Friday, November 2, 2012

Ducky and Diabetes

Well people, this Halloween was pretty low key.
I'm not sure exactly what it was that made me not invest a whole lot of my time into it.
I think it was partially the lack of my bestie to make the holiday not so special this year.
Although, I do despise being scared in anyway, so I don't feel like I missed out in that sense.
But the girl loves this holiday and plans to watch the movies, plan the parities, and make the treats.
Court just knows how to get it done.

I didn't plan any fun get together.
And I wish I would have had the adventure of making baby girl a costume myself.
However she was QUITE an adorable duck, thanks to my sis in laws mean costume making skills.
Isaac had to work during the evening. So I didn't even take the girl trick or treating.
Seriously lame.
And on a final note, what is Halloween without the excuse of treating yourself to a few extra sweets.
It was my first year that the most I had was sharing a candy bar with my husband.
I didn't have a single slice of pizza (the best food ever made) that my family ordered.

(Side husband is pretty much a stud for sticking to pretty much the exact diet I'm on. It's great for his diabetes...but it's not easy, and he didn't hesitate. I adore him)

P.s. This is how Reagan unwound after her Halloween night.


Everything around me is changing.
My little one, my body, my location, my decisions. Those are just a couple on my list. 

For just one second I took my eyes off my baby,
and looked back to find a little lady had replaced her.
She is so fun. The funnest kind of fun I've ever known.
She booty shake dances to the hymns during General Conference.
She turns the shower head on herself while she's bathing.
Tickles any bare skin she can find on someone.
Kisses the dogs any chance she can get.
Says hi to strangers.
"Signs" for "more" whenever she sees a baby (she just wants to love on them constantly).
Learns way too much, way too quickly (she's brilliant) 

 But the change into toddler-hood has been a rocky one.
From day one I thought I had the perfect plan for parenting. I knew just how I wanted to 
teach, love, discipline, motivate etc. There was nothing that could get in my way...
Except, reality. 
Granted....her "difficult" is ridiculously easy.
I was just completely taken off guard  having my 14 month old throwing a tantrum.
It has taken me a couple months to wrap my head around trying to understand why she is doing this.
Of course it's because she's not a baby anymore. She knows just what she wants, but can't just tell me exactly what that is. 
I'd be bugged too. 
So as soon as I learn patience with learning how best to communicate with her during this stage,
she will be talking and communicating fine
 and I will have something new I need to learn. 
I have lots to learn.

At this point in my parenthood I have realized that
I have no doubt that my life has lead up to
marriage, and being a mom.
I have not learned much at all until I got married. 
Then I have my little girl teaching me things that make me so much of a better me.
To stop and really ponder it fully, brings me to tears.
I am eternally grateful.

Then my body and its changes...
This pregnancy has really been different.
But honestly, has been easier in a lot of ways too.
Not working helps.
My legs don't swell up to the size of watermelons from being on my feet all day.
This has meant not nearly as many charley horses waking me up at night. Heaven!
Reagan has also been a great distraction. Time flies as she grows up, so it seems pregnancy has sped along this time.

However about 3 weeks ago I found out I have gestational diabetes.
They are having me test my blood 4 times a day.
I count my carbs. 200 a day (adds up QUITE quickly). I do have "free foods" that are without, or have very little carbs: celery, broccoli, peanut butter, nuts, chicken, cheese, eggs...
I have 6 small meals a day...
I take insulin at night to help keep my blood sugar from getting too high during the night.

The hardest part is that, it is already plenty hard cutting out sugar and crappy carbs...
They aren't just saying...hey cut out the crap and stick to fruits and veggies and protein and stuff...
They've asked me to cut out that addicting stuff and I still have to really limit yummy, decently healthy things like fruits and MILK...TORTURE!!!!

enough whinning..

 There's no doubt it has been fantastic for me in many ways.
The obvious reasons of course...
But it has taught me how empowering it is to have self-control.
I feel pretty great.
More energy.
Great for my little man.
And it's just plain good to have to do "hard" things (I do understand that there are much harder things, much MUCH harder)

My locations and decisions changing are summed up by saying...
We're moving to Rexburg for Isaac to go to school at BYU I.
He is transferring from ISU.
For a couple reasons, but a big, oh so helpful, reason is that BYU Idaho's
student insurance has great coverage for this means
that he can switch from full time to part time (because before he had to be full time to have the benefit of having insurance through work).  So this will help so he can get this whole schooling thing done sooner.

We really looked into buying a town home or a house.
After several weeks of looking, nothing was quite what we needed, and we weren't willing to settle
on such a big commitment.
SO.... renting it is. And we are pretty sure this is the place.
It should treat us well for a couple years.

P.s. Baby girl's first sentence

Thursday, August 16, 2012


I feel like I'm dreaming.
I mean it when I say I was looking forward to either option.
Just was excited to know which it was.
I know I know...I've been saying I wanted to be surprised.
Which was also the truth.
But when Isaac and I decided against it for a few reasons...I'll admit I may have lost sleep due to my excitment.
I half way was thinking it was a boy. But at the same time after having Reagan it is hard to believe that my body isn't programed for just one gender. 

The ultrasound tech did not leave us anxiously waiting for long. 
She dove right in. 
When she showed us what makes him and him, we were happily in shock.
Neither of us knew how to wipe the smiles off our faces.
Subconsciously we were both happily remembering how fun a girl is... It just seemed unreal to plan on a boy after having a girl.  
But man, little man...we SURE love you.
And might I add. Look at that profile. What a stud!

:|: Ultrasound profile pic
:|: His first little outfit
:|: Can't wait to take a similar picture (Picture from Boden Clothing)

Making Memories

Mom and Reag Sundays 

Rigby Lake

 Golfing with Dad

Weeks like these make me the happiest.
We did things, that cost little money, while still making memories.
Monday was Rigby Lake. Which has been truly under appreciated people.
Yesterday Isaac invited us girls to go golfing with him and hang out in a golf cart.
So glad we did.
Beautiful scenry
Perfect weather
And one haaaappy baby girl.
She loved it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My newest love

18 weeks little love!
I've enjoyed growing you.
Well...the sickness wasn't my favorite. 
BUT I'd do it all my life to bring you into this world.
I'm already so sure of my love for you.
Can't wait to kiss you.
However, do take your time and grow big and strong.
That would be best.

love mom

3 years of awesomeness

Goodness handsome man, where to begin?
It's been a while. 3 years of marriage, and many more dating.
It's amazing how, just plain ole' good we are for each other.
I get married knowing, without a doubt, that you adore each other.
But it really has surprised me how I love you more and more every day.
We have learned lots.
And still have lots to learn.
I'm excited to grow together. 
This first year of Reagan's life has taught us exactly what joy is. 
Nothing has ever been better than starting our family together.
Let's keep each other.
I sure love you.
forever and ever babe!

your wife

A reunion

First, Doman style...

Pool in Grandma's backyard

We met up the boys after they got done fishing for lunch. (Side note, they spooked a Mom BLACK BEAR and her cubs while they were fishing...nbd!) The babes were getting toasty
so we tossed them in the river. My baby...before this picture was taken, for quite a while, was having a blast. But of course by the time I wanted to take pictures...she decided to be a baby. :)

 get a load of these cuties!

Love when these Domans come to town. Miss you already Madi!

 Brianna, the little mom of the group

Dakota Benjamin, being a stud as usual!

Then we headed to CO for some Porter/Everett/Fry time

9 very long car ride each way. Reagan did amazingly!
Each potty break (only two each way!) was filled with lots of loving on Reags!

 Gramps needs the volume a little louder than Grandma likes.

Granny time

 It seemed unfair to drive away, and take these two away from each other.
No amount of distance should come between them. It was worth the entire trip just for these two to begin their friendship.

 Grandma showing us her Freshman College Yearbook!
Can you imagine having a yearbook these days....Do they still? Crazy.
She was Vice President of her class freshman year. She's too cute!

 Shes's a doll huh?

 Grandma and Great Uncle Ken.

 Uncle of the best men I know!

 Notice...He is playing with her hair

 Two of my Favs
Panera Bread

 Grandma and Reagan

 Stretching her legs...and arms at the half way point.

 "Hey mom...what's this?"

Her new love Fred the Bear. Thanks Grandma for making her day...and mine.
Nothing better than a treasure from her great grandparents.