31 May 2016

31 May 2016
That title is in all caps because HOW CAN MY LITTLE BABY BE TWO YEARS OLD??
I honestly can't believe it.
I blinked and she went from this:

when I thought I was largely pregnant but had no idea what was in front of me...

to this:

sleepy angel 4 days old
to this wiggly chunk:

much bald! so cute!

And then to this full-curly beauty:

And this present-destroying monster:

She is, by far, the best thing I've ever done - and the MOST FUN thing I've ever done.

Her birthday was well spent, eating lots of sugar and having fun with friends and family all over (with a healthy dose of getting our house ready to sell smushed in there). She had a blast and went to bed late and everything was glorious.

Kitty, I know we tell you a lot, but your dada and I love you oh-so-much. We can't wait to watch you grow up even more and we're so so thankful for you every single day.

For those interested: her first birthday, and her birth stories, part 1 and part 2.

Kiss and huk? Kiss and huk? (how she says kiss & hug) for your birthday, dear girl.
your mama

Big announcementS!

23 May 2016

23 May 2016
It's been hard keeping secrets from you guys - you may have noticed that I'm bad at it, or at least noticed that I haven't been writing as much as previously. Well, today's the day I get to break radio silence and tell you why!

I'm guessing you could have probably figured out the first one, but if you haven't yet...

We're pregnant with baby #2! And two of us are more excited about it than the other one...I'll let you figure out who that is.

Usually the conversation goes something like this:
Me or David: Kate, are you excited to see the baby?
Kate: *looks at us like we're straight up crazy*
Me or David: Do you want a baby brother or a baby sister?
Kate: NOOOOOOOO! *shaking head vigorously*

So...we've got some work ahead of us in the next few months. :)
But let's get to the details! I know you're dying for them!

How far along? 12 weeks tomorrow! Almost out of first trimester (I think?)!
Weight gain? I've lost more than 6 lbs at this point but that was kind of to be expected. I also expect to not answer this question anymore after this point...hahaha.
Clothing? Mostly non-maternity but I bought some maternity shorts on sale and just have been wearing them out of laziness/comfort, not because I actually need them yet.
Sleep? I don't remember this with Kate's pregnancy so early but I am already getting up to pee in the middle of the night. Even though the baby is the size of a lime.
Best moment of this week? Well it was a week and a few days ago but I finally made an appointment with my OB (I kept putting it off/forgetting) and Kate and I got to hear the heartbeat! *swoon*
Worst moment of this week? Nothing particular bothering me right now!
Miss anything? MARGARITAS. I have had the strongest craving for a beer or a marg...which I hardly ever drink when not pregnant but seriously.
Movement? Nothing yet I don't think - although there have been some flutters that were either stomach rumblings or baby and I'm pretending they're baby.
Symptoms? Nausea. And exhaustion. See announcement #2 for an additional reason why I'm tired all the time but overall neither has been too bad.
Food cravings? Jimmy John's, Chipotle, watermelon (which isn't quite good yet, unfortunately), fruit snacks. I'm basically 90% fruit snacks at this point.
Gender? Not going to find out! But I think boy.
Labor signs? LOL. No.

Everything's been going pretty well for the most part - I can't complain! I did love this post Nell wrote about being pregnant in the thin space. I feel so blessed to be able to easily carry baby #2 when I know so many friends/acquaintances/women in general who struggle with getting pregnant, but I'm trying to turn my symptoms into redemptive suffering for anyone struggling with infertility. If I can pray for you in any way during this pregnancy, let me know!

And now onto announcement numero dos.
Yes, in addition to me being in the first trimester, we are trying to pack up all our stuff and move.

David got offered an amazing opportunity in Omaha - one that truly couldn't be passed up - and he started his new job this morning! So as soon as we find a house and sell our house (double ugh), we will be moving to Omaha. It will be a great change for our family in general - more consistent hours, a normal type of work, better pay - all that jazz. And luckily since my job is a work-from-home I can do it anywhere, so I'll get to keep working throughout the whole thing.

The whole moving-while-during-the-first-trimester hasn't been quite as fun as one might imagine (...not). I have been trying to help as much as possible but that exhaustion just hits me and I have to break sometimes! So David's been doing all of the heavy lifting both literally and figuratively, and I've been doing the supporting work, vacuuming and dusting and getting food and organizing and putting color-coded tape on boxes.

And now you know why we started our kitchen renovation all of a sudden, too! Later this week I will make sure to get a post up because IT'S DONE (so that's amazing) and I want you to appreciate via pictures how much hard work David put in, with assistance from his dad and my parents and a little bit of painting done by moi. It really looks like a totally different room.

Whew. I think I covered it all but you'll be hearing plenty more from me soon, as well as getting to see our house all cleaned up and whenever we find a new house, that one too!

Pray for us that we don't get too overwhelmed during all of this, and that David stays safe commuting back and forth between Lincoln and Omaha for now. And that I don't go crazy being stuck at home with no car for solid amounts of time because he's in a different city with our car. ;)

Renovation delight

18 May 2016

18 May 2016

Things that have kept Kate busy in the last week and a half, while we (mostly David) furiously try to finish a kitchen renovation in a very short amount of time:

1) "Washing" her car with water and a bucket and a rag. Seriously, I didn't think she'd be that into this but she would have done this for HOURS had I not stopped her because it was bedtime. She was soaked and giggling and deliriously happy about it all. I am filing away for future use for sure.

2) Eating leftover slices of pizza, by the slice. She loves it, requests pizza now at every meal, and the fact that it's one big piece makes it a big time-waster. Love.

3) Dumping out all of her toys in their baskets all over the living room floor, and then preciously setting up meals for her little dolls and feeding them "med-cine."

4) Picking up tiny pieces of trash all over the house, including plaster bits from wall repairs, old light switch covers, pretzels from the previous day's snackage, and random construction debris from every corner of the house and then putting them all in the trash can. It is both functional and helpful, a win-win-win situation for all involved.

5) Organizing and wearing shoes - she's always done this, and let me tell you - for zero extra dollars Mama and Dada's shoes are the best toys ever! Put them on, walk around the house, squeal in delight. Repeat as necessary.

She's been a serious trooper this entire time, staying out of the various boxes of crap we have strewn about the house because the kitchen's under work, sleeping through loud noises, being sincerely helpful by cleaning up as described above, and not being crabby about the random things she's had for dinner without a working stove/fridge combo (one night she had applesauce and crackers...and that was it). Okay, she might be happy about that last one.

We are getting to the final stages of the renovation, with just some touchup paint, handles to be installed, window assemblage, and shelving left to do, so there will be a nice juicy post on that when I get around to it and when we get it all finished. Hopefully that will be sometime by the end of the week, but no promises -- I don't want you stressing out waiting for me! ;)

Happy Tuesday Wednesday, y'all (thought it was Tuesday all day until I just now looked at a calendar. Whoops.)

How to lose a kid for 10 days

09 May 2016

09 May 2016
Alternatively titled: we went on vacation, without Kate!

You might have guessed when I didn't post a whole lot of nothingness for a week solid that something was up -- we were living large & child-free in Vail for a whole week last week!

It was 10 (okay, not quite ten, more like 8.5) long days without Kitty and yes, I may have teared up a few times thinking about being away from her and missing her like c-r-a-z-y, but it was a fun trip with friends nonetheless and we definitely enjoyed our child-free moments.

Major props to both sets of grandparents, who took turns babysitting Kate and sent us lots of pictures to keep us cheered up and missing her a little bit less. We definitely couldn't have or wouldn't have done the trip without them both!

We spent our time doing what you do in Colorado: enjoying the nice weather, going out to dinner, going on a hike, driving in the mountains, buying souvenirs, relaxing and taking naps, stopping by rivers to explore, biking, getting out of breath too quickly because altitude, and all in all just having fun! I did hit more than 10,000 steps every day we were on vacation so we didn't quite laze around all day every day but it was a nice break from the norm.

Now, onto the photo dump. I know that's why you're here.

Okay, mountains are pretty great.

Good food was had. Jalapeno pepperoni tomato & cilantro above.

Going in mud season/"sprinter" (spring/winter) had the advantage of being COMPLETELY dead everywhere we went. The first day we walked around Vail all the shop owners were like, oh, there are actual tourists here? Which was kind of nice! And made food service and really any-kind-of-service incredibly fast and very friendly.

David and I hung back one day by ourselves and played tennis with a pretty killer view. My game? Not so killer because it was like the 3rd time I'd ever played tennis, but it was still fun.

Disadvantage of going during "sprinter"? There's still a lot of snow. We tried to go on a hike one morning and there was so much snow the path was basically we didn't make it the full way. (And I turned back early because I was tired...haha.) Still beautiful though!

One day we rented bikes and rode from Frisco to Dillon and then back. My calves and lungs were hating me by the end of it but holy cow, what a beautifully scenic view! And quite the workout in addition.

Also I hadn't been on a bike in like 2 years so sitting down for the rest of the trip was somewhat painful. #worthit

Left those sunglasses on a bench in Vail, was too lazy to go back into town and get them. Oh well, backup pair at home.

All in all it was a great trip, but Kate changed SO much when we were gone that I don't think my heart can take doing it again for a nice long while. (Seriously, she learned all these new words, and her voice changed, and she got taller, and she's all crazy more talkative now, it's insane!) They don't warn you about that stuff when they tell you to spend time away from your kiddos!

Coming home to spend a day with her on Mother's Day was the best present I could have asked for. We bought some plants at the nursery together on a mommy-daughter date while David worked on our kitchen remodel (more news on that, and other big things coming up soon! eeek! just a teaser!), and then went to my parents and had kebabs. Yum.

I missed those curls. :)

Now back to work, and regular life, and home remodels, and a thunderstorm that just made me wake Kate up from her afternoon nap because the tornado sirens went off! #midwestliving Hope your Monday's just as great.

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