Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy 5th Birthday, Jake Bowman!

My oldest baby is FIVE. Why does five sound like such a large number? Is it because five comes with starting elementary school this year (T-K on Wednesday)? Or starting big boy sports (soccer as well as T-ball this fall)? Or becoming a big brother for the third time (this November)? I'm not sure. I just know that this little guy made me a mommy, and has changed my life forever. :)

Dear Jakey,

It's hard to believe that five years ago, you were born. Making me the happiest I have EVER been. I had no idea what to do, how to do it, or any direction from anyone. Your father and I just did it. From the moment below (the first time I was able to actually hold you), we bonded. Everything I had ever wanted. My first son. God blessed us with you.
When I brought you home we grew together. You have taught me perhaps more than anyone I know. I adore you. My love is so deep for you, your brother, and for your sister. I'm so incredibly lucky.

Over the last five years I have seen you turn into a little boy. Someone who is compassionate, loving, caring, silly, and smart. You have more friends than the average teenager. And all of them love to be around you. The joy you bring us and others is contagious. You are always so calm, cool, and collected. In every situation. You always have the right thing to say at the right time. Is this even possible for a five year old? Well, it is. You put a smile on all of our faces always. One of my favorite things you do is problem solve. It's incredible. You have the ability to look at a problem, and figure out a way to solve it or improvise.

Oh the places you will go! You are going to go far Jake Bowman, and I can't wait to see you grow into the person God designed you to be. Stay positive, happy, caring, loyal, and loving. You are special in so many ways. I'm grateful. You are a blessing to us all.

You are my sunshine, always and forever,

Your mommy.

Our favorite place to go together:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Keeping up with the Stones

And just like that... It's the beginning of fall. We had a busy summer. Beach, bay, stay-cation to Disney's Grand California, swim lessons, play dates, bbq's, lunches, dinners, circus, carnivals, OC fair, Disney day and nights, on and on. We certainly had a great summer. 

I'm never sad to see summer go. Probably because I like to take the kids places when it isn't crowded and another huge reason is that I can't wait until Christmas. This year... it's I can't wait until our baby girl is due!

Here are some pictures of what we've been up to. There are a lot. And this is just a few! WOWSA!

Laguna Beach. One of our fave spots.
These boys. Lounging in the sun. 
 Story time on Wednesday afternoons.
 Bay days...
 Fourth of July BBQ at our house.
 Just a few men and their babies. 3 more babies to add to this picture soon.
 Sunday Church.
 Stay-cation at Disney's Grand California Hotel.
 Awesome parade and firework show.
 Circus with auntie, uncle, and cousins!
 Suite life. The best when you have kids. Thanks to my aunt Audrey! So much fun!
 Japanese Carnival. The boys ate udon and rice. We also won 3 goldfish... which are still alive and extremely lively and large.
 Birthday parties for best buds.
 2 different VBS's! One at our church we attend, and another at the boys preschool. 
 Bouncing fun!
 Orange County Fair!
Grant ocean swam 2.2 miles. Dwight Crum pier to pier challenge.
 Sharing a room. They don't like to sleep in separate rooms. Very sweet.
 Swim lessons, and swim parties.
 Jake had his tonsils and adenoids removed the second week of August. He's totally feeling better now! So glad that's over!
 Back to silly.
 Soccer in the park with daddy.
 Lunching some more...
 Summer nights playing football with cousins.
 Asher played soccer at his school this summer.
 He loved it!
What a fun few months. I hope to continue this blog so that my kiddos can see all the fun things we did, and what was going on in our lives. This blog started right after Grant and I got married in 2009. Seems like so long ago. :)

27 weeks // Baby girl!

27 weeks. Wow! My little men have had me so busy this summer, I haven't had much time to blog. I have a pregnancy journal that I'm keeping, and also I have been taking pictures. I just haven't had much time to sit and blog. I plan on blogging more though... I just need to set the time aside.

Next week I'll be 8 months pregnant with our third baby. Our baby girl! The boys are even more excited to have a sister. I thought for sure they would have wanted a brother. But, from the start they wanted a sister. When I asked them both what their thoughts were they said they already had a brother, and that it was time for a sister. AWE. Heart burst, right?

She is so loved already. The boys are constantly talking about her to others, they want me to buy her things all the time when we are out shopping, and they even bring gifts home for her when there out and about. They even helped me pick out a few things for her room. It's so adorable. Such good big brothers.

I have been hit with the heartburn streak, just like I had with the boys. I get heartburn every night. It doesn't matter what I eat. I always want something sweet. ALWAYS. A few of my favorite things to eat are: cinnamon bagels with extra cream cheese, cinnamon anything really, egg sandwiches, chicken dishes or chicken sandwiches, pasta, grilled cheese, juice, LOTS of water, chips, and CANDY. OH THE CANDY. I just don't buy it. If I buy it... I'll eat it all! SERIOUSLY. ALL. ha ha. In regards to drinks, I've really enjoyed a brand of flavored water called La Croix. DELISH!

All my pregnancies seem about the same. Pretty easy. However, this one is a little different. I don't know if it's because I'm literally running around all day with the boys (and plus it's summer so no school), if It's my third pregnancy, age, or what... But, I have developed "irritable uterus". My whole stomach region gets tight, and its super uncomfortable. I have to drink lots of water and try and lay down from time to time. Thankfully, Grant bathes the boys nearly every night, or I'll have Amelia help. But, during the day... It's only mommy.

I go to my OB tomorrow for my routine check up tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing our little girl. Tomorrow is Jake's 5th birthday, and we have lots planned... and one of those things is the kids coming with me! Good luck OB room. he he.

I'll update after the appointment. Until then, here are some pictures of the baby girl bump!

18.5 weeks on the fourth of July. Alexis is also 18.5 weeks, and Liz was 10.5 weeks. So fun being pregnant with friends. We will have a total of 8 kids between us.
 19.5 weeks at our stay-cation. I wore a bikini!
 23 weeks.
 25 weeks with Jake.
 26 weeks.
27 weeks with Asher.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

It's a....

We found out last week after my results came back from my NIPT. The NIPT is the noninvasive prenatal test they offer to mom's of advanced maternal aging. Yep. I'm 34, turning 35, 2 months before the baby is due. So, that means I'm considered advanced. If I hear one more doctor or nurse tell me or joke, I might scream. Women have babies later in age. Must you call us advanced? My mom had Dylan at 40. Now I can respect what she went through! ;)

Anyhow, I decided to take the first trimester ultrasound and the NIPT. Everything came back great, and low risk. The test tells you if there are some chromosomal abnormalities and even tells the gender of the baby. So, it was confirmed by 99 percent accuracy that it is a female. A healthy baby girl. :) The ultrasound tech made a prediction on the gender while I was there also (This was at 13 weeks). She predicted a girl also. I had a feeling this baby was a girl as well. But, after having 2 boys, I figured we were having another boy. However, that is NOT the case. Our little girl is well on her way.

I still can't believe it. I look at Grant every day and say, "we're having a girl." He always smiles and gets excited too. The boys said from the start they wanted a sister. Asher came into our room one morning when Grant was getting ready for work, and he told Grant that he wanted a sister. It was so sweet. They are so excited to be big brothers.
The bump at 14 weeks and 4 days. It definitely popped out a lot fast this go round!
Stayed tuned! It's time to prepare for our little girl!
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