Saturday, June 30, 2012

Visiting Seattle

We SURVIVED!  The kids and I survived our cross-country trip to Seattle yesterday.  They were really great.  Here are some of the reasons why:
  • We left early.  Greg took us in as he went to work, so he was able to escort us to the gate (fantastic) and we were able skip past the longest-security-line-I've-ever-seen-at-the-SA-airport because we had the kids (although they said next time they'd only do it if we had a stroller).
  • I was able to get pre-boarding sleeves both times because of the pregnancy PLUS traveling alone with the two kids.
  • Snacks.  We had lots and lots of snacks.
  • Activities & the great DVD player.  Both kiddos had their backpack and I had my Mommy bag full of things for us to do.  Seriously great.  I was able to read some of my book while the kids quietly watched Mickey Mouse and ate apples.
  • Our layover in Denver was literally a walk across to the next gate over and boarding started within minutes.
  • Patient people seated around us just in case Annabelle got restless, which she did at the end of both flights.  But, only at the end.

Once we arrived in Seattle, Jared actually ran up to my Dad and gave him a big hug.  It took Annabelle maybe five minutes to warm up to him, but now she's Jiji's girl.  The day was so tiring, Annabelle passed out within minutes of getting in the car and Jared passed out for the night at dinner.  Oba 'sacrificed' and held him while the rest of us finished. 

Tonight, it was Bellie's turn to randomly fall asleep.  She did so on the floor at my feet while look for the cat.  The kids and I are sharing a room for the visit, so I hope the rest of the nights go as well as these first two.

It's really crazy to think that we're already here, on the trip where Parker comes home from his mission and Zak & Krystal get married.  We've been talking about it all year... and now it's the present!  So exciting.... the only thing I'm bummed about is being away from Greg for so long... hopefully he doesn't go too crazy and thank goodness for skype.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Towering Boys

Jared's BFF, Caleb, came over to play for a little while today since we're going to be gone for almost three weeks.  At one point, they got our the wooden blocks and actually began building structures out of them.  It was really funny because they kept encouraging each other to build more.  When they were done, I simply HAD to get a picture.  I knew Greg would like to see, as he says it, "future engineering skills" at work.
Finished Construction Projects
Caleb and his tower
Jared and his tower

Saturday, June 23, 2012

28 Weeks

The Belly at 25.5 Weeks

How far along: 28 weeks.  'Officially the THIRD trimester'
Weight Gain this month, Total Weight Gain, Current Weight:  2 lbs, 21 lbs, 151 lbs
Approximate Size of Baby:  2 1/4 lbs, almost 15 inches, size of a Chinese Cabbage (who comes up with this stuff?)
Maternity Clothes:  I'm started to feel a little bit of a 'tight' fit in some of my 'small' maternity clothes
Sleep:  I only sleep on my sides now.  Anytime I lay on my back for a few minutes, I feel the back pressure.  I try to get the right amount of sleep, but everything feels like 'not enough' this far into the pregnancy.
Memorable Moments:  The kids felt him move for the first time.    Annabelle was laying on my tummy, she likes to use it as a pillow, while Baby L had the hiccups.  A couple seconds into it she asked me why my tummy was moving; I told her it was L and he had the hiccups.  She giggled, called him silly, and started talking to him.  Jared then ran over and wanted to feel him move; he did and thought it was really funny that L could have hiccups in my belly. *** Had to take my glucose test this week.... glad that's over with.
Movement:  All the time.  Starting to be uncomfortable whenever he stretches out.  He's attacked my bladder first time and luckily, my body was able to defend itself at the time. :)
Exercise:  Pool and really short walks around the neighborhood.  My hip is still bugging me. :(
Food Cravings/Aversions:  Same as before.  This month I added cherries to the cravings list.  They are OH. SO. GOOD right now.
Not-so-Fun Symptoms:  The tiredness and inability to help with tasks it was really bugs me.  AND the fact that I'm already getting Braxton Hicks.
Labor Signs:  Intermittent BH.  I had a day where I had a few, so my doctor checked and made sure they weren't making my body start the 'getting ready' process.  Luckily, I'm still good.
Status of Belly-Button: gone
What I Miss:  My energy
What I'm looking forward to:  Getting everything ready for the baby's arrival--- Going to Seattle at the end of next week.
Anything Else:  I'm a little worried about traveling with the kids alone and really pregnant, but it'll be worth it to help with the wedding and get to know my future sister-in-law.  At the beginning of this pregnancy, I thought this part of the year was so far in the future and now it's here--- which means Baby L's arrival is just around the corner.  If he's like his big sister, then we are 10 weeks away from his arrival.  I feel less anxiety this time regarding the time after his birth, I just hope that my pregnancy continues to go well. *fingers crossed* Especially, since I'll be out-of-town for almost three weeks.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Jared's Drawings

Lately, Jared's writing skills have started to develop more.  Every time he draws something new, he runs up to me and says, "Mommy, Mommy, look what I did!"  It's been so fun to see him develop; I get all teacher-y and nerd-y watching him learn a new skill.

The first two, Jared drew in a sacrament meeting.  It's a sun and lady-bug.  Jared also practices his letters.  The magna-doodle letters were not prompted, so we pulled out his notebook and started working on his name--- hence the last pictures.

The red drawings are also from that sacrament meeting.  The other picture is (direct quote from Jared):  a butterfly on a napkin at a picnic.  The letters are from Greg's Father's Day card.  He wrote his name all by himself and then wrote 'Daddy' on the front of the card.

IF this was a perfect world, I'd be doing structured preschool activities with him every day, but alas, I'm approaching my third trimester and not perfect.  Luckily, he hasn't suffered from it.  One of these days, I'll do it (especially since I put it on my 30-by-30).

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jared's Primary Talk

Jared gave his first primary talk on Sunday... Father's Day.  we tried to hype it up all week, so he would be excited to give it.  We even told the grandparents and they requested a video.

In the days before his talk, Jared and I figured out what he wanted to say and we practiced.  He even got to the point where he had a few lines memorized.  The day of, Jared ran into primary and sat on the talk chair; he was so excited.  Then, he got nervous; he scrunched up and became very quiet (which is opposite of what he normally is).  When it was time for his talk, he still gave it and was excited, but hard to hear.

Here's the transcript, just in case you couldn't hear the video (I didn't realize the mic was so far away from Jared's face).

My talk today is on our theme, I choose the right by living gospel principles.

One Book of Mormon prophet who chose the right was Nephi.  He listened to what his Daddy, Lehi, taught him.  Then he prayed and the Spirit helped him know what his Daddy said was true.  He knew that Heavenly Father blesses people who chose the right.

I want to choose the right like Nephi.  I can follow my Daddy's example by helping my Mommy, being nice to my sister, and listening to the Spirit. I know when I chose to follow Nephi's, and my Daddy's, examples, Heavenly Father will bless me and I will be happy.

I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

After he was done, he had a huge smile on his face, gave Greg and I a huge hug and sat back down with his class.  He's gotten so big, so fast lately.  We've been working on his letters as well and he started drawing some more.

One of the greatest things about being a parent is watching them grow, learn, and achieve milestones.  It's a bummer that it goes by so fast, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

He may not be perfect...

but he's the perfect father for my kids.


I can't wait to see what the third one brings.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there... especially the ones who've influenced our family.

ALSO: Jared gave his first primary talk today too, but that deserves it's own post.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pillow Heads

Last night I was going a little slow at bedtime (frankly, that's most nights).  So, Greg and the kids were already upstairs getting ready to read scriptures, when I heard Greg say "bring the camera up."

This is what I find when I get upstairs:

The three of them decided they needed Pillow Hats for scripture time, which they all kept on throughout the story.  Maybe we should do pillow hats every night. :)

Pillow Jared
Pillow Annabelle

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Potty Reward= HOT Zoo Morning

Yesterday, I did one of the craziest things a 6 month pregnant mommy-of-two could do in the middle of a Texas summer.  I took the kids to the zoo... alone.  Annabelle is in the midst of potty-training and she's doing a great job.  So great, in fact, that she filled up her first chart at the end of last week  WOO HOO!  As a reward for filling up her chart, she said she wanted to go to the Zoo.  We had originally planned to go early on a Saturday morning, so I wouldn't be alone, however, life got in the way and I had two choices:  wait another week and risk her forgetting WHY we were going to the Zoo OR buck up and be the strong Mom that I know I am.

Since it's Texas AND summer, we got there early.... like 830 early.  The beginning was nice and relaxing since it was still semi-cool and not humid.  We've been to the zoo so much in the last three years that both kids knew exactly the route we take.  No need for maps in our family.  Another great thing this time was that we didn't need a stroller.  I only planned to be there in the morning, and I wasn't about to push the stroller up and down the steep hills in my 'condition.'  I only regretted it once, at the very end, when I was trying to motivate the kids to get to a certain part of the zoo.

We also had some AWESOME animal encounters this time.  The monkeys were super active, which pleased Annabelle to no end.  The jaguar paced and tried to get the kids through the glass (no kidding... I wish I had the camera out for that).  Jared had his 'reptile charm' on again (he would totally be a Slytherin);  seriously, he got a 10 ft Anaconda to move around.

PLUS we were able to see the Hippos coming back from lunch.  We watched them walk and then get back in the water... and I got a video (notice Annabelle's excitement):

Before the hippos came back, we actually spent some quality time enjoying the air conditioning in their building.  By that time... 10:30ish... it was hot.  All three of us were tired and the kids were already asking for lunch.  So, we found a bench and ate an early lunch.  Going with the flow was definitely the theme of the day...

We got to a couple more animals before I knew we had spent all our energy.  So, since it was a special occasion visit to the zoo, I told the kids if we got to the reptile house (that place still creeps me out--- especially the exhibits that say 'native to South Texas'... yay) quick, we could stop and get some ice cream first.  This was when I got my favorite picture of the day.  Spontaneously, the kids held hands as they walked down a steep hill.  Luckily, the camera was within reach.  I love the random moments of kindness they share with each other.

It was a perfect way to cap off our successful zoo day; plus, I was pleasantly surprise that the ice cream was inexpensive and came with a reusable bowl for the kids.  It was so hot, Annabelle drank her ice cream down to the last drop.  I'm also sure that Jared thought about jumping into the waterfall.

Not even five minutes after we got back to the van, both passed out.  Heat, animal fun and ice cream would probably do that to anyone.  The day was a success; I didn't feel crazy for taking them alone... now when we add L to the mix....

Friday, June 1, 2012

A Breakfast Conversation

Breakfast today was very entertaining.  The kids kept having one-liners and I knew I NEEDED to write them down.

It all started because we were talking about babies being born really small; we have some really good friends whose baby's arrival is in Waiting Mode.  So, naturally, they started talking about our baby boy.  I mentioned to the kids that when he arrives we'll have three boys and two girls in our family.

Annabelle then said: "Then after baby L (just like Jared & Annabelle we won't formally announce until he comes, so he's baby L) comes, the next day we can have three girls too."  Um... sure little Mama, just give me a little bit more of a recovery time.

Jared immediately followed:  "When baby L & I get bigger then we'll have THREE Daddies in our family."  Eventually, bud.

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A few minutes after breakfast the kids picked out their clothes.  Jared came and told me he wanted his tree shirt.  Confused, I asked him, what shirt, bud?  His response:  "You know, the one with the trees and leave just like Daddy."  LIGHTBULB.  His ONLY Hawaiian Shirt.

Jared has been on this kick lately of dressing like Greg.  The last couple of Sundays, he simply HAD to wear a tie to match Daddy.  I thought it was HILARIOUS that he wanted to wear his only Hawaiian shirt because he wanted to match Daddy.  I had even weeded out MOST of Gweg's Hawaiian Shirts before we had kids and Jared still picked up on it.

Man, this kid knows his Dad.

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Then, it was Annabelle's turn to get dressed.  In true Annabelle fashion, she wanted to wear her Beauty & the Beast shirt with her Belle skirt (a yellow ruffle skirt).  Lately, she's been very interested in Baby L in my tummy.  Last week, she & Jared started talking to him (hilarious), asking him to wake up and move.  I can't wait to see her reaction when she finally feels him move.

To go along with that, she started talking about the baby in her tummy.  We told her that she doesn't have a baby in there yet, but she can when she's older, after she gets married in the temple.  So now, instead of  "I have a baby in my tummy" it's "I don't have a baby in my tummy yet."

This morning it turned into "Mommy, I don't have baby L in my tummy yet."
Me: "Honey, you don't have to name your baby, L.  You came name your babies whatever you want."
Annabelle:  "Oh, Coco then."

I couldn't help but laugh.  Coco is the name of her favorite stuffed pink monkey.

Apparently, one of our grandchildren will be named after a pink monkey.  Typical Annabelle.

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Before I forget.  This happened a couple days ago.

The kids started pretending to get married a couple days ago.  They talked about going to the temple & getting married (awe).  Annabelle even wrapped her blanket around herself and called it her 'wedding clothes.'

I totally thought this would happen after Z & Krystal's wedding next month, but thought it was adorable that it happened spontaneously.

Seriously, adore these kids.


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