Saturday, May 2, 2015

32/34 Weeks

I had Andrew take this picture of me when we were in California a couple of weeks ago, and I'm just now getting around to blogging about it.  I was 32 weeks when the picture was taken, and I'm 34 weeks now! Oops...  So the picture is from a few weeks ago, and the update is from how I'm feeling now :)


Believe it or not, I'm bigger than this now!! I feel so much bigger than I did with Rylee.  Not sure if that's because he's a bigger baby or just because it's my second time around.  I'm also carrying him so low.  I carried Rylee low too, but I feel like he is even lower.

I had a doctor's appointment a couple of days ago, and I was still measuring about a centimeter big.  Because of this and because Rylee came so early, my doctor guesses that baby boy will come around 37 weeks!  That is less than 3 weeks away! So crazy.  We are all getting so excited, and I'm in full nesting mode.  The nursery is basically done, and I think all of my sewing projects are complete (I'll have to post pictures soon!)  Most of the clothes are washed and folded, diapers are purchased (newborn diapers are so tiny!), and I think we have all of the necessities!  My remaining time is going to be devoted to cleaning, making freezer meals, and preparing some indoor toddler activities for poor Rylee who is going to be stuck inside for a few weeks.  She's used to quite a busy, active schedule, so hopefully she'll survive.  She is SOO excited for her baby brother, so I think she'll be okay :)

I've been feeling pretty great overall still.  Sleeping has just recently started to get more difficult.  Rolling over is super hard, and it's tricky to get comfortable!  But I'm starting to use more pillows now and that helps :)  A couple of days ago, I had really bad lower back pain, but it feels better now.  I have frequent acid reflux, but it's not as bad as it was with Rylee.  Maybe this means that he has less hair than Rylee did?!

The little man is a MOVER!  More so than I remember with Rylee.  He is constantly rolling around in there, and Andrew and I love to just sit and watch my stomach morph and move all over. We are so excited for our baby boy to get here!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Post Busy Season Vacation

Our Post Busy Season Vacation is officially over.  I had been looking forward to it for so long, so I am honestly heartbroken that it's over!  But it was oh so good to us :)  It is becoming a tradition to head to California after Andrew's big April 15th deadline.  This year we left on Thursday the 16th and stayed until the following Tuesday.  Then Andrew took the rest of the week off, and we stayed at home and got things ready for our baby to come!  It was a prefect vacation.

We got to my parents' house late on Thursday night.  My parents both worked on Friday morning, so Rylee, Andrew, and I enjoyed a beautiful day together at the little lake by their house.








Friday at around 4, we left Rylee with my parents for the night and headed to Lake Arrowhead for a little getaway.  It was soo wonderful.  We won't be able to get away again for a while since the baby is coming so soon, so it was nice to spend some time with just the two of us.  We stayed at a cute little inn that overlooked the Lake and spent the evening walking around the town, going out to dinner, watching a Redbox, and eating ice cream.  In the morning we ate breakfast on the deck, did a little walking and shopping, and had lunch at Belgian Waffle Works.  It was perfect :)






On Monday we went to the beach and had a blast!  Rylee loved digging in the sand and building a sand castle with Daddy.  However, she smashed the towers before we were able to finish it :)  Andrew took Rylee into the water, and she absolutely loved it.  The water was freezing, but she kept wanting to go in deeper and deeper!













Rylee rested her head on Daddy's the entire walk to the pizza shop.  She was exhausted!



Asleep within seconds :)

The rest of the time was spent relaxing at Nana and Papa's.  We loved it!








Thanks Mom and Dad for watching Rylee and for such a wonderful trip.  It was the perfect way to celebrate the end of busy season!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Easter Party

I know Easter is long over, but we had a ward Easter party a week after the actual holiday, so I'm just now getting around to blogging about it :)  We love our ward, and we loved getting together to eat a yummy breakfast, play at the park, and watch our kids run around finding eggs.  Andrew and I are probably awful parents because Rylee ate an entire chocolate donut for breakfast and then refused to eat any of the eggs, fruit, or other healthy options.  But she sure loved it!  She was also thrilled that we got to have one more Easter egg hunt.  I love holidays with my little girl.

Here's a comparison from last year at the same place, with the same bunny ears, at the same party :)

 




She was super serious about this donut!




Holding hands with her friend, Carter


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dyeing Eggs, Stickers, and Painting

We dyed Easter eggs together the day before Easter.  Rylee was super excited about it.  She loved dropping the little dye tablets into the vinegar and watching them fizz, and she loved putting each white each into a cup and checking on them every minute or so.  She has her colors down pretty well now, so it was super fun to pull out an egg and have her yell the color.  It got a little messy because she just wanted to stick her hand in to get all the eggs, but it was totally worth it :)  Then, during General Conference the next day, we let her decorate her dyed eggs with stickers.  She loves stickers lately, so she thought this was great!  The Easter bunny also left her a water color kit, so she painted her first picture during conference as well :)  I love doing fun activities with my little girl.