March 2016

It’s March 2016 already… time and life gets away from me so quickly since our little Squirt officially made us a family of three. The last time I wrote a post she was 100 days old and now she’s something like 420 days!

In the last year *pt* and I have enjoyed watching her learn new things and we in turn are learning new things right along side her.

She is a perfect blend of *pt* and me! Her personality most of the time is very low-key, like her father, thank goodness for that! I have enough trouble dealing with myself let alone a little me too 🙂

I have been around many children in my life but her being my own is unique. It’s fun watching her learn to do things and reach milestones. She is so smart and funny at just barely 14 months old.

She loves to say “Hi!” She blows kisses and is slowly learning some animal sounds! It’s really cool to watch her brain absorb all that life throws at her. She loves to play with balls that we have, small, plastic, even a soccer ball!

I am fascinated when she plays with her larger Lego blocks and can figure out how to turn them to click them together. She loves when I build a tower really high so she can knock it over.

Her giggle is the most infectious thing and we love to have “tickle time” just to hear it.

She has a toy piggy bank that has plastic coins that help her learn how to count. She is so smart and has figured out that she has to hold the coins a certain way to fit in the slot.

Within the last week she started playing with her stuffed animals too. She likes to carry them from her room around the house and most of the time she gets bored rather quickly with them but for the few moments she’s hugging them it’s adorable.

She LOVES to dance! Whenever she hears music of any kind she bounces back and forth! I wonder if she’ll be a dancer? Or a musician?

Her favorite game is to go behind the couch and let us “catch” her! She makes full circles around the couch and just giggles when we play as if we are going to get her.

She is almost walking… we keep thinking any day now she will just get up and go. She walks with her toys that have wheels and along the furniture and while holding our hands but doesn’t quite want to take those steps on her own. We know she will in her own time and that will be so great to see! She is standing a lot more independently and able to balance for longer each time.
In the mean time she has this cute little scoot, always on her left knee. This mode of transportation is quick for her but makes holes in her pants. We’ve tried to use a wristband to help pad that knee.

Her teething has not been too bad, I hope I didn’t jinx it?! She has 4 teeth completely in, 2 on top and 2 on bottom with the 2 more on the top coming through!

She really is am amazing little girl and *pt* and I are so proud of who she is and know she will continue to brighten our worlds in every way!

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Our Squirt Through Her First Year!

 

 

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SHE’S FINALLY HERE!!!

Our baby girl was born January 15, 2015 at 5:08pm!

She is everything we hoped she’d be and more! 

I think *pt* and I made some pretty good decisions regarding how we handled the pregnancy and delivery of our first child. Specifically, we are very happy we waited to learn the sex of the baby was until she was born. It was such good incentive to keep pushing through. When the doctor said “it’s a girl” I had to take a moment between the excitement and ask “it’s a girl???”. *pt* said the doctor even looked as though she was checking again and attempted to show me to prove it. 🙂 

Our little peanut is with us a week already and we are all adjusting pretty well to life with one another. There are lots of learning curves for us all and a few things can be challenging but we are loving being a family of three. 

In the early stages of my pregnancy I started taking photos of my belly to send *pt* when he was on the road. I decided even though he was home now that I would continue with it. This is the ©Flipagram I made to show the progress.

I can’t wait to continue to document her life as she grows! 

 

Dear Squirt

7 January 2015

Dear Little Squirt

Today is your due date, it is also exactly 8 months from when we found out we were expecting you. 
Thank you for being so kind to me for most of the pregnancy. I think overall I was pretty lucky with all that changed about me, my life and my body physically. 

You have no idea how much your dad and I look forward to meeting you. We are so curious as to whom you will look like and how you will change our lives. 

We have worked hard to create a home for you and set up your bedroom the way we hope you will like. 

We promise to protect you and teach you as much as we can. The world can be a challenge at times but know that your dad and I are ALWAYS going to love you and support you! 

Thanks for choosing us to be your parents! We loved you the moment we knew you were on your way to us. 

Love, 
Mom and Dad 

3 days till 40 weeks

Here we are 3 days away from “Squirt’s” due date. Waiting… patiently for our little one to arrive. I had a considerable list of things that I needed to do and wanted to buy for the baby before his/her arrival, the list is just about completely crossed off and then I’ll literally be waiting for the baby to arrive. 🙂

It’s nice to be so organized, but now the waiting with not much else to do might drive me nuts. My doctor says things are going smoothly and they have been for the entire pregnancy and we will take it a step at at a time to get this baby to make their appearance.

*pt* and I are very excited, as most can imagine. We have daily conversations about how our life is going to change and what each day could possibly hold for us. We try to plan out possible scenarios of when the time comes to call the doctor and/or go to the hospital. We also continue to remember how blessed we are that he is now working so much closer to home as opposed to having been on the road almost this entire third trimester.

We recently saw an episode of “I Love Lucy” when Lucy was pregnant with Little Ricky and how Ricky, Fred and Ethel planned out and practiced how it would go when Lucy said it was “time”. It was quite hilarious because they practiced a few times and of course in the moment when it was time they were all so disheveled and excited that they forgot what each of them was to do and Lucy was left standing in the living room when all of them had left the apartment without her. Hopefully it won’t be that way for us, but we are as prepared as we can be with bags pack and a list of last minute items we should grab.

Stay tuned…

WHOA! It's January! Any day now!

WHOA! It’s January! Any day now!

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Pregnancy With Our “Squirt”

 

 In the first few weeks of being publicly pregnant the most common question I’ve been asked is:

What are you having? Do you know if it’s a boy or girl?

I guess that’s the most intriguing thing people want to know. Well first of all I am only 16 weeks so it’s a little soon to tell. Second of all, *pt* and I are going to wait until the baby’s birthday to find out if it’s a boy or girl.

I think I’ve always felt this way about someday having a baby and now that we are here in the present and it’s all happening, I really want to be surprised!

There’s a bit of mixed responses when I tell people we are going to wait to find out the sex of the baby. Some people are concerned as to how we will prepare. I think there are enough neutral colors and items that we need to prep for this baby that I think we’ll be just fine! Thanks for the concern though 🙂

Since our honeymoon and maybe even a little bit before we started liking “turtles”. Coincidentally my brother and sister-in-law started using the name “Squirt” to refer to the baby. (Squirt the Turtle from Finding Nemo). 

I’m not sure how we will incorporate turtle’s into the nursery decor but I bet there will be a few. More to come on that…

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Next Stop On Life Tour

I made it through a rehearsal process, a tech process and the run of a show and now I am preparing for the biggest gig of my life: Motherhood!

I found out I was pregnant early in the rehearsal process for Grease and it was hard to not tell other people. I had my moments of “morning sickness”, which happened at all hours of the day but overall I felt good.

*pt* was out of town when I found out and I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep the big secret from him for very long so I decided to FaceTime him and show him his 2nd Wedding Anniversary gift.

OnesieFirst of all I lucked out because the traditional gift for the 2nd Anniversary is cotton—enter cotton onesie. The Peterbilt patch on it is because a few years ago we were driving somewhere and I saw a semi-truck had mud flaps that had this brand logo on it. The next thing I said was “Peterbilt… that’s what my babies are gonna be”. I knew immediately this would be a clever way to one day tell him I was pregnant. I searched online and found the patches. (I’ve had them for over a year)

Over the last few weeks we slowly told our immediate family and without surprise everyone is over the moon excited! We have lots to do to prepare but I hope to be able to continue using my list making skill to help us along the way.

Stay tuned for updates…

Cheers (with a kid friendly beverage of course) to the next stop in our Life Tour!

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Baby Talk

The circle of life (for most people) seems to be grow up, meet your partner, get married, have babies. Other people around you (doesn’t matter if it’s a close relative or not) always seem to be asking about the next step immediately after you check one off the list: You’re dating? When are you getting married? You got married? When are you going to have a baby? You had a baby? When’s number two coming along?

When I was dating my husband I didn’t get bugged too much about when I was going to get married but now that we are almost two years, “when are you going to have a baby?” or “are you guys ‘trying’?” comes up quite often. I guess I’m one of the few, but I think that whether we are “trying” or not isn’t anyone else’s business but mine and my husbands. However, it’s hard to avoid the questioning. I think back and can’t imagine anyone asking my grandparents or parents if they were “trying”. It’s just weird to me.

When people do ask, if I don’t respond with, “Yes, we tracking my ovulation and “trying” as often as we can!” they seem to revert to, “Oh it’s ok, you’re young, enjoy being married with just you and your husband”. Kind of contradicting but I think it’s because they don’t know how to react when the answer isn’t “yes”.

Because I’m a Gemini, I of course feel different each day about the “baby talk”. Social media adds to how I view it too. I feel like 90% of the time I sign on to Facebook someone is either announcing they are pregnant or there are pictures of a newborn right there on the front page.

I’m trying to find the positive in this time of my life which can be somewhat confusing. I do feel that although I don’t have a picture of a newborn on my Facebook page, that I am still very blessed. I am young, healthy and have a loving husband and family. It’s nice to see women I know of all ages having children too, which reminds me that there really isn’t a rush even though science says differently.

So for now, I will not pour out any of the thoughts that are for myself and my husband to know. I will  just continue to enjoy the time I have with my nephews and niece– being an Auntie is really great practice!

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