it today.
Man, though, I am excited for this adventure...
Some parts of the video scares me,
like the part where the parent's are trying to have family praryer, and kids are squirming and climbing all over the place...
But I know that motherhood is a divine calling, and I am so lucky to have this little one preparing to come to Jason and I
What a rollercoaster this has been!

P.S. Today I am thankful for warm weather and missionaries.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Catch up

These last few months have been a doozy!
I thought I had gotten away without getting any morning sickness, and that I'd be one of those lucky girls who talked about how they never had the problem, but after the first month of pregnancy, it hit.
I have been acting slightly hermit-ish between the hours of 7 AM (when I usually wake up) and 2-3 in the afternoon.

The good news: The time gap has dramatically decreased to the point where I'm only sick for about 10 minutes each morning! 
The meh news: I've become very disconnected from the world, and am now finding myself missing all of the people that I haven't had the energy to keep in contact with these last few months.. tsk tsk.

Anyway, I'm better now (hopefully), and I want to catch you up to what I've been doing between the hours of 5 and 10. 

What I've been up to:
1. Homework. I've been trying to punch out as much of school as I can before the baby gets here, which means crazy online classes from USU that demand much of my time.

2. Cheering on Jase. He graduates this coming spring, and has major senioritis. Also, looking up good grad/med schools for either psychology or psychiatry after he graduates for him, and collecting applications for him to fill out in his spare time. Yay!

Look at that hunk. Hottie.

3. Hanging out with the fam. Jase went on a Fathers and Son's camp out with my dad and caught this huge fish, while I chilled and hung out with Milani and Sarah. (my cousin and sister)

4. Became True Aggies. This has been a lifelong goal. Check. The picture is funny because they took it right after we had kissed on top of the A, I thought J's face was pretty funny I guess.

5.  Getting bigger everyday. It's crazy how much bigger I am getting, and It's so awesome to feel the baby inside me, and have it not make me nauseous! (I'm seriously loving life right now) These are weeks 16, 19, and 21 weeks... and today is my 23 week mark!! Woot!

 And this is today...

6. Found out the Gender. YAY!! I will dedicate an entire post to this, but just so you know...

P.S. Today I am grateful for Kisses, Watermelon, and Popcorn.