Well, everything is all ready for the party tomorrow! I just got back from buying all the food - we'll be eating hot dogs, burgers, chips, a fruit tray with dip, broccoli slaw, and drinking lemonade. AND, of course, cake for dessert.
Ella and I head out to the cabin this afternoon. We're sleeping there overnight and getting ready for the party in the morning. I think I'll actually bake the cakes tonight, put them in the fridge, and then ice them and assemble them tomorrow. It's going to be the cutest cake! I also have to make Ella a cupcake of her own. Then tomorrow morning we'll decorate and get all the food ready, and the party starts at 1:00 pm.
I love how I planned this party for 1:00 pm because that's right in the middle of her naps (she napped from about 10-12 and 3-5). I figured she could do the party thing and then go crash if she needed. BUT.......in the past week she has changed her nap schedule! For the past 3 days, she has only taken one nap a day instead of two.......and it's at 1:00 pm. BAH! Today though she went down closer to noon, so she'll be tired this evening and maybe go to bed early. Then, I'm hoping she gets up early, maybe 6 am? That way she can go back down for a nap around 10 or 11 like usual and she'll get up for th party! Here's praying............
I guess it is about the right time for her to give up a nap. I guess she's never really been the type to love her sleep, so I shouldn't have imagined having to wean her off her nap at 16 months! She's doing it on her own.
Anyways, I've got to pack out stuff while she's sleeping and get ready to go when she gets up. Party time!
To start off, Ella and I drove out to the IL's cabin on Friday around supper time. We got there around 5:00 pm and unpacked our huge carload full of party supplies, pack & play, high chair, food, presents, etc. I decided to make the cake that night and put it in the fridge overnight. So That went well - the cakes turned out fine and Ella's little cupcake turned out too (even though I forgot those little paper linings for the cupcake - I just greased the heck out of the pan!). Ella had only had one nap on Friday and she was super tired and grumpy by 7:00 pm, so I fed her her formula in her sippy and put her to bed in her pack & play. She has never slept in there before so I was a little worried, but she fell asleep in 30 seconds flat, she was so pooped. Rejoicing in the fact that she was down for the night and I was out at the lake with no cares in the world, I lay on the deck on a lounge chair, ate fruit snacks and watched the sunset. I was so happy that Ella had no problems falling asleep in her pack & play in a strange house. She didn't get up until 8:00. PM.
Yeah. She thought it was a nap and did NOT go down for the night, she slept for an hour and thought it was time to get back up at 8:00 PM! BAH! My brilliant plan foiled. Eventually, at 10 pm, both Ella and I drifted off. During the night, she woke up about 4-5 times sneezing or coughing and needed her soother back. Neither of us slept well, and it sounded like Ella was getting sick.
We woke up at 7:00 am. I was glad it was early and she hadn't slept well, because that meant she could have a good nap before the party at 1:00 pm! By 9:30 I could tell she was tired, and by 10:00, she fell asleep in the pack & play. I got to work assembling and decorating the cake, and getting the house decorated (all with the help of my MIL). Unfortunately, my hopes for a 2 hour nap were foiled, and Ella pooped her pants and woke herself up at 10:45 am. I could tell there was no chance of getting her back to sleep, so i figured she'd just have to last until the presents and cake were done, then she could go back down.
The party didn't even start until 2:00 (it was all family, and some of them I knew couldn't make it until 1:30 but throw a storm in to the mix and some didn't get there until 2:00pm. Ella was a disaster. The party hadn't even started and she was ready to hit the sack. We ate our BBQ lunch as fast as possible, watched her open presents, let Ella eat her cake, and she was DONE. She fell asleep right away and the rest of us ate our cake and watched Ella's Birthday Video that DH and I made.
During this time, it not only rained, it HAILED. Then the thunder and lightening started and Ella was woken up by the storm after only 30 minutes of nap. And ON and ON and ON this disaster went! Finally I got her to go back down for more nap, and we all mingled and chatted. By the time Ella was woken up by ANOTHER clap of thunder, she was coughing like she had croup and snot was pouring out of her nose. She was inconsolable, hungry, tired, sick, and just plain worn out. My poor little bean. After some Tylenol she perked up a bit and managed to play with some of her new toys, but she was clingy like there was no tomorrow. BUT.......
SHE SAID HER FIRST WORD! It was "Bubbles"!
She has a favorite book "Where is Baby's Belly Button" and it's a 'lift the flap' book. On one page it says "Where are baby's hands? Under the bubbles!" and you lift the bubbles flap to see the baby's hands. She was reading the book with my sister and on that page, my sister read it to her, and after, she said "Bah boos"! She did it four times! I didn't hear it the first time, but everyone heard it after that! She looked at the page and said it again 3 more times 'Bah boos"! Hooray! Dh was sad it wasn't "Daddy".....
Finally we made it out of there on our way home. It was still raining and we saw 2 rainbows on the way home. We got home and put Ella to bed, but that didn't prove as easy as we had hoped. Long story short - DH was up most of the night with her in our bed, and I slept downstairs on the couch. She was sick sick sick. She just cried and cried, and kept stiffening her tummy up, and wailing and wailing. Needless to say, we all stayed home from church today. She seems better now as far as her tummy but she is still a snot fountain.
Spilling the "Bean"
Then on Sunday we told our families (FINALLY!) about "Bean #2"! We had DH's family stop by our house on their way back out to the cabin after church. We were going to tell them that night out at their house (both my family and DH's family live in the same small town - we were going to stop by both houses) but they said they would be back at the cabin until tomorrow. So we had them stop by around 2:30 pm. I got Ella dressed up in her "Big Sister" onesie, and we brought her out to visit! I handed her right to my MIL, with the shirt full in her face........nothing. We visited for about 10 minutes and neither my MIL or FIL read her shirt! Finally, since the had only stopped by for a few minutes, DH said "Did you have a look at what Ella's shirt says?" They both paused to read it, and their eyes widened........."What? Really?" They were excited, and shocked to hear that we are already 3 months along! I said "I thought you might have noticed how fat I looked yesterday at Ella's party" and my MIL said "Well I was wondering, because I thought you were going to they gym - but you looked like you were gaining weight not losing it!" So that was DH's family down. Then we headed out to my family's house for dinner. We didn't even bother with a sweater - it was hot out and we thought we'd just see how long it took them to notice. I thought I saw one of my younger sisters reading it, but she didn't say anything. My mom was so busy getting dinner ready that she barely looked at Ella, and my other sister is such a ditz that I didn't expect anything from her! Finally after about 30 minutes, DH said "Hey Grandma, maybe you could take a break from making dinner to read Ella's shirt...." I lifted Ella up to her eye level and then it was my mom's eyes that widened........."No! Really?" and my sisters came in to the room saying "What? What's happening?" And Amy (the one who i saw read the shirt) said "I know" and Megan was still completely clueless. I said to her "what does it say on Ella's shirt?" and she said "I'm the big sister". "And what does that mean?" And my goofy 11 year old sister looked confused and said "I'll know as soon as you tell me!" LOL Finally we got the news out and everyone was excited. My mom was in awe that I've kept it a secret for this long - we've known since May 31st. We had fun - but both our families are so slow that no one picked up on it! I wonder if they would have noticed if we just let them go the whole evening.......
Now I just have to tell my dad and other family in Winnipeg when we go there next week - but I don't know if my poor little Sharpie onesie will make it! LOL!
Pictures of our weekend:
Here are some shots of the IL's cabin (the backyard, the deck, the kitchen and living room)
Table with Ella's photo albums and baby books
Here is the butterfly cake I made
I didn't get any good pics of Ella in her birthday dress because she was such a grump!
Time for presents
Ella's motorized Dora the Explorer Quad from Grandpa
Cake time - Ella's cupcake. This is when it started to fall apart....
Our "Caption the Photo" Game
Ella the Big Sister
And my 12 week Belly pic! (HOLY FAT WOMAN!) - I don't think anyone at the party could NOT notice my bulging belly!
Well, Ella and I leave tomorrow for our big adventure!
On Saturday we leave for Winnipeg, Manitoba with my mom, stepdad, and two sisters. We're driving there - it'll take about 6 hours. We spend 4 days there (lots of family there) until we fly out on Wednesday July 30th at 7 am for Halifax, Nova Scotia. It's a 5 hour flight (but thankfully direct). Then we spend 5 days in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia until Sunday August 3rd, when we drive to Prince Edward Island (actually I think we're taking the ferry). We're in PEI until Wednesday August 7th when we drive back to Halifax. Ella and I fly out on August 8th back to Winnipeg (my family is staying an extra week). We'll be in Winnipeg until Chris can come pick us up - he'll arrive Saturday and we'll drive home Sunday. We'll be gone for 15 days and poor DH will be at home alone as a bachelor! He's in school right now.
I'm excited but also nervous - Ella certainly doesn't travel as well as she used to when she was little. We've been to Philadelphia and Cancun, but she wasn't so particular about naps and bedtime in HER crib then! We'll see how it goes! We're going to do lots of sightseeing, check out all the Anne of Green Gables things in PEI, and my family band has a gig in Annapolis Royal (the main 'reason' for the trip).
All I'm doing today is packing and doing laundry - we have to pack light since there will be 6 people in a minivan with all our luggage PLUS a guitar, Ella's stroller, and her riding in her MONSTROUS carseat. Ah! I'm not even bringing many diapers, I'm just going to buy some when we get there! But I do have to bring a can of formula (I decided not to switch to whole milk until after the trip since formula is so easy). Packing is tough - we're gone for 2 weeks, and I'm kind of right now in the stage where my regular clothes are getting tight but maternity looks a little funny! I think I'll just pack maternity and be comfortable.
UPDATE on Life, Ella Bella, our East Coast Trip, and Bean #2
Hi all! I swear I never want to go away again, it is just so daunting to come back and try to catch up and get back in the Pg.org groove. BUT, I leave again in less than a week for Phoenix, so I figured I should play catch up before I leave again!
1) Life. Life is good! I am tired and sick of the summer heat, especially wearing maternity clothes. DH is in the middle of finals right now and then starts school again right after we get back from Phoenix. He also got an assignment at church to be a seminary teacher - the youth of our church go to seminary every morning before high school (grades 9-12) at 7 am. It's basically a scripture study class. He is going to be the teacher starting in September. His little brother and my little sister are in his class! So we are in for a busy time. He is going to school full time, teaching every morning, and working overnight on Friday and Saturday. So Ella and I are making do on our own for a while. Good news is he graduates in April (lol, only to start the CA program immediately following)
2) Ella Bella. The little goober had her 12 month check up at 13 months. She was 21 lbs and 30.5 inches. She's starting to wear her 12-18 month clothes. She is still not walking, only crawling like a maniac and cruising like it's going out of style. She stood up for 19 seconds by herself last Sunday night! But she prefers to drop down to her bum and get around on her knees. I'd give her another month or so for walking, just because she's so comfortable crawling. She is starting to be a little bit of a monster - climbing on things, getting stuck in odd places - she can climb stairs and knows how to get off of the bed or the couch. She dances to music and loves to make funny noises with her tongue. Today I bought her a twin bed for when the new baby comes - she looked so ridiculously small on it in the store I almost cried. We're going to set it up this fall and give her a few months to get used to it. *fingers crossed* She is quite a Mama's girl (which annoys me but secretly I'm happy )
3) Our East Coast Trip. Poor DH was lonely - 13 days all by himself. He said it was cool for about 12 hours and then it just sucked. He felt like he was a mute, he never had anyone to speak to! Well, we spent 4 days in Winnipeg, Manitoba visiting with my family there. Ella had another party, got tons of clothes, my stepmom took me maternity clothes shopping, and we visited a lot. Then we flew out to Halifax, Nova Scotia. We drove 2 hours to Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia where we spent the next 4 days - our family band had it's gig, we went to the farmer's market on the wharf, went and saw the Bay of Fundy, ate some fresh sour cherry pies and I ate half a scallop. (I don't eat any fish or seafood. I think my mom would have died if I went to the coast and never ate anything out of the sea, so I had a scallop. OK, half a scallop.) Ella ate so many blueberries I thought she was going to turn in to one! And OH, the blueberry diapers. I think I'm going to vomit. From there, we drove 8 hours to Prince Edward Island, across the Confederation Bridge, which takes an hour to drive across. On the Island for 3 days, we visited all the Anne of Green Gables sites in existence. (And if you don't know who Anne is I will consider you as someone with a deprived childhood.....lol, OK, no, but I'll take pity on you) We went to Avonlea Village, Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery's grave, the site of her home, walked through the Haunted Wood, and Anne-ed ourselves out. On our last day we saw "Anne of Green Gables: The Musical" in Charlottetown. Then we took the ferry back to Nova Scotia, drove in to Halifax, and I flew out the next morning with Ella, back to Winnipeg. Spent the night there and the next day, it was back home to Daddy! Here are a few pics of our trip. The people in the photos will be my mom, stepdad, two younger sisters, Ella and me.
The Confederation Bridge
Yes, they even had dress up.....
And Gilbert Blythe proposed!
4) Bean #2. I felt little bean move for the first time last night! With Ella I didn't feel any movement until 21 weeks, but at almost 17 weeks, knowing what to feel for, little Bean #2 was squirming around! I'm doing great - just tired and hot, but no real problems. I have my BIG U/S on September 12th at 11 am. We had fun with Ella being a surprise, but I am excited to find out the gender this time. This fall we'll change Ella's room around, get rid of the chair and put the twin bed in there across from the crib. We're thinking of buying a double stroller while we're in Phoenix next week. My belly is getting big and noticeable. Here are some pictures.
Well......I hope that was catch up enough! I promise to stop Lurking and get back in the game! I've been a little distracted with watching Grey's Anatomy online all week - I decided to watch all the seasons again before Season 5 starts at the end of September I know, I'm a goof.
Well, getting ready for our Phoenix trip now.......
Ella is doing great. She is starting to let go of whatever she's holding on to while standing and doing a few seconds on her own. Last night at work she even tried to move her foot forward and take a step - then she grabbed back on before she fell.
We'll get lots of swimming in next week on our trip - a pool in the backyard sounds very appealing right now! There's even a big wide step that's about 6 inches deep perfect for Ella to splash around on. I am a little nervous about the heat though! I looked at the forecast today and it was 41 C........a hot day around here is about 31 C! Well, lots of swimming and air conditioning!
I think it won't be too long before Miss Ella starts walking around - maybe a month? Sometime in September hopefully! She's getting HEAVY!
Today is the day - finally a vacation with DH this summer! He's at school right now writing his last final. He'll be home by noon, we'll cut the grass, take the garbage out, do the dishes and tidy up the house. I've got one last load of laundry in that needs to be packed.
Then tonight we fly to Winnipeg, stay overnight, and tomorrow morning we fly to Phoenix via Denver. Once in Phoenix, we're staying at the IL's new house down there for a week. We'll do some swimming, take in a ball game, and do some shopping. I told DH he wasn't allowed to bring ANY textbooks (he wanted to bring one of his new textbooks for next semester and start reading it) and he isn't allowed to think about school.
I'm in need of a break too........we've got a rather rough next day with all the flights, etc, and Ella JUST caught a cold overnight. BAHHHH!!!!!! I didn't sleep last night for more than 20 minutes at a time until 4 am, when I got to sleep until 7 am. Tomorrow morning we have to be up at 3 am to catch our 6 am flight, so I thought I'd get a good sleep in last night......but no. DH had to sleep so he could do well on his test, so I was up ALL night with Ella's coughing and sneezing and not breathing. Plus I can't nap today because I have to finish packing. We leave for the airport at 3:45 pm today.
Anyways, I'm off until September 2nd (maybe the 3rd by the time I get on the computer). Miss you all!
As you might remember, Ella caught a cold the night before we flew out. I was so distraught about her flying with a cold - there was no time to see a Dr. and her nose was running like a fountain. Well, we made our first leg of the journey - from Regina, Saskatchewan to Winnipeg, Manitoba (a 50 minute flight) on August 25th. Ella SCREAMED during the descent and landing - she would not drink her sippy or suck on her soother to help her ears, and I felt like the most irresponsible parent - I thought I was going to blow out her eardrums. Finally we got on the ground and my dad picked us up and took us to the hotel (he had house guests so we couldn't stay with him). We ordered pizza and tried to put Ella to sleep in the play pen at the hotel. We put her down around 9 pm. By 2:30 pm she hadn't slept for more than 20 solid minutes. She was in and out of our bed, tossing and turning like she had a stomach ache. We decided we weren't going to go on our trip. We had no cancellation insurance, and Dh called the airline to see if there was any chance they could give us a flight the next day or something - but we booked our flights with Aeroplan and they didn't open until 7 am. Our flight was scheduled for 6 am. I was so utterly depressed, but I didn't want to be a bad parent and put Ella through 2 more flights the next day when she couldn't even sleep through the night.
THEN, around 2:30 am, she was lying in her playpen and she let out the LOUDEST fart I've ever heard. Within 2 minutes, she fell fast asleep. DH and I lay in bed and killed ourselves laughing (as silently as we could). We decided just to go to sleep and see how she did (even though we were supposed to be up at 3:30 am for our 6 am flight). We slept in (on purpose) until 4:30 and then made a last minute call - we decided to go! Ella seemed much better and her nose wasn't running at all any more. She was GREAT on the flights - tired obviously, but she did nap on both flights. Well, we made it to Phoenix, via Denver by 9:20 am Phoenix time. And the fun began!
As soon as we got to the IL's house in Johnson Ranch/Queen Creek area, Ella immediately tried to jump in the pool as soon as she saw it. So she went for a swim with DH while MIL and I made her lunch. Then she ate and went straight to sleep for 2 hours, PLUS 2 more hours that afternoon PLUS bed before 8 pm. Poor little bean, but she was in very good spirits. Anyways, Tuesday we just rested and toured the house. MIL and I went shopping and bought a play pen, a high chair, etc for the house for Ella to use when she's down there (and SIL's baby Jaxson).
Wednesday we went shopping at the outlet mall - I bought myself 2 pairs of shoes since I couldn't buy clothes (other than maternity, which I don't need) and DH bought some clothes as well. Ella got some cute little shoes too, and some CUTE clothes from Children's Place.
Thursday we hung around the house for most of the day, swimming and watching movies. Then at night we went to Rawhide - and old western theme town. It was dark out and 110 degrees (I almost died) Ella went on a train ride, got scared by the gun fights, and DH rode the mechanical bull. MIL and FIL bought Ella pink cowgirl boots and a pink leather vest. I think she will be a cowgirl for Halloween this year! There was a HUGE storm that night - we got lost driving home (FIL decided to try a new route - in a torrential downpour - it took us 90 minutes to get home instead of 50 minutes).
Friday we went to the Mesa Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (our church). Then FIL, DH and I went to a D' backs game.
Saturday we went to Canyon Lake and rented a pontoon boat - Ella's first boat ride! She looked hysterical in her life jacket. We had a great time on the lake! Then MIL went shopping again in the afternoon and got Ella some super cute outfits from Kohl's. That night DH and FIL went to an ASU game and we had a girls night - ordered pizza and watched chick flicks.
Sunday we went to church and had afternoon naps! It was a relaxing day. Another HUGE storm that night.
Monday was home time! We had a nice swim and tan in the morning then flew off to Winnipeg via Denver. Ella was really quite good on both flights despite being quite tired. Once in Winnipeg we slept the night at my dad's house and caught our flight to Regina this morning. And here we are! We got home at 8 am and DH stated school at 10 am. And we're back to life as normal.
We had good weather in Phoenix - it wasn't sweltering and 115 every day like it had been the week before. It was around 100 and the evenings were quite nice for swimming at about 95 degrees. I think I would have DIED had it been as hot as it normally is. But, we arrived home to find FALL instead of summer! It is rainy and only 50 degrees today at home. Gross. Now I'm VERY glad we went!
OOOOOHHHHHH! I almost forgot! Ella took her first steps! At the airport on August 25th, she took 3 steps all by herself! Then throughout the week she tries it every now and then - I think her most is 6 steps in a row. Anytime now she'll take off!
Anyways, enough blabbing on, here are a few pics!
First, some pics of the house. It's a beautiful house - DH and I want to go live there! Once he's done school and starts his accounting program we might try out a transfer to Phoenix for a year. We could stay in the IL's house with no rent. It has 4 beds, 2.5 baths, a pool, kitchen, dining room, tv room, and living room.
Ella and Grandpa
Swimming with Mom
At the temple
At the ball game
At Canyon lake
DH and I decided to go for a swim in the lake - COLD! And a peek at my big belly!
Poor Ella Bee and I had a rough week. Monday last week I was sick all day - nauseous, puking, just GROSS. Then Tuesday Ella developed a high fever which stuck around until Friday - even with Tylenol every 4 hours. I eventually switched to Motrin which broke the fever. She was a DISASTER. Either sleeping, or WAILING. She had no appetite, yellow poop, gas, exhaustion and felt like a hot tamale.
Well, here it is Sunday and she is mostly back to normal - fever is gone, appetite is back, and naps are back on schedule (mostly). She is still rather clingy and snuggly, but quite temperamental. She has a nasty cough and her little throat must be so sore from it, but she won't drink her water to soother her throat. Plus I have a nasty cough too, so we're a bunch of sick grumpy people around here. She sleeps better right now if she's lying in bed with us, but I have such a cough that I'll wake her up if we do that. So we're making do.
Because she was such a sick lump this past week, her walking hasn't got any better. She CAN take several steps, but rarely does it. Hopefully she starts picking up the pace soon - she is getting so heavy! And it's hard to play outside when all she wants to do is crawl around in the dirt and on the pavement and wreck the knees in her pants. I wish she were walking so we could have more fun outside before fall turns in to winter!
Halloween is coming up and I need to get her a costume! I was going to do the cowgirl thing with the boots and vest MIL and FIL bought her in Phoenix but the boots are just WAY too big still. I'll have to go out to Old Navy or Children's Place and see if they have anything cute. There's super cute stuff online, but it's only USA delivery of course.
She is getting to be such a big girl! I got a few pics of her outside yesterday - I thought I'd take her outside to cheer her up, but she still wasn't too happy. Got some not bad ones though:
We have this lamp in our living room. It has 2 separate lamps in one unit. One is a larger lamp that lights the whole room and the other is a reading lamp. You turn the large lamp on my sliding a dimmer on the power unit. You turn the reading lamp on by pushing the small green button on the unit. The power unit is designed to sit on the floor - we turn it on with our feet!
We never use the reading lamp - no one ever really reads in the chair beside the lamp, and plus, it's SUPER hard to turn on. We usually have to push the green button 5 or 6 times before it will turn on - it's super stiff, and very finicky. Well, I use the reading lamp for a hook for Ella's jacket. It's right by the front door, and I hang her little fall coat there in case we need it on our way out.
SOMEHOW, Ella managed to sit, stand or walk on top of the power unit (she's always crawling all over it) and she PUSHED THE GREEN BUTTON! Which is just ridiculous because it's SO hard to turn on. I was in the kitchen organizing the fridge and Ella was pulling books of a bookshelf in the dining room a few feet away. I went to stop her and put the books back - and then I smelt BURNING. I looked behind me at the stove - nothing was on. I went in to the living room and the smell got stronger.....I KNEW something was on fire, but I had no idea what it could be! Finally I looked at the lamp - her little jacket has a big black circle BURNED in to the fabric on the hood - and it was glowing orange! AHHHH!!!! I took it off and turned the reading lamp off. I guess if I want to use that for a hook I should take the bulb out Her poor little coat. I was thinking I could sew a big blue flower on top of the burn or something so she can still wear it LOL!