Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Good News

I visited my OB last week for a blood test to see if I had cholestasis of pregnancy, the liver condition I experienced when I was pregnant with Jack. I've had itching on my stomach still, but nowhere else. When they diagnosed me with it with Jack, I had to go in for NST's (non-stress tests) twice a week to monitor the baby. I got the call yesterday that my results were negative. No cholestasis!

We also scheduled an induction date. If this baby doesn't come on its own by June 1st, that's our scheduled date. Wow, it's official: this baby boy will be coming in the next month or so. Crazy!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Baby Aven

My sister Eliza made this awesome movie about my new niece. She's had a lot of complications, but is pulling through so far.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Avendesora Haylen Mondy

I forgot to mention that my brother's tiny baby girl was born on Sunday, and is 15 weeks premature. She was born only 25 weeks along, weighing in at 1 1/2 pounds and is only 13 inches long. My sister-in-law had preeclampsia with both this pregnancy and the last, which is what forced them to take the baby out early.
Ethan's wife, Brandy, is doing much better, and I haven't heard if she's been released from the hospital yet. Aven is still going through a lot, but seems to be doing as well as can be expected. If you're interested in following along with their journey, you can see their blog here or in my sidebar. Doug and I are praying for you guys. Love you!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fun Recent Events

I absolutely love going out with my boys! This past week has been a lot of fun with them! Last Saturday, we got up and got ready to go to the mall to get Doug's belated Easter present (a new hat.) We were up at 7:30 and still didn't make it out the door until 10 or 10:30! While we were at the mall, we decided to take Jack on the carousel in the food court, and he thought it was the bomb diggity. He had the biggest grin every time he passed me!

Afterwards, we stopped by Fuddruckers for lunch. My, they were a little more pricey than I expected! But the food was good. When you first walk in, there's this dude with a guitar, which is one of Jack's obsessions. This pic is for you, dad! Here he is pulling a Vanna White next to it with me.
We sat by the arcades at the restaurant so Jack could get down when he was done and play around with them while still in sight. He waited for so long for this car racing game to be vacant so he could mess around with it, and was pretty upset when we pulled him away from it.
Quick funny fact about Jack: He enjoys eating a whole pickle... after he gets past the first few bites.
On Tuesday, Jack and I convinced Doug to play hookie and go with us to Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point. How can you resist that when the weather man himself states it will be one of the 10 best days of the year? Jack enjoyed walking around by himself for the first half, going from stall to stall. This calf really loved him. He walked from the back of his stall all the way up to Jack when he came by. It was so sweet!
He didn't care for the pony ride.
After the pony ride, he was too wild, and we had to strap him down in the stroller for the rest of it. He wasn't too thrilled about the stroller part, but I think he still enjoyed viewing the rest of the barnyard creatures.
After a nap, Jack was ready to go again and hang out outside some more. This boy loves the outdoors! He gets so mad whenever we go back inside.

What a great couple days I got to spend with them!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Week

So, it turns out that I'm the mom that forgot to take pictures of her little boy playing with his Easter basket stuff on Easter morning. I didn't even get a picture of him in his Easter outfit, but that's another story.
Jack woke up from his nap on Friday with a mild fever, and it lasted for about 24 hours. It was really hard for either of us to get anything down him, including juice. And you know you can't force a toddler to eat, OR drink. Luckily, he started drinking a lot more Saturday night. After he went to bed Saturday night, Doug and I watched Marley & Me. Of course I cried a couple times, but it was definitely worth seeing, in my opinion. During the movie, I had been "dying" to try these silk tie easter eggs that I heard about from one of my friends last year. It was my first time making them, so they don't look spectacular. But it was fun to try something new.
You wrap the eggs in silk ties (we got some at the D.I.) and cook them that way.
Jack woke up Sunday with no fever, and seemed to be eating a little better. He was surprised to find his own Woody doll from Toy Story, and an egg with a little Elmo and Grover inside. He wasn't too interested in the candy, feeling as sick as he did still. I wish I would have gotten a picture of him grabbing his Woody doll. He got this big smile, and carried it right to his daddy to show him. That kid is in love with Toy Story, I tell ya (but only like the first 15 minutes, then he's over it.) We went to sacrament and then decided to come home, since even that was a lost cause with Doug chasing Jack around the foyer the whole time. Jack had an awesome 3-hour nap, and then we drove to Doug's parent's house for some food and socializing. Jack had a major blowout, so we had to give him a bath... hence the reason I wasn't able to get that picture of him in his Easter outfit. He got it on his pants, his socks, and even his shoes! Then on the way home, he threw up. He threw up twice more and had two more accidents before bedtime, so I guess he's not all the way better yet. But we're getting there, hopefully...
My friend Christy cut and highlighted my hair for me on Tuesday. They finished their basement before they had their baby, and she put in a salon down there. So she does her clients' hair at her house now. It was so funny because it took us like 5 hours to complete since we both had our kids to tend to! We cut about 4 or 5 inches, so it looks a lot different. But I love it; I think she did an awesome job! So here's the new A-line 'do, and the belly at 32 weeks.
You're awesome, Christy! Thanks again.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Getting Ready for Baby #2

Realizing that we now only have two months left until the baby's due date, I got cracking on getting ready for this baby to come last week. I was starting to freak out, as I hadn't gotten anything ready yet. Now I realize it doesn't take that long to get ready for the second one, since pretty much everything you need is in storage.

Jack had fun going through his closet with me, helping me get out all the mobiles and the baby car seat. What a great big brother already!
I ended up getting out all of the burp cloths, baby blankets, 0-3 month clothes, and washing out the car seat. Luckily, all the clothes fit in Jack's dresser too, so they can share. We also got some newborn diapers and a big box of diapers from CostCo. I think all I need to do now is get out the cradle, and get our (and Jack's) overnight bags packed. But, I'm pretty sure I can wait a little while on both of those, right?

After I washed the car seat insert, Jack had a blast getting in and out of it. Then his dad wanted to try on this U of U helmet on him.
Nice look, Jack! You've got a few more years of training before the real deal. Then Jack thought it would be fun to put it on daddy...
Good times! So, yeah... not much going on here except for what my neighbor referred to as "nesting."