and how!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Teagan's 2 year pictures!

Right after her birthday, we had Teagan's 2 year pictures taken. We got the same gal to take them this time as we did for her 1 year pics. Her name is Brandi Sisson with Shutter Snap Photography {website and facebook page} and she is great! We'll probably be seeing her again in a few short weeks after our little man makes his arrival. This session was mainly for Teagan's 2 years but she's great and always takes a few family ones too...which also turned out to be some maternity pictures with this belly of mine.

Get ready for picture {and sweetness} overload...
This is the look she gives every time when she's waiting for her brother to move. So quiet and so patient...and so sweet.

Teagan Leigh, we love you so much! These past 2 years with you have been the sweetest and most fun yet. We can't wait to see you become a big sister and for you to share your sweet & goofy personality with your little brother. He is sure to love you and think you're the best...we sure do! We love you little the moon and back!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dear Baby Boy...

Little man, I haven't really gotten a chance to write and reflect on my pregnancy with you yet. And I'll be 35 weeks on Saturday, so I figured I better get to it. You will be here and in our arms before we know it!
{a look at how you've been growing...or how I've been growing. We've been a little sporadic with the taking of the pictures this time around.}

This pregnancy hasn't been too different than it was with your big sister. I think I did crave more sweets with her and it has been anything and everything spicy with you-although I'm not going to turn down some good sweets. And what better to follow cravings than weight gain-it's been about the same too. The only difference is I laugh when I get weighed at the doctor now instead of crying every visit like the first time around. I know {or at least I think I do} it will come off, so I'm not that worried. I did show a little earlier with you, but how I'm looking now depends on who you ask. I have people tell me that I still look small for as far along as I am and others that tell me I look like I could pop. {I'll choose to believe the former, although I'm pretty sure the latter is the one that's being honest.} The nausea was about the same too-although maybe just slightly worse because this time I did fill the prescription for Zofran...but that could also be because I still had mommy duties to attend to this time around.

The biggest difference this time around: movement. Ohhhh myyyy goodness. As I type my belly is being pushed from side to side-and that is pretty normal. And it isn't little kicks I feel but huge movements. Like I'm talking in all corners of my stomach {if a stomach has corners}. Your dad says you're doing the "starfish" with arms and legs extended out in opposite directions. We'll be watching tv and from our peripheral vision we can see crazy movements. They are big, they are strong, and they are all.the.time. But getting to feel you move is my favorite part about pregnancy, so I am loving it.  It will be interesting to see how your movement matches up with your personality when you get here.

I think your big sister is starting to grasp that she's going to be a big sister and that you're her baby brother...luckily, we've moved past her thinking that you are a pup pup. She is super sweet to you and tries to take care of you-offering you the ipad to watch, rubbing lotion on you {my belly} when she gets her lotion at night, giving you random kisses, holding the "ee-ee" {sock monkey} that someone gave you up to the belly, and most recently-loving to feel you move. The first time she felt you move was so super sweet. She placed her small little hands on my belly and after feeling you move she looked up at me with excitement and said "more." She is so patient and quiet while she waits for you to make a move and then gets the sweetest smile on her face when you do. And when we tell her to talk to you, she gets really close to the belly and will either tell you who she is, ask you to move, tell you she loves you, etc. It is super sweet.  {And side note: She does not think she can talk to you or feel you unless my shirt is up and belly exposed. Which makes being in public quite fun when she demands to "see" you. And it also helps to explain the two bare belly pics below.}

giving you a hug
The first time she felt you move. I think it started a special bond between you two. And I love it. 
because little brothers need stickers too. 
Your room is mostly finished-a few finishing touches with decorations still need to be done, but we could bring you home today and it would be ready enough. And my guess is, you don't really care.

Aunt Kristen, Nana, and the kids came to town to help get your nursery ready! 
My painting partner
I repainted this dresser that was yellow when it was in Teagan's nursery. Your Papa made the shelf for you and your Nana stained it. Your dad's first homerun ball and one of his first derby cars that he made with your Pappy are on the shelf. There is still a lot to be done before I'll call it 'finished'. More pics to come later. 
You don't have a name yet...although we have narrowed it down to 2 that we go back and forth with. Hopefully we'll decide soon. I think we're getting pretty close.

We love you little man, and we can't wait to meet you!

Monday, July 21, 2014


2 years {a week and 2 days} ago looked like this...

...and in those moments and all the ones that have followed, you have brought more joy, love, and laughter to our lives than we thought possible. We are so thankful that we were chosen to be your parents. We love you to pieces Teagan Leigh.

And now, for your last monthly update...

It is crazy how much you can learn in a month's time. Watching you grow and learn is so much fun...and if we're being honest, sometimes extremely exhausting. Because growing and learning not only means that we're learning all the fun things but also how to deal with emotions when things are not going like you want them to or how to listen and obey when you really would rather not.

At 2, you love to: the colors of everything that you see, especially if it is pink!
...count! You can count to twelve-ish most of the time pretty successfully if you're actually trying. But girl, you just love to count. You love to count your blueberries, the stairs, when you're jumping off the side of the pool, when you're playing hide & seek. And NEWS FLASH: you will now say the number 1, you just sometimes need a reminder that we start with 1 and not 2.  And sometimes we hear some crazy counting...our favorite: "2, 3, 5, 8, yellow, 10!" hide & seek! This has quickly become a favorite of yours. And you'll actually hide by yourself {and stay for a while!} and tell us to close our eyes and count. And if we aren't counting for you, you'll just go and hide and count for yourself while you are hiding. On your way to hiding, you'll excitedly whisper "hide, hide, hide!".
...swim! You've been taking swim lessons, and you love the water! In fact, I think we might have hit the scary point of you loving the water so much. You love to go under and do not necessarily consider the safeness of some of your choices. You can't swim on your own yet, but you are learning some really good skills.
...sing! I love to hear your singing! ...and you've started to project your voice a little more too, which means the people in Target get to hear it too!
...draw! Oh my goodness, you love drawing! You especially love drawing with your sidewalk chalk or on your new chalkboard easel that we got you. You love to draw circles and you're trying hard to learn how to write a T. If we ask you how to draw a T, you can tell us "down and across!"-actually getting that perfected though will take a little more work.
...identify the letter T wherever and whenever you see one! And you think that every single one of those T's stands for Teagan. ;)
...tell us which direction to go. Can we say backseat driver?!? We'll hear from the back, "No! Ifff waaaay!" {which translates: no, this way!!} You are actually very successful on telling me how to get to Mrs. Stacey's. I guess we've made that drive enough times that you know exactly where we are supposed to turn. The other day though, I was turning into the neighborhood when you were fussing at me saying, "Noooooo, ifffff waaaaayyyy! (pointing straight)" ...and then "Poooool!!" And well, we would have gotten to the pool if we went the way you wanted to go.
...identify princesses! And I don't just mean the different Disney princesses-you just love to identify yourself as a princess {which you are. always. no matter how fancy or casual you are dressed} or any lady in a long dress...I even get called a princess while you play with my hair. Oh sweet girl, you know how to make a girl feel good. :)

You also know how to: shapes {circle, triangle, square, star, and heart}. You get so excited anytime you see a heart!
...speak using more than one word at a time. This has been something we've been working on. You were an early talker but you've kind of kept to the mostly one word at a time thing. You're getting so much better at trying to talk in complete sentences. Some new phrases this month: help me, pick up {for us to pick you up}, and a favorite: Yay!! I did it!. 

And here is a look at some of the fun through pictures this month...
Father's Day
A summer day at Mrs. Stacey's with EllaKate. They both told each other that they looked like a princess. One was Elsa and the other Anna. 
Oh my goodness, a little blurry, but this picture just makes me melt for some reason. You insisted on wearing this fancy dress to go play at Mrs. Stacey's. 
Your first time at an indoor playground-thank you Mrs. Stacey! And EllaKate got to be there which made it even more fun...and she brought pink cookies! Triple score! 
Having fun with "ZeeZee"
Family trip to the beach...for more fun pics of this trip check out this post
Calling Caroline or Nana on your phone. then said "text". Oh boy! 
Mommy and Daddy were holding hands and someone got a little jealous. 
Swim lessons with Mrs. Emily
We sent this picture to your dad while he was at work and he was home for lunch shortly after. I think it was too much for him to stand. 
You have a brand new big girl room! You switched rooms and got a newly decorated room that you LOVE. You and cousin Caroline trying out the new bed.  

I was trying to get you to come downstairs and you insisted on staying in the bathroom a little longer to primp.
You found this slightly annoying ABC video on youtube and then held the iPad up to my stomach and told your brother to "watch". 
Mommy Daughter date at Chick-fil-A where they accidentally brought us two ice creams instead of one. 
You came to a doctor's appointment with me and wanted us to listen to your baby's heartbeat as well.
Fourth of July fun...
Your first parade, and you loved it!  
Pancake breakfast with the Gourley's before the parade and a little Village Burger for lunch after. 
Hitting up a little pool time before meeting up with friends for fireworks that night. 
You love your sweet Evie. 
Super fun dads taking you two girls for a ride down the hill on the blanket before the fireworks started. 

You were a little unsure at first about the fireworks but then you loved them and gave me sweet snuggles while we watched...and you stayed up waaaaaay past your bed time!!!  
Happy birthday lil' princess. We love you to the moon and back!