Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Monday, December 23, 2013

How Can I Keep from Singing

Corban Josiah Mummert




Corban Josiah Mummert was born December 11 at 8:40am! He was born 8lbs 12oz and 21 3/4 inches
For those of you who do not know, here is his welcome story:

I have been so tired of being pregnant...for months. I have tried praying this baby into the world, cried tears over his hugeness, and felt desperate at times. I'm sure other moms in the world who remember those final months before your babe was born can sympathize with me here. I was huge and had been praying for a VBAC for months, yet it looked like God was going to say no to that prayer. This little boy is so much bigger than RB was and she would not descend, so the odds of this guy coming VBAC style was pretty slim. I was having contractions like crazy for a week or two and even had to go to the hospital twice because of the amount of contractions. But no matter how many idea or how painful they were, they were not productive. I was having contractions consistently 5 minutes apart (and at one point 2-3 minutes apart), but still no change. (I was a 3 at this point)

The Wednesday of December 4th, we were driving home from church and got rear ended. Everyone was fine, but it is routine to go in and be monitored for 24 hours if you are pregnant. On our way in to be monitored, I started having very regular contractions and found out we had progressed to a 5. We honestly thought "this is it"! Our nurses thought so and our doctor even seemed encouraged. Not exactly the way I planned on going into labor, but I wasn't about to complain. However, he didn't come. I was so disappointed. We went in that Monday to the doctor to find no change in my progress at all despite all the contractions I had endured over the weekend. My body was just so so tired. Everything hurt, I wasn't sleeping, RB was so heavy, and I just wanted to cry. After discussing things with Cal and my doctor, we I got "swept" on Monday but we decided that if the baby had not come by Thursday, we would keep our c-section appointment (previously scheduled as a "just in case"). I was just ready to throw in the towel. Usually after a sweep, if your body is ready to go into labor it will happen with 24 hours. So, by Tuesday night I had resigned myself that this little guy was not going to come naturally and God had, in His wisdom, said "no" to my request. 

I wish I could explain to you why it was so important to me to have a VBAC. Besides the health issues, there was just something inside of me that desperately wanted to experience birth. I cannot quite explain it to you. I don't doubt that a c-section was the healthy thing for RB and I am so thankful that I live somewhere that it was possible to have her safely delivered. But this didn't change my resolve to want to experience birth. The longer I was pregnant, the stronger this resolve felt in my mind. So, when it looked like God had said "no", I was grieving. I went to bed on Tuesday night a very sad, very pregnant woman. I cried out to God and gave this little boy to Him for the millionth time. I begged Him again for peace, patience, and strength. I asked Him for wisdom. I asked Him to remind me that a healthy baby is way more important that my birth plan preferences. 

At 1am Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, I felt a very strange pop. I want to say that I was completely aware my water broke, but it didn't feel like that to me. It felt as if I popped my back, only it wasn't my back - it was in my baby belly. I got up because the pop was a bit painful, waking me from sleep, and making me a little concerned. I decided I would get up, walk around, and take a bathroom break to see if there was any damage I could see. I will spare you all the details, but let's just say that I made it to the bathroom before realizing my water broke. And break it did. First, I woke up the husband "Cal, wake up! Wake up! I think my water broke!" We called the doctor, who told us to come on in. We had to wake up RB and bring her with us because honestly....who has their phone on at 1am. No one. (I wouldn't) 

By the time we got to the hospital, I was contracting so painfully that I was throwing up and having difficulty breathing. I ended up allowing them to give me an epidural to take the edge off (it made it so that I could still feel all of my contractions and control my body, but the major pain was gone). I went all natural with RB right up until the emergency c-section, but the pain with this little guy when I was a 6 was worse than the pain I felt with RB at a 10. I just could not relax and felt like I was hyperventilating. So, the epidural was to give us our best chance at a VBAC. RB was a champ - she slept that entire night in her stroller (reclined), in the corner of my hospital room while I was laboring. A good friend picked her up the next morning and I had already begun pushing! RB almost got to witness her brother's arrival haha. It all happened so quickly! (Can I just give a shout out to my friends here - y'all were amazing to help us with RB and make this as easy as possible for us)

The scary part did not start until I was finally ready to push. With each push, though, came large dips in little boy's heart rate. Large dips. I could hear them on the monitor and with every dip of his heart, came a dip in my own. He was sunny side up (can't a girl catch a break?) and his shoulder ended up getting stuck. I was only allowed to push one out of every few contractions and then had to get in certain positions while taking oxygen to try and keep his heart rate up. We were on a clock of sorts at that point to get him out or to have an emergency c-section. My doctor was really worried we would need the latter even after all the pushing because he just continued to dip. Right before the last two pushing contractions, his heart seem to stabilize and we used that as a sign to do work! It was insanely difficult, and strange (I don't want to lie to you), but God granted my prayer. Corban was born VBAC at 8:40am. He inhaled some meconium (sp?) and had to be watched/suctioned for a minute, but then I got to hold my little boy skin-to-skin. I got to nurse my little boy pretty much right away. Whoa! (Cal was excited because when taking "bets", he correctly guessed Corban's birthday)

I can't tell you how blown away I have been by this whole thing. By answered prayers, by the little guy in my life, how well he eats, how big he is (he has already gained back his birth weight plus some more at his 1 week appointment and had grown 1/4 inch at his 1 week appointment), how good of a sleeper he is, and how much simpler recovery has been.

God is so good. All the time.

Monday, December 16, 2013

21 Months

Happy 21 Months!



Fun facts for month twenty-one:
Weight: 24+lbs
Height: 30+ inches
Eating: 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks
Sleeping: 2 Naps during the day (although sometimes it is 1 rest and 1 nap)
Diaper: Size 4 diapers
Clothing: 12-18 month clothes and some 18 month clothes (she actually fits into some 2T pants - crazy)

What's new for month twenty-one:
  • She is SO talkative
  • She has gotten pretty comfortable with my hospital (OB) since she comes to my appointments sometimes - here's hoping this makes her more comfortable with her own doctor
  • She is getting more independent which is great with a new baby on the way! (scratch that: with a new baby here)
  • She is very confused between up and down, she says both interchangeably 
  • Reading, reading, reading! She even pretends to read to herself sometimes
  • She loves hair accessories, I mean loves.
  • She loves shoes
  • She loves to help!
  • She can take her shoes off and on by herself
  • Now that Baby Corban has arrived, she is discovering her new jealous side a little bit. It's definitely an adjustment for her. She does not love that I cannot pick her up and is not sure about me nursing this little boy at all. 
  • She loves to touch the baby, stroke his hair, pat his pack, and label all of his facial features (as well as hands, feet, and toes).
  • Her three newest words are "brudder" (brother), "boban" (Corban), and "paci" (pacifier)
  • She loves to get C's paci and take it to him. She will put it in his mouth for him too if he will let her.
  • She is very distressed by the cry of the baby and will wake up out of a dead sleep to cry sympathetically 
  • She loves to point at him and say "Baby!"
  • She loves to bring C his blanket and will pat him on the back to help me burp him
I love this little girl, but please say a prayer for her as she is transitioning into the big sister position rather than an only child. She is having a harder time napping and doesn't understand all the changes since she is so young. Also, I think her being little makes it harder to communicate all these new feelings, so she has a lot of tantrums and meltdowns over little things. She is doing really well all things considered, but are just praying that it gets better and better day by day!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Silent Auction y mas

So the first thing I want to say because it is the most important thing going on right now is an auction for France, well sending my amazing sister and family to France as missionaries http://lewisitofrance.blogspot.com/
Please visit the site and make a bid

In other news, my kid is screaming. It's nap time and she is refusing to sleep. She is screaming and then saying "up please" in the most pitiful voice ever. I know she needs a nap but I'm not sure what to do. I hate that feeling. You just worry the whole time that something is wrong and you can't figure it out. We recently painted and made her sleep in a pack n play so that she wouldn't breathe fumes and I wonder if secretly there are fumes leaking in to her system that I just couldn't smell.

We added a frog, kite, caterpillar, and turtle to the room to add some "boy" to RB's room. So ready for this little kiddo to come.

But what do I do about the screaming in the mean time though?

Here are the pictures from the room!




Monday, November 25, 2013

Contractions

Contractions...





So, I am almost 37 weeks and am SO ready for this baby to exit my body. I'm starting to get genuinely irritated at all the fake signs of labor. I mean, it's kind of rude of the body to have fake signs anyway right? We're talking multiple Braxton Hicks contractions... per hour. I have been to the hospital because of these contractions coming so often only to be told they are not productive. Oh good. I mean, at the time it was good because I was only 31/32 weeks and I know the baby was not quite ready to make his debut. However, now we are getting to a time when he would be perfectly healthy if he came. 

Did I mention that he is huge? At 32 weeks he was approximately 5 1/2 lbs and gaining quickly. We had nicknamed him Peanut when we did not know his gender (somehow calling our babies "it" never seemed okay with me, RB was "Doodle" and this little guy is "Peanut"). We have since upgraded his name to Dinosaur. In deference to his huge-ness. 

So now I am starting to get close to the "real" thing (all you ladies hopefully can guess what I mean) and I'm just thinking "is this it?" all the time. Is that my water breaking? Are these contractions real ones? What's the difference between AF and the normal leaking stuff? How will I know? Is it worth scheduling things to do in the next week? Can I actually walk this baby out? Why are there so many wives tales about how to induce labor if they don't work? 

Maybe you are wondering why I am so anxious to get this baby out (other than the nausea and severe pain...). I'm trying for a VBAC. The smaller this baby is, the more likely I am to have success. I don't want him to be teeny tiny or unhealthy, but I need him to be under 9lbs. I'm praying for this all the time. Feel free to pray alongside me.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

20 Months

Happy 20 Months!



Fun facts for month twenty:
Weight: 24lbs
Height: 30+ inches
Eating: 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks
Sleeping: 2 Naps during the day (although sometimes it is 1 rest and 1 nap)
Diaper: Size 4 diapers
Clothing: 12-18 month clothes and some 18 month clothes

What's new for month twenty:
  • She is SO talkative, some fun words are "outside", "bubbles", "sword", "fish" (there's a fish tank at my doctor's office), "trash", "diaper", "open", "closed", "color", "cains" (crayons)
  • She is growing! She has outgrown clothes and shoes in the last month!
  • She likes to practice leaving - she will say "bye bye!", "see you!", "Iee you!" (I love you) and then walks to the door
  • She is obsessed with bubbles and drawing
  • She has begun to enjoy dirt and mud!
  • She finally knows the difference between hair and hat
  • She is very confused between up and down, she says both interchangeably 
  • She will mimic any word she hears - be careful! 
  • Reading, reading, reading! She even pretends to read to herself sometimes
  • She loves hair accessories, I mean loves.
  • She loves shoes
  • She is learning a lot of things like "go get...", "can you show me what you want?", "Where's your cup?", "let's change your diaper" (and she walks to the bathroom), and a lot more.
  • She loves to help!
  • She can point more and more things out in books and knows what they are - the first words book has become very popular because she point out so many things to say in that book
  • When we put her to bed she says that she loves us over and over as we leave the room - totally cute (makes it really hard to leave the room...I think she knows this)
  • She is still scared of the vacuum 
  • She likes to spin in circles
  • She loves to put on her daddy's hat
  • She can put her shoes on sometimes

Friday, November 15, 2013

Brain Overload



So, my brain is completely fried. I am trying to get all the big things for school done before this baby comes and my brain is fried. I am writing in discussion boards about things that I truly have no opinion over, and forcing myself to research papers that I do not want to write. I'm exhausted.

Then my baby got a double ear infection and a viral rash (which I definitely thought was hives, yay second trip to the doctor in a week).

So now I am behind on the paper I am writing - should Christians consume alcohol (even in moderation)? I need to finish another sermon from James. I need to do a TON of reading and take notes on it all.

And you know what I'm thinking about? I wonder when this baby will make his exit from my body. Maybe this contraction is the first one of The contractions. Can I get any larger? Scratch that, I cannot get any larger.
These are the things I am thinking about which makes it awfully hard to write a paper. Much less do anything else productive.

Plus I'm supposed to feed myself, feed my daughter, play with her, and much more.

I need to stop complaining. Seriously. It's going to be fine, self. Ignore me.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Today






This is my day today - sick baby equals lots of cuddle time!

The siblings are getting some quality time and they don't even know it. Enjoy the belly picture!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

19 Months

Happy 19 Months


We have had a sick, sore, and whiny season so we are fresh out of staged pictures. First I had a stomach virus, then Rebekah has had a bad cold, and on top of that she is becoming a two year old a little early. 
Fun facts for month nineteen:
Weight: more than 23lbs!
Height: 30+ inches (2 inches of growth!)
Eating: 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks
Sleeping: 2 Naps during the day (although sometimes it is 1 rest and 1 nap)
Diaper: Size 4 diapers
Clothing: 12 month and some 12-18 month clothes

What's new for month nineteen:
  • She says so many words that I can't even keep track of all the new ones. Her vocabulary is quite extensive, I can't even express it.
  • She adds "please" to any word that is meant to be a question or plea: "help please?" "up please?" "more please?" "down please?" "no please!"
  • She has begun to enjoy dirt and mud!
  • She has all the pieces of her face down, plus her belly button, hands, feet, toes, tongue, and "hat" (read: hair) down
  • She has added the Monkey sound, Cat sound, Duck sound (sometimes), Sheep sound, and the Lion sound to her animal noises
  • Reading, reading, reading! She even pretends to read to herself sometimes
  • She loves to sit in her little chair and will practice getting up and down for long periods of time
  • She mimics everything you say and do which is adorable (and scary?) 
  • She is getting a bit more picky with her food
  • She cut 3 new teeth! 
  • She loves hair accessories
  • She can put away her clothes
  • She tells me several minutes prior to having a "poo poo", she will grab my hand and lead me to the bathroom saying, "diaper" if she thinks her diaper is too full
  • She can follow lots of simple commands
  • She loves to throw things away
  • She is recognizing people quicker
  • When we get her ready for bed she smiles and says "Eeeeee" to show she is ready to have her teeth brushed
  • She can say "Jesus" but it sounds a lot like cheeses 



She has been sick off and on which makes her a sleepy baby!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

"Quiet Time"

Please excuse our morning hair but we are wearing very similar Aggie tops!


So I often wonder how other mommies do it. How do they find some time for themselves, to do the things that need to get done, to get dressed, etc in the midst of multiple children. Especially if the children are small and/or homeschooled. Kudos to you ladies.

I will admit that the first thing to go for me... cleaning. You could ask my family, but I would rather you didn't since I was even less clean as a child and I think that those memories are still pretty fresh in some minds. But I will freely admit to you that I am not a neat freak, clean freak, germaphobe, or any of those other cleaning related nicknames. I do have some OCD issues, but somehow they have skipped over the cleaning thing.

So a while back this new and beautiful thing started happening. My daughter learned to use a spoon. Eureka! She eats yogurt and/or applesauce every day. Plus when she feeds it to herself it takes an eternity. It used to drive me crazy watching her meticulously spoon each bit into her mouth however tiny the bite was (she is not so good at filling the spoon to capacity). But then I realized...I don't have to sit here and watch her do this. I mean I want to be nearby, very nearby since she has the habit of spilling things or shoving her spoon down her throat for fun if she gets tired of her current activity. But I can do the dishes while she eats, I can check the weather, I can eat my own breakfast (and once this second baby is born maybe I can even feed him) while she feeds herself. Whoop.

Now she is even getting to the point where she gets irritated if I try to help her feed herself before she has asked me for help ("hep peez, hep peez!"). It ends up in a fit at breakfast and a straight up refusal to eat whatever is next in the meal regardless of how much she actually likes the food. I have no idea where she could get this stubborn streak from....awkward smile.

So while I know these moments are brief and this freedom really only lasts for two more months before I have another, even smaller mouth to feed, I am trying to take delight in some small victories.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Pregnant

So I know I have been a little more AWOL recently than I was when I was pregnant with RB.

Mostly this has been because I am trying not to complain. I have had a less than ideal pregnancy (it sounds past tense, but just trust me it is also in the present). I'm also taking care of a toddler and going to school at the same time as all of this which has just been more than I can handle day to day. I'm behind. I just want to sleep so I don't notice all of the bad things.

So here it is. Here is me. Vulnerable and slightly fragile. I'm still going to be a little AWOL because I don't want to overwhelm you with my own personal pity party.

Say a prayer!

Monday, September 16, 2013

18 Months

Happy 18 Months!

Fun facts for month eighteen:
Weight: more than 23lbs!
Height: 30 inches (2 inches of growth!)
Eating: 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks
Sleeping: 2 Naps during the day (although sometimes it is 1 rest and 1 nap)
Diaper: Size 4 diapers
Clothing: 12 month and some 12-18 month clothes

What's new for month eighteen:
  • She says "watch", "blankie", "doe" (door), "pants" (plants), bye bye (it used to just be "ba ba", but now it's the full word), "walk", "why" (water), "heego" (here you go), "lo!" (hello), and much more
  • She is in what I have termed the home depot stage - "I can do it, you can help....maybe"
  • She wants to go on a walk maybe 20 times a day
  • She loves to draw or do any kind of art
  • She holds up her hands for you to wipe them, she does not like having stuff on her hands
  • She says "ta da!" when she has done something she considers impressive. Like she stacks all the cups together correctly, then says, "ta da!" 
  • She has randomly decided to sign "more" when she says it out loud.
  • She is running pretty well, although the poor girl had some sinus issues for a while and I think it must have backed up into her ears because her balance was all messed up for a few days. 
  • She is enjoying outside again, exploring running in the grass
  • She can not only point accurately to your nose, but also your eye and mouth - ear is on its way too
  • She loves playing with my hair
  • She can find your belly button and if you ask her where her belly button is, she will proudly lift up her shirt to show you haha
  • She likes to pretend bake with me and taste our food (she says, "yum yum yum and pretends to eat off the spoon"
  • She loves to hit tupperware like its a drum and has even gotten to use my old beginner sticks to play my snare drum (it was a big hit with her!)
  • She will attempt words in other languages
  • She likes to drum on upside down tupperware
  • She goes "moooo" for the cow, "rough" for the dog, and has a sound for elephants and zebras too.
  • Reading, reading, reading!
  • She loooooooves to play with any size ball
  • She loves to bring you a book to read or a toy to play with
  • She is getting much better at handling dogs, especially if they are not too excited.
  • She can feed herself almost a whole thing of yogurt with very little spilling and can spear eggs with some accuracy
  • We have started a new phase of tantrums and wanting to do things herself  





Monday, August 12, 2013

17 Months

Happy 17 Months!

She's waiving and saying "HI!" to you


Fun facts for month seventeen:
Weight: more than 20lbs!
Height: 28 inches
Eating: 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks
Sleeping: 2 Naps during the day
Diaper: Size 4 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 month and some 12-18 month clothes (even the 12 months are starting to get a little tight)

What's new for month seventeen:
  • She says "please" (or "peas" really), "papa", "book", "wa" (water), "dink" (drink), "up", "tankoo" (thank you), "boot", "schock" (sock), "picter" (picture), "pets-el" (pretzel) and will try to say just about any word! (I'm also fairly sure I'm forgetting some words here - her vocabulary has just exploded!)
  • She goes "moooo" for the cow, "rough" for the dog, and has a sound for elephants and zebras too.
  • She has discovered her belly button and thinks it's hilarious! (She also likes my belly button)
  • She thinks that rabbits are dogs and says "rough" every time she sees them in Goodnight Moon
  • She is saying please any time she wants something and it is really helping to diffuse some times where she used to have tantrums!  
  • She loves her family and really enjoyed playing with her cousin for a week. RB would just follow her around everywhere.
  • Reading, reading, reading!
  • She loooooooves to play with any size ball
  • She likes to be tickled, but only if you say "tickle, tickle, tickle" while you do it
  • She loves to point at things and attempt their names
  • She sometimes calls me "ommy" instead of "mommy"
  • She is in everything. Everything. 
  • She gives herself a hand spankin if she does something she knows that she shouldn't do. 
  • She loves to bring you a book to read or a toy to play with
  • She is getting much better at handling dogs, especially if they are not too excited.
  • She is getting to be a cuddle bug - she has to cuddle after she wakes up from every nap or she gets too upset to play.
  • She is doing great with a spoon and fork. She is still working on scooping and spearing things herself, but she can eat about half a thing of yogurt on her own before getting frustrated. 
  • She loves to stomp one foot to music, it's hilarious!
  • She loves other children
  • She is a fairly serious baby with other people
  • She can have pigtails now!

Rebekah Heaven

Aren't those pigtails the cutest??

Serious face


16 Months (belated)

Happy 16 Months!



So, this last month I did a fast from media of all kinds which unfortunately included blogging. It was a hard month to say the least, but I learned a lot. The good news is....I still took pictures on her 16 month birthday and just waited to actually post all her information. 

Fun facts for month sixteen:
Weight: more than 20lbs!
Height: 28 inches or so
Eating: 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks
Sleeping: 2 Naps during the day
Diaper: Size 4 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 month and some 12-18 month clothes. 

What's new for month sixteen:
  • She is speaking so much! She tries to say almost every word so it is hard to decide what are new and what are not new. 
  • She is saying please sometimes and is not enjoying our attempts to help her be more polite. 
  • She loves to point at things and attempt their names
  • She sometimes calls me "ommy" instead of "mommy"
  • She is in everything. Everything. 
  • She says "rough" when a dog barks or when she sees a dog.
  • She gives herself a hand spankin if she does something she knows that she shouldn't do. 
  • She loves to bring you a book to read or a toy to play with
  • She is getting much better at handling dogs, especially if they are not too excited.
  • She is getting to be a cuddle bug - she has to cuddle after she wakes up from every nap or she gets too upset to play.
  • She is doing great with a spoon and fork. She is still working on scooping and spearing things herself, but she can eat about half a thing of yogurt on her own before getting frustrated. 
  • She loves to stomp one foot to music, it's hilarious!
  • She loves other children
  • She is a fairly serious baby
  • She is a bit clingy right now because we want on a 9 day mission trip and she was not altogether happy with me when I got back, but it's kind of nice to have all the cuddles since we both missed each other. 
  • She is starting to recognize her family and give them some love










Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Facebook Stinks

So, there are many reasons why I will not quit using Facebook. There are many things I like about Facebook and I enjoy wasting my time there. But aren't there just so many reasons that it sucks?

First, I am a political person. I enjoy politics and getting involved in politics. I want to state my political opinion for the record. BUT, I do not want to start that on Facebook. Too many people with too many opinions that are often under-informed and/or over opinionated and none of them have tact. Seriously. A little polite disagreement could go a long way. So, I choose not to post my opinions on Facebook. And can I just say that it kills me? When I see someone post their political (or let's be honest religious) thoughts on Facebook and I agree or disagree, I want to engage them. I don't want to say something rude, I just want to share my opinion. Or maybe the article they posted seems to have overlooked something or there is just a different point of view. Or maybe I don't agree, but I think the article was really thought provoking. Or maybe I agree, but I think other people would judge the title of the article without actually reading it. Just so many reasons to keep your thoughts to yourself.

Second, mom guilt. Do I really have to explain much more? There are just so many options for how you decide to raise your child. Today I read an article about attachment parenting that I don't agree with. I know people that have done it with success and without success. But I also don't feel like it's my job to tell them I don't agree, you know? Parenting is so hard. It's ridiculously hard! And you spend half the time second guessing your choices anyway. You just don't need one more person telling you that you are doing it wrong. Now, if you're friend is at their wits end or is asking you for help or whatever, that's different. I'm talking about posting stuff all over Facebook regardless of the feelings of others. I don't think most moms (it's moms, be real) are trying to hurt anyone's feelings, they really are trying to share the knowledge they have learned with others! But, it can be so easily hurtful. This article I read made it sound like if you ever let your child cry for even a moment, you are neglecting your baby. You are a neglectful parent. AH! I won't give you all the reasons that I firmly believe in the method I chose and how experience has shown me that RB does not respond well to the attachment style. But I don't think any mom or dad just chooses willy nilly to do what they do. They try and if they fail, they try something else. Isn't parenting hard enough, right? I want to post what I think is the perfect way, the right way, and what's working for me, but isn't it hard enough without all that?

Lastly, young people. You may be thinking, "You are only 26, Claire. You are young." That's true, but there is something about having kids that puts you in a different category. So I know that the rest of the kidless world is completely overwhelmed and disgusted by how much us moms want to post about our children. Whether it's how great or how awful they are, we want to post about them all the time. So I try to limit my posting about the babe, but honestly she's approximately 80% of my life. I have school, but I don't interact with anyone there since it's by email. I have the husband, but he's gone during the day and I try not to bother him too much at work (especially right now because he has so much on his plate). So I spend most of my day following a 15 month old around the house. So when Facebook's status bar beckons me, asking "what are you thinking"....I'm thinking about following my 15 month old around the house. I'm thinking of all the stuff she's doing today. Maybe Ms.21 you don't want to hear about my kid, but I don't care about your college woes. Not true, I care, but sometimes I get frustrated with what you post about. So just like I am trying to be sensitive to where you are in life and what you are going through, I need you to return the favor. Just ignore me, easy peasy.

Rant over.

Monday, June 24, 2013

My Husband, The Wonderful

Is your husband as wonderful as mine? My hope is that women all over the world would get in a large (slightly hilarious) arguing match about whose husband is the best because the only thing they agree on is that it's their own husband. I know this is not always the case, but I feel so blessed that it is for me!






I am so bad at "selfies", but this is the night we celebrated getting a new doctor. My husband likes to celebrate with me! He has learned that, for me, it's not fully celebrated if their was no dessert involved. He has also learned that, as a general rule, I do not like to do things alone. So he came home from work that day, made dinner for us (and the baby), helped put the baby to bed, THEN made brownies with me to celebrate doctor day. I know what you're thinking - why wouldn't you want to make brownies? This is not a man who loves to bake. He generally only wants its products, but he baked with me voluntarily because he knew I would like it.





He is willing to be silly with me! (It was snowing in this picture really early in the morning which you may know is not his favorite, but he went out and played in it for me. This was a while back)

RB at maybe 2 weeks old



 He has loved our little girl since way before she was born. He is so sweet with her.


He loves trying new things, especially new foods, with me. (Anniversary - Tapas, but Japanese style)

I wish I had a picture, but last night he mowed the lawn and then quit early so he could come tuck the baby in with me. He really goes above and beyond, especially with all the morning sickness, to provide for me and take care of everything he can. He works so hard all day long. He goes to work to provide for his family (and, in my opinion, save the world), then he comes home and continues that work by being completely present for his wife and daughter. What a great man!

So I definitely think my husband is the best one out there. I would choose him again and again. But I also hope that this post just makes you think about the amazing qualities your husband possesses.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Growing

It's Official - she's growing! 



This week Baby Girl has been eating a lot more for breakfast and then boom, last night her pajama pants were way too short. Her pants mostly flood an inch or so off the floor (it's summer though, so I just say they are capris or something). 

We put her in this adorable dress this morning for church and it doesn't even cover her diaper. It reminds me of the clothes they wore in the Brady Bunch, but maybe even a bit shorter. 

Crazy Times!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Baby Bump

14 Weeks and Counting


of the slowest pregnancy known to man

Okay I know that isn't true, but it sometimes feels true. The summer is just crawling by for me. Anyway, some people had been asking if I had a bump because I tend to wear clothes on the looser side. So today I sported a slightly more fitted T just to show the bump off to you! Enjoy!

I would give you some stats on this baby, but honestly I don't know any yet! We just changed doctors and will go in for a check up in a week or so.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Second Trimester Whoas

Second Trimester Whoas





So there are lots of great things about the second trimester - my hair is thick (read thicker than normal, I am shedding less), I'm closer to the end which makes me incredibly thankful. But there are also some drawbacks (so if you don't want to listen to complaining then move on):


  • The sick part of this whole thing has not receded yet... at all. 
  • My back hurts. What? When did my daughter get so heavy? 
  • I'm dizzy off and on. Don't worry, it's only when I exert energy, ha. Church has just welcomed sitting Claire back. 
  • My pants don't fit. They just don't. But also since I'm not very far along (and I have no butt), most pregnancy clothes don't fit. I'm clearly suffering...
  • Things don't all taste the same. In trimester uno, I really loved eating cheese on crackers (Velveeta style). Today... it tastes funny. 
  • Nothing sounds good to eat. Nothing. Literally. Or drink. I eat only out of necessity.
  • I still have the rest of this trimester plus one more to go. December will never come!
  • Did I mention how far away December is from today? 
  • My bangs are getting out of control. Okay, maybe this has nothing to do with the second trimester, but it's annoying. They aren't short enough or long enough. 
Enjoy your life, non-preggos of the world!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

15 Months

Happy 15 Months!

I thought since her 15 month day was on Father's Day, she should take her picture with her daddy

Fun facts for month fifteen:
Weight: more than 18lbs. 14oz. (read I really don't know)
Height: 28 inches
Eating: 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks
Sleeping: 2 Naps during the day
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing:6-9 months, and 6-12 month clothes (although the smaller ones are getting snug!)
What's new for month fifteen:
  • She loves to point at things and attempt their names
  • She has added "yeah", "whoa", "hi", "baby" and "me" (which usually means "more") to her vocabulary (she is trying to say so many things in a day, but these are the ones she can say consistently)
  • "No" is still her favorite word by far
  • She is walking!! She is our little adventurer for sure.
  • She is SO talkative
  • She likes to lick up her mucus (haha, enjoy that one)
  • She is really expressing her displeasure when she does not get what she wants
  • We have had some for real tantrums
  • She loves to put things in other things (like her car inside her shape sorter), she likes to put the shapes through the shape holes, and dump it all out again
  • She is obsessed (still) with these foam puzzles she has. She loves to take them apart.
  • We have tried now for over a year to get this girl to sign and I feel like she just looks at me like, "Well, don't you look stupid."
  • She knows what "no" means and typically obeys
  • She  likes to squat
  • She likes to point to things in books and try to say them, she is such a mimic (she can do the elephant sound, but now thinks all animals make that sound)
  • She loves to bring you a book to read or a toy to play with
  • She enjoys tearing paper
  • She pretends to whistle
  • She says "babababa" (with some semblance of a tune to it) when she wants me to sing along
  • She says "vroom vroom" (to a degree) when she plays with toy cars
  • She is mostly scared of dogs
  • She has tried to repeat me when I have said, "I love you" a few times. Today (Father's Day) she repeated me when I asked her to say, "I love you, Daddy!" She said something like, "Aaiiee lalolalooo, Dada!" Super cute.
  • She is getting to be a cuddle bug
  • She seems to sense when I don't feel good and comes to snuggle next to me
  • If I spear the food, she can feed herself with a fork. She is getting better with the spoon too.
  • She can throw the ball
  • She dances standing up now and occasionally shakes her head to music
  • She loves other children
  • She has figured out how to put necklaces over her head and sometimes she can get them off





Wednesday, May 29, 2013

One Hard Day

Today was One Hard Day

This day is not about me. This day is about a very dear friend of mine and her little girl. Her little girl who only survived for three minutes.

I want to give you the details, but I cannot. You can get more information on my facebook because I shared this beautiful woman's story (via her blog) there. Her faith and strength in this time has seriously moved me. God is working through that family and through that little girl's life. It's beautiful and terrible at the same time. 

Please pray for this family. Please. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day Funday!


We had a very interesting day for sure. Baby girl got up early, but then ate breakfast and went immediately back to sleep. Happy Memorial Day to Mommy and Daddy! So we followed her example and went back to bed. She actually took 3 naps on Memorial Day - we just wore her out playing all day! The husb and I bought a kitty pool the Saturday before so we went to work blowing it up and filling it with water for some swim time after lunch. But....

Sunday my super awesome husband was playing Ultimate Frisbee (which he is amazing at, he runs like a swan I've been told) and decided to lay out for a rogue disc. While the scrapes will heal in plenty of time, he tore a ligament in his shoulder. So he spent a large portion of the day at the doc in the box getting x-ray'd.

RB also decided that at first look, the pool was from a dark and terrible place. I think the water was too cold. So she took a second nap of the day, then we tried again and found the pool a much more welcoming place! So great! Despite the fact that, at some point, I stepped in fire ants and my feet are now covered with Benedryl cream, it was worth it. I only wish I knew where the ants came from so I could get rid of them. 

The husb did get to come home, we grilled together, this pregnant woman spent some quality time in the bathroom (ugh!), and then we watched Harry Potter 6 (watched 5 the day before) after the babe went to bed. Enjoy some pictures!!

Toys make the pool much better!

This might have been a great idea

Sun comes out - hat switch!

Loving that face

Post pool snack - Grapes are back!