Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bathroom pregnancy selfies

Looking at my phone I realized I took a lot of bathroom pregnancy selfies.  Mainly to send to family and friends when they asked for a bump update.  The dates below are a rough estimate of how far along I was.  Just ignore the crazy hair and messy bathrooms.

18 weeks- getting ready for the ultrasound

20 Weeks

24 Weeks

25 Weeks

30 Weeks

31 Weeks

33 Weeks

34 Weeks- before my baby shower

35 Weeks

36 Weeks

37 Weeks

38 Weeks

38.5 Weeks

The day before 

A few hours before we met Reese!
Looking back at this pregnancy, I am reminded of how amazing the human body is.  I'm so grateful to my body for growing my two beautiful healthy girls.  This pregnancy was tougher than my last, but the labor was so much easier and recovery was a million times easier.  I definitely recommend getting an episiotomy over tearing, the recovery is so much easier and better!  With Taylor I gained 49 pounds and with Reese I gained around 35.  This time I wasn't worried about not being able to gain weight and tried to listen more to my body on when I was full or hungry.  I didn't get any stretch marks this time, though I still have the ones I got on my hips, butt, thighs and breasts that I got from Taylor.  Nursing is always the hardest the first week or two, but I just kept telling myself I can do it because I've done it before and I'm so glad I stuck it out because I really enjoy that bond with Reese.  Nursing also helps lose the extra weight quick.  I think one of the biggest things I learned after giving birth a second time is that each birth/pregnancy is different, but I have the confidence that I can make it through anything.  I can do hard things!  And also that time doesn't stop and whatever discomfort you are in will soon be over.  Being pregnant is tough!  But it is so worth it!    

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Taylor's 2nd Birthday Fun Continued

Taylor's birthday celebrations were spread out over a few days.  It started with a family BBQ and cake.  Then Chad's parent's stopped by a few days before her birthday to give her some gifts.  She got a really cute outfit that will appear in photos in a little bit.  And some fun pots and pans, and velcro cutting food that Taylor is obsessed with!

Then on Taylor's actual birthday her Aunt Jayne or Geese as Taylor calls her (we have no idea where this nickname came from, but it is what Taylor calls her) anyway Jayne came up and we took Taylor to  one of her favorite places, the zoo. 

After the zoo we picked Chad up from work and had lunch at The Pie. 

We came back and Taylor and Jayne frosted her cupcakes, some of it even ended up on the cupcakes.  

Taylor shared her birthday crown with Reese :)

Then she opened her present from her Grandma and Grandpa Lee and Jayne which was dress up clothes.  She loved them, especially the shoes!

We sang to Taylor and she didn't like the candles.  But once she blew them out she went to town on the  polka dot (funfetti) cupcakes and loved the pink frosting! 

Happy 2nd Birthday to my sweet girl!  We sure love you Taylor and are grateful to have you in our lives.  You are growing up so fast, but we are enjoying it.  You have such a fun personality and are so smart!  You are soaking up everything like a sponge and your vocabulary is huge!  You are constantly talking and making us smile with your parroting skills.  Thanks for being such a bright part of our life!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Splash pad

We are lucky to live close to a splash pad and have hit it up a few times to beat the heat this summer.  This time was with our friends Rachael and Brooklyn.  Taylor loved it!