Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Growing up so fast

I wanted to document Hadley's milestones so I figured I would do it here:

Newborn: Hadley cluster fed only at night, I felt like I could not keep up. She would eat, and then 10 minutes later wanted to eat all over again. I didnt feel like I was producing the milk she wanted/needed so we would supplement during this time because she was just wanting to eat way too much. She would wake up at night every 3-4 hours at night to eat. She liked being held be her mom. Mom and dad were very exhausted during this time. 

1 Month: Hadley sleeps majority of the night, which has been a relief for mom and dad. she has learned to smile, but still does not bounce in her bounce toy. Has been difficult to feed, since I still feel that I cant keep up.

2 Months: Has had some sleep regression. Wakes up around 4-5am to feed. Can jump and play and bounce toy, and can finally entertain herself in it. Smiles lots! recognizes figures in mirror. In this month Hadley stopped breastfeeding and wanted the bottle, which made mom super frustrated. Had to start pumping more. loves playing with her daddy.

3 Months: Wakes up 2-3 times a night to be fed, so continuation of sleep regression. Now prefers breastfeeding over bottle. Krishelle is babysitting now since I went back to work. Loves to chew on Mr. bug on her jungle bounce toy and loves to jump. smiles, giggles, and lets out big screeches. Has been super difficult for Briar to Watch Hadley on weekends when I have to work. Briar made me call in sick on Fathers day. Hadley has been crying a lot and it is super hard and frustrating for us. she has started to grab things and is drooling like crazy.

4 Months: Still wakes up 2-3 times a night especially when she is sick. Loves other people and her toys. Plays independently real well. Can roll back and forth. Still smiles and laughs a lot. 95% in weight, height, and head circumference. still loves bouncing and Mr. bug. Hates getting her nose cleaned but loves getting her ears cleaned. Talks your ear off and has mastered the fake cry.

5 Months: wakes 2 times a night unless on vacation, then its 1-2 hours. can sit self up, almost able to crawl but now quite there yet. Still loves bouncing, but no longer loves Mr. Bug. Likes to nap with mom in the morning. Has eyes for mom and dad and turns towards us when we talk. Easts puree at night and especially loves banana. VERY messy eater. Doesn't expect to be held all the time. Rolls everywhere. Flirt with her Daddy using shoulder. loves her toys. Doesnt care for pacifier. Has 2 bottoms teeth that came in. would explain her sicknesses and runny noses. 

6 Months: Crawls everywhere and can stand self up on everything. Harasses mom by trying to crawl up her legs and wanting to suck on electronics. Is not afraid of danger. Falls often and gets cuts and bruises. Mom and Dad try really hard to keep her safe but she is persistent on exploring. Eats Puree and dissolvable snacks 2x a day. Still only has 2 bottom teeth. Is starting to nap better. Takes 3 a day, and has lately only been waking up once at night, but use to wake up every 3-4 hours. Sleeps in until 8 or 9, which has been awesome. Hadley loves it when Dad gets home. Has grown out of 6 month clothes. 

7 Months: Is teething, upper left side tooth (next to where middle teeth should be) popped through on 09/19/16. Wakes up once a night and sometimes 0 times a night. Loves mom, and hates it when men hold her. Still is standing up and holding on to items like our couch. 

8 Months: Beginning of this month two top side teeth, left middle tooth on top, and two bottom middle teeth are present. crawls, stand and walks while holding onto furniture. shares food with mom and dad. screams when ice cream is gone. Says bababababa a lot, and wakes up 1-2 times a night still. She is hard to get a picture of since she is always moving. Laughs and loves playing. Baby proofing since she is pulling down stools and everything pretty much down. cries at strange men. still eats puree twice a day but eats snacks and sometimes part of moms meal. Sucks on her thumb. Full of energy. At the end of month 8 Hadley is starting to climb on things and can take 3 steps. She can stand all on her own for about 8 seconds. She screams and talks to mom and dad a lot (bababababa.) Wakes up 1-2 times a night. She likes to play the game where you chase her. Cries with men she is unfamiliar with (Gpa Casper.) Eats people food in small bites. Goes to sleep fast for naps. Has 4 top middle teeth and two middle bottom. 

9 Months: Beginning of this month Hadley was grinding her teeth and swishing spit. her size 12 month clothes are getting tight, except for pants - too long. She can stick her tongue out. moves head side to side with music at the end of 9 months. Does not cry as much when in her car seat. Can travel all 4 hours in car. Wakes up once a night around 2-3am. Needs item to pull herself up and then she can walk. Weighs 22 lbs at last appointment.

10 Months: Waves goodbye. Started to flick her since she knows when she is being naughty. knows what come here means and go to mom or dad. Can finally sleep through the night (probably because we have a noise maker for us so we cant hear her - don't judge.) Is starting to get an attitude. Yells at us when she is hungry, tired, or wanting out of her high chair. Bounces head side to side and front to back with music. Walks everywhere - done crawling! says mama. Loves Gpas' and Gmas'. Still hesitant around men. Loves playing with other kids. Can say "Hi" very clearly. 

11 Months: Loves to dance. Climbs upward to be high. Likes to laugh with/at Daddy. Still breastfeeding, but I am starting to slow down. take 2-3 short naps daily, like 45 min-1 hour. Loves playing on stairs and being independent. Stomps her feet and cries when we take something from her. Has a big attitude, but it is pretty cute. 

12 Months: Takes 2 naps daily, one is longer than the other. She is getting so smart.

16 Months: Hadley runs and avoids me when she sees a diaper in my hand to change her. She cries when I take her into her room for a nap (takes 2 naps, sometimes just 1.) Listens to some of my commands (trowing away diaper.) gives hugs and kisses. clings to gram. Says Thank You.

18 Months: Says Jessica, Thank You, hi, mama, papa, mommy/daddy

23 Months: Can pretty much say anything we ask her to say, but it doesn't come out that clear. She understands majority of my commands. She has become a very picky eater. She will eat peanut butter, jam, mac and cheese, and dino-nuggets really well, but that is pretty much it. She doesn't even try it but she refuses it (VERY frustrating.) She can count to 3, we are still working on getting to 10. She loves loves loves barney, and will watch Sofia the first but loves barney way more. Is in size 2T. Still hates getting diaper changed - time to potty train! She has and can crawl out of her crib, but doesn't (thankfully.) Obsessed with shoes and will finally wear her new slippers since she saw that blakely got some slippers for Christmas and was wearing them. She decided slippers are cool.

We love our Hadders so much and can't believe she is going to be turning two. 

...a year later

I'm so lame. It has already been a year since I last blogged, and I have so much to catch up on. I don't really know where to start, so I will start at the beginning and just go over the big events. Hadley had a wonderful 1st birthday party held at our house. We had dinner and dessert and opened presents with her family around. She loves all of her Grandpas and Grandmas. Sometimes it feels like she loves her grandmas over her mom. She always will choose them over me, hahaha its okay, I love that she loves them so much!

We had Priest Lake again this summer, beginning of August. Priest Lake is always a party. We had so much fun seeing family and spending some time with them. I hate that everyone lives so far away. I only get to see some of my siblings 1-2 times a year, so it's a big party when we do all get to come together. We played some good ol' beach volleyball and spike ball. My parents also rented a jet ski that we got to go out on the lake. As a kid when we would go to Priest Lake, we would tube all day, now I find myself wanting to just relax and enjoy soaking up the sun. Being a mom has also played a huge impact in that as well, not just age. My parents also bought a blow up hot tub that we all race to get into once the cover comes off, since there are limited seats. I am so thankful for my grandparents for providing a wonderful cabin, where I have made some of my most favorite memories. Hadley was old enough to play in the sand and sit on the paddle board with her mom. I love watching her being able to grow and develop and do things that she wasn't able to do the year before. She loves playing with her cousin Blakely who is only a few months older. I love my family and cant wait to see everyone again next summer. 

Hadley was so excited to see Santa. When she saw him, her face lit up. She grabbed my mom's hand and dragged her to the stage where he was sitting at the ward Christmas party. She was smiling and wanted so go see him. When it was her turn, she hesitantly walked up to him. She got scared and starting frowning, but no tears came. She sat on his lap and bravely waved back at us. Santa gave her a bag of treats that made her feel better. I was so proud of her for being so brave!
This year was Christmas on the Casper side, so my family decided to spend it at the lake, since we love the lake. Jessica was unable to make it, we missed her a lot. We started out sledding down the driveway hill, but Tyler M. found this other hill that was quite the hill to walk up and intense coming down. A few people hit trees and I even had a branch hit my eye, but it was fun and worth it. Some of the men documented coming down it with their phones. It was a blast and by the end of the week, the kids were even going down it. 
It was magical watching the kids see what Santa had brought them. I loved watching how excited they were. Hadley got some coloring stuff, dress and shoes, and bubbles from Santa. She loved what she got, but she doesn't understand it all quite yet. I cant wait until she learns about Santa.
Once again we set up the hot tub. It was so cool sitting in it surrounded by snow. I love hot tubs!
We ate a ton of food and treats. At night we would play games and watch movies. We also had some intense games of Mario-Cart on Nintendo 64, definitely brought back some old memories. On Christmas Eve we went to Newport/Priest River Sunday Christmas Program. It was beautiful and we were all impressed with the performances that were given. It was a wonderful introduction to Christmas. 
Prior to Christmas we had a christmas party at the Berry's shop, it was good seeing family and meeting some of Briar' relative. We had some competitive games that brought everyone's crazy sides out 😉
We also had a dinner with the Carlisle's at my house. We opened presents together and got to spend some quality time together which was very nice. It was sad not seeing them on Christmas day, but this kind of helped make up for it. 

Right now we are kind of unsure what life has in store for us. Briar is currently unemployed and I am working twice a week at Lourdes hematology/oncology clinic. We are unsure if we will stay in this, area (hope so) but I have absolutely loved the year we have spent here close to family and friends. We hope 2018 will be just as good to us. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A lot has changed

Hadley is already almost a year old. Her birthday will be on the 8th of February. We are so excited when she hits new milestones, but then again it makes me sad because I want her to stay my baby forever. She is walking and running, getting herself off the couch, and doing everything that she sees Briar and I do (Briar will be annoying and play with my stomach fat, and then once he is done Hadley will start doing the same thing!) She is also starting to talk more. She says "hi" and sometimes "mom" and "dad." She also can stick her tongue out. It is the best thing seeing her grow into her little personality. I am so blessed to be her mom. Motherhood is definitely not easy, but it is the best thing ever! Mama loves you Hadders!

A lot has changed for our family these last couple months. First off we are no longer living in Forest Grove, Oregon. Our house was listed for less than 2 days and we sold it. We sold and closed our house in less than a month. Everything happened so quickly. It was definitely an emotional time for us, because we did love that home. Forest Grove was a great place for us. We lived in a cute neighborhood, that was not too far from the grocery store. Forest Grove is about an hour from the coast and about 45 minutes from Portland depending on traffic. We loved the drive out there, open fields and beautiful trees. It was a treat to spend a small portion of our lives out there. We have moved back to the Columbia Basin, which has been amazing. We love being so close to family. surprisingly, it has been more difficult then I thought adjusting to country life even though Briar and I are both from the country. The drive to the grocery store is a difficult one for me to make, but I am sure I will get use to it again soon!

Briar stopped working for Nike due to a huge hiring freeze. Unfortunately because of this, Briar was unable to find a full-time job with them. Thankfully, Andersen organics in Othello had an opening as a corporation manager, and Briar was able to fill that position. We feel really blessed for how everything has worked out. We know the Lord has been watching over us and we know he has been listening and answering our prayers.

I am currently staying at home and taking care of Hadley while I wait for my license to come in. Being a stay at home mom has been wonderful. I love being home with Hadley and seeing her learn and grow.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Where has time gone

Time has been flying by in the Carlisle home. Hadley is already 7 months old. It saddens me to see her get so big and so mobile. I find myself waiting a little longer to put clothes on her so I can admire all of her rolls. She has started crawling and she stand up on her own so I know her rolls probably wont be there much longer. Her personality has been coming out a lot more too! She smiles all of the time and she has been exploring a lot. She likes to follow her mom everywhere she goes too. She is constantly climbing our legs and getting into everything. Although she keeps us on our toes she has been so fun and entertaining to watch.

We just love her so much and think she cant get any cuter!

I went back to work end of May. It has been so incredibly difficult, even though I am only working part-time. I struggle leaving Hadley, and Briar struggles me leaving him with Hadley. 

Briar is still working on finding a full-time job with Nike. He has met with many and has had a few interviews. Nike has been cutting back on employees and has not been hiring, so we are doing a lot of waiting. We pray everything will work out and we will know what steps we need to make. 

Hadley just loves her Daddy

This summer we haven't been able to travel too much with work. We were able to go to Priest Lake. It was so fun to get out of Oregon and spend time with family. We have also been able to go hiking with friends and explore this beautiful state a little bit more. We hope to keep exploring and see all that Oregon has to offer.

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Being a mom has been one of the hardest, yet most rewarding things I have ever done. I have only been a mom for a month, but already I can see the challenges and blessings that come from it. I am sleep deprived and can hardly take care of myself. The only time I can really clean the house or brush my teeth is when baby is taking one of her naps. Motherhood is hard, and anyone who says otherwise is crazy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything! You cannot truly appreciate all that your mom did for you until you become a mom yourself. Thanks mom for all that you have done for me, you truly gave up so much for me. I never knew you could love someone so much without them even saying a word. My heart hurts when I think about Hadley growing up, she already has grown so much and it makes me so sad. So here are a few of her newborn pictures so I can remember how small she once was. 

Photo unload:

Photo credit goes to Callie Chason Photography. She did a fabulous job!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hadley Sanette Carlisle's Birth Story

 Hadley Sanette Carlisle was born february 8, 2016 at 1:21pm.

For the last couple of nights I was having contractions that were regular but not extremely painful, they were uncomfortable causing me not to be able to sleep. So I had decided if this happened again I was going in to the hospital in hopes that I had dilated and they could induce me or something! I was done being pregnant. Monday morning, around midnight, I convinced Briar to take me in to the hospital. I was not in severe pain, like mentioned previously, but I was having frequent contractions with ovarian pain from a ovarian cyst that still needs to be taken care of. When we got to the hospital the nurse checked me and I was only 3cm dilated and 50% effaced. The on call doctor came in and said she wanted to keep us there for 2 hours and recheck to see if I was progressing. So Briar and I stayed in a room with noisy air flow, so neither of us could sleep, from 1:30-3:30am. The nurse came back to recheck and I was only 3.5cm dilated and still 50% effaced, The doctor came back and sounded annoyed that she had to deal with me. She gave me medication to help me sleep, which didn't help, and then sent us on our way. Before the nurse discharged us she told me that she expected to see us back. I really appreciated that nurse and all that she did for me. As I was walking back to the car at 4am I started to get intense pain that almost dropped me to the ground. Of course I didnt want to turn around and head back into the hospital, I felt too embarrassed, and that it was probably false labor. Briar drove me back home to Forest Grove which is about a 30 minute drive with no traffic. It was a miserable drive. when we got home I was hoping a bath would help, it didn't. Contractions were coming every 3 minutes, 2 at a time. I was hesitant to call the doctor about coming in because I had just gotten home, and my contractions were not a minute long. Eventually I did when I couldn't take the pain any longer. Briar asked me to describe the pain, I first said it was like having a million painful and sore zits on your abdomen and popping them all at once, and then I changed it to having a giant step on your abdomen crushing your insides. We got back into the car and headed back to the hospital. This time I was extrememly miserable. I felt like I was dying in the car. It did not help that Briar missed the exit to the hospital, I tried really hard to keep my cool. When we finally got to the hospital. a few minutes later, Briar dropped me off at the main entrance to the hospital and he went to park the car. We went back up to labor and delivery and got checked in, The same nurse was not surprised to see me, she quickly took me back and rechecked me. I was 5cm dilated and 75% effaced. They admitted me and got me to my suite in labor and delivery. The nurse gave me fentanyl and tried to get me as comfortable as she could while waiting for the epidural, unfortunately her shift was ending, it was 7:30 am. I felt like I was dying in pain. "Why had I not gotten my epidural?" The new nurse explained that we were waiting for my platelet results from lab. The nurse anesthetist came in and was all set up and ready to go. At 9:00am, I was finally given my epidural. Thankfully the nurse anesthetist was fast and very good at what she does. Once the epidural was in I had almost instant relief. The doctor came in soon after the epidural was placed and I was 7cm, 100% effaced.  For the next couple hours I slept and relaxed. The plan was just to wait until the doctor came back in the afternoon to recheck me. Jennifer and my mom came into town for the special event. They were all hungry around noon, so they headed to the cafeteria to get something to eat. As soon as they left, the doctor came in at 12:30pm and checked me. She immediately said "okay its time to push." I was in shock. I was so comfortable, how could it be time? She told me to check myself, and sure enough I felt the babies head. I called Briar to get them back up to Labor and Delivery because it was time for the baby to come. Everyone was back in the room, the doctor was all set up, and I was told to push when I felt pressure. 30 minutes later after feeling no pain, just pressure, a beautiful baby girl was born. They immediately did skin to skin, and an hour and half later they weighed and measured her. She was 8lbs 12 oz and 20.5 inches long, I wonder if she would have weighed more if they weighed her immediately. Thankfully I didn't feel any pain, because I tore from top to bottom with a 3rd degree tear which included a partial tear in the rectal sphincter, maybe that's TMI, but hey now you know what I am dealing with, ouch! Eventually they sent us to the mom/baby unit. They didnt have a nursery, so Briar and I stayed up all night again, we had stayed up 3 days in a row. We felt like the hospital wasn't doing anything for us so we were discharged the next day. My mom and Jennifer have been taking care of all 3 of us. We are so thankful for them and the time and hard work they have given. We love them so much and feel grateful to have such wonderful moms in our lives. 

Hadley is so special to us. She is such a sweetheart and brings a sweet spirit into our home. At times she is naughty waking up at night crying, and sometimes Briar wants to pull his hair out, but we love her so much and wouldn't trade her for anything. It is amazing how much love a baby can bring into your life that you never thought was even possible. We love you Hadley and hope you always remember that.

We are very obsessed with our baby, so we have made an instagram account where we post pictures of her daily. If you want to see her pictures on instagram her account name is hadley_carlisle

Thursday, January 14, 2016


The year 2015 has been a very good year for Briar and I. We started off the year with a big move into the city life.

February 2015 we moved to Beaverton Oregon and lived in a small apartment. Briar got the job of his dreams working with Nike. He continues to loves working there, and we feel very blessed that he was given the opportunity to work with such a great company. He loves the atmosphere and the people that he works with, which makes it that much better.

In May 2015 I was able to snatch a job up with Providence St. Vincents Medical Center working as a registered nurse on the float pool team at night. I had a really difficult time finding a job even with a year experience, which was a surprise to me. I guess there isn't a big shortage of nurses in Portland. I had a really hard time with this job when I first started. I do not do well staying up all night, I need my sleep or else I get cranky. It probably did not help that I was working at night in my first trimester of pregnancy. In October I was thankfully able to switch to day shift. I am enjoying my job more, and the people I get to work with. It overall has been a great experience.

In June 2015 We found out we were pregnant with our first little baby. We are so excited to be parents. we feel so blessed to welcome a baby girl into our home in just a few short weeks. We cant wait to meet her.

Tanner also came home from his mission in June of 2015. We missed him so much the 2 years he was gone. Glad to have my favorite little brother back from Missouri/Oklahoma. He is such an example to me. I feel so blessed to have a little brother that is also one of my best buds. He continues to make me want to strive to do better and choose the right. Love ya tanner.

In July 2015 we decided to buy a new home that would be finished getting built in November 2015. It was a lot of work figuring everything out financially and getting all the paperwork turned in that was needed, but now that we have moved our home feels like home.

August 2015 we welcomed a new member into the family, RYAN. Ryan and Paxton got married at a cute little pond in Eltopia called Hunter's pond.Their wedding was very beautiful. Jennifer put a lot of work and time into decorating, planning, and setting up; you could definitely see the results. Paxton looked stunning all dressed in white, walking down the isle. Ryan is a lucky man. Their was a delicious dinner afterwards, with a rocking dance floor and DJ. It was so much fun. Definitely a great experience we had in 2015 that we will never forget. Welcome to the family Ryan, we love you!!!

September 2015 we found out we are having a baby.......GIRL! Briar and I were both shocked since we thought we were having a boy, but we both are so excited to have a little girl. Her nursery is coming along just nicely. I will have to post pics. Sometimes I go in the nursery, sit, and visualize about the time when the room will be occupied. We love her already!

In November 2015 we moved into our home located in Forest Grove, Oregon. It is so nice being out of an apartment and further out in the country. We still have next door neighbors, but we both feel like we have more room to breathe. It's a cute little neighborhood and will make a wonderful place to raise a family.

Sadly, 2015 wasn't all happiness. Grandpa Price passed away in October. We know he is in a better place where he can remember everything, and he is able to be with his wife Glena. We love and miss him, but will see him again one day.

Those are a few of the things that made 2015 special to us. We are sad to see it go, but excited to see what 2016 has to offer.