Mar 22, 2010

I rarely like to post without darling little pictures of miss Isabelle or the latest happenings in our life, but decided I'm well over due to give you all a little up date. So here goes...

Isabelle is still sick. We had about a week of her being healthy and then it all started back up again last Monday evening. We picked her up from daycare and noticed she had goopy green eyes. She has had this one other time as an infant so I was not worried - it's just another symptom of a cold, but when she woke up Tuesday morning her eyes were very puffy so it was time to take her into the doctor again. Her ears are not worse, but still not better from the week before and her eyes looked a bit red to the doc so he put her on eye drops. Three drops in each eye, three times a day, for 7-10 days! Three times a day. Are you kidding me? Do you know how difficult and sad it is to put eye drops in a toddler’s eyes? Well, they cleared up within 24 hours and tomorrow is our last day of drops and we survived. I’ve been without a voice for a few days now and can’t wait for all of us to be healthy again.

Baby #2 is doing great! I’ve just recently started to feel little movements here and there and can’t wait for them to get more consistent and stronger. I had a checkup last Tuesday and the heart rate was 136 – much lower than Isabelle’s ever was. We have our second ultrasound April 8th! Paul informed me this morning that it is only 17 days away. We will find out the gender and can hardly wait. Any guesses on gender this time?

Our house is still on the market. We had an offer last week and have been counter offering back and forth. We aren’t too hopeful about this offer, but are okay with it. The house will remain on the market until mid-April and if it doesn’t sell by then we’ll reevaluate the situation. We’re both content either way. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of a new home, but honestly our current one is just fine and I won’t be too heartbroken if we just end up waiting a few more years.

Well, that’s all for now my friends. I promise I’ll make an attempt to download and edit some pictures this week to share. Happy Monday to you all!

Mar 9, 2010

18 months!

Isabelle is actually almost 19 months old now, but we couldn't get her into the pediatrician until yesterday for her 18 month well-child checkup. Her appointment went great! She was so brave and did not cry one bit... even during the shot! She is growing perfectly and now weighs 23 lbs. (40%) and is 32 inches long (50%). There's usually some point in the checkup where she gets nervous, cries, and struggles with the doctor (usually the ears and throat), but this time she sat on my lap and let the doctor look in her ears and said "Ahhhh" so the doctor didn't have to shove the popsicle stick thing down her throat to get a look. To our surprise Izzy is at the tail-end of a double ear infection! Poor thing! This explains why she hasn't completely been herself for the past couple of weeks. She was still sleeping fine during the night and was just a little extra clingy and fussy -- nothing to cause concern to take her in for a checkup though. Since the infection is clearing up on its own she doesn't need an antibiotic. Her ears are still plugged so she might be having a hard time hearing us. For being such a brave girl Isabelle got two stickers and she wore them proudly on her coat back to school that afternoon. :)

At 18 months Isabelle...

... can jump off both feet.

... no longer takes a bottle although occasionally asks for one so we have to remind her she's a big girl now. (I have to admit it's probably harder on me than her. I loved our snuggle time during her bottle before bed.)

... can say her full name and it is so darn cute! (I-th-a-bell Na-nett Wee : translate Isabelle Jeanette Weed)

... loves walking on her tippy toes -- she's our little ballerina! I'll have to get either a video or pictures to share because it really is super cute. She tiptoes around the house all the time.

... loves her new baby cousin, Dane. Whenever she sees a picture of a baby she says, "Dane!" and kisses at the picture. She strokes his soft head and kisses him over and over. I know just know she is going to be a great big sister!

... is doing really well with potty training. If we can get her to start telling her teachers she needs to go potty at school, I think she'd be out of diapers in no time! Most weekends she will go all day with only one-two accidents. She's getting close!

... and Dillon are still very best friends. Our families have been trading off being sick lately so we haven't spent as much time together as usual, but when we do get together they both get extremely excited to see each other and love to go off and play alone.

... loves her baby dolls and they have really started to become one of her favorite toys. She wraps them up in her blankie and carries them everywhere while pretending to feed them and pats and rocks them to sleep. Her bath time baby goes everywhere with her (she usually remains in the car while we run into the store and while Izzy is at school).

... still loves to read as much as ever! She knows most of the words to the majority of her books. Her favorite book is her Nursery Rhymes book.

... is a talking machine as you saw in this post.

... is still a great eater and loves a variety of foods.

... loves to color and amazes us at how she holds her crayons and pens correctly most of the time.
... is the sweetest most adorable little girl! -- no bias here or anything... ;) Every night after she's down and we're laying in bed Paul and I sit and talk about how we can't believe how perfect she is. It's hard to believe we were able to create such a precious little girl.

Mar 8, 2010

Baby #2 Update

I love being pregnant! I really, truly do! I can’t wait until my belly starts to form and I can feel this little miracle that is growing inside of me wiggle and move… it won’t be long now. I’m 15 weeks already! Isn’t that hard to believe? I tell you, this pregnancy is flying by. I know the end of August is going to be here before we know it. I can’t wait to meet this little peanut, but at the same time I can. I’m not ready quite yet. Our house is still for sale which makes our living situation still unknown at this point and time (will we build, will we buy, will we have a house to move into before the baby???), I do not at all feel organized as of late, and feel like I have so much to do in such a little amount of time! But I can relax knowing it will all work out – it always does. I have to put my trust in the Lord that everything will happen in his timing.

I’ve also been extremely fortunate that this is my second pregnancy with minimal to no morning sickness. I’ve had a few spells here and there where I get the chills and all clammy. Actually, I had one this morning… I was doing my makeup and felt just fine and dandy then all of a sudden it came over me. I started breathing hard and swallowing over and over while sitting on the bed. It finally passed after a few long minutes and I was able to finish getting ready and on my way. I hate that feeling though! I can’t imagine what some women go through with the constant nausea. Might change my mind about how much I love being pregnant.

As for food cravings/aversions, most the time nothing sounds that great to me. I have a hard time deciding what to eat for each meal. I’ve been sticking to a healthier diet than I was at first. For a few weeks there all that sounded good to me was sweets. My body was not happy with me and I know it’s not good for the baby so I’m trying to keep my sweet intake to a minimum. For breakfast I have a yogurt and a Fiber One granola bar; for lunch I eat a Lean Cuisine or salad, a fruit, a vegetable and crackers; and for dinner whatever I feel up to cooking, but honestly nothing sounds good most nights except for my enchiladas so we have those about once a week. Within the last couple of weeks though this healthy eating is not satisfying me. I’m sticking to it, but this baby is telling me it wants a big juicy hamburger and fries with delicious tartar sauce… Steer Inn, watch out! Thank heavens the closest one is Spokane and we don’t have a Zip’s here in Pullman either. Those two have sounded so good to me lately. I honestly feel like I could eat this every day until August and be happy as a peach – a 200 lb. peach mind you! I’m trying to fight off the urge, but truthfully next weekend if I’m up north you know where I’m stopping for dinner! :)

My next checkup is on Wednesday. I’ll let you all know how it goes!

Mar 7, 2010

Chatterbox!

In the past couple of months Isabelle's vocabulary has really taken off! It's just adorable to see the new things she picks up on each day. For instance, this morning she said, "I be silly" after I told her she's a silly girl. Too funny!

Recently her most favorite things to say are:

I love you, TOO!

How are you?

I'm a big girl!

No.

Thank you.

More, more, more!

Need help!

She can count to ten, but almost always skips 6 and 8.

She is recognizing her colors and when we ask her what color something is she can tell us.

Can say all of the words in her ABC books and is even starting to learn her ABC's which consists of a, b, c, f, l, m, o, s, t, y, z.

I've tried to capture a video of her saying everything, but have not been successful at getting a good one. This is the best I was able to get the other night before she just started saying NO to everything I asked her to say. (You'll also notice her voice is a little horse... still fighting the darn cold!)

video

And here's when the no's kicked in...

video

Mar 4, 2010

Another winter full of the sniffles for little miss Izzy.




Remember this from last year? Well, I was hoping that since it has been such a mild winter this year that the cold/flu season would skip right past us, but the past two months have proven me wrong! Izzy has had an on going cold that (if she's lucky) she gets a week break from and then it's back. A few weekends ago it started again with a runny nose and ended with a fever, cough, and a baby who is not sleeping very well. I sure hope people are right when they say she'll have an amazing immune system by the time she's in elementary school. Poor little thing! Luckily, she's a trooper and her fever has been at bay for a couple weeks now, but she's still holding onto this horrible cough. She's been quite clingy and fussy this past week as well, but my guess is that it's due to her two-year molars trying to pop through. I'm looking forward to her 18 month well-child checkup on March 8th. I can't wait to see how much she's grown!

Mar 2, 2010

Heidi Visits!

Two weekends ago one of my dearest most amazing friends, Heidi, came to Pullman to visit. It was a much needed weekend with one of my best girlfriends. We met in college freshman year and have been through thick and thin together. It's always a blast to get together and reminisce about the good ol' days! :)
Heidi flew into Spokane Friday night and as we were on our way home we decided to stop at a gas station to use the ladies room. After a quick stop, we were on our way down to Pullman. About a half hour into driving and having no idea where we were (due to giggling and chatting away) a ding goes off and my gas light come on! We are in the middle of NOWHERE! We were to the point that the lights of Spokane were nowhere in sight and miles and miles of hills were in the other direction. I slow down trying to recall where exactly we're at. Would it be better to keep going or to turn around and head back towards civilization? I decide to turn around (thankfully) and four miles back we hit Spangle -- the only tiny little town between Spokane and another 70 miles before a gas station. We were so ecstatic when we saw the lights. It was definitely something to laugh about.

So after making it safe and sound to Pullman we headed over to my girlfriend's house for some Bunco. I was so excited to introduce Heidi to all my friends in Pullman. They loved her (of course) and even said they wished she lived in Pullman so she could join our Bunco group. The following day we took a nice walk down to Starbucks for coffee. It was wonderful to catch up and spend some much needed time together. I can't wait until she is able to come back to visit again soon, but next I hope to sneak away for a weekend to go visit her.

Thanks again for coming to visit Heids! It was so wonderful to have you all to myself for a weekend! I love you and couldn't ask for a better friend.


Auntie Heidi came bearing gifts! Clothes that Izzy loved!

(These are at 11:00 p.m. -- Izzy had to wait up for us.) Silly girl!

Isabelle had to show Heidi her bubble bath.

And Heid even got to meet Dane!

I have to say, I'm bummed we didn't get a picture together. What were we thinking?! ;)

Mar 1, 2010

We ARE alive!

Yes, it's true... we haven't fallen off the face of the earth! We are alive and doing very well actually! I've had every intention to post some new pictures and family updates, but I tell ya, I just don't know where the time has been going these days. Each week has been fast and furious and the weekends even more so. We are staying extremely busy and loving every minute of it. I have lots I'd like to update you all on, but for now I just wanted to say hi! Don't give up on me, I promise I'll get back to posting regularly real soon. Hope you all are doing well and enjoying this beautiful "winter" we've been having (at least in Washington).

Many blessings to you all!