Before we had Sam over 4 years ago my Uncle Paul offered us the hand-me-down clothes from his son Preston (born just under a year before Sam) as a way to get us started on clothing our new bundle of joy. We’re not especially fancy dressers so we eagerly took him up on this offer. Little did we know then that the clothes Paul had were the conglomeration of a couple of his sister-in-laws kids clothes and by the time each new kid had received the clothes and added a few more, the collection was enormous. About a year after Sam was born my sister also had a baby boy and we agreed to share the clothes up until our boys got to similar sizes at which point we decided to just split the clothes for those sizes.
On Friday I decided it was time to put away Sam’s 3T clothes in favor of some 4T clothes. Below is a picture of the box of 3T shirts that I came up with when I started packing them up. Please note: This is ONLY shirts. There is not a pair of pants or socks or underwear, or a coat inside that box at all. Furthermore, they are ONLY 3T shirts, 2T is in another box and 4T are now hanging in Sam’s closet. Also, I purchased only a handful of these shirts (just a few things for back-to-school, family pictures etc). And this was AFTER Taylor and I had gone through and donated to DI the things we didn’t really like and split what was left in half! Oh, and there are a few more shirts that I just pulled out of the dryer yesterday that still need to be added to that collection.
Unbelievable right? It’s been such a huge blessing as I’ve had my two boys to hardly have to worry about purchasing clothes, especially as they seem to grow from one size to the next so quickly! So once again, THANK YOU UNCLE PAUL!
So as we’ve been trying to anticipate whether the newest member of our family was going to be a boy or a girl I’ve been thinking that it would be kind of nice to just be able to pull out all those boxes again and do the same thing. Despite my boys conviction that the baby is a girl I’d somewhat hoped to avoid having to figure out how to actually keep a baby clothed of my own volition! So, today we went in for the big ultrasound and…..
It looks like my boys were right after all! I’ve sort of suspected they might be, I think that kids have an extra connection on those kinds of things. It was Sam’s very first reaction when he found out that we were having a baby (“It’s going to be my sister!”) and Danny last week, unprompted, told me “Mommy, you have baby in you tummy? It baby girl!” Also, everyone says their pregnancies with their boys have been very different from with their girls and this pregnancy has been SO much different for me than my other two. During my last appointment my midwife was having a hard time keeping the baby’s heartbeat on the monitor and said that she always had a harder time with girls hiding than with boys and afterwards kept slipping and referring to the baby as a “she” rather than “it” (let’s face it, it’s awful having to call your baby “it”). So I think we would have probably been a little surprised to have found out it was a boy :)
We are of course very excited for this new adventure in parenting. I’m not sure that I’m ready to have to shop for a whole wardrobe, or have to figure out little girl hairstyles and how to do the princesses/bows/frills/dresses thing. I know I am a girl, but I’m not super girly. This should definitely be an adventure.
More importantly than finding out the gender was of course finding out the overall health of the baby. The ultrasound tech told us that everything was looking good development-wise and that her growth is on track for my January 4th due date. Our little girl was in a great position for the first part of the ultrasound for getting some cute pictures of her profile, but towards the end was more camera-shy and curled up into the fetal position and didn’t want to show us anymore. Luckily we’d gotten pretty much all the measurements we needed by then so that was just fine.
Anyways, we’re so excited to get to meet this new member of our family in a few more months! We’ll share with you some of the ultrasound pictures of our cute little lady below :)
A few months ago I posted about how we’d done some family pictures down at the LA temple for our 5th wedding anniversary. When we were getting ready to do so I posted on Facebook that we were looking for a photographer in the LA area and we offered that we could work out an exchange with the photographer that we could hook them up with some Adobe software in exchange for the shoot, since Eric is an employee and gets a sweet discount. We made a different arrangement with Mary and those pictures turned out great. My college roommate’s mom – Lavon Maiersperger – saw my post as well. She doesn’t live in Southern California so couldn’t do the temple pictures for us, but she was interested in making an exchange with us for pictures another time. (I feel like I need to explain why we did pictures twice in one year. It wasn’t at all because we didn’t like Mary’s pictures – we love them! But we weren’t about to turn down a chance to get more pictures of our cute boys!)
We decided the best thing would be to meet at our house and then take pictures in some of the surrounding area. We live where there’s a lot of open space and it’s beautiful at this time of year. It seemed like a good way to minimize travelling time and get the best chance of happy boys for the pictures.
So, on the morning of our pictures I had just finished ironing my shirt when the doorbell rang. I unplugged the iron and Danny and I ran down to let Lavon in then dashed upstairs to do the last few things. As I was finishing taking out my curlers I heard Danny from the other side of the house scream out in pain. Danny is our curious climber and he’s frequently locking himself in rooms, climbing up places that he can’t get down from, pinching himself in hinges etc. So, I wasn’t too worried at first because it’s usually just something minor. But I went to see what was the matter. He was holding his hand, but nothing looked too wrong with it at first and I couldn’t see what he had done. Then I realized that he’d just come out of the laundry room and that the iron, which had been on the ironing board, was on the floor. I still didn’t know if the iron falling had just scared him, or what, but I took him to the bathroom to run his hand under some water just in case. Sure enough, he’d burned his hand, and done a good job of it too. He had redness that went across the whole pad of his hand that slowly turned into a massive blister!
Not exactly the best way to start a picture day. We figured there wasn’t too much more that we could do for him once the burn had been cooled down and put some aloe vera on it so we decided to go on with trying to take some pictures. We drove down our block to where there’s a really pretty lookout into Utah Valley. It’s one of our favorite places to go on a walk to as a family. During the summer we try to take nightly walks that culminate in going to “see the valley”. At first Danny didn’t want to get out of the car (he wanted to drive drive!), but we did eventually coax him out and got a few pictures taken at that overlook.
It didn’t last too long though and we soon decided to return to the house and try to let him run his hand under some cool water some more. We figured we’d see if we could get it under control and then maybe try to take some more pictures. It’s a decent drive to get up to our place so I was hoping to get Danny happy again so that we hadn’t wasted Lavon’s morning to drive up to us, just to have to reschedule. While Danny played in the sink (which made him very happy, and our guest bathroom very wet) Sam went out back and Lavon got some pictures of him in our backyard. Sam was being a major punk! He wouldn’t smile for anything. The pictures turned out really cute but not exactly showing a happy Sam.
We did finally get Danny happy again and brought him outside. We put him and Sam on the grass and they were rather cute together. Then our neighbor’s cat, Spook, came over and Danny was thrilled! He *loves* our neighbor’s cat and his face lights up whenever he sees Spook. It was awesome that Lavon was able to capture some of these looks of pure joy that Danny has. Looking at the pictures you would think it was Sam who’d gotten his hand burned instead of Danny!
We might try again to see if we can get pictures of our family with everyone happy and smiling at the same time, but honestly, I love these pictures! I love that they’re all taken in our own backyard and really show our boys personalities – blisters, frowns and all. Thank you again Lavon!
(I don’t know if the full photo album is public, or if you’ll at least be able to view it all if you’re friends with either Eric or I but here’s the link to the full Facebook album)
If you put a Brittny in charge of food storage…
She might start watching for sales.
If she starts watching for sales…
She’ll probably notice that pasta is on sale this week.
If she notices that pasta is on sale….
She’ll probably want to buy some.
She’ll start to buy some.
She might get carried away and purchase upwards of 50 packages.
When she gets home, since she had a long and traumatizing excursion to the store, she might be too tired to put the pasta in the basement right away.
So it will sit in bags outside the basement door.
If the pasta is sitting in bags outside the basement door, a Sam will probably discover them.
If a Sam discovers the pasta, he will inevitably bury his brother in the packages of pasta while his brother lays there placidly.
(Luckily, the end of this story doesn’t end that they destroy the pasta and we need to watch for it to go on sale again… yet :)
Today was a momentous day. Today we received, what will hopefully be, Sam’s last shipment of diapers. Wahoo! We plan to give potty training a go once Christmas is past. However, that wasn’t the most exciting part of the day. The exciting part was that those diapers came in a great big box! What toddler boy doesn’t love having a huge box in his front room?
So, of course, I put the boys in the box to let them play around. Sam hadn’t yet gotten to the stage in life where he hops in a box and it immediately becomes a racecar/spaceship/secret bunker etc. So when I asked him what it was he looked at me like, “Uhm, a box, duh mom.” So I suggested that maybe it was a boat. That was immediately a hit! He started to pretend he was going to the promised land (yes, he’s watched the Animated Scripture videos a few times :) ). He then told me “Mom! Float. My. Boat!” Which I thought was a pretty hysterical request. He also asked me for a “rower shovel” (more commonly referred to as a paddle, I like hearing how Sam describes things that he doesn’t know the names for!). It’s so much fun to see these little kids’ imagination come to life!
Well I promised in my last post to get an update on Sam up. I started writing it and couldn’t stop writing about our cute little bug! The post ended up being 5 pages long with no pictures or videos, which I decided didn’t make for a very fun post. So I’m going to work on breaking it up into a few different posts with pictures and get those up over the course of this week. So here’s part one, with more to come soon :) These will be a little disorganized, but I just want to capture some of the cute and funny things that Sam is doing right now so that we can remember them later. Sam is growing up so fast, and it’s sad to realize how many things he’s done that I’ve already forgotten! He is an energetic bundle of joy and we’re so glad to have him in our family.
Sam is really into climbing, and digging in dirt, and playing with sticks and rocks. He LOVES to be outside. He will drag me to the door every morning and try to convince me to take him outside as often as he can. He also loves dogs. I really don’t know where that came from because he’s never really been around dogs much, but he gets so excited when he sees a dog. It doesn’t even have to be a real dog, it can be a dog on a dog food commercial or the cartoon puppy on Wii Sports Resort. Whenever he sees a dog his face lights up and he starts panting like a dog and making barking noises. We haven’t yet broke the news to him that we have no intention of having any pets in our household…
Luckily to counteract his appreciation of dirt – Sam loves taking showers with us. One thing that’s really funny is that he’s picked up on what we do when we take a shower. When we turn the shower on he reaches his hand up as high as he can to try to touch the water. He’s mimicking how we test the temperature before we hop in! He knows that until the water has been tested he can’t get in, so he’s started doing it himself :) Tonight Eric was also teaching him how to blow bubbles in the bathtub. He hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it, but it was cute to see him try.
We’ve recently started some preliminary potty training with Sam. We don’t have any expectations that we’re going to get anywhere soon, but we’re getting him used to the idea of sitting on the toilet. So we bought a little potty seat and let him sit on there after we go to the bathroom. He thinks it’s fun to sit on there for a little while and to wave goodbye to the water when we flush it. We try to explain to him what he’s supposed to do while he’s on there and so we modeled the grunting that he might do when he poops. So now he grunts whenever he sits on the toilet, even though he’s not usually pooping. We’ve had a couple of successes and we figure this at least paves the way for when he is ready. One funny thing that he did was we pulled him out of the shower and I ran to go get him a diaper. While I was searching for a diaper he walked over to the toilet, lifted the lid… and peed on the floor. As much as we didn’t really want pee on the floor, we were pretty impressed with the effort :)
Along with his potty training Sam now has one chore – to throw away his diapers after we change him. He loves taking the wrapped up diaper from us and dunking it in the diaper genie. He gets mad now when we do it instead!
So, there’s round one of the Sam update. Round two might be slower in coming since I’ll probably have to take specific pictures to go with the rest of the items, but with how slow I am with updating – take what you can get!