Friday, February 20, 2015

18 Months

Just like that, a year and a half is gone.  Andrew and I freak out when we look at pictures of Rylee as a baby because it's honestly hard to even remember what it was like back then!  Isn't that sad?!  I'm so glad I wrote in my journal a lot and documented on here because it's weird to think that she wasn't always this crazy, talkative toddler running around.  We sure love her.  Nearly everyday after we put her to bed, Andrew and I just sit on the couch and talk about how we can't believe how cute she is.  Or how good.  Or hilarious.  Or fun.  She is just such a good girl, and she makes our lives soo happy.  We feel beyond blessed to be her parents and are trying to soak in every day of our family of three.

Here is a little about Rylee right now:

- She loves to sing along to songs; it's my favorite.  Her favorites are the songs from Frozen.  She will dance around and belt out every fourth word or so.  It's too cute.  Her favorite song to sing at bed time lately is "I Love to See the Temple."  Any time I try to start singing a different primary song, she says, "more temple."  So we sing that one over and over :)  She also loves singing Once There Was a Snowman, Isty Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I'm a Little Teapot, etc.  She asks for those by name as well, and we usually sing them daily.
- Up until recently, she would always count, "2, 3, 6, 7, 9."  It was always the same.  But recently she started saying all of the numbers 2 - 9 except she always skips 8 :)
- She is a little talker.  I love when we get back from an event and she'll tell us all about what happened (in very few words of course).  For example, we recently started going to an infant dance class (SO fun!  She loves it!).  When we get home, I'll ask her if she had fun at dance and she'll say something like, "Run, run, run!  Spin.  Circles."  Or the other day I had to do something, so I dropped her off at a friend's house.  She was sad for about 10 seconds after I left and then was fine.  When we were walking back home after I picked her up, I asked her if she had fun.  Our conversation went like this:
Rylee:  "Doggie!"
Me; "You played with the doggie?!"
Rylee: "Yeah. Mommy bye-bye."
Me: "I know, Mommy had to say bye-bye."
Rylee:  "Crying."  (Pointing to her eyes)
Me: "Did you cry when I left?"
Rylee: "Wahhh" (Fake crying to show me how it happened :))
It is so fun to be able to communicate and have limited conversations :)
- She is super into possession.  She likes to point out, "Rylee's baby" or "Daddy's shirt" or "Mommy's purse" etc.  We'll sit at the table and each have a cup, and she'll point to each one and say "Daddy's, Mommy's, Rylee's."
- We started nursery, and it has been okay.  She absolutely loved it the first time, and didn't cry at all.  But the next two times have been a bit more difficult. She cries when we leave but usually calms down pretty quickly.  But then we're told that she is pretty sensitive the rest of the time.  If someone touches her shoe or takes her crayon or anything like that, she starts crying.  I just worry about her the whole time!  I can't wait for the day when she runs in and doesn't care that we're not behind her ;)
- Even though she's going through a clingy stage and doesn't like to be left by mom or dad, she is still pretty social.  She loves saying hi to people at the store or running up to kids at the park and saying, "Hi!"
- She has the biggest sweet tooth and is obsessed with chocolate.  Her favorite phrase is, "More chocolate."  We have more meltdowns about sweets than anything else ;)
- We switched her to a big girl car seat this month!  She thinks it's pretty great.
- Other than her occasional "NOOOO!!!" tantrum, she really is such a happy girl.  She seriously loves her life and goes around smiling and laughing most of the day.  I love spending my days with her.
- She still wants her mommy when she is hurt or sad or at bedtime, but she is obsessed with her Daddy the rest of the time.  She loves playing with her Daddy, and loves when he is home.
- She is really into princesses lately ("princess" is one of her favorite words), and her favorite toy is a Little People castle with a bunch of different princesses.  She knows most of their names and loves playing princesses with Daddy :)
- She still loves puzzles, and her favorite book is currently "Hide and Snake" (which we read multiple times everyday).

We love our Rylee Renee!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Baby #2

I feel slightly horrible that I haven't even blogged about the fact that I'm pregnant yet!  Pregnancy goes a lot quicker when you have a toddler to chase around, and I guess I just haven't gotten around to it with the craziness of the holidays and everything.  But the news is out - I'm pregnant AND it's a boy!!

We couldn't be more excited to add a sweet little boy to our family!  I was holding a 2 month old baby yesterday, and I just couldn't wait to be snuggling my own baby boy.  I am especially excited to see Rylee become a big sister.  I truly think she is going to love it.  She already loves babies, and she carries her baby doll around everywhere.  She loves tucking her into bed, feeding her a bottle, wrapping her in a blanket, etc.  I just know she is going to be an amazing big sister.  My due date is June 11, so if he comes when he's supposed to, he and Rylee will be exactly 22 months apart.

This picture was taken a week ago (currently I'm 21 weeks).  I was looking back at pictures from Rylee's pregnancy, and I'm definitely bigger this time around!  But I seriously love being pregnant.  I don't know how I got so lucky, but I don't get sick.  I was exhausted all the time during my first trimester, but I have my energy back which I'm very happy about.  I'm already realizing that it's a lot more difficult to be pregnant when you're carrying around a toddler and playing on the floor all day!  But we truly feel so blessed for this opportunity to continue growing our family.

Here's the latest profile of our cute baby boy.  We sure love him already :)

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I already feel him moving around constantly - I think he is going to be a little bundle of energy.  Each of my 4 ultrasounds have begun with a comment from the ultrasound tech that went something like, "Wow, he sure moves around a lot!!"  Andrew has felt him quite a few times too, and I love those moments we share together.  This is my favorite part of pregnancy - not too big and uncomfortable, lots of energy, and constant gentle movements from the little one inside.  I truly feel so blessed!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Year's Eve

I finally made it to my last post about Christmas Vacation!  Took me long enough :)  Our lodge trip was just wonderful, and it was so much fun spending New Years there!  We played lots of games while waiting for midnight to come and enjoyed lots of extended family.

Rylee loved playing with the confetti and the noise makers the next morning :)

Saying goodbye on New Year's Day

We had such a wonderful vacation, and we're so grateful for both sides of our family for all they did to make it so fabulous :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Christmas #2 at the lodge

My grandparents have a lodge up Logan canyon in Bear Lake.  I've been going there my entire life, and so many of my favorite memories are from this magical place.  It was so fun to be able to take Rylee there for the first time this year. She loved it :)  We celebrated Christmas again with my family the day after we got there, and Rylee definitely got a little spoiled.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Christmas Wrap Up

Here are the rest of the miscellaneous pictures from our Christmas vacation with the Peters.  We truly had an amazing time and loved being with Andrew's side of the family.

Matching outfits from Grandma and matching bows from Katlyn

Story time with Grandma

Rylee and Claire both loved taking care of this cute baby doll 

We went to a BYU basketball game one night, and it was SO much fun being back in the Marriott Center and taking Rylee with us.
As you can see, these two were very into the game :)
The rest of the pictures are from a super cute photo booth that Amanda made for all of us.  We loved it!

She loves pretending to talk on the phone