Thursday, April 27, 2017

Griffin: One Month

The months sure do fly with a newborn, and sure do drag during pregnancy;)  I can't believe it actually.  So, let's recap this first month as a family of four, a few days late.

The transition from 1-2 has been so much easier for me than it was going from 0-1.  I felt like I knew what to expect way more this time around where with Kaylee there was so much unknown, and I was really learning as I went (and still am).  In so many ways I feel more calm about everything, and I'm really proud of how well I've adjusted to this change.  As far as babies go, I feel like Griffin's temperament is a little bit fussy.  I remember thinking with Kaylee she only cried when she was tired, but there are times I can't really figure out what's wrong.  With that being said, I've learned how to soothe him pretty quickly.  Basically, I think he's spoiled and just likes to be held :).

He has been sleeping well!  I put him down between 9-930 and he's up again between 130-3, and it's kind a toss up after that.  Sometimes, he will sleep til 6, other times, he's up two hours after the feeding.  All in all though, he is sleeping SO much better than Kaylee did and I am so grateful for that.  He's taken a bottle and likes to be swaddled at bed time.

He is really growing, and I was so sad to put those newborn clothes away.  With Kaylee, I remember being eager for her to grow and meet milestones, where I am soaking up this newborn time because I've learned how crazy fast the first year (and years aft that) go.  Big sister is in love with him, and so are we :)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Kaylee's Third Birthday

It was a little hectic this year celebrating Kaylee's birthday with a newborn, but I wanted to be sure to still make it special for her!  Last weekend, we celebrated with both families by going to dinner, and she loved it.  We brought cake and presents, and she asked the next morning if should could have the birthday party again :) 

The next weekend was her actual birthday weekend, so on Saturday I took her on a mystery trip, just us girls.  First stop, a frosty :)
Second stop, Target!  She got some Target gift cards, so we shopped for a present.  We had so much fun on our little girls' outing.

Sunday, Birthday!  We did presents in the morning, followed by donuts, Church, and an Easter egg hunt :)
It was such a beautiful morning!

After nap, we headed to my mom's so Kaylee could ride around on her new scooter.  Then we walked both kids to get ice cream.  Kaylee was wiped out, and so were we!  It was a great third birthday!! 

 Here is Kaylee's birthday interview:
Favorite color: pink
Favorite food: gumminies
Favorite animal: rhinoceros 
Favorite lunch: quesadilla 
Favorite breakfast: eggs
Favorite dinner: noodles
Best friend: grandma and Evelyn 
Favorite thing to play: monsters with daddy 
Favorite princess: Gracie
Favorite thing to wear: dress and skirt
Favorite show: beauty and the beast
Favorite place to go: park
Favorite toy: babies and dress up

A Letter to you on your Third Birthday

A Letter to You on Your Third Birthday
Kaylee our love,
         I can’t believe you are three!  Be prepared for me to be shocked with each year that you get older….Most of this past year I’ve been pregnant, so I really tried to enjoy our final days of just you and me.  You have filled my days with such joy, laughter, craziness, frustration, and LOVE.  I feel like over the past year you’ve really become your own person.  I’ve challenged you to be more independent and you have taken on that challenge!  Your favorite thing to do is dress yourself, and girl, you have style!  Everywhere we go you get a smile not only on your cuteness and Shirley-temple-locks, but because of your dress, and tutu, and sparkles that you wear both on your clothes and in your heart, wherever we go!
         Anyone who knows you loves you.  You are sometimes shy at first, but so quickly make friends with anyone by being SILLY and loving.  You’ve taken on your new role of being a big sister just as I thought you would, amazingly.  You are SMART, and it really cracks us up to see your sense of humor.  You tell and make jokes already.
         Your dad and I are so proud of the little person you are becoming.  I pray that you learn to walk and live life through Jesus, I pray that the presence of your loved ones feels greater than any present you could ever receive, and I pray that your love for life continues to grow each day.  
                           We love you more than you will ever, ever know,                                                                  Mom and Dad

Find other birthday posts here.

Griffin's Birth Story

He's here!  Everyone said how fast my pregnancy went, and in some ways it felt that way, and in other ways it felt SO.LONG.  Kaylee was late, so half of me thought I'd have an early baby to make up for it, and half of me thought I'd half late babies.  I did an ultrasound to make sure he was big enough, and when they said he was 81 percentile and measuring a week early, I thought I had my answer....WRONG.  At my due date appointment, 3/17, my doctor said we could induce on Sunday, and I said yes before he was done with his sentence.  It actually worked out so well, and it was really nice being able to plan.  Gerald and I had a date night and watched March Madness on Friday.  Saturday, we enjoyed the day with our Kaylee before sending her to my in-laws for the night, and Saturday night we got pizza, got the house in order and waited!

At 10pm Saturday, I got a call saying they were pretty busy, but I could get a call after midnight, so that's about when I stopped sleeping.  I curled my hair at 3am #normal, and called the hospital around 7 to see what was up!  By 8am, they told us to come in, YIPEE!    I was admitted around 9, and labor with pitocin probably started around 10 or so.  I'm so lucky to have had the best labor and delivery experiences.  In fact, they're days I'd go back to and do over and over again.  It's so exciting knowing the time is there, and I had my favorites around me!  My parents came pretty early and hung with Gerald and me.  We watched basketball, the Pens, talked, and just hung out.  I got the epidural, my least favorite part of the day, and after that I was really comfortable.  Ryan joined us later on, and we continued to watch the pens and basketball.  My blood pressure got really, really low after the epidural, like the machine stopped being able to get a pulse, but I felt ok and they medicated me for it.  Around 750 pm it was go time!  Gerald and I were so excited, I had one contraction that I pushed for and then we met our little love, Griffin James Tyler, at 7:57 p.m.  He weight 8 lbs 4oz and was 20.5 inches long.  It was love at first sight!  

Isn't he cute!?  The kitchen closed at 9pm so we ordered food quickly and my parents left us some Panera.  I ate SO MUCH. The days following was way tougher on my body than I remember with Kaylee.  With her, I was up and moving around, but this time around was a lot more painful postpartum. Kaylee is overjoyed to be a big sis, and she's taking on this new role like a champ!  Both our families visited our new addition!

I love you sweet baby boy, and we're so excited that God chose you to be a part of our family!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pregnancy- 39 weeks

How far along? 39 weeks (tomorrow)
Baby Size: Pumpkin
Total weight gain: 32 lb (ish) 
Maternity clothes? Yes...but my leggings and tanks are really starting to wear and tear, so desperation is setting in!
Sleep: Not very good, but I'll have a good night here and there which is really refreshing.
Working out: Yes, I've been a walking machine lately :)
Best moment this week: I think we're getting a mini van!!!
Miss Anything? I'm really excited to have hot sauce again, and.......a margarita 
Movement: Yes.  Movements are different and big hard jabs.
Food cravings: Nope.  Not too into food, but sweet over salty which is unlike me.  
Looking forward to: Final days of pregnancy!!
Do you see the look of desperation in my eyes!?!  Can't wait to meet you, baby boy!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

SO happy for it to be the last Wednesday of the Month!!! I'm linking up with Shay! Here's what has been up with us this month:

What we're eating this week:
Monday: Chicken Pesto Ranch Sliders
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Chix Parm
Thursday: Tortellini
Friday: Pizza

What I'm reminiscing about:
My baby shower was 3 years ago for Kaylee, and all sorts of pictures and memories have been popping up.  Look at all these clothes!  I'm doing the exact same thing with Griffin's stuff right now, and it has me thinking about when my big girl was a baby.

What I'm loving: 
Spring in February!?! This is the greatest gift right now.
This girl loves some porch time and loves her swing.  I snapped this pic from inside, and she was playing so sweet with this baby.  She is going to be the best big sister!

It was either 5 or 6 and it was light out AND warm out.  
And fresh air is so good for our souls.  Bed time and evenings in general feel so much easier when we get outside.  The past four or five nights we've been doing like 10-15 minute walks around the neighborhood which have been great for everyone.

What we've been up to:
Celebrated Valentine's Day

Someone needed to make her feet "beautiful" (insert eye roll here), luckily it was washable, but it took a few washes to get it off.

My parents' friends gave Kaylee money for a new dress, so she picked out this one, bow pants, and princess undies #BallinOnABudget #Day3OfThisDress

I had this little helper on Monday it was full of dancing, the library, and the playing outside!
I also did a A Day in the Life post this week.

What I'm dreading: 
This will sound terrible, but I have been basically dreading the end of every day.  I feel SO maxed out by like 530 or 6pm, and helpless.  I don't remember being actually sore and in pain by the end of the days when I was pregnant with Kaylee.  I was teaching full time, but there is just something about chasing around a toddler all day...

What I'm working on:
People have been SO generous in giving me adorable baby boy clothes.  I'm working on sorting sizes, getting everything washed, and filling up his dresser!

What I'm excited about:
We are less than one month from baby!  I'm so excited to meet him as well as having my sweet "niece" be born on 3/8

What I'm watching/reading:
Watching:Scandal, SVU, Bachelor (still don't love him....)
I really, really like this book, and I look forward to reading more of this author.  For whatever reason, it's taking me such a long time to finish, but it'll be done by the end of the week.

What I'm listening to:
If anyone wants to challenge me in a game of "Name that Tune" from the Sofia the First album, game on.  I feel so confident I could sing every word, to every song, at any time of day...send help.

What I'm wearing:
Maternity stuff, t-shirts, sweats.  I have some maternity looks in my Pregnancy posts.

What I'm doing this weekend:'s looking like a slow weekend, but nice weather.  Maybe a short zoo trip, park, we'll have to see.

What I'm looking forward to next month:
Have I mentioned there will be a baby next month!?! :)

What else is new:
I think that's everything.

Beauty product I couldn't live without:
I feel like I'm in a rut as far as finding something I LOVE.  I recently started using eyelash primer which I've liked, as well as a highlighter that I'd gotten a while ago from an Ipsy bag but can't find online.  My naked pallets are always a fav too.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Day in the Life (Winter 2017)

I wanted to do a  post before A Day in the Life post before things change, A LOT. next month when baby comes.  (I wish I could put into words how great it feels to be able to say, "next month" :)) So, I documented a pretty typical day in the life this past Thursday.  Here it is:

I didn't decide I was doing this post until after we got out of bed, but Kaylee wakes up anytime between 530-7 (615 is the norm I'd say), and we usually watch a show in bed.  I used to love having some quiet time before she got up, but since it's unpredictable and #pregnancy, I usually just wait for her to walk down.  Sometimes she's in her jammies, sometimes she's in a fancy dress and skirt, it's always a mystery :).  After our show, we both had breakfast then she worked on some stamps and coloring while I...

was in need of a face and hair lift!

I do pretty minimal on these days and did some concealer, bronzer, and mascara.  I'll do some curls too and that'll take me at about 10-15 minutes.  Ready for school!

Kaylee picked this outfit....I convinced her that this shirt was good to wrap up her valentine's week at school, but since it wasn't a dress she NEEDED a sparkly skirt and pants.

A few minutes of these two before we headed out the door.

And look...snow!  We got an inch or two this day, which is cracking me up because it's going to be 65 and sunny today.

Always early to snapchat.

This girl loves school.  We have a drop off line, and usually she is sprinting to the door before I can even blink.

I had a little work to do, so I went to Panera for about 45 minutes to get some stuff done.  I went to Children's Place after because their sale signs made me, and I will show you the end product of that, later (:

After school, we went to grocery pick up, which has been amazing

My little helper.

aaaaand, wardrobe change.

So these dresses were 29.99 originally, but I got them each for either $4 or $6 which was a win!

Naptime is usually more like 130 or 2, but she said, "Well, I think it's time I take a nappy do" so after lunch that's what we did.

And I did laundry....

But rewarded myself with this massager that my brother got me for Christmas and is AMAZING.  While watching...

My guilty pleasure.  #LoveYouLiv

And, lunch.  Food has been weird for me, but this sounded good today.  Spinach dip, carrots, and pretzels.

Waking up is HARD for this girl #SheGetsItFromHerDaddy.  Some days are worse than others and this day was rough.  I usually have a quiet activity planned or books sent out, but before we could get to that she did about 20 minutes alone in my room to get used to the day.  When she naps at 130-2 I often have to wake her around 4.  Early naps mean for earlier wake ups though, which help at bed time.

Back to herself :).  I came up to check on her and she was a "kitty princess" (notice the wardrobe change.....we do a couple dresses a day)
She was having so much fun on her "island"

My back was killing me, I think between the trips up the steps with groceries and laundry.  My plan was to go to the gym at 5 since Gerald was going to be late, but that didn't happen.  I played Kaylee's favorite music while I hopped in the shower.  I could hear her singing and playing which was cracking me up.

My phone apparently rang, and she unplugged it and brought it into me and said, "Mom, you have a call.   Do you want me to get it?" #WhenDidYouTurnTwelve  For the rest of my shower she read me bath books like I often do to her.

LOL, what's privacy?

My plan was to make this, but I was really hurting.  I made Kaylee and I spinach, yogurt, raspberry, strawberry, avocado, and blueberry smoothies.  I also gave her a little snack platter.

Because one pink straw just isn't enough.  Gerald got home around 7, hung with K before getting ready for bed where we do a show, snack, and milk.  She always wants story, song and prayer from each of us...oh you poor thing, so much is going to change for you hahaha.  

Scandal was on!  What used to be wine and buff chix dip is now ice cream and shirley temples.  Gerald and I winded down watching Scandal and the end of an awesome Pens game.  I'm usually asleep between 9-10, but this was probably 10-1030.  #WILD

As I was scrolling on my phone before bed, I saw this meme and lol'd.  

Well, that was it!  A really typical day in the life.  Hopefully I'll have a new fun one to post in April or May with our new little addition :)