15 weeks plus photos & video

Today begins week 16 and what a blessing that I was able to feel the baby move for the first time this morning and he/she has been nonstop since then! I am so busy with Luke that I forget sometimes that there is this sweet little baby growing inside of me. Well, I forget until I try on my pants and can't get them buttoned! :) Just a couple of more weeks until the big reveal... yay!

We've had a great weekend after fully recovering from Jeff having food poisoning (not from my cooking thank you very much) and me having a stomach bug. Bleck! Luke's been great though! He had lots of fun at swimming lessons with daddy on Friday and on Saturday they had great quality time together. Jeff took Luke to do a few errands in the morning... his parent's house to add chemicals in the pool (they are in Vancouver), Fry's to pick up a few things, Home Depot, Leslie's Pool Supply and then after his nap, they spent the afternoon in the pool. I loved watching from the window and hearing them laugh together.. it was so cute! :)

Here are some recent photos & video we thought you would enjoy!



Home Sweet Home & Happy Father's Day

We are home from a great time with the Peitsch family in Castle Rock, Colorado! Thank you Randy, April and Isaiah for hosting us. We had a wonderful time. Luke absolutely loved playing with Isaiah and Isaiah had so many fun toys which he graciously shared with Luke. Lots of cars, trucks, trains, and balls. Hopefully there are some pink dolls in April and mine's futures ... lol :) We also enjoyed a trip to the Aquarium and Cheyenne Zoo. I was able to visit with my friend, Joelle, from high school while the gang went to the Aquarium. It was so nice to see someone I grew up with and to catch up in person! We figured out that we have only seen each other twice in the past 8 years. I flew out to Las Vegas for her wedding 8 years ago and she came to Phoenix for mine 4 years ago. Hopefully it won't be so long next time and hopefully next time I'll take a picture of the two of us! And just a side note that Joelle was my only friend who showed up to my birthday party in 4th grade following hurricane Gloria. Now that's a good friend! :) Love you Jofa & loved our time together!

Traveling with Luke this time was almost perfect! If he had slept, he'd get a higher grade but he was really, really good. I couldn't believe it! I know he's getting older so his attention span has grown but I also felt we made a great effort to be prepared. We didn't know if anything in our traveling with toddler survival kit would work but it boosted our confidence to have options. I had read a lot of other mommy blogs and decided on a few things that sounded very Luke. We bought a portable DVD player and brought a couple of movies we rented from the library that Luke became obsessed with. We hid them a few days before so they seemed more new. We brought a coloring book, crayons, stickers, a travel doodler, lucky charms and a new matchbox motorbike. They actually all came in handy but mostly the video "There Goes A Firetruck" which is so cheesy but apparently his favorite. We'll see if these all work during our next flight in a few weeks! Off to Texas to visit my mom, grandma and aunt!

And to finish this post, I would love to wish my husband a Happy Father's Day! I prayed for a long time that God would not only bring a man into my life that would be a loving husband but also a loving daddy to our children. And that he is. I am touched on a daily basis by the way Jeff spends his time with Luke. There's something very sweet about being a part of watching your husband grow as a daddy. I feel very blessed to be a part of these moments. And grateful to his dad for being a Godly role model who spent countless hours of quality time with Jeff growing up. Two great dads to celebrate... Happy Father's Day!

More pictures and video coming very soon! xoxo



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Pregnancy FAQ's

Well, I have completed 14 weeks of pregnancy! Sometimes I think, "that's it?" and other times it feels like it's flying by. I had a great doctor's appointment this past week and heard that sweet little heartbeat. I just love it! I did have some red spotting last week for a few days, in addition to some cramping in my side the week before, and it was making me anxious so I bumped our appointment up just for peace of mind. I had spotting also with Luke but definitely not as frequent or as red as this time. And definitely not accompanied by any kind of sharp cramping. The doctor felt it was most likely related to my exercising (grrrrrr) which I had of course stopped once these issues started. So I'll be taking it easy around here.

Anyhoo, to answer some very common questions that we seem to get asked, here you go:

1. When are you due? Somewhere between December 10th and 14th. We'll find out for sure at our next ultrasound.
2. How did you tell Jeff about the pregnancy? After sanitizing my little stick, I wrapped it in a box and put it in his Easter basket. He knew though because I was very anxious for him to open it! :)
3. How have you been feeling? Great! Still needing that nap every other day or so.
4. Have you been having any cravings or food aversions? I have, so far, craved yogurt, granola (there's a certain kind at Albertson's that I just love. It's called Erin Baker's Oatmeal Raisin.. mmmmmmmmm.), fruit juice, and fresh fruit. As far as aversions, I've been having trouble with raw meat and bacon definitely grosses me out.
5. Are these the same cravings/aversions as when you were pregnant with Luke? No, I don't think so. I remember craving french toast and donuts, more pastry like foods. And I wonder why I gained almost 60 lbs!! And I don't recall any aversions.
6. Are you showing/wearing maternity clothes? Well, we can tell that I am showing but I doubt you could unless I showed you, which I probably won't. :) My maternity clothes from before are still too big for me but a hair rubberband helps keep my pants from cutting off my circulation if I'm not wearing sweatpants or a dress.
7. Are you going to find out what you're having? YES! ON JULY 12TH! :)
8. Do you think you're having a boy or a girl? A BOY! :)
9. Are you hoping for a girl this time? Kind of an unfair question. I wouldn't say I am "hoping" for a girl. I think it would be really cool to have a girl for a few reasons. A.) I am such a girly girl myself and I have always imagined having a sweet daughter someday to spoil and do girly girl things with as a mom. B.) It'd be fun to have one of each. C.) I really like pink. And purple. And tutus. I would ABSOLUTELY NOT be disappointed if we had another boy! Luke is so absolutely precious. I think it'd be so fun for him to have a little brother and for our family to be "me and the boys". :) It's truly a win win!
10. Are you stopping at 2? Well, let's just take it one kiddo at a time. :)

Anyhoo, I think I've covered 'em! More to come soon.. we have a cute video of Luke "driving" the boat! :)