One day while driving along with the kiddos, we passed two women running together on the sidewalk. Evelyn was all excited and yelled, "Look mommy, cool runner girls like you!!" :)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Crawling... Forward!!

Evelyn learned to crawl forward today!! She had been crawling in reverse for a couple of months now -- and is has been pretty funny to watch, she is actually really good at crawling in reverse! But today, she learned the forward motion -- she loves being able to get to what she wants!

I guess that means more baby-proofing to do tomorrow :)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Daycare Solution...

Well -- after much looking and interviewing, we have found a new daycare for Evelyn. The play area is huge, very clean, lots of toys and activities, it seems great. It is another family (in-home) daycare -- very similar to our old daycare situation. We are in the process of filling out the paperwork, putting our deposit in, etc.

The only bad thing about our new daycare is location --- it is kinda near where Travis works, but not where we live. It is probably a good 15 minutes from our house (but not during rush hour). We decided that we would put up with the drive for a quality daycare. But the location is also kind of a motivator for me... I am thinking it would allow me to go to the gym more. Daycare is close to my favorite gym location (with my gym membership, I can go to any of the different locations) This will be great for days that I finish work at a decent time --- I will pack a gym bag with me and go to the gym before picking up Evelyn.

A great thing about this location is they will be able to take on our next infant sometime around next July (I will be on maternity leave for a few months). This is great --- if all goes well, we won't have to search for a new daycare next year when baby #2 arrives!

Here is a picture of Evelyn from this morning -- she likes to sit up in her crib once she gets up -- then she babbles to herself a bit and waits for us to come get her. Looks like it is time to lower her crib mattress!! (we probably should have done it already -- she will be pulling herself up any day now)

Friday, October 12, 2007

It's Bath Time!

Evelyn loves her baths! We recently switched from the small plastic tub to the duck tub. She was terrified the first couple of times we put her in there though... I don't think she was used to being lowered into the tub -- we used to just put her plastic tub on top of the bathroom countertop so she was closer to eye-level.

After a few times of slowly putting her in the tub and getting her familiar with it --- she grew to love it! Now she hates when bath time is over with!

Here is Cocoa watching to make sure everything is okay. She loves Evelyn :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

lack of pictures

I have been updating Evelyn's baby book recently and organizing pictures, and I came to the realization that I am not in any of them! I absolutely love to take pictures --- so I am constantly getting pics of Evelyn alone, Evelyn & Cocoa, Evelyn & Travis, etc... but that means my picture hardly ever gets taken. Do any of you guys have that problem?

I mentioned this to Travis the other day and he is going to make an effort to start getting "Mommy & Evelyn" pictures. Here is one taken last night after our walk:

Monday, October 8, 2007

Big News Again...

Notice anything new about my blog page??

Yup -- big news in my post today -- Travis and I are expecting another baby! My estimated due date is April 16th. (two days after Kara's due date!!)

I have to admit it came as a little bit of a surprise... but a welcome one :) I knew that I could be breastfeeding and get pregnant -- but I didn't know it could happen so easily!! My doctor had to use a couple of ultrasounds to pick the due date because of my breastfeeding/lack of periods/late ovulation.

Funny story -- the day Kara called me to tell me that she had a positive pregnancy test, I had taken a test earlier that day or the day before because I was feeling a bit "off". But my first test came back negative. A few days later, I was still feeling weird, so I tested again -- sure enough I saw two faint lines. I was in such disbelief that I had to run to the store to buy another brand of test to confirm the results!

I was a little nervous at first -- how will we be able to handle a 16 month old and a newborn? Are we ready for another one? But Travis was his typical calm self -- and he was thrilled with the news. Seeing his response immediately made me realize what a true blessing this is. God has a plan for everyone -- and this is his plan for me :)

Yay -- we are having a baby -- Evelyn is going to be a big sister!!!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Looks Like Me :)

This surprised me -- everyone says that Evelyn looks like Travis. I have to admit I was happy with the results though :)

9 Months

Here she is -- my peanut is now 9 months old! Well, she turned 9 months last week -- but I have been a blogging slacker lately. Here are a couple of pics:

Things have been crazy this past week... we had some daycare issues, ended up finding a short-term solution, but are still looking for a long-term solution. Finding a good daycare is SO extremely stressful! We are hoping to find another in-home daycare like the one we were using -- but there aren't many that have infant openings (children are considered an infant for daycare purposes until they are 2 in the state of Washington). We are also thinking about the possibility of a nanny... I love the idea -- but I hate the expense. We are talking to our neighbors about sharing a nanny. They have a little boy that is about 5 months old, and they aren't extremely happy with their current daycare situation -- so it would be great it they want to share a nanny that would watch both of our kids. I just hope we find a long-term solution soon --- the search is stressing me out!

Good thing we are going on vacation the end of the week :) We are leaving Wednesday night and heading to California to visit Trav's parents. Chuck (Trav's brother) and Kim (his wife) will be there, too. They live here in Seattle, but we are all taking a "family vacation" together. Trav's parents rented a place in Bodega Bay, California for us all to stay at for a couple of days. I guess it is somewhere along the coast -- I'm sure it will be nice!! I can't wait for Wednesday already :)