11/21/14

Geddy Boy is Growin' Up


This post is dedicated strictly to our little dude. Homeboy is growing up fast and I need to do better documenting it. All the pictures are from my phone and so they aren't great quality but, they are cute.

First of all, Geddy is talking up a STORM. He is starting to say more sentences and loves to talk about spooky things. Like black cats, witches, monsters, spiders, skeletons, anything that is kinda spooky. He loved Halloween because he got to see everyone's fun decorations. Each weekend, when Chad lets Geddy out of his room first thing in the morning, Geddy says "Yay, you did it!" to Chad as if Chad had accomplished something really big. He is just too funny. He will also fake burp and say "scuse me!" over and over again. At least he is being polite, right?


For Halloween, I dressed up as a black cat. So I did simple whiskers and a little black nose with eyeliner on my face. Geddy thought it was the best thing he had ever seen. It left a huge impact on him. I only did it once but every time he sees me put on makeup now, he asks to be a kitty cat. So, I will put a couple whiskers on his face and he loves it. Except for on Sunday, I tell him we don't wear costumes to church. It's just the cutest thing. It's funny what things little kids remember.


Geddy got his second haircut last week. His hair had grown out into a very strange bowl-like-hairstyle. It was not very flattering and even if I combed it, it looked pretty wonky. I took him to the salon by myself and was slightly nervous about how he would do because the first time wasn't super calm (he ended up sitting on Chad's lap because he was so upset). I am happy to announce that Geddy did GREAT. He didn't cry at all and was super brave and sat in the cool airplane chair all by himself. He got nervous at first but the lady did an awesome job with him and he was such a big boy. Plus, his haircut is fresh to death. He looks sharp and SUPER old. Love him .


Naps are a complete thing in the past. And quiet time hasn't been super successful or regular either. I have started to kind of embrace that fact and some days are easier than others. But, I am lucky that Geddy sleeps from about 7pm-7am every night. The other day, we decided to go to Barbacoa after Chad got off work so we packed us all up in the car and headed out. It was a totally normal day but Geddy fell asleep in the car. We thought "let's just let him sleep for 10 minutes and then he'll wake up when we get out of the car". We got out of the car and he was still ZONKED. We ordered our food while Chad held him and Chad suggested we try and grab our thick blanket that we keep in the car and put it down on the bench where we were sitting so he could lay there. I figured it was worth a try but strongly doubted that he would continue sleeping, that would be a joke but sleep he did! He slept for a good 45 minutes! We were blown away. Of all the days he decides to nap, it's on a day where we are out to dinner. Kids are the funniest of creatures.


This was a picture from the other day. It was a day where we were both just done. Done with each other, done with being home, just done. Am we the only ones who have those kind of days? We were waiting for Daddy to get home and I caught Geddy watching his iPad like this. He had ripped off all the couch cushions and it was just amazing. What a stud.

Well, there is a small update on our tiniest wonder.

Happy Friday!

Hil

11/20/14

17 Week Update With Baby #2


Hiya! I am feeling real guilty about how little I have been documenting this pregnancy. But lets be honest, it's hard to take a picture each week when I am getting ready like 2 days out of the week. It's just reality peeps. Girlfriend wears sweats and no makeup most days. I know, judge all you want.

So here is a picture from 14 weeks! Isn't it fun? I will say the thing that I have noticed the most with my body changing is my belly button. It is becoming more and more shallow. Usually it is a dark hole where you can't see the bottom but now it is much more shallow and it feels different. I know, super weird but it's the truth.

I am sleeping okay. I get up at least once a night to pee but the problem is that once I wake up, the pregnancy insomnia kicks in and it takes like an hour for me to fall back asleep and before I know it, Geddy is waking up at 7 am. I have also noticed how tired I am. I need like 10 hours of sleep a night to feel like I have any energy at all. And let's talk about how hard 10 hours of sleep is to come by with an (almost) 3 year old. It's interesting indeed. So, I nap when Chad is home sometimes or Geddy watches a movie while Mama tries to get some extra Z's. Yep, it's what has to happen.

My all day morning sickness has improved but STILL isn't completely gone. Now I get nauseous just at night after dinner. Every. Single. Day. It's crazy because how I feel now is how I felt when I was pregnant with the little dude during the first trimester. The sickness went away right at 13 weeks with our Geddy boy but this time, it is LINGERING. But, I have to say just how grateful I am to have improved as much as it has. I am able to get things done during the day and can really act as a Mama and Wife much better now. But poor Chad hears me moan on the couch every night just feeling queazy and gross. Oh well. It really could be much worse. I am just grateful to be pregnant.

Oh and let's talk about the fact that I lost 12 POUNDS in the first trimester. Hahaha, it makes me laugh because I am not a person who struggles to keep weight on. Girlfriend could afford to lose a few pounds but it was a shock to hear the doctor tell me that. I will say that the morning sickness was FOR REAL this time around and so the fact that I lost a bit was kind of a good thing. I started off a bit chubby which I am totally okay to admit.

I have felt the baby kick once. It was such a grand feeling. Once it happened, I immediately recognized what it was and it took me back to why I actually enjoyed my first pregnancy so much. Those kicks are so sweet to me.

I had to go to my allergy specialist again because my asthma has been a real problem the last 2 weeks. It would wake me up at night and I was having to use my emergency inhaler waaaaay too often. So, I got on a new inhaler (safe for pregnancy) that I take daily and it has helped immensely. Both my Ob/Gyn and Allergy Doctor made it very clear that "you need to get your asthma under control because if you don't get enough oxygen, neither does the baby". I was feeling stressed about being on more meds while pregnant but was quickly humbled by the docs. And, my asthma has improved DRASTICALLY. Hoorah!

Now being officially in my 2nd trimester, I am also really relieved to say that my anxiety levels have been really good. With my first pregnancy I struggled a lot with anxiety, especially in my 2nd trimester. I continue to take my anxiety meds as directed by my docs and am really grateful that I have felt so good. Such a big relief.

We find out the gender on December 8th. YOU GUYS, that's in like 2 weeks! Can you believe it? It came so quickly. Although this week, I have been feeling like it's a million weeks away. I can tell I am really getting into the nesting stage. I want to get that nursery ready PRONTO but don't want to start until I know the gender. I did the same thing with Geddy's pregnancy, the nursery was constantly on my mind and I was so excited to get started. Chad and I both have a feeling about what the gender is but I keep doubting myself. Haha. With Geddy, I knew from the first trimester that it was a boy. No question. This time around I feel more hesitant. We will see. I just can't wait to know.

So, that's where we are at right now. My tummy is slowly growing bigger and bigger. I will try and take more pictures of the tummy. But I can't promise too much. Haha.

Happy Thursday!

Hil

10/15/14

Sometimes, it's tough.

That last 6 weeks have been brutal. I am still struggling with morning sickness. Last week it was at it's worst and then I had 2 days that were pretty darn good and then I was sick all yesterday and vomiting.

You win, fetus, you win.

Amongst the nausea I have also had an overwhelming thought of:

"what are you doing?! you can't manage another baby!!!!"

I know, I am a big pansy but having another new born is really scary. The business of newborns are the scariest stage for me. It's such a challenge. I wish I was one of those women who bounced back and handled the lack of sleep with such grace but I will be first to admit that I am just not that lady. It's brutally hard for me (and I am sure other women relate).

But I had a moment today as I was wrestling Geddy down for "naptime" (aka quiet time that only lasts about 20 minutes). I had finally persuaded him to come sit on my lap instead of kicking the door screaming (naptime is fun at our house). I was singing him the usual primary songs and he sang along with me. He has been doing that quite a bit lately. He sings loud and almost completely monotone but it's just so sweet.

And it was a tender mercy. It was a moment in life when things aren't super easy but I thought to myself:

"at least we have that going for us!"

Geddy had heard these primary songs enough times that he could sing along with them. And he and I could feel peace about everything.

Sometimes, I feel like I am super unprepared for what life throws our way. But this quote settled my nerves nicely. We're all just figuring this whole life out, right?


Happy Wednesday!

Hil

10/1/14

It's October!

I have written it a million times but I LOVE FALL! I will shout it from the roof tops. There is something seriously magical about the cooler weather and the thought of Halloween and baked goodies and gaining winter weight (haha).

Am I the only one who feels this way?

It's funny because I myself don't even trick or treat anymore (being WAY over the age of appropriateness) but Halloween really brings back memories of being young and eating loads of candy and watching Halloween movies. It's such a wonderful time of the year.

And Halloween kids books! Danielle from Sometimes Sweet has Holiday books for specific seasons that she showcases during the specific Holiday. I absolutely LOVE the idea but realized I don't have any Holiday specific books. But wouldn't it be super fun to start collecting them and then making them part of your Holiday Decor? Like Christmas and Thanksgiving and Valentines Day. OH MY. I am loving it.

From Danielle's Instagram. So cute!

And do you remember book fairs in Elementary School?! Holy crap, those were the best. I think they happen this time of year as well. I remember I would collect the little plastic book marks (the ones with the little tab at the top so you could hook it to the page you were on), I had like 16 of them and thought I was so cool. Did you know that if I could have any job in the world, it would be an Elementary School Librarian. It would be so awesome.

I wanted all the bookmarks. 

Where am I actually going with this post? I have no idea really. I just love Fall and I needed to express it.

So yeah, I am super pumped it's October. It's a wonderful time of the year. I want to eat a bowl of candy and read a book because that just seems fitting.

So tell me, what are some of your favorite kids Halloween books? One of mine was The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches. We had that book growing up and I loved it. Tell me what other ones are good.


And let's talk about the last minute Halloween Costumes Geddy has had. I throw the costumes together the morning of. I have actually been pleasantly surprised with the outcome! It'll be interesting to see what happens this year, I have an idea of what to do but we'll see how it turns out. 

Geddy's first Halloween as an Old Man. 
Last year as a Lumberjack. 

Lastly, Geddy was invited to go to one of his Best Friend's (Winston) Birthday celebration. We went to the Heber Creeper and got to ride the old train. Geddy absolutely LOVED it. He loved being with his friends and getting to ride a train was a huge deal. They also had violinists or fiddlists (I don't really know which or if it's they're the same) and he was obsessed. He couldn't get enough of the music. It was a super fun night indeed. Plus we got to eat cupcakes on the train!

With Daddy in front of the train. 
Riding the train and loving it!

So we love Fall and that's all I wanted to say.

Happy Wednesday!

Hil

9/30/14

A Funny Memory

I wanted to be sure to write down this little experience that Chad and I had a few months ago because it was too funny. 

When we moved into our new apartment and got settled in, we notice a few little items had vanished. Particularly my tongue scraper (I am a HUGE tongue scraping fan, I swear it keeps my breath fresh!) and Chad's comb (his fancy handmade comb). 

We searched high and low for both items. After a while, we gave up and repurchased them both. 

The Air Conditioning Thingy

Then, for some reason, we needed to open up the air conditioning box "thingy" and lo and behold, there was my tongue scraper and Chad's comb, as well as a marker and part of a toy. We were laughing uncontrollably because Geddy had somehow shoved both of them in there. We have no idea how. 

 

He keeps our life interesting, that's for sure. 

Happy Tuesday!

Hil  

9/29/14

A Most Romantic Gesture

So, I probably don't seem like it but I am an incredibly private person. Sure, I talk about constipation or anxiety problems but I keep things pretty close to the vest. One of those things in particular is my relationship with Chad. 

It is such a sacred thing to me. He is the most important person in my life and I hold our relationship as one of the most important things in my life. And I don't often express romantic feelings or situations about us on the blog because it's just not something that I talk about publicly much. It's too special, really. And I get so shy about that stuff. 

I think that I show the great friendship that we have more than anything. And to be honest, it's the best friendship I have EVER had in my entire life. The guy is my best friend. Through and through. But we actually do love and care for each other in a romantic way. Believe it or not, hahaha. 

But for once, I want to share a really mushy post because Chad put together something really special for me and I never want to forget it. Don't worry, it's not a TMI situation but was romantic. 

While we were in Bear Lake, Chad told me he had a surprise for me. I was really excited to find out what it was because I had NO clue. I did know that he had asked his Mom to help with something and so, I was shy and nervous (as I often get when put in the center of situations). 

I could tell he was nervous about the whole thing. Because every time I brought it up he would get kinda twitchy and he kept saying he wanted everything to be perfect. Now, keep in mind that during this time I was so sick with the cold from Satan and it had been raining for several days while we were up there. 

But, finally the evening arrived where he felt the timing and lighting and a break from the rain, would be perfect. So, we packed up, just he and I, and went for a drive (too many commas in that sentence, I am sure). 

Chad took to me to a grassy field, far away from any people that he had scoped out earlier in the week. It was perfectly overcast (Chad and I love rainy weather, we always say that it's cloudy because God loves us). He asked me to wait by the car really quick while he went and set something up, so I waited. 


When he came back and got me, I walk up to see this perfect little picnic set up. His Mom, with her amazing taste, had helped him find the most adorable picnic gear including a real wool blanket, basket, plates, flowers and more. We had sparkling cider and fancy cheese with crackers. It was all so adorable and breathtaking against the green hills behind it. 


I was blown away. It was SO sweet and perfectly romantic for he and I. Like I said before, we like privacy and this little picnic away from everything was just perfect. I noticed that he brought a book as well (which was no surprise). So we sat down and he said "I'll start to get the drinks ready, will you open the book, I have marked the section I want us to read". 

So I grabbed the book (it was The Fellowship of the Ring, he knows the way to my heart) and opened it to the passage that he had marked with a ribbon (it was the passage about speaking "friend" at the Gates of Moria, because we are such good friends. Have I ever mentioned what nerds we are?). 

There, tied at the end of the ribbon, was a ring. 

Now, to provide a slight background, about 4 years ago, I had lost my diamond wedding band. I was at work and I dropped it on the ground and it VANISHED, never to be seen again. I was moving furniture and searching high and low but was completely gone. It was truly sad and heart wrenching because it was from the man I loved. I felt so terrible about it. As years went by, I was equally as sad. It wasn't a super flashy ring, just a thin band with tiny little diamonds on half the band but it was super special to me. 

Back to the romantic evening: tied to the end of the ribbon was the exact same ring that I lost 4 years prior. It wasn't MY old ring but Chad had replaced it with a new one. And it's perfectly identical and exactly what I wanted. My heart leapt. I couldn't believe he had replaced something so special that had once been lost. It was the perfect size and the perfect fit. I immediately remembered how it felt on my finger. It's like memorizing a song on the piano and your fingers can remember it after so many years. It was the same feeling. Completely recognizable and familiar. 

Here is the new diamond wedding band with my original engagement band. 
Don't mind my old undipped engagement band. That's just the way I like it. 

After I saw the ring my eyes started to water and I was speechless. I just remember saying "oh my gosh, my ring!" and "Chad, thank you, you're amazing" over and over again. So, he put the ring on my finger and said some amazingly sweet things and we both cried. Prior to any of this, we had many conversations about if we would marry each other again. Chad and I have had some crazy things happen during our marriage. Usually outside sources of chaos but it came with hard times in life. But we always said we would totally get married again, if he were to ask me again today. And that was what he asked "would you marry me again?" and I obviously said "Yes! A million times over".

And then we made out and ate cheese and drank sparkling cider. It was so romantic, with my best friend. Afterward I was like "crap, I really have to step up my surprises for Chad. Nothing compares to this!" haha.

Us on our romantic date. Please keep in mind I had been sick all week. 

 After we sat and talked for a while at how blessed we were and talked about our babies and babies to come (cuz we just BARELY found out we were pregnant) it started to get a little chilly so we headed out...

...and went to La Beau's cuz girlfriend needed a corndog and onion rings to celebrate. Hahahahaha!


There you have it. That was our most romantic evening, all thanks to my husband. Chad, I truly can't thank you enough for this evening. It was such a kind gesture and it really meant the world to me. I will never, ever, forget it.

Happy Monday!

Hil

9/26/14

Bear Lake 2014

It's tradition for the de Lisles to go to Bear Lake as a family each year. And it's always during Chad's Birthday, which he loves.

I was feeling nervous because it's really hard for me to travel with a child/baby. I am just not very good at it. I WISH so badly that I was better. I am just too anxious of a person and it's hard when I am not in my own home and have the same routine. Yes, I am basically an old woman who doesn't like change. But I also know that it's SO important to get out of our comfort zone so I threw it out to the Universe that this would be our year!

The day before we left, Geddy started to get a nasty cold. It made me a little nervous but I thought that it would all be okay and will pass (again, throwing out positive vibes to the universe). So, the next morning we headed out. Geddy was still pretty dang sick but we gave him some wonderful meds and he was quite a champ the entire time.

Now, the second day we were there, I started to get a sore throat and my nose was bothering me. I thought "uh oh, I caught Geddy's cold". I always catch his colds, if he gets sick, I am soon to follow.

This cold hit me SO hard. I had a fever, couldn't sleep, coughing, burning nasals. I was dying. This was also during the time where we were wondering if we could be pregnant. It was the "period time" or "missed period time" so I was trying to be smart about medications.

Funny Side Story: I took 2 pregnancy tests while I was there and they were the most suspicious things ever. They had the most faint and blurry second line on them. Like it was thinking about being pregnant but couldn't decide. Me and Chad were both baffled so we waited another 2 days and bought another test where we got firm and confident "Pregnant" lines on the test. Can we also talk about how mad Chad gets when I am trying to find out if I am pregnant? I have a bad habit of taking tons of pregnancy tests and he hates it because they are so expensive! His thought process is "if you're pregnant, we'll know at when you miss your period then take a test" but my thought process is "let's take a test a little early cuz it's fun". My method doesn't work super well. Poor Chad. Hahah.

Finally got a real positive result!

 So...we found out we were pregnant and I was super sick for several days. I had to get a blessing from Chad and Jordy. (I took nyquil because I was so desperate, I know, bad Mom).

Then after I started feeling better from the cold, I started to feel really uncomfortable and got a UTI.  It was miserable. I have never had one in my entire life and do you know how hard it is to find any medicine or even 100% Cranberry Juice in a little town by where we were staying? Impossible. Luckily, Glamma was in Logan and picked me up some meds which provided some relief.

I was really struggling during this time. I felt so bad because I was such a bummer to be around and would lay in bed most the time. Everyone else had to watch Geddy and poor Chad...I was such a party pooper.

Buuuuut, some positives from the trip was:

Geddy LOVED the water this year!!!! He loved the boat and we found an amazing beach where he got to play. It was awesome. Plus he got to spend tons of time with Glamma and Diana, which was great.

At the beach, this boy was in HEAVEN. 
Even though the water was super cold, he wouldn't get out of the water! 
Smiling on the boat! Even with his life jacket on!
Swimmin' with Daddy and Uncle Jordy
Drivin' the boat! 

We had friends come up for the weekend of Chad's Birthday! It was awesome. We got to play DND with them and Chad got to play Video Games with them. With how big of a bummer I was during the trip, I was glad our friends could come and bring some fun for him.

Here we all are wearing mustaches for Chad's Birthday Party!

Plus, Chad got to do really big runs with his Brother, Jordy. Yes, they think it's fun to go on these long runs that include intense hills. I am more of a "hey, let's watch an entire TV Season and eat donuts in one night" kinda girl but to each their own.

Here they had just finished a crazy run in a rain storm. It was pouring rain for several days during the trip and they got stuck in one of them. Yikes!

Post rainstorm run. 

At the end of this trip, I couldn't help but apologize profusely to the family for how crummy I was. I just didn't feel well and it was hard not to show it. As always, I was blown away by the de Lisle family's generosity and understanding. I am grateful to be able to share my life with such amazing family (and friends that are equally family). 

Happy Friday!

Hil