Sunday, March 29, 2009

And The Winner Is...


I've got to admit, I'm a little surprised that Claire is the name that won. When the name was first suggested to us, I immediately pictured an older woman, not a baby. I guess it just reminded me of an old fashioned name. However, over the week it has started to grow on me and I've decided that if that's what we name her, we will call her Clairebear. We haven't decided on that name yet, though, so we are doing another poll this week. Thank you for your participation in last week's poll. I think it's really helping Scott and me see which names we like best. I think we've narrowed it down to two, but we'd still like you all to vote again. We are adding Claire again to see if it wins this week, too.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

This Little Light of Mine.....

Please excuse the incredibly blurry picture.

I've been meaning to blog about Hannah's personality, so I think it's time to do it. This is mostly for my benefit, since I don't really write in a journal anymore, and it's much easier to type this up than hand write it. I am afraid that I am going to forget what my two year old daughter is like, so I'd really like to write a few things about her personality, so that someday I can read back and remember it. Some of these traits are two year old traits and I don't expect them to last forever (at least I hope not), but some of these traits are just her personality.

-She's very independent and somewhat bossy. She has to do everything herself- tie her shoes, put on her socks, wash her hands, wipe her bum, etc. Keep in mind that she can't really do a lot of these things and after many minutes of trying, she will finally ask for help. This takes a lot of patience on my end, but we are working on it. She also likes to tell Scott and I what to do...she'll be a great big sister;) She hates it when I wear my hair up and tells me to put it down, she tells me how to fold my arms during the prayer, or she tells me to take off a piece of clothing if she doesn't like it. I don't usually give in to her commands. She whines a lot or throws a small tantrum when she doesn't get her way, which is a typical two year old thing to do, but she is quickly learning that we are going to ignore her requests until she asks nicely. She also likes to help with everything, which is a good thing, but this also takes a lot of patience on our part.
These above traits are some of the traits that are more challenging for Scott and me at this moment, but we are learning how to work with her and deal with them at this time.

-Hannah has TONS of good traits about her that we absolutely adore. She is funny and likes to laugh and play. Today out of nowhere she called Scott a pig and I could not stop laughing. I don't even know why she called him that, nor do I think she knows what it means to call someone a pig, but she says such random things that make me laugh. She loves to scare us and pretend that the boogie man is going to get her (again, she doesn't know who the boogie man is, but pretends that he's going to get her nonetheless). She can be shy at moments, but doesn't seem to get embarrassed easily. She can laugh at herself if she trips and falls and doesn't seem to mind if others are laughing at her. She's usually very friendly with strangers and often likes to show off in front of them if they are at our house.

One thing I love about Hannah is how polite she is. She is usually really good at saying please and thank you and often dishes out compliments to others. She's also not a very aggressive person, which is good, but can be a bad thing for her at times. She always waits patiently for her turn with things (except for sharing toys at times), like when she is in line to go down a slide. Kids behind her often push her out of the way or step on her to get in front of her, but she just waits there patiently. I am so proud of her for doing that, but the bad part about it is that she often gets hurt because she's so polite. I've seen her get punched in the eye, slapped in the face, pushed off the slide, etc., and it breaks my little heart to watch her get hurt by others. She is just so gentle and sweet and would never hurt a fly. Sometimes the "Mama Bear Claws" come out (as my mother-in-law likes to put it) when my daughter is getting bullied by others. Ok, she's not perfect, and I'm probably really protective of her because she's mine, but I hate to see it when other children are being mean or too aggressive with her.

She loves to talk on the phone, take pictures of herself, sing and dance, ask us for candy every single day, do puzzles (which she's very good at), pick out her outfits in the morning (which is almost always a skirt), and loves to wear sunglasses, necklaces, high heels, and princess items, but hates to wear anything in her hair. This week she started to say prayers on her own and insists on doing it every single time we pray together. She also started telling us stories that she makes up and every sentence begins with "A lot of the times she..." I usually have no idea what she is talking about in her story, but it's really cute that she's trying.

Anyway, there is much more to her personality, but I could be here all night typing if I write anymore. Like I said, this is mostly for my benefit to write this. I love Hannah so much. Sometimes I don't want this stage in her life to ever end.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

We Need YOUR Help....

Ok....Scott and I are having some trouble picking out names. We weren't expecting to have 3 girls this early into our marriage so we really haven't thought of three girl names. I can tell you that one of them will be Bailey Marie. The other one will be _________ Elizabeth. I swear I have gone through hundreds of names this week and can't seem to find one that both Scott and I love. So, here's where you come in. I am going to do a survey every week for the next few weeks and I would LOVE it if you would participate. I will put up 4 names and I would like you to vote on your favorite out of the 4. The next week I will put up the winning name plus three new names. This way we can see what names you guys like. Of course this doesn't mean that that is the name that we will choose, but I think it will help us a little bit. Some of the names I will post are names that were suggested to us by other people and some are ones that we think are just OK. Some of them are unisex names, but they are cute either way. Anyway, so PLEASE do us this favor and vote every week, even if you've never left us a comment before. In the mean time, I'll try to write more blogs.

P.S. I think the nurse told us the wrong weight for the babies. I looked it up online and if they truly do weigh 1 lb 11 oz each, then I should be closer to 28 weeks along. They should only weigh around 11 oz each right now. Also, I have heard of SEVEN different baby girls announced this past month and not one single boy. Something must be in the water!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

DRUM ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL........................................

We are having TWO MORE GIRLS my friends!!

I have to go pick up my hubby from school, so I will have to write more later, but for now, just know that they are both healthy and both girls. We are very excited to have two more girls! This definitely means that we are going to have to try for a fourth kid, though, to get a boy amongst all of this estrogen:) They are about 8 inches long and 1 lb 11 oz each right now. I can't wait to meet them!

Friday, March 13, 2009

19 Weeks

Sorry it's been a couple of weeks since my last post. My mom kindly told me that I need to update it and that she wants to see my belly again, so here's to you Mom. I don't know how much longer I'm going to be posting these belly pictures. I'm starting to get at that "not so cute" stage anymore. Sad thing is that I'm only half way done with my pregnancy.

Here are some fun facts about this pregnancy:

Movements: I've been feeling the babies a lot. I feel them everyday, especially at night. Scott actually got to feel them kick for the first time this week, and I tried to get Hannah to feel them too, but I don't know if she did. I'm excited for Hannah to feel them even more in the future.

Weight gain: Not sure because I've been going off of my doctor's scale, but I know it's much more than 4 pounds.

Self Image: Have you ever had an ugly day? You know, like a day when there is nothing you can do to make yourself look better? Well, I've been having an ugly month. Now that I no longer have morning sickness, I am constantly STARVING. This video basically sums it up:

*WARNING* This clip contains the Lord's name in vain. I apologize for that. Just be aware if kids are in the room.

Because of this, I have grown tremendously in the past few weeks. Actually, I'm starting to see Chris Farley in the mirror when I look at myself (JK). Even my face and arms are bigger. On top of this lovely weight gain that makes my eyes look beady and my cheeks and nose look gargantuan, I've also got loads of acne, dark circles under my eyes, and a hair cut that I despise. So, yeah, it's been an ugly month. I'm still waiting for this pregnancy "glow" that I'm supposed to get with the second trimester. Maybe because I'm having twins my body has decided to skip that whole "glow" thing and just go to the big, ugly stage. Oh well. Like I've said before, anything is worth it to get these babies here, but that doesn't mean I have to like it;) One thing that helps, though, is that my daughter doesn't care what I look like. Many times she'll look me in the eyes and say, "Mommy, you look beautiful." I am grateful to have a sweet daughter and husband who tell me that I'm beautiful, despite the fact that I don't feel it.

Anyway, life is good right now. Even though I don't feel like I look the cutest, I feel great and I love feeling the babies kick inside me. I can't wait to meet them. I will find out Tuesday what sex they are, so be watching back for that!