Sunday, March 31, 2013

dear baby: 18 weeks

You're only the size of a bell pepper, but you're making your presence known!  I feel you moving frequently throughout the day, and it feels like you're stretching as biiiiig as you can.  It makes me think you're very happy, and that makes me very happy too. :-)

Your ears are in their final position, but still sticking out from your head a little bit.  Your blood vessels are visible through your still-thin skin, and a protective covering is forming around your nerves.  You hear sounds (so you're getting used to your silly brother!) and you can sense light.  There's a wonderful world out here, sweet thing, but you need to wait 20 more weeks to experience it!  If you're a girl, your uterus and fallopian tubes are fully formed and in place.  1.5 more weeks until we find out!

Easter 2013

Happy Easter!  We started our day with hidden eggs and fun treasures for Collin, followed by a family picture before church.

We had lunch with Grandma, Papa, Great Grandma, and Great Grandpa, followed by a lovely family nap. :-)

After naptime we headed up to Grandpa Tim and Grandma Lee's for dinner and more egg hunting.

It was a fun family day celebrating the good news:  Easter means JESUS LIVES!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

hunting for eggs!

We took Collin down to the city park to hunt for eggs this morning.  I wasn't sure what he'd think of all the chaos, but he had a great time!

The "hunt" started promptly at 10am

and was over at 10:02. 

Cool dude picked up 13 eggs!

From afar, Collin thought the Easter bunny was interesting.  I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have felt the same way had we gotten up close.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Collin's laugh

Collin has discovered the joy of copy-catting!  He thinks it's hilarious to imitate the gestures and postures that he sees around him.  Wait 'til the end to hear his real giggle. :-)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Collin's yellow trike

Well, it was already gorgeous outside first thing this morning!  Collin needed to get out of a funk (this is our 7th day of being home-bound because he has a cold/cough), so we took advantage of the warm sunshine and headed out to test Collin's trike.

It's still a little too big, so he has to Flinstone it.

Then he decided maybe it'd be easier to just push it around.

And then he decided perhaps it was his ill-fitting helmet that was causing all the trouble.

That's more like it!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

cousin love

Collin and Abbie had a hilarious time jumping and dancing around in the kitchen the other day.

They love to give each other hugs!


Is this guy cute, or what?!

Collin on stage, part 2

Here's the video of Collin on stage with his friends!

26 months!

Today is Collin's 26-month-day.  He's a big dude these days!  I think he's around 33" and 30 pounds.  He's still a peanut, but his skills make him seem much bigger!

As always, Collin loves playing outside!  We've had a typical SD "spring," bouncing between sunny 40* days and blizzards.  Some days we head outside to play and explore; other days we stay inside where it's warm and cozy!

Collin goes to work every day.  It's hilarious:  he puts on his sunglasses, his coat, and his shoes (sometimes for real, sometimes just pretend), gets on his 4-wheeler, waves "bye Mommy" and drives away.  In a minute or two, he returns from work and says "Collin home!"  When I ask how his day was, he says "pretty good."  When I ask what he did at work today, he says "sell cars."  When I ask how many cars he sold, it's usually two or three!  He's got it figured out. :-)

Collin also works from home quite a bit, making and taking phone calls.

Some of Collin's favorite foods are cheese, smoothies, grapes, and peanut butter pancakes.  Smoothie for lunch outside on the deck?  That was a pretty special treat!

Collin is a hard worker and always has a plan.  He's very creative in his imaginative play and it's fascinating to listen to him explain what he's working on.  He likes to fix, especially since he has his own hammer and drill.

He also loves painting, playing with play-doh, and reading.  Some of his favorite books this month are Jesus Loves Me, Big Red Barn, and The Story of Easter.  We've read those three (he chooses three books at bedtime) every night for weeks!  He likes things the way he likes them!  We read many other books, and it's really funny how he memorizes routines and details about the books he enjoys.

Today is day three of potty training, which has proven Collin to be a stud.  Since his first time peeing on the potty Monday afternoon, he hasn't had any accidents!  Of course there will be setbacks in the coming weeks (months?), but we're so proud of what a great job Collin has done so far!

Collin is becoming a professional stair climber, and even does these (small) outdoor steps by himself!  On regular stairs, he holds an adult's hand and the railing to get safely up and down.  He's pretty smart about safety and won't try big stairs on his own.  When he isn't climbing stairs, Collin is always running.  He runs everywhere he goes - to the kitchen, down the hall, and anywhere else.

Collin talks pretty much constantly.  He holds up his own end of a conversation and uses 5- and 6-word phrases on a regular basis.  He says "yes please" and "no thank you" and typically has very nice manners.  He speaks about himself in third person ("Collin wants water") and likes to narrate his activities.  We have a speech pathologist coming to the house once a week to work with Collin on his articulation, which is improving but still makes him difficult to understand.  If you spend enough time with him it's easy to know what he's saying, but it's tricky for strangers.  He certainly is a smart cookie though!

He enjoys making people laugh, and will repeat an action or phrase if he notices people thought it was funny.  He has an infectious laugh, so we enjoy making him laugh too!

Collin continues to be a sweet, tender-hearted, and compassionate boy.  He's funny and his creativity blows us away on a daily basis.  A quick learner and hard worker, Collin easily develops new skills and is a sponge when it comes to learning and remembering information.  Lord, thank you for the blessing that this precious boy is in our lives!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

dear baby: 17 weeks

The size of a turnip?  Look at you grow!  Your skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone and your umbilical cord is growing thicker and stronger.  Your sweat glands are developing, but you shouldn't have much to sweat about these days. :-)  Your skin is still thin, but fat is starting to deposit to help keep you warm.

I got to hear your heartbeat at an appointment last week, and it was 153.  The range of normal is 120-160, and they say a faster heartbeat might mean you're a girl.  I think you are, but Daddy still wonders if you're a boy.  Just a few more weeks until we find out!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fremont: party of 4

Collin is going to be a big brother!
Baby 2 is due August 31st!

We're so excited to be adding to our family!

Hey Collin, say "cheese" if you're excited to be a big bro! :-)

We'll find out the gender at the anatomy scan on April 12th, and would really appreciate your prayers until then - that baby is developing appropriately and that the scan shows all details are as expected.

God is good!
Psalm 127:3 "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him."

Monday, March 18, 2013

Collin on stage!

Collin and I have been attending Community Bible Study on Thursday mornings.  While I join my group for study, Collin has his own group to join!  He gets to play with the 2-year-olds, and it's a fantastic program.  They have a lesson, plus time for PE and music.  Last week the kiddos sang a few songs for their parents.

Collin is the youngest (and shortest, obviously) of the bunch, which included the 3s and 4s too.

I nearly died from the cuteness of it all.  Can't believe my little mister is big enough to stand on stage for a performance with his friends!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

dear baby: 16 weeks

Dear Baby,

You're the size of an avocado.  How quickly you're growing!  It's a good time to be you, they say, because you still have plenty of space to move around.  I'm sorry, but it's going to start getting crowded in there! :-)

Your bones are hardening and you're about to start a big growth spurt.  In the next few weeks, you'll double your weight and add several inches in length.  Your eyes and ears are moving toward their final resting place, and your hair pattern in starting to develop.  I wonder if you'll have a major cowlick like Daddy and Collin!  You're growing toenails and your heart is pumping 25 quarts of blood each day.  Keep growing, little one!

Monday, March 11, 2013

exploring the forest

It was windy and cold today, but we bundled up and headed out to explore.

Collin loves being outside!

He walked up this hill by himself,

then turned around to say " 'mon Mommy! "

Lastly he did a bit of yelling just for fun. :-)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

dear baby: 15 weeks

5" long and the size of an apple?  You're getting big, sweet baby!  They say you're making many facial expressions, which seems both impossible and adorable.  I pray you spend most of your time smiling. :-)  All your organs, nerves, and muscles are functioning by now.  You're a little person! 

I felt you move the other night (March 8th - 14.5 weeks)!!!  You seem to be a busy baby, because I've been feeling movement fairly consistently for the past couple days.

I slept like a rockstar last night and got to spend the entire day with your big brother and your daddy, plus Daddy and I went on a date tonight.  I feel great!  You feel great too, apparently!

We can't wait to meet you, busy baby!

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Check out Collin's awesome landing!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

these (quiet) days

We've been laying low for the past week as Collin continues to recover from surgery.  His pain has subsided significantly but he still has stitches that need calmness to heal.

We've spent a lot of time in Collin's room,

a little time wandering outside,

some time watching a movie in Dad and Mom's room,

some time driving the new quad,

lots of time at the table making important things out of play-doh,

and quite a bit of time doing crafty things too.

Luckily there have been quite a few smiles and giggles to help our days go smoothly. :-)