Baby Number 2!


I originally included this update in my last post, but I figured it deserved a post of it’s own. We learned in July that we’re expecting baby number 2. And in October, we learned that baby number 2 is a girl. I am very excited to be a mom of both a boy and a girl. The due date is March 2.

This pregnancy has been different than my first. With David, I got a lot of severe headaches during my first trimester. This time around, I was exhausted and nauseous for a lot of the first 16 weeks, but didn’t get any bad headaches. Thankfully my mom was here with us for a lot of my first trimester and helped out a lot with David. I’m feeling great now and having fun looking at cute baby girl clothes!


Catching up on 2018 Moments

There are little moments that have occurred over the last few months that I want to take a minute to write about on my blog.

Earlier this year, I painted our bedroom a dark grey while John was away on a work trip. He knew I was going to do this, so it wasn’t a surprise. He helped me pick out the color beforehand. We got new bedding and curtains. It took me forever to find bedding and curtains that I liked. I did a lot of online shopping and a lot of returning. We ultimately ended up with a gray ruffle quilt from Wal-Mart of all places! Sadly, the painting didn’t go as well as I’d like. I bought super high quality paint, but I can still see paint lines. I’ve painted a room before and it turned out fine, so I think my technique was good. I read online that a lot of newly built homes (like ours) have builder-grade paint that soak up new paint dramatically. So I’m guessing we need to do a few more coats…which I have not done. I’m not totally sure what to do?? I’m considering hiring painters to re-do it. We shall see. But here’s a small glimpse.


This spring we had quite the hail storm. The hail was so bad we had to have siding on our house replaced and our roof replaced (as did pretty much every other house in our neighborhood). We went for a walk about an hour after the storm and found hail the size of golf balls. You can see an example below. This is a screenshot I took of a video I posted in my family’s Marco Polo group. Truth be told, it’s a very blurry screenshot and not the best example, but it will help me remember the hail storm.


This year brought our first official Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as parents. We snapped pictures on the actual days. On Father’s Day, we forgot to take a picture until right before David went to bed. We are very thankful for this little boy who made us parents. We’ve learned so much over the last year. The newborn stage was a challenge for me with so many firsts and little sleep, but I’m grateful for David’s patience with us as we learn how to be parents (something we’ll be learning forever!).

Mother’s Day 2018
Father’s Day 2018

Two of my best friends from high school got married this summer. It was fun to celebrate with them and their husbands.

Me and the new Mrs. Thorpe 🙂
Me, Katie, Tina (the bride), and our high school choir teacher

David has been teething, teething, and teething some more over the last few months. He’s found relief in the funniest of places…like the knobs on our kitchen cabinets. We also have an end table in our basement that he apparently finds quite delicious. I need to touch up the finish as a result haha.


This summer, I found a farmer’s market about 30 minutes from our house that I love. They have a huge playground next to it that I think our kids will enjoy throughout the years. This summer, I picked up some beautiful sunflowers along with some delicious peaches.


David had his first ever kids meal at a restaurant in September. We went out to eat at Cracker Barrel, and he was a fan!


David has become quite the active little boy. This is most apparent to me when we’re at church and it’s quiet and everyone around us is still. David likes to play with anything and everything and likes to explore. Here’s a picture I snapped of David today during Sunday School (and yes, I realize I probably should be focusing on the lesson and not taking pictures of David. But John is in Europe, and I wanted to send him a picture so he could feel like he was at church with us haha).


On quite a few Sundays, we seem to spend a good deal of Sunday School in the Mother’s Room and this is my view as I try to listen to a talk on my phone or read in my scriptures.


And lastly, David was recently upgraded to a bigger car seat after his first birthday. Here he is in his new ride. I think he likes it!



David’s 1st Birthday Celebrations

My mom came to town for David’s first birthday. On David’s actual birthday, we did a small celebration after John got home from work. We went up to the park by our house and took a few pictures and then headed to Chick-Fil-A for dinner. We got David grilled nuggets with a cup of fruit and milk. This was his second ever real restaurant meal. He loved it! After Chick-Fil-A, we came home to open presents and then stuck a candle in a Little Debbie’s birthday cake and sang happy birthday.






The Sunday following David’s birthday, my sister, John’s uncle, and the Wagner Family (my aunt, uncle, and cousins) came over for a birthday dinner celebration. We had a taco and chip bar. After dinner, we gave David his birthday “smash cake,” which he didn’t seem to really like. I had a bite of it, and it was very rich! David was a bit of a sad baby on this night because he never took an afternoon nap. He just laid in his crib and cried for over an hour after we got home from church at 2:30 p.m. So, he was ready to call it a night as soon as he “ate” his cake.





We had so much fun celebrating our little boy! Seeing his growth this year has been a neat experience. My heart is so full of love for this little boy.

Baby David: One Year!


Last week, David turned one year old. We are amazed at how much a baby grows in the course of a year. Below are fun facts about David at one year old.

  • He loves cars. He loves pushing them around on the floor, ottomans, or couches, and he loves holding them in his hands and studying them. No matter what toys we pull out of the toy closet for him to play with, he always goes straight to the cars.
  • He has loads of energy and is often on the move. He’s constantly exploring. He enjoys playing under the ping pong table in our basement and climbing through the stools that sit at our kitchen island.
  • Bath time is a favorite time of day for him. We recently started putting bubbles in his bath, and he enjoys splashing and eating bubbles.
  • He has two bottom teeth and four teeth up top are coming in. He loves chewing on furniture (especially end tables, which are mouth-height). We’ve had to teach him not to do that haha.
  • He is a champion night sleeper (and we are soooo thankful for that). Bath time is at 6:30 p.m. each night. Bedtime is at 7 p.m. He wakes up between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and will play happily in his crib until I get him out. (Side note: He struggles to sleep in hotels. We learned that the hard way.)
  • He enjoys looking at books in his crib. Sometimes when I put him down for a nap, I can tell he either doesn’t go to sleep or takes a while to fall alseep because he’s looking at books in his crib. We could take the books out of his crib at nap time but it brings him happiness and keeps him quiet, so I don’t see the harm.
  • He does this funny thing where he likes to breathe quickly and heavily through his nose while scrunching his nose. It’s adorable and he likes when people do it back to him.
  • He says lots of words but none that mean anything at this point. He says mama and dada a lot, but he isn’t referring to me or John when he says them yet.
  • When he’s done drinking from his sippy cup at meal time, he drops it on the floor.
  • He recently started spitting, which we’re not fans of 😦  We are trying to teach him not to do that.
  • Since it’s college football season, John has been trying to teach David to put both hands up in the air when John says touchdown. My mom was here visiting last week and helped John in this quest. David will now put both arms up in the air when someone says touchdown and puts both hands up in the air.
  • He’s in the 85th percentile for weight, 64th percentile for height, and 93rd percentile for head circumference. When he was born, he was in the 40th percentile for weight, 70th percentile for height, and 60th percentile for head circumference. His height percentile has really fluctuated over the year, even though they’re almost identical from birth to one year. When he was four months, he was only in the 21st percentile for height, and at 6 months he was in the 35th percentile.

In the coming days, I will write a post on what we did to celebrate his birthday. The pictures below were taken on his actual birthday. We went up to the park in our neighborhood  and snapped a few pictures before heading out to dinner.



Baby David: Eleven Months


David is now 11 months old. He is energetic and likes to explore. Here are fun facts about David at 11 months:

  • He loves toy cars. He’ll push them around all over the house.
  • He is a master crawler. Sometimes he does this funny crawl where he crawls on one knee and one foot.
  • He walks all around while holding onto furniture. He sometimes stands for just a second or two.
  • He’s still accepting of pretty much all foods. He seems to really enjoy cheese. Early on, he seemed to dislike mashed bananas, but now loves cut up bananas.
  • He has two bottom center teeth, and one of his upper center teeth is starting to peak through.
  • He likes to have a soft blanket by his face when he sleeps at night.
  • He often takes a while to fall asleep when it’s time to nap. If you stand outside his room, you can hear him coo-ing and talking to himself. Yesterday, he was even laughing to himself.
  • We have a clean/dirty magnet on our dishwasher. David likes to take it off and stick it under a rug in the kitchen.
  • He loves to smile all the time, and he’ll smile at anyone and everyone.
  • He’s started to do a lot more yelling at home. I think he likes to hear his own voice. When we’re in public, people comment that “he’s so quiet” but he’s not quiet at home haha.


A quick morning selfie.





A Visit from the Iowa Grandparents

Near the end of August, John’s parents came to visit. While they were here, we headed into DC and visited the Newseum and the U.S. Botanic Garden and ate a delicious dinner at Carmines. We also visited Gettysburg. Unfortunately, David did not really tolerate the Gettysburg museum well (he’s normally super low key). So, he and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out ways to be happy, and bonus, I dropped my phone and cracked my screen haha.

Of course, the main attraction John’s parents wanted to see while they were here was their grandson 🙂 They were here for a week, and we enjoyed spending time with them. I especially appreciated them watching David for me while I went to a hair appointment that ended up being four hours (that’s a story for another day, but I loved how my hair turned out in the end, so it’s a win!).

David touching a piece of history at the Newseum.
At the top of the Newseum.
David didn’t want to take a picture with mom…
…but he was all smiles for dad!
John’s parents in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.
David’s preferred way to tour the botanic garden – napping with one foot up.
Waiting for our dinner.
David and Grandma Lori.
David having fun with Grandpa Marty.
One final picture the night before they headed back to Iowa.

Myrtle Beach 2018

During the first week in August, we went down to Myrtle Beach and visited my Aunt Diana and Uncle Kevin. This provided David with his first ever beach experience. I think he was a little concerned by the water at first, but ultimately learned to love it (as evidenced by the pictures below). We had fun playing games, eating delicious food, visiting the beach, and enjoying time with family. John and I even went on a date to play mini-golf where the world championship of mini-golf is played each year.