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Naomi Monthly Progression

5.17.2016


And now for her (over due) 12 month update:



At 12 months, she crawls super-sonic fast wherever she wants to go. She still doesn't have any teeth, is the most pleasant baby, sleeps 11-12 hours a night, loves waving and saying "hi" to everyone she sees, loves her sister and laughs at most of the things she does, is a monkey climber, absolutely detests her carseat but only weighs 21lbs (and measures 29.5 inches long) and therefore can't move to the bigger one quite yet. She loves feeding her self and prefers most things in their original state instead of cut (ie whole banana, whole graham cracker...etc). She's the very best.

A few thoughts

5.13.2016


I have an assorted collection of thoughts for you on this Friday.

-We've been getting ready for our big trip over here. Only a few days until we leave. Eeeeep! I'm somewhere between excited/eager and anxious/nervous. I'm excited to see the places I've been dreaming about for years but I'm anxious that we'll skip something awesome due to some oversight in my planning and research. I'm also nervous about leaving the girls for so long. I mean, I'm super excited about some alone time with Jordan but I can't help but worry about whether or not the girls will even know who I am when I get back. It's a bit extreme I know (but isn't that what most worries are...)

-My mom bought me a ukulele while we were in Hawaii last year and after letting it sit in my closet for a few months I decided it was finally time to learn how to play it.  I've been taking a ukulele class at our local high school and it has been awesome. I've learned so much and I can actually play a few songs. It's been fun to learn something new. It's sadly been awhile since I've tried to learn a new skill, so this has been exciting. And as an added bonus, the girls love when I play the ukulele. They don't even mind my lack of skill or slow, slow speed. Right now my favorite song to play is Hotel California.

-I was rear-ended a few weeks ago after helping set up Landan and Stephanie's reception. It was about 10pm and I was stopped at a red light when the car behind me tapped my bumper. Thankfully it was just a little tap and neither car ended up with any damage. I had never been rear-ended before and I have to say the sound of a car hitting yours is a bit terrifying. The craziest part about it was that it happened only 1 block away from Jordan's accident last fall. We're thinking we probably need to find a new route and avoid that street from now on.

-I still can't believe Naomi is one. We had a great time celebrating her birthday and I always love reminiscing about the days our babies were born (Reagan's birth story here and Naomi's here). I'm still glad I have such sweet pictures to remember those days. I was thinking the other day that for the next few weeks I will have a 1 year old and a 2 year old. And if that's not crazy I'm not sure what is.

-Speaking of Naomi turning 1, one milestone that accompanies that is the transition from formula to cow's milk. Oh how I love this transition! I'm happy to not measure and scoop out the formula anymore (with the inevitable spillage that accumulates on my counter after making a bottle) and of course I'm ecstatic about the $100 we're saving every month. That $100 plus the money we are now saving from Reagan diapers, almost makes it feel like Jordan got a raise!

-There are a few things making me happy at the moment which can be viewed in the above picture. 1. My turquoise door which my mom painted for me in October 2. My flower pots by my front door and 3. Our newly re-done stairs, which I will post about on a later date, but here's a little sneak peak.

-(Don't read this if you don't want to hear about my children's current bathroom habits) Of course after posting this Reagan had to have an AWFUL week in the accident department. And to top it off, Naomi is teething and therefore has been having blowout diaper after blowout diaper. I don't know why but teething makes my kids have diarrhea. So to give you a little taste of the chaos Reagan has had 5+ accidents in 3 days (1 being a poop accident, which are so horrible to clean up) and Naomi has had 7 blowouts in 2 days (one being at 3am). I have a crazy long to-do list and instead of being productive this afternoon I got to take Reagan's car seat out of the car, disassemble it to be washed and scrub everything because she had her first accident in the car. Needless to say I AM READY FOR THE WEEKEND. So glad we finally made it.

Laurel Graduation Dinner | Your future is as bright as your faith

5.12.2016
Laurel Graduation Dinner | Your future is as bright as your faith

Last night we had our laurel graduation party. We had an outdoor dinner and used the quote "Your future is as bright as your faith" by President Monson as our springboard for decorations. I saw the cute favors on this blog (which we ended up copying) and thought it would be awesome to run with the theme of light bulbs. That of course meant that we had to have some twinkily lights. Jordan built some awesome stands to hold the lights above our long, long table. We had a baked potato bar for dinner and then we heard from the parents of each graduating laurel in attendance. That was my favorite part of the evening. We sent the parents a little questionnaire (which you can find below) about their graduating laurels. It was great hearing what they had to say about and to their girls. As a graduation present we gave the girls each a journal. Here are some pictures of our evening, also don't miss the free printables at the bottom!

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We bought these glass light bulbs at Hobby Lobby, filled them with lemon heads and then tied the quote to the top with bakers twine.

Laurel Graduation Dinner | Your future is as bright as your faith Laurel Graduation Dinner | Your future is as bright as your faith Laurel Graduation Dinner | Your future is as bright as your faith Laurel Graduation Dinner | Your future is as bright as your faith

I also couldn't resist making light bulb cookies for dessert.

The light bulb theme was awesome because not only is that quote from President Monson an amazing piece of advice at this time in their lives but all of the girls are so bright. They are each a bright shining example in their families, our young women's group and in our ward. It was a lovely evening and I think the girls enjoyed it.

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If you would like to download our invitations or the quote we used for the light bulb favors, click here. (We glued the important information about the dinner on the back of the invite) For everything I used the font, Wire.

Laurel Graduation Dinner | Your future is as bright as your faith Laurel Graduation Dinner | Your future is as bright as your faith

And here is a link to our questionnaire. Some of the questions we asked were favorite memories, christlike attributes, advice...etc.

Potty Training Reagan

5.09.2016
Reagan is [mostly] potty trained! I have to say mostly because she did have an accident this morning and has one every few days or so... She's only human though, and I know she's progressing and getting better and better every day. Potty training has been a wild ride. Oh man. Wild ride is probably an understatement. Every time we encounter a new aspect of parenthood I think it's the hardest part. But really, potty training was pretty awful. Just like with birth stories, I really liked reading other people's experiences before trying it ourselves, so I thought I would send our potty training story out into the internet world too.

We thought she was ready in December because she would ask to get a new diaper after going, she could take off her pants by herself and mostly put them back on alone and she knew the difference between pee and poo. Over Christmas when Jordan had a good chunk of time off work we thought we would give it a try so we could try to do it together. For whatever reason we decided to try the 3 day method. I had seen a lot of things floating around pinterest about that method, so I read a bit about it and we gave it a try. We did no pants or underwear (bare bum) and tried to follow her around and help her get to the potty before an accident. It sucked!! It made both Jordan and I super mad and frustrated because it seemed like we were cleaning up and disinfecting our house all day long for about 5 days (because Reagan definitely didn't catch on after the 3 days). For Reagan the 3 day method ended up being a ridiculous idea and was the main source of frustration in potty training for Jordan and I. When she wasn't totally potty trained after the 3 days I felt let down. For Reagan 3 days was not a magic amount of time to learn this new skill. (We later learned that having her wear panties was much better because if she did have an accident she hated how it felt to be wearing wet panties).

I had bought a little gum ball machine and filled it with jelly beans and whenever she would go on the potty she would get a penny for some beans. We bought her Tangled and put it on top of the mirror in her bathroom and told her that if she learned how to go potty (or had a certain amount of successes) she could open it and watch 'Punzel (as Reagan calls her). Neither of these seemed to motivate her at all. We went to the library and checked out a bunch of different books on potty training both for us and for Reagan. They even had some DVDs with little movies on the topic for Reagan. (And of course we watched the potty episode of Daniel Tiger. Many times.) We tried a little potty chair (this one) and then borrowed a singing one (this one) from some neighbors and neither seemed to be interesting to her. She would occasionally have a few successes but overall it was kind of disastrous. After about a week we decided to quit and try again a little later. She didn't seem to be catching on and I thought maybe it was because she wasn't ready. She is a smart and independent girl so we knew that this was going to have to be on her timetable and that once it clicked in her brain we'd be golden.

We waited a few months (I think we started working on it again in March) and decided to give it another try. This time we started using a potty seat (this one) instead of a potty chair. I think she liked sitting on the actual toilet, but after a few days we stopped using any kind of potty seat/chair and just had her sitting on the toilet and that seemed to work the best for her. I think the introduction in December really helped her to progress faster this time around. She was pretty familiar with what we were trying to do and it seemed to click this time.

We ended up ditching the gum ball machine because we could tell it wasn't motivating her (and she didn't really need the extra candy all day long). The only thing that motivated her was whatever the next thing she wanted to play with. So she would ask if she could play with the legos and we would say, "Yes, but you have to go potty first." This worked like a charm. She would ask if she could put on her princess dress and we would say, "Yes, but you have to go potty first," and she would go. We did this pretty religiously for a few weeks and still do it occasionally if we know she probably has to go.

For some lucky reason she caught on to both poop and pee. I was worried that she wouldn't want to poop on the toilet because I had heard of this issue with lots of kids. Another lucky thing is that she is surprisingly good at holding it for long periods of time, and she also wakes up dry just about every night (she currently still sleeps in a diaper though just in case).

She still needs help going to the bathroom because she can't quite get up on the toilet very well (she can but it's comical to watch her climb up). Hopefully in the next few months she'll get more self-reliant. I'm so happy to be done changing her diapers. We're working together on this potty adventure... I'm working on not getting so frustrated with her as she has accidents and she's working on not having those accidents. One funny thing about the accidents though, is that about 60% of the time it's mine or Jordan's fault simply for not being aware of her or paying close attention to her body language.

We couldn't help but laugh at Reagan the other day when she was reading her lego pamphlet while sitting on the loo. I love this little girl and I'm so surprised at all of the milestones we seem to be hitting and how fast they seem to be coming.



Was potty training the worst for you? Or was it a breeze? I love hearing all of the stories since every kid is so different.

Naomi turns one!

5.07.2016


I'm in major denial, like most parents are, watching my babies grow up. Naomi turned one yesterday and when I checked my email and saw the weekly Baby Center message I couldn't help but be mad at them when they called my BABY a toddler. Technically, I don't think she can be considered a toddler yet because she does not toddle so I would really like to keep thinking of her as my baby, because that is what she will forever be.



We had a little party for her last night. I was a bit sad because we were planning on having the party outside in our backyard but had to adapt our plans when it started hailing at about 4:00 and then proceeded to rain with thunder and lightning for the next 3 hours. It was sort of fitting though because that was the same weather we had one year ago, the night she was born.

We wanted to serve french fries because they are Naomi's favorite food (a girl after my own heart). So we made 4 different kinds: steak fries, shoestring, sweet potato waffle, and crinkle cut. We also make 5 kinds of fry sauce: regular fry sauce, garlic aioli, campfire, sriracha, and orange mango habanero. We also had grilled chicken, fruit and fruit dip that my mom brought and a salad from Martha. And of course mini cupcakes for dessert.



I was excited to watch Naomi eat her smash cake because Reagan was awesome on her first birthday, but Naomi's was totally anti-climactic. She wasn't into it at all. She just wanted out of her high chair the whole time, so after about a minute we let her get out and gave up hope of a super smash. It was her party, she can skip the cake if she wants to.



It was a fun night celebrating our girl. We love you Naomi! Thanks for being such a sweet baby. 
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