Tuesday, January 31, 2012

18 months!

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(ahh... it is impossible to take good pictures at this stage!!! She will not sit still so instead I get the deer caught in the headlights look... oh well)


I am over a month late on this post... but here are her stats at 18 months!

Weight: 20 lbs 6%
Height: 30 inches 8%
Head: 18 inches 25 %

So the verdict is, she's tiny. When we are out and she is running around, people always ask how old she is and comment that she looks way too small to be walking... haha.

I love this little girl. She is crazy and funny and into everything!! She has so much energy and quite a funny personality. She is always climbing on everything and jumping off. She talks and talks and talks ALL day. She can say pretty much anything and amazingly I can understand her. She loves to read "stories." She understands German commmands from Daddy. Anything he tells her, she can pretty much respond in English. Agnes is also becoming a little helper to mom; Always helping with laundry, dishes and cooking... It is not always helpful, but it is cute that she tries. She loves to sing, she's always singing a new little tune that goes something like, "lalala car, lalala daddy, lalala house, lalala shoes." or whatever words she feels like. She is such a dancer and I HAVE to get it on video. It is hilarious. We went to her Aunt Maddie's dance concert and she would not quit dancing in her seat for the whole 2 hours! She won't sleep without minnie mouse. She loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Wonderpets, Toy Story and Tangled. Is it bad that I kind of love that she can stay glued to a movie? It enables me to get something done without a bigger mess!
She loves: Bubble Baths, pretending to be a dog or frog, chocolate, raisens, chicken, ice water, and mommies milk. She still won't give it up. When we are in public she will even point to me and say,"mommies milk, all gone." But at home... it's all she wants. We are down to only nursing in the mornings and I have tried giving that up, but she just won't have it. I don't mind it, I really actually love it, but I just want her to quit before baby 2 comes....

There are so many more things she does at this age that are so cute and fun... It is sure busy with her, but so worth it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

All things baby #2

We are absolutely thrilled that Baby #2 is joining our family! Our kids will pretty much be exactly 2 years apart, and although that sounds pretty close, we had been working at this thing for a while.

Trying to conceive makes me an absolute crazy person... It doesn't necessarily come easy for my body to do all the right stuff, and let's just say that I am pretty much an expert on "all things fertility." I had been super anxious about the whole "trying to get pregnant" thing since we had a surprise pregnancy and miscarriage last May, and that made the whole waiting game seem even more hard... It was hard to get pregnant with Agnes, and it was hard to get pregnant this time too... I pretty much know and have tried every trick in the book, and luckily things have worked out before needing professional help. I have taken hundreds of pregnancy tests in my lifetime... (Amazon sells Wondfo test strips for dirt cheap, took me long enough to figure that out) Using some miracle herbs that puts my body on track (vitex), tracking temperatures every morning for months and months, other tricks I probably shouldn't mention on this here blog, and lots and lots of prayers... We finally got another little positive at the end of October. I couldn't even get excited until I knew we were out of the first trimester...

So for months and months I cried and cried to Evan about wanting another baby and suddenly I am crying every night that I hope I can really be a mom of two... Gotta love him. I was so anxious about the timing of this thing, hoping my kids could be close in age, and now that I have that babe growing, time can slow waaay down. please? 2nd pregnancy has been funny that way.

Anyway, here are my hopes for delivery this time around... My first delivery was probably less than ideal, and though I loved every second of it, I have some high hopes for a few things this time around:

-I would LOVE to have a VBAC... Having a C-section really wasn't that bad, but sometimes I feel like I missed out on giving birth to my child. sounds lame, i know. Of course an easier recovery wouldn't hurt either. We'll see how this turns out. I had Pre-ecplampsia the first time around and had to deliver early, so the only way I can do the VBAC thing is if I don't have those problems again and if I go into labor on my own. Kinda bad odds... but I will hope!

-I would love to not have a premature baby this time. Agnes was really healthy for being a month early, but was still in the NICU for a few days, hooked up to monitors and on an IV for low blood sugar. It really wasn't that big of a deal and I am so grateful she was okay, but I never got to have her in my room of the hospital and never felt like she was really my baby while we were there.

-Magnesium Sulfate is death. I had to be put on it for a few days during and following my c-section for blood pressure problems. It basically just makes you feel like death. I was totally out of it, passing out while trying to hold my baby, throwing up all night while holding a pillow to my belly hoping to not bust my stitches. good stuff. My biggest concern was that I was waaay too sick to get to the nursery. I wanted to nurse my baby and was so worried because I couldn't try it until the next day, and when I did, I fainted in the chair. awesome.

-Cough of Death. I had a super bad, hacking cough for weeks after my c section (surgery can do that to you) and every time I coughed was like ripping stitches, (or so it felt)

These are just silly things, and if it happens this way again? fine... It was the best few days of my life with that new little lady of mine. I just wouldn't mind snuggling with my babe in my hospital room, while eating hospital food (not an all liquid diet), and feeling great!


Anyway, here we are week 16 of pregnancy! one month until we find out the gender! SO far, things are on track and we are excited for this baby! Now if only someone could help me figure out how to ween my 18 month old. Remember how I was worried about her breastfeeding? yeah. The kid won't give it up! I really don't want to do the tandem nursing thing when baby #2 comes, so any advice would be appreciated!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Out with the Old...In with the New!

2011 was SO good to us... I can't really even believe everything that happens in one year with a toddler around. She has changed so much this year, Evan has made some good career changes, even I made some pretty great changes this year too. Here is 2011 in a few pictures...

January: First rice cereal experience for Agnes... Look at that chunk!

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She can roll!

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February: First Tooth!

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March: Lots of walks with Mom and Dad

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April: Playing at the Park, Training for 5k, Agnes can crawl

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May: Lots of fun in the Spring Weather

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June: Kelsey made her goal of losing 50 lbs since January!

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Agnes turns one!

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July: 4th of July, Agnes can walk!

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Evan goes to war... (an overnight paintball war with hundreds of people) ha...

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De Groots move to New York!

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August: Spent two weeks in Wisconsin!

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Evan got a new job that he loves!

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Tanner comes home!!!

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September: Agnes and Kelsey hang out

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October: Halloween, Found out some good news at the Shelley house!

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November: Evan goes to Massachusetts for 3 weeks, Kelsey is sick

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Agnes eating at the big kid table at Thanksgiving!

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December: Christmas!

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This year was so much fun... There were definitely challenges, stress, and some heartache but we are proud to announce that 2012 won't be slowing down for us...









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Baby Shelley #2 due around July 10, 2012! We are SO excited! Now at 14 weeks, Kelsey is starting to feel more normal too!

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