April 9, 2018
Our little Elle Evergreen is THREE! Here are a few photos from her special day back in February. It was her request to have a unicorn balloon and pink cupcakes with sprinkles. We started the day with birthday cinnamon roles and a few presents. Then she went to school (and got to wear her "wild and three" shirt with her pink sparkly crown bow). Then after school, we had a fun dinner, cupcakes + candles and opened the rest of her presents. Her favorite presents were her Ariel and Rapunzel bath toys (of course!) and the giant cardboard castle from Didi and Pops. (She's into princesses, can you tell?)
In the second to last photo, you can see her showing us "three" on her fingers - that's how she would do it to get all three fingers up. :)
We love her so much and love watching her grow! Happy Birthday, Elle!
April 8, 2018
We are so excited to be welcoming baby number three into our family in September! This babe will complete our family, and this is my last pregnancy so I'm trying to soak it up, but that has not been easy so far!
I found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks and had a little honeymoon period until week 7 where I felt totally fine. I kept Googling "can you be pregnant and not get sick" because I thought I might be that lucky! I was wrong. :(
I got my usual weird digestion nauseousness right at the start of week 7, and I remembered why being pregnant is NO FUN. I felt super sick all day long. Eating was a challenge. I felt sick when my stomach was empty and then felt sick after I ate. I was a lose/lose situation. I basically tried to sleep my way through the sickness, going to bed at 8pm every night. When I hit 13 weeks, the worst of it went away, thankfully!
If anything, I would say orange juice and bacon got me through those first few weeks. Orange juice would settle my stomach and bacon was the only thing that didn't make me feel bad in the morning.
Now that I'm going on 16 weeks, I still have some digestive issues and still feel terrible if I over eat, but it's not debilitating. I hope that I get completely back to normal soon like I did with my other two pregnancies because I really loved food and stuffing myself full during those pregnancies and would love to do the same this time! :)
My cravings have been SO WEIRD this time around. Pineapple juice, orange juice, pickles, pickle juice, canned peaches and vanilla Snackwells cookies have been my go-tos. I also have had a major aversion to water. I can stomach it if it's cold, but really, I'd rather not drink it. In past pregnancies, I've had a food aversion to vegetables, but that didn't happen this time, so that's good! I was able to make healthier choices than I have in past pregnancies (but that doesn't mean I didn't indulge in plenty of treats, too!).
In addition to first trimester symptoms, I also have some really annoying general pregnancy symptoms that'll probably stay with me the whole time: stuffy nose and tons of spit in my mouth. I had the stuffy nose with my other pregnancies but never the spit thing - it's terrible! I deal with it by sipping on liquids constantly, but it's really gross and my mouth feels gross 100% of the time and I so can't wait for that part to be over.
I've pretty much been wearing maternity clothes since I was 7 weeks pregnant. My digestive issues made me super bloated, so much that my regular clothes just were not comfortable, so I pulled out the box of maternity clothes right away. At almost 16 weeks, I just bought some maternity shorts in preparation for this hot El Paso summer.
I still haven't felt the baby move, but I'm so excited to. That's my favorite part and the thing that makes being pregnant the most fun!
We found out the gender of this baby super early because we had some genetic testing done. I found out over the phone that baby was a boy - and I was SHOCKED! It's a good thing I had a couple days to sit with it on my own before telling the world, because I needed those days to get used to the idea! Since I found out first, I planned a gender reveal for Jon and the girls - a giant balloon that they popped and blue confetti and balloons came out. Watch the video here! Now that I'm mostly over the shock, I'm so excited for a little boy to join our family! I can't wait to see what he's like! (And I'm already having a blast shopping for all new baby boy stuff!) :) We'll have our anatomy scan at 20 weeks to 100% confirm that baby is in fact, a boy!
Stay tuned for more updates!
February 4, 2018
Wren turned five in November - can you believe it?!
On the morning of her birthday, she woke up to cinnamon rolls, balloons and streamers, and she got to open one present before school. Then she got ready in her birthday shirt and headband and went to school for the day. It just so happened that Rowan was flying in on Wren's birthday because we were all leaving the next day to head to Colorado for Thanksgiving, so Jon picked up Rowan at the airport and we all met up at home for dinner and cake and more presents. It was a super fun day!
Wren is 5 years old now, and I am convinced that she is the silliest, sweetest, smartest, most helpful little five year old in all the world! :)
Her favorite things right now are:
Art + Coloring + Crafts - This is still Wren's #1 favorite thing to do! She loves to color, draw, paint, cut paper and do any kind of crafting. As I type this, she's making homemade valentine cards for family and friends. She has her little table that always has crayons, pencils, scissors, paper and coloring books and when she gets quiet, it's usually because she's sat down to be creative.
Princesses + Ballerinas - She loves all things princesses and ballerinas, and she still loves to dress up as either when we are home. For Christmas, she got some ballerina leotards, tutus and ballerina shoes, so that's now a favorite outfit to dress up in. She still says she wants to be a princess when she grows up, even though we've explained that's not really a job. After we saw Disney on Ice, she said she wanted to be a princess from Disney on Ice, so we told her she'd have to learn how to ice skate. :)
Mom/Date Date Nights - Jon and I started this year taking each girl on a 1x1 date night once a month. The first month, Jon took Wren and I took Elle. Wren LOVED it. She talked about it nonstop before, and on date day, she was too excited to take a nap. Jon took her up the El Paso tramway to the top of the mountain, then out for burgers, then to an arcade. She had a blast and now she's already planning my date night with her.
Painting Nails - It's not often that I paint the girls' nails, but when I do, Wren loves it. The last time I did it, she said she felt like a mommy because her nails were painted. :)
Wearing Dresses - Wren would wear a dress everyday - even in freezing cold weather - if we let her. I have to explain in the winter that we're not going to be wearing dresses all the time. In the summer, I buy her so many dresses so she can wear one everyday.
Singing + Dancing - Wren knows the words to so many songs on the radio, and she loves to sing the songs she knows as loud as she can. She gets really into it - almost like she's acting the song out - it's hilarious to watch. We got her a karaoke machine for Christmas, so now she can sing into a microphone, which is very cute but very LOUD.
Throwing Parties - Wren loves to socialize! She loves when we have parties or when we get invited to parties. Recently, she's started throwing her own parties at home in either Elle's room or her room. She'll put on the radio (on her karaoke machine), get out her play food (hot chocolate for everyone!) and give us invitations to come. Then we go and dance like crazy people, stopping for fake food breaks.
Watching Movies/TV + Snuggling - She loves to snuggle up together on the couch to watch TV shows or movies. We don't do it often, but when we do, she loves it. Recently we watched "A Dog's Purpose" together as a family and it was the first movie that's ever made her cry - so sweet!
We love her so much - everyday more than the last! Always so happy that she is in our life and we get to watch her grow!
January 27, 2018
Elle turns three in two weeks! She's a sassy, sweet, snuggly, feisty little bunny. She simultaneously drives us crazy and cracks us up. We love watching her grow! Here's a little update on what she's loving, what she's doing and all of that...
Her "mimi" - Her mimi is still a very important part of her life. She sleeps with it, holds it in her carseat and sucks on it when she's upset. Her daycare teachers want to phase out her mimi - we just say goooood luck! ;)
Arguing - Elle LOVES to argue right now. Everything is an argument and it's really frustrating. We tell her to stop throwing the toy, she says "I not throwing it." And she'll go back and forth until we say, "Stop arguing!" Oh, those #threenagers.
The Color Pink - If you ask her what her favorite color is, she'll say pink. She always chooses the pink option if there is one, and she always wants to wear a pink bow in her hair everyday.
Music - Elle loves listening to good music in the car and she dances and sings really cute. She knows a lot of lyrics, and even if she doesn't know them, she kind of moans/hums to the songs anyway. Her favorite song is Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling," but she calls it "Sunshine in my Pocket."
Food - She still loves her food and will eat anytime anyone else is eating. Sometimes she eats breakfast at home and then gets to school and eats breakfast again. Every morning, she asks for cereal. She still loves apple sauce and yogurt pouches. She loves grapes, apples, bananas. She still loves scrambled eggs or boiled eggs. She doesn't eat her veggies as easily as Wren does, but she will eat them for a dessert after dinner, even if the dessert is something healthy like fruit. If you ask her where she wants to eat, she'll usually say Five Guys or Chipotle.
Her Elsa Dress - Both of the girls love dressing up, and they are in princess dresses 90% of the time that we are at home. Elle got an Elsa dress for Christmas this year, and it's her favorite. It's pretty much the only thing she dresses up in now. It had a long cape on the back of it, but it ripped off after a few days from her stepping on it. The dress has holes and gems that have fallen off, but it's still her fave! She loves to throw the sides out while she spins around and tell everyone to watch her.
Airplanes - When we first moved to El Paso, we stayed in a hotel right by the airport so we saw so many planes taking off and landing. Elle loves spotting them in the sky! If they are far away, she says it's a small one. If it's landing or taking off and still close to the ground, she says it's a BIG one. So cute!
Pooping In The Potty - We started real potty training with Elle just one week ago. She's been using the potty off and on for about a year, but we hadn't gotten serious about it. Now that her teachers want to move her up a class, they've gotten serious, so she wears undies at school all day and she's getting the hang of it slowly. She has got pooping down (crazy that she got that down before peeing), but now she loves pooping so much that every single time she sees a toilet, she wants to poop in it. Haha!! It drives me crazy! Needless to say, I'm spending a lot of time in bathroom stalls with her these days.
Snuggling - Elle is very snuggly and still loves to be held. She follows us around and says "Pick me uppppp!" She crawls in our bed every morning, climbs over me so that she's between us and snuggles in. We think her love language may be physical touch, because she loves to be held, hold hands, have her hair played with and more. She's a sweety!
Being Funny - Elle is definitely the class clown of our family, and she knows it! She loves being silly, making funny voices and doing anything that makes us laugh. She also has a great laugh and loves laughing at herself. I can't wait to see her sense of humor develop! I know she's going to be a ton of fun!
Elle used to be a very good sleeper, but she's gone through a bit of a sleep regression since we moved to El Paso. When we first moved into our new house, she was waking up 3 to 4 times a night, which was terrible, for both of us! Now she usually wakes up at least once, usually close to the morning, but still not time to get up. I take her back to bed, tuck her in, and she'll usually sleep a few more hours. We bought her an alarm clock that turns green when it's time for her to get out of bed, but she doesn't even pay attention to it - ha!
In addition to the alarm clock, we also got a humidifier for her room and an essential oil diffuser. We are pulling out all the stops for some good solid sleep! She does still take a nap everyday, and she still loves her naps. She has to have one if she's going to be happy come 5pm.
Elle is talking so much these days and knows so many words! Her voice is the cutest and I love to hear her sentences. She calls Wren "when" and she calls me and Jon "mom" and "dad" a lot, which is hilarious. If you say anything about poop or butts or even the word "body," she says "Ewww, gross! That disgusting!" Instead of peek-a-boo, she says "peep-a-boo." She sings eeny-meeny-miny-mo and says "catch you by a tiger toe." It is all the cutest!!
Elle's personality is a very fierce one. She is so silly and funny and sweet and snuggly. She is also cranky and sassy and rude and mean. She never ever listens to direction. She does what she wants when she wants to do it and how she wants to do it. She laughs easily and often. She is fearless and will try anything. Even though she doesn't always play nicely with Wren, she doesn't like time alone - she always likes to be around us. I took her on a date night with just me and her, and she kept saying how much she missed Wren and Daddy. She would sleep fantastic every night if Jon and I let her sleep in our bed, snuggled tight between us. She is determined and likes doing things by herself - she does not like asking for help! She's really fun to be around and already such a cool chick - I'm sure she'll grow up to be the life of every party. :)
I am so curious to see how her personality changes as she grows. Fingers crossed she starts listening at least a little better as she gets older. ;)