Thursday, June 25, 2015

3 Month Update

I really don't understand how another month has passed and I'm back again to do another update. Kymri Jo turned 3 months old today! Time is flying by and she is growing and changing every single day. It's fun to see all of the new things that she can do and watch her learn and discover, but it's sad to see some things pass. Mostly, we are just trying to enjoy every single day. Sorry for the picture overload... we had a little bit too much fun this morning!

Dear Kymri,

Wow! You are three months old! This has been quite the month for you. We can't believe how much you have grown. We don't go back to the doctor until you turn four months, so these stats are probably a little bit off, but it's the best we can do. You weight about 14.5 lbs! Seriously, you are one solid baby! You've grown out of your 0-3 month clothes. You're wearing 3-6 month clothes, even though they are a little big. They need an in-between size!

We have been in Arizona this month and we are loving it! It has been so much fun for you to meet family members and they absolutely love you. There is generally an argument over who gets to hold you at family parties and we have to help everyone take turns. 

This month, you have become even more smiley and we have even gotten a couple of giggles out of you. We love your smiles! Sometimes you have cute little smiles and other times they are huge, open mouthed grins. You get so excited to see new things and you smile, coo, and kick like crazy. It's adorable. 

You have definitely found your voice, and you just want to talk so badly! You are constantly cooing and it's the most adorable thing ever. We "talk" back and forth and you are so cute making so many sounds. 

You are obsessed with your hands. You love to look at them, play with them, and you especially love sucking on them. You try to fit your entire fist into your mouth!

Tummy time is getting better. For awhile, I helped hold your chest up so that you could still see everything while lifting your head, and you liked that much better. Now, you can pretty much do the same thing on your own. 

Your hair is getting so long on the sides but is still hardly growing at all on the top. It's so long on the sides that we could put it into piggy tails! 

We would never go out in public like that, but we sure did have fun with it! And now that it's on the internets... 

You are SO curious, Kymri! You love to look around and discover new things. You are wide eyed and interested in everything around you. Because of that, it takes is a long time to get you down for your naps. Even if we go into a dark room that you have been in a bunch of times, you are still just so curious and want to look at everything and take it all in. Right now, you are down for a nap, but it took us 30 min to get you to sleep! Silly girl! Once you fall asleep, you take pretty good naps. Usually an hour and a half to two hours... The trouble is getting you there! 

Even though nap time has gotten a little more difficult, you are sleeping really well at night! You have done six and a half hour stretches about four times, and you very consistently have at least a five hour stretch. After that you do two stretches of 2-3 hrs each. You are quite the early bird though, and generally want to be awake for the day by 5:30 or 6am. Sometimes I'm still sleepy and daddy takes you for an hour before he leaves for work so that I can get a little bit more sleep. He's the best!

You are obsessed with ceiling fans! You will stare at them forever as though you're trying to figure them out. You smile and giggle a little bit when you are under a fan. You especially love fans that also have lights.

Your reflux is gone! You still spit up a lot, but it doesn't hurt you any more and you don't have to take your zantac! We are so glad. You only had to take it for about two weeks, so that's not so bad. We are glad to have our happy baby back. I've also tried to slowly reintroduce dairy into my diet and it seems to be okay! I'm taking it slow because I'm still not positive, but here's to hoping!

You are getting used to staying with your grandparents while daddy and I go out on dates about once a week. It's still hard for me to leave you, but I think it's good for both of us. For the most part, you do pretty well when we leave. You are taking your bottle of pumped milk like a champ and you are enjoying being with your grandparents and uncles. I miss you like crazy when I leave you though and it's always so good to come home to you! You are a bit of a momma's girl, so I like to think that you're glad when I come home too. 

We celebrated daddy's first Father's Day this past month and it was great! You have the most amazing dad! 

You will be blessed this upcoming Sunday and we are really looking forward to it! I'm so glad that your daddy is a worthy priesthood holder who can give you the blessing that Heavenly Father has prepared for you. It will be a very special day. You are going to wear the same pretty white dress that I wore for my baby blessing almost 26 years ago! Special.

Well, it has been an absolutely amazing month! Your daddy and I love you so much. Thank you for being such a good baby and for loving us even though we are learning and figuring things out right along with you. 


Thursday, June 18, 2015

2 years--And I Thought I Loved You Then

Yesterday marked two years of marital bliss for us! The last year has been one amazing ride! We survived Brad's second year of law school, which on top of regular course work and maintaining his amazing GPA included TAing a first year contracts class, working for the Utah Supreme Court, assisting professors with research, applying for and being offered a clerkship, law review article selection, and a 30 page substantial writing project which was selected for publication. Have I told you how amazing Brad is?? He did all of that while taking care of his pregnant wife--enduring crazy emotions and hormones, massaging my leg cramps, running to fulfil random cravings, and preparing the house for the arrival of our little one. We never missed a Friday date night, we had family home evening every Monday, and Sunday is the Lord's day--church, service, and family, but no studies for Brad, a personal decision he has made in faith, knowing The Lord will bless him for it. In this last year, we also moved--just around the corner, but into a bigger apartment to make room for baby. We traveled to Idaho and Arizona to see family. We attended weddings where we celebrated the beginning of new lives together, and funerals where we celebrated amazing lives lived. We decided that I would leave my job as a mentor to at risk youth and prepare to be a stay at home mom. We laughed a lot, cried a bit, grew together, and enjoyed the journey every single day. And of course the biggest change came with the birth of our sweet baby Kymri. What a year this has been! 

When we were married, I didn't think it was possible to love Brad any more than I did that day. But my love for him has grown every single day and I see now that it will only continue to do so. 

When we were married, I loved the way Brad looked at me, like I was his world. Now I love that he not only looks at me that way, but shows me every day that I am everything he wants. 

When we were married, I loved that Brad saw the very best in me and loved me for it. Now, I love that he has seen me at my lowest moments, helped me through my trials and struggles, stood by me in my less than stellar times, and still chooses to see the good and love me unconditionally through it all. 

When we were married, I loved Brad's kindness and compassion. Now I see him serving in so many capacities that I'm amazed by the care and concern he is capable of. He prays with such faith that he will be led to those he can help and I love watching him bless my life as well as the lives of those around us. 

When we were married, I loved that we could sit and talk for hours and that Brad could make me laugh. Now, after 730 days of joy and laughter, I love that he is the one I say good morning and good night to every day and we have still not run out of things to say to each other. 

When we were married, I loved that Brad put The Lord first. Now I see him do so even when it means waking up at 5 AM to study the scriptures and pray before a crazy day of studies and work and I love him for it. 

When we were married, I loved the knowlege that we were commited to each other and would one day expand our family. Now I see him fulfilling not only his role as husband, but becoming the most amazing father and my heart bursts with love and gratitude.

When we were married, I loved that we had know each other for 20 years and were the best of friends. I loved that I didn't remember my life without Brad. Now I love that I will never have to. 

When we were married, I thought it was impossible to love him any more than I did. But now I see that our love grows every day and it's a love without bounds. 

Happy two years! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What I Live For

When Emily, the director of Community Outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance contacted me about doing a post to highlight national safety month, I was intrigued. Perhaps I live under a rock, but I had no idea that every year June is National Safety Month! After looking into it, I knew that this was something I had to get behind and spread the word. I'm sure there are others like me that have no idea about national safety month. 

When Kymri came into the world, I was suddenly very aware of every danger and possible threat she might encounter. I'll admit that I even made Brad drive the long way home from the hospital to avoid left turns, all while I sat in the back with Kymri, directing Brad on driving safety tips. I now see that I was being silly and there is nothing wrong with a left turn! But I would still do anything to keep our baby safe. 

Fittingly, this year's theme for National Safety Month is "what I live for." 

Taken from the national safety council website: 
"Everyone has something they live to see or experience. No matter what your passion is, we engage in safe behaviors so we can live for what matters to us." (source).

These two are my world!

And truly, I live for them. Safety is key in making sure that we have a happy, healthy home. This month, let's join together to ensure that what we live for is safe and protected!

What will you do this month to promote safety at home, work, and on the go?

I'm making sure that all of our cleaning supplies, medicines, and other chemicals are far out of reach from little hands. This little girl of ours is going to be on the move before we know it and I don't want any risk of her getting into cupboards and finding dangerous chemicals. 

I'm going to double check that our car seat is installed properly. Did you know that 93% of infant car seats are installed incorrectly? You can find car seat safety technicians to check if you are one of almost all parents who need to make car seat adjustments. 

We're checking our smoke and gas detectors, fire extinguishers, and home alarm system. 

Any other suggestions on what we should do?

Emily and the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance also recommend taking time this month to check for potential threats that we don't always think of. One of these is asbestos. I had no idea, but asbestos is still used to this day! Exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, a rare but devastating cancer. (For more information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer, go HERE). That's why the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is reminding us to check for asbestos and other less common threats as we make sure this month that our families are safe. They were kind enough to share their helpful reminder graphic with me 

What do you live for?
And what will you do to protect it? 

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