Well we made it home from the Hospital just in time for Christmas this year! We loaded up the car and made the snowy drive with my parents to Logan for Christmas Eve, it was so nice to be in Utah this year! We had missed Christmas the last 2 years with the family! It was so nice to party with the Pursers! I love to see how much my grandparents love our kids! We enjoyed dinner, games and opening gifts! Then loaded to car and headed home! My parents helped me with the final touches for Christmas morning, we set everything up , and then called it a night! When the kids woke up in the morning, we opened gifts, and just hung out with the cousins! We had such a fun year, We sure missed Steve, but were grateful to have family to spend it with!
A few days before Christmas this year, Millie was not acting like herself! She is the most happy, easy going baby ever....She was super fussy, and congested. I took her in to the instacare and they said nothing was wrong that she had a cold and there was really nothing I could do about it! So away we went, ready to fight this cold! Well a few days later, she was still acting fussy, and just not happy, and I realized she wasn't eating, and I had only changed one wet diaper that day and that concerned me... I kept debating if I should take her or not, and finally I trusted my gut and off to the ER we went! Well thankfully we went in, when we got there they gave her an iv for fluids since she was dehydrated, and they checked her oxygen and it was super low, so they hooked her up to oxygen and they just kept monitoring her! It was so sad to see her hooked up to machines, they took her blood to do tests, after about 5 hours they told me she needed to take an ambulance to Riverton hospital and was going to be admitted! So they loaded her up in the ambulance and away we went! She ended up staying for 2 days due to RSV, so sad to see your baby so miserable and not be able to do anything for it! She ended up being on oxygen for a while and having to get the snot sucked out of her nose a few times a day! Thankfully we got to go home on Christmas Eve, and could spend the holidays with my amazing family!
The week before Halloween we loaded the kids up(all 7 ) with my Mom, Maddie and I, and we went to Hee Haw farms! We had a BLAST! WE played in the corn, went down slides, petted ALL the animals, went down more slides, and picked out pumpkins! We had such a great time!
This year on Halloween we dressed up as Minnie and Mickey Mouse! We enjoyed the Purser party, all the fun crazy food, games, and costumes! We sure missed Steve but we did have an amazing party! On Halloween my Dad and I dressed up the kids and took them trick or treating around the neighborhood, Millie didn't last long due to the cold weather, so we took her back home to hang out with my Mom and my Dad and I went back out! We didn't think Anderson would last as long as he did! He had a blast and LOVED getting candy so we took him out another two times! It was a great Halloween!!!
We had a Trout birthday Party for Anderson a few weeks before he turned 2, they were all in town saying Hi/goodbye to Steve before he left! So it was perfect timing....He LOVES balls so it was a ball themed party with all the cousins, and grandparents! We had popcorn, cakes, candy, and soda everyone was in heaven!
Well on Anderson's actual Birthday I was still in the hospital, but came home that night with a brand new baby! So Grandma Candy and Papa started a new tradition! They took him to Toys R Us to pick out some toys and then took him to Training table for his favorite food! French fries! He LOVED every minute of it, he came home to show us all of his toys, and tell us all about it! Seriously where has the time gone!
Baby Millie was due August, 18 2012! When I met with my doctor in Utah, I was measuring a week big, so we fudged my due date to August 10, 2012, we wanted to make sure Steve was able to be here for the birth this time and since I was measuring big he said why not! We scheduled the C section for August 3, 2012. Steve had all of his leave forms turned in, and we were just about to book his ticket!
Well on the 24th of July my mom and I decided to go to a movie, so we loaded up Anderson, and picked up Uncle Rob and went to see Snow White and the huntsman. Anderson did ok for the first 45 min of the show! Loaded up on popcorn and soda, sat in his own chair and thought he was pretty cool! I then spent the next 45 min switching off with my mom in the hall! With about 10 min left in the show he finally fell asleep! I hadn't been feeling well at all, and after fighting him I was exhausted! So Rob went to get the car and pick us up, well as I was walking to the door I kept having to pause, I was sure I was just having Braxton Hicks. Well as we were driving home I kept getting stronger pains in my back and stomach, I didn't go into labor with Anderson, and my mom never went into labor. We made a few phone calls to friends that had gone into labor and asked. People said to take a hot bath, time my contractions, and call the doctor! Knowing it was a holiday I wasn't to excited, I wanted to talk to my doctor not the one on call. The doctor on call wasn't that nice to me... He said well I cant tell you over the phone if you are in labor, which I knew, I was calling to see if I should go in to the hospital! So my mom made the decision, and off we went! We dropped off Anderson with Matt and Madi, thinking I would be home in a few hours, hugged my little guy and drove away! We got to the hospital and checked in...they checked me out, my contractions weren't that close together, so they wanted to monitor me longer. About an hour later, my doctor walked in explaining he had been monitoring me on his iPad at home, thinking I was going to be going home, and by the time he got to the hospital for another delivery he changed his mind! My contractions were very constant at this point, and every time I would contract, Millie's heart rate would drop just like Anderson's did. Looked like we were having a baby that night!
I jumped on the phone with Steve, and my mom made all the other calls. My heart just dropped we had everything planned out, Steve was supposed to be there, and he wasn't going to make it again! He called his NCO's and they figured everything out, and he was booking his ticket for that night! So at 8:30p.m. I had our sweet tiny baby girl 3.5 weeks early. She weighed 5pounds 10 ounces and was 19 inches long! She was tiny, and beautiful! Thank heavens I have an amazing family that could help us out again!
Steve got there the next night, and it was a blessing, because she came 3.5 weeks early he was able to spend 10 days with our precious baby instead of 2! He was home for Anderson's birthday and our Anniversary!
Madison was getting married June 15, 2012. So the last weekend in May Anderson and a very pregnant me packed up our belongs and headed to Utah! We were really hoping Steve could be there for the wedding but with the upcoming deployment they wouldn't give him the time off. So he stayed behind and began to pack up the apartment, Anderson, Millie, and I are going to be living in Utah while he is deployed! Anderson has not done so well with our families so we were worried about moving here for a year! We didn't know how long it would take him to get used to my family, and enjoy playing with them! We placed bets that it would be a long 2 months before he would like them! Thank heavens we were wrong and it only took 2 days before he was best friends with my Mom, and not long after till he was loving Uncle Matt, and Uncle Rob! It took a little while longer for the rest to be friends but now he LOVES them! He called everyone he cared about "Daddy" and Daddy was now "Steve". We have really enjoyed our time in Utah and hope it only gets better in the next year!
We have sure come along way since we got married! We have been married for 4 years. Steve is deployed right now and me and the kids are living in Utah with my parents! We have Anderson who is 2 and Millie who is 2 months! We are loving every little thing about our amazing family!