Posts Tagged 'Peyton'

August 07, 2014
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We had a pretty busy month of July (still can’t believe that it’s already AUGUST! Sheesh!). We drove up to the U.P. of Michigan to stay at Jason’s family’s lake house. Peyton was so exited to go, as she remembered the boats, sand, and horses from last summer. Aiden didn’t quite know what to expect, but he had fun once we got up there. He was NOT a fan of the ten hours it took us to drive there though. The poor guy kept pulling on his car seat screaming, “Out! Out!”

Here are the kids taking their first boat ride of the trip. Aiden had stuffed his mouth with grapes before we took off; hence his funny expressions in some of the pictures!

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Man, I wish we could take a daily boat ride to get the kids to nap everyday!

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We rode the boat to the Islander for lunch, and the kids hung out by the fake moose. Peyton loved him, Aiden not so much…

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Unfortunately it was pretty chilly/overcast/rainy for a good chunk of our trip. However, one nice morning we took advantage of the sun shining and played in the sand by the house. The kids were in love, and could’ve easily spent all day playing out there. We were all bummed when the rain clouds moved in…

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Aiden LOVED watching all the boats drive by. He’d yell, “Boat! Boat!” and point them out. Yep, I’d say he’s got some Hamberg in him! 😉

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We rode over to Mackinac Island on our last full day. The weather decided to cooperate, and we were so happy! Here we are on the Pursuit ready to set sail…

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The kids had a blast walking around Mackinac and seeing all of the horses and bikes.

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It has turned into a tradition to take the kids to sit on a horse. Last year Peyton cried and Aiden didn’t even try it, but this year both kids loved it! They even walked them around in a circle. Hopefully in a few years the kids will be ready to ride the horses around the island!

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We ate lunch at the Gate House, and the adults enjoyed their first rum runners (YUM!). After lunch we walked around for a bit and then sat outside at the Pink Pony. The adults enjoyed some more rum runners, and the kids enjoyed some ice cream!

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A picture in front of the sign and then ready to leave the island…

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As you can see, we had a great trip! We are so thankful to have a place to visit every summer and to continue the tradition that Jason grew up with. Thanks so much for having us, Mike and Colleen! The kids can’t wait until next year!!!

Now to switch gears to…house updates! Before we left for Michigan, we made sure to swing by the house since they had just insulated it. I wanted our family to write on the insulation before they dry-walled as a way of personalizing our new home. We wrote hopes for our family, and the kids had fun scribbling! 😉

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Unfortunately they didn’t do much work while we were gone, but got busy dry-walling once we were home. Here are some pictures of that progress:

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They also finished bricking the front, and are ALMOST done with the stone. The rest will be siding:

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I stopped by today and noticed that they put the first coat of paint on. They will do plenty more coats, but you can get the idea of the color. It’s called Tony Taupe, and I love it!

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I know I didn’t include any pics of the den (AKA my new photography studio!) last time, so here is a quick one. You can’t really tell much from it, but I am super excited to have a dedicated space for my business! (AND a dedicated closet to store all my backdrops, floors, and props!!!):

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I hope to have lots more to share soon! Our closing date is now September 5th, which is later than they had originally told us. Bummer. But luckily the people that bought our old house don’t need to be out of their apartment until the end of September, so we can continue renting back to avoid the double move. Yay! More updates to come…

June 22, 2014
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Peyton,

Every year I start your birthday letter in much of the same way – “I can’t believe how fast this year has gone!” and “How in the world are you this age already?!” It’s true for this year, too. I just can’t believe that you are three already. That it has been three whole years since they placed you on my chest for the first time. What I CAN believe is that we have spent three years making tons of memories together. It feels like you have always been a part of our family, and I honestly can’t remember what life was like without you in it.

You are hilarious these days. The things you do and say keep me on my toes and laughing. For instance, you like to dress yourself when I’m not looking. One day after I had already gotten you dressed, you came into my room and jumped on my bed wearing your PJ’s again. Granted, they didn’t match, you had your shirt on backwards, and one of your arms didn’t quite make it through the armhole. You didn’t care – you just jumped and giggled and thought life was grand.

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Another day you decided to wear my shirt (which looked more like a dress on you) and some of my flip-flops. You would’ve thought you were wearing a ball gown the way you strutted your stuff.

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Most other days you are content wearing normal clothes. However, you are going through a phase where you want nothing to do with your usual shorts and t-shirts and insist on wearing your “egg dress” (Easter dress). Usually it’s dirty, so you have to settle for another dress in the closet. I guess you’re not going to be such a tomboy after all!

Naps. Oh my word, you are KILLING me with your lack of naps! Long gone are the days of you willingly laying in your bed and sleeping for 2-3 hours. No, you fight me with every ounce of your will power when naptime rolls around. I used to fight you. Then I tried to compromise and let you do whatever in your room as long as you were quiet. You would happily play but wouldn’t sleep, and I would pay the price with crabby evenings. Now I have given in to letting you lay on the couch watching a show, and you sometimes fall asleep. On those days, I like to sneak and take your picture because you’re so stinking cute and peaceful.

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Other days, you pretend you’re resting until I decide to take a shower. On those days, I come downstairs to find you getting into some kind of mischief. On one particular day, you decided to take the entire bag of marshmallows we keep for fire pit nights out of the pantry and stuffed your mouth with them. You were a sticky mess, and I don’t want to know how many marshmallows you ate. But I had to grab my camera because it was too funny not to remember.

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Another shower fiasco was when you found my permanent marker and drew all over your face. Again, I had to grab my camera before I cleaned you up. Now that a few months have gone by since the incident, I can more fully enjoy this picture and chuckle at the memory of it.

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You have already started with the dreaded “three behavior,” and I have a feeling I’m going to need to hold on tight to my sanity as we go through this next year together. Your new favorite phrases are (in no particular order), “I’m so FRUSTRATED!” “No, I don’t like you!” “I don’t want to!” “Get away from me!” and “Don’t touch me!” Seriously, I sometimes miss the days when you couldn’t talk. I keep telling myself that this, too, shall pass, but there are many days I want to pull my hair out. And many other days that I wonder if I’m totally failing you as a mom.

Yet for every tough moment we have, we have so many other pleasant moments. For instance, you want me to braid your hair. While sometimes I don’t feel like taking the extra time to do it every day, I know how much you adore it when it’s done. You ask me to hold you like a baby on the couch and we snuggle and watch TV. You request to watch our wedding DVD and both birth DVD’s every chance you can get. You know the songs from each, and if you hear a song on the radio from one of them you’ll shout, “This is from when Mommy and Daddy got married!” I love that you are sentimental and enjoy reliving those days as much as I do. Although there are days that I get tired of watching our wedding for the third time in a row! HA! You also love to play beauty parlor and “cutting” my hair. You say things like, “Your hair’s so messy! I’ll make it beautiful!” You love having your nails painted, and your favorite person to paint them is your daddy. You proudly show people your nails and say, “Daddy painted them!” Melts my heart every time.

You love imaginary play. Baby dolls, Barbie dolls, playing kitchen/doctor/princess. I love that you talk to your babies so kindly, and take such great care of them. I can already see that you’re going to make a great mommy someday. Other times I just have to laugh at your imaginary play. One day I overheard you playing in the back seat of my car with your Cinderella and Barbie dolls. In the most sickeningly sweet voice you could come up with, you made Cinderella ask Barbie, “What the hell are you doing?!” Oh my, your preschool teachers are just going to love you this year!

You are brave. You ride every ride they’ll let you at Kings Island with a big grin on your face and your arms up in the air. The bigger the hills and the faster it goes the better. How in the world you enjoy roller coasters, the Monster, and the Scrambler, I have no idea. You must’ve gotten your thrill-seeking genes from your daddy, Grandma, and Uncle Brad! You have started telling me, “Put your arms up! It’s a rollercoaster!” when we’re driving down hills in the car. You even get Aiden to put his arms up and squeal, “Weeeee!” Your bravery carries over to the playground – you’ll climb every play structure you can find, and never once worry about falling. You make me a nervous wreck, but I can honestly say I’m thankful that you’re fearless. I wish I didn’t let fear stop me from doing a lot of things in life. I know your courage will take you far, and I hope to someday follow your lead.

In addition to brave, you are stubborn and strong-willed. If you want to do something (or don’t want to do something, for that matter), you will let me know and will stand your ground. I have had to drag you kicking and screaming out of too many places to count, all because you weren’t finished playing or weren’t getting your way. While right now your stubbornness is a hard trait to live with, I have a feeling that it will serve you well when you’re older. I know for a fact that you will stand up for what you believe in, and won’t let people walk all over you. You will be decisive and a leader. I am just trying to parent you in a way that you learn to express your opinions in more appropriate ways, while also valuing the opinions of others.

Peyton, I love being your mom more than anything. You have taught me more about unconditional love, patience, and hard work than anyone else I know. You are the best big sister Aiden could ever ask for. You two love each other to death, and I am so glad you are such good buddies. Your daddy and I talk all the time about how smart you are, and how lucky we are to have you. I know God had such great plans in mind when He sent you our way, and we are thankful everyday for the best surprise of our lives.

You will always be my little snuggle bug, no matter how old you get!

Love,

Your mama

Now for some pictures of the birthday girl! Here she is posing in her standard dress and braid before we headed out to dinner on Saturday. I just love all her expressions!

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We had a dinner with just our immediate family at Firehouse Grill. We sat outside and listened to live music, ate yummy pizza, and watched the ducks. Doesn’t get much better than that! She even got a birthday sundae and got to blow out a candle.

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Her real birthday will be spent going to breakfast with my parents, heading to daddy’s baseball game and then probably out to lunch after, and then having dinner with the Hamberg’s. I ordered a cake for after dinner which she is SUPER excited about! Of course we’ll also watch her birth video, which we do every year. Speaking of which, I overheard her singing parts of the “I Bless You” song from her video to her baby doll the other day. Too sweet!!!

She is having a Pinkalicious birthday party on June 28th. We’re going to have pink donuts, pink strawberry milk, pink lemonade, and of course PINK CUPCAKES! She is so excited, as that is her favorite book lately. She can even “read” you most of it using the correct words and everything. I will try and post pictures from her actual birthday and party later! Thanks for reading up on our sweet and sassy THREE year old! 🙂

June 16, 2014
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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a personal blog (or personal pictures, for that matter), so I figured I’d do a little update!  Especially since my mom is in Ireland and has been dying for pictures and updates on the kids! I have been busy doing fun summer stuff with Peyton and Aiden, and my photography business is starting to pick back up now that the weather is nice. On a business note – I’ve been good about blogging all of my current spring sessions. I still have a TON of sessions from last year that I need to blog. So if you see some random fall pictures pop up on here, that’s why! I am super excited about a bunch of births I have coming up. Even though those take the most time (to photograph AND edit), they are my absolute favorite. I get giddy in the weeks leading up to a birth! Okay, now on to all my personal blog stuff…

In case you missed it – we’re moving! So yeah, that’s been another crazy busy thing going on in our world. We ended up having two second showings, and one made an offer pretty quickly. We accepted the offer on our house before it had even been on the market for three weeks. I know God had His hands in the entire process, because it all worked out perfectly. I started talking with the girl who is buying it on Facebook, and I am super excited to see our old house go to a sweet family! They have a little boy around Aiden’s age, and they said that the baseball room was one of the deciding factors in buying it. I am SO excited that the baseball wall won’t be painted over and that another little boy can enjoy it. I am looking forward to having them as neighbors, since our new house will be right down the street! We are set to close on June 23rd or 24th, and will then rent back from them until ours is ready since their lease isn’t up until September. So our house is officially…

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While I am super sad about this chapter of our life coming to a close, I am so excited for the new one that’s ahead. Before we say goodbye to our old house, I have asked my wonderful friend and mentor, Annie, to do a special lifestyle session in it. I can’t wait to have pictures of our family “doing life” in the house that we grew our family in. I look forward to sharing those pictures with all of you, as well as hanging some of them on the walls of our new house to remember where we’ve been. Speaking of the new house, it’s coming along! I will post some pictures of the progress further down in this post. 🙂

The kids have been lots of fun lately. Sometimes I mean that sincerely, and other times I mean that sarcastically. People weren’t joking when they warned about the terrible two’s and the (even more) terrible three’s. Peyton’s been in between those two phases of life for awhile now, and testing every ounce of my patience. Aiden is starting to show signs of the two’s (tantrums, whining, clinging, etc.), so having TWO kids trying to exert their independence and opinions has been a blast. I wasn’t thinking about that when we decided to have kids 18 months apart! Even though we have our rough days, for the most part they are joys to be around. For every tantrum we have, we have HOURS of nice playing and happy kids. I will talk plenty more about Miss Peyton in a week for her annual birthday post. I also have some hilarious pictures to share of her being…well…HER! 😉

Aiden seems to get more fun by the day. He babbles all the time, and is starting to talk. His favorite words are “bayball” (baseball) “guck” (truck), “Sadie,” “Thereitis!” (“There it is!” all squeezed together) and “Dae doo!” (Thank you!). He is all about baseball, which is a good thing because he really doesn’t have much choice. 😉 He still loves to cuddle, and continues to be a mama’s boy. While part of me wants to break him of this, the majority of me just wants to enjoy it. He and Peyton are quite the team these days. They are constantly running around, wrestling, and playing together (and by playing, I mean sometimes fighting over toys! Ha!). He has a personality and opinion all his own, and it’s been fun seeing him become more independent. This boy continues to have my heart, and I have such a hard time saying no to that sweet face. I mean, just look at those blue eyes and long lashes!!! Love that boy to death.

Here are some of the things we’ve been up to lately. Brace yourself for tons of photos. Seriously. I told my mom I’d post lots of pics of the kids while she’s away, so here goes…

First of all, I have to take a minute to say “Happy Father’s Day!” to Jason. He is absolutely the best daddy I could’ve asked for to our kids, and we are so lucky to have him. Here he is with the kids after his baseball game yesterday. Love these three!

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The kids love playing on our back patio, especially when we get out the water table and pool!

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We frequent many of the local parks in the spring and summer. Both kids sure love to swing!

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We go for lots of walks in the neighborhood. Peyton usually walks, and Aiden still rides.

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On one such walk, Peyton said, “Look mommy! All these worms are sleeping!” 😉

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We went to our first Touch-a Truck event of the summer. Aiden loved to look, but was not a fan of sitting in the trucks.

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We spend a lot of time just hanging around the house. They both love brushing their teeth (and want to do so together). Peyton loves helping wake Aiden up from his naps by climbing in his crib. Aiden loves to read books, and Sadie likes to listen. The poor dog also gets sat on like she’s a horse a good portion of the day.

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We check out the progress of the house daily. The kids love walking down there and watching the workers.

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Normally I try and do a specific post for each holiday, but I am so far behind on Easter that I’m not even going to mess with it this year! So here are some pictures and quick descriptions of what we did. We had a great day, and loved spending time with family!

The night before Easter, we dyed eggs. We tried an egg spinner contraption that was great for Aiden. Peyton enjoyed it, but it was a little too easy for her. I think next year we’ll go back to normal egg dying techniques!

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Easter morning was pretty standard – each kid got an Easter basket and they looked around the house for eggs. Peyton was all about it, but Aiden must’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed because he cried during most of the activities. 🙁

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We went to my parents’ house for presents and then had lunch at Bravo’s with my Grandma (the kids’ GG Marianne). Peyton especially loved her new backpack filled with sand toys and Frozen toy!

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We went to Jason’s uncle’s house with all the Hamberg’s for dinner. Peyton, Aiden, and Blake had fun looking for eggs hidden outside! They also all got Easter baskets filled with lots of goodies from Grandma Colleen and Papa Mike.

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As you can see, we’ve stayed pretty busy! I promise to blog about Peyton’s birthday (and her Pinkalicious party!) and more house updates soon. Thanks for reading about the Hamberg happenings! 🙂

January 07, 2014
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I love Christmas. I always have, but I must say that being a parent during the holidays is the best. There’s just something special about introducing your children to traditions and the magic of Christmas. Peyton was at a GREAT age this year to really begin to understand the holiday season. Jason and I made sure we continued traditions that we loved from our own families, and created new traditions for our own family as well

The mom’s group I have joined through Crossroads had a great meeting about family traditions during the holidays. Carolyn (one of our leaders) gave a wonderful talk about what her family’s traditions were, and listed them out for us to get ideas. I LOVED that idea, and so appreciated her encouragement to think about traditions I want to start for our family. So I am going to list all of the special things we did this year, and include pictures for some of them. I hope this inspires you to think about traditions you would like to either begin or continue with your own family!

*Chippie the elf came to live with us for the month of December. Peyton loved watching him move around our house each day. He didn’t do anything too creative this year, but we’re sure he’ll step up his game next year! He did “decorate” the kids’ tree that Grandma Colleen got the kids!

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*Speaking of the tree, Peyton had fun decorating it. Thanks again, Grandma! Aiden just looked on from his high chair this year. I’m sure he’ll be all about helping to decorate next year!

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*We read lots of books about Christmas before naps and bedtime. Chippie brought the book “The Story of Christmas” by Patricia A. Pingry. It came highly recommended from my good friend Mandi, and I love it! It is a great basic story of the first Christmas for little ones. Peyton will proudly tell you that it’s Jesus’ birthday on Christmas, and that His mom’s name is Mary and His daddy’s name is Joseph. So cute!

*We bust out the Christmas movies in December, too. Our fav’s include the Polar Express and the classic Christmas movies (Rudolph, Frosty, etc.).

*We went to the festival of lights at the zoo (twice!). If you go, I highly recommend seeing the Polar Express in 4D!

*Entertrainment Junction’s holiday display has a great Santa and Mrs. Claus! (Of course the trains are cool, too!)

*PRASCO in Mason’s holiday event. This was an awesome free thing that we lucked into this year. Tickets for it go quick, so I hope we can make this an annual tradition if we can get tickets each year! All the candy and treats at the end were AMAZING! Peyton was in heaven (and so were we!). Someone described it as walking into Charlie’s Chocolate Factory, and I totally have to agree.

*LM&M Railroad’s Polar Express train. It was a little pricey, and I don’t think we’ll do it every year, but it was fun and something we’ll do again in the future.

*Holiday train display at Union Termial. I took the kids with a friend for a play date mid-week and it was great (not too busy). I think it is probably packed on the weekends, but still fun!

*Crossroads’ Awaited Christmas show. If you’ve never been, you need to go! Our little ones have done great watching it, but I know others that got scared. The beginning is a little dark, but the middle and the end are great! I recommend getting tickets in advance (they’re FREE!), as it’s always a packed house. We love inviting our family and friends to join us.

*Of course we had to set out cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve before the kids went to bed! Maybe next year we’ll remember some food for the reindeer, too!

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*I always try and take some pictures of the filled stockings and the presents under the tree on Christmas Eve once “Santa” has left.

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We spend most of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with our families. We are blessed to have both sets of parents in town, so we get to spend time with everyone. One thing Jason and I decided when we became pregnant with Peyton was that Christmas morning would be reserved for our own little family. I have always loved the idea of sleeping in (IF the kids let us!), staying in our PJ’s, opening presents at our own pace, and letting the kids play with their toys until their little hearts are content. I of course had my camera out and caught the kids seeing the tree and gifts for the first time.

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Peyton was also excited to see that Santa ate the cookies and milk, and that Chippie had left a goodbye note for her and Aiden.

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I plan to take a family photo of us all in front of the tree before opening gifts every year. I used the self timer on my camera, and was actually happy with how they turned out! I don’t usually use this feature, so it was kind of a big deal for me.

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We also started a new tradition this year: we made a “birthday cake” for baby Jesus. Really, it was just Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in the shape of a Christmas tree. If this was going to be a tradition, it needed to be an easy one I could keep up with year after year! Peyton loved helping me make it, and we put four candles on it (one for each member of our family). We sang Happy Birthday to Jesus, and then blew out the candles. I must say, it’s one of my favorite things we did this Christmas. In the midst of all the Santa excitement and family get-togethers, it was a nice way to remind ourselves of the true reason for the season! All day Peyton kept saying, “It’s Jesus’ birthday!” Notice that “baby Jesus” stayed next to her or in her hand the entire time. She also had him “eat” some of his cake after we sang. Melts.my.heart.

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Below are some more pictures from Christmas morning (mainly of the kids opening their presents). We decided that another tradition we’re starting is that Santa brings three presents, just like the wise men brought three gifts to baby Jesus. Peyton’s three things that she asked Santa for were a pink house, a (pretend!) kitty cat, and a baby doll. Well, she often asked for a “real baby, but I told her she needed to talk to daddy about that, not Santa! 😉

Of course mommy and daddy (and the dogs!) bought other presents, so they got more than just three. But I think Santa only bringing three will (hopefully) help limit the greed in years to come. They can think of the three things they REALLY want, and then anything they get beyond those are just a bonus! 🙂

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I love that the kids took a break from opening presents to play with the nativity set.

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What is your favorite holiday tradition? Feel free to share in the comments section! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!

 

October 10, 2013
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Aiden

Age: 8 & 9 Months

Stats: 28 ¾ inches long (70%) and 18 pounds (24%)

New Developments:

Lots of new developments these days! Because I have been a slacker mom, I’ll try and update them all! He got his first two (bottom) teeth at about 6 ½ months, and is now getting his top two teeth at 9 months. They’ve broken through the gum, but aren’t quite visible in his smile yet. I am loving his sweet smile with the two bottom ones peeking out!

Houston, we have a crawler! He has been on the move since about 8 months. He also has transitioned to pulling himself up and table-walking. I am curious to see if he’ll be walking at his first birthday!

He got his second haircut at about 8 ½ months. He needed it. Bad! I have a feeling we’re going to be frequent fliers to Cookie Cutters.

He is loving baby food, Puffs, and is starting to experiment with some small pieces of table food. He has quite the gag reflex, so he kind of struggles with solids. He must have texture issues like his daddy!

Favorite Things:

His favorite toys tend to be his sister’s, which she is NOT a fan of. She’ll shake her finger at him and say, “No, Aiden! No! No!” and take it away from him. She’s learned to give him one of his toys in its place, but usually he’ll just crawl off to look for something else of hers. And so the sibling rivalries begin…

Puffs and Yogurt Melts are his favorite things to eat, and he’ll do pretty much anything to get them. He has also learned how to play “Peek-a-Boo” with a blanket over his head, and he loves to shake his head no. His favorite words are “Dada,” “Baba,” and (occasionally) “Mama.” Of course these are just sounds and not aimed at anyone yet, but it’s still cute nonetheless.

Note From Mama:

Aiden,

How is it possible that you get more fun by the day? I love watching you learn new things, and am so thankful I’m home to see all of your “firsts.” You are seriously the happiest baby. Like, ever. Your smile and laugh melts my heart, and I love the big grins I get when I get you out of your crib. Of course when you’re not happy, you can cry like the best of ‘em. You also like to fight drinking your bottles when other people feed you, and on your bad days you even fight ME! But if that’s the worst of what you have to deal out, I’ll take it! Your bedtime snuggles are the best, and I try to soak them up every chance I get. I know it won’t be much longer that you’ll want to curl up on my shoulder, and I am dreading that day.

Aiden, you continue to bring so much joy to our lives. I think about what life would be like if we hadn’t decided to have you yet, and I just can’t picture our family without you in it! You and your sister are best buds, your daddy is so happy to have you for a son, and I feel blessed every day to be your mama. I get teary eyed every time I sit down to write these letters. I just love you SO much!

~Your Mama~

Here are some of his 8 month pics…

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And now for the 9 month pics….

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I actually had a photo shoot for Aiden! Gasp! Here is my happy guy hammin’ it up for the camera…

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Peyton

Age: 26 & 27 Months

Stats: Still around 21ish pounds. She better watch out – her brother is quickly catching up to her!

New Developments:

I WISH I could write that she is potty trained, but sadly that isn’t the case. She made progress and will now sit on the big potty with a potty seat (she used to be afraid of it). She still pees if she has anything on (panties, pull-up, etc.), and even peed in OUR bed when I was attempting a bare-bottomed bootcamp. Yep, she picked the ONE bed in our house that doesn’t have a waterproof liner on it. She also managed to pee on the pillows, too. Needless to say, we’re taking another potty training break!

In happier news, Peyton is talking up a storm! I’m talking full sentences, with appropriate expression. She is such a little kid now! Some of her new phrases are, “Awww! That’s so cute!” “I want to do it!” and pretty much anything else she wants to say. I love that she can fully express herself, and that I can usually understand what she is saying.

Favorite Things:

Peyton continues to play with her dolls, dollhouse and figurines, and kitchen. She is very into coloring these days, and I plan to step up the art projects when we’re stuck inside this winter! She did draw a line on the wall with a marker, which I guess was bound to happen eventually. We had a big talk after that! She loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Doc McStuffins, and has stopped asking about Calliou as much. (Phew!) Her favorite foods include cupcakes, cake, and ice cream, which she will request at all hours of the day even though we rarely have them at our house. Lucky for her she can afford to eat all that and STILL won’t gain a pound! 🙂

Her new thing is that she likes to “read” her books instead of always listening to us read them. Jason swears she knows Green Eggs and Ham. I am not as easily sold, but I do think it’s cute that she turns the pages, comments on each page, and usually makes a comment about something that is happening in the picture. She should have the skill of predicting with picture walks down by preschool! 😉

Note From Mama:

Peyton,

Oh how I love having you for my little girl! You are growing up so quickly before my eyes, and while I am loving it, I wish you’d stay my baby just a little bit longer. You always have the best attitude when I wake you up in the mornings, and I love sitting with you watching cartoons before our day gets started. I love that you have your own agenda for the day, which usually includes riding the rides (Kings Island), the zoo, or going to Gina’s house. While we don’t get to do those things EVERY day, you sure enjoy them when we do! I get a kick of how you say, “We go SHOPPING!” every time we pass a Target. You’re a girl after my own heart!

Speaking of being like your mama…I’m afraid you’ve inherited my need for things to be clean and organized. Whenever Aiden pulls books off your bookshelf or throws things all over the place, you say, “Oh no, Aiden! Messy! Messy! Messy!” Yep, you like your things to be put away where they belong. We’ll see how long that trait lasts!

You still have your daddy wrapped around your finger, and I think he falls even more in love with you each day. You two are best buddies, and I am so thankful that you have each other. You light up when you hear him come home from work, and he lights up when he sees you, too. I love that he puts you to bed every night. I sometimes listen in on the monitor when he’s reading you books and tucking you in. (Shhh! Don’t tell!) He always said he was afraid to have a daughter, and now that you’re here, I know his world would crumble if anything ever happened to you.

I love you so much, sweet girl.

~Mommy~

Peyton decided she was jealous when I took Aiden’s pics in the “bathtub” during our photo shoot. So she decided to hop in and pose too. Looks a little silly with a big kid in it, but I got a kick out of it! 😉

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 We have a little Bearcat on our hands. She LOVES to go to UC football games with us and cheers her lil’ heart out! As much as I would LOVE for her to go to OU and be a Bobcat, her daddy and grandparents have other plans…

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Peyton has been taking gymnastics this fall. While I don’t think we’ll do it regularly (can we say EXPENSIVE?!), she has loved every class! She also loves the fact she can wear a special “dress.” Finally we have somewhere that she can run, climb, and flip as much as she wants! Love this girl!

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August 06, 2013
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Aiden

Age: 7 Months

Stats: At least 16 pounds…I’m sure more! Quickly catching up to his sister!

New Developments:

Oh my…month 6 was a big one for this boy! He learned to sit up, got his first tooth, and his first hair cut! He looks like a little boy now. I think he is so stinkin’ cute, but I’m still sad that he’s growing up so fast. Here are some pictures of his new “firsts”:

Here are Aiden’s last few pics before getting rid of the toupee he had on the top of his head! I just love the ones of my sleeping baby waiting for his turn at Cookie Cutter’s.

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Aiden smiled for most of his first haircut. Not one tear was cried…

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…This is in BIG contrast to Peyton’s first haircut!

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Here’s my big guy home and happy to show off his new ‘do!

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And now for a few shots of his first tooth! (Can I just say how hard it was to get a picture of it?!)

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Favorite Things:

Aiden loves the jumperoo even more these days. He actually jumps in it instead of just playing with the toys. He loves it so much that he jumps up and down on ME when he’s not in it! 😉

He loves putting everything (and I mean EVERYTHING!) in his mouth. Sure he likes the typical baby teethers, but his favorite things to chew on are the soft, rubbery spoons that I use to feed him baby food. Speaking of which, he FINALLY has figured out the whole eating thing! It took him awhile to get the hang of it, but now he is an eating machine! He prefers the mixed baby food (such as sweet potato, corn, and carrot) to the single baby food (plain carrots are NOT his thing!).

Peyton continues to be Aiden’s favorite form of entertainment. Here are some pictures I snapped when Peyton decided to climb into his crib while I was taking his 7 month pictures. Look at the face on this boy – he sure ADORES his big sis! (And please excuse her naked bum. We’re still working on the whole potty training thing…I did put a diaper on her once I knew she’d be in some pics! Hehe)

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Note From Mama:

Aiden,

I have to admit that when I first found out you were a boy, I was a little nervous. I had no idea what I was going to do with a boy. I knew girl stuff. I was all about bows, pink, and baby dolls. I loved your sister SO much, and felt such a special connection with her. I worried that I wouldn’t have the same connection with a boy.

Boy, was it silly for me to worry about that! I never thought I could love having a boy as much as I do. You are SUPER cuddly, and you always want to snuggle with your mama. When I feed you your bedtime bottle, you immediately turn your whole body towards me wanting to cuddle after you’re finished eating. There are times I try to sit you up for you to burp, and you keep contorting your body until you’re snuggled up on my shoulder. It is one of my favorite times of the day, and I usually don’t let daddy put you to bed for that reason! 🙂

The older you get, the more personality I get to see. You seriously are the most smiley baby ever. I could spend hours just looking at you, making funny faces and sounds, and cracking up at your big gummy grins and laughter. You LOVE to smile for the camera, which I so appreciate. Of course I rarely take the time to do photo shoots with you, mainly because your sister wants nothing to do with my camera nowadays. Oh, and sometimes it’s hard for me to find time to SHOWER, much less take professional pictures of you guys! 😛 I really need to make more of an effort to take pictures of you though, as you are a photographer’s dream! Every time I edit pictures of you, I find myself smiling from ear to ear. You are such a handsome little guy, and I am so proud to be your mom.

While I think your sister takes after your daddy personality wise, I think you’re going to take more after me. You seem to be a little more mellow and not quite so daring. I’m hoping you don’t ever get your sister’s strong will! 😉 Of course we will love you no matter what disposition you end up with, but it’s fun seeing myself in you.

I feel like you were born yesterday, and yet I know we’ll be planning your first birthday in no time. I can honestly say that I love you more each and every day, and I can’t imagine my life without you. Thank you for adding so much joy to our family!

Love you, little man!

~Mommy~

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 Peyton

Age: My big girl is TWO! (25 months, to be exact)

Stats: 20 lbs, 12 ounces. Yes, my daughter is only 4 ounces heavier than she was 3 months ago. Technically we should just now be turning her forward facing in the car. (She’s been forward facing for awhile now…whoops.) Sigh.

New Developments:

We’re (still) working on the potty training thing. She does fine at home if she’s bare bottomed. She will go straight to her potty, sit down, and pee. But she’s not doing as well when she has underwear on, and she refuses to poop in the potty. She’ll request (or should I say demand) a diaper if she has to poo. She’ll hold it until she has one on. Also? She hates sitting on big potties. She even refuses to sit on her own little potty if I bring it out with us in public. So yeah, that’s where we’re at right now. Since we’ve been so busy with Summer stuff, and since I’m not going back to my teaching job this year (much more on that later!), I think I’m going to wait until Fall to potty train full-force. Sigh. Shrug.

Favorite Things:

Peyton’s favorite books to read before naps and bedtime are The Big Hungry Bear, Madeline, and Green Eggs and Ham. She has officially transitioned from requesting her typical board books to regular paperback or hardcover books. Yay for better plots! It makes me smile when she picks out The Big Hungry Bear and Madeline, as they were both books from my childhood. They may be a little raggedy, but she loves the stories just as much as I did!

Oh, these next two favorites are funny…

Peyton is on a deer kick right now. She requests to go look for deer every time we go to my parent’s house. I blame my father for this new obsession! It’s pretty cute though. She calls them like you would a dog. “Heeeere deeeeer!” So when we went to Michigan a few weeks ago, Jason planned a trip to the deer ranch. Yes, there is such a place. They rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured deer. I think this was Peyton’s favorite part of the trip. She came home with a deer sweatshirt and deer stuffed animal from the gift shop. More pictures are to come in my post about our Michigan trip, but here are a few of Peyton in her idea of Heaven…

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Another favorite of Peyton’s? Caillou. Yes, that annoying bald four year old on PBS. She started watching it because it was the only kids show on during the time between lunch and nap. I was a great mom and would have her watch it while I was feeding Aiden and putting him down. Yes, he was a little annoying, but she was glued to the TV and it seemed to teach some good lessons for toddlers. She was obsessed with the characters, and would call for Gilbert (the cat) and Sarah (Caillou’s friend) at home and out in public. It took me a little while to figure out who she was calling for! Harmless enough though, right?! Well…Peyton started whining. And saying things like, “No, I don’t want to!” “No, I don’t like that!” and “I want that NOW!” At first I couldn’t figure out where this newfound (bratty) voice was coming from. I chalked it up to her being two, learning to talk, and testing the limits. My oh-so-smart hubby was the one that figured out that her newfound favorite phrases were coming from the mouth of Caillou! After paying more attention, I agreed that she was picking up bad habits from the show. So now we are staging a Caillou intervention. It is not pretty. She asks to watch the show all the time, and I have to tell her that he’s sleeping. There have been a few times I’ve caught her sneaking a fix on the PBS app on our I-Pad. But we’re trying our best to de-brattify our daughter. Sigh. Shrug. Eye roll.

Note From Mama:

Peyton,

Even though I may complain about your “two year old brattiness,” you really are such a good girl. You usually listen and do what’s asked of you, stay near me when we’re out in public, use your manners (you’ve finally mastered saying “Please” and “Thank you” at appropriate times!), and are a sweetheart. I love spending my days with you. Our favorite outings this summer have been to the zoo, Kings Island, the pool, and of course play dates with friends. You love seeing all the animals at the zoo, especially the penguins and other birds in the bird house. I’m sure if they had deer at the zoo, you’d want to go there every time, too. 🙂 You love riding whatever rides you’re tall enough for at Kings Island. Your favorite is the Beetle Bugs (or “buggie ride” as you call it). You also love the trains (little and big!), the cars, and the helicopters. I can’t wait for you to be able to ride more adventurous rides next year, as the ones you are tall enough for now just don’t seem to be exciting enough for you. You are my little daredevil…just one of the many reasons you are just like your daddy! You also have an affection for fireworks, so we try to stay for them when we go to K.I. at night. You may be sleepy by then, but you love saying the colors you see and shouting, “Boom!”

You continue to talk up a storm and learn new things each day. You even learned how to say, “Michigan” before our trip. Once we were home, you would tell me, “I want to go to Mich-i-gan” when you would wake up. (Yet another reason you are just like your daddy! You loved that place!)

I have loved every second of having you for a daughter. Sure some days are tough, but that is to be expected. I read somewhere that children know all the right buttons to push with their parents because their job is to help develop their parents’ character and patience. So as much as I try to teach you things every day, you are teaching ME every day, too!

I can honestly say that you are the best thing that ever happened to me. I am proud of many accomplishments in my life, but you are my pride and joy. If everything else was taken away from me, yet I still had you (and your daddy and brother, too, of course!), I would still be a happy girl. You make me love your dad even more, and you put it in our hearts to have your brother. With such a great first born, how could we NOT want another child?! I must say that you and your brother make me want to continue adding to our family. Not for awhile (I have my hands full as it is!), but I think the world can use as many Hamberg kiddos as we can give it! 😉

Thanks for being your sweet and sassy self!

~Mommy~

I have LOTS of pictures of Peyton from our trip to Michigan. I will save those for the post about our trip. For now, I thought I’d share a few of Jason painting Peyton’s toe nails the other night. He will probably kill me for posting these, but seriously…how cute are they?! This girl is so lucky to have him for a daddy. He would (literally) do anything for her! (Oh, and how about that beer box he used to paint her nails on?! Cracked me up.)

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And just a few more of my sweet and sassy girl. Love her to pieces!

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June 22, 2013
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TwoPeyton,

It seems like just yesterday I was sitting down to write your first birthday letter. How in the world has another year passed already?! I have a feeling every birthday letter will start the same way. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!

This past year has been filled with many changes, and even more joy. You have grown from a baby to a little girl, and it makes me both happy and sad at the same time. I am so happy to see how you’ve grown into such a beautiful young lady. You have such a strong personality, and are Miss Independent. While sometimes your independence tries my patience, I am glad that you have a strong sense of self and wanting to do things on your own, even at such a young age. I hope you carry that character trait all through your life. I am a little sad that you are no longer my baby. You don’t want to snuggle as much, and you’d rather be playing by yourself or with your friends than with your old mom. But I must say…my heart melts when you say, “Rock!” before naps and at night. I gladly rock your toddler-sized body and sing our special songs before laying you in bed. Of course, you usually get straight out of your big girl bed the second I lay you in it, but for a few minutes, you are back to being my snuggly baby. I eat those minutes up!

My favorite thing about this past year is that you’ve learned how to talk! You love to tell me what you want, and often times I can’t believe that you know how to say more complex words and phrases! Some of your favorite things to say lately are, “I sit here!” “No, I do it!” “I’m gonna get you!” “Pool! Swim!” and “Rides!” (You LOVE going to the pool and Kings Island!) I find myself laughing at some of the things you say, and the expressions with which you say them. They are pretty cute now, but I better prepare myself for when you are a teenager. I think your independence and sass may come back to bite me down the road!

You continue to have such a positive impact on the people around you. Your father, for instance, still adores you. You will always and forever be daddy’s little girl. You have a bond with him that cannot be matched. Don’t get me wrong…he loves your brother a ton and will always be proud that he has a son. But you have him wrapped around your finger and he thinks the world of you. He is already dreading giving a speech and dancing with you at your wedding. He gets choked up just thinking about it, and you’re only now turning two years old. I can tell you right now that your wedding day will be one of the hardest days of his life. He will be so proud and happy for you, but man will he be dreading giving you away. I just hope it’s to a guy that is just like your dad. He has such a kind heart, and always puts his family first. His great sense of humor makes me laugh every day, and he makes our household a fun place to be. I can only hope that someday you will meet a man that will love you and care for you the way your dad does.

Your grandparents still love spending time with you. I am so glad that we live close to all of our family so that they can be very involved in your life. You love to go outside and look for deer with Papa Roo (you’ve called him Papa instead of Grandpa lately). You insist on doing this pretty much every time we go over there. Grandma Betsy still tries to take you once a week if she can, and you love playing with all the toys at their house. Your favorite is the van with the mommy and baby in it. You love going to Sunday night dinners at Grandpa Mike and Grandma Colleen’s house. You enjoy playing with the toy washer and dryer, and have started playing on the swing set out back. You learned how to swing on the “big kid” swing at their house with daddy one night. Grandpa Mike can’t wait to take you out on the boats again in Michigan later this summer.

You have such a kind heart, and try to take care of the people around you. When Aiden cries, you go over to him and pat his head saying, “It’s okay, buddy,” or “Don’t cry, Aiden.” It melts my heart to see you with him. You make him laugh every chance you get, and you are so gentle with him. He is so lucky to have you for an older sister, and I know you will continue to take care of him for years to come. Even though raising two kids under two has been challenging at times, I am so glad we decided to have you two close together. I can already tell that you’re going to be the best of friends, and seeing you take on the role of the big sister at such a young age has been a blast. You transitioned flawlessly, and I am so proud of how you accepted him from the moment he came home. I don’t know many kids that are not jealous when a new sibling gets added to the mix. I always ask myself how I got so lucky.

I am thankful that you are healthy (even though you need to gain a few more pounds!), and are well behaved. I always get compliments on how good you are when I need someone to watch you. Luckily (I think?) you save your tantrums and melt-downs for when you are with me. I know it’s just your age and your increasing desire to be independent. I suppose they don’t call them the “terrible two’s” for nothing, and you seemed to hit them sooner than expected!  Your tantrums usually come when I have to end the fun things you’re doing. You HATE when I make you come in from playing outside (you’d live out there if you could!), and same goes for when we have to go home from a play date. But you are learning to get over it. In the big scheme of things, you are SUCH a good girl. You will play happily alone, are learning to share with your friends, and have fun no matter what you are doing. You are learning to use your manners and say “please” and “thank you,” not all the time, but it’s a start. You are usually happy, and your smile and laughter are just infectious. I could not have asked for a better little girl to call my daughter. To say that your father and I are proud of you is an understatement. We are literally in awe of you, and you have tripled the joy in our house. We cannot imagine our life without you in it.

I thank God every day that He chose to bless us with you. I feel honored that He trusts me to raise and shape you. There is no other job in this world that I would rather do than be your mom. I get teary-eyed every time I think about how blessed I am to have you as part of our family. You continue to be the BIGGEST and BEST surprise of my life. I love you to the moon and back, young lady. Happy second birthday, and I look forward to continue watching you grow and change in the coming years.

All my love,

Your mama

As part of our birthday tradition, we will be watching Peyton’s birth video today. Check it out if you like – I cry every time!!!

 

Jason’s birthday letter to Peyton will eventually go here. He is still working on it! 🙂

 

Here are the best pics I got at the two year old photo shoot I attempted…

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As you can see from this picture, Peyton was NOT a fan of the photo shoot! Hence why the above pics are the best I could get! 😉

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April 29, 2013
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Aiden

Age: 4 Months

Stats: 13 lbs., 13 ounces (45%); 26 ¼ inches long (92%)

New Developments:

Aiden has grown up a lot in the last month. He definitely doesn’t have any more “newborn” left in him. It makes me happy and sad all at the same time. He can roll both from his back to belly, and belly to back, but doesn’t do either often. He prefers to roll onto his side and stay there. 🙂

Aiden is officially sleeping in his crib! FINALLY! The transition went really well. He was about 3 ½ months when he finally got kicked out of mommy and daddy’s room. We planned to do it earlier, but he kept getting sick and I didn’t want him sleeping flat on his back all night with congestion and an ear infection. Once he was healthy, our video monitor’s handset broke and we had to wait for a replacement to arrive. Sooooo….Mr. Aiden got to hang in our room a little longer than expected. Now that he’s in his own room, he usually sleeps from about 8:00 – 7/7:30ish. I am so thankful for another good sleeper. I think God knows how much I need my sleep to function!

Favorite Things:

He’s been spending less time in his swing, and a lot more time on his play mat and Bumbo. He is also starting to be able to hold toys and chew on them. One of his new favorite things to do is DROOL! He acts like he’s teething, but I’m not counting on any teeth appearing anytime soon. Peyton acted the exact same way early on, and didn’t end up getting her first tooth until about 9 months. We shall see!

Note From Mama:

Aiden,

Your little personality is definitely starting to shine through. You continue to smile and laugh a bunch, which makes my heart sing. You think whatever I say or do is funny, but we’ll see how long that lasts. I’m sure the eye rolls and “Aw, mom!” comments are just around the corner! But for now, I will eat up every ounce of your affections!

You sure have found your voice this month. You talk (AKA squeal) every chance you get. I don’t remember your sister talking this much so young. You get so excited, flailing your arms and legs around, screaming your heart out. I would love to know what you’re telling us!

You continue to be a mama’s boy, and are starting to show “stranger anxiety” behaviors. I know this is a phase most babies go through, but you seem to be exceptionally clingy to me. I’m sure part of it is due to the fact that I have stayed home with you thus far, and you really haven’t had any other people watch you aside from grandparents. I want to feel bad about this, but you know what? I don’t! I wouldn’t trade my decision to stay home with you for ANYTHING. I have faith that you’ll get over it and will become the social butterfly that your sister continues to be. For now I’ll just enjoy the fact that you want your mama all of the time, because I know those days are numbered.

While I have loved watching you grow and change these last four months, I need you to do me a favor – SLOW DOWN! You are getting much too big, much too fast. I know that if I blink, you’ll be Peyton’s age – running around, talking up a storm, and wanting your independence. I am trying to hold on to these “baby months” as long as I can!

I love you to the moon and back, little man!

~Mommy~

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 Peyton

Age: 22 Months

Stats: 20 lbs, 8 ounces (or around there…Miss Sassy decided to fight sitting on the scale at the doctor! Ugh)

New Developments:

Oh boy…where do I start?! She is talking like crazy these days, and has even started using phrases and, at times, even complete sentences! She tends to quiet down in public or in new situations, but at home…she.doesn’t.shut.up! At the doctor on Friday, she very matter-of-factly said, “Go home, mommy! Go home!” (As mentioned above, she was not the best patient for her weight check.) She can repeat pretty much anything you tell her (Jason needs to watch what he says more carefully! Ahem!). She knows words for things that I have NO idea how she learned them. She is quite the sponge these days!

She knows all but a few of her letters (can recognize and point to them, and tell you the letter’s name when you ask her), knows all of her colors, and is starting to count! She says, “One, two, three, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve!” No clue why she skips four, five, and six. At first I didn’t know why she was counting to twelve and not stopping at ten. Then it dawned on me…we count the stairs as we go up and down, so she’s used to hearing numbers higher than ten! See? A sponge, I tell you!

We transitioned her to a toddler bed Friday night. Yes, my two-months-away-from-being-two daughter is officially in a big girl bed. I was planning on holding off on this transition for as long as humanly possible. However, she started expressing an interest in trying to get out of her crib the past week, and succeeded once. So, for her safety, we had to do it now. So far it has been bearable, but definitely not my favorite milestone so far! I will try and write more about this new development later.

Favorite Things:

Peyton has been OBSESSED with Cozy Coupe cars for awhile now. Her babysitter had one, and Peyton would sit in that thing all day. Literally – she wouldn’t get out. I debated buying her one, but they were kind of pricey, and so I was waiting for her birthday. I saw one on an online yard sale site, and just had to buy it. It is by far her favorite thing these days. Every time we go in the garage, we hear, “Car! Car!” She loves driving it around our patio out back. I think we’ll get every penny out of that silly car!

Aside from that, I have learned a few things that are NOT Peyton’s favorites in the past month:

Brushing a goat at the zoo…

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Riding on an animal on the zoo’s merry-go-round…

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Making a pizza at Dewey’s…

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Note From Mama:

Peyton,

Well, my dear, you are almost two years old. I can tell that because you are trying harder than ever to be independent. While at times you frustrate me and try every last bit of patience, I know it’s just part of you growing up. You have a mind of your own, and you like to do things YOUR way. Now that you can talk pretty well, you have no problem speaking your mind! I hope to be a kind but firm guide for you as you test the limits and boundaries in life. I can only hope that you’ll grow to be a kind, independent, and motivated young lady. But for now, you are my sweet, sassy, and spunky little girl!

You continue to be so good to your baby brother. You share your toys with him, (try to) pick him up, give him hugs and kisses, and say, “Aiden, don’t cry! Don’t cry, Aiden!” You are a little mommy to him, and it gives me a glimpse into how great of a mommy YOU will make someday! You also mommy your baby dolls – feeding them bottles, wrapping them in blankets, tucking them into their crib, and of course showering them with kisses. As much of a tom-boy as you are, you LOVE your babies!

Speaking of what you love…can we talk about your recent obsession with BASEBALL?! You enjoy watching it on TV with your daddy, and anytime you see something baseball related (like in your brother’s nursery!), you say, “Baseball!” We took you to your first Red’s game of the season, and you loved every second of it. You even ate some ballpark nachos, which was a definite first! I am sure you will frequent many Red’s games with your dad. (You should see his smile when he’s watching baseball with his girl!)

We’ve had another great month together, and I am looking forward to the warmer weather that should hopefully be on its way to STAY!

Love,

Your Mama

Below are pictures from the fun things we did this month. Enjoy! 🙂

I painted Peyton’s nails for the first time, hoping it would make her more comfortable with us touching her feet (she HATES when we cut her toe nails!). She quickly became obsessed with her painted nails, and she says, “Pink!” every time she sees her toes. Pretty cute, if you ask me!

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We made two trips to Pine Hill park – one with daddy, and one with Hillary/Savannah and Kelly/Noah.

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We went to the zoo twice so far this year. The first time we took Hillary and Savannah, and Grandma Betsy came along for the second trip.

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Peyton and Aiden love spending time with the Hamberg’s for Sunday Night Dinners! Here are both kids with their Grandpa Mike, celebrating Easter a little late.

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You know that Red’s game I talked about? Well, here are some pictures from it! How stinkin’ cute is my little girl in front of the stadium?!

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My girl LOVES to play outside! We took a walk around the block. I pushed Aiden in the stroller, and Peyton pushed her baby. 🙂

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My mom invited us and our good friends, the Sparks family, to make pizza at Dewey’s to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Braxton seemed to enjoy watching them make the pizzas, but Peyton cried the whole time. 🙁 We all enjoyed eating the pizzas, though!

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Jason and his sisters threw a surprise 60th birthday party for their mom and dad. We had the party at the club house in our new neighborhood where our lot is. We told them that the party was for my Grandma. By the looks on their faces, I think they were surprised! 🙂

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As you can see, we had a very busy but fun month!

April 07, 2013
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Well, here we are a week after Easter and I’m just now getting around to blogging about it! (Story of my life lately.)

We had a pretty low-key Easter this year. It was great because this was the first year Peyton could actually participate in Easter festivities. First off was baking Easter cookies. Since I’ve been home full-time lately, I’ve gotten much more daring when it comes to cooking and baking. We went over to the Mayne family‘s house to decorate Valentine’s Day cookies awhile back. I was so impressed with the cookies and icing – they were soooo yummy and looked like what you’d find in a store! Hillary was nice enough to share the links to the recipes. So Peyton and I decided to make homemade sugar cookie dough and icing for Easter! (Click on the links and you, too, can make these yummy treats!) This was a big feat for me because let’s face it… I don’t usually make things from scratch. But they turned out great! Peyton had fun decorating a few cookies before bed one night. Mommy did the rest! 😉

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I was the Easter Bunny when it came to buying the eggs, treats, and Easter baskets/goodies. Jason was in charge of being the Easter Bunny and hiding the eggs the night before. He had so much fun doing it, so I think this will be his job every year! Peyton woke up pretty early Easter morning,  and Aiden was still sleeping (that.never.happens). It was great that Peyton got some alone time with us to do her little Easter egg hunt and check out her goodies. She caught on right away about hunting for eggs, and loved every minute of it! She also loved her Easter basket goodies. Her favorite things were a pink car, bubbles, and a necklace/bracelet set. She also loved eating the marshmallows, jelly beans, and M&M’s out of her eggs.

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After the egg hunt, we ate breakfast and hung out for a bit. Aiden woke up and decided to join us. 🙂 We then decided to color Easter eggs. I had planned ahead and baked (yes, not boiled) the eggs the night before. Peyton got a kick out of dying the eggs with her daddy. Believe it or not, we didn’t even make a mess!

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This is one of my favorite pictures of Peyton and Jason. I just love how she’s looking up at him. This girl ADORES her daddy. Melts my heart. 😀

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We hung out at our house for most of the day. We thought about attempting Church, but with two little ones, we thought it best to skip this year. But we still remembered the reason for the special day! We went to dinner at Bravo’s with my parents, Grandma, and our family friend, Millie. Nothing says Easter like Italian food, right?! 😉 Jaosn’s parents were in Florida over Easter, so we didn’t get to see them. 🙁 But we knew they were having a blast and enjoying some nicer weather!  After dinner, we went back to my parents’ house for their Easter egg hunt for Peyton. This girl is SPOILED. Grandpa Roo hid the eggs, and Peyton loved finding them. He made them kind of tricky, but she was up for the challenge! I can’t wait until Aiden can more fully participate in our traditions next year.

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I had attempted some pictures of the two kiddos in their Easter outfits. I had bought Peyton’s dress and Aiden’s dress shirt last summer on clearance at Crazy 8. This mama loves a good deal! 😉 I was happy that both outfits fit, considering I was preggo with Aiden when I bought them, and it’s hard to predict Peyton’s growth. Peyton’s dress was a little big (it was a size 18 months, for crying out loud!), and Aiden’s was a little small. But it all worked out nonetheless! As you can see from the photos, it’s a bit of a challenge getting a good picture of BOTH kids. Here were our best shots:

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We had a great Easter, and hope you and your families did as well. We continue to be thankful every day for all we’ve been blessed with.

April 01, 2013
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You thought I was preggo with Baby #3, didn’t ya?! 😉 APRIL FOOLS!!! While I am so in love with the two that we have, I think we’ll be waiting awhile until we think about a third. I think Jason would have a heart attack if I got pregnant again now!

Anywho, I am a little sad that I documented so much of Aiden’s pregnancy and first few months on here, and Peyton’s early journey is missing. So I dug up posts from my old blog, and decided to put them on here so that everything is all together. I have to admit, it was fun re-reading what I had written! I still remember those feelings when I first found out I was pregnant with her. I was so nervous about what everyone would think. I am SO happy with how wonderful everyone was about our news! And now looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. Peyton was and continues to be the biggest and best surprise that ever happened to us.

So here we go…Peyton’s pregnancy posts! 🙂

(Please excuse the picture sizes – I was lazy and didn’t feel like resizing them all to fit this blog’s dimensions.)

 

I Had My Plans, But God’s Plans Won!

October 26th, 2010

It all started in mid-October, when I started noticing subtle changes in my body. I was so tired…I could not stop yawning, and getting out of bed in the morning seemed impossible! I blamed this on my new photography business, as I had been very busy on the weekends doing shoots, and stayed up late throughout the week editing pictures. We had started a weight loss challenge at school, and were to weigh ourselves each week. I was shocked to notice that despite being more careful with what I was eating and drinking, I was GAINING a little weight each week! I was so embarrassed when everyone else was saying that they lost, and I had to admit to either gaining weight or staying the same. I also noticed some soreness in some female areas (which I won’t go into detail!), but thought that was normal as my period was coming up in a few weeks. It wasn’t until I started feeling nauseous that I started to worry about what was going on with my body.
On Friday, October 22nd, I again felt very tired and nauseous all day at school. I knew we were going to have a weekend filled with activities that involved certain beverages, as we were going to the UC game on Friday evening and a Halloween party on Saturday evening. Being the paranoid person that I am, I thought I should take a pregnancy test just to be on the safe side. So I bought the cheapest test I could find at Kroger’s and went over to Jason’s to take it before he got home. I really expected it to be negative, as my period wasn’t even technically late. However, within seconds of me “peeing on the stick,” I saw this:

Imagine my surprise and shock!!! I immediately started shaking and staring at it in disbelief. Of course a few seconds later, Jason came in the house from work. I didn’t have time to calm myself down or think of the perfect words to break the news to him with. I went into the kitchen, and I must have looked white as a ghost. He asked what was wrong, and I told him that he didn’t want to know! I then proceeded to show him the test, and burst into tears. It was the strangest feeling I have ever felt – if I were married to Jason and we were trying to have a baby, I would’ve been bursting at the seams with joy. I have wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember, and have had fears that I wouldn’t be able to due to fertility issues that run on my mom’s side of the family. However, I wanted to be a mom AFTER I was married! I consider myself to be a big rule follower and like to do things in the traditional manner. Never in a million years would I have expected to have a baby before I was married, much less engaged! All I could think about was what people were going to say. Were they going to judge me? Were they going to gossip about me behind my back? Were our families going to be disappointed in us? How would I tell my class and their parents? The list of worries went on and on…
Jason was great – he reminded me that God has a plan, and if this is His plan, we will make it work. I desperately needed to hear that. However, at the same time, he kept second guessing the results. He asked if I was sure that was what the test looked like if it were positive. I got out the instructions and we both studied the results. I also went out and bought a more expensive test that told you results in a no-brainer way:

                                                                         Yeah, there was no doubting that one.

It has been five days since I found out I was pregnant. During that time, Jason and I have both been processing the news in our own ways. We have had conversations about the fact that we’ve been talking about getting married, and we both have wanted to spend the rest of our lives with each other anyway. Now we just get to be parents a whole lot sooner than we were expecting. We have desperately wanted to tell our families and close friends, but at this point in time, we are waiting until I can go to the doctor just to make sure everything is okay first. It’s funny – I was not expecting this baby, but now that I am pregnant, I want nothing more than for him/her to be healthy. I will be so disappointed if I were to have a miscarriage, which I am realistic enough to know is a possibility. However, if being nauseous is a good sign, I should be having a VERY healthy baby! I feel like I have the stomach flu 24/7 and all I can eat are crackers, fruit, dry cereal, Sprite, and water. I sure hope this part doesn’t last too much longer!!!

As the title of this post suggests – I had my plans, but God’s plans won. My plans were for us to get engaged this Fall, plan a wedding for next Fall, and then go off of birth control and start trying to have a baby shortly after. (Yes, for the record – I was on birth control when this happened!!!) Jason and I had talked at length about our plans for the future, and even though he was nervous to take the next steps due to being burned in his past marriage, he shared the same goals and plans for our life together. Yet as I have learned time and time again, my plans don’t always match up with God’s plans. And more importantly, God’s plans are always so much better than my own! If God’s plan is for me to be pregnant and have a healthy baby now, then I am going to accept His plan openly and willingly. I am thankful that he has given me the ability to get pregnant, especially since I have worried time and time again that I wouldn’t be able to. I am thankful for the tiny life that is growing inside of me, one that I will love and cherish for the rest of my life. I have always said that I would tell my kids that they were wanted and loved long before they were conceived. And as much as I did not want the timing of this pregnancy, I DO want this baby!

To all of our friends and family that may be reading this blog, thank you for the support I know we will receive from you. We love each and every one of you, and as I’m writing this post, I can’t wait to share our news with you! I know Jason and I will make it through this unexpected life event together, and we will be made stronger through your love and friendship. This baby is already so lucky to be born into the wonderful network of people that we have surrounding us! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and most importantly, please pray for a healthy baby!

Spilling the Beans

October 29th, 2010

Jason and I had originally wanted to wait to start telling people about the baby until after my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, November 9th. We ideally wanted to wait to tell the majority of people until after the first trimester, which
will be around Christmas if my calculations are right. It is so hard not to tell!!!

The Monday after we found out, I ended up telling the girls I eat lunch with at school. I have been SO sick, and eating is one of the most difficult times in the day for me. I couldn’t have asked for a better reaction from my close friends at school. There were hugs, congratulations, and support. They pointed out that Jason and I have been together for quite some time now, and obviously had plans to settle down together anyway. While I knew this, it was nice to hear it from other people as well. I am so blessed to work with such great people and friends!

Jason has been begging me to tell our parents since the weekend we found out (exactly a week ago today!). I have been hesitant to tell anyone, only because I am realistic enough to know that 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. However, I know that if I were to in fact miscarry, we would need the support of our parents through that time. So we are telling our parents tonight! We bought onsies for them, and cards that say congrats on being grandparents. I desperately wanted to give them onsies or bibs that said, “I love Grandma” or “I love Grandpa,” but they have NOTHING that is gender neutral! Jason wouldn’t let me buy the cute little girl ones, as he SWEARS we’re not having a girl, and I couldn’t bring myself to buy the little boy ones, as I SWEAR I’m not having a boy! Haha. But really…we’ll both be happy with whatever the baby ends up being. Anyway…we are taking them all out to dinner (which isn’t rare, as our parents get along great), and plan to tell them after they open their gifts. I honestly think they’re expecting us to announce we’re engaged, but boy will they be in for a surprise! I used to think that would be the first bit of news we’d be sharing too. I hope they are excited, but I don’t know what to expect. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were a little shocked and disappointed at first. However, I know our parents, and I know that they will support and love us no matter what. I can only imagine my mother once she gets over the shock – I picture her running out to buy baby things in the next few weeks! She has been so excited for me to have a child, but has always stressed that she would wait until AFTER I was married. Well, I tried…but even the best laid plans sometimes get washed away!

This past week as really been rough for me in terms of feeling nauseous. I have thrown up all but two days since I found out, often more than once in a day! I am feeling better today (minus this morning), so I hope it continues.

I will let you know how telling my parents went in my next post! Obviously no one will be reading this blog until we decide to make our news well-known to all friends and family! I just like keeping track of this experience so that Jason and I can remember it for many years to come.

We are So Blessed

November 2nd, 2010

I am going to make this post as brief as I can, as I am EXHAUSTED and need to lay down for a bit! My first graders wear me out all the time, but especially when I’m pregnant and extra tired!
We told our parents on Friday night as planned, and they reacted pretty much the way we expected. They did, in fact, think we were going to announce we were engaged, and were a bit shocked when they opened their gift bags. I of course burst into tears…partly due to embarrassment, and partly due to hormones! After the initial shock wore off for everyone, we had some nice conversations and enjoyed the evening together. We are very lucky to be blessed with the two AMAZING sets of parents that we have! We couldn’t ask for any more love and support.
As expected, my mom went out the next day and bought these:

We went to the UC game with them the very next day, and I guess the bookstore was just too darn tempting for her! Made me laugh…gotta love her.
The few friends I have told have also been nothing but supportive. Two of the girls from work that I plan with surprised me with these this morning:

While God may not have wanted us to have our “perfect plans,” He sure has blessed us with wonderful people to keep us company on the journey!
Now that our parents know, we both feel a lot better about things. We are excited to welcome our new little one into the world sometime this summer! We are both anxious to go to the doctor on Tuesday to make sure everything is going the way it is supposed to. I haven’t been feeling as sick as I was (and haven’t thrown up in a few days…woohoo!), so that has been kind of nice. It also makes me a little nervous, as I’ve heard that feeling sick is a good sign for a healthy pregnancy. But as long as I’m not spotting, I’m not going to worry!
Thanks again for your continued prayers and support! We love you all, and can’t wait until our news is known by EVERYONE! 🙂

So Much News to Share!

December 7th, 2010

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, to say the least!
Jason and I are now officially ENGAGED! He popped the question the weekend before Thanksgiving at my favorite restaurant…Maggiano’s! I knew we were going to be getting engaged soon, as he told me he had already asked my dad’s permission waaaaay before we ever found out about the baby. He also hinted that he had been looking at rings, and asked me what my size was. But I didn’t know when he was going to ask, and I was so excited when he finally did! Here is a picture of the BEAUTIFUL ring that Jason picked out all by himself! 🙂

I think Jason, my mom, and myself should get an award for how quickly we have pulled things together for the wedding. In about a week’s time, we booked a church (St. Xavier in downtown Cincinnati), a reception hall (Cincinnati Club, also in downtown Cincinnati), a photographer (Varland Photography), and a band (Second Wind). We also have found a videographer (MillsFilms) that we are in the process of booking. I don’t know what to plan and think about first…wedding or baby! Most of the time baby wins…s/he is the star of all of my dreams! Those dreams have been quite strange, scary, and comical…all depending on the night! No wedding dreams yet.
Since I knew I was pregnant, I wanted to do our engagement pictures as soon as possible to avoid a baby bump in them. So Jason and I (and baby!) ventured out downtown in the FREEZING December weather to do our shoot with our awesome wedding photographers. I am so happy they were able to do them so last minute, and I can’t wait to use the pictures for Christmas/Save the Date cards! If you haven’t seen them yet, feel free to check them out!
Website: http://varlandphotography.smugmug.com/Portraits/Kristi-Jason Password: Ruwe
We have two VERY important dates to announce:

June 20, 2011 – Baby’s Official Due Date!

August 27, 2011 – Our Wedding Day!
Jason and I were lucky enough to see “Baby Berg” (as Jason has nicknamed the baby) about two weeks ago. Normally my doctor’s office doesn’t do an ultrasound until about 20 weeks. They were not able to give me an official due date, as I was not expecting to get pregnant and wasn’t tracking my cycle the way I should have. So that meant an early ultrasound to get a better idea of how far along I was. Here is the ultrasound picture of our little alien…I mean…baby! 😉

It was such a relief to see our little peanut and hear the heart beat for the first time! I wouldn’t trade that for anything!!! I have been SO nervous about miscarrying. My mom’s past miscarriages combined with other people I know’s miscarriages freaked me out. So much, in fact, that I have insisted that we don’t tell most people until I am out of first trimester. It has been SO HARD not to tell! And I think my mom has had an even more difficult time not sharing the news!
I am happy to report that Jason and I went to the doctor’s today, and I made it to 12 weeks! They put the doppler on me, and it took a few seconds (felt like minutes!) for her to find the heartbeat. I was so scared that it wasn’t going to be there. However, she found it and the baby’s heart was beating away! She said that now there is a 98% chance that the baby will not be miscarried, so that made me feel much better. She also said we can start spreading the news, which I know we are all so excited to do!!!
We get to find out the gender in about two months (sometime in early Feb.). We can’t wait! As of right now, I think it’s a girl, and Jason thinks it’s a boy. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if we’ll be buying pink or blue! I think Jason may have a heart-attack buying lots of pink things though! 😉
We have had quite the busy past few weeks, and are in for an even busier summer! Time after time, I am reminded of how good God truly is. He has heard all that I have wanted, and blessed me with it ALL at once! I know I’ve always tried to remind myself that God’s plans are better than mine. It has been difficult to believe that all the time. However, I KNOW this to be true. After finding out about our little one, I have also found out that many of my close friends are also expecting! Here is the run down:
*Jessica (my cousin) is due at the end of May/early June.

*Kelly (my friend from OU turned co-worker at Mason) is due 6 days before me.

*Mandi (my friend from school and neighbor) is due about a month after me.
Seriously, God is so good! I am so excited to share this experience with some of my closest friends, and watch our kiddos grow up together. So now when I pray for my baby, I also pray for my friends’ babies!
We can’t wait to meet you, Baby Berg!

 15 Weeks

December 27th, 2010

I am officially 15 weeks today! Since I am pretty far along, Jason and I have decided to make our news public for all to know. Plus, it has been SO hard to pretend to be fine when I have been sick as a dog the majority of this pregnancy!

We told all of our families (aunts/uncles, grandparents, cousins, etc.) on Christmas Eve. It was nice to finally have everyone close to us “in the know.” I was going to put something on Facebook up on New Years, about how 2011 is going to be such an exciting year for us. However, Jason put up a “hint” yesterday which has gotten some people curious. So I decided to spill the beans to EVERYONE today. You know once something is “Facebook Official,” it must really be true! Hehe.

I am still trying to prepare for baby and wedding all at once. It has been quite the challenge, as I have been so tired and my stomach continues to hate me. Everyone told me I would be feeling better at 12-13 weeks, but here I am at week 15 and am still feeling pretty miserable. To make a long story short, after meeting with our potential florist the other day, I found myself on the side of the highway getting sick. Not quite what I had envisioned for my wedding planning days! But it has made for a funny story for my mom and I to tell people.

We are going to look at wedding dresses tomorrow, which should be interesting. I have a tiny bump that I can notice, but I am not very big yet. It will be hard to estimate what size of a dress I will need 2 months after having a baby! Oh well, I guess that’s what alterations are for!

Not a whole lot else is new here. Just spilling the beans about our little peanut and trying to cross things off the two biggest “To Do” lists ever known to man: wedding and baby! Hope all is well with everyone, and that you all had a wonderful Christmas! 🙂

Finding out if Baby ‘Berg is a Boy or a Girl!

I have had a hunch that Baby ‘Berg was a girl. My mom was REALLY sick with me, and I have been pretty sick myself. In addition, I have had dream after dream after dream about this baby and what it is! The first dream I had, I dreamt it was a boy. I told Jason, who of course has been pulling for a boy, and he was excited. However, ever since that one dream, it has been nothing but a girl! I can remember all of my (crazy) dreams:

*They took the baby out of me to do testing, I got to hold her, and I noticed she was a girl before they put her back inside me. Hmmm….

*My mom called to tell me that she had gone to find out what the baby was without me, and it was a girl. I asked her how she did it without me, and she said they did an ultrasound on her. Hmmmm….again.

*I went to the doctor’s for an ultrasound and Jason couldn’t go with me. They said it was a girl, and gave me tons of pictures to show him. I somehow lost all of the pictures before I saw Jason, so I went back to the doctor and they did another ultrasound and printed more pictures. Still a girl…

*We went to a Spa-like place for an ultrasound (this was once I knew we were going to Becoming Mom), and saw it was a girl.
The list could go on and on. Needless to say, I was soooo sick of dreaming about what the baby was going to be! I talked Jason into going to Becoming Mom to find out early. We have an ultrasound scheduled at the doctor’s for Feb. 2nd (I’ll be 20 weeks), but I just couldn’t wait that long! So even though he wasn’t thrilled about the idea, Jason agreed to go at 16 weeks to find out elsewhere. Plus, we were excited that Becoming Mom lets you bring as many people as you’d like, so we invited our moms to share in the experience.
We went at 9:00 on Saturday morning (1/8/2011). I was SO nervous, and drank orange juice all morning in hopes it would help the baby move around. Jason was nervous, too, I think. We met our moms there, filled out the paperwork, and were taken back to a room. The lady we worked with was SO great…very nice, and very knowledgeable. She found the baby instantly, and it was so cool to see how much more it looked like a BABY compared to our last ultrasound at 10 weeks (when it looked more like an alien!). We could see all of the ribs, leg and arm bones, fingers and toes, and facial features. I LOVED watching it! However, this baby is not much of a mover. It didn’t move a whole lot at 10 weeks, and it was curled up by my placenta and just hanging out this time. Plus, it had its legs crossed, so we couldn’t see the gender right away. The lady wiggled the ultrasound thing on me to try and make it move, and that didn’t work. Then she had me put my legs straight out (I had them bent at the knees), and immediately the baby moved so we could see! She asked, “Are you ready to know what it is?” and I looked at Jason and asked, “Are we?!” Even though my gut was telling me it was a girl all along, it was crazy to think that in a few short moments we would know exactly what had been growing in me all this time. I honestly would have been fine with whatever she said, as I know that the only thing that truly matters is that the baby is healthy. I was nervous for Jason, though, because I know that the idea of a girl has scared him. After I asked if we were ready, he said, “I guess,” or something along those lines. The lady then told us it was a GIRL!!! I immediately started crying, and felt so silly doing so. I know the hormones had a lot to do with it, but in that second, I bonded with my baby in a whole new way. She was no longer an “it,” but my sweet baby girl. It was one of the best moments thus far in my life, and one I know I will never forget.
Jason and our moms started hugging each other, and I kept wiping away the tears. We got to take home some amazing pictures of our little girl, and here are some of my favorites:

Jason has banned me from posting any pictures of her “girl parts,” as he is ALREADY super protective of his little girl! He has been adjusting to the idea of having a girl instead of a boy. His first words to me when we got in the car alone were, “Now I have to start saving for a wedding!” He has already spoken about getting a shotgun, and the fact that he’ll be cleaning it every time she brings a guy home. But seriously, I know he is going to melt the second they put that little girl in his arms. Part of the reason I have wanted a girl so badly is because I can’t wait to see him with a girl. I know she’ll have him wrapped around her finger, and I know she’ll soften him in a way that only a daughter can. I have promised that I’ll hope for a boy next time so they can do all of the “boy” things together! And also so that I hopefully won’t be as sick! 😉
I can not wait to be this little girl’s mom. God has given me so many blessings, and I am so very thankful. There is nothing more miraculous than having a life grow inside of you. I am not even really showing a whole lot yet, but there is a BABY inside of me that has all of her parts put together perfectly. It reminds me of a Bible verse that I have always loved :

“For YOU created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful I know that full well.”

Psalm 139: 13-14

So true! I know that God has a special plan for this little girl, who gave us a surprise of a lifetime! Jason and I are both so excited to be her parents and see what amazing things she has ahead of her!
Finally, I would like to share something that I had written about in January two years ago. It is from my old blog (that I gave up on a long time ago!), and I wrote advice for a future daughter. How fitting now that I have a daughter growing inside me! Check it out here.
Please continue to pray for our little girl! We want nothing more than for her to be healthy!!!

Thankful for a HEALTHY baby!

February 15th, 2010

Sorry I have been a slacker in terms of blogging lately! To say I’ve been busy recently is an understatement…planning a wedding, planning for a baby, doing BOTH registries before showers start, premarital classes (Catholic AND Crossroads), and moving Jason into my house feel like a full time job…on top of my full-time job! But I wouldn’t have it any other way!
We had our second ultrasound at the doctor’s on Feb. 2nd. I was 20 weeks pregnant, and couldn’t wait to see our baby girl again. More importantly, we wanted to hear that she was healthy. While the ultrasound at Becoming Mom was fun, we knew it was mainly to find out the gender. We had been waiting (and praying!) for the 20 week ultrasound where a doctor could look more closely at her to make sure she was growing properly. We had the ultrasound, and the tech showed us all of the different body parts and organs she was measuring. We got some pictures, but they didn’t turn out as clear as the ones from Becoming Mom, so I haven’t posted them. But we did catch baby sucking her thumb and it was too cute! She still had her legs crossed (Good girl! Keep it up! Haha), and she was pretty mellow in the womb. I am hoping she’ll be the same way once she’s born…calm and go with the flow! 😉
After the ultrasound, we met with the doctor. She said we have a VERY healthy baby on our hands! Praise God!!! What a relief! She said the only potential problem is that my placenta is in the front and low (not covering, but just low). She said most of the time it moves up the bigger you get, and it shouldn’t be a problem. I get to have another ultrasound done at 30 weeks to make sure it moved up on its own. I’m excited to get a chance to see our baby again! We’ll probably have two more ultrasounds before she’s born -that one and a 3D/4D one at Becoming Mom.
Speaking of Becoming Mom…Jason got me a gift certificate there for Valentine’s Day! I get a pregnancy massage, pedicure, and roses! So sweet!!! We had a great “Last Valentine’s Day Before the Baby.” We went to Bravo’s for dinner, which is where we had gone for our very first date. YUM! Jason bought me a VERY sweet card and wrote a thoughtful message inside. It was a great day/night!
I have seen Jason embrace having a daughter. He always says things like, “I love my girls,” or “How are my girls?” I think she’s already got him wrapped around her little finger. We have a bet going on about if he’ll cry when she’s born or not. I think he will FOR SURE, and he says he won’t. We’ll see who wins that bet! 😉 He has also embraced the nursery. We bought all of the furniture, and he put it ALL together that weekend! I hope he’s as motivated when it comes to diaper changes and 2 a.m. feedings!!! Hehe.
In other news, I FINALLY have a “baby bump!” You know you’re showing when you walk down the hallway at school and people comment on your belly! So far I’ve only taken one “bump” picture, but I plan to take more soon. Here I am at 21 weeks. I feel like I have gotten MUCH bigger in just the last week!

We are so very thankful for our healthy baby girl. We are also thankful for the MANY other healthy babies due around the same time! My cousin, Jessica, is having a healthy baby boy, my friend Kelly is having a healthy baby boy, my friend Mandi is having a boy, and lots of other friends from work are having ultrasounds and all have been healthy so far. While it’s fun to find out pink or blue, the real excitement is hearing the HEALTHY part! God is so good!

 

And that, my friends, is as far as I kept up with Peyton’s pregnancy. I guess since I documented the beginning of Peyton’s and the end of Aidens’, I kept track of one entire pregnancy! Hehe. I will try to get Peyton’s birth story up here in the future. Better late than never, right?! 😉

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