Instead of sending out a Christmas letter to everyone we decided to do it on our blog... saving paper and money. =)
We have had an amazing year. It was our first year in Florida as a family.
We decided to try for another baby when Shepherd turned 1 in January 2011. We got pregnant the first try! We were blessed with our daughter on October 25th 2011. She is 7 weeks old and just the sweetest thing. She is starting to coo and talk a lot. We've seen her smile several times. She is very active and alert. She nurses all the time and is gaining weight. She is so beautiful! She looks just like my sister Renee!
Shepherd is growing up so fast. He still doesn't talk much. He mostly talks at home around the family. That's probably because we are the only ones who understand him! =) He signs a lot too. The main thing is he is communicating and telling us what he wants. He understands us and is getting better everyday at following instructions.
We haven't tried potty training yet. He hasn't showed any interest and I really don't want to have to chase after him with a newborn. =) We might give it a try after he turns 2 in January. It's all up to him. We won't force him.
He loves playing outside more then anything else. My parents got him a big swingset with a fort on it. He would play on that all day long if we let him. =)
He loves Disney movies. His favorites... Up!, Meet the Robinsons, Toy Story, Cars, Cars 2, Monsters Inc. He still loves watching the Wiggles, but it's nice for the grown-ups to have different options.
Sheppy took swimming lessons at the beginning of summer. He did well, but we'll have to take them again next summer to build on the skills he already learned. Shep goes to gymnastics once a week. He has a great time and is improving every week. I love that he is learning to socialize, discipline, waiting his turn. It's great exercise for me too. =)
Abby is such a wonderful addition to our little family. Shepherd lights up like a firefly when he sees her. He wants to sit next to me when I nurse her. Shep is always giving her kisses on her head and just snuggling up next to her. It's so precious!
Marvin is working hard! He works full-time and fulfills all his church callings. Marvin was able to find an wonderful job right away when we moved here, with Manatron (now Thomson Reuters). He loves what he's doing and who he works with. He never ceases to amaze me with his willingness to serve others. He is an amazing husband and father. He takes such good care of us. Marvin is the best protector and provider I could have every wished for.
As for me... I'm loving life. Being married to my best friend, having 2 great kids, family close by. I know none of this would be possible without my loving Heavenly Father. Also, without my savior Jesus Christ I would be no where. I want my kids to know the true meaning of Christmas... the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
We love you all!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
I am not a very good person to keep the blog up to date. We are just a week away from welcoming our little girl to the world. My c-section is scheduled for October 25th, 2011. We are all ready for it! I have our bags packed and ready to go. I went to the doctor yesterday and Abby is doing great! She is weighing about 7 pounds and is super active. We had an ultrasound and a NST (nonstress test- where they monitor her heartbeat and movement for about 15 minutes) and an internal exam. The doctor said I am only 1 cm dialated, but I am 80% effaced (cervix thinned out). Yikes! So I am taking it easy. Trying not to walk around too much. A lot of mom's would start walking like crazy to get their baby out, but we want her to wait unitl the 25th. She is ready to come out! Very different from Shepherd. He was super high and did not want to come out. Abigail is super low and pushing against my cervix all day long. We know that whatever happens it will be fine. We are ready either way. Marvin is not very nervous. He is only nervous about the actual c-section and my recovery. But I recovered very quickly last time. I had a lot of pain, but nothing I can't handle. =) I haven't been as good about pictures this pregnancy, but I guess that happens with every parent when the 2nd child comes. We will try to take as many pictures as we can of Abigail and Shepherd. We like everything to be even. =) So we are about to become parents again. Can't wait to see what adventures will unfold. Stay tuned! I will try to keep this blog up to date.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Stay tuned for lots of pictures of Shepherd. I'll try to upload them this weekend. In the meantime enjoy these sweet little pictures of our bun in the oven! =)