Nov 9, 2013

BabyLove is a...

We are so excited to know what BabyLove is so that we can get prepared.  Yesterday morning my Mom and Dylan went to the ultrasound with me.  I brought a "top secret" envelope to the appt with us and when the ultrasound tech started to scan the legs she warned me that I may want to turn away or else I may get flashed.  So I looked away until the legs and gender was scanned and then got to watch again.  She printed a picture and wrote the gender on a piece of paper, sealed it in an envelope and gave it to Mom.
Seeing my BabyLove squirming and kicking on the screen with the cutest little nose and lips, with the most perfect little heartbeat was so incredible.  Every day I fall more in love.  Sweet little BabyLove looked so happy and healthy, which helped me breathe a little sigh of relief.
Last night we invited some of our friends over and we had a husky quarterback or cheerleader gender reveal party.  The votes were split evenly.  Mom was the one that filled the poppers and knew what BabyLove was and the rest of us were very anxious to find out.  We stood in a cirlce over the hardwood floor and everyone hit the bottom of a push pop on the count of three and confetti flew in the air.  So exciting.

We are very happily and excitedly preparing for Miss RUBY MICHELLE!!!

Have a happy weekend!

Nov 6, 2013

What's new?!

Hi, there.  It's been a while but I am still here.  Life is busy but it's a wonderful, crazy, amazing ride.  So here is a post to give you a little update.
Hannah is silly and very smart.  Nothing gets past her.  She remembers everything so you better not say something that you don't plan on following through with.  She says the funniest things for a two year old, "I am so impressed with Dylan for learning to walk in our house" and "soup was amazing, last night" and "you are so stinkin' cute, Mommy" and "Dylan Richard you better stop that."  Such a little grown up.  She learned to use scissors and loves to cut paper and washi tape (my whole house is decorated now).  She loves to practice "Stroller Strides" at home, dropping to do a plank at any given moment or requesting that I stop and do step ups on the stairs.  She loves singing.  If it's not one of our church hymns, or a nursery rhyme, or a Christmas song, then it is some random song about whatever that is on her mind that she makes up.  I love my Sunshine to pieces!
Dylan is very boy.  He is a monkey that likes to climb and get into everything.  He loves balls, tractors, cars, airplanes, anything that makes noise, and anything that sister is playing with.  He got the all clear from urology in August and a couple of weeks ago he got the all clear from nephrology and the dietary restrictions lifted (insert happy dance)!  By all clear I mean that things look good for now but they will monitor him into his adolescence and he will be on his medicine for at least one more year.  He loves music and is always dancing and clapping to whatever music is playing.  Loves walking, talking on the phone (especially Papa's), and his Sister.  His words include Mama, hi (which is his favorite word), bye, woof woof, and he blows kisses (which to me is saying 'I love you'!).   He's my miracle baby and I love my Little Man so much!
BabyLove is 19 weeks and growing and moving like crazy.  Love this little munchkin more than words can say.  We were a little unsure when we found out that we were pregnant of how we were going to handle three- and especially this close together, and with Dylan's health issues would it be a problem.  This one was very unexpected.  We wanted a third but planned on waiting a little longer.  Well, for one Dylan is all good now.  For two, God's timing is perfect and this munchkin was obviously meant to be.  For three, we got such a scare and after that we were so hopelessly and completely smitten.  10 weeks was our first prenatal appointment and there was not an evident heartbeat.  They said that it could be just a little early to hear it so come back in one week and we would check again.  At 11 weeks when we went back I was so confident that there would be a heartbeat and I was not concerned at all but there was still no heartbeat.  Our amazing midwife did an ultrasound and we could not see a heartbeat.  I was devastated.  They prepared me for what my body would probably go through next and if the signs I was to watch for hadn't happened they wanted to see me back in 2 days.  She also drew blood to get an HCG count.  The next day she called to say my numbers still looked very high and so that reassured her that there was a viable baby.  I went back to see her the next day and we did a stronger ultrasound and guess what we saw...the tiniest, most perfect little heart beating fast and strong.  BabyLove was there and healthy.  So relieved and in love, we realized just how much we really did need and want this sweet miracle.
We started a preschool co-op at our house, out in the garage.  Hannah and I have really enjoyed it.  I didn't realize how much I loved teaching and preschool is just perfect.  Hannah loves having her friends over every Friday for school.  It is a group of 12 kids that we are lucky to have in our co-op.  Awesome moms and kids.  Our first field trip was to the pumpkin patch.  It was a guided tour and the kids loved it!  Our next field trip is "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" play at the children's theater.  Can't wait for the kids reaction to the play.  Each month we have a "unit" that we study and this month is "Thanksgiving".  Each class the kids write something they are thankful for and we hang it up in class and then we read stories and do crafts to learn about the very first Thanksgiving and the pilgrims coming to America and the Indians help.  Their three words they learned last week were, "Mayflower", "Plymouth", and "Squanto".  It is very adorable hearing them say the words in unison.

Halloween was so much fun.  Hubby and I even dressed up this year as Sheldon and Amy.  The kids were a "fishy" and a lobster.  We partied at Uncle Brett, Auntie Leah and Baby Jess' house, with a bunch of our friends- what a hoot!
We get to find out what BabyLove is in 2 more days.  We are very excited.  The old wives tales point girl: 8 to boy: 1.  We shall see.  Neither of us care what BabyLove is as long as he/she is healthy but we do have gut feelings.  My gut says girl.  Hubby's gut says girl.  Hannah says, "it is a girl and her name is Fancy Nancy."  Dylan doesn't care...his world is about to be shaken, either way.

I will post pictures and our video of the results from our gender reveal this weekend after it takes place. 

On a side note, this Mommy is VERY excited about nonfat eggnog lattes that started a few days ago.  Keeps me awake, cheery, and in the holiday spirit. :)
Enjoying these days and remembering to be more thankful for all that we have been blessed with.  Love all of the thankfulness around me, too.
Happy Wednesday!


Jul 22, 2013

Bugaboo Donkey Duo

This stroller is my dream!! I think that Bugaboo strollers roll like a dream! I walk pass them in the store or on the street and literally start drooling. I LOOOVE the options! You can prop the kid at whatever angle is appropriate for their age or nap time, and whether you want them facing you or away is up to you and the infant bassinet part is perfect. The little boy I used to nanny for had one of the Chameleon Bugaboos and I dreamed of the day when I could get one. Bugaboo is also the choice of
stroller for Kate and her royal baby...which must mean it's the best!!! I dare you to push one and not fall in love!!!

You have a chance to win one just today on Magic Beans!! Here is the link...go enter....and good luck!!!!

May 3, 2013

Random thoughts.

Feelings.  So many feelings.  Things happen for a reason and work together for good.  I need to remember that.  I need to completely trust that. 
Happiness, joy, contentment intertwined with sadness, hurt, learning, and moving forward, makes for a beautiful piece that we call life.  So much learning and growing lately.  Sometimes there are growing pains but it all turns out for good because in the process something that was painful turns into something that is just right and beautiful. 
Patience.  Learning and practicing patients is not always my strong suit but so important that I keep working on it.  In patience there is reward, contentment, and peace.  It will all work out, even when sometimes we look at something, and in Hannah's words say, "what the world?!"  We don't see the whole big picture but thankful that we can trust in someone who does.
Quiet observation.  I love that we were given two eyes, two ears, but only one mouth.  Need to work on observing and not just talking.  There is so much to be learned when we are quiet, watching and listening instead of spewing the next (seemingly at the time) important words out of our mouth. 
So much to ponder.  So much to learn.  So much to practice.
Happy Friday and goodnight. xoxo