London and I braved church on Christmas Sunday to hear the children sing beautiful Prince of Peace song for the congregation. If I had one word to describe my month of December it would be PEACE ♡ – I never want this feeling to leave.
It took a little longer to get a picture of all 7 of us than I thought it would (3 weeks) but I am so grateful we got one. I hope you are all enjoying your Christmas break. We are adjusting to our new family dynamic and trying to break the the vampire sleep cycle with London.
photos taken by: https://www.photobymarina.com/
photos by Marina’s Photography
Completely in love with London Taylors newborn photos. She is now 14 days old and just as sweet as ever. We are still in the beautiful newborn baby bubble. Our lives, hearts, and hours are completely consumed by her. I love the pic of me and my daughters. I will cherish these pictures for the rest of my life.
To think, a week ago I was just as pregnant as can be (39 weeks 4 days, but who was counting lol) and now I’m holding my one week young baby!
December 1st: To induce ? Ultrasound screen shows she’s posterior, faceup, living her best life. Meanwhile mom (me) is freaking out about the high possibility of c-section, mostly trying to figure out how I would be able to recover from one with all my other children plus caring for a newborn.
The nurse informed us if they were to induce there would be a very high chance baby would have to be suctioned out or I would need a c-section. She also said I probably wasn’t dialating since its her soft forehead sitting on my cervix vs the back of the head.
We decided to let her cook some more, even though I wanted to meet her so badly. I left very discouraged. Dallin informed me no ones been pregnant for forever and she’ll come when and how she’s supposed too. It sounded nice, but I was still irritated.
December 3rd: at my Dr’s appointment, I had great news I had dialated to just about a 4! I was instructed to head right into the hospital if my water broke or when my contractions came 3-5 mins apart.
December 4th: Holland gets the stomach bug and barfed on every bed and on the couch. We’re in a mess again. We all had it just 4 days prior. -baby don’t come yet!
December 5th: rest, Holland Brooklyn and I slept all day
December 6th: I woke up with an agenda, and a huge rush of energy. Everyone was eating breakfast I start unloading the dishwasher when I started feeling pretty strong contractions. I start timing. Hudson says he has a feeling today’s the day. I keep cleaning.
I looked up when I heard a box of cereal fall out of Brooklyns arms and all down the stairs. I heard the sweetest “sorry mommy” and the both of us picked up every piece of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, all while I felt the contractions a little more stronger.
Laundry was next. I had washed all the bedding and just needed to make the beds. Dallin walks in the door and he asks if I’m alright, he can see I’m having frequent contractions. I asked him to help me start making beds. I’ve never felt a sense of urgency to clean like I was experiencing. Contractions coming in closer and stronger. We were making the last bed when a huge gush of “show” appeared, and then I knew it was time to go in.
*show:if you know, you know
My mom came over and she noted how quiet and calm I was. This is how I get before a major event. I was nervous about the birth (is she still posterior?), the health of my baby (did breastfeeding affect anything?), oh! and my dr. was out of town.
I went from 6cm to 10cm in under a min. My dr’s son, also an OBGYN, did a beautiful job and delivered little London safely into this world. Dallin filmed the entire beautiful spiritual event, It’s now a highlight on my story. (see here)
I couldn’t be more thankful for the safe arrival and beautiful daughter I got to bring into our family. We are obsessed with her. Eyes are round, hair so chocolatly and thick, topped with the pinkest pillowy cheeks and chins. (see here)
Not going to lie, skiing with a handful of kids is a lot of work. You may not get a lot of runs in, but it is great exercise. One day we are going to easily all go down the slopes, but until then, we’ll be making the fondest of memories and laughing all the way.
*sometimes I wonder what my children are going to think of us as parents when they look back on these pictures? My parents were nuts? Or if they’ll follow in our footsteps?
Our family values our time skiing together, and love introducing our kids early, so they too will grow up loving it. Skiing is a lifelong sport.
You don’t have to take my word for it, there’s the perfect ski vacation waiting for you! We want you and your families to enjoy skiing and we believe that Utah is the best place to ski. If you get the chance to visit the 801, you have to visit one of Ski Utah’s 15 resorts it represents across Utah.
The Ski Utah Passport Program is your ticket to winter fun for your 5th and 6th graders!
Ski Utah’s 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program is completely digital. Children go up to the resort window, give their name and birthdate, the resort employee looks them up and they are ready to go! Quick and easy. 5th graders get 3 days (45 days total) and 6th graders get 1 day (15 days totally) at all 15 Utah resorts for a one-time fee of $45. The program is available to any 5th and 6th graders in the world! The Passport also provides hundreds of dollars in discounts on lessons, rentals, off hill activities and even accompanying adult lift tickets, a huge savings for families.
Flying in? There are 10! resorts within an hour of the airport, so it’s easy to try different mountains with the Passport program.
If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to reach out and ask. Here’s also a direct link (HERE) to their website. If you come to Utah you have to let me know, who knows maybe I’ll see you on the slopes!
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*plus a link for additional information on the passport passes: https://www.skiutah.com/passes/passports/fifth-grade-passport-faq