Monday, June 22, 2020

Baby #2 Coming Soon-ish

Surprise! Or maybe not surprise if you've seen me lately. We are excited to announce that we are expecting baby #2 in December!

  • April-May passed in one big nauseous blur, but for the past 2 weeks I've been throwing up less and tolerating more foods. It's a nice improvement!
  • Craving Chick-Fil-A, lemon anything, and watermelon.
  • I'm 14 weeks as of today, but my bump is the size of my 20 week bump with Oliver. (These pics were at 11 weeks.)
  • Gross, but my hair and skin have been so OILY this pregnancy. 
  • Official due date is December 20th, but I am hopeful this baby will come 2 weeks early like Ollie did.
  • Baby and Oliver will be 2 years + 2 months apart.
  • Going to try a Home Birth this time with a midwife! I'm really excited. My first birth went really smoothly without any medication or intervention so I'm confident I can do it again. Especially with coronavirus craziness, I'd rather skip the hospital and keep our newborn in the safety of our home.
We can't wait to meet this little one!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Easter + Spring 2020

Last year we stopped by Springville City Park to enjoy the blossoms and take some pictures with our then 6 month old baby. With COVID-19 this year, I was worried that the park would be crowded and we wouldn't be able to go this year. But we showed up on Saturday morning and had the entire place to ourselves! Oliver loved running around in the open space after being cooped up inside for so long. Even thought taking family pictures with a tripod is incredibly difficult (we literally got 1 with all of us), I'm glad we took the time to snap them. Oliver is changing so quickly that this stage of life feels like it will be gone before I'm ready. But that's how it goes right?

 Ollie has been the sweetest little quarantine buddy. He and I have figured out a pretty good routine now, with breakfast at 8, then a walk, snack, nap, and by lunchtime Tayler is usually home and we can all eat together. 

 Easter! I never realized how fun it would be to fill my baby's Easter basket. I shopped the end of season sales last summer for Ollie's summer clothes this year and it was fun pulling out all the items I've collected. I want to make that a tradition, buying a spring/summer wardrobe for kids the year before and then gifting it at Easter. 
I made these healthy-ish peanut butter bars so that I wouldn't eat as many Reese's eggs, but I ended up eating both the Reese's eggs and the peanut butter bars so that was a win. But I do recommend the recipe! Super yummy + easy. 

1 c natural peanut butter, 1/3 c pure maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla. Mix. Add 1 c almond flour. Press into loaf pan and freeze. Melt 1/2 c choc chips with 1 tsp butter and spread on top of frozen mixture, and freeze for 10 more minutes. 

Later in the day we went over to Tayler's parents house for an Easter dinner. It was mine and Oliver's first outing with other people since March 15th. Luckily Tayler's work hasn't been affected at all, so he gets out a lot more than us. We put Oliver in Tayler's Easter outfit from 1993 to surprise his mom and she recognized it right off! I love generational things like that, that tie us all together. 
This post is all over the place but that's how my mind feels right now! A million thoughts with no place to go haha. Hope you had a good Easter too and are holding up during this quarantine.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Lake Las Vegas

For Valentine's Day/President's Day/we had 60,000 hotel points burning in our pockets, we went to Lake Las Vegas! I'd never heard of it, but it's this beautiful resort area in Henderson that was built right before the economy crashed and is just now coming back to life. We spent our days swimming in the pool and walking to the village on the lake. Mostly we just basked in the warm, sunny weather. It was a great family friendly place, perfect for a little getaway.
The Logistics of Traveling with Baby
This was our first trip with Oliver's new carseat, the Clek Foonf. I know, wtf who named that. I had my eye on the Nuna Rava for his "big kid" carseat, but the salesman at Baby Cubby was doing WORK. I love that the Clek is super slim, doesn't have flame retardants, and sits up enough to allow him to see out the window. It's also got a built in safety guard that absorbs 70% of the impact of a crash once forward facing. Hopefully Baby Cubby gives me a commission for this plug.

The best thing about this trip was Ollie's sleep! We sleep trained Oliver at 6 months with the Taking Cara Babies program, so as long as he has his "sleep cues" he does great. We brought all of the favs: his sleep sack, blanket, sound machine and monitor. We borrowed the hotel's pack n' play and luckily it fit in the bathroom so he got the blackout treatment he's used to. He slept through the night all 3 nights and it was wonderful! And lucky for us, the hotel allowed you to sign into your Netflix so we could watch our shows once we were in for the night.

He has been doing so well with traveling and it's making me realize how old he's getting. We love our little traveling buddy.