Sunday, September 4, 2016

End of Summer Updates

I am not too great at updating this blog anymore. Anyway, this summer has flown by. Between being pregnant and working full time I don't really feel like I've had a lot of moments to just rest. We took a trip to Park City for our anniversary at the beginning of June with just Kyle and I and that was a blast. It was also super weird leaving Charli behind and we really didn't know what to do with all the extra free time. We went out to eat, saw a comedy show, went to a movie, went hiking and went swimming but it still felt like we had a ton of extra free time and we were constantly showing up too early to things ha ha.

We also went to California for a week at the end of June (family trip) and that was great. We found out the gender of the baby right before so we were able to announce on the beach. Found out we are having another sweet baby girl and we couldn't be more excited. Charli loved the beach and did so well in the car considering we drove straight through both ways. She really only had one miniature meltdown on the way back but I thought that was awesome considering how long she had to sit. We did stop more often then we would have without here but mostly just to give her a break to get out and walk around. At one point on the way back we stopped in cedar city just so she could play with rocks ha ha.

Charli pretty much has all of her teeth now. They all came in at once but it really wasn't too traumatic when it happened. I kept waiting for the horrors of teething to hit and they never really did. She is also consistently sleeping 11 hours at night which is great for mom and dad. She is learning limits right now and constantly testing mom and dad. I feel like we are handling it pretty well though as we try to stay calm and talk through things with her. Some days Kyle is more patient and other days I am but are goal is to make it so she always feels like she can communicate with us even if we have to say no. She is absolutely amazing and so smart. She is constantly picking up on new words, loves her books and is such a dare devil. I couldn't be more proud to have the stubborn child that I do because I can tell she is going to be such a strong personality as she gets older.

I am 25 1/2 weeks pregnant today and I am feeling pretty good. I feel this baby a lot more than Charli due to my placenta being posterior so I really haven't had any anxiety or worries about her. She is super busy and constantly rolling around and kicking me. I did have some hip pain for a bit that seems to have gone away for now and the heartburn started but cutting out sugar seemed to help a lot. I've been trying to do yoga frequently to keep my back and hips aligned and that really seems to help. I know that I am probably about to get super uncomfortable but for now I am just really enjoying being pregnant and creating another miracle. It amazes me that in just 3 short months or so we will have a newborn again. Right now I am nesting like crazy and getting everything ready. I definitely haven't been able to rest as much this pregnancy but I am hoping that recovery will be easier since I've been a lot more active. We have decided to name baby #2 Riley Kate. I can't wait to see how she is similar to Charli and how she is different.

Anyway, that is just a quick snap shot of what has been going on in our lives. :)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Updates for the Norman Family

I feel so behind on blogging. I really enjoy when I take the time to do it but life is just busy busy and my toddler tends to be even more busy.

Charli really has developed quite the personality. She started walking at about 14 months and has just gotten faster and faster. She doesn't crawl at all anymore and is constantly on the move. She is so happy, loud and bossy and she has definitely started having temper tantrums as she experiences her emotions. She still naps a couple of times a day and sleeps pretty good at night.. most nights. She also finally got one tooth to break through and I am pretty sure a ton will soon follow.

One of many silly faces.

So dang happy to be with mom. <3 p="">
Eating watermelon at the park on Mom's birthday.

Exploring the hospital when mom was there for a really bad cold.

I love her so much and I am so lucky to be her mommy even on days where it can feel more difficult. She has become so much more fun though now that she is so interactive and I love getting to show her new experiences as she grows up.

Charli also had some exciting news to share recently:
She is going to be a big sister come this December. :) I am currently 12 1/2 weeks pregnant and it has been a rough go this time. I have definitely experienced a lot more morning sickness and fatigue this time and chasing a toddler around in the midst of it has been difficult. I am extremely blessed to have a loving husband who has stepped up in every way to make sure both of his girls are well taken care of and for that I am forever grateful. He really is the best partner I could have ever asked for.

We find out the gender in two weeks and I am so excited to find out if our next baby will be a baby brother or baby sister. I honestly have no idea. Kyle is very confident that I am carrying a little boy and at times I feel that I agree, but I haven't been 100% sure. I guess I would lean more towards girl because boy just hasn't felt right and that's how I felt with Charli.. but I can't say I am one of those moms who just knows. I just want a healthy baby and so far everything looks great and the baby is measuring perfectly. This will more than likely be our last child since Kyle and I would like a smaller family so we  can do more family trips and it's just easier to handle financially. We also want to be super close to our kids and be able to give them a lot of one on one attention. Let's face it.. parenting is hard and although we love our baby we can't wait to have older kids who we can do more with.

We are going to California for a week right after we find out the gender and plan on doing a beach announcement of sorts so I will try to update the blog when we get back and share our adventures. 

Memories With Charli: 12th Month

1) Charli was very busy and was getting into everything she wasn't supposed to.

2) Charli fell and lost her balance a lot as she was getting used to pulling herself up on her feet.

3) Charli had a severe sleep regression since she liked to wake up in the middle of the night and practice crawling as well as playing with toys.

4) Charli graduated to a convertible car seat.

5) Charli went to the midway ice castles with mom and dad. She got to meet Anna and Elsa.

6) Charli started sitting in the grocery store cart instead of in her car seat. She always had to be holding something.

7) Charli had her smash cake pictures and although she was a bit grumpy (8 am was too early for pictures) they turned out really well and she loved her cake.

8) Charli celebrated her first birthday: frozen style. She slept through some of her birthday and had a cold, but she had a blast when she woke up and enjoyed all of her new toys and all the yummy food. Charli's aunt Danielle made her official smash cake for her pictures and it was a beautiful cake. Mom made her birthday cake with love and it wasn't pretty lol.

Visiting the ice castles with mom and dad

Family pictures for her 1 year

My beautiful 1 year old.

Being timid.. look at that beautiful cake!

One more from fotofly :)

Her actual birthday

Mom's ugly cake made with love.

The slide she got for her birthday.

Charli and her cousin Mason :)

Decorations and food

First time sitting in the cart at the grocery store

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Memories with Charli: 11th Month

1) Charli went on her first plane ride to California for Christmas. She did amazing on the plane and didn't cry. She enjoyed smiling and clapping and was happy to interact with any stranger. She refused to sleep on the plane so by the time we got to the airport she was so exhausted she immediately passed out in her car seat in the stroller.

2) She did amazing in California and loved all the attention that she got from her grandparents, cousins, great grandparents, and great aunt and uncle. She stayed up super late every night and didn't sleep too great since she shared a room with mom and dad but she was pretty happy and content.

3) She got a lot of gifts for Christmas and wasn't quite sure what to do with them. She mostly seemed overwhelmed by them. She loved her ball pit and stackers.

4) Charli started to learn how to wave and got much more interactive and started to mimic people's facial expressions more and more. She was extremely social and loved being around a ton of people as long as she wasn't tired.

5) Charli still did not have any teeth.

6) Charli started to enjoy her bottles less and less and demand more solid food.

7) Charli started to whine and have temper tantrums a lot more frequently (not mom and dad's most favorite thing).

8) Charli got to see the ocean for the first time on Christmas day and take pictures with the family. She also got to experience being a part of an escape room even though she ended up falling asleep in dad's arms.

9) Charli started to army "scoot" around and was close to crawling.. just wouldn't use her legs.

10) Four days before Charli turned 11 months, she started crawling.

11) On New Year's Eve, Charli went sledding but mostly just slept the entire time. 

Charli and Mama at the beach.

Charli and Daddy at the beach.

Christmas morning.. tons of gifts and all she wanted was that candy cane.

Christmas Eve dinner with uncle Ryan.

Getting on the plane with mom and great grandma.

Outside with daddy in the snow.

Norman family Christmas party with her cousins Mason and Chloe.

11 months and so active.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Memories with Charli: 10th Month

1) Charli got really sick the week of Thanksgiving. She had pneumonia, had a 103 degree fever, and was extremely dehydrated. She had to get an IV for fluids at the doctor and mom and dad had to feed her by syringe until she started feeling better. She initially lost half a pound but quickly made it up when she started feeling better.

2) Charli had her first thanksgiving but was pretty tired because she was still recovering from being sick. She was pretty happy still though but was more interested in making a mess of her food than eating it. She did love the deserts of course though.

3) Charli started to show signs of crawling and would get up on her knees but then fall over onto her head.

4) Charli definitely became more clingy and loved being carried around by mom and dad. She made sure we knew that she wanted this at all times.

5) You couldn't eat a meal alone anymore. Charli remained interested in all food and had to have her share.

6) Charli would clap on command and started to high five her dad.

7) Charli had Christmas pictures taken and did awesome considering she was up all night the night before.

8) Charli continued to sleep pretty well with a rough night here and there.

Being silly with mom :)

Rolling everywhere.

Beautiful baby blues.

IV at the doctors.

Stylish baby.

Sitting in front of the christmas tree.

Time with daddy on thanksgiving.

One of Charli's Christmas pictures

Another of Charli's christmas pictures.

Charli at 10 months.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Memories with Charli: 9th Month

1) Charli slept in her crib for 10 hours on Halloween and she consistently slept in the crib for at least half the night. Charli started to sleep train herself and would get antsy if we tried to rock her to sleep. Some nights she still needed some extra snuggles to go to bed though.

2) She continued to love all food that was given to her but especially apple sauce, pumpkin pie, and popcorn (not the part with the kernels of course..).

3) She had her first halloween and went to mom and dad's work for trunk or treat. She was dressed as a tiger.

4) She had her first ear infection and didn't sleep for four days (pretty much). Thank god for antibiotics.

5) Charli started to wear 12 month size clothes.

6) Charli continued to practice walking but still no crawling.

7) Charli consistently said mama to pretty much everyone including her dad.

8) Charli was a very mellow baby with spurts of energy and loud noises. :)

9) Charli was very entertained by the dogs and consistently reached for them.

10) Charli still did not have any teeth.

11) Charli started to become ticklish especially on her thighs.

12) Charli started to tilt her head on purpose especially when she realized we thought it was cute.

13) Charli slept for 7+ hours in her crib most nights.

14) Charli learned how to roll consistently right before her nine month appointment with her doctor. it became her method for getting around.

15) Charli went to "Thanks for coming" for the first time and was interested in all the food and squealed and yelled a lot. She also spent time with her cousin Mason.

16) At her 9 month appointment Charli weighed 17lbs 11 oz (27%), was 26.9 inches tall (25%) and her head was 17.4 inches (55%).

Snuggling with daddy on football day :)

Not too happy about her ear i infection but still so beautiful.

Loved this fall picture of Charli. 

She has the best glares!

Her halloween picture. :)

The head tilt.

With her cousin Mason.

On Thanks for coming day.. out of mommas belly as long as she was in. :)

The group photo of Thanks for coming.

Charli and daddy.

9 months old!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Memories with Charli: Eight Month

1) Charli's vocabulary expanded and she started saying dada and mama quite a bit. Tended to say Mama more when she was upset.

2) Charli was very much into trying new foods and was very interested in whatever mom and dad were eating.

3) Charli went overnight camping for the first time and loved the campfire.

4) Charli went to bear lake for 4 days for Uncle Sam's wedding and she did really well. She loved visiting the Lake and eating dirt and even though she was teething she was still pretty happy.

5) Charli still no teeth.

6) She started sleeping in her crib for part of the night but was waking up more in the middle of the night.

7) She was obsessed with any toy that lit up and had music..

8) Charli loved watching football and would stay up late watching to see the Utes games.

Fell asleep on the way to bear lake

Found a perfect heart shaped island for Charli

Heading to the wedding :)

Loved the sand. 

Ready for Uncle Heber's wedding

Ready for football

Spending time with her cousins :)