Sunday, March 20, 2016

Adler- 19- 23 months!!

I will have a two year old in a week and a half! These last two years have flown by but I have loved every second of it, even when Adler tests my patience as a mom. He is so smart and I love watching him learn and discover new things. His little personality is coming through more everyday! 

I have loved keeping track of Adler’s new developments and milestones month by month because it’s fun to look back and see all of the things he is learning. I need to fill out his baby book before baby number 2 comes!

19 months:
  • He is starting to put small sentences together like “take a bath.” He has the cutest voice!
  • Really good at the “k” sound so his clearest words are book, park, and walk. 
  • His favorite books right now are Go Dog Go and We’re going on a Bear Hunt
  • His favorite T.V. show is Paw Patrol. It’s so cute to hear him say all the dog’s names and he calls the show “paw paw.”
  • He is really good about throwing trash away in the trash can. We are keeping a close eye to make sure it’s just trash!
  • He is a little cleaner (thanks Grandma). Whenever he spills he goes and get a cloth and cleans it up.
  • His favorite songs right now are Itsy bitsy Spider, 5 Little Monkeys, Ball for Baby and the Bee Song

20 months:
  • Started saying mm-hmm when we ask him questions.
  • His words are getting a lot clearer. He is really good at saying words that end in “t.”
  • He says “that” and points to something he wants. 
  • Really good at repeating words after us and they are really clear for the most part.
  • Can sing/repeat the alphabet after we say the letters first.
  • He “read” his first book. It was a book about a turkey who put all his clothes on the wrong part of his body (sock on nose, hat on foot, ect.) after he does this the book says “oops!” Adler would kind of read in his own way until the oops part and then he would clearly say “oops.” Haha it was so cute!
  • He melts my heart :)

21 months:
  • He has started saying the family prayer (repeating after Dane)  “Jesus” and “Amen” are the clearest and cutest part.
  • Starting to recognize letters. He pointed out a giant metal A in Anthropology with no prompting  from me!

22 months:
  • The biggest thing is that he knows his ABC’s. He still struggles with a few but he is pretty good at recognizing and pointing out letters everywhere. 
  • He also knows all his shapes besides hard ones like octagon.
  • He knows his colors! 
  • Putting more sentences together like “mm that’s good” and “Maggie! Get it”.
  • Loves to see everything we are doing. He will say “I see”.
  • He isn’t the biggest fan of laying in the tub to wash his hair so when we get him to lay down and he lets us wash his hair he sits up and says “I did it!” He also said this one day after he was a little constipated. I was encouraging him and saying you can do it and when he finally got it out he said “Yes, I did it!” and did a fist pump. I laughed for a good 5 minutes and Adler thought he was the funniest kid ever (which I think he is).
  • He points out circles, A’s and O’s everywhere we go. Those are his favorite!
  • Favorite phrases: “I hold it, I did it, excuse me” (mostly after fake burps).
  • Says “Thank you” when you give him something and a lot of the time it’s unprompted. He is one polite boy!
  • If he wants something and the person he is asking says “no” he will move on to the next person hoping for a “yes.” It’s super funny but not so good he figured that one out young.
  • My favorite thing is when he wants us to hold him he says “hold you” and I love it!!
  • Knows when there is two of something.
This video was a little prompted but I didn't know if I could ever get this naturally on camera and it's still adorable!

Adler identifying his ABC's! He also started separating  the letters by color!!

23 months:
  • Getting even better with letters, shapes and colors.
  • He is starting to get numbers. His favorite is two but we are still working on how to hold up two fingers.
  • He has a great memory. I thought he was too young to remember when I say you can have that when dad gets home or after lunch but he always remembers! I have to be careful what I promise. 
  • He is a fast learner and picks up on things really quickly. Sometimes he picks up on things I say in passing and I have no idea he even heard me say that.
  • He said his first prayer by himself. It was a lot of names and things we couldn’t understand but he ended with “Jesus, amen” and it was adorable. 
  • We took away his binky. He used it when he slept and when he was sad. People have always said that getting rid of the binky is the hardest thing ever, but we got lucky. Taking away his binky has been the easiest thing ever. I think I was more attached to it than he was.
  • He is becoming more attached to his blanket!
  • He wants to walk everywhere. He’s not the biggest fan of the stroller anymore.

One of his favorite things to watch right now is also Disney Sing-A-Long Songs- Disneyland fun. I watched this growing up so I love that he loves it!

One of my favorite pictures!

Playing video games with Daddy!

His first selfie all by himself!

He loves ice cream!

He had a fever in this picture but he was still smiling for the camera. He is the happiest sick boy which always throws me off!

At his 1st birthday party for his friend Callie!

Getting ready for the primary easter egg hunt!

I have loved this year of Adler’s life and I am so excited to see him be a brother. I think he is going to be an amazing big brother but I will for sure miss my alone time with him. He keeps me on my toes and laughing all day long. He is the sweetest, happiest boy. Now only if could be more snuggly. I love my Adler John. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

2nd Pregnancy Update!!

I can’t believe I am already 32 weeks pregnant and that we are meeting baby girl in 8ish weeks!!   We are excited and nervous and just trying to soak up every last second with Adler. I was telling Dane that even though I am excited to meet our baby girl and become a family of 4 I am a little sad that Adler will no longer be our only child. Also, as I near the end of my 2nd pregnancy, I have learned that even though I still love being pregnant and it’s an amazing thing that I get to experience it is definitely harder when you are chasing a toddler around to really soak up all the amazing moments. We are so excited to meet baby girl and I know Adler will be an amazing big brother!

This pregnancy has also been a little different in that I started experiencing Braxton hicks contractions at 29 weeks as opposed to last time when they started around 35 weeks. I know this is normal for some people but having another pregnancy to compare it to makes me question everything. I have increased my water intake a ton and that has helped the BH not be as frequent. 

19/20 weeks: 
Appointment: This appointment was the one where I found out the gender! You can read about the appointment here

Lifestyle: I love the little bump stage (compared to my bump now). Before I found out the gender I thought it was a girl and one of my reasons was because my normal pants still fit me. This is really silly and I know it’s not true for everyone but with Adler my pants stopped fitting a lot sooner because my bump was lower. Since this bump was higher, I was wearing normal pants until I was 20 weeks. I hope this will be a sign I can look for in each pregnancy to help me know the gender earlier.

22 weeks 

22 weeks 

 24/25 weeks:
Lifestyle: I took the long flight to the Philippines. Being in the Philippines pregnant was not that difficult, but the flight was a little rough. My last pregnancy I didn’t do any international travel so I was trying to prepare for the flight by buying compression socks and planning on walking and drink a ton of water. The compression socks actually killed my feet and made them hurt more but I kept them on as long as possible. I did swell a lot in my feet and it was hard to remember to walk because I was sleeping so much. But I survived the flight and the trip was amazing!

27 weeks:
Appointment: I still get to see baby girl every appointment and I discovered it’s because my ob looks at the heartbeat instead of listening to it and I am totally ok with this! I also did the glucose test. I know most people hate this drink but I don’t think it’s too bad. If I had to drink a ton of it I would probably hate it more but the bottle is small and manageable. I passed this test with flying colors! 
Lifestyle: Back pain has started if I sit too long. I felt hiccups for the first time around 26 weeks and her kicks are getting stronger but she is still not as powerful as her brother was.

27 weeks

28 weeks:
Appointment: My ob sent me to get another ultrasound of baby girl because she said it looked like she was measuring small and even though she wasn’t concerned, she just wanted to double check. I went to the hospital to the high risk doctor and she measured baby girl’s body and limbs and said she was right on track I was just good at hiding my bump. Apparently I have a long torso. This made me feel good that I was looking small because I was feeling gigantic. I am glad baby girl is heathy and growing properly. I also got to see her in a 3D image which was cool. Sometimes I find these a little creepy but after seeing her I think she looks just like her brother! 

29 weeks:
Lifestyle: This is when my Braxton Hicks started. My stomach would get really tight and I felt nauseous this whole week. Starting to get more uncomfortable and I am always tired.
Cravings: I still love fruit! My 3rd trimester I start to really crave water and I love this! I carry my water bottle around with me everywhere which is also helpful when Adler is thirsty. 

30/31 weeks:
Appointment: My appointment was when I was 31 weeks. I am measuring 29 weeks and my BH contractions were happening frequently enough so my OB told me to drink 2-3 liters of water a day and make sure my contractions weren’t happening 10 times in an hour. I got the whooping cough shot which was freaking me out because I hate shots, but I’m glad I got it so I don’t have to worry about it. 

Lifestyle: These two weeks weren’t so great regarding contractions. I felt super nauseous, had shortness of breath and had light cramping but I didn’t experience any of the traditional signs that labor was on its way. They seemed to be happening frequently but they weren’t getting worse and changing positions helped a little so I didn’t go to the hospital. After my OB told me to drink 2-3 liters of water a day (I was probably drinking about 1) it was surprising how it calmed down my BH. I still have them but they aren’t as frequent. I love drinking water but hate how much time I spend in the bathroom. I have a feeling that baby girl will make an early appearance but maybe that is just wishful thinking (obviously I want her to come when she is healthy and ready). 

My next appointment is when I am 33 weeks and I am excited to see baby girl again!!