Where has the time gone!

Its been a long while since my last post.  So much has changed.  So here is a quick update of the family.

Brielle: She is 26 months old and amazing.  Her growth has staggered a little but that is to be expected, she is always on the move.  She is holding steady at 24ish lbs, she has recently gotten a little taller.  Her vocabulary is amazing.  She speaks very clear and very well.  We get a lot of people who think she is older because of her ability to communicate so well.  She has hit her terrible 2’s, but they are not that bad.  However her desire to boycott naps is a real pain.  She has started to warm up to her daddy like crazy and loves her grandma and cousins Victoria and Nickolas so much.  She is still very much a Mommy’s Girl, which I love!

Baby Boy Bryce: Yup that’s right its a boy and he has a name.  We are so excited about his upcoming arrival.  He is so active in my belly.  As of 29 weeks and 4 days I am up 22lbs and a little bigger then I was with Brie at this point.  He is measuring great and cute as ever according to his last ultrasound.

Aron:  He is doing well, very busy but well.  He is still working like crazy but whats new?  He is liking his store for the most part but it has taken a toll on his stress.  He will adjust and will do just fine.  He is very much in love with his baby girl and very excited about his son.

Me:  I am uncomfortable but that’s to be expected at almost 30wks preggo.  I am more uncomfortable than I remember being with Brie at this point.  I have had a lot of stress with my Mom’s recent diagnosis of breast cancer and my sister being a complete and udder loser.  But thats life.  I can’t wait to have my baby boy, his birth is my strength to see each obsticle as one step closer to having my family complete.

Grandma Rose: She is doing well. She was having a lot of trouble accepting her diagnosis and everything that it entails but she is coming around.  She is very strong and I think starting to cope with what it is and not see it as a “poor me” situation. 

Victoria: She is doing well. WE are working on her attitude but other than that she is adjusting pretty well to the house and rules.  She is amazing with Brie. 

Nickolas: He is doing okay.  He is having a harder time adjusting to the rules and what is expected of him.  He has a very bad habit of talking back and being disrespectful but there has been some small improvement. 

Puppers: Sharaz, Dre, Emily and Drake (the kids dog) are all doing well.  WE probably will never have a clean floor longer then 10 min but what can you expect with 4 dogs.  They all get a long great and are great watch dogs.

So that s everything in a nutshell.  With the pregnancy winding down I hope to be more on top of blogging but we will see.  NOT sure what to expect with 2 babies.

Love,

Jenn

Brie’s words…

Dearest Brie Brie,

You are hilarious with your “words”, you’ve decided to creat your own names for things and her are some of the funny names you’ve created:

Chocolate Milk—-“kite”

Sharaz—“poo”

Dre—“pup pup”

Emily—“mimi”

Grandma—“maaa”

Opa/Papa—“pop pop”

Aunt Jamie—“mimi”

The Lion King Movie—“Rarrrrr”

Toy Story Movie—“That”

Your an amazing kid and I love you so much!

BIG news

We are pregnant!  I am 6 weeks and 5 days!  Feeling all the wonderful : ( symptoms.  Every time I ask Brie if she wants to have a baby that we can keep she says “no” : )  Go figure.  Our due date is 10/11/12!  We are so excited!  We have an appointment on March 15, hoping to see the baby on ultrasound.  For now we are praying for a healthy little baby and healthy pregnancy for me!

Happy 19th Month!

Brielle,

You are now 19+months old!  You are such a little person now; opinions, ideas and this amazing personality.  You are so loved by your family and  you bring us such joy!

Clothes:

You wear size 2T and size 5 shoes.  You now like to decide what you want to wear.  Usually its your turtle shirt or your monkey shirt that Aunt Lin got you.  You like to try to dress yourself.  YOur pretty good at putting on your shoes but need some help with your pants as you are always putting both legs through one hole ; ) 

Vocabulary:

You talk a lot…YOu are putting two and three words together now.  You will say things like “Bri Bri go byebye”, “Bri Bri eat”.  “Where Go?”  “Whats that?”  “no no no nooooo”  <-your fave!  “help followed by the “please sign””

Eating:

Your appetite depends on your mood.  Some days you eat great others you don’t have time to stop.  On those days you do better when we feed you. 

Potty Learning:

You are doing fantastic!  You use the bathroom 6-7 times a day.  You have pooed in the potty a few times as well.  It helps that your motivated by “treats” . 

New House:

You love the new house.  We are waiting to get the backyard fenced but you love playing out back with your babies and the pups.  We also got a new puppy Baby Dre, she loves you and you love her most of the time.  Unless she is eating your doll then you get so mad.  Its pretty cute.

Sleeping:

You still sleep in our room.  Most nights you fall asleep in our bed and  I put you in  yours at some point in the night you crawl back into ours : )  Daddy is very ready for you to sleep in your own room, mamma is not : )

In all you are an amazing little girl!  You are growing so quickly and are so smart.  I thank God everyday for blessing me with you.

Love,

Mommy

Happy 17 and 18 Month Birthdays!!!

Brielle,

I am the biggest slacker but life gets so busy and as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun!  Which we are, tons of fun!  I cannot believe that you are 18 months old….Holy crap, kid!  Everyday you remind me just how fast you are growing.  You speak new words, understand more than you can say, act like a little person, have a bad attitude at times, so independent and to top if off your freakishly beautiful.  I know I’m your mom and I might be a little biased but everywhere we go, other people just gauk at you.  These last two months have been really busy for your daddy and I.  I’ve been working a lot, too much actually.  I hate being away from you but when I work extra shifts it really helps fatten our poor old bank account.  Your daddy has been really busy opening his new restaurant.  Its been difficult for you, you have asked for him a lot these last few days.  We are also trying to buy a house.  Its been really stressful and we thought we had the perfect one.  However, it’s a bank owned and they are really dragging their feet on letting us know if they are going to accept our offer.  We are practicing patients and acceptance for whatever God’s plan is for our family.  If it is in his plan for our family to be in this house he will see to it.  If not I am sure he has something much better in store for us : )  That sums up the big stuff, lets talk about you and what you’re doing…

Likes:

Your dolly’s, their bottles, their cloths and your stuffed turtle from Aunt Lin.  We sleep with all of these things every night.  I refer to it as your entourage.  You still love your “cookies” better known as organic strawberry rice biscuits.  You love to dress yourself in our cloths.  You like to go for walks and love your Yo Gabba Gabba!  You also like to put small items (dog food or dried pasta) in “baby bottles” and dump them into other containers.  Keeps  you busy for a long time.  You also love your real turtle. 

Dislikes:

Food, boo hoo my good eater has gone away and a crazy toddler has taken over.  Your appetite has greatly decreased.  You also don’t like to listen very well.  Time out has become a part of our lives. 

Clothing Size:

Your still in 24 months/2T, shoes are still size 5. 

Potty Learning:

You use the potty almost every other day at least.  I think you are starting to get it.  I have been trying to put you in panties and work with you anytime we are home and hanging out.  Pretty sure we will get there very soon.

Vocabulary:

You say a lot of words and understand a lot more.  You mimic a lot of things that we say but your pronunciation is still pretty babyish.  That okay your doc said that is normal until about 3yrs old. 

Stats:

You are a little less than 25% percentile for weight about 23.5lbs and a little bit higher than 50% for height.  Your head is the norm 50% percentile.

You are the love of my life my sweet girl.  You make my world go round and sun shine.  I am so thankful for everyday that I get to be YOUR mother.  I thank God for giving me such a beautiful blessing there is truly nothing I could ever do or say to really express just how amazing it is to have you as my daughter. 

Love forever and always,

Your Mommy

16 months


Breezy Brie,

You are on the cusp of your 16 month birthday. You are the most amazing little girl. I can’t get enough of you. So here are some fun facts:

Clothes:

Size 24-2T, Size 5 shoes ; ) You are on the biggest setting for your diapers. Speaking of clothes you are trying to “dress” yourself these days. As well as “undress” yourself. If you have on the velcro diapers (as opposed to the snaps) and nothing over top, there is a good chance we will find you prancing around naked. Good thing I love you cute baby butt!

Language:

You are talking like crazy. It so cute, right now when someone ask what you are doing you are likely to respond with “play-ing”. You mimic most words when asked however you don’t like to perform “party tricks” by this I mean you usually won’t say something when I ask you to in order to show off how sticking cute/smart/adorable you are. Go figure! You also say “ewww” a lot. It’s so cute. Oh and you recently started to say “three” after we count one, two….

Toys:

You are very into your little babies right now. You wrap them up in wash cloths and walk around the house playing with them. Only to at some point throw or chew on them but it’s still really cute.

Activity:

You are extremely active. You could go all day long without stopping and even when you’re sitting it’s not for long. You are still taking a decent nap..Thank God! You dance, CLIMB, jump, dance some more, climb on EVERYTHING and run all over. I’m pretty sure we will have some er visit before long with your fearless climbing adventures.

Food:

You eat almost everything. The list of what yo don’t eat is pretty limited. You really don’t love salad which we discovered last night. You recently tried artichoke hearts and loved them…pretty rare for a toddler. You love your “coookiez”.

Potty Learning:

We are trying to regularly practice our potty routine. You have successfully used the potty twice!!!!! When I have to go we go together. I think we are getting close but I will wait for you to show me that you are ready.

Routines:

We are getting some routines down. Brushing your teeth in the morning and at night. You know exactly what to do and love it, that is until I “rebrush” your teeth to make sure they are clean. I think you mostly enjoy just playing in the water but hey you are a toddler.

Mommy’s Helper:

You help mommy unload/ load the dishes, put laundry in the dryer, fold (mostly unfold) laundry, wash dishes (play in the water), feed the doggies, feed the turtle…your a pretty amazing kid!

Changes:

Recently you haven’t been as “kissy”, I knew it was a stage but gosh I miss all your random kisses. You still are very lovable. ON a sad note we discovered that you are allergic to fire ants and almost had an anaphylactic shock because of a bite on your toe. I will post a separate blog about this horrible incident. Nonetheless, I’ve been looking into bubble balls for you to live in : )

Brielle, I love you so much, no words could ever really express the love I have for you. The other day I was thinking about how one day you will have to go out and live your life and I won’t be there everyday and it made me really sad. Sad for myself. You are part of me. We are connected, very much like an invisible umbilical cord. The thing is I need you as much as you need me. But I know one day that will change and you won’t need me as much. I will still need you. However, I pray everyday that your father and I can raise you to be a Godly, smart, wonderful person and that you may be blessed with a happy, healthy, prosperous, long life. So for now I will keep enjoying every second I have with you.

Love,
MOmma

The Frugle, Yet Practical Approach to Cloth Diapers…

Alright, at this point I consisder myself pretty informed on cloth diapers. I’ve tried so many styles and brands that I feel I have a pretty good grip on what works and what doesn’t. I have to say that each child is different so what works for us may not work for you but I have a good idea it will.

Cloth diapering on a budget…(listen to me, I promise I have an idea of what I’m talking about)

1) Diaper covers. I have tried pockets and covers and by far covers have worked best for me. I have also tried numerous types of covers finding a few to really be the best covers for particular reason to be described in another post. I would purchase 7 Flip Diaper Covers, preferably from Kellyscloset.com while they are running a coupons or something…they often do spend this much and get a free diaper (usually pockets). Why 7? Two per day with an extra for a super mess. I wash about every 3 days, if not sooner.

2) Inserts. This is the how to do it the cheap way… Go to Wal-Mart and buy 2 packs of their prefold cloth diapers that are 14.99 per pack of 12 and 2 packs of their flat cloth diapers, same price. Why both? I like to wrap the flat inside the prefold for extra absorbancy. At night for my heavy wetter I add an extra hemp insert, Fuzzibunz hemp insert 3 pack for 14.99.

3) Laundry detergent. I have used two types of laundry detergents. I would recommend spending the money on cloth diaper detergent. I know its expensive but its worth it! I prefer Rockin’ Green Laundry detergent. I also use the Rockin’ Green Funk Rock ammonia bouncer with each wash. It is well worth the money.

4) Wet Bags/ Pail Liners. At first you can get away with just 1 of each but I would recommend two pail liners at least. It makes for a nice rotation during laundry day. I personally have three wet bags and two pail liners that work great for us. I am not brand specific. They all seem to work the same to me.

5) Diaper Pail. I use a dry diaper system, which is recommended by almost everyone. I use a step-open trash can which can be purchased for about $20.

6) Cloth Diaper-Safe Cream. A must if you plan on cloth diapering. At some point you might get a red area and need to apply something so have it ready. I really like CJ’s Spritz’O butter. Keeps your hands clean(er) and smells great. I also always have Grandma Eli’s Diaper Rash Cream around as well. I also always have a little Tea Tree Oil to get rid of anything even slightly resembling yeast ; )

7) Cloth Wipes. The cheapest and easiest thing to use are baby wash cloths. I’m sure you have tons from your baby shower and if you don’t go to Ross and find a pack of 12 on clearance for $2.

8) Cloth Wipe Solution. I have used Baby Bum Drops but really have found that plain water with a little Tea Tree Oil works great. I also use a plain old spray bottle from the store that can be purchased for a couple dollars.

So for a grand total of….

7 Flip covers at 13.97 each =97.79
2 Prefolds packs of 12 = 29.98
2 Flat packs of 12 = 29.98
Fuzzibunz 3 Pack Hemp inserts = 14.99
1 bag of Rockin’Green Laundry Detergent 45/90 loads = 14.95
1 bag of Rockin’ Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer 15 Loads = 12.95
2 GroVia Pail Liner = 30.50
1 Grovia Wet Bag = 6.75
1 Step-open trash can= 20.00
CJ’s Spritz O’Butter= 9.00
Grandma Eli’s Cream= 10.97
Tea Tree Oil (local grocery store) = 12.00
Cloth wipes (baby washcloths) 2 packs of 6 brand new at target 5.99 each= 11.98
Spray bottle for water= 3.00

For a GRAND TOTAL OF ====== $304.84

You could even shave off…
-3 covers (which mean more frequent laundry) for 41.97
-1 pack of prefolds for 14.99
-1 pack of flats for 14.99
-wet bag, use grocery store plastic bag for 6.75
-1 pail liner for 15.25
-1 pack of washcloths for 5.99

Saving $99.88, bringing your GRAND TOTAL TO $204.96!!!!

Not so bad, right? Save money, save the planet and have a baby with a cute fluffy butt! Now I understand that you may not have $300 right off the bat to just put towards cloth diapers. Lets say that around 5 months prego you decide that you might want to try and cloth diaper ; ) Start saving…$60 bucks a month and/or register for cloth diapers for you baby shower.

Jenn

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