Tuesday, December 31, 2013

FB Update: 12/31/13


Dallin's FB Update from 12/31/13.

What an amazing way to end 2013!!!!!!!!!! This year has some of the most wonderful and happy times of our lives as well as some of the most difficult times in our lives. Our dear, dear son was born today December 31st, 2013. Twenty-four years ago on December 31st, 1989 my beautiful, sweet wife was born. I love that our son and Amy share a birthday. 
Our son’s name is Clay Welling Wengert. We love his name and the meaning behind it. Clay is my middle name, which was taken from my fathers name Clayton. Clay’s middle name is Welling, taken from my Neurosurgeon, Dr. Welling, at McKay-Dee Hospital in Utah. Amy and all of my family hung onto every single thing Dr. Welling said. It was a terribly difficult time for everyone and there was so much uncertainty and doubt. He was extremely instrumental in me being able to hold Clay today. I do not remember ever meeting this man but I thank him for all he has done for us.

This morning we did get a little scare. The doctor discovered that Clay was breach and so within 30 minutes Amy was on the table getting a C-Section. She is doing well. Of course it is interesting to see how our birthday plans went from a romantic date to becoming parents in the operating room. We love it! Amy has told me this is the best birthday present she has ever received. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and will have a happy new year!

Clay Welling Wengert - Best birthday ever




We had just finished up a fun-filled weekend here in Marana with all of the Wengert's when little Clay decided to make his appearance! I couldn't have been happier with the timing. I started to feel what I thought were contractions throughout the day on December 30th. I had just assumed they were Braxton Hicks because they were sporadic and short-lived and in all honestly I had no idea what a real contraction felt like. We ran around all day finishing up the calendar pictures for Derek and Jessie so I wasn't paying too much attention to it anyway. We went to bed as usual and around 3:30AM I woke up feeling those strong "cramps". I don't know what's normal, but I pretty much only felt the contractions in my back which is one of the reasons why I didn't think I was in real labor. I realized that they seemed to keep coming. I started timing them and they were about 3-5 min apart. I thought there was no way I was going into labor-it would be too good to be true! I wasn't in a ton of pain, but definitely uncomfortable enough not to be able to sleep. So I turned on a movie to pass the time and distract myself. I figured they'd probably go away soon and if I ended up staying up the rest of the night I could just nap the next day. Dallin is such a hard sleeper that he had no clue what was going on.

I woke Dallin up around 4:30AM since after an hour of consistent contractions I thought there might be a chance this was it and I wanted to talk to somebody about it! He would rub my back when they would come and he went around and started to pack our hospital bag. (Yes, this probably should've been packed earlier, but since we travel so much we always seem to have a suitcase packed.) I took a nice, hot shower and the contractions kept coming. I had this huge fear of going in and being sent away because I thought I'd just be so disappointed if Clay wasn't really coming yet. Also, I thought I'd feel silly for making a big deal about nothing. I decided to call the Women's Center and just ask a nurse if this was labor-haha! After she realized I was a first time mom she said I better wait a couple more hours and that if I was able to talk through them then it most likely wasn't time.

We waited more and I finally broke down and called my mom around 5:30AM. We talked for awhile and she encouraged me to go in. Dallin drove me to the hospital. This was one of his goals of rehab-to get his  license in time to drive me. He did it! And thank goodness. Every bump in the road was painful. By the time we got there it seemed as if the contractions stopped and I thought-Oh boy! Well we were there so we might as well see where I'm at. The nurse that checked me was the same nurse that I talked to on the phone. Her jaw dropped when she checked me and I was dilated to a 6!! She thought she was going to have to send me home. Dallin and I started high-fiving and cheering for joy as I was admitted and we realized we were having the baby!! And to top it all off on my birthday!

I was really nervous about getting an IV (my first one) and the epidural. I don't like needles. To my surprise, it went so smoothly!! The doctor came in and said the baby was head down so she broke my water. She checked me again and realized Clay was actually breech so it was a surprise C-section. Dallin had left to get breakfast so I texted him really quick "C-SECTION. HURRY." He made it just in time to jump in scrubs as I was being rolled out the door into surgery.




I was pretty shocked and nervous. As the Doctor was opening me up I could feel them tugging so the anesthesiologist asked if he could give me a little sedative. I said "No, thank you". In no time, Baby Clay was delivered and I got to see him really quick before they took him to be worked on!





He loves to stick up one foot.


Healthy as a horse.

Our sweet little Buba came out 6lbs 3oz! 

The anesthesiologist kept asking me if I'd like a little sedative so I finally said yes. I thought it would be something to take the edge off, but it turns out it knocked me out. I saw Clay for a quick second after they pulled him out and then I didn't wake up for about an hour. :/ I was really groggy waking up and once I realized what happened I was sad. Dallin took a picture of me and Clay while I was out. But once the drugs wore off and I held that cute little baby boy in my hands, everything was perfect.



There's his little foot sticking up again.


He loves the warm blankets.





 That's one happy Daddy!




We loved snuggling and getting to know this little guy. He is so sweet. 

Grandma Toni couldn't be there in person so she sent us this beautiful, delicious bouquet!

Uncle Tanner with baby Clay!

Auntie Jordan

Uncle Teej!

Grandpa and Grandma Wengert came along with Jordan, Janae, Tanner, Tara, TJ, and the boys!
Our hospital stay was sort of a blur but Clay was healthy and we were all happy to head home!


Clay's first car ride.



Monday, December 30, 2013

Missionary Calendar

Ever since meeting Tara in Wisconsin on her mission I've always loved that the Wengert family makes a "Missionary Calendar" to send out to those on the mission. Each month is a different picture and as the years have gone on they get crazier and more creative! I never thought I'd be in one, but I must say it was just so much fun!!
Pregnancy Day!
(The day before I went into labor!)

Witches Day!
Levi in the pot. Soo funny! 

Missionary Day! 
So fitting to be sending this one out to the missionaries. Love Devin's role!


Nativity Day!
I loooooove that Dolly and Retha are actually in the picture and Festus too! 
Laura's beard!

Can't wait to SEE you Day!
Hilarious.

Greece Day!
It was fun putting together the leaf hats!
Duck Dynasty Day!
Ok, Clayton was so funny in this one. He's the one in the body suit, top right!

Chinese Day!
Inspired by Teddi who served in Hong Kong. Love Clayton's head dress!

U of A Day!!
Our Christmas Jammies matched perfectly. I love how some of our Indian paint is still on!

Indian Day
The boys were sooo adorable in this one. (Ty and Levi of course) Everyone made fun of my face after looking at this one. I was going for tough...

Nurses Day
Inspired by Tara and Devin. Okay this one was probably the most fun! Yes that is TJ giving birth to Gracie. She was such a good sport. (Gracie, I mean) TJ was too!! 

This is only eleven pictures. The other month we are going to use the "Miracles Happen" picture from the family reunion. I have to say this is one of the funnest things I've ever done with the Wengerts. I think this tradition is so fun. The memories made along the way are worth all the work put in. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas in Marana

Christmas in Marana this year was a lot of fun. We got to skype the missionaries, went caroling, saw some beautiful Christmas lights, and much more!!

We did the Nativity scene for a FHE and Dallin and I got to be Mary and Joseph. Sure wish that was really Clay in my arms. Soon enough!

I just love these guys. They are hilarious! TJ--HAHA!!

This was adorable. The boys didn't want to participate and we were okay with that because we were going to be need A LOT of cooperation from them for all of the calendar pictures. Levi or should I say Levi-ette had to try on the Joseph wig - So dang cute!


It seems to be a Wengert tradition to go to Winter Haven and see all the lights. It was a lot of fun!!



Another Wengert tradition is to go caroling on Christmas Eve! It was so fun and we even brought Gracie!!!



In our Christmas jammies!

It was sooooo fun to talk to the missionaries!! We even got to talk to Jessie and Derek at the same time for a short period. They are both doing so well!

It was so fun to see Ty Ty and Levi open their gifts on Christmas! It makes me think about Clay and how Dallin and I will have so much fun getting him excited for Christmas and watching him open gifts. It was such a wonderful day! The presents were so wonderful and thoughtful. We just love being with the Wengert family!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FB Update: 12/18/13


Dallin's FB Update on 12/18/13.

UPDATE: Merry Christmas everyone!! It’s always an exciting time of the year and a great time to reflect on what we are grateful for. We are so excited for the birth of our son; his due date is Jan. 13th. Only 26 more days left!! Amy is doing a fantastic job and we’re trying to learn all we can about raising a child. 

My therapy is going great. I’m reducing my time from 4 days a week to 3 at the therapy center and replacing it with work time for my dad at Marana Vet Clinic. 

We have some exciting news! We’ve found out that we’ll be able to move back to Logan, UT sooner than we thought! I will finish my therapies here in Phoenix, AZ on February 28th and then off to Logan to start work again. I will be taking a couple online classes from Utah State starting January so I will finish those up and get back in the swing of things for starting on campus classes again in the Fall of 2014. I will continue speech therapy in Logan to work on speed of neurological processing, flexible thinking, word finding and other high level executive functions. We are very excited! We have so much to be grateful for we have been so blessed. We have our son who will be here in about a month!! It’s a wonderful life!! -Dallin

I just want to add that this will be a very special Christmas for us. There was a lot of uncertainty about how and if Dallin would recover and we couldn’t have asked for better progress than what he’s made this far. As we reflect upon the birth of Jesus Christ, we remember all the miracles we’ve seen these past six months. With the upcoming arrival of our first son, I’m so grateful that God has allowed Dallin to be here still and to be Clay’s father. There is no greater gift that we could’ve asked for. We know we are so blessed and we don’t take this precious second chance for granted. May you feel the love of the Savior especially this month and know that God knows and cares for you. -Amy

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Marana Baby Shower

The Marana Baby Shower was so wonderful!! Sue, Karlee, and Nadia threw such a nice and delicious party. Of course, Laura and the girls helped put everything together and Dallin and I were just so grateful!!

YUMMY!

It was so good to see so many people come to support Dallin and I and our little baby Clay.
We all had a fun time catching up with one another.

Such fun and sweet gifts!

We are so touched at all of these beautiful gifts and it is making us so excited to meet our little boy in the next few weeks!! We can't thank everyone enough for their love and support!!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Photos

Amanda Summerhays offered to take our Maternity/Christmas photo. She did a beautiful job and was so patient with Dolly and Retha. 

Just outside the Wengert home. 




Love this man.



Little boots for Clay. 




Handsome Man!

Perfect timing with the sunset!



This one is my favorite.