Toward the end of August J started his 3rd season of Pre-K soccer. This season has been extra special because his 2 friends, Audrey and Derek are on the team with him. He has started to really get that competitive drive and he’s been so fun to watch.
Throughout the summer the kids and I would meet up with my sisters, mom and cousins at Cherry Hill(water park). A couple weeks ago Josh was able to come up and celebrate my nephew Ty’s bday. It was so fun having him there to go on all the fun water slides and tube rides with J. It’s sad to think Cherry Hill is closed for the season:(
How have I not mentioned peach season?! Fresh peaches really are heavenly and my in laws have several trees. Each week we’ve been picking them like crazy to eat throughout the week, freeze for smoothies, and make homemade peach cobbler. My favorite is fresh peaches in yogurt topped with granola, mmm.
We checked out a splash pad with my sister and sister in law before they all close and Lily was in heaven. J ran around with his cousin, and Lily crawled until she got too cold. I got soaked by so many kids, next time I’ll wear my suit too;)
Over Labor day we went up to Park City(our favorite weekend getaway) and loved all the fall colors on the mountains. We had yummy mexican food on main street, played in the pool with cousins, and then stopped by Swiss days Saturday morning. I say stopped by, because it was absolutely crazy! We had never been before and loved Midway and the Swiss feel throughout the town, but the crowds were too much with kids and a stroller haha!
Monday we went on a hike up to Cecret Lake with Josh’s dad, sister and nephew. J is still talking about it, it was a great hike and the crisp cool air got me so excited for fall! Lily was terrified of the carrier at first and kept screaming and holding on so tight. After a few minutes she got used to it and kept pointing at the trees and saying, ” Wow!” and then eventually snoozed.
Last but not least, I had to include this cute pic of Lily, my niece Amelia, and my mom. We were visiting my mom and Lily climbed up and gave Amelia the biggest hug and kept patting her bum. I hope she’s that sweet with baby girl haha.
24 week bump
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!
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)!
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!
We had masks for everyone to dress up
Pink cupcakes for Lily and red/white(Darth Vader/Storm Trooper) cupcakes for J.
Can’t forget my nephew Ezra taking his first steps at the party!
This pic is accurate of our crazy family of 4(almost 5)!
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
- 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.
I snuck this pic of him rocking Lily’s new doll
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!
You guys! This pregnancy is flying by, I can’t believe I’m already half way!
How Far Along? 21 weeks
20 week bump
21 week bump
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.
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:)
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
- Any sugar dad sneaks her
- Dolls and stuffed animals
- 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.
she loves that binky
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!
I love when she sleeps she sticks her little booty up
Happy first birthday Lily!
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.
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.
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.
I LOVE relaxing on the beach watching the kids, eating good food, and playing in the sand. We could have stayed all night!
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.
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).
Love you all!
18 week bump
16.6 week bump ( I didn’t take one at exactly 17 weeks haha)
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.
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.
Such a great holiday celebrating some of the things I most cherish, freedom and independence!
Lily had a blast celebrating her first 4th with her brother and family.
J loves this holiday for the fireworks for sure!
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