Monday, February 4, 2013

Meet our little Karly McKaye

As usual I made it to the due date January 16th and then some.  As the days came
and went without any progress, I started trying all the crazy self inducing
ideas.  After a week had passed, I had tried just about everything: evening primrose
capsules, rubbing oils on my tummy and feet, a nasty midwife's potion every 15 min for
3 hours, acupuncture, foot massages, and jumping on the tramp.  After all that I went
to my next doctors appointment and was sad to hear that I was still thick, high, and
completely closed.  I was so discouraged at that point that I gave in and set up an
induction date since my mom was planning to leave in 4 days. 

This is not how I wanted to go into labor, but it actually all worked out great. 
This is not my typical relaxed look during labor.  I have terrible tramatic
memories of being induced with Kamaile and Olivia, so I was dreading
this with all my heart, but this time I went into this delivery reassured that
if I wanted an epideral that was an option.  After laboring for 4 1/2 hours with
the end still way out of sight they wanted to start the pitocin to speed things up. 
The only way I was going to let them put pitocin in me was if I did the epideral, so
I did and it was amazing! This was my first experience with one and I could
not believe what a difference experience it was. Epiderals have always freaked me
out because of my blood clot issue and for other side effects people can have. I
was very skeptical, but not any more. After getting the epideral I fell fast asleep for
2 hours and woke up thinking I had stopped contracting and figured my labor had
that would have been the most miserable delivery out of the five and I might
not have been willing to get pregnant again. Really, I have great pregnancies
but I have always dreaded the delivery, so now I feel ike I can try for those boys!!!

 9 days late and our biggest baby yet.  Weighing in at 8.35 and 20 1/4 in.
The nurses kept commenting on her huge feet and long toes, that is obvious
who she got those from.  Along with her cute little face that looks just like her

Karly McKaye
January 25, 2013
12:09 pm

Kamaile has been a big help, although sometimes
she is a little too confident in her mothering skills
and thinks she knows better than me what Karly's needs are.

Lilvy was the biggest fan of the name Karly,
she was so excited when we decided it was official.

Emmy loves having a baby in our house and really
wants me to bring her for show and tell, luckily
a picture satisfied that desire.

Lucy has been surprisingly posessive of Karly.  At first she thought
she was the only one who could hold her.  When others tried holding
her, Lucy would try to pull Karly away by grabbing her face or hair.
When we stopped her she had a total melt down.  Now she is better,
she still loves holding her. When Karly cries Lucy gets right up in
her face and says "hi, hi, hi" .  Lucy has never been into binkis
but now that the baby has them she loves to steal them and start
sucking. I think she is still trying to figure this all out, but over all
she is having fun with a baby in the house.

Here we are 6 girls and a lonesome boy

My mom luckily was able to extend her stay so she could
be here longer after the baby came home.  Thank goodness, she
was a huge help.  We were lucky enough to have her
with us for 2 weeks in which time Lucy got croup, Livy
had an allergic reaction, and we brought home the
baby.  I don't think we could have managed without her help.
We are really missing her.

We had a really hard time coming up with a name for this little gal.  I loved the name Gwen, Aaron wanted McKaye, but neither of us were willing to give in.  We both liked the name Karly, so we had to compromise, but Mckaye sounded better as the middle name, so I guess I did give in to that one.  Which means we already have the name picked for girl #6.
Other than sleeping at night, Karly has been a perfect little baby.  She has been such a joy to have in our home, although she has created a problem.......our house is too small for all these girls.  Each time we bring a baby home we have to get creative to make everything work.  After looking all around trying to figure this one out, we've realized we've used up every nook and cranny there is. We are busting at the seams.  It is time for some space! Hopefully I can keep up on the blog and have some house news soon.


Saturday, November 5, 2011


I really need to get out of this habit of blogging once a month, because there are way too many pictures. We had a busy month starting off with a trip to Utah over fall break then came back and jumped right into all the fall and Halloween festivities.
We decided to be a royal family this year. We had Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Princess Minnie, and of course Aaron and I were the king and queen to all or our princesses.
All the hard work of trick or treating paid off for the girls, not necessarily for Aaron and I. This was the first year the girls kind of took control of their candy, it hasn't been as easy for us to steal any. So, we decided to hit up Target after Halloween to get our own stash, now we are all happy.

This was the best pictures we could get, all they wanted to do was "fly" around on sticks, screaming and running wild.

At least little Luc couldn't run away from me, I love this picture!

We were lazy about taking pictures on this trip, I feel like we did a lot more than we took pictures of. We were so excited to go up and see my sister, Jodi's family who has been living in Germany for the past 3 years. We also wanted to watch my brother play football, and I did a race with my sister, Jenny. We also loved rollerblading down Provo Canyon and enjoying Utah in the fall. Fall is definitely the season I miss most, so it was fun to get a little taste of it.Visiting Grandma on her mission on Temple Square.
Maile lost her first 2 teeth on our trip. She never dared pull them out so both eventually just fell out, I think she was so relieved cause she was scared to death to let anyone touch them or do anything that might cause pain.
Thanksgiving Point!

Sleepover in Grandma and Grandpas room
Lucy's blessing

Monday, September 26, 2011


I know our life seems like a big long vacation and to be honest it kind of has been like that ever since Lucy was born. In the 2 1/2 months of her life that little gal has been to Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Hawaii, California, and Arizona. It has been a crazy, fun couple of months and we aren't even done. We head up to Utah in 9 days. It will be our last trip for a while. We have had so much fun visiting these amazing places and being with family, I'm not ready for the trips to end.
Here's another picture overloaded post. ...
We started out in San Clemente where we stayed at Aaron's aunt and uncles vacation home, it was unbelievable. It was the perfect spot, 5 minutes from the beach and 30 minutes from Disneyland. Loved it! After staying there for almost a week we headed up north by San Francisco for Johanna (Aaron's cousins) wedding. We love our trips out there cause they spoil us rotten with huge yummy feasts for every meal, shower the girls with gifts, and keep us entertained all day. What more could you ask for in a vacation? Well, maybe more sleep, we were all exhausted when we got home, I'm still trying to recover.
The girls had been anticipating this trip since Maile's birthday because instead of a party we told her she was getting a surprise in California. The excitement and anticipation mounted since we were there 3 days before they got it. The surprise was Disneyland, we recorded it but forgot to take a picture of them with their faces covered as we strolled up to the entrance and then unveiled the surprise. It wasn't quite the reaction we were hoping for, but they loved it! These pictures were taken the morning we woke up and they realized we had finally made it to California.

Aaron's cousin Kristine and her husband Ben are living at the house in San Clemente so they showed us everything to do there including swimming at Ben's parents house, which has to be the most amazing pool I've ever seen in a backyard. We could have spent all of our days there, it was so much fun. We got a little carried away with our action shot pictures of jumping off the waterfall and rocks, but we got some awesome ones. I didn't include Emmy's little skinny dipping jumps, but those were some great ones too. We were getting ready to go when we looked outside and saw Emmy climbing the rocks with her bare boodie hanging out. She thought it was hilarious and has since tried doing it 2 more times.

These were our 1st attempt at a family photo for our Christmas card (usually we have to have a couple photo shoots) and a picture to replace our outdated family picture in our house that is like 4 years old and is missing Olivia and Lucy.DISNEYLAND!
Livy didn't seem to love Disneyland as much as Emmy and Maile while we were there. She basically just cried on every ride except Its a Small World and she didn't like being close to the characters, but she loved the parade and loved the characters from a distance. Now that we are home, she can't stop talking about Minnie Mouse and how funny Goofy was. She seriously keeps talking about Disneyland all day, so she must have loved it more than it showed. Uncle Spencer came out a few days early so he could play with us at Disneyland, I don't think we could've managed without him and the girls absolutely love him.
Since Disneyland was Maile's big birthday surprise we got her one of those Birthday buttons, so she got lots of extra attention, which she loved.
Aunt Karolyn and Kathy really know how to spoil us.
Love any chance we get to see "amer" and Grandpa Kerr