Sunday, December 23, 2012

Baby Kade's Birth Story...

Just 10 days old
(Thank you Annie Pinegar for taking such amazing pics of my baby!!!)

It all began around 4:15 am on Monday November 12...

I got up to go to the bathroom for the 100th time that night.  While going to the bathroom I felt a little pop.  My water had finally broke!!!  I was grateful to be on the toilet.  It was a rather large amount of water...and it just kept coming.  (If that was too graphic you may not want to continue reading).  

I yelled to Nate that I was pretty sure my water broke.  He was still asleep and way out of it.  He later said that when he first heard me he thought I said the water pipes were broken.  He was then frustrated that our home warranty had just run out and we would have to buy a new water pump:)  

Once he figured out what I was really talking about he asked me how I knew if it was my water.  Apparently the fact that a gallon of water had just come out of me wasn't a good enough clue:)  His next asked what it looked like...he was in serious denial.  I got up to check out what it looked like so I could tell him and more water started gushing.  I decided I better stay put for the next few minutes.  

At this point I started freaking out just a little.  It was 4am and we didn't have anyone to watch the girls yet and my bags were not packed.  Baby boy came a few days before we had anticipated (not complaining:). 

Luckily we have awesome friends and family.  Karalynne responded to a text message within minutes and was at our house within the hour.  Nate's mom responded to the text just as quickly, bought a plane ticket and was in Ohio by 4pm.  Later I found out that another friend watched my girls while Karalynne went to her doctor appointment and another friend picked Nate's mom up from the airport.  

I got to the hospital before contractions were too painful and decided I wanted to wait awhile before getting an epidural.  I was still not very dilated and I didn't want to be stuck in bed all day.   
One of my many potty trips.
My belly in all its glory:)

Once the contractions started kicking in I stayed in bed for the most part.  I was told that I needed to either get an epidural at this point or wait another couple hours because the nurse anesthetist would be in a few c-sections.  I opted to wait, but soon started freaking out (for the second time).  Contractions were getting painful and were happening every 1-2 minutes.  I wasn't sure I could wait it out a couple hours.  But I still wasn't ready for the meds.  So I opted to wait.  About 20 minutes later I had a small breakdown and told Nate I was scared I made the wrong decision.  He and the my nurse were good to assure me that they would help me through it.  The doc came in a little later and told me I should at least get the epidural placed and that way medicine could be pushed at anytime.  I didn't even know this was an option but it sounded good to me.  The nurse anesthetist came in shortly after, placed the needle and then talked me into having a test dose.  It was suppose to just numb me a little and then start to wear off.  I was in enough pain at this point I was okay with that.  Unfortunately it numbed me a lot.  I couldn't feel a dang thing anymore.  My contractions slowed down and became irregular.  So I asked them to turn the meds off.  My left side of my body stayed pretty numb for awhile but I was able to get feeling back in my right side pretty quickly.

We are having loads of fun at this point:)

Once I got to an 8 I decided I wanted the drip turned back on.  Again I was told this would just numb me a little.  Nurse anesthetist didn't think the drip would do much at this point so he blasted me with a full dose (Seriously not a fan of him at this point).  Soon after this I was fully dilated and ready to push.  We had to wait for the doctor to get there so my nurse made me keep my legs closed.  She was scared she was going to deliver this baby.  

It came time to push and I was so numb I couldn't feel anything.  Baby's heart rate was starting to plummet so I was placed on oxygen.  Since I was so numb I couldn't push effectively at all. After trying to push a couple times baby wasn't doing well so doc had to pull out the forceps.  I was so frustrated knowing my baby was in trouble and I couldn't do anything to help out.  

Luckily the doc did an awesome job and had baby out quickly.  He was born at 1:03pm.  (9 hours from beginning to end)  Babe was super purple though so I didn't get to hold him.  The nurses took him away to work on him.  Nate followed baby while I delivered the placenta and got stitched up.  I kept looking at Nate to see if all was okay.  When he couldn't give me an answer I started crying.  

Soon things improved and after getting baby weighed I finally got a chance to hold him.  I was so grateful to be holding my precious baby boy.  He was pretty beat up and still a little purple but to me he was perfect.  
 7lbs 11oz   20.5 inches
 (I think he looks just like his sisters did).

It took us a few days to name him (not surprising).  We had it down to 3 names and Nate told me I could pick whatever I wanted from the three names.  I took full advantage of having free reign and he was soon named Kade Jackson Rencher.  I love my baby Kade!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Baby Kade...

I suppose I should have known better than to commit myself to doing daily blog entry the whole month of November when I was super prego, knowing I would be having the babe half way through the month.  Truly I have much to be thankful for but you are just going to have to trust me on that one because I will not be finishing my thankful posts:)
But I will introduce you to the newest love of my life.  Our sweet baby Kade is too precious for words.  I feel like the luckiest mom every time I hold him.  I can't get enough of him! Even if I am super sleep deprived:)
 We  named our little guy Kade Jackson Rencher.  Kade was my number one pick and Jackson was Nate's so we compromised by using both.  Kade was born on November 12 and 1:03 pm.  He weighed 7 lbs 11 oz and was 20.5 inches long. 
So far everyone in our house is a fan of the new addition.  Cambri loves holding him and smothering him in kisses.  If Kade cries when she is holding him she yells at the top of her lungs, "Mom the baby is crying!"  Sadie isn't as interested in Kade but occassionally says he is so cute.  When he cries she will say, "He wants me!"

Nate is loving that he has another buddy in the house.  They have bonded by taking many naps together and watching football.

I am completely smitten by my baby boy.  There is something so magical about holding him.  I can easily forget about the dirty dishes or laundry pile that is taking over my house just by cuddling him.  Pretty sure I could stare at him ALL DAY LONG.
 I have been spoiled with lots of help from family and friends which has allowed me time to just enjoy these first few precious weeks with Kade.  Both my mother-in-law and sister-in-law Janelle stepped in and did all my mommy duties for almost two weeks between the two of them.  I didn't have to get out of bed until 9 or 10 for the first two weeks after coming home from the hospital.  I can't even begin to express how much I appreciate them.  I miss them already.  Cambri does too.  As we walked out of Target the other day she said to me, "I wish Grandma could come back so she could buy us toys and you could stay home and take care of baby Kade."
(Maybe not the best picture of all of us but it is the only one I have with me and the kids)
When I really think about the fact that I am now in charge of three kids it kind of overwhelms me:).  So far we are doing well but I don't have any obligations and we often don't go anywhere all day.  The few times I have taken all three of them out by myself it takes forever to get us ready.  My house needs to be cleaned and the laundry truly is taking over, but I suppose that is okay.  I find myself being much more relaxed with this baby.  I really wish I could have been like this with my first child.  For some reason I was so caught up in being the "perfect" parent that I often forgot to just enjoy the sweet blessing that was mine.
I will get some more posts on here about the whole labor and delivery story and our Thanksgiving celebrations.  But for the moment I better attend to Kade who is now screaming even though .2 seconds ago he was sound asleep.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 5...

Phone calls from home...

I am lucky to have a dad and grandma that check on me often.  It is nice to know that even though there are many many miles between us, it only takes one phone call to make me feel close to home.

Day 4...

Today I am grateful for a healthy body that is able to carry my babies to full term.  I follow a design blog of a girl who had her first baby at 24 weeks.  She is pregnant with her second baby and was put on bedrest in the hospital at 24 weeks.  The hope is to get her to 30 weeks at least.  Obviously even at 30 weeks there will be lots of medical intervention to help the baby develop and thrive.  I can't imagine being in her shoes.

The last month of pregnancy is HARD for me.  My short little body just doesn't have room for my growing little baby.  Everything hurts and I have no energy to give to the rest of my family.  I am truly in survival mode.  Today I was a total grump and had little patience with my girls.  I find myself feeling jealous of people who deliver perfectly healthy babies at 38 weeks.  I would be done with pregnancy and holding my sweet baby boy right now if that were the case for me.

But I can't help but think back to the blog I follow and the struggles that this girl and her family are facing and will be facing in the near future.  I have nothing to complain about!

My body may look absolutely ridiculous right now, and truly there isn't a muscle or joint in my body that doesn't ache, but soon this will all be over and the blessings will far outweigh any struggles it took to get our little boy here. 
 Me at 38 weeks...huge I know.

Day 3...

I consider myself one lucky girl to be married to such an awesome hubby!!!:)

We will be celebrating our 7th anniversary this December.  Holy Moly!  That makes me feel old.  We have experienced so much the last 7 years.  There have been lots of ups and downs, but we have grown closer from it all.

Everyday when I hear the garage door open, announcing that Nate is home from work, it makes my heart so happy.  In fact all his girls love hearing that noise:).  The poor kid can't even breathe for two seconds before we all want his attention and love.  I am so grateful for his willingness to work hard to provide for our family.  I know that I couldn't go through what he does everyday.  For one thing I would not do well having to be to work before 6am.  And I know I wouldn't do well being under the pressure he deals with at work.

Nate is my best friend and I am grateful for the support I feel from him.  His strengths are my weaknesses and we compliment each other well.  At least I think we do...I know I have many quirks that drive him crazy:).  I love that I have a best friend to turn to for anything.

Love you Buddy!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day 2...

 My Sweet Cambri

I know it may seem a little cliche to go through each of my family members while doing this gratitude journal but let's be honest they are my pride and joy.  And I am oh so grateful for each one of them.  So yes tomorrow it won't be a surprise who I blog about. 

Being so close to my due date right now sure has made me think back to when I was pregnant for the first time and waiting to go into labor.  All of my pregnancies have been unique and special in their own way but it is hard to top the feelings I had the first time.  I wish I could go back to those first few days of being a new mom.  Holding Cambri for the first time fulfilled so many of my dreams.

Cambri is so much like me it is scary.  It has made it fun in so many ways, yet very challenging in others.  I know she and I will always be buddies but I think we will have the ability to drive each other crazy as well:)

Yesterday I told Cambri and Sadie that they had to clean up the toys they were playing with before I would get the markers and crayons out for them.  Cambri wasn't too excited about the idea.  After me telling her 5 or 6 times that I wasn't going to get anything else out until the mess was cleaned up she said to me, "I can't clean the whole house!  You're the mom, you do it!"  I just had to laugh at the little stinker.  Cambri's dramatic ways keep us entertained:)

Cambri really is such a good girl.  She likes to keep the rules and loves knowing she has made her mom and dad proud.  I am grateful for her sweet little soul.   

Love you Cam!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

So Grateful!...

I know I am a few days late getting started but I wanted to join the crowd in taking time and recognizing my blessings everyday this month.  I will make up for the days I missed throughout the week. 

Day 1-
I am so very grateful for Sadie

I start with her today because she was the first one awake in our house this morning and her cheerful disposition started the day off just right (not always the case with this little gal.  She is more of a night owl).  Nate had to work this morning so I was in bed by myself when she woke up.  She crawled right into bed and said over and over again, "I love my mom".  Can't be mad about an early wake up call when it is followed with such sweetness.  Sadie also gave me a good 10 minutes of cuddle time before we got up to get breakfast.  She has never been my cuddle bug so I cherish any time she willingly snuggles me.  

I love the stage Sadie is at right now.  There are days I wish she could stay 2 forever (even though her sleep habits are less than desirable).  I count my blessings everyday that I get to be her mom.    

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


1.  I lived off 5 hours of very sketchy sleep.  Partly because I was having a hard time sleeping and partly because little miss Sadie woke up at 3:30am thinking it was time to play.  She brought a book to me and wanted to read it.  I sure hope baby brother is a better sleeper than his sister or I just may die.

2.  I taught my last group exercise class until after this baby is born.  I was really hoping to teach until the end but this last week my body decided it was done.  I have so many contractions I can hardly move and every muscle that is involved in holding this baby up feels like it will tear any minute.  I  am looking forward to being able to exercise without a gigantic belly. 

3.  I did manage to get down on my hands and knees and scrub the kitchen floor.  If I am lucky I will find the energy to scrub the bathroom tomorrow.   

4.  I fed my family hotdogs for dinner.  Ketchup counted as the veggie for the night.  Healthy gourmet cooking at its best:).  I am sure my husband was very impressed.  When I asked Cambri if she wanted a hotdog she said, "no I am saving room for all the candy I will get tonight."  And because I am such an awesome mom I didn't make her eat dinner.  I am pretty much a pushover the last month of pregnancy because I have no energy to spare.  

5.  We enjoyed some family time at the YMCA Halloween party and the ward Trunk-or-Treat.  This was Halloween party #3and4 and I am pretty sure we are candied out.  My girls have loved dressing up this year.  I love how magical it is for them.

(When the cats away, the mice will play...Here Sadie is wearing Cambri's Halloween costume since she was at a friend's house for a playdate.)

6.  Sadie insisted all day that the toilet paper was in "time-out" and was very stingy with it.  You had to get permission before using it or you would get in big trouble. 

(Cambri wearing her new bow I made her today.  She pretty much thought I was the coolest mom ever because I made her a bow with pink guitars on it.  I will be sad when she gets older and I am not the coolest person she knows).

7.  Cambri was coloring with markers and made the comment that lots of our markers are getting old.  I told her maybe Santa will bring us new markers and put them in our stockings.  She said she didn't think Santa would bring markers because he knows that she LOVES candy the most!:) 

8.  Is almost tomorrow and I really should head to bed. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Enjoying the Present Moment...

 Just because she is cute:)

Sometimes I find myself making the comments, "I can't wait until..." or "It will be so much easier when..." or "When residency is over we will finally be able to..."

You get the idea.

After listening to an amazing general conference talk by President Uchtdorf (Worth reading over and over!) I was very much reminded how I need to relish in the beauty of each and every day.  And it is true, so much happens in my day that I have to be grateful for.  If I don't take time to stop and appreciate the precious moments I will miss out on the cute things my kids do and the funny things they say.  We have had some funny conversations as of late...

After asking Cambri if she was ready for her lunch she says to me, "In a minute mom.  I need to finish coloring my picture.  I can't do both things at once.  I am NOT superwoman."

She may or may not have heard me say this to her a time or two:).

Sadie loves to play a game where she will line a bunch of toys up on the tv stand and then say, "Want momma?"  I then tell her I want noodles or cookies or milk....She will give me something and say again, "Want momma?"  After doing this a few times I told her I wanted to go to bed and she promptly replied, "Noooooooooo" and laughed.  

Sadie has never been the best sleeper and lately her nap has been making it so she doesn't go to bed at night until 10 or 11pm.  She and I have been spending a lot of quality time together at night.  As much as I wish I had my alone time before going to bed it has been fun to enjoy some one on one time with her.  

A couple days ago Cambri said to me- "Mom I can't wait to be a mom when I get bigger."
Me- "Being a mom is pretty cool.  Guess why I love being a mom?"
C- "Because you love us so much."
C- "Mom I love you more than spaghetti and cookies"
M- "Wow that is a lot.  Do you love me more than pumpkin rolls?"
C- (after a long pause)..."I really love pumpkin rolls."

I don't blame the girl, pumpkin rolls are delicious.

Cambri came to me holding one of her babies.  She says to me, "Mom my baby was just born."
Me- "She is so cute!"
C- "I went to the store and looked down and my belly wasn't big anymore.  I looked over on the couch and my baby was just laying there!"
C- "Sometimes she would push on my bladder and make me have to go to the bathroom all the time."

She has obviously picked up on my many, many, many trips to the bathroom throughout the day.  

Helping daddy build a table in the garage.
The other thing I know I need to be better at is making time for my husband and making sure we spend quality time together.  Sometimes after a long day we are both exhausted and it is easy to neglect our relationship.  Nate leaves the house by 5:30 every morning and his return time is always a mystery.  When he gets home the girls are all over him.  We have to be very deliberate about planning our date nights or it is easy to let them pass by the wayside.  Never ever do I want him to feel like he isn't important to me.  

I love my little family and know I am so blessed to have them.

Be sure to check out the following post too.  Lots of cute Halloween pics:)

Halloween Fun...

We have had a fantastic month of celebrating Halloween and the beautiful Fall weather.  As much as I hate to see the summer go away I do love Fall.  Ohio has been absolutely gorgeous!!!
When you can't get them to smile ask for a silly works every time.  

We found a pumpkin patch that we love going to called Honey Haven Farm.  It is a bit of a drive but it provides a whole day of fun.  And the pumpkin ice cream is to die for:)  Not that I got to taste any.  My girls gobbled it right up.

'Tis the season for lots of treats!  
It seems the flow of sugar is constant these days.  We have had lots of fun making yummy sugar cookies and decorating them.  Both my girls love frosting and ate a gallon of it I am sure.  
From the looks of it the cookies were a success!!!:)
Absolute satisfaction!
This might be my all time favorite picture thus far.  I love that my girls get so excited about dressing up.  Cambri is Princess Tiana Ballerina.  She started planning her costume about 3 months in advance and then changed her mind a million times. Lucky for me she decided on the easiest costume of all that required no sewing whatsoever.  She looked like a little princess and was so proud of her costume.  Love her! Sadie is wearing the puppy doggie costume that Cambri wore when she was 2 years old.  I adore everything about this costume and plan on using a third time for baby brother when he gets older.
There are no words to describe how much I love her!
Painting pumpkins at Cambri's preschool party.  Both my girls love doing crafts.  We do them often at home too and I love it. 
  Pretty sure she used up 90% of the stickers.  This little girl wants to be just like her big sister. 

We have so many Halloween parties to go to this year we will for sure be candied out by the end of the month.  I figure I better be a fun mom now before baby comes and I am too tired to function.  Lucky for us Nate was only on call one weekend this month so we had lots of time for family fun on our Saturdays.  Next month we won't be so lucky since Nate has to make up call time for when he is taking time off for the baby. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I Hit the Wall...

This pregnancy has gone by fairly quickly for the most part, at least weeks 20-30 went quick, but today I woke up and found no motivation to accomplish anything.  I made up my mind that I was okay if I didn't get out of my pjs all day.  I certainly had no care in the world to clean the house or touch the laundry.  It kind of feels like time has stopped is going to be a long 4 weeks.  Prior to hitting my wall I was the nesting queen.  I suppose I burned myself out.  My poor bladder can't take much more.  I spend a crazy amount of time in the bathroom, and I won't be surprised if I end up peeing my pants at some point.  I definitely have the prego waddle going on and I know my belly looks like it is going to explode.  There are a few ladies that work at the YMCA with me that feel the need to remind me on a daily basis just how large and in charge I am.  Thankfully I have a few good friends who lie to me and tell me my belly looks cute and small:). I have been able to keep teaching my classes at the gym and hope to teach up until this baby comes out.  I am tired whether or not I exercise so I figure I better keep moving or I may park my rear on the couch and never move again.  Although I can still do kickboxing, step, and cycling I can't walk or run without bringing on a spell of contractions.

 Despite all the aches and pains my body is experiencing I am so grateful for this little boy growing inside of me.  I love feeling him move around and I am getting so anxious to see and hold him for the first time.  I am curious if he will look just like his sisters or if he will have his own look.  And I can't wait to use all the cute little boy clothes I have been given as gifts or hand-me-downs.  I have loved the girl world, but am looking forward to experiencing life with a little boy too.  I feel super blessed for having such a sweet little family. 

We are still undecided about what our little guy will be named.  Most the names I have come up with have been shot down by Nate.  We do have a couple that we both like so we shall see what the final verdict is.  We seem to like to wait until we see the baby to make up our minds.  I have to admit that boy names are much harder to come up with. 

I did have a sleepless night with my Sadie bug the other day.  She finally went down at 4:30am and Cambri woke up at 8am...I sure hope that baby brother is a good sleeper cause I am too old for that stuff. 

Let the countdown begin!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Happy Birthday Sadie Bug!!!

This little girl has me wrapped around her finger.  A little bit sassy and a lot bit sweet....Love her!!!
Sunday October 7th was Sadie's 2nd birthday.  How time went by that fast I will never know.  My baby is growing up at lightening speed.  It doesn't help that she has wanted to be a big girl since the day she was born and is the most independent kid I know.

We had been talking about it being her birthday for quite awhile.  She would get so excited and say "Sadie's birthday soon! Not Mommy's, not Daddy's, not Sissy's...Sadie's Birthday!!!"  Any mention of the word birthday and her eyes would light up.  She made it a lot of fun to celebrate.

(Yesterday was a low key day so please excuse the fact that I didn't take the time to do Sadie's hair before taking pictures).  
Sadie requested a "Nana" (aka Tiana) cake for her birthday.  I don't really know where her obsession with Tiana came from.  I don't think she has even seen the movie.  But for the last month when asked what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday she asked for a "Nana" cake. So "Nana" cake it was.
She was pretty excited about her cake which made all the effort worth it.  Although I have to admit this was one of the easier cakes I have ever made.  Especially since I was a slacker on the design/decor of the dress.  This pregnant body of mine is seriously lacking motivation to do anything these days, so the more simple the better in my opinion. 

She was also so excited to blow out her candles she didn't even wait for us to sing to her.  Within seconds of Nate lighting the candles she had them blown out.  We had to relight them so we could sing.  She sang along and got so excited.  Seriously so much fun!
In addition to Sadie's "Nana" cake, Cambri also made a "cake":).  She worked hard on it and was very proud of her creation.  The whole top of the barbie is covered with a roll of tape.  (This is what happens when I am distracted and not paying attention to what my 4 year old is up to).  I was quite proud of her cake and determination to make it work.  The blocks around the outside of the plate are "fudge pieces".  
Finger lickin' good!  

We kept the celebration very small but it was perfect.  Sadie was a happy girl.

Chocolate face and crazy hair makes for one cute birthday girl!  
Sadie got new princess sheets for her bed.  I think this was a present for me as much as it was for Sadie.  She climbs out of her bed a million times before finally falling asleep.  I am hoping these sheets make her excited to get in bed:)
Princess jammies!
Sadie also got a little doll that has clothes you can snap on and off.  It is super cute. Some friends of ours have them and Sadie and Cambri love playing with them.  Sadie was very excited to get her own dolly but has had to share it with her sister who pretty much laid claim to it within seconds of it being opened.  Cambri has promised that she will share her birthday presents with Sadie when it is her birthday:).  

I will try to describe Sadie at 2 years old in a few short words...

I have said it before but seriously this girl is an independent little stink.  She has recently acquired an ugly scream that comes out when I do something for her that she wanted to do herself.  If I put her in her bed she will cry, climb out, and then climb back in all-by-herself.  I help her do the bottom buckles up on her carseat but heaven forbid I do the top one too.  When walking down the stairs she will not hold my hand even if the step is far too big for her.  Recently she has tried to convince me that she doesn't need my help to wipe her after going potty...I am not ready to let her have that job.

Miss Sadie has to wear a skirt or dress everyday...with the exception of her pink sparkle pants.  And even those are often accompanied with a skirt on top.  If she had it her way she would wear a big frilly church dress all the time.
For some reason Sadie has turned into a momma's girl over the last few months.  I have always taken the backseat to daddy up until this point.  It makes me wonder if she can sense baby brother will bring big changes around here.

She still loves her daddy though and often asks where daddy is if he is late getting home from work.

Sadie, just like her big sister, loves puzzles and is really good at them.

She also loves to play hide-and-seek and "I spy".
Sadie is sure we are naming baby brother Coco.  She often gives my belly kisses and says, "Coco come out!"  She thinks my big belly is funny and indestructable.  Baby brother is going to have to be a tough kid to put up with his big sisters.
Sadie loves eating oatmeal for breakfast and treats for lunch and dinner.  She is actually a really good eater but would live off sugar if she could.  "I want a 'tweet' momma" is a common phrase around here.
Sadie talks very well for being two years old.  She jabbers all day and has the cutest little voice in the world.  I think one of my favorite words she says is "blankelet" for blanket.

Sadie takes a few minutes to wake up in the morning and likes to spend this time just lounging in her bed without being bothered.  If I can hear that she is up I will call for her, but often she will reply, "I am sleepy momma!"  If given the appropriate amount of time to wake up by herself she wakes up very happy.  Not so much the case when we are in a hurry and she has to do things on my time table.

Naps are starting to throw things off a bit these days.  Sadie still needs a nap or she can't quite make it through the day but when she does nap she has a hard time falling asleep at night.  She and I spend lots of quality time together late at night.

Sadie's best buddy is Ruby.  They are the cutest little friends and always give hugs when they see each other.
Sadie refers to herself as Sadie Buggie and it is the cutest thing in the whole world.  It makes me glad that we changed her name the first month of her life.  I still think Hadley is a cute name but this little girl of mine is a Sadie Bug through and through.

Although it is almost 10:30pm right this very moment Sadie is still up and currently trying to move the kitchen chairs so she can climb up on the counters and get a cup for a drink.  Apparently I wasn't moving fast enough so she is taking matters into her own hands.  

A little reminiscing via photos of the last two years...

It is hard to believe she really was that small once upon a time.
I love those little lips and fingers.  Nothing more precious!!!
Just a few days old.
Pictures of Nate cuddling my babies are my favorite cause they look so small compared to him.
I know I am missing a few months of pics here but I can't seem to find them right now.  I will update them later...
Summer 2011.  Oh how I love her chunky arms!

 Christmas 2011
(14 months old)

 May 2012
 June 2012

 Summer 2012
Aren't my girls beautiful?!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Today was an amazingly beautiful Fall day.  I really do love this time of year here in Ohio.  It helped that we were able to enjoy the day as a family. 

  On a side note...the pumpkin scarecrow, although cute, tends to scare me when I glimpse him out of the corner of my eye through the window.  Kind of catches me off guard and for a split second makes me think there is a strange man sitting on our porch swing.  Or maybe it creeps me out that it looks like Nate has his hand on the scarecrow's leg.

My two monkeys playing in the leaves in our front yard.  

Thanks to the many big trees in our yard we will be able to play in the leaves for days.   

Tis the season for pumpkin pancakes (shaped like ghosts of course!).  We will be incorporating pumpkin into many of our recipes over the next few months.  I found a pumpkin cream cheese muffin recipe I can't wait to try.  If it is a success I will share it with you.

I will be sad when my girls are older and don't think funny shaped pancakes are the coolest thing in the world.  For now I will just enjoy that such simple things make me the coolest mom ever:).  I need something to win me points since over the last week I have turned into a tired old blob.  My very pregnant body is slowly giving out on me.  Time was passing quickly up until last week, but I think I have hit my wall.  Kind of a bummer since I have 6 more weeks to go...sigh.

Crazy to think two years ago at this time I was getting ready for bed, completely devastated that I was once again seeing my due date come and go and I was still very pregnant.  Little did I know that I would be headed to the hospital in just a few short hours.  Can't believe my Sadie Bug is turning 2 years old tomorrow!

 It just took me far too long to put this post together because my brain is so tired.  Here's to hoping the little ones sleep in tomorrow!!!  And here's to hoping we get to enjoy many more beautiful days like today.