Thursday, April 19, 2012

16 Months.

I've been keeping this same record (with a picture) every month since Jude was born & thought I'd start adding it to my blog! Sorry if it's long and boring...

Length: 32 inches

Weight: 29 lbs (BIG BOY!)

Physical Changes: Seems taller & seems to be getting some lost chubbiness back. Hair is super long! New tooth to the the right (his right) of his front teeth.

Eating & Sleeping Habits: Typically sleeps from 9pm - 8:30am. If he wakes up at night he is very good at putting himself back to sleep (as long as he can find a binky or his sippy with water). He also typically plays in his crib for a little bit after waking up and then yells for mommy or daddy to come get him out when he's ready.  Takes one 2-3hour nap during the day. Usually goes down at noon or 1pm. Eats breakfast shortly after waking up, lunch right before nap time, snack after nap time, and then dinner with us at night. Loves having oatmeal and bananas for breakfast! (Also loves stealing mommy's cereal). 

New Skills, Accomplishments, & Talents: Can shoot (and make) baskets in his basketball hoop! - Even though he can't even reach the rim! Can climb on all of the couches by himself & some of the kitchen chairs. Can pick up, mount, and ride his strider bike all on his own! Says words like "ball", "more" (mo), "bird" (biwd), "mom", "dada", "balloon" (boon), all gone (aa gone with his arms outstretched, shoulders up, and hands open). Understands commands and questions. Will shake his head "yes" to certain questions. Can identify his and other's nose, mouth, eye, hair (mostly just does nose, but will do the others if he's in the mood). Has become more stubborn like his daddy :). Points to the back of his diaper when he's poopy. Can feed himself with utensils (but makes a mess). Is more snuggly now and will give more hugs. Can identify his cousin Mae in a picture. Gets excited when we ask him do you want to go outside, do you want to go see grandma/pa/Bailey, do you want to see Mae/Justin (friend from ward). Understands so many words like basketball, naptime, food, birds, binky, sippy, blankeys.... the list could go on and on. Will spin around/clap/move shoulders around when we say Dance! He is able to stack blocks SUPER high! Will talk to you like he's telling you a story or something SUPER important or just having a conversation with you in his baby babble talk. Ignores you sometimes when you're talking to him (stares off in other direction), but then gets a silly smirk on his face because he knows he's being silly. 

New Places Visited & New Experiences: Tasted tabasco sauce when mommy and daddy weren't looking (stood there spitting for a good couple minutes and finally let us give him milk/cheese to get rid of the hotness), plays in our neighborhoods splashpad/playground for playgroup. Had fun getting sprayed with hose/taking a "shower" outside when mommy was watering the garden. Tried peanut butter and liked it. Had his first Easter where he was excited to find his basket and search for eggs. Has experienced not being able to be held by mommy whenever he wants due to "bed rest", but loves having his grandmas come over every day to play with him. Doesn't take milk at naptime/bedtime anymore. Can blow raspberries on daddy's belly.

Favorite Things & Activities: Loves watching Curious George, playing basketball, riding in his red car that we push him in, climbing on the couches and sitting like a big boy, standing on his skateboard, throwing balls around the house, putting on our shoes and walking around the house in them, motorcycles, pointing at things (especially when he hears sounds), pretending to use the remote controls, going outside, coloring with crayons (and pens), driving cars or motorcycles on the windowsill/back of the couch, bathtime, brushing his own teeth (or mommy's),  getting sprayed by the hose, chasing Bailey/throwing things at her, stacking blocks, pulling the chain to turn on/off his light, playing with his cousins/friend Justin, to eat whatever we're eating (mooches food from everyone), rubbing lotion on mommy's big pregnant belly/his legs/arms (will rub lotion on his shirt if he's wearing one instead of lifting it to put on his belly), wearing his own shoes, blowing raspberries on daddy's belly/back/arms, pretending to put mommy's hair product in his own hair, throwing everything outside of his crib when he wake up in the morning, drinking out of regular cups (especially if other people are doing it).

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Just A Little Miserable...

I am sooo done with the braxton hicks all day everyday. It is so uncomfortable! I spend everyday thinking that I am going into labor and each day gets a little more painful and a little more uncomfortable. I know that this little girl needs to cook longer, but I've had about all I can handle! I don't like not being able to walk around or go shopping, and most of all I don't like not being able to pick up my little boy. I do however appreciate all of the help that we are getting! I am sooo grateful for all of the meals & that Jude has been watched over & entertained. I appreciate the dishes being done daily and especially the house being picked up. I just really can't wait until this bed rest business is done & I don't hurt everywhere.

Sorry for my rambling & complaining!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Freaking Out.

I was a little nervous about going to the doctor today since I had some issues over the weekend that we're kind of making me uneasy. However, I was glad I was at least seeing my favorite doctor (the same lady that delivered Jude). After I told her what was going on she decided she needed to do a more thorough exam. It turns out that I am already 2-3cm dilated & 80% effaced. She reassured me that people can be that and still last a couple weeks without going into labor, but that I needed to stay off my feet and take it easy just to be sure. This wasn't very comforting, especially after remembering how fast I progressed with Jude after I started going into labor. So now I'm sitting at home, mind racing, with every little pain or braxton hicks freaking me out & making me think that I'm going into labor. Doesn't this little girl know that she still has 5 weeks & 6 days to go?! There are still a million & 1 things that I want to do to get ready for the baby, but now I don't even have permission to go grocery shopping or even pick up Jude! I am so thankful though for Eb who has already been such a big help (not that he wasn't before :) ) and for Eb's mom who already offered to come over everyday and help watch Jude. I love having family close by to help out & who are so willing to give their time! I'm just hoping and praying I can make it a couple more weeks, I'm not ready to have this baby yet!

Monday, April 9, 2012


Lately I have been feeling really under the weather with almost constant braxton hicks contractions, uncomfortable pressure, and some other things I won't go into that aren't very pleasant. Anyways, Easter Sunday was no exception! I still tried my hardest to make it a special day for our family. Eb made us a nice breakfast of eggs & blueberry muffins and then Jude found/opened his basket. It was so cute to see him run across the room to his basket & dig right in. This was the first year that he cared about his Easter basket and was able to enjoy it. It was filled with some puffs, apple sauce squeeze pouches, coloring book, sidewalk chalk, chalk coloring mat, toothbrushes (since the other one has become a toy to him & is full of lint, yuck), and some peeps (mostly for Eb). I also stuck some empty plastic eggs in there because I know he loves those. He spent most of the morning throwing those eggs around the room with some pretty awesome sound effects. When it came time for church I wasn't feeling good at all so I was forced to stay home and take it easy. Jude decided to stay home with me & nap during that time. I was glad that at least Eb was able to go, but was a little disappointed that Jude wasn't able to wear his cute little vest that I had made him especially for Easter. Oh well, he can wear it next Sunday. Later we went to my parents for a little bit for dinner & an Easter egg hunt. Eb was kind enough to chase after Jude the whole time so I could continue to sit & take it easy. Unfortunately we weren't able to go to the Olmsteads since I was feeling so crappy. Overall, it was a relaxing day spent with family - my favorite kind of day!

{Jude's cute Easter morning outfit.... a single sock}

{Resting after throwing the plastic eggs around all morning}

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Day 4 - Favorite Color

It might seem a little obvious the moment you walk into my home what my favorite color is because it's EVERYWHERE! My absolute favorite color is red - however, I do also  love yellow, green, certain blues/teals... I'm sure I could think of more.

{Here's a cute little valentine that Jude made for me & Eb (with my help :) of course}

Day 3 - Clouds

I'm getting a little behind in my photo challenge, so i'll try to catch up! Day 3 is a picture of clouds. It's too bad it wasn't stormy or something... I LOVE when it's stormy!! Anyways, there were some thing streaky clouds at least. They didn't look too cool, so I made the sky a little darker! There's even a jet in the picture...bonus!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

T-Minus 6 Weeks & 4 Days.

I've been going through & editing some baby pictures of my little Jude boy and it makes me so excited to meet my sweet little girl! I can't wait to hold her & see who she looks like. I know it will be a challenge with a crazy toddler (who now climbs on EVERYTHING-especially from the top of the couch to his high chair table.. ahhh) and a new baby, but it will be worth it!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


So I've always thought it would be really fun to get into design and learn how to make cool things on the computer, I just don't know where I would even start! So when I was helping my mom find a invitation to use for my upcoming baby shower, I decided to try and make one. I didn't make the background, but I did do all the writing! It was cool finding out how to load free fonts AND then actually use them. I think they turned out pretty cute! Maybe one day I'll actually be able to make some cool background too.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Day 2 - What I Wore

I wish I could say that I wore something suuuper cute, but that really doesn't happen to often now. Most days are spent playing with Jude/resting inside in a nice pair of sweat pants & t-shirt. At least I do my hair everyday so I look somewhat presentable! So here is my lovely outfit for Day 2 of the photo challenge...

Here's the breakdown:
Shirt - Hanes pack of 4 v-necks from Target... could be Eb's... I don't know.
Pants - Sweat pants from Costco, gifted to me from Mom O. 
Shoes - I got these babies (slipper moccasins)  for $5 at Target after Christmas sometime.
So stylish, I know.

And let's not forget about the "embellishments" that are added throughout the day!

It's a little hard to see, but I have some nice banana residue smeared on my pant leg. It's the hottest thing here in the Olmstead household.

And how could I forget about my little DIY tie-dye spot right at the tip of the V in my v-neck. I got this look by dropping ice cream on my shirt. So simple, so chic. 

Day 1 - Photo Challenge!

Nikki inspired me to try a daily photo challenge! I thought it would be something fun & would make me think of interesting pictures to take everyday. I didn't remember that I wanted to do this until today when I saw Nikki's blog... so I'm already behind (at least it's only the second day!). Luckily we took pictures on the 1st that fit with what the challenge was suppose to be! Woo hoo! So here it is... 
Day 1 - Self Portrait.

{I guess it's more than a self portrait, but oh well... it works.}