Friday, December 28, 2012

This time around

Being pretty much done with the first trimester on my second pregnancy I was thinking about similarities and differences between the two. Both times I have been sick and very tired, but I'm not sure which one has been worse. I can't remember the first time very well. (My terrible memory is to blame.) I do think I'm throwing up more now, though. I do know this time, however, that I've been so much hungrier! I know you get hungry more easily when you're pregnant, but this time I feel like I can't satiate it and I feel really sick if I don't eat in enough time. I can't make it through the morning before my lunchtime before having a snack, and I always have to eat a snack during the last hour of work or I feel terrible. This doesn't seem too bad, but I know last time I could work all day and only eat during lunch time and feel just fine. There were days where I would get hungry, but not everyday. I also don't really remember having any intolerances last time. There were times that something wouldn't sound particularly appetizing, but I could eat everything. This time, from about 6 to 12 weeks I could not eat chocolate. It would make me SO sick. Now I can, but only a little bit and I can't have too much junk overall. This baby does not appreciate junk food. ;) I guess that's ok. 

I'm also pretty certain that I'm showing earlier this time. I personally feel like I was showing at six weeks even though I hadn't really gained any weight. I think it was all in my head though. I'm definitely showing now, but I just look fat. :) I've only gained 4-5 lbs. I don't say this to brag (that isn't anything to brag about), I'm just surprised by how much bigger it makes me feel. I have no idea how much I gained last time in my 1st trimester so I can't compare the two. Last time I thought I was showing at 15 weeks, but I was actually 16 weeks, I just didn't know it yet. This time, 12 weeks came around and even Micah said I was beginning to show. 

There are some cool things that come with being pregnant for a second time. For example, over the past week I have already started to feel the baby move, because I know what it feels like and what to expect. It's really cool to know that my past experience has already helped me recognize things this time around. I'm also going to get more maternity clothes this time. I mostly just wore what I already had last time and stretched things out, but I decided it's important to still feel cute so I'm going to do that this time. 

I'm excited to see how the rest of this pregnancy pans out. We find out what we are having on February 19th, and if you're wondering, we have no idea what we are going to have and we honestly don't care. We'd be completely happy either way. It's still a ways off, but I've just decided to post a poll where you can tell me what you think. Will it be baby boy Brighton or little lady Lucy? (That's right, we already have names!) 

Friday, December 21, 2012

In with the new...

Our lives are moving quickly around here. It's out with the old and in with the new.

Lila had her 18 month appointment on Tuesday and she has definitely continued to grow. Slowly, but surely her height is coming up, while her weight and head size are staying pretty consistent, only going down slightly. Here are her stats:

Height: 31.25 inches 27%tile
Weight: 22 lbs. 49%tile
Head: 18.25 inches 51%tile

The doctor also said that she is incredibly healthy and he was very impressed by it. I guess they can tell by looking in their ears a lot about their health. She has never had any infections or any reason to see a doctor and he said that is very rare for a child of her age. She has no scarring in her ears and I guess that's how he knows. I'm not too surprised as she has only had two very small colds in her life. I was surprised that it is so rare, however. He also said that she has very healthy lungs and that she has "big" lungs... whatever that means. Finally, Lila doesn't say a whole lot of real words, but he said that her repeated babbling is her putting meaning to objects. He did think it was really cool that she can say two or three word phrases already such as "what's that", "what is that" (I know the same thing, but she can say it both ways), "stop it", and "that's a baby". She obviously doesn't say them all as clearly as we do. "What's that" is pretty clear, but she says "top it" for stop it and "that's a ba" for that's a baby. 

Once again we are reminded of what a beautiful little blessing our little girl is.

Another change around here is in our house. Since June Micah and I have slowly been decorating and reorganizing our front room. It isn't perfect and it is not done, but we've come pretty far. This is what it looked like before... (Obviously no real attempt at making it look nice)

... and here it is now! 

A lot better right? Not perfect, but definitely a huge improvement. It looks a lot better in person, too. We're still hoping to get a big clock to put on the wall near the shelf and hopefully replace the random family on our picture wall with a picture of my side of the family. :) There are a few other changes that may be made along the way as well.

Finally, the last "in with the new" for our family is to change from a family of three to a family of four! Micah and I are so excited to be welcoming our next little angel into our family on July 2nd. We are looking forward to our newest adventure!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

Our lives have been very busy lately and so blogging has definitely fallen by the wayside. With both of us having pretty busy callings (Micah is now Assistant Executive Secretary) and life in general just being crazy there's not much extra time on our hands. This post is going to be quite the mix of things.

First, our Halloween was so much fun this year! We only went to my parent's trunk-or-treat, but Lila LOVED it and it didn't take long for her to get used to taking the candy and putting in her bucket. The only problem is that she would take from my sister's bucket and then put the candy in strangers' buckets. She almost had the right idea though. :)

We were Cleopatra (me) and Tinkerbell (Lila).

Next, came Thanksgiving. It was so good and the food was DELICIOUS. Not much to report on there, but we were able to spend this Thanksgiving with my family which was a lot of fun.

Over the last little while Lila has been quite the little toddler. I'm sad that she's no longer a baby, even if it has been a while. Anyway, she started nursery and did amazingly well! We'll see if it continues. She loved all of the toys, other kids, and snacks. She did not cry at all and didn't seem to miss us too much. That's how I was, so it's good to hear that she did so well.

Lila loves making things that aren't toys into toys. For example, she loves holding cuties in her hand and playing with them throughout the day. The problem is that she can peel them on her own now so we have to be careful about when she has them. The first time she peeled one was so funny. I could suddenly smell orange so I checked on her only to find that she had peeled almost the entire thing. After watching a little bit longer, she finished peeling, pulled the orange apart, ate it, then proceeded to throw each piece of peel away in the garbage. I was so proud of her! The throwing away was a bit of a surprise, but it really shouldn't have been as she has chores and one of them is to throw her diapers and a few other things away. I love that she is so capable and that she loves to help out with little things around the house.

The next big thing I did was the Santa Fun Run in Provo. It's not that big of a deal seeing as it is only a 5k, but it was a lot of fun to get dressed up as Santa and do it along with two of my sisters and my mum. Thanks guys! They had cookies and milk along the way, but the thought of having those things while running sounded terrible, so I didn't have any, but I did save a cookie for my mum after the race. I was going to push Lila in the race, but then she got a cold that week and I really didn't want her out in the cold so here is just a picture of her little bit of Santa costume. :)

That Saturday with the Santa Fun Run was a long one. I had a meeting for YW for the first 2 hours of the day, then I made the Santa sacks, then the Fun Run, then I went to the Forgotten Carols. With a HUGE amount of help from a few of my sisters and again my mum I was able to make our family's Santa sacks. (Sorry Micah that it's taken me so long.) What a Santa sack is for those that don't know, is a Christmas pillowcase that you sleep on throughout the month of December dreaming about what you want for Christmas. Then, on Christmas Eve you take it off your pillow and lay it at the end of your bed for Santa to fill with gifts. This is one of my favorite traditions growing up! I LOVE how they turned out! Can you guess which one is Micah's? This was before they were entirely finished, but they still look great! Now the Santas have eyes and Rudolph has a shiny red nose, and finally the angel has a cute little gold halo around her head.


We've had such a great time over the past little while and there is so much more I could post about, but this will be good for now. I'm sure I'll be posting again soon about some things that are coming up, but I can't even remember what will be going on soon. One thing for sure is that I will be posting about Lila's 18 month check-up. It's not until she will be 18 1/2 months.