Thankful   Leave a comment

Feeling very thankful today (job well done, Thanksgiving). Thankful to be married to Nate, the best partner I could hope for (6 year anniversary is just days away!). Thankful for Millie, the little girl I always wanted. Thankful for the excitement of a new baby to come. Thankful for my sister who is my best friend in the world. Thankful our extended family and for the fun we have when we’re together. Thankful for DAYS OFF FROM WORK! Thankful for the opportunity to make new traditions with my little family. Thankful for my church family. And, of course, thankful for food and lots of it. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Posted November 28, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

Baby Boy at Almost 23 Weeks   Leave a comment

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HOW CUTE IS THIS LITTLE GUY?!?!? This week, I had to go to my doctor and she ended up doing an internal exam just to make sure everything was ok. Turns out, I’m a little bit dilated… at not-quite 23 weeks. So, my doctor ordered an ultrasound to get a better idea of what was going on. Everything is fine (probably just a little “leftover” dilated from Millie’s delivery) and internally my cervix is “nice and closed.” After checking that, the ultrasound tech let me get a look at Baby Boy and, good heavens, he is cuuuuutttte. Cute little profile, cute little arms and legs… She even double checked that the boy parts we saw at the 20 week ultrasound were in fact boy parts— they are! The coolest part was feeling him move and watching the monitor as he moved. At one point, we saw his little hand come up by his face and he started sucking his thumb. ADORABLE.

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I’m pretty crazy about this little guy already. Just 4 more months until my due date! Hopefully we can come up with a name for him in that time frame. Milie’s suggestion is “Dora” but I don’t think it suits him.

We’ll get another look at our little guy in about 5 more weeks to check and see if his choroid plexus cysts have resolved. They didn’t check for them yesterday, saying that they wouldn’t expect them to have resolved that quickly. From what I can tell, he looked pretty much perfect so I’m hopeful that the next ultrasound will go well and the rest of the pregnancy will be uneventful. Until then, I’m going to keep looking at this little profile shot and fall a little more in love with Baby Boy everyday.

 

Posted November 22, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

Rough Night   Leave a comment

Tonight was a rough night. REALLY ROUGH. I leave for work early in the morning, before Millie wakes up, so I spend a lot of my day looking forward to coming home to see her. I walk in the door and she usually comes running to me saying “Mommy!” It’s amazing. The rest of the evening, however, can be very different. Sometimes, it’s great— she’s sweet and cuddly and playful and funny. Other times, like tonight, it’s one battle after another. She cries when she runs out of milk in her cup, she cries when we don’t refill said cup fast enough, she cries when she gets ketchup in her hair, she cries when I have to give her a bath to remove said ketchup. It can be exhausting and so disappointing. I sometimes wonder how we’ll survive with 2 kids! A lot of the time tonight Nate and I were both dealing with a tantrum at the same time. I’m sure we’ll figure it out, but it is scary (exhausting and overwhelming) to think about.

Anyway, on such a rough night, I thought it would be appropriate to write down some of the funny things Millie has done and said lately. She’s pretty good (and FUNNY) most of the time and it will do my heart good to remember that:

  • She jumps around and says “whoo-hoo!” I didn’t teach her that and it took me a while to realize she got it from her “Meet the Letters” dvd. It’s just this quick part where a character jumps and says “whoo-hoo” for literally 2 seconds. It cracks me up that she noticed this little insignificant moment and decided to copy it.
  • This morning, Nate gave Millie half a banana. She then saw the other half and requested it. Nate said “you can have that when you’re done with the first half.” Millie then threw the banana half she was holding. 
  • Millie threw something the other night and I told her to say “I won’t throw things.” She said “ok, Mommy.” I said “No, Millie say ‘I'” She repeated “I.” Then I prompted “won’t throw”. She said “ok, mommy.”
  • I bought a potty chair for Millie the other night. I walked in, she saw it and said “wow!” She sat on it the rest of the night, moved it in front of a mirror so she could watch herself sit on it, and even attempted to take it to bed with her. I asked “do you want to put your pee-pee in there?” She looked disgusted, “No, Mommy.” 
  • When I ask her to say hi to her brother, she usually goes over to Major (our dog) and gives him a hug.
  • Millie LOVES her Little Tikes slide. She has even hugged and kissed it in the morning before leaving for daycare! When I asked if she’s going to share with her brother, she gave me the major stink eye. 

I wonder if anyone else thinks she’s as funny as Nate and I do. I wonder if I’m really capturing her adorable-ness. Probably not. She is super adorable. And sometimes has a bad night. (sigh) We all do. Hopefully tomorrow is a better day!

Posted November 15, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

It’s a BOY!!   3 comments

My 20 week appointment was yesterday (already about halfway through this pregnancy). I was so excited for this appointment! I couldn’t wait to see the baby and find out the gender. Nate, Millie and I all were present for the big reveal— IT’S A BOY!! We’re so excited. He weighs about 12 ounces and his heart beat was 147 beats per minute. Everything on the anatomy scan looked good, but we are having another ultrasound in about 8 weeks to take another look at 2 cysts in his brain. Sounds SUPER scary, but my doctor told me not to worry, so I’m trying to follow his instructions. Prayers are appreciated. This baby boy is already very much loved and wanted and our hope is that our next ultrasound is reassuring that baby is healthy. 

I know some parents that prefer to wait until delivery day to find out baby’s gender. I have NEVER been that parent. I feel like the gender is a surprise whether you learn it in the ultrasound room or the delivery room. With this baby, I wanted to be able to prepare Millie as much as possible, so I love that now we can talk about Baby Brother (brother!!!! I still cannot believe we’re having a BOY) and, once we pick it out, call him by name. The next 20 weeks will busy as we get ready for baby:

  • POTTY TRAINING Millie is just around the corner
  • Moving Millie to a big girl room! We’ll need the crib for brother, and we don’t want her to feel like the baby stole it from her, so we’re hoping to move her into her new bed a few months before brother’s due date.
  • Tweak the baby’s room. It’s pretty much set up already, but we’ll trade out the pink and dandelion decor for a planes, trains and automobiles theme.
  • Name baby. Nate has a favorite name, I like it but I’m not 100% sold yet.

I’ll try to keep blogging along the way to keep you all updated on how things are going here. We’re getting excited for the Holidays and all of the exciting things that are just around the corner. 

Posted November 3, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

BABY #2   2 comments

16 weeks #2
In case you haven’t heard already, Nate and I are expecting our second baby. In other words, things are about to get crazy (even crazier?) around here! I thought I might address some frequently asked questions about this pregnancy:
When are you due?
March 22, 2014.
How are you feeling?
Eh. I was feeling very sick for many weeks. Now that I’m 19 weeks along, I feel much better, but I’m still dealing with nausea off and on. With Mille, I think I was physically sick more often, but I think I’ve felt overall worse with this baby. I’m definitely more tired, as in exhausted. Of course, that could have more to do with my 2 year old rather than the pregnancy!
Do you have a feeling if it’s a boy or girl? Will you find out?
With Millie, I had a feeling she was a girl. I’d say it was a pretty strong feeling. I don’t have a strong feeling this time, but if I had to guess, I’d say we’ll be adding another little lady to the family. We will have an ultrasound at 20 weeks (SOON!) and, once we’ve shared with our families, we will share the gender with the world.
How does Millie feel about being a big sister?
We told Millie about the baby pretty early on, but at 2 years old, she doesn’t seem to really get it yet. In the last few weeks, she has pulled up my shirt to “kiss the baby” and says “I’m the big sister!” It’s adorable!
Any names picked out?
We have a short list, but we no clear winners yet.
Are you going to blog more often now that there’s a new baby coming?
I hope so! I’d like to document this pregnancy much like I did Millie’s. It’s fun for me to look back on the blog and see what I thought was important enough to write down. Still, things are pretty busy around here. Nate has class one evening a week and sees clients for Practicum one night, and has an online class… and I’m exhausted by 8:30 pm, so I probably won’t post as often as I’d like. But, I’ll try to keep you all updated. Let me know if you have questions that I didn’t address and I’ll get to them!

Posted October 26, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

Lately   3 comments

Remember when I used to blog once a week? Wait, I don’t think I ever did that. It was my goal originally, but then life happened and this blog took a backseat to everything else. So, if anyone still checks for new posts occasionally (Jennifer, I’m talking to you), sorry. I’m not going to promise to do better, because this blog will continue to be low on my list of priorities, but I will attempt to do a post every month or so. No promises, though.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get caught up:

  • Millie Louise is 23 months old. Her 2nd birthday is just 2.5 weeks away. CRAZY!!!! She is a pretty good girl most of the time. She loves to play outside and accompany us on trips to Target and Kroger. She has the patience of a 2 year old— as in, NONE. When she’s hungry, she wants to eat RIGHT NOW. When she wants to be held, you better hope you’re right there to pick her up because, WHEW, the girl will scream bloody murder if she doesn’t get her way. Nate and I are trying to find a balance between teaching her patience and keeping her from throwing “disturbing the peace” level tantrums. If anyone has any tips on this, we’re all ears. Millie’s vocabulary has really started growing in the past month. She tries to repeat a lot of what she hears us say and will say a lot of different words if prompted. She started a new in-home daycare last month and I think that has helped her learn a lot. She tries to sing her “ABCs” (well, she sings “a a a a a” but I’m sure she’ll get it in no time) and apparently she and the sitter’s little girl (just a few months younger than Millie) spend all day chatting to one another. 
  • Nate has had a busy few months. He is working full-time and taking 12 credit hours towards his Master’s in Counseling. He is pretty much always doing one of 3 things: getting ready to start homework, doing homework, or finishing up homework. I’m very proud of him and all of his hard work and I know it will all pay off in a couple of years (hopefully just a couple!!). 
  • Now, about me. I don’t know why I waited until the end to do my “update.” I am by far the most boring person in our family. Let’s see. I go to work, I come home and make dinner (usually I try to put it together the night before so our weeknights are a little less crazy), I do the dishes (sometimes… sometimes I just let them pile up in the sink and then the next day I say to Nate “can we just eat out? I don’t want to have to do dishes, cook, and then do more dishes!”), I do laundry (our new sitter was open to trying cloth diapers at her house… she usually uses a couple of disposables during the day too, but now that we’re nearly full-time cloth diaper-users, I do laundry every other day), and then I collapse in front of the TV or computer. Glamorous life, right? Try not to be jealous (I’m being sarcastic, but seriously, I wouldn’t trade my family for anything, and, while I wish that I could be a stay at home mom and do my household chores during nap time instead of squeezing them in after a 9 hour work day, I am happy to do things like laundry and cleaning… most days). 

So, I think that pretty much brings you (Jennifer and maybe Lisa? Do you still read this, Lisa?) up to date on what’s going on in our lives. It’s boring but it turns out boring can be busy, so we’re just trying to fit in some fun between Millie’s tantrums, Nate’s homework and my housework.  

Posted April 11, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

21 Months Old   1 comment

I wasn’t going to do a blog entry for 21 months old. Millie isn’t changing drastically from month to month anymore. This past month, she didn’t learn any exciting new skill (although she is perfecting the foot-stomping-tantrum). Instead, life with a 21 month old is pretty much the same from day to day. We get up, eat breakfast (IMMEDIATELY— Millie always wakes up hungry), play (as in, get out TONS of toys, put them all over the floor, and then go get more), nap, eat, play, nap, eat, play, go to bed. It doesn’t sound like much, right? Kind of boring? NOPE. It is exhilarating. We love watching 21 month old Millie react to her environment. She loves to run from her bedroom to the living room and back, giggling all the way. She loves to give hugs and kisses. She likes open all of the cabinets on her toy kitchen and “rearrange” the contents. She pretends to be mommy to her baby dolls, then tosses them aside so that she can bug our dog and dance to whatever music Daddy has playing. She loves  to snack on fruit, animal crackers, and dog food (seriously, she loves dog food). She likes to talk on the phone (just jibber-jabber/ she’s still not saying many real words). She is nosy! She can be whiny. She can be ROTTEN. She is wonderful. And, seriously, she’s pretty darn adorable.Image 

Posted January 31, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

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