The Clyde Family

The Clyde Family

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Today is my dad's 72nd birthday and I just wanted to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! He is the coolest dad a girl could ever ask for, the best father-in-law and a grandpa that puts others to shame!!! He raised 6 girls most of the time in a house with only ONE BATHROOM and is such an amazing dad for girls!!! When people ask if he's sad that he never had any boys, he always tells them that he wouldn't trade any of us for a boy!!! He makes everyone around him feel loved. He is a hard worker. Most of the time when he was raising all of us, he had many jobs at once, just to make ends meet. He's been in the National Guard, he was a meat cutter, he was a custodian at Dixie High School for a hundred years, he drove school bus at the same time, they owned a security business at one point and my parents were the original owners of Pete's Taxi here in St. George. He's had a lot more jobs than that, but those were the big ones. He is loved by so many people and for good reason!!!! I am blessed to have him as my dad and I'm happy to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tired anyone?

See anything wrong with this diaper? Apparently, Harper keeping me up the entire night for the last 4 weeks is starting to get to me!!!! Just so you know, a diaper put on in this manner will NOT hold pee!!!! :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Randy is so talented. I am always amazed with what he can do with his hands. He can build houses, finish concrete, he's an artist, he decorates cakes like a pro, he has the strength and knowledge that makes him a great lumberjack (a man with a chainsaw.... rarrrrrr), he makes para cord bracelets and among a lot of other things (including making beautiful babies with me), his latest adventure has been making log beds. He mad a headboard for our bed and then he made a full queen bed for my aunt and uncle. He got the wood off Kolob and with just his spare time and no training at all, made this!!!!

The absolute beauty and workmanship of this bed can not be seen in this picture. It's really amazing. I love that Randy has so many talents and can do anything he puts his mind to!!!! So cool!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Raise your hands!!!!

I throw my hands up in the air sometimes, saying
"A Y O, gotta let go"!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Good lookin babies!!!!

I got these pictures together of the 4 kids and me (mine was already on the computer and I don't care to take the time to find one of Randy right now). I was stunned how much we all look alike!!! I guess we are all related!!!

Hopie 1976

Maddison 1999

Tyler 2002

Cambelle 2005

Harper 2011

Cambelle wins the FATTY award, but the rest look so much alike, it really surprised me!!! I guess once you get a good mold, you don't mess with it, right? :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cambelle style....

This is how Cambelle went to school today. There are a lot of days that I wish she had a sign blinking over here that said, "I DRESSED MYSELF TODAY"!!!! My sister dressed like a moron when she was a kid and one of her teachers told my mom one day (when my mom was apologizing for the way my sister came to school) that is was Blanche's way of expressing her creativity and to not hold her back. Now, Blanche is one of the most talented and creative people I know. So, I guess I will let my 5 year old dress like a weird-o!!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sweet words....

Maddison: "Mom, I just never knew I could love someone so much that I just met. She's just so.... perfect."

Me: "I know, Maddison. I know."

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Do you hear that?

Did you hear the screaming? If you live within 50 miles of St. George, you probably did. Tonight was Harper's first real bath and to say she's not a fan, is an understatement!!!! But I bet she'll get used to it, just like everyone else!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Lovin on the baby!!!

It's been lots of fun for all of us to love on little Harper!!! She is so snuggly and yummy, we just can't help ourselves!!!

We've had lots of visitors, here are some of the fun times we've had!!!!!

My mom and Harper!!!

My niece, Amy. She's holding my other niece's son, Liam and Harper!!!! She's such a natural!!!

Maddison, Tyler and Cambelle can't get enough of their new baby sister!!!

Holly and Harper, we're going to miss having Holly around to play :(

Don't leave Randy and I out!!!! We like to share in the love fest also!!!

My Grandma Albrecht and Aunt Vicky were some of the family members that came to meet Harper!!! It's great to be surrounded by family and friends that love us so much!!!

Randy's brother, Cory. He loves his nieces and nephews!!!
Yea, you could say that we're enjoying ourselves!!!! Our family has really had a blast with this new, little addition!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A surprise delivery!!!

It's a.........


Harper Anne Clyde!!!

Wow... what a 2 weeks it's been. On Tuesday, March 1st, the whole day was weird. I had been having contractions off and on all day, but they were different than the ones I had been having in the past couple of weeks. They felt more intense and, well, different. As the day wore on, I was having a hard time controlling myself during the contractions. We were outside talking to our neighbor and one hit me and I felt like I was going to pass out. I came in the house and Randy followed, by the time he made it in, I could barely stand I was in so much pain. He fed the kids and I tried everything to get comfortable. Nothing helped.

I was getting a little nervous because for the first time in my life, my cervix was not posterior and I was starting (barely) to dilate. That has NEVER happened, so I decided to call my doctor to see what to do. He called me right back and told me to go to Labor and Delivery and get checked just to make sure everything was ok.

So, we got my mom and dad to our house and off we went. It was about 9pm and we were planning on just being a couple of hours. Randy hadn't showered from work yet and we didn't think that was a big deal because we were coming right home.

Well, what we didn't know is that I was in labor, real labor and to prevent me from having major complications, we were going to have a baby that night!!!! When the nurse brought in the paperwork and clothing for Randy, I asked, "what is that for?" she said, "we're going to have a baby tonight!!!". I totally started crying. I was NOT ready. We called and got my parents and sisters there and started texting people to tell them that it was time. It all happened so fast. I hated it. I was scared and nervous and didn't want it to happen this way. Not 3 1/2 weeks early, that's for sure!!!

The spinal went better than ever before but the c-section was a rough one. I had scarred pretty bad with Cambelle's c-section, so it was tough getting through all of it and Harper was WAY up in my ribs. It was quite a challenge to get her out. For the rough surgery, I would pay the price for WEEKS to come.

I was so relieved when it was announced that she was a girl. I was secretly hoping for a girl and our family felt complete as soon as it was announced!!! 7 pounds 11 ounces 19 1/2 inches long and PERFECT as can be!!!

Because she was so early, she had a hard time breathing on her own. They shipped her off the NICU right after I got a good look at her. Randy and my mom kept coming in and very calmly telling me that she was ok, but struggling. I was not worried at all. I knew that everything would work out.

They had to put her on a CPAP machine to force air into her lungs. Her lungs were sticky because she was early. They couldn't inflate good on their own, so she needed help.

So, here we are, I'm in my room, recovering and we are shuttling back and forth to the NICU. I never got to have her in my room, but I spent as much time with her as my body could handle. It was not easy, my body was having a rough time. But I had to. I was helping with everything I could. She couldn't nurse at first, so I started pumping until she could. Eventually, she started figuring things out and was on her way!!!
The kids got to go into the NICU to see their baby sister!!! They couldn't hold her, but they could look at her and touch her!!! I'm not sure this was a good idea, after they left the hospital is when things got really bad for them. They got really home sick and just wanted our family together. Me too.

Look at her hand, smashed up to the crib!!!

The tape really tore up her face, poor baby :( This is her first time wearing real clothes!!! Not bad for hospital clothes, right?

This picture doesn't even begin to show how exhausted we were!!! Randy was running overtime, trying his best to take care of the other kids, get stuff ready for us to come home, deal with a wife that was in extraordinary pain and be there for his new baby girl. It was hard, really hard.

One day, she pulled her NG tube out!!!! So they left it out!!! GOOD GIRL!!!!
(I was maybe trying to talk her into that!!! Nursing babies do better without the feeding tubes)
After a full 3 days in the hospital and lots of talks with this little girl about what she needs to do to get home, we were on our way!!! It was GREAT!!!! Finally, our baby will be OURS and we get to go home!!!!! Heaven!!!

Here's Randy walking out with Harper and our nurse escorting us!!!
And finally.... home!!!! It was a rough ride, but we are glad to be together and not worry about anything else!!!! She is such a blessing to us and I can't remember being without her. The night we got home, everyone left and it was just us. As we said family prayer, I couldn't control my emotions. She was here and our family was better than ever. It's a feeling I can't explain. I just felt whole. I'm so glad things are going well.
I will update as often as I can!!! This blog has been 10 days in the making!!! It's like I have other things to do, all of a sudden!?! Anyhow, count your blessings, I know we are!!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Our new arrival!!!!

It's a.....


Meet Miss Harper Anne Clyde

Born on March 1, 2011.

7 pounds 11 ounces, 19 1/2 inches long.

3 1/2 weeks early.

She did not come when we were planning, but it just shows that she has her own agenda and we are learning as we go!!!! There is a lot for me to post, but I will start here so I don't feel like SUCH a slacker!!! She is such an angel. We are so blessed to have Harper and so many other wonderful people in our lives. Stay tuned, more to come!!!