Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Emily is One Month Old!


Weight: 10 pounds, 14 oz
Length: 21.5 inches
Clothing Size: 0-3 months
Favorite Food:Milkies!
Favorite Sister: Gwen, hands down.
Likes to snuggle
Nicknames: Em, Emmy, Sister, Little Momma, Baby, and Fanny. Gwen just calls her "Cute!"

Emily is so funny. She is very vocal and loves to complain before the fully wakes up. We always hear her in her room groaning about having to wake up. Her hands are her worst enemy. They always try to attack the poor girl. She can sleep through anything, and she has been sleeping in her own room since day 4. Having her in our room was giving keeping me awake with every noise and movement I'd hear, and since she's been in her room we've all been happier!

We have a witching hour here. The air conditioner will shut off at some point in the evening, and then Gwen will start fighting and Emily wakes up TICKED off and Jake and I will be hot a sweaty after that period ends! It's terrifying and we're already phasing out of it, but it was a common occurrence in this first month of Emily-life.

Fred LOVES Emily. If she cries and I don't immediately pick her up, he will come up to me, cry, and then run back to her until I come. Every time I change her diaper on the floor, Fred will come lick her head. He loves laying next to her. I'm convinced his favorite thing is sitting on the couch with Gwen, Emily and I. He is a protective guy to our girls.

Emily has a swing that sometimes she likes. When she likes it, I praise the swing gods. When she hates it, I curse them. That's she same situation with her pacifier.

E was born with a strong neck! She loves tummy time.

This quilt!!!!

and THIS quilt!!!

This is Barry. They have a love/hate thing going on.



Sisters.    

Gwen is so in love with Emily. They melt my heart!




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Emily Rose was Born!

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Gwen and I went to my 39 week appointment. At this point, I was 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant. At the previous couple of appointments, my doctors wanted to check my progress with dilation, but I always refused because of my schedule(I always work Thursdays and schedule appointments for Wednesdays, and I didn't want to have contractions at work!) Since late June, I had experienced really intense Braxton Hicks contractions, and I didn't want any pain more intense than those to affect me at work! I had every intention of working until you were born, and I definitely did just that!

My doctor at this appointment checked my cervix, and told me about stripping membranes. She said that the last time she had done this on someone as similar as me, the woman went into labor the next morning at 3:00am! She also told me that if it worked, I would go into labor within 48 hours; if it doesn't work, I'd know that by 48 hours, as well. I opted to have my membranes stripped with the thought that it wouldn't work! It was fast and painless, and Gwen and I left the office a few minutes later!
The doctor's office(Valley Women for Women) and the hospital(Mercy Gilbert) were located 30 minutes away from our home, and it was typical for Gwen and I to go to McDonald's for an ice cream cone after every visit. When I got her loaded into the car, I decided to not go to the McDonald's and to call Jake immediately, instead. I called and told him what the doctor had told me--"If it works, it'll be within 48 hours; if it doesn't, we'll see you next week." He, very quickly, told me that he had to get off the phone and rearrange his schedule and get back up for his next day's surgeries because he felt like we would have a baby pretty soon. I tried to convince him not to rearrange work because I didn't want to end up NOT having the baby and waste a day at home, but his mind was made up and we hung up so he could make preparations. In the car, I felt different, but I'm not sure HOW. My stomach felt weird, but I was convinced that the membrane stripping wouldn't do anything.
After we got home, Gwen and I ate lunch and had rest time. When Gwen woke up, we went to Brimhall Junior High School to swim in the pool. We played and swam for about two hours. I should also add that before my appointment, Gwen and I had gone to a trampoline park with a group of moms and played/visited for close to two hours. Anyways, while at the pool, we got a dinner invitation from some new neighbors, and gladly accepted! At this point, I knew the procedure was useless. I felt completely normal and was relieved because I wanted to go to work the next day!
We got ourselves together and cleaned up, and Jake came home from work. We walked over to our neighbors home and had blueberry pancakes. We visited and watched our kids play together. I started to feel some gentle contractions after laughing hard at a funny story. I cut our visit short to go home at this point.
Once we got home and got Gwen in bed(7:30pm), Jake and I relaxed and started watching a show. Not long into it, I started having more consistent contractions, but nothing that walking around couldn't fix. Jake decided to go to bed(8:30pm) because he saw me trying to work out the contractions, and wanted to get as much sleep as possible if a baby was going to join us soon.
The SECOND I heard Jake start snoring(9:00pm), my contractions started. I did a number of things to ease the pressure: baths, stretching, watching TV, laying down, tried sleeping, walking, reading-- and none of it made them go away. I decided to download an app for counting contractions, but I was terrible at trying to figure it out, so I deleted it. I did this for a few hours and was pleased at the result. I knew I was having contractions, but knew I wasn't in labor so all was well!!!!
I think it was close to 12:30am when I made the decision to call my mom because I was getting nausea. I was getting to the point where I couldn't make the contraction pain end, and I wanted her to know we MAY visit the hospital, but it would definitely be a short trip because I couldn't be in labor. I think my mom made it to our home by 1:00am. In this half hour time span between our call and her arrival, I had gone to wake up Jake. He took a shower, shaved, and changed into normal clothes. He also loaded up the car. My mom had come in, and I was telling her where Gwen's things were located and she insisted that we just go to the hospital. I was feisty from the pressure/pain of my contractions and lack of sleep, so I assured my mom that we would go and be back. While Jake loaded the car, and I was talking to my mom, I had a bend-over-and-try-to-hold-in-the-pain type of contraction. This was the point that I decided the membrane procedure had worked. I went to the bathroom, and I could hear Jake as my mom where I'd gone. I heard her gently say, "I think she needed to throw up..."HA! She was so gentle telling him. I laughed in the bathroom hearing it, and I laugh now remembering it. I didn't throw up because soon Jake was at my side picking me up and guiding me to the car.
He had a bag in hand as he tried shoving me in the car. I was being too stubborn for my own good because I didn't want to go to the far away hospital just to drive home again. We started on our way, and the most intense pressure I've ever felt started on my back/bum. Every contraction had me telling Jake, "I just can't get comfortable." and then the contraction would end, and I'd rub my back until the next one started. About 10 minutes into the drive, my contractions were coming on. I told Jake, "Speed. If you get pulled over, I'll call 9-1-1 and tell them I'm in labor and they can follow us to the hospital." Jake also went through one red light because there was no end in sight to that red light, and there were no cars in any direction. NO SHAME.
We got to the hospital that we had never been to before, and found the emergency room. Jake wanted to drop me off, and I was like, "NO WAY, JOSE!" So I very slowly started my way to the check in desk while Jake went to get a wheelchair---I wouldn't let him bring it to me because that's embarrassing for someone to use who isn't in labor!

After a long check in, we make our way up and over to the maternity triage, and as I'm changing into a gown, I had a contraction that I thought was going to end me. During it, I clearly thought, "I'm going to fall over and no one is going to know because I'm just in the bathroom and they'll think I need a long bathroom break. How sad!" Luckily, I made it out! Our triage nurse asked me to rate my pain, and I told her, "I just can't get comfortable during contractions!" She decided to check, and THAT is when I realized we were going to have a baby. Her eyes were wide open, her mouth was wide open. . . I said, "What? Am I only dilated to a 4?" And she replied, "Nooo, honey. You're a 9. I need to get a hold of everyone." She ran to the hall for an extra nurse to start wheeling me to a different room. She got on her phone to call my doctors, but her phone kept dying. Her conversation took maybe 10 seconds and was this exactly, "You have a patient. 9cm, she's not going to make it much longer. Come" and hung up the phone. I looked at Jake and was like, "Whuuuuuu?!?! We're having a baby!" And then I told him I couldn't get comfortable again!

I was taken to the room just next door(2:30am). A flood of nurses came in. One to start an IV (I still don't know why that happened but I don't care), one for the baby, and an extra nurse for me. Her name was Anna and I loved her. She has 6 children and was so kind. Dr. Wellington walked in and I immediately started pushing. Dr. Wellington broke my water and at 2:42 am, our dark hair beauty arrived!!!!! The doctor commented on her hair, and I loudly exclaimed to Jake, "We did it! We got our Mexican baby!!!" Everyone in the room was laughing, and the mood in that place was just lighter than air. Emily scored an 8, then a 9 on her Apgar tests. She was perfectly pink, with a little remaining jaundice. She was born on Thursday, July 14, 2016, weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

Gwen came and met Emily later in the morning on the 14th. Gwen got up on the bed with me, and Grandma Ellsworth gave us the baby. The first thing Gwen did was kiss her baby! I almost died from the sweetness! They are the best sisters, and will be best friends forever--minus the possible angst-y teenage years!!

We've loved every second of you, Emily! It took us a long time to figure out your name, but when we saw you and got to kiss and love on you, we knew who you were. You're name means industrious, and striving. It is Latin, just like your momma's! We love you. You are so vocal, and you are very thoughtful. You only ever smile on purpose at your big sister Gwendolyn, and she sure loves you. We are your biggest fans and are so thankful for you to be with us!
Emily Rose

LOOK AT HER HAIR!!!!!

Meeting on July 14, 2016



Squishy everything.
This picture makes me laugh. Ridge was Gwen's baby, but Emily is definitely Delaney's baby.


I love this!! My girls have the best grandmas! Gwen is having a tantrum. It happens!

July 17, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Big Sister Gwen

Before I write about the birth our newest baby, I wanted to record some things about my most favorite first born, Gwendolyn.

Gwendolyn is really a special young woman. She is bright intellectually and in regards to her personality; she is friendly; she is shy about trying new things, but is always willing to give something/someone a chance; Gwen loves to sing and she loves to play; her heart is made of gold.

There are times when Gwen needs a time out--either as a consequence for doing something not nice, or a self-proclaimed time out to calm herself down from a situation. She sometimes stomps her foot as she yells, and sometimes she'll put her hand in your face to stop you from singing Sophia the First songs at the same time as Sophia.

Gwendolyn wakes up with a crooked smile. I used to think she had had a stroke or something from the way she would grin at me with no symmetry! No stroke or anything neurological--she's just quirky :) She likes to help me make breakfast, and only eats egg whites. She loves frozen strawberries, and likes to push the buttons on the blender when we make smoothies. She helps unload the dishwasher, and tries to load it--it's terrifying, but we call it "helpful."

Speaking of helpful, I haven't done chores by myself in months. Gwen is always at my side, rag in hand, ready to wipe the whole place down. She cleans it all!

Gwen finds apples in the fridge and eats a bite and puts it back...and won't eat one if a bite is already missing!

In the car, Gwen begs to go to Grandpa's, to see Ridgey, to see the slides, to go to the temple, to get a treat, or for me to stop singing with the radio. 

In picking out outfits for the day, I've learned to give an option of two shirts, two pants, etc. I would hold up the options and say, "Which do you want?" Gwen now loves this. She will hold up two of anything--CD's, marbles, shoes, toothpastes--and say, "Whaddya want?" It is one of my favorite things she does! 

She loves hiding under her blanket and asking, "Where'd she go?!" She also loves to pretend to sleep.

Gwen has started giving Fred commands. Hearing her say to him, "Sit! Down! Goo' Boy!!!" is one of the things I hope to remember for the rest of my life. Watching her share her most beloved belonging--her blanket--with Fred has shown me that she cares for everyone, even her dog.

Sometimes Gwen is "hard." Some nights after our nightly routine of bath, teeth brushing, scripture reading, singing, prayers and kisses, Gwen cries and cries. She doesn't sleep in her bed. She sleeps next to the door with her fingers escaping through the opening between the door and the floor. Sometimes she rips good books up and eats the pages. Sometimes she eat crayons. Sometimes she is "hard"  but she is always a joy to have.

Gwen has adjusted to life with a sister in ways that I never thought she would. I was terrified of having two children because I didn't know how Gwen would handle not being the star of our lives all the time. Through this adjustment, I've learned through Gwen's example that she can be the star even while sharing the stardom with her baby sister simultaneously.

Gwendolyn has helped me in ways I didn't even know she could. After changing a particularly messy diaper of Emily's, I began nursing the baby again. Without me asking, Gwen went and picked up the diaper and threw it away. After throwing it in the trash, she came back to the room and sat by us. She is already filled with random acts of kindness. Just today, she emptied out the dryer and put all the clean clothes in a hamper and then dragged the hamper to me for folding. She is just special and kind.

When Gwendolyn met Emily, her first reaction was to kiss her baby. I couldn't believe that her first communication to this new baby was so loving! She is just such a feisty girl but is always so gentle when her baby is involved.

She loves to color--got that creativity bug from her old man. She loves a good treat--that trait is from her momma!! Gwen loves music and she loves to play. She is more adventurous and independent than I'll ever be!

Gwen, I love you. You are a beautiful little lady. You will always be a joy and light in my life. All I want for you is for you to be happy and kind.









Sunday, June 26, 2016

May and June 2016 catch up!

May was a month for creating and getting into new routines.

We have always had the most amazing babysitters, and the ones we have now are no exception! On  Mondays and Tuesdays, Gwendolyn goes to Mary Catherine's house. Gwen loves it there. She always asks to play with "Pepper" and Draco the puppy. Mary has two children and Gwen is right in between the two in age, so I really feel like her communication skills are skyrocketing! On Thursdays(mostly rotating, but until I have this new baby I've taken all the Thursdays!) G goes to Andrea's! She also has two children, and Gwen fits in the middle! We love these women so much and are thankful to have them in our lives! To me, it's a good sign that G sometimes cries when she has to leave her friend's homes! I know she enjoys the toys, but I really know that she can tell she's loved by these women.

Work for me has been great! I love the doctor I'm with, and he does incredible work. In stark contrast to the dentist I worked for when we first got to Mesa, this doctor is QUALITY all the way. The Phoenix commute is normal now, and I have my perfect times to leave, so that's been great.

Jake's business is picking up. He recently went to Indiana to do some training because his company bought out a smaller company. His schedule is so much better than it was in Flagstaff, and him being able to come home for dinner every day is one of my favorite things. In Flagstaff, there were times I wouldn't see him for a few days at a time because early and late surgeries/cases in different cities meant coming home after we'd be in bed, and leaving before we got up. There were sometimes we'd even just opt to have him get a hotel to avoid being in the car so late and early.

Our garden and backyard really came into the picture this month. We finally have full on grass and now realize that weekly mowing is a necessity! We grew corn, zucchini, peas, watermelon, and cantaloupe. The corn was not as successful as we imagined it would be. We've never done it before, and missed a time frame to "fertilize" the stalks, so the actual corn is pretty pathetic. It's yummy, but pathetic. We don't have any melons yet, but the squash are starting to plump out, so we are excited for that! We also have a MILLION weeds out back. . . ugh. Where the garden is has rocks on each side of every planter, and it's impossible to not accidentally water the rocks in attempting to water the garden and grass. Therefore, weeds galore! I was pulling them out really consistently, but my OBGYN told me I had to stop doing weed pulling when I told her that that was the one activity guaranteed to give me contractions! I wasn't upset about the contractions, I just thought it was funny! She didn't! Ha!

At the end of May, all of the public schools let out for summer and Memorial Day meant that summer family swim passes would be 50% off the regular price! We bought one, and it has been a great thing for us! We swim constantly. Shepherd Pool is just a few blocks away, so we go there pretty often. We've also gone to the other public pools. It's so fun to see Gwen learn to swim. The first time we went, she CLUNG to Jake and wouldn't let go. Now that girl won't let us put on her floaties and she just swim swim swims! It's truly terrifying, but we are loving our little fishy!

The other day, a new and great friend of ours invited us to go to a place called Krazy Air. It's an indoor trampoline park with tons of trampolines and a lot of squishy blocks you can jump into! Gwen had so much fun playing there! We now have a place to go every Wednesday morning and it so nice because even at 7:00am it is too hot to go outside!

We had a really normal routine prior to my hygiene job. Mondays:errands. Tuesdays:Park Wednesday:Library. Thursday: Kids Klub at the mall. Friday: Clean and ward park group. Since being on my working schedule, we've made Wednesday the park and appointment day, and it has really been fun. I think we both miss the library, but once the new baby comes, we'll get back in the swing of library days. We both love reading.

In preparation for the baby, Gwen has really been helping me out with some furniture refinishing. She also has packed bags for all of us, including her baby doll. My bag has X-ray holders in it. Gwen has saved some candy for her bag, and Jake gets to bring a bobby pin that is secretly a key. We will be well prepared with those bags!

This happened a while ago, but I don't remember if I've mentioned it.  Gwen is not in a crib anymore. A few months ago she learned how to escape, so we put the crib mattress on the floor and called it good. Well, Grandpa and Grandma Denham found us a twin mattress so Gwen upgraded!!! She loves it and her pink fruity sheets. . . but she doesn't always sleep on it! Our night time routine involves going to her room for prayers and 1,432 kisses before we tuck her in and leave, but minutes later we'll see her little fingers sticking out under the door and she's fallen asleep next to the door! We know it can't be comfortable because sometimes she'll wake up and sound like her arm has fallen asleep! It makes us laugh because we're the best/worst parents ever! When she sleeps IN her bed, she never wakes up!  

Random things about Gwen:
Loves pancakes, strawberries, apples, watermelon, chips and cheese
Says "Sorry" when she gets hurt
Getting really good at saying "Thank you!" at all times!
Loves dogs.
LOVES SWIMMING
Favorite show: Sofia the First and Frozen
Loves talking on the phone to Jake
Loves whispering
Favorite outfit: "Cute" multicolored dress that is very twirly
Loves wearing pajamas
Loves playing the piano and reading
Favorite past time with J:Watering the garden
Has an excellent pouty lip
Loves the temple(Tempo!!!)
Loves laying on the cold tile after being in the hot car
Loves baths, but hates getting her hair rinsed out
Loves splashing
Favorite joke: saying "Achoo!" with wet hands and spraying people
Loves flowers
Doesn't know colors well. She KNOWS them, but doesn't know which is which. I think she could be   1.color blind or 2.really good at pulling a fast one about those colors!

Loves taking care of anyone sleeping. She'll say "Shhhhh", cover them with a blanket and give a kiss before walking out quietly. . . all to be followed by an immediate scream of "WAKE UP!" It's a fun game!


One morning, I had to wake G up really early. She was so sweet!

We love the park!

We also love treats!

CORN

And more corn.

G loves nursery and her leaders are her favorite people ever.




This is Gwen's favorite dress!


Helping with projects!

6 year wedding anniversary dinner! We went to the first place Jake ever took me out for dinner. We died of food joy.

Blurry, but we are happy so whatever!










Sunday, May 8, 2016

April 2016

April was a very fun month for us!

It began with me getting a new phone, and ended with me getting a new job! All the middle of the month innards were just as eventful, too.

It seemed that after the Easter holidays, no hygienists were taking time off, so I wasn't getting many calls for temping. Temping is taxed at a ridiculous bracket in Arizona, so with that and the lack of jobs, I decided to look again for something more steady. I've said it before, but I was really blessed to work at the pediatric office in Flagstaff. They had very high standards of care, and followed protocols religiously! That office gave me the confidence to wait for a quality office and dentist, and I've found one!

I work on Mondays and Tuesdays in Phoenix, and I love the office, staff, and the dentist. It's a general practice and we see all age ranges in patients, so it's been a fun adjustment for me! Since my commute is about 30 minutes (sometimes shorter, sometimes longer) I downloaded the LDS Tools app and will listen to conference talks on my way to and from work! It's been really nice to get that form of study in my day!

In news of Gwen, she has finally decided to like "shows"! Her favorite show is "Mulan," and she also really likes "Meet the Robinson's." This is nice for me, and I don't feel bad that she watches TV. We do SO much otherwise (park time, library days, coloring and gardening) that if she wants to chill with a show, so be it!

Speaking of gardens, OURS IS INCREDIBLE!! Jake and I had both forgotten how different gardening here (versus Flagstaff) is!!! We don't have any fruits yet, but everything has officially sprouted. Our corn is outstanding, and the watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, peas, and cucumbers are all bound to be giving us some sustenance soon!!!! Hooray!!!!!

Our backyard, in general, is looking amazing. We moved in and had just a dirt patch back there, and with the addition of seed and some randomly placed sod, we think the grass will normalize in another month! It's fun to play in our backyard without shoes because the grass we have is so soft and squishy!

I've been rereading all of the Harry Potter books. We still haven't found a name for the newest baby we will have in a few short months, and I thought I would find inspiration there.

Jake got called to serve in Scouts, and I'm a leader for Activity Days. I've been going to nursery lately to help out (and eat snacks) and that's been great, too.

We're all finally getting used to our big house. It used to take me FOREVER to clean it because I like a certain level of clean, and I couldn't get in a groove. Now that I have, we are all happier. . . meaning IIII am happier because clutter makes my mind feel too chaotic.

Gwen and I have become frequent Costco shoppers. I just love that place, and Gwen likes sitting on the boxes I put in the cart. We are a happy duo.

I've been getting anxious lately. Jake and I talk about how this baby could come in early July, and that just overwhelms me! I remember, all too well, how tough having baby Gwen was, and I'm nervous to have baby Fanny and toddler Gwen. I know it will all be great and fine, but oof. It makes me nervous to think about. The other day, Jake mentioned having the baby and driving places, and my heart started beating really fast! It will be great, but I will be happy to keep this baby in my tummy for as long as possible!

My baby doctors are right by the Gilbert temple, so we stop by after appointments!

GWEN LOVES HOT DOGS.

She did this and kept saying, "CUTE!" She stabbed her eye a few times, but through the pain knew she was looking GOOD.

Ian and Gwen driving at the Chandler mall

Chilling out post nap.

Gwen's hair is getting so long! I can't do anything other than rubber band it, but I don't care!

We went to the fire department with some moms in our ward! It was amazing!

Gwen loves to read.




Wednesday, April 13, 2016

March 2016

March was such a fun month! We loved celebrating Easter and Gwendolyn's second birthday so much! I don't have many pictures because of a phone saga I ended up going through.

The Phone Saga
  We planted a garden in our backyard. It is one of our daily activities to go out and water the grass and garden and see our vegetables growing! One day in March was extremely hot. Jake had a great idea! He filled up a cooler with water from the hose, and we all splashed it on each other to cool off. I left this splashing party early to go inside the house.
  The next day, I saw the closed cooler and thought nothing of it. Gwen and I went outside to play, and I sat on a chair and put my feet up on the cooler. No big deal. At the end of playing, we went inside. Later that evening and after dinner and baths, I was playing the piano. I hadn't looked at my phone in a few hours, and knew it was safely locked inside our bedroom. While playing the piano, I also realized I hadn't heard Gwen in a while. I think most moms know that silence only means that kids are up to something, but I didn't care what G was up to because I knew it had to be remotely safe.
  All of a sudden, I got a pit in my stomach. Jake wasn't home from work, and normally for such a late arrival, he would've called or texted. I immediately went to go get my phone from my locked room.

The door was open.

 At this point, I just knew what had happened. I locked the door, but didn't shut it ALL THE WAY.  While still standing in my room, I took a breath and knew there was going to be a technological casualty. I didn't know how, but I knew it was certain. I walked back into the living room, and made my way to the screen door. Gwendolyn was standing over the opened cooler, and she said to me, "Look, Mom-mom! Cayuuuute! (Cute in Gwen language) Pwetty!" I slowly walked over, saw my phone in the cooler, submerged in water, flashing on and off, hence making the water in the cooler glow for a very pretty effect.

I wasn't even mad. Not for a second. It was my fault. It was like the time I left shoes out with Fred overnight, and then when he had chewed them by the next morning. . . I can't be mad for the mistake IIIIII made turning into a bad situation.

Anyway. Jake soon came home and I retold him this adventure. He found an old phone, and I got that turned on the next day. That old phone would last me until we paid for the insurance claim for a new one. . . . OR WOULD IT!?

PART TWO: The Phone Saga

  I am pregnant. The last time I was pregnant, I was in school and frequently visited my teachers to clarify assignments due because pregnancy does this terrible thing to my brain in which it nearly forgets everything. It's annoying and embarrassing, and I've learned to roll with my pregnant level of dumb.
  In being pregnant this go around, I have forgotten to turn off the oven, forgotten to SHUT DOORS, convinced myself it was Monday instead of  Tuesday, and a multitude of other things that I can't remember. . . because I'm pregnant.
  On Thursdays, Gwen and I go to Superstition Springs Mall for Kids Club. National Geographic has a show with songs and dancing, and the sweetest hosts named Persephone and Dewper(I think he's a chipmunk, but I don't know). After Kids Club, we get to ride on the carousel for free, and it's really fun. Meredith and I had planned to attend this one morning together, and would meet there.
  I got Gwen out of the car, loaded her into the stroller, got out the diaper bag, and we made the hot walk across the asphalt to the entrance of the mall. Gwen was singing and dancing with Persephone, and I realized I should inform Meredith where exactly we were. I had just texted her a few minutes before that we were on our way. I had just talked to Jake who was fresh out of a surgery. So while Gwen danced, I looked for my phone. And I looked some more. And then I emptied out the diaper bag and looked again.
 Nothing.
 No phone.
 So I emptied the bag once again.
 When the Kids Club singing portion ended, I still hadn't found it or Meredith, so I walked back to the car to call her and find out when she'd get there, or if she cancelled.
 When we got back to the car, all of the doors were unlocked.
  My phone was gone.
 Gone, gone.
 Forever.
 We walked back to the mall again, because I had no clue what to do. Maybe there was a tiny chance I'd dropped it. We went upstairs to catch a ride on the carousel, and there was Meredith! She had been searching for us and calling us and trying to get a hold of me. . . something that is difficult to do without means of communication. She parked next to me and said she didn't see it lying on the ground. I knew it had been taken. I left the doors unlocked, for Pete's sake!
 Anyway. My phone was gone. I didn't lock the car. I'm pregnant. I have no brain and it is incredibly irritating.
The end.

I now have a phone. I make sure to LOCK and SHUT doors these days. I'll double and triple check, too. 

I didn't back up the phone that Gwen washed in the cooler because I'll typically back my phone up once at the end of the month, so that's why I have limited pictures. At least the ones I have are stinking cute!!!!

Easter Morning. Gwen loves Ridgey and popcorn.
US!
Jake's bday/Easter present

Gwen's bday/Easter present




Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Birthday to Gwendolyn!

I can't believe baby Gwen isn't a baby anymore. For the past few months, I've transitioned from calling her "my baby" to "my daughter," but I understand now that children will always be their parent's babies.

Gwendolyn is a fabulous person.
She loves calling Grandma and Grandpa.
She loves to FaceTime with cousins.
Gwen loves popcorn and she loves mac and cheese.
She loves opening the sliding door for Fred, and loves even more to try and shut him in it.
Gwendolyn loves us so much. When Jake comes home from work, she immediately calls out "Daddy" until she can get to him and hug and kiss him. When I get home from working, she'll run over to me and ask to be held, and just say "Mom-mom" over and over, all while patting my back.
Gwendle loves working outside with Jake. They can pull weeds and garden for hours.
She loves stealing seats from people.
Gwen's favorite friends for bedtime are 1.Her orange baby and 2.Her reindeer. She needs them to be sitting by her or she can't sleep.
Gwen loves drawing. I've scrubbed countless walls from her escapades with pens, and have now moved on to colored pencils.
She loves going on walks with me, as long as the sun isn't in her eyes.
She LOVES the park.
Gwendolyn loves going to the nursery at church. She loves her teachers, and doesn't like leaving them.
She loves naps.
Gwen has multiple moms. I really am thankful for the village that helped me raise Gwen, so when she calls grandmas and aunts "Mom-mom" it fills my heart. I couldn't have been successful without all the love we have flowing in.

Gwen does not like to be sprayed with the hose outside. She enjoys spraying others, but if she gets sprayed, the game has gone too far. :)
She is absolutely terrified of showers. In our tubs, the shower will turn on if a knob on the faucet is pulled out. She has pulled it only a few times, and each time causes mad fits of laughter to Jake and I, and a very sad and upsetting experience for Gwen. I have a feeling she'll love baths for life.
Mini does not enjoy sharing anything other than food. If it's food, she'll gladly send some over(even candy) if you say thank you. If you want the Lego that's near her that she hasn't seen in 5 hours and has no interest in and take it, she will rip it out of your hands faster than I can eat an Oreo.

I'm so thankful for Gwendolyn. She is adventurous and loves exploring. She loves giving out hugs and high fives to anyone that will ask. She is always playing the piano with me, and when we do our nightly routine of scriptures, song and prayer, she will sing with us and try to read her scriptures. Gwendolyn has been the best addition to our small family. I love her joy and I love her frustration. I know this girl is going to go amazing places in life, and I'm so happy that I get to watch her adventure unfold on a daily basis.