Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lukie Pookie is TWO!

My first alone outing with the kids (Annabelle and Luke) post-op was to Luke's two-year-old check-up today. Just like yesterday, it was really hard when I had to pick him up--- you know--- to keep him from running away and doing dangerous stuff--- like leaving me.  I really don't have a choice, and I miss holding him, but I feel it in my scars--- which is weird.  Here's the update on Luke.

Weight: 30 lbs 4 oz (80th percentile) --- he's almost caught up to Annabelle!
Height: 34 3/4 inches (75th percentile)
Head Circ: 19 3/4 cm (90th percentile)
Hair: whispy strawberry blonde
Eyes: Brown
Teeth: 20--- he got his two year molars early
Shoe Size: 7 or 8
Clothes Size: 2T pants, 2/3T---sometimes 4 shirts and jammies
Nicknames: Lukie, Pookie, Pookie-Pants, Luke-the-Duke, LP, Babe-ah, Lukie Luke
Likes:
 the family, Green Blankie, Mickey Mouse, dancing, singing "imperial march", he absolutely LOVES "Happy" by Pharell Williams--- he dances every single time.
Dislikes: being mauled by his older siblings, almost all veggies, staying in one place too long
Favorite Food: He pretty much only likes to eat carbs & fruit.  When he eats veggies, it has to be in a pouch.  
Favorite Toys: Stuffed Mickey & Mario, cars, trains, and planes--- basically any kind of vehicle and ramp combination.  He also really likes a baseball mitt and glove we got him when the older kids got their T-Ball gear.
Favorite Books: The Monster at the End of the Book, Lift-the-flap books, Mickey books, Star Wars books
Favorite Things to Watch: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse & Octonauts seem to be the two shows he'll sit through.  He'll also sit through any family movie we watch.
Words: He's the slowest of our kids to talk, but I know he'll get there.  He says a lot of things, with his mouth closed.  He really only opens his mouth when he's emotional. His doctor said to give it another 3-6 months and watch for improvements before we take any other steps (like speech therapy).  Most of the time, he talks in one syllable sounds. Like "Bah" and "Jah" for Annabelle and Jared or "cah" for popcorn
Other New Tricks: He follows complicated directions really well, listens and helps.  When Z & K brought Adrienne over he was really mindful of her and even sat and held her (with Oba's help, of course).  Another awesome thing he does is say mealtime prayers.  Granted, we can only understand a couple of words, but he mimics and tries to say the whole prayer.  It's really cute and I've been meaning to get it on video, I just never have the camera next to me at prayer time (go figure).  He also does all the actions for "Popcorn Popping" which is also very video worthy.  Another thing I absolutely love is his running hugs.  If you ask him to "give you loves" he'll come running to you with mouth open grunting--- which is super cute.  He also started giving raspberry kisses, aka Zerberts and they're, messy, but so fun to receive.
What's next: Getting ready to be a big brother in Dec or Jan--- adjusting to having more alone time with Mom & sometimes Annabelle--- more talking (please)!
How he drives us crazy: He's still messy when he eats--- but he's getting better.  I'd love to hear him start talking more, but that'll be at his own pace.  He screams randomly--- like full-fledge blood-curdling volume--- usually it's when we're at the store or somewhere quiet--- like church.
Why he's so awesome: He's still so chill, which is why I don't think he bothers to talk.  He already has his needs met, so why talk?  Most of the time, he's happy and full of life.  He loves to find new things and gets so excited when he sees someone or something he loves.  His dance is probably one of the cutest things you'll see and he's super smart--- just like his siblings.  Each one of them is so unique and different, and it's so amazing to witness their growth and love them so immensely.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Annabelle's 2nd ---and last--- First Day of Pre-K


Annabelle had her first day of her new preschool today (hence the title--- since she really had her first day of preschool last year).  We decided to change to an actual school this year, so she could have some school (i.e. not jumping around) experience.  A few of our friends had enjoyed sending their kids to her new school, so Luke and I checked it out during the spring this year.

Almost immediately, I knew this school was the right fit for her.  Once, I told her she'd be going to preschool with her best friend, she asked me almost DAILY when it was time to go to 'her new school.'  This went on. all. summer. long.

Last week, less than a week from my appendectomy, I had to attend Parent Orientation and, then we went to Meet-the-Teacher.  If it was possible, I was even more excited to send Annabelle there and knew she'd love it.  When we went to M-t-T, I couldn't get her to leave once I got her there.

Luke was really cute because he REALLY wanted to stay.  Maybe next year, buddy. I actually had to pick him up for the first time in almost two weeks--- and it was hard.  I'm technically not supposed to be holding him yet, but he really didn't give me much of choice, since he started taking off.  I don't know if he's gained weight since my surgery, but I certainly have missed holding him.

When the time came to actually leave today, she ran in and didn't look back.  After talking with the office for a few minutes, I had to find her to say goodbye.  She got comfortable real fast.  I'm pretty sure she's going to have a great year before she heads off to the adventure of kindergarten.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Decade of Gregbo Adventures

315,569,260 seconds. 5,259,600 minutes. 87,658 minutes. 3,652 days. 521 weeks. 120 months.
3.5 kids. 6 pregnancies. 4 apartments. 1 home. 3 graduations and degrees. 2 cross-country moves. 2 cross-town moves. 8 Cardinals games. 1 amazing cruise. Too-many-to-count compromises, fits of laughter, surprises (mostly by Greg), misunderstandings, diapers, and nerd-filled discussions that would make Sheldon and Amy look cool.
Sometimes you're the last person in the world I want to see, but all the time, I love you.

1 eternal bond.
10 years.

Happy Anniversary, love.

Now, let's celebrate the best way we can: by going to Meet-the-Teacher Night. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

18 Weeks & a Reveal

How far along: 18 weeks
Weight Gain this month, Total Weight Gain:  5 lbs, 140 lbs
Approximate Size of Baby:  sweet potato
Gender:  we found out this visit
Maternity Clothes:  I can wear almost everything in my maternity section now, except for a couple shirts and pants that I save for the end.
Sleep:  I'm always tired, but I usually have a hard time going to sleep.  It stinks.
Memorable Moments:  This visit started out with the anatomy visit to check on the baby.  The general consensus was that this baby is going to be a girl.  I guess just following the pattern and Annabelle's desire to have a sister.  Well, her desire will have to wait a little longer because the evidence suggests that this one is going to be a BOY!  As always, we're excited.  While we waited for our follow-up appointment, we started looking up boy names because we didn't agree on either of the ones we had before.  Hopefully we'll find one we agree on sooner rather than later.
Movement:  He's not as active as his siblings yet, but I'm sure that'll change as he gets bigger and I can feel him more.
Exercise:  Keeping up after the kids and going swimming are really the only ways I exercise this time around.  Hopefully once the heat wears off, we'll be able to go for walks around the neighborhood again.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  This time around, I really haven't had some strong cravings.  Once someone mentions something for dinner, and it sounds good to me, then I want it.  But usually, it has to be mentioned first.  As for aversions, I have to take a bite of the food first to be averted to it, if that makes sense.
Not-so-Fun Symptoms:  My skin broke out like I'm a teenager again--- and I seem to be extra sensitive to my emotions, as well.  It's kind of ridiculous.
Status of Belly-Button: a little concave, but still there.
What I Miss:  Being able to play with my kids and still have energy.
What I'm looking forward to:  The heat subsiding; feeling the baby more often; Jared and Annabelle starting school; our new niece being born in September/October.
Anything Else:  To tell the kids, I took a video of Jared and Annabelle looking at the sonogram pictures.  The first two pictures showed arms, head, and legs.  The last one had the gender pictures and the words.  I told Jared to read it out loud to Annabelle; he read it, her face dropped, and she started to cry.  I had to stop taking the video and cuddle with her.  After she calmed down, she said, "it's okay, Mom.  I'll love the baby and then the NEXT baby will be my sister."

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Annabelle's Third Primary Talk

Apparently it's the kiddo's season to give talks in primary.  Annabelle was asked to give the talk today about family prayer and she did a great job.  She even read a couple of sentences alone--- that's right--- our baby girl is learning to read.  I think her growing up is going to be the hardest on Greg and I.  Here's her talk:

My talk today is about praying in our families so that we may be blessed.

Family prayer is a commandment for Heavenly Father.  The prophets have said it is one of the most important things to do as a family.

When we pray as a family, we are blessed by being stronger together.  Each prayer brings us closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus.

What I like about Family Prayer is that we pray for others to help them feel better.  I always feel happy when we pray as a family.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Jared's Second Primary Talk

I know I just wrote a post like this, but with Annabelle, instead of Jared.  As fate would have it, two weeks after Annabelle gave her talk, Jared was asked to talk.  It seems strange that Annabelle would give her second talk first, but last year, we always seemed to be out-of-town when Jared was scheduled to give a talk.

I think they finally decided to stop trying to assign him.  It's a good thing they picked this week since we're leaving for California this week.  And, since we were up in RR for Father's Day, we would've not known about this assignment, if it wasn't for the email reminder sent this week.

So, Jared and I sat down and figured out what he wanted to say.  He even wrote it down; until he got tired a few sentences in.  So, I became transcribe while he reminded me what he wanted to say.  Since his last talk, he's learned how to read, so we didn't even go up to help him; Greg and I just watched our little boy grow up some more.  Seriously, why are they growing so fast?!?!

His Topic: I can prepare now to be worthy to enter the Temple.

His Talk:
The temple is a sacred place.  Even though I can't go inside yet, I can prepare now so I will be worthy when I am old enough.

I prepare to go to the temple now by helping my family.

I prepare to go to the temple now by playing nicely and being a good example.

I prepare to go to the temple now by going to church and listening in primary.

Every time we do what is right we prepare to go to the temple.

I want to go to the temple one day.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

9 Weeks

**back posting how I felt with each month of this pregnancy, since this is the first pregnancy post, I'll include all of the categories and then add/subtract them when they are relevant** 

How far along: 9 weeks exactly

Approximate Due Date: January 13th, 2015
Starting Weight, Total Weight Gain: 130, about 5 lbs
Approximate Size of Baby:  Green Olive
Gender:  We should find out in August sometime...
Maternity Clothes:  I'm still fitting into most of my clothes, but I broke out the BellyBand faster this time and can already fit into my small maternity clothes.  My doctor said, 'well, honey, it is your fourth.' :)
Sleep:  Constantly tired.  I have very little energy and it's really frustrating with three kids at home all expecting an awesome summer (and I want to give it to them).
Memorable Moments:  We're telling the whole family this weekend, we've even kept it a secret from the kids.  Tee hee.  *** When we found out, I took a test a couple days early and it was negative.  Fast forward a couple days, and I thought maybe a really am.  So, I fished the old test out of the trash (because I didn't have any) and it had a really faint line.  I was so shocked and started laughing; I took a picture and sent it to Greg because he wouldn't answer his phone.  Later that day, I bought another box and took another test... just to make sure... and this time the line showed up right away.

Movement:  Not yet... but I'm really anxious to see just how much sooner I'll feel this one.
Exercise:  It's pretty much whatever I'm doing to keep up with the kids.  We occasionally go on walks, but I'm so easily exhausted right now.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  I'm not too bad this time around.  If I overstuff myself once I finally get hungry then, I'll get nauseated.  Also, it's inconsistent on what will make me sick.  For example, I'll have ice cream one day and can't handle it the next.
Not-so-Fun Symptoms:  Just like the rest of my pregnancies, I'm extra tired and Greg is doing so much to help me out.  I feel so guilty not being able to do "my job," but I am building a human being and trying to get used to the hormones again, right?
Labor Signs:  Sure hope not!
Status of Belly-Button: a little bigger than normal
What I Miss:  Doing my jobs as a wife and mom.
What I'm looking forward to:  The 2nd Trimester (hopefully, no more nausea, tiredness and worrying about losing the baby), Feeling the baby move
Anything Else:  I thought I wouldn't be anxious about this pregnancy, since I had a healthy one with Luke, but I am.  I'm not going to the doctor frequently like I did with him and everything looked great, except for a little clot that should go away.  Greg & Z gave me a blessing of health and strength.  It was very comforting and fit exactly into what I was anxious about.  *** Greg teased my doctor at my first appointment, asking her to keep her calendar open for New Year's.  Since Annabelle and Luke were two weeks early, that's where we looked on the calendar.... December 30th.  She said it was a little too early to keep it open and laughed.  I guess we'll all have to wait and see what happens over the holidays.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Annabelle's Second Primary Talk

Annabelle gave her second Primary talk yesterday and she did a wonderful job.  She spoke clearly and we even brought pictures for me to hold while she spoke.

Every day she amazes me; mostly because she's growing up so fast.

Her Topic:  Temples make it possible for families to be together forever.

Her Talk:
Families are an important part of Heavenly Father's plan.  I love my family & I want to be with them forever.

Temples make it possible for my family, and all families, to be together forever.

If we live worthy, we can go to the temple and make special promises with Heavenly Father.

These promises are how we get to live with Jesus Christ & Heavenly Father forever.  It is also how we get to see family members who have already died again.

I know if I live worthy to go to the temple, Heavenly Father will keep those promises with me.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Birthday Questions: Jared at 6

  1. What are 3 words that describe you? helpful, silly (said in a questioning tone), my skin is peach
  2. I'm really good at:  running, galloping, reading & baseball.
  3. What makes you happy? Going to a Dinosaur Museum & spending time with my family.
  4. What makes you sad? When I lose something that I like.
  5. What is your favorite animal?  Orca Whales
  6. What is your favorite food? Sushi
  7. What is your favorite color? Green, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Gold & Silver
  8. What is your favorite part about church?  When we take the Sacrament
  9. What is your favorite scripture story? Mormon because he put all of the stories together.
  10. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween, Christmas & Easter
  11. What is your favorite treat? EVERY treat!
  12. What is your favorite type of music? The music from Star Wars
  13. What is your favorite toy? Dinosaur & Star Wars Legos
  14. What is your favorite sport to play? Baseball
  15. My favorite books are: Star Wars books, Silly books
  16. What is your favorite movie? Star Wars: all of the episodes!
  17. Favorite TV Show?  Wild Kratts
  18. If I could go anywhere, I would go to: Dinosaur Museum, Disneyland, WDW, Disney Cruise, Beach
  19. What songs do you like to sing? (He started humming the Star Wars theme & Cantina Song when I asked) and "Love One Another"
  20. Best thing our family does together: Have fun, watching movies and spending time together
  21. If you could pick any pet, what would it be? Hamster, ant-eater & lizard (because they'd eat ants & caterpillars)
  22. When I was little I used to: crawl and scribble
  23. My best friend is: Caleb
  24. What do you like to do with Mommy? Playing Disney Infinity and go to YogurtZone
  25. What do you like to do with Daddy? Same thing as Mommy & to build towers with him.
  26. What do you like to play inside? Hide-n-seek, legos & play video games
  27. What do you like to play outside? throw frisbees & play in the sprinklers
  28. If I had one wish, it would be: Being a grown-up so I could do whatever I want to do.
  29. Are you afraid of anything?  tarantulas & zombies & Haunted Mansions
  30. When I grow up, I want to be: a Paleontologist
  31. Who is the coolest person you know: Dad & Mom (editor's note--- woo hoo!)
  32. *EXTRA*  My favorite memory is: Going to Aquatica last summer.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jared: Year Six

Yesterday at Sea World
Weight: 46 lbs
Height: 46 1/2 inches
Hair: light brownish red
Eyes: dark amber brown
Teeth:
 He's getting his six year molars (a couple are stuck behind his other ones--- hopefully that changes) AND he lost his first tooth last week.
Shoe Size: 10 1/2 to 11
Clothes Size: 5T pants for waist, but 6 for height, 5T & small shirts
Nicknames: Bubba, Buddy, Handsome, Big Guy
Likes: Annabelle (although this one changes on an hourly, maybe minutely, basis), Luke, Star Wars toys, dinosaurs, reading, playing the Wii, Sea World, Avengers, playing with Legos
Dislikes: being misunderstood, when Annabelle or Luke touches his stuff
Favorite Food:  Burgers & Japanese food
Favorite Toys: his dinosaur & star wars legos
Favorite Books: anything he can read by himself especially silly books like the Elephant & Piggie Series.  We're still into Magic Tree House; Captain Underpants is done after the one we finish.  I want to start Harry Potter this summer...
Favorite Things to Watch: Octonauts & Wild Kratts--- he's really into learning about animals right now
Other New Tricks: He's one of six Kindergartens who accomplished the GT (gifted & talented) tasks, so now he goes to that class, as well.  He reads at a mid-first grade reading level & LOVES to learn
What's next: Making a Summer To-Do List, including books to read.  We definitely need to teach him how to tie his shoes (parenting fail on our part).  Saying goodbye to his best friend who's moving to North Texas...
How he drives us crazy: He's still really LOUD.  The couple days this year that he's gotten in trouble is because he doesn't listen and is too loud in the classroom.*** He's super poky in the morning--- I feel like I spend the whole morning nagging him (and I don't like it).  We need to figure out something else to try for next year.
Why he's so awesome:  He is still a great helper & brother.  Everyone has moments of frustration, especially with siblings, but for the most part, he loves & treats Annabelle & Luke so nice.  He learns SO FAST and wants to help with almost anything.    Random funny thing is does right now:  He's nearly tongue-tied, which will be fixed next month, but because of it he has a hard time with Ts & Fs.  SO... when he counts, it sounds likes this... ONE, TWO, FREE, THOR.  Apparently, someone's got the Norse God of Thunder trapped somewhere & Jared is the key to finding the location. :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

18 Months of Luke the Duke

I know I say this with EVERY update on the kids, but I'm just AMAZED at how FAST the last 18 months have gone.  Luke is 18 months old!  So weird & fantastic at the same time.  Here's the lowdown on our Luke-the-Duke.

Weight: 27 lbs 13 oz (75th percentile)
Height: 33 1/2 inches (80th percentile)
Head Circ: 19 1/2 cm (90th percentile)
Hair: whispy strawberry blonde
Eyes: Brown, can't tell if they're going to get any darker or not--- I guess we'll see
Teeth: 16--- just missing the two year molars
Shoe Size: 6
Clothes Size: 18 month & 2T, depending on the style/brand of clothes
Nicknames: Lukie, Pookie, Pookie-Pants, Luke-the-Duke, LP, Babe-ah, Lukie Luke
Likes:
 STILL: Annabelle, Jared, Daddy, Mommy, Green Blankie, Mickey Mouse, splashing ADDED: climbing, waving to EVERYONE, stuffed Mario, being verbal (I think--- I hope)
Dislikes: staying in the car too long, Annabelle's over-a-minute-long hugs, almost all veggies
Favorite Food: He pretty much only likes to eat carbs & fruit.  When he eats veggies, it has to be in a pouch.  
Favorite Toys: Stuffed Mario, Stuffed Mickey, & Scooby, Cars toys, car ramp Greg made for Christmas.
Favorite Books: He hasn't gotten into books as fast as the other two.  He'll still down for the first couple of pages & then bolt to get another book.  He likes anything Disney, especially Mickey.
Favorite Things to Watch: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Octonauts, we watched Cars for the first time with toddler Luke & he really liked it.
Words: car, ah-duh (all-done), Dada, Jah (Jared), nigh (good night).  Right now, he does a lot of talking with his mouth closed--- I'm excited to get to hear his voice more.
Other New Tricks: He's a full-fledged toddler now. Fits and everything. He gets into so much.  He especially LOVES to climb on almost everything.  He dances, points, and pulls.  I'm surprised he hasn't figured out how to get out of his crib yet.  He understands directions & loves to be with Jared & Annabelle.  He also has a really good throwing arm and likes to show it frequently--- most often in the form of a toy quickly moving from upstairs to downstairs.
What's next: Spring Break visit from Mema & Deda, Talking more, getting used to nursery, hopefully finding more food he likes.
How he drives us crazy: He likes to copy right now, so he'll copy when Jared/Belle gets too loud/throws a fit/hits someone, and since he's just learning, he thinks it's okay.   The food thing is starting to drive me crazy; since he throws dinner can get messy real fast.
Why he's so awesome: He's a peaceful happy going guy.  His personality is perfect to defuse any negative situation which is nice when his older siblings are not so peaceful.  He already loves to help with anything his two little hands can reach.  His favorite thing to help with right now is the laundry--- specifically pressing the buttons on the machines & changing the loads.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Week Ago...

We boarded a boat, with our best friends and had the best vacation...



We had a great time.  Funny enough, we're both dealing with a little bit of motion sickness now that we're off the boat.  Hopefully, I'll fill in the details soon with the amazing adventures on the Wonder... especially since I threw out my back and won't be going anywhere anytime soon...

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