Monday, June 15, 2015

25 Weeks with Baby D

The last month since my previous pregnancy update has been full of ups and downs. Matt and I celebrated our 7th anniversary, I had another ultrasound and all four of us got a nasty stomach bug that knocked us out for about a week. Needless to say, it's been a little rough on my already emotional self. Thankfully, every day gets us closer to meeting our little one. 

My second ultrasound (and probably last, if everything continues to go well) was a special one because my Mom got to join me. The tech said our little one had a beautiful heart which is always encouraging to hear. She also said he or she was measuring even bigger than at our last ultrasound, with a possible due date of 9/11 which is 17 days ahead of schedule. 

*Enter big eyed emoji here*

Since I have a little bit of experience with large babies, (Remi was a day late and over nine pounds) Im not getting my  hopes up. Im planning on a very large October baby and anything different will be a pleasant surprise. 

Everything else has been going well. I'm finding that a good night's sleep, good food and a walk before bed help keep me sane and in less pain. When my energy levels are up, I have an overwhelming desire to organize everything in the house and am having fun finding things for the new Big Kid's room and baby room. 

With all we've had going on lately, I've been slacking on taking any baby bump pics, but here are the two I've managed to capture:

This was on the night we celebrated our anniversary. We had such a great evening and I'm so thankful for our special time together. 

And here we have all three of my babies. One is doing flips in my tummy while one begs to be held and the other attempts to tie a ribbon around her waist. 
I love them all. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Remi is Almost Two!

This little man has a birthday coming up soon.

In a little over a month, Remington will be two. 

These first few weeks of summer and being pregnant have brought back a lot of memories of our summer waiting for him to come. And I have to say, I enjoy having him on the outside my belly much more. 

Remi is a typical middle child and so finding pictures and things to say about him are a little bit harder than it was when Addy turned two, but I'm determined to not cut him short. And for some reason, while uploading photos from my phone for this post, I found a lot of him sleeping. He's a good napper and who doesn't love a sleeping baby picture?

Love when he sleeps with his toes like that.

When did he get so long??

Sweet, sick little guy

Remi loves to ride his bike.

"Go fast! Go fast"
His favorite thing is to ride up one driveway and glide down another. 
"Do again!"

He has a thing for hats and happens to look pretty adorable in them.

He also loves to be given big boy jobs around the house. 
"I got it, I got it….. help me."

Up until this week, he was terrified of the water and wouldn't let go of me, even with floaties on. Now, he loves it and is so proud of how he can float all on his own.

Some other random facts about our Wemibird:

He bounces when he runs
He repeats everything Addy says all.the.time.
When he isn't copying his sister's every word, he's mimicking his Dad's every move

We are so thankful for this silly, playful little guy.

Friday, June 5, 2015

3 reasons why I'm not worried about having 3 kids

Since telling our family and friends and announcing that we were expecting our third child, I've been pretty surprised to see the way some people react. I've also been taken aback at some articles and Facebook posts I've read about a family of 5 now being considered "large." It really never crossed my mind that having three kids was odd or that we would suddenly become a large family. I guess I just took it for grant it that most of my friends have at least three kids. 

A lady at the pool yesterday said I was brave to have so many little ones so close together and a friend recently asked me if I was nervous about having three kids. And the truth is that I really am not nervous about having three kids at all. Im slightly terrified of having a 10 pound baby but that's another issue. 

I'm not worried about having three kids and here's why:

1) We already have two
We're not having triplets or twins, we're just adding one more child to the mix. I've We've done this twice. Babies don't come out with a mouth full of words, their needs are pretty basic at the beginning. It's rough, each stage has their own challenges but thankfully, God allows us to adjust and grow as they do. And having already been through the newborn stage through the preschool age helps me know what to expect.* 

2) We are not the only crazy ones out there
Like I said before, a lot of our friends have more than three kids. It's not unusual amongst our community and circle of friends to have "large" families. And since that's the case, we have an amazing support system of other moms and dads to call upon when we're feeling in over our heads. We're also blessed to live near family who are always willing to help. 

3) His faithfulness is great
I started writing the words to Great is Thy Faithfulness on our chalkboard the other day when two little artists decided to lend a hand. But I think it is so fitting. "Great is thy faithfulness, all I have needed thy hands hath provided." Im the budget freak of our household and I tend to get a little stressed when the numbers aren't looking the way I would like them too, but we have never gone without. He has always provided, whether that be money, jobs or even friends when we've asked for them. He's given us strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

*DISCLAIMER: I do remember having a slight breakdown when Remi was about 6 months old. We had a lot going on and I was having trouble staying on top of things. I broke down in tears at bible study one day and some sweet friends lifted me up when I needed it. There's a very good chance that that could happen again, multiple times, who knows. I really don't know what's in store for us with this third child but God has been gracious and given me a lot of peace about it. Now if only I could find some peace with my ever growing to do list….

Monday, May 18, 2015

Our {2015} Summer Bucket List

You might not be able to tell by looking out the window (it's currently windy and raining), but summer time is here! Schools are wrapping up this week and I'm seeing a lot of summer to-do lists popping up on Pinterest. 

Summer time is my favorite. This will be my last summer with only two kiddos in tow and although my belly is only going to get bigger and my amount of energy smaller, I plan to make the most of it. So, for the first time ever, I'm creating a summer bucket list for the Danner family. (I don't know why I've never  done this before, I love lists!) I've scoured the internet, asked friends, resorted to previous favorites and I think I've managed to come up with a fun and doable list. 

The Danner Family's 2015 Summer Bucket List

*Summer Reading Program at Our Local Library*
This is fun and easy and great for toddlers, pre-schoolers and adults! All you have to do is record what books you read during the week, then take the list into the library for fun prizes. Addy has always loved being read to and Remi has really gotten into books lately too. I got a Kindle for Mother's Day so I am sure the 3 of us won't have trouble getting those weekly prizes. 

I learned about this one through someone's blog. If you read 8 books over the summer and record them in their Reading Journal, (download online) you get to pick out a FREE book from their Reading Journal list.

*Swimming Lessons*
Addy loves being in the water and I'm anxious for her to be able to swim on her own. There are a few places in Albuquerque where she can go every morning during the week for two weeks. I'm leaning towards lessons at our public pools, they seem convenient and affordable.

I heard about this last summer but have yet to try it out. All you have to do is register your kids online and they can bowl free at Silva Lanes! You do have to pay for their shoe rental. This would be a fun outing on a rainy day or if we need a break from the heat.

I don't know any of the bands on the schedule this year but I am hoping we can make it to one of these. It's such a pretty venue and the zoo is a lot of fun at night when some of the nocturnal animals are more active. And who doesn't love a picnic with live music?

*The Alameda Spray Park*
I call this "Addy's Happy Place." We've been going to the spray park ever since Addy was just a year old. It's so much fun and so cheap! And with no deep end, you don't have to worry about anyone drowning. It doesn't open until 11 so we usually pack a lunch and hope that no one falls asleep on the way home. 

*Homemade Ice Pops*
We've already made a few batches of homemade ice pops this year. Our strawberry ice pops were a hit! Our second batch made of bananas and cantaloup that I threw together has been sitting uneaten in the freezer for months, because they're gross and way, way to sweet! We need to redeem ourselves in that area.

*Uptown Target*
We could do this all year but everything is more fun during the summer time right? The Uptown Target has a parking lot underneath it, an elevator and an escalator for carts which is all very exciting when you're 4 and almost 2. Their cafe overlooks another Starbucks cafe, which is odd but it's also a fun, bright place to kill a little bit of time and watch the cars go by. Some of my favorite memories of Addy and I waiting on little brother to arrive were spent there.

*Picnics in the Park*
We have a lovely little park within walking distance from our house, sadly it's hot and completely awful during the summertime. This summer we will be exploring the town and finding new, shady places to picnic. There's a nice park on the westside with a duck pond and we found the park in Corrales to be really nice, with huge trees.

*Book Store and Flying Star on Rio Grande*
The flying start on Rio Grande is my favorite during the summertime because you can sit outside and the kids like to watch all the dogs that also like to sit on the patio. Theres a cute little book store next to the restaurant where we used to go to story time. We've since outgrown their story time but I think the kids would enjoy reading books there.

*The Zoo or the Aquarium/Biopark*
Note to self: invest in a pass! 
If you don't have a pass, this could get a little pricey. If you do have a pass, you could go to the zoo just to see the polar bears and head home not feeling like you wasted $15. Or you could go to the aquarium, which takes 20 minutes to walk through and get lunch at McDonalds afterwards. The pass allows you 
to be flexible. 

Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10 am at the Cottonwood and Regal Winrock Theatres they are showing G and PG movies for a $1. Neither of my kids have seen a movie on the big screen but this seems like a great way to give it a shot!

*The Corrales Pool*
This is our favorite pool in Albuquerque. We had Remi's first Birthday party there and everyone seemed to like it. Theres a slide and an inclined entrance. I tried to find out when they open on their website but the link didn't go anywhere. Hoping they will still be open this summer!

*Date Nights!!*
Pappadeaux's patio, dollar movies….. any other suggestions? I can't get past Pappadeaux at the moment.

I think that's about it. 

What's on your summer bucket list? Please share!

The Blogging Bug

I have the blogging bug but I'm lacking the physical and mental energy writing requires. Making lists seems to be the extent of my writing these days. So here's a random list for this Monday afternoon:

1) I got a Kindle for Mother's Day and now all I want to do is read. It's proven to be a great alternative to Facebook and TV during nap time when I just want to relax for a little while. Im almost half way through Amy Poehler's book and reading books that people wrote about themselves, makes me want to blog even more.

2) I've been making lists of fun blog topics that I probably won't ever get to writing. But just to prove that I do still have a creative bone in my body, here they are:
     - Capt'n Remi: An update post about my little guy who will be two in about two months (yikes!).      He doesn't get nearly as much face time on the blog as his sister did at his age and I kind of feel bad                       about that. But I also feel tired.
     - House vs. Hotel: - we recently went on vacation where we rented a house on the beach with my family. I would love to explore the pros and cons of staying in both a hotel and rental house.
     - Do Not Forget {A list of things to remember to pack when traveling with toddlers}
     - Our Summer Bucket List: - this one might actually make it onto the blog. I need to make a list of things for us to do anyways so why not share it?

Any other fun ideas??

3) The nesting phase has begun and I've started on Baby D's quilt! This is yet another thing keeping me from blogging.

4) The weather here has been all over place and some days it completely awful with hail, rain and wind. Yesterday, however, was beautiful. We had lunch with friends after church, took naps and then we went on a family picnic and ended the day with milkshakes at Sonic. 

Yesterday was a good day.

That's all I have in me. Happy Monday friends!