Ode To My Beautiful Blue Eye TWO YEAR OLD Boy!!!

First off, I'd like to say Happy Birthday Garrett!!! Today at exactly 6:45am my sweet boy turned 2! I can't believe that I am here right now! I will not lie and say I was happy or at all excited for this day to come, I have been dreading it for the last few months especially. Last night I about broke out in tears every five seconds (which might have more to do with the fact that I am an overly emotional pregnant mama). Two years ago when I took him into my arm for the first time I NEVER could have imagined the independent, stubborn, sweet, funny, energetic spirit we were bringing to our home. I don't know what we'd do without you! Our family would never be complete without you! Thank you for letting me be your mom, and for challenging me every day to be a better one! Thank you for teaching me to be more patient, and to let go a little. We sure love you monkey face! Happy 2nd Bithday!!!!!!


Life's little moments.....

So Garrett was being really fussy, and asked to be put on his bed, so I obliged, and he was crying and boobing for a few minutes and then he got quite so I went in to check on him and he wasn't on his bed anymore so I went and looked in the living room to see if he was in there watching cartoons with Wyatt, and he wasn't so I went in his room again, and with a little investigation this is what I found:

Apparently he was tired! I store blankets and our luggage and bags under his bed and he had pulled some of them out and was laying on the rest! I think he went searching under there for and extra pacifier and just fell asleep in the attempt! He is just so cute! I'm glad I thought to calm down and go look for him again cause when I couldn't find him at first I started to panic a little. Anyways, a cute story to go along with such a cute boy!


Kimber I am only doing these tags for you because you were forced recall painfull events. ;)

3 tags in one all for Kimber and because I'm putting off doing the laundry....

Marriage tag 1:

1) When was your wedding day?
January 10, 2004

2) What day of the week was it?

3) Did you get married in a church?
the Idaho Falls Temple

4) How many in your wedding party?
Um...8 I think

6) How many guests were invited to your wedding?
100, and we were only planning on 50ish cause that's how many the sealing room held, but to our astonishment all came, and we were extremely crammed in, but I was so thankful and overwhelmed everyone we love and cherish were able to make it!

7) How long did you wait to Tie The Knot after your proposal?
Um...barely over 2 months

8) Who did you hire as your photographer & videographer?
My cousin Jared did all the photog for us

9) Did you have a DJ or a band?
We had a stereo playing music in the background does that count?!

10) Did your father walk you down the aisle?
No aisle to walk down, but he was a witness at the sealing

11) What color were the bridesmaid dresses & groomsmen vests?
bridesmaids wore red and the groomsmen wore black vests

12) Who was your Maid Of Honor/Best Man?
we really didn't have any cause our wedding party consisted mostly of our siblings and we didn't want to leave anyone out!

13) Did you have a bridal shower?
I had two, one with girlfriends and one with family, you'd think the more humiliating one would be the girlfriends, but no not in my family, they are not to be out done!

14) What type of limo did you get?
no limo for us

15) Where did you go for your Bachelorette?
You know, I honestly don't recall...

16) What type of wedding gown/tux did you two wear?
Mostly traditional. My dress was temple worthy, and Ryan's tux was black with white vest, tie, and shirt.

17) How was the weather?
There was a blizzard the night before, and like 4 feet of snow on the ground, but it sure made for beautiful pictures!

18) Where did you go on your Honeymoon?
Vegas baby!

19) What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
The getting sealed to my sweetheart for time and all eternity part!

20) How long have you been married?
5 years 1 month and 6 days! ha ha!

Marriage Share (Part Deux)

1. When is your "engagement" anniversary:
October 27, 2003

2. When is your "marriage" anniversary:
January 10, 2004

3. How long have you known your spouse:
We met December of 2002

4. How long did you date/court before you were engaged:
We dated pretty casually and non committal for about 8 months, then things got serious for 2 months, then we were engaged for a little over 2 months, so that brings the grand total to one whole year and a couple of weeks of dating!

5. Where did you meet your spouse for the first time:
At an institute dance officially, my roommate was dating his friend and then he went on a date with my other roommate, and then we met, and he's been smitten ever since! ha ha!

6. What is your spouse's full name:
Ryan Douglas, but he is fondly known as Daddy, hunny, babe, ect....

7. Do you have any children yet:
We sure do!

8. How many:
We have two boys Wyatt and Garrett, and a baby on the way who's gender is yet to be discovered!

9. Do you have any house pets:
We have a kitty who is adorable named Prussia, and a whole lotta fish, and an outside pup named Luci

10. Do you own a house or rent:
We own our home.

11. Do you live in the country or town/city:
A little podunk town in Idaho....

12. What is one (or more) of your favorite activities together:
Our new favorite is redbox Monday! We usually do that as our family home evening. We get a free movie, and some take out and go enjoy each others company! We also enjoy a rousing game of Guitar Hero! I just love kicking Ryan's butt! And in the spring and summer we love to go golfing! I have my very own set of pink golf club Ry bought me! We really just love doing things together!

13. Do you have a favorite vacation spot:
We love to go camping in Island Park during the summer!

14. How many siblings (including in-laws): Ryan has two younger brothers Jake (Sylvia), and Kevin. I have Keith(Shanda), Krista(Brian) and Marcus!

15. What church do you attend:
I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints......

16. Is this the church you were married in:
Married in the temple, same religion.

17. What town is your current address:

18. Do you work or stay at home:
I am a super busy stay at home mommy...

19. Where did you honeymoon:
Like I said, Vegas baby!

20: Leave a piece of marriage advice:
Hum.....Love what you have. You can live a lifetime of regret wishing you had something else, but a lifetime of happiness if you appreciate what you have. Wow I totally just made that up! I should write a book of advice. ha ha!

Another tag I just got:

What are your middle names?
Douglas and Leigha...

How long have you been together?
We've been together for 6 years.

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
Not very long at all like a couple of days.

Who asked who out?
Ryan asked me out which I thought was weird since he'd just taken out my roommate.

Whose siblings do you see the most?
I think we see both sets about equally.

Do you have any children together?
2 and a bun in the oven

What about pets?
1 cat, 1 dog, and a bunch o fish

Did you go to the same school?
Sure didn't!

Who is the most sensitive?
Most definitely I win this one.

Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Hum...Prolly Melinas. My prego, and non prego self alike crave Mexicana all day long!

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
Vegas I think. We've also driven to Spokane, but I don't recall which one was further.

Who has the craziest exes?
I have the meanest. But neither one of us has crazy.

Who has the worst temper?
Again I win this one, Ryan is really mild, and it takes A LOT to set him off.

Who does the cooking?
I usually do, but walking into the kitchen right now makes me barf, so Ryan's been picking up my slack lately until I can stand to be in there again.

Who is more social?
I would say we are equally social and outgoing.

Who is the neat freak?
Me, but once again I've been slacking a lot lately, give me a break ok, pregnancy doesn't agree with my body at all!

Who is the most stubborn?
Again I win.

Who hogs the bed?

Who wakes up earlier?
Ryan gets up at 5am

Where was your first date?
At a bowling ally in Idaho Falls, I don't recall which one.

Who has the bigger family?
Immediate, me, but extended wise, we both have enormous families.

Do you get flowers often?

Who eats more?
Ryan usually, but when I'm nursing I do.

Who sings better?
Not to sound snotty, but me.

Who does the laundry?
I usually do, but once again pregnancy is killing me so Ryan's been picking up my slack.

Who’s better with the computer?

Who drives when you are together?
Most always Ryan does.

Who picks where you go to dinner?
We both do.

Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong?
Ryan, he's so much better at it than me.

Who wears the pants in the relationship?
We share the pants

Who has more tattoos?
neither, we both have none

Who eats more sweets?
It's a tie

Who cries more?
Me, I've never seen Ryan cry.

First Born

Sort of, but we were still surprised!


total excitement!

I was 20

A home pregnancy test.

Ryan and my mom

Heck yes! I am so not good with surprises!

June 10

Horrible horrible morning, afternoon, and evening sickness and occasional middle of the night sickness too for all nine stinkin months!

Dill pickles and green olives, must have craved the sodium!

Everything and everyone. On my really bad days I just stayed at home and didn't speak to anyone so I wouldn't end up yelling at them! In fact I yelled at my mom's neighbor lady when I was 8 months pregnant, and she still hates me to this day!

Bouncing Baby Boy!

Nope, I always wanted a boy first!

I gained 18, product of the constant puking, but I thought I did pretty good.

I had two baby showers!

I knew about both

Preterm labor, kidney stone, UTIs, kidney infections, things along that line, but nothing too serious.

Portneuf Medical in Pocatello

18 long hours, he was a big freakin baby for me!

Ryan drove.

A whole lotta people. Ryan, my mom, my dad, my big sissy, and my aunt, not to mention the million nurses and several doctors. I know you're sitting there being all judgy, but no judging until you know how close my familia is.


Epidural all the way.

8 lbs 2 oz

May 29th over Memorial Day weekend, which totally sucks for Wyatt cause whenever we do a party people grumble cause of the holiday, oh well.

Wyatt Ryan

Tags complete! Now I tag like Kimber tags 1-3 all those marrieds out there, and the baby tag for all those who have at least one kidlet!

The results are in....

So in case you didn't know Garrett has been having a lot of problems with ear infections. 8 in the last 10 months to be exact. I don't know if you have ever experienced a child with an ear infection, and I know all kids are different, but my kid turns into the most evil little monster EVER when he has one! Which is quite a change from his normal happy dude disposition! He has had 4 ear infections in the last 4 months, and I was going a little crazy! We made an appointment with the ear, nose, and throat doctor, and he said it would probably be best to put tubes in. At first I was a little apprehensive, but when I got to thinking about it, it really does seem to be the best option for us. Besides the fact that I think he was building up an immunity to the antibiotics. Thus the 4 in 4 months. So I'm sorry my sweet baby boy for doing this all on your birthday weekend, but that's when we could do it. I am SO looking forward to a much less crabby baby, and a much less crabby mommy!


Happy Valentine's Day for "Crayon" out loud!!!

This is the fun little project Wyatt and I decided to do this year for Valentines! He picked them out all himself and everything! He was just SO SO cute and so excited to do Valentines this year!! Garrett not so much, but if it doesn't involve a ball it really doesn't interest him that much so I'm not too fussed about it! Of course this involves a lot of "grown up" help to get started, but after they were cooled Wyatt and I formed an assembly line! Wyatt also picked all the colors for the paper, and saying! Here's how you do it:

1. You can pretty much use any crayon colors you want, I opted for reds, whites, oranges, pinks, and purples for the occasion. I just eyeballed how many I'd need, I didn't really measure.

2. Peel off the paper and chop into smallish chunks (Wyatt loved peeling the paper off because he is not allowed to normally!) It would probably work just as good if you wanted to break them up with your fingers.

3. Put the chopped crayons in a bowl and mix them around good so you get the colors all good and mixed up!

4. Fill up your heart shaped baking dish with the crayon mixture! Mine is silicon, I think they are just easier to pop stuff out of, but metal would work just as good.

5. Bake at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the crayon is good melted!

6. Let them cool. It really doesn't take that long, I just got all the other stuff prepared while they cooled.

7. Pick your favorite shape (Wyatt chose to do it on a circle) write of your saying, you don't have to go with the one I did, you could always make up a different one!

8. Glue on your crayon hearts, and your ready for delivery!

Wyatt really enjoyed making these, and it was really fun and easy for me to do it with him! If you do make them I hope you have as much fun with them as we did! Happy early Valentines Day!


Pet Peeves!!!

So I am so irritated by people who text while they are driving! I mean COME ON! I would be so mad if someone dumb drive-texter caused me to get into a wreck or wrecked into me because they were being completely careless. Sorry if I'm making someone out there in blogland mad because of my opinion on this, but I would never intentionally do anything to put my or anyone else's precious' in danger because I was being THAT careless. Sorry peeps, but it's a bad judgement call. That's my rant for the day!


My life, my joy....

I have always known that my life's ambition was to be a mother. I just never imagined how trying and painstaking motherhood could actually be. Shortly after Wyatt was born I was so ready to have another baby. Wyatt was somewhat of a colicky baby, but I knew that most of it was due to the fact that I was so ill after he was born and had to undergo several surgeries, so because of all the anesthetic in my system my breast milk made him very belly achy, and barfy. So I was unable to nurse him longer than 5 months, but I was still so happy that I had provided him as long as I could. Wyatt has always been my little mama's boy. He rarely lets me out of his site, and loves to just follow and chatter as he goes. I feel like he has always been very advanced for his age, maybe I'm a little bias, maybe not, but for sure he is one smart little kid. He was such a sweet and lovey little baby, always a cuddler. Which has always suited me just fine! So after having such a sweet little boy, who wouldn't crave another so quickly after?!

So when Wyatt was just a mere 13 months old we were ecstatic to find out we were expecting once again. Never would I expect the whorl wind that came next. Not only did I have all day sickness but along with it came a MOUNTAIN of kidney stones. After having surgery to remove some extremely large ones when I was only barley 12 weeks pregnant the doctor prepared us for the worst in telling us that because of the surgery we would probably loose the baby. So two days after the surgery I prepared myself for the worst, and during the ultrasound I experienced one of the great miracles in my lifetime. He bumped right up against the ultrasound wand thingy and both the ultrasound tech and I saw it on my belly! See I couldn't bare for Ryan to come in case it was bad news, and when we saw and I felt that, I knew me and this baby could handle anything the rest of this pregnancy decided to throw our way! Then just after that realization the picture came on the screen, and I saw that it was the second little boy that I had been dreaming of! Unfortunately Ryan wasn't there to witness that, but I thought for sure there would be no way they'd be able to tell that early, but there it was in all it's glory! Ryan was a little disappointed, but got over it quick when it set in that he was going to have another little boy! The next few months were a whirlwind of lots of puking, IV fluids, UTIs, kidney infections, and more kidney stones. Then at my sixth month mark the contractions started coming hard and fast. We were really scared one night that we might have a 28 week baby. We prepared ourselves, but the doctors were able to work their magic and stop the labor. The next 10 weeks I spent pretty much in the hospital or in bed. My meds consisted mostly of contraction stopping meds and anti-nausea meds. Then at just one day shy of being 38 weeks my water broke at home, when I was alone at 12:30am. Ryan was working midnights then. So I called my in laws had them come pick up Wyatt and drove myself to the hospital. And surprisingly I was totally calm and excited that whole time! I was going to have a baby that night! I got all settled in, and a little over an hour Ryan was there. The labor lasted only 6 hours total from the time my water broke until I was holding my sweet new boy in my arms.

Then the hard part came. We got him home and all settled, and he wanted NOTHING to do with me! He cried non stop! The only time he wanted to be held by me was to breastfeed. I suppose it should have been a precursor during pregnancy that I should have picked up on the fact that he was one independent little sucker in the womb, but I guess I missed that part. The next few months were very difficult and hard for me. He didn't need me. How could I have Wyatt, who needed me so much, to this? He had always been going a thousand miles an hour so I guess it was a good thing at the same time too. He was rolling by 3 months, crawling at 4, and then walking by the time he was 7 1/2 months. He has always shown me how independent he is, and I think that was something I needed to learn as well. See I am somewhat of a control freak, and I think this was Heavenly Father's way of telling me, look Nanci, it's ok to let go a little and let kids be kids, you don't always have to do everything! So Garrett has taught me great patients.

In the end I guess it was all worth it. Now he is happy as a clam almost always. Still stubborn and independent, but softer and sweeter. I simply cherish the moments like tonight when he climbs up on my lap, wraps his arms around my neck, kisses both my cheeks, and says "wuv ooo mommy". And then much to my surprise leans down and kisses my belly, and smiling up at me says "baby". How much this past almost two years have taught me. Even though I'm sick, tired, and crabby, I am ready to live this next adventure. A new life, spirit, and personality to learn about, love, cherish, and relish in the sweet tender moments. Thank you Garrett for teaching me to be a better more patients mother, and for letting me be your mom! I sure love you!


Gone Public, with some reservations....

Well, we have decided to make our blog public once again, it was just too much of a hassle to keep it private, and people kept wanting to view our blog, and couldn't and I am not very computer wise, maybe I should take a class! Anyway, we are now public again, but I would just like to ask that if we are on your blog list to leave off our last name to keep our little precious' safe. Thanks again!


I caught the 9 month bug!

So some of you out there in cyber space are probably wondering why the frick I am already announcing out newest bundle on the way, well, it's because I am for one terrible at keeping secrets, two my oldest kept telling the whole freakin world, and three cause I am having no complications to make me or my doctor believe that this won't stick. In truth I am so so so sick, but for me that comes with the territory, and have already had to have a couple of visits to my friendly neighborhood hospital for fluids, but hey, that's pregnant life for me! We are really excited to move on to this next big adventure, and even a little freaked cause three is a lot of kidos to handle! So there is our big news for the next little while!