Friday, January 27, 2012

Katie

Sometimes I just watch Katie playing and I can't believe how we were so blessed with such an amazing little girl. So many times, I feel like I don't deserve her. I know I haven't made the greatest decisions in my life. Sometimes I'm not the best wife and marriage can be rocky. I more often than not forget to say my prayers, read my scriptures, or thank God for all the wonderful things in my life. And yet, for some reason, Brad and I were given this little girl with this perfect little spirit and it just brings tears to my eyes. I'm sure a lot of this is just pregnancy hormones, but I really am SO THANKFUL for having Katie in my life.

She is SO sweet. She loves so unconditionally and is super cuddly. She will give you the best hugs that just make you want to cry. She wraps her arms around your neck so tight, or lays her head on your chest or shoulder like you are her favorite person in the world.

She is very funny. Whenever I take her somewhere and let her play, myself, and other people, will just watch her play and laugh at her silly antics. I am often asked "Is she always like this?" to which I reply "Yes. Yes she is." She truly enjoys life. Nothing frightens her or worries her. She makes her own fun and laughs at the little things.

She has a great imagination. Give Katie a couple of toys and she creates an entire world. Her toys will laugh with each other, play with each other, kiss each other, and talk to each other. She pushes them around in her toy stroller and tucks them into bed. If there is no blanket nearby, she will use her skirt or dress as a faux blanket to make sure her toys are comfy cozy. She shares her snacks and drinks with them. I love watching her little brain imagine such a fun world.

She has amazing sympathy/empathy. If there is another little boy or girl crying or upset, Katie is the first one to try and comfort them. She will ask me (in her baby babble) about why they are sad. She wants to hug them and help them. As i've been struggling with morning sickness during this pregnancy, Katie is the first to come to my aid. As i'm kneeling in front of the toilet, tears streaming down my face, Katie will look straight into my eyes, give me the most caring little face, and pat me on the shoulder or head. She will sit in my lap and give me a hug. It's truly amazing how much she can understand not just other children's emotions, but her own mother's.

Of course, Katie isn't all unicorns and rainbows. She doesn't sleep through the night, she loves to draw on the walls (and blinds, and cupboards, and the dishwasher, and the floors. . . ), she throws temper tantrums, and has a pretty strong sense of entitlement. Motherhood can still be extremely exhausting and trying on my patience, but Katie is worth it. I will vacuum up the entire box of crushed crackers that have been smooshed into the carpet. I will shower her off after she's been splashing around in the toilet. I have to listen to her crying as she sits in time-out for smearing yogurt all over the entire kitchen. But I find it so easy to look at her, and do it all with a smile. (Well, I almost never smile when it's 4 in the morning and Katie is screaming, but that's different. Lol.)
I am honestly SO impatient to meet our new little Odasso. I'm ready for every challenge and trial, just to meet our new little one. I can't wait to watch their personality unfold. I can't wait to help them grow and learn, and see them develop into their own little person. It's so exciting that i'm only 9 weeks in and I already want to bring out the bassinet and sort through the newborn size clothes.Only 7 more months right? :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lately

Well, we've been pretty busy lately. Apart from Christmas and New Years, our little family has been making more of an effort to get out and about. I figure, as long as i'm going to be stuck in this dang state for at least a few years, I might as well try and enjoy some of it. At the end of November, we all ventured up to the Hogle Zoo. It was free admission day, so Brad took the day off work and we had a ton of fun looking at all the animals. Of course, it's got nothing on San Diego (sigh), but it'll do. It was a lot bigger than Tautphus Zoo in Idaho Falls though, so that was a plus.
We also went to Chuck E. Cheese a few weeks ago, although I doubt we'll be back anytime soon. It was definitely a lot of fun, but lack of hand washing between playing games and eating pizza, Brad and Katie ended up with the flu. Momma, as usual, stayed perfectly healthy, to take care of my poor sick honeys.
We also went down to Thanksgiving Point to look at the lights, but in all honesty, the 40 minute wait to get in was not really worth it.
Sorry there are no pictures from those things. I've been SO lame at remembering the camera lately.

We also went over to Planet Play recently. We've been there before but Katie was too little to really do anything last time, so it was definitely more fun this time around. Planet Play is basically a huge pizza, pasta, and salad buffet (a la PizzaPieCafe) that has a separate area with games and attractions, like go-carts, laser tag and mini golf. No matter where we go, Katie LOVES Merry-Go-Rounds.
 She also loved these little car rides they had.

A few weeks ago, I purchased a membership for the Children's Discovery Museum up in Salt Lake. They were having a deal for $12 off a membership, so I jumped on it! We went for the first time on MLK day and although it was fairly busy, and smaller than we thought, it was still a LOT of fun. They have a whole section with plastic balls that you put in these tubes that fly all over the room. Another section is an entire mini grocery store, and house, and farm. So cute. The water play area was definitely a favorite of Katie's as well. I DID bring my camera, but locked it up in our locker without thinking and never got it out. Poop.

Apart from that, we've been mostly bundled up inside from the cold. We did take a walk to McDonald's a couple weeks ago for dinner. The extra exercise counteracts the fast food, right? ;)
I also take any opportunity of rain to get outside! Oh, how I LOVE rain. Desert rain is for sure the best, but i'll take this freezing cold stuff with no wonderful creosote smell anyway. Katie just LOVES to play in the rain. Of course puddles are her favorite.
 Literally right after I snapped this picture, she tilted her head back and opened her mouth to drink some rain. It was so cute! Of course, right when I was going to get a picture of it, she stopped. Figures.


In other news, our little family of 3 is now a family of 3 1/4. Lol. After 8 long months of negative tests and miscarriages, we finally managed to snag a keeper! Hopefully, anyway. I have high hopes though. This little guy (or girl) has been hitting me HARD with the pregnancy symptoms and I just feel so at peace about everything. The due date is about August 29th, and i'm shooting for a waterbirth at home! Woo! I've still got to set up an initial appointment with a midwife (i'm hoping for BetterBirth midwives) but i'm really excited about this. I have nothing against hospital births for those who want them, but I read something a while ago that just made so much sense. We don't LIVE in a hospital JUST IN CASE anything happens, so why should we BIRTH in a hospital JUST IN CASE? Of course, it's amazing to have that available to us, but i'll save myself the unnecessary procedures and meds and thousands of dollars, and have my baby the way it was meant to happen. :)