Thursday, December 29, 2011

Update on Meg and Baby

Hello friends and family. Meg asked me to do a quick post to update everyone on the baby and her. I should probably be doing this on her blog, but don't have her access info yet. So it will be on ours for now...

Baby Boy is doing well. He is named now, but I'll leave that up to Meg and Dev to do the fun reveal on that one. He spent a few days on Cpap and is now on a Nasal Canula to help him breathe. All other systems are a go for now! Yay Baby Bland! I'll let Meg give more details when she finally has time to sit down and do a blog post about their little guy.

Meg, herself is doing okay. She's having some complications from delivery (We think. We hope!), and is on her way back into the ER as we speak. So for now please continue to pray for this family, they've had a roller coaster of a 'vacation'.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Meet Our Nephew....

Welcome to the world Baby Bland! We love you and are praying for you!

To the NICU staff at IMC - take good care of this little stud, he is so loved by his family.

To Megan and Devin - congrats! He's tiny, perfect and adorable! We loved him instantly! We love you guys and are praying so incredibly hard for you three!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Holidays

This was our christmas card this year.

After sending it to our families we realized we had hardly any left. We have a lot of family.

So I'm posting it. Sorry if we didn't send you one. I'm too lazy to make a trip back to Costco.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

This Face...

Totally innocent right??

What this face is hiding is the tornado this child is! She is into everything!! If we come over to your house please close your toilet lid. Brooklyn will unroll your entire roll of toilet paper into the water and then eat it. I about died the first time I caught her doing this. And gagged when she did it a second and third! Gross, gross, gross.

Brooklyn leaves a disaster behind her these days, I've resorted to cleaning up only twice a day (during her nap and bedtime). This week she's decided pulling my clothes off the hangers is fun. And emptying the drawers in the kitchen, her bedroom and the bathroom. All stuff she shouldn't be touching. Forget her toys, taboo stuff is way funner!

Cannot believe its Christmas already! I'm feeling the itch to do all of the fun Christmas activites sooner than later, because Christmas day will be here before we know it!

It's been a fun filled weekend of tree decorating, christmas lights and family parties. Pictures to come next time Brooklyn gives me a few minutes to myself. Love that girl! :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Utes, Sun and The Blands!

So excited........

To finally get to see these two again!!

My eyes about popped out of my head when I saw Meg. Is she seriously THAT pregnant? When did that happen? Baby Bland decided to grow - a lot! Cook away baby, you still have a few months to go okay?

Phoenix is such a blast. Despite the cold front they had the week we visited, the stubborn side of us still wore short sleeves and capris. But don't worry, I was a good mom and dressed Brooklyn warm. Did I mention she slept through the night every single night we were there?!!! Ummm, love her. We cuddled on the air mattress. We missed Rog. He was kinda upset to hear she slept so well. Don't worry, it was just a phase, she's back to getting up 2-3 times a night.

We left Roger and Davis home, they had work and school. Gotta be able to pay for their wives fun! But Roger was probably okay with that - we literally shopped every. single. day. Really. And we squeezed in a Utah game too! We won, go Utes! Brooklyn is a fan - I'm determined to win that battle in our house. :)

We were all tired after the game, it was cold and we cheered lots. Brooklyn kinda sums it up for us.......

Don't mind her huge sweatshirt. It's Meg's. I lost her warm clothes somewhere on our walk into the stadium. Had to get creative, we were two hours from Glendale.

The rest of the trip consisted of shopping (already mentioned that one), eating, swimming, attempting nursery in Meg's ward (and having lots of people think Iwas her and wonder why I wasn't looking very pregnant - better suck in my gut!) and feeling Baby Bland kick.

Thanks for hosting Blands! Now we'll see you this week. As in tomorrow. It's taken me this long to get to this post, oops.

(I've also decided I REALLY need that baby to get here. Everytime I go shopping for Brooklyn, I find something for Meg's baby too! Roger might not let me leave the house anymore!)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Halloween! Obviously Brooklyn was the cutesy kitty ever. I was just trying to keep my eyes open after a long night shift. And Roger was enjoying his girls being our typical selves. Haha. We also spent the weekend in St George the week before the holiday. We stayed with some of Roger's brothers and their families. Can I just say how lucky I am to get these ladies for my sisters in law? Their husbands are awesome too. We are all very close...lucky for Roger and I.

I'd try to post more, but I can't figure out this is NOT my thing. I didn't want the pictures posted before the explanations, but this all I can get done for now. More to come next time Roger is home early enough to let me use the laptop! :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

And so it begins....

First two weeks of nursery??? A success!!! Please tell me my baby will stay a baby forever...I cannot believe she's big enough for that already.

But nursery also means exposure to germs. And boy do we have one sick baby girl today. And so sleep deprived parents. We're just getting home from the doctor. It's amazing what a simple ear infection will do to a toddler's world.

I was supposed to work at 1:00am last night. I called Meg and told her to write a blog post so I'd have reading material at work, hopped into bed at eight, and planned to sleep until midnight. Roger woke me up at eleven with a miserable baby. The next few hours included us taking turns holding her, a sick call into work (I'm so sorry to my coworkers, you know who you are. Thank you for picking up my slack.), a midnight run to walmart for medicine, and spending a solid hour in the rocking chair with Brooklyn asleep on my chest. Her cough was so bad, she'd hack up a lung when lying down.

We're a bit tired today. But feeling better that we have antibiotics in her. She had to get her eighteen month shots today, too. Poor girl, she's gonna be miserable today. We worked her over.

Brooklyn is a gem. She's still smiling at me today despite her sore legs and ear. Doesn't it make you wish you had their resiliency? Kids are tough. And they make us adults look like wimps.

Looking forward to nursery in two weeks!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Children....And Their Parents.

I'm sitting here tonight in my comfies, feeling the need to sort of vent. I'm just getting home from an awesome relief society activity and am home alone for a couple of hours. Might as well blog right?

Our activity tonight focused on kids - how to discipline them, what sort of activities to do with them, how to teach them, and how to stay organized on top of it all. I kinda felt like a bad mom at the end of the night. It's safe to say I have some pretty awesome ladies in my ward. I could learn a few things from them.

It's overwhelming to stand by Brooklyn's crib tonight, tucking her blanket a little tighter (my house is cold tonight), and think of all Roger and I are responsible to teach her. Especially in the next five years. Such crucial years for little ones. I get anxious thinking of how many ways I could fail her as her mom. I left this activity tonight with lists and lists of things I need to do better now and in the future - even five years from now. But looking at it I realize I'll fail miserably if I try to tackle it all at once.

I'm seeing quite clearly that I am a selfish person. I focus my days around me, not my family.

I think I've needed a refresher on what it really means to be a family. A wife. A mom. A daughter and friend, too. Tonight was a good self evaluation for me. There is SO MUCH I need to do better. I stress just thinking about it. Does anyone else ever feel that way?

Good thing tomorrow is a new day. I need a clean slate. I need to decide what is on my "Essential" list, what is on my "Need to Do" list and what is on my "Want to Do" list. I need to make these two people a better priority and stop being so selfish all the time....

Good thing there is only 24 hours in a day.....because that means the day ends at midnight and you get to start over. :)

I love my life, I am a very lucky girl. I'm married to the BEST man on earth, I have the most perfect daughter (yep, call me biased), I'm employed, and have so many good things in my life - the list could go on and on. I think its time I do a better job with the 'blessings' in my life.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Four Years Ago......

This picture was sent out as our engagement picture. Crazy how much fun we've had in the four years we've been married.

I love this guy so much. He is so good to me. I feel so special and loved by him. He treats me like gold every single day.

Happy Anniversary Roger, I love you!!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Getting So Big

Where to even start? I hate catch up. I really need the internet during the day. But that's not an option right here is my month of updates. Get a drink and treat - its a long one.

And of course most of the the post is about the baby, need I say more?

Only in Utah weather do you play in the garden hose during the day and wear a hat and coat at night. Brooklyn will actually wear this thing (now if only I could get her to wear bows again).

In other 'big girl' milestones, we finally made the switch to a front facing carseat. Our super tall girl was kicking the seat like crazy and was just too darn big for her infant carseat anymore. As you can tell, the car is still a sleeping pill for her (like mother like daughter!).

Roger. Oh my sweet husband. He's so incredibly busy. And works so hard. We miss him during the day and evenings. It has been an interesting few weeks adjusting to the new schedule. Brooklyn and I are buddies, but we sure look forward to the couple of hours we get to see him each day.

Roger turned 30 the end of August. Here are the only two pictures I got of that day. Super wife award coming right up.

The day after his birthday Roger ran the Rivalry Relay. His brother was the mastermind behind this race and it was such a success! Congrats to those that ran in the intense sun and up those rough hills, you're all amazing.

Our latest fun includes watching some high school football and soccer games, cheering on the youngest Firth Hillcrest Husky, watching my beautiful sister Callie go to Homecoming, cheering on the Utes and enjoying the cooler weather....

And of course I had to post videos of Brooklyn walking. And her version of crawling (no she doesn't actually crawl, she scoots). Watching these I'm reminded yet again how blessed we are that our miracle baby is able to achieve these milestones!