Introducing Miss Sienna Lyn Decker

This post has been a long time coming but adjusting to parenthood puts some things on the back-burner, especially some simple things like sitting down with your arms free of a baby 🙂

On Monday, July 9, I went into work trying to finish up any loose ends before baby girl arrived. Josh and I left a few hours early to go to my weekly check up. Week 39! I had been dilated to a 4 for almost 2 weeks but had no other signs of baby girl coming. They checked the usual and after they checked my blood pressure, the doctor came in and told me she recommended I have the baby tomorrow (July 10). She said that my blood pressure was high again and since this was my second week in a row that it was high she recommended that I be induced the next day at 6:30 a.m. Fortunately, Josh and I discussed this as a possibility, after the week before I was admitted to labor and delivery because my blood pressure was high but nothing progressed and my blood pressure returned to normal so they sent me home. We decided to trust the doctor’s opinion and agreed to be induced the next day. She recommended a nice dinner because I wouldn’t be eating much the next day. We decided to eat at Panda Express, a local fine dining establishment. 🙂

The next morning we arrived at labor and delivery at 6:30 am. and we were greeted with some confusion. Apparently, another lady thought she was being induced today and they gave her my room. I was the only one scheduled for that day. Right now, I chuckle at that news, but I wasn’t that amused when they explained it to us. I was worried it was the beginning of a bad experience. They set up a room for us and checked my blood pressure, it was fine. They continued the process and set me up with some pitocin to begin labor. The doctor then broke my water around 9 a.m. I didn’t start feeling pain until about 10:30 a.m. and I asked for an epidural at 11:00 a.m. I really wanted to minimize the pain. Josh helped the doctor brace me for the epidural but it made him pretty queasy and the nurse had to take over for a little bit. I’m glad I didn’t see it. I became fully dilated until about 3 p.m. but baby girl didn’t come until about 6:30 p.m. It was a very strange and painful process. Josh helped the doctor brace me and support me for labor and we both were kind of stunned with the process. The miracle of life is a miracle and a very complicated miracle. We were so grateful baby girl came out healthy and everything was fine with her and myself.

Sienna Lyn Decker was born July 10, 2018. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19 inches long.

As I was holding her after they cleaned her up, Josh and I decided to name her Sienna Lyn Decker. In the months previously, we created a post-it note name wall in our bedroom. One person would think of a name and the other person would categorize under yes, no, or maybe. About 2 weeks before Sienna was born we agreed on 3 first names and 2 middle names. But we didn’t want to decided until we met her. We both really liked Sienna and it just fit when we met her. We wanted her middle name to have a special meaning or named after a special person. We decided on Lyn because my sister Nikki’s first name is Lynn and my closest cousin Naomi’s middle name is Lyn. Josh said we should keep a strong family name in the family. Both Josh and I have great respect and love for these two special women and wanted to pass that name along. We hope that this little munchkin of joy will grow up with confidence of the great women that came before her, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and aunts included, and want to emulate them.

We just love our little Sienna Lyn! Heavenly Father has blessed us so much!

We had both of our families come visit and spoil us in the hospital. It was so nice to feel the love and excitement from both of our families. Josh and I were able to leave the hospital on Thursday afternoon with both Sienna and myself doing well.

As I write this, Sienna is almost 11 weeks old and it has been a crazy, difficult, and wonderful adventure. In the posts to come, I will give the in-between updates.


Summer in Full Swing

It is amazing how busy a summer at home can be. Josh and I have been saving our vacation this year for maternity leave. It has been a good summer so far and we have been very blessed.

This is our puppy Sadie. We can take her to work with us and this is one afternoon after a tough day at work. I will never understand the phrase “working like a dog.”

These last two pictures are of Josh and me working at Tastemakers. It is a food festival in Salt Lake that serves delicious food. Airstream of Utah was a sponsor this year.

This is a rare picture of Josh taking a nap on Father’s Day. Because of his insomnia I can count on one hand the amount of times he has actually taken a nap.

Another cool event we did at work was display some trailers at The Mercedes Benz dealership in Draper. Again, good food and fun to meet people.

Lots of pictures below, but my sweet family and friends threw me a baby shower. I felt so loved and grateful and our baby girl will have everything she needs 🙂 The baby shower theme was beach themed because I love the beach. My sweet ward (church group) also threw me a baby shower. It was so thoughtful!

I thought this picture was cool at another pop up event Josh and I attended this summer at the Cabela’s in Farmington.

Josh tried a cool trick on our grill and made super yummy homemade pizza. It is nice because cooking on the grill saves the house from heating up.
Name wall- in order for Josh and I to choose a name for our baby girl, we made a post it name wall in our bedroom and categorized names under yes, no, and maybe.

Josh and I had a fun memorial day riding an ATV razor, shooting guns, and cooking food out on the fire in the desert with his family. it was super fun 🙂

Josh received a few guns for Father’s Day/birthday. He was super excited going back to his Wyoming roots. We had fun going out a few times with his brother and dad.

Last but not least holiday, the 4th of July. My family came over and we cooked ribs and chicken wings. We celebrated the 4th but also my dad and niece’s birthdays as well. It was a huge delicious feast. After dinner we lit some fireworks. Josh and Joseph are a dangerous combo with fire and things that explode 🙂