Thursday, December 6, 2012

1/2 Year Old

I know everyone says it...but the time has gone by so fast & Danen is already half a year old! He is generally a pretty good baby. He is happy and loves other kids. He usually takes 2 naps and although I hate it he loves to be up early. He giggles when a basketball is dribbled or smiles when he gets to hit it. We think he is still working on some teeth~he is a drool monster, and chews on everything in site. He cries when I take something he has away, but could care less if another kid takes it away. He loves his daddy and has a hard time focusing on eating if he can hear him talking in the room. He will go to pretty much anyone which is great since we are now in basketball season. He has chubby cheeks, but is still a pretty skinny lil guy. He loves to be tickled, scared, and have things on his face. We still swaddle him at night-he usually doesn't even protest anymore and sleeps more soundly with it. He cries now if I leave the room for too long. He is sitting on his own and still likes to help with the spoon. He eats a lot of different food...but isn't too keen on anything in particular (although he always eats for me...even if he gags it down {peas...yummy!}). He is getting better about me taking pictures and usually will smile for me. He can roll both ways, but doesn't to avoid his stomach-now he'd rather just sit up and tries to do it on his own when he is laying down (unsuccessfully though). He still wakes up once a night to eat, but other than that he usually sleeps like a pro. He loves his bath and is now in the big he splashes up a storm! When we took him swimming he is already a little fish kicking his legs! He is still having many many firsts including his first hockey game, and first basketball game. We are getting ready to leave him overnight for the first time because Eric has to have surgery...we are pretty nervous, but he is in good hands :0). We love him so much...we love his snuggles (few and far between because he is always trying to see everything), the many giggles and smiles he gives us, and that he has made us a family :0). There are many more pix to come of this lil cutie...but I am in an editing storm for clients right now-so someday soon I hope!

For Thanksgiving we had the opportunity to be with our Idaho family and had a great time seeing everyone. It was a whirlwind of a trip again, but we luv it. I did some pre-black friday late night shopping with my mom (a trooper who had to work the next day!!), we all went to a movie, had an awesome dinner, a family reunion, lil d almost pulled an all nighter after our movie (so did not sleep during it-eyes wide watching!) and then got pictures the next day.  Mara got to help bathe D which she thought was pretty cool...there was some discussion about his small parts (not sure if she said boobies or googly things...hahaha). After we came home we got a visit from Chad, Jessica, and cousins Caydence and Haylee (so exciting to see their new one...only 3 weeks old!). We have had a very busy Fall season and here's to an awesome winter!

Seasons best to all our friends!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spooks Night

Lil man's first Halloween was a success...and busy! I had to work so he went with Shanoa to Bela's preschool party, and to the elementary school for the parade and Porters class party. Then I picked him up to help me pass out candy on main street for work, then we went for pictures, and to the ward trunk-or-treat. Yesterday Eric and I attempted to carve pumpkins with him, but his pumpkin was rotten :/. Mine got broke in Utah and the backup was rotten :/ So we all carved on Eric's pumpkin after we realized the other pumpkin I had was absolutely not carvable...strictly decoration :0). Haha, lesson learned and we got one great mash-up pumpkin. I promised Danen we would do better next year, not that he knew the difference-lol. Yesterday, He and I also were able to go to story time at the library and to see Eric, and my old work mates yesterday in his dragon outfit from my sister. For Halloween though I used the corn cob costume I bought for 50 cents before Eric and I were ever married. Love this cute costume....Paige wore it also (not sure if Payden did too??). I was the corn farmer and lil D was my cob o' corn...a super cute one too (we got lots of comments on that outfit-I guess it is pretty original). All in all he had a great Halloween-even without any candy-the biggest treat for him is being able to watch everyone and interact, look out world because I have a feeling this lil man is going to be a social bug!! Danen is 5 months tomorrow and I will post more pictures soon...but in this last month he has had lots more firsts: found feet, rolled over from tummy to back, saw his 1st Elk kill, met his cousin Caydence/Uncle Chad/Aunt Jessica, and grabbed mommy's nose. We sure love our lil man who continues to amaze us with how much he learns, how determined he is, and how happy he is.
HaPpY HaLlOwEeN to all our friends!

Sunday, October 7, 2012


For my birthday...the big 28, we went to Jackson for Danen's doctors appointment & lunch. On the way we went to a private ranch that Eric guides and blogs for. It was really pretty, but fall has already set in deep and most of the trees were bare. While there I took pictures for the blog and took a couple opportunities to get some pictures of my boys! It was crazy windy/cold so Danen didn't really love pictures, however, we are learning that he loves the outdoors and is so content while outside.

The big 28 is welcomed...I had such an amazing 26th and 27th year! We have had our trials of course, but we have also had so many blessings this past year! I cannot wait for another year with my lil' man, amazing husband, family, and friends! I can't wait to see what my 28th year brings!

My parents came for my birthday and for the guys to go hunting. I had a few days with my mom before they went hunting (she came to take us back for Payden's birthday)~she is always so helpful when she is here! She cleaned all my bathrooms, sewed pillows, help me recover a chair pad, watched lil' man while I worked and edited, and helped me watch my friends kiddos. I got sick when we came home so she took lil' man and I got to sleep in. She did my laundry, vacuumed, cooked, and kept my kitchen clean. She has made getting my huge photography projects done so much easier! Luv you mom!! My dad came to go hunting with Eric...totally eases my mind so he doesn't go alone! They saw some way up, but didn't get one. Eric has been going back up every chance he gets....hoping to get a big bull :0)

The ranch has loads of buffalo....including very rare white buffalo. Most were more white than this guy. It's crazy to see because they are not albino, just white. The guy that owns the ranch (Joe Ricketts) has been breeding them to get more white ones. It's crazy to me that 2 white buffalo can still have a brown/black calf. They are pretty unique to see, and the ranch was beautiful. After Danen's appointment we went and got Thai food for lunch at the Thai Plate~sooo yummy :0).

This lil' dude got baptized so we went with my mom (who so generously came to get us-Danen hates the car seat and screamed for an hour the last time I drove by myself). It was a quick trip to Poky...went there Friday afternoon and returned Saturday evening for the guys to leave and go hunting. It was great to see everyone and I was glad we got to be there on Payden's special day!

Lil man is now 4 months (those pix to come shortly) and loves mirrors...this one I got for cheap and it is kinda warped which gives him a fun house look...haha. He has also discovered his screaming voice, his man parts-lovely, and his hands are still always in his mouth (sometimes producing a gagging effect-thank goodness no throw up yet). He still isn't a fan of his tummy, but he is learning to like his jumper, and still loves loves loves his fishy play mat. Cereal is going okay...he doesn't love apples or sweet potatoes too much, but loves the bananas mixed in. 

Grandpa Rhodes got this little rocking chair for him and my parents fixed it up. It is super cute and I am sure he will love it. You can tell in this picture that he is starting to chunk up a bit. He is 13 pounds 13 ounces and 25inches long @ his 4 months appointment. Our lil' man is growing up!! Crazy that he started @ 7 pounds 12 ounces and 20.5inches long...his weight has almost doubled, and with it the amazing things he is learning and can do is doubling right along with that! They grow so fast!!

Speaking of growing he is now in the next sized clothes and got some new pj's to wear to bed. I thought these Monsters Inc. ones were so cute...I think he likes them too :0). He is still in his crib and my mom put up his bassinet so I guess the transition is permanent! He does come sleep with me for about an hour some mornings...I swore my kids wouldn't sleep with us, but since it is just me and I go to bed late because I am editing, I let it slide so I can get one more hour!!!

Lastly, it is truly turning into fall here...morning temps around 17 degrees. The landlord still has the sprinklers going which made for a cool ice shoot yesterday. I am not really ready for winter and cold temps, I feel like I didn't really get my summer since I didn't have the greatest health, but none the less-they are coming! The one great thing is holidays with the family...Thanksgiving in Idaho and Christmas with the Oram's. Can't wait because we will be meeting 2 new cousins at Christmas time!! TJ and Lib just had a baby boy on my birthday and named him Oakley Thayne Trent Oram. Chad and Jessica are expecting a baby girl in November. Danen is going to be so lucky to have cousins his age to play with! Plus my cousin Krissy is due in November with a boy...I wish we lived closer to them so he had a playmate like I did. Kris and I were the best of buds growing up!! Well that is our life right, lil' man, hunting, fishing, shooting, editing, and enjoying our time as a family! Next weekend we get to spend family time in Utah at a Crossfit training and with Chad, Jessica, and Caydence-we are so excited to see them and their new place! The following week Danen, Shanoa, and I get to go to Lava for our girls scrapbooking getaway...looking forward to seeing all the ladies again!!

Beautiful living for all our friends!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

3 Months & Too Big!



Wowza~3 months has flown by!! In his first 3 months Danen has already learned so much! He loves to stand and can do it by himself leaned up against something; he is also practicing sitting with support from pillows, the couch, or his bumbo type chair (different kind with straps). He can now grab the fish on his play mat and sometimes hits the music button. He has tried out his door jumper, and his stationary jumper also. He is loving his swing less, and being in things he can move in and grab more. He is so smiley and generally pretty happy~we really lucked out and love him so much! He loves interacting with people, especially kids and other babies. He usually rewards someone talking to him with a goofy grin and bashful flirty eyes. He sleeps pretty good at night and is starting to take better day naps (usually 3). Last night was his first night in his crib & he did great! I am pretty sad to give up the bassinet sleeping though-my dad made an amazing bassinet! He loves the bath and being outside. He has been to his first football game, traveled to watch another football game (to see uncle Cameron play in Green River). He has gone to Island park, volleyball games, and to work out with mom, dad, and Grandma. He is getting so big so fast! He is still kinda little and in 0-3 months clothes. He was a trooper for his shots, but I am not looking forward to getting his new shots on my birthday next sad! He has gotten his first cold~heartbreaking the first night when he would freak out when the mucus ran down his throat. I had to hold him until he conked out. He loves his bath, any mirrors, and also his crib mobile. He also loves his hands and is drooling like crazy, but I don't think he is getting teeth yet. He is also eating cereal now after a couple failed attempts. My mom and I tried for a couple days with no progress, however, when I took her home there was a minor milk mishap and what I had pumped got spilled. I had to go buy formula, milk, and a little baby food....we mixed it and he gobbled it up! I didn't really want him to have formula or baby food yet, I also didn't want to start him on fruit first-but sometimes plans change, and I have to say this was a blessing in disguise. I was pretty worried he wouldn't eat it and would go hungry-but it went great. I would like to say that it helps him sleep longer at night, but we haven't gotten that far yet. His room is almost all ready to I just need to finish a few things to get it up on the walls! We are so grateful for him and love him so much! I am loving being home, and stay too busy with working one day a week @ Farm Bureau and photography-which is going like crazy. We love our little life that is consumed with our amazing addition.
Family love to all our friends!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

In My Pretend World

Recently I was looking back through photos of lil' he was so tiny! (Now he is 3 months & changing so much~more on that later) I knew it would go fast and I have been savoring every stage. As we went through the newborn stage I knew I loved it and snuggling my little guy. However, I did not expect that I would hunger for a newborn while looking at friends newborn photos or whilst shooting newborn sessions. Often I get asked if we will have more or just be okay with one. Most people know how rough my pregnancy and delivery were~and in all honesty I usually answer that if the next one is a girl we will be done. My heart is torn though for my pretend kids-crazy I know. In my head my pretend world plays out like this~

I am a mother of 4: 2 boys and 2 girls. They have super cute names like: Danen Trent :0), Breea Capreese, Kingston Crue, Harper ????....They are all amazing good and cute (imagine great family photos...beaches and smiles-lol). In my pretend world I am nothing short of Martha Stuart. My house looks like a magazine, and I create more crafts and amazing ideas than Pinterest. In my pretend world I manage my time like a pro and I am never behind on cleaning, laundry, photography, dishes, ect....and I spent countless hours reading and teaching my children. I do my visiting teaching monthly with a handout, treat, and amazing lesson. My achievement day girls have amazing activities, treats, and handouts each time we meet. In the midst of this I find time to do service, go back to school, and develop my talents. In my pretend world I am the nicest, kindest, and most welcoming friend to all of those around me. I am the koolaid mom who loves all kids and is totally okay with them being over all the time-destroying my house making amazing art, whilst snacking on awesome homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk. In my pretend world I make a new fabulous meal every night and dessert, and everyone loves/eats it and no one ever gets fat (i.e. me). I could go on & on about my pretend world, but in actuality the one I have is quite perfect for me.....

I have a great imagination and all that sounds amazing (something to strive for I suppose), I must admit that I am completely in love with the life I have. I have an amazing husband who loves and supports me and loves being a dad. I have an adorable son that has a smile that melts my heart and makes this non-emotional lady tear up just a bit everytime I see it. I am blessed and loved by a wonderful father in heaven, and have the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life to help guide and mold me. I have wonderful parents who help me create the amazing projects I dream up in my head, but am unable to do on my own :0). I have awesome friends and family who put up with me even when I am scattered and crabby. I have the support of a community that has enough faith in me and my abilities to keep me employed and thriving. My house may not always be clean, organized, or decorated to a tee-but we have a roof over our head and all the things we need. I am greatful for my life and all the things I have learned and continue to learn. I may not be perfect-and my life may not be perfect, but everything is just the way it should be-and that I can be eternally certain of, if I maintain my faith and love. At the end of each hectic day I know I wouldn't trade my eternal family and life in the now~for any pretend life my imagination could conjure up.

Life in the moment for all my friends!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

2 months

Lil D is sooo big! He loves holding his head up & standing with help. He talks constantly-especially in the morning. He cries when he is dirty, hungry, or tired...but is pretty happy besides that. He loves being outside already & cried the other day when I brought him in until I went back out. He can sit in his chair now for a bit, and is starting to respond to toys. He is great at reacting to people & pretty good about going to most everyone....even my friend Shanoa's little girl who was snuggling on him. He giggled for the first time at my dad, but hash't done it since...luckily I caught it on film-wish I could figure out how to download it! He loves his little sunglasses, & I love that I don't feel as bad about him staring at the sun. My mom has been here with us a lot helping us pack and helping post surgery...I miss it when she isn't here! Danen was on a great schedule until I tried to get him to sleep through the night...and then hd my surgery. Hoping he transitions back soon. We are almost all settled in & finally have internet. I will post about his baby blessing soon & will be editing up a storm so check here & my photography website to keep up with my work. Luv to you all!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lil Man

Danen is getting so's hard to believe that he was so small not very long ago. He still wants to hold his head up constantly and tries to "sit-up" when he is laying down and doesn't want to anymore. Yesterday he discovered he could drink the bath water...I had to move his head several times away from it after he found it-crazy kid ended up getting the best of me and choking on a mouthful. I am going to have to watch him like a hawk now :0). He met his namesake last week, Bid D came to go fishing with Eric (He painted this picture of Eric's dad Trent, which is his other namesake). Lil D is mostly happy all day now unless hungry or really tired. I get lots of smiles all day-and the crazy thing is my heart melts just as much when I get a smile when I tell him I love him right before he crashes out and when he farts or poops and then looks at me out of the corner of his eye (mischievously) and smiles. Dang boys-they'll get ya every time! I have finally gotten some more photos of this lil guy and he wasn't screaming-he has not liked photos much to the dismay of this mama-still need to edit them all, but this 1st one was too cute not to post-edited or not :0). This weekend lil man gets blessed-I can't believe that day is already here! He is getting big way too fast, but I love his smiley little phase when he wants to be with mama and be snuggled-for I know it will end way too soon. 
Cute little smiles to all our friends.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Stars and Stripes

4th of July was Danen's first holiday and it was a busy one! Eric is in the full swing of guiding so he wasn't with us until that night. Lil' D and I went out to a friends house for a bar-b-que at lunch. We chatted for awhile and then came home to meet Eric. We went to a park to listen to some music, to Alex and Shanoa's to chat while waiting for the fireworks (where Danen found his first girlfriend), and then to the Davis' house to watch the fireworks. Lil' man did pretty well until the last couple minutes and the drive home. He is getting big...but doesn't quite fit into those super cute shoes yet. I folded his socks (also too big) and somehow he managed to keep them on all day. His little onsie I didn't think would fit still-but I am glad it did because he looked so stink in' cute! 
We sure love our American Baby :0)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Labor of Love

Big boy...small cone :0)
Luvin on my lil man and his sweetness in my awesome hospital gown
First family photo...don't mind the amazing swolleness
Getting ready to go home...cute flowers from Great Grandma
Leaving the hospital with Dad...Mom was very slow behind them
I am getting so big I can help hold my binkie in! Usually I pull it out and scream though :0)
Getting the circ is hard work! Soooo tired!
Mommas lil baby boppy burrito...I luv to sit up and see the world!

Danen has now passed the 8lb mark and is 20.75inches long. He did awesome with his circumcision, and is back to being our happy guy. He has already been on 2 trips: He and I got to go back to Pocatello 2 weekends ago while Eric was at a basketball camp, and last weekend we went to Star Valley for a surprise camping trip for Eric's 30th (more on that later).  He has been doing great with breastfeeding and is growing like a weed - starting to sport a pretty good double chin :0). He is almost out of newborn clothes-they are all too short in the arms and legs, but fit his little belly pretty good. He is still too small for most of his 0-3 months clothes though, kinda a shocker for me, as most of the Murphy babies are bigguns! We have done a couple of photo shoots and I am hoping we got a few good shots-he did not love it, but luckily I am only going to try for 1 more until he is a bit bigger. I wanted to do more pix and do them earlier, but the unexpected problems of labor made that a difficult option*** [you can check out the birthing story below if you would like, I recorded it so I can remember so feel free to skip it :0)]. I am staying home with him right now, but am planning on going back to work a couple days a week if we can work it out. Eric has been incredibly helpful, but will be full-on in his guide season soon-so lil' Danen and I are trying to figure out some sort of a routine.

***As for his labor story: my water started leaking on Tuesday, but I wasn't ready to admit it and call the doctors until after my pedicure on Thursday :0). They asked that I come in right away to test the fluids. I called Eric (who has to try and find a sub), finished up some things at work, and dropped off  a cd of a photo shoot I had done. Eric and I met up shortly after (he had to come find me when I was dropping off pix... I had walked to the location from work and forgot my phone-he had called 16 times and was a little freaked out when I didn't answer he came to track me down). We loaded up the car and headed to Jackson. When we got to the clinic my midwife did 3 tests to check the fluids. The data was inconclusive until she looked at it under a microscope....sure enough my water was leaking and we would be staying in Jackson until lil' D made his appearance. I hadn't eaten in quite awhile so we decided to go to Pinky G's to grab a quick slice of pizza (bad idea in the aftermath, but tasted so good @ that time) before going to the hospital. We went to the labor ward and I was given Cytotec @ 4:45. Eric left to get dinner around 5:30, and while he was gone I had quite the adventure! Danen's heart rate dropped suddenly to lower than half his usual 140's. The nurse rushed in, as did my midwife to see what was going on. Quickly they had me move to my side and then to my hands and knees-while rushing to put me on oxygen. Jen (my midwife) checked me and ended up breaking my water-very pleasant gush :/. Eric came in around that time and was trying to figure out what was going on-he thought I was giving birth-haha, I wish! Once we got the heart rate stable I moved back to my side and switched from side to side for the rest of my labor. I was also kept on oxygen for the rest of it as well. When we first went in to the clinic and were told about the Cytotec they said I might have to have up to 3 doses for it to work-so not the case. With just one my body went into overdrive quickly. In the span of 5 hours I went from an almost 1 to a 7 and from 20% effaced to 90%. My contractions were coming 1-2 minutes apart for most of that. There really was no stage 1 labor for me as far as contraction spacing goes. It was fast and furious. I wanted to have a natural birth, and had plans on how to deal with the labor. As usual though, things went to their own accord. The ball, walking, and the tub were all tried with poor results. I tried the tub when I was around a 6 or 7, that went awful! I was in there about 3 minutes and it was not helping at all! I decided to get out and go back to laboring on the bed. This was the turning point for me mentally and physically. My contractions were about every minute and I was going so fast from hot (in a contraction) to cold (while out- due to the tub) that I could not calm myself down. I felt like I was going into shock. So around 10:45 I broke down and told Eric I had reached my breaking point and I asked for an epidural. The Nurse Anesthetists came in and started the procedure (taking forever might I add while I was holding so very still)...somewhere in that span we heard an "Oh Crap!"-yes, my worst fear with epidurals had come true (ever proving Murphy's law is a curse that never leaves you)-he had missed my epidural. He had to re-stick me and instantly I had a headache from the missed one. Up to this point I had already been stuck a ton, but little did I know that the missed epidural was just the beginning of the icing on the cake! It took the nurses 5 times to get my IV line in (I am a super hard stick) and then I got 2 Epidural sticks. At the point of leaving the hospital I had ended up with 5 IV sticks, 2 Epidural sticks, 2 blood draw sticks (to get blood to fix the Epidural), 1 Blood Patch stick (to fix said Epidural), 4 shots - 2 in each arm: 2  to slow down contractions, Rogham, and an immunization. Whew...I felt a little like a pin cushion and had some pretty good bruising. I am sure I looked like an addict :0). After we finally got the Epidural worked out I was able to relax and get a little sleep-as was Eric. The only big bummer was that all my machines kept randomly going off about every 1/2 hour. I was also given the 2 shots to slow down labor because my contractions were coming so close together they were worried about the baby going into distress. At around 3 am I was feeling tons of pressure and really wanted to push-however upon being checked I just wasn't ready yet. My midwife came back to the hospital around 5:30am so we could try to start pushing. Unfortunately the nurse hadn't seen that I still had about 3cm of cervix covering the back of Danen's head-making delivery difficult. Sometime around here I was starting to have tons of groin pain. They tried to give me a bump with the Epidural but it really wasn't working. We soon found out that the clamp system had broken and I had been without the Epidural for quite a long time. The Nurse Anesthetist ended up Jimmy rigging it enough to give me a little bit of relief until the Anesthesiologist could come in and fix it. Finally he did come and he tried to figure out how much medicine I had been given and what was still sitting in the IV line. With all of this Epidural drama the good thing was that I never had enough to do more than take the edge off-I could always feel my toes and move my legs (which was the other fear of getting an Epidural-being stuck in a bed unable to move)! When it was all figured out I pushed for about 1 1/2 hours to get the cervix removed. After that happened I pushed for another 1 1/2 hours with very little progress. At that time the midwife was concerned that something wasn't right due to my lack of progress. She had even given me pit to try to help my uterus contract harder for more progress-(Pit was something I really had not wanted to get). Unfortunately pretty much all of my birth plan had been altered at this point, but in the end it was all a blessing in disguise. After 3 hours total of pushing my midwife called in the OB to do an assessment. Shannon checked me (holy moly did that hurt!) and found that Danen's head was turned sideways and was stuck. We were given 2 options-forceps or C-section. I only had 1 thing left on my birth plan that I really wanted to avoid: C-Section!! I really just wanted to be done and be relieved of all the pressure so Eric and I opted to try forceps since I had already labored for so long....I did not want to be sore both ways! It was hard because I was so tired and bummed that it had all gone differently than I expected, and Eric was teared up because he knew how hard it was on me. They were all great with it though, our OB even noticed Eric's concern and asked if he was okay. They got it all set up and Shannon had me hold the next few contractions to save energy (so hard to do that!), when she was all set with the forceps (which Eric said looked like huge salad servers) I pushed and she turned his head and pulled him out! I couldn't believe he was out and in only one push! He had a bit of a cone head-not sure if it was from being stuck or forceps or both-but he was here and so cute! I was pretty out of it from all that went on with the extra fluid (4 bags-felt like I couldn't move right after those and I looked huge-not like all those post birth pix you always see!) and the pain, but I was able to hold him right away and check out his chubby cheeks! The best part for Eric was when our OB pulled him out she put him up to her chest and said "I just have to love on him" before she gave them to me. Afterwards the nurses were all talking about his ultra chubby cheeks and we were all recalling the whole situation when Shannon thanked us for trusting her to do a forceps delivery and then she said, "I didn't notice his chubby cheeks because I all I remember seeing was his big pink balls"...haha, we all had a laugh about that one! After about 1/2 hour they took him to do his stats-he passed with flying colors and they assured me he had all his parts-I was so out of it I didn't check his toes and fingers! They said once he was out I would feel so much better-but I really didn't until I had delivered the placenta. The stitching took awhile (3rd degree tear...almost 4 thank goodness it wasn't!), but luckily I had gotten the Epidural so that we could do the forceps option. The OB we use won't even attempt a forceps delivery unless you have had one because it tears you so badly. Overall I had such amazing care and I know that my nurses, midwife, and OB did the best care they could so that Danen and I could both be healthy! So although I went in really not wanting an Epidural, I am glad I got one because it was a huge blessing in disguise that helped me avoid the one situation I really didn't want-
Learning lesson: We can make a plan, but God always knows best. (My birth plan was to go naturally: not to receive meds to start me i, try various laboring methods, use a midwife, not be on constant monitoring, not to be on oxygen, no Epidural, no Pit, no C-section...ect. as long as the baby and I were healthy and doing okay...I guess my body had other plans)
The other part of our plan that was changed for the better was having my Mom with us the day we came home. We originally wanted to have a few days to ourselves when we came home, but the missed Epidural really threw a kink in those plans. They had us stay an extra night in the hospital after I received the Blood Patch to fix the leaking hole, my parents came to see little Danen-my Dad then went home and my Mom stayed in a hotel for a night until we were released. The leaking of spinal fluid caused some seriously uncomfortable side-effects: migraine type headaches, swelling and pressure in my head and neck, difficulty moving said head and neck, difficulty opening my eyes, dizziness, and weakness. When they did the patch I was unaware that you can do too much or move wrong and cause it to come I was quite bummed when the horrible symptoms returned. I received the patch on Saturday afternoon after consulting with the doctor, Anesthesiologist, and my Uncle (head of IF's Anesthesiology unit). By Monday my symptoms were back, and Eric had returned to work. Thankfully my Mom was there to help me. Tuesday we were supposed to go to Jackson for lil' man's check up, however, I could not sit up without throwing up. I felt horrible having my Mom clean up after me! After all @ 27 years of age your Mom should no longer be cleaning up your puke, doing your laundry, making your meals, and taking care of your child! I am so so so grateful that she was able to come and to be there early helping me so that Eric could finish up the last week of finals and grading. I loved her company and she was a great sport about it all-especially since all I could do was pretty much lay around and watch movies. She was such a huge help and I lost it when she was gone I and I knew I would have to do it all by myself! I mean-she would take the baby at any time day or night...and I took her up on several nights! She helped when he pooped and peed all over my and my bed. She cleaned up the house and helped Eric make meals (not that he isn't great at doing it on his own!). She caught me up on my laundry, and if I had felt better she would have helped me tackle the list of things I wanted to do before Danen arrived. There is no doubt in my mind that I have the most amazing Mom, and we would not have been able to do it as successfully without her here!
Learning lesson: Allowing others to serve us is not a sign of weakness, but an opportunity for growth and strengthening. My relationship with my Mom will never be as it was before-I always knew she was amazing but I have a new found awe for her and her abilities. 
The last part of this huge process and story was the amazing recovery story. I had been off and on the phone in tears on Tuesday with both my Uncle and the Anesthesiologist about doing a 2nd blood patch. We decided that I would do it on Wednesday and would just keep on the water and caffeine until then and rest. I called Eric at the suggestion of my Mom/Dad and asked him to come with one of our friends on their lunch break to give me a blessing. I was nervous that the 2nd blood patch might not work and we would go through all of that again for nothing, or that they could do it and mess it up again. They gave me a great blessing that said I would be healed according to my faith. That night I was feeling discouraged and then those words from the lesson came to me. I prayed and told God that I knew he could take away my pain and heal me, and then I asked that he would. The next day I woke up and felt so much better. We decided that I would not repeat the procedure but let my body heal itself-which it did. I am still in the midst of the healing process more than 3 weeks later...but I am trying to be patient and tell myself that they said my tears could take up to 6 weeks because of the severity. It is difficult not to be hard on myself and to not do too much. However, I have all summer and lots of amazing help. Lil' man is here and amazing-and I am recovering. I thank God and so many others who have made this transition smoother-especially with all our complications.
Learning lesson: Doctors cannot fix everything, but God can if it be his will. (I thank the other Doctor in my life-my Dad for repeatedly reminding me that I could receive a blessing for help-Dad's always know best!)

                                      Funny side note: When they got me up to use the bathroom for the first time {Eric was crashed help :0) } I went in and went...but when they were standing me up to leave I passed out (due to the Epidural night mare). I woke up to a voice saying "Breathe through your nose, Liz" over and over. I remember thinking why would I want to do that it burns like crazy! They had smelling salts for me...lovely :0). The best part is that there was a new CNA (1st day) and I opened my eyes to see her wide eyed, mouth open in shock-haha. Good stuff. They also tried to move us rooms right after that and Eric was so out on the fold out bed (that he had to dump Cherios off of to sleep on-lol) that even after I said his name 3 times a nurse still had to go over and pull on his leg to wake him up to leave. Poor guy was out cold after our exciting night and morning.