Friday, July 22, 2016

Some transitions for Max

Max has been doing some growing up! Once we found out we're having a boy, I wanted to start moving things around to make room for him. Like I said, crazy nesting lady over here. As if we need to be ready right now. Anyway, we've been waiting for the right time to take Max's binky away too, so we decided to just make it one huge big boy change and do the binky and bed at the same time! So Max now sleeps on a bed (mattress on the floor until I'm not nervous about him rolling off) and is totally off the binky!

First night in the bed.

When I talked to him about these changes, I suggested a fun pillow to replace the binky and to use on his new bed. Lightning McQueen pillow, Thomas the Train pillow, whatever he wanted. He very firmly said he wanted a Lightning McQueen toy instead. Deal, buddy! So Max got a Lightning McQueen and Mater and happily threw his binky in the trash.

The transition has been awesome! He has asked for his binky a couple times, but only when he has been upset during the day (when he wouldn't have been able to have it anyway, since we've used it for sleeping only for a while). Never even mentions it at night or nap time. He does take longer to fall asleep but he is good about staying in bed (I have zero patience for kids getting out of bed and both of mine know it). He typically falls asleep with a book in his hand.

Thank goodness for this sweet boy who makes these changes easy on me! Hopefully Max adjusts to baby brother just as easily!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Baby boy!

Last week we found out we are having a boy!!! I have been feeling like this pregnancy is similar to my pregnancy with Max, apparently for good reason. We are so excited!! 

The first two pictures below were taken one day apart (both just before working out). Funny how growth is not linear! It's also funny how I can feel so  amazed at and proud of my body for successfully growing healthy humans while simultaneously wanting to hide under a potato sack while it all occurs. Feeling very matronly, not in a good way most of the time.

A friend of mine randomly asked if she could bring me some maternity clothes. When I got home I was totally floored!! Such cute clothes and definitely a boost I needed. People are so so kind.

The ultrasound at my last appt went well. Baby is measuring over a week ahead and has a large noggin. Very much like Max. The doctor said she wants me to have an ultrasound every 4-6 weeks to check on growth because of my thyroid issues. Not sure growth is going to be a problem when the baby is obviously growing fine so far, but I don't mind seeing the baby a few more times!

Tyler and I decided to not find out the gender at the ultrasound, but to wait and find out with the kids! It was so hard to look away when the info was so easily accessible. But we did it, and the techs wrote it down on a piece of paper and then ensured we wouldn't see through it! Haha

Tyler then took that paper to Sprinkles Cupcakes, where they boxed up the appropriate cupcakes. That night the kids and I were in Beaumont, and it was so hard for all of us to wait to find out!! But the anticipation is so fun too.

Millie drew a cute pic of her, Max, and the baby.

And on the other side she drew a cupcake with pink on the inside (her guess) and her fingers poking around. Pretty darn cute.

We finally all made it home Friday evening, hurried through dinner, and then it was cupcake time!!

Hard to see in the pic but we found blue! 

I made a video of everyone's reactions, but I can't figure out how to put the link in here using my phone. 

So I'm 21 weeks now. Ever since learning we're having a boy, I've felt like a crazy nesting person! I don't remember doing that with either previous pregnancy, so it's kind of funny to me. But we definitely have some arranging to do before the baby is born, and I'm trying to not worry too much about having it all done right this second. One step at a time! 

I'm mostly feeling great. I still have random, infrequent waves of nausea and dry heaving, but for the most part that is gone, for which I'm so so grateful. I keep joking that I've entered the "bottomless pit" portion of the pregnancy - I can't stop eating!! My energy is back too, thank goodness. I have felt more weak in general this time, not really sure why. This guy just seems to be taking more out of me. I still have some insomnia, and usually wake up for a couple hours a night. In fact, this post is coming to you from 4am! What a party. This means I'm often unconscious by 9pm, so I'm just loads of fun these days haha. 

We can't wait to meet baby boy Juergens in November!!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cousin sleepover

Kerri and her kids came into town (from Germany!) for a few days, so we went to Lindsay's house for a night so we could all be together for a bit. It was a quick trip but so fun! Thursday was Lyla's birthday so we celebrated with cake and ice cream, and the cousins sang Happy Birthday to her probably 15 times. 

Mom took the pic below when trying to take a video. Not sure how it ended up black and white!

Tyler (or Tyler cousin as my kids refer to him) is so sweet with Max. Max loves him.

Friday morning the kids were begging to swim starting at 7am! We managed to hold them off until about 10. We swam and had lunch and took off shortly after.

Max used to fear Cato but now he is Cato's biggest fan!

Before we left on Friday Lindsay made us some delicious raspberry lime rickis! Took me back to my days at Arctic Circle. It was the perfect poolside treat.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Little things

Finally tried Wal-Mart's grocery pickup. Not sure why I waited so long! It's a game changer! Had to document us grocery shopping in the car. 

We found Max in my room just chilling in a laundry basket. He makes us laugh so hard!

Our family is on a major quest to eat healthier/expand our children's picky palates. It's a huge part of my life currently, as every meal takes forever and the food war is ongoing. Below was a carrot battle. 

Millie was totally mesmerized by the gymnastics at the Olympic trials! 

We haven't done the park much lately because it's so stinkin' hot, but we toughed it out for a bit one morning.

Love my goofy kids!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

5 on 10: July 2016

It's a bummer when the 10th falls on a Sunday because it's hard to get 10 pictures! So 5 it is this time.

1: We got to attend Wesley's baby blessing! Thanks Heidi for the pic!

2-5: After a walk around the neighborhood, we watered the lawn and had fun throwing a tennis ball against the house.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

4th of July+

We didn't have a super eventful 4th of July, which was kind of nice because we were so exhausted! The lawn needed some help, and we had some surprise helpers. Gigi and Poppy have helped with our lawn several times this summer, which is so sweet of them. As if they don't have enough going on! But they always make time to serve others and are great examples. AJ was sweet to come too - we're happy to have him home the rest of the summer! 

We got to tag along with Gigi, Poppy, and AJ for lunch at Harris County Smokehouse. We had breakfast for lunch, and it was probably one of the best breakfasts I've ever had. Dead serious.

The rest of the day was fairly quiet. I went to the store (by myself! Score!) to stock up our fridge and we did lots of laundry. Poor Tyler was in a lot of pain from a really bad sunburn. I put lotion on his back several times and the kids laughed when I drew a face with it.

Even though we didn't do anything super festive, we were prepared with 4th of July shirts. Can't resist them.

I promised the kids a patriotic popsicle after dinner if they ate, but they did not. So I ate mine in front of them and Max cried. Maybe one day they'll learn to eat their food! Tough love baby!

The rest of the week was pretty low key too. We did finally make it to the library after not going for a while. I love our car rides home from there because they can't wait to look at the books they got!

Finally earned a popsicle, on July 5th haha

We recently discovered our sprinkler system isn't working (funny discovery to make in July - just shows how much rain we've had!) so we spend our evenings watering the lawn. Usually the kids get wet, whether or not they're wearing the appropriate clothing.

Love this scooter gang!

We loved having the Bakers in town for a bit longer than expected. These three girls, born within two months, are becoming cute cousin friends. With all the 4-yr old emotions, displayed below.

Actually, they were pretending to be dragons. I asked for dragon faces, happy dragon faces, and regular happy girl faces. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

California trip {day 7}

Our last day! We checked out of the hotel and drove down to San Diego one last time. Our flight wasn't for several hours so we met up with everyone at the Mormon Battalion Historic Site. I had been there a few years ago but they've made some changes and it was fun to go back!

Panning for gold.

Max kept finding gold and throwing it back in. Catch and release kind of guy. He actually ended up choosing a rock to bring home instead of a piece of gold! To each his own I guess.

We enjoyed walking around Old Town San Diego (where the historic site is) and the kid got to pick a candy from an old fashioned candy shop thanks to Gigi. They probably picked the least old fashioned candy they had in the place - a giant candy necklace and a car with candy in it - but they were happy. Can't argue with that.

Then it was time to fly home! Max loved sitting by Gigi this time and showing her the toys he had brought and treasures he had acquired on the trip.

We were happy to be home after a wonderful trip! Whenever I asked Millie what was her favorite part of the trip, she would say "Right now!" But I think now she says Disneyland. Max said "My favorite part was when we went to California." Sums it up pretty well I think!!