Monday, December 8, 2014

Baby 3.0 - 22 weeks

How far along? 22 weeks
Weight gain/loss: +8
Maternity clothes? Loving these comfy leggings and maternity tops. 
Stretch marks? No new ones. 
Sleep? Recently we've started working with Avery about sleeping in her own bed. Amazingly it has really paid off. She sleeps in her own bed 6 out of 7 nights a week. That really helps everyone get more sleep.     
Best moment this week? My first order of boy clothes finally arrived from Gymboree. All the boy clothes are so cute. 
Movement: I can feel him moving a lot more. I can't wait for the girls to be able to feel him from the outside. 
Food cravings: Sandwiches. Mmm!
Gender: It's a BOY!
Labor signs? A few Braxton Hicks contractions here and there, but mostly just a reminder that I need drink more water. 
Belly button in or out? Innie.
What I miss? Energy. And stronger headache medicine.   
What I am looking forward to? Buying all the boy clothes and cloth diapers.
Weekly wisdom: Take a nap even if your husband pokes fun at you about it.   
Milestones: More than halfway now! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's a...


This week we were able to have our 20 week anatomy scan. We had debated early in this pregnancy whether or not to find out the gender. I was for not finding out and letting it be a surprise at birth, but Justin wanted to know. After not much argument I conceded. I kind of wanted to know too.

We were able to see all the different aspects of the baby from the head to the feet and finally the big shot: the gender. To my surprise we found a very obvious penis.


It's a boy! 


Friday, October 31, 2014

Baby 3.0 -- 17 weeks

How far along? 17 weeks
Weight gain/loss: +5
Maternity clothes? I even bought myself some new pajama pants this week.  
Stretch marks? No new ones.
Sleep? Avery is getting better about staying in her bed now. Yay us!    
Best moment this week? Avery and Olivia came with me to my check up on Monday. They both got to hear the baby's heartbeat and ask the doctor all kinds of questions. It was very cute. 
Movement: Getting more noticeable.  
Food cravings: Broccoli and ranch this week. 
Gender: Scheduled the anatomy scan and gender ultrasound for November 19th! 
Labor signs? None. 
Belly button in or out? Innie.
What I miss? My old clothes. 
What I am looking forward to? Finding out the gender of this baby!
Weekly wisdom: It's okay to nap. 
Milestones: 
I can hear the heartbeat on my home doppler any time I want!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

3.0 - Week 16

How far along? 16 weeks
Weight gain/loss: +5
Maternity clothes? Who is fighting it this time? I got a pile of maternity leggings, long sweaters and tunics and I am good to go. Although, it's not much different from my usual mom-wardrobe. 
Stretch marks? Not any new ones... yet.
Sleep? As good as ever was with two kids who still get up at night. Lots of pit-stops to pee between the kids' bed and mine though.    
Best moment this week? Avery and Olivia have had a blast talking to the baby. Olivia even tried to crawl under my sweater at Target today to talk to the baby. I had to tell her to wait until we get home. 
Movement: Definitely there. Baby is more active at night. Poor kid gets kicked back by the big ones though. 
Food cravings: Mashed potatoes and Taco Bell. :-/
Gender: Don't know yet. 
Labor signs? None. 
Belly button in or out? Innie.
What I miss? Sleep.   
What I am looking forward to? Finding out the gender so we can actually buy things for this baby. We have nothing left from Avery and Olivia, 
Weekly wisdom: Don't forget you're pregnant and take Motrin every day for a week before you realize.   
Milestones: 
Solidly in 2nd trimester now. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Surprise!

Since the girls have gotten older I've gotten away from keeping up with this blog. Well last month we got some news that has brought me back. Surprise! Baby Nunley 3.0 is scheduled to make his/her appearance April 7, 2015.

As you can see from this ultrasound photo, this baby will henceforth be referred to as Baby Bunny. 



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Big Changes

It's been a while since we've posted and some big changes have happened since then. We made a big move from California to Idaho for Justin's new job with Northwestern Mutual Financial and to be closer to Justin's brother and nieces. It all happened really quickly. It all started in February when we decided to start looking at making a move. We came to Idaho to visit and have Justin interview with a few companies during the first week of March and we left with Justin having accepted a position with Northwestern Mutual. 

After paperwork was finished, background check completed and a drug test passed we had exactly two weeks to plan, pack and move to Idaho. We left California on April 6, and with a stopover in Winnemucca, NV for the night arrived at our new home on April 7, 2013. 

Just before leaving our house in California for the last time. 

  
We stopped as we crossed into Idaho to commemorate our big move. 
 
It's been exactly a month since we arrived and we have had a blast here. We've been making friends, visiting new places and we even joined the local YMCA which is pretty dang cool. It even has a water slide and wading pool for the little kids. We can't wait to see what other fun stuff our new adventure has in store for us.
 


Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter 2013!

Olivia's first Easter was a blast. I forgot to take any other pictures, but this is her enjoying the graham cracker bunnies from the eggs she found in her first egg hunt. 

Happy 1st Birthday Olivia!

Since we are moving before Olivia turns 1 we decided to have a birthday celebration with our family and friends in Napa. We picked the Saturday before Easter but since we are packing we couldn't have it at our house. We decided to host it at the same park we've had Avery's birthday and cross our fingers for good weather. 
Unfortunately we did not make out on the weather, but what would a rainbow themed birthday party be without rain? Luckily it didn't rain too hard and the trees gave us pretty good cover. The kids enjoyed themselves splashing in the water and getting all wet.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Daredevil


 
Look at this kid. She has no fear. At least she has a good reason. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mama's girls

Today the girls took naps at different times, but it was a great to spend some one on one with each of the girls individually. They sure are fun!



Friday, March 8, 2013

Olivia: 10 months

THIS MONTH YOUR BABY MAY:

  • roll a ball to you as her social skills and interest in play continues to grow rolling and throwing!
  • go from lying to sitting without any help Oh yea. She has been doing this for a couple weeks.
  • show a desire to please you as she becomes even more attached to you—the trust, love and connection between your baby and you are continuing to grow She has started to show off. It's pretty cute!
  • search for a toy after watching you hide it—your baby is beginning to understand that an object exists even when she cannot see it (object permanence) Oh yes. She realizes that things aren't gone even if she can't see it. It makes it difficult to distract her from something she shouldn't have... like crayons which she likes to chew on when Avery accidentally leaves them within her reach.
  • resist being put to bed or left alone as her attachment to you grows I still nurse/rock her to sleep so I don't notice this, but I know she would be very upset if I left her alone to go to sleep. She does get quite clingy when I try to leave a room to do something else like cook dinner when she is playing.
  • remember a favorite song and laugh and smile when it's played Not that I've noticed, but she does get calm when the Pandora lullaby station is on I think because the songs are familiar.
  • express herself with gestures and sounds instead of cries She reaches and grunts to get what she wants. If I don't "get it" right away then she cries.
  • use gibberish in a conversational way Not too often but I have noticed a couple times.

 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Peek a boo!

Olivia has learned a new trick. Peek a boo. It looks something like this. It's pretty hilarious.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Trampolining.

 Our trampoline has been one of the best investments we have made for the kids so far. They love it and we have so much fun together as a family.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Balloons

Sundays are always good for an adventure. We found one this morning with these balloons. We chased them all the way from our house to Alston Park. Avery was so fascinated with their size and the fact that there were people in them. Olivia just wanted to run around but since she has just recently learned to walk she was not ready to tackle the hills. So daddy carried her, and she loved that too. 





Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day 2013

A girl and her donut; now that's love.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Olivia: 9 months!

Weight: 22lbs 2oz
Height: 29 3/4 in.

THIS MONTH YOUR BABY MAY:

  • respond to simple requests (such as "Give Mommy the toy.") Olivia will look when you call her and sometimes waves when asked.
  • use consonants as she begins saying "mama" or "dada" She hasn't said the words mama and dada, but she does say the consonant/vowel combinations that she needs to say it.
  • learn and say one other word No words yet, but her pediatrician is not concerned and neither are we.
  • pivot in a circle as her coordination continues to develop and her muscles strengthen She is great at standing and turning around.
  • feed herself, although she may be a bit messy Yep! She has always fed herself. When she does she is messy and honestly she actually prefers to be fed for that reason.
  • manipulate tiny objects, such as veggie dices and cereal, between her thumb and forefinger Her pincer grasp is getting great. She can even pass items from one hand from the other.                                                    
  • drop toys on purpose to watch them fall and then look for them—a sign that your baby is curious about how she can affect the objects around her She has discovered pushing or throwing things off her highchair tray. To her it's hilarious.
  • develop the instinct to bounce to music She is a dancing queen. She loves moving her body and especially her head to music or really any time. She has even started doing this head shake that is reminiscent of hair band performances.
  • point and poke with her index finger as a sign of her growing curiosity If I get poked in the eye only 3 times at night it's a good night. She also loves to stick her finger in my mouth while she nurses. Unfortunately her nails grow so fast and now I have to be really diligent of cutting them regularly.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Twinkle Twinkle

Two and a half year olds are hilarious. Every night before bed I read Avery two books and then we talk a little before I sing Baby Beluga to her and we snuggle while she falls asleep.

Recently Avery has learned the first part of the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. So far she knows,

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

She's also learned how to tell jokes. She's actually pretty good at it. Well the last couple nights she has asked to sing what she knows of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star before I sing Baby Beluga. Tonight she started

"Twinkle twinkle little star"

Then stopped. She turns to me and says, "Is that it?" :::long pause::: "NOPE!" and bursts into hysterical laughter. This continued a few times with her stopping at various places in the two verses that she knows to ask "Is that it?" Finally when she was laughing so much she couldn't make it through the question I had to stop her. She was never going to sleep if I let her keep going.

She is learning so much every day and it's just so fun to see her mind work and experience things for the first time. It's always an adventure listening to her talk.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

8 months: A comparison

Everyone always wants to know if Avery and Olivia look alike. Honestly? I usually say yes they look very much alike... until I did this comparison. They definitely look like sisters, but they look less 'identical' than I thought. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Olivia: 8 months!

Weight: 22lbs 9.5oz

THIS MONTH YOUR BABY MAY:

  • "rake" small objects toward her and pick them up as her coordination skills and dexterity continue to develop Yep! This is especially true of food. She is always hungry!
  • clap and bang objects together as her muscle coordination improves Clapping is her favorite!
  • use her arms to invite someone to pick her up She has recently started reaching for mama when she is being held by any one else. She is a real mama's girl.
  • reach for the spoon when you feed her at mealtimes We usually offer to let her feed herself  so she has always been grabbing the spoon or my hand or whatever is holding the food.
  • turn away when no longer hungry She definitely knows when she is done and will hit the spoon/food away or move her face away.
  • babble random consonants: "di, ba, ma" Olivia has really blossomed with the sounds she makes. It's so cute! Words are to come soon.
  • understand "no" (although your baby may understand the meanings of other words by now, the word "no" is key because she’ll also understand the actions she must take when hearing it) Oh yes. And she does not like being told no at all.
  • understand a rough idea of "in" and "out" (the first instance of recognizing a spatial relationship) I'm not really sure actually. Maybe though.
  • add tongue movement to change the sound of a word She really likes to make sounds with her tongue. Her favorite is making the kissing sound with the her tongue on the roof of her mouth.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Zzzzzz


 Nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby... except two sleeping babies.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Mmm food!

A lot of the time people ask me about Baby Led Weaning. Some people think it's some new-fangled way to transition your baby to eating solid food. Really, it's just coming back to the natural way. To me it just makes sense. Teach a baby to chew before you teach her to swallow. Since we started introducing solid food at 6 months Olivia has shown how much she really loves food. Here are some of her firsts.
 Cantaloupe
 Chicken
 Pizza
 Graham cracker
Cuties Oranges
 Pot Roast
Green Beans

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Traditions


When I was a kid my grandma had a tradition of making her cookies for the grandkids to frost at Christmas time. Now she lives far away so I was left to carry on that tradition -- with a little twist. This year I invited some friends to join us in a Christmas cookie decorating party.

Avery had so much fun helping me make the cookies to get ready and even more fun at the party. Thanks to my friend Christina for the photos on party day. 



Monday, December 10, 2012

Bye bye pacis

We finally kicked the paci habit for Avery. It's been a long time coming, but we finally bit the bullet and told her they were going bye bye.

For about a week we told her how the Paci Fairy was going to come to our house one night and take the pacis. In return she will leave a present only for big girls. We thought making it like the Tooth Fairy would be more believable.

So last Wednesday night we searched the house and car for all the pacis we could find. She helped me put write a note to the Paci Fairy, put the pacis in a box and tie a ribbon around the box.
 The original plan was to put them next to her bed for the Paci Fairy to come get once she was asleep. Unfortunately when it came time to go to sleep she was hysterical knowing the pacis were right there but she couldn't have them.

Then when she was upset and telling Justin about how she wanted the pacis we decided to make the switch now and tell her the Paci Fairy came while she was out in the living room. Luckily she is young and it worked. The Paci Fairy left Avery a new Dora watch so we put it on and told her when she felt like she wanted a paci to remember she was a big girl and look at her watch. It worked! I threw all the pacis in the trash that night and we have been paci free ever since. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Olivia meets Santa

I have never been fond of taking my kids to see some smelly old man dressed in a Santa costume who has nothing better to do the other 11 months of the year where he has time to sit all day at the mall for the month of December.

This year the Town of Yountville where Aunt Stacy works had one of the firemen (who happens to be a friend of Aunt Stacy) dress up and arrive at the tree lighting on a fire truck. While he may not be the most "authentic" looking Santa, the girls are young enough still not to notice and knowing the person dressing up made me a little more comfortable with letting my kids sit on Santa's lap.

Unfortunately Avery was not a fan. She wanted nothing to do with Santa other than to wave at him from a distance similar to those enforced by a restraining order. Olivia on the other hand was a ham. She loved his beard and looking at him. She was even accommodating in sitting on his lap for a photo op.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My loves

It is in these, the quiet moments, I am supremely grateful. When I sit in the quiet listening to the sweet lyrics of lullabies with one sleeping baby in my arms as I look at another sleeping baby, who is a "baby" no more, I am profoundly aware how incredibly blessed I truly am.

So I'll sit here a little longer. I'll soak up the little things: the sound of a little person snoring so softly it sounds like a kitten purring and the feeling of a tiny hand resting on neck as her chest lifts and falls -- every so often breaking rhythm for the softest little sigh. My loves.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

 Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays. I am so lucky to have been able to spend it with some of my most favorite people.
 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ouch!


We have all been sick lately. On Tuesday I took the girls to the pediatrician's office to check for ear infections and strep since Avery had a fever of 104+ and Olivia had a nasty barking cough. Verdict was Avery has a cold and Olivia has croup (a nasty extension of a cold). No big deal. Push fluids and give Tylenol if Avery's fever creeps up to 104 again or Olivia's gets to 100.3.

On our way out I let Avery push the button on the elevator -- as usual. The door closes and we ride down. I had Olivia in the Kinderpack carrier and Avery was in front of us mostly hidden under Olivia in the carrier. Once we got to the 1st floor we go to walk out. For some reason -- maybe she tripped or she just reached out to touch it because it's shiny -- Avery put her hand on the elevator door. The door continued to open and slid into the slot in the wall taking Avery's hand with it. As soon as I saw her hand squished in the wall I immediately reacted and grabbed her hand.

At first it looked fine. Just some peeled skin. Then the blood. Oh my gosh the blood. It was everywhere. Avery was freaking out. Crying. I'm not sure from the shock of the blood or if it actually hurt because I'm told cuts as deep as this are usually numbed by shock. I pushed the button to go back up to the doctor's office and run in holding Avery's hand in the air. I drop the diaper bag and Avery's toy doctor kit that we just had to bring with us and ask for someone to help us.

The nurses and front office staff were a little shocked, but they got Avery's amazing doctor who told the nurse just what to do. After a saline soak and a little pressure it was decided that they needed to close the wounds. Luckily the doctor could do it in the office and could use glue instead of actual stitches because that would have been even more traumatizing I think. Thankfully one of the nurses too Olivia so I could focus all my attention on Avery and helping her through this.

We got it all glued and bandaged and her calmed down and all she wanted was Daddy. Unfortunately Justin was at work so we decided he would just meet us at home. By now Olivia had fallen asleep so the nurse who had her walked with us out to the car. I got Avery all buckled in and put Olivia in. Before we even pulled out of the parking lot she was asleep; exhausted from all she had been though on top of it being regular naptime.

Poor girl has been such a trooper. She has proudly worn her bandage every day and allowed me to change the dressing as necessary. It doesn't even seem to bother her. She almost never complains about it and when she does it's just to say she needs help with a toy because she can't use the fingers on that hand. Now over a week later it is healing nicely and the doctor says it will not likely leave a scar and if it does they will be so small that by the time she is grown up her hand will be so much bigger you won't even be able to notice them.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Olivia: 31 weeks!

MONTH: 8
WEEK: 31
WEIGHT: 20+ lbs
LENGTH: 26+ in
HEAD: 42+ cm
MILESTONES: Olivia crawls! Starting in the beginning of the week Olivia is fully hands-and-knees crawling.
OBLIGATORY ADORABLE PICTURE: It's hard to get her to sit still nowadays.
EATING: Olivia has been eating better this week now that her nose is cleared up.
VISITS/OUTINGS: We've been cooped up lately because we've all been getting over sickies.
FAVORITE ACTIVITIES: Practicing her newly acquired crawling skills.
MOMMY FEELS: Nervous that we haven't baby-proofed well enough for the new crawler!
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO: Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Olivia: 7 Months!

Weight: 20lbs 1.5oz

THIS MONTH YOUR BABY MAY:

  • stretch her body or try standing on tiptoes to reach a toy Olivia sure is determined when she sees something she wants. She will contort herself in all kinds of ways to get whatever it is.
  • get upset if you take a toy away, as her memory continues to develop and she begins to understand that "no toy equals no play" It's something we have to stress with Avery that she cannot take a toy from Olivia without offering something else in return because Olivia gets upset when she doesn't have what she wants.
  • identify what you're feeling by the tone of your voice Olivia loves the soft, sweet voice of lullabies and doesn't particularly care for Avery's loud, rambunctious voice.
  • eat a cracker or piece of finger food by herself Olivia has always eaten 'whole' foods but she recently started wanting to share my English muffins.