Saturday, December 4, 2010


I think I need to figure out how to do a slide show or at the very least, smaller pictures! You'll have to deal with the onslaught until I do. Reagan is so beautiful and sweet. Billy is beginning to adapt to not being the sole center of attention. We've been very blessed to have grandmothers staying with us during the week so that I can focus on the baby and on healing from my cesarean. I'd heard the recovery got more difficult with subsequent babies. I don't think so. I feel like it was the same, if not a little easier. But I also learned from the first time around to take advantage of the help that was offered and let my body heal. The hardest part is not picking up my son. He'll come up to me and hold my legs, crying to be picked up, so I kneel down to give him a hug, but then he'll just cry harder and try to make me stand up and hold him. He likes to touch Reagan's hands and feet, pull her booties off, and poke her eyes out. He also likes to put her pacifier in her mouth, especially when I am trying to nurse her! We're hoping that she continues to use a pacifier, but as you'll see from the pictures, she has already found her thumb. . . on multiple occasions. Billy didn't really start sucking his thumb until 3 months, so we'll see how this one turns out! Reagan LOVES taking a bath. She is so calm and happy. Totally different from Billy; he literally screamed for the first few weeks.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

NICU graduate!

I just got the BEST news: Reagan's NICU doctor has decided that she can come to my room tonight! Hooray! So that means we both get discharged together tomorrow. Woo hoo! There is still a little fluid in her lungs, but she's breathing well and eating well, and her little body is working to get rid of it on it's own. They think her hips are fine, as she isn't showing much sensitivity there anymore, but that's something we'll have to keep an eye on. She is sleeping like a champ, and eating every 3-4 hours (at least in NICU under constant nurse supervision and a quiet environment). I'll cross my fingers that will continue. Is it possible to get two good eaters and sleepers in a row? :)

This is her in the Neonatal Continuing Care Unit, where she spent less than 12 hours. Look closely at the blue plaque on the wall (upper right) for her "pod" number. Yep, that's a 12, my BYU vb number! Lucky number 12!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

She's Here!!!


Honestly, what can you say?

Expect the unexpected...?

We didn't and that is exactly what we got.

Melissa, at her final ultrasound yesterday, was found to have low amniotic fluid. When her doctor came in, he asked, "are you ready to have a baby tonight? Because its happening."

So, it was a scramblefest. Some wonderful ward members stepped up and took care of Billy last night. Grandmas, Aunt Julie, and Grandpa Rod came down to see Reagan Elizabeth Brimhall's first moments in the world.

She weighed 7.1 lbs, and was 20 inches long. Although she was 3 weeks early, she had a 14.5 inch (circumference) head.

Although she is in the NICU, we got some good news a few hours ago, so we're encouraged. Her (baby's...obviously) lungs were slightly undeveloped but early this afternoon they took her off oxygen and she responded wonderfully. Also, due to her breach condition, there was some concern about hip dysplasia but they concluded it was probably bruising. In the first few hours of her life, her blood sugar was low, but that has normalized. The stressed conditions of her birth caused many of these problems.

We are overcome with gratefulness.

We are truly blessed.

This is happiness.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Baby update

I'm 37 weeks tomorrow. I know I've been super bad about posting belly pictures; it's just so awkward to take them! However, I do wish I had taken pictures more regularly. I really didn't get very big until a few weeks ago. I've gotten a lot of nice comments from people who are surprised by how "small" I am for being this far along. I've gained less weight so far in this pregnancy than I did with Billy, so hopefully (with a lot of hard work) that will be to my benefit in a couple of months here as I try to get back into shape (with P90X).
Jay went with me to the Dr last Friday because I wanted him to actually meet the guy before the big day. It's a little different this time around, starting with a new Dr at 35 weeks and all. Anyway, if you want a good laugh, you'll have to ask Jay what he said about my Dr. I'll leave that for him to tell. I signed the paperwork explaining the risks of having a vbac vs a c-section, and we talked at length about it at my first appt. I was pretty excited just to have the option, but very nervous as I started to really think about it! But those plans are likely out the window because . . . she's breech! For the love! There's a slight chance she'll turn, but she's probably too big and too comfortable at this point. So we've scheduled a c-section for Dec 1st. Two weeks. I can't believe we are finally going to meet her in 2 weeks.


We drove up to Prescott for the weekend of Halloween. We couldn't pass up pictures with the leaves in the front yard. Gosh, how I've missed having SEASONS!!!

We made it to the pumpkin patch for more pictures:

Halloween twinner bumblebees:

Trunk or Treat:

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Gray Beast

Well, most LDS homes have a piano, some an organ, many a guitar...but drums?

Over the years my kit has grown bigger and bigger. Thanks to my purchase of the Pearl Demon Drive double bass pedal (which I bought with birthday funds supplemented with the sale of my XBOX 360...yes you read that correctly, and the sale of my other double bass pedal...yea, this sucker was crazy expensive...but I did get an amazing deal!) and Melissa's latest birthday gift a few weeks ago (that odd shaped cymbal in the middle there above the second tom drum from the left), I've been hard pressed to think of anything else I could do to upgrade it any further.

I changed the heads out this morning and I am floored at how amazing the whole drumkit looks and sounds.

Now, if I can only learn to play all the fun new gadgets I've added over the years!

Just for reference, below is the drum kit I started with 7.5 years ago when Melis and I got married. This is the one I played in Station J (my old band) while I went to Eastern Arizona College.

Quite a contrast!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tennis Tournament

There is a new tennis facility literally next door to City Hall where he works, and this past weekend they hosted a tournament with celebrity tennis stars. Jay scored free VIP tickets to the 3rd place and championship matches. We were able to watch John McEnroe vs Michael Chang, and then Jim Courier vs Mark Philippoussis. It was so cool to see these players in person. I had no idea that there was even a league that these guys play in, but there is one called the Champions Series. A friend in the ward offered to watch Billy, so Jay and I had a wonderful 4 hours alone together! Billy's Layton g-parents kept him overnight the day before, so that was 2 "dates" in one weekend. I swear, we haven't been on a date since Jay's sister Julie came to visit us in McAllen over a year ago!

Back to the tennis match, we had the wonderful opportunity of experiencing a few infamous McEnroe "rants," and even got one on video (shot from a distance with my digital camera, so not the greatest quality, but McEnroe hams it up for the crowd, so you can hear him pretty well. My favorite comment, sadly not caught on video, was McEnroe's reply to a lady in the audience who said something about the ball being out. McEnroe said, "You're eighty; you didn't see it!" Alas, he was probably right; we do live next door to Sun City.

John McEnroe

Michael Chang

Mark Philippoussis

Jim Courier (Philippoussis was playing REALLY well) :)

John McEnroe's Last Rant (of the day:))

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We are here!

Well, kind of! Billy and I flew in this morning, and Jay and his mom are driving the Penske truck. Thank goodness we got to fly because a few hours on a plane with an 18 month old has to be better than 20+ hours in a car with an 18 month old! Not to mention being 32 weeks pregnant. There isn't much room for a wiggly toddler on my lap these days!

But speaking of an active 18 month old, Billy went to nursery last Sunday for the first time! That was so fun to drop him off, and yes, I definitely peeked in on him occasionally through the little window! I walked up during snack time and saw him sitting in one of those little chairs at a little table, and was thinking about how cute he looked, until he picked up a snack and threw it on the ground! The nursery leader had a very confused look on her face as she went over to pick it up. Of course, I'm cracking up at the window because this is exactly what Billy does at home with his little buddy, Sam! But the really funny part was that the other kids at Billy's table had full plates of snacks, and Billy's was nearly empty! And no, they weren't all on the ground. I've been told more than once that Billy is a "good eater," and I think I'm going to hear that a LOT through the years.

We celebrated Jay's 32nd birthday on Monday with lots of packing, running errands, and dinner with friends. Oh, and he (we) even got to see little Reagan on his birthday. She even winked at him! We got an ultrasound picture with one of her eyes open, which I will upload when we get moved in and get our computer set up . . . Anyway, happy birthday, Jay! Sorry it couldn't be a little more relaxing of a day for you!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Moving to Arizona!

I guess it is old news now, but we've just been too busy to blog about it! In fact, there are many other things I really should be doing right now, but I wanted an excuse to post some cute pictures of the Billster, so now is as good a time as any!

We are leaving in one week and one day. It's crazy how fast everything happened, but we feel so blessed that it all has worked out as well and as quickly as it did. We are so happy to be able to be in Arizona among family when our baby girl is born in early December. I'm 31 weeks today.

If you read our blog, you probably already know that we are moving to Surprise. You wouldn't believe how many people I know that have a family member living in Surprise. It's a small world in mormon-ville! We are super excited. All we need is a place to live . . . Thank goodness for a family full of realtors to help us out! And thank you to all of the family members and friends helping us out!

Billy loves stickers. Usually, I put them all over his face and body, and he takes them right off. But lately, when he gets a sticker, he immediately sticks it to his left ear. Over and over again, as you can clearly see.

He never really took a pacifier, much preferring the tasty goodness of his thumb. But lately he has started doing this with his puzzle pieces . . .

We've discovered PBS cartoons.

Sam loves to curl up near him when he's sleeping. It's probably his way of saying thank you for all of the food and doggie treats Billy gives him.

It's crazy how much he has changed. I absolutely LOVE my son's dimples. I can only hope that Reagan has them, too.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


It was time. It is so hot and humid here that I always wore my hair in a ponytail or bun anyway. And the post baby growth, ugh; not pretty. My hair was long enough to donate, so I chopped it all off! This is the shortest I have ever had my hair, but it looks even shorter because it's wavy for the first time in my life! I've always had super straight hair, but between the humidity and the post baby growth coming in wavy, I have a totally new look! And it is soooo easy. Water, mousse, scrunch it up, and I'm done! Jay likes it, and since he has to look at me the most, that's all that matters! :) Here are the before and after pics: