Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Everly Grace

Wes and I are ecstatic to announce the arrival of Everly Grace Mitchell.  She was born on July 29th, 2013 at 6:51pm.  She weighed 8lbs 4oz and is 19 inches long.  We are all so in love with her :) and are ecstatic about all her dark brown hair!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Weekend With Adge

... oh and the rest of my family :).  My sister, Adrienne, lives in Colorado- while she loves it there, I would really rather her be living in the metroplex so that we got to see her more often (I know I am being selfish)!  This was the first time she was able to come visit since Christmas (when Emma was just barely starting to walk (10 months old))- just to give you perspective, this is how big Emma was.

And this visit, Emma was a legitimate walking, running, semi-talking, toddler :).

On Thursday morning, Emma and I went over to visit Adge and have a short visit over breakfast.  Emma was a little shy at first, as expected, but by the time we left (just a short hour later), she was reaching out for Adge to pick her up.  We started out our Friday morning with a walk over in Fort Worth.  Blurry picture of all of the girls ready to go!

We walked a sweaty 2.4 miles (I was exhausted at the end!).  Caught this cute moment between Emma and Adge sharing a snack together after the walk- goldfish, yummy!

Also, side story- there was a cat that wondered around by where our cars were parked.  Emma LOVED the cat.  She would say "ooh ooh ooh" all while sticking her hands out and walking towards the cat.  He looked friendly enough, so I let her pet him.  On one hand, I love that Emma is not afraid of animals, but she doesn't even have a healthy skepticism- she just loves all of them!

Later that day, Austin came over and we had a nice (Emma-free) lunch at Potbelly's followed by some shopping.  Adge came over to our house to check out our new living room and I caught this sweet moment of Emma giving Adge kisses (look close, it's a little dark).

Then, we headed back over to my parents house for dinner (theme of this weekend: my mom cooked delicious food for us all weekend long, it was amazing!).  Emma's latest obsession at my parents house is running after the tennis balls and bringing them back.

And working on blowing funny looking kisses that melt mommy's heart :).

Since we were all together, my dad decided to squeeze a pink picture out of us.  Since we didn't know it was going to happen, none of us are wearing pink :) but all four of us are together and that is the important part!

Close up of the same picture above :).

We tried to get one with Emma, but she wasn't too thrilled about taking the pink picture :).

Since there wasn't an abundance of pink in my parents back yard, we walked down the street until we found pink crepe murtles in someone's front yard.

A dad and his girls :).

The crew at dinner (minus me and my mom :() - yummy bar-b-que chicken and corn on the cob!  But as you can see, the pie was the star of dinner.

At least to Emma it was- girl could not get enough of the pie!

This facial expression cracks me up- yes, she stole my pie too.  We are really going to have to work on her sharing skills.

After there was no more pie, Emma was done and a little cranky, so we headed home.  The next day, we had some errands to run and let Emma take a nap.  Once she woke up, we headed over to my parents house for another family dinner :).  This time my fav- lasagna!

It looks like by the time I got the group shot, we were already on dessert again.  Emma was in heaven this weekend- more treats than she has ever eaten before.  This time brownies with ice cream!

Ally, Travis and Craig all in their Aggie gear!

While we were chatting after dinner- Emma learned how to say "ice" rather than "i" and Bobbob obliged in giving her a fair share of ice water.  She was also really good at working on please and thank you!

Then, it was time to high five Grandpa George (I have trained her to look at the camera even when being asked to give a high five)!

Check out that follow through!

Then, the inevitable happened- she fell out of the chair and her sweet Bobbob comforted her :).

It was all better in a few minutes and Adge and Emma went outside to play where my dad "splashed" them with water.  Love these tender moments that I caught on camera.

After dinner, we headed home full and again with a cranky, tired baby.  After a good nights rest, Emma and I headed back over to my parents house for my breakfast favorite- biscuits and gravy (although no pictures, sadly!).  After church, we headed over to the Kimball Museum for some free blue bell ice cream.

They had the cutest Blue Bell hats for the kiddos to wear.

Along with their own cup of ice cream, Emma was in heaven.

And was a mess when we left.  Such a busy weekend, left these two sleeping on the way home :).

What a great weekend- we cant wait until we get to see Adge again!  Next time, she will get to meet the new baby :).

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Baby Girl #2: 40 Weeks (and STILL Pregnant)

How Far Along: 40 weeks and no sweet baby in my arms yet J

How Big is Baby:  the size of a watermelon (19 to 22 inches, 7 (ish) lbs)

Sleep: still sleeping well, no real signs of contractions. 

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I am really pretty over food at this point.  Wes did make some really good enchiladas this week.  I am also still loving watermelon and ice cream. 

Symptoms: everything and nothing at the same time.  I thought I would be having contractions by now.  Still nothing (except when I try to convince myself that the cramp in my stomach that promptly goes away was a contraction). 

Movement: seems stronger than ever this week.  Wes and I will just watch her at night- her most active time of the day is between 8 and 10 pm.  Love that you can identify the booty and feet from the outside J.  Also, I love when she stretches out real wide across my whole body. 

What I am worrying about:  the whole week I worried about my mole.  The doctor had told me that the results would be in last Friday so I called and it wasn’t back yet.  I either thought they wanted to tell me in person or it was no big deal.  Turns out that the results just came back today.  The good news is my mole is pre-cancerous.  The scary news is that it could have turned into cancer (melanoma) and I am just so thankful that we caught it when we did.  A surgeon is going to remove my mole the day after I deliver the baby.   I know that the worry is not completely over- but I feel less worrisome for the moment. 

What I am loving: that I have a strong, healthy baby inside of me (really trying to maintain my composure of being 40 weeks pregnant J).  Also, I am loving that I have the results from my mole back J.

What I am looking forward too:  meeting my sweet baby.  I just can’t wait to see what she looks like and what her little personality is like. 

Best Moment of the week:  spending the weekend with my family.  Lots and lots of great memories were made (blog post to come!).  

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

First Ponytail

Over the weekend, Emma was sweaty from running around so I decided to use my ponytail holder and put her hair in her first legitimate ponytail :).  

So cute, of course I encouraged Wes to take a picture of this monumental moment of toddler-hood!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Thoughts on Pregnancy

As my pregnancy is coming to an end, I thought I would look back and reflect on being pregnant two times in the last two years (before I block it out of my memory).  I feel incredibly blessed, that I have been able to carry two beautiful baby girlies.  I 100% completely understand that it is a miracle to be able to have a baby.  With that being said, there are still some things that I love and loathe about being pregnant. 

What I love (in no particular order):
… miracle of growing a human inside of me
… taking a pregnancy test and surprising your husband with the results
… the time that only you and husband know that you are pregnant (it’s the best secret)
… the anticipation of finding out the gender
… the attention you receive when being pregnant
… the first time you hear/see the heartbeat
… every subsequent time that you hear the heartbeat
… the first flutter when you wonder if that is the baby you feel or just gas
… the rolling and kicking and turning that the baby does inside your tummy
… actually finding out the gender
… weeks 16 to 30 (pregnant enough but not too pregnant)
… baby showers/sprinkles
… shopping for sweet, baby girl clothes
… getting to choose every single restaurant that we eat at
… the anticipation of when the baby will come
… choosing the baby name (although this time it was an extremely tedious process)
… getting the nursery ready
… daydreaming about breastfeeding

What I loathe (in no particular order):
… morning sickness
… losing energy
… comments from people on the size of my belly
… sleeping on my side
… the emotional mess that I become
… not being able to have a glass of wine/margarita/sushi whenever I want
… the swelling in my feet and hands
… not having fully leaded coffee all of the time
… worrying about everything all the time
… having to go to the bathroom 5 times a night

It is funny how you forget everything that you loathe and everything that bothers you about pregnancy the moment you lay eyes on your little one.  I am just so excited to have that moment again.  I cant wait to meet this little girl for the first time and look into her eyes and tell her that I am her mama and try to express how much I love her.  It is such a beautiful moment.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

4th of July: Part 2

We went over to my sister-in-law's house on July 4th and had a great day!  There was bar-b-que, watermelon, popsicles, swimming and lots and lots of kiddos (especially compared to my family :)).  Emma fell asleep on the way over there so Wes stayed out in the car with her so she could get a few zzzz's.  We decided that when she woke up, we would test her a little bit to see how she felt about me holding another baby.  As you can see- not too thrilled at first.

But, shockingly, she warmed up pretty quickly and would even put her hand on Rachel's back.

I was also able to try out some baby wearing gear- Emma tolerated it, but didn't love it.

Carrying both of babies and trying to convince Emma that she liked to be worn!

Shelley made some really cute fireworks hot dogs on a stick.  Emma was a fan!  Also, pretty 4th of July dress until it got food all over it!

Sitting at the kids table this year with her cousins :).

I should have gotten a picture of my plate- we had amazing brisket, chicken and pulled pork!  This pregnant girl was so happy with all of the food choices!  We put on Emma's bathing suit and tried to get her to swim for a little bit, but she wanted nothing of it.  She was happy when it was time for 4th of July cupcakes!

Celeste (my incredibly patient sister-in-law) spent the next (what seemed like) three hours trying to convince Emma that she would love the pool.  It finally paid off and Emma did love the pool!  Celeste working on convincing her the pool is cool!

This looks like she was terrorized, but she was loving it!

Going in and out of the pool all by herself!

Then, it was time for popsicles- oh how my baby girl loves her some popsicles, just looks at these facial expressions!  The bottom left is my favorite- this is the puckered lips I got when I asked "can mommy have a kiss for giving you a popsicle" :).

She really went after that thing!  She must have switched popsicles with someone at some point- because now hers has green cupholder.

Here she is giving me popsicle- you should really blow up this picture and look closely to see all of the popsicle mess running down her face, swimsuit and little thighs.

Close up of the popsicle mess!

A little bit more swimming and playing- then we packed all of our stuff up and headed home!  I couldn't believe Emma lasted all afternoon without a nap :).

What a wonderful 4th of July :).