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Monday, January 31, 2011

A Whole Lot of Belly

Here are a few serious belly shots.
Yikes!
I am getting anxious, I want to meet my girl Norah!
I hope she is as cute as this girl:

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bayli, come back!!

Bayli was here!!
Don't blink though because she left before we knew it...
Apparently she was in trouble for not doing her chores
so she had to go back home.

Ava knows a little something about getting in trouble.
I have "grounded" her 3 times this week.

First she was grounded from watching movies for 2 days (she had a potty accident on the couch while watching a movie and didn't ever tell us!!) Then she got grounded from going to Out of This World because she threw a fit leaving that place, I am trying to teach her that she needs to not cry as we leave fun places. This grounding won't be too long but I will just act like I was thinking of taking her there but can't for a few days. Lastly she is grounded from juice because she threw the biggest tantrum EVER over wanting juice when I offered her water. That one will last a bit longer. She doesn't need juice.

Do I sound like a mean mommy??


Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Park!

Thursday was a fun day.
We headed out to Sherwood to play with friends.

Cute girls:
I love this one of Katharina & Ava
It was so nice outside we got to go to the park!

Zech is adorable.
Slide!
Swings!
Amelie
Kiss the baby!
Hugs
Girl hugs, yuck!
Perfect day!
Ava has been begging to go to the park.

Friday, January 28, 2011

39 weeks down, 1 to go...


One week to go.

How are things different this time?

With Ava I was dying of anxiousness, I needed her out, not just by her due date but WAY before then. I couldn't wait to hold that little baby. To see with my own eyes that she was OK.

To some extent I feel those same emotions. But it is totally different. I am a realist so I KNOW that Norah is easier on the inside : ) I know that each day she hangs out in there she is growing stronger & healthier. Her nervous system is developing more and she will be calmer and sleep better. Her heart will have a better chance of being totally ready to do it's job. Her immunity will be stronger. She is where she needs to be right now. Cooking away, getting ready to join our family.

Of course all that being said, today would be a nice day for her to come... : ) If we get near Valentine's Day and she is STILL not here I will be kickin' her out! Just saying...


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jumping with Friends

Yesterday we had a nice play date at Pump It Up Jr.
(Phone shot, not so good!)
Ava had a great time playing with Sammy.
She also found a new friend, Kaitlyn. Ava was cracking me
up with how she took this girls hand and led her everywhere
for the rest of the day. Kaitlyn is older & taller but Ava was
sure she should be the leader. I guess she is practicing for
being a controlling big sister...
It was basically just the 3 girls there so super mellow
and fun. It is such a great place to run & jump off
some energy. These girls were exhausted when all
was said and done.
Perfect!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

More on Lily

Vickie, the lady that adopted Lily sent me the photo I shared recently the day she got home with her. It was really nice of her and such a cute photo:
I was afraid to ask how things were going since but I knew I needed to for my own peace of mind so I emailed her again inquiring about how Lily was doing now that they have had just over a week together.

Here is the email she sent back along with a few more pictures:

She has totally adjusted. She sleeps in bed with us under the covers. She has even touched noses with the horses. She loves going in the car. She even ate a pair of my P.J.'s. She knows she rules the roost here. You are more then welcome to come see her if it helps. She even has more toys then our kids ever had. She has seen the vet and is up to date on everything now. Hoping that in a month she can go ride with me. I just love the way she spazes after a bath. I never leave home without her.

(She is looking a little well fed in this picture!)
Happy Dog!
I am so glad things are working out so well!
You know it is love when she sounds totally OK
with Lily eating her jammies! : )


A New Blog!

My beautiful amazing Sister-in-Law D'Auna just started
a blog! She is pregnant with a little one due in July.
I am so happy for her & my brother, as well as super
excited to have babies growing up together.

Here is the link if you want to check it out:
Life as the Barton's

(Also as always there will be a link on the right
hand side if you want to get to it that way too.)

The cutest couple ever are having a baby!!
We are one super lucky, very blessed family!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Our Little Worry Wart

Not too much going on over here. Just flying through
my to-do list as I wait for little Norah to arrive.

I let Ava help make scrambled eggs (these things are
tough on a control freak like me).
She did pretty good. She was very proud of herself.
Here is what the floor looked like after she ate,
WE MISS LILY! I don't think we realized the
amount of clean up she was saving us : )
I got Norah one of those little assisted sitting chairs for
babies, all the reviews I read said some kids just don't
fit in them, they get stuck. Weird because my 3 year
old fits just fine.
She has claimed the little chair, among everything
else Norah owns, as her own. She is sure Norah would
want to share with her. I just hope that sharing goes
BOTH WAYS!
We went to visit my Sister's friends baby the other
night. I was super impressed at how well Ava did
with him. She is a natural. She is going to make
a great big sister.
Ava has already shown many signs of regression and worry
with this new little one on the way. She is wanting us to "help"
her with everything. She is also been having potty accidents
like crazy. I hope we can get that all under wraps soon.

You can tell it is her fear of change and not knowing what is
coming that is causing these issues. She has even cried over
not being able to see the old blue counter tops in the kitchen
ever again. So clearly she has issues or this is stemming
from some serious worry about what is to come.

She gets that from me, I must be mentally prepared for
everything if I am going to handle it well. Which leads
me to the question, what day is this baby coming???

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Peace

Last Monday our household changed dramatically.
Our beloved dog left with her new owner.

As you may remember, we were ready to let Lily go about
3 weeks ago but ended up having a terrible experience with that.

So back home she came and we have done nothing but spoil
and love her as we embraced the end of our time with her.

We mulled over the original decision and realized that nothing
had changed, we still couldn't offer her as much as someone
else could and we still would be happier with the ease of
guilt that we feel every time we don't do what is in the best
interest of her.

Sunday night I put a new ad up and Monday morning I had
2 emails from Vickie who was dying to come meet Lily.

She lives on a farm with no other dogs, 3 horses and a few
stray cats. She has one grown adult child and was looking for
a lap dog (Lily's dream come true). She said she would get
lots of exercise and be spoiled and loved.

When Vickie arrived Lily went into her normal frantic behavior,
running around the house, tail tucked, yelping and jumping up
and being altogether crazy. I watched Vickie's face to see if this was
deterring her at all, but no, she melting over Lily's "cuteness".

They left happily together and I received an email shortly after
saying she was afraid of the horses but settling in well.

From the moment they drove off together an overwhelming
amount of peace has come over our household.

Peace from knowing you are doing the right thing,
peace from the quiet, the ability to open doors without the
possibility of escape artists, being able to leave snacks out on
the table without having to manage them if you leave the room.
I can throw my jeans on the floor and know they wont get
eaten. I can un-barricade the pantry area in the garage, I can
stop worrying if someone throws a tissue in the garbage that
it will end up under the table chewed into a million pieces. When
we wake up in the morning it is not to whining from a dog that thinks
it needs to get up extra early to eat or that is clicking it's little
claws back to the bedroom because she figured out how to open
the baby gate AGAIN.

The list could go on and on but you get the idea, it is peaceful here.

Yes we do miss Lily but more then missing her we know that
this was the right thing, not just for us, but for her.

Here is a picture of her in her new position of Lap Dog:
With all my heart I hope that Vickie & Lily love each other
like I loved her in the beginning, before kids, when she
could truly be top dog.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Norah's Room

So the nursery has been bugging me for awhile,
it just looks too much like a guest bedroom.

I want it to be comfortable for guests and not feel over
the top baby like but I also want it to look like it is
Norah's room, not a guest bedroom we are keeping a
crib in.

The room itself looks like it was divided down the middle,
half for guests, half for Norah. To make matters worse,
the focal point of the room is the guest side.
Norah's side, no real flow between the two spaces.
So last night after a little shopping I stayed up and
got the room changed just enough to make it work
a little better. It is not done or perfect yet but I think
I accomplished what I was after.
Those are birds perched on branches on the wall
surround by butterflies.
It is sort of hard to make it out in the photo.
I like the "Dream" sign over the bed, balances out
the Norah sign on the other side of the curtains.
I continued the butterflies on the other side of the
room to, it sort of ties it all together.
John doesn't like the butterflies but that's ok,
I saw that coming. The artwork would look too
small for the room without them.

Next I want to find some brown fabric to tie back
the curtains and a butterfly pillow to put in the
middle of the bed.

Again, not perfect but much better!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Visiting Grandpa

Grandpa is hanging in there. He has fallen too many times
so he is not getting around very well anymore but he is almost
always up for a visit. It makes him so happy when we all
come to see him.

Jessica took this picture, she says "You are so cute Grandpa!"
He says, "I used to be much cuter!" he is so funny.

Ava talked him into a ride, he loves that girl.
They are pretty cute together.
She is always hitting him up for chocolate when we
go over, kind of reminds me when I was a kid...
He used to count us out 10 M&M's a piece.

We had a nice lunch, Grandpa, Mom, Jessica, Ava & I.
It is fun to all get to hang out together!
It doesn't just brighten up Grandpa's day,
it brightens up ours too!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Two Peas in a Pod

As I mentioned, Rhi & Tyler ventured out from Newport
to join us for the baby shower, they stayed all weekend &
we had a lovely visit. Rhi is pregnant too so we enjoyed getting
to sit and discuss babies, pregnancy and things to come.

These two make quite the pair!
They require minimal management because they
really get along fabulously!
Ava couldn't be happier to have Tyler there and
he seemed pretty happy about it too.
She taught him to cut vegetables, bet you didn't know you
are supposed to hold the cutting board with your feet...
They cuddled on the floor, taking turns
pretending to sleep.
They laughed together.
We were sad to see them go but so happy they came
to visit! It is wonderful having our kids get along
so well.
I am excited to see how well the next two, who will
be even closer in age will do.

We love the Uppy's & it is so fun getting to watch
our kids form bonds as they grow up together.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Norah's Baby Shower

On Saturday several very awesome people threw a baby shower
for me & Norah.

Here are a few of them:

Linda, Abby & Kim
This is thee Linda, the most awesome Aunt who
recently saved my life.
Jessica, Billy & my Mom were all in on it too.
They are all quite wonderful and make me feel so loved!!

Billy is a wonderful photographer, any really good pictures
in this post, she took.
Pretty food.

Me & my original BFF, Rachel, love her.
Colton, Tiffani & Ava
Lilies
Cousin Jan
Lilee-Belle, Ava & Bethany
Miss Photogenic
Adorable Tyler
Beautiful Rachel
Aside from a ton of awesome people & great food our hosts
even set up a little kid play area. It was a big hit.
Dressing up
In true stubborn princess form.
Rhi & Tyler
There wasn't a really great belly shot in the bunch so
I figured I would include one that was taken today.
I know you people love to make fun of my huge belly : )
(YIKES!!)
A big thank you to all that came to the shower and
to my Sister who is super awesome and put so much time
and detail into making it perfect. It was
so nice to see everyone & celebrate little Norah.
She may not of arrived yet but I can tell that she is
already so very loved.

As we pulled away from Linda's house Ava in a panic says
"Wait! Norah wasn't at the shower!!"

I think she was under the impression she was going to
arrive at the party, I personally think that would of been
a little awkward... : )