Friday, May 31, 2013

New home

Just wanted to give a quick update…

We’re in Arkansas! We had a crazy yet productive week. Last week my dad and brother were able to help us move the majority of our stuff. My mom watched Sloane, which helped us be more efficient in a short amount of time. It was a huge blessing.  We went back to Lincoln to clean and pack up the rest. Then the Swanson’s helped us move for good this week. We had our apartment set up for the most part, and this was Sloane’s reaction to seeing her new room for the first time.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sloane is 2

Sloane Taylor,

Today you are 2 years old. Where has the time gone? I still remember the day you were born such a precious little bundle. Today you are a bold, strong-willed, independent, sensitive, energetic, entertaining, adventurous, active little girl.

You have been through a lot over the last 2 years. I believe God has stretched you as much as us. You have had to learn to be independent and trust Jesus when mommy and daddy aren’t there at an early age. I remember how hard it was putting you in daycare so I could go to class. I would quote “Do not be afraid for God is with you”-Joshua 1:9 before leaving you each day. As long as you had Minnie and blankie then you could tackle anything. You are a sweetheart for that.

I have seen you so aware of others and I love that. I still remember when I was having a hard time waiting for board results and seeing the concern on your sweet little face and you saying to daddy “mommy sad”.

You have started talking like crazy! You call mama and dada Mike and Shelby when you’re sassy. You say excuse me, and thank you. Your first sentence was Mama’s dip dip gagone. You have blown us away how smart you are! You fold your hands and close your eyes to pray. You pray Jesus, thank you for…each and every person in the family.

You love to take pictures. We always find 100s of new pictures on our ipads. We see you making silly faces and clicking rapidly.

Your favorites are Minnie of course, Dora, and Doc Mcstuffins….you love to pretend to be a doctor or physical therapist dressing up and checking temperature on your dollys. Recently, Toy Story has been a favorite. You watch it often and carry Buzz and Woody with you everywhere and sleep with them. You sleep with quite the collection and somehow notice if something is missing…2 puppies, Minnie, blankie, Buzz, Woody, flashlight, and Jesus book (Bible).

You sing songs in church with us, and when you’ve had enough you say, “mama go play” and grab my hand and pull me towards the nursery. You kick off your shoes and coat and go play with the kids. I love your boldness…I believe God is molding you into who He wants you to be and I can see it already.

You are mom and dad’s little buddy. You are laid back and you do everything with us. Including wrestling meets, football games, track meets, baseball games, running, biking and much more. You nap anywhere and trust us to take care of you. 

You love to copy me. You copy me working out…pushups, stretches, or running. When I go for a run you go grab your shoes to run too. You go get Minnie and your stroller to jog behind. You are very particular….you like to be clean and be in clean places.

You have challenged me more and more to be a good example for you. I’m excited to see what year number 3 brings for you. My greatest pride and joy is being your mom, Sloane Taylor.  I thank God for the blessing you are Sloane. Happy 2nd birthday peanut! I love you!


Sloane's Birth Story

I wanted to write this out before I forgot it.

I had a great pregnancy and was able to work up until 37 weeks, and then I was put on bed rest for the last 3 due to high blood pressure. I was to be induced around my due date of May 25th.

 On May 24th, I was set to be induced at 6 a.m. I had gotten up at 5 a.m. and showered/packed. I got a call from Good Sam saying that the birth unit was full and they had to save the last room for someone in active labor. Since I was to be induced I had to wait.  This was hard getting your courage up to go in and then having to wait.  I got a call later that day that I could go in at 6 p.m. to be induced. Little did I know this meant a marathon of induced labor, laboring through the night.

I remember Mike acting strange before we left and heating up the oven to make cookies around 5 p.m. He pulled out the first batch and sat them on the oven and we left. I remember deciding the middle name on the way to the hospital. We work well under pressure I guess.

We got to the hospital before 6 p.m. checked in, and got to our room changed and Pitocin was started around 6 p.m. I was around 1cm dilated starting out.   We were so excited. I remember walking around our room and channel surfing. Then contractions started and got worse and worse. I found out Pitocin is like kick starting your body into labor when it’s saying no I’m not ready yet.  The nurse told me that I could take the IV pole and go walk around the halls of the hospital to get things going. I was a little surprised of this because I had been unable to do any walking for the past 3 weeks due to my high BP.  Of course, I didn’t hesitate though. Anything was better than laying in bed through the pain.

It was a long night of labor….each time the nurse checked I had not progressed any. All I knew was the contractions were getting more and more terrible and I was not making any progress. It was discouraging.  By the middle of the night, it was wearing on me. I tried the exercise ball and any position I would move and get comfortable the nurse would come in and tell me I had to move because the baby’s heart rate kept dropping.  I had a young nurse who had not had kids yet. Nothing against young clinicians, but I do know you must choose your words wisely.  She had made comments like you do know if this doesn’t work we will have to send you home. This was pretty discouraging after pit labor all night long.

The NBA finals were going on at this time so Mike watched those on TV and pulled up the food channel on my laptop.  It stormed all night and the power had gone off in the hospital. The nurse came in to pull the shades of the window down. We asked what the protocol was and she said that if we were in a tornado warning that all the beds would be wheeled to the middle hallway. Thankfully it never got to this point and backup generators were turned on so we were able to keep monitoring Sloane’s heart rate. 

I had made a goal to try no pain meds. I thought this would be attainable but I now know with pit it makes it incredibly difficult.  I had not progressed enough to get an epidural and they were worried it would shut my labor down. By about 5 a.m. after 11 hours I was checked and was at 1.5cm. I wanted to scream….how could something be so painful and not make any progress.

At 5:30 a.m. my water broke on it’s own. I was encouraged by the progress but yikes this was the worst pain I have ever experienced. The contractions came fast and super strong now. My mom and sister came in and helped me through the breathing. The breathing was the only thing getting me through them. At 7 a.m. I got a new nurse. She was awesome. She knew I labored all night long and needed and epidural in order to keep going.  The anesthesiologist came in and got the process started. The problem was my contractions were coming so fast and strong that it was hard to find a time to do it. I remember the nurse just bear hugging me and holding me still while they did it.  I was finally able to get a little bit of rest after in. The nurse checked me and I was at 10 cm. just like that. 

I was able to rest a couple of hours and then about 9 a.m. I was to start pushing.  I pushed for 2.5 hours+.  I was not making much progress. There was one moment where I saw the nurse’s face and my mom’s and knew something was wrong. Every time the baby would slide into the birth canal her heart rate would drop.  I was also having some chest pain and the nurse put an oxygen mask on me. After a couple hours, the nurse went to get the doctor. I heard them talking in the hallway concerned on if she would fit through my pelvis.  The doctor decided to use suction since I had pushed for so long and there was no progress.

At 11:50 a.m. on May 25th after 18 hours of labor she was finally here. A 6lb 7ounce precious little girl and that long marathon night no longer mattered because it was all worth it.  Children are such a blessing and I love her more each day I get to know her and see her grow and learn more about Jesus.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Impromptu Fam Photo shoot

Putting her hand in mommy's handprint

And the reality of the night........
Papa saves the day!

Toddlers are too fun....but I'm not sure there are many photo's captured through this age:) 

8th grade graduation

Jaydon graduated from 8th grade, and we got to go celebrate with him! Congrats to Jayd....excited to see what God has in store for him in his high school years to come. 

One of the many benefits of marrying your high school sweetheart is having so many memories together. Mike and I got to talk about our 8th grade graduation and it was so fun! We made it through "awkward" years together and laughed through them....I had no idea I would be married to my 8th grade pal years later, haha. God has a sense of humor. 
Giving the 8th grade grad a "grats" hug

Earlier this weekend, we got to help out both Mike's grandparents with cattle and also my grandma with yard work. 

We had fun at both. We take it for granted how easy it is to move around and get things done, but it was awesome to be able to bless both. Mike and I had a blast doing yard work together....we love to work hard outside:) Sloaney had a blast with bubbles, sprinkler, and water balloons with grandma. It made me think of the so many times I went to grandma's and had a blast. Time goes too fast....we have to make the most of it!

Track Meet

Last Friday, we got to go watch "Uncle Luke" (Mike's younger bro) at his track meet. He did the hurdles, relay, shot, and discus. He was sooo good and it was super fun:) Sloaney had a ball kickin her soccer ball and running. She would run to the side of the track and shout "ready, set, go." Hope she will be a lil trackster someday! I absolutely love's one of my favorite sports and I was so glad we got to watch Luke. It was all I could do to hold myself back from making a "comeback" and jumping out of the stands, haha. 
"Lukey" as Sloane calls her uncle introduced Sloane to Clif bars and they were a hit!
Sloane being Sloane...entertaining!

We know something is super yummy when Sloane closes her eyes to enjoy:)
Sloane sat down for about 2 seconds all day....only to drink Gatorade. Such a great mama, haha. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Girls only movie night

Sloane and I had a Toy Story movie night tonight. She has been really into Toy Story lately...we watch it every other day or so:) Trying to soak in my time with Sloaney before the big move and the start of full-time work. I love the challenge, but sometimes I forget to enjoy the small things in life.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Stress-free Swanson's

For the first time in quite awhile, we are not stressed!:) Yes there is housing, moving, etc to worry about but we are trusting the Lord to work out the details. We are our usual goofball selfs, and we're loving it! 

Love this little girlie! 

Exhausted after spending the weekend with Grandma and Papa much fun!

Dr. Sloane....she loves taking care of dolly's:)

Tea party with puppies!

Mike made the comment to me the other day that he feels like we're dating again. Worry free and time for each other (not having to study:)  what a wonderful thing:)

The start of a new chapter...

I wanted to start blogging again to stay on top of memories and keep family in the loop. 

 The last couple months have been a trying yet exciting time for us. I graduated March 20th, and then studied intensely for 2 straight weeks for about 10+ hours a day for boards....not fun! We found out my de-stressing activity of choice was walks walks walks with Mike and Sloane. Everyday at 4 we would go outside and walk. The morning of boards, Mike and Sloane were up and we were out walking before 7am....I will never forget that. They were incredible support for me. I grew closer to the Lord praying more and reading my Bible more and trusting Him. The most trying time for me was the week following....I was just sure that I was so hard! There were lots of tears, but I had great support from Mike and family and ultimately from the Lord. I had to wait an entire week....which seemed like a century. I got the results the Monday after that I had passed.....I was so happy and so was Mike. I couldn't have done it without all the prayers and support from family!

This leads us to our next chapter in life.....Arkansas.  Thanks to Ty and Meag and their connections they have....we both have jobs for the first time! Mike has been interested in business and has wanted to go down a new avenue if God leaded him to it. We both applied....and both got interviews a few days following. We were stunned...we both had interviews the same day in the same location. We interviewed in Bentonville/Rogers, AR. Mike for Advantage Sales and Marketing and Ozark Orthopedic for me both within 4 miles of each other. 

We both felt out interviews went ok. Mike got a call the day following with a position offered to him. I didn't know whether to scream or cry! With 3 and a half years of constant stress and hardship, God is taking care of us! I have never seen Mike so excited about this opportunity, and I am so excited to see how God uses him for His Glory! 

I found out a week later that I had got my job also. I had felt so much peace about the clinic and how they treat patients with their ultimate goal to bring God glory. I had the chills....I just knew it was right. 

Although it is hard moving away from family, we are open to where God is leading us and trying to be obedient to His perfect plan.