Monday, January 28, 2013

Second Trimester

Baby #2 first picture at 10 weeks ^^

My second trimester technically doesn't start until tomorrow, but I wanted to utilize this mornings precious nap time to sit down and write out some thoughts on this pregnancy. 

We had our first ultra sound around 10 weeks. I will never cease to be amazed at the beautiful gift of life. Seeing our little baby move around and listening to the heartbeat (possibly THE best sound in the world) while watching his/her little heart valves pump was incredible. Our bodies are amazing. 

This time around I've been so busy with school, wife, and momma duties that I've barely been able to think about this baby. It kind of makes me sad that it's going so fast. When I was pregnant with Remington I had a lot of free time to think and daydream about the future and what was to come. I had time to mentally prepare for how our lives where about to change. I feel like I (sorta) know what to expect this time around but then I remember that I will have two babies under TWO years old and I start to freak out. 

 After congratulating us, some people have said things like "wow, another one?" or "you guys don't even know how crazy that is going to be." or "you're going to have your hands full." I know that they are trying to be helpful or whatever but I get irritated when things like that are said. (its probably just the hormones.) Yea, we can't even comprehend how life is going to change with another little one but BRING ON THE CRAZY!! We can handle it. Being a momma is what i've always wanted to do. So unless you have positive, uplifting, you can do it advice...I don't want to hear it. Mmkay?

Anyways, I'm due a week after I graduate. Hows that for good timing? I think when school is done and behind me, i'll be able to put 100% of my focus on the babies and take each day one at a time.
OH I can't wait for August when I'll get to snuggle this little one and kiss their squishy cheeks. I know Remi is excited to have a little brother or sister to rough around. Only 6 more months to go haha!

and now for some belly pictures.

                                                                       12 weeks ^^
13 weeks ^^

Saturday, January 26, 2013

going green

A couple months back Remington decided he did not like being fed baby food anymore. Feeding times became too much of a hassle, so we stopped giving him purred foods and introduced him to finger foods.   He transitioned just fine but I felt like he was getting the same ole thing over and over and not getting enough variety in his diet. Over the Christmas break I bought him couple of those squeezable baby food packets and he LOVED them. He was able to feed himself (somewhat) and he could eat through almost 4 packs a day. I was converted..except I couldn't get over how expensive they were.

I remember talking to David one day about how cool it would be if someone invented re-useable/washable packets that you could fill with your own food.

He googled my description and lo and behold:

Re-usable/washable baby food packs!! We got a pack of 10 for 20$. I am obsessed!! They hold about 4oz of food which is the same size of a jar or baby food. They can be hand washed or washed on the top rack of the dishwasher. Pretty cool huh? I'm so happy we found a product that saves us money, saves the environment (haha) and most importantly Remington loves!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Pinterest project: Coat/Key holder

This is my old coat/key rack holder. I loved it but it didn't match anything and It had to go. I wanted to replace it with something more woodsy and natural looking. I couldn't find anything already made so I got some inspiration from Pinterest, bought my supplies and got to work. 

And there you go. I love it. 

Elimination Communication

Have you heard of it?

According to Diaper Free Baby "it is a gentle, natural, non-coercive process by which a baby, preferably beginning in early infancy, learns with the loving assistance of parents and caregivers to communicate about and address his or her elimination needs. This practice makes conventional potty training unnecessary. "

So pretty much what we've found is that the people who practice this have their babies "potty trained" before their first birthday. Sounds pretty cool right? Actually, even with our hippy/natural parenting style, this sounded pretty granola-extreme to us.

However, the more we researched and looked into it we realized that it is not totally weird. Reading signals and cues is something we have done with Remington since the day he was born. Thats how we knew when he was hungry, tired, gassy etc. Even now, nine times out of ten he makes it pretty clear when he's about to "go",  so we figured, why not start sticking him on the toilet?

For the past couple weeks we've been more aware of his"need to go" cues. When he makes the face we plop him on the pot...and guess what, he's gone on the toilet a dozen times!!

Right now we have no expectations about getting him "trained." There is no pressure to rush him into it. We are ok with just getting him comfortable on and around the toilet. Ideally we'd love to have him out of diapers by the time the next baby comes.

Impossible? No.

Crazy ambitious? Probably.

Wish us luck.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Here we go again!

Thank you everyone for your congratulations and well wishes. We are overjoyed to be adding another little one to our family!!! Baby Olsen number 2 is estimated to arrive August 6, 2013!!  We found out just a couple days after Thanksgiving which made keeping it a secret over the holidays sooo hard. It was fun to share the news with our families though. They are thrilled!

So far this pregnancy has been TOTALLY different from the first. Over the Christmas break the morning sickness hit me like a ton of bricks. The term "morning sickness" is so deceiving...For me it has been more like all-day-nausea-dry-heaving-can't-even-get-off-the-couch-I-want-to-die kind of sickness. That mixed with extreme exhaustion and zero energy made those first few weeks miserable. Now that i'm about to hit that golden-second trimester mark, the nausea seems to have settled down a bit. Thank goodness.

I've lost 13 lbs so far (silver linning?) haha! Now I am exactly the same weight as I was when I was this far along with Remington. Despite the weight loss, I already feel like a baby bump is emerging...That's common for close pregnancies right? I am not ashamed to whip on the stretchy pants this early.

Dave has been such a good sport helping me with Remington and letting me get some extra Zzz's here and there. I'll tell ya, breasting feeding one child and growing another at the same time is hard work. I am amazed everyday that my body can provide proper nutrients for two babies as well as keep up for myself. I just have to remember to wolf down extra calories when I can. I am so blessed and excited to go through this wonderful journey again. We can't wait to meet our little nugget!!!!

Here is a picture from the morning we found out. David's expression is priceless!

And a first trimester baby bump (bloat).

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Our favorite Christmas present...

Pinterest Project: Instagram and Mirror Wall

A couple weeks ago I had one of those days when all of the sudden I decided that I hated all of my home decor. I was so sick of everything and I wanted to change it all right then and there. To bad our poor college student budget doesn't account for my dying need for new stuff. So whatever I did had to be super cheap or free. I started by pulling everything down from the walls and tried to get inspired. With some help from my besties and some ideas from my Pinterest boards, I finished two home decor projects and i'm falling in love with my apartment again.

The first project is the Instagram wall:
I've been looking for a way to display my Instagram photos forever. I recently learned that Walgreens has an app where you can send the pictures directly from your phone and they'll print them within the hour! They're super affordable and they're one of the only places I could find that would print square 4x4 pics. I love how it turned out.

The second project is the mirror stack:
I couldn't commit to any one picture or theme of pictures to hang on the wall so I decided on the mirrors! It has totally brightened up our living space (which used to feel so dark to me) and gives the wall a nice clean look. We just used the cheap over-the-door mirrors from Walmart. Again, i'm loving it!

In time and as the budget allows,  I'd like to add some bright colored pillows to the couch, get a new floor lamp and possibly add a coat of paint to our bookshelf's. I love getting my craft on.

P.S. Did you hear we're expecting!? More to come on baby number 2!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

9 months

Dear Remington-
 I wish pregnancy went as fast as these past 9 months have gone. I still can't get over how big and gosh dang cute you are. You are learning more and more each day. It literally amazes me. At 9 months you are 26 lbs and 31 inches. Every day you are looking more like a little boy and not a baby. This month you took your first steps!!! Ironically it happened while we were out shoe shopping with the family. I squealed with excitement. You will be walking on your own in no time. While we were in Arizona you learned how to climb the stairs. It totally freaked me out at first but you sure were proud of yourself going up and down. This month you've learned how to point, blow through a whistle and crawl though tunnels. You are no longer toothless. In fact you got 6 freaking teeth in one week. It was a hellish time for everyone. We were all miserable and sleep deprived but your spacey, toothy grin is down right adorable.  You like to growl and do an indian call which sounds a lot like "owwwwwahwahwahwah". You loved spending time with your aunties, uncles, mimi and grandpa. Most of all you loved petting and getting licked by the family dog. This month you took your first plane rides. One of which was actually enjoyable. The other....not so much... (more to come on that). You're separation anxiety is at an all time high. I'm nervous about leaving you with a sitter when we go back to school next week, hopefully you'll get used to it! You are obsessed with books, like being in the stroller (finally) and pushing around your big trucks. You recognize and talk to younger babies and crawl around while holding your toys/food. You hate being held down while we change your clothing and when we strap hats on your head. My favorite thing you started to do this month is dance. You break it down at the sound of any music, even if it's my lame beat boxing skills. It is so cute watching you shake your little bum and bob your head. You my sweet boy, have natural rhythm! (definitely did not get that from your momma...)

love you so much big boy-


Remington's First Christmas

We spent the Christmas break in Arizona with my family. It was magical. Rem and I flew down the day after school ended and David joined us a week later. Remington got lots of bonding time with my siblings and parents. It took him awhile to warm up to everyone because he is in the total separation anxiety stage. The first week he would scream every time he lost sight of me. He had to be at my side constantly. It was also the longest I had been away from David. I was soo grateful to have him back because single parenting is tiring! I was really sick the entire time which sucked...I ALWAYS get sick over the breaks. 

The holidays are so fun with babies. Especially at this age,  Remington seems to understand that there is something different going on. He loved looking at the Christmas lights and playing with my mom's Christmas decorations. His favorite was the life-size nutcracker. He crawled up to that thing everyday! He also got to meet our family dogs. Dulce, the chihuahua quickly became his favorite. He giggled every time she licked his face, hands and feet. He spent hours looking out the back window to see the dogs running around. It was so cute. 

 We got to slept in Christmas morning and when we woke up we gathered around the phone to talk to my little brother. He is still on a misson in Mexico and will be returning soon! It was so good to talk to him. His mexican accent is so cute. I can't wait to see him! After hanging up with him we opened gifts one at a time. We have always grown up opening presents this way. It makes it fun seeing everyones reactions to each gift, plus it makes Christmas morning last all day. 

Remington didn't quite grasp the tearing open of the paper. When he finally did, he dove right in! He was so excited. That night we had a nice sit down dinner with the entire family. Remington loved my Dad's mashed potatoes and my Mom's stuffing. 

The last few days we relaxed and enjoyed the warm temperatures. It was fun taking walks to the park and getting out in the fresh air. Something we won't be able to do here in Rexburg until the Spring. We had a tearful goodbye early Sunday morning and had a peaceful flight back here to the frigid cold. My little sister Jocelyn flew back with us. She is starting here at BYU-I this semester! We are having so much fun getting her all prepared for school. 

It was much needed break from our hectic lives but as always it went way too fast. I can't wait to see everyone again! 

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