Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hayden Catherine Yahne

She's here!

Born 8:21am, 8lbs 14oz, 20.75 long.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Catching Up

I've been a bad blogger until this weekend, because the past few weeks have been jammed packed. And I've been exhausted. However now that pregnancy insomnia seems to be catching up with me, I'm starting to catch up on posts. I promise that Hayden will blow this destined to be short-lived trend out of the water at 7:30am Tuesday morning.

Friday was my last day of work until July. That's right. I'm treating myself to a luxurious 3 day weekend parenting just one child before Hayden's arrival. I keep warning Jillian to enjoy this situation while she still can, but she remains unconcerned and preoccupied with comparing our belly buttons. She is talking more and understanding even more. If I say, time for a diaper she follows me to the changing table. If I say time for a bath she says "bath" and follows me to the tub. If I say stop pinching Cujo, she smirks and does it again harder. *sigh* She is turning into a little person just as we are getting a new baby.

As usual, I have found that I have a wonderful group of friends and family who are also excited to meet Hayden. A couple weekends ago, I walked into the Cheesecake Factory with Jeramy thinking we were having lunch with another couple. What I found was a group of ladies gathered to have lunch to celebrate Hayden's impending arrival. Jeramy took off, and I enjoyed the surprise lunch. It was low key, with few gifts (as I'm well set for a baby girl), and it ended with cheesecake. PB/chocolate cheesecake for me to be exact. Mmmmmm....

I've been splurging a bit lately too. Pregnancy and online shopping appear to be a dangerous combination for my checking account. I bought matching personalized big sister/little sister shirts off etsy for the girls. I decided to switch out my baby wearing devices since I think I'll be wearing Hayden more than Jillian. The Moby proved way to complicated for my level of coordination, so I bought a hotsling. Then I found a killer deal on Ergo carriers on Babysteals.com. After all that I discovered that Carhartt has a new line up of clothes for little girls. I bought Jillian the cutest coveralls and jumper plus onesies for each girl. Jillian really looks like her Daddy's girl now. Now that I'm having two girls, I find myself justifying purchases for Jillian with the fact that Hayden can use it later. A very dangerous trend.

Hayden's room has been done for months. As soon as we found out we were having another girl, Jeramy was all over the painting, furniture ordering, etc. I hadn't taken any pictures until last night though, because it was rather messy. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, especially since it was done on a rather tight budget.

This of course makes me realize that I never showed pictures of Jillian's room at our new house, which she moved into late last summer. It is basically the same design with a little darker brown on the walls than in her old room. We moved the changing table to Hayden's room to make room for toys. Jillian's room definitely looks more lived in or I guess I should say played in. When we first moved she was in the room Hayden will be in now, but after we added our master bedroom this room was created from a portion of our own bedroom. It is a good thing that we added on so soon too...otherwise we would have been short one bedroom and the kids rooms here are pretty small.

Oh and how do you like the pictures? I told Jeramy that I wanted a new camera, and well that is all it takes to get him shopping. He really could take on a career as a personal shopper. After researching online we decided on a Nikon D5000. I've spent most of my time reading the manual and Jeramy has been using it. Standard operating procedures for both of us.

Now less than 12 hours until some very much anticipated sleep deprivation.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gorgeous Blanket

Believe it or not, I do still knit. I haven't been very good about posting my finished objects, but I assure you that there were some during the second trimester. Third trimester...not so much.

Wednesday nights I get together with a group of gals to knit. It is my one night out each week, and the break is always much needed. Our knitting group has also been quite productive in the baby department lately as well as one recently had a baby and three (including myself) were due between May and June. We worked together as a group on baby blankets for everybody. One gal has an online yarn shop (check it out here) and she provided all of the yarn, and we each made squares. They surprised me with Hayden's blanket last week, and I must say it is absolutely gorgeous. This picture doesn't come close to doing it justice.

I'm so lucky to have met such a great group of ladies. And Hayden is such a lucky little girl to get such a beautiful blanket.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Family Photos

I love the results of our latest photo shoot with photographer Keren Fenton. She can do wonders with a camera and is a ton of fun. I'm not the least bit photogenic, but I'm always happy with the results. If you are in the Seattle area, definitely check out her website here.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

18 Months

Jillian turned 18 months old on Wednesday. It is hard to believe that we are halfway between one and two, and this next month will be one that will bring a whole lot of change for all of us. Unlike Jeramy and I, Jillian is blissfully unaware of her little sister's impending arrival. She has only noticed the new functionality of my stomach as a stepping stool and place to place the pile of books she wants me to read.

She continues to be quite the little monkey. "Monkey" has actually been Jeramy's nickname for her for many months, and it is quite appropriate. The other day he turned around to find she had climbed up her high chair and was standing at the kitchen counter. Soon I'm afraid she will be scaling the baby fence placed strategically to block access to the fireplace and dining room.

She talks constantly. Now it is pretty difficult to understand what she is saying, but she seems to comprehend her language perfectly well. She'll run into the kitchen and point at a cabinet..."blah, blah, blah, blah, blah". And if you can't decipher what she wants based on that, it turns into tears. Admittedly it is a frustrating experience for all involved. It is often easier just to pick her up and let her show you want she wants herself. Gradually the blabbering seems to be turning into real words. Recent additions to the vocabulary include duck, book, and "e-i-e-i-o" from Old McDonald. I'm told by both sets of grandmas that she says thank you as well, but I have yet to hear it. I guess we are just not as big on manners at my house.

I find that she is a little hard on her mama these days. She greatly enjoys pulling my hair, pinching, and grabbing parts of my face. Not anybody else...just me. Perhaps it is because we've sang a little too much "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" together. Who knows. But it hurts like hell. I try to express that something hurts me (which she doesn''t quite understand) and then if it continues set her down on the floor, which seems to be the worst possible punishment I can inflict. I am really hoping this is just a phase that passes soon.

Another phase I would like to see pass are night terrors. She has often been waking up about an hour after going to bed screaming and screaming. She isn't awake but she'll sit or stand or walk as if she is (basically like sleepwalking). There is nothing you can do to console her either, and it is absolutely heartbreaking. At her check-up Dr. M said the usual cause is being over tired, so we've been trying our best to stick to the usual bedtime regardless of whether she seems sleepy.

Both Jeramy and I agree that she has reached such a fun age between her expressions and laughter. She loves going places and exploring. On Tuesday, he took her to the Seattle Children's Museum with his mom, niece and cousins from Iowa (I'm always missing the fun when I'm at work). It looks like they had a great time though based on the pictures:

Monday, April 5, 2010


I don't remember much about Easter last year. I couldn't even find a blog post to remind me. I'm pretty sure it was pretty low key especially since Jillian wasn't old enough to understand any of the fun stuff.

Well this year was different. Between last weekend and this weekend she participated in three egg hunts. Well at her age it was less about hunting and more about picking the eggs in plain view up. It was also her first introduction to competition and a glimpse into our future as soccer (or whatever sport) parents. I stood on the sidelines snapping pictures as Jeramy held her basket and tried coaxing her to pick up eggs. She did pretty well at the first church-sponsored egg hunt, where there was only boring grass to distract her. At the community-sponsored egg hunt they put the under 2 section in an area filled with pea gravel, and let's just say that the gravel was far more interesting than the eggs. When we did one at home yesterday she decided that playing on her jungle gym would be far more fun than picking up those silly eggs.

She also got her first Easter egg basket this year. She got a few toys and candy. I found her trying to consume the candy packaging and all several times. She knows what is inside...opening it is the hard part!

Later in the morning we had some family over for brunch, which is pretty much my favorite meal ever to eat and consume. We had crepes with fruit and whipped cream and plenty of breakfast meats including steaks that Jeramy BBQ'd. His cousins from Iowa were in town so there were 4 kids total between one and three making for a noisy but fun time. Jeramy got out Jillian's new bubble machine, which they found highly entertaining.

It was a very fun Easter. Granted this pregnant lady was exhausted by the end of it all (especially since our Saturday had been very busy as well). But it was well worth it. Holidays really are more fun with kids.