Leaving the NICU for the PICU

Leaving the NICU for the PICU

Tonight is my second to last night in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the University of Utah. Wow. This is something I have been hoping for and dreading the last 6 months. I’ve been paralyzed by indecision. Should I stay? Should I leave? What will be best for my career? What will be best…Continue Reading

Starting in the NICU

Starting in the NICU

I wrote this post nearly a year ago and never published it. Now that I’m coming back to write about my experience in the NICU I figured it was an appropriate time to share it: March 26th, 2018 “The time has come. I finally have a job, and after this week of night shifts, I…Continue Reading

Adult Decisions

Adult Decisions

Now that Derek and I are both out of school, working, and have become self sustaining individuals, it feels like we’ve “made it” so to speak. This is what I was waiting to happen for what seems like forever! All of our hard work and dedication is paying off. I love my little NICU baby…Continue Reading

Memories of Home

Memories of Home

I remember riding my scooter all around the neighborhood barefoot. I remember the scrapes and cuts I would get when I fell off. I remember the hot burn on my heels when I pressed the brakes with no shoes on. I remember sledding down a big hill in canyon lakes during the winters in my…Continue Reading

IDK MY BFF JILL

IDK MY BFF JILL

Today I sat in Relief Society, the women’s gathering hour at my church, and listened to how we could become closer as a sisterhood. The answer was clear, repeated over and over again: Be a friend. Hearing about all of the ways these women have reached out to each other was mostly inspiring, but had…Continue Reading

A Year in Retail

A Year in Retail

Considering I’m a licensed dental hygienist, I didn’t expect to find myself working in retail when my husband got stationed here, but due to bureaucracy and the uncertain duration of my husband’s job here, I decided to work at one of my favorite places to shop. Now, I find it absolutely crazy to say that I have spent nearly…Continue Reading

Maternity Essentials

Maternity Essentials

Whether you asked for it or not, here it is! My list of maternity style must-haves. A pregnant body is tricky to dress because it’s different every week! I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant with my second baby and I feel like I’ve learned a lot about what works for my pregnant body and what doesn’t.…Continue Reading

Suck it up, buttercup

Suck it up, buttercup

Crying. It’s the worst and the best. While it’s super cathartic it also gets me so wound up, to the point where I am literally laughing and crying at the same time. By now Derek has gotten used to it but when we first started dating and he came to realize this weird thing that…Continue Reading

Only a 4.2

Only a 4.2

The other night I watched an episode of the Netflix Original series Black Mirror, & the distant yet familiar premise made me feel sick. Imagine an alternate universe where people can rate you and your interactions (on a scale from 1-5) instantaneously & the average of those scores determine not only your eligibility for special treatments…Continue Reading

Running Taught Me: Hard Times

Running Taught Me: Hard Times

Last year, in the beginning of training for my half marathon (which I successfully finished in October!), I went for the longest run I had done in about 3 years. 5 whole miles. Despite my determination and upbeat mental attitude, the first 2 or so miles felt sluggish. (They often do.) But then, suddenly, it…Continue Reading