Sunday, February 26, 2017

Newborn Days

I keep thinking about what a shame it is that I can't enjoy the newborn stage more.  I seemed to be in a fog of exhaustion and hormones.  Harper really was a sweet little newborn baby.  She was so tiny for so long.  I was breastfeeding her but I don't think I was making enough milk for her.  Once I started supplementing her with a couple of extra ounces of formula at every feeding she really started to gain some ounces, and get some fat rolls and chubby cheeks!  Here a few pictures of her that show her progression over the first couple of months of her life.
Dec. 7, 2016
Dec. 9

Dec. 19
Dec. 21
Dec. 25
Jan. 8
 Jan. 10

Jan. 31

Feb. 7
Feb. 9 (In some pajamas that Haylie wore too!)

Feb. 25
Feb. 26 (4 months old)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Harper's Blessing

Dave blessed Harper in the Price 9th Ward on December 4, 2016.  It was a wonderful blessing.  We were happy to have Grandma and Grandpa Oberholtzer and Uncle Darin travel for the special occasion.  We are so blessed with great family and also so blessed to have baby Harper in our family.


Halloween 2016

I realized that I never posted anything about Halloween this year.  I guess that's what happens when you have a c-section 5 days before Halloween.  The kids both chose super hero costumes this year.  Zander was Kid Flash and Haylie was Batgirl.  Our ward party was really early in the month so we got the costumes ready way before Halloween.  That ended up working out nicely since things were a little crazy at the end of the month.  Dave was a great helper in getting everyone ready for school that morning, and also taking them around to do trick or treating.  I stayed home with Harper and answered the door. 

Haylie Turns 11

Haylie turned 11 on December 1.  We booked a party at the local craft store for this year's celebration.  It ended up being a very busy day with Haylie's party after school and then Dave's work Christmas party scheduled for that night.  Everything seems to be even more complicated when you are juggling a newborn on top of it all.  The party was a big success with a fun group of girls making some earrings and bracelets at the craft store.  Haylie has made some hard, but positive decisions this year about what kind of friends she wants to have.  This party was a great payoff for choosing good friends.  I am so proud of Haylie for the choices she makes and the wonderful person she is. She has been such a help and support to me the past few months and I am grateful to have her as my oldest child.  She is such a good example.  Happy birthday Haylie!  I have no idea how you got to be 11 years old!!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Introducing Harper Lynn Holzer

We are a family of 5!  Harper Lynn was born on October 26, 2016.  Since she was breech, the plan was for me to go into the hospital that morning with the staff ready to do a c-section.  Dr. Bradshaw would try to flip the baby to have her going head down again with an external cephalic version.  It is when the doctor physical moves the baby from the outside.  Then, if she wouldn't move, we would go ahead with the c-section.  I wanted to feel like I had tried everything I could to deliver her naturally.  When my blood work came back, it showed that my platelets were too low to give me an epidural, which was needed for the external version.  I could opt for a spinal block to do the version but if she turned and I had to labor with her, the spinal block would wear off and I would be left with nothing since an epidural was out of the question. With knowledge of the low platelets, we decided to forgo the version, and move forward with the c-section.  It was kind of a traumatic experience for a girl who has never had surgery or broken a bone or anything.  I was glad I was awake to meet Harper, but it was unnerving to be awake during the procedure.  Once I was in the OR, there was some prep work to be done before Dave could come in.  I remember being so relieved when I finally saw him!  The spinal block made my blood pressure drop and that made me nauseous. I am thankful to to anesthesiologist who gave me something that fixed the nausea right away, and made me as comfortable as possible.  Dave was there on a stool right by my head, and stood up to see over the drape in time to see a leg, then a little bum, then another leg, followed by the rest of our sweet little girl.  They took her to the little cart they had for the nurses to check her out.  Dave went with her and then got to bring her to me so we could meet.  Then came the most painful part of the whole thing.  Getting my body parts put back inside me.  I also remember a terrible pain in my ribs where her head had been, and also in my collar bone, which apparently is common in abdominal surgeries.  Then the next thing I remember was waking up in the recovery room.  I am not sure why Harper turned head up at 36 weeks, but I feel strongly that with the platelet issue that we didn't know about, she saved me from some other complication that would have coming from laboring and delivering her.  I am so glad she is here safe, and that I am living during the time of amazing modern medicine.  Welcome to the world Harper Lynn!  My heart has been waiting for you for a long time!

Sunday, October 23, 2016


This will be the last time I get to post before the arrival of our baby girl!  I felt pretty sick throughout the first trimester, but have felt pretty good otherwise besides the usually aches and pains associated with pregnancy.  She was even head down and ready to go until sometime during the 36th week, when she decided to flip around and be breech!  I have tried all kinds of exercises and even acupuncture to see if she will flip back around but so far no luck.  I will go in to the doctor on Tuesday for my regular appointment, and then the plan is to either do a c-section on Wednesday or to induce if she happens to be head down.  I am holding out hope that she will flip around because I know what to expect from a natural delivery but I also keep telling myself that maybe a c-section is going to be the best way for her to get here safely.  I admit that I a freaking out a little bit but I am trying to be calm and accept things as they are.  Dave is in Las Vegas for a Calix Conference until Tuesday so that has been a source of stress too.  I know there are plenty of people that would help me if I go into labor while he is gone, but of course none of them would be the same as having Dave there. Stay tuned for how it all turns out!  We will meet her either way on Wednesday!


Haylie has been playing volleyball with Carbon Rec. They were placed on teams and then have one practice a week and play games once a week against Emery County teams.  The games are still pretty slow since the girls are all just learning the skills. but it has been fun to watch her progress and be involved in a sport.
Haylie in the middle back