Jackson and Lily’s double Birthday 2016

Since J and Lil’s birthdays are 3 days apart we decided to have a double party. Luckily Lily didn’t mind having a Star Wars themed party😉

On Lily’s actual birthday we had pancakes for breakfast and she got a new doll. She LOVES dolls and stuffed animals. She was thrilled!

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On the morning of J’s birthday I had decorated and set out a few presents for him to open. We got him a Kylo Ren costume and light saber. If you know J you know he loves to dress up. He was so excited to wear the costume all day and for the party(he hasn’t gone a day without wearing it ha)!

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That night family came over and we had cake, pizza, a piñata and of course presents. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking, it was such a fun night!

Playing Star Wars before all the other cousins showed up(J’s face!)
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We had masks for everyone to dress up

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Pink cupcakes for Lily and red/white(Darth Vader/Storm Trooper) cupcakes for J.

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Can’t forget my nephew Ezra taking her first steps at the party!

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We had a dance party at the end of the night
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This pic is accurate of our crazy family of 4(almost 5)!

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Happy 5th Birthday Jackson

Oh Jackson, where do I start? This year has been a HUGE year of growth for you physically, mentally and emotionally. You are my bubba, my helper, my sidekick, and my sweetheart.

I can’t write this without getting a lump in my throat because I love you so much. I’m so grateful for the bond we have, you make me laugh without even saying a word. I think we communicate mostly with our eyebrows haha.

At 5 years old J loves:

  • Star Wars( you and dad watched all of them together)
  • Riding his scooter
  • Creating things(crafting). You have made Pokemon cards, ghost buster jackets complete with name tags, yokai watches, and lots and lots of pictures.
  • Food! You’re always snacking and trying to get sweets like your mama. You love slurpies like your dad
  • Stuffed animals
  • BYU hat
  • Playing video games with dad
  • Helping with lily in anyway
  • Playing with friends/cousins

J dislikes:

  • Bed time
  • Running errands, with mom…dad can make any errand sound fun
  • Big dogs
  • Houses with alarm systems. We accidentally set my sisters off, ever since he gets so freaked when he sees an alarm box

Things I want to remember about J at 5 years old is definitely what a tender heart he has. He wants so badly to do good and to please others. His prayers are so reverent and well thought out. He constantly asks questions and is so curious about the world. He LOVES his sisters and talks about the baby daily. I’ve caught him with Lily’s new doll several times just rocking her, or singing to her! He says he can’t wait to hold the new baby.

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I snuck this pic of him rocking Lily’s new doll

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He wanted a pic with the Birthday gumball he got from church
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I told him to ‘open his eyes’ haha
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We couldn’t have asked for a better big brother to protect our girls. J is our buddy and we can’t wait to celebrate your birthday!

We love you!

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Baby #3 Bump update 21 weeks

You guys! This pregnancy is flying by, I can’t believe I’m already half way!

How Far Along? 21 weeks

20 week bump

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21 week bump

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Maternity Clothes? Yes, I bought a dress that’s so comfy and a few summer clothes a size up. All the comfy baggy clothes please!

 Sleep? Yes I’m able to sleep pretty good with my army of pillows haha

Best moment this week? It was actually last week, we got to have an ultra sound and find out it’s a GIRL!! She was so cute and moving a lot. I was still in shock that there was actually a baby in there, so Josh and I really enjoyed seeing our little peanut for an hour.

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Movement? Yes, And 2 nights ago Josh felt her kick! I love this stage so much.

Anything making you queasy? I get nauseous if I eat too much. I get full so fast so I have to have small frequent meals. We went out last week to the Cheesecake Factory and I definitely indulged and paid for it after. I was so queasy!

Fitness level? I ran 3 miles for the first time in a month or so and it felt good. Same as the last update though, I’m not too worried about scheduled workouts, I do what I can when I can.

What I’m looking forward to: J being able to feel her kick, he asks everyday:)

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Lily at 1 year

Lily turned 1 the last day of July. Honestly, I felt so sentimental and mushy about my baby turning 1. I LOVE the first year and it flew by.

At 1 Lily loves:

  • Breakfast. When she wakes up she wants food before anything else(just like her mama)
  • While we’re on the topic, food! She isn’t picky and loves to eat and sign ‘more’
  • Playing with J
  • Bath time
  • Her bed(she won’t sleep in my arms)
  • When she gets sleepy she likes to pick at my nails. It actually hurts haha
  • Hugs
  • Any sugar dad sneaks her
  • Dolls and stuffed animals

She dislikes:

  • Sticky hands
  • Whole milk makes her tummy hurt(we’re gonna try again in a few weeks)
  • Getting dressed
  • Being left in a room(if I have to walk away for a second)
  • She has a irrational fear of any kinds of plants!

She signs ‘more,’ ‘milk,’ and ‘food’ and points and says “that” for everything else.

The things I want to remember most about lily at 1 is how excited she gets for any of us when we walk in a room. Her feet and hands spin and her whole face lights up. She loves to tease and make people laugh. She laughs with us at meal times and is such a crack up. I love the snuggles she gives me after nap time and her sweet fuzzy blonde hair.

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she loves that binky

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Recently, her new thing is to climb into every box big or small haha
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She got to open a gift at breakfast on her birthday and she loved the her new baby doll.
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She was getting mad at me while I tore her sandwich into smaller pieces, so I just gave her the whole sandwich and she was so happy!

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I love when she sleeps she sticks her little booty up

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Happy first birthday Lily!

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Steveson Family Reunion 2016

For the first time in forever, we planned a Steveson family reunion. I have 6 siblings, we’re all married and we all have kids. That makes for 16 adults, 25 grandkids and 1 on the way!

My sister Neeley and her husband booked 2 cabins right by each other in Garden City up in Bear Lake. We got their first with my 2 brothers and their families so we headed to the beach.

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Later that night everyone arrived and after a delicious dinner my sister Leah made we headed to a pool. It’s was pretty chill yo we headed back and the kids had a movie night in one of the lofts and the adults caught up down stairs.

movie night for the kids
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The next day was spent outside on the beach. The older kids boated( we had 2 boats and 2 wave runners) the tweens had fun swimming in the deeper end, and the little kids had a blast in the warm shallow water.

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I LOVE relaxing on the beach watching the kids, eating good food, and playing in the sand. We could have stayed all night!

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Thursday night we had yummy dinner by Neeley.  We had tasted the famous raspberry shakes the night before, so Josh and I tried dole whip, a fresh strawberry lemonade, AND a chocolate cone with fries😉 We wanted to try it all haha

Friday was our last full day, so some of the dads golfed, then we headed back to the beach.

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That night we had a talent show, slide show, Bday party for all the July birthdays, and dance party. If you know my family we all like to dance, so I think that was one of the best nights. We all said our goodbyes, and in the morning everyone headed home(my brothers had to drive all the way back to WA).

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Me and all my siblings; me, Leah, Bree, Joel,Neeley, Jordan, Tanner
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Love you all!

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Baby #3 Bump Update: 18 weeks

18 week bump

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16.6 week bump ( I didn’t take one at exactly 17 weeks haha)

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You can read about 13 weeks here, 15 weeks here.
How Far Along? 18 weeks
 Maternity Clothes? Yes, I bought a dress that’s so comfy and a few summer clothes a size up. All the comfy baggy clothes please!
 Sleep?  I’m sleeping pretty good. Lily had her first ear infection the last week or so. I’ve been up with her, and I can’t lay on my back or stomach anymore. Hugging a big pillow on my side has been the most comfy.
Best moment this week? Feeling the baby’s movements more frequently. Best feeling!
Movement: Yes, I’m feeling the baby move a lot more often and it’s my favorite. I love learning it’s schedule and looking forward to feeling it move.
 Anything making you queasy? I get nauseous anytime I’m a passenger in a car. Other than that, I feel pretty good. Every once in awhile if it’s a hot day and I’ve been running around I get a little queasy.
Fitness level: I haven’t done a scheduled workout in about a week. That’s just how it goes lately, I’ll have a low key week where I can workout more, and then a busy week where my workout is just playing and being active with the kids. I always try and eat healthy and drink lots of water, but scheduled workouts don’t always happen. Everything has its season=)
What I’m looking forward to: My appointment next week, we find out the gender!!
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4th of July 2016 & Lil at 11 months

My favorite holiday has come and gone. This summer is going by way too fast. In just not ready for the scheduled fall just yet, so I hope the rest of summer SLOWS down.

The 4th started with a nice treadmill run. It was great!

We headed to Sandy for the parade and carnival that Josh’s parents help organize. I just love all the traditions and making memories each year with the fam.

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We chilled the rest of the day, got a few things done here and there and even found a new park near our house.  Then headed to T Point for snacks and fireworks with Josh’s family.

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Such a great holiday celebrating some of the things I most cherish, freedom and independence!

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Lily had a blast celebrating her first 4th with her brother and family.

J loves this holiday for the fireworks for sure!

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Lily at 11 months only had a few more milestones to add from 12 months:

  • She has 3 more teeth and one more just starting to poke through
  • She says a lot more words like “buh buh” for bye, “J” she mimicks me yelling for him, and  “ya”
  • She does not like to practice walking
  • She finally started walking while holding furniture but easily gets spooked and will start screaming till you sit her down
  • She terrified of leaves😂 and a lot of unknowns. She’s very timid
  • I stopped pumping so she’s on formula for her 3 feedings now

The one thing I want to remember about her at this stage is how cuddly she has gotten. She will crawl up to J and give him a big hug and pat him on the back. She doesn’t quite give kisses yet, but hopefully soon. She’s very animated and loves to look around at who is paying attention to her. Almost 1 year!!!

she occasionally lets me put an obnoxiously large bow on her haha

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15 week bump update(baby #3)

If you missed our announcement, you can catch up here🙂

 

15 weeks Bump Update

How Far Along? 15 weeks

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 Maternity Clothes? No, but I’ve started putting a rubber band on my pants to give me a little extra room. Oh and wearing LOTS of dresses.
 Sleep?  I’m sleeping great!
Best moment this week? I felt the first flutters this week. I love feeling the baby move for the first time. For me, that’s when I really start connecting with this sweet babe.

Pregnancy Cravings? Since the beginning I have been craving more savory foods more than sweet. My biggest craving has been sushi topped with wasabi. Josh has taken me to get California rolls quite a few times and even tried to satisfy my HUGE craving with a Sumo Burrito. It’s as big as a burrito, but it’s wrapped in sea weed haha. It was a little too much haha. My other cravings are vegetables(which I normally just tolerate) and meat. All so bizarre!

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Movement: Yes! (see above)
 Anything making you queasy? I few things here and there still make me a little queasy. This past week I was given chocolate milk, and after a sip or two it made me gag:/
What I’m looking forward to: Feeling more movements
Fitness: I finally have more energy these past 2 weeks. I’ve been working out again, but it leaves me pretty tired. I’m glad I usually get a little nap when Lily naps or I just got to bed super early ha!
 I went to a Barre class with friends and didn’t die.

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Surprise! Baby #3 due Dec. 2016

Surprise! We’re pregnant with baby #3 due December 2016. We are as shocked as probably most of you haha!  After waiting 2 years for Lily, we were hoping it wouldn’t take as long with our next. We are so completely excited and a bit overwhelmed thinking about this baby and Lily being 16-17(depending on when the babe comes) months apart.

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I found out when Lily was about 7 months old and couldn’t believe it. I was nursing Lily and didn’t even take a test till I was about 7 weeks pregnant after my sister Bree urged me to. We were at a family party and I took a bite of pizza and about lost my whole lunch! I didn’t think much of it, till Bree was like, “Um, you usually love food, why would pizza make you gag? Maybe you’re pregnant!” It was then I realized I was about 15 days late! I took a test on  Monday afternoon and it immediately showed positive. I called Josh at work and we were in shock and just kept laughing in excitement.
I had my first ultrasound when I thought I was 11 weeks along, but the baby was measuring 9 weeks! That was a bummer, but no biggie. I actually have 2 sacs, but my Dr. said it looks like another baby never formed. Yep, I could’ve had twins!!!! I feel a little relieved with that news, ha. See the empty sac on the left, and our little peanut on the right?

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**Side note: Josh’s grandma called before she knew I was pregnant and said she had a dream I was pregnant with twin baby girls! So, my bet is this baby is another girl since I ALMOST could have had twins.
 I mentioned a few posts back in Lily’s monthly update that I was losing my milk. I can only pump twice a day now and only get about 2-4 oz. It’s a bummer, but she’s almost a year and then I can fully wean her to cows milk. During the first trimester I was so tired! Nursing and being pregnant is no joke! I’m grateful Lily and J sleep well at night, and now I feel so much better and able to workout and have enough energy throughout the day.
This was my first workout feeling pretty good and a little baby bump at 12 weeks

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How Far Along? 1 3 weeks
 Maternity Clothes? No, but there are certain pants I can’t wear without feeling uncomfortable.
 Sleep?  I’m sleeping great minus the frequent bathroom breaks.
Best moment this week? Finally telling everyone!
Weird pregnancy moment? Thinking for a second I was having twins! My Dr. worded it weird and I totally thought their was 2 babies in there until she clarified and said there was only one that developed, but 2 sacs.
Movement: not yet
 Anything making you queasy? I get pretty nauseous if I don’t eat frequently. I have to things with high protein or I’m starving again in 2 seconds. I think it’s because I’m pregnant AND nursing. I have to eat A LOT!
What I’m looking forward to: My next appt. I love seeing my Dr and hearing a heart beat.
We are thrilled to have another baby and can’t wait to find out what it is at my 20 week ultrasound.
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Lily 10 mo. update & J’s last day of pre-k

J had his last day of preschool this past week. He has grown physically and mentally so much this year! He his my little buddy. Seriously, I wish everyone could meet Jackson. He loves people, making you laugh by telling jokes from his joke book, and has the biggest heart. Sometimes I forget he’s only 4 because he’s so willing to help all the time and takes on a lot of responsibility. Love my bubba!

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helping feed lily while I workout

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I know I say this every month, but THIS is my favorite stage!

Lily interacts with all of us and knows who we are. She says a lot of little things and mostly mimics. The other night while we were driving we were all saying her name and she copied us haha

Her top 2 teeth are coming in and taking their sweet and painful time. Poor girl! 

She LOVES

dancing

playing in the toy room with J(she’s no longer happy in the family room with mom, ha)

the swings

Itsy Bitys Spider(she does her version of the spider with her hands), Patty Cake, and if you say, “How big is Lily?” “Sooo big!” she reaches her hands way over her head.

She full on crawls, can get from laying down to sitting up, and tries to stand up using furniture.

Jackson likes to carry her around even though I tell him not to. I have to admit it’s pretty adorable. His(and hers) fav thing to do is put her in the laundry basket and push her all over the house. He tells her stories, entertains her, and LOVES to put bows in her hair!

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She still continues to eat anything we give her. She eats whatever we’re eating but has a few dislikes; strawberry flavored things(she likes strawberries though) and still doesn’t love sweet potatoes. She really isn’t picky. She loves to slime her hair after she eats(in this pic she is mad I’m not getting her out right away, but you can see her slimed hair).

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One thing I don’t want to forget about this stage is when she’s playing on the floor she will take little breaks, come find me, and lay her head on my lap. It’s my favorite!

I’ve started losing my milk(more on this later), so my pediatrician said I can slowly start giving her soy milk (I’m lactose intolerant so it’s a precaution) mixed with whatever milk I get. My little sis Bree just had a baby and has been generously sharing her milk with lily too haha

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I pump(she started biting me) in the morning and at night for those feedings, then I mix a little of Bree’s milk with soy milk for her afternoon feeding. So far she’s liked it!

I can’t not add a sweet pic of Bree’s new little babe. She is a doll!

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