Monday, October 5, 2015

Being An Only Child

Our summer was full of activities and I look back and am thankful for all of the experiences we shared with Chase.  His time being an only child is about over!
I am so excited for Zoey to arrive and yet sad that this phase with Chase is about to end.
Chase is 2 years & 4 months!
He's growing & changing every week right now.  It amazes me that we can carry on conversations with him and he seems to understand SO much of what is going on around him.
I just want to bottle up this stage and keep him my funny little boy forever!
A funny thing that happened recently - My Mom & Nathan have been working with Chase to memorize John 3:16
"For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".
Well...the other morning Chase was taking his bath and splashing water out of the tub a little too much for my liking (as in I had to ring out the bath mat!).  I lectured him and told him he could play & splash but to keep the water IN the tub.  I come back in there just a few minutes later and there is water everywhere around the tub area.  I'm wagging my finger at him and really scolding him for disobeying and all of a sudden he just starts saying, "For God so loved the world! For God so loved the world! For God so loved the world!".
I could hardly keep the smile off my face.  While I'm glad he is retaining scripture - I didn't love that he was using it on me while I was trying to discipline him! :)  He's learning a little too quick-like when to pull out the charm!

We are steadily making progress on potty training - Mommy really doesn't want 2 in diapers for very much longer! :)
Chase has pretty much made it a habit now to end up in our bed EVERY night.  He has been such a good sleeper since around 9 months or so and this last year must have just been a giant transition on him. We put him to sleep in his bed and we lay down with him because he acts terrified.  Once he is asleep we get up and go to our bed.  He's normally in our bed by 4:00 each morning and he will sleep so well on "his" pillow right between us!  

He's so ornery, yet still so sweet & cuddly!  I really can't wait to see him as a big brother...
He still tells us he is going to be a good big brother, but he insist Zoey is NOT going to stay at our house!  I think we all have a lot of adjustments coming our way over the next week or so! :)

Anyone have any last minute advice for me on introducing a baby sister into his life?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 38+ Weeks

38+ Weeks Pregnant
Baby Girl should be measuring 6+ pounds and 19+ inches long.  
Baby Center tells me she is ready for life outside the let's get this going! :) 
38 Week Progress: I am having a lot of pressure & cramping.
Dilated to 2 & she has dropped into position.
How I Feel: Chase gave me his cold so I have a sore throat and congested head on top of that.
I have had several instances where I thought we would be heading to the hospital shortly
...and then nothing.
The blood/super moon didn't even jump start anything! :)
I still crave ice all of the time.
I can't eat much at a time because there isn't room.
I'm emotional and low on patience.
Weight Gain: I have gained 29 pounds so far.
What's Going On These Last Two Weeks: I'm working more days @ home than in the office.
Trying to keep things done @ home so I'm "ready" for this event any given day...

Friday, September 25, 2015

Preparing for our baby girl

Even the 2nd time around, I still feel like I don't know what I need to get ready for a new baby in our home!  Everything we did in preparing for Chase feels like SO LONG ago!

I'm enjoying all of the cute little pink gifts that have come our way.  
It will be so fun to dress up a little mini me -  of course until she has an opinion about all of that! :)
My Aunt found us a DEAL with this double stroller for only $20!  You can hardly tell it's ever been used and I know I will be so thankful for something that will keep both kids contained and together! 
The company I work for had a diaper shower for me this time around.
Oh my goodness, how thankful we are!  We have so many diapers - ranging up to size 3! 
We have the nursery pretty well finished up, bags packed and car seat installed.  Things are progressing!

We have a 1st name picked out - which I am in love with! just settle on a middle name for her.  It's funny how the 2nd time around everything is happening closer to our due date instead of months in advance like it did with Chase! :) 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Holiday World // Santa Claus, Indiana

Recently we took a Monday off work and headed down to Santa Claus, Indiana to enjoy a day at Holiday World with our friends.  We stayed the night at Santa's lodge... which is just kind of weird to experience in the hot summer.
When Chase saw Santa Claus he exclaimed, "Superman!" 
That boy is so confused :)
Keeping up with Chase at a water park didn't leave a lot of time for picture taking.  It was very hot so we only took advantage of this part of the park.  It took Chase awhile to go into the water on his own, but once he did, I could hardly keep up with him!

A couple of times he would try to walk up the water slides and the lifeguards would blow their whistles at him :)  I would have to jump on the slide and scoop him up so he wasn't blocking the slide for other kids.  I'm SURE that was a site to see! :)  The highlight of my day was floating along the lazy river... I think the reason is obvious at this point! lol

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Wrigley Field kind of day!

When the owners of your company are CUBS fans
...they charter a bus, close the company for the day and take everyone to Chicago!
My boss said, "Even if you aren't a Cubs fan, everyone should experience Wrigley Field!" :)
We enjoyed lunch @ Goose Island and a beautiful day in the city.
...and the Cubs even won! ;)
I am so thankful to work for a company where our bosses interact with us and enjoy doing fun things for us!  These people are seriously an extension of my family...some of them I have worked with for 13 years and I feel blessed to be here!

Thank you for a fun day out of the office!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

State Fair

Indiana State Fair 2015

We look forward to the State Fair each year!  We each have our food items that we have to get and now that we have Chase, we have animal barns and rides that are important to visit as well.
 This year we went on a particularly hot day.  
We only lasted about 2 hours, but still enjoyed the family time!
Let's be real, I could hardly walk after 2 hours anyhow : / 
The fair is just another reason I love the month of August... 
I'm pretty sure the state of Indiana scheduled it during my birthday month just to make me feel special! :)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

August was MY month to celebrate!

...back to my birthday month, my friends & family made me feel so special over my birthday!  
From having stuff delivered to my office (which I love) to taking me out for meals - I was spoiled!
My birthday was on Friday this year and I always take the day off, so it worked out perfectly...
unnnnttttiiiillll, I was scheduled to attend a conference for work that lasted until 5:45 PM 
on a Friday night! my birthday! :)

Chase stayed home with Nathan on Saturday so I could meet some friends for brunch.  I took advantage of the "alone" time to get my hair done & run errands.  Even grocery shop...I obviously party hard! lol 
Nathan took advantage of his day at home to get out the smoker.  THAT I can't be mad about!  It was about 10:00 that night before the pulled pork was ready for me to taste test, but I enjoyed sitting at the kitchen island while Nathan got it all ready to eat the next day.  Yum!!!
It was the perfect way to start off another year!