Friday, November 26, 2010

Letter of the week(s) - T

T is for tree, train, turtle & turkey! We checked out some neat books about a turkey, a train, a turtle, and a truck driver. It was neat that we got to T right in time for Thanksgiving! Keanan made some pictures for everyone we were going to see on Thanksgiving telling them what he was thankful for.

We had a very nice turkey day at my parents house. Way to much good food! Zac and I even got to take Keanan and Lucy in the hot tub. I also registered for the Professional Birth Doula class at Bates (thanks dad!!) Here are some pics from the day:Today we put up all our Christmas stuff (sans the tree - to come tomorrow) and danced to Christmas music all day long. It was very nice and relaxing. Here are some pics from a little photo shoot we did today (outfits courtesy of Great Grandma Grist):

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

More Snow

We woke up with about 6 inches. Zac had to take the truck to work (so thankful for our free truck!) Too cold for Kyla and I to go out, but Keanan made it for about 30 minutes:Hoping we can make it into town for our annual small group Thanksgiving dinner tonight. We will see. I am ready to get out of my house!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My dad rocks!!

Yesterday I was talking to my mom about the doula training class at Bates that I want to go to. My dad walks into the room and says "I'll pay for it." I was shocked! I told him "You don't even know what we are talking about." To which he responded "Your doula thingy. If you want to go, don't let the money stop you." I was almost speechless! I asked him "Why would you do that." And he said "Why not?" :Insert pink fluffy heart here!:

And now there is a beautiful blanket of snow outside our house. I love my life! God is sooooo good!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yay and Nay

I found a doula training class closer than Seattle! It's in Tacoma at Bates Technical College the last weekend in Jan. and the first weekend in Feb. And it is about 1/2 the cost of the classes in Seattle! They also match you up with moms in the childbrith classes so you can get more hands on experience and use those births to count toward certification.

It still costs $382. =( Hoping I can come up with it by January.

I also updated my website with some awesome quotes and more info in the "Dads and Doulas" page. Check it out (link on the left - Beautiful Miracles)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


These were my instructions from Keanan this morning while we were eating breakfast:

Keanan: Mommy, if you hear a roar you need to go over to the front door and open it over there (pointing to the front door). If you hear a roar it is a lion. And then you need a boy to roar at it because when boys roar it scares the lion back into the bushes.
Me: Well good thing we have a boy to roar and scare the lion away!
Keanan: Yep.

I love this kid!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Letter of the week(s) - S

The last two weeks we made a snake S, some shooting stars, a submarine, and a scarecrow! We checked out some fun books about stars and snakes at the library as well.

Kyla just started standing on her own last night! She was really proud of herself (and happy about us cheering for her).

Yesterday we got to spend the day with Uncle Brian, Lucy and Kate while Auntie Ann and Grandma are visiting Great Grandpa and Great Grandma in Arkansas. My papa (grandpa) has some pretty serious cancer, please keep him in your prayers. We had lots of fun playing and hanging out.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kyla's 9 month stats

Kyla had her 9 months appointment today. Here are the stats:

Weight: 17lb 8oz (25th percentile)
Height: 27.5" (48th percentile)
Head Circumference: 43cm (21st percentile)

She was also in the 25th percentile for weight at her 6 month check-up, so she is gaining consistently, which is good. She is a tall, skinny, healthy baby! She got 2 shots, but was a trooper.

This is our first time seeing our new doctor after changing insurance. I REALLY liked her! She is super pro-cloth diapering and all for our delayed vax schedule. She got down and played with Kyla and kissed her little hands. Our last doctor was an older gentleman that always seemed afraid of babies, so this was a nice change.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

9 months!

As of yesterday, Kyla is 9 months old! Time is flying by! She is such a sweet, silly little girl. She loves her big brother and our kitty and will squeal loudly whenever she can touch either of them. She loves crawling up the stairs (we have to work on the down now) and climbing up mommy's leg (especially when I am in the kitchen). She loves when daddy comes home in the evening and bath time at night; she will flail all extremities with excitement in either case. She can easily walk along all the furniture to get what she wants, with great speed if it is something treasured by Keanan. She shakes her head no if we tell her no to something and raises her hands up to say "all done" (I haven't been consistent on other signs with her). She enjoys emptying anything she can and making a silly smiley face. She is our little princess, and knows it! We are blessed to have her in our lives. =)

I will try to get some pictures up tomorrow, in my "spare time" (ha!).

I didn't have a chance to post yesterday because we were off to dinner with our entire small group to La Creme Brulee! Everyone got dressed up (I wore my completed wedding/cocktail dress!) and had a blast! The food was great and conversations fun; we were there for 3 hours! I will post a picture as soon as I can steal one from somebody (we forgot our camera).

I also finished my first doula "textbook" yesterday! On to the next one!

I have been feeling a bit of burnout with my cloth diapers as of late. I would not change it for anything, but it's been a long 2 1/2 years! So we are doing disposable for night. Night time diapers is one of the biggest hurdles in cloth diapering. It is a challenge to find the right absorbency to get you through 12 hours without making them so huge that no pj's fit. They are also the first to get really stinky. So I can handle one disposable a day. It has really freed me up and I feel like I enjoy the cloth during the day even more. Whatever works!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Awesome quote of the day

The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be both terrific and torturous. - Anna Quindlen