Thursday, June 13, 2013

Happy Birthday Kaleb!

Yesterday Kaleb turned 3! I cannot believe 3 years have gone by so quickly, but they really have been the best 3 years!!
I hate to say you are the guinea pig kid, but it's pretty much the truth buddy :) Luckily, you happen to be extremely patient and forgiving with your parents, and you love us even with all our faults, thank you Kaleb! It's been a lot of 'firsts' with you, we have learned so much and I know you will just continue to teach us!
Kaleb, you were the very first baby I carried inside of me, I got to experience those awesome baby kicks for the first time thanks to you.!
You made me a first time mom, it was amazing, even though getting you here was TOUGH! ;)
You taught your father and I what unconditional love really means, you also showed us what it's like to have unbearable, gut wrenching fear.
We experienced those unforgettable first smiles, rolling over, crawling, first tooth, first real boo boo, and first steps watching you grow!
We also got to hear 'mommy' and 'daddy' for the first time! although it was 'daddy' a lot more it still made our hearts burst with joy! and now we get full on silly sentences all day long.  My favorite is when you randomly say 'love you mom' :)
There have been SO many wondering new things we got to experience with you throughout these 3 years and it has truly made our lives FULL! We love you more than we could even try to express and we can't wait to discover all the new and exciting stages of your life still to come.  Just don't forget to be patient with us along the way ;)

some of your very favorite things:
Dad (yep, still)
Superheroes, specifically Ironman even though i've tried to convince you Superman is cooler...oh well
your blanket (yep, still that one too)
sleeping, you LOVE your sleep!
Ice Cream
Legos (the big kid legos, guess you're too cool for the other ones now)
your cousin Tanner, he is totally your favorite
oatmeal and pancakes, you would eat them at every meal if I let you
going to Nursery...as soon as the closing prayer in sacrament is done, you say "it's over" and literally run to class
wrestling with your sister
taking showers
reading books with mom and dad
getting 'cozy' to watch a movie
drawing/scribbling :)


Monday, June 10, 2013

Oh baby, another baby!

yes I am currently 30 weeks pregnant, but hey I'm just barely updating this poor neglected blog :)
Backstory: Jared basically wanted to start 'trying' as soon as Tenley was nearing her 1st Birthday...I on the other hand needed a little longer :)  It may be due to the fact that Kaleb and Tenley are so close in age, she was a surprise baby, or that neither of them are fully potty trained, or maybe because Tenley really was a challenge as an infant, but whatever the reason/excuse I had, deep down I knew a baby would be just around the corner either way.
I finally had a moment of clarity and decided, YES I am ready, and NO I am not crazy... so i gave Jared the green light after Tenley's 1st birthday :)  
video
Big Fat Positive: we really have been so incredibly blessed to be able to get pregnant quickly and I took a positive test the very beginning of December.  That same day I wrote on one of Tenley's diapers "Big Sis coming 2013", and waited for Jared to come home to put it on her, and convince him she needed a diaper change.  He was in such a grumpy mood when he got home, but that didn't last long at all :) We were thrilled!
Pregnant round 3: this pregnancy, much like the other 2 has been so great (another blessing!) This time we decided to keep it secret for as long as we could...at first it was pretty hard, i so wanted to tell my mom and sisters, but then it just got kind of fun...wondering if people were noticing my expanding waistline or were they just thinking i had one too many dazzo dogs? haha!
We made it facebook official when i was about 16 weeks I believe, back in the beginning of March.  We did tell my family in person first and my sister Donna just about killed me for keeping it secret so long :)  Another thing we decided from the beginning was NOT to find out the baby's gender this time. I thought there was no way I could handle it and would cave, but surprisingly enough it's been really easy! The hardest part is having to come up with names for boys and girls (we still suck at choosing names, and aren't even close!) This pregnancy has felt like it's just flying past me!  I know having 2 little ones is probably distracting me, but I love that I'll forget how far along I am and then feel pleasantly surprised when I figure out that it's further than I was thinking!
Gestational Diabetes, wha?!: at about my 28 week appointment I took the normal 1 hour test, and had ZERO worries since I passed with my last 2 no problem.  So yah, I was a little surprised when they said I needed to come in for the 3 hour test...I chalked it up to a bad meal the day of my 1st test, so again I figured I would pass with flying colors....WRONG! my numbers were very elevated on 2 of 4 blood draws so now I get to prick my fingers 4 times a day and log my numbers for the good ol doc to monitor.  I feel incredibly deprived of my favorite foods, and especially the whole 'no sweets' crap!  It's killer!  However, I am doing really well with watching my carb/sugar intake and the doctor is sure that if my numbers continue to look so good I should have no extra concerns with the labor/delivery.  He said I'm bound to have at least an 8lb baby just because the last 2 kids were 7.15, and 8.6, but he's not worried about me popping out a 10 pounder :) i'm really hoping he's right!  He did say that he would be willing to strip my membranes after 37 weeks if I'm up for it...if it works as well as last time I could be having this little guy or girl in the beginning of August!!  
I am really beyond excited to meet this little one!! I'm feeling pretty well with all things considered, i'm no where near 'prepared' for this baby to get here...at least not like i was with the other 2 :)  Maybe it's the attitude that i know what i'm doing, haha! I probably should start thinking more about names, and hospital bags, and first outfits...i'm sure it will all sneak up on me.  until then I'm gonna enjoy every second of feeling this baby practice it's little gymnastic moves!
*belly shot will be coming, honestly haven't taken a single one!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Conversations with Kaleb

So ever since Kaleb asked if he could get his toe nails painted 'pretty like sissy' and I told him that only girls paint their nails he has been obsessed with labeling things girl or boy :)
So here was our conversation just after dinner:

Kaleb: Mom! Kaleb a boy!
Me: Yep, that's right buddy, you're a boy.  What's sissy?
Kaleb: Sissy a GIRL!
Me: Good job, what about Daddy?
Kaleb: Daddy a boy, and Kaleb a boy.
Me: That's right, what is Mommy?
Kaleb: a mommy
Me: Yes, i'm your mommy, but I'm a girl too
Kaleb: (laughing) silly mommy, not a girl, just mommy.
Me: Yes, I'm a girl, just like Tenley
Kaleb: NO Mom! you're not a girl, you a mommy!

So apparently Moms are neither male or female according to my (almost)3 year old.  We are just something a bit cooler i guess :)