Tyler and the boy cousins having a sleepover and playing Wii
Lindsey with one of her favorite cousins, Kierstin
We have had a busy December! It doesn't help that the house is still on the market and we have showed it a few times this month. That is really stressful for me. It will be a fun Christmas since it is Lindsey's FIRST! She turns 9 months on Christmas Eve. We can't believe how big she is! She is so much fun to have around. She is getting her 4th tooth. She can crawl and pull herself up to things. She loves Ritz crackers and fruity Cheerios! She can say Da - Da really well and waves and claps. She loves all the attention from the family.
We had a busy day today. Lindsey had her surgery to remove a little growth (papule) from the inside of her belly button. We went up to Primary Children's Hospital this morning for a 1:00pm surgery time. She couldn't have formula or solids after midnight and clear liquids up till 10:00am. She cried just about the whole way up to the hospital (40 minutes) and by the end I was crying too. She would look over at me in the car and reach for me. I am sure wondering why I wasn't giving her a bottle. I did ok till we got to the registration desk then I lost it again. Then did ok while we got her in her gown and slippers. They actually got her in a little early, which was nice. So at about 12:25 the anesthesiologist took her back. They let Bryan hold her as far as we could go and then he took her back. She didn't want to go to him and wouldn't let go of Bryan's jacket. Once again, I lost it. I am sure the people there were thinking wow - that baby must be having major surgery by looking at me! We waited till about 12:55 when the Dr. came in the waiting room and told us everything went well. We then had to wait till about 1:30 when they called us back to the recovery room. She already had 4 oz of glucose water and then they brought her 4 ozs of apple juice. She was fussy and we finally got her comfortable holding her and she fell asleep. They discharged her at 2:30 and we were on our way home. She was pretty alert as we were walking out the recovery room and all the nurses were telling us how cute she is. She fell asleep on the way home and slept for about another hour. Once she woke up you really couldn't tell she had surgery. She was standing and acting totally normal. Then later we had Lauren's dance recital. We were glad Lindsey was feeling ok. (Besides it being bed time)
Lauren did an AWESOME job along with the other girls her group. It was fun to watch them all perform together after watching Lauren dance around the house non stop for the past few months!!
Yes, we are selling our house. I know we are crazy to do it in this market, but we feel like we need to try. Our offer was accepted for a house up the street from us. So we will stay in the same neighborhood, school and ward. We love the area too much to leave. To save on making tons of color copies, I will post the pictures from the flyer in the next day or so. We are asking $277,000. It is 3030 sq. feet. 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. The total square footage for the lot is 8000.
So yesterday I decided that I was going to make Lindsey cry it out at night. I have helped her form some bad habits, and now we had to break them. She used to sleep through the night and we needed to get her back to it. She was getting up every 3 hours the last few weeks. So, I made sure she had enough to eat and put her to bed at 8:45. I thought it would be easy because I put her down for her naps while she is still awake and she does just fine falling asleep on her own. So right as Bryan turned out the light at 11pm she started crying. I went in, gave her her binkie and went out. 55 minutes later she stopped. I checked on her twice to make sure she was ok. Throughout the night she woke up two more times, but only fussed off and on for 5 minutes. When Bryan went and got her out of bed this morning and brought her over to me, she juts starred at me! No smiles. Once she had her bottle, she was much happier and started smiling and talking. Hopefully night will be much better! I hate this, but know that it is for her good. (And mine!)
Some of you have asked who it was the decorated some of the rooms in my house. Her name is Katie Christensen. She actually lives in Idaho, but is from Utah. Her blog is http://interiorsredefined.blogspot.com. You can see some of the cute rooms that she has done. She is awesome. She comes to Utah often since her family lives here, so if you are interested, let me know. She charges $35 an hour which is great!
Tyler started Cub Scouts when he turned 8. He had his first Pack Meeting on the 18th of September. The pictures are of him getting "branded" a Cub. He had seen this done before so unfortunately it was too surprised. Still he had lots of fun! He has really enjoyed scouts.
Matty turned 5 on September 17th. He had preschool that day so he took cupcakes for all the kids. After preschool was over I took him to McDonald's and he got a kids meal. We picked up his Indiana Jones birthday cake and then went to Maggie Moo's. It is hard to be 5 and have to wait all day to celebrate, so I tried to do little things throughout the day to make it go faster. Matt wanted to have Dino Chicken and corn on the cob for his birthday dinner. I got off easy. The older kids either pick a restaurant or something that requires more time to make. He said he wanted corn on the cob because it is easier to eat - cause all the corn stays in one place! After dinner he opened presents and had cake and ice cream!
The beach at Laguna Hills Bryan and I waiting in line at California Adventures I tagged along with Bryan on his trip to Anaheim for work. We had a airline ticket that we had to use up so I was free! Bryan worked and I relaxed. I read my magazines by the pool and in our hotel room. Then when Bryan was done we would hang out. On Friday, my friend Heather Wallin picked me up and we went to Laguna Hills where she lives. We went shopping and had lunch. Afterwards we went to her house to see the kids and Zach. Years ago when they lived in Utah and Lauren and her daughter Madison were babies we hung out with them. Now both of us have 4 kids! It was lots of fun to see her kids and husband and spend the day with her. I totally forgot to get a picture of her and her family! After she dropped me off that night I went to a dinner with Bryan and his work at California Adventures. We had about 1 1/2 hours to go on the rides. We went on 2 rides and then went shopping for the kids. On Saturday after Bryan was done working at about 5:30pm we went to Disneyland. It was fun to go by ourselves, but I must admit, we missed having the kids! We went on all the rides we wanted to and did more shopping for the kids, ate dinner and came home at about midnight. The nice part of it was we didn't have kids to put to bed or to wake us up early! We slept in the next day and checked out Downtown Disney. That is a fun place! After that we headed to the airport at Long Beach. Our flight left at 6 pm. We were excited to see the kids. I was hoping that Lindsey would remember me. It took her a second and then she started smiling! I had never left one of our kids that young, but she was in good hands. Bryan's sister Cindy took care of her. Along with her 5 kids. Cindy's youngest is 8, so it has been awhile since she has had to get up in the middle of the night. I had complete trust in her. She is a wonderful mom! My sister Kim watched my kids and did a great job too! My kids love Aunt Kimmie. She is lots of fun and spoils them!