Monday, November 29, 2010

Hadley is Here!!!!!

Mike & I are so excited to say that Hadley Taylor Larsen has arrived!!! On Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at 1:00 a.m. I woke up to extremely intense contractions. I decided to see if they would keep up before I went to the hospital. So for the next hour and a half I sat there in bed as they continued to get stronger. I woke up Mike at about 2:30 a.m. and told him that I thought I was in labor. He was extremely tired, it was cute! I went and turned the light on and decided that I would take a shower to relax myself and get ready so I looked cute for pictures. Well after I turned the shower on, my contractions became even more intense that I had to bend over and hold my stomach! I changed my mind about getting ready, I just needed to get to the hospital! So after we hurried and gathered up all of our stuff we were on our way! We checked in at about 3:00 a.m. I was already dilated to a 5! I was in so much pain, as I quickly learned what back labor is all about. Holy Smokes! I was very fortunate though, as she came pretty quick, especially for my first! When I wanted to start pushing, the nurses let me know it would be a little bit before Dr. Layton (who I absolutely loved!) came. So I started pushing and a few minutes later, the nurse went and called Dr. Layton and he was there within 5 minutes. I was lucky and only pushed for 15 minutes total! Hadley was born at 9:40 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. She is the most beautiful little girl and has such a sweet spirit. She only cried for a couple seconds (long enough to let mommy know she was here and healthy) and then she was very content. She didn't even cry (or flinch) when they gave her a shot of Vitamin K! She is such a happy little girl and Mike and I are ecstatic that she chose us to be her parents! Mikey is the best support and has taken on the Daddy role so naturally! He is the best daddy and you can feel Hadley's love for her daddy! We sure love Hadley and are so excited to see her sweet spirit grow!

Here are some pictures below, there are a lot - the more the merrier! I am so sad that some of our visitors were left out, I guess we forgot to take some pictures! Sorry guys (Aunt Lori, Uncle McKay and Aunt Merelips) The good news is that we definitely will get some good pics with you guys over the Holidays!

My first time holding my little angel right after she was born!
Daddy and his little princess!
Such a content and happy little girl!
6 pounds 15 ounces
Daddy and Hadley
Our first family photo with Hadley!
She is so cute and little!
The goody bags I made for our visitors! We sure appreciate all of the support and love we receive from our friends and family!

Uncle Tanner (Aunt Meredith came to visit later, but I guess we forgot to take a pic)
Mimi holding Hadley Girl
Grandpa and Hadley
Aunt Shay (She got to ditch out of school so that made it even better)
Grandpa Ralph and Hadley
Her first little bath! Loved my nurse Debra (well I loved all of my nurses) but she was awesome in the delivery room! And the only picture I have of Lori on my camera (we will be sure to take more Aunt Lori!)
So cute!
She is tall and skinny, like her daddy!!
Her first little outfit, I love this pic she looks like a doll!
Uncle Nick came by!
Uncle Tyler and Kori!
Us girls! My mom was the picture taker, so unfortunately I don't have many with her. But thank you Mom for all of your help, she was helpful to have in the delivery room and has been an awesome help since!! She also made me my cute hospital gowns that I am wearing so I could delivery in style!!! All of the nurses loved them!
Daddy and baby Hadley!
Me with my little doll!
Aunt Erin came to see us!

And of course Uncle Steve!
She is so adorable (thanks for taking these pics Erin)
Her long toes and feet - just like her Daddy!
Daddy running on 3 hours of sleep! He did awesome and even took over in the night to let me catch a few hours of sleep! Best husband and daddy in the world!
Aunt Kylee!
Grandma & Grandpa Butler came to see Hadley!
Getting ready to head home!
My little dollface! We love you Hadley Taylor Larsen!!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Baby Shower Fun!!!

Okay, so I know that I am way past due but I thought I'd still post these anyways!! I had the best baby shower ever! It turned out amazing! My mom and sisters did a great job! There were some very delicious salads and pastas and the best desserts ever! So many people helped out and I really appreciate all of the love and support! Thank you again to everyone! I got the cutest gifts for Hadley! I am so excited to dress her in all of her new outfits she received.

Everything was decorated Pink & Green!

36 weeks!
Heather & Meredith! (Thanks for your help girls - loved the fruit and brownies!)
Softest pink blanket from my Grandma Julie! This is Hadley's favorite blanket!
The most adorable Christmas outfit! I cannot wait to dress her in this! Thanks so much Grandma Julie - I love it!
All of the cute headbands and bows my Mom & Sisters made for Hadley! She will be all dolled up!
This little girl already has a shoe collection like her Momma! They are all so adorable! Thanks Grandma! My mom went out of her way to make my baby shower awesome!
My little helpers! They did a great job helping open all of Hadley's presents!
My little helpers in action!
Me with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and my niece Kambri - thanks for your help they made yummy Pesto Chicken Sandwiches!
The Pregnant Ladies! Thanks again for the yummy desserts (Erin made my favorite tarts!)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy Fall!!

Happy Fall Everyone! It is starting (only starting) to cool off in the great state of AZ! Good for me because my belly is getting pretty big! We had another Dr. appt. today and everything is going great! I am so blessed to have a fairly easy pregnancy and have an amazing husband who helps me and still thinks I'm so beautiful! I can't believe Hadley will arrive in 2 months! I am so excited, yet feel kinda unprepared! We are in the process of finding a house, so wish us luck that we find one before she comes! No matter what I hear you can't ever completely be prepared, so I'll take that advice and just enjoy every day. I am very anxious to meet out little girl and to see her personality. It is so fun to already be able to see her little personality in the womb. The other day I was reading a book and resting my book on my stomach as I sat on the couch, well Hadley didn't like that very much! She kept kicking me and when I'd move the book, she'd stop! It was a little game we played for about 5 minutes, it sure made me smile! She is also very peculiar who she will let know that she is in there. Besides her mom and of course her daddy, she has a short selection of who actually gets to feel her kick and show off! It's pretty cute! Mike and I are doing great, Mike started school this semester. I am so proud of him for listening to the Spirit and moving forward with so much faith. He always does what is right and always has a smile while doing so. He is amazing and I am so grateful he is my husband. Hadley and I are sure lucky girls! This fall semester will bring so many fun and exciting changes and I know I am definitely looking forward to all the excitement and joy coming to our family!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Our Babymoon!!

Mike & I are expecting our first child - a little GIRL! She will arrive somewhere near November 22, 2010. We are very excited to welcome our daughter into this world! We have thought a lot about names and this is her name (most likely) Hadley Taylor Larsen! Our families were both headed to California on vacation at the end of July so we decided to not only visit both families while we were in San Diego, but to have our own little BabyMoon! It was a lot of fun and we stayed in a beautiful hotel that overlooked the San Diego Bay (free upgrade for being on our babymoon - pretty cool!) We had a blast and were sad to see our vacation end.

The view from our hotel room, hard to tell but it was such a beautiful view!

The Birch Aquarium in La Jolla
Yes, he is covered in sand!

Coronado Island - there were some fun shops and it was a great day to be outside!