Saturday, January 26, 2013

All About Mila


For those friends and family who no longer see Mila on a regular basis, here are some fun videos and pics of the little one.  She has lots of cousins and so she gets lots of practice at singing "Happy Birthday".  
She actually is really getting into singing lately.  She attempts to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle," "Clean Up, Clean Up," the "ABC's" and "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam."  She is a little chatter box and so we are trying to harness her energy and focus on learning some basics.  She will count often, but seems to consistently leave out 2, 4, and 8.  She did have a streak going where she would count 1-7 straight.  Luckily I got it on film.
Her current favorite movie is Madagascar, which she refers to as "Animals."  She will always request "Move It," the part where King Julian sings "I Like to Move It, Move It."  It's quite the sight to see her run around in circles, her version of dancing.

She still loves to go to the library and read books.

She will say prayers and is great about prompting me to pray randomly throughout the day.  She says prayers by reciting back the last one or two words of the phrase we say to her.  However, this week she knelt down and said her own prayer by saying "Father, Jesus, Amen."  I'd say she got the main phrases, wouldn't you?  ("Dear Heavenly Father....in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.")

She loves nursery to the point that we find ourselves having to barricade her in our pew during sacrament meeting until the appropriate time to go to nursery.

If you ask her to name something she will name it "Gink" after the cat in a book series I have about a little witch called Dorrie who has a black cat named Gink.

I thank my Heavenly Father quite often for sending Mila to be my first kiddo.  We really lucked out on receiving a very obedient, helpful child.  She never protests when I ask her to do something for me, but instead runs to do it (the girl never walks).  She also reasons really well with us.  For example, if she is standing up in her high chair asking to be "All done" but still has food on her plate, I can often times ask her to eat two more bites if she wants to get out of her chair and she'll do it.  Something I've really been grateful for lately though is how cuddly she is.  She loves to just snuggle with me during the day which has brought me so much comfort when I'm feeling miserable.  I get sad at times thinking that in a few short months we won't have this one on one time anymore.  So I sure am trying to soak it all up right now.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Presenting...

Baby #2
Even though I already announced our exciting news on Facebook, I felt I should document some of the details of this pregnancy thus far so I have something to look back on if we ever have a third child.  I actually was looking back at the few posts I did during Mila's pregnancy just yesterday and it jogged my memory of a few things, so that gave me more motivation to document this pregnancy.

We aren't ones to come up with elaborate ways to announce our pregnancies, call us lazy.  We had the chance to tell a lot of Chase's immediate family at Thanksgiving in person and we told my family via phone and sending this video:

Currently I'm 14 weeks along, which means I'm into my second trimester.  Thank goodness!  I really don't handle sickness well, and sadly I found myself sick yet again this first trimester, except this time worse.  Here are some of the highlights (or low points, I guess I should say):

*I could count on one hand the amount of times I threw up during Mila's pregnancy; by week seven and eight of this pregnancy I lost count.
*I have had ZERO energy and felt weak from nausea.  It got pretty bad at one point so Chase insisted we fly my mom out to help and added bonus my dad got to tag along for a little of the trip too.  I am so, so grateful my mom came and helped out with Mila because frankly for awhile I'll I could do was sit on the couch as seen here:

Chase took this picture...so nice of him.  This was a good day since I'm actually in normal clothes.  You can see me hugging my "spit cup" closely.

*My aversion for most foods returned, especially vegetables.  I am just now introducing vegetables back into my diet, very, very slowly (Yesterday was not a good day...I got to gutsy with my vegetable intake and paid for it sorely.)  Chocolate hasn't sounded good either, so the holidays were kind of a bust.
*I haven't loathed taking my prenatal vitamin this go around, which is good, especially since I am not eating a balanced diet whatsoever.
*My staples have been apple juice (I am just now tolerating just drinking plain water), homemade pizzas, homemade white bread, green apples recently, and a tuna melt once a week (since I have to limit the amount of tuna I consume...stupid mercury!).
*I haven't noticed my sense of smell being as heightened as it was last time (although it's still heightened), which is nice.  I could barely stand the smell of our bathroom during Mila's pregnancy.
*Last, but certainly not least, I must note that my pytalism returned.  My last OBGYN told me I have a 50% chance each pregnancy of dealing with pytalism and that my chances are greater when it's a girl.  So either we're having another girl, or I just have really bad luck.  The mucus and saliva have been so excessive this pregnancy and often are what cause me to throw up.  I've been carrying around a "spit cup" since probably week 7.  I'm sure most people think I dip or something.  I am currently trying to cut down on using the spit cup and am chewing gum/sucking on mints/eating sour gummies to help me stomach swallowing.

Well, that about wraps up the past two months for me.  Poor Mila has become a TV junkie, and Chase has had quite the load to bear at home (on top of the load he is facing at work with two cases on the docket).  Luckily I am feeling my energy return, so I can divert Mila's attention away from PBS shows and movies.  Now, I'm just waiting for my appetite to surface again.  I am hoping for and working towards feeling like my old self again by Valentine's so that I can enjoy all the sweets.  Plus, I really want to celebrate the holiday right since I didn't feel like celebrating Christmas.

As for the baby inside me, it's measuring right on time for July 21st.  This was reassuring to hear since I lost 2 lbs first trimester and was worried that the baby might not be getting enough nourishment.  The midwife commented that the baby was just chilling during the first ultrasound, which is quite alright with me--we like chill babies.  Next month we'll find out the gender and make sure everything is measuring well.