Jude vs Bib

Jude had just fallen asleep and I laid him in the Lazy-Boy.  I heard him starting to fuss while I was checking some things online.  I was a little frustrated he wasn't sleeping.  He hadn't taken a long nap today and I had just laid him down.  So I decided to let him fuss for just a moment to see if he'd fall back asleep.  Finally I got up and checked on him intending just to put his pacifier in his mouth and see if that'd do the trick.  Instead this is how I found him...

He's been extremely drooly lately and so yesterday and today I put a little bib on him after I put his PJ's on to avoid them getting soaked before bed.  He was NOT happy about how this situation turned out.  Somehow he flipped the bib up into his face!  His little arms were going crazy trying to figure out what was in his face.  Let's just say that when I pulled the bib down I didn't get a friendly smile saying,  "Thanks Mom!" but instead a nasty scowl saying, "Why the heck did you let that thing in my face?!"



 Halloween was Jude's first holiday this year so of course we had to celebrate!  Some friends in our ward were taking their kids Trick-Or-Treating and then having dessert at their house after.  We were excited to take our little ghost out and show him off.  Kyle was excited about all the candy he'd get! 

Since we live in Utah, Halloween is celebrated on Saturday instead of Sunday.  Everyone Trick-or-Treats Saturday and Sunday is back to a normal Sunday without even a mention of the holiday!

 It was chilly and stormy earlier that day but the clouds broke up and sun peeked through.  So we all bundled up and headed out.  We only made it to 6 houses before the heavens opened.  A few sprinkles turned into pouring rain.  We had brought an umbrella just to be safe...but the winds and rain were too strong and broke it so it was useless.  Kyle and I looked at each other and decided to make a mad dash home.  He threw a quilt over his shoulder and we booked it home.  Now the rains were turning into hail! I was so worried that I was the worst mom in the world!  I was sure Jude was going to be drenched and catch a cold!  
Well, we finally made it home.  The streets were gushing with water and hail was accumulating on the sidewalks.  Jude was completely dry and warm.  We were completely soaked and cold.  I was exhausted.  It had only been a week since I was allowed to go out for walks and such and now I had just run home, up a hill, in the rain.      

Kyle is convinced that this was just a reminder that it wasn't really Halloween on Saturday!

We spent the rest of the night in.  We ordered pizza, had it delivered, and watched TV in our pj's.  

Happy Halloween Jude!


Jude's Arrival

Well it's been two weeks since our little man made his arrival.  We couldn't be more happier.  Jude has been having the best of time with both grandma's having been here to visit.

Jude decided to come on October 8, 2010.  Although I was induced that day, he still decided that was going to be his birthday.  I was scheduled for a Non-stress test that morning at the hospital because I (or Jude inside of me) had quit growing from my last Dr's appointment.  We were told to go prepared because if I failed the test, then we'd be admitted right then into Labor and Delivery to be induced.  Unfortunately, I passed the test!  They did notice that I was low on amniotic fluid and that I was having contractions (I thought they were just Braxton Hicks!).  However, nothing was too severe and Jude's heart rate was steady so we were sent home.  The nurse who helped us suggested we go walking to induce labor ourselves. Disappointed, we headed to the mall because it was raining outside.  We walked around, window shopped, and finally decided to head home.  Although it was 5 days before my due date, we were both in a glum mood knowing that no baby would be born that day.

Just as we were turning onto our street, my phone rang.  It was the Dr. from the hospital who had cleared my non-stress test and sent us home.  He apologized saying that he was informed of the reasons that were having a test done (the growth restriction) and asked if we'd come back to the hospital for him to perform an ultrasound himself.  We turned around and headed back to the hospital.  Our spirits lifted a little, but we weren't letting our hopes up.  We talked about how we both thought we'd get sent back home again.  Once at the hospital, the Dr noticed that I was even lower on fluid than the first nurse had said and Jude was measuring small.  The Dr. talked to us about induction.  We were all in favor!  He told us he thought it'd be ok to go ahead and induce me but ultimately that would be my Dr, Dr. Harrison's decision.  He left to go call her and once again we waited and waited to know what would be happening.  Finally, we got word that they were going to induce me! Hallelujah!

From there on everything seemed to move pretty quickly.  I was admitted into Labor and Delivery and by 3:30pm had my IV of pitocin pumping through me.  Every nurse, doctor, or anyone who walked through our door said to be prepared for the long haul.  I was warned to not expect to have the baby until at least 3-4am but also it could be as long as later the next morning or afternoon.  My doctor even said to, "prove me wrong" when she was explaining how long the process should take.  Well, within about an hour of being induced my water broke.  By around 7pm I was dilated to at least 6 cm.  By 9pm, I was fully dilated and ready to go.  We had to wait a bit for my Dr. to show up...she wasn't ready to get called in so early!  By 9:30pm we were ready and I was given a bigger dose of epidural to help with the pain.  I didn't start pushing until around 10pm or so and little Jude was born at 11:07pm.  He really wanted his birthday to be the 8th!  He weighed in at 5lbs and 10oz and just 17 1/2 in long.  He is our Little man!

We couldn't be more happier and have enjoyed every moment...even the sleepless nights. Jude is a really good baby boy.  He isn't dramatic and cry for no reason and loves to just hang out.  Here are some pictures of our precious baby boy.

   Thanks to Felicia Walker for the beautiful pictures she took of little Jude!


Jude Starr Clark

Just a quick post to announce the birth of Jude Starr Clark.  He was born on October 8, 2010 at 11:07pm.  Just a little guy, he weighed 5lbs 10oz and is 17.5in long.  

Take a look at some pictures by viewing this gallery.  The password to view is: 1008judeclark.  I look pretty gross...so ignore those!  I didn't know that they included the parents in the baby photos done at the hospital!  


Furry Friend

It's not everyday you get woken up from a nice afternoon nap with this...

"There is a HUGE rat in the bathroom."

Unfortunately, that's how I was woken up yesterday.  Apparently Kyle walked into the bathroom and a creature jumped off the toilet and ran to hide behind it.  Kyle backed up slowing eying the beast that kept peeking it's head around the toilet and then running back to hide.  He reached into the linen closet grabbed and old towel and quickly closed the bathroom door and shoved the towel under the door.  Done.  It's trapped.  Now what?

I guess that's when he came and woke me up...

Neither of us were going near that door.  We called our Landlords and after a few moments Stan came down all decked out in a over-sized jacket and gloves.   He brought with him a trash can and lid.  This guy was serious.  Stan walked right up to the door and banged to scare the rat away.  He opened the door and jumped right in the room with the animal.  Kyle and I exchanged glances.  This guy was crazy!  Soon enough Stan came backed out. 

The Good News:  It's not a rat. It appeared to be a gerbil and with a quick Google search that was confirmed.

The Bad News: How in the world did a gerbil get into our house?! 

He may look innocent... But don't be fooled. 
We are still clueless as to where this furry friend came from.  We assume it has to be someone's pet...but who's?  Stan assured us he was going for a long drive and that the gerbil would not be anywhere near our neighborhood.  

So...anyone lose their pet gerbil?


Guess Jude's Arrival!

Okay Family & Friends...

It's getting close to that time that little Jude will be arriving.  We want to hear all of your guesses when you think this little monkey will make his appearance.  

A little info on how things are going so far.  I am just about 37 weeks which is considered full term.  At my last doctor's appointment I measured around 35 centimeters.  No real indicators yet that he will be coming anytime soon, so it's really up in the air!

Official Due Date:  October 13th, 2010

Tell us what you think!  
Leave your comment and include your estimated date of arrival including date and time as well as your guess of Jude's weight and height

Person closest to the correct answer wins a SUPER CUTE SMILE from little Jude himself!

Good Luck!  
May Jude's favorite win!


Emily & Eli's Utah Trip

Eli and I at Nancy's wedding.
Emily and Eli surprised us with a quick but fun trip to Provo for Emily's friend's wedding. Unfortunately, I had to work during the days, but we were still able to have a fun couple of days together and Eli entertained us plenty!  He is such a cutie!
We also visited BYU...to teach Eli where he wants to go to college too!
He seemed to love campus and acted like he already knew his way around.
Eli's favorite part were the stairs!  Luckily BYU has plenty of stairs that kept him and Uncle Kyle very busy.

Our last night together we ate at Smokehouse BBQ, visited Blickenstaff's Toy Store, and had delicious cream pie shakes from Sammy's! 

Eli quickly discovered the chip tray was a fun toy and got him a lot of attention...

We thought this was great entertainment, until he discovered....

The Lemon!!!
Yes, he ate the whole thing...rind and all!

Thanks for coming guys!  We miss you! 


Baby Update

January 2010:  We're expecting!  Due October 13th.  (No, it's not a Friday)  Our hopeful dates of arrival are either October 10th, which would make his birthday 10/10/10 or October 20th and his birthday would be 10/20/2010.  Those would just be pretty sweet birthdays.  I guess when it comes down to it we will see if he really cares or not!

May 2010:  It's a boy!  Kyle was EXTREMELY excited to find out he was going to have a boy!  We couldn't be more happy!

We quickly decided on the name: Jude Starr Clark.  Jude is a name Kyle has always loved and Starr is my Grandpa's middle name who was named John Starr Marum.  December 19, our wedding date, was also the anniversary of my Grandma & Grandpa Marum, so it's neat that Jude also has a little connection with his great-grandparents.

Today:  34 1/2 weeks along. Measuring about 33cm.  We like to stay on the smaller side of things.  Jude recently decided to shift a little bit and is now nicely positioned with his head going straight into my hipbone! We're working on teaching him that isn't very nice to do to his mom.  

Here we go.... Again!

After months of promising several people I would resurrect my previous blog, I finally deleted it!  Now, after a few more months of promising that I would make a new blog, I finally did it!  Let's hope C Notes to be a successful blog full of frequent updates and happenings of the Clark's.  Enjoy!