Round two

For some reason when I originally posted this, the pictures were showing up sideways on mobile devices, but not on the computer, I’m hoping I fixed it. Sorry!

Life has been pretty busy these days.  It’s that time of year when everyone wants family photos done for their Christmas cards, so my weekends have been filled with photo shoots. Then my week nights are spent at my computer editing the pictures.  Soon I will get my favorite ones up here to share with you.  But before I post about anything else, there is something that I need to share…we are adding another baby to our family!  Yep, we did it again and we are pregnant.  We had one of our frozen embryos transferred in August and baby is due on May 3rd.  I love that date since my grandma’s birthday is May 2nd and my mom’s birthday is May 4th, so it is right inbetween 2 of my favorite women.  However, Jacob was 12 days early, so I am pretty confident this baby will be coming sometime in the end of April.  Who knows…my birthday is 13 days before May 3rd, we could share a birthday, or Justin’s dad’s birthday is April 29th. Anybody want to make any bets??

So far this pregnancy has been really different than last time.  When I was pregnant with Jacob I had very little nausea and it only lasted for a week.  The only “problem” I had was the extreme exhaustion during the first trimester.  Other than that, my pregnancy was a breeze and I loved every minute of it.  This time around I spent the entire first trimester battling some pretty bad nausea ontop of the exhaustion (and throw in the added job of taking care of an almost 2 year old).  I spent many days laying on the floor in Jacob’s room half asleep pointing out toys for him to play with.  I also got sick with a cold twice during that time which was not fun…It was a rough first trimester, but I have turned a corner, the nausea is gone and I am feeling more energized.  My appetite is back which is good since I lost 3 pounds during my first trimester.  Because this pregnancy is so different Justin was convinced we were having a girl.  I didn’t have any strong feeling either way and would be happy with either a girl or a boy.  A few weeks ago we had an ultrasound which brings me to the second half of this announcement…that we are having another BOY!!  I am really excited about that, I love the idea of two brothers running around playing together and terrorizing everything in their path.  I think deep down I was secretly hoping it was going to be another boy.  Somebody remind me of that one day when I am frustrated with the constant messes they make and all their rambunctiousness!

I am having problems with my scanner communicating with my computer, it is a problem I’ve had for quite a while now, and somehow fixing it never makes it to the top of my priority to do list.  So instead of a nice scanned ultrasound picture, I have for you a picture of a picture. He was very active during this ultrasound and kept jumping on my bladder which was fun after drinking the required 24oz of water before the ultrasound.

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Another big difference with this pregnancy is remembering that I am pregnant.  I am so busy with Jacob and everything else in life that I often times forget.  I know what is coming and I know why my body is doing the things it’s doing, but the full reality of it has not hit me and it may not, until I am holding my sweet boy in my arms.  One day I will get the full story on our journey through the second baby project posted.  In the meantime here’s my 16 week belly.

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Scooby Doo

We’ve always loved celebrating all the different holidays throughout the year. However, there are some holidays that are so much better when kids are involved.  Seeing their excitement and anticipation through their eyes makes all the effort so worth it.  This year Jacob was old enough to participate in the Halloween festivities!  First up was carving a pumpkin.  He knew exactly what a pumpkin was since we have been to so many pumpkin patches and he sees them every time we go into the grocery store, so he wasn’t fazed when we actually bought one instead of passing by them.

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But when we cut it open, he wasn’t quite sure what to think about all this…

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Once we got him standing up so he could see down the pumpkin, he put his hand in to help clean it out.

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I don’t think he was a fan of how it felt

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Of course the part he loved was using the knives to carve the face

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He really got into it

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And our furry baby joined in on the fun, guarding the pumpkin table from any witches or goblins that may be passing by.

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Since Jacob has a passion for dogs, we thought Scooby Doo would be a fun costume for him.  I was a bit nervous that he wouldn’t wear it because he still doesn’t like things on his head, but he has been getting better about wearing hats so I had hope.  When we got the costume I hung it up in his room and every single day he would look at it and say Doggie!! He got very familiar with it so that evening when it started getting dark we put his costume on and lit up the pumpkin. And if you think he looks like a chipmunk instead of Scooby Doo…it’s the cookies we were using to bribe him to stay still for the camera.

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He was really interested in the candle that was making the pumpkin glow

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Two days before Halloween the shopping center by our house put on a Halloween festival and we went down there to trick or treat through all the stores.  They had a live band playing and we enjoyed the music and watched all the kids running around everywhere.  On Halloween I took Jacob to my old office to see everyone’s costumes and then we went to Justin’s office for a Halloween potluck lunch.  Our friends had a Halloween party that we went to on Saturday night, there is where Scooby Doo found his friends Shaggy and Daphne.

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It was a fun Halloween and I am looking forward to all the Halloweens to come!

Horsin’ Around

Every year when we go to Oregon, we always spend one afternoon setting up some props for a fun little photo shoot.  You can see what we’ve done in the past (2012, 2013).  This year was no different, although it was more challenging to get an almost 2 year old to sit still and smile for the camera.  But we did it!  IMG_0264ed IMG_0260ed IMG_0270ed IMG_0282edIMG_0296ed IMG_0295edThen the boys saddled up the horses to move the neighbors cow back into the neighbors field and we spent the rest of the afternoon horsin’ around the ranch. Justin and my mom gave Jake his first horse ride on my mom’s horse, Checkers.  I would love to say that this next batch of pictures is because I think our son is just adorable (which I do)…but in reality they are just pure comedy because Checkers can’t take a decent photo to save his life, you’ll see what I mean. This first one is actually one of the best pictures I’ve seen of Checkers, he looks like a model horse.

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But then he does this…IMG_0311edIMG_0314ed IMG_0316ed IMG_0323edThen we get another decent one…

IMG_0318edLike I said in the first Oregon post, Jake loves his cowboy boots and wore them all day, everyday, even while waiting for his bath to be drawn and saying goodnight to the cows out in the fields.

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That’s my Southern California beach boy, look at that white booty!

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It was another fun trip!  On the way home we had a 30 minute layover in LAX and our flight was late leaving Eugene, so we missed our connecting flight, by just minutes…which turned an easy 30 minute layover into a 2 hour layover to get the next flight.  But our little guy is such a great traveler and I’ve learned that an easy way to distract him are lots and lots and lots of stickers.

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