Thursday, August 31, 2017

Gideon's 2nd Birthday Party + Randoms

Gideon turned two!  We planned a day of all his favorites and I think he had a special, fun day being the birthday boy and getting lots of treats. He's so darn sweet!  This 2 year old brings us so much joy, so much life to our home and we love him immensely!

We started the day with Lamar's Donuts and coffee for mama :)  Sprinkles for just about everyone-including Baby!



While Baby napped we blew up the inflatable slide we had for his party and let Gid climb up and slide down.  He also found a huge cricket that he loved



His cake was from Das Meyers.  The make the most fabulous cakes EVER!!  We order triple white every time (to die for!!!!) and what the bakers create is always so beautiful.  This bug cake did not disappoint!


A random pic of Ryan and Gid from a park date they had.   Too cute to not include!

Gideon woke up Saturday morning to balloons, decorations and a table of presents.  He literally could not stop talking about the balloons all over the house and pretty much ignored his gifts HA!  Typical kid.

He received a big boy helmet for his balance bike and I think he is just WAY too cute in it!  Toddler and biker gang member combined.

We ended his day with a birthday party with his grandparents, pizza, cake and gifts.  He was exhausted by the end of it but we wanted his 2nd birthday to be one to remember.  We are so thankful for our 2 year old Gideon!

And a few other random pics that I just needed to include:

Gideon LOVES baking!!  We made chocolate chip pumpkin bread which was delicious and a little early for the fall season, but anytime if pumpkin time if you ask me!  We all had it for dessert that night

My parent's neighborhood hosts an annual Bike parade with the local fire department.  Everyone decorates their bikes or strollers, walks about a 1/2 mile behind the fire engine and gets ice cream at the end!

Gideon was so intrigued by the fire truck.  He wanted to touch all the buttons and climb on everything

Daddy, Giddy, Gramps, Gram and Baby all watching the kids play in the fire hose water that the firemen shot into the air!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Gideon 2 Year Old Questionnaire



Gideon at 1 month old (left) and 1 years old (right)

Gideon at 2 years old

Gideon's 2 Year Old Questionnaire
(translated or answer mostly by mom)

How old are you? 
 "Free!" Translation: Three (false...he's two)

What is your favorite color? 
 Orange

What is your favorite toy? 
 Ride on car outside or train set

What is your favorite fruit?
 Clementines

What is your favorite book? 
Go, Dog. Go! or Thomas the Train

What is your favorite outfit? 
Naked

What is your favorite game? 
Balloon battle with Daddy, chase with Baby, tickle monster with Mommy

What is your favorite snack? 
Halved cherry tomatoes, peanut butter chocolate Larabar or french fries

What is your favorite animal? 
Kitties or rolly pollies

What is your favorite movie?
 The Iron Giant

Who is your best friend? 
"D" Translation: Daddy

What is your favorite drink?  
Chocolate milk

What is your favorite holiday?
 My birthday

What makes you laugh? 
When daddy says "Professionals ONLY!" in his silly voice, when baby topples over, being chased and tickled

What do you love to do the most? 
Going on walks, being at home, eating donut frosting, finger painting, watching a show, riding my cars out back, being read to

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? 
3 pillows and a cup of water

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
Mama's guess: is an Engineer because he likes to work with his hands, tinker with tools, and figure out how things work

What are you good at? 
Climbing, spotting airplanes, petting animals, running, playing, and drinking out of big boys cups

What is something you want to do this year? 
Mama's guess: Trick or treat!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Baby Boy 8 Month Update


Age: 8 months

Whoa, Baby Boy we now know in month 8 that you are fearless, an adrenaline junkie, way ahead of the curve with your gross motor skills, a monster eater and still the sweetest little thing in the world!  This kid's world has opened up so much this month with his bravery in standing, crawling, pulling up on everything and eating all the new foods.  He's so curious and a tiny explorer around our whole house.  What fun to see this baby turn into a bigger kid by the day

Weight: 22+ lbs  He's SO chunky!

Length: Not sure, hasn't been measured lately

Sizes: He's in all 12 month clothes and even a few 18 month shorts because of his plump little belly.  He's size 4 diapers during the day and size 5's at night because of his massively huge morning poops

Eyes: Blue.  He smiles with his eyes-all of his joy and silliness just radiates right out of those baby blues.  Likewise, when he is heartbroken or  upset his little eyes tell the whole story.

Hair: Red still wahoo!!  He has one little curl right on top as it grows and it's getting longer in the back too.  It's so soft and perfect

Sleeping:  3 naps a day still for this kid-8:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 4:00 pm like clockwork.  He typically sleeps 6:45 pm-6:00 am straight through the night but occasionally gets up tat 2:00 am to say hello and have a little bottle

Eating: This.  Kid.  Can.  EAT!!!!!  He cannot get enough solids.  It's so fun to feed him.  He hates purees or being fed (don't blame him at all, he's been through a lot with oral trauma and doesn't trust people poking around: medications, suctioning, scopes etc have definitely given him reason to be scared).

The new foods he's tried this month include black beans, green beans, watermelon, yogurt, rice pudding, naan, cucumber, pickles, noodles, donut, bread, cheez-its, crackers, peanut butter, egg, strawberry, nectarine, clementine, cheerios, cinnamon Life, a sugar cookie, ham, turkey and pizza HA!  You guys seriously, he's nuts.  We always watch him like a hawk when he eats but he rocks it and regulates.  He also drinks 32 oz per day over the span of 4 bottles.  He's a tank!

Milestones/Words: Crawling perfectly, standing holding onto something, pulling up on everything, wobbly steps when supported or holding onto something.  He's a fast boy with a lot to explore

Memorable Outings:  We went to the zoo last weekend which I think he really enjoyed!  He was able to take in more of the sights instead of snoozing the whole time

Favorite toys/activities:  He is so into this light up push toy we have, the tool set, wooden Abacus, and musical instruments.  He's happy to explore the kitchen shelves, crawl up and down the hallway, and pull up on anything that gives him a view

Funny Moments: He has had us laughing a lot this month!  We find him standing in the craziest places or suddenly all alone in his room just examining a toy or object ha!  He's like, "I'll be in my room playing with my toys if you guys need me!"

Looking forward to:  Walking!  He's so dang advanced with his gross motor skills I anticipate some steps by month 9.  What fun to take them to the park and on walks together in the very near future

Monday, August 14, 2017

Reunions, Playdates, and Fun!

Our Saturday was free so early in the morning we decided to head to the zoo!  We wanted to pre-celebrate Giddy's 2nd birthday next week so we packed up and headed out.  The weather was perfect and it seemed like no one else in Denver went to the zoo at 9:00 am (shocker!).

We saw all the new dinosaurs scattered throughout the zoo which really impressed the birthday boy with their movements and sounds.  We ended our morning with a carousel and ice cream :)





These are some pictures from earlier in August.  I spent the ENTIRE last week away from my boys while I had orientation at the hospital.  I really missed them but my mom was Super Grammy and took fantastic care of them for us.

Messy lunch boy!  And this was shortly after lunch.  I leave Giddy in his crib with books while I put Baby down for his nap and he always falls asleep reading.  So sweet!

Sticker monster!

We hosted a playdate for two of my dearest friends and their kids earlier this month.  Ali, Bre and I have been friends since high school and now we have 7 (almost 8) kids between us.  It was a crazy and loud playdate!

This picture really belongs later on in the post but this is us leaving for my 10 year high school reunion

Ryder had his 5th birthday party last weekend so we ate lots of good food, blue cake, s'mores and it poured rain which made all the kids shriek in the tent and of course want to get soaked.  We love our little future engineer, Ryder!

Aebrynn was a cake monster!

Baby is officially crawling and moving fast!  He is very into pulling himself up onto everything and will be standing with no problem very soon.

My 10 year reunion was last weekend and we ended up having a really good time!  It was at Punch Bowl Social in Denver and enjoyed a delicious buffet, yummy drinks, and chatting with old and new friends.  I am glad we went and it was a nice night out!  Reunions seem to get such a bad rap but we had a blast.

  It was fun to reminisce with old friends and catch up with some new ones.  If you told me 10 years ago that I would be at my high school reunion with my amazing husband of SEVEN years, preggo, with two sweet boys at home, working as a nurse, having all the incredible life experiences that we've had...I would say DANG, WHAT A LIFE!  So thankful that that exact life is mine :) 

 I wonder what the next 10 will bring.

Ryan the photo bomber



Saturday, August 12, 2017

16 Week Update Pregnancy #2

Week 16 Pregnancy Questionnaire



Baby Size: An action figure or dill pickle (according to a cute chart I found on Pinterest)

Food loves: 
Much like my first pregnancy food is not a huge piece of this whole thing for me.  I mostly eat to avoid blood sugar swings but no intense cravings yet.  I can tolerate sandwiches, cereal, yogurt, plain bagels with cream cheese, soup, smoothies, crackers, pasta and fruit.  I can eat just about anything which makes me REALLY thankful.  We did eat at an amazing Tibetan restaurant a few weeks ago and I about popped from all the chicken tikka masala and coconut rice pudding I consumed.

Food hates: 
Anything that is grilled (just the SMELL of the grill makes me nauseous!!), raw meat (not that I'm eating it but the sight of it), anything overly salty.

3 Pros of Week 16
1.  My belly has really popped so I get the door held open for me, lots of smiles from people and so many questions about the baby
2.  I mostly feel pretty good this week!  The most intense nausea and vomiting seems to be behind me-THANK YOU JESUS!!!
3.  Not a single stretch mark and I hope it stays that way

3 Cons of Week 16:
1. The burned mouth!  It's so annoying.  I've been looking it up and women complain on forums but no one has good solutions.  You know when you sip too hot coffee?  Like that but all over all the time.
2.  Frequent pregnancy migraines-they are painful and last a really long time :(
3.  The blood sugar swings still come pretty strongly if I go more than an hour without eating

Working Out:
We walk every evening as a family for about 30 minutes.  I try to keep track of my FitBit to get 4 miles in throughout the whole day or about 10,000-12,000 steps a day.  If I'm feeling really ambitious I walk with the boys in the morning and do all the hills around our neighborhood.

Best Moment of the Week:
I successfully completed a full work week of hospital orientation with no major nausea, throwing up or issues.  That felt like I've really turned a corner in this pregnancy to have the stamina to be able to do that.  Thankful for my body being able to handle more.

Ryan and the boys:
Ryan continues to take AMAZING care of me with food, late night bowls of cereal, foot rubs and thoughtfulness.  Giddy just yesterday afternoon saw my belly when I was changing out of my work shirt, pointed to it and with HUGE eyes said "Oooooo!"  Clearly he was impressed with the size.  Baby Boy mostly just bounces on my belly when I hold him and has no clue what's going on-ha!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Baby Decker Due January 2018!


Say what??!  Yes indeed.  We have a baby cooking and he or she is due at the end of January.  I should probably just say the little one is due in February because he or she will very likely be overdue.  Gideon spoiled me with being so early (but healthy) as my first but I can't get used to that!

I will say, this pregnancy is TOTALLY different than my last.  Night and day.  

I can eat anything and everything for the most part.  But honestly nothing sounds good and I've had this ridiculous burned/dry feeling in my mouth since week 5.  With Gideon I survived on cereal and smoothies for 14 weeks but with this baby, there is not enough food on the planet to keep me full.  Ryan had to cut me off after THREE plates of chicken/broccoli/potato dinner plus a fruit smoothie plus a piece of buttered toast for dinner.  Still starving after all that! 

 I'm not as exhausted as I was with Gideon but definitely more blood sugar swings and queasy plus, weirdly, I've been throwing up way more in the last 3 weeks or so.   Just the sight of raw meat sends me running the the bathroom. *shudder*

We are so thankful for this little life.  It's a crazy good blessing and while our life will get unbelievably busy with a 2.5 year old, 1 year old and newborn by January...we know we can do this and love these little ones well.

As you can also see, I do not have time or energy AT ALL for pregnancy updates.  I've taken one measly picture of my pregnancy so far and it was 6 weeks ago.  Whoops!  Sorry future son or daughter.


This picture is 6 weeks old and I have to say my belly is enormously bigger since then.  I cannot believe the difference with this pregnancy!  Currently my 15 week belly (baby is the size of an eclair!) looks very similar to my 24 week belly with Gid.  Poor abdominal muscles never really recovered I guess plus this Decker child is like the hungriest baby on Earth!

I'm beating the tiredness with daily naps and Ryan is cooking me tons of good food.  My mom delivers whatever food sounds yummy several times per week (and watches the boys and folds our laundry and does SO much for us!), my dad made my homemade dinner just a few nights ago and Ryan's parents have come by with coffee and smoothies and watched the boys.  I'm so thankful for dinner being dropped off by friends, prayers for this little one's life, and all the help we receive.  It's a gift.

Updates to come!  Hopefully I'll get around to weekly-ish pregnancy updates :)

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