Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2 yrs old!

Thank you all for the birthday wished for my girl! I can't believe I have a 2 yr old already. It kind of makes me sad a little that my baby girl is growing up so fast. But honestly, I'm LOVING Brynna at this age :) She so full of curiosity and her personality is really beginning to shine (along with the terrible twos and tantrums. Oy!)

Her birthday was fabulous! We had so much fun and it so nice to see all the people that love her :) I took a few pics with my phone, but most of the good pics are on my IL camera so as soon as I can get their card I'll post better ones ;-)

We had her 2 yr well kid check yesterday and she "passed" with flying colors. Here are her stats... although I think they're a bit scewed since they weighed and measured her with her clothes and shoes on (werid right?)
Height: 32.5 in (10%)
Weight:27 lbs (50%)
Again, still pretty petite, but growing right on track!

She was a little scared at first when he wanted to look in her ears and eyes, but she sat on my lap instead of the table and did just fine. Such a big girl! She got her hep A and flu shot and cried for about 10 seconds (until she was handed a sticker and a sucker).

She seems to be growing like a weed! We finally bumped her up this month to 2T (yep, skipped right over 24 mos... seemed silly to buy that size when 2T will last longer even if they are a bit big right now). Still in size 4 'sposies (I think... it's been a while since we've used any) still CDing (I'm so OVER diapers ya'll- Can't WAIT for her to be PT... but that may be a while... see below).

She talks a ton these days and we are really having to be careful what we say because she's a little parrot (I called some other driver a jacka$$ the other day while we were driving and wouldn't you know it she yelled out some version of it HA! Oops!)

She is doing really well with her motor skills, but we've decided to sign her up for a toddler gymnastics class starting next (Nov) month (similar to LittleGym)! We really love this gym! My cheer team practices in their cheer gym part on Saturdays (The cheer gym director is my assistant coach) and the entire facility is AMAZING! I can't wait!

We've been having a bit of an issue with getting her to eat more than just a few bites at meals these days and I'm hoping it's just a phase? If anyone has good ideas for toddler meals, let me know. I'm at a loss some days on what to make her for lunch (although I will admit I've taken some ideas from Ella on her WSA vs WSWO days) ;-)

Brynna also has become a morning person. This has been going on for some time now (unfortunately) and while it's nice to get the day started, I don't so much enjoy starting it at 5 am. Let me sleep in until 6 at least PLEASE! I'm kind of scared how daylight savings time is going to go around here... YIKES! Her doc suggested that we keep her up an hour or so later for a week and see if that helps her sleep later when the time change occurs. Hopefully that will help!

Potty training has been put on the back burner for a while. She's gone pee in the potty 2 times (and I think this was just good timing on my part vs her actually "going" out of cognitive thought), but other than that, she doesn't seem all that interested. She still could care less about sitting in a poopy diaper. Again, per her doc's suggestion, we will revisit it again in a couple months and see. In the meantime, we will still ask her a few times a day if she wants to sit on it and try to "go." Even if she only sits for a couple seconds, she's picking up the concept, right?

And that's all I can think of... here's a few recent pics (some of her party):

 One of my favorite pics this month
 Being silly with Mr Potatohead!
 She makes this face all the time and it makes me laugh :)
 At her party with Auntie Ashley (sorry it's blurry... dang iphone!)
 With Batman's mom and dad and cousin Roenan
 Mommy and B at her party!
 Papa (my dad) and B going through her "treasures" from the hay find
 Putting her new baby to bed
"helping" with dinner last night

Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Brynna!

Happy 2nd Birthday my sweet girl! We love you so much!

(how did she get to be 2 already!?)

PS sorry I've been MIA this week... so much to do for her party still... will update with pics about our week AND her party :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tomato harvest

I planted a garden this summer. Did I tell you that? Normally, I don't even try because I tend to kill things. And rather quickly. But this year I was DETERMINED to grow something.
So I had my FIL build me a raised bed on the side of our house.

And I actually had things GROW. Over the summer we enjoyed radishes and lettuces and swiss chard, lots of basil and chives and parsely. Carrots and cucumbers. Oh my! It was de-lish!

Now that the weather is getting cooler my monstrosity of a tomato bush (seriously this thing is huge! see pic below) is finally ready for harvesting a bunch of tomatoes! And if you know me IRL you know I love, love, LOVE fresh, homegrown tomatoes (and this heirloom variety was named "best of Seattle" how could I go wrong?)! I've been more excited about this plant than really any other in my garden (other than broccoli. But that was a bust- the aphids took over and there was nothing left of it :( )

This thing took over half my garden... sadly that meant my onions had no chance (next year I will most definitely trim, trim and trim some more so I don't have such a huge plant)

So Wednesday morning I went out and picked everything I could!

I ended up with about 3 bowls full (and there are still more that weren't quite ready yet). And even though I <3 tomatoes, I knew there was NO WAY I could eat them all. So instead I took the advice of our CSA farmers and roasted them!

 I split up what I had into 2 batches- one "Italian" (tomatoes, garlic, onion, basil) and one "Mexican" (tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers) all from either my garden or the farm.
 I threw them in the oven @ 400 for 30 min, then turned it down to 275 for about 5 hours, stirring them every 30-60 min or so.
 And viola! 3 freezer bags of each! I can't wait to use them this winter in some sauces and soups! If they taste half as good as my house smelled, they will be heavenly!
And on a side note- I think we may need to get B her own step stool for helping out in the kitchen...  (and yes, I do believe I have the world's tiniest kitchen)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hopefully the beginning of the end

Of diapers! This morning Brynna came up to me and said "Pee pee Mommy" so we quickly ran to the bathroom where her potty chair resides, whisked off her pants and diaper and- lo and behold- she went pee on the potty!!! She was so proud of herself. And we found some "special" princess stickers (aka some random ones in my plethora of scrapbook supplies *wink* but she doesn't know that) as a reward for being such a big girl!

Now, I haven't gotten her to go again yet, but we are going to keep at it! I'm hoping that this is the start of real potty training- wish us luck!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Done and done

First off... Melissa- where did you go? Did I miss something? I hope everything is going okay for you!

Yesterday's removal was fairly uneventful. It took the NP a number of tries (more than a few, less than 10) to find the strings (what little was left of them) and get the Mirena out. But it is, in fact, out. I will let you know if I have any of the crazies coming off the progesterone. So far so good.

In other less exciting news, I looked in the mirror this morning and realized my lack of exercise the past couple weeks is really starting to show. Not on the scale, but I can tell in the mirror. So here and now I'm GOING to get MOTIVATED! Seriously, I don't know what happened, but I feel like I'm in a fog. It's kind of ridiculous.

Back on track. I need to remember the little engine that could. I think I can, I think I can... instead of getting a defeatist attitude any time I miss a day.

So here we go... back on the TTC train. Back on the workout train. Back on the healthy diet train. Back on the crazy train...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tomorrow is the day

And I won't lie. I'm kind of a ball of nerves. Kinda like my last post about getting the our out.

Are we really ready for this? I guess we will find out...

Now if I can just get some sleep tonight. You'd think I was awaiting my wedding day or something because my emotional state is kind if ridiculous.

Oh, and the pregnancy dreams continue, so that hasn't helped.


Wish me luck... Or maybe sanity?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

One project down...

843 to go...

Yep I'm talking about Brynna's birthday! It's only a few weeks away and now it's crunch time! I finished the invites last night and they're being sent out this morning.

What do you think?

Okay... Must. Get. More. Done.

We did have a slight snafu with our original "venue" but we've figured out an alternate location that will work put just fine. Sadly, no live animals though.

I will keep updating as things come together.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It must be on the brain

T minus 6 days and counting until the IUD comes out!

And apparently even though my conscious mind doesn't think about it a lot, my subconsious is in baby overdrive. Every night for the past two weeks, at least, I've dreamt I'm preggo.


And to be honest, the dreams are kind of starting to freak me out.  

Because, are we really ready for #2? I realize there is no guarantee that we'll even get a #2. And there's also no guarantee that it will happen quickly. But if we do, and if it does... are we really ready for another one? Will Brynna be ready to share the attention? I barely stay sane with just her these days... what are we thinking?