Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We're back!

There are so many things that I need to catch up on. So much has happened in our lives since my last blog post. Our girls are both getting so big and independent, Scott graduated from dental school, and we moved back to Utah. It is so crazy thinking how much our life has changed over the last four years. There are so many things that I need to record so that I never forget some of the best times of our lives so far.

In Milwaukee we kept my computer on a desk in Hailey's room. For the most part the only time that I really had to sit down and blog would be while she was napping. Which means I wouldn't have access to the computer unless I wanted to risk waking her up. Now that we are all moved in to our new place in Utah I have the computer set up in our bedroom so I can hopefully have the time to keep on top of all the things going on in our life.

It is so strange being back here. Four years doesn't seem like THAT long, but it sure feels that way now that we are back. Everything out here has grown and changed so much. We have been back for 3 weeks exactly but I still feel like we are just here on vacation. I don't know if I have really come to terms with the fact that we left our Wisconsin family... for good. That this is our new home, and we aren't going anywhere. It feels strange driving down streets that used to be so familiar but they just don't feel the same as they used to four years ago.

I'm happy to be back, closer to family and the friends that I grew up with. I just feel like we left a HUGE part of us behind when we left Wisconsin. It doesn't seem real yet.

Now we are living in Vineyard. Everything here is brand new. We are renting a town home that was finished being built just days before we moved in. It is amazing, it feels huge, and is so luxurious compared to what we were used to in Milwaukee. I honestly can't complain about what we had in Milwaukee, it was perfect for us while we were there. This new town home almost seems too good to be true. The girls are still adjusting to being away from our friends in Milwaukee, especially Lacey. She is always asking us if we can go to her home. I've tried to explain to her that this is our NEW home, but she misses her friends. She's not the only one who misses her friends. I still get a little teary just thinking about all the friends we had to leave. I'm hoping that it won't be too long before we all get to see each other again.

I haven't needed to know all the fun kid-friendly places in Utah so I feel like I don't know what to do with the girls all day. In Milwaukee there were so many things to do and so many parks to visit that we never got bored. I need to find a list of things and places to go here so we can get out of the house and experience everything that Utah has to offer. If anyone has any great places I need to know about please let me know!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Big Changes

A couple weeks ago we put Lacey down for the nap and were cleaning up our house. I turned around to the most adorable little girl standing behind me. She was so proud of herself for being able to get out of her room by herself. We put her back into her bed, and sure enough she was out within a couple of minutes. This is one thing I wasn't really prepared for. She hasn't ever tried to climb out before, so I was hoping I would get lucky and not have to deal with her climbing out. We immediately dropped her her mattress down to the floor and we thought that solved the problem. 


A couple days ago she figured out how to climb out, even with the mattress a good 8 inches lower. We considered getting a tent to go over the top of the crib... those were like $200 so that went to the bottom of the list. We thought about maybe turning the crib around so the higher side wasn't against the wall anymore. We ultimately decided to see how she would do without the crib. I bought her a little teepee for her birthday just last week so we stuck her mattress in there and took down the crib. Turns out that was the best decision (knock on wood). 



I had to sneak in to see if she was actually sleeping on her bed or where she fell asleep

She is sleeping better now than she has been in the last few weeks. She doesn't try to get out of the bed, she doesn't cry, and she is sleeping really well. She loves being a big girl... maybe it's time to potty train?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Worries and To-dos

My best friend out here in Milwaukee was due 2.5 weeks before me. We were so excited to have our babies so close together! She ended up having her little boy, Kaden, last week (2.5 weeks early). Although I'm pretty sure that my baby won't be coming early it kind of got me thinking about how unprepared I am for this one.

I have a to-do list about a mile long. I want to have my whole apartment deep cleaned before I bring home the baby. I want to organize all of our stuff in our basement so I don't have to when we move in like 10 months. The room that will be the baby's room is currently more like a storage room then a bedroom. So I need to go through and pack up everything to put it in the basement. I wanted to make this baby a quilt, but that isn't looking like it is going to happen before the baby gets here. I am just feeling a tad overwhelmed by how much stuff I have going on. 

Then, on the other hand, I am sitting here panicked about how little time I have with just Lacey. I'm rushing around trying to check off everything on my to-do list, and I've forgotten to enjoy the last couple weeks of it just being me and Lacey all day. I feel guilty. I feel like I should be using my time to make sure she knows how loved she is. Make sure we get out of the house as often as we can because I don't know how often we will be going out once the baby arrives. It's probably silly to feel like such a failure, it isn't like I'm going to completely ignore Lacey once the baby comes. I just know that my relationship with her is going to be different, and that scares me a little. 

I love that my world can usually revolve all around her. I love that she is a mommy's girl. I love that I can usually drop what I am doing to play with her or help her. I love that she trusts me, and wants me when she is in pain. In the next month, I don't know if I will be able to do those things and be those things for her anymore. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I hate being sick

I have a sinus infection. I was really hoping that it would go away on it's own, but it was just getting worse. I decided to quickly get in to see the doctor on Friday to get some antibiotics before the long weekend. The plan was to wait a day or two to see if it would start feeling better, but I started the antibiotics right away.

On Sunday my head hurt so bad. I can't remember the last time I had a headache so bad in my life. I came home from church early and was in tears... note to self, crying does not help a sinus pressure headache. Monday wasn't much better, but I think that might have been due to the fact that we were outside playing all day and the sun really doesn't help with a headache.

Today I am finally starting to feel like a normal human being again!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Last minute plans

today as we were getting our shoes on to make a trip to Costco I saw how beat up Scott's shoes had gotten. He is required to wear white shoes while he is in clinic and he has used the same pair for the past three years. It was time for him to get some new ones. Instead of going to our normal Costco we decided to go down to the outlet mall that is 45 minutes from us. What we didn't realize is the fact the it is Memorial Day weekend. It was absolutely crazy. We had Lacey in her stroller and it took us twice as long to get anywhere because there were so many people. We were able to find so many good deals. Scott has a couple new pairs of shoes and Lacey has a new wardrobe.

It was a pretty great day. We hardly ever decide to do anything last minute, so this was a fun change. To top it off, Scott even made dinner and cleaned the kitchen.



Friday, May 27, 2016

This Stage...

Every new stage that Lacey goes through is my favorite. I love how giggly she is. I love how she loves to be tickled. I love that she is learning to communicate. I love that she will run up and give Scott a huge hug when he gets home. I love that she loves being outside. I love that she know all her animals and tries to do their sounds. I love that she always says "I you" (I love you) all the time without being prompted. I love that she always says please and thank you. I love that she will swing for hours if we let her. I love that she is interested in books. I love that she gives lots of kisses. I love that she has to kiss her own hands after she falls. I love that she loves watching bugs. I love how she says "cupcake."  I love that she says "twinkle twinkle" when she wants to sing songs. I love that she know all the actions to popcorn popping. I love this age... But I'm not sure I love the tantrums and the "mine" mentality.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

There is a first for everything

Today was exhausting.

Lacey has had a cold for the past few days and is now in the lingering cough phase. Last night we had a dinner with our Landlord and a bunch of his tenants. Lacey had a cough, but we didn't think too much of it until we were on our way to the restaurant and she started throwing up. At first it was just a little, but then it was everything! Every time we gave her a sip of water it would come back up. We were driving one of our neighbors so we decided to go and just tough it out. We figured it wouldn't be a problem since Lacey was as happy as could be after that and her stomach was completely empty by that point.

We decided to give her a couple pieces of bread to see if she would be able to keep it down. Nope. Then a little water. Still didn't keep it down. We had already ordered our food but I didn't think it was a good idea to stay much longer so I asked a neighbor to give Scott a ride home so I could take Lacey. Luckily we were on the look out, so every time she threw up we caught it in one of their little to go trays. I had a couple in my hand when I walked out just in case I needed them on the way to the car.

Fast forward to today. Lacey was so happy when she woke up. She ate breakfast like a champ and she was being so cute. We decided to go to the Zoo with one of our friends. She loved it and was in a great mood the entire time. Then on our way home she started coughing. I was worried it would turn into throwing up so I handed Lacey one of the trays that we used the night before (a clean one). She did her best on the drive home to throw up into the tray but she doesn't quite understand the whole concept of holding the tray horizontally instead of vertically. She threw up into the tray and it just ran down and into her lap. When I got home she was covered, the car seat was covered, as soon as I picked her up I was streaked with throw up. I got her cleaned up and down for a nap.

I was so stressed out about how I was going to make it to my nanny job in a little over an hour. I hurried and took off her carseat cover and washed it the best that I could in the sink and then dried it. I was just so overwhelmed and I was still covered in Lacey's vomit. Then I texted the parents and asked if any other arrangements could be made. They are the most amazing and understanding people ever. They took care of it and I was able to stay home with Lacey and help her to feel a little better. This was the first time since Lacey was born that I had tears because I was so overwhelmed and grateful. I'm just hoping she gets better soon!