it's official

well, it's official we are moving to provo in two months. ty is going to finish his bachelor's degree in construction management at BYU. it's funny to be going back there after three years, but we are excited. i am excited for BYU baseball games and 50 cent movie night and the beautiful fall leaves. i'm very very very excited that the temple is 5 minutes away and not an hour . i am excited to be around other couples that are going to school also and to finally have ty graduate...someday. we hope if you are in town that you will visit, since we will be lonely!
we found this cute house to rent right by campus, and for ty it has the most important asset a property can have, a garage. for me, i am glad the girls will have their own rooms while we put abby on a schedule; but there is no dishwasher, and i hate dishes, but I will be ok. it has a fenced in yard and a basement for storage, so it all evens out i guess.


my girls

abby has been such a blessing in our family, she is so calm and peaceful, and patient. it's almost like she knows I really need her to be there for me. if she's hungry, she'll just wait patiently till I can feed her, and I'm so grateful for that.
she listens to lucy all day long, and lucy loves to put her binky in her mouth, even if she doesn't want it! everytime that abby squaks, even when lucy's in the bathtub she'll yell "Abby needs her binky!" I'm excited to watch them grow up and (hopefully) play together

Lucille is definitely our little dancer. without any encouragement from me or ty, she has turned into a blossoming ballerina. she loves classical music, her 'pointe' shoes and her tutu. she prances about all day long. she can watch a move from me or the tv and imitate it right away.

lucy's aunt tara took these pictures, and I just can't get enough of them. it really caught lucy's emotions. lucy always says "twirl with me mommy!"

lucy and her 'arabestk' as she calls it


my hubby

some of you may not know, but ty is really good on four-wheelers. he has been riding since he was 10 and loves it. i know this pictures look pretty crazy, but he does it well; i do get nervous every once in a while though :). his brother trent, our friend jed and ty all built this jump out by our reservoir.


Abby's Blessing

Abby Leigh and her Aunt Danna Leigh, her namesake

All of the Curtis Clan (my family)
l-r, aunt tami, justin, jill, russ,melanie, jacob, billy, dad, mom, abby, me, ty, roger, meg, guy, sarah, danna. front row- dj, cameron, mason, emily, annie, maddie, emma, ellie, jessie, kaleb, sydney and lucy

Our new family- Tyson, Annie, Lucille Ann 2yrs, and Abigail Leigh 7 weeks

Tyson's Fam
tara, trent, aunt nancy, grandpa leavitt, grandma leavitt, taylor, camille, lucy, rod, me, ty, grandpa adams, grandma adams, aunt corinne, uncle matt, austrie, mady, ari and taryn

Abby looked so pretty that day


Lucy and Abby hanging out in the hotel room

Mommy, Lucy and Abby with Minnie.
(We actually almost named Abby Minnie, after my great-grandmother. Funny huh?)

Lucy and Daddy watching Mickey Mouse during a show in Toon Town. Disneyland is one of Ty's favorite places to be, other than a Baseball stadium.


Daddy and His Girls

It is so fun to watch Ty and his two daughters spend time together. Lucy is still pretty jealous of Abigail.

Abigail Leigh Leavitt (and her birth story)

Our second daughter Abby was born Thursday morning, January 11, 2007 at 2:06 am. She was early but we had a little bit of warning.

I decided to add her birth story; it is sort if like a real life drama, and I didn't want to share it, but it has turned out to be very therapeutic to put it in writing. So if you wish, you may read the beginning of her life here.

The Saturday before I was 34 weeks and 4 days along and Ty and I attended a session at the St. George temple. While getting dressed to go I called my mom and asked her how tight her stomach felt at the end of her pregnancies? Hahaha, I was having a contraction. With Lucy I only had back labor, so I was clueless, again. During the entire 2 hr session I was having contractions, first about 7 minutes apart, and then to every 5 minutes, on the dot. I brushed it off, and we went to lunch. Well, these puppies were not going away. So we went into the hospital, and sure enough they were 2 minutes apart, and strong. But luckily, they stopped and we went home on bed rest. Thank goodness because she was just too little then.

I ate so much food the next 4 days, trying to pack some weight on her little body. On Wednesday evening, Ty came home from work and I was just sitting on the couch, sorting mail with my legs up. Then they started again, 5 minutes apart exactly. We waited a little for them to go away and they got stronger, to 2 minutes apart. So we took Lucy to our in-laws (they were awesome with her!) and headed in again to the hospital. As we walked in the doors I thought, we should take a picture, but didn't think we'd really have her.

Hooked up again to the monitors, waiting to hear from my doctor, we were just waiting. The contractions actually were letting up again after an intense hour drive in. The nurse came in, explained that I wasn't progressing and that they were going to discharge me, again. OH, I was so embarrassed; another crazy girl thinking she was in labor. Well, seriously, as the door clicked shut I realized I was peeing my pants. I said "uh, Ty, I'm peeing on myself...oh my gosh... I think my water just broke." He looked at me like I was some alien, yeah right! We brought in the nurse, and sure enough, this baby was coming. What an adventure!

5 hours later, with 6 pushes came little Abigail. She was so tiny and fragile. She cried right away, and so did I, once they told me she was ok. I kept asking, "Is she ok?... Is she ok?" A resounding yes from the doctors and nurses made me feel better, for about 15 minutes. Then our whole world changed.

Although she was almost 5 weeks early, she weighed a whopping 5lbs, 20z and was 181/2 inches long. Pretty good size for that far along. She started wheezing while breathing, and as they put her in my arms, something just didn't feel right. She was grunting and shaking with every breath, and as much as I wanted to hold her, I asked the nurse to take her and help her.

Luckily my girlfriend Chandra, the nurse, told me not to be surprised if they put her on oxygen, so we were prepared for that. But we were not prepared for the NICU. "What is the NICU?" I asked, I had no clue. Never thought I'd have a "preemie". I mean, all my mom's babies were almost 9 pounds!

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit looked just like a movie set. When they wheeled me in to see her she was only an hour old. They were about 12 nurses and doctors in the room, all talking to each in other in some foreign language. The doctor was asking, "Where have you been this past month, where does Ty work, what is our living condition like?" I didn't understand what was wrong, I thought my baby was fine, but why did she have so many tubes and wires and machines beeping next to her? It really was too much for me to take in, and my nurse said that I could start pumping whenever I felt like it, so I asked to do it right away. Honestly, it felt like the only thing I had control over and that could help my baby.

It was too hard to look at her in that incubator and only touch her little hand, the Cpap (pushes air into nose) the first day made her nose look humongous and uncomfortable, so I just had to leave. Ty didn't leave her side for 10 hours, and then he came and spent the night with me in my room. That night, Abigail 'crumped' with acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome ( basically her lungs were premature and a month behind development). She had to be intubated and chest tubes put in to release the oxygen that escaped from the holes in her lungs (pneumothorax). She actually looked better by then because she had all her lines running through her bellybutton instead of a ginormous IV in her little hand and the intubator tube didn't look as cumbersome as the Cpap.

We were in the NICU for 14 days, and they were very long and tiresome and stressful. But we were lucky to have amazing doctors and very patient and understanding nurses. We are home now and very healthy. She is a very peaceful baby.


So, here is our very first blog about our family. Today was an interesting day, Lucy is cranky and Abby seems like she might have a cold :(.
Lucy has been spending lots of time with her cousins who have been in town, and is loving it! All this time at Grandma's has thrown us a little off schedule and she is not a happy camper. But she still is cute and wanting to dress up everyday like a "princess."
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