Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day 272 - September 28, 2016

A week with Otis, the class pet!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 270 - September 26, 2016

Day 269 - September 25, 2016

Briar's 3rd birthday began at Goofy's Kitchen where we were greeted by Goofy, Minnie, Donald, Chip, and Pluto while enjoying a delicious breakfast and lunch buffet.

Briar's good fortune continued today when we were granted VIP seating for the new Frozen stage show. The girls were mesmorized by the singing and dancing and their little sister kicked up a storm in my belly during the musical numbers.

After riding the Monsters, Inc. attraction 3 times in a row, we headed to Disneyland and took our annual family picture in front of the Mickey pumpkin!

Briar's only request for her Disneyland birthday celebration was to ride the teacups! 

Briar, you are an absolute delight! Your smile lights up any room and you make us laugh every day. You are smart, caring, funny and sassy. You bring so much joy to our lives! 
Happy 3rd Birthday! We love you, sweet Briar Boo!

Day 268 - September 24, 2016

Briar's birthday weekend began on a high note when we checked into the Disneyland Hotel and were upgraded to a 1-bedroom suite that was nearly the size of our entire house. The girls enjoyed an afternoon swim in the pool, an evening of rides at California Adventure Park and watching fireworks from our balcony. We kissed our 2-year-old good night and looked forward to the exciting birthday celebration we had planned the next day.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Day 267 - September 23, 2016

My beautiful firstborn on her way to picture day at school this morning!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 266 - September 22, 2016

To celebrate the first day of fall, we've filled the house with many of our favorite autumn scents today. From the wild orange and clove essential oils in the diffuser this morning, delicious pumpkin muffins in the oven this afternoon and roasted butternut squash for dinner this evening, our house smells incredible!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Day 265 - September 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day 264 - September 20, 2016

Adelyn brought her weekly homework folder home from school for the first time yesterday. Today, she tackled a math worksheet. Of course, little sister did not want to be left out and begged me to make her a worksheet of her own. I love that they are both so excited to learn!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Day 263 - September 19, 2016

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Day 260 - September 16, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Day 259 - September 15, 2016

The house was quiet this morning. The kids were both still asleep. I rolled over in bed and smiled at Greg. "We get to see our baby today," I said. I felt the little babe inside me flutter and kick and I quickly grabbed Greg's hand and placed it on my growing belly. For the first time this pregnancy, Greg was able to feel our baby moving. "It's going to be a great day!" I said to him. He smiled, nodded and kissed me.

A short time later, Adelyn woke up and I reminded her that today was the day we would finally get to see our baby. Eager to find out what we're having, she asked, "Is the doctor or the midwife going to tell us if it's a boy or a girl?" "The doctor is going to tell us today, sweetheart," I answered. "What do you think our baby is? A boy or a girl?" She looked up at me and said, "If it's a boy, I'll love it! If it's a girl, I'll love it!

This afternoon, we all piled into a little exam room. Adelyn held up the the video camera and hit record as we got our first glimpse of the sweet baby we had been longing to see. The doctor was so wonderful to point out the baby's features so the girls could see their sibling's spine, legs, face and arms and hear the baby's strong heartbeat. The girls lost interest after about 5 minutes and began asking for snacks and to play games on the phone rather than record the ultrasound. Eventually, Greg took them out while the doctor finished the scan. "I'm going to check the gender now," he said. I pressed record on my phone and looked away from the screen. I was hoping to find out along with the girls at a mini gender reveal photoshoot this weekend. He told me it was safe to look back so I did. About a minute later, I saw the baby's legs appear on the screen and I was pretty certain I knew what we were having. I took a guess, but told him not to say anything. At the end of the appointment, I asked him if he could write the baby's gender down on a piece of paper. "You already know," he said and confirmed what I had been thinking.

I shared the good news with Greg on our drive home. Adelyn asked a few times if I would tell her what we were having, but I kept quiet hoping I could capture their reactions on video later. She asked a few more times at home before bed and I almost caved and told her when she promised me she wouldn't tell Briar. "I'm going to surprise you and tell you tomorrow," I assured her.

The girls and I lay together in Briar's bed after stories and songs tonight. They took turns putting their little hands on my belly and talking to the baby. "Wake up and kick my hand, Baby," Adelyn said. Unfortunately, the baby slept on and the girls didn't get to feel any movement. "Tomorrow, if the baby's kicking, run to me and put my hand on your belly," Adelyn instructed me. "I will, honey," I told her. I showed the girls the ultrasound pictures one last time before turning off the light. We prayed together and thanked God for our baby's perfectly developing organs and strong bones.

You are so very loved, little one.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Day 257 - September 13, 2016

Impromptu after-school playdates are the best!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Day 256 - September 12, 2016

My sous-chef was eager to help me assemble a delicious vegetarian lasagna for dinner tonight!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Day 255 - September 11, 2016

(21 weeks pregnant)

Adelyn rode Splash Mountain 3 times in a row before I finally cut her off.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Day 253 - September 9, 2016

In honor of Grandparent's Day this weekend, we had the opportunity to join Adelyn and her friends for a picnic lunch at school today!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Day 252 - September 8, 2016

Today was a tough day for many reasons. Tears were shed and many prayers were spoken, but through it all, I anticipated the long awaited moment that we would see our sweet baby. You see, we were suppose to have our ultrasound last week. When an unexpected opportunity came up, we needed to reschedule. Another week of anticipation went by and the girls and I grew even more excited. A few hours before my appointment, I received a call that the doctor who was to perform our ultrasound was called out to a delivery and that we would need to reschedule once again.  I am hopeful that next week we will finally get the chance to see this baby's face and hear some good news. As I wrote the new appointment time on our calendar, I noticed the date...September 15th. This day holds a special place in my heart. This was the day, 3 years ago, that we hoped Briar would come into this world...her due date. Though she didn't decide to come out and meet us for another 10 days, I will never forget this date. And so, we will wait another week to see you, little one. Your big sisters are disappointed they couldn't say hello today. Oh, how they love you! We all do. We'll see you soon.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Day 251 - September 7, 2016

Briar brought this drawing home from preschool yesterday. When I asked her to tell me about it, she said, "It's our family. That's Daddy (top left), Briar (bottom left), Adelyn (bottom right) and you, Mommy, with our baby in your belly." This is the first photo I've seen either of our girls draw that included the baby as part of our family. Tomorrow we'll be adding more pictures of our baby to our collection.

We can't wait to see you, little one!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Day 250 - September 6, 2016

Our sweet Briar had her first full morning of preschool today. She gave Adelyn and me hugs and kisses before walking confidently into her classroom with a big smile on her face.

 When I picked her up from school, I asked how her day was. 
"GREAT!" she enthusiastically responded.