Monday, March 18, 2013



At this point in my pregnancy with Ruby, I had already agonized for months.  I am taking it a little easier this time around--I think I'm driving everyone less crazy with the constant stream of indecisive conversation.  I feel like we haven't thought about it enough to come up with every single possibility out there yet, but for now we are thinking about a couple.

Subject to change:

1. Penelope Rose.
2. Charlotte Rose.

Nieman has a niece named Penelope, but she's given us permission on behalf of her brother and sister-in-law to use it.  It's Kyle's favorite so far.  I really love it, but for some reason the name Charlotte keeps coming back in my mind.  A little girl called Lottie or Charlie would be adorable. Kyle is unsure about that.  Rose is a family name on my side and I love it.  Katy apparently called it a long time ago, but she's okay with me using it as a middle name.  I would never use it as a first name because, come on--Ruby and Rose?  Shades of red? Gimmicky.

Okay here's a confession--I also love the name Dahlia.  I think it's adorable and old-timey.  But I also understand that it's weird, and everyone I've mentioned it to lets me know that it's too weird--including Kyle.  So that's probably off the table.  But I can't help still kind of wanting it!

Kyle and I are going to make a list of names to seriously consider.  We're going to try to keep thinking of new names and hopefully we'll feel inspired.  I agonized for so long about Ruby's name--even though I had picked it out months before I was even pregnant.  This time I don't have a name ready so it's harder. Ahhhh.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

some things

I have a recommendation:

If you have a toddler who wakes you up early in the morning, ready to play, you need this clock or one like it:

It has been a LIFESAVER.  Ruby was waking me up between 5 and 6 every morning and wouldn't go back to sleep.  I can't go to sleep until 1 or 2 in the morning, so I was really miserable.  I got this clock and it worked the VERY FIRST NIGHT, which I wasn't expecting--I thought she'd have to get trained on it.  It glows green when it's okay for her to leave her room, which is right now at 7--I'm tempted to make it 7:30.  Not only does she follow the rule, she LOVES it.  She always asks about her clock and carries it around with her.  When she comes in my room in the morning, she carries her clock in and is SO EXCITED to show me it's green.  It has a naptime function too that is awesome.  It's been a miracle worker for me.

Another recommendation:

THIS IS AMAZING LIP BALM.  I thought it was totally weird because of its shape--until I tried it. And I love it.  I spit upon all other chapsticks from now on.  I need to get several more, because I know Ruby will eventually ruin this one and I don't want to freak out at her.  So far I've managed to keep it sacred and away from her.  This Utah winter has left my lips drier than ever before but it's not a problem now that I've found this little treasure.  LOVE IT.

Baby update:
I feel her kick now, it's really hard to think of names, and I'm officially too big for my normal jeans.

Ruby update:
Sweeter and sassier than ever.  She is such a Big Kid now.  Her favorite thing to do is clean her room to get quarters.  She gets 2 quarters every day she cleans her room with Dad.  It's totally their thing.  One quarter goes in her piggy bank to save, and the other quarter goes into a coin purse to spend.  She usually spends her money on the Big Bird ride at Walmart, but she's starting to want to buy toys with it.  Kyle has been SO excited to teach her about money and savings.  He was the kind of kid who totally loved money--he ironed his dollar bills in elementary school, and loaned money to his big sisters at exorbitant interest rates.  He is determined that Ruby will have sound financial sense.  It's pretty cute when she counts out her quarters and gets excited about spending it.  She's saved up quite a bit in her piggy bank too--the beginnings of a college fund.  We'll start teaching her about tithing when we use coin denominations that make it easier, and when she can actually understand what it's for.

Me update:
I need a new show to watch on Netflix.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

before I watch Walking Dead

I thought that the Zofran wasn't working, or that I didn't need it anymore (because come on I'm 18 weeks along!) so when I ran out yesterday, I didn't panic and call for another refill.  I really, really wish I had.  I've thrown up 3 times today (so far) and have been completely miserable.  I can't eat, because I can't hold anything down.  There is one silver lining though--every time I throw up, I call Ruby to come in and "help" me.  She is so sweet. She rubs my back and gets me toilet paper to wipe my face, all the while telling me "it's okay mommy" "you'll feel better" and then pretending to throw up with me.  Anyways, it's cute.  Still not worth it though, I'm calling to get more Zofran tomorrow.

We're starting the potty training adventure.  Or rather, Ruby decided that she wanted to wear panties and go potty--because Eliza does.  Peer pressure is the key.  She's been wearing panties for 3 or 4 days now, with Pull-ups while she sleeps.  And NO accidents.  It's still early, and I'm not taking it too seriously--I had no plans to potty train right now, so if this is just a weird week long fluke, that's okay, we can do it later.  She's so proud of herself, and the sight of her little bottom in Minnie Mouse panties just kills me.  This picture is from the first day--now the potty always stays in the bathroom.

Kyle continues to take care of me and Ruby constantly.  I felt so bad today---he made an awesome dinner of chicken and potatoes and I could hardly eat a bite.  We celebrated his 29th birthday last week with a kid-free dinner at Texas Roadhouse and cake at The Chocolate.

He was thrilled with the present I bought him--a top-of-the-Walmart-line garbage can.  Romantic!  It actually is really awesome and I knew he's been reeaallly wanting it but couldn't justify spending actual money on a nice garbage can.  It has upped our quality of life greatly.

Every day Ruby wakes up and begs to hang out with Eliza.  Celia tells me that Eliza does the same thing.  We comply because Celia and I love to be together.  The girls are best friends and it just makes my heart happy.

Watching a princess movie

matching Minnies

Playing Red Light Green Light

Yesterday we went bowling with the Broadbents and the Robbins.  It was Ruby's first time and she loved it.
It's so fun that she is getting old enough for these new experiences.  Next I want to take Eliza and Ruby to the Nickelcade.  The husbands are skeptical, but Celia and I know that our little girls will absolutely LOVE putting nickels into the games, pushing buttons randomly, and buying prizes with their tickets.

Last Friday was my 10,000th day.  Kyle keeps track of these kinds of things.  He surprised me with 10,000 calories worth of my favorite candy.  He calculated it down to the half egg.  That dish has 19.5 eggs in it!  I love him.