Just Keep Swimming

To sum up how we have been since my last post in two words: extremely busy.

Between finishing my Master’s degree, working, juggling everyone’s schedules and the holiday season it feels like I am finally just starting to be able to come up for air. Here’s hoping that our 2014 will be a little more stress free and full of amazing adventures.

Things that we have been able to squeeze in during our free time:

  • Attend three super cute kids birthday parties
  • Took the cutest trash can and ladybug you’ve ever seen trick-or-treating
  • Ran another 5k that benefited the Woodland Park Zoo
  • Had a nice visit from my Mom and step-dad Gary for a long weekend
  • Took Jimi and Cecilia to their first movie in the theater
  • Celebrated James turning 30 years old with a jam session and an old fashioned house party
  • Take Jimi and Cecilia for a trip on the Santa Train on the Snoqualmie Railroad
  • Had a nice surprise visit and dinner with James Aunt Ali and her boyfriend Dan
  • Celebrated and early Thanksgiving with my family
  • Had a date night via Jimi’s preschool’s parent’s night out
  • Stated taking Jimi to speech therapy once a week (hopefully I’ll get to another post on that soon)
  • Had a fun and delicious Thanksgiving with James’ Dad, step-mom Karen,  his Jennifer, and Grandma Dorothy
  • Traumatized Cecilia and made Jimi’s dreams come true simultaneously when they both met Santa
  • Enjoyed a lovely Christmas Eve with James’ Mom, step-dad Jamie, and Jennifer
  • Spent Christmas with my Dad, his girlfriend Ann and my sister’s family

know there is more but my brain is fried. If I forgot anything super awesome that we did with you, please forgive me.

And just because I love looking at pictures of my cute family over and over here is a little slide show of the last few months. Enjoy!

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23 Weeks Update

*How far along?: 23 weeks 2 Days

*Total weight gain?: Probably somewhere around 15lbs… I have a doctor’s appt. next week so I’ll know then

*How big is baby?: About the size of an pomegranate according to thebump.com,  Average size: 10.5 inches, 12.7 oz

*Sleep?: Not too bad, I usually only wake up when Jimi wakes me.

*Best moment this week?: My baby bump getting lots of hugs and kisses from Jimi.

*Movement?: A whole lot of it. She likes to move mostly at night still but it is getting more frequent during the day. She’s also positioned so high that I’m already enjoying a few rib kicks.

*Food cravings?: I’ve been eating a lot of pickles the last week, but I love pickles all the time so I’m not sure it’s pregnancy related.

*Labor Signs?: Nope. I have been getting some braxton hicks contractions already though.

*Belly button in or out?: Still half out. Out on the top, in on the bottom.

*What I miss?: Being able to do the dishes without my belly touching the counter.

*What I am looking forward to?: My doctor’s appointment next week so I can get the glucose test done and over with. (I wrote this answer yesterday but I guess wordpress decided it wasn’t good enough so here it is again)

Pumpkin Patch

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp (when it’s not raining), and the pumpkins are abundant. Snohomish county has many pumpkin patches and corn mazes to choose from. The Farm in Snohomish/East Everett area is great! Granted this is the only one I’ve ever gone to, but it has a lot to offer and doesn’t seem as crowded as many of the other Snohomish farms. There is a bakery (it was closed when we got there though), a petting zoo, slides and tractors for kids to play on, a pretty accurate corn maze of Washington state, duck races (yes duck races), and reasonable prices. Did I mention the best apple cider I’ve ever had? I don’t usually like apple cider but this was yummy!

A Baptism and A Birthday Party

As I mentioned in my last post Jimi was baptized and had his sock monkey themed birthday party on the same day, October 2nd. The baptism took place at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Everett. Making the day extra special, my nephew John (my younger sister Stephanie’s son) was also baptized at the same service and I just so happen to be his Godmother. Jimi loved watching the water being poured for the baptism and really didn’t mind it being dripped on him. I think he thought it was time for a bath in front of all of those people. My Mom threw a small reception after the service. Thanks for all of your hard work Mom!
 (There were some other children being baptized at the later service)
 Jimi with his Godparents, Walker and Melissa
James and I with Jimi and his Godparents
We some how failed to get a picture of Jimi and the Pastor so if anyone who attended the service did and could pass that along it would be greatly appreciated 🙂
I made sure to set Jimi’s birthday party time late enough so that he could get a nap in before his birthday party. It’s a good thing I did because he woke up from his nap about 15 minutes into the party starting. The party went great and the rain held off until the clean-up so everyone could enjoy some time outdoors (although it was a little chilly at times). Jimi is a very fortunate little boy and had a lot of friends and family come to his party, including all of his baby friends who were born within two months of each other. It won’t be long until they’re all running around together! Thank you so much to every one who came to Jimi’s party! A special thank you to all of you who drove (and flew) long distances to be there, we really appreciate all of your love and support.
Some party pics:
The balloon wreath I made

Homemade sock monkey smash cake
Banana Chocolate Monkey cupcakes!

Three flavors of cake pops
Baby friends!
Jimi and his awesome pinata
Opening one of the few presents he actually did himself

Carmen and Lindsey
Miles. I have a feeling Miles and Jimi are going to be getting into a lot of mischief together when they’re older.

Once again, we some how managed to fail to get a picture of Jimi in his sock monkey birthday t-shirt or a picture of the three of us together… so if anyone who was at the party has those and could pass them along that would be great!

10 Months!

Jimi is 10 months old!

I need a faster camera because it was once again nearly impossible to get any pictures of him because he is constantly on the move.
Jimi still has no teeth! About a week ago we were sure one was about to pop up because he was chewing on everything and drooling more than normal…. but we’re still waiting. The only real solid foods I can get him to eat are bananas, pickles, different Gerber snacks and crackers. …We’ve tried different cheeses, pasta, diced steamed carrots, bread and anything else we’re eating that we don’t think he’ll choke on. I’m not sure what the trick is to get him to eat our food… Hopefully he’ll just decide to do it (and soon!). Re-sleep training (see previous post) seems to be going well, at least last night and today anyway he only fussed for a couple of minutes. It’s definitely harder this time around because Jimi is A LOT louder and much more pitiful about it. His memory is getting pretty good, so I always feel guilty in the morning thinking that he’s going to remember I made him cry the night before. Other than ‘Mama’ and ‘Mom’ Jimi isn’t really saying any real words. He definitely already has his own language though, he uses the same sounds repeatedly for different objects. As for walking, I’m not so sure he will be doing it early like everyone has predicted. He seems pretty content knowing he can get around fast crawling. However, he has been standing for increasingly longer periods of time unassisted and can take a couple steps at you when he gets help getting balanced. I wouldn’t call it real walking though.

We took Jimi to the Seattle Aquarium:

Exploring in the ‘Tide Pool’

Touching a Star Fish

Blowing the fish kisses

Shark bait

Watching the Seals swim

Also, we have a new nephew! My little brother’s wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy
Wade Robert Wessels on July 28th.

We can’t wait to meet him next month!

9 Months!

It’s hard to believe but Jimi turned 9 months old today! I can tell that doing his monthly photo shoot is going to continue to be more and more difficult to accomplish. Jimi is on the move and he doesn’t want to slow down, especially for me to take pictures of him. Here some of the best that I was able to get:

Are you really going to make me do this again, Mom?

I went and sat on the deck to try to keep his attention… it didn’t work very well.

Between weddings, James’ gigs, Mariner’s games, birthday celebrations, and Father’s Day festivities this last month was a pretty busy one. Jimi (and James) went to three Mariner’s games this month! If he keeps up at this rate he might actually notice what’s going on at the game by the end of the summer.

Sleepy boy at the game on Father’s Day

Jimi is still crawling and climbing everywhere! He’s also pretty good a figuring out how to manipulate things, such as, opening and closing drawers, flushing the toilet, opening his diaper champ and putting clean diapers in to it (we’ll give him the bill for those ones when he’s older). We now have locks on nearly all of our cabinets and drawers. We left the one full of pot holders open for him so he can feel like he’s getting away with something. He’s not walking yet but he is able to stand unassisted for several seconds at a time now.

Trying to fit himself into one of the storage baskets from his changing table

This month he got to chow down on his first real strawberry, orange slice and pickles. If we cut it up into pieces for him to eat he’s not interested but he’ll put the whole thing in his mouth. He absolutely loves pickles! I think the rubbery feeling feels good on his gums. He just gnaws on them whole and sucks the juice out. He is not a fan of sourdough bread. I’m going to work on giving him more “real” finger foods this month as Jimi is becoming less and less interested in us feeding him and more and more interested in trying to eat our food.

Mmmm Pickles

Eating a strawberry

In the great tooth watch of 2011, Jimi still has nothing! He has been chomping down hard and gummy on everything for the last 6 months but yet he still has nothing to show for his hard work and pain. I did just learn that James did not get any teeth until he was a few years old and they say it’s hereditary. I really hope not for Jimi’s sake! Jimi is now sleeping through the night pretty regularly. He goes to bed around 8 and sleeps until 5 or 6, drinks a bottle and then goes back to sleep for another hour or so. He is also FINALLY napping in his crib. It’s great to be able to get stuff done while he’s napping now.

Jimi had a cold that lasted almost two weeks this month. Poor little guy was wheezy, coughing, and full of snot. We took him into the clinic twice to have him looked at. His pediatrician is amazing and very understanding of worried first time parents. He has a 9month check up with more shots but not until July 11th, so I’ll post and update after that.

Jimi and his friend Miles

Jimi and his friend Carmen

High chair sleepin’

New Cousin

Introducing my newest nephew:
John Richard Barrett
Born on March 9th, 2011
After a long labor, Stephanie (my sister) had to have a c-section. Lucky for her my OB was the doctor on call. We’re still debating which of our doctors is better looking.
John is cousin number 8 for Jimi. It’s great that he’ll have a family member so close in age to grow up with. I’m sure the two of them will be causing trouble together in a year or so.
 Holding John for the first time
James instantly bonded with John by taking a nap with him.
 Cousins- 23 weeks apart

Jimi wanted to touch John