Friday, May 23, 2014

Temple Square

While the men were out golfing Friday morning, we took the kids down to Temple Square. Ty and Tate loved looking around, Olivia enjoyed running around and finding new places to sit, and Crew was pleasant in the stroller.

Olivia was wearing a new dress that was size 18 months. The diaper cover/bloomers were a bit big. She was walking around exploring when I looked down and she had lost her pants. There was a crowd of tourists who were pointing and laughing at her. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

5 Year Anniversary & SLC

The Barber's are in town for Mitch's wedding this weekend so we have been going non stop. Today we left for Salt Lake after Bob won the round of golf at Hobble Creek. The boys are very competitive and we all are eager to read the play by plays that we get by text during the round.

We stopped to have lunch at the Lion House, which I had never eaten at. (I did have my birthday party there when I was 10 or so, but I don't remember eating downstairs.) It was a hard decision picking between chicken and salmon and for some reason I went with the chicken. I am so glad I did because our dinner that night turned out to be salmon. Olivia is in a wonderful stage called "I hate restaurants." So any meal is really hard right now. Bob was good to let her wander around and explore.

Before checking into our hotel rooms we walked around Temple Square. It was our 5 year anniversary so we took a few pictures. It was a very warm and bright day. A lot of our pictures were cute, but we all had squinty eyes. 

It's fun to see how far we have come in just 5 years. Olivia is 18 months and I am 17 weeks with baby #2. 

We checked into our room at the Marriott at City Creek, and Olivia attempted a nap. I ran down to the mall to see if I could find something to wear to the wedding dinner that night. When I got back an hour later Olivia was still crying. She had missed her nap earlier in the day and was over it. I took her down to the pool so that Bob could practice his comedy routine that he was performing that night for Mitch and Stacey. 

Olivia loved the pool. Since it was just me, I didn't take any pictures. The only place she could touch was the stairs and she would step off the stairs regardless of where my arms were. She loved getting her face wet. It was so much fun for the both of us. She played for 45 minutes and then finally took an hour cat nap before dinner. 

Bob and I went to Cheesecake Factory for the dinner. Shannon and Lowell took Olivia for the night which was so nice of them. That was the best part of my anniversary. It was so nice to eat a meal without worrying about or chasing Olivia. We had BBQ Salmon and cheesecake and it was all so good. It was fun to see all of Mitch's family and to catch up with those we hadn't seen for a while. Bob did a great job performing his comedy, but I didn't get any pictures since I was recording it for his family to see. Hopefully I can track some down. 

When we got back to our rooms, Bob played games and talked and Olivia and I crashed and went to bed. We both had really bad colds and needed some extra sleep. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

No more binky

As I was looking through pictures that I had recently taken, I came across this picture of Olivia. 

That morning she was playing in the pantry and bonked her head on one of the shelves. It was an instant bump and bruise, which darkened over time. This was also her last day of having a binky. Our transition to no binky was seriously so easy. We had one bad morning, but that was it. But looking back at this picture, I sure did love my binky baby. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

18 Months

Olivia has been eating like a bird, until the last few days. I am hoping that with all the food she has been eating it will be enough to put her over 18 pounds. She loves cooked carrots, pancakes, cheese, pasta, grapes, beans, yogurt, apples and basically anything she can dip into ketchup. For example last night she ate half of a hotdog without me helping her. I was so happy that she ate it. Usually she will eat a couple bites and then be done. When she is finished she will say all done and wants to count to 3 when I get her out of the high chair.

When Olivia wakes up (between 7-8:30) she always wants her sippy cup with milk. Before/during/after  breakfast depending on the time we watch and play during an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She loves Mickey and dances whenever they play their theme song.

New words this month: cereal, flower, "I see you", Cheetos, Jensen, Bo-Bo (Bogey my grandma's dog), kitty, book, bee, bear, "no way", ears, hair, mouth, water, binky, turn, soft, mouse, pig, chair, chick, and egg. If she isn't saying something that I understand she is going off in her own little language talking a mile a minute.

Olivia and I went to nursery last month for the last hour to ease her in. She loved being there and when we left when church was over she cried. A couple weeks ago I left her there for the full time since I had to teach Sunday School. When I checked in on her between SS and RS, she was crying but the teacher told me not to come in and when I picked her up she was having fun playing. This last Sunday when we picked her up the teacher told us she was a little "Tender" and missed Mom. I am hoping that she doesn't keep crying each week.

Olivia now folds her arms and kneels down when we say prayers, although she doesn't stay kneeling once the prayer is started She will sometimes say Amen when we finish, but it's probably every 1/5 prayers.

She loves her cousin Jensen. It is good for her to be around him, she has been learning how to share her toys and to play soft. When she says his name it is so cute!

When she hears music that she is familiar with she will start dancing. Her two moves right now are she squatting up and down or twirling in circles.

She is in a good routine of sleeping right now, she hasn't been waking up at night and usually sleeps 8 -8. This month has been rough with naps. She finally decided to transition to 1 nap. I am glad that she let me get through my sick and extra tired part of pregnancy first. She now naps for 2 - 3 hours each day. She usually goes down around 12. Somedays it is earlier and somedays it's later. I really want to have a routine of naps around 1, but we will see.

We are taking away her binky starting today, so wish us luck!

At her 18 month appointment her stats were:

Weight - 18 pounds 9 ounces, 5%
Length - 30. 5 inches long,     12%
Head - 18.25 inches,               52%

16 weeks

This last month I definitely grew. A couple Sunday's ago we went to my cousins farewell and the first thing my Mom said to me was, "You're looking pregnant." It's crazy to see all of my hard work of losing weight going in reverse- but definitely worth it to have a sweet baby.

This last week I've felt a few little taps from the baby. That was my most favorite part of being pregnant with Olivia, being able to feel her movements. I can't wait for this baby's kicks to get stronger. I have an appointment on Friday where hopefully I will be scheduling our next ultrasound. I can't wait to find out if this baby is a boy or girl. This pregnancy has been 100% different than my last, and I keep thinking it's a boy. We will see!

This summer I plan on spending a lot of time in the water! We have 7 peaks passes along with a couple trips to Lake Powell. I have been on a hunt for a new swimming suit. The problem is, I won't be full blown pregnant during the summer, but I will be bigger than normal. The maternity swimsuits I did try on were way too big and flowy, yuck! I ordered a couple from ASOS at the recommendation of my sister in law, and then I just found one I liked from Eden Pier. I am hoping that one of them works out.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

On Mother's Day I woke up to Olivia crying, and then we had breakfast. Bob made us Mickey Mouse waffles.

I opened my gift from Bob, which was a beach bag for my trip to San Diego this summer.

I got ready and left Olivia with Bob while I attended my cousin's baby blessing. It was nice to sit during Sacrament meeting without Olivia.

I came home and had lunch and then we were off to our ward. I didn't have to teach Sunday School, and I got a box of homemade chocolates. Olivia had a "tender" time in Nursery, but they didn't have to come get me, so that was nice.

We went to my parent's house right after church so we could talk with Sister Ayrika Hales. It was fun to hear the updates from her and to be able to see her live on Skype.

After we had a dinner of roast beef and potatoes that my mom had prepared. It was a wonderful day!

I am so grateful to be a Mom to Olivia and to our baby coming in October. I learn so much each day and I wouldn't trade being a Mom for anything. My Mom is such a great example to me and I love her so much. She is always willing to rearrange her schedule to help me out. I never leave her house without a plate or tupperware of leftovers. She is so giving and is always thinking of others.  She pampered all of us by cooking dinner and didn't let us bring a thing. I hope that I can become a great Mom like she is.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Sometimes when Olivia finds me at the computer she will come over and ask for a piece of paper. I'll pull one out, grab the crayons and then let her color. I tape the paper to her chair and she goes to town. She is getting better at not eating the crayons, but on occasion I do find a rainbow of colors in her mouth.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

BYU Baseball

Today Bob had the day off so we decided to get out and go to the BYU baseball game. We went to a game a year or so into our marriage, but haven't been back since. It was the hottest day of the week, and maybe month. It was mid 80's and it felt so good.

When we were buying our tickets, the announcer was listing the players of the kid team that had come that day. I heard a few names that were familiar to me, they were boys in my class last year. I was so excited to know they were there. When we walked in, the Vineyard Choir for my school was singing the National Anthem.

When they came back into the stands I said Hi to a few of my students from last year, but they didn't recognize me with my sunglasses on. (Or maybe they still thought I had moved to Oregon.)

I had lathered Olivia up in sunscreen, but she still appeared to be getting red. Which made me nervous, I didn't want her to get fried. I reapplied more sunscreen, which was so greasy. Her hair looked so nasty, but it's so thin, I didn't want her head to burn.

Olivia loved seeing the cougar walking through the stands. Every time she saw him she would get excited. So when she was looking pretty red, I took her down by the concessions to get in the shade. While we were there, we saw Cosmo and went to see him. As soon as she got close she burst into hysterical tears.

Bob bought Olivia an extra large otter pop, which she loved. And I got a pretzel, which I loved. That has been one of my pregnancy cravings. I usually hate nacho cheese, but I have been loving a pretzel dipped in cheese. Olivia also dipped her whole hand in the cheese and wiped it on Bob's pants. It was lovely.

We ended up leaving early because of the heat. We had a great time at the game and hope to make it back again next year instead of 4 years later.