Thursday, October 16, 2014

Getting Ready for Baby

Jack moved in to the other room in anticipation of the new baby. I put up a wall of frames for him, which he likes very much. Every morning, "Mama! Look!!" while pointing with all his might at the wall.
He is excited for his new big boy bed, which he will move to in a few months. Or maybe like 6 months. His favorite thing to do now is to climb up on the bed faster than I can catch him and sit his naked buns on the pillow after I change his diaper. Soon I will be quick and agile again, little man.
I am getting ready for the new baby by taking glamour shots in the bathroom.
 My visiting teachers threw me a ward baby shower! It was so nice of them! I told them I like pink, and everyone delivered!
 I even got balloons. How did they know I like balloons?


Monday, October 6, 2014

Visiting the Reilly Family

Logan and Patrick and fam have moved to Colorado! I feel like we've been talking about this move every since I've known them. We are very excited to have them so close. So excited that we visited them their first weekend in their new place! The plane ride is only an hour (unless your flight gets delayed 4 hours...) 

Jack had endless amounts of fun with his cousins. So many new toys. And Ayden is great about ordering Jack and Gavin around, which Jack loved. 
 And they have wild bunnies in their backyard! Jack loves bunnies.
 Here is the new baby! She is so tiny. I can't believe Logan survived such a big move right after giving birth basically.
 Logan's kids are much better at posing for pictures than Jack is...

 They have a whole bunch of rocks in their backyard. Jack had much fun.
 At the mall...Jack was bored.

Anyway, we had a very fun visit, and it was so nice of Logan and Patrick to let us come so soon after moving in! Patrick hadn't started work yet, so we all basically hung out for 3 days. And Garrett helped them install an automatic garage door, so at least we were a little useful. Logan made us yummy meals every night of course. And we got to see a little of Colorado, which seems very nice. It's basically the next best thing to them being our next door neighbors, so I guess we can't complain.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Me and Baby #2

I am pregnant and due in 4 weeks! Can you tell? Anyway, sickos, if you're interested in seeing pictures of my body, here they are:





 Nate won the Cedar Hills Baking contest

 Here is a picture of my old phone as well. Also pictured: my favorite water bottle, which Alex tried to steal a few weeks ago. Is it weird that I think my head looks huge here? I am so used to seeing myself with a huge belly that this picture just looks unbalanced.

And here are some pictures of our baby GIRL!


Awww, look at her spine.

This pregnancy has been great as far as pregnancies go. Nothing to complain about--LOL JK! So much to complain about! But nothing out of the ordinary. Differences from last time: my feet aren't swelling, but I do have some veins that are swelling, which is actually worse. Round ligament pain is worse, which is typical for subsequent children I have heard. I'm going to Midwives this time, which I HIGHLY recommend. I haven't had a single "weight looks a little high" comment from them like I used to get every appointment with my doctor. I haven't had the aversions to food that I had last time, though chicken is still iffy. And if you are wondering, I am planning on going back to work after a 6 week break.

This pregnancy has been fun because two of my sister-in-laws had baby girls this summer, my cousin Karalyn just had a baby boy, and my friend Lacie is having a girl in a couple weeks! So I have lots of people willing to talk endlessly about baby things.

I haven't been as active as I planned, mostly because I got a stress fracture in my right foot in March, then I broke a bone in my left foot in two places in May! Then I was sick of course, and now I can barely move without causing Braxton Hicks to happen. Sorry body, next pregnancy we'll do better!

Jack kisses my stomach and says "hi" to the baby, but I don't think he has a clue what's about to happen to his life. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jack is 18 Months



Ok, Jack is 21 lbs and in the 10th % for head circumference. He is super, super, super active. If we are in a small room with just one table and a few chairs (as we were last night while moving Alex into Utah State), he will run around and around the table, climb on the chairs, and end up on the table somehow. He loves making slam dunks in his basketball hoop and doing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" (he only touches his head and toes).





He also loves reading books, like Red Hat, Blue Hat, Yellow Hat, OOPS! He cracks up at that one.



He would watch Baby Signing Time all day if I let him, but I don't let him watch it very much. If he has a few hours alone with his dad, he will watch a few hours worth of Baby Signing Time though. Which means he signs lots of cute things, like flower, leaf, and mystery signs. He loves pointing to things and naming them, especially pictures of his family. He doesn't say Bye Bye; instead, he blows a kiss and says MUAH! This is sort of awkward when you don't even know the person, like all the cashiers at Walmart. Once my mom was at the door with a salesman she was trying to get to leave and she was like "Ok, thanks, we are not interested, bye..." and Jack shows up behind her at the door and goes "MUAH!" to the salesman. I think he got mixed messages.

Jack recently spent 2 nights at Grandma's house while Garrett and I stayed in Park City for our anniversary. I guess the first night he was ready for bed, and he started opening all the doors and saying "Mama? Mama?" Ah! Breaks my heart!

He is pretty naughty--he threw my new phone in the toilet, he shattered a pepper shaker when he got on the kitchen table and threw it, he torments Rolo, he pulls everyone's hair, and he's so picky about what he eats! He no longer gets Cracker Attacks--he usually begs for "apple" or just "this." Oh, and his new favorite word is "no" (but he says it in such a high-pitched voice that I can't really get mad at him).

But really, Jack is just the best. He gives the best little kisses, the best morning snuggles, and sometimes he will give your arm or back a little rub. He points to pictures at church and says "Dedus" (Jesus). He folds his arms for prayers and says Amen at the end. He will now pose for pictures--when I point my phone at him, he gives me a big awful cheesy smile.

He will laugh at all your jokes and says "yeah!" when he gives high fives or fist bumps. He doesn't want to leave anyone out--when I ask him to say "Grandma" he just says "and papa" and then we name everyone else we know, every time. He is so excited about everything! He says "WOAH" at any little thing.



He is very quick to forgive. He is very sweet with his little doll that I gave him to teach him about being a good big brother.



 Plus he still takes 2 naps every day.

And I just love him so much.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Words Jack Knows


The pediatrician said that boys at Jack's age should know 3-5 words. I didn't know exactly how many words Jack knows at that time, so I thought I'd make a list!
  1. Apple
  2. Anna
  3. Alex
  4. All done
  5. and (pronounced "eh")
  6. ah ah! (monkey noise)
  7. ball
  8. baa (sheep noise)
  9. bleebee (binky)
  10. bock bock! (chicken noise)
  11. bubbles
  12. cot (Scott)
  13. cheese
  14. cracker
  15. dada
  16. dede (Derek)
  17. dis/this
  18. eat
  19. hi
  20. hat
  21. hot
  22. I
  23. mama
  24. mama (grandma)
  25. mmmm (yum!)
  26. mmmm (cow noise)
  27. meow
  28. No/Mo (no)
  29. na NA! (shark noise)
  30. nana (banana)
  31. nananana (what does the fox say)
  32. nene (Nate)
  33. outside
  34. oooo (owl noise)
  35. papa (Grandpa)
  36. please
  37. quack! 
  38. ruff ruff (dog noise)
  39. ssss-dada (scott)
  40. ssss (sound a snake makes)
  41. teeth
  42. thank you
  43. uh-oh
  44. up
  45. vroom (car noise)
  46. wawa (water)
  47. Woah!
  48. Yes
If you don't believe me, here is a video of most of these words :



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Water Fun

We have been exploring all the pools and splash pads around here. Jack enjoys them all. Here is the Highland splash pad with his friend Rubi



 Alpine Splash pad

 Grandma's pool in the backyard

 American Fork Pool
My mom is always so good to play with him at the pools. We also went to the Provo pool, which is so awesome, and of course Paula's pool. Unfortunately, I don't have permission from my mom to post those pictures :) But rest assured, there is no one he has more fun with than Grandma.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Karalyn's Baby Shower

My cousin Paul's wife Karalyn is the coolest. That's why I wanted to help her have a really great baby shower!
The Groesbeck girls put on a Book-themed shower, and I helped by doing the activity, which was to watercolor pages of an ABC book that I created--I wrote out a little rhyme for each letter and found the images on Google Images. If you are interested in seeing the whole book, you can view the PDF Here. We pinned up the blank pages here. They are sort of a Victorian English-type thing, which I though Karalyn would appreciate :)
And then I had a table set up with supplies and the girls went to work.
I was very impressed with everyone's work ethic. And watercoloring skillz.

They all signed a page that said "Made with Love"
 While some people were at the table painting, others grilled pizzas on the grill, which was so fun and tasty.
 And then Karalyn opened her presents. We had put on the invitation: "One small request, and we hope it's not hard, please bring a book instead of a card". So she got lots of great baby books!

  I had them hang up their finished product to dry. I really am super impressed with how they turned out. Hopefully now Baby Groesbeck will be a reading genius.