Friday, May 15, 2015

Mother's Day

I forgot to take many pictures on Mother's Day, but it truly was a wonderful day.  I slept in and woke up to an amazing homemade breakfast from my sweet hubby.  (Sleeping in is a treasured thing around here because recently Rylee has decided that 5:45 is wake up time...)  We spent the day together as a family and talking to our mothers.  Rylee came back from nursery with the cutest little poem with her hand prints.  Totally made me cry.  Then we had a delicious dinner that Andrew mostly made (I helped a little :)).  Oh, and I'm getting spoiled with a pedicure tomorrow for Mother's Day.  So crazy to think in as little as a week I will be a mom to 2!!  

"Rylee, hold up your hand prints and smile for the camera!"


Daddy's Home!

I forgot to finish blogging about the week that Andrew took off of work after busy season ended.  It was so so wonderful.  We love traveling to Utah or California to visit family when Andrew takes off work, but it really was great to just stay home together as a family.  Rylee ate up all of that time with her Daddy, and Andrew and I got so much done in preparation for this baby!  Even though we worked hard that week, we fit in a lot of fun too.  Some of the pictures I took are from a Diamondback game, Daddy joining us at dance class and kids club, and painting Rylee's nails :)  We sure LOVE having Daddy home, and I'm so excited for him to be home for two whole weeks when baby brother comes!

*All these pictures were taken on my phone and they're all blurry...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

21 Months

I figured I better post one more update about Rylee before this baby comes and I don't have time until her 2 year old post!  Rylee is honestly such a joy in our lives.  She is so witty and smart but also so hilarious and goofy.  She has us cracking up daily, and we're constantly amazed by how intelligent she is.  She truly is an amazing little girl, and I feel overwhelmingly blessed to be her mother.

- She still loves to sing, and she memorizes most of the words to a song easily.  She knows all of the words to "I Am a Child of God," and I love singing it with her at bedtime.  When I sing her a new song, she stares at me like she is super focused, and she asks me to sing it over and over and over.  After a while, she knows it and will sing the words that she remembers.
- She counts perfectly from 1-12 and then usually says 16.
- She knows her colors but still occasionally gets hung up on yellow and red.  Not sure why, but she has the other colors mastered!  She also knows most of the basic shapes.
- She absolutely LOVES nursery now.  YAY!!  For the most part, she has left the clingy stage and is pretty confident that Mom and Dad always come back.  After the closing prayer in sacrament meeting, we ask her what time is it, and she screams, "NURSERY!!"  She is so excited about it every week, and I absolutely love it.  It is so nice not having to worry about her.  Also, if I ever need to drop her off at a friend's house, she happily runs inside and says 'bye' to me.  She'll go to pretty much anyone too.
- She is super social and loves talking to strangers.  Everywhere we go, she asks, "What's that!?" (instead of "Who's that?") and wants to know everyone's name and then talk to them.  However, she occasionally also gets a shy moment when we're trying to show her off when talking on Facetime.
- She has mastered "Please" and "Thank you."  YAY!!  Of course she sometimes still needs to be reminded, but for the most part she says both without being prompted.  I love my polite little girl.
- She is so aware of the present situation.  I don't know how to describe it, but she just seems so mature and seems to always understand what's going on.  She says "Bless you" when someone sneezes or "Sorry" when she runs into something or "Excuse me" to get past someone.  It amazes me how she picks up on these things.
- Her talking is out of control.  She talks all the time and wants so badly to understand everything around her.  She loves reading books, and is really starting to understand plots.  Often after a book is over, she will retell the plot to me the best she can.
- She LOVES her Daddy.  I know I say this almost every time, but it just keeps growing and growing!  She goes crazy when Daddy gets home from work, and her favorite thing to say to him lately is, "Dance with me Daddy!" She used to only want me to put her to bed, but now after prayers, she says, "Goodnight Mommy!" and wants Daddy to climb up on her bed and read with her.
- We switched her to a big girl bed about a month ago!!!  It's a regular twin size bed with a guard rail on the side.  We were so nervous about the switch, but I don't think it could have been easier!  From day 1, we tuck her in at night and say goodnight, and she stays there until morning.  The last couple of nights she comes out once to say hi, but then goes right back to bed without a problem.  We had about 4 days of trouble with nap time where she didn't want to stay in bed, but that faded quickly, and now she falls asleep for naps like a champ.  She LOVES her bed, and I cannot believe how grown up my little girl is!
- She's finally pretty good at using a spoon.  She has been using a fork for a long time, but I was so hesitant to let her use a spoon for cereal, oatmeal, etc. because of the mess!!  But I finally got over it :) There is still a small mess sometimes, but she's got it down pretty well!
- Lately she's obsessed with wearing Mommy and Daddy's shoes.

Here are some random pictures from the past three months of our cute little princess.

She LOVES her baby dance class
Rylee LOVES babies.  We watched this cute girl for an hour everyday for a few weeks, and Rylee always laid on the floor and held her hand. 

She absolutely loves this stool

Working hard with Daddy :)

Pointing to all the R's in the word search.  My little smartie

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!