Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Here comes #2

We just recently found out some very exciting news... Chloe is going to be a BIG SISTER!!!! It looks like we can expect baby #2 around August 29, 2014. How crazy is that?!
Scott and I have been talking about trying for another for about 8 or 9 months now, but still weren't feeling quite ready. It wasn't until Kenzie came to visit in November with baby Eden, and having a chance to snuggle with that sweet little girl that we finally decided to try. We wanted Chloe to have a sibling close in age. They will be a little over two years apart. 
I couldn't have been more than a week and half along that I told Scott I thought I was pregnant. He thought I was crazy. We thought it would take at least a few month of trying before we got the good news. It continued where everyday I felt pregnant. I was probably at least 8 to 10 weeks along with Chloe before I thought I felt pregnant. I never got very nauseous with her, so the fact that I have been feeling morning sickness everyday and feeling cramping pains so quickly was impossible for me to wrap my mind around. I kept telling myself that I must being imagining it because I was just wanting a baby so badly. The nausea persisted, as did the pains, and slowly increasing trips to the bathroom. 
It finally got to the point where I just needed to take a pregnancy test or I would go insane with the constant battle in my mind. 
I took a pregnancy test earlier than I should have. It says to wait 3 minutes before reading and no longer than 10. So after 3 minutes I looked and it was negative. I threw it away and just proceeded with my day. Later the nausea came back and I couldn't help but think that I still feel pregnant. I went back and looked again, about 4 hours later. It was so faintly positive that I thought I was imagining it again. I knew the test said not to check it after 10 minutes, but I also heard that there is no such thing as a false positive. I told Scott about it and we decided I will take a test in another week. We took another test and this time, though still only a faint line appeared, we knew it was positive.  
We are so excited. We found out we were pregnant, for sure, on December 16. Although, as I said, my instincts told me sooner. 
We wanted to wait until family was in town for Christmas to share the good news with them. We took these pictures of Chloe and made a small collage to give to our parents as a gift on Christmas Eve. It was so hard for me to keep it from our family for a few weeks. In fact, I was originally planning on not sharing this with everyone else until I at least made it to my first doctors appointment (especailly since I am only about five and half weeks along), but between Scott and I, we couldn't help it. We are just way to excited!

These are the pictures, as well as the videos of our parents reaction. 








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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New Carpet

The carpet we had was the same carpet that was originally installed when the complex was built. It was very light and showed stains easliy. The stains also weren't coming out very well. There were black marks on all the high traffic areas. It was also incredibly uncomfortable. You could feel the cement underneath. But it worked. We didn't complain. We just made due with what we had. 
My parents came to us one evening and asked if for Christmas they could redo all our carpeting and padding. Talk about generous. It was extremely kind and unnecessary, but very thoughtful and appreciated. 
Scott and I looked at different carpet ideas and finally set up a time to have some installed. The night before we spent moving as much furniture as possible and making sure nothing was on the floors. 
 BEFORE


My parents and sister watched Chloe that day so she wouldn't get in the way. Plus she had way more fun and space to move than she would have if she stayed home with me while they installed it. The nails, staples, and tools on the floors wouldn't have been much fun to try and avoid. 
It took them about five and a half hours to complete. Then Scott and I moved the furniture back (other than the big stuff which they took care of). 


AFTER

It is amazing how much new carpet can change the feel of our entire home. It is so much more comfortable as well as warm and homey feeling. We no longer feel the cement underneath. We are so happy with the way it turned out. Scott told me afterwords that after we tiled our bathroom, done some other small updates of our own, and finally my parents getting us new carpet, that our home is finally looking beautiful and they way we would want it to look. Of course there are still other things we hope to change over time, but it really has made a HUGE difference.

Thank you so much mom and dad. You did way more than we could have ever asked, and it is appreciate more than we can say, more than you know. Thank you! We love you!

Breakfast with Santa

I watch a little girl named Amelia a few times a week. She is the sweetest little girl and her mom and dad are great. Her mom works at a nursing home and every year they have a breakfast with Santa. Kids come and visit Santa and have a yummy breakfast. This year it fell on a Saturday when I was watching their baby girl, so I brought Mia and Chloe. My mom came with to help me out too.
We had pancakes, bacon, and fruit, and Chloe ate 6 donut holes haha. It was so good. Then Chloe ran around being anything but shy and saying hi to everyone. It was so cute to see her so outgoing (not that she has ever been very shy).






When it was Chloe's turn to sit on Santa's lap, she wasn't sure what to think. She started to fuss a little but the moment I told her it was okay she stopped and just seemed unsure. It was her first time meeting Santa. After she got off Santa's lap she was able to pick out some small toys. She took a bell necklace, a rubber duck, and a whistle in the shape of lips. I was so glad to be invited to go to this this year. Chloe enjoyed herself and so did I. It is such a sweet idea. 

Our Second Thanksgiving

Holidays are always a little hectic, but they are my favorite. We get to see family that we don't see often enough. We are so blessed to live so close to both Scott's and my parents. We love it, but it definitely makes splitting up time on holidays a tricky business. We always to our best to split the days up evenly with both families, but no matter what I feel left a little disappointed to have to leave one family early, when it would be so much fun to stay longer. I also feel the same disappointment showing up to the other side of our family late and wish we could have spent more time there as well. This also keeps Scott and I from having much of our own time as a family together on holidays. You can't have it all I guess.
Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to complain. I  just wish there was a way to please everyone and not have to sacrifice time with any family. 
After splitting up Thanksgiving this year with both families, Scott came up with the great idea to have a second Thanksgiving. The Sunday following Scott made another turkey and we had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal just for him, Chloe, and I. 
I loved it. I can't wait to make this a tradition every year. 


Family Pics Nov. 2013

In November, our sister-in-law Kenzie came to visit with her most adorable little girl Eden. We were able to see them a few times while they were in Colorado. We ended up stealing a little bit of her time two afternoons and she so kindly took our family pictures. Chloe wasn't too thrilled to be doing this but you wouldn't even be able to tell by looking at the pictures.













She did a great job. We can't wait to see them again for Christmas!