Monday, September 14, 2015

It's a girl!

I can't believe we will be welcoming a sweet baby girl into our family. I've always wanted a girl and I'm so pleased with they way God has planned it out for us. One of each. Boy first to be that older protective brother.

When I first found out I was pregnant, I immediately looked up the Chinese gender chart to see what it said. It was right with Jaris and so many of my friends so I went with it. I was going to have a hard time convincing Brett to have a third one if this was a boy so I was praying hard to have girl. And as always a healthy and happy baby! And according to the CGC, it was going to be a girl. 

This pregnancy we've had a few bumps in the road. I had some pain/cramping a few weeks back so my doctor did an unscheduled ultrasound. Turns out my placenta was low. I was told to take it easy, no heavy lifting, among other things . I'm not really one to "take it easy." Don't get me wrong, if I could nap daily I would but just like everyone else in this world, I'm busy. Between cheer practice, teaching them new routines, Veritas Fall Kickoff, Veritas volleyball, Veritas football game, having JT by myself the majority of the time, photo shoots, a concert, a wedding, and anything else in between, taking it easy was hard. A few weeks later I had another issue and went in for another unscheduled ultrasound. I was right at 20 weeks and wasn't supposed to have the anatomy ultrasound until 21 weeks. Thankfully this ultrasound turned out to be SUCH a relief and I'm really glad I didn't have to wait. I am fine now and the baby was great. My placenta is moving in the right direction. It's not exactly where it should be but she thinks by delivery it should be okay and I can avoid a c-section. I'm also cleared for normal activity and I'm cleared to go to Hawaii in November! I was really worried about that, if my placenta didn't move...I wouldn't be going and I would've been devastated. So glad everything is working itself out!

I told the tech that we were wanting to find out what it is if she can while checking to make sure we are okay. While scanning over the baby she passed the legs and I could tell immediately it was a girl. She moved over to another section quickly but I already knew, I had a huge smile on my face. A few minutes later she went back over to see and it just confirmed what I saw...I said, "it's a girl isn't it?" She said yes ma'am! I wish I had a camera on Brett's face. The "I'm in big trouble...and oh my gosh what is about to happen to my wallet" look was priceless! I could hardly contain my excitement! We had planned on doing a balloon release and finding out at the same time as family, but that went out the window when she scanned over the legs and I could already tell..oops. So we decided to do the picture above as our announcement.

I've had two names on my girl list for awhile...Landry and Breckyn. But Brett and I decided when we first found out we were expecting, that if it was a girl we would go with Landry Marie. I love the meaning of it and Brett likes it because of Tom Landry from the Dallas Cowboys but that's not where I got it! I also like the way Jaris and Landry sound when I say them together. Marie is my middle name as well as my moms. And I call Maisy, Maisy Marie all the time so I figured I should just keep the tradition going :)

We told family that night, everyone is of course excited. Jaris however had quite the opposite reaction. He had gone back and fourth about what he wanted but recently he was siding with Brett and wanted a boy. So when we told him, he was not a happy camper. Tears. It was actually hilarious! I knew it wouldn't take long for him to come around and by the next day he was asking if she could sleep in his room. When she would wake up he said he would tell her "shh...everything is okay." And then I melted. Now he's pointing out things she needs and keeps saying, "my Landry" which I love. He gets a kick out of talking to my belly and I need to record it but the way he talks is so funny. He asks her if she slept okay and then tells her that he loves her. It kills me!

Today we had our normal scheduled ultrasound to check out the anatomy of little miss and make sure all insides are growing like they should. Heart, kidneys, bones, stomach, brain, etc all look great! She is measuring within a day of her due date and is already on the tall side of the charts! The battle has already started between Brett and I...which I of course will win!

This ultrasounds was AMAZING to watch. After looking over everything she wanted to get a profile of her, only to catch a few minutes of her really dancing around! She was all over the place and almost did a back flip for us, both the tech and I got a good laugh. Plus because of the location of my placenta (towards the back) I can feel EVERYTHING. I'm being kicked, elbowed, and headbutted at all times of the day. Brett felt a few kicks last night, pretty sure shes already done him in. He was pretty excited.  The tech got a great pic of her smiling mouth wide open...I love it. She for sure has Brett's nose and lips!

I am head over heals for her already and I can't wait for January!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New School Year

This year is a big school year for Jaris. Last year was his first year of preschool and we went two days a week in the mornings. This year he is not only going three days a week in the morning but also in the afternoon! At the end of last year we had to register for the three day morning classes or risk losing our spot. But then we decided we wanted him to at Veritas in their K-Quest program. However they only do that in the afternoons. So we decided to keep him at his old preschool three days a week in the morning and in the afternoons on those days he will go to Veritas. So basically 3 days week he's got a full day of school with an hour lunch break. I think this will be an awesome way to transition into kindergarten next year. He should be fully prepared! The other two days a week he's with the grandmas so he's got a pretty nice schedule set up. 

First day of Veritas (he's not a huge fan of having to wear a polo and what he calls "nice shorts" everyday yet).

First official day at his old preschool!

I really love that Jaris is at Veritas this year. I was involved with the school last year because of Brett but now that I'm coaching and have a kiddo there I'm really getting to know the students and parents. They are truly one big family. The families care about us, the kids tell me they stop and say hi to JT when he's in class, and his PE teacher was my PE teacher when I was in elementary fun is that?! He's in a great atmosphere (at both schools) the teachers are really focused on his goals, you can really tell that they care about him, his well being, and family life. I love that. He loves seeing all the big kids that he knows and it's super cool to have dad down the hall. 

I got this picture from the administrator on the first day of school. Brett peeking in on JT to see how he's doing. So sweet!  

Our schedule is starting to really pick up, this month alone we have Veritas events, volleyball games, football games, swimming lessons, football practice (every weekday), cheer practice, 3 weddings (yes only one weekend wedding free), a trip to Iowa for one wedding and a trip to Nebraska for another, a trip to the zoo, 3 birthdays, and we are finding out what this baby is! October looks pretty much the same, except for weddings will be replaces with senior photo shoots.

We are ready for all that the fall/winter season has to bring with it! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Latest Happenings

We are so close to finding out what this baby is, I can hardly contain myself! The first trimester everything was pretty much the same as my first pregnancy. No morning sickness, really tired, that's about it. Then the second trimester hit and it's been totally different. A lot of aches and pains (ligament stretching I'm pretty sure), back pain way sooner than last time, my belly feels heavier than I remember, just overall uncomfortable. I think (you'll have to double check with Brett) that I've done a pretty good job of not complaining. In fact I'm not really sure he knows just how uncomfortable I am this time around. Last pregnancy I didn't get heartburn until the end, back pain until the end, didn't make as many trips to the bathroom until the end, but this time it all hit at 4 months. I'm 5 months now and huge. Huge. But cheer practice and walking everyday is keeping me busy.

5 months...*sorry for the 3 bathroom selfies*
Jaris has been doing swimming lessons all summer with the fabulous Miss Claudine and he is loving it! We started him at 8 months old and then took a year off. He is doing so great, you can't keep this kid out of the water!

Last swim before school starts with his best buddy Harrison!

Taylor came into town this last weekend, she and I went to the Sam Hunt/Lady Antebellum concert. Taylor is a huge Sam Hunt fan (that's putting it lightly) so she got us VIP passes and we ended up being first row off of the stage. I could touch the stage, which was pretty cool. We got high fives from all of the singers and it was so much fun! 


Lady A was amazing as always! This is my second time seeing them this year, we got to see them at the CMA Fest.

The next day we headed to Power Play with my parents and Taylor. We had a lot of fun, although I love bumper cars but had to miss out...they were JT's favorite as well!

iPhone pics...

I love this picture because his face looks so little still.

I can't handle.

Maisy and mama going in for kisses

Baby #1 and Baby #3  :)

ThunderKat, our fave date night band!

Every day. All day.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


July has flown by! We had a great fourth, we were out on the boat all day. My family came out, Brett's family and Taylor was in town! Jaris could be in the water all day long. He doesn't like getting out and definitely doesn't like when we say it's time to go. That night we went out to Brett's sisters friends block party out in the country. It was the first time Jaris has really got to set off his own fireworks. Usually we just go to a show or he was too little. He loved it! He had so much fun lighting them and running away, dancing through the smoke bombs, and catching the parachutes. The hosts then put on a great end of the night fireworks show and we called it a night. 

My family went on a fun night out to Top Golf in Kansas City. SO MUCH FUN! I suck at golf but it was a really cool atmosphere,good food, drinks, music, and fun games. After I got the hang of things it was an absolute blast!

We got to hear the sweet sounds of the baby's heartbeat at the beginning of the month. Jaris is old enough to understand what is going on and I want him to be apart of the process and really prepare him for what's coming. He came with us to the appointment and at first he wasn't to sure what the doctor was going to do to me with that little machine but when he understood what he was listening to, he thought it was pretty cool. Or has he says, it's sounds like a train! He really likes to talk to the baby and he does it in a really funny high pitched voice...and he does the gibberish baby talk. It cracks me up!

Our next appointment is just blood work and testing but after that (on September 15th) we get to find out what this baby is! I have held onto all of JT's clothes from newborn till now and they are starting to take up a lot more storage space than I'd like in our storage. I've been starting to pile up stuff around the house that I want to put in a garage sale and if this baby is a girl I'm going to have a TON of boy clothes to get rid of...and if not I guess I'll save some money! 42 more days...hurry up!

Kelly and the kids came into town and stayed for 2 1/2 weeks! Jaris was in heaven! It was a long time for him to be off schedule, lots of late night bedtimes, lots of learning how to share, lots of time outs, but lots of fun, and a lot love. We did a lot of boating, all three boys even tried skiing on the kiddy skis and Brooks and Kaden did awesome! I was so proud of JT for wanting to try and holding on to fight his way up but his feet are still just a little too small to stay in the skis. I love that he wanted to try though. 

We did some shopping for Stephs new house, ate out a lot, had many sleepovers, and went to a KC Sporting game. Such a fun atmosphere and the kids loved it! The fans were crazy loud and passionate, and even though I'm not a soccer fan it was really fun.

Maisy is always there!

And of course more swimming and boating!

The morning they left JT woke up and asked what they were doing today, they love and fight like brothers...he definitely misses them! And so do we!

Thankfully to round out the end of the week after they left we have the Douglas County Fair. I have always loved going to the fair, the rides, the food, and the best people watching ever! Brett isn't a huge fan but he puts a smile on and goes every year! Jaris loves the demolition derby so we go to that every time but he mostly loves the animals. I want to be out in the country so bad, with a couple of cows, a couple of goats, chickens, and a dog and barn cats of course! I've totally rubbed off on Jaris because every time he is around these animals he tells me he wants to live in the country! This year was even better because a lot of the Veritas family does 4H. So we got to get up close and personal with the animals and Jaris was loving it. Next year we talked with one of the families about letting JT do the peewee showings, which he would love! It is such a great way for kids to learn responsibility and showmanship.

And of course no fair is complete without carnival rides! This year JT went on the kiddy coaster for the first time ever by himself! He loved it and especially when the "turns whipped me around so fast!" 

We kicked off August in the best way getting last minute tickets (thanks to a Veritas family) to the Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean concert! 2 people we didn't get to see at the CMT Fest. It was an absolute blast! They both played for about 2 hours and put on great shows! Slowly but surely I'm turning Brett into a concert go-er. And thanks to the CMT Fest I'm pretty sure we've seen close to every big name in country music this year alone!

Don't worry about the photo-bomber in the background...we are concert besties now!

And of course we have to end the weekend with boat time.

Random iPhone pics...

That teddy bear Brett gave to me when we were 16. It's still the cutest stuffed bear I've seen! Love that he sleeps with it. *He'll love me for this picture later right?*