Friday, December 6, 2013

4 Months, 5 Months, Almost 6!

Time for some updates and pictures!!!! Yay! I feel bad that it has been so long. I apologize too to anyone that was looking for pics on facebook and such - I recently decided to deactivate my account. I just decided it wasn't right for me. Nothing happened or anything. I was just done with it. So now I am sticking with the blog. I figure that anyone that cares reads the blog anyway :)

Jake is almost 6 months old!!!! But I feel that I need to post some 4/5 month pics since I missed those:

4 months

5 months

He is growing so fast I can't believe it. At his 4 month appointment I was surprised to find out he is not the chunker I thought he was. He was 14lb, 10 oz: 43%. And 25.3": 60%.

We started him on solids at 4 months because he was not sleeping through the night and we were hoping to fix that. It didn't fix it right away, but more on sleep issues later :) He initially loved rice cereal and oatmeal, but not that he has experienced fruit he spits out the cereal. I didn't think it was possible - be he is pickier than Aurora - she ate everything at that age. He has preferences already. So far he likes every fruit he has tried. He likes squash OK, sweet potatoes, and carrots. HATES peas. I should video him with those - you'd think I was doing something terrible to him :)

Jake talks SO much. He is also a super giggly baby. He thinks Aurora is hilarious - even when she is yelling at him. He LOVES LOVES LOVES Aurora. He is happiest when she is paying attention to him and just watches her every move. She has started to like him more. She actually has wanted to hold him recently and make him laugh. Glad to see things are going the right direction. I was worried for a while.

He is starting to try to sit up by himself. He can do it briefly, but he's not there yet. He is rolling both directions (tummy to back 10/3, 3.5mos. and back to tummy 11/27, 5mos.) The tummy to back was causing some issues for a while. He has always been a tummy sleeper, but once he learned to roll over he would roll himself over in the middle of the night and get super mad about it. It resulted in at least 1 waking in the middle of the night, most times 3-4 and a lot of times he wouldn't go back to sleep. I was really frustrated because I felt like I had done everything to sleep train him properly, but he was still waking up a lot. It meant not a lot of sleep for me. And Nick has been travelling like crazy so I have been a zombie. Finally I talked to the same sleep doctor that I talked to when I had issues with Aurora. He said to let him cry. It was terrible. I was up for 3 and 4 hours in the middle of the night. (Don't worry - he didn't scream that long. He played and grumped and played and grumped...) Finally as an experiment I put him on his back to sleep. The first night it took him 1.5hrs. to fall asleep - he never screamed, just kind of grumped about it. He slept 8pm-6am!!!!!!! Then last night it only took 20 min. for him to fall asleep and he slept 7pm-5:30am!!!! So glorious! So I am happy to say that I'm feeling so much better about that and hope that this amazing trend continues.

Aurora is such a big girl now. It is so hard for me to remember that she's not even 3 yet. She has so much personality. She is very opinionated - a good and bad thing. She is so passionate about the things she loves (princesses, shoes, dresses, jewelry, and fluffy things), but when she doesn't like something she is one of those embarrassing screaming children. Oh. my. gosh. Like I heard her screaming at my Mom in the toy aisle at Target from across the store because, "I WANT IT! I WANT IT! I WANT IT! I WANT IT! I WANT IT!" Oh. my. gosh. I can't take her anywhere because she wants everything. She is such a girl. When we were out putting Christmas lights up Jake would watch the cars that drove by and I told Aurora that Jake liked cars. I asked if she liked cars. She said, "No. I like clothes." Seriously!?!?!?! We are going to have issues as she gets older :) I think she has more shoes right now than I have had in my entire life. Girly girl.

Aurora has started a dance class. She loves it. She doesn't listen well or try to do what the teacher does most of the time, but she loves watching herself in the mirror and running around in tutus. I'm not sure how long she is going to continue it. It is pretty expensive for what she actually does and the other thing is that I have now seen the older girls dance. All I am going to say is I will NEVER teach my daughter to move like that. Even if she wanted to keep going in dance she's going to be done by age 5. She says she has fun every time she goes to class, but we will probably stop before she gets too attached :)

She did have one performance and it was hilarious. She kept trying to run off the stage and then she laid down at one point, right in the middle of everything. You would think she could follow direction for 3 minutes, but apparently she is just always too in to her own thing.

More updates later!!!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

3 Months

Where does the time go!?!?! Jake is 3 months already. He is so stinkin cute. I forgot how fun this age is. Challenging, but fun. Jake is discovering his hands and he loves chewing on them. It is hilarious to watch because he gets cross-eyed trying to find them - he sticks his arm way out and then watches very carefully as he brings his hand to his mouth. He still misses a lot of the time. He is smiling like crazy. He does a nose scrunch thing a lot of the time too when he smiles. ADORABLE. I've gotten a few giggles the past week. And he talks so much!!! I think its because he hears Aurora chattering all day. He is very social. He just wants to talk and eye contact is a must. He's happy if you are looking at him :) He's becoming less and less of a screamer. But he still HATES his carseat. Funny - the first few weeks that was the only place he would sleep, now he acts like it is the worst thing ever.

He has crazy rolls. So tubby - I love it! I actually think he looks a lot like Aurora did at that age. Everyone says he looks like Nick. I can't tell. I just think he looks like a fat baby :) My ADORABLE fat baby.

This past week has been a good one as far as sleep goes. He has been sleeping 7-4:30ish and then goes right back to sleep after eating at 4:30 and then wakes up for the day at 6:30ish. The hardest thing is bedtime - he starts getting cranky around 5:30 and trying to keep him up until 7 is a challenge. He will fall asleep earlier, but then he cat-naps for a half hour and wants to stay up until 10 - not a fan of that. I remember this with Aurora though - the evenings are hard because they get tired. This week was especially hard since Nick was gone. I can tell Aurora was a little done with the whole situation - she likes her (undivided) attention too.
Aurora has basically given up naps. In other words I have given up. She will take a nap, and a lot of times a very long one, but then she doesn't want to go to bed at 8. She will try to stay up until 10 and is sometimes successful! It has been a hard adjustment and her bedtime is moving up a little bit, but I think it is for the best. We are having "quiet time" during the day instead of naps. She fell asleep during quiet time today, but the first 2 days she just played in her room. Hopefully it continues to go OK. She can get pretty cranky when she is overtired...
Aurora's favorite word right now is "why?" I've gotta say that I'm a little done with it. It's great that she's curious, but sometimes I don't think she thinks before she asks it - just says why to everything and half the time I don't think she listens to the answer. I am proud to say I have only said, "because I said so" twice, but I guarantee there are more coming! I'm just not that creative all the time. It's hard work coming up with answers for EVERYTHING.

That's my little update :) Life is good. Chaotic with 2, but I think we are adjusting :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2 Months. For Reals

I think everyone needs to be so impressed that I am getting pictures of Jake up at 2 months within a week of his 2 month birthday. OK? Be impressed :)

Just to report the stats: at 2 months Jake weighs 11 lbs. That puts him in the 41% which really surprises me because I feel like he is super chunky. But that is probably because he is only 22.1" (25%) He's a short one :) So far. He looks like a little football player :)

He's doing great. He seems to be getting happier and happier all the time. He loves his room - there is some wall art in there (yes I will post pictures some day) with patterns that he loves to stare at. Here is a picture of him in his crib so you can at least see the colors :)

He is most happy when he gets up in the morning and I have been getting some super awesome smiles. I haven't caught any on camera of course :( This is the best I've captured:

We seem to be figuring out his schedule better so at least he has started going to bed at a reasonable time. That means working our butts off to keep him awake for an hour around 7. It is doable when Nick is home, but with him being gone every other week that is harder. If we can play man to man we seem to have this 2 kid thing down :) I'm getting better at the zone defense though :) Jake still isn't sleeping through the night. I feel like it should be getting better soon, but he's been pretty stuck at 1AM and 3AM feedings and then he is usually up for the day around 6:30. The 6:30 is nice. I wish we could ditch the 1AM feeding. Hopefully soon...
That's all for now :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

2 months. And other updates

Jake is 2 months old next week. I seriously cannot believe it. Where did the time go? I haven’t even finished blogging about him at 1 month and now he’s almost 2 months. I have some serious catching up to do.  

I am going to try to start catching up from the beginning – all the stuff I didn’t cover since May :( This will be another one of those terribly long posts that only 3 of you will read and I totally know which 3 and the rest of you will just look at the pictures. I don’t blame you.

At the beginning of May Cheryl threw me a beautiful amazing baby shower to welcome Jake. It was shower themed with rain clouds and umbrellas and super adorable and creative. I was so blessed by my friends and family that were able to make it.

A few weeks later, at the end of May, when I was 36 weeks pregnant, I had the privilege of throwing my friend Nadia a baby shower for her sweet little Charlotte. I went with a natural bird theme and lavender and brown. I had lots of fun with it. Parties are so fun!

Nadia was due 1 month after me and she welcomed her little girl about 2 weeks ago. So precious. My friend Jessica also had her little girl. What’s funny about Jessica is that she was due 2 weeks after me, but with me being early and her being late, Jake and Samara are 5 weeks apart. And her son, Nikolai, and Aurora are 5 weeks apart. Crazy!

So I think that is my “events” updates. I mostly wanted to post the pictures since they were cute :) On to my babies updates.

So one question that everyone asks is “how is Aurora handling being a big sister?” Well, some times she handles it, sometimes she doesn’t. I will say for the most part she has been VERY good. There were some issues with his screaming, but she seems to be dealing with that better. He’s stopped screaming every time we take a car ride so that has helped. She has thrown a few super obvious I-want-attention tantrums, but that was more in the first few weeks. Now those are very rare. From the beginning she was super funny about some things. Like she would tell me which blankets he liked and didn’t like. She is always trying to share toys with him. Usually itty bitty legos, candy, or something else small and hazardous. He of course doesn’t usually care, but he does really like her Hewy, Dewy, and Louie beanie babies – he actually puts his arm around them and snuggles. And chews on their hats.

The first week Jake was born we would play in Aurora’s room and I would lay him down on her bed and let him play and out of nowhere Aurora would tell me to go away. So I would leave the room and watch to see what she did. Every time she would get up and go talk to Jake. Usually just say hi. She talked in such a sweet voice. One time she was mad at me so she told him she was sad. It was so precious. I felt like they were bonding already.

Now Aurora seems very used to Jake. She calls him “bud” all the time. I think because I call him that. It’s hilarious. And she tells him it’s OK when he fusses and always talks to him in such a sweet voice. The only thing she is a butthead about is when he is moving and accidentally touches her. She always yells “ouch.” But she does that with all her friends too, so it’s not a Jake thing. It’s just and Aurora thing. She doesn’t like to be touched. Unless she initiates it.

Jake seems to adore Aurora. He will listen to everything she says and a lot of times he will stop fussing to listen to her. He watches her and he’s even smiled at her a few times. (First official smile this past week – 8/3!) He seems to mostly be getting less fussy? I don’t know – it depends on the day. I would say we are starting to have more good days than bad. He has started sticking his tongue out when I stick mine out at him and he seems to be trying to imitate facial expressions. He is a little wiggler and is finally having fun playing some. He rolled over a few times the first couple of weeks, but hasn’t since.

Jake seems to be gaining weight very quickly. I am very convinced that he is going to pass up his cousin Isaac (3 months older) pretty soon here. I may pop ‘em out small, but they really pack on the pounds fast. Aurora was a chunky monkey too. She is now in the lower percentages for weights (still super tall) but for a while she was in the 90-th percentiles for weight. I am guessing Jake will be the same. He is definitely not little anymore. His dr. appointment next week will give us the numbers.

Jake was mostly a really good sleeper. The first few weeks were hard of course because he was getting up so often to eat. He was usually pretty good about going back to sleep until 3:00am hit and then he wanted to stay up and play. We were up for about 2 hours around that time most nights. By the time I got him back to sleep it was time for him to eat again. He seemed to pretty naturally shift to a better sleep schedule – sleeping longer at the beginning of the night. He has been a lot easier that Aurora in that regard so far. He USUALLY goes to sleep between 6:30-8pm and then sleeps 5-7 hours and then every 2/3 after that, but the last few nights he has decided to be challenging. He went to bed at 11:30pm last night and 10pm the night before. Tonight it was 6:45pm, so I am praying he doesn’t wake up and want to play anytime soon. I actually have a new theory on why he’s doing that though… Nick has been out of town and Jake really loves to scream for Nick. I think he wears himself out and then goes to bed but the last 2 nights he hasn’t done that. Tonight he did some pretty decent screaming so I think that’s why he went to bed on time… We will see how the next few nights are. It’s just a theory though :)

I think that pretty much covers my Jake updates. The only other thing is that he had to have an ultrasound a few weeks ago. When I was pregnant I had an ultrasound where Jake’s kidneys were slightly enlarged. Within normal ranges, but still enlarged. I had a million ultrasounds while I was pregnant, and all the following ones looked normal, but we still did a follow-up once he was out to make sure. Those results came back “inconclusive” just meaning that they are still slightly enlarged, they don’t know why, we are going to do another follow-up, it’s nothing to worry about (yet), and they are hoping it will just resolve itself on its own. It is not supposed to be causing him any discomfort and his terribly cheery disposition isn’t due to that. So we are just going to wait and see.

On the ultrasound topic, I had my follow-up ultrasound for the cyst/growth/tumor/whatever the heck they want to call it that was on my ovary. Turns out it’s not on my ovary. It’s just on the wall of my uterus and since having Jake it has gotten smaller. So good news all around. Since it’s not on my ovary they aren’t in a hurry to take it out since my ovary is not at risk and they are saying that it was being fueled by my pregnancy hormones, but now that he’s out it will most likely continue to shrink. Yay for no surgery!

Aurora is officially 2 and a half now. My little baby is not so little :( I can’t believe how quickly she grows up. She talks a million miles an hour. Seriously - she never shuts up. And she has taken the volume to a whole new level. Nick and I really can’t have a conversation when she’s around – especially because she tells us not to talk to each other. We are working on manners :) She is a full-blown princess. Her current favorite is Ariel, which I am none too pleased by. Ariel was my favorite when I was younger too, but my favorite now is Belle (weren’t you dying to know that?) But I’m a huge fan of Rapunzel and Tiana too. I just don’t like Ariel because she is a selfish, hardheaded, disobedient brat that thinks she knows everything at 16. Seriously Dinsey – this is a princess? She has no redeeming qualities (from the original movie) and even though they have since tried to improve her character the movie that Aurora wants to watch is the original. And Ariel is a brat. So that is my rant on Ariel.

Aurora has an Ariel, Aurora, Snow White, Rapunzel and Cinderella dress and 6 out of 7 days a week she wears one of them. I think she wore the Ariel dress 5 days in a row this week. She has started yelling at me when I tell people her name is Aurora and she says, “No! It’s Ariel.” Seriously?!?!? I already gave you a princess name!!!!! But it’s pretty entertaining. She is convinced she is only a princess when she is wearing a dress. She insists that her hair must be “straight and beautiful.” There have been a few rare occasions that I have been able to put it up. She wears her “blue bow shoes” every day (glitter jellies that are actually teal. More green really.) Her favorite color is blue. And everything has to match. If she's wearing a blue dress she has to wear blue underwear. She’s just a little bit opinionated.

She has decided that she never wants to sleep. Naps and bedtime are a fight. She has come up with every stalling technique in the book and most times it ends with her screaming at me as I leave. It’s sad because I used to love putting her to bed and snuggling and singing to her. But I guess the not wanting to sleep is no surprise. I thought maybe she would be getting close to giving up naps, but for all the protesting she does she still usually takes a 2 hour nap. Some days she tries to go longer, but I have started waking her up by 3:30pm now. Otherwise she won’t go to sleep at bedtime. Her stalling techniques include, “One more book,” “One more song,” “I have to pee,” “I have to poop,” “I want to talk about Disney World,” and “I want to say goo goo ga ga.” The first few are pretty self explanatory. And they are responded to with NO. We always talk about Disney World some but she doesn’t actually want to talk – she wants me to tell her about it. So I always tell her one thing. And then the goo goo ga ga? Yeah, she just says goo goo ga ga over and over. I don’t really get it, but I think it may have to do with one of her Clown-Around books. She sleeps with 4 pillows, Mr. Pickles, and a puppy dog and always falls asleep buried under them. Fully buried. Like I can’t even see her. But last night was the first night in a while she put her head on the pillow instead of under, so maybe we are making progress…

Aurora’s favorite pastimes are running around the island in our kitchen, screaming (I should call it squealing – it’s a happy, ear piercing sound), singing, dancing, and anything that involves physical exertion from mommy and daddy. Like bouncing on the exercise ball. Or spinning. Or hanging upside-down. We have been swimming a lot this summer and she loves that too. She loves asking questions and I’m fairly certain she never listens to the answer because she asks the same question 4-5 times.

Aurora is still a terrible, picky eater. She likes chicken nuggets, chicken noodle soup, mac n cheese, peanut butter toast, waffles, pancakes, and chili. She likes frozen blueberries always and then other fruits sometimes. Sometimes watermelon, strawberries, mango, grapes, apples and pears. She loves coffee. My bad. And always drinks her milk. She likes juice too, but I don’t let her drink much of it.  

Nick and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary this week. Well, we actually haven’t celebrated it seeing that he is out of town, but it came and went and now we’ve been married 8 years. We will celebrate this weekend – looking forward to a date night! It will be our first since Jake was born. I can’t believe how fast 8 years has flown by. Still in love. Still think he’s my prince charming. So lucky to have married my best friend :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Welcome Jake! and a Month Later

OK, I seriously want to cry right now because I spent 3 hours on this post and then blogger didn't save it when it said it was going to and then I had to re-do the whole thing :( So I guess I am going to post a couple times so I don't lose all the info again... We will start with Jake...

Welcome Jacob Nicholas! Wow, how terrible that it has been a month already since he was born and I haven't posted ANYTHING! So far behind :( I guess it is to be expected, but I don't like going to long between posts because I know I forget things :(

So there is my little THING 2 (above) on his one month birthday (7/17/2013). I can't believe how quickly a month flew by. It has been an interesting, exhausting month, but I suppose I should start at the beginning...

I really had my hopes up when I went in to my 38 week appointment on Monday (6/17/2013). My doctor had told me if I was far enough along (aka fully effaced) then they would induce me on Wednesday. Well it turns out that they won’t induce until you are at least 39 weeks. So I was seriously bummed to find out that the induction date was still scheduled for Sunday the 23rd. Not that that is a bad day – Jake would have shared a birthday with his Grandpa Bill – super special. I just really didn’t want to wait that long.  

I started having regular contractions around 36 weeks. Since Aurora came at 36.5 weeks I was all set to go. The problem was that having done labor already, I knew that the intensity level was not high enough. They were 3-5minutes apart, but nowhere near as strong as I knew they were going to be. And the intensity level was not increasing and the weird thing was that when I walked around they stopped. So I discovered that this was not real labor. Having not had to go through this with Aurora it was a very new experience. My water broke with her before ever having contractions and then the contractions only started once they gave me the pitocin. This was a whole new world. This went on for about a week and a half. I never went to the hospital, but I got very close a few times. It would seem like the contractions were getting stronger only to stop when I started walking. There were several nights that I couldn’t sleep for hours because of the contractions. Not to mention Jake was getting lower and lower. It was hard to walk because he felt like he was falling out and my back was killing me. I was seriously waddling and I didn’t care who saw.

So when the doctor said I had another week I was not happy. She checked and said that I was 3cm dialated and 80% effaced. (At 35 weeks I was 1cm, 70% and at 36 weeks I was 2cm, 80%). So my cervix hadn’t changed in the past week, but I was continuing to dilate. So that was good. My doctor said that if I started having regular contractions to go to the hospital. At 3cm they would admit me and help them along. This made me less reluctant to go to the hospital. I really didn’t want to get sent home. 

Well, regular contractions started almost immediately after the doctor appointment. I kind of blew them off since they didn’t seem any different than all the other ones that I had been having, but they continued when Aurora and I went to JoAnns (to buy paper for Jake’s birth announcements and yes, Brittany, I broke my new year’s resolution) and they continued through our trip to McDonalds. When we got home and I put Aurora down for a nap I started walking around and cleaning the house. I was tracking the contractions and they were consistent and some of them were starting to feel pretty uncomfortable. I was hesitant, but I called Nick at work and told him I thought maybe this was it. I told him I would give it another hour to see what happened. Well, after an hour they hadn’t really progressed, but they hadn’t stopped. So I decided the doctor said to go if they were regular and they were. So Nick got home and we left the house at 4PM. My mom and grandparents met us at the hospital and they kept Aurora entertained while Nick and I began the labor journey.

They checked me at triage and I was 4cm and still only 80% effaced. My doctor told me 4cm is active labor and they would admit me. But they didn’t. They told me to go walk around for an hour. By the end of an hour I was hurting pretty good, so I figured they couldn’t send me home, but I was disappointed to find out I was only 5-6cm and still only 80% effaced. That was at 7PM. But it was active labor so they went to find me a room. Meanwhile I thought my water broke only to find out it was much yuckier than that, and that FINALLY made them get a move on. Within minutes they actually got me a room and a nurse (around 8PM) and from there on things moved quickly, but it felt like an eternity. My water hadn’t actually broken so they had to break it, but were waiting before they could get my IV except that my veins were not cooperating. Once the IV was in the doctor came to break my water and then I dilated to 9cm very quickly, but my cervix was not all the way thinned out. So although I felt ready to push, my cervix was still in the way. Those last 5 contractions before I was able to push felt like the longest minutes of my life. I was not getting breaks between the contractions (maybe 30 seconds) and when I was getting the “breaks” I was getting checked (not fun) to see if I was ready or not. I completely understand why people get the epidural :) Even though I knew how bad it was going to be I was still in shock that I could experience that kind of pain and still be alive.
Once my cervix was out of the way it was less than 2 pushes and he was out. The doctor didn't make it in time - she was doing a C-section. So the nurse delivered. I have to say that I loved my nurse. She was amazing and stayed with me the whole time and was so positive and encouraging. I was so lucky. I was so lucky too because I survived labor without stitches!!!!!   
Labor was terrible horrible and I never want to do it again. It was worse than Aurora's labor by far - much longer. I will say that I preferred the Pitocin. I'm a sprinter, not a distance runner :) I prefer quick intense pain to drawn out pain.
Jake was born at 9:16. 6lbs and 18.5inches long. Although based on the doctor's visit we had 2 days later I think his length was off because he was 19.5" then.
Aurora had a very late night that night. By the time she met Jake it was after 10PM. Nick had been telling her for weeks that once Jake was born AND he gets a little bigger that we are going to Disney World. So the first thing she said when she saw him was "I'm going to Disney World!!!!" Adorable. Now she tells me every day that she wants to go and "it's hard to wait." I agree. 

My friend Karina took amazing newborn pictures for us. She spent 2.5 hours getting some great shots. She is so patient! She's awesome!

And so that's my labor story. I am glad it is over and I'm glad he is here. He is adorable and he is a great snuggler. He is a reasonably good sleeper but that is probably because he wears himself out being such a good screamer. He is a fussy baby :( The doctor said that it could be due to an intolerance of cow's milk that is getting into my breast milk. So I cut out dairy for a few weeks. At first we thought it was making a huge difference, but I think he just had a few good days and now he is back to being fussy. Nick said I shouldn't bother with the dairy restrictions, so I'm not going to cut it out completely, but I guess I won't eat as much as I used to... I will limit some, but not completely eliminate. I am hoping that he out grows the fussiness. It is hard on all of us, but especially Aurora. She can get pretty upset when he cries. Sometimes she gets mad, sometimes sad, and then other times she will try to comfort him and tell him it is OK. So cute when she does that. I feel bad for both of them when he cries, but I can't seem to do much about it :( He is definitely a comfort sucker and he LOVES his binky. I wasn't sure I was going to use one, but he always seems to want something in his mouth. And I figure it is better than him screaming all the time. He is very high maintenance. It seems that when he is awake I need to actively be trying to keep him from screaming. He is not content to be anywhere but someone's arms. And he wants to be bounced or swayed constantly. It is hard with 2 of them. I feel that I am always neglecting one. If I am feeding Jake it is hard to do what Aurora wants and if I'm taking Aurora to the potty or making her food I have to put Jake down a lot and he screams. I feel like I am failing both of them :( I'm hoping things will get easier, but right now I feel constantly torn in 2 directions. I guess I just have to get used to the juggling act.

The one thing that is good/bad is that they are on similar schedules. Which is nice when it's naptime because that means I get an hour to get a few things done, but it's hard when it is time to eat and I am supposed to be nursing/making dinner at the same time. It is a lot better on the weekends and when Nick is home from work, but he has started travelling again :( He was gone all last week and has another trip coming up soon. It is rough when he is gone. I don't envy military wives at all. It is so much easier when I have back-up. Fortunately my family is awesome and always willing to help :) It's nice too just to have the company and another adult to talk to :)

Well, that's my updates for now. I am still hating blogger for losing the rest of my original post so I will have to get to my other updates later. But this will have to do for now since the kiddos are waking up.

And sorry for any typos - I was trying to do this super fast. I didn't proof read.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

35 weeks. 1 to go? 6 to go?!?!?!?!?

35 weeks. Back in October it felt like I would never get here, but here I am. Huge and ready to go. I have no idea what to expect this time around. I actually think the first time was better because I had no expectations, now I am warpped from Aurora. If I am as early with Jake as I was with her that is 1.5 weeks from now. But the reality is I could be late. I could have 6 weeks left of pregnancy!!!!! I am really hoping that Jake comes early. I am ready to meet him and so ready to have my body back, but I am trying to be patient. It's no fun being patient though.

At my ultrasound on Wednesday they estimated that Jake currently weighs 5lb 5 oz. Since Aurora was 5lb 8oz when she was born that number scared me a little. They said that is totally normal and he is right on track, but it sounds big!

I'm really not motivated to write much now. Life has been crazy but it's always crazy. The biggest updates are that Nick comes home from travel tomorrow! Yay! He has seriously been gone most of this year. I think he was home all of January and then Feb. hit and it has just been ridiculous. Of the last 14 weeks he has been gone for 9 of them. And that includes a lot of weekend days. And the time that he was home he had his appendix out. I don't really remember what it means to be a normal family. And my definition of what normal is is going to change very soon...

Aurora is successfully potty trained and big girl bed trained :) Both went amazingly well. I was scared for both - we started at the same time (4/16) and both transitions were easy. She only got out of her big girl bed twice before learning that she needed to stay in there. And I would say potty training took a week? She really had it down after 2-3 days, but a week to be done with accidents. We started with the big girl underwear during the day and pull-ups at nap and night time, but we ditched the pull-ups very quickly when I discovered she was only peeing in them because she could. Big girl underwear went on and she kept them clean. Yay! I am very proud of her and how well she handled the changes :)

My friend Karina took pregnancy pictures for me this past weekend. She was amazing! I love the background and lighting and poses and everything she did with them. I love that it really was a family photo shoot. My tummy is front and center, but it's more about the 4 of us and I love that. Aurora was a terrible listener and it was a challenge, but she still got a ton of amazing shots. Here are a few of my favorites.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

29 Weeks. And so behind on updates...

I can't believe a month has flown by since my last post. I can't believe that I'm 29 weeks pregnant already. But I will say ever since I reached the third trimester things seem to be slowing down, but I'm sure that will change soon as the end of April and all of May look to be pretty busy.

So the biggest news is that we have decided on a name. I am sure that most of you know that, but we have decided to name our little boy Jacob Nicholas. I know that I had said that was one name we weren't going to use, but I got my way! Nick wasn't originally sold on it, but I got him! We had a list of names and were crossing out ones we weren't going to use for sure and I came to Jacob and asked if I needed to cross it off and Nick said no, so I told him that I was going to get that name! And once it made the top 5 list I just started calling baby Jake. Nick never corrected me and finally one day he called him Jake so I asked if I could make it official and he said yes! Yay! The middle name was easy :)

It is really nice to have a name picked out, especially for Aurora because for the longest time she was calling him Isaac since that is her cousin's name. Speaking of which, the little cutie pie was 2.5 weeks early and born March 13. I am super excited to be an aunt to the cutest little guy!!!!

Cheryl also had her sweet little girl Briella a week early on March 6. I don't have a great picture of Briella, but here is the happy little family.

It was an extremely busy week between 2 babies being born and then in the middle of it all, Nick had emergency surgery to remove his appendix. It amazingly only took him a week to recover and is feeling great now, but the initial pain and time in the ER was pretty rough.
In pregnancy updates there is a lot to talk about. I haven't taken a picture recently and I know I have been really bad about posting bump pics, but part of the problem is that I haven't wanted to. I look the same as I did with Aurora. FAT. I'm roly poly all over and pretty unhappy about it. Nick says I'm complaining a lot this pregnancy and that I didn't do that as much with Aurora. But with Aurora I kept thinking I was going to feel beautiful and glowing and all that crap. The reality is that I'm not. I'm just going to feel fat the whole time and my illusions of feeling otherwise are gone since I've already done this once. Oh well, 11 weeks to go. 8.5 if Jake takes after his big sis :)
Jake is a serious mover. I don't think he ever holds still. It is so funny. It is the one thing about pregnancy that I love. It is so cute and I just wonder what he's doing it there :)
My back is killing me. I remember it hurting with Aurora, but not like this. But with Aurora I sat at a desk all day. Now I'm chasing and carrying a toddler around. It's getting to the point where I almost have to lay down during her nap time otherwise I won't be able to walk the rest of the day. I just hope it doesn't get worse. It doesn't help that Nick has been travelling a ton. He's been gone for 5 of the last 8 weeks and he isn't done... I told him he's going on the no fly list middle of May. I'm not taking any chances this time. Flagstaff is one thing, DC is another - I don't think he'd make it in time.
I had an ultrasound at 28 weeks. Jake had some fluid on his kidneys at 21 weeks and they wanted to check that and they wanted to look at the cyst on my ovary. Good news is Jake looks perfect! No more fluid and everything else looks healthy! Bad news is the cyst on my ovary continues to grow. It so far has not affected the pregnancy and it is not expected to, but it is something that we are going to continue to watch. It will have to be surgically removed at some point. My doctor said that I could schedule a C-section now and they could take care of everything at once, but she didn't see any reason why I couldn't have a normal delivery. So that is still the plan and then sometime a few weeks after delivery I will have surgery to remove the cyst. Or whatever it is. It has been called different things and there doesn't seem to be agreement on what it is (between 3 different doctors), the only thing they do seem to agree on is that it is benign. I am scheduled to see an oncologist in May, but I am assured that this is just a formality and there is no reason to think that it's cancerous. The main concern at this point is that the cyst could twist and I could lose the ovary. I said I didn't care - we only want 2 kids :) but they said that it would be very painful (yuck) and that I want that ovary for hormonal/health reasons as I age. I am supposed to "take it easy" (HA!) and not do any twisting or heavy lifting. Yeah, I have a 2 year old. I am trying to be aware of it and not be stupid, but there's only so much I can do. I am just trying to stay positive. It's not the worst thing and it sounds like it is something that can be taken care of and most importantly it shouldn't (and hasn't so far) affect Jake.
I also failed my one hour glucose test. I did with Aurora too. So I am scheduled for the 3 hour on Monday (which came back normal when I did it with Aurora.) I'm not worried since my levels were only slightly elevated and honestly at this point - there are worse things than having to sit and read a book for 3 hours. Aurora will have fun at Grandma Lin's :) 
Aurora is growing and changing so much every day. She says the most hilarious things and is such a little princess. She demands to sleep in a skirt. She will wear her jammies, but needs a skirt too and the first thing she says to me every morning is "Wear pretty dress." For a while she only wanted to wear her Snow White and Rapunzel dresses, but she has since decided that other ones are princess enough too. She is very into shoes, jewelry, having her nails painted, and temporary tattoos.
We are starting potty training next week. I am not really looking forward to it, but we finally have a week where we don't have plans every day, so we are going to be stuck in the house, conquering the potty. I am doing this out of necessity - Aurora will not keep her diaper on (especially at nap time!) and I am sick of the messes that result. I had been waiting until I felt like she could make it through nap/night time, but I can't take it anymore. So I am hoping we can do big girl underwear during the day, pull-ups for sleep and hopefully we won't have to do pull-ups for long. I am dreading it, but I think I will be so relieved once it is over.
We have also ordered a big girl bed for Aurora which should be interesting. Some days she is great about sleeping, other days she plays in her crib for an hour before I decide she isn't going to nap... So I have no idea what this is going to mean for her sleep schedule, but we need to get it figured out before Jake comes and time is running out.
Wish me luck! The next couple of weeks are going to be challenging as we try to tackle these milestones!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Birthday. Girl. Boy. BOY!

Like my title? It's a summary of life the past month and I have to say I am excited because so much has happened recently and this post is going to cover it all. So for the next week or so I will be caught up :)

Here's a rundown of what's been going on:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Aurora is 2 years old! I can’t believe it. I know it’s been coming and we’ve been celebrating all month, but I still can’t believe what a big girl she is. For her first birthday my Mom and I took her to the Tucson Botanical Gardens to see the Butterfly Exhibit and we figured why not make it a tradition as long as we could. So we did that in the morning. Aurora had fun walking around – she was super in to the magnifying glasses at the Butterfly Exhibit. She was funny because she couldn’t make up her mind. First it was more butterflies and then once we were in there she wanted to leave and then once she left she wanted more butterflies. Fun stuff. We went to BJs for lunch and she got her own pazookie. Which I ate most of. But she liked blowing out the candle. We met Nick at Chuck E Cheese for dinner. She loves that place so much! She loves riding the little Merry Go Round and Chuck E car where she gets her picture taken. And pizza is one food that she will actually eat. I think she had a fun birthday.
Saturday, February 9, 2013

I had the privilege to throw Cheryl’s baby shower. Pink and gray owl themed. Fun stuff. I think the pictures do it most justice. It was fun to meet some of Cheryl’s friends and see others I hadn’t seen in a while. Baby Briella is due 3/13 - next week already! I can't wait to meet her.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I had the privilege to throw Megan’s baby shower. (Yes, 2 baby showers within a week. I don't know what I was thinking, but really it's their fault for both having March due dates.) I will say that I could not have done it without my Mom and Grandma. I am so incredibly blessed to have two such amazing and caring women in my life. They helped make food even came over one day to watch Aurora so I could get some decorating done. They are awesome and I don't think I could thank them enough. 
Again it was fun to hang out and spend some time with family. I have to say I am so excited to be an Aunt! I can’t wait to meet my little nephew!!!!!!! I feel like I know his personality already just because I know Sean and Megan, but we will see. He could be totally different than I expect.
Baby Isaac is due 3/29 and I did a robot theme for the shower. I am so excited with the way the robot cake pops turned out. They took forever, but I think they were totally worth it. I was really lucky too that Brittany had just thrown Jared's 1 yr. party in October and she gave me all her leftover "hardware." :) She supplied me with all the paper goods and the cute metal little robots in the pics are ones she made - way to creative. And she let me borrow her Robot Party cartridge. I have awesome friends :)
Then in Baby news. If you haven't heard: We are having a boy!!!!! We did a little cake for fun. Mint chocolate chip if it was a boy, strawberry ice cream if it was a girl. The cake was frosted with white and was very neutral so we had no idea what we were having until we cut it. It was a fun way to find out.
Baby is a MOVER! This kid does not hold still. Nick has already felt this baby move more than he ever felt Aurora. The first time he felt him was when we were at Disney World (around 18 weeks). I have been feeling baby move since 13 weeks. But I think I felt this one earlier since I knew what to expect.

We have not picked a name yet. We probably have out top 5. The problem is we really don’t agree on boy names at all. Nick wants to name the baby Scott. I want to name him Jacob. Neither one of us is going to get our way, so I can tell you what 2 names it won’t be. Aurora has an opinion too. When we ask her what we should name the baby she says Thomas. And when we ask her if she likes other names she says no. She likes Thomas. (Thank you Thomas the Train…) Although - Sean and Megan will be happy to know that Aurora has said we should name him Isaac a couple of times. But that’s it. Isaac and Thomas.

As far as nursery colors I have a couple ideas in mind, but nothing settled on. I know that I want some form of gray in there and I know that I want some chevron pattern. That’s about it. I love pinterest right now - there are a ton of amazing ideas on there. So addicted.

Those are the updates. I’m happy to be caught up for now and life to have calmed down to an extent. For the next week or so. Until we start welcoming the new babies :) (Come on Briella and Isaac!)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Disney World 2.2

So I bet you all thought that I was done with Disney documenting. Not so! Just way behind. Life has been absolutely nuts since November and now I am getting a breather so there is going to be a lot of updating in the next couple of days. Hopefully.
So the conclusion of the Disney World saga:
Friday, January 25, 2013

We started the day at the Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland. We did the new Little Mermaid ride which may be Aurora’s favorite. We got breakfast at one of the new little places that was “Beauty and the Beast” themed. They had frozen apple cider with marshmellow cream that they called “LaFou’s Brew” and it was super weird. It was interesting though to try something new.

After breakfast we went on the Little Mermaid again and then got to meet Ariel. Aurora was actually a little puzzled by her I think because she had fins. Then we saw the Princesses again - Princesses Rapunzel, Aurora and Cinderella. Cinderella is definitely her favorite. Aurora liked comparing shoes with her. 
We then went over to Adventureland and did the Tiki Room and Pirates of the Caribbean which Aurora actually liked the second time. She kept saying she wanted to do it again so we figured we would try. And it was successful. We did the Flying Carpets ride which I seriously don’t think Nick and I would have ever done on our own, but Aurora really likes the spinning rides. I think she always wants to go on those because she can see them. Everything else we have to get in some line for or go in some building but those she can actually see.

And then miracle of miracles the Peter Pan ride had a reasonable line so we we actually went on it. Usually the wait is 60min or more. I will never understand why.

After Aurora took a terrible nap we went to Epcot. Nick went on the Sun of All Thrills while Aurora and I went on the Nemo ride 3 times. We saw the shark statues afterwards and she seemed to not mind them – she actually thought they were kind of funny. I keep telling her they are friendly sharks and she seems to be slowly warming up to them. I had a Mama Bear moment when a little kid came up out of nowhere and shoved Aurora. Really?!?!?!?! And then he tried to do it again but I grabbed her before he could. The parents didn’t do anything about it. Seriously people – parent your children. Pushing is not OK. Ugh, my blood still boils thinking about it. I just can’t believe what some parents let their kids get away with. I almost cried because Aurora didn’t react immediately, but her lower lip stuck out and then after a few minutes she started to cry. I know it didn’t hurt her, but it hurt her feeling and that makes me so sad. She is very sensitive. 

Aurora had a blast playing in the phone booths in “England.” So in to them – who knew that would be such entertainment?  We had teriyaki chicken in “Japan” for dinner and then saw Mickey, Pluto, and Minnie. Aurora starting showing Minnie all her parts – nose, mouth, shoes, knees. Minnie was very sweet and very patient. Then we got super yummy ice cream and watched a water show.  

Saturday, January 26, 2013 

Ugh, now it is a month later and I’m trying to remember the rest of our trip. I’ve got to say I got such great documenting done while Aurora was napping.

We started our day at the Magic Kingdom. Aurora got her second official haircut (once again done at the Harmony Barber shop on Main Street). It was really quick and it’s amazing how well she sits for other people. She got some Pixie Dust too and looked like a real princess so we went to see the Princesses and Mickey since we were right there anyway. Then we spent a little time in Tomorrowland and did the People Mover (Aurora was so not a fan) and the Buzz Lightyear ride. Nick got to go on Space Mountain. I didn’t. Oh well. We also got to watch the little parade they do – a dance party thing. Aurora loved it and loved watching the characters. They even let the kids go out and dance with the characters so of course Aurora got as close to Donald as she could. They weren’t in the giving hugs mode though so I think she was a little disappointed.


After Aurora’s nap we went to Hollywood Studios. They don’t have a ton for little kids to do there, but they did have a really cool little playground. It was “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” themed and had giant bugs and spider webs and stuff. It was like you were an ant outside or something. Aurora had a lot of fun climbing and going on the slides. Then we saw the Ariel show twice in a row. Aurora got her Disney tattoo – she chose Duck Tales this time. And fortunately the park closed at a reasonable time so Aurora got to bed at a decent hour. Hooray!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

We started the day at Animal Kingdom. We got to see lots of animals. Aurora was just really into pushing Mickey in her stroller. She is getting very independent and I am constantly hearing “Rora do it.” We went on the Safari ride, which we did not brave with her last time and she did pretty well. It was a tad long for her, but she had fun seeing the animals. And of course we went to see characters. And we saw the Bug’s Life show. Which, I’m sorry, I love Disney, but that show is terrible. Terrible.

We did the Magic Kingdom after Aurora’s nap. Our last hurrah – our final park visit. We spent most of our time in Fantasyland going on rides and seeing characters. We got to see Daisy, Minnie, Goofy and Donald which was very exciting. We went on the Dumbo ride, Ariel ride, Merry go Round, It’s a Small World and a bunch of others. Of course we had to do the Tiki Room too. And Winnie the Pooh. I don’t know if Aurora could tell that this was her last day, but she definitely was acting like it. She would get hysterical about how she wanted to stay on a ride the second she got off. She just wanted more of everything and was so sad each time something was over. We ended the night once again running through the park as the firework show went on, covering Aurora’s ears as she buried her head. She really did not like the loud noises. But the second they were over she wanted more. Again. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Time to say good-bye. It is always sad to leave Disney. I’m thankful for the time we had and I feel like it was the perfect amount – we got to do everything we wanted to. But it is still sad to leave. We spent a little bit of the morning walking around the Caribbean Beach Resort and having breakfast. It is beautiful! I will say that we could have easily spent more time just at the resort, but oh, well. After that we went to Downtown Disney for the rest of the day until our flight left.

Downtown Disney is always fun. We played at the Lego store for over an hour – Aurora discovered Duplo and they had little play stations for the kids so we literally stood there for an hour while she built things. We have since pulled out the legos at home and I’ve got to say – not the same. I get maybe 15 minutes of entertainment out of them here… Unfortunate. But she had fun. We went in a lot of different stores. We went in to a sock store and Aurora got a bag, put socks in it, took it up to the register and tried to pay by trading Nick’s sunglasses. Adorable. We had lunch at the Dinosaur restaurant. I don’t remember exactly what it was called but it’s the Dino version of Rainforest CafĂ©. It was really cool and fun to look at. They originally seated us in a room right next to some moving dinosaurs, but Aurora was afraid of them so they moved us to the colorful room with fishies. Much better. The best part was that they had a Build A Dino Workshop (just like Build a Bear). So cute!
Our flight home was fairly miserable. It left after Aurora’s bedtime and she was exhausted. She fought sleep the entire first flight and only gave in to sleep halfway into the second. She screamed most of the car ride home and then passed out once she got to her crib. I think it was like 2AM or something terrible. You would have thought she would have slept until noon the next day but she got up at 9. At least it gave us some sleep in time.

And that's the end of our Disney Story for now :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Just for Fun...

Less than 24 hours to cast your vote! We had our ultrasound today and I am proud to say that Nick and I did not cheat! We dropped our envelope off at Cold Stone and they are making our cake. We find out tomorrow if we are having a boy or girl!

Now, I did all the old wives tales with Aurora and I wanted to do it again for this one. They were wrong with Aurora, but I thought it's still fun :) Enjoy!

1) Are you carrying high (girl) or low (boy)? I'm going with high since I'm carrying the same as I did with Aurora... GIRL

2) Hold a gold ring from a string over your tummy to see which way it swings (back and forth for a boy, circular motion for a girl): Don't have the patience for this...

3) If the hair on your legs grows faster its a boy, slower girl: It's the same I think...

4) Salty cravings = boy, sweet = girl: BOY

5) Pee bright colored = boy, light colored = girl: BOY. But I know all this is based on is how much water I drink and I know I'm not getting enough...

6) Pee mixed with Draino (bluish yellow, brownish, brown, black or blue = boy) (greenish brown, green, or doesn't change at all = girl): so not going to try this - sorry to disappoint everyone

7) Fetal heart rate above 140 = girl: Last check was 168, GIRL

8) Nick's weight gain (if any = girl): BOY

9) Round face for me = girl: GIRL

10) Larger left boob = girl, larger right boob = boy: BOY

11) Acne=girl: BOY

12) In a study, mom's guessed right 71% of the time. What do I think? I really have no idea... But if I had to guess I would say GIRL

13) Moody = girl: GIRL

14) Can't tell I'm pregnant from behind = boy: GIRL

15) Chinese calendar method: I didn't check this time...

16) Age at conception = 28, month of conception = 9. If they are both even or odd, its a girl: One even, the other odd = BOY

17) Ask the mom-to-be to pick a number. Match the number with the corresponding letter of the alphabet (A=1, B=2 etc). Then ask her to choose a name beginning with that letter. If she chooses a boys name, it will be a boy. If she chooses a girls name, it will be a girl: I don't think this one can work anymore since I know that's what it's asking for...

18)What side does the mom-to-be lay on while she's resting? If she lies on her left, it's a boy; on her right, it's a girl: GIRL

19) If young boys (pre-school age) show interest in you while you're pregnant, it will be a girl. If they ignore you, expect a boy: GIRL

20) Ask the mom-to-be to show you her hands. If she shows them palms up, it's a girl; palms down, a boy: GIRL

21) If you dream of girls, you will have a boy. If you dream of boys, you will have a girl: I've dreamt both...

22) Pick up a key - if you pick it up by the thinner end you are having a girl by the round part a boy: Unfortunately I read the whole thing before I could do that, so now I feel biased...

23) If the mom-to-be was the more aggressive partner when the baby was conceived, it will be a boy. If the father was the more aggressive, the baby will be a girl: Haha! I thought that was funny.

So the tally is:
BOY: 6

For whatever it's worth :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Disney World 2.1

Yes, I know. We were just here. But Aurora had soooooooooooo much fun the last time. And we figured this was going to be our last trip before baby comes (and for a while after baby comes), so we went for it. This is a very long post. The next few probably will be, but I am capturing every detail of our trip. And I have the time to since we have to go back to the hotel for Aurora to nap...
Tuesday – Oh my gosh the last thing I wanted to do was get on a plane with Aurora. She was in such a bad mood! I don’t know why but she was fussy and clingy all morning and I couldn’t get anything done. Nick was home, but she would not let me put her down. It took me 15 minutes to address a card because she was being such a basket case. I don’t know what the deal was, but we finally made it to the airport and the drama seemed to stop. We were very fortunate – our original flight was cancelled, but they were able to get us on the next set of flights (to Dallas and then Orlando) and we made it to the resort only a few hours later than expected. Yay for Nick’s Priority Access. I always make fun of him, but it actually really helped this time.

Aurora was reasonably well behaved on the flights. She kept saying that she wanted to go home and she didn’t nap at her usual time and I think she was just tried and did not want to be in one place. Surprise surprise. She fell asleep on the second flight and sort of napped. It was really her bedtime at that point, but she woke up for the last 10 min of the flight and for the bus ride to the resort, so I’m calling it a nap.

Wednesday – Seeing as how Aurora went to bed after midnight we had to wake her up this morning. I was amazed how deep she was sleeping – she was really tired. And you could tell, but there was so much excitement that she handled it really well. We went to the Magic Kingdom Park first – have to start there of course. We saw Mickey first thing and Aurora was so excited! Last time we were here she spent the week collecting hugs. This time she wants to sit in everyone’s lap. She made herself right at home with Mickey J Then one of the cast members there saw she was dressed like Snow White, her name was Aurora, and it was her birthday (oh yes – I am going to use this birthday to every advantage. It may not be until next week, but she doesn’t know the difference. Her birthday can be a month long) And he short cut us in line to see the princesses. So instead of waiting 25 min we waited 5. Yay! We saw Cinderella (Aurora and her compared shoes), Princess Aurora, and Rapunzel (they danced together). And she sat in each one’s lap.

Then we got to see Scrooge McDuck which was awesome because Aurora has been so in to Duck Tales lately. And then we finally got breakfast (at 10:30 when we had planned to get it first thing). The characters were so distracting! Everywhere we saw one we had to go say HI. 

Then we saw the cute little performance that they do in front of the castle and Aurora loved it because we got to see everyone – Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald. And I can tell my preggo hormones are out of wack because the stupid thing made me cry. The princesses all came out and were dancing with the princes and it was so sweet and then Mickey told Minnie that she was a princess to him and I couldn’t help it. I have issues right now.

We went in the Tiki Room and discovered that Aurora loves the birds singing but no longer loves the Tiki Men. They are kind of scary now. Then we went on the Jungle Cruise (she loved it), Pirates of the Caribbean (she hated it – she buried her face and would not let go of me. I will say though – high quality snuggling), and then It’s a Small World (she loved it). She said as we were beginning It’s a Small World, “remember that.” Which was funny because we kept asking her if she remembered things and she hadn’t really responded, but this she said out of the blue. So maybe that ride left an impression on her the first time.  

Aurora just wants more of everything. After each character it’s “More Mickey,” or “More Princess,” after the Jungle Cruise it was “More animals,” after the Tiki Room it was “More Tiki Room.” She just wants more of everything. She’s like the seagulls from Finding Nemo – they say “Mine, Mine, Mine,” but Aurora says “More, More, More.”

We went back to the resort in the middle of the day so Aurora could nap. It’s not ideal, but if she doesn’t get her nap then she really doesn’t have fun. And we figure this trip is all about her having fun. And getting hilarious video of her and the characters. And I will say that it’s giving me a chance to keep up on journaling for the trip and post pictures. Because you all know how on top of things I usually am.

We actually had to wake her up after 2.5 hours. We didn’t want her on a super weird schedule, so we had to. Who knows how long she would have slept. I know she was tired. Then we went to Epcot. Nick loves Epcot. I think it is a very pretty, romantic park and if you are wanting dinner it’s probably the best place to go, but for a 2 year old it’s not that exciting. We went on the Nemo ride 3 times. 4 times? I lost count. It was enough after 1. It’s cute, it’s just… Yeah. You only need to do it once. But Aurora loved it because she LOVES Nemo. We had dinner in “Mexico.” I know, I know, we basically live in Mexico, why not do something different, but it was easy. And Nick went on the Mission to Mars ride and said he almost barfed. He even took a Dramamine, but apparently it’s intense. I went on it when we were here years ago and I don’t remember it being that intense, but I’ve never had motion sickness problems. We are hoping Aurora (and baby) take after me in that regard. While Nick was on the ride Aurora and I played in a little kid area and I had the scariest experience of my life. Aurora climbed up into the crawl area and went all the way around by herself. It’s like at McDonalds in the tubes and nets. And I couldn’t get to her (unless I crawled up there myself). It was very scary for me. I know, and I think she’s the drama queen. But she really enjoyed crawling around and then afterwards she spun in circles singing “Frosty the Snowman” and saying that she was “so happy.” Awesome. 

Thursday – Yay! Aurora got her 11 hours of sleep last night and we had a well-rested happy girl on our hands. She had a great time yesterday, but today she was beyond happy. She was all smiles and very affectionate. Awesome! We went to Animal Kingdom and it seemed like there was a lot more to do this time than last. We had really only planned on half a day there, but we are definitely going to go back.

We got to see lots of characters which is always a highlight: Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Donald, Goofy (FINALLY! That’s all she’s been talking about for the last month), Pluto, and Chip and Dale. We went on a spinning triceratops ride – she’s so my daughter. Spinning rides are the best.

We saw the Live Nemo show which she loved. It’s just like the movie, but Live and with music. Funny thing though – whenever we watch the movie at home we get to the sea turtles part and she gets bored and says she’s done. And it comes after different time intervals because I don’t always start the movie in the same spot and a lot of times she wants me to skip the sharks. So it’s not a time thing. And today when we got to the sea turtles she was done too. Apparently they are boring. I think that’s my favorite part but for whatever reason Aurora never wants to watch it. And she kept saying “skip it” when the sharks came on during the play – it really was just like we were watching the movie at home. And I think the whole theater heard her yell “Daddy!” when Nemo did. It was hilarious.

After Aurora’s nap we went back to the Magic Kingdom. It is definitely the park with the most to do with little kids. We saw Mickey again and did a few rides and how horrible is it that I can’t even remember which ones? Things are starting to blur together.

The Dumbo ride was a lot of fun. The best part is the line – they have a little play area that you can wait in so it’s actually fun. It is absolutely adorable and circus themed. Aurora could only play in a small part of it because most of it was for big kids, but she had a lot of fun. We were allowed to play as long as we wanted and I know we played longer than we needed to – the line was really short.

We went over to the new Fantasyland. They are still working on it, but the Beauty and the Beast Section and Little Mermaid section are open and super cute. We went on Ariel’s ride and Aurora loved it. She is very in to Princess Ariel. I think the ride is a duplicate of the one they put in at California Adventure not too long ago. Took them long enough! They have some Fairy Tale adventure thing that we haven’t done yet and a Be Our Guest Restaurant that I really want to go to but the line is always crazy.
We saw the Electrical Parade, which Aurora and I loved. The only thing I don’t love about it is how crazy it is trying to get a spot and how pushy people are. It never fails – someone always elbows their way in front of us. At least Aurora got a good view for the most part. We actually ended up staying for the beginning of the fireworks but Aurora hated it so we left. We were all the way back in Fantasyland when they started going off and they were too loud so Aurora buried her head and wimpered the whole time. We basically ran all the way through the park to get out of there. And we made it to the front gate as the fireworks were ending – so we beat the rush at least. Afterwards Aurora kept saying, “More fireworks.” Weirdo.