Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Firm Believer

I'm now a firm believer in using Baby Wise and the Miracle Blanket to train your children to be good sleepers. Kaebrie has slept through the night for five consecutive nights now. She has slept for 7-9 hours straight. She is 7 weeks old so that's amazing to me. I used the same thing to get Owen trained and Baby Wise is still working for him. He sleeps 12-13 hours at night. I had him in the Miracle Blanket until he was 8 months old! You aren't supposed to use it past 14 weeks, Oooopps! Me with little faith in my girl. I obviously expected way too much out of her when she was born. I didn't document anything with Owen and when exactly he started to sleep through the night but I believe it was about this same time frame. Now I just need to feel comfortable sleeping her on her back and out of her car seat. She has had some reflux problems and I'm still a little cautious. I wanted to post this great news after the third night but waited so I could confirm that indeed she is sleeping through the night! What a great way to start off the new year...
Good girl KAEBRIE!!!
I sell the Miracle Blanket at my store. They back up their product with 100% satisfaction. If the consumer isn't satisfied they will refund their money. My sister Melissa told me about the blanket after I had Owen. Thanks for a great recommendation!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Annual Snowboarding Adventure

Last year, Jeff and I went snowboarding with Cory and Lindsey and decided it would be fun to go again this year. I was hesitant because I just had a baby but it was extremely fun and entertaining. We all discovered that we were out of shape. Jeff is looking pretty sexy in his under gear. Thanks for the memories Cory and Lindsey. Hopefully next year I won't be afraid to get off the ski lift...

Beautiful Shelf

Cory made this beautiful shelf to match my sofa table. He is very gifted and I love the new addition to my kitchen. It matches perfect to my sofa table and you would think it was a set.
Thanks Cory and Lindsey for the yummy no bake cookies as well. Boy did they bring back memories. I'm glad it was a moist batch so we didn't have to share them with Fullmer's on Christmas. Jeff and I watched the movie Manequin on Sunday and laughed. Jeff kept saying "Stupid" to himself through the whole thing. I can't wait to watch Girls Just Wanna Have Fun now. Too funny!

Christmas Morning

Jeff and I enjoyed Christmas morning with Owen. We tried to teach him about baby Jesus and the nativity but I think he is a little too young still to fully understand what Christmas is and what it's about. He enjoyed opening his presents and running around in excitement.
We spent majority of the day traveling to see all the grandparents. We went to Grandma Camille's for breakfast, Grandpa Rex's for lunch and my mom and dads for dinner.
Thanks to all for the presents and for having us over to visit.

Meriwether Christmas Party 2008

The Sunday before Christmas and all through grandmas house
Everything was stirring,
including a mouse.
Lil' Kaebrie lay sleeping in grandma's toy sleigh,
Owen sitting in the high chair and dumping food off his tray.
Tradition held a competitive game of bingo
where everyone won and traded their lingo.
Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for the great time
and all the fun prizes from the bingo game.
(I realize the last of the poem doesn't rhyme, I struggled a little)

Friday, December 19, 2008

I love my kids....

Owen is such a happy little man. He woke up the other day from his nap with huge smiles for mommy. I'm so blessed to be able to stay at home with my children. I would fall apart if I had to leave them with a babysitter everyday. They are truly the best thing that has ever happened to me. Owen is growing up so fast and does new stuff every day. The other night I asked him to get ready for his bath and to get ready by taking his clothes off. He immediately sat on the floor and tried so hard to take off his pants and shirt. He understands more than I expect sometimes. Kaebrie is starting to smile and look around to see what is going on. She is now out of the newborn diapers and most of her preemie clothes are tight. This last week I feel like all I have done is nurse her. She is going through the sixth week growth spurt. I love my children so much and wouldn't trade being a mommy for anything in the world. It's a blessing to know that I can be with them forever.

Infected? Not sure?

I decided I had to post for my poor finger in case down the road I am left with some sort of scar. In February, Jeff and I celebrated our 5th anniversary. Jeff got me two bands to go around my beautiful wedding ring. The morning of our anniversary he left my ring on my shelf in our closet. When I saw it I was in such shock and so excited to put it on that I immediately shoved it on my finger (even though it was too small and I hadn't gotten it back on since pregnancy with Owen). I got pregnant in March with Kaebrie and didn't have troubles with my finger until the last month of pregnancy. Not to mention all the fluids I was filled with both times I was in the hospital that made me swell. I tried every ointment and lotion to get my ring off with. It just wouldn't budge. My sister Melissa tried oil and soaking my finger in ice water. Both left my finger throbbing and hurting. Jeff researched on the Internet and found that we should try Windex. My finger hurt so bad that I would cringe at the thought of putting cleaner on my sore finger. So Wednesday night I was able to finally get it off. I think the cold weather had a part in this? I am hoping it will heal up soon and no scar will be left behind.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Owen has a new habit of putting food in his hair and setting it on his head. He is such a silly boy. He went from throwing his food on the floor to putting food on his head. He keeps us laughing! Those are pears in his hair...

4 weeks old

3 weeks old

Uncle Aaron and Aunt Sheena brought us a wonderful dinner and visited. Yes, they are holding the baby!

Update from the past 2 weeks

I thought I better do a post of my past two eventful weeks so I can read back and remember the struggle and maybe grow from this all. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving I ventured up to Perry to my parents house where I found myself starting to hemorrhage. Luckily I had my mom to care for me and two sisters near by to provide some necessities. After a call to my doctor, I took 3 Motrin and layed flat and the bleeding nearly stopped. The next day was Thanksgiving and the whole day was wonderful being with family and enjoying all the family fix ins. Good times! Jeff and I got home that evening and I started to bleed extremely heavy again. I was passing clots the size of grapefruits and the bleeding was literally gushing out of me. I was scared to death. Thanks to the help of family and neighbors I was able to make it to the hospital to get help. After all the blood work, ultrasounds and an emergency D&C I made it home and am feeling a ton better. I guess I had what they call a detached placenta. There was some tissue left in my uterus that should've come out during birth that caused all this. I kept praying in my heart for things to be ok. My babies needed me and I was scared to death that something was going to happen to me. Thankfully, I have an extremely supportive family that does so much for me. I appreciate my mom and Jeff's mom for being there through it all. I deeply appreciate all that both of you have done to help us through this. I'm also thankful to Jeff for stepping in and being mommy so I could get the rest my body needed to regain my strength. I am truly blessed! Kaebrie has been a very pleasant baby so far. Every day gets better and better. Now that I am feeling more normal I can enjoy every moment with my two kids. That's been our excitement. This week I am feeling so much better and am starting to prepare for the holidays.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mommy of Two Precious Angels

It's already been two weeks since we welcomed Kaebrie to the world. I have to admit that having two children under the age of two is definitely hard work. There are moments of pure stress and moments of pure joy. It has been interesting to see just how different Kaebrie is from Owen. I expected Kaebrie to come out and act like Owen did as a baby. (Such as: sleep through the night, nurse really well, never cry). Joke was on me! She is definitely different and has her own personality. She is very pleasant but has a serious attitude problem, especially when I try to feed her. The doctor diagnosed her with acid reflux but I'm not 100% sold on the diagnosis. I personally think she is just picky and on the stubborn side. Each day seems to get a little bit better. Owen seems to be adjusting quite well and doesn't get too upset anymore.

I am truly blessed to be a mother of these two precious angels. I'm not sure what I did to deserve the role of their mother but I am grateful each day for them and for the joy they bring into our home. As we approach Thanksgiving my heart is filled with so much gratitude. I have such wonderful people in my life that lift me up when I need it most and lend a helping hand at any given moment. I also have been blessed with a wonderful husband who is such a great dad to our children. What more could you ask for?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Welcome Baby Kaebrie Kathleen Nielson

Our sweet little girl arrived on Monday, November 10th at about 8:30pm. She weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces and was 20" long. My labor was approximately 3 hours long. I pushed all of two times. She is so sweet and I think she is gorgeous... Her sweet spirit has filled our home with so much joy and love already. We are very grateful to have wonderful children to bless our lives. Owen has adjusted OK so far minus the one melt down when we got home and I sat down to nurse Kaebrie. He has been very clingy and lovey with mom. I am so glad to have Kaebrie here and so lucky that she is healthy and doing so well. Thanks to everyone for your love and well wishes. Thanks Grandma Bowen for taking such great care of Owen while mommy was recuperating.

Happy Halloween

Owen was a monkey for Halloween this year. He hated wearing his costume so we weren't able to get very many good pictures of him!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Prego Pictures 35 1/2 Weeks

I made a much hesitated decision to get my maternity pictures done. I am now near 36 weeks and very anxious to be de-pregnated (Is that a word?) You get my drift... Being pregnant is such a miracle and I am so thankful for being able to bare children. I'm very surprised I am posting all of these on my blog for the simple fact of me being so self-conscious and baring it all. I advertise in my store for Little Angels Photography and often look at the maternity portraits she has done. I swore I would never do any, but here they are! I'm very glad I did them just in case I decide not to have any more children.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Owen is growing up too fast....

My mom watched Owen on Monday for me and when I got there to pick him up he was eating his dinner with a fork! Ever since he has wanted to eat everything with this cute baby fork my mom introduced him to. He loves it! Everyday it seems like he is doing and saying new things. He is growing up way too fast. He is the cutest little man ever! Yes, I'm prejudice....

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Owen's First Haircut

Before the haircut

Owen finally got his hair cut for the first time. He looks so handsome! Aunt Melissa cut his hair in Grandpa Bowen's Mickey Mouse barber shop. He was so big and let Melissa cut away without any fight. Now he looks like a little man and all growed up! Thanks Melissa...

Friday, October 10, 2008

32 Weeks and counting

Here I am at 32 weeks! Shining in my pregnancy glory... I decided I better post a little something about my pregnancy and how I have been feeling. Setting aside all the aches and pains, severe heartburn and acid reflux, restless nights, constant contractions and all the other fun and games associated with being pregnant. Time has flown by this pregnancy. It seems like yesterday I was announcing that we were pregnant again and here I am at 32 weeks and almost done. I'm very lucky to have a healthy body and to carry a healthy little girl. She moves constantly and it seems like she never rests. I may be in for a treat and have a little girl that can't hold still for two seconds just like her mother. At night I lay awake and feel her kicking and moving around. I almost wish she was out so I could hold and comfort her. Who knows maybe she has heartburn just as bad as me and that is why she is wiggly? As I am getting closer and closer I am getting more and more excited to have another little one. Sometimes I get really scared to have two kids under the age of two and wonder if I will be able to handle it. I'm just thankful that I don't have a 9-5 job to go to everyday and I can be a stay at home mommy. Although being a business owner has its perks it can be extremely stressful at times and some of my attention turns away from Owen momentarily. I'm just thankful he can be with me all the time. I can't wait to see and meet our little girl!

Monday, October 6, 2008

One Step Closer

I have a huge to do list that I am slowly crossing things off of before Kaebrie enters the world. One big one was crossed off last week which was "getting Owen to walk". That's right, he is finally walking. He can't quite grasp the idea of getting up on his own to walk but he will pull himself up onto something and start walking away! He is so much fun lately too... With him communicating in his own baby chatter and walking around at my side, he is a great companion. He spent a day last week with Grandma Bowen and when I went to pick him up he was pretty much walking by himself. This week he has been on the move and walking everywhere on his own. Thanks mom for helping me accomplish another thing before Kaebrie comes. Owen, you are such a big boy and mommy is so proud of you!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


We went and visited Grandma Meriwether on Sunday! She has all kinds of fun things to do in the backyard. Jeff jumped on the trampoline with Owen and I swung with him. He loves to swing! Thanks for the visit Grandma Meriwether...

Life as I know It

Life as I know it is very different than it has ever been. As a teenager I never realized what was in store for me later in life. I sometimes wonder how kids now deal with the pressure of trying to keep up with fashions, have good friendships, pressure to partake in drugs, sex and alcohol and staying true to the gospel principles. I guess you could say that I have been doing lots of thinking lately and pregnancy tends to make me a bit emotional. As I bring another one of Heavenly Father's choice spirits into the world I feel extremely blessed and overjoyed that he trusts me to raise these precious gifts in such a horrible world filled with Satan's power. Everywhere you look you see Satan's hand in the mix of things. How is it that I was so blessed to be born into the gospel and not have to find it later in life or at all? Having this knowledge has been the greatest gift anyone could ever receive. I cannot imagine my precious little Owen partaking in Satan's power as he gets older. It breaks my heart to see sweet innocent children exposed to such cruel and harmful things. I realize I must be prepared to answer any questions that my own children may have about the gospel. Growing up, I guess you could say, I had a very bad attitude about the gospel and in church found myself being a bad example to my best friends by choosing not to sing primary songs and openly saying "No" to near every calling asked of me. At the time I thought I was being cool but in all reality I was given the opportunity to attend church and partake of several callings and I chose Satan's way. As an adult and mother I now know how stupid I was and am glad that I finally saw the light and woke up. My children need me to be a near perfect example so that they can in turn lead a good life and not get mixed up in all the crap that is out there. I do realize that they will have free agency and will have to make decisions for their own learning purposes but I don't want them to blame me later in life for something I should have taught them. Daily prayer and scripture is a must and am thankful that I have a husband who is willing to do this with his family. Is it enough though? I think it is vital that children have a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and come to know our Savior and understand the sacrifice that was made for each of us so that we can return to our Heavenly Father and live eternally with our families. Again, I feel very blessed to bring another little one into our home and can't wait to meet her sweet spirit. I love my family, friends, my precious Owen, and my wonderful husband. Jeff you are the best thing that has ever happened to me and I'm so grateful for all you do for me and our family! Some say that there isn't such thing as finding your soul mate...Well, I'm proof that there is one and only out there! I love you Jeff!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Our Vegas Vacation

Dad and Owen dancing on the piano at FAO Schwartz at Caesar's Palace.

Owen loved the giant aquarium at Caesar's Palace.

Playing arcades at Red Rock. Owen was fascinated by the lights and noises.

We went bowling at Red Rock. It was really fun!
We took Owen to see the Bilagio fountains. He loved the water and the music.

We went to Fremont Street to see the light show. It was actually very fun and allot cleaner than we had expected it to be. Owen was very fascinated and was dancing the whole time the show went on.

Jeff and I took Owen to the park by Cory & Lindsey's. We have never put him in any sort of swing before and he loved it. He was giggling and smiling the whole time. It was so cute to watch him love something so much.

We of course had to go eat at Claim Jumpers and get our craved blackened bow tie pasta. It was as delicious as I remembered.

Jeff took Owen out the pool at Cory's to get his feet wet.

Jeff and I went to Vegas to attend our first baby show convention for our business. My mom graciously joined us and took care of Owen while we went to the convention during the day. We were very privileged to stay with Cory and Lindsey for 10 days. It was so much fun and hard to leave to come back to reality! I'm sure everyone got tired of me complaining about my aches and pains due to pregnancy from being on my feet too much.... Here are pictures from our adventures! Thanks Cory, Lindsey and Mom!!!