Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend Recap

        We had a great weekend together as a family of 3. It, of course, would have been better if a certain little boy would have been born, but that's alright. 
I was able to finish up the nursery this weekend, with one day to spare! A wonderful lady from my church, who happens to be my sewing teacher, made me the diaper stacker and baby sling. I was so thrilled to get them! I couldn't stop looking at them. Haha!



Here's the verse on the wall. God gave this verse to Bob's mom for her grandchildren, so I love reading it.
 It was mostly a laid back weekend. Bob didn't have to work on Saturday (hallelujah!), AND he finished up his last paper for school on Friday, so we got his undivided attention and it was marvelous! (Thank you, sweetie!)
Bellie is such a daddy's girl. She loves when he's here to play with her. He had to change his guitar strings this weekend, and she just wanted to be near him.
  We went for a walk yesterday (2.6 miles!!), and it was so precious to see the two of them holding hands (or fingers). It just makes my heart melt!

My nesting has really kicked up a notch. I can't keep my house clean enough. After my 2.6 mile walk, I did a nice deep clean on the house, which it really didn't need, cause I have probably deep cleaned it 3 times this week. LOL Needless to say, I can barely walk today. I'm definitely going to need an epidural. (For my bone pain, forget muscle pain!!) Man, my body is a piece!

As for an update on Bellie's sleeping...well, she's still waking up a few times during the night. It's so weird how for a week straight or so, she slept all night. Now she's waking up earlier and earlier. One interesting thing though is that I went in and changed her and laid her back down (which she screamed about) and as soon as I shut the door, she stopped crying, laid down and went back to sleep. Last night, I almost ruined our progress, because she woke up around midnight and I went in there to change her and decided to bring her downstairs and hold her until she went back to sleep, then try to lay her back down. Well, then she just wanted to play. She kept getting down and going back up the stairs. So, finally after 45 minutes, I just said to myself "Self, what the heck are you doing?!" (haha, that's funny right there..) and I laid her down in her crib. As soon as I shut the door, she laid down and went back to sleep until 5ish. Good grief! She did end up going back to sleep though and woke up around 7ish.

Anyways...

We enjoyed a fabulous lunch with some pretty great friends yesterday, and overall just had a splendid weekend.  Hopefully this upcoming weekend, we'll have a little boy in our house! Ah!!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Randoms



40 weeks is just around the corner and I have a feeling this little boy plans to use all his time up. He's already showing signs that he's meant to follow after his namesakes, as in "I'll arrive when I dadgum please". HA! (I love him already!)

Yesterday, we enjoyed a nice time of shopping together with Grandma Susie. Isabelle is getting so independent. She loved just walking around and playing. We took her to a Toys R Us store and she had a ball. Now's the perfect time to do things like that cause she's too young to ask for everything in the store.




I can tell she's getting taller, because she can now reach things off the table. A few days ago, she grabbed the bucket of raisins and before I knew it, had twenty of them in her mouth at once. Geez!

She also now likes to get things out of the garbage! UGH! This particular day I think she had a hard time believing the goldfish were gone.
 She loves playing with her toys.


I borrowed my friend Michelle's exercise ball in hopes of helping get labor going, and every time I sit on it, Isabelle has to get her ball and sit on hers, too. So, usually we sit and hold hands and have a fun time together.


We've had a slight setback with her sleeping through the night. Well, we the parents have stuck to our guns, and haven't gone in there. Yay, us! But, for the last 3 nights she's been waking up around 3 or 4 and crying. Usually she cries for about 15 minutes, but is quiet and has gone back to sleep after awhile. This morning, she woke at 4, and cried on and off for 15 minutes, then was quiet. She didn't go back to sleep until 5, but then woke back up at 5:30. By then, I figured I'd just go get her. We laid back down on the couch and she slept til 7:30. At least I didn't bring her back into my bed, though, right?! haha. She's still not taking naps in her crib. She usually sleeps in her carseat, and then when she wakes up, she heads right up the stairs to her room to play. This day, she knew there was a ball under her crib, so she was trying to get it. And, yes, she was still in her jammies in the afternoon. It was a Monday! ha


She got her first boo boo this week. I was letting her play in the cupboards and she got ahold of the blade for the hand mixer. UGH! It was just a small cut, and I think I put no fewer than 8 bandaids on her little finger. Yeah, she bit every one of them off.

She's been a big helper to me lately. Whether it's helping me with groceries, sweeping the floor, or folding laundry, I love this girl!




Well, that's about all that's going on this week. Hopefully, this baby will arrive very soon.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Helping or Just Playing...hmm..




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Purple Sweetie

It's been months since Isabelle has worn a headband in her hair, so I thought I would try to get her to wear one this week so I could get a few pictures of my purple sweetie. It went exactly as I figured it would. I had the bright idea of trying to find something that would distract her so she'd stand still for a second so I could get a quick snap. Well, in searching through the drawer, the only thing I could find that was mildly acceptable was a pink hi-lighter. Yeah, that worked.





Oh well, maybe next time.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Office Party!

Update:
His coworkers were extremely kind and chipped in to get us a gift card to Babies R Us! Also, one of his coworkers brought homemade tiramisu that his mother-in-law made for the potluck. OH MY WORD! This is seriously the BEST I have ever tasted! It's amazing! And, I may even get the recipe! I'm dying here!




When Bob got to work this morning (at 5:00am--because he's finishing up his last paper for his bachelor's degree...woo hoo!) he was surprised to see this:

His co-workers at Quicken Loans (One Reverse Mortgage) planned a celebration and potluck to honor him on the upcoming arrival of our little buddy. Pretty cool!

Monday, April 16, 2012

38 Weeks

I'm now 38 weeks along with BCIV. I can hardly wait to hold my boy! My ultrasound confirmed that he's still a boy today (which is good, cause Bob dreamt last night that it turned out he was a "she"). So, I was glad to pass along that news. He is already measuring about 8 pounds, and everything looks good. Praise God!
I know it's hard to see, but the two pictures on the right are his face. He looks like his daddy!

His big sister has had quite the great transition to her crib. It's been a week now and we are doing great!! The first 3 nights were rough. She would wake up and cry for about an hour and then just sit straight up and stare at the door quietly. One night she was awake from 1:30am on. She didn't sleep until 8am. Bob and I were beside ourselves. We decided to purchase a video monitor after that! But, since that night, she's slept through the night. We're at 4 nights now. We put about 9 pacifiers in her bed and a couple of her favorite stuffed animals, and that seems to do the trick. She also has the projection and sound machine to help. We are so thrilled. Today she even was trying to play outside her crib and grab her pacifiers out of it and would put her shoes in there, etc. I think she's losing her fear of her crib. Awesome!
One of the most beautiful things I have seen in my life happened over the weekend. I don't know why, but to me there's nothing more precious than a dad's love for his daughter and vice versa. Bob danced with Isabelle to a song by Christina Perri, and I was a bawlin' mess. I had never heard the song before, but I don't think I'll ever forget it. So precious. Here's the song..
Speaking of singing, check out my nephew Isaiah. What a clown!
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Another cool thing that happened last week was being spoiled by my friend, Michelle! She paid for me to get a haircut and bought me some really great hair products as a baby mama gift! It was so awesome! I actually had been wanting the type of shampoo and conditioner that she got after I saw that the girl from The Small Things Blog uses it. So, that was awesome!
She also watched Isabelle for me for a few hours so I could have some "me" time! It was great and so thoughtful! Apparently, Isabelle really likes Michelle's little niece....cute!


Here are a couple pictures of us on Easter, minus Bob unfortunately.


 And, lastly, my niece Gabby came home from the hospital yesterday. Turns out she had viral meningitis and at one point her fever was over 105!! Poor girl! Thank God though, she is doing much better now.

Have a great week!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pray for Gabriella

Please pray for my little 4 year old niece, Gabriella. She's in the hospital and doctors are trying to figure out why she's sick. Poor sweetie!
It's been a hospital sort of week for our loved ones! Isabelle's favorite Uncle Jim was in for a few days. We're praying for you, Uncle Jim!!

Just an update on Baby Sweetie's sleeping in her own crib. Last night we had the best possible night ever! We filled the crib with a few of her favorite stuffed animals and about 9 pacifiers. She woke up but never cried and played with her toys and then fell back to sleep and didn't wake up until 8am! Praise the Lord!! We are so thrilled! When I picked her up this morning, through her tears, she was showing me all her toys! Too cute! We love our girl!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

15 Months

Isabelle is 15 months old! It's hard to believe that she is the age I've been waiting for her to be when her brother arrives. Here are a few facts about the last month.
  • She is now in a size 4 diaper and wearing size 18 month clothes and size 4 shoe. She's a tall girl! 
  • She says Elmo ("memo"), mama, dada, e-i-e-i-oh, yeah, and chocolate. Oh wait, no, I say chocolate, my bad.
  • She loves to kiss and pat my belly. She always says "dada?" when she pats it. Too cute! 
  • She is more outgoing than ever now, and has even been letting more people hold her. The key to her heart is food. Have food? Will like you.
  • She is on a pro-biotic right now to help get her little system flowing more efficiently. This seems to be helping alot!
  • We've gone on a few Mommy/daughter shopping dates already! She loves her stroller thankfully.
  • She takes 1-2 naps a day depending on how tired she is. We are in the process of sleep training her in her own crib. She has always had to be rocked to sleep, and literally has trouble falling asleep on her own unless she's in her carseat. Since my hands are going to be quite occupied in 3 weeks, we're working on helping her out with that. The good thing is that she only cries for an hour (heartbreaking) but the bad thing is that for the past two nights, she just sits straight up in her bed for 3-4 hours after that initial hour of crying. Bob and I don't get alot of sleep and spend alot of time praying for her, that's for sure. 
  •  I got her room all put together this week and now it just feels like she's in a big girl room! (Thanks to her Grandpa Frank for the wonderful dresser and nightstand! 
We are so excited to see her transition into the big sister role in a matter of weeks, and we're so thankful that God has allowed us to be the ones to parent her and teach her how to love and honor Him. We are so blessed!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Elmo

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Isabelle got a new video from Uncle Jim and Aunt Lisa for Easter. I just realized that she can now say Elmo. It comes out "memo", but still! Another trick! Too cute! Thanks, Hudsons!




Easter 2012

Easter weekend was a great one for our family. On Thursday, Bellie and I packed up and headed to Grandma Susie's house for a few days. Bellie got to hang out with her cousin and grandparents and aunts and uncles. I got to relax and hang out with my SILs. It was wonderful! Aunt Hezzie planned an Easter egg hunt for the little girls and it was so cute to watch! Thank you, Hez!!!
On Easter Sunday, we had a great church service and went out to lunch at O'Toole's restaurant. We were searching for an easter brunch, and happened to remember that O'Toole's offered one. So, we got there and found out that it was reservation only. But, the staff said we were early so if we could get in and out in 35 minutes, we were welcome to come and eat! So, we said "heck yeah!" It was delicious, too! Chocolate and caramel covered pancakes and waffles, man so much stuff, I was chowing down! The only problem was that our little Bellie decided to be a handful and be really loud and fussy, so it was probably good that we had a time limit. Bob and I said that we used to remember getting annoyed when other people's kids were naughty in the restaurant, and then we realized that yesterday we were "those people". He said someday we'll look back on this moment with fond memories, but not right now. Haha! 
We came home, took a 2.5-3 hour nap (hallelujah!) and headed over to Hudson's for a great night of fun! Did I mention they spoiled Bellie with a wonderful Easter basket full of goodies?!! You guys are the best! Thank you!
Here are a couple pictures of our weekend!

Grandpa and his grandgirls.

Dress up time with Cousin!


Easter egg hunt fun!




Ducky bubbles.

Aunt Hez and Bellie


Bellie's basket from Uncle Jim and Aunt Lisa

My niece, Gabby, in her Easter dress

Niece, Gabby, and nephew, Isaiah