Sorry that I have been gone so long!

One major reason that I have been MIA is due to the fact that we just announced…we are pregnant with number 2!! This pregnancy has been incredibly different. I have been very ill {always sickness, no “morning” sickness} and have held off on announcing this pregnancy, which has made it difficult to share about things apparently!

Our poor bathroom remodel got completely put on hold due to my sickness starting at 6 weeks and going through 16 weeks and B throwing his back out wakeboarding {we don’t get out on lakes much!} We did buy a vanity and will be starting the process once again! I have a good vision right now, so I am hoping we can get started. It is always hard to do indoor projects in the summer because every weekend we either have plans, would rather work outdoors or are off camping!

Regardless, life is great right now as I start to feel better and we enter the fun summer months. I had a lot of fun announcing this pregnancy to B and little M which I haven’t gotten to talk about yet! I decided to go the easy route and tied baby balloons to the positive test strips.

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It was pretty hilarious to me that the VERY obvious announcement as they walked in the door was almost missed. As you can hear, little M picks up on it right away, or at least something, but B is quite oblivious to the balloons and all!

We have been able to tell family and friends individually this time around which has been fun! Everyone is very excited and we can’t wait to find out if this will be a boy or girl!

 

20150426_190103Little M has been blossoming her sense of play and pretending lately, which makes my heart melt. There is nothing like a toddler learning how to pretend and listening to them chat with their toys in deep conversation.

She had gotten a play tea set for her birthday that up to this point, had just been something fun to dump on the floor. She didn’t quite grasp what to do with it yet. I had only shown her a few times what to do, but she would usually turn into Dr. Destructo mode and crash through my nicely set tea party.20150426_190901

I was chatting with Grandmama on the phone and I heard the sounds of “tea” pouring into cups {via the great sound affects mastered by little M}. I was very excited to see that she was starting to understand the concept! I quickly ended my conversation and sat down to tea with my little one. I soon realized that this was no ordinary tea party filled with grace and manners. This was a Mad Hatters tea party. Just the way I like it.20150426_190949

Chalk it up to the “lunch” she had at Grammie’s house for her auntie’s birthday party of cheese balls, jelly beans and cake, she was in a sugar-high tea party mode. It was rambunctious. It was hilarious. And as M called it later, a “soup” party. {She kept calling it soup after she was done with the tea}. We were all over the place. Pouring, cheering the cups, sipping, throwing plates, chucking cups. Wild.

There are so many fun things I am getting to experience with M. It’s all about taking the time and putting away the distractions and really getting into it!

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I can be a really sentimental person. It is hard for me to put into words all of the amazing things that my life now holds having become a mother. I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I never knew the absolute change and meaning it would truly bring to my life.

Having just celebrated little M’s second birthday is awesome. I get to take a moment to reflect and give thanks for the incredible blessing she is to me and my husband. To our whole family. To our friends. And even to people that she has never met. She is a bundle of joy, a genuinely goofy kiddo and one that has humor and stubbornness that I know is purely God-given (although she gets both from her mom and dad).

I feel so lucky to be her mom. For 730 (+1 because I’m late to post) days, she has been on my mind and heart 24/7. I miss her every second I’m not with her and I adore everything about her, even the sound of her chewing. Which I usually haaaate the sound of people chewing. It makes my skin crawl. But her, I could listen all day.

We can’t wait to see the little lady and woman she becomes. I pray health, protection, and for her to know Jesus and have a faith stronger than her dad and I could ever imagine every night. I thank Jesus for his blessing of giving us this little M. I love getting to experience the joy she brings people already in her short 731 day life. I pray that she has a million more days to come to do just the same.

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The plague that is toddler eating utensils and supplies had officially taken over my kitchen.

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I could not. handle. it. any. longer.

So I did what any sensible adult would do and I went to The Container Store. OK, this may come as a shock to some of you, but it was the first time I had set foot into that store in my adult life. And I was in HEAVEN. I told my husband that this was my new guilty pleasure. My eyes were darting all over. I couldn’t comprehend all the organizational beauty. It was overwhelmingly wonderful!

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I had an idea of what I was after and it involved tiered, sliding drawers. I found a great unit in the kitchen aisle, bought two, and skipped out of the store. OK I didn’t skip, but it felt like I was walking on air, whatever, same thing. I was so excited to get home and take out all of the mayhem and organize the toddler-craziness into bins by category, size, color even?! Ohhh the possibilities. When I had everything all organized and ready to put back in — the true horror set in.

They were too tall.

And my shelf is apparently so custom built in, it is cut into the sides of the cabinet. Fantastic. I sat them on the counter for a few days trying to figure out where else I could stash these magical tiered baskets, until I gave in to the fact that it would not work in my kitchen and I bagged them back up to be returned. Depressing.

I was browsing Target a few days later and strolled through the $1/$3 aisle {glorious sometimes, right?!} and found these cute, pink, rubber bins that hit that sweet spot of “this could work” in my brain. I grabbed four and went on my way.

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They are perfect for wrangling the toddler gear! They are deep, which fits a lot, and since they are rubber and flexible, they can fit side by side well. It was a quick and easy fix, that happened a bit by accident, but that saved me about $40! The Container Store items were $25 +tax each and these were $3 each! Sure they are pink, due to it being Easter timing, but heck, it works for me!

The bamboo utensil holder was a cheap find at Marshalls as well. I had that for a while hoping that I would figure out some way to hold all of the other items!

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Perhaps we are approaching the “terrible two’s”? Or maybe it’s because I am raising a daughter? There, I’m sure, are many reasons why my sweet, goofy, little girl has turned into a waking dictator, who, at the crack of dawn, decides that her wrath of unknowns is ready to be unleashed. 11014991_10101758473192693_2560095276888936951_n

I am coming off of two straight weeks of shortened sleep cycles, crying first thing in the morning and trying to get a toddler to just eat and poop something, in a normal pattern. I know, I’m crazy for thinking this is possible. I believe we are teething, constipated, battling a cold, dealing with knowing what we want to say but not having the full ability, and two labs that just ruin the world.

My mornings have started by tears, diaper-change refusal, 7 books read, and one of the last two binkies being clenched in mouth as little M hollers her orders of leaving the room, then going back in, then turning on the light, then grabbing a toy, then throwing the toy {which makes more tears flow}, then smacking the dogs who are licking her face. By the time we make it downstairs to try to get a drink and food, no one is keeping calm.

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M is going through food refusal so she and I sit with the fridge and freezer door wide open as I use her as a homing-beacon to figure out what she may want to eat. {Meatballs and ice chips? Sure! Why not…} After I get them ready to eat, she walks around with the bowl sideways so everything spills out. Back to zero. Deep breaths. Keep calm and what?

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The rest of these mornings I tend to be followed by a very hangry toddler, who is refusing to eat, can’t poop and teeth hurt. I feel her. I really do. I’ve come to work looking a bit disheveled for the past two weeks, and I think this is just the new look I need to learn to rock.

As much as life during these mornings can be difficult, I wouldn’t trade them for anything and I secretly love every minute. Cheers to you moms and dads that can understand and goodonya for being able to have the humor to get through!